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Issue 29 2018



AN AIR OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Historic Chocolate Works preserved with Sika Sarnafil

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Latest News Sprinkler system could have stopped Liverpool car park blaze claims fire chief SME’s face uncertainty of government support following Carillion collapse Iain McIlwee, CEO British Woodworking Federation, said:

Singleton Environment Centre looks toward a bright future An award-winning environment centre in Ashford, which set new standards in green design and construction when it opened 10 years ago, has a bright future thanks to an agreement between Ashford Borough Council and Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council which will safeguard the Kent centre’s future and ensure it continues to thrive.


shford Borough Council has granted a lease to the parish council who will form a trust to run the Singleton Environment Centre, which is an award-winning example of sustainable building. Constructed using local and recycled materials, it harnesses biodiversity, sustainable energy production and methods of recycling water. Old shipping containers and tree trunks were used as part of the construction.

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Since it opened in 2008 the centre has become a focal point for the local community providing a hub for volunteering, a broad range of community events such as health walks and woodland task days and Footprints café which offers local and seasonal produce.


The British Trust for Conversation Volunteers (now TCV) had been leasing the centre from the council but in January 2017 they gave notice of their intention to terminate their lease on 10 March 2018. Since then the council has been looking for a new operator and is now in a position to work with the parish council who wish to see it remain a community facility with an environmental focus. They are extremely keen to develop a range of family and community focused activities as well as developing its commercial use. The current centre manager will transfer across and both existing tenants, Footprints Café and Soothing Pod, have indicated a desire to remain, so for the

many regular users and visitors to the centre it will be business as usual. Cllr Mike Bennett, portfolio holder for culture, leisure, environment and heritage, said: “Since we received formal notice from TCV that they would be leaving the Singleton Environment Centre we have been in discussions with various parties over future operating arrangements. We’re pleased to be able to work with Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council to safeguard the centre’s future as a much loved and well-used community resource.” Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council said: “We are delighted with the cabinet’s decision and looks forward to running the Singleton Environment Centre which will continue to provide services and activities for the community. We are looking to set up a Trust to run the centre and would love to hear from potential trustees.”

As the news of the liquidation of Carillion breaks, it is almost ironic that we are putting our final comments in on the Government’s consultation into retention payments in the construction industry. This debate is not about whether the state should bail out Carillion, but whether Government can in all conscience turn its back on a supply chain of SMEs who will end up carrying the can for poor procurement, bad business management and an endemic failure by the Government to address some of the archaic procurement practices surrounding late payments and retentions that place risk unfairly on SME sub-contractors. Many of the creditors are SMEs and the sums, whilst likely to be significantly lower than the liquidators will take, could define the future of these businesses – it would be a gross injustice if their money unfairly held is lost in this process.

“Frankly to my mind the Government is complicit in the sorry saga that is unfolding and we need decisions fast. As a short term we need to see some security against these retentions and unjust payment clauses. Moving forward we urge the Government to develop a structured and more consistent legislative process to deal with market failures, be they banks, construction firms or steel manufacturers. We cannot rely on arbitrary decision making and political posturing. There needs to be clear process to ensure those responsible foot the bill and ensure society and supply chains do not suffer unduly. The Government consistently fails to recognise the stress of running a small business and keeping people employed – a lot of business owners in this supply chain won’t be sleeping soundly until this is resolved.” The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) represents the UK’s £3.8bn woodworking sector, a craft at the heart of the UK’s construction sector, which employs approximately 60,000 people around the country.

Latest News A fire that engulfed a multistorey in King’s Dock, Liverpool, destroying over 1,600 vehicles, could have been stopped if sprinklers had been fitted in the building, the area’s Chief Fire Officer has claimed.


he seven floor multi-storey suffered extensive damage when it was engulfed by a 1,000C blaze, thought to have been started by the engine of an old Land Rover. Despite fire crews attending within eight minutes of the alarm, the flames spread so quickly they were not able to control the blaze.

Crews would have had a “much better” chance of stopping the fire if sprinkler had been installed, said Dan Stephens, of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS). “One thing is for certain – had the building been sprinklered there is every chance that would have suppressed the fire sufficiently then for us to be able to go in and extinguish the fire without it spreading in the way that it did,” commented Mr Stephens. “I believe a sprinkler system would certainly have suppressed the fire, it would definitely have limited the spread and given us a much better opportunity to put the fire out before it spread to the extent it did.” Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson said the Council will take advice on any “lessons to be learned” over the fire at the local authority-owned building, which was constructed in 2008. In total, 12 fire engines were deployed to tackle

the blaze, with crews from Greater Manchester and Lancashire assisting. “Whilst thankfully no lives have been lost, there are many that will be affected by this fire,” commented Iain Cox, Chairman of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA). “There will also be the significant cost of the insurance claims for the 1,600 lost vehicles and their belongings. In addition whilst the structure is not in danger of collapse, it was unlikely it can be saved and will require demolition and rebuild. The cost and environmental impact of this will be significant.” “Sprinklers are a proven method of controlling fires. They allow fire crews the time to safely gain access and extinguish fire and we welcome their consideration as a way of ensuring that properties of all types are adequately protected.” For more information about the BSA visit the www.business-sprinkler-alliance.org

First council homes handed over in a quarter of a Century The first homes built by Basildon Council in more than 25 years were handed were over on 18 January.


he four two-bedroom homes – built as part of the council’s ambitious New Homes Programme – were handed over in Quendon Road, Basildon.

Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, Cllr Gavin Callaghan viewed the new properties yesterday at a special event to mark the handover (Thursday 18 January) Cllr Gavin Callaghan, said: “We are serious about building council housing and ensuring we provide high quality homes for people in our borough.

“Our aim is to create strong and healthy communities with access to quality homes. We are also keen to increase the offer of other types of housing like shared ownership for the borough’s key workers.”

needed homes for families who are on the council’s homeseeker register.

Quendon Road is one of three redevelopment schemes that will deliver four two-bedroom homes alongside three two-bedroom homes in Rettendon Gardens, Wickford, and four, two-bedroom homes in Victoria Road, Laindon.

Over the next five years the council’s new build programme is aiming to develop a further 100 homes with 584 more to be developed by the council’s housebuilding company, Sempra Homes.

The three sites will provide a total of 11 much

Tenants will begin moving in at the end of January.

“Refurbishment work” was the cause of destructive Bristol University fire Investigators say

The Bristol University fire that tore through the roof of a historic building was caused by refurbishment works taking place earlier in the day, the fire service has said.


round 50 firefighters from the Avon Fire and Rescue Service tackled the blaze in the Grade II listed Fry Building on Saturday 6th Jan, with study areas being evacuated, although exams planned for Monday went ahead as scheduled. Fire investigators published their findings just before 4pm on Monday, January 8.

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Firefighters spent around three hours extinguishing the fire and working to prevent the spread beyond the roof to the other historic university buildings surrounding the structure. The Fry Building was part way through a £33million refurbishment being carried out by contractors Balfour Beatty and due to be finished in summer 2018. It is currently unknown whether the fire will delay its scheduled completion. A University of Bristol spokesperson said The contractor declined to comment on the cause of the fire, beyond stating that their own “comprehensive investigation” was underway and that it would be inappropriate to comment further.

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Group manager Steve Quinton, stated: “We know that refurbishment works were being carried out in the roof on Saturday afternoon which we believed has led to the accidental fire starting. In any fire investigation we consider and then rule out all possible causes to arrive at the most likely cause. The extent of the damage at Fry Building means we will never be able to identify exactly where the fire started but we are satisfied it started accidentally as a result of the works taking place that day.

recognise our fire control staff and firefighters whose actions certainly prevented more damage. We had a crew at the scene six minutes after we received the first 999 who immediately put in place plans to tackle the fire and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the building.


Novus raises the roof of Victorian Church

A Victorian church in Cheshire is beginning a new chapter of its history following an extensive refurbishment including roof replacement works carried out by Novus Property Solutions.

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lsager United Reformed Church has stood in the heart of Alsager village since 1876 and has a full schedule of weekly events for the congregation and the wider community. The 140-year-old church’s original pitched roof had developed a leak and the church members were concerned it was no longer going to be weathertight, putting the future of the church building at risk. After a period of consultation with the church Synod, Novus’ quote was

“We are delighted with the excellent job carried out by Novus to reroof our beautiful church building and give it a new lease of life. The team worked efficiently and were very accommodating and professional in all aspects of their work, making sure that church life could continue with as little disruption as possible throughout.” David Riley chairman of the Alsager United Reformed Church building committee laminate plasterboards, which provide vapour resistance and remove thermal bridging, Novus was able to improve the thermal value of the roof to increase the building’s level of insulation without risk of condensation. The original plans for the church involved working around the existing timber rafters but once the project got underway, the team discovered that many of the rafters were badly decayed and so had to be repaired or completely replaced before the project could progress.

Novus Property Solutions is a dynamic maintenance, refurbishment and new build contractor, delivering high quality solutions since 1897. The company’s 1000 employees provide construction services to the leisure, retail, education, healthcare, commercial and housing sectors and do so with compassion and care for the communities in which they operate. Novus Property Solutions is a truly national company, with 30 offices across the UK, and is proud to retain the family values that have underpinned it throughout its long and rich history.

Once the roof was complete, Novus repainted the exterior of the church, including the stone gable ends and around the windows, as well as the interior walls, rafters, trusses and pipework. Access was an issue as the team had to use scaffolding to access the roof from both inside and outside of the church. In addition, the work had to be carried out a bay at a time on alternate sides, in order to keep the loading on the trusses balanced and not damage the structural integrity of the building as a result. David Riley chairman of the Alsager United Reformed Church building committee commented: “We are delighted with the excellent job carried out by Novus to reroof our beautiful church building and give it a new lease of life. The team worked efficiently and were very accommodating and professional in all aspects of their work, making sure that church life could continue with as little disruption as possible throughout.”

accepted to replace the roof covering and redecorate the church. Newcastle-under-Lyme based Tarpey Woodfine architects, experts in heritage building conservation, supervised the project and operatives from Novus’ Stoke-on-Trent office completed the staged programme of works over eight weeks.

For more information about Novus Property Solutions please visit https:// www.novussolutions.co.uk/sectors/ listed-and-historic You can also follow Novus Property Solutions on Facebook, k Twitter or LinkedIn.

The existing slate roof tiles were replaced with mini stonewold concrete tiles from Redland, which are designed to give the appearance of real slate. The low maintenance tiles will also help to better insulate the building while their interlocking edge design reduces installation time. An attractive dark slate grey, which closely matched the colour of the original roof tiles, was chosen to remain in keeping with the building.

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Novus also took the opportunity during the upheaval of the project, to upgrade the insulation to make the building more efficient and reduce future running costs for the church. TLX gold insulation, which was installed over the counter batons in the roof, combined with high performance SpeedLine thermal


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Innovative NHS unit gets insulation work from leading specialist engineers Western Thermal Western Thermal, leading specialist engineers in thermal & acoustic insulation, ventilation ductwork, trace heating, fire stopping, and pipework, with over thirty years’ experience, is currently applying its thermal insulation, trace heating and fire stopping solutions to the Wexham Park Hospital Emergency Department. he Company is using its thermal insulation, trace heating and fire stopping capabilities on the building’s pipework and ductwork, which includes fitting fire rated insulation sleeves.


The £49 million hospital project contains floors where patients receive tests, assessments and treatment, and are then usually discharged within 72 hours. There are a total of 36 individual rooms, along with a separate children’s and minor injuries unit. Michael Slater, Executive Operations Director of Western Thermal, said: “We are proud to be a part of such an important NHS project for the country. Wexham Park Hospital also adds to our project count in the Slough Area, which include LDC data centres and Slough Power.” Western Thermal’s client and partner is Integral UK Ltd. The main contractor for the project is Kier Construction Ltd. Western Thermal’s Thermal division is one of the country’s leading heating and ventilation insulation contractors. Its services meet the ever-increasing demands for both economic and environmental efficiency while meeting client specification and manufacturers’ recommendations, for both internal and external applications. The Company has also

pioneered specialist insulation jackets using the latest thermal materials, which are both removable and reusable. These include valve and flange jackets, bespoke Plate heat exchanger jackets, which are used in international weather stations, and bespoke trace heated jackets, which are predominantly used within the food processing industry. The division has contributed to numerous landmark projects including Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, Wembley Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. More recently, it has installed thermal insulation at Victoria Station, completed major works at the Battersea Power Station residential, retail and leisure development, and worked on the redevelopment of Bond Street Underground Station, along with a number of University of Leeds projects including the Worsley building and the Edward Boyle Library. Western Thermal’s Trace Heating division specialises in providing water at a constant temperature through a building’s pipes and also protection from frost, which is now a commonplace function for thermal insulation solutions. It is an important and complex part of any given project and key to overall insulation packages. The Company’s trace heating systems include self-limiting heating cables, flexible resistant series heating cables,

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The division has contributed to many landmark projects including the Delta Lounge at Heathrow Airport and the Mango Store in Victoria. More recently, Western Thermal has completed its largest fire protecting and stopping project at The Zig Zag Building in Victoria, London, along with mechanical and domestic services at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre in White City.


and metal-sheathed resistant series heating cables. The division has contributed to numerous landmark projects including 8.5 kilometres of trace heating and frost protection at One Hyde Park, one of London’s most prestigious residential developments. More recently, the Company has delivered its trace heating and frost protection services at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, the Battersea Power Station development, and C610 Crossrail. Western Thermal’s Fire Protection & Stopping division specialises in physical measures to prevent or slow the spread of flames in a fire situation. The Company has received numerous accreditations and is certified by FRIAS. The division has contributed to many landmark projects including the Delta Lounge at Heathrow Airport and the Mango Store in Victoria. More recently, Western Thermal has completed its largest fire protecting and stopping project at The Zig Zag Building in Victoria, London, along with mechanical and domestic services at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre in White City. The Company also used its fire protecting and stopping services in the redevelopment of C610 Crossrail, part of Europe’s largest current infrastructure project.

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DESIGNED TO COMPLEMENT EVERY SHAPE NEW GROHE LINEARE SUITS BOTH ROUND & SQUARE DESIGNS The cosmopolitan aesthetic of Lineare is minimal yet highly inviting. In keeping with the concept of minimalism, Lineare has been reduced to only the necessary elements to achieve the thinnest possible appearance. The line is based on a composition of two simple geometric structures – cylindrical bodies and thin rectangular forms of the handle and spout create beautiful harmonious compositions. grohe.co.uk


his pioneering and new Dryline Technology exclusive to Vogue (UK) means that VIVID does not contain any fluids.

Instead, this contemporary towel rail design is heated by a silicone heater cable via a 3-core cable which can be attached to a fuse spur, if required. So what’s the advantage of Electric Dryline Technology? Put simply, this type of heating solution does not operate off the central heating or hot water system, allowing for greater freedom of installation and efficiency. VIVID runs independently of the heating or hot water system, thanks to a precision engineered Dryline element which remains invisible to the eye. Minimalist in style not function, the VIVID Towel Warmer is crafted from high quality brass and is defined by its mitred joints, contemporary plain tubing and lustrous chrome finish. Other finishes are also available. VIVID with new Electric Dryline Technology is available in 4 different heights and three widths:

t H750mm x W450mm x D93mm4 Bars

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t H1550mm x W500mm x D93mm8 Bars t H1550mm x W650mm x D93mm8 Bars

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VIVID with NEW Dryline Technology by Vogue (UK)


The UK’s largest British designer and manufacturer of designer radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), proudly launch the new VIVID Towel Warmer: a contemporary heating design now available with Electric Dryline Technology.

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Steve Birch, Sales Director at Vogue (UK) says “VIVID is a practical wallmounted towel warmer with a high capacity for hanging and drying thanks to offering a small 450mm footprint or much larger 1550mm height. Our new DL technology not only answers demand from our customers, but it also goes a long way to improving homeowner choice of siting and ability to add a towel warmer without the cost of breaking into the existing heating or hot water system.” The VIVID Towel Warmer with NEW Dryline Technology is part of the Contemporary Collection by Vogue (UK) and is supplied with a 30 year manufacturer’s guarantee. For further information on Vogue (UK) or any of its latest product collections, please call 01902 387000, email info@vogueuk.co.uk or visit www.vogueuk.co.uk

“Our new DL technology not only answers demand from our customers, but it also goes a long way to improving homeowner choice of siting and ability to add a towel warmer without the cost of breaking into the existing heating or hot water system”. Steve Birch, Sales Director at Vogue (UK)


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The Bathroom Switch Feature Bathroom lighting is becoming more desirable, but until now the choices of switching have been severely limited. (Pull-cords, PIRs or outside switching). Sensorbility, has therefore developed the NEW Bathroom Switch controller, with Dimmer and Timer variants; thus allowing bathroom designers far more flexibility when it comes to lighting design and operation within bathrooms.


he variations of the new controller include simple on/off switching, ramp-up dimming, ramp-down switch-off and time delay switch-off. Wired to our proven Bathroom Switch Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation. Tiles covering Sensor Pads are adhered with silicone allowing access should it be necessary. In Bathrooms, these Sensor Pads can even be placed behind tiles reachable from the bath or shower (zones 1&2) and thus allow safe switching and dimming.

