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Impressive designs for London’s newest 6 acre public park include event lawns, play spaces and river garden terraces On behalf of the Battersea Power Station shareholders, Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”) today unveiled the latest images showing the redevelopment’s new public park, designed by LDA Design. The six acre park shows the shareholder’s commitment to the public realm and will deliver a new public park for London. The new public park, which secured detailed planning consent earlier this year, is due to open in phases from 2017. This new green space the size of nearly three and a half full sized football pitches will play a key role in the over-arching place-making strategy and will connect the Power Station, Circus West and Phase 6 to the River Thames, with a riverside promenade.



The park will feature large event lawns, terraced river gardens and form a highly flexible, multiprogrammable space for use throughout the year. Rob Tincknell, CEO of BPSDC, said: “We are excited to see the plans for this fantastic riverside park progress. We have always worked hard with our development team to ensure that this river front, with the backdrop of the impressive Power Station was created as a public space for people to enjoy. The new designs offer space for wide ranging


activities throughout the year alongside London’s prize asset, the River Thames.” The park, designed by LDA Design combines industrial references, traditional park features and London street aesthetics. Two large lawns flank a north-south oriented central axis and a series of garden

concrete as an oblique reference to the coal which provided the fuel for the generation of power. Large pieces of timber will also be used in the deck areas for the riverfront promenade and reclaimed heritage items from the Power Station are being incorporated creating a unique setting by the river.



LONDON terraces run broadly to the river, forming the northern edge to the lawns. A riverfront promenade is located at the foot of the garden terraces and there are two lawnlevel ‘belvedere’ spaces at each end of the park, plus gardens to both the west and east.

A site-wide furniture palette has been developed for the project. Large scale pieces of timber and corten steel reflect both the scale and materiality of the Grade II* listed building. This is supplemented by bleacher seats and steps cast in a coloured black

In contrast, softer materials more akin to a traditional park and strong drifts of herbaceous plants and grasses in the garden areas with specimen trees providing structure and texture. Movable chairs will be located throughout to allow the public to make the garden spaces their own.

The park will accommodate dayto-day recreation, informal play space, quiet places to sit within garden settings, riverfront promenading, large festival style events, theatre style events, smaller events, pedestrian and cycle

movements along the river to the Power Station and facilitate future access to the Power Station Jetty. The space has already been the platform for a range of successful events including an outdoor cinema and street food event, and the Totally Thames festival where the façade of the Power Station was transformed with a spectacular “Fire Garden” in 2014 by internationally renowned French artists, Carabosse. All these events inspired the ideas for the park and will ensure it continues to be at the forefront of the community and a place to come and experience. Robert Aspland, Board Director at LDA Design, which is involved in the first three phases of the development, said: “The park will play a critical part in place-making, bringing the site to life, serving as a key backdrop for the iconic Power Station, and hosting everything from weekly markets that are known round the world and outdoor cinema screenings, to more informal picnics and lazy Sunday afternoons.” The 42 acre site is divided into seven main development phases, which will deliver nearly 4000 new homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, community and leisure facilities and over 18 acres of open space. The starting prices for homes still available are from £1.439m. Prospective buyers can register their interest by telephone on: +44 (0)20 7501 0678 or email

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June 2015

FORE starts highlysustainable London office development

FORE Partnership, the pan-European real estate investment club for family offices and private investors, has begun development of a highlysustainable, speculative office project by the River Thames in central London. 3




VIEW 58 will provide 47,000 sq ft of Grade-A office space at 58 Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the Thames in Midtown, and is being delivered with development partner Kier Property. The development has been sensitively designed by architects TP Bennett to retain the historic feel of the façade, while providing a contemporary, highly-functional office environment behind it. Each floor opens into a central atrium and has exposed lifts and walkways.



Sustainability is central to VIEW 58. FORE and Kier have adopted green construction practices incorporating technologies not seen before in the UK - and are actively engaging with the local community. On the roof they will install 22 KW in solar photovoltaics that generate power from both the top and underside of the panels, which is the first use of this technology in the UK. During demolition, 99% of waste was diverted from landfills and was recycled. The building is also designed to exceed BREEAM’s ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating. Basil Demeroutis, Managing Partner of FORE Partnership, commented: “The building has

Double win recognises ‘blueprint’ for success for Nottingham eco developers Nottingham-based specialist developers, Blueprint, celebrated a doublewhammy at last week’s East Midlands Business Link Bricks Awards.



The evening saw over 100 commercial property professionals flock to the event in Derby and the East Midlands based developer fought off stiff competition to walk away with the Developer of the Year and Sustainable Development of the Year awards for their popular Green Street Phase II development. Green Street Phase II is the second phase of Blueprint’s awardwinning Green Street Development and like its predecessor, Green Street in The Meadows, has been widely popular with local home buyers. Comprising 21 additional two-and three-bed low-energy town houses,

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been designed with a highlysustainable ethos, underpinning a Grade-A specification. Not only does this future proof the building, but it also cuts the operating costs for tenants by almost a third.

“A key part of our philosophy is to bring sustainability mainstream, to use it as a tool to unlock value just like any other asset management strategy and to widen the view of ‘green’ beyond Blueprint worked closely with the contractors and architects to ensure energy-efficiency was factored in to every stage of the design process. The development also included seven ‘group custom-build’ homes that allowed buyers to work directly with the architects and contractor to fully customise their own homes. Over the past few years, Blueprint have been committed to changing perceptions of the Meadows and, in conjunction with their other two Meadows-based developments, Green Street Phase I and Hobart &

the traditional narrow focus on energy, water and waste.” FORE has been keen to ensure the development benefits London and the wider community. During the planning process for the development, FORE operated the building as a charity hub with 24 non-profit organisations occupying the building for more than a year at no cost. Phil Sutton, Associate Director at Kier Property, commented: “The building is expected to reach practical completion in the second quarter of 2016. The location, in the heart of London, is fantastic, and VIEW 58 has iconic views of the River Thames from every floor – including of course the three roof terraces.”

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Blueprint’s successes at the Meadows has inspired plans for a major new residential development that is predicted to be a catalyst for redevelopment of Nottingham’s Waterside at Trent Basin. Plans for the new scheme will see an initial development of 35 lowenergy homes and apartments leading to a final total of 150 new homes. Development on the site has now begun. For more information and to register your interest please visit

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June 2015

Polypipe gets smart with underfloor heating control app

perfect, unique temperature can be reached in individual rooms without impacting on the rest of a property.

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of above and below ground drainage, plastic plumbing and underfloor heating systems, is launching the UK’s first smartphone app designed to remotely control its underfloor heating systems.

Controlling underfloor heating remotely via the app has a number of key benefits including reducing energy costs and the ability to change the timings at a moment’s notice.

Taking the concept of a ‘smart home’ a step further, Polypipe customers will be able to control their heating from anywhere via an internet connected device. The app, which is available through [need confirmation of availability of app via App Store, Google Play etc.], allows users to regulate the temperature of each room with underfloor heating – ensuring a

Andy Coy, Product Manager at Polypipe, said: “Busy lifestyles mean our plans are constantly subject to change. “A fully remote system to control heating means no waste and an accessible interface means it’s easy to quickly change timings with no

Windhager sponsors Biomass installer of the year award at this year’s Heating & Renewables Roadshow

celebrate the increasing success of the renewables sector.

Showing in five cities across the UK, the road-show brings together professionals in the domestic, commercial and rural renewable energy sector.

Application deadline for Biomass Installer of the Year award is Tuesday 30th June 2015.

Biomass heating specialists, Windhager UK will be returning to exhibit at the Heating & Renewables Roadshow this September.

The event will also be hosting the Heating & Renewables Awards to

Having worked with hundreds of installers across the UK, Windhager is sponsoring the Biomass Installer of the Year award. Known to be an exceptionally entertaining event, the Heating & Renewables Award ceremony will be hosted by comedian Jason Manford at the opening venue of the roadshow, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Thursday 10th Sept.

Supplied as part of the MCZ Comfort Air® range, the diffusers are fitted to room air distribution outlets. They can be integrated into any airvented system and their exclusive light and aromatherapy functions make them unique to the market. The diffusers also mean that outlets can be freely positioned on the wall, giving architectural and aesthetic advantages.

As the UK’s leader in far infrared heating, Herschel is helping to change the way people and buildings are heated. The company couples unrivalled

For more information on the app and Polypipe’s wider under-floor heating range please visit our website at ❚ enquiry 101 demand for biomass boilers with over 500 of Windhager’s BioWIN 2 domestic boilers being installed across the UK since its launch in the summer of 2014. To apply for the Installer of the Year award, or for more information on other awards available visit http://heatingandrenewablesroads ❚ enquiry 102

For further information on Specflue and Specflue product range please visit or use our fast and efficient reader enquiry service.

knowledge of infrared heating technology with the most comprehensive range of infrared heaters for the widest range of applications.

Herschel provides infrared heating solutions for many different environments and buildings including commercial premises, new housing and retrofits and, through its extensive experience, has a deep understanding of the very different needs of each application.

Far infrared heating works on the basis of gentle, long-wave infrared which penetrates the air and heats solids, providing the same feeling of warmth as the winter sun on your face or the heat from a coal fire.

Timóleon underfloor heating - the last word in glamping

Little Coombe Farm, down on the coast of Devon, is considered to offer the most comfortable and glamorous form of camping – or Glamping – possible: with two pairs of cedar clad yurts providing every creature comfort in a woodland setting overlooking a beautiful river valley and just in case the West Country weather isn’t warm enough, there’s even Timóleon’s underfloor heating to keep the glampers comfortable. Each yurt comprise an eight metre diameter main structure containing the master bedroom suite, complete with shower room, toilet and spacious lounge/kitchen/diner, leading onto a four metre diameter satellite with the second bedroom as well as a wet room and across the dumbbell shaped floorplan, Timóleon’s LowBoard system –


part of the manufacturer’s well proven range - has been installed to deliver controllable warmth within accommodation where radiators would look as out of place as a staircase. While the construction of the LowBoard panels helps keep overall floor depth to a minimum, Timóleon’s Technical Design Service created an installation layout to respect the circular floor plan of the Yurts, able to deliver maximum efficiency from minimum pipe lengths. The seven pipe runs totalling 360 metres in length are connected back to one of Timóleon’s Axios compact manifolds which measures just 615 x 415 x 100 mm; and that is able to deliver a flow of 310 litres per hour. The LowBoard system has been laid over a suspended timber floor construction that has insulation within the void depth. ❚ enquiry 105

The extractor on the back of the hot air exit diffuser allows the heat produced by the stove to dissipate rapidly and uniformly, giving a 30% increase in the heat released, compared to traditional systems.

❚ enquiry 103

William Herschel discovered infrared in 1800 and, today, Herschel is building on his legacy by pioneering the use of infrared to provide heat in more efficient, effective, stylish and comfortable ways than many traditional forms of heating.


the hot air exits the system, so fragrances and essences can be added to the tank for a pleasant aromatherapy effect.

A tank located inside the diffuser contains water that vaporises when

These products are backed by an unbeatable combination of price, ease of installation and the many benefits of infrared heating.

Herschel – the go-to name for everything infrared!

fuss. At the touch of a button Polypipe customers can now regulate the temperature of the different rooms in their house to meet the day’s requirements, allowing for a cosy, warm living room and a cooler kitchen during meal times, for example. With its easy user interface, we’re sure that the app will be widely used and enjoyed by existing and new customers alike.”

Since the launch of the nondomestic RHI in 2011 and the domestic RHI in 2014, Windhager has seen a significant growth in As an addition to its range of air pellet stoves, Specflue is now offering the first design diffusers.

Sweeter smelling warm air from Specflue

Paul Morey, Herschel’s CEO, comments: “Infrared heating has huge potential because of its ability to reduce energy use – greatly while providing comfortable heat. At Herschel, we have a strong pedigree and an incredibly authoritative team which can maximise the potential of infrared by working with individual specifiers and through our own accredited dealer network.” ❚ enquiry 104

Introducing the new Infinity 780BF

Charlton & Jenrick are very pleased to announce the introduction of the stunning 780BF to the existing Infinity range of fires. The 780BF has a beautiful and extremely realistic flame picture, which will both compliment and enhance any living space. With a modest input of 3.4kW, and an impressive output of 2.7kW, the 780BF is both wonderful to look at and economical to maintain, with a generous 87% efficiency. The large ceramic glass viewing area of the Infinity 780BF is the same size as the 780FL, which means the new fire is compatible with the fireplace package designs already available including the Edgemond & Rembrandt suites. The fire is designed to allow the option to be

fitted within a standard 3” rebated surround, which in most cases, will allow for simple installation. For ultimate flexibility the firebox has also been specifically developed to allow the appliances to be fitted into a modern cavity wall with a minimum cavity size of 50mm; which again, in most cases will result in a straightforward fit. To maintain a more minimalistic look, the flue outlet is at the rear of the unit, ensuring that everything is concealed within the header of the fireplace suite, with flue length options from a minimum of 100mm, to a maximum of 600mm. There is an optional timber frame kit available to allow for safe and easy fitting of the fire into a timber framed house. RRP for the Infinity 780BF is from £2,315. ❚ enquiry 106

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Designing healthy residential solutions ––––––––––

Reducing carbon and saving energy are the major points of discussion when talking about new builds or renovation. However; we also have to think about the creation of a healthy and comfortable living environment for the owners and occupants.

Consideration is needed as how to

monitor and adjust the ventilation rates as

During recent years, outdoor living has

create good indoor air quality (IAQ), a

per the changes in indoor air quality. When

become a real hype. We are looking to

comfortable temperature and controlled

the contaminated air is extracted, a natural

achieve the same level of comfort inside

daylight in the house to create a better

airflow through the window vents will

and outside of the house not just in

living environment. With its Healthy

ensure the supply of fresh air.

summer but throughout the year. By

Residential Concept®, RENSON® is able

Further energy can be saved by maximising

to provide complete solutions for a healthy and comfortable ‘home’.

the use of daylight in the building. That is why we can observe an increase in the glass

installing a RENSON® terrace cover, you can continue to enjoy the outdoor come rain or shine. You can manage your environment and decide yourself how

When designing, building or renovating a

surface of the buildings. However increased

property, the inclusion of increased


insulation and better air tightness has


knock-on effects to the property. You need

temperatures along with the issues of glare



and possible disturbing light reflections.

condensation, moisture and poor indoor air

The most efficient sun protection system

quality, all of which will affect your health.

stops the sunrays before they pass through

For information contact Renson® today on

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the glass and enter the house and therefore

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indoor air quality. DCV will constantly

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much sunlight you would like on your terrace or what kind of atmosphere you want to create.

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personalized solutions, where style and

Renson takes over Corradi

elegance of the Made in Italy combine the


use of advanced materials and technologies to meet the need of functionality and


resistance in outdoor environments. 37 years of expertise and focus on R&D led

Market leaders in the field of high-end terrace covers

Corradi to a leader position in the market

to strengthen worldwide position

of outdoor patio covers.

