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Building recovery under threat, warns FMB The economic recovery in the SME construction sector is under threat from rising building costs and material shortages warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the results of the FMB’s State of Trade Survey for the first three months

of 2014, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Rising building costs and material shortages are causing serious concern in the building industry with 80% of SME firms expecting the situation to worsen over the next six months.

Although our latest snapshot is the fourth successive quarter showing positive results for workloads, employment and enquiries, this could be undermined by a spike in prices and costs.” Berry continued: “Materials prices are



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generally around 10% higher across the board with small construction firms highlighting timber products such as sheet materials and timber fencing as being particularly expensive. The increase in the price of timber fencing is largely due to the severe storms that battered the UK during the winter.” Berry concluded: “Added to this are concerns over the ready supply of particular materials such as bricks, which could scupper the ability of SME house builders to plug the shortfall in housing supply – this at a time when we need to rapidly increase the number of new homes. Small house builders report that brick manufacturers are asking them to wait until the beginning of 2015 for new orders of bricks and our members perceive this prolonged delay to be a decision to prioritise brick orders from large house builders. If this problem continues, SME house builders may be forced to build with alternative materials such as render or risk stalling sites for the rest of this year.”

£50m fund for local housing projects opens for bids

Bidding has opened for a share of a £50m pot of funding to unlock stalled locally-led housing developments. The funding will be released in 2015 to 2016 through the Local Growth Fund being targeted at kick-starting stalled housing projects of between 250 and 1,499 homes. A prospectus published by the government sets out how to apply for support. The fresh funding pot is on top of the £1bn Large Sites Fund launched earlier this month, which is being targeted at housing schemes over 1,500 homes. It is hoped this larger cash pot will seed the development of garden city schemes. Both funding pots are expected to support construction of up to 250,000 new homes between 2015 and 2020. The new schemes are based on the current Local Infrastructure Fund, which is helping to accelerate development of 80,000 homes in areas such as Cranbrook in Devon, and Wokingham in Berkshire. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: “We’re doing all we can to get the country building, and provide developers with a chance to get on site and start building local housing schemes that are vital for supporting local economic growth. “This £50m fund will help deliver the infrastructure local communities need to support new homes, and comes on top of the £1bn we’re making available to unlock large-scale sites that stalled at the end of the unsustainable housing boom. “This substantial investment will lead to thousands of new homes across the country, and deliver new career opportunities in the growing construction industry.” Continued on Page 2

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After a rain-soaked February, construction’s recovery regained momentum in March, a new report suggests. Barbour ABI’s latest Economic & Construction Market Review puts the value of contracts awarded in March at £5.2bn, up 7.2% on the previous month and 25% up on March 2013. House-building continues to lead the recovery, accounting for 35% of the total contracts awarded by value last month. The report also highlights how a disproportionate share of major contracts continues to be in London. The capital accounts for 14% of contracts by quantity but more than 25% by value. Five of the top 10 most valuable contracts were in London, namely a £150m Crossrail maintenance contract, two large office schemes and two large residential schemes including the 737 housing units at Nine Elms Point worth

April 2014 NEWS £73.7m. Barbour ABI economist Michael Dall said: “All the indicators pointed towards a poor month for construction in February, with the severe weather possibly forcing contractors to put work on hold and new projects unable to commence. Therefore it’s positive to see that activity has picked up again in March, with a healthy 7.2% rise on the month before. “This is backed up by the latest ONS [Office for National Statistics] construction output data, which showed construction output in the first two months of the year at 4% higher than a year ago and growth forecasts for 2014 revised up to 4.5%. “It’s clear that the continued strong performance of private housing and upturn in wider infrastructure has aided the upturn in this month’s figures, but necessary repair works and flood defence projects will have played a significant part too. “Looking ahead, business indicators and official survey data all point to plenty of momentum in the economy and growing confidence, which is great news for the construction industry.”




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Government funds a Balfour Beatty academy to improve UK’s infrastructure skills Balfour Beatty is to set up a national UK training academy following the award of £4.4 million of funding through the Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills pilot scheme. Balfour Beatty will more than match the funding, through cash and in kind investment with a further £9 million to be in invested into establishing the academy and new training opportunities. The focus will be on up-skilling the company’s existing workforce in the construction and engineering sectors and will provide the young and unemployed with opportunities that lead directly to jobs. The academy will bring together all of the company’s current training provision under a single, umbrella to offer a wider range of skills and professional qualifications. The more standardised approach will mean that these qualifications are transferable across the business and the industry. Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty CEO said: “As the economic upturn gathers

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momentum, ensuring we have a workforce which has the training and skills to enable us to be a leader on the global infrastructure market remains our priority. “We are delighted the Government, through the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot recognises that the academy approach will enable us to develop and retain some of the best qualified and most knowledgeable people in the industry. We are building a sustainable and flexible workforce which can deliver the innovation and value customers are seeking. “It also enables us to further our commitment to helping young people and the unemployed get the skills that will enable them to get sustainable jobs.” As a member of The 5% Club, Balfour Beatty is committed to giving young people and the unemployed a chance to get on the career ladder in those areas where skills are most short. The academy will offer preemployment programmes to give young people and the unemployed a taste of the industry and then onto apprenticeships or jobs.

£50m fund for local housing projects opens for bids Continued on from Page 01 Last year the government committed to work with Local Enterprise Partnerships to agree local growth deals and introduced the Local Growth Fund to provide the levers to do this. The Government hopes local leaders will be able to use their knowledge to identify local priorities, and provide investment for infrastructure that will help drive forward housing schemes.

Under-insurance Uncovered There is simply no point buying insurance if the policy you buy will not pay a claim in full, or not at all. First of all, it is imperative that you declare all facts to your insurance company – and this is whether you are specifically asked or not. Regular readers of my articles (I am hoping that there are some!) will know that I regularly warn against buying insurance over the internet, unless you are 100% certain of what you want, and are happy to read the small print. I take pride in the fact that my staff are very friendly and build up a good rapport with potential customers when they call us. We try our best to understand our client’s business and then shop around for the most suitable policy. However, if our customer does not declare all of the facts, or understates the amount of cover required in order to lower the premium, there is a very high danger that we will not give the correct advice and recommend the right policy. Examples of under insurance are:• Insuring a building for it’s market value instead of it’s rebuilding cost • Not increasing a rebuilding cost after an extension • Insuring contents for second hand value instead of new prices • Failing to keep a register of all machinery, plant and contents • Not including payments to bona fide sub contractors when assessing turnover • Not including labour only sub contractors in the pay roll • Only insuring for part of a contract Not allowing for business growth in the next 12 months • Not assessing the maximum possible claim in the event of negligence •Not updating figures at renewal I really could go on and on, but consulting with an insurance expert, and being frank and open regarding your business, can deal with all of these matters and reduce the chance of any under-insurance. Best of all, unlike many other types of professionals such as accountants and solicitors, you are not “on a meter” and charged for their time. The subject sometimes arises whether the information is shared with outside agencies, such as Inland Revenue. In fact, all information is protected by the Data Protection Act and cannot be passed to anyone else without your express permission, except for the purpose of placing and maintaining your insurance policy. So, in summary, if you have any doubts about whether your sums insured are adequate, or whether the cover you have bought will suffice, I thoroughly recommend that you have a chat with your insurance adviser. Ray Colenutt DipCII, the writer of this article, has over 30 years of arranging insurance in the construction industry and is the managing director of Versatile Insurance Professionals Ltd 01837 658955

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Ancon extends its range of insulated balcony connectors Construction fixings specialist, ANCON, has extended its existing balcony connector range to include three new thermally insulated systems designed to minimise the effects of cold bridging at concrete to concrete, concrete to steel and steel to steel interfaces. The cold bridge formed by direct-fix balconies or where a continuous reinforced concrete slab is used can seriously affect a building’s thermal performance and lead to problems with

condensation and mould growth. The new Ancon systems, called Isotec, STC and STS, are designed to provide an effective thermal break whilst maintaining full structural integrity by transferring moment, shear, tension and compression forces at the joint. Comprising stainless steel reinforcement and mineral wool insulation, the new high performance Ancon Isotec system provides maximum corrosion protection and integral fire

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Franke adds Galileo’s affordable quality to bestselling Pro Value collection Franke’s best-selling Pro-Value collection has been strengthened with the addition of the versatile and keenly-priced new Galileo inset sinks in silk finish stainless steel. The two precision-made reversible monobloc models offer affordable smart practicality for any kitchen workspace, and Galileo’s sleek lines

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An innovative range of Yeoman Shield products, the UK market leader in the supply and installation of wall & door protection, has been supplied and installed (specified by Ayrshire Council) into the Castle Primary and Nursery School in Ayrshire as part of a refurbishment carried out by Barr Construction. Wall protection in a ‘wave pattern’ was fitted in an attractive Regatta colour topped with an Aqua Blue wave. Yeoman Shield also provided bespoke decorative ‘splashes’ in White which were fitted above the wave. Other products fitted include Yeoman FalmouthEx Wall Protection panels. I enquiry 104

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wastes and neat slotted overflows. Galileo provides access to Franke’s renowned quality and design at highly-competitive price points, with the single bowl sink priced at only £119 incl VAT, and the 1.5 bowl model offering excellent value for money at £159 incl VAT. Says Jeanette Ward, communications manager at Franke: “Affordable quality with exceptional performance are the watchwords of Franke’s Pro-Value range”. I enquiry 102

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Emphasising its commitment to the new build sector, Carron Phoenix had added the new Logica polished stainless steel inset sink range to its Developer product portfolio. The reversible Logica 100 and 150 models combine modern design with assured quality, backed by a lifetime guarantee, to give developers and builders a higher-spec, yet cost-effective alternative to the standard monobloc sink offerings. The 1.5 bowl Logica 150 measures 500 x1000mm overall and fits a 600mm cabinet. The main bowl is 400 x 340 x 180mm, and the practical half bowl measures 306 x 165 with a generous depth of 130mm, deep enough for a variety of uses.

Supporting architects, construction and fabrication partners throughout the building industry Reynaers has released its latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) library, enhancing collaborative partnerships. Based on Autodesk® Revit, Reynaers BIM system provides fully compatible models of Reynaers systems for integration into building designs, plans, and simulation. Accessible via the Reynaers Extranet, the library includes product data, operation details, maintenance information, guarantee data and relevant web links all in a downloadable digital format. The library includes a comprehensive collection of Reynaers systems such as windows, doors, sliding doors and sliding and folding doors with additional products being added on a regular basis.

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A perfect delivery of steel windows into a listed restoration project Clement have now completed their third phase of works at Norwich City Hall, an Art Deco building constructed in 1938. Architects: Charles Holloway James and Stephen Rowland Pierce. The Architects designed for the people of Norwich an Art Deco public building of national significance. It was built to the highest standards, using superior materials and methods of its day. Even the bricks were specially made, each one being two inches longer than usual to better reflect the proportions of the finished building. Over the years many Art Deco buildings have lost their hallmark fixtures and fittings, but Norwich retains many of its original features. This is particularly fortunate as the furniture, light fittings and other details throughout the building were designed by the Architects themselves. Clement replaced the original steel windows in this listed property with new Clement W20, improving energy efficiency and security whilst retaining the character of this wonderful landmark building. Morgan Sindall the Main Contractors on the project have awarded Clement with a Perfect Delivery Certificate for the works carried out.

Site: Norwich City Hall Architect: NPS Group Unit 3a, First Floor Evolution House, Holbeck, Leeds, LS12 1AW Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall plc, Second Floor, 69/75 Thorpe Rd, Norwich Norfolk, NR1 1LA. Client: Norwich City Hall, Norwich. Clement’s Role: Design, manufacture, removal of existing and installation of new purpose made steel windows into prepared openings. Project Completed: Spring 2013 Windows & Doors Specification

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Clement W20 steel window range. Polyester Powder Coated RAL 9010 (White) Semi Gloss. 6mm glass panes. Clement W20 bespoke windows are manufactured from hot rolled steel window sections in compliance with BS 6510 which are produced entirely from re-cycled steel source material. Hot dip zinc galvanised to EN ISO BS:1461 and with a polyester powder coat paint finish to BS:6497 or BS EN 13438.

