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Latest News Britcon completes ‘Lidl Of The Future’ stores Building and Civil Engineering company Britcon has completed two further multi million pound new concept stores for Lidl in Newark and Mablethorpe.


he ‘Lidl of the Future’ (LOF) store design is being rolled out by Lidl as it progresses a £1.5bn expansion programme across the UK.

In Newark, Britcon redeveloped the former Esso petrol station and Co-operative Food site on London Road, Balderton. It delivered a new 2,443 sqm LOF store with 130 new car parking spaces.

All new stores consistently feature a state of the art, glass fronted design, maximising natural light exposure with the latest energy efficiency technologies to minimise environmental impact. Internally the stores are more spacious, with much enhanced shopping and welfare facilities as well as advanced warehouse processes.

In Mablethorpe, Britcon demolished an existing Lidl on Stanley Avenue to build a larger 2,701 sqm LOF store and 100 car parking spaces. This brings the total number of Lidl contracts for Britcon to thirteen in just two years across new stores, extensions and refurbishments.

Britcon Managing Director Paul Clarkson said, “It is rewarding to see that our partnership approach with Lidl has proved repeatedly successful. We understand retail & commercial construction well and bring added value with a one stop solution. “To be able to manage the entire process of demolition, site preparation and new build plus ancillaries’ gives peace of mind to the retail and commercial estates teams which are developing or pursuing busy expansion programmes.”

Sale of Queen’s Building is ‘catalyst’ for change in Leicester’s cultural quarter An historic building in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter has been sold for around £1 million – and work has started on site for its £2 million transformation into apartments and a restaurant.


he grade II listed Shahista House in Rutland Street will now be called Queen’s Building - as it was originally named when built in 1897.

Queen’s Building sits opposite the Curve and is a landmark building in the area. The redevelopment of the property will breathe new life into the cultural quarter, say its new owners Park Portfolio. The property will be transformed into 14 apartments, with a restaurant in the basement and on the ground floor. James Coningsby, head of Nelsons Solicitors’ commercial property department, acted on the sale of Queen’s Buildings, with Mark Tildesley of Leicester-based Rich & Carr acting on the purchase. James said: “Nelsons Solicitors was pleased to act for the owner of the property – which was latterly shops and a snooker hall. The redevelopment could attract further

investment to the area and help make it even more attractive to visitors.” Mark Tildesley said: “This is a significant building in Leicester which has been underused for a long period of time. With redevelopment and investment, Queen’s Building will bring something special to the area.” Andrew Watson of Park Portfolio said the firm had been involved in the development of numerous buildings in the Cultural Quarter over the last 15 years, including The Foister Building, The Cherub Building, Exchange Buildings, and Rutland House. He said: “To illustrate our commitment to the Cultural Quarter as well as pursuing the development of Queen’s Building, we also acquired Assurance House in Rutland Street for another mixed use scheme. “We remain long term investors in this exciting vibrant area of Leicester.

“We are delighted with the support from Leicester City Council who have been absolutely fantastic in helping us bring this scheme forward. They had a ‘can do’ attitude to the development of Queen’s Building, knowing the building is a catalyst for further investment in the Cultural Quarter.” Leicester City Council supported the scheme by assisting in providing car parking facilities close to Queen’s Building. Sue Waddington, assistant city mayor with responsibility for the Cultural Quarter, supported the scheme. Coun Sue Waddington said: “I’m delighted to see this beautiful building being renovated. For too long it has been neglected, but now it is being brought back into use and will take its place in the centre of the Cultural Quarter as one of the city’s most attractive landmarks.” Built in 1897 as a shoe factory, the property is Flemish in design.

Multi-million pound renovation for former Fenwick store The former Fenwick store in Leicester is to become a mixed use scheme of leisure and retail – creating much-needed city centre apartments and around 150 jobs, it was announced today.


eveloper Aimrok Holdings has completed its purchase of the iconic store in Market Street in the city for a seven-figure sum and will be seeking planning approval for four retail units, a Champagne bar, restaurant and gym across the basement and ground floor. Aimrok has plans for 90 high end apartments for rent in the building’s upper floors. The new development is expected to create 150 jobs during the build – and following its completion.

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James Coningsby, head of commercial property at Nelsons Solicitors, acted for Aimrok. Funding for the deal was provided by the Leicester-based Cambridge & Counties Bank, whose team was led by its business development manager Adam Jolley.


Vijay Patel of Aimrok said: “The purchase of this iconic building in Leicester is really important to us. It has a great deal of history and our plans will create an exciting concept for Leicester and will secure the building’s future. By creating a mixed use scheme, the building has a future which is sustainable for many years to come.

“The scheme will include high end apartments for the private rental sector, as well as a Champagne bar, and retail units. We are working on scheme drawings now, ready for planning late summer.” James said: “Nelsons was pleased to work on this deal. Fenwick of Leicester Ltd closed for the last time at the end of March and the purchase of the building by Aimrok was agreed last week.” Aimrok has a proven track record in Leicester, having developed other schemes in the city – the Bishop Street Post Office site where it created 74 student bed spaces and a major residential development in Hotel Street. Adam Jolley said: “As a Leicester-based bank, it’s great that we teamed up with several Leicester-based advisers to secure a bright future for a Leicester landmark. The new owners are highly experienced and their vision of developing this iconic city centre building will breathe new life into Market Street and attract further investment into this area of the city.” James added: “The new development will invigorate the Market Street area. The Aimrok plans will secure

Latest News Styles&Wood awarded trio of Manchester projects worth £15.9 million Integrated property services and project delivery specialist Styles&Wood Group has been awarded a trio of new commercial property contracts in Manchester, totalling £15.9 million.


he wins include a £9.5 million refurbishment project at 67-75 Mosley Street, a £3.7 million office-to-residential conversion at St Ann’s Square, and a £2.7 million fit-out at the landmark One St Peter’s Square development, Styles&Wood’s third instruction in the 288,000 sq ft building.

At One St Peter’s Square, global real estate firm Deka Immobilien has instructed Styles&Wood to fit-out 75,000 sq ft over four floors of the building into an open plan suite. The work will complete in summer 2017 and marks the third project that Styles&Wood has been awarded at the development, having carried out high quality fit-outs for tenants DLA Piper and Addleshaw Goddard. Working with DTZ Investors, Styles&Wood will carry out an office-to-residential conversion to create 21 high quality apartments in 12 St Ann’s Square, above the St Ann’s Arcade. Boultbee Brooks Real Estate has appointed Styles&Wood to reconfigure two buildings on

Manchester’s Mosley Street into a single 64,000 sq ft office building. The scheme, which is being project-managed by OBI property, will include an extension to create a new seventh floor and the construction of a new six-storey glazed link between the two buildings. Tony Lenehan, chief executive of Styles&Wood Group, said: “Our project delivery business has continued to secure some impressive briefs in Manchester. The underlying strength of the city’s real estate market - demonstrated by the sheer diversity of work involved in these contracts - is providing us with valuable reference projects for our work across the UK. “Our track record of delivering quality workspaces for blue chip occupiers and investors, means we’re well placed to capitalise on growing demand for refurbishments. We also expect to see more commercial to residential conversions coming to market, as landlords with legacy stock recognise the potential for strong returns in the city centre residential sector, presenting a new source of work for the group.”

Work begins on transformation of former Durham Hospital into student accommodation Work has begun on the transformation of Durham’s former County Hospital into new state-of-the art student accommodation by national developers, Sladen Estates, Peveril Securities and Helios Properties.


he former Victorian hospital will be converted and two new blocks of residences built to create a 363-bedroom scheme comprising a mixture of studio rooms and cluster flats for the city’s students.

The work is being carried out as part of a £34 million investment in the site that is situated just off North Road, Durham.

the building’s future, create employment during the building and after its completion. “The new owner will be creating a significant development in an employment district. The gym will be an excellent addition for the Market Street area. This, coupled with a high end bar and restaurant, will really appeal to office workers and fit well with the surroundings.” James Bradley of RG+P, the Leicester-based firm of architects, said: “This is a very well-known building in Leicester. We intend maintaining the façade, while modernising parts of the building to increase its longevity. In order to ensure the building is sustainable and that it is around for another 100 years, we want to adapt it so it is suitable for a range of uses.”

Once complete, the development will be owned and operated by Unite Students - the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation. Students will be able to enjoy the purpose-built accommodation, whilst also benefitting from its central location near the university campus and Durham’s shops, bars, restaurants and transport links. It will incorporate communal outdoor space, plus a more formal garden. A contribution is also being made towards the restoration of nearby Wharton Park, which will further enhance the area. Charles Fish added: “Conversion of the old County Hospital will be sympathetic to its original features, whilst incorporating modern design and technology. The significant investment to bring this iconic building back to its former glory will benefit Durham residents and students alike, and is a positive reflection of investor confidence within the region.” The first students will be able to move into the accommodation from the start of the Autumn term in September 2018.

Miller Birch is to deliver a major £120m development on the 2.31 acre site of the former Central Fire and Police stations and adjacent Guildhall Place.


mprovements to the 300,000sqft Guildhall Place could see a four-star hotel, offices and in addition, discussions are taking place with Nottingham Trent University regarding the creation of new facilities. The East Midlands-based property developer is working in partnership with Nottingham City Council on the scheme as part of a wider regeneration strategy to build a better Nottingham. Guildhall Place is one of several key sites that will be the focus at MIPIM, the world’s largest property event in Cannes, next week in a delegation led by Invest in Nottingham. Councillor Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for business, growth and transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Guildhall site is unique with its long history and central location. I’m pleased to see Miller Birch, with its strong track record in Nottingham, is now set to deliver this vitally important development. “The city council has invested over £1 billion into city centre infrastructure projects over recent years, and the development of Guildhall Place will continue that major drive. The plans proposed by Miller Birch reflect our aim to grow the city, and we look forward to seeing them come to fruition.” Mark Bielby, development director at Miller Birch, said: “We are delighted to be redeveloping this major city centre site. This follows on from the successful delivery of Trinity House for E.On, one of the largest office developments ever completed in the city. In addition to Nottingham Trent University, we are already in discussions with major office occupiers and hotel operators. “Miller Birch has an unrivalled track record in the city with schemes such as ng2 Business Park, and delivering new facilities for occupiers, such as Speedo, Specsavers and Co-operative Insurance. We are confident we can continue this success at Guildhall Place.” Guildhall Place will form a major centrepiece of Nottingham’s portfolio of developments that are being showcased at MIPIM next week. Miller Birch, once more is proud to be a part of Team Nottingham at this prestigious event.

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Martin Herbert of Space Retail Property Consultants advised Aimrok. He said: “We have interest from several occupiers. We look forward to working with all stakeholders in creating a special mixed use scheme to help to further regenerate the southern sector of the city centre feeding off the recent office lettings and commercial activity in New Walk and Welford Place.”

Head of student accommodation at Sladen Estates Charles Fish said: “We are delighted the conversion of this historic building has started, that is perfectly situated for students. It is a landmark development for Durham which will breathe new life into one of the city’s most recognised, but now disused and derelict buildings.”

Historic Nottingham Guildhall Place set for £120m development by Miller Birch


Historic art gallery brought into the 21st century with help from Pilkington structural glass When adding a modern extension to a beloved historic building, creating a sensitive link between the two is an important consideration.


his was one of the challenges that the architects working with the Grade-II* listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea needed to address when designing a major new extension. The project involved adding a new gallery, community and education rooms, a lecture theatre and screening room, conservation studios and collection stores to the existing gallery – a neoclassical brick and stone building completed in 1909. The works also created a new street level entrance, welcoming visitors with a much larger and brighter reception space. Separate but connected In creating the extension, the designers were keen to preserve the impressive symmetry of the original façade, and this meant creating a sense of physical separation externally between the extension and the gallery itself.

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At the same time, in order to deliver the best experience for visitors, the two elements needed to be well connected internally, with people able to flow freely between the two.


The solution was to enclose the linking part of the extension, set back from the buildings’ façades, in low-profile structural glazing. This link means that the two elements are connected on three levels, making

the building feel unified to visitors while also allowing the historic façade to be appreciated in isolation from outside.

to reduce the amount of radiated heat lost from the building, further enhancing the energy performance of the space.

The glazing also extends at ground level around the front of the extension, allowing light to flood into the new entrance area.

The frameless glazing was supported by a series of laminated fins created from 21.5mm-thick glass using the Pilkington Planar™ l SentryGlas® system. These are connected to the glazing units with lowprofile stainless steel bolts and deliver high levels of structural strength while maintaining the transparency of the system, contributing to its minimal appearance.

To the right-hand-side of the historic building is a garden space, which the gallery intends to allow to grow into a green oasis for the city centre. The refurbished building features a glazed section of wall opening onto the garden across three floors, allowing light in and giving passers by a glimpse of some of the artworks on display. The art of energy efficiency In total, 70 sq. m of glazing was used. In order to maximise insulation of the newly created space, and ensure high levels of structural strength, double-glazed units featuring one pane of 12mm toughened glass and another of 13.5mm laminated glass were used. The outer pane was Pilkington K Glass™, which features a low-emissivity hard coating

Phil Savage, commercial contracts sales manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, said: “Structural glazing is the ideal solution for extending iconic and historic buildings, as it allows new routes in and out of them to be created with minimal visible intervention. “This extension is an excellent example of this being done very successfully, and it’s clear that the two parts of the building, although separated by more than 100 years in age, really work together as a harmonious whole.”

The outer pane was Pilkington K Glass™, which features a lowemissivity hard coating to reduce the amount of radiated heat lost from the building, further enhancing the energy performance of the space.

Project: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Client: City and County of Swansea Council Main contractor: Ide Contracting Architect: Powell Dobson

Jenni Spencer-Davies, curator at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, said: “The art gallery building is one of the best-loved and most architecturally significant in Swansea, and it’s important that we preserve that heritage. “At the same time, the gallery is also a living and breathing part of the cultural life of the city. The new extension enhances the experience for visitors without compromising the historic façade that has been so well known to people in Swansea for generations. The glazed link between the buildings plays a big part in that.”

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Case study: Edgbaston Cricket Club


hen Edgbaston Stadium was looking for new fixtures as part of the refurbishment of its hospitality and conferencing facilities, they wanted taps which would not only deliver on performance, but would also improve water efficiency to reduce costs. So they decided to put Bristan’s infrared basin taps to the test. Background Edgbaston Stadium is a cricket ground in the heart of Birmingham. Home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club and also used for test matches, one day internationals and Twenty20 international games, Edgbaston is the second largest cricketing venue in the UK after Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London.

The stadium’s popular hospitality and conference areas are currently being redeveloped as part of a refurbishment programme which includes an overhaul of the toilets and handwashing areas. With a high number of visitors using the wash areas each week, water consumption is a major expense for the stadium operators so the new fixtures specified as part of the refurbishment needed to help reduce wastage and cut costs. Solution Providers

“Bristan’s range of infrared taps also look stylish and are in keeping with the high standards upheld throughout the rest of the corporate and hospitality areas.”

Bristan advised on the installation of infrared automatic basin and wall mounted taps from its commercial range. The taps are suitable for high pressure systems (up to 5 bar) and can be mains or battery operated to give flexible fitting options. With a modern chrome finish and WRAS approval, the performance was assured to match the aesthetics required for the job. Water Efficient

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One of the primary concerns with this project was water efficiency. For high use areas, infrared taps can deliver exceptional savings on water consumption, and effectively negate the maintenance costs associated with taps being left running. They also keep wash rooms clean and tidy for visitors. The infrared sensor on the taps is triggered when hands are within the 23-26cm sensing range – the tap then commences a timed flow of 55 seconds before automatically shutting off. This is particularly economical on water delivery, therefore conserving water each time they are used.


Ease of Installation Edgbaston commented: “The thing that has been a real plus point is the ease of fitting. Because the taps can be both battery and mains operated, it’s given the contractors options, plus the taps themselves are very easy to fit which helped us to keep the project on schedule. Bristan’s range of infrared taps also look stylish and are in keeping with the high standards upheld throughout the rest of the corporate and hospitality areas.”




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Cliftonville Townscape Heritage Initiative The Isle of Thanet has, for almost three hundred years, been a holiday destination for Londoners from the gentile to the masses. Like many British holiday resorts it fell on hard times in the 1970s but is currently experiencing a rapid cultural, visitor and economic recovery.


entral to this growth is the resurgence of visitors, attracted by its striking beaches, rich natural environments and historical heritage. The opening of High Speed 1 in 2007 enhanced Thanet’s connectivity, placing it within reach of London. Margate is now the fastest growing off-peak station outside of London. Turner Contemporary gallery and other recent and long-standing cultural attractions have helped cement Thanet’s place on the cultural map. The District is particularly rich in historic buildings boasting the oldest housing stock in Kent, 22 conservation areas and 2000 listed buildings.

Turning the clock back a bit; Cliftonville was a late nineteenth century planned extension of the established holiday resort of Margate. Its development was a reaction to the ‘downmarket’ effect on the social class of its visitors that the coming of the railway had to the town . Originally planned as an exclusive residential area, the immediate success of the Cliftonville Hotel, which opened in 1869, caused a shift in direction, turning the area into an ‘upmarket’ holiday destination. The plan form of the buildings which made up the development – four and five storey terraces – proved to be remarkably adaptable into hotels and private schools as well as residential houses. By 1916 Cliftonville had some claim to being the most exclusive resort in England, as well as attracting an estimated 5,000 pupils to its boarding schools. Dalby Square is the grandest of the suburb’s residential areas and was built in the 1870s. With visitor numbers already starting to fall in the 1960s Cliftonville concentrated increasingly on ‘budget’ accommodation. When the holiday market collapsed in the 1970s there was a glut of low quality serviced

rooms. These were easily adapted into bedsits, hostels and care homes. Today Cliftonville West ranks among England’s most deprived wards; as measured by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2015. It is the most deprived ward in Kent – where adult male life expectancy is 18 years lower than in the County’s least deprived ward. Cliftonville West’s population is also a highly transitory one with less than 20% of its residents originating from Thanet and it is an area where in some streets – Dalby Square included – privately rented accommodation makes up over 80% of the residential floor space. The national average is 14%. Thanet District Council has a culture of successfully delivering historic building grant schemes dating back to the 1970s. In recent years, the council has promoted ‘area’ grant schemes in tightly defined areas to create the maximum impact and change attitudes towards the worth of those historic areas which are suffering from high levels of deprivation. The council has worked with the Heritage Lottery Fund funded Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) schemes three times. The latest of these is in Dalby Square, now in

Thanet District Council has a culture of successfully delivering historic building grant schemes dating back to the 1970s. In recent years, the council has promoted ‘area’ grant schemes in tightly defined areas to create the maximum impact and change attitudes towards the worth of those historic areas which are suffering from high levels of deprivation.