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The new Bathroom Switch controllers can be activated from


Wired to our proven Bathroom Switch Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation.

up to 12 low voltage (5vdc) Sensor Pads, so for example a Dimmer Controller can be operated from a Sensor Pad by the door and then the lights dimmed by touching a tile whilst in the bath. Most types of lighting can be operated by the Bathroom Switch; this includes incandescent bulbs, halogens (mains and low voltage), LEDs and low energy bulbs. The dimmer controller will work with trailing edge dimming LEDs. Because of the method of output wiring, it is even possible to dim lights as well as switch a fan on and off using the same Dimmer Controller. Bathroom Switch controllers are usually sited outside bathrooms, they should be installed either in the ceiling/loft space or elsewhere outside any zoned area. Sensor Pads are connected to controllers using thin cable such as “CAT5” or “CAT6”. Operating the Bathroom Switch is simple: Touch your chosen faceplate (tile etc.) and the lights will turn on. Touch again to switch off. The Dimmer variant operation is also easy; touch your chosen faceplate and the lights will turn on at low level, keep touching and the lights will begin to ramp up to full brightness, remove the hand and the lights will stay at the intensity reached. To switch off, touch briefly and the lights will slowly dim back down and switch off. If required, a further touch at

this stage will again latch to the intensity reached and the lights can then be ramped up again. In the timer variant, the delay is set within the controller and the lights will remain on and then switch off once the set time is reached Applications for the Bathroom Switch include (obviously) bathrooms and wet rooms, but they can of course be used elsewhere; Bathroom Switches have been used in various situations including in domestic situations such as where switches are required to be non obtrusive i.e. mounted behind door architraves etc, and in kitchens etc. Commercial applications include vandal proof switching, commercial kitchens, swimming pools and stairwells where wiring for multipoint switching becomes easy with just 2 wires connecting all Sensor Pads to one controller. The Bathroom Switch will also switch other devices (to a maximum loading of 500Watts) such as mirror demisters etc.. If a greater load is present, the Bathroom Switch will switch a slave relay or contactor. With mood lighting becoming a desirable option within bathrooms the Bathroom Switch provides an elegant alternative to pull-cord operation.

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Latest News £600m Camden Goods Yard scheme gets the go ahead Final Plans have been approved for a near 600home mixed-use scheme next to London’s famous Camden Market on Chalk Farm Road.

he scheme is being brought forward by Barratt London in joint venture with land owner Morrisons supermarket and will see the homes delivered across eight buildings alongside 300,000 sq ft of shopping space and a small amount of office space for business start-ups.

blocks, with the remaining three blocks by Piercy & Company and Niall McLaughlin Architects.

Allies and Morrison is the overall masterplan architect and designer of five of the eight

The whole of the supermarket site will be heated by a communal heating system, with


The existing Morrisons supermarket and petrol filling station on the site will be demolished and replaced as part of the 3.3ha redevelopment plan.

Contract awarded for £119M Luton airport rail link A VolkerFitzpatrick Kier JV has won a £119M contract from client London Luton Airport to design and construct a new rail link between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal. he 2km long guided mass rapid passenger transit system will run from Bartlett Square close to Luton Airport Parkway station, to Luton Airport terminal.


The work will include constructing viaducts, embankments, cut and cover work, station platforms and buildings and possibly some ancillary works such as car parking. The contract also includes some airside works.

Moduleo flooring ‘Transforms’ 6-floor student accommodation A six-floor student accommodation complex, situated opposite St James’ Park in Newcastle, has provided a Scandinavian escape in the city centre thanks to luxury vinyl flooring specialist, Moduleo. ore than 1,800 sqm was installed across 14 one- to five-bedroom studio apartments and cluster flats to provide a stylish and hard-wearing floorcovering for the Let’s Live Here St James’ View scheme.


Dubbed as ‘a place where you get more living from your living space’, the rooms offer high-tech kitchens, en-suite shower rooms and space to study, socialise and entertain. Installed by Gateshead-based Monument Flooring and specified by Neil Wilson Design, the project utilised Transform. Neil Wilson, owner of Neil Wilson Design, said: “’Sophisticated Scandi’ was the look I was going for, so I needed a floor covering that would complement the grey and feature colours, without causing a distraction and also offer texture without too many ridges.

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“The flooring needed to add to the soft, contemporary, warm feel, so aesthetics were important but, it also needed to withstand heavy footfall on a daily basis and fit within budget constraints. Moduleo’s Transform products fit the bill perfectly.


Moduleo Transform was installed over a four-month period, with Monument Flooring working alongside other trades to get the job done in time for the September 2017 intake. Trevor Duggan from Monument flooring added: “We’ve used Moduleo a lot for commercial schemes, but this is the first time we’ve worked with the

materials on a large-scale student accommodation project. “The great thing about the St James’ View scheme is that every room is bespoke, so we were able to utilise different laying patterns, something which is so much easier when using well-engineered products, as they’re quicker to install versus other materials that have to be retrofitted on site. “It’s not often you get a floor covering of such quality at a decent price point and the finished product looks fantastic. The rooms look very sophisticated – more like a hotel than student accommodation, so we’re really proud to have worked on the project.” Neil Wilson concluded: “My brief was to deliver a high-end look and I think the Moduleo flooring was the icing on the cake in this respect. “All of the interior elements complement each other nicely and the client is really happy, so you can’t ask for much more than that!” Moduleo, which celebrates its fifth anniversary in the UK in 2017, is manufactured in Belgium by the world’s leading manufacturer of vinyl flooring, IVC Group. To find out more about the St James’ View project, visit http://www.stjamesview.co.uk/. To find out more about Moduleo, visit www.moduleo.co.uk Further information on Lets Live Here is available at www.letslivehere.co.uk and via 0191 230 5577.

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the main gas-fired heating plant located in a dedicated Energy Centre located in the undercroft of Block A.

£11.5m restoration of York Minster’s Great East Window complete For the first time in a decade, the country’s largest single expanse of medieval stained glass is again complete following one of the largest conservation and restoration projects of its kind in Europe. he final panel in York Minster’s 600-year-old Great East Window has been returned to the world-famous masterpiece, 10 years after all 311 panels were removed by York Glaziers Trust.


The £11.5m project also included extensive work by York Minster’s stonemasons to repair and replace hundreds of stones at the cathedral’s East End, which houses the window. The project has used pioneering technology alongside traditional craft-skills, with the cathedral becoming the first building in the UK to install state-of-the-art, UV resistant external glazing to protect the priceless stained glass. It remains the largest world-wide use to date of the revolutionary protective material. Trust director Sarah Brown said it had been a once in a lifetime project for the team. “The Great East Window is one of the great artistic achievements of the Middle Ages, a stunning expanse of stained glass of unparalleled size and beauty in Britain,” she said, adding that the work would ensure the masterpiece was preserved for hundreds of years to come.

The Dean of York, The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, said: “It’s a triumph to have the Great East Window complete once again.” She said the completion marked the start of a multi-million pound campaign in partnership with the York Minster Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to provide state-of-theart protective glazing to all 128 of the cathedral’s medieval stained glass windows over the next 20 years. She said this would stop the corrosion and decay caused by the glass being exposed to the elements, buying time for conservation work to preserve it for generations to come. The spokeswoman said scaffolding will be removed over the next few months followed by extensive cleaning, before a celebration to formally mark the completion of the project in May. The Lady Chapel at the foot of the window will then once again be used for worship.

wages for the other craftsmen involved in making the window under Thornton’s direction is unrecorded, the overall cost of the window is unknown. It is however a work of enormous ambition, depicting the beginning and end of all things from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation, known in the Middle Ages as the Apocalypse. Work to restore the window originally started in 2005, when the East End and Great East Window were covered in 16 miles of scaffolding so stonemasons and conservators could assess the condition of the 14th century stonework. Centuries of exposure to the elements had left the stone so badly weathered that the window had begun to bow. The size of the task prompted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which in turn led to York Minster Revealed – a five year, £18m project generously supported by a £9m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, matched by funding from the York Minster Fund and the Chapter of York.

The window was created between 1405 and 1408 by Master Glazier John Thornton, who was paid £56 by the Chapter of York. As the cost of materials and the

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Ancon to launch new products at Ecobuild 2018

ANCON will be launching its latest fixing innovations at Ecobuild, 6th – 8th March, London ExCeL, stand number C62. Double winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and holder of a string of innovation and product development accolades, Ancon will continue to enhance its range in 2018.


ncon’s Ecobuild stand will focus on structural fixings that are opening-up new possibilities in zero and ultra-low energy construction by minimising thermal bridging, including its insulated balcony connectors and ultra-low thermal conductivity cavity wall ties. It will also showcase a brickfaced support system that allows designers to achieve exciting masonry façade aesthetics, quickly and easily on site. Heading up the displays will be Ancon’s unique, BBA-approved, multi-award winning Teplo wall tie range. Manufactured from pultruded basalt fibres set in a resin matrix (0.7W/mK), a material over sixty times more

thermally efficient than steel (50W/ mK), Teplo ties are widely specified in Passivhaus or similar low-energy developments. The stand will feature new Teplo variants. Firstly, Teplo wall ties for use with Ancon 21/18, 25/14 and 28/15 Channels and secondly, the Teplo-BFR, featuring a plain end for resin-fixing into an existing structure and a moulded safety end for building into a new masonry leaf – ideal for retrofit. Both product ranges will break new ground in the masonry fixings sector. Also under the spotlight will be Ancon’s comprehensive range of insulated connectors designed to limit heat loss at balcony locations. Now engineered to carry even greater loads, the latest

Ancon steel-to-concrete connectors accommodate large cantilever balconies and situations where connections are limited due to rebar congestion or column layout. Completing a trio of innovative solutions is the Nexus system, which will be displayed as part of Ancon’s extensive brickwork support and restraint product portfolio. This modular brick soffit system, installed in a fraction of the time of a cast concrete alternative, was developed in association with prefabricated brickwork specialist, Ibstock Kevington. It combines a light, fully adjustable, brick-faced unit with Ancon’s trusted bracketed brick support angle. Available in any brick type, it is perfect for creating modern architectural brick details, such as deep soffits, reveals and flying beams, quickly and easily, and blends seamlessly with the wider façade. For more information, call Ancon on 0114 275 5224 or visit www.ancon.co.uk

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Designed to attract forwardthinking professionals from the UK and beyond, Ecobuild 2018 will feature ‘futurebuild’ districts, bringing together the latest in materials and technologies, and a conference programme designed to share knowledge and best practice in both design and construction.


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Sign of a great builder: they’re tight, airtight

Will Kirkman, managing director at Ecomerchant – the innovative and sole distributor of Blowerproof, the BBA-certified, paint-on liquid airtight sealant – explains why great builders know exactly how to make a building airtight.

ood buildings are weather-proof from the outside and airtight from the inside. That’s what building regulations are all about but we all know how ‘slack Alice’ they are.


The true test is preventing unwanted air from entering a building and keeping warm air in. Airtight buildings are increasingly wanted and important because:

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heating’s on for two to three out of four seasons We like our creature comforts – we want our workplaces and homes to get warm

quickly and stay warm

t Energy’s increasingly expensive t If you save energy, you save money. Why airtightness is tricky for builders Many new buildings are designed to leak before they make it off the drawing board. All the might of the world’s best insulation and energy-efficient heating systems will be lost quickly if warm air can quickly leak out of a building soon to be replaced with cold, damp air leaking in. By the time they get built, their poor design has left the unfortunate builder with a whole raft of leaks to resolve. The smallest of drafts can be a nuisance as they cause cold spots. Cold spots are bad news as they’re accompanied by condensation from water vapour which then triggers a whole range of problems.

Energy escapes routes from a building

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t Window and door jambs t Wall and ceiling joints t Wall and floor joints t Joist ends t Kicker joints t Dot and dab t Loft hatches t Penetrations: pipes, cables or any


All the might of the world’s best insulation and energyefficient heating systems will be lost quickly if warm air can quickly leak out of a building soon to be replaced with cold, damp air leaking in.

So, the lesson is, seal all those small cracks and holes and your customers will remember you well for many years after as they revel in the warm comfort and low energy bills only an airtight building affords.



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bridging external and internal walls

t Connections: underfloor heating, light fitting switches/sockets t Timber frame t Dot and dab plasterboard. t Once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. So what’s the answer? How to stop cold air getting in, warm air getting out Your priority is to stop warm air leaking out of a building which will help stop uncontrolled air moving around. What are the options to remedy leaky buildings? A whole range of strategies are at your disposal but I’d recommend. 1. Have a plan – showing airtightness layers – it says ‘we’re serious about this’. 2. Share it with every trade and get them ‘on the same page’ - ensure every trade knows you’re aiming for airtightness.

Building Regulations (for England & Wales) set a mandatory requirement for airtightness. All buildings must meet ‘reasonable standards’ and newly built dwellings undergo a pressure test. They must achieve air leakage of less than 10m3/hm2. That is the air leakage rate per hour, per square metre of envelope area. The m3/hm2 figure is the headline ‘pass or fail’ number produced by the air testing engineer and demonstrates how much air (typically by depressurising) is being sucked into the building through ‘leakage’ when the fan is operating at 50 Pascals.

Ideal or the ‘maximum’ air tightness you want to achieve is: 4-5m3/hm2 in a naturally vented building – ie using extract fans, trickle vents and windows. Any tighter than that and you’ll need forced ventilation ie a mechanical ventilation system with or without a heat recovery function (MVHR) which extracts and recycles heat from exiting air to warm the incoming fresh air.

Help is at hand The good news is that modern materials are now evolving to make airtightness easier and more affordable to achieve. Blowerproof is nothing short of airproofing magic because:

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substrate (plaster, steel, masonry, render, cement, wood, mineral wool, humid surfaces), cables, pipes. Blowerproof creates an uninterrupted membrane which resists puncture. It paints on blue, dries jet black so you can see that a permanent seal has been achieved. There is a white version too that can be used under plaster. It’s a viscous liquid so it seals every nook and cranny no matter how tricky the shape of the gap or hole. You can then plaster, paint or do whatever else you need to over it. Brushes rinse out with water. It’s safe ie VOC free and BAA-certified.

And it costs £50 a tub so quickly justifies both its product and labour costs. So, the lesson is, seal all those small cracks and holes and your customers will remember you well for many years after as they revel in the warm comfort and low energy bills only an airtight building affords.

See how to create airtight membranes quickly and easily: www.blowerproof.co.uk.

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The test measures uncontrolled air leakage from gaps and cracks in the fabric of the building ie not air escaping from trickle vents, extract fans or ventilation systems which are sealed prior to testing.

That may make your electrician punch a hole in a wall differently. Frequently inspect – to check the airproof layer has not been compromised by shoddy workmanship. Beware of dry lining – dot and dab creates corridors for air to move between the blockwork and plasterboard. Plastering is airtight but you still need to ensure all junctions are sealed between floors and skirtings as well as floors and ceilings. Don’t use expanding foam – it shrinks and breaks down over time. Invest in an anemometer - to measure, detect and demonstrate leaks. Here’s a checklist: a. Penetrations b. Windows (especially dormer) c. Door jambs d. Cills e. Lintels f. Heating manifolds (underfloor systems and radiator pipes) g. Boiler flues h. Water pipes i. Gas pipes j. Drainage/soil pipes k. Electricity cables and meter boxes l. Suspended ceilings m. Cupboards n. Loft hatches o. Bath panels p. Light fittings particularly downlights, pull cords, switches and sockets.



TeknosPro’s Siloksan range of paints and primers include Siloksan Façade and Siloksan Gel. Perfect for reinforcing and protecting outdoor spaces, CE approved Siloksan Façade is manufactured for use on concrete, plaster, lime-sand brick and mineral boards. The waterborne, full matt silicone emulsion paint is permeable, both UV light and heat resistant and features water-repellent technology which prevents corrosion from acid gases. Siloksan Façade does not require a separate priming coat when used in conjunction with Siloksan Gel for the first coat.

A waterborne gel containing polysiloxane, Siloksan Gel improves the water-repellent qualities of Siloksan Façade, preventing rain and splash water from seeping into surfaces. Perfect for use on wood and other surfaces that are required to “breathe”, Siloksan Gel enables water vapour from within exteriors to escape. Due to the nature of the gel,

PREPARING THE FLOORING SURFACE Preparing a wooden floor for the application of a finish can be a long and tiring process. Osmo UK, the wood finishes expert, provides professionals with a quicker and easier option that changes the way in which wood is treated.

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To achieve an attractive, aesthetically pleasing wooden floor, it is important to ensure the flooring surface is prepared before the finish is applied. Traditionally, oil finishes require the surface to be sanded very finely to ensure the surface remains smooth. To achieve this result, extra sanding work is required. Osmo changes this process for professionals. When using Osmo’s eco-friendly wood finishes, the surface no longer requires fine sanding. Due to Osmo finishes being very viscid, and containing both oils and waxes, the wood absorbs the finish to provide a smooth surface, resulting in the extra level of sanding not being required. The guidelines for sanding a floor in preparation for an Osmo product is P100 – P150, depending on the wood. Generally, P120 provides the best results. Before sanding begins, the surface must be clean, dry and frost-free, with a maximum moisture content of 20% (be cautious with woods with high moisture such as green oak). Clean or slightly sand old microporous (oil-based) finishes or remove old varnishes and lacquers. Sand carefully before application starting with a coarse paper - final sanding grade for brush or roller application is between P120-150. To achieve the smooth flooring surface, the wood should be sanded in the direction of the grain. Moving the sandpaper continuously will prevent marks where the sanding machine has stopped. For edges that cannot be reached, the solution is using a special edge sander. The result is a smooth surface with a vivid optical character.


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surfaces do not need multiple coats, as with normal primers, resulting in Siloksan Gel being cost-effective for painting requirements. For further information, contact 01608 688925 or visit www.teknos.co.uk.

STOCRETEC LAUNCHES A NEW SURFACE COATING FOR CONCRETE PROTECTION A leading European concrete product specialist has introduced a new product into the UK which provides a proven method of keeping concrete structures dry and protected against the threat of corrosion. Launched by StoCretec – a recognized supplier of concrete restoration, protection and strengthening solutions - StoCryl V 700 borrows a technique found in nature to create a highly effective water-repellent effect on the concrete surface that also acts as an effective barrier to carbon dioxide. To delay the onset of algae and fungal growth, StoCryl V 700’s innovative formulation creates a surface coating which is covered by microscopic peaks and bumps. These repel water very efficiently, while the channels between them funnel the water away quickly and easily. This enables the surface to dry far more rapidly than with traditional finishes, even if they are located in areas of shadow and away from any sunlight. By controlling the moisture present on the concrete surface, StoCryl V 700 restricts the establishment of microorganisms, meaning the surface looks better for longer.

