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Savills, on behalf of Deka Immobilien GmbH at Kings Place, London N1, has achieved a BREEAM In-Use rating of Outstanding (95%) for Management, the highest BREEAM operational sustainability rating for property management ever accomplished in the UK. Kings Place is one of only two buildings to achieve an Outstanding rating for Management in the UK, and one of only 56 globally.

The mixed use, prime London asset, located next to Regents Canal, is multi-let to a number of high profile, blue chip tenants with a leisure offer, including a restaurant, art and events facilities and a theatre, on the lower floors. The BREEAM In-Use assessment on the building independently assessed the asset (built form) and management sustainability performance of the building across nine categories: energy; greenhouse gas emissions; water; waste; air quality; noise; lighting and health and wellbeing.

and highlights what can be achieved through considered and coordinated improvements. Savills and Deka have accomplished these goals by making bespoke changes to the operation of Kings Place to reduce and accurately monitor energy and water consumption, commissioning internal light and air quality surveys to better understand occupier health & wellbeing, installing secure cycle racks and shower facilities to support green travel, enhancing the existing green roof to include bird boxes and encourage greater biodiversity and providing separate collection of recyclable waste to meet occupier needs.

Alan Page, sustainability consultant at Savills, comments: “This is a tremendous result for Kings Place that sets the bar for other buildings in terms of sustainable property management

“Savills recognises BREEAM InUse as a highly effective tool in benchmarking operational sustainability performance of buildings and is deploying certification across other client real

Award-winning Kére to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017

in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel made their selection of the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers.

In addition, Kings Place has received a rating of Excellent (75%) for Asset Performance.





Diébédo Francis Kéré, the awardwinning architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. REFURBISHMENT & NEW BUILD




Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events

Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré has designed a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat. Kéré has positively embraced British climate in his design, creating a structure that engages with the ever-changing London

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estate portfolios to enhance asset value.” Savills facilities management services within the building are also certified under the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard. weather in creative ways. The Pavilion has four separate entry points with an open air courtyard in the centre, where visitors can sit and relax during sunny days. In the case of rain, an oculus funnels any water that collects on the roof into a spectacular waterfall effect, before it is evacuated through a drainage system in the floor for later use in irrigating the park. Both the roof and wall system are made from wood. By day, they act

as solar shading, creating pools of dappled shadows. By night, the walls become a source of illumination as small perforations twinkle with the movement and activity from inside. As an architect, Kéré is committed to socially engaged and ecological design in his practice, as evidenced by his award-winning primary school in Burkina Faso, pioneering solo museum shows in Munich and Philadelphia, and his immersive installation in the 2014 exhibition Sensing Spaces at London’s Royal Academy. Building on these ideas, Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion will host a programme of events exploring questions of community and rights to the city, as well as the continuation of Park Nights, the Serpentine’s public performance series, supported by COS.

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On stand C147 of Ecobuild 2017, Flowcrete UK will be showcasing its range of resin finishes and sub floor screeds that have been designed to create high performance, environmentally friendly floors.


This includes the fast drying Isocrete Alpha Screed, which is ideal for quickly installing large quantities of screed material. It is also one of the greenest screeds on the market, as 95% of the system’s alpha hemi-hydrate calcium sulphate binder is reclaimed from industrial by-products. Attendees will also be able to

learn how the Floorzone package means that they can source each element of a floor build up from only one place! The Floorzone solution includes decorative finishes such as the seamless resin terrazzo Mondéco range, green screeds, energy efficient under floor heating and noise reducing acoustic insulation. Flowcrete UK is now also able to

provide Euclid Chemical's range of concrete repair products! An exciting development that the resin flooring manufacturer’s expert team will be eager to discuss at Ecobuild 2017 on stand C147.

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Savills, on behalf of Deka Immobilien GmbH at Kings Place, London N1, has achieved a BREEAM In-Use rating of Outstanding (95%) for Management, the highest BREEAM operational sustainability rating for property management ever accomplished in the UK. Kings Place is one of only two buildings to achieve an Outstanding rating for Management in the UK, and one of only 56 globally.








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As a Stratasys UK partner for over two decades – Platinum for the past 4 years — Laser Lines Ltd has accrued an enormous amount of knowledge, experience and expertise in both entry level and professional 3D Printing and is uniquely able to help it’s customers maximize profits by developing their own capabilities and in turn becoming more efficient and competitive During the “Ecobuild Show”, Laser Lines’ team of Product Specialists will be available to answer any questions and demonstrate the power of 3D Printing first hand. They will have the UK’s first LIVE product demonstration of the brand new F370 office-friendly 3D Printer, part of the new F123 range of 3D

printers from global leader Stratasys. Producing strong, functional and detailed parts which are ideal for product realization and verification, the new F370 sets the standard for ease of use, affordability and powerful performance.

For companies looking at taking their first steps into the world of 3D Printing Laser Lines Ltd is also able to offer support through it’s Parts Bureau Service, a low risk avenue for exploring the possibilities of 3D Printing and Additive Layer Manufacturing. ❚ enquiry 102

ISO-Chemie showcases Passivhaus sealants at EcoBuild EFFECTIVE sealing solutions for Passivhaus construction will be the theme of leading foam tape producer ISO-CHEMIE’s stand (D103) at Ecobuild 2017. Products on show will include ISO-TOP WINFRAMER and BLOCO ONE - both of which have achieved Passivhaus certification - alongside others that provide high performance airtightness and thermal insulation of joints, eliminating cold bridges. WINFRAMER is a structurally solid, pre-fabricated installation frame manufactured in a range of variations and sizes.

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membrane as a vapour control layer as part of our Stratex warm roof system build up. This avoids the costly removal of the failed roof substrate and transport off site to become landfill. This can also have the added benefit of reducing the duration and cost of your project.

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The Performance None of the above would mean anything without great performance. KEMPEROL® 2KPUR is not only solvent-free and odourless, it has proven performance in use with a BBA certified performance life inexcess-of 25 years. It is also inherently root resistant making it ideal for green roof projects.

KEMPER SYSTEM manufacture KEMPEROL® liquid roofing and waterproofing systems for the long-term protection of roofs buildings and critical structures. At Ecobuild 2017, our roofing products continue to address the question: What is sustainability? Our proposition at Ecobuild is all about sustainability with KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR cold applied liquid waterproofing leading the way. When we talk about roofing systems, their relative merits and sustainability, we need to understand what sustainability means:

The capacity to endure, with the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources and thereby supporting long term ecological balance. So how do we fit the bill? The Resin 80% of the resins in KEMPEROL® 2K-PUR are derived from the seeds of the tropical castor plant (ricinus communis) a sustainable resource that for every kilogram of castor oil produced in place of a petroleum-based polyol, there is a reduction of nearly 3.5 kilograms

of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. A cradle-to-gate study commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that there are essentially zero net greenhouse gas emissions from the production of castor oil. Added to that the reinforcement fleece we use contains a 25% recycled plastic bottle content. Kemper System is fully committed to the conservation of natural resources and are part of the

chemical industry’s unique global initiative – ‘Responsible Care’. The Application Substrate conservation is a key element in sustainability. When our approved contractors carry out refurbishment work or upgrade the insulation on an existing roof, the KEMPEROL® resin is usually laid directly onto the substrate or utilises the failed

Responsibly sourced, environmentally friendly in application and long term performance; produced by a company that conforms to environmental recognised standards. What more could you want from a roofing product? You can learn more about our waterproofing, warm roof and green roof systems on Stand B141. We’re the one with the Duck. #whatissustainability #kemperol® For further information contact ❚ enquiry 106

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ‘GREEN’ CONSTRUCTION SUMMER UNIVERSITY PROGRAMME AT ECOBUILD Visitors to Ecobuild can find out more about a pioneering Austrian summer university programme, which provides world-leading insight into sustainable architecture and the built environment. Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) takes place in Vienna, the capital of energy efficient construction in the summer. Representatives from the OeAD-Housing Office will be on hand at Ecobuild from the 7 to 9 March to discuss the course, from their base located within the Advantage Austria pavilion, on stand number A189. The programme provides a unique opportunity for professionals and students in the fields of architecture and construction to strengthen their knowledge and gain a career advantage in the field of sustainability – an area of increasing global significance. Organised by the OeAD-Housing Office,

which offers passive house accommodation for students across Austria, together with the BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the course advocates the use of natural resources by connecting natural, engineering and economic sciences. The three-week programme’s lectures and all associated social activities are carried out in English and the course is of appeal to but not limited to - those working in and studying architecture, construction management, project management, building and energy engineering and surveying. It concludes with a collaborative project, where participants work together to bring their learning and experiences from the course to design a ‘green’ building. Student participants are entitled to seven ECTS points after successful completion. The GBS summer university takes place from July 22 to August 13, 2017.

The cost of the course is €2,490 for professionals and €2,000 for students. This price includes all social activities as well as accommodation in OeAD’s passive house student properties in Vienna. The cost also includes accommodation for participants for almost a week after the programme, enabling them to explore the city at leisure. Günther Jedliczka, CEO of the OeADHousing Office, said: “Austria is worldrenowned as a pioneer in sustainable construction and GBS offers professionals and students from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to broaden their perspective and build a network of useful contacts across Europe and beyond. “We offer a truly international atmosphere, with 38 participants from 20 nations successfully completing the programme last year covering topics including Sustainability in Building and Urban Planning, Principles of Passive House Planning and Renewable Energies and Business Concepts.

“Everyone wanting to find out more is warmly welcomed to come to our stand at Ecobuild, where we will be able to provide more details.” The OeAD-Housing Office – which won the Austrian Climate Protection Award in 2013 and the Environmental Award of the City of Vienna in March 2015 – operates the Green Building Solutions course under a not-for-profit arrangement. As well as GBS, OeAD also runs the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems programme (AEMS), which analyses how economic, political, monetary and environmental factors need to change to be more sustainable – from the 26 July July until 11 August, 2017. More details about GBS and AEMS can be found at

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At FP McCann, we believe in working with you as a partner from the start, which means offering our expertise in designing and manufacturing rooms to suit every individual project. Far from being an off-the-shelf solution, our architectural and structural solutions are made-to-measure, whilst maintaining our design philosophies and standard details. Our precast concrete crosswall construction is a fast and convenient way to produce multi-unit structures such as hotels, education, student, secure and health accommodation, private and social housing in a fraction of the time of traditionally built structures.


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distribution and deep penetration of light through Kalwall means less artificial lighting is needed thereby reducing energy costs. Kalwall is a popular choice for sports and leisure environments and is commonly installed around swimming pools and sports halls. It is an ideal solution where an even distribution of light is important so that players can distinguish markings on the floor as well as not being distracted by glare and other interference.

Getting a kick out of Kalwall® Kalwall translucent cladding is a key feature in the recently renovated British National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester. The new facility was opened in time to service the needs of British athletes training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

out under the same roof. This state of the art facility was designed by AEW Architects, with Balfour Beatty as the main contractor.

