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Listed Scottish School to receive Refurbishment
Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure has been appointed by Moray Council to carry out a £2 million extension and refurbishment project at Milne’s Primary School, in the village of Fochabers, north east Scotland.
L Decorean bringing £6.2m redevelopment to whetstone Decorean, the full-service construction firm, is set to begin work on a £6.2m GDV residential redevelopment of Walsingham House, Whetstone London.
urrently a 9,000 square office block, Decorean has achieved prior approval to develop the space into much needed apartments for the local area. The development will bring 14 one and two bedroom flats to the area, with the plot also offering a secure car park. Finished to the finest specification, the apartments will underline Decorean’s ‘dedication to perfection’. The three-story, 1980’s plot is a five minute walk to Totteridge and Whetstone Underground station – just 23 minutes from Euston. The properties, which will be priced, will be on sale from late autumn 2018.
The deal is the latest in a strong pipeline for the rapidly growing construction firm, with the team also handling a number of opportunities around London and the South East, including the full refurbishment of a school and three luxury barn conversions in the home counties. Shraga Stern, Director, Decorean, said: “This conversion will bring much-needed, high-quality housing to an area that is growing significantly. Areas throughout Barnet, including Whetstone, are ripe for investment given their proximity to central London and we’re deleted to have been chosen to construct these apartments after a competitive process.”
ocated on the High Street, the existing 1846 Gothic School is Category A listed and built of ashlar sandstone with a slate roof.
The project is split into two phases – the first will see a 6,800 sq ft extension built to the rear of the existing structure. It will house three nursery classrooms and two primary classrooms as well as quiet time and ancillary support accommodation. The extension will feature under-floor heating as part of an energy-efficient build and feature Larch cladding, coloured to enhance the setting of the existing 1846 building. The school has a current intake of around 200 primary aged pupils and 20 nursery children. The new extension will allow all lessons to be delivered within one main building. Once the extension is complete the existing nursery will be demolished. In its place, the site team will create a new play area, along with an outdoor amphitheatre. The second phase involves substantial refurbishment of the school’s 4,300 sq ft dining hall. The site team will install a new heating and electrical system, thermally-efficient cladding and double glazed windows. Chair of Moray Council’s Children and Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Tim Eagle, said: “Moray Council is committed to improving the learning environment in which our staff and children teach and learn. It is pleasing to agree a design which enhances the use of what is an iconic structure. When complete the whole school community will be learning together in a fit for purpose building.” Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, added: “Construction work involving a listed building and a busy school environment demands a specific skill set, and our Special Works team, which will be carrying this out, is particularly successful in this arena. “We’re incredibly pleased to have been selected by Moray Council to deliver the works at Milnes Primary school and we’re looking forward to delivering an inspiring teaching and learning environment. I’m confident that the improvements to this historic school site will be well received by staff and pupils alike.” Construction work is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2018.
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£300m Refurb looking for Contractor
Cheshire West and Chester Council has started the tender race for a construction partner to deliver the £300m Chester Northgate scheme.
n OJEU advert is looking for a contractor to be appointed to work alongside the council and its professional advisors to develop the design, test buildability and manage out risk.
properties in the development area to secure the land.
The first stage of the appointment will be limited to developing the design proposals.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Shadow Cabinet Member, Communities and Wellbeing said: “The start of the appointment process for the contractor is a clear indication of the pace that is being maintained on the delivery of this critical project.
The council recently made a Compulsory Purchase Order and served notices on a number of
Construction on the scheme could start at the end of 2018.
Lendlease gets £1bn Tottenham Speller Metcalfe announced as regeneration scheme Lendlease has been recommended as the preferred bidder for the role of longterm development partner for the £1bn High Road West scheme in Tottenham.
ocated next to Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, the major regeneration project will help to establish High Road West as a new sports and leisure destination with improved public spaces and community facilities.
Subject to Haringey Council Cabinet approval, Lendlease will deliver over 2,500 homes, sustaining around 3,000 construction jobs during the lifetime of the scheme. The firm fended off rival bids from Barratt Developments and Linkcity (Bouygues) to secure the ambitious regeneration plan, which includes a new local centre with new library and learning centre in a new public square with shops, restaurants and community park. This latest win follows Haringey Council’s decision earlier this year to pick Lendlease to steer a separate £2bn regeneration scheme of 5,000 new homes in the North London Borough.
scheme in central south east London draws nearer completion. The Tottenham scheme will be delivered alongside the Northumberland Park Estate Regeneration scheme being taken forward by the Haringey Development Vehicle. These two major regeneration schemes, coupled with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club stadium development will deliver billions of pounds of public and private investment in North Tottenham. Lendlease’s chief executive for international operations, Dan Labbad said: “We are delighted to have been recommended as the preferred bidder for such a transformational project and look forward to working with Haringey Council, the local community and other stakeholders to help realise the vision for Tottenham. ”
Under this arrangement Lendlease over the next 20 years through a Haringey Development Vehicle joint venture will drive construction of new homes and a new town centre in nearby Wood Green.
ublic sector procurement specialist LHC recently launched the Schools and Community Buildings framework which provides turn-key solutions for any type of building excluding residential. The framework can be used by local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies.
Speller Metcalfe has successfully secured a place on two lots, which encompasses new build and refurbishment projects up to £4 million across the Midlands and South West of England as identified by the framework.
Both schemes together will provide a major pipeline of work for Lendlease as its Elephant & Castle regeneration
Aztec wins trio of church revamps
ztec has been appointed to complete the refurbishment of the Grade II listed St Nicholas Church in central Liverpool; a place of worship since 1247, it requires a sensitive approach and specialist knowledge. In the grounds of the Anglican Cathedral, Aztec is building an extension to St Aidan’s House, providing additional conference and meeting room space for teaching and training. A challenging project, the two-floor extension requires a considered approach, sympathetic to its surroundings and in keeping with the traditional build. Completing the trio of projects, Aztec will deliver an extensive re-ordering and refurbishment project at St John’s Church, Ainsdale. Works include complete M&E renewal, including underfloor heating, complete refinishing plus new manufactured joinery made in Aztec’s own joiner’s A high level of interest is anticipated due to the profile of the project and the fact that it is one of the largest city centre development schemes in the country.
Contractors have until the end of September to respond to the advertisement when submissions will be assessed and contractors shortlisted by a team of Council officers and professional advisors.
The project will seek contractors with significant experience in large, city centre development schemes who will also need to demonstrate their ability to work in a historic environment given the impact that the city’s history has on development, particularly with regard to its archaeology.
Speller Metcalfe’s Group Managing Director, Des O’Neill said: “We are delighted to have secured a place on the LHC framework, with the opportunity of delivering projects within our key regions. “This is our first time on the framework and a chance for us to share our expertise and develop relationships with new public sector clients, as well as existing partners. “We look forward to seeing what opportunities this framework will bring.”
workshop. Using its wider property expertise, the team was also able to advice on due diligence and compliance prior to commencement of the project. Iain Peacock, managing director at Aztec, said: “Construction work on heritage buildings requires a knowledgeable, considered approach with specialist expertise. Based in Liverpool and with expertise in both traditional and modern building methods, our team was the right fit for these important projects; the three buildings are very dear to their local communities, and we are working hard to ensure that the work is delivered to the highest standard, on time, and with minimal disruption. We’re really pleased to have been appointed on each of the projects, and are looking forward to seeing the end results.” Headquartered in Liverpool, Aztec is one of the UK’s leading fit-out, refurbishment and construction specialists. It’s fit-out team focuses on commercial projects, while on the construction side the business delivers projects within the commercial, industrial, retail and residential sectors. With more than 30 years’ experience, Aztec completes projects ranging from small works and minor alterations to multi million pound ‘turnkey’ projects.
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“It is important that our historic city remains relevant and is a vibrant centre where people want to come to shop, live work and spend their leisure time and Chester Northgate supports these ambitions”.
Shortlisted contractors will be notified in October and invited to tender with an appointment of the successful contractor likely in February / March 2018.
Speller Metcalfe has successfully been appointed to a new £6bn LHC construction framework, covering new build and refurbishment works for schools and community buildings.
Speller Metcalfe has over 20 years of experience delivering public sector projects, most recently completing the £22 million Stratford Hospital in Warwickshire.
The development sites proposed for this regeneration plan are the former Cranwood care home in Muswell Hill; the council’s civic centre, Station Road offices and library in Wood Green; and the Northumberland Park regeneration area.
Liverpool-based construction and fit-out firm, Aztec, has secured a trio of ecclesiastical projects in Merseyside with a combined value of more than £1million.
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A new ‘super pub’- believed to be the biggest in the UK- has opened, complete with a ‘super loo’!
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he 16,500 sq ft Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate is the result of a £4.5m investment by leading pub chain JD Wetherspoon, and revitalises a Grade II listed former casino on the seafront. Its doors will be open to all- the venue includes one of Closomat’s Changing Places assisted accessible toilets, for people who need more space, and/or equipment when they need the loo away from home.
The Royal Pavilion is the latest Wetherspoons to feature one of the toilets, which offers more space than a conventional wheelchair-accessible toilet- 12m2- and, on top of the usual fixtures, incorporates a ceiling track hoist, height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, privacy screen, and height adjustable washbasin. It compliments the standard toilet facilities, and is conveniently located alongside the other washrooms on the ground floor. Architect Barry Goacher of KDPaine & Associates said, “JDWetherspoon has
Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places and their similar Space to Change facilities.
a established, ongoing commitment to providing quality venues- right through to the toilets, indeed it has won several Loo of the Year Awards. It was therefore a key element of our brief in designing the new pub to ensure that reputation was maintained, and that a Changing Places was included so the pub’s doors would be truly open to all.” Adds Closomat’s Claire Haymes, away from home specialist, “Without the space and facilities a Changing Places provides, potentially up to 14million people- and their carers- in the UK can’t find, or use- suitable toilets when away from home. They may need help to be lifted out of a wheelchair, they may need extra space for someone else to be in there and help them, they may need changing. JD Wetherspoon is the only major pub chain committed to providing the facilities in as many of its venues as possible.” Under Building Regulations and British Standards, a Changing Places toilet is ‘desirable’ in buildings to which numbers of the public have
access. Since their introduction a decade ago, 1000 have been opened across the UK. Venues include several JD Wetherspoon pubs, most UK major airports, stations, Alton Towers, wildlife parks and other tourist attractions. Closomat is Britain’s leading provider of helpful toileting solutions, at home and away, including Changing Places and their similar Space to Change facilities. Uniquely, the company can provide an in-house, ‘one- stop-shop’ complete package for ‘away from home’ assisted accessible toilet facilities, from design and commissioning, through to project management, supply and installation, and can also provide subsequent maintenance and repair. Its website www.clos-o-mat.com is the most comprehensive resource available about Changing Places for campaigners, providers and specifiers alike, with a raft of support information including white papers, calling cards, CAD blocks, NBS specifications, video and case studies.
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The Bathroom Switch Feature Bathroom lighting is becoming more desirable, but until now the choices of switching have been severely limited. (Pull-cords, PIRs or outside switching). Sensorbility, has therefore developed the NEW Bathroom Switch controller, with Dimmer and Timer variants; thus allowing bathroom designers far more flexibility when it comes to lighting design and operation within bathrooms.
he variations of the new controller include simple on/off switching, ramp-up dimming, ramp-down switch-off and time delay switch-off. Wired to our proven Bathroom Switch Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation. Tiles covering Sensor Pads are adhered with silicone allowing access should it be necessary. In Bathrooms, these Sensor Pads can even be placed behind tiles reachable from the bath or shower (zones 1&2) and thus allow safe switching and dimming.
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Wired to our proven Bathroom Switch Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation.
up to 12 low voltage (5vdc) Sensor Pads, so for example a Dimmer Controller can be operated from a Sensor Pad by the door and then the lights dimmed by touching a tile whilst in the bath. Most types of lighting can be operated by the Bathroom Switch; this includes incandescent bulbs, halogens (mains and low voltage), LEDs and low energy bulbs. The dimmer controller will work with trailing edge dimming LEDs. Because of the method of output wiring, it is even possible to dim lights as well as switch a fan on and off using the same Dimmer Controller. Bathroom Switch controllers are usually sited outside bathrooms, they should be installed either in the ceiling/loft space or elsewhere outside any zoned area. Sensor Pads are connected to controllers using thin cable such as “CAT5” or “CAT6”. Operating the Bathroom Switch is simple: Touch your chosen faceplate (tile etc.) and the lights will turn on. Touch again to switch off. The Dimmer variant operation is also easy; touch your chosen faceplate and the lights will turn on at low level, keep touching and the lights will begin to ramp up to full brightness, remove the hand and the lights will stay at the intensity reached. To switch off, touch briefly and the lights will slowly dim back down and switch off. If required, a further touch at
this stage will again latch to the intensity reached and the lights can then be ramped up again. In the timer variant, the delay is set within the controller and the lights will remain on and then switch off once the set time is reached Applications for the Bathroom Switch include (obviously) bathrooms and wet rooms, but they can of course be used elsewhere; Bathroom Switches have been used in various situations including in domestic situations such as where switches are required to be non obtrusive i.e. mounted behind door architraves etc, and in kitchens etc. Commercial applications include vandal proof switching, commercial kitchens, swimming pools and stairwells where wiring for multipoint switching becomes easy with just 2 wires connecting all Sensor Pads to one controller. The Bathroom Switch will also switch other devices (to a maximum loading of 500Watts) such as mirror demisters etc.. If a greater load is present, the Bathroom Switch will switch a slave relay or contactor. With mood lighting becoming a desirable option within bathrooms the Bathroom Switch provides an elegant alternative to pull-cord operation.
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McAlpine set for Big Ben refurb
The Government is set to award Sir Robert McAlpine the prestigious contract to restore the Big Ben tower at the Palace of Westminster despite the ongoing row over plans to silence the famous bell for four years.
cAlpine’s special projects division picked up the £3.5m enabling works contract around nine months ago and is set to be confirmed for the overall Elizabeth House when MPs return in early September. The bell of the famous clock will fall silent for four years to protect workers’ hearing during the restoration of the 96m tall Elizabeth Tower, the Great Clock and the Great Bell. Repairs to the clock and bell would have silenced Big Ben’s chimes for at least two years anyway.
The Health and Safety Executive has liaised with both the client and the principal contractor and said there was broad agreement that the noise risks associated with working around the clock bells were highly significant.
Cracks have developed in the masonry, the cast iron work on the roof and belfry is corroding, and leaks have caused damage internally.
The existing black and gold colouring around the clock dials was applied in the 1980s. Parliament’s team of conservation architects are currently analysing the original paint used to decorate the surrounding areas to each clock dial. Once a clear picture of the early colour schemes has been built up, the stonework will be repainted to reflect, as far as possible, Pugin’s original design.
Condensation problems have led to problems with damp, cracked plasterwork and rust. Corrosion to the bell frame has caused one of the feet supporting the quarter bells and Big Ben to split. Stonework damage is present at high levels and the famous Ayrton Light, which tops the Tower and shines to indicate that Parliament is sitting, needs to be fully dismantled and restored.
The clock hands were last removed in 1984, and will now benefit from removal and refurbishment again. Many of the 312 pieces of pot opal glass used to make up each clock face need to be renewed as a number have cracked due to years of exposure. In addition, the cast iron frameworks which hold the glass in place have corroded and need extensive repairs.
One of the aims of the project is to conserve significant elements of the Tower, as designed by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin.
In addition to the conservation work, work will be carried out to improve and upgrade health and safety and fire prevention for staff and visitors
While the tower itself is structurally sound and does not require works to improve its stability, other works are now a matter of urgency.
While the tower itself is structurally sound and does not require works to improve its stability, other works are now a matter of urgency. Cracks have developed in the masonry, the cast iron work on the roof and belfry is corroding, and leaks have caused damage internally. within the Tower, in line with Regulatory Reform Order 2005. A lift will also be fitted into one of the existing ventilation shafts. To improve the Tower’s energy efficiency, mechanical and electrical services will be renewed and updated and the lights illuminating the clock dials and the belfry will be replaced with low energy LEDs.
dhf stresses the beneﬁts of EPD to the industry dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) is emphasising the increasing importance of EPD to the construction industry – and in particular - architects, builders and specifiers, in meeting the growing requirements relating to the sustainable building process.
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n EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a registered and independently verified document that communicates standardised, comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. In brief, it measures the environmental ‘footprint’ of a product.
governments committed to reducing CO2 and a greater demand for green certification. Commercially, there are also significant advantages to green certification, such as helping developers to let buildings more quickly, with considerable operational cost advantages and positive financial impact. Since 1990, BREEAM has certified 561,200 developments globally, demonstrating the growing importance of green building certification.
Providing manufacturers with a means of demonstrating their product’s sustainability credentials, EPD’s show the results of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), detailing ‘cradle to grave’ environmental impact of all processes involved with the manufacture of a product. This can include extraction and processing of raw materials, transport, all elements of the manufacturing process, dismantling and waste disposal.
EPD’s are now viewed as crucial in demonstrating sustainability, which property investors progressively see as critical to reducing risk and increasing value, with sustainability recognised as not only extenuating the risks associated with climate change and urbanisation, but also improving the long-term value of their assets, attracting and retaining tenants in commercial real estate.
In recent years, there has been an increasing growth of the green agenda, with more EU
On the supply side major builders’ merchants, such as Travis Perkins, are beginning to request EPD from
their product suppliers which will create demand pull-through for EPDs and underpin the importance of EPD in the sustainability process. Although EPD does not guarantee a product is energy efficient or sustainable, it provides information in a standardised and consistent way, to allow one product to be compared with another, by looking at the various lifecycle stages. This enables the user to make an informed choice when selecting one particular solution over another. As dhf’s Chief Executive, Bob Perry, explains, although EPD is a small part of the process, the increasing significance of green certification highlights the importance of a move towards a more transparent and sustainable global industry: “Environmental product declarations are based on the ISO14025 and EN15804, internationally recognised quality mark and standards and can contribute credits towards green building
Latest News Pick Everard helps power up oﬀshore wind farm for SSE Historical maritime buildings in the harbour of Wick in Caithness, Scotland, will be brought back into operation when renovated to act as the hub for one of the largest new offshore wind farms in the UK.
ork is well underway to build the £2.6 billion, 84 turbine offshore wind farm in the outer Moray Firth. Designed by world famous Scottish engineer Thomas Telford in 1807, the conservation of the onshore maritime buildings will play a key part in generating 588MW of sustainable energy from the wind farm to go into the grid. Leading independent management, design and construction consultancy Pick Everard, based in Inverness and Glasgow, is part of the team who will be delivering the onshore aspects of the project alongside HRI/Munro Architects.
Pick Everard is delivering mechanical and engineering services for the £10 million land base which will service the windfarm commissioned by BOWL (Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd). Once complete, the wind farm will power approximately 450,000 homes (around three times the number of homes in the Moray and Highland regions). Doug Soutar, director at Pick Everard, said: “This is such an exciting project to work on and one that is key in helping us to continue to deliver sustainable energy for the future. “The onshore element of the project comprises the
conservation, re-planning and part reconstruction of two blocks of the historic Old Pulteneytown area of Wick. “These buildings are more than 200 years old and have a longstanding history of being used for maritime purposes. We are pleased to be helping to bring them back into service again following planning permission from the Highland Council.” Wick has provided a safe haven for fishing, commercial, and leisure vessels for the last 150 years or so with the harbour consisting of three basins. The Inner and Outer Harbours are the main fishing and leisure berths, and the River Harbour is the commercial area. Steve Wilson, senior project manager for SSE, said: “Renovation of the iconic Thomas Telford buildings in Wick is well underway and has been progressing well. These buildings will become our long term Operations and Maintenance base for Beatrice Windfarm. “These Thomas Telford buildings are a symbol of Wick’s industrial and marine past so we are really pleased to be utilising them and in doing so help continue that legacy. We’ve been very pleased with the support there has been in the area.” The Beatrice wind farm will be operational in 2019. It is one of the largest private investments ever made in Scottish infrastructure, bringing economic and community benefits to the area. Beatrice will also create opportunities with job creations across the region, skills training, investment in Scottish ports and harbours, supply chain opportunities and community benefit funding.
London South Bank University unveils plans for St.George’s Quarter campus redevelopment London South Bank University (LSBU) campus at the heart of Elephant & Castle, is about to change in an exciting way as this month sees the launch of a fresh vision for a partial redevelopment of the site and a consultation period for the newly branded ‘St.George’s Quarter’. Providing manufacturers with a means of demonstrating their product’s sustainability credentials, EPD’s show the results of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), detailing ‘cradle to grave’ environmental impact of all processes involved with the manufacture of a product.
“Participation in the EPD programme is vital if the construction industry is to meet the growing demand for greater sustainability and dhf is pleased to be launching 14 EPD’s this year, so that our members are in a good position to meet that increased requirement.”