Renson®, trendsetter in ventilation, solar

allows us to enlarge our product range and

shading and terrace covers, takes over

to strengthen our market position in the

Corradi with its branches in Italy , France

field of terrace covers. The Pergotenda

and U.S. . This company is specialised in

patio covers of Corradi are complementary

the development, production and sale of

to our terrace covers with aluminium

Pergotenda® patrio covers. Thanks to this

blades (Algarve® and Camargue®),” says

take-over Renson® is further enlarging its

CEO Paul Renson. “The name Corradi is

knowledge and expertise in outdoor

well-known in the market. Therefore, the

products. Both companies also strengthen

products will still be sold worldwide under

their worldwide market positions. The

the Corradi name. Both brands, Renson and

market leader in terrace covers with

Corradi, will remain in the market,

movable blades from Belgium combines

completely individually, independent of

efforts with the Italian number One in

each other. In order to guarantee the

Pergotenda® patio covers, a patented

continuity of the company and its activities,

retractable covering system. The name

the current Corradi-team, including the

Corradi remains and the current Corradi-

sales organization, will remain unchanged

team, including the sales organisation, will

and independently active.”


remain unchanged and independently

American branch in Dallas en since 2011 Corradi has also established a sales office in Lyon (France). Today, Corradi offers a wide range of patio covers, sail awnings and sun screens. The company has a production facility of 26000 m² in Bologna (Italy) and a dealer network of more than 1000 partners worldwide.

spaces. RENSON® stands for innovation and communication. An extensive R&D department continuously puts the latest trends into innovative solutions. Our program consists of window ventilators and ventilation systems, louvers and louver panels, aluminium solar shading and screens, terrace coverings and hinges. Automatic powder coating installation, anodisation unit, moulding center, plastic

distributors all over the world support the


long. In 2010 the company opened its

time cut energy costs – Creating healthy

technical advisors and a network of

screens. Since 1998 the company develops

consumer to enjoy its terrace the whole year

living conditions of people and at the same

counts about 680 employees. More than 70

a small artisan laboratory producing sun

Pergotenda patio covers, which allow the

concepts, which improve the working and

area of over 75000 m². Today, RENSON®

Corradi set up in Bologna (Italy) in 1978 as


and manufactures innovative solutions and

modern and ecologically sound production



protection and terrace coverings, develops

warehouse are all positioned within a

continuity of the company and its


RENSON®, trendsetter in ventilation, sun

injection moulding facilities, assembly and

active, allowing us to guarantee the



Corradi Corradi designs and produces custommade solutions for the year-round

local contacts. Recently, we have opened our new experience and meeting center EXIT 5, located at the headquarters in Waregem (Belgium).

enjoyment of the outdoors. Leader in the segment of the outdoor living, Corradi operates in the outdoor market since 1978, with a comprehensive and custom-made offer, especially based on its most famous range of products: Pergotenda®, the retractable covering system patented by Corradi in 1998. Through continuous

The Belgian family company Renson has

research and a complete vision of the

now taken over Corradi. “This take-over

outdoors, Corradi offers customized and


❚ enquiry 107 .

Contact Renson ® today on 01622 754123, email or visit

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Panasonic’s new bivalent controller maximises energy savings Panasonic has added an innovative bivalent controller to its Aquarea range of air source heat pumps. The controller will maximise energy savings in installations where the heat pump is operating alongside an existing energy source, for example in refurbishment projects, where there is often pressure to minimise investment costs.

Panasonic’s bivalent controller enables a heat pump from the Aquarea range to operate alongside a gas- or oil-fired boiler and controls sequencing to minimise running costs. The controller includes three different operating modes and all necessary sensors are included in the package to operate both energy sources and a secondary pump. A thermostat can be connected to stop both the pump and the heat pump/boiler according to room temperature. “Hybrid systems, where a new heat pump is added to an existing boiler, are a popular option in refurbishment projects,” explains

Marc Diaz, UK Country Manager of Panasonic Heating and Cooling. “It is very important in such systems to make sure that they operate at maximum efficiency, so that energy use can be reduced and running cost savings maximised. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme requires that systems are running efficiently.” The three bivalent operating modes are: Alternative; Parallel; and Boost/Parallel Demand. In alternative mode, if the outdoor temperature is below the threshold design value, then the system stops the heat pump and starts the gas/oil boiler or other alternative energy source. In parallel mode, if the outdoor

Building on Longworth’s 150 years of experience in the roofing industry, new solar division Redsky is one of the only solar companies in the UK to offer PV installation by roofing experts.

temperature is below the threshold design value, then the system starts the gas/oil boiler or another energy source, and the heat pump and the gas/oil boiler work alongside each other. In boost/parallel demand mode, if the outdoor temperature is below the threshold design value, then the controller starts to monitor the buffer tank temperature. If the buffer tank is below a set temperature over a specific period, than the gas/oil boiler is switched on. The system switches on the gas/oil boiler according to the demand.

Paul Smith, Managing Director of Longworth and Fellow of the Institute of Roofing said: “The growth in the renewables sector and the increasing drive towards sustainable construction made strengthening our solar offer a natural step for Longworth.

commercial properties and is confident that having dedicated solar arm Redsky will help them to grow this area of the business.

“Clients have already told us that being able to use installers from one of the UK’s leading roofing experts has given them the confidence to embrace solar power, and we are proud to be able to help businesses, schools and hospitals around the country discover the benefits of cleaner, greener energy.”

Longworth has already been involved with over 7,000 solar installations on public sector and

❚ enquiry 109 and

ASL supports solar PV at the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village Cost-effective & reliable telemetry reassures tenants and investors

UK Solar PV installers can now order the IRFTS ‘Shadow Solar’ carport – an off-the-shelf solar awning – directly from UK distributor SunGift Trade.

Paul Smith added: “Demand for renewable energy is set to grow as emissions reductions targets reduce and green taxes increase.

“Solar panels can be fitted to new or existing roofs to save money on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. Our engineers bring together expertise in roofing and solar, so Redsky Solar clients have the added benefit of knowing that installation will not damage the structure of their existing roof or compromise roofing guarantees.”

M2M communications provider ASL has helped tenants in the former Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Glasgow to benefit from free electricity. In partnership with sustainable energy solutions provider Edison Energy, ASL has enabled the remote monitoring of more than 3,000 solar PV panels that were fitted to the award-winning development’s 700 homes. ASL provided smart meters and data services to remotely monitor Edison Energy’s assets. Edison Energy monitors all of its solar systems installed on tenants’ properties through a dedicated online portal, which allows its system analysts to evaluate performance on a daily basis.

buffer set temperature and the heat pump is switched on if the buffer tank temperature is below the set point. If a room thermostat is installed, then the thermostat switches on or off the secondary pump and the heat pump supply to the buffer tank. For more information please use our fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 108

In the case of buffer tank control, the user can apply a constant

SunGift distribute solar carport after having UK’s first installed at Exeter HQ

LONGWORTH LAUNCHES SOLAR DIVISION Leading building envelope specialist Longworth has launched Redsky Solar to combine expertise in roofing with a full rooftop Solar PV design and installation service.

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The company was thrilled with the product after having the UK’s first Shadow Solar installation at their Devon warehouse. “It’s an exceptional piece of kit that not only provides a full solar PV system, but also delivers excellent shading and protection,” said SunGift Trade’s General Manager Scott Oldfield. “Homeowners are increasingly asking for new solutions that meet their needs and the Shadow Solar is the ideal answer.” “Other manufacturers provide telemetry, but they also charge you to access the information in a format you can understand,” said Fraser MacKenzie, business development director at Edison Energy. “ASL’s method of extracting the information is costeffective and very, very reliable.” Fraser was quick to highlight the importance of this reliability to both tenants and investors. Since solar PV is a “passive” system, the only way to check that the system is working correctly is via ASL’s telemetry and software: “It’s the critical component that makes sure that the investor gets their money back and the tenant gets the free electricity.” ASL had to overcome the challenge

The system, which takes just one day to erect, enables customers to have a 100% waterproof modern carport, a house awning or additional storage space. “As more people buy electric cars, the Shadow Solar will also allow them to power their cars directly from the energy they’re generating from the sun,” added Scott. Sundecks, roofs and conservatories “In other countries the Shadow Solar has already been used on the side of houses as a sundeck, as roofs for swimming pools, and as open conservatories, while companies have used them for a variety of applications. It’s such a flexible solution and it even includes rainwater harvesting, which can be connected to existing water tanks.” The two versions of the Shadow stocked by SunGift Trade are the Solar Garden (free-standing with four mounting feet) and the Solar Home (attached to a building with two mounting feet). For more information about the Shadow Solar carport contact Scott or Donna in the SunGift Trade Team on 01392 927 652,

of an area of Glasgow affected by poor GPRS signal strength. Previously, Edison Energy had spent a lot of time revisiting homes in which solar PV had already been installed to adjust the telemetry system so that it provided better quality data. ASL gave Edison Energy’s supervisors low-loss extension cables and signal analysers and trained them in how to identify the strongest signal areas in each property. This ensured that the telemetry equipment was delivering high-quality data at the time of installation and that second visits would not be required. ❚ enquiry 110

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STRAW ECO HOUSE OFFERS SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN YORKSHIRE A self-build sustainable house on the outskirts of York has pushed the boundaries of carbon-neutral living with the help of a Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan air source heat pump. Chris Gibbins, a former business analyst,

panels and solar thermal with an 8.5kW

set out to build a house for his young

Ecodan air source heat pump.

family made from straw bales, and has

“We were faced with the choice of using

allied this highly sustainable material with

either oil or electric because there is no gas

a raft of other energy efficient measures in

in the village,� explains Chris.

his mission to produce an exemplar in

“Originally, we thought we might be able

sustainable house building.

to get away without heating the house at

“Straw has all the right properties,� says

all, but we have had over a month at -

Chris Gibbins. “It’s thermally insulating,

13ºC, and the house wouldn’t remain

it’s a waste product, there is no carbon

warm at that temperature for that length

produced - in fact it locks up carbon - so from every angle it’s a great product to

A four-day course on building with the

expect a certain level of heating throughout the property.�

The four-bedroom, three-storey property

required to achieve the desired level of heating.�

Ecodan is accredited under the Micro-

other improvements such as photovoltaics or solar thermal.

project that qualify for the Government’s

makes a contribution to the hot water;

therefore among the many features of this Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

that generate and use renewable energy generation of heat from renewable energy

provides all of the space heating and also Chris Gibbins hopes that the RHI income from this, in conjunction with the installation of other renewable energy technologies, will bring him close to covering all of his energy costs.

sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change .

“The whole house is incredibly efficient,�

Although air source heat pumps remain

high-grade windows, photovoltaic roof

Systems, who installed the Ecodan unit.

market now for over seven years and has

says Chris Wilde of Yorkshire Energy

higher when used in conjunction with

In this installation, the Ecodan unit

in the East Riding of Yorkshire has allied under-floor insulation, loft insulation,

heating homes. It can achieve level 4 of the

generation Certification Scheme and is

to heat their buildings. By increasing the

decide to sell the house the buyer will

required to start his project.

Code for Sustainable Homes, and even

achieved the right level of comfort we need to look to the future because if we

Technology in Wales gave Chris the skills

size pump, as that is all that will be

house we have installed a very modest

The RHI pays participants of the scheme

throughout the winter period. In addition

material at the Centre for Alternative

already proved itself as an efficient way of

of time. So we installed the heat pump as a background source to ensure that we


“Despite the fact that it is quite a large

relatively new, Ecodan has been on the UK

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one time; and the finished installation was

solar PV system for the new Fusion

Energy’s project engineer Abu Luswata

This contract is due to commence in the

commissioned in December 2014. Photon said: “Our operatives did particularly well on site as they had to cope with frosty

winter conditions, and of course were

The new £10.5m Student Centre on Bournemouth University’s main site, the Talbot Campus, incorporates a solar photovoltaic (PV) array designed and installed by Reading-based Photon Energy Ltd. The installation is one of a number of measures that will enable the building to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

working to the highest health and safety standards.”

The client was Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation and the

main contractor, Willmott Dixon, is a major client for Photon Energy. Due to a smooth

working relationship on the Student Photon Energy installed the solar PV array

Hoare Lea, the mechanical and electrical

Centre project, the company has been

storage building to the rear of the main

electrical output of 27kWp using high

University, to design and install a 95kWp

on the south-facing pitched roof of the seven storey, concrete framed Student Centre building, which is the most carbon efficient building on the campus. The

Student Centre has been designed as a hub

where students can meet informally for study-related activities and a variety of social activities, and with long opening hours may be expected to require a lot of power.

The choice of solar PV modules was dictated by two factors; efficiency, which

was necessary because of the limited roof area available, and colour. Photon Energy

selected Sunpower SPR-E20-327-BLK monocrystalline modules rated at 327W

each, using 84 units for a roof area of 140sqm.

contractors for the project, required an

awarded further work at Bournemouth

Building currently under construction. third quarter of 2015.

Owen Craister quantity surveyor at

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited said:

“Working with Photon Energy on the

Bournemouth University Student Centre was a very positive experience and we are

extremely pleased with their work. Any issues which came up were quickly rectified to our satisfaction and we look

forward to working with Photon on the next project.”

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efficiency 18 - 20% modules guaranteed for 90% maximum power output over 10

years. The Sunpower black modules were specified for aesthetic reasons, to blend with the cladding on the main structure.

The modules are attached to the roof using K2 Systems fixings and a pre-installed custom made steel framework. The two inverters, used to convert the DC electricity generated by the solar PV

modules into AC power compatible with the National Grid and the electricity

supply system within the building, were Goodwe 15K-DT and Goodwe 12K-DT.

Installation took two full weeks in total,

with up to four operatives on site at any

About Photon Energy - Photon Energy is one of the UK’s leading independent companies in the solar PV industry, designing, supplying and installing systems for commercial, agricultural and other private sector applications and the public sector. It is a certified installer under the Micro-generation Certification Scheme The company’s strengths lie in its technical and engineering excellence and its insistence on providing every customer with a top quality service and excellent value for money. About Willmott Dixon - Willmott Dixon is a privately owned company that is among the biggest in the construction and property sectors. The business turns over £1bn+ a year, employs over 3,500 people, and has been carbon neutral since 2012.

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Around 1,000m2 of aluminium curtain walling from Technal have been specified for the refurbishment of a major commercial scheme in a conservation area in the heart of Leeds’ professional district.

Fabricated and installed by Dortech Architectural,

Technal’s curtain walling systems were integral to

help Minerva House reach its full economic and design potential to attract new tenants and business to this area of the city.

