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Avinor Oslo Airport awarded the title of best sustainable building in international architecture competition At the prestigious WAN Awards, the international architecture competition in London, a proud architect was able to take home yet another award for the Oslo Airport expansion.


hristian Henriksen, a partner in Nordic — Office of Architecture, represented Team_T, the project group behind the new Oslo airport, at the ceremony.

“This is a win for everyone involved in the project and I would again like to thank our partners in Team_T: COWI, Norconsult, AasJakobsen and engineer Per Rasmussen. We also have to thank NSW Arkitektur, and landscape architects Bjørbekk & Lindheim, not forgetting ÅF-Advansia and everyone else involved”, he said, adding: “But most of all we need to thank Avinor for the wonderful way in which they have worked with us to make this building a success”, said Henriksen, who clearly appreciated the honour. “We are very proud of this award. The recognition that we, the architects and other partners have received for the ‘new Oslo Airport’ shows that we have got a lot of things right. Our job in the future will be to make this building even better and provide great experiences for both passengers and staff”, said the airport’s Managing Director Øyvind Hasaas. This is not the first award which Nordic — Office of Architecture has received for the project. In autumn 2017, the company won the International Project of the Year category at the Building Awards in London, and also presented the project at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin where it was one of a handful of finalists.

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Middlesex University helps build construction talent with unique degree apprenticeships


Middlesex University London is using National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) to remind apprenticeship levypaying organisations in the construction sector that there are degree apprenticeship courses available to them which they can fund through the levy, despite the wait for new degree apprenticeship standards to be approved.


he University is the only institution in the UK that can offer Professional Practitioner in Construction Site Management and Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management under the existing degree apprenticeships framework, using apprenticeship levy funding. Students who enrol on these courses will transfer seamlessly to the new apprenticeships standards when they have been signed-off by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Industry leaders such as Vinci and Interserve are among those which have already taken advantage of the programmes on offer at Middlesex. Darryll Bravenboer, Director of Apprenticeships and Skills at Middlesex University London said: “Middlesex University is in a unique position to be able to meet the needs of organisations in the construction sector who pay the levy right

now and want their employees to be able to access higher level qualifications. “Middlesex University London has years of experience in the sector, having worked collaboratively with industry to develop the existing degree apprenticeships frameworks, and more recently the new standards that are awaiting approval. “At a time when Britain needs to up its productivity and respond to the challenges of Brexit, we urge those construction firms to talk to us about how they can use their levy funds and to reshape their workforces now so they are able to thrive in the future.” During National Apprenticeship Week, Middlesex University is also calling for greater collaboration between the Institute for Apprenticeships, employers and providers to be able to meet the

Latest News Singer and actress join campaign to scrap VAT on safety products in the home Singer Midge Ure and West End actress Carley Stenson are the latest stars to back a campaign to abolish VAT on safety products in the home.


he Government is being urged to scrap the 20% tax on a range of products and services including fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, gas safety checks, fire doors and fire extinguishers.

The Axe Safety Tax initiative has also won the support of a number of MPs and other celebrities including former England footballers Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler. The TV presenter Paddy McGuinness has also added his voice to the campaign. The campaign has been prompted by a number of facts including:

t 1.5 million households in England do not have a smoke alarm t 4,000 people in England are hospitalised each

year due to carbon monoxide poisoning

t Almost 2,500 electrical fire incidents are reported every year

t Low income families are most at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning as they cannot afford to service, repair or replace gas appliances. Paul Durose, CEO of safety tech company Gas Tag, which initiated the Axe Safety Tax campaign, said: “At a time when safety in the home is so high on the political agenda, it is a disgrace that safety products are taxed as if they were luxury items. “In sharp contrast, annual MOT inspections which are also intended to save lives are zerorated.”

Small sites and small builders will build homes faster, says FMB The best way to speed up housing delivery is to get more small builders back into the market and focus more attention on the potential of smaller sites, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


n response to the Prime Minister’s speech, Building a Britain fit for future, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Small sites tend to deliver more quickly and smaller builders, for whom short term financing is more of a concern, have every incentive to build and sell quickly. More opportunities for these smaller developments will diversify the market, boost capacity and speed up delivery.

Government’s ambitious target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

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Berry continued: “However, we also need to be aware that the pace of building homes cannot be simply dictated. Those whose business is building houses have very few incentives to just sit on land. SME builders in particular have every incentive to build and sell as quickly as they can, so that they can recoup their investment and move on to the next project – nothing else would make financial sense. But developments can be stalled and slowed down for perfectly good reasons – from the financing difficulties which can often affect smaller builders, to downturns in market conditions. Building a house is a very significant investment, and house builders who build without being sure they can sell, don’t stay in business very long.” Berry concluded: “There is reason to push back against developers who have a particularly poor track record of delivery, and those who seek planning permissions purely for speculative purposes, but the Government needs to make sure that rhetoric doesn’t get ahead of reality. It should recognise that attempts to force building at a rate which makes poor commercial sense could end up slowing down delivery. This could end up discouraging rather than incentivising the SME builders and new market entrants we need to diversify the market.”

Construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more, every year, than many of their universityeducated counterparts, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


mall building firms across the UK were asked what they pay their tradespeople and the average annual salaries were as follows:

t Site managers earn £51,266; t Plumbers earn £48,675; t Supervisors earn £48,407; t Electricians earn £47,265; t Civil engineering operatives earn £44,253; t Steel fixers earn £44,174; t Roofers earn £42,303; t Bricklayers earn £42,034; t Carpenters and joiners earn £41,413; t Plasterers earn £41,045; t Scaffolders earn £40,942; t Floorers earn £39,131; t Plant operatives earn £38,409; t Painters and decorators earn £34,587; t General construction operatives earn £32,392. The highest reported annual salary for bricklayers in London was £90,000 a year. However, the UK’s university graduates earn the following average annual salaries:

t Pharmacists earn £42,252; t Dental practitioners earn £40,268; t Architects earn £38,228; t Teachers earn £37,805; t Chartered and certified accountants earn £37,748; t Midwives earn £36,188; t Veterinarians earn £36,446; t Physiotherapists earn £32,065; t Nurses earn £31,867. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said: “Money talks and when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many university graduate roles. The average university graduate in England earns £32,000 a year >>

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In addition to degree apprenticeships in Construction Management, the University offers the Chartered Manager course and is ready to offer B2B Sales once the standards have been approved. It is developing and planning a range of other degree apprenticeships for launch this year – including Digital Technology Solutions Professional; Academic Professional; Senior Leader; and Commercial Airline Pilot – and working with public sector organisations on a contract to develop degree apprenticeships in health, social care, policing and teaching.

The Government has clearly recognised this, and is today setting out a raft of changes to national planning policy that will encourage more small sites to come forward. We particularly welcome the move to ensure that at least 20% of the sites identified for housing in local authority’s plans are smaller sites.”

Construction apprentices will earn more than uni students


Latest News whereas our latest research shows that your average bricky or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK. In London, a bricklayer is commanding wages of up to £90,000 a year. Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move. University students in England will graduate with an average £50,800 of debt, according to The Institute for Fiscal Studies, while apprentices pass the finish line completely debt-free. Not only that, apprentices earn while they learn, taking home around £17,000 a year. We are therefore calling on all parents, teachers and young people, who too-often favour academic education, to give a career in construction serious consideration.” Berry concluded: “The construction industry is in the midst of an acute skills crisis and we are in dire need of more young people, including women and ethnic minorities, to join us. Our latest research shows that more than two-thirds of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers and 63 per cent are having problems hiring carpenters. This is a stark reminder of how the Government’s housing targets could be scuppered by a lack of skilled workers. The FMB is committed to working with the Government to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships because the only way we will build a sustainable skills base is by training more young people, and to a high standard.”

Wales need to do more to attract talent into the construction industry The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts that the construction industry in Wales will grow faster than any other party of the UK.


ccording to CITB, the Welsh construction industry will create 12,250 new jobs between 2018 and 2022. Demand will be particularly high for wood tradespeople, interior fit out staff and service based roles including technical and IT staff, project management and administration.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has often talked about the importance of addressing the skills crisis, calling on the Government to outline an industrial strategy that benefits every region in the country. In order to tackle the skills shortage, apprenticeships need to be better targeted at a regional level, and SMEs should be given more purchasing power so that they are able to develop their own training provisions.

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Many members of the NFB have called for more support in sourcing apprentices for work. Apprenticeships add £1.1 billion to the Welsh economy, with success rates in construction above 80%. In addition, apprentice and education schemes provide insight for young people and access to over 180 different roles available in the industry.


Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: ‘The need to attract talent to the industry in Wales has never been greater given the current shortage of skilled and talented people. Welsh construction companies need to engage young people early on to show them the breadth of opportunities available and must be supported in doing so. Successful apprenticeships and training programmes will boost the economic outlook nationally and benefit local communities.

Edmond Shipway awarded ‘extraordinary’ three star Best Companies accreditation Leading multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, Edmond Shipway, is pleased to announce it has been awarded three star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation, the highest standard for workplace engagement, from employee engagement specialists Best Companies.


he exclusive endorsement is based on the results of an extensive staff survey which collates honest feedback from employees relating to their wellbeing, pay and benefits, opportunities for personal growth and the standard of leadership, as well as a host of other indicators. It recognises firms that truly excel, fostering an environment in which its staff are personally and professionally enabled to operate at the highest possible standard for their clients. Edmond Shipway was further praised for demonstrating a commitment to meaningful employee engagement through its continued investment in its staff via the National Training and Development Plan, the implementation of a strong charity programme and improvements to its induction processes.

As a result of its accreditation the business has, for the first time, earnt a place on the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For list, one of only a handful of East Midlands firms to be featured. It was announced at the annual awards ceremony last night that the company placed at number 41 in the prestigious nationwide tables. David Stevenson, Managing Director of Edmond Shipway, said; “Having achieved “outstanding” status in 2016, I am thrilled that our efforts to improve our engagement processes have been rewarded with this extraordinary accreditation and a place on the Sunday Times Best Companies lists. We are very proud of our staff retention rates and I believe that a key factor in our success has been listening to and working with them to develop a rewarding package of positive engagement policies and great staff benefits.”

Top mechanical & electrical engineering consultancy accredited for cyber security Building Services Design (BSD) has been recognised by a government and industry-backed scheme for its commitment to preventing cyber attacks.


he national firm – which has offices across the UK, from Manchester to London – has achieved national Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, preparing the firm for new data regulations coming into place on 25 May. As an industry and government certified scheme, it recognises that BSD has all of the appropriate measures in place to minimise the risk of cyber attacks and has demonstrated that it is taking necessary measures to protect its own – and its clients – data. “This is another accreditation to our excellent security and we’re delighted to have been recognised for our continued efforts in safeguarding information and protecting our customers’ confidentiality,” said David Featherstone, director at BSD. “With new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into place in May we’re taking all the necessary steps to make sure we’re prepared, working towards having all of the appropriate processes in place. “Customer details are a valuable asset to cyber criminals and we’ve seen large organisations experience serious issues recently with regards to personal information getting into the wrong hands – showing how important it is to maintain high levels of cyber security. We’re committed to maintaining safe systems whereby these details are adequately protected.” There are five technical controls required to come under the Cyber Essentials scheme: firewalls; secure configuration; user access control; malware protection and patch management.

“Public sector frameworks place great importance on this high level of cyber security – having been operating as part of Scape, LGSS as well as acting as part of council and education frameworks for a number of years so we fully understand and appreciate its importance when it comes to working for public sector clients. “As a company, we have been operating across the country for more than 25 years, ensuring we adapt and maintain up-to-date systems, processes and ways of working. “I’d also like to thank New Vision Computing (NVC) for all of its support in achieving this accreditation – the team have done a fantastic job and we couldn’t have done it without them,” continued David.


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Teaching excellence, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency at heart of £30m Kingston School of Art campus refurbishment Workshops and studios spaces at Kingston School of Art are undergoing a major overhaul as part of a refurbishment project due to be completed by 2019. In an extension of the art school ethos that champions collaboration between students across courses, shared flexible spaces will be at the heart of the project, alongside the highest standards of sustainability.


he works will see the exterior of the building receive an aesthetic upgrade while the interior will be transformed to provide the best possible environment for the faculty’s array of designers, artists and architects. Set to be completed by December 2019, the £30m project will provide vastly improved workspaces for students with increased flexibility of studio spaces and efficient use of specialist areas. Kingston University’s Vice-Chancellor Steven Spier said the works will provide the facilities required for the faculty to maintain its world leading status. “The refurbishment at Kingston School of Art demonstrates our commitment to the ethos of thinking through making and the value of studio-based learning,” Professor Spier, a former Dean of the faculty, said. “We are providing a building suitable for the next generation of creative practitioners – across the University we are investing to give students the resources they need to support learning.”

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The 8,100m² building has been designed to the highest technical, sustainable and environmental specifications. The energy efficient design will reduce energy use by the equivalent annual emissions of 21 United Kingdom homes – making an important contribution to the University’s overarching target of a 35 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.


It will meet the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) excellent standard – the international standard for assessing the sustainability in construction – and is currently on track to join an exclusive group of university buildings rated outstanding, becoming the first Kingston University building to achieve the garland.

enhance the efficiency of space use within the current building,” he said. “Replacement of large sections of the exterior and building services will greatly improve levels of natural daylight and allow for greater temperature control, while also creating outdoor teaching space that does not exist at present.” Stirling prize-winning architecture firm Haworth Tompkins has overseen the design of the buildings and the University appointed construction company Overbury to carry out the on-site work, which started at the beginning of this year. Bob Banister, managing director at national fit out and refurbishment firm Overbury said the extensive redevelopment offered an exciting challenge for his specialist higher education team in London. “We’ve begun a two-year upgrade to transform parts of the campus which have reached the natural end of their design life,” he said. “This project will create state-of-the-art education facilities to help establish the University’s newly launched Kingston School of Art. The space will showcase and complement the academic offering at Kingston University, providing the brilliant minds of the art school with the best possible learning environments, specialist areas, studios and workshops.” The refurbishment work at Kingston School of Art forms part of a ten year major transformation programme undertaken to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Construction work is also underway at the Penrhyn Road campus, which will see the unveiling of a new flagship building named Town House, designed by RIBA award winning architects Grafton. The ambitious new structure will include a performance space, learning resource centre, specialist learning spaces and cafes. sensors reduce the amount of artificial light when incoming daylight is strong enough. Glazing shades built into the new façade will reduce overheating in the summer while natural ventilation has been incorporated in to the design wherever possible. A new outdoor terrace will lend itself to alfresco teaching, creating a space that will encourage students from different courses to share in their fellow creators’ work. The refurbishment includes an array of features to protect the surrounding environment, including the University’s first purpose-built lightweight biodiverse green roof. The structure will be a haven g for insects, complimenting existing biodiversity initiatives on campus. In addition, internal blinds linked to the building control system will reduce light spill on to ecologically sensitive areas on the nearby Hogsmill River. Particular attention has been paid to the quality of natural light throughout the site – LED lighting linked to daylight

Senior project manager Paul Millard said the refurbishment would significantly benefit the varied departments of Kingston g School of Art,, providing p g flexible,, mixed use studio space alongside improved specialist technical facilities. “The redevelopment of the New Extension Building will greatly

Senior project manager Paul Millard said the refurbishment would significantly benefit the varied departments of Kingston School of Art, providing flexible, mixed use studio space alongside improved specialist technical facilities. “The redevelopment of the New Extension Building will greatly enhance the efficiency of space use within the current building,” he said. “Replacement of large sections of the exterior and building services will greatly improve levels of natural daylight and allow for greater temperature control, while also creating outdoor teaching space that does not exist at present.”

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Opening the door on ‘away from home’ toileting It’s reasonable, isn’t it, when you’re doing the weekly shop, out for a meal, that you can go to the toilet, ‘ on site’ if you need?


et for up to 14million people*, it’s not something they can take for granted. Closomat, Britain’s leader in away from home assisted accessible toilets, reports that one campaigner for these facilities has recently been told that, as there are suitable conveniences within a mile of her local supermarket, it won’t put in those special toilets. So potentially, she has to abandon her shop and leave the store should her son need intimate care attention.

Under the Equality Act (which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act), service providers are required to make reasonable changes- including to the built environment- where a disabled customer or potential customer would otherwise be at a substantial disadvantage. Is the situation above acceptable, or does it leave that family at a substantial disadvantage…? That family above is not alone. Estimates indicate conventional wheelchair-accessible (Document M) toilets fail to meet the requirements of up to 14 million people(*). They may need help to get on, off, clean themselves. They may need to be lifted. They may need changing. That is all equipment provided by assisted accessible toilets, be they Changing Places or their counterpart Space to Change toilets. The Changing Places campaign states 230,000 people in the UK need these toilets.

The Changing Places campaign states 230,000 people in the UK need these toilets. That figure is based on the number of people who need the support of up to two carers, and need a hoist, and need a changing table, and need a privacy screen.

That figure is based on the number of people who need the support of up to two carers, and need a hoist, and need a changing table, and need a privacy screen. There are millions of others who need only one or two of those extra facilities and fixtures - for example, a third of wheelchair users rely on a carer to propel them; if you are a carer, the chances are you struggle to lift the person you care for from the wheelchair onto the toilet- you need a hoist. According to the Bladder & Bowel Foundation, more people in Britain suffer from faecal incontinence than suffer from asthma or diabetes, so may need changing facilities. And what about the carer of a disabled person? Are they supposed to abandon them outside the loo when they need to ’go’? Changing Places & Space to Change Under current Building Regulations, a Changing Places is desirable in buildings to which numbers of the pubic have access. It refers to the British Standard BS8300 for the definition, which, at its core, is:

t A toilet facility in addition to a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet t 3m x 4m with a ceiling height of 2.4m t ceiling track hoist t adult-sized changing bench t privacy screen

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The new BS8300:2018 includes a note that a wash & dry toilet in place of a conventional WC gives users greater dignity and independence.


Campaigners for Changing Places have found that many venues say they cannot install the facility because of the required space, and/ or the cost of all the additional equipment. Thus, with the support of Closomat, the Space to Change campaign was born. Space to Change bridges the gap between conventional wheelchair accessible toilets and the supplementary Changing Places. Space to Change builds on the Regulatory requirement that says even when only one WC is provided, it should be a wheelchairaccessible toilet. Space to Change asks that just 5m2 is added to that standard wheelchair-accessible facility (to give a total 7.5m2), to enable inclusion of an adult-sized changing bench and hoist. Already it is being positively received from retail brands and leading supermarkets, as a viable solution to their ability to accommodate specific customer needs without majorly altering existing outlets. tel 0161 969 1199 e: (*) Potential users of a wheelchairaccessible toilet with space, bench and hoist include:

t 1.5m wheelchair users t 6.5 million people who have either bladder or bowel incontinence t 1.5million people with a learning disability t 1.2million people living with stroke t 62,000 amputees t 30,000 people with cerebral palsy t 13,000 people with acquired brain injuries t 8,500 people with multiple sclerosis t 100,000 [people with muscular dystrophies t 5000 people with motor neurone disease t 8,000 people with spina bifida t 40,000 people with spinal injuries t 120,000 people with a stoma t 3.8million adults morbidly obese t 0.8million disabled children t 8.7million people with osteoarthritis t 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis

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A third of home owners would prefer a female tradesperson, new FMB research reveals A third of UK home owners would rather hire a female builder, as opposed to a male builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


ey results from the FMB’s research into opinions on female builders and tradespeople include:

t Almost one third (30%) of home owners would feel more positive about hiring a female builder or tradesperson to complete a task in their home, as opposed to a male builder or tradesperson;

t Women feel particularly positive about hiring female builders with 35% saying they would feel more positive about hiring a female builder or tradesperson to complete a task in their home;

t Of those who felt more positive

t Despite feeling more positive

t Nearly two-thirds of the general public are ‘gender blind’ when choosing their builder or tradesperson and wouldn’t care whether they were a man or a woman. Commenting on the research, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “There’s a clear appetite among consumers for more women to enter the building industry with one third of home owners saying they would rather hire a female builder. There are numerous reasons for this and chief among them is that these home owners feel that female tradespeople might be more respectful of their home. Consumers are also keen to support more women working in non-traditional job roles which is a breath of fresh air. However, there’s a serious gap in the market here as currently only two percent of tradespeople are women.” Berry concluded: “The construction industry is in the midst of a skills shortage and until we appeal to women – who obviously make up fifty per cent of the population – we’re unlikely to dig ourselves out of this skills hole. Despite feeling more positive about hiring a female tradesperson, 30% fewer people would encourage their daughter to pursue a career in construction than their sons. In 2018, this attitude is outdated and denies thousands

of women a potentially rewarding career. Today is International Women’s Day and we’re calling on all parents, teachers and careers advisers to talk to young women about a career in construction. The construction sector can appeal to anyone who takes pleasure in the built environment and wants to avoid being trapped behind a desk all day. This can and should apply to both men and women equally.” Debi Sporn, from Sporn Construction Ltd, who has worked in construction for more than 16 years, said: “The public perception of the construction industry is changing but not quickly enough. As a woman working in construction, I’m able to bring a different perspective to our firm and how it operates. Not only that, clients to seem respond well to the fact that our company employs both men and women. Construction is an exciting sector to work in and I would absolutely recommend pursuing a career in our industry.”