A public exhibition will run from 4-23 September, allowing students, staff and local residents, to view the plans and provide feedback to LSBU in advance of a planning application being submitted to Southwark Council. The purpose of the re-development plan is to:
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listed Victorian chapel on Borough Road and transform it into a performing arts centre which will become a creative space, for use by LSBU students and the local community; Provide attractive and comfortable facilities for students, including two new lecture theatres, a range of study spaces and a new student support centre; Create new teaching spaces supported by a large exhibition space to showcase student work and accommodate other outreach activities; Construct three new landscaped publically accessible spaces, helping to significantly increase the amount and quality of public space
Ian Mehrtens, LSBU’ Chief Operating Officer said: “The neighbouring area around Elephant & Castle is fast transforming itself into a world class hub for education and business within central London. At LSBU our priority is to ensure that the University doesn’t get left behind. We want to be able to offer 21st century facilities to future generations of LSBU students, in attractively laid out surroundings. “We see Wilkinson Eyre’s new plans for St.George’s Quarter as forming very much a part of Southwark’s neighbourhood plan for the area. We hope that local residents will find the proposals to be welcoming, sympathetic and an attractive addition to their local area, but we are very keen to hear your feedback before we submit our planning application.” Stafford Critchlow, Director of WilkinsonEyre said: “This new facility will become the beating heart of the LSBU campus, providing a much-needed focus for students around a covered concourse and three new landscaped squares. “Library study areas, student services and creative design studios will be offset by a theatre space inside the listed chapel at one end of the concourse and a fully glazed book stack with an automated book retrieval system, all on view.”
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certification, such as BREEAM or LEED, help reduce a building’s environmental impact and enable a higher level of clarity and sustainability across the industry. Commercially, energy and resource efficiency, emissions and content of the material can also impact the bottom line.” He continues:
he plans for re-designing St.George’s Quarter have been drawn up by awardwinning architects WilkinsonEyre and include an accessible new learning centre, a galleried performing arts theatre and a creative design centre.
within the campus and provide space for ‘pop up’ events. Create a Library and Learning Resources Centre including a fully automated book storage and retrieval system, enabling students to order their books online and then have them drawn off the shelves by a specially designed robot ‘librarian’
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New-look oﬃces pioneer use of Armstrong’s bespoke metal baﬄes A variety of Armstrong Ceiling Solutions feature in the redevelopment of Blake House.
rmstrong Ceiling Solutions has marked the first use in the UK of its wood-effect metal baffles, alongside other innovative systems, in a prestigious £3.9 million office refurbishment. The manufacturer’s VP-500 vertical metal baffles with a US Walnut finish were specified by frequent Armstrong users BPR architects for Blake House (formerly Teal House), a threestorey office building on Cowley Business Park, coincidentally about one mile from Armstrong’s own offices in Uxbridge, Middlesex.
and is pleased with the aesthetic tying in with the real wood finishes.” Ian Mitchell of CPC Interiors, who carried out the ceilings package of the Category A fit-out for the principal contractor, Apex Contractors, said: “Our team worked closely with the electrical contractors to ensure the Armstrong baffles and the lights were installed in consideration of the reception desk and seating.
“This was a refurbishment of an existing building to get it ready for future letting. The landlord gained planning to extend the building by approximately 30% which entailed a new escape staircase at the rear of the property. While all necessary approvals and construction of this area was undertaken, works to the existing areas had to continue to keep to the client’s programme.”
The 300mm-high metal baffles bring a contemporary linear aesthetic to a new lobby extension and refurbished main stairs alongside 2,800m2 of Armstrong’s 600mm x 600mm metal MicroLook tiles in a Prelude 15mm grid in the open-plan office areas, Armstrong’s new Drywall Grid System (DGS) for plasterboard ceilings in staircase areas, and Ultima+ Vector 600mm x 1200mm mineral tiles on a 24mm grid in the core areas. The new look for client Henry Boot Developments involved increasing the size of the 1990s steel-framed building from 22,000ft2 to 30,000ft2 by adding extra office space to the rear, remodelling the internal core layout and building a new double-height entrance lobby at the front to enhance its dated appearance and attract large corporations as lease holders. Special attention was also given to the specification of fixtures and fittings and communal spaces, much of which feature black walnut to echo the Armstrong baffles, without over-prescribing the design. As well as delivering an exciting architectural aesthetic, the Armstrong metal baffles enable easy integration of services and achieve the required acoustical level via the use of perforated sides and an acoustic inlay fleece. They are also highly scratch resistant, manufactured from up to 30% recycled steel and are quick and easy to install. BPR project architect Ross McMahon said: “We used Armstrong’s wood-effect metal baffles in the new lobby extension. They soften the acoustics in the lobby and the timber effect brings the outside environment of trees inside the building. They also matched the walnut finish with ‘real’ wood used in the interior such as the doors, reception desk and hand rails.”
For this particular project Ross added: “We have a long-standing relationship with Armstrong. The sales rep who visited us was very knowledgeable and we were impressed by him. The client likes the softening of the acoustics
“We specify Armstrong because their product portfolio is comprehensive. We have used and trusted their products over many years and so unless they didn’t provide a particular product that a client requested we would be unlikely to look elsewhere.” BPR project architect Ross McMahon
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Ross added: “We specify Armstrong because their product portfolio is comprehensive. We have used and trusted their products over many years and so unless they didn’t provide a particular product that a client requested we would be unlikely to look elsewhere.”
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Liberon, the leading woodcare brand, is bringing a splash of colour to the garden with its new Garden ColourCare range. Featuring four products, all benefiting from the same advanced formulations as Liberon’s standard exterior woodcare range, the new collection has been developed to introduce a choice of colours to any exterior wood, from decking to garden furniture. Garden ColourCare Decorative Furniture Oil Ideal for teak, exotic wood or pine, the Garden ColourCare Decorative Furniture Oil can revamp all exterior woodworks and garden furniture. The durable oil protects against damage from UV, water and grease to preserve the natural appearance of exterior wood. Available in a range of six colours, from the stylish Ashen Grey to the natural Mid Brown, the oil will bring a new lease of life to any wooden garden furniture. Garden ColourCare Shed & Building Paint A durable paint for outdoor use, the Garden ColourCare Shed & Building Paint is ideal for enhancing any wooden exterior. It can be applied to all types of European and exotic wood and has been developed to provide superior protection as well as a decorative finish to sheds, summerhouses, gazebos, windows, doors, conservatories and cladding. With 18 available colours ranging from the neutral Bark to the vibrant Fuchsia, Liberon offers colour options to suit any garden design.
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Garden ColourCare Decorative Woodstain Most types of European and exotic woods, both new or old, can be given a new lease of life with the Garden ColourCare Decorative Woodstain. Ideal for any exterior woodwork, from shutters and windows to gates and fences, the woodstain can also be used on interior timber. Suitable to apply over most old woodstains, the product is available in a range of six neutral colours, all inspired by nature, which will add instant style to any garden. Garden ColourCare Decking Paint With its advanced three-in-one formulation of stain protection, timber seal and colour, Liberon’s Garden ColourCare Decking Paint can be applied to exterior wooden flooring for a quick and easy revamp. Formulated using natural oils, the paint guarantees long-lasting protection against water and UV damage to ensure that any decking will stand the test of time. Available in a range of five colours, from Light Silver to Medium Brown, the paint is easy to apply to give decking a matt finish and enhance the natural grain of the wood. For more information on Liberon’s Garden ColourCare range, visit www.liberon.co.uk or call 01797 367555.
The Grade II Listed building located in Manchester City Centre is being refurbished by Quadriga Contracts Ltd as part of the NOMA regeneration scheme to provide Grade A office space, retail and leisure facilities. Constructed in 1905; the interior walls have accumulated a thick build-up of dust, dirt, polish and even nicotine residue, all of which needed to be removed. Following trials of various products, Remmers Arte Mundit Eco was selected as it is a self-vulcanising cleaning paste designed for thorough, water-free removal of residues and soiling on a wide range of substrates. The Arte Mundit Eco was applied using a 4” brush and left to ‘set’ overnight. The set rubber-like material was then removed by hand the following day revealing the original white marble finish. The Client is delighted with the results that the product has achieved. www.remmers.co.uk
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Norcros Adhesives, manufacturer of tiling adhesives, grouts and surface preparation products, speeds up tiling on to green screeds with its latest system solution.
orcros Adhesives, manufacturer of tiling adhesives, grouts and surface preparation products, speeds up tiling on to green screeds with its latest system solution. Pro Gyp-Base Fast Track Sealer greatly reduces the minimum drying times normally applicable for anhydrite (calcium sulfate) screeds. The new product comprises a three-stage preparation system for fixing ceramic and porcelain tiles on to screeded surfaces. It is sold as a kit containing all the elements necessary to achieve a successful bond, including a primer, moisture suppressant and gritted primer. Used together, the system allows for fast track tile installation without detracting from the overall screed strength. It also avoids the need for a special tile to gypsum adhesive, which is normally required for tiling on to anhydrite screeds to prevent the tiles from debonding.
“This new system from Norcros Adhesives is designed to tackle one of the key issues associated with the increasingly popular anhydrite screeds, namely extended drying times, which can be up to 80 days for a 60mm screed.” Mandy Searle, head of technical services at Norcros Adhesives
Pro Gyp-Base Fast Track Sealer can be used on either heated or unheated anhydrite screeds. A 15kg kit contains everything required to prepare and seal approximately a 25sq m area. In an ambient temperature of 20oC, drying times are down to two hours for the first primer coat and 24 hours for the second primer coat. The moisture suppressant and gritted primer require a total of three hours drying y g time
before tiling commences. Screeds need to be a minimum of seven days old and have a maximum relative humidity of 95 per cent. After drying, tiles may be fixed with the new Norcros Pro Gyp-Base Adhesive. This is a white cement-based, flexible, fibre-reinforced, thin bed cementitious adhesive specially formulated for fixing fully vitrified porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles to Norcros Pro Gyp-Base Fast Track Anhydrite Screed Sealer. It has a setting time of three hours at 20oC permitting early trafficking of the tiled installation. The adhesive has excellent thermal ageing properties making it suitable for use on heated floors. It is sold in a 20kg pack. “This new system from Norcros Adhesives is designed to tackle one of the key issues associated with the increasingly popular anhydrite screeds, namely extended drying times, which can be up to 80 days for a 60mm screed,” says Mandy Searle, head of technical services at Norcros Adhesives. “This new system solution from Norcros Adhesives should prove a real benefit on-site for flooring contractors and tile fixers.”
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Architecturally ambitious: Kingsdown House, The King’s School, Canterbury Faced with a complex brief on a site scrutinised by planners, conservation teams and Historic England, architectural ambition was crucial for Kingsdown House, which provides new boarding accommodation at The King’s School in Canterbury.
alters & Cohen Architects needed to carefully consider the kind of products to use on the project, which is when building materials manufacturer Wienerberger was introduced to the scheme.
The King’s School site abuts the historic City Wall in Canterbury, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is in close proximity to Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. Therefore, any proposed new buildings are closely evaluated and must demonstrate a high degree of quality, with a correspondingly detailed specification to satisfy this requirement. Working closely with the architect was essential in completing the details required to achieve a beautiful building that enhances its location. The project was not without its challenges: the build needed to be completed to suit the school’s academic timetable, and logistical complexities meant a tight delivery schedule needed to be devised and strictly adhered to. Clay tiles are a prominent feature of many buildings in Kent and specifically in this part of Canterbury. Walters & Cohen drew inspiration from local architecture and construction techniques, interpreting these with contemporary detailing and working with Wienerberger to ensure the roof tiles reflected the elegance and quality of the neighbouring buildings.
Rather than using modern interlocking tiles, Wienerberger’s Alban Sussex Blend tiles were used to create the roof and walls of Kingsdown House. The versatility of the
The design remit for the building was to create a neat, angular and seamless quality, therefore external angle tiles were not used and all corner tiles were cut to create an elegant edge against the aluminium corner trim. Additionally, all tiles under the windows were cut by hand to assist in waterproofing the building as no lead was used. Precision cutting on the angle ensured a perfect fit. To further assist with the detailed specification, Wienerberger’s Alban Sussex Blend bespoke Mansard and Gutter tiles were specially hand made for use at the eaves junction with the wall. The tiles to be used under the windows were again cut in detail and fixed using a dedicated Wienerberger adhesive. On the apex, rather than using the traditional Winchester cut, the architect required a neat straight line to achieve the desired composition and give a contemporary look. Nigel Dyer MIoR, Heritage Service Manager at Wienerberger, commented: “We’re over the moon with the end result at Kingsdown House; it’s an absolutely beautiful building that truly reflects the heritage it surrounds. Through using our Alban Sussex Blend tiles, a build that complements the historic architecture of the nearby surroundings was achieved and a personality was given to the construction.” Speaking about the project, Rob Hill, Associate Director of Walters & Cohen Architects said: “The project needed to suit the school’s academic timetable, therefore very careful project management was essential. We completed the project on time and within budget, and are delighted with how the finished building looks. The Wienerberger products we specified reflect the architectural heritage of the site, and their specialist knowledge also made them a highly suitable partner for the project.”
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“We’re over the moon with the end result at Kingsdown House; it’s an absolutely beautiful building that truly reflects the heritage it surrounds. Through using our Alban Sussex Blend tiles, a build that complements the historic architecture of the nearby surroundings was achieved and a personality was given to the construction.” Nigel Dyer MIoR, Heritage Service Manager at Wienerberger
Alban Sussex Blend tile was highlighted: the tiles blend beautiful design with a stunning aesthetic result. The tiles were chosen because they enabled the architect to use a single material for the roof and walls, creating a simple, attractive façade that complements its neighbours .
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TORMAX OPENS DOORS TO LEARNING Working with BSL Interiors of Glasgow, TORMAX was contracted to install an automatic entrance to the Robertson Trust Library and Learning Resource Centre at University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus. Creating an impressive frontage to this important building, a Classic 5251 TORMAX 3-wing revolving door is powered by a precision engineered motor designed at the TORMAX HQ in Switzerland, ensuring reliability and longevity of the system.
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“This is a sustainable access solution,” comments Simon Roberts, MD for TORMAX. “It has been shown that a revolving door powered by a low-energy operator is one of the most effective ways of minimising heat-loss from a building whilst providing clear and easy access for all users, even at the busiest times of the day.”
“The University’s Paisley Campus has been significantly developed over the last decade and UWS was recently shortlisted in the ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2015,” comments Jim Timlin, Project Support Officer at the University. “The new revolving entrance to the Library is energy efficient and crucially is large enough to keep the flow of foot traffic moving.” The TORMAX Classic 5251 revolving door is constructed for durability with 56mm of aluminium edging the profiles. Driven by a technologically advanced high-torque operator, ongoing performance and minimum maintenance is assured, even under heavy daily wear and tear. Whisperquiet operation combines with user-friendly
programmes to allow settings to be adapted to minimise energy consumption. The revolving entrance is fully compliant with current DDA regulations, with advanced sensors adapting rotation speed to match that of users. An existing automatic swing door is located alongside the TORMAX revolving door, offering disabled users alternative access as well as flexibility for larger deliveries.
Opened in 1998, the £6.8milion Robertson Trust Library and Learning Resource Centre on Paisley Campus houses close to 200,000 volumes, reference journals and comprehensive electronic study materials. The library also has 950 reader spaces, an IT lab with interactive video players for language materials and a new flexible learning zone with group and individual work areas, coffee bar, internet access and social space. www.tormax.co.uk
acoustic and thermal solution for a Listed watermill The Grade II* Listed Sacrewell Watermill near Wansford, Peterborough dates back to around c.1730, although there are suggestions that the Romans were utilising water at Sacrewell hundreds of years earlier. The present watermill remained in full working order until 1965.
acrewell Mill reopened in July 2015 after a £1.8 million restoration and conservation project that was backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Scott Abbott Trust. Cambridge architecture firm Purcell oversaw the restoration of the watermill, also adding a learning centre to the site, to make it a local attraction. Commenting on the restoration, project officer Jane Harrison of the William Scott Abbott Trust said, “The project is a great opportunity to work together to ensure this nationally significant building remains operational for future generations.” The existing windows suffered from significant heat loss due to their age. Messenger construction chose Selectaglaze, to deliver a bespoke solution which retained the existing primary windows, yet upgraded their thermal and acoustic performance. Selectaglaze worked closely with Purcell to design solutions that would work with the existing architecture of Sacrewell. Selectaglaze installed a total of 8 units in the kitchen, dining room, living room, corridor and bathroom of the watermill, bringing
Royal Warrant Holder, Selectaglaze has been established for fifty years and in that time gained extensive experience working on all building types. the spaces up to modern standards. The windows were treated with a combination of Series 10 2-pane horizontal sliders and Series 10 3-pane horizontal centre sliders, set to match the original window’s sightlines. The original plaster reveals were full of character; some were splayed and most were neither plumb nor true. Purpose made joinery grounds were produced and carefully installed to ensure the closest of fits was achieved. Toughened safety glass with a low emissivity coating was used throughout all the rooms, which in combination with the existing primary window achieved a U-value of 1.8, thus reducing heat loss by around 60%. In addition, the installation of secondary glazing provided a significant reduction in noise egress and ingress as the windows were individually measured and manufactured to ensure the closest installation possible. The restoration of this historically important building has been a great success, with Sacrewell Watermill winning RICS East of England Project of the Year in 2016. The mill, which was formerly on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register, also won awards in Building Conservation and Tourism and Leisure.
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Traditional style outside. Exceptional performance inside. When converting a Listed C19th gym into a restaurant for the Kingâ€™s Cross Central Limited Partnership, architect Allies and Morrison found that the Janisol Arte steel renovation window from Schueco Jansen delivered the perfect combination of appearance and performance. With narrow face-widths of just 25 mm or 40 mm, a wide range of opening types, multi-point locking and Uw values from 0.8 W/m2K, Janisol Arte is also soon to be available in stainless steel and Corten steel. www.schueco.co.uk
New Aluminium Sliding Doors set to transform the UK market
Alumen’s new Cor-Vision Plus aluminium sliding doors offer expansive glass areas in a system with only 25mm sightlines.
his summer specialist aluminium door and window manufacturer Alumen launched a stunning new system that brings something unique to the UK sliding door market. The long-established, well-respected Northamptonshire company has partnered with Spanish aluminium giants Cortizo to produce their new Cor-Vision Plus sliding door.
Cor-Vision Plus has been designed to offer uninterrupted, expansive glass areas thanks to its incredibly slim sightlines. Its innovative inlaid frame design, coupled with ultra-slim sash profiles, means that the visible profile on an installed doorset is just 25mm. Often slim-profile door systems have a restricted size, but Cor-Vision Plus has been designed to handle projects on a big scale. Each sash can be up to four metres in width and height, and the system can have four sashes in a single doorset. The result is a maximum door size of 16 metres wide by four metres high – impressive on any scale. Indeed, Cor-Vision Plus offers impressive credentials across the board. It comes with two, three and four pane options, fixed or sliding sashes, on twin or triple tracks. That gives homeowners all the flexibility they need. In terms of performance it can use either double or triple glazed glass units, offering excellent thermal and acoustic values.
“The result is a stunning, ultra-slim, architectural sliding door that can be used on a grand scale, but at a price that’s comparable to many of the standard door systems on the market.” Alan Robinson, Alumen’s Managing Director LEFT
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Importantly, the system is simple to operate, with sleek handles, various locking options and a smooth-running premium stainless steel track and roller system. Sashes up to 400kg can be operated manually, while any size door can be automated. Describing the new door system, Alumen’s Managing Director Alan Robinson comments: “Homeowners want to connect their indoor and outdoor spaces. Cor-Vision Plus is a significant step towards that.
“The result is a stunning, ultra-slim, architectural sliding door that can be used on a grand scale, but at a price that’s comparable to many of the standard door systems on the market. But more importantly, it allows people to connect their indoor and outdoor spaces in a way that’s never been seen before.”
Alumen offer both supply-only and supply-and-fit services on their range of aluminium doors, windows, conservatory and lantern roofs. For more information on Cor-Vision Plus or any of Alumen’s products, call 01536 737 377 or visit www.alumen.co.uk
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“The first feature people notice is just how slim the system is. With a 94% glass area there’s really nothing else on the market that can rival it. But there are subtler details that also make a huge difference – it has been designed from day one with cost, ease of use and practicality in mind. For instance, the inlaid pocket frame means that when the doors are open there’s no upstand – nothing to
interrupt the flow from inside to outside. And we’ve built the rollers into the frame rather than the door sashes, running in a stainless channel. This makes the doors very smooth and easy to slide.
Garador’s expertly crafted timber Up & Over garage doors give a traditional style and feel to any property. There are two ranges of timber Up & Over garage doors: the Solid Cedar range and the Elizabethan range. Both ranges have a variety of designs and timber stain options to choose from.
he Solid Cedar range is constructed solely from beautiful red cedar, while the Elizabethan range offers a more complex assortment of designs which are constructed from solid red cedar combined with a plywood backing. The selection of designs on offer in the Solid Cedar range is impressive, with the classical Vertical Cedar and Horizontal Cedar door designs, providing a timeless look that would enhance the appearance of any home. More sophisticated door designs, such as the Ashton, deliver a unique look and have windows at the top of the door panel to allow daylight inside the garage.