European concrete product specialist StoCretec has introduced a new product into the UK. StoCryl V 700 creates a highly effective water-repellent effect on concrete surfaces that also acts as an effective barrier to carbon dioxide.

StoCryl V 700 incorporates an acrylic binding agent which gives the coating excellent mechanical strength, great CO2resistance and a high degree of structural consistency. It forms a rugged and reliable bond with the concrete surface, and also makes an important contribution to environmental protection as it not only protects against the ingress of CO2 but is a CO2-neutral product in its manufacture. It is available in a wide range of colour-stable shades. www.sto.co.uk/stocretec


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Norcros Adhesives Relaunches its 4 into 1 Grout Range with New Formulations and Colours Norcros Adhesives is relaunching its successful 4 into 1 grout range with new improved formulations, new colours, packaging and marketing support.


he Norcros 4 into 1 Grouts & Sealants range has established itself in recent years as one of the leading ranges on the market, known for technical excellence and ease of use, so the relaunch will be of considerable interest both to fixers and distributors.

where limited background movement or vibration can occur, such as in heated floors or where tiling has been applied to wooden flooring. They are also suitable for use in wider joint applications of up to 12mm.

The new products have been reformulated to be both efflorescence-resistant and water-repellant. Efflorescence is the movement of salts towards the surface of a porous material, generally the grout lines, where it can leave an unsightly deposit. In some tiling installations this can be a real problem which negatively affects the aesthetic appearance of a tiled surface.

The new range has been considerably expanded and now includes a total of 15 colours, reflecting current tile trends, in particular the escalating popularity of wood effect tiles. Norcros Adhesives has added four new colours to the 4 into 1 Grouts range. These are specifically designed to complement the new generation of modern tiles. The colours have been formulated so that they now match the existing successful Norcros Flexible Wide Joint grout range.

The formulation also contains Norcros Stop Mould Antibacterial additives to protect against mould and discolouration, which can occur in areas which will be subject to moisture or high humidity. The grouts can be used either internally or externally and in permanently immersed locations such as swimming pools. They are suitable for use with all types of wall and floor tiles, including natural stone, especially where a narrow fine-textured joint is required. The new grouts have a high flexural strength, meaning they are suitable for use in areas

To assist specifiers and architects at the design stage, the colours of the new range can also now be quoted as RAL numbers. Autumn Chestnut, Forest Acorn, Tropical Ebony and Rustic Cedar are the new colours joining the range. The remaining colours which formed part of the previous range have all been reformulated, repackaged and mostly renamed. The new names are Arctic White, Oxford Stone, Golden Jasmine, Cornish Cream, Blanched Almond, Sandy Beach, Silver Grey, Steel Grey, Slate Grey, Midnight Coal and Coffee Bean.

The new range has been considerably expanded and now includes a total of 15 colours, reflecting current tile trends, in particular the escalating popularity of wood effect tiles.

“With this exciting new range, we have sought to address two key issues,” says Mandy Searle, technical services manager at Norcros Adhesives. “Firstly the issue of efflorescence, which can be an unsightly problem for fixers, for which we believe we have provided a solution by implementing a technical enhancement of the product. Secondly we have addressed the need to match our grouts to the latest fashion trends in the tiling market.” The new 4 into 1 grouts are available in 5kg or 10kg bags and are covered by the usual Norcros lifetime guarantee. They are also supported by a new A4 Colour Samples folder. This comes on a durable heavy duty folding card. It includes product and application guidance on all Norcros grouts and sealants, including the 4 into 1 range. It also features sample sticks which can be used to test against actual tiles, providing a real benefit for fixers who are looking to coordinate grout lines with their tiling selections.

More detail on the entire Norcros Adhesives product range, including the new grouts, is available on the company’s new website at www.norcros-adhesives.co.uk.

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Goole Academy renovation completed by Britcon

New Atatürk Cultural Center renovates a 1960’s classic for cultural life into a new urban attraction Tabanlıoğlu Architects – an award-winning global architecture firm based in Istanbul with offices in New York City, has announced the reconstruction of the Ataturk Cultural Center in Istanbul (AKM). The center, which will overlook the city’s iconic Taksim Square, will be a reflection of Turkey’s modernization efforts. The new project is expected to be completed in 2019.


enowned architect Murat Tabanlıoğlu is modernizing the cultural center his father, Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu, once designed in the 1960s, and again in the 1970s after his first design burnt down. The Ataturk Cultural Center will be the new centrally located home for Istanbul’s arts and culture scene of twenty-first century Istanbul. Not only will the new center have one of the largest opera houses in the world but it will also provide art galleries, libraries, cafes and restaurants for visitors.

Building and engineering company, Britcon has completed major refurbishment works for Goole Academy high school.


he project, valued at close to £1m, was awarded to Britcon by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) working with Arcadis LLP. It is part of the Government’s £4.4 billion Priority School Building Programme which is rebuilding or refurbishing those school buildings in the very worst condition across the country. Britcon has replaced all drainage around the complex of buildings on Centenary Road originally built in the early 1900’s. It has also completed major external works which include new hard and soft landscaping including an extensive new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), roads, paving, planting and irrigation and fixtures such as lighting. John Whitmore, Director at Britcon, said, “The project was complex in that we have to replace critical facilities whist in a live school environment where over 1000 pupils and teaching staff are circulating. The Academy has a listed element and due to the age of the buildings the draining needed renewing. The external works also provide for a more productive environment with new class leading sports facilities and enhanced wayfinding.”

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Britcon has extensive expertise in the education sector. As well as the Goole Academy it has completed major building and refurbishment projects for Royds Hall School in Huddersfield, Roundhay Primary School in Leeds and Ward Green School in Barnsley Other projects include the University of York, University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield and Queen Ethelberga’s Collegiate.


The new contemporary culture center will appeal to a general public greater than other facilities have previously been possible to accommodate. Although it will mainly serve as a new opera house, the center will also have venues ranging from cinema and theater to exhibition halls, cafes and restaurants. The Atatürk Cultural Center will be built to accommodate performances of international stature and designed to contemporary requirements and current technologies. As a very comprehensive urban structure, the center is also expected to be a major attraction for the city’s residents and thousands of tourists visiting from around the world. The announcement of the new Ataturk Cultural Center was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Murat Tabanlıoğlu, founder of Tabanlioglu Architects, architect for the center, said: “It is very gratifying to have taken over such a heritage, beyond that, of course, we see this building to be a permanent cultural symbol for Turkey and the world. I was very excited to be invited by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism months ago to work on this project.” He shared his feelings and added,” Since the needs and functions of a cultural establishment and the building have changed over time, they have to be renewed in spatial, structural, and modern terms with current solutions. It is inevitable to incorporate technical requirements and possibilities into such a structure, especially at the point of performing a very special and complex function like opera. Eventually, architecture, technology, infrastructure and systems needed fresh blood for the performance of opera and ballet, and the recent condition of the center did not meet the need, moreover like people, in terms of structure the buildings get old and weaken. So, of course with the principle of staying true to the collective memory of the city, we kept the dimensions and its significant façade of the 60’s, and conveyed the building into the 21st century. ” The building is planned to measure highly on sustainability criteria, and evaluated to the highest standards of technological performance and architectural design, in the context of its surroundings as well. AKM will be one of the world’s most prominent opera houses and cultural centers, providing unrivaled, rich performances that often require complex technologies for staging, lighting, and acoustical excellence. The Design Program

As a business Britcon also actively engages with all the Education establishments with whom it works to support learning practices in the construction sector, setting coursework around its projects, and providing educational site visits and placement opportunities.

The arts and culture units articulated in the main building, which will have 2500 seats, include a large hall with natural acoustics. Hence, the new AKM will be transformed from a single unit into a large, comprehensive cultural complex.

Established for more than 26 years, Britcon is £50 million turnover business headquartered in Scunthorpe and directly employs 90 people on its project sites across the UK. It is currently listed by the London Stock Exchange in its latest report of ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’.

Alternative and secondary features such as smaller concert halls, theater halls, cinemas, libraries, design shops, and cafes and restaurants between them, will be located at various levels along the culture street that is passed through the annex; the low-rise serial buildings connected to each other, and ultimately to the main building, via their lobbies. These capacities are also independently accessible from the street level.

Through the cascading extension with a green landscaped roof, a second entry, or a secondary piazza, is granted that will be formed in the direction of the congress valley where Atatürk Library and Technical University are located. Being public buildings, one of the most notable elements of opera houses are squares. AKM defines the edge of the Taksim Square, and the new project enhances the relationship with its unifying and connective accomplishment through art and cultural activities. More transparent than the old one, AKM’s façade will be reconstructed, enlivened by one of the biggest screens of the world, so that the performances realized on the stage inside will simultaneously broadcast on the screen for the public, through high quality display. This transparency will provide a clear view of the red outer shell filling the volume of the main opera hall; the powerful image of the bright semi sphere will emphasize the presence of the Opera House. On the roof of the main structure, there will be a restaurant affording panoramic views of the Bosphorus. Along with opening the spectacle to public, it is envisaged that this meeting place will provide opportunity for financial support for the operation of the cultural center. Besides the unquestionable cultural advantage to be gained through the re-establishment of AKM, local products and natural materials will be used in the construction, recalling the fact that many of the materials came from abroad during the period when AKM was first built. Now, thanks to the modern production capacity that Turkey has achieved today, local products will be used. A New Center in the Context of a Great City, with a Keen and Sensitive Eye to the Past Architecturally, with its multi-layers and alternative functionalities, AKM is also defined as a basis for sociocultural consensus; a valuable metropolitan tool that lives every hour of the day, with contemporary aesthetics and a high representation value, and at the same time, an inclusive and embracing urban magnet. One of the most important modernist buildings of Istanbul, AKM will survive preserving its significant values through the creativity and richness of the original architecture while updating the requirements of its functions, as well as meeting the qualities of urban life of the new century. The new Ataturk Cultural Center, planned to be completed in 2019, will also serve as a case study on the architectural structures of the 60’s, a base for academic discussions in setting the principles of their protection and preservation, as many of the countries in the world today retain much older buildings, while the 1960’s buildings are being demolished.

Shellac Prime-All In modern terms when we hear the word Shellac we think of shellac nails which are a popular choice for women! Mainly because they are familiar with how well it sticks and lasts on their nails. The same resin “Shellac” is now used in COO-VAR’s new Shellac Prime-All.


hat is Shellac?

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac beetle as she feeds on the sap of trees in the forests of Thailand and India. It is processed and sold as dry flakes and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which has been used for thousands of years as a brushon varnish, colourant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac is a natural bio adhesive making it good at sticking to a wide range of surfaces including wood composites, plaster, cement some plastics and brickwork. Shellac is also a naturally occurring Thermoplastic which can melt and re set when cold.

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hellac as a Primer

Coo-Var manufacturers of Paints, Primers and Specialised Coatings have recently launched their latest specialist primer; Shellac PrimeAll which is a heavy duty shellac based coating designed to block out difficult stains from nicotine, pen, oils, water stains and odours on a range of different substrates.

Shellac is a natural bio adhesive making it good at sticking to a wide range of surfaces including wood composites, plaster, cement some plastics and brickwork. Shellac is also a naturally occurring Thermoplastic which can melt and re set when cold.

This Shellac primer is a credible alternative to the market leader and is touch dryy in 10 mins and can be overcoated in just 30 minutes. “Coo-Var Shellac Prime-All has excellent adhesion to a wide range of surfaces such as timber, wood composites and plaster. It is delivered as a white paint that deals with a range of problematic stains and odours including water stains, pen oils and can be used to seal tar, bitumen and creosoted surfaces. It can subsequently be overcoated with both water and oil based paint systems for the final colour and gloss. Most importantly for our customers Shellac PrimeAll dries incredibly quickly allowing them to save time and get on with the job.” Says Danielle Dutton – Coo-Var Brand Manager. Coo-Var has been a manufacturer of specialist problem solving paint products since 1908, based in Hull, East Yorkshire. They have seen continual growth and investment in both manufacturing and staff resources. Paints ranging from Floor, Sport and Line Marking paints through to specialist paints such as Anti-Condensation, Varnishes and Oils. Coo-Var products enhance Safety and Security, as well as the appearance.

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ISO-CHEMIE SHOWCASES PASSIVHAUS SEALANTS AT ECOBUILD Designers and architects will be targeted at Ecobuild 2018 by foam tape producer ISO-CHEMIE with its display of high performance airtightness and sealing solutions (stand E30). Products that will feature will include ISO-TOP WINFRAMER and BLOCO ONE, which provide high performance airtightness and thermal insulation of joints, alongside the ISO-FLAME fire rated range.


WINFRAMER is a structurally solid, pre-fabricated installation frame manufactured in a range of variations and sizes, enabling it to be cut quickly to length on site and secured in position using a single component adhesive and, if necessary, fixing screws. A multi-purpose foam tape, ISO-BLOCO ONE enables rapid sealing of windows from inside the building during construction, avoiding the need to use time consuming and costly external access systems. This can provide cost savings of up to 70% when compared to traditional three ISO-TOP WINFRAMER and BLOCO ONE will component systems.

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feature on the ISO-CHEMIE stand at Ecobuild


ISO-FLAME KOMBI is a PUR sealing tape equipped with a special flame-retardant impregnation which provides up to 120 minutes fire and smoke resistance, ensuring compliance with the most stringent fire-protection requirements. The range also includes BRICK for closing off rectangular and irregular openings in fire walls and ceilings, and the PLUG fire-stop for single cables and cable bundles. ISO-CHEMIE’s presence at Ecobuild comes as the firm, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of foam sealant solutions, sees building regulations set to get tougher, with matters around airtightness and thermal loss around windows being policed more rigorously. For more information about ISO CHEMIE contact Andrew Swift, national sales manager on tel. 07837 337220 or email a.swift@iso-chemie.co.uk















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An Air of Academic Excellence GEZE UK has provided a breath of fresh air to an extraordinary facility which boasts academic excellence and innovation. The refurbishment of West Court – part of Jesus College, Cambridge - incorporates GEZE’s natural ventilation system to create the ideal learning environment.


the development, including a conference room with the iconic Lantern Tower, lobby and reception area, and uses GEZE’s award-winning Slimchain automatic window drive and is managed by the WS 1000 indoor climate building control.

This is connected to a weather station and together they balance internal conditions such as air quality, temperature and humidity with external elements such as rain and wind speeds to achieve desired requirements. Experts believe that improving indoor air quality by utilising natural air flow significantly improves cognitive performance – ideal for a building which houses the College’s new Intellectual Forum, a spearheading research organisation that applies critical-thinking to global problems. GEZE UK provided a full suite of natural ventilation products which include Slimchain window actuators for outward opening vents , DMS 5 open/close controllers, temperature sensors, weather station and WS 1000 touch screen controller. The Slimchain actuator range is extremely versatile and an ideal choice in creating a climate control package. It has a broad range of applications and meets diverse requirements for varying loads, upstroke lengths, opening widths and the widest range of installation types. With a maximum upstroke of 800 millimetres, it achieves a large aerodynamic opening width, meaning that it can also be used in natural smoke and heat extraction devices (SHEVs) in line with EN 12101-2. Its discreet design proved to be the perfect accompaniment to architect Niall McLaughlin’s design which combined organic aesthetics with the exacting demands of functionality to create a multi-

purpose development within an historic setting. West Court was a three-phase development which involved the renovation of existing buildings and incorporated part of the historic Wesley House. This was a red-brick training college for Methodist ministers designed by Maurice Everett Webb but in the 1970’s, a section spanning the city’s medieval King’s Ditch, was filled with a contemporary building. The McLaughlin practice was given the task of envisaging a new frontage for the Jesus Lane infill along with new parts to the building after winning a competition when the project got underway in 2014. It was funded, in part, by donations and bequests. McLaughlin has used natural ash to clad the building and this flows through to its interiors which not only provides a natural look but also helps to minimise noise within auditorium areas from the busy road outside. The windows can be concealed by wooden louvred shutters which are a design feature repeated around the building. These are not only part of the aesthetic, and a possible nod to the building’s historic setting, but have practical uses including adjusting light levels when staging lectures and presentations. The facilities incorporate:

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common rooms, and a dedicated student events space – with its own micro-brewery an academic centre with lecture theatre that seat 180 people, a suite of meeting and interactive rooms equipped with stateof-the-art audio visual facilities and offices for research staff. accommodation for visiting scholars. the Laura Case Medical Teaching Suite

West Court is also home to the Cambridge Peking University China Centre. Andy Howland, GEZE UK’s Sales and Marketing Director, said that he was thrilled that GEZE’s natural ventilation and indoor climate control system was incorporated into such a landmark development.

“It is fascinating to think of the innovation and creativity that will be generated by the world’s best minds within West Court in the years to come. We are delighted that GEZE UK was able to contribute to functionality of a building with such fabulous credentials in supporting wellbeing within an esteemed educational establishment.”

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators, manual door closers and window technology products call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.

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Dr Richard Anthony, Bursar at Jesus College, said: “Bringing our plans for West Court to fruition has proved to be one of the most important projects in the College’s history. West Court is already benefitting our students, academics and alumni; and will provide excellent conferencing, study and accommodation facilities for visiting scholars from around the world.”



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Touch Ironmongery Ltd

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Established 35 years ago in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers.


Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell.

In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze –solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look. Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are interested in the top end of the Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential premises but hotel and office properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 33 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Alan Blanchard. Saleem Qureshi is the newest member of our team and has 10 years’ experience, meaning their knowledge is unrivalled in this industry. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition, Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen

in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are

The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.

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As well as specialist bespoke items, Croft supply over 1000 products, available in 23 different finishes to furnish high end residential and commercial properties, royal palaces, government houses, historic castles and stately homes.


Selectaglaze passes the test with flying colours Mr and Mrs Coombes moved to Oakham in Rutland, the smallest county in England, where they purchased a Grade II Listed Georgian house. A lengthy military and diplomatic career had seen the couple living in numerous countries across the globe, but retirement brought them back to Rutland two and half years ago.