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Bostik Climatherm external wall insulation system The BBA certified Bostik Climatherm external wall insulation system offers the quality and performance expected from leading manufacturer Bostik, along with a selection of different finishes and a comprehensive training scheme. BBA certification means that the system is approved for product performance and customer protection, including for use under schemes funded by the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The system comprises insulation, reinforced mesh, base coat and render finish. Options for insulation material include white EPS, grey EPS and mineral wool, whilst render finishes include a range of colours and Brick Effect Render, which makes it easy to achieve a realistic brick effect finish without the need for brick slips.Importantly, Bostik Climatherm has passed the most stringent impact resistance test, confirming it is one of the most hard-wearing systems available. The comprehensive Bostik Climatherm training scheme allows installers to ensure their staff are fully competent in assessing projects and fitting the system. This is backed by the experienced Bostik technical support team, including problem solving for unusual on-site installation situations, detailed specifications and drawings. I enquiry 507

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The new Thermilate TRADE range of unique insulating paints for both interior and exterior use help reduce wasted heat loss through walls and ceilings, help save on heating costs, and provide greater comfort and efficiency in any residential or commercial property. These quality decorative paints are applied in just the same way as conventional paints and help cashconscious companies, government departments and homeowners

alike save money off their energy bills. Thermilate TRADE range of paints offer a unique level of decorative insulation in a very costeffective and easy-to-use paint range. These paints support the energy efficiency requirements in the Building Regulations 2010, Part L Conservation of Fuel and Power by reducing: • wasted heat loss through walls and ceilings in winter by up to 25% • daily running time on heating systems by up to 25%

• heat gain in dwellings in summer by up to 25% • daily running time on cooling systems by up to 25% • annual CO² emissions PLUS Thermilate TRADE paints: • are breathable so eliminate mould and condensation problems • are recognized as energy-saving liquid insulation in the UK so are eligible for the reduced VAT rate of 5% giving an overall cost saving of 15% over any other paint

application in the UK. This advantage makes using TRADE products FREE. Contractors can use Thermilate TRADE paint and benefit from the overall cost saving of 15% on the entire job including labour costs. The end cost to the consumer is 15% less, or the same but with a 15% saving to the contractor. The paint then saves the customer energy on an ongoing basis. Thermilate TRADE paints, used on both new build and retro

projects enable rooms to heat up much more quickly and retain heat for longer. As a result, Thermilate TRADE reduces the carbon footprint of any building where it is applied. Programmable thermostats can be set to turn on an hour later and shut off an hour earlier than is possible without Thermilate TRADE paints and its breathability also eliminates problems with severe mould and condensation problems. And there’s more …. Thermilate TRADE is scientifically proven to work and helps keep rooms warmer by as much as 3°C. This allows the thermostat to be set at a lower temperature and for less time so reduces energy usage and the cost of heating in any residential or commercial application. Every degree reduction on the heating thermostat translates to roughly a 10% drop in heating costs. Thermilate TRADE works by wrapping the room in a protective layer of paint that inhibits heat escaping through walls, floors and ceilings. With just two coats, Thermilate TRADE provides durable, effective and sustainable decorative insulation that has been tested around the world. This water-based paint range allows a 360° envelope of decorative insulation for all properties. I enquiry 508

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IDS ProClick – the luxury vinyl flooring alternative to tiles

Forget wet trades, grouting and waiting time when you want a stylish tile effect floor. IDS’ ProClick luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring offers an ideal alternative to a conventionally tiled floor with a choice of five designs that can be quickly and easily installed with a fast-click system to create a hardwearing and stylish floorcovering. ProClick can be used in most domestic applications including kitchens and bathrooms and comes with a 15 year residential and 8 year light commercial limited warranty against manufacturing defect. ProClick LVT is waterproof, warm underfoot, resistant to indentations and will not chip or crack, while being easy to clean and maintain. The range offers five tile effects in classic stones of white, cream and grey, seven woodgrain designs in light, dark, aged and bleached tones and two contemporary brushed metal effects. Woodgrain planks are 183 x 1220mm and the tile effects are 310 x 603mm. The product is manufactured from 100% virgin PVC and is 4mm thick with a 0.5mm wear layer. ProClick is easily installed as a floating product, without glue, and features the industry respected Valinge locking system making it fast and easy to fit. The product can be cut to size with a Stanley knife. ProClick conforms to all relevant quality standards for a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring product. POS materials include a brochure and two large sample swatches for the woodgrain and tile finishes. For more information, please contact IDS on t: 08457 298 298, e: or web: I Ienquiry enquiry507 510

SE Controls’ smoke & natural ventilation solution for Airbus A new 25,000m2 office building for leading aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, is using an advanced smoke and natural ventilation system from SE Controls to provide a comfortable working environment for staff while ensuring that an effective smoke and fire control strategy can be implemented in the event of a fire.


The four storey building, which is part of the £70 million Airbus Aerospace Business Park development at Filton, accommodates more than 2,500 staff and brings together engineering, design and customer support functions that are currently located in several smaller buildings onsite into the new engineering and technology campus. SE Controls was involved in the project from the early stages to clarify the ventilation strategy and provide calculations on the free area requirements for the smoke vents to ensure compliance and performance standards were met. Four separate atrium spaces feature as part of the building, designed by AWW Architects, and each incorporates 84 Schüco AWS 102 projected top hung vents. The vents are automatically operated by a total of 336 SCCO 24 30 concealed actuators, which were supplied, installed and commissioned by SE Controls in partnership with specialist façade contractor, Norking Aluminium. In addition to installing the actuators, the interface control panels were also supplied, installed and commissioned by SE Controls together with the fire rated cabling, which is completely concealed within the curtain walling. During day-to-day operation, the natural ventilation system responds to signals from sensors linked to the building management system (BMS) to ensure that the indoor air quality and temperature are maintained within the pre-set parameters to maintain a comfortable working environment. In the event of a fire, the building’s alarm system signals the natural ventilation system to automatically close all the vents as part of the smoke and fire control strategy. This not only restricts the flow of oxygen into the

building to help suppress the fire but also allows precise control to be taken by fire officers via the system’s manual control points, enabling smoke to be cleared from the relevant atrium. As SE Controls’ actuators and Schüco vents have been tested and proven to meet the European smoke vent standard hEN12101-2 and the Construction Products Regulations that came into force in July 2013, the ventilation system is CE marked and fully compliant. SE Controls’ Commercial Director, Martin Oates, commented: “The Airbus project is an excellent example of how a fully compliant life safety critical smoke ventilation system can also be utilised on a day to day basis to provide a controlled natural ventilation solution that maintains comfort for Airbus staff.” He added: “By being brought into the process at a very early stage, we were able to clarify the specification, assist the design team and help resolve any technical and operational issues during the build.” Further information on SE Controls’ products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting or calling +44 (0) 1543 443060. I enquiry 511

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ACT Taking centre stage for both decorators and builders is the

highly acclaimed ‘Double Act’ of Caulk Once and Fill Once. Both are manufactured using advanced technologies to ensure superior adhesion and filling power, formulated to outperform all other conventional decorating caulks and fillers. Probably the best on the market, Caulk Once and Fill Once are a hard act to follow.

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A Winning Performance in the “Golden Mile” GREAT WEST HOUSE, BRENTFORD Forming part of what is known as Brentford’s “Golden Mile” business area; Great West House with its L-plan design is an iconic 1960’s tower. Dominating the skyline from the elevated M4, Great West House provides office accommodation for a number of blue-chip British and world-wide organisations, including BSkyB, Page One Communications and Air India. Known as GW1 and GW2 the paired buildings are owned by commercial property investment company CLS Holdings plc and operated by Instant Office Ltd as a Business Centre providing fully furnished office suites,


conference rooms, catering and leisure facilities. An extensive programme of refurbishment and upgrade has ensured that the buildings provide contemporary accommodation to a high standard. However with energy performance now assuming greater importance for building owners and managers the original metal windows are also being enhanced to improve standards of thermal insulation and comfort. The chosen solution is Selectaglaze’s bespoke Secondary Glazing with high performance seals which reduces heat loss by more than 50% and minimises air leakage. Comfort is improved and energy demand reduced. The secondary windows

are fully fabricated off-site allowing rapid installation and minimal disruption to the day to day business of the building. Thermography tests conducted by Thermascan clearly demonstrate that floors with secondary glazing perform considerably better than those with original glazing. Secondary glazing also offers significant noise insulation, typically a 45dB reduction, and is extensively used to combat traffic and aircraft noise in offices, hotels and residential areas. Effective security can also be achieved using locks and strengthened glass. Selectaglaze, founded in 1966 and a Royal Warrant holder since 2004 is the UK’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of secondary glazing. Products are

independently tested for thermal insulation, sound attenuation and security. Secure products have ‘Police preferred speciation’ under the Secured by Design initiative. Selectaglaze offers a free technical advisory service and a RIBA approved CPD seminar to professional designers.

Thermographic Imagery demonstrates the effectiveness of secondary glazing within this 1960’s office block. Ar1 denotes the area treated with secondary glazing, showing minimum heat loss. Ar2 demonstrates the untreated area. For further information or literature please contact the Marketing Department on 01727 837271; or visit the company’s comprehensive website at: I enquiry 513

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Pictured Left to Right: Stephen Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, Janice Carey, Chief Examiner, CSRT, Pam Weatherhead, Kevin Dodds of award sponsors Triton Systems

PCA Con Continues On G Rewarding the cream of the UK’s building pre-

Pictured Left to Right: Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, Simon Colderick from Complete Preservation and Technician’s Examiner Peter Macdonald.

servation industry and creating a platform for topical debate across the sector, the Property Care Association’s flagship annual conference and awards reinforced its position as the industry event for members and non-members alike. Combining a conference and awards ceremony, the event – held this year at the Royal Armouries in Leeds – attracted a record

Pictured Left to Right: Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, Les Meikle of Wise Property Care and Jane Shepherd of award sponsors Shepherd PR.

audience. Regarded as the most important date on the Property Care Association’s (PCA) calendar - and renowned among property professionals for offering forward-thinking views and lively debate - the conference started off with a discussion on flooding by Chris Netherton, from The National Flood School.

Pictured Left to Right: Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, Bryan and Julie Hindle of BT Preservation, Paul Hughes of award sponsors Pam Ties Ltd and Regional Support Officer Peter Macdonald.


Pictured Left to Right: Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, Fraser Rafton of Dryfix Preservation Ltd and Hudson Lambert of Safeguard Europe Limited.

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onference Growth Curve Building conservationist, Douglas Kent, Technical Secretary at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) then discussed the need for sensitive building refurbishment and the skills PCA members bring to carry out such works. Glen Wilson from Munters Air Treatments explored the effects of humidity, sources of moisture and methods of dehumidification, and Professor Naresh Magan of the mycology department at Cranfield University, discussed the causes and health implications of mould in occupied buildings.

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Pictured Left to Right: Bruce’s course tutor Phil Hewitt, Chief Executive of the PCA, Steve Hodgson, Bruce Madden, David Symes from award sponsor Delta Membrane Systems and Chief Examiner for CSSW, Graham Coleman

Pictured Left to Right: Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, Dean and Annabelle Webster of South East Timber & Damp and Gerald Kelly of the award sponsors CITB.

The conference concluded with Tim Blackman from CITB giving an outline of their work to support PCA members. The event then moved on to a celebration of the cream of professionalism in the industry, with the presentation of Students of the Year and PCA Awards, which attracted high quality entries from across the UK. The first stage of the evening was the presentation of the Student of the Year Awards, and first up to the winner’s stage was Pam Weatherhead, of Damptec Systems, who secured the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) award, sponsored by Triton Systems. This was presented by Janice Carey Chief Examiner for CSRT. Then Bruce Madden, of Stonehouse Property Care, took the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW), sponsored by Delta Membrane Systems. CSSW Chief Examiner, Graham Coleman, together with Phil Hewitt, presented the award.

Pictured Left to Right: Stephen Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, James and David Hockey of Trace, Peter Atchison from award sponsor PAGeotechnical Ltd.

Finally in this category, the Technician of the Year was presented to Simon Colderick, of Complete Preservation, an award sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates. Peter Macdonald, the award’s examiner, presented the accolade. The next stage of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the PCA Awards. Now in their sixth year, these are selected by an independent panel of judges; Graham Perrior of the NHBC, Douglas Kent of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and Gerald Kelly of CITB. The first of these awards was the CITB-sponsored Training and Staff Development title, which was secured by South East Timber and Damp. Then the Shepherd PR sponsored Innovation and Sustainability title was presented to Wise Property Care, with Cook Group recognised as Highly Commended. Project of the Year – sponsored by PAGeotechnical – was awarded for the second year running to Trace Remedial Building Services, and the PAM Ties-sponsored Contractor of the Year title went to Brick-Tie Preservation.

Pictured Left to Right: Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive of the PCA, and Alison Bunch and Iain Mackay of ERS

A new award for 2014, Best New Member Application, sponsored by the PCA, was jointly won by TP Knotweed Solutions and Environmental Reclamation Services (ERS). Finally, another new award for 2014, the Employee of the Year title, sponsored by Safeguard Europe, went to Fraser Rafton, of Dryfix Preservation. Dereck Padgett from Multiskill and Gary Moody of Shaw Preservations were runners-up. To conclude the evening, PCA Honorary Memberships were given to Bill Muir and Phil Hewitt.

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SX Mighty Strength Grip and Grab Adhesive Unique to Siroflex Ltd SX Mighty Strength Grip and Grab Adhesive has incredible instant grab properties that will bond heavy objects onto vertical surfaces instantaneously without slippage or support. Click on the QR code to watch the demonstration DVD. SX Mighty Strength Grip and Grab Adhesive will even bond to damp and wet surfaces and has excellent adhesion to most building

Yorkshire housebuilder is National Winner of leading industry award

North Leeds-based Park Lane Homes has received one of the house-building industry’s most prestigious accolades as the National Winner of the Premier Guarantee Excellence Award for

substrates including natural stone, mirrors, ceramics, wood, metal and PVCu. It is suitable for external and internal applications. Siroflex have recently redesigned the packaging to include an eye-catching claw grabbing the brand. They are offering an excellent FSDU display stand available FOC with an order of 360 cartridges or more. Please contact Siroflex for further details.

Small Development of the Year 2013. The company finished ahead of thousands of registered housebuilders across the UK to win two awards - best in regional and national categories - for an exclusive development of two luxury properties completed in June 2013 in north Leeds. Showcasing the very best developments nationwide, the Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards recognise those companies

Xtratherm launches Y-Value Calculator

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and individuals who strive to deliver the highest quality construction projects. Accompanied by Technical Manager, Simon Walker and Site Manager, Jason Albrecht, Park Lane Homes’ Construction Director Brian Andrew Clink was delighted to receive the awards from Michael Hobson of Premier Guarantee. Brian Andrew Clink said: “It was an extremely demanding site to manage, certainly one of the

Xtratherm has launched a new online tool which will enable architects, energy assessors and designers to take full advantage of good detailing based on the Accredited Details for Construction (ACDs). The Xtratherm Y-Calculator tool is an easy to use calculator to determine the thermal bridging heat loss from non-repeating thermal bridges that must be accounted for in SAP 2009 and SAP 2012.The calculator tool is available online from April 2014. When

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using Xtratherm PIR insulation in the design, results will show significant improvement, as the extremely efficient insulation material has the added benefit of engineered jointing. A full user guide has also been made available and contains further explanation on how to use the Yvalue calculator and how using Xtratherm insulation can improve the energy efficiency of a building. I enquiry 109

What would you do with an extra £300? What would a van user do with an extra £300? This is being asked by The Fuelcard People, a Fuel Card Group company. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: “If you pay 4p per litre less for diesel, you save £300 on 7,500 litres, which is not excessive annual consumption for a van. That simple maths explains why pump price fuel cards are falling out of favour. Van users enjoy having to answer the £300 question.” He has seen a sudden increase in enquiries about The Fuelcard People’s commercial rate fuel cards, which offer significant discounts on every major brand. He suggests that this was almost inevitable, in the wake of recent activity by a pump price fuel card supplier. “After years of trying to talk down the obvious benefits of fixed price fuel cards, the market has made them accept reality,” he said. “Now, they admit, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them,’ by launching their own version of a discount fuel card.”