Garador’s Elizabethan range offers a more complex selection of designs which are constructed from solid red cedar and plywood. The Elizabethan’s elegant Seymour design, for instance, is constructed with carefully crafted strips of cedar wood, each of which features a stop chamfer and several styled arches uniformly spaced at the top of the door; all positioned against a plywood backing. Each and every Garador timber Up & Over garage door is available in a choice of 6 long-lasting stain options. These distinct variations in colour enhance the appearance of the wood adding a further dimension to a door that is constructed from natural materials. The colour stain options available include Light Oak, Antique Oak, Mahogany, Walnut, Chestnut and Ebony; the choice
of lighter and darker colour stains helps to bring the door to life in different ways and gives you the opportunity to find a perfect finish for any home. All of Garador’s Up and Over timber garage doors are built around a steel box section chassis, which provides a rigid and stable
Each and every Garador timber Up & Over garage e door is available in a choice of 6 long-lasting stain options.
door design that is sure to last well into the future. A further choice of side-hinged and personnel timber garage doors are also available, to further complement the Garador timber Up & Over garage door range.
These beautiful precision-engineered natural timber doors are a great way to add real style and value to any property. Find out more at 01935 443798 or visit www.garador.co.uk
Big machinery upgrade for Garador’s steel garage doors Britain’s leading garage door manufacturer Garador has recently invested heavily in new production machinery and equipment.
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arador offers a full range of garage doors, including Up & Over, Sectional, Roller and Side Hinged garage doors. Expertly engineered and available in a selection of designs and colours, as well as being easy to fit and maintain, it is no wonder Garador’s garage doors are the UK’s market leader.
In the last 3 years the company has invested over £2 million in production technology together with other enhancements for its Chevron, Salisbury and Sutton steel Up and Over doors. These developments will help to ensure a long-lasting garage door delivered at a reasonable price. The new machinery and equipment has been fully tested and is now fully in operation at Garador’s state of the art factory in Somerset . See all the latest products from Garador at www.garador.co.uk or call 01935 443798 for the latest brochures.
New Orders in Construction Fall to the Lowest in Three Years ONS figures published today show that construction output in July fell by 0.9% and was 0.4% lower compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q2 declined 7.8% and fell 12.6% on an annual basis.
ebecca Larkin, Senior Economist at the Construction Products Association, commented: “Today’s data from the ONS confirms that alongside a 1.3% contraction in output in Q2, new orders in construction hit the lowest level since 2014 Q1. “In particular, the sectors suffering the largest falls were the industry’s largest three; private housing, commercial and
infrastructure.: private housing, commercial and infrastructure. Commercial new orders began tailing off in the second half of 2016 and are 11.2% lower since the EU Referendum. Whilst this downward trend was expected amid the rising uncertainty giving way to a reluctance to invest in new offices space, private sector house building and infrastructure are the key drivers of growth in the CPA’s forecasts for 2018 and 2019. New orders in these key sectors were
the lowest since 2015 and highlight that there are now lower volumes of work queued up in the pipeline. “Nevertheless, for the year to date, construction output is still 1.3% higher than a year ago. The weakness in new orders is factored in to the CPA’s forecasts for 2018, with construction growth slowing to 0.7% as activity on projects reaching an end is not replaced at the same rates.”
ISG has been awarded a £2.5 million contract by Alliance Leisure to deliver the refurbishment and extension of Hambleton Leisure Centre in Northallerton, Yorkshire. The project will result in a new 5,100 sq ft extension to the complex that will house a gym and toning area to allow the current gym space to be converted into studios, including an immersive spinning studio. New energy-efficient lighting will also be installed in the sports hall and the timber sprung floor will be upgraded.
he refurbishment of the existing centre will include repair and upgrade works to the existing water slides, flumes and wave machine in the pool area. The changing facilities will also be upgraded with the addition of a new members’ change area. Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, said: “Our team will be working in a live environment to deliver this important improvement project for the local community. We have had a framework agreement with Alliance Leisure since 2010, which is built around Sport England’s need to engage people in fitness initiatives. This is putting government-funded provision in direct competition with the commercial sector as they now boast top of the range facilities.”
James Foley, commercial director at Alliance Leisure, added: “The planned works will breathe new life into the leisure provision in Hambleton and expand the choice of activities open to the community, offering something for everyone for many years to come.” The centre, which is run by Hambleton District Council, is due for completion at the end of the year.
Restoration for Ram Brewery Chinese developer Greenland Group has gained planning for phase 3 of its £600m redevelopment of the historic 4.5-acre Ram Brewery site in south London.
hase 3 of the redevelopment of Britain’s oldest brewery site will see 50 new homes, office and workshop space, and public realm works to connect to the new river walk alongside the Wandle in Wandsworth.
In previous phases, Greenland Group
Contractor Ardmore secured the £170m phase 1 of the scheme, which involves building 338 of the 663 planned new homes and is due to be completed later this year.
Along with a strong retail, leisure and residential offering, Ram Quarter will also include a heritage centre, which will display some of the original machinery that had been in use when the site was a full-time brewery, and a microbrewery to continue the site’s 500year tradition. The River Wandle, previously hidden behind the brewery walls, is now a central feature of the scheme, running alongside the open courtyard, with restaurants and cafés fronting onto a pedestrianised boulevard on the river.
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The project also includes the restoration of a Grade-II* listed terrace that is one of Wandsworth’s finest architectural assets. The row of houses will form 16 of the 50 new homes.
has also undertaken the restoration of the original Ram Brewery site, which will be turned into a heritage centre and microbrewery, the Coopers Lofts, which are being sensitively converted in just 14 warehouse-style residences and also the reimagining of the old brewery stables, which will form part of phase 2.
Eurospec was formed in 1997 as a subsidiary of Carlisle Brass specialising in the commercial sector of the architectural ironmongery market.
for beautifully engineered stainless steel commercial door hardware for the specification market. The SWL range provides a cost effective stainless steel solution for designers and specifiers alike, whether they are designing home, apartment or office environments.
Following the merger of Carlisle Brass Ltd and Eurospec in 2011 the brand has gone from strength to strength. The product line now includes eye catching door handle designs, high specification hinges, door control mechanisms, panic hardware, cylinder locks, mortice locks and latches. This finely engineered premium range set a new benchmark for the commercial ironmongery market. The wide product offering not only satisfies the need for unique door handles, it also uses the highest quality materials whilst offering an extensive mechanical guarantee. SWL product benefits
t Architectural Grade 304 stainless steel t Cast, threaded 52 x 7mm slimline sprung
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t Testing to EN1906 Carlisle Brass Ltd. is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified company, which means that Eurospec branded products are fully traceable from point of manufacture to customer and that the environmental impact is being constantly measured and improved. Accredited products carrying the Eurospec brand are stringently tested to ensure they comply to the latest regulations, which makes the products the ideal choice for the professional installer, architect or specifier. We are a selected partner to all top 10 housing developers in the UK. To provide a first-class service, our expert
team includes UK Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Diploma Holders, Registered Architectural Ironmongers, UK Fire Door Inspection Scheme Diploma Holders and a Master Locksmith. We offer a complete package from specification, scheduling and supply a full range of guaranteed quality and value ironmongery. It is our policy to distribute our product through a strong network of trade outlets across the UK. We pride ourselves on our nationwide team of knowledgeable specification and sales representatives, who are there to assist and support both our distribution network and their customers. Our vision is to be the first-choice architectural ironmongery solution supplier, while creating worthwhile, sustainable employment by producing ironmongery that works and looks good.
We offer a complete package from specification, scheduling and supply a full range of guaranteed quality and value ironmongery. It is our policy to distribute our product through a strong network of trade outlets across the UK.
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Touch Ironmongery Ltd
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Established 33 years ago in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers.
riginally called “A Touch of Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell.
In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze –solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look. Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are interested in the top end of the Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential premises but hotel and office properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 33 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Alan Blanchard. Saleem Qureshi is the newest member of our team and has 10 years’ experience, meaning their knowledge is unrivalled in this industry. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition,
Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is
The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. Ironmongery can be a difficult and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.
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British manufacturers of the finest quality handcrafted hardware Croft combine traditional skills with modern manufacturing techniques to produce the most beautiful, quality fittings, built to stand the test of time.
Croft, available from Touch Ironmongery www.croft.co.uk
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As well as specialist bespoke items, Croft supply over 1000 products, available in 23 different finishes to furnish high end residential and commercial properties, royal palaces, government houses, historic castles and stately homes.
Ambiguous septic tank legislation ‘has potential to cause serious problems for property professionals’ homes that currently do this must either connect to the main sewage network, create a drainage field or replace the existing septic tank system with a sewage treatment plant - if the tank is registered or installed under British Standards put in place in 1983.
Professional specifiers and buyers need to quickly improve their awareness of important septic tank legislation or risk being faced with unforeseen expenses and potential penalties, according to one drainage industry expert.
ichard Leigh, Group Development Director at Lanes for Drains, part of Lanes Group plc, says that there are general binding rules, implemented by the Environment Agency, that came into force in 2015 but are largely unknown by property professionals. The rules state that certain septic tanks are, by law, no longer allowed to be discharged into a watercourse like a river or a canal. By January 1st 2020, all
This has the potential to affect both home sellers and buyers. A lack of awareness could result in buyers purchasing property and having to cover the additional costs of ensuring the septic tank is compliant, even though it was technically the responsibility of the seller.
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Those who do not meet the general binding rules by 2020 will be faced with as-yet-uncommunicated punishment from the Environment Agency. Because the potential penalties are currently unknown, it has led to ambiguity and confusion surrounding the regulations.
Similarly, sellers who are unaware of the legislation until it is flagged up in a homebuyer or drainage survey would have have to pause the sales process and take the relevant steps before resuming the sale. Those who do not meet the general binding rules by 2020 will be faced with as-yet-uncommunicated punishment from the Environment Agency. Because the potential penalties are currently unknown, it has led to ambiguity and confusion surrounding the regulations.
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Mr Leigh explains that the Environment Agency and Defra need to do more to ensure property professionals and the public have a better understanding of what is required of them, because he believes the message is currently not getting through.
“In recent months we at Lanes for Drains have seen many examples of homeowners and property professionals being unaware of these important regulations. This is not new legislation - it came into force over two years ago, and now homeowners only have just over two years to make sure they are compliant,” he says.
Lanes for Drains has provided extensive, downloadable guidance notes on the septic tank legislation, which can be found here: https://www.lanesfordrains.co.uk/ wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SepticTank-Best-Practice-Series-leaflet-v1interactive.pdf
Latest News ROCKWOOL reacts to postGrenfell Tower ﬁre guidance UK Department of Communities and Local Government issues post-Grenfell fire guidance. ROCKWOOL welcomes the guidance while raising concerns about the tests on which it’s based and advocating for changes in UK building regulations.
e welcome the DCLG’s consolidated advice to building owners following its series of full-scale fire tests – particularly the guidance that ‘one way to ensure that a cladding system adequately resists external fire spread is for all of the relevant elements of the wall to be of limited combustibility’. The combination of A2 limited combustibility cladding and non-combustible stone wool insulation is a good example of such a solution.
Historic chimneys restored at Battersea The painting of all four chimneys at Battersea Power is now complete in the exact colour of the originals.
ll four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys had to be painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, following completion of detailed surveys, very close consultation and engagement with Historic England and the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented: “It is wonderful to see the chimneys, which have become a permanent fixture on the London skyline, freshly painted and the finishing touches applied. This is a great opportunity to thank the BPS team, the specialist contractor and everyone else who was involved in ensuring one of the most important parts of the redevelopment project was successfully completed.”
Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “An exciting new skyline is developing at Battersea but it is fantastic to see our old friends, the Power Station chimneys, restored to their former glory: a proud landmark for Wandsworth and for London. Rebuilding the chimneys as exact replicas was a key condition of the overall planning application so it’s great the pledge has already come good, ahead of schedule.” Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, said: “Historic England welcomes this final stage of the rebuilding of the chimneys, ensuring that the Power Station will retain its landmark status along this evolving part of London’s skyline.”
This test series was designed to give owners of potentially unsafe buildings immediate guidance on reducing fire risk based on current UK regulations. While certainly relevant, the tests were nevertheless conducted under ideal conditions that do not reflect real-world construction experience, nor allow for a margin of error either in installation or material performance over time. The test results’ value as a guide for the significant regulatory changes that are required is therefore limited. The fact that more than 95 percent of buildings screened and covered by the large scale tests fail to meet current fire safety standards clearly demonstrates the ambiguity, complexity, and confusion that exists among landlords and local authorities regarding compliance with the standards as well as an urgent need for clearer guidance on UK building regulations. Current UK regulations and practice have allowed tall buildings to be wrapped in combustible cladding and insulation. We believe that to truly ensure public safety and building resilience, the UK should adopt a simple binary system – with building materials classified as either combustible or non-combustible. We also believe the UK should follow the example set elsewhere in Europe that only non-combustible cladding and insulation be allowed on mid- to high-rise buildings. This system would be a simple, easily implemented, and effective way to safeguard lives and property.
Individuals, organisations and authorities responsible for or living in tall buildings should ask themselves whether it makes sense to wrap their buildings in combustible materials. It’s hard for us to imagine a scenario where it’s worth taking that risk.
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We fully support the DCLG advice from 02 August 2017, which states ‘An obvious option to ensure that the cladding system adequately resists external fire spread, is to replace the system with one where all of the elements of the wall are of limited combustibility’. We believe this should become the standard required for all UK buildings taller than 18 metres as well as for public buildings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.
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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. Even 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.
hen deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethanebased, 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. An 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 has recently been awarded BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate 17/5410. Jack Georgiou, project manager at 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. “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.” 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, onsite 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. 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.
For further information, or to purchase Blowerproof in the UK, please visit: www.blowerproof.co.uk.
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TPG: THE PARKSIDE GROUP HITS A HALF CENTURY TPG – The Parkside Group Limited would like to take this opportunity to thank all their architectural, contractor and fabricator clients as they celebrate their 50th year and welcome in their Golden anniversary. As an independent, privately owned British company, The Parkside Group Limited shares it’s remarkable history and here highlights its ambitious strategy for the future. In 1967, London, a joinery business was founded with a start-up loan of a mere £300. This small enterprise has now grown into The Parkside Group Limited which includes the market leading brands of Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, Axim Architectural Hardware and Alu-Timber. Hardwired within the DNA of a business that has survived and thrived for over 50 years is customer service. To put this longevity in perspective, when The Parkside Group Limited was founded, NASA had not yet taken a giant leap for mankind and landed on the moon. Since 1967 The Parkside Group Limited has worked through great recessions, 3-day weeks and the Black Monday crash, whilst always maintaining its unique customer service ethos; working with
customers to supply innovative solutions that make their businesses profitable. The Parkside Group Limited actively seeks to supply solutions and market leading delivery, that provides the market with cost efficiencies which stand the test of time. Examples of this are operating a 100% in-stock philosophy and twice weekly delivery service, so fabricators can utilise all the cost savings of a JIT policy and for our specification clients creating bespoke aluminium profiles & systems that provide fast-track, robust solutions. In 1987 Axim Architectural Hardware joined the group and the famous TC-8800 Transom Closer stormed the door hardware market, and still today Axim is the number 1 branded architectural door closer for reliability and performance. To celebrate the Golden Anniversary, The Parkside Group Limited has a new brand identity to take them through the next 50 years of ambitious plans. The Parkside Group Limited, now TPG, uses the heritage of the diamond logo, branding aluminium with “TPG” to reassure its partners of the TPG mark of quality. This is backed up with a new website which outlines the Group’s TPG: 2025 strategy, highlighting the processes
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Mecanoo Architects use Trimo’s bespoke panel solution l ti for f HOME, HOME Manchester M h t City Cit Centre C t HOME, a £25m, multi-disciplinary art centre, was designed by Mecanoo Architects, based in the Netherlands.
OME is part of the development of the creative quarter in Manchester, and is the largest arts centre in the UK outside the capital city of London. It boasts a 500-seat theatre, five cinema screens, a gallery and studio space and a café, bar and restaurant. Project Requirements
Project architect Ernst ter Horst designed the building’s exterior to be stunning from all aspects. Its curved, triangular shape - made possible using Trimo’s Qbiss One façade solution - captures the eye, delivering a strong focal point for the area. From a design perspective, the façade requirement was challenging and called for innovative thinking by Trimo; a leader manufacturer of composite panels. The project required a close working relationship between Trimo and Mecanoo, to ensure the aesthetic elements and performance targets of the specification were reached. The façade specification called for elements such as self-spanning slab-to-slab panels, the articulation of the panel joints, with integral vertical fins, integrated glazing, and a unique stainless steel dual colour front skin.
Qbiss One is self-supporting. It eliminates the need for any additional support or substructure, reducing total building time. There is no need for a brick or concrete wall or any on-site cutting or post-production modification. Developed with sustainability in mind, Qbiss One has a fire proof internal core (made of mineral wool). It is made of environmentally friendly materials, is 98% recyclable and has a low CO2 footprint of just 44kg/m2 during the lifetime of the building. These properties enable HOME to meet Manchester City Council’s policy for low carbon development, sustainable procurement and operation. Results The completed façade solution provides a stunning and unique addition to Manchester’s city centre skyline and adds to Mecanoo architect’s growing list of award winning buildings. The configuration of the building blends public and social to create
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“Thanks to the commitment and expertise of the Trimo team, we collaboratively developed an innovative evolution in the Qbiss range in marine grade stainless steel, with spectacular results.” Ernst ter Horst, Project architect of HOME a harmonised, well balanced structure. The building’s triangular shape, combined with Qbiss One’s curved façade sets it apart from adjacent developments and provide a welcoming yet contemporary exterior.
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“Thanks to the commitment and expertise of the Trimo team, we collaboratively developed an innovative evolution in the Qbiss range in marine grade stainless steel, with spectacular results.” – Ernst ter Horst
Trimo addressed Mecanoo’s requirements with its Qbiss One façade solution. Compared to alternative products which use a ‘cut and fold’ approach, with panels needing to be sealed manually then touched up with paint, Qbiss One provides a completely prefabricated solution. Its unique rounded corner provides a superior aesthetic appearance while also preventing any potential threat of corrosion. Unlike conventional built up wall systems,
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Triton Systems supplied waterproofing systems for the upgrade to a below ground car park in North London. Initial inspection revealed a reinforced concrete construction with a surface water drainage system in a poor state of repair. There was water seepage from cracks in the floor and from the wall/floor joints. Much of the floor was badly stained with oil.
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Taking into account the intended use of the area as a car park below a residential block, and an unknown water table classification, a â€˜Type Câ€™ drained waterproofing system (as defined in BS 8102: 2009) for the perimeter walls and a â€˜Type Aâ€™ barrier protection system to the floors was recommended. The Type C system would comprise a new concrete upstand to maintain the structural integrity at the perimeter wall/floor junction and to provide the required perimeter drainage channel detail.
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Experience the most innovative products and developments in timber at this year’s Timber Expo In just six weeks Timber Expo, the UK’s only event dedicated exclusively to Timber, will return to Birmingham NEC from 10 – 12 October 2017.
ot to be missed, this year’s show will explore the latest advances across the industry and offer visitors a first look at some of the latest products, applications and innovations from across Europe.
At a time when building materials and regulations are under scrutiny it is now more than ever before crucial for the industry to take a proactive step toward educating and inspiring those that work in the built environment. The Timber Expo will provide visitors with a series of free to attend workshops and importantly play host to a vast range of timber applications, from timber frame to fire protection, through to plywood, CLT and timber cladding. At the show, visitors will find fire containment technology at manufacturer Envirograf® Intumescent Systems’ stand and can get up close and personal with White Haus’s high-quality hybrid timber frame building materials. Gaujas Koks Ltd will bring 25 years of CLT manufacturing to the show, operating two major sawmills with a total output of 300,000m3 of finished products, this topquality company is not one to be missed. STEICO will showcase its European Technical Approval (ETA) awarded product SteicoFloc, a high-quality air injected cellulose insulation, manufactured from recycled paper.
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Visitors can test out screws from Schmid Scrauben Hainfeld and its range of RAPID® and StarDrive GPR® quality fixings. They can also experience a comprehensive collection of building boards, facades and air-tightness products by RCM.
Czech distributor, Orlimex will display its full range of plywood and packing, and Latvian sawmill, Vudlande Sawmill, will showcase the newest form of sawmilling technology at the show. Other great names include Garnica, Biesse, Bodino Engineering, Glennon Brothers, Piveteau Bois, Swiss Krono and Vandecasteele. Nathan Garnett, Event Director at Media 10, which runs the show, said: “Timber Expo sets out to provide visitors access to the latest products and innovations in the timber sector but also importantly act as a learning platform to deliver the latest information on issues affecting the built environment from some of the leading experts in the industry.” Consisting of Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2017, Smart Buildings 2017, Surface & Materials Show (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), HVAC 2017 and Grand Designs Live, UK Construction Week caters for the entire spectrum of the industry from builders, architects, innovators and consultants, each show provides exhibitors with the opportunity to network alongside decision makers and purchasers while showcasing their services and products to thousands of visitors. For more information and free registration visit www.timber-expo. co.uk/register.