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he property was constructed in the 18th Century and is one of the town’s landmark houses; built of local red and blue chequered brick under a Collyweston stone roof, it is full of charm. Due to its Listing, the original features had to be retained. The study, dining room and 2 bedrooms at the front of the property suffered from noise ingress and the rear bedrooms and living room were subjected to heat loss and draughts.


The previous owners had totally refurbished the house 5-6 years ago, which included a contemporary extension, redecoration of the property and the refurbishment of all the original sashes. However, the renovation of the windows did little to enhance the ambient environment in many of the rooms. The Coombes’ set about researching options to improve the efficiency of the original

windows and decided upon secondary glazing “When we walked into our bedroom in the winter and we could see our own breath, we just knew we had to do something to improve the thermal efficiency of the property.” Said Mr Coombes A total of 12 units were fitted into 8 openings; many of which had insufficient window board depth to accommodate the secondary glazing, so extended sill timbers were fitted. All the grounds were colour matched to the secondary glazing, to negate the need for on-site decoration, reducing installation time and inconvenience to the owners. All units including the two splay bays at the rear of the property blend in seamlessly and are barely noticeable.

“The secondary glazing has made a remarkable difference. We can now sit and have a civilised conversation in the dining room without the interruptions of passing traffic and the rooms at the rear of the property are a comfortable temperature. We are absolutely delighted with the final product and can only offer the highest of praise to all the staff from Selectaglaze involved with the project.” Working on all building types from new build to Listed, Royal Warrant holder Selectaglaze offers a wide product range to make buildings warmer, quieter and safer.

Contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271 e mail: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk

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GARADOR’S NEW E-POD SYSTEM TAKES UNCERTAINTY OUT OF DELIVERY The UK’s leading garage door manufacturer, Garador, has invested in a new electronic proof of delivery (E-pod) system in order to offer a more informative and accurate delivery service.

change in delivery times. Even in the best organised transport system, traffic and other problems can cause slight hold ups and the new system will give customers a far more accurate idea of when their door order will arrive.

Through text messages to a mobile phone or by email, the E-pod system will provide customers with automated notifications of delivery times. They will also be given full access to a quick and clear tracking system, which will be regularly updated to reflect any

Garador’s Managing Director Simon Hipgrave explains, “We understand the frustration and problems our customers face when there is uncertainty over delivery time and feel that this additional service will really help our customers to manage their building projects better,

as they will have more information on when their door will arrive.” The timing of delivery of large items such as garage doors can be a crucial aspect in a build. With Garador’s new E-pod system customers will be kept right up to date with accurate indications of real time delivery. In addition to this, the E-Pod system is also a greener solution as it is electronic and does therefore not require the printing of hundreds of sheets of paper, as a proof of delivery.

One of Garador’s other recent innovations, has already led the way by introducing Visualise your Door online technology, a new website-based tool to show exactly what a new Garador garage door will look like on a property.

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Expansion complete on popular DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester hotel and spa Steeped in 18th Century history, The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester, is now looking to the future as the work to add 79 new luxury bedrooms completes. anaged by Valor Hospitality Europe, the hotel has undergone an extensive transformation to keep up with everincreasing demand. The hotel’s popularity has soared in recent years and is a sought-after venue for wedding, spa and leisure breaks.


As well as the addition of the new bedrooms, the renovation works to the former 18th Century manor house also include the entrance, reception, lounge and lobby areas which have benefitted from makeovers, bringing contemporary design throughout the hotel. With a total of 219 bedrooms now available, the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester is one of the leading leisure hotels in the area and is now able to respond to the growing demand for residential conferences, as well as overnight spa breaks. The new bedroom design, led by Rethink Interiors, incorporates elements of the hotel’s rich past, having once been owned by revolutionary pioneer balloonist, Thomas Baldwin. Artwork in the bedrooms shows off the hotel’s history, also drawing on local scenes from around the city and the famous Chester Zoo which is less than 10 minutes away.

Managed by Valor Hospitality Europe, the hotel has undergone an extensive transformation to keep up with ever-increasing demand. The hotel’s popularity has soared in recent years and is a sought-after venue for wedding, spa and leisure breaks. The first phase of the renovation programme completed at the end of 2016 and saw a brand-new restaurant open at the hotel. The Garden Room and Terrace specialises in dishes that use the very best British ingredients wherever possible, taking diners on a unique journey as they follow the provenance of the suppliers, from land, sea and garden, while taking in the views out over the original walled garden and historic gardens. As well as The Garden Room and Terrace, the hotel is also home to the popular Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment. Brian McCarthy, managing director of Valor Hospitality Europe, said: “The addition of the new bedrooms is a direct result of the rise in demand for the hotel, and shows our dedication to investing in its long-term future. “Chester is continuing to establish itself as a leading business and leisure destination, with a growing commercial centre and tourist attractions drawing impressive visitor numbers, so it makes perfect sense for us to put the investment in.” Edward Cross, general manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester, said: “While our spa and leisure packages remain popular, business travellers continue to look to the DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester for its premier location and excellent facilities. “We’re proud to provide services above and beyond those expected in everyday hotels and this extends to our business offering. Our unique event and meeting spaces, as well as the hotel’s historic setting and gardens, offer the perfect backdrop to corporate functions, and we look forward to hosting more of them in 2018.”

Valor Hospitality Europe has been operational in the UK for three years and manages 17 properties in its UK portfolio on behalf of investment vehicles affiliated with MCAP Global Finance Ltd.

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Situated just outside of Chester city centre, the hotel benefits from easy access to family favourite Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks as well as all the amenities and attractions that the city has to offer.


ecobuild 2018 the event shaped by the industry ecobuild is returning to the ExCeL London in March 2018 and under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events Ltd, things are set to be very different. The event is being designed and built around the industry, bringing to life the latest technology, freshest thinking and most innovative materials.


he event is not only being shaped through comprehensive industry feedback, but also with direct input from leading industry influencers. These include Lynne Sullivan, Nathan Baker, Julie Hirigoyen, Darren Richards and Peter Murray, who are all members of the ecobuild Steering Group, which is helping to set the agenda for the event. The CPD-accredited conference programme This year’s conference takes its lead from global environmental targets, with sessions reflecting the concerns of the built environment industry and formulating practical recommendations for action.

Surrounding the conference arena will be the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment. The showcases will truly put sustainability at the heart of the event.

A number of key themes and focuses will run through the conference programme. Day One begins with some of the most pressing global issues, delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda. The session will be chaired by the former Labour Head of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley, and will feature keynote speaker, Paula Caballero, Global Director of the Climate Programme at the World Resources Institute – one of the driving forces behind the development of the SDGs. ecobuild Sustainability Showcases Surrounding the conference arena will be the ecobuild sustainability showcases, home to the some of the most innovative solutions to the issues facing the built environment. The showcases will truly put sustainability at the heart of the event. They include a pioneering approach to turning waste into a valuable resource from architect and environmental activist, Duncan Baker-Brown, and a Natural Building Products café where experts will be on hand to provide

demonstrations and information about natural building materials and techniques. There will also be the Sustainable Product Showcase, where The Passivhaus Trust and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products will present top products and materials. The futurebuild districts Surrounding this will be a series of futurebuild districts – each focusing on a distinct, critical segment of the built environment. Among those is the Building Performance district, where attendees can explore the wellbeing agenda across new build, refurb and retrofit projects. Leading brands responsible for providing the envelope of buildings will showcase the latest construction materials, products and technologies. Visitors can also hear from experts as part of the district’s seminar programme, sponsored by Kingspan. Gwyn Roberts, New Homes and Communications Team Leader at BRE, will be leading a panel discussion on how to deliver quality homes on day one of the event. Joanne Wade, Chief Executive at the Association for the Conservation of Energy, will also be hosting a session – named “A genuinely low-carbon housing stock: pipe-dream or industry blueprint?”, it will explore whether there are many barriers to transforming existing homes and if the UK is ready to renovate.

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Other districts include District Energy, Infrastructure, Timber, Concrete, Offsite, Green & Blue Infrastructure and Energy & HVAC.


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The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to increase Midland’s property development

Latest figures released by the National Custom & Self Build Association reveal that 33,000 people have already signed up to the Right to Build register since October 2017, which means that at least half of the demand for serviced plots will have to be authorised by October 2019. o support more people in their desire to build homes in the region and inspire remodelling projects, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to the NEC, Birmingham from 22-25 March 2018. Over four packed days, visitors will benefit from more than 500 exhibitors and 16 free daily seminars and masterclasses in the extended venue.


The event is a best-in-class marketplace for all the latest products and services provided by specialist companies in industries ranging from kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; heating; energy efficiency; architecture; design; financial services; planning permission and much more. Aside from providing advice and guidance, real case studies will be at the show to discuss the dilemmas they faced during their self-build/renovation experience, helping visitors with similar problems. On site, visitors will be able to book bespoke consultations with celebrity experts who present their favourite TV property programmes. Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Best Laid Plans’, will be on-hand to discuss homes of the future, new architectural ideas and eco living. Julia Kendell, interior design expert for BBC’s ‘DIY SOS The Build’ and ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’, will also be there to meet with visitors and talk about trendy interior adaptions and offer inspiration to anyone who wants to revamp their home.

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The Advice Centre, a drop-in hub for one-onone impartial guidance, is open to people who are interested in running ideas past property specialists with years of experience in their field. This show area will see the return of the Ask the Builder zone, where visitors will be given tips on locating approved construction workers from members of the Federation of Master Builders.


Visitors who are interested in free one-on-one appointments with chartered specialists from RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) will want to stop by the Ask the Architect area, which will cover a wide array of topics such as extensions, new builds, internal alterations and much more. For objective tailored advice, the Ask the Expert zone will provide 15-minute consultations via interactive sessions with

some of the UK’s leading property specialists. Visitors will be able to talk through their plans with Michael Holmes (director of content and product development for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Jason Orme (editorial director of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine; Mariana Pedroso (interior designer and architect); Hugo Tugman (chair and founder of Architect Your Home); Tim Pullen (eco-expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Bob Branscombe (building expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine); Allan Corfield (self-build expert of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine) and Sally Tagg (an expert on planning permission). Across the four days, Oakwrights Design Consultation and The Potton Lounge will be offering free consultations with members of their design teams. They will help visitors envisage, create and deliver their own tailored new home from scratch. Attendees who are interested in these consultations can pre-book an appointment on the event’s website. The show app is also available for download on Android and iPhone. The app will facilitate consumers visiting the venue, having the option of scheduling and sending alerts for key seminars and masterclasses, browsing through the list of specialists available at the Advice Centre, and accessing the latest offers and travel information. Standard tickets are £12 in advance or £18 on the door (children under 16 go free). For further information visit www. homebuildingshow.co.uk/national or call the ticket hotline on 0844 854 0503 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).

For objective tailored advice, the Ask the Expert zone will provide 15-minute consultations via interactive sessions with some of the UK’s leading property specialists.

Homeowners urged to plan effectively for renovations in 2018 New research shows over half do not know how they will pay for works including new kitchens, bathrooms and extensions.


elux urges homeowners to seek professional help before carrying out major renovations to their home in 2018, after research reveals that the majority fail to properly consider the financial consequences. New research by VELUX shows that despite onefifth (20%) of homeowners planning to carry out work to their home next year, a third have not costed the project and 52% admit they do not know how they will pay for it. Low interest rates and soaring house prices have made borrowing to renovate your home seem more attractive than moving, but research shows that many people don’t properly plan ahead. Only 15% of people have spoken to an architect about their renovation plans and three quarters have not yet received a competitive building quote. The festive period is traditionally the season when homeowners start to think about home improvements and making those essential repairs. It is therefore not surprising that almost a third of homeowners (29%) are hoping to start work in the first quarter of the year. The majority (48%) are planning to paint and decorate, but a high proportion of homeowners hope to carry out major renovations with new kitchens (39%), bathrooms (35%), extensions (20%) and new windows (17%) topping the home improvements wish list. Grant Sneddon, product manager from VELUX, said: “It’s the time of year when many families start sketching their plans to transform their homes, which can be anything from small projects such as replacing windows to renovating a kitchen or building a large-scale extension. “What our comprehensive research underlines is that an increasing number of homeowners are turning to renovations to improve their existing homes rather than move house. This is a great idea as upsizing to a bigger property isn’t easy in today’s climate and tackling a renovation can be a great way to create a unique home. “Whatever the project, it’s absolutely crucial to bring in a good professional as early as possible. Not only will they steer your project from start to finish, and work within your budget to help you get the space you want, but they’ll also come up with ideas that you might not have considered. One of

Latest News those considerations which should always come into play at an early stage is the importance of natural daylight in bringing your project to life.” VELUX wants to help make your projects a little easier with these top tips. 1. Work out your budget: It sounds obvious, but it is vital to look at all aspects of your project and work out how much you have to spend. You should allow a 15% contingency to cover any surprises. 2. Find professional help: Ask friends and family for a recommendation of an architect or builder – you should then check to see whether they have past experience with home extension projects. 3. Planning permission: Ensure you understand the relevant planning rules that apply to your area. 4. Building regulations: You might need to submit drawings to your local Building Control Department to ensure your extension meets building regulations and that it is safe and legal. If you are making any major structural changes to your property, like knocking down a wall, then you may also need to undertake a structural survey. 5. Set a time frame: This will help you manage your expectations and, more importantly, your budget. It will also help the professionals you are dealing with.

For more information or inspiration on how to create your dream home, visit www.velux.co.uk

“Whatever the project, it’s absolutely crucial to bring in a good professional as early as possible. Not only will they steer your project from start to finish, and work within your budget to help you get the space you want, but they’ll also come up with ideas that you might not have considered.” Grant Sneddon, product manager from VELUX

UKATA announce attendance for South Wales Safety Group Alliance Annual Conference, 18 April The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) is attending The South Wales Safety Groups Alliance 3rd Annual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday 18 April. Over 300 delegates will gather at Cardiff City Stadium this year, they will also have the opportunity to hear from UKATA Director and globally recognised asbestos expert, Professor Roger Willey.

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iming to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of employees in South Wales, The South Wales Safety Groups Alliance comprises of the Wales Branch IIRSM; the South Wales Branch IOSH; South Wales Construction Safety Group; Cardiff and South East Wales Occupational Health and Safety Group and Swansea and West Wales Occupational Safety Group. The inaugural Conference and Exhibition was held in Cardiff in 2016 and success led to a second event in Swansea in 2017. UKATA will be making its debut at the event when it returns to Cardiff this year. “UKATA is delighted to be attending the Safety Groups Alliance Conference,” said UKATA Marketing and Events Officer, Victoria Castelluccio. “In addition to Professor Willey speaking from 12.05-12.45, UKATA’s General Manager Craig Evans and myself will also be there, to promote UKATA Members, support Roger and answer any questions delegates may have concerning asbestos training post Roger’s address.”

Professor Willey is one of the world’s foremost experts on asbestos and hazardous materials; having spoken across the globe and served as an expert witness in asbestos related court cases. This has included cases in Scotland; the High Courts of Ireland and Australia, as well as acting as Court Appointed Expert in the High Court in London. The Professor has served as

Victoria Castelluccio, UKATA Marketing and Events Officer

Branch Chairman of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), as Advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland on Sustainable Development, and remains a Director of UKATA and sits on the Executive Committee. “Roger has over 35 years of experience in the field, with many delegates attending events just to hear himspeak,” added Victoria. “Roger will cover current issues, the dangers of exposure and as always, will have his own unique style of delivering best practice messages for delegates to take away with them,” she concluded. UKATA is the leading authority for asbestos training provision in the United Kingdom. Tasked by the HSE in 2008 to manage the licensed asbestos training providers, UKATA has gone from strength to strength and now has over 180 member organisations from all corners of the UK. For further information, visit www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

dhff welcomes stricter Building Regulation and Fire Safety recommendations dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) has welcomed recommendations made in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’s Interim Report, published on 18 December, in particular, that those working on the design, construction, inspection and maintenance of complex and high-risk buildings are suitably qualified.

We fully support the proposals presented by this report, particularly pertaining to appropriate qualification of those responsible for manufacture, installation, repair and maintenance,” says dhf’s CEO, Bob Perry. “We have been actively lobbying for this and are pleased to work with other bodies in the industry to achieve this objective.

In November, the Tamworth-based trade association stressed the importance of compartmentation and

And the organisation has asserted that the UK should follow Europe’s lead in providing more thorough fire door maintenance procedures, which can ultimately, save lives. “Currently, we are lagging behind our European neighbours, but the appropriate changes would bring the UK in line with many other developed nations and help to ensure that inadequate standards do not lead to tragedy, such as Grenfell,” says Bob. “France is a

good example of a country that has more stringent fire door maintenance procedures in place.” France’s Article R. 122-16 of the Construction and Housing Code states it is the building owner’s responsibility to perform the necessary maintenance checks to ensure that fire doors fitted throughout a site are operating correctly. These inspections are carried out by trained professionals, as part of an accredited and recognised maintenance contract. Furthermore, all relevant staff are aware of what these maintenance checks include and how often they need to be carried out, with any maintenance inspections undertaken properly documented. Should a building owner be unable to provide these reports, the potential consequences include insurers being able to withdraw their cover, due to a lack of evidence that the necessary maintenance checks have taken place.