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Monodraught Cool-phase helps Ford’s Retail Car Showrooms Go Green A new Ford Retail car showroom and used car sales office completed in January 2013 is equipped with Monodraught Coolphase, a low energy cooling, ventilation and heat recovery system. Cool-phase reduces the running costs of buildings while creating a fresh and healthy indoor environment without the use of compressors or hazardous coolants. The system uses


intelligently controlled phase change material (PCM) to actively ventilate and cool buildings, maintaining temperatures within the comfort zone, while radically reducing energy consumption by up to 90% compared to conventional cooling systems. Commenting for Ford Retail Group, property manager Simon Page says Ford Retail has been examining various methods for reducing its carbon footprint across retail showrooms in the UK, where some of its largest running

expenses are energy costs and one of the most significant is the ongoing cost of operating and maintaining mechanical ventilation and comfort cooling systems. Monodraught was approached by award winning consulting and building services engineers Troup Bywaters & Anders, to provide a design for natural ventilation at the new build project in Runcorn. Following acceptance of the design, Ford proposed a meeting with Monodraught to discuss how the Cool-phase system would work

and how it would benefit the Runcorn retail environment. During this meeting Monodraught proposed installing its Cool-phase system in the retail centre’s used car sales office, to prove how effective it would be in reducing energy costs for comfort cooling. In a bid to reduce energy costs, Simon Page had already explored various renewable energy solutions in previous projects, but needed to reassure colleagues that

‘going green’ was a viable option for dealers during a recession. Says Page: “While the objective is laudable in green terms, there is also a strong financial business case, particularly as profit margins are tight in the motor industry right now and any opportunity to mitigate our property costs is very welcome. I enquiry 518

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The fastest version of HBXL’s hugely successful PlansXpress software has just been launched. A CAD software package aimed specifically for builders and property developers PlansXpress Version 4 allows small building companies to offer a full design and build service for their customers. It means general builders can quickly and easily draw their own building plans and elevations without the need for any training or employing the services of an architect – saving them thousands in fees. First launched in 2007, PlansXpress quickly took the imagination of builders and developers wanting to create their own drawings rather than spending money outsourcing the service. And having saved builders tens of thousands of pounds already, this latest version of the software, which is the fastest yet, is perfect for planning applications and building regulations. Compatible with the very latest technologies and building techniques it allows builders to produce architect quality plans, 3D models and photo-realistic rendering quickly and easily. Builders can also print architect quality, working drawings in plan format as well as producing automatically generated elevations and 3D visuals. In addition by importing the plans from PlansXpress into HBXL’s leading estimating software

EstimatorXpress, means the entire plan and design can be automatically priced and scheduled at the click of a button! Joanna Mulgrew, marketing director at HBXL said: “Research shows that clients often find there is very little to choose from one builder to the next when deciding on the right company for their building project. “PlansXpress is the only software package aimed full square at builders and developers and as the first and only CAD software on the market that gives builders the tools to draft plans and elevations quickly and easily, places a huge amount of power at their fingertips. “In consultation with existing PlansXpress users we have made speed and performance the main focus of this new release with some elements 825% faster than before! “Not only does it save huge amount of money from outsourcing this sort of service, it also helps impress the customer. “There are many 3D design programmes on the market but none actually link the drawings into the estimating software. This means the user still has to go through the arduous process of putting the estimate together and inputting dimensions again.”

With only 14% of building companies in the UK currently offering a design and build service Mulgrew is convinced that those who put themselves in a position to provide this sort of service will get ahead of the competition. She added: “We have many customers who since using PlansXpress and EstimatorXpress combined have improved their win ratio, become more profitable and reduced massively the time and money spent on creating drawings and producing estimates by using our software. “With the economy showing signs of growth and positive news on the build sector hitting the headlines daily, now is the time for builders to plan for the future and make sure they’re ahead of the game.” For further information please visit or call 0845 1234 065.

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Sovereign provide a comprehensive range of Water Repellents in either liquid or cream formulations, such as the Company’s top selling Weather-Chek Façade Cream, which provide a highly effective barrier to penetrating dampness. Part of the Company’s marketleading range of remedial damp proofing and treatment products, these easily applied, clear drying treatments are ideal for a wide variety of brick, stone, concrete, masonry, render and other porous surfaces. Park Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4EQ.

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Coming soon.... Ultra Floor is re-branding its entire range to include some great new products, enhancements to the existing range and vibrant new packaging!

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New FILASTOP DIRT joins Fila’s Protection Line Natural surface care specialist, Fila has introduced a protective dirt-barrier treatment for textured and unpolished porcelain tiles. New FILASTOP DIRT chemically bonds without leaving a film, to create invisible protection that prevents dirt build-up and promotes fast and easy cleaning. The ready-to-use protector can be used inside and outdoors and features Micrometrics technology* - tried-and–tested science that respects the environment, the operator and the end user. Following application to a

Norbord's flooring system seals success in the fight against wet, squeaky floors


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property in Buckinghamshire highlights the diverse range of wood finishes from Osmo and how these eco-friendly products provide outstanding protection and aesthetically pleasing results both internally and externally. Built in the 1980’s, this fourbed detached home had an unfortunate north facing patio, which, due to lack of sunlight was rarely used. With the prospect of a promising summer, the homeowner decided to make the most of the patio area by erecting an extension and extending the kitchen, utilising the unused space. Jeffrey Powell Associates was the architect for this project and designed an oak framed extension. To ensure the timber would be protected against UV rays and eliminate algae and fungal decay, two coats of Osmo’s Oak UVProtection-Oil was applied to the frame, door and windows. By absorbing into the oak, the finish allows the surface to remain healthy and elastic, preventing it from drying and becoming brittle.

Designer Contracts’ carpet recycling scheme has been named as a finalist in the Housebuilder Product of the Year Awards in the category ‘Best Site Product.’ The scheme works by diverting 90% of Designer Contracts fitter’s waste carpet into felt underlay. What isn’t turned into underlay is used in the

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demands, Norbord has introduced subtle changes to make life even easier for the housebuilder/installer. Caberdek provides a safe working platform in the build process and, as it is protected by a film, the floor is pristine when this film is eventually peeled away. Once the floor has been laid (in accordance with instructions), it is designed to withstand all weather conditions and will remain unblemished for 42 days. It is here where the changes have been made. The film is now secured by rollercoating which gives a more consistent adhesion on each board so providing another layer of protection against moisture ingress. I enquiry 113

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equestrian sector for arena flooring – already saving 100 tonnes from landfill since its launch in autumn 2013. Said md, Peter Kelsey: “We’re delighted to have been recognised for our recycling scheme and we have been pitted against some tough competition. We have a sustainable and manageable product, which is showing strong results and is of benefit to the housebuilder in more ways than one.” The winner will be announced at the Housebuilder Product Awards at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on the July 2 2014. I enquiry 115

Step-On-Safety Step On Safety Ltd are one of the UK's leading suppliers, installers and distributors of Fibreglass Moulded Gratings, DDA Compliant Anti-Slip Flooring, Stair Nosing and Composite Access Structures. Our comprehensive Access Structure build and install service includes Maintenance Platforms, Staircases and Caged Personnel Access Ladders; all manufactured from fibreglass (GRP) materials. Our Quartzgrip™ Fibreglass Moulded Gratings provide an excellent alternative to conventional steel mesh gratings, and are significantly lighter in weight, corrosion resistant, nonconductive, anti-slip and easy to

install. At CITE 2014 we will be unveiling our new Fibreglass (GRP) RAILWAY STATION MODULAR PLATFORM SYSTEM, as well as promoting our Fibreglass Gated Platform Access Steps. For more information please visit our stand (F27) at the CITE Exhibition, which is running alongside this year’s INFRARAIL show.

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Save labour and time on site for same material outlay Labour and time on site can be reduced by weeks by getting someone else to do much of the work- for the same material cost. Protan is now able to supply rolls of material ready welded, in its state-of-the

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art factory. It is the only single ply membrane manufacturer offering the capability to UK roofing contractors. Yet the prefabricated system is cost-competitive with ‘standard’ membrane material, which still has to have on-site welding factored into the cost. Studies show that Protan’s innovative prefabricated roof process can cut welding by up to 70%: on a typical 10000m2 roof, equivalent to 60 hours’ LESS labour. The only fixing work required on site is along the edges and abutments, and detail round penetrations etc. Penetrations such as ‘Mansafe’ anchor points, rooflights and vents can even be supplied to individual order pre ‘flashed’ with Protan SE membrane to further minimise labour. I enquiry 117

IKO waterproof the roof on ‘The Place’ IKO PLC has provided 4000m2 of primary waterproofing to the plant areas and roof terrace space of ‘The Place’, a prestigious 17 storey corporate head quarters situated in London’s newest commercial area, the London Bridge Quarter. The Place, nicknamed the ‘Baby Shard’ because it sits in the shadow on The Shard, features naturally ventilated winter gardens on floors 3-12 and a landscaped roof terrace with spectacular views of

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London. IKO’s PermaTEC Hot Melt system and IKO Polimar seamless waterproofing systems was specified for the roof terrace spaces, delivering long performance and guaranteed waterproofing integrity whilst meeting the project’s stylish aesthetics. Suitable for warm or cold roofs, IKO Polimar provided a flexible, high performance UV resistant coating that forms a seamless, weatherproof barrier. IKO’s PermaTEC Hot Melt – a flexible, self-sealing membrane was also used to waterproof the plant area. A concrete base was cast onto a drainage mat that sits directly over the inverted insulation and waterproofing to bear the weight of the plant. It also removed the requirement to cast hundreds of plinths onto the slab. I enquiry 118

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Safesite helps the Isle of Wight ferries to run smoothly

Safesite Ltd has installed KeeGuard® Topfix and Kee Walk® for Wightlink Ferries on their refuelling tanks moored in Portsmouth Harbour to allow safe access to the sounding caps and level sensors on top of the tanks. Wightlink catamarans and ferries are the main link between the Isle of Wight and mainland UK, with nearly 50,000 sailings per year. Refuelling for the vessels is carried out via specially designed floating oil & gas platforms which are moored in the harbour. These platforms allow the vessels to refuel as and when needed without disrupting the daily services.

Encon's Eco Club gives contractors the green light


Building product installers are getting ECO help from Encon Insulation. Insulation and drywall contractors are getting help with access to ECO and Green Deal funding through the launch of an Eco Club by specialist distributor Encon Insulation. The half-day seminar which was held at Encon's North West branch in Chorley on Friday 21st March, was a great success, attracting more than 30 installers of insulation and drywall systems from throughout the region. Encon's Eco Club is supported by ECO and Green Deal funding provider Effective Energy and leading manufacturers including Kingspan Insulation,

Superglass and Parex. Eco Club members will benefit from support accessing ECO and Green Deal funding and Green Deal cash backs. They will also be eligible for product buying deals and ongoing trading incentives. Access to renewables products will also be supplied through distributor Amco Renewables. I enquiry 120

Safesite was contacted by Wightlink to carry out a survey and recommend the most appropriate solution to allow safe access onto the tops of the tanks for the sounding caps and level sensors which are used to monitor the tank fuel levels. KeeGuard® Topfix which has been designed specifically to provide collective edge protection for metal profile roofs allows safe access onto both tanks while Kee Walk® anti-slip walkway provides a level walking surface to the sounding caps and level sensors. I enquiry 119

Technical insulation product selector tool

Thermal and acoustic insulation manufacturer Armacell has developed a new product selector website and app to help contractors and mechanical services engineers choose the right technical insulation solution depending on the different application parameters they select. The tool features a series of yes or no questions that funnels down the list of suitable Armacell products for the application depending on the answers given. I enquiry 121

Coxdome Rooflight delivers daylight for bespoke office pods A north of England based company specializing in serving the growing trend for working from home, is making use of circular Coxdome rooflights in order to deliver daylight into its customized spherical-shaped office pods. Archipod Limited is to be found on the Elvington Industrial Estate in Yorkshire and markets its distinctive, stand-alone structures as being suitable for use as a workplace, studio, hobby room, children’s play-space or outside entertainment room. There are two sizes to choose from – the 2.9 metre diameter archipod or the one metre larger fatpod – though

Cembonit is Elegant Choice for Central School of Ballet

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both feature a Coxdome Circular Rooflight at the centre to their roof area. The Coxdome Circular Rooflight is available in a range of sizes from 600mm – going up in 100mm increments – to 2200mm diameter. I enquiry 122

modern exterior at the Central School of Ballet on Clerkenwell Road, London. Approximately 4,000m² of Cembonit in “Flint” has been used on the striking façade of the 34,000 ft sq ballet school. Designed by Allies and Morrison, the new building is comprised of 162 student residential units together with six state-of-the-art dance studios and all other facilities for the ballet school's activities. The building features a multi layered façade that consists of eight to twelve story steel frame blocks with a combination of structural panels, rainscreen cladding, structural glazing and a coated steel outer grid. I enquiry 123

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SARNAFIL PLUS Professional Roof Refurbishment Package Rather than waiting for the sound of dripping water, John O’Raw, Area Manager Scotland for Sika Sarnafil, explains why it’s worth taking a good hard look at your roof refurbishment programme now. “We know that maintaining a building is a complex business and with the roof being the element that is usually out of day-to-day sight, it is often only when there’s water dripping through the structure that action is taken. But what is the total cost of roof failure? What would happen if a roof under your care failed? What is the potential cost to the inhabitants of that building or workplace? And what does it mean for the specifier? Ensuring the right waterproofing solution is chosen is vital, but just as important is the support and knowledge provided by the roofing system manufacturer. Roof refurbishment is the cost effective solution in so many cases

– but only when it’s done well. It is not a straightforward process and there are many elements to be considered, but with the help of experts the complexity can be handled simply and efficiently. Just adding a new waterproof covering is not the complete answer, there’s more to consider and that’s where the new Sarnafil Plus programme comes into its own. With the growth in refurbishment projects

in the construction industry, Sika Sarnafil knew that it had to provide a better roof refurbishment package. To do this, Sika Sarnafil held discussions with a number of its existing clients and registered contractors to fully research the demands of the market. With so much refurbishment being undertaken the company is confident this new package will be of benefit to specifiers, contractors

and building owners alike. Sarnafil Plus has been designed to provide a comprehensive roof refurbishment package with ongoing support. It considers all elements to ensure that the correct specification, installation and application are met and that all accessories are Sarnafil/Sika branded to compliment the offer having been tested for suitability within the Sarnafil system. The added Plus is the programme’s market-leading insurance backed guarantees with a single point of responsibility, ensuring the client’s piece of mind and protection. During a project, on site installation and application support is provided by the nationwide network of Sika Sarnafil field technicians who regularly inspect the roof during the works and, on

satisfactory completion, provide an Inspection Certificate covering the correct installation. Periodic inspection and maintenance of roofing assets are the most important elements of a successful roof management programme, and in turn are proven to reduce ownership costs and leak frequency, extend the roof’s life cycle and most importantly, provide facilities and building management operations with fewer interruptions. The Sarnafil Plus programme will help achieve such an outcome.” For further information on Sarnafil Plus, visit or call 0800 0285 123. I enquiry 529

“ It was important that the installation was free-standing to minimise contact with the building,” comments Connect Scaffolding’s Operations Director, Karl Degroot.

