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The house replaced a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow just beyond the edge of the village of Dundon and its nearest neighbours are mainly agricultural buildings. By digging the lower floor into the hillside planning permission was gained for a two-storey house with a roof that is only marginally higher than the bungalow it replaced. The

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ASSA Abloy UK specification makes its predictions for 2016 After a successful inaugural year, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification looks ahead to 2016 and how it believes the construction industry will respond following a year of mixed fortunes.


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Set at the foot of a wooded hill, the house is designed to establish a strong relationship between the interior and the expansive landscape of the Somerset levels. Different rooms relate to particular external spaces or features in the landscape via large windows, making each room distinct and drawing in the character of the surrounding countryside.

design aims to preserve the rural nature of the surroundings and resists introducing the suburban features that characterise much rural development. The house presents a solid wall on the elevation facing the village, with punched window openings and a gentle pitched roof similar to those on near-by vernacular buildings. On the other three sides the roof extends beyond the footprint to create sheltered outdoor spaces that catch the sun at different times of day and extend the season for outdoor living. The thermal envelope is defined by thick, timber-framed walls clad with green oak boards that will

weather over time to silver-grey. An out-rigger structure of green oak posts supports the roof and frames views through the covered spaces, binding the building into the landscape. Internally the entrance hall and reception rooms are lined in planed oak, a more refined version of the rough sawn external cladding.

enjoying a 3.8% increase. As expected growth in private housing, commercial, mainly driven by new office developments and infrastructure will fuel this upward trend.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the public sector either, despite a government focus on austerity, both education and health are expected to see healthy increases by 2019, 22.3% and 12.8% respectively. This is in part thanks to capital raised by private projects under PF2, so whilst new builds are unlikely to be hit by austerity cuts, the industry should brace itself for falls in maintenance and refurbishment programmes.

Despite the dip in the latter part of 2015, latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA) predict that construction output is expected to rise by 19.7% between 2015 and 2019, with 2016

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A progression of different scaled spaces opens up towards the view, united by a painted rough-sawn timber ceiling that follows the pitch of the roof. Bedrooms are lined with painted plywood, allowing a more flexible approach to decoration in the future.

Commenting on these latest figures from the CPA, David Wigglesworth, Managing Director for UK Specification, assesses how

The house is being certified to Passivhaus standard which means it achieves very high levels of insulation and airtightness. The wall construction is vapour permeable to moderate humidity and create a healthy internal atmosphere. A mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery provides constant fresh air throughout the colder months when it is undesirable to open the windows. The roof overhangs work in harmony with the energy strategy by providing summer shading to the large areas of glazing. Architecture does not have to be sacrificed for excellent energy performance. he believes 2016 is shaping up: “Whilst these latest forecasts clearly make for positive reading for those involved at the specification stage of the construction market, one must proceed with caution. There are still risks to the industry, some of which are known and ongoing issues, such as skills shortage and the elimination of the public sector deficit, whilst others are less easy to account for such as the EU referendum and growth prospects of countries like China. Continued on Page 02

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ASSA Abloy UK specification makes its predictions for 2016 Continued from Page 01 That said we’ve had a positive end to 2015 and our project pipeline continues to grow with exciting prospects for 2016.






“Office developments are expected to continue to influence the growth in the commercial sector, which is one of the reasons we launched a door furniture range specifically designed with high-end office space in mind. 2015 has seen a lot of Londoncentric development whereas 2016 will see this extend to Birmingham and Manchester, which is positive news for the industry and will lead to further investment projects in and around these second cities. “Another area expected to prosper in 2016 is education, as it benefits from both the fruition of PF2 investments and planned University spending, boosted further by the removal of caps on student fees. One trend that we’ve been able to capitalise on and

“The private investment in both education and healthcare under the PFI schemes is positive for the industry and whilst there may be cuts to RMI in public sector facilities, the BIM level 2 deadline in 2016 will help to ensure that those projects which do go ahead aren’t ‘under specified’ delivering value for the end user. By 2016, all centrally procured government construction projects, no matter their size, must be delivered using BIM, and thanks to the investment ASSA ABLOY has put in over the past few years we are well placed to meet this requirement and assist

“Thanks to our extensive experience and the support services we are able to offer architects working on a spectrum of healthcare projects, health remains a target area for UK Specification so I’m pleased to see there are some large PFI projects in the pipeline over the next few years, and the start of the first project under PF2, the £430million Midland Metropolitan Hospital beginning in 2016. The scale of these projects invariable require involvement from a wide range of companies and resources, our simplified approach to specification, which includes BIM objects defined by application type, should help ease this process and ensure architects and designled contractors are supported in their specification choices.” For more information on UK Specification, please visit or join the debate on LinkedIn at assa-abloy-uk. ❚ enquiry 169

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£44 MILLION OFF-SITE SCHEME STARTS ON SITE IN EAST LONDON The £44 million Riverside Schools off-site project – the largest ever in the education sector – has started on site in Barking. The scheme for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was awarded to the Portakabin Group and is using a Yorkon off-site solution to deliver an innovative three-school campus. Now under construction, the 23,000sqm Riverside Schools campus will provide places for 2,645 children from 0-19 years on a six hectare site. The development will integrate provision for nursery, primary, special needs, secondary, and sixth form pupils, and will be operated by the multi-academy trust, Partnership Learning. The Portakabin Group is the main contractor for this pioneering project. The contract was procured and awarded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham via the Council’s local education partnership, Thames Partnership for Learning. It is funded by the Education Funding Agency. Commenting at the ground breaking, Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools at the


which we expect to see continue in 2016 is specification across multiple schools. Increasingly we are specifying for education authorities or within framework arrangements that can see the development of multiple schools at one time. This demands supply chain certainty and a seamless relationship from design to asbuilt, as well as the supplying of data for a smooth handover.