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“The issue of competence is crucial to fire doors as to many other systems within the building. In the case of fire doors, however, the system is uniquely vulnerable to damage caused by use and abuse. This necessitates a high level of maintenance activity, which must be continually undertaken by competent persons throughout the life of the building, not solely during the construction phase or major refurbishment. We would like to see these four elements become mandatory requirements to deliver simplification and underpin building regulation.”

called for urgent change in building regulations, urging the UK government to adopt and enforce a mandatory requirement for all fire doors to be factory prepared doorsets. Michael Skelding, dhf General Manager added, “We propose that any fire – or smoke – resistant door should be a factory-prepared doorset, manufactured under a third-party certification scheme, which is itself accredited by UKAS. Installation and maintenance of the doorsets should be undertaken only by companies certified to do so under a UKAS-accredited third-party certification scheme.”



housing development and hotels, together with numerous public and private sector applications. Available both in printed format and for download via the Vicaima website, the new Interior Door Selector sets out product ranges in a clear and easy to navigate format. Each range includes quality colour imagery to illustrate the products design potential, together with key facts to ensure the chosen model is right for the project. For specifiers with a keen eye on budgets, this IDS includes a useful Price Indicator Tool, which enables easy price comparison across different ranges, making final door selection so much simpler.

few companies bring the wealth of fresh design and stand out performance as Vicaima manage to do so every year. Entering a purple phase for their much loved Interior Door Selector (IDS), the 2017/18 edition has surpassed even Vicaima’s high standards, with the introduction of no less than six new ranges and a world of new colour and finish options. Encompassing 80 stimulating pages, this latest edition is their largest IDS yet and is certain to spark creative interest for their many markets; including

Among the many new and exciting ranges making their first appearance in the Vicaima 2017/18 Interior Door Selector are some exciting door ideas, including: M Range, a refined take on the Classic panel door in a wide section of lacquered colours; EX70 and EX20, two new collections that offer striking grain direction and a fusion of face finishes; The Rustic Collection, real quarter cut Ash veneer in a selection of four new stain finishes to give an open grain appearance. These and many more on-trend and visually stunning finishes make up a truly visionary compendium of interior doors for every application. To download your copy of the new 2017/18 Interior Door Selector, visit www.vicaima.com and select brochures, alternatively call 01793 532333 to reserve a printed copy or for further information.

NEW Controls for Simply Saving Energy DANLERS Limited have recently launched an extensive range of reliable, easy to install, controls for Lighting and HVAC including: NEW HIGH BAY CONTROLS An extensive range of controls suitable across a wide spectrum of high bay applications.

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NEW EASYZAPP SWITCHING CONTROLS Remotely programmable PIR Occupancy switches by mobile phone / tablet from up to 100m away. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options.

Surfaces formed of natural materials like stones, granites and woods are gaining popularity in kitchen trend guides as the ideal worktops. TrueScale by Formica Group captures the subtle variations and patterns found in natural materials but eliminates the high cost of sourcing and maintaining the genuine article.

NEW EASYZAPP DIMMING CONTROLS Remotely programmable controls suitable for either DALI, DSI or 1-10VDC dimmable ballasts. Easy to install, easy to configure. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options.

Ideal for creating statement pieces, TrueScale provides the necessary sizing to bring your kitchen design concepts to life. The decors do not repeat across the full width of the laminate sheet so patterns can be unveiled in their full beauty. For authenticity, the decors are taken from real life examples.

NEW DAYLIGHT LINKED DIMMING PIR SWITCHES With adjustable run-on for lower light level when areas are not occupied. Versions for DALI or 1-10VDC ballasts. Standard ceiling flush or surface mount and high bay mounting options.

Available in 28 decors, TrueScale laminate gives you the authentic look of premium material such as marble, wood, granite, quartz, concrete and metal, but with lightweight, hygienic and stain resistant properties. Bringing the look and feel of the outdoors into your home, TrueScale provides a surfacing solution that is readily available, hard wearing and easy to install. Website: www.formica.com Email: samples.uk@formica.com Tel: +44 191 259 3512


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We have the pleasure of sharing this innovative Garden Room project; a Garden Room that was designed to meet the client’s specification. When asked to summarise their requirements they claimed, ‘We wanted something that would look natural and fits with the environment; we wanted wood that looks like wood; wood that would be robust and long lasting’. Once the client’s wishes were known we were approached by Daniel Brown of D Brown London Services Ltd. It was decided that the best timber to fit the project would be Jarrah; Eucalyptus diversicolor, which originates from Australia. Not only is it an extremely durable timber but it provided the striking red colour.








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Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has secured a contract to supply its renowned Cygnus alarm system during work on the new 61,000-seater Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Part of the Northumberland Development Project, the football stadium in London will replace White Hart Lane as the home stadium of Tottenham Hotspur. The new state-of-the-art development will also include more than 500 new homes, a hotel, a local community health centre, and a large sports facility. Bull has been contracted to supply more than 200 of its Cygnus alarm devices including the Fire Call Point and First Aid Alarm, which will ensure workers are protected no matter what the emergency. The units will be in place up until project completion later this year. A major innovation in wireless emergency fire, first aid, and intruder alarms for construction sites, the Cygnus radio system manufactured by Bull Products, has already been used on some of the largest construction projects across the UK including Crossrail, Waterloo Station, and Battersea Power Station. It has been designed for specific use on construction sites where changing site conditions and environments demand a far higher performance from the radio than those found in standard wireless fire systems. For more information, please visit www.bullproducts.co.uk

Triton Systems offers training courses to anyone who specifies or uses the company’s products or systems and a comprehensive range of training courses is available for specifiers, surveyors and technicians. ‘Dampness & Timber – investigation, diagnosis and treatment’ is a one-day course that can be adapted to suit technicians and/or surveyors. It covers the sources of dampness in buildings, the diagnosis and treatments for all types of dampness, dampness in timbers, types of attack including insect or rot, treatment of damp affected timbers and timber repairs. Course notes and relevant technical literature are provided on the day. Other one-day courses offered by Triton Systems include ‘Waterproofing – using cavity drain membranes (including sumps and pumps)’ and ‘Ground Gas Barriers’.

All courses run regularly throughout the year and are bookable via the training course page at tritonsystems.co.uk

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A new half-day course has just been introduced to the programme covering ‘Waterproof Concrete – performance, detailing, best practice and specification.’ This course provides an introduction to the uses of waterproof concrete and how it can be incorporated into waterproofing designs alongside other methods such as cavity drain membranes. Specification of the actual concrete mix design, the importance of the water/cement ratio and the presence of other additives, plus the detailing of the joints using hydrophilic waterstop is also covered.


Caesarstone surfaces specified for contemporary, industrial-themed apartments in East London. Caesarstone’s cutting-edge quartz surfaces have been specified by Ballymore for its Goodluck Hope Project of 804 upmarket, industrial loft-style apartments due to complete in 2020.


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he Goo he Goo Go o dlu d ck k Hop Hope e Proj Project roj oject ecct by B l ym Ballym Bal more o Pr P ope p rty y Gr G oup p wi w lll compri com prise e off 804 on one e, two an and d three-bedroom warehouse and tower apartments featuring Caesarstone worktops, splashbacks and islands in finishes such as the brand’s en-vogue Rugged Concrete colour. The ongoing development will offer design-savvy buyers a contemporary warehouse lifestyle on the River Thames. The first 40 apartments were unveiled in September 2017, and the project is due to finish in 2020. Rugged Concrete is one of the Caesarstone quartz surface colours available for kitchen worktops, islands and splashbacks in the desirable apartments. “Rugged Concrete provides the perfect look to enhance our apartments,” says Padraig Hanly, Product Director at Ballymore. “It was not a difficult decision to choose these worktops. Rugged Concrete is unique in that it meets both the aesthetic requirements around creating a warehouse/industrial feel to the homes, as well as the practical design and usage needs thanks to the hard-wearing and stainresistant qualities of Caesarstone quartz.”

Homes in the second release, launching in quarter 1, 2018 will feature a collection of suites, one and two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 404 sq. ft. to 1350 sq. ft, designed by renowned architects Allies and Morrison. Each apartment offers open plan interiors, high ceilings and stunning floor to ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light and provide unrivalled river views.

“Rugged Concrete offers all the aesthetic qualities, charm, even imperfections of cast concrete but without any of the shortcomings.” Guy Rawstorne, VP of Sales at Caesarstone

“Rugged Concrete offers all the aesthetic qualities, charm, even imperfections of cast concrete but without any of the shortcomings,” says Guy Rawstorne, VP of Sales at Caesarstone. “It has a beautiful coarse appearance that perfectly emulates the randomly pitted texture of actual cast concrete; but it’s smooth and cool to touch which is a true virtue of quartz. It will offer something truly unique and contemporary for the open-plan kitchens. We are delighted that Ballymore selected Caesarstone to partner on this project and we look forward to delivering surfaces of an unrivalled quality for all 804 apartments.”

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The Caesarstone Concrete series has embraced the trend for industrial décor and raw materials used in design. The addition of 4033 Rugged Concrete strives to push these boundaries even further. Not for the faint-hearted, Rugged Concrete will make a daring and bold addition to a room; its urban inspired design accentuated by dark grey tones and unique imperfections offers a textured look to its finish. The Caesarstone design team explain: “The feel of Rugged Concrete is just as important as the look. The inspiration for the design was a water colour painting of the moon which captured the rugged gg nature of the moon’s surface. A 2D sur surfac fa e brou fac brou ought ght to lilife fe in 3D thr h oug gh tthe he use se of o the th he most most wo wonde nde nderfu erfu r full,l, deft deft, def t, techni tecchni hnical caal cal bru br bru r sh sh str stroke oke o ok kess. s””

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SmartBoard is the future of composite decking as it combines the benefits of wood plastic composite technology disguised to look like timber decking.


anufactured from a combination of recycled hard plastic, wood residues and various pigments and fillers SmartBoard is kind on the environment as it is 90% recycled. Its’ deep brushed matt finish and smooth/ribbed, high density solid reversible profile make it similar in appearance to


pre-finished hardwood decking. SmartBoards’ special formulation ensures change in size experienced in service are minimized. This unusual attribute means boards can be screw fixed just like timber decking, are ideal for use as fascia’s f and picture frame borders an nd in general are easy to fit and wo ork with compared to alternatives thaat often rely on secret-fix clips and plastic or metal fascia trim. SmartBoard is coloured, low maintenance, classified as prroviding a low risk of slip in the wet an nd comes with a 25-year residential w warranty against deccay and splittiing. Distributted by Hop ppings Qualitty Deckking, SmartBoard is available e via a UK network o of independent retail stockkists, in 3.6m lengths and three co olours; Battleship Grey, Chocolate Brown and new for 2018 Slate.

What to expect It is important to get a good understanding of how a composite decking will perform during installation and what to expect in service before finalising your choice. SmartBoard: Contains wood fibres that are susceptible to differences in colour and appearance. It is normal to experience some colour variation between boards upon fitting them.

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Will weather to a lighter shade and the colour of boards will become more consistent with time. It is normal for the striped look of the ribbed face to become less evident with time. May become marked if scuffed during fitting or in use. Marks caused by scuffing are normal and will gradually fade with time. It is normal for tide mark type water staining to appear on new SmartBoard decking after the first few bouts of heavy rain. The appearance of tide marks will diminish and become less apparent with time as the washing effect of rain diminishes and the weathering effect of ultra-violet light takes place.

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Floors & Flooring Most upstairs walls were painted white, except the bathroom where the unusual, built-in bath is set off by pale green Gregory’s Den.

INTERNAL REFURB FOR LISTED COTTAGE The refurbishment of a 16th Century listed cottage in Hursley, Hampshire, involved integrating original beams into the interior design and renewing lime plaster in several rooms.

of Earthborn Isolating Primer to prevent smoke stains bleeding through from the chimney breast. Claypaint is a unique, clay based emulsion. It contains no oils or acrylics, so is virtually VOC free. It’s a high performance paint that covers exceptionally well and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish.

A selection of Earthborn wall paints and timber finishes was used to create an understated style in keeping with the age of the property. Earthborn products were specified because of their breathability, important for lime plaster and timber.

Painted timberwork was given a silk sheen with Earthborn’s flexible, hardwearing Eggshell. Like Claypaint, it is totally oil and acrylic free.

Claypaint was used on all walls and ceilings. The walls inside the built-in wardrobes had a first coat

The kitchen’s wooden furniture gained a matt finish from Eco Chic Claypaint, topped with a clear protective coating of breathable Earthborn Furniture Wax. Both Claypaint and Earthborn Eggshell are Ecolabel approved and available in 72 shades. Bespoke colours can be developed through Earthborn stockists such as Lime Stuff which supplied this project. www.earthbornpaints.co.uk www.limestuff.co.uk Donkey Ride was the colour of choice for downstairs walls and kitchen units, while chair backs feature a soft green Sunday Stroll.

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V4 WOODFLOORING UK wood floor specialist, V4 Woodflooring, is gearing up to an exciting 2018 with a host of product and marketing advances that will be a step-change in how the company interacts with its customers. A refreshed brand, new website, improved retailer displays and the opening of V4 World, alongside the introduction of new wood floor collections, are set to ensure the company continues to be at the forefront in delivering high quality wood floor and wall products for discerning homeowners and professionals.


A refreshed brand identity is driven by the core value to Bring Nature Inside. The company will continue to pride itself on offering real wood collections produced from the highest quality woods, sustainably sourced and finished using natural colouring techniques and surface finishes. With the ever increasing range of styles, and listening to retailer feedback, it is about to roll out new display stands for key retailers, offering larger sample sizes for customers to view when visiting V4 retailers. V4 also focuses on driving awareness of its products through its website, allowing customers to see the products available then locate their nearest retailer to visit and discuss specific requirements.

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Enhancing this experience a new website will launch in the New Year that will provide customers with an improved user experience and more interactive way to discover the collections and identify products that might be right for them.


With these exciting changes in place early in the New Year, later in the year will see the opening of the first V4 World, a unique, design-led space where visitors will be able to experience V4’s contemporary floor and wall products in a brand new way.

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Situated adjacent to V4’s Head Quarters in Woking, Surrey, the showroom will bring together a myriad of design experiences for visitors. With room sets, virtual technology, large product displays and a café, the showroom will be a design destination for the discerning home and commercial designer. For V4 retailers located across the UK, it will also be an extended showroom, enabling them to send their key customers to the centre to see products in the large room-sets and on virtual displays before placing an order.



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ommercial interior design specialists, Fusion By Design, used a range of authentic, wood-effect planks from luxury vinyl tile (LVT) specialist in the entrance, eatery, bar and bowling areas. A total of 600 sqm of Scarlet, Country and Mountain Oak, in a selection of light and dark shades, were specified for both style and substance. Paula Jepmond, managing director at Fusion By Design, comments: “Due to the high levels of footfall the venue experiences every day, we were acutely aware that we needed a floorcovering that would, first and foremost, offer longstanding durability.

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“Scuff, stain and slip resistance were also key considerations, particularly with the space featuring a bar and dining area where spillages can often occur, so the flooring needed to offer the proprietor and patrons the safety assurances expected in public venues.


“We’re incredibly happy with the overall finish of the project and the flooring complements the whole look amazingly well. We’ve been using Moduleo for several years now and will continue to do so with our projects in the future.” Paula Jepmond, managing director at Fusion By Design

“We love the fact that the range is so realistic and authentic as it is allows us the freedom to produce a stunning finish that rivals the quality and appeal of the genuine article, which can often be difficult to maintain.” All Star Lanes was established in 2006 and has five locations nationwide. Designed to be the ultimate escape, the establishment boasts areas to meet, eat, drink and of course, bowl. David Bigland, managing director of Moduleo UK and Eire, explains: “Moduleo’s outstanding benefits, as well as design-led finish, makes it the perfect choice for such a busy venue. “Interior specialists, like Fusion By Design, and end users alike are afforded the guarantee that this floor will last for many years to come, without the need for costly and regular remedial renovations. Properly maintained, these floors will look as good years from now as the day they were first installed.”

“We’ve spent a great deal of time researching and developing stunning, design-led floors, to create products like our new Impress range, for example, that not only look great, but are proven to be safe, long-lasting and an excellent insulator of heat and sound.” Moduleo’s Impress collection offers unrivalled durability and a wide variety of realistic wood-effect designs. All products in the collection also come with at least a ten year guarantee. Paula concludes: “We’re incredibly happy with the overall finish of the project and the flooring complements the whole look amazingly well. “We’ve been using Moduleo for several years now and will continue to do so with our projects in the future.” For more information, visit k or contact the www.moduleo.co.uk Moduleo team on 01332 851 500.

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WRIGHTSTYLE IN THE PINK AT BRACKEN HOUSE The former and future home of the Financial Times newspaper is being renovated to provide 270,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, complete with a walkable large-span glass roof designed and supplied by Wrightstyle, one of Europe’s leading advanced glazing systems companies. Bracken House is a Grade II Listed office building, originally built between 1955 and 1958, and lies adjacent to the St Paul’s Cathedral Conservation Area of the City of London, and was home to the Financial Times until the mid-1980s. The sensitive renovation will retain the building’s pink sandstone cladding, an allusion to the colour of the FT’s pages, as well as the astronomical clock over the main entrance, which features the face of Sir Winston Churchill, a personal friend of Bernard Bracken, a former chairman of the Financial Times. The structurally glazed roof light has been completed using Wrightstyle’s SR60140-2 and SR60140-4 profiles for the rafters and purlins, and the company also supplied two full-size test pieces before the main project design was signed off.

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The access-only roof glazing was comprehensively weather tested and underwent a TN67 test, in which weights are dropped onto the glass to ensure the safety of anyone walking on it. Wrightstyle supplied to Wilde Contracts Ltd, part of the Roger Wilde Group, specialists in glass flooring, who also carried out pre-contract testing.


The roof light covers a main atrium area, to maximise light flow to the building’s central core, and replaces old 1970s concrete and glass pre-cast slabs. In a twist of history, it’s been announced that the Financial Times will move back to Bracken House next year after almost 30 years since relocating to Southwark. In 1987, Bracken House became the first post-war building in England to be given listed status. “Wrightstyle systems are renowned for their robust integrity, and have been specified on other roof light projects, both here and overseas – for example on a recent major banking headquarters in Hong Kong,” said Denis Wright, Wrightstyle’s chairman. “We were delighted to work with Roger Wilde on this project which once

again underlines the specialist nature of the advanced glazing market, and how our systems are being specified internationally,” he said.

Main contractor for the Bracken House project is the McLaren Group. www.wrightstyle.co.uk

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited marks sales milestone for selfcleaning glass Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has sold 10 million square meters of its self-cleaning glass product Pilkington Activ™, the world’s first self-cleaning glass product, launched in 2002.


he product range, which marked its 15th anniversary in 2017, works by using a microscopic dual-action coating. The coating is activated by daylight to break down organic deposits such as dirt, which is then washed away when rainwater hits the glass and runs off in a ‘sheet’.