London Build is back on October 25th & 26th with more content, more networking and more entertainment than ever before, and you can sign up for a free ticket today.
ore than just your standard exhibition, London Build features over 100 hours of CPD accredited content, to allow you to develop your own skills, including exclusive contract and tender announcements from the largest projects within London from the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors. Gain access to endless networking opportunities, hundreds of facilitated oneon-one meetings to create new business, and live entertainment to ensure that you’re having a great day outside the office. Across the two days, London Build will see thousands of construction professionals, contractors, architects, developers, government representatives come to Olympia London to meet with over 250 exhibitors showcasing the very latest products, solutions, and technology across the sector. 150 top level speakers will be delivering exclusive content in what is the most diverse and progressive programme in the industry, covering topics such as BIM & Digital Construction, Off-Site Construction, Sustainability, Skills, the Future of London’s Construction Industry and much more. The Department for International Trade, will also be on hand to provide expert one-toone advice to help your company take a step towards growing your business abroad in our Export Hub. A free ticket to the show will give you the opportunity to meet with all key players from the biggest construction companies, including Mace, Balfour Beatty, Crossrail, Arup, BDP, Atkins, Brookfield Multiplex, Taylor Wimpey, Tideway and thousands more! The adrenaline starts to pump and I get excited about London Build when I think of the people who will be there, hoards of them too! People from the construction sector’s different disciplines, different trades, different suppliers and different associations, from different parts of the UK, and internationally, gathering in one place to meet and discuss with a passion their different perspectives, their different ideas and their different needs. And, of course, the differences that they can “bring to the party” to add value to the construction process.
Scotland Build is back on November 22nd & 23rd with more content, more networking and more entertainment than ever before, and you can sign up for a free ticket today.
M Across the two days, London Build will see thousands of construction professionals, contractors, architects, developers, government representatives come to Olympia London to meet with over 250 exhibitors showcasing the very latest products, solutions, and technology across the sector. It all makes for a wonderfully energetic and highly interactive couple of days that produce moments at London Build’s seminars, workshops and individual stands that are illuminating, captivating and quite often down right funny! Fundamentally I love the event because you come away energised from networking with some really friendly, intelligent people, who together can inform one another of where the industry is right now; where it is headed; and how you can play an integral part of that positive movement. Attending London Build is, most definitely, time well spent. - MACE - ELVIN BOX, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - HEALTH & SAFETY. If you’re looking to get more out of your visit, you could even upgrade to a VIP pass to our London Construction Leaders Summit. Meet with C-Level executives over our exclusive networking breakfast and lunch sessions. Access premium conference sessions throughout the day with speakers from the Department of Health, Kier Living, London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Hounslow, Transport for London, and NHS Procurement among others.
ore than just your standard exhibition, Scotland Build features over 50 hours of CPD accredited content, to allow you to develop your own skills, and learn of exclusive contract and tender announcements from the largest projects in Scotland from the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors. Gain access to endless networking opportunities, hundreds of facilitated one-on-one meetings to create new business, and live entertainment to ensure that you’re having a great day outside the office. Across the two days, Scotland Build will see thousands of construction professionals, contractors, architects, developers, government representatives come to the SEC Glasgow to meet with over 150 exhibitors showcasing the very latest products, solutions, and technology across the sector.
The Scottish Construction market creates some 10% of our countries GDP and is a vital component of our future economic growth. Its importance cannot be underestimated. Scotland has a wealth of construction talent and the key to leveraging that skill, experience and enthusiasm in order to ensure our industry is fit for the future, is communication, collaboration and innovation. The annual Scotland Build event has proven to be a tremendous enabling platform, bringing the very best of Scottish Construction together in one place. At Scotland Build 2017, I look forward to once again meeting with our best contractors, consultants and their supply chain expertise to help ensure that our industry is well placed to ensure our hard work translates to a series of sustainably successful outcomes – William McBride – Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and MD of Westcrowns.
Over 70 top level speakers will be delivering exclusive content in what is the most diverse and progressive programme in the industry, covering topics such as BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Skills, Infrastructure, Architecture, the Future of Construction and much more.
Kier is delighted to be presenting and exhibiting at Scotland Build 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with clients, consultants and other stakeholders in the construction industry and to demonstrate how we can support the public sector in the delivery of their Community Benefits requirements – Gordon Reid, Regional Business Development Manager at Kier.
A free ticket to the show will give you the opportunity to meet with all key players from the biggest construction companies, including Kier, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Atkins, BDP, AECOM, Glasgow City Council, BRE, University of Glasgow and thousands more!
I am looking forward to Scotland Build 2017 not only for the knowledge sharing opportunity but as a vehicle to catch up and network with the Scottish construction community – and beyond. David Philp, Global BIM/MIC Consultancy Director at AECOM.
Don’t just take our word for it, some of the biggest names in the industry are already gearing up for Scotland Build so make sure you secure your free ticket today.
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The evening of October 25th will celebrate the most deserving companies in the industry at the 3rd annual London Construction Awards. Last year saw a range of companies winning awards for their dynamic approach to working in London. This year, at a ceremony presented by Canadian Comedienne Katherine Ryan at the Royal Garden Hotel, a host of companies will be receiving the plaudits of the industry having been selected by our elite panel of global construction experts.
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Editorâ€™s Choice SMART SECURITY FROM ERA With smart technology becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK market, ERA has taken home security to the next level with a range of smartphone-connected, wireless Alarm systems. Offering a choice of four user-friendly models, ERA smart alarm kits benefit from a modular design, enabling customers to create a comprehensive network of security products from ERA to suit any home security project. From the Valiant Solar Siren Starter Alarm Kit to the impressive Invincible Dual Network Alarm System, the full range of ERA wireless alarm kits feature a simple â€˜plug and playâ€™ set up and include a magnetic door/window sensor, as well as a pet friendly motion sensor as standard, which can be easily fitted around the home. With RFID tags for rapid disarming on advanced models and featuring the latest GSM technology, ERAâ€™s smart alarm kits allow a user to control and monitor the home from anywhere in the world using the ERA Alarm App. Offering two distinct ranges of Alarms, ERAâ€™s consumer-facing miGuard collection is a popular product range for DIY retailers, whilst their professional-standard Alarm kits offer a number of additional features and benefits to allow the tradesman to fit with confidence. Thanks to their adaptable, modular design, ERA smart alarm kits can be extended to incorporate a range of accessories, including additional sensors, sirens, smoke and water detectors and even an IP HD security camera. Marketing Manager, Tania Tams explains, â€œThe wireless design of our smart alarm kits is a real attraction for many installers and end users alike. Most ERA alarm kits can be plugged into the mains and set up via the integrated control panel, making it easy to secure the home in just a few simple steps. With many of our smart alarm models able to support up to 50 additional sensors, a user can build upon their existing kit to create a versatile, all-encompassing alert system for the modern home.â€? For further information about the companyâ€™s range of smart-phone connected alarm systems and other Era home security products, visit www.eraeverywhere.com or contact the sales team on 01922 490 000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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COUNCIL UPGRADES ALL SHELTERED HOUSING WITH AICO MULTI SENSOR ALARMS Sheffield City Council has completed a programme to upgrade its fire safety throughout its 1,134 sheltered housing properties using Aicoâ€™s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm for an enhanced level of safety; this will enable residents to live safely in their homes for many years to come, even should their health or mobility deteriorate. An additional 261 properties within three tower blocks will also benefit from this premium fire alarm, following a fire risk assessment and advice from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. A long standing Aico customer, Sheffield City Council is committed to providing tenants with a high level of fire safety. This latest move to a single alarm specification â€“ the advanced Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm â€“ not only provides greater safety but also enables the Council to standardise its fire detection systems across its entire sheltered property portfolio, making it easier to manage and reducing the chance of renewal using the wrong type of detector. Aicoâ€™s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm contains two sensor types, optical and heat, to constantly monitor smoke and heat levels, sending and receiving information via its intelligent detection software. This sensor information alters the alarmâ€™s sensitivity and trigger points, automatically providing the best response to all fire types and reduces potential false alarms.
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In addition, Aicoâ€™s Ei450 Alarm Control Switch is being installed for residentsâ€™ convenience. The Ei450 is wall mounted and allows residents not only to test all alarms on the system, but also silence them and locate the trigger alarm from a safe, accessible location.
Newport Street Gallery- an architectural masterpiece Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of the long-term ambition of artist Damien Hirst to share his extensive private collection of more than 3,000 works of contemporary art with the public.
his iconic brick building, with its bold vision and traditional craftsmanship, has been highly praised in the architectural world with accolades ranging from ‘Supreme Winner’ in the 2016 Brick Development Association (BDA) Awards to winner of the prestigious 2016 Stirling Prize. According to the judges of the Stirling Prize:
“This highly accomplished and expertly detailed art gallery is a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture. Caruso St John’s approach to conservation is irreverent yet sensitive and achieves a clever solution that expresses a poetic juxtaposition of old and new. “The collection of buildings is beautifully curated, pulled together by the use of brick yet still expressive of their individuality.”
A bold and sympathetic vision Designed by Caruso St John Architects, the gallery occupies a terrace of new-build and refurbished blocks that line Newport Street’s eastern side opposite the elevated railway arches in Vauxhall, south London. The project involved the conversion of three listed brick buildings, which had been built in 1913 as carpentry and scenery painting workshops for the once booming West End theatre industry. Two new build structures were constructed at either end to create a gallery that spans half the length of the street.
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The entire gallery, which occupies 37,000 square feet, was internally restructured to include six exhibition spaces with three large galleries on each of the two floors. The two levels of the gallery are linked by a set of three elliptical spiral staircases, which are constructed from white German engineering brick with built-in precast balustrades, making a spectacular feature.
As both the ground and upper floors within the five buildings are continuous the spaces have the flexibility to accommodate both individual works and large-scale exhibitions. With some of the inside floors taken out to open up the space, the vast interior has been described as ‘cathedral like’. In fact one of the central galleries has a ceiling
After a detailed selection process, master brickmakers at Northcot Brick, who still use brickmaking techniques that have hardly changed over the centuries, created two distinct bespoke blends: Newport Light and Newport Dark to match to the ‘common’ fletton-style brick of the listed buildings. height of eleven metres split over two levels to allow for the installation of larger sculptures. The central architectural inspiration for the design was the original Victorian brick buildings with their unusual proportions, groups of low-level windows and high blank walls. This composition was continued in the design of the new buildings, which are embellished by a spikey saw-tooth roof at the northern end, which echoes the industrial heritage and local roofscapes.
Expressive brickwork As the brickwork was very much the unifying force binding the old and the new elements together, it was important that the new semi-industrial facades were as sympathetic as possible to the listed buildings, which was a challenge as much of the old brickwork comprised all sorts of different colours. Peter St John, Partner at Caruso St John Architects said: “We had to really search for a brick that had something of the quality of
“Brick is a very versatile material and I think here we’ve demonstrated that we can turn something that was used for an industrial building into something that is really delicate and beautiful.” Peter St John, Partner at Caruso St John Architects The precise quality of the finish and the intricate brick detailing was an immense work of craftsmanship from manufacture through to the specialist brick laying skill required, which was recognized by a BDA Craftsmanship Award. A total of 6,000 bespoke handmade and standard machine-made special shapes were created to match both blend types. These ranged from intricate cappings and copings on top of the saw-tooth gable ends, through to transition bricks and specials to the sills and heads of the windows. Dale Moss, Works Manager at Northcot Brick said: “A unique mould had to be made for each of the special shaped bricks. In many cases only one special was required, so these were fired as a one off with the mould never to be used again.” In addition to conventional masonry, header brick clad lintels embellished the windows, and a special lightweight FastClad brick slip system used the same
bespoke blends to give continuity of detailing to the soffits in the main entrance. According to Peter St John: “Brick is a very versatile material and I think here we’ve demonstrated that we can turn something that was used for an industrial building into something that is really delicate and beautiful. Brick has that capacity because of its intricate surface, and because of the careful way in which it can be laid. I think it’s a very beautiful material.”
An architectural masterpiece The five linked brick buildings, which are all different but obviously related, have created a sheer and impressive street elevation with a profound sense of historical context. What was once an unassuming street of industrial buildings is now an architectural masterpiece and a free public gallery which will benefit the community for many years to come. Peter St John said: “It’s rare for architects to be given the opportunity to realise a personal vision of the quality of the Newport Street Gallery, and for that vision to have a generous public dimension. We see the building as a palace for direct, intimate and luxurious encounters with contemporary art, and we are very pleased that this award will bring more people to see this extraordinary collection.”
the existing building. The brick we found, by Northcot in Gloucestershire, is an oil release brick with a smooth surface. It’s not like a London stock with a sandy surface and the colour match is pretty good.” After a detailed selection process, master brickmakers at Northcot Brick, who still use brickmaking techniques that have hardly changed over the centuries, created two distinct bespoke blends: Newport Light and Newport Dark to match to the ‘common’ fletton-style brick of the listed buildings.
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Both blends were essentially a variation on standard production, with one requiring the removal of a specific colour and the other needing a crisper edge than its standard. They were then fired the traditional way in one of the UK’s last coal-fired kilns in order to give a natural variation and richness of tone. The majority of the brickwork was in Newport Light (181,000 bricks in total), a hard pale semi-glazed machine-made brick, which was laid predominantly in a Flemish bond. Tom McGuire, Managing Director of Grangewood Brickwork Services said: “By laying the bricks in a Flemish bond pattern on a natural light lime mortar with no expansion joints, we were able to make the new façade seem as solid, thick and robust in appearance as the old buildings”.
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The lower courses were constructed with a total of 17,000 Newport Dark bricks, which were laid in a header bond on a dark mortar at the front of the building to reference the grey plinths of the original workshops. At the back of the building header bonds followed the external curvature of the spiral staircase.
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Latest News Aggregate Industries £3 million restoration scheme Aggregate Industries has helped reopen one of Europe’s few remaining saltwater lidos, in a £3 million restoration scheme for the Jubilee Pool in Penzance.
he project was part of an effort by the community and local government to restore the cherished bathing spot, which originally opened in 1935 the year of King George Vs Silver Jubilee. The repair and restoration was in response to the serious structural damage suffered in the storms of 2014, which battered the Cornish coastline.
The location of the project demanded specialised design requirements, as being a saltwater tidal pool meant there was a high risk of corrosion to the concrete reinforcement. The restoration required a blue coloured swimming pool base to be constructed with a blue pigmented concrete, which had to also comply with an
Structural Demolition given Green Light for Regeneration McGee has been given the green light by development manager Native Land to start the structural demolition next month of Ludgate House on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge.
he £4.2m demolition package marks a significant step in 1.4m sq ft redevelopment plans for the area by an international consortium comprising, Temasek, HPL and Amcorp Properties. Initial enabling and demolition works were completed last October by McGee who will now carry out the deconstruction and demolition works of the existing 10-storey 1980’s commercial building.
The building is expected to be down by March 2018. Nick Taylor, Director at McGee, said: “This is a high profile site and it has taken a great deal of planning and coordination with investment partner and development manager Native Land and the project team, NWR, TfL, Southwark Council and our supply chain to get things to where we could complete all required planning stages and agree the logistics for the project, and finally commence on site.
“We have been involved with Native Land in this planning process from an early stage and this is a great example of early engagement between client and contractor.” Jay Squier, Development Director at Native Land, said: “We are excited to work with McGee to commence works on this landmark riverside development, which marks a significant step in the ongoing enhancement of the Bankside area.”
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Stephen George + Partners leads Leicester’s city centre regeneration
Local architects plan transformation of Great Central Station and site of former Stibbe factory into hotels, offices and new public space
Local architectural practice Stephen George + Partners has submitted a detailed planning application involving new hotels, offices and a new public space, together with a refurbishment of Leicester’s Great Central Station.
eicester’s Connecting Spaces regeneration project has received a big boost with the unveiling of a new plan to transform Great Central Station and the site of the former Stibbe factory.
The former Stibbe site will be redeveloped a new 43,000 sqft office block designed by Stephen George + Partners together with a 152-bed Novotel hotel and 100 bed Adagio
“aparthotel”. The architects have also unveiled plans to refurbish the station including its glass canopy and front façade. At the heart of the proposal is a new traffic-free public space, which will include part of Great Central Street so that the refurbished station becomes integral to the development. The Masterplan also involves creating a new pedestrian “super-crossing” of Vaughan Way, linking the development directly to the city centre.
Latest News XS2 exposure class – this defines the concrete design requirements to ensure durability for the intended design life. However, due to the soaring cost of the required blue pigment, Aggregate Industries worked closely with the main contractor, CORMAC Contracting, to propose a more cost-effective solution using a coloured surface hardener in conjunction with a lightened base concrete. Andrew Wilson, Territory Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries, explained: “We collaborated with the colour surface hardener supplier to provide a bespoke concrete that not only met the XS2 exposure class but the unique requirements of the project. “The product of choice was a bespoke mix of Artevia Light concrete which not only complied with the exposure class and achieved the high durability requirements but also provided a lightened concrete for the installation of the colour surface hardener. This high performance formula, coupled with a light concrete design to ensure consistency of colour, means the pool not only looks visually appealing but will stand the test of time. In all, we supplied a total of 492m³, which was produced by the Redruth plant.
“Jubilee Pool is an important fixture in the local community and has long been a focal point where people can gather and socialise, and families can enjoy a fun day out. We were delighted to play our part in refurbishing the pool to give it a new lease on life. Combined with its aesthetic appeal, Artevia Light was the ideal solution in terms of design, durability and cost.” The Jubilee Pool repair and restoration project totalled £2.94m. The Coastal Communities Fund granted Cornwall Council £1.95m and match funding was provided by Cornwall Council, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund, Tempus Leisure, Penzance Town Council and The Friends of Jubilee Pool. CORMAC Contracting was awarded the contract
to repair and refurbish Jubilee Pool, with D Wall Construction Services as its sub-contractor.
“The product of choice was a bespoke mix of Artevia Light concrete which not only complied with the exposure class and achieved the high durability requirements but also provided a lightened concrete for the installation of the colour surface hardener.” Andrew Wilson, Territory Sales Manager at Aggregate Industries
ecobuild calls on the industry to help shape agenda for 2018 event ecobuild owners, Futurebuild Events, have announced the establishment of two consultative groups featuring leading industry experts to help shape the format and direction of the 2018 edition of the event.
he new owners have also revealed that they will be launching a series of digital polls to collect feedback and insights directly from professionals and influencers across the built environment. Comprising an advisory board and a steering group, the expert panels have been tasked with supporting Futurebuild Events in its mission to refresh the ecobuild experience and deliver an exciting new format that’s nothing like an ‘ordinary’ trade show. The groups will provide key insights and feedback on the format and content of ecobuild 2018, to ensure the event reflects and addresses key industry priorities and offers the best possible experience for all attendees and stakeholders.
“Leicester city centre is undergoing widespread transformation, with regeneration projects in the cultural, business and waterside quarters,” said John Morfey, Partner at Stephen George + Partners. “The station and Stibbe sites represent an important part of the jigsaw: having lain neglected for so long, the Masterplan which we have designed with Charles Street Buildings breathes new life into the area with new buildings and a public space which will add to Leicester’s developing sequence of squares. The development of this site, with the pedestrian “super-crossing” of Vaughan Way and the continuation of this route to the Great Central Station, provides a key link between the city centre and the Waterside Regeneration Area.”
To expand industry input even further, the digital polls will gather additional feedback from ecobuild’s extensive online community. Rolled out over a three week period across ecobuild’s social channels and also via email, the polls will give audiences a platform to have their say in the planning of the event’s format and content. Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events, said: “Under new, independent ownership, we’re determined that ecobuild will be different. For a start, we understand that to be as relevant and valuable as possible, it’s crucial to really involve the industry in shaping ecobuild 2018 from the very start. Indeed, we very much see our role as facilitating built environment professionals in evolving the event around the things that truly matter to them – rather than us simply dictating the agenda.
The advisory board includes big name past exhibitors such as Portakabin, Recticel Insulation, Celotex, Bauder and the Italian Trade Agency. Commenting, Kevin Bohea, Director at Recticel Insulation said: “Being able to feedback and provide suggestions on what works well and what could be improved with ecobuild is fantastic. It is great for Recticel to be part of the conversation, making more connections in the construction world, whilst looking for innovations to further reduce the carbon footprint of our products.” The steering group, meanwhile, is made up of representatives from some of the industry’s leading, forward-thinking organisations including the Construction Leadership Council, CIBSE, ICE, BRE and ZEDfactory. The group will help to shape the centrepiece ecobuild 2018 conference programme. Three key themes have been identified to date: leadership and innovation, housing and social inclusion – overcoming inequality and energy, resources and infrastructure, all of which are set to play a leading role in the conference line up. The group has also called for various types of sessions to take place across ecobuild 2018, including panels, contentious debates, question time-type events, lectures and soap-boxes. Hurn concludes: “We’ll be revealing more about ecobuild 2018 over the coming months as we work together with our industry partners and stakeholders to shape and evolve the event. But we want to get as much insight from all our audiences as possible – so we’d urge built environment professionals to look out for the polls and get involved, or to simply get in touch with us directly with your views.”
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“The steering group and advisory board will play a central role in helping ensure ecobuild remains the foremost industry platform for sharing ideas, learning about the latest innovations and forging valuable new relationships.” Martin Hurn, Managing Director of Futurebuild Events
“The steering group and advisory board will play a central role in helping ensure ecobuild remains the foremost industry platform for sharing ideas, learning about the latest innovations and forging valuable new relationships. The polls, meanwhile, will extend our ability to gain preferences and opinion directly from the wider industry – allowing us to make sure that every element we add to the programme has been curated and finetuned around the key priorities identified by our audiences.”