Now for the first time, the entire national taekwondo programme, including 130 athletes, coaches and administrators, can be carried

One of the main attractions of specifying high performance Kalwall is its unique influence on both the interior and its external

appearance, particularly at night. Internally, rooms are flooded with diffused natural daylight which creates a stimulating and healthy exercising environment which, although translucent, also offers privacy. Unlike conventional glazing,

highly insulating Kalwall eliminates shadows and glare and the stark contrasts of light and shade. The system also enhances simplicity by eliminating the need for blinds, curtains or solar control. In addition, the even

‘Order…Order’… in the transformation of a Court House to a sumptuous 5* Boutique Hotel

Kalwall is distributed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by Structura UK, a leading supplier, fabricator and installer of glass curtain walling, rainscreens, glass atria, windows and other architectural glass building products. The company has had all three of its ISO certifications successfully renewed for three years: OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification and ISO 9001 Quality Management certification. Case studies and technical information are available from Structura UK Ltd, Tel: 01233 501 504 or visit ❚ enquiry 110

Neaco decking specified for innovative cycle park at landmark offices Neaco’s Techdek aluminium decking system has been specified for an innovative internal cycle park at the XYZ building, a landmark commercial and leisure amenity in Manchester.

Grade II Listed Old Street Magistrates Court and Police Station, has been converted into a 5* boutique hotel. To transform this Grade II Listed building from a Courthouse to a hotel, careful consideration had to be given to improve the thermal performance as well as reducing noise ingress. The primary windows could not be removed; so Selectaglaze was approached by contractors McAleer and Rushe to provide a solution. 106 units were installed including curved, raked, and a beautiful double-floor feature window which was 5.287m high and 2.045m in width. The circular windows required particular care and a bespoke fixing method for installation was needed to meet requirements. Secondary glazing is an independent window installed on the room side of a building which reduces noise ingress, making a reduction of 45dB easily achievable. Furthermore, secondary glazing can reduce heat loss by up to 50%. With great attention to detail paid to the design and build of this magnificent conversion, Old Street Hotel is on target to achieve a ‘BREEAM Very Good’ rating. Selectaglaze is the specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, with fifty years’ experience and a Royal Warrant granted in 2004, it has a wealth of experience working on all building. Selectaglaze will be showcasing a variety of secondary glazing products at EcoBuild 2017 in Excel, London at Stand C174. For further information, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271/e mail: or visit: ❚ enquiry 108 .

Comprising 160,00 sq ft in total, XYZ was designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects to serve cutting edge working culture and the lifestyle needs of contemporary business. A signature feature is the provision for cyclists which includes a basement-level cycle parking area with a cycle way leading up to additional split-level parking and the ground floor reception. Robert Phillips, Associate at Cartwright Pickard, said: “We specified Techdek for the cycle ramp at XYZ due its robust construction and the simplicity of its design – the modular nature of its construction, its excellent drainage capabilities and the ribbed profile for surety under foot. Its track record of being used on similar, high profile projects gave us the confidence that the product was suitable for the application.” ❚ enquiry 109

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Laminates create a colourful campus

Abet Laminati’s MEG exterior grade laminate has been used to colourful effect at a new Academy in Birmingham which specialises in preparing students for careers in Health & Social Care, Enterprise and Creative Technology. Designed by international design practice Scott Brownrigg, with the exterior supplied by SIG Building Systems, the new purpose built premises spans several buildings all clad in grey and orange laminate from Abet Laminati’s exterior grade high pressure laminate collection. MEG is a perfect choice for this kind of high February / March 2017

demand environment where durability meets design. Carrying a BBA Agrément Certificate, MEG is a self-supporting high pressure laminate (HPL) for cladding the exterior of buildings, balconies and other applications. It features high resistance to temperature, climate shock, weathering, UV light and impact. Furthermore, its chemical resistant nature and closed structure do not allow paint in spray cans, various inks, emulsion paints, lipstick or pastel paints to penetrate into the decorative layer negating the need for any anti-graffiti treatment and making the surface easy to clean. The range is available in over 91 colours in

a mix of traditional plain colours, wood finishes and simulated-concrete colours Metal. MEG is also able to incorporate Abet’s digital printing technology. This means that almost any design, photograph or pattern can be reproduced in stunning detail to give architects and designers unparalleled freedom to create unusual and dramatic building facades. Samples and technical literature are available from Abet Ltd's sample line on tel: 020 7473 6915 or visit

Cembrit BBA certified slates rise to the challenge

and three bedroom flats. Located on the south coast of England in Poole, the apartments are central to schools, hospitals and the town centre.

The flexibility, aesthetically pleasing and easy to install attributes of Cembrit Jutland fibre cement slates have been illustrated on a newly built apartment block in Poole, as the slates have provided a stunning finish to what was a challenging roof. Inverclyde House is a newly built three storey development that consists of 18 two

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bonding is invisible which improves the aesthetic appearance of the facade. Thanks to the inherent properties of silicone technology, Dow Corning 896 PanelFix Adhesive has outstanding UV resistance, temperature stability and fire resistant properties which provide long-term safety and high durability.

Dow Corning® PanelFix is a complete system of fixation for elastic bonding of ventilated façade panels. Comprising of Dow Corning® 896 PanelFix Silicone Adhesive, Dow Corning® PanelFix Tape and Dow Corning Primers and Cleaners, it is currently the only silicone-based adhesive system assessed and awarded technical approval by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for bonding rainscreen cladding panels both in factory and on-site.

For added confidence and peace of mind, Dow Corning’s unique, world leading Quality Bond™ programme now includes panel bonding applications, which brings together state-of-the-art products, standards of best practice in quality control, quality assurance and product application, enabling silicone applicators to bond with confidence.

Applicators will appreciate its time saving features including easy surface preparation and extrusion of the adhesive, fast handling, excellent compression resistance and instant green strength.

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Bournemouth-based contractor, AST Roofing installed 7,000 600x300mm blue/black Cembrit Jutland fibre cement slates, covering approximately 450m2. The roof on this project was interesting, yet challenging for the contractor, as it included a number of pitches and a turret. This unique roof demanded a high quality roofing product that would be easy to handle, install and wouldn’t require any sorting or grading. “The roof design posed a major challenge, but we were confident that our choice in product would allow us to deliver the desired result,” says Paul Stevens, Managing Director of AST Roofing. ❚ enquiry 113

Klober membranes in ground breaking Grand Designs project Klober membranes have been used in a couple’s zero carbon eco-home which featured in the latest series of Grand

Designs. Carol and Paul Rimmer’s fivebedroom, 4,300sq ft timber frame building on the West Pennine Moor has Wallint® 50 on the warm side of the insulation to provide an air barrier and vapour control layer. Its vapour resistance value of 0.15 MN/sg is well below the 0.6 MN/sg requirement for walls. Permo® forte vapour permeable underlay was recommended for use on the cold side of the insulation, to enable moisture within the building to escape during the critical drying out period and to provide a weatherproofing barrier behind the timber cladding. ❚ enquiry 114

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THE GATEWAY TO STRIKING DESIGN WITH SHACKERLEY Stem Architects have used almost 2600m2 of Shackerley’s SureClad® ventilated cladding to great effect at The Gateway, an innovative £28 million student accommodation development in Lincoln. The installation of the fully prefabricated SureClad® façade system, featuring large format ceramic granite panels in two starkly contrasting colourways, has helped to deliver an award winning, high-impact building that stands out against the city skyline. The Gateway’s inventive design optimises the use of an unusually shaped brownfield site. At eight storeys in height and almost 90m in length at its widest overhang, its innovative tiered, curved frontage presented numerous challenges to all those involved in the design, prefabrication and installation of the façade cladding. ‘From the outset The Gateway was destined to be a technically challenging and visually exciting building,’ said Stem’s Vaughan Owen. ‘Shackerley was among only a handful of suppliers with the confidence and the appropriate level of technical expertise to take on the challenge of the curved, overhanging façade.’ With The Gateway’s most prominent boundary fronting a busy roundabout, its sweeping curved frontage is designed to maximise the floor area and avoid unnecessary windowless spaces. The complex scheme also featured staggered box windows and required the floor plane to step out horizontally every two storeys. ‘Of the numerous façade products

sampled for this prestigious project, the quality and robustness of Shackerley’s SureClad® ceramic granite façade system stood out significantly against the competition,’ says Vaughan. ‘With the proximity of the building to the roundabout we also considered the potential for airborne pollution. Being impermeable, the fully vitrified ceramic granite was an ideal cladding finish to minimise the need for ongoing maintenance.’ Providing a home from home for over 500 of Lincoln University’s students, The Gateway is situated close to the city centre and features a lively mix of accommodation, café, retail and office space. ‘The Gateway’s prominent location demanded a distinctive, highimpact elevation,’ continues Vaughan. With guidance from Shackerley’s technical team during the specification process, the smooth, honed finish cream and the contrasting matt charcoal coloured ceramic granite facade panels selected delivered the desired result. ‘We have really valued working in partnership with Shackerley,’ says Vaughan. ‘Their continued technical February / March 2017

support during both the design and build phases ensured a sound installation throughout, and the success of this development has led us to work together on further projects.’ Dominik Jackson, Founding Partner of Jackson & Jackson Developers, the commercial and residential developers responsible for The Gateway, concludes: ‘Thanks to its eye-catching finish this statement building has confidently taken its place on Lincoln’s skyline, and we are proud to offer students an outstanding quality of accommodation in a building of real architectural value. The Gateway

is set to provide a comfortable and inspiring home for many generations of students to come.’ The Gateway won the Best Large Commercial Building category at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards 2016. For further details please contact Shackerley on 01257 273114, email or visit

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ICYNENE INSULATION FOR THIS WINDSWEPT, CUMBRIAN BARN CONVERSION The insulation of a 120-year old Cumbrian barn conversion proved a difficult challenge for this Father and Son farming partnership. Here, ECO Building News takes a look at a new technique in thermal insulation that’s gaining popularity in these difficult to treat projects. On the exposed Furness peninsular in Cumbria, close to the Lake District Fells, there is precious little shelter from the fierce, westerly gales that batter this part of the Irish Sea coastline. Hardy residents of the area describe it as a “lazy wind” because it’s more inclined to take the shortest route to its destination, scything straight through anyone that stands in its way, rather than going around them!

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Buildings suffer this battering in exactly the same way, so in the old days, builders tended to rely on physical mass to hold back the wind. Consequently, stone walls up to two feet thick were the accepted norm for houses and barns built in this neck of the woods. Even with such substantial construction, keeping occupants warm was a considerable challenge in days before central heating and insulated walls. No more so than for the current owner of a rambling Victorian farm and barn complex that sits almost on the shoreline at Kirby in Furness, a few miles up the coast from Barrow. Originally built in 1899, and now owned by Father and Son, William and James Brakewell, the house and barn were in desperate need of refurbishment to bring them up to 21st century living standards William and James both live on site with their families and jointly farm the area as well as running an agricultural equipment sales and servicing business. The main barn structure had stood virtually unused for years and qualified for improvement grants under the Government’s Farm Diversification programme, introduced to support micro and small businesses and farm diversification. In light of this, a scheme was devised to convert the barn into three dwellings - one three bed house for Father William to live in and two further 2 bed houses to be used as temporary accommodation for workers at the nearby British Aerospace site at Barrow.

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Doing most of the work themselves to keep costs under control they quickly recognised some of the challenges they faced in bringing the building up to habitable standards in this exposed location.

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When winter blizzards do their worst, Icynene insulation really comes into its own.

Two 2-bed cottages and one 3-bed house were created from the 19.0mx10.0m, three storey barn.

The biggest challenge in making the barn habitable was insulation to prevent heat loss.

foam insulation was l walls and roof area.

Son James Brakewell takes up the story. “The biggest problem we faced with the barn conversion was insulation. It’s a huge building measuring 19.0m 10.0m with an eaves height of 10.0m. There are old cattle byres on the ground floor with a twostory overshot barn on top, all built of local Burlington stone” At the start of the conversion, an internal frame of timber studwork was installed, set 50mm off the external walls. Conventional rigid board insulation was considered but quickly rejected on the grounds of speed of installation and poor air tightness performance. James continued “The main issue with insulation is air tightness. Most heat is lost from a building through air leakage and we knew we couldn’t seal the building adequately with rigid board material. The wind would always find a way through” he said. “What’s more, cutting and fitting boards to the studwork and beneath the roof would take weeks of work. We needed a system that would be both quicker to fit and give us better performance” James looked at alternatives and contacted local contractor, Greentherm Solutions who specialise in spray applied insulation, using Icynene, a system originally developed by a Canadian company. Icynene is a water blown breathable foam that expands 100-fold when applied and seals every little crack, joint and service hole completely.

To prevent noise transmission between the dwellings, Icynene was also used as cavity fill insulation in the blockwork party walls. According to the manufacturers, because Icynene has a soft, yielding texture and open, cellular composition, it provides outstanding insulation performance yet still allows the building to breathe naturally, preventing the build-up of potentially damaging condensation. “The whole spraying process took less than a day and a half to complete rather than the three and a half weeks it would have taken to insulate with rigid boards” said James. Costs were broadly similar for both insulation methods but speed of installation and performance were in Icynene’s favour “you simply cannot fit any other kind of insulation faster” he concluded. Throughout the process, Local Authority Building Control were kept informed and were fully supportive of the process use. For further information on Icynene spray applied insulation: This isolated 19th Century barn sits on the Cumbrian coast in the shadow of the Lake District Fells.

Greentherm sprayed Icynene between the stud wall frame and directly on to the exposed stone walls creating a homogeneous and un-interrupted blanket of insulation, 125mm thick. The roof structure was treated similarly, spraying directly on to the breathable underfelts. As Icynene is “vapour open” there is no need to maintain an air gap above the insulation.

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Wraptite-SA selected for one of the UK’s largest zero carbon developments 




which part of  a joint venture    standard,   would not have been     award   winning possible with standard membrane development, housebuilder Hill, and Cambridge construction. City Council have created a total of 208 energy efficient dwellings, Wraptite-SA, the only self-adhering comprising    104 affordable    properties, vapour permeable air barrier certified by the BBA, was applied externally to and 104 for private sale. the timber frame panels in continuous The development at Clay Farm, Great pieces. Traditional use of internal air Kneighton in Cambridge has been barriers can be more complex and designed to achieve a BREEAM costly to install, due to the need to Excellent rating, requiring an accommodate building services such airtightness   level of less than 1. as electrical, lighting, heating and Wraptite-SA was specified by drainage systems. Kingspan Timber Solutions for the project to achieve the required The use of Wraptite-SA makes a


A. Proctor Group carried out on site air tests of trial units prior to commencement of the main project. Initial air tightness results after installation achieved a rating of 0.72, well within the target level of less than 1. ❚ enquiry 123

One of the UK’s largest zero carbon developments is benefitting from the high performance airtight membrane Wraptite-SA from A. Proctor Group.            



Rockwool reaches new heights     in Manchester’s Skyline 

Marmox Thermoblock seperates Surrey House from its super basement

ROCKWOOL   insulation   has been specified   and installed on a landmark project in the centre of Manchester, providing two new tower blocks with a façade system that ticks all the boxes: fire prevention, thermal insulation and an aesthetically pleasing external appearance.   Cambridge      The Street development includes two and three bedroom apartments, built to alleviate Manchester’s


significant contribution to a building’s thermal performance by preventing lateral air movement. It also provides high vapour permeability, which allows any water vapour to escape the wall construction efficiently thereby avoiding any interstitial condensation problems.

growing population. Originally a vacant brownfield site, the project will provide 282 residential flats in a highly accessible location within Manchester’s City Centre. ❚ enquiry 121

SIKA SARNAFIL launches BRE certified thermal details In a move to help specifiers make buildings more sustainable, Sika Sarnafil is proud to announce the launch of its BRE Certified Thermal Details, available to download via its online Sustainability Hub ( and from the Certified Thermal Details and Products scheme website ( thermalproducts). The Certified Thermal Details and Products tie in with the requirements for Part L. The scheme, run by world-leading building specifier can be confident that all Sika science centre BRE, gives thermal junction Sarnafil thermal details assessed under the details an independent third party new scheme will perform as described, as assessment, assuring users of the ‘as well as being of a very high quality. designed’ thermal performance. Sika Sarnafil has been working with BRE for the Becoming part of the Certified Thermal past year to become one of the first flat Details scheme is part of Sika Sarnafil’s roofing manufacturers to have its thermal ongoing commitment to promoting positive, sustainable change in the industry, details certified. as Sika Sarnafil’s Martin Bidewell, technical Since the introduction of the revised Part L services manager for Single Ply Roofing, building regulations, which deal with explains: “Insulation used in roofs and energy efficiency requirements, architects walls to maintain heat works well, but this and specifiers are now actively encouraged can fall down at junctions and thermal to use details with thermal values attached, bridges where heat can escape. Recent otherwise they may have to pay a penalty research has shown that thermal bridging can be responsible for up to 30% of a elsewhere. dwelling's heat loss, which is really Easily accessible and straightforward to use, significant. all Sika Sarnafil’s thermal details have been redrawn and modernised with values that For more information on Sika Sarnafil’s products and services, call 01707 394444, email or visit For further information on the Certified Thermal Details and Products scheme, contact the scheme manager at 01355 576200 or certifiedthermalproducts@, or visit thermal products ❚ enquiry 120 .

The technical challenges of tackling linear heat loss at the interface of a very large, traditionally built house from its fully subterranean precast concrete “Super Basement” have been addressed through the inclusion of Thermoblock units, manufactured and supplied by Marmox (UK) Limited. The exclusive individual property being built by Searchfield Homes in Windlesham, Surrey, offers its purchasers a stunning 17,000 square feet of usable space, including a 5,500 square foot basement that has space for a swimming pool, cinema, snooker room and gymnasium. However, despite utilising a proprietary precast concrete, sectional system with integral waterproofing and insulation measures, the design and build contractor’s architectural consultants still had to specify an effective means of controlling heat loss at the ground floor perimeter. The detail would not only be required to satisfy Part L of the Building Regulations in order to avoid the use of punishing default factors in the U-value calculations, but also be able to carry the weight of the outer elevation. The answer came in the form of 267 Marmox Thermoblocks – measuring 100 mm wide by 65 mm high and 600 mm in length - and each one of which incorporates small cylindrical columns of high strength concrete within their low lambda value insulation. The units also feature a horizontal overlap to make installation simpler, with the joints being bonded together using Marmox Multibond adhesive, which is supplied in standard cartridges. The Site Agent on the project

for Searchfield Homes explained: “This is a very large property built across three floors, including a precast concrete basement system. In order to address potential heat loss at ground level our architects, Ascot Design, identified Marmox Thermoblock as offering the best solution, with the 600 mm long units forming a course right around the external leaf to the outside wall. The wall construction is completed by 140 mm inner leaf and a 125 mm wide cavity that will be fully filled with blown insulation to achieve a level of energy loss comfortably within what is required by the Building Regulations.” The loadbearing composite product has been developed to be incorporated into various wall constructions as a horizontal layer, equivalent to a course of bricks, in order to address a critical area of heat loss, thereby reducing energy bills and making a significant contribution to SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) calculations. Each Thermoblock is comprised of ultra-high performance XPS insulation, encapsulating miniature columns of concrete, while the top and bottom are covered by alkali resistant glass-fibre mesh, retaining a surface of fibre reinforced polymer concrete to facilitate bonding. ❚ enquiry 122 .

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New Year! New Products

Trim Acoustics are introducing some exciting new acoustic products in 2017 and making improvements to our existing range.

And Good News

MSA Safety introduces innovative Latchways® fixing system for rooftop solar panels A fixing solution for rooftop solar panels that protects a roof’s warranty as well as preventing structural damage has been developed by MSA Safety. “While photovoltaic technology has enjoyed many years of development and improvement, the ways in which panels are fixed to roofs are often rudimentary in comparison,” says Engineering Manager for the Latchways range, Andrew Pass. “With our track record for innovation in attaching equipment securely to roof structures, it’s been quite a logical step for us to address this issue.” To date, contractors have tended to push support posts through the roof, and connected them with the building structure below, or have held them in place with concrete counterweights. The Latchways Solar Panel Support Posts™, by contrast, are ‘top-fixed’ to the roofing system and avoid the various drawbacks of using concrete blocks. “Concrete weights look unsightly and impede the run-off of water,” Andrew Pass continues: “That can cause ponding and subsequent build-up of algae. They also over-compress the supporting insulation, which can lead to damage and leakage, and they can be prone to slippage which results in misalignment of the panels. What’s more, leading manufacturers will generally require the insertion of an additional insulating layer between the weight and the membrane, which adds significantly to the project cost.” Suitable for both new-build and retrofit projects, Latchways Solar Panel Support Posts™ offer around 70 variations

Trim Acoustics are now the UK exclusive distributors for H&H Acoustic Technologies Ltd including the full Reduc Acoustic Flooring Range

Micro 21

Micro 17


Strata Extra

Foundation 35

For details call 020-8443-0099

With more than twenty five years technical expertise and practical experience Trim Acoustics can offer a wide range of solutions.

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covering more than 400 different roofing systems worldwide. MSA Safety stresses that, like all of its Latchways products, they are rigorously tested above and beyond legislative requirements. Each post can resist a tensile, shear and imposed load of up to 2.5 kN. The posts’ additional innovations include the unique Latchways Overload™ facility which protects the roof in the event of excessive panel uplift and warns that remedial action may be needed. Pass concludes: “Crucially, our costeffective posts are approved by partner roofing system manufacturers and will not negate their roof warranties. They draw on the same innovative fixing and load technology as the Constant Force Posts® we use to attach horizontal cables to roofs in our Latchways® fall protection system. You can’t ask for more security, quality and confidence than that.” For further information visit ❚ enquiry 124 .

The flexible choice in advanced Render Systems

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10-4725 Tel: 01827 711755 ❚ enquiry 126 .

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WOOD CONSTRUCTION BATTLES CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH CARBON STORAGE The building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions, thus it plays a vital role in mitigating climate change. Building with wood is a part of the solution, as wood is the only construction material that stores carbon. Wood products have a surprisingly small carbon footprint during their lifecycle and can be used in practically all buildings to store carbon. One of the most important ways to mitigate climate change is to find new ways of capturing carbon from the atmosphere. The construction sector can support these positive developments by using wooden construction materials that capture carbon for their entire life span. For example, timber products lock approximately 1 ton of CO2 per 1 m3 of wood. “The dry mass of wood is 50% carbon, and this carbon is taken away from the atmosphere and thus does not contribute to the greenhouse effect”, Matti Kuittinen, architect and researcher from Aalto University says. “While planning any new building or renovating an existing one, we must look at the emissions created February / March 2017

during the entire life cycle of the building”, Dr. Frank Werner from Frank Werner Environment & Development continues. Wood products can be used in all buildings Wood-based materials can be used in most parts of any building to capture carbon from the atmosphere. This allows designers and builders to reach ambitious CO2 reduction goals. The largest potential for storing carbon can be achieved in external walls, intermediate floors and roof structures. For example, a passive house was designed for a cold climate with two alternative construction material combinations: wood frame with wood-fibre insulation and an aircrete frame with EPS insulation. “Both options gave the buildings’ shell the same level of energy efficiency. However, producing the wooden alternative caused approximately 40% less CO2 emissions. Also, the amount of atmospheric carbon stored in its wood frame was almost four times as much as in the alternative”, Kuittinen explains. Wood products such as Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) mitigate fossil CO2 emissions during a building’s lifecycle, and therefore have a negative carbon footprint. To be precise, 1 m3 of Kerto LVL has a global warming potential of -655 kg CO2e, because of the carbon stored in the wood. Furthermore, Metsä

Wood’s raw material always comes from sustainably managed forests. Wood is climate friendly over the whole life cycle – and beyond As large amounts of carbon can be stored in the wooden parts of buildings, it is important to ensure that the carbon storage is as long-term as possible. Long service life requires good design, moisture safety during construction and good maintenance. And when the wooden parts are no longer used in buildings, they have the potential to be recycled into other products – so the atmospheric carbon stays locked away. After a cascade of recycling, wood material can be used for carbon neutral bioenergy production. “If buildings were re-invented today, renewable materials would play a key role. A revolution of more climate friendly and sustainable building is possible with the help of well-developed, green building products. The rest is up to designers and constructors”, Werner concludes. Interested in learning more about carbon storage of wood and sustainable construction?

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Metsä Wood serves up the perfect match for London’s prestigious Hurlingham Club Racquet Centre Kerto® LVL provides stunning new low-profile wooden structure under a curved green roof Metsä Wood has supplied its Kerto® LVL product in the construction of a new sports complex at London’s prestigious Hurlingham Club Racquet Centre. The project involved the construction of a new 35m x 55m racquet hall incorporating four indoor tennis courts and four squash courts, designed by David Morley Architects. The main span consists of suspended steel beams, which are spaced with large gaps of 12.9m in order to give the courts space and reduce the cost of this complex structure. The architect was adamant on using timber to fill these gaps. Wooden Kerto LVL elements support the long spans of a steel bowstring truss The architect and principal engineering office Price & Myers were seeking an effective, lightweight solution for the wide span. Traditional laminated timber combined with a solid wooden panel on top wouldn’t work due to its excessive thickness. The engineers at Price & Myers together with Metsä Wood came up with a design that offered a shallower construction for the roof, still accommodating the large span and heavy green roof. The joint design work resulted in a roof construction with Kerto-Ripa® elements. These elements are made from Kerto® LVL using structural gluing. With any other material, trusses would have had to be more densely spaced. The Kerto-Ripa elements in the vaulted roof construction measure 12.9m long and have a total height of 645mm and a maximum width of 1,200mm. To accommodate the curve of the structure, four different widths were determined: 550mm, 600mm,

700 mm and 1,200mm, totalling 140 prefabricated Kerto-Ripa elements. The roof elements fit flush with the vaulted, spaced, steel bowstring truss. Smooth co-operation and BIM technology resulted in a perfect match In order to guarantee the most straightforward and effective construction of the roof, the supports and the installation process were considered at the design stage. The depth of the Kerto-Ripa elements determined the depth of the curved steel member, as the steel had to be flush with the elements to accommodate the green roof structure above. The connection detail between the Kerto-Ripa and the steel element therefore were designed with extreme accuracy. The project team used Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology to ensure the steel and timber elements fitted together perfectly. The BIM models that the steel manufacturer and Metsä Wood exchanged also allowed for all the connectors in the steel to be visible, so the panels could be modified to allow for installation and connection without problems on site. The Hurlingham Racquet Centre project in a nutshell: • The 35m x 55m Racquet Centre includes four tennis courts and four squash courts. • The roof accommodated 140 Kerto-Ripa® elements in four widths (from 550mm to 1,200 mm). • Kerto LVL SONANS acoustic panels were built permanently into the Kerto-Ripa® elements.

• The smooth installation resulted from the carefully designed connections using BIM technology. The prestigious Hurlingham Club in Fulham is a green oasis of tradition, renowned throughout the world as one of the largest private clubs. The Racquet Centre, designed by David Morley Architects, has a sunken, low-profile shape and a curved green sedum roof to minimise the environmental impact of the building. www.metsä ❚ enquiry 127

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European Timber Boost

to PEFC UK Board PEFC has appointed a new industry member to its UK Board. Elisabeth Piveteau, UK & Ireland Export Manager at PiveteauBois, brings a fresh new voice to PEFC and also brings invaluable knowledge of the European timber supply chain and issues surrounding sustainable forestry. PiveteauBois is one of France’s leading softwood sawmillers and

manufacturers of timber products for the construction, landscaping and energy sectors and is France’s number one supplier of wood pellets. PiveteauBois is a familyrun business with a deep passion for wood and over 65 years expertise of selecting the best quality softwood from certified forests in France and Poland. Its services include wood processing as well as designing, manufacturing and delivering high-quality and innovative timber products ranging from sawn timber, structural components and glulam to cladding, decking and UC4 fencing and landscaping products. Elisabeth joined the family company after 20 years’ experience in sales and business development in the intellectual property and scientific information markets. She has previously worked at industry leaders Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis and Macmillan. Her mission at PiveteauBois is to develop and grow a customer base for its value-added products in the UK and Ireland in addition to raising awareness of France as Europe’s

joint 4th largest softwood producer alongside Austria. Commenting on her appointment Elisabeth said: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the Board of PEFC UK. Representing a French company in the UK market, I recognise the importance of being able to supply our British customers with certified timber and provide them with assurances of responsible sourcing. I am happy to be able to contribute to the valuable work PEFC does in promoting sustainable forest management around the world.” PEFC UK’s Executive Director Alun Watkins added: “We are honoured that Elisabeth has agreed to join us at PEFC UK. We will benefit enormously from her knowledge of the French timber sector and this will enable us to better meet the expectations of one of our key stakeholder groups, those exporting to the UK market.”

Eco Garden rooms and offices Dovetail work with traditional carpentry methods, and using natural materials, to produce beautiful, sustainable, timber framed structures. We can build to any requirements, from bespoke free-form spiralling stairs, to oakframed barns, but our specialism is in garden offices and cabin-style hideaways. Eco Garden rooms and Offfices Off-the-shelf, or designed for you to reflect your personal style. Create extra space in your garden


A significant new building project has recently been completed at one of the National Trust’s most popular properties in Hampshire, Mottisfont Abbey. The new development, situated on the banks of the River Test, aims to improve the entrance facilities at this historic priory and country estate - visited annually by over 250,000 people.

Expertly fabricated timberframed buildings. Houses and extensions, gazebos and outbuildings, all designed and finished to the finest detail. Founded on generations of carpenters and cabin builders, Dovetail work closely with FSC Certified forests and sawmills to resource the best quality timber. Quality is at the heart of our work.

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for work or relaxation, or even as a spare room for guests or family. Our trademark cabins combine the traditional carpentry techniques of timber-framing and log cabin building.

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Designed by Burd Haward Architects, the new welcome buildings are arranged around a central courtyard, raised above ground level to avoid risk of flooding and impact on the existing flood plain. Their form and materials, including extensive use of internal acoustic panels, make reference to agricultural structures typically found on the edge of a large estate. The prefabricated engineered timber structure is clearly expressed internally, with bold and reductive detailing which allows the buildings to be

understood as contemporary interpretations of these familiar forms. Externally the shop is clad in weathering steel, the WCs in timber boarding, while the entrance area is glazed with deep timber fins to allow views through to the river and gardens beyond. In this very busy reception, the deep reveal theme is continued across the ceiling, with Troldtekt acoustic tiles cut to fit vertically between the ceiling joists. This helps to dissipate the sounds and echoes from visitors in an otherwise potentially noisy area. Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of the 100% Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level. The panels, used mainly on ceilings or walls, are specified to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from extrem fine to coarse, they can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour. For samples and comprehensive technical information tel 01978 664255 or visit ❚ enquiry 128

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Polypipe provides flood alleviation for retrofit scheme at ‘lost’ London river

sites identified where a number of differing surface water management systems could be utilised in combination with their surroundings. The three ‘typical’ London streets selected met Thames Water’s criteria of being hydraulically discrete and having suitable monitoring points to measure the system’s effectiveness.

An ambitious pilot scheme designed to combine engineered and soft SuDS solutions to alleviate the risk of flooding from west London’s combined sewers has seen Polypipe’s Permavoid system used to create two unique shallow stormwater drainage systems that are sensitive to their environment. A third scheme will begin this autumn using Polypipe’s Permavoid system to complete the project.

The SuDS pilot scheme retrofitted in the three streets of the two boroughs will limit, as far as possible, the volume and rate at which surface water enters the public sewer system. Monitoring performance in the three streets should provide evidence to show whether these systems provide a viable solution that could be applied across a wider area.

The project, overseen by Thames Water in partnership with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will see SuDS solutions retrofitted into a highly urbanised area, in order to potentially

mitigate the risk of surface water flooding during periods of heavy rainfall across the Counters Creek catchment area. In order to assess the varied approaches SuDS can offer, the project saw three scheme

Polypipe’s Permavoid geocellular system was used to create part of an engineered stormwater solution for each of the selected locations: Mendora Road in Fulham, Melina Road in Shepherd’s Bush and Arundel Gardens in Kensington. These three separate solutions have been developed with specific focus on their particular environment. The two streets in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham have been constructed in collaboration with the borough council, their contractors FM Conway, SEL Environmental, consultant AECOM, and with the final designs reviewed by chosen consultant engineering firm ATKINS. The retrofitted SuDS scheme at Arundel Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will be built this autumn in collaboration with the council and their contractors. Harnessing its innate strength and 95% void fill ratio, Permavoid was

Pencil Bins play a role in recycling in over 350 schools Leafield Environmental, launched the novelty Pencil bin range in January 2016 and is now part of the furniture at over 350 nursery and primary schools in the UK and internationally, encouraging children to recycle in the classroom, during lunchtime and in the playground. Leafield’s in-house design team worked with school teachers and children to develop the brightly coloured Pencil bin range for 3-8 year olds. Ideal for internal and external environments, and manufactured in UV

Hauraton’s RECYFIX® HICAP® provides reliable surface drainage for 10 years at Doncaster’s Community Sports Complex It is 10 years since the introduction into the United Kingdom of Hauraton’s RECYFIX® HICAP® High Capacity slot drainage system. The system was first installed in 2006 at Doncaster’s Lakeside Community Sports Complex car park. Officially opened on the 17th December 2006, the Complex was imaginatively planned and built to the highest architectural standards, the development integrating sport and community facilities in a spectacular parkland setting. Over the years well over 100,000 RECYFIX® HICAP® one metre channel units have been installed in numerous UK projects including supermarket car parks, access areas and major sports venues, distribution depots, airports, public and commercial precincts, industrial, military and container port installations.

The RECYFIX® HICAP® system was the result of an extensive research and development programme run by the Hauraton design engineers during 2005/6. The design work resulted in an innovative surface water drainage system that had a unique ductile iron top tested up to Class F900 loading capability. Using ductile iron prevented distortion of the slots during installation. This feature was not available on other high capacity slot drain systems in the UK at the time. Coupled with the range of sizes available and the light weight of units, the system provided many benefits to the specifier, contractor and client alike. Technical information for the RECYFIX® HICAP® range, showing sizing and installation details, is available digitally on – CIVILS tab, as is a video “Why is RECYFIX® breakproof”. For case studies go to . ❚ enquiry 133 .

used beneath permeable paving under both sides of Mendora Road, a typical suburban street in the region. The 3,600 Permavoid cells form an attenuation solution providing 136m³ of stormwater storage. Due to its location directly beneath residents’ cars, Permafilter geomembrane was also specified beneath the permeable paving in order to treat any stormwater contaminated by oils and pollutants from vehicles before the water enters the storage tank.

Sean Robinson, Permavoid Project Manager at Polypipe comments: “The project is an ideal opportunity to measure the effectiveness of urban retrofit possibilities. The solution is also extremely sympathetic to maintaining the quality of life of residents living in and around the scheme while existing green space has been preserved and even created through the use of Permavoid to enhance the biodiversity of some the locations. It is great that an opportunity like this has actively showcased the technology and solutions with the local community. Work on the pilot project is expected to be completed in early 2017. For more information on Polypipe and its range of solutions, visit ❚ enquiry 132

stabilised polyethylene, making them robust for everyday use. Featuring a 70 litre plastic liner to assist easy and clean waste emptying and disposal. Optional extras include: WRAP compliant recycling label, a lock, steel liner and ground fixing kit. The range is priced from £157.59. For further information: Tel: 01225 816541 Twitter: leafield-environmental-ltd

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Richard Murphy Architects have created a new campus for Anglia Ruskin University, announced by a dramatic curved façade clad in tiered layers of Nordic Blue Living 3 pre-patinated copper from Aurubis. The phased development on the edge of a Cambridge conservation area sought not only to create additional education floor space but also to repair and reinstate a small piece of Cambridge’s historic urban © Richard Murphy Architects

fabric. The 2nd phase building has been given a unique façade of copper cladding and a dramatic stepped roof profile, both to identify the lecture theatre volume within but also to signify the campus entrance at one end, whilst stepping down to the scale of neighbouring, Victorian terraced housing at the other. The three buildings comprising the new campus (built by principal Design and Build contractors R G Carter Cambridge Ltd.) share the same external facing brickwork, structured by dark metal

detailing. In contrast, vertical standingseam cladding in pre-patinated copper from Aurubis accentuates the curved facades of the lecture theatre. Richard Murphy Architects’ Director James Mason commented: “Copper cladding is an extremely durable material that supports the longevity inherent in the brickwork façades. It also brings a sense of dignity which the University wish to engender in their buildings to reflect their own values as a high quality Higher Education establishment. “The Nordic Blue Living 3 variant effectively gave the closest visual match to a natural patinated copper in our opinion – without the 25-year wait for the weather to do the job for us.” Nordic Blue is a factory-applied patina developed with properties and colours based on the same brochantite mineralogy found in natural patinas all over the world. In marine climates, the natural copper patina contains some copper chloride giving it a blue-green colour and this is emulated with Nordic Blue using 100 % brochantite. Another range, Nordic Green, is produced with a hint of iron sulphate yellow, replicating greener natural patinas. With both ranges, the process can be accurately controlled so that, as well as the solid patina colours, other intensities of patina flecks can be created revealing some of the dark oxidised background material. These products are easily bent and formed, and there are no limitations on the length of copper sheet or strip because whole coils are treated on the production line, not just limited size panels. Other Aurubis Architectural copper surfaces include Nordic Standard ‘mill

finish’, as well as Nordic Brown preoxidised copper giving either light or dark brown oxidisation that otherwise takes time to develop in the environment. Copper alloys are also available for architectural applications, such as Nordic Bronze, Nordic Brass – which is now also available pre-weathered – and the innovative Nordic Royal, an alloy with a long-lasting golden colour. Aurubis Architectural is part of the world’s leading integrated copper group and largest copper recycler for more information visit: or email: ❚ enquiry 135 . © R G Carter Cambridge

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Inta goes HIPER 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 multi-dwelling developments.

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 a factory-set, non-electric boasts temperature control valve which prevents risk of scalding in the event of a power

supply failure, as well as features the most 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. The HIPER HIU PICV valve can maintain control up to a pressure differential of 4 bar. PICVs are not familiar to all at this time, so there is bound to be some confusion amongst those who are not so well informed. For instance, modulating valves are not uncommon, but at no time can they be claimed to function as a PICV. These simple modulating valves have differential pressure capabilities of not much more than 1.5 bar, so control capability is limited, and an additional DPCV is required to be added

Panasonic moves into the cloud Panasonic has launched a new internet-connected control system for the Aquarea H Series heat pumps. The Aquarea Smart Cloud enables users to manage and monitor their heating and hot water with an easy to use

interface. This can be accessed via any web-enabled device, including Android and iOS applications and Internet browsers. “The Aquarea Smart Cloud is a significant development in the control of heating and hot water systems, offering much greater functionality and a much more intuitive user interface,” says Marc

to the installation at extra cost in product, installation and commissioning. Designed with serviceability in mind, its two heat exchange plates have been built to the front of the HIU, fixed with four allen key bolts. This means that the plates can easily be removed and replaced in seconds should they need maintenance. A large strainer mesh at the primary connections, four times larger than a conventional strainer, will prevent blockage and ensure the HIU continues working efficiently even if the unit has been neglected of cleaning. With Inta’s HIPER HIU, landlords can integrate renewable energy sources into the system, shrinking the size of a building’s carbon footprint and reducing energy costs for tenants, as well as improving reliability. Stuart Gizzi, managing director at Inta, said: “With a target to make all new builds ‘zero carbon’, developers are now having to look beyond insulation and sustainable materials, and are turning to energy efficient ways provide heat and hot water to their buildings as well.

Overson, Panasonic Country Manager, UK & Ireland. ❚ enquiry 136

“By allowing landlords to use alternative, lower emission, energy sources without any inconvenience for tenants, our HIPER HIU is a flexible solution for a wide variety of multi-dwelling projects.” To find out more about Inta’s comprehensive range of plumbing and heating products visit or call 01889 272180. ❚ enquiry 139

Polypipe ventilation’s HRX-aQ MVHR system Polypipe Ventilation is pleased to announce its Silavent HRX-aQ Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) appliance has made it as a finalist in the prestigious H&V News Awards, in the Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year category.

OMNIE UNDERFLOOR HEATING FEATURES IN OFFICES-TO-FLATS CONVERSION The conversion of a former office property into half a dozen high specification apartments in the sought after Tooting district of South-West London has featured the specification of a low profile underfloor heating system from the range of OMNIE, as part of a space-saving building services strategy.

The H&V News Awards, now in their 23rd year, are an annual celebration of excellence, forward thinking and the highest achievements across the building services industry. The awards cover the entire HVAC and building services supply chain.

The development in Althorp Road, SW17 Has been focused on a three storey commercial unit which the contractors have successfully reconfigured to form six similar sized flats that are expected to command purchase prices in the £750 K price bracket (Zoopla values a two bed flat at £797 K on the same road). While OMNIE’s design department provide detailed layout drawings for the project, along with other comprehensive technical guidance, all of the installation work has been carried out by Locksbury Services Limited from Biggin Hill in Kent. Locksbury Services’ operatives installed the 35 mm deep FoilBOARD panels across the building’s existing sub-floors: the lightweight boards, manufactured from extruded polystyrene, which has a very high compressive strength perfect for floating floors, were easily cut to fit the bay windows and the rest of the rooms’ layouts. Then 400 metres or more of the 16 mm diameter heating pipes were pressed into the unique OMNIE multi-directional channel designs, which simplified the onsite installation eliminating the need of assemble loop and straight panels, prior to being connected back to the

This year’s awards saw a high number of quality entries submitted. ❚ enquiry 137

OMNIE manifolds, which distribute the flow from the home’s boiler. While the slightly more complex Flat 3 required a six-port manifold, the rest of the dwellings feature five-port versions supplying primary water at 550 C to the different zones. Together with the appropriate controllers and room thermostats from the OMNIE range, this arrangement will offer occupants excellent comfort levels and controllability, while getting optimum performance from the Electromax boilers and helping to deliver energy efficiency. The Timóleon range of underfloor heating systems offered by Omnie can facilitate installations in almost any situation, including between existing timber floor joists, across concrete sub-floors or even for retrofit situations, where the overall depth has to be kept to an absolute minimum, also all OMNIE products have been tested independently at BSRIA for heat output performance. ❚ enquiry 138

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Flexible low temperature performance makes George Fischer’s Cool-Fit 2.0 first choice for chilled water Extending the performance potential of GF’s renowned pipework products into new territory, the manufacturer’s COOL-FIT 2.0 collection offers the speed and versatility of a three-in-one system for the circulation of chilled water or other low temperature liquids.

In fact the COOL-FIT 2.0 pipe, insulation and jacket combination can carry saline, glycol or alcohol – as alternatives to pure water – at temperatures down to freezing point. Furthermore, this adaptability is matched by excellent energy conservation characteristics, as well as ease of installation and total corrosion resistance: delivering ultimate reliability as customers worldwide have come to expect from GF Piping Systems. Pipes range from 32140 mm in diameter and are tested to 16 bar, while the installed weight is as little as one sixth of that of metal alternatives. The benefits extend from 25% higher energy efficiency and 50% faster fitting to excellent chemical & UV resistance and reduced maintenance implications. At the core of the offer is a carrier pipe formed from industrial grade polyethylene (PE) to provide strength at low temperatures. All components are factory insulated with closed cell, GF’s High Efficiency (GFHE) insulation. ❚ enquiry 141 ❚ enquiry 140 .

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Animation highlights renewable heating potential for commercial buildings A new animation from Mitsubishi Electric is highlighting how commercial premises can benefit from reliable, renewable heating to help reduce energy bills whilst also qualifying for 20 years of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. Over half the emissions from a typical commercial property are due to water and space heating and finding ways to reduce energy here can make a real difference to people bills and the nation’s carbon reduction targets,” explains Graham Temple, Marketing Manager for the company’s range of Ecodan commercial heating systems.

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Heat pumps are recognised by both EU and UK Governments as renewable because they maximise the amount of heating for every kilowatt of electricity consumed. The short animation focuses on two renewable heat pump products in the market-leading Ecodan range,

with the packaged, Monobloc CAHV air source system and the CRHV ground or water-source solution. Both will connect to radiators or underfloor heating systems and can work independently or in conjunction with other heating systems. The units are also modular, meaning they can be installed in phases to increase design flexibility and will work in rotation to match demand and prolong equipment life. The air source is available up to 688kW and the ground/water source will deliver 960kW, making them ideal for many commercial buildings, whether new-build or refurbishments. “We’ve used a school in the animation, but the principles also apply to almost any commercial building owner who wants to reduce energy bills and receive RHI payments,” adds Temple. To view the animation visit: or visit for further information.

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luxury in Westminster Seymour Place, in the heart of Westminster, is a vibrant area between Marble Arch and the Edgware Road, which has, like much of London, seen properties undergoing refurbishment and redevelopment over recent years with one newly built apartment complex featuring luxury en-suite shower rooms incorporating Dallmer drains. ARJ Construction Ltd. was the main “Fit out” contractor, for the dozen dwelling development continuing its chosen path of the past two decades, delivering high-end residential developments.

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Methven UK Launches New Bath Shower Mixer Thermostatic offering extends Kiri product range

Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has extended its range of bath shower mixers with a new model for the UK market. Featuring new easy to operate lever handles and ceramic disc valves, it is ideal to operate even for those with limited dexterity, whilst a 38°C default safety setting prevents scalding, making the new Kiri Lever Thermostatic Pillar Mounted Bath Shower Mixer safe for the whole family to use. The new mixer, which is available now, comes complete with a Kiri Satinjet® handset. As well as featuring Methven’s patented Satinjet technology, which collides twin-jets of water to deliver more than 300,000 droplets of water per second for a luxurious shower experience, the handset also performs at lower flow rates, reducing water and energy consumption. The new bath shower mixer works with water pressures between 1.0 and 5.0 bar, comes with a 9l/min flow regulator, shower rail and two metre hose, and is TMV2 accredited, making it suitable for use in both the social housing and domestic sectors. Martin Walker, CEO at Methven UK, said: “The UK’s population is living longer than at any other time in history and we want to recognise this by continuing to add to our innovative range of inclusive products. “Whilst it’s of paramount importance to us that all our inclusive products are safe for use by society’s most vulnerable members, we also want them to be stylish. We’re confident that consumers will agree that the Kiri Lever Thermostatic Bath Shower Mixer fulfils both requirements.”

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All-in-one shower solution fits the bill for The Log Pod A great year of contract awards for Saniflo in 2016 culminated in a further deal for the company’s Kinedo range of shower cubicles in December. Off the back of contract success with a number of medium-sized housebuilders, the integrated Kinedo has now been specified by successful manufacturer of quality wooden and camping pods, The Log Pod Ltd. A huge increase in business for the company’s unique sustained seasoned spruce timber pods is behind the decision to select the Kineprime Glass, an all- in- one cubicle package that not only looks stunning but is easy to install and creates a leak- free shower without any tiles or grout. Edgar Wallace, is the company’s Sales Director, he says: “The Staycation trend is predicted to increase in the UK over the next few years. We have already benefited from the rise in popularity of luxury camping, glamping and short leisure breaks. This has increased demand for our pods to the extent that we are moving to larger premises in early 2017. “To improve our production efficiency we have looked at all our processes including the pod’s bathroom. The Kineprime Glass is delivered with integrated glass internal panels, showertray, door and external panels and comes with the shower valve and showerhead as standard, so we save time

by buying and taking delivery of the whole shower package. The Saniflo team demonstrated how to erect the cubicle onsite – within a pod – so we will definitely be able to save time on installation too.” The initial order is for 120 of the Kineprime Glass 800 x 800 cubicles with slider door and these will be fitted across the range of static and mobile pods. ❚ enquiry 147 .

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Great returns at St James’ Place St James’ Place Wealth Management Group recently moved into their new £10 million phase II office building in Cirencester, which is equipped with a comprehensive solar shading and screening solution from Levolux. The FTSE 100 listed wealth management company moved to its current headquarters building in 2007 and has now expanded its operations on the site, by developing a new 50,000 sq foot

Innovation Delivered Comar 10 offers a new departure; a Passivhaus Certified “B” product with U-values as low as 0.66 coupled with processes that cut manufacturing costs by up to 70%. The Comar 10 window range includes: • Inward opening, tilt & turn and fixed lights and are internally

office building. The new threestorey building, which was designed by Scott Brownrigg architects to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating, stands alongside the original phase I building, on the former Bridges Garage site. Having fitted an external solar shading solution for the original building, featuring horizontal Timber Fins, Levolux was invited back to develop a custom solar shading and screening solution for the phase II office building. The new office building features an abundance of glazed openings on all elevations. This helps to maximise daylight levels and provide occupants with good outward visibility. To complement the glazing, Levolux developed a solar shading solution comprising its Infiniti Fin system and Aerofoil Fins, applied externally, along with motorised internal Roller Blinds and Venetian Blinds. February / March 2017

Five Aerofoil Fins, each measuring 200mm wide, have been incorporated into 60 horizontal panels, fixed at roof level. Together, the panels, which have a projection of 1.2 metres, resemble a ‘halo’ that encircles the building. In addition, Levolux utilised its Infiniti® Fin system, incorporating 300mm wide aerofoil-shaped fins, fixed horizontally to the building’s south, east and west-facing elevations. The Fins, which feature concealed fixings, are secured to curtain walling using Levolux’s patented, thermally broken Triniti® bracket. On the south-facing elevation, four Fins are fixed in a continuous vertical stack that runs across first and second floor windows at high level, with a combined length of almost 50 metres.

Gilgen adds a touch of style to Stafford Library As part of £1million refurbishment programme, Gilgen Door Systems has installed a bespoke 360° automatic curved sliding door system to the main entrance of Stafford Library. The four-leaf GILGEN SRM system comes with a self supporting porch which blends harmoniously with the façade of the building creating an impressive, stylish and highly accessible entrance. The entrance includes two sets of curved bi-parting door leaves, one externally facing and one internally facing, interlocked to optimise pedestrian flow and reduce energy loss from the building. The doors are driven by a powerful SRM drive motor which delivers high performance operation. Activated through a series of sensors built into the drive unit the doors have a clear opening width of 1.2 metres and a height of over 2.3 metres enabling easy access for visitors including wheel chair users. Gilgen provides a comprehensive range of entrance solutions for any environment. Visit for further information. ❚ enquiry 151 .

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beaded and glazed. • U-values as low as 0.66 W/m2K • Cut manufacturing costs by 70% • Certified by Passivhaus Institute for cool temperature areas • Future-proof & energy saving • High thermal insulation with ground breaking technology • 90mm deep outer frames • Minimal care & maintenance ❚ enquiry 153

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FOR ALUPROF’ As more homes in the UK are built to this very low energy The Passivhaus standard standard there is a need to adopt window and door systems that offer the highest thermal efficiency. originated from a conversation in Aluminium is an excellent choice of material for its exceptional long life and almost 100% recyclability. With May 1988 between a Swede Bo Aluprof’s MB-104 system, both windows and doors can Adamson and Wolfgang Feist of confidently be specified as the system has gained the Passive House Institute Darmstadt certification. The MBGermany. The idea was to develop 104 Passive Aero has excellent thermal insulation performance for an openable window system with a Uw a voluntary standard for energy as low as 0.53 W//m2K and for a door a UD as low as 0.62 efficiency in buildings, significantly W//m2K. With glazing widths up to a class leading 81mm in thickness, the doors can also be assembled into panel reducing their ecological footprint. doors as well as fully glazed. Today, the numbers of Passivhaus The Aluprof MB-104 system is increasingly being specified on a wide range of residential and commercial projects properties are in the tens of across the UK. All systems are designed, fabricated and by selected, specially trained companies to ensure thousands across Europe in both installed each fabricated product meets the Aluprof exacting standards. residential and commercial Further information is available on the company website properties, in both new and at and specialist advice is available directly from Aluprof UK offices on 0161 941 4005. refurbishment projects. ❚ enquiry 154 .

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REFURBISHMENT & NEW BUILD February / March 2017

MAGPLY THE SAFE OPTION FOR OAKWORTH HOMES CUSTOMERS A timber frame manufacturer, serving both the self-build and wider development sectors, includes high performance Magply boards within its standard details and brochures, to ensure its customers can be offered fail-safe fire resistance wherever the circumstances demand it. Oakworth Homes has established its Benchmark Selfbuild service to help individual clients fulfil their creative aspirations, Oakworth also delivers larger contracts in the student accommodation, care and other markets. The company’s energy efficient and very flexible designs all being based on the Varytherm platform which can provide a variety of different wall constructions with U-values down to 0.10 W/m2 K. Each option in the Oakworth range includes the choice between conventional OSB3 or

Magply fire check boards for the outer sheathing to Varytherm timber frame elements. The design team accordingly recommends the use of Magply whenever the site survey and pre-contract assessment identifies a specific risks to adjacent properties in the event of a fire during the construction stage. The Magply boards also offer resistance to racking loads, both as part of the completed structure and during the installation process. The Factory Production Manager for Oakworth Homes, Lee Wild observed: “When we are designing our timber frames for customers, we always give them the option of upgrading to using the Magply fire check board instead of the standard OSB material. This may be in just one area of the structure – where it is in close proximity to another property – but we have to make them aware of the need to address the risk of a

fire on site spreading to adjacent buildings. “We have reviewed many products that are on the market and found that Magply offers the best solution for the application. Oakworth Homes staff the production line definitely discovered that it not only cuts better, but the boards are not prone to cracking or splitting as they are installed with the pressurised nail guns. Sometimes we have to go from nailing at 150mm centres down to 75 or 50 mm if the structural calculations demand it. It all comes down to the engineering and the design and we will always factor in the safety considerations, advising clients according on the availability of the Magply as an option.” As a high performance, multi-functional board, Magply features a Magnesium Oxide formulation, to offer a fire-safe and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plywood or OSB products.

Norbord’s Inverness plant gathers pace New digital Equipment for Norbord Europe’s £95 million mill expansion at Inverness has been purchased and will be shipped to Scotland over the next few months as work gathers pace on the construction of the new plant.

Equipment for Norbord Europe’s £95 million mill expansion at Inverness has been purchased and will be shipped to Scotland over the next few months as work gathers pace on the construction of the new plant. The equipment includes the forming line; the screening, blending and resin system; the heat-energy system, dryer and Wesp stack –

which have been purchased from Germany and Italy – and the finishing end, which has been ordered from the USA. Construction of the ‘lay down’ area for the equipment to be stored before installation has been completed, along with the future logging yard.

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Granorte has used the Domotex exhibition, Hannover, to present its latest in digital print cork flooring, accompanied by a stunning stand concept that showcases the brand’s underfoot choice in all its glory. Vita Décor was the star performer for Granorte in

Charcon’s Cycle Kerb Wins Top London Innovation Award Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has been crowned the winner of the Innovation of the Year – Materials category at the 2016 London Construction Awards, thanks to its Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System. The judges were impressed by Charcon’s creativity and expertise in developing a bespoke hard landscaping solution that would

serve as a safe and sustainable segregation system which, in the case of the Mayor’s Flagship Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2), is already helping to reduce the number of accidents on London’s roads. The creation of this innovative product derived from TfL’s significant investment in the CS2 between Aldgate and Bow interchange to make the route safer for cyclists and other road users, following a significant

amount of cycle related incidents in the area. The challenge was to create a unique integrated system that reduced both installation time and traffic disruption. The Eco Countryside™ Cycle Kerb Segregation System was subsequently developed by Charcon’s technical team as an alternative to the imported granite kerb configuration with concrete block paving inlay previously

Additionally, the unique production process keeps the chloride content to just 0.01%, enhancing both stability and long term durability. Crucially, Magply carries internationally recognised accreditations confirming the boards’ ability to deliver 90 minutes integrity and insulation under test conditions. Furthermore the range offers excellent racking strength, impact or pull-out resistance and all round ease of use in a variety of applications. Magply has been tested under BS EN 476 Part 22 for timber frame applications and parts 6&7 to provide Class 0 certification for the surface spread of flames together with other approvals such as EN ISO 1182-2010. ❚ enquiry 160

2016, and the collection will continue to hold sway in 2017 following the addition of sub-collection Vita Décor Flow. Adding to existing mosaic tile-inspired designs, Vita Décor Flow will make the most of Granorte’s industry-leading digital floor printing technology to champion a series of geometric looks. These are joined by the brand new Recolour Two collection, introducing 12 vibrant colours to cork flooring, from Scarlet and Saffron to

used. Replicating the aesthetics of natural granite, it has offered a 33% carbon footprint reduction due to being manufactured in the UK, utilising 82% recycled and secondary material content. Installation time for construction of the cycle route was reduced by 50%, which in turn impacted positively on the cost of preliminaries and traffic management. Winning such a prestigious accolade cements Charcon’s position as the market leader for bespoke cycle segregation systems. The Eco Countryside Kerb strengthens Charcon’s existing range of cycle kerbs which have been manufactured for various cycleway projects across the country, for the likes of Cambridgeshire County Council and Nottingham City Council. The Charcon team attended the ceremony at London’s Royal Garden Hotel on Wednesday 26th October, with Mike Davies, Category Manager for Charcon, collecting the award. On winning the award, Mike comments: “Being awarded Innovation of the

Green and Purple. “Domotex is the perfect destination to showcase our newest developments,” explains Paulo Rocha, Granorte. ❚ enquiry 159

Year for this particular project makes us incredibly proud. We worked hard to develop and supply 24,000l/m of a product that would not only improve the safety of the cyclists and other road users, but also that of the contractors due to the ease and speed of installation which also reduced the impact on road users during construction. We’d like to thank TfL and Ringway Jacobs for giving us the opportunity to partner with them on such an important project which, quite literally, will help to save lives. “With the growth of cycleway infrastructure throughout the country, the potential for our segregation kerb solutions is significant and we have already seen an increasing number of Local Authorities showing an interest.” For further information about Charcon range of products, visit or call 01335 372 222 ❚ enquiry 157

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Jörd Helps Cut North East Business Centre’s Energy Costs By 75 Per Cent! A North East business centre is seeing its electricity costs slashed by three quarters after switching to a state-of-the-art renewable energy system.

G M Moore & Associates celebrate after receiving planning consent on a property in Sussex Sussex based company G M Moore & Associates, design, planning and historic consultants, are celebrating after receiving planning consent for the conversion of a disused reservoir in Maresfield, Sussex to a bespoke six bedroom dwelling for private clients.

The dwelling will incorporate sustainable systems such as ground source heat pump, mechanical heat recovery and ventilation system, wet underfloor heating, rainwater harvesting and high levels of insulation, 100% LED lighting, etc. All systems will be environmentally monitored.

The design is overtly post-modern and seeks to provide a clear statement that the property has industrial roots, but takes advantage of today’s broad palette of materials.

The lower floor will utilise the existing 60cm thick reinforced concrete walls that will be retained. The floor above will be formed of 300 mm stud framed walls and roof panels that comply with Passive House standards. These are being supplied by MBC Timber Frame Ltd.

The roof form is a geometric interpretation of the low rolling hills associated with the lower Sussex Weald. The roofs will be formed from standing seam profiled zinc and glass. The walls will be clad with patterned rain screen panels in random geometric shapes. Window and door frames will be dark grey aluminium supplied by Kloeber. Glazing will be triple glazed argon filled low E units. Internally, partitions will combine conventional plasterboard with natural timber, stone and ceramics. Floor treatments will include timber, stone and ceramics.

The Local Planning Authority, Wealden District Council, was pro-active and supportive in assessing this proposal. They supported the proposal with informed advice and guidance. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) advises on a duty to co-operate. This proposal is fine example of just that. The company regards this application and its design as a progressive step forward for post-modern architecture. ❚ enquiry 161 .

Wernick Lead the Charge for Sustainability First Minister visits Kenfig factory as it strives to become most eco-friendly in sector.

capacity which is used to reduce the sites energy consumption. The manufacturing process is also very sustainable, the controlled conditions used to build modular units means almost no waste goes to landfill. Everything is filtered for recycling, and what can’t be recycled is shredded and distributed to a local “energy from waste” plant.

Jörd Energy, which specialises in ground source heat pumps, has completed the first of a four stage installation of the highly efficient and environmentally friendly technology, at Wansbeck Work Space, on Ashington’s Wansbeck Business Park. Initial data taken by the Jörd Energy team has revealed a massive 75 per cent saving in energy costs, which will help cut annual overheads by tens of thousands of pounds. The building is owned by Arch, which was set up by Northumberland County Council in 2012 as an arms-length investment and asset-based business, which reinvests its profits back into supporting economic and social development across the county. Ground source heat pump system uses the same principals as a refrigerator, but in reverse! The pump extracts heat from the ground and absorbs it at low temperatures into a fluid inside a loop of pipe buried underground. This liquid then passes through a compressor that raises it to a higher temperature, which in turn is used to heat water for heating systems. Before work started within the building at the end of last year, Jörd Energy drilled 44 boreholes, to a depth of 100m each, from where the underground heat is extracted. Jörd Energy joint managing director Ian Goodwin said: “Arch will make significant savings in its energy bills at Wansbeck Business Space through to investing in renewable energy. “And by installing a ground source heat pump within this office suite, it will not only benefit the environment, but also those

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First Minister Carwyn Jones has visited Wernick Buildings Kenfig factory as it unveils three electric car charging points, which will be powered by electricity generated onsite. The power points will complement the company’s investment into hybrid company cars, and allow employees who drive electric vehicles to charge-up while in work. Wernick Buildings have been producing modular buildings in South Wales since 1989. They recently moved from their old factory in Neath to a new, purpose built factory in Kenfig Industrial Estate, which was opened last June by the First Minister. Sustainability is at the forefront of Wernick’s manufacturing process; the site is certified to ISO14001 for Environmental Standards and is home to a range of energy saving initiatives. The factory and office buildings are covered in a combined 281 solar panels, generating 70kWh at full

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The installation of the charge points will be considered a trial run for a possible rollout to Wernick depots across the country as part of the ongoing effort to make the Wernick Group more sustainable. Photo, from left to right: Nick Burd – Wernick H&S / Sustainability Manager, Rose Davies – Wernick Purchasing Manager, Dave Rees – AM Aberavon, Carl Curtis – Wernick Factory Manager, Ben Wernick – Managing Director of Wernick Construction, Carwyn Jones – First Minister of Wales

small businesses who are based in it, as a reduction in overheads will lead to cheaper rents. “Ground source heat pumps provide the lowest running cost of any heating system, and this is clearly demonstrated by the data we have captured over the last 12 weeks. “We completed the install in one of the building’s four ‘spurs’ before winter set in, and, now that the coldest months are behind us, we have been able to analyse the system’s performance. “I’m delighted to say it has exceeded the client’s expectations. On the strength of this, we are currently completing the project in building’s remaining three other spurs. “To encourage the installation of green energy solutions, the government provides financial support for 20 years to the owners of commercial renewable heating system through its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).“This makes schemes such as Wansbeck Business Space’s much more attractive and viable to commercial and domestic property owners.” Mr Goodwin added: “Like Wansbeck Work Space, we too are located on the Wansbeck Business Park, which is on the site of the former Ashington Colliery. www.Jö ❚ enquiry 162 .

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “It is good to see an innovative example of energy being generated locally to meet the needs of employees who have made the switch to electric cars.” “It is predicted that by 2020 at least 70% of the UK’s cars and vans will be electric. It is, therefore, great to see Wernick at the forefront of this technology as it strives to become the most sustainable organisation in its field.” Ben Wernick, Managing Director of Wernick Construction, will be one of the first in the company to pilot the new hybrid company cars. With just one charge at the Wernick site, Ben will be able to drive to his home in Ogmore-by-Sea and back again without using any petrol. Ben told us; “Wernick have always worked to make its operating process as sustainable as possible, and this is another of our many steps towards that goal. It’s our ambition to become the greenest company in the modular sector, and set a positive example for other businesses to follow.”

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It’s all in the factory finishing with AkzoNobel The chill winds of winter are now fully upon us, making on site decoration of newly installed timber joinery and cladding items, at best, an uncertain process. It’s a situation that global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel Wood Coatings, with its UK headquarters in Blackburn, are very familiar with, and is one key factor that determines their stance of strongly endorsing the fully factory finished concept in conjunction with their extensive range of timber joinery and cladding coatings. This range includes their Sikkens Cetol WP562 - a translucent base

stain with resistance to the effect of blue stain fungi through to their Sikkens Rubbol WF382 - a water borne acrylic topcoat for use over 1K or 2K primer systems. February / March 2017

Transform a house to a chateau with Esco Flooring from Osmo Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, presents ESCO Chateau, a sleek and contemporary style of oak flooring. Prefinished with Osmo Polyx®-Oil, Chateau elegantly embraces the wood’s artistic knots and grains, complementing a wide range of current decorative trends and interiors.

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ESCO’s Chateau flooring range is a smooth oak design that effortlessly showcases the wood’s classic natural beauty in a stylish and contemporary manner. As standard, Chateau is available

Testing, testing! Colour choice is vital to any paint specification. Now, anyone considering exterior masonry can sample Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint with a new tester pot range.

Available in 24 shades, Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is a highly durable and highly breathable alternative to conventional masonry paints and limewash. It can be used on any porous mineral surface, such as brick, stone, concrete, render and limewash. It is especially suitable for renovations. The Ecopro silicate system from Earthborn is water based, oil and

acrylic free, making it minimal VOC and very environmentally friendly. It gives the same breathability as limewash but is far superior in terms of longevity and ease of use. Colin Jones, Earthborn’s Technical Sales Adviser, says: “The minimal maintenance and sustainability of our silicate system will make practical sense to many people. And now you can picture how it

in eight different colours, including black, tobacco, stone grey and natural. The surface is machine-oiled with Osmo Polyx®Oil to protect and enhance the appearance of the wood. As a premium wood finish, Osmo guarantees to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. It is a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood finish based on natural ingredients.

provides a sleek, elegant look reducing knots to a minimum.

Offering further personalisation, Chateau flooring is supplied in a choice of two grades; Original and Elegance. Original grade is ideal for interiors that want to retain the natural look. Complete with handfilled, sanded knots, the flooring brings the true rustic nature of the wood to life. Elegance grade

ESCO flooring from Osmo UK is available in both solid and engineered (2-layer and 3-layer) parquets and can be supplied in a selection of thicknesses, widths and lengths. Production capacities can handle both small and large orders with a delivery time of approx. four weeks.

will look on a wall using our testers.” The system comprises two parts, primer and paint, which form a chemical bond with the underlying mineral substrate. This produces a very hard wearing, water and weather resistant barrier. Its crisp, classic matt finish does not discolour with time and is algae and mould resistant. To view the colours and order testers visit ❚ enquiry 165 Will continues, "Inside our huts, we use Teknocoat Aqua 2575 which works in harmony with the superior design and aesthetics of our shepherd huts. It comes in a myriad of colours so we can offer our customers an interior they will love and cherish for years." This interior paint can be applied by spray, brush or roller to softwoods, hardwoods, engineered and modified timbers and even suitably primed fibreboards.

Blackdown Shepherd Huts Blackdown Shepherd Huts ( is a company with quality at its heart. Based in Somerset, the team builds high-end shepherd huts for commercial and residential customers; in turn, it is imperative that the constituent materials demonstrate the same luxury feel as the huts themselves. Blackdown's strong eco credentials mean that paint and coatings must complement this sustainable ethos. Teknos ( was selected as the coatings supplier due to the

portfolio of quality, water-based, low and solvent free paints which help timber withstand harsh climates, protecting it from UVlight, rain, humidity and extreme temperatures.

"All our shepherd huts are as individual as the people that buy them; they also have to be practical and robust" explains Founding Partner, Will Vickery. "Teknos paints give us the quality we strive for in terms of colour and effect." Blackdown has been using Teknos paints for over four years on both interior and exterior wood. On the huts' exteriors, Teknos Aquatop 2600 provides a flexible, durable and microporous protective film which is resistant to attack from bacteria, mould and UV-rays. Most of Blackdown's huts are coated in the translucent version of this product allowing the natural beauty of the wood to be enjoyed, In addition, however there is a range of opaque colours should the customer request it. For huts painted in a solid colour, exterior joinery is primed with

Teknos Antistain Aqua 2901 which minimises hardwood tannin staining.

