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LEVATO MONO porcelain paver system The Levato Mono porcelain paver system is the pinnacle of external raised flooring technology; enabling the specification of lightweight, slip resistant and attractive raised flooring solutions, combining incredible technical properties with uncompromising aesthetics; making them the ideal choice for commercial and domestic use alike. Enquiry No.801

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FRONT COVER : WIENERBERGER Koraflex Plus Has Got It All Covered


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TO ECHOPANEL FREQUENCY In its 30th year, Woven Image pays homage to its past with the addition of 5 new colourways to its very first EchoPanel® print design Frequency.

PAINTS, COATINGS & FINISHES 08 CROWN PAINTS CELEBRATES COLOUR WITH THE NEW TRENDS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2017 Architects and designers looking to get up to speed with inspired, eye-catching colour schemes for their projects will find help at hand with Crown Paints’ latest trends.




Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed a significant delivery to the new Sybil Andrews Academy at the Moreton Hall development in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk.

DOORS, WINDOWS, ROOFLIGHTS & GLAZING 29 SCHUECO UK INTRODUCES ENHANCED VERSION OF SLIMLINE FACADE SYSTEM Leading sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, has announced new developments to its unique, ultra-slimline FWS 35 PD panorama design façade system.

PRODUCT & BUSINESS NEWS 48 RHODES & PARTNERS LAUNCHES NEW APPROVAL SERVICE FOR TIMBER STRUCTURES North-west structural engineers Rhodes & Partners has launched a new service which provides a valuable sales aid for manufacturers of timber buildings and similar structures.



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Clement Windows’ W40 steel window range was chosen as the perfect match to the original metal fenestration, a striking feature of this converted warehouse building in North West London.

Clement replace hundreds of industrial style steel windows at the newly restored Maple Building in popular Kentish Town. As well as offering stunning good looks and strong acoustic performance, the Clement W40 range perfectly enhances the cosy, well-lit interior spaces of the building whilst at the same time allowing impressive views of London’s skyline. Gemma Gordon-Duff, Managing Director of interior architects, Gordon-Duff & Linton, who designed the beautifully crafted apartments, said: “The Maple Building is our flagship development. It has bags of industrial charm and period character due to its many original features. The steel

windows by Clement respect and enhance these while simultaneously complementing the high specification, modern interior design of the project.” Dating back to the 1890s, the Maple Building has an interesting history. Originally home to Maple & Co, furniture makers for the Royal Family, during the First World War sections of the factory were secretly modified to produce fighter plane components, canvas tents and other supplies for front line troops. More recently, the building was used for office space until

developers The Linton Group acquired it and transformed its five floors into the 50 luxury apartments and seven penthouse suites on offer today. Enquiry No.201

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Let it shine with new Vicaima High Gloss The characteristics of a High Gloss finish have long been valued by interior designers. Its ability to reflect light, the perception of luminosity and the illusion of space, all present a comfortable feeling of openness and elegance. The latest Vicaima finish, "High Gloss", is now available as an option across many of their popular veneered and painted door, frame and wall panel products, allowing specifiers to achieve a premium finish for interior decoration without the burden of premium cost. Luxurious appeal is a term that best describes the new Vicaima High Gloss finish. Enhancing the natural beauty of real wood veneer or taking lacquered paint finishes to new levels of quality, are the hallmarks of this latest innovation from the Vicaima brand. Once the preserve of a select few, this new high gloss finish enables a touch of refinement to be attainable for many more applications, and all with the superior quality you would expect from a Vicaima product. The new High Gloss finish can be applied to the wide range of Vicaima product components, including door and frame solutions, wardrobes and wall panels, creating sophisticated elements that connect with each other to fashion environments with character and personality.

When it comes to the requirement for high gloss on a paint finish, the array of colours is almost endless. However to make life simple Vicaima use the RAL Color palette, one of the most widely used universal catalogues in the world, so specifiers can easily specify the tone that best suits their desired dĂŠcor. Enquiry No.202

For more information simply download a copy of the new High Gloss brochure from the Vicaima website. For other innovative designs and products from the many Vicaima collections, visit alternatively, call 01793 532333 for assistance.

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06 DESIGN & INTERIORS Brightgreen joins the RIDI family

The RIDI Group is delighted to announce that it has signed an exclusive deal with Brightgreen to distribute the Australian LED specialist’s lighting solutions in the UK. Brightgreen utilises the latest LED technology combined with forwardthinking product design to create beautiful, high quality lighting solutions for high end residential and hospitality applications. Brightgreen is a young, energetic company that is B-Corp Certified and has a refreshing approach to working. “We are delighted with the opportunity to work alongside such an innovative and exciting company as Brightgreen,” says Mike Attard, UK MD of the RIDI Group. “ THE RIDI GROUP

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Woven Image introduces new colourways to EchoPanel Frequency In its 30th year, Woven Image pays homage to its past with the addition of 5 new colourways to its very first EchoPanel® print design Frequency. The Frequency design remains a Classic Woven Image signature after 10 years since its first release. The textural nature of the pattern ensures its versatile use across many interior spaces and has been designed to repeat double sided across one standard full sized 12mm EchoPanel®. The original development of successfully printing onto EchoPanel®, 10 years ago, has opened a huge array of possibilities in terms of colour, design and customisation. The printed EchoPanel® Woven Image collection now consists of 11 stocked designs in various colourways. WOVEN IMAGE

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Speedset plus, exclusive to Premdor As a result of extensive research in both the New Build sector and the RMI market, Premdor developed SpeedSet Plus, a revolutionary, adjustable internal doorset system which is an industry first and unique in the Building and Construction marketplace. SpeedSet Plus saves on-site time and therefore costs, by allowing the doorset to be adjusted +/- 10mm, to compensate for variances within wall thicknesses of up to 300mm. The clever simplicity of the system means installation can be achieved in less than twenty minutes, alleviating delays and costly joinery skills. With doors factory pre-hung with CE marked latch and adjustable hinges, the SpeedSet Plus doorset package comes complete with white re-coatable, foil faced frame and pre-mitred architrave, requiring minimum on-site decoration. Door styles may be chosen from the Premdor interior door range and are available as an FD30 fire door option. PREMDOR

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Bespoke office interiors firm The Penketh Group has opened its spectacular new Worklife Showroom in Bruntwood’s Neo. The company has transformed the whole of its 4,700 sq ft eighth floor at Bruntwood’s digital-led office scheme on Charlotte Street into the city’s first Worklife Showroom. The different themed areas give visitors a chance to come and explore the latest ideas in workplace design, the newest furniture design trends and technology development for improved collaboration, flexible working and more efficient working. There is also a library area with a wide range of fabrics and finishes. As well as office furniture and space solutions from the US-based Steelcase, The Penketh Group Neo base will regularly showcase work by manufacturers including BuzziSpace, Frovi, Orangebox and Naughtone.

Mark Penketh, Managing Director of The Penketh Group, said: “We’re delighted to open Manchester’s first Worklife Showroom and in such an iconic building as Neo with its 360 degree panoramic views. “The different settings we have put together illustrate all the different types of workspaces that are suited to the way people work today. We show how the right mix of products can have a positive effect on people’s wellbeing, engagement and productivity. “We are working with a growing number of interior designers, architects


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Leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors has committed to growing its business in the North West with the announcement that it has opened an office in one of Manchester’s most vibrant and dynamic, mixed use spaces, Media City. Initially a South East concern, Saracen has made an impact across the whole of the UK in the last decade. In recent years it has concentrated its efforts in the North, with big contract wins in Yorkshire, including its recent project for Sirius

Minerals Plc at the iconic, former Scarborough Building Society building in Scarborough. The team has been building on established links to secure contracts in the North West and is now keen to develop further relationships in the region and to become a fixture on the commercial property scene. Director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page explains: “The Manchester property market is

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“Customers love being able to see, try and touch the products for the first time as well as getting ideas on everything from the latest colour schemes and office layout ideas to inspiration on how to bring touches of the home and Scandinavian chic into the workplace. “We’ve got giant iPod screens which help to bring meetings to life, desks which allow you to sit or stand at them to encourage healthy movement and non-hierarchical meeting room tables. We’ve even got a meeting table that can be transformed into a table tennis table.”

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and work for an hour, meeting rooms and comfortable lounge seating areas and cubby-hole spaces for short-term focus work.

and progressive companies in the city and Neo gives us the opportunity to show how we can encourage collaboration and offer more creative ways for companies in the North West to do business. “We apply our knowledge and insights to give workers an environment where they have spaces to focus, collaborate, rejuvenate, socialise, learn and meet. It enables people to do their best work in spaces designed for the task they are performing.

“We are keen to capitalise on the period of strong growth and progression that we, as a company, are enjoying and to create a strong profile for ourselves in the North. Manchester and the North West provide the ideal base as both the City and the region are undergoing an economic expansion and should continue to attract major investment that will result in continued development activity. We’re looking forward and there are are exciting times ahead - for Manchester and for Saracen - so it really is the best place for us to be.”

Ardmac carried out the Cat B fit-out work and bespoke joinery for The Penketh Group’s Worklife Showroom. John Prendergast, Regional Director for Ardmac, said: “This was an exciting opportunity to partner with a company that shares Ardmac’s vision of building exceptional working environments that achieve the best possible levels of employee productivity and

engagement for clients.” Penketh Group were also selected to supply the furniture to meet Bridge Architects vision and designs for the collaborative co-working space and services offices at Neo. These contain social zones where people can meet for coffee, nomadic zones where people can quickly unpack

There are also co-working spaces, a £250,000 digital art space in the lobby and an external roof terrace with outdoor all-weather meeting pods. Neo is an £8m redevelopment of the former 12-storey Bank House building and is Bruntwood’s most evolved collaborative workspace to date. The word ‘Neo’ is taken from the Greek word for ‘new’ meaning a ‘fresh, revived form’.

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Add shine to CROWN PAINTS your wood celebrates colour with with Osmo the new trends for Spring/Summer 2017 With homeowners looking to add a bit of shine to wooden floors and furniture this autumn, Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, has introduced Polyx®-Oil Clear Glossy which provides a gloss finish and adds a touch of class to any room. High gloss has proven to be a very popular finish and it is likely that this will continue. Osmo recognised this trend and has expanded its renowned Polyx®-Oil range to include the glossy option. The finish defines the grain of the wood and accentuates its natural colour. It is the ideal finish to use on all wooden floors, solid or plank wood, strip parquet, OSB or cork flooring, and wooden furniture. Polyx®-Oil Glossy is extremely easy to apply. Simply brush on to the wood surface to achieve deep, longlasting penetration. After treatment the wood is strengthened from within and retains its elasticity. It becomes water repellent, stain resistant and hard-wearing, because it meets the wood’s natural demands and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. Available direct or from approved stockists nationwide, Polyx®-Oil meets all relevant environmental and performance standards. For stockists and more information, call Osmo UK on 01296 481220 or visit

Architects and designers looking to get up to speed with inspired, eye-catching colour schemes for their projects will find help at hand with Crown Paints’ latest trends. Colour Influences 2017 is Crown Paints’ way of celebrating its love of colour - and the programme gives specification professionals useful insight into the shades which will shape professional interior and exterior environments in spring and summer this year. The Influences are produced by an expert panel, assembled by Crown, who join forces to pinpoint the latest colour trends. The team has used its knowledge and passion for colour to produce three stunning palettes, ‘Stillness,’ ‘Fusion’ and ‘Free Spirit.’ The colours are available in Crown Paints’ high quality, professional brands, Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade, which are all crafted with over 200 years of knowledge and experience. To check out the colours, please



Crown Colour Specialist, Kathryn Lloyd, is a member of the Colour Influences panel and has worked to ensure the palettes work in both private and public spaces. Kathryn said: “Colour Influences bring together the latest trends and forecasts to give a fresh and creative perspective to colour. “Each year they continue to be well-received by specifiers looking for inspiration and insight.” “Stillness” is the first palette in the collection. Developed to induce a relaxed mood it features soothing shades of yellow fading into architectural greys, with the subtlety of water colours.

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The second palette, “Fusion” showcases rich, vibrant hues in a complex, ornamented design. Inspiration for this trend comes from marrying traditional ethnic design with bold

colour, with multi-layering for a contemporary look using a patchwork of stencils and vivid shades. The third and final palette “Free Spirit” is a fun trend evoking a faded 80s Miami glamour. Combining coral and aqua tones it includes the use of quirky shapes to punctuate walls. The Influences programme is one of a series of initiatives from Crown developed to support specifiers with colour. Accessed through Crown Paints’ Specification Services, other services include bespoke colour scheming and a library of sector focussed colour books for environments including healthcare, housing and education. Exterior and interior schemes can also be completed using computer aided design - and for certain projects the Colour Services Team can provide face-to-face consultation. Furthermore, Crown Paints offers two CPDs on the subject. The first, ‘The Role Of Colour In Buildings’ covers colour psychology and the role it plays in creating atmosphere, effective lighting and the role colour plays in perceptions of room dimensions. This CPD also offers advice on how to create and specify colour schemes and comply with the Equality Act with the use of Crown Paints SCAN® colour coding system. The second CPD, entitled ‘Colour In Education’ explains how colour can be used to best effect within an educational environment.  It addresses topics similar to the first CPD, but explores them in the context of educational sector. An area dedicated to colour can be found on the Crown Paints Specification Services website at More details are also available by calling the Crown Paints Specification Team on 0330 0240310 or by emailing Enquiry No.206

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Maple is back! Connor sports flooring systems available now! In 2015 International flooring specialist Gerflor announced their acquisition of Connor Sport Court International in a move that subsequently expanded the company’s global market reach and sports product range portfolio.