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its fifth year. The scheme employs a full-time project officer who is a Chartered Architect and an Assistant Project Officer.


This £2.7m scheme has supported the replacement of Upvc windows with timber doubled glazed widows, façade and front boundary renovations, the reinstatement of the railings to the central public gardens and the provision of sympathetic street lighting and complimentary initiatives to maintain high levels of local support and engagement. A high profile project included the renovation of a late Victorian villa to form a conference venue and holiday let (see The last large undertaking will be to revert a car park created in the 1950s to public gardens, which is currently in the planning approval process. The Academy of Urbanism described 12 A Dalby Square as ‘ground-breaking’ and it is

certainly the most ambitious grant-aided project under the THI scheme. 12A Dalby Square is the Climate Changed Adapted Multi-Generational House, formerly the Innsbruck Hotel. The project had its genesis in a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded investigation into 30 Dalby Square, carried out by Thanet District Council and the Kent School of Architecture in 2011. The study found that, due to its massive traditional construction, terraced configuration and high ceilings, the Dalby Square house type performed environmentally far better than most modern dwellings. The most far-reaching finding was that it is of vital environmental importance not to subdivide the building internally – especially the staircase which runs continuously from the basement to top floor in houses of this type and which acts as a natural ventilation stack. This staircase subdivision is almost always inevitable when the Victorian houses in Cliftonville are converted into flats. The TSB project served to prove that the houses of Dalby Square are not just reservoirs of embodied energy and aesthetically pleasing artefacts; they also have a highly sustainable future. Details of this study can be found at documents/3197389/3713641/Final%20 Report%20-%20Rev%202.pdf

To avoid internal subdivision the house has been designed for multi-generational living. The layout is designed for maximum flexibility with the initial configuration seeing the oldest generation living in the semi-basement and ground floors, the middle generation on the first and second floors and the youngest generation on the third. In addition, a historic self-build summerhouse in the garden (built to house the hotel owners during the height of the summer season) is being restored in 1950s style, and might suit a teenager looking for independence.

The findings of the climate change study have been incorporated into 12A Dalby Square, a 4,000sqft, five storey, former hotel. The property is owned by Kent County Council and the project is part of the County and District Councils’ Live Margate scheme which is bringing family-sized housing back into the deprived Wards of the town. The University of Kent monitored the performance of the empty building for a year before building work began. This provides the baseline data for a study which will be published as a Sustainability Toolkit. Breathable insulation, lime plaster and timber double glazed windows have been introduced into the house in some areas and some still maintain recently installed gypsum plaster and plastic windows. The performance of these contrasting materials and techniques will be monitored. To avoid internal subdivision the house has been designed for multi-generational living. The layout is designed for maximum flexibility with the initial configuration seeing the oldest generation living in the semi-basement and ground floors, the middle generation on the first and second floors and the youngest generation on the third. In addition, a historic self-build summerhouse in the garden (built to house the hotel owners during the height of the summer season) is being restored in 1950s style, and might suit a teenager looking for independence. Although each generation has their own facilities there are also shared spaces, in particular the grand first floor reception room which has a balcony overlooking the Square. In addition to the house the wellbeing of the tenants will be monitored. It is hoped that the building works will be finished, and the tenants moved in by the end of 2017, and the Toolkit published by the end of 2019.

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Project instigators and overall managers Thanet District Council THI Team Climate Change consultants Daedalus Environmental Client Kent County Council Environmental and social monitoring Kent School of Architecture and the University of Kent Adaption Architects Lee Evans Partnership Contractors Astral Limited


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Berry Hill Mansfield scheme gets underway Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop has visited one of the area’s key development schemes following the start of infrastructure works on site.


he first phase of the Berry Hill Mansfield development, a mixed-use scheme on the boundary of Nottingham and Mansfield, will see the delivery of approximately 500 new homes as part of an urban extension to the south of the town. The scheme, which received £8.5m in in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) earlier this year, will provide much-needed homes for west Nottinghamshire as well as creating jobs and business opportunities through a new innovation park, varied employment land opportunities as well as a retail and leisure offering. Kate Allsop, executive elected mayor of Mansfield, said: “There is a real need for new housing within

Mansfield and the large development at Berry Hill, currently underway will be a fantastic site. There will also be community facilities, such as shops, a school and a medical centre to facilitate a new community within the district. “We are starting to see the detailed plans for a phased development, which will see a good mix of housing and employment land. It will be advantageous to see plenty of open spaces and play areas for the new families to enjoy. This has been a long time in the planning and I am excited to finally start to see the detailed plans, followed by new homes coming forward. “With works now beginning on site we are keen to keep residents informed, we know there will be disruption and we are working with the developers

British consumers projected to spend £35bn on home improvements by the end of the year British homeowners are set to spend an estimated £35bn upgrading their homes by the end of the year.


espite the country’s current economic and political uncertainty, six out of ten Brits look set to splash the cash on home refurbishments and upgrades to the tune of about £1,500 per project.

earlier this year that the home retail sector could be missing out on an extra £1bn a year due to customers walking away from purchases because they couldn’t imagine what products or completed projects would look like at home.

Sprucing up walls with fresh paper or paint will be the priority for the majority of people (62%), while the kitchen (25%), bathroom (24%) and bedroom (23%) are the rooms most likely to be freshened up by adults who are tired of their cooking, washing and sleeping areas.

This “imagination gap” is a significant challenge for retailers, and could impact the industries financial prospects, with 36% of home owners admitting to already putting off or decided against making a purchase because of this problem.

The findings are part of a retail report commissioned by Manchester based mixed reality company DigitalBridge, which warned

David Levine, CEO of DigitalBridge, which has won financial backing from John Lewis and innovation specialist L Marks, said: “The

Major refurb plan for Manchester office block


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The seven storey building was originally developed in 1992 behind a 19th century façade. It becomes the fourth building in Helical’s Manchester portfolio.


The block also includes two small retail units totalling 4,000 sq ft which are also let until 2018 and will then benefit from some smaller refurbishment work. Will Parry, Asset Management Executive at Helical, said: “This off-market transaction further complements our existing portfolio in Manchester, where occupier demand for well-

“While nearly 60% of homeowners are planning to spend money upgrading or refurbishing parts of their homes in the coming months, a significant number have already put off making any changes, meaning retailers are missing out on potentially millions, if not billions of pounds, of extra sales.”

ISG lands £5.5m hotel revamp

Helical has completed the acquisition of Trinity Court in Manchester city centre for £12.9m. he developer is planning a major refurbishment and extension of the 47,500 sq ft office building once the current tenant’s lease is up next year.

UK’s home retail sector is a major part of the economy – as these spending predictions show – but retailers, especially those in the home décor market, shouldn’t ignore the potential hurdle this imagination gap could cause in the future.

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located, good-quality assets in the centre remains strong. “The supply of Grade-A space is currently near an all-time low and there is a limited development pipeline, so Trinity Square represents an exciting proposition for us. “Capitalising on these positive market dynamics, the asset is in an area that is undergoing significant transformation and offers attractive reversionary potential following the capital expenditure programme, as rents in the area start to reflect the quality of local occupiers.”

ISG has been awarded a £5.5 million contract to convert the iconic Anchor Line building on St Vincent Place, Glasgow to create a contemporary 64-bed aparthotel for The White Building Development Company Limited.


riginally designed 110 years ago by renowned Scottish architect James Miller for the eponymous shipping company, the building’s ground and basement floors are currently home to the award-winning Anchor Line restaurant and Atlantic Restaurant, operated by the Di Maggio Group. Whilst several original features, including glazed tiles, terrazzo flooring, timber wall panelling, safes and fireplaces will remain, ISG will comprehensively refurbish the existing six floors, stripping out fixtures and fittings within

Latest News to keep that to a minimum. The HCA funding received will make a huge difference to our district, as with it will bring new homes, jobs and opportunities for local people. The boost to the local economy will be significant and we are looking forward to seeing new homes available in Berry Hill very soon.” Not only has work started on site, but housebuilder Avant Homes has recently received approval on its reserved matters application for up to 99 new homes. Richard Bowden, project representative for The Lindhurst Group, developers of Berry Hill Mansfield, said: “We are very pleased that work on this significant scheme is progressing ahead of housebuilders moving into the site later this year. “The support from the HCA is hugely important in allowing us to deliver this scheme, which will have a really positive impact on the local area; it will have a real impact on the local economy through job creation as well as creating a community where

people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.” The Lindhurst Group is to develop some 480 acres of land, delivering up to 1,700 new homes, a brand new primary school, children’s nursery, health centre and care facilities; the scheme will also include serviced land for hi-tech research and development facilities, offices and industrial accommodation and leisure and retail uses. Jas Hundal, service director for environment, transport & property at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We’re delighted to see work starting on the Berry Hill development, which will provide a massive boost to the economic prospects of the whole area and a significant extension to Mansfield’s southern boundary. This is exactly the type of development and regeneration we envisaged when we built the Mansfield & Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR) in 2004.

“This development will provide significant economic boost to the area, bringing over £100 million of investment, creating new jobs, 1,700 much needed new homes, over 40 acres of high-tech offices and commercial/industrial premises, a new school and many other community facilities.” Mike Robinson, director of economic growth at Mansfield District Council, added: “We are extremely pleased that work has started on site. The muchneeded high quality family homes, employment and leisure opportunities this development will bring are vital for the regeneration and growth of the entire district.” This long-term collaboration between Nottinghamshire County Council, Lindhurst Jersey Ltd and W Westerman Ltd will bring more than £100m of investment into the area and will provide much-needed homes as well as high-tech office space and commercial land opportunities.

Rooftop milestone for £41 million university building A £41 million university building in Birmingham has taken a major step forward as the finishing touches have been made to the development.


ontractor BAM and local stakeholders were joined by staff and students from Birmingham City University at the institution’s new Health Sciences and Education building to mark the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony and celebrate a key milestone in the delivery of the facility. The 10,500m² extension on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston forms part of the University’s City South Campus. The new development, set to open in 2018, will also enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on to one site.

Birmingham City University, said: “Today marks an exciting new chapter in the University’s long and proud history. Not only will this new building allow us to strengthen our existing education teaching and research programmes, we will also be offering a wide range of new health, nutrition and biomedical science courses. “The new Health Sciences and Education building offers students and staff the highest quality facilities available to ensure that we are best equipped to provide for the next generation of public health and education professionals in the West Midlands.

Engineering and the Built Environment have been working alongside BAM to gain real-life experience of working in the construction industry, by putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice. Colin Harper, BAM Project Manager, said:

Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the building will help reinforce Birmingham City University’s status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and producer of more teachers than any other institution in the West Midlands.

“The new building also strengthens our student experience and University community by allowing us to house our health and education offerings on one site for the first time. In doing so, we are creating a significant hub for our public service contracts and professional development provision in Edgbaston, offering more consistent support services and facilities for both students and staff.”

The space will offer teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs.

The building forms part of the University’s £260 million investment into new state-of-the-art facilities which will be strengthened with the opening of the new £57 million Birmingham Conservatoire later this year.

“It is especially pleasing this is happening on a higher education project, thus demonstrating the future to our next generation of construction professionals. Even more impressive is the depth of understanding we have formed with our client. Whatever the technology, strong partnerships are always the secret behind successful construction.”

Speaking at the topping out ceremony on Thursday 4 May, Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor of

As part of the City South Campus extension, students from the University’s Faculty of Computing,

BAM currently employs 160 people at the Edgbaston site, with 80 per cent coming from the West Midlands.

“This could be Birmingham’s most advanced construction scheme. Our sector is undergoing a quiet technical revolution. Digital techniques are helping us and our supply chain deliver both the speed and quality we need for complex modern buildings, like this one for Birmingham City University.

“The new Health Sciences and Education building offers students and staff the highest quality facilities available to ensure that we are best equipped to provide for the next generation of public health and education professionals in the West Midlands.” Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University

Externally, as well as replacing the building’s windows with high-performance timber and metal units, ISG will add a single-storey recessed rooftop extension. Sympathetically designed to remain in keeping with the A-listed building, the

new steel and glass structure will give guests breath-taking views over the city. ISG has established a niche specialism in the successful delivery of luxury hospitality projects in Scotland, with a portfolio including the Old Course Hotel, Gleneagles, Trump Turnberry and Cameron House. Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, commented: “There is a renaissance in the Scottish luxury hospitality sector, especially

in key locations in our urban centres. With limited scope for new build developments, this has resulted in growing demand to adapt and transform existing property assets into high-end hotels. These often-complex conversion projects present significant construction and logistical challenges and this is why an increasing number of clients are entrusting their schemes with ISG.” The White Building Development Company Limited is being advised by leading Scottish property consultancy, PMP.

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the building to make way for the installation of both new mechanical and electrical services and a passenger lift. The contractor will then create 64 stylish studio- and one-bed-apartments, delivered to a high-specification with luxury fittings and materials used throughout the historic building.


Coatings, Sealants & Paints ACCESSIBLE ECO HOME MAKES A STATEMENT IN COLOUR After Steve Hudson was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he and his wife Barbara searched for a wheelchair friendly property. Eventually, the couple found a rural property for demolition to make room for a new, purpose-designed home. As part of a raft of eco friendly features, Steve and Barbara specified Earthborn paints throughout. Barbara said: “The Earthborn colour palette is fabulous and it inspired us to use around 15 different shades.”

The lighter walls in this bedroom use Little Rascal; Secret Room provides the feature wall and St John brightens the ceiling.

Steve added: “The painters were very impressed with Earthborn’s covering power. The texture was quite a talking point with them.” Aside from the aesthetics of Earthborn paints, their formulation benefits Barbara’s health. She developed skin allergies a few years ago and wanted a paint that would not trigger them off. Earthborn paints are made without oils or acrylics, so they are virtually VOC free. That means there are none of the strong smells associated with oil based paints and they do not give off any toxic emissions, so are much better for the health of building occupants as well as the environment. The modern kitchen uses Donkey Ride on the walls and Marbles on the ceiling.

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Colour choice is vital to any paint specification. Now, anyone considering exterior masonry can sample Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint with a new tester pot range. Available in 24 shades, Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is a highly durable and highly breathable alternative to conventional masonry paints and limewash. It can be used on any porous mineral surface, such as brick, stone, concrete, render and limewash. It is especially suitable for renovations.








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The Ecopro silicate system from Earthborn is water based, oil and acrylic free, making it minimal VOC and very environmentally friendly. It gives the same breathability as limewash but is far superior in terms of longevity and ease of use.


Colin Jones, Earthborn’s Technical Sales Adviser, says: “The minimal maintenance and sustainability of our silicate system will make practical sense to many people. And now you can picture how it will look on a wall using our testers.” The system comprises two parts, primer and paint, which form a chemical bond with the underlying mineral substrate. This produces a very hard wearing, water and weather resistant barrier. Its crisp, classic matt finish does not discolour with time and is algae and mould resistant. To view the colours and order testers visit

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Norcros Adhesives sets out environmentally-friendly proposition for the renovation sector Tile adhesive, grout and preparation products manufacturer Norcros Adhesives has the perfect product for tiling on to bitumen and asphalt substrates. The company has developed Ultim8 B+ specifically to enable easy and rapid tiling on to bitumen or asphalt surfaces or surfaces coated with contact adhesive residues. Up until now this has only been possible after carrying out a messy and tedious scabbling process to remove all traces of the asphalt and bitumen.


his is particularly an issue in refurbishment projects, where it may be desired to tile over an old bitumen or asphalt surface. These are often found on floors where old vinyl tiles have been removed and on balconies, and the complications involved can greatly add to the difficulties of tiling in such areas. Bitumen surfaces are also encountered in new build, particularly in cellars, where bitumen damp proof membranes are often installed. Ultim8 B+ is by far the most straightforward solution for tiling in such circumstances, whether interior or exterior. The product operates as a system in which the installer firstly fixes Norcros 6mm Pro Board to the bitumen or asphalt surface using Ultim8 B+, a procedure which requires minimal preparation. The installer can then fix ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles to the surface of the board, using

a cement-based tile adhesive, for internal or external use as appropriate.

Norcros launched its most environmentally friendly product yet - Norcros Pro 30 Fast Track Eco Levelling Compound, which incorporates recycled crushed glass, rather than quarried sand to promote recycling, rather than depletion of natural resources.

Meanwhile in its latest initiative to enhance the environmental aspect of its work, the company has joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School. Launched in 2012, the Sustainability School is an initiative designed to promote sustainability in construction supply chains. The School has more than 14,000 members and it provides free practical support in the form of e-learning modules, tailored self-assessment and action plans, sustainability training and networking. With a raft of environmental credentials to its name, Norcros Adhesives has a lot to contribute. In 2016 the company won The Tile Association Gold Award for Best Environmental Initiative. This was in recognition of the many measures the company has put in place over the last two years to improve the

environmental management of its operations. This includes its business management and the environmental impact of its individual products. In 2015 the company achieved ISO 14001 accreditation for its work to reduce waste and improve resource efficiency. It also launched its most environmentally friendly product yet - Norcros Pro 30 Fast Track Eco Levelling Compound, which incorporates recycled crushed glass, rather than quarried sand to promote recycling, rather than depletion of natural resources. The UK Construction Strategy 2025 forms the background to the Supply Chain Sustainability School. This sets out clear ambitions for the construction industry including 50% less CO2 and a 50% improvement on speed of job completion with 33% less cost. It is acknowledged these are challenging targets, which the School is committed to help achieve, in partnership with business leaders and managers who are prepared to adapt their businesses to meet these challenges. An independent third party, Action Sustainability, delivers the work of the School and all partners sign up to a Code of Ethics. Over a period of time, the School aims to drive up awareness and understanding of sustainability issues in the supply chain nationally.

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“We are delighted to be part of this essential work, and I am delighted to report that we have already achieved Silver Membership status” says Mandy Searle, head of technical services at Norcros Adhesives. “Everyone in the company believes that this is a very important aspect of our business which we have been working on for a number of years. If we are able to pass some of our knowledge and experience on to others in the industry, and also benefit from the knowledge of other suppliers, then membership will be highly worthwhile for us.”