As demand for these exclusive huts increases, production speeds are critical so the quick drying and good stacking properties of all Teknos coatings make them the perfect paint partner for Blackdown. These modern technologies in production, as well as design expertise, ensure a premium product. Will concludes "We create unique spaces that reflect the tastes and personalities of our clients. The range and overall finish of Teknos paints enrich that experience for our customers while the ease of use and exceptional customer service Blackdown receives from Teknos makes them our first choice for coatings."

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Dulux Trade To Unveil Sustainability ‘Halo’ at Ecobuild 2017 Stand C161 With sustainability at the forefront of the industry, building and construction professionals are continually looking to ensure their projects match or exceed expectations on cost, quality and sustainability.

Join Dulux Trade on the stand to find out more about Halo, view live demonstrations of sustainability products courtesy of Dulux Academy (11am daily) and, of course, meet Herbert, the famous Dulux Dog.

In times of uncertainty, austerity often means budget cuts, so it has never been more important for decision makers to use innovative sustainable products and timesaving technologies to breakthrough challenges.

Dulux Trade representatives will be on hand to discuss current initiatives including time-saving apps which can help you choose the right colour, finish and product in a few clicks, as well as hot topics from carbon reduction to sustaining built environment and reducing decorating waste.

Dulux Trade is set to exhibit a wide range of sustainability products, innovative services and useful tools at this year’s Ecobuild 2017, the leading exhibition and conference for construction, design and energy in the built environment. Introducing Halo, a new specifier tool designed to help building professionals easily meet their everyday sustainability needs, Dulux Trade will unveil its commitment to helping the industry move to a brighter, more sustainable future.

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Schueco calls for entries for 2017 Excellence Awards Leading sustainable building envelope specialist Schueco UK is now seeking entries for the 2017 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation, its annual celebration of the very best in building design in Great Britain and Eire. February / March 2017

specialist contractor. For 2017 the on-line entry form on the RIBA Journal website has been streamlined to make submissions easier. Entries can now be submitted: the closing date is 10th April. In addition to creativity and design innovation in the use of Schueco systems, the judges will be looking for evidence of a close and fruitful collaboration between the architect, specialist contractor and Schueco UK. The names of the judges for the 2017 competition will be announced shortly, but the panel will be made up of leading British architects augmented by two specialists in façade technology. The 2017 Awards will be presented at a prestigious luncheon to be held for a second year at the iconic Leadenhall Building in London on 22nd June. Every company that submits an entry will be invited to attend. Winning submissions will be included in a special RIBA Journal supplement circulated to 30,000 industry professionals and will also be promoted in both Partner and Resi magazines, two Schueco publications with a combined circulation of 25,000.

Now in their fourth year, the Awards – which are run in association with RIBA Journal – have won the respect of the UK building industry because of the high quality of the submissions they routinely attract. The only stipulation for entry is that a project should utilise at least one Schueco system and involve a Schueco UK Partner

A pdf of the Awards supplement will be available to download from the Schueco website after the presentation lunch, giving finalists an excellent opportunity to showcase their expertise directly to some of the most influential people in the industry. Full details of the categories for 2017 and the entry criteria may be found on the RIBA Journal website (

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New ‘Thermal Breaks’ CPD certified training module introduced by ACE Fabreeka UK ACE Fabreeka UK, the developer of Fabreeka TIM material, has introduced a new CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified training course titled ‘Introduction to Thermal Breaks’. Fabreeka TIM is a trusted thermal break solution specified by building and construction professionals everywhere. A thermal break is a material of low thermal conductivity which can be applied to conserve fuel and power in a building. The launch of this new course is seen as a fundamental part of the company’s customer support programme in maximising the potential of engineered building and construction materials to advance the energy performance of buildings and structures. The aim of this introductory module is to give trainees the basic knowledge required to identify opportunities for the application of thermal breaks and structural thermal breaks. The learning content is hosted free of charge online which means that it can be accessed ‘on the go’ including from a mobile phone. The training is certified by the CPD certification service which means that the credits are accepted by professional bodies such as the Institute of Mechanical

Engineers (IMechE), Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in meeting the CPD requirements for professional registration, typically to be a chartered engineer. The target audience for this beginner module is primarily contractors and buyers in the building and construction industry; in addition architects and structural engineers may also enjoy this training as a refresher. The duration of the module is two hours (one hour webinar plus one hour guided independent study) and tests. One credit will be issued for attending the webinar and a total of two credits will be issued for passing the end of module tests. For more information or to register for the module (Ref: FBC1003), please contact Dr. Barry Piorkowski AMIMechE at ACE Fabreeka UK. E-mail: Web:

VinylPlus announces exciting expert speaker line-up for VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 VinylPlus has announced its programme with a host of prominent international speakers who will be exploring the key sustainability challenges for PVC at the fifth VinylPlus Sustainability Forum, taking place in Berlin, Germany on May 10th and 11th 2017. Organised by VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainability programme, this year’s forum will revolve around ‘Towards Circular Economy’ and explore the many growing

New Year, new CO2 milestone reached thanks to customers

opportunities for the industry to contribute to enhanced resource efficiency. Against a backdrop of important decisions being taken on the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, top-level speakers

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Wernick Realises Architect’s Vision for Edgbaston Community Centre Until recently, Edgbaston Community Centre operated from the local Junior School, but thanks to school expansion the centre has needed to find a space of its own. A purpose built facility was required, and with support from Birmingham City Council they approached architectural firm Acivico for a new building to be designed. The building promised multifunctional rooms; changing facilities, a spacious hall, a working kitchen and cafeteria. The exterior was to be finished with brick and render and topped off with a stylish butterfly roof. But when the Council approached a traditional “on-site” construction firm, they found the cost quoted to be far too high for their intended budget. When the construction firm discovered this, they recommended Wernick Buildings to

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provide a cost effective off-site solution. Wernick Buildings worked closely with Acivico to create a modular building that held true to the original architectural concept, but at a more economical price. Wernick’s new design reduced the cost of the building by 30%, bringing it within the range of the Council’s budget. Managing Director of Wernick Buildings, Andy King, was involved in the design of the new building. He told us; “We wanted to stay close to the aesthetic concept used by Acivico, but at a much lower cost. We used an optimised modular design for maximum manufacturing efficiency, and this ultimately brought the cost into the desired bracket for Birmingham City Council.” Once designs were approved the centre was built off-site at Wernick’s main manufacturing site in Kenfig, South Wales in two weeks. The building was installed in just two days, a substantially quicker and thus more cost effective process than that of a traditional build. Wernick managed to deliver everything requested in the original brief, including the butterfly roof which perfectly matches the building’s original aesthetic design. The new building has all the amenities Community Centre users could ask for; the hall,

It’s the hottest topic about climate change facing us today. Cool Earth initiative, Fuel Card Services has proven its determination to help do something about it. And thanks to support from thousands of its customers, a major CO2. milestone was reached this New Year.

One million tonnes of CO2 has now been stored safely in trees – rather than simply offset – thanks to Fuel Card Services’ most recent donation to Cool Earth’s deforestation projects in the Peru. That’s equivalent to a fleet of 5,700 cars driving to the moon and back.

with its sliding partitioning is particularly popular for community classes and events; like Baby Ballet, Clubbercise and concerts performed by local choirs. Since opening, the centre has already hosted over 4,000 people and accommodated 21 bouncy castles! – a testament to its spacious modular design. Tony Bailey, the centre manager, told us that staff and visitors alike were impressed with the new building. “It’s spacious, airy and light, it’s really got the wow factor. It’s a much nicer working environment for the staff, and our visitors have nothing but compliments for the building.” ❚ enquiry 171

To appreciate this achievement, let’s remind ourselves about the importance of CO2. Think of it as Earth’s thermostat: CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is the most important gas for controlling the temperature of our planet. It’s one of the (along with methane and halocarbons) that absorbs energy such as heat emitted by the Earth and reflects it back trapping heat inside, like a greenhouse. Without these greenhouse gases, Earth would be a chilly -18 °C. With too many of them, Earth would be like Venus where the atmosphere traps the temperature at a sizzling 400 °C. ❚ enquiry 173

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New Year New Brochure from Yeoman Shield Wall & Door Protection January 2017 will see the release of Yeoman Shield’s new wall & door protection product brochure. After having celebrated 50 years in the business on 24th November 2016, the launch of the brochure will help to cement Yeoman Shield’s position as market leaders and innovators in the wall & door protection industry. Guided by the requirements and wants of their client base, the updated brochure includes full product data & drawings, case studies and vibrant project photography as well as a full colour range chart.

Along with 26 original protection products, it will also showcase 3 newly developed products – The Yeoman Shield Rub Rail, Universal Frame Protector and PVCu or Stainless Steel Footrail. “We are extremely excited about the new brochure launch” commented Marketing Manager, Sally Moores. “There is a wealth of information we wish to convey to our current and prospective customers to reinforce the quality and versatility of our products and services. The new brochure is the ideal tool for us communicate this in a clean, fresh and non-fussy yet comprehensive way.” The brochure will be supported by extensive fixing instructions, technical drawings, new colour cards and swatches along with data details – all available as hard copy or digital versions. To request a copy of the new Yeoman Shield brochure call 0113 279 5854, email or go to ❚ enquiry 178 .

LIGHTING CONTROL FOR THOSE WHO DO AND THOSE WHO DON’T DANLERS new range of PIR occupancy switches with SHORT VISIT MODE and COURTESY EXIT MODE can save even more energy through automatic presence based switching and benefits from an OPTIONAL manual intervention feature.

Product Benefits

• Manual option for short visits to reduce the Lights ON time (time lag) • Manual option when exiting to reduce Lights ON time (time Lag) • Always returns to standard automatic mode after short visit/exit functions • Ideal for those who do and those who don’t switch lights off • Easy to Install and backed with a 5-year warranty • Made in the UK for quality, reliability and service

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PRODUCT NEWS & INNOVATIONS February / March 2017

Exemplary public realm with concrete Shortlisted for the 2016 Stirling Prize, Trafalgar Place near London’s Elephant and Castle provides an exemplar for high density development and the exceptional public realm that helps define the project, featured in an important new case study from the trade body Interpave.

The carefully designed external spaces which help define the project are a result of the close working relationship between landscape architects Randle Siddeley and an Interpave member paving manufacturer. Both detailing and execution are consistently high quality throughout. The entrance square, central pedestrian street and access ways to dwellings are characterised by high quality concrete block paving set out in patterns using five different sizes for visual richness. With a combination of three shades of grey, the paving blocks have been shot-blasted for a sparkling, textured surface. For the more homely northern route and play area less formal, ‘rumbled’ concrete block paving style was used in warmer rustic colour tones. At first floor level, over enclosed car parking, a communal courtyard garden provides a flexible, usable space for residents. Concrete flag paving provides level access around the courtyard linking the various spaces generated by raised planters of varying heights. The concrete flag paving incorporates up to 60% recycled and reclaimed materials, with granite aggregates providing exceptional performance and durability. A bespoke version was also created for the project using a double process to expose more aggregate, giving a contrasting finish to the main polished flag paved areas. Trafalgar Place provides an impressive demonstration of the potential for precast concrete paving to enhance housing and other developments while meeting today’s performance criteria. The new case study is one of many, freely available to download via www.paving. where you can also request regular e:Bulletin updates from Interpave. ❚ enquiry 179 .

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