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Latest News Gold award for Nottingham City Homes’ approach to sustainability Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has been accredited as a gold standard provider of sustainable homes, in recognition of its success in reducing its environmental impact across its housing stock and operations.


he accreditation body SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow) is run by Sustainable Homes and is the sustainability standard for the housing sector. Gaining a gold accreditation means that NCH is one of the leading organisations for green homes in the UK. Over the last few years, NCH has rolled out a raft of domestic energy efficiency measures such as new boilers, A-rated windows, solar rooftops and external wall insulation through its Greener HousiNG scheme to tackle the city’s coldest and most energy inefficient homes. This has all greatly improved their environmental performance. Sustainable Homes also awarded NCH the Sustainable Retrofit Project of the Year (under 50 properties) award at its prestigious annual awards ceremony, which recognises the very best sustainability projects and achievements in the UK. This award was for their Energiesprong pilot to create ultra-low energy homes.

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NCH, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, is the first housing organisation in the country to adopt the ground-breaking Energiesprong approach to tackle climate change and fuel poverty challenges arising from older housing stock. The project has radically improved the energy efficiency of ten homes in Sneinton. It upgraded the homes with new outside walls and windows, a solar roof, and a state of the art heating system; making the homes warmer, healthier and much more affordable to heat for residents.


Property managers urged to put air quality in order as temperatures drop As winter approaches, a national trade body is issuing a timely reminder to property managers to ensure air quality management is on their radar.


ith the arrival of dark nights and dropping temperatures, moisture levels in buildings start to increase. Air becomes more laden with water, meaning that issues such as condensation, and even damp and mould, can take hold. As a result, the Property Care Association (PCA) is urging property managers to ensure appropriate servicing, repairs and checks are made to ventilation fans and air management systems, to tackle the issue. Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “Ventilation fans and air management systems are at the front line in providing a healthier environment for people to live

The construction partners for Energiesprong in Sneinton were Melius Homes, and the project has been supported and part financed by the REMOURBAN project that is developing a pioneering model to show how sustainability can be integrated into the regeneration of towns and cities across the UK. Additional funding has also been provided by the E=0 project, part of the European Union’s Interreg NWE programme. The construction partners for Energiesprong in Sneinton were Melius Homes, and the project has been supported and part financed by the REMOURBAN project that is developing a pioneering model to show how sustainability can be integrated into the regeneration of towns and cities across the UK. Expertise from the Horizon 2020 Transition Zero project also supported this pilot. Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes are currently seeking funding for a rollout of this scheme to 100+ homes in the city. Councillor Sally Longford, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and

and work in. They play an invaluable role at this time of year at addressing the heavy, cold air that can circulate in buildings as temperatures drop. However, despite the contribution they make to air quality, it’s not uncommon for their service and repair to be overlooked. “Without a structured servicing regime, waste can build up in the system. This can become a breeding ground for bacteria and also reduce efficiency. It is also not uncommon for systems to be installed which are not the correct specification for their particular environment. This is unfortunate as effective ventilation is the most effective way to tackle excess moisture in buildings.”

Environment, said: “It’s a great achievement to have gained both the gold standard and to have won this award. Its testament to the innovation and commitment that Nottingham City Homes has shown to ensure its homes are ready for the zero carbon standards required across the UK by 2050. Many of our residents live in fuel poverty so creating more energy efficient homes to reduce people’s energy bills is a high priority for us. We’re very excited that Nottingham is leading the way to tackle both fuel poverty and climate change and is pioneering new approaches.” Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said, “We’re extremely proud to have achieved the gold standard for providing sustainable homes. As a large housing provider, we are very aware of our environmental impact and we have worked hard to minimise it. As well as meeting our environmental responsibilities, sustainability means reduced operational costs for us and cheaper bills and warmer homes for our tenants. Our Energisprong pilot in Sneinton has transformed these draughty and inefficient homes into some of the most sustainable homes in the country. We intend to roll Energiesprong out to other homes across the city in the coming months and years to ensure that more of our residents can benefit from warmer homes.” Ron Van-Erck, Energiesprong’s Head of International market development, said “An Energiesprong retrofit is about converting existing houses into warm, desirable and affordable places to live in, year round. It’s a collaborative process that involves three agents of change: contractors, housing providers and residents. The gold award recognises that Nottingham City Homes are leading from the front by making their own housing stock sustainable for the long term. Together with Melius Homes, they are true pioneers, heading a UK movement to make homes fit for 2050. It’s a great achievement!”

Latest News National e-learning programme launched by Considerate Constructors Scheme targeting drugs and alcohol The Considerate Constructors Scheme is helping to address the sobering issue of drugs and alcohol on the UK and Irish construction industries.


he Scheme’s new ‘Drugs and Alcohol e-learning’ course focuses on how contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and clients can take practical and effective measures to safeguard and protect the workforce in relation to drugs and alcohol. The online course is now available on the Scheme’s Best Practice Hub, a free, go-to industry resource, which has received over 2.6 million views since its launch. The misuse of drugs and alcohol is a serious workplace issue, particularly for the construction industry, where a safe and healthy workforce is of paramount importance. The effects of drugs and alcohol abuse include impaired awareness, reduced concentration, loss of muscle function, reduced stamina, diminished judgement and loss of coordination. Any of these side-effects can be incredibly dangerous in the construction industry where working at height and operating vehicles and heavy machinery are commonplace.

BRICK INDUSTRY GOES FOR GROWTH The latest ONS figures for brick production in the UK reveal a remarkable story of manufacturing investment. August 2018 saw 21% more bricks being produced in the UK compared with August 2017. Compare the figure to August 2016 (a 39% rise) and a clear picture emerges of consistent growth in output resulting from increased capacity across the sector.


his is not just about the summer months, of course: more important for long-term planning are the annual figures. For the rolling 12-month period ending August 2018 there is a 9.4% increase over the previous 12-month period. To put this in context, NHBC housebuilding figures show that the number of plots under construction in August 2018 is 2% up on the previous year, with the rolling 3-month figure on housing starts to August 2018 being up 6.7%. “There has been considerable comment on brick supply issues over the last two years,” observed the Brick Development Association’s Tom Farmer. “

“It is heartening to see UK manufacturing making long-term investments in plant, people and technology. Brave decisions were made when the housebuilding sector started to

In addition to increasing production volume, the BDA also points to the Mace Business School estimate of lead times for brickwork which, at 11 weeks, is well below the 28-60 week lead times quoted for other cladding materials.

The e-learning course compliments the Scheme focus on this issue to date by providing a platform for the industry to educate themselves about the issue, risks and methods to manage those risks and to support those who need it. Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “The impact of drugs and alcohol on the construction industry is an extremely serious issue and one which the industry is working hard to address. “We all know that our industry is only as strong as our workforce and it is therefore essential to ensure that everyone in our workforce is well looked after, both physically and mentally. As drugs and alcohol has a huge impact on both the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone, we see our Drugs and Alcohol e-learning as an essential way of extending the Scheme’s reach to help educate and further raise awareness to help address this issue.”

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The industry has proved remarkably responsive to increased demand, with all the major players investing to increase production capacity. The supply chain is also importing stock from the EU in order to bolster supply in the short term.

show signs of recovery and the increasing production numbers show the results of those decisions.”

Drugs and Alcohol e-learning follows on from the Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…drugs and alcohol’ campaign, its subsequent update to the campaign, and its handy drugs and alcohol policy template – all available on the Best Practice Hub. These resources have proved a huge success in raising awareness and understanding of the issue, having already been viewed over 26,000 times since their introduction in 2016.


Latest News WHY CURRENT UK AIR QUALITY IS NOT ALL BAD NEWS, SAYS BUREAU VERITAS Despite rising concerns over poor air quality in the UK, leading health and safety expert Bureau Veritas has stated that it’s not all bad news, revealing that a record amount of money is being invested in initiatives to support the management of air pollutant emissions.


t comes as the UK government have announced a £100m funding pledge for research into low emission vehicles, along with a £840m pot assigned to ten city regions for improving public transport. At a more local level, the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund has made an additional £6m available for managing emissions in the city’s pollution hotspots. The government has even pledged up to £2m to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes. Jamie Clayton, Principal Air Quality Consultant at Bureau Veritas, explains: “Almost every week new evidence is emerging around the health impact of poor air quality, ranging from links to early mortality to dementia. This has been compounded by the recent update from the Committee on Air Pollution Effects (COMEAP) on the mortality rates associated with air pollution in the UK, with estimates of 28,000 to 36,000 deaths per year; an increase from the steady 29,000 estimated in the 2015 report.

“Everyone is in agreement that the management of air pollutant emissions in the UK represents a significant challenge at local, regional and national levels. The complex mix of pollutants in the air we breathe, from a range of sectors including transport and agriculture, makes it difficult to get a clear picture of health effects attributed to individual pollutants but there is a general feeling of growing concern. Those that have read the recent COMEAP update will also recognise the extent of debate amongst experts, just at a time when the public want a clear message on the dangers of pollution. “As a result, there is a lot of confusion and negative press around air pollution but it’s important to recognise that there are a lot of positive changes being implemented as UK businesses and public sector bodies get serious about air quality management, not only for public health reasons, but also for the knock-on effect for other business growth opportunities.”

There is a lot of confusion and negative press around air pollution but it’s important to recognise that there are a lot of positive changes being implemented as UK businesses and public sector bodies get serious about air quality management, not only for public health reasons, but also for the knock-on effect for other business growth opportunities. According to Bureau Veritas, real changes are also happening on the ground. For instance, the firm’s air quality team is currently working with a large number of public and private sector organisations to undertake feasibility studies, bring forward air quality compliance and assess the potential benefits of air quality improvement measures prior to implementation. Where initiatives have been implemented effectively, significant air quality improvements can and are observed, on occasion in quite short timescales. As a consequence of this work, the air quality team at Bureau Veritas are currently looking to grow with vacancies in both the London and Manchester offices.

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Jamie added: “It’s important not to downplay the current scale of the air quality problem in the UK, however it is reassuring that the recent increase in awareness on air pollution has had the knock-on effect of increasing funding available for much-needed improvement initiatives.


“Combined with decisive action from UK organisations, this should go some way to ensure that in the future, air quality will not be all bad news.”

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PROJECT: Refurbishment of Walthamstow Wetlands, a site with industrial heritage Walthamstow Wetlands is a series of 10 reservoirs, located in the Lea Valley Special Protection Area, which provides drinking water to 3.5 million Londoners. An area of Special Scientific Interest, the 211-hectare site has been transformed into one of Europe’s largest urban Wetland nature reserves. The collaboration between Thames Water, LB Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust aimed to conserve the heritage and identity of the site, whilst allowing free public access to this unique landscape of water, woods and marshland.

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Integral to the restoration was the replacement of the old Engine House’s original brick chimney, a powerful industrial symbol, which was demolished in 1960. Witherford Watson Mann grafted a striking new 24m high ‘swift tower’ onto the remaining chimney plinth to serve as an ecological feature to accommodate local wildlife.



ith sustainability and ecology at the heart of the regeneration, architects Witherford Watson Mann worked with Kinnear Landscape Architects to deliver a unique vision, which included the sympathetic restoration and the conversion of a Grade II listed Engine House and a disused neighbouring mill into a new visitor centre and viewing platform. Sympathetic Restoration - Key Elements

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The Engine House roof was also fully restored using Dreadnoughts Brown Antique plain clay roof tiles, which are manufactured on the same site, at the same factory as Ketley Bricks. The interior restoration was handled with similar sensitivity, using a simple palette of materials including Ketley clay quarry tiles for much of the flooring, which combined well with the natural tones of the exposed brick and timber panelling on the walls.

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Built in 1885, the old Engine House, which once housed massive steam driven pump engines, was restored and converted to accommodate a café and visitor’s centre, with a kitchen extension built from Brown Brindle facing bricks from West Midlands manufacturer, Ketley Brick.

of the site perfectly. Designed to contrast with the softer brick of the existing building, the detailing of the new arches and the English bond pattern followed the same rhythm as the original arcaded brick of the adjacent north wall.


Integral to the restoration was the replacement of the old Engine House’s original brick chimney, a powerful industrial symbol, which was demolished in 1960. Witherford Watson Mann grafted a striking new 24m high ‘swift tower’ onto the remaining chimney plinth to serve as an ecological feature to accommodate local wildlife. Constructed from the same Brown Brindle engineering bricks, the structure tapers from 1.5 bricks thick at the bottom to one brick thick at the top, its shiny surface standing out, yet also complementing the Victorian heritage. The brickwork was left rough on the inside to provide roosting areas for swifts and bats. The tower itself incorporated 54 bespoke red clay swift boxes codesigned by Ketley and Witherford Watson Mann to encourage the nesting of urban swifts. The boxes have sloping entrances and a small hole in the front to keep the nesting areas well drained and were placed at least 1m apart to prevent rival swifts fighting. The only known structure of its type, ‘swift tower’ is visible from across the valley, signalling repair and transformation: repair of civic infrastructure, transformation from pollution to ecology. A lasting public legacy

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Now open to the public for the first time in 150 years, Walthamstow Wetlands is a conservation and restoration project of unique value, which will allow people to access its natural and architectural heritage for many years to come.


Now open to the public for the first time in 150 years, Walthamstow Wetlands is a conservation and restoration project of unique value, which will allow people to access its natural and architectural heritage for many years to come.

Alex Patrick-Smith, managing director of both Dreadnought Tiles and Ketley Brick said: “We are delighted to have manufactured the bricks, roof tiles and quarry tiles that were so in keeping with the Victorian heritage of this site.” The Brick Award judges described this project as “a very skilled work of refurbishment on an industrial building.” They also remarked, “the Wetlands centre dignifies and respects the industrial heritage of the site and transforms its extraordinary setting.”



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200 year old warehouse converted to first Passivhaus hostel in the UK Building physics and services engineer Greengauge has provided a complete holistic advice package on the remodelling and retrofit of the Barrel Store, the first and only Passivhaus certified hostel in the UK.


ompleted in 2016, the exceptionally performing building won the Cirencester Civic Society Design Award 2016 and is a finalist in the UK Passivhaus Awards 2018. But these accolades belie a humbler beginning. Background

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Situated in Cirencester, the Barrel Store was constructed around 1820 as a warehouse to serve the adjacent brewery, which closed in the early 20th century. By the 1970s, the derelict but solidly built Cotswold limestone building narrowly escaped demolition and instead was converted into a theatre. The building sustained this use for several decades, but the theatre recently closed as it was no longer fit for purpose.


The New Brewery Arts charity, which had managed the theatre along with two other nearby former brewery buildings, decided to convert the Barrel Store into a youth hostel. This use would provide much needed affordable and stylish visitor accommodation for people attending New Brewery Arts courses and workshops.

Passivhaus Enerphit retrofit The ambitious scheme put together by Greengauge and Potter Church & Holmes Architects proposed a Passivhaus Enerphit retrofit for the building. “I believe our proposal was chosen because it was the only scheme that included Passivhaus,” says Peter Holmes the Architect and director at Potter Church & Holmes Architects. “It may also have been that we proposed a ground-breaking, low energy hostel that would attract people and would result in minimal running costs. We were a good, local team of consultants that were very committed and enthusiastic about the project.” The project brief was fairly straightforward, asking for a hostel that provided 48 beds, a kitchen, dining area, entrance, laundry, office and storage. But a Passivhaus Enerphit retrofit is inherently more difficult than a new build.

Thankfully, this project was simpler than most retrofits as everything internal was stripped out leaving the building’s shell, which was in good condition. Two new floors were formed requiring new load-bearing internal structures and the roof space was used to house the mechanical plant. “This project touches on all of our key services,” says Toby Cambray, co-founder of Greengauge. “We did all of the M&E design, the Passivhaus consultancy, which involved specifying and doing the calculations for the insulation, the triple glazed windows and supporting the architect in the detailing. We also completed a moisture risk analysis using WUFI [a specialist software tool which simulates how moisture moves through a building’s structure].”

The project brief was fairly straightforward, asking for a hostel that provided 48 beds, a kitchen, dining area, entrance, laundry, office and storage. But a Passivhaus Enerphit retrofit is inherently more difficult than a new build.

Insulation challenges Despite the brief’s simplicity, the project still had its own unique set of challenges. One of the most testing aspects involved the insulation. Given that the building is situated in a conservation area, the insulation required to help achieve Passivhaus could not be fixed to the outside of the stone building. Instead, it had to be fixed on the inside. This decision had a knock-on effect on the hostel’s proposed layout. As the building is long and narrow, the insulation thickness required would take up valuable internal space resulting in fewer beds. The realised scheme provides 14 bedrooms, 13 with en-suite bathrooms, and 48 beds, while still insulating to the level required for Enerphit. A semi-circular oak staircase lined with ash boarding, like a barrel, was introduced into the centre of the hostel. This high quality architectural feature elevates the interior and draws in daylight via a new rooflight. Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) has to be specified carefully because the masonry behind the insulation in a heated building will become colder than before. This increases the risk of moisture accumulation and slows down the rate at which the masonry can dry out. This in turn can increase the risk of mould and damage to the existing stone, new timber structure and the insulation.

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To this end the solution employed involved the construction of a highly insulated timberframed ‘building’ inside the existing stone walls. This structure was built off an insulated concrete slab, which helped to thermally isolate the new timber structure from the ground and walls. The semi-basement was filled in with compacted granular material and 350mm of polystyrene insulation below a concrete raft to create level access.


Moisture risk analysis The specialist skills offered by Greengauge played a major role here by modelling the proposed structure in WUFI to check how it was likely to perform. “We had to make sure we managed the risk of moisture accumulation,” says Cambray. “The dynamic movement of water, vapour and liquid form is something that the WUFI software can assess, which other simpler assessment methods don’t.” A lime plaster parge layer was applied to the internal stone walls and then a continuous 100mm thick rigid wood fibre insulation layer was fixed to the masonry. The new timber structure, filled with 80mm thick flexible wood fibre insulation, was then built inside the rigid woodfibre board which is thermally separated from the walls and floor. Minimising thermal bridging and ensuring air-tightness in the building were other critical factors that helped to achieve Passivhaus. Greengauge drew up twodimensional models of proposed key junctions using the THERM software to analyse heat transfer and to evaluate any potential problems with condensation and moisture risk. Hot water and ventilation Hot water demand at the Barrel Store was anticipated to be high given its hostel use. Greengauge specified a direct gas-fired water heater that heats a 370-litre cylinder, which supplies approximately 40 showers in two hours. Some of this heat is diverted into space heating when needed. A small 10kw plate heat exchanger takes heat from the cylinder and sends it around the hostel’s small radiator circuit. Like all Passivhaus projects ventilation is important. This is provided via two mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units, which serve the left and right halves of the building. Ventilation is demand controlled based on relative humidity and is supplemented with fresh air via the windows. At the forefront of Passivhaus Another contributing factor which helps to achieve Passivhaus certification is a good builder. One who is meticulous about ensuring against air leakage and keeps a

The Barrel Store has been open for two years and to date, has received only positive feedback from guests. Many regard the Passivhaus aspect as a novelty and particularly enjoy its eco-friendly credentials. The energy efficiency of the hostel means that the client should use less than 50% of the energy of a traditional construction.

clean, dust-free site. David Gilkes, managing director at DJP Construction, who was the Barrel Store builder, says it was the first Passivhaus project he had worked on and he is now a Passivhaus convert. “It was a very rewarding job and it has had a huge impact on how we construct other projects,” says Gilkes. “We realise that to

achieve Passivhaus is not as difficult as we had thought as long as you follow specific criteria. Toby [Cambray] at Greengauge was fantastic and because of his knowledge and experience in Passivhaus he was very considerate and supportive. Greengauge is at the forefront of Passivhaus and is miles ahead of any other consultants we’ve worked with.” Holmes agrees adding: “Greengauge is not just a services engineer, it also has energy consultants with specialist knowledge about low energy buildings. They are a young firm that is growing very fast and has a really interesting range of skills. This broadening skills base within this overall area of expertise is uniquely theirs.” Highly energy efficient

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The Barrel Store has been open for two years and to date, has received only positive feedback from guests. Many regard the Passivhaus aspect as a novelty and particularly enjoy its eco-friendly credentials.


The energy efficiency of the hostel means that the client should use less than 50% of the energy of a traditional construction. The client has confirmed that the building requires very little maintenance, which maximises the time the hostel is open. This is particularly important as the Barrel Store forms an integral part of the New Brewery Arts financial model; its efficiency therefore directly benefits its charitable organisation. Photography by Max McClure

Coatings, Sealants & Paints BREATHABLE PAINTS ARE INVESTMENT IN LISTED CHURCH’S FUTURE The Grade II listed church at the centre of a tiny Nottinghamshire village has invested in its future with a refurbishment programme featuring Earthborn breathable paints.

The stone walls of St James’s Church in Halloughton, near Southwell had been redecorated with acrylic based paints which were preventing the walls from breathing and had led to damage. Vicar Phil White said: “I know from personal experience in other churches that historic walls painted with conventional, acrylic based paints can lead to expensive problems with the building. It is worth investing in breathable paint to safeguard the fabric of the building for future generations.” The vestry was replastered using breathable lime plaster and other areas of lime plaster repaired using Earthborn Casein Filler. Any chalky patches were stabilised with Earthborn Wall Glaze before applying Earthborn Claypaint. Claypaint is a unique, clay based emulsion. Its advanced technology maximises the natural properties of clay to create a high performance, highly breathable paint that covers exceptionally well and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish.

The Marbles shade of Claypaint complements the church’s timber ceiling.

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BREAK THE MOULD WITH CROWN TRADE’S CLEAN EXTREME The mild, wet autumnal weather can provide the ideal conditions for mould and mildew to thrive but thanks to Crown Trade’s range of Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting paints, the outlook has just got brighter. Ideally suited for damp-prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens where condensation can build, as well as for use in void properties that are likely to be unheated and unventilated for long periods, Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting paint range offers long lasting protection from unsightly and unhygienic mould. By helping walls and ceilings retain a cleaner, fresher appearance for longer, Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting range provides the perfect solution for damp and dirty surfaces and can help reduce maintenance cycles and redecoration costs. Available in a choice of matt and acrylic eggshell, Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting paint range benefits from built in fungicide that prevents mould growth on the paint film. Unlike other anti-mould paints available, both Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt and Acrylic Eggshell paints are also highly resistant to stains and can be repeatedly cleaned without any detriment to the finish. Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt boasts a high opacity matt formulation that provides exceptional durability even when scrubbed, with the Acrylic Eggshell option providing a high performance stain resistant and washable mid sheen finish.

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Vicar Phil White added: “We managed to complete the work just before the first wedding at the church for 11 years. It was ideal that because Claypaint does not give off any toxic emissions the church was odour free for everyone attending.” Claypaint is available in Earthborn’s signature palette of 72 shades. Bespoke colours can be developed through the nationwide network of Earthborn stockists such as Carnill and Company which supplied this project.

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Polyx®-Oil Express from Osmo UK is a premium fast drying wood finish guaranteed to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. Taking just 1.5 hours to dry in between coats, Polyx®-Oil Express offers flooring contractors, specifiers, DIY enthusiasts and consumers with a solution that eliminates long downtime, whilst still providing all the professional features of a traditional oil-based finish. Ideal for solid wood and plank wood flooring, blackstrip, OSB and cork floors, as well as furniture, Polyx®-Oil Express is a high quality, water-repellent and dirtresistant wood finish based on natural ingredients. It is the fastest drying product that Osmo UK has ever created. It dries within 1.5 hours in between coats when used with the Osmo UK 6632 Hardener. Polyx®-Oil Express is available in a clear-satin finish for a subtle, noble shimmer that resembles satin and emphasises the wood grain modestly, and a clear-matt finish for an almost completely natural look, with light reflections diffused. Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil Express is also extremely easy to apply. Simply mix the hardener into the finish and then apply two coats thinly along the wood grain with a natural bristle brush or microfibre roller. Brush on to the wood surface to achieve deep, long-lasting penetration. Offering all the professional features of a traditional oil-based finish, Polyx®Oil combines the smooth surface of conventional lacquers, and the ease of application of a water-based finish, while managing to eliminate the inherent disadvantages of these other types of finish. Unlike ordinary oil finish products which form a film on the wood, Polyx®-Oil Express’ natural components penetrate deeply into the wood to create a micro-porous finish. This allows the wood to breathe, moisture to evaporate and ensures a flawless finish both upon application and for many years to come. After treatment the wood is strengthened from within and retains its elasticity. It becomes water repellent, stain resistant and more hard-wearing, because it meets the wood’s natural demands and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. For stockists and more information, call Osmo UK on 01296 481220 or visit

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Offering protection, durability and design flexibility, Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting paints can also be specified in a wide range of tinted colours and thanks to its water-based formulation, provides a quick-drying and lowodour solution. Crown Trade’s popular Clean Extreme range also includes Clean Extreme Stain Resistant Scrubbable Matt and Acrylic Eggshell, and Crown Trade’s Clean Extreme Anti-Bacterial paints.

