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Fletcher Priest has won planning permission for a scheme to revive one of London’s most idiosyncratic and popular locations – the urban quarter that is home to the Piccadilly Lights. The 24-hour city block borders Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue’s Theatreland and Soho’s Denman Street and attracts 100m people a year, although the space behind the Lights has been empty since the 1950s. Fletcher Priest’s proposal lightly envelops the site with a folding geometric skin of ceramic tiles, and creates a rooftop landscape of creative workspaces that open onto terraces with breath-taking views across central London. The Piccadilly Circus island site has been a planning conundrum

for more than 60 years and a series of design proposals have failed to gain planning consent. In 2012 Europe’s largest property company, Land Securities, asked Fletcher Priest to come up with a design that could turn the apparently unusable space behind the Lights into desirable offices, shops and residential while keeping the lights and existing shops fully operational throughout.

Construction at Skanska’s The Monument Building, in the heart of the City of London, has reached the final stages with the fitting of its most striking architectural feature.

and apparently contradictory interests, with a playful, rational approach that belies the complexity of the site. The proposal creates a winter garden behind the Piccadilly Lights, bringing in natural light from above and making the space useable once more. he distinctive folding roof-scape will be made from point mesh

Architect Keith Priest said: ‘This exciting multi-layered proposal reflects the dynamism of Piccadilly Circus itself, which is London’s most popular and inclusive public space. The equivalent of Tokyo’s Shibuya or New York City’s Times Square, it expresses the essence of the city – its highs and lows, its glamour and grunge. We hope to revive the area and capture the essence of its history and identity - the fascinating story of Monico, from its days as a restaurant that was once a regular tea-dance venue; to the origins of Rainbow Corner as a meeting place for American GIs in London, and more recently as the backdrop to a dazzling array of films.’

At the same time as opening up new space, Fletcher Priest proposes to enhance the character of original buildings on the site and improve the public realm. The scheme, which has won plaudits from Westminster Council and has the approval of Boris Johnson, solves the jigsaw puzzle of uses

Skanska’s The Monument Building: Countdown to completion as main architectural feature is fitted


covered with thousands of masscrafted, glazed ceramic mouldings. This colourful skin will become visible at strategic moments from the street – for example at Rainbow Corner, in memory of the American Red Cross building which stood there during the war, where the roof skin folds around the parapet connecting with the façade and hinting at the complex geometry of the structure above. Elsewhere, passers-by will get glimpses of colour above the gables, echoing London’s often exotic roof-scape, while concealing the paraphernalia of plant, vents and cleaning cradles. All the new workspaces, which are aimed at Soho media companies, have access to external terraces, an exceptional feature on such a dense urban site. Inside Fletcher Priest’s architecture respects the existing arrangement of facades and windows by forming a new interior façade with usable deep-set openings incorporating window seats, inglenooks and ledges for worktops.




The main façade of aluminium fins provide a distinctive ‘curtain’ of rhythmic, repeating twists from the ninth to the second floor, delivering a stunning yet simple and restrained feature to the

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building, and a suitable backdrop for the nearby historic Monument to the Great Fire of London. They have been designed and placed to maximise the amount of natural light into the building, while at the same time providing shade and reducing heat gain.

award-winning architect of The Monument Building, comments:

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“With Skanska, we have designed a building that not only meets its sustainable criteria, but also offers striking features while being respectful of this historic location.

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“As well as the bespoke fins, the exterior of the remainder of the building, with a mix of alternating Jura stone and glazed panels, has been carefully considered to respect its surroundings.” Andreas Lindelöf, Managing Director, Development, says: “With an emphasis on placemaking, sustainability, tenant profitability and creating the right working environment, The Monument Building has been developed as a place where City companies want to be. The wow factor that we wanted to create is now being revealed as we countdown to completion.” The Monument Building, comprising 94,000sqft (8,733sqm) of grade A office space and two





ground-floor retail units, is Skanska’s first ‘Workplaces by Skanska’ development in London. The scheme, which is due to complete in May 2016, boasts four feature terraces with spectacular views to the north and south, a large reception area, state-of-theart cycle storage and first-class shower facilities. The Monument Building is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, with features including LED lighting, a green roof, photovoltaic panels and an intelligent lighting control system. Savills is letting agent for the office space and Nash Bond for the retail accommodation.

Sustainability lacking in public purchasing All too often, public funds are used to purchase goods and services that are selected without regard for environmental or social responsibility. In Europe, the new EU Public Purchasing Directive offers governments an opportunity to tighten legislation surrounding sustainable purchasing, and for buyers at the local level to take advantage of existing opportunities to make more sustainable product choices. A new report from Sweden, Sustainable public procurement – from rhetoric to practice, takes a closer look at sustainable purchasing in the public sector and examines some common myths associated with including sustainability factors in the process. Deficiencies are identified in current legislation aimed at encouraging greater focus on sustainability factors in purchasing contracts. The study concludes that there is a need for tighter legislation, but also for buyers to take a greater responsibility at the grass roots level, by making more use of tools, such as third party certifications, available to them today. The report is published by a group of sustainability organizations based in Sweden, including TCO Development, Fair Trade Sweden, MSC, the Association for Nature Conservation, KRAV, New Wave Group, 2050 Consulting and Ecolabelling Sweden. Together, these organizations have over 100 years experience in public purchasing, sustainability criteria and environmental strategy. Sören Enholm, CEO of TCO Development and Ragnar Unge,

CEO at Ecolabeling Sweden comments on the collaboration; “This report represents a unique cooperation between organizations with a long background in solutions for public purchasers. We hope this report will encourage both lawmakers and procurement professionals to become more engaged in sustainability issues when buying products and services. The new EU Public Purchasing Directive is currently being implemented by all member states. Provisions in the Directive give greater room for purchasers to make use of third party certifications as part of sustainable purchasing practice. Third party programs can support purchasers by providing current, relevant criteria and built-in routines for assessing and verifying compliance of the products they buy, something which is often too complex and resource-intensive for purchasers to do themselves. The authors urge public entities to take greater responsibility for ensuring that products purchased with public funds meet sustainability criteria throughout the life cycle. Using third party certifications in various product categories is an effective way to do this, and in turn, help reach broader national climate and sustainability goals. Buyer demand for third party certification provides greater incentive for brands and manuufacturers to not only certify their products, but also improve the overall environmental and social aspects of their business.

TWO YORKSHIRE businesses have started work reinforcing an iconic Yorkshire bridge and strengthening an 11-storey London building, using innovative carbon fibre technology. Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers has carried out engineering designs for Fibrwrap UK to strengthen the deck of Scarborough’s iconic Peaseholm Glen Bridge, with more than 900 square metres of carbon fibre. Fibrwrap UK, which is a global company with regional offices in Leeds and Hull, is one of the UK’s leading structural strengthening specialists and provides an innovative structural repair service that uses glass and carbon fibre reinforced polymers. Adept has also designed one of the UK’s biggest ever strengthening projects that uses fibre reinforced polymers, which is on site now. The project will see Fibrwrap’s technology used to strengthen the floor slabs and shear walls in an 11 storey former office building at Archway, in North London, to enable two extra storeys to be added as the building is converted into luxury residential apartments. Other high profile work that Adept has recently completed for Fibrwrap include a bear pit at Dudley Zoo, reinforcing floor plates on the maternity ward at Barnsley General Hospital so three brand new birthing pools could be installed, repairing water pipes at E.ON Energy’s power station in North Wales and strengthening floor slabs at Blackburn Cathedral. Fibrwrap’s Managing Director, Jamie Dempster, says: “Our technology enables buildings and other structures to be strengthened, using lightweight carbon fibre as opposed to concrete or steel.

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Kährs joins ‘nature-inspired’ interior design at Wansford Marina Kährs Oak Essex has been specified and supplied - by Wisbech-based Simply Interiors - throughout an award-nominated new-build development in Cambridgeshire, by Hatch Properties. Exclusive Wansford Marina consists of six detached properties with their own private moorings. Kährs rustic-contemporary wood floor design was chosen to reflect the homes’ nature-inspired interiors and countryside setting. Set in an idyllic gated marina, the exclusive development is located on the banks of the River Nene, close to Wansford village. Throughout the contemporary interiors, a relaxing colour pallet of greens, golds and



brown accents are used alongside sleek marble and chrome features. Kährs strawtoned Oak Essex, with its lively grain variation, contrasts with pale-toned fabrics, walls and cupboards, creating a warm natural backdrop throughout the stunning interiors. Kährs Oak Essex is a one-strip, brushed wood floor from Kährs European Naturals Collection. The sustainable oak design has a ‘country’ grain and the individual boards are bevelled along all four sides to accentuate the plank format. Kährs multi-layered construction – which uses hardwood down to the joint and fast-growing timber below – provides an eco-friendly surface and exceptional stability throughout all seasons. For more information, please contact Kährs (UK) Ltd on tel. 023 9245 3045, email or visit ❚ enquiry 101.

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Saint-Gobain gives back to community projects Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, the leader in the sustainable habitat and construction markets, awarded a total of £75,000 to fund refurbishment measures in community buildings nominated by employees, as part of its ‘Nominate to Renovate’ competition.

Helping projects achieve BREEAM ratings Wasted energy and the thermal efficiency of our buildings have become key topics on an environmental and financial level. Our buildings account for more than 40% of all carbon emissions, therefore the need to create ways to reduce our ‘footprint’ has become a major concern. Selectaglaze secondary glazing systems using low emissivity glass, can reduce heat loss by 50% and achieve a U-value of around 1.9. With sealed unit glazing this is further reduced and a figure as low as 1.3 is achievable. Secondary glazing can provide substantial improvements when changing the original draughty

windows is not possible. This is generally when a building is Listed or sits within a conservation area. Air permeability performance below 5m3/h.m3 is readily achieved with Selectaglaze sliding systems and below 1m3/h.m3 with Selectaglaze hinged systems. Secondary glazing is an independent window fitted to the room side of a building, and is a discreet and reversible adaptation, accepted by most Heritage bodies. All of Selectaglaze’s units are bespoke and using high performance seals ensure the tightest fit, reducing air infiltration and virtually eradicating drafts.

Selectaglaze was established in 1966 and its secondary glazing has been used on all building types from Listed offices to new build hotels helping projects achieve high BREEAM ratings. Selectaglaze has worked on projects such as Wiltshire Town Hall and Ham Yard Hotel which have both achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.

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Six community projects were awarded a share of this prize money to fund building materials and labour, and work is now underway on each of the winning projects. Appleby Scout Hut The hut was originally built in 1975 to house the Appleby Scout group, as well as other local community groups, and was awarded £30,000 by Saint-Gobain – the top prize – to help renovate the ageing building. Due to severe flooding in the area at the end of last year, the renovation has only recently begun, with the flooring being completely stripped and replaced.

where it had rotted through, which we only realised when we lifted the floor covering to begin the renovation. It has been quite a task to repair the flooring, and we are currently installing insulation in the floor as well as the walls.” “It has been hard work and we are still a long way off completion, but we are looking forward to spending our first summer in a transformed building thanks to British Gypsum, the wider SaintGobain businesses and the local community who have really got behind this project wholeheartedly.” Lamont City Farm Project The project, run entirely by volunteers, allows visitors to interact with a wide variety of animals, including traditional farm, domestic and exotic animals - almost all of which are rescued. With the £10,000 of building materials supplied by SaintGobain, new stable doors have been built, flooring replaced in the tearoom, a new boiler and CCTV installed and new fencing erected, creating a welcoming and friendly environment for visitors. ❚ enquiry 182

Emma Wilson, who has been coordinating the renovation work at the hut, said: “The building was in such as bad state of repair that holes had appeared in the floor

Tessera Layout & Outline FORBO’S ANSWER TO MODERN WORKSPACE DESIGNS Forbo Flooring Systems has launched a new low-level loop Tessera carpet tile collection, consisting of two ranges: Layout and Outline. With the light to dark colour palette of Layout and the clean lines of Outline, specifiers can combine the ranges seamlessly to create striking transitional designs, or use them separately to highlight a variety of workspaces. These new low-level loop, solution-dyed carpet tiles have a chunky texture to provide end users with a tactile and contemporary vibe. From oceanic blues, bright pinks and natural grey shades, Layout consists of 32 diverse, modern colours and tones – all of which have been manufactured with Forbo’s unique yarn, offering exclusivity to its colourways. To complement the new directional colourways in Layout, Outline has a portfolio of eight organic linear designs, which have an obvious orientation rather than

bold, definitive stripes. The Outline design has been created to reflect the softer, more distressed linear design statements that are set to trend throughout 2016. Designed to work separately or in combination, this new collection can help office designers to create flexible working spaces to suit a variety of activities - from collaborative working and social interactions to more individual, focused tasks. The perfect solution for commercial offices, Layout and Outline are also suitable for

educational buildings and leisure environments requiring an eyecatching yet functional carpet tile. David Breen, Product Manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, commented: “In order to achieve a more luxurious look and feel, not normally found within lowlevel loop carpet tiles, we manufactured the range with Forbo’s unique tufting technology. This allowed the range to have a chunkier texture to deliver a more sophisticated look, without compromising on budgets.” Forbo’s




manufactured with over 60% recycled content by weight – a continued improvement, which is part of Forbo’s Creating Better Environments programme. The carpet tiles have BREEAM ratings of A and A+ and meet the SKA rating for M12 soft floor coverings for the office scheme. For more information on Layout and Outline please call 0844 822 3928 or visit ❚ enquiry 105

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Marmox Heraklith Panels help restore post war church

of some of the existing woodwool ceiling panels during 2013. The area beneath the lantern was cordoned off immediately and services moved westward into a safe-zone, so there were never any questions that the building could not be used.

Hundreds of square metres of thermoacoustic woodwool boards made by Heraklith and supplied by by Marmox have been employed in the restoration of a significant church building, located in East London, following weather damage. St. Paul’s Church, Bow Common has been described as the most significant church built in Britain since the Second World War, having been completed in 1960 to the designs of architect, Robert Maguire, along with interior designer, Keith Murray. The brick built structure with its geometric lantern light stands on a prominent site and is Grade II* listed.

Now though, a comprehensive repair contract carried out by Noble & Taylor, Ongar, has been completed with significant funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project was supervised by Kelley Christ of A&RMÉ Ltd., in consultation with the original architect Robert Maguire, to ensure the substantial lantern ceiling was restored to its former glory.

Having celebrated the 50th anniversary of its consecration in 2010 – a relatively short time-span in ecclesiastical terms – water ingress led to a sudden and serious collapse




During the painstaking work a total of 135 standard Heraklith panels were consumed by Noble & Taylor’s craftsmen: being readily cut to shape on site and decorated as desired by the consultants to match as closely as possible the original decorative scheme.

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East Devon commences UK’s first Passivhaus ‘EnerPHit’ standard social housing project In what is believed to be a UK first, East Devon District Council has commenced refurbishment work with South West housing specialists Mi-space, using ground breaking low energy standards, on an exciting new type of shared social housing in a Victorian style terraced house in Exmouth. The project will incorporate key *Passivhaus design principles, which if correctly achieved will ensure the building meets the required criteria for EnerPHit Standard, a highly successful approach to constructing and, in this case, refurbishing, buildings so that they achieve specific energy values.