“The construction industry is in the midst of a skills shortage and until we appeal to women – who obviously make up fifty per cent of the population – we’re unlikely to dig ourselves out of this skills hole.” Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB

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about hiring a female builder, the reasons were as follows: - 51% think female tradespeople might be more respectful of their home; - 46% would like to support more women working in nontraditional job roles; - 42% might feel more at ease with a female tradesperson; - 37% think female tradespeople might be more trustworthy; - 35% think female tradespeople might be friendlier; - 30% think women often have better attention to detail than men; - 20% prefer the company of women; - 18% relate better to other women; - 16% would be a novelty and a welcome change to hire a female builder.

tradesperson, 30% fewer people would encourage their daughter to pursue a career in construction than their sons;


TEKNOSPRO PRODUCTS SHINE IN THE RENOVATION OF AN 18TH CENTURY COTTAGE TeknosPro is a range of multi surface paints and coatings which have been developed for professional decorators. They are based on low odour, quick drying, water-based technology and can be used on various surfaces. A recent renovation of an eighteenth century cottage in Chobham, Surrey was completed by Nick Sammut from Rushmoor Painting and Decorating who had been asked by his customer to use TeknosPro products. The cottage had fifteen rotten window frames that needed renovating and repairing; the oak had not been protected adequately by previous paints and therefore the customer, who had already selected a TeknosPro top coat, asked that the primer was from the same portfolio. Supplier of Teknos products, Holman Paints, which is based in Swindon, also recommended TeknosPro products to the contractor, leading Nick to use Futura Aqua 3, a TeknosPro primer, to coat the oak sealed windows. The benefit of using this waterborne, full-matt, alkyd based adhesion primer was that it allows the exterior wooden surfaces to expand and contract in changing weather conditions. The front door of the cottage was painted with Futura Aqua 40 and the oak windows were painted with Teknos Aquatop. The semi-gloss paint is best used on top of Futura Aqua 3 primer and the Teknomix 50 Tinting System enables customers to choose from a wide range of colours; from opaque colours, Teknos Colour Mode collection, British Standard and European Colour collections such as RAL and NCS. When asked what he thought of TeknosPro products, contractor Nick commented, “They’re really good products. I have also used Timantti 7 on another project for the conservatory walls, kitchen walls and ceilings.” Timantti 7 is a waterborne matt special acrylate suitable for use in both dry and humid areas and can be used in conjunction with the Timantti 3 primer. Nick will definitely use TeknosPro products again; “I have already priced many new jobs based on TeknosPro products. We are known for producing top quality

work which would not be possible without quality products. You put your whole reputation on the line with the products you use. When you find brands like TeknosPro, you have faith in them performing the way they should without letting you or your reputation down.” For further information, contact 01608 688925 or visit

OSMO IS NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ETHICAL BRANDS OF 2017 Osmo UK has been named one of the Most Ethical Brands of 2017 by The Good Shopping Guide. The eco-friendly wood and finishes expert celebrates 11 years of Ethical Accreditation, demonstrating commitment to its green policies and social responsibilities. The Most Ethical Brands are awarded to companies following research carried out by the Ethical Company Organisation. The Good Shopping Guide aims to help people make informed decisions about which brands are best for the planet, best for animals, and best for people worldwide. It promotes equality, justice and sustainable development by helping to empower people to transform trading structures and practices in favour of an ethical economy based on justice and fairness.


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When it came to the exterior redecoration of Regency House in Royal Leamington Spa, the freeholders of the building had no hesitation in specifying Andura Coatings once again as the external finish.


The Andura Pro-Flex high performance decorative coating lived up to its promise of complete durability over the ten year period since it was first applied on the building in 2005. Unlike many other exterior finishes, the Andura Pro-Flex technology is not only water and dirt resistant, but also has elastomeric properties giving excellent resistance to any subsequent cracks in the substrate. Peter James, Director and Company Secretary of the Regency House Residents Association is delighted with the Pro-Flex product which was used for the second time on the building towards the end of last year, “Everyone has been wholly satisfied with the Andura coating and we unanimously agreed that we should specify Andura once again. The Pro-Flex coating bonds to the surface rather than sitting on it and is able to accommodate the different expansions and contractions evident in the building which is a mix of solid concrete, brickwork and blockwork. We have been very impressed with the longevity of the product together with Andura’s willingness to come to site to discuss our needs.”

Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of Osmo UK, commented, “It is the 11th year that we have been awarded Ethical Accreditation, and we are absolutely delighted. This acclaimed title highlights our approach to our customers, colleagues, and the environment, of which we are immensely proud.” For more information about The Ethical Company Organisation please visit and to learn more about Osmo’s range of eco-friendly wood finishing solutions, visit

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Work gets underway on Metquarter revamp International property and construction consultancy, Gleeds, has begun work on site for the multi-million pound revamp of Liverpool’s Metquarter.


nitially appointed as cost manager for the high profile city centre scheme, Gleeds has subsequently been appointed as employers agent, as well as being drafted in by developer Queensberry to project manage the pre-contract stage and provide support through the build phase to ensure its flagship tenant, Everyman Cinemas, is able to take up residence by the autumn.

The complex progamme of works includes extensive remodeling of the interior to extend and open up the available space, as well as a comprehensive overhaul of the associated services to accommodate the new floorplan. The scheme also involves breaking through the external façade to create balconied areas and terraces in a bid to enliven the surrounding streetscape and improve the visitor experience.

Horbury’s healthy new contract with NHS trust Leading property maintenance provider Horbury Property Services is celebrating being awarded a contract, as one of the delivery partners, on a three year agreement to provide repairs and refurbishment work to Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


he agreement will see Horbury Property Services as one of the partners to be able to provide general refurbishment and repairs services across a wide range of NHS buildings. The contract, which will cover Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital, officially started in January 2018, with the option to extend the contract for two more years. Richard Sutton, General Manager at Horbury Property Services, said: “We’re pleased to have

secured another major contract within the healthcare sector, following our recent framework agreement win with NHS SBS (Shared Business Services). We demonstrated that we were able to offer a service that is very good value for money, as well as having the expertise to deliver high quality repair and refurbishment services.” Terry Hull, Deputy Director of Estates for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Keeping our building stock in good repair is vitally important and we are pleased to be able to proceed with the framework

GRAHAM Construction to deliver Queen Mary campus upgrade Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK’s leading institutions for education, has appointed GRAHAM Construction to upgrade the School of Mathematical Sciences Building on its Mile End campus.

Once complete, the fully renovated Metquarter will offer a mix of luxury retail outlets as well as a host of premium restaurants and bars. Meanwhile, the new Everyman Cinema will boast four screens with sofa-style seating, as well as its own stylish bar and a screening lounge which will be available for private hire and events. Sara Boonham, head of retail developments at Gleeds, said; “It’s been a long road to get to this point but we are delighted to see work getting underway on the ground, with changes now happening at a considerable pace. Queensberry has a vision to completely revitalise and reposition Metquarter as the premium leisure and retail destination in Liverpool’s city centre and we are delighted to be able to bring our experience to the fore and make that vision a reality”.


ith over 25,000 students and 4,000 staff, QMUL is highly rated for its teaching, research and engagement activities, and the refurbishment, will modernise the School of Mathematical Sciences Building. Key works will include refurbishing and extending the existing building to provide suitable accommodation, and an overhaul of the building’s envelope to reflect its prominent position on the Mile End campus.

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In addition to upgrading the existing building, GRAHAM will also build a new central space that will enhance the high-quality learning experience provided to students at the university. This new social area will allow students to congregate informally or come together for special events.


To protect the lifecycle cost of the building, GRAHAM will reduce energy usage and carbon emissions, targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating. Boris Khoruzhenko, Head of Queen Mary’s School of Mathematical Sciences, said: “The School is delighted that work is now underway on the Maths Building. We are already looking forward to returning next year to a transformed building where students,

staff and visitors can work together in a fantastic new environment. It will make a huge difference to the School to have a state-of-the-art space to work and study in.” Rob Joyce, GRAHAM Construction’s London office director, said: “Once complete, the School of Mathematical Sciences building will provide an inspiring, collaborative space for QMUL’s community of students and staff. As well as high quality teaching rooms, there will be a range of private and group study areas throughout the building in addition to more informal social areas. We will work closely with QMUL to ensure that these works are delivered on time and on budget, while drawing on our extensive experience of delivering complex refurbishment projects for the education sector.” GRAHAM’s portfolio of education projects includes University College London (UCL), The University of Reading, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Kingsgate Primary School in the London Borough of Camden, and a multi-million pound Learning and Skills Centre for Lambeth College. Completion is due in April 2019.

Project News agreement with Horbury Property Services as one of our delivery partners.” Horbury Property Services provides a full range of repair, refurbishment and maintenance works, This includes inspection, installation, repair and maintenance of fire doors, joinery works, fire stopping, sealing, fire compartmentation, planned preventative maintenance regimes, portable appliance testing, electrical testing and installation work, building fabric repairs as well as external cladding and render repairs. In addition, the wider Horbury Group provides dry wall partitioning, painting and decorating, ceiling and flooring upgrades and de-mountable screens, amongst others. The company has regional offices in London and South Wales together with a South Yorkshire Head Office, ensuring a truly national capability. This regional presence enables its teams to successfully deliver responsive repairs or large planned refurbishment and maintenance programmes. For more details, visit www.horburypropertyservices. com or call 01709 917555.

Sika and Cemplas combine to transform city centre car park Sika, in conjunction with Cemplas Waterproofing and Concrete Repairs, delivered a rapid-cure surface to provide a city centre car park with watertight protection in just seven weeks.


eadows Retail short stay multi-storey car park in Chelmsford was in need of an urgent upgrade due to time and the elements taking their toll on concrete surfaces throughout the building, leading to water ingress in areas. Clients, Chelmsford City Council, required a waterproofing solution that not only offered the ultimate watertight protection, its rapid-install properties were essential to ensuring the project was completed in good time in order to coincide with the opening of a neighbouring development and minimise driver disruption. Sika had the ideal solution.

All concrete repairs, deck waterproofing, movement joints and line-marking at the 391-space car park was carried out by Cemplas Waterproofing and Concrete Repairs – a Sika Accredited Car Park Specialist Contractor. As members of the scheme, Cemplas were able to provide the client with a dual guarantee; that

the products specified will perform to the highest standards and the installers applying them have met the requisite standards of workmanship and have an excellent track record in supplying Sika car park systems. For the Meadows refurbishment, following surface preparation and repairs, Sika® Ferrogard®-903+, a surface-applied, multi-functional impregnation corrosion inhibitor was applied to all 7,200m2 of internal decks. This preceded the application of Sikafloor®-EB24 -2.3a high-performance, rapid-curing deck waterproofing system. Sikagard®-550 W Elastic, an elasto-meric, anti-carbonation coating, was applied to approximately 15,000m2 of concrete soffits, beams and columns to dramatically transform the car park’s internal appearance. The existing asphalt rooftop, which totalled 1,800m2

in area, was re-waterproofed using the rapid-cure Sikafloor®- RB28 system. This was installed directly onto the existing asphalt layer following compatibility testing carried out by Sika Graeme Middleton, Business Development Manager at Cemplas Waterproofing and Concrete Repairs, said: “Sika’s rapid-apply system was vital in delivering a high-quality waterproofing solution within the client’s strict deadline. The product performance, coupled with the experience and expertise of our on-site installation teams helped transform the car park into a smart, safe, waterproof area for drivers.” Completed in just seven weeks, the refurbished Meadows Retail multi-storey car park will provide longstanding testimony to a perfect match – Sika’s superb waterproofing properties and Cemplas’ outstanding workmanship.

Crest Nicholson and Waverley Borough Council seal partnership to regenerate Farnham Town Centre

Scheme consists of 239 residential units and nearly 10,000sq.m of retail and leisure space set in a new Town square in Farnham


ward-winning developer Crest Nicholson and Waverley Borough Council have announced that work on the £115m Brightwells regeneration of Farnham Town Centre will commence in summer 2018.

The development includes 72 shared ownership

Once completed the commercial estate, which has been pre-sold to Surrey County Council, will include a six-screen cinema, eight restaurants and a combination of twenty-four retail units including a new Marks and Spencer Simply Food. The development will also refurbish part of the adjoining Sainsbury’s store and carpark. Detailed planning permission for the scheme has been secured, enabling work to commence in earnest in the summer. The centre, which includes new basement and deck parking for shoppers >>

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Comprising a new £40m retail and leisure hub, anchored by Marks and Spencer and Reel Cinemas, together with 239 new apartments clustered around a new town square, the development is set to transform and revitalise a much-underutilised part of the historic town of Farnham.

affordable homes which will help meet a broader housing need and support first-time buyers in the local community.


Project News and residents, is expected to open in late 2021. The first residential dwellings will be occupied in early 2020 and the development will be completed in total by the spring of 2022. The regeneration scheme secures more than £2 million of external investment into the Farnham community and includes an additional £2 million for highway improvements in central Farnham. Crest Nicholson estimates that once finalised the Brightwells site will provide Waverley Borough Council with a potential income of £700,000 to £900,000 per annum from a combination of rental income, business rates and car parking. Up to 400 jobs in the construction sector will be created during the development of the Brightwells scheme, with a further 400 permanent jobs in the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors once fully complete. Chris Tinker, Board Director at Crest Nicholson, explained: “We are pleased to have cemented our agreement with Waverley Borough Council and look forward to breaking ground on this significant development. Once complete the scheme will regenerate an important location in the centre of Farnham and deliver much needed new homes to the area. “We will continue to work closely with Waverley Borough Council and other stakeholders throughout the building phase.” Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said: “The agreement means that our vision to deliver a scheme that will reinvigorate Farnham for residents, shoppers and visitors can finally now get underway. “This partnership with Crest Nicholson will transform Farnham town centre for future generations.”

Green light for celebrated arts venue Blackheath Halls has been given the go ahead by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to begin a major refurbishment of its historic Great Hall and front of house facilities.


lackheath Halls is a Grade II listed building and forms part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. Originally built and used as a venue for concerts and public meetings, the building still thrives as an entertainment and concert venue serving South East London.

Lead architect Woods Bagot were appointed in 2016 to prepare a new masterplan and feasibility study for the proposed refurbishment of the building. The team worked with the board of trustees and regular users of the Hall to deliver a scheme that resolves many of the issues associated with the building, whilst respecting its historic character and its emotional connections to the local community who effectively saved it from demolition. The current venue hosts a diverse programme of concerts and events throughout the year, including classical, folk, comedy nights, talks, literary events, exhibitions and children’s theatre, whilst there is a varied community engagement programme. The Halls also provide a regular base for large scale student rehearsals and performances, including the annual Trinity Laban opera. Audience and performer experience is central

to the refurbishment and remains at the heart of the long-term plan for Blackheath Halls. Proposed alterations to the Great Hall include a levelled and lowered stage area to enhance usability, retractable audience seating to improve sight lines and audience comfort, and refurbishment of the areas below stage to create a Green Room and renovated dressing room facilities. The front of house foyer, box office and bar will be reinvigorated with a design that reinvents the original tea rooms as a contemporary salon and bar, appealing to a wider audience of students, visitors and members of the community. Jonathan Leah, Principal at Woods Bagot, said: “Blackheath Halls is a treasured architectural asset in the local community, which is why our design plans put sympathetic refurbishment at the forefront of this programme of works. The ultimate goal is to transform this celebrated arts facility into a sustainable and more flexible venue capable of delivering an ambitious programme of arts events. The green light for the refurbishment means we’re now one step closer to helping the venue fulfil its wider cultural ambitions and ensure it remains a focus for the local arts community.” Patrick Arthurs, Planning Director at Arthurs Planning & Development Ltd, said: “The project brief for Blackheath Halls was to safeguard the historic fabric of the listed building whilst ensuring that its technical capabilities and capacity responded to the current day requirements of both the performers and the audience. The planning documentation helped ensure this clear message was understood and we worked with the Planning Officers from the pre-application stage to ensure the smooth running of the application process and its positive determination.”

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The venue has launched a public fundraising campaign, ‘Transform Blackheath Halls’, to appeal for financial support from the local community and the wider public. For more information, visit support-blackheath-halls




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Another building on ye olde Knightriders Street, gets the Selectaglaze treatment The City & Guilds Group helps people achieve their potential through work-based learning. Their purpose is to help people, organisations and economies develop their skills for growth. Granted a Royal Charter in 1900 by Queen Victoria, The Princess Royal is the Groups’ current President, who took over from her father The Duke of Edinburgh in 2011.


he Grade II Listed Head Office is situated on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfields – The City of London, with St Bartholomews Hospital directly opposite (another building which Selectaglaze has worked in).

Whitbread’s Premier Inn recently acquired a section of the City & Guilds Group’s Head Office and is currently constructing a brand new hotel right next door. With heavy plant machinery adjacent to the offices, the noise pollution was escalating and becoming increasingly disruptive.

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The company approached Selectaglaze, the leading provider of secondary glazing, for a cost effective window upgrade to all floors of their Head Office which overlooked the building site. This was to ensure a more amenable working environment, thus achieving a high level of noise attenuation.


Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing; established in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004. It boasts a wealth of knowledge and a range of extensive products to suit all projects from Listed properties to new build hotels.

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working environment across all the office floors far more peaceful. “We were very impressed with the installation and quality of the products supplied by Selectaglaze. There was little supervision required from our part, the workmanship was excellent and they left the site in an immaculate condition”.

51 units were installed, a wide range of products were combined for the specification, including; Series 42 fixed lights, Series 45 and 41 casements, Series 10 and 15 horizontal sliding units, all designed to suit the existing fenestration.

Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing; established in 1966 and a Royal Warrant Holder since 2004. It boasts a wealth of knowledge and a range of extensive products to suit all projects from Listed properties to new build hotels.

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Today’s consumers are a different breed to those in years gone by. The more choice they have been given in terms of material, colour and style, the more discerning they have become about the window and door products they want installed in their properties.


s a high-end fabricator paying keen attention to detail, Bison Frames has launched the company’s expanded Genesis Collection and new WarmCore range, which represent a complete suite of high-end products.

Genesis Flush “Our Genesis Collection now includes flush sash casements, folding and sliding doors and bi-folding doors, as well as our sash windows. Everything in the collection goes through our Graf welder, for near-invisible timber-like joints, while our sliding sash and flush sash casements can also be mechanically jointed. That gives them an extra edge of authenticity, which - in combination with other features such as runthrough horns and deep bottom rails on the VS and our extensive colour and woodgrain range from stock - makes them the complete, conservation-grade, timber alternative windows.

All products in the suite complement one another, and all share the common feature of deliberately understated design that offers both high-end aesthetics and modern benefits, such as superior thermal and acoustic insulation, enhanced security and low maintenance. As a result, all work equally well in both traditional and modern architecture. Bison is very well-known and respected for its vertical sliding sash windows, because it has the expertise and skillset in-house to continuously improve its offering. Mark Tetley, Director of Bison explains: “We constantly design-in new features and customer benefits, to make our existing products better and better. However, 2018 sees this philosophy expand into a whole suite of products, to ensure our product precision continues to deliver for end users and architects with a range of requirements.

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“As experts in well-engineered, thoughtfully designed products, we are continuously looking for ways to make each aspect of our offering even better.” Martyn Haworth, Director of Bison

“On top of that, we also manufacture our recently launched WarmCore range of aluminium hybrid windows and bi-folding doors. It is an aluminium system that offers all the standard features and benefits of aluminium, such has strength, durability and versatility. But it uses a full depth PVC-U core, which provides a significant improvement in thermal efficiency. Compared to a standard thermally-broken aluminium window or door, WarmCore offers a 25% reduction in thermal transfer.”

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Bison Director Martyn Haworth comments: “As experts in well-engineered, thoughtfully designed products, we are continuously looking for ways to make each aspect of our offering even better. It therefore makes sense for us to extend this philosophy across a wider product range, so that architects, self-builders and end users can benefit from a complete suite of exceptionally made windows and doors.


“We’ve invested heavily in our future over the last few years, and we’re doing even more this year as we double the size of our factory and bring in new machinery and equipment. We are committed to delivering the very best solutions, whether it be windows or doors and whether for heritage, traditional or modern properties.”

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For more information on Bison’s range of windows and doors, visit

Doors, Windows & Fittings STYLE AND FUNCTIONALITY WITH GARADOR’S GEORGIAN GARAGE DOORS Garador’s range of Georgian style up and over garage doors are some of Britain’s most popular garage doors. Constructed from high-grade galvanised steel and available in a large selection of standard and purposemade sizes, they are excellent for almost any build.

solution for both modern and traditional builds. They can be supplied with either canopy, retractable or retractable plus gearing, the latter of which provides extra drive through width for cars going into the garage.

The Georgian steel up and over door range includes Georgian, Beaumont and Cathedral designs, each with crisp and elegant panel pressings that are a great

Garador’s Managing Director, Simon Hipgrave comments: “We have invested heavily in our production machinery to deliver a market leading

product. Our Georgian steel up and over doors continue to be a popular door with British builders, and come in three individual designs Georgian, Beaumont and Cathedral” Garador’s impressive Georgian steel up and over garage door ticks all the boxes, providing great value for money, an attractive appearance, functionality and durability, so they work time and again. Plus they are quick and easy to fit, with as few as 7 fixings for a canopy gear door and 11 fixings for a retractable gear door to fit the frame onto the brickwork – no wonder Georgian steel up and over garage doors are among Britain’s top selling garage doors. Garador’s Georgian up and over garage doors are constructed from smooth rivet free panel pressings. The doors feature a strong box section chassis made from galvanised steel plus two back braces to provide extra rigidity. The elegant Georgian door is available in a choice of 17 colours in long lasting vibrant paints developed specially for garage doors. To find out more about Garador’s Georgian Steel Up and Over garage door, visit or call 01935 443798.