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One of the most prestigious 17th century country houses in England has gained from the use of Layher Allround scaffolding and the Keder XL roofing system during refurbishment work. The installation – undertaken at Audley End House in Saffron Walden by Connect Scaffolding on behalf of conservation specialists,

Fairhurst Ward Abbotts Ltd. – has provided a bespoke access solution and large span, temporary roofing encapsulation. The project has provided multi-level access to the building’s facia and translucent weather protection for the roof area while, importantly, accommodating key factors associated with the English Heritage site.

“It was important that the installation was free-standing to minimise contact with the building,” comments Connect Scaffolding’s Operations Director, Karl Degroot. “Additionally, the structure had to provide a clean façade line while both pedestrian and vehicle access to the front elevations and west wing were also key objectives.

“We opted for the Layher solution – with its minimal number of components and wide bay design – as it helped these requirements to be fulfilled and because it provided wide access throughout each of the eight lift levels with only minimal need for cross bracing. This proved a significant aid to the refurbishment specialists working at the site, as did the Keder XL roof system.” This, he explains, was built in bay sections at ground level and then craned into position where translucent sheeting was pulled over the apex via in-built runners. “The translucent design also meant the maximum benefit of the natural light could be enjoyed, which was a further benefit for the workforce

at the site,” adds Karl Degroot. Working closely with the client, the design of Layher Allround meant that Connect Scaffolding were able to complete the structure in just over five weeks. The erection method also helped to ensure the house remained open for public access throughout.

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Freefoam announce new cast iron style rainwater range Freefoam, a leading manufacturer of a wide range of innovative products for the building industry in UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe, announce the addition of a new cast iron effect range to the Freeflow rainwater system. Manufactured with long lasting PVC-U, designed to provide the authentic look and feel of traditional cast iron rainwater systems with all the benefits of a modern, low maintenance and fitter-friendly system. The cast iron effect system is available in both half round and deep styles with a full range of related accessories to ensure a neat and professional installation. Whilst there is a continuing emphasis on building energy efficient homes the external

design and detailing of many new build developments remains traditional. Cast iron style guttering offers specifiers and property developers the ideal solution for a stylish traditional look giving homeowners a low maintenance long lasting system. The range also allows builders and renovators of period properties the option to update with modern materials without losing the charm and appeal of authentic features. Coextruded to perform Freefoam’s Freeflow rainwater system is co-extruded with a white interior and a range of exterior colours. This is Freefoam’s innovative solution to the problems associated with rapid heat absorption and expansion of gutters, which can cause leaks and noise when they cool down. A white

surface exposed to sunshine can absorb heat and attain a surface temperature 10ºC or more over the air temperature, while dark surfaces can add a further 30-40ºC and exceed the softening point of the PVC. On large capacity gutters with a large surface area facing the sun, this can be a particular problem. Freefoam’s innovation means that while the interior is exposed to sunlight as normal, it absorbs significantly less heat from the sun and expands far less along its width and length. This dramatically decreases the probability of leaks - and creaks! Water-tight joints Freefoam also pioneered the use of advanced long-life compressible seals which create flexible water-tight joints when lengths of guttering are connected together. The

Lucideon Invests in a New Frost Resistance Test Rig for Clay Roof Tiles & Natural Stone Products Lucideon, the international provider of materials development, testing and assurance, and formerly known as Ceram, is pleased to announce the installation of a new frost resistance test rig for clay roof tiles and natural stone products. The new rig specifically meets the revised BS EN 539-2 Test for Frost Resistance test method requirements for clay roof tiles and has the capability to test to the existing natural stone durability standards. In late 2013, a revision to BS EN 1304 Clay Roofing Tiles for Discontinuous Laying, product standard was published incorporating reference to the revised BS EN 539-2 Test for Frost Resistance, test method standard. Until then, frost resistance testing for clay roof tiles in Europe was


based on 4 different test methods; each test method was related to a specific geographical region of Europe. In the UK, test Method D was used to assess the frost resistance of clay roof tiles for the climatic conditions of the UK and Ireland. The use of multiple test methods for a single property was

seals allow gutters to move without making a noise and without creating the gaps which cause leaks. Colin St John, UK General Manager commented “The introduction of a cast iron effect range to our Freeflow system has been developed following demand from customers for a low maintenance product with traditional features. It’s an exciting development and we are already seeing a high level of interest from both our existing customer base and new enquiries”

seen as detrimental to panEuropean trade; member states would only acknowledge frost resistance test certificates relating to their geographical region. Prior to the new test method, if manufacturers sought panEuropean sales coverage, they were required to test the same

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roof tile properties 4 times, to different methods. It has taken over 10 years to develop a single frost resistance test method; instead of different test methods, the frost resistance is now based on the number of damage free cycles the products achieve during the assessment. European geographical regions now have a defined number of cycles that act as a “threshold” for compliance with frost resistance in their specific climatic zone (See table below). In order to accommodate the fundamental change to the frost resistance testing methodology, Lucideon collaborated with Butler Refrigeration to design and commission the construction of a new freeze-thaw test rig. The new rig is capable of testing 16 sets of standard clay roof tiles, simultaneously. Country

Dr Andrew Smith, Head of Sustainability and Construction Materials, commented: “Whilst fundamental changes in test methods and the equipment to undertake these tests are a significant cost to a test house such as Lucideon, it does afford us time to step back from routine testing and look at the potential opportunities to improve and expand our service offering. “The new frost resistance rig will not only provide a significant increase in testing capacity but also allow for greater flexibility. We specifically designed the new rig to enable us to test both clay roof tiles and natural stone construction products to the relevant European Standards that relate to durability and frost resistance.” Tel: +44 (0)1782 764344

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Building a Better Business As the UK's national timber event for the built environment, Timber Expo is now firmly established in the industry calendar. The event provides a platform for exhibitors from across the globe to showcase the latest innovations - however Timber Expo is now recognised as being more than just a ‘market stall' to promote products and services, it is also a platform for ‘thought leadership' and knowledge transfer. But when other trade exhibitions are in decline, why is Timber Expo expanding year on year? According to Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures, who with Austrian partners Binderholz form the XLAM Alliance - it's having a business focus. "It's all about creating a forum to bring the right people together to conduct meaningful business meetings. Once construction companies had the luxury of substantial marketing budgets; however the recession changed all that - now we have to ensure a return on our investment by generating a positive impact to the bottom line." At the heart of Timber Expo each year, is the Timber Buyers and Specifiers Forum - a purposeful environment for building business networks. This focused approach has proved to be highly successful in creating new business relationships, facilitating meetings and most importantly, generating business. All participants in the Forum have a strong desire to engage at the highest level with

decision makers with direct influence over procurement decisions. "We have exhibited every year since the launch of Timber Expo at the Ricoh Arena in September 2011. Last year the Buyers Forum was extremely successful for the XLAM Alliance," Nick Milestone added. "The new format, with an online profile for all the buyers taking part, included details of live projects and precise requirements. With this system no one wastes their time and booking meetings in advance demonstrates commitment on both sides. Buyers meet with the right exhibitors and can get straight down to business. The Forum generated inroads and openings with companies we would have otherwise not had the opportunity to meet and do business with." Due to the increase in international visitors and exhibitors, last year Timber Expo moved from the Ricoh Arena to the NEC. 2014 will see another first for the event - now in its fourth year, Timber Expo will be co-locating with W14 - the bi-annual trade exhibition for

UK joinery and furniture manufacturers on October 7 and 8 at the NEC, Birmingham. Event Director Loretta Sales commented: "Keeping the content current and informative is crucial. The Timber Focus seminar programme organised by TRADA, is free to attend and focuses on new innovations, iconic case studies and the implications of new regulations. The Toolbox Talks programme offers exhibitors a platform to promote their latest products or services and the Timber Buyers & Specifiers Forum

proved to be a great success with exhibitors and 98% of buyers confirming they would like to be contacted to take part in 2014." To find out more about the promotional and business opportunities at Timber Expo 2014, please call Loretta Sales on +44 (0) 7956 173 351 or Dave Smith +44 (0) 7932 188 881 I enquiry 536


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The Hex is back New Trend Hexagonal Mosaic Collection Hexagonal tiling was popular in the Victorian era and during the Arts and Crafts period, the geometric shape being favoured by designers for its pleasing symmetry. The style has since been copied in vinyl form and enjoyed a renaissance in the 60’s, as black and white hexagonal bathroom tiles. Now the hex is back. Italian tilemaker Trend has launched its glass mosaic Hexagonal Collection, with an initial range of ten semitransparent fused glass colours, enriched with sparkling enamels and avventurina stone.

These beautiful 35mm x 30mm hexagon tiles are around 5mm thick and supplied in 326mm x 350mm sheet sizes, mounted on the company’s innovative Trend Plus installation system. Tested and ASTM certificated to be non-porous and resistant to colour fading, frost, chemical agents and thermal shock, the tiles are also inherently slipresistant in bare feet and shoes. Applications include kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, residential flooring, swimming pools and spas, with a recommended price of £173 per square metre making them

Franke Sissons meets the BIM challenge

successful in commercial building applications. Essentially the UK Government has embarked with industry on a four year programme for sector modernisation with the key objectives of reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project

Franke Washroom Systems, aka Franke Sissons, now has a number of products BIM modelled. Most are for hospital and janitorial use – areas where Franke Washrooms is a leading supplier. The company is also working on modelling its solid surface Miranit range which has been very

suitable for many indoor and outdoor settings. The hexagon is a polygon with six edges and six vertices, or corners, and in nature is associated with the shape of a honeycomb. Each tile can be bordered by six other hexagons, which can themselves be bordered by other hexagons, indefinitely in any direction, creating a pleasingly dense tiling pattern. Contrasting accent tiles can be used to introduce highlights into the field colour or to frame the dominant pattern. Made using up to 59% postconsumer recycled glass, Trend


come complete with anti-limescale shower head technology for easy cleaning. Recommended for use with Inta’s market-leading TMV3approved mixing valves, the i-Sport panels boast a top and back entry variant and are supplied with an 8lpm flow regulator, helping commercial operators to save water.

Simplifying hygiene specification

with advances at Clos-o-Mat. Britain’s biggest manufacturer of toileting solutions for the less able, the company has extended its range to deliver a flexible offering

Population trends are triggering an increase in the specification and purchase of disabled equipment. As a result, specifiers are having to adapt to developments in the sector- an adaptation simplified

black and white bathroom and kitchen tiling, for sanitaryware surrounds, splashbacks, flooring and feature panels. To make installation of the material much easier and faster, the tiles are mounted on Trend Plus, the innovative technology that supports each full sheet of glass mosaic tesserae, creating a more user-friendly tiling system and ensuring a perfect finish every time. A net of reactive polyurethane (PUR) webbing that is solvent-free and non-flammable, it represents the best solution for mosaic installations in any environment, including large surface areas, swimming pools and spas, less than 10% coverage of the tile backs maximising surface adhesion. For further information and nearest stockist contact Trend GB, Decimus Park, Kingstanding Way, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3GP, telephone 0800 044 5395, email I enquiry 538

Bushboard Nuance Showerwall launches six new laminate wallpanels Bushboard’s Nuance range of luxurious designs bathroom laminate wall panels are

life-cycle The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. I enquiry 124

Inta’s i-Sport shower panels are stylish washroom wonders Inta’s new i-Sport shower panels fuse sleek style with functionality to provide the ultimate showering experience for commercial washrooms. Boasting a sleek all-in-one compact design with an extruded aluminium finish, Inta’s shower panels feature an adjustable directional shower head, pneumatic push button control and

Hexagonal are semi-transparent glass mosaic tesserae, coloured in fusion, then blended with complementary enamels and avventurina stone. The distinctive veining effect is achieved by manually mixing the materials while still in a molten state. The iridescent accent is introduced by avventurina, formed by a centuries-old process of fusing silica, copper and colour components at temperatures around 1200ºC. The translucent staining of Hexagonal tesserae makes them particularly suitable for sophisticated applications, where brightness and transparency have key design roles, especially when enhanced by special lighting effects. The choice of colours ranges from ice white, through turquoise and midnight blue, emerald green, bronze and deep red, to tones of grey, slate and black, the variations in shade making the surfaces agreeably irregular and dynamic. The availability of white and black tiles in the Hexagonal palette enables the recreation of traditional

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that efficiently creates a wellfunctioning accessible bathroom, toilet, washroom, or Changing Places facility in domestic and commercial environments. “The Office for National Statistics’ latest data shows life expectancy in the UK has reached its highest level on record, with the number of centenarians alone increasing fivefold in 20 years. I enquiry 126

The Showerwall waterproof wall panelling system has been updated with six luxurious new décors, reflecting the trends for natural marbles and stones in bathroom interiors and providing an easy-installation, easy maintenance alternative to tiles. A new brochure and sampling is available. Showerwall’s six new design additions extend the range to 39 laminate designs in total. They reflect popular customer demand for easy-living neutrals with Natural Marble Gloss, Rustic Travertine Gloss and Bianco Stardust, as well as the growing trend for bolder statement stones such as Breccia (pictured), Grigio Marble and Black Wave. The six designs are available in a mixture of gloss and matt textures.

totally waterproof and unique in being suitable for wetrooms, as well as shower enclosures and around baths. Nuance panels are totally water-impervious as they are not made from wood, like other brands, but from a patented polyurethane core board. Add to that a high performance laminate, easy installation with Bushboard’s customised waterproof and sealant and the result is a stylish panelling alternative to tiles that is guaranteed for 15 years.

