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Elegant and stunning Imago Lift & Slide timber doors from AGB blend beautiful Italian design with skilled craftsmanship to take away the distinction between indoors and out.


With low-profile timber frames as slender as just 2cm on spans of up to 7m, Imago is the product of choice for designers who desire to put art into architecture. The lighttouch, silky smooth lift and slide mechanism is incorporated discreetly, allowing Imago to open up spectacular panoramic views without visual intrusion. The result is an expansive panoramic glazed door that offers an uninterrupted view, brings light into a property and represents an appealing timber alternative to traditional bi-fold doors.


Now the spectacular opportunities presented by Imago Lift & Slide Doors have been demonstrated to inspirational effect at ‘Villa Nemes’ in Liguria, Italy. It’s been selected as the winner of Live outside the Box, the competition to find the best use of the product, for Casabella, the prestigious Italian architectural magazine with a focus on modern, radical design. The half-subterranean house features a living turf roof, local stone facades and oak flooring, all reflecting the external natural environment. But the chief visual


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The Stunning Art of Imago stand-out is the extensive Imago cornerless glazing. Designer Daniele Giordano of Giordano


Hadamik Architects says the Imago Lift & Slide Doors and glazing played a key role in the project: “In the living room the large 6m span of Imago cornerless glazing, with a 1.5m return, becomes one of the most significant points of the house. The hidden frame enhances the effect of lightness and transparency, framing views of the pool, the big oak tree, the patio and into the valley and the sea.” The Imago Lift & Slide Door system also contributed to helping the property reach Passivhaus standards. With beauty comes


Burntwood School Wins Prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize Burntwood School in Wandsworth, London has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, 2015.


Burohappold Engineering, collaborating with architects AHMM and contractors Lend Lease, worked on the complete

transformation of the school site with its slightly tired 1950s buildings, to a robust futurefacing school with six visually striking new structures within a campus-style layout. The new buildings, refurbished older buildings and the

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impressive practicality: Imago Lift & Slide Doors offer industryleading thermal and weather performance, redefining what is possible from a timber door. And even in British weather, which means large doors stay closed for most of the year, Imago’s slim design means its impact is not lessened. Using Imago also enabled Giordano Hadamik Architects to reduce glazing costs on the project by 40 percent. AGB has created a simplified system which offers top-quality performance with less components for reduced costs and a stunning finish.

landscaping of the surroundings has reinvigorated Burntwood School and equipped it with the facilities to deliver a truly holistic education experience for pupils. Roger Nickells, CEO BuroHappold said; “It’s such a privilege to once again be able to contribute to the RIBA Stirling prize award shortlist and winning projects. Continued on Page 02

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Burntwood School Wins Prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize Continued from Page 01 Both the Whitworth Art Gallery and Burntwood School are exceptional buildings, having particular significance to us because of their role in regenerating the local communities that they serve. Our working partnerships with architects are highly valued allowing us to respond to some of the most challenging and rewarding issues within the built environment, and deliver some of the UK’s most exceptional buildings.” One of the stand-out features of the new buildings is the visually arresting faceted precast-concrete façade. This striking frontage has given the campus an entirely modern and memorable new look.

But the engineering goes well beyond aesthetics. BuroHappold engineered the integral lightweight framework which enabled such heavy, large precastconcrete panels to be used for the new buildings. “We needed to design buildings that were lean, efficient and on budget” commented Oliver Blythe, BuroHappold, lead engineer for the project. “Considering sustainability, we employed a ‘passive-first’ design approach which reduces the reliance on mechanical heating and cooling systems, and subsequently energy use.” A contemporary approach to building design takes into account

The impact of green infrastructure on flooding and stormwater run-off in cities Steve Chatwin-Grindey, DeepRoot 16 EXTERNAL WORKS & SUDS 22 PAINTS, COATINGS & FINISHES



Stormwater is regularly drained through expensive, and often disruptive, engineered collection systems such as stormwater ‘sump pump’ sewers and tunnel systems, seen in the US and also proposed in the UK. However, experience shows that this has proved an often unsuccessful, short term fix because managing stormwater is not just about installing tunnels and pipes. Every project undertaken in an urban environment should also be making proper use of natural resources and systems capable of performing the same functions to help take the strain. So what other systems should we be using and how can they be implemented? Long-term green infrastructure is certainly one, central to which are healthy trees. Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage water where it falls in order to create healthier and better performing urban environments. By keeping stormwater where it falls, it can

prevent flooding and the spread of pollution through stormwater run-off, which can be a major cause of damage and water pollution in urban areas. Trees and soils are essential to successful green infrastructure. Research shows that large, mature trees are one of the best solutions for sustainable stormwater management as they absorb runoff and prevent it flowing into gutters, pipes and sewers, which can reach capacity quickly. They also improve water quality, of particular value in urban settings, and some can absorb pollutants too. The bigger the trees, the greater their capacity to perform these functions. The challenge is providing the right conditions for them to grow. The evolution of development and construction processes has created a number of issues for itself, not least increasingly compacting soils to create a stable foundation. While this makes perfect sense for buildings, it creates a very unfriendly environment for tree

the thermal mass of the concrete, the heat generated by 2,200 pupils and teachers, and the prevailing weather system to name just three factors. The school, with its new and improved facilities, has become even more integral to the local community as Helen Dorfman, Principal Burntwood School highlights, “Since the buildings have been completed we have massively increased community involvement and community access, which is something we’re really proud of.” The winner was announced at a gala reception held at the Royal Institute of British Architects Headquarters on October 15th. Other finalists included Darbishire Place, Maggie’s Lanarkshire, NEO Bankside, University of Greenwich Stockwell Street Building, and The Whitworth gallery (also a BuroHappold project). roots. The success of a tree is fundamentally tied to the volume and quality of the soil it grows in. This is where we need to look to suspended pavements and other devices to provide the conditions for tree growth alongside new development. Suspended pavements offer a lowimpact design solution for the long term co-existence of trees in paved areas like streets, car parks, roofs and promenades. They are essentially soil-delivery systems, creating a rooting area composed of lightly compacted, high-quality soils for tree roots in cities and other heavily paved environments. In addition to aiding urban tree growth, the soil can also be used for on-site stormwater management, maintaining pre-development hydrology and minimising flooding. It’s clear that rainwater management systems need to be incorporated into green infrastructure. A holistic approach is needed that encourages planners, green space managers, landscape designers and others to properly consider the role of green spaces and how they can impact on stormwater management in urban settings as well as creating a healthier environment. We also need to enforce the selection of quality soil, devices and solutions that enable our trees to grow and reach their potential, providing the important ecological benefits that make a significant difference to the quality of our environment.

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Comar 6 EFT & 7 Auto Sliding Doors Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator Window & Door Solutions (WDS) completed a striking and memorable new

entrance and reception area at the Ashton 6th Form College. This main road entrance features a series of dramatic fins showcasing the point of arrival and bringing together the old and the new architecture, creating a dynamic and naturally lit space. Comar 6EFT stick build curtain walling was specified for this project. Comar 6EFT provides a capped curtain walling solution and offers architects the

New video gives handy guide for window installation House builders and window installers can now take advantage of a step-by-step instruction video to install ISO-Chemie’s ISOBLOCO One multi-purpose foam sealing tape. The three-minute video with accompanying voiceover instruction can be viewed at It shows installation of a standard PVC double-glazed window in a double skin wall with cavity closures, using ISO-BLOCO One as the window sealant.

Levolux takes a “VUE” in Farnborough The long awaited Vue cinema in Farnborough is now open, with an ultra-modern exterior featuring an innovative Screening Solution

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opportunity to maximise large glazed areas as it has the slimmest sightlines available making it the perfect choice for the quirky glazed facade of this new reception and entrance. In a busy education environment, Comar 7 doors sets are a natural choice. Not only are they available in swing, pivot, sliding, auto-sliding and sliding folding, they have been designed specifically for applications where high traffic solutions are required. ❚ enquiry 101

guarantee and provides up to 70% cost savings when compared to other three component systems, enables windows and doors to be quickly and easily sealed from inside the building. This avoids the need to use time consuming and costly external access systems like scaffolding and ladders, and provides guaranteed high performance sealing for the lifetime of the window. Installation of the foam sealant can be can be undertaken regardless of external weather conditions, avoiding time consuming and costly delays.

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Situated on the edge of the town’s Kingsmead Shopping Centre, The new seven-screen, state-of-the-art multiplex cinema has been designed by Lyons Sleeman Hoare Architects to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. KPI (a 50/50 joint venture between St. Modwen and Salhia Real Estate Company K.S.C.) is undertaking a £80m redevelopment of Farnborough town centre and has already delivered new residential units, retail, leisure and hotel space, including a new Sainsbury’s,

The new 7 screen Vue cinema, which is linked to an existing multi-storey car park and ‘The Meads’ shopping centre, opened in May 2015. The cinema occupies a prominent position, so special attention was given to its external appearance to create a positive impression to visitors. As a result, Levolux was approached to design, supply and install an unusual screening solution which performs two vital ❚ enquiry 104 roles.

Sheerframe flood doors have been independently accredited and Kitemarked to meet the specifications of PAS 1188-1 (Flood Protection Products Part 1: Building Aperture Products) for single and double doors. At the respected test centre at HR Wallingford, inward opening Sheerframe PVC-U doors recorded “no leakage” at 0.6 metre external submersion under static test over 48 hours. The doors also remained watertight under dynamic tests simulating waves and rapidly moving water. French doors are

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Double-size GT doubles up for FIT ‘16 Fast-growing GT Window Products is not only taking twice the space at The FIT Show 2016, it’s also using the event as a platform for a major new product launch as well as a complete rebranding. The Gloucestershire based component supplier and G14 finalist has no doubts about the importance of the show, as General Manager Tony Hancock explained: “Our company has doubled in size since we first appeared at FIT in 2013 and we’re convinced our presence then and at FIT ’14 have been the biggest factors in that expansion.

come from gaining new customers but most of it is from growing business with existing ones, including introducing them to an expanding product range, and Tony says the FIT Shows have been instrumental is all of those. Also, of course, GT Windows has one other reason to be a FIT Show fan – the company has won both the photo competitions so far. Its Usual Suspects line-up won last year’s Face of FIT and in ’13 Tony’s “We’re going…” pic from Cape Verde also took the top spot. ❚ enquiry 103

“We have been doing trade shows for 21 years now but things only started happening for us after FIT. That is why this year we are going to make the most of it with a fully designed 24 sq metre stand, as against the 12sqm shell units in ’13 and ’14. We will also be using the show to launch an exciting new product for fabricators as well as our new logo and complete brand redesign.” Part of the company’s growth has

Approved fabricator Veranti Systems completed at Catholic Primary School Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems; with their approved fabricator Veranti Systems completed a new build 2 form entry Catholic Primary School in Poplar, East London. Formed out of a merger of two schools the bright and eye catching design uses brick to match the surrounding area and is wrapped with shards of colour in the form of Brise Soleil. The overhanging roof ensures extra shading; with the roof line being reminiscent of Poplar’s ship building past and the skyline of London’s Canary Wharf featuring as the backdrop. also approved with just 0.001 litres of ingress after 48 hours, which compares most favourably to the standard test pass leak rate of up to 1000 ml/m/hour. Sheerframe flood doors not only hold water out but, unlike the alternative of flood boards, they function easily and look like normal doors. In addition, they are fitted with specialist hardware to provide near impregnable watertightness and achieve PAS 24 levels of security. When locked, the Sheerframe flood doors are fully primed to prevent water ingress and virtually airtight as well as watertight. The doors can be internally bead glazed to achieve exceptional U-values down to 0.9 W/m2K when fitted with 44mm deep triple glazing. “There’s a real market demand for flood doors” comments David Strang, Group Key Account

Achieving a BREEAM rating of excellent the school has been shortlisted for a 2015 ‘Construction Award’. Comar 5P.i. Top/ Side Hung and Fixed Light thermally efficient polyamide insulated windows were specified. ❚ enquiry 105

Director at Sheerframe Ltd. “It is said that UK properties are more at risk of being flooded than being burgled and over 5 million properties are considered at risk according to the insurance industry. In the last 10 years there has been growing evidence that global warming has affected the nature of rainfall in the UK, with more intense rainstorms resulting in the worst floods in recorded history. Following the 2007 floods the Pitt report estimated flood damage cost in the UK as worse than anywhere in the world that year, with insurance industry costs of over £3 billion. Since then severe flooding has occurred in many parts of the UK with 2013 causing substantial damage, especially in the south of England.” ❚ enquiry 106

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Brighter interiors and a sustainable future The secret to a successful ECO-build is to consider every aspect of environmental impact - during construction and ongoing use – to make sure each element of your construction performs well.

You’re aiming for minimal waste in manufacture, easy installation and to retain heat and reduce energy usage for as long a lifespan as possible. Rooflights are a clear choice for any environmentally friendly building. A skylight creates three times the amount of internal light as a window of the same size. The more natural light, the less you need to use artificial lighting. Along with enjoying the numerous human health benefits of daylighting, you reduce your carbon footprint and lower your heating and electricity bills. But which rooflight is best? The high-performance, impact-resistant EmDome ECO from Whitesales is a made-tomeasure, super-insulating rooflight. It delivers on Whitesales’ promise to ‘maximise natural light’, with no compromise on thermal efficiency. The four specifications available from stock are 4walled 10mm and 6-walled 16mm polycarbonate and triple and quad skin domes – all surpass building regulations, with the 16mm wall dome offering UValues as low as 0.90W/m2K. This enhanced insulation means greater heat

New guide to REHAU Polytec 50 curtain walling In response to growing market demand for its CWCT approved and Passivhaus certified REHAU Polytec 50 composite curtain walling system, REHAU has produced a new brochure for specifiers and architects.