The GEODE-MX Visible Grid capped curtain

walling was selected to help revitalise each of the building’s façades and to create a more contemporary aesthetic. The system also had to be

sufficiently adaptable to sit seamlessly within the Minerva House is an art deco-style, 10-storey office

commercial scheme, offering 31,000sqft of Grade

refurbishment programme was designed by KPP

Property Group and the main contractors were

building constructed in the 1960s. A £5 million

Architects to transform the development into an exceptional, elegant and highly sustainable

A office accommodation. The developer is Evans Clegg Construction.

existing building fabric and concrete structure.

The curtain walling was reconfigured on each

elevation from the second to the top floors with

projecting feature bays from levels two to six. The

original windows were retained and refurbished. The highly efficient, full height, double glazed Technal curtain walling replaced large areas of the

existing glazing and significantly improved the thermal performance of the building whilst

maximising natural light and ventilation. Solar control glass helps to reduce glare and other

sustainable design features introduced as part of the refurbishment included air source heat pumps

to reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 per cent.

Commenting on the project, Mathew Wright, Project Architect at KPP Architects, said, “We believe this scheme sets a new benchmark in office

accommodation for the city of Leeds. The glazing

offers stunning views across the city centre and has helped to transform this prominent building.”

“We have specified Technal façade products on

many projects and these systems always meet our clients’ requirements. This scheme is no exception and the performance of the curtain walling is

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excellent. The exterior refurbishment required

some extensive design detailing to integrate the

new glazing with the existing building fabric and it is working very well.”

Glazing systems from Technal were specified by

KPP Architects for another Evans Property Group development nearby. Capitol House has also been

extensively refurbished, further enhancing the

Bond Court area of Leeds. The building features a new double height entrance created from GEODE-

MX Visible Grid ‘toggle’ curtain walling. Capped curtain walling with concealed vents was selected for the remainder of the ground and first floors

and Technal’s new SOLEAL rebated doors provide access for the main entrance. The fabrication and

installation for the Capitol House project was

carried out by GlassHUS Architectural Aluminium. GEODE-MX is a complete curtain walling suite,

offering specifiers enhanced thermal performance to meet the most stringent Building Regulations, and the widest choice of aesthetic options from a

single system. The Visible Grid option can be

specified for both flat and faceted façades and is

sufficiently robust to carry large spans and heavy glazing units. It can be integrated with Technal’s

new SOLEAL window suite or used with projecting top hung open-out, and tilt/turn

concealed vents for natural ventilation whilst maintaining an uninterrupted flat façade.

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June 2015

Four existing and five new Franke kitchen extractor hoods launched on April 1st feature brushless motors and LED lighting, earning them Franke’s Greenline status. The innovative brushless motors of Franke’s Greenline hoods provide an 85% energy saving compared to a standard motor.

Franke introduces the Greenline standard to show its commitment to energy efficient extractor hoods

Franke has introduced a new Greenline energy-efficiency standard for its brushless motor extractor hoods, emphasising its credentials as a brand that uses innovation to make everyday life less ordinary. The Greenline standard provides a quick and easy visual guide for retailers and consumers to identify Franke’s most energyefficient models.

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All of the models feature multiple operating speeds with an intensive setting, cut off timers, digital displays and filter saturation indicators. For more information please use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 115

This time it refaced the countertops in the Butler’s Pantry, which is used by long-term guests and features a self-catering private kitchen facility for wedding parties.

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The hoods are also packed with many other features expected of a premium extractor. The Maris T-Shape uses unique anticondensation technology developed by Franke.

Sarah and Graham, the success of which prompted Granite Transformations to diversify into bathroom remodelling, alongside its core kitchen business.

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The Greenline extractor hoods include the new Maris Plus 60, 80 and 90 hoods which are all rated ‘A+’, the new Maris T-Shape Anti-Condensation wall and island hoods and the existing Sinos all of which are rated ‘A’, and the iconic Swing hood.

Granite Transformations has returned once again to Rise Hall, the magnificent 19th century manor house restored by TV’s Sarah Beeny and artist husband Graham Swift, and this time the kitchen makeover specialist has actually helped transform two kitchens, the Butler’s Pantry and an ensuite installation in the hall managers’ live-in quarters. Previously, the home improvements company has focused its skill on beautiful, bespoke bathrooms, styled by

The original stone floor was retained in this high traffic area and a tough, luxurious Sachi granite finish was overlaid onto worktops, extended upwards as greaseresistant splashbacks and oven surrounds. Simple white shaker-style doors grace the cabinets, transforming the space into a relaxing yet purposeful breakout area for guests. The Black Diamond recycled glass work surfaces and full-height splashbacks, installed by Granite Transformations, tone with the marble-effect fireplace and create a corner of restrained style. White cabinets team with the room’s main walls and doors to minimise the visual impact, whilst looking smart and clean. ❚ enquiry 116

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e100 range will benefit from new Rimfree® wall-hung round and square design toilets. The e500 range will also be extended with a new Rimfree® wall-hung toilet.


Twyford brings Rimfree and Flushwise technology into the value market at affordable prices ®


Twyford is extending its range of trademarked Rimfree® and Flushwise® toilets, making them available at all levels of the market so that everyone can access the benefits of the technology. Three new models are now available, enhancing Twyford’s popular Energy Collection, all backed by Twyford’s 25 year guarantee.

The Rimfree® design means there is nowhere for germs to hide, making the toilets more hygienic and easy to clean using fewer harsh cleaning products. The entry-level

The new toilets also feature Twyford’s innovative Flushwise® water-saving technology – with its dual 4/2.6 litre flushing system - using up to 60% less water than a standard flushing toilet. The introduction of the new models makes a choice of Rimfree®, Flushwise® and wallhung products available in all of the Energy Collection ranges, from entry-level e100, to the e200 and e500 ranges. Says Gemma Cornes, Ceramics Product Manager at Twyford: “The extension of our Rimfree® and Flushwise® toilet range means that this technology will be available at affordable prices, from our entry-level e100 range upwards. Water-saving and Rimfree® technology are not a preserve of the elite at the top end of the market and this is a key step forward for Twyford in democratising design.” ❚ enquiry 117

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Duravit joins European Water Label


So confident are MX of the quality of


that they offer a three or five year

replacement programmes.

pressure systems, the new range offers simple shower options with fixed head showers and handheld shower heads,

with an efficient diverter valve to allow the user to select the shower they want.

Group Marketing Manager Sasha

incorporates separate temperature

Options thermostatic shower and







controls. With its minimalistic look it

has the ability to transform the style of The introduction of MX’s Cool Touch

technology is an advanced Anti-Scald This is achieved by routing the cold

water along the whole length of the

for everyone with concealed and

exposed valve options, brass valves throughout, and a range of looks that

will match or complement the décor of every bathroom and wet room –

whether looking for a modern or contemporary feel.”

Full details of the new ranges can be

a simple idea that works and provides, by calling 01684

water for the desired temperature. It’s

Many of the new range feature fully adjustable riser rails which make them

ideal for new build or replacement

293311 or by emailing and asking for a brochure.

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The Maxxus Kit is a third generation deck that takes the wetroom dream to a new level, answering all the deficiencies of existing products. It is the strongest deck on the market, sustaining a 470kg load over joists without any under-boarding, or alternatively set into concrete. 01629 815500


added safety to the product.

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Mixer Valve before mixing with the hot

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Design, another added safety benefit.

shower valve ranges offer something

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a bathroom.

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Atmos options complying with TMV2

As an environmentally aware and ecologically committed company, Duravit


Atmos and Options ranges with most

opportunities or social housing shower


There are 22 showering choices in the

It is particularly relevant for Duravit: the company’s WCs are in the green area of the EWL scale due to their low water consumption (< 3.5 litres).


Phthalate free where applicable.

The voluntary classification scheme offers transparency in the water consumption of bathroom products across twelve sanitary product groups.


products are WRAS approved and

With immediate effect, Duravit has joined the European Water Label.


valves. All materials used in these


Duravit toilets are in the green area of the EWL scale due to their low water consumption (< 3.5 litres).


guarantee on their Atmos range of


For more information about this press release contact Esprit PR Ltd on Tel: 01428 714546 or Email:


their new Thermostatic Mixer Showers,


“The company’s history has been influenced for decades by an awareness of sustainable thinking and action. We welcome the European Water Label, as its uniform scale makes the low water consumption of our products visible to a wider public, and we go a step further thanks to the ongoing investments in research and development as we focus on an efficient use of resources in the design and manufacture of our products,” explains Frank Richter, CEO Duravit.


Following hard on the heels of the recent launch of its new QI electric shower range and its new Expressions shower tray range with the hidden wastes, leading bathroom and shower manufacturer MX Group has unveiled its latest offering to the bathroom sector, an impressive new range of thermostatic mixer shower valves offering its usual combination of incredible quality, great looking product, excellent warranties and keen pricing.


uses innovative technology to respond to the demand for water-saving products. The new ME by Starck rimless urinal uses only 0.5 litres for flushing while at the same time ensuring rapid and hygienic cleaning of the ceramic surface. The McDry and Architec Dry urinals do without water completely — further examples of Duravit’s approach to sustainability in the bathroom.



June 2015

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June 2015

New advanced masonry paint boosts Johnstone’s Stormshield range

The product offers excellent coating breathability, ensuring any moisture can evaporate from damp surfaces and removing the chance of paint peeling, as would be the case with standard masonry coatings.

Johnstone’s Trade has added a new advanced Silicone Masonry paint to its Stormshield range, which has been developed to provide its most durable and robust exterior protection yet. Johnstone’s Silicone Masonry binds with the mineral substrate to make it highly flexible. This means that it offers the ultimate resistance to harsh weather conditions and driving rain, making it perfect for bare masonry, renders, precastconcrete, concrete blockwork, brickwork and external wall insulation systems in all environments.


Crown Paints now have a permanent display of their products and services at The Building Centre to support specifiers working across London.

The Building Centre, based on Store Street, Central London attracts some 2000 visitors every week to their architecture and design galleries. The Product Exhibition space has 60 manufacturers showcasing their goods across two floors. John Bonning, Commercial Director at The Building Centre, said: “We are delighted Crown Paints has created a display here. “Their products join a complete exhibition, which architects and designers regularly visit to view and specify for function, colour, shape, size and texture, in one central location.” The Building Centre established in 1931 is an independent forum that showcases and promotes innovation in the built environment. It is a notfor-profit organisation, dedicated to providing education, information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment, as well as the general public. The building is open to all interested parties who are involved in architecture and construction as a place to learn and develop knowledge and join the ongoing debate about the built environment.

Usman Akhtar, Specification Sector Support Manager at Crown Paints said: “The Building Centre is a superb place for us to extend our services to specifiers in London and the South East. “The stand gives an outline of our products, our industry-leading work in sustainability and the personalised services we offer for paint specification. Further literature and information can be gained from the Centre’s on-site information staff.” More information on Crown Paints’ products and services can be found at the dedicated website for specifiers and specifinder/manufacturer/crownpaints-ltd Developed to make the selection of products and services more effective and easier than ever – the site pulls together a raft of online tools and detailed information in a clear and concise format, to underpin a more selective, sustainable and speedier specification process For more details please contact the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0845 034 1464, email or visit the website at

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ECOPRO IN A ‘WORLD FIRST’ Earthborn's Ecopro emulsion was the natural choice for the world’s first terrace of load bearing straw holiday cottages, at Elmfield Farm near Canterbury, Kent. The walls are made from 746 bales of straw harvested locally and the internal clay render was all hand made from clay excavated on site.

The gloves are off for Sadolin Superdec

A video showcasing the outstanding qualities of Sadolin Superdec uses a novel method to demonstrate the product’s flexibility. Rubber gloves were painted in Sadolin Superdec and then after 16 hours drying time the gloves were stretched and manipulated to show how the product moves once it’s dry. Gloves that had been painted over two years ago are also featured to show that even after a lengthy period the product remains flexible. Sadolin Superdec is unique as it is self-priming and undercoating, reducing the need of an extra product on new wood. It also requires little

Quality paints for the professional from TeknosPro

The new coating has been designed to be easily applied over exterior surfaces and will help to maintain the breathability of any porous substrate already coated in a silicone based paint. Its outstanding performance is further boosted by a lifespan of up to 15 years. A welcome addition to the Stormshield range, Johnstone’s Silicone Masonry provides a highly durable, long-term exterior masonry solution. For more details on the Johnstone’s Stormshield range please use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service. preparation, and can be applied over previously decorated services. The video can be viewed at Sharon Smith, Sadolin Brand Mgr, said: “Sadolin Superdec is one of our most popular ranges within the Sadolin brand for specifiers. “This is due to all the benefits highlighted above and how remarkably easy it is to use. “With over 300 shades available in the colour palette, stunning colour combinations can be selected and at the same time specifiers have the reassurance of the very best in wood protection.”

Owner Harriet Wishart commented: “It was vitally important to have a highly breathable paint to work together with the breathable straw walls and clay plaster to naturally regulate the humidity of the internal environment. Everyone we spoke to recommended Earthborn. Its Ecopro emulsion is extremely breathable, looks great and gives a hard wearing finish. We only needed the primer and two coats, even to cover the strong orange of our clay render with the cream shade that we chose.” With its Ecolabel approval, Ecopro Matt Emulsion is an easy to use, environmentally sound alternative to conventional emulsions. Its unique formulation is totally oil, acrylic and VOC free, yet it offers

Colour Palette – Great Shades And Wood Protection As Standard’ goes more in-depth into the product’s attributes - and showcases the sheer range of colour opportunities available. The video is available to view on the Sadolin website or the Sadolin Woodcare YouTube channel at user/SadolinWoodcare ❚ enquiry 122

As well as the short glove test video, another film, entitled ‘The Sadolin Designed for the professional, the TeknosPro range of wall and ceiling paints comprises waterbased products available in 2, 7 and 9 litre tins. TeknosPro 10 Matt wall paint is an acrylic paint with a spreading rate of 10 – 12 sq. m per litre on previously painted surfaces.

Ease of use and a superb finish ensure that the TeknosPro range of wall and ceiling paints easily meets the quality demands and time constraints of new build projects as well as the need for minimal disruption and rapid job completion required on many maintenance jobs.

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TeknosPro 5 Full matt is an alkydreinforced acrylic paint for dry interior surfaces and is suitable for both previously painted and unpainted surfaces. Coverage on unpainted surfaces is between 7 – 10 sq. m per litre. Timantti 20 semi-matt special wall paint is ideal for dry and humid spaces where good washability and abrasion resistance is required;

for dry to wet areas where spotless hygiene is important, Timantti Clean antimicrobial interior paint is the answer. With the exception of Timantti Clean, all TeknosPro wall and ceiling paints are compatible with Timantti 3 primer. TeknosPro is a new brand of professional paints and coatings from Teknos, the leading Scandinavian company. Besides wall and ceiling paints, the TeknosPro portfolio also includes a range of wood and metal paints, wood varnishes and stains, pretreatments, fillers, primers, binders and sealers. ❚ enquiry 123

high performance and excellent covering properties. The result is a durable, anti-static, matt finish that is highly breathable. Being free from all harmful emissions and odours, Ecopro Matt Emulsion also helps create a healthier, more comfortable environment for holidaymakers staying in the cottages. For more information visit our website: ❚ enquiry 124


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June 2015

Inhibiting Metal Primer, Crown Trade High Build Micaceous Iron Oxide and Crown Trade High Performance Gloss for Metal. These products have been developed to offer a choice of ten or fifteen yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; protection, depending on the application, to suit a range of customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. Crown Tradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Protective Coatings T-Wash is also available to ensure new galvanised metal is correctly degreased prior to painting.

THE CROWN TRADE PROTECTIVE COATINGS METAL GLOSS SYSTEM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; OFFERING LONG LASTING PROTECTION AGAINST THE ELEMENTS Crown Tradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Protective Coatings offers outstanding protection against the elements for metalwork projects. Formulated using Crown Tradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast experience in decorative coatings and continual development in paint and colour technology, the Crown Trade Metal Gloss system is formulated to safeguard metalwork for the long term. It delivers superior corrosion protection, a tough finish and excellent colour retention. The system will protect any correctly prepared new or previously painted ferrous or non-ferrous metalwork, including structural steelwork, railings, fire escapes, gates and shutters. It has three main components - Crown Trade High Build Rust

Usman Akhtar, Crown Paints Specification Sector Support Manager, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crown Tradeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s High Performance Gloss for Metal supplied in a wide-range of colours - is intended for use wherever a durable, longlasting, high sheen finish is required. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The system is easy to apply and has a premium formulation that provides a decorative finish, which protects for years against the most challenging elements.


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Polyx-Oil Effect Raw

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Depending on the nature of the project, one or two coats will offer up to ten yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; metal protection in a standard Crown Trade high performance system.

> Keeps the NATURAL look of the wood!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The high level of protection can be extended further still, for up to fifteen years, if one or two coats of Crown Trade High Build Micaceous Iron Oxide are applied beneath the gloss top coat.

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For more information please contact the Crown Trade Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the website at More about the system can also be found at A video on the system is also available at


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Two of the newest Hungry Horse restaurants to open in Scotland feature REHAU PVC-U windows fabricated and installed by Glasgow based commercial specialists PWS Scotland, part of the Perfect Glazing group. Foiled windows in the REHAU TOTAL70C system have been installed in both the Tail O’the Bank in Greenock and The Oystercatcher in East Kilbride to match the exterior styling of the buildings. At the Tail O’the Bank the windows have been foiled in a smooth slate grey to suit the contemporary look of the pub/restaurant and its waterfront setting on East India Harbour. At the more traditionally styled

FAKRO launches revolutionary new light tunnel

Light tunnels have proved a great way to bring natural light to dark or windowless areas. The FAKRO SRZ light tunnel takes a fresh design approach as it uses a roof window profile rather than a dome, making it far less obtrusive.

June 2015

Oystercatcher, the windows are in a Goldenoak woodgrain foil with a striking six section apex window fabricated for a gable feature. PWS fabricated and installed more than 50 windows on each project, working on behalf of main contractors Ogilvie Construction. They were awarded the contract on the basis of their product quality and on site efficiency, which had been proven on previous successful installations for large main contractors in Scotland.

efficiency and choice of finishes. REHAU prides itself on being the systems house with the broadest and best colour and finishes range and now offers 22 different colour options. ❚ enquiry 128

On both projects, PVC-U was specified as the frame material by the client Greene King Plc working with architects Smith Design Associates because of its low maintenance, thermal

Comar 5P.i Advanced Window System Using latest thermal break technology to produce windows for the next generation of solutions

Its mirrors and light ducting are highly efficient, giving 98% light transference while the flashing has a selfadhesive strip at its base to ensure good contact is maintained on profiled roofs. ❚ enquiry 129

‘Aluprof Transforms the Soapworks’

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 Uvalues down to 0.77, creating a future proof solution for their architectural, contractor and fabricator partners.

from their Comar 9P.i system into the Comar 5P.i window range, and are now launching the Comar 5P.i

Comar announce they have incorporated the technology

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Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system which integrates seamlessly into Comar 9P.i creating the option for standalone high performance windows. The brief to Comar’s Design Team was to specifically meet architectural demands; low Uvalues, matching slim sight lines for both the casement and tilt/turn, large glazing pocket for acoustic glass, secured by design and large sizes.

project has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The office accommodation, when completed, was the largest speculative office scheme to be completed outside of London. With the UK head office and distribution base in Altrincham, Cheshire, Aluprof systems are specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects across the UK. Systems are designed, fabricated and installed by selected, specially trained companies, to ensure each fabricated product meets Aluprof’s exacting standards.

The Ivy Wharf Development in Salford is one of

The Aluprof aluminium systems were installed by

Manchester’s most recent redevelopment projects.

Commercial Systems International Ltd who have been

Utilising the former Colgate Palmolive factory

successfully installing glazing and cladding systems

buildings, the new development is of mixed use which

for over 20 years. Based in Humberside the company

includes offices, supported by ancillary consumer

has developed a reputation for innovative design and

focused space on the ground floor.

a positive, proactive approach to problem solving.

Using the existing external frame concrete structure,

The Soapworks accommodation provides a total of

new aluminium curtain wall screens constructed from

40,000m2 of grade A office space with units starting at

Aluprof’s MB-SR50N system, were used to create a

200m2. The site also has planning permission for a

continuous glazed and aluminium panelled facade

further 200-bed hotel, a retail area and residential, as

behind the concrete columns. On the existing four

well as further office space. Designed by Architects

storey block a further storey has been added which

shedkm and constructed by Galliford Try, the building

perfectly follows the lines of the curtain wall below,

is already being occupied by local businesses.

giving the impression that the

concrete frame

surrounds an existing aluminium glazed structure.

A sustainable and low carbon redevelopment, the

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Further information is available on the company’s website at and specialist advice is available from Aluprof on 0161 941 4005

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Oxfordshire village hall offers ideal demonstration of Trio’s A-rated capabilities

The demonstration by tremco illbruck’s Business Development Manager, Steve Wild, was also attended by the manufacturer’s Marketing Manager for Windows and Facades, Fraser Higgins (and trade publication, Clearview). Explaining the advantages to installers, as well as the long term performance of the building envelope, Steve Wild said: “TP651 Trio not only offers a more thermally efficient solution over the majority of silicone based sealants, it also allows the frames to be fitted some 20% quicker because it is so easy to apply. “TP651 is a pre-compressed sealing tape, comprising of open-cell polyurethane soft foam, which is then impregnated with flameretardant synthetic resin. Importantly, it remains vapour permeable while offering very good airtightness to cut energy losses.

Following on from its presence at the FiT Show and its highly popular “Have One on Us” promotion there, tremco illbruck has delivered on-site training in the use of its ARated window sealants for two dozen installers around the country; including an Oxfordshire-based company which invited the manufacturer to demonstrate the capabilities of TP651 Trio tape where new frames were being fitted at a village hall. Andy Glass Windows has been serving domestic and commercial clients across the rural county with high performance door and window systems for two decades offering PVC-U and composite frames as well as erecting garden rooms and extensions. In this instance, Andy Glass arranged the tremco illbruck training session on its contract at Stanton St John where it was due to fit frames fabricated from the Residence 9 suite of profiles. The old community building’s stone structure presenting the sort of challenge for which TP651 Trio tape was developed.

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“The correct tape size is applied around the frame of the window or door and to the cills before the frame is offered up – and begins to expand, taking up any irregularities in the opening.” In common with the manu-facturer’s commercial offering – illbruck i3 – which has featured in numerous PassivHaus and BREEAM ‘excellent’ developments, TP651 Trio offers architects as well as installers the confidence that as-built performance will match up to design targets. Andy Aspel, General Manager of Andy Glass Windows, concluded: “TP651 Trio was an ideal solution for the particular installation we were doing at Stanton St John’s village hall. Tremco illbruck had the perfect solution in order for us to fit the windows more quickly and with minimal disruption. Tremco illbruck’s technical staff were superb, offering fantastic guidance and knowledge. We were seriously impressed with the products we used and will definitely be using them on our future installations.”

WHITESALES ANNOUNCES THE NEW STOCK EM-GLAZE RIDGELIGHTS RANGE June 2015: Leading rooflight supplier, Whitesales, has announced that it will now be supplying standard stock sizes of their Em-Glaze Modular Ridgelights.

The Em-Glaze Modular Ridgelight range from

Structural integrity is the most important factor in any

option. Acoustic and thermal insulation, already

Whitesales has been specifically designed and

construction material and the ridgelight has been

exceeding regulations, can be enhanced with triple

engineered to create the ideal ridgeline skylight into

engineered to comply with severe weather ratings –

glazing for even better environmental performance.

building designs.

including wind loads of 1.32 Kn/m2 and snow loads

The new stock – with six standard sizes available for

of 1.0 kn/m2.

The Em-Glaze Ridgelight’s elegant low-profile frame can blend into the background or be specified in a wide

fast delivery - feature unfaltering structural strength,

In simple terms, the ridgelight will withstand the worst

range of RAL colours to create a dramatic design

elegant low-profile framework and increased glazing

conditions the UK ever faces, including in coastal

statement. The interior-facing frame can even be

to maximise the amount of natural light penetrating

regions. The BBA, who conducted the tests, even stated

specified in a different colour to the exterior.

the interior.

that the loads were the highest ever tested on a

The design success is the result of the maximum-

conservatory-style roof.

Whitesales’ Ridgelights can be ordered from stock in one of the six standard sizes or made to measure for a

daylight, minimal-frame ethos that’s applied across the

With safety assured, Whitesales’ engineers focused on

fully bespoke design, ensuring the perfect fit for your

Em-Glaze range. Extremely slim aluminium framework

sustainability and versatility. The potential for solar

building project.

ensures that the glazing – the area that really matters

gain is easily offset with a choice of fixed, permanent

to the building occupants – is the primary feature.

and adjustable ventilation options and a blue solar tint

❚ enquiry 135 .

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would be tightening the government's new planning rules on the subject of the greenbelt.


As a consequence, house builders have been forced to find ways of using more brown-field sites as well

as land that was previously felt to be at the margins

of usability â&#x20AC;&#x201C; particularly steeply sloping sites that need considerable re-profiling before being viable. The construction material industry has responded positively to these challenges and has provided

house builders with a range of innovative ground engineering solutions to make difficult sites economically build-able.

One company at the leading edge of ground re-

profiling is retaining solutions specialists

Maccaferri. The company has developed a portfolio

of retaining wall and soil reinforcement systems

which allow major contour modifications through the introduction of retaining walls and engineered terracing. [see below]

From a site sustainability perspective, the re-use of

site won soils as structural fill in these reinforced soil retaining structures virtually eliminates the

need to import and export bulk materials and reduces heavy-truck movements to a minimum.

Gabions Gabions are stone filled cages of woven wire mesh, nominally 2.0x1.0x1.0m. Their mass and flexible

composition means that Gabion walls are ideal for

engineered applications and can accommodate

significant differential settlement, should this be a requirement.

The un-bound stone infill also prevents the buildup of hydrostatic pressure behind the wall and,

because of these qualities, engineers throughout

the world have frequently made gabions their retaining wall, solution-of-choice.

When used in combination with geosynthetic

8.0m high split level Gabion retaining wall for Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

reinforcing geo-grid, they can create reinforced soil

structures of immense strength and durability, as

Although most UK housebuilding companies


say that they are busier than they have been for years, we are also told that the country is in the middle of an acute housing shortage.

in the Maccaferri Paramesh system.

Gabions are also available in square welded wire composition





requirements are less onerous or where a higher aesthetic finish is desired.


Reasons are many and varied, including short-term


but one which frequently finds itself at the top of


materials shortages and the lack of skilled labour, pile is the lack of good quality building land. on







2014, the then Communities Secretary Eric Pickles


environmentally responsible option and in October responded to calls to relax restrictions by saying he

Urban Infrastructure

Environmental Protection

Green Terramesh is a modular, steep-slope,

reinforced soil system. The integral stiffened face

is designed to allow creation of a steeply sloping


Transportation Infrastructure

Green Terramesh

vegetated-face structure.

Double twist wire mesh forms the basis of the reinforced facing unit. A bio-degradable blanket is

factory fitted behind a stiff, steel mesh face to

Coastal and River Control Works

Emergency and Floods

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provide shape, prevent initial erosion and promote



4.0m high Timber Crib retaining wall. Dumfries, Scotland.

rapid vegetation establishment. For higher

structures, geo-grids are used to supplement the woven mesh facing unit.

A wedge of topsoil behind and in contact with the blanket provides a moisture and nutrient reservoir, essential for successful vegetation.

Green Terramesh is an ideal solution when a naturally vegetated “green-faced” steep slope is required, such as in environmentally sensitive areas.

Timber Crib Timber Crib is a mass gravity system comprising interlocking timber header and stretcher units that

form a cribwork structure which is then filled with stone, typically 75-40mm. The system is straightforward to install and forms an effective retaining structure where the aesthetics of timber are desired.

Sustainability and aesthetics are often strong

influencing factors in the choice of timber crib over other retaining wall systems. Timber provides a unique balance of function and appearance. Timber

weathers naturally and it is easy to build in pockets of soil behind the wall face which can be planted to further soften the aesthetics.

folded to allow easy handling on site. The unit opens to form three rectangular cells nominally 1.0m cube, which can be connected to form linear

runs of any required length. The wall height can

also be readily increased by stacking additional units on top of the bottom run.

The open base of the cells means that the units can be removed by mechanical lifting, allowing the fill to discharge, then folded away and retained for


future use.

Maccaferri’s MacWall system provides a masonry faced retaining wall. The blocks work with geogrids to form a robust and highly efficient

reinforced soil structure. The individual, split-faced concrete blocks are dry laid by hand onto prepared

granular footings – no concrete or mortar is required.

Geogrids are sandwiched between the block

courses and laid out behind the wall face in combination with layers of compacted backfill. Speed of installation and the ability to accommodate complex curves to the near vertical

wall face make reinforced-soil, segmental block, masonry retaining walls extremely popular on high aesthetic value schemes.

MacWall “Vertica” masonry faced wall. Inverkip, Renfrewshire.

Maccaferri FlexMac DT, temporary retaining wall under construction.

Design, Supply, Install For clients requiring the peace of mind of a comprehensive, turnkey service, Maccaferri Construction, the Company’s specialist installation

subsidiary, is able to provide a fully indemnified design, supply and install package throughout the UK and Ireland.