VELUX® LAUNCHES MYDAYLIGHT – THE WORLD’S FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY APP FOR RENOVATION DESIGN The app enables homeowners to design their own room, visualising the real effect of daylight, with 360o view and virtual reality options. MyDaylight is a powerful new app by VELUX that enables homeowners to design their own room or renovation project by easily selecting parameters such as floor dimensions, roof height and ceiling pitch. They can then customise further by adding windows, floor and wall finishes, the room’s location, and more. After approximately ten minutes, they receive a digital simulation which can be viewed in 3600 or virtual reality, and gives a life-like recreation of the room and the changing effects of daylight inside. The app bridges a gap, leading homeowners from imagination to implementation: “Many people who are looking to reshape their home find it difficult moving from imagination to concrete proposals. The app brings homeowners one step closer to the home they have envisioned, as the 3600 and virtual reality visualisations make it both tangible and achievable,” says Grant Sneddon, Daylight Expert, VELUX.

Reversible window coming soon from Liniar Leading PVCu systems house Liniar is set to extend its innovative range even further with the introduction of a reversible window, which will offer a convenient, stylish and safe option for difficult-to-access locations. Ideal for high-rise projects, the moving pane rotates through a full 180° cycle, allowing the external glass of a Liniar reversible window to be safely cleaned from the inside of the property. The rotating mechanism keeps the moving pane from intruding into the inside of the room – so no snagging on curtains or blinds.

Designed from scratch by the same team of industry experts that created the rest of the range, Liniar’s brand new reversible window will be perfect for commercial applications - and with flat, chamfered lines, it offers a contemporary finish which is compatible with the full 70mm Liniar suite.

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Utilising patented features such as Liniar’s co-extruded bubble gasket, thermal dam and glazing flipper ensure a draught-free installation with high thermal efficiency – and Liniar reversible windows also benefit from an easy fit, one-piece drip bar with concealed fixings to help protect the window from severe weather conditions.


Carlisle Brass has been recognised with the Silver member status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School Carlisle Brass are proud to announce that we have received recognition of Silver member status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School. They are a collaborative initiative designed to represent a common approach to addressing sustainability within construction industry supply chains.


he School encourages training in 3 different areas; sustainability, management and offsite projects. It offers its members the opportunity to attend training and networking events and gain CPD points (Continuing Professional Development). This refers to the process of tracking and documenting skills and knowledge gained as you work.

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By completing a self-assessment, a member will receive a bespoke action plan, e-learning modules and various training resources to assist with enhancing their knowledge on relevant subjects.


House builders and contractors who use d door h hardware d products d t under d th the Carlisle Brass portfolio requested that any supplier within their supply chain sign up to become members of the school, and attain a bronze status to remain on their list of approved suppliers.

specific areas relating to product design, product quality quality, measurement and analysis, our approach was broadened to incorporate additional opportunities for improvement in areas such as ethical trading, employee welfare, health and safety, and environmental impacts.”

Carlisle Brass is the only commercial door hardware Importer/Distributor in the UK to currently be recognised with Silver status, and we are actively introducing many of our overseas partners to some of the areas highlighted by the school’s resources.

The Silver status demonstrates that Carlisle Brass are continually looking for opportunities to improve its supply chain. This is an award of continual improvement and enhanced supply chain systems within the construction industry.

Paul Campbell, the technical manager at Carlisle Brass said: “The silver status recognition from the School, is a reward of the journey that Carlisle Brass is taking within its supply chain. We’ve decided to go beyond what was requested as we have always been the leader of door hardware within the UK house building industry, and we intend to continue to be the torch bearer in delivering enhanced quality. Involvement with the school has led to us investing more in our overseas partners, introducing training and guidance on areas, other than product. Instead of only auditing

The Supply Chain Sustainability School is here to support every member of the supply chain in the construction and infrastructure sectors in England, Scotland and Wales.

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It covers a wealth of topics from Waste and Carbon, Fairness Inclusion and Respect, social values and the Modern Slavery Act as well as many more sustainability issues. For more information visit us on www. or call our customer service team on 01228 511 030.

The Silver status demonstrates that Carlisle Brass are continually looking for opportunities to improve its supply chain. This is an award of continual improvement and enhanced supply chain systems within the construction industry.

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From hipped to apex, with or without legs, door canopies are not only available in a wide range of sizes and scales, but a range of different designs.


ason Eastwood, Managing Director of Canopies UK, the country’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of high quality canopies, talks us through some of the different types of designs and key considerations that are critical to choosing the right door canopy.

options is only half of the equation, the other half involves doing your research….

Door canopies may be one of several components that contribute towards the overall look and feel of a property, but that’s no reason to overlook them or consider them as a trivial feature.

Believe it or not, all door canopies are made from the same materials. Some are made from concrete or timber, which involve long-term maintenance costs. Others, on the other hand, are manufactured using GRP, which is highly durable and maintenance-free.

These canopies are the first thing people tend to see when they approach and enter a property; they can make a property look finished and they can make a property stand out. The impact they can achieve, should never be underestimated.

Princess canopy

As with most canopies, door canopies are available in a wide range of contemporary and traditional designs these days, which include:

Here are some of the key questions you should ask yourself before making your door canopy investment: ‘What’s it made from?’

It’s all very well your project looking good the moment you’ve finished it, but how’s it going to look five to ten years down the line? Unfortunately, all buildings do age and the fewer features it happens to, the better, entrance or porch canopy included, especially as they’re one of the first features people see. ‘How has it been manufactured?’

Apex This type of door canopy design is ideal if you’re looking to instantly add a refined aesthetic to the front of a property. Take our Princess canopy, for instance, which has added that stylish and almost regal edge at virtually all of the properties we’ve installed it at. Hipped Following in the footsteps of the apex design, hipped door canopies are also capable of instantly adding an injection of style to any front doorstep. In the case of our Clarendon canopy, its hipped tile-effect tiles make sure water is directed away from the door, providing optimum shelter.

Clarendon canopy

You don’t need to know about the precise ins and outs of your manufacturer’s processes, but it is extremely useful for you to have some knowledge of the standards that they work to. Do their canopies conform to BS6399-3 and European Standard EN1991-1-3:2003? And do they use the highest quality gel coats and moulds and durable paint? Yes, they may seem like minor details, but it’s this type of detail that will help ensure that the canopies you choose a) conform with industry regulations and b) are built to last. In turn, this will help your project look the part for many years to come. ‘How do I install it?’

Flat roof The design of flat roof canopies involves pretty much what the name suggests, a flat roof. The square dimensions give this style of canopy that modern look and, in some circumstances, they can come with additional features to give them more flair. For example, our Royale canopy, is available with decorative moulded legs for that added touch of opulence.

Royale canopy

Top tip – always consider the roof when you’re choosing a door canopy, it will be a key influencer in making sure the canopy really enhances the property and doesn’t look out of place. Ideally, these two features should complement each other. Being aware of the wide range of design options available to you will help make sure that the door canopy you decide upon is 100% spot on. But being aware of your style

Wrong. How it’s installed can also impact the end result. Door canopies need to be properly installed, anything less could wind up with them looking unprofessional and involve on-going maintenance and problems. Where possible, your door canopy supplier should make installation as quick and easy for you as possible. That’s why we make sure that our canopies are delivered fully assembled with full fixing kits and we offer an installation service too, which can be useful if you’ve got a shortage of skilled site workers. Most refurb projects can be made to look and feel far more appealing with the addition of a door canopy. However, with all key features, it’s important you select the right options, which is where the questions and design guidance above can help. These pointers are by no means exhaustive, but do provide you with some best practice advice on how to make sure you get your door canopy decision right, every time.

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Jason Eastwood is the Managing Director of Canopies UK, the UK’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of quality outdoor canopies. Established for more than 25 years, Canopies UK has supplied more than 30,000 canopies across the country.

Don’t forget: Today’s industry-leading door canopies are available in a range of sizes and variety of colours and trims to meet your requirements. If you can’t find exactly what you need, your door canopy supplier should be able to provide you with a bespoke solution. They should also be able to give you a guarantee that’s for at least ten years, as standard.

So, you’ve shopped around, done your research and found the door canopy that’s going to complement your project perfectly. That’s the hard work over, right?


Latest News Midlands apprentices enjoy award winning success Daniel Wilkins of Stephenson College recently won a Construction Apprentice of the Year award, sponsored by the National Federation of Builders (NFB), for his aptitude and talent in carpentry and joinery.

NFB to MPA: We are a united supply chain The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has highlighted three practical steps that the Government should take in order to ensure the supply chain can meet the material demands for 300,000 new homes every year.


dentifying improved policy clarity, better resourcing for the mineral planning system, and supportive policy architecture after Brexit, the MPA believes that the Government needs to give greater consideration to the long-

term capacity and ability of the supply chain to support the delivery of new homes. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) – whose membership consists of SME builders and regional contractors – agrees with the MPA and encourages the Government to take a holistic approach that recognises how the construction supply chain operates in reality. While the NFB campaigns for improvements to the broken planning process, the availability and price of materials also has a substantial impact on the ability of construction companies to deliver. Due to rising costs, NFB members have already begun looking outside the EU for material suppliers. What they are buying, and where, provides a good indicator as to how home-grown


he college recently held its annual awards ceremony where a number of outstanding students were recognised with awards for their academic excellence being awarded a congratulatory gift and framed certificate.

Stephenson College is one of the educational providers that the NFB is working with, to help support students who want to develop a career within construction. The NFB’s Leicestershire & Rutland Association has provided a £5000 bursary that the college will distribute to help students access the construction industry, as part of a three year programme providing £60,000 of bursaries to five colleges in The Midlands region. Additionally, students from the North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College group gathered to receive a variety of awards at their annual awards ceremony. Two awards were presented to Oliver Martin from South Leicestershire College and Jack Masters, from North Warwickshire College. The awards were presented by Mr Andrew Oldshaw on behalf of the NFB Leicestershire & Rutland Association.

The construction industry faces a well publicised skills shortage and it is important that young people in The Midlands are aware of the range of careers available within construction, as well as the support that is available to them. The NFB continues to work with its members to help support local colleges and construction apprenticeships.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, commented: “There are many skilled trades which require a high-level of technical ability, and apprenticeships enable young people to learn on the job, gaining hands-on experience whilst getting paid at the same time. Education is a force for positive change and we must invest in our future workforce in order to tackle the current skills shortage.”

Rudridge sponsors Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC

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Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC have agreed a new sponsorship deal with groundworks and materials supplier Rudridge.



he company, which has depots in Farnham, Surrey and Brentford, Middlesex, will be sponsoring the club’s under 8s blues team during the 2017/18 season. The deal will include Rudridge’s logo appearing on the players’ kit. The team play in the FA’s North East Hampshire Youth League and the club are proud to be a Chartered Standard Community Club affiliated with the Hampshire FA. They are operated completely by volunteers. Dan Steel, at Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC, said:

“We are extremely grateful to Rudridge for their backing. We rely on the support of local companies, like Rudridge, to ensure we can continue to train and compete, and provide the facilities the team need to thrive.” Anthony Betteridge, Branch Manager at Rudridge in Brentford, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Aldershot Boys & Girls Youth FC. We have a great love of football at Rudridge so we are pleased to be involved with the sport at grassroots level and helping to nurture the love of the game. We wish them every success for the season.”

Latest News markets can be developed. By focusing on production of materials that are not available at competitive prices in the EU currently, the domestic market can fully take advantage of the opportunity this presents. The MPA has also highlighted the value of the supply chain in rural communities and NFB members, who are typically the clients of local material suppliers, wholeheartedly support that message. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “From planners and communities to developers and material suppliers, we will never meet the target of 300,000 homes a year unless regulation and ambition support the capacity of a united construction supply chain. “The supply chain is predominantly operated by SMEs, who train and retain two thirds of apprentices and are our principal rural employer. It makes economic and social sense to empower their growth.”

Metsec awarded as CCF’s ‘Supplier of the Year’ voestalpine Metsec plc’s Dry Lining division has secured the CCF ‘Supplier of the Year’ award, as voted for by CCF’s network of 42 branches and management team.


he result was announced on 24th January 2018 at CCF’s Management Conference and collected by Metsec’s Director and General Manager of Dry Lining, Andy Hackett, and Procurement and Services Director Andy Rice, with CCF keen to celebrate suppliers that work collaboratively and efficiently, ensuring the industry receives high levels of customer service. As nationwide distributors of insulation and interior building products to the UK construction industry, CCF has established a longstanding relationship with Metsec, distributing its collection of dry lining

products and working together to develop its Tradeline range. Andy Hackett said: “We’re delighted to be awarded CCF ‘Supplier of the Year’, especially as it was voted for by a wide network of people that we work with on a daily basis. This award highlights our commitment to supplying the industry with high quality products and ensuring customers have instant access to our range. As always, full credit goes to our Dry Lining team for their hard work and dedication to adding value to our business.”

Top construction training provider says evidence proves apprenticeships work A leading training provider in the construction, utilities and energy sector is urging more firms to make a commitment to apprenticeships, citing its own experience as proof that they work.


evelop Training Limited (DTL), based in Derby, Bolton, Romford, York and Lisburn, Northern Ireland, gave its backing to National Apprenticeship Week 5-9 March.

The training company, whose customers includes some of the biggest names in water, gas, electricity and construction, wants more companies in the sector to recognise the key theme of the week ‘Apprenticeships Work’ and recruit more trainees. Chris Wood, CEO of Develop Training, said: “Working with some of the UK’s largest utility firms, our success rates have been very high. We and our customers have no doubt that, managed well, apprenticeships do work.” He added: “New initiatives such as Trailblazer Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy have raised awareness across the UK. Even so, and despite huge skills shortages, many employers are still only scratching the surface of what they could be doing to use apprenticeships to attract new people to join the industry and improve the skills of existing employees.” DTL delivers most of its training from its nationwide training centres, although it also works with learners and firms on site and at customers’ premises across the country. The company has invested in facilities to support

training and essential skills development nationwide. Contrary to general ideas, apprenticeship candidates vary in age up to 30 and beyond, and while many intakes are all male, a number of women have taken part in DTL programmes. For apprentices themselves, the benefits include even more than a well-paid, secure, skilled job at the end of

the process. The training company provides extra support for candidates who need it due to dyslexia, for example. It also provides a ‘learning journey’ where candidates improve on basic maths, English and ICT through an online programme, enabling them to progress beyond school qualification levels.

International standard for managing risk in organizations revised BSI, the business standards company, has published the revised international standard for risk management, BS ISO 31000:2018 Risk management: guidelines.


he purpose of this standard is to assist an organization to integrate risk management into all of its activities and functions. Properly implemented, risk management improves performance, encourages innovation and supports the achievement of objectives. BS ISO 31000 provides best practice guidance on how an organization can create a framework for risk management strategy which aligns with its broader goals.

and its current risk management practices so that gaps can be addressed. The different parts of the framework and how they work together should always be adapted for specific needs.

Risk can take many shapes and forms – including economic, political and environmental. BS ISO 31000 is intentionally broad in its scope in order to assist organizations with managing risk of any kind, and is consequently applicable to organizations in all sectors.

This revision highlights the importance of top management not only implementing risk management but promoting it. Ultimately, the effectiveness of risk management depends on its integration into the organization at all levels. Anne Hayes, Head of the Governance and Resilience sector at BSI, said: “Effective risk management is about all levels of an organization strategically planning for today and for tomorrow. BS ISO 31000 provides structured risk management guidance for any organization so that it can prepare effectively for the future. Having a plan is in the best interests of everyone’s safety, security and resilience.”

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A notable change in this revision is a review of the principles of risk management. One of these is continual improvement. This means it is not enough for an organization to create a risk management framework which is never revisited or reviewed. To be effective, the risk management framework needs to take into account the context of the organization

Human and cultural factors are also key. For example, different opinions will affect risk appetite and the judgement and perception of risk. A traditional hierarchical organization may have very different attitudes to risk to a collaborative, innovation-based company.


Doors, Windows & Fittings CRITTALL ENHANCES WEST END HOTEL LUXURY Central London’s newest luxury boutique hotel offers guests a sleek, contemporary interior enhanced by the installation of Crittall screens and doors. The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel occupies a sought-after position overlooking the hectic bustle of Leicester Square. The five-star, 127-bedroom building features bespoke Crittall steel products, designed and supplied by Lightfoot Windows (Kent) Ltd., to delineate the various public areas within the ground floor. Guests can now relax in the partitioned zones where they can enjoy sumptuous food, traditional afternoon tea or signature cocktails. The screens and doors are constructed from W20

double-glazed, polyester powder coated components. The inherent strength of the steel makes possible the slimmest of frames and glazing beads to ensure the maximum amount of light enters the interior spaces. The installation also includes a cold form door from the Jansen ECO 50 range supplied by Crittall Fabrications Ltd. In addition to the lobby and ground floor interior Lightfoot has also installed screens and doors in the hotel’s exclusive penthouse suites. The dark powder-coated hue of the screens was selected to blend harmoniously with the various tones of timber, exposed brickwork, aged leather and vintage metal that dignify the appearance of the newly-refurbished hotel’s interior spaces. Lightfoot Windows (Kent) Ltd, a family run firm established in 1935, is the largest approved distributor and installer of Crittall steel windows in the UK. The company prides itself on the comprehensive service including consultations, design brief meetings, site visits and surveys, undertaken to ensure that all client requirements are met fully.



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minium entrance door from Alumen Specialist aluminium fabricator Alumen Ltd has started 2018 in style, with the launch of the Millennium Plus aluminium entrance door, which offers versatility outstanding credentials to both the residential and commercial market.

The Millennium Plus door is the latest addition to our extensive product range and the next instalment in the new portfolio of Cortizo products we’re introducing to the UK market,” comments Alan Robinson, Alumen’s MD.

“Millennium Plus is impressive. It offers everything you’d expect from a premium aluminium front door system but at a price point lower than much of the competition. It’s strong and durable, very stylish and extremely versatile, as the door can be fitted with either double or triple glazed IGUs up to 54mm thick, or with a fully bonded aluminium panel, which conceals the door’s profiles and offers the appearance of an ultra-stylish, single composite style slab. It can handle sash sizes up to 1,800 x 3,300mm in size, or 220kg in weight – with either standard or premium concealed hinges - so it works well in a wide range of settings.

“The interest showed in the two examples of a Millennium Plus door on display in a showroom has confirmed that it’s a going to be a popular product. Our retail customers love how stylish and modern the door looks, while trade customers are impressed by its versatility and competitiveness. They can see that it’s a product that will sell well and be simple to install. “The impressive thermal performance, complemented with a specialist range of high-end door furniture, industry-leading security and various sidelight, threshold and rail options, makes Alumen’s new product a versatile premium aluminium front door for the high-end residential or commercial market.” For more information on Millennium Plus, contact Alumen on 01536 737377 or visit

“The impressive thermal performance, complemented with a specialist range of high-end door furniture, industry-leading security and various sidelight, threshold and rail options, makes Alumen’s new product a versatile premium aluminium front door for the high-end residential or commercial market.” Alan Robinson, Alumen’s MD An established fabricator of aluminium doors and windows, Alumen Ltd specialise in the fabrication and installation of aluminium doors and windows including bi-folding, sliding, contemporary residential and commercial doors. They also fabricate and install a wide range of Schueco, Cortizo and SMART products, including shop fronts, windows, conservatories and roofs. Alumen is widely recognised as experts in aluminium doors and windows. All products are available as a supply-only or supply-and-fit service tailored to the needs of residential, trade and commercial customers. Alan Robinson, Managing Director is available to comment on the aluminium window and door market, Alumen’s new Cortizo range, and the other products they provide to the market.

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More for less Janisol Arte 2.0, the new version of Schueco Jansen’s steel renovation window, delivers in three key areas: appearance, performance and affordability. Still retaining elegantly retro looks, the window is now available in both high-grade austenitic 1.4401 stainless steel and Corten steel, with laser-welded proďŹ les for wider mullion spans. Add in more proďŹ les, improved insulation, increased corrosion resistance and a new lower cost and Janisol 2.0 is an unbeatable proposition.

West Port first and last word in timber window contracting Combining time-honoured craftsmanship with cutting-edge manufacturing technology, Cumbria’s West Port Windows & Doors offers something unique in UK commercial glazing – entirely bespoke, bestin-class timber window and door products, available in volumes that no traditional joinery can match.


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t’s that balance of the best aspects of large and small-scale fabrication that’s allowed the Maryport firm to thrive over the last twenty years – not just becoming one of the UK’s biggest and most respected commercial timber fabricators, but also a key part of VKR Holding, the fenestration powerhouse behind Velfac and Velux.