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Another unique feature is that the panels can be jointed and finished without any extrusions, creating a seamless and visually superior look. There are two choices of panels that include a slim postformed edge that can be used to create a neat finishing solution which is more aesthetically pleasing than an extrusion. I enquiry 128

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A trip to Hawaii and more top prizes to be won as Geberit’s celebrates The big 5-0 of the concealed cistern


Installers purchasing a Geberit Duofix frame between April and September may be in for a nice surprise, if a winning ticket to mark 50 years of the Geberit concealed cistern is in the box. To celebrate its milestone anniversary and by way of saying thank you to its loyal customers for supporting this revolutionary bathroom system concept, selected Geberit Duofix frames delivered in the UK and Ireland during this promotional period will contain a 50th year ticket. There are 150 instant prizes to be won, all of which have been chosen to make an installers job that little bit easier, just like the Geberit Duofix frame. There are 50 Geberit Duofix toolboxes, 50

DeWALT speaker stations and 50 DeWALT drill sets up for grabs. And the winning doesn’t end there, as everyone who purchases a Geberit Duofix frame throughout the promotional period can enter a prize draw, with the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Hawaii - which is the US's 50th state to tie in with the 50th anniversary theme. Thanks to innovations and advancements in fitting technology, including the Geberit Duofix frame, the manufacturer’s original concealed cistern has come a long way since it was first introduced 50 years ago. Supplied complete with all the necessary parts to connect to the wall and floor and to make the plumbing and drainage connections, the Geberit Duofix frame is always a winning concept for installers looking to achieve a neat, quality finish with wall-hung sanitaryware. I enquiry 539

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Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, the trade only supplier of high quality pre-assembled kitchens, offer quick quotations and a full design service that helps to save the trade time and money whilst offering consumers the complete package.


Providing everything builders need under one roof, with a quick turnaround on orders and attractive showrooms for their customers to visit, Benchmarx can help take care of the whole process for the benefit of the tradesman who can then pass on the rewards to the end user.The current network of 112 Benchmarx branches across the UK offer the trade a compelling range of kitchen furniture designs, appealing to all tastes and budgets, with the security of excellent stock availability. Benchmarx holds an impressive 90% of all products in stock at its centrally located 50,000 square foot distribution centre, with the remaining 10% delivered direct to the customer from suppliers. Best-selling items are available immediately from branch whilst most other items can be delivered within 48 hours, so customers can choose and receive their dream kitchen for their tradesman to install in next to no time. To make selecting kitchen furniture quicker and easier, Benchmarx has introduced a simpler ‘good’, ‘better’, ‘best’ offer that enables tradesman to trade up or down through the ranges in order to make better margins. This includes 26 contemporary, modern and traditional kitchen designs to suit any style, space and budget, plus a wide range of handles, work surfaces, accessories and leading appliance brands. CAD planning support is available for builders and instant quotations help speed up the process so more time can be spent on the job. Full details of all products can be found in a comprehensive new brochure, which builders and installers can use as a sales tool when selling the complete package to consumers. A trade price list and technical guide have also been produced and a social housing brochure is now available for those working on larger projects with more specific requirements. I enquiry 540

Benchmarx helps save the trade time & money

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Hills Cubicles, the ultimate in design & flexibility Whether the requirement be a complete washroom or a simple cubicle installation, Hills have a flexible product solution for every occasion. Should the requirement be ‘Made to Measure Range’ or the innovative ‘Mix n Fix Range’, each comes supported with both inhouse creative and technical services, whilst Hills commitment to customer service is the envy of the industry. Recognising no two washroom projects are alike, Hills Made to Measure Ranges are the tailor made solution for every environment from shopping centres to sports stadia. With thirteen design concepts, a vast colour palette and coordinating ironmongery design options, the ability to create an innovative, eye catching washroom is as simple as turning the pages of the Hills catalogue. When the Design team at Hills Cubicles began work in the innovative Mix

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n Fix washroom cubicle range, central to the brief was to design a cubicle system that delivered a new level of style to the market, whilst incorporating ease of assembly based upon a standard structure. Research also revealed that installers asked for standardised components which might be interchanged to build a highly versatile system, flexible enough to meet most design requirements yet be quick and easy to install. With ease of installation in mind, Hills pre-drill the fascias and doors for hinges, legs and indicator bolts, saving even more valuable time and therefore money. Mix n Fix from Hills Cubicles and Washrooms is now regarded as one of the most easiest to fit modular cubicle systems available on the market. Available ex stock for short lead time deliveries. Contact Premdor or Hills Cubicles on 0844 2090008 or visit I enquiry 542

“The frames went in with no problems and the finished results are really impressive,” comments Flo-Heat’s engineer. “We liked the way that everything we needed for each installation came in one box so we were able to control stock on site easily and keep wastage and losses to an absolute minimum.”

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MultiKwik makes spotless appearance at London Hotel

Spotless bathrooms with a funky modern feel are a key selling point of a modern new hotel in one of London’s buzziest neighbourhoods. M&E contractor Flo-Heat used a wide range of products from the new Multikwik range of concealed bathroom frames to fit wall hung suites easily and quickly at the new Qbic Hotel in the Brick Lane quarter. The new 171-room Qbic hotel has been converted from an old office building. The main contractors, AJ Contracts were comments Flo-Heat’s engineer. unsightly pipes and fittings, given a brief to carry out the “We liked the way that maintaining the scheme’s deluxe work quickly, efficiently and with everything we needed for each finish. The comprehensive as little impact on the installation came in one box so range 820mm and 1185mm environment as possible. The we were able to control stock frames features a module for rooms are all futuristic in design on site easily and keep wastage every type of bathroom fitting, and feature a compact, cube- and losses to an absolute including WCs, urinals, bidets, shaped ‘living box’ called a Cubi minimum.” The Multikwik baths, showers and special - an integrated furniture and Sanitary Systems range of needs fittings. The frame system room layout, including the concealed bathroom frames is complemented by the bathroom. With a high volume offers installers a simple, Multikwik range of compact and of bathrooms to complete, and innovative and straightforward concealed cisterns and a wide the tight timescales demanded way of installing modern wall- range of flush plates and cover by the client, Flo-Heat looked hung sanitary suites. The range plates including vandal-resistant for a frame system that would – designed with simplicity, stainless steel versions. Touchcombine high quality, and speed versatility and style in mind – free infrared technology is also and simplicity of installation. Flo- offers installers a comprehensive incorporated into the range. Heat specified over the frames range of frames, cisterns, flush Dual flush systems provide for hanging wall hung WCs and plates and infrared kits for any water-and money-saving basins along with the associated installation from one single benefits. Multikwik connectors flush plates, plus soil and waste supplier. As well as facilitating are available from good builders pipes and fittings. The system the installation of clean, modern and plumbers merchants was installed in a tight timescale sanitaryware designs which are nationwide. Installers can find to meet the hotel’s opening a hallmark at the Qbic their nearest date. “The frames went in with development, Multikwik Sanitary no problems and the finished Systems offer the opportunity I enquiry 544 results are really impressive,” to hide many obtrusive and Multikwik stockist by visiting Full details of the Multikwik range, along with comprehensive, downloadable literature, case studies, and technical information can also be found on the company’s web site or by calling 01622 852654.


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Zilmet vessels celebrate our national treasures Zilmet is celebrating the success of its UK arm with a range of limited edition National Treasure Vessels, designed to help heat homes with familiar faces we know

years. uch is the success of this venture, Zilmet developed the limited edition range, available throughout April only, comprising three designs with modern British icons. Stuart Gizzi, director at Zilmet UK, said: “The fine tradition of Italian plumbing craftmanship is well documented throughout history, from introducing modern sanitary to Britain in Roman times through to being immortalised in Nintendo’s Super Mario.

and love. The firm, which supplies expansion tanks across the world, established a dedicated unit in Staffordshire after supplying to the UK market for 25

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Inta keeps ‘i’ on the ball with new-look range Inta has relaunched its best-selling family of WRAS approved isolating ball valves, iball logo.jpg, with an expanded offering and newlook logo. The range, which boasts a comprehensive

offering of compression and female ball valves that can be used on the trickiest of pipework installations, features anti-blow out stems and double viton seals, delivering a dependable

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The new Sanifloor from Saniflo is a shower waste with a suction pump and sensor that enables the installation of level access showers and wetrooms in situations where gravity drainage is not an option. In today’s modern bathroom of high output rainfall and power showers, the Sanifloor has been designed to cope with a large deluge of water at any time. The discharge pipework is 32mm wide and the flow rate of the suction pump of 25l/min at 3m is compatible with the latest waterfall and rainshowers.

Firefly, the leading innovators in the design and manufacture of Hybrid Power Generators in the UK, has released the new Pyxis Power Pack™. Available in either 230V or 110V models, it replaces the need for running a costly and noisy generator for low power applications. Portable and robust, the Pyxis Power Pack™ provides power without fuel, anywhere on site. Since no fumes are emitted, it is completely safe to use in confined spaces. I enquiry 131

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performance when isolating the supply of water at the point of outlet. Available in various sizes, from 15mm 54mm and with female valves from ½ inch to 4 inches BSP, the iball logo.jpg family is one of the most comprehensive ranges on the market. iball logo.jpg isolating ball valves are also available with both butterfly and lever handles.

Wirral based heating and maintenance company Alan D Scoffield Heating Ltd, will be utilising Fernox Protector F1 and Cleaner F3 to commission new heating systems installed under the Eco Affordable Warmth scheme, to ensure they benefit from long-term efficiency. In addition, the company has fitted its showroom with a working boiler and Fernox TF1 Total

Filter – to demonstrate to potential customers the added value benefits of filter technology. Established for over forty years, Alan D Scoffield Heating Ltd has built an excellent reputation for quality, craftsmanship and service. Covering Cheshire and North Wales, the company specialises in the installation and maintenance of domestic heating systems, including warm air, LPG and underfloor heating. I enquiry 133

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It’s a Posi-Joist floor! Posi-Joist is still the most popular open web system offering the simple solution to the needs of the modern home. From conventional plumbing and electrical services to accommodating the increasing need for Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery systems, Posi-Joist is the most cost effective answer.


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SPECIAL REPORT Kingspan Environmental Limited

KINGSPAN SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEMS DELIVERING SPECTACULAR SAVINGS FOR CAMBRIDGE SWIMMING POOL Abbey Pools in Cambridge has been transformed into a model of energy efficiency. The complex, which includes two indoor swimming pools, is now heated by one of the highest performing solar thermal collectors in the world, generating up to 70 per cent of the complex’s hot water needs.

Cambridge City Council wanted to reduce energy use and lower the carbon footprint of the city’s Abbey Pools, two indoor heated swimming pools, including one 25-metre pool and a smaller 15metre learner pool.


The designated installers, Suffolkbased Sustain Services, initially explored installing solar PV panels. However, when the system and associated FiT payments were compared to the energy and financial savings that could be delivered with solar thermal and RHI payments, the decision was taken to switch to installing a solar thermal system. Kingspan Solar was approached by Sustain Services to design a system that maximised efficiencies and savings. Our specification engineers designed a system using 40 Thermomax DF10030 solar thermal vacuum tube collectors, covering 120 m2 of roof area, to supply

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solar heated water for both pools. Specifically designed and manufactured to operate in Northern European climates, the market-leading Thermomax collectors use vacuum technology to deliver an unrivalled transfer of solar energy into heat. They are up to 30 per cent more effective than traditional flat plate panels and allow energy from the sun to be captured efficiently and effectively. The vacuum inside each tube not only provides outstanding insulation, it also suppresses heat loss by protecting the system from cold, wet or windy weather. The result is optimum performance levels all year round. However, it wasn’t just the inherent efficiency of the system which appealed, but its relative ease of installation. The plan for fixing the solar PV panels had been to mount them on Aframes facing south to maximise their absorption of solar energy. This would have required a crane to lift both the A-

frames and panels onto the roof – an awkward and expensive exercise. By contrast, the Thermomax tubes are mounted in a modular system, which are far simpler and cheaper to install. The modular system can easily be fitted by a single operator and each tube was just twisted to face south, negating the need for both A-frames and the crane to lift them. The ease of manoeuvring and man-handling the tubes during installation also reduced health and safety risks for the contractor. By the end of June 2013, little more than three weeks after work started the entire system installation, including the connecting pipework to the boiler was complete and delivering heated water to the swimming pools. Early results have showed enormous energy savings - far surpassing the initial T*SOL predictions, which suggested annual savings of around 85,000kWh, equating to financial savings (including the RHI) of more than £8,000. In reality,

the final figure looks likely to be far above this (based on actual readings taken in July 2013). Although the system’s performance has been boosted by a hot summer, it is still a spectacular result. Richard Secular at Sustain Services says: “This was an exciting project for both parties which utilised Kingspan’s superior products and design expertise, to ensure a first class system was integrated into the existing pool infrastructure. “Following a less than four week install, the system went live in June 2013 and during the summer months has sustained pool temperatures without recourse to the existing gas boilers. We completed the works making use of our own in house engineers and installation team. “Cambridge City Council has now successfully applied and been approved for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and we are currently exploring

additional solar sites for CCC to help them achieve their carbon management target” The Climate Change Officer for Cambridge City Council, says: “As part of our continual commitment to reduce emissions across our estate, we decided to install solar thermal on Abbey Pools because we see it as an effective means of reducing carbon emissions, as well as reducing energy costs and safe guarding ourselves against future energy prices. “Kingspan Environmental and Sustain Services helped us guarantee the system was eligible for Ofgem’s Renewable Heat Incentive, which ensured we maximised return on our investment.” The system is managed by a fully integrated control unit, which is simple to fit, connecting the pools and the solar circuit. The installation has been shortlisted for this year’s Greenbuild Awards in the ‘Leisure Refurb’ category. I enquiry 548