Sections of lime plastered walls were repaired using Earthborn Casein Filler before painting with Claypaint.


Create Transform Innovate

Designing doors is an art form which comes naturally at Vicaima. Blending on-trend colour tones and surface materials such as veneer, laminate and foil with lacquers and stains to elevate the simple to surprising. Capturing truly fresh ideas that have the ability to harmonize with an existing theme or completely transform their surroundings.


mong the many recent creations to make the leap from drawing board to reality are two new additions to Vicaima’s Exclusive range. The Ex20 collection blends the purity of white, acting like a canvas to off-set striking and modern grain patterns, forming a door which is almost abstract art. This collection presents no less than five models and offers a choice of grained tones, including Dark Ebony, Bleached Oak and Zebrano in both Golden and Rouge. For designers and specifiers looking for a more geometric style, the Ex70 collection displays multiple grain directions intersected by a commanding jet black and curved groove. These real Ash veneered doors come in four models and are stained in a choice of contemporary tones, which include Warm Umber, Dark Taupe and Charcoal Brown; making them perfect for modern environments

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Of course innovation is not only confined to the appearance of a Vicaima door. The beauty of these products go far more than skin deep. With manufacturing expertise that has been honed for almost 60 years, Vicaima performance solutions in acoustics, security and of course fire doors, are widely


ABOVE Vicaima EX71 model in Dark Taupe

This collection presents no less than five models and offers a choice of grained tones, including Dark Ebony, Bleached Oak and Zebrano in both Golden and Rouge. For designers and specifiers looking for a more geometric style, the Ex70 collection displays multiple grain directions intersected by a commanding jet black and curved groove. BELOW Vicaima EX22 model in Zebrano Rouge








recognised in the industry as a benchmark to which many aspire. Aside from its many attributes, Vicaima’s suitability for multiple locations makes them an ideal choice for luxury living, hotels and commercial applications.

If you would also like to know more about Vicaima’s latest collections or indeed any of the design and performance solutions provided, visit the website Alternatively call 01793 532333 today.


Company News Aggregate Industries Champions Site Safety with Mandatory Two-Way Helmets Aggregate Industries’ Contracting Division has introduced two-way radio headsets across all its sites nationwide, as part of an ongoing drive to improve health and safety in the highways sector.


iewed initially by some as too cumbersome or impractical, resistance to using one- or two-way radio headsets dramatically changed during a trial which saw supervisors and banksmen within the business’ southern division issued with the new gear. Not only did the two-way headsets enable them to talk directly to everyone onsite, they also encouraged site workers to communicate in a respectful fashion. Using these helmets meant that hauliers and site operatives alike received direct, clear instructions by selected radio channels via headsets, as well as vehicle radios. By the end of the six-month trial, all of Aggregate Industries’ southern contracting

teams supported the use of the two-way communication headset. Not only did they find they cut out background noise over 82 decibels and facilitated clear communications over 10km, removing the need to shout within closer proximities, they also allowed for an immediate response as and when required. In addition, hauliers and third party suppliers could log in to a site-specific channel for instructions, contributing to the overall smooth running of a site. Paddy Murphy, Managing Director of Contracting at Aggregate Industries, comments: “Health and safety is our overarching value within Aggregate Industries. As such, we

take site safety very seriously and place importance on our pivotal role in raising safety standards across the industry as a whole. “The benefits of these helmets are manifold: they prevent anyone in the team from working in isolation at any time; and teams can now raise an immediate alarm should unforeseen circumstances arise. “In particular for me, the headsets also help to nurture a respectful working environment. A major issue across the industry, especially noted by lorry and sweeper drivers, is having to shout or wave their arms to get someone’s attention. Now, they can speak and communicate normally.”

Stone Age launches dazzling new showroom in Hertfordshire as it celebrates its 30th Birthday Stone Age, the experts in stone and porcelain have opened their latest showroom in Hertfordshire.


ocated on the beautiful Boxted Farm business estate in Hemel Hempstead, the showroom gives customers – both consumer and trade – the chance to see the stone up close and in detail. Ranging from marble to porcelain, natural stone to wood, the showroom will be staffed with industry experts able to give fantastic advice on what works best for their clients’ requirements.

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The showroom sits beside the company’s new factory which houses a team of talented expert craftsmen with years of masonry experience as well as impressive machinery that can create stunning bespoke pieces such as worktops, vanity tops and fire hearths in a matter of minutes. Since taking over as CEO in 2016, Gary Walters has transformed the company – taking Stone Age into the modern age by


investing over £750,000 into state-of-the-art technology and completely refurbishing the Hertfordshire location. The showroom will also have a section dedicated to Root London which specialises in exceptional bespoke wide plank and parquet engineered oak wood flooring, using sustainably sourced wood crafted in Italy. Available in eight classic colours and treated only using natural materials, it is the perfect complementary offering to the Stone Age family. CEO of Stone Age, Gary Walters says: “Our aim is to create a space where interiors buyers can see so many options in one place. When you’re refurbishing a property – either commercially or your own – you need to consider the best materials for all rooms – and whether that’s marble or porcelain, ceramics or wood – we can

give our customers the best advice and great value for money as it’s all done under one roof. And we support them along the way - from choosing the material they want, to template design, manufacturing and installation.” Stone Age produces beautiful, high-end stone for interior and exterior projects – ranging from flooring to one-off bespoke elements. First launched 30 years ago in 1988, the company has grown organically, building up a network of trusted suppliers which provide the very best materials available worldwide. Stone Age currently has a turnover of £4.5 million and employs 35 members of staff and the future plan is to diversify further and open more showrooms across the country. They currently have locations in Parsons Green in London and Clifton Village in Bristol. Founder of Root London, Darren Hopkins says: “We are delighted to offer visitors the chance to view our sample flooring in the new Stone Age showroom in Hertfordshire. Root uses carefully selected wood chosen and cut by artisans with years of experience using advanced equipment and techniques to produce the finest engineered oak flooring. We want to give visitors inspiration – they may have stone flooring in one room and wood in another; the new Stone Age showroom gives home owners, interior designers and architects that perfect choice.”

Company News Mather+Stuart announce multi-million pound investment programme Mather+Stuart Power Solutions, the temporary power equipment division of A-Plant, has announced that it will be investing almost £8m in new equipment before the end of 2018.


he company’s strategic investment programme, which aims to capitalise on new growth opportunities, follows a string of recent service centre openings across the UK. Phase one of the company’s spending spree has seen a £2m order placed with Harrington Generators International this summer. The multi-million pound investment boasts over 180 pieces of equipment, including a range of new innovative generators.

Gary Orton, Director of Mather+Stuart, said the investment reaffirms the company’s commitment to offering customers the very best equipment available in the industry.

August 2018. To support our expansion plans, keep up with customer demand and ensure we remain one of the UK’s market leaders it is vital that we continually update our fleet.

With synchronisation panels installed on many models, the new equipment offers customers more options to link generators together, providing significant fuel savings.

He explained: “Following our acquisition by A-Plant in 2016 we have experienced a period of rapid growth, opening nine new service centres and tripling the size of our fleet from 650 generators in January 2016 to over 2,000 by

“With further multi-million pound investments already in the pipline we can guarantee that we offer the most innovative, reliable, safe, environmentally friendly equipment in the industry.”

Historic West Yorkshire office fit out business placed into administration On 5 October 2018, Lee Lockwood and Bob Maxwell of Begbies Traynor in Leeds were appointed as joint administrators of H. Waterhouse & Sons (Wakefield) Limited which has been trading for over 150 years.


ased in East Ardsley, near Wakefield, the company dates back to 1853 when the great grandfather of the current director established the business which provides building refurbishment and office interiors throughout West Yorkshire. Unfortunately, due to the downturn in the construction and refurbishment sectors, the business hit trading difficulties in recent months, experiencing reduced opportunities

and continually tightening margins. The company ceased trading on 3 October 2018 and all 21 staff were made redundant. Joint administrator Lee Lockwood said: “The underlying cause of the company’s failure appears to be a slowdown in development and refurbishment activity in the face of economic uncertainty and, unfortunately, the business simply proved to be unviable. It is sad to see a business which has been

operating for so long and has been run by the same family for four generations, ceasing to trade in this manner. “Unfortunately, due to a lack of ongoing projects, there was no prospect of rescuing the business. We are in the process of disposing of the company’s assets and actively pursuing its debts in order to generate the best return for creditors.”

Rudridge Gravesend celebrates top marks in H&S Audit Rudridge Gravesend has been awarded a top score of 8 in its latest Stay Safe Review.


he annual audit, which is a legal requirement for the construction industry, ensures that the business is complying to the latest health and safety compliance standards. The review covers general housekeeping, yard management processes, product storage, workplace transport, and the team’s overall development and culture.

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Craig Lyons, Manager at Rudridge Gravesend, said: “At Rudridge, health and safety is our top priority. The whole team has continued to demonstrate improvements across the board, sharing best practice knowledge and engaging with the whole process to keep colleagues, customers and suppliers safe. I’m really proud of them all.”


Company News CROWN DECORATING CENTRES CONTINUE CHARITABLE DRIVE IN COMMUNITIES National paint manufacturer Crown Paints has continued to invest in its local communities with a raft of donations that are designed to add some colour to people’s lives.


he company’s Blackburn Crown Decorating Centre took on the Community Challenge set by Burnley-based window and door systems company, VEKA Group, to help the children of Whittlefield Primary School to transform an old school bus into a magical new library. Whittlefield School’s project was selected after winning a popular vote in the Community Challenge competition, which was run in partnership with regional radio station 2BR. The Crown Decorating Centre donated dozens of litres of paint in nine different colours, which 45 volunteers used to completely transform the bus in just five weeks. The finished bus is a totally unique space that has given the school a dedicated library that will inspire generations of schoolchildren. The finished design, which was decorated with characters and scenes from children’s stories, was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Burnley, Charlie Briggs, a former pupil at the school. The school also invited local author Linda Sutherland and Paul Duckworth, who heads the ‘Let’s Get Reading’ initiative across Lancashire. Commenting on the project, VEKA’s marketing director Dawn Stockell said: “We were thrilled to work on what became the ‘Whittlefield Woodland Library Bus’. We couldn’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, and the

transformation has been incredible; creating the unique reading space the children deserve. “Along with VEKA’s time, suppliers like Crown have also been incredibly generous and donated products and services worth over £25,000 to create a welcoming and inspiring space. We hope the children enjoy it for many years to come.” Crown Paints’ Carlisle Crown Decorating Centre has supported a unique Remembrance Day project in the city with the donation of paints and decorating sundries. “Carlisle Remembers 1918” includes ‘This Day in 1918’, a unique event hosted in Carlisle Castle on Saturday 10th November to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement. The event will show what life might have been like in Carlisle Castle 100 years ago, with a cast of colourful characters such as the Depot Commandant, his Regimental Sergeant-Major and his wife. Included is a full-scale replica of the Mark IV tank which sat outside the castle gates until 1935 and a 160-foot reconstruction of a British and German trench system. The

tank was created by local craftsman Geoff Armstrong and – unlike the original, which was in service during the final year of the First World War – it is built entirely from timber. The Crown Decorating Centre donated undercoat and eggshell paint in the tank’s signature dark green colour as well as brushes and roller kits to complete the works. A further donation of masonry paint was used as part of the trench reconstruction, making the trench look much more believable. Colonel Anthony Stevens of Carlisle Remembers 1918 said: “‘This Day in 1918’ brings the past to life with an immersive experience for visitors to the castle, and the replica tank and its crew, along with the WWI trench system, help our visitors understand the realities of life for soldiers on the front line in the Great War. I’m very grateful to the army of volunteers who made the day possible, particularly to Geoff Armstrong for creating the tank and to Ronnie Papaleo for designing and creating the trench system – Crown’s donation made both of these displays much more authentic and I appreciate the help that Mandy and her team at the Crown Decorating Centre gave us.”

Checkmate Fire Solutions Opens Swindon Office Checkmate Fire Solutions, the UK’s biggest passive fire protection specialist, is continuing its expansion with the opening of a new office in Swindon.


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he Yorkshire-headquartered business already has regional offices in Birmingham and Essex, but rising demand for its compliance and third-party accredited installation services means it now needs an additional location.


The new office at Swindon’s Windmill Hill Business Park will be managed by Mark Cawthra, who will oversee the delivery of services to customers across South-West England and South Wales. Checkmate was established in Yorkshire as a

supplier and installer of fire stopping in 1989 and has since grown into the UK’s largest passive fire protection specialist. From its headquarters in Elland and offices in Birmingham, Harlow and Swindon, Checkmate Fire operates two divisions - compliance and solutions. The compliance division helps businesses and public sector organisations to improve the safety of their buildings and meet their legal requirements related to RRO and all other relevant regulations. Its services include

passive fire specification consultancy, fire door inspections and fire compliance surveys, complete with associated certification and recertification services. Checkmate’s solutions division specialises in third-party accredited installation of fire stopping, fire doors and fire-resistant glazing in new builds, extensions, refurbishments and sites requiring remedial work. Its fully-trained teams have experience of undertaking complex projects in tall buildings (both residential and commercial), hospitals, universities and schools, industrial and office buildings.

Company News KAM celebrates five years in business and 64% growth in the last 12 months Construction consultancy KAM Project Consultants is celebrating five years in business.


he independent company of project managers and cost consultants focuses on delivering schemes across two primary markets - industrial/ distribution and commercial mixed-use. Directors Kevin Sims and Mike Wilcock set up KAM in 2013 after 30 years of working together on a range of high-profile clients at an international consultancy. Since then they have been joined by seven directors to take the business forward on to the next stage of its growth cycle. The company now has a 34-strong team across its offices in Milton Keynes and Leicester and an impressive array of clients including GLP Gazeley, Bericote, Panattoni, Sainsbury’s and DHL. Sticking to its company mission statement ‘One Team Delivering Excellence’ and working with the wider project team, KAM team

members always strive to deliver exceptional results for clients. This ethos combined with the diverse calibre of expertise in the KAM team, is the reason KAM has experienced significant expansion and the company was listed in the top three of the 150 fastest growing companies in Building magazine with 64% growth and a 40% increase in staff in just the last year. The company is continuing its expansion plans and its current recruitment drive is focusing on cost managers for both of its UK offices. Projects in mainland Europe are also a possibility in 2019.

“Since then, along with many other dedicated and talented individuals, KAM has grown into the company it is today – the premier PM/QS business in the industrial and logistics sector. Our success is derived from exceptional hard work across the team and delivering high quality recruits. We pride ourselves on developing long lasting relationships and ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the delivery of every project. All of our team are empowered to forge and maintain relationships with both clients and other consultants and we take every pride in each client project that we take on, from the first meeting to completion.”

Kevin said: “Five years ago Mike and I set up our new venture with a lot of hard work and hope. Our vision was to build a project manager/quantity surveyor (PM/QS) business that puts customers at the forefront of everything it does.

Significant schemes that KAM is currently working on include multiple sites for Panattoni, Bericote’s Littlebrook development, Clipper Logistics’ new warehouse in Crick for Halfords, and a multi storey distribution centre in central London for GLP Gazeley.

Unique Weathered Original London Stock brick now available from Imperial After several years of research and development, Imperial Bricks is delighted to announce a genuine replication of the original ‘London Stock’ brick. This traditional handmade yellow brick features a strong colour with characteristic shade variations, and an authentic coal spotted face with distinctive textures.

Lord-Lieutenant presents Ancon with third Queen’s Award for Enterprise ANCON has officially received the 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise from the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. This is the third time the company has been honoured in this prestigious award scheme that acknowledges outstanding achievements by UK businesses. Ancon’s 2018 Innovation award follows its Queen’s Awards for International Trade in 2015 and Innovation in 2012. After a tour of the recently-extended Sheffield head office and main UK manufacturing operations, Mr Coombe said, “It gives me great pleasure to present this award to Ancon. I have been so impressed with what I have seen here today. It is a real team effort.”

The bricks are suitable for restoring, renovating and extending of buildings in and around the capital, as well as new-build developments. Weathered Original London Stock is a strong-coloured brick, also available in a standard Original London Stock, and a Dark Weathered version that was created due to popular demand. All are available in imperial and metric sizing.

The award was received on behalf of Ancon by company director Peter McDermott at a special ceremony attended by 36 long-serving employees representing all areas of the business from sales and marketing to production and accounts. For more information, call 0114 275 5224 or visit

Jason Hughes, Managing Director of Imperial Bricks says: “The Original London Stock is a blend that has been imitated, but not truly replicated, until now. It took a significant amount of development and testing to ensure the perfect coal spotted appearance which would have originally come from the waste materials added to the clay. It’s ideal for heritage projects and conservation areas, as well as ‘in-fill’ developments across London and is fully-frost resistant to BS EN 771-1. The new brick complements Imperial’s existing Yellow Stock and Reclamation Yellow Stock ranges.

For your free sample of the Weathered Original London Stock, email, visit your local builders’ merchant or tweet @Imperial_Bricks. Download the Brick Matcher app in both iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Knauf AQUAPANEL® SkyLite cement boards are lightweight 8mm cement boards which are ideal for interior ceilings in wet and humid areas. Made from water resistant and inorganic materials, the boards prevent mildew forming and spreading. The suspended ceiling structure features metal components coated to achieve a C3 class for corrosion resistance, providing protection against high humidity and chemicals. Knauf AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor was also used on the walls of the Kohler Waters Spa and, as with Knauf AQUAPANEL® SkyLite, it can be easily and accurately cut on site using a coarse bladed saw, or simply by scoring and snapping which allows simple and efficient installation. Sedley Place Architects added: “We were happy with the performance of the Knauf products on the project and the level of service provided in response to any queries we had as the project progressed”. 31/07/2018 12:02:47

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Knauf worked in partnership with interior systems’ specialist distributor Nevill Long to supply the materials required for the build, which were installed by subcontractor Clyde Valley Joiners (CVJ). Willie Main, Business Unit Manager for Nevill Long Glasgow said: “Nevill Long have been working closely with Knauf for many years now and we are delighted to have played a key role in such a high-profile project. Working together we were able to ensure deliveries were on time, flexibility given on build schedules and provided onsite guidance when required.”

the products had equivalent performance and this could be demonstrated. The local Knauf representative provided the necessary information to show equivalence.”


Doors, Windows & Fittings W20 steel windows shine in Jewellery Quarter conservation contract The retention of a four-storey façade has been one of the main technical challenges for the project team involved in the redevelopment of a former factory located in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter; with a member of the Steel Window Association (SWA), REA Metal Windows, having supplied and installed a package of custom-built W20 windows to replace the original frames.

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REA Metal Windows is the SWA member, which won the contract from Colmore Tang Construction under competitive tender, to produce a total of 88 horizontal pivot windows, exactly replicating the old medium universal section fenestration. Having carried out an accurate site survey of each opening over the four floors of the old brickwork elevation, REA began fabricating the W20 frames, ready to be glazed with 16 mm Krypton filled IG units as part of a tightly coordinated installation programme. As the main contractor’s operatives removed the old corroded frames, REA’s experienced fitters followed closely behind ensuring the building was kept secure and weather-tight. All the windows, measuring some 3,500mm x 2,500mm, were hot dip galvanised and finished in a RAL 7016 Matt Grey, polyester powder coat. The 4-8-4 double glazing offers a centre pane U-value of 1.2 W/m2 K. Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the Building Regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, Installation and customer service. For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit or call 020 8543 2841.

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Checkmate Fire Checkmate Fire is a service driven passive fire protection (pfp) company and derives its great strength by providing solutions to all manner of passive fire problems covering all industry sectors including commercial, industrial, housing and healthcare.


ervices include Firestopping/air sealing, fire compartmentation, fire boarding and structural steel protection. In tandem with these, the company offer fire doors surveying, restoration and installation and a fully bespoke range of fire rated glazing solutions, designed and installed for clients. For nearly three decades, they’ve served a growing list of industries with the same reliable, ethical, quality service that makes them one the most trusted contractors in specialist passive fire protection. The growth of Checkmate Fire Solutions to be a major player in the passive fire protection market is directly attributable to their company-wide belief in getting it right first time. In an industry that historically has been fragmented, and populated by providers of widely variable competence Checkmate have strived to provide the best possible Fire Protection Solutions for all their customers both large and small.

Checkmate Fire are proud to have been founding members of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) / Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) passive fire protection certification scheme and have maintained their accreditation ever since.

The belief that the consequences of Checkmate not achieving 100% compliance could result in tragic loss of life or loss of business, has fuelled their passion for excellence that filters from the Board of Directors right through to the installers on site. Close relationships with suppliers, industry associations and clients together with extensive training opportunities for managers, full time installers and subcontractors, help them to ensure that all their installations are completed to the highest standards of compliance and finish. Through integrity, accountability, quality, humility, passion and a focus on getting it right first time, they have created a vibrant company culture where people can thrive and success can flourish. Not only this, but Checkmate Fire were also among the first companies to identify the need to drive up standards in passive fire protection installation. Historically, there has been a culture of cost savings being prioritised over safety on passive fire protection projects in buildings across the UK. Problems lie in installations being completed by nonspecialist contractors and lax inspections before handover of new builds, but they also extend into older parts of estates. Even where fire-stopping measures have been correctly installed, ignorance of their purpose and corner cutting often leads to them being damaged in a way that limits their effectiveness (for example, by barriers being drilled through to run new cabling and inadvertently providing a route for fire and smoke to spread), with tick-box inspection regimes then failing to spot and remedy the problems. This is why Checkmate Fire are proud to have been founding members of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) / Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) passive fire protection certification scheme and have maintained their accreditation ever since.

One benefit of having the right passive fire protection in place that is often overlooked, is how it helps to safeguard businesses and ensure the continuity of public services. A fire in a building inevitably causes disruption to the occupiers, but limiting the amount of damage means that things can get back to normal quicker, restricting any financial loss related to interruption of service. With all of that in mind, one of Checkmate Fire’s core aims is to educate building owners and facilities managers on just how important it is to choose not just the right products, but also the highest quality of installation available. That means appointing a contractor who can demonstrate the quality and consistency of their work through 3rd party certification. The company are now proud to have achieved three BRE / LPCB accreditations, covering installation of passive fire protection and new fire doors, together with the inspection and remediation of fire doors. These certifications are backed by membership of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection and the Fire Protection Association, along with ISO9001 accreditation. As a part of all of Checkmate Fire’s installation projects, comprehensive O&M manuals, with marked up drawings and full product specification details are provided to the building owner and operator. These are compliance with Regulation 38 of The Building Regulations to ensure that the various components can be managed and maintained in compliance with Article 17 of the Regulatory (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Checkmate Fire has come a long way since 1989. Now providing a comprehensive range of passive fire protection products and services (including fire resistant glazing). In addition to their West Yorkshire head office, they have recently opened a number of new offices. Their HQ moved to much larger premises, followed by the opening of offices in Birmingham and Swindon, and the relocation of their South East branch to Harlow to accommodate their ever growing team and enable Checkmate Fire to provide more improved services to their clients across the UK.

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At the end of every installation (whether on a new build, refurbishment or remediation project), Checkmate Fire as a 3rd party accredited installer can issue a Certificate of Conformity that provides documentary evidence that not only has passive fire protection been fitted, but that it is safe and fit for purpose. These certificates can be supplied to Building Control, the local Fire and Rescue Service and insurers, contributing towards compliance with legal

requirements and often helping to reduce insurance premiums.


New sliding door systems to bring more space and light into your home Market leading architectural ironmongery firm, Carlisle Brass, has launched an innovative new range of easy to install sliding door systems that can create more space and light in virtually any home. Growing trend for flexible space and open plan homes


ritish homes are following European design trends for open plan living and a need for flexible spaces. The new sliding door systems, allow modern homeowners more choice in how they live and work in their homes. Unlike the more familiar pocket doors, there’s no need for any building work, the innovative design of the sliding door system means that they can be installed in virtually any house or flat.

Open up more floor space Angus Grant, the Managing Director for Carlisle Brass, explains: “This new product offering brings a fast solution to anyone looking for more space and light in their

“We believe our sliding door systems provide the perfect solution for flexible living. We’re very excited by this new addition to our product portfolio. It meets current design trends, it’s fast and easy to install, and offers consumers more choice in how they use their homes.”

home. Our sliding door systems allow doors to glide across a wall, which means you don’t lose any space taken up by a standard opening door. The average internal door in the UK needs around 36 inches of clearance, so our new sliding systems create more floor space. The glass, which can be decorated or plain, allows light to flow through the room, opening up dark corners, making the room appear larger. Classical wooden doors will save space, which means every inch of a home can be utilized.“

Natural light is a primary factor in choosing a new family home In a recent survey carried out by a leading UK double-glazing company, natural light was cited as the number one ‘must have’ feature for a family home. It gives the feeling of more space, creates an element of calmness, and people perceive it to be better for their health. (Giles, Alexandra. 3 ways you can transform your home into your dream family property., 2018. Web. 01/03/2018. advice-centre/3-ways-you-can-transformyour-home-into-your-dream-familyproperty.)