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Austin Fraser moves into recruitment oﬃce of the future with help from Area The first occupiers of the landmark Thames Tower building in Reading have moved into state-of-the-art new premises, tipped to be the most vibrant, exciting, and inspirational office building in the Thames Valley.
orkplace design and fit-out specialist, Area has created a forward-thinking space to accommodate 100 office workers at specialist recruitment consultant Austin Fraser. The space has been carefully designed around the theme of ‘provoking the nexus’, as well as the existing features within the new Thames Tower building, including a restaurant, sky lounge and a 4,000 sq ft rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of Reading. Provoking the nexus means developing a series of connections linking two or more things. For Austin Fraser, this theme represents a workplace that connects people with each other, to the business, and to the environment.
of space to accommodate the different types of people and working practices that run throughout the business. This inspirational workplace will therefore play a key role in helping us to attract and retain the very best talent.” Laurence Shanks, Creative Manager for Area added: “Austin Fraser is a great business
success story and a company that has grown organically. They are considered a disruptor in their field and wanted a workspace that reflected this originality. They want their workspace to be the very best in the industry and by delivering the vision of provoking the nexus, we truly believe that they have a flexible and inspirational workspace that will evolve with the business as it continues to grow.”
The result is a workspace which takes inspiration from, and blurs the lines between, a modern home, boutique hotel, and coffee shop. The office benefits from several design characteristics which aid overall employee wellbeing including an open-plan concierge area which instantly connects staff and visitors. Through intelligent architectural zoning, the primary dining area can serve a number of functions to encourage staff to interact with each other, both on a social and work level. Bespoke furniture in the dining area can easily be modified to create mobile work stations, while the entire space can quickly be turned into an entertainment area for special functions. Further internal spaces include a beer garden and a classroom, which both feature semi-private screening that offers a visual buffer and acoustic rafts which enable both spaces to become a feature within the open-plan environment. Foam blocks can be used to create bespoke room sizes, or used as additional seating if necessary. The main work areas have also been designed with employee wellbeing in mind, complete with sit-stand workspaces, and a layout which facilitates the creation of individual working neighbourhoods within the open-plan space, connected by supporting spaces. Peter Hart, Founder and CEO of Austin Fraser said that the new vibrant space is not just about encouraging people to interact with each other, but also about inspiring candidates, clients, and anybody who walks through their doors.
“We really believe that what Area has created represents the future workplace. It will play a huge role in helping Austin Fraser reach the next level of growth with the right people, technology and environment.” Peter Hart, Founder and CEO of Austin Fraser
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He commented: “We really believe that what Area has created represents the future workplace. It will play a huge role in helping Austin Fraser reach the next level of growth with the right people, technology and environment. Working with Area, it was important for us to have an office environment which offered different types
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n response to growing demand for ‘hybrid’ entrance flooring that’s effective, attractive and quick and straightforward to install, Forbo Flooring Systems has launched Coral Click. This new versatile modular matting bridges the gap between heavy duty rigid engineered barrier systems and textile ‘wipe off’ matting to deliver a cost effective and practical entrance flooring solution, well suited to the requirements of refurb projects where disruption and downtime need to be minimised. Comprising durable PVC tiles with contemporary Coral Brush textile inserts, Coral Click is an ‘off-the-shelf’ matting product that will effectively remove dirt and moisture from the soles of shoes and wheels treads, and withstand heavy traffic. Available in 12mm and 17mm depths, the 24 x 24cm Coral Click tiles are exceptionally easy to install and handle thanks to their innovative ‘press and lock’ construction. With a choice of five Coral Brush inserts and different layout options, design never needs to be compromised. Tiles can be fitted in a variety of methods for improved aesthetics, including monolithic, quarter-turn and brick patterns.
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Janet Lowe, Head of Marketing UK and Ireland, at Forbo Flooring Systems said: “Our new Coral Click range effectively bridges the gap between the two different types of entrance flooring systems available on the market; textile and rigid profiles – whilst providing excellent value for money.
“The closed construction of the Coral Click tiles will not only help to prevent heel trap, but it will also easily retain soiling and moisture and release it effectively when cleaned. Just two steps on Coral Click is enough for it to absorb up to half the water that would otherwise be carried inside, thanks to the Coral Brush inserts.”
Comprising durable PVC tiles with contemporary Coral Brush textile inserts, Coral Click is an ‘off-the-shelf’ matting product that will effectively remove dirt and moisture from the soles of shoes and wheels treads, and withstand heavy traffic.
Coral Click has a five-year guarantee and is suitable for a variety of applications. As the range does not contain any metal, it is particularly suited to retail premises as it will not interfere with electronic-tagging systems which are usually located near entrance doorways. Forbo aims to develop products that can create better quality environments in which people can live, work and learn. Its Coral collections help to ensure that buildings are safe and hygienic in all weather conditions. The WELL Building Standard also recommends the use of entrance matting as an important tool to reduce pollutants entering the building.
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Glazing over our historic past According to Institute of Civil Engineering statistics, UK construction output is more than £110 billion per annum, contributing some 7% of GDP. Surprisingly perhaps, about 40% of construction output is related to refurbishment or maintenance projects.
hat’s certainly true for Wrightstyle which supplies advanced glazing systems internationally for all interior and exterior applications. A significant proportion of our business is in the design and delivery of systems to refurbish older buildings against fire or ballistic or bomb threat. In part therefore, our business is about bringing older buildings into the 21st century, so that they not only meet modern building and fire regulations, but provide levels of security against criminal or terrorist attack that were unheard of just a few years ago. Our latest systems, for example, have been live tested against lorry bomb attack.
about enhancing an older structure and making it fit for purpose for a new age. That’s true for our ongoing work on the Royal Academy of Arts and Hong Kong’s Museum of Art because, for an art gallery, letting light flood in is part of the modern visitor experience; providing exhibition spaces that connect the outside with the inside. Refurbishment is all about giving the past new purpose, and building in new levels of safety. But it’s also about architectural sensitivity. Our historic past should be celebrated and preserved – and that’s precisely what advanced glazing systems are designed to do.
www.wrightstyle.co.uk But while refurbishment can be about supplying and fitting a standard solution, it generally isn’t that simple, because older buildings weren’t designed in standard sizes. In other words, refurbishment often comes with the need for a bespoke solution, complexity and, often enough, an absolute requirement to meet sensitive historic requirements.
Our business is about bringing older buildings into the 21st century, so that they not only meet modern building and fire regulations, but provide levels of security against criminal or terrorist attack that were unheard of just a few years ago. Our latest systems, for example, have been live tested against lorry bomb attack.
Recently, that was a major consideration for our refurbishment of the iconic frontage of London’s King’s Cross Station – a project that showcases the strength, practicality and beauty of glass to millions of travellers and visitors every year. Last year we also helped to redevelop the Victorian Fish & Coal buildings which sit alongside the Regent’s Canal just behind King’s Cross, and form part of the wider regeneration the, a project that will see 50 new buildings, 1,900 new homes, 20 new streets, and 10 new public parks and squares. It was also true on a project last year on historic Bridgemaster’s House, part of Tower Bridge, which is being transformed into office space, bar and restaurant, with spectacular views of the world-famous bridge and the Thames. All those projects required closely working with heritage bodies as well as the architectural team because, while refurbishment is all about living new life to old buildings, nobody wants those buildings to look anything other than old and original.
But modern glazing systems aren’t just about replacing old with new, and bringing everything up to modern fire and building requirements. It can also be
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That’s where our design expertise comes in, because we are one of the few suppliers of advanced glazing systems able to offer profile ranges ideal for restoration projects and bespoke fabrication facilities able to manufacture glazing systems to any size.
Village hall champions energy eﬃciency at revamped community hub 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.
One small organisation leading the way in energy efficiency is Harpham and Lowthorpe Village Hall, which has been at the very heart of East Riding life since it was built 84 years ago. The hall’s committee recently decided to replace their old steam boiler in favour of the latest heating technology, saving vital cash for the East Yorkshire community.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how much we save over the coming months, but we have already started to notice a difference in energy consumption and we’ve been able to invest savings directly back into the hall.” Diane Darley, Treasurer at Harpham and Lowthorpe Village Hall
Following a successful application for numerous community grants, the committee received financial assistance which allowed them to replace the old steam boiler with state of the art electric heaters costing £3,000.
D Diane D Darley, l Treasurer at Harpham and Lowthorpe Village Hall, said: “Our new heating system operates on timers, which can be set to the requirements of hall users on a tailored basis. This means it is extremely convenient and can be set depending on the activities we are hosting each day. “We’re looking forward to seeing how much we save over the coming months, but we have already started to notice a difference in energy consumption and we’ve been able to invest savings directly back into the hall.
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“By making this simple change we’re starting to see how prioritising energy efficiency can help save money. We’re now trying to be efficient in everything we do – even little things like ensuring all lights are turned off in empty rooms means we can continue to decrease our consumption.”
In between serving as a polling station, the hall hosts regular events as varied as Pilates and computer classes to bingo nights, whist drives and country dances. But after decades of service, the hall’s guardians decided it was time that the building had a major facelift and investment to continue its reputation as an inviting and comfortable space for local people to enjoy. The team have also fully insulated their new storage facility and have established a nightly routine ‘close down’ procedure where all lights are turned off and heating set to standby mode at the end of the day.
The village hall has used ScottishPower as its energy provider for several years and has noted the impact of helpful advice from the small business team, who also recommended considering charity registration in order to help save even more on their bottom line. “The additional advice on how we could help the hall thrive by not having to pay VAT was extremely helpful, as the team were able to advise us on the steps required to obtain a charity registration number. It has been a long process, but we’re confident the additional savings that result from this will help us to continue to make the hall the best it can be. “The team at ScottishPower have provided us with helpful advice in terms of how we can save money as a small organisation, and we have recently renewed our contract for another two years as a result of this service. “We have also made use of the online account management which means we can enter readings at any time without spending a long time on the phone, and of course this means estimated bills are a thing of the past. “For other small community organisations, I’d personally recommend taking the time to consider various options for being energy efficient and not putting all of your eggs in one basket in terms of the technology that you use and services you offer”. For more information on operating an energy efficient business, visit www. scottishpower.com/smallbusiness and to find out more about Harpham and Lowthorpe Village Hall visit http://www. harphamandlowthorpevillagehall.com/
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The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is a notfor- profit guarantee provider for solid wall solutions. Set up by industry to encourage continuous industry quality improvements through the use of its unique quality framework. SWIGA provides direct support to the customer through its extensive network of member’s expertise.
he SWIGA guarantee offers cover for; external wall, internal wall and hybrid systems for traditional solid wall properties, non-traditional properties such as no-fines concrete and frame buildings. As well as providing cover for low and high rise apartments. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA, commented; “SWIGA’s commitment to provide the consumer and the insulation industry with a dependable Guarantee is shown in the quality of the over 250 companies that have joined SWIGA to date.
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“We differ from insurance companies in that in the unusual event of installation issues, we will arbitrate directly with the home owner and installer on any disputes, working with our network to obtain the best outcome
for the owner in a timely manner. SWIGA is not an insolvency only guarantee our prime focus from the outset has always been on prevention, not cure. Our Quality Assurance framework is key and our pre-vetting procedures do more than any other to avoid issues from the outset. “SWIGA’s Contractor and System holder membership has to meet stringent entry criteria prior to joining to ensure they are trained correctly, understand the systems and installation techniques needed to fit the systems correctly as well as ensuring the companies that join are financially viable as business’s to carry out solid wall insulation work.
“The SWIGA warranty is backed by a robust 25-year guarantee with an industry-leading Quality Assurance framework and at a cost of £150 plus VAT per standard house; we believe this represents fantastic value for money. “SWIGA’s high rise offer covers all purpose built flats from 3 storeys to 20+. The process limits the contractors who can carry out these works based on experience. It also involves a third-party AAA rated insurer who checks the property using RICS surveyors at three critical stages of the installation, thus ensuring the system being applied is correct for the substrate and quality and installation are fit for purpose. Andrew added: “Not only does SWIGA provide consumer protection with our independent 25-year Guarantee we can offer the consumer independent industry expertise – our membership includes all major system designers who we can draw on, but we also have an independent approach and can offer expert opinion on client projects.”
“The SWIGA warranty is backed by a robust 25-year guarantee with an industry-leading Quality Assurance framework and at a cost of £150 plus VAT per standard house; we believe this represents fantastic value for money.” Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA
SWIGA is here to help you with expert opinions and comments on SWI. SWIGA, and third parties have worked together in the development of this SWI industry infrastructure to bring about a major expansion in industry capacity whilst ensuring the highest levels of quality and standards are maintained. The Founder Members of SWIGA are Knauf Insulation, Saint-Gobain (British Gypsum, Weber and Isover), Wetherby Building Systems, Kingspan Insulation, the Insta Group and Rockwool.
For more information about SWIGA contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01525 854977
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SWIGA provides consumer protection and an independent 25-year Guarantee for internal, external and hybrid solid wall insulation installations carried out under the SWIGA framework by accredited installers.
Sound Good Factor support housebuilders Leading glass mineral wool insulation manufacturer, Isover UK, has launched a new campaign – The Sound Good Factor – to support housebuilders in creating homes with superior acoustic properties.
he sound-focused campaign has been developed to raise further awareness of the benefits that housebuilders and their customers can reap from building properties that perform beyond current acoustic regulations. It was launched alongside a dedicated online information hub, which offers insight, resources and advice on the advantage of using Isover’s high-performance acoustic insulation products.
As part of the Sound Good Factor, Isover has rolled-out several new digital services. Isover’s latest online tool, dBstation, allows housebuilders and specifiers to choose the most ideal acoustic insulation for their projects. The mobile-friendly application gives users the ability to hear as well as see the difference in noise transference delivered by different types of insulation and partition wall solutions. In addition, iSelector, Isover’s new iPhone app has also been launched to make the specification process for projects simpler for housebuilders. The company has also developed the capability to host downloadable technical information and tools such as BIM files via its new web-portal, iHub.
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Órla Whelan, Marketing Director, Isover UK commented: “The Sound Good Factor
“The Sound Good Factor highlights the sounds associated with modern daily life and how Isover products help maximise acoustic comfort, transforming houses in Britain into homes of comfort and happiness as well as providing housebuilders with a competitive edge.” Órla Whelan, Marketing Director, Isover UK
highlights the sounds associated with modern daily life and how Isover products help maximise acoustic comfort, transforming houses in Britain into homes of comfort and happiness as well as providing housebuilders with a competitive edge. “Our range of mineral wool acoustic insulation is made to be at the perfect density for dampening sound and reducing its transfer between people’s walls, floors and ceilings. Isover’s boosted digital offering and will also ensure that their customers understand the full benefits of using Isover solutions.” To find out more about Isover UK and its full range of acoustic products for floors, walls and roofs, or to receive expert technical advice, visit www.soundgoodfactor.co.uk or www.isover.co.uk.
About Isover Isover, part of the Saint-Gobain group, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of mineral wool insulation products and systems. With a long history of providing innovative and reliable products that meet the demands of the construction industry, the company is renowned for its pioneering work in cross-sector training, as well as its forward-thinking strategy on sustainability and product development. Using a wealth of in-house expertise and the very best manufacturing techniques, Isover has developed a comprehensive range of robust insulation products and systems for the new build, industrial and RMI (refurbishment, maintenance and improvement) sectors of the construction industry. All Isover technical literature is available to download from www. isover.co.uk.
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This is how Arbonia persistently manages, and at a high level, to satisfy its customers’ expectations in commercial and public construction, to successfully develop its products further and thus to meet current and future market demands. Since its founding over 60 years ago Arbonia has been pursuing an ambitious objective: the to-the-point, perfect solution when it comes to heating, cooling and ventilation . Arbonia comes a step closer to this perfection with each of its products. www.arbonia-solutions.com/
Column radiators Robust and uniquely versatile Modern, sophisticated heat planning would be hard to imagine without them: column radiators from Arbonia.
nique in terms of model and size variety - with 5 different depths. Powerful and comfortable thanks to the ideal ratio of radiant heat and convection. The clear lines with the softly rounded corners and edges ensure a high level of safety and ease of cleaning. A number of special models allow for customised integration into almost any room.
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Radiant ceiling proﬁles Extremely light and eﬃcient A new temperature conditioning system for ceilings: Optically appealing and lightweight aluminium profiles provide utmost comfort thanks to even temperature distribution.
hanks to natural radiation heat or passive cooling operation, the room climate is especially pleasant. Highly suitable for production halls and warehouses, offices and restaurants. Radiant ceiling profiles are also convincing due to their ease of installation and their attractive, award-winning design.
t Ultra lightweight - approx. 60% lighter than radiant ceiling panels t For heating and cooling in 2 versions in 3 different sizes t Suitable for room heights up to 20m t 360° radial radiation
t Very short heating-up and cooling-down time t High heat output following EN14037 t No additional electricity costs for drive power t Model length up to 12m t Radiation component of up to 60% Mode of operation Heating and cooling The sun’s radiation principle – energy-efficiency and comfort. Radiant ceiling profiles heat and cool following the natural principle of the sun – with a radiation component of up to 60%. This effect provides for a very comfortable and cosy climate.
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Installation Remarkably light Easy to install - a decisive advantage. Conventional radiant ceiling profiles can often only be installed in production halls with a great deal of work. The Arbonia solution is highly flexible thanks to module lengths of up to 12 metres. They can even be installed during working periods, due to a reduced installation effort of up to 50 percent. The result: considerable time and cost savings for the end customer. In higher rooms, the structural analysis of the installation of radiant ceiling profiles is often impossible. Arbonia’s aluminium profiles only weigh about a third of conventional products and therefore open up many different application opportunities. The hanging mechanism is integrated into the model DESB. Additional components, such as lights, can simply be fixed onto the modules at a Model DESB later date.
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No. 8 Waterloo Place, a fabulous Edwardian building with a Grade II listed Portland stone façade, has recently undergone a full refurbishment including structural reconfiguration to the central core and installation of new HVAC services creating 33,000 sq. ft. of prime speculative office space just off Piccadilly in the St James’ area of London.
requested a clean finish with no services at high level to allow the decorative feature plasterwork in the ceiling to be left exposed. The AET Flexible Space CAM-C direct expansion system fits this brief perfectly.
he stunning building constructed in the early 1900’s was once the UK headquarters for the Bank of Montreal, and since 1991 has accommodated a branch of Lloyds bank. AET Flexible Space are delighted to have supplied a CAM-C direct expansion underfloor air conditioning system for this prestigious refurbishment; comprising 8 CAM-C 35 downflow units, Daikin heat pumps and approximately 108 TU4-EC Fantiles.
The underfloor system was specified by consultant Watkins Payne Partnership for four floors within the seven floor building. Both the client, Cornerstone Real Estate and Architect, Morrow and Lorraine, had
The CAM-C downflow unit supplies conditioned air into the plenum beneath the raised access floor, which serves as the ventilation zone. This zone is divided into supply and return air paths using airtight relocatable baffle and then the CAM receives spent air back at floor level for re-conditioning, allowing the total elimination of services located in the ceiling. Conditioned air is fed into the space using modular, plug and play TU4 Fantile units with the upgraded EC fan option for additional energy efficiency. Completed in April 2017, the refurbishment was successful in creating fully refurbished, additional net area grade-A office space, an enlarged reception and alterations to the top storey to create a roof terrace. The building was also shortlisted for the 2017 BREEAM awards, refurbishment category and Chinese restaurant giant Imperial Treasure has secured 8500 sq. ft. of mezzanine, ground and basement floors on a 25 year lease deal.
Heating, Ventilation & Insulation CONSORT CLAUDGEN LAUNCHES LANDLORD CONTROL HEATING SYSTEM Consort Claudgen’s RXLC Landlord Control Heating System is an ideal heating system for student accommodation, hotels, or anywhere where a central control unit is required to control the temperature of all heaters in a building or rooms. It consists of an MRXLC controller and one or more CRXLC controllers connected to Consort’s RX heaters.
HVAC Control the Sensible way > Control any form of heating; radiators, underﬂoor etc. and any form of comfort cooling > Make each room a zone > iPhone / Android access via App > HVAC controls always provided with independent/backup user interface > Building size or complexity of HVAC plant is no problem > Custom Control Panel for plantroom
The MRXLC can control any number of CRXLC depending on the building construction. It sets the same 7-day programme with 6 time settings per day for all CRXLC controllers. Room occupants can temporarily adjust the room temperature on the CRXLC for a predetermined length of time before the CRXLC reverts to the programmed temperature. With ever increasing energy bills, the RXLC system is vital for landlords wanting greater control over their heating system and costs whilst allowing room occupants to temporarily adjust the room temperature to their comfort setting. For more details, visit www.consortepl.com, email email@example.com or telephone 01646 692172.
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Out with the old, inefficient, high-maintenance heating systems, and in with the new, innovative, and economical electric radiators. There is an increasing demand for an efficient heating system that can save money for bill payers while also saving energy to guide us towards a more sustainable future. Electric radiators have come leaps and bounds. With superior controllability and accurate thermostats, electric radiators can maintain the temperature of your home to prevent energy wastage and maintain comfort. Economy Radiators have just brought out a brand new aluminium electric radiator, the Ultra Slimline. Made 100% in the UK, this radiator is sleek and attractive, as well as providing a heating system that emanates maximum comfort from minimal energy. Not only this, but users can control their heating via an app on their iOS or Android device.