Pilkington Activ™ was independently verified last year as the first dual-action product to meet the new European Standard for self-cleaning glass. It’s often used in glass extensions and hard to reach areas, including conservatory roofs, orangeries and atriums in commercial buildings. The range was used in the £3 million renovation of the orangery

“Our research and development team continue to break new ground and push boundaries in terms of the role glass can play in the built environment, from buildingintegrated photovoltaics (BIPV) to switchable glazing.”

at Mansion House, St Helens. It’s also been used in other highprofile projects across Europe including hotels and power stations.

around 1,400 football pitches, is a huge milestone for the Pilkington Activ™ product family. We’re hoping for the same success for our future innovations.

Kevin Sanderson, head of innovation at the NSG Group, said: “When we launched self-cleaning glass in 2002 it represented a key innovation in the sector, and we’ve continued to invest in and develop the range to ensure it remains best in class. For example, we launched Pilkington Activ SunShade™ in 2013, which has superior solar control properties to help reduce heat gain and help maintain a comfortable climate in homes and other buildings.

“Our research and development team continue to break new ground and push boundaries in terms of the role glass can play in the built environment, from building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) to switchable glazing.”

“Shipping 10 million square metres of self-cleaning glass, the size of

Watch how Pilkington Activ™ can be used in glass extensions, and see what goes on at the NSG Group’s European Technology Centre in Lathom, Lancashire: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=EVH721xJFic

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Glass & Glazing GUARDIAN GLASS TO CONSTRUCT SECOND FLOAT AND COATED GLASS PLANT IN POLAND Guardian Industries has approved the investment for an additional float and coated glass manufacturing plant in Czestochowa, Poland, to meet the growing demand for float, coated and fabricated glass products across Europe. The new facility location is planned to be adjacent to the company’s existing plant, with preparation and execution of the project starting immediately. The facility is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2019, and will create more than 150 new jobs. It will pull 1,000 metric tons of glass per day and will include a technologically advanced glass coater. Guardian Glass President and CEO Kevin Baird says: “The new facility will be the biggest green field capital investment in Guardian Glass’ history and will further position us as a leading producer of high performance, safety and energy-efficient glass products for European residential and commercial buildings.” He adds: “Guardian is excited about the

growth we’ve seen in Poland -- and confident that the Czestochowa location is well positioned to meet our customer’s needs. We’ve enjoyed strong support from the city of Czestochowa, the Katowice Special Economic Zone and the Polish government.” Further evidence of the company’s commitment to Poland, Guardian Glass’ existing float line in Czestochowa will go through a repair project at the start of 2018 that will increase its production capacity. “We look forward to continued growth in Poland

and neighboring countries. The co-location of the two plants will create a competitive and efficient structure to deliver a wide range of glass products and will contribute to generate long-term value for our customers in the region,” says Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass in Europe. In addition to the Czestochowa plant, Guardian Glass operates facilities in Oroshaza, Hungary; Thalheim, Germany; and Ryazan and Rostov, Russia, among its 10 European float plant locations.


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Glass is an essential component in the design of today’s building interiors and office spaces, bringing transparency, light and brightness to work and leisure environments. Made from durable, flexible and removable polyester material, Fasara Glass Finishes from 3M are quick and easy to install to a variety of glass substrates. They are ideal for screening conference rooms, lobbies, shop windows, waiting rooms and glass partitions, offering privacy and contemporary styling to any space.


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Lincolnshire businesses to benefit from new support facilities Work to create cutting edge support facilities for local SMEs at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has now started on site.


elivered by construction company Robert Woodhead Ltd. and architects LK2, the £4 million project will see the university’s 750 m2 Grade II listed St Hugh’s building transformed to create the Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre (LORIC). The building will also become home to BGU’s Business Inspiration scheme.

The refurbishment works will include restoration of original features, such as internal doors, windows, fire places and decorative balustrades. The finished building will also achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ with the addition of secondary glazing, additional thermal insulation and the use of an infrared panel heating system which will reduce running costs as well as energy consumption. Andy Newman, associate at LK2 said: “We are delighted to be working with BGU again on another exciting project.

“As a Lincoln-based company, we’re proud to be involved in this project, which will provide vital support services to help local small businesses thrive.”

businesses in Greater Lincolnshire with tailored support and grants towards specialist consultancy, graduate internship and first time attendance at trade fairs and exhibitions.

“The building has some beautiful original features that will be sympathetically restored during the refurbishment and we are looking forward to working with BGU again so soon.”

Stephen Deville, chief operating officer at BGU said: “The renovation and conversion of this significant building within close proximity to the main university campus is a welcome addition to BGU’s asset portfolio.

The LORIC will provide support to businesses, public and third-sector organisations across Greater Lincolnshire by enabling connections with data specialists and researchers to bring new insights for businesses. The Business Inspiration project at the LORIC will also promote innovation and growth in small and medium sized

About LK2 LK2 is a unique company of chartered architects and sports and leisure business advisors. It specialises in using sport and leisure as a vehicle to blend together a range of sectors including mixed use developments, residential, retail and urban regeneration schemes. The firm believes its projects should be treated as organic; they change, develop and grow through time. The LK2 team understand that managing a project from concept to completion will ultimately deliver the strongest result.

“The building’s location is ideal as it allows the project to operate externally in its aims to link and support partners outside of BGU, whilst also being close enough to campus to integrate activities with those of the wider university.” The projects were awarded over £2.6 million in funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds to help with the works. Both Robert Woodhead and LK2 have previously worked on a number of projects for BGU, including a 7,770 sq ft extension to the university’s Constance Stewart Hall, which was completed earlier this year.

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“We’ve worked alongside the university to refurbish the building to provide a space that best fits the needs of these projects, whilst also paying respect to the history of the building.

“As a Lincolnbased company, we’re proud to be involved in this project, which will provide vital support services to help local small businesses thrive.” Andy Newman, associate at LK2

Juliet Slater, team leader for the Lincoln team at Robert Woodhead said: “We were thrilled when we found out that we would be contributing £1.8m worth of work to this project in Lincoln.


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Crafting a light new space for South Devon listed property The clients of this project, like many, wanted to create a better, more practical kitchendining space for everyday family life and for entertaining friends in their Listed property based in South Devon.


single storey rear portion of the building (dating to around the 1940s) was home to the existing kitchen, small utility and dining space. These spaces were divided by walls, changes in level and a large fireplace.

Through discussion and negotiation with the local planning authority a preferred option was granted permission to remove the chimney, the stack and internal walls. This opened up the area for a kitchen diner space more suited to current lifestyles. Careful development with the architect Tom Spriggs, along with the structural engineer and contractors throughout the process opened up the roof structure to provide height and daylight to the long space. The kitchen layout was developed to make the most of the level change in the building. A large existing window was knocked open into double doors and a new lowered patio area formed at the same level as the house. The resulting space is a generous entertaining space that is also hugely practical for their young family and developing garden.

To maximise the light entering the new space the client installed three Lumen Conservation Heritage HR4 rooflights, with fixed casements. These were supplied with the additional protection of a coastal paint finish to protect them from the environment in which the property is situated. The low profile design of the Lumen Heritage rooflights satisfied the Building Conservation officers and ensured the external aesthetics of the property remained in-keeping with the original building.

replicates a traditional Victorian design which is ideal for period properties, listed buildings and barn conversions. These rooflights, like all Lumen products, were designed and manufactured bespoke to suit the clients exact requirements.”

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The exceptional quality of the Heritage rooflight, with its American Ash interior lining and high specification Pilkington glazing, also provides a stunning finish to the fabulous new space. “The rooflights look great, and we are really pleased with the results. The technical team who helped advise the project were also invaluable as we were installing in a very shallow pitched roof.” Tom Spriggs, Architect. “The flush fitting Lumen Heritage rooflight

Work commences on brand new student accommodation development in Coventry

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Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, is announcing that it has begun the construction of a new 614 bed purpose-built student accommodation development on Friars’ Road in Coventry.



he development comprises six new residential blocks each at different stepped heights of three, seven and ten storeys, rising to a 20 storey tower in the south-west corner of the site. The building is laid out in a V-shape to form a large, private landscaped courtyard, within which residents can study, collaborate, socialise and relax. The site is located at the junction of Friars’ Road and St Patrick’s Road, within the Coventry Ring Road. It is in the south of the city centre, conveniently placed near the city’s most popular shopping locales including The Precinct, Smithford Way and Coventry Market, in addition to tourist attractions such as Coventry Cathedral and the famous statue of Lady Godiva. The site is a short walk from the main campus of Coventry

University as well as being very close to the city’s mainline train station which offers regular bus services for students attending Warwick University. Students will be able to choose from one of the 135 high specification self-contained ensuite studio apartments, one of the 5 two bed apartments, or from the 459 premium ensuite flats, available in clusters from four to six bedrooms. The set-up encourages students to live in groups, make new friends and provide cultural opportunities as part of their university experience, as well as providing rooms at more affordable rent prices. Cluster flats will share a spacious lounge, kitchen and dining area including a washer/dryer, which has proved particularly popular in other properties Crosslane has developed. A key component of the development is the dedicated shared areas to encourage residents to socialise and create a community. This includes a large highspecification common room with a games zone and study hub, on-site gym, cinema/multi-media room, study room meeting hubs and kitchen/dining facilities for private entertainment. A tenth floor sky lounge and outdoor rooftop terrace will give residents the chance to socialise and celebrate in style with impressive views of the city skyline while superfast 100MB broadband and Wi-Fi throughout the building will provide residents with a first-class experience. The development will take less than two years to complete and is scheduled to be finished before the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of the Crosslane Group,

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Chocolate Factory Refurb Project Hits The Sweet Spot The former Terry’s Chocolate factory in York has been transformed into a spectacular Chocolate Works Care Village with the help of Johnstone’s Trade’s high performance products.


pening earlier this year, the £7 million renovation was part of a wider multimillion pound expansion programme by Springfield Healthcare to establish five new care villages and a care centre for working age adults. Previously the former home of world-renowned Terry’s Chocolate factory, the vast double height glazed atrium has been preserved and transformed into a unique ‘marketplace’ setting for the residents and visitors, complete with café, restaurant, spa, hairdresser, gym and even its own pub, The Duke of York.

The landmark building is Grade II listed and, after a number of years lying unused and unloved, was brought back to life through the extraordinary vision of Springfield Healthcare CEO Graeme Lee and his extensive team of architects (Norr), builders (Simpsons of York) and restoration specialists. The building now provides 82 individually designed care suites and eight outstanding apartments that staff and visitors can utilise and enjoy. Ensuring the interior design equalled the grandeur of the building was essential, as was creating a durable finish that wouldn’t fade over time and could withstand wear and tear from the high footfall in the Care Village. Johnstone’s Trade worked closely with decorating firm HEC Ltd. to provide a range of high performance coatings products that met the high-quality specification on the project. Johnstone’s Trade’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt and Acrylic Durable Matt were used on the walls and ceilings of the interior building to provide a durable finish, making it ideal for high traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, hotels, hospitals and public buildings. In addition, Johnstone’s Aqua Water Based Undercoat and Gloss were used for the trim and window frames to provide a high sheen finish and traditional gloss look that will stay whiter for longer, reducing the need for future maintenance. Commenting on the project, Gareth Jones at Johnstone’s Trade, said: “We’re very proud to have been part of such an amazing project that will inspire and help the future of the elderly, particularly those with dementia.

will be responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion. Coventry University is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK, with this year’s student numbers eight per cent higher than 2016 and 50 per cent higher than in 2011. The increase in the student population has boosted the city’s economy and the City Council has committed to a £300million City Centre South redevelopment project. This development in a prime location will satisfy some of the rapidly increasing demand for student accommodation in Coventry, freeing up homes which could be occupied by the city’s families. Crosslane has appointed DAY Architectural as the architects and RG Group as the Main Contractor for the development. Mike Moran, Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said: “Crosslane is delighted to have begun work on its first student accommodation development in Coventry. The scheme will be a gateway from the station into the heart of the city centre and is a short walk from Coventry University and the city’s main amenities and tourist attractions. In supplying 614 beds, the development will ease the imbalance in supply and demand for purpose-built student accommodation in Coventry.” Dave Dixon, Managing Director, RG Group, said:

Springfield Healthcare’s programme aims to set a new benchmark for how care environments are designed and built, with the Chocolate Works Care Village being awarded Refurbishment Project of the Year in the 2017 Healthcare Estates Awards with the help of Johnstone’s Trade.

Reading Library Refurb

The University is investing over £40 million into the further redevelopment and refurbishment of the Library.


he Library building at Whiteknights opened in 1964 and was extended in 1985. This major redevelopment comes after the first £4.4m phase revamped the study spaces and furniture on the 2nd to 5th Floors back in 2013 and 2014. The next phase of the project will increase space for individual study, and will make better use of the space currently available on the Ground and 1st Floors. The redevelopment will provide better access and security across the building as well as improving its energy efficiency, as a result of improved insulation and ventilation. New lifts will be installed, and an improved service for borrowing and returning books will be put into place. The exterior of the building will be totally reclad and will have replacement windows fitted throughout, providing a striking focal point at the heart of the Whiteknights campus.

The Library will remain operational to students across the entirety of the redevelopment. Work started in 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by late 2019. For more information on the Refurbishment Project contact Robin Hunter, Facilities Manager.

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“As the main contractor for Friars’ Road, we are delighted to be working with Crosslane on this exciting scheme in Coventry, due to open in time for the 2019-2020 academic year. Our team has built up significant expertise in the student accommodation sector and the building will be completed to the highest modern construction standards and a great addition to Coventry’s skyline.”

The renovation will provide a social meeting space through the innovative “Friends of the Chocolate Works” volunteer scheme – which encourages local residents to visit and share the facilities while improving the quality of life for the residents in an environment that promotes self-esteem.

“The renovation will provide a social meeting space through the innovative “Friends of the Chocolate Works” volunteer scheme – which encourages local residents to visit and share the facilities while improving the quality of life for the residents in an environment that promotes self-esteem.”


Hammersley House Refurbishment features Underfloor Air Conditioning AET Flexible Space underfloor air conditioning specialists have completed another London project at Hammersley House, Warwick Street

the floor. Systems can be either chilled water or direct expansion, configured with either floor level or high level return and they can easily integrate with passive or other ventilation systems.


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he six floor property offers both retail and office accommodation and was acquired by Royal London Asset Management from Development Securities for £8.85million. The 16,311 sq. ft. building has been stripped back to the core and undergone a full redevelopment, including redesigned windows and a vibrant new green brick façade to grant more architectural definition and visual interest from the street.


The project has been developed under Royal London’s sustainability framework and is expected to be awarded BREEAM “Very good” status M&E Consultant, MTT specified the mechanical services design for the refurbishment and AET Flexible Space worked in conjunction with the appointed M&E Contractor, WBS Mechanical Services to deliver the underfloor air conditioning system specified for the 11,000 sq. ft. of Grade – A office accommodation on floors 1-4. With underfloor systems, fully conditioned air is fed into the plenum by zonal downflow units (CAM), which is then supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units (Fantile) recessed into

The final system specification at Hammersley House is a CAM-V direct expansion (DX) system, with underfloor supply air and return air at high level. The high level return air option is often preferred as it can offer greater flexibility for positioning Fantiles for future and speculative tenants as there is no air segregation baffle dividing the underfloor plenum. A total of seven CAM-V downflow units provide conditioned air to the four floors, with two zones on floors 1 to 3 and a larger single unit for the smaller 4th floor. These each are connected to respectively sized, high efficiency Daikin VRV4 heat pumps located on the rooftop. The underfloor void is 400mm, more than adequate to accommodate the standard TU4 Fantile unit which all have additional 500W heaters for additional performance. A total of 59 Fantiles were supplied by AET, approximately 15 per floor and the system is connected to a central BMS using an AET Flexgateway interface module. The project has been developed under Royal London’s sustainability framework and is expected to be awarded BREEAM “Very good” status. The newly refurbished office accommodation will be available for tenancy early 2018.

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PANASONIC LAUNCHES NEW WARRANTY SCHEME Panasonic is delighted to announce a new Warranty Scheme is now in place! Effective from 1st December 2017, the new warranty scheme is designed to provide a range of options for installers to choose from. Standard three years, Extended five years and Extended+ seven years. For installers to offer their customers the standard three year warranty on products from Aquarea Air to Water ranges, they must be able to show a knowledge and understanding of heat pumps. For the extended warranty period of five years, installers will need to complete a Panasonic training course with an assessment test at the end. For those selected and trained Installers, Panasonic will extend the warranty period to seven years if the installer submits their warranties to the Panasonic PRO Club website. All purchases under the new warranty scheme will benefit from full parts and labour allowance, providing peace of mind to the customer. For more information, please visit www.aircon.panasonic.eu.

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Insulating against an unhealthy indoors environment External or internal wall insulation? That is the tantalising question when it comes to property construction or refurbishment.


oorly-insulated homes can have an adverse effect on the health of the occupants, particularly the very young or elderly during winter months. The issue becomes more acute in multi-occupancy buildings, such as those owned by local authorities. With a fair chunk of the UK’s social housing stock having been built in the 1960s, much of it is showing signs of age and disrepair. This feature considers how improved insulation and internal plaster can tackle issues with mould and damp for the long-term benefit and well-being of the building and occupier.

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Avoid cutting corners


In terms of external wall insulation systems applied to housing association properties, acrylic top coats are very much in vogue. It’s an option primarily based on cost. Local authority funding has been cut to the bone across the board - every pound is being accounted for. It means, although an insulation system specified for a councilowned building might fit the budget, it’s not necessarily best for the property or its occupants’ long-term well-being.