Turn an open plan space into separate rooms for work, study, or fun

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Mr. Grant commented: “An open plan area can be separated to create a place to work,


study, read or play. We believe our sliding door systems provide the perfect solution for flexible living. We’re very excited by this new addition to our product portfolio. It meets current design trends, it’s fast and easy to install, and offers consumers more choice in how they use their homes.” Carlisle Brass Ltd. is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company, which means that our products are fully traceable from point of manufacture to the delivery to customer and that the environmental impact is being constantly measured and improved. We pride ourselves on our nationwide team, knowledgeable specification department and area sales managers, who are there to assist and support both our distribution network and their customers. Our expert team includes UK Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Diploma Holders, Registered Architectural Ironmongers, UK Fire Door Inspection Scheme Diploma Holders, train auditors and a Master Locksmiths. We offer a complete package from specification, to scheduling, supplying a full range of guaranteed, quality and value for money ironmongery. Call 01228 511030 to find out how to buy this product or for further details visit our website on


















Two great seal brands have recently been added to the wide range – the Harmony® Acoustic door seal range and the Reddiglaze glazing gasket range for PVC or metal framed windows. Specialising in sash window, casement window and door components the company offer next day delivery in the UK with free standard delivery when you spend over £100*.

The Harmony® range features a variety of drop down and perimeter seals to suit various applications. The seals minimise sound transfer between rooms without impacting the functionality of the door and the range has verified acoustic performance as demonstrated in accordance with BS EN ISO 10140-2: 2010.

Standard glazing range of gaskets, manufactured from EPDM, TPR or PVC and available in a range of sizes and styles including flipper, bubble and wedge tear off seals.

Our durable, natural and knot free Reddibead range is available in a selection of beading profiles. Blended from rigid PVC and wood fibres to give a natural wood effect finish that is more durable than traditional softwood timber, these extruded profiles won’t rot.



Reddiseals has the widest range of timber window components and accessories in the UK and have been successfully supplying the joinery industry since 1987.


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VEKA continues to offer a safe pair of hands, when the industry needs it most As we see more and more companies struggling and subsequently closing their doors, in today’s challenging economic climate, VEKA Group has reaffirmed its position as a stable systems company that continues to prepare for growth.


ales Director Neil Evans explains: “It’s been saddening to hear of companies ceasing to trade in recent months, not only within our industry. The fenestration sector as a whole has been facing a relatively flat market but I’m proud to say that VEKA Group has continued to invest and expand its capacity for growth in order to benefit customers old and new. “Our ethos as a company has always been one of reliability, stability and support. ‘Safe’ might not sound like a very exciting way to describe something, but in an industry awash with uncertainty I’m happy to say VEKA Group is exactly that; a safe pair of hands that customers can rely on.

Throughout 2018, an incredible 99.3% of all our thousands of deliveries have been made on time and in full. To maintain these enviable results, we hold an average £10M of profile in stock or en-route at all times and in the run up to Brexit we’ll be building our stocks even more extensively, thereby increasing our buffering capabilities.

“To maintain our position as an industry leader, we have continued to grow despite (and throughout) a period of rising costs of raw materials. With our strong heritage and the support of our global family, we are always evolving and further strengthening our reputation for quality, service and trust. “Throughout 2018, an incredible 99.3% of all our thousands of deliveries have been made on time and in full. To maintain these enviable results, we hold an average £10M of profile in stock or en-route at all times and in the run up to Brexit we’ll be building our stocks even more extensively, thereby increasing our buffering capabilities. In conjunction with this, we’ll also be supplementing stock levels of key raw materials used in our compound; which is mixed here on site in our industry-leading, purpose-built facility.

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“Thanks to our extensive ongoing investment in people, plant and technology – which includes £5M this year alone – VEKA Group is more stable and committed to UK manufacturing than ever. We are also very excited about an imminent new product launch and new colour offering.


“This year sees the global VEKA Group celebrate its 50th Anniversary and VEKA systems are the most specified in the world, yet our size does not make us complacent. We are absolutely committed to seeing this family-owned business continue to grow, adapt and invest - in our future and that of our customers.”

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VEKA Group voted Best Systems Company VEKA Group is proud to have been named ‘Systems Company of the Year’ in the 2018 National Fenestration Awards. Thousands of votes across 24 categories made 2018 the biggest NFA campaign to date. The awards are decided by the votes of industry participants – which VEKA Group’s Marketing Director Dawn Stockell believes makes the win all the more rewarding: “We’re delighted to see VEKA Group win ‘Systems Company of the Year’ in the 2018 NFAs because it means our customers and friends in the industry took the time and made the effort to vote for us. “People vote on shortlists to decide the winner for each category, without the input of a judge or panel, which means the results really do reflect the feelings of the individuals in our industry. It’s lovely to receive any award, but it’s even better when you know that it has come from those whose opinions really matter to VEKA Group. “We have been supporting customers with industry-leading products and services for more than 30 years, and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s great to be recognised for our ongoing hard work and it’s fantastic to see a number of our customers being celebrated too.

“We’d like to say a big well done to them and a sincere thank you to everyone that voted for VEKA Group.”

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“The Masterframe team deserve double congratulations because they scooped the ‘New Product of the Year’ award for Timberweld® technology andcame joint first with Listers in the ‘Fabricator/Manufacturer’ category. Meanwhile, Aztec Windows won ‘Best Timber Alternative’ for the traditional aesthetics of the Prestige Collection® .


Doors, Windows & Fittings Comar 9P.i High Performance Window, Door & Framing System After extensive research and consultation with key supply partners, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems deliver LOGO OPTIONS WITH the Comar 9P.i High Performance Window, Door and Framing System. 4 COLOUR BLUE 100/88/45/50

Research indicated that a thermally efficient FAWN 40/45/50/5 future-proof facade system was required, LIGHTER BLUE 74/44/21/24 with off-site manufacture and value engineering solutions that actively seek to GREY 40% BLACK reduce material content. Comar 9P.i High Performance framing offers two options of construction, ladder frame or mitre frame. Comar 9P.i windows and 9P.i doors can be hung directly from the frame, reducing the need for additional outer frames, creating a truly integrated solution. Building typologies differ from refurbishment to new build, so Comar 9P.i has profiles widths from 78mm, 100mm and 120mm creating greater design flexibility.

FINE ITALIAN DESIGN Rosso Maniglie is our exclusive range of Italian inspired designer levers. Produced using a zinc base material and manufactured to the highest standards, this range takes designer levers to the next level.

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There are three levels of thermal performance, standard, multi-chamber and multi-chamber thermal foam, creating U-values of between 1.6 to 1.0 for a typical grid size with opening vents. Comar 9P.i has slim 65mm sight-lines to meet that architecturally demanded aesthetics are achieved. Glazing lines are flush, maintaining consistent lines for a sleek external facade providing straight interfacing with walls, internal floors and partitions. Consideration is also given for plaster-lines with profiles to cater for differing situations. Comar 9P.i windows can be open-in or open-out side, top or bottom hung and a tilt and turn option, offering unobtrusive ventilation. Comar 5P.i Vertical Sliding Windows and Horizontal Windows can also be integrated into the Comar 9P.i framing. Glazing sizes have been catered for up to 62mm meaning that future requirements for high performing acoustic or triple glazed projects can be specified. For further technical information or pricing, contact Comar’s Marketing Department on 020 8685 2318, email or visit

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The Clement Conservation Rooflight Crafted by experts in steel fenestration and building restoration.

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The Clement Conservation Rooflight is a replica of a Victorian original. Designed to lie flush with the roofline and in keeping with the character of your property, it is the only conservation rooflight that is available from stock in two profiles – for slate or clay tiles - to ensure the best finish.


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THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE HOME Steve and Niamh Duffy realised they needed more space and light in their threebed home in Cork, but they didn’t want to move LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION


ith two young children, working couple Steve and Niamh realised they needed extra space in their three bed Cork home which they’d recently bought to accommodate their growing family. The couple, both 35, bought their semi-detached home in 2017, realising then that it had massive potential for extending should they need the extra space in the future. With Jack, three, and Jessica aged one, they decided to explore their options for extending. Creating a bright open plan living space for the family to enjoy was always the end goal, and Steve knew that daylight needed to be a key consideration when designing any new space. As he explains: “We wanted a bright space which would match the memories we will create there for years to come as the kids grow up.” Steve chose VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows, which are controllable and have built-in rain sensors which automatically close the windows at the first signs of rainy weather.

KITCHEN GOALS As a pastry chef, Niamh spends a lot of her time working in a professional kitchen, so when it came to designing the family’s new kitchen and dining space, she knew exactly what she wanted. It was essential that it felt relaxed, practical, and most importantly of all – bright. To do this, the Duffys installed three bi-fold doors opening out to the back garden and three VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows.

“We get so much extra daylight flooding into our extension because of the roof windows.”

The space became the family’s new hub – they now spend all their time in their open plan kitchen. “We get so much extra daylight flooding into our extension because of the roof windows,” says Niamh. “Spending time together here, whether first thing in the morning looking after the kids or enjoying summer evenings with the

back doors open and a glass of wine – the extra daylight really makes the space somewhere we’re drawn to.”

FAST FACTS Size: 28m2 Cost: £70-75k Project time: 16 weeks

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Doors, Windows & Fittings 21st CENTURY HOSPITAL ACCESS FROM TORMAX As part of a significant redevelopment project, TORMAX was contracted by MK Contracts Ltd to install an impressive four-wing automatic revolving door to the main entrance of Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital. With an internal diameter of over 6m, this prestigious entrance system delivers clear and unhindered access for all patients, staff and visitors, even at the busiest times of the day. Additional access is offered via a set of swing doors situated to one side, powered by a pair of advanced TORMAX iMotion 1201 operators. “The transformed entranceway is certainly fit for the 21st century,” comments Pasqualino Risi, Associate Director of Estates and Facilities at the Princess Alexandra. “Not only does it meet all current disability discrimination requirements but also significantly enhances the patient experience on entering the hospital environment.” The TORMAX Classic Large revolving door frame, that was installed at the Princess Alexandra hospital, features a strong central pillar constructed from steel for longevity and is suitable for door diameters from 3.6m up to an imposing 7.4m. For safety and rapid evacuation, the revolving door has an integral break-out system, allowing the leaves to be swung out of the way in an emergency. Delivering continuous, reliability even under the highest levels of pedestrian traffic, a TORMAX

TRP door drive powers the weighty four-leaf door. With a built-in height of just 145mm, the TRP operator can be neatly concealed in the floor or within the canopy of a revolving door. An advanced control system automatically captures system-specific data, ensuring efficient and safe operation whilst minimising heat loss from the hospital.


The upgraded main entrance is part of a £1m regeneration project at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Work also includes a new emergency department, a complete revamp of outpatients and other waiting areas, as well as a restructure of ward configuration to improve health care provision through more efficient use of space. Email: Website: 17/12/2018 12:17:07

Crittall Fendor is strengthening its position as the manufacturer of the largest range of specialist mental health fenestration in Europe with its CleanVent Window which has been enhanced by the addition of a Slipper Clutch mechanism. The CleanVent is an external sliding window system designed to provide a maximum amount of natural light and ventilation. With security considerations uppermost in mental health installations the CleanVent allows the glazing to be cleaned quickly and easily behind the security mesh – something that presents widespread problems in other manufacturers’ products.

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With security considerations uppermost in mental health installations the CleanVent allows the glazing to be cleaned quickly and easily behind the security mesh – something that presents widespread problems in other manufacturers’ products.


The CleanVent can be either inward or outward opening which has the advantage of providing an external opening vent on ground floor windows meaning it can be cleaned without disrupting the patient. When installed at higher floor levels an internal opening vent provides ease of access that keeps maintenance costs to a minimum. The flush frame offers no ligature points and is supplied with anti-ligature hardware as standard. Health and safety concerns mean that it should not be possible for a patient to be able to attach a ligature – a wire or cord – to any part of the window in a bid to cause self-harm. RRN718082 Crittall Half Page.indd 1

An additional feature is the Slipper Clutch, an antiligature dial-shaped handle specially designed to withstand misuse in addition to normal wear and tear. When the opening vent is at its fullest extent it cannot be deliberately forced open further. The mechanism is engineered to ‘slip’ repeatedly no matter how often it is turned and will only re-engage and operate normally if it is turned back in the opposite direction.

CleanVent windows are available in steel and aluminium depending on the level of security required. They have been tested by the NHS for both medium and high security use and can be supplied in single, double, triple and acoustic-glazed options. 06/07/2018 11:33:51

Medieval household hiding ancient priory ruins enriched with secondary glazing Situated within stunning landscaped grounds approximating to about 1.2 acres, The Priory is a beautiful Grade II Listed residence in the village of Blythburgh, a settlement of probable Saxon origin.


he property itself was constructed in a number of phases. A medieval chapel sits at the west side, with a 17th century farmhouse, a rebuilt 15th century timber framed property and early 20th century additions making up the remainder of the house. The Priory shares its grounds with the ruins of a 12th century Augustine Priory which has been the subject of an archaeological investigation by Channel 4’s Time Team as well as subsequent digs which confirmed the existence of a Christian church on the site from c.700 AD.

The Priory’s present owners Matthew and Chiara Saunders are continuing to unearth more of the mystery surrounding the ruins - cementing the Priory as a heritage hub for the Blythburgh community.

“Selectaglaze has helped make this possible and we were grateful to be draught free when the Beast from the East hit us earlier this year.” - Commented Chiara Saunders.

Selectaglaze installed 15 units comprising of the Series 10 - 2 and 3 pane horizontal sliding units. The Chapel windows were treated with white Series 45 single side hung

The Saunders family were so impressed with the quality of the secondary glazing that a further 16 units were installed – a combination of the Series 10 - 2 and 3 pane horizontal sliding units. “Selectaglaze has helped make this possible and we were grateful to be draught free when the Beast from the East hit us earlier this year.” Commented Chiara Saunders. Founded in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze has gained a reputation as a leading secondary glazing specialist, creating sensitive designs with low visual impact. Selectaglaze will be showcasing a variety of secondary glazing products at The Listed Property Show from the 9th – 10th February, Olympia London at Stand B22.

Contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271. Email: or visit:

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The primary windows are a mixture of Georgian, leaded outward opening casements and fixed lights within timber or stone frames. Due to the Listed status of the building, these thermally inefficient windows could not be replaced. However, Mrs. Saunders found a solution in Selectaglaze secondary glazing; which is approved by most Heritage bodies for use on Listed buildings.

casements with a gothic arch to match the opening. In order to compliment the design of the existing windows, the secondary glazing was mullion coupled where necessary.


Striking contemporary home commands attention in the Norfolk countryside This superb private residence utilises products from leading aluminium systems company Reynaers at home (RAH). The RAH products have been installed across the expansive four-storey design of stacked modular structures to enhance the striking façade and offer the homeowner infinite views.


ocated in the small village of Roughton off the North Norfolk coast, the home includes spacious living areas, open-plan kitchen and a stateof-the-art cinema room. Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers said: “This spectacular residential property is an awe-inspiring project which truly stands out from the crowd. The minimal sightlines embrace every inch of the Norfolk countryside, and offer fantastic space for fluid family living.” Reynaers Hi-Finity sliding doors have been used to blur the boundaries between interior and exterior, the glazed panels which are made possible by the system’s ability to carry up to 500kg of glass. It allows for the build to extend seamlessly beyond its ‘four walls’ and into the surrounding landscape. The Hi-Finity system enhances the contemporary design whilst providing an energy efficient home that is comfortable and cost effective.

“The interior design within this residence adds a really playful element to the use of windows. Glass panel floors expose neon signage below and allow the eyes to delve into the lower levels of the home. It is a truly unique project that we are proud to have been a part of.” - Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers

To further enhance the functionally of the property, the Reynaers CS 86-HI system has been installed in areas of the home where a hinged opening is required. It offers a highly insulated and robust flush system, which meets the highest requirements of safety, including burglar resistance level 2 as well as providing thermal insulation and stability. The products were installed by nearby Suffolk-based Livingwood Windows, which has over 50 years combined experience in the building industry. Its expertise in installing the highest of quality windows and doors ensure that each product performs to the best of its ability.

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The clean, minimalist interior is furnished with unique items such as neon lighting, taxidermy and artisan style furniture. The lower ground floor is undetectable from


the front of the house and creates a private sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the world, however still allowing light to flood in. Rebecca continues: “The interior design within this residence adds a really playful element to the use of windows. Glass panel floors expose neon signage below and allow the eyes to delve into the lower levels of the home. It is a truly unique project that we are proud to have been a part of.”

To find out more about Reynaers at Home visit: To find out more about Livingwood Windows visit: https://www.

HERITAGE WINDOWS THE FUTURE OF THE MODERN MARKET Often referred to as the eyes of a home, windows play an important role in defining the character of a period property. The appeal of heritage buildings is largely down to their individual characteristics – and traditional timber framed windows play a crucial role here.


his nostalgic style remains popular and stylish today, however, wooden frames have dropped out of favour owing to the lack of durability and vast amounts of upkeep required to keep them looking and performing at their best. Consumers are therefore always on the lookout for options packed with the characteristics and charm of period timber windows, but that also provide the modern benefits associated with PVC-U. Consequently, manufacturers are continuously creating innovative ways in which heritage windows are produced. REHAU’s popular Heritage vertical sliding profile is one such example. Polymer specialist, REHAU strongly believes consumers do not have to compromise to have a characterful and traditional window. Sympathetic in style yet innovative in design, the REHAU Heritage Vertical Slider presents opportunities in both the replacement and new build markets. It has been developed following extensive consultation with conservation bodies and housing associations and offers a wide range of features and benefits.

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Traditional design details and sight-lines of a timber box sash window, with all the benefits of PVC-U, make this system the ideal replacement sash window. Traditional timber aesthetics can be replicated by combining sight-lines of the 42mm, 52mm or 62mm heritage sashes, with the deep 81mm heritage bottom rail.


TOP REHAU’s Heritage Vertical Slider installed as part of the renovation project at the California Hotel in London

“REHAU’s Heritage Vertical Slider is a brilliant solution, being classic in appearance and durable in structure. The popularity that these windows are gaining is great to see and is even growing on an international scale.” - Clare Higgins, Product Manager at REHAU REHAU’s TOTAL70C chamfered profiles in white selected with Z-section profiles installed at Felley House


REHAU’s Heritage Vertical Slider at the California Hotel in London


To increase the likeness to traditional windows, the MechWeld system has also been developed. This system gives the appearance of a mechanically jointed timber product with a fully welded PVC-U product. As well as this, putty-line aesthetics are used on the exterior of the windows to further create a sense of the traditional design, with the windows being available in multiple different laminate foil finishes. What makes the product truly stand out is its ability to allow period window features to be preserved, while also having the longlasting reliability of PVC-U. A building that has recently embraced the REHAU’s Heritage Vertical Slider is the California Hotel in London. When the iconic hotel’s old aluminium windows started to wear out, they wanted replacements that would be durable while keeping the charm and style of the original building. Heritage Rose vertical sliders were chosen for the job and were manufactured by specialist fabricator Roseview Windows using REHAU’s Heritage profiles. This resulted in providing hotel guests and employees with the energy efficiency and security of modern windows while maintaining the characterful and grand aesthetic of the California Hotel perfectly. Another building to make use of REHAU’s high-quality profiles was Felley House - a

period country home in the heart of the Nottingham countryside. The property boasts over 100 windows, so ease of installation was a must. REHAU’s TOTAL70C chamfered profiles in white were selected with Z-section profiles being used during manufacturing to help fitting around the stone mullions present in some windows. The owners were extremely happy with the quality and reliability of the profiles that delivered excellent results at great value. More importantly, they felt the style of the windows complemented the heritage appeal of the property and did brilliantly in keeping with their overall requirements. Clare Higgins, Product Manager at REHAU, said: “It is very important that period buildings have access to authentically traditional windows that don’t cost the earth and are long-lasting. Our TOTAL70 profiles are designed to meet such requirements and have successfully complemented several renovation projects across the country through the years. “In addition, REHAU’s Heritage Vertical Slider is a brilliant solution, being classic in appearance and durable in structure. The popularity that these windows are gaining is great to see and is even growing on an international scale.” Website:

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Opening Doors to Welsh Government Services GEZE UK has helped make the Welsh Government fit for the future with a refurbishment of one of its regional offices in Carmarthen.


icton Terrace, a three-storey 1960s block and a five-storey 1970s building with connecting link, has been refurbished inside and out to provide a flexible working environment that reflects the rural communities it serves. An elegant and welcoming entrance was supplied and fitted by GEZE UK – a TSA 325 NT automatic revolving door – fully glazed with slim aluminium profiles with rounded edges. Activated by a motion detector inside and out, the door gently accelerates and rotates to allow visitors and staff to move through door without disruption. It has various operating modes with adjustable speeds and run-out times that can be set to accommodate the seasons – longer for summer or none in winter. Set alongside it, is a Slimdrive EMD-f automatic swing door - one of 15 fitted in the redevelopment - which operates a door that has been added for increased accessibility. The electro-mechanical swing door mechanism makes it extremely versatile,

“The GEZE products used in this redevelopment provide great functionality and benefits for those using the building and compliment the contemporary aesthetics that have been applied to make this regional office adaptable for the challenges ahead.”

providing easy access for those with mobility issues. Assisted opening can be initiated using the operating button with guaranteed constant opening and closing speed. At just 7cm high, the Slimdrive EMD-F operator is extremely discreet and sits neatly on the frame. It is a low-wear, hiperformance system which is exceptionally quiet in operation. From the reception area, a TSA 160 NT – one of four fitted on the premises - operates a door which links the public area to corridors that lead to work areas. The TSA 160 NT is an electronically controlled, hydraulic swing door operator - ideal for heavy doors in high traffic areas. It is extremely reliable and requires little maintenance.

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Throughout the complex, more than 100 TS 2000 NV door closers were fitted, all in satin stainless-steel finish with radius covers which provide a sleek finish. They were fitted to internal doors including toilet doors and corridors. The closers are suitable for doors with up to 1100 mm leaf widths and for use on fire and smoke protection doors. They have an adjustable closing force to meet Building Regulations Part B.


GEZE UK worked with Cardiff-based Rio Architects which specified GEZE products for the external doors while the internal closers and operators were specified by architectural ironmongers PWIDF which produced the ironmongery schedule and supplied GEZE’s door closers and controls. The project which was approved by the Welsh Government in 2012 and completed in 2017. The purpose of the redevelopment was to provide a modern office environment and facilities for staff and public which would

benefit from improved energy efficiency, building performance and a reduced carbon footprint. The building is occupied by various Welsh Government departments and is home to more than 200 Welsh Government staff. Outside, the buildings have been clad in slate grey and pale green panels. Its interiors provide space utilisation with smart work stations, set against scenes of rural Carmarthenshire. Biodiversity was also key with the use of locally sourced materials, fabrics and plants native to Wales. Said Andy Howland, Sales and Marketing Director for GEZE UK: “It was extremely satisfying to work on a project which has resulted in two aging office building being given a new lease of life with design and application which has provided them with a greater flow and connectivity to each other and their surroundings. “The GEZE products used in this redevelopment provide great functionality and benefits for those using the building and compliment the contemporary aesthetics that have been applied to make this regional office adaptable for the challenges ahead.” Paul White, owner of PWIDF, said: “PWIDF always specify GEZE products for our commercial projects as we find that they are high quality and very durable products at a price that suits the client’s requirements.”

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West Port puts fire safety first with help from certification experts Bluesky When fast-growing West Port’s full-time head of certification left the business, the company had a problem.


lways priding itself on an uncompromising commitment to excellence across the board, the firm was suddenly left without someone to oversee a crucial aspect of its business at a time when fenestration firms were under the spotlight more than ever before. West Port quickly set about finding a replacement. But before long, thoughts turned to a more convenient and cost-competitive solution. Enter up-and-coming third-party certification providers Bluesky. Bluesky offer a comprehensive certification service which independently verifies that a company’s windows and doors are manufactured in line with the desired specification. By focusing on the manufacturing process, rather than purely on paperwork, Bluesky requires its customers to achieve a high level of consistency in the quality of the manufactured product. West Port Operations Director Andy Tyas takes up the story on why his firm is now adopting Bluesky’s fire door scheme.

