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BuildingNews June 2016
Volume 22 Issue 06
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Brexit could worsen construction skills crisis, warns FMB
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The Government must ensure that our new system of immigration provides the construction sector with enough skilled workers to build the homes and infrastructure projects we need, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned. Responding to the British electorate’s decision to leave the European Union, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The UK construction industry has been heavily reliant on migrant workers from Europe for decades now – at present, 12% of the British construction workers are of non-UK origin. The majority of these workers are from EU countries such as Poland, Romania and Lithuania and they have helped the construction industry bounce back from the economic downturn when 400,000 skilled workers left our industry, most of which did not return. It is now the Government’s responsibility to ensure that the free-flowing tap of migrant workers from Europe is not turned off. If Ministers want to meet their house building and infrastructure objectives, they have to ensure that the new system of immigration is responsive to the needs of industry.” Berry continued: “At the same time, we need to ensure that we invest in our own homegrown talent through apprenticeship training. We need to train more construction apprentices so we are not overly reliant on migrant workers from Europe or further afield. That’s why it’s so important that the Government gets the funding framework right for apprenticeships – when you consider that this whole policy area is currently in flux, and then you add Brexit into the mix, it’s no exaggeration to say that a few wrong moves by the Government could result in the skills crisis becoming a skills catastrophe. The next few years will bring unprecedented challenges to the construction and house building sector, and it’s only through close collaboration between the Government and industry that we’ll be able to overcome them.”
5.3% pay hike agreed for 400,000 construction workers
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After protracted negotiations the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) has agreed a pay deal for the 400,000 construction workers under its remit. The three main construction unions GMB, Unite and Ucatt and the client side, led by Build UK, have agreed that pay rates will increase by 5.3% over the next two years. Pay rates will rise 2.5% from 25th July 2016 and then by a further 2.75% in June 2017. This is significantly above current and project inflation, which has been steady at 0.3% recently. Industry sick pay and subsistence allowance will also increase at least in line with the basic pay rate increases. Workers will receive an extra day’s holiday from 1st January 2017 which is worth an additional 0.4%. The taking of holidays has also been made more flexible. Continued on page 2
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June 2016 NEWS
Negotiate your insurance premium
REFURB, REPAIR & NEW BUILD.............. PAGE 04 FLOORING, WALLS & CEILINGS...............PAGE 14 TOOLS, SITE EQUIPMENT & SAFETY........... PAGE 16 DOORS & WINDOWS INC FIRE, SAFETY SECURITY......................................................... PAGE 24
ROOFING, CLADDING & INSULATION...PAGE 35 EXTERNAL WORKS & DRAINAGE ...........PAGE 42 BATHROOMS, WASHROOMS & KITCHENS ......PAGE
PAINTS, COATS & SEALANTS...................PAGE 50 HEATING, PLUMBING & VENTILATION...... PAGE 52 PRODUCT NEWS / STOP PRESS................... PAGE 54
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When I travel far abroad on holiday, I get annoyed by the lack of “fixed prices” for goods. I know many people (including my girlfriend) have fun negotiating with the shop keepers in order to grab a bargain. Back home in the UK, we are well used to paying the price shown – and insurance premiums are often seen as being fixed. It’s no great secret that some premiums can be negotiated and the idea of this article is to help you prepare yourself the best you can. For the purposes of this example, I am assuming that you have a renewal invitation and have shopped around and found a cheaper quotation elsewhere. In this situation, I recommend that you forward your quotation to your existing insurer and ask them to either match or beat what you have. Obviously, if the quotation is of less cover, it would be reasonable to expect your existing cover to be reduced to match this, or for you to accept that you need to pay extra for better cover. It appears to me that there is a belief amongst buyers of insurance, that it is bad tactics to reveal their best price so far, or to say who gave the quotation. The fear is that this will create a bottom line for the premium and that no insurer will venture very far below this. In fact, advising an insurer of a “target” premium (as we call it) is really helpful. Without a target premium, and this is the situation in over 90% of the quotations that we arrange, the insurer will quote their “standard” premiums. If the insurer has a
target premium and they are a little bit more expensive, then they may make a special effort and apply an additional discount to secure the business. No such effort will be made without a target premium. I know from the many conversations I have had over the years regarding the subject of target premiums that this is a very difficult concept for my prospective clients (and friends) to accept. However, I am fairly confident that when you arrange estimates in your own business, that you will always have a second look at the cost if cheaper estimates have been obtained elsewhere and price has become a contentious issue. As well as the price and cover, consideration should always be given towards the quality of the insurer. There are always insurers in the market that are not very reputable (one or two usually go bust each year) and I recommend that you do your homework on any insurer that you have not heard of. I always plug my own business in these articles and it goes without saying (I hope!) that we are very careful which insurance companies that we deal with, because it is our reputation (if not my business) which is on the line if anything goes wrong. Ray Colenutt DipCII, the writer of this article, has over 35 years of arranging insurance in the construction industry and is the managing director of Versatile Insurance Professionals Ltd 01837 658955
A new dawn for UK Construction begins now Following the EU referendum where 52 per cent of voters decided to leave the European Union, organisers of the UK’s largest construction event have called for a united front in the industry to face the challenges and opportunities ahead. Nathan Garnett, Event Director for UK Construction Week, commented: “A new dawn for UK construction begins here. It is inevitable that our industry will experience a period of uncertainty and adjustment, but the construction sector has proved time and time again to be incredibly resilient. Now the result of the referendum is clear, we, as an industry, must move forward together with confidence. Leaving the EU will likely mean UK construction firms will be looking to invest in British products and services like never before. The UK boasts many longterm infrastructure projects and the Bank of England have made sound contingency plans for leaving the EU. The UK also has the foundations for a boom in house building, and the industry must and will be committed to meeting the national need for housing. Leaving the EU will inevitably attract new investors to our shores offering new opportunities, and that will happen sooner rather than later. The last few weeks and months have been uncertain for the UK construction industry, but now is the time to embrace the change and these new opportunities.