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Work to start on university conversion Sir Robert McAlpine has got its foot in the door for Edinburgh University’s major upgrade and conversion of the Scottish capital’s former Royal Infirmary building.


lans for a major educational hub scheme at the historic building in the Quartermile development area were put in planning a few weeks ago.

Now SRM has scooped the main enabling works with a £3.6m bid. Enabling works will consist of abestos removal, full trip of finishes and services back to structure, roofing repairs and demolition of original foundations and cellars in parts of the building complex. The University plans to restore and

extend the existing buildings to form a wide range of teaching and learning spaces under plans drawn up by architect Bennetts Associates. The proposals provide around 230,000 sq ft of floor space, of which 65,000 sq ft is new construction.

New four-storey “infill buildings” will be constructed in the two courtyards between the east and west hospital wards and will provide space for lecture halls and teaching spaces. If approved, the University hopes to start main construction next year opening to student in mid-2021.

Notts Uni refurb is music to students’ ears Students at the University of Nottingham are enjoying fresh facilities at the School of Music following a refurbishment by local fit-out company B&M Installations.


he £134,000 investment has seen two studios completely transformed with specialist acoustic walls, ceilings, doors and ironmongery in addition to upgraded heating and ventilation equipment and security systems.

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The 14 week-long fit-out also included thorough remedial works, installation of improved insulation, new floor finishes and redecoration throughout the music studios, as well as the addition of a suspended ceiling in the lobby and corridor of the School of Music building.


B&M Installations’ project manager Dan Belfield said: “It’s great to see that the University is continually investing in its students and facilities. Modern workspaces and state-of-theart equipment is so important and makes a huge difference to students and teaching staff.

“We’re experts in fitting-out specialist workspaces and labs and pride ourselves on producing a high-end finish that maintains the University’s reputation as one of the best learning facilities in the county.

“B&M Installations has been very easy to work with; they consistently meet our strict deadlines and the finish they provide is excellent.” Hugo Bloch project office at The University of Nottingham “We have a fantastic relationship with the University of Nottingham; this is our 15th Year on campus and we look forward to building upon this partnership for many years to come.”

Hugo Bloch project office at The University of Nottingham said: “B&M Installations has been very easy to work with; they consistently meet our strict deadlines and the finish they provide is excellent. Their attention to detail is very impressive and our students have already provided positive feedback for the music department refurbishment. “This refurbishment is part of ongoing plans to improve facilities across the University as we continually strive to offer students some of the best learning environments in the country.” B&M Installations has been providing the education and commercial sector with fit-out and refurbishment services, as well as office design, for more than twenty years.






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Next phase of major conservation project on 900-year-old Westminster Hall commences The next phase of refurbishment work on Westminster Hall has started with the extensive and careful construction of scaffolding inside and outside the Hall over the next three months.


he Hall will then undergo large-scale conservation and refurbishment work which includes an enhanced lighting scheme, internal conservation of the hammer-beam roof, fire safety improvement works and both internal and external repair to the lead-covered lantern at the southern end of the Hall. This work will be completed by the beginning of 2019.

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Westminster Hall, which dates back to 1099, is the oldest part of the parliamentary estate and forms part of the Westminster UNESCO world heritage site.


The Hall has been in constant use since it was first constructed, and has been the site of crucial events in the UK’s history, such as the trial of Charles I, coronation banquets, the lying-in-state of monarchs and prime ministers, and addresses by world leaders.

New Associate Director to expand civil and structural engineering team at BakerHicks “I am excited by the opportunity of building on the company’s existing design and engineering expertise and using my skills to help diversify into new areas.“ Mark Renshaw, New Associate Director at BakerHicks

BakerHicks, the specialist design and engineering business, has appointed Mark Renshaw as associate director to head up its Civil and Structural Engineering Team in London. Mark has spent the past ten years delivering a range of RIBA awardwinning projects in London and the South East.


ark has worked across a broad spectrum of new build, development and refurbishment projects, often involving complex and specialist architecture, materials and designs. His expertise spans both the Public and Private Sectors; from stateof-the-art schools to high-end residential developments, including the multi award-winning Alfriston School swimming pool and Princess Square residential development projects, and the similarly awardwinning Thompson House, noted for its innovative material use.

He also has proven expertise in the design of basements, structural glass and temporary works projects, and has played a key role in a number of projects involving high-profile listed and historic buildings. Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “I am excited by the opportunity of building on the company’s existing design and engineering expertise and

using my skills to help diversify into new areas. Since re-branding to BakerHicks, there is an exciting conversation to be had with new and potential customers about the specialist services we provide, and the construction methods we support, across a broad range of projects.” Andy Gotts, director of civil and structural engineering at BakerHicks added: “BakerHicks continues to invest in best-in-class talent, and Mark’s skills complement those of the existing team. His appointment signals our commitment to growing our engineering consultancy team, which works successfully with architects, end-user clients, developers and contractors to design and deliver award-winning projects.” Prior to joining BakerHicks, Mark was an associate at Elliott Wood Partnership, having joined as an Engineer in 2006. He has a particular passion for sustainability and has been a member of numerous panels and groups, including the Institution of Structural Engineers Sustainable Construction Panel.




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New Blowerproof Liquid set to transform air-tightness of buildings Airtightness is a dominant factor affecting a building’s energy performance. It can be argued that airtightness is more important than insulation in terms of thermal performance.


ven small gaps in doors and windows can cause significant heat loss and once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive. When deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethane-based, spray foam filler or silicone or acrylic sealant to ensure air-tightness, but there are acknowledged problems, with shrinkage and adhesion being the main disadvantages.

A new, BBA-certified, liquid air-tight membrane called Blowerproof is a clever, quick, easy and cost-effective way to ensure outstanding air-tightness. Blowerproof has been used widely across Europe for many years as a proven and effective method of achieving high levels of airtightness, in many different buildings on a wide range of substrates.

“Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.” Jack Georgiou, Project Manager at BBA

Simply brushed on, Blowerproof quickly forms a permanent, secure and continuous air-tight seal across a range of draught-prone points: wall/floor/ceiling connections, fenestrations, pipe connections including water, electricity, gas and data; all with no need for primers.

BBA, says: “Blowerproof was subjected to a rigorous assessment by the BBA. The results of stringent tests were assessed including fatigue testing after accelerated ageing to verify the efficiency and durability of the air-tight seal.

Applied as a blue, thick liquid, fibre reinforced ‘paint’, Blowerproof Liquid Brush quickly cures to form a black sealed membrane which is highly resistant to punctures. Blowerproof is also available in white, so it doesn’t show through a plaster finish.

“Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.”

Brushes rinse out under cold water, making Blowerproof Liquid Brush quick to deploy and pack away. It’s safe to use in high risk environments such as food, childcare and medical environments as it is free from both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful chemicals.

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A building that leaks air is always thermally inefficient. These air leaks cost the building owner, so it’s easy to make the case for using Blowerproof. It quickly justifies both its product and labour costs.


BBA certification is recognised by Government departments and throughout the construction industry as confirmation that a product is fit for purpose. Only products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspection of production are awarded a BBA Certificate. Once a Certificate has been issued, six monthly surveillance of production and comprehensive three yearly reviews are required to maintain its validity. In addition to the BBA, Blowerproof has Certification from a wide range of recognised European bodies, a full list can be found on the Blowerproof website.

Any easy way to ensure leaks are sealed, helping limit applicator error is a major step forward to improving building performance. Blowerproof can’t be beaten for how quickly, easily and effectively an applicator can achieve a permanently secure and continuous seal. Blowerproof helps deliver energy performance well beyond building regulations.

Blowerproof is also available as a roller application which can be used directly on blockwork, brick, masonry and as a spray which is ideal for larger areas such as walls and roofs. It can be directly applied to mineral wool, sprayed set foams or PIR insulation.

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119 Ebury Street Best Global BREEAM Residential Refurbishment Award 2015 Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (‘Grosvenor’) has successfully transformed a Grade II Listed Hotel into three of the most sustainable, energy efficient apartments for rent in the UK, with the assistance and expertise of Selectaglaze.


19 Ebury Street is situated in the central location of Belgravia. It was originally built as a single dwelling and was then renovated into a hotel. Recently it has been converted into three energy efficient apartments which led to 119 Ebury Street becoming the first Listed building to receive a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating in the UK for its proposed design.

The three apartments form part of Grosvenor’s London estate, one of the largest landowners in the country. Its portfolio includes much of Belgravia and the surrounding areas. Grosvenor sought to create highly sustainable apartments which feature whole house ventilation and heat recovery; this was accomplished using the most recent engineering systems and low carbon technologies. To achieve the desired renovation, Grosvenor worked closely with Westminster City Council , David Morley Architects and main contractor Grangewood, to ensure the historical features of the building were retained while creating highly energy efficient apartments.

aesthetically, a full size mock-up was built. Once the designs were agreed, Selectaglaze installed a total of 18 Series 25s which are a vertical sliding system with high capacity spring balances, ideal for treating larger windows that require thicker glass. The units were glazed with Pilkington Spacia, which is an evacuated sealed unit only 6mm thick with a centre pane U-value of 1.0. The secondary glazing treatment dramatically improved the overall U-value and assisted in achieving high airtightness levels. Selectaglaze has worked on all types of buildings, from museums to new build hotels. With fifty years’ experience and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, it has an extensive product range tailored to suit the evolving needs of its clients.

One important aspect of the building that was hampering the ability to recover heat and create whole house ventilation was the original single glazed sash windows, which provided poor insulation. If it was a new build, replacing the windows would have been easy to achieve; however as the building is Listed alternative solutions had to be found. Grosvenor asked Selectaglaze, based on their long working relationship, for an advanced secondary glazing solution. To satisfy the local authorities over its concerns on the impact of using secondary glazing and how it would affect the property

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Selectaglaze has worked on all types of buildings, from museums to new build hotels. With fifty years’ experience and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, it has an extensive product range tailored to suit the evolving needs of its clients.


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Doors, Windows & Fittings GARADOR LAUNCHES VISUALISE YOUR DOOR TOOL Garador has launched a new website-based tool to show exactly what a new Garador garage door will look like on a property. Garador’s Visualise your Door lets you upload a picture of your property, mock-up an image of a garage door and then print it off. After speaking to customers across the country, Garador found that most customers wanted to see what their chosen door looked like on the house before they made the purchase. So Garador created the Visualise your Door tool to help people actually picture what their garage door will look like on their property. The web based tool is easily accessible from a desktop PC or tablet; making adjustments with a mouse or just your fingers on an iPad. Since most people have smartphones these days, they can quickly take a photo of the property, upload it, and then use the Visualise your Door tool to see what styles and colours of garage door will work best. They can choose from the complete range of Garador doors and colours; including Up & Over, Sectional, GaraRoll and Side Hinged garage doors and can also change the style and colour of the door at the click of a button. “We’ve been working on Visualise your Door for quite some time now” said Garador’s managing director Simon Hipgrave. “It’s taken a little while to perfect, but our web development team has done an excellent job and we believe it will be a great tool to help our customers find the best looking door for their property. “

Seeing what your property looks like with different doors and colours is great fun and picking out the right Garador garage door that looks good will help to maximise the value of your property. This new tool is the easiest way available on the market to ensure you get it right.

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Specialist glazing company provides solutions to historic buildings Selectaglaze’s expertise has assisted in creating more comfortable working spaces in a former chapel and outpatients building for Oxford University.


he University approached Selectaglaze to support its renovations to St Luke’s Chapel and the former outpatient building on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site. Both buildings face each other across a courtyard and are both Grade II Listed. The chapel dates back from 1865 and outpatients from 1913.

As is often the case with older buildings, both suffered from significant heat loss due to the inefficient original glazing. High energy prices have put budgets of all sizes under strain and longer term indicators suggest that energy prices will remain high. As the original windows had to be retained, the University approached Selectaglaze, the leading specialist in the design manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, to help resolve the issues. Selectaglaze installed 82 units across the two buildings using an assortment of products from its range to meet the required specification. In the chapel the stunning gothic arched windows posed an interesting challenge to Selectaglaze, as the planning authorities were particularly keen to ensure the aesthetic impact of the secondary glazing was kept to a minimum. Selectaglaze collaborated with the architects and designed solutions that would work and compliment all the various styles. Low emissivity glass was used throughout both of the buildings which in combination with the primary window achieves a U-value of 1.8, reducing heat loss by approximately 60%. As secondary glazing is used in combination with a wide variety of primary windows, U-values are calculated using modelling software.

Selectaglaze was granted the Royal Warrant in 2004 as a testament to the quality of its products. Selectaglaze offers a technical advisory service along with RIBA approved CPDs to ensure that the building is warmer, quieter and safer.

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Furthermore, the application of secondary glazing achieved a reduction in noise egress and ingress. Thicker glass has greater mass and will provide better performance. Acoustic laminate glass will show further improvements particularly at higher frequencies as it provides further dampening. Ideally the secondary glazing should have a different thickness of glass to the primary window to avoid sympathetic resonance which will increase noise transmission.


Selectaglaze has been established for fifty years and in that time gained extensive experience with working on all building types from new build hotels to Listed museums. It was granted the Royal Warrant in 2004 as a testament to the quality of its products. Selectaglaze offers a technical advisory service along with RIBA approved CPDs to ensure that the building is warmer, quieter and safer.

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Doors, Windows & Fittings AXIM: THE UK’S NO: 1 SUPPLIER OF CONCEALED OVERHEAD TRANSOM CLOSERS FOR 30 YEARS Axim Architectural Hardware are celebrating their 30 year anniversary in 2017 and are delighted to have reached this milestone. Axim Architectural Hardware is a division of TPG (The Parkside Group Ltd) and was formed originally in1987 at Godstone, Surrey. Axim designs and supplies a comprehensive in-stock range of Transom Closers, Panic Exit Devices, Electric Strikes, Deadlatches, Surface Mounted Door Closers, Floor Springs, Flush Bolts, Letter Plates, Locks and Handles through a Pan-European distributor supply chain. Renowned for their technical expertise and exceptional customer service, they pride themselves on their competitive pricing and excellent stock holding and are the UK’s No:1 supplier of Concealed Overhead Transom Closers. Axim’s achievements over the last 30 years have been made possible by the hard work and dedication of its team and through the continued support and loyalty of their customers, some of which have been with Axim since 1987. As part of TPG, a privately owned British company, Axim can quickly create new solutions to meet client, specifier and installer demands. Axim supplies most major European aluminium systems houses with its product solutions. The Axim brand offers quality, longevity and reliability with a solution for every client’s requirements. All Axim products are available ex-stock from its Head Office located in Surrey, UK, to meet Just-in-Time production schedules. It has a network of key distributors who can cater for installation, maintenance and over the counter trade customers. Axim is the name for door hardware for commercial aluminium door sets, creating a single source, branded solution; end users have a single point of contact for all guarantees, test certificates, as well as installation and maintenance for all their door hardware available. Website: | Email: | Tel: 020 8685 9685



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NEW RE NE NEW REMO MOTE MO OTE TE ACC CCES ESS S SO SOLU LUTI TIO TI ION ONS FO FOR OR DO DOOR ORS OR S Axim Architectural Hardware are delighted to launch2 new innovative remote access products, the ES-2100 Electric Strike and the LK2100 Reversible Deadlatch delivering market leading products which surpass other leading brands. Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike To meet the ever changing demands of the hardware market and specifiers installation requirements the new Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike series is a remote access control device, suitable for doors fitted with the Axim LK-2100 deadlatch product. A reduction in installation time and maintenance ensures a reduction in costs for installers. Suitable for the most demanding commercial environments the new Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike replaces the standard fixed strike plate of the deadlatch. The Axim ES-2100 electric strike is supplied with a flat faceplate for installation into a frame of a single leaf door or the inactive leaf of a pair of doors.

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Axim LK-2100 Reversible Deadlatch The new fully reversible Axim LK-2100 standard duty deadlatch range offers specifiers a cost effective non handed deadlatch. The Axim LK-2100 deadlatch allows installers to carry one stock item instead of two which equates to a reduction in stock levels therefore achieving cost savings. The Axim LK-2100 reversible deadlatch offers the flexibility of traffic control during and after business hours.


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The Axim LK-2100 deadlatch features a fully non-handed reversible latch bolt. A reverse turn of the key while the bolt is held retracted retains the latch bolt in the case, allowing two-way traffic which is ideal for use in busy commercial applications e.g. hospitals, banks, shops which may require free access and exit at certain times, and controlled access and free exit at other times. The Axim LK-2100 deadlatch product is an ideal product to be used and specified alongside the Axim ES-2100 Electric Strike range offering a remote access control solution for doors. For more information and full technical specifications visit , or call Axim on 0208 685 2313 and for orders email:

Rooftop Next phase of major conservation milestone for project on 900-year-old Westminster Hall commences £41 million The next phase of refurbishment work on Westminster Hall has started with the extensive and careful university construction of scaffolding inside and outside the Hall over the next three months. building £41 million university building in Birmingham has taken a major step forward as the finishing touches have been made to the development.


ontractor BAM and local stakeholders were joined by staff and students from Birmingham City University at the institution’s new Health Sciences and Education building to mark the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony and celebrate a key milestone in the delivery of the facility.


to 1099, is the oldest part of the parliamentary estate and forms part of the Westminster UNESCO world heritage site.

Westminster Hall, which dates back

The Hall has been in constant use since it was first constructed, and has been the site of crucial events in the UK’s history, such as the trial of Charles I, coronation banquets, the lying-in-state of monarchs and prime ministers, and addresses by world leaders.

he Hall will then undergo large-scale conservation and refurbishment work which includes an enhanced lighting scheme, internal conservation of the hammer-beam roof, fire safety improvement works and both internal and external repair to the lead-covered lantern at the southern end of the Hall. This work will be completed by the beginning of 2019.

The space will offer teacher training and specialist facilities for health sciences including provision for research, a new lecture theatre, a multi-purpose hall, speech therapy, physiotherapy and ultrasound suites, art and technology classrooms and IT hubs.

“The new Health Sciences and Education building offers students and staff the highest quality facilities available to ensure that we are best equipped to provide for the next generation of public health and education professionals in the West Midlands.

The new development, set to open in 2018, will also enable the relocation of the University’s School of Education, consolidating the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on to one site.

Speaking at the topping out ceremony on Thursday 4 May, Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, said:

Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the building will help reinforce Birmingham City University’s status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and producer of more teachers than any other institution in the West Midlands.

“Today marks an exciting new chapter in the University’s long and proud history. Not only will this new building allow us to strengthen our existing education teaching and research programmes, we will also be offering a wide range of new health, nutrition and biomedical science courses.