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Garador launches bright new shades for spring

Britain’s leading garage door manufacturer has extended its range of colour finishes. With 11 new shades added, Garador now offers a choice of 17 colours in its standard range. The new shades will add a fresh new look to British residential streets with great colours such as Light Ivory (RAL 1015), Pigeon Blue (RAL 5014), Fir Green (RAL 6009) and Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016). Garador Managing director Simon

Are you ready for Vicaima doors? With inspiring new doors and plenty of old favourites, the latest Ready Range Price List from Vicaima is always a much anticipated brochure. Now with more pages and more ideas, the new version is available to download from April. New for 2014 Vicaima are introducing a number of ranges and door finishes designed to appeal to merchants and distributors with an eye for performance, building

Win with RTR Services

The views of the industry are being sought by RTR Services, a leading UK manufacturer and

supplier of specialised automatic access control support products and services. And there’s £50 incentive of M&S vouchers up for grabs for one lucky entrant, simply for taking part. The survey is open to all industry professionals and is designed to measure current customer satisfaction levels, general industry awareness of the company’s products and services and collect recommendations for future improvements. A link to the survey can be found on the news

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Hipgrave comments: “We have just invested in new paint plant technology which has given us the ability to deliver a wider range of colour options and a more durable paint finish for our steel up & over garage doors. This is something we believe will be of real benefit to our customers. “We take great pride in the quality of the doors we produce and are continually investing to improve our production technology to deliver a market leading

flexibility and affordable solutions. These include the Hi-Line Range, with its beautiful Crown Line (CL) and Straight Line (SL) real wood veneers. Offering a truly consistent colour and grain, making them ideal where doors are in close proximity and need to match. Both CL and SL vertical veneered doors are available in Oak and Walnut, with horizontal and cross directional versions also available for the SL range. I enquiry 134

page of RTR’s website at, or accessed directly at All participants will be entered into a free prize draw to win £50 of M&S vouchers. RTR Services’ director Paul Ryan said: “It’s important that we keep refining the service we offer our customers, and this survey is a great way to help us gather honest feedback and identify areas for further investment. I enquiry 135

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specifiers the ultimate blend of style, security and sustainable performance. As the most modern version of the traditional W20 steel window, the W40 system achieves continuity of style with similar attributes in terms of slenderness and light transmission, while the greater profile depth creates room for 28mm thick IG units. This

means triple glazing becomes an option, although warm edge spacer bars, gas filling and other enhancements enable Part L of the Building Regulations to be complied with in new build, for most applications, when specifying double glazed units. I enquiry 136

product.” Simon also adds: “Thanks to the modern technology, there is now minimum paint wastage. This all contributes to ensuring Garador offers the widest choice of the very best doors at really good prices.” The new range of colours on Garador steel up & over garage doors are available now. For more information, please call 01935 443704, or visit for further details. I enquiry 549

Howarth Windows & Doors launches new brochure Howarth Timber Windows and Doors has launched a new brochure designed to provide building professionals with a comprehensive overview of its leading product ranges. The brochure is the definitive catalogue for specifiers and installers and features a comprehensive range of windows, doors and conservatories which combine the traditions of sustainable wood with the higher specification demands of the 21st

century. The brochure features details on brand new and improved products which continue Howarth Timber’s tradition of driving standards forward, such as the upgraded Storvik range, which features double and triple glazed windows, and the new design MAXIVIEW sliding folding doors, which are supplied fully factory finished with all fittings in place. I enquiry 137

Legend doors resist the floods Whilst large parts of the UK have been devastated by the floods Limerick in the Republic of Ireland was amongst many places to be overwhelmed when the River Shannon burst its banks in the City following high tides and driving rain. However, whilst hundreds of families have had their homes

ruined as the flood waters reached several feet deep in some streets, one resident found that the Legend PVC-U French doors that he bought from local Synseal fabricator and installer Walsh Windows did far more than keep out the rain and wind, as an extraordinary photograph proves. The floods, the worst the country has ever seen, brought a torrent of water racing through the streets to reach the home of the Walsh customer which the Legend Doors resisted manfully, despite the murky water giving the doors the appearance of a fish tank rather than the main entrance to the house. I enquiry 138

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Comar 6EFT - Curtain Walling Due to demand from our Architectural and Fabricator clients, Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are pleased to launch additional new mullions and transoms for their innovative Comar 6EFT Curtain Wall system, with the highest Ix and Iy values available on the market today. As Comar 6EFT has developed to be the specifier preferred system in the UK, demands for larger transom spans in excess of 3000mm and unsupported multi-storey

mullions are a possibility. Where there are different glazed areas in the same envelope we have also extruded high span mullions and transoms in the most popular box sizes, which mean that the same box size can be used throughout the project to ensure that all fixing and plaster lines throughout the facade are continuous. Today’s design complexity, requirements for aesthetics and complex building shapes are key considerations. Aluminium offers the unique advantage of easily being extruded

and manufactured into almost any custom shape with ease. With the current focus on energy efficiency, designs must also take into account ‘thermal’ criteria and thermal breaks are incorporated. These breaks provide a significant decrease in the thermal conductivity of the curtain walling. The science of curtain walls now means that aspects such as thermal expansion and contraction, building movement, water diversion and thermal efficiency for cost effective heating, cooling and the lighting of a building are in-built to

the system and its design. To provide a flexible approach to aluminium facade engineering Comar’s 6EFT Curtain Walling System utilises European wide design and extrusion expertise with Comar’s market leading supply, support and delivery. With its exceptional design flexibility, Comar 6EFT provides high performance solutions for both new build and refurbishment façades. It is a flexible standardised system that provides bespoke solutions. Comar’s 6EFT delivers capped curtain walling with 50mm standardised sightlines and includes options for: • 4sided structural glazing which achieves a cutting edge façade with no visible aluminium sight lines. • 2sided structural glazing with horizontal or vertical capping, concealed vents where a feature and bespoke finish can be achieved through a variety of cover caps. • Concealed vents all systems can include side or top hung opening vents • Facetted glazing options for all systems are available in 7.5 o increments both convex and concave. The system is pressure equalised, mullion drained ensuring water drains freely to the outside. Comar 6EFT has undergone rigorous tests for the latest BS and EN standards at Taywood Engineering Ltd., with exceptional results: Air Permeability - Class AE 750, Water Tightness - Class RE 750 and Wind Resistance - 2400 Pa,

Safety 3600 pa. Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems is the largest British, privately owned aluminium systems company in Europe. Comar designs, extrudes and distributes over 700 integrated profiles to a Nationwide approved fabricator network for use in aluminium ground floor treatment, window, door and curtain walling applications. For further information about Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, please contact Comar on 020 8685 9685 or email I enquiry 551

HIDDEN TREASURE Hardware specialist HOPPE UK, has launched a new overhead concealed door closer – the ARRONE 7383 – the answer on high use doors that require a reliable closer that is hidden away for maximum aesthetic appeal. The new closer – part of the ARRONE range of hardware designed and manufactured by HOPPE inhouse – is the ultimate in door closer versatility perfect for high frequency commercial and public buildings, suited to regular and transom mounting, and suitable for fire doors, with the appropriate hardware and intumescents.


HOPPE UK has launched the ARRONE 7383 concealed closer in response for increasing demand from specifiers who want a reliable, cam action closer without the sometimes unappealing visual metalwork so apparent with conventional overhead closers. For hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other public buildings, the ARRONE 7383 is the perfect choice to avoid the institutional

look of many doors whilst ensuring reliability, safety and security. As an added bonus, concealed closers are much less vulnerable to attack, vandalism and theft. The ARRONE 7383 comes with all the features expected in a top quality cam-action closer in a compact design. It can be used on doors up to 1100mm wide, 80kg in weight and 40mm thick with a fully adjustable

closing speed and latching action to take account of surrounding conditions, use, and other hardware on the door so it helps doors to comply with all building and fire regulations and legislation as well as the Equal Opportunities Act (previously the DDA). The closer is fully reversible so it can be fitted to any suitable door. The ARRONE 7383 Concealed Door closer is CE Marked as it has been tested for conformity to all the requirements of BS EN1154 and included in a successful fire test to BS EN1634-1 so it is suitable for use on 30 and 60 minute timber and 90 and 120 minute composite timber fire doors. It comes complete not only with all the fittings required and side track and guide arm, but also an intumescent kit to ensure it complies with its fire test evidence when fitted. Founded in 1988 HOPPE (UK) Ltd is a

market leader in the field of door and window hardware. Based in Wolverhampton, where it operates from a purpose built state-of-the-art distribution centre, HOPPE UK is committed to serving customers with pride. HOPPE’s products have been tested to meet the latest European and British standards, offering quality and innovation to all sectors of the market. The company is part of the familyowned HOPPE group with manufacturing plants across Europe and North America and more than 3000 employees. I enquiry 552

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K loe be r o t n i s e d i l s et k r a m e h t Whilst they are recognised as a Market Leader of folding sliding doors, Kloeber has noticed a growing trend towards the equally flexible and aesthetically pleasing sliding door option. Matt Higgs, Sales Director said “I’m really excited about the launch of our new ‘Kustomslide Plus’ and ‘Kustomslide Mono’ lift & slide aluminium door systems. We’re seeing a real leaning towards this type of door recently, so we’ve decided to bring the new product on board to upgrade our current sliding door offering. The new products offer very slim meeting stiles to give more glass and less frame and excellent U values are achievable. The lift and side mechanism means we can make doors with huge panels of glass without

compromising the easy operation. My expectation is very high in terms of what this product will bring to the range and I’m positive it’s quickly going to become one of our bestselling doors.” Kustomslide Plus offer up to 6 sliding door panels with an effortless lift and slide mechanism. The two track option on this door has the benefit of a low profile threshold. Kustomslide Mono is a single track option with a fixed panel directly glazed into the frame giving exceptionally narrow sight lines and a more cost effective option on 2, 3 & 4 panel doors. As with all of Kloeber’s range there is a choice of any RAL colour for the factory finish, different handle types and finishes and glazing options of double or triple glazing achieving exceptional U values, solar-control and self-cleaning glass. All door sets are bespoke made to order with frame sizes from 1.5m wide up to a massive 13m wide and up to 2.8m in height. Prices start from £2000.00 for Kustomslide Plus and from £1850.00 for Kustomslide Mono (prices exclude VAT, fitting and delivery).

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Tradelink Scores Highly with School Project Tradelink, world class manufacturer of one of the widest ranges of windows, doors, sealed units and conservatories in the UK, has completed a window replacement project at the Leverington Primary Academy in a conservation area in Wisbech. Mike Connors, Commercial Sales Manager at Tradelink reports: “This project provided us with an interesting challenge because we needed to ensure all parties including the head teacher and property manager at Cambridgeshire County Council and the planning officer and conservation officer at Fenland District Council, were happy with the completed project, each with their own slightly different priorities. “The head teacher had budget restraints to consider while the property manager needed the new windows to meet required standards and achieve a high level of workmanship to complement the building and its environment. The planning officer, whilst not within his normal remit was careful to ensure any conservation rulings were upheld, and the conservation officer needed the original conservation features to be restored. “The school windows had already been replaced with

timber casements back in the 1970’s, but evidence via an old photo showed the original features and design looked quite different. Working closely with all parties Tradelink managed to match the original fenestration design with the help of a local joinery workshop, Betts and Son, who manufactured the original material to exact sectional dimensions. The traditional aesthetics were achieved, but the windows also incorporated the high performance Heatguard sealed units and modern friction hinges, all within the school’s budget and delivered on time. “The installation was also completed within the agreed timescale by NVQ qualified installers in line with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.” Tradelink’s commercial division has expertise in the manufacture and installation of windows and doors in any material including aluminium and timber, and where relevant PVC-U.

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Trend’s New 2014 Routing & Woodworking Catalogue Trend has just launched their new 2014 Routing and Woodworking Catalogue. The catalogue launched on April 1st, shows their complete range of router cutters, power tools, routing jigs, woodworking accessories and Trend Snappy tooling. It features over 75 new and innovative product lines including; the unique Skeleton Hinge Jig, Adjustable Lock Jig, Mini CNC and the popular measuring and marking tool, the Easyscribe. The brand leading Professional router cutter range has been extended with new spirals for aluminium, 45° guided chamfers, a profile rebater, as well as plastic engraving tools. The popular range of router cutter sets now has four new additions; 6 piece sets for ¼” and 1/2” shank cutters; a 24 piece ¼” shank set and a 35 piece ½” shank set. The Trend Snappy range of over 300 Quick Change tooling products has also been extended with a 90° Compact Angle Driver and also a range of Dowel drills. The time saving range of routing jigs also has two new additions; The Aperture & Radius Jig allows kitchen worktops to be routed to fit sinks, hobs and to suit curved cabinets; the Hot Rod Jig allows grooves to be routed into solid worktops to accept hot rods.