“This October UK Construction Week will celebrate this vitally important sector for the UK economy and it will now be centre stage for leaders and mentors to strategize and lead us into a new era for UK Construction.” Taking place in October at the Birmingham NEC, UK Construction Week will be supported by a comprehensive schedule of seminars, debates and workshops from industry leaders and associations. Some of the key issues that will be discussed on the main stage at the event will be diversity in construction, tackling the skills and housing shortages, BIM and much more, while the individual show feature areas will offer a wealth of further, sector-specific information. Consisting of Timber Expo, Build Show, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2016, Smart Buildings 2016, Surface & Materials Show, HVAC 2016 and Grand Designs Live, UK Construction Week will span five halls of the NEC catering for the entire spectrum of the industry from architect to installer. With support from trade associations and partners from across the industry the event is on course to deliver a relevant, useful and profitable show experience for all who attend. For more information please visit www.ukconstructionweek.com or follow @UK_CW on Twitter.
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5.3% pay hike agreed for 400,000 construction workers Continued from front cover Travel allowances have been reconfigured and will now be calculated in miles rather than kilometres. A number of skilled operative rates (including slinger/signaller, banksman, fork lift truck and telehandler drivers) have received pay increases above the basic award. Despite reaching a settlement for the 400,000 workers (making it the largest in the industry) in some way covered by the CIJC, the unions say that they have put the employers ‘on notice’ that the agreement is increasingly unfit for purpose. Areas of concern include: rates of pay, the failure to recognise the London Living Wage, the lack of a mechanism to ensure the agreement applies to company supply chains and several other matters. Phil Whitehurst, GMB national officer for construction, said: “After protracted negotiations GMB, Unite and Ucatt have attained well over inflation increases over the length of a two year deal, with retrospective increases in sick pay and subsistence allowances from July 25th 2016 and an extra day’s annual leave from January 2017. GMB will consult its members with a firm recommendation of acceptance. “That being said, the CIJC working rule agreement is still by no means the agreement of choice for the whole construction industry being well behind the terms and conditions of other construction agreements such as NAECI and JIB. All three unions have tabled warnings to the employers that the agreement needs a thorough overhaul to bring it into the 21st century or it will wither at the vine and become unfit for purpose in a future innovative construction industry". Ucatt acting general secretary Brian Rye said: “This deal ensures that workers will enjoy above inflation increase for the next two years. However employers need to understand that the CIJC agreement does not meet the needs of the workforce and unless it is radically reformed it will soon cease to be relevant to the industry." Unite national officer for construction John Allott said: “While we welcome this improved pay deal, it must act as a firm foundation for moving the agreement forward, the employers need to recognise that the deal is not an end in itself, but the beginning of the journey to address many of the problems that currently face our members in construction. “The CIJC agreement urgently needs to be revamped for the modern workplace and the unions want to work constructively with employers to achieve this goal."
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New animation shows the secret of REHAU Polytec 50 Curtain walling REHAU has posted a new animation on its dedicated YouTube channel to show specifiers that, while its Polytec composite curtain walling system might look just like aluminium systems from the outside, its real secret lies underneath. The animation literally lifts the aluminium exterior off the curtain walling to reveal the steel sections which are at the core of the system and the PVC-U which is on the inside. It explains the structural benefits which come from using steel, which is up to three times stronger than aluminium sections with the same geometry, and the fact that the PVC-U interior is low maintenance, warm to the touch and available in any RAL colour. Malcolm Taylor, REHAU’s Product
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With the release of not one, but two, comprehensive ranges of electrical accessories Chint (Europe) UK Ltd takes another step to increase market penetration in the UK. The Studio and Regal ranges, launched under the Shield brand, both offer class-leading modern design, proven build quality and practicality – all underwritten by independent certification and a solid guarantee. Studio accessories are moulded in durable, colour stable and impact resistant white plastic with rounded corners and a low profile to suit modern interiors. Regal accessories have a high-class appearance with a brushed stainless steel finish so as to blend with any installation. Both ranges offer hidden fixings with multiple options for modern lifestyles.
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Lovell Homes Cherry Hall, Larkhall, South Lanarkshire Residential construction specialist Lovell Homes, brought in Designer Contracts to add its interior design expertise to the fourbedroom Glenavon View show home at the developer’s Cherry Hill site in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, on the edge of the scenic Clyde Valley. The development is home to 48 two, three, four and five-bedroom properties priced from £127,500. Cherry Hill is a perfect base for both families and young professionals, offering the ideal combination of rolling countryside and modern life amenities. With a reputation for designing show home properties that respond to a tight marketing brief and deliver a rapid ROI to developers, Designer Contracts was instructed to create a scheme that would appeal to families and young professionals looking for a luxurious and elegant home environment.
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Lift safety and communication specialist Avire has installed its latest LCD multimedia display, the E-Motive iS2, at the City Exchange office building in Trinity Leeds. “We were looking for a system that was easily installed and easy to use,” explained Dave Downes, technical services manager for City Exchange, “and that’s when we came across the iS2. It ticked all the right boxes.”
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Manager, explained: “REHAU Polytec is a triple strength glazed curtain walling system which is unlike any other on the market. It combines the inherent benefits of three materials to deliver real performance benefits over conventional aluminium systems but retains the slim sightlines and huge range of colour options which specifiers demand.
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Drying in only 90mins whatever the temperature or conditions, Dunlop Rapid Rescue Repair Filler with Hydroloc™ is the newest addition to Dunlop’s Pro Décor range of high performance fillers and wall smoothers. Available in handy 1kg bags, Rapid Rescue is perfect for filling chases, cracks around doors and coving, large cracks and holes. It can be used internally or externally, on the majority of backgrounds from plasterboard to concrete steps, to reliably fill and repair damage up to 50mm deep. Once dry and hard, Rapid Rescue can be sanded down, but you can also simply smooth it over with a damp sponge to achieve a perfect finish due to its super-fine formulation. I enquiry 103 www.mclink.co.uk/942-103
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New Altro Showroom London created by Ab Rogers Design enhance physical and emotional wellbeing, that transform people’s environments - completely aligned with Altro’s ethos. They have used Altro products for years and we knew they understood all that Altro has to offer. Their design is a celebration of the possibilities that can be achieved with our products and solutions.”
Leading flooring and walling solutions company Altro has worked with internationally renowned Ab Rogers Design to create an inspiring, interactive new showroom that showcases a multitude of colourful and creative possibilities, and challenges perceptions of flooring and walling products. The innovative space was created by Ab Rogers Design in collaboration with Altro to celebrate the colour and creative flexibility of Altro’s products. “The showroom immerses you in the essence of Altro, exploring its ethos as a manufacturer of inspirational products,” explains Ab Rogers. “It was exciting to have this huge palette of products from which to create a gallery of Altro and to work with a client who understands our fascination with colour and the powerful effect it can have on an environment.”
The Altro Showroom London has been created as an interactive space, with Altro’s many and varied products available to see, touch and take away, and a range of digital tools to help bring ideas to life. Resources include Altro’s digital kiosk where you can scan product samples, find out more about ranges and colour options and then email the information to your own account - perfect if you don’t want to carry samples around with you. Altro’s new Space visualiser tool allows you to select Altro flooring and wall cladding solutions and place them into
different 3D environments, including a bathroom and commercial kitchen. The Altro Space visualiser allows you to see how Altro products and shades look like in-situ and from all angles, meaning you can choose the right options for your installation with even more confidence. As you would expect from a company renowned for the quality of its customer care, there are also friendly, knowledgeable Altro staff on hand to discuss everything from design trends to technical product details whenever you visit the Altro Showroom London. You can also book the showroom for meetings. Altro’s CEO Richard Kahn is delighted to see the long-planned concept brought to life. He said: “We chose to work with Ab Rogers Design as they create spaces that
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Swimming pools present a notoriously aggressive environment for building materials including reinforced concrete, so it is a measure of Marmox Multiboard’s inherent durability and other attributes that it has been specified for an unusually challenging
Fabricators widening their aluminium product range, says Insight Data Aluminium window, door and commercial glazing fabricators are increasing their product range to capitalise on new opportunities, says industry experts Insight Data. Insight carries out continuous research across the industry and has recorded 30 fabricators adding an additional aluminium system to their range in the last 3 months
alone. The increase spans the residential, light commercial and architectural glazing markets. Fabricators are offering trade and residential customers a wider choice of products and specifications, while systems companies are becoming more active in having their products specified by architects, presenting commercial and architectural
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refurbishment contract at a leisure centre in Peterborough. The Regional Fitness & Swimming Centre is just a short walk from Peterborough Cathedral in the city centre and is popular with families as well as clubs and schools, attracted by the facilities and modern styling. Unfortunately, however, the warm moist conditions had caused areas of the paintwork around insides of the very large skylights to peel. High above the water and with asbestos present in the original lining panels, this meant a maintenance nightmare. Main contractor Amey was successful in tendering for the wider project, but brought in Commercial Rope Access with its team of abseillers to tackle relining the nine rooflights: each of which measures 8.5 x 4.5 metres and is five metres deep. I enquiry 106 www.mclink.co.uk/942-106
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Visitors to Clerkenwell Design Week in May were the first to experience all that the Altro Showroom London has to offer. Architects, designers, existing and new customers had plenty to say about the new resource, describing it as “playful and inventive”, “”exciting and creative”, “fun and inviting”, “captivating and inspirational”. They said that “focusing on the visual and tactile experience is a great shortcut to developing a specification”, and that “it’s a comfortable space I could spend time in to experiment with Altro products”.
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Designer Contracts has developed an extensive training programme for all employees at its offices and warehousing in the 12 regions across the UK. The programme kicks-off for new starters welcomed into the company with a full induction plan. Then a comprehensive schedule of courses ensures employees’ ongoing career development. Said Designer Contracts md, Peter Kelsey: “We are lucky to have an incredibly loyal and skilled workforce and it’s important that we continue to invest in our training programme so that everyone has the opportunity to develop within the company.” I enquiry 109 www.mclink.co.uk/942-109
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Timber Frame House Construction? Risk, Cost and Best Practice Considerations Where Timber Frame and Floors Meet Is the way in which timber frame construction and SIPS construction integrate at ground level flawed? Currently reliance is placed on a number of separate elements working together as one, but in practice these elements are unconnected. Should the construction approach be changed, if at the same time we can address the concerns raised when the last appraisal of Part C of the Building Regulations was conducted? At ground level the site operative is required to establish three protective dpc’s: The oversite membrane, the dpc in the outer skin and the dpc in the inner skin. The combination of all three is intended to provide complete and unpunctuated protection of the building footprint. But, with three unconnected elements this everyday construction arrangement has weaknesses, whilst a different approach can eliminate them. The three principal weaknesses are damp ingress, hygroscopic absorption and the entry of contaminated land gases into the building envelope. Tackling first the subject of contaminated land gas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced some time ago that radon gas (which is present to some extent in most areas of the UK) is more dangerous than first realised. Furthermore, the phasing in of more airtight build standards removes some natural radon dissipation/exit paths from structures. Given one of the most direct entry routes of the gas in a typical home is via the floor/wall junction, there is concern that gas can enter and thereafter concentrations accumulate within a house.
to stop this happening. Building in the conventional way leaves the cavity unprotected and according to the BRE and HPA, exposes inhabitants to greater risk. An alternative approach combines the inner and outer skin dpc requirements and does so in a way that offers several important accompanying benefits. It is a oneplacement solution providing a continuous and unpunctuated protection solution and is called the Type TFC – The Timber Frame Cavitray. The Type TFC protects the outer skin and then rises, transversing the cavity and at a higher level projects inwardly. The inward projection extends through and beyond the inner skin, providing substantial inboard presence to unite horizontally with the oversite membrane. All the separate unconnected weak areas associated with separate dpc’s are eliminated. The arrangement also arrests rising contaminated gases from progressing upwardly in the cavity. Instead they are safely discharged out of the wall via cavibricks located below TFC level around the base of the building. The cavity spanning portion means water penetrating the building envelope at higher level is arrested on top of the cavity barrier where caviweeps located in various perp joints provide evacuation routes. Beneficially this arrangement eliminates volume pooling within the base of the cavity, which
can be advantageous if the land under the building offers poor drainage or is of rock or has a high water table. Within the cavity the Type TFC profile has a vertical projection that locates against the inner timber frame skin. Apart from aiding optimum placement, this laps and covers the timber plate that frequently remains partly exposed to the cavity along the bedding course. Hygroscopic exposure of the timber to cavity moisture is thus minimised. By combining the dpc requirements for both masonry skins with a cavity barrier that extends upwardly and inwardly, the result is a functionality efficient and consistent build detail that offers greater protection against contaminated land gases and DPC misplacement. The Type TFC is manufactured from gas-grade resistant Petheleyne in various profiles. The inboard projection can also be cranked to suit different floor/slab arrangements. Profiles are semi-rigid and supported with a range of preformed angles and steps to suit. Adjoining sections and angles link using gas-grade anchoring strip. The Type TFC is manufactured by Cavity Trays Ltd of Yeovil, the only UK cavity tray manufacturer awarded European Technical Approval.