The 16 page guide is packed with technical details about the system and lots of stylish case studies showing successful installations in a range of contemporary commercial applications. REHAU Polytec 50 is REHAU’s alternative to conventional aluminium curtain walling. It offers superior strength and better thermal performance, thanks to a system which combines the structural capabilities of steel reinforcement, the design and finish of


retention within the building and lower heating bills. Manual or electrically controlled passive ventilation and smoke ventilation are further available options. There’s even a choice of ECO upstands for easy installation and guaranteed thermal performance. Because the rooflights and upstands are factory-manufactured according to the precise measurements for your building, material waste is negligible. So you’re choosing low-carbon products as well as specifying the best-performing rooflights possible. See the light. Choose your perfect rooflight today or get expert advice from the Whitesales technical team call 01483 271371 or email ❚ enquiry 107.

aluminium on the exterior and the warmth and low maintenance benefit of PVC-U on the interior. Cost effective and versatile, it is a warm façade stick system design which uses the same profile for both transom and mullion allowing for efficient on-site assembly and minimal wastage. Projects featured in the guide illustrate the slim sightlines of REHAU Polytec 50 and include new build developments, schools, care homes and hotels in a range of RAL colours. ❚ enquiry 108.

There is also all of the required technical data and information about REHAU’s extensive support package for commercial specifiers which is branded ‘REHAU KNOWHAU’.

MARKET DEMAND IS STRONG FOR CELSIUS SOLID ROOF Synseal has experienced a very positive market response to the launch of the company’s new Celsius Solid Roof, with requests for project quotations surpassing expectations. The key sales arena is undoubtedly retrofit replacement of existing 1st generation conservatory roofs, which is certainly a growing market segment. The sizeable quantity of installed conservatories across the length and breadth of the UK presents a prime opportunity for upgrading with either high performance insulated roof glass or a modern tiled solid roof. An Energy Follow-Up Survey 2011 report 6: Conservatories, prepared by the BRE in December 2013 on behalf of the Department

of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), identified that approximately 18% of the 21.9 million households in England have a conservatory which equates to around 4 million conservatories. Only 77% of these conservatories have heating and a telling additional statistic from Palmer Market Research is that back in 2004, when new conservatory sales were still at their peak at almost 200,000 installs a year, 75% of those projects featured polycarbonate roof glazing. These factors

combine to underpin a tangible market demand for upgrading with a thermallyefficient replacement roof solution. “We knew we were doing the right thing in launching Celsius Solid Roof,” comments Mark Schlotel, Head of Marketing at Synseal, “but the feedback from installers to our new truly warm all-timber solid roof design has been fantastic. The number one marketing activity for us is to demonstrate just how quickly our

project-specific Celsius Solid Roof kits can be fitted on site through Open Day technical workshops. We welcome installers to come and take a look at how swiftly our well-engineered roof goes together. The other issue we are tackling head-on is explaining how to successfully process Building Regulations applications which are definitely required for solid roof jobs, as installers who are used to fitting exempt conservatories may regard that legislative hurdle to be a daunting prospect at first.”

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James Latham Supplies Western Red Cedar for Luxury Holiday Homes in Cornwall The UK's biggest independent timber and panel product distributor, James Latham, has supplied 880m2 of Western Red Cedar for the construction of four luxury holiday homes in Talland, South East Cornwall. The Western Red Cedar, which holds PEFC certification, was machined to a special tongue and groove cladding profile and was used for the exterior cladding of the impressive properties. It was specified for its durability and low maintenance qualities as well as its ability to retain an attractive appearance when weathered. Award winning London architectural practice, Mador Architects were commissioned to design these luxury properties which have been sold to individuals for second homes and investment opportunities. Each boast bespoke interiors which include Porcelanosa bathrooms, rooftop hot tubs, and high end kitchens. The team, including Nick Wilson, a partner at Bay Talland Associates, wanted to create prestige holiday homes that have a natural appearance and likeness to a modern alpine lodge. To achieve this look they designed the building to incorporate wooden cladding in its construction, surrounded with large terraces to take advantage of the views over the bay. It was important that the Timber length was over 3.3m as they wanted to avoid butt joints which would spoil the façade’s natural look and feel. This was a hurdle that James Latham was able to advise on as Western Red Cedar produces long lightweight lengths of timber with a fine

straight grain making this specie easy to cut, saw, machine and fix. It was also essential that the wood used for the cladding was durable and would require little maintenance, while providing a quality and natural looking finish. Nick and the team at James Latham discussed a variety of wood products that could be used and that would cope with the South East of England’s varied an unpredictable climate. With natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage (fibres in the timber contain natural preservatives that are toxic to decay-causing fungi) Western Red Cedar is one of the world’s most durable species and remains the premier choice for timber cladding. 

Mark Harraway, Timber Manager at James Latham’s Yate depot said: “The Bay Talland project is a fantastic example of how Cedar cladding can add the finishing touches to a building and create the natural looking exterior and eyecatching asthetics demanded by a brief such as this. He added, “PEFC certified, Western Red Cedar is one of North America's great renewable resources. It is slow grown and naturally durable and it has one of the longest life spans of any softwood, plus its low density gives an excellent insulation value that is superior to most species.” “It also offers outstanding dimensional stability, is lightweight and easy to work with and is simple to finish and stain which all go to make it the perfect material for exterior cladding applications.”

James Latham recommended Western Red Cedar as the perfect solution to clad the exterior of all four properties, helping to create the luxury modern take on the alpine lodge that was specified within the brief. Nick Wilson said: “We wanted to create a group of four luxury lodges that would stand the test of time and enhance the already beautiful landscape. The lodges were all sold immediately as they each offered their own bespoke slice of serenity and seclusion whilst overlooking the beautiful Cornish coastline. “We needed to find a company that was large enough to not only provide the long lengths of Western Red Cedar that were required, directly from stock, but one that was also able to take care of the machining and adhere to quick turnarounds, as well as offering technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of the products they were supplying. James Latham more than fitted the bill and we will have no hesitation in contacting them again for future projects.”

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Sundolitt XPS helps provide a warm road to recovery at Police Treatment Centre Sundolitt XPS, extreme strength, extruded polystyrene is helping provide high insulation levels, strength and rigidity to a new swimming pool which will play an important role in the rehabilitation of injured and sick police officers from Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The pool installation, at Castlebrae

New animated installation video for the Helifix Dixie micro-pile Helifix has created a new animation which shows step by step installation procedures for its versatile Dixie micro-pile. The October/November 2015

Police Treatment Centre in Auchterarder, Perthshire, is part of a £2.5 million redevelopment to improve and extend facilities to accommodate the needs of some 1,650 serving and retired police officers who use the centre each year. The work includes the new – much larger – pool alongside a new hydrotherapy pool and a larger fitness and exercise hall with a purpose-built spin bike studio. The XPS has been supplied in varying dimensions to accommodate the sloping design of the pool and is an important sub-structure prior to the pouring of the concrete base and tile finish. The pool contractor, John Preston animation clearly demonstrates how these high performance micro-piles can be used either to stabilise existing buildings that are suffering from subsidence or to help form secure and level foundations for new constructions. The animation can be viewed at " The well proven and technically advanced Dixie micro-pile is backed by International Code Council (ICC) certification and conforms to AC358, the International Standard for helical foundation underpinning systems. Dixie micro-piles combine with the Helibeam masonry stabilisation system to provide a complete structural repair solution which economically and

Marmox soundboard brings harmony to new neighbours in Kensington Apartment Building Pool and Spa, says that the Sundolitt XPS allows speed and simplicity of installation with minimal on-site preparation as well as guaranteeing high insulation performance which will help keep energy costs down at the centre – a crucial factor as 85% of running costs have to come from police donations. ❚ enquiry 112

The excellent acoustic insulation properties of SoundBoard, manufactured by Marmox, has restored peace and quiet in an exclusive West London apartment building, where two flats were being knocked into one. The refurbishment and integration of the adjoining dwellings has been carried out by main contractor, LDB Construction: a specialist in such top end redevelopments across the capital and surrounding counties.

As an experienced building and fit out contractor, LDB identified the Marmox SoundBoard as an ideal panel to use in overlaying the concrete subfloor, prior to installing electric underfloor heating coils. SoundBoard offers both acoustic and thermal insulation properties and helps prevent damage to cabling.

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Eco-friendly future home uses OSB sympathetically restores full structural integrity as all repairs, both above and below ground, are fully concealed. The Helifix Dixie micro-pile design combines a circular pipe pile with square connections. This gives higher torsional strength, eliminates shaft twist or buckling, simplifies the engagement of pile sections and accelerates installation. It also allows for higher ultimate loads up to 240kN and each installed pile can be load tested. Helifix Dixie micro-piles provide a fully engineered and cost-effective solution to the problem of foundation settlement while avoiding the major disruption and costs of extensive excavations. ❚ enquiry 114

Homes nowadays are not only be energy-efficient; they also feature a range of eco-friendly materials including Norbord's SterlingOSB. As a leader in the manufacture of sustainable and environmentallyfriendly panel board products, Norbord has a product for all energy efficient home designs. Along with smart technology, future homes are expected to come with a range of unusual innovations to create an eco-

friendly environment, Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian*. When it comes to the layout of a home, this will be rather different from what you see today. McEachran explains that the future home will leave behind its designated rooms of the past, instead featuring moving walls and units that can turn any space into any room with little effort. In order to create this innovation, units that act as both walls and storage will be crafted using oriented strand board (OSB), a cost-effective and carbon neutral alternative to more traditional building materials. ❚ enquiry 115

RICS receives a winning Forbo fit-out When they acquired new premises in Edinburgh, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) brought Michael Laird Architects on board to design the interiors. Products from Forbo Flooring Systems were specified to create an attractive, practical floor space that complemented the character of the building and reflected the RICS brand. Hazel Pearson, Associate at Michael Laird Architects, commented: “The very neutral colour palette acts as a backdrop for striking accents of rich purple – RICS’ brand colour – which we’ve featured in certain key areas. As we chose to paint the majority of the walls white, we really needed floor coverings that would be practical in terms of colour and footfall, but that would stand out and introduce a sense of warmth.

and durable product and has an attractive aesthetic. For main office areas and lecture theatres we specified Forbo’s contemporary Tessera Mix carpet tiles which have a very inspiring pattern with their soft geometric shapes and angular framework. Their random lay design helps to keep installation costs to a minimum and the modular format allows office plans to be easily adapted for future requirements.

“We installed Forbo’s luxury vinyl tile, Allura, in breakout areas and walkways as it is a very practical

“For office kitchen zones, the floor covering had to be easy to clean and maintain. Forbo’s Marmoleum Real was perfect as it has excellent performance characteristics thanks to its natural antibacterial properties and Topshield2 finish.” Hazel Pearson won the 2014/2015 ‘Fly Forbo’ competition for her specification of this impressive integrated flooring scheme.

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for award-winning ‘Tree Top’ events centre Aluminium curtain walling from Technal has contributed to a multi-award winning conference venue which has achieved ‘architectural excellence’ for its design and construction suspended in the woodland canopy on the historic Bowcliffe Estate in Yorkshire. Designed by architects The Harris Partnership and built by Conlon Construction, the 2,060sqft aerofoil-shaped ‘treehouse’ was commissioned by the Bayford Group at the former ancestral home of aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn, who inspired its aeronautical theme and its name, the Blackburn Wing. Accommodating up to 140 people, the stunning timber, copper and glass events centre is the centrepiece of a £6m

multi-phase restoration project across the nineteenth century listed estate near Wetherby. It is one of only two structures ever to have been built in an area of ancient woodland and appears to float among the trees. The project has now won two RIBA (Yorkshire) awards, an RICS award – Yorkshire Tourism and Leisure Project of the Year, and was highly commended in the Project of the Year category at the Constructing Excellence awards.

Fabricated and installed by AW Glazing, Technal’s GEODE-MX SG structural glazing was used for this unique structure to provide stunning views of the surrounding woodland and to maintain a feeling of openness and nature, both inside and out. The façade system carries large 3m high by 1.5m wide spans of high performance toughened glass. The GEODE-MX SG curtain walling option has a speciallydesigned ‘toggle’ which removes the need for silicone bonding to hold the glazed units in place, making it faster and simpler to install whilst giving a frameless appearance. On this project, the curtain walling extends along one side of the 40m long ‘wing’ and follows the curved contours at each end of the building. It is finished in a low maintenance black polyester powder coating. Commenting on the curtain walling specification Oliver Clark, Project Architect at The Harris Partnership, said, “We are incredibly proud of this scheme and are very happy with Technal’s curtain walling. It was absolutely paramount that the glazing to the ‘wing’ of the building provided uninterrupted views across the woodland and a clean, crisp façade with a glass-to-glass appearance that correlated with the copper cladding. This has been perfectly achieved with the GEODE-MX system.” The judges at the RIBA awards said, "This building is a tour de force, a piece of bravado, worthy of its inspiration, its

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location and the passion of its client. Whilst equally bold in both its conception and final form, its aptness to its siting within both a historic environment and among precious trees is admirably – even surprisingly – sympathetic." The building’s structure is supported by galvanised steel legs which are stabilised with steel cross-bracing to replicate the original appearance of a biplane wing. There are two wooden ‘runways’ which link the wing to the estate grounds leading to the main building. The aeronautical design theme is referenced internally with a bespoke bar created from a Boeing 747 engine intake cowling; tables have been fabricated in the shape of aeroplane wings, and a frame taken from the wing structure of a Hawker Siddeley DC-9. Technal’s GEODE-MX curtain walling can be used to create a variety of architectural compositions from a single grid system – low to high rise façades, horizontal or vertical emphasis, and ribbon, structural, faceted, beaded and sloped glazing. GEODE-MX Acoustic for additional noise protection and GEODE-MX62 for larger glass sizes are among the extensive range of curtain walling options.