Green footprint Subject to the house passing a number of stringent tests, it will be certified as a Quality-Approved Passive House on completion, which is anticipated to be during Summer 2016. This will mean that the house will have excellent thermal performance, requiring very little energy to heat or cool it. This in turn will reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and, most importantly, in this day of rising fuel costs, will mean lower heating bills for tenants. The Passivhaus components used in the refurbishment will ensure that the temperature in the house never drops to below 16 degrees – even with the heating turned off. The insulation will ensure that the house is draught free with excellent indoor air quality, thanks to air infiltration rates and a supply of fresh air. Sharing for singletons The house will be shared by six single people who will each have their own ensuite rooms and access to a communal kitchen and dining room. Occupants will abide by a set of house rules and will be expected to show courtesy and

consideration to fellow sharers. Existing tenants in other council accommodation will be invited to help the council choose items such as floor coverings, colour schemes and the design of communal areas. The search for suitable tenants will commence before the project’s completion, so that as soon as the house is ready, people can move in. The accommodation is designed to provide single people, with the ability to stabilise their lifestyle through either short term accommodation or a more permanent home. Commitment to low energy housing Councillor Jill Elson, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Sustainable Homes and Communities, said: “East Devon is totally committed to developing energy efficient housing and this house is an example of the pioneering work that we are undertaking in this area. We are using state of the art technology to build to an eco-standard that will require very little energy to heat or cool this property, giving it a green footprint that significantly reduces any dependence on fossil fuels. To attain Passivhaus accreditation will be a considerable achievement not only for this planet, but also to the greater benefit of our tenants. “We have spent a significant amount of time designing the property in a way that we believe will be best suited to this type of accommodation. We have had to consider many factors including how the property will impact on neighbouring properties and how to make the most of limited space available in this Victorian style terraced property.”

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Kebony decking for floating eco-laboratory Kebony and CustomBeach recently installed more than 900sq. ft. of environmentally friendly Kebony wood decking for the Miami Science Barge, a floating urban ecological laboratory and public environmental education centre.

partner with CustomBeach, because we share the goal of showcasing innovative sustainable materials that will have broad application in tropical climates.” Thomas Bache-Wiig, Owner and Head of Operations at CustomBeach explained “We were incredibly pleased to team up with Kebony on this project and excited that they

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encourage students to think sustainably long after their visit to the barge.

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floating classroom, educating students in Enjoy the view on the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world, through SageGlass® SageGlass, the world’s smartest electronically tintable glass, is now installed in the façade of the landmark building of the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD). The façade of the main building of the school features 110m² of SageGlass®, marking the largest installation of electrochromic glass in the MENA region to date. The inclusion of SageGlass® in the project provides the occupants with a more comfortable working environment and greater connection to the outdoors, supporting the school founders’ vision to transform the traditional ideals of school buildings. SISD has been awarded the MINERGIE label, a renowned Swiss certificate for the pursuit of sustainable standards and reflects its commitment to providing students with a comfortable and healthy interior climate. It is the first MINERGIE standard compliant building in the MENA region.

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“With this dynamic glazing on the façade of our building, we’re setting the precedent for environmental responsibility in an educational environment, and SaintGobain and SageGlass are an integral part of our vision. SageGlass’ unparalleled ability to enhance the indoor experience for occupants made it the perfect fit for this project,” said Mr Joe Barchini, Partner and COO at the Swiss International Scientific School of Dubai. “We want to attract dynamic educators and staff, so we have to offer working spaces that align with our values of social responsibility and sustainability. Innovative products like SageGlass are helping to create beautiful spaces that also improve the overall health and well-being of the building occupants. From our offices, we can enjoy the wonderful view on the Dubai skyline, even when the sun is shining directly on our windows”. SageGlass was selected for this project for its ability to dynamically control sunlight to optimize daylight, maintain outdoor views and enhance comfort by preventing glare and solar heat. By blocking sunlight on hot days, SageGlass dramatically reduces energy demand and the need for HVAC, while increasing occupant comfort and well-being. With electronically tintable SageGlass, the building occupants have the ability to control their own environment and it provides them with a space that connects to the natural environment, which has been shown to boost productivity and satisfaction in the workplace. ❚ enquiry 110

the Miami area on eco-friendly initiatives, but also as a demonstration of how sustainability can be incorporated into any build, making Kebony wood the perfect choice. Developed in Norway, the Kebony technology permanently modifies the properties of sustainable softwood, giving it the same characteristics as the most durable




modification process allows the wood to stand up to extreme weather conditions and moisture found in marine settings. Ted Caplow, Designer of the Miami Science Barge commented “We are thrilled to

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Office to residential conversion Safetytread - pioneers of anti-slip stairnosings

Recent government plans have led to an increase in residential conversion projects, in light of this Giacomini UK discusses some of the projects of this nature that it has been involved in. Provided as a temporary measure, policy changes have made it possible to convert Class B1 office buildings to Class C3 residential dwellings, without having to apply for planning permission.

Safetytread products are a range of bespoke, premium, high quality anti-slip stair nosings manufactured in the UK.

The main aim of the policy change is to support an increase in housing supply, encourage regeneration of office space and bring empty properties into productive use.

Safetytread is environmentally friendly and provides a more economical solution than cheaper plastic materials. The treads will add excellent slip resistance to any staircase (internal or external); can be tailor-made to fit the exact dimensions of a stair tread and are available in a wide range of colours.

Giacomini UK’s heat interface units help control both the domestic hot water and central heating in these multi-dwelling conversions and support the seamless transition from commercial to residential.

We will meet your stair nosing requirements with a tailormade, bespoke solution, filled in your desired colour.

Giacomini have also worked on Astral House in Norbury, Greater London, where 26,000 square foot of vacant office space was changed to offer 44 residential apartments for private rental. Similarly, Giacomini was

One of the conversion projects for Giacomini this year was Arliss Court in Watford, which saw the vacant top floor office space converted into luxury apartments by Supercity Developments.

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❚ enquiry 184 . “Our approach to re-using Portakabin buildings combines all the advantages of modular construction – speed and reduced disruption – with the additional benefits of exceptional cost efficiency, lead times reduced by up to 30 per cent compared to new modular construction, and greater sustainability to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint.” “Every building is thoroughly refurbished and factory finished to the precise requirements of each customer – an approach which we believe is completely unique in the market. Our strong performance and the increasing demand for our accommodation solutions are testament to the quality of our buildings and our construction services.”

Foremans invests £1.5m in new stock as demand for recycled modular buildings continues to rise Foremans Relocatable Building Systems, part of the Portakabin Group and the UK’s largest supplier of recycled and refurbished modular buildings, has invested £1.5 million in its building stock to meet the increasing demand for its services.

Foremans has also announced that its turnover has doubled since 2011 – and a year ahead of target. In the past year, order value has increased by 46 per cent and growth in the education sector is up by a record 94 per cent. In recognition of its strong commitment to customer service,

2015 has also seen growing interest in Giacomini’s new “add on service”, where its experienced engineers provide hands on installation and commissioning training to teams on site. This can help reduce installation times and leaves the construction team more informed for the future. For more information on HIUs from Giacomini, visit to view a brochure.

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Foremans now has the largest selection of previously-owned Portakabin buildings – which are immediately available to further reduce lead times.

the preferred supplier at Sutherland House in Sutton, Greater London, where most of the property has remained derelict for many years. This has now been converted into 80 single-bedroom flats and 48 two-bedroom units, with Giacomini’s G5 twin heat interface units installed throughout. The main contractor for these two projects was HOC. The inclusion of Giacomini’s G5 heat interface units, with pre-installed MBUS water and energy meters, in each conversion will offer many benefits for tenants, landlords and contractors, such as energy monitoring for consumption based billing and lower servicing and maintenance costs.

Foremans achieved an average score of 88 per cent for overall customer satisfaction last year, including both building and service quality, and 91 per cent of customers surveyed would recommend Foremans building solutions. According to Mike Williams, Managing Director of Foremans, “We believe these results and our investment reinforce our position as the UK’s leading supplier of quality refurbished modular buildings.”

Modular buildings from Foremans are reconfigured to the exact specification for each project, and are fitted with completely new windows, wall linings, partitions, M&E services, doors and flooring, creating quality

accommodation for permanent or interim applications. The refurbishment is carried out off site at one of Foremans’ two production centres, while ground works are progressed on site, further reducing lead times that are around 70 per cent faster than site-based construction. The buildings can then be clad in a range of finishes – including brick and rainscreen – to complement existing facilities if required. Foremans’ buildings can be purchased in single and multi-storey configurations and can be designed and refurbished for a wide variety of uses, including offices in the public and private sectors; teaching blocks and sixth form centres for schools; transport depots; health centres, and ancillary accommodation for hospitals. For further information about recycled and refurbished Portakabin buildings, visit, email, or call 01964 544344. ❚ enquiry 185 .

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Ecodek is being used on some of the most prestigious developments.

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For a product to achieve its Green credentials in the construction industry, it sometimes has to tick a few unexpected boxes. Here we take a look at Ecodek, a wood polymer composite decking system made from 95% recycled material which is winning friends for its real-world waste reduction benefits as well as its environmental properties. The term “Eco” is often tagged on to all sorts of products, services and expressions as an indication of their environmentally responsible credentials. A quick Google search describes the extended term, Ecofriendly as an adjective – meaning not harmful to the environment, as in: “I only use eco-friendly products.” Similarly Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, describes eco-friendly as “a marketing term referring to goods and

services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment.” In the tough, real-world environment of the UK construction industry however, eco-friendliness tends to encompass much more down-to-earth concepts. These include minimal use of virgin commodities, maximum use of recycled materials, low embodied energy and near evangelistic measures to help reduce on-site waste and the cost of its disposal.

With these broad definitions in mind, Eco Building News takes a look at a British made product that ticks a lot of these boxes in its quest to provide a building system that can make justifiable claims for its Eco credentials. Ecodek, part of the Epwin Group, manufactures an innovative decking board system made entirely from ethically sourced hardwood waste and recycled high density polyethylene. [Old plastic milk bottles, to you and me]. According to Ecodek’s Technical Director Alex Collins, Ecodek is made from 95% recycled materials and is itself, 100% recyclable. “Ecodek is a wood polymer composite [WPC] made up of 55% hardwood waste – mainly sawdust and wood shavings – and 40% recycled high density polyethylene – the material that plastic milk bottles are made from”. The hardwood waste is certified under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification [PEFC] and Ecodek says Forestry Stewardship Council [FSC] certification can be provided depending on the accreditation of the supply route chosen by the customer. Alex continued “We supply most customers with boards cut to specified lengths so it’s a genuine zero-waste material. We even provide a buy-back facility for product off-cuts so that customers can send any waste material back to us for recycling”. This bespoke, cut to order facility has proved extremely popular in the booming London property market where high-end redevelopment sites are using Ecodek for balcony decks and terraces to luxury apartments.

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11 So popular has Ecodek become that it is also being used on some of the most prestigious developments in the Capital. At Nine Elms Point on the south bank of the Thames, over 640 luxury apartments and town houses are being built, many with Ecodek balconies or terraces, in a collection of seven separate riverside buildings. The Nine Elms development which was awarded “Built for life” status, a Government endorsed commendation for the best new homes, was recently described by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson as being “part of the most important regeneration story in London over the next 20 years” Further east and close to Canary Wharf is the Royal London Wharf development of apartments and townhouses, described as being the newest member of London’s “City of villages” which traditionally has included Belgravia, Fitzrovia, Mayfair and Bloomsbury. These again make extensive use of balcony decks of Ecodek. Four miles west of Central London is the Fulham Riverside development which overlooks the Thames from an 8.5 acre site. Here, Ecodek balconies add to the luxury specification of “one of London’s hottest [property] areas” and surely helped it win a “Highly Commended” award in the London Evening Standard, New Homes Awards 2015. As well as balconies and terraces, Ecodek is suitable for a host of applications where timber would otherwise be used. These include boardwalks, footbridge decks, patios and walkways etc where its durability, strength and low maintenance make it the preferred choice. Ecodek’s has a solid cross section and high tensile strength which, according to the manufacturer, gives it a greater support span than many products and also eradicates the performance issues like creaking, deformation and cracking associated with lower quality composite products. Similarly, Ecodek’s permanent, leach proof colour won’t run down and stain brickwork as a result of exposure to the elements – particularly relevant to high-rise luxury apartment structures. The “eco tag” is widely used on a whole raft of products, many of which sometimes struggle to live up to the associated green reputation. However, on the strength of the evidence above, Ecodek is one of the few that can comfortably live with the claims. It’s UK made from wood waste and recycled polyethylene. It’s supplied cut to length to save time, costs and on site waste and even offers a buy back facility for any surplus material or offcuts. By any criteria, Ecodek can hold its ground in the tough, eco-focussed world of UK construction.

Contractors building these developments generally work complex hours and require carefully co-ordinated delivery times to minimise on-site holding and storage of materials. Alex Collins takes up the story. “Our production and inventory management systems mean we can offer a close to just-in-time delivery service for Ecodek. This means fitters have the right quantity of materials on site exactly when the need them. Boards are frequently fitted on the day of delivery with another load already on its way to site ready for use the next day”

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“No cutting of boards on site means that installation costs for each deck are kept to a minimum” he added. Minimising site waste is another green credential box that Ecodek firmly ticks. Management and disposal of waste materials are high costs items that can eat into the profitability of a contract and in this area, with its off-cut buy back facility, Ecodek does its bit to keep the skip count down. Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square London is overlooked by this stylish Ecodek terrace.

A stunning beach-side deck in Dorset. Copyright Denise Wright Janine Pattison Studios

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Trex launches high performance, Ecofriendly decking into B&Q

Trex Company, the world’s No. 1 decking brand and leader in highperformance, low-maintenance outdoor living products, has announced that its eco-friendly decking is now available in B&Q stores across the UK and Ireland. Contour boards are easy to install

and never need sanding, oiling or staining – and spills and debris wash off easily with just soap and water. Come rain, sun or snow, Trex composite decking will stay as beautiful and strong as the day it was first installed. Wrapped in an ultra-durable, proprietary shell, Trex Contour decking provides superior protection against the outdoor elements. The boards are manufactured to resist fading, staining, splitting and rotting and they won’t warp, crack or splinter. Trex Contour is available in three nature-inspired varieties – Chateau Grey, Moroccan Red and Torino Brown. Chateau Grey is stocked in stores; all three colours are available via the B&Q website at Prices start from 19 GBP per board including VAT. For more information visit ❚ enquiry 119

Water experts urge Lords to fight for flood resilient homes in affordable houses debate Leading civil engineers, environmental scientists, water experts, water companies and architects have appealed to the

Lords to ensure the incoming housing law protects new and existing homes from flooding. Contributing to the Housing and Planning Bill debate currently passing through the Lords, the coalition said that new development will place additional pressure on critical drainage and flood defence infrastructure. The group includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Water UK. The group wants the Lords to amend the Bill so that it restricts developers’ automatic right to directly connect new houses to existing drainage systems – many




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NEW liquid reservoir unit to prevent spillages Due to customer demand, Leafield Environmental has recently introduced a NEW liquid reservoir standalone unit to collect excess liquids from cups and plastic bottles to prevent leakages in mixed recycling bins. The NEW ‘AquaPod’ unit holds 7.5 litres of liquids and its compact design, allows it to sit alongside other recycling units. The lightweight, yet inherently strong one piece construction has been designed for ease of cleaning. In addition, all edges have been designed with large radius to minimise dirty traps. The black base is made from 100% recycled material (subject to availability) and the blue graphics are offered as standard to clearly define waste stream collection. of which are already over-loaded – and compel them to integrate low-cost measures known as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), which compensate for the additional flow that new developments create. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 legislated to this effect, but the law was never implemented. Instead, planning guidelines were produced to require SuDS, but the

Building Against Flooding In the light of recent floods and given what forecasts hold, the timing of Floodex could not be better; an exhibition and free conference covering flood prevention, mitigation, water level management and SuDS,. Anyone with a vested interest in building and development in both urban and rural areas, will need to consider potential flood prevention and damage in large parts of the UK. This trade event will be covering an integrated approach to WLM development and look at how building for resilience and future-proofing can also leverage economic, societal and environmental benefits. Backed by the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), Floodex will not only showcase the latest products, techniques and services in flood prevention, mitigation and

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group say the measure has been toothless in promoting greater flood risk mitigation on new developments and has failed to promote the added benefits of sustainable drainage for water quality, biodiversity and amenity. The group says the amendment tabled by Baroness Parminter, which will be debated Monday 22 April, will be instrumental in mitigating flood risk.