The future of heating is looking efficient, incorporating advanced technologies with sleek designs. www.economy-radiators.co.uk
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Economy Radiators recognise that economical heating requires speed, and electric radiators have the ability to heat to the desired temperature instantly. Wave goodbye to costly and invasive piping - all you need is an electrical socket and a little wall space.
ReChill® & NuChill® - Alternative options for your Chillers The predominant air-conditioning cold source on many medium to larger commercial buildings is Chilled Water. The water chiller/s providing this service invariably represent the largest single point load within the building, and can account for 25 - 35% of total building power consumption.
owever, chillers sitting on the roof, or in the basement are largely overlooked when considering energy savings. Indeed TM44 merely requires a check of function, overlooking opportunities to make significant energy savings. A 40% energy saving at the chiller, means a significant saving for the whole building. 40% is not an unusual achievement. Sadly the past decade or so has seen a general reduction in equipment quality and life expectancy as trade off for lower capital outlay at fit out. Consequently many chillers plague their owners not only with crippling energy bills, but unreliability, especially when needed most. Repairs are expensive,
inconvenient and invariably only alleviate problems for the short term, and rarely address issues of efficiency & longevity at all.
ThermOzone have been recycling / upcycling chiller equipment since 1994, with a wide range of techniques for most chiller makes to not only resolve reliability, but with a keen focus upon longevity and energy efficiency. ThermOzone have been recycling / upcycling chiller equipment since 1994, with a wide range of techniques for most chiller makes to not only resolve reliability, but with a keen focus upon longevity and energy efficiency. We are also widely experienced with the perennial requirement to change refrigerants, having been originally involved with gas retrofit in 1995 when R12 was phased out, since then we have seen R22 go. Now we are actively working upon HFC phase down. ReChill® is our trade name for Chiller upgrades where we offer a bespoke and varied selection of individual techniques tailored to the requirements of a particular chiller on a particular site. A sample of the techniques promoted are … Inverter Screw Compressor conversion Piston / Scroll / Screw
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ENVIROVENT SECURES MAJOR NEW CONTRACT AS PART OF MODEL VILLAGE REGENERATION One of the UKâ€™s leading manufacturers and suppliers of energy efficient and sustainable ventilation products, EnviroVent, has been awarded a significant contract by Bolsover District Council, to improve air quality for 138 council owned, Grade II listed properties that make up the New Bolsover Model Village in Bolsover, Derbyshire.
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EnviroVent will install Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) systems and Filterless Infinity Fans, as part of a ÂŁ10m regeneration scheme, being delivered by Robert Woodhead Ltd, which includes ÂŁ1.9m Heritage Lottery funding in recognition of the social, cultural and historical context of this picturesque village in Derbyshire. New Bolsover Model Village was built in 1893 by the colliery company for its workers. There are 194, Grade II listed homes as part of the regeneration scheme, many of which are in need of refurbishment. The 138 council owned properties will receive new doors, windows, damp proofing, insulation, EnviroVent ventilation and all interior works. The privately owned properties will benefit from the exterior redevelopments, which will include bespoke features, in keeping with the unique characteristics of the properties.
John Moss, Head of Social Housing at EnviroVent explains: â€œWhen energy efficient property upgrades are carried out by social or private landlords or homeowners, due consideration is often not given to ventilation, which is an essential part of any upgrade and key to the scheme at the New Bolsover Model Village. Bolsover District Council recognises that efficient ventilation needs to be an integral part of this repair and restoration scheme in order to ensure good indoor air quality for residents. When thermal performance is improved with the addition of new windows, doors and cavity wall insulation, properties can actually become airtight, leading to poor indoor air quality. Without adequate ventilation, moisture-laden air from everyday activities like cooking, bathing, laundry and even breathing, can become trapped, resulting in condensation, mould growth and a whole host of health risks for residents.â€? Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for housing, Councillor Mary Dooley comments: â€œNew Bolsover was a model of how to do things in the 19th Century; this scheme showcases how 21st Century technologies can be used to preserve our heritage and make these living, breathing homes healthier for those who live in them.â€?
EnviroVentâ€™s PIV and Filterless Infinity Fan systems reduce relative humidity and tackle condensation; they also create a healthier indoor environment for residents by transforming stagnant and stale atmospheres into fresh, healthy and condensation free environments. The PIV system does this by supplying a constant supply of fresh, filtered air to homes via a loft space. The innovative Filterless Infinity Fan systems incorporate a patented cyclone separation technology, which extracts stale, moist air without the need for filters. For more information on ventilation solutions for refurb or new build projects, find your local EnviroVent Specialist Ventilation Advisor via www.envirovent.com or by calling 0345 27 27 807.
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Controlled by using the discreet manual fingerslide or our remote control option, the units are easy to operate and have variable heat options ranging from 1.4kW low to 2.65kW high on the 8010 and 1.54kW low to 3.08kW high on the 8020. Typically gas fires are cheaper to run than electric options; recently we compared six of the major suppliers on a price comparison site (uSwitch), finding that the price per kW was 3.79p for gas, and 15.84p for electricity. Michael Athay, Business Development Manager at Ekofires, commented: “We’re excited to be launching the eko 8000 range as autumn starts drawing in; it’s the perfect solution for a contemporary room and fits in with this season’s style trends, and the efficiency is fantastic too, running the 8010 at 2kW costs just 7.5p versus an electric fire at 2kW 31.6p.”
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tp bennett completes interiors for leading global law ﬁrm in Manchester tp bennett has completed the interiors for the long-term location of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Global Centre with a design that rejects the traditional legal office blueprint to offer a more progressive and agile working environment.
he 64,000 square foot premises at One New Bailey will be the legal firm’s first long-term property outside London within the UK and will offer strengthened support services to the firm’s UK and global offices. The collaborative ethos of the centre enabled tp bennett to implement a more dynamic interior design, taking influence from the tech and creative industries and applying them to accommodate the diverse working practices across the four floors. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer chose the city of Manchester as the location for its Global Centre and has so far placed 450 employees at the New Bailey premises. tp bennett’s brief was to deliver a forward-thinking workplace strategy and design concept that could accommodate a diversity of roles and attract the very best across legal, tech and support services by offering a distinctive and inspiring environment. From workspaces through to café, reception and meeting areas, tp bennett developed a design that emphasised collaboration between employees creating ‘collision’ spaces for opportunistic meetings and eliminating the silos often found across support service functions. Shared spaces across the floors have been accentuated to support an agile office; the varying desk and furniture styles such as long oak work benches and standing height tables with acoustic pendants help to create visual breaks in what would be otherwise reserved for more traditional rows of desks. Individual rooms have been designed for internal meetings, conferences and events but with a client-facing aspect to cater for clients who wish to use the premises.
The seventh-floor café has been designed to encourage staff engagement both inside and outside of working hours offering a relaxed and informal environment to inspire strengthened relationships and collaboration; the principle of the new premises is to provide a place that can cultivate continuous improvement and generate efficiencies to benefit legal teams across the globe. The top floor reception overlooks the Spinningfields business district and includes a sky and business lounge and a range of meeting rooms to suit both internal and external meetings. One wing has been designed with flexible partitioning and a modular table system, which enables a series of meeting room sizes to be provided with a variety of layouts, from theatre style, round table and training. Larger conferences and a fully open entertainment area is created
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From workspaces through to café, reception and meeting areas, tp bennett developed a design that emphasised collaboration between employees creating ‘collision’ spaces for opportunistic meetings and eliminating the silos often found across support service functions. when the partitioning is fully retracted with carefully located support facilities to service any configuration or function. Leigh Dimelow, director and head of Manchester, tp bennett, said: “Freshfields has demonstrated a commitment to Manchester in One New Bailey and has chosen this city to implement one of its most progressive interior designs. We have worked closely with stakeholders and management teams to deliver a space that upholds the firm’s strong, global brand but within a concept that is innovative and gives a nod towards today’s creative industries. No longer will tomorrow’s talent have to choose between dynamic in-house workplaces in tech firms and traditional legal workspaces, when entering the profession. One New Bailey is a showcase for legal firms of the future and of how workplace interiors have become an integral element of a company’s character.”
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National fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury was responsible for the onsite delivery of the five-month fit-out project, carefully managing the build to make the brief a reality. Peter Knight, managing director of Overbury, Manchester adds: “Championed by a forward-thinking client, this project has created an office that aligns culture, communication and collaboration with an entire new way of working. The finished product will now go on to shape a much more progressive approach to workplace design and fit out for Freshfields property portfolio.
“Every detail – from the layout and variety of spaces, to the furniture and finishes – offers clear insight into the offices of the future and sets a new precedent for agile working in the legal sector. Working closely with tp bennett, the consultant team and our supply chain, we’ve built an office we’re really proud of and we wish Freshfields all the best in their new home.”
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Latest News Cameron House unveils ﬁnal phase of multimillion pound refurbishment
Contract Awarded to improve air quality One of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of energy efficient and sustainable ventilation products, EnviroVent, has been awarded a significant contract by Bolsover District Council, to improve air quality for 138 council owned, Grade II listed properties that make up the New Bolsover Model Village in Bolsover, Derbyshire.
nviroVent will install Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) systems and Filterless Infinity Fans, as part of a £10m regeneration scheme, being delivered by Robert Woodhead Ltd, which includes £1.9m Heritage Lottery funding in recognition of the social, cultural and historical context of this picturesque village in Derbyshire. New Bolsover Model Village was built in 1893 by the colliery company for its workers. There are 194, Grade II listed homes as part of the regeneration scheme, many of which are in need of refurbishment. The 138 council owned properties will receive new doors, windows, damp proofing, insulation, EnviroVent ventilation and all interior works. The privately owned properties will benefit from the exterior redevelopments, which will include bespoke features, in keeping with the unique characteristics of the properties. John Moss, Head of Social Housing at EnviroVent explains: “When energy efficient property upgrades are carried out by social or private
landlords or homeowners, due consideration is often not given to ventilation, which is an essential part of any upgrade and key to the scheme at the New Bolsover Model Village. Bolsover District Council recognises that efficient ventilation needs to be an integral part of this repair and restoration scheme in order to ensure good indoor air quality for residents. When thermal performance is improved with the addition of new windows, doors and cavity wall insulation, properties can actually become airtight, leading to poor indoor air quality. Without adequate ventilation, moisture-laden air from everyday activities like cooking, bathing, laundry and even breathing, can become trapped, resulting in condensation, mould growth and a whole host of health risks for residents.” Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for housing, Councillor Mary Dooley comments: “New Bolsover was a model of how to do things in the 19th Century; this scheme showcases how 21st Century technologies can be used to preserve our heritage and make these living, breathing homes healthier for those who live in them.”
Cameron House unveils final phase of multi-million pound refurbishment
he 136 bedrooms, including 26 suites, have all been updated to offer a contemporary, luxury look while retaining the warm and inviting atmosphere guests have always enjoyed at Cameron House.
The design scheme takes inspiration from the hotel’s stunning surroundings, injecting a Scottish flavour with contemporary nods to tartan and layered paisleys throughout the rooms. The completion of the bedrooms marks the end of a 12 month refurbishment plan at Cameron House, which
has invested £4 million into the resort. The year-long project has included a revamping of the food and beverage offering along with the hotel’s other public spaces, and the addition of the new Great Scots Bar Terrace, which offers a panoramic open-air space overlooking Loch Lomond. Greyline Design, the interior designers appointed to undertake the refurbishment, have given the rooms a rich, colourful and opulent feel, by adding bold reds, including mixed eclectic furnishings and accessories that use a mixture of warm copper, bronze and antique brass fittings. Luxurious touches include
fabrics from Osborne & Little, bespoke carpets from Gravity Flooring and upholstery from Zoffany with the main focal point in every room being the sumptuous handmade leather sleigh beds by Paton Developments. “It’s fantastic to see the culmination of this multimillionpound investment into the hotel,” says Resort Director, Andy Roger. “We hope guests will agree the newlook bedrooms complement the investment made throughout the resort, ensuring we continue to deliver a truly luxurious experience that offers guests only the best standards and showcases our hotel and its stunning location.”
Corporate Vehicle Observatory 2017: construction ﬂeets missing signiﬁcant opportunities for LCV “rightsizing”
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Construction businesses running light commercial vehicle fleets are potentially missing significant opportunities for “rightsizing” their vehicles, says Arval.
ightsizing refers to adopting a strategy designed to match the payload needs of a fleet to the specification of a specific model of van as closely as possible, delivering benefits in a wide range of areas from fuel efficiency to reduced environmental impact. In new research from its from the 2017 Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, Arval found that 83% of fleets who acquired a van in the last 12 months simply replaced it with one of the same size.
Eight per cent of those surveyed opted for a van that was bigger while 7% went for smaller – well below the level of change that would be expected from a typical fleet optimisation consultancy exercise. The figures were largely the same for all sizes of fleet. Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory in the UK, said: “While this research has been carried out across all kinds of fleet, we have every reason to believe that it applies to the construction sector. “Model selection is probably the most important van-related decision a business can make. Having a vehicle that closely meets your needs can make a huge difference to fleet costs and efficiency, and the rapid proliferation of different van designs and payloads that are now available means it is possible to identify models to fit almost any fleet profile. “However, this research indicates that the vast majority of fleets are adopting a ‘same again’ policy
to van selection, almost irrespective of fleet size, and foregoing the potential whole life cost savings in areas such as fuel and tyres that “rightsizing” can deliver. “For construction fleets, the benefits are obvious. Imagine that you have an LCV fleet for estates and building maintenance operating across the UK. They are using long wheelbase Transit panel vans – a vehicle they buy habitually - and carrying tools and materials that will cover a wide range of needs. However, a large proportion of these are hardly ever needed. “The solution could be to switch the drivers into smaller Transit Connects, which are easier to drive and use every day because of their compact dimensions, while minimising the amount of material and equipment carried. “Anything else needed could be supplied on an “as-needed” basis by post or courier. This significantly reduces costs because these vans use less fuel and are cheaper to maintain.”
EnviroVent’s PIV and Filterless Infinity Fan systems reduce relative humidity and tackle condensation; they also create a healthier indoor environment for residents by transforming stagnant and stale atmospheres into fresh, healthy and condensation free environments. The PIV system does this by supplying a constant supply of fresh, filtered air to homes via a loft space. The innovative Filterless Infinity Fan systems incorporate a patented cyclone separation technology, which extracts stale, moist air without the need for filters.
EnviroVent’s PIV and Filterless Infinity Fan systems reduce relative humidity and tackle condensation; they also create a healthier indoor environment for residents by transforming stagnant and stale atmospheres into fresh, healthy and condensation free environments.
Plans to Revitalise Crewe town centre Cheshire East Council is to consider major plans to revitalise Crewe town centre, with the redevelopment of Royal Arcade site and refurbishment of the Market Hall.
he plan to invest £48m in the centre on a mixed-use leisure and retail scheme has been put together by Peveril Securities – part of the Bowmer and Kirkland Group – and their development manager Cordwell Property Group. It includes a new eight-screen cinema, gym, restaurants and shops and would also feature a new bus station and 450-space multi-storey car park, both of which would be funded and owned by Cheshire East Council. To push ahead with the regeneration plans, the
council will decided next week on whether to invest £15m, alongside the allocation of £10m of funding from Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, which the council hopes to secure later this month. A further £24m of private sector investment will be drawn in for the commercial elements of the plans. Councillor Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Following consultation with residents in 2015, we’ve been working with cabinet members, local members and officers to bring together proposals which will transform Crewe town centre. It’s essential that Crewe becomes better placed to benefit from all that HS2 can bring.” William Warrack, managing director of Cordwell Property Group, said: “Both Peveril Securities and ourselves have significant experience of delivering successful town centre regeneration schemes. “Our discussions with commercial occupiers in the leisure and retail sectors give us a great deal of confidence that we can successfully deliver this development for Crewe. Subject to planning approval, we expect to start demolition of the site next summer, with our first priority being the construction of the new bus station while the current one continues to operate.
Transformation to create Hull city centre’s ﬁrst multi-space complex One of Hull city centre’s iconic commercial properties is set to be transformed into a pioneering multi-functional living and workspace complex, as part of a significant £6m investment.
ingston House, in Bond Street, will be the new home of K2, the city’s first multispace concept of its kind, which will incorporate flexible office and co-working space, 14 luxury serviced apartments and a 100-bed hotel. K2 will house retail and leisure space, with plans to include a restaurant, gym, bar and a café with rooftop terrace. The 90,000sq ft site is being redeveloped by Yorkshire-based firm Tradepark Ltd, which purchased Kingston House via NPS in August. Work will begin via principal contractors MLS Group on the development this week, with the first office space ready in November. The first serviced apartments will be available from January 2018. Tradepark has already appointed full-time staff to manage the new multi-space community and has several tenants lined up to take space at K2.
Mark Butters, Director at Tradepark Ltd, comments: “K2 will be a revolutionary building, designed for a thriving, modern city. It will bring businesses, creative professionals, residents and visitors together in what will be the first concept of its kind in Hull city centre. “The complex has been inspired by contemporary, flexible co-working spaces, serviced offices and apartments in the trendy neighbourhoods of New York and East London, which we believe will attract organisations and enterprising individuals alike. “Kingston House is an iconic Hull building thanks to its modernist style and being one of the highest tower blocks in the city centre. But it has dated since its heyday in the 1960s. We are bringing the building into the future and creating a bold, multi-space complex where people can work, play, shop, eat and stay at the heart of a regenerated city.”
“We are delighted to see major investment into this prime city centre site, providing a new fantastic offer for businesses, residents and visitors to the city, not only boosting the local economy of the city as a whole, but also stimulating the evening economy of the city centre.
“Alongside the council’s £100m capital investment into the regeneration of the city centre, it is really encouraging to see businesses like Tradepark contributing the re-birth of Hull with major investments like this. “I look forward to seeing work start on site and the finished product in the coming months.”
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Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for regeneration, investment and planning at Hull City Council, said:
“Kingston House is ripe for investment and I would like to congratulate Tradepark Ltd on their vision for the future of this well-known building.
Alimak Hek Access Systems Alimak Hek, world leaders in the design and manufacture of rack & pinion driven access lifts, construction hoists and mast climbing work platforms, have been in business for nearly 70 years.
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With the diverse design of building structures, the flexibility of the Alimak Hek hoist access system will enable these complex construction projects to be fulfilled more safely, efficiently and easily, offering the contractors cost and programme reductions. Typical Triplex Hoist System
The Alimak Hek rack & pinion heavy duty lift drive system, lends itself perfectly to the harsh environments and operating conditions found in Industrial applications.
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Alimak’s primary exposure to Industrial facilities includes the offshore sector, power stations, cement plants, refineries, mines, bridges and ports, however, they have also provided equipment for papermills, transmission masts, chemical plants, tunnels and for warehousing & distribution facilities.
Specialist Lifts The rack & pinion drive system can also be used for a multitude of specialist applications, including heavy capacity goods & vehicle lifts, specialist external panoramic lifts, explosion protected lifts, temporary disabled lifts and rear, side & multi-angle inclined lifts. Construction Hoists The Alimak Hek construction division have recently secured 5 high rise projects in the Canary Wharf area of London, using their modular access system. A mixture of conventional & high-speed hoists have been provided for these projects, which have capacities up to 3200kg, travel speeds up to 100m/min and floor areas up to 9.20m². In addition to these conventional & highspeed hoists, Alimak Hek have developed a twin masted “Mammoth” hoist, with a capacity of 5500kg and floor area of 15.0m². The Mammoth has been designed to enable the contractor to deliver large/ heavy glazing & cladding units in bulk and fully manufactured toilet & kitchen POD’s, to vastly reduce materials handling and final fit out periods.
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To minimise site space requirements on site and to better utilise support structures Alimak Hek have developed the “Triplex” hoist access system. The “Triplex” enables two standard hoists and one “Mammoth” to be installed with only two mast columns, which reduces transport costs and installation periods, to give the contractor cost, programme and space savings. The “Triplex” currently in operation has a combined capacity of 10,800kg and a floor area of 32.50m². A total of 18 conventional & high-speed hoists will be supplied, as well as 6 “Mammoth’s”, with units in operation until late 2020. With the diverse design of building structures, the flexibility of the Alimak Hek hoist access system will enable these complex construction projects to be fulfilled more safely, efficiently and easily, offering the contractors cost and programme reductions.
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Bakerhicks delivers structural engineering design for historic council headquarters BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, has completed the complex structural engineering design for Perth and Kinross Council’s headquarters that included delicate work to repair and restore the building’s historic façade.
akerHicks was employed to provide structural engineering consultancy for the project, working in close collaboration with Perth and Kinross Council’s in-house architect. The structural works included the installation of the new staircase to the rear of the building, the incorporation of floor infills to the existing atrium and voids left by the removal of staircases, and the removal of walls to create an open plan office space. BakerHicks also designed both structural openings in existing masonry walls to help achieve the new open plan layouts and the structure for the new external ramp, providing disabled access to the front of the building.