For further information about GEODE-MX curtain walling, including the structural glazing option, call 01924 232323, email or visit

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Kemper System Roof Will Mature At Cheadle Care Home Residents at a new care home in Cheadle, Cheshire, will be able to enjoy the greenery of the building’s parkland setting on their roof terraces thanks to a green roof installation from Kemper System.

The root-resistant and U/V stable waterproofing system also forms an integral part of the green roof build up installed on selected areas of the roof terraces as a feature that connects the new development with its natural surroundings.

create the watertight barrier between the roof substrate and the green roof system is the most critically important element of the specification. The membrane is flexible enough to cope with any post build ‘settlement’, tough and durable enough to cope with the planting medium and has a sufficiently long service life to make the green roof viable.”

Comments Stuart Hicks from Kemper System: “The effectiveness of the Kemperol 2K-PUR waterproofing membrane used to

Comments Kevin Cawston from Cawston Roofing: “The use of areas of green roof on this very modern building has created a

membrane for all areas of the roof and balconies.

Constructed and operated by Care UK, Abney Court is located in the historic grounds of Abney Hall and will provide round-the-clock residential and specialised care, including provision for residents with dementia, palliative care and end of life care. The contemporary building features a flat roof and a balcony at first floor level and Kemper System’s solvent free Kemperol 2KPUR cold liquid-applied system has been used to provide the waterproofing

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The Wraptite system supplied by the A. Proctor Group, has been installed to provide an effective vapour permeable rainscreen underlay for the new Aberdeen headquarters of an international oilcompany.

synergy between the care home and the grounds. “Using the same waterproofing membrane for the green roof build up as we did for the rest of the roof made management of the installation much simpler and the planting will provide a living feature that changes with the seasons.” Web: ❚ enquiry 121

The office building is located within the state of the art Prime Four business park in the Kingswells area of the city, which houses the premier operating venues for several international oil companies and their service providers. Sir Robert McAlpine are the main contractor for the project with Halliday Fraser Munro Architects. The Wraptite System was installed by Edinburgh based façade specialist Charles Henshaw & Sons who have successfully completed numerous prestigious curtain wall and

New Ronald McDonald house roof in good health thanks to Sika-Trocal Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) provides free 'home away from home' accommodation for the families of young patients being treated in hospital. For the charity’s new-build facility at South Glasgow Hospital Campus, SikaTrocal has supplied 600m2

of its single ply membranes as part of a high performance waterproofing system that includes a living roof and a series of projecting window pods. Designed by architectural practice Keppie on behalf of RMHC, the new building on the South Glasgow Hospitals Campus replaces the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill. Expected to be completed by summer 2015, the new building comprises three white brick traditional forms with slate pitched roofs, with each connected to the other by glazed openings as part of a bright and welcoming aesthetic.

facade contracts throughout the UK. The building envelope specialists have established a reputation as one of the leading companies in the sector. Wraptite is a low-resistance vapour permeable air barrier wall underlay which is durable, flexible and lightweight, allowing for easy4 installation. The system comprises Wraptite plus Wraptite Tape which is applied around joints, openings and penetrations to complete a total air tightness solution. ❚ enquiry 122

Working with main contractor CCG, McConnell Roofing was appointed to complete the single ply elements of a roofing contract that included an expansive green roof and outwardly projecting window pods. For the main roof area, McConnell Roofing applied 500m2 of Sika-Trocal SGmA as part of a complete green roof system comprising vapour control layer, PIR insulation, Sika-Trocal SGmA waterproof covering, SikaTrocal SBv protection and separation layer, drainage layer and vegetation. ❚ enquiry 123

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Specialist installer SEH Commercial has just completed its first major installation using the REHAU Polytec 50 composite curtain walling system. The Suffolk based company has successfully installed a 20m high replacement curtain walling section across the common stairwell area in the high profile eight storey, 1960s Greenlaw Court apartment block in Ealing, West London. Successfully tested to the tough CWCT standards for weather performance and Passivhaus certified and approved, the REHAU Polytec curtain walling matches the aesthetics of the steel curtain walling which was in place previously, but offers much improved thermal performance and minimal requirements for maintenance. REHAU Polytec 50, which uses a conventional transom/mullion construction with box steel stick sections faced internally with PVC profile and externally with aluminium, was specified by Cooley Architects. SEH and REHAU’s commercial sales manager Kevin O’Neill worked closely with architect Gebina Ham, director at Cooley Architects, on the specification and recommended REHAU Polytec 50S because it could meet both the planning department’s requirement for slim sight lines and the residents association’s requirement for cost effectiveness. Alongside the curtain walling, SEH also installed more than 130 windows in the 34 apartments in the Greenlaw Court block fabricated in the flush fitting REHAU TOTAL70R fully reversible window system. These replaced the original steel windows from the 1960s, replicating the overall appearance and opening options but offering the block’s residents improved

thermal performance, better acoustics and greater security. The curtain walling, windows and 32 balcony doors in a REHAU TOTAL70 outer frame were all fabricated by leading REHAU fabricator Climatec, based in Southend. The window, door and curtain walling replacement at Greenlaw Court was part of a much larger refurbishment project managed entirely by SEH which also included concrete repairs, asbestos removal, electrical and service alterations and building decoration. The feedback from the Residents Association has been very positive, not just on the performance of SEH during the refurbishment programme but also on the fact that the building is now much more air tight, with lower traffic noise and improved thermal efficiency.

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The Schöck Isokorb AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO WRAPPED PARAPETS Located near Highgate in North London, the Chester Balmore project consists of three elegant brick-clad blocks, housing a contemporary collection of 53 super-insulated one, two and three-bedroom flats, all set around a landscaped courtyard. The development is designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and the virtually airtight envelope is constructed using reinforced concrete and blockwork and has a 250mm wall

cavity filled with EPS. Including the cavity, the walls are half a metre thick and the windows are all triple glazed. Preventing thermal bridging along the parapets was a critical

consideration for such a high performance development, because as with balconies, parapets can allow conductive materials to transfer energy through the thermal barrier. Conventionally, in the majority of cases, the method of insulating parapets and parapet walls is to wrap the perimeter of the wall with an insulation barrier. However, the Schöck Isokorb type A offers a cost-effective and more thermally efficient alternative. Its 60mm insulation thickness results in low psi-values and therefore significantly reduces heat loss – and there is no wrapping required. It permits a more sophisticated construction opportunity for

greater freedom of design and allows flexible distance between elements according to load requirements. An added benefit being there is no risk of any additional thermal bridging through balustrade fixings. Other key factors are durability and water impermeability. The Isokorb type A solution does not require maintenance and there is no risk of expensive restoration due to waterproofing problems. Whereas wrapped components can be likened to an insulated flat roof, with many of the associated problems. They are prone to damage and almost inevitable repair and maintenance outlay, particularly where railings or covers pierce the insulating layer. With thermally separated

parapets, railings and covers can be attached directly into the concrete. The Isokorb type A provides BBA Certification and LABC Registration and meets full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations. In addition, there is also compliance with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2009, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges.

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For your free copy of the comprehensive 236 page ‘Technical Guide’ and / or a copy of the new Schöck ‘Thermal Bridging Guide’ contact the company on: 01865 290 890 go to; or email:


equals quality OSB”, say merchants and builders Research carried out by Norbord has found that the overwhelming majority of builders’ merchants and builders associate the name SterlingOSB with quality. An impressive 83% of merchants and 77% of jobbing builders agreed that the SterlingOSB name represents good quality. SterlingOSB’s reputation for quality is rooted in the product’s consistent and reliable performance in a range of building applications. Whether used simply as site hoarding or in a performance-critical application such as flat-roof decking, SterlingOSB demonstrates a strength and durability equal to many rival products costing much more. Builders are increasingly choosing SterlingOSB as a cost-effective alternative to imported ply, for many years the preferred material for general purpose use

The new campus for Leeds College of Building was designed by architects Fuse Studios as the result of winning a major design competition.

Using its skills to seamlessly integrate architecture and interiors, Fuse has fulfilled the College’s brief to promote the use of modern materials and construction methods, so the new project becomes an educational demonstration in its own right, as well as supporting BREEAM excellence. Materials specified included the diffused daylighting Kalwall cladding and roofing system. Consistent with the winning design was a desire for internal transparency between all areas and a naturally-lit teaching environment which would not generate excessive solar heat gains. At the same time, it was recognised that too much glazing could distract the students, so the solution was to use translucent Kalwall.

Derek Whitehead, Deputy Principal, Leeds College of Building, comments “We’re really pleased we went with the Kalwall solution for this project. The extra daylight really enhances the space and makes it very airy, light and bright. This has the benefits of not only reducing our energy consumption on one hand but, more importantly, creates a pleasant ambient light which enhances the health and well-being of our students and staff.” Widely specified for educational projects and unlike conventional glazing, this system limits external views while admitting high levels of diffused daylight without shadows and glare or the stark contrasts of light and shade. Even on cloudy days, the interior is flooded with natural daylight, which means less artificial lighting and, because Kalwall is highly insulating, energy costs are reduced.

on site. Unlike ply, which can incorporate knots, splits and other imperfections, SterlingOSB has a consistent structure throughout the board and can be relied upon in structural applications. It is also entirely UK-made, from homegrown timber, whereas all plywood has to be imported from abroad. And to cap it all, SterlingOSB is a sustainable, FSC-certified, product with an unrivalled environmental profile as well as demonstrating marketleading quality. For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit ❚ enquiry 127

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THE PERFECT INTERIOR FOR PRESERVATION 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.

The recently completed Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre for Herefordshire Council is a 3,350sqm scheme comprising a concrete repository over three floors and two-storey timber framed building housing offices, public search rooms and education facilities. It incorporates clever architectural design and building construction technology together with high performance materials. The centre was designed by architects, Architype, who are experienced in delivering to the Passivhaus standard. The facility includes Troldtekt acoustic panels, made with 100% natural wood fibres, which the architects have previously specified for their environmentally friendly schools. The panels’ benefits include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. Herefordshire Council’s brief for the centre required sophisticated energy solutions and reduced running costs which the preservation and safeguarding of historic documents requires. Research showed that a Passivhaus building would provide the essential airtightness together with high levels of thermal insulation to keep the interior isolated from varying external temperatures and weather conditions. The project also recognises many of the recommendations expressed in a newly published BSI guidance document (PD5454:2012) for the storage and exhibition

of archival material. Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified throughout the UK and Europe and can be delivered as either FSC or PEFC certified panels. They are manufactured using 100% natural wood fibres and their benefits are high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left unpainted or painted in virtually any RAL colour. Troldtekt sustainability has also been recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept and earns gold on 4 out of 5 criteria in the Cradle to Cradle certification version 3.1. This international certification has been achieved because the panels do not contain hazardous substances and can be recycled. ❚ enquiry 129

For samples and technical information tel 01978 664255 or visit

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.

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

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.

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 130.

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Holland Harvey brings nature indoors for GAIL’s pop-ups at Frieze Holland Harvey Architects has introduced a touch of the luscious Regent’s Park landscape into Frieze Art Fair, London, with three bespoke pop-up eateries for GAIL’s Artisan Bakery. Taking inspiration from the location of Frieze, the concept behind the project was to bring elements of the surrounding environment into each of the unique spaces. The first GAIL’s Bakery, located in Frieze Masters, has more of a traditional feel. The 400 square metre space is decorated with custom designed wallpaper from the Bread Collective, containing motifs of trees and leaves; a two dimensional representation of the park outside evoking the spirit of the landscape and still life paintings featured at the fair. Tables and seats provide seating for 150 covers to sit and enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or a snack from

the bakery’s menu. There is also a news outlet where visitors can peruse a collection of art magazines and publications. In Frieze London, there is a second GAIL’s Bakery, which has been created with a much more contemporary feel. Containing seating for 110 covers, the 120 square metre area is adorned with foliage thanks to large triangular planters – made by the Goldfinger Factory – which create a vertical green space. The second area in Frieze London, GAIL’s in the Park, provides seating for 56 and offers toasties and sweet treats, as well as a selection of wine and cocktails. The more intimate space is

enclosed by a canopy of plants, created by a net of planters suspended by the roof. A planted sign of the GAIL’s logo was also designed and grown, embracing the GAIL’s in the Park concept further. The texture and colours of the flora and fauna throughout the spaces break up the monochrome graphic motifs to enhance the contemporary feel of the GAIL’s pop-ups in Frieze London. All three pop-ups were built over three days by the team and will be taken down after 17th October once the art fair has closed. “Designing and building popup spaces is a very different

process to creating areas in permanent buildings,” explained Jonathan Harvey, director at Holland Harvey. “From the design features to the construction methods, every step of the process needs to be quick, easy and temporary – and while that may have some limitations, it also encourages creative solutions.” Jonathan continued: “Despite Frieze taking place in Regent’s Park, once you’re inside the marquees there is little relationship to the surrounding landscape. Using the art fair’s location as inspiration worked well in allowing us to create

inviting spaces, all of which have very different feels. The canopy of vegetation, for example, is a more literal interpretation of the concept, while we were also able to have fun with the artistic quality of the bespoke wallpaper in Frieze Masters.” Holland Harvey directors Jonathan Harvey and Richard Holland led the project, with graphic prints, wallpaper and signage from The Bread Collective and bespoke furniture – including the main display tables, counters and planters – made by the Goldfinger Factory.

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EXTERNAL WORKS & SUDS October/November 2015

Aberdeen International Business Park Gets Sustainable SuDS Treatment with Hydro’s Pollution Control Technology

October / November 2015

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Aberdeen’s new International Business Park, built next to the City’s International Airport, is delivering a best-practice Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) scheme using filtration and bioretention technologies from Hydro International to meet strict planning and pollutant removal criteria.

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A wide-variety of SuDS components have been included for the 31,000 m2 first phase of the development to meet the level of treatment required by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to help protect the water quality of the River Dee, a well-known salmon river. To meet stringent planning requirements, consultants Mott MacDonald selected Hydro International’s unique Up-Flo™ filtration units and Hydro BioCell™ biofiltration units for key parts of the site. “SEPA required two levels of pollution control in the drainage treatment train for some areas of the site,” explains project engineer Nick Watson of Mott MacDonald. “The six Hydro BioCell™ units are installed in a landscaped courtyard garden around three linked four-storey commercial blocks. There is also a two-storey 1,197 space car park and runoff from its draining surface is treated via four Up-Flo™ Filters in concrete manholes. “Space constraints meant that finding small footprint solutions that could achieve high treatment levels was limited. There are some occasions where the more natural engineering approach is less suitable due to a lack of space and having an option like UpFlo™ can be useful,” continues Nick Watson. The Hydro Up-Flo™ units will remove fine sediments, hydrocarbons and other pollutants from the car park runoff. They provide a high-performance multi-stage treatment train in a single device by combining sedimentation and screening with

fluidised-bed filtration technology. The Hydro BioCell™ is a biofiltration device that looks like a normal tree or shrub planted through a grate. Underneath, a pre-cast concrete chamber contains a layer of enhanced mulch and a soil filter medium to deliver high levels of surface water treatment before the water is discharged into the drainage system. The flush profile of the Hydro BioCell™ grate, with its tree-planting feature, is used to treat general pollutants in the runoff from the courtyard, which covers about 0.3 hectares. The runoff is also passed through filter trenches to provide the two levels of treatment required by SEPA. The topography of the area is fairly flat with a small local watercourse rerouted to facilitate site development. The mixed drainage scheme for the development also includes a variety of SuDS measures including filter strips, permeable pavement, filter trenches and soakaways and an attenuation tank under the car park to meet SEPA’s requirements. The runoff discharges into the Green Burn, via which water eventually ends up in the River Dee. The 16.2 hectare site Aberdeen International Business Park being constructed by Bowmer and Kirkland for Abstract (Cornwall) Ltd is strategically located on the principal link road between the Airport and the Aberdeen Western Perimeter Route /A96 and will provide welllocated facilities with high-standards of office accommodation for the international business community in Aberdeen.

For more information about the Hydro Up-Flo™ and Hydro BioCell™ and other stormwater and wastewater management products, please call 01275 337955, email or visit ❚ enquiry 132.

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Gatic launches Filcoten: The UK’s strongest channel drainage

composite structure that consists of mineral building materials and is 100% recyclable. Its innovative design means it’s 70% lighter, quicker and easier to install, more durable with improved impact stability, and non-flammable.

Gatic Civil Drainage, part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), has launched a unique channel drainage system called Gatic Filcoten. It’s a fibre reinforced, cement-bonded

The market leading Slotdrain manufacturer recognised the need for a more robust and eco-friendly channel drain. Gatic Sales Manager, Steve Mascall says: “Filcoten is a channel drain like no

other. It’s extremely strong and boasts exceptional environmental benefits. Uniquely, it’s manufactured using 100% natural energy including water and wind generated power. “Gatic’s products are used in the most demanding industrial, commercial and residential projects”, continues Steve. “Filcoten is the ideal choice for projects that demand a resilient and sustainable water


❚ enquiry 134. management solution. It gives specifiers and contractors the opportunity to win new projects with a market leading brand.” Gatic's reputation as a global leader in the manufacture of engineered access covers and surface water drainage systems has been established for almost 90 years. As one of the four brands that form AWMS, Gatic is part of a complete solution in water management, from rain to drain.

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NEW Mini space-saving recycling bin stacks up Leafield Environmental has introduced a smaller 32 litre recycling unit to their best-selling EnviroStack range. The new mini version can stack as a set of three, individually or on top of the existing 52 litre version. Its compact and discreet design makes it ideal for small offices, kitchens or narrow corridors to collect different types of waste in one flexible unit. WRAP colour coded lids and recycling labels available as standard. A set of two of the 52 litre unit starts from £114 and a set of three of the 32 litre starts from £140.

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lindab rain lin e | th e s teel rainwater system

It’s Rainbow Season at Lindab!

Upgrade your Rainline™ to our extra durable colours and only pay for standard galvanised • Available in 10 standard colours – including new Coffee Brown • Covered by a 15 year extended warranty • High-build polyester paint finish ensures colours won’t fade • Suitable for contemporary or traditional buildings • 70 years life expectancy

For more information: T: 0121 585 2780 E: NB: • Not applicable to Black, Aluzinc, Natural Copper or Stainless Steel finishes • Please check availability, extended lead times may apply • Promotion available on orders received by Lindab 1st September 2015 to 23rd December 2015 • Terms and Conditions apply

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HAURATON CHANNELS INSTALLED AT OLDHAM ACADEMY NORTH The new Oldham Academy North, designed by architectural practice Aedas Architects, is a spacious and colourful three storey building set in sensitively landscaped grounds. With the site being quite flat, and the building surrounded by paved and asphalted surfaces, it was essential rainwater is drained effectively. A Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel system, fitted with FIBRETEC® C250, 9mm slot gratings, was used by groundwork sub-

contractor Westoak Construction to drain the paved playgrounds and asphalted car parks. The channels were also installed along parts the building’s façade and across entrance doors to facilitate drainage. The FIBRETEC® C250 HEELSAFE slot grating was specifically designed by Hauraton R & D engineers to enhance the flow of water into the channel. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots. This configuration also helps eliminate any cross-flow over the grating. The RECYFIX® channel component is made from 100% recycled PE-PP. The six sizes offered are 160mm wide and range in height from 75mm to 201mm with the FIBRETEC® grating factory fitted on all models. As the largest unit is only 4.6kg, RECYFIX PRO channelling is easily handle and quickly installed on site. Ian Burton, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer comments; “Light and dark grey granite paving blocks were used extensively to achieve a pleasing aesthetic appearance to the hard landscaping immediately surrounding the Academy buildings. Being particularly suitable for school yards and play grounds, our RECYFIX® PRO channels’ with their black FIBRETEC® gratings’ were chosen for this project as the grating’s smooth appearance blended in well with the desired design effect”. ❚ enquiry 138.




Hydro International is launching the HydroBrake® Agile flow control, marking a significant new opportunity for highlyefficient surface water attenuation with the lowest-possible flood storage volumes to meet stringent planning and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) requirements. Simple, cost-effective and easy-to-install, the float-activated Hydro-Brake® Agile extends the Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series, a versatile toolbox of precision-engineered flow controls for every project and budget. The Hydro-Brake® Agile meets stringent stipulations for surface water discharge rates and can be engineered to achieve the lowestpossible flood storage. It can therefore help developers meet strict planning requirements and ensure acceptance by adopting authorities, while reducing land take and construction costs. “The Hydro-Brake® Agile achieves a constant rate of discharge and therefore the lowest possible upstream storage volumes,” says Phil Collins, Stormwater Sales and Marketing Manager UK and Ireland. “It is ideal for new developments, watercourse flood alleviation or highways projects with stringent discharge requirements, where the space available for flood storage is very limited. “Minimising flood storage above ground avoids the use of valuable building land and minimising flood storage below ground helps solve space limitations in underground tanks or pipework. It also keeps contracting and equipment costs as low as possible. “As the cost of a flow control is a small proportion of total project costs, an investment in a precision-engineered device can result in considerable savings, especially where space is at a premium.”

support service. Professional engineers are available to provide advice on sizing, flow and storage calculations, as well as assisting with dimensioned installation drawings. Hydro-Brake® Agile The Hydro-Brake® Agile comprises an orifice plate with a variable open area regulated by a float-arm operated gate to deliver a constant discharge rate over a wide range of heads. The discharge rate is adjustable to match the discharge requirements for the site. Discharge through the open gate at low flows is unimpeded. During a storm, the float arm closes the gate until the maximum water level and discharge rate is reached for a designated event, so that the gate is prevented from closing further, despite any increases in head. The maximum discharge rate is maintained while upstream storage is drained down rapidly, ensuring the unit is ready for subsequent storm events, until the float returns to the resting position with the gate fully open. The Hydro-Brake® Agile is easily adjustable to accommodate changes in operating conditions. Manufactured from high-grade stainless steel, the Hydro-Brake® Agile Flow Control can be matched to a range of outlet pipe sizes. The unit can be supplied prefitted in a cast concrete chamber for easy on-site installation. To suit the location and invert required, the chamber depth can be easily varied with concrete rings. The Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series The Hydro-Brake® Flow Control Series is a versatile toolbox of precision-engineered devices for surface water control: HydroBrake® Agile; Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation; Hydro-Brake® Optimum; Hydro-Brake® Orifice.

The unit’s automatic operation and predictable, repeatable performance ensure that maintenance costs are minimal. The Hydro-Brake® Agile reduces the long-term management burden by providing a predictable schedule for site management companies or adopting authorities.

For more information about the HydroBrake® Flow Control Series and other stormwater and waste water management products please call 01275 337937, email or visit

Designing an effective system using HydroBrake® Agile is easy using Hydro International’s free technical and design

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PAINTS, COATINGS & FINISHES October/November 2015

Safety and Savings With New Advances To Crown Trade Timonox For more than 40 years, Crown Trade’s Timonox flame retardant system has played a key role in fire safety – slowing down the spread of flames and ‘buying’ precious time for buildings to be evacuated.

Bespoke Oak Flooring … the perfect finish for any room > Esco engineered oak flooring > Eight colour options > Varied surfaces available - aged, wire brushed

and Harfa rough sawn effect > Pre-finished with Osmo Polyx-Oil Call or visit the web for a brochure.

+44 (0)1296 481 220 ❚ enquiry 140

Galvanizers Score With Latest Football Project A leading galvanizing company has provided its services to a football club in Lancashire which will see its new turnstile gates protected to ensure they stand the test of time. Manchester Galvanizing, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, has

hot-dip galvanized over 2.5 tonnes of steelwork for Security Solutions GB, used to create new turnstiles at the spectator entrance of the Bob Lord Stand at Burnley Football Club.

The system can help bring premises up to the required safety standards of relevant legislation including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) in England and Wales and The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. Now a major advance in research and development has seen Crown Paints improve the Crown Trade Timonox upgrade system, which is used on walls and ceilings to achieve the class 0 status required by legislation. Only one coat of Crown Trade Timonox Upgrade Basecoat, followed by two coats of Crown Trade Timonox Emulsion topcoat, is all it takes to offer protection against the rapid spread of flames and improve a Class 4 surface to a Class 0. Previously four coats were required. David Spicer, Crown Paints’ Specification Technical Manager, said: “All surfaces painted with conventional paints have the potential to cause fire to spread very quickly throughout a building. “Even previously non-combustible surfaces, such as plasterboard covered in layers of old paint, can become a mass of flames in seconds. “This is a particular problem in common access and circulation areas. “However, providing the existing coatings are sound, Crown Trade Timonox can restore a surface to the Class 0 rating required by the legislation and can help by slowing down and limiting the spread of

at the club and appearance of the 15:28 stadium as a whole, with previous

Now it’s easier than ever to test out the wide-range of options available with the launch of a new 250ml sized can. Over 260 shades can be produced in this sample pot size, enabling specifiers to see the complete picture before committing to a preferred colour scheme. Sadolin Superdec is renowned for its comprehensive colour palette, as well as its outstanding protective qualities, which together make it one of the most popular ranges within the Sadolin brand for specifiers.

With more than 300 shades on the colour card, specifiers are spoilt for choice when looking for the right hue with Sadolin Superdec.

Crown Paint’s experts can help specifiers with their projects, services include surveys of surfaces to establish their classification status and advice on which Timonox system is required to achieve Class 0 in properties. For further information please contact the Crown Paints Specification team on 0330 0240310 or email ❚ enquiry 141

turnstile works on some of the other spectator entrances also seeing services provided by Manchester Galvanizing and Security Solutions GB. Adrian Nottingham, National Sales Manager at Security Solutions GB, explained: “Burnley FC’s new turnstiles at the Turf Moor ground look great and we’re

The new turnstiles – which were completed in time for the new season – form part of ongoing developments to enhance facilities

Sampling Times With Sadolin Superdec

flames throughout a building, giving invaluable time for occupants to get to a place of safety. “For properties with more than 10 coats of conventional, old paint we have had an upgrade system in our range for some time which enables the surface to be transformed into a Class 0 surface without the necessity of costly strip and redecoration. “Furthermore, there is even a Scrubbable Matt option, which allows repetitive cleaning for high traffic areas.”

It also contracts and expands with the wood dependent on the weather, alleviating flaking and peeling. This flexibility enables Sadolin Superdec to offer up to 8 years’ protection against the elements. Sadolin Superdec is also selfpriming and undercoating, reducing the need for an extra product on new wood. It also requires little preparation, and can

be applied over decorated services.


As the product also offers a solid, paint like finish it is very forgiving and is therefore ideal for use on visually poorer quality timber surfaces, while its opaque qualities can help to hide timber imperfections. Sharon Smith, Sadolin Brand Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch many of the colours in the Sadolin Superdec range in this new, handy sampling size. “Sadolin Superdec is synonymous with colour and now people can get a real flavour of how the shades look for their own projects.” More information about the depth and range of colour opportunities in the Sadolin Superdec can be seen in a video ‘The Sadolin Colour Palette – Great Shades And Wood Protection As Standard.’ This short film goes more in-depth

thrilled to have been involved in the project. We called upon Manchester Galvanizing – as we have done for the last 10 years – to galvanize the steel, before the look was completed with powdercoating in the official Burnley claret colour. ❚ enquiry 142 into the product’s attributes - and showcases the sheer range of colour options available.

The video is available to view on the Sadolin website at or on the Sadolin Woodcare YouTube channel at user/SadolinWoodcare For more details please contact the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the specification website at Alternatively, please visit

❚ enquiry 143

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Long life protection of decks and cladding

Envi v ronmentally ly ffrriendl dly l Made in Sweden

Sioo are leaders in wood protection using silicon technology to provide a highly e ective proven system to protect wood of all types. It gives long life f , a beautiful natural surfa f ce and is friendly to people and the environment.

Safe, Natural, Sustainable Sioo Wood Protection AB T l: +44 (0)7788 542859 Te E: ❚ enquiry 144.

Gloucester opens its Gateway to Mapei’s eco products at Britain’s greenest services Mapei decorative floor system has been installed at Gloucester Services Southbound, which is an environmentally-friendly service station on the edge of the Cotswolds. The main building is constructed from local stone and timber, and features an arched grass-covered roof set to receive BREEAM excellent rating.

Gloucester Services Southbound is the second phase to the Gloucester Services Northbound known as ‘Britain’s greenest motorway services’.

Three individual Mapei products were specified, alongside porcelain tiles and vinyl sheeting, throughout a 1,324m2 area. Designed by AFL Architects, all floor works were carried out by Polished Concrete Designs for main contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd.

This joint project was delivered by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Westmorland Limited (Westmorland Family are also behind Tebay Services in Cumbria). The charity, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, has already generated income from its Northbound service

station and will further generate income and support for nearby target communities and charity partners in Gloucestershire and Stonehouse. The site includes extensive landscaping along with electrical vehicle charging stations and capacity to switch to bio-fuel pumps. A farm-shop also features at the site, stocked with local produce, in place of fast food outlets. Within the main building, around

1,800 m2 of screed containing Mapei’s Topcem fast-drying hydraulic binder was laid over insulation and underfloor heating. The screed was then overlaid with Mapei’s Primer SN to provide a key for Mapei’s Ultratop in anthracite, a decorative coloured flooring system designed to give a polished concrete appearance. The petrol station was also completed using Mapei’s Ultratop system, again in Anthracite.

Gloucester Services Southbound opened its doors to the public in May 2015, is located on the M5 Southbound - between junctions 11a and 12. For more information on Mapei products and training days, please visit, email or tel. +44 (0)121 508 6970. ❚ enquiry 145

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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 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. 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.

Marmox multiboards feature in Goodenough Bathroom Contract The total refurbishment of 64 guest bathrooms within a club that has educational links, located on one of London’s most fashionable garden squares, has featured the use of Multiboards, manufactured by Marmox Limited to offer an ideal backing board for wetroom environments. The Goodenough Club in Bloomsbury

THE NEW STONETTO SHOWER TRAY from Duravit The new Stonetto shower tray from Duravit has been made using DuraSolid Q – an innovative 'stone' material with the look and feel of stone. Duravit has brought this natural wonder to the bathroom by collaborating with the designer trio EOOS. Thanks to its non-slip properties, DuraSolid Q offers class B slip-resistance without any additional coating, ensuring safe showering. Stonetto is available in the typical stone colours White, Beige and Anthracite, with tiny speckles that reinforce the natural appearance.

For stockists contact Duravit. Tel. 0845 500 7787 email. ❚ enquiry 149

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 146

offers 4 star accommodation in five linked historic townhouses, close by the British Museum and the Eurotunnel terminus at St. Pancras. The work at the Club has been carried out by Oakside Construction, a London based specialist contractor. Established in 1992, the company specialises in the fit out of wet areas and other interior spaces, as well as general refurbishment work. Crucially, Oakside’s long experience and director led project strategy enabled it to respond fully for the client’s brief for the rapid refitting of the bathrooms to minimise disruption to the club’s guests and other business activities. Employing the Marmox Multiboards in two different sizes helped speed the work, while ensuring accuracy, together with long term performance. In total Marmox supplied some 1000 square metres of Multiboard in the 2500 x 600 (Longboard) and 1250 x 600 (Standard board) options; at 12.5 and 6mm thickness respectively. ❚ enquiry 147

Exciting New Wet Zones from GEC Anderson LEADING stainless steel specialist, GEC Anderson limited, have released details of an exciting new ‘wet zone’ concept. Available now, the new wet zone option enables specifiers to include a pressed recess anywhere within the stainless steel worktop area. Typically, the recess would be formed around sink bowl(s) but it can also be used to create lowered areas for other applications. For example, to locate chopping boards or to act as a general catchment area. The pressed recess detail is 3mm deep and can be formed in any size and position. It has a variable corner radius with a minimum radius of 10mm. Managing Director of GEC Anderson Limited, Martin Tye, comments: “This is an exciting new development that enables customers to specify wet zones, of any shape and size.

Wet zones provide a real practical advantage and they look really neat as well. Because the recess can be formed to any pattern, it really does open the door to a lot of new creative opportunities for our customers.” RELEASE GEC Anderson offer a number of different wet zone options of which the pressed recess is one. ❚ enquiry 148

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Stainless Steel Sinks Worktops Cabinets Shelving & Sanitaryware




the stainless steel specialists

GEC Anderson Limited Oakengrove Shire Lane Hastoe Tring Her tfordshire HP23 6LY Tel 01442 826999 Fax 01442 825999 ❚ enquiry 150 .

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100% Stainless Steel Towel Rails

It’s multiboard Lightweight and available in many thicknesses. Multiboard is ideal for waterproofing and insulating walls floors and ceilings which can then either be tiled or plastered.

- 25 year guarantee - Full range of accessories - Satin finish available

The Sussex Range by JIS Europe +44 (0)1444 831200

❚ enquiry 152.

Tel 01634 835290 ❚ enquiry 153.

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TWYFORD’S TAP RANGE OFFERS FASHIONABLE, FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS TO ENHANCE ANY BATHROOM DESIGN Twyford’s five tap and mixer collections, the X50, X60, X62, X70 and X120 provide a fashionable, flexible and high quality solution to enhance any bathroom design. The collections are perfect for the commercial and domestic sectors, offering a full suite of taps for washbasins, baths, showers and bidets, providing contemporary round and square designs at highly competitive prices to suit a wide range of contracts. To help reduce water consumption and to comply with BREEAM regulations, the five tap and mixer collections all have the option of adding flow regulators. Four of the ranges, the X50, X60, X62 and X70, have been designed with inclusivity in mind, featuring a lever design that allows them to be easily operated by anyone,

The X60 basin mixer tap in round design.

including those with limited grip or reduced mobility.

thermostatic shower bar valve and a thermostatic shower valve.

All products are made from WRASapproved materials to meet water regulations. The collections include basin mixers, mini basin mixers, basin and bath pillar taps, deck-mounted bath filler taps and shower mixers, bidet mixers, a

The thermostatic shower bar valve includes ‘cool-touch’ technology for added safety. The taps benefit from solid brass composition casting, ceramic cartridges and chrome plating to BS EN428. Clicker wastes and flexible tails come as standard on all

The X62 bath filler in a contemporary square design.

X70 basin mixer tap, from Twyford's tap collection.

basin mono taps and bidet mixers. All of the taps and mixers are suitable for both high and low pressure applications. The taps are backed by a five year guarantee. ❚ enquiry 154

The X120 shower bar valve, including ‘cool-touch’ technology for added safety.

For further information on Twyford, contact tel: 01270 879777 or visit

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A new, informative and user-friendly website has been unveiled by Barwood Products, one of the leading suppliers of products for the inclusive bathroom market. Importantly, in today’s digital era, the website is PC, laptop, phone and tablet friendly so that information can be accessed on the move 24/7.


Available at the site brings together product information, case studies, news and stockist information on a full range of commercial and domestic bathroom products - giving users all the knowledge they need with regards to specifying a specialist bathroom. Sharon McKenna is Sales & Marketing Director for Barwood Products; “We’re pleased to be launching our new eye-catching website. Our existing customers rely on us for supplying products that meet all the specifications of the Governments Approved Document M of the Building Regulations. We hope this website will enable us to get our message out there even more widely. Many products are being used that aren’t specified to the right standard - potentially putting less able customers at risk. Customer safety and convenience is our utmost priority so we hope this website proves to be an informative vehicle for conveying the proper specifications.” The new site also features a wide range of stylish products aimed at domestic consumers requiring a safe and comfortable bathroom setting within their own home. This includes walk-in baths, showers, rise and fall WC’s all available through Barwood Products approved centres. All the company’s latest brochures can be downloaded from the new website and there are links to useful organisations such as the BMA, WRAS and the Government planning portal. ❚ enquiry 155

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Omnie from Timoleon offers total controllability

as well as simple Dial thermostats (the latter requiring the use of a separate programmer), which are intended to be used solely with underfloor heating.

A key consideration in achieving genuine energy efficiency and fuel savings from high performance renewable technologies is having the correct controls: which is why Timóleon's holistic OMNIE range encompasses a comprehensive selection of control units.

Both are flush mounted and modern in appearance. Then, viewed as the logical choice for consumers seeking to cut bills and enhance comfort levels, OMNIE achieves its true potential through the use of Network controls. These are configured around the OMNIE Control Hub: a stylish allin-one interface with touch screen that is available with four different

The company's recently launched offering to the building services sector brings together heat pumps, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), surface cooling and its renowned range of underfloor heating systems; all optimized by utilizing state-of-theart controls. The entry level sees programmable room thermostats October/November 2015

frame options. The Hub can be used to control heating, hot water, ventilation and cooling. It is linked via a wiring centre to slim-line, room temperature and humidity sensors to give very accurate temperature regulation. Further accessibility is provided by the availability of an OMNIE smartphone app, which will allow users to control their room temperatures from anywhere in the world. Overall the OMNIE control options will enable building occupants to operate their heat pumps and other appliances or services in a sophisticated yet straightforward manner, which will maximize both fuel efficiency and the enjoyment of their internal environment. ❚ enquiry 156

Danfoss modulating room thermostats join PCDB Danfoss is offering heating professionals even more reasons to choose its high efficiency ORT electronic modulating room thermostats. As well as providing accurate, modulating control of room temperature when combined with OpenTherm boilers, the Danfoss ORT is now included on the PCDB (Product Characteristics Database). Formerly SEDBUK, the PCDB only lists heating products that meet the required seasonal efficiency standards. As a further benefit, the Danfoss ORT is a Class 5 rated heating control according to the ErP (Energy-related

Products) Directive due to come into force on 26th September 2015. The new EU Directive’s 1-8 classifications for controls equate to the percentage uplift in system efficiency, with Class 5 products such as the ORT room thermostat adding 3% efficiency to the heating system. ❚ enquiry 160

Stokvis Innovations at The Green Build Expo

Putting the cosiness into a home A wood burning stove can be great addition to a home, as it undoubtedly becomes the focal point of family living during the long cold winter months. However, it goes without saying that when considering a stove, aesthetics, quality and efficiency must work beautifully together. Distributed in the UK by Specflue, TermaTech is one of the leading

Vectair Systems on the way to green glory Vectair Systems, a leading manufacturer and supplier of hygiene products based in Basingstoke, Hampshire has won a Green Apple Environment

suppliers of wood burning stoves in Northern Europe. It has made a number of improvements to its range over recent years which have resulted in enhanced environmentally-friendly combustion, easier operation, better heat distribution and minimal maintenance. Combine these with efficiency levels above 82% and an increased choice of artistically designed stoves, supplied in a variety of finishes, such as steel, soapstone and Indian sandstone, there is no doubt that the humble wood burner is now positioned as a worthy appliance when Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities. Vectair Systems competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and will be presented with the Green Apple trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on Monday, November 16. It was recognised as an award winner for its V-Air® SOLID multi-phasing air freshener with sub-micron technology. V-Air® SOLID is classified as VOC exempt and waste-free. It is completely free of any solvents, propellants, HFCs and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). V-Air® SOLID contains

New video highlights how to reduce energy in your building A new video from Mitsubishi Electric shows how the company took its head office from an ‘E’ to a ‘B’ energy rating and offers

advice on how other companies can do the same. With tough legislation focusing attention on energy use in the built environment, how we heat, cool and ventilate our buildings is coming under scrutiny as never before. “We’ve been on an eight year journey and one of the things we are saying in this video is that any business could and should be planning to improve the performance of their building”, explains Russell Jones who hosts the video.

considering alternative heating sources.

❚ enquiry 157 no batteries. It is designed so that it does not need any external power source such and it doesn’t rely on gravity – all it needs to work is natural airflow. The refill is 100% organic and biodegradable and the dispenser is 100% recyclable. As a result of this Green Apple Award success, Vectair has been invited to have its winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow its example and learn from its achievement. Vectair Systems could also progress to represent its country in the Green World Awards, and the European Business Awards for the Environment. ❚ enquiry 158

“Just like any other company we have had to make a strong business case for each new piece of equipment, but the fact that we have improved so much and have significantly reduced running costs shows the advantages that can be gained”. The video can be viewed on the company’s dedicated YouTube channel: mitsubishielectric2 ❚ enquiry 159

Stokvis Energy Systems will introduce a range of new heating products and systems on Stand A14 at The Green Build Expo, Manchester Central, 10-11 November 2015. Made in the UK, the latest Econoplate "H" Series interface unit is ideal for district heating schemes. This innovative unit allows simpler, effective and flexible integration of low to zero carbon technology at the central plantroom, increasing overall energy efficiency. Stokvis Energy Systems Director Paul Sands explains: "Where you are looking at flats, sheltered

Free electricity with Dimplex Free-E New, cutting-edge technology from Dimplex could help more than 550,000 households in the UK save money by giving them the opportunity to store and use surplus energy produced by solar PV panels.

schemes or student accommodation it is a lot simpler and safer to have a district boiler rather than individual boilers requiring annual gas inspections and servicing. ❚ enquiry 161 government’s Feed In Tariff Scheme (FITS), which pays between 11-13p per kWh generated.

The new Dimplex Free-E works with a homeowner’s solar PV installation to heat their hot water cylinder for free. Currently homes that generate electricity through solar panels are able to benefit from the

Windhager Biomass warms 16th Century Tudor Towers Kirtling Towers, the remains of a Grade I 16th Century Tudor house, has recently received its first two installations of Windhager biomass heating systems. Located near Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, Kirtling Towers now form part of

❚ enquiry 162 the Fairhaven Estates, owned by Lord and Lady Fairhaven. The estate made the decision to convert to biomass as an economical and more sustainable alternative to its previous oil heating system. As a result, two separate Windhager biomass district heating systems, each comprising an 180kW BioWIN Excel Kaskade system were installed by local installers, Acorn Renewable Solutions. They are currently underway with phase three of the project with an expected completion by the winter. ❚ enquiry 163

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available, including the ever popular Beckford & Stokesay 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.

Introducing the new Infinity 480BF Charlton and Jenrick are pleased to announce the launch of the Infinity 480BF to expand the adaptable range of rear vented balanced flue gas fires it now offers. The size of the 480BF means that it will fit into the majority of fireplace designs available for sale in the UK and offers improved aesthetics over traditional 16” inch fires. The 480BF achieves an extremely impressive net efficiency of 86% from an economically modest 2.6kW input. The fire 1offers a great 14:24 Page flame picture and exceptional warmth in the room. The ceramic glass viewing area of the Infinity 480BF is the same size as the 480FL, which means the new fire is compatible with the Infinity fireplace package designs already

OMNIE Ground Source Heat Pumps Serve Six Bathroom Rural Redevelopment

The redevelopment of a former lock keeper’s cottage in Somerset, being replaced by a 850 square metre spacious modern family home, is making use of two ground source heat pumps from Omnie to provide not just space heating, but also hot water for the property’s six bathrooms, kitchen and utility. As is often the case with obtaining permission for substantial redevelopments in sensitive locations, local planners will have looked favourably on the proposal to employ a renewable heating system. The site isn’t connected to mains gas and the heat pumps provide a cost effective way to provide low temperature heating without having to bring in mains gas or rely on fossil fuels or high temperature heat sources. The design of the building is very contemporary and offers large open plan areas which is ideally suited for UFH and

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. The Infinity 480BF incorporates all the features of the existing infinity range including fully featured radio frequency remote control with thermostatic functions for premium user friendly convenience. RRP for the Infinity 480BF is from £2,063. Charlton & Jenrick Ltd are leading manufacturers and suppliers to the fire, fireplace, and stove industry. We have five industry leading brands - these are Katell, Paragon, Matchless, Fireline, and Infinity Fires. We supply local independent showrooms, local government (social housing), high street retail chains, and nationwide house builders. As a group, we are committed to the research and development of highly efficient, environmentally friendly, innovative, and attractive products for the fire, fireplace, and stove industry. We are ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited. Join the C&J Facebook community. Follow C&J on Twitter.

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low temperature heating. Because of the properties size/ building form and high specification of insulation, glazing the heating loads are low and therefore suited for efficient heat pump design operating at 35-40 degreesº flow temperature. This is further enhanced by a PV array (size TBC), which provides electricity to the heat pump operation storing the energy in the large buffer and hot water cylinder. The architect has made good provision for a large plant room and service access to different parts of the building, this is key to integration of good heating system, which the clients are very impressed with. With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, demand for hot water is potentially high and the pair of Omnie SWC 140S ground source heat pumps are suitably sized to meet the heating and hot water loads, harvesting free warmth from pipe runs laid across an adjoining field. The Omnie heat pumps, ground arrays and other elements to the system were installed by Exeter based renewables and heating specialist, N A Guppy Ltd. The groundworks phase of the project saw half a dozen 200 metre long runs of 32 mm crack resistant PE pipe laid in parallel trenches approximately one metre deep. These were connected up to a 6 port subterranean manifold at the edge of the field and then a back to the plant room in the house via a 25 metre long stretch of 63 mm pipe, laid beneath the access road. Charged with a glycol mix, the extensive Lshaped array will capture sufficient low grade heat throughout the year to allow the two high efficiency heat pumps to generate the output to service all the property’s needs: space heating being delivered via zoned Omnie’s underfloor loops.

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IntelliCasa were installing”, explained Brett Strivens, Managing Director at Orbital. “We listened to what the client wanted and our design team looked at all the different manufacturers to find the best solution. “The M Series from Mitsubishi Electric proved perfect because it would deliver the right climate to the environment and offered the option of the MELCloud Wi-Fi controller which we were able to integrate into the Intellicasa control system”.

High end comfort joins state of the art home automation system A prestigious and modern North London property is now benefiting from Wi-Fi controllable air conditioning that links to a state-of-the-art automated home system to provide cost effective and energy efficient comfort all year round. Orbital Climate Solutions, who install bespoke air conditioning and ventilation systems across London and the South, worked closely with the home automation specialists IntelliCasa, to deliver a first-class climate control system that provides discrete comfort for the homeowner whilst matching the high end refurbishment of the 5-bedroom home. Award winning IntelliCasa specialises in home automation systems for discerning private clients and has a mission to allow customers to take advantage of the most cutting edge technology today. “It was essential that we delivered an air conditioning system that was compatible with the sophisticated automation system

Orbital installed the M Series outdoor unit on the roof and used ducted indoor units behind discrete plastered-in grills to deliver air conditioning to the property. The Orbital team had to stick closely to the overall refurbishment schedule, whilst working closely around the other construction specialists on site as the refurbishment of the home was taking place. A close relationship with both the IntelliCasa team and controls specialists at Mitsubishi Electric helped ensure that the integration of the air conditioning into the home automation system went smoothly. “The homeowner was looking for first class climate control without affecting the aesthetic look of the high end finish throughout the property and the fact that we were able to use MELCloud to make the air conditioning work seamlessly with the rest of the high tech equipment really made the difference”, explained Brett Strivens. Further details on the cost effective climate solutions available from Orbital, visit the dedicated website: ❚ enquiry 168

Prestige Johannesburg office development stays cool with

SE Controls

FUSING EFFICIENT VENTILATION Effective, compliant ventilation of multioccupancy rooms is simplified with an innovative concept from Gilberts of Blackpool.

relevant acoustic considerations: its operational ‘noise’ is less than 30dbA, and it has been engineered to absorb external noise to keep within the classroom criteria required by BB93.

The air movement specialist’s Mistrale Fusion (MFS)Terminal delivers optimum internal air control for less than £5.00/room/annum1. The initial singlesided through-structure unit provides a one box, stand-alone solution, requiring no additional ductwork or plant. The Mistrale MFS is, says Gilberts, the first in a new series that revolutionises energy-efficient ventilation in non-domestic buildings.

Gilberts has further taken care to attain compliance with Building Regulations Approved Document L: Mistrale MFS attains air leakage better than legislative requirements- 5m3/HR/m2, and a U value of 1W/m2/°C. As with all Gilberts’ ventilation solutions, it delivers efficient weather performance via its bespoke louvre system.

“There is nothing else like it on the market,” says Gilberts’ Sales Director Ian Rogers. “In one unit, it ticks all the boxes in terms of natural ventilation criteria in multioccupancy rooms such as classrooms.” Installed through the external façade or window, Mistrale MFS mixes internal and external air to ventilate the internal space. A mixing damper within modulates airflow to allow the new, fresh air to mix with the warm exhaust air, thus extracting its heat without the need for an exchanger. The integrated low energy fan energises to blend the internal air, ensuring an even distribution of airflow, with control over temperature and CO2 levels within, and maintenance of a comfortable internal environment for occupants.

Founded 50+ years ago, privately owned Gilberts is unique in having its own, on-site (85,000ft2) manufacturing facility, producing engineered solutions, with an in-house test centre. Technical expertise is supported with full in-house testing addressing air movement andcombining with computational fluid dynamics CFD). ❚ enquiry 169

Just 2 no Mistrale MFS128 single-sided units will ventilate a standard 32 person classroom, achieving the 8litres/sec/person fresh air required by current Department of Education Building Bulletin (BB101) and PBSP guidelines. Each unit also achieves

A new prestige office development in Sandton, Johannesburg is using a combined smoke and natural ventilation system, involving automatic window vents in the building’s elliptical glazed central tower, which is actuated and controlled by an integrated solution from SE Controls Africa. Located in the Sandton business area, which is regarded as one of South Africa’s prime commercial locations, the R208 million (£10.7 million) Capital Hill development combines seven floors of office space with residential apartments, as well as covered parking for almost 400 vehicles. Designed by MWLF Architects, the building not only provides high quality business facilities and residential accommodation, but is also highly energy efficient and is constructed to achieve a ‘Four Green Star’ rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa. As part of this process, the building’s 12 storey elliptical central tower features a fully glazed external facade within an aluminium lattice structure, which incorporates an automatic window and vent opening system to provide natural ventilation and overnight cooling, as well as smoke ventilation in the event of a fire. To achieve the necessary level of versatility and control required for the automated vent system, SE Controls supplied 49 SECO N 24 25 twin chain actuators with a 350mm stroke length together with 7 SHEVTEC® control panels and manual control points

(MCP), which were networked using the company’s OSLink network cards. An external weather station was also installed to provide an information feed on ambient conditions into the system. In normal operation, the windows open and close automatically, to provide cooling and a supply of fresh air, but in the event of a fire this is over-ridden and vents are opened to allow smoke to be vented, enabling escape routes to be kept smoke free. Russel Cramb, General Manager with SE Controls Africa, explained: “Capital Hill is an iconic building and has already attracted a lot of attention

for its eye-catching design, green credentials and the quality of facilities it provides. We have an immense amount of experience in combined natural and smoke ventilation solutions, which we used when working with the architect to create a solution that wouldn’t compromise the smooth architectural lines of the external glazed facade.” Further information on SE Controls’ products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting or calling +44 (0) 1543 443060. ❚ enquiry 170

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JOHNSON & STARLEY'S WARM AIR HEATING AND vENTILATION SOLuTION FOR HISTORIC APARTMENT RENOvATION Johnson & Starley's WarmCair warm air heating, Aquastar hot water storage and Home 'n Dry ventilation technology have been combined to maximum effect in a spectacularly renovated historic apartment in Penarth. Brian and Marilyn Fisher selected Johnson & Starley products on professional recommendation and are delighted with the results Albert Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Penarth, was built in 1907 and its schoolroom was destroyed by bombing in World War Two. The church was later converted into a multi-purpose building, still including a place of worship, but with most of it given over to local community services. Since being used as a community centre it had fallen into disrepair and in 2012 it was converted into eight luxury apartments, including two spacious duplexes. Brian and Marilyn Fisher's open plan apartment features living room, kitchen and two bedrooms on an upper level of the renovated church with a dressing room and airing cupboard later transformed to house the new Johnson & Starley Warmcair heater and Aquastar water storage cylinder - leading off a mezzanine floor. Originally, electric underfloor heating had been installed to heat the apartment, but it had soon become apparent that this was inadequate to provide sufficient heating for the living space with its very high ceilings. Fuel bills were ranging from £600-£700 a month, yet even with the addition of portable calor gas and electric fan heaters, the desired warmth levels were still not being achieved. Looking for an alternative more

effective and more energy efficient approach, a British Gas engineer suggested to the Fishers that a Johnson & Starley warm air heating system with provision of domestic hot water could prove a solution. Following a site visit and professional advice from Independent Heating System Designer Barry Williamson, a specification for a heating system, including detailed heat loss calculations, was drawn up. The solution was based on the installation of a Johnson & Starley WarmCair C20DW high efficiency combined warm air condensing heater with domestic hot water. Barry comments: “The apartment presented some challenges in terms of designing and installing a warm air heating system that could do the job. It's an unusually shaped apartment with high ceilings and a delightful internal décor. This needed to be considered carefully when designing the installation of the required ductwork to distribute warmed air in the most effective way.” To maintain the highly attractive look of the apartment, ducting was concealed around the apartment behind the ceiling in the bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and en-suite, with discreet outlet grills in each room and two at floor level in the main living area. Extract vents remove the warm air

that has risen to the wood panelled ceiling level and duct it back down to ground level for energy saving recirculation. The thermostat is in the main living room, in the centre of the wall below the balcony, so that the temperature reading gives a more accurate figure of room temperature. Although the underfloor heating has been retained, it is no longer required. Only the fully Building Regulations Part L compliant, the WarmCair C20DW is now used. It has the added advantage of domestic hot water provision rather than having to rely upon a standard tank with an immersion heater. With a thermal efficiency up to 98% and its 20kW output, the WarmCair C20DW is ideal for the size of the apartment and fulfils all of Mr & Mrs Fisher's requirements. For extra energy efficiency it is fully modulating and includes a condensate pump as standard as well as the Cleanflow electronic air filtration option. “The WarmCair is a new generation of warm air heating, ideal for this type of heritage project. It performs at least as well as a modern gas fired wet heating system, but without the unsightly clutter of radiators. Furthermore with warm air heating there is no heat loss compared with that which is encountered when hot water is circulated through radiators to heat the house,” says Barry Williamson. A 180 litre Aquastar hot water storage cylinder has been installed. It is made from highgrade stainless steel and retains heat using a 50mm layer of insulation. The capacity is more than enough to store the hot water generated by the WarmCair and required by the Fishers. It also features a 3kW backup immersion heater. The complete installation was undertaken by Robin Heffter of Shackleton & Wintle and it took 10 working days to complete due

to the scale and challenge of the project. This included drilling the solid three feet thick church walls. Robin Heffter Managing Director of Shackleton & Wintle said “It was an interesting job with many technical challenges, but the results made everything worthwhile. Mr & Mrs Fisher were for the first time in 4 years warm this winter and are extremely happy with their warm and comfortable fast acting heating system.” Since installation, the results have been all that Mr & Mrs Fisher could have hoped for. Previously the underfloor heating had to remain on all the time to generate warmth within the property, whereas now Mr & Mrs Fisher put on the heating on arrival and the effect is almost immediate thanks to the fast warm up times. In terms of domestic hot water (DHW), previously the immersion heater would need to be on for 24 hours a day, but now the WarmCair is only turned on for 2-3 hours a day and there is always hot water - even when the family comes to stay. Overall, bills for heating and hot water have

been reduced by 40%. The main entrance hall, at the bottom of the bell tower, was suffering from mould and damp, evidenced by peeling paint and the aroma. To combat this, Johnson & Starley's Home 'n Dry unit has been installed. It is situated in the coat cupboard just adjacent to the stair well. A hole cut through the wall and a diffuser fitted with the ducting, takes in warm air from the main dwelling to be used by the unit. The Home 'n Dry is a wholehouse, positive input ventilation system that introduces a constant flow of dry air that reduces relative humidity. The system creates a positive pressure forcing the stale air to escape through the fabric of the building. The fan speed of its low energy DC fan can be adjusted and running costs can be as little as 1p per day. ❚ enquiry 171

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TIMEGUARD October/November 2015


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the next chapter Buoyed by the continuing success of its NIGHTeye range, which continues to prove that quality counts, Timeguard has revealed more new products for winter 2015, with indoor fittings making their first appearance in the range. The new ranges offer direct replacements for older energy-guzzling designs: 2Ds, halogen spotlights and traditional lanterns. And, as if the energy savings and reliability aren’t enough, Timeguard’s attention to design and detail will make them attractive for use in and around any home or office; and they are all engineered for fast, easy installation. LED-day for 2Ds Now there’s a direct replacement for 2D fluorescent light fittings with the promise of big energy savings. 2D fluorescent lamp fixtures were the go-to energy saving choice of their day, but now there’s a new generation of LED fiitings available.

The new super slim LED models from Timeguard, available in black or white, are stylish enough for use in offices and homes, and tough and weatherproof enough for commercial and outdoor use, in 12W and 18W versions.

new range featuring a low energy LED bonus. Timeguard’s new carriage lanterns provides the same instant on brightness that users have become used to with halogen and incandescent lights in the past, and prefer for automatic outdoor lighting.

Spot the difference Halogen up/down spotlights have always been popular with anyone with an eye for lighting design and now Timeguard has brought an LED-ready range to market to provide energy saving opportunities as well as stylish design.

Take control of your LED installations Timeguard’s latest PIR lighting controller provides all the power you need to manage LED lighting systems. It is rated to switch LED lighting and will manage up to a pretty impressive 140W and is also suitable for 500W fluorescent or up to 2300W halogen incandescent lighting.

Stylish and weatherproof, they can be used indoors and out. Fixed, adjustable and up/down versions are offered and there’s a choice of shiny metallic stainless steel or matte black finish. Halogen bulbs can be fitted if required.


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Virgin Trains install First Class Luminaires from AURA LIGHT Virgin Trains, one of the UK’s largest train operators, has specified Aura Light to provide energy efficient lighting for its Pendolino trains. Each train within the fleet has been installed with Aura Light’s A-LED spotlights in white and blue, a bespoke product designed specifically for the requirements put forward by Virgin Trains. Many of Aura Light’s highperformance T8 Ultimate Long Life tube luminaires were also installed to provide sustainable and high-quality lighting to the first class and economy carriages, luggage shelves and toilet stalls. The installation of the lighting is part of the company’s plan to

achieve a yearly 2.5% reduction in CO₂ emissions until 2017. Greg Newport, Customer Systems Manager at Virgin Trains, commented “With Aura Light’s highly energy efficient LED lighting we came to the conclusion that they could provide us with the tools we need in order to achieve these reductions. Not only has the new lighting improved the energy efficiency of the Pendolino trains, but the other overall lighting is a vast improvement compared to the standard of the previous lighting.”

The lighting supplied by Aura Light replaced several 20W low voltage halogen and standard fluorescent lamps, each with a poor colour temperature of 2700k. As a result, these traditional lamps did not offer sufficient levels of lighting to the carriages and luggage areas and proved extremely expensive to use across the entire fleet of trains. By replacing the low-efficiency traditional lamps, Virgin Trains has not only decreased its energy costs but will also reduce maintenance costs by 75% due to an impressive light life of up to 80,000 hours with the Aura T8 Ultimate Long Life luminaire. The high-performance, fluorescent lamp also holds the world’s longest service life as well as an extremely low failure rate, proving a successful long-term efficient lighting solution. Used to light the main aisles of the carriages and toilets stalls, the T8 Ultimate Long Life lighting in 4000k distributes a high-quality bright light to offer improved lighting levels across the trains.

Accompanied by Aura Light’s 2.6W A-LED1 downlights, and 0.8W A-LED2 blue spotlights, the overall energy output of the new lighting scheme is significantly reduced which will ultimately generate considerable monetary and carbon emission savings.

Revolutionary Goodlight G5 - The LED Solution to outdated flourescents LED Eco Lights has introduced its revolutionary Goodlight G5 LED luminaire as the 21st Century replacement for inefficient and energy-hungry fluorescent tubes. Designed and developed to meet the requirements of the most challenging commercial and industrial environments, the new G5 combines versatility and cost effectiveness.

The new model typically replaces standard twin fluorescent fittings that are beyond their useful lives. These outdated fixtures are not only extremely energy intensive but also rely on old lighting technology including control gear that requires additional maintenance and has a relatively short lifespan. Performance is also often poor and accompanied by

various operational problems such as flickering, buzzing and blackened tubes. Available in two, four and five foot lengths, the Goodlight G5 LED luminaire provides ‘instant on’ illumination, super brightness of 110Lm per Watt and a 50,000 hours lifespan. This new model also offers energy savings of up to 65% to achieve potential payback within four months and is covered by a comprehensive five year guarantee. Ease of installation is assured by a choice of recessed and surface mountings plus suspended fixings, all within the physical space of the original fluorescent fitting. This flexibility means that the new Goodlight G5 LED luminaire is ideal for general and task lighting applications in retail stores, car parks, warehouses, offices, hospitals and numerous other locations. Importantly, because there is no glass component within the product, the G5 is also perfect for use

within all kinds of food and drink production areas. Conceived to offer a sleek appearance matched to rugged performance, the new IP65-rated G5 LED luminaire incorporates ‘Five Way’ protection against rain, dust, ice, heat and corrosion. Furthermore, the product may be specified complete with an integral battery back-up to ensure suitability for use in emergency lighting systems. “Our new Goodlight G5 LED luminaire has really raised the bar in cost effective, multi-purpose lighting,” says Saima Shafi, LED Eco Lights’ marketing director. “Not only does it look tremendous, it also offers unrivalled performance and reliability – all backed up by a 50,000 hours lifespan and a nononsense five year guarantee. The days of the fluorescent tube are numbered and our integrated G5 LED is the perfect upgrade option!” ❚ enquiry 175

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New Martindale testers optimise the workplace environment HSE guidelines for lighting, ventilation, temperature, noise, humidity all help to ensure a happy, healthy and productive workplace or leisure environment. Getting the balance right also improves energy efficiency and contributes to a safe working environment. The new range of environmental testers from Martindale Electric make it easy to check, monitor and optimise work place conditions in industrial, commercial and public premises and also enable testing for hazardous levels of carbon monoxide and microwave leakage. Designed to assess all the key parameters that contribute to the quality of the indoor built environment, the range of handheld testers from Martindale Electric enable measurement and recording of temperature, light, sound and moisture levels. ❚ enquiry 174

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PRODUCT NEWS & INNOVATIONS October/November 2015

Engaging sales brochure details Celsius Solid Roof Installer and homeowner enquiries for Synseal’s innovative Celsius Solid Roof are now fully supported by an informative new sales brochure entitled “Quick to fit, strong and warm… the right roof for the job.” This engaging and well-presented 24-page publication provides full technical details to illustrate how the product components are delivered to site in kit format to exactly meet project specifications and then swiftly fitted together to build a truly warm roof construction. Celsius Solid Roof uses a skeleton of specially-engineered C24 construction grade structural timbers to form ridge and hip assemblies that neatly receive the Kingspan TEK Building System structural insulated panels and, because no aluminium is used,

Granorte welcomes designers at Material Lab Drinks & Materials event Granorte’s striking fabric, wall and floor finishes are on permanent display at material lab and the innovative manufacturer supported the recent Drinks and Materials event at the Great Titchfield Street space. Interior designers and architects from across the capital attended

the event to discover some of the most innovative surface materials available today, as well as enjoy a selection of fine cheeses, cocktails and beer. Drinks and Materials provided an out of hours opportunity for event-goers to discover Granorte’s impressive array of cork finishes and a multitude of applications, from beautiful and hardwearing floor and wall coverings to an exquisite range of cork fabrics in Tessughero. ❚ enquiry 178

any possibility of cold bridging is eradicated. The brochure fully explains this fundamental technical advantage along with sections outlining end-user benefits, speed of installation, key suppliers including Velux roof windows and Rapierstar stainless steel fixings, available building extension footprint styles, Synseal’s range of lightweight and interlocking Envirotile recycled roofing components and the crucial issue of Building Regulations compliance. “Now that Celsius Solid Roof has secured full LABC registration

and approval we have released this authoritative sales brochure which is designed to help installers discuss retrofit or new build solutions with their homeowner clients,” comments Synseal’s Head of Marketing Mark Schlotel. “This publication stresses that local Building Control approval will be required for every solid roof installation and to ease the applications process we offer two ways of achieving compliance – via LABC as the public sector route or via ASW Consultants as an alternative private sector route. Guidance notes and full details on how to achieve technical compliance are provided to reassure both installers and consumers.”

❚ enquiry 177

Jet Cox appoints New General Manager UK based manufacturer of high performance Coxdome rooflights and skylights, Jet Cox, has appointed a new General Manager to lead its team, at the company’s Walsall offices. Chris Lister will be responsible for all UK business operations across the company and looking after the sales, technical and manufacturing teams and key account holders. Bringing with him a wealth of experience from Building Products Manufacturing, Chris originally qualified as an Architect with a background in Building Design and Construction Business Management. In his new role at Jet Cox, Chris will continue the growth of the company in the roof lighting market place, ensuring

that the firm builds on its recent resurgence and the historic successes it has enjoyed as Coxdome over the last 60 years. Prior to joining Jet Cox, Chris was Technical & Commercial Manager for Alumasc Exterior Building Products for 8 years, operating across their Flat Roofing, Rainwater, Drainage and Façade businesses.

rugby club, Port Sunlight RFC. This zest for sport and teamwork will, he hopes, assist him in his new job as General Manager for the rooflight specialist. ❚ enquiry 180

He has also been the Technical Manager for Brett Martin Daylight Systems – a role he held for ten years. A keen sailor and motorbike enthusiast, Chris is also a committed rugby man and although now only turning out infrequently, is chair of his local

2015 SFE Façades competition opens for entries A spray solution for everyday cleaning & care! Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, has launched Spray Cleaner, a cleaning solution for everyday maintenance of oiled and waxed wood surfaces in both residential and commercial environments.

Osmo Spray Cleaner protects and retains wood’s natural beauty and durability through regular maintenance. Produced from natural plant oils and soaps, the solution can be used on all wooden furniture and surfaces as well as varnished, stone, vinyl and PVS surfaces. Osmo Spray Cleaner is especially suitable for cleaning and maintaining oiled and waxed interior wood surfaces, and is particularly recommended for surfaces treated with Osmo TopOil. Providing a high effective clean, Osmo Spray Cleaner preserves both natural and protected surfaces without causing wear of treatment. ❚ enquiry 179

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2013 the Society of Façade Engineering has called for entries for FAÇADE2015, the second international competition designed to recognise, promote and reward excellence in this increasingly important element of building design and construction. Three awards will be presented: Façade of the Year 2015New Build; Façade of the Year 2015–Refurbishment; and an additional category Outstanding Façade Innovation 2015. The winners will be presented in December 2015 at the prestigious Glass Supper conference and dinner that attracts the highest echelon of façades-focused architects and engineers from around the world. This year the venue is the celebrated ‘Sky Garden’ in the City of London. International applications are welcome from individuals, companies and project teams. The prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges that includes some of the foremost experts from the field of façade engineering and design to entries that demonstrate: • A clear demonstration of excellence in technical design and/or research that has made a significant contribution to the discipline of façade engineering • In the development of technologies, product designs, systems or buildings. All entries must be received by 2nd Nov 2015 and those shortlisted will be notified by 21st Nov 2015 ❚ enquiry 181

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October/November 2015

An ace idea - with the potential to solve the world’s housing shortage An innovative modular building system which has the potential to plug the massive shortfall in low-cost

Photography: Roy Strutt Photography.

Lucideon Publishes Comfortable Conditions in Buildings Guide Stoke-on-Trent (UK), 10 September 2015 – Lucideon, the international materials technology company, has published a new guidance document, ‘Creating Comfortable Conditions in Buildings’. Written by Dr Geoff Edgell, Director and Principal Construction Consultant at Lucideon, the guide discusses the shortfall of current incentives for sustainable and energy efficient housing, and the potential of a ‘whole-house’ comfort rating to aid the efficiency of homes.

housing and schools, not just in Britain but across the world, is using expanded polystyrene (now known across Europe as airpop™) at the centre of its unique patented design. In its most recent project, the Acermetric building system has just slashed costs and build-time at a London primary school where a two-storey multi-purpose 466m2 “Centre of Excellence” was assembled in around 13 weeks on site by just four builders lifting panels by hand and installing the elements with

Sustainability and energy efficiency is a rapidly growing demand from industry. The guide highlights factors which need to be considered, including different approaches required for new builds, refurbishments and new, innovative dwellings that steer away from traditional construction materials.

a single tool! Coppice Primary School in Chigwell, which provided independent funding for the project, said “the new Centre of Excellence is a unique and bespoke provision that houses two additional classrooms, a computing suite, art studio and science laboratory to accommodate our subject specialisms. This has been a huge success with our pupils, being able to educate them in a purpose built provision. ❚ enquiry 182 these requirements have had issues with take-up, proper implementation and scope. The guide examines regulations that measure the functionality of a house as a whole. Targets such as maintaining a comfortable temperature are both practical and quantifiable, making it easier to create, implement and maintain regulations and standards.”

Dr Geoff Edgell said:“New regulations and requirements put added pressure on the construction sector to ensure homes are efficient in terms of energy usage and CO2 emissions.

Lucideon offers consultancy and testing solutions to the construction industry and has experts on a number of panels and regulatory committees which help drive standards and regulations for the sector.

“Schemes that have been put in place to help us meet

❚ enquiry 183


Recticel goes European Recticel has followed up an MP's visit with one by a MEP. Leading UK PIR insulation manufacturer Recticel has played host to its second VIP in almost as many weeks. Anthea McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands, who has an impressive background in business, spent three hours touring Recticel's 175,000ft2 state-of-the-art factory in Stoke on Trent on September 7th. Her visit came just over two weeks after one by Rob Flello, MP for Stoke on Trent South.

national network, prospect franchisees, head office support staff from Tunbridge Wells and senior corporate executives from Florida, including Trend CEO Andrea Di Giuseppe, all took out time for the conference, held at Sarah Beeny’s magnificent Rise Hall. The event provided the launch pad for the UK element of a major global rebranding programme, which will see the small yet significant brand transition

from ‘Granite Transformations’ to ‘Trend Transformations’, first through a year-long pilot project, then a subsequent national rollout. The Group CEO offered his personal vision for the new brand, with its wider product portfolio, while senior directors from top rebranding agency, FutureBrand, outlined the practicalities. ❚ enquiry 184

Bloor Homes chooses Classic seaside finish Bloor Homes chooses Classic seaside Bloor Homes has opted for Canjaere Classic as the external finish for its latest project, an exclusive development of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, Dorset. The client selected the oil treatment supplied by the A. Proctor Group in Brown to protect and enhance timber cladding on the properties. The Canjaere Classic range preserves the beauty and resilience of natural wood by increasing its water resistance and stability. The sophisticated treatment which comprises a mixture of mineral and vegetable oils protects the timber by inhibiting moisture pick-up. Bloor Homes is benefitting from the peace of mind that the project will look good for years to come thanks to Canjaere Classic’s 30 year

warranty against rot and decay. Canjaere Classic is available in four natural colours, and has a range of colour-matched accessories. ❚ enquiry 185

development and its recent multi-million £ investment in the plant, making it Europe's most modern PIR manufacturing facility. Part of this investment is the commissioning of a new line with full rebating ability, allowing the production of even better-performing insulation. This investment has led to the creation of 30 new jobs for local people this year alone. ❚ enquiry 186

Both were hosted by Recticel's commercial director Kevin Bohea but for Mrs McIntyre's visit he was joined by Chris Hall, CEO of BRUFMA (British Rigid Urethane Foam Manufacturers' Association), the representative body for the Rigid Polyisocyanurate (PIR) and Polyurethane (PUR) insulation industry in the UK. Like Mr Flello, Mrs McIntyre spent the morning learning about the company's

CPET Update Gives Forest Certification Schemes Top Score

Granite Transformations Franchise Conference Previews Brand Transformation Granite Transformations, the home improvements brand owned by the international Trend Group, held its most important and best-attended UK franchise conference ever, last month. Franchise owners and their partners from around the


The latest review by the Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET), on public sector timber procurement policy (TPP) Category A Evidence has been published. In 2014, both PEFC and FSC were put forward for the TPP Category A Evidence certified scheme review. After an independent technical panel reviewed the evidence, Defra approved the results in September 2015. For the schemes to meet the Category A criteria, it is mandatory to meet 100% of the legality criteria and at least 70% of the sustainability criteria. Defra has announced that both schemes remain 100% compliant with the Category A legality criteria and both are over 90% compliant with the sustainability criteria. This result demonstrates the equivalence of both schemes in providing assurances of legal and sustainable timber sourcing. Results of the Evaluation of Category A Evidence: Forest Certification Schemes: October 2015, showed that: “Both FSC and PEFC have achieved scores of 100% for legality criteria and over 90% for sustainability criteria and as such are recognised as continuing to deliver requirements for both legality and sustainability. These very high scores demonstrate the significant progress made in international forest certification since the first evaluation conducted in 2004. Both FSC and PEFC have made substantial improvements to their schemes since 2010, reflected in the scores awarded. Public sector procurers and suppliers of timber can continue to use FSC and PEFC certification

as Category A evidence for demonstrating compliance with the UK government Timber Procurement Policy requirement to buy sustainable and legal timber.” Welcoming the positive assessment Alun Watkins, Executive Director, PEFC UK said: “The CPET review and Defra results demonstrate that PEFC is at the forefront of responsible sourcing and sustainable forestry. Both in the UK and internationally, PEFC works hard to keep up with the challenges and real life issues facing the broad range of stakeholders involved in the global forestry and wood-products supply chain. The global PEFC family is committed to continuous improvement to ensure our standards continue to reflect best practice in sustainable forest management.” CPET has played a significant role in supporting the increased uptake of sustainable timber in the public sector and in support to government buyers and suppliers implementing the UK government TPP. The first assessment was conducted in 2004 and the most recent assessment in 2010. The 2015 update was undertaken to ensure FSC and PEFC continue to provide assurance of legality and sustainability, particularly in light of new criteria on the updated definitions of ‘legal’ and ‘sustainable’ sources. To read the results in more detail visit: ❚ enquiry 187.

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PRODUCT NEWS & INNOVATIONS October/November 2015

Harmer Stainless Steel Floor Drain is No.1 choice Harmer’s Stainless Steel Floor Drain is the product of choice for the refurbishment of Nottingham Kayak Club (NKC). The project is one of the first UK installations of this innovative range. Vertical mini floor drains are fitted with 200mm grates to provide a seamless finish alongside the 200mm floor tiles used in the club changing rooms. Manufactured from 304 grade stainless steel, the new floor drain gives excellent corrosion resistance, and high flow rate performance with minimal maintenance requirements. It’s also long-lasting and sustainable – manufactured using material that is 100% recyclable. “Our Stainless Steel range is durable, strong, yet surprisingly lightweight,” says Wayne Willmott, Harmer Drainage Sales Manager. “It’s great value for money, easy to install and has an attractive surface finish.” “We’re thrilled with the results,” says project spokesman for NKC, Mark Blatchley. “The Harmer drains are really effective, look great and are an easy-tomaintain solution that will last. As a charity and community-driven project, we really appreciated the time that the Harmer team gave us. They were on hand when we needed practical and technical support, and helped us to deliver the

Alumasc Rainwater’s New Technical Brochure Alumasc Rainwater, part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), introduces its new Technical Brochure, which is available to download at

project within our grant funding.” Harmer Drainage is part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) - the new name for integrated water management – and is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of building drainage products. With over 40 years’ experience, Harmer Drainage combines quality materials with meticulous design to produce premium products and solutions. Its Stainless Steel range shows an uncompromising blend of imaginative design, high performance materials and innovative engineering, while ensuring minimal environmental impact. For more information on Harmer Drainage and its new Stainless Steel Floor Drain visit or call 0808 100 2008. Visit and follow @AlumascWMS. ❚ enquiry 188

The new brochure provides customers with in-depth information on all aspects of its rainwater solutions, including gutters, downpipes and associated fittings. The update includes technical data on the recently introduced AX extruded aluminium gutter, our new pre-fabricated steel outlet and the Swaged aluminium downpipe range. AWMS Marketing Manager Ben Green says: “Our new technical brochure includes detailed information on our market leading aluminium, cast iron and steel gutters and downpipes. It’s just one part of a wide range of marketing materials we’re developing to make it easy for our customers to understand our range, benefit from our technical support and select the best rainwater solutions for their projects. “The design of the new brochure has also changed to incorporate our new branding and campaign theme that clearly communicates the performance benefits of our range and lead in colour,” continues Ben. Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AMWS) is the first joined up brand in the industry that provides an overall solution in water management, from rain to drain. It includes Alumasc Rainwater, Skyline Fascia & Soffits, Harmer Building Drainage and Gatic Civil Drainage.

For more information call 0808 100 2008. Follow @AlumascRW ❚ enquiry 189.

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Yeoman Shield Launch New Handrail Products Already the manufacturer, supplier and installer of a comprehensive range of wall & door protection products, Yeoman Shield have expanded their range of Guardian Handrails. Incorporating the original and improved Guardian Handrail this new group of rails will also include the Guardian 50mm dia. Handrail, available in either a PVCu, Stainless Steel or Timber option and the Guardian Twin Handrail which has both an upper support rail coupled to a lower protection rail in one complete system. “We are aware that our standard wall and door protection packages very often go hand in hand with the requirement of a handrail system.” “We want to be able to simplify things for our clients when specifying and procuring this group of materials and be in a position to offer them a complete and comprehensive package. It was for this reason that we have developed the New Guardian Handrails to complement our core market of wall and door protection products.” Commented Yeoman Shield’s Sales Director, Stuart Russell. Suitable for Healthcare, Education, Leisure and Industrial environments Guardian Handrails will be available from November.

❚ enquiry 190.

To request more information on these new handrail products go to, email call 0113 279 5854.

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Marshall Profiles precision coupled with their ease of use guarantees walls are now built to an exacting standard

Let’s Build It Right! Marshall Profiles® are the brain child of Noel Marshall who has been inventing wall building tools since 2000.

Noel’s other popular inventions include the Bricky®, Masons Mate & Pro-Pointer.

Call for more details! Marshall Profiles T: UK 01245 790 320 T: IRE 00 353 61 364 085 ❚ enquiry 801.