Densoband aids Crash Barrier Installation on Erskine Bridge Winn & Coales Densoband has been chosen for use in the installation of new crash barriers on the A898 Erskine Bridge, Glasgow. The volume of HGV traffic has greatly increased since the bridge was opened in 1971. Consequently the existing barriers in the central reserve will not provide appropriate levels of protection to the bridge towers and cable anchorages against impact from the largest HGVs. Similarly, nearside barriers are being

Ten years after the launch of the Pocket Hole Jig, Trend have now launched the Mini Pocket Hole Jig for the fast and accurate jointing of timber and plywood. This new catalogue also sees the introduction of a fully guarded desktop Mini CNC machine for 2D and 3D engravings, photo images and routing projects. Ideal for the hobbyist or school. To download or request a FREE copy of the new 2014 Trend Catalogue please visit their website at To request further information and details of your nearest Trend Routing Centre, please call 01923 249911.

replaced in this project due to be completed by May this year. The new barriers were designed by Flint & Neil, specialist bridge consultants.The work is being carried out for Transport Scotland who appointed Highway Barrier Solutions (HBS) as Principal Contractor. Scotland TranServe is the Engineer and manage the work. I enquiry 139

Summer a hot bed for crime..? There's a rising tide of theft, especially as the clocks spring forward...One fifth of all vehicle crimes in the UK are commercial vehicle related. Tradesmen are the most frequently targeted. Expensive brand-named power tools being the prime target. If you can't remove your valuables when you're away from


your vehicle then the next best thing is to install a strong, locked box that's permanently fixed to the floor of your commercial vehicle. Cue Van Vault, the most reliable deterrent against tool theft. No other security container looks like Van Vault or protects tools like it. Van Vault is universally recognised as the most effective means of protecting tradesmen's tools, being designed to deter the most determined thief. Van Vault can be relied upon if attacked, having more anti-theft features than any other security container. I enquiry 140

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New things a-foot for Brian Hyde as Footprint joins line-up of quality tool brands Hyde has extended its range of quality hand tools with the addition of the Footprint brand to its stable of products that tradesman can rely on. Footprint Tools may be a new name to Hyde, but the brand has long been well-known throughout the industry, with a history of building tools manufacture that dates back to the 18th Century. Commonly known to many in the trade as a ‘pair of footies’, Hyde now distributes this British brand’s market-leading line pins, which offer an unrivalled level of quality and reliability. Made from the highest quality Sheffield steel, Footprint line pins measure 6 1/4 Inch, equal to 160mm. With a hardened and tempered drop forged blade to prevent bending, the pins are chrome plated to guard against rusting. I enquiry 141

Stop Rips with ‘Rip-Stop’ Work Trousers From Snickers! Snickers Work Trousers are ‘tops’ for professional tradesmen and women. Snickers’ new 3-Series ‘Rip-Stop’ Work Trousers do exactly what they say! The advanced material design delivers top class functionality and non-rip durability combined with outstanding comfort wherever you’re working on site. Made from hard-wearing ‘Rip-Stop’ fabric and available with or without Holster Pockets, these new working trousers are part of what is probably the most extensive range of Work Trousers available in the UK today. There’s the cutting edge XTR range for maximum performance; DuraTwill and

Canvas+ for long life and durability; plus Denim and CoolTwill trousers for maximum comfort and functionality. I enquiry 142

The new Scruffs Classic Tech Softshell The new Scruffs Classic Tech Softshell is this season’s must-have weather beating jacket. Offering great breathability, the technical softshell uses a unique knit design to deliver a fully waterproof and

windproof work jacket that provides full protection against the bitter cold of winter. The ergonomic sleeve design ensures that tasks can be completed with ease. As always, Scruffs provides comfort and style in equal measure. As a 100% polyester lined garment it’s an extremely strong, long-lasting jacket, making it the fabric of choice for outdoor work in harsh winter conditions. Two handy side pockets are strategically placed for easy access, which are fully secured with zips. I enquiry 143 \

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Sika Everbuild – Building for the future Sika, the global construction chemical company, acquired Everbuild Building Products, the UK and Ireland’s largest manufacturer of sealants, adhesives, fillers and building chemicals. Following the successful acquisition, Sika and Everbuild are set to combine their sales, manufacturing, marketing and distribution activities to bring one extensive range of products including sealants, adhesives, building chemicals and admixtures into the builder ’s merchant and DIY market. The combining of these brands will

officially take place from 1st April, 2014, when both Sika and Everbuild products will be supplied from one location, the Sika Everbuild sales office, warehouse and logistics centre in Leeds. Everbuild and Sika are already well established and trusted names within the building trade and both are looking to develop in areas where new target markets have arisen since the acquisition. Ivo Schaedler, General Manager of Sika Everbuild, said “Both Everbuild’s and Sika’s customer will benefit from a wider product portfolio and excellent customer service from our site in Leeds. The merger of

Everbuild and Sika complements each other’s business and will further strengthen our position in the UK and Irish merchant channel.” As the two brands combine, customers of both can rest assured that the same high service level will be provided, with both product ranges being available from the dedicated Sales Team. David Seymour, Head of Marketing at Sika Everbuild said, “The merging of the Sika and Everbuild sales, marketing and distribution activities brings significant opportunities for us to offer merchants, trade distributors and the DIY


industry a wider product range from two of the most recognised brands on the market. The Leeds site is equipped to offer outstanding levels of customer service that I believe both companies customers will benefit from, in particular the access to Sika technology in the areas of PU, waterproofing and concrete will add value in our new product programme in the future. ” The ability to order Sika and Everbuild products from one source will greatly benefit customers as products previously unavailable will now become attainable thanks to the merge. Greg Senior, Head of Sales at Sika Everbuild said, “The merger makes perfect sense. We can now offer the largest range of Merchant and specification products, all available from the same order point. The Sika and Everbuild products will all be delivered on the same pallet and using the same paperwork making the accessibility of both product ranges a great benefit to all of our customers. As I said, it makes perfect sense!” To support the new venture, updates to the Everbuild website will be carried out to include the extensive Sika product range, giving customers the opportunity to easily place orders for the newly available products. Customers will also have the option to download all Technical and Safety Data Sheets as well as ordering an array of Sika point of sale including leaflets, display stands and counter top displays to help promote the products in store. For any further information regarding the new Sika Everbuild merge, please contact your local sales representative, call the Sika Everbuild sales office on 0114 240 2424 or visit the Everbuild website at I enquiry 561


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Big Wipes Goes 4x4:

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The truth is that everyone in the trade gets their hands dirty and most of the filth simply doesn’t come off with soap and water. The unique benefit of Big Wipes 4x4 is their ability to shift all modern construction sealants, adhesives, paints, coatings and grime in an instant. As they are completely portable, they can be kept close to hand to remove this muck before it gets a chance to fully cure. In order to look after the skin, the formula contains four of the world’s greatest skin conditioners: Aloe Vera, Lanolin, Vitamin E and Glycerine all helping to nourish and protect the skin. Furthermore, Big Wipes are now 100% preservative free. Big Wipes 4x4 products also continue to offer a massive >99.9% anti bacterial protection and leads the market having been assessed to the latest EU Regulation 1223/2009 for cosmetic products, with zero levels of irritation recorded during controlled testing by dermatologists Not only has the formula been upgraded, the bigger, thicker and tougher fabrics have been too: •Red Top: Heavy Duty - The blue scrub and clean fabric offers fantastic cleaning results that will be enhanced by the 4 x 4 formula. Moreover, it will now feature additional ‘wetting agents’ to ensure the even distribution of liquid across the fabric. • Textured and dual-sided, the scrub face of the wipe removes even the most stubborn grime, while the smooth face absorbs any excess. • Black Top: Multi Purpose - These wipes have been upgraded to a power fabric, which has been under development for two years. Now a striking yellow colour, Multi Purpose wipes are a leading combination of toughness and absorbency – this material is exclusive to Big Wipes and represents an almost perfect industrial grade fabric. •Green Top: Multi Surface – This super absorbent biodegradable wipe is ideally suited

for applications involving the removal of non-hazardous substances where it can be disposed of in the normal waste or composted with 'green' waste. Not content with a ground-breaking formula and fabrics, Big Wipes has also developed an innovative packaging solution. Still in the famous Big Wipes Yellow, the novel large capacity cylinders are styled with an easy grip body and base and brand new quick seal lid. This clever ‘flick and a click’ lid gives users a dual option of either dispensing a single wipe (by pulling the wipe towards the cap) or a long continuous sheet of wipes (by pulling the sheets away from the cap). “Our technical team has delivered a brilliant product that takes portable hand cleaning to a whole new level – super fast and effective and bang up to date with all the latest safety requirements,” explains Nigel Dibbo, Managing Director of Big Wipes. “As busy tradespeople, your hands are your most important tools as they are your livelihood, so cleaning them effectively while still being able to care for them is extremely important.” Big Wipes’ in-house team of chemists and fabric engineers controls all aspects of development and production. The company achieved the performance breakthrough necessary to launch its 4x4 formula by investing heavily in the latest solvent technology. This allowed it to harness the benefits of naturally derived co-solvent blends. The unique biodegradable Power Formula can now deliver unrivalled cleaning power across the broadest range of real filth. For more information about Big Wipes visit or You can follow us on Twitter (@bigwipes) or see Big Wipes in action on our YouTube channel ( .

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. A highlight of the range is the powerful FEIN cordless drill/driver the ASCM, with a brushless FEIN PowerDrive motor made in Germany and a 4-speed gearbox. The ASCM is also available with a fixed or removable chuck, making it lighter and more balanced. The 2-speed models are the FEIN cordless drill/driver ABS and the FEIN cordless hammer drill/driver ASB. The range is rounded off by the FEIN cordless impact wrench/driver ASCD. FEIN’s range of drill/drivers (excluding ASCD impact driver and wrenches) are available with 4 Ah batteries or the smaller and lighter 2 Ah batteries and with power levels of 14.4 or 18 volts, providing a total of 20 drill/driver variants. Chris Bull, Managing Director for FEIN UK commented: “All FEIN cordless drill/drivers are engineered to the highest quality in Germany and we wanted to provide some added value to those who recognised this by buying a FEIN cordless drill/driver. The FEIN Impact Bit Box that we are offering is a great addition to any drill/driver, not only because of its utility but also because of its contribution to a tool’s long service life as all of the bits are tailor made for the application.”

Feeling generous, FEIN Power Tools is giving away a free Impact Bit Box in selected promotional sets of cordless drill/drivers for a limited time only. The FEIN Impact Bit Box, worth £38.75 excl. VAT, contains bits developed especially for use with impact drivers and challenging torque-rate joints, ensuring maximum tool lifespan. The 29 mm long bits are made from high quality alloy tool steel and can cope with a torsion angle of up to 60 degrees. The bits can be selected directly from the compact FEIN Impact Bit Box 29 and are suited to all torque-rate joints and drill/drivers. FEIN’s range of five cordless drill/drivers, were successfully launched in September 2013 and are renowned for their high torque, long-life battery and durability

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Switch on to the benefits of hot: KÄRCHER HDS PRESSURE WASHERS – NOW WITH ADDED CASHBACK When it is so widely known that hot water cuts through grease and kills germs more quickly and effectively than cold water – no one does the washing up or bathes in cold water by choice – it is perhaps surprising that more people haven’t yet applied the benefits of hot to their professional cleaning.

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Compared to unpressurised cleaning procedures, Kärcher highpressure cleaners offer impressive advantages in terms of economy, cleaning results and environmental impact. Add in the power of hot water with a Kärcher HDS pressure washer and these advantages increase dramatically. When cleaning stubborn dirt, Kärcher HDS is the superior solution for oils, greases and proteins – especially when they are caked on. Kärcher has lead the way in hot water pressure washers from their very inception - the hot water pressure washer was invented in Europe by Alfred Kärcher in 1950. So ahead of its time was this innovation that this core technology still serves as the basis for heating today. Numerous innovations and adaptions over the years have further fortified the outstanding design, excellent build quality and

range of user-friendly features. Modern machines heat water from about 12°C to up to 155°C. This allows the working pressure and detergent quantity to be reduced while saving up to 35% on cleaning time - with significantly better results. To help promote its outstanding range of hot water pressure washers to an ever wider audience, this spring Kärcher is offering up to £250 cashback on all HDS hot water pressure washers purchased from April until the end of June. To find out more about how hot water can make a difference to your business and for full details of the cashback offer, please visit:

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EXTERNAL WORKS & DRAINAGE For many, the effects of flooding have been devastating; homes have been wrecked and lives have been turned upside down but, on a more positive note, insurance companies are appearing more willing and able than they were during the floods of 2007. With everyone who has been affected by flooding wanting to get back to normal as quickly as possible, the demand for post-flood remedial work is, quite understandably, high. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to provide a quick and professional quotation to secure the work; especially as a lot of the costs are being footed by insurance companies. Pricing remedial work for flood damage, where each job can be so varied and unknown, is not an simple task. Some corrective works will need floors taken up and replaced; these could be chipboard, floating, laminated or possibly even concrete floors. Some walls might need the bottom area of plaster removed and replaced, along with skirting and possibly architraves, door linings, door stops and maybe even doors and carpet steps. Some might have kitchens, soil pipe boxing - the list is endless... This is where Easy Price Pro’s Total Build Ultimate program really comes into its own; it has over 160 different estimating modules created to quickly and easily price work with as little information from the user as possible. And, in light of recent events, Easy Price Pro has picked the relevant modules required for pricing

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Porcelain paving range expands with continuing success

Greensquares has introduced two new colours to its successful Refin Porcelain Paving range. An appreciation of this alternative flooring material has seen Refin being adopted extensively in domestic, commercial and public projects. Adding a sense of style and elegance, Refin porcelain tiles and paving are available for both indoor and outdoor use with a thickness of 10mm or 20mm as appropriate for the application. Optional pedestal supports reduce both time and cost of installation and allows Refin to be used as a simple retrofit, eliminating the need for unnecessary heavy machinery and large-scale earth works. The introduction of two new colours, ‘light grey granite’ and ‘dark grey granite’, expands its extensive range of colour schemes as demand for the porcelain flooring to be used both indoors and outdoors is ever growing. The highly finished aesthetics of Refin tiles makes it a popular alternative to kitchen and living room flooring while its ability to seamlessly translate into outside paving allows homeowners to maximise their living space while design and quality is un-compromised. I enquiry 144

Yeoman Rainguard gives historic Dublin Cathedral new lease of life Yeoman Rainguard lead effect GRP rainwater pipes, clips and hoppers have been used to replace damaged rainwater systems on the historic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Architect John Beauchamp from Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects Ltd said: “We specified Yeoman Rainguard GRP for this particular project as they were able to match the design of the existing pipes and hoppers by producing moulds from which glass reinforced plastic replicas were supplied.” New downpipes were colour matched to the existing lead and produced in three separate colours to ensure a seamless bespoke installation at each location.