The consultancy services included providing further advice regarding a range of delicate remedial works to the Grade B-Listed, ornate sandstone façade to Tay Street and High Street, working closely with the appointed stonemasons, Gillies and Farrell Masonry. This included advice on work to pin and repair cracks in the masonry, using a combination of steel rods and a vinylester resin. In addition to the masonry repairs, cracking to the existing floor slabs was also repaired using specialist epoxy resin systems. BakerHicks worked closely with the client, main contractor and specialist subcontractors to ensure the best solution was applied. The removal of the pencheck stair to the rear of the building represented a further challenge and safe methods of
working to remove this elegant period feature were devised through working closely with the main contractor and the demolition specialists. The project was complicated not only by the age of the building, which was originally built in 1899 as the prestigious headquarters for the insurance firm General Accident, but also by the subsequent extensions and renovations that spanned five monarchs and 60 years of building innovation. BakerHicks had to consult contemporary documents and reference books, as well as specific guidance notes from the Institution of Structural Engineers. Andy Gotts, BakerHicks’ director for civil and structural engineering, says: “The aim of the refurbishment is to preserve the building and make it fit for purpose now and in the future. In doing so we had to put ourselves in the minds of the Victorian engineers who built it, and factor into our calculations the strength of steel and concrete of the period, including converting the imperial measurements used at the time into metric units.
The structural works included the installation of the new staircase to the rear of the building, the incorporation of floor infills to the existing atrium and voids left by the removal of staircases, and the removal of walls to create an open plan office space.
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“We are delighted to have played a key role in delivering a contemporary, flexible building that is in keeping with Perth’s fast-growing reputation as a modern city with exciting ambitions. It has also been an excellent learning experience for the team, further extending our knowledge of historic construction methods and specialist repairs to concrete floors and sandstone façades.”
The £10 million refurbishment of the landmark building is one of the largest projects of its kind. It was undertaken in a drive to save money and energy costs, and allow the public to access services more easily. It is designed to make the most of flexible working patterns and modern technology to create workspaces which can reduce the council’s overall space needs. All of which has been achieved whilst maintaining the historic integrity of the building.
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Application of advanced LED lighting and control technology: Zumtobel Group provides multibrand lighting solution for Lugano Convention Center Dornbirn – Lugano Convention Center in Switzerland has opted to replace its lighting system with an integrated lighting solution from the Zumtobel Group that meshes seamlessly with the architecture of the building.
he solution brings together state-of-the-art LED lighting techology and control technology from the Zumtobel, Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel Group Services brands. With this multi-brand lighting solution, the City of Lugano which owns the “Palazzo dei Congressi” Convention Center benefits from the wide range of products and services that the Zumtobel Group can offer from a single source.
In a further lighting refurbishment phase, three conference rooms are currently being equipped with the lighting technology from the Zumtobel Group. The project originally began at the end of 2014, when the City of Lugano decided to refurbish the lighting at the facility which was built in 1975. With the new lighting technology, the solution now offers greater user-friendliness and flexibility, a higher level of energy efficiency and at the same time a marked drop in energy consumption. It also delivers a more pleasant user experience for both visitors and staff.
“The immutable nature of the construction of this concrete building proved particularly challenging in terms of implementing the planned lighting solution,” said Stefano Dragonetti, Head of Sales for the Italianspeaking part of Switzerland at Zumtobel. “The technical restrictions and the predefined recesses for the luminaires meant that a one-size-fits-all solution was out of the question. The breadth of the product portfolio across all brands made it easier to handle this task. The chosen combination of products from the Thorn, Tridonic, Zumtobel and Zumtobel Group Services brands has meant we can offer our customer a lighting solution that is perfectly tailored to their needs.” Zumtobel luminaires cut energy consumption In the main hall, the spacious “Amphitheater”, there were originally 43 luminaires equipped with 650W halogen lamps. The specifications stated that the new luminaires had to fit into the existing recesses and boxes in the
Zumtobel delivered a customized solution: With the newly installed CRAFT LED luminaire, energy consumption in the concert hall has been cut to almost one tenth of its original level, falling from 28 kW to 2.9 kW extrapolated for the entire lighting configuration.
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concrete ceiling. Zumtobel delivered a customized solution: With the newly installed CRAFT LED luminaire, energy consumption in the concert hall has been cut to almost one tenth of its original level, falling from 28 kW to 2.9 kW extrapolated for the entire lighting configuration.
Tridonic ready2mains™: control and dimming via the mains At the planning stage, the existing lighting installation presented a technical obstacle for the envisaged use of the LITECOM lighting management system from Zumtobel Group Services for central control of the new
The immutable concrete architecture of the building proved particularly challenging for the future lighting solution, not only in the main hall but throughout the Convention Center, because the existing recesses in the ceiling dictated the installation envelope and thus the dimensions of the luminaires themselves. The breadth of the Zumtobel Group’s product portfolio across all brands made it easier to handle this task. A digital link between the LITECOM lighting management system and the local area network (LAN) means that the system can also be operated via smartphone or tablet, making for even greater userfriendliness. Web access also facilitates remote maintenance, with all the associated benefits of prompt and expert support from Zumtobel Group Services. Existing architecture a constant challenge for the lighting solution The immutable concrete architecture of the building proved particularly challenging for the future lighting solution, not only in the main hall but throughout the Convention Center, because the existing recesses in the ceiling dictated the installation envelope and thus the dimensions of the luminaires themselves. The breadth of the Zumtobel Group’s product portfolio across all brands made it easier to handle this task. In the corridors and cloakroom areas, the former lighting g g was replaced p byy BaseLED downlights
from Thorn and CREDOS downlights from Zumtobel. These luminaires deliver precisely the required luminous intensity and light quality, making them the perfect new lighting line-up. In the main foyer, SLOTLIGHT infinity and CREDOS downlights from Zumtobel create an optimal lighting scenario.
Convention Center built in 1975 Built in 1975, the Lugano Convention Center was designed by architects Otto & Associati who are still based in the city. On the ground floor, the concrete complex comprises the main 1,100 square meter foyer and the “Amphitheater” which can seat up to 1,130 persons. The first floor hosts a large hall as well as other seminar or conference rooms and a restaurant with a terrace extending into the adjacent park.
CRAFT luminaires. The existing wiring was such that it was not possible to address all the new luminaires via BUS cable to enable them to be controlled and dimmed from a central console. To make matters worse, the concrete structure of the building meant that no additional cables could be laid, nor was it possible to send radio signals from control unit to luminaire. The solution was to make use of the existing mains wiring to transmit the signals; a function made possible by ready2mains™ from Tridonic. The ready2mains™ gateway serves as the interface between the control unit and the luminaires and transfers the commands to the mains in digital form. In this way, the ready2mains™ gateway ensures reliable and robust data transmission. There is no need to install new wiring as communication takes place via the existing mains. Thus, with ready2mains™ providing the ideal interface between the LITECOM lighting management system and the Tridonic LED module in the CRAFT luminaires, transmission of the control and dimming commands at the Convention Center was assured. Modern lighting management with LITECOM from the Zumtobel Group Services brand
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The Convention Center’s LITECOM lighting management system from the Zumtobel Group Services brand clears the way for more flexible and user-friendly operation. In the past, all the luminaires in the main hall had been controlled and/or dimmed by means of a comparatively large phase dimmer. This has now been replaced by a much smaller model that is also easier to operate – the LITECOM CCD controller. Pre-programmable lighting scenes available at the push of a button make for a flexible response to the differing requirements. The central control console is located directly in the main hall.
5RRÂżQJ &ODGGLQJ POSI-JOISTSTM FROM PASQUILL BRING VICTORIAN MANSION INTO 21ST CENTURY Pasquill, the largest supplier of trussed rafters in the UK, has provided Posi-JoistsTM for a Victorian mansion in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. The prestigious 600m2 property, set in almost half an acre of grounds, has undergone partial demolition and a substantial extension by Tame Construction on behalf of architects, Janes Architectural. When completed, the house will feature six bedrooms, a tennis court, a pavilion with a gym and bar area, a wine cellar capable of accommodating over 1500 bottles, an orangery off the kitchen, a utility room, a media room, a library/study, a drawing room and a guest suite with independent kitchen, dressing area and en suite bathroom. Pasquill has supplied over 300 PosiJoistsTM, which were specified by the architects in lieu of traditional timber joists. Posi-joistsTM are metal web joists used in a broad variety of applications, from domestic housing through to commercial property developments and public sector buildings. They are dimensionally stable, allowing designers particular freedom for internal room layouts, thanks to their
ability to cover large spans. Their open web design means easy installation of and access to services, and their combination of timber and steel web makes them lightweight but strong. Available in a range of depths, Posi-joistsTM eliminate the need for additional drilling and cutting, and offer wide flanges for the easy fixing of flooring and plasterboard.
Michael Hallasey, Manager of Tame Construction said: â€œPasquillâ€™s design team has been excellent. The teamâ€™s technical input has enabled us to meet the twin challenges of having to avoid cold bridging and ensuring enhanced air tightness where the propertyâ€™s old, original walls meet new ones.
â€œThe Posi-joistsTM have been lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the site, and we would definitely use them again. The fact that we can pass cabling and pipework through the open web section really helps to speed things up on site.â€? www.pasquill.co.uk
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Residentiel Vinyl Cladding is now importing Royal Building Products from Canada. Royal Siding is a high quality product, non-toxic and non-flammable. The product is made by extruding polyvinyl chloride homopolymer resin blended with exclusive DURA technology impact modifiers; the result is an extremely tough, long last cladding. It is resistant to changes in outside temperatureâ€™s, ranging from -30C to 50C. Due to its unique interlocking design, it can withstand adverse weather conditions and extreme winds. It wonâ€™t go brittle, rust nor corrode. The product does not creak and groan wth temperature changes unlike conventional cladding. It comes in a fabulous range of colours, varying from pastel shades to dark, with a wood grain profile. The colour is saturated through the product so it doesnâ€™t fade. It is virtually maintenance free requiring only the occasional wash down to keep it looking good. It provides thermal insulation of up to 30%, not only saving heat and money but due to its design it keeps your walls dry thanks to its unique system of ventilation. The product is fully recyclable and has been confirmed in practice for more than 20 years. Residentiel Vinyl Cladding Limited www.residentielcladding.com Telephone: 00 44 1767 676100 Fax: 00 44 1767 676105
Kemper System helps protect concrete heritage Cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, has helped to preserve a grade II listed building thanks to its Stratex warm roof and Kemperol liquid roofing systems.
ecause of the unusual design of St Thomas More Church in the Sheldon area of Birmingham, architects Wood Goldstraw Yorath worked in close consultation with Kemper System to enhance the waterproofing performance by addressing leaks and U/V damage to the existing substrate, whilst also improving drainage and reducing the risk of standing water on the roof.
The structure of the building with its many glass and concrete terraces, saw Kemper System’s Stratex tapered warm roof system being specified along with their solventfree and odourless Kemperol 2K-PUR waterproofing membrane to refurbish the church’s failing asphalt roof. The technical team at Kemper System also devised a series of drainage channels to address the volume of standing water on the roof, whereby excess water would be caught and drained off the building. Contractors, Alliance Technical Services Ltd, a specialist conservation company, not only worked to recover the roof with Kemper’s Stratex warm roof system, but also installed new glazing to the central ribs and high level roof windows, fitted an external downpipe and drainage, and completed concrete repairs and concrete rib replacements. For the recovering of the roofs with the Kemper designed system, operatives removed the existing chippings on the roof ready to clean and prime the asphalt substrate, and installed a hard top tapered Kempertherm PIR insulation board. This was adhered to each terrace section in such a way to create channels behind and either side of each piece of insulation.
As primarily structural engineers, Alliance Technical Services Ltd undertook thorough product and application training at Kemper System HQ in Warrington before installing the Kemperol 2K-PUR system, to familiarise themselves with the liquid waterproofing product application. Derek Lowe, Managing Director at Alliance Technical Services Ltd, said: “This was a particularly interesting project for us as the church required remedial works to the concrete whilst also installing an alternative waterproofing solution to ensure the graded building remained watertight. The Kemperol 2K-PUR liquid applied waterproofing system was an ideal solution to work around the complicated structure of the building with its many terraces, outlets and joints. These formally weak areas were able to be fully waterproofed in one seamless, easy application.
“The Kemperol 2K-PUR liquid applied waterproofing system was an ideal solution to work around the complicated structure of the building with its many terraces, outlets and joints. These formally weak areas were able to be fully waterproofed in one seamless, easy application.” Derek Lowe, Managing Director at Alliance Technical Services Ltd “We undertook excellent training at Kemper’s headquarters to ensure we were able to apply the system effectively and efficiently. Thanks to the durability of the Kemperol 2K-PUR waterproofing system, the church’s heritage has been protected and can continue to be enjoyed by its many visitors.” Technical manager at Kemper System, Ross Smith, added: “This interesting project presented design, specification and installation challenges which were easily solved thanks to versatile qualities of the Kemperol membrane.
Added to Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register in 2015, the Roman Catholic Church of St Thomas More was designed by renowned architect, Richard Gilbert Scott - who also designed the Guildhall’s West Wing and Art Gallery - with stained glass by John Chrestien.
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“The wet-on-wet, cold applied liquid was the perfect solution to ensure a quick and easy installation, yet providing the reassurance of a sound, waterproof solution for many years to come. Its odourless, solvent-free qualities meant the refurbishment works created little disruption to local residents or those using the church.”
New Sarnaﬁl Plus CPD for ever changing industry Sika Sarnafil has launched a new and improved ‘Successful Roof Refurbishment’ Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminar, aimed at those looking to specify high performance products for roof renovations.
reated by the experts at Sarnafil Plus, the company’s specialist refurbishment offer, the interactive RICS Approved CPD has been updated specifically to aid specifiers, including building surveyors, facilities managers and building managers, in their decision making process. The CPD contains vital up-to-date information on how to identify the causes of roof failure, investigation methods, compliance with efficiency regulations, system options and how to specify the best materials for a project. The CPD can be combined with a live demonstration where attendees are shown the various Sarnafil waterproofing systems being installed and get the chance to try their hand at welding the membrane themselves.
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Head of sales for single ply membranes at Sika, John O’Raw
explains why Sarnafil Plus chose to upgrade and improve the CPD: “With the refurbishment market growing fast we noticed that building managers, FMs, architects and surveyors were increasingly seeking out the latest information about regulations and roofing systems. We’re dedicated to supporting these specifiers in an ever changing industry, so an update was essential to provide the highest quality educational material to meet those needs. “The CPD provides attendees with invaluable knowledge about current legislation and regulations, including British Standards, EU Standards,
To mark the launch of the CPD, Sarnafil organized a special demonstration. Pictured applying Sarnacol 2172 spray applied contact adhesive to the insulation board substrate and to the back of the G410-12ELF Sarnafil membrane is Phil Slatter, Sarnafil Field Technician, South Wales & The Midlands. The demonstration is a snap shot of a typical Sarnafil specification roof build up, installed layer by layer and provided the audience with a small insight of how each component is installed. BELOW
“The CPD provides attendees with invaluable knowledge about current legislation and regulations, including British Standards, EU Standards, energy efficiency requirements as set out in Part L and BREEAM assessments, as well as learning about our newly available site inspection and supervision tool.” John O’Raw, Head of sales for single ply membranes at Sika
energy efficiency requirements as set out in Part L and BREEAM assessments, as well as learning about our newly available site inspection and supervision tool.” Attendees will also be able to find out more about the benefits of a market-leading single-point guarantee, which protects against any unlikely problems that may arise from the failure of roofing membranes and the existing substrate, caused by incorrect design or installation, giving all parties involved complete peace of mind. The CPD is 60 minutes long, including a question and answer session, and will be delivered by one of four dedicated experienced Sarnafil Plus Refurbishment Surveyors. If you are interested in taking the new CPD, visit http://gbr.sarnafil.sika.com/en/roofrefurbishment.html or call 01707 394444.
Celestia warehouse roof and gutters refurbished with Seamsil and Delcote HPG Seamsil - the UKâ€™s leading cut edge corrosion treatment, has been used to reinstate the integrity of the profiled steel roof covering the 318,526 sq. ft. Celestia warehouse, in Snelshall West, Milton Keynes.
riginally constructed in 2007 on a 14-acre site, the facility provides high specification space, located in a strategic position close to the A421 dual carriageway, which allows direct access to the M1 motorway.
Delcote HPG was also utilised as part of the same project to recoat and refurbish the gutters throughout the warehouse. The Celestia warehouse contract was awarded to and carried out by Kettles Limited, a local approved applicator with extensive experience in using Delvemade products. Giromax, the sole Distributor and administrator of the Delvemade Silicone Protective Coatings Programme oversaw the whole project.
SEAMSIL is the time-proven external repair system for cut edge corrosion on profiled Plastisol/PVDF coated steel roof sheeting. Invented and developed by Delvemade over 20 years ago with the full co-operation of BSC (now Tata Steel). SEAMSIL provides an effective long-term solution to edge corrosion in critical roof overlaps and gutter overhangs, which if not treated quickly and effectively can lead to leaks and eventually to partial or complete roof replacement. DELCOTE HPG is a single component, silicone coating, manufactured by Delvemade, for the refurbishment of galvanised steel, aluminium, concrete and asbestos cement gutters. Used in conjunction with SEAMSIL 300, (defective joints), the coating system offers a seamless solution to long-term weatherproofing of gutter surfaces.
Demand for specialist cladding fuels SCS expansion J
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SCS, CA Group Limited’s specialist cladding division, has announced the appointment of two new members to the team, following a string of business wins including Winvic’s Helix, in Birmingham and Rushden Lakes, the £140m retail, leisure and tourism destination in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire.
Prior to this, Keery worked as a fabricator and supplier to the construction industry. He will be responsible for looking after the current customer base as well as engaging new clients. Keery is joined by commercial estimator, Dan Cartmail, who brings with him experience of the construction and legal industries, having previously qualified as both a quantity surveyor and a solicitor.
In addition to supporting CA Group, SCS works with a range of external partners to deliver a wider variety of rainscreen cladding solutions including timber, terracotta and stone products. Dan Cartmail, commercial estimator
Mike Cinnamond, Divisional Manager for SCS, explained: “We have seen a growing demand for specialist rainscreen cladding, particularly from city centre developments. Aesthetics are a key factor, both in allowing architects the freedom to put their personal stamp on a building and in gaining the relevant planning permission. Innovations such as modulation and the development of cladding which offers a greater range of finishes and appearances are also fuelling demand. “SCS works primarily on new build projects covering a wide range of applications from student accommodation, sports halls and schools to hotels, hospitals, retail and offices. However, we have also seen a growing interest from the refurbishment market. These are exciting times for the specialist cladding sector and we are delighted to be expanding the team.” In addition to supporting CA Group, SCS works with a range of external partners to deliver a wider variety of rainscreen cladding solutions including timber, terracotta and stone products. The company recently added Achilles accreditation to its existing Construction Line certification.
About CA Group Limited Building envelope specialist CA Group Limited is at the forefront of innovations in roofing and cladding design and installation.
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The company’s focus on sustainable construction has resulted in the successful delivery of award winning projects including the UK’s first zero-energy cost business park at Armstrong Point, Wigan, which was awarded the title of ‘Best Industrial Building’ and an ‘Outstanding’ certification by BREEAM.
Specialising in larger warehouses, the company has delivered solutions for some of the UK’s biggest names including J. Sainsbury, Veolia and Marks and Spencer, has grown to become one of the leading metal roofing and cladding systems manufacturers, contractors and suppliers for the industrial, commercial, public sector and refurbishment markets.
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RENOLIT ALKORPLAN The ideal choice for refurbishment. • Lightweight • No naked flame • Simple over-roof or complete replacement • Vapour permeable – will allow a failed roof to dry • Minimal impact on building use • Clean finish with choice of colour • Various systems to suit the existing build-up • Durability from over 40 years of experience • Full technical support • Nationwide contractor network • Competitive For further information please call Sheila Bevan on 01670 718283 or visit our website: www.renolit.com/waterproofing-roofing/en/
Aluproff on Refurbishment H Back in the late 1960’s, Architect Richard Rogers designed and completed ‘22 Parkside’ with his then wife Su Brumwell, he considers this residential project to be one of the best examples of his early work.
e links it to a far more spectacular and famous building, the Pompidou centre in Paris, which he had just begun work on at the time with Renzo Piano. Four years ago, 22 Parkside was granted Grade II listing and is now widely regarded as one of Lord Rogers best examples of his early postmodern architecture.
Lord Rogers donated the building to the Harvard Graduate School of Design who appointed
architect Philip Gumuchdjian and his practice to refurbish the property whilst maintaining the unique appearance of this iconic structure. One of projects’ features was its design as a kit of parts that could be quickly assembled on site, something that was quite radical at the time.
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During the refurbishment, one of the main criteria was the replacement of all 36 wall panels. These were the original 2” thick aluminium faced ‘Alcoa’ wall panels, complete with a rigid Asbestolux lining and polyurethane insulated core. With the safe removal of the asbestos filled wall panels, the original aluminium framed doors, windows and ventilators were removed from the panels and refurbished.