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By eliminating the DPC discontinuance by merging and linking the oversite membrane with the inner skin DPC, this entry route can be blocked. The current construction approach is to rely on the inner skin dpc to act as a barrier against rising damp only. The oversite membrane does not physically link up with the inner skin DPC but merely terminates adjacent it, usually by turning up against the face. It is not a gas tight union but a weakness where radon can enter the building envelope. The floor/wall junction is an often overlooked entry area.
With no connected protection, settlement and movement cracking assists the entry route - albeit commonly hidden from view under the skirting. The inner skin DPC must always be accurately positioned to guard against damp ingress that must be isolated from the inner skin sole plate. But contaminated land gases do not discriminate and can also enter elsewhere. Another common entry area into the building envelope is by rising up the cavity. By having separate DPC’s in the inner and outer skins, there is nothing
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Premium wood-free outdoor flooring guide for architects Millboard®, the leading manufacturer of premium wood-free outdoor flooring has released volume two of their architectural guide. As well as providing in-depth detail on the entire Millboard Collection and material safety datasheets, it features key technical data and the resin mineral board profile of
the Millboard substrate. The guide explains the Pendulum Test Values (PTV), Slip Resistance Values (SRV) and boasts working specifications and applications for residential, commercial and public space projects. Millboard combines the natural beauty of real timber with the high performance of a unique wood-free material, it is durable and non-porous, which means high resistance to algae growth and excellent anti-slip properties.
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Unleash your Bohemian side with Osmo Since summer 2014, Osmo UK has been proudly partnered with rustic European oak flooring specialists, ESCO. Those looking for a smooth and alive rustic floor need to look no further than the Bohemian range. The combination of ESCO’s special rustic wood style and Osmo’s smooth finish makes it one of the most popular flooring choices in the range. Available in eight colour options, including Cognac, Natural white to Stone Grey, this stylish flooring will suit any interior scheme. I enquiry 111 www.mclink.co.uk/942-111
New, Fresh and Mobile Compatible website launched by Vicaima Leading interior door and doorkit manufacturer Vicaima has strengthened its communication strategy and user interface for all market sectors, with a complete renovation of its online presence. With the launch of a new and mobile compatible website, Vicaima now combines simplicity,
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APC move to new manufacturing unit
IKO Polymeric, the UK’s market leading single ply manufacturer has launched a new website, www.ikopolymeric.com. It’s the site to visit for everything about single ply roofing systems, from details of the latest projects to information about products and technical advice. “Our new website is designed to give architects, specifiers, contractors and endclients all the support they need for projects using single ply – whether that’s choosing between TPE or PVC membranes or exploring our unique pre-fabrication service,” explains IKO Polymeric’s Marketing Manager Buket Aydinlik. Based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, IKO Polymeric celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2015 and is the only UK-based PVC single ply manufacturer and the only TPE single ply manufacturer in the world.
Associated Plastic Components Ltd recently moved into a new 30,000sq ft manufacturing unit dedicated to our growing range of maintenance free building products. Managing Director Ron Beecroft who founded APC in October 1993 said thanks to our dedicated team of skilled craftsmen many of whom have worked for APC from the outset help our range of bespoke building products to continually grow. Our design team work closely with our customers to develop new ideas saving installation time and money on site. I enquiry 113 www.mclink.co.uk/942-113
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Quietly broadcasting at BBC Worldwide The BBC TV Centre at Wood Lane London is world renowned for its television output over many years. Completed in February last year, much of the interior was extensively redesigned by HOK architects, with refurbishment and construction carried out by the BDL Group, one of the largest specialist dry-lining contractors in the UK.
One of the key factors was to ensure that noise was kept to a minimum and reverberation time reduced to ensure a pleasant and calm environment over very large areas. The solution was high performance Troldtekt acoustic panels which were used to line all the ceilings and the soffit around the circular atrium. The panels were fitted to wood battens fixed to the concrete ceiling as ceiling panels. Prior to fixing, the fine structure panels were factory painted by Troldtekt in a light grey finish.
high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and fire safety. They are used to improve acoustics in many different projects, such as schools, leisure centres, pools, commercial and public buildings. Available in various sizes and in three grades from ultrafine to coarse, they can be left unpainted or painted in virtually any RAL colour. As well as being awarded the coveted ‘Allergy Friendly Product Certificate’ by Allergy UK, Troldtekt’s sustainability has also been recognised with certification at Silver level within the Cradle to Cradle concept and earns gold on 4 out of 5 criteria in the Cradle to Cradle certification version 3.1. This international certification, amongst others, has been achieved because the panels do not contain hazardous substances and can be can be returned to nature as compost.
Commenting on the finished project, BDL managing surveyor Elliot Bryant said, “We found that these panels were very easy to handle and install. We were also
impressed with their acoustic performance and attractive unifying appearance.” Danish manufactured Troldtekt acoustic tiles are specified
throughout the UK and Europe and can be delivered as either FSC or PEFC certified panels. They are manufactured using 100% natural wood fibres and their benefits are
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Customers told us they wanted the flattest, smoothest, most accurate boards, in the broadest range of sizes, with the widest availability and minimal lead times. We listened. Then invested. To find out more, please visit www.discoversmartply.com I enquiry 510 www.mclink.co.uk/942-510
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REFURBISHMENT, REPAIR & NEW BUILD
New catalogue and state-of-theart processing plant for Wykamol Wykamol was founded in 1934 when Stanley Richardson was called to tackle a deathwatch beetle infestation at Winchester Cathedral. Recognising a niche for a company that could develop and manufacture remedial treatments for insect blight and similar complaints, Wykamol was born. Insecticides, fungicides and all manner of timber and surface treatments remain a major part of Wykamol's business, and its comprehensive range is presented in its entirety in the new catalogue. It is, however, basement conversion, damp proofing and structural waterproofing with which the Wykamol name is now broadly tied.
Wykamol, market leader in the development and supply of remedial treatment products for damp, insect infestation, and dry rot has launched a brand new corporate catalogue, featuring new innovations as well as timehonoured standards.
“There's no 'one size fits all' solution to water ingress in buildings”, explains Andrew Latimer, Sales Director for the Wykamol Group. “The varying nature of different constructions, in itself presents challenges in selecting the correct damp proofing method for the job. At Wykamol, no matter whether it's a 'two-up two-down' with a mouldy basement, or a new-build multi-storey car park, constructed on a flood plain; we're confident in offering the product you require and can advise you in making the right decision.”
Aimed at builders, contractors, specifiers and local authority purchasing departments, the compact 100-page booklet features every product in the current Wykamol portfolio, alongside technical drawings, product guides, Wykamol has invested £850k in 2016, explanatory diagrams, and illustrations of extending its Burnley HQ to house a new products in application and in situ. powder processing and bagging plant. “We're
always looking for ways to improve our offering to customers and increase the efficiency of our operations”, Andrew continues. “The new plant is our latest forward-thinking venture – others including our state-of-the-art, in-house product development lab. We're now able to prepare bespoke powder formulations to customer's exact specifications, such as cement waterproofing powders, thermal renders, specialist structural grouts and more.” The catalogue's eye-catching design takes a light-hearted look at the restoration and waterproofing trade: “Above all, a catalogue is a functional document, but there's no reason practicality can't be entertaining!”, Andrew adds. “We've covered our design with bootprints, mortar splashes and coffee cup stains, for a look that many contractors will instantly feel at home with!” To find out more about Wykamol, visit www.wykamol.com and, to order your free copy of the new Wykamol catalogue, email email@example.com or call 0845 400 6666. I enquiry 511 www.mclink.co.uk/942-511
Polypipe rises to Taylor Wimpey challenge at new Bedfordshire development Taylor Wimpey’s latest large-scale residential development has benefited from a large diameter stormwater attenuation tank from Polypipe. Boasting a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes in the idyllic Bedfordshire countryside, the 180-property Regent’s Place development in Houghton Regis utilised Polypipe’s Ridgistorm-XL large diameter piping system for a surface water attenuation system. The system met the requirements of the site and has been to be adopted under Section 104 Agreement by Anglian Water. Taking into account the needs of the site and local ground conditions, Polypipe worked closely with Taylor Wimpey and Consulting Engineer JPP Consulting to design an attenuation tank utilising more than 500m of Polypipe’s 2100mm Ridgistorm-XL large diameter piping system. The attenuation tank can store more than 2,052m3 of stormwater in order to cater for to both ‘1 in 30’ year and ‘1 in 100 plus 30% climate change’ year storm events. As well as needing to cope with such storm demands, the tank was also required to sit beneath a public open space with limited footprint and a sloping gradient. The design challenge was enthusiastically taken up by the Polypipe team, who produced a tank with staggered legs to take into account conditions at the site.
Over 500m of Ridgistorm-XL was supplied, totalling to 14 Ridgistorm-XL pipe runs in 2100mm diameters. The pipe was engineered to ring stiffness SN2 by Polypipe’s technical engineers to meet ground conditions, burial depths, native soil pressures and loading on site. The system passes the required deformation and buckling checks in accordance with BS EN 1295-1.
As well as the tank’s pipe runs, the Ridgistorm-XL system incorporated a total of 34 pre-fabricated modularised fittings. This included impressive 90° bends and ‘F’, ‘T’ and double ‘T’ fittings to keep jointing to a minimum in order to save time on site and cost. The socket and spigot nature of the systems pipes and fittings allowed for easier pipe alignment and for a quicker installation utilising the electrofusion welding jointing method. Along with x10 RIDGISTORMAccess Manholes in diameters 1200mm and 1800mm installed for ongoing maintenance work, the attenuation tank at Regent’s Park boasts an offset 3m diameter RIDGISTORMCheck Vortex Flow Control Chamber. This controls the discharge of water from the attenuation tank at a rate of 10l/s so as not to overwhelm the local watercourse. The chamber also features a penstock flow controller to provide additional flow control when required. Keith Millard, Senior Engineer at Taylor Wimpey said: “Polypipe designed the required stormwater attenuation
For more information please visit: www.polypipe.com/wms or call the technical team on +44 (0)1509 615100
system to not only fit the available area, but it also saved us time and costs on the installation by delivering the system and fittings as one piece modular units ready to install.” Emma Nicholls, Marketing Manager at Polypipe, said: “As the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage and water management products, we often get requests from clients to provide a response to some interesting design and engineering challenges. In this instance the lack of space on site, along with the sloping ground, meant that we had to provide a solution that exactly met the needs of the client and satisfied the approving water company. I’m pleased to say that we were able to do both by producing a truly unique, engineered solution.” I enquiry 512 www.mclink.co.uk/942-512
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Fourteen-year-old multi-skill student Kenneth Sylvester from Doncaster College has been named as the overall winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016. The competition was launched by the pioneering manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts and decorating products as a way to celebrate and recognise the best multi-skill tiling and decorating students in the country. Eighteen students aged from 14 to 40 from FE colleges across UK providing the City & Guilds Construction Skills qualification (6219) competed against each other in a series of tiling and decorating tests at the competition’s Grand Final which was held at Dunlop’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday (16th June). Following the rigorous assessment, Kenneth was declared the winner and presented with the winner’s
trophy and approximately £1000 worth of tiling and decorating tools, products and equipment, kindly donated by sponsors Bellota and Coleman Brothers. After being named the winner an emotional Kenneth said: “I’m absolutely speechless, I don’t think this will sink in for a long time. I just can’t put it into words what means for me, it’s the best thing I ever done. “Doing the multi-skill course at the college and taking part in this competition has been amazing. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and I just got the hang of it so quickly. It’s definitely something I want to do when I finish college. “I just want to say a big thank you to Mark Adams, my tutor, because without him I would never have won this competition.” Gareth Birks, National Technical Support Manager at Dunlop said: “This is the first time we’ve run this competition and the interest has been amazing. We’ve been teaching in colleges for many years and thought this would be a great opportunity to recognise student’s skills while familiarising them with our range of Dunlop tiling adhesives and decorating fillers and smoothers. “Congratulations to Kenneth who despite his relatively young age was a deserved winner, showing great skill and application, and to all the other competitors for taking part.” Debi Boulton, Dunlop Sales and Marketing Manager, added: “The Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion competition was a great chance for construction skills students across the country to test their skills against their peers and win tools and product to give them a good start in the construction industry.