“At West Port, fire safety has always been one of our highest priorities -subjected to rigorous testing by both Cambridge Fire Research and BRE, our FD30 door

“But now we’ve decided to take that commitment even further. When it comes to saving people’s lives, compromise isn’t an option. We need to know that every door we ship is going to meet our exacting quality standards, not just for the first six months of production, or the first year, but for the entire time that the product is produced. “That’s meant that Bluesky’s approach is the perfect fit for our business. Having a credible certification body checking the performance of our windows and doors and our manufacturing process helps us to ensure that every product we manufacture is of the highest quality possible – and they’ve actually saved us money too.” “Thanks to the technical information that we now have access to, and because of the way Bluesky manage our certification, we haven’t needed to recruit a replacement for our internal manager. The burden of administrating certification has largely passed to Bluesky. “At the same time, sufficient separation exists between us and Bluesky to ensure that their certification process remains independent and rigorous. This means that West Port can have confidence that the product warranty it passes onto its customer really means something.” Phil Jones of Bluesky comments: “West Port’s primary business is fenestration, not certification. But certification is a key part of the offering to the purchaser.

“When it comes to saving people’s lives, compromise isn’t an option. We need to know that every door we ship is going to meet our exacting quality standards, not just for the first six months of production, or the first year, but for the entire time that the product is produced.” “With this in mind, we used our expertise to create a managed service for West Port. This means that we now hold West Port’s certification records and are able to notify them of updates and respond to technical questions regarding certification requirements. “We’re delighted to be working with one of the UK’s leading timber manufacturers and look forward to continuing to build our relationship with them in the future!” Combining time-honoured craftsmanship with cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Cumbria’s West Port offers something unique in UK glazing. Today, the firm employs more than 180 craftsmen and technicians and operates from a 175,000-square foot factory kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment, the result of a far-sighted attitude that’s seen it invest extensively in boosting efficiency, improving quality and helping it continue to stand out from the crowd.

For more information contact West Port on 01900 814225 or visit

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“The Grenfell disaster was a much-needed wake-up call for everyone in UK construction. For years, we’ve been warning about the shockingly poor fire safety standards we’ve repeatedly seen across fenestration and other related sectors - but, tragically, it’s only now that many in our sector are starting to take the issue seriously.

managed to withstand temperatures in excess of 900 degrees Celsius for 42 minutes, or 40% longer than the required BS Standards.


Latest News Apprenticeships are plummeting because of Apprenticeship Levy, says FMB Apprenticeship starts are falling because of the Apprenticeship Levy which needs to be made more flexible, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


he FMB’s reaction is in response to statistics published today by the Department for Education, which show that there has been a 24% fall in apprenticeship starts for the 2017/18 academic year compared with the previous academic year. Commenting on the figures, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Apprenticeships are falling and the Government must take urgent action to reverse the decline. At the recent Conservative Party Conference, the Government announced much-needed reforms to the Apprenticeship Levy but these do not go far enough. From April 2019, large firms will be allowed to pass 25 per cent of Levy vouchers down through the supply chain to smaller firms but the FMB is calling for this to be increased to 100 per cent. This is an important change because in construction, it’s the smaller firms that train more than two thirds of all apprentices. Conversely, large firms don’t tend to directly employ or train tradespeople. “If the Government is serious about creating three million quality apprenticeships by 2020, it must ensure the Apprenticeship Levy works for the construction industry.”

Berry concluded: “These alarming apprenticeship figures come hot on the heels of the recently published Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, which outlined some worrying recommendations for the UK’s postBrexit immigration system. The Government’s initial reaction was to accept the MAC report’s recommendations. This is deeply concerning as the report suggests that the supply of ‘lowskilled’ migrant workers should be severely limited. The construction industry relies heavily on low skilled workers, such as labourers, who are essential to any construction site. What’s more, Level 2 tradespeople, such as bricklayers and carpenters, will be deemed low skilled and therefore severely limited in number. This is

Is it time to legislate against late payment? The government needs to wake up and legislate statutory requirements to make late payment a relic of the past

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he business, energy and industrial strategy select committee has published ‘Small businesses and productivity’, a report which identifies the huge damage that late payment is inflicting on small business.


Rachel Reeves, chair of the committee, said: “Many SMEs are placed in a stranglehold by larger companies deliberately paying late and ruthlessly taking advantage of their suppliers, causing these firms financial instability.” Reeves went on to call for a statutory requirement for medium and large companies to pay outstanding invoices within 30 days, especially those involved in public procurement.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB), the voice of construction SMEs and regional contractors, welcomes the select committee’s long overdue recommendations, as well as the appeal to tackle late payment. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, highlighted in April 2017 how late payment hurt the UK construction industry and used his party’s general election manifesto to declare war on this practice. The Conservatives also pledged to ensure large contractors complied with the voluntary Prompt Payment Code, which requires invoices to be paid within 60 days. However, very little has changed. Carillion was

unwise given the construction skills shortage and insulting given the amount of knowledge and skills these individuals possess. New figures show that there were 2.25 million EU nationals working in the UK in from July to September 2018, 132,000 fewer than one year earlier – that’s the steepest fall on record. It is therefore even more vital that the Government listens to the industry and reforms the Apprenticeship Levy before it is too late. We need to be training more UK-born apprentices to reduce future reliance on migrant workers from Europe or else the construction sector will grind to a halt. We need tens of thousands more apprentices and tens of thousands of migrant construction workers – of all skill levels.” able to win work from local government right up until its collapse, despite imposing 120-day payment terms which could be sidestepped upon paying a fee. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “Late payment prevents businesses from investing, stops workers from getting paid and, ultimately, forces companies to shut down. It’s a shameful way to treat business partners in the supply chain but, almost one year from the collapse of Carillion, we have learnt absolutely nothing.” Neil Walters, national chair of the NFB, added: “Late payers continue to win public work and small businesses are left begging for their hard-earned money. Voluntary reform is simply not working and the Government needs to wake up and legislate statutory requirements to make late payment a relic of the past.”

Latest News Joint Committee on Restoration and Renewal Bill launch call for evidence The Joint Committee on the draft Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill has today published its call for evidence inviting views on whether the governance structures for the Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Programme set out in the draft Bill are appropriate.


he draft Bill proposes establishing three independent statutory bodies that would provide the governance throughout the full R&R Programme. These are: • the Sponsor Body – to oversee the programme • the Delivery Authority – to undertake the required works • the Estimates Commission – to review budgets and expenditure. The Joint Committee, which is Chaired by Dame Caroline Spelman MP, met for the first time this week, and agreed to invite written evidence by 18 January 2019. The Committee is particularly inviting evidence in the following areas: • Is the governance structure outlined in the draft Bill the most effective mechanism for managing and delivering a project of this magnitude? • Are the functions to which the Sponsor Body must have regard sufficient to deliver the objectives identified by both Houses?

• Are there any errors or omissions in the draft Bill which may prevent the statutory bodies, once established, from functioning efficiently and effectively? • Does the draft Bill achieve the correct balance between parliamentary oversight of restoration and renewal and political independence for the statutory bodies tasked with delivering the programme of works? • Are the proposed broad parameters in which the Sponsor Body would operate consistent with the resolutions agreed by both Houses and appropriate? • Is the proposed size and composition of the Sponsor Board sufficient to provide a range of skills and differing perspectives whilst also offering effective oversight of R&R? Commenting Dame Caroline, said: “Restoration and Renewal will be one of the most significant conservation projects in British history. The Palace of Westminster is a truly iconic building and among the most recognised across the globe, for many it is

Increasing demand for safety glass: Glaston receives orders for FC flat tempering lines from North America Stricter building regulations and tighter glass quality requirements drive demand for safety glass. Supported by growing construction activity and a willingness to invest, the North American glass processing market is shifting towards high quality safety glass processing. Glaston, renowned for its technology and top quality of the end glass product, is well positioned to meet this demand.


Glaston’s Q4/2018 order intake. Both lines are manufactured in Tampere, Finland and delivery is scheduled for the second and third quarters of 2019.

Supported by the growing demand, and coming out from the Glasstec Fair, Glaston has during the past weeks received orders for two FC Series flat tempering lines from North America. The orders are valued at over EUR 3 million in total. The orders are included in

The FC Series flat tempering furnace has achieved great popularity among customers looking for energy efficient production and state-of-the-art optical end-product quality. The FC Series is highly developed technically, and at the same time user friendly.

Industry leading players The deals now closed are excellent examples of the versatile use of the FC Series. “Both customers are leading players in their respective segments and are both looking for flawless quality of the end product”, comments Scott Steffy.

“But beyond this, the project has to ensure that the renewed building makes provision for future technological developments, accessibility to all, and a secure and safe environment for visitors and all who work here, so that Parliament may continue to adapt to requirements in the 21st century. For any project on this scale it is vital the right governance systems are in place to ensure the programme is run efficiently, effectively and delivers value for money. That is why the Bill to establish the governance bodies is a crucial step in ensuring R&R is a success. “We are inviting anyone with an interest or expertise in governance of large infrastructure projects to send us evidence, so we can ensure the system proposed on the Bill is the right one for the job. We are working to a tight deadline so please ensure you get your evidence to us by Friday 18 January.”

Scott Parnell donates hampers to local primary school Homefield Church of England Primary School in Great Yarmouth has received a donation of hampers from groundworks and civil engineering supplier, Scott Parnell.


he business, which delivers to companies across Norfolk, didn’t hesitate to help after one of its drivers, Mark Simpkins, whose mum, Pat, works at the school as a teacher’s assistant, explained how difficult it had been to get donations for the school’s annual Christmas Fayre. Scott Parnell’s hampers were sold at the school’s fayre, helping to raise £1,700. The funds will be used to invest in new science equipment. Rachael Adamson, Director at Scott Parnell’s Head Office in Witham, said: “We are always happy to help worthy causes so we are delighted to be helping Homefield Church of England Primary School. We wish them every success with their upcoming Christmas Fayre.”

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rowing construction activity in North America has created positive prospects and expectations for the market. “Driven by new regulations, and tighter quality specifications, the demand for safety glass has continued to grow. Our equipment is designed and performing to exceed these demands”, says Scott Steffy, Vice President Sales and Service in North America.

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Awards News Winners of British Woodworking Federation Awards 2018 announced The winners of the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering awards evening held at Stationer’s Hall in central London.


ow in their tenth year, the BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry. The five categories and winners were: Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Whitehill Spindle Tools Limited): TMJ Interiors – for their work creating a timber lobby ‘vortex’ for Bloomberg’s HQ in London. This award recognises the very best in design, application or ability in joinery manufacture, and innovation in joinery projects. TMJ Interiors were appointed to deliver a timber lobby ‘vortex’ with three seven metre-high, 32-40-metre-long curve-on-curve interconnecting assembles – the largest freestanding structure ever manufactured and installed by TMJ, along with an auditorium and an associated pre-function gathering space. The resulting structure has been described as the centrepiece of Bloomberg’s world class HQ, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize of the Year earlier this year. Product Design in Wood (sponsored by Teknos):

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Arden Windows - for their Heritage Stoneleigh Sash window designed to provide a solution for care apartments. This award recognises excellence in technical expertise, application and innovation in joinery product manufacture and design. Arden Windows manufactured


a window design for a 71 bed Extra Care home in Doncaster that not only meets the conservation and heritage aesthetics of a sliding sash window but also is simple to use for elderly and disabled users. Arden designed and manufactured a bespoke solution that was not available in the general marketplace, going through a number of iterations, design changes and testing to successfully meet the challenge. Process Efficiency (sponsored by W20): Morland - for their Forever Firecheck™ intumescent strip solution for fire doors which is fitted by using wrap technology. The award celebrates improvements that help customers get the best possible products at the best possible prices, quality levels and delivery times. Intumescent strips for fire rated doorsets are traditionally encapsulated in plastic and manually fitted. In their design of Forever Firecheck™, Morland have not only created a more resilient, attractive and sustainable product through the use of a graphite strip instead of plastic, they have also significantly reduced the time it takes to fit the strips. Using their wrapping technology, the new strips can be fitted at 25m per minute compared to 8m per minute as previously achieved through manual fitting. Health & Safety Hero (sponsored by Didac): Tavener Joinery - for their design and installation of a high velocity vacuum system which utilises their existing traditional LEV extraction system. This award acknowledges individual or collective effort which has made

a notable difference to health and safety practices and business culture. Tavener created their own innovative solution to extract fine dust from their joinery workshop, which can be a significant health hazard for workers. Having spoken to various extraction companies who could not provide a solution to meet their needs, Tavener created their own, using a high velocity turbo fan to create a vacuum that accelerates the dust and blows it into the existing LEV main duct. Air quality has improved dramatically and they now have a cleaner and safer working environment. Apprentice/Trainee of the Year (sponsored by CITB): Henry Acres from JT Ward – this award celebrates apprentices or those who have entered the industry through alternative routes, including graduates, A level students and in-house trainees. This award really is for the rising stars of UK joinery – those that truly stand out from the crowd, either through fantastic feats in their work, or extraordinary commitment that adds value to the business. Henry Acres scooped this year’s prize. According to his company JT Ward, “Henry enjoys every aspect of joinery manufacturing and installation. His ability to think ahead has certainly allowed him not only to become a very reliable part of our team but has helped him to produce high quality joinery…. Henry is one of the most talented apprentices that we have had the pleasure to employ.” Helen Hewitt, chief executive of the BWF, said: “My warm congratulations to our winners, all of whom have excelled in their work. The number and quality of entries we received this year was exceptional. The awards are a chance to showcase the talent and professionalism of our industry, and bring people together to celebrate their achievements. This year’s awards were a great success once again and underline the huge contribution the woodworking and joinery sector makes to UK industry and manufacturing.”

Awards News Rising star scoops Mecalac accolade Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd (MCEUK), has awarded its 2018 Construction Equipment Shield to a star student from Harper Adams University.


he award recognises academic excellence for students enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Off-Road Vehicle Design course at the university. Nick Finlay (23) from Tranent, East Lothian, received the shield following his final year project, which saw the student design and install a safety system for an all-electric quad bike.

2018 APPRENTICE DECORATOR OF THE YEAR WINNER IS CROWNED Aiden Dearie has been chosen as the ‘gold’ winner of the 2018 Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition after a gruelling three-day challenge at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at Birmingham’s NEC.


he final pitted seven regional winners against each other as they undertook a timed challenge: completing a design which commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, marking the end of the First World War. The artwork was devised by Crown’s in-house design studio specially for the competition. During the final, each apprentice had 18 hours in total to complete the challenge under the watchful eye of the competition’s panel of judges, including Kevin O’Donnell, Crown Paints’ training manager, Sandie Webster and Ben Deer, both former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winners. Aiden, a 22-year-old apprentice who is completing his SVQ Level 3 Painting and Decorating at City Building Glasgow’s Queenslie Training College demonstrated excellent attention to detail. The judges praised his skill with both matt paint and trim work, and for completing the design well within the timeframe to an exceptionally high standard. He also scored highly in terms of his accuracy and finesse, and for his tidy working area.

Ben Deer, assistant judge and former Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year winner, said: “The standard of this year’s competition was incredibly

“Every decorator is different, and it’s fascinating to see how each person approaches the challenge we set. This year, we slightly reduced the time available to complete the challenge, but the majority of the finalists – Aiden included – managed their time and workload very well, and everyone should be very proud of their work.” Aiden said: “It means a lot to me to win the Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition, as it shows that all my hard work has paid off. I love the variety of decorating, and the competition final gave me a platform to showcase some of the skills I’ve perfected as part of my apprenticeship – and it’s proof that if you put in the hours and work hard, you’ll be rewarded.”

The award was presented by Steve Price, Engineering Manager (site dumpers) at Mecalac. Price commented: “Congratulations to Nick, whose impressive performance, both in grades and in his final year project, made him the very worthy recipient of this year’s award. We are very proud of this academic partnership and of the opportunity it presents to build relationships with the rising engineering stars of tomorrow. “Since partnering with Harper Adams in 2013, we have helped numerous students gain valuable experience in equipment production as part of our internship programme, with the aim of encouraging and fostering new engineering talent in this area. Indeed, we have even recruited one of the programme’s very first students as a full-time team member. We look forward to continuing to inspire the next generation in this way for many years to come.”

This year’s silver medallist was 19-yearold Thomas Nowell of Truro and Penwith College, while 19-year-old Bridie Kilby of Leicester College took the bronze. The final was held as part of the SkillBuild event, organised by CITB as part of WorldSkills UK LIVE, at Birmingham’s NEC over three days from 15th to 17th November. It is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and covers a range of skills and sectors from bricklaying and cabinet making to plastering and stonemasonry.

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The annual competition, which is now in its 39th year, is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum.

high, which made selecting a winner a challenge in itself. Aiden stood out for his consistency throughout the three days of the competition, and for his tidy and accurate work which achieved a beautiful finish.

The award reflects the long-standing relationship between the two parties. This also includes a 12-month placement scheme for second-year students at the Mecalac manufacturing facility in Coventry, UK. From new product development and factory operations management to equipment testing and industry research, each successful scheme applicant gets hands-on training experience across a range of roles within the business, developing practical skills to support their academic studies.


Awards News HydraForce’s Daniel Millington wins 2018 UK Advanced Apprentice of the Year Daniel Millington of HydraForce Ltd, the Birmingham-based manufacturer of hydraulic valves and manifold systems, has won the award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year for the UK.


he National Apprenticeship award ceremony that took place at the Old Billingsgate in London at the end of November, saw Daniel compete against eight other competitors in his field, including apprentices from companies such as BT and Royal Mail: “I’m thrilled to have won the award. It was a huge shock and such an amazing feeling when my name was called out. I was up against some really large companies and some extremely talented apprentices, so it shows what I’ve been doing at HydraForce is really having a significant impact” commented Daniel, after receiving the Rolls-Royce sponsored award. Daniel, who graduated from his advanced engineering apprenticeship this July, a year earlier than expected, won the Birmingham hosted Regional Advanced Apprenticeship Awards for the Midlands in September, which led him to be shortlisted for the Nationals: “We are very proud of Daniel’s success at the National Awards this week and that he has received great recognition for his studies. It takes a lot of effort to work whilst simultaneously attending university, but Daniel doesn’t shy away from these challenges. He has shown that with the right attitude, commitment and hard work, you can achieve anything” says Daniel’s manager, Michael Gillbee (Manufacturing Engineering

Manager at HydraForce). After completing his apprenticeship, Daniel was promoted to position of Engineering Technician and HydraForce sponsored him when he decided to undertake his Engineering Foundation Degree. He is now in his second year of studies at Birmingham Metropolitan College, working towards full honours degree. Daniel is also an ambassador for young apprentices throughout the Midlands, as part of the West Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (WMAAN), which helps young people to start their careers and mentors the company’s younger apprentices. HydraForce’s engineering advanced apprenticeship scheme began in 2004 and sees apprentices study at college full-time for their first year. In their second year, they gain valuable work experience on-site at HydraForce in different areas of the business, with a day release to college to continue their studies. The current apprenticeship scheme gives the candidates

the opportunity to achieve their BTEC, with the company sponsoring them to go onto either HNC or Foundation degree. This year, the company took the decision to broaden its apprenticeship scheme and now offers management apprenticeships to its employees as part of their professional development. HydraForce celebrated its thirtieth year in Birmingham this year, after first being established in Chicago, USA in 1985. The Birmingham site is the European Headquarters of the business and is in its third factory since its establishment in Birmingham in 1988. It remains a privately-owned company, with manufacturing facilities across the world, including Birmingham, North America, Brazil and China. The company designs and manufactures high performance hydraulic fluid power cartridge valves, custom manifolds and electrohydraulic controls. Growing at a rapid rate, the company has a predicted turnover of £112m for 2018.

MARTIN-BROOKS TRIUMPHS AT ROOFING AWARDS Sheffield roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, have become the only double winners at a national awards ceremony celebrating excellence across their sector.

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he firm was recognised for its work on complex, technically demanding domestic and commercial projects at the inaugural Pitched Roofing Awards, held in Manchester.


Martin-Brooks took home the prize for ‘best application of cedar shingles’ for its contribution to the construction of Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.

The award for a ‘domestic property application using roof tiles’ was also presented to MartinBrooks for the repair and partial reroof of a home in Sprotborough, Doncaster. A spire was introduced to the front elevation, which required the firm to create a number of bespoke details to ensure it interfaced correctly with the main roof. Again, the awards panel noted the installation quality and workmanship demonstrated on this tough application.

The firm was commissioned to insulate and clad the curved exterior walls, to minimise its impact on the environment. The judges praised the project for its degree of craftsmanship and outstanding detailing.

Martin-Brooks director, Nick Brooks, said: “We are honoured to win both of the prizes for which we were shortlisted at these prestigious industry awards and receive such high praise from the esteemed panel of judges. We

complete every project to the best of our ability and to have our work recognised for its high quality is testament to the skill and dedication of our craftsmen.”

INTRATONE KEEPS STOCKPORT HOUSING RESIDENTS UPDATED Intratone, one of Europe’s largest access control specialists, has installed 25 of its digital noticeboards in the communal areas of a number of tower blocks in Stockport Housing Group’s property portfolio supporting the group’s aim of enhancing digital communications.


tockport Homes is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation that is responsible for managing housing stock comprising more than 11,500 homes on behalf of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Stockport Homes wanted to be able to communicate important messages to residents such as maintenance works, lifts being out of operation and fire safety information in a quick and simple way via a cloud-based system that can be accessed remotely, 24/7. The asset managers, compliance managers and the communications team can upload PDFs, spreadsheets, word documents or design their own messages, and can manage individual boards or whole groups at a time through Intratone’s cloud-based management portal. The noticeboards use GSM technology so wireless networks are not required, and they are quick and easy to install. The

The noticeboards use GSM technology so wireless networks are not required, and they are quick and easy to install. The digital noticeboards are 15in diameter; IP65 rated and made of 10mm thick glass so they are vandal resistant.

digital noticeboards are 15in diameter; IP65 rated and made of 10mm thick glass so they are vandal resistant.

main benefits of the noticeboards,” he says. “Relaying information to residents is made incredibly simple.

Matthew Platt, Asset Manager at Stockport Homes says they were confident that the company would provide a cost-effective system that would enable them to communicate more effectively with residents: “We have been impressed with the performance of the noticeboards, and we are now undertaking a rolling programme of installations which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering excellent communication to all of our residents.”

“The noticeboards can also be up and running in a matter of hours, in this case they were installed by Openview, and come with 15 years pre-paid GSM so there is nothing else to pay for. Stockport Homes will now reap the benefits of this innovative solution by being able to communicate information with their residents quickly and easily without needing to go to site”

Jack Wylie, Regional Sales Manager, says the noticeboard package is ideal for managers of residential blocks to relay information to residents effectively: “Our free remote management through Intratone’s cloud portal is one of the

Intratone is one of Europe’s largest access controls specialists and manufactures a range of cost-effective door-entry and access control solutions designed around the customer need. Its systems are installed across a range of Housing Association, Social Housing and Private Properties throughout the UK and Europe.

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Schöck wrapped parapets solution for Grade 1 listed rebuild At the Regent’s Park end of London’s Portland Place, passers-by have been astonished to discover that the iconic Park Crescent West, a Grade 1 listed residential Regency terrace built by architect John Nash, is no more.


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owever, all is not as it seems. The original Nash terrace, completed in 1821, was badly damaged during the Second World War and restored in the 1960s. The work though was considered flawed and not true to the original. As a result this is now a rare case where the demolition of the Grade I listed terrace ‘and its replacement with a more scholarly replica would preserve and enhance rather than obliterate its significance’. Offering 76 luxury apartments, with nine mews houses at the rear and renamed Regent’s Crescent, the project will see the terrace rebuilt with new brickwork and stucco to represent the original Nash design.


The Original Park Crescent West (Courtesy of CIT)


Work in progress on the parapets


The Schöck product types used at Regent’s Crescent are for wrapped parapets and steel-to-steel connectivity, but the comprehensive Isokorb range also offers solutions for concrete-tosteel situations and concreteto-concrete. BELOW The Schöck Isokorb types AXT in position and (Bottom) integrated into the parapets

Avoidance of thermal bridging is critical The construction comprises a reinforced concrete frame with concrete columns, horizontal flat slabs and a lightweight steel roof. The project is to a very high specification and great attention has been paid to avoiding the risk of thermal bridging problems. Prevention along the parapets is critical, because as with balconies, parapets can allow conductive materials to transfer energy through the thermal barrier. Often the method of insulating parapets and parapet walls is to wrap the perimeter with an insulation barrier. However, the Schöck Isokorb used here offers a solution that is both more cost-effective and more thermally efficient than conventional wrapped parapets. Its 120mm insulation thickness results in low psi-values and therefore significantly reduces heat loss – and there is no wrapping required. The Isokorb solution does not require maintenance and there is no risk of expensive restoration due to waterproofing problems. It also allows greater freedom of design and there is no risk of any additional thermal bridging through balustrade fixings. A load-bearing modular thermal insulation element from the Isokorb range is also utilised within the lightweight steel roof construction. This is

for connecting cantilevered steel girders to steel structures. It can be used to minimise the risk of therrmal bridging in new construction or renovation projects involving penetrating support structures such as canopy roofs, frame system crossbars or balconies. Totally verifiable performance The Schöck product types used at Regent’s Crescent are for wrapped parapets and steel-to-steel connectivity, but the comprehensive Isokorb range also offers solutions for concrete-to-steel situations and concrete-to-concrete. The range complies with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges. Products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, have NHBC approval and offer LABC Registration. There is also the security of independent BBA Certification.

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890; or visit the website at www.schoeck. for a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide; the Schöck Specifiers Guide and to view the full range of downloadable software.


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Editors Choice Polished concrete project receives awards The Preparation Group, specialists in surface preparation, maintenance and finishing, has supplied training and equipment for an award-winning project.


The Cottage, a family home for Guy Hollaway Architects’ Principal Partner, was transformed from an 18th Century dwelling into a 21st Century family home with polished concrete taking centre stage for the surfaces and floors both internally and externally. The Preparation Group delivered a 3-day polishing course to the project manager and supplied an STG400 machine, Surface Finishing Diamond Pads (SFD’s) and Storm Diamond Pads.


The project has won the Sunday Times British Homes Awards trophy for Home Extension of the Year and in November, it won the George Clarke Medal inaugurated last year, which recognises and celebrates the UK’s best architect designed home refurbishment, conversion or renovation schemes. Says Tracey Glew, The Preparation Group’s Managing Director; ‘If you are laying a new concrete floor or have an existing concrete subfloor, you don’t need to cover it. Grinding and then polishing it presents a good sustainable design flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab and it is something to consider when building or modernising towards a more “green” solution.’

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The superior quality and breathability of Roofshield saving for Sea View properties Roofshield has delivered significant savings CONDENSATION CONTROL in time and cost to a series of sea facing The superior quality and breathability of Roofshield has delivered significant savings properties in northeast in time and cost to a series of sea facing properties in northeast England. England. The 35 semi-detached properties at Sea View, Berwick form part of a wider he 35 semi-detached properties programme of housing stock upgrades to over 200 homes across the region on at Sea View, Berwick formbehalf part of of leader developer Bernicia Homes. a wider programme of housing stock upgrades to over 200 homes across Matt Rowley, Operations Director for contractor Spring Roofing commented on the region on behalf of leader developer the reason for selecting Roofshield for the project: “when the initial exploratory Bernicia Homes. examinations were undertaken we identified that the roof structure was fully boarded and that the original specification for a traditional membrane would not Matt Rowley, Operations Director for have worked without the need for additional roof vents. Roofshield was selected contractor Spring Roofing commented on of its superior quality and breathability. It has an extremely high degree because the reason for selecting Roofshieldoffor the permeability, as well as air permeability, without the need for additional vapour project: “when the initial exploratory ventilation. ofand Roofshield provides use of provides savings ventilation. The use“The of Roofshield in timeThe anduse cost eliminates examinations were undertaken wethe need to incorporate savingsvents. in time andpleasing eliminates a large number of roofing It isand alsocost more Roofshield identified that the roof structure was fully to incorporate large number from an aestheticalprovides perspective, with no needthe forneed penetrations to the aroof and felt, savings boarded and that the original specification of roofinginvents. It is also more pleasing and also avoiding the potential for future weaknesses the performance of the in time and cost from an aesthetical perspective, with no for a traditional membrane would roof. not have ” need for penetrations to the roof and felt, worked without the need for additional and eliminates also avoiding themembrane potential for future roof vents. Roofshield was selectedRoofshield because is recognised the need to of the highestand as one performing roofing weaknesses in the performance of its superior quality and breathability. It and has become the preferred choice solutions, of architects, developers and of the roof.” incorporate a has an extremely high degree of vapour contractors. Many large vapournumber permeable underlays use an airtight VP film layer to of Roofshield is recognised as one of the permeability, as well as air permeability, achieve their performance, whilst Roofshield’s patented SMS (Spunbond Meltblown roofing vents.” highest performing roofing membrane without the need for additional Spunbond) structure allows high levels of airflow, in addition to the transport of moisture vapour, making the formation of condensation in the roof space virtually impossible. It has an extremely high degree of vapour permeability, as well as air permeability, so will still perform in conditions in which air tight alternatives will not.


Since 2012 NHBC has issued technical guidance which acknowledges that there are some vapour permeable roof underlays that permit both vapour and air to pass through them. Where an underlay can be shown to provide suitable ventilation, i.e., at least the equivalent of a continuous 5mm high-level slot, NHBC will accept that underlay without the need to provide any further ventilation. Now, reputable roofing contractors and leading housing developers backed by the NHBC, and independent industry research, agree that some underlays perform at an exceptional level, providing a failsafe option, without the need for additional ventilation.

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solutions, and has become the preferred choice of architects, developers and contractors. Many vapour permeable underlays use an airtight VP film layer to achieve their performance, whilst Roofshield’s patented SMS (Spunbond Meltblown Spunbond) structure allows high levels of airflow, in addition to the transport of moisture vapour, making the formation of condensation in the roof space virtually impossible. It has an extremely high degree of vapour permeability, as well as air permeability, so will still perform in conditions in which air tight alternatives will not. Since 2012 NHBC has issued technical guidance which acknowledges that there are some vapour permeable roof underlays that permit both vapour and air to pass through them. Where an underlay can be shown to provide suitable ventilation, i.e., at least the equivalent of a continuous 5mm high-level slot, NHBC will accept that underlay without the need to provide any further ventilation. Now, reputable roofing contractors and leading housing developers backed by the NHBC, and independent industry research, agree that some underlays perform at an exceptional level, providing a failsafe option, without the need for additional ventilation. @proctorgroup Group

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ECOPHON STRENGTHENS ITS SOLO OFFER Ecophon has launched the latest extensions to Ecophon Solo™, its market leading family of free hanging acoustic panels. The new additions to the already extensive product portfolio of versatile acoustic absorbers provide architects and designers with even greater choice and creative freedom.


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aunched as the first acoustic cloud to the market almost ten years ago, Ecophon Solo™ is a design-friendly, free-hanging sound absorber that due to its versatility can be installed in virtually any space. The Solo range features panels in a variety of standard shapes including square, rectangular and circles while Solo Freedom allows designers to express themselves creatively with custom shapes and colours. The latest expansion of the range introduces larger sizes, integrated luminaries and new baffle designs.


The innovative glass wool core used in Ecophon panels provides a lightweight, stable solution that is strong and rigid regardless of the size or shape. This makes it possible for Ecophon to produce uniquely large panels. This is seen in the newly launched 3000x1200 mm rectangle - the largest on the market - and the 2400 x 600 thin rectangle. Ecophon’s Connect Profile and accessories makes installation simple and means that even the largest size panels are quick to fit on site.

Following the recent growth in the architectural popularity of baffles, Ecophon have taken their offer to the next level with Ecophon Solo™ Baffle Wave and Ecophon Solo™ Baffle ZigZag, innovative shapes designed to

Ecophon recognises that often, either as part of the design or due to a lack of ceiling height, Solo may need to be installed close to the soffit. To make this simple, Ecophon has developed a new, simple, direct fixing solution which makes it possible to easily install the Solo panels as close as 50 mm from the soffit. Will Jones, Marketing Manager at

“The new products and updates to the Solo range strengthen our offer and mean we have the widest range of freehanging absorbers on the market. Since we launched the original system it has become a favourite among architects and we are proud to still be building on what we started almost a decade ago.”

Ecophon said: “The design of interior spaces has a huge effect on people’s experience, so architects need the freedom to design with solutions that not only deliver the required acoustic performance but also complement and even enhance the design of a space. “The new products and updates to the Solo range strengthen our offer and mean we have the widest range of freehanging absorbers on the market. Since we launched the original system it has become a favourite among architects and we are proud to still be building on what we started almost a decade ago.” For more information about the Ecophon Solo™ range visit

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The expanded Solo offering now also offers a combined lighting and sound absorption option. The Ecophon Line™ luminaire, one of three normally only available in the Ecophon Focus™ range, has now been integrated in the 2400x1200 mm Solo panel. Solo Rectangle Line is delivered with the opal integrated in the panel so installation is as simple as hanging the panel, adding the included luminaire and connecting into the lighting system.

complement the traditional straight edge baffle. Furthermore, due to the growing recognition of the importance of adding sound absorbers to walls, Ecophon has also added Solo™ Baffle on Wall to the product family. This simple change allows an architect to continue the baffle design onto the walls, making an aesthetic statement while creating an even better sound environment.


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Canmoor refurbishment kicks off at Anchorage Leading developer and asset manager, Canmoor, has been appointed by the owner of Anchorage, Salford Quays, and will be undertaking an extensive £8million refurbishment programme at the 220,000sq. ft., four building office complex.


hase one of the works commenced in August and will see the atrium of Anchorage 2 completely reconfigured which will include new tenant amenities including a food and beverage operator, informal breakout areas and potential co-working space. In addition, the redesigned ground floor will include shower/changing facilities and a flexible space to promote occupier wellbeing.

that make up Anchorage enhanced.

To date, the 8th and 9th floors of offices within Anchorage 2 have been comprehensively refurbished with new selfcontained VRF air conditioning, allowing for up to 1:7 occupancy with further floors to complete in early 2019.

Canmoor’s Manchester office is only a short walk from Anchorage, allowing the team to take a hands-on approach and apply national expertise with local knowledge.

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The second phase will see the public realm and external appearance of all four buildings


The remaining vacant offices in Anchorage 1, 3 & 4 are currently being designed with exposed services and once complete, will offer the opportunity at Anchorage 3 and 4, comprising 34,500 sq ft and 32,500 sq ft respectively, for potential tenants to occupy self-contained buildings with their own branding and front door.

Canmoor has appointed Workman as the new managing agents, and JLL and Edwards & Co, have been retained on the scheme as joint letting agents.

Restoration of Grade II* listed mill using £554k Heritage Lottery Fund money begins People will be able to visit the restored Stracey Arms Mill near Great Yarmouth thanks to Norfolk County Council’s successful bid for £554,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


orks have begun to safeguard the mill and create a building onsite for people to learn about the history of the mill and the surrounding marshland. A programme of workshops, day schools and community events will begin in 2019 for people to learn more about the mill, the local landscape, and the marsh families who lived at the mill site and worked on the surrounding marshes.

and distinctive Broads, and I’m pleased it was made possible by our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

A number of volunteer opportunities, with full training, will also be available for people interested in looking after the mill. Visitors will be able to make use of a 10 space car park to the east of the mill which will itself be made more accessible with the aid of an all ability access ramp from the car park to the mill. Work is expected to be completed in 2021.

The works to the Grade II* listed mill, part of the £670,152 Mill and Marsh Folk Project, have begun with the removal of the old cap and sail stocks which have been taken to the millwright’s workshop to be assessed and any sound timbers salvaged and reused in the new cap.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee and Chairman of the Norfolk Windmills Trust, said: “This is a fantastic project that will allow people to better understand the history of Norfolk and its historic marshes

“Thanks to National Lottery players, work is now well underway. This is an exciting moment in the restoration of such an important building from Norfolk’s agricultural past and the start of a great new future” said Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East England.

The first phase of work, which includes brickwork repairs, removal of internal render, reinstatement of one of the Second World War gun loops and repairs to windows and doors, is being led by conservation builders R & J Hogg Ltd of Coney Weston. The millwrighting work which also includes new stocks, sails and repairs to the turbine pump is being carried out by local millwright Richard Seago.

Project News At both hotels, upgraded technology has been included in the revitalised meeting spaces, including wireless AV systems and adjustable lighting that encourages wellbeing. In the meeting, conference and delegate breakout areas, new furniture, carpets, feature walls and artworks have been fitted, with the aim to inspire and engage. As well as improving the meeting and events spaces, the hotel has also refreshed its business food and drinks offering, answering a demand for flexibility whilst creating a menu designed to surprise guests, stimulate the mind and create an experience that’s truly memorable.

DoubleTree hotels get ready for business Investment in two DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in the north of England has resulted in the transformation of their business facilities, as part of a drive to boost the productivity and wellbeing of users.


he DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester and DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds, both operated by Valor Hospitality Europe, have seen their meeting and events spaces undergo extensive refurbishments.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester is located in the centre of the city just a two-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, making it a convenient location for businesses, at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. The DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds also benefits from a central location, just a stone’s throw from the city’s main train station, where guests and visitors can enjoy a tranquil canal-side setting and on-site casual dining restaurant, The Lock. The transformed facilities are now open and ready for enquiries.

WASHROOM WASHROOM LOOKS TO THE SKY WITH ISG REFURBISHMENT Leading commercial washroom designer and manufacturer, Washroom Washroom, has delivered an outstanding washroom refurbishment featuring striking ‘Deep Night Sky’ Corian vanities for ISG’s flagship London head office.


nternational construction services company, ISG operates in 24 countries across five key sectors – offices; technology, science and health; retail; hospitality and leisure; education and the public sector. It has 14 offices across the UK including its head office in Aldgate in central London, which has been refurbished to a high standard by Tailor Made Joinery (TMJ Interiors). Washroom worked closely with TMJ Interiors and ISG to deliver the new male and female washroom areas on level six of the building, designed to complement the high specification finish seen throughout the rest of the building.

Tego hinged access mirrors, manufactured with bespoke curved edges and LED backlights, were installed above the vanity units to provide a practical storage solution for essential washroom consumables. Washroom’s popular full height, floor-toceiling, Alto toilet cubicles were also tailored to meet the requirements of this project. The flush fascia cubicles, which form part of the company’s unique Iconica Collection, were faced on both sides with Formica AR Plus High Gloss laminate in Diamond Black, while the pilasters were manufactured using oak effect HPL laminate for contrast, creating a distinctive and contemporary washroom

space. Attractive DDA compliant stainless steel locks were also installed to complete the design. Washroom’s Concerto integrated duct panel system was installed to allow for ease of access for future maintenance, whether planned or reactive. As well as being easy to clean, the duct panels were faced with the same Formica gloss laminate in Diamond Black to match the toilet cubicle doors, bringing the different elements of the design together. As part of the refurbishment, Washroom also installed a number of self-contained unisex superloos to exactly the same design as the larger washroom areas with the same Deep Night Sky colour Corian trough-style vanities and Tego mirrors with curved edges. These superloos ensure consistency of design was achieved throughout the building while maximising the available space.

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The Washroom team designed, manufactured and installed bespoke trough-style Corian vanity units with Corian under panels for a unique washroom space. Available in a wide range of colours but often specified in white, what makes this project stand out is the Deep

Night Sky shade, which is described by Corian as “midnight black with a galaxy of translucent particles”. The solid surface construction of Corian means the colour runs consistently all the way through for a perfectly neat and unified appearance, creating an attractive finish.












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CERTIFICATION TRANSITION A NO-BRAINER FOR TRAILBLAZING ARCHITECTS WHO PUT QUALITY FIRST After being in business for two years, Leedsbased architects firm, QAD Architects, made the decision to become ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. That was in 2007, and the company recently successfully transitioned to both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.


ounding director of QAD Architects, Paul Wainwright, believes this dedication to quality and the environment has stood his business in good stead, and encourages others in his sector to join him.

QAD Architects is very well established within the residential, health, educational and commercial sectors. Its multi-skilled technical team utilises in-house 3D visualisation and Building Information Modelling in its work, and is as creative as it is commercial. Built on a company mantra of the ‘Four Cs’ – Creating, Communication, Constructing and Client expectation – in 2007 QAD Architects added a fifth to their list: Certification. Sector trailblazers After a successful start to its business, Paul Wainwright explains that the company felt confident it was achieving all criteria in both the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards. It was also not an industry requirement at the time - so why embark on the process? “While we believed we ticked all the boxes in the standards’ criteria,” explains Paul, “we felt that it was an important marker of quality to formalise the whole process – for our clients.” Being ahead of the game was also important to the team at QAD Architects: “When we first became registered for the ISO certification it wasn’t the norm for our industry,” continues Paul. “It is increasingly common now however, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has instigated a requirement for chartered practices to have a quality management system (QMS) in place. “At the moment the QMS doesn’t need to be externally audited, nor is there a requirement for the ISO 14001 certification – however I believe this will become mandatory in the next few years. When that happens, I’ll be glad that we were on the front foot.” A structured approach = success Fast-forward nine years to 2016, and QAD Architects was planning the smooth transition of its ISO 9001 certification to the updated and improved 2015 version.

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QAD Architects engaged with leading certification body, SGS United Kingdom Ltd, to discuss its requirements and to kick-start the process. Working in partnership with SGS at the outset meant the QAD team was


TOP RIGHT QAD’s Paul Wainwright

“At the moment the QMS doesn’t need to be externally audited, nor is there a requirement for the ISO 14001 certification – however I believe this will become mandatory in the next few years. When that happens, I’ll be glad that we were on the front foot.” - Founding director of QAD Architects, Paul Wainwright Container, Rotherham


able to put an achievable plan in place that ensured the company avoided any typical pitfalls or mistakes that businesses can encounter when tackling the certification process alone. “Approaching the process positively and in bitesize chunks made it straightforward to manage,” explains Paul, “Immediately after the surveillance audit we had in 2015, we put together a year-long programme to work towards achieving the transition to the updated ISO 9001 standard. “Despite having a good system in place, there are always improvements that can be made – which of course is the premise behind the standards - and continuous improvement is vital for a company to develop.” The new ISO 9001:2015 standard has been revised to integrate seamlessly with other ISO standards. “This has been

transformational for QAD Architects in streamlining the system and integrating it easily into the business”, says Paul. QAD Architects also achieved its transition to the new ISO 14001-2015 standard at the same time. The deadline for businesses to transition their existing IS0 9001 and 140001 certification to the 2015 version of both standards is September 2018; any businesses that have not transitioned by then will no longer be certificated. Benefit from expert advice Paul’s advice to companies considering certification, or who need to transition their ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, is to engage with a certification body from the outset. “There can be a lot of wasted time if you decide to go it alone – the amount of literature available is plentiful, but can be a bit overwhelming”. “Speaking directly with the organisation that will certify you will help you prioritise activity, and, like SGS, they should have processes in place to help you get to where you need to be. It makes what could be a daunting process easy to manage and rewarding to achieve.” A final word of advice from Paul: “When looking to achieve these certifications, an organisation needs to make an intellectual investment as well as a financial one – which must come from the top down. At QAD we had cooperation at every level and that was key to our success”.

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Floors & Flooring A sound specification for Bona Craft Oil 2K Bona Craft Oil 2K has been specified for the restoration of the Beech floor in the world’s largest purpose-built recording studio. The work was undertaken by Bona Certified Contractors, CMT Wood Flooring of Birmingham, contracted to commercial fit out specialists, Prestige Interiors. The London based studio is in constant use by orchestras and choruses. It was therefore essential that a highly durable finish was applied, that would not only protect the surface from the high levels of traffic but would also dry quickly to minimise downtime in this very busy space. CMT flooring initially recommended the use of Bona Traffic HD, the toughest waterborne lacquer manufactured by Bona, and which dries so quickly that the floor can be put back into full use in just 12 hours. However, the studio team were concerned that using a lacquer finish on the floor, which had been previously oiled, might change its acoustic properties. Consequently, the specification was changed to highly durable Bona Craft Oil 2K, a penetrating, two component oil with an equally impressive drying time of just eight hours for the ‘Neutral’, uncoloured version. Bona Craft Oil 2K is a unique formula based on modified plant-based oil and has a very low VOC content of less than 4%. It’s the perfect treatment for a wide variety of wood species including tricky ones such as cherry and walnut, and it produces a strong water and stain resistant surface that is ready for use in 8 or 12 hours (depending if neutral or coloured versions are used). In situations where supreme surface durability is required, Bona Craft Oil 2K can be overcoated with any version of Bona Traffic lacquer. Alec Stacey, Technical Manager at Bona Limited, said, “It was unusual for us to have to consider the acoustic properties of one of our finishes before creating this specification, but understandably this was of paramount importance for the studio team. Another beneficial property of a ‘traditional’ oil finish, is the ease with which local repairs can be made, usually without sanding. Any areas that become worn or discoloured can be corrected by simply buffing more oil into these areas and removing the excess. | | 01908 525 150 RRN119059 Bona HP.indd 1


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The annual TTA Awards take place on Friday 12 April at The Hilton Birmingham Metropole at the NEC. This is the occasion when the tiling industry celebrates its achievements of the past year. In all there are Awards in 17 categories to be presented this year, ranging from Tile Fixer of the Year to Excellence in Marketing and Best Heritage Project. For the first time all Award categories will have input from the public vote this year, as well as expert scrutiny by a high calibre judging panel. Running alongside the Awards in the same venue is The Tiling Show, which is back for its second year, following its successful and very popular launch in 2018. The Tiling Show is supported by Intceram as main sponsor. The show is open for all to visit and visitors will see leading brands from the industry. All exhibitors will be running special Show offers on the day. “After a successful first year, we believe The Tiling Show is now established as a ‘must attend’ event

For more information about The Tiling Show, email or call 0300 365 8453.

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for everyone in the tiling industry,” says Paul Luff, TTA Chairman. “It provides another great reason to come along to the TTA Awards event. Nobody in the tiling industry can afford to miss The Tiling Show.”

The Awards night itself, taking place in the evening, will have the theme of a Masquerade Ball, so be prepared for what is bound to be a memorable visual spectacle! At the time of going to print, the Awards had eight Gold sponsors Banks & Lloyd, Jackoboard, Norcros Adhesives, RRN119072 TTA Half Page.indd 1

Shackerley Holdings Group Ltd, Topps Tiles, Trimline Group, UltraTileFix, Walls and Floors. Lithofin are signed up as a Silver sponsor. Tickets to attend the event are available from the Awards website or by calling the TTA on 0300 365 8453. Tickets cost £175 + VAT per person or £1,750 + VAT for a table of ten. Second tables of ten are available at £1,400 + VAT. All information on the Awards is available on the Awards microsite at, by calling TTA on 0300 365 8453 or by emailing 19/12/2018 12:35:11

Karndean Designflooring announces heritage tile collection Karndean Designflooring is introducing a creative new collection featuring a range of exquisite designs inspired by the architectural tiled floors of grand Victorian and Regency villas and townhouses.


he brand-new Heritage Collection is designed to give the opulent look of classic geometric tiles. From striking monochrome designs to beautifully blended traditional patterns, the collection reflects both the classic elegance of historic homes and the boldness of contemporary trends. Ideal for recreating the original character of elegant period interiors or for a contemporary statement look, the new collection features a tasteful mix of shades that can be used to create a totally individual look. Perfect for busy rooms where highly durable flooring is required, Karndean’s Heritage Collection reinvents historical style with all the benefits of luxury vinyl tiles, offering a practical choice for an on-trend, modern floor. TOP RIGHT Karndean Designflooring Heritage Collection Clifton CLIF-01 RIGHT Karndean Designflooring Heritage Collection Montpellier MONT-06

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Presenting ten exclusive new colours, from timeless terracotta, crimson and gold to contemporary dove grey, taupe and baby blue, alongside two Opus designs Luna and Nero, the Heritage Collection features square, triangular and octagonal tiles, available in all 12 shades, which can be mixed and matched in any combination to create a truly individual floor.

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The versatility of the new Heritage Collection is amply demonstrated with 18 pre-assembled colour combinations in four tile patterns– Clifton, Lansdown, Montpellier and Mayfair.


Clifton is a timeless classic pattern using square and triangular tiles to create a star and square effect, presented in four suggested colourways. A pattern that looks stylish in traditional monochrome, Clifton also offers calm neutral combinations in taupe or dove grey and white, or a contemporary mix of dove grey and azure blue balanced with soft-white and black highlights. Lansdown presents a clean and contemporary grid effect which looks

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stunning in a simple yet elegant black and white or highlighted with bold blue or green inset tiles. For a more modern look, a softer, understated option is offered in a combination of dove grey and white. The opulent Montpellier mixes octagonal tiles with square insets in a contrasting shade for a neo-classical style. Presented in eight suggested colourways, traditional colours such as terracotta, black and white are combined for a classic look, or offered in a statement design with contemporary blue, grey, pink or taupe shades. Finally, Mayfair recreates a traditional pattern historically found in the entrance halls of grand Victorian homes and is offered in a classic colour combination of blue and terracotta or as a modern interpretation with a combination of blue, crimson and gold. A selection of border options and infill tiles is available to provide a sophisticated finish to each floor design, with brick and diamond shapes in a choice of sizes and corresponding corner sections. The Heritage Collection has been designed to enable home decorators to create a bespoke statement floor with any combination of colours, or to be combined with full-sized Karndean wood planks or stone tiles to create a focal point in any room.

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Like the original Victorian tiles, Karndean’s new Heritage Collection is hard-wearing and waterproof but, unlike the original floors that required regular waxing and buffing, is easy to maintain and will resist spills and stains.


Company News ARMA RESPOND TO HOUSING SECRETARY’S CLADDING DIRECTIVE The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has taken a strong stance on the issue of cladding and forcing the removal and reinstatement of a safer product. For months James Brokenshire has been warning landlords of at-risk properties to get on and remove dangerous cladding.


esterday Brokenshire announced a change to the housing health and safety regulations to force the landlords to make good these works with no apparent financial risk to the leaseholders.

Outdoor Deck Company donates to the Princess Alice Hospice On Friday 15th November 2018 Mike Wilderink, MD of the Outdoor Deck Company presented a cheque for £6,400 to the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.


he Princess Alice Hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing high quality care and support for adults with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Mike commented “I recognise and have experienced firsthand the important work the hospice does in the local community and I’m pleased to support the specialist care and work they provide in caring for patients and their families.” During the Summer the Outdoor Deck Company were commissioned by Martin Osborn, Facilities Manager to

remove the existing deck that surrounds the hospice and replace it with a brand new composite decked area with glass balustrades. The new deck provides a much loved outdoor space for all 28 patient rooms with beautiful views of the gardens and koi pond. Martin stated – “We are delighted with the new deck, which provides our patients and visitors with a relaxing and peaceful outdoor space. Mike’s generous donation will be used to introduce new comfortable Rattan outdoor furniture to the decking area with the remainder being used for much needed patient care needs.”

The Association for Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) welcomes the move as it has been lobbying for Government intervention ever since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Immediately after the tragic fire, ARMA flagged to Government the problem under leasehold as to who would likely pay for the cost of fire safety remedial works and that this could seriously delay remedial works. ARMA has publicly asked for Government loans to be make available and for remediation to be taken into a national programme to avoid such delays as the safety of residents must always be the uppermost concern. Dr Nigel Glen, Chief Executive Office of the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA), comments: “We congratulate the Government for taking this strong approach to ensure remedial works on affected buildings can get under way immediately. People need to know they are safe and able to live their lives. We have always said time is of essence here and work should be completed first and then worry about who pays later. The costs to cladding removal has given many residents grave anxieties and now some headway should start to be made more quickly. The Secretary of State has said that ‘leaseholders must not pay’. “We keenly await details of how that will work in practice given the structure of leasehold. For example, in the case of Citiscape in Croydon, the First tier Tribunal Property determined that the leaseholders were liable for the costs under the terms of their lease. That may well be the case across all the buildings under discussion, depending upon their leases. And where Landlords are not the guilty party re installing the cladding is it fair that they will be expected to pay? Clearly there is more work to be done but this is a welcome and significant step.”

Sime’s unique integrated heat pump and boiler brings Revolution to the renewables sector! The Murelle Revolution is the first completely integrated boiler and heat pump in a single cased product. Using an ErP A++ 30 kW Murelle boiler and completely sealed 4kW output heat pump, the Murelle Revolution 30 is a single compact unit that can be installed by any registered Gas Safe installer in a single installation process, without requiring an additional F-gas-registered installer to be present.

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The unique Murelle Revolution 30 should be installed inside and hung on the wall like a conventional boiler. The Revolution provides heat and hot water, achieving an average seasonal heating performance of 134%, granting A++ energy efficiency, according to the ErP Ecodesign Regulation.


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Astrofade Ltd. have, since 1983, been involved with the manufacture and installation of high quality Rooflights and Glazing Systems and are now a leading force in the roof glazing market, producing an extensive range of individual rooflight units. Rooflights, Atria. Walkways and Canopies are all included in the Astrofade Ltd range of natural light structures from creative design to the highest standard of manufacturing. Astrofade Ltd specialised manufacturing service is backed by its own experienced and dedicated installation teams, thus ensuring the highest standard of quality and workmanship. This of course is also backed up by full after sales service on every installation. We would be very pleased to get involved with any project from the early stages and offer a full design package including any structural calculations where required.

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VEXO/BOSS X-POTs and BOSS X-PO Water Treatment Chemicals – a winning combination The double award winning, patented VEXO/BOSS X-POT Side Stream Filtration & Dosing Units combine Air Separation, Dirt Separation, Magnetic Filtration & Dosing Pot all-in-one and come in many sizes suitable for closed Heating, Cooling and Condenser Water systems up to 30 Bar and 2,592,000 litres.

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RIGHT BOSS X-POT Compact Unit (4 Bar rated) – the UK’s bestselling unit


-POTs fully comply with BSRIA BG29 & BG50 guidelines and with super fine filtration down to 0.5 microns are the most effective Side Stream Filtration Units available in the HVAC industry. In addition to being extremely cost effective, X-POTs also save valuable space in plant rooms and are completely in their element when retro-fitted to existing poor quality closed systems especially when used in conjunction with BOSS X-PO Water Treatment Chemicals.

X-POTs are the very latest solution to achieving BSRIA & ASHRAE best practice guidelines for water quality management in closed systems. The cumbersome and costly conventional approach is to install multiple individual components namely Air Separators (high level), Dirt Separators (low level), Magnetic Filters and a Dosing Pot – all connected and piped up back to the closed system taking up valuable wall and floor space. BSRIA & ASHRAE best practice of 5 Micron filtration were not being achieved as full line size Dirt Separators will usually only achieve circa 20-30 Microns with only the much heavier smaller items dropping once they enter the Dirt Separator. In 2017 a total of 170 BOSS X-POTs were installed in existing closed LTHW systems in one London Borough in various communal Boiler Houses serving residential blocks. Prior to each installation a sample of the system water was independently analysed – once the test results were issued the client would agree to a BOSS X-POT being installed and BOSS X-PO Water Treatment Chemicals being added – usually BOSS X-PO35 NonFlush Sanitiser & Cleanser and BOSS X-PO10 Inhibitor. A further system water sample would be taken a few weeks later and the results were outstanding - one very happy client and many 1,000’s of happy residents. Break down calls associated with the Communal Heating systems reduced significantly and the BOSS X-POTs provide an easy to maintain solution going forward.

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X-POTs are the very latest solution to achieving BSRIA & ASHRAE best practice guidelines for water quality management in closed systems.

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In terms of CAPEX, BOSS X-POTs are extremely competitively priced, similarly with OPEX they can be serviced, without any interruption to system operation, in under 10 minutes with the Magnet Grate being cleaned, Filter media checked and replaced and the Inhibitor levels checked for correct dosage. Operator training is very straightforward and with no electrical or rotating parts there is nothing to breakdown or go into fault mode. With the X-POTs ensuring the system water quality achieves BSRIA & ASHRAE best practice guidelines, the capital items of plant (including Chillers, Boilers, PHEXs, Pumps, Coils and Heat/Cooling emitters etc) will all be operating efficiently and meeting their designed outputs whilst using less energy in the process.

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BOSS X-POT Compact, X-POT6 and X-POT XP Units plus BOSS X-PO Water Treatment Chemicals are all available usually ex-stock from 60+ branches of BSS Industrial nationwide in UK & Eire. We also have sales/distribution partners in USA, SE Asia, EMENA and Australasia - if you have any technical questions, tenders or sales enquiries, please email them to or paul. or call 0207 953 1154 – please also visit our website Paul Hanrahan – Director at VEXO International (UK) Limited

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SWIGA Guarantee based on industry expertise


The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is a not for profit guarantee provider for solid wall solutions. Set up by industry to encourage continuous industry quality improvements with its unique quality framework, SWIGA provides support directly to the homeowner / Local Authority as well as through its extensive network of member’s expertise and support.


WIGA’s guarantees offer cover for; external wall and hybrid systems for traditional solid wall properties, non-traditional properties such as no-fines concrete and frame buildings, as well as providing cover for low, mid and high-rise apartments.

Solid wall insulation measures have been established for over 35 years and have a proven track record; however, the SWIGA guarantee provides property owners peace of mind in case of any defects occurring because of workmanship or materials.

Solid wall insulation measures have been established for over 35 years and have a proven track record; however, the SWIGA guarantee provides property owners peace of mind in case of any defects occurring because of workmanship or materials. There are some that view solid wall insulation as a relatively new technology, but it’s been around for many years in this country and throughout Europe. Whilst there is innovation taking place within the industry, and new systems are being developed, it is a tried and tested very energy efficient method of

insulating, already appreciated by tens of thousands of property owners and occupants throughout the country. SWIGA’s high rise offer covers all purpose-built apartments up to 20+ storeys. The process further limits the contractors who can carry out these works based on experience, nett worth, in-house quality team, limits the systems used to those that are fully tested for above 18 m in height, can only be supplied directly to the contractor as a system package, and only once proof of training for that specific system has been provided.

The high-rise process also involves a third-party rated UK based insurer. They check the property using surveyors at three critical stages of the installation. This ensures the system being applied is correct for the substrate and building height and that the quality and installation are fit for purpose.

The SWIGA warranty is backed by a robust 25-year guarantee with an industry-leading Quality Assurance framework and at a cost of £79 + VAT per standard house; this represents fantastic value for money. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA, commented; “SWIGA’s commitment to providing the consumer, building owner and the industry with a dependable Guarantee is shown in the quality of the companies that are currently members. “SWIGA’s Contractor and System holder membership has to meet stringent entry criteria prior to joining to ensure they are trained correctly, are carded, understand the systems and installation techniques needed to fit the specific systems correctly, purchase the full system from the supplier with clear traceability as well as ensuring the companies that join are financially viable as businesses to carry out the scale of solid wall insulation work proposed. “The SWIGA warranty is backed by a robust 25year guarantee with an industry-leading Quality Assurance framework and at a cost of £79 + VAT per standard house; this represents fantastic value for money.” High rise project prices are based on the number of storeys and include the cost of three visits from our third-party insurer.

Andrew added: “Not only does SWIGA provide consumer protection with our independent 25-year Guarantee we can offer the consumer independent industry expertise – our membership includes all the major system designers, but we also have an independent approach and can offer an opinion on client projects. SWIGA is heavily involved with improving industry best practice and sits on the steering groups for PAS2030, the new PAS2035 and works with the industry bodies to produce best practice documentation to support the contractors.

For more information about Solid Wall Insulation and the SWIGA Guarantee contact or call 01525 854977

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“We differ from most traditional insurance companies in that in the unusual event of installation issues after completion of the work, we will arbitrate directly with the homeowner on any disputes, working with our network to obtain the best outcome for the owner. Our prime focus has always been on prevention, not cure. Our Quality Assurance framework is key, and our pre-vetting procedures are developed to avoid issues from the outset.”


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STAY CLOSE AND COSY TO NATURE WITH PANASONIC & THE DOME EXPERIENCE The team at Panasonic have been working in collaboration with architects, engineers and local crafts people to create an unfiltered, unique and comfortable luxury living experience in bubble style Domes to bring a 180-degree transparent window to the world of nature. Michael Beare of Finn Lough Resort is the visionary behind this unique holiday experience. Each Dome is kitted out with Panasonic Aquarea Fan Coils which are connected to air to water Panasonic Aquarea Monobloc heat pumps for quick reaction heating and cooling as well as domestic hot water. Panasonic additionally supply DX ERV units to maintain a constant air flow rate. Furthermore, each Dome can be monitored via the Panasonic Aquarea Smart Cloud technology to maintain the optimal environment for each guest. The first Domes were created in 2015 but had several challenges such as misting up, being cold in winter and too hot in the summer months. Michael then started discussions with Panasonic to understand and solve these issues. With continuous prototyping and testing, the team has since adapted and improved the Dome’s comfort and experience for guests.

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The Panasonic Aquarea heat pump technology was chosen for this project as the units easily adapt to extreme low temperatures (-20oC) and high temperatures, whatever the climate. The units are highly energy efficient (COP of 5.08), are compact, positioned externally to save on internal living space, quick and straightforward to install.


Vectaire has three new models in their vertical whole house heat recovery range. To ensure the user experience is as comfortable as it possibly can be, the Midi, Maxi and Maxi Plus are now available with advanced acoustic attenuation. They are lined with superior sound deadening materials for really low sound levels (the sound pressure levels are down to 14.4, 13.2 and 14.4 dBA respectively). The efficiency and performance remain the same. All these “AT-BY” models are complete with summer bypass and frost-stat, and commissioned via an integral LCD. Functions, including trickle, purge and boost speeds for each motor, boost speed over-run time, the time delay before the boost speed kicks in, holiday mode and night-time boost - all easily adjusted. Products are SAP PCDB Listed, manufactured in our own factory in the UK, and the information is now available in Vectaire’s new catalogue. Vectaire Ltd. 01494 522333.

The Domes are proving popular, with seven initially installed at the Finn Lough Resort in Northern Ireland which has recently increased to 14 Domes due to the high demand. Enthusiasm for the Dome experience has now reached a global level with orders for more Domes in remote locations coming from Australia, North America, Italy and France to name a few. For more information please visit

42 Berners Street development transforms Fitzrovia Leading provider of underfloor air conditioning systems, AET Flexible Space has completed the supply and commissioning of underfloor air conditioning equipment at 42 Berners Street, Fitzrovia.


he 27,300 sq. ft. building, part of the Berners-Allsopp Estate is a high quality new build development created through the demolition of two town houses, offering 22,000 sq. ft. office accommodation on five of the seven floors and retail at basement and ground level. The redevelopment was designed by architect Buckley Gray Yeoman, with mechanical services specified by consultant, GDM partnership. The design brief included a number of key challenges such as maximising the footprint of the building, the internal lettable area and floor to ceiling heights. Westminster council also imposed local building height restrictions on the development and the design was stipulated to fit sensitively within the historic Berners Street surrounds.

Underfloor air conditioning was put forward as a mechanical services option that could help meet the aspirations of the planners, and by adopting a low level services strategy, designers were able to maximise the available space, adding a seventh floor to the building originally designed with six, and maximise the internal floor to ceiling heights on each floor.

Underfloor air conditioning was put forward as a mechanical services option that could help meet the aspirations of the planners, and by adopting a low level services strategy, designers were able to maximise the available space, adding a seventh floor to the building originally designed with six, and maximise the internal floor to ceiling heights on each floor. With low level services, the void beneath the raised access floor is used as a plenum, effectively becoming the ventilation zone. Each floor is divided into separate zones and supplied with fully conditioned (chilled or warmed) air, which is fed into the plenum by the zonal downflow units (CAM), and then supplied into the workspace via fan terminal units (Fantile). By doubling up the use of the underfloor plenum, ceiling voids can be reduced or eliminated, equating to approximate savings of 400-500mm per floor. Systems can be configured with either underfloor or high level return air paths and can easily integrate with passive or other ventilation systems. The system specified at 42 Berners Street is a CAM-C direct expansion system, installed throughout the seven office floors with each floor divided into two separate zones, each served by a CAM-C25 downflow unit. The Fantiles supplied are standard TU4-EC fan terminals which can be easily re-positioned

to suit individual tenant needs at Cat-B fit-out stage. The mixed –use building with its new Portland stone façade and bronze windows has made a significant contribution to the street-scape, and developers are currently in lease negotiations with a single client prior to practical completion.



wetroom is effectively a fully waterproofed bathroom, where walls and floors are ‘tanked’ or sealed with layers of water resistant material, which stops damp from seeping out into the fabric of the building. Their advantages though, are many, perhaps the main one being that - freed of baths, trays, screens or other enclosures - they can make a striking addition that increases the value of your home. Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean, as there’s no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, the floor can be kept completely clear. In addition they should prove more hygienic as the opportunities for mould growth are much restricted compared to a standard bathroom layout. Although not always designed with this in mind, wetrooms are particularly good for the elderly or less able bodied. With no shower step to negotiate, adding half height screens can allow a carer to remain dry whilst assisting someone in the showering area. Unquestionably, a wetroom allows greater flexibility for future adaptation: ready for any decline in the mobility for the end user.

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A further argument in their favour is that for those considering spending out on a new shower enclosure, a wet room without one can work out at a very similar price, while looking a lot more modern and stylish. A couple of caveats, though, need to be heeded if your wetroom is going to be a success: It is absolutely vital that the installation is professionally waterproofed, then tiled or lined from floor to ceiling – which costs more than simply tiling above a bath.


In some respects a wetroom can be viewed as a blank canvas – free from most of the normal obstructions – which can then permit greater design freedom in respect of the finishes. Tiles are the most popular wall and floor covering, but it is circumspect to choose non-porous options such as ceramic or porcelain. Porous materials (including slate, marble and limestone) unfortunately require sealing every few months to prevent water damage. Meanwhile, floor tiles should be non-slip for obvious safety reasons and many people will want the additional comfort of underfloor heating. This will not only keep the surface warm underfoot, but help the water evaporate. Sheet vinyl or even composite materials, which are seamless and nonporous for low-maintenance, are other options for both walls and floors as are the many attractive panel alternatives available. Often manufactured in the form of high pressure laminates, these are large format which can feature special interlocks or the use of joint profiles, to avoid the need for grout and thus the almost inevitable future chore of scrubbing or bleaching to get rid of stains and mould. The long term durability and success of any wall or floorcovering is, however, very much dependant on the stability of the substrate. Ideally the background for any finishes should be sound, completely water resistant and, if possible, provide a degree of thermal insulation. Whether the structure of the building is traditional masonry, timber frame or some other hybrid, a wetroom will benefit from the installation of a well proven tile-backer board to present a uniform background which also

offers excellent bonding characteristics for tile cement or other adhesives. Those with a core of extruded polystyrene (XPS) and a facing of reinforced polymer concrete meet all of these aspirations and can also support substantial loads including wheelchairs, when laid across joists or other sub-floors. In all situations, adequate provision must be made to remove water from the room, which requires both a drain outlet and direction for the run-off. For a workable wetroom therefore, probably the best way of achieving this is to make use of a pre-sloped tileable shower base. The most user-friendly option is to purchase one which offers the same positive physical characteristics as the best tile-backer boards, but incorporates an adequately sloping surface and an integral drain that is adjustable for direction of outflow and it is essential that the waterproofing membrane

laid beneath the tiling can be permanently sealed to this drain. Given that these multiple criteria are met, then with their ease of maintenance and the sense of luxury, a contemporary wetroom is considered super-stylish by both design professionals and property pundits, meaning that – properly executed – they can add to both the enjoyment and the value of a home.


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RINNAI A-RATED INFINITY RANGE FOR A LOW NOX INFINITE SUPPLY OF SAFE HOT WATER Available from leading manufacturer Rinnai is claimed to be the most energy efficient, low NOx and cost-effective range of A-rated water heaters across a range of load profiles compared with any other gas fired continuous flow water heaters on the UK market.



The Infinity HDC1600i, tested to below 20 ppm NOx, produces the lowest emissions on the market, with 107% net thermal efficiencies. The newly developed unit with down-firing burner allows increased efficiency. The established award-winning condensing HDC1200 internal and external models show an impressive energy performance of 107% net thermal efficiency while the larger Rinnai HDC1500 internal and external models turn in 105% net thermal efficiency. The Rinnai Infinity Low NOx HD55i internal water heater is a room sealed, wall hung, LPG or natural gas fired continuous flow water heater. The Infinity Low NOx 55i is capable of supplying in excess of 980 litres at 50º rise per hour. Up to 25 units can be cascaded to satisfy any specification.

The Rinnai Infinity Low NOx HD55i internal water heater is a room sealed, wall hung, LPG or natural gas fired continuous flow water heater.

RINNAI SOLO The Infinity Solo condensing, low NOx condensing water heater, is the first Rinnai product for the UK to combine the advanced technology of its wall mounted continuous flow water heaters with a stainless-steel storage cylinder in one compact unit. RINNAI INFINITY PLUS

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The Infinity Plus solution brings together multiple units of the company’s awardwinning low NOx water heaters into single, easily manoeuvrable modules. All pre-assembled on ready fixed racks designed to fit through standard door frames.


The Infinity Plus solution brings together multiple units of the company’s award-winning low NOx water heaters into single, easily manoeuvrable modules.

RINNAI INFINITY INDUSTRY SPECIFIC BESPOKE PACK The Rinnai Bespoke Packs have been designed to provide better on-site efficiency and is supplied to site in one complete package, ready for instant installation. The A rated, low NOx system offers proven tested 105% efficiency and is G3 and Legionella (ACOP L8) compliant. RINNAI INFINITY DOMESTIC AND LIGHT COMMERCIAL UNITS The 24kW multipoint Rinnai Infinity 11i and 35kW 16i with push fit flue systems join the Rinnai Infinity 17e for external mounting to create a flexible range of domestic and light commercial water heaters that boast high efficiencies and on-going savings, with ease of installation and reliability. For more information on the RINNAI product range visit

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Reynaers UK appoints Richard Hall as Managing Director Leading aluminium systems supplier Reynaers, has announced the appointment of Richard Hall to the position of Managing Director for the UK subsidiary of the business. He will oversee the continued growth of Reynaers as it expands its trade and retail offerings and builds on its success in the commercial sector.


Birmingham local, Richard has over 22 years’ experience in sales, marketing, engineering and supply chain roles. He joins from Schaeffler, where he has held board positions for over 12 years, leading on projects across the automotive and industrial sides of the business in the UK and Ireland. Commenting on his recent appointment, Richard said: “I was attracted to the role at Reynaers due to the strong emphasis on product leadership and customer relationships.

adi Building & Refurbishment Further Strengthens Senior Team for Future Growth adi Building & Refurbishment is on a solid growth trajectory but it has signalled even greater ambition with the November appointment of Adrian Adams as Construction Director to further strengthen the business’ senior team.


Adrian has 30 years’ experience, having built strong client and supply chain relationships across the construction industry, and a successful track record of delivering successful

Following Reynaers’ huge successes in the commercial sector, we are looking to continue our growth across the UK. I am also excited about growing our UK trade and retail business. We have a great family culture at Reynaers with a very approachable team, a vast range of innovative products and we are in the enviable position of having a great set of commercial, trade and retail fabrication partners. I am

projects and maintaining excellent client relationships. In particular, he brings with him a wealth of expertise in delivering national frameworks and special projects. His remit at adi is to head up the Major Projects division, focusing on projects over £500,000 in value, and to use his drive and enthusiasm to bolster the company’s growth, as part of adi Group’s broader turnover and job creation targets for 2020.

focussed on bringing these strengths together to encourage our customers to make use of our stunning Birmingham showroom and training centre.” Andreas Wilsdorf, Chief Sales Officer at Reynaers Group said: “The collective knowledge, expertise and experience that Richard brings to the firm is exactly what we need to head up our UK team. This is a very exciting time for our organisation as we continue growing our offering and we are delighted to have Richard on board to lead this process in the UK.”

Adrian himself said of his appointment, “I am delighted to join a firm with such strong core values as adi and at an exciting stage in its development. I see huge growth potential for the business and I am looking forward to playing my part in helping it achieve its ambitions.”

David Beebee, Managing Director of adi Building & Refurbishment, said, “I want to continue to use relationships to generate opportunities, win them and then deliver projects profitably and to a very high standard. Working with our talented existing team, Adrian will ensure our growth is sustainable for the long-term and that our levels of client satisfaction remain extremely high. There are exciting times ahead at adi Building & Refurbishment and I am proud of what we have achieved so far on our growth journey. We have recruited some of the best people in the local construction industry and that has helped us get where we are today. Adrian’s appointment continues that pattern and will only accelerate our move to the next level.”

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key arm of Birmingham-based firm, adi Group, adi Building & Refurbishment has enjoyed significant growth over recent years, providing construction, refurbishment and fit-out projects for some of the leading companies and brands across the UK.

The company has gone from strength to strength, having doubled the number of employees and turnover in the last decade.


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Awards News FIRST MAYFAIR REDEVELOPMENT GETS WIRED CERTIFIED GOLD RATING Recently refurbished 24-25 Grosvenor Street is the first redevelopment in Mayfair to achieve a Wired Certified Gold rating.


4-25 Grosvenor Street has been fully refurbished and adapted by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland to allow occupation by a single tenant or a floorby-floor split. A new façade to the north on Brook’s Mews also provides an alternative entrance to the 14,000 sq ft, five storey building.

The new digital features of the building include multiple cabling routes to reduce the likelihood of an internet outage and the ability to bring in technologies such as Fixed Wireless which can provide an alternative to fibre optic services and may also reduce installation times. Charles Howard, Head of Commercial Leasing, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland said: “Connectivity is no longer a nice-to-have, or an after-thought, but a critical element of the office experience for today’s businesses. Selecting an office that doesn’t have reliable connectivity is something that no company can afford. Tenants at the newly refurbished 24-25 Grosvenor Street can enter the building with the confidence that they can focus on growing their business and serving customers.” The certification demonstrates Grosvenor’s commitment to investing in current and future digital infrastructure requirements on its estate. The company has also recently completed a £2 million investment to improve the West End’s digital resilience, bring down barriers for local businesses and future-proof consumers’ use of the internet. The programme includes a partnership with WiFi SPARK for the rollout of free WiFi and a major upgrade to broadband infrastructure to bring the area in to the top 5% of the UK for connectivity. William Newton, President & EMEA MD, WiredScore added: “24-25 Grosvenor Street

is a strong example of a building which has been refurbished with technology and connectivity front of mind. While the area might have previously been regarded as having connectivity constraints, Grosvenor’s team have taken great care to ensure that the building is future-proofed to support the changing needs of tenants for years to come. It’s fantastic to see Grosvenor’s commitment to future proofing 24-25 Grosvenor, and we are delighted to award Mayfair’s first Wired Certified Gold redevelopment.”

TLJ engineering apprentice wins two prestigious training awards Hull-based TLJ Security Systems’ electrical engineering apprentice, Lewis Wankiewicz, has won two awards at the Hull Training and Adult Education (HTAE) Awards 2018.

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he event, held at Hull’s Guildhall on 9th November, was a celebration of the achievements of apprentices, learners and businesses across the Hull and East Yorkshire region. Born out of the successful partnership HTAE has with local employers and partners each winner had an inspiring story to tell, making them true ambassadors in their field. The awards themselves were sponsored by local companies who are all passionate about providing apprenticeship and work placements to local people. TLJ are delighted to announce that Lewis, 19, won two headline awards at the event: The Engineering Centre Apprentice of the Year and the HTAE Learner of the Year prize.

A distinguished panel of judges, including local employers, past apprenticeship award winners and partners chose Lewis for his dedication and commitment to the business, as well as his exceptional professional, technical and personal development. Claire Martin, TLJ’s Head of Human Resources, said: “We are so proud of Lewis! He has visibly grown in confidence and stature during the time of his apprenticeship with us but was, frankly, a little overwhelmed by his double win. But it was fully deserved: despite being

a naturally shy person, Lewis has grown into a strong team player and demonstrates an active focus on site safety. He has not only become technically skilled within the area of access control but also developed the ‘soft’ skills required when dealing with customers. Lewis’ success confirms our belief that even smaller companies can benefit from employing apprentices.” TLJ were also category sponsors for The Engineering Centre Mike Brown Award for Outstanding Achievement.


Bristan wins big at UK Customer Experience Awards Bristan Group, which includes Bristan and Heritage Bathrooms, has scooped not one but two accolades at the prestigious UK Customer Experience Awards, taking home the Gold award for Best Employee Engagement and the Bronze award for Best Contact Centre Small.


esigned to recognise excellence in the field of customer experience, the UK Customer Experience (CX) Awards is the largest CX event in the world. The winners were announced at a glamorous black-tie ceremony at Wembley Stadium on 11 October, marking the ninth year of The CX Awards. The award for Best Employee Engagement – The Voice of Employees, recognises organisations which have invested in inspirational learning and development programs, and the impact this ultimately has on customer experience. A key priority for Bristan Group, the brand’s commitment to employee engagement saw it take Gold at The CX Awards, reinforcing its existing status as one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For, as rated by The Sunday Times. Bristan Group also took the Bronze award for Best Contact Centre Small – Customer Satisfaction, a category which recognises excellence in customer experience from contact centres with 100 employees or less.

Two projects for which Sika supplied the successful flooring solution have been shortlisted for the FeRFA resin flooring association best practice awards.

S Championing customer service teams which manage their customer experience through a multi-channel approach, this achievement highlights the innovative developments implemented by the Bristan customer experience team in recent years. Jeremy Ling, CEO of Bristan Group, comments: “This is a fantastic accolade and well-deserved recognition of a brilliant team delivery of our mission to achieve extraordinary customer service, also shining a light on our successful on-going commitment to creating a great place to work. “We firmly believe that delivering outstanding customer service relies on having an engaged and enthusiastic team, and these two awards demonstrate the success which this philosophy has delivered for the business. I’d like to thank the Customer Contact Centre for their exceptional work and to congratulate them on receiving these prestigious awards”.

ika’s joint nomination with IRL Group in the Large Industrial Project of the Year category is for its products’ use during a floor refurbishment at a Willesden transport depot. The company is also shortlisted, along with Zircon Flooring for the Small Commercial Project of the year for the installation of a TV studio floor at Leeds University. The FeRFA awards are revered throughout the industry, and this year take place at St Johns Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham. The contest attracts entries nationwide, and with the shortlist featuring a range of high-quality resin flooring projects, the overall winners will have certainly earned the award. Mark Bushell at Sika said: “With such strong competition in terms of entries, to have been nominated in two categories is a fantastic achievement. This is a huge compliment to the quality of our flooring systems as well as the skills and experience of the contractors installation teams.” The company is also shortlisted, along with ACO Building Drainage, for new category this year the Innovation Award for its development of a testing rig that determines appropriate flooring for industrial areas. This year’s FeRFA Resin Flooring Association Best Practice Awards take place on Friday, November 23rd at St Johns Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham. Former England rugby star Kyran Bracken will host the event, which includes a presentation of NVQ diplomas and certificates to FeRFA graduates.

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Awards News Seven Dials Warehouse by CBRE Global Investors and gpad london wins Best Office Development UK at International Property Awards CBRE Global Investors has won the Office Development category of the International Property Awards, announced at the UK Gala Dinner at The Lancaster, London on 26 October.


even Dials Warehouse, the winning project, was designed by BCO Awardwinning architect and interior design practice gpad london ltd. Seven Dials Warehouse in Covent Garden, London, is a Grade II-listed Victorian warehouse, sensitively refurbished to house 40,000 sq. ft. of prime office space over five floors. The design highlight is a bespoke staircase, leading to an expansive roof terrace with 360º views of the London skyline. The steel staircase, designed by gpad london, is suspended and appears to ‘float’ above the office floor. In addition the development includes an enhanced street presence, remodelled reception area and high end workspaces. Seven Dials Warehouse will automatically be put forward for re-judging against the winners in other parts of the world, Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa and Arabia. The 2018 International winners in each

category, identified as the ‘World’s Best’, will be announced at the grand gala presentation dinner in London, December 2018. Simon Fancourt ARB RIBA, Architect at gpad london ltd, comments: “Whilst being sensitive to the building history and heritage in our approach was key, CBRE Global Investors challenged us to create a 21st century office space that would attract global tech companies to London. Understanding client drivers is at the heart of our ethos at gpad london, yet the building’s character and location were used as inspiration for the design. Winning the Best Office Development category is testament that celebrating a building’s industrial past whilst looking to the future, creating a stunning, functional workspace is possible with innovative design.” Alan Lace-Evans, from structural engineers Thomasons, says: “Historic buildings always need careful handling, especially if they’re

LAUFEN CELEBRATES WIN AT THE DESIGNER KITCHEN & BATHROOM AWARDS Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen have won Design Collaboration of the Year at the recent 2018 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

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aufen’s Sonar collection and its partnership with renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has won the ‘Design Collaboration of the Year’ category.


The prestigious award ceremony took place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Monday 8th October. The awards are designed to celebrate residential kitchen and bathroom design projects and products

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.”

from across the world and were hosted by radio and television presenter, George Lamb. Emma Mottram, Marketing Manager Laufen, comments; “We are thrilled that Laufen has been recognised at this year’s Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. We are incredibly proud of Laufen’s heritage of collaborating with world-class design talent to create truly innovative bathroom products and the outstanding Sonar collection is no exception.”


Market leading single ply roofing manufacturer, Sika Sarnafil, and two of its Registered Contractors, have triumphed at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Scottish Roofing Contractor of the Year Awards.


he awards, which recognise outstanding standards of workmanship and technical expertise in the roofing industry, saw Sika Sarnafil win Supply Chain Partner of the Year and Perthbased roofing contractor, Aim Developments, come out top in the Single Ply Roofing category. The NFRC announced the winners at a ceremony presented by TV broadcaster Jackie Bird, on Friday 26 October at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Judged by an independent expert panel, finalists were chosen for their exceptional work on Scottish roofing projects across 13 categories. Sika Sarnafil received the award for Supply

Chain Partner of the Year alongside one of its Registered Contractors, Q9 Cladding Solutions, SFS Group Fastening Technology Ltd and Kingspan Insulated Panels UK, for the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee. The £80 million project, designed by Kengo Kuma to reconnect the city with its river and house an incredible array of exhibits, is an example of world-class architecture. Contracted by BAM Construction, Sarnafil worked closely with Q9, SFS and Kingspan to ensure the innovative roof design could be delivered sustainably and to a superior build quality for maximum longevity. The skillful collaboration saw this impressive project completed well in advance of its September opening – all thanks

to close project management and expert teamwork from all involved. Aim Developments, another of Sika Sarnafil’s Registered Contractors, won the Single Ply Roofing award for the roof of the An Crùbh (The Hub) community centre situated on the beautifully rugged Isle of Sky. Aim Developments was recognised for its ability to deliver an outstanding finish on schedule when faced with the challenge of an incredibly exposed site. Despite the difficult windy conditions, Sarnafil and Aim Developments’ expertise meant the roof was completed to an impeccable standard, creating a new epicentre for the community that would last the test of time.

My Cladding website delivers results for homeowners and installers Freefoam Building Products are pleased to announce a new video testimonial to highlight the support it gives installers and consumers.


Homeowner Mr Eddie Bellringer wanted to replace old and tired looking render on his home and turned to Freefoam’s consumer focussed site Offering information about cladding styles, designs and colours with the opportunity to receive samples and an installation quote from a local company, the site is designed to give homeowners all the tools and support they need in one place.

comprised of three different layers - a heavy duty through coloured plastic foam core, covered with a durable plastic skin and then coated with market leading Renolit film which creates a hard wearing, stable material with a beautiful subtle woodgrain effect finish.

X-Wood is an innovative PVC-U exterior cladding that looks and handles like wood but without all the usual maintenance issues associated with timber. Freefoam have used their manufacturing expertise to design and produce a 16mm attractive high performance cladding board

The range is available in a choice of six contemporary woodgrain finish colours from subtle White, Cream and Greyed Cedar to traditional Oak and more dramatic Anthracite Grey and Wine Red, all with an impressive tenyear guarantee.

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Louise Sanderson, UK Marketing Manager summarised “We consistently get good results from our consumer websites. People are looking to maintain and improve their homes, but want that process to be quick and simple. It’s powerful to get testimonials from homeowners that illustrate how manufacturers like Freefoam can facilitate and support homeowners, as well as delivering valuable business to our installer customer base – it’s a win, win win situation!” 28/11/2018 12:21:34

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Mr Bellringer explained “My wife and I have recently retired and we were looking to make our house low maintenance and something that would fit in with the house style and the housing estate generally. Freefoam sent us samples of the X-Wood Cladding and arranged for Freefoam Stockist and Installer Tru Plastics to quote for supply and fit. We’re delighted with the results, during installation passers by and neighbours were really interested in the products, and the installers ran out of business cards!”


Asbestos Focus Back to school on asbestos There are few more emotive issues in the public buildings sector than asbestos. AsbestosContaining Materials (ACMs) are still highly prevalent in thousands of buildings throughout our society, including schools and universities.


owever, with a huge amount of regeneration happening across the education sector, Darren Payne, Client Services Director at leading asbestos removal, demolition and remediation specialist Rhodar, explains why asbestos in education facilities should be spoken about more openly and treated as a problem to be solved, not stigmatised. Campus environments present unique challenges when it comes to the safe removal or encapsulation of asbestos, not least in the diversity of their buildings, from Victorianera constructions to CLASP buildings (Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme) and 1960s concrete structures, many constructed or refurbished over the decades using asbestos containing materials. There’s clearly concern around asbestos, particularly in ‘live’ environments with high footfall, like schools, hospitals and universities, but there doesn’t need to be, if councils and education authorities have properly managed their asbestos containing materials within their building portfolios, which is mandatory by law under the duty to manage asbestos (contained in regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012*).

Getting it right Even allowing for this mandatory duty, many in the education sector still don’t have a compliant and robust asbestos management plan and often choose to undertake localised refurbishment or maintenance projects without undertaking the proper invasive checks or surveys (helpful guidance can be found in ‘HSG264 - Asbestos: The survey guide’** from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)) by qualified, competent and ideally UKAS-accredited asbestos consultants. This has caused an increasing and often publicised problem of work being undertaken by unregulated and even uninsured tradesmen.

Work to remove or encapsulate ACMs must be carried out by a competent and vetted asbestos removal contractor. For most higherrisk work with asbestos, that contractor must also have an HSE licence.

Work to remove or encapsulate ACMs must be carried out by a competent and vetted asbestos removal contractor. For most higherrisk work with asbestos, that contractor must also have an HSE licence. Most local authorities have framework contracts or approved lists in place with pre-vetted, wellestablished and qualified asbestos specialists that schools, whether under LA control or not, can and should tap into, and there are other enabling frameworks in operation with competent contractors available to all educational establishments. Cutting corners or failing to seek suitably qualified contractors should never be an option. There is much misinformation around asbestos and kneejerk reactions to asbestos – “Don’t mention the ‘A’ word!” – are common. That’s why it’s important to engage everyone in the asbestos discussion within your properties to ensure a better understanding for all; ACMs are perfectly fine to leave in situ if they are in good condition and managed properly. Interestingly, the sight of an asbestos specialist’s vehicle on school grounds can make people nervous, with parents known to keep their children off school as a result. However, it must be stressed again that schools that do contain asbestos that is managed properly are in fact safe environments and the presence of a competent asbestos consultant and removal contractor is actually evidence of correct procedures and good practice being carried out. Rhodar operates clear lines of communication with schools and universities to ensure full agreement of working processes and timescales so that staff, students and parents can be kept fully informed.

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Rhodar has extensive experience of working within all educational building types and environments, including local authority schools, private schools, academies, colleges and universities. These are often complex environments working in multiple-use buildings and departments including chemistry labs, leisure facilities, plant rooms

Asbestos Focus by contractors involved in the new ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) school building programme, with 400 new schools being built each year and legacy buildings being stripped of ACMs and demolished. Every day’s a school day Due to initiatives like CLASP, which led to hundreds of asbestos-containing ‘prefabricated’ structures being built between the 1950s and 1980s to address a schools shortage and increase capacities in universities in the UK, there is still a wide range of asbestos containing material in the UK education building portfolio. This is a challenge which can only be fixed by open and clear communication and collaboration between the specialist consultants, contractor, the institution, local authorities and parents. and high-rise classroom blocks, with most projects undertaken in shutdown and holiday periods to tight deadlines - low-key working with effective segregation in busy locations is often essential in term-time, too. When seeking an experienced asbestos removal contractor in educational estates, there are specialist frameworks including university purchasing consortia such as the NEUPC, NWUPC, SUPC and LUPC, that will assist estates and procurement teams if

they don’t already have a formal contracted specialist in place. Schools are still high on the agenda for the government and Rhodar’s experience and knowledge gained on previous government backed schemes, such as Building Schools for the Future (BSF), PSPB2 schemes and the academies programme can aid nominated responsible people in choosing the right specialist in schools. Our services are now becoming increasingly engaged

As new schools are built and universities regenerate, this poses a significant ongoing challenge for local authorities, educational institutions and reputable contractors to take a more positive and proactive approach to tackling asbestos in the right and proper way. For every new school built there’s usually an existing structure to deal with safely, but instead of seeing an asbestos vehicle as a cause for alarm, let’s instead see it as a sign of good practice and proper procedures to the benefit of all.

FREEFOAM LAUNCH NEW VINYL FLOORING Freefoam Building Products are delighted to announce the launch of a Luxury Vinyl Composite Flooring system, KlicKer Flooring. The newest generation of high quality resilient luxury vinyl flooring manufactured with three layers to create a solid long lasting 5.85mm board resistant to abrasion and impact. With a base layer of 1.5mm pre-attached IXPE underlay, a middle layer of rigid 3.8mm Bamboo PVC Composite and top layer of protected vinyl KlicKer flooring is a product designed to withstand the rigors of today’s homes and commercial properties.

Designed with installers in mind KlicKer flooring is quick, easy and straightforward to fit. Expertly engineered with a Valinge style fitting system to click and lock both short and long sides of boards or tiles - meaning no glue is required. Incredibly flexible for refurbishment purposes, flooring can be fitted over existing concrete, ceramic or wood flooring. Suitable for use in a wide variety of situations KlicKer flooring comes with stability built in. Incorporating a top vinyl layer to give an extremely stable product with high resistance to drop loads, static loads, temperature fluctuation and guaranteed to be 100% waterproof.

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Carl Rutter, New Business Manager, explained “We’re delighted to introduce this flooring range. Our customers want to be able to augment their existing range of low maintenance, long lasting, exterior building products to offer these same benefits for interior products. KlicKer flooring gives them the opportunity to enter new markets and grow sales to new audiences” 13/12/2018 12:15:06

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Available in a choice of 610mm x 305mm tiles or 1200mm x 181mm planks KlicKer flooring comes in a wide variety of finishes including Onyx, Slate, Concrete and Wood effect.

KlicKer flooring gives specifiers, installers and homeowners a flooring product that offers low maintenance, hard wearing and long lasting value for today’s homes.


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Canadian Vinyl, The Original and Still the Best. Royal Siding is a high quality product, non-toxic and non-flammable. The product is made by extruding polyvinyl chloride homopolymer resin blended with exclusive DURA technology impact modifiers; the result is an extremely tough, long last cladding. It is resistant to changes in outside temperature’s, ranging from -30C to 50C. Due to its unique interlocking design, it can withstand adverse weather conditions and extreme winds. It won’t go brittle, rust nor corrode. The product does not creak and groan wth temperature changes unlike conventional cladding. It comes in a fabulous range of colours, varying from pastel shades to dark, with a wood grain profile. The colour is saturated through the product so it doesn’t fade. It is virtually maintenance free requiring only the occasional wash down to keep it looking good. It provides thermal insulation of up to 30%, not only saving heat and money but due to its design it keeps your walls dry thanks to its unique system of ventilation. The product is fully recyclable and has been confirmed in practice for more than 20 years. Certified to meet/exceed ASTM D3679 standards. Residentiel Vinyl Cladding Limited Telephone: 00 44 1767 676100 Fax: 00 44 1767 676105


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Formica Group, a leading global manufacturer of surfacing products continues its innovative approach to rainscreen cladding, with the introduction of new VIVIX® Lap high performance exterior weatherboard cladding. VIVIX Lap is a modern alternative to wood and fibre cement plank cladding, providing great looks, quick and simple installation and requiring little ongoing maintenance. Pre-cut VIVIX Lap planks are applied in an overlap arrangement, providing a classic cladding style, with a modern twist. Aimed at residential and commercial audiences, including installers and self-builders, VIVIX Lap planks can be applied to everything from new build housing and renovation projects, garden offices, sheds and garages, to commercial business parks and retail outlets. Lightweight, easy to install and moisture resistant, VIVIX Lap cladding does not require pre or post installation treatments or need to be painted during its lifetime. A simple screw fixed solution, fixings are concealed by the next overlapping plank to create, sleek, clean lines. A range of complementary colour matched finishing profiles and trims are available to create the perfect finish. Versatile, VIVIX Lap cladding is a cost effective way to improve the look and efficiency of older buildings, as it can be installed into existing schemes and can be designed to include additional insulation. VIVIX Lap planks can also be used to fully clad new builds or create a design feature alongside materials such as brick, render or glass. VIVIX Lap comes in packs of four, 2990mm (length) by 180mm (height) planks, in a 6mm thickness, which can be applied directly onto the cladding support frame or cut to size/site modified if required, with minimal dust or mess. VIVIX Lap is a complete weatherboard cladding system.

Marley Eternit launches new Lead Replacement Roll to save roofers time and money Marley Eternit is launching Flexfast, its new Universal Lead Replacement Roll, which can be used to create a water-tight seal and effective flashing at all abutments, including walls, chimneys and dormers. With similar aesthetics and rigidity to lead, the new adhesive roll is a cost saving alternative, which is also much quicker and easier to install than the traditional solution. The ongoing loss of skills in the roofing sector, as a result of the labour shortage and ageing workforce, means there is a clear need for manufacturers to develop easy-to-fix products. The new Universal Lead Replacement Roll has been designed and developed as a time saving solution, that doesn’t require specialist lead fitting skills. During the development process for the new dry fix product, Marley Eternit carried out extensive installation tests on a number of different roll materials, before selecting the one with the highest adhesive performance and flexibility. As a result, Flexfast features an ultra-sticky, UV and age resistant, Butyl adhesive backing to ensure a quick and secure fix. Manufactured from creped coated aluminium, the new roll is reinforced with metal grid for strength and rigidity, but it can actually stretch up to 60%, so can be moulded to even the deepest profile tiles.

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As well as being a cheaper option, the new Universal Lead Replacement Roll is up to 80% lighter than its lead equivalent, making it easier to handle and reducing health and safety risks. Adding to Marley Eternit’s existing comprehensive range of accessories and roofing components, including Universal dry verge, GRP valleys, underlays, JB Red roofing battens and much more, the new Lead Replacement Roll can be purchased individually or as part of a full roof system. For further information, visit

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People on the move Opening doors for GEZE UK throughout Scotland GEZE UK has strengthened its Automatic Door Systems team with the recent appointment of John Clark, who joins the renowned manufacturer of door and window systems as area sales manager, covering Scotland.


upporting GEZE UK’s planned growth north of the border, John will focus on developing first-class customer relationships, analysing and proposing technical solutions from the company’s extensive automatic door range and providing first-level contact for incoming enquiries.

With a strong track record in automatic door sales, including experience working for Gilgen Door Systems, DSS Automatic Doors and Record UK, John joins GEZE UK’s team in Scotland at a pivotal time of change. He believes that a strong product portfolio - including what he describes as the “favourite choice of architects, the aesthetically pleasing 70mm Slimdrive

automatic operator” - gives GEZE “a major edge over competitors.” Furthermore, the introduction of new product lines, together with ongoing investment in the business, make this an exciting time to join the company. GEZE UK’s Scottish office in Cambuslang has over the past eighteen months appointed a new General Manager, Project Estimator and Area Sales Manager for Specification/ Ironmongery. Whilst John is keen to forge relationships with both current customers and new contacts, he equally looks forward to working with and developing close bonds with his GEZE UK colleagues. In his own words, he hopes to: “strengthen existing relationships and nurture new company friendships to form longstanding reciprocal business opportunities.” Said Andy Howland, Sales and Marketing Director for GEZE UK: “We are delighted to have John join the team. He has vast experience in the sector and will be a great asset to the company. John, along with the new additions to the team brings significant industry and technical experience which I’m sure will complement the existing services and customer care afforded to our current and future customers by our Cambuslang team.”

Aliva UK expands sales team with continued growth Aliva UK has expanded the sales team at its Warrington office in line with development plans for the business.


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he UK leader in facades and interior finishes has brought Christian Price onto the team as a Sales Estimator, while Jan Astall joins as Sales Co-ordinator. They join Justin Price, Sales Director and Ben Edmondson, Technical Manager at the Northern office near Warrington. The hires complete a growing Aliva UK team that includes six specialist consultants in rainscreen cladding and insulated render.


Aliva’s expansion comes at a pivotal time for the company. The new staff will support a range of large-scale projects, including a multi-million-pound contract in Salford to install striking ceramic and rainscreen cladding on the luxury 24-storey X1 development and the renovation of the 1960s Fabric House tower block in Cheadle Hulme, with a new brick slip and render design. Astall will support both new and existing

customers, providing a pivotal role to the UK sales team and keeping the Northern office running efficiently. She has extensive experience in client services and sales support. With five years of experience at leading render and cladding manufacturers, Price will be responsible for generating high quality, accurate and detailed design packages and costing estimates. The Aliva team has also recently completed

a ‘golden gateway’ for Europe’s biggest retail park at Edge Lane in Liverpool. Utilising 3,000sqm of shimmering anodised aluminium in nine shades of gold through bronze to silver, the £100million shopping park provides an eye-catching welcome to visitors to the city. Other notable Northern projects include the award winning curved insulated render for the Moneypenny Headquarters in Wrexham, and the gold aluminium mesh Grafton Street car park in Manchester.