Founded in 1872, Connor Sports is the leader in hardwood sports flooring and in 1974 Sport Court was formed, providing the market with the original modular sport surface used for outdoor athletics. With 250 employees Connor Sports® flooring and Sport Court® are registered trademarks of Connor and have two manufacturing sites in the USA. The company has sales in more than seventy-five countries and installations on all seven continents. With a large global reach and presence, it’s no wonder that Connor Sports products feature heavily in the Olympic story. The 2016 Rio Olympic Committee sought to buy eight courts for basketball and wheel chair basketball arenas. They would specify a total of 75,000m2 of flooring that would need to undergo the rigours of top-flight performance. The criteria stipulated that it had to be an FIBA level 1 floor, be removable for reuse after the games, and provide outstanding on-site support. They selected Connor Sports QuickLock floors. Roberto Siviero General Manager, Sport Competition said at the time, “We used Connor Sports courts for Basketball/ Wheelchair Basketball at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games for competition, warm-up and practice venues. We received very positive feed-back from the players, coaches and officials on the court’s look, feel and play characteristics”. He went on to add, “The Connor team were great to work with, the communications were always timely and our messages responded to right away. The personnel sent down to support the event were technically knowledgeable, professional and friendly.” He concluded by saying, The Connor basketball courts will remain in Brazil as a legacy of hosting the Olympics”. Bertrand Chaumet, Managing Director, Gerflor UK commented, “Being involved with the Summer Olympic Games in Rio last year was again a testament

to the quality of our overall sports flooring offer and the on-going development we do as company to produce the very best products we can”. Connor Sport Court International is the US market leader in sports surfacing and has built systems for many elite associations including the NBA, NCAA, FIBA, USTA, FIVB, US Youth Futsal, and USA Volleyball. The group specialises in wood, synthetic, rubber and modular sports surfaces and has the appropriate solution for every type of athletic, park, school, arena or multi-use facility. The company is the only sports surfacing firm in North America whose manufacturing facilities are independently audited and verified as “zero waste” and fully ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. They are also the only sports flooring company in the US to have Environmental Product Declarations on all their products. Their athletic surfacing experts have developed more DIN certified systems than any other sports surfacing manufacturer, delivering a complete line-up of products which are perfect for gymnasiums and athletic facilities of all types in the education, leisure, fitness sectors, as well as Military facilities and Sporting Arenas and Dance floor studios. The UK will be introducing four systems from the Connor Sports family providing a host of high quality sports flooring solutions for a myriad of markets. Available now are the following: NeoShok, Rezill Sleeper and Alliance, with stock levels held in France. The fourth available product is the QuickLock portable system, also held in France, it is ideal for temporary use in a multitude of sporting events. All the above systems can be finished in 3 different grades of 57mm x 20mm North American Hard Maple strip.

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FOCUS ON: FLOORS, WALLS & CEILINGS: ALTRO 11 selected a pale ice blue, which perfectly matches the colour scheme of the corridor. “Cleaning is proving to be a revelation. The black scuffs and wheel marks from the trolleys were always tough to remove on the old flooring. Initially our cleaning team was doubtful they could get the marks off the new flooring, and nervous of using the scrubber and buffer because they thought they might do some damage. “But we are delighted to report that the flooring comes up like new after every nightly cleaning regime, and even the stubborn black wheel marks are gone. Scrubbing machines and buffers are doing a wonderful job, with no damage.

Tough time-saving solution at Warrington Hospital New Altro CantataTM, the company’s first adhesive-free flooring for areas with a low slip risk, is already demonstrating its capabilities at Warrington Hospital, providing a tough time and cost saving solution in a busy non-clinical corridor. Lee Bushell, the hospital’s Acting Head of Capital Projects, says: “The service corridor is an area that gets an enormous amount of traffic. It’s in constant use during the day.

day, and at the end of its life removed easily, allowing it to be reused or recycled. It can handle the traffic of busy areas and is a long-term solution that will look good for years to come.

“After many years of this treatment, the existing vinyl flooring was really showing the strain. It looked tired, scruffy and we needed to find a hard wearing, affordable long term solution that could be laid with minimal disruption in this busy area.

It is ideal for busy public spaces where disruption needs to be minimal, such as hospitals, schools and general circulation areas, with the durability needed for medium to high traffic areas. Plus there are no associated adhesive odours. Altro Cantata’s 16 softlook shades, which range from subtle naturals to beautifully vivid, allows you to create just the right colour scheme or tone.

“We have a very good relationship with Altro, and their flooring is proving very successful elsewhere in the hospital, so we asked them to have a look at the corridor and give us some guidance. “They suggested we use their new Altro Cantata flooring, because it could be laid straight down onto the existing flooring, without adhesive, which would mean a fast installation.  New Altro Cantata is a decorative, adhesive-free flooring that creates maximum impact with minimum downtime. Using Altro’s award-winning adhesive-free installation method, it can be welded and walked on the same

Lee Bushell continues: “I must admit I was sceptical that Altro Cantata would be able to meet our needs, but I am very pleased that I have been proved wrong, and it has been perfect for us in so many ways. “There was a very short window for installation, because the corridor is in use until 7pm, but the process went very smoothly and was completed in just one night. A flooring that needs adhesive would have taken 3 to 4 days to fit. Altro Cantata has delivered a

massive saving in cost, and the corridor was back in full use the next morning. When speaking of the floor handling foot and wheeled traffic, Lee said: “It’s is standing up to the demands well with no signs of movement, bubbling or rippling, which proves it truly is a long term solution and not just a temporary fix. Very impressive. “In terms of aesthetics, the flooring looks superb. There are some great colour choices with Altro Cantata. We

“Sustainability is also an important factor for us. Because Altro Cantata is an adhesive-free flooring it means that in the future, if we need to make repairs, we can simply cut out a section and replace it, without having to re-lay the entire area. And the product is 100% recyclable as well. “Overall, Altro Cantata is meeting all our needs in terms of cost saving, durability, looks and hygiene. This is vital at a time when the NHS is looking to make savings where possible, while also maintaining the highest standards. “We are currently looking at using this product in another non-clinical area of the hospital, where there are similar issues with installation time. We think it will do a fantastic job there as well.” Altro Cantata was installed at Warrington Hospital by Cheshire Contract Flooring Ltd. Director Dave Hunt says: “We specialise in installing flooring in healthcare environments, so we completely understand the pressures in terms of timing, cost and often sensitive environments. WWW.ALTRO.CO.UK Enquiry No.211

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12 FLOORS, WALLS & CEILINGS Hunter Douglas' HeartFelt® wins Red Dot Award for best design

Leading architectural products company Hunter Douglas has won a prestigious international design prize for HeartFelt®, its new sustainable felt ceiling system.

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Outdoor tiling solutions for balconies, terraces and roof terraces With a surge in popularity for outdoor living, architects, designers and builders are increasingly being faced with the need to incorporate balconies, roof terraces and ground floor terraces into blueprints for commercial and domestic projects. To have these areas available all year round requires coverings that are durable, hard-wearing and all weather – and tiles are the perfect answer. When specified with the correct system assemblies for tiling, many types of tile installations are possible externally. This includes the use of finishes such as ceramics, porcelain, some natural stone and

pavers. However without the correct tiling systems, tiled areas can be susceptible to cracking, efflorescence, or staining – all derived from water damage or fluctuations in temperature. Water penetrating the lower levels of an external assembly can pose a serious risk to the structural integrity of any balcony, terrace or patio. Permeation of water through tile joints will eventually cause damage if no provision is made for water to drain away efficiently. As such, BAL has introduced its new range of External Tiling Solutions in conjunction with sister company Gutjahr to protect outdoor coverings from damage. Enquiry No.212 BAL

Beating thousands of submissions from across the world, Heartfelt®, a modular linear felt ceiling system, won the highest distinction in the category Product Design in the Red Dot Awards. The jury described the system, which is made of it cradle to cradle certified felt and comes in five shades of grey, as “one of the best products of 2017”, praising its “exceptional and innovative” design. HUNTER DOUGLAS Enquiry No 443

Decorative, adhesive-free ALTRO Cantata hits the right note

Altro has unveiled its latest innovation: decorative, adhesive-free Altro CantataTM flooring – designed to create maximum impact with minimum downtime. Altro Cantata’s 16 soft-look shades, which range from subtle naturals to beautifully vivid, allow you to create just the right tone with endless design possibilities. The new flooring has been designed for use in busy environments where days of

traffic, meaning that it performs in busy spaces as you would expect from an Altro floor. It is also easy to clean, so its striking shades look good long-term. Altro Cantata holds as effectively as an Altro floor installed using adhesive, with no rucks or movement. It achieves optimum installation results and carries the Altro 10 year guarantee.

downtime and disruption are simply not an option, such as hospitals, schools and general circulation areas. Using Altro’s award-winning adhesive-free installation method, with Altro Cantata you can halve installation time compared with a traditional floor. No Altro Cantata is 100% recyclable postadhesive also means there are no consumer and can be re-used in other odours. installations. Waste is minimal as only Altro Cantata is a durable 2.2mm floor one product is used. Any leftover floor that can tolerate medium to heavy-duty can be used elsewhere, returned to

Altro, or a Recofloor collection point, for recycling. At the end of its life, it can be removed quickly and reused or recycled. And, as you would expect from Altro, Altro Cantata contains bioplasticisers and is phthalate-free. Altro Cantata harmonises perfectly with other Altro floors, plus Altro Whiterock™ hygienic wall cladding and the Altro Fortis™ wall, door and corner protection system, allowing you to create the look and feel you want, throughout. Enquiry No.213

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Forbo’s new Sphera Energetic adds colour to the curriculum Hot on the heels of its very first homogeneous vinyl collection, produced in a new state-of-the-art production facility, Forbo Flooring Systems has now launched a second range: Sphera Energetic. Reflecting the latest education trend colours, and with low emissions and high LRVs, this new phthalate free collection will contribute towards a stimulating, yet healthy indoor environment for any educational establishment.

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corridors as the palette has been designed with intrinsic tint combinations to create stand out and inspiring flooring schemes.

Sphera Energetic - vivid spring & vivid ebony Forbo’s Sphera Energetic is a bold and exciting new range that challenges traditional flooring design in the education sector. End users are presented with a fresh and playful colour proposition consisting of 52

shades: 41 ‘flecked’ colours alongside 11 complementary ‘vivid’ hues, which feature corresponding highlight chips to create an integrated flooring solution. The colour options are ideal for zoning and way-finding through

Janet Lowe, Head of Marketing UK and Ireland at Forbo Flooring Systems commented: “The new Sphera Energetic range delivers an exciting proposition for educational design: a stylish and contemporary yet wholly practical flooring solution. Benefitting from the SMART-top finish, the new collection is resistant to chemicals, scratches and stains, making it ideal for busy classroom areas and corridors. “What’s more, the colour palette offers high Light Reflectance Value (LRV) ratings, which will help you to maximise any form of lighting within a building –

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helping you to create a better and healthier environment for pupils and staff. It is also phthalate free and has very low emissions of 10ug/m2 after 28 days.� Sphera Energetic is manufactured using SMART (Sustainable Modern Advanced Robust Technology) technology; the inline coating and subsequent embossing process results in superior appearance and durability, which sees the collection achieving the highest abrasion wear rating group T (tested to EN660-2). For further information please call telephone 0844 822 3928, email: or visit


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The realistic grout line design of the new ‘tile’ range of Proplas wall panelling, available now from IDS, is set to appeal to customers who like the look of real, large format tiles and favour mess-free, cost-effective installation and low maintenance. The stylish range offers the ideal decorative solution for wet and dry areas including shower enclosures, bath surrounds, wetrooms and utility rooms. Combining the latest trends in interiors for tactile materials, organic colours and natural stones, six elegant designs have been introduced including Grey Marble, Stone Beige, Stone Grey, Stone Graphite, Travertine and Silver Travertine, all in a luxurious matt finish. The tongue and groove 2800 x 250 x 8mm panels are non-porous and mould

resistant, with insulation and soundproofing benefits. The hardwearing decorative PVC surface has the advantage of being warmer than tiles and is durable, hygienic and very easy to clean. The panels can be stapled, panel pinned, glued or screwed directly onto a flat surface or onto timber battens to

provide a seamless finish with tight, almost invisible joints when used in conjunction with sealants and adhesives. They can also be fixed over existing tiling or Artex, making renovation and refurbishment work fast and straightforward. Proplas panels come in packs of four, giving a coverage of 2.8m², with a five

year domestic use warranty against manufacturing defects when installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The range is Fire Rating tested to BS EN 13501-1:2007 standards, achieving a classification of C, s3, d0. A full range of installation accessories is available including end caps and internal and external corner trims. The Proplas tile range is available ex-stock from IDS branches nationwide. For more information, please contact t: 08457 298 298, e: or web:


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16 KITCHENS, BATHROOMS & WASHROOMS Franke’s new Pescara tap range is rich with features and functionality The cutting-edge design of the new Pescara range from Franke provides a contemporary, co-ordinated tap offering that is rich in features and functionality.