But while West Port’s Cumbria headquarters plays host to the most advanced modern manufacturing, it’s also home to craftsmanship at its purest and most traditional. The company employs six highly experienced joiners to work on the most bespoke and intricate projects, enabling it to produce anything from wildly unusual custom creations to identical copies of hundred-year-old heritage windows, right down to specific sash horn shapes and other unique quirks, particular to the original designer.

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. Unparalleled product range The company’s product range is among the widest of any timber fabricator in the

“At West Port, we’ve dedicated ourselves to becoming as lean and efficient as possible, so we can offer our customers the best value and service as possible,” Sean Parnaby. Managing Director at West Port industry, encompassing everything from casement, vertical-sliding sash, tilt and turn windows and entrance doors to a variety of more complicated products like French doors, in-line sliding patio doors and aluminium-clad composite windows. But it’s the level of service West Port provides, and the lengths it goes to offer housebuilders, developers, main contractors and procurement groups the best possible products at the best possible prices, that place it among the top fabricators in the UK. High-tech paint plant Take painting, for example. Most timber manufacturers have to get their products painted by hand spraying– increasing lead times, and adding pounds to the cost of every product they make.

What’s more, the company has its own highly advanced paint mixing facility. By taking samples of a desired colour, then running it through a spectrometer, the device can exactly replicate it. So far, the company has produced 175,000 different colour combinations.

“From start to finish, our manufacturing process takes place under one roof. Quality slow-grown timber comes in at one end of the factory – and expertly crafted windows and doors come out the other. Through VKR Holding, we’re able to buy directly from lumber mills, minimising costs for us and our customers, and all painting and finishing takes place on site. “Unlike a lot of our competitors, we haven’t shifted production abroad – 100% of the products we make are crafted here in Cumbria, something that not only provides nearly two hundred skilled manufacturing jobs, but is going to become increasingly important after Brexit. “And we’re the only fabricator in the UK that’s geared towards supplying the commercial sector with large volumes of outstanding quality timber products. Some companies can offer the quality. Some can offer the volumes. None can offer both on the scale that West Port can. “All the time, we’re seeing more and more developers, procurement groups and others wake up to the benefits of modern engineered timber. It’s the strongest, greenest, longest-lasting window fenestration material of them all – and for that reason, we expect it to go from strength to strength in the commercial sector over the next few years.”

For more information call West Port Windows & Doors on 01900 814225 or visit

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West Port, on the other hand, can boast one of only two high-tech electrostatic paint plants in the UK – the other is owned by global car giant Jaguar. With it, the firm can apply 10-12 coats in a single pass – and any waste paint is recollected and used as the basecoat for other products, making savings that West Port then passes on to its customers.

“At West Port, we’ve dedicated ourselves to becoming as lean and efficient as possible, so we can offer our customers the best value and service as possible,” comments Managing Director Sean Parnaby.


Bigger Rewards with Velux® this Spring

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Up to £25 rewards up for grabs with top brand partners


VELUX® is offering people who buy white-painted roof windows for their home renovation or extension projects rewards, redeemable at top brand retailers and restaurants, during March and April.

includes M&S, Argos, Thomas Cook, Curry’s PC World and Tesco.


Richard McArthur, marketing manager from VELUX said: “We have timed the offer to coincide with spring, which is traditionally

he promotion will reward installers, builders and homeowners across the UK and Ireland who choose VELUX white-painted products.

The rewards of £25 in the UK are redeemable at a range of retailers and restaurants. In the UK, this

Customers have a two-month window from 1 March until 30 April to buy white-painted products, perfect for homeowners wanting a lighter, brighter living space.

Customers have a two-month window from 1 March until 30 April to buy whitepainted products, perfect for homeowners wanting a lighter, brighter living space.

the time of year when many families start sketching their plans to transform their homes, from smaller projects such as replacing windows through to large-scale single storey extensions. “We’re urging our customers to take advantage of the offer, which includes the entire VELUX white-painted roof window range, from manual, centre-pivot and top-hung standard roof windows to combination solutions, and automatic electric and solar VELUX INTEGRA® roof windows.” To receive rewards from VELUX, upload your proof of purchase at

New CRL d hardware brochure is packed with inspiration With all-glass entrances, partitions and doors a trending design in architecture, the new Door Hardware and Office Partition Systems brochure from CRL is bursting with hundreds of products that make creating the look a simple process. rom CRL Langle office partition systems and glazing channels, doorr controls and patch hardware, sliding and bi-folding doors, to spider fittings, structural standoffs and glass awning systems, the brochure includes all the must-haves for creating a stylish, public or private environment.


install and provides a maximum transparency thanks to it’s thin profiles for ceilings, floors, walls and door fframes. The d h system effectively ff l closes l the gaping joint between the glass door, side panel and top light and is acoustically viable too, with sound insulation tested to the ISO 10140 European standard.

A highlight of the range is the CRL Langle Office Partition Systems, available for single and double-glazed units that offer a creative and effective solution for modern interior designs. The dry-glazed system is easy to

With no wet sealing necessary and with fully height adjustable door hinges that require no drilling or milling, the office system is not only slimline but also easily assembled and installed producing maximum transparency.

With aesthetics being a key part of any interior design and particularly so with glass door systems, CRL offers hardware in many finishes including Matte Black, from profiles to door jambs and gaskets. The CRL door hardware range also includes patch hardware, such as the CRL380 Series Hydraulic Patch Fittings. With two adjustment screws to adjust the latching speed and the swing speed, the fitting is designed to remove the need to dig in the floor and to use any other floor or overhead closing devices, making it an easy, cost-effective, and versatile option for interior projects. For compact situations, a sliding glass door offers the ideal solution and with CRL Compact-X, such a system is quick and easy to install, integrating seamlessly into any design. Combining latest technology with an attractive minimalist design, the Compact-X conceals all of its sliding components within the top track, giving a pleasing aesthetic appearance. Suitable for glass panels of 8mm, 8.76mm, 10mm, and 10.76mm in thickness, the system is available for ceiling, glass, and wall mounted applications and it features a double softbrake system that provides an advanced sliding action. With aesthetics being a key part of any interior design and particularly so with glass door systems, CRL offers hardware in many finishes including Matte Black, from profiles to door jambs and gaskets.

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Touch Ironmongery Ltd

The Perfect Touch

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


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

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

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

The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace. 210 Fulham road, Chelsea London SW10 9PJ

British manufacturers of the finest quality handcrafted hardware Croft combine traditional skills with modern manufacturing techniques to produce the most beautiful, quality fittings, built to stand the test of time.

Croft, available from Touch Ironmongery

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


Latest News Senior promotion spells big things for Manchester construction industry

A world without downtime

Sean Langton’s presence in the North West’s engineering and construction industry has spanned almost 35 years – with experience delivering hundreds of national and international projects, he’s now been announced as director at Manchester’s Building Services Design (BSD).

~ How close are we to a downtime free age? ~ Utopias are common in fiction, from Plato’s The Republic to The Federation in Star Trek. For manufacturers, a world without unplanned downtime would be the perfect utopia. The question is, is abolishing unplanned downtime a far-fetched dream, or is it closer than we think? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation shares his vision for a downtime free age.


he mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E) company has had a presence in Manchester for 10 years, with 80 employees across its seven UK offices. Sean has been an associate director at BSD for five years and is delighted to have been promoted, following a long and varied career in the industry to become the Manchester office’s new director. “I studied building services engineering at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) but my first introduction to engineering was when I was 17-yearsold and managed to secure my first job with DSSR,” said Sean.

Sean stayed with the Manchester-based firm, moving across departments and the business’ joint ventures, making his way up the ranks to become an associate before joining BSD in 2013. “I’ve worked on all manner of projects – if you think of a building, it’s likely I’ve worked on it; or at least something similar. My work has taken me to the Sudan and Iraq completing schemes varying in size and value.

“MIPIM is a fantastic opportunity to meet influential decision makers from across the UK – and the globe. We attend representing BSD but also act as ambassadors for our regions, promoting the opportunities we have in our area for investors and how we can support the redevelopment and growth of our cities and towns.

“My varied experience – which has seen me work on completing atomic weapons research facilities, police HQs, higher education and commercial facilities, care homes and laboratories – has meant that I’ve had a really solid grounding in the industry and can tackle almost anything that’s thrown at me.”

“BSD’s Manchester office is growing – we have a very bright future here as we continue to take on more and more engineers to support the transformative projects we’re working on in Manchester and nationwide with excellent clients.

Sean is also looking forward to attending MIPIM, the world’s largest property event, next month in Cannes.

“I will continue to build upon the strong relationships we’ve formed over the years with clients, continuing to create buildings engineers can be proud of and

further establishing ourselves as the go-to consultancy,” continued Sean. David White, managing director at BSD added: “Sean’s commitment, drive and hard work has been recognised by many across the business during his time at BSD. He’s an expert in his field, has pushed the Manchester office to become a leader in its field and continues to develop lasting relationships with key clients which are crucial to the survival of our business. “I wish him the best of luck in his new role and I look forward to seeing what comes next.” BSD is sponsoring Team Leicester and Team Lincolnshire at MIPIM. For more information contact

GRAHAM Construction achieves BIM double First contractor to achieve twin BSI certification

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GRAHAM Construction has become the first UK and Ireland contractor to achieve a double BIM certification, achieving the BSI Kitemark™ certification for both BIM Design and Construction (PAS 1192-2) and BIM Asset Management (PAS 1192-3).



ncorporating BIM right across its £565 million construction business, GRAHAM has trained more than 500 people on its team in this approach and is using it to deliver projects including Baird & Anchor Hospitals on behalf of NHS Grampian, a 383 unit buildto-rent development on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, framework for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in Richmond, London, and the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park development in Shinfield, Reading. Melanie Dawson, Head of BIM at GRAHAM and Chair of the Northern Ireland BIM Regions Group, said: “Embedding BIM into our everyday business practices has been a priority at GRAHAM. We are using the growing volume of information on construction projects to make smarter decisions, control costs and deliver consistently excellent projects. BIM is also helping us improve efficiency in the supply chain which in turn significantly benefits our clients. More importantly it gives our clients and stakeholders the confidence and assurance that we will deliver consistent excellence from project inception through construction and into asset management management. Congratulating GRAHAM on the dual certification, Gavin Summerson, Senior Certification Manager at BSI (British Standards Institution) said: “The BSI BIM Kitemark is the most rigorous test of

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ccording to research by Oneserve, machine downtime is costing British manufacturers over £180 billion a year. Unplanned downtime halts production, but can also lead to wasted raw materials or damage to the system itself – amplifying the cost beyond loss of production. Further research conducted by GE Digital found that 70 per cent of companies lack full awareness of when equipment is due for maintenance, upgrade or repair. These figures are worrying, as unplanned downtime is having a huge impact on productivity and causing major losses to the economy. Manufacturers must be

aware of when maintenance is required in order to lower this figure. Does it have to be this way? Machines break down — it’s an unfortunate fact of everyday life. However, there are signs of machine failure that can be monitored and managed. For example, vibration analysis or analysing the speed of machines can provide insight into the condition of equipment, indicating that it may be about to break down. Proactively monitoring equipment and scheduling maintenance in advance can drastically reduce the risk of machine breakdown, which is why preventative maintenance is taking manufacturing by storm. What does preventative maintenance mean for downtime? Gone are the days when manufacturers must take a run to failure, calendar or usage-based approach, which involves waiting for a motor to fail or a heat transfer system to leak before taking action. Plant managers can now plan regular inspections, upgrades and troubleshooting on equipment to avoid breakdowns. This is good news — Industry 4.0 is increasing manufacturers’ capabilities to a stage where

maintenance can be data driven. Information collected by sensors on the factory floor can be relayed to a plant manager and used to make realtime decisions on servicing and maintenance. Using a digital twin, a virtual representation of a factory’s operations, combined with machine learning software, could allow the system to identify and plan for faults in advance. In future, this could involve a system self-diagnosing and self-repairing – ordering a replacement part or machine from an automation equipment supplier and planning automated maintenance. Could zero downtime ever be possible? Manufacturers seem to think so – eight in ten companies surveyed by GE Digital thought digital tools could eliminate unplanned downtime and 72 per cent of organisations said that zero unplanned downtime is a high priority. Taking a proactive approach to maintenance is the best way to reduce your company’s risk of unplanned downtime. As Industry 4.0 develops and more connected sensors, digital twins and machine learning software are developed and implemented, downtime will reduce. We may be a way away from the perfect paradise, but we are certainly on the right track.

Three new hires at top consultancy prove that engineering is not a ‘man’s job’ National mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E) consultancy, Building Services Design (BSD), has welcomed three new engineers at its Kettering and Birmingham offices, reinforcing its representation of women across the business.


ith almost 15 years’ experience between them, Charu Gupta, Christina Iona and Dominika Ruszkowska have added a wealth of experience to the expanding M&E firm. Charu, who is the Birmingham office’s newest energy and sustainability engineer, is a qualified level five building simulation expert. She said: “I specialise in carbon reductions and assisting in supporting required zero carbon targets and I really hope to make my mark at BSD, making a difference at the business and supporting our clients.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with the BSD team to deliver a range of exciting schemes across the West Midlands and beyond.” BSD has eight offices across the UK, turning over more than £6 million and, at its Kettering headquarters, Christina has joined as an energy and sustainability engineer She said: “Engineering and construction is a fascinating industry and I’m very excited to have joined BSD as I have a real passion for sustainable design. Christina hopes to dispel the misconception that engineering is ‘just for boys’ and believes that more women should be encouraged to take up STEM subjects. “I started pursuing engineering in Cyprus and, as a woman, I wasn’t encouraged at all – it was a very difficult start. However, being in a male-dominated industry has actually helped improve my confidence,” Christina added. “I think we need to focus on encouraging the next generation of women so they become more selfconfident, in turn thriving in not only the construction industry, but other sectors as well.”

an organisation’s implementation of BIM and GRAHAM should be very proud of this achievement.

“Last year, I started training with BSD for a week each month before joining the company permanently. This allowed me to see what engineering is all about and find out how interesting it is, inspiring me to move from contracting into design,” said Dominika. “There are not many women in the construction environment, especially on the mechanical engineering and estimating side. I do think women should be encouraged more as it brings new skill sets – like problem solving and organisation – opinions and experiences to the table,” she continued. Last year, Jo Jones became the first woman at BSD to be promoted to associate director. She said: “Construction is a great career path – it’s not all about being on a building site in a hard hat. People need to realise the opportunities available to them because development and infrastructure is important for the whole country. “BSD is not a gender specific company. You are judged on your abilities and dedication to the job, not on whether you are male or female. We’re working hard to achieve a gender balance in the business and our experienced new hires are a testament to this.”

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“Not only have they demonstrated the delivery of BIM projects during the design and construction phase in accordance with PAS 1192-2, they have also demonstrated that they are continuing to work to BIM level 2 at the asset management phase, in accordance with PAS 1192-3. This helps both GRAHAM and their clients to realise the full benefits of BIM, to enable the effective management of information throughout the asset lifecycle, providing assurance and trust to asset owners.”

Also at the firm’s Kettering office, Dominika has been appointed as a junior mechanical engineer after completing a training placement at BSD.


54% of tradesmen don’t A recent survey has found that more than 54% of tradesmen believe that the only use of insulation is to prevent heat loss.


n response to their survey, market leading natural insulation manufacturer Steico UK and distributor Ecomerchant, have come together to launch a new campaign called Protexion. The campaign aims to educate all aspects of the construction industry that insulation products do far more than just ‘keep the heat in’.

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To design a well-insulated building, informed decisions need to be made throughout all phases of a construction project to ensure a building performs at its best.


Adrian Judd, operations director at Steico UK, says: “Current data, including this survey, tells us that there is a knowledge gap when it comes to people’s understanding of natural insulation. “Steico UK saw the opportunity of joining forces with Ecomerchant to get

the whole construction trade better understanding the long-term effects of insulation. We’ve joined forces to form the Protexion campaign which, explains the important role insulation plays when designing a building and the knock-on impact it has on a person’s health and well-being.” The Protexion campaign will set out to equip tradesmen, architects and self-builders with the right knowledge to compare insulation materials on a like-for-like basis – something both Steico and Ecomerchant feel is not happening in the industry. Will Kirkman, managing director at Ecomerchant, explains: “The survey was initially launched because we were seeing a trend throughout the industry of common misconceptions when it came to the uses of insulation. Only 50% of people surveyed had a choice of insulation materials when they were renovating or constructing a building and either they were happy to keep using the same insulation product they have always used or were simply not aware of alternatives.” The survey also showed that 100% of respondents considered sustainability to be one of the most important criteria when selecting a product. In terms of manufacturing and disposability, using natural materials such as wood fibre insulation, are much better for the environment than materials produced from energy-intensive industries such as petrochemical and synthetic insulation materials .

“Steico UK saw the opportunity of joining forces with Ecomerchant to get the whole construction trade better understanding the long-term effects of insulation. We’ve joined forces to form the Protexion campaign which, explains the important role insulation plays when designing a building and the knock-on impact it has on a person’s health and wellbeing.” Adrian Judd, operations director at Steico UK Will Kirkman, continues: “This campaign provides a fantastic platform to address old-fashioned building practices and encourage thinking around natural insulation. It aims to progress the use of modern techniques and natural materials, so we build well-insulated buildings which, are fit for purpose and will improve their occupants’ comfort and well-being.”

For a free audit of which natural insulation’s right for your project, visit protexion or call 01793 847 445.

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Demand for Quality is Rising


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


he metal roofing market in the UK has expanded rapidly in recent years and this increased demand for installers has drawn in inexperienced and unskilled contractors, which have proceeded to take business away from the specialist contractor. However, there is growing recognition for long term value of quality when tit comes to design and workmanship. The evidence is there in every aspect of the industry:

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stating the metal roof must be installed by a member of the FTMRC The increasing number of roofing contractors wanting to be a member of the FTMRC The new training initiatives such as the Basic Competency Programme, designed to help every metal roofer er get the he e ri right ghtt tr train rain aining ing an ing nd take k th the e firs firs rstt step step tepss t ward tow ards gain aiin ning n ing g a for fo orm ma m mal al qu quali q uali alililifi ficati ficati fic cati tion ion on. on on. n.

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

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The Piece Hall, Halifax Conserving a Grade I listed building with renovating plaster

Halifax’s Grade I listed Piece Hall is a true monument to the town’s industrial heritage. As part of Calderdale Council’s ambitious plans to conserve the building and transform it into a cultural and commercial hub for Halifax, a series of delicate remedial works were outlined to future-proof the structure’s original features and ensure it would be able to live up to the rigours of 21st century life.


nder the schedule of works, Tarmac’s Limelite renovating plaster was chosen to provide a durable solution which was both sympathetic to the age of the building, yet robust enough to provide long-lasting results. The challenge

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First constructed in 1779, the Grade I listed Piece Hall takes its name from its original use as a cloth hall, where local weavers were allowed to sell their ‘pieces’ at the height of the industrial revolution. As an iconic reminder of Halifax’s prominence in the Georgian wool trade, the site is understandably a treasured landmark for local people.


The aim of the Piece Hall transformation project was to conserve the historic fabric of the building and create an outstanding heritage destination fit for the 21st century. This would see the property, which consists of 315 rooms centred around a 66,000 sqft piazza, return to its previous grandeur and be reinvented as a new cultural and commercial centre for the town.

operated by an independent body, the newly formed charity The Piece Hall Trust. It was vital that a specialist heritage renovating plaster was specified, to ensure that any remedial work undertaken would be in keeping with the property’s original features and sympathetic to the materials used during the building’s original construction in 1779.

The Piece Hall transformation project was delivered by Calderdale Council and made possible by funding from the Council, a generous £7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – thanks to National Lottery players – and kind support from both the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation.

The plastering contractors chosen to undertake the work, Manchester Screeding Contractors (MSC), were challenged with plastering the inside of the iconic arches which surround The Piece Hall’s piazza, as well as re-plastering walls within a number of rooms on the ground floor. Given the need to use a specialist heritage plaster, MSC turned to Tarmac’s Limelite team for help. For the interior work, damaged and ageing plaster had to be removed, revealing solid stone walls which needed to be plastered in keeping with the heritage of the building. Time and weather had also eroded the exterior arches, and an appropriate solution needed to be found. Installation time was also a challenge on the project as the construction phase was nearing hand-over to The Piece Hall Trust, with the building due to be reopened to the public in August 2017. The solution To satisfy the specification, MSC first chose to use Tarmac’s Limelite Easy Bond as a primer, given its ability to effectively control suction and salts, as well as improve the level of adhesion when working with difficult substrates. Following this, two coats of Limelite Renovating Plaster were applied as a backing plaster to the surfaces to remove undulation. Tom Emery, Specifications Co-ordinator at Tarmac’s Limelite division, comments: “A traditional lime plaster could take months to dry out whereas renovating plaster only takes 24 hours to dry per coat. This was essential in helping the team to cope with the tight timescales of the project. The Piece Hall transformation project was delivered by Calderdale Council and made possible by funding from the Council, a generous £7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund – thanks to National Lottery players – and kind support from both the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation. The Piece Hall is now

“Moisture, damp and mould growth were also found in the building. Renovating plaster is ideal in scenarios like this, as the level of breathability it offers will allow moisture to easily pass through it. It is this breathability that will significantly reduce the likelihood of damp occurring. >>

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Tom continues, “The renovating plaster was followed with a final coat of Limelite’s High Impact Finishing Plaster. The High Impact Finishing plaster is extremely durable, which is ideal given the municipal use of the building. What’s more, it’s great for use in heavily trafficked areas as it provides a shell to the backing plaster.” In total, seven tonnes of product were supplied to the project in the two-month timeframe, with MSC working through the weekends to get the job done. Karl Hodgkiss, Managing Director of Manchester Screeding Contractors, commented: “Internal and external plastering as well as restoration plastering are key specialist areas for our business, and this was a significant project for us that we were excited to be a part of. I had used Limelite’s renovating plaster before in smaller quantities and knew it would provide a breathable covering for the original stonework.”