Conclusion From an engineering design perspective, soil retaining walls are relatively straightforward structures. As soil is weak in tension it cannot

support itself at steep angles. In equilibrium, most

soils would create nothing more than a gentle slope Temporary structures For projects where temporary retaining structures

are required Maccaferri has developed a re-useable system. FlexMac DT is essentially a network of

open bottomed wire cages similar to Gabions, but lined with geotextile fabric. The system is quick to install and uses site won spoil as bulk fill rather than the stone.

FlexMac DT is supplied ready assembled but

between two grades. A vertical or near vertical wall would be impossible to build with soil alone.

By introducing a mass gravity system such as a Gabions or Timber Crib or a reinforced soil system

such as Green Terramesh, Paramesh or a segmental block masonry, it is possible to retain large volumes

of material and design steeper slopes that allow the

creation of flat buildable spaces of land which would have otherwise been unsuitable for housing development.

Maccaferriʼs Green Terramesh system at Bellway Homes “Inches” development overlooking the River Tay near Perth, Scotland.

❚ enquiry 137 .

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Irish self build is B5 beautiful with Cembrit

Cembrit’s B5 corrugated sheeting has recently been chosen as part of a renewable energy self-build project in Saintfield, Northern Ireland, which sees 210 black sheets installed on both the walls and roof of the property. Self builder, Michael Montgomery, began work on the project in 2012 and completed the site dig out, drainage and

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foundations by the end of the year. In early 2013, construction recommenced and currently the upstairs and landscaping is being finalised. Michael required a perfectly scaled corrugated sheet for the roof and walls of this property in the rural Irish countryside. Fibre cement has a number of advantages over metal sheeting, such as it being rust resistant and not noisy in the rain.  It is for these reasons, and the profile and depth of corrugation, that he decided to work with Cembrit B5. “Fibre cement corrugated sheeting is the perfect aesthetic for use in the countryside,” said Michael Montgomery, Self Builder. “My requirement for the sheeting was that it would not only suit the

surroundings of the property, but also accommodate the installation of solar thermal panels. Cembrit B5 ticked all the boxes. I looked at other suppliers but the sheets were either too small or too large – the great thing about B5 is that it can be fitted by a good joiner.” Cembrit B5 metric corrugation is a more modern and deeper profile than the traditional 3 inch profile corrugated sheeting. It can consequently be used to a lower pitch and with smaller overlaps. B5 is available in 14 different lengths, ranging from 4' to 10' 6 and are approximately 40% wider than the older 3 inch profile design offering better coverage per sheet. ❚ enquiry 139 is fire safe & energy efficient due to its low thermal conductivity and concealed fixing joint design.

Synseal is proud to introduce Celsius solid roof – a new and innovative system that employs a structural framework of timber components with environmentally-friendly Envirotile external roof tiles and cappings to create a truly warm solid roof construction, with no possibility of cold bridging. “At Synseal we have been monitoring competitor solid roofing products for a while and the market is now ready for our Celsius solid roof,” says Steve Brown, Synseal’s Products & Customer Service Director. “Sitting neatly alongside our exclusive Celsius performance glass, our new solid roof solution can be summed up in just two words: thermal excellence.” At the heart of the system are thermally-efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs), enabling Celsius solid roof to achieve a pitched roof U-value of 0.18 W/m2K for compliance in England and Wales. The U-value of 0.15 W/m2K for compliance in Scotland is achieved by fitting insulated plasterboard to line and finish the solid roof interior. “Selecting the right supply partners to complement our Synseal Envirotile was key to the success of Celsius solid roof and with structural insulated panels (SIPs) from Kingspan TEK Building Systems, fixings from Rapierstar and optional roof windows from VELUX we have sourced the very best products to construct a wellengineered system of the highest quality,” comments Synseal’s Head of R&D, Phil Parry. Synseal Envirotile external roofing components are injection moulded to Synseal’s exact specifications from 100% recycled polypropylene. Precision manufactured and lightweight, each single Envirotile has a low profile chamfered frontleading edge with an aesthetically pleasing riven finish, is 12mm in thickness, weighs just 610 grams and is extremely simple to fix yet performs exceptionally, securely locking into adjacent tiles without any need for battening to form a quick-fitting and fully integrated roof covering. A single mechanical fixing point at the head in addition to the innovative interlocking design ensures that Synseal

Envirotiles fit securely and easily, ready to withstand wind and weather. Envirotiles are 80% lighter than standard concrete tiles, weighing 8.4kg per square metre in contrast with cement or natural slate roof tile products that typically weigh 50 kg per square metre. Available in a choice of 3 popular and appealing colours: Black, Brown or Terracotta, the interlocking Envirotiles are selfdraining, self-ventilating and branded with the Synseal logo for ease of identification. The single or double Envirotiles are easy to handle and cut on site for a precision finish at concealed hip or valley roof edge intersections. In addition to single and double roof tiles, the Synseal Envirotile range includes an elevated and interlocking ventilated ridge cap, radius end/apex cover, hip, hip end cap, gable end cap, dry verge, tile starter trim and push-fit screw cap cover to ensure a high quality aesthetic finish for each Celsius solid roof. Fully approved and registered by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), Celsius solid roof is available for existing glazed conservatory roof replacements or new build applications in Lean-To, Georgian, Gable and Victorian building extension styles. Alan Green, Product Support Engineer at Synseal sums it up neatly: “As product designer, my brief was to achieve improved installed thermal performance using proven materials with no inherent design weaknesses to eradicate cold bridging. Our Celsius solid roof is truly warm to provide building extensions that homeowners will be able to use in comfort, 365 days a year.” ❚ enquiry 138

Ruukki UK supply composite panels on the prestigious Park Regis Hotel Ruukki UK Ltd is currently supplying composite panels on the prestigious Park Regis Hotel complex in Birmingham city

centre, a prominent addition to the city’s skyline, which is due to open late 2015. Installer Sage, will be constructing the new Hotel using its SP2D PIR composite cladding panels which is an ideal solution for facades with high requirements for thermal insulation and visual appearance. The SP2D PIR panel

Gareth Ellison, Country Manager of Ruukki UK Ltd commented “We are delighted to be involved in this new project and even more pleased the Hotel have opted for the SP2D PIR panels, a superior product we are very proud of which meets is tested to BS8414 and meets BRE 135 for Fire Performance of thermal insulation for walls of multi storey buildings like the Park Regis Hotel” The hotel is being built in Birmingham's Leisure and Convention Quarter which forms part of the Central Business District. ❚ enquiry 140

VALUE OF PERFORATED METAL BUILDING SUNSHIELDS DEMONSTRATED IN RMIG’S NEW WHITE PAPER RMIG, the world’s leading perforated materials specialist, has launched a new, free white paper looking at the benefits and beauty of perforated metal sunshields on buildings. The paper provides a background to the relationship between purpose and design when installing a building facade, focussing on heat retention, light deflection and materials used. The paper provides an overview of how the installation of perforated metal sunshields can play a significant role in reducing energy costs and environmental footprint, while still maintaining a unique design presence on the architectural landscape. This new paper also examines the importance and function of open space and hole pattern, as well as looking at the choices of metal used and the role of finishing treatments.

Speaking of how a building’s appearance can actually be enhanced by a sunshield, Andrew Wadbrook-McLay, Technical Manager at RMIG, commented: “Working to an architect’s brief gives our team of engineers the opportunity to create something eye-catching, long-lasting and environmentally sound. A properly finished perforated metal facade has the capability to remain on a building for years, keeping those

inside comfortable while providing those on the outside with a visual treat.” To demonstrate this, the paper focuses on several of RMIG’s City Emotion building projects, which illustrates both the function and look of a number of buildings around Europe that have installed perforate metal sunscreens, complete with images, back story and technical details of materials and finishes used. The white paper is available for download for free from the RMIG website. ired/downloads/downloads+archit ectural Alternatively you can use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 141

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contractors, to carry out the challenging task of working at height on the roofs in an exposed waterfront location. Comments Neilan Symondson from Pendlebury: “Scaffolding was erected on a small area of the roof at a time and an upgrade to localised areas of the roof beneath each cupola, along with a larger stretch on the Strand elevation, was incorporated into the scheme to capitalise on the accessibility we had to those locations while the scaffolding was in place. “For these areas, we installed an inverted insulated roof build up, using Kemper System’s V210 cold applied waterproofing system to waterproof the substrate, followed by insulation and then paving.


to curve and gradually become flat over the top. Pendlebury used a combination of Kemper System’s EP5 primer and quartz sand to create a key on the substrate before applying the liquid Kemperol 1K-PUR resin with brushes and rollers. Kemper System’s 120g reinforcement fleece, cut to size and shape on site, was then laid onto the wet resin. Finally, further resin was immediately applied over the top to allow complete saturation of the reinforcement fleece in a single wet-onwet process to provide a totally seamless, monolithic membrane. For the larger cupolas, the scheme also involved scroll features and termination details and the installation team also

“The Kemperol 1K-PUR we used for the cupolas works in the same way, with a combination of liquid resin and reinforcement fleece, but it is much more viscous that the Kemperol V210, making it more suitable for the cupolas’ vertical surfaces.”




Pendlebury selected the Kemperol 1KPUR systems following trials carried out prior to commencing the project to ascertain the best approach to delivering the project with the level of finish required by the building’s management company, CBRE, and English Heritage while managing the time constraints of the project.


KEMPEROL PROTECTS LIVERPOOL'S ROYAL LIVER BUILDING Part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City, the Grade I listed Royal Liver Building is one of the city’s ‘Three Graces’ and an iconic waterfront landmark. The building’s imposing façades are crowned by a cupola in each corner, each forming the roof of a feature boardroom office below. The huge clock towers either side of the building mirror this pattern, with a ‘mini’ cupola on each of their four corners. All 12 cupolas direct the eye upwards to the summit of the building where a verdigris Liver Bird perches eternally on each of the final, central cupolas. With Cunard, one of Liverpool’s greatest companies, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, it was time to refurbish the distinctive cupolas of one of its most famous buildings in the world in time for a celebratory flotilla. Kemper System’s 1K-PUR cold liquid-applied waterproofing system was selected to complete the challenging scheme.

The challenging weather conditions of the building’s waterfront location and the need to identify a system that was suitable for the varying surfaces on and around the cupolas also influenced the specification. The method of fleece application and ease of use of the Kemperol system was ideally suited to meeting these criteria on a scheme that involved working up to 14 storeys high.

painstaking applied the system around the solid granite mini scroll features that surround each of the smaller cupolas. CBRE’s Simon Hepple adds: “In terms of surface area, the Royal Liver Building scheme was not large but is was extremely challenging and required both a specialist approach and careful product selection. “Kemper System’s Kemperol 1K-PUR was ideal for this unusual project.”

The installation team began the restoration of each cupola by repairing each concrete structure using Kemper System’s primer mixed with quartz sand to make a mortar that could be used to build up the eroded areas. The large cupolas have a two metre high vertical surface before the structure starts

LIMITED ACCESS The cupolas are of concrete construction and have been protected by various waterproofing systems over the years but water ingress was becoming an issue and in some areas the concrete was failing and had to be repaired to return the surface to its original domed shape. Roofing contractor, K Pendlebury & Sons Ltd were appointed by main contractor Quadriga Ltd, specialist restoration . ❚ enquiry 142 .

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All of our Mackridge units are custom built to suit any of your on-site requirements. If you would like to know more please visit our website at or contact a member of our sales team at for more information.

Mackridge Natural Roof Vents With current construction regulations pushing towards green alternatives for building management, the use of natural ventilation is becoming a preferred option for many contractors.

to internal spaces without the need for powered fans or Air Handling Units. Available in a permanent vent configuration or with an internal damper controlled by your choice of actuation.

The McKenzie Martin Mackridge system utilises the natural stack effect and air movement across a structure to provide ventilation

Other options include; Aluminium or Plastisol construction, integral bird or insect mesh and insulated throat/damper.

Alternatively you can use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service.

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Cemwood saves time on bricklaying

A construction company has saved time and money by opting to install Cembrit Cemwood cladding as an alternative to bricks, at a newly built community centre in Quakers Yard, South Wales. The Fir Tree Community Association Centre wanted to open a centre in Merthyr Valley to support the local community. Work began on the new site in April 2014. Bridgend-based construction company, Holbrook Construction was the contractor for this new build project, and having worked with Cembrit previously, specified its Cemwood cladding. Supplied via Marco Industries, Sittingbourne the project required over 200 m² of Cemwood, in two different lengths and painted in two RAL colours. “From past experience, we knew that the Cemwood cladding would be easy to cut and install” explains Steve James, Director of Holbrook Construction. “With the labour shortage in the construction

industry, particularly with bricklayers, we wanted to reduce the bricklaying element on the job and Cemwood helped us to do this. The colour options made the process of agreeing materials with the Local Planning Authority much easier, as we could provide them with a number of possibilities. This contributed to the project only taking five months to complete. ” The Fir Tree Centre opened its doors in September 2014, providing the Quakers Yard community with a welcoming environment in which to take part in leisure and learning activities. Combining the attractiveness of wood with the durability of fibrecement, Cemwood is ideal as a replacement for timber, or to maximise new build design options. The fibre-cement, woodeffect weatherboard is fire, rot and insect resistant, as well as being unaffected by heat or sunlight. This allows Cemwood to be extremely low-maintenance and long-lasting. Cembrit Cemwood is an autoclaved fibre-cement board with a texture on the front face, perfectly suited for all types of weatherboard applications. The boards can be supplied in grey for on-site painting or staining, or precoated in a large selection of coloured finishes with guaranteed colour stability for up to 10 years. ❚ enquiry 144

PANEL SYSTEMS SAYS SHEFFIELD HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS A GREAT PLACE A new social housing development being built on behalf of Great Places Housing Group is benefiting from stylish cladding panels fabricated and supplied by Sheffield-based Panel Systems. Main contractor Balfour Beatty appointed Panel Systems to supply 600m2 of Marley Eternit’s EQUITONE [natura] external cladding for the Richmond Park development in Handsworth, Sheffield. Panel Systems cut the panels to size and drilled them to meet the project’s requirements, so they would be quicker and easier to fit on site. The company worked closely with Balfour Beatty, to ensure supply panels on call-off, ensuring a quick and straightforward installation. The housing stock at Richmond Park in Handsworth, Sheffield was transferred to Great Places Housing Group in 2007 from the council and the work is part of a £16.5m project to remodel, upgrade and build this and two other estates – Birklands and Athelstan.  The fibre cement EQUITONE panels were supplied to a new development of 12 blocks of flats and to over clad 36 three storey family houses with rainscreen

cladding. The rainscreen design incorporated high performance insulation mechanically fixed to the exterior wall of the refurbished buildings, which not only improved energy efficient, but the decorative qualities of fibre cement cladding also enhanced aesthetics of the properties. Triangle Architects of Manchester specified EQUITONE [natura] in bluestone and azura, providing a clear visual link between the older refurbished and new properties, creating a sense of uniformity.  This cladding was used to complement the brick finish of the homes and timber weatherboarding. Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, said: “The Richmond Park development had a demanding construction schedule that required all building components to be delivered to meet a strict timetable. Our extensive experience in this type of work meant we could fabricate and supply the panels to suit the

projects requirements, working closely with the contractor Balfour Beatty.” A spokesperson for Great Places Housing Group said: “One of the main features of the work was installation of the new insulated cladding. Richmond Park has been transformed from dull grey to pleasingly colourful and the homes are now more affordable to heat and run.” Panel Systems offer a full fabrication and CNC service for panels, which includes 40 years’ experience working with a wide range of materials, including Marley Eternit cladding, MEG Laminate, Formica Vivix, Rockpanel, Alucobond Eco, Steni Nature and more. The company has its own CAD department, and is able to accept customers own drawings in a large range of file formats. These designs can be used to create bespoke shapes and engraving using our 5-Axis CNC routers. ❚ enquiry 145 .