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“Multi-skill students are often overlooked and under supported compared with other trades, but with the help and support of suppliers like Dunlop we can ensure they are given the tools and training to succeed in their chosen careers.” Grand Final competitors were judged by Dunlop Training Manager and national SkillBuild judge Dave Rowley and Wayne de Wet, the award-winning professional decorator, consultant and industry expert. Dave said: “The quality of work the students produced was to a really high standard. Choosing a winner was an incredibly difficult task, so congratulations to Kenneth for coming out on-top and to all the other competitors for a truly great day.” I enquiry 514 www.mclink.co.uk/942-514
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TOOLS, SITE EQUIPMENT & SAFETY
First tool to be awarded DeckMark® Plus accreditation Simpson Strong-Tie’s Quik Drive collated screw system has become the first ever tool to be awarded DeckMark® Plus accreditation from the Timber Decking and Cladding Association. Simpson Strong-Tie has previously also achieved DeckMark® Plus for its range of CE marked decking and cladding fixings. DeckMark® is a quality assurance and performance scheme run by the Timber Decking and Cladding
Association, the recognised authority on all matters that relate to creating high performance, timber decking and cladding structures. With a huge range of applications, from decking to drywall, modular homes to mezzanine floors the Quik Drive is the world’s most advanced screw system. Built to last, all moving parts are coated with Teflon®, which is one of the reasons it comes with a lifetime warranty.
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British summer time is in full swing, so when the heat is on, make sure you keep your cool and stay comfortable whatever the weather with the Scruffs’ Pro Active Zip Polo. Technically designed with hard working professionals in mind, the lightweight polo includes a moisture management system built to keep you cool and fresh throughout the the long, hot summer days. Setting the standard since 2003, Scruffs designs workwear and safety footwear for a new generation of trade professionals. Engineered with technical expertise to deliver comfort, durability and functionality, Scruffs workwear is made to work as hard as you do.
Abracs brand new range of Reciprocating Saw Blades is now available We now stock a full range of Expert-line Reciprocating Saw Blades for a wide variety of applications. Blade types range from coarse cutting wood blades, precision cutting ultra flexible Metal blades, combination Wood and Metal cutting blades for use on materials like nail embedded wood and Demolition Blades for heavy duty cutting on a wide variety of construction materials. Our new blade range is packed with product features such as ultra flexible for flush cutting, heavy duty for strength & durability and progressive cutting for a smooth start to cutting hard materials.
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Fall protection takes off at Virgin Atlantic with Safesite
Safesite, a supplier of fall protection solutions, has provided Virgin Atlantic with a collective roof edge protection system that ensures optimum roof top safety for maintenance and inspection teams and complies with all relevant health and safety regulations. Located in Crawley, ‘The Base’ is one of two Virgin Atlantic buildings that house its global Headquarters. Situated in close proximity to Gatwick Airport and Crawley’s city centre, the building provides training and technical facility for cabin crews, pilots and engineers. Built in the 70s, the building includes an extensive flat PVC roof which is split over several levels.
The innovative new Fabric in these working clothes - using 37.5 technology makes them a must for the summer months. Snickers’ Next Generation of Work Trousers and garments have quickly become known for their contemporary designs packed with must-have features that focus on fit, comfort and freedom of movement as well as using innovative fabrics that deliver long lasting protection. The latest new LiteWork Trousers are just what the name suggests. They’re trousers that have all the features and functionality of the other Next Generation working clothes, but without the heavier weight fabrics. They are super-light, quick-drying garments that keep you looking and feeling cool wherever you are on site in warm weather. They have an advanced, modern design and are made from durable rip-stop fabric featuring the revolutionary ‘37.5 technology’ that delivers outstanding working comfort and ventilation in the warmer summer months.
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Step out in comfort with BASE trainers
Ensuring flexibility and comfort with every step, BASE has extended its range of safety trainers with three new options, all of which make you feel like you are walking on air.
technology, an ergonomic footbed for extreme comfort regardless of how long you’re on your feet, plus air circulation to keep feet cool and fresh whatever the weather.
Frisbee, Be-Shiny and Colosseum join the existing Martin and Opera BASE trainer line-up, and have a lot in common in terms of comfort and style. Among the lightest safety trainers on the market, Frisbee and Be-Shiny fit like a glove and feel almost weightless, even at the end of a long day of hard graft.
All three new trainers not only help to reduce foot fatigue on even the busiest of working days, with features such as padded collars to maximise on comfort, they also have SmellStop technology, with a fabric lining that has a permanent anti-bacterial treatment to help prevent odours.
Both Frisbee and Be-Shiny trainers are fitted with BASE SlimCap – a metal-free toe cap which is 35% lighter than standard steel toe caps and with a pre-shaped protective bend for additional protection. Innovative technology is a common feature throughout the BASE trainer range, with Frisee and Be-Shiny having a tough and slip-resistant TPU-Skin, which makes the soles of the footwear ultra-flexible, to cushion the foot and bend as required. With its steel toe cap, the Colosseum trainer is just as flexible and comfortable to wear, thanks to its Airtech anti-fatigue sole. Arugably the most comfortable safety trainer available, Frisbee features BASE’s Dry ‘n’ Air
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