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“Internal and external plastering as well as restoration plastering are key specialist areas for our business, and this was a significant project for us that we were excited to be a part of. I had used Limelite’s renovating plaster before in smaller quantities and knew it would provide a breathable covering for the original stonework.” Karl Hodgkiss, Managing Director of Manchester Screeding Contractors


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DULUX DECORATOR CENTRE LAUNCHES ONLINE INVOICE PAYMENT FUNCTIONALITY Dulux Decorator Centre has introduced a range of new features and functionality to its website to offer greater convenience, support and flexibility to trade customers and DIYers when managing their accounts with the decorating specialist. The new features offer Dulux Decorator Centre account customers greater control over their billing preferences, enabling them to access account history, pay and download invoices online, sign up for paperless billing, download agreed price lists and call off from existing pallet arrangements at any time. Online customers also benefit from a wider range of products to choose from, which can be added to a ‘favourites’ list to save time on repeat orders.

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Dulux Decorator Centre has also launched a new Visualizer app for Android and iOS to support businesses helping customers to choose the right colours for their decorating project. Using augmented technology, the Visualizer app enables users to test any colour in any room, ensuring that customers can be colour confident before ordering tester pots online.


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The advantage of the Norcros system is that it enables tiles to be fixed with a cement-based adhesive on to anhydrite screeds which have a relative humidity as high as 95 per cent instead of the standard requirement of 75%.

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he core of the project is the replacement of a 1970s office block with a contemporary mixeduse Foster & Partners scheme. This will comprise apartments built at basement level, at ground floor level and also in blocks of nine to eleven storeys. There will be 165 private residential apartments, as well as studios and one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Sugar Quay is being jointly developed by Barratt London and CPC Group Limited. Because of the scale of the project, anhydrite screeds were used to offer the following benefits:

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be laid in a single day compared to 100 – 150sq m achieved with conventional sand: cement screed. More cost-effective than traditional screeds. For example on ground floor installations, anhydrite screeds are an average of £2 to £5/sq m cheaper to lay. Minimal shrinkage Improved encapsulation of underfloor heating pipes Significantly thinner than sand: cement screeds. More environmentally friendly.

Norcros conducted product trials in a 30sq m ground floor area of the building, on a newly laid 50mm thick anhydrite screed incorporating underfloor heating pipes. Full reports from the testing carried out

The advantage of the Norcros system is that it enables tiles to be fixed with a cement-based adhesive on to anhydrite screeds which have a relative humidity as high as 95 per cent instead of the standard requirement of 75%. The Pro Gyp-Base system negates the requirement to commission the heating prior to tiling. Therefore in the site trial carried out at Sugar Quay, the underfloor heating was not commissioned prior to application of the Norcros Pro Gyp Base system or before tiling. The heating was in fact commissioned in line with industry standards 14 days after the tiles had been fixed. At the conclusion of the tests there was no evidence of debonding of tiles or cracking of the grout joints in any of the bays and no evidence that the Pro Gyp Base had not worked effectively. The results from trials, combined with the available historic information provide very positive evidence to support the use of the Norcros Pro Gyp Base system as a fast track solution for rigid tiling on to anhydrite screeds, offering potential for both considerable time and cost savings. Norcros Adhesives were able to provide full on-site support and technical back-up. This includes on-site training, as well as a full programme of checking and monitoring throughout the installation process which will continue through to occupation of the building. These stages will be supported by Quality Control Inspection and Test Plans, Quality Control Check Sheets and full written procedures.

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Norcros Adhesives carried out a programme of on-site tests, using the new Norcros Pro Gyp-Base Fast Track Sealer, which greatly reduces the minimum drying times normally applicable for anhydrite screeds. Developed and tested in association with Gypsol, Norcros Pro Gyp Base offers a fast track solution for tiling on to both heated and unheated anhydrite screeds.

by Norcros Adhesives were issued on 1 September 2017.


Editor’s Choice “That’s Greenheart� smiles Janine as my hand touches a slab of newly machined olive coloured hardwood. The close grained texture and its weight is surprising. “All the way from Guyana. One of the most durable timbers in the world. Probably about 400 years since it was felled. We took that delivery a while back from a redevelopment in Tilbury Docks. That piece came off the lead in jetty.�

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Greenheart, bold vision: The use of reclaimed materials in buildings, infrastructure and design has evolved considerably in recent years. New compound words have emerged such as “upcycling�, and “pre-loved�, to help improve the image of recycling in our material culture. And yet moving towards a practice of reclamation as a first option in design, is difficult. The environmental imperative behind reclamation is so glaringly obvious and there are indications that something is changing. Architects and designers are making often breathtaking choices in their use of reclaimed materials. Yet reclaiming is a dirty, surprising, and often sometimes thankless process that requires passion and commitment to sustain it.

One business located in deepest Essex has found a way to do this. Ashwells has quietly built a reputation for supplying high quality material for architects and engineering companies by re-framing the way we think about reclamation. During a visit to the Ashwells yard recently, I felt like a child in a toy shop: industrial saw machines and finishers and huge slabs of timber were an indication of how heavy and industrial the business is. That is why it is even more surprising to find the business is run by two women, Janine and Deb Davies-Tutt.

As new infrastructure gradually replaces timber with modern concrete alternatives, huge quantities of timber are dumped in landfill. Meanwhile the importation of tropical timber into Europe is illegal unless it can be brought in from sustainable sources. Given the centuries it takes to grow Ekki or Greenheart, those sources will take generations to mature, making tropical timber hugely valuable. There is still a prevailing belief however that using reclaimed materials should be cheaper than buying new. For many, reclaimed materials are synonymous with rummaging through a jumble sale in the 1970s, and it is a repeated conversation with every new client that Ashwells supplies. This sense of a story behind the material is where Janine holds out some hope for not only protecting tropical forests, but for increasing the use of reclamation as a practice. Janine’s wife and business partner Deb Davies-Tutt explains, “One

of the most important things for us is to tell the story behind the timber.� “There really is very little that we build in the modern world that could not be built with reclaimed timber� explains Janine. “Often it needs the architects skill and designers eye to draw out the best of it, but even in its raw state, like these old piles, there is a beauty in the unusual shapes and weathered surfaces.� I was curious to see some of the projects that Ashwells have been involved with over the years, and was amazed to see their timber in public works, private gardens, river ways and even fashion outlets and restaurants. Some of the wood is highly finished, and others leave the character of the worn surface in place. One of their best known projects was as a supplier for, “Europe’s longest bench.� The huge slatted circular structure in Little Hampton beach was part of a cultural and creative regeneration programme sponsored by Gordon Roddick as a tribute to his wife, Body Shop founder, Anita Roddick. “We were asked to provide thousands of hardwood bars, which we sourced from sea groynes, some of which actually came from Littlehampton East Pier itself. “That is one of our favourites,� smiles Deb�. “Yes that is a happy story.� continued Janine. Seeing the imagination of the design, combined with the passion of Deb and Janine to reclaim the old timbers felt to me like an honouring. Timber extracted from forests thousands of miles away, formed into infrastructure, reshaped as public amenity, - perhaps that is the new essence of an important word. Reclaim. We just have to act on it.

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ecobuild 2018 Day One Summary: Tackling the Big Issues


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cobuild 2018 kicked off with a bang and a demonstration that it is refusing to shy away from tackling the biggest global issues facing the built environment. The central conference programme certainly delivered with its opening session on day one (6th March 2018) focusing on delivering the UN’s Sustainable


Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

Speaker Paula Caballero, Global Director of the Climate Programme at the World Resources Institute, talked frankly about the challenges that lie ahead and stressed the need for an alignment of currently disparate agendas around climate action and development in order to succeed. Lord McConnell, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the SDGs, called for everyone in ecobuild’s Canary Wharf

The sustainability showcases were a huge attraction for visitors on day one, with people literally queueing out of the door to explore the space standard compliant ZEDpod.

Conference Arena to take responsibility for delivering the goals. Housebuilding and placemaking were also a big focus of the first day of the conference with James Lidgate, CEO of Legal & General Homes, asking for urgent action to tackle the “unsustainable intergenerational inequality” that we see today. Beyond the arena, there was standing room only at many seminar sessions, with the Offsite, Energy & HVAC and Timber districts proving particularly popular with show attendees wanting to find out more about new ideas and emerging technologies. The sustainability showcases were a huge attraction for visitors on day one, with people literally queueing out of the door to explore the space standard compliant ZEDpod. The zero carbon home is just one of a series of full scale builds at the event. Many visitors also took the chance to take a break and relax in The Hive Pocket Park, a brilliantly diverse green space created by The Edible Bus Stop Studio. Day one of the event was also packed full of launches including the Structural Timber Association’s Site Check pocket guide and the guide to Multifunctional Solar Carparks from the BRE National Solar Centre and FlexiSolar. Many exhibitors took the opportunity to demonstrate their latest products, including Bauder which launched its brand new sustainable drainage solution for flat roofs, BauderBLUE. New top-of-therange doors were also displayed for the first time at the Smart Architectural Aluminium Stand.

Day Two Summary: Driving Change


central aim of this year’s ecobuild is to drive real change across the built environment and this was a key theme throughout day two of the event (7th March 2018). Tackling the big issues head on, the conference programme included a session focusing on “Construction quality in a post-Grenfell world.” Lynne Sullivan, chair of the Good Homes Alliance, described the fire as a “huge wake-up call” and as being “symptomatic of systemic failures” across industry which need to be dealt with. One of the key outcomes of the session was a call for government to take on real responsibility, alongside industry, for implementing change to ensure that better regulations are in place in the future. The RIBA used day two to launch its consultation for the Building in Quality initiative, in the beautifully designed RIBA Bookshop and Meeting Space. The initiative aims to encourage better collaboration, improved procurement and to introduce new methods to improve the quality of the built environment for the benefit of all society. The BREEAM UK New Construction scheme was also officially launched on day two. This revision of the world-leading sustainability method for real estate follows the organisation’s most comprehensive industry consultation to date. It was also another busy and well-attended day of seminars across ecobuild. Among the many highlights was a session on health and wellbeing in offices, which drew a huge crowd in the Building Performance district. Architectural and interior design expert, Oliver Heath discussed the benefits of “microrecuperative spaces” and biophilia in not only offices, but also across education, hospitality and healthcare environments and called for a human centred approach. Seminars in the WasteZone, in association with the University of Brighton Responsible Futures, continued to be popular with visitors. All the individual sets of light-up headphones were taken for “Realising the value of circular economy”. Raimund Bleischwitz from UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Resources highlighted that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have a direct impact on the circular economy through the demand for resources; in that more are needed to meet energy and water management goals and for cities to be developed.

Day Three Summary: Looking To The Future


cobuild 2018 came to a close with a resounding call for action to help deliver on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. A list of key themes for both the built environment and government has been developed across all twelve conference sessions, which centres around taking action now and working as collaboratively as possible. On day three (8th March 2018), there were also in-depth discussions around how well the UK’s property and construction sector is performing when it comes to sustainability and how it can go further. Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said there is an “inconsistent approach to measuring success” and warned that industry has a long way to go until it is truly sustainable. Louise Clarke, Head of Sustainable Places at Berkeley Group, meanwhile called for “sustainability superheroes” who consider all factors together. The drive for visitors and exhibitors to help deliver the SDGs, which started on day one,

On day three (8th March 2018), there were also in-depth discussions around how well the UK’s property and construction sector is performing when it comes to sustainability and how it can go further.

continued with more and more pledges being added to Bioregional’s stand. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), working with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), announced that it is bringing together the world’s civil engineering organisations for the first time in a generation. The Global Engineering Congress, which will take place in London in October, will determine how to make the delivery of the SDGs a reality. Forging Ahead This year’s ecobuild was truly about professionals from across the built environment coming together to create and curate the event they want and need. This approach has been hailed a success with dozens of exhibitors already getting on board for next year. Donna LeCarpentier, Technical Area Manager at Ronacrete, commented: “Both the quantity and quality of visitors this year has been great for us. There’s a good mix of specifiers, contractors and end users and we’ve had a really high calibre of inquiries. We’re leaving here with great contacts and that’s why we’ve signed up straight away for next year.” Elizabeth Brabner from Bauder added: “We’ve used this year’s ecobuild to launch our new roofing system, BauderBLUE. We had a crowd of about 50 people around the stand on the first morning to watch, and all three days have been really busy, with great conversations, we haven’t stopped. The visitors who sign up for ecobuild have a real purpose, which leads to valuable conversations. We’re already looking forward to next year and we’re planning an even more interactive stand, where people can touch and feel our products in different environments. It will also be a great opportunity to showcase our project work involving the products we’ve launched this year.”

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Summing up day three, Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events Ltd, said: “To be able to end ecobuild 2018 with such a sense of purpose and a drive towards a more sustainable future is fantastic. The post-show mandate that we are creating will be one that we hope will inspire real change. The vision for this year was to make ecobuild a collaborative event and to see so many exhibitors already excited for next year is brillant.”


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Monika Slowikowska to speak at Women in Construction Summit Golden Houses Developments director reflects on the path to success after award winning 2017


onika Slowikowska, one of the most prolific female leaders in the construction industry, has been announced as one of the speakers at the forthcoming Women in Construction Summit.

This news comes at a timely and important moment that celebrate women’s achievements in the UK. December 2017 marked 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK. The speaking opportunity also takes place ahead of International Woman’s Day, 8 March 2018; a day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Taking place on Tuesday March 6 at the 8 Northumberland Avenue venue, close to the River Thames in London’s iconic West End district, the Women in Construction Summit seeks to level the playing field, promoting women in the industry and driving gender equality to the top of the sector’s agenda. The speaking appointment comes at a time of reflection for Monika Slowikowska and her Golden House Developments company, after a sixth successful year of operations. In that time, led by the driven and inspirational director, the company has picked up two prizes in the London Construction Awards, with Monika winning the Women in Construction Award and Golden House Developments triumphing in the London Build Excellence Award category.

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Monika has underlined the fact that the industry event comes at a time when women in construction are very much in the spotlight. She has highlighted the importance of recognising that while the construction sector employs as many as 2.1 million people, women comprise only 11% of the workforce, and are paid 12% less than men carrying out the same roles as them, according to research.


Ahead of the Women in Construction event, Monika has also taken the opportunity to point out the key facets that have made Golden House Developments a successful venture. Under Monika’s stewardship, Golden House Developments

have sought to cut the conflicts which so often slow down construction projects, and instead use in-house teams to reduce overheads. As a sole director and owner, Monika is one of the only women working in the construction industry at this level. She is of Polish origin and came to Britain unable to speak English, but has since held roles in the engineering and construction industries. She launched Golden Houses in 2012 and has built it into a success story. The business is growing exponentially and achieved six times higher turnover in its fourth year than it did in its first year.

Monika Slowikowska, the founder of Golden Houses Developments, commented: “2017 was an unsurpassed, award-winning year for Golden House Developments, and we are looking forward to an even more fruitful year in 2018. We have reached our current position by raising the bar in the areas of design, construction and quality - all of which we recognise as being vital to our clients. I am a great believer that you should never forget who you are and where you come from, and I hope that by giving my own perspective at the Women in Construction Summit, I can offer some insight to my female colleagues in our industry.” For more information, visit www.

I am a great believer that you should never forget who you are and where you come from, and I hope that by giving my own perspective at the Women in Construction Summit, I can offer some insight to my female colleagues in our industry.” Monika Slowikowska, the founder of Golden Houses Developments



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The Flooring Show gets set for 2018 The UK’s national flooring event, The Flooring Show, is in top gear getting ready for its 56th show at Harrogate in September.

companies returning to exhibit at the show after a break. In total 83% of 2017 exhibitors have rebooked for 2018, with more to confirm.

confirmed for 2018 include Floortrain, IVC, Staingard, Barth 1873, NMC UK and Home Creations.

Stand sales are running 16% ahead of 2017, with some long-term supporters of the show increasing their stand sizes and being joined by

Karndean, Furlong Flooring, Lano, Brockway, Victoria, F Ball, Ball & Young, Interfloor and Egger have all rebooked and new companies

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Floors & Flooring THE SAINSBURY GALLERY AT THE V&A A UZIN system was used to install the ‘herringbone’ wood floor with the new Sainsbury Gallery at the V&A. The Sainsbury Gallery opened in June 2017 as a part of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. The expansion created a beautiful and unique space for London, and a world class gallery space for the V&A’s internationally acclaimed exhibition programme. The 1100 square metre column-free Sainsbury Gallery, is one of the largest temporary exhibition spaces in the UK and was created by excavating 18 metres below ground, directly beneath the V&A’s Grade I listed buildings. The flooring contractor Architectural Flooring Specialists decided to use UZIN products because a high quality finish was vital at this prestigious project. UZIN provide fail safe installation systems. UZIN also provided exceptional technical service and back up throughout the installation to help with any queries during the project. Firstly UZIN PE 404, resin DPM was used to protect the floor from residual moisture within the concrete substrate. UZIN PE 280 a rapid drying primer was then applied to the floor before UZIN NC 150, a heavy duty smoothing compound was installed. UZIN MK 92 wood adhesive was then used to install the intricate herringbone parquet floor. The new Sainsbury Gallery provides a spectacular, dynamic and flexible exhibition space and the floor helps create an outstanding, unique and atmospheric environment.




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Built in 1938 and protected by Concrete Blast Walls, Bawdsey Radar Station was the world’s first operational radar station. The walls had decayed steadily since the building was vacated in 1991, leaving the top layer of reinforcement exposed to the elements. Being a Heritage site, traditional concrete repair techniques were not allowed. Working in partnership, Remmers and Concrete Renovations Ltd devised a way to repair the walls by using Remmers restoration materials. Remmers coloured mortars were used to repair and simulate the colour of the original concrete alongside Remmers migrating corrosion inhibitor and impregnation cream as part of the 25-year maintenance plan. The project has recently received a prestigious Award of Merit, issued by the International Concrete Repair Institute at the convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. | Email: | Tel: 01293 594010

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Wrightstyle appointed to sixth Elizabeth Line station

Wrightstyle, the advanced steel and aluminium glazing company, has been appointed to work on a sixth Crossrail station.


he contract at Paddington station will see the company fabricate bonded doors and blast-rated screens for Craft Interior.

Devizes-based Wrightstyle is also supplying a range of blast and fire-rated doors, screens and curtain walling to Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Woolwich stations on what will become the Elizabeth Line. The line is expected to fully open at the end of 2018 and will increase London’s

rail capacity by 10% when it is fully operational. The £14.8 billion Elizabeth Line will have 40 stations, including ten new stations, with up to 24 trains running each hour in both directions on its 100 kilometre route. Wrightstyle has completed a number of recent prestigious transportation projects, both in the UK and internationally, including a major railway hub in Hong Kong, the Dubai metro and the iconic frontage of London’s King’s Cross station.

The company is an international leader in the supply of guaranteed systems to mitigate against fire or ballistic or bomb attack – and has live tested its systems against both car and lorry bomb attack.

The company is an international leader in the supply of guaranteed systems to mitigate against fire or ballistic or bomb attack – and has live tested its systems against both car and lorry bomb attack. Wrightstyle also supplies to the commercial, residential and healthcare sectors – and also to other transportation projects such as airports, to which it has supplied both domestically and internationally. The company not only designs and fabricates its systems but also offers an installation service, providing a oneinstalla stop so olution for all advanced glazing require ements.

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Wrightstyle’s advice is to always specify the glass and framing system as one compatible and tested unit, because if one fails, the entire system fails. It’s why Wrighttstyle’s systems have been tested in the USA, U EU and Asia-Pacific markets, offering g a guaranteed level of safety.


“Crossrrail is the largest construction projectt in Europe and our appointment to a sixth station underlines how designers are building in the highest-possible levels of safetty,” said John Woodcock, contracts manag ger, Wrightstyle. “We ha ave worldwide experience in the sector, and our international testing regime e provides absolute assurance on the stre ength and compatibility of both our glazed and framing components,” he said.

To the next generation of UK construction workers – your country needs you The government’s pledged to build 300,000 homes per year to help solve the current housing shortage – but do we have the workforce to ensure that target’s realised?


t would appear not. Latest figures show the UK construction industry needs an estimated 400,000 new workers every year until 2021 to meet the demand for new building projects.