Water Level Management (WLM), but present the opportunity to attend CPD accredited seminars. Jon Irwin, event director said “Flood defence, mitigation and WLM is a vital part of the fabric of Britain and becoming increasingly important. This is a showcase for solutions and deliverables within individual towns, cities and rural areas, presenting opportunities and tangible solutions that are achievable for all stakeholders”. FLOODEX 18th - 19th May 2016 Peterborough Arena Tel: +44 (0) 1327 876250 Email: Web: ❚ enquiry 118

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New RECYFIX® MONOTEC drains car park at the new Travelodge Weston Super Mare Hauraton Limited introduced the RECYFIX® MONOTEC, their new high capacity channel system in January, the new Weston Super Mare Travelodge being the first installation of the system in the United Kingdom. The MONOTEC channels installed in the Travelodge, 47 space, main car park have a nominal grating width of 100mm, an overall height of 380mm and are suitable for a loading category of up to Class D400. The channels provide a crosssection of 355.5cm2 and have a high attenuation volume.

stabiliser so that the structural strength of the material is unaffected and a consistent appearance is maintained.

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The RECYFIX® MONOTEC one metre long channel component is of a sturdy monolithic design where the HEELSAFE grating and the tongue and groove linking system are integral to the channel moulding. The whole unit is made of tough, virtually unbreakable polypropylene (PP) formulated to be very resistant to daily temperature fluctuations from frost conditions to strong sunlight, including the Ultra Violet (UV) spectrum. PP is naturally resistant to de-icing salt. Complying with the requirements of EN 1433, the PP is given its UV resistance by adding just sufficient carbon black as a

EcoWorld Ballymore launches Wardian London’s West Tower - Bringing botanical beauty to Canary Wharf – EcoWorld Ballymore announce the launch of both the West Tower at Wardian London and ‘The Gardener’, a bespoke, indoor and outdoor landscaping service. The exciting development will launch its West Tower for sale on 21 April 2016 offering suites, one and two bedroom apartments. It is the second of two high-end residential towers overlooking South Dock with commanding views of Canary Wharf and each apartment offering an extensive private ‘sky garden’, up to 37.2 square metres in size. Wardian London is now adding to this tranquil oasis by offering ‘The Gardener’, which will provide a plethora of plant packages and comprehensive garden maintenance, tailored to fit residents’ lifestyles, with a florist on-site.

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The West Tower will also feature the serene ‘Western Garden’ – a large landscaped area, extending to four storeys, on the Western side of the building. In keeping with the design roots of the building and its namesake, Wardian glass cases - possibly the first flat-pack creations - Blackdown Horticulture, leading experts in roof gardens, have collaborated with Wardian London to make innovative ‘flat-pack gardens’ available to all buyers. Furthermore, residents will have access to The Wardian Club, offering a range of glamorous spaces and facilities. As across all their schemes, Ballymore will continue to manage the development after completion so residents will also benefit from an exceptional service level and 24 hour concierge.

Ballymore has extensive experience in this area of London, having completed a number of property developments near to Canary Wharf including Providence Tower, New Providence Wharf, London City Island and Pan Peninsula. Over the past 25 years Ballymore has played a crucial role in the consolidation of Canary Wharf as a world-leading business centre and the opportunities in the area are set to grow as London’s focus shifts east.

Rare plants and trees, like those first transported to London by Wardian Cases at the peak of the British Empire, will be sourced for the landscaped public areas. The Gardener is also delighted to be bringing the exceptionally uncommon Wollemi Pine to Wardian, as well as introducing a collection of succulents, providing high style and a thick, verdant landscape floor to all outdoor living space. These succulent plant collections display a seasonal variety, which allow the elevated outdoors to move with nature’s rhythms.

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Decking that offers a luxurious hardwood look and ultra low maintenance

James Latham’s latest range of premium composite decking offers the natural look and feel of tropical wood with outstanding performance properties including; minimum maintenance, superior stain resistance, extra high impact strength and a high friction surface.

cellulose fibres are encapsulated in specially selected polymers to provide lasting protection from the weather. The advanced composite technology provides superior resistance to UV, frost, stains and impacts when compared to traditional composite or wood decks.

and here in the UK we are seeing its popularity growing all the time both in the commercial and residential sectors as the market comes to appreciate not only the low maintenance benefits but also the long term cost advantage.”

Rich colour tones and veins are combined with a natural texture that is a delight to touch. The impressive range now includes UPM ProFi Loggia S1 (a new addition for 2016), UPM ProFi Lifecycle S1 (also new for 2016) and UPM ProFi Lifecycle S2.

Manufactured in Germany by UPM, ProFi Deck is offered in two stunning design styles, UPM ProFi Classic Deck and UPM ProFi Design Deck.

The UPM ProFi Design Deck range gives outdoor living a fresh and modern feel. Renowned designers from around the world have been inspired to work with the wide colour range and clean looks. The Design Deck range includes UPM ProFi Deck 150 which offers high impact and scratch resistance, a reversible profile, a closed surface for low maintenance and Lignin-free colour durability. Plus, it is also manufactured using more than 50% recyclable materials. He continued, “The quality of the UPM ProFi Deck range is exceptional. Long-life and ultra-low maintenance has been engineered into the product, plus, due to the innovative use of recycled materials – some of the range is made using up to 95% - it has won several international awards, with the product making a major contribution to reducing traditional landfill and incineration which is really important to James Latham.”

With two new additions for 2016, the UPM ProFi Classic Deck range offers the beauty of a hardwood deck without the high maintenance. Wood and

Richard Mosson, James Latham’s Group Cladding and Decking Manager commented, “The WPC decking market in the US is currently worth $1.6 billion and is set to grow to $3 billion by 2020 which is enormous

For more information on these and Latham’s full range of products please phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit ❚ enquiry 123 .

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FLOODEX 18th - 19th May 2016 - Peterborough Building against flooding and flood damage

If you are in the business of building, developing or maintaing properties, Floodex presents you with access to research, solutions, equipment and other products for flood prevention, reparation and disaster mangement. A rare opportunity to help you future-proof buildings and land against the devasting damage caused by flooding - MOSTLY CAUSED BY SURFACE WATER RUN OFF, NOT BURST RIVERBANKS!

By spending a few hours at Floodex, you can add

value to what you can offer as a builder, developer, designer, engineer or property owner / manager, with added knowledge and experience. You will be meeting not only suppliers and peers, but valuable, new business contacts that will no doubt help you and your business grow. Get advice on what the best products are to help defend against flooding from dozens of companies and free CPD seminars all under one roof. Learn what you can do or offer to improve a property’s chance of surviving a flood with the least amount of damage, if any, and add value. BUILDING AGAINST FLOODS In the light of recent floods and given what forecasts hold, the timing of Floodex could not be better; an exhibition and free conference covering flood prevention, mitigation, water level management and SuDS. Anyone with a vested interest in building and development in both urban and rural areas, will need to consider potential flood prevention and damage in large parts of the UK. This trade event will be covering an integrated approach to WLM development and look at how building for resilience

and future-proofing can also leverage economic, societal and environmental benefits. Backed by the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), Floodex will not only showcase the latest products, techniques and services in flood prevention, mitigation and Water Level Management (WLM), but present the opportunity to attend CPD accredited seminars. Jon Irwin, event director said “Flood defence, mitigation and WLM is a vital part of the fabric of Britain and becoming increasingly important. This is a showcase for solutions and deliverables within individual towns, cities and rural areas, presenting opportunities and tangible solutions that are achievable for all stakeholders”. He went on to say “This sector is facing a period of

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Exhibitors Include ADA ADC Ltd Aga Group

K & W Mechanical Services Land & Water

Aquaclear Water Management

Aquaread Aquatic Control Engineering BAM Nuttall Bedford Pumps Brokk UK Cemex CNH Industrial Concrete Canvas CPD Accreditation Services Drain Trader Ebsford Environmental ECS Engineering Environment Agency

unprecedented change and opportunity and Floodex presents the ideal forum to help shape the future of flood mitigation and water level management”.

Floodex takes place at Peterborough Arena on 18th & 19th May 2016, entry to the expo and seminars are free and there is also free parking.

Floodex combines stimulating and constructive debate together with unparalleled networking opportunities, by bringing together leaders in the Local Authority, Internal Drainage Board (IDB), designers, consultants, contractors and planners with the supply chain and service providers.


The seminars will include key figures, such as Alison Baptiste, Head of Flood & Coastal Risk Management for the Environment Agency, Peter Simpson, CEO Anglian Water, Richard Wills, Executive Director, Lincolnshire County Council, Andrew McGill, CEO, Water Management Consortium and Innes Thomson, chief executive of the ADA; there will also be a guest presenter from Defra

For more information and contacts visit, where you can register.


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Managing Water Magazine Martin Childs Mastenbroek Masterpile Ltd MeasureIT MGF (Trench Construction) Ltd Miles Water Engineering Ltd Moncast MeasureIT OnSite Central Open Energi OTT Hydromentry Plastic Puling Co


Rainwater Harvesting Pulsar Process Measurement Royal Smals

Genquip Ground Hog Geodesign Barriers Geoline Gripple

Simon Richard Ltd Spaans Babcock Sulzer Pumps

Ham Baker Group Hitachi Construction HL Plastics Hydro International Hydro-Logic Services Hasselberg Hydro (1991) Ltd


iGroup Insituform Technologies Ltd Inst of Civil Engineers Mackley & Co Ltd

UKFD UKSTT Van Heck Vega Controls Waterfrom Flood Controls Whale Tanker WM Plant Hire

SUPPORTED BY: Association of Drainage Authorities, Environment Agency, British Water, Institute of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institute of Water & Environmental Management, Managing Water Magazine, FADS Directory, Home Designer & Architect Magazine, UKTTS, Drain Trader Magazine.

See for full details on exhibitors & speakers. You can register for free entry to the exhibition & cpd seminars

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO ATTEND FLOODEX AT Contact John Irwin +44(0)203 290 4066

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Envirolead – lead for construction produced exclusively from car battery recovery Envirolead® is BS12588 lead produced using only material obtained from car batteries. The sophisticated recovery process extracts and reuses nearly 96% of all constituent parts including polypropylene from the casing and acidic electrolyte. Envirowales Ltd has the only manufacturing plant in the UK which uses such a


South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has gone green to protect its frontline.

SterlingOSB Roofdek – the perfect roofing panel For durable, high quality roofing, Norbord’s SterlingOSB Roofdek offers reliable and effective performance.

process which also reduces significantly sulphur discharge, a major contributor to the development of ‘acid rain’. Envirolead is covered by the 50year Lead Sheet Association warranty for rolled sheet on projects undertaken by leadworkers on its register. For the first time, therefore, architects have the opportunity to capitalise on one of the industry’s most efficient forms of recycling while knowing they are specifying a product with the lowest environmental impact. Roofdek is made from Norbord’s market-leading SterlingOSB3, a strong moisture-resistant board made by bonding thousands of softwood fibres together with a special resin under high heat and pressure. By orientating the strands

With lead demand for heritage projects on the increase, Envirolead is set to make a major contribution to improving the 50% of worldwide consumption which is already met by recycled material. ❚ enquiry 126

carefully in numerous layers, the resulting board is stiff and strong in all directions. And unlike softwood ply there is no risk of knots, splits or voids being included in the finished panel. ❚ enquiry 127

Made from tongue-and-grooved OSB board and sanded to give a smooth surface, Roofdek is designed specifically for flat roof decking and pitched roof applications. Its tongue-and-grooved edging ensures structural rigidity and removes the need for noggins or dwangs to provide support along the edges. It also prolongs the life of the roofing felt by removing wear and tear caused by movement between adjacent boards. BAM Construction has built two new fire stations, at Birley and Parkway, for the Service. The stations feature a combination of single ply and green roof, constructed by FCB Roofing using Protan VB250 vapour control layer topped with Protan SE membrane on the flat roofs, and G membrane to create the green roof. “The whole project is about achieving best value for service delivery and the environment,” explained FCB’s Tony Comrie. “The client decided building two new stations would be more costeffective and efficient in the long term than maintaining the ageing stations. The same rationale was applied to the new station designs: both include environmental features such as the green roof, air heat source pumps, and PV panels. We continued that approach in our construction of the roofs: in this case, Protan was the most efficient solution to creating two different types of roof, cost-effectively. We could obtain all the key components from one source, and have great technical back-up.” Added Simon Hancock, Protan Technical Manager, “Protan champions the fact that its products are made from environmentally-friendly raw materials, and manufactured using hydro power. They are also welded using hot air- the most environmentally-friendly welding technique.” Birley Fire Station is deliberately

low-rise; its sloping green roof will help it blend into the neighbouring hills and wood. The two-storey Parkway Station is designed to ‘nestle below the road’; its combination of green and grey single ply roof will also help it blend into its surroundings. Protan SE, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: it is certified to ≤ -30°. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/ minimised in line with latest Building Regulations. Protan SE membrane is also certified to deliver, and potentially surpass, the energy efficiency requirements laid down in Approved Document L, and, under the Green Guide, achieve a A+ rating. Protan G is a glass fibre reinforced, microbe durable PVC membrane for gravel ballasted roofs, inverted roofs, and green roofs. Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top 3 membrane manufacturers in Europe. A full support service, from NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington office. ❚ enquiry 125

NEW BARRIER COATING COMBATS WATER & CONTAMINATION PAREX has launched a new surface treatment which provides a highly protective “lotus leaf effect” breathable, weatherresistant coating to protect against water, mould, mildew, and other forms of environmental staining.

rolls off without penetrating the substrate, effectively “washing off” any other pollutants. Once Paraguard is applied, treated surfaces can be cleaned without affecting the performance of the coating.

Environmentally-safe Paraguard is a water-based hydrophobic coating free of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which penetrates render, masonry and timber surfaces to protect facades, creating an invisible barrier to repel water and provide lasting, permanent resistance to contaminants.

Paraguard does not change the surface appearance, is non-film forming and is both UV and weather resistant. A clear liquid, it can be simply applied by brush, roller or airless spray gun.

Rain water falling on treated surfaces forms globules and then

Its qualities enable buildings to breathe while preventing rain or water penetration, yet allowing any moisture within the fabric of a building to migrate to the exterior.

The coating is suitable for both horizontal and vertical applications on new construction, retrofit and refurbished surfaces. It is ideal for protecting any external surface, particularly facades in coastal areas, highly exposed locations or where the wind-driven rain index ratings are “Severe” or “Very Severe”. Paraguard is available in 4.5 or 22.7 litre containers or 1,000 litre intermediate bulk containers (IBC’s). Link to the new Paraguard video via the Parex home page – ❚ enquiry 128

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6 ways to avoid green roof disasters • what you should look out for when considering a green roof and how to maximise success • By Mike Goodhead, Divisional Manager for ISD Solution’s new industrial waterproofing division Green roofs have come a long way as genuine construction options. Understanding of how they work plus training and installation expertise means that failures are now very rare. Technical advances and quality of the materials used has also contributed.

1. Get expert input On top goes the root barrier, insulation, drainage layer, particle barriers, the growing medium followed by the planting scheme. With so many variables each influenced by different factors, from the structure of the roof deck and depth of the growing medium, to prevailing weather and storm water management, expert input to select the right solution is essential.