“The new building also strengthens our student experience and University community by allowing us to house our health and education offerings on one site for the first time. In doing so, we are creating a significant hub for our public service contracts and professional development provision in Edgbaston, offering more consistent support services and facilities for both students and staff.”

The 10,500m² extension on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston forms part of the University’s City South Campus.

“This could be Birmingham’s most advanced construction scheme. Our sector is undergoing a quiet technical revolution. Digital techniques are helping us and our supply chain deliver both the speed and quality we need for complex modern buildings, like this one for Birmingham City University.” Colin Harper, BAM Project Manager

The building forms part of the University’s £260 million investment into new state-of-the-art facilities which will be strengthened with the opening of the new £57 million Birmingham Conservatoire later this year. As part of the City South Campus extension, students from the University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment have been working alongside BAM to gain real-life experience of working in the construction industry, by putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice. Colin Harper, BAM Project Manager, said: “This could be Birmingham’s most advanced construction scheme. Our sector is undergoing a quiet technical revolution. Digital techniques are helping us and our supply chain deliver both the speed and quality we need for complex modern buildings, like this one for Birmingham City University.

BAM currently employs 160 people at the Edgbaston site, with 80 per cent coming from the West Midlands.

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“It is especially pleasing this is happening on a higher education project, thus demonstrating the future to our next generation of construction professionals. Even more impressive is the depth of understanding we have formed with our client. Whatever the technology, strong partnerships are always the secret behind successful construction.”


Latest News Construction Youth Trust announce partnership with Mediaocean

Wright & Wright’s spectacular scheme for Lambeth Palace Library & Archive granted Wright & Wright are working on a single national library and archive for the National Church Institutions of the Church of England at Lambeth Palace in London. This will be the first new building on the site for almost two hundred years.


ocated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite the Palace of Westminster, the new building will take the form of an ‘occupied wall’, rising to create a nine-storey tower, a sensitive addition which will animate the skyline of Lambeth Palace. The design rationale is to elevate the precious collection – originally established by Archbishop Bancroft in 1610 – protecting it from any potential risk of flooding. The building will also screen the garden from noise and pollution from traffic using Lambeth Palace Road. The building comprises of a double-height entrance hall containing the reception and exhibition areas which will host a dedicated programme of exhibitions, as well as an Upper Room designated for seminars and other functions. This sits centrally between two wings of four and five storey archives. The design also incorporates a conservation studio, seminar and teaching rooms, a ground floor Reading Room and staff offices on the ground and first floors, all of which overlook the garden.

Leading construction charity, Construction Youth Trust, have been chosen as a charity partner for advertising software provider Mediaocean, who will work with them to fundraise and raise awareness of their programmes and campaigns.


icking off the fundraising with a bang is a 355 mile cycle challenge from London to Dusseldorf. Taking place next month, the 8 cyclists taking part in this challenge (Craig Heron, Thomas Kluth, Todd Rankin, Christian Maschke, Paul Mahon, Lenny Oseni, Godwin Joseph and Michael Sugrue) have been training hard to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for this arduous event. The cyclists will spend over 7 hours in the saddle each of the 4 days, will ride through 5 countries and cover approximately 355 miles. The challenge will be made more difficult as each of the 8 riders will be responsible for carrying their own kit, clothing and spares, and will be responsible for their own repairs en-route. Both organisations are passionate about helping young people access training and employment. Mediaocean staff based in their London office will engage with CYT’s vision and aspirations, participate in lots of fundraising activities and help introduce many young people to a career in construction. Gill Robinson, Director of HR at Mediaocean commented: “We are very excited to partner with Construction Youth Trust to help them continue the incredibly important work they do for young people all across England and Wales.” Carol Lynch, CEO at Construction Youth Trust commented: “We are so grateful for the support of Mediaocean and look forward to working with them and their staff over the coming year to help us reach more young people.”

Britcon to revamp Central Hall at University of York The Yorkshire team at building and civil engineering company Britcon has been appointed to refurbish the University of York’s Central Hall on Campus West.


he contract follows the successful completion of a £68,000 refurbishment project for the Information Centre at the University which was stripped out, reconfigured and refurbished by Britcon. The £700,000 contract is part of a programme of refurbishment works planned for the prestigious University over the next three years. Britcon has started the first stage of the tenweek refurbishment of Central Hall with works to upgrade the existing mechanical and electrical infrastructure, alongside the replacement of all existing windows with curtain walling to help improve the energy efficiency of the building. Gary Ashmore, Head of Estates Development at the University of York said, “The Central Hall refurbishment is part of our ongoing commitment to significant investment in providing high quality teaching and learning environments across our Campus. We are delighted to have Britcon working in partnership with us as we embark on this 3 year programme of transformation of this landmark facility at the University.” Britcon has extensive expertise in the education sector. As well as the University of York it has recently completed major building and refurbishment projects for the University of Bradford, University of Huddersfield and Queen Ethelberga’s Collegiate. Other projects include Royds Hall School in Huddersfield, Roundhay Primary School in Leeds and Ward Green School in Barnsley. As a business Britcon also actively engages with all

Stunning Refurbishment with British gypsum

One of the most prestigious Birmingham business venues has been sensitively refurbished using the latest additions to the British Gypsum patching and repair range to achieve a superior finish within a tight deadline.


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s one of the most widely recognised business addresses in Birmingham, 55 Colmore Row has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme to create 160,000 square feet of prime grade-A commercial accommodation under the management of Morgan Sindall Group. Taking centre stage has been the restoration of the Grade 2 listed banqueting hall and its 20 iconic columns.


Needing to be returned to their former splendour within a four-day schedule and without using corner or edge beading, Taylor Hart Ltd used Thistle Bonding 60 undercoat plaster to fill the deep flaws in the columns’ plasterwork – some of which reached seven metres tall. With a setting time of just 60-minutes on low suction backgrounds, Thistle Bonding 60 was the ideal solution providing a rapid, consistent finish. Indeed, tradespeople can double their productivity on repair work and even complete multiple patching jobs in a single day by using the new product. To finish the columns to a high enough standard so

Latest News Another multi million pound contract win for CMS CMS Window Systems, Scotland’s leading window, door and curtain walling designer, fabricator and installer, is pleased to have been appointed by North Lanarkshire Council as the successful bidder for its window and door replacement framework tender.


he contract, worth at least £7m, to replace energy inefficient windows and doors in domestic properties across the region, will run for three years until the end of March 2020, with the possibility of being extended by a further one year.

the Education establishments with whom it works to support learning practices in the construction sector, setting coursework around its projects, and providing educational site visits and placement opportunities. The multi-award-winning business has been established for more than 26 years and directly employs over 90 people. It is currently listed by the London Stock Exchange in its latest report of ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’.

This significant contract win comes soon after successfully securing a £5m contract win with East Dunbartonshire Council. In the lead up to 2020, the year by which the properties of all social landlords in Scotland are required to meet the energy Efficiency Standard in Social Housing (EESSH,) CMS will manufacture and install energy efficient windows and doors across North Lanarkshire Council’s housing stock. This will improve the energy efficiency of these homes and contribute towards the achievement of EESSH for the local authority. The resulting improvements will not only be aesthetically pleasing but more importantly will help to reduce energy consumption aiding the fight against fuel poverty. The emission of greenhouse gases

is also reduced which is in line with the requirements set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. CMS will begin work on the contract from May 2017 by manufacturing and installing windows and doors which are A-rated for energy efficiency and security certified by the police-approved Secured by Design initiative. A mixture of window styles will be utilised appropriately throughout the contract and either composite or PVCu doors will also be provided. CMS is delighted to help bring these improvements to the homes of residents in North Lanarkshire as they will help to significantly reduce heat loss, helping occupants to comfortably heat their homes using less energy. Craig Reid, Contracts Director at CMS Window Systems commented: “We’re very pleased that North Lanarkshire Council, like East Dunbartonshire Council, has appointed us to deliver its framework agreement for the replacement of windows and doors.

Kajima delivers £60m retirement project Kajima, the public sector investor and developer, has completed the £60m development of Staffordshire’s largest PFI retirement living project with the handover of the Maple West Extra Care Scheme in Chell.


he developments across Stoke-on-Trent provide 390 self-contained apartments at three sites including Maple West in Chell, Oak Priory in Abbey Hulton and Willow Barns in Blurton.

reflects our longstanding commitment in ensuring that older people are able to live independently whilst enjoying the very highest standards of care.

Kajima is the primary developer, investor and funder, working in partnership with Your Housing Group (YHG) and Eric Wright Group to form Sapphire Extra Care. This consortium was selected by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2014 to build and manage the three facilities.

“We have worked intensively with Your Housing Group and Eric Wright Group to ensure that each retirement living village is completed to the highest design standards and provides a wide range of facilities that cater to a diverse range of care needs, effectively creating ‘a home for life’ for each resident.”

Richard Barnett, asset manager of Kajima Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of the Stoke Extra Care retirement living project. We believe this is a landmark development and one which

Councillor Ann James, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for health and social care, said: “The collaboration of all partners has been integral to the continued success of this project in ensuring

that older people have access to high quality accommodation that is well adapted to their needs. The Maple West development has been significant in driving benefits for the whole community, fuelling the growth of the economy and channelling wider investment in the region.”

Costain wins contract to plan refurbishment of vital London transport link - A40 Westway Costain has been selected by Transport for London (TfL) to undertake investigation works and to plan the refurbishment of the A40 Westway dual carriageway and the Marylebone flyover - a vital London transport link used by over 96,000 vehicles entering and exiting the capital each day.

that they would withstand the scrutiny under powerful down lighters, Taylor Hart Ltd then used Gyproc EasiFill 20 filler over the surface of each column. Gyproc Easi-Fill 20 has a working time of just 20 minutes and sets rapidly making it the perfect match with Thistle Bonding 60 on this time pressured project. What’s more, Gyproc Easi-Fill 20 can be easily sanded down once dry to achieve a perfectly smooth finish.

Costain will undertake a number of investigations of the 21 structures along the 4.6km of the route that runs through Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and the City of Westminster. These investigations will assess the condition of key parts of the existing structures and identify the potential scope for future refurbishment work. Costain will work with TfL to consult with key stakeholders to gain access to the structures such as Network Rail as well as more than 120 local businesses who occupy premises nearby. The investigation works will take place in the summer.

Marcus Hollan, Project Manager at Costain, said: “The A40 Westway is a vital transport link for Londoners. Tens of thousands of people use it every day to get to work, take their children to school or make deliveries. We are looking forward to working with TfL to help them improve the journey for people travelling in and out of London. “This refurbishment will ensure that the Westway continues to keep Londoners moving in the decades to come. We will bring our strong technical knowledge and experience of the project so far to bear in assessing the feasibility of this refurbishment and planning out exactly how best to achieve it.” Dana Skelley, TfL’s Director of Asset Management, said: “We are pleased to be working with Costain on this important and complex civil engineering project. It is a key part of the Westway’s ongoing maintenance.”

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Phil Lewis, Contracts Director at Taylor Hart Ltd, commented: “Working within such a tight timeframe and the need for the highest quality finish meant that our product choice was more important than ever. British Gypsum’s patching and repair products saved us a lot of time on site and helped us meet this challenge head on. The result speaks for itself and we will definitely be using Thistle Bonding 60 and Gyproc Easi-Fill 20 again on jobs in the future.”


ostain has already contributed to the first stage of the project - the new £6m contract is for a further two preparatory stages; feasibility study and concept design.

The feasibility study will take approximately 10 months to complete after which Costain will develop a concept design and model how best to deliver the refurbishment works.


Schöck k retrofit solution for major office-toresidential conversion The imposing Kellogg Tower at Sudbury Hill, in North West London, previously the London headquarters of the international turnkey projects contractor M.W Kellogg, is being transformed into a contemporary residential scheme known as Atrium Point.


he existing buildings are being sustainably refurbished, with solar panels, air source pumps and heat recovery units, all contributing to meet CO2 reductions in the redevelopment. It is currently one of the largest officeto-residential schemes in the capital and will result in a mix of a 290 studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Many of the new units will benefit from a cantilevered steel balcony, supported to the existing reinforced concrete slab and naturally, structural thermal performance is a key consideration. Market-leading thermal break suppliers Schöck are the goto company for this type of specification with their innovative Isokorb type RKS for refurbishment applications. First introduced into the German, Austrian and Swiss markets, primarily as a retrofit product, the type RKS has a 120mm insulation element thickness and is a load-bearing thermal break that allows the replacement, or addition, of balconies to an existing building by connecting cantilevered steel balconies to the reinforced concrete slab. It minimises thermal bridges at concreteto-steel cantilever balcony connections and transfers negative moments and positive shear forces. This offers a number of different options for integrated, energy-efficient building renovation and guarantees enormous scope for design. Refurbishment to Passivhaus standard

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An additional feature is that the product has been fully certified as an “Energy saving component” by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, which h hl h the highlights h importance off thermal h l


performance, even for refurbishment projects of this type. Schöck is a specialist in the provision of advanced solutions for thermal energy structural insulation. Best known though for its range of Isokorb structural thermal break units, which allows connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concreteto-steel and steel-to-steel. All units meet full compliance with the relevant building regulations and provide LABC registration and the highest level of BBA Certification.

Schöck is a specialist in the provision of advanced solutions for thermal energy structural insulation. Best known though for its range of Isokorb structural thermal break units, which allows connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel. The requirement described in the Building Regulations that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings is easily met by incorporating the Isokorb. In addition, there is also compliance with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges. Here, the lambda values of the Schöck Isokorb enable energy loss in various connective situations to be reduced by as much as 84% to 91%. For your free copy of the new Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Schöck Specifiers Guide – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit

Editors Choice KNAUF AMF IS THE EDUCATED CHOICE FOR JOSEPH SWAN ACADEMY Having undergone a refurbishment programme to improve the building interior, Joseph Swan Academy in Gateshead has been transformed into an eco-friendly school. Knauf AMF THERMATEX® ceilings were installed throughout, offering bespoke solutions to help reduce the school’s energy consumption, provide durability and acoustic control in areas with differing requirements. Knauf AMF made a significant contribution to the council’s energy conservation strategy for the school. The AMF THERMATEX® ceiling range offers 88% light reflectance and full light diffusion which maximises the use of natural daylight, producing the optimum lighting conditions for a comfortable learning environment, reducing the need for artificial light. THERMATEX® Fine Stratos ceilings were installed in the classrooms, offices and in the main hall. Classrooms are often noisy places which can have a detrimental effect on children’s performance at school. By installing a ceiling with high sound absorption and sound attenuation it is possible to control the level of reverberation and provide a healthy acoustic environment required to increase speech intelligibility. THERMATEX® Fine Stratos offers the highest class of sound absorption, Class A, and exceed the BB93 guidelines for sound absorption in schools. Offering exemplary acoustic performance and Class A2 fire safety, THERMATEX® Thermofon ceilings were the ideal choice for the dining hall. The clean, crisp appearance of THERMATEX® Thermofon made it the perfect fit for the contemporary design of the school. THERMATEX® Acoustic Hygena ceilings were chosen for the school’s kitchen. Areas where food preparation takes place have strict hygiene requirements. THERMATEX® Aquatec Hygena met these with ease. Produced with an added hygiene coating, the panels resist humidity of up to 95% RH and repel mould and bacteria growth. The panels are easy to keep clean. Knauf AMF excel at delivering on time and on budget. If your project has a tight deadline and requires different acoustic solutions, contact Knauf AMF at


DANLERS are pleased to announce the launch of their EasyZAPP range of PIR occupancy switches. Designed for the automatic control of lighting or other connected loads, these controls are remotely set-up or adjusted using a free app on an Android phone or tablet. EasyZAPP products work as presence detector switches and can be adjusted for settings such as photocell override, time lag and maintained lux levels (dimmable versions only).

The EasyZAPP range includes switching only controls and dimming controls available for either DALI, 1-10VDC or DSI dimmable ballasts. Mounting options include: ceiling flush, ceiling surface, high bay and batten mount variants. Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Email: - Website:

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The phone or tablet can also be used as a remote control on/off override or to configure several EasyZAPP controls at the same time. The products are straight forward to install and generally make use of existing wiring making them suitable for either retrofit or new installations.


Hillingdon Council shortlisted for industry award for Northwood School building Hillingdon Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious award at the London Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for its rebuild of Northwood Secondary School.


he £35 million project will offer 1,080 school places for pupils in Hillingdon, and has been shortlisted for an award for ‘Best Educational Building.’ The school building has three storeys, measures 9,800 square metres in size and promotes an academic focus on performing arts. The building features 53 classrooms, specialist design and technology rooms, a sports hall and a sixth form study. A stage area with retractable seating sits at the heart of the school, and additional arts facilities include an outdoor amphitheatre and performing arts specialist rooms.

Mark Anderson, Headteacher at Northwood School said: “We officially opened Northwood School in October last year, and I’d like to thank staff at Hillingdon Council for all their support. This school is about inspiring staff, students and the local community, and already the new

building has brought an added energy and ambition to our staff and students, as well as enormous sense of pride. We are also very pleased that the building is being used by the community seven days a week. With our new building, we are creating an outstanding school which the whole community can be proud of and rely upon.”

“We are delighted that Northwood School has been recognised by the LABC, and the school’s exceptional new facilities will provide young people in Hillingdon with a high quality education.” Councillor David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education The project was delivered in partnership with Farrans

Construction and the Education Funding Agency, who contributed £7 million to the project. The construction company has created a time-lapse video which shows the school being built from start to finish. Councillor David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are delighted that Northwood School has been recognised by the LABC, and the school’s exceptional new facilities will provide young people in Hillingdon with a high quality education. We’ve invested more than £314 million into our school expansion programme, which is one of the largest programmes in London. Academic attainment for children and young people in Hillingdon is very positive, and we will continue to ensure that education is a top priority for the council.” The awards will be held on Friday 16 June at the Guildhall in London.

Mace bags John Lewis fit-out Retailer John Lewis has signed up Mace to deliver the fit-out of its new Oxford store.

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he three-story shop covers over 140,000 sq ft and will open in October as part of the redeveloped Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford City Centre.


John Lewis has invested more than £18m in the new site, one of three that it plans to open over the next 18 months.

The shop is the anchor store for the wider £440m redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre.

Lewis’ new site in Leeds, which was undertaken by Mace and opened in October 2016.

Mace will hand the project back to John Lewis in September for an October opening. The scheme will achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

Regional Director for Mace, Neil Hennessey, said: “This will be our second project for John Lewis in less than 12 months, and we’re obviously thrilled to be building a long term relationship with such a prestigious British retailer.”

The appointment follows the successful completion of John

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Refurb plan for F1 museum Contractors are being called to the grid to bid for a £20m motor racing museum at Silverstone race track in Northampton.


he British home of Formula 1 has received a lottery grant to fund the conversion of a former World War II hangar on the former aerodrome site.

Up to 50,000 motor racing enthusiasts a year are expected to visit the Silverstone Heritage Museum, which will display dozens

of Formula 1 and other racing cars and bikes along with personal items from famous drivers. The project architect, heading up the building services team, is Jane Lock-Smith of Cube Design. A £9.5m shell and core and base build contract will be let to the successful contractor to refurb

and reclad the existing hangar with a new large extension and associated external works. Fitout works for the project will be let as a separate deal. PQQs are due out this month with an invitation to tender sent to shortlisted firms in July.

Hay Castle set for £5m restoration Mott MacDonald is project managing the proposed restoration of the Grade I listed Hay Castle in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, UK on behalf of Hay Castle Trust Ltd. The £5million renovation will transform the currently derelict building into a major centre for culture, arts and education.


ay Castle was built in the late 12th century by Norman Lord William de Braose. It was sacked by Llewelyn II, the last Prince of Wales, in 1233 before being rebuilt by Henry III. After being occupied by various families for centuries, the castle was purchased by Edward Vernon Tuson after World War II, who later sold it to Richard Booth in the 1960s. For the first time in 800 years the castle is held public ownership after Richard Booth sold it to the Hay Castle Trust in 2011.

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Committed to its renovation, the trust has received funding from sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the castle. The project will see at risk areas such as the medieval keep and archway, Jacobean mansion and service wing be conserved, while the castle’s ancient gate, the oldest of its kind in the UK, will also be restored and opened to the public. Additionally, a vital connection between the castle and the town will be reinstated, creating a culturally and economically vibrant centre for the arts and training in the town centre.


In addition to project management, Mott MacDonald is providing mechanical and electrical, fire engineering and infrastructure design services for the multidisciplinary team led by Rick Mather Architects. The restoration project will incorporate the designer’s proposal of a world of books theme, with specialist fit out provided throughout the castle

keep and gallery contained within the Jacobean mansion. The consultancy is also responsible for handling the procurement and tender processes and project managing the pre-construction and constructions phases of the project, from technical design through to handover. Mark Smith, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “We are bringing both innovative and tried and tested solutions to this project taken from our experience

of working in the heritage sector. With projects of this nature we actively manage risk at every stage, which has been a key feature of our past service delivery and a major contributing factor to our success. Mott MacDonald also has a proven track-record on projects across the UK funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are experienced in supporting external funding applications and the management of business cases to support such schemes.”

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Southend United submits 22,000-seat stadium plan Southend United has submitted plans for a new 22,000 capacity stadium with an enabling hotel and flats scheme.


he club has now confirmed it hopes to start work on the project as soon as it obtains planning.

The new ground, designed by architect Populous, will be built at Fossetts Farm to replace the Roots Hall stadium. Previously McLaren and Bowmer & Kirkland had been in talks with the club about delivering an earlier version of the project back in 2011. In a statement the club said: “This submission represents a major step in the future of Southend United Football Club and we now look forward to learning the decision of the council in the coming months.

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“Should the council approve the submitted plans it would be the club’s intention to commence construction without delay.”


A new stadium has been in the offing for 15 years, but plans have foundered several times. The last scheme in 2008 stalled as Sainsbury’s, which was backing the club, suffered setbacks.

Worcester City Council Announced a £10.5 Million Pool Extension Worcester City Council has announced a £10.5 million pool extension.


his work at the Perdiswell Leisure Centre will form part of a nationwide strategy to give support to facilities in the right areas that will encourage more people to take part in sport. This new project will create a state of the art swimming pool that will be up to competition standards and will also become a strategically placed venue that will help with the development of the sport for a number of years. The swimming pool will be extended and open at some point this year, and the project has been paid for in part by Sport England and their Strategic Facilities Fund. When the pool is open it will offer an eight lane swimming pool that measures 25m x 18m. Also constructed as part of the project is a 18m x 10m learner pool that is equipped with a moveable floor. Overlooking the pool area there will also be seating for a capacity of 250 spectators. The construction is being completed using innovative building techniques in order to ensure that the pool is at the highest standard possible and to make sure it is an asset to the swimming community for years to come. Carrying out the work on the new pool facilities is Speller

Metcalfe, and the roofing on the project is being created by Britannia Site Solutions. The roof will be constructed with a 2,300m² Protan EX-A 1.5mm single ply polymer membrane that will be adhered to the roof decks that will be made out of concrete and aluminum. The roof element of this project is complex in comparison to the other features of the project because there are a number of different aspects to take in to consideration. There are a number of different penetrations in the roof and also other detailing to allow for the ducting systems to be installed. There are also a number of construction substrates to be considered and impact the chemically treated water of the pools could have on the roofing.

The construction is being completed using innovative building techniques in order to ensure that the pool is at the highest standard possible and to make sure it is an asset to the swimming community for years to come.

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Wrightstyle and Hong Ko Wrightstyle, the leading steel and aluminium glazing supplier, has won major contracts for Hong Kong’s prestigious Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the UK’s oldest arts institution.


he Hong Kong contract involves the supply of advanced internal screens and unlatched doors for the museum’s HK$ 960 million refurbishment, which will increase exhibition space from about 7,000 square metres to more than 10,000 square metres.

The museum currently welcomes about 400,000 visitors a year compared to some 300,000 five years ago, and is home to some 16,000 pieces of art, mainly from Hong Kong and mainland China, although it does host international exhibitions. Wrightstyle’s contract for the Royal Academy forms part of the iconic institution’s £49.8 million redevelopment to link the two buildings it owns - Burlington House and a building in Burlington Gardens that it purchased in 2001. When complete in 2018, in time to celebrate the RA’s 250th birthday, visitors will for the first time be able to walk from Piccadilly to Mayfair through expanded and improved artistic spaces. The external glazing contract will comprise systems from both Wrightstyle and Secco Sistemi, for whom Wrightstyle was appointed a fabricator and supplier earlier this year. The Italian company is a worldwide leader in the production of designer systems for doors, windows and facades – and which are specified internationally for the refurbishment of historic buildings. Wrightstyle celebrated its 20th birthday earlier this year, and was last month awarded a Global Business Excellence Award for its design innovation – specifically for the world’s first unlatched fire door and an aesthetically and technically-advanced system to protect buildings against the equivalent of a lorry bomb. The RA is both a national institution and centre of teaching excellence, and the redevelopment of its historic buildings is therefore a project of enormous national

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and cultural significance – a project that is mirrored in Wrightstyle’s work in Hong Kong for an institution of similar importance. The company’s core business is the design,

Wrightstyle celebrated its 20th birthday earlier this year, and was last month awarded a Global Business Excellence Award for its design innovation – specifically for the world’s first unlatched fire door and an aesthetically and technicallyadvanced system to protect buildings against the equivalent of a lorry bomb.

fabrication and supply of advanced glazing systems, internal and external, whether to mitigate against fire, natural threats such as typhoons and hurricanes, or human threats such as terrorism. In the recent past, the company has supplied to retail, corporate, sporting, healthcare and transport projects from Hong Kong to Afghanistan, and from South Africa to the USA, underlining the market’s international dimension, and of Wrightstyle’s reputation within a highly specialised sector. Wrightstyle’s advanced ranges include external and internal glazing systems, all certified to US, European and Asia-Pacific standards. The company recently completed the iconic frontage to King’s Cross station in London, is currently working on an historic project on Tower Bridge, and expects to complete the RA contract in three phases between the end of this year and spring 2017. The Hong Kong Museum of Arts is scheduled to reopen in 2019.

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Demand Escalates for Rinnai Training Rinnai is a registered provider of CPD courses, which it has developed over the past few years, earning praise from the CPD Certification Scheme for the design of the courses.


he manufacturer has seen an upswing in demand for its training as specifiers and engineers alike have switched on to the energy saving benefits of the A-rated Rinnai Infinity range.

Rinnai’s qualifications as a provider of CPD courses are impressive: as the UK and European market leader in the supply of gas fired continuous flow water heaters for commercial, domestic and renewable integration, Rinnai is at the forefront of innovative and efficient systems and technology. As Rinnai UK Managing Director Tony Gittings explains: “The UK water heating industry is facing a myriad of environmental and politically driven market forces, including the need to reduce carbon emissions within new and existing buildings. In the training modules we clarify and engage with the market to assist decision making and understanding of the different messages faced by today’s engineers, installers and designers.

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“Rinnai can demonstrate how innovation can reduce the burden on fossil fuels while maximising renewable gains. We also look at the growing support for continuous flow technologies and how this can benefit the industry versus traditional gas fired storage systems and analyse water heating design and specification discussing technical issues associated with product installation.”


“Our training facility and CPD training courses ensure key market personnel at all levels can benefit from nationwide training from our highly skilled team of technical experts. Ensuring they are up to speed with changes in legislation and product developments. Rinnai can also deliver bitesize one- hour courses to suit your needs,” says Rinnai associate director Chris Goggin. For installers, specific hands-on training can be tailored to cover all aspects of commissioning and servicing processes. The Runcorn training facility has recently been redesigned and enlarged to cope with demand and is fitted with all the latest Rinnai technology so attendees can be assured they are gaining experience on the latest energy saving appliances and systems. These training events are aimed primarily at engineers and facilities managers. The courses don’t just look at the individual units but also explore system design and how to deal successfully with legionella. The most popular course modules are ‘Understanding ACOP L8 and hot water system design’ and ‘System design incorporating continuous flow and renewables’. Engineer courses are held on the first and last Thursday of each month at Runcorn. More courses are in the process of being added, including one on the new Rinnai Infinity Solo, which is now awaiting CPD accreditation. The comprehensive engineer training course

“Our training facility and CPD training courses ensure key market personnel at all levels can benefit from nationwide training from our highly skilled team of technical experts.” Chris Goggin, Rinnai Associate Director

line-up for 2017 includes nine modules: Rinnai product overview; Continuous flow and the future of water heating; Intermediate water heater; Continuous flow - Excellence in design; Service and fault diagnostics (Water heaters); Service and fault diagnostics (Energy saver warm air units); Understanding ACOP L8 and hot water system design; Maximising renewable gain in hot water design; and, Continuous flow as an innovative method of satisfying energy and regulatory demands. CPD Roadshow courses are also available for M&E consultants and specifiers, design and build engineers, facilities managers and gas contractors. For more information contact Ian Jenkins on +44 (0)1928 531 870 or email

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Northumberland farmer champions energy efficiency to transform business A recent YouGov survey commissioned by ScottishPower has found that only one in ten businesses have reduced their energy consumption in the past year, and that 60 per cent of small business owners don’t regard energy efficiency as a priority, potentially missing out on vital savings.


s part of an initiative to encourage businesses to become more energy efficient, the energy provider is working with the Carbon Trust to offer businesses advice on reducing energy consumption to become more efficient and save money.

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Neville Gill, coowner of Williamston Barns


One rural business championing energy efficiency is Williamston Barns, a holiday letting business run by Neville and Viv Gill in Slaggyford, Northumberland. The farmstead has been in the family for almost 300 years, and after making the decision to diversify the business in response to the fall in market prices, the couple transformed historic barn buildings into modern luxury holiday lets.

Whilst maintaining the building’s character, the couple recognised the renovations were an opportunity to invest in energy efficient technology to help save money in the long term. Neville said: “The farm itself was not big enough to make a living out of sheep farming, so the decision was taken to diversify so that the farm was able to survive in the long term. “We wanted to build our business with not only our customers, but also with the environment in mind. It was important for us to be innovative as a new business and energy efficiency was at the forefront of our business plan. Many people think investing in energy saving materials and processes is very expensive and hard work, but the reality is that many measures are easy to adopt and the initial spend pays off.”

We wanted to build our business with not only our customers, but also with the environment in mind. It was important for us to be innovative as a new business and energy efficiency was at the forefront of our business plan. Neville Gill, co-owner of Williamston Barns The Williamston Estate is comprised of two farmhouses and the Barn & the Cowshed holiday rentals, all of which are powered and heated using renewable energy.

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“We installed a biomass boiler which generates 140,000kw each year and a 6kw wind turbine generating about 10,000kw a year on site to heat and power the homes, as well as the entire farm. Before investing, I made sure I was fully aware of the payback times for each of these energy efficient technologies. It’s very much a priority for us to be sustainable in everything we do, and this has really worked for us.


“To heat four houses on oil or other conventional forms of heating would have seriously drained our economic resource; obviously we still needed electricity to control and power our premises, which is why the supplier and cost of electricity still needs to be efficient. Thankfully we have a great relationship with our energy provider,

ScottishPower, and its small business team is always easily contactable when we have a question or issue. Energy companies are often difficult to differentiate between, but great customer service is really important to me. “Despite energy efficiency not necessarily being at the forefront of our guests’ minds when they come here to relax, we’re proud to be investing in new technology and energy saving measures to get the most from our business. From our experience at Williamston Barns, in order to thrive as a small business or start-up, it’s vital to embrace new forms of power generation including wind and biomass as options which will allow you to reduce your carbon footprint and help save you money. As well as generating our own electricity we have also installed an electric car point for our guest to recharge their vehicles.” Neville and Viv’s business has gone from strength to strength since welcoming visitors to the Northumberland fells in 2015. Occupancy has risen from 61 per cent to 75 per cent in its second year, highlighting Williamston Barns’ popularity for long or short break holidays. Mark Bowen, UK marketing director at ScottishPower, said: “The efforts that Neville and Viv have gone to, in terms of becoming energy efficient, provides a fantastic example for other businesses to follow. Their investment and commitment to being energy efficient makes great business sense and contributes to improving their bottom line in the long term. “This is a business that stands out to customers in terms of providing beautiful holiday lets in a stunning location, but they also have an added edge by being committed to clean energy and the environment.”

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Heating, Ventilation & Insulation PANASONIC GENERATES SIGNIFICANT SAVINGS IN RESTORED WATER TOWER An abandoned water tower on the outskirts of Harrogate, Yorkshire, has been converted into a stunning family home by Carol and Majid Nadry from Bradford. Sustainability and energy efficiency were at the heart of the project, so they chose an air source heat pump from Panasonic to provide a low-Carbon heating and hot water solution. The four-storey water tower, which was built in the 1940s to supply a nearby village, was in need of significant refurbishment, as it had lain derelict for several years. However, this offered the Nadrys a blank canvas on which they could design their home - and exactly the way they wanted it. Energy efficiency was one of the core principles of their restoration project, and this presented a number of challenges to Cumbria-based renewable heating firm Heacol, who were asked to design and install the heating and hot water system. Heacol installed two Panasonic Aquarea T-CAP heat pumps to provide the necessary capacity for the house. The T-CAP includes weather compensation controls as standard, so that when the outside temperature falls, the water temperature rises, meaning the system is always running at peak efficiency. Heacol also installed proportional thermostats so that when the outside temperature drops below 17°C the system will run 24 hours a day. This enables the system to run at a much lower flow temperature when providing heating and hot water, and therefore it consumes significantly less energy while still performing at peak efficiency. Heacol also installed a thermal store, which heats the water as it flows through a pipe rather than in a tank, which not only reduces the risk of legionella but also lowers the running costs of the system. Completely restored, the Pannal Water Tower is equipped with an efficient, fully-controllable heating and hot water system. With monitoring equipment recently installed, Carol and Majid Nadry will soon be able to see the significant savings on their energy bills generated the Panasonic Aquarea T-CAP.

GET MULTIZONED WITH CONSORT CLAUDGEN’S MRX1 CONTROLLER Consort Claudgen has launched their latest innovation, the MRX1 Multizone wireless controller, which offers ‘zoning’ of your electric heating system. This central controller can control up to 8 heating zones using the existing CRX2 controllers, where each CRX2 can control multiple Consort RX heaters in the same room or zone. The MRX1 has a large touchscreen LCD colour display, is simple to set up and easy to programme. A 7-day programme with 6 time periods per day can be set separately for each zone and if required, be duplicated across other zones saving time. Temperature adjustments for all zones can also be done simultaneously. With extensive heat control options and energy saving features, the MRX1 controller provides great energy and cost saving making it ideal for home or commercial property owners.

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THERMAL BREAKS SPECIALISTS IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF LUXURY HOTEL BY 60% A luxury hotel in Yorkshire has improved its energy efficiency by up to 60% with an innovative thermal bridging solution delivered by Armadillo, as part of a £9.5 million refurbishment project. The thermal breaks specialist was appointed by Aim Applications to deliver the solution which will add to the hotel’s existing facilities with the addition of a new spa extension. The team’s solution insulated the hotel’s roofing system, which involved isolating the rooftop balustrade posts from the flat roof structure. The manufacturer’s product, Armatherm™ 500, was installed at the location where the posts and roof met to create an effective thermal barrier. The material prevented the cold steel posts from penetrating the roof insulation and transmitting cold temperatures into the interior structure as a result. The solution implemented by the team will help to dramatically reduce condensation issues, along with improving the energy efficiency of the hotel when the spa is complete in Spring 2017.

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Commenting on the project, Armadillo’s managing director, Jonathan Shaw said: “The Rudding Park project was an interesting job that demonstrated the versatility of our Armatherm™ material.


“Our thermal breaking solutions are often specified to isolate temperatures in cladding or façade projects, but they can be implemented anywhere a transition occurs in the building envelope. Roofing structures are a key location at which heat can be lost, impacting heavily on the energy efficiency and running costs of a building.” Armatherm™ 500 has been used in a variety of construction projects, from structural steel framing connections and façades to residential builds and freezer rooms. For more information, visit

pump for home South West Heat Pumps Ltd. (SWHP) has installed a Robur K18 gas powered heat pump boiler to provide heating and hot water to a three bedroom home in Gunnislake, Devon.


wner Mr. Jackson, along with SWHP, evaluated a range of possible replacements for his old, inefficient non-condensing boiler and decided on the Robur K18 as the most cost-effective solution.

Powered by natural gas, but benefitting from renewable energy from air, the Robur K18 offers exceptionally low running costs, at least 38% below the cost of a modern condensing boiler, but can still provide water up to 70°C, just from the heat pump. Supplied by Robur importer ESS, the K18 has an 18kW output and is intended for use in larger or older properties with a high demand. The capital cost is substantially below that of a ground source heat pump and the running costs are lower and the performance is better than an equivalent electric heat pump.

Powered by natural gas, but benefitting from renewable energy from air, the Robur K18 offers exceptionally low running costs, at least 38% below the cost of a modern condensing boiler, but can still provide water up to 70°C, just from the heat pump.

The system uses ammonia within a factory sealed circuit as its refrigerant, so can be installed by any gas safe heating engineer. With gas burners replacing compressors and inverters, the Robur K18 is considerably quieter than equivalent electric heat pumps. A new “Hybrigas” model from Robur, with a 37kW output, will be available later this year. For more information on this and other Robur gas absorption heat pumps (GAHPs), please contact ESS: 020 8641 2346 | |

About ESS ESS was established in 2000 as an HVAC distributor. Since 2003, ESS has become the UK’s leading supplier of Gas Powered Heat Pumps, and now offers Robur’s gas absorption heat pumps (GAHPs) in addition to its existing range of gas engine models. ESS is an independent, privately owned company, established for distribution of HVAC equipment to the trade only. It specialises in helping energy managers, M&E consultants, designers and other heating, ventilation and air-conditioning professionals. |

About South West Heat Pumps Established in 2009 and based in Devon, South West Heat Pumps Ltd (SWHP) is a specialist Renewable Energy installation company. SWHP heat pumps has carried out hundreds of heat pump installations.

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The company has its own in-house teams of designers and engineers and is an experienced installer of all type of renewable technologies, including air and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers, PV and solar thermal. SWHP is registered with Refcom and has MCS accreditation.


Polyurethane foam weatherproof architectural projects By Leonie Onslow, Executive Director, British Urethane Foam Contractors Association

With changing weather patterns, resulting in erratic conditions and high winds causing much damage to properties, roofs now need to be far more resilient to the effects of wind, rain and storm damage.


rchitects need to ensure that new roof structures are built in accordance to the revised British Standard BS 5534: 2014 in order to improve their structural integrity and counter adverse weather conditions. This is all very well for new buildings but this still leaves many older building projects at risk of damage or falling tiles. A simple solution to the problem is to specify sprayed polyurethane foam for the underside of the roof to bond the slates or tiles in place. It achieves excellent insulation values and can be used to counter nail fatigue, prolonging roof longevity. Naturally the roof should be in a good, weathertight condition prior to installation but once installed the polyurethane should make the structure much more resilient to stormy, wintry weather. It’s worth pointing out that the exterior still requires checking periodically for any signs of degradation. Polyurethane foam is not just for roofing applications – architects can specify its installation in the form of wall insulation, floor insulation or to fill voids and other areas to provide a seamless, thermal insulation barrier. It can bring properties up to the latest standards of insulation and airtightness which may result in similar building fabric insulation performance to the Building Regulation Part L requirements of a new property. Closed cell polyurethane foam insulation for building projects has been around for over 30 years. The polyurethane insulant is a two-component liquid system which produces a highly-efficient blanket of insulation with an exceptional thermal conductivity figure. In shops and warehouses large areas can be installed very quickly. Systems can be applied to various depths and have K-values in the range of 0.025 to 0.028W/mK. These foams are resistant to driving rain meaning that the material stays dry with no loss of thermal properties. The insulant can help act as a barrier to prevent flood waters from entering the building through the walls. The British Board of Agrément certification approves this insulant for cavity walls in all exposure zones. Closed cell foams which achieve a Class 1 fire rating when tested to BS476 Part 7 are available. Or, where non-Class 1 materials are used on internal applications these must be covered by plasterboard, or a similar thermal barrier. Properties classed as ‘hard-to-treat’ with narrow cavities, stone cavities, or of metal or timber framed construction can simply be insulated with injected polyurethane foam systems resulting in high energy efficiency of the walls.

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Polyurethane foam is not just for roofing applications – architects can specify its installation in the form of wall insulation, floor insulation or to fill voids and other areas to provide a seamless, thermal insulation barrier.


Conversely, open cell polyurethane foams do not have the high insulation properties associated with the closed cell materials, which is a distinct disadvantage if trying to save space. They do not have the same fire performance as closed cell, so they should never be left exposed; they have no structural strength to stabilise roofs or walls and are widely marketed to be applied directly onto non-breathable membranes. This practice should be treated with a high degree of caution as interstitial condensation could occur in the foam, next to roof timbers. However, they are better suited for their enhanced sound attenuation properties or in situations which require more air and vapour into a building’s interior. The British Urethane Foam Contractors Association (BUFCA), the national trade association representing the industry has a list of recommended installers and technical datasheets for architects available at

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Buttermarket gets a makeover with LK2 A £25 million revamp of Buttermarket Shopping Centre in the heart of Ipswich has officially completed with the opening of a new 12 screen cinema operated by Empire.


he project was delivered by architecture, sports and leisure firm LK2 and contractor Simons Group. Phase one of the works saw the scheme transformed from a tired shopping centre into a vibrant retail destination, rejuvenating the centre’s retail offering with high street giants such as New Look and TKMaxx trading from larger, newer units. A second phase of work anchors the centre’s reputation as a leisure destination with the completion of an 18,000 sq ft gym, bowling alley, family entertainment centre and a food and drink

quarter. This phase was finalised with the opening of the 12 screen multi-plex cinema, owned by Empire, which opened this month. LK2 secured the project due to its expertise in the retail and leisure sector. During a detailed study, the firm’s expert team of architects were able to determine the redevelopment options for the centre’s owners, working to refurbish and realign the centre through innovative solutions. Paul Starbuck, director at LK2, said: “We are immensely proud of this scheme as we feel it

has met the needs of the client and optimised the available floor space. By repositioning the shopping centre as a retail and leisure destination, visitors are now encouraged to stay for more than just an hour or so of shopping. “This increases footfall for traders inside the centre and offering the local community and tourists a variety of leisure activities, positively impacting the area.” The redevelopment now incorporates more leisure facilities into the centre and provides a diverse offering to visitors. When the building was acquired in 2015 for just £9.6 million, only 43% of the centre’s units were occupied by traders. At the time of its resale in February this year, the centre was 90% occupied, and sold for almost £55 million. Tom Robinson, Simons chief executive, said: “We are incredibly proud of what’s been achieved at the Buttermarket – this type of project is no easy feat but working again with the team at LK2 we have achieved a fantastic outcome for the client. Visitors to the centre will undoubtedly have a great experience for years to come.” LK2 worked closely with contractor Simons Group to deliver the work. This is the second significant redevelopment of a shopping centre that the firms have collaborated on, having worked together to deliver the £9 million regeneration of Waterside shopping centre in Lincoln city centre in 2014.

“We are immensely proud of this scheme as we feel it has met the needs of the client and optimised the available floor space.” Paul Starbuck, director at LK2

Kebony transforms 19th Century terrace Waind Gohil+Potter Architects (WG+P) have sensitively transformed a 19th Century cottage in Wandsworth by incorporating a revolutionary extension, fit for the modern day.


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nitially the owners had faced difficulties with the original extension, which let wind in and had a leaking roof; therefore they were keen not to make the same mistakes. Kebony – a beautiful, durable and hardwearing wood recommended by leading architects – was chosen to clad the exterior façade of the house.


Ann Pasola lived in her two-bedroom terrace for 15 years before submitting a planning application for an extension to the council. Having relied on a builder without the instruction of an architect, Ann ended up unhappy with the end result and contemplated selling the house. However, an opportunity to relocate to New York with her now husband Chris Grover came up and it was agreed that instead Chris would sell his house in Hammersmith and use Ann’s Wandsworth home to store their furniture whilst they were away. The pair returned to the UK in 2009 and made the decision to embrace the prime location of the Wandsworth cottage and transform the property into their forever home. WG+P were tasked with finding a solution to the leaks and designed a contemporary extension sympathetic in form and rhythm with the neighbouring terraces. The old extension was demolished and replaced with a more impressive structure, comprising exposed beams and a

polished concrete floor; sliding doors from the kitchen were installed to enhance connectivity to the rear garden, while an internal pocket door separates the original and modern parts of the house. Extensive research confirmed the couple’s decision to use timber as the prime material for the extension façade, but in order to avoid the same mistakes that occurred with the initial extension, it was necessary to choose a durable and low maintenance wood. This, combined with a need for a lightweight and tactile material and an ambition for the extension to be environmentally sustainable, made Kebony the obvious choice. The owners were also instantly impressed by the aesthetic appearance of the cladding which adopts a beautiful silver grey patina as it develops over time. Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology uses an environmentally friendly process, which permanently enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a biobased liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. By polymerising the wood’s cell walls, the wood gains greatly improved durability and dimensional stability, giving it characteristics similar to those of tropical hardwood. Kebony timber is easy to work with; it can be processed in the same way as hardwood without the need for special precautions

during sawing and profiling as a consequence of the low dust and VOC emissions. Ciara McInerney, Project Architect with WG+P commented: “The challenges for Wiseton Road were comparable to many London Victorian terrace houses; disparate internal floor levels; poor connectivity to the rear garden; low floor to ceiling heights within the former ‘closet wing’ back extension and poor natural light. Our sensitive reworking of these incommodious spaces and introduction of natural materials and light formed a refreshing transformation to the property. Kebony was the perfect material which was installed in a matter of days. The finished product beautifully connects the garden to the house. WG+P work extensively with timber and would certainly consider using Kebony in the future.” Adrian Pye, International Sales Director at Kebony added: “The team at Kebony is delighted to hear how happy the owners are with the final product. Kebony’s versatility has once again proved its impressive characteristics, transforming a property which was previously thought of as a liability into a forever home, which is no mean feat. The owners and the architects at WGPA have created a masterpiece and we would love to work with both parties in the future.”

Latest News Derelict windmill is transformed into a cutting-edge - and carbon negative - contemporary home A ruined 19th century windmill in Cambridgeshire has been given a smart eco-makeover with the help of efficiency specialists Eco Installer.


he Grade II listed Tower Mill in Little Downham, had fallen into disrepair, with no sails, windows or cap, but has now been sympathetically developed into a stylish and modern eco-friendly home while retaining the beauty of its wind-powered past. The team at Eco Installer worked hand-in-hand with Freeman Brear Architects who developed the initial design and details such as a glazed viewing area and mezzanine which provide uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside and allows night-time observation of the big Fenland skies. As well as its architecturally-stunning exterior, it has been designed with energy efficiency at its core with a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting system, and a mechanical ventilation system keeps the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer and re-uses up to 95% of the heat that would have otherwise have been lost. Roland Gurner from Eco Installer said: “Our homes and the way we construct them will have a huge role in ensuring we enjoy a more sustainable future. Tower Mill is a prime example of how technology is helping to drive sustainable solutions and helping to address both environmental and economic concerns. “Its 10-kilowatt photo-voltaic roof panels - which charge a state-of-the-art storage battery system - triple-glazed windows and heavily insulated walls all increase the mill’s energy efficiency and prevent unnecessary waste.”

Roland Gurner from Eco Installer said: “Our homes and the way we construct them will have a huge role in ensuring we enjoy a more sustainable future. Tower Mill is a prime example of how technology is helping to drive sustainable solutions and helping to address both environmental and economic concerns. The mill’s owner Henry Martin said: “I was keen to invest in various renewable technologies to produce a property with the lowest possible carbon, running and maintenance costs. The team at Eco Installer really excelled themselves. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for future work and have every intention of using them to help build my daughter’s house.”

Architect Judith Brear said: “We worked closely with Henry – and Eco Installer, who are responsible for many of the clever, energy-saving installations at Tower Mill – to create the home of his dreams - an exciting, contemporary, comfortable house which costs little to run and which requires minimum maintenance.”

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More demanding client base is good news for LCA members For some people involved in construction, a demanding client is one to be avoided. A customer that puts contractors on the spot over things like the standards they work to, asks who validates their work or what guarantees are provided, are regarded by some as a bit of pain. But not by members of the Lead Contractors Association.

Finally, an LCA member can offer the long term peace of mind of our unique 25 Year Guarantee Scheme, supported by a ring fenced Trust Fund which is insurance underwritten through Lloyds of London. For a small extra cost, any client can have their project registered under this scheme, which provides a 25 year labour and materials warranty. The difference between this scheme and any other is that it does not depend upon the installer continuing to trade (or even remain a member of the LCA) throughout the guarantee period. If a problem occurs with a registered project within the guarantee period and the original installer is unable (or unwilling) to return to site, another LCA member is designated to investigate and if remedial work is required under the terms of the guarantee, will carry out such works at no further cost to the client.


CA members can happily point to our Constitution, our vetting programme and our unique 25 Year Guarantee Scheme as immediately satisfying the requirements of the most demanding client.

Our Constitution requires all members to work to BS6915 – the British Standard Code of Practice for the Design and Construction of Fully Supported Lead Sheet Roof and Wall Coverings – which states the requirements in sizing, fixing and setting out of lead sheet to maximise its legendary lifespan (100+ years of maintenance free performance).

So if any client, architect or main contractor is looking at tenders received to carry out leadwork and is tempted by the low price being offered by someone who is not a member of the Lead Contractors Association, perhaps the questions they should ask themselves are:

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If this wasn’t enough, the CoP is backed up by the Lead Sheet Manual, a comprehensive technical reference issued by the Lead Sheet Association which provides further and more detailed guidance with regard to the specification and installation of lead sheet roofing and cladding, supported by innumerable tables, charts, illustrations and photographs on every aspect of the craft. The Lead Sheet Manual is the “Bible” for leadwork and all LCA members are dedicated to using it.


The LCA Constitution also requires all members to regularly offer their work for inspection by a representative from the LCA Council. These inspections take place on the roof (not from the car park!) and can involve lifting the sheet to check sizing and fixing details. A thorough report is prepared for each site so that a members’ ongoing standards can be verified and graded (Satisfactory, Good or Excellent) by the Chairman of the Vetting Committee.


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An LCA member can offer the long term peace of mind of our unique 25 Year Guarantee Scheme, supported by a ring fenced Trust Fund which is insurance underwritten through Lloyds of London.

So at a time when the quality standards bar is being raised by more demanding clients expecting the very best and looking for long term value for money, when it comes to leadwork design and installation why use anyone else other than a member of the Lead Contractors Association?

the contractor has ceased trading or won’t return to site when there is a problem? Under the LCA members’ 25 Year Guarantee another member would be designated to investigate and carry out any remedial work.

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Kemper System takes centre stage at Greenwich Theatre When the roof of a popular London theatre was no longer watertight, cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, provided the ideal solution.


oofing contractors, Capitol Roofing Co Ltd of Blackheath in Greenwich, specified Kemperol 2K-PUR to refurbish the existing 500 sq. m asphalt roof at the Greenwich Theatre, south-east London, to stop water ingress into the fourstorey building.

Thanks to its solvent-free and odourless qualities, Kemperol 2K-PUR was an obvious choice for refurbishment works on the occupied building. In addition, its quick installation benefits meant Capital Roofing Co Ltd, were able to meet their tight project

ABOVE Kemperol 2K-PUR by Kemper System was specified for the roof refurbishment at Greenwich Theatre, London.

deadline, and the works on the theatre were completed in time for the start of the festive show season. Once Capital Roofing Co Ltd carried out extensive repairs and cleaned the surface they primed the existing roof surface then applied the Kemperol 2K-PUR resin in a single wet-onwet process. The cold-applied resin was rolled onto the roof with a reinforcement fleece laid directly in to the wet resin, immediately followed by more resin to ensure complete saturation of the reinforcement fleece. Once cured, the resin formed a seamless, elastomeric waterproof membrane that cannot

“With a BBA accredited 25-year service life, Kemperol 2K-PUR provided the ideal solution for the Greenwich Theatre refurbishment.” Chris Shulver. Capitol Roofing Co Ltd

delaminate, is UV stable and bonds directly to the substrate. Because the Kemperol 2K-PUR system is ideal for complex detailing, this meant a new, up-and-over staircase was able to be installed whilst still providing a seamless liquid waterproofing solution. A Kemperdur anti-slip walkway for safe maintenance traffic was added to complete the waterproofing works. The installation team at Capitol Roofing Co Ltd completed the refurbishment of the Greenwich Theatre roof on time, to budget and specification. Chris Shulver at Capitol Roofing Co Ltd, said: “The existing roof at the theatre was failing resulting in water leaking through onto the seats inside. We had some very tight deadlines to adhere to, which is why we choose Kemperol 2K-PUR because of its quick and easy installation system. “The fact that the waterproofing solution is eco-friendly as well as odourless was an added bonus for the client, as work was able to be carried out whilst the building was still occupied. The theatre could carry on as normal with minimal waste removal or nuisance odours to disrupt employees or guests to the theatre, and without the fire risk of hot works.

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“With a BBA accredited 25-year service life, Kemperol 2K-PUR provided the ideal solution for the Greenwich Theatre refurbishment.”


Greenwich Theatre is a popular, local playhouse located in Croom’s Hill, close to the centre of Greenwich in south-east London. The theatre first came to Greenwich at the beginning of the 19th century during the famous Eastertide Greenwich Fair at which the Richardson travelling theatre annually performed. Since then, it has seen the likes of Mia Farrow, Charles Dance and Susannah York perform.

SARNAFIL PLUS HAS MARKET ROOF COVERED The roof refurbishment of Kirkgate Market in Leeds is a story of problem solving and partnership. Rising to the challenge, Protech Roofing and Sarnafil Plus delivered an exemplary solution, which allowed the market to remain open throughout.

The finished Kirkgate Market roof


existing roof and installation of Sarnafil S32715EL Light Grey membrane with stainless steel fixings created a durable, weathertight and aesthetically pleasing finish. Sarnafil membranes are certified by the British Board of Agrement to have a service life in excess of 40 years, giving the client confidence in the durability and longevity of the roof.

urope’s largest covered market, Kirkgate has 800 stalls attracting over 100,000 visitors a week. As part of a £14m refurbishment to improve the market for the stallholders and the public, the leaking roof, extending over both the 1976 and 1981 halls, needed renewing while the building was fully operational. Being such an important and iconic city landmark, viewable from many of the surrounding buildings, attention to detail and aesthetics were also incredibly important to the final result.

The Sarnafil Plus team did the groundwork to secure the tender with the architect, asserting the benefits of a Sarnafil system, Sarnafil Plus technical support and guarantee. Following this, Protech Roofing, a registered Sarnafil contractor, spent many hours visiting the site and attending meetings, gaining the trust of all parties. Eamonn Cahill, Interserve senior project manager, said: “Protech showed outstanding levels of proactive problem solving and integrity throughout the project. The Sika Sarnafil membrane has given the market hall roofs a smart, clean finish with the durability to keep the building weatherproof for years to come.” The original design specification calle ed for the existing felt waterproofing to be removed back to the metal deckin ng. However, as this would cause massive e disruption and with no guarantee of a w ert wat er igh g t building. To combat this issue, P tec Pro tech h reco recomme omme m nde nded d a mechanicallly fas fa a ten te ed d Sar Sarnafi naafil sys ystem tem m th that a cou at could l be e o rla ove rlayed yed on nto the he ex exist isting ist in su ing s bst bstrat rate. t

A further feature of Sarnafil roofing systems that appealed to the client was that the Sarnafil S327-15EL Light Grey membrane is cold applied – welded together using hot air rather than with a naked flame. The system can be used without restrictions as it meets the fire performance requirements of BS476-Part 3:2004 and BS EN 13501-5:2005. This was an important safety consideration as the market had suffered a terrible fire back in 1975. Kirkgate Market roof before Protech started work A full Sarnafil Plus survey and moisture mapping revealed the worst areas for water ingress before the project started to assist with planning the work. The nine-month project saw a team of between eight and 10 people working on the roof through all four seasons, including rain showers and temperatures of over 27°C., without the project or waterproofing ever being compromised. Sarnavap 5000E SA a cold applied, selfadhesive vapour control layer was used to ensure temporary waterproofing for the market while the roofing work was being carried out. The SarnaTherm insulation boardss were mechanically fixed into o the he

“The Sika Sarnafil membrane has given the market hall roofs a smart, clean finish with the durability to keep the building weatherproof for years to come.” Eamonn Cahill, Interserve senior project manager

Six rooflights over 51m long were replaced with SarnaLites, situated close together in rows, making sure that the market continued to benefit from natural daylight. This part of the refurbishment was carried out at night to limit any disruption to the market below. Sarnafil Plus visited the site regularly and a successful final inspection resulting in the issuing of a Sarnafil Plus guarantee. For more information on Sika Sarnafil’s products and services, call 01707 394444, email or visit

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Independent living scheme gets royal seal of approval National property maintenance, refurbishment and new build contractor, Novus Property Solutions had just two weeks to redecorate an Independent Living Scheme in Dunstable prior to a visit from Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.


riory View, run by Central Bedfordshire Council, is an award-winning Independent Living Scheme for over 55s. The facilities and layout of Priory View, which includes 83 individual apartments, five recreational lounges, a café, bar and restaurant, salon, rooftop garden and spa therapy rooms, are designed to build a sense of community and promote independence. Having received notice of the royal visit, Novus Property Solutions was called on to refresh the décor throughout Priory View to make sure the building was at its best for the visit.

On completion of the project, Novus worked with Crown Trade to create a bench made entirely from recycled paint tins used on the job. Paul Thapar MBE from Central Bedfordshire council: “The royal visit was absolutely wonderful for us – both the staff and residents enjoyed the event immensely. We wanted to thank all the team at Novus for their hard work redecorating Priory View in such a short space of time and making it look just like new again. The recycled paint can bench went down a storm and we’re

looking into getting more of them if possible.” Tony Ronayne, operations manager at Novus Property Solutions commented: “This was a particularly challenging project due to the scale of the works required with such a short notice period before we were due to start. I’m very proud of the whole team who all pulled together and worked so efficiently to ensure we delivered the high standard of work within budget and timescale and it’s fantastic to hear the event was such a success.”

During the fast-track project, nine Novus operatives worked around the clock to carry out a full internal redecoration revitalising the paintwork in the health spa, communal corridors, restaurant, library, bar area and reception to ensure Priory View was ready to welcome its royal visitors. The work was completed in under two weeks from start to finish – all while the Independent Living Scheme remained fully furnished and fully operational. With extremely short notice given before the project got underway, Novus pulled out all the stops to hit the deadline. The project team called an emergency specification meeting with Crown Trade to guarantee a perfect colour match for the existing colours used in the communal areas. The team also carried out minor maintenance and repair works to the exterior including laying new turf to front of the building and unblocking roof drainage and interior where the team fitted corner protectors, changed lightbulbs and fitted backing protection on to the walls.

£6 million facelift for University’s science building

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Work on the redesigning the University of Huddersfield’s Joseph Priestley Building is under way and completion is due around the end of the year.



t started life in the 1960s, down to its shape, as the “Z Building” and has been upgraded and adapted many times over the years. Now it is named the Joseph Priestley Building and undergoes its most ambitious refit yet, which will provide exceptional new facilities for the study of science at the University of Huddersfield. The £6 million project is underway, and is the first collaboration between the University and Manchester-based Bardsley Construction. The lowest three of the four storeys are being gutted and will be completely remodelled internally. The external appearance will change too, with a new façade – featuring finned metal cladding – that will harmonise with the aesthetics of the surrounding campus. Work is due to be completed by the close of 2017. Before its most recent name change – commemorating a local scientist famed for his discovery of oxygen – the block was known as the West Building and was home to students and staff in both Applied Sciences and the Humanities. But the recent completion of the £28 million Oastler Building, which is a new base for Humanities, means that the Joseph Priestley can become a dedicated science block. “This allows the School of Applied Sciences to grow and from next year its students will have better facilities than ever,” said University of Huddersfield Director of Estates and Facilities Colin Blair. The development also has an eye on the future,

because part of the project is the construction of a link that will be in place to connect the Joseph Priestley Building to an all-new science block planned for an adjacent space currently in use as a car park. However, the next major development at the University of Huddersfield will be a new £30 million home for the School of Art, Design and Architecture, to be constructed on a site that has been cleared to the west of the Campus. It is to be known as the Barbara Hepworth Building – after the famed Wakefield-born sculptor – and is scheduled for completion by autumn 2019. The University of Huddersfield aims to work with both national and regional contractors and suppliers on its building projects, so a first collaboration with Bardsley Construction – which has a Leeds office – was a welcome development, said Mr Blair. Rick Smeaton, Bardsley regional manager in Yorkshire, commented: “This contract represents our first major project for the University of Huddersfield and provides our Yorkshire office with an ideal opportunity to enhance our reputation for the delivery of high quality and bespoke educational facilities.” Other companies involved in the project include the architectural practise AHR – now a global firm but with historic roots in Huddersfield. It was responsible for the design of the much-praised Oastler Building, opened in April by the University’s Chancellor, HRH The Duke of York.

Latest News Trench collapse on refurb site A Fife-based construction company has been fined after a worker had to be dug out of a trench that collapsed onto him.


undee Sheriff Court heard the 43-year-old employee of Wallace Roofing and Building Limited suffered a broken shoulder and collarbone as well as punctures to both of his lungs and fractures to all but two of his ribs. Emergency services helped the rescue operation following the incident in September 2011 at a house renovation in Falkland. A trench was being dug with an excavator to help connect the drainage system of the old property with a new extension. When the workers came across a boulder preventing them from further digging, the excavator was used to try and move the rock. The injured man, who was in the trench laying the new piping, was trying to help guide the excavator.

During this operation one of the trench walls, nine feet deep, subsided, burying the worker under the dislodged earth. Workers immediately started digging the soil away from the man’s head to allow him to breathe. He remained partially buried in the trench until the emergency services arrived and dug him free. He remained in hospital for almost three weeks. An HSE investigation found that the trench had not been supported or ‘stepped back’, to control the risk of the trench collapsing. Inspectors also found that nobody had formal health and safety training for managing a construction site and that work involving the excavated trench had not been risk assessed. As a result, workers were given instructions through verbal briefings rather than detailed, mapped out planning. Wallace Roofing and Building Limited, of Fife, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £14,000. Speaking after sentence, HSE Inspector Ritchie McCrae said: “The risks associated with collapsing excavation walls are well known, as are the necessary control measures which could easily have been employed. On this occasion, the company failed to identify the risk and consequently there was a total absence of any control measure which would have prevented this incident from occurring. The injured worker sustained serious, permanent injury and is extremely lucky to still be alive.”

Stanton Williams transform Nantes’ fine arts museum into a vibrant and democratic art space The Musée d’arts de Nantes will open to the public on 23 June 2017.


or this landmark cultural project, the London-based architecture practice Stanton Williams has transformed the existing Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes – an exemplary expression of the city’s civic and cultural pride and one of the largest Fine Arts Museums in France outside Paris. Located in the heart of a residential quarter in the city, the Musée des Beaux-Arts consisted of the 19th Century ‘Palais’ and 17th Century Oratory Chapel.

2009-2017’ will run for six months from the official opening. The exhibition allows visitors to immerse themselves in the project by covering the entire sixyear period of planning and construction through the display of development models from the competition stage, to information about the methodologies and museography involved. The exhibition will also include previously unseen photographs of the construction process, which reveal the complex aspects of the transformation.

Stanton Williams’ aim was to transform the introverted image of the former Musée des BeauxArts into a vibrant, democratic and welcoming contemporary space that is open to the city and its people. The design adds a contemporary layer to the historical buildings, with two new buildings – the ‘Cube’ extension for contemporary art and an archive facility with a public library. A new basement underneath the Palais has been created to house an auditorium, educational spaces and additional exhibition spaces. A fully integrated landscape design has also been implemented around the museum, with a new sculpture garden located within the urban block.

Two films will feature in the exhibition; the first documents the entire design process behind the new museum and will include sketches, drawings and model making; the second film, by Studio Cullen Williams, will use the method of time-lapse film to capture the journey of light as it travels through the museum, galleries and translucent marble façade.

In response to an all-encompassing brief, Stanton Williams worked with the Museum to design the exhibitions within the galleries themselves, and also collaborated with Cartlidge Levene to create a new overall visual identity for the new Musée d’arts de Nantes. This has contributed to the formulation of a clear visual identity, which unites the museum’s exterior and interior, and creates a holistic museum experience. Patrick Richard, Director at Stanton Williams, leading this project, says: “We are grateful to the city of Nantes for entrusting us to transform and extend the City’s Museum of Art, design the exhibition spaces for their exceptional and valuable art collections and create galleries for temporary art installations. The new Museum has been conceived around the collections themselves, creating an intimate dialogue between art and architecture that firmly embeds the new Museum within the distinctive historical setting of the city.”

On the occasion of the opening, French publishers Archibooks will launch a dedicated monograph on Stanton Williams’ transformation as part of their new series: L’esprit du Lieu. The book introduces the many facets of the building for the first time. In extensive texts, Stanton Williams, the Mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland, the Director of the Musée d’arts de Nantes Sophie Lévy and consultants Max Fordham and Artelia will describe the concept as well as the content-related and artistic aspects of this new museum. Archival imagery and numerous illustrations complete this overview. To mark the opening of the Musee d’arts de Nantes and to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the appointment to design the new Museum of London, Stanton Williams will host a talk on 6 June, entitled Transformation and Continuity, as part of the London Festival of Architecture. Paul Williams and Patrick Richard will discuss the relationship between memory and architecture with writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff at the Museum of London.

As part of the inaugural exhibition programme at the new Musée d’arts de Nantes, Stanton Williams has curated an exhibition that details the processes involved in designing a significant public museum. Located in the Salle Blanche ‘L’epopée d’un Project,

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Trigion Security Trigion Security is the security arm of the Facilicom Group, providing static guarding, mobile patrol, keyholding, alarm response services and technical security.


ur customers are primarily in the South of England but we have recently extended our spread as far north as Morecambe and are growing rapidly in the Midlands and the Home Counties. Trigion operates to the very highest standards in the industry and has gained SIA Approved Contractor Status and ISO

9001. All Trigion Security Officers are vetted and trained to NSI Standards BS7858.Trigion Security is one of the fastest growing security companies in the South and is looking to expand its reach throughout the rest of the UK over the next three years. Its rapid growth is due to its strong client relationships, quality service and great value for money.

Covering all bases

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Electronic solutions have been part of security for many years, with the use of CCTV, in particular, becoming widespread in the battle to keep people and property safe. More recent technological advances now mean there are costeffective electronic solutions that cover almost every eventuality, as Neil Ricketts, Technical Services Director at Trigion, explains.


Selecting the right security is vital for anyone involved in the property market as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to protect investments in the most cost-effective way. Electronic security systems were once extremely expensive and used exclusively in high value, or particularly high risk properties. In fact, the earliest documented use of CCTV technology is believed to be in Germany in 1942 when it was used to monitor V2 rockets. Since then technological developments have made a wide range of solutions available for a much more affordable price

– which is just as well as the number of threats has also grown. It is now possible for domestic customers to monitor their homes from anywhere in the world with just a camera and a smart phone. However, many properties need rather more protection than that. There are several solutions available whatever type of residential or commercial property you are looking to protect.

All seeing eye CCTV is still a popular option, though unsurprisingly it has come a long way since its inception in the 1940s. In those days, there was no facility for recording events and cameras and monitors could only be used for live monitoring. We are far beyond that now with proactive CCTV systems available that mean action can be taken even before crimes occur. Staff monitoring the site remotely can trigger sound and visuals to deter criminals at the point they are trying to break in. This real-time interaction is a highly effective way of preventing theft or damage to property. New integrated security systems mean fire alarms, sensitive plant alarms, and integrated mechanical and electrical systems can also all be monitored remotely 24 hours a day adding value and protecting buildings from wider threats than just criminal activity. When having systems installed it’s important that they comply with the CCTV Data Protection Act, and that commissioning staff are licensed assessors. All systems must also be fitted according to SSAIB and NSI standards.

Knock, knock, who’s there? Of course, alongside monitoring property and deterring crime, a central part of security is access control; that is determining who you let into a building, when, and what parts they are allowed into. From a remote security centre, it is possible to grant access to those

individuals with agreed security clearance, in accordance with the security protocols you have set. This option is particularly useful for lone workers or the first people arriving in the morning. This can be particularly applicable while building work is being carried out. Using electronic solutions means you can reduce manpower requirements and provide expert back up. The added bonus is that savings made by reducing manned guarding levels outweigh the cost of installation. There are many options for access control. These include swipe or proximity cards and biometric access control systems. These can be used in isolation or depending on the level of security required in tandem, so there is a substantial combination of options for buildings access and egress requirements. A swipe card is just as it sounds. The user swipes their card in a reader to gain access to building, or section of a building. A proximity card is a ‘contactless’ smart card which can be read without inserting it into a reader device. They work in the same way as contactless payment cards and are a convenient option for the user who may not always have a hand free to insert a pass in a reader. These cards, which have the option to incorporate magnetic swipe facilities, barcode reading technology and photographic identification also allow for the monitoring and – if required – tracking of personnel. Once considered the stuff of sci-fi, biometric solutions such as fingerprint readers, retinal eye scanners and hand geometry readers all offer a higher level of security for more vulnerable situations. Any of these forms of access control give employees peace of mind in and around the property as well as ensuring that out of hours’ staff, visitors and contractors can be managed successfully and securely.

We provide both manned and electronic security options (or a combination of the two) and have seen a strong move towards electronic solutions especially in the past year. This trend is set to continue, with reports estimating 30 per cent growth in worldwide electronic security by 2020, making the sector worth an estimated £47 billion in the next few years.

Alarming news Even with numerous security solutions in place, there may be times when things go wrong. Alarms continue to play an important role in deterring and alerting people. The advantage of having a remote access team on hand is that they can immediately see the level of danger, or if it’s a false alarm, and respond accordingly. This may mean dispatching a manned guard or calling the emergency services or simply deactivating the alarm if there’s no danger.

Growing trend All these solutions don’t mean manned guards are obsolete, far from it. What it does mean is that they will need to become more skilled and take on wider roles, which offers many benefits for the client. We provide both manned and electronic security options (or a combination of the two) and have seen a strong move towards electronic solutions especially in the past year. This trend is set to continue, with reports estimating 30 per cent growth in worldwide electronic security by 2020, making the sector worth an estimated £47 billion in the next few years.

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With so many great solutions available this prediction is completely understandable. If your property needs safeguarding an effective and affordable solution is within your reach.


Safety & Security VANDERBILT’S CLOUD-BASED SOLUTIONS TAKE CENTER STAGE AT IFSEC 2017 Visitors to IFSEC International 2017 are being urged to visit stand E1225 for a demonstration of Vanderbilt’s strength in innovative cloud-based security solutions. Alongside the company’s market-leading range of access control, intrusion and video products will be SPC Connect, a future-proof solution that allows installers to monitor, manage, and maintain Vanderbilt’s award-winning SPC panels remotely from any PC, tablet or smartphone. Also on display will be ACT365, Vanderbilt’s truly integrated access control and video management solution, which offers remote setup, servicing and support. Both solutions are cloud-based and harness the power, scalability and simplicity of the cloud to deliver new features and time and money saving benefits for installers and end users alike. “IFSEC International 2017 gives Vanderbilt the perfect opportunity to showcase our expertise in cloud-based solutions,” says Joe Grillo, CEO of Vanderbilt. “Having transformed other areas of business and industry, the cloud is now set to revolutionise the security industry.” The cloud is the name given to the collection of computing functions and services hosted off-site, most often provided as a service and accessed over any internet-enabled device. Market research firm IDC recently estimated that cloud services will grow 24% to $122 billion (£94 billion) in 2017 and, of this, Software as a Service (SaaS) business applications - like Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect and ACT365 - will capture 60% of all cloud spending. The cloud presents great potential for the security industry as it gives installers the ability to set up, manage and maintain large, networked security systems remotely. This gives installers better control over their time and resources and reduces time-consuming site visits to address service issues which can be resolved remotely instead. End users benefit from a system that can be maintained more efficiently and easily reconfigured as their requirements change. Cloud-based security solutions from Vanderbilt also give users access to true and deep integration of core security functions such as access control, intrusion and video. As an example, ACT365 allows users to remotely verify a building’s visitor from real-time video images captured at the point of entry. Access can then be granted


Loft extensions are now one of the most common methods of increasing living space in the domestic housing sector. Building Regulations offer clear guidance on the fire protection requirements specific to loft conversion projects; which often requires upgrading walls and ceilings to a 30 minute fire rating, as well as the installation of fire doors to FD20 rating as a minimum. Conventional methods of upgrading ceilings and walls usually includes fitting a new layer of plasterboard resulting in the re-plastering and decorating of these areas. Upgrading doors usually results in discarding the old original doors and installing new expensive ‘off-the-shelf’ fire doors.