The worker-shortfall has been largely blamed on failure to replace employees who have left the industry due to retirement or career change. It’s left a skills vacuum that requires urgent filling. Ordinarily, the outgoing workforce would be seamlessly replaced by a new generation of builders, but it appears youngsters no longer view construction as a desirable career choice. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) recently asked a group of 14 to 19-year-olds which careers interested them construction scored a tiny 4.2 out of 10. According to the survey, young people claimed that construction means ‘being outdoors and getting dirty’.’ Image

A recent RICS survey revealed 62% of surveyors cited the UK construction skills shortage an impediment to infrastructural growth. With adversity, however, comes opportunity. There has never been a better time to forge a career in construction – your country really does need you. The training academy being progressed by Baumit, caters for External Wall Insulation installers and applicators of all abilities. The bronze, silver and gold courses, which will take place at our specially-equipped UK HQ in Aylesford, Kent, can be tailored to suit individual or group needs. It’s important to note: these sessions are not an opportunity for our experts to lecture candidates - this is not a return to the classroom. This is a hands-on, practical learning experience with ‘real-life’

challenges usually encountered in the workplace. Support We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure candidates leave our course betterinformed with more confidence in all EWI matters. The Silver & Gold courses take place over two days; a greater time for candidates to absorb and reflect on the information and skills they’ve learnt. It also gives them a chance to build a rapport with course leaders, as our support goes beyond that provided within the academy environment. As part of our aftercare ethos, we want candidates to be confident enough to contact us whenever EWI issues determine. Ultimately, we want those who complete the bronze-to-gold course journey to be equipped with an industry qualification in the form of OSCAR Onsite overview and approval, as well as become a Baumit-approved partner and gain access to a host of other benefits. A recent RICS survey revealed 62% of surveyors cited the UK construction skills shortage an impediment to infrastructural growth. With adversity, however, comes opportunity. There has never been a better time to forge a career in construction – your country really does need you.

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The construction industry needs to rebuild its image in the eyes of the young if a whole generation of builders and site workers is not to be lost to other sectors. Educating the workforce of tomorrow on the innumerable benefits of a construction-based career would be a start. The question we should be asking youngsters is: ‘why wouldn’t you want to aspire to become a building professional’? Those entering the industry have it in their hands to shape the world we live in today and our future environment. What more incentive should one need?

Training can also help ‘skill-up’ a new generation of construction workers, particularly those looking for an industry-recognised qualification as an opportunity and career enhancer. A more able, experienced workforce will also benefit the industry as a whole, improving efficiency across all disciplines - be it insulation, roofing or concreting - to create structures that excel in terms of performance for the health, comfort and wellbeing of the occupants.



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

Consort Claudgen’s CRX2 wireless controller is now available with an optional open/close window detection feature which reacts intelligently to temperature changes in the area or room. Should a window or door be left opened, the CRX2 will recognise a sudden drop in temperature and will turn the heating off to save energy. Once the window or door is closed, the CRX2 will switch the heater on and resume its normal operation. The open window detection feature is fully automatic and, once enabled in the setup menu, it does not require further intervention to be activated. The detection time and temperature settings for this feature are also fully adjustable in the setup menu. With this feature active, heat loss is minimised, thus reducing energy wastage and saving money. For more details, email: or contact Sales at 01646 692172.

Special Air Intake Screens help hospital maintain HVAC efficiency Keen to protect all its HVAC equipment from airborne debris and to maintain its efficiency, the Central Middlesex Hospital sought a solution for all its 28 locations adjacent to London’s A40.

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RABScreen, the external air intake screen specialists, together with distributor GVS Filtration and their client Bouygues put forward a successful bid in a competitive tender and the team then subsequently fully surveyed all the hospital locations.


As a hospital project, much of the work had to be completed at weekends, and there were several problems which needed to be addressed: ten of the supply ducts were drawing air from high level louvres; access required scaffolding which would make ongoing maintenance very difficult; and internal duct access was also difficult.

By working with one of its partner companies, AJM Ventilation, an exceptional ductwork installer, the team were able to modify the ductwork to receive new filter boxes. The RABScreen solution was installed within the supply filter box to make screen insertion easier.

mesh material, the GVS BACTICELL improves efficiency and copes with high pressure differentials between changes. These BACTICELL screens will reduce replacement costs dramatically with the next filter change not expected until August 2019.

The hospital maintenance team was looking for a mesh screen that could be inserted into existing ductwork then simply withdrawn for future maintenance. For RABScreen director Richard Betts, with his 25 years’ experience in the building services industry, this was not a problem.

Now the local airborne debris created by London’s A40 and the surrounding industrial area is kept away from the disposable filters increasing their lifespan by as much as 60%. This front line protection allowed the introduction of the highly efficient GVS BACTICELL which sits behind the RABScreen’s

Nick Shackleton, Director at GVS Filtration commented, “It was a great solution for the customer. All of the AHU plant is now protected by the washable RABScreen and the long lasting BACTICELL. AJM Ventilation’s expertise in ductwork meant that the contract was fulfilled on time and within budget”.

Green Light for Underoor Air Conditioning in Romania AET Flexible Space, leading provider of underfloor air conditioning systems are presently commissioning the system and equipment supplied to German IT and software solutions company, iQuest for their new build headquarters in Cluj Napoca, Romania.


ET UK have worked closely with Romanian distributor, Convergo Energy on the first underfloor air conditioning installation in the country, and the high profile project will create first class, grade-A office space for the owner-occupier.

Underfloor air conditioning systems use the plenum beneath a raised floor as the ventilation duct, eliminating the need for ceiling duct work, potentially reducing new build construction height by up to 10% and making it easy and economical to adapt to workplace changes. The system supplied to the iQuest project is a CAM-V system, where zonal downflow units feed conditioned air into the plenum beneath the raised floor, and then receive return air at high or ceiling level for re-conditioning.

The system supplied to the iQuest project is a CAM-V system, where zonal downflow units feed conditioned air into the plenum beneath the raised floor, and then receive return air at high or ceiling level for re-conditioning. The CAM-V system is ideal for easy reconfiguration as there is no division of the plenum into supply and return channels. The conditioned air is introduced into the workspace from the plenum using modular fan terminal units, known as Fantiles, which are easily relocated with 600 x 600mm raised floor tiles and feature integrated controllers permitting users to personally adjust temperature and fan speed settings. The project covers an area of 18 200m2 on a former factory site in the centre of Cluj Napoca, approximately 6000m2 of which will be office space situated over five floors, and the building will be surrounded by generous green space and public areas. A total of 34 CAM-V33/V22 zone units and 484 Fantiles were supplied; the Fantiles comprising 386 TU4 and 98 slimline TUS units for the fourth floor with a shallower floor void. All Fantiles were specified with EC fans for enhanced energy efficiency and the whole system is connected together and communicates with the main BMS via the bespoke AET flexgateway module.

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The phased project has been under construction since 2015, the first phase transforming the former factory building by adding two new wings on each side. The second phase creating the grade-A office space is nearly complete and iQuest intends move its Cluj Napoca workforce into the new building by the end of the year.


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There are at least 3 reasons to fit Titanium tank heaters over the traditionallyspecified Nickel alloy heaters in hard water areas: 1. More then 3 times service life as reported by a number of breweries including Te T ignworthy Brewery of Newton Abbot. 2. Less energy usage with Ti heaters which are manufa f ctured with 0.4mmW tube whereas alloy heaters use a 0.6mmW tube. 3. The thermal conductivity of Nickel alloy is about 2/3 that of Titanium. Specify f ing Ti heaters will assist companies seeking standards accreditation such as: ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management – minimisation of waste & efficient use of raw materials & energy. ISO50001:2011 – Energy Management – reduction in energy usage & carbon footprint Available online through the Titanium Products website – Or Tel: 0121 705 1483 Email:

Viessmann boilers take centre stage at Hull New Theatre Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann is in the limelight at Hull New Theatre, which re-opened at the end of 2017 following an extensive refurbishment and multimillion pound investment. As part of the £16 million rebuild, the company has overhauled the heating system, supplying three Vitocrossal 200 boilers to heat the entire theatre space and ensure the utmost comfort for actors and audiences alike. Specified by G&H Building Services, the Viessmann system was selected as the ideal solution to meet the capacity, cost-efficiency, environmental and noise requirements of the project management team at Hull New Theatre.

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The newly extended and transformed theatre boasts state-of-the-art technical and backstage infrastructure meaning the theatre is now one of the most advanced in the country.


Garry Taylor, city manager for major projects and infrastructure at Hull City Council, says, “This was a complex and multipart renovation so we had to ensure the smooth running of the whole project while the installation took place. Viessmann was appointed to install a stable and efficient boiler system to meet the requirements of our building usage, guests, performers and theatre management team. “The systems were installed efficiently and operate to a high standard – with minimal

noise, which is especially important during performances. We need to ensure the comfort of actors backstage and guests in the auditorium and having an efficient heating system is a huge contributor to their experience in Hull New Theatre. It will also reduce our energy costs, carbon emissions and make the theatre a green, comfortable and welcoming environment for our audiences, creatives and community visitors.”

The system will provide an environmentally responsible function and an economical, reliable, safe and particularly quiet service – all key factors for the theatre.

The gas condensing boilers offer highly effective thermal insulation with high grade condensing technology for efficient performance to price ratio as well as clean combustion.

The new system offers the most energy efficient fossil fuel burning boilers, bringing energy and cost efficiency compared to older, inefficient noncondensing boilers.

The boilers will provide heating for the whole theatre space including the newly reconfigured theatre auditorium, backstage, dressing rooms, public areas and community spaces.

Rinnai announces price hold for second year, others have price increases of upto 5% reported

sealed, power flue appliances, while the external weatherproof models have forced exhaust which enables them to be compact, saving both floor and wall space.

Rinnai hot water – instant, continuous, limitless and sensibly economic for every type of commercial site

Rinnai’s unique condensing technology incorporates two heat exchangers to achieve optimum water heating generated from every cubic metre of Natural Gas or LPG. The condensing process delivers up to 95% thermal efficiency, which translates to significant energy savings when compared to standard on-demand water heaters or conventional stored systems.


innai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has announced that it is holding its price for the second year in succession - in the face of reports that some other manufacturers are increasing prices by almost 5%. Two other manufacturers are reportedly ghosting through price rises of between 3 - 4.5%. “We see no justification whatsoever to submit price increases and seek to stabilise market prices for our customers. We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation”, says Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings. Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings

We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation”. Tony Gittings, Rinnai Managing Director Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are high efficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. Incoming water temperatures of up to 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems. ABOVE

The Rinnai natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature controlled safe and useable hot water. The Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed as stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for the largest of all commercial sites such as big hotels, busy gyms, high rise offices etc. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, ungainly and energy inefficient storage vessels.

All Rinnai internal HDC condensing continuous flow water heaters, are room-

The pack consists of up to five heavy duty water heaters with an equal number of flue kits (for internal heaters) or an equal number of pipe cover boxes (for external models) and sufficient valve packs. Also included is one hot water storage vessel (stainless steel 300L, 500L or 800L glass lined steel) along with necessary valves and one primary pump with valves and one unvented kit. Add to this an expansion vessel of either 50L or 80L capacity, two drain cocks, one tundish, a temperature and pressure relief valve along with a control thermostat, an overheat thermostat and the kit is complete. Common header flue systems are also available to further stream line the installation. Typical applications for the commercial ranges include cafés, children’s nurseries, factories and offices, laundries with top loader machines, hotels and restaurants, sports clubs, shower blocks in caravan parks – and many more. Rinnai continuous flow hot water systems deliver on all levels in a cost effective and practical manner. Easy to install and operate the units provide a flexible and energy efficient solution for domestic applications and for all sectors of business and industry.

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Rinnai Heavy Duty water heaters are high efficiency gas continuous flow water heaters with outputs up to 69kW. Incoming water temperatures of up to 60°C are accepted, making the HD50i suitable for secondary return systems. Water can be delivered at high volume with minimum gas consumption. All models have full electronic ignition with no pilot light and operate on demand only, consuming no gas when not in use.

Rinnai Gas Hot Water Storage Pack represents the best value-for-money solution on the market today with everything delivered direct to site in one complete package


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Furniture fit-out completes at Manchester recruitment firm Manchester-based furniture and interiors specialist Penketh Group has completed its transformation of Oliver James Associates’ new base at No. 1 Spinningfields.


he global recruitment agency has taken two floors at the building on Hardman Square, with Penketh Group having supplied a cutting-edge furniture solution for the branch’s 120 members of staff. The space includes a space-saving bench desk area, a state-of-the-art work café, breakout zones, impressive director offices, several spacious meeting rooms, a boardroom and substantial storage solutions. Among the products supplied by Penketh Group to optimise the space were FrameOne bench desks from Steelcase, ergonomic chairs for Gesture and steel storage lockers, as well as sofas, bar stools and coffee tables for the breakout areas. Chris Birchall, workplace designer at Penketh Group, said: “We were delighted to work with the team at Oliver James Associates to help create a workspace that promotes productivity and gives people the space and freedom they need to work effectively. Using our extensive toolkit of designers, brands and products, we were able to develop a solution that perfectl y complements the Oliver James brand while bringing a breath of fresh air and we’re thrilled with the end result.” Penketh Group, which has offices in Manchester and the Wirral, works with clients to create stand-out working environments. Its service portfolio incorporates furniture and interiors, AV and technology, managed print solutions and business supplies. Shannen Doherty, operations executive at Oliver James Associates, said: “We were extremely impressed with the service provided by Penketh Group. Nothing was too much trouble for Chris and the team, and they delivered a seamless installation from start to finish. “Our people are enjoying their new workplace, which is a dynamic space full of positive energy, and we are already proudly showing it off.”

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As part of the project, Zero Space was appointed to draw up plans, while Denton Associates conducted the fit-out.


“We were extremely impressed with the service provided by Penketh Group. Nothing was too much trouble for Chris and the team, and they delivered a seamless installation from start to finish.” Shannen Doherty, operations executive at Oliver James Associates

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Idom Merebrook k Reaches Milestone in Swansea University Refurbishment Project Idom Merebrook, the UK brand of Idom Group, a leading international engineering consultancy with a base in Cardiff, will complete their first year on site this spring at Swansea University, Prifysgol Abertawe. The high profile refurbishment programme is well underway and encompasses two of the University’s most renowned buildings.


he work is part of a £72 million development programme on the University’s Singleton Campus, designed to create world-class facilities for student learning and living, and to establish a centre for scientific research excellence. Idom was appointed by Kier Construction under their SCAPE framework, to provide structural design services for the refurbishment, temporary works and new facilities for the Taliesin Arts Centre and the Talbot Building both located on the 47 acre Singleton Campus. The Taliesin Arts Centre is situated at the heart of university life and is a popular entertainment venue for both students and the local community. First built in 1984, the venue puts on over 50 live shows a year, houses a popular cinema and a museum of Egyptian antiquities. The Taliesin will soon be home to a new £2million Student Learning and Creativity centre, due to be completed on the ground floor level next year. Idom’s scope of work on the venue has focused on refurbishment of the old building and includes partitioning, temporary works and structural amendments.

Idom has been involved in the design of many entertainments venues and university campuses, so is well placed to help create a new facility of which the University will be proud.” Idom Merebrook, Managing Director at Ramon Ramirez

Idom has also been engaged to facilitate the remediation and refurbishment of the engineering faculty at the Talbot Building. This will house the TATA Steel Innovation Centre, an innovative testing facility and centre of engineering excellence. Once complete, the building will provide a hub for collaborative projects between TATA, the University and local government.

“The new development on Swansea’s Singleton Campus is a very exciting project to be involved in. Innovation and great design are at the heart of this entire project and our team has responded to a highly innovative brief, which engages well with the specialist skills within our business.

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campuses, so is well placed to help create a new facility of which the University will be proud.” As part of their scope of work, Idom Merebrook has undertaken a structural assessment to design and modify the building fabric and incorporate the new structures.

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The work is designed around the construction of a new steel fatigue testing facility which requires special design consideration to deal with onerous vibration loading – a potential cause of fatigue failure in buildings.


The team has also designed the plinths to house the testing machines, the steel gantry to enable the loading of test samples and has undertaken the radar scanning of concrete slabs to provide information on construction and carried out performance capacity analysis.

For further information about Idom Merebrook contact 01773 829998.

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NCC Streetscape Granite Sett Driveway Refurbished: “Not just Good as New – But Better!” GftK’s vdw 850 Paving Joint Mortar from NCC Streetscape has been used to repoint and improve the performance and durability of this prestige driveway near Bury in Lancashire.


he driveway was originally pointed with sand and cement, but this broke down and it was repaired by well-known brands of cement slurry jointing and gun applied pointing – All of which failed because of problems in application and service, as these are all disrupted by water, causing delay or damage by working in wet weather, all resulting in shrinkage cracking and limited life expectancy

All of these problems have now been solved for years to come with GftK’s vdw 850 Paving Joint Mortar, a unique epoxy resin bound, graded sand formulation that is simply wet-slurry applied and it self-compacts into the joints. The surface is rinsed and then dry brushed-off and within a short period of time can be put back into use – also with no delays for cold or wet weather.

“After 8 Years It Looks Like It Was Jointed Yesterday!” “After 8 years it looks like it was jointed yesterday!” - These are the words from when they inspected the paving refurbishment that they had last witnessed underway on site eight years ago, when the granite sett paving of Hitchin Market Square, was refurbished and repointed with GftK’s vdw 850 Paving Joint Mortar.


ike many old town centres and market squares, this is a very demanding environment for paving, due to all sorts of traffic exposure, plus frequent mechanical street cleaning etc. Faced with the prospect of having to lift and re-lay the whole square, at huge cost, the Local Authority and their Consultants undertook extensive tests and trials over winter, then decided to repoint with the best performing product – GftK’s vdw 850

The project was completed on time and on budget, because work could continue and be completed using GftK’s vdw 850, even despite the wet weather and low temperatures throughout, which would have made any cement based or single-pack pointing mortar useless and doomed to failure. Today after 8 Years, the historic market is looking great and is a valuable asset to the Town; most importantly it will also continue to do so for a good few more years yet.

“Secure and Durable Granite Sett Re-pointing for Sheffield” The granite paving through the Peace Gardens in Sheffield has been refurbished for Sheffield City Council using GftK’s vdw 850 Paving Joint Mortar from NCC Streetscape.


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he highly durable granite was becoming loose and subject to damage due to the far less durable cement based jointing mortars used originally and for earlier repairs. Whilst ‘traditional’ these are all highly sensitive to water, mixing and exposure to frost resulting in typical cracking and loss of strength problems.


The Council’s Engineers and their Contractor found the ideal solution was the unique, epoxy resin bound sand based, vdw 850 Paving joint Mortar from NCC Streetscape. This also enabled all of the work to be successfully completed without having to completely close any areas of the popular commuter routes through the gardens. The areas were high pressure water jet cleaned, any loose stone setts re-fixed and then the joints were simply wet-slurry pointed with the vdw 850 jointing mortar, which self-compacts into the joints. The surface was rinsed, dry brushed-off and within a short period of time reopened – also with no delays for cold or wet weather.



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WiZ Launches OEM Partner Programme for Smart Lamps and Luminaires "WiZ Connected" at Light + Building in Frankfurt Following the recent presentation of its "WiZ Pro" range for professional users, WiZ launches its "WiZ Connected" OEM partnership programme, unveiling dozens of WiZ Connected smart lights implementations already in use by established brands such as AEG, Brilliant, iDual, Lutec, Trio and more. By integrating the WiZ Connected Controller into their LED driver, WiZ OEM partners can now offer their customers full access to the WiZ world class Android/iOS WiZ App and WiZ Pro App, automatic firmware updates and secure and interoperable cloud services for the lifetime of the WiZ Connected products, as well as end user support in six languages.

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With WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth Low Energy capability, the WiZ smart light technology allows independent internet connectivity for each light, using existing routers for residential and commercial internet access. It is integrated to cloud web services for maximum interoperability and scalability together with multi-user capability. Furthermore, all of the WiZ technology-based lights from any partner can now be operated through voice control using Amazon Alexa or Google Home and, later this year, Apple Home kit.


“Our OEM partnership programme aims at fast tracking manufacturers to full IoT capability at an extremely affordable price,” says Francois Aubaniac, EMEA Director for WiZ. “All WiZ technologyenabled luminaires are fully interoperable with each other and with all WiZ branded products already available online and in stores across Europe and the US, we are building an open ecosystem which will ultimately provide a very large choice of luminaires to consumers and professionals.“

BLUETOOTH NETWORK CONTROLS DANLERS’ new range of “Casambi-enabled” occupancy detectors use Bluetooth Low Energy communication to control lighting without the need for any wiring between the controls and the luminaires. Any number of Casambi-enabled luminaires and controls in a building will automatically form a mesh network, and the Casambi app can be used to quickly and simply set up any required control system. This has major advantages in cost, ease of installation and flexibility. Casambi networks are both reliable and secure, and devices can be added or taken away at any time. They can also be integrated with existing DALI or 1-10VDC systems. Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Email: - Website:

Restoration and refurbishment of St. Augustine’s Church, Hammersmith, London Refurbished transept and marble altar, St. Augustine’s Church, Hammersmith

Roz Barr Architects have completed the restoration and refurbishment of St Augustine’s Church in West London. Although the church is not listed it was noted of merit within the Hammersmith Conservation Area.


oz Barr Architects were appointed by The Order of St Augustine to develop the site and create a new Augustinian Centre with the restoration of the church as the first phase of a larger building project. Roz Barr wanted to respect the original volume and features of the church; stripping back layers of paint and decoration from the existing timber and masonry to reveal the hidden architecture.

The existing timber ceiling and vestibule were stripped and sanded then treated with a white oil giving a lighter and purer interior to offer a more uplifting sacred space. The existing stone columns were stripped to reveal their true materiality and the timber screens to the vestibules were restored.

“This project has been many years in the making and there is an honesty to our approach that aims to celebrate this urban room and create a more optimistic and purer interior. Collaborating with Julian, John and Father Gianni has emphasised the unity of art and architecture and therefore is an extremely important project for the practice. We look forward to the next phase”. Roz Barr Architects New confession booths were formed within an existing transept and these tall volumes allow for the geometry of the internal vaulted ceilings to follow the lines of existing stained glass windows that they frame. The floor level of the altar was raised and reconfigured and the original green marble from the High Altar recovered from the site and re-used. This defined the place for a new Altar designed by ceramist Julian Stair.

Existing interior of St. Augustine’s Church before the refurbishment

New vestibule at St. Augustine’s Church, Hammersmith

Roz Barr said “This project has been many years in the making and there is an honesty to our approach that aims to celebrate this urban room and create a more optimistic and purer interior. Collaborating with Julian, John and Father Gianni has emphasised the unity of art and architecture and therefore is an extremely important project for the practice. We look forward to the next phase”. The next phase of works includes refurbishing the existing 1960s centre and extending it to create the new Augustinian Centre which will include a new Priory and Public rooms with a new urban garden that is designed by Todd Longstaff Gowan.

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New sanctuary and bespoke cast iron light, St. Augustine’s Church, Hammersmith

Building Services engineers -Ritchie + Daffin designed a new heating system to heat the masonry walls and columns to create a more sustainable and efficient solution to servicing historic building fabric. This is a first time this heating application has been installed in the UK. Suspended above the Altar is a new cast iron light ring designed by Roz Barr in collaboration with graphics designers John Morgan Studio/Abyme who created a bespoke typology for St Augustine’s. John

Morgan Studio/Abyme also created a hand painted gold-leaf fresco to the rear wall of the Sanctuary. New signage to the Stations of the Cross adds another layer of texture to the newly refurbished interior.


5RRÂżQJ &ODGGLQJ 5 Warning Signs of Asbestos Poisoning Asbestos was officially banned in the UK in 1999, but it still remains a serious risk to our health. As a building material used for insulation, flooring and roofing, asbestos is often present in older buildings and warehouses. If asbestos is exposed and small fibres are inhaled, they can remain in your lungs for a long period of time and can cause scaring and inflammation. This can lead to directly related medical conditions, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It is often difficult to identify whether a business or place of work is at risk of asbestos as symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses often do not manifest for several years, or even decades. This is why it is important for UK businesses to seek the help of a registered OSHCR consultant who specialises in asbestos in order to protect employees from potentially life threatening conditions.

Here are 5 warning signs that you may be showing signs of an asbestos-related disease:

1 Shortness of Breath If you have inhaled asbestos fibres, they can cause scar tissue to form in your lungs which is known as asbestosis. This scar tissue can make it difficult to breathe and shortness of breath can be one of the first signs of an asbestos related illness.

2 Swollen Fingertips A tell-tale sign of asbestosis is swollen fingertips, in around half of cases. Also known as clubbing, swelling in the tips of the fingers, when the fingertips appear broader and rounder, is a common symptom of this type of asbestos-related condition.

3 Fatigue Extreme tiredness can be a sign of an asbestos-related condition and when combined with other common symptoms, such as shortness of breath and swollen fingertips, can be an indication of an asbestos related illness, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.

4 Wheezing Wheezing is caused when there is inflammation present in the lungs and often causes a whistling sound, especially when taking a deep breath. In asbestos related conditions, for those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t smoke, wheezing can be a cause for concern and may indicate that you have been exposed to asbestos.

5 Persistent Dry Cough

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As the effects of asbestos can remain undetectable for many years after exposure, a persistent cough can be an indication of a possible asbestos-related condition. Even 40 years after initial contact, patients can develop a persistent cough due to scar tissue forming in the lungs over time.


In the UK, the workers most at risk are those in shipyards, those working with aircraft and automobiles, miners, building construction companies, electricians and railroad workers; however, asbestos can also be present in office buildings and warehouses, or any public or residential building that was constructed before the 1980s If you believe that your business or place of work may be at risk of asbestos, find an OSHCR registered consultant now.

Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR solvent-free and odourless waterproofing membrane has been used to refurbish the roof of Poole Hospital’s outpatient department, ensuring that the project avoided any odours that could become a nuisance to staff and patients in the unit or the surrounding wards. he cold-applied liquid membrane was installed by contractor, Hi Tec Roof Systems, overlaying the existing single ply membrane on the 480m2 roof.


disruption while providing a durable solution. The cold-applied liquid system also helped to ensure we could handle the awkward shapes and details of the roof’s quadrangle layout.”

Despite regular repairs to the existing roof, the single ply membrane had failed due to a number of factors, including the loosening of mechanical fixings, damage caused by seagulls and holes in the membrane caused by cigarette butts discarded from above.

Hi Tec Roof Systems cleaned and prepared the roof, applying a fungicidal wash to completely remove any contaminants before applying a Kempertec primer. The Kemperol 2K-PUR resin was then applied in a single wet-on-wet process in which the resin is first applied to the substrate; reinforcement fleece is then laid directly on to the wet resin, immediately followed by more resin on top. This ensures complete saturation of the reinforcement fleece. Once cured the resin forms a seamless, elastomeric waterproof membrane that cannot delaminate, is UV stable, and bonds directly to the substrate.

The Kemperol 2K-PUR membrane was selected for the scheme to ensure minimum disruption at the hospital as it is completely odourless throughout

The Kemperol 2K-PUR membrane was selected for the scheme to ensure minimum disruption at the hospital as it is completely odourless throughout the installation process, required no strip out of the existing roof substrate, no hot works and no wait time between applications of resin. the installation process, required no strip out of the existing roof substrate, no hot works and no wait time between applications of resin.

Comments Richard Moremon from Poole Hospital: “The outpatient department’s location had made it especially susceptible to wear and tear and this roof refurbishment has not only delivered a much more robust surface but has also addressed some of those issues, ensuring that the new Kemperol membrane will fulfil its expected BBA service life of at least 25 years.”

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Explains Steve Mulcock from Hi Tec Roof Systems: “The outpatient department at Poole Hospital is based around a central courtyard and surrounded on three sides by seven storeys containing wards. It was vital, therefore, that we used a system that would minimise

Finally, a non-slip maintenance walkway was created on the completed membrane using tiles fabricated from recycles tyres.


Shackerley’s SureClad® creates Union between old and new at Manchester University The University of Manchester is investing in an ambitious ‘Future Union’ refurbishment to provide additional floor space, enhance the visual impact of the Student Union building and extend its service life.

Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated cladding system was specified in a creamy beige colourway with a natural, stone-like finish to complement the existing Portland Stone Façade

Shackerley prefabricated a total of 476 SureClad® panels and 366 reveals at the company’s production facility in Lancashire, supplying the installation-ready panels to site with fixing straps securely anchored to their rear for installation using Shackerley’s Queen’s Award winning SureClad® Access System.


he project includes two extensions constructed as infills to the rear courtyards. To ensure that these façades complement the original building’s Portland Stone frontage and answer demands of a core university facility, Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated cladding system has been specified in a creamy beige colourway with a natural, stone-like finish.

Following planning consent and completion of the detailed design, Shackerley worked to accurate plans to produce SureClad® panels to the project’s bespoke requirements.

Shackerley prefabricated a total of 476 SureClad® panels and 366 reveals at the company’s production facility in Lancashire

Designed by architect, Wilson Mason, and delivered by main contractor, Willmott Dixon, the project has been designed in three main phases, beginning with the extensions, which will add an additional 1000m2 of space.

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The project architect explains: “The student union is an iconic building on campus in a key location. Both a high quality appearance and high performance materials were key elements of the design brief from the University.


“The SureClad® ceramic granite ventilated façade system answered those quality requirements. As an impermeable material, it will resist both discolouration from pollutants and graffiti damage. Moreover, the wide choice of colourways and finishes meant we were able to specify a Portland stone colour with a natural finish that ensures a strong visual connection between the new elevations and the original building frontage.”

Shackerley provided the custom-fabricated, singlepiece sections needed for intersections with windows and abutment to existing brickwork

Shackerley provided samples of the SureClad® ceramic granite panels to help the architect overcome planning queries. These were temporarily fixed to the existing building’s external brickwork to clearly demonstrate the aesthetics and quality of the proposed system.

Explains Adrian Cowell from the project’s cladding installer, Task Contract Services Ltd: “While the majority of the SureClad® panels were provided in the standard 1198 x 598 format, some had to be cut to different sizes to accommodate the specific layout. The project also involved some bespoke design and prefabrication by Shackerley to provide sections needed for the intersections with windows and abutment to the existing brickwork.” Shackerley prefabricated a total of 476 SureClad® panels and 366 reveals at the company’s production facility in Lancashire, supplying the installation-ready panels to site with fixing straps securely anchored to their rear for installation using Shackerley’s Queen’s Award winning SureClad® Access System. In addition to the Portland stone-coloured SureClad® ceramic granite panels used to create the façades, the system was also specified for the capping details of the stepsleading to the new entrance. Here, the SureClad® system has been specified in a dark grey/black colourway to create a contrast with the creamy coloured façade and hard landscaping. The University of Manchester’s student Union is set to create a new benchmark for student facilities on campus when all refurbishment and remodelling work completes in 2018.

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eamsil is the UK’s leading Cut Edge Corrosion Treatment. More professionals specify Seamsil for good reasons. It’s the product they trust, it works and It has stood the test of time. Today, Seamsil and Delvemade’s other protective coatings are actively maintaining hundreds of roofs, right across the country, many for decades after application.

Invented by Delvemade, Seamsil has a proven, unbeatable reputation for quality that stretches back a generation. This fact enables Delvemade to provide a long and meaningful product guarantee. Itac Limited, Delvemade’s parent company, exclusively manufactures all Delvemade products. Both businesses operate closely, working together, from Itac’s new, ‘state of the art’ production facility, in Manchester. Established over 100 years, Itac has a wealth of adhesives and coatings manufacturing experience. An Investor in People, with ISO 9001 and ISO 140001 accreditations, Itac is the perfect manufacturing partner for Delvemade, ensuring the highest quality plus rapid supply on demand, and interim

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Sika Provides Ideal Service for Lancaster University Chaplaincy Instantly recognisable and an example of modern architecture that heralds the entrance to campus, Lancaster University’s Chaplaincy is a striking building with three circular flat roofs and a central threepronged spire. Each vertical prong of the spire rises to a different height in a trio of curved structures curling up from the fascia.


onstructed in 1969, the building is much more than a landmark; it is a vital part of pastoral life on campus. Two of the building’s circular sections contain two Christian chapels (one Roman Catholic and one Anglican), while the third and largest section of the building contains a large social space and areas for Jewish worship and observance, along with a quiet room used for worship by the Quakers, Baha’is and other faiths.

Once these areas of the roof had been made good, the surface was over-boarded using tongue and groove board and the installation team then applied Sika Liquid Plastics S-VAP 5000 self-adhesive vapour control and carrier membrane before applying the two-coat Decothane Ultra liquid system.

Lancaster is one of only a handful of UK universities with a purpose-built, multi-faith Chaplaincy and the building is in daily use by both religious and non-religious groups. When water ingress began to create issues with leaks and damage, therefore, the University took urgent action to carry out a full roof refurbishment. The resulting complex programme, delivered by main contractor Vertical Access and roofing contractor, Permicoat, used Sika Liquid Plastics virtually odourless Decothane Ultra cold-applied liquid system. It has recently been named as Project of the Year (under 1,000m2) in the Liquid Waterproofing Roofing Association (LWRA) awards. Unobtrusive & Hardwearing While the Chaplaincy building is not listed, the University was keen that the refurbishment project should respect the original aesthetic and fabric of the structure, in particular the distinctive white finish of the fascia and the spire. Use of a waterproofing system that would avoid the risk and disruption of hot works

The red Decothane base coat provides high levels of water resistance on application and the fibre glass reinforcement membrane breaks down within the liquid resin to provide a flexible surface. The grey top coat is then applied to complete the system. Sika Liquid Plastics technical team made regular site visits throughout the programme to ensure installation integrity and provide support with detailing requirements.

“Decothane Ultra provided the ideal system for this project as it meant that we could work on the occupied building without disturbing the occupants and address the University’s requirements for a hardwearing finish that’s sympathetic to the original design intent of the building.“ Paul Bingham Managing Director from Vertical Access

while minimising nuisance odours and noise was vital so that the the building could remain operational throughout the project. Vicki Mathews Development Manager Lancaster University explained: “Refurbishment of the Chaplaincy roof, fascia and spire was vital to protect the fabric of the building and the comfort of the broad spectrum of students, staff and visitors to campus that use the facilities. “We needed a system that would be installed without requiring us to limit access to the building during the works. It was also essential that the project would offer a robust, hard wearing system that will offer a low maintenance result with an extended service life. It was clear that the Decothane Ultra system would tick all of those boxes, while maintaining the colour palette of the original building design.”

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Sika Liquid Plastics technical team carried out a full site audit and condition survey to inform the specification and worked with the contractors to develop the specification for the 960m2 roof and spires. The virtually odourless Decothane Ultra system was specified in standard grey for the roof surfaces and white for the fascia and spires. The original mineral felt roof had failed at the gutters and drainage outlets and the roof areas where water ingress had been most severe were badly degraded, with damage to the insulation. In these areas, the insulation was cut away and replaced by sections of Sika Liquid Plastics Decotherm insulation board.

White Spire In addition to the water ingress issues with the roof, the building had also been affected by damp to the fascia areas due to failure of the surface coating that had previously been used to create the white finish. To address this area of the structure, the decision was taken to strip out the compromised fascia and replace it with a ply system. To ensure a neat finish and provide a robust, even surface for the spires, the project team also over-boarded these areas with 6mm ply, maintaining the distinctive curved shape while improving the finish. Once the fascia and spire boarding was complete, these surfaces were prepared using Sika Liquid Plastics Primer 600, followed by the S-VAP 5000 self-adhesive membrane. The white Decothane Ultra coldapplied system was then installed on the vertical surfaces of the fascia and spires, with best practice application supported by Sika Liquid Plastics technical team. Comments Paul Bingham Managing Director from Vertical Access: “Decothane Ultra provided the ideal system for this project as it meant that we could work on the occupied building without disturbing the occupants and address the University’s requirements for a hardwearing finish that’s sympathetic to the original design intent of the building. “The liquid system also enabled us to follow the exact contours of the facia and spire features while enabling us to encapsulate all horizontal, vertical and curved surfaces.”

5RR¿QJ &ODGGLQJ National Federation of Roofing Contractors launches new logo to reflect future growth NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors), the UK’s largest and most influential roofing trade association, has launched its new logo at ecobuild 2018. NFRC Members can use the logo once they have passed the NFRC’s strict Code of Conduct and standards of quality. As such, it is a powerful mark of approval, which singles out NFRC Members as trustworthy, dependable and reliable roofing contractors to their customers. “Our logo is the most important element of our identity and is prized by our Members,” said Amanda Brackey, Head of Marketing and Communications, who led the re-branding initiative in consultation with NFRC stakeholders. The result is a fresh modern design, which reflects the aspirations of NFRC and the sector. “NFRC has been promoting contractors and championing best practice in our industry for more than 125 years,” she said. “While we need to retain its history and long-established reputation for

improving quality, safety and skills, we want to be identified as genuinely progressive and inspiring.” Strategy for growth NFRC also has a strategy for growth, with services in areas like accreditation, recruitment, skills development and digital knowledge-sharing being key areas for future development. NFRC Chief Executive James Talman said: “The roofing industry is changing fast. New technology and new ways of working are having a huge impact. So are big challenges around skills, materials and legislation. What never changes is the demand for quality. This rebrand reflects our key credentials for raising standards, delivering great service, sharing expertise, supporting the industry and looking to the future.” A roll-out of the new branding to NFRC Members will start on 2 April 2018.

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ALUCOBOND® naturAL Copper creates undeniable luster on UK headquarters ALUCOBOND®, manufactured by 3A Composites, brings a superior metal panel image to any project. ALUCOBOND®, known for its lightweight qualities, also has other desirable attributes such as a vast spectrum of consistent color and finish options, the ability to form textures or curves or the option to create modules. When you need to present an exceptionally flat, high-tech metal panel image, ALUCOBOND® allows you the ease of mind that you have chosen the proven leader.


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he Aberdeen, Scotland headquarters for Norwegian energy company Statoil utilizes the profound luster of ALUCOBOND®’s naturAL Copper finish. The oil and gas production company operates in 37 countries around the world and their recently completed headquarters houses


and substructure that presents a pristine appearance without the use of visible fixings. TFC was also selected as accurate installation is both simple and speedy.” Sotech praises the naturAL series as, “…a subtle rapprochement to real metals without its inconvenience creating a refined metallic look.” The surface structure of ALUCOBOND® ’s naturAL line brings about interplay between metallic shine and the reflection and absorption of light.

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their development and production activities in the UK and Ireland. Statoil explains that their new headquarters creates collective spaces for the company’s 200 employees. The operation rooms are equipped with technology and collaborative tools for connectivity. They also utilize this technology to focus on their “…key issues; such as safety, environment, operations and asset integrity.” The architects at Halliday Fraser Munro worked closely with UK fabricator, Sotech Optima, to create the impressive exterior façade. The contracted windowsill panels create a three-dimensional effect against the remaining distending ACM. This fabrication technique creates an interesting prismatic effect where the panels change hue based on natural light and focal point, adding a new dimension to the façade. Rustic metal was a purposeful choice of building material for a company focused on utilizing natural resources. The new 60,000-sq/ft building features both Sotech’s Secret Fix FC attachment system and their Through Fix Cassette (TFC) Rainscreen System. Sotech explains, “The Sotech Optima FC system was selected for the project due to the precise coordination between panel

The project, which was built under specifications of Civil Engineering Company Sir Robert McAlpine and the developers at Drum Property Group, is located in Kingswells’ Prime Four Business Park. According to Aberdeen City Council’s head of planning, Dr. Margaret Bochel, “The high quality of design and materials proposed would fit well into the setting of the business park when taking into account the other development which is underway and proposed.” Project Name: Statoil Headquarters, Kingswells’ Prime Four Business Park, Aberdeen Façade Material: ALUCOBOND® PLUS naturAL Copper Construction Type: Cassette on bolts Planning (Architect): Halliday Fraser Munro – Chartered Architects Planning Consultants Fabricator/Installer: Sotech Optima Year of construction: 2016 Copyright pictures: Sotech Optima Paul Herbert, Specification Manager 07584 680263 Richard Geater, Sales Manager 07584 680262 Richard Clough, Business Development Manager 07760 884369

PLUS Certified fire characteristics – class B-s1 d0 | class A2-s1 d0 ƒALUCOBOND ® is the original German quality ACM with full BBA approval and highest fi re standards for cladding materials. ƒOn-going commitment to provide the safest, highest quality, innovation façade solutions to the architectural façades market. ƒ3A Composites proved with four BS8414 Large Scale Fire Tests carried out by BRE in late 2016 and early 2017 that the general requirements of the Building Regulation, Approved Document B, provide suffi cient fi re safety when adopting the European fi re classifi cations: Rainscreen systems with limited combustible mineral insulation (min. EN-class A2) and ALUCOBOND ® PLUS (EN-class B-s1, d0) shows no spread of fl ame or critical temperature rise. ƒThese systems exceed the requirement of BR135. The tests commissioned by the DCLG later in 2017 confi rmed the following results: Rainscreen systems with polymeric insulation show a much higher risk for internal and external spread of fl ame to the façade system when compared to systems with mineral insulation. Only in combination with limited combustible cladding, particular fi xing systems and cavity barriers, rainscreen systems with polymeric insulation might meet the requirement of BR135.

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British made gate and barrier solutions since 1984 We are the UK’s leading supplier of robust and reliable automatic and manual barriers, gates and height restrictors. Whether you’re looking for a simple barrier, large commercial gate or a bespoke designed solution Newgate can help. From design concept, to manufacturing, installation, service, maintenance and spares, we provide the complete solution every time. With over 30 years expertise within the sector we have worked with organisations from a wide variety of sectors, retail developments, business parks, airports, ports, MOD installations, education, health and leisure services, you can be assured we know what we are doing.


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We have been automating gates for over 30 years and have used our considerable expertise to develop our own motor/gearbox drive units for powering the biggest and heaviest gates, in addition to drive rams for domestic or lightweight gate applications. Newgate drive units will give you the assurance of a British designed, BS EN 12453 standard, wellengineered, substantially built, smooth and quiet unit that will work all day, every day.

Turnstiles All our turnstiles are fully finished and assembled prior to delivery to site, with no need to build onsite when you receive it. We guarantee total reliability and user friendliness. Available in three styles our full height turnstile is supplied in either a single or twin rotor configuration. Our third turnstile is a half-height tripod model. All units are provided in a powder coated (to your choice of colour) or stainless steel finish. Accessories such as canopy, down lighting and fire alarm override are also available, to suit each turnstile, as applicable.