2. Design out issues A key step to minimising risk is to engage with the installation contractor, and where necessary the roof system manufacturer, at the earliest stages of a project, before construction commences. On new builds this may have to wait until the main contractor is appointed, but the earlier the better.

3. Communicate changes Invariably design changes occur once on site and good change control procedures must be followed. This ensures that roofing contractors are party to new detailing and openings which may affect the proposed waterproofing scheme. This factor is

frequently overlooked and is a cause of concern if not monitored closely.

4. The right contractor When selecting a contractor look for an appropriate track record, but also expertise at the design stage. Evidence of proper training (many waterproofing products still require skilled hand application), product knowledge, the depth of relationships with manufacturing partners, contractor checks and guarantees, should all be examined. ISD Solutions puts strong emphasis on all these factors, and we are always pleased to provide examples.

5. Double test Once the roof slab is cast, the waterproof membrane can be applied, ensuring that internal trades can proceed as early as possible. Electronic testing to check the integrity of the membrane is next. Any earths will signify a potential leak and remedial actions can be taken. Competent contractors will conduct this phase as a matter of course; nevertheless, site managers should check that comprehensive testing is conducted properly.


Dallmer introduces ‘ Red Zone’ Roof Drain From the Met Office to the Governor of the Bank of England, we are constantly being warned about the potential consequences of Climate Change and the risk of more frequent extreme weather events but are offered few lasting solutions other than “cutting carbon emissions” – which is why Dallmer has introduced its high capacity ‘Red’ Drain. The unit’s red colour identifies it as a separate system from the conventional flat roof drainage and is intended to provide overflow when the main outlets are being overwhelmed. Crucially, the versatile design can be connected to chutes or to pipework in gravity or siphonic systems.

6. Protect your investment The waterproof layer is at its most vulnerable when it has just been laid and where follow on trades are still active. In London, especially where construction space is restricted to the footprint of the building, a new flat roof is all too tempting for storing construction materials and these are literally craned up by the pallet load. Remember, the membrane may only be a few millimetres thick, so it is easy to tear up, puncture or rip, hence the double test procedure described.

This clears excess storm-water quickly before it can find vulnerable joints (typically where the waterproofing meets upstands) or exert excess structural loads. ‘Red’ Drain variants can be installed as part of a new roof or retrofitted into an existing one and are adjustable to suit different insulation thicknesses and waterproofing systems. The latter include Bitumen felt, single ply PVC, TPO, EPDM as well as liquid applied membranes. The ‘Red’ Drain will either be situated on the flat roof itself or within a box gutter where it can be adjusted to work when the standing water has reached an excess depth of typically 30 mm up to a maximum of 100mm. Furthermore, because of the ‘Red’ Drain’s design it compensates for the tendency of secondary drainage systems to silt up through their occasional usage. This height adjustability can be of particular importance if the primary drainage system is siphonic as setting the overflow too low could rob the siphonic system of water, admitting air and rendering it ineffective. A spokesperson for Dallmer commented: “All too frequently, we see North America and Europe experience new record rainfall, which has led to water ponding on flat roofs : this can cause serious damage, especially to lightweight steel structures. Installing our ‘Red’ Drains as overflows for a flat roof drainage system, can guard against these extreme events, protecting both property and the occupants.” “Whatever the type of roof make-up or the pipework system used there is a ‘Red’ Drain suitable for the job. They offer high flow rates as well as straightforward installation and the building remains properly protected.” For more information on ‘Red’ Drain visit ❚ enquiry 129 .

Shackerley cladding is right on track at Newbury Racecourse Ventilated façade specialist Shackerley has supplied over 3000m2 of white SureClad® ceramic granite cladding for three luxurious apartment complexes at one of the UK’s premier racecourses. Carruthers Court, Chatham House and Bregawn House have been developed by David Wilson Homes in partnership with Newbury Racecourse. Two of the buildings directly overlook the racetrack, offering spectacular panoramic views from spacious tiered balconies. The apartments were the first to be completed on land adjacent to the racecourse, as part of a ten-year homebuilding programme. Shackerley’s cladding has provided a crisp and contemporary aesthetic and maintained design continuity with the neighbouring grandstand. “We particularly wanted to reflect the sharp and angular, tiered look,” said Andrew Smith, Associate at Roberts Limbrick Architects, the practice that



specified Shackerley’s façade system in the designs that went to tender.

Shackerley’s most economic 1200 x 600mm façade panel format was used with a SureClad® Access system to clad balcony partitions. To reduce installation time and costs when cladding the balcony edges, Shackerley worked with the project team to design a bracketed beam unit comprising fascia, soffit and cill components which was prefabricated and delivered to site, ready to install as part of a SureClad® Hang On system.

“We were looking for a premium quality material with very hardwearing, durable properties that would contrast with the red brickwork and deliver that typical vernacular styling. Shackerley’s SureClad® solution provided everything our client was ing This greatly reduced the amount of fram looking for – a fantastic low e. tim tion alla maintenance façade material, needed, and our overall inst our view and flexible installation systems This project has helped to reinforce to accommodate all requiresive high that Shackerley offers a very impres ments. Nothing had to be ey.” quality product and good value for mon compromised.”

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Daniel Pavely, NRC Director at David Wilson Homes, agreed: “This is a unique development. We’re not just providing living space, but a whole lifestyle. It was important that these blocks not only echoed the landscape and surrounding architecture, but also boasted a premium quality finish. Without doubt, Shackerley’s product has helped us to achieve our vision.”

Tony Blake, Commercial Dire

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Recticel's innovative cavity wall insulation gains LABC certification Recticel Insulation's Eurowall + is now an LABC Registered Detail. Eurowall +, the full fill cavity wall product from PIR manufacturer Recticel Insulation, has been certified as a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Registered Detail. Registered Detail status ensures that products and systems are accepted by building control departments across England, Scotland and Wales, increasing confidence for inspectors on site when approving the use of new or innovative construction techniques. Approval involves looking at product performance data and other third-party approvals such as BBA certificates, in order to prove compliance with building regulations and standards, and to ease the

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

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


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

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, together with Scottish firm, Halliday Fraser Munro, took on the challenge to create a visually stunning structure in the shape of a pebble. The unusually-shaped single storey structure features a reinforced concrete exterior and timber interior. Steel reinforcements were used to form the structure’s unique shape. With activity and meeting rooms located on the ground floor and office space on the mezzanine, the centre features high-end interior finishes and manages to create a peaceful, welcoming and beautiful space for anyone who visits.

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 133

Granorte excites at Ecobuild Granorte has recently exhibited at the UK’s leading building exhibition for over 10 years, Ecobuild, showcasing its inspirational cork products and the ecological benefits afforded by this natural material.

process of making submissions to building control for customers wanting to specify and use the product. The assessment started at a local level, with initial checking carried out by senior building control officers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Approval was then signed off at a national level, ready for the Detail to be accepted by local authorities across the UK. ❚ enquiry 131 in a range of interior applications, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by A&D visiting Granorte during the event: “Cork is a natural material that’s incredibly versatile and adept at lending itself to many different applications,” comments Scott Brady, Granorte UK. “Visitors to our stand at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition discovered just how versatile, as we displayed everything from cork flooring through to our 3D wall tiles and even cork fabric. “We’re really excited about the response we received at the exhibition and are looking forward to working with architects and designers to embrace the positive properties and wonderful natural aesthetic of cork in all sorts of interior projects.”

Famed for beautiful wall, floor and tile finishes, Granorte is one of the leading cork specialists in the world and has driven much innovation within new and novel uses for agglomerated cork. A multiple design award winner with its NuSpa concept, Granorte has championed cork as a material with real world performance benefits, as well as with renewable status. A thermal and acoustic insulator, comfortable and durable, cork makes sense

Building Efficiency Today’s UK portfolio of non-domestic buildings is where the future of UK prosperity is determined. So in order to meet the needs of the occupants, achieve the UK & EU carbon/energy reduction targets, and comply with legislation whilst keeping within the budgets imposed on them; building service engineers, FMs and energy managers have a mammoth task to keep a building functioning to all criteria’s imposed on them. Benchmarking is not just an activity undertaken to identify potential areas of cost savings but represents a real opportunity to increase operational efficiencies in terms of the service delivery model. Therefore benchmarking as a practice is reliant on a broader set of data than just annual service costs. Without a sufficient population size, comparison is limited in its application and usefulness; only through participation can we gain a greater understanding of what opportunities really exist. This event looks at the benefits of a business

The bark of each cork tree can be harvested for up to 200 years without damage and Granorte uses the waste from the wine stopper industry to produce many of its cork products. Any excess created during manufacture is also recycled making sure as much of the natural material is used as possible.,

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focused attitude towards maintenance strategy decision making, how benchmarking projects can be used in order to demonstrate evidence of improvements and how it can drive efficiency. We will also be finding out how building performance evaluation can identify areas of good performance and also where there is a need for improvement. We will be covering: Launch of BSRIA’s BG 53/2016 Business Focused Maintenance. A case study of how benchmarking data can be used to drive efficiency, with a review of the ERIC NHS data, demonstrating the value of a large data set. How the team working on the building performance evaluation programme have identified common factors resulting in good and bad performance in non-domestic buildings. The results of the data analysis from BSRIA’s Operations and Maintenance Benchmarking Network. The event will conclude with workshop discussions as to how the benchmarking data could be improved, analysed, reported and how this Network could evolve in order to meet the needs of the industry.

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Schöck offers an effective alternative to wrapped parapets Minimises thermal bridges and no maintenance required It is well documented that parapets allow conductive materials to transfer energy through the thermal barrier and are therefore just as prone to the problems of thermal bridging as balconies. In the majority of cases, the conventional method of insulating parapets is to wrap the perimeter of the wall with an insulation barrier. This is costly and has associated long term risks. However, the new Schöck Isokorb type AXT offers a cost-effective and more thermally efficient alternative. Its 120mm 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 that there is no risk of any additional thermal bridging through balustrade fixings. Other key factors in the selection criteria for suitable solutions are durability and water impermeability. The Isokorb type AXT solution does not require maintenance and there is no risk of expensive restoration due to waterproofing problems. Wrapped components are similar in principle 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 AXT is assessed as a ‘Certified Passive House Component’; provides BBA Certification, LABC Registration and NHBC approval and meets full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations. The temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk for occupants in residential or commercial buildings – the (fRsi) value – must be equal to or greater than 0.75 or 0.50 respectively, and is comfortably met by incorporating the Isokorb. In addition, there is also compliance with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through nonrepeating thermal bridges. ❚ enquiry 135 .



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Global biomass accounting and the mysterious case of the missing emissions Across the world, countries are increasingly turning to biomass to

meet a need for low carbon energy sources. Biomass is already the largest source of renewable energy in the EU and this dependency is predicted to persist in coming decades. However, the European Union has recently recognised the risks and problems associated with different kinds of bioenergy. A cap has been placed on the percentage of their renewable transport targets that countries are allowed to meet from food-based biofuels. Biomass has become a popular choice because it has been

Sika puts the seal on Fife wind turbine

in Fife which it is estimated will create enough energy to power nearly 200 homes.

For its ultra-high compressive strength, SikaGrout3200 was specified for the construction of an 75metre-high wind turbine at Lower Melville Wood landfill site

Developed specifically for use in the onshore wind farm generation, SikaGrout3200 was ideal for the project which is designed to generate 600MWh per year and reduce 290 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Among the product’s features are its excellent fatigue and dynamic resistance, high early strength build-up, pumpable fluid consistencies and resistance to freeze-thaw cycles. SikaGrout3200 was specified for the project. A total of 600kg of product was applied on top of a cured concrete base, filling the void between the turbine’s steel flange and the concrete to provide

Viridian Solar Expands its Roof Integration Line-up New 270 Watt-peak PV16 Module Added to Successful Fusion Range

assumed that it is carbon neutral. This assumption is now increasingly understood as wrong; often it is only true when emissions are looked at over decades or even centuries. In fact, many studies now demonstrate that in some cases biomass from forests can, over the medium term, be even more polluting than fossil fuels like coal. Given this growing understanding, it is more important than ever that its emissions be properly accounted. But there's a mystery - lots of biomass emissions are going missing. ❚ enquiry 136 a solid structural bedding and support the weight of the tower. Mixed onsite and pumped in a continuous application by concrete, screed and grout specialists UK SGP, SikaGrout3200 cures to form a strength similar to steel, leading to a perfect watertight seal. Scott Warren, technical director of the project’s main contractor, commented: “When selecting a grouting product we place priorities on quality, conformity, specification, characteristics, yield and cost. Sika are a company renowned for its concrete product solutions, so naturally we knew it was perfect for our needs. ❚ enquiry 137

Romag roof PV technology at UK’s largest zero carbon housing scheme Dozens of new homes on the UK’s largest zero carbon housing development are benefitting from new roof integrated photovoltaics (PV) used to produce sustainable solar energy.

Viridian Solar has today announced an addition to its range of solar panels for its Clearline Fusion roof-integration system. A new 270Wp PV16-270 joins the 250Wp PV16-250 panel and will be available from May 12th 2016. “We anticipate that the 250Wp model will remain the most popular choice for our customers working in new build.” said KT Tan, Technical Director at Viridian Solar, “Housebuilders often specify solar in multiples of a quarter of a kilowatt peak.  In this sector, smaller installations of

between one half and one kilowatt peak are still the rule, so minimising roof space is rarely an issue. However, we believe that having the option of a higher power module will be useful as aesthetic solar becomes more popular for retrofit and solar systems on new build houses increase in size.” The Clearline Fusion system was launched in September 2015 and the company has already added specialist fixings for Scottish slate roofs (the first of their kind to be tested to MCS012).

Sundog Energy sold to Photon Energy Photon Energy, the Reading (Berkshire) based independent designer, supplier and installer of solar PV systems, has confirmed that it is on the acquisition trail, having just acquired the assets of Sundog Energy of Penrith (Cumbria). Following Sundog Energy’s decision to go into voluntary liquidation, a contract was signed on Thursday 10 March, under which Photon Energy acquired the Sundog Energy name and goodwill, assets and operation and maintenance (O&M) services with immediate effect. Photon Energy will be moving the Sundog business to Lancaster and will be taking on key staff to fill the roles of business development manager and contract installers.

Heating demand at Park Dale is expected to be one fifth of the average UK home with associated energy bills around 40% lower than an average household.

“Although Photon Energy has been very focused on new build commercial projects, we are steadily growing our retrofit business as well as our O&M offering; the acquisition of Sundog will enhance our capacity in these areas. “Our turnover reached an all time high in 2014/15 and we are aiming to do even better in the current year, possibly making further acquisitions if the right opportunities are there. We are confident of continuing growth in our market and are looking for expansion in the north of England and Scotland in particular.”

Jonathan Bates, director and general manager of Photon Energy said: “Ever since the government announced a massive cutback in support for solar photovoltaics (PV) last year, the market has been in turmoil, and I see no early end to this. “We are delighted to have acquired Sundog Energy, one of the first commercial PV companies in the UK. Sundog has an incredible track record stretching back over 20 years and has The PV technology has been designed to seamlessly integrate with regular slate tiles to form an eye-catching central feature on the south facing roof of each of the two, three and four bedroomed houses on the development. Beco, one of the UK’s leading PV designers and installers, commissioned Romag to produce the 562mm x 1247mm panels to produce upwards of 83W of power.

Nigel Brunton-Reed, managing director at Beco, said: “Romag’s PV solution met the requirement for advanced technology to deliver The integrated PV roof tiles not only a cutting edge, large scale supplied by Romag have been zero carbon development, but also installed as part of the £12m Park one that’s realistic, affordable and Dale housing development in can be replicated across the UK.” Castleford, West Yorkshire, where over 90 homes for social and intermediate rent have been built to comply with Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The new roof-top solar technology at Park Dale combines renewable energy generation with a glass laminate design to enable the PV cells to blend sympathetically into the fabric of the housing scheme. The system is watertight and complies with building standards as well as fire control and airtightness regulations.

installed some very high profile projects in that time, including the iconic PV installation at Kings Cross station. Although Sundog has continued to trade strongly, given the adverse conditions facing the sector, its directors have taken the decision that it is time to move on.

❚ enquiry 138 Romag is the UK’s leading supplier of roof integrated PV systems for the housing sector, with modules that can replace an area of the proposed roof finish and work with all types of covering, from slate through clay to concrete interlocking tiles. The system combines Romag’s experience of producing high quality PV products with a guaranteed, simple-to-install fixing system that can be utilised as a ‘whole roof’ solution. Panels are available in four different sizes to comply with budget and aesthetic requirements, and can be installed on new build, re-roofing and retrofit project schemes. Product comes with a 20 year performance guarantee.

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PLEASE USE BLOCK CAPITALS • COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS Name: Position: Company: Address: Located directly opposite Ravenscourt Park on Goldhawk Road, in the desirable Hammersmith area of London, Parkside Place comprises 40 high-spec, one-, twoand three-bed homes. Tasked with ensuring the complex met Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four standards, developer Linden Homes needed to find a reliable solution to efficiently meet the properties’ space heating and hot water needs, while simultaneously supplying sufficient ventilation for the well-insulated, new-build homes. Providing residents with optimum efficiency and a comfortable indoor environment – as well as a system that would be both economical and easy to use – were also key considerations for the project. Having specified NIBE products for previous developments, Alex Jordan, Technical Manager at Linden Homes, opted for NIBE F470 exhaust air heat pump (EAHP) systems for each of the development’s 23 single-level apartments. The remaining 16 split-level duplexes and one mews house were each fitted with an air source heat pump (ASHP) package system made up of an 8kW NIBE F2040 ASHP and a NIBE VVM320 combined water storage and controls unit. Alex explains: “With a strong focus on sustainability at the heart of the whole development, performance, efficiency and reliability were top priorities for us when it came to choosing the right heating systems for Parkside Place. Not only do the homes boast high levels of airtightness, they are also fitted with water-based underfloor heating throughout – making them ideally suited for heat pumps (which operate at

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FOR FREE LITERATURE, ENTER ENQUIRY NUMBER BELOW similarly low flow temperatures). NIBE’s F470 EAHPs were just right for the smaller, single-level apartments, particularly as they offer the added benefit of keeping the homes properly ventilated – which is crucial given how well-insulated they are. “However, Parkside’s 16 duplexes and mews house are bigger than its standard apartments, and therefore have a higher heat demand, so the output provided by a NIBE F470 EAHP wouldn’t have sufficed. For this reason, we opted for 8kW NIBE F2040 ASHPs instead, as these are the perfect size for slightly larger domestic applications. Conveniently, the duplexes’ terraces provided the necessary outdoor space to accommodate the external ASHP units. We also coupled the ASHPs with compact, all-in-one NIBE VVM 320 hot water storage and control units. All of the NIBE systems are now fully up and running, and are doing a great job of keeping the homes warm and comfortable.”


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JOHNSON & STARLEY EXTENDS FREE 5 YEAR GUARANTEE TO COVER ALL QUANTEC RANGE OF BOILERS. Johnson & Starley have extended the 5 Year free parts and labour guarantee* to cover all of its QuanTec boiler range.

Stokvis Econoplate meets Devon Hotel’s hot water demand One of Stokvis Energy Systems' ( widely specified Econoplate plate heat exchangers has been installed within the plant room of a Devon hotel to provide its domestic hot water, following the failure of an oil-fired water heater, which has since been replaced with a new biomass boiler Dartington Hall near Totnes is part

Inta goes HYPER for heat interface units Inta has introduced its ‘HIPER’ high performance heat interface unit (HIU), designed to deliver heating and hot water whilst improving energy efficiency and minimising costs in multidwelling developments.

of the historic Dartington Hall Trust estate which now attracts many thousands of visitors annually and provides a venue for music festivals as well as other events. Being in a rural, off-gas area it was dependent on oil as its fuel source prior to fitting a biomass boiler and, when the old water heater burned out during a busy holiday Installed in shared residential buildings, the HIU distributes heating and domestic hot water from a central plant system to individual properties. By removing the need for each area to have a conventional boiler, gas flue and hot water cylinder, the interface units dramatically reduce build costs for developers. Inta has worked to develop a product that has more features and benefits than any other HIU on the market. HIPER HIU boasts a factory-set, non-electric temperature control valve which prevents risk of scalding in the event of a power supply failure, as well as features the most

In with the new at Dumfries House When HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, personally brokered a £45million deal to secure the 2,000 acre Dumfries House Estate in Scotland, the idea was to create a sustainable

business to help regenerate the local economy in East Ayrshire. Offering a host of environmental, operational and cost benefits, the installation of renewable heating systems throughout the estate would be central to this sustainable approach. With a range of old and new buildings serving a multitude of uses, it would be no easy task to convert the estate from oil to renewable heating systems. However, thanks to an ongoing partnership between heat pump manufacturer Dimplex and renewable energy installer Ecoliving, Dumfries House is now a shining example of how to successfully install renewable

Until now, only the flagship QuanTec HR28C with Integral PFGHR qualified for a full 5 year guarantee*, but from 1st February 2016 the manufactures free 5 years parts and labour guarantee has now been extended to cover the whole range of QuanTec boilers**, and when installed as a package with any of the Johnson & Starley Aquair range the 5yr guarantee will also apply to the Aquair. Introduced in 2012 the Quantec boilers have proved reliable, easy to install and popular with installers and homeowners alike, with the range being further extended in 2016 to include an LPG version of the HR28C, again with integral PFGHR. The QuanTec HR28C is the smallest boiler on the market with integral Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery and also the only fully condensing boiler with efficiency’s not reached by other manufactures.

Heat Recovery QuanTec HR28CP (LPG) with Passive Flue Gas Heat Recovery QuanTec HE30C 30kW combi QuanTec HE24C 24kW combi QuanTec HE14S 24kW system QuanTec HE24Rk 24kW regular kompact The Aquair range itself has also been extended with the introduction of the highly versatile downflow S-36 water to air space heater. It offers all the benefits of centralised heating and can replace a warm air heater, making use of existing warm air ducting. As with all the Aquair range it also has the option of supplying unheated air for cooling purposes in warmer weather. Designed for use with a vast range of renewables and traditional heating sources, the S-36 sits at the top of the Aquair range and its output is ideal for larger premises.

*Terms and Conditions Apply **Offer available until December 2016 Models available are: QuanTec HR28C with Passive Flue Gas ❚ enquiry 144 .

period, its building services manager contacted Sherwoods Mechanical and Electrical ( of nearby Newton Abbot to rapidly remedy the situation. The building services contracting specialist had, in fact, installed one of Stokvis Energy System's Econoplate units at another Devon hotel last year - the equally stylish Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor and believed a similar specification would meet the Dartington Hall accommodation needs just as well. advanced dual-speed PID control (patent pending) of any unit, intelligently controlling the heat into the plate heat exchangers by electronic modulation of a PICV (pressure independent control valve). A PICV is three valves in one: a differential pressure control valve, two-port flow regulating valve and a flow regulation valve. One PICV replaces three separate valves that would otherwise be required to maintain the maximum level of system control so the HIU can operate effectively.

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heating systems in commercial building stock – and the benefits it can bring. The unique project, which started in 2012 and was still in progress by the start of 2015, covered a large number of renewable heat installations including Dimplex air source heat pump and ground source heat pump systems. Historic buildings have been refurbished to a high standard, whilst new facilities have been sensitively built to create new learning environments and improve local employment opportunities. ❚ enquiry 142

Following consultation between Sherwoods' Commercial Business Manager, Phil Hesketh, and Stokvis Energy System's area sales manager, it was decided to install an E3Ai119+1T Econoplate. This was supplied in combination with a transfer pump and a 500 litres stainless steel buffer vessel in order to ensure peak demands can be met throughout the year. The plate heat exchanger is set up to draw its primary energy from the Hall's new biomass boiler, working efficiently and quickly to top up the buffer vessel when its temperature is depleted.

The Commercial Business Manager for Sherwoods, Mr Phil Hesketh, recounted: "Stokvis is a well-established manufacturer that has been known to me for many years, and which gives very good service and technical support.

Fusing efficiency, ventilation & heating in one Strategic thinking inside the box is enabling specifiers to fuse efficient ventilation and heating all in one…. Gilberts (Blackpool) Ltd, Britian’s leading independent air movement specialist. Has developed a natural ventilation unit that also features both heat reclamation and space heating. The unique Mistrale MFS Fusion unit can now be optioned with an integrated LPHW coil, which provides a complete solution for both morning warm-up and any boost heating requirements. The stand-alone unit is installed as normal through the building façade. The core MFS appliance provides natural ventilation and uniquely blends the incoming fresh air with the warmth from the exhaust air without the need for a heat exchanger. With the LPHW coil option, for morning warm-up, the coil is energized and the fan runs on full speed for approximately 20 minutes (depending on night set-back temperatures and flow temperatures) to provide an even heat distribution across the room before occupancy. The integral fan ensures maximum air blending and avoids any stratification. Gilberts has fully tested the solution within its dedicated test facility to ensure full, even mixing within the room.

In tests, utilising the boost feature, the system achieved correct mixing and temperature when an air change rate of 13 air changes/hr (55l/s standard 32 person classroom) was required. The energy cost of running the fan for morning warm-up has been calculated at just £2.19/annum/classroom (for a standard operating installation, assuming a ‘worst case’ scenario that every morning heating will be required with a six degree lift in internal temperature). Utilising the MFS with an integral heating solution provides significant cost savings, by removing the need for any radiators in the classroom. ❚ enquiry 143

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PEPENBURY CHOOSES ENVIROVENT FOR BETTER VENTILATION Pepenbury, a charity based in West Kent that provides care and support to people with learning disabilities, has chosen EnviroVent’s heatSava Single Room Heat Recovery Units to improve indoor air quality, reduce condensation and enhance energy efficiency.


The charity approached EnviroVent to recommend an effective ventilation solution for its residential unit which supports 70 people and is based in Tunbridge Wells. The main Pepenbury site is made up of eight houses and bungalows. Following a survey by a Specialist Ventilation advisor, EnviroVent recommended that each bedroom was fitted with a heatSava 150 to provide constant ventilation and improve indoor air quality by maintaining relative humidity levels. Trials of the heatSavas have since been set up in three rooms, which are working well and the facilities manager has reported an improvement in air quality in these rooms, which is most noticeable by reduced levels of condensation. EnviroVent also installed a Cyclone 7 extract fan in an adjacent wetroom to remove moisture and keep it constantly ventilated. Richard Blyth, Facilities Manager at Pepenbury, said: “The main reason for looking into ventilation options was to improve the air quality in our residential units and reduce levels of condensation. We also wanted to make sure that even if the windows weren’t open, our residents would benefit from healthy fresh air. We are really pleased with EnviroVent’s ventilation solution and are budgeting to include further EnviroVent units in future improvement work.” Sam Hawkins, Specialist Ventilation Advisor at EnviroVent, said: “heatSava is a popular solution with both social housing and private dwellings as it’s a really effective way to quickly and cost effectively improve air quality.


We’re really pleased with how the trial has worked out and look forward to working with Pepenbury in the future.” The heatSava is ideal for retrofitting in social housing and rented properties. The innovative unit recovers up to 75% of heat that would normally be lost on extraction whilst providing continuous all-year-round good indoor air quality, resulting in energy and cost savings. The heatSava runs continuously 24 hours a day on a low background trickle rate to provide good indoor air quality, controlling humidity levels and reducing condensation. The unit has been engineered with the unique Intellitrac® controls which operate automatically, reacting to increases in humidity levels by altering the motor speed in direct proportion. Once humidity falls, the airflow rate reduces to save energy. Available in two sizes, 100mm to suit bathrooms (low voltage version optional) and WCs and 150mm for kitchens and utility rooms, the unit is quick and easy to fit onto either an existing extractor fan wall sleeve or a new wall. Pepenbury is a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, such as autism and physical disability or behaviour which challenges. The charity provides full-time residential care, supported accommodation, day service activities and community support. For more information on any of EnviroVent’s systems call 0345 2727 810 or visit the website

University of Edinburgh reveals low carbon breakthrough in producing high purity hydrogen from Coal-Like Materials · Research finds way of improving ultrapure hydrogen production yield and reducing energy consumption for carbon capture and compression · Hydrogen production yields will increase greatly thanks to CO2 removal step, whilst auxiliary power consumption costs reduce Edinburgh, Scotland – Monday 25th April 2016: Academics at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with researchers at Yonsei University, South Korea, have developed a process that improves the production rate of high purity hydrogen (H2). This breakthrough will provide a significant step-change for a broad range of chemical engineering and industrial applications where there is significant demand for the gas, in, for example, low carbon hydrogen-based heat and power production, across large-scale industrial plants, or powering the next generation of hydrogen fuel cells used in hybrid and electric vehicles.

this process, the hydrocarbons in the gas are converted at high temperature into a hydrogen-rich mixture of gases. The hydrogen is then separated out during an additional process step. Natural Gas is generally used as raw material for the production of commercial, ultrapure hydrogen (99.9+ % H2 purity). However, the demands to produce high purity hydrogen from cheaper raw materials such as coal and biomass continue to increase. The University of Edinburgh research found that such solid-to-H2 processes is not economically feasible against the conventional methane-to-H2 process due to an intrinsically very low hydrogen yield. Moreover, this is required to produce low carbon hydrogen by implementing a carbon capture unit to fossil fuels H2 plants.

The University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation arm, Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI), is now seeking industry partners to license this technology for development into commercially viable application.

Dr Hyungwoong Ahn, a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, reveals how, through a series of adopted processes, the research uncovered ways to produce the low carbon hydrogen from coal that improves on this ultra-pure hydrogen yield:

Until now, the primary form of hydrogen production has been by natural gas (methane) steam reforming. During

“By integrating a coal�to�hydrogen process with carbon capture, the hydrogen yield per unit coal feed can be

greatly improved using the carbon capture unit used on a synthesis gas stream generated by coal gasification. This helps to improve the hydrogen yield by greater and more efficient use of the H2 Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) tail gas – an important separation process for gases and applied widely in gas purification and gas recovery.” The research team identified the core invention was to split the PSA tail gas into three sub-streams and use them accordingly (i) as a supplementary fuel for a carbon gas capture unit to improve its sorbent regeneration; (ii) as an additional feed to shift reactors to boost the hydrogen yield by converting more carbon to hydrogen and (iii) as fuel from drying coal instead of using synthesis gas. John Jeffrey, ERI’s business development executive, comments: “This breakthrough now allows us to look for industrial and commercialisation partners who see the clear advantages in this research. The production of high-purity hydrogen and the efficiency of the process, from start to finish, will amount to an improvement in hydrogen production yield by more than 2% further to what would be expected of a solid-toH2 process with CO2 capture and a total auxiliary power consumption reduction by around 7%. These can be viewed as significant savings depending on the output of the processing plant.”

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REPAIRS, REFURBISHMENT AND WATER INGRESS BY THE SEA Stuart Hicks, from cold liquid-applied waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, discusses how a change of membrane addressed failing waterproofing at a luxury residential development in Saltdean, near Brighton. The Grand Ocean Hotel in Saltdean, near Brighton, epitomises a bygone era of glamourous seaside elegance. First opened in 1938, the Grade II listed building’s crescent-shaped white façade makes it a classic of Art Deco architectural design.

that was originally specified for the project became apparent even before the scheme was completed, leading to a change of both roofing contractor and, eventually, roofing system.

Once a popular honeymoon destination owned by Billy Butlin it is now the central building from which a development of luxury apartments takes its name. The scheme has seen the refurbishment of the original structure and construction of four new build blocks designed in keeping with the former hotel.

Both the existing hotel building and the new builds have flat roofs and architect, Rolfe Judd, had specified a liquid waterproofing membrane. Unfortunately, the system selected was not robust enough to adhere seamlessly to the roof substrate and the assumption was made that the issue lay with the quality of installation rather than the suitability of the membrane. A new roofing contractor, Cawston Roofing, was brought

Problems with the integrity of the waterproofing system

Integrity Issues

in to carry out repairs to the membrane but, as the existing roof build up was still under warranty, Cawston Roofing was required to carry out repairs using the same product. The majority of the problems with the roofing material were around the upstands. While repairs using the same membrane seemed to address the issue briefly, the same issues recurred following the repairs.

Inverted Refurbishment Having used Kemper Systems’ Kemperol membranes on a wide variety of construction projects in the past, Cawston Roofing was confident in recommending Kemperol V210, a cold liquid-applied waterproofing membrane. The originally-specified membrane had been installed beneath the insulation as an inverted roof build up for the new apartment blocks. Cawston Roofing removed the paving slabs and green roof medium along with the insulation and, where possible, this was stored for re-use. The company then prepared and cleaned the roof surface and, in the areas around the upstands where the failed membrane had not bonded, the team pulled off the

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damaged membrane. The existing insulation, slabs and green roof medium were then reinstated to complete the roof.

Hotel Roof The damage caused by the failed waterproofing membrane on the roof and balconies of the former hotel building was even more significant because the original roof build-up was not inverted. The balconies were tackled first, with strip out of the entire roof build-up. Here, not only had the originallyspecified membrane failed, but the insulation below it had begun to rot too. Having completed the strip out, Cawston Roofing allowed the concrete substrate to dry on each balcony


and the decision was taken to reinstate the build-up for each balcony as an inverted warm roof. New insulation had to be cut to size and shape and this was done while the Kemperol V210 membrane was being installed so that the balconies could be completed as quickly as possible. The team then moved onto the 8,500m2 former hotel roof, which comprises five ‘fingers’ with a central core. Water ingress around the roof outlets meant that the recently installed warm roof insulation was already sodden and the roof had to be stripped back to the vapour barrier. To aid water run-off in the future, Kemper System designed a tapered Kempertherm insulation scheme, introducing a slight pitch to each section of roof. Cawston

Roofing pre-primed each piece of board in an on-site workshop during the winter months to aid faster installation once the weather improved. When weather conditions did improve, the Kempertherm sections were fixed to the substrate and joint sealed before application of the Kemperol V210 membrane began.

Holiday Heritage Thanks to the replacement of the originally-specified waterproofing system with Kemperol V210, the building not only provides a stylish address on the coast that is warm and dry for residents but also protects a slice of the UK’s holidaymaking heritage and an iconic listed building.

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Gilgen Open Doors for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Gilgen Door Systems has installed three new SLX automatic sliding door systems at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which improve accessibility and building energy efficiency. The door installations were part of a redevelopment of facilities at the Hospital including the creation of a new clinical research unit for the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM). Gilgen SLX automatic sliding doors with bi-parting door leaves were installed to the entrance of the new ITM reception area which retains an art-deco style appearance providing a stylish and tranquil environment for visitors. The SLX doors improve accessibility for visitors and are set back from the external doors creating an internal lobby that improves comfort in the reception area. With 24.8mm double glazing fitted throughout the doors also improve energy efficiency by reducing building heat loss. Door sensors operate the doors quickly

on the approach of pedestrians whilst closing afterwards to retain heat. Elsewhere the main entrance of the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital, renamed the Heritage Building, has been reconfigured. Following a site survey to review safety considerations Gilgen was commissioned to install two sets of telescopic sliding doors configured around a lobby area for wheel chair storage. These two leaf automatic doors provide a clear width of 2.5m, suitable for a variety of users including disabled persons, wheel chair users, the aged and staff moving heavy equipment. Gilgen supplies a complete range of energy efficient door systems including insulated doors and shutters. Call 0800 316 6994 or visit ❚ enquiry 148

Latest thermal break technology to produce windows for the next generation Using latest thermal break technology to produce windows for the next generation of solutions Integration is the key factor which underpins the latest new product launch from Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems. Their market leading Comar 9P.i Framing system offers fast-track semi unitised construction for floor to ceiling glazing, allowing tilt/turn or casement windows to hang direct from the Comar 9P.i Frame as well as rebated doors.

With the addition of thermal foam and triple glazing Comar 9P.i offers U-values down to 0.77, creating a future proof solution for their architectural, contractor and fabricator partners. Comar announce they have incorporated the technology from their Comar 9P.i system into the Comar 5P.i window range, and are now launching the Comar 5P.i Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system which integrates seamlessly into Comar 9P.i creating the option for

Shining example of contemporary design Leading internal door manufacturer Vicaima has just launched a stunning collection of door models as part of their Dekordor 3D range. Incorporating aluminium inlays in 5 contemporary designs, Vicaima have captured the current vogue for metallic embellishment which is one of the themes of

international interior design for 2016. The new inlay models are available in a choice of 5 Dekordor 3D finishes so can provide contrast and scope that is sure to command attention. Dekordor 3D, with its horizontal embossed finish creates an innovative and thoroughly modern door appearance which is

standalone high performance windows. The brief to Comar’s Design Team was to specifically meet architectural demands; low Uvalues, matching slim sight lines for both the casement and tilt/turn, large glazing pocket for acoustic glass, secured by design and large sizes. For their contractor and fabricator partners, performance with built in fast-track fabrication and installation. ideally suited to a multitude of applications from homes to hotels and from offices to community buildings. The highly tactile surface and visual impact created by Dekordor 3D has proved to be a key reason why it is often selected to make a big impression, especially as an entrance door and frame system to apartments or hotel rooms. Now with the addition of these new metallic inlay models the range offers even greater possibilities. The Dekordor 3D Aluminium Inlay collection is available in a choice of 5 contrasting face finishes including, Grey, Black, Oak, Camel and White and inlay models include both vertical and horizontal designs so present plenty of diversity. All doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can be supplied with a range of performance specifications comprising fire rated, acoustic and security, which includes Secure by Design to Part Q requirements. ❚ enquiry 150

The Comar team have achieved this with the launch of Comar 5P.i Advanced key features: Glazing 17mm - 62mm Testing to BS 6375 Casement 750Pa Water Tightness,

Air Tightness 600Pa, Wind Resistance 2000Pa, Safety Test 3000Pa PAS 24:2012 ❚ enquiry 149

Zig Zag access zipped up with Tormax

surrounded by restaurants and retail outlets. Stretching over eleven floors, the building delivers bright, airy, customisable office space as well as three floors of retail outlets. TORMAX was contracted to supply and fit external automatic entrances by Josef Gartner GmbH.

TORMAX has supplied and installed over twenty automatic entrances to the prestigious Zig Zag building, London Victoria. In addition to two glass revolving doors to the main office entrance, TORMAX was responsible for the automatic sliding and swing doors installed to various restaurants including Jamie’s Italian and Iberica. “This has been a significant project worth over £200K,” confirms MD for TORMAX, Simon Roberts. “Our comprehensive range of Swissdesigned iMotion door operators meant that we were able to offer the ideal solutions for the demands of the different locations”. Combining energy efficiency with exceptional reliability, the iMotion range is noted for the longevity of its operators, even in the busiest environments. Developed by Land Securities and completed in November 2015, the Zig Zag building is 187,000 sq ft of high-end commercial office space situated on an island site

The two TORMAX glass revolving entrances are constructed using a light-frame solution. Designed to be extremely strong, the entrances appear to be almost entirely glass with just a thin crafted aluminium profile on the door leaves and narrow chrome steel profiles on the drum walls. Further contributing to the elegant appearance, the ceiling cover is entirely glass and there is no obtrusive central column. ❚ enquiry 188

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Sunscreen for your wood

Introducing the world’s most environmentally friendly rooflight Lumen Rooflight has developed the world’s most environmentally friendly rooflight, the Planus Accoya™, made entirely from Accoya™ timber. Independent research and testing has proven Accoya™ Wood’s superior environmental performance against materials such as PVC, steel and aluminum and is renowned for its durability, stability, sustainability. Available as a fixed casement design or with electric actuation for ventilation, the Lumen Accoya™ is designed for use on a flat or low pitch roof construction and can be supplied with or without Lumen’s unique insulated kerb system. Providing superb thermal insulation the Planus Accoya™ incorporates a guaranteed

90% Argon gas filled high specification glazing unit complete with triple glazed Pilkington Activ self clean glass. Crafted entirely from sustainably sourced Accoya™ wood the rooflight is CO2 negative over its entire life cycle, emitting less greenhouse gas in its manufacture than other competing materials. Its outstanding dimensional stability also outperforms other products on performance, maintenance and lifespan. This range of beautifully crafted rooflights is manufactured in the UK to reduce carbon footprint from overseas shipping, and has acquired several quality certifications including KOMO, RAL, BBA, WDMA. With its striking natural wood finish, the Lumen Accoya™ also benefits from a 50 year rot free guarantee and can be finished in a variety of colours on both the inside and out. ❚ enquiry 153 .

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Levolux looks cool in Poole As part of a wider campus redevelopment at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), a new extension to its Photography department has been completed, featuring a custom Glass Fin Solar Shading solution from Levolux. The four-storey extension provides a new gateway into the AUB Campus in Poole, incorporating a full height entrance foyer and spacious circulation areas, linking to flexible teaching space, IT suites and a lecture theatre. Following an ambitious masterplan by Design Engine, the design of the extension is influenced by photographic processes. This is evident on the west-facing external façade, in the form of vertical Glass Fins, which were designed, supplied and

installed by Levolux. As a world leader in solar shading and screening solutions, Levolux was approached to develop a custom solution for the AUB. This comprises a series of vertical glass fins formed from laminated, toughened glass and integrated walkways with balustrades. A digitally printed PVB interlayer has been incorporated into each Glass Fin, which creates an intricate pattern of camera shutter icons. The glass fins effectively shield the building’s glazed envelope against direct sunlight. This helps to reduce unwanted solar heat gain, while optimising daylight levels throughout the building. A total of 74 glass fins were installed on the west-facing elevation, divided between 3 levels. The 25mm thick glass fins are either 300mm, 400mm or 550mm deep and also vary in length, from 2.8 metres up to 4.7 metres with an even distribution that covers the building from the first floor to the roof. To complement the scheme, the glass fins are set approximately 600mm in front of the buildings’ glazed façade, in front of integral walkways. ❚ enquiry 156 April 2016

Oxford University opts for invisible automatic access The purpose-built Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, recently opened its TORMAX automated swing doors to teachers, students and academics, welcoming them into a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, seminar and

meeting rooms as well as a café and informal seating areas. Crafted by Birmingham Veneers Ltd, the two impressive wooden and glass entrance doors are automated using two TORMAX iMotion 1401 operators concealed in sealed casings underneath the floor. Ensuring longevity and reliability, even in such a busy location, the iMotion motors, which are uniquely designed with no abrading parts to cause friction wear, dramatically minimises maintenance, allowing them to be neatly located out of sight.

The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school pursuing a vision of better government, stronger societies, and richer human opportunities across the world. Bringing all members together for the first time in three years, the new building has been designed to maximise energy efficiency and sustainability by combining modern control systems with ground-breaking technology. ❚ enquiry 155

Flush tilt turn window system creates design perfection Profile 22 has launched a unique externally Flush Tilt-Turn window system designed for commercial applications, especially medium and high rise buildings. The distinctive sleek, urban and modern design of its flush exterior frame avoids the overlapping of framework associated with conventional PVC-U systems, making it especially suitable for applications such as new-build apartments, housing hotels, offices, universities and colleges.

units, due to its energy efficient six-chamber sash and fivechamber outer frame as well as the inclusion of Profile 22’s innovative Aeroframe thermal barrier. This window design offers superb thermal performance thus eliminating the need for expensive krypton-filled units. The high performance weather seal system allows for more efficient drainage of water, greatly improving weathering and thermal capabilities.

The Profile 22 externally Flush Tilt-Turn can achieve A++ WER Rating (U-Value 0.8 W/m2.K, in line with Passivhaus standards) with argon-filled triple-glazed

Profile 22 Commercial Sales Director Andrew Reid said: “The externally Flush Tilt-Turn offers sleek simplicity in its appearance, combined with the functionality

of the tilt-turn and the high specification that can be expected from any Profile 22 product. ❚ enquiry 157

New Flat Bar sliding shutter: the latest innovation in solar control An ultra-slim solar control system has been created by Hunter Douglas, the leading global manufacturer of architectural products, to meet the demands of the most modern of building designs. At just five millimetres thick, the minimalist Flat Bar shutter is at least 50% thinner than existing alternatives on the market. Pieter van Rees, European Marketing Manager at Hunter Douglas, said the beauty of the Flat Bar shutter’s aluminium frame is that it is as unobtrusive as possible to meet the architects’ aesthetic requirements. “Even the screws used to attach the fins are less conspicuous, as we had them powdercoated along with the fins to make sure all of the system’s components have the same colour,” he said. “That way, the parts used for mounting the system don’t stand out.” The powder-coating treatment means that only the S and Z fins are suitable for use with Flat Bar; if hollow fins were used, the coating would seep in, which would affect the system’s quality. This design innovation, which is available in

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all standard RAL colours to mother of pearl, has been used be dramatic effect in a minimalist-style housing complex in Brescia, Italy. Not only does the system’s shading and thermal performance match that of other Hunter Douglas sliding shutter systems, it also guarantees privacy for occupiers as the view from the outside is obscured whilst still allowing light into the rooms. The sliding shutters can be closed manually horizontally or vertically, depending on how the shutters are mounted, or motorised. Fabio Brivio, Unit Manager for Hunter Douglas Italy, explains: “‘Initially, Studio 5+1 Architetti Associati opted for a different solar control system, but with that one the users couldn’t block the window entirely from top to bottom. “That is one reason why the Flat Bar system was eventually chosen. The design played a part in the decision, too. The building’s façade has a minimalist look and the sliding shutters fit in perfectly, thanks to their slim construction. “Interestingly, it looks as though the sliding shutters were installed separately on the façade, rather than being integrated – another detail that matched the architect’s style: he likes to combine different materials and techniques, for instance, glued tiles, a wooden façade and a painted wall.” The Hunter Douglas Flat Bar sliding shutter system is suitable for all applications and works particularly well with housing. Its minimalist style makes it an ideal solution for lower-budget projects.

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Twyford’s new X52 tap designed with water-saving in mind Twyford’s new X52 ‘low flow’ tap and mixer collection features double-click technology that allows the user to control water flow and consumption. The range includes four bathroom taps and is available now providing a stylish, flexible solution to enhance any bathroom design. All products in the X52 collection are made from WRAS-approved materials and include a monobloc basin mixer, deck-mounted bath mixer tap, a bath shower mixer (pictured), and a bidet mixer, manufactured from solid brass and chrome plated. The range fully complies with BREEAM regulations. The basin and bidet taps deliver

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.

wait for the kettle to boil! The GROHE Red® saves water, energy and costs, making this an excellent choice for the eco-aware consumer. The Red also has a Mono design that is designed for consumers with smaller spaces.

Earth Day 2016 – GROHE can provide a sustainable solution for the home!

either four litres per minute or seven litres per minute, with one or two clicks of the lever. All of the taps and mixers are suitable for systems greater than 0.5 bar. The X52 collection is the latest addition to Twyford’s recently launched tap range which also includes X50, X60, X62, X70 and X120 offering a full suite of taps for washbasins, baths, showers and bidets. ❚ enquiry 160

Exciting New Wet Zones LEADING stainless steel specialist, GEC Anderson limited, have released details of an exciting new ‘wet zone’ concept. April 2016

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

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If you’re working on an ecofeature, GROHE can help. The brand is committed to innovation in design, delivering beautiful and high performing products with a focus on sustainability. Many of GROHE’s products feature clever EcoJoy technology, reducing the water consumption of the mixer without compromising on its performance. Please see a selection of GROHE’s sustainable solutions for the home below:

sparkling, medium and still – straight from the kitchen tap. Compared to the pollution and energy consumption caused by filling and transporting bottled mineral water, filtering tap water has a positive environmental impact - saving up to 61.% CO2 emissions compared to bottled water.

GROHE Blue GROHE’s innovative Blue water system is the perfect sustainable solution for the kitchen! The Blue supplies three different types of filtered and chilled water –

GROHE Red The innovative GROHE Red® kitchen tap keeps three litres of filtered kettle hot water ready for immediate use at all times, meaning you no longer have to

can be formed to any pattern, it really does open the door to a lot of new creative opportunities for our customers.” GEC Anderson offer a number of different wet zone options of which the pressed recess is one. Tye continues “The pressed recess is also extremely cost effective. It is formed early in the production process, with a high level of automation. This makes it possible to contain the basic price to just under £150 and brings the wet zone concept within reach of many more of our customers.” ❚ enquiry 186

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GROHE Rainshower Next Generation Icon GROHE’s Rainshower® Icon stylish hand-held shower heads feature a water-saving Eco button on the handle – simply slide the button and you can reduce the water used for your shower by up to 40%.

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Create and share virtual bathroom ideas with Twyford’s new on-line Design Room With an emphasis on inspiration and engagement, Twyford has launched a new interactive feature, the Design Room, on its website which allows users to create their own virtual bathrooms and cloakrooms to help with their decision making.

The free and easy-to-use Design Room features

wall colours and flooring options help to create

products from Twyford’s Energy Collection e100,

a realistic overall design.

e200 and e500 ranges, which users can browse

The bathroom design ideas can then be shared

through and place in situ in the 3D space.

on Facebook, Twitter or email, or saved and

Working with two room layouts, users can

printed to take to a local showroom to provide

choose basin sizes and tap options; wall-hung,

a handy ‘wish list’.

back-to-wall or close-coupled toilets; bidets; furniture styles, finishes and hanging options.

For further information on Twyford, contact

The products and product sizes can be changed

tel: 01270 879777 or visit

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Sandtex Trade Makes A Splash At Lido Ponty Sandtex Trade has been used to deliver protection and style to an exciting restoration project in the heart of South Wales.Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales opened to visitors this summer and has already become a major attraction.

Crown Paints presents colour trends for Spring/Summer 2016 Crown Paints has reinforced its position as the expert in colour for professionals with the launch of its renowned Colour Influences programme for 2016. April 2016

The Grade II listed Art Deco treasure, situated in Pontypridd, proudly balances its past with the future. Original turnstiles and wooden cubicles have all been maintained, with brand new features added including three heated pools, a sun terrace, visitor centre, function room and indoor and outdoor changing facilities. Built in 1927, Lido Ponty was one of the most popular open-air lidos in the UK. Developed with the Miners’ Welfare Fund, the local miners made a contribution from their wages towards its construction.The facility was for many years the hub of the local community but fell into decline and closed in the 1990s. However, ambitious plans were launched to restore it back to former glory and with funding from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, £2.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw, the facility now looks forward to a bright future. As part of the restoration works, Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra was specified for the development, where it was used on the doors of the original cubicles, as well as fascias and soffits. The team from Crown Paints’ Specification Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex Trade brands, which are all crafted with over 200 years of knowledge, experience and passion. The shades can be viewed in the Crown Paints’ Spring Summer 2016 trends brochure, which can be ordered by emailing the spec services team or viewed online by visiting the Crown Paints Specification services website Crown Paints Colour Specialist, Jemma Saunders, is a member of the Colour Influences panel and has worked to ensure the palettes inspire bold ideas in professional interiors. Jemma said: “The first palette, SunDrenched City, brings to life yellow hues, accented with pink and greens. Texture and strength is achieved with flashes of metallic copper, concrete grey and charcoal to give the palette structure. For more details please contact the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the website at

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Colour Influences forecasts the shades that will shape professional interior and exterior environments in spring and summer. Under the programme, Crown Paints’ team of colour specialists have curated three stunning palettes, each featuring exciting options that enable specifiers to inject creativity into their projects. Three styles have been produced, ‘SunDrenched City,’ ‘Light and Shade’ and ‘Shimmer’. The colours are available in the high quality, professional products within the company’s

Services worked closely with Davies Sutton Architects in Cardiff, to match the colours to the original shades of the 1920s. Speaking about the conservation project, Michael Davies, a Director at Davies Sutton Architects, said: “The basic principle of conservation is to repair first and replace second. So the main method was to see what was there, what had survived and what was serviceable, so we could retain as much of the historic fabric as possible. Clearly there were historic elements which we couldn’t keep and had to replace, but the idea was to keep as much as we possibly could. “A lot of the buildings were made up of cubicles. We had to carefully survey and mark up every single timber element on the building to see which bits could be saved and which bits couldn’t.” “It clearly is an impressive project but a lot of that really is down to the fact that it is the original building and we can’t all take credit for that, just the elements restored and the new build elements.” Offering a high performance finish that is specially formulated to provide long lasting protection for exterior joinery and suitably primed metal, Sandtex Trade Eggshell X-tra has added inhibitors to reduce UV damage. It also flexes with the substrate to alleviate cracking and flaking.

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 165

Nullifire lead the market with new 60 minute fire protection As a trusted provider of passive fire protection systems, Nullifire, a tremco illbruck brand, has launched SC802; a new water-based intumescent basecoat targeted at the important 60-minute sector for onsite fire protection

The new formulation provides an impressive 15% improvement over its successful predecessor, Nullifire S707-60, which has been the market leader for over a decade. SC802 is available as a sprayable coating to provide competitive loadings on I-sections and other steelwork. It offers outstanding adhesion, as well as reduced downtime, as most steelwork can be protected by just a single coat. SC802 is compatible with the full selection of Nullifire primers and top seals, so is easy to specify for those familiar with the company's range of products. Additionally, the specifier can rest assured that this product is well within the latest environmental standards, being waterbased and low odour - VOCs are just 21 g/. ❚ enquiry 164

A bespoke rocking chair gets the Osmo Treatment The demand for handmade furnishings continues to remain high across the country. With each product created by dedicated and skilled craftspeople, the hours of hard work that goes into each product results in a unique and lasting product that many wholesalers cannot compete with. Steve Slack, the owner of Wood Charm started woodworking as a hobby but has now honed and fine-tuned his skill to make it his profession, creating beautiful bespoke products. One of his more recent projects was a handcrafted rocking chair and due to the importance of prolonging its fine detail and look, finished the product with Osmo’s Wood Protector Oil and Polyx®-Oil Rapid. “I have been using Osmo wood finishes for the last few years,” explains Steve. “The products allow the wood to breathe and don’t alter the colour of the timber - two important features in my eyes. Another reason why I enjoy working with Osmo finishes is they are very quick and easy to apply. For this project, I wiped the finish on with a cloth, waited 5 minutes, and then wiped off the excess.” When finishing the chair, Steve applied two coats of Osmo Wood Protector, a unique preservative wood primer, and then applied Polyx®-Oil Rapid. Osmo’s Polyx®-Oil Rapid is a premium wood finish guaranteed to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. As the name suggests, this product offers rapid drying times. Ideal as a durable finish for furniture, it is a high quality, waterrepellent wood finish, based on natural ingredients. Available in a matt, clear and satin-matt finishes, the Polyx®-Oil Rapid range offers the highest coverage of any oil on the market - a 2.5 litre can cover approximately 30m² with two coats. As well as being suitable for furniture, Polyx®-Oil Rapid is also suitable for use on all wooden floors and can be used on cork floors and for terracotta and other unglazed tiles. It is also well suited for the treatment of internal joinery. Polyx®-Oil Rapid has a clear, quick drying, durable finish, is water repellent and extremely tough and hardwearing. Polyx®-Oil Rapid is available from Osmo UK direct or from its nationwide network of stockists.

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New extended colour guide showcases Crown Trade’s historic and classic shades Crown Trade has curated shades from both its Historic Colours and Classic Collection into a new guide to provide specifiers with an inspiring display of authentic shades in one format. The new colour card features the renowned Crown Trade Historic Colours Collection,

a total of 120 shades influenced by eight distinctive architectural and design styles including Palladian and Neo-Classical, Regency, Arts & Crafts, Gothic Revival, Victorian Eclectic, Art Deco and post-war ‘50’s Sketchbook. And now for the first time, these historic colours are joined by the Crown Trade Classic Collection - a selection of 30 beautiful, timeless shades in classic neutral colours, which have been hand-picked from an extensive range of palettes. The 14 page guide - designed to bring the shades to life and help specifiers understand more about the context and influence of the colours – blends together additional content including inspiring photography and an insight into the history and background to each of the colour palettes. Crown Trade offers specifiers the ability to select authentic and accurate colours with confidence, choosing their shades from Crown Trade’s high quality products, which are manufactured with more than 200 years’ experience.

The collection is featured in-depth on Crown Trade’s website

HR HR PROF Eco Friendly Clear & Odourless Water Based Non Toxic No Solvents Apply with Brush or Spray Euro-class B-s1-d0 Internal or External Use HR Prof Also tested to BS 476-6 & BS 476 part 7 Also Classification Also ttReports & Certificates Pine,Spruce,

Scottish & Siberian Larch, Western Red Cedar, Oak 0800 7833 228

For more information please contact the Crown Trade Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email info@crownpaint or visit the website at ❚ enquiry 167

Crown Trade paints complete environmental picture for specifiers with EPD Crown Trade has reinforced its industryleading sustainability credentials with the introduction of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) across a range of its premium coatings. Four Crown Trade products now hold verified EPD certificates, in compliance with the European Standard EN 15804. These include Crown Trade’s Fastflow system, which was introduced into the marketplace last year – and has already built a strong reputation in the specification sector for its ability to deliver all the benefits of an oil-based coating in a water-based formulation. The complete system, comprising of Crown Trade Fastflow Primer Undercoat and Crown Trade Fastflow Gloss, has been assessed. Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt - trusted by specifiers across high traffic areas, including healthcare, educational and housing environments - also has an EPD certificate. Featuring a super scrubbable finish, which allows repetitive cleaning with the added

benefit of excellent stain resistance, Crown Trade Clean Extreme also extends maintenance cycles by returning to an ‘as new’ condition after cleaning – reducing the need for costly redecoration. Finally, another popular choice, Crown Trade Matt Vinyl, a premium quality flat matt emulsion for interior use on wall and ceiling surfaces, has a EPD certificate too.

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Video Highlights The Qualities of Sadolin’s New Beautiflex®

Debbie Orr, Marketing Manager for trade brands at Crown Paints, said: “The EPDs are full lifecycle assessments of the environmental impacts of the products from raw materials and manufacturing, through use to end of life.

Specifiers can get up to speed with the high performance qualities of Sadolin’s latest product, Beautiflex®, which offers the opportunity for an early start outdoors for wood care projects.

“They are carried out using the standardised method defined by EN 15804. Each EPD is independently verified to ensure that the data, data handling and resulting report are reliable, giving specifiers and architects confidence in their credibility.

A video has been produced highlighting the features and benefits attributed to this latest addition to the superior woodcare brand’s portfolio. Of significance is the fact that this solvent opaque woodstain can be applied in cooler temperatures, enabling wood protection projects to take place outside typical outdoor seasons.

“The EPDs are aligned with the environmental requirements of BREEAM and LEED and also meet the requirements of the SKA rating scheme, meaning these Crown Trade products can be confidently specified in projects where environmental considerations are key.”

Sadolin Beautiflex® is ideal for all new, bare or previously coated exterior wood, including decking and its superior flexibility is achieved through a formulation which features alkyd resin technology, giving the coating the assurance of up to 7 years protection.

BRE, a world leader in certifying sustainable products, operates the EPD verification scheme to allow product manufacturers to communicate their sustainability credentials to customers.

Colour choice is also catered for. Three ready mixed colours and 42 tinted shades are available and HALS within the formulation protect the coating from UV damage to ensure the colours retain their integrity for the long term.

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Sharon Smith, Sadolin Brand Manager, said: “We are looking forward to seeing projects take shape in 2016 using Sadolin Beautiflex®.

“Due to its solvent based formulation, specifiers can take advantage of milder Spring weather to introduce the product into wood protection projects. “Specifiers can be assured that due to Sadolin’s superior formulations we are providing a beautiful, flexible finish with long term protection.” Sadolin Beautiflex® is produced in both 1 and 2.5 litre sizes. The video is available to view on the Sadolin website at or on the Sadolin Woodcare YouTube channel at care For more details please contact the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the specification website at Alternatively, please visit

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"Green" lights for stalled Broadway shopping centre in Bradford The Broadway shopping centre in the centre of Bradford was a high profile project for developer Westfield and its construction team. Pitts Wilson was honoured to be involved with transforming the decade-old plans for 570,000 sq ft of retail space into a modern shopping centre that the tenants, the city and its residents could be proud of. With the eyes of the region, the media and the construction world upon the stalled project, Pitts Wilson’s professional team rose to the challenge of updating the original specification to design and build mechanical and electrical schemes fit for the future, as well delivering the project on time and to budget. Contract details: Planning permission for the shopping centre was originally approved in 2003, with the city centre site cleared and made ready

for the build by 2006. But wellpublicised delays to the project due mainly to the recession meant that over a decade passed before Westfield announced construction was to be re-started in January 2014. Shortly afterwards, Pitts Wilson was awarded the £7m mechanical and electrical contract in a joint tender with another Bradford firm Mitton Mechanical Services. The contract comprised: Electrical • Tenants’ electricity (supply only), landlords’ transformers, Debenhams and M&S transformers • Landlord 1000kVA standby generator, backing up security, IT installations and all life safety systems • 60kVA UPS UPS system backing up security and IT installations • General power to all landlord areas April 2016

• Lighting & emergency lighting to car parks, landlord BOH areas, mall, public amenities, food court, external building lighting, plant deck lighting • Security system, CCTV and recording backup for 31 days • Life safety systems: fire alarm system to all landlord areas and interface units to all tenant systems, PAVA system, firemen’s telephones, disabled refuge alarms • Electrical supplies to specialist equipment: car park barriers, passenger lifts, auto doors, sprinkler systems, car park pay on foot machines, mechanical plant etc

Wain Craft introduces the first & most efficient LED T5 & T8 replacement that doesnt require ballast change

Mechanical •Basement ventilation/extract systems to remove CO2 • Retail mall ventilation • Retail mall smoke ventilation •Supply and extract to landlord general areas • Domestic hot water system • Low pressure hot water system • Boiler plant rooms • Sanitaryware • Drainage • BMS system • Air conditioning systems • Gas installation • Rainwater system

The T5 & T8 have a marketleading 150lm/w net efficiency and last 5 times longer than classic fluorescent lighting.

Design & Build Delivery: This was Pitts Wilson’s first contract for Westfield, one of the world’s largest shopping centre developers with UK schemes in London and Stratford. The team worked from the original consultant’s drawings and specifications and further developed them with up-to-date components, most notably energysaving LED lighting. Every amendment was approved by the developer, and the resulting schemes achieved reductions in load, cable sizes and running costs as well as reduced maintenance.

The technology is being introduced during the 2016 Light & Building show in Germany, at RWE and Qualitas, both well known German companies. Wain Craft announced today that it is officially launching the world’s first and most efficient fluorescent LED T5 & T8 that doesn’t require a ballast change.

The longer lifespan of the lighting results in a return on investment in just 1 to 2 years on average, with an expected financial saving of 60%, when compared with traditional fluorescent lights. The unique technology allows them to replace classic fluorescent lights without requiring the change of any electronic components, like rewiring or taking out ballasts, so no electrician is need. Installation simply requires for the existing bulb to be unscrewed and to be

replaced with the Wain Craft LED tube. To illustrate the huge saving, there is some cooperation between the T5 & T8: the T5 80 can be replace with a 34W LED and the T8 58W with a 20W. Achieves the aims for both the CFO & FM The technology achieves the aims for both Chief Financial Officers and Facility Managers by helping to improve light quality, diminishing maintenance requirements and resulting in financial savings that allow for further investment in 5 to 10 years if required. Huge success at 2016 Light & Building The technology is being introduced during the 2016 Light & Building show in Germany, and has seen huge interest all over the world. Customer were impressed by the quality and the fast payback of often under one year. “We have a great network of installation providers and financing options. Our products of of the greatest standard, with the best components and the highest certifications and safety requirements” said Wain Craft CEO and co-founder Marcel Gasser. Interested parties can get a free sample online by visiting w w w. w a i n l e d . c o m / o r d e r sample/ ❚ enquiry 181

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DANLERS ControlZAPP – More than an Energy Saving Control • Programmable by Android phone or tablet • Real Time scheduling for switching, lux control or function changes • PIR occupancy switching and adjustable photocell for daylight control • Switching/dimming functions can be controlled by sunset and sunrise prediction • Automatic time adjustment for BST • Innovative twin level time lag function with short visit mode for even greater energy savings • Versions for switching only, DALI Dimming and 1-10V Dimming Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Website: ❚ enquiry 171.

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LUMINA AND FOSTER + PARTNERS LAUNCHES NEW LIGHTING AT ARAM STORE Aram Store launches two new lights designed by Foster + Partners for Lumina, the Milanese lighting manufacturer. There is a pendant light, called DOT, and a table light called EVA. Both will be presented for the first time on the ground floor of the iconic Covent Garden design store. “We are delighted to be working with Foster + Partners and Lumina to present these beautiful lights, which are ideal for both a domestic and contract environment,” says Ruth Aram. The DOT pendant light began as an idea to create a ‘disc of light’ made by an assembly of two parallel discs connected by a metal stem. Its simple form belies an inherent complexity that pushes the boundaries of existing technology. The smaller disc, made of machined aluminium, contains a ring of LEDs that bounce the light off the larger spun metal reflector disc. The result is a minimal pendant light that gives the appearance of a floating disc of light. “It took us several months to optimize the Dot optical flow and the thermodynamic system. Thanks to a led circuit, a specially designed lens and heat pipe, DOT generates a lot of light, with a very thin LED source,” says Lumina’s Ettore Cimini. The reflector has a super-matte white finish and is available in 600mm, 800mm and 1100mm diameter and in larger custom sizes. Showcasing an innovative approach towards lens technology and temperature transfer, the lamp is suitable for use as a single pendant or chandelier cluster and comes in brass, anodised graphite, red oxide and ink blue finishes.


EVA is a table-top indirect up-light that emerged from earlier design iterations of a dining table lamp for one of Foster + Partners’ architectural projects. The idea was to create a floating cone of light that emanates a warm glow similar to candlelight. The entire assembly sits within a glass tube with a round mechanised aluminium base housing a COB LED. The LED projects upwards onto a reflective cone, held flush with the top of the tube by a seamless mitred joint in the glass. Wrapped around the base is a grooved, freemoving wheel that works as the dimmer, using infrared sensors to achieve precise control over light levels. EVA is available in black, bronze, brass and silver, all in anodised finishes. Mike Holland, Partner and Head of Industrial Design at Foster + Partners said “The DOT and EVA lamps are the result of a long collaborative design process between Foster + Partners and Lumina, which involved continual refinement and testing to produce the optimum lighting solution – a meticulous fusion of form, technology and material. Both lamps make innovative use of the latest LED and lens technology, embodying their minimalist essence in different ways, DOT as a pendant with a floating disc of light; and EVA a table lamp with a suspended cone of light.” The two lights will be shown in lifestyle contexts incorporating furniture designed by Foster + Partners, many of which have not been seen before. Pieces include a wooden sideboard and shelving system by Benchmark (designed specifically for the new Maggie’s Centre in Manchester), chairs by Walter Knoll, including its new 525 dining chair, the Arc table by Molteni and the Nomas table by Tecno. The exhibition runs from 12 to 31 May. Simultaneously, The Aram Gallery is hosting the retrospective exhibition ‘Craft + Manufacture which is an extensive exploration of the work of Foster + Partners’ industrial design studio.

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Sika UK appoints new General Manager Global building product manufacturer, Sika, has appointed Dragan Maksimovi as General Manager, a role that will see him build on the continued growth of the company across its multiple UK markets. Dragan joined Sika in 2002. Based in Belgrade he was responsible for developing the company’s operation in Serbia where the company today has become market leader in a number of local market sectors with a strong operation and its own production facilities for concrete admixtures and mortars. The new appointment will see him build on the already well established Sika and Everbuild brands in the UK. In 2016, the company is aiming to achieve 6% growth in net sales whilst maintaining profitability levels. Major focuses that will help the company achieve this centre on further development of its network of specifiers, strengthening relationships with key specialist distributors and adding to the Sika contractor networks. The company will also continue to focus efforts on securing major projects via its Major Project Management Team, who have shown great success in 2015, as well as developing intercompany business.

In 2013, Sika acquired Everbuild Building Products, the UK’s largest manufacturer of Sealants, Adhesives and Construction Chemicals. This acquisition proved to be a major success for Sika with the Everbuild brand achieving sales in excess of £87 million in over 70 countries. “I strongly believe that teamwork stands behind every result and that people do make the difference,” commented Dragan. “Relationships inside the company and towards the customers are the main drivers for sustainable good results. Sika UK is a strong company and I am looking forward to the challenge of growing the brand in the UK.” Sika UK has grown steadily over the past few years, reaching one of the highest sales and profit results of Sika globally, despite operating in challenging market conditions. Dragan takes over from Ivo Schaedler who has taken on the extended responsibility of Area Manager Europe South, responsible for the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Mauritius within Sika. ❚ enquiry 177

Metsa Wood, Architects and LSBU students challenge the perceptions of Timber Construction Environmentally friendly, easy to work with, adaptable, and extremely cost effective – these were just some of the major benefits of working with modern engineered timber, as defined by some of the UK’s leading architects, at a recent event hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU). The ‘Urban Wood: An Alternative Architecture’ event was attended by more than 100 practitioners, as well as architecture students and professors, in a collaborative project between Metsä Wood and LSBU. The purpose of the event was to present and discuss alternatives to preferred materials, such as concrete, steel and brick.

Environmental DustTrak is an advanced, mains or battery powered instrument for the continuous monitoring of ambient particulates, with ‘cloud’ based connectivity.

‘Closed-loop recycling’ is a key contributor to achieving higher recycling rates of gypsum wastes according to the Final Report of the Gypsum to Gypsum (GtoG) project, a three-year study initiated by the European gypsum industry. In brief, the Report identifies best practices for deconstruction, recycling and reincorporation in the manufacturing process of recycled gypsum to create the ‘perfect’ loop. It also sets out a roadmap for future implementation of a sustainable value chain, which it says will require intense collaboration between demolishers, constructors, recyclers, and manufacturers.

Fenestration and renewables specialist REHAU is further stepping up its involvement in the Passivhaus sector by joining forces with the Passivhaus Trust to become the main sponsor of both its 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards and 2016 UK Passivhaus Conference. REHAU’s bold move is part of the company’s ongoing campaign to increase awareness of its portfolio of high thermal performance products including Passivhaus Institute certified GENEO windows, doors and REHAU Polytec aluminium clad curtain walling. REHAU also has an AWADUKT Thermo ground air heat exchanger which has been used in many Passivhaus projects. Having run Passivhaus seminars in Bristol and Manchester which were very well

attended, REHAU will be running further seminars throughout 2016. The Passivhaus Trust are launching the UK Passivhaus Awards at next month’s Ecobuild exhibition, with the awards ceremony and Passivhaus Trust anniversary celebrations taking place in early July. Following on from that, the 2016 UK Passivhaus Conference and associated Passivhaus Expo is taking place at the Business Design Centre in Islington

the UK); estimating that around 1,150,000 tons of plasterboard waste was generated in 2012. The recycling of plasterboard waste from production, construction and demolition sources was found to vary considerably from country to country.

Co-financed by the European Commission LIFE Programme and led by Eurogypsum, the GtoG project focused on the way gypsum-based wastes are treated in eight EU countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and

“This new instrument will be ideal for a wide variety of applications in which ambient particulates are a concern; even in remote locations.” says Ashtead’s Josh Thomas.


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GTOG project promotes ‘perfect’ loop for plasterboard waste

New web-enabled ambient particulate monitor Ashtead Technology has added the new TSI Environmental DUSTTRAK Aerosol Monitor to its fleet of environmental monitoring equipment. Available to rent or purchase, the

The event also marked the launch of an innovative design project between Metsä Wood and architectural students at LSBU.

“It will provide environmental health officers, planning authorities, environmental consultants and construction companies with the ability to accurately monitor particulate levels before, during and after construction projects, and

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during traffic surveys for example. In these circumstances it would be appropriate to rent the EDTDRX model, which is able to measure PMTotal, PM10, PM2.5 and PM1.0 mass fractions simultaneously.

on 25 October. Martin Hitchin, REHAU’s UK and Ireland Chief Executive said: “The Passivhaus Trust is doing such a good job here in the UK that interest in Passivhaus construction is now at an all-time high here. We want to help translate that interest into even more live projects, so giving our considerable backing and funding to two such high profile Passivhaus © REACH/Ank Trust events this year will hopefully go some way to achieving that. “REHAU’s German heritage means we’ve got a huge amount of experience in the Passivhaus market and we’re committed to helping drive new specifications here in the UK so that it becomes a much more mainstream option – as it is becoming in Germany and in many of the other European countries in which we operate.”

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REHAU’s commitment to Passivhaus construction is a key part of its corporate sustainability agenda, which is focused not only on its own performance in minimising the impact of its products and processes on the environment, but also on supporting the efforts of the whole industry to meet the energy targets set out in the latest national and international agreements. ❚ enquiry 176.

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50 Golden Years for Harrison Thompson & Co. Ltd. Established in November 1966, family run company, Harrison Thompson & Co. Ltd. are celebrating 50 years of trading. Started by Peter Brumwell and partners the company initially offered a limited range of protection rails in a choice of just 2 colours - White and Charcoal GOver the years Harrison Thompson has certainly evolved and now supply and install their market

leading brand of Yeoman Shield wall and door protection in a choice of systems and an array of nearly 50 colours to health, education, retail and industrial buildings. Yeoman Rainguard was also created and joined the fold supplying high quality rainwater systems into the self-build and construction sectors. With staff numbers now nearing 70, having reached a turnover of £8 million and with continually expanding product ranges,

things have certainly changed over the years – apart from the ethics that lie at the very core of the company. “Family values have always been at the heart of our business,” explained Graeme Brumwell, Partner and director “and I believe that excellent quality of service, product and staff have been key to our company flourishing over the years and surviving the many downturns in the construction market along the way.” Harrison Thompson will be celebrating their golden year in various ways in 2016, one being to pledge their support to employees who throughout the year are embarking on sponsored events for worthy causes. These include a team of ladies from the accounts department running the Race for Life, a solo ½ marathon runner from the export sales department and an Area Sales Manager running a 10K race over sand dunes all in aid of cancer charities. Harrison Thompson look forward to another prosperous year in 2016 and would

Electronics Green Building’s LEED Credit CP taking safe route Promotes Sustainable Forestry to success The UK green building movement – from architects and builders to specifiers and planners – can now benefit from an expanded range of responsibly-sourced timber and forest products eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recently issued an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). This ACP rewards building projects that use "wood products from certified sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10", which includes internationally recognised voluntary forest certification standards such as PEFC’s. The ACP will apply to all LEED v4 rating systems including Homes v4 and to all LEED 2009 rating systems. “Sustainable, PEFC-certified timber provides architects and the construction industry with great opportunities,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International. “The possibilities are rather exciting in helping to address challenges such as climate change, growing populations and urbanisation, especially as wood offers innovative building solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.” With LEED now including PEFC-certified timber, construction projects can in the future obtain both LEED and PEFC Project Chain of Custody certification. “The construction industry is one of the largest buyers of timber products – this

means the sector is very influential in determining which type of timber is in demand,” adds Gunneberg. “With PEFCcertified timber offering the widest choice of sustainable timber available to architects, specifiers and designers, we are poised to see an increase of wood used in construction globally.” Wood is an increasingly popular choice for construction because of its aesthetic qualities, and numerous environmental benefits – including its renewability and recyclability plus a lower carbon footprint than other materials. Forest certification programmes such as PEFC’s provide evidence that wood originates from responsibly-managed forests. Last year’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) review of public sector timber procurement policy (TPP) Category A Evidence, saw PEFC Chain of Custody once again judged to provide assurances of legal and sustainable timber sourcing. ❚ enquiry 179

Accreditation ‘completes the set’ and offers further peace of mind to customers CP Electronics, the market leading designer and supplier of lighting controls solutions, is celebrating the award of a prestigious international safety standard. The London-based company is believed to be the first lighting controls manufacturer in the UK to become accredited to British Standard BS OHSAS 18001-2007.

like to thank staff and customers alike for their support over the last 50 years. We can never be sure of what the future holds but Harrison Thompson are certain that they will be “Making Business a Pleasure” for many years to come. For more information on the company, to follow sponsored events or for more information on the Harrison Thompsons product ranges go to or

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watchword at CP, as evidenced by our returns failure rate of just 0.003% and offer of a five-year warranty on the majority of products. Similarly, our commitment to the environment and sustainable practices is clearly demonstrated through our ISO14001 accreditation. “However, we believe we have really broken the mould in the lighting controls sector with the OHSAS 18001-2007 acrreditation – this is something we believe no other lighting controls supplier has achieved and so sets us apart, guaranteeing customers and specifiers of the standards to which our 160-strong workforce operate and so providing peace of mind when selecting a supply partner.

The award follows a rigorous audit process spanning 12 months and covering a variety of areas from risk assessment and legislative compliance to welfare policies and staff awareness of health & safety issues.

“In a sector where some manufacturers have chosen to relocate production abroad, CP Electronics has once again proven itself as a great example of a UK company setting the standards globally in quality, innovation and service.”

The accreditation means companies working with CP Electronics can be assured that it is operating to rigorous, independently verified standards in all areas of health & safety, with a safe, welltrained and competent workforce and the lowest possible risk of delays in production.

CP Electronics supplies a range of innovative, energy-saving lighting control systems which are at the heart of major projects across a broad spectrum of sectors including education, housing and commercial buildings.

It completes the set for CP Electronics which has held the ISO 9001-2008 quality management standard since 1999 and ISO 14001-2004 environmental standard since 2009 – once again the company is believed to be the only lighting controls manufacturer in the UK to hold all three accreditations. CP Electronics’ Quality Manager, Mo Moharananjan, explained: “Quality is a

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