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Both of these requirements add to the overall cost to the development through the large amount of labour and material expense of a loft extension project.


Envirograf® have now developed a series of fire protection products for loft extension developments which replaces these costly methods with fast and cheaper options for fire upgrading for both walls, ceilings and doors. The product range includes a coating system that allows existing plasterboard ceilings and walls to be upgraded to a 30/60 minute fire rating; removing the need to use extra plasterboard to upgrade to fire rating requirements. Also included is the Envirograf® door upgrading system, allowing many original doors to be simply upgraded to the necessary fire rating, saving time and expense on new fire doors. Contact our Technical Team for more info on 01304 842 555 or email

remotely with the click of a mouse button or tap on a smartphone screen. In the event of a forced door or an alarm activation, ACT365 gives users immediate recall and easy location of recorded footage of the incident, allowing them to review and respond to the situation accordingly. This eliminates the considerable time and effort required to match up times on disparate security systems and sift through masses of camera footage to locate an incident. Borrowing from the pay-as-you-go model common to most cloud services, Vanderbilt’s cloud-based solutions are affordable and offer great flexibility. This has the effect of reducing the costs associated with purchase and installation of traditional software solutions, as well as lowering the costs associated with ongoing maintenance and upgrades. Joe Grillo explains: “When you need to add more users to your system, you simply adjust your monthly SPC Connect subscription as required. There’s no need for more licenses, servers or additional devices.” With the cloud set to transform security over the coming years, it’s essential that installers partner with the right providers, and crucial that users have the right solutions for their needs. To help guide installers and users alike Vanderbilt is sharing its expertise in cloud-based security solutions in a presentation by David Moran called ‘Cloud on the Horizon: Are you prepared?’. The discussion will address a broad range of topics and provide valuable advice for those wishing to introduce the cloud into their security requirements. Visitors with an interest in trends in intrusion technology should also look out IFSEC’s Intrusion Panel Debate, featuring Pauline O’Riordan of Vanderbilt.


Aico’s premium Ei2110e Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm is being specified for all 10,000 Coast and Country Housing properties to provide the best fire response for tenants. Established in 2001, Coast and Country Housing is the largest registered housing provider in Redcar and Cleveland, with estates located in a diverse range of urban areas, seaside resorts and rural villages.


Coast and Country Housing is a committed Aico alarm installer, with nearly all 10,000 properties benefitting from quality Aico Smoke Alarms. In order to provide the very best level of protection for tenants, Coast and Country Housing has upgraded its specification to the sole use of Aico’s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarms. Aico’s mains powered Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm Ei2110e contains two sensor types, optical and heat, to constantly monitor smoke and heat levels through its intelligent detection software. This sensor information alters the alarm’s sensitivity and trigger points, automatically providing the best response to all fire types and reduces potential false alarms. Award winning AudioLINK data extraction technology is incorporated into the Ei2110e, which enables real time data to be extracted from each alarm using a smartphone or tablet and a free App to create an Alarm Status Report. The Report displays useful information about the alarm, such as battery life, alarm sensors status, number of times tested and removed and any alarm activation, with details of when it occurred - all in a simple format.

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SOCIAL HOUSING PROVIDER UPGRADES SMOKE ALARMS TO AICO MULTI-SENSORS Northwards Housing in Manchester is undertaking a major smoke alarm upgrade programme across its entire housing stock of 13,500 properties, using Aico’s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarms. Northwards Housing is a not-for-profit ALMO (arms length management organisation) that manages City Council homes across north Manchester. It has been a long standing Aico customer of more than 15 years, fitting Aico’s Ei150 series mains powered optical smoke alarms for most of that time. An innovator in the industry, Aico continuously develops its alarm technology, including the 150 Series which was originally launched 22 years ago. It has also introduced a number of new alarms and ranges during that time which, with their easier installation, improved aesthetics and increased performance, have superseded the 150, resulting in its discontinuation earlier this year. Keen to benefit from the latest alarm technologies, Northwards Housing has been replacing its 150 alarms with Aico’s Multi-Sensor over the past few years. With the launch of Aico’s new Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm, Ei2110e in 2015, Northwards Housing changed the specification immediately to this latest model. Northwards Housing specified the new Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm, Ei2110e after attending the launch event in 2015. “The ease of fit, the ease of connectivity with other sensors or devices and the data extraction technology are all added benefits of the new Multi-Sensor” explains Alan. “Going forward the data extraction function will allow us to monitor the status of the detector and regularity of testing”.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Ei Electronics, Aico are market leaders in residential fire and CO protection in the UK. All alarms are designed and built in Ireland specifically to meet the UK standards and regulations. With more mains powered domestic smoke alarms installed in the UK’s social housing than any other manufacturer, Aico is tried, tested and trusted. For more information please go to or contact Aico on 01691 664100 or






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Northwards Housing will be installing two Ei2110e Multi-Sensors into houses and one into flats, but each property will be risk assessed according to Building Regulations and BS 5839-6:2013 (the standard for domestic smoke alarm installations). Alarms will be hardwired together in each property, but where this is not practical or would result in unsightly mini trunking runs, RadioLINK+ wireless alarm interconnection will be used. RadioLINK+ allows alarms and accessories on the system to communicate with each other using Radio Frequency (RF) signals rather than hard wiring. It comes as a plug in module, which has the added benefit of negating the need for a separate RadioLINK base.



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Pumping Station Has Undergone a Wide Spread Refurbishment The Pumping Station at Peakirk has undergone a wide spread refurbishment of their mitre gates.


he Peakirk Pumping Station is located on the junction of the River Welland and Folly. The work was carried out by ECS Engineering Services, who were appointed to carry out the work by Environment Agency. By carrying

Wates to Refurbish Trellick Tower Wates Living Space is to begin extensive external works on one of London’s most prominent brutalist residential blocks, the Grade II listed Trellick Tower.

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he building in Kensal Town will benefit from a £7.2m restoration programme with works including repair, renovation and replacement of concrete, cladding and approximately 1,000 windows.

Wates will first begin work on the six-storey Block B, which will be followed by the external refurbishment of the 31-storey Block A in June. Overall completion is expected by summer 2018.

Trellick Tower was designed by Hungarian Modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger and was built in 1972 as part of the Brutalist architecture movement that arose from the 1950s to the mid 1970s.

A fire at the iconic building earlier last month also left a flat on the 27th floor badly damaged.

The tower became the inspiration for JG Ballard’s novel High Rise, which was made into a film starring Tom Hiddlestone in 2015.

Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters and officers tackled the fire at the tower in which more than 200 people were evacuated.

out this work, ECS have been able to improve the flood defenses in the station by uprating the gates at the station. The main purpose of the refurbishment works was to create an improved barrier to protect the Pumping Station in the event of flooding. The Peakirk Pumping Station works to protect a number of properties that are located further upstream from any significant changes in water level. The existing wooden miter gates that were installed at the site had visible signs of wear after being n use for a number of years. In order to carry out the refurbishment works on the gates, they needed to be removed and taken to the ECS fabrications centre which is located in Nottinghamshire. The company faced a challenge when first gaining access to the gates, because the central sluice needed to have the water removed and then dammed before the gates could be removed and the work could begin. It was thought that the stoplog would be enough to allow the isolation of the mitre gates, however on inspection, the stoplog guides were also looking worn. Therefore, in order to carry out the repairs a GEO dam was installed to hold back the water. The control system also needed to be considered for the new gates. In order to tackle this challenge an ECS blueprinted weight stack counter balancing system was installed in order to provide the controls for the new gates. This entire system was all manufactured in house by ECS meaning that a fully integrated system could be reinstalled at Peakirk. The Environment Agency chose ECS to carry out the work because they were looking for high quality engineering solutions that were carried out in a way that is environmentally friendly.

The Environment Agency chose ECS to carry out the work because they were looking for high quality engineering solutions that were carried out in a way that is environmentally friendly.

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BSW Timber Group, the UK’s largest fully-integrated forestry company, has just unveiled a brand new domestic acoustic fence panel system. As living areas across the country continue to get smaller, many people now look to their gardens for a bit more space – but noise pollution is an increasing concern.

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JB SHINGLES TAKE WARWICK CASTLE GUESTS BACK IN TIME Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red Cedar Shingles have been specified for the roofs of 28 new medieval-themed lodges at Warwick Castle. The unique additions to the popular tourist attraction give visitors the chance to experience the medieval age like never before.

The brand new lodges were designed by Willerby Bespoke, a business dedicated to the design, manufacture and installation of timber frame buildings, to give guests a truly medieval experience, which also complemented the existing medieval ‘glamping’ accommodation and castle surroundings. Willerby Bespoke designed the lodges, including the Knight’s Lodge; a two-storey mezzanine design, meaning that installation and stitching the roofs together was more complex and had to be completed on site. With approval from Warwick Castle, Willerby Bespoke specified JB Shingles for the lodges due to the robust finish they deliver, and the reassurance provided by the accreditation to the Certi-Grade quality assurance label, as certified by the Cedar Shingle and Shake Bureau (CSSB).

Horizontal fence boards ensure that the modular panels blend into one another seamlessly and utilising both sides of the panel creates a run that is aesthetically attractive from any angle.

JB Shingles are also available with MicroPro® treatment, a clear treatment that protects against wood rotting fungi and insect attack, while allowing the shingles to weather naturally without staining and can extend their lifespan to 40 years.

Soundshield™ fence panels use timber from responsibly managed forests and are the latest investment from a company which continues to demonstrate its commitment to the UK fencing sector.

To find out more about using JB Shingles from Marley Eternit for heritage, conservation and prestige projects, contact the enquiry team on 01283 722588 or visit

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Using their expertise in developing noise-reducing fence panels for motorways across the UK, BSW has developed Soundshield™ in a bid to curb noise pollution in residential environments. The cost-effective solution has been proven to reduce noise levels by 22 decibels in independent laboratory tests.


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A change of season means a change of focus on what you wear on site. That’s why Snickers can help you keep your cool when the heat is on. From staying warm and dry, think about staying cool and dry and look for working clothes that excel at ventilation and moisture transport to keep you working comfortably wherever you are on site. That’s why Snickers have incorporated 37.5® Technology fabric into its garments. It’s very quick-drying material that captures and releases moisture vapour – like your sweat - for superior coolness and dry working comfort. For the spring and summer months, Snickers have a range of shirts, jackets, shorts and trousers including Mechanical Air Flow™ features which are breathable openings in the garments and stretch mesh fabric for inside leg ventilation. After all, keeping a balanced work temperature is not just about staying cool it’s a matter of your wellbeing and job safety. So, to make sure you get the right protection, flexibility, durability and ventilation, check out the Snickers Workwear product families for precisely the right garments to fit your workday. For more information, visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.

The Hultafors Group has acquired Puvab – the specialist in protective clothing for workers in energy and utility markets as well as those in other industries that need flame resistant safety wear. The acquisition is part of the growth strategy for the Hultafors Group, and further strengthens and compliments the Snickers Workwear brand in the UK. Puvab is a Swedish company established in 1989, specialising in designing and developing functional and certified high-quality garments with innovative designs and functionality for work in demanding conditions. David Clark, managing director of the Hultafors Group in the UK which owns Snickers Workwear says, ”We are extending our range of protective wear for professional tradesmen and women with even more market-leading products. With its broad assortment of safety wear and strong track record in the market, Puvab is the ideal partner to complement the Snickers Workwear product range”. For more information on snickers, visit the website at alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.


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Nationwide Platforms - Case Study Oxburgh Hall, Building & Property Maintenance K ey Facts

Client: National Trust Principal Contractor: N.F Coverdale Ltd Building Contractor Equipment: A Bronto T50JB truck mounted platform with a working height of 50 metres Project: Part of on-going maintenance and repair work to help restore the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall to its former glory, Nationwide Platforms provided N.F Coverdale Ltd one of its large truck mounted platforms to help remove moss, lichen and algae from the property’s roof and walls as well as clear gutters and replace missing and broken tiles.

The Challenge Built in 1482, Oxburgh Hall is a Grade I listed manor house surrounded by a large waterfilled moat. As well as presenting challenges around how to safely and efficiently carry out the necessary work at height, the manor house’s historical importance meant that all work needed to be planned and delivered with particular consideration to preventing any damage. Still open to the general public, appropriate measures were also required to ensure the work was carried

out in a safe manner and with minimal disruption.

The Solution Following a site survey to assess the extent of the work and ensure ground conditions were suitable, a Bronto T50JB truck mounted platform was chosen to carry out the work. Offering a 50 metre working height and up to 35 metre outreach, the T50JB not only provided a safe solution to working over the eight metre wide moat, it also granted workers unrestricted access to all aspects of the manor including its roof, windows, chimneys, crenellations and guttering. It also reduced time and labour constraints often demanded of traditional means of access, such as the use of scaffolding.

The Benefits The T50JB’s extendable platform basket, coupled with an impressive 600kg capacity, allowed three operators to quickly and systematically clean up to four metres of the roof before repositioning the boom. Nationwide Platforms also provided a highly experienced operator to safely manage and control all movements to prevent any accidental damage or impact to the building. Finally, the use of the truck

“I am happy to say that from the moment N.F Coverdale and Nationwide Platforms arrived they filled me with confidence, ensuring that they set up with the appropriate environmental controls, operated the platform with the upmost of care round historic architectural features, and ensured any impact to our visitors was minimised.” Alex Lassoued, Property Operations Manager at Oxburgh Hall Did you know? Part of the site survey carried out prior to work commencing included the inspection of the moat and the depth of its water. Given its shallowness, harnesses and lanyards were chosen as part of the safe system of work

mounted platform, in conjunction with an effective pedestrian management system, ensured minimal distraction to visiting guests, who were still able to view the all aspects of the manor house as opposed to it being enshrouded by scaffolding.

If you plan to carry out a similar task or are faced with a challenging working at height requirement, why not get in touch with Nationwide Platforms today on:

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Customer Quote Alex Lassoued, Property Operations Manager at Oxburgh Hall, said: “As the manager of a historic building with significant environmental and heritage conservation considerations, it was critical that I worked with a company that understood my needs, and were able to conduct themselves accordingly. On the day of the work we were also open to visitors. I am happy to say that from the moment N.F Coverdale and Nationwide Platforms arrived they filled me with confidence, ensuring that they set up with the appropriate environmental controls, operated the platform with the upmost of care round historic architectural features, and ensured any impact to our visitors was minimised.”



Robustness, quality and long-lasting sharpness are the hallmarks of these superb products. With a selection of toughened, corrosion-proof Heavy Duty Knives, Safety Knives, Chisel Knives and Utility Knives for general purpose tasks on site, there’s also precision products for Electricians, Plumbers and Painters. The latest additions to the range are the Outdoor Knives for tougher tasks on-site or for those who need a cutting-edge companion out in the bush. They’re all are ergonomically designed with comfortable, secure grips and, made from the highest quality Japanese steel, which is honed and sharpened for durability, effectiveness and to withstand corrosion. Hultafors Hand Axes for Felling, Carpentry and Trekking activities are all hand-forged with dense, steel heads and hickory handles. They’re all top quality products, highly durable - suitable for small-scale felling, lopping branches or clearing bushes and brushwood - and certainly a cut above the rest!

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LORNE STEWART TURNS TO TRANSFLEX FOR ITS CARBON-BUSTING MERCEDES-BENZ VAN FLEET Construction industry leader Lorne Stewart Engineering has upgraded its image while achieving valuable fuel cost savings and CO2 reductions after commissioning a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans. The operator undertook a comprehensive tender exercise last year. Transflex Vehicle Hire beat off the challenge of several competitors to win its prestigious contract hire business. In the single biggest ‘roll out’ of new vehicles ever conducted by the Lorne Stewart Group, Transflex has delivered 210 vans to its high-profile customer. Most are by Mercedes-Benz and arrived via North-East Dealer Bell Truck and Van, an established supplier to the fast-growing flexible rental specialist. The line-up includes a number of Sprinter models but with more than 100 examples now in service, it is the small Citan which forms the backbone of the new-look fleet. All 109 CDI models with advanced 90 hp Euro 5 engines that return up to 65.7 mpg (combined cycle), the Citans have made a major contribution towards the

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23% reduction in carbon emissions which Lorne Stewart has achieved since standing down its previous, ageing fleet.


The Lorne Stewart Group operates from headquarters in Harrow, Middlesex, and a network of locations across England and Wales. It designs, constructs and maintains buildings and developments of all sizes, combining a well-established technical and engineering pedigree – the company’s roots stretch back more than a century – with strong commitments to innovation, conservation and the environment. Transflex already enjoyed a relationship with Lorne Stewart, having regularly

supplied its customer with up to 50 vehicles at any one time on a short-term rental basis. Paul Booth, Lorne Stewart’s Group Support Services Director, confirmed: “Our experience has proved that whatever the issue, the Transflex team are always available and happy to help. Its proven service levels and customer-focused flexibility, coupled with a very competitively priced contract hire package, convinced us that Transflex was the provider we wanted to partner with.” Lorne Stewart’s Mercedes-Benz vehicles are being maintained within the manufacturer’s official UK Dealer Network and are backed by three-year, unlimited mileage warranties, as well as MobiloVan cover, which includes emergency roadside assistance.

Introducing the Speedheater Cobra When it comes to removing paint from places that are difficult to get at, the Speedheater Cobra is a pure innovation. uite simply, it’s in a class of its own. The Cobra easily finds its way into spaces that have traditionally been considered impossible to reach for work on paint removal. The paint is soft and ready to be scraped off after only a few seconds.


Cobra is the newest and smallest in the Speedheater range. With its flexibility, swift action and balance, the Speedheater Cobra makes light work of removing paint from the most difficult to access nooks and crannies. The head is movable (can be angled) and the results are impressive. The Cobra is a portable, ergonomically designed power package that only weighs just over half a kilogram. The Cobra will change the lives of everyone who works with removing paint from cabinets, furniture, window frames, marine details, antiquities and in other contexts where it has previously been difficult, not to say impossible, to get at those particular places in order to do a professional paint removal job. As part of Speedheater Systems’ product range, the Cobra has the same high level of quality as the rest of the Speedheater Systems range when it comes to gentle, safe and environmentally-friendly technology. Working with the correct tools is efficient, safe, enjoyable and time-saving. We have a good piece of advice concerning the challenges facing professional crafts persons and qualityconscious DIY-ers.

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With its flexibility, swift action and balance, the Speedheater Cobra makes light work of removing paint from the most difficult to access nooks and crannies.

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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 25  

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