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Rainforest inspires latest Francis Pegler Tap Design Pegler Yorkshire, the leading UK manufacturer of fittings, valves and brassware has launched a new range of stylish taps. The ‘Waterfall’ epitomises style and elegance and offers consumers with another high end range of brassware from leading brand Francis Pegler. The design led Waterfall Tap range offers an undeniable elegance and panache to any bathroom. Its wider than average spout allows a lavish flow of water to cascade into the bath or basin, offering a sense of splendour. Inspired by deluges often experienced in the rainforest this tap provides a controlled and comfortable flow of water for any bathroom. The tall pillar design angles the spout to a comfortable degree ensuring a greater user experience. The sleek handle is easy to operate thanks to the ceramic disc cartridge technology within and the spout provides the perfect outlet for a consistent undulated flow of water. PEGLER YORKSHIRE LTD

Enquiry No.405

GROHE introduces new incentive to its SMART scheme

Three single-lever chrome models, the 360O, the Semi-Pro XL and the Swivel Spout, are available now to create design interest in a wide variety of kitchen settings. The distinctive 460mm high Pescara 360O fully rotates and operates as a standard or a dual-spray tap. FRANKE

GROHE is delighted to introduce a new added benefit to its popular SMART scheme for installers. The five SMART members who accumulate the most points in 2017 will be rewarded with a power tool kit worth £800 each, to help make the job that little bit easier. The tool kits will include a state of the art combi & impact drill as well as circular saw. Also in 2017, GROHE will double the SMARTs you receive with every product scanned, allowing you to obtain that specific reward in half the time. Membership to GROHE’s SMART scheme is completely free and matched to the installer’s needs: get benefits, rewards and information specially tailored to you and your requirements. Designed to be quick and easy to use, simply download the SMART Reader app on a mobile device, or register online at to start enjoying the benefits. GROHE

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MARMOX SHOWERLAY 360 drain enables most versatile floor level shower available

British company specialising in insulation and waterproofing products, Marmox, has added a new drainage solution to its range of Showerlay floor level shower bases, which has been designed to simplify the installation of plumbing in both new-build and refurbishment applications and is compliant with all relevant standards.

Joining the company’s extensive range of products, the new Showerlay360 Drain, as the superscript title suggests, is fully rotatable to enable use in horizontal as well as vertical outlet connections – or any angle in between – for total flexibility. For even greater ease and adaptability of installation, the compact drain measures just 80mm deep with a 50mm water seal. It can be utilised with both of Marmox’s Showerlay trays, which are tileable sloping bases for a shower area on either a wooden or concrete subfloor. Two options are available: a 20mm or 24mm version which is supplied with a traditional square drain or a 40mm thick version which features a stainless steel linear drain. Both can be used to create level access showering areas, or wet rooms. The square drain version has a brushed stainless steel grate housed in an integrated frame which can be adjusted to accommodate tiling thicknesses from 5mm to 15mm.

Thanks to the new adjustable Showerlay360 drain, the siting of the drain gully is now infinite, offering endless design opportunities. Depending on the angle of the outlet pipe, the flow rate is 30 to 50 litres per minute, and thus faster than its predecessor. Showerlay, when combined with Marmox’s well tried and tested Multiboard, ensures an exceptionally stable decoupling substrate to tile upon. Manufactured from an extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) core, the boards also provide very good thermal insulation and are completely impermeable to water for a totally leakproof and trouble-free installation. Marmox (UK) additionally manufactures solutions for pipe boxing, curved walls and showers, as well as bath panel kits.

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Washrooms for the unintentional vandal

BINOPTIC electronic tap

Shock-resistant sensors withstand repeated impact

There’s a potential vandal in each of us, especially when it comes to using public washrooms and toilets. In public facilities there is a wide variety of technology available and a lack of familiarity may result in unintentional vandalism if the user does not know how an electronic tap works or how to adjust the temperature. Frustration or impatience may manifest in increasingly abusive behaviour and the sanitary fittings provide a convenient target. DELABIE has over 80 years’ experience manufacturing water controls and accessories for the commercial sector. We believe that there are certain considerations that can mitigate against the involuntary vandal such as welldesigned facilities, product suitability and regular maintenance.

Stainless steel soap dispenser 304 stainless steel is self-repairing

Poor housekeeping Aesthetics play a large part. Washroom facilities with an obvious lack of maintenance (broken tiling, soap dispensers with no soap, WCs or urinals with water stains) will lead to contempt for the facilities. Attractive surroundings with well-maintained fixtures and clean, bright surfaces are more likely to elicit respect and care from the user. Fit for purpose System considerations need to be factored in. Pipe size, dynamic pressure and flow rates play an important part.

Failing to adapt the WC flush to system pressure will cause over spray leading to wet floors creating a hazard for users. Similarly, excessive splashing from an incorrectly positioned shower head or an undersized basin will result in surfaces becoming discoloured, joint integrity may fail, materials may warp with the damp and hygiene becomes a major concern. Products that can be easily adjusted to system conditions during installation will pre-empt such problems and provide facilities that are fit for purpose. Durable materials Taps and showers intended for washrooms subject to intensive use such as sports facilities, service stations or airports must be made of robust and durable materials. Push-button controls and mechanisms should have no fragile moving parts. DELABIE mechanisms are made from solid brass and will withstand regular and intensive use. Our electronic sensors are able to withstand impact, even though they are designed to be non-touch. Accessories such as soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and grab bars for accessible toilets are made from 304 stainless steel – the surface reacts spontaneously with oxygen, forming a protective layer, and guarding the surface against corrosion. Secure fixings Water controls with secure fixings will withstand a heavy-handed user and also more deliberate vandalism. DELABIE’s commercial tapware is designed to fix firmly in place via threaded rods with a horseshoe bracket and back nuts to tighten onto the working surface. Alternatively cross wall fixings and antirotating pins provide an additional level of stability that will withstand any torsion or twisting. Fully recessed models with tamperproof fixings or

concealed fixings leave no opportunity for even the most determined vandal to access the mechanisms. Consideration is often given to how to prevent overt vandalism but facilities managers and building owners need to consider the impact of unintentional vandalism. DELABIE’s water controls and sanitary fittings can provide a complete washroom solution that will minimise the impact of involuntary damage.

TEMPOFLUX 2 dual flush WC valve

Recessed WC valves are difficult to access

Delabie UK Ltd, Tel. 01491 824449 Enquiry No.222

18 EXTERNAL WORKS,LANDSCAPING & URBAN REGENERATION Charcon helps deliver the vision for newest school

Carbon negative “first” for Ecodek British manufacturing company, Ecodek has achieved “carbon negative” status for the production of its composite decking system. This important achievement, believed to be a first for a UK based polymer processing company, is for the manufacture of Ecodek wood-polymer composite [WPC] decking, and follows years of painstaking development of its design, manufacturing and distribution processes.

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Ecodek actually had a net effect of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere rather than adding to it – hence carbon negative - a huge achievement in modern manufacturing and one that clearly illustrates the company’s environmental credentials.

A life-cycle assessment programme, undertaken by the BioComposites Centre of Bangor University, considered production of the decking on a cradle to factory gate basis, accounting for all significant materials, transport, energy use and packaging inputs. Results showed that production of

Ecodek’s Technical Director Alex Collins, explains: “Ecodek is a wood polymer composite made up of 55% hardwood waste – mainly sawdust and wood shavings – and 40% recycled high density polyethylene – the material that plastic milk bottles are made from. These raw materials give Ecodek a 95% recycled content and it is 100% recyclable, back into composite decking”.

flood barrier from IBS

A clear gloss finish outdoors with new Sadolin Yacht Varnish

New associate director to expand civil & structural engineering team at BakerHicks

Worldwide leaders in demountable flood protection systems, IBS, have just released their smallest, lightest system to date. Called the SL25, the new lightweight system is targeted at the property sector of the flood protection market and aims to capitalise on the company's strong brand and product reputation in the wider flood risk management industry. Drawing on all their experience from more than 2 decades in the global flood defence sector, IBS have designed the SL25 to be as easy as possible to install and more importantly, to require minimum effort to deploy before floodwater arrives.

Specifiers looking for a high quality gloss exterior varnish with a true clear finish can lift the lid on a new launch from the superior woodcare brand Sadolin. Sadolin Yacht Varnish has been developed in response to customer demand for a clear, traditional, high gloss varnish for use outdoors on windows, doors and conservatories. The product is ideal for use on new wood and previously coated surfaces, with a translucent finish which maintains the natural colour of the wood. Protection is also assured through its high-build barrier, developed to resist peeling and flaking with the addition of UV inhibitors for long lasting protection Sharon Smith, Sadolin Brand Manager, said: “For some time we have been asked to introduce a clear exterior varnish to the market, and our wood care experts have developed Sadolin Yacht Varnish in response to that demand. “We pride ourselves on creating the very best in wood protection products, drawing on more than 200 years of innovation to offer customers quality, trusted products. SADOLIN

BakerHicks, the specialist design and engineering business, has appointed Mark Renshaw as associate director to head up its Civil and Structural Engineering Team in London. Mark has spent the past ten years delivering a range of RIBA award-winning projects in London and the South East. Mark has worked across a broad spectrum of new build, development and refurbishment projects, often involving complex and specialist architecture, materials and designs. His expertise spans both the Public and Private Sectors; from state-of-the-art schools to high-end residential developments, including the multi award-winning Alfriston School swimming pool and Princess Square residential development projects, and the similarly awardwinning Thompson House, noted for its innovative material use. He also has proven expertise in the design of basements, structural glass and temporary works projects, and has played a key role in a number of projects involving high-profile listed and historic buildings. BAKERHICKS LTD

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed a significant delivery to the new Sybil Andrews Academy at the Moreton Hall development in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk. To help enhance the sustainability rating of the school, more than 3,500m2 of Infilta 80mm permeable block paving in Grey and Charcoal, alongside nearly 3,000m² of Infilta specifier block paving in both Light and Silver Grey, was specified for the car park. This highly durable yet visually appealing sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS), thanks to its hidden 5mm spacer nibs, allows the ingress of surface water to pass through to a sub-base water storage system below. CHARCON

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Meet the new SL25 lightweight

IBS Enquiry No.409

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Phil Warman, Welder, 6 years with Jacksons

OUR PASSION IS YOUR SECURITY We combine the highest quality perimeter security fencing and gates with seventy years of expertise to provide you with the right solution for your project, large or small. Enquiry No.223

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Rising to the challenges of urban construction Metsä Wood explores the possibilities of using timber to help solve the housing crisis in our cities

Urbanisation is one of the most significant issues facing humanity today. By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Consequently, urban growth is fast outpacing the ability to build affordable and sustainable living space. Cities all over the world are in dire need of new ways to house a rapidly growing urban population. Nowhere is this more evident than in the UK and in our capital city, where space is at a premium and housing the ever-growing population continues to pose a huge challenge. London is at the heart of the housing crisis with experts forecasting that the city will require 60,000 new homes a year (around double the current rate) to meet new projections. Innovation in building methods and materials is required for house building in urban areas to hit these targets, while ensuring fast and sustainable construction. One obvious, yet often overlooked solution is to start building up, and stop tearing down. Utilising new modern timber materials such as Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber), enables several stories to be constructed on top of existing structures. A building extension constructed with a timber frame can be a fast, sustainable and inexpensive solution. Research shows that approximately a quarter of existing buildings are

strong enough to carry additional floors made of wood. Moreover, it is the only material light enough to build quickly on to existing structures. This makes wood a highly promising building material for providing living space for billions of people – while also preserving the architectural heritage of our cities. One of the other main considerations for considering timber in urban construction is energy efficiency, not only during the construction process but also for the lifetime of the building. This is extremely important in London as it currently has a target of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. With homes and workplaces currently accounting for 78% of CO2 emissions in London and with 80% of the existing housing stock likely to still be in place by 2025, it is essential to improve the energy performance of new builds in order to cut costs and carbon. In the UK, building a million new homes by 2020 in order to meet the demand of the UK housing crisis requires innovative thinking and the need to explore new possibilities, such a hybrid construction, using a range of materials including steel, concrete, brick and timber. Through its Plan B project, Metsä Wood has been challenging the perception of architects, constructions engineers and builders as to what is possible with timber

construction. As part of the project, which explores various possibilities of building with wood, Metsä Wood offers detailed examples of how to build recognizable, but modern versions of well known architectural buildings, such as the Empire State Building using wood as the main material. The models have been exhibited at trade shows across the globe and have helped to raise awareness and spark debate around modern timber construction. Metsä wood also recently ran a competition, inviting architects to design timber structure extensions to existing urban buildings using Kerto® LVL as the

main material. Entries were submitted from 69 cities worldwide, including Sidney, Shanghai, New York, Berlin, Paris and London. The results were impressive, and all entries and winners can be seen on the Metsa website. By promoting and developing innovative design solutions in such a way, Metsä Wood is challenging the perception of what is possible in urban construction. It is now becoming more widely acknowledged that timber products, such as Kerto® LVL timber has a major role to play in building cities of the future using fast, light and green materials. Enquiry No.224

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Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd. was appointed by Lakeland Arts to be the main contractor for the new Windermere Jetty project. The copper roof was specified for the learning centre and reception roof at Windermere Jetty because of its aesthetic appeal and long term performance benefits. Award winning architects, Carmody Groarke, were selected to design the Museum through an open international competition organised by the RIBA.

BPC Building Products’ joist hangers have been used during construction of the new £16.7m Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in the Lake District. The museum, which will be completing later this year, features a copper roof and the BPC hangers were used to fix the timber trusses to support this structure. BPC timber to timber joist hangers are

manufactured from high quality galvanised steel to BS EN 10346:2009 + G275 and austenitic grade 304 stainless steel. The range is available from stock in a huge variety of widths and heights to suit all on-site applications. Specialist contractor on the project, Thomas Armstrong, chose BPC Building Products components because of the high quality of the fixings as well as the fact that they could be delivered to site next day.

Windermere jetty is a world-class working museum that respects its lakeshore surroundings and will secure the future of the nationally significant boat collection established by George Pattinson. The new Museum will include displays of steam launches, motorboats, yachts and other vessels and tell the stories of their construction, owners and use on Windermere. Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories will replace the Windermere Steamboat Museum which opened in 1977. The Museum’s

collection of boats form the most important and coherent collection of watercraft generic to one particular location in existence anywhere in the world. BPC joist hangers are manufactured in the UK at the company’s advanced facility in Yorkshire. The company has recently announced a major investment in expanding its manufacturing capabilities at the site. Formed in 1977, BPC is an established UK manufacturer of galvanised and stainless steel building and fencing components. The company offers an extensive range, which is available from stock, at its modern factory and warehouse facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Next day delivery is usually available on the company’s full product range, with no minimum order quantity. For more information on BPC Building Products or to find your local stockist, visit: or call: 01924 364794

Enquiry No.225

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Façade paint guarantees a smart new appearance

A large office development in Newcastle has become the latest UK building to benefit from being protected by Sto’s recently launched StoColor Dryonic façade paint. The Dryonic paint was chosen to refurbish Newburn House on the Newburn Business Park, on the basis of its’ advanced ‘stay clean’ performance, ensuring that the building will retain its attractive new appearance well into the future. “Although other options were considered, it emerged that using a combination of StoPrim Fungal disinfectant and StoColor Dryonic façade paint would provide the guarantee of longevity and protection against algae and fungi growth that was required, explains Sto’s Technical Consultant, Jim Allan” STO Enquiry No.411

Resiblock Flying High at Heathrow Airport

A University of Firsts In 1900, the University of Birmingham was granted a Royal Charter, making it one of the first redbrick universities in England. In 1901, Aston Webb and Ingress Bell commenced work on a great hall and a semi-circular block of buildings. Aston Webb Great Hall and the Quadrant Range were given a Grade II* Listing in 1970. Associated Architects was appointed to refurbish the exterior and to renovate the interior of Block C. Although refurbished, the original single glazed units were still ineffective. Selectaglaze was specified to deliver a solution with its secondary glazing. Over 200 units were installed, most of which were curved. In the lecture

Roofing Contractor keeping quiet about the advantages of MAGPLY A Colchester based roofing contractor has been using Magply Recovery boards as part of a high specification build up, which provided its operatives with a relatively quiet as well as safe means of carrying out re-roofing works to school classrooms during lesson times. The owner of RT Roofing Services, Richard Tebbutt commented: “We mainly install Langley and Bauder flat roofing systems, being one of the latter’s biggest customers in the UK, having tackled 18 big contracts for schools in the past year. At the Bishops Stortford

Sealing, Stabilising, Protecting Paving

Following the completion of sealing works at Europe’s largest airport, Resiblock are delighted to add to their ever-growing list of high-profile commercial sites, London Heathrow Airport. Subsequent to the reparation works of the Taxiway between Terminals 2 and 3, Resiblock ‘22’ was utilised to prevent paver destabilisation caused by the weight of the numerous European and International aircraft that operate out of these Terminals. The 1,750 m2 site was sealed in March by The Shannon Group and was fully open for operation just 24 hours after the installation of Resiblock ‘22’. RESIBLOCK Enquiry No.412

theatre the 2.3m wide 3.8m openings were treated with a combination of fixed lights from the Series 42 range and horizontal sliders from the Series 80 heavy duty range. All of the secondary glazed units ensure the tightest fit and match sight lines to make them virtually unobtrusive. Royal Warrant Holder Selectaglaze has 50 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and installing secondary glazing for all building types from new builds to Listed museums ensuring they are warmer, quieter and safer. Selectaglaze will attend the Higher Education Estates Forum on the 20th and 21st April to advise attendees on any thermal, noise or security upgrades. SELECTAGLAZE

Enquiry No.413

School we wanted to avoid the noise and dust of scabbling the existing asphalt surface and chippings, so instead the team just brushed off the loose material and thoroughly prepped the surface before bonding the Magply sheets down in hot bitumen. Because Magply is non-combustible, any excess bitumen can simply be burned off before the vapour barrier is installed as part of a Langley approved system. We have used Magply a number of times in the past in similar situations – including for another school project and purchase our supplies through Under Cover, a specialist roofing merchant in Rayleigh and Colchester.” MAGPLY Enquiry No.414

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The pump in a cupboard with plant room power

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“Arrow Booster” negates the need for a plant room Designed to boost supply pressure Applications: for Penthouse suites and other tall > Filling buckets e.g. campsites buildings.

> Filling watering cansBooster’ e.g. cemetaries Affectionately named ‘Stealth , > Vehicle washdown areas this compact domestic booster set is designed to fit comfortably in a kitchen > Garden centres cupboard and is extremely quiet. > Gardens > Integral Bypass Valve enables continued supply during maintenance or power failure > Ideal for buildings where space is of a premium > Quiet variable speed pump > Factory tested ready for installation

Tel: 01442 823 123 Email: The Water Regulations Solution Specialist Enquiry No.226

Beaumont Square set to welcome Plymouth students this September With the current academic year nearing its exam led conclusion, students will be looking to their accommodation options for September. And with demand vastly outweighing supply, new and existing students will be keen to secure a spot for themselves.

leaders in providing wealth building opportunities for investors of all levels through property, is delighted to confirm that their brand new Beaumont Square accommodation will be ready for students to move in this September. He comments,

As key university cities continue to attract thousands of students every year, it's no surprise that many B2L investors are turning to Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA). According to figures from HESA, the coastal set Plymouth University was home to 23,155 students in the 15/16 academic year alone. Highlighting an incredibly buoyant market for those investing in PBSA in the city.

"Plymouth will be the location for a vast array of investment projects over the forthcoming months and years. The colossal £266 million investment programme set to transform the city centre, will no doubt enhance Plymouth's attraction as a place for students to complete their studies.

To answer this ongoing demand, Oliver Ramsden Director of Aspen Woolf,

"The greater number of students choosing Plymouth will in turn increase the number of student beds required, with PBSA emerging as the savvy investment option. With work on the internal walls of block B due to be complete by the end of next week, we are confident that our Beaumont Square residence is on track for completion as soon as August. Meaning students will be able to choose the luxury accommodation from September 2017." Enquiry No.227

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made by County Hospital in the re decoration and layout of the new ward was preserved for many years to come, Yeoman Shield Guardian Twin Handrail was fitted to the walls along the bed bay corridor. This dual purpose product not only acts as a handrail support for those requiring it but the integrated lower protection rail provides protection drip stands and other medical against wear and tear to the walls and equipment being wheeled up, too close, the upper handrail also. to the wall. The nurses’ station area and connecting corridor walls are now thoroughly protected with Yeoman Shield 125mm protection rail on a solid timber core, affording a robust yet attractive defence against wheeled equipment, trolleys and cleaning machines.

Investment in new wards at County Hospital Stafford protected by Yeoman Shield County Hospital, Stafford, have invested in 4 new wards which are to be opened throughout the year, offering more patient beds and spacious areas conducive to patient care and staff wellbeing. The first of such wards to be opened is Elderly Care, Ward 15, which - now containing 28 beds with 12 single en-suite rooms, four, four bedded bays, a dedicated rehabilitation/therapy space, counselling and day room – is a great improvement on what was

previously available. The ward refurbishment work, run by main contractors Kier Construction, included wall & door protection products from Yeoman Shield which were installed by their own fixing team. To ensure that the investment of time and money

Corner protection angles and protection strip were also added to ensure a comprehensive protection system was in place. All were supplied in complementing shades of Grey, dovetailing into the décor scheme,contributing to a clean and attractive appearance throughout the unit. The 12, bright and airy, en-suite rooms, colourfully painted, have Yeoman Shield bed head protectors installed on the walls at the head end of the patients bed. This area can be extremely vulnerable to damage caused by beds,

Specifying Substrates for Wetrooms When considering wetrooms, the most important element is waterproofing. The best way of ensuring a fully waterproof solution is through specifying a fully integrated, CE marked waterproofing system.

Yeoman Shield’s stylish Guardian Bedhead protectors at 900mm long in Cream or Grey, were fitted on spacer brackets, standing slightly away from the wall to ensure full protection was given to the plaster painted wall behind. Ward Manager, Julie Woodworth commented “ I am extremely proud to be the first ward manager to move in the refurbished ward. The reaction from the patients and the staff has been absolutely fantastic.” For more information on Yeoman Shield wall & door protection products and how they can save on maintenance budgets go to or call 0113 279 5854. Enquiry No.229

The Schlüter-Systems Ltd CPD seminar, ‘Integrated Solutions for Wetrooms with Tile and Stone Coverings’, can be held at your offices or a location to suit and looks at the requirements of waterproofing and how an integrated system offers complete peace of mind. As part of that integrated system, when it comes to substrate preparation for wetrooms, the Schlüter®-KERDI range is the go-to solution for creating bonded waterproof assemblies. Since its launch over 25 years ago, the Schlüter®KERDI range of membranes, adhesives and sealing bands has been providing a CE marked waterproofing system. The range also includes backerboards and pre-sloped trays for tile and stone, along with drainage channels and point drains ensuring that water only goes where you want it to. The main benefit of specifying Schlüter®-KERDI as part of a Schlüter®-WETROOM system is the fact that each component has been designed to work in harmony with the others to provide a guaranteed waterproof solution; an additional benefit is the speed of installation, saving time and costs throughout a project. To host a CPD seminar simply call 01530 813396 or email; for priority booking quote DABSWR04. Schlüter-Systems Ltd has NBS Clauses and BIM Objects available on NBS Plus, National BIM Library and at Enquiry No.230

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At FP McCann, we believe in working with you as a partner from the start, which means offering our expertise in designing and manufacturing rooms to suit every individual project. Far from being an off-the-shelf solution, our architectural and structural solutions are made-to-measure, whilst maintaining our design philosophies and standard details. All units are manufactured

off-site at our state-of-the-art Grantham and Byley depots and delivered to site, ready for final preparation and decoration. Our precast concrete crosswall construction is a fast and convenient way to produce multi-unit structures such as hotels, education, student, secure and health accommodation, private and social housing in a fraction of the time of traditionally built structures.


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26 REFURBISHMENT & NEW BUILD ArcHaus Receives a Facelift from Remmers

The exterior of this iconic building was suffering with high levels of damage, including salt ingress and excessive cracking to the render and brickwork. Salt Inhibitor was used as a ‘masonry salt blocker’ and applied to the exposed brickwork. Large areas of the render were repaired with Restoration Render and the deep section repairs were completed with Remmers Betofix R2, a fast curing, high strength concrete repair mortar. OS Concre Fill and Impregnation Primer were also applied prior to the application of the final protective coating system. To mitigate reflective cracking in the future, Remmers Elastoflex system with reinforcement was applied throughout, giving a high degree of finish to the exterior of this 1930’s landmark building. REMMERS Enquiry No.415

Barrier forms secure bond Protection against groundwater ingress as well as gases and chemicals is offered by DualProof – a brand new two-layer durable watertight solution for below ground structures from Delta Membrane Systems.

This is a fully and permanently bonded, pre-applied membrane which is fitted prior to the fixing of steel reinforcement, and the concrete pour. It comprises a sealed two-layer flexible pvc membrane laminated with a nonwoven polypropylene fleece. This fleece makes use of FiberTex technology which gives the necessary bond to the concrete, as it integrates into the concrete when poured giving a strong mechanical bond once cured. It then prevents any lateral water migration between the membrane and the structural concrete, and it even seals small cracks in the concrete. DELTA MEMBRANE SYSTEMS Enquiry No.416

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Organowood® makes timber cladding sustainable Organowood®, a leading sustainable wood protection specialist, is fast becoming known as having the ideal solution to protect and strengthen all types of timber cladding. With strong sustainable and aesthetic qualities, OrganoWood provides architects, professionals and end users with an environmentally friendly and durable wood protection system that ensures longevity, without using harsh chemicals. OrganoWood is a tried and tested ecological alternative to pressure treated finishes, producing products that offer aesthetically pleasing and sustainable results. Featuring three leading products - OrganoWood® 01 Protection, OrganoWood® 02 Repellent and OrganoWood® 03 Cleaner – the system provides a wood protection treatment that protects and aesthetically enhances external timber cladding from the exterior elements. “Wood is a strong, reliable and attractive material that can be innately damaged using chemicals”, comments Michael Nicholls, Sales Manager at

OrganoWood UK. “We are pleased to offer an environmentally friendly wood treatment system that complements and enhances the wood’s natural and sustainable properties, without using substances that are classified as hazardous or harmful.” As wood is not naturally as resistant to water, dirt and stains than other materials, it is important to specify a treatment that will add durability and protect the building from potential ailments, such as rot and fire. OrganoWood® 01 Protection offers timber flame and rot protection that meets European environmental and performance standards, with EN113 and EN 13501-1 certification for fire and rot protection respectively. For external cladding installations, precautions should also be considered to protect the timber from water, fungus and dirt. OrganoWood 02 Repellent is a special treatment that has been developed to provide an extremely water repellent surface that prevents any water, dirt and mould from penetrating the timber. As well as offering a high quality and