Founded in 1994 providing safety equipment to the commercial shipping industry, I C Brindle & Co Ltd quickly diversified into supplying waterside safety, Flood Defence and Rescue and Recovery equipment for a wide range of clients worldwide.


supply all the equipment needed , whether it be Waterside Rescue and Recovery Equipment, Flood water prevention equipment or Emergency Shelters that help ensure weather protection for your workforce to keep your project moving forward.

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

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

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Project News South Kensington Tube station to be transformed as part of landmark property deal that will provide stepfree access Development of land around the station will deliver step-free access to District and Circle line, unlocking millions of journeys.


fL today confirmed plans to transform South Kensington Tube station, which will see the station upgraded and the surrounding land sensitively developed, reflecting its status as an iconic gateway to one of London’s most beloved cultural areas.

TfL has selected Native Land as its preferred joint venture partner to develop the land owned by TfL around the station. The development will be respectful to the character of the local area and will provide stepfree access to the District and Circle line platforms via a new entrance on Thurloe Street. The scheme will also improve access to the pedestrian subway leading to local destinations including the Science Museum, Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

will be preserved and further restored, and a second entrance via the Grade II listed pedestrian subway. Local community Subject to contracts, TfL will now work with Native Land and their preferred architecture firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, to develop proposals for the site. Consultation and engagement with the local community will happen later this year. Subject to planning permission, the development including step-free access to the District and Circle line, could be complete in 2022. Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development Director at Transport for London said: ‘It’s hugely exciting to be working with partners who are renowned for such iconic and transformative projects.

Make London more accessible South Kensington Tube station, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the busiest stations on the Tube network, welcoming over 34 million District and Circle and Piccadilly line customers a year to London’s museum quarter. Improving the station and providing step-free access will support the delivery of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which aims to reduce reliance on car journeys, encourage greater use of public transport and make London more accessible for all Londoners. A key part of the development will be the ability to improve the properties around the station including the four storey buildings at 20-34 Thurloe Street, with the potential to create new opportunities along TfL’s stretch of land on Pelham Street to Thurloe Square and on the distinctive Bullnose building. The site also includes the main station entrances through the Grade II listed shopping arcade, which

‘ ‘Together, h we can create a development that reflects its historic legacy and unique setting as a gateway to some of the most important and treasured cultural institutions in the world. ‘We look forward to working closely with Native Land, and the community, to bring forward respectful development proposals that generate vital revenue to reinvest in transport and provide step-free access for millions of journeys.’ Quicker, more pleasant journeys

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In January 2018, TfL was granted Listed Building Consent by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for proposals to upgrade South Kensington station.


Designed by architects Weston Williamson, the upgrade work will include rebuilding a new eastbound District and Circle line platform, and expanding the ticket hall and gate line to facilitate quicker, more pleasant journeys for customers using the station. This work is due to start in spring 2018. Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, said: ‘South Kensington is a vital station for our customers, providing a link to so many of London’s world-renowned cultural institutions.

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Liverpool John Moores University unveils new plans for Copperas Hill Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has released new plans to create a vibrant new student destination in Liverpool city centre.


opperas Hill, a strategically important site located close to Lime Street Station, was formerly occupied by the Royal Mail Sorting Office, which closed in 2010. This building was demolished in 2017, paving the way for LJMU’s exciting new plans. Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU ViceChancellor explains:

‘Upgrading the station will make a massive difference for millions of customers every year. Improving the accessibility of our network is enormously important to both the Mayor and to us, and we are determined to continue to make improvements across London.’ Very special location Alasdair Nicholls, Chief Executive of Native Land, said: ‘It’s great to be selected as the preferred partner for this important London project. ‘We are keen to work with TfL to progress proposals for a high-quality, mixed-use development which is authentic to this very special location.’ Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum and Co-Chair of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, said: ‘Today’s announcement marks an important milestone in the transformation of one of the world’s leading cultural areas. ‘Three-quarters of our Museum’s visitors arrive at South Kensington station, and it is vital that everyone should enjoy a fitting welcome if we are to realise our vision of making the cultural institutions of South Kensington as accessible and inclusive as possible. ‘At the Natural History Museum we have also made this a priority and have recently completed a redevelopment of our own main entrance to allow step-free access - something we are working towards achieving across our site.’ Customers using South Kensington will also benefit from the ongoing transformation of the District and Circle lines, with a new, modern signalling system currently being installed on both lines. The new system will increase train frequency, provide more capacity and make journeys quicker across 40% of the Tube network, benefitting millions of customers.

“We have taken time to develop the plans for the regeneration of Copperas Hill and we believe we have now arrived at the right approach. The scheme provides for the development of two major LJMU buildings set within new public spaces and landscaped routes. It will transform this area of the City for our students and staff, as well as for the residents and communities around this site.” LJMU is planning to develop the three and a half acre Copperas Hill site in two phases. Subject to planning approval, Phase 1 will see the development of two new buildings, a Student Life Building and Sports Building by summer 2020. The Student Life Building will house a range of student-facing services, such as careers advice, international exchanges, and counselling and wellbeing support. A new Learning Commons will also be developed plus new dedicated space for the students’ union. The new Sports Building will have indoor facilities, including an 8 court sports hall and gymnasium, which will support teaching and research in sports studies as well as providing new sports facilities for students, staff and Students’ Union clubs and societies. Professor Peter Byers, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) says: “The redevelopment of the Copperas Hill site is an investment in the future of our students and the future of Liverpool. We

Though physically separate, the Student Life Building and a Sports Building will be connected visually thanks to great architectural design, that creates a single sweeping curve along the length of the new pathway crossing the site. The £64million development has been designed to address existing constraints such as poor pedestrian access and mark the entrance to the Knowledge Quarter. The inclusion of new public spaces will further transform Copperas Hill into a vibrant, attractive place that everyone can enjoy. The development also reveals exciting new views of the Metropolitan Cathedral whilst connections between the Knowledge Quarter and Sensor City and Liverpool City Centre will be improved. Faithful+Gould will act as project managers, quantity surveyors, employers’ agent and principal designers after being appointed via the Pagabo Professional Services in Construction and Premises public sector framework, an OJEU-compliant framework. Ged McNicholl, Regional Director of Faithful+Gould comments: “We are proud to be supporting LJMU on this iconic scheme. Copperas Hill is one of Liverpool City Region’s key strategic gateway sites and the scheme will act as a catalyst for the future campus development, and be a critical component of the Knowledge Quarter. LJMU is a very ambitious and progressive client who we look forward to working with.” Faithful+Gould will work alongside architects Sheppard Robson, civil, structural and building services engineers Cundall, fire engineers WSP and planning consultant Barton Willmore. The Copperas Hill site development is part of a wider masterplan investment across the LJMU estate. https://www.

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“Three-quarters of our Museum’s visitors arrive at South Kensington station, and it is vital that everyone should enjoy a fitting welcome if we are to realise our vision of making the cultural institutions of South Kensington as accessible and inclusive as possible” Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum and Co-Chair of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group

“Copperas Hill is an area with significant potential for the University to create open pathways and public realm which will connect our two existing campuses in Mount Pleasant and Byrom Street.

are committed to delivering a life-changing student experience and these new facilities will enable students to maximise their time at LJMU, both academically and socially, and support their transition into professional employment.”


Boundary wall of Grade I listed Basildon Park country house, restored with the help of EcoRight Corn Coarse Stuff Basildon Park is a Grade I listed country r house, owned by the National Tr T ust and situated just outside Gorin i g-on-T - hames near Re R adin i g in i Berkshire. Built in i the 18th Century ry, it will be fa f miliar to viewers of the television series Downtown Ab A bey. y It was extensiv i ely l refu f rb r ished by Lord and Lady d IIififfe in i the 1950s and was k own fo kn f r hostin i g numerous glamorous parties. In 1978 it was passed to The National Tr T ust and is now a f vourite destin fa i ation fo f r tourists and locals alike.

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The stunning house is set in over 400 acres of mani n cured gardens and beautififul parkl k and. Surroundin ing it all is the boundary r wall that is the subject of restoration work by AF Jones Stonemasons, a specialist local building conservation contractor.r They chose to use EcoRi R ght Corn Coarse Stuff f that is bein i g supplied R adin i g. by Old House Store in i Caversham, Re


The Corn Coarse Stuff f was recently l developed by EcoRi R ght to meet the demand fo f r a lim i e putty t mortar

that is sympathetic to the distinctive yellow oolitic lim i estone fo f und in i and around the Cotswolds. It uses the same Leighton Buzzard sand as the EcoRi R ght Natural Coarse Stuff f with the addition of natural pigments. It is made using the hot mixing technique utilised by EcoRi R ght that replicates the traditional method used by stonemasons fo f r centuries. Whereas in the past, stonemasons would mix â&#x20AC;&#x153;lump m â&#x20AC;? lim i e with sand and then add water,r modern powdered quicklim i e allows fo f r greater eff fficiency c in i hot mixin i g. This means fa f r more regularity t in the mortar composition and hence perfo f rmance. Given the longevity t of historical lime mortars, their modern equiv i alents will be at the very r least just as good. EcoRi R ght is at the fo f refr f ont of industrial hot mixing of lim i e putty t based mortars. Up to fo f ur years ago, lim i e was slaked fo f r a minimum of three months befo f re being mixed. However,r extensiv i e research and experimentation revealed the authenticity t and eff ffectiveness of Main picture and inset, Basildon Pa P rk

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hot mixing and it has been the standard practice at EcoRi Right sin i ce 2013. Li Likewise, the demand fo f r bespoke k lim i e mortars has in i creased as more and more is used in i both builidin i g conserv r ation and new builid projects. Thi hs h draulic has led to the development of a wide range of hy and non-hy h draulic lime mortar colours with diff fferent textures. For new build projects involving lime, hy h draulic lime mortar is ty t pically l used, and supplied with an up to 3mm aggregate. Contractors used to working with sand and cement fi f nd this easier to adapt to and, aesthetically ly, architects prefe f r this texture to enhance the appearance of brickwork. Using hy h draulic lime f equency and or need fo f r mortar a also reduces the fr movement joints as well providing environmental benefi f ts. For building conservation work both hy h draulic and non-hy h draulic mortars, plasters and renders are used. In the case of mortars, an up to 5mm aggregate is typically ty l used to giv i e a â&#x20AC;&#x153;grittierâ&#x20AC;? texture. Thi h s is the case with the Basildon Park project and, as is oft f en the case, special care was take k n to match both colour and texture to the origin i al mortar.r Recently l there has been extensive discussion and research into the use, perfo f rmance and historical application of lime mortars within building conservation. It is fa f ir to say a that natural hy h draulic lim i e (NHL)

was viewed as a panacea a fe f w years ago however the research conducted by Historic England has called in i to doubt the comp m ressiv i e strengths and suitab a ility t of some NHL in i conservation work. Furthermore, the excellent work done by Nigel Copsey, y who has studied historical texts fr f om Ro R man and Middle Ages scholars and married it with his own experiences as a stone mason, ing has led to a comp m lete re-evaluati tion of o our understandin of th t e practices and techn hniques used to builid our historic structures. It is clear that stone masons of these eras had a deep understanding of lime mortars. They may a not have had the knowledge of the underly l ing chemistry r that we enj n oy today a however they had estab a lished tried and tested methods of achieving the correct mortar perfo f rmance. The wide range of historic structures that i g today a is testament to their skills. are standin Whether fo f r new build or buildin i g conservation, lim i e mortars, plasters and renders off ffer a range of benefi f ts to architects, contractors, the env n ir i onm n ent and the fu f ture preservation of the country r â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic structures. As the use of lim i e based buildin i g materials contin i ues to grow, w so will the range of availab a le options. The three guidin i g principles will always be to ensure that the chosen product meets the demands of perfo f rmance, is aesthetically l correct and, where appropriate, hi h storically l sympathetic. www. w EcoRi R

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Create unique and stunning visual impacts using Architectural Facing Masonry Designed and manufactured in the UK, Lignacite’s traditional building blocks are renowned for their quality and sustainability. In addition, their Architectural Facing Masonry (AFM) blocks combine an inherent decorative appeal with strength and durability for internal and external applications. Lignacite’s blocks are one of the most sustainable and longlasting building products available, offering 5 different textures from clean flat surfaces to heavily textured and irregular faces to stunningly beautiful polished masonry, with over 50 different colour options to choose from.

The Lignacite block is manufactured to a standard 440 x 215mm face size, however our Roman Brick is designed as a smaller, lighter and more contemporary solution measuring 440mm x 65mm. This module has the length of a standard block but the height a standard brick. With all the benefits and flexibility of a brick and only weighing 6kgs, it makes an attractive alternate to brickwork or conventional facing blocks.

The blocks have been used in many projects around the UK, both internally and externally constructing walls, floors and interior finishes on homes, schools, factories and offices, including some of the country’s most iconic buildings. ‘Environmentally Friendly’ – Lignacite constantly searches for new and improved methods in the production of their blocks, these include the refinement of raw materials and the use of greater quantities of recycled materials such as glass, shells and flint and selected secondary aggregates. As a result, we are able to offer facing blocks which contain in excess of 75% recycled materials. ‘Value Engineering’ – The cost of building materials such as natural stone can be a prohibitive factor facing architects and designers. R&D has allowed Lignacite to create of a selection of ‘man-made’ alternatives whichh closely replicate these natural products, whilst showing g cost savings and environmental benefits.

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Shapes are available in a range of standard units including quoins, cill blocks, trough lintel blocks and jamb blocks. Ligancite can offer full length g hand cast vversions of these shapes together with design and bespokee manufacturing services.

The block provides both material cost and labour savings giving architects and designers the opportunity to create modern buildings blending into more traditional settings.

Various manufacturing techniques allow Lignacite to offer a diverse range of finishes and textures:

Polished - produces a high gloss finish with a shine that is both lustrous and distinctive whilst creating further visual interest by exposing the raw materials beneath the surface.

Planished is best suited to situations where clean crisp lines are required in conjunction with monotone colours. Enhanced visual effects can be created by using bands of different textures and colours.

Stone Faced uses high quality natural stone, normally granite and marble, in a conventional facing block manner with a bed of mortar, in a very cost-effective way. Split offers a craggy and heavily textured finish producing a decorative masonry finish.

Weathered/Textured exposes the natural aggregates within the block, producing a flat but weathered texture.

In conclusion, Lignacite’s facing masonry blocks are extremely versatile. They are available in a wide range of colours, textures and formats and offer good design flexibility. Furthermore, use of blocks creates both unique and stunningly visual impacts on buildings and in a cost-effective manner.

A full colour Swatch Guide showing all our AFM and commodity block finishes can be requested via our website where you will find many other useful documents including our popular Design Guidance booklet. For further information please visit our website or call us on 01842 810678 to speak to one of our team or arrange a visit. We offer CPD presentations on a full range of subjects including Block and Masonry products.

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David Wilson Homes is building stronger links between local skills and businesses in Coalville David Wilson Homes is supporting local skills and business in Leicestershire by using locally sourced materials for a feature wall at its Abbots View development in Coalville. The granite wall, which stands at the front of the development, was commissioned by the housebuilder as part of the Albert Hall Place development to complement its surroundings and ensure the development reflects the local vernacular. The materials used to construct the wall were locally sourced from Whitwick Quarry in Coalville, meaning the job has helped to directly support local employment, lower transportation costs and reduce the housebuilder’s carbon footprint. The developer appointed local business James Toon Stone Masons to carry out the work on the wall, which is based in Sileby, Loughborough.

John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “As a five star

housebuilder, we are very aware of the vital role we play in supporting local businesses in and around the areas in which we build houses, so we were delighted to be able to use locally sourced materials and a local stonemason for our project.

The location is so scenic and peaceful it’s almost hard to believe it’s only a 30 minute drive from Leicester city centre, and just a short commute to the A511, A42 and M1, making it perfect for commuters and people who love to shop.

Abbots View boasts a collection of two, three, four and five bedroom high specification homes.

A range of four and five bedroom homes are currently available to reserve at the development, with prices starting from £324,995.

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Abbots View is not only supporting the local area through the architectural work carried out, but it will also invest nearly £800,000 in the local area via the planning agreement once the 79 homes have been completed.

The granite feature wall at Abbots View, (L to R) Site Manager Dane McMurtry, James Toon and Ricky Smith


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The ONE GTX X from Solid Gear is a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection. It’s designed and built for active proffessionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe. With a GORE-TEX X® SURROUND® membrane they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and co ombined indoor/outdoor activities.

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The shoe’s stretchable upper is waterr-resistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility. Wh hat’s more, it has a honeycombed sole for enhanced grip and a composite midsole. It also o has a stabilising heel support to minimise injuries from twisting.


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Hultafors’ HBX and HBS saws are well known for their top quality precision cuts and, to complement those models, there’s a brand new range of cutting and sawing tools that include - Bow Saws, general purpose Short Hand Saws, Hack Saws, a Jab Saw, a Concrete Saw plus a superb Japanese Ryoba Saw which is perfect when you need a tool for the finest cuts made with minimal force. So what makes these saws really different? Check out the blade tips for an easier start and ongoing sawing motion control; the easy-touse blade exchange system; the extra-stable precision blades and the ergonomic to make sawing an easier and more precise experience. Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools range of Handsaws is easy. You call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or check out and download a digital catalogue.

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GRAHAM Construction appointed for £24m Oundle School sports centre project Oundle School in Northamptonshire has appointed GRAHAM Construction to deliver a £24 million sports centre project.


undle School is the third largest independent co-educational day and boarding school in England providing education for over 1100 students.

Designed by Saunders Boston Architects with landscaping by PRP, the new sports centre will accommodate a fifty metre swimming pool, an eight court sports hall offering adaptable playing space for a range of sports, as well as the opportunity for whole school assemblies through use of retractable seating, a separate fitness suite with up to seventy stations, a dedicated dance studio and three further multipurpose studios. The centre is part of a wider Sports MasterPlan which also includes a new athletics track, eight additional tennis courts, two new AstroTurf pitches and six additional netball courts; all complementing the award-winning JM Mills Cricket Pavilion which opened in 2015. “GRAHAM Construction clearly demonstrated their experience and capability in the delivery of state-of-the-art sports facilities within schools and universities and this was a hugely important factor in our decision to select

them as our contractor for the centre-piece of the School’s Sports MasterPlan.” said Dom Toriati, Bursar, Oundle School. “The safety of our pupils and staff and minimal disruption to the School’s day to day life during the build was of paramount importance and GRAHAM Construction have shown that they can provide the customer care we need as well as the best in new facilities.” John Maguire, Regional Business Development Director for GRAHAM Construction’s Birmingham office, said: “Sport is an enormous part of school life at Oundle and this new centre will offer pupils and the local community modern facilities for a wide range of sports and activities, replacing the current 1970s

building. For us, this is a highly-rewarding project to be working on and we look forward to collaborating with the wider team on delivering these new and enhanced facilities for the pupils’ use and enjoyment.” GRAHAM’s portfolio of education projects includes University College London (UCL), The University of Reading, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Kingsgate Primary School in the London Borough of Camden, and a multi-million pound Learning and Skills Centre for Lambeth College. It was recently appointed by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to upgrade the School of Mathematical Sciences Building on its Mile End campus. Construction is due to be completed in the academic year 2019-20.

Keyline Northampton wins regional award The Northampton branch of leading heavy building materials provider Keyline is celebrating after being named Regional Branch of the Year by supplier Flexseal.


he depot was recognised for achieving record sales and year on year growth, as well as proactively working with Flexseal to develop its customer base in the area. Terry Shroff from Flexseal recently visited Keyline in Northampton to present the award to Branch Manager Mark Barrow. Mark commented:

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“Developing excellent relationships with our suppliers is extremely important to us and I’m delighted the hard work and dedication of the branch team has been recognised by Flexseal. We’re in a region that stretches from Ashford in Kent, right up to Norwich, so we were up against stiff competition.”



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3M sets out vision for intermediate graphics market 3M has unveiled its bold vision for the future of the graphics industry’s intermediate market, which it says will lie in high-performance non-PVC films. The science-based technology company said it planned to significantly increase its focus on the Envision 48 and 48C ranges of print films by 3M as a result, while also maintaining its complete range of intermediate films. When it launched in 2012, the Envision series of print films by 3M became the world’s first series of high-performing non-PVC films, marking the company as a pioneer in this field. Subsequent 3M innovations have enabled the company to add a new generation of non-PVC films to this series, including the Envision 48 and 48C ranges of print films by 3M.

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3M technical specialist Tim Beyer said: “Demand for sustainable print films is rising as brand owners and their customers focus increasingly on their environmental credentials.


“There was a time when using these products meant sacrificing quality. However, through continuous research and innovation, 3M has turned the tables on this. “As a result of these breakthroughs, we believe high-performance nonPVC films are the future of the intermediate graphics market.

“We will therefore renew our focus on this exciting field, through continuing innovation and investment, without diverting any attention from our premium graphics offering.” The Envision 48 and 48C ranges of print films by 3M are suitable for a wide spectrum of indoor and outdoor applications, from exhibition graphics and corporate signage to fleet graphics and other partial vehicle wraps. The ranges include products that feature Controltac and Comply technologies by 3M, enabling easy and bubble-free application, respectively. The films are also tough, flexible and easy to remove. Furthermore, both ranges are suitable for Inkjet digital printing; solvent, UV and Latex inks; and solvent and UV screen print. The products also come with the MCS warranty from 3M – the industry’s most comprehensive cover.




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Refurb Renovation News Issue 30  

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 30  

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