Through everyday living, residents create water vapour. Baths, washing, cooking… it all creates steam - even breathing. Now, consider how much vapour is generated in a multi-occupancy building containing, say, 150 tenants. All that vapour will pass through the building’s elements, but in cases where the EWI contains a non-vapour permeable acrylic topcoat, the vapour will be trapped. This can lead to condensation and the dreaded “d” word - damp, which once inside a property, can take an awful lot of time and expense to remove. Therefore, an EWI solution that might have appeared costeffective in the immediate-to-short-term, could potentially result in unnecessary and unforeseen expenditure. Applying non-breathable EWI to a building causes what might be referred to as the “plastic bag effect” - walls can become cloaked in condensation from non-escaping vapour. To create a breathable outer layer for buildings private or public, a silicon-based finish render, such as Baumit’s SilikonTop, is preferable. Water-repellent, stain and weather resistant, the system provides a robust white or coloured façade. It’s easily applied to mineral renders old and new, providing a decorative, vapour-permeable topcoat that makes for an attractive exterior, whilst optimising occupants’ living environment. For a damp, moisture-free, healthy-living interior, Baumit’s range of lime-based, thin-coat plasters offers an excellent option. Baumit KlimaDekor, for example, is vapour permeable and low in emissions, making an ideal environmentally-friendly, breathable plaster for interiors of all shape and size. We spend 90% of our lives doors, therefore providing a quality finish for interior walls would appear paramount to our wellbeing. There are a couple of very good reasons for choosing EWI over interior insulation, however. Space loss Unlike the interior option, floor space isn’t compromised with exterior insulation. A few millimetres’ less living room in a building containing multiple flats and potentially hundreds of walls, for instance, amounts to a sizable loss of space, which for private landlords could mean a reduction in income.

Another benefit of ‘going external’ when it comes to wall insulation? EWI removes the dew-point - the temperature below which water droplets condense – from the inside of a building to prevent condensation forming. Baumit openSystem provides a perfect example of an EWI system that let’s go of moisture and retains airtightness. Its unique perforated Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) façade insulation boards ensure high vapour permeability, resulting in the release, rather than the entrapment, of water vapour. It has the added benefit of having no effect on a building’s airtightness. OpenSystem comprises six, high-quality vapour permeable components. It includes Baumit NanoporTop, an innovative selfcleaning topcoat render which uses ‘photokat’ photocatalysis technology to create optimum protection against contamination using the power of light. The system is also made up of Baumit PremiumPrimer, a superior quality primer for pre-treatment of hard or non-absorbent mineral substrates; and the aforementioned EPS boards. When applied as part of a new-build or refurbishment project, each component helps increase a structure’s ‘breathability’ to collectively offer outstanding levels of insulation. In short: EWI improves the aesthetics on the outside and the building’s thermal performance without affecting the interior space. A case can be made for specifying exterior and interior insulation in semidetached buildings. The EWI can be applied to two sides of the property, with an internal system installed to the front wall. This method helps maintain the road’s overall look, whilst improving the thermal performance of the home. There can be no doubt the government is right to address the alarming statistic provided by the Green Building Council report which stated 25 million homes across Britain will not meet insulation standards by 2050. However, airtightness can mean as well as retaining heat; our buildings are also retaining moisture - which creates problems of its own. Allowing buildings to breathe on the outside will ensure those living on the inside are living a lot happier and healthier, too.

For a damp, moisture-free, healthyliving interior, Baumit’s range of lime-based, thin-coat plasters offers an excellent option. Baumit stands for: innovation, safety, partnerships and trust in building. The brand was created in 1988, following collaboration between two Austrian building materials companies. Baumit is now one of Europe’s leading brands with a presence in more than 30 countries.

Baumit’s vision is for people to live in ‘beautiful, energy-efficient and healthy homes’.

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Manufactured from high quality Cast Iron, the Versailles Radiator is beautifully embossed with a filigree pattern which looks like vintage lace on first glance. Aestus says “Transitional styling is the perfect fusion of old and new, so by opting for classic design choices with a contemporary twist, your interior style will remain timeless. Versailles is a true design classic, all the while keeping you and your home nice and warm.” Part of the Traditional Radiator Collection by Aestus, the Versailles Radiator is supplied in a primer finish, so that you can paint it to suit your décor perfectly. It comes with the option of two heights and nine standard lengths*:

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Fast Facts – Seven Dials Warehouse


CO award winning London architectural practice, gpad london ltd, has completed a high end office refurbishment of CBRE Global Investors’ Seven Dials Warehouse at 42 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London. The Grade II listed Victorian warehouse has been sensitively refurbished and now has 40,000 sq. ft. of prime office space over five floors. The ambitious project created an expansive 3,000 sq. ft. roof terrace boasting panoramic views as well as an enhanced street presence, remodelled reception area and high end workspaces.

The design highlight is discovered on the fifth floor - a suspended folded steel staircase bespoke designed by gpad london ltd which appears to levitate above the office floor. Housed within the existing glass roof lantern, the feature staircase creates an intervention that connects the existing fifth floor office to the new roof terrace. Reminders of the warehouse’s rich heritage have been celebrated throughout gpad’s design, with original features sensitively retained and restored with an industrial-luxe aesthetic. The Earlham Street entrance has been given a new presence, with large glazed windows, sympathetic street signage and the façade returned to its former raw brickwork. The building entrance has been reconfigured to create an enlarged reception area, intimate reception desk >>

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Location: 42 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LA Type of project: B1 Commercial Office Refurbishment Gross internal floor area: 3,957.8m2 / 42,601.4 ft2 Architect: gpad london ltd Client: CBRE Global Investors Planning consultant: CBRE Project Managers: CBRE Structural engineer: Thomasons M&E consultant: GDM Quantity surveyor: BAP Planning supervisor: Camden Planning Main contractor: Scott Osborn Joint agents: Bluebook, Colliers International Funding: CBRE Global Investors (PEC Neale Ltd Fund) Tender date: 28th October 2016 - 25th November 2016 Start on site date: 30th January 2017 Completion date: 9th October 2017 Contract duration: 36 weeks Total cost: £4.4M


“The building’s character and prominent location were used as inspiration for the scheme’s design. The material palette was carefully selected to celebrate the building’s industrial past while looking to the future, creating a fully modernised office space”. Danny Shafrir, Creative Director at gpad london ltd with breakout seating areas. The black metal Flos Infra-Structure lighting system (which is adaptable as usage changes) provides a visual connection of spaces through the lower and upper reception areas. To inject character and provide a sense of place, areas of exposed original brick contrast with clean white plasterboard ceilings and meticulously detailed exposed services. Contemporary elements have been brought into the workspace floors giving an interesting juxtaposition with earlier features. The existing suspended vaulted ceilings and chilled beams were removed, increasing the floor to ceiling head height. New air conditioning FCU’s have been concealed within Optimus Prime (Transformers) inspired galvanised steel encasements. The lighting provides a striking visual appearance to the office space, running rhythmic linear strips across the building, orientated north-west to south-east. The Superloo bathrooms have threaded hexagon porcelain tiles, antique bronze fittings and cast concrete basins, with robust mid-century style doors. A new 30 cycle store was created including hanging bike racks, shower facilities, drying area and lockers which can be accessed separately from Shelton Street, and now also links back to the main reception to improve connectivity. Laura Wilson Brown, Director, CBRE Global Investors said: “This is a rare opportunity for the London office market. The building is steeped in history and the refurbishment brings the modern and old together offering fantastic office space.” Simon Fancourt ARB RIBA, Architect at gpad london ltd, comments: “The Seven Dials location is one familiar to Londoners and tourists alike. When refurbishing a Grade II listed building such as Seven Dials Warehouse, we knew that we would need to have a

sympathetic approach to the building history and heritage. However, whilst being sensitive to the past we were challenged by our client with creating a 21st century office workspace. Our brief was to deliver a building design that would attract large global tech companies to London, but more specifically the Covent Garden location, offering something unique within an area already rich in character and history. Our roof terrace addition provides a truly unique oasis for relaxation and entertaining within the heart of Covent Garden.” Danny Shafrir, Creative Director at gpad london ltd, says: “The building’s character and prominent location were used as inspiration for the scheme’s design. The material palette was carefully selected to celebrate the building’s industrial past while looking to the future, creating a fully modernised office space”. Paul Smith, Director & Co-Head of London Offices at Colliers International, comments: “The Seven Dials Warehouse offers highly specified, contemporary office space with a sophisticated design which sensitively pays homage to its rich history. The interior scheme gpad london came up with was very sympathetic to the vernacular of the building. It is no easy feat to incorporate today’s design elements without diluting a building’s character, however here gpad has done it very successfully; in time and on budget.” Alan Lace-Evans, from structural engineers Thomasons says “Historic buildings always need careful handling, especially if they’re considered of national importance, but this isn’t necessarily a barrier to making significant additions, provided they are of design merit and sensitive to the original building. The creation of a viewing deck accessed by a seemingly floating folding steel plate staircase is both wonderful and useful.”

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Demand for Quality is Rising


The Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC ) brings together 67 contractors that specialise in the installation of hard metals roofing and cladding.


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main contractors caught out by taking what they thought was the cheapest option and using the roofing contractor that offered the lowest price to save money. These particular pigeons are now very much coming home to roost and last year our technical department was inundated with requests to carry out inspections and provide reports on failed metal roofs that have been installed by non members. More often than not the problems have been caused by a lack of knowledge and experience in initially setting out and detailing the work required and not taking full account of location, exposure, precipitation, substrate design, ventilation and all the other critical issues that affect the long term performance of the metal before the first bay is installed. Through our mandatory vetting programme, mandatory supervisor tr ini tra ining, ng, te techn chnica icall semi seminars and Guide to Goo Go od Prac Practic ticc FTM tice, TM TMRC MRC member mem mb s are not no a llowe all owed owe ow w d tto o fforg orge org o get suc get such uch he esse ssentials ssenti sse ials als. s. Anyy non on n con nfor formin fo m g de min detail et il ide identi ntifie nti fied dur duri urin ng a site e inspec ins pectio tio tion i n (vet (vet)) m must ust be correcte cted d (att the mem mber be ’s own wn co cost) or our Councill ha ha has the he po power werr to withdraw me embe mbersh rsh hip fro om the e off ffen ending contractor tor. These rules hav a e been ee e pu putt in plac a e by the me membe m ers the themse th selve se l s to lve to reflect th their own co om mmi mm m mitme ment n tto nt o pro ovid vid ng a first viding rst cla ass qua uallit lility stan an a nda da d fo dar for or the theirr clilen nts. Th s qual This Thi qualit lityy st stand and da ard d id deal al re remai mains mai ma n the ns main mai ma n req equir equ ire remen m t for me men for or mem member berrshi sh p, so it doesn’ doe sn t m sn’ matt atter att er h how ho ow big g a co compa mpany is, or how ow w much h mon money e the theyy ha have, if they do not have have ade ha equa quatte knowledge or skill in tra tradit dition dit iona al metal roofing they cannot become a member of the FTMRC. be It’ t s a ha h rd fac f t of life that those who use our members (and those that don’t!) are becoming increasingly aware of.

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WITH THRUTONE SLATES FROM MARLEY ETERNIT Young people in Hampshire are benefitting from a brand new community hub combining award winning design with increased functionality. A highlight of the unique build is the seamless blend of roof and facade achieved through the specification of Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate from Marley Eternit. The Point, which picked up both a RIBA South Award 2017 and saw the project’s architects Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt crowned RIBA South Emerging Practice of the Year 2017, offers a two storey youth centre in Tadley. Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt enlisted the help of local young people to collaborate in the design of the multi-award winning, striking building, complete with dark grey exterior. To deliver its contemporary stand-out design, the architects required a roofing solution which could also be used on the building’s facade to create a seamless exterior finish, delivering maximum aesthetic impact. In response to the bespoke brief, Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate from Marley Eternit was specified; providing a smooth dark grey appearance to deliver a strong visual appeal, while its lightweight properties meant it was suitable for use on both the roof and facade.

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Furthermore, Thrutone Fibre Cement Slate offers an impressive minimum pitch down to 15°, while also achieving BES 6001 ‘Very Good’ rating to gain credits under BREEAM and CFSH, and is a 100% recyclable building material.


The latest award wins are testament to The Point’s unique design, in 2016 the £860,000 project, which can hold up to 100 young people aged 11 to 19, was awarded the RIBA Journal MacEwen Award which celebrates architecture for the common good. RIBA Regional Awards are given to UK buildings for their regional importance as pieces of architecture. For further information on Marley Eternit’s range visit: www.marleyeternit.co.uk/slates

Sika Liquid Plastics is celebrating its success in winning the Liquid Roofing Project of the Year (under 1000m2) Award at the inaugural Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association (LRWA) Awards & Gala. The company’s involvement in the roof refurbishment of Lancaster University’s iconic Chaplaincy building secured the coveted award, beating strong competition from a number of shortlisted projects. Sika Liquid Plastics’ Pinewood Film Studio and West Suffolk Hospital projects made the final for the Liquid Roofing Project of the Year at the LRWA awards, alongside contractors Central Roofing and Allard Construction, respectfully. Sika Liquid Plastics training manager, Mark Monk was also nominated for Trainer of the Year. Vertical Access and Permicoat, Sika Liquid Plastics’ Quality Assured Contractor, delivered the roof refurbishment at Lancaster University Chaplaincy involved the use of the Decothane Ultra system on the building’s three circular roofs and the distinctive three-pronged spire, which makes the building so recognisable as part of the University’s logo and a landmark building on entering the campus. The virtually odourless Decothane Ultra system is applied without the need to use a flame torch allowing the Chaplaincy to remain fully operational throughout the project. The liquid waterproofing system was specified in white, steel grey and special RAL mix to match the original aesthetic of the building, with Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decotherm insulation used in areas where water ingress had degraded the legacy installation.

Historic Chocolate Works preserved with Sika Sarnafil Eight years after being put on the ‘At Risk’ register by English Heritage, the landmark Terry’s Chocolate Factory has a new lease of life, following extensive refurbishment. The 1926, Grade II listed building now starts a new chapter as a care village owned by Springfield Healthcare.


nce home to famous brands such as Chocolate Orange, the factory and offices were closed in 2005 and fell into disrepair over the subsequent decade. Eventually the building, which is part of a 27acre site, was acquired by Henry Boot Developments for conversion. The renovations included a full roof refurbishment that was undertaken by Hull-based roofing contractor L.A. Hall using a Sika Sarnafil single ply system. One of the key focuses of the work was to preserve and retain the art deco features of

the building while increasing its lifespan. A vital element of the repairs was the work on the existing flat and slate roof areas that were in a very poor state, and a roof for the new additional floor of the building. Principal contractor Simpson (York) Ltd., brought L.A. Hall on board to complete the roofing works, which comprised a number of disciplines, including heritage Westmorland slating, single ply, zinc cladding and leadwork. L.A. Hall suggested using a Sika Sarnafil system for the flat roof areas, as it matched the client’s requirements for longevity and sustainability, and is the company’s preferred membrane choice. The project’s conservation officer was initially concerned that the system would be too shiny, but Sika Sarnafil provided a number of samples, and after

The L.A. Hall team overcame various challenges, including working on sloped areas, tight time scales and challenging winter weather, but thanks to the skill of the fitters and the flexibility of the Sarnafil system, the project was finished to an impeccable standard and on time.

discussions, the specification was welcomed by all parties. The project was complex due to the multiple roof areas and detailing. To begin, the existing slating on the central north light roof slopes, which were remaining in place as part of the new scheme, were re-covered using a fully adhered Sika Sarnafil system including G410-EL membrane in Lead Grey. In addition to the existing roof areas, an extra floor to the building was constructed e aaround the north lights. Its steep slated mansard-type external elevation included m aapproximately 60 dormer windows, which rrequired zinc on all the vertical faces and SSarnafil on the tops. The flat roof area of the extension was then also covered in the SSarnafil system, along with 140m of parapet guttering detailing, and a new roof terrace g a area. N Nigel Drysdale, Technical Advisor at Sika SSarnafil said: “We had a great number of details to consider in order to preserve the d original look of the building. For example, the architect and conservation officer required a timber mop roll detail to the perimeter of the main roof and the dormers. So all the parties worked closely to achieve a practical and aesthetic solution, which involved creating detailed life-sized models of key elements. This collaborative and applied approach gave the conservation officer confidence that the detailing was sympathetic to the building’s heritage and that’s what we eventually installed.” The L.A. Hall team overcame various challenges, including working on sloped areas, tight time scales and challenging winter weather, but thanks to the skill of the fitters and the flexibility of the Sarnafil system, the project was finished to an impeccable standard and on time.

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All members on the team agree that the newly refurbished roof looks stunning and will defend this iconic building from the elements for many years to come.


Kemperol Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR solventfree and odourless liquid waterproofing system has been used to refurbish the roof of Lewisham Hospital’s main entrance and outpatient department.


nsuring the project avoided any disruption or nuisance to staff and patients in the unit or the surrounding wards, the cold-applied solution was installed on the 1,600sq. m. roof area by contractors, Noble House Services (UK) Ltd.

“Refurbishment of the roof using Kemper System has provided higher thermal performance and energy saving benefits for the building. We are extremely pleased with the finished project which was completed on time and within budget.” Matthew Bigley, Capital Projects & Estates Manager at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

The existing felt roof above the main building had failed and so Kemperol 2K-PUR system was selected to provide a durable and long-lasting waterproofing solution at the hospital. Contractors first cleared the roof of all redundant services, removing as much a feasibly possible without causing disruption to the running of the hospital. The existing asphalt roof was then cleaned and the Kemper System Kemperol 2K-PUR was applied directly to the existing roof coverings in a single wet on wet process. Reinforcement fleece was laid directly onto the first application of wet resin, immediately followed by more resin on top to ensure complete saturation of the reinforcement fleece. This provided visible assurance the correct amount of resin had been used throughout, and a consistent depth of coverage and membrane thickness is achieved. Once cured, the system forms a seamless, elastomeric waterproof membrane that cannot delaminate, is UV stable, and creates a strong bond directly to the substrate.