People on the move Aggregate Industries means business with new head of RMX and asphalt divisions Leading construction materials supplier, Aggregate Industries has strengthened its asphalt and ready-mixed concrete division with the high-profile appointment of new Head of Business Development, Joanne Wilkins.


rising star in the construction industry, Joanne brings with her an extraordinary track record of successfully delivering product development and growth strategies, having spent over 11 years with construction giant Carillion, most recently as Product Development Director. Already active in her new position at Aggregate Industries, Joanne is tasked with driving sales and development of the firm’s market leading asphalt and concrete performance products, as well as spearheading the growth of value added services. With Aggregate Industries recently named

as ‘Endorsed Employer of Women’ by WORK180, a pioneering jobs platform that pre-screens employers to ensure they support women’s careers, Joanne is passionate about supporting the company’s ambitious plans to build a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Commenting on her appointment, Joanne said: “I am delighted to join the Aggregate Industries team and look forward to further developing the strong, customer focused culture that the asphalt and ready-mix concrete business is already renowned for. My focus will be on collaborative planning,

bringing both teams closer together and using our in-depth market and product knowledge to drive sustainable growth opportunities. “The infrastructure sector will continue to be a key area of growth for Aggregate Industries over the coming years. As such, by providing real innovation through a truly diverse workforce, pioneering products and value added services, we hope to build on our position as the supply partner of choice on some of the country’s most ambitious projects.”

New Commercial Assistant joins a growing team at DHF DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has announced it has welcomed a new member of staff to the team!


ommercial Assistant, Jaspreet Thiara, will support the marketing function, and in particular, Patricia SowsberyStevens, who was confirmed as the organisation’s Commercial Manager in September. Jaspreet will be responsible for undertaking marketing administrative duties and managing DHF’s website and growing social media presence. She joins a thriving team at the federation which has enjoyed one of its most successful years to date. The creation of a new Commercial Department just last month has highlighted the organisation’s continuing growth, especially its training offering. In September, DHF moved its head office premises to ‘The Barn’ at ‘Shuttington Fields Farm’, a larger office space with a state-of-theart Training Academy, demonstrating its continued commitment to training.

“I was very excited to learn I had secured the position at DHF and believe I can assist the development of the organisation,” says Jaspreet. “It really is my dream role and I was so happy when they offered it to me! I look forward to contributing my skills, working hard with the team and helping DHF in continuing to add value for its members.” “We heartily welcome Jaspreet to DHF and look forward to benefiting from her digital marketing experience,” said Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “2018 has been an outstanding year for DHF across every extent of the organisation and I know that, with Jaspreet’s assistance, we will continue to grow successfully and maintain our position as the UK’s foremost trade association in the areas that we serve.”

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With a BA Honours degree in Media, Communication and Drama, Jaspreet originally pursued an acting career, participating in local theatre productions and street theatre, and even spending time in Los Angeles, before a career in

marketing beckoned. Previous roles have included Social Media Manager at fashion brand, Forever Devine and marketing agency, SEM Consultants; Website Administrator/Marketing Assistant at Cousins Furniture and organising a fashion show event in aid of breast cancer, raising more than £500.00.


Tools, Plant & Equipment Snickers Workwear New High-Performance ALLroundWork Jackets

Performance and comfort at work are integral features of this new range of Winter Jackets. Top athletes have long enjoyed the benefits of performance wear - now professional craftsmen and women can too with Snickers Workwear’s new range of high-performance winter jackets. These new ALLroundWork Jackets are just what the name suggests. There’s a selection of super–lightweight 37.5® Jackets, Windproof Shell Jackets, Hi-Vis and Waterproof Jackets plusParkas that all have the features and functionality that you’d expect in Snickers working clothes. They’re great looking garments that will keep you looking and feeling comfy wherever you are and whatever you’re doing at work in cold weather. With street-smart, contemporary designs, Snickers Workwear ALLroundWork garments are well known for their contemporary designs packed with must-have features that focus on fit, comfort and freedom of movement as well as using innovative fabrics that deliver long lasting protection. To get more information on the Snickers range of Next Generation Work Jackets is easy - call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out and download a digital catalogue; or email

SITEPOWER UK - CONNECT & GO Sitepower UK have launched their latest 10 KVA construction site transformer, nick named the “Connect & Go” it is fully manoeuvrable as it has 4 strong and lockable castors, the 230 volt input socket allows for instant connection as all internal wiring is already in situ. Both 1 phase and 3 phase versions are available. Site Power UK have also provided 2 extra 110 V internal terminals via a separate MCB panel for fixed 110V lighting. 2019 is destined to be a big year for the company as it will be moving into a larger and purpose built factory to make them more efficient and speed the development of new and innovative transformer products. You can find them at and direct calls to free sales line 0800 9991103.


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Safety eyewear specialist Riley® has highlighted its STREAMTM safety glasses as one of the most popular in its range for the construction sector. Ultra lightweight and metal-free, providing a perfect blend of safety, style and comfort, the STREAMTM safety glasses benefit from a number of innovative features to complement the impact-resistant F-rated polycarbonate protective lenses including: • TECTON 400 K&N Rated - anti-scratch, anti-fog moisture repellent coating applied to both sides of the lenses • Soft, adjustable, anti-slip nose bridge • Flexible temple tips • Co-injected bi-colour thermoplastic rubber temples providing a secure fit • Slim temples to enhance comfort when worn with ear defenders • Lateral protection • UV 400 Protection

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• Optional soft inner frame seal for closer facial fit


Riley’s TempFLEX™ system – flexible, Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) side arms and temple tips give an exceptional feeling of comfort around the ears, gripping securely, whilst the inclinable temple mechanism, adjustable nose bridge and length adjustable temples, enable the wearer to create a high comfort, tailored fit for their individual face shape.

designed for different working environments and conditions and three frame colour options – Red, Green or Blue.

and give the wearer the flexibility to adjust the fit to their own needs,” said Peter Bartholomew, Riley Product and Brand Development Director.

The robust polycarbonate wraparound lens, fitted as standard, gives a clear panoramic view and ensures high performance protection from impacts, delivering perfect optical quality in accordance with EN166. There are also a number of lens options available

“In a short space of time, our Riley® range of safety glasses and goggles have made a real impact and in particular the STREAM™ range. Quality is key to the range with Polycarbonate lenses as standard as well as a number of key innovations that enhance comfort

To request a sample of Riley® STREAMTM or to find out more about the benefits of the range visit call the Riley team on 0161 877 4747 or email

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Project News Grade A-listed building gets a breath of fresh air – thanks to Waterloo Five hundred staff have moved into a flagship council office building in Dumbarton following a £15.4m refurbishment.


he modern conservation project, aimed at breathing new life into the centre of Dumbarton, replaces the previously inefficient, outdated and dilapidated Garshake building on the outskirts of town. The new council office in Scotland was once a significant historical landmark called Burgh Hall and Dumbarton Academy. Inside, as part of the works to the public and civic areas within the Grade A -listed façade, air distribution products were supplied by expert manufacturers Waterloo Air Products plc.

Waterloo’s small format linear slot diffusers are highly suited to variable volume applications due to the excellent low flow rate air diffusion characteristics and high air handing capacity. Consideration also had to be given to the three floors of office space which are organised around a central atrium – the social heart of the building. Waterloo’s linear slot diffusers are perfect for a prestigious project of this kind, but because of their versatility, they can also be expertly fitted into residential and industrial sites.

Beyond its welcoming public service desk, multi-use civic space, training and meeting rooms, and a new office building to the rear, a state-of-the-art variable ventilation system was installed in the new facility.

The building was subject to a rigorous consolidation and repair strategy and was supported by a £500,000 grant from Historical Environment Scotland. Thanks to the funding, it was possible to retain the infamous William Leiper-designed academy façade and create a modern workplace inside.

In a building of this size, it was imperative to control the air flow to maintain the right comfort levels throughout the office’s main entrance, reception, civic space and training rooms.

The project in Dumbarton, was identified as a hotspot to help regenerate the town centre. In a conscious effort to bring the local High Street back to life, no canteen was created for staff. The aim of this was to encourage staff to

visit the High Street and use local shops and cafes. Since relocating, many retail units in the High Street have now been leased, a project for 150 new affordable homes has started on site and a leading supermarket has received planning permission for a new commercial development.

£3 MILLION POLICE STATION REVAMP RECEIVES ROYAL VISIT A POLICE station has been officially opened by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales after being transformed into a contemporary build fit for 21st century policing.


he Prince of Wales visited King’s Lynn Police Station on Thursday, 29 November to tour its modern new facilities, meet the officers and staff and see some of the new equipment used by the force.

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The new station was delivered by independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard and national construction company Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure.


Paul Darlow, regional director at Pick Everard – which provided full, multi-disciplinary services for the project – said: “We are delighted to have worked on transforming such a significant building in the heart of King’s Lynn into a stateof-the-art station, which caters for modern policing needs. “The original police station, built between 1953 and 1955, was in need of modernisation. The works have given the building a new lease of life on the inside while its historic exterior

has been maintained for years to come. This modernisation has enabled the police force to provide an enhanced service to the community, while also delivering greater cost efficiencies.” £3.1 million has been spent on renovating the St James Street building, which has improved facilities for response and Safer Neighbourhood Team officers, forensic services, criminal investigation department (CID), offender rehabilitation teams and multi-agency teams. Paul added: “The original police station was too big for the force’s current requirements so it was decided that the building needed to be reduced and remodelled to provide modern, high-quality accommodation for its officers with lots of natural daylight. We have designed a contemporary building, which features texturised stainless steel cladding and treated hardwood. Buff brick and feature stone cornices were also incorporated into the designs, sitting within the building’s facade to ensure it complements nearby buildings. “The open-plan office space allows the police force to work more closely together, while special side rooms for victims and witnesses provide privacy and protection when needed. There is also a conference room with video calling technology and hot desks, giving officers the opportunity to work remotely.” Saul Humphrey, managing director of Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure’s east region, said: “King’s Lynn Police Station is a

Project News Willmott Dixon’s makes Alexandra Palace history Willmott Dixon marked completion of its two year restoration of the East Wing of Alexandra Palace with a staff meeting that was only the second event in this famous part of the building in 80 years!


he company’s team met to celebrate the opening of the Grade II listed heritage restoration project that saw the East Wing renewed with the theatre brought back to life to provide a venue for shows, opera, plays and ballet. There is also new public space at the East Wing entrance to sit and marvel at one of London’s most iconic buildings. The principal behind the work was ‘arrested decay’ – where Willmott Dixon stabilized the 80 years of decay, keeping the appearance of the theatre similar to when it closed but making it structurally sound and fit for another 100 years.

Willmott Dixon worked on parts of the building untouched for 80 years. In addition to stabilizing the structure and the ceiling, the entire floor was lifted up and levelled with all of the 1,200 original floorboards re-laid. The stage was strengthened and around 2,000 bricks were reclaimed and used elsewhere at the Palace as part of a recycling exercise.

During the course of the restoration project,

The completed theatre space can now

accommodate 1,300 people standing and sitting, although 800-900 will be more typical, with the stage area ready for another 100 years of entertainment. Alexandra Palace follows similar work Willmott Dixon is carrying out to iconic buildings such as Old Admiralty Building and, recently, creating a new home for the Design Museum at the former Commonwealth Institute.

Jet Environmental awarded most prestigious project to date Jet Environmental Systems Ltd, the leading UK provider of warehouse temperature control systems has been awarded its largest and most prestigious project since the company was founded in 1981.


he project, located at East Midlands Gateway close to East Midlands Airport is a multi temperature confectionary warehouse totalling 25,000sqm floor area and a staggering 35m height. Jet Environmental is proud to be awarded the project by Northampton based Winvic Construction Limited after a rigorous design

key asset for the force and we’re pleased and proud to have utilised our project team’s expertise to deliver this future-fit station, which will enable our policewomen and men to carry out their duties in a purpose-built environment. It was a great honour to welcome The Prince of Wales to King’s Lynn and we hope he enjoyed his tour of this excellent station.”

Norfolk Constabulary chief constable Simon Bailey said: “Norfolk, in particular the west of the county,

Jason Hibbs, Jet Environmental’s Managing Director commented: “Jet Environmental is very proud to be awarded this project and of its supply chain relationship with Winvic Construction Limited. The award illustrates recognition of the value of our technical

has close associations with the Royal Family and it was a great pleasure to have HRH The Prince of Wales officially open the station in what will be a very memorable occasion for those involved. The modernisation of police buildings is a key part of our effort to improve efficiencies within the force and provide a cost-effective solution, compared to maintaining costly buildings which will no longer fulfil the needs of a modern police force. The reduction of floor space in Lynn will save the force £50k a year.” Pick Everard employs more than 500 staff across its 11 UK offices, providing a range of project, cost and design consultancy services.

leadership, project management and contracting abilities.”

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Staff moved back into the station earlier this year, having been housed in temporary accommodation while the building work – which took almost a year to complete – was carried out.

and selection process that included the end client, consultants and many technical and commercial stakeholders.


CROWN GOES BACK TO SCHOOL WITH NOVUS Crown Paints has donated a selection of its most popular paint products to create a vibrant learning hub as part of a community make-over project organised by national contractor, Novus Property Solutions.


he project involved refurbishing a dilapidated prefab building for Bromley Pensnett Primary School in Birmingham, to create the new Novus Learning Hub which will become a valuable resource for the wider community as well as school pupils and staff. It will be used for a range of activities including meetings with social workers and health visitors, theatre group rehearsals, community coffee mornings and a toddler playgroup. The project, which took 15 operatives two weeks to complete, was delivered by Novus as part of its ‘Big Five’ competition to celebrate five years since the company rebranded to Novus Property Solutions. Bromley Pensnett Primary School was selected out of all the applications in the West Midlands area, as the new Learning Hub will directly impact the whole community, not just the school itself. Crown Paints stepped in to help Novus complete the project with the Crown Decorating Centre in Dudley delivering

The new Novus Learning Hub features a striking orange and grey interior colour scheme to reflect Novus’ distinctive branding with the paint donated all colour-matched by Crown Decorating Centre staff to the specific RAL reference codes specified.

the products needed; Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell; Crown Trade Vinyl Matt; Crown Trade’s Fastflow Quick Dry Primer Undercoat and Gloss and Sadolin Superdec. The new Novus Learning Hub features a striking orange and grey interior colour scheme to reflect Novus’ distinctive branding with the paint donated all colour-matched by Crown Decorating Centre staff to the specific RAL reference codes specified.

system combines the performance characteristics of an oil-based system with all the benefits of water-based technology, offering excellent flow, wet-edge retention and workability to minimise brush marks, whilst giving a high-quality, high-sheen finish that is durable. Crown Trade’s Fastflow range can be mixed to any colour and for this project the specific Novus grey RAL code was specified.

The walls were painted using Crown Trade Acrylic Eggshell in bright Novus orange. Formulated to provide a highly durable washable finish, it’s the perfect partner for a school setting - ensuring the Novus Learning Hub will stay bright and clean for years to come. Crown Trade Vinyl Matt, which is easy to apply and quick drying, was used in white for the ceilings for a flat non-reflective finish.

The outside of the building also received a full make-over, transforming it from its previously neglected state after laying empty for five years. Sadolin Superdec was used on the new timber skirt around the bottom of the building as well as the railings leading up to the entrance, specified in the same Novus grey.

The interior woodwork, including the skirting boards and architraves around the doors, was painted using Crown Trade’s Fastflow Quick Dry Gloss, following the application of undercoat. The Fastflow

In addition, during the two-week long project, the building was also fully landscaped outside, with the steps leading to both external doors rebuilt and new signage created. The Novus team installed a new roof, new PVC external cladding, new internal and external doors, a new heating system and new kitchenette area. Darren Bowkett, operations manager at Novus Property Solutions said: “Giving back to the communities we operate in is important to the team at Novus. We wanted to reflect this in our Big Five initiative and the Bromley Pensnett community hub renovation has helped us achieve that.

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“We’re grateful to Crown Paints for its generous donation and all of our suppliers for their help in making the community hub a building that people in the area can make the most of.”


OSMO REVIVES WEATHERED TIMBER CLADDING The owner of a two-storey property in Brighton was looking for a wood finish to revive the exterior timber cladding on his family home. After hearing about Osmo UK’s reputation for good quality sustainable finishes, she knew that its products would not only provide a long-lasting finish, but that it would enhance the natural character of the wood.


achel Forrest felt that the timber shiplap on the front and rear of her home was beginning to look dull and tired, and wanted to find a wood finish that would rejuvenate the existing cladding and keep it in good condition for years to come.

The project took two days to complete, with only one coat required to achieve

“I was looking for a product that would protect the exterior cladding from harsh weather conditions” comments Rachel Forrest. “Osmo UK UV-Protection-Oil has brought the weathered timber back to life. I’m really impressed with the overall finish – the timber has retained its colour extremely well.” The UV-Protection-Oil range consists of active ingredients to eliminate algae and fungal decay and provide optimal protection against the sun’s UV rays. By absorbing into the wood, the oil allows the surface to remain healthy and elastic, preventing it from drying

“I was looking for a product that would protect the exterior cladding from harsh weather conditions. Osmo UK UVProtection-Oil has brought the weathered timber back to life. I’m really impressed with the overall finish – the timber has retained its colour extremely well.”

and becoming brittle. The oil will also not crack, flake, peel or blister. Ideal for exterior decking, it provides a satin, clear finish that not only protects the wood surface it can also enhance the natural look of the wood. For raw wood application, two coats need to be applied, with just one required for surface renewal. Dry after just 12 hours, Osmo UK UV-ProtectionOil will provide a durable protection from UV rays whilst ensuring the exterior timber looks refreshed and new for years to come.

For more information and to view the complete product range, visit

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Rachel chose Osmo UK UV-ProtectionOil in 420 Clear. Specially designed to maintain the natural colouring of the wood, this product is ideal for exterior joinery as it slows down the greying process. Not only does this finish protect against harsh weather damage, but it also prevents algae, mildew and fungal attacks.

the desired finish. A flat brush was used to apply the oil to the exterior cladding, which provided a thin, even coverage.


FUTUREBUILD 2019: THE CHALLENGES FOR HOUSING Futurebuild is the leading built environment event for construction professionals to learn, be inspired and do business. Taking place from 05-07 March 2019, the event will focus on tackling the biggest challenges impacting the industry, and will be a unique destination for visitors to gain unrivalled insight and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials.


eveloped in conjunction with renowned, industry leading partners, Futurebuild will provide over 500 hours of structured learning across an inspiring conference programme and nine CPD-accredited seminar streams – all completely free of charge. Time For Action – Meeting challenges and making commitments Central to Futurebuild is the ecobuild conference, which will inspire visitors to take action on the most pressing challenges through insights and learnings from leading experts. With an overarching theme of ‘Time For Action’, the conference sessions will be collaborative forums where visitors will develop plans for implementing change and proposing action for a more sustainable future. Futurebuild will be the platform where 13 challenges are tackled, including ‘The Environment Challenge – how can we enhance the environment in a post-Brexit world?’, ‘The Quality Challenge – why can’t

As an official UK Government Innovation Partner, Futurebuild will be hosting the Innovation Zone with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. At the Zone, BEIS will be showcasing the work of the Energy Innovation Programme and demonstrating how it is delivering the Clean Growth Strategy.

we build better buildings?’ and ‘The Housing Challenge – why have we still got a housing crisis?’. New and exclusive features Outside the conference arena, Futurebuild will be bolstered by a range of new and exclusive partnerships and features. As an official UK Government Innovation Partner, Futurebuild will be hosting the Innovation Zone with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. At the Zone, BEIS will be showcasing the work of the Energy Innovation Programme and demonstrating how it is delivering the Clean Growth Strategy. Focusing on true innovation, it will provide a platform for investment and knowledge exchange across three areas: a dedicated three-day seminar series; an exhibition featuring innovative companies BEIS and Innovative UK has provided funding to; and a ‘Business Bar’ in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network – providing

1-to-1 advice and support on accessing funding. New for 2019 is the Knowledge Forum – a dedicated area where industry-leading partners, academia and professional bodies will offer a comprehensive look at the biggest issues facing the built environment. Hosting CPD workshops, the Knowledge Forum will provide useful solutions and guidance for visitors. The Waste Zone will return with new and expanded features, including the new Circular Economy Hub. Curated by architect, academic and author Duncan Baker-Brown, the area will take a unique beach hut format and showcase how waste can be a valuable industry resource. Future trends, products and materials In addition, over 500 market-leading brands and organisations from across the globe – including Internorm, Mapei, ROCKWOOL, RIBA and ICE – will be showcasing their latest innovations and contributing to the extensive knowledge programme. To ensure visitors gain a truly immersive and in-depth experience across all areas of the industry, these exhibitors will be hosted across six curated Hubs – each grouped around a key aspect of the built environment, from offsite and interiors, to urban infrastructure and materials.

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Each Hub will include unique feature attractions and a concentrated education programme hosted by a relevant sectorspecific authority. They will also host a variety of new and expanded pavilions and attractions including: the BEIS Innovation Zone, the City Walk, Made In Britain, Vision @ Futurebuild, the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) pavilion, mindful Materials pavilion, the Home of the Future by Tufeco, the RIBA Stand designed by Gundry + Ducker, and many more.


To register for your free, three-day ticket, visit:

The future of the built environment @FuturebuildNow

Introducing Futurebuild 2019

will provide you with insight, innovation and inspiration in a packed three day programme including an exhibition of future-focused brands, a conference, seminars, workshops, showcases and much more!

Futurebuild is the evolution of ecobuild and fulfilment of the bold vision for the future that we first announced following the acquisition of the event at the end of 2016. Futurebuild 2019 brings together opinionshapers, decision-makers and product innovators under a common purpose to explore the latest technologies and approaches, and debate the biggest issues facing the built environment – now and in the future – both in the UK and overseas.

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Events News Surface Design Show 2019 From 5-7 February Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.


urface Design Show 2019 will feature some 40 talks from over 50 industry professionals across three stages; The Main Stage, Stone Hub and Light Talks. Over 150 exhibitors will showcase an exciting range of products including natural stone, acoustics, recycled materials, living walls and architectural lighting. Returning exhibitors include BluePrint Ceramics, Texaa and Nordcell, and new to the show are exhibitors Lumino Lighting, Artistic License and Ober Surfaces. Since 2013 the show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The awards distinguish the best and most interesting exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable, and temporary

structures. The 2019 awards received entries from across Europe, the USA, Australia, China, Korea and India. The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories. Of the finalists from the Commercial Interior category is the Urbanest Tower Bridge project by Quail, a refurbishment of the communal spaces within the student accommodation building near the Tower of London. The judges admired the sculptural element of the reception wall covered with three dimensional concrete tiles. The awards presentation at #SDS19 will take place on the morning of Thursday 7 February.

• Jeremy Offer, Chief Creative Officer at Arrival • James Soane, Director at Project Orange • Cany Ash, Partner at Ash Sakula Architects • Roz Barr, Director at Roz Barr Architects Registration for Surface Design Show is now open.

The 2019 judging panel: • Christophe Egret, Founding Partner at Studio Egret West • Paul Priestman, Chairman at Priestman Goode • Paul Edwards, Head of Creative Design at Airbus • Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Group

Bauder showcases sustainability solutions at Futurebuild Leading flat roof manufacturer, Bauder, will once again be returning to Futurebuild at the ExCEL in March. After the success of last years’ exhibition, Bauder is thrilled to be returning to one of the industry’s most prominent exhibitions with an exciting new flat roofing system. Bauder provides a range of flat roof waterproofing solutions to make buildings watertight, insulation

for thermal efficiency, solar PV arrays for renewable energy generation and green roofs to support the environment and create better living and working spaces for people. Bauder’s most recent addition to its solution offerings is BauderBLUE. This blue roof system has been developed to alleviate flooding in flood sensitive areas in accordance with SuDS legislation. Nigel Blacklock, Bauder’s technical director, spoke at the launch last year.

“With the introduction of the SuDS legislation and the subsequent requirements for developments in built up and flood sensitive areas, the evolution of our ever-popular green roof system was a natural process. Using rooftop and podium solutions will address the excess water issue at source by providing the necessary drainage to ensure structural integrity along with regulation compliance and optimal waterproofing “

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At this year’s Futurebuild, Bauder will be showcasing its full range of waterproofing solutions including bituminous, single ply, cold liquid applied and hot melt systems along with the full insulation offering. The main feature will be the Bauder BioSOLAR system which is a revolutionary solar PV mounting system for biodiverse or extensive green roofs. The system build up will also incorporate BauderBLUE, essentially bringing 3 sustainable solutions together in one system. A key element of the BioSOLAR system is that the front edge of the PV panel is set at around 300mm above the level of the substrate, which allows liberal growing room for the extensive vegetation without blocking light to the polycrystalline solar cells that would otherwise reduce the efficiency of the panels. This height setting also enables light and moisture to reach beneath the panel to support the plants below. The BauderBLUE element is a sustainable drainage method designed to attenuate and manage stormwater on a flat roof over a 24-hour period via a restrictive flow outlet.


Bauder will be exhibiting on stand D100 from 5th-7th March 2019. Our product managers and flat roof technicians for waterproofing, insulation, green, blue and solar PV solutions will be on hand to discuss current and upcoming projects. We look forward to seeing you there. RRN119017 Bauder Half Page.indd 1

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Refurb Renovation News Issue 35  

Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...

Refurb Renovation News Issue 35  

Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...