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Eaton’s New Galaxy LED Fixtures Provide Energy-Efficient Lighting In Exterior Applications D O N C A S T E R … Po w e r management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Lighting and Safety business has expanded its range of exterior lights with the launch of the energy-efficient Galaxy LED. Designed to provide highly effective light emitting diode (LED) floodlighting while retaining low energy costs, the Galaxy LED is offered with a choice of five lumen packages to meet a range

of different requirements, from wall-mounted area floodlighting to floor-mounted façade lighting. “The new Galaxy LED is a versatile product with an array of features that make it ideally suited to a large number of exterior applications,” said Andy Gallacher, product marketing manager, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business. “ I enquiry 146

Maintenance free decking Reliaboard is the latest composite decking to be launched in the TimberTech range by Greensquares. With an authentic wood grain look, Reliaboard carries all the special advantages of TimberTech composite decking but at a budget conscious price level. Reliaboard decking is perfect for modern life as it doesn’t need painting, sanding or sealing. All it needs to keep looking good is regular sweeping and a very occasional jet wash leaving time to enjoy the garden rather than working on it. As a composite material, Reliaboard is a blend

of wood and polymer meaning that it won’t split, crack, warp or fade. It is also algae and slip resistant and it comes with a 25-year residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty. With colour finishes of cedar or grey, the Reliaboard grain pattern is almost indistinguishable from freshly felled timber making it one of the most attractive decking materials on the market. I enquiry 147


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Harmer SML Soil and Waste Solution for Jesus College The Harmer SML lightweight cast iron soil and waste system from Alumasc has been used at one of the UK’s most prestigious college buildings.

advances in cast iron technology have ensured that Harmer SML products are fully attuned to modern construction needs. The system is durable, recyclable, quick and easy to install and requires low maintenance. Engineers and designers also

have the reassurance that the new Harmer SML range meets the new UK requirement for CE Marking, while installers can further benefit from the introduction of new ductile iron brackets. These brackets can be used for vertical and horizontal rainwater stacks

without the need for pipe stack supports - saving costs for both the contractor and end user. The brackets are manufactured in accordance with BS EN 877 – the European standard for lightweight cast iron pipes and fittings. Manufactured in Germany to

meet the highest quality and performance standards, Harmer SML also carries British Board Agrement Certification, 05/4191. The pipes and fittings meet the European Standard BS EN 877, further assured by the new CE Marking, showing full compliance with EU manufacturing, testing and technical performance requirements. To download the new SML brochure, or Alumasc’s Harmer Drainage Calculator software, I enquiry 573

Jesus College in Cambridge was established between 1496 and 1516 and houses a variety of student facilities including high standard accommodation, catering, library and IT facilities. Due to high student numbers, the demand was for a reliable, low maintenance soil and waste solution that would deliver high levels of efficiency. The Harmer SML system, was supplied to Jesus College via Alumasc’s local distributor BSS Drainage in Cambridge. Alumasc and BSS have enjoyed a longstanding relationship in the supply of Harmer Drainage Systems and Alumasc Rainwater Systems to a nationwide client-base. The Harmer SML range has recently undergone a number of developments, which now present contractors and specifiers with a superb package of design and installation benefits. In addition,

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renovate this unique organ will conclude in an organ festival on an unprecedented scale. As part of the celebrations the Royal Festival Hall commissioned the building of four new organs, which will be used in a concert written and performed by folk superstars Bellowhead. Hunter Plastics didn’t just supply Jules – who describes himself as a performer, composer, sound designer and creator of bespoke noises - with a bunch of random pipes. They all sang from the same hymn sheet, working together to discover which pipes in the Hunter range would work best. In the end, Jules settled on a variety of white solvent soil and waste pipes and fittings to form the pipe section of his highly unusual new organ, which he hopes will hit all the right notes. “I wanted to construct an instrument entirely from recognisable, everyday stuff that people would be able to identify when the organ was playing – be it a tap, or a part from a bicycle or a plumbing pipe,” says Jules.

“Our local plumbers merchant, Jack’s Plumbing Supplies in Wellington, Somerset put us in touch with Hunter and they have been so helpful in providing the bits we needed.” Jules is even keen for Hunter’s branding to be on display on the pipes, as part of his utilitarian-inspired design. You could say Hunter's pipes are the key to his success! Pipes from the Hunter solvent weld soil and waste ranges from 22mm overflow right up to 110mm soil pipe have been used to create the organ’s pipes along with some air admittance valves, and various bends and fittings. Their tough construction will withstand the knocks and scrapes it will receive being on public display in London. The organ, which Jules describes as sounding “like a giant recorder”, will be on display at the Royal Festival Hall before its moment in the spotlight on 22 and 23 March. Hunter Plastics, part of the Aliaxis Group manufactures not only soil and waste, but also a wide range of PVCU rainwater and underground

drainage systems in the UK.

Hunter has had some strange requests for product over the years but none stranger than the appeal it received from musician Jules Bushell. He asked them to pull out all the stops to help him build an organ to be played in the auspicious surroundings of London’s Royal Festival Hall. The organ that Jules is building isn't just a pipe dream. It is part of the Royal Festival Hall’s Pull Out All The Stops organ festival in spring 2014. This has been conceived to celebrate the restoration of the venue’s magnificent 7,866 pipe instrument, centrepiece of the concert auditorium. I enquiry 574

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Polypipe doubles its Ridgistorm-XL manufacturing capacity Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage, water management and cable protection products, has more than doubled its Loughborough production capacity and workforce – to meet demand for its market-leading Ridgistorm-XL large diameter pipe system.

increases Polypipe’s capacity to manufacture and fabricate its RidgistormXL large diameter pipe system which incorporates fully engineered modularised chambers and fittings. Ridgistorm-XL is an innovative plastic pipe solution with large diameters available in sizes from 750mm to 3,000mm. The multi-million pound investment The super sized, strong and versatile into the expanded 55,000 sq feet facility piping system is utilised across a wide

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variety of construction sectors for applications as diverse as flood alleviation, air ventilation, renewable energy and rainwater harvesting. Polypipe’s larger fabrication capability will also increase its modularisation output. The larger facility will help to service demand for products such as Polypipe’s engineered Ridgistorm-XL chambers, which can incorporate various items including non-return valves, penstocks, flap valves, gate valves, flow controllers, weir walls and even pumping stations. Polypipe’s off-site construction and ability to provide pre-fitted components within chambers allows for systems to be delivered ready to drop into position – creating a number of health and safety benefits, as well as opportunities to reduce time, labour and plant costs.

Emma Nicholls, Marketing Communications Manager at Polypipe, said: “We are delighted that our new line is up and running. Demand for RidgistormXL has continued to grow since its launch six years ago to the point where we needed to explore increasing our production facilities.


“With the new line added, we can continue to produce quality engineered products in much larger quantities, as well as offering an even bigger and better fabrications service. “This is a very exciting time for us and we hope that the industry will benefit from our increased ability to meet even the most challenging projects, as we continue to offer and grow our portfolio of engineered products.”

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Size matters for Leyland’s hardwearing matt


Established trade paint brand Leyland continues to invest in its popular Hardwearing Matt product having announced that the extremely durable emulsion is now available in 10L and 2.5L pack sizes in Brilliant White. The new pack sizes, which complement the existing 5L pack size, will ensure that professional trade users are equipped with solutions that work for any project.

The 10L packs will be the perfect partner for tradespeople working on large-scale projects as it will mean fewer packs will need purchasing and transporting, helping to save money, time and space. The 2.5L packs, meanwhile, are ideal for use on smaller jobs, such as individual rooms, and help to reduce the amount of potentially wasted product and the need to

transport excess product to site. Leyland Trade’s Hardwearing Matt has been specially formulated to provide a high performance hardwearing finish that is extremely durable, long lasting and washable. Able to withstand repeated cleaning, the paint also benefits from excellent stain and moisture resisting properties making it ideal for areas that are subject to wear and tear or condensation.

Steadmans invests £500,000 in unique new slitting line

Leading building products manufacturer Steadmans has invested £500,000 in a state-of-theart slitting line at its headquarters in Warnell, Carlisle. The new line, for cutting narrow coils from main coils, is the only one of its kind in the UK. The machine has a wider range of capabilities than Steadmans’ previous equipment, including the ability to split prepainted coil both width and length wise, as well as re-coil sheets. The new machine can also make flat sheets and split and rewind heavier metals, such as zinc. Nigel

Forsyth, manufacturing director, Steadmans, said: “The slitting line has already made a big impact on our productivity. As the machine is computer controlled, it delivers a lot more accuracy and, as well as other benefits, it gives us the flexibility to run different types of material. “A modern, electronic machine, the slitting line also has more safety features than its predecessor and creates an easier working environment for our operators.”

that time is money,” said Steve Clarke, group marketing manager for The Fuel Card Group, “but sometimes saving a few minutes is not worth the long term cost. Just ask anyone who has been caught employing an unlicensed driver.” The courts have imposed fines in the high hundreds of pounds during recent weeks, but this leniency has typically been in

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Black Sapphire Sparkles Amongst Three New GT Colours

Black worktops are by far the most popular with UK customers of global kitchen and bathroom makeover experts, Granite Transformations. So the inclusion of Black Sapphire amongst three brand new worktop materials should go down well with homeowners, looking for the distinguished look of a diamondpolished solid black surface, which goes with most styles of kitchen, rustic or modern, and any choice of cabinet door. I enquiry 151

The new ‘Scruffs Speaker Hoody’, available in black and marl grey, is made from hardwearing but super soft poly/cotton. The vintage look hoodie includes a revolutionary sound system integrated into the lining that allows users to play their favourite tunes straight from an MP3 or smartphone device and into the hood. A control panel inside the chest provides easy access to play, pause, skip and even includes call answering facilities – enabling the wearer to take those all important job calls straight away and with minimal hassle. With one side of the kangaroo pockets having a zip, you will be guaranteed that your device will be stored safely on the worksite. Plus, for the busy tradesman on-the-go, the hoody is machine washable – so no need to remove any fiddly bits.

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Saint-Gobain leads the UK with BES 6001 for responsible sourcing Saint-Gobain Glass has become the first glass manufacturer in the UK to be awarded the coveted BES 6001 accreditation “Very Good” standard for its responsible sourcing of materials.

The award, which was made after independent assessment by BSI, the awarding body, states that the company operates within strict standards of supply chain management and environmental and social responsibility when managing relationships with suppliers. Dave Redford, Purchasing Manager, said: “Our customers know that we have always taken our environmental responsibilities very seriously and this accreditation is one more way of proving our dedication to the responsible sourcing of our products.

Nevill Long opens new branch A new branch in the South East has been opened by specialist distributor Nevill Long. Specialist interior building products distributor Nevill Long has expanded its national network of branches with the opening of a new one in Maidstone, Kent. The branch, on St Michaels Close, Forstal Industrial Estate, Aylesford, shares 35,0002ft over two industrial units with sister company Encon Insulation and will offer the complete range of leading interior brands available through Nevill Long including Armstrong Ceilings, Rockfon, Knauf, British Gypsum and Siniat as well as Nevill Long's Longline own-brand range of products. I enquiry 154

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Lanes Group in major health and safety award double Lanes Group has won two prestigious national awards in less than a week after the company developed an innovative picturebased guide that is transforming the way it sets workplace standards and trains staff. The company, the UK's largest independent supplier of underground pipeline and utility services, first won the Health & Safety Excellence Award at the Construction News Specialist Awards 2014. Then, on Wednesday 26 March it was informed it had achieved the RoSPA Gold Award for occupational health and safety for the fifth year in a row - qualifying the company to receive a RoSPA Gold Medal. The double success completes a hat-trick of awards because Lanes, which operates 23 depots

across the UK, also won the Construction News Health and Safety Excellence Award 2013. Lanes Group Managing Director Wayne Earnshaw said: "These successes reflect our commitment to the highest possible standards of health and safety.

Tratos wins UK-Italy business awards for industrial investment

acknowledges and celebrates the success of Italian investors that chose the United Kingdom as a key market for their international business development in the course of 2013. The ceremony was organised by the British Consulate-General in Milan and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Tratos received the Industrial Investment Award for its decision to invest in a new manufacturing facility in Knowsley, Liverpool, where the company already runs a manufacturing site, focusing on low voltage cables. The project will involve significant capital investment for new machinery (worth £12 million) and site acquisition (£6 million), as well as research activities in the field of low carbon and low emission products. Production is expected to start in summer 2014.

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Leading European manufacturer of electrical, electronic and fibre optic cables, Tratos is delighted to announce it has won the prestigious UK-Italy Business Awards in the Industrial Investment Award category. The UK-Italy Business Awards, which took place on 23rd January 2014 in Milan,

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New Eurocare brochure showcases extensive accessible showers collection

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Accessible bathing and showering manufacturer Eurocare Showers has launched a new brochure that brings together the widest collection of accessible showering systems available on the market today. The Eurocare collection offers unlimited choice and includes wet floor systems; shower trays; doors, screens and enclosures; shower curtains, rails and accessories, all designed to help end users maintain independence in the bathroom. Eurocare marketing director Joanna Talbot says the new brochure provides bathroom designers and specifiers with everything they need to select the most relevant product for every installation – from technical product specifications to advice on product care - as well as showcasing products that sit at the forefront of accessible bathing:

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A new concrete brick, Readybrick has been launched by building materials supplier, CEMEX UK. Readybricks are made of the same materials and complements CEMEX blocks. This new product will provide a solution to the growing pressure in the construction industry for blocks and bricks, when used together, to be made of the same materials. Readybricks can be delivered with blocks in mixed loads which can reduce the builders merchant ‘s stock footprint and therefore, release capital that may otherwise be tied up in stock held in the yard. I enquiry 157

To celebrate the first year anniversary of the successful partnership between Altecnic and German-based Reflex Winkelmann GmbhH, the UK’s leading supplier and manufacturer of fully accredited plumbing equipment is offering an extended 5 year warranty on all its nitrogen-filled expansion vessels. Altecnic has seen a surge in uptake of Reflex vessels over the last year as plumbers and installers experience first-hand how the next generation of nitrogen-filled vessels offer considerable performance improvements and reliability over traditional air-filled vessels.

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It’s here The new range of Vo ortX outlets has just arrived

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