Implications of structural waterproofing covered in new trade body course National trade body the Property Care Association has launched a new course, designed to give waterproofing surveyors an insight into the effects of waterproofing systems on the structure of a building. The one day ‘Structural Implications of Waterproofing’ programme aligns the activities of waterproofing surveyors and system designers with the relevant elements studied by structural and civil engineers, including applied mechanics, the theory of structures and hydraulics. James Berry, technical manager at the PCA, said: “This industry first training course is beneficial to all waterproofing surveyors, in particular those involved in designing waterproofing systems. “The aim of the training is to broaden knowledge through exploring what constitutes a comprehensive thought process when designing effective waterproofing systems. “It explores all the considerations that should be taken into account in terms of the potential effects of waterproofing systems on the structure of buildings. THE PROPERTY CARE ASSOCIATION Enquiry No.418

level of surface protection, OrganoWood treated wood keeps its natural characteristics and gradually ages with an aesthetically pleasing silvergrey hue over time that is desired by many. For best results, first apply OrganoWood 01 Protector, followed by OrganoWood 02 Repellent. Once dry, protection will last up to five years. All OrganoWood products are ecologically sustainable according to FSC® (FSC-C120532) and PEFC™ (0535-168). Enquiry No.417

Academy makeover provised learning support boost

National property maintenance and refurbishment contractor, Novus Property Solutions, has successfully completed a two-stage refurbishment at an academy in Burton-Upon-Trent. The de Ferrers Academy is the largest school in Staffordshire, operating from a large split site and catering for more than 2,100 11-18 year-olds. It is a founder member of a multi-academy trust, known as the de Ferrers Trust, and opens its doors to the community through facility hire for a wide range of activities and even offers membership to its Fitness Suite to the public. Having redecorated the school’s interior on a number of occasions in recent years Novus was the perfect choice for this refurbishment, which saw the old caretaker's on-site house completely remodelled and converted into a multi-purpose office space for the de Ferrers Trust. The interior of the bungalow was reconfigured to create three modern office rooms as well as additional communal areas designed to provide meeting rooms and a flexible working environment. NOVUS PROPERTY SOLUTIONS Enquiry No.450

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Hollo-BoltÂŽ was specified for the Tallest Skyscraper in Western USA

After Lindapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hollo-Bolt received the full ICC-ES approval for use in all seismic design categories (A to F), it was specified for the tallest building west of Mississippi, situated in a high-risk earthquake zone. Towering 73 stories above downtown Los Angeles, the Wilshire Grand Center includes a hotel, shops, offices and a rooftop â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sky lobbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which provides guests with sweeping views of LA that extend to Santa

Monica. The billion-dollar skyscraper was designed by AC Martin and it sets the architectural standard for design, innovation and quality in Los Angeles. The main feature of AC Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design is the swooping glass canopy which creates an atrium with a modern architecturally exposed steel design. Following the structural engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recommendation of using the seismic approved Hollo-Bolt, the steelwork contractors used over 3,000 M20 Hollo-Bolts to secure

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the structural hollow sections which form the swooping atrium framework. Hollo-Bolts were installed from just one side, rapidly achieving discreet splice connections without the need for drilling or welding. The extremely cost effective installation did not require specialist equipment or specialist labour. It dramatically reduced the amount of work at height in comparison to traditional welding or through-bolting methods. The design also eradicated the possibility of tube deformation that can be associated with throughbolting if the bolts are over-tightened. The end result was an aesthetically pleasing, clean and subtle connection which complements the design of the architecturally exposed structural steel. The Lindapter Hollo-Bolt has an extensive range of independent approvals, including the CE mark, Los Angeles Research Report (LARR) and full seismic approval from ICC-ES for all seismic design categories (A-F). It is also independently approved as a structural connection for primary steel and features in the SCI/BCSA joint publication â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Joints in Steel Construction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Simple Connectionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Or Green Book as it is commonly referred to). The guide provides primary design advice and information on using the Hollo-Bolt for Structural steel connections.

Visit to see the full range of Lindapter steelwork fixings Enquiry No.234

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Innovation Delivered

Comar 10 offers a new departure; a Passivhaus Certified “B” product with U-values as low as 0.66 coupled with processes that cut manufacturing costs by up to 70%. The Comar 10 window range includes: Inward opening, tilt & turn and fixed lights and are internally beaded and glazed. • U-values as low as 0.66 W/m2K • Cut manufacturing costs by 70% • Certified by Passivhaus Institute for cool temperature areas • Future-proof & energy saving • High thermal insulation with ground breaking technology • 90mm deep outer frames • Minimal care & maintenance

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Garador launches visualise your door tool

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Garador has launched a new website-based tool to show exactly what a new Garador garage door will look like on a property. Garador’s Visualise your Door lets you upload a picture of your property, mock-up an image of a garage door and then print it off. Garador created the Visualise your Door tool to help people see what their garage door will look like on their property before they buy. It has been designed to be easily accessible from a desktop PC or tablet; making adjustments with a mouse or just your fingers on an iPad. The complete range of Garador doors and colours; including Up & Over, Sectional, GaraRoll and Side Hinged garage doors, is available. Positioning a Garador garage door onto an image of your property is easy, and you can change the style and colour of the door at the click of a button. Getting the right Garador garage door helps to maximise the value of your property, and this new tool is the easiest way available on the market to ensure you get it right. Find out more by visiting

SCHUECO UK introduces enhanced version of Slimline Façade System

Enquiry No. 237

Leading sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, has announced new developments to its unique, ultra-slimline FWS 35 PD panorama design façade system. Shown at BAU 2017, the enhanced system delivers even greater visual elegance and transparency, the option of sun-shading and two levels of burglar resistance. With Passive House certification for the top Schueco FWS 35 PD.SI version, the range offers thermal insulation levels as low as 0.79 W/m2K and can accommodate doubleand triple-glazed units from 22 mm to 50 mm thickness. The versatility of the system is further enhanced by the introduction of a new single glazed option which is ideal for high-end display windows and internal applications. Where ventilation is required, the new Schueco FWS 35 PD façade can incorporate Schueco AWS 114 opening window units; operated either manually or mechatronically with a concealed Schueco TIpTronic actuator, these are an attractive and practical method of ventilation and can be specified with either top-hung or parallel-opening types. Web: Enquiry No. 238

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Soundsecure internal apartment doorsets from PREMDOR, Secured by design

Making office space part of the commercial landscape

An architect’s practice with an impressive track record of devising office buildings as multi-use developments incorporating public spaces has won the BD Office Architect of the Year Award 2017, sponsored by GEZE UK. Fletcher Priest beat five other practices to clinch the coveted title after evidencing the strongest body of work in the office category. The company prides itself on developing long-lasting relationships with clients based on providing workplaces that support their businesses. Current clients include Land Securities, which has worked with the practice on more than 20 projects over 17 years and Derwent London.  GEZE UK Enquiry No.419

’Touchless’ solution needs no helping hand A ‘touchless’ manual activation solution for automatic door operation – ideal for environments where hygiene is paramount - has been introduced by GEZE. The proximity switch GC 306 meets the rigorous standards required in hospitals, laboratories, care homes and food preparation areas. It’s non-contact activation can be set as required and has a range of 10 to 50 centimetres to open automatic swing, sliding, folding, revolving or curved sliding doors seamlessly. The low voltage operation of the GC 306 conforms to radio equipment directives and can be used in the vicinity of sensitive medical equipment and IT server rooms. GEZE UK

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Specifically created to meet the complex and demanding Building Regulations relating to apartment internal entrance locations, SoundSecure fully complies with all performance and legislative requirements where security, fire and noise reduction performance are of paramount importance. The factory hung doorsets are supplied with Premdor’s accredited FD30 or FD60 fire doors, fully tested for fire performance against BS476 Part 22, Certifire approved and are supplied complete with intumescent and combined acoustic, smoke and draught seals as standard. Additionally, the doorsets carry Secured by Design approval, which is a nationwide Police preferred specification. PREMDOR Enquiry No.422

Comar 5P.i Advanced Window System Using latest thermal break technology to produce windows for the next generation of solutions. Integration is the key factor which underpins the latest new product launch from Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems. Their market leading Comar 9P.i Framing system offers fast-track semi unitised construction for floor to ceiling glazing, allowing tilt/turn or casement windows to hang direct from the Comar 9P.i Frame as well as rebated doors. With the addition of thermal foam and triple glazing Comar 9P.i offers U-values down to 0.77, creating a future proof solution for their architectural, contractor and fabricator partners. Comar announce they have incorporated the technology from their Comar 9P.i system into the Comar 5P.i window range, and are now launching the Comar 5P.i Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system which integrates

seamlessly into Comar 9P.i creating the option for standalone high performance windows. COMAR ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS Enquiry No.423

TORMAX Fit for Gym Access TORMAX automatic doors deliver outstanding reliability even under near-constant use, which is why they were specified to work with Essential Aluminium Ltd, to supply and install the entrance to the new Pure Gym in Ipswich, which is open to members 24/7. Consisting of two sets of folding door leaves, the contemporary black, TORMAX automatic TOP Foldor system opens smoothly from the centre, quickly and silently, every time. Located within the multi-million pound redeveloped Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich town centre, Pure Gym recognises that the traditional working day of 9-5pm no longer applies. “We are open all day, every day,” confirms Gym Manager, Oliver Gordon. “The facility is always busy with members coming and going whatever the hour.” Combining plentiful high quality exercise equipment with low-cost fees, has made the gym extremely popular since it opened in October 2016. The TORMAX TOP Foldor is a complete, pre-fabricated door system for opening widths between 80-140 cm. With its elegant folding principle, the Foldor is a real space-saving automatic door; an ideal application if dimensions of depth and width are minimal. Elegant door profiles optimise sealing and thanks to a welldesigned solution, installation time is reduced to a minimum. An intelligent processor control simplifies commissioning and automatically maximise motion performance. As with the complete range of TORMAX entrances, the FOLDOR is fitted with both vertical and horizontal threshold sensors, as well as a sensitive auto-reverse feature, which comes into operation when any obstacle is encountered during opening or closing. TORMAX Enquiry No.421


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’What’s New at Aluprof’ Key to success for any business today is the ability to be flexible and meet customers changing requirements, this is particularly relevant in the rapidly moving UK construction industry. Over the last few years Aluprof have grown significantly in UK by meeting this need whilst completing all the necessary standards and regulations. Aluprof’s extensive stock of complete systems are based in Poland, where various powder coating and anodising lines quickly coat to Qualicoat or Qualinod standards. Once finished, profiles are thermally broken and insulated with the latest of materials including aerogel, one of the most insulative materials known for use in thermal fenestration design. With Aluprof’s advanced logistics, despatch, direct to the UK fabricator, takes an average of just 24 hours, door to door. Furthermore, add to this an option of an in-house fabrication service, and it is understandable why many UK fabrication and installation companies are quoting Aluprof systems. One of the latest developments at Aluprof is the groups recent acquisition of a hardware company; making Aluprof just one of only a handful of

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systems suppliers worldwide, who can now develop enhanced hardware for a range of standard and bespoke systems. Wojciech Brozyna, Managing Director of Aluprof UK, comments, “It is the needs of today’s project designers that has driven Aluprof to meet the demand for bespoke system solutions. Increasingly we are being specified on numerous projects, often with some of the most well known brands across the globe. In 2016 alone, we designed and cut over one thousand new profiles to meet our customer’s needs.” With a two fold increase in visitors over the last couple of years to Aluprof’s head office and production facility in the picturesque town of Bielsko-Biała in Poland, the company has recently completed a new showroom which ensures visitors can experience the wide range of systems the company now offers. It should come as no surprise that Aluprof systems are increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. All systems are designed and installed by selected, specially trained companies to ensure each product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. Further information is available on the company website at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof UK offices on 0161 941 4005. Enquiry No.241

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Has the window revolution arrived? By Neil Puttock, Managing Director at Boavista Windows UK Ltd

EUROPE’S FIRST FULL RANGE OF SUSTAINABLE FIBREGLASS WINDOW FRAMES LAUNCHES IN UK ‘The window revolution has arrived’, according to the company responsible for bringing Boavista, Europe’s first full range of fibreglass window frames that set new industry standards in sustainability, durability and performance, to the UK.

The new range includes a tilt and turn, sash, casement and sliding window and door product, all of which are 100 per cent recyclable and deliver longer lifecycles than uPVC and aluminium frames as a result of fibreglass’s inherent qualities. Boavista’s rigidity also enables its sliding windows and doors to withstand single panes that weigh in excess of 250kg, which is approximately 150 per cent more than its aluminium and uPVC counterparts. This means that those wishing to incorporate glass as a major design feature no longer need to commission and fit specialist, structural glass. Boavista is exclusively available to the UK through Boavista Windows UK Ltd, a company formed by the team behind Meronden Designs, a 20-year-old firm that has provided bespoke glazing solutions for the Lloyds Building, Tiffany & Co. Selfridges in Manchester and Ernst

& Young’s iconic More London Place building. Using the latest in pultrusion technology Boavista’s fibreglass frames are created by pulling resinsoaked glass fibres through heated dies – a process that only consumes 0.07 kilowatt to produce a linear metre of window frame weighing approximately 1kg. The result is a frame with high thermal and acoustic properties that enables the window to retain heat whilst providing an effective barrier to sound.

An American engineer and professor by the name of William Edwards Deming once said, “Innovation comes from the producer – not the customer.” When it comes to the window industry I couldn’t agree more. After all, what is the incentive for the customer to seek alternatives to tried, tested and familiar products - and in this context I mean uPVC and aluminium windows – when those products do exactly what is required of them: they let light in, enable those inside to see out and provide an adequate level of security. However innovation, like evolution, plays a key role in not only enabling us to adapt to the constant changes and demands of a continually changing world, but also pre-empting those changes and demands by developing products and services that significantly improve the lives of those who use them. The launch of Boavista, Europe’s first full range of fibreglass window frames that set new industry standards in sustainability, durability and performance, is a perfect example of this. It is also a move that I believe has the potential to disrupt the current window supply and install model by providing a credible alternative to plastic and aluminium. An alternative that offers those who choose them the opportunity to contribute towards reducing the UK’s carbon footprint without compromising on design, function or form.

The company expects Boavista’s UK arrival to be welcomed by architects and housebuilders as a result of the window’s minimalist design and stylish finish. Fibreglass also expands in line with window glass, removing the need for unsightly gaskets generally required to hold the pane in place and adding aesthetic value to a development.

In fibreglass window frames I believe that the window revolution has arrived, and here’s why.

On launching Boavista in the UK Neil Puttock, Managing Director of Boavista Windows UK Ltd, comments: “Boavista provides an alternative window product that offers those who use it the opportunity to contribute towards reducing the UK’s carbon footprint without compromising on design, function or form. From the perspective of an architect or homeowner fibreglass frames open up a world of possibilities by supporting adventurous designs that, up until now, have been prohibitive due to the cost associated with incorporating bespoke glazing solutions.” The product’s hardwearing properties and rot and corrosion resistance is also expected to appeal to local authorities and facilities managers by reducing the cost associated with window maintenance, repair and repainting.

From the perspective of an architect or homeowner, fibreglass frames support more adventurous designs that would previously have been prohibitive due to the cost associated with incorporating bespoke glazing solutions. Not only that, but fibreglass also expands in line with window glass, removing the need for unsightly gaskets to hold the pane in place, adding aesthetic value to a building.

Neil concludes: “There really is no comparison between Boavista and other window products currently on the market. We now need to make the case for fibreglass and inform those who naturally turn to uPVC and aluminium just what fibreglass is capable of.”

Designing out compromise: In terms of design, fibreglass opens up a world of possibilities due to its strength and stability, which enable it to hold large surface areas of glass, bypassing the need to produce and fit specialist, structural glass.

Perhaps one of the most striking features of a fibreglass frame is that, despite weighing half that of aluminium, it is exceptionally hardwearing, highly rot and corrosion resistant and delivers a much longer lifecycle than PVC and aluminium. In fact it is these factors that have underpinned the material’s success in parts of Europe and Canada, countries that were quick to harness the power of fibreglass to counteract the weather-related erosion that window frames in coastal regions and harsh climates are subject to. We only have to walk down the high street of any coastal town to spot evidence of decay brought about by the continual blowing of sand and the high salt content found within sea air. Reducing the maintenance associated with repainting – or even replacing – windows in these parts of the UK would not only cut costs but also enhance the local environments, removing the sense of decline that some coastal towns, through no fault of their own, sometimes convey. Enquiry No.242

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JJI-Joists...... the versatile answer for floors, walls and roofs When it comes to I-Joists first choice amongst builders and architects is the James Jones JJI-Joist, the UK market leader with an estimated 40% market share. Today however, JJI-Joists are being used for much more than just floor systems. JJI-Joists are now commonly used as wall studs where the range of depths and 9mm web make them ideal when thermal efficiency and depth of insulation are paramount. A lot of architects are turning to JJIJoists when designing to Passivhaus standards because of this. JJi-Joists are also being increasingly used in roof structures as well either as rafters or where cassette panels, formed using JJI-Joists and OSB sheets, are used to create a fully insulated ‘room in a roof’. Today the cassette roof principle has been widely

adopted, and not just for houses. JJI-Joist based cassettes are ideal where larger spans – up to 12 metres - are required, such as schools and leisure facilities and where speed of installation is important. Pull out

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JJI-Joists offer the largest range of standard sizes in the UK and come with FSC or PEFC certification. If you are concerned about about the carbon footprint of your project, uniquely JJI-Joist production has

been independently audited to PAS 2050 standards, meaning that we are able to advise the CO2E negative figure embodied in the JJIs for every project. The JJI-Joist design and engineering team works closely with the field based technical sales team ensuring that James Jones & Sons is able to offer the best support service in the market. The JJI-Joists themselves are sold through a network of distributors, all of whom have fully trained staff and can give architects, engineers and builders an optimum design solution for any project. The software is also fully BIM compatible. To find out more about using JJI-Joists in your project please visit

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Whatever you ask of it, a JJI-Joist has the answer every time. No ifs. No buts. No matter how complex or awkward the job, we have built the ultimate can-do joist. By manufacturing to the highest specification our I-Joists are light, strong, thermally efficient, BIM compatible, FSC and PEFC certified and PAS 2050 accredited (to cut a long list short). But it’s also the back-up we offer that no one can equal. Our expert team of designers, engineers and regional technical support is always there to say ‘yes we can’.

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over half of single storey extensions in the UK have flat roofs, and over two thirds of flat roof extensions have no glazing in the roof. Grant Sneddon, product manager at VELUX said: “We are extremely proud of our new curved glass rooflight range - the first of its kind in the world. “Our own research has shown that many homeowners do not realise the daylight potential of glazing in the roof until after they have they have completed their projects With our new curved glass rooflight, we have expanded the choice of flat roof windows available to homeowners, allowing them to mix and match to suit each room in their home. Flat roof extensions can often be seen from other levels of the house so, as well as proving a range of interior benefits, we have designed the curved glass rooflight to look great both inside and out.”

Curved glass rooflight is a world first Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX® has launched the world’s first curved glass rooflight for flat roofs. The VELUX curved glass rooflight features CurveTech, an innovative curve-shaped glass top that lets rainwater easily drain off the surface – even on completely flat roofs. That means daylight is able to shine through without raindrops getting in the way.

The new curved glass rooflight offers a number of other unique benefits for homeowners looking to bring in more daylight through the roof: · A fully programmable control pad offers remote control operation of outof-reach rooflights. Practical pre-fitted rain sensor closes the rooflight automatically in the event of rain. · A combination of insulating PVC frame and double-glazed, low-energy inner pane ensures heat does not escape through the window and helps to maintain the home’s ideal indoor climate.

· The curved glass shape provides natural drainage of rainwater, negating the need for regular cleaning. Toughened glass makes it virtually impervious to damage from the elements. Maintenance free PVC material used on the interior frame is also easy to clean.

Five different sizes of rooflight will be made available in April, along with another three at the end of May, providing homeowners with flexibility when looking for roof windows to match room size. Recent research into the flat roof window market by VELUX revealed that

The base unit of the VELUX curved glass rooflight is the same as other flat roof window products, making installation hassle free for installers. The new curved glass rooflight is available now. For more information visit Enquiry No.245

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

Roofing contractors, Capitol Roofing Co Ltd of Blackheath in Greenwich, specified Kemperol 2K-PUR to refurbish the existing 500 sq. m asphalt roof at the Greenwich Theatre, south-east London, to stop water ingress into the four-storey building. Thanks to its solvent-free and odourless qualities, Kemperol 2K-PUR was an obvious choice for refurbishment works on the occupied building. In addition, its quick installation benefits meant Capital Roofing Co Ltd, were able to meet their tight project deadline, and the works on the theatre were completed in time for the start of the festive show season.

Once Capital Roofing Co Ltd carried out extensive repairs and cleaned the surface they primed the existing roof surface then applied the Kemperol 2KPUR resin in a single wet-on-wet process. The cold-applied resin was rolled onto the roof with a reinforcement fleece laid directly in to the wet resin, immediately followed by more resin to ensure complete saturation of the reinforcement fleece. Once cured, the resin formed a seamless, elastomeric waterproof membrane that cannot delaminate, is UV stable and bonds directly to the substrate. Because the Kemperol 2K-PUR system is ideal for complex detailing, this meant a new, up-and-over staircase was able to be installed whilst still providing a seamless liquid waterproofing solution. A Kemperdur anti-slip walkway for safe maintenance traffic was added to complete the waterproofing works. The installation team at Capitol Roofing Co Ltd completed the refurbishment of the Greenwich Theatre roof on time, to budget and specification. Chris Shulver at Capitol Roofing Co Ltd, said: “The existing roof at the theatre was failing resulting in water leaking through onto the seats inside. We had

some very tight deadlines to adhere to, which is why we choose Kemperol 2KPUR because of its quick and easy installation system. “The fact that the waterproofing solution is eco-friendly as well as odourless was an added bonus for the client, as work was able to be carried out whilst the building was still occupied. The theatre could carry on as normal with minimal waste removal or nuisance odours to disrupt employees or guests to the theatre, and without the fire risk of hot works. “With a BBA accredited 25-year service life, Kemperol 2K-PUR provided the ideal solution for the Greenwich Theatre refurbishment.” Greenwich Theatre is a popular, local playhouse located in Croom's Hill, close to the centre of  Greenwich  in south-east London. The theatre first came to Greenwich at the beginning of the 19th century during the famous Eastertide Greenwich Fair at which the Richardson travelling theatre annually performed. Since then, it has seen the likes of Mia Farrow, Charles Dance and Susannah York perform. Website: Enquiry No.247

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Decothane is Effective Medicine for West Suffolk Hospital Roof Sika Liquid Plastics has specified and supplied a roof upgrade solution for West Suffolk Hospital to renew the waterproofing membrane on multiple areas of the hospital campus and create a gradual pitch to aid drainage while enhancing the building’s thermal performance. The project is the fourth and final phase of a roof refurbishment at the hospital in Bury St. Edmunds, where significant issues with standing water had comprised the existing felt and asphalt roof surfaces and were causing an ongoing risk of water ingress. A large district hospital set in 19 hectares of parkland, West Suffolk Hospital has around 430 beds and serves a population of around 275,000 within an area of approximately 600 square miles. It offers a wide range of services, including oncology, maternity, paediatrics and orthopaedics, within an estate that dates back to 1973. Delivered by specialist contractor, Allard Construction, the phase four programme included seven sections of the building in a 20 week programme. The seven areas that needed work were all under heavy coverage of mechanical plant and pipework, and consequently there were large areas of restricted access, these issues made Sika Liquid Plastics the perfect choice for the project. Sika Liquid Plastics’ technical team carried out a full condition survey to help inform the technical specification

and input into a full solution that addresses the issues with standing water, brings the building up to current Part L building regulations and offers a robust, long-term waterproofing solution. Core samples were taken on each roof area where possible. Where this was not possible due to standing water, the team used their expertise of the substrate to develop the technical specification. The resulting proposal included making good the existing asphalt on all roof areas within the project scope and raising the perimeter details to accommodate the level of the new insulation. Sika Liquid Plastics proposed a warm roof specification with tapered Decotherm insulation along with Decothane Delta 25 & Ultra 25 coldapplied liquid membrane. The tapered insulation created a gentle fall allowing water to drain off the roof preventing areas of standing water. For each roof area, Allard Construction drained any standing water, cleaned the substrate, removed any chippings and made good the existing asphalt surface. Once the roof surface had

photographing and reporting the progress on site as part of a thorough quality assurance process. Comments Louie Farrington from Sika Liquid Plastics: “This was an extremely complex programme of works in a live hospital environment and the specification of the Sika warm roof system not only ensures a BBAaccredited service life of 25 years but also enabled installation of the coldapplied system with no hot works or disruption to patients and staff.

been cleaned and prepared, the Decotherm insulation was laid onto the existing substrate, which also served as the vapour control layer (VCL).

“The result is a completed series of roofs that address the risk of standing water and provides improved thermal performance while extending the service life of the hospital building.

Sika Liquid Plastics’ S-Vap 5000E SA self-adhesive carrier membrane was then installed onto the insulation prior to application of the membrane. Because of the nature of the project it was essential that the work was lowodour especially in areas of the hospital where patients were more receptive to odours, such as in the maternity ward. Following this Decothane Delta 25 or Ultra 25 membrane were applied in the respective areas.

Throughout the 20-week project, Sika Liquid Plastics’ technical team attended site to carry out weekly inspections,

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40 ROOFING, CLADDING & INSULATION Foam Insulation Websters have developed a method of Polyurethane Sprayed Foam Insulation that is suitable for both old and new buildings. This continuous polyurethane foam membrane adheres to almost all surfaces and reduces heat loss by up to 80-90%.

Alumasc’s Blackdown: a ‘living’ roof for new bus station An Alumasc Blackdown green roof system installed at Chester’s new bus station is improving air quality and biodiversity at the new bus interchange. Lakesmere Project Manager Steve Johnson commented: “We chose Alumasc’s Blackdown system because it combined excellent operational performance with valuable environmental benefits”. A 3,434m2 Blackdown Extensive NatureMat roof was laid upon a Kalzip standing seam roof, and then planted with Sedum NatureMat - a hardy perennial plant that is low growing, drought tolerant, succulent, attractive to butterflies

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and insects – creating a ‘living’ roof which provides a number of environmental benefits such as aesthetic improvements, waste diversion (the use of recycled materials in the growing medium), storm water management, moderation of urban heat island effect and improved air quality. Among the technical challenges that they overcome was the need to create a roof system with a variable pitch ranging from 0 up to a steep 35 degrees, with tapered seams, and the fact that the roof was un-insulated and supported only on purlins – meaning that any damage or depression on the profile during install would be clearly visible from within the building. ALUMASC

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It is an exceptional alternative to dry lining as it provides a continuous membrane of unrivalled properties. Sprayed foam insulation is particularly popular as it not only reduces heat loss but can also help keep out wind and wind driven snow; prevent tiles slipping, stops condensation and can even obviate the need for a replacement roof. Also: Cavity Foam Injection, including “hard to treat homes” WEBSTERS INSULATION LTD Enquiry No.424

GREY IS THE NEW WHITE! There is an undeniable trend within the housebuilding market from white towards colour when choosing replacement windows, doors and roofline products. Grey is rapidly becoming the new white! At Freefoam we are seeing these market forces converting into sales and have seen a significant increase in orders for Anthracite Grey fascia and soffit during the last year. Architects, specifiers, builders and developers can now create a fully coordinated roofline for their clients by offering Freefoam’s new Anthracite Gutter.

Colour stability built in: Freefoam is the colour specialist. The new Anthracite Grey rainwater range is manufactured using Freefoam’s patented ColormaxTM technology - an advanced masterbatching process with a blend of natural PVC and pigments that are simultaneously co-extruded to produce built in colourfastness, colour variety, and reliable colour matching, all with a ten-year guarantee.

Introduced last year, the Anthracite Grey rainwater range is an exact match (RAL No.7016) to the already popular fascia and soffit products and coordinates with many popular shades of window frames and door finishes. With a 77mm depth and a 116mm width, the Deep gutter is designed to manage the increasing levels of rainfall that are being experienced throughout the UK. Available with the full range of matching fittings including Union Brackets, Running Outlets and Hoppers, and manufactured using co-extruded PVCU, the Freefoam Freeflow range offers a long lasting, leak free, no fade, low maintenance solution all with a ten year guarantee. Co-extruded to reduce leaks: Like the existing Freeflow rainwater system, Freefoam manufacture

which can cause leaks and noise when they cool down. A white interior reduces heat absorption and subsequent expansion along the width and length, dramatically decreasing the probability of leaks.

Anthracite Grey products using the coextrusion method to create a white interior and darker exterior colours. This is Freefoam’s innovative solution to the problems associated with rapid heat absorption and expansion of dark coloured gutters,

Colin St John, UK General Manager commented “The Anthracite Grey rainwater range offers architects, specifiers, builders, developers and home improvement companies the opportunity to create a perfectly coordinated roofline. We have established ourselves as leaders in the manufacture of colour PVC building products and this option is another example of how Freefoam are producing products that allow customers to meet the growing market place demands for colour.”

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JB Shingles top off luxury Treehouses at Center Parcs

Luxury Treehouses at Center Parcs, Elveden Forest in Suffolk have welcomed their first guests following completion using JB Western Red Cedar Shingles from leading roof systems manufacturer Marley Eternit. The four treehouses, which contain luxury features such as TV room and games den, en-suite bathrooms and hot tubs, have been designed to blend in seamlessly with the woodland surroundings. JB Blue label Shingles were specified for their ability to provide a high quality long-life solution with low maintenance, which fit perfectly with the natural environment. Furthermore, the JB Cedar Shingles specified were also treated with JB FRT Exterior, which gives them a fire classification to BS 476-3, the same as a clay tile, for added reassurance and the protection of the visitors.

footprints of any widely used building product, representing a net carbon sink upon delivery, meaning more carbon is stored in the shingle than is emitted during its harvest, manufacture and transportation combined. Billy Sweeney, general manager at Lodge Roofing, says: “For projects such as this, JB Shingles are perfect. For us, they are the best name in the trade and

we never have any problems with them. As a result, we’ve used them for many years. They are also very easy to install so, we regard them as a top quality building product, which helps us achieve perfect aesthetic solutions without impacting on build timescales”. The completed Treehouses can comfortably house up to eight people and this new accommodation increases the luxury offering at Elveden Forest for

guests. In addition to JB Cedar Shingles, Lodge Roofing also used ShingleFix, which uses specially designed stainless steel staples to fix the shingles instead of using the traditional nail, further reducing the installation time of the project- by up to 50% on larger builds.

In total, 564 bundles of JB Shingles were needed for the project and subcontractor Lodge Roofing were appointed to undertake the installation. The independent roofing contractor has worked with JB Shingles for a number of years so, when it came to specifying a roofing solution which was not only easy to install but would weather naturally, Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red Cedar Shingles were the ideal choice. Furthermore, shingles also deliver one of the lowest carbon

Icynene – the spray-fo oam thermal blanket A well-insulated building means a healthier, quieter and more energy efficient environment with better comfort levels and lower heating g bills. And nothing does a better job of insulation than Icynene – the first name in spray foam insulation. Icynene expands 100-fold when applied, sealing all gaps, service holes and hard to reach spaces, completely eliminating cold bridgin ng and helping reduce energy bills. What’s more, its open cell structure lets the building breathe naturally. Icynene. It’s the modern way to insulate buildings, old and new.

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42 HEATING, PLUMBING & VENTILATION Where do you get your news? In case you hadn’t noticed, the world of news has changed rapidly over the last few years with social media transforming the way we as individuals receive and consume information. Platforms such as Twitter are often the best place to pick up breaking news and even Youtube offers a news service, so the traditional methods such as newspapers and even TV are facing stiff competition from almost every angle. There is a place for a daily newspaper and regular monthly magazine of course, as this can allow readers to delve deeper into a subject that flitting around on an i-phone is likely to allow. You are also far more likely to come across an article or piece of news that you simply may miss if you only ever receive the ‘tailored’ items that your app believes you want, which is important in these days of needing to keep up with legislation. And of course, you are less likely to be the victim of ‘fake’ news if you rely on a reputable source. A new approach So you might be interested in a new website that promises to offer comment and opinion on a host of issues relating to energy use in the built environment. Called The Hub, it’s the brainchild of leading manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric and, although it does contain articles from the company’s technical experts, it is by no means simply A N Other manufacturer’s

STUDOR develops unique solution for unique building It was local council concerns of the perceived risks from SARS and other airborne viruses that resulted in an innovative, new drainage solution at the iconic O2 arena. Once Greenwich Council dismissed the option to use open stacks within the tented area of this iconic London landmark, it was down to the UK’s best plumbing engineers to resolve the issue.

Studor, with their deep knowledge of drainage ventilation systems, worked together with ME Engineers and a team at Heriot-Watt University. The Studor System solution incorporated Studor Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) coupled with P.A.P.A. (Positive Air Pressure Attenuator) units. The P.A.P.A. acts like a shock absorber, dissipating pressure waves and stopping them bouncing around the plumbing system, thereby eliminating the need for roof penetrations at the O2.

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website as Russell Jones from Mitsubishi Electric explains: “The Hub will look at legislation, technology and the issues affecting buildings and the built environment, as well as provide useful links to help visitors understand where they can get further information.” The site contains posts from leading industry editors, as well as Mitsubishi Electric’s own experts and focuses on a range of subjects that will appeal to corporations, housing associations, consultants and installers, as well as consumers in general. “There is a lot going on at the moment with regards to saving energy within our built environment and it can be difficult to keep track of everything,” adds Jones. “The Hub will provide one searchable site that will build into a useful resource over time.” The site is smartphone and tablet friendly so that it can be viewed on the go, and also contains an advanced search facility to make finding relevant articles easy and straightforward. Visitors can also sign up to receive a monthly email newsletter, highlighting pertinent subjects and the blog site is optimised so that articles can be easily shared on all major social media platforms.

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“The O2 was a difficult project because it was breaking new ground and no typical model existed,” explained Studor expert Steve White. “The data we produced included flow calculations, flow rates and pipe sizing to deal with air and transient pressures.” The university team which worked alongside Studor, determined that any gas build-up would follow the water flow. By placing all urinals on a twelve-hour flush cycle they greatly alleviated the potential of any gas build-up problem. “This resulted in the world's first sealed drainage system, totally without the need for any open vents,” said White from Studor. “It not only maintained the clean lines of the iconic roof but also minimised the environmental impact and kept costs down by reducing materials and labour.” The O2 has an overall diameter of 365m, a circumference of 1km and is 50m high at its central point. When at full capacity, the building can hold 60,000 people and has 548 toilets. While inside the O2 the full drainage and ventilation system is sealed, the outside pump stations are on pillars with open vents that are spaced 300 metres apart to dispense any odours are generated within the complex. Email: •

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Stokvis Solar at Birmingham International Andrea Leadsom MP is VIP visitor to The installation of a ten panel Solar array featuring Stokvis Energy Systems Johnson & Starley solar collectors, to serve existing facilities at Birmingham International Rail Station, is being assessed as a potential pilot for a wider roll out of renewable energy across the facilities operated by Network Rail and Virgin Trains nationally. The project at Birmingham International - a station which serves both the NEC and the adjoining airport - was jointly commissioned by Network Rail and Virgin Trains, with renewables specialist ECO2SOLAR Ltd carrying out the installation of the Stokvis solar equipment. In addition to the 10 Stokvis DF100-6 Evacuated Tube Collectors - offering a net absorber area 10.69m - the manufacturer also supplied a Stokvis Solar Bloc Maxi pump-station, and a Stokvis Resol BX Plus differential temperature controller, providing up to eight sensor inputs. Richard Davis, the engineer in charge of the project for Virgin Trains, commented: "We chose to use Stokvis equipment because I was already aware

of the company's reputation for offering high quality products to the health sector and hotel chains; and have previously attended a seminar on their systems and products. This was always going to be a challenging retrofit, and although there have been some initial teething issues, Stokvis UK Sales Director, Keith Howard has been really proactive in resolving them. I believe we are going to see real savings." The solar fluid contained within the solar collectors is circulated by the solar bloc pump station to a large surface area coil contained within a 1000 litre stainless steel thermal storage vessel which provides a ‘pre-heat' for the domestic hot water, serving the station's toilets and various shops and eateries around the main concourse linking to the airport and NEC. Enquiry No.254

Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was a VIP visitor to the headquarters of Johnson & Starley on March 24, 2017. The company is a UK market leader in heating and ventilation technology for the local authority, social housing and private residential markets and Managing Director Chris Yates hosted a visit that demonstrated the company's commitment to environmentally product development and marketing initiatives. Johnson & Starley is a member of the BEAMA Ventilation Group that promotes the importance of indoor air quality and the need for efficient ventilation in new and existing properties. During the visit, the roles of BEAMA and the government in underlining the concept of indoor air quality and providing financial incentives for the installation of effective ventilation in existing homes were major topics of positive discussion.

A tour of the company's facilities on Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton, where some 85 local people are employed. Chris Yates commented; “We were delighted to welcome such an important figure as Andrea to our company. Sharing many of the same environmental values and commitments, we were pleased to demonstrate how far we have come as a company since our establishment nearly 100 years ago and our role as an important local employer with a very positive future.” Andrea Leadsom commented; “I was delighted to visit Johnson & Starley and have the opportunity to hear their views, as well as those of the wider industry, on the importance of indoor air quality.” Enquiry No.255

Polypipe gets RIBA seal of approval on latest UFH CPD Seminars Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage, plastic plumbing and underfloor heating has been awarded RIBA accreditation for its latest CPD seminar on water based underfloor heating systems. With the industry changing so rapidly, Polypipe understands the importance of supporting the next generation of heating and plumbing professionals. Through a combination of CPD sessions delivered within architect practices and installation focused training courses delivered at the Professional Development Centre in Doncaster, Polypipe is dedicated to equipping industry professionals with all the skills and knowledge they need to adapt to new technology and best practice. Covering a broad spectrum of topics to help architects in the specification of water based underfloor heating systems, Polypipe’s latest CPD has been assessed by the Royal Institute of British

Architects, and is worth double CPD points. Developed by Polypipe’s experienced Product Managers and Training Facilitators, the CPD seminar is designed to expand specifiers’ knowledge on water based underfloor heating. From the aesthetic benefits, to the energy saving associated with water-based underfloor heating, participants will receive valuable training on a range of topics, including an overview of the latest generation of temperature controls. Polypipe’s CPD seminar also covers futureproofing by exploring the latest energy efficient technologies. For example, the use of ground or air source heat pumps with water based underfloor heating, and smart technology controls allows specifiers to create a heating system that’s both comfortable and ‘green.’There is a common misconception in the industry that underfloor heating is only available for ground floors, however, modern underfloor heating systems offer

solutions for a variety of floor constructions from screeded and suspended to retrofitting over existing floors. And the systems are compatible with your choice of floor finish, including carpet, wood, vinyl and laminate as well as the traditionally specified tile finish. Rachel Smith, Head of Marketing at Polypipe Building Products, says: “Following the launch of the Polypipe Professional Development Centre in Doncaster, a specialist training facility for construction industry professionals, these RIBA accredited courses demonstrate Polypipe’s commitment to

improving skills and knowledge in the plumbing and heating sector. “By offering a wide variety of information and training sessions, we are hoping to maintain the high skill levels within the industry and keep architects, specifiers and installers upto-date with the latest UFH technology and best practice.” To find out more, or to book a Polypipe UFH RIBA accredited CPD session, please visit: Enquiry No.256

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44 HEATING, PLUMBING & VENTILATION Stokvis offers efficiency & flexibility with Econo-air

The Econo-Air gas-fired heating and ventilation systems from Stokvis offer excellent indoor air quality and optimum energy efficiency for large buildings across a range of industrial and commercial applications. Available as both direct fired and indirect fired units, the Econo-Air range is flexible and highly adaptable to the end-user’s requirements. Stokvis has developed the Econo-Air range specifically for large open interior spaces such as warehouses, factories, sports centres and theatres. A choice of air distribution heads is available to give designers the option of ductless air distribution, thereby eliminating the need for complex ductwork and high level destratification fan units. STOKVIS Enquiry No.426

Tectite receives BSI Kitemark Standard Pegler Yorkshire, a leading manufacturer for the plumbing and heating industry, has raised the bar by being the first manufacturer to achieve the prestigious BSI Kitemark across its range of push-fit fittings. Received for its Tectite Classic, Pro and Sprint ranges from 15 to 54mm the BS EN 1254-6:2012 certification assures plumbing and heating professionals of the quality and value of this product range. The range will now boast the esteemed Kitemark which demonstrates regular independent batch testing and auditing to assure the integrity of the products.

Ecodesign 2022 explained at Specflue's HETAS Live! Leading supplier of flue and chimney products for solid fuel, gas, oil and systems, Specflue, invites you to HETAS Live!, taking place on Wednesday, May 31 at Specflue's training centre in Sudbury, Suffolk. The event will include special guest speaker Dennis Milligan from the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA)

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- the trade body for the wood-burning stove industry revealing what you need to know about Ecodesign 2022. The free-to-attend event takes place between 4pm and 6pm at Specflue's state-of-the-art facility in Sudbury, Suffolk, and will also provide a not-to-be-missed opportunity for installers, chimney sweeps, retailers, specifiers, architects and local authority building control officers to tour Specflue's hightech training facilities and meet HETAS representatives. Specflue offers a comprehensive suite of HETAS training courses for solid fuel, wood and biomass, specifically designed for installers, chimney sweeps, retailers, specifiers, local authorities, building control officers and those involved in the wood fuel supply chain. SPECFLUE Enquiry No.428

Drayton keeps it smart at Installer 2017 Drayton will be showcasing its range of miGenie smart controls at Installer 2017. Their ease-of-use and 10-minute installation has cemented the product’s popularity with installers and consumers alike. With this in mind, and as a ‘thank you’ to its customers, throughout the show Drayton will be offering a fantastic ‘buy one get one free’ deal on its miGenie products, in conjunction with Plumb Center. There will also be the chance for visitors to sign up to Drayton’s exclusive installer club, the 9° Network, which rewards loyalty with exclusivity, with extended product guarantees, training opportunities, priority technical support contact, new product previews and trialling, and access to a web portal for exclusive content. Installer 2017, held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena between 9 – 11 May, is one of the UK's largest plumbing and heating trade shows – attracting the industry’s leading manufacturers and plumbing and heating professionals. DRAYTON

New levels of realism with the Gazco Studio Gas fire The Gazco Studio Gas fire range demonstrates impressive new levels of realism, with tall flowing flames and highly realistic Log and Pebble & Stone fuel-effects. This versatile, premium range now also offers a brand new Driftwood fueleffect, providing a superb wood fire alternative for those that are looking for something a little different from the traditional log aesthetic. With a host of framing options and a choice of various linings, including the depth-enhancing Black Glass which dramatically reflects the dancing flames, this fire range can be tailored to create a spectacular focal point to suit any home. For more information visit: GAZCO

Total solutions approach rapidly gaining popularity, says Myson


An increasing number of requests for assistance with designs for heating systems using more than one type of heat emitter reflects the market’s growing enthusiasm for total heating solutions, reports leading heating manufacturer Myson. Myson is unique in providing a wide range of heating solutions from traditional panel radiators, designer radiators, LSTs and towel warmers to fan convectors and both electric and hydronic underfloor heating systems, as well as heating valves and electronic controls. As a result, the company is best placed to provide unbiased design support and technical assistance for M&E contractors and major installers who favour the holistic approach.

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Safety gets shown the green card at Lanes Utilities Wastewater engineers working for Lanes Utilities who set high standards of health and safety are being shown the green card. Sites that pass a rigorous new safety inspection programme with flying colours are now awarded a green card in recognition of their achievement. Those that do not meet all safety standards receive a yellow card, and those that are judged to have failed are shown a red card. The initiative is designed to encourage and celebrate good standards of health and safety, while constructively challenging teams if their working procedures fall short of what is expected. Lanes Utilities, part of Lanes Group plc, the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest independent drainage specialist, has introduced the novel

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48 PRODUCT & BUSINESS NEWS New Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors Catalogue

The 2017 edition of Simpson StrongTie’s flagship catalogue is here. longside the UK’s largest range of connectors for timber and masonry construction, sit over a dozen new products and several range extensions. Sales Director, Jon Head explains: “It’s been a busy time for Simpson StrongTie, with all new ranges for Light Gauge Steel and CLT construction, as well as our significantly expanded nails and screws ranges. We’ve really pushed the boat out to increase our core range though, which, coupled with our rapid made-to-order service, we really can say that if we don’t have it – you don’t need it.” SIMPSON STRONG-TIE Enquiry No.434

Updated brochure shows full Nexus range Specifying modern brick-faced soffits just got easier, with the publication of Ancon’s new 16-page Nexus brochure. Developed by Ancon and Ibstock Kevington, two of the UK’s leading specialists in structural support and prefabricated masonry components, Nexus is an advanced lightweight system that makes modern brickfaced soffits and lintels simple and achievable, particularly in fast-track environments. Expanded and updated to include the full Nexus range of soffit units and lintels, the new brochure shows the various options now available for achieving different visual effects by varying the style and type of lightweight stainless steel carrier and real brick slip facing. ANCON

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A model company; VEKA UK invests in BIM for commercial convenience

Industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier The VEKA UK Group has demonstrated its commitment to the commercial sector once again. The Burnley-based company has invested a significant amount in creating highly intelligent, data rich, parametric, three dimensional models of its most popular systems for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector in order to benefit architects, specifiers, engineers, designers and developers. These new models are hosted on, arguably the World's best known content platform of this kind. This makes them easily accessible to all, along with the relevant, up-to-date technical spec information, meaning that a commercial user can drop these products into designs and plans quickly and simply. THE VEKA UK GROUP Enquiry No.436

Rhodes & Partners launches new approval service for Timber Structures North-west structural engineers Rhodes & Partners has launched a new service which provides a valuable sales aid for manufacturers of timber buildings and similar structures. The company now offers a full design and drawings package which confirms the design quality and structural performance of off-the-shelf, packaged or bespoke timber-frame buildings, such as barns, garages, stables and porches. “Having provided this type of support to a number of our existing clients, we decided to officially add it to the range of services we offer,” explains Rhodes & Partners’ Managing Director, Nick Ribbeck. “We found that timber frame manufacturers really value our input in this area. They told us that it really helps when they can show customers that their own design calculations and drawings have been verified by an independent, professionally qualified third party. The manufacturers can thus assure customers that their oak, other hardwood and softwood buildings conform to the structural requirements of current Building Regulations, British Standards and Eurocodes. RHODES & PARTNERS

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Do more with welded carbide teeth IRWIN® WeldTec™ Circular Saw Blades deliver 50% longer life and are extremely durable even under extreme working conditions. These IRWIN blades feature WeldTec™ Technology which means the welded tooth bond is up to 25% stronger than a brazed joint, so your blade will last longer if it hits foreign objects like nails and staples that could otherwise cause a blade to break. The sub-micro grain carbide teeth are also 70% stronger than standard carbide teeth. UC2 carbide stays sharper, longer because the carbide grains used to form the teeth are smaller, providing the tightest packing of carbide possible for a quality, durable cutting edge. This allows for ultra compact carbide teeth that provide best-in-class cut quality. The IRWIN WeldTec Circular Saw Blade also has an Alternate Top Bevel (ATB) tooth grind making it perfect for cross cutting and ripping in all woods, while innovative heat vents and expansion slots will help with chip ejection and keep the blade cool to guard against warping and resulting in straighter cuts. IRWIN Enquiry No.438

OSB in the lead Norbord’s trade statistics indicate that sales of OSB in the UK have overtaken imports of plywood for the first time. Latest statistics have highlighted that sales of OSB in the UK have exceeded those of imported softwood plywood for the first time. This indication is derived from Norbord’s own production and sales figures of SterlingOSB, plus OSB statistics available from EuroStat and data on plywood imports from HM Revenues & Customs. Theresa-Marie McConnachie, Norbord’s Business Intelligence Manager, said: “Our latest analysis, based on year-to-date November statistics, shows a definite rise in OSB substitution over plywood. The latest monthly update from the Timber Trade Federation, Timber Statistics February 2017, backs up our view that OSB has overtaken plywood in the UK as it highlights how year-to-date November softwood plywood imports are down.” NORBORD

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New innovations and market-leading products on show at FIT Stand K60 CRL will be showcasing its wide range of architectural glass fixings and shower door hardware at FIT Show 2017, with many new innovations on display designed to make life easier for installers and fabricators.

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During FIT Show, CRL will be adding to its very successful range of TAPERLOC® frameless glass balustrade systems, with the new TAPER-LOC® ‘Adjustable’ System. Advantages of the new system include adjustable taper sets, which allow installers to adjust the angle of the glass forward/backwards, so they can be aligned with adjacent panels of glass, especially useful when cap and hand rails are not being used.

Installers can also learn more about that CRL COMPACT-X, a compact sliding solution for frameless glass panels. Quick and easy to install, the system combines latest softbrake technology with minimalist design concealed within an upper track and can be used to create a seamless design on domestic and commercial applications. Throughout the show, the CRL team will also be giving live demonstrations of the company’s Glass Detectors, the simple way to distinguish low emissivity coated glass from ordinary float glass. Fast and simple to use the Glass Detectors are an essential piece of kit for installers to ensure that the coated piece of glass is fitted on the inside of the unit, on the inner piece of glass. Tel: 00 800 0421 6144 Email: Website: Enquiry No.264

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BSI recognises Ancon’s ongoing commitment Ancon Building Products, has had its commitment to business excellence further recognised with long tenure awards for two of the industry’s key systems management standards. The awards, which were presented by BSI (British Standards Institution), mark over 20 years of continuous certification of Ancon’s quality management system under ISO 9001 and over 10 years’ tenure of ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system. To maintain these internationally recognised certifications, which form the framework for quality in all of the company’s systems and processes, Ancon has demonstrated effective control and improvement in every area of its business, from purchasing and materials inspection to employee training,

product design and manufacturing, with BSI inspectors monitoring progress via systematic biannual assessments. ANCON BUILDING PRODUCTS Enquiry No.440

“Specials” drive Swedish Success for Howe Green Ltd Many UK businesses are seizing the opportunity presented by the low value of sterling to drive their export strategy. January 2017 was a record breaking month for UK exports, with reported sales of £49,404 million. Howe Green has been exporting floor, wall and ceiling access covers for over three decades. The company’s export success lies in the strength of relationships forged with a worldwide network of trusted distributors. Howe Green has worked with Swedish distributor Elkington AB since 1999. Elkington believe that their willingness to identify a tailor made solution

for an access challenge is what sets them apart from the competition. Otto von Platen, Managing Director for Elkington explains, “We talk to many consultants in the construction sector who are looking for advice and guidance on specifying products. They want a solution that is custom made to meet the specific requirements of their particular project. The level of investment Howe Green has made in CAD software and CNC equipment ensures our ‘Swedish specials’ are easily accommodated!” HOWE GREEN Enquiry No.266

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NMBS is another success for Everbuild - a Sika Company The National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) annual exhibition is always a successful time for Everbuild – A Sika Company and this year was no exception as the team welcomed an astounding number of visitors to their stand, all eager to discover the latest product the brands have to offer. Held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 5th April, a wide range of products were on display including Wonder Wipes, Stixall and Fix in 5 from the Everbuild brand and SikaFlex EBT, Sika1® Waterproofer and SikaBond MultiStick from the Sika brand. Also on display was the original building chemicals brand, Feb, which included favourites Febmix, Febond and Febflor.

For further information on any product seen at NMBS, contact your local sales representative, all the Sika Everbuild sales office on 0113 240 2424 or visit SIKA Enquiry No.441

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The ‘Ultimet’ Energy Saving Blind 3 Window Blinds in 1 Insulation improved – reducing heating costs Heat gain from the sun reduced – lowering cooling costs Lighting costs down – controlled levels of natural light

All in One Blind The Ultimetal fabric with the high levels of solar reflectance and low levels of emissivity afforded by its metallised coating provide industry leading levels of shading performance. The 50+ years’ experience of weaving glass-fibre based shading fabrics producing the highest levels of performance from the thinnest of materials. The Ultimetal fabric is less than one quarter of a millimetre thick, permitting a blind of over 3.0 metres in height to be stored in a cassette of less than 55mm square. Powder coated to match the window frames, the blinds become almost invisible.

Reflex-Rol supplying demonstrably scientific shading solutions. Contact us today 01989 750704

Light transmission levels for the fabric in single figures can remove glare, improving workspaces and comfort zones alike. Solar reflectance (Rs) of over 70% can reduce heat gain through the glass by 25%, 40% to over 50% dependant on glass properties. The blinds also improve the insulation of the window by 15%, 20%, 30% or more, reducing temperature loss.

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Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Toughened glass Processing CNC shaping Laminated glass Toughened and laminated constructions • EVA and Vanceva coloured interlays • Fabric and decorative interlays • Saflex DG41 structural interlay

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Specialist insulating glass units Anti–slip glass Fire rated glass UV bonding FIRMALITE electric switchable glass Heated glass Decorative glass Sandblasting ColorfirmTM back painted glass

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Staircases Treads and stringers Shower screens Shelving Glass doors Acoustic reduction Fire rated

Applications • • • • • • •

Structural glazing Glass floors Partitions Roof lights Balustrades Full height barriers Canopies

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Decoration Wall cladding Splashbacks Privacy Technical Support Nationwide Coverage

Further information is available from our sales and technical offices or visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email: Enquiry No.803

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