With the assistance of Aluprof UK, new panels were designed around the company’s high-performance MB-59S system which were of 75 mm thickness and incorporated a rigid polyurethane insulation and fireboard covered with a 2mm powder coated aluminum skin to both sides. The new panels were designed to match the original Alcoa panels and consisted of a new jointing ‘zip’ gasket, again to
Aluprof are delighted to have been involved with the grade II listed project which typifies the companies flexible and bespoke approach to all construction projects, either new or of a complex refurbishment arrangement such as this. match existing, extruded from EPDM. The original aluminium framed doors, windows and ventilators were then refitted into the new panels with new EPDM gaskets. The newly installed panels now have a U value of just 0.4 W/m2K.
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Aluprof are delighted to have been involved with the grade II listed project which typifies the companies flexible and bespoke approach to all construction projects projects, either new or of a complex refurbishment arrangement such as this.
Aluprofâ€™s extensive range of systems which include unitised curtain walling, sliding folding doors and a wide range of window systems are increasingly being specified on a variety of residential and commercial projects across the UK. All systems are designed and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at aluprof aluprof.co.uk co uk and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprofâ€™s UK offices on 0161 941 4005.
NEW OFFICES GET FULL ARP TREATMENT The project was to provide an aluminium rainwater system, including fascias and soffits to a newly built office building in Llanishen, Monmouthshire. The building is likely to be offices for multiple businesses, ideally situated close to the M4 and Cardiff. K S Barry provided ARP with drawings for tendering for the contract and a site visit determined the exact dimensions of the building. Full size samples of the Fascia’s and Soffits, were supplied free of charge in order for the contractor to gain approval from the client.
Once the samples had been approved, the quote was compiled and issued to K S Barry. Due to the success of the project, ARP were asked to supply further Fascia and Soffits and bespoke fabricated aluminium flashings to fit around the roller doors. Another visit to site was required to obtain relevant measurements before consulting with our in-house CAD Team and production to enable us to supply the additional items. Scott Barry, Owner of K S Barry said “By working together we have managed to meet the client’s requirements”. ARP provided the aluminium for the whole contract, which consisted of Legion Box Gutter, Colonnade Rainwater Pipes, Trueline Fascia and Soffits and Trueline Bespoke Fabrications for roller doors. All the aluminium was polyester powder coated in ARP’s in-house paint line to a standard colour finish of RAL 7016 Grey. Aluminium is the most suitable material for this build as it is strong, non-corrosive and made from recycled aluminium, it helps enhance the architectural elements of the building, but will also give 30 years plus of functional life expectancy with little maintenance, making it a truly ‘fit and forget’ system. The ongoing relationship between KS Barry and ARP ensured that at all stages of the contract from quoting, samples, production and supplying the products, ARP were able to support and advise K S Barry to guarantee that the goods arrived in good time and were to the specification agreed.
ARP are a leading UK manufacturer of Aluminium and Cast Iron rainwater products. We also provide bespoke aluminium pressings for Fascias, soffits, copings, cappings and other structural architectural elements. We have over 30 years’ experience and a highly skilled team of technical experts who are available to work with you to complete your project. www.arp-ltd.com
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EARTHBORN SKA COMPLIANT IN 100 COLOURS Earthborn’s Ecopro Matt Emulsion, Lo Sheen Emulsion and Eggshell are all now compliant with the SKA Rating system operated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Available in all 98 shades of BS4800, plus black and white, they are all made in the UK and also comply with the strict EU Ecolabel standards. The extensive palette offers a huge choice and enables colour matching with other decorating features. Ecopro Emulsions are available in 5l and 10l plastic tubs while the Eggshell is in 750ml and 2.5l tins. The Ecopro range is uniquely formulated for high performance and all three products are totally oil and acrylic free, with minimal VOCs. Eggshell is the newest addition to the range. Suitable for use on interior walls, ceilings and woodwork, it’s a complete allrounder. It dries to an attractive sheen that is durable, washable and scuff resistant.
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POP UP POWER SUPPLIES® SPECIFIED AT COVENT GARDEN recently supplied six retractable service power units for installation in the Piazza at Covent Garden. The 450kg units are buried out of site beneath the famous cobbled piazza and are raised out of the ground when required by a turning handle. When not in use the units do not impact on the historic appearance of the Piazza as they are barely noticeable.
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Covent Garden Technical Services Team needed a power solution for temporary stalls and events that are put on throughout the year. The solution was Pop Up Power® retractable service units located near to the Transport Museum and next to the Portico of St Paul’s Church in the Piazza.
The Covent Garden Services team staff now has access to a combination of 16A and 32A sockets in both single and three phase all with RCBO protection. Pop Up Power® also supply electricity through Inground Units with flip top lids and Bollards in a variety of designs to suit the surroundings. For more information please take a look at our website www.popuppower.co.uk or call us directly on 02085518363 / 02082270208.
I C Brindle & Co Supplying waterside safety equipment since 1994. Although originally established as a company supplying safety equipment Â–Â‘Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â…Â‘Â?Â?Â‡Â”Â…Â‹ÂƒÂŽÂ•ÂŠÂ‹Â’Â’Â‹Â?Â‰Â‹Â?Â†Â—Â•Â–Â”Â›ÇĄ Â”Â‹Â?Â†ÂŽÂ‡ĆŹÂ‘Â–Â†Â“Â—Â‹Â…Â?ÂŽÂ›Â†Â‹Â˜Â‡Â”Â•Â‹Ć¤Â‡Â† into supplying waterside safety equipment for a wide range of clients and has done so since 1994. The company supplies a wide range of equipment from lifebuoys, together with their attendant housings and mountings, to recovery equipment used to rescue persons from the water or in the worst case scenario recover their bodies. I C Brindleâ€™s equipment can be found in many and varied locations from commercial quaysides to sewage farms, by way of leisure facilities and swimming pools to village green ponds. One of its most prestigious contracts was to supply waterside safety equipment to the London Olympics site. Its products may be seen in the media as well since it has Â•Â—Â’Â’ÂŽÂ‹Â‡Â†Â‘Â?Â?Â‘Â”Â‡Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ?Â‘Â?Â‡Â‘Â…Â…ÂƒÂ•Â‹Â‘Â?Â–Â‘Â’Â”Â‘Â†Â—Â…Â–Â‹Â‘Â?Â…Â‘Â?Â’ÂƒÂ?Â‹Â‡Â•Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‹Â?Â‰Ć¤ÂŽÂ?Â• and TV programmes. The companies activities are not restricted to the UK either having supplied to construction projects in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Spain to name but a few. ÂŠÂ‡Â…Â‘Â?Â’ÂƒÂ?Â›Â”Â‡Â…Â‘Â‰Â?Â‹Â•Â‡Â•Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â†Â‹ĆĽÂ…Â—ÂŽÂ–Â‹Â‡Â•Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ–Â…Â‘Â?Â•Â–Â”Â—Â…Â–Â‹Â‘Â?Â…Â‘Â?Â’ÂƒÂ?Â‹Â‡Â• and end users have regarding the paucity of information available giving guidance on the positioning and quantity of lifesaving equipment that may Â„Â‡Â?Â‡Â‡Â†Â‡Â†ÂƒÂ–ÂƒÂ?Â›Â’ÂƒÂ”Â–Â‹Â…Â—ÂŽÂƒÂ”Â•Â‹Â–Â‡Ç¤Â‘Â–Â‹Â?Â‰Â‘ĆĽÂ…Â‹ÂƒÂŽ guidelines simply state that a risk assessment should be carried out and that the only publication available, published by the RNLI, concentrates on beaches and coastal environments, I C Brindle & Co has published its own guide to Coastal and Inland ÂƒÂ–Â‡Â”Â•ÂƒÂˆÂ‡Â–Â›Â™ÂŠÂ‹Â…ÂŠÂ‘ĆĄÂ‡Â”Â•Â‹Â?ÂˆÂ‘Â”Â?ÂƒÂ–Â‹Â‘Â?ÂƒÂ?Â†ÂƒÂ†Â˜Â‹Â…Â‡ to organisations and individuals alike.
I C Brindleâ€™s equipment can be found in many and varied locations from commercial quaysides to sewage farms, by way of leisure facilities and swimming pools to village green ponds.
Much information can be found on the Companyâ€™s website www.icbrindle.com, but should further help or advice be necessary, experienced personnel are on hand to provide it.
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Customers are just as varied as the locations in which its products may be found and I C Brindle & Co is as much at ease supplying safety equipment to a family run camp site as it is to major construction companies such a Tarmac and Raymond Brown, District & Borough Councils as well as central governmental organisations including the Environment Agency and the Royal Air Force.
End of an earache? In stepping back from the lead and hard metals roofing sector, Ray Robertson looks back at his own experiences and one particularly consistent aspect that has always shaped the development of the Lead Contractors Association and Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors
couldn’t possibly have imagined that when I took up my first job in September 1973 that almost 43 years later I would still be involved with the same specialist sector of the construction industry.
Fresh from college with a general purpose Business Studies qualification I had no idea (and in those pre-internet days, no easy way of finding out) who Brunton and Company actually were. A cursory search at the local library really didn’t reveal much, other than they were a remote manufacturing subsidiary of Guest, Keen and Nettlefold. However this I thought was quite impressive and so obviously a long term, upwardly mobile career within a blue chip engineering group beckoned. My first visit to the Brunton’s factory, under the railway arches at Vauxhall in London was a bit of a shock and as far removed from a blue chip corporate engineering environment as I could have imagined. I still remember walking in the dark through the rain and mud, past the pile of scrap lead to look at the extrusion presses and sheet cutting bays, taking in the loading and storage areas crammed into every conceivable space. This wasn’t “engineering” this was the high volume manufacture of lead sheet and pipe at its most basic by a small but rapidly growing business. The company moved shortly afterwards to brand new and far larger premises in Wandsworth and – after several environmental upgrades and morphing through Girdler Brunton, BLM Girdler and BLM Special Products – became part of what was to become the British Lead Group. In that time I became directly involved in the specialist leadwork side of the business with a rapidly growing awareness of the widely varied uses of lead for isotope storage and transportation, X-Ray shielding, in nuclear submarines and for radioactive waste transportation, sound attenuation, design engineering (e.g. for the Thames Barrier), battery plates and terminals, sand cast decorative planters and plaques, extruded leaded lights as well as spin-offs in solder, pewter and plating anodes.
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The one enduring theme throughout this mix of products and applications was the quality standard to which they were made – after all you couldn’t afford to mess up radiation shielding or building an X-Ray room!
Supported by an equally committed associate membership comprising all the main European metal manufacturers, the FTMRC is developing the same quality standards tools - on site vetting, technical seminars, a technical Guide to Good Practice and a robust governing council – which have been the bedrock upon which the LCA has been built and has prospered.
Even mass produced products like the Group’s core lead sheet business was dominated by the priority of manufacturing to a quality standard. Originally the British Standard BS1178, then to become the BS European Norm 12588, dictated absolutely how the product was made, allowing no deviation in composition or size (a thickness tolerance of +/- 5% was and is sacrosanct). It is this prioritising of quality which has made such a lasting impression and why after crossing from the manufacturing to the contracting side of the sector (via a five year spell at the Lead Sheet Association) I have
found it so easy to identify with the passion and pride that contractors have for the work that they do. Taking over in 1993 from the original Secretary George Noyes, I quickly had it drummed into me that there could be no compromise when it came to LCA members installing lead sheet.
At the time “Mr Lead” Richard (Dick) Murdoch was the LCA consultant, having recently stepped down from his role as Senior Technical Officer for the Lead Sheet Association. Dick had produced the first technical specification and installation manual (Lead Sheet in Building) and before leaving the LSA had just written “Lead Sheet Manual Volume I” all based on the British Standard Code of Practice BS6915. Just like the manufacturing standard (BSEN12588) for the manufacturers, the installer’s guide was sacrosanct to LCA members and all of their work had to be installed in accordance with the Code of Practice on which it was based. There was no compromise allowed and the LCA’s vigorous self policing policy through the annual vetting programme meant members’ work was regularly inspected by members of Council and any non conforming detail had to be put right if a contractor wanted to remain part of the LCA. I clearly remember at the LCA’s National Seminar, Dick publicly berating members that he felt had allowed their standards to slip, those who thought having achieved LCA membership meant they could take their foot off the pedal a little in that respect. Not a bit of it as far as Dick was concerned, there could be no easing up of the constant drive to improve the quality of an installer’s work, to improve their skills, to widen their knowledge and to instil in them the same passion for good leadwork as he had and still has to this day. Dick has long since eased into a well earned retirement but his name and quality ethic are at the heart of the Murdoch Awards, created by the LCA and sponsored by Associated Lead Mills as an annual award recognising the best leadwork from LCA members – effectively the best of the best – and the ultimate accolade for the leadwork craft.
There is perhaps an appreciation that the price quoted by a member of the LCA or FTMRC may be higher, but that is because they are required by their respective organisations to do the job right first time (or it could cost them their membership). And I would ask what that does that say about the contractor that has offered a price 20 – 30% cheaper? What corners are being cut and what compromises are being made to achieve such a reduction and yet still presumably make a profit? The over-riding ethic of quality over quantity or price is one I have been exposed to throughout my working life and it has been an easy one to adopt and promote, particularly when working with such like minded individuals. Dick still chairs the judging panel for the awards and although his days of scrambling over a roof are well behind him, he still dissects the finest detail from the photographs provided by entrants and woe betide any that are found wanting in any respect. The members of the governing body – the LCA Council – are equally passionate about their craft, carrying forward Dick’s uncompromising stance on quality to the present day. This has often led to accusations of the LCA being a bit of a club that you can’t join if your face doesn’t fit. This mostly comes from contractors who have tried and failed because their work was not up to the standard required. I can’t emphasise strongly enough from my own experience in the 23 years that I have been the Secretary of the LCA that the ONLY qualifying standards for membership of the LCA is that your work is in accordance with BS6915, that you have been in business for more than two years and that you purchase the lead sheet that you fit (i.e. not trading as a labour-only sub contractor). If a contractor ticks all those boxes there is nothing to prevent them becoming a member of the LCA. Conversely, if any of those boxes are not ticked, a contractor CANNOT become a member of the LCA, no matter how big they are or how much money they have. The quality standard ethic was the foundation for forming the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors in 2006, an organisation of hard metals installers that has grown rapidly in size and influence and now boasts almost as many members as the LCA itself. Supported by an equally committed associate membership comprising all the main European metal manufacturers, the FTMRC is developing the same quality standards tools - on site vetting, technical seminars, a technical Guide to Good Practice and a robust governing council – which have been the bedrock upon which the LCA has been built and has prospered.
Of course over the past 23 years there have been a huge number of wide ranging issues in the lead sector – unfair competition, unsympathetic government / clients / suppliers / main contractors, changing workforce, European influence in labour and material specification, environmental issues, alternatives to lead sheet, changing architectural design, metal theft, lack of demand, too much demand, lack of skilled workers, not enough work for skilled workers, outside market forces, price, price, price – the list is endless. Most of these are outside the control and influence of the specialist and typically the lead price has been a particular bone of contention. As with any international market the lead price is subjected to a number of outside influences (I remember in 1974/5 the London Metal Exchange lead price shot up because the grain harvest and failed in Russia and speculators had dived into metal to recoup losses), but try explaining
“In Nigel Johnston I have an excellent successor and one that I have no doubt will take both organisations onwards and upwards, building rapidly on the foundations laid and in particular developing their technical and training requirements. I wish him every success and will follow his undoubted progress with interest, happy in the knowledge that LCA and FTMRC and the quality standards they represent, are in very safe hands.” Ray Robertson
that to a contractor that has quoted one price for a job, won the job and now when ordering the actual metal has to pay a lot more because the market has changed. In such challenging environments and under such pressures the specialist installer has a lot to contend with from all sides and over the years some have quite often made their feelings known to me quite vociferously over the telephone or across the meeting room. As with many people in my position, my role has grown to be a mixture of sounding board, comfort blanket, soapbox, invigilator, instigator and general source of all round information, all rolled into one. But always and throughout, the uncompromising edict of quality still shines through in both thought and deed from most of those I deal with and the complaints are mostly of frustration that sometimes the playing field is far from level. Therefore, far from being the earache that it could have been for so many years, being Secretary to two organisations of such passionate and individual craft specialists has been a rare privilege and I have been very proud to be part of what has been achieved individually and collectively In Nigel Johnston I have an excellent successor and one that I have no doubt will take both organisations onwards and upwards, building rapidly on the foundations laid and in particular developing their technical and training requirements. I wish him every success and will follow his undoubted progress with interest, happy in the knowledge that LCA and FTMRC and the quality standards they represent, are in very safe hands.
Operating independently but as sister organisations with the same secretariat has provided LCA and FTMRC with the opportunity to share their resources and experiences in the face of constant demands to sacrifice quality for price.
I am delighted that with the economic recovery there has emerged among clients and specifiers a growing recognition of the benefits of long term value for money over short term, cut price expediency.
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Especially in those years during recession, the construction industry in general – and the specialist sector in particular – has come under huge pressure to reduce costs. Being at the end of the food chain, the specialist installer was subjected to relentless questioning of costs and charges on a daily basis, in the face of competition from contractors that could not hope to match quality and could therefore only undercut on price (which they did savagely).
Company News UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer on target for record year with £30m of orders in last six months Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer, has secured £30m of orders in the last six months – a record order intake in the history of the business.
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his unprecedented performance is a 50 per cent increase on the same period last year, and has secured projects for the business from 2017 through to 2019. It is a reflection of the increasing demand for pods, which improve the quality, speed and efficiency of bathroom construction. Offsite Solutions has seen a significant increase in orders and enquiries for residential schemes, particularly mixed-use developments and in the build-to-rent sector which is performing strongly in urban centres across the UK. Other trends reflected in the latest order intake include more interest in factory-built bathrooms from the care homes sector and an increase in the scale of those projects, particularly from the larger care home providers. University students are demanding higher specification and 4*+ standard living facilities and the competition for places means the accommodation provided has to meet those requirements. As a result, steel-framed bathroom pods with traditional tiled finishes are increasingly being specified for high-end student residences.
Experienced salesman Charles Pierce has taken up the position of Head of Sales within Sika’s Refurbishment team.
n his new role, Charles will be tasked with liaising with customers and potential customers across both the infrastructure and building sectors. Charles’ appointment continues his 11-year association with Sika, a specialty chemicals company which produces a wide range of construction products and systems.
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Charles said: “I’m delighted to join the Refurbishment team and its various industry-leading products that help contractors up and down the country carry out challenging refurbishment projects of all shapes and sizes; from listed buildings and crumbling car parks to weatherdamaged docks and railway bridges.”
Mark Bushell, Target Market Manager for Refurbishment at Sika, said: “We’re pleased to announce that Charles Pierce will now head up the Sika Refurbishment Team within the UK. Charles has worked for Sika for more than a decade and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, together with a track record in sales of building products, from concrete repair systems, insulation and roofing.”
Commenting on this year’s record order intake, James Stephens, Managing Director of Offsite Solutions, said, “It is extremely positive to see such a strong order performance, which is testament to the hard work, skills and commitment of all our staff across the business. We are continuing to invest in product design, unrivalled quality control, and in our manufacturing capacity to meet the needs of our diverse customer base. We remain committed to pushing the boundaries with the speed, scale, complexity, efficiency and
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The Solid Gear Safety Shoe That Will Put A Real Spring In Your Step! The REVOLUTION INFINITY from Solid Gear is exactly what the name suggests – a revolutionary safety shoe – from Europe’s most exciting and forward-thinking brand. Just as you’ll find in the leading sports trainers, there’s endless cushioning and comfort which has until now, been difficult to get in safety shoes.
Dressing right and staying comfortable when it’s cold and wet on site requires more than your old windcheater, waterproofs and wellies. Continuous, hard work produces body heat and sweat. But when your rate of work slows, the sweat cools and you’ll start to feel cold and damp. The solution is Snickers’ very latest garments that deliver advanced ventilation and the ability to control and regulate the heat from your body. They’re great for both work and leisure activities Snickers recommend dressing in 3 Layers - just as athletes do when they compete in extreme weather conditions. The new FlexiWork base-layer Undergarments combine Merino Wool with polyamide for warmth, durability and comfortable ventilation. The body-mapping mid-layer Fleeces and Knitwear come in a range of styles and fabrics designed to insulate by creating a pocket of air around your body – keeping you warm all the time. Both these layers are complimented by a high quality ‘outer shell’ of ALLROUND Wind- and Waterproof Jackets that will keep you warm, dry, comfortable and a step ahead of everyone else. For more information, visit the website at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk alternatively, call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788.
But with Solid Gear’s Revolution Infinity it really is possible, with a ‘bounce back’ mid-sole which gives a 55% ‘energy return’ that will put a real spring in your step to reduce fatigue and stress on your back, legs and feet. The shoe’s stretchable upper with Cordura is waterresistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility. What’s more, It has a non-slip sole and a composite midsole. It also has a heel counter for foot stability. These shoes also come with Solid Gear’s newly developed NANO toe-cap. It’s 40% stronger than fiberglass, lighter than other materials and thinner than other nonmetallic toe-caps. So get to know more about the quality and innovation plus the top class safety functionality in every Solid Gear product – your feet will notice the difference. To get more information on Solid Gear - the Next Generation of Safety Footwear visit the website at www.solidgearfootwear.com alternatively, call the Helpline on 01484 854788.
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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...
Published on Sep 19, 2017
Refurb Renovation News is the UK's leading product magazine designed as a useful tool for professional specifiers and buyers who are involve...