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Sundolitt – the UK arm of Sunde Group, Europe’s leading polystyrene products manufacturer – has launched a new set of specifier support literature aimed at helping construction and civil engineers, building contractors, architects and building materials distributors to select quickly and easily from a wide range of options of density, thickness, size and format of XPS board to suit every application. Sundolitt XPS is an extremely durable, thermal insulation board which is not only lightweight but is also able to withstand extreme loads. Its water resistance means it can be stored and installed in severe wet weather conditions with no risk of deterioration throughout its life. XPS is easy to cut and customise on site with no special equipment or tools required. XPS has proven performance in a wide range of construction applications including commercial and domestic flooring, inverted roofing, cold stores and civil engineering projects such as car parks, landscaping, rail, airport and road building activities. XPS is also ideal as a large void fill where strength and durability are essential to safety, stability and longevity.

Philip Cheshire, Sundolitt’s UK General Manager said, “XPS is an outstanding product and is already well accepted by many construction and civil engineers across the UK but we wanted to make specification easier for those who may not be fully aware of its potential. We have launched a new six page overview of the credentials of the material as well as a new product data sheet which outlines all of the options available to the professional specifier as well as indicating which of the popular specifications are available exstock for urgent projects.” The new specifier literature also stresses the strong environmental credentials of Sundolitt XPS which – being 100% CO2 blown - uses no harmful greenhouse gases during manufacture. The

material can be recycled when recovered at the end of its life. The company also states that with the built-environment accounting for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption, the greater energy efficiency that comes from using products such as Sundolitt XPS can, in some cases, reduce total energy consumption in buildings and structures by 75%. The new specifier literature is available by contacting Sundolitt’s UK expert team who can also help and advise architects and specifiers on the most appropriate specification for their needs. Please call the Sundolitt UK Head Office on 01786 471 586 or email

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THE QUIET CHILDREN’S HOME ACHIEVES FAME This dramatic “Children's Home of the Future” in Denmark has been nominated for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award. Designed by CEBRA, the renowned Aarhus-based Danish architects, it is new type of 24-hour care centre for disadvantaged children. The architects’ focus on natural building materials has

out of the individual sections. The resulting spaces are

Troldtekt sustainability has also been recognised with

contributed greatly to its success, attraction and user

very flexible in terms of their layout, furnishings and

certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle

satisfaction. For example, the exterior is entirely clad

use, depending on the needs and activities of the

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for up to two hours and minimises heat and air loss. Firecap Socket / Switch Box Inserts have been independently tested to BS EN 1364-1 and to the principles of BS EN 1363-1:1999 and shown to offer two hours integrity and insulation.

New Aico Firecap socket/ switch box inserts

Aico has launched its latest addition to the Firecap passive fire protection products range: Firecap Socket / Switch Box Inserts. The new Inserts have been designed to prevent fire, heat and noise from spreading through recessed switches and sockets. When a hole is cut in a wall for a socket or switch box, the fire stopping capability of that wall is detrimentally affected, allowing fire to pass through. The hole also leads to heat loss and air leakage into the wall cavity. Fitting a Firecap Socket / Switch Box Insert provides a highly effective fire stopping seal

Speed up Build Times with TETRiS Insulation Block & Beam



As well as providing quality fire protection, Firecap Socket / Switch Box Inserts provide an effective acoustic barrier to both impact and airborne sounds. They can be used in wall systems up to and including 67db sound reduction without loss of the wall performance. Firecap Socket / Switch Box Inserts are simple and quick to install and don’t require the use of adhesives. They are also highly cost effective, replacing the need for expensive plasterboard lining or putty pads. Firecap Socket / Switch Box Inserts can be used with metal and plastic single and double socket boxes in both 35mm and 47mm depths. They are rot proof and maintenance free. For more information please use our fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 151 Installing a TETRiS insulation block and beam system can speed up the overall build time of your next project. Up to 16x the length of traditional blocks and only 5kg, (compared to 8.4kg for a single concrete block) TETRiS blocks are easy to handle and install. Capable of withstanding foot traffic on site and easy to cut, the TETRiS system is engineered for fast, efficient building. Eco-friendly properties, U-values as low as 0.10 W/m2k, BRE Green Guide A+ Rated, and compatibility with under floor heating systems make TETRiS a revolutionary alternative to traditional structural floors. The new TETRiS insulation block and beam brochure is now available. The brochure enables specifiers, builders and self-builders to specify and build an eco-friendly TETRiS insulation block and beam floor with confidence. Extensive new features include improved design and readability, a step-by-step installation guide and brand new visual aids. ❚ enquiry 152

Quick solution for levelling floors


A former public house in Islington has been refurbished to form a new flatted development, utilising Profloor Levelling System from the A. Proctor Group to level the floors. It was chosen by M P Brothers, who were impressed not only by the Levelling System but also the additional service provided by the A. Proctor Group with technical advice and site visits. M P Brothers found the Profloor Levelling System to be a quick and cost effective alternative to the use of an acoustic underscreed layer. The use of an acoustic underscreed layer along with a wet screed can cause delays on site due to the drying out times, or in some cases, the appropriate time for the drying out not being observed. This can lead to moisture issues affecting subsequent follow on materials and trades. Profloor Levelling System meets the requirements of Robust Details and is FFT2 compliant. Once installed the floor can be walked on immediately allowing follow on trades to start work quickly. It is easily assembled on site without expensive plant. ❚ enquiry 153

Unusually shaped, the architecturally stunning Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen in Scotland is designed to assist in the psychological and emotional healing process for those affected by cancer. A Licensed Icynene contractor installed both Icynene H2Foam Forte™ and Icynene H2 Foam Lite™ in the pebble shaped structure. Situated on the southern boundary of the Foresterhill site of the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland, Maggie’s Cancer Centre is the latest such centre to provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer. The centre, designed to be homely and full of warmth, aims to provide an environment where those facing cancer can gain support. The centre also intends to inspire imagination from visitors and has contributed to the architecture of the Aberdeen city area.

Being 100% water blown, Icynene H2Foam ForteTM has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of only 1 - the lowest GWP available. In addition to providing structural strength, the closed cell product also can reject bulk water penetrating through the building envelope.


As a result of using spray foam insulation throughout the design, an extremely high R-value was achieved. With a high Rvalue, staff and visitors to Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen will be able to work and heal in comfort all year round regardless of the season.

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, together with Scottish firm, Halliday Fraser Munro, took on the challenge to create a visually stunning structure in the shape of a pebble. The unusually-shaped single storey structure features a reinforced concrete exterior and timber interior. Steel reinforcements were used to form the structure’s unique shape. With activity and meeting rooms located on the ground floor and office space on the mezzanine, the centre features high-end interior finishes and manages to create a peaceful, welcoming and beautiful space for anyone who visits. INSULATING MAGGIE’S CANCER CENTRE A Licensed local Icynene contractor was enlisted by Halliday Fraser Munro to help insulate the centre in February 2013 using two high performance Icynene spray foam insulation products. The spray foam insulation crew used five sets of the 100% water-blown closed cell medium density Icynene H2Foam ForteTM and used seven sets of the open cell Icynene H2Foam LiteTM throughout the curved structure. Spray foam crews applied the medium density material on the lower part of the structure to a height of 2.5m in an effort to provide additional structural strength.

Above the 2.5m mark and across the curved roofline, spray foam crews applied Icynene H2Foam LiteTM. Due to the unique curvature of the roofline, crews had to aid the rise of the foam by hand to ensure consistent and even coverage.

Both Icynene H2Foam Lite™ and Icynene H2Foam Forte™ contribute to creating a positive, peaceful and comfortable environment for visitors to the new centre in Aberdeen. THE RESULT Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen was completed and opened in September 2013. The structure, set apart by a small landscaped area, is open to anyone requiring its services and support. The unusual shape and highly visual design has been receiving attention from the architecture community and the greater Aberdeen community. In November 2013, the centre was awarded a Commendation by Aberdeen’s Civic Society and in March 2014, GMS Insulations Ltd, the Icynene distributor in the UK, was awarded the Best Architectural Project – International at the Icynene 2014 Global Conference for their involvement in the project. ❚ enquiry 154 .

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Levolux brings colour to Bournemouth The completion of a new multi-storey car park in Madeira Road, Bournemouth, which features a colourful external screening solution from Levolux, marks the start of a £40 million regeneration project for the area. The 382-space car park, designed by Brightspace Architects, has become a high profile landmark for residents and visitors, since opening in March 2014. The seven-storey car park is highly visible, occupying a prominent site alongside the Wessex Way dual carriageway, in close proximity to Bournemouth’s town centre. As a result and as a condition of planning, the external façade required special treatment to soften the visual impact of the concrete structure on the environment.

The solution comprised Levolux’s unique Infiniti Fin system, incorporating 400mm wide aerofoil-shaped Fins, arranged vertically. The Fins were required in an assortment of lengths, fixed at contrasting angles and finished in a wide pallet of colours. The application of the Fins across exposed elevations helps to break up the horizontal and vertical lines of the building. This is a technique often used to soften the visual impact of large structures, making them appear smaller and more sympathetic to their setting. ❚ enquiry 156

To deliver this element of the scheme, Levolux was invited to develop a custom screening solution that obscures views of unsightly structures and vehicles, while creating an attractive architectural feature.

NATURAL VENTILATION FROM SE CONTROLS FOR AWARD WINNING HONG KONG SCIENCE PARK Phases 3a and 3b of the extensive Hong Kong Science Park development, which won the Grand Award at the international ‘Green Building Awards’ in November 2014, are using more than 2000 window actuators from SE Controls to manage indoor air quality and provide natural ventilation to both of the new buildings. Designed by architects, Simon Kwan & Associates and constructed by main contractor, Gammon Construction, the new buildings were conceived to be carbon neutral over their lifetime. To meet this goal a range of sustainable technologies and innovative energy saving solutions are incorporated, including a low energy hybrid natural ventilation system, where air conditioning is provided on a ‘pay for use’ basis to help reduce energy consumption. As the 8 storey buildings use extensive glazed facades, they are orientate northsouth to minimise solar gain and windows are automated using 1000 SE Controls SECO N 24 40 compact single chain actuators on each building, which are linked to the BMS and control the single sided, double opening natural ventilation system. By using double opening window units with a high and low apertures incorporated in the design, warm air is vented through the top and cooler fresh air enters through the lower vent, which provides adequate ventilation to a room depth of 2.5 times the height of the window opening.

Manual opening of the windows is also incorporated into every floor, so that individual units can be opened or closed by the buildings’ occupants, when external weather conditions permit, to provide good indoor air quality and thermal comfort. Frank Leung, Project Manager with SE Controls’ Asia Pacific operation in Hong Kong, explained: “Natural ventilation provides a highly energy efficient method of reducing costs and environmental impact. The innovative and holistic approach to sustainability that has been taken with the new Hong Kong Science Park buildings has shown what can be achieved with innovative systems and an integrated approach to energy management and carbon reductions and we’re delighted to have contributed to its award winning status.” SE Controls specialises in the design, project management and installation of advanced smoke ventilation and natural ventilation solutions to meet the needs of architects, contractors, building services engineers and facilities managers worldwide. ❚ enquiry 155

Further information on SE Controls’ products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting or calling +44 (0) 1543 443060.

Profloor provides sound improvement in church refurbishment

provide a high degree of isolation necessary to give significant improvements in impact sound insulation. For more information please use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 157

The A. Proctor Group have supplied Profloor Excel Batten and Profloor Dynamic Deck for the refurbishment of former methodist church in Herne Bay, Kent. The development will feature 9 self contained flats with a shared communal area and storage space. Profloor Excel Batten was specified for the main floor area of the flats as it significantly reduces impact and airborne noise pollution in multi-level buildings. Profloor Dynamic Deck 26 was also used in areas with low ceilings, where a shallower depth acoustic solution was required in order to retain the original features and

Walls with a fresh and natural aesthetic thanks to Granorte Granorte’s Rustic Patchwork Cork Wall Tiles create beautiful and highly textural walls, lending a striking natural feature to interiors. The tiles are made from gluing several pieces of natural cork onto an agglomerated cork back, for a product that’s 100% natural. Using cork’s natural ability to absorb sound, the wall panels can also help to combat noise in busy areas. Available in three designs, the wall panels are another innovative surfacing product from Granorte, one of the foremost producers of cork products in the world. “Here at Granorte we pride ourselves on presenting cork in fresh and interesting ways that will surprise designers,” says

Paulo Rocha, product and technology, Granorte. “Cork is an eminently flexible material and through the latest manufacturing technologies we are continuing to discover new ways to harness its many benefits. Our Rustic Patchwork Cork Wall Tiles are a perfect example of this.” Available in 900x600mm and 300x300mm tiles, with an average 50mm thickness, Rustic Patchwork Cork Wall Tiles are flexible, durable, waterproof and easy to install and maintain. ❚ enquiry 158

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Knock on!


Replaceable screw outs a welcome addition for outdoor power sockets.

So this simple addition of screw-outs instead of knock outs will make your life a lot easier and reduce your costs. It is a pretty obvious feature for an outside socket you might think, but changes like these cost a lot to develop, test and then introduce on the production line, and various other manufacturers have not yet been willing to invest. No doubt they will soon, as the market usually follows Timeguard as best it can.

a glance what the on/off status of an appliance plugged into an outdoor socket is, and this is clearly an added safety benefit. Naturally, the option of opaque covers is offered as well.

One thing no one else has been able to emulate is the superb appearance and ease of use of the Vision range.

Extra-fast action typically cuts the current in 40 milliseconds, with a rated trip current of 30 mA.

Timeguard’s mouldings allow for full sized polycarbonate windows that stay clear for years; while its patented neoprene seals that withstand opening and closing time and time again without compromising the IP66 rating when in use.


Another refinement to the new models is the improved and even smarter latching design for quicker and easier opening and closing of the IP66 lids, ideal when you’re in a hurry to get on with the job at hand. British Standard compliance is of course a given with Timeguard; in this case BS7288 and BS1363 for socket outlets incorporating residual current devices.



The new product options cover all your core requirements with single and double gang switched sockets, with neon on/off indicators, RCD’s sockets and fused spur RCD’s. ❚ enquiry 162


The clear windows of the Weathersafe Vision models mean that users can see at WXT201N

If you admit to getting the cable knock out wrong from time to time – and who doesn’t? – you’ll like the latest refinement to Timeguard’s top-selling range of IP66 Weathersafe outdoor power sockets and switches! They’ve done away with oldschool cable knock outs and introduced replaceable M20 threaded screw outs.

IP68 Connectors Also new this summer is a selection of IP68 outdoor power connectors designed to connect cable runs safely in outdoor installations. Ideal for extending cable runs when installing Weathersafe power sockets, the range includes in-line connectors, ‘T’ connector and junction box, supplied with various seal sizes for differing cable entry. The additional protection afforded by the IP68 rating means these connectors are tested to withstand continuous immersion and can be safely used outdoors at ground level.

So, if you do make a mistake, you can simply screw it back in. You won’t lose the unit’s impressive IP66 rating either, which is more than enough for even the British climate, and can get straight on with the job. In the past, your options after making a mistake were to have to wire a device in awkwardly, accept that its weather proofing integrity was lost, or scrap it and buy another one.



The new Weathersafe range features in the latest Timeguard catalogue, out June 2015, and will be in wholesalers from 1st July 2015. If you haven’t got your copy yet, email or check out the specifications on the web site at








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SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION as for photochemical ozone creation and ozone depletion. The declaration covers Fermacell boards for internal walls and external rainscreen backing as well as ceilings and floors and includes the Greenline board which features a special coating designed to absorb and neutralise volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air for good.

Gypsum fibreboard EPD unveiled by Fermacell Fermacell, manufacturer of “the ultimate building board” has earned an EPD. The certification (EPD-XEL2009411-D) follows an independent* life cycle assessment that reviewed raw material extraction and energy generation, raw material transport and the actual production of coated gypsum fibreboards including packaging and disposal. An EPD is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. The Fermacell boards were evaluated for renewable and nonrenewable primary energy and the potential for global warming, acidification, eutrophication, as well

The EPD according to ISO 14025 confirms that no special tools are required for the handling, processing and cutting of the boards, that the boards are recyclable and that they have a long useful life of at least 50 years. In addition to the EPD, an independent report** has also identified several KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) in both the BREEAM and LEED green building certification schemes that are relevant to Fermacell’s gypsum fibreboards. For BREEAM aspects, these related to construction site and life cycle impacts (the EPD playing a part in the latter) and responsible sourcing of materials, with potential for construction waste management and innovation. For LEED aspects, these related to recycled content and regional materials, with potential for construction waste management and innovation in design. *By Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. **By PE International.

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June 2015

ANS Global supports M&S Newcastle with living wall installation

“We hope the completion of this project will boost Northumberland Street, and provide our customers with an improved shopping experience. The green wall is a real standout, and with summer just around the corner it will be exciting to watch it continue to flourish.”

Marks & Spencer Newcastle unveiled the results of its extensive refit earlier this month. The new-look ecostore boasts energy efficient features such as LED lighting, intelligent door sensors and a stunning 167sq.m living green wall, designed and installed by ANS Global. The living wall is made up to 16,000 native species including thyme, wild strawberries and cranesbill. A spokesperson from ANS Global explained: “We installed the living wall to help insulate the building and encourage biodiversity in the city centre. The living wall will offer a source of nectar for butterflies and bees, and seeds for birds.”

The living wall is irrigated by rainwater which is captured on the roof by a rainwater harvesting system, and controlled from the ANS Global’s offices in Chichester, West Sussex. A spokesperson from ANS Global continued, “To mark the occasion

we donated 100 of the same plants used in the green wall to three local primary schools.” To find out more about ANS Global and its living walls please visit or call the office on 01243 545 818. ❚ enquiry 165

Mike Barry, Director of Plan A, M&S’s eco and ethical programme to become the world’s most sustainable retailer, said: “M&S Newcastle is one of our most important stores and the finished green wall and store’s eco energy refit is hugely exciting for everyone at the company.

tesa ’s ACXplus range goes from strength to strength with new product launch ®

tesa ACXplus, the brand of adhesive tapes designed to deliver a powerful bond on materials with different surface characteristics, has extended its application range with the introduction of tesa® ACXplus 7044, available in both grey and white.

The product employs the innovative tesa® ACXplus acrylic adhesive system which achieves its performance levels through optimal wetting and adapting chemically to the bonded surfaces. tesa® ACXplus 7044 is targeted at key industry applications, for example DGM (Deco Glass Mounting) for glass panels and decorative covers on refrigerators, washing machines or air conditioners and for glass to metal mounting on doors or partition walls in the Building Supply market.

this type of work, including ABS, painted glass and Aluminium. Taping in the same colour as the surface material produces a virtually invisible bond; in addition best optical appearance is achieved through the eradication of air bubbles when mounting glass to rigid materials using tesa ACXplus.

The grey and white colour options have been chosen to harmonise with the most commonly used colours in these sectors and the aesthetics are further enhanced through the use of a stretch resistant PV28 liner which enables quick, easy handling and very straight, precise lines of application.

tesa’s business has grown over the years through the practical application of technical innovation – more than 50% of the company’s sales are from products developed in the last five years – and the continuous improvement of the ACXplus range is further evidence of the company’s investment in Research and Development.

The fundamental feature of the tape is, of course, its excellent adhesion and shear performance, and this is maintained across the most often used substrates for

In this case the market demand for white and grey tape has been met, enabling manufacturers and fabricators

to achieve the process improvements available from the use of high quality adhesive tape, along with the aesthetic values which help to stimulate product sales. ❚ enquiry 166 .

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––– Into Your Own SunSpace! Introducing SunSpaces, the practical, stylish and adaptable garden building system from Greensquares that lets you enjoy the outdoors all year round- whatever the weather. SunSpaces makes a garden accessible in January as

and put in place the perfect all-year-round experience

well as July. Each building, from a simple veranda to a

for all types of garden enthusiast,” he said.

personalised modular garden room, is maintenancefree and combines high quality components with great looks while giving you full control over design and

“For instance, there are some key options you might like to consider when personalising your SunSpace. Is


it north or south facing? Are you looking to get more

“SunSpaces garden building system links stylish

high summer? What about boundary issues, enhanced

indoors to elegant outdoors, whatever the time of year

privacy features and wind direction? You can cheat

or weather,” said Greensquares’ Managing Director

draughts and noise using side-to-side sliding walls or

Jason Cole.

doors, fixed door options or our draught seal

natural light? Do you need protection from the sun in

“No domestic dream is too difficult to deliver with

provision,” said Mr. Cole.

Greensquares’ SunSpaces bespoke buildings. Elegant,

SunSpaces standard structures are safe, solid and

high quality, aluminium supports contain sleek and

stylish. They start at 2 metres deep and 3 metres in

stylish feature panels that offer space, access, light,

length. They are available in three colours: Graphite

privacy and a shelter from the elements, all meeting

Grey, White and Cream but customised RAL colours

the highest standards to more than match your

are available as a special order to match your garden

activities, applications and aspirations,” said Mr. Cole.

design ideas.

“Each project is very important to us. We have a

“Family leisure time is precious so seize the moment!

bespoke SunSpaces product that matches every

Turn even a rainy day into your own SunSpace,” said

customer’s needs. SunSpaces Personal Advisors are

Mr. Cole.

here to help each customer at every stage to pick, plan

❚ enquiry 167 .

Further information from SunSpaces on 02920 803755

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UNDER GSA DESIGN EXCELLENCE PROGRAM Noted for high-performing, well-detailed, and timelessly elegant designs, Krueck + Sexton Architects have designed an inspirational and highly secure new workplace campus for the FBI in South Florida.

All photos: Nick Merrick Š Hedrich Blessing

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Chicago, IL – Krueck + Sexton Architects have

significantly reducing solar gains. Both the office

been placed in the entry lobby atrium.

completed a 375,000 square foot, highly

building and its site offer a user and visitor

Ascending the lobby staircase, one is very close

sustainable Federal Office Building located at

experience unlike any other federal facility.

to the body of the sculpture, stimulating a physical and sensory experience.

2030 S.W. 145th Avenue in Miramar, FL. Developed under the GSA Design Excellence Program and occupied by the FBI, the campus

Photovoltaic rooftop systems on the campus

buildings are oriented and shaped in response

parking garage and annex provide nearly 20%

to the local climate, natural environment, and

of the facilities’ energy use, and the office

agency needs. As a result, the office building

building is set to achieve a LEED Platinum Core

maximizes daylight and views while minimizing

& Shell certification. The campus was designed

energy consumption, and provides a superior

in anticipation of additional, near-term

workplace for federal agents. Restored natural

sustainability improvements that will allow

wetlands of the Florida Everglades make up the

achievement of a net-zero energy goal by 2030.

majority of the 20-acre site, connecting the

The $194 million project was designed in seven

campus to its native community while visually

months, constructed in 30 months, and delivered

integrating high-performance perimeter security

on budget under a two-phase bridging-design-


build delivery method. The phase two DesignBuild contractor was Hensel Phelps with

“Designing the Federal Office Building was a

Architect of Record Gensler.

unique opportunity to articulate, in physical form, the values and aspirations of our

About Krueck + Sexton Architects

democracy under GSA’s Design Excellence Program” said Mark Sexton, Founding Principal

Krueck + Sexton is a Chicago-based, internationally

of Krueck + Sexton Architects. “This building

recognized architecture practice comprised of design

expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and

professionals dedicated to the realization of buildings

stability of the United States government, while the





that are reflective of its diverse clients. The firm works


in close collaboration with industry-leading engineers

environment by restoring wetlands and

and consultants, reinforcing an interdisciplinary and

vegetation typical of the Everglades.”

research-based studio culture.

The H-shaped office building represents a

The studio is conceived as an open source of creativity

workplace paradigm that focuses on increased

and ideas, and is led by principals Ron Krueck, Mark

worker effectiveness that is achieved through

Sexton and Tom Jacobs, with the vision that

maximum daylight access and views to the

architecture is an evolutionary discipline of the arts.

exterior. Two 60-foot wide, undulating multistory buildings are connected by a link

Krueck + Sexton seeks to create buildings that are

containing meeting spaces that partially enclose

beautiful and environmentally efficient, and which

2 central courtyards. The Eastern entry courtyard

are visually and functionally enduring over time. The

combines a reflecting pool and more formally

firm is passionately dedicated to realizing architecture

composed landscape elements, while the

that embraces creativity and innovation.

Western courtyard is an extension of the informally designed, restored wetlands for use by employees only.

For more information on

The all-glass building skin, which allows expansive views over the restored wetlands,

Krueck + Sexton

consists of insulated window units, which are


designed to withstand blast and hurricane impacts. Various glass coatings in combination with exterior perforated metal sunscreens are

As part of the GSA Art-in-Architecture program,

fine-tuned to maximize interior illumination

a 23-foot tall cedar sculpture by German-born,

while controlling excessive perimeter glare and

Brooklyn-based Ursula von Rydingsvard has

please visit our website on:

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Trouble free parking at Tondu Primary School Parking for school buses and cars can be a problem outside many rural schools but not at Tondu Primary School near Bridgend, South Wales. Hauraton drainage at Tondu Primary School. School bus drop-off area.

Saint-Gobain PAM UK extends VortX roof drainage range Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of international materials company Saint-Gobain, has extended its range of cast iron, VortX roof outlets with the launch of a new 150mm vertical body unit. Designed in accordance with BS EN 1253, the new, BSP threaded outlet has a compact vertical body and is available with both a flat and domical grating, with the domical version achieving a flow rate of 14.5 litres per second – making it one of the highest performing cast iron roof outlets on the market. Connections to 160 OD pipework are made using a cast iron spigot adaptor. Commenting on the launch, Mike Rawlings, Marketing Manager – Soil, Drain & Rainwater at SaintGobain PAM UK said: “The high flow rate and compact body design of the new 150mm outlet offers space saving benefits to the customer, and potentially means fewer outlets are required to remove water from flat roof structures. Also new to the range is a stainless steel gravel guard to suit the vertical roof outlets.” The rest of the VortX roof range includes a 100mm vertical outlet as well as balcony outlets with flat and notched gratings, along with two-way outlets, clamping rings and raising pieces. All bodies are available as spigot and BSP versions, allowing

An extensive asphalted parking

EXTERNAL WORKS & DRAINAGE area has been created next to the school with surface water drainage channels supplied by Hauraton Limited. 150 metres of FASERFIX® KS 100 Fibre Reinforced Concrete channels fitted with Class E600 ductile iron gratings were installed by Churngold Construction Limited in the school bus drop-off area with a further 50 metres of RECYFIX® PLUS 100 Class D400 channels in the adjacent car park. RECYFIX


channels are made


from tough, 100% recycled polypropylene (PP) Both channels have galvanised steel reinforcement housings that take the gratings. All the gratings had 6mm HEELSAFE slots. For full Case Study go to Alternatively use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service for more information. ❚ enquiry 169

connection to cast iron, PVC and other materials. To ensure durability, all of the flat gratings in the range are sherardised, which provides a hard wearing and anti-corrosive finish. Cast iron domical gratings, clamping rings and raising pieces in the range are supplied black epoxy coated. In addition, cast iron roof outlet bodies are supplied in a grey epoxy coating used for EN877 pipework, performing to high standards of adhesion, chemical resistance and temperature cycling. Cast iron has a proven track record for its longevity over the lifetime of the building. Manufactured from up to 97% recycled content, end of life cast iron products are also 100% recyclable, and can therefore be returned to the furnace to make new cast iron products. Rawlings continues: “The VortX range is the result of a continuous development programme that offers installers everything they need to do the job, without complicated selecting procedures. “As all of the outlets in the range are made from cast iron, they offer robust, long lasting solutions for most construction market applications. We’ll be adding more products to the VortX range throughout 2015.” For more information on the new range of VortX roof outlets use our fast and efficient ready enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 170 A north Highland wind farm has benefited from innovative Tensar geogrid technology which has provided mechanical stabilisation in challenging areas of soft ground. Tensar, a worldwide leader in the manufacture and the provision of subgrade stabilisation, pavement optimisation and soil reinforcement, was called upon by civil engineering contractor R J McLeod to supply the site of Scotland’s Strathy North wind farm with nearly 100,000m² of its market leading TriAx® geogrids.

Tensar Supplies Geogrids for SSE Highlands Wind Farm Project

Selected to allow safe, reliable transport on the SSE Renewablesrun project’s 18km of access roads, a combination of TriAx® TX190L and TX160 geogrids have been used to provide stabilisation for the routes. Placed directly on the subgrade, TriAx® geogrids interlock with and confine the granular fill material, allowing reduced thicknesses of aggregate to be used while also

❚ enquiry 171 . cutting the level of excavation required, helping to lower both construction times and costs. These mechanically stabilised layers also offer increased bearing capacity, allowing greater loads to be transported, assisting in the reduction of CO₂ emissions. Speaking of Tensar’s involvement in the project, Ryan MacLean at RJ McLeod said: “Challenging site conditions can impact all elements of a project, fortunately we were able to mitigate this through the use of Tensar’s TriAx® geogrids. “In addition to allowing the creation of a safe, stable access route, by using TriAx® geogrids we could also reduce the project’s overall costs, and environmental impact. Drew McCartney, Tensar’s Area Civil Engineer for Scotland, added: “At Tensar we have more than 20 years of experience in working on wind farm projects and this is another instance where our systems have provided

substantial benefits. It’s an honour to have been appointed to such a significant energy project and we look forward to working with R J McLeod in the future.” Turbine deliveries to the site are expected to be completed by the end of summer 2015, with the site scheduled to be fully operational by the end of the year. For more information on Tensar’s work on wind farm projects visit Utilities-and-Energy/Wind-farms ❚ enquiry 172

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PRODUCT NEWS & INNOVATIONS The head office was running a 15year-old air handling unit (AHU) with a Gas fired LTHW coil and a DX chiller coil ducted air system. But the parts were obsolete and failing, and there was poor temperature control in the building.

Finance package helps bring HQ building services into the 21st Century Leading cloud-based software company Software Europe has marked its 25th anniversary with an overhaul of the building services at its Lincoln headquarters thanks to a new, financed package from Mitsubishi Electric.

Business Support Assistant Fiona Jenks says: “You couldn’t regulate the old system. It was a nightmare, as it was usually too cold or too hot. We really struggled for quite a few years, and some of the parts were obsolete, so we felt that it was time to make the change”. The company took advantage of MELFinance to avoid burdening their cash flow with the up-front cost of the project. “We felt the finance terms were good,” says Jenks. “When we compared the terms to a loan, it

didn’t beat the quote we had from MELFinance”. Shane Suter, Corporate Operations & MELFinance Manager for Mitsubishi Electric says the offering is a better way for many companies to pay for new projects. “MELFinance has been running since January 2014 and Software Europe was the first £100k plus project we have done. We have given customers more choice and offered different ways of funding their projects”. The main driver for Software Europe was the need to have a newer system that would reduce running costs and provide significant energy savings over a period of time, whilst being better for the environment: “In fact, they are now saving over £12,000 in costs per year which far outweighs

Norbord has a say in Jewson’s Building Better Communities shortlist

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, has been asking people up and down the country to nominate community projects that are in need of a transformation and, after over 2,000 entries, the shortlist has been revealed. As part of its Building Better Communities initiative, of which Norbord is a contributing partner, Jewson offered community building projects the chance to win a share of £100,000 to be spent on anything from a new roof

David Fenton, Marketing Director at Jewson, said: “The Building Better Communities scheme has received an incredible response and we’ve seen more than 2,000 entries from people across the UK. It was really difficult to compile a shortlist from so many worthwhile projects. It’s clear that helping projects such as these will play a vital role in improving communities.” To view the full list of selected winners, visit the blog: ❚ enquiry 174

Producers and recyclers unite to boost gypsum recycling rates

the interest payable”, adds Suter.

when complying with EN378.

Installer Lynx AC got to work on the removal of the old gaspowered system and replaced it with the three City Multi R2 heat recovery units, totalling 95kW of new air conditioning. The installation also included AG150 centralised controllers to allow for greater occupant control over room temperature.

Financially, the new system has also quickly proved itself. Software Europe was spending in the region of £1,000 per month on gas, and approximately £300 a month on electric to run the fans and chiller plant. Factoring in their finance repayments for the system, their savings per annum amount to £12,290.00.

The City Multi R2 series has the ability to provide heating and cooling at the same time. Using R410A refrigerant it delivers greater efficiency with its higher specific heat capacity when compared to R407c or R22.

The new system also boosts the company’s green credentials, explains Jenks. “It helps our own environmental policy which always features when we complete tenders for new business. People like to know you’re green and looking after the environment, which we always look to improve upon where we can”. ❚ enquiry 173

This higher energy carrying capacity also allows for smaller pipe sizes, longer pipe runs and reduces the volume of refrigerant within a system – A major factor

The website can also be accessed easily with a fully responsive format for all media devices including mobiles, tablets and computers.

for their village hall, to a much needed coat of paint for a long-forgotten public space. A team of 60 judges, including Norbord’s David Connacher along with Jewson employees and other supplier partners, deliberated over the course of a week and picked the final 63 projects which will progress to the next stage of the competition. The projects range from a mountain rescue team to food banks and community centre refurbishments.

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Specification support from new Sandtex Trade website Proud of its past and in the best shape for the future, Sandtex Trade’s new website sets out the half century of history behind this premium brand - and highlights all the attributes and modern advances that make it so successful today. Designed to meet the individual needs of specifiers, the new site is now live at To get the most of the systems and solutions Sandtex Trade offers, the website has been designed in a clean and easy-tonavigate format, enabling access to a wealth of information in just a few clicks.

Manufacturers of gypsum-based products and the recycling industry are working together to achieve higher recycling rates for plaster-board waste from the construction and demolition sectors. A recent meeting in Brussels, hosted by Eurogypsum, provided an opportunity for producers and recyclers to share their views on issues ranging from effective implementation of waste regulations and acceptance criteria to the role of gypsum waste collectors and sorting centres. Among those attending were a major board and plaster manufacturer from the UK; Rotherham-based recycler Roy Hatfield Ltd; MUEG, operator of Germany’s first gypsum recycling plant with approved product status; and French waste recovery and recycling specialist, Nantet Locabennes. For more information please use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 177

Specified for decades by property professionals across the UK, the Sandtex Trade system extends to products for wood, metal, and uPVC, as well as concrete, stone, brick, pebbledash and render. Finding the right system approach for these surfaces has never been clearer, with dedicated areas on the website for Sandtex Trade’s preparation and pretreatment products, as well as masonry paint, trims and sundries. As well as visiting, more details are available from the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or by visiting the specification website at

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technology and manufacturing as a future career.

Portakabin group increases support for schools and young people as part of its expanding community programme

The Portakabin Group has expanded its work with schools, universities and young people with a range of new initiatives as part of its corporate social responsibility programme. So far this financial year, the Group has helped 16 schools and universities and more than 550 pupils and students – a significant increase on the same period last year. Recent activities range from interview practice days and mentoring programmes in schools, supporting careers events, providing research projects for university students, to stimulating interest in apprenticeships and encouraging more children to consider science,

Wakaflex lead-free flashing – the costeffective answer to lead theft ®

The Portakabin Group is committed to corporate social responsibility and to engaging its staff, supporting the communities in which it operates, providing service excellence and reducing the impact of its operations on the environment. The Group measures, monitors and reports on these activities using the Business in the Community (BITC) Index. BITC is the Prince of Wales’ business-led charity which focuses on promoting responsible business practice, transforming communities, and tackling social and environmental issues. As a major force in the modular buildings and offsite construction sectors, the Portakabin Group aims to lead by example and its employees consistently demonstrate their ability to make a real difference by getting involved in local community projects, volunteering and fundraising activities. ❚ enquiry 176

Wakaflex® is a lightweight BBA-certified lead-free flashing in a range of colours for roofing abutment work and sealing gas, oil and wood burner flue penetrations. It has similar malleability to lead and can be stretched without using a forming tool. This makes it ideal for complex detailing and sealing double-lapped tiles which would otherwise require a specialist roofer. Wakaflex has a smooth facing which repels dirt and a high-strength, self-adhesive backing which provides immediate weatherproofing, even on overlaps. Cut by knife or scissors, Wakaflex is not susceptible to thermal movement and can be laid in long lengths without fixing clips. For more information please use the fast and efficient reader enquiry service. ❚ enquiry 178

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setting and meeting strategic sustainability goals. It also outlines essential practical steps on exhaust emissions, journey efficiency and fuel consumption.

Fleet sustainability guidance in free online flip-book

Fleet managers facing increasing pressure on their environmental programmes will welcome the new online flip-book from The Green Journey. The free download, the first in a series, offers clear guidance on

Cork makes for a more fabulous fabric

Setting a fresh and new textural and visual aesthetic, handcrafted Tessughero Cork Fabric from Granorte makes for a more fabulous fabric thanks to a richness and durability akin to leather with the warmth and sustainable qualities of cork. This amazing fabric is not only visually astounding but natural, durable and easily washable and

The Green Journey is The Fuel Card Group’s approach to helping fleet managers with their sustainability commitments. Its advice is based on years of working with fleets, combined with its own experience in achieving industry-leading certifications. It remains the automotive industry’s only organisation to become an official partner of Cool Earth, the leading environmental charity.

environmental news, emphasising all-party governmental commitment to meeting Kyoto emissions targets. This leads into a brief outline of Cool Earth’s achievements in making a real, front-line difference in protecting threatened rainforests. It then offers guidelines for fleet managers on setting clear and measurable benchmarks, on defining targets and on monitoring results. The Green Journey’s new flip-book is available to read, free, at /download-sustainability-updateissue-1/.

The new online flip-book opens with an overview of recent

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can be used everywhere from clothing and handbags through to furniture, wallpaper, and everywhere conventional fabrics can be applied.

versatile material,” comments Paulo Rocha, Granorte. “Showcasing the depth and diversity of cork, this new collection can bring a unique look in a wide range of applications. From wallpaper to furniture, it’s a truly exciting proposition that is not only design-focused but incredibly practical too.”

Using different backings depending on requirement, Tessughero is made from thin cork sheets in an amazing variety of styles that truly embrace the decorative and textural variety found in this natural and sustainable material. Worked into a wonderful assortment of styles, including mosaics and linear designs, Granorte also offers a custom dyeing programme to really allow the material to take centre stage throughout interiors. “There is absolutely no doubt that cork is enjoying a renaissance in the interior design world and Tessughero fabric is the next stage in this natural and incredibly

SPRA reveals impressive speaker line up for inaugural National Conference SPRA’s first National Conference and awards set for 24th June 2015 For the first time in its 25-year history, the Single Ply Roofing Association is holding a National Conference and Awards Dinner for members and industry stakeholders. Taking place at Hellidon Lakes Golf and Spa Hotel in Northamptonshire on 24th June 2015, the inaugural speaker line up has been drawn from within and outside the industry to provide guidance and insights across a broad range of subjects – each underpinning SPRA’s core pillars of “educating, influencing and supporting”. The first plenary sessions will cover ‘getting the best out of single ply’ from design, procurement, installation and maintenance with contributors from the architectural, main contractor and client perspectives together with SPRA’s Technical Director, Jim Hooker. The second plenary item will focus on sustainability with leading experts on legislative and voluntary impacts which can benefit the technology. This will be followed by a choice of breakout sessions – either Competent Roofing, which will look at the

Stain resistant, Tessughero can be cleaned with just a damp cloth, making it easy to live with in demanding commercial environments. Combined with a luxurious quality through its soft yet dynamic texture, this is a fabric that will heighten interiors through a durable and resilient organic aesthetic with multiple applications. ❚ enquiry 180


“The government has committed itself to reducing the levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Lucideon Publishes ‘Energy Saving: The UK Approach to Insulating the Fabric of Existing Masonry Houses’ Technical Paper

Stoke-on-Trent (UK), 03 June 2015 – Lucideon, the international materials consultancy, is pleased to announce the publication of the technical paper ‘Energy Saving: The UK Approach to Insulating the Fabric of Existing Masonry Houses’. Written by Dr Geoff Edgell, Director and Principal Construction Consultant at Lucideon, the paper highlights the requirement to reduce energy waste from homes in the UK and discusses the methods engaged to try and increase insulation levels in existing stock, as well as evaluating their successes and short comings. The technical paper was initially presented at the Twelfth North American Masonry Conference (12NAMC), University of Colorado, Denver, 17 – 20 May 2015.

SPRA CEO James Talman and Chairman Mike Crook will provide the opening and closing addresses respectively and there will be plenty of opportunity to network with industry professionals, as well as an exhibition and Innovation Lab, which will be open to delegates throughout the Conference. SPRA members are invited to join the AGM, and all are welcome to the evening Dinner and Awards Ceremony with speaker, Adrian Dobson who is Director of Practice at the RIBA. Conference passes are available for Members & Non Members, from just £55. To find out more about the SPRA National Conference or to book, visit ❚ enquiry 182

“A large proportion of UK housing is old and poorly insulated, leading to the loss of heat and increased energy usage. “Schemes have been introduced to promote energy saving action in existing UK homes but as discussed in the paper, there are some practicalities which prevent the maximum benefit being achieved. It is important that we find ways to ensure energy waste is reduced wherever possible if we are to meet the 2050 targets.” Lucideon offers a wide range of construction testing facilities, including hygrothermal performance for External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) and dynamic wind loading and uplift testing, for external wall insulation (EWI) systems and solar panels. To ensure the maximum up-take of energy saving schemes and to help meet the 2050 emission targets, it is imperative that the materials and products being developed perform to the highest standards prior to going to market. Download the free technical paper at ❚ enquiry 181


competitive advantages that come with competency, or how to use Social Media to drive business growth. Later, a panel including Graham Wren (CSCS) and Sarah Wicks (NSCC) will discuss the benefits and requirements of “Carding the Industry” to the membership. The final address of the day – and expected to be one of the Conference highlights - will be by Arups’ Architect and Associate Director, Casey Rutland on using BIM in project roof design and delivery.


Envirocall Limited, the specialist asbestos removal and management company based at Elmdon House in Coleshill have successfully achieved a Waste Transfer Licence. Issued under The Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010 Envirocall are now able to accept all asbestos debris that has been bagged and wrapped securely on their premises under strict skip supervision. The company has been successfully completing risk assessments and ensuring the safe removal of asbestos for over 30 years and is well known within the industry. Envirocall is currently working towards completing the competence scheme known as WAMITAB, which is designed to allow permitted waste facilities in England and Wales to demonstrate they employ technically

competent people with the knowledge and skills to ensure waste sites comply with Environmental Permitting Regulations (2007). Lisa Tynan, director of Envirocall Limited commented, "Whilst the licence is still relatively new in the industry it is a natural progression for us having been previously achieved the ISO14001 Environmental accreditation. "Over the years we have worked alongside many varied clients in the Leisure, Building and Demolition industries, and often in partnership with other trades to provide a quality job on time and on budget. "The new Waste Transfer Licence will now enable us to expand our offering throughout the Midlands region." ❚ enquiry 183

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