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Contractors then installed a closed-cell, 160mm extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation board before installation of concrete faced 50mm insulation board, followed by paving slabs to the perimeters to add additional ballast to the inverted roof build-up.


The roof area had a number of complexities with many ventilation outlets, up-andover staircases and walkways, steel beams supporting the units on the roof, as well as upstands and roof hatches for access. Because Kemper’s waterproofing system is roller-applied, operatives could easily install the resin underneath the units and around the complex roof structure. The solvent-free and odourless qualities of the Kemperol system also meant minimum disruption at the hospital throughout the application process. No hot works were required as part of the refurbishment, further

reducing potential health and safety risks, and no wait time between applications of resin. Matthew Bigley, Capital Projects & Estates Manager at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said: “The roof area which needed attention was above the main entrance as well as Radiology, Cardiology and MRI departments – all very important sections of the hospital building. Refurbishment of the roof using Kemper System has provided higher thermal performance and energy saving benefits for the building. We are extremely pleased with the finished project which was completed on time and within budget.” Contractors were able to install the Kemperol liquid waterproofing System quickly and safely despite the complexity of the roof area. Gerry Ogborn from Noble House Services (UK) Ltd added: “We didn’t experience any issues when installing Kemperol 2K-PUR. This project could have presented a number of problems and time delays if an alternative roofing material was specified, but it was not only easy to transport with minimal materials and apparatus to carry, but the liquid-applied resin meant we could get underneath and around the complex roof structure and detailing with ease.”

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Aggregate Industries t Aggregate Industries has introduced an addition to its range of Roofing products. ‘Bradstone Azul’ will complement its existing offer of high quality Roofing tiles, after seeing a rise in demand of Spanish Blue Slate.


radstone Azul slate has been specifically selected for its aesthetic, promising to add character to any new external roof, extension or new build property. The authentic slate is in high demand amongst the UK residential market, with architects, developers and contractors explicitly specifying this product for new developments. It incorporates a distinctive colour that is on-trend, whilst also offering exceptional strength and durability.

The naturally occurring slate originates from north-west Spain and each tile is unique, offering individuality. The product has been specifically chosen not only for its attractive, textured look, but for its minimal grading requirements. Not only can the slate be used for residential properties, but can also be utilised for commercial buildings.

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Every pack offers consistency with each slate measuring 500 x 250mm, weighing 1.1kgm and offering a nominal thickness of 5-6mm. With full width units featuring pre-drilled nailing holes, the slate is suitable for roofs down to a minimum pitch of: 27.5° moderate exposure and 35° severe exposure.


Jeremy Lee, Sales Director for Aggregate Industries, comments: “With high demand for Spanish slate in the UK roofing market, this product will meet and exceed customers’ expectations. At Aggregate Industries, we take time to research and source the best quality natural materials, so that customers can be confident they are receiving a high quality product. Bradstone Azul is a premium tile designed to achieve an attractive finish for any property.” To find out more, call 01285 646900, e-mail building.products@aggregate. com or visit www.aggregate.com

At Aggregate Industries, we take time to research and source the best quality natural materials, so that customers can be confident they are receiving a high quality product.” Jeremy Lee, Sales Director for Aggregate Industries About Aggregate Industries Aggregate Industries is a leading player in the construction and infrastructure industries. It produces and supplies a wide range of construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products. It also produces, imports and supplies cementitious materials and offers a national road surfacing and contracting service. It prides itself on best practice in sustainability having become the first company to be certificated to BES 6001, The Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products, developed by the BRE (Building Research Establishment) and a founding member of the UK Green Building Council. Aggregate Industries is a proud member of the LafargeHolcim Group. More information is available on www.aggregate.com

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Latest News Waterside Home’s roofing by JB Shingles from Marley Eternit picks up multiple awards A custom-built detached home situated on a peninsula in a secluded lagoon, and featuring JB Western Red Cedar Shingles from Marley Eternit has scooped a number of leading industry awards.


ocated in the Norfolk broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, Backwater, which was created by, Platform 5 Architects, is made up of three self-contained modules. Each individual module is further complemented by the cedar-clad pitched roofs found at the front of the property. The unique home, which is surrounded on three sides by water, was awarded a RIBA East Award 2017, which celebrates the building’s regional importance as a piece of architecture. Further testament to the property’s striking design, Backwater was also crowned Custom and Self Build Project of the Year at the 2017 Structural Timber Awards, which celebrates expertise in timber and its continued contribution to the built environment. The usual location of the property meant the project’s architects required a roofing solution which not only delivered a stand-out design, but one which is also sympathetic to the surrounding trees and water. The bespoke brief, together with structural requirements which required all materials used to offer lightweight properties, meant Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red Cedar Shingles were the obvious choice to create a textured roofscape which seamlessly blends in with the natural surroundings. Externally, both the roof and side walls have been clad in treated shingles, offering a darker

aesthetic, while the front and rear elevations of the property used untreated shingles, which will naturally weather to deliver a warm textured appearance. Patrick Michell, practice partner at Platform 5 Architects, who is also homeowner at Backwater, comments: “Located within a national park made the site a particularly sensitive location for new developments. This meant we needed to carefully consider each individual element to ensure it not only delivered striking aesthetics suitable for the surroundings, but also was lightweight enough to be used on the timber framed structure.” In addition to the striking design of the property, Platform 5 was also keen to deliver a property which placed sustainability at its heart, offering an energy efficient family home. Cedar shingles offer a renewable and sustainable roofing and cladding solution with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any widely used building product. In addition, the shingles require low maintenance, and the colour blend ensures the building fits seamlessly within the type of natural environment the project sought to replicate. Daniel Redfern, Marketing Executive – Residential Roofing at Marley Eternit, comments: “The use of JB Western Red Cedar Shingles really delivers a stand-out design on

Newly launched Mitsubishi R32 models expand wall-mounted offering Mitsubishi Electric has launched additional R32 models with the new MSZ-AP range of wall-mounted units that blend energy efficiency with a modern, white design. the project, and we are delighted it has been recognised with a number of industry awards. “As more and more projects are now looking to boost sustainability credentials, cedar shingles are providing an ideal option which doesn’t compromise on aesthetics, as shown at Backwater.” The JB Shingles, which are Certi-grade accredited as ‘Blue Label’ by the CSSB (Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) were specified as they guarantee the highest quality shingles and are PEFC accredited. Furthermore, the majority of the shingles specified were also treated with MicroPro®, a clear treatment which not only protects against wood rooting fungi and insect attacks, but also lets the shingle weather naturally without any staining sometimes associated with other treatments, and can deliver an extended life span of 40 years.

For further information on Marley Eternit’s range of shingles, visit: www.marleyeternit.co.uk/shingles

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The JB Shingles, which are Certi-grade accredited as ‘Blue Label’ by the CSSB (Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) were specified as they guarantee the highest quality shingles and are PEFC accredited.


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These three new models give even more choice for installers and make R32 available for even more situations”, explains Carl Dickinson, product specialist for the company. “We are looking to make it as easy as possible for the industry to transition away from existing refrigerants so that everyone can play their part in delivering energy efficiency in ways that minimise the impact on the environment.” The 2.5, 3.5 and 5kW models are rated either A+++ or A++ and boast outstanding benefits including industry-leading low noise levels and a built-in W-Fi interface. The range offers highly energy efficient operation with the units all utilising R32 refrigerant, which has a much lower global warming potential (GWP) than R410A.

“The price of R410A is also rising significantly month by month so we want to ensure that both customers and installers not only have an alternative, but also get the added benefit of increased performance and advanced controls,” adds Dickinson. The built in Wi-Fi interface within the MSZ-AP range enables the full control and monitoring via the company’s MELCloud app, delivering remote control and interrogation of any system.

swopped for older systems utilising existing pipework,” adds Dickinson. “This makes them suitable for both new installations and upgrades and we are expecting a lot of interest from the market.” For further details on the range visit https://timeforr32.co.uk/meukpr120118

The units include double vanes to distribute airflow evenly throughout the room and offer weekly timers as standard to provide greater control of scheduling “These fantastic new models also incorporate our Replace Technology which means that in many cases they can be

Keepmoat Ltd awarded the title of approved developer for Herefordshire framework Keepmoat Ltd will enter into an overarching agreement with Herefordshire Council for a minimum period of 10 years to deliver a wide range of housing led regeneration and development initiatives across the whole county. The partnership will create a substantial opportunity for Keepmoat Homes to establish and grow its presence in the South West of England.


he Keepmoat Ltd bid was submitted in conjunction with a number of partner organisations including Keepmoat Homes, WMs Housing, Herefordshire Housing Ltd, City Heart and Keepmoat Regeneration and will include the development of the Urban village, student accommodation, new PRS homes, a hotel and retail outlets. James Thomson CEO of Keepmoat Homes, said: “This is a fantastic step forward for Keepmoat Homes and will make a significant impact on helping us deliver our ambitious growth targets. Over the last few years the business has grown at a pace, both through expansion into new geographical areas and through the delivery of more new homes and this latest development will help us to firmly establish our presence in the South West. We’re excited at the prospect of working with Herefordshire Council over the next 10 years, or more, to deliver much needed high quality new homes across the county.

developing a strong local supply chain with at least 50 percent of suppliers and contractors coming from within Herefordshire. The council will also retain its ability to raise capital from the council’s land holdings, whilst controlling the nature, speed and character of the county’s development. Keepmoat Homes will provide support for local businesses, third sector groups and the community as well as improving skills

and educational attainment through training and apprenticeships. This, in turn will enable the development of new economic activity to address the problem of low wages in the county.” The partnership is to launch a programme of wider regeneration initiatives in December 2017 with the first new homes expected to be delivered in the summer of 2018. For more information regarding Keepmoat, please visit Keepmoat.com.

Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets, said: “The partnership will go much further than the delivery of new homes. It will also promote economic growth across the county through a number of initiatives including

Left to right: Richard Moore, Land and Partnerships Director for Keepmoat Homes West Midlands, Jake Berriman, Deputy Chief Executive of Connexus, Richard Gabb, Programme Director Housing and Growth, Herefordshire Council, Peter Hindley, COO at Keepmoat Homes, Councillor Harry Bramer, Cabinet Member Contracts and Assets, Rob Ewing, Growth and Place Programme Manager, Herefordshire Council, Karen Usher, New Model in Technology and Engineering, NMiTE, New University, ClaireOrpwood, Land & Partnerships Manager for Keepmoat Homes West Midlands, Neil Evans, Public Liaison Officer, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, and Janusz Kozinski , President and Chief Executive, NMiTE

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“We are also committed to a significant Community Investment programme, including sourcing local talent and creating opportunities for employment and training for local people. This is a perfect example of how our business model of working in close partnership with local authorities, housing associations and other delivery partners can accelerate home building and improve local communities.”


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The standards have also supported Newgate to continually improve its operations: “By having a greater awareness of our processes we have been able to minimise any margin for errors and truly ensure that we learn from every job. We have implemented a non-conformance register, which is reviewed by the management team’s positive improvement group and helps us to identify where we need to make improvements,� adds Shelley. The standards have also helped Newgate to improve its environmental impact and its approach to health and safety. “We have always been a conscientious company, but by having more standardised systems in place for our health and safety and environmental management has helped us to make subtle changes, each of which have added up to significant improvements over the years, for both the company and our employees. These include putting place measures that have significantly reduced our accident rate. By changing our lighting to LEDs has not had a financial reward, but has also helped us to reduce our impact on the environment, particularly from the paint shop, which can sometimes be operational for 12 hours a day,� explains David. Keeping the door open to growth Since gaining the accreditations Newgate has continued to go from strength to strength, experiencing a 25% growth in the first half of 2017 alone. To ensure that growth continues, and that they stay ahead of their competitors, Newgate was one of the first of Independent Advice for Businesses’ clients to achieve the new ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System standard, alongside ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management standard “We know it is important that we continue to develop as a company so we can continue the amazing growth we have experienced recently. Contract values are increasing and the trust we have built with our clients has meant that orders are not only for single units, but multi-disciplinary items, which means we need to be performing to the highest levels across the business. “Achieving the ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 standards not only tell our clients that we are forward thinking, but also helps us to look at different ways of doing things and we are now focussing on embedding the standards across all aspects of our business, so we can improve our production line and engage all our staff in driving quality improvements across the organisation. We area already doing some amazing things, but we know we can always do those even better!� concludes Shelley.

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The company recognises the difficulties in the construction industry with official guidelines simply stating that a risk assessment should be carried out. I C Brindle & Co has now

I C Brindle’s equipment can be found in many and varied locations from commercial quaysides to sewage farms, by way of leisure facilities and swimming pools to village green ponds.

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published its own guide to Coastal and Inland Water safety which offers information and advice to individuals and organisations as well as many other safety and training publications.


I C Brindle’s equipment can be found in many and varied locations from commercial quaysides to sewage farms, by way of leisure facilities and swimming pools to village green ponds. One of its most prestigious contracts was to supply waterside safety equipment to the London Olympics site. Their products may be seen in the media as well since it has supplied on more than one occasion to production companies making films and

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WORK DUST-FREE: MORE INTELLIGENT THAN EVER BEFORE Festool is launching intelligent new products to make dust free working easier: two new Bluetooth batteries and a Bluetooth remote control, as well as a new smooth hose and mobile dust extractor. With the new Bluetooth module, that can be retrofitted, dust can be extracted with cordless Festool tools without the need for a power cable. The premium manufacturer is extending its range of compatible batteries with the addition of two new 5.2 and 6.2 Ah Bluetooth-capable battery packs. “The new Bluetooth module represents real progress in cordless and dust-free work,” confirms Jon Burcham, Marketing Manager at Festool. “It takes a lot of time to keep going back and forth to the extractor to switch it on manually. Now the extractor can be conveniently activated or switched off using the Bluetooth remote control and with the new Bluetooth battery packs it is even easier because there is no need for a power cable between the extractor and tool. Switching the cordless tool on or off causes the extractor to be automatically activated.” The range of extractors has expanded with a newly developed, smooth suction hose, which ensures seamless dust extraction without the inconvenience of the hose catching. In addition the redesigned CT 26, 36 and 48 mobile dust extractors feature practical functions, such as the optimised SYSDock with T-LOC function for conveniently connecting SYSTAINERs on the mobile dust extractor and a new cord holder. “Efficient and dust-free work has never been simpler,” concludes Jon. For more information about the products visit: www.festool.co.uk

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Are squeezed budgets draining the life out of UK construction?

In August 2017, the largest 50 contractors in the UK reported a combined revenue of £57.2 billion, according to TCI 100, with 11 (22%) incurring losses and 20 (40%) making pre-tax profits of 3% or less.


n total, that is 62% of the cream of UK construction PLC making less than 3% or incurring losses.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “It’s no surprise that large organisations accept contracts with low profit margins. When it comes down to a bidding war, with clients determined to drive down costs, only the biggest competitors remain at the table because regional contractors and SMEs will have already walked away.

“You would only consider working for miniscule margins if they were countered by the prospect of repeat business at a far greater value. Given the ongoing construction skills crisis, you have to be a very large corporation to take this approach and imagine that it will be worth your while.” Neil Walters, incoming national chair of the NDB, added: “When budgets are squeezed to this extent at the top of the chain, you can imagine the impact

along the supply chain where further negotiations to protect that 3% are commonplace. As an industry, we cannot sustain growth and innovation and take on the massive training agenda required when we continue to perform in this fashion. The industry and its clients need to accept that contractors need to be able to make a reasonable and sustained profit of at least 5%.”

NFB: Withholding subcontractor payments is unethical

Members of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) consistently report that public sector clients, including central government, do not pay on time.


s regional contractors and SMEs, a large proportion of projects these members fulfil are subcontracted via larger construction companies. Some main contractors impose 120-day payment terms, with £10.5 billion withheld in retention payments and around £22 billion in annual SME turnover is paid late. If we are to recruit apprentices and deliver world class building and infrastructure projects, the industry needs to reduce retentions and late payment. The Government, and all construction clients, need to pay on time and take a long-term view on the health of those businesses its practices affect.

The Construction Act requires public bodies to pay undisputed invoices within 30 days and there is an adjudication process in place. However, many companies do not use it for fear of jeopardising future work. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “Late payment and retention of funds remain a problem for UK construction companies, despite widespread recognition that these practices are unacceptable. The NFB and its members provide a clear voice and act on those words. One of our members, Colmore Tang Construction, is offering to pay subcontractors affected by the demise of Carillion earlier than their contract terms in order to provide some stability. This is the kind of collaborative

leadership the industry needs and represents the best construction has to offer.” In 2007, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) was one of the first organisations to take issue with how the Government’s approach to procurement and frameworks put SMEs and regional contractors at a distinct disadvantage. We continue to work with central Government and local authorities to yield results for SMEs, regional contractors and local economies, without a reduction in quality.

London’s Thames Wharf Studios complex sold in eight-figure deal

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Thames Wharf Studios, one of Hammersmith’s most desirable commercial property complexes, has been sold by Thames Wharf Limited - whose major shareholder is London & Regional Properties, a global private investment company with a £9 billion portfolio – to an undisclosed buyer for a significant eight-figure sum.


ocated in Rainville Road on the north bank of the River Thames, the mixeduse scheme totals 46,706 sq ft across six buildings on a 0.98 acre freehold site and generates an annual rental value of more than £2.2 million.


In prime location on the site is internationally renowned restaurant The River Café, which has held a Michelin star since 1997. The complex also provides space to organisations including

Olivier Mythodrama, M.i.H Jeans and Re:Source Global. Iain Hibbert, associate at Roythornes Solicitors, acted on the sale of Thames Wharf Studios for Thames Wharf Limited. Iain said: “Roythornes was very pleased to act for the owner of this development, which boasts a highly-enviable location on the banks of the River Thames with spectacular views across the city. “Our appointment by Thames Wharf Limited to act for them on this multi-million pound deal goes to show the outstanding legal expertise lying outside the confines of the capital and we were delighted to have the opportunity to prove our quality against London-based international firms.”


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Email: sales@skyhook-gb.com

Website: www.skyhook-gb.com

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