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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham said, “I am very proud of the team for progressing the project so robustly. The off-site solution will help us to very quickly meet the urgent need for school places and deliver more outstanding schools in a good quality and modern educational environment. This will add to our ongoing work to help every child in Barking and Dagenham realise their highest aspirations.”

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Simon Ambler, Director of the Portakabin Group said, “This is our seventh project for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and follows on from the two earlier phases on the City Farm site near to the Riverside Schools campus, that are now in use. The scheme is one of the largest school projects now under construction in the UK and will create much needed additional school places for one of the fastest growing school-age populations in the country.” He added, “We are delighted to be part of a major development that

The use of off-site construction will significantly reduce the programme time. The structure is now in production in York at the same time as the major ground works are progressed on site in East London. The project has been scheduled to complete the primary and SEN facilities at an earlier stage, in time for the start of the 2016/17 academic year to meet the urgent demand for places in the borough. The rest of the campus will be completed late Spring 2017.

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Designed by Surface to Air and constructed using a Yorkon offsite solution for the curriculum areas, the scheme comprises an 1,800-place secondary school, a 630-place primary school, a special educational needs (SEN) school, and a 55-place nursery.

The Riverside Schools scheme is being developed in the Barking Riverside regeneration area, which is close to Barking town centre and part of the Thames Gateway development. Early phases of substantial housebuilding have already been completed with further plans for 12,000 new homes increasing the need for education provision. ❚ enquiry 167

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Buildings are laid out in a horseshoe design

Curved engineered stone panels, cut to a radius from solid blocks, clad the lower storeys of two circular towers

Shackerley’s engineered stone façades shape up beautifully at Kew Bridge West Shackerley has demonstrated the extraordinary design potential and versatility of its Sureclad® ventilated cladding systems by supplying innovative engineered stone façades for a challenging installation at Kew Bridge West, an exclusive development of 336 luxury apartments in North London.

Faceted Sureclad® façades were needed for gently curved elevations

Prefabricated system 2400m2 of fully prefabricated Sureclad® engineered stone cladding in a natural limestone colourway and honed finish has provided a premium quality aesthetic for the lower storeys of the nine apartment buildings in this stunning complex, designed by Stockwool and developed by St James, part of the Berkeley Group. Curved engineered stone panels Two circular towers called for smooth rounded façades, presenting Shackerley and Kent based specialist façade installation contractor Stanmore with a significant technical challenge. Shackerley’s Sureclad® Hang On system had to be customised to cater for large format curved panels, cut to a radius from solid blocks of engineered stone. Additional challenges included the design of elegantly faceted façades to clad curved elevations of adjacent buildings, designed to reflect the ‘horseshoe-shaped’ design of the development. Close collaboration Shackerley and Stanmore worked very closely together, developing bespoke solutions at every stage, from the design of the Sureclad® façades to the meticulous scheduling and palletisation of the prefabricated system. Stanmore’s installers also visited Shackerley to receive expert training in the use of the Sureclad® system. NHBC criteria As this was the first time that curved engineered stone panels had been used in conjunction with Sureclad®, the companies arranged for the bespoke facade system to be tested at VINCI Technology Centre UK where it was shown to meet NHBC criteria.

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Collaborative project Stanmore Commercial Director Peter Baker said: “We were responsible for delivering all the external façades, curtain walling, doors, windows and other external finishes on this project but the engineered stone cladding was by far the most highly valued element of the job. Close collaboration with our supplier was

absolutely crucial. By planning and modelling the installation in detail and working hand in hand with Shackerley’s technical team, we achieved superb results for our client. The overall experience was very positive and we’re looking forward to working on other Sureclad® projects in the future.” Award winning Construction Director at St James, Brian Paterson, commented: “It was only when we came to value engineer the Kew Bridge West project that Shackerley’s system was brought to our attention. As a result of switching the engineered stone specification to Sureclad®, we’ve undoubtedly benefitted from a more flexible and lighter façade solution than originally planned and from very substantial cost savings, whilst still achieving our architects’ original design intention.” He concluded: “We’re delighted with the results and the project has received very favourable feedback from colleagues throughout the Berkeley Group. The quality of Kew Bridge West has also been recognised within the wider industry and St James received an NHBC Seal of Excellence Award for achieving the highest standards in house building at this prestigious development.” Versatility of Sureclad® Shackerley has successfully clad hundreds of buildings with its Sureclad® ceramic granite cladding façade systems and is the clear market leader in the UK. Highly specialised manufacturing facilities at its ISO 9001 certified factory include bespoke diamond tipped undercut drilling machines that provide recesses for the undercut anchors used to prefabricate every Sureclad® façade panel. As the Kew Bridge West development shows, these facilities are now being employed to prefabricate large format engineered stone, including curved façade panels, in exactly the same way, for installation as part of a Sureclad® system. ❚ enquiry 100

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Forbo helps to create dynamic workspace for Qlik at Tower 42 Modular floor coverings from Forbo Flooring Systems have helped to create a distinctive and dynamic environment for leading data solutions company Qlik at its new offices at Tower 42 in London. Mark Crick, Design Director of Crisp Designed Ltd, appointed to design and refit the offices explains: “The client wanted an interior that was different, yet professionally welcoming to clients, so we came up with several bright and zany designs. We had a strict budget and deadline, so it was important to use a reliable and efficient flooring manufacturer.” Tessera Alignment, a sophisticated and cleverly textured cut and loop carpet tile, was specified in the popular nucleus colour throughout the main office space. This was peppered with another perfectly coordinated Alignment carpet tile featuring a vivid green accent colour. Designed to complement the most contemporary commercial interiors, Alignment has a multi-height loop construction with a bold directional theme, tempered by the introduction of intersecting random blocks of rich cut pile. Breakout zones and other feature areas were emphasised with luxurious fusion bonded Westbond carpet tiles. Organic curves and fluid wavy lines were cut into the floor space in bright lime green, jet black and anthracite to mirror the curvilinear furniture. The dense and plush nature of

these cut pile tiles has added texture to the floor space and helped to maintain excellent acoustic levels. In direct contrast, Crisp Designed specified Allura luxury vinyl tile in the spring forest stripe colourway for the two tea stations, providing a durable resilient surface that is easy to clean and maintain and which perfectly replicates Qlik’s brand colours. “This was a challenging brief in terms of balancing the vibrant and dynamic vision with the budget but Forbo hit the mark for us”, commented Mark, “We were able to source a virtually unlimited range of suitable products from one supplier, with the option of combining different colourways into bespoke designs, and we benefitted from highly efficient service and delivery.” For more information please call 0844 822 3928 or visit

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A cool solution from SE Controls for Sydney’s Netball Central Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park’s state of the art netball complex, is using a natural ventilation solution from SE Controls’ Australian systems partner, Unique Window Services (UWS), to deliver precise, energy efficient control over indoor air quality and temperature at the centre.

The natural ventilation system uses four compact SE Controls NVLogiQ zone controllers, which constantly monitor a range of indoor air quality parameters, including carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature and humidity to maintain a comfortable environment for teams and spectators. Air quality in each of four zones in the centre’s upper and lower levels are monitored by the NVLogiQ units and if it exceeds any of the pre-defined environment set-point limits the controllers trigger the automatic opening of high and low level louvres to provide ventilation or cooling. In normal operation, the principle of thermal stacking is used with warm stale air being vented through the high level vents, which has the effect of drawing cooler and fresher replacement air into the building via the low level louvres. In addition to the NVLogiQ controllers, 10 dedicated SE Controls PSUs were also installed as part of the system, which ensure each louvre responds precisely to the signals received from the controller and provides the correct level of ventilation. The system is also configured to provide night purge cooling at the end of each day, which not only helps reduce the internal temperature, but by fully opening the vents

it also ensures that stratified air is removed along with any airborne pollutants that have built up during the day. Shane Grice, UWS Managing Director, explained: “As an SE Controls technology partner, we have access to their advanced monitoring and control systems, which allow us to design and install highly effective and efficient ventilation solutions, which have proven to be of significant benefit on this an a number of other key projects.” He added: “The demand for highly energy efficient building is an essential part of managing the global environment, and for prestige buildings, such as Netball Central, it’s important that they set the standard for low energy cooling and building management solutions.” Further information on SE Controls’ products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting or calling (0)1543 443060. ❚ enquiry 102

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Franke’s Greenline standard shows its commitment to energy efficient extractor hoods Franke’s Greenline energy-efficiency standard for its brushless motor extractor hoods, emphasises its credentials as a brand that uses innovation to make everyday life less ordinary. The Greenline standard provides a quick and easy visual guide to identify Franke’s most energyefficient models. Four existing and five of the recently launched Franke kitchen extractor hoods feature brushless motors and LED lighting, earning them Franke’s Greenline status.

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The innovative brushless motors of Franke’s Greenline hoods provide an 85% energy saving compared to a standard motor. The Greenline extractor hoods include the Maris Plus 60, 80 and 90 hoods which are all rated ‘A+’, the Maris T-Shape Anti-Condensation wall and island hoods and the Sinos all of which are rated ‘A’, and the iconic Swing hood.

by Franke. All of the models feature multiple operating speeds with an intensive setting, cut off timers, digital displays and filter saturation indicators. Says Jeanette Ward, communications manager at Franke: “Consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint as well as saving money are now prioritising energy efficiency. We have responded by introducing brushless motor technology into our extractor hoods and we will continue to increase our portfolio of A+ and A rated models. By introducing our Greenline standard, we are giving retailers and consumers an immediate benchmark to judge and decide on the brands they have confidence in for energy efficiency, as well as for quality.” ❚ enquiry 106

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

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New Trascenda Sublimated Decorative Surface From Trend GB Glass mosaic and decorative solid surfaces specialist, Trend has launched its new Trascenda agglomerate range, with integrated patterns inspired by the world’s finest natural marble, vivid childhood memories and weathered materials at its 19th century Orsoni smalti workshop. Created using cutting-edge dye sublimation techniques, the distinctive designs are embedded into the surface of Trend’s slimline granite, quartz, porcelain or even recycled glass composite sheets, so that permanent images are transferred into the material. The host agglomerate sheet retains all of its technical properties, so these beautiful surfaces are non-porous, low maintenance and resistant to heat, impact, scratch, stains and chemical cleaners. The Trend Trascenda collection is available to special order from Granite Transformations showrooms, with the added bonus of a full installation service, as well as independent Trend stockists. Produced on a newly-installed $½ million press at the group’s Sebring US manufacturing plant, the dye sublimation process has ample scope for new design collections to augment the initial launch and bespoke decorative finishes for

commercial and residential applications. Indeed, leading hotel chain Sheraton has already commissioned a custom design for a Kid’s Club hotel facility in Orlando, Florida, featuring sinuous water-effect flooring in place of high-maintenance carpet. The standard Trascenda range currently comprises three distinctive design collections, each with a series of themelinked patterns that have been ‘tattooed’ onto Trend Polar Ice, Pietra Serena or Ivory slab, their neutral tones providing a subtle backdrop for the subdued patterns: ❚ enquiry 107

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GROHE LIGHT AND GROHE ZERO EXCEED INTERNATIONAL REQUIREMENTS Thanks to GROHE Light and GROHE Zero® consumers can now enjoy the purest water GROHE considers drinking water hygiene a top priority. The company’s R&D department is constantly working on new solutions, which allow GROHE to meet and exceed the legal requirements for drinking water protection and act as a global role model. To achieve this, GROHE relies on the GROHE Light brass alloy, as well as the GROHE Zero® technology, which are used not only in kitchen taps but also in bathroom fittings. The new Eurostyle single-lever mixer now features GROHE Zero® technology for the bathroom.

“Masters of Technology” with GROHE Light What makes GROHE a “Master of Technology” is the long-standing experience in the development of proprietary brass alloys. GROHE ensures that it always maintains a high quality brass as GROHE factories incorporate central smelting plants, where workers produce brass from different ingredients. This means that GROHE have high-quality brass that meets all of the international legal requirements. With GROHE Light, the brand has created a brass alloy, which contains no more than 0.9% of lead. This means it is below the legal limits in the European Union, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. GROHE Light’s lead content is 35% lower than the formerly used standard brass, without adding hazardous lead substitutes. At the start of 2015, GROHE converted its entire brass production to GROHE Light to maximise health benefits for consumers.

GROHE Zero® health and safety technologies GROHE Zero® offers technologies that exceed the international requirements for metallic materials in contact with drinking water. Taps that feature GROHE Zero® technology prevent the tap body from releasing lead into the drinking water. GROHE Zero is already used in products such as the GROHE Blue®, the Eurosmart kitchen taps with low spouts and, most recently, one of the Eurostyle washbasin taps. ❚ enquiry 108 .

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As the leading shower cubicle and bathroom pod manufacturer, we provide pre-fabricated solutions to a variety of end users throughout the UK. Available in both one-piece and sectional format the products are ideally suited to both new build and refurbishment. The sectional design allows the units to be maneuvered into the most restrictive of locations with speed and ease. The pre-fabricated structure provides many advantages over traditional construction methods and delivers significant long-term benefits as set out below: â&#x20AC;˘ Design build: Made to suit specific location and specification requirements â&#x20AC;˘ No wet trades: The products do not require or rely upon silicone sealant and mastic Leak proof: This means they overcome the inherent problems of leaks, sealant replacement, mould growth, cracked tiles and trays, cleaning and ongoing maintenance issues

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Durham University In 2012 Durham University had their student accommodation at the beautiful Durham Castle modernised to a more luxurious standard. The building provides an exceptional living space for students and is used outside of term-time to host weddings, conferences and guided tours- making a high specification was essential. As a World Heritage Site the renovation was complex as safe guarding the buildings integrity and original features was imperative.To this end the Taplanes® Linfield en suite pod was selected for the job. • Strong material: They are constructed using 12mm heavy duty Polypropylene material

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Taplanes score very highly on this issue as not only do we hold ISO14000 approval, but our material is completely recyclable.

• Longevity: Significantly more durable and reliable than alternative construction methods • Recycling: All Taplanes products used in pre-fabricated pods are fully recyclable With a strong client base including Universities, Schools, Housing Associations and Hotels, our pre-formed shower enclosures overcome the inherent problems associated with conventional bathroom areas with a guaranteed leak free construction. The pods are easily installed and offer a long-term solution that reduces maintenance and cleaning costs. Colour choice, shower fitments, lighting, extraction, door types and sanitary ware can all be discussed and finalised to suit. Universities prioritise cost effective accommodation that yields low maintenance and cleaning requirements. The main priority to their client (student/conference team) is cleanliness, safety, close to facilities, internet connections and reasonable rent. The main priority to the University Estates and Accommodation Office is to have adequate time to deliver the refurbishment. Meeting deadlines is paramount when working on education contracts, how long does a typical installation take? It depends on the type of pod or shower that is to be installed. A sectional shower cubicle would take between two and three hours to install; a mini pod (shower / changing module) will take approximately 4 to 5 hours to install and the en suite pod between 6 and 8 hours.

Taplanes have already been taking shower cubicles out of university buildings and returning them to the factory to be reground and re-thermoformed back to its own reusable material. This has recently happened at both Aberdeen and St. Andrew’s University. In both cases, the buildings were being refurbished to take en suite or mini pod units from Taplanes. As Taplanes have been manufacturing since 1979, we are more than confident that our product meets longevities and life spans which have been apparent when visiting sites in Cambridge and Oxford where units have been installed since the early 1980’s, and this is in heavy usage areas. Along with his twin brother John, Andy Wilkinson is the joint Managing Director of Taplanes and has been involved with the education sector for 30-35 years. In the early days, Taplanes decided to approach every university with a view to installing shower cubicles within their accommodation. This acted as a form of introduction to Taplanes expertise but also acted as a benchmark to what is required within these establishments. The company then move forward into en suite pods and mini pods by listening to the requirements of the University engineers and accommodation managers. In those days the main requirement was a leak-free, clean showering environment which Taplanes quickly established.

Meeting deadlines is also about receiving orders or commitments from the universities and I speak on behalf of most manufacturers that this is where a lot of the delays start. Especially during the summer period, where every education establishment is requiring our services.

Emmanuel College Emmanuel College is one of the larger schools constituting the University of Cambridge and educates around 500 undergraduate students at any one time. Upon arrival, all first year students are traditionally provided with college accommodation in either the North or South Court. However in 2013, the completion of a newly built accommodation block which became ‘New South Court’, neighbouring now ‘Old South Court’ was completed to support the college’s expansion. It is in this brand new accommodation that Taplanes® pods were installed to provide students with modern and private en suite facilities.

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Aston Hotel Aston Hotels have a number of hotels across the UK. Their latest 78 bedroom hotel on the outskirts of Sheffield underwent intense refurbishment of their single, double and family rooms. For this project we designed a bespoke cubicle exclusively for the hotel chain, the Caledonian. The cubicle is free-standing and incorporates a curved seat in the shower area. The curved wall of the shower integrated with the curved feature wall of each internal room, allowing for seamless installation and an enhanced aesthetic to the guest rooms. The high level of usage of these showers means that our polypropylene cubicle was perfect for the job as it provided an easy to care for, durable solution that stands the test of time.

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Make the sky your ceiling and lower energy costs with Em-Glaze Modular rooflights There is one fundamental rule when creating an environmentally friendly building: reduce the amount of power needed to heat it and light it.

You need more than a fuelefficient means of generating heat; you need a building that will retain heat for as long as possible. Then you need as much natural light as possible to reduce artificial lighting use, which means plenty of windows or rooflights. The challenge is that with glazing, the more natural light you introduce, the greater the loss of

thermal insulation integrity. Equally while generous roof glazing is essential, building an eco-friendly home that is attractive as well as carbon-efficient can be a challenge when the bestperforming rooflights aren’t always the most aesthetically pleasing. Whitesales’ Em-Glaze modular rooflights resolve all these issues.

The sleek, minimalist frame is eyepleasing from inside and out, so there’s no compromise on design principles. ‘Maximum daylight’ is the Whitesales motto – low-profile frames mean more glass which means more light. Thermal insulation is impressive too – especially when fitted with the Em-Curb ECO 150mm vertical upstand. This way, not only do you achieve 1.24 W/m2K thermal insulation, but the installation is remarkably fast and easy. Em-Glaze is available as double glazed in a variety of shapes and a wide range of sizes in stock for next day delivery. Triple glazing, solar control, self-cleaning glass and bespoke design options are also available. For more information please visit ❚ enquiry 110

Fight condensation on windows in winter with Guardian ClimaGuard® Dry glass Water condensation on windows is a problem that inevitably affects many modern houses and apartments in autumn. Condensing water not only looks unappealing, but also can affect visibility. The choice of ClimaGuard® Dry by Guardian’s Glass Group in Europe is a way to get rid of “steamy windows” while maintaining

excellent insulating properties. Until recently, it was commonly believed that the phenomenon of condensation was typical for windows with high thermal performance glazing. Moreover, external condensation was widely considered the signature of a wellinsulated, energy-efficient window.

How did this belief come to be? Good thermal insulation glass does not allow the heat to "escape" from inside the house, so the outer pane usually stays cold and allows the deposition of water droplets from humid air. This, however, is not the case with the anti-condensation Guardian ClimaGuard Dry glass. The product's advantage lies in its

innovative coating that allows it to effectively fight the phenomenon of “steamy windows”. Field tests conducted by Guardian in real weather conditions show that the average duration of water condensation on ClimaGuard Dry glass is just one hour. ❚ enquiry 111

NEW LIGHT ON WASTE RECYCLING Mid-Sussex District Council has opened a new stateof-the-art refuse and recycling depot at Haywards Heath. Designed by Milan Babic Architects, its crisp simplicity is a dramatic example of the Kalwall translucent cladding system in action. Replacing an existing 50 year-old depot, the new building is designed to be more environmentally friendly, reducing the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions, its energy consumption and its use of water, thereby generating long term financial savings and other benefits for every resident of the District. It is being run by Serco. The project boasts a number of

new technologies to reduce running costs and the carbon footprint including photovoltaic cells and rainwater collection tanks. It also benefits from the use of highly insulating Kalwall cladding which helps to reduce both energy consumption and heat loss by diffusing natural daylight across the interior. Unlike conventional glazing, 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. Even on cloudy days, the offices are bathed with natural daylight, both from the cladding and the roof above the workshop which means less artificial lighting. 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. Structura UK Ltd, Tel: 01233 501 504

❚ enquiry 112

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Introducing the specifiers guide from Sheerframe An informative new Specifiers Guide has been published by Sheerframe Ltd, to provide a handy and comprehensive product specification reference source for use by architects and designers for residential or commercial building applications, trade fabricator partners and professional window industry installers.

roofline, cladding products, windowboards and trims. Flood door solutions and hands-on design service support for curtain walling and structural items are also itemised in this helpful guide.

The new Specifiers Guide neatly summarises the calcium organic stabilised PVC-U window and door product range with Sheerframe 8000, Sheerframe 7000 and Sheerframe 6000 options clearly presented and thermal performance detailed for the most popular profile and insulated glass configurations, which are capable of delivering U-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K.

“We like to describe our Sheerframe range as ‘the specifiers choice’ and product sales assistance is provided by a highly experienced and dedicated specialist team,” comments Group Key Account Director David Strang. “We welcome specifiers and fabricators to call 01623 443200 and ask to speak to myself, Gary Doxey or Sue Stone-Makin, as we are always ready to provide specification guidance and support for Sheerframe fenestration products.”

Also included are sections highlighting Sheerframe curtain walling, tilt and turn windows, top reversible windows, Thermlock reinforcements, residential, composite, bi-fold and French doors and associated Hometrim cellular

As a member of the Synseal group of companies, Sheerframe Ltd’s formidable range of proven fenestration solutions will continue to benefit from ongoing investment to strengthen the wellestablished and respected Sheerframe brand name in the UK market place.

❚ enquiry 113

VELUX® and Disney join forces to unveil Star Warsinspired blinds collection Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX® has catapulted its collaboration with Disney to a new galaxy following the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To celebrate the launch of the new film, VELUX® and Disney have teamed up to create the Star Wars & VELUX® Galactic Night Collection. This series of four otherworldly black out blinds are designed to marry the aesthetics and functionalities of a children’s bedroom, providing aspiring Jedis with the optimum amount of daylight needed for playtime and sleeping. Sleep and play are two of the most important and talked about aspects of a

child’s life. With this in mind, the new collection offers an array of exciting designs to stimulate imaginations whilst also offering total blackout, allowing parents to create the perfect slumber at any time of the day – whether it’s an afternoon nap or a good night’s sleep. The blinds come in four vibrant and dynamic intergalactic designs: · The Kylo Ren blind illustrates the dark side of the Force with the character

wielding his own light saber in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens. · The Droids design features the lovable astromech droid R2-D2, the gold finished protocol droid C-3PO and the new BB-8 astromech droid revealed in the latest instalment of the film series. · The Darth Vader panel depicts one of the film history’s most notorious and wicked villains, serving the evil Galactic Empire with the dark side of the Force. · The Death Star blind showcases the Galactic Empire’s battle station, the ultimate weapon, which is able to destroy other planets with its super laser. This latest launch follows on from the VELUX® Group’s first collaboration with Disney in 2014 to produce a series of blinds featuring six of Disney’s most loved characters – Winnie the Pooh, Bambi, Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess and Planes. Grant Sneddon, Product Manager, VELUX® GBI, said: “Our aim with the Disney

collaboration was to develop a range of blinds specifically for children and their rooms that would not only appeal to kids, but also parents. “With our technical knowledge of high quality blind production and Disney’s iconic stories and characters, the Star Wars & VELUX® Galactic Night Collection combines the best of both brands to create an innovative daylight solution and at the same time bring a little Star Wars magic into our customers’ homes.” Kent Holm, Vice President of Global Product Management at the VELUX® Group explains: “When the VELUX® Group engages in design collaborations, we aim to push the boundaries in the market and provide consumers with ideal solutions for the entire household. Looking to the enormous power and popularity of Star Wars, we found the perfect collaboration for developing new products aimed at kids and preteens, who are old enough to be decision makers in their own room without compromising on the functionality and quality their parents expect. “With the Star Wars & VELUX® Galactic Night Collection we aim to inspire epic play battles between good and bad during daytime while guaranteeing total blackout of light, which is essential for a good night’s sleep”. You can order the “Star Wars & VELUX® Galactic Night Collection” from 16 December 2015 at

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Synseal Group supports BBC DIY SOS war veterans project Synseal group companies Masterdor Ltd and Sheerframe Ltd have helped Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team to transform properties in Manchester and create high quality homes suitable for British war veterans and local community residents. In BBC1’s two-part special, the DIY SOS team delivered its most ambitious project to date when it agreed to refurbish more than 60 houses in Manchester’s New Street and Canada Street. The programme of building works was undertaken to create an improved, more resident-friendly neighbour-hood and included a Walking With The Wounded advice and therapy centre as well as extensive streetscaping work. Masterdor Ltd was delighted to supply 15 composite residential doors with Sheerframe outer frames on the project and supplier partners Select Engineering Asia, UAP

Levolux delivers a ‘Super Seven’ Levolux has delivered one of its largest and most challenging Solar Shading solutions for Chiswick Park’s Building 7 in West London. The impressive 12-storey building, which provides 334,000 sq. feet of Grade ‘A’ office accommodation, represents the final piece of the Chiswick Park masterplan, which was conceived back in 1999.

BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’ by adopting the very latest building technology, including a fully automated Solar Shading solution from Levolux. The solution comprises motorised external ‘Super Louvres’, which are linked to an intelligent control system, along with internal Venetian Blinds and Roller Blinds. The Solar Shading solution applied to Building 7 is quite possibly the largest and most sophisticated that has ever been seen. Each of the horizontal, aerofoil-shaped Fins measures an incredible 1220mm in width and is capable of free-spanning up to 9 metres. In total, 525 Fins have been applied across three of the building’s elevations, extending 12-storeys from ground level to roof level.

45 of the world’s best known brands, such as Discovery, PepsiCo, Aker Solutions and Starbucks have adopted Chiswick Park as their UK and European headquarters. With the inclusion of the recently completed Building 7, Chiswick Park now creates a workplace for 12,000 people, making it one of London’s most popular business destinations. In line with other, recently completed buildings on the site, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners designed Building 7 to achieve a

While the size and quantity of the Fins is impressive, it may also be surprising to find that each Fin has been custom engineered, with a perforated aluminium skin and connecting components that allow the Fins to be gently rotated through 60 degrees. To achieve the required mechanical and structural performance, Levolux designed a custom support system, similar to that previously employed on Building 6. ❚ enquiry 115

Hardware and Distinction Doors also contributed associated door components free of charge. The Masterdor doors were expertly fitted by Glen Bracek of CLG Joinery who provided on-site installation services. Sheerframe Ltd provided PVC-U extrusions for energy-efficient windows in the 66 homes which were specially fabricated and fitted by leading window, door and curtain walling manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems. “When we heard what the DIY SOS team were planning to undertake in Manchester we all wanted to contribute in a meaningful way,” comments Synseal’s Chief Executive David Leng, “This endeavour was obviously for such a good cause and the BBC programmes screened in October were both heart-warming and inspirational. I would like to thank our associated Synseal suppliers and fabricator partners for their additional hands-on support and practical assistance with this impressive community project.” ❚ enquiry 116.

Performing for zero carbon timber homes in Bicester An example of how timber is playing a major role in the UK’s first eco-town NW Bicester is a collaboration between Stewart Milne Timber Systems and the A. Proctor Group, which is providing high thermal performance using off-site modules for rapid construction. Work began on NW Bicester in November 2014 and will eventually see up to 6,000 homes constructed. The first phase of

A2Dominion’s development in the new town is a project to deliver 393 homes with a ‘true zero carbon’ rating and offering energy efficient, good quality, affordable housing. Working with Stewart Milne, the A. Proctor Group has supplied its Roofshield and Reflectashield TF 0.81 membranes for pre-assembled modules for the project. These pre-assembled elements

enable a pair of semi-detached homes to be weathertight, secure and fully insulated within 72 hours. This method is also helping to provide a safe as well as efficient delivery of the homes on site. Air testing is being conducted prior to first fixing in order to provide assured fabric performance. Roofshield is an air and vapour permeable roofing underlay which provides a high degree of water resistance and which has been made to the same high specification for nearly 20 years. The product provides the most cost-effective solution to controlling interstitial condensation in a pitched roof. Reflectashield TF 0.81 is a vapour permeable low emissivity membrane for use externally on timber frame buildings. The A. Proctor Group has re-tested Reflectashield TF 0.81 at the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) resulting in an uplift of the claimed thermal performance to an R-Value of 0.81m2K/W. The first phase has been designed with a Fabric First approach, including renewable technologies but keeping the central focus on the building fabric as part of creating a sustainable community. The homes will attain Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 5. ❚ enquiry 114

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.. KAHRS UK FLOORING December 2015

Located within Park Place, in Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thriving business district, the new sustainable offices rank as a new standard in European Office Development.

Designed by IA, New York in collaboration with MOLA Architecture, Dublin, the Dropbox interior has a simplistic design, featuring pale wall tones, patterned retro-style

For more information, please contact Kährs (UK) Ltd on tel. 023 9245 3045, email and visit - or

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NEW DROPBOX HQ FEATURES KÄHRS OAK CASA US Cloud service company, Dropbox has chosen a wood flooring design, from Kährs Grande Collection, for its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin. The rustic, one-strip wood floor – Oak Casa - has been installed throughout the canteen and barista café within the project. All flooring was supplied by TileStyle and fitted by T&I Fitouts.

feature walls and contemporary timber fittings and furnishings. Kährs Oak Casa - with its warm tone and lively graining - provides a stunning contrast and flows seamlessly throughout the space.

Kährs Oak Casa is designed in Sweden from sustainable European Oak.

It has a one-strip plank format, complemented by a bevelled edge along all four sides.

The board’s handscraped finish creates a tactile surface, whilst Kährs durable Nature Oil prefinish promotes easy care. Kährs multi-layered construction gives additional environmental and performance benefits, including exceptional stability and suitability for installation over underfloor heating.

❚ enquiry 118.

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External Wall Insulation by Saint Gobain Weber enhances performance of New Hertfordshire Hospital External Wall Insulation (EWI) by Saint-Gobain Weber has been used on the new £22million Queen Elizabeth II Hospital recently opened in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire for Assemble Community Partnership Limited. The QEII is a new generation of patient-centred local hospitals aimed at keeping key hospital functions close to communities while moving specialist acute and inpatient care to fewer larger centres. The environment has been designed to be sustainable and environmentally friendly with great emphasis placed on ventilation and thermal controls. The overall design seeks to respond to the Garden City context through the integration of gardens and buildings with extensive use of timber, render and glass. Internally the exposed concrete structure of the building has temperature regulating properties while the shape and

layout of the hospital is designed to create natural shading. An attractive planted green roof encourages biodiversity. The outside of the building is covered with hand glazed tiles together with areas of render. The use of weber.therm XM external wall insulation meets the sustainability brief by wrapping the structure in thermal insulation to create an attractive, weather resistant outer skin. These high environmental and energy-efficiency standards have achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. Architects on this project were civic building specialists Penoyre & Prasad Architects, London, with

main contractor Mansell Construction, part of Balfour Beatty. The weber.therm XM EWI application was undertaken by Clarke Facades, insulated render specialists for the UK and Ireland. “We are incredibly proud to have worked on this multi-award winning project alongside Balfour Beatty. The new QEII hospital provides purpose-built facilities for delivery of world class medical care carried out by NHS nurses and doctors. It is testimony to Weber that the workability of their product allowed us to work within the challenging build schedule and without difficulty,” says Mark

Wiggins, business development manager, Clarke Facades. Clarke Facades installed 1400m² of the multi-coat EWI system onto the concrete substrate using a combination of 100mm and 150mm EPS insulation, applying a 6mm meshcloth reinforced coat of weber.rend LAC. This is a low density, polymer-modified, cement-based mortar which is applied in two passes. The surface is then primed with weber PR310 in preparation for the top coat of weber.sil TF, a silicone-based decorative finish, pre-mixed and ready to apply. The British Board of Agrément certified and Energy Saving Trust listed weber.therm XM EWI is a lightweight system that incorporates thin-coat polymer render with meshcloth reinforcement.

It achieves highly efficient thermal performance, ideal for both refurbishment and new-build projects. An impressive target Uvalue of 0.20W/m²K has been achieved with this application. In new build schemes, insulating the external wall can be combined with simple and reliable modern methods of construction, providing cost effective, fast-track build programmes and attractive façades. The ever increasing thermal requirement of building regulations can be met and exceeded by using high performance weber.therm EWI systems. The QEII hospital covers an area of approximately 8500m². External landscaping flows under the colonnaded entrance, through the foyer and into the central 900m² outdoor court yard. This has been planted with mature trees and landscaped for the enjoyment and wellbeing of patients and staff. A full range of hospital services is provided by the local GP-led East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust including an Urgent Care Centre, Therapy Services, GP Access Centre and Out of Hours service. ❚ enquiry 119

For more information about this project, or for technical support, please contact Saint-Gobain Weber on 08703 330 070, or visit Customers in Ireland should call 028 9335 2999 or visit A free download of the new for iPhone and iPad users is also available from iTunes and from Google Play for Android smartphones and tablet users. Follow Saint-Gobain Weber on Twitter @SGWeberUK for the latest company news and updates.

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Unusually shaped, the architecturally stunning Maggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen in Scotland is designed to assist in the psychological and emotional healing process for those affected by cancer. A Licensed Icynene contractor installed both Icynene H2Foam Forteâ&#x201E;˘ and Icynene H2 Foam Liteâ&#x201E;˘ in the pebble shaped structure. Situated on the southern boundary of the Foresterhill site of the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland, Maggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Centre is the latest such centre to provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer. The centre, designed to be homely and full of warmth, aims to provide an environment where those facing cancer can gain support. The centre also intends to inspire imagination from visitors and has contributed to the architecture of the Aberdeen city area.

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


As a result of using spray foam insulation throughout the design, an extremely high R-value was achieved. With a high Rvalue, staff and visitors to Maggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen will be able to work and heal in comfort all year round regardless of the season.

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, together with Scottish firm, Halliday Fraser Munro, took on the challenge to create a visually stunning structure in the shape of a pebble. The unusually-shaped single storey structure features a reinforced concrete exterior and timber interior. Steel reinforcements were used to form the structureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique shape. With activity and meeting rooms located on the ground floor and office space on the mezzanine, the centre features high-end interior finishes and manages to create a peaceful, welcoming and beautiful space for anyone who visits.

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

Both Icynene H2Foam Liteâ&#x201E;˘ and Icynene H2Foam Forteâ&#x201E;˘ contribute to creating a positive, peaceful and comfortable environment for visitors to the new centre in Aberdeen. THE RESULT

INSULATING MAGGIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CANCER CENTRE A Licensed local Icynene contractor was enlisted by Halliday Fraser Munro to help insulate the centre in February 2013 using two high performance Icynene spray foam insulation products. The spray foam insulation crew used five sets of the 100% water-blown closed cell medium density Icynene H2Foam ForteTM and used seven sets of the open cell Icynene H2Foam LiteTM throughout the curved structure. Spray foam crews applied the medium density material on the lower part of the structure to a height of 2.5m in an effort to provide additional structural strength.

Maggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cancer Centre in Aberdeen was completed and opened in September 2013. The structure, set apart by a small landscaped area, is open to anyone requiring its services and support. The unusual shape and highly visual design has been receiving attention from the architecture community and the greater Aberdeen community. In November 2013, the centre was awarded a Commendation by Aberdeenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civic Society and in March 2014, GMS Insulations Ltd, the Icynene distributor in the UK, was awarded the Best Architectural Project â&#x20AC;&#x201C; International at the Icynene 2014 Global Conference for their involvement in the project. â?&#x161; enquiry 120.


CER RTIFIED and TESTED D in accordance with:

BS EN 476

(Parts 6&7) Class 0 Non-Combustible (surface spread)

EN ISO 1182-2010

Class A1 Non-Combustible

BS EN 476


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2011 Timber Structures

For more infformation ormation call us on 01745 745 361911 or visit www.blackmountaininsulation.c â?&#x161; enquiry 121.


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Prot-ecting the build & environment South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is going green to protect its frontline. BAM Construction has won the contract to build two new fire stations, at Birley and Parkway, for the Service. The stations feature a combination of single ply and green roof, constructed by FCB

Economic, Flexible, Easy to Install Translucent Roofing, Topgal, Launched by Plazit-Polygal

Roofing using Protan VB250 vapour control layer topped with Protan SE membrane on the flat roofs, and G membrane to create the green roof. “The whole project is about achieving best value for service delivery and the environment,” explained FCB’s Tony Comrie. “The client decided building two new stations would be more costeffective and efficient in the long term than maintaining the ageing stations. The same rationale was applied to the new station designs: both include environmental features such as the green roof, air heat source pumps, and PV panels. We continued that approach in our construction of the roofs: in this case, Protan was the most efficient solution to creating two different types of Suitable for any building which requires natural light, the Topgal range can be used everywhere,

Plazit-Polygal, a producer of polycarbonate building materials, has launched Topgal, a modular range of translucent roofing material which is attractive, economic, flexible and easy to install. December 2015

roof, cost-effectively. We could obtain all the key components from one source, and have great technical back-up.” Added Simon Hancock, Protan Technical Manager, “Protan champions the fact that its products are made from environmentally-friendly raw materials, and manufactured using hydro power. They are also welded using hot air- the most environmentally-friendly welding technique.” Birley Fire Station is deliberately low-rise; its sloping green roof will help it blend into the neighbouring hills and wood. The two-storey Parkway Station is designed to ‘nestle below the road’; its combination of green and grey single ply roof will also help it blend into its surroundings. from sports stadiums and commercial buildings to domestic structures such as pool enclosures. roduced in five different colors; clear, bronze, ice, blue and polyshade silver, delivering different levels of light transmission, the Topgal sheets come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses to meet the most demanding of needs. Durable and weather resistant, the system, which consists of the panels and a

Protan SE, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: it is certified to ≤ -30°. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof,

the membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest Building Regulations. ❚ enquiry 122

number of connectors, edge protectors and fasteners, can be installed with nothing more complicated than a screw driver.

“The Topgal system is translucent but all damaging UV rays are filtered out while heat transference is limited,” said Tito Asher. “It is modular so units can be added as needed.”The Topgal standingseam panels and components integrate the unique properties of multi wall structure to deliver superior strength, rigidity and thermal insulation. ❚ enquiry 123

Topgal panels are linked together with easy to fit connectors which create a mechanical lock between the sheets ensuring strength and making the panels watertight. Fixture points are hidden and the sheets can be flexed to suit any type of structure.

respite care and rehabilitation and a 20 place day centre, café and health and wellbeing zone.

Sundolit XPS - provides strength and stability in sustainable green roof A state-of-the art green roof is set to provide warmth and protection as well as a perfect natural environment for flora and fauna in a new £8million community care centre in picturesque Darley Dale in Derbyshire. And at the heart of the inverted ‘green roof’ solution is Sundolitt XPS, the extreme strength, extruded polystyrene sheet designed to provide high insulation levels, strength and rigidity. The UK’s leading independent green roof installer, BBS Green Roofing Ltd, was briefed to provide and install the high-tech yet natural roofing solution for the Meadow View Community Care Centre. It is a new facility from Derbyshire County Council and includes 16 long-term specialist residential care beds, 16 short-term beds aimed at helping people return home after

Given the location in the Derwent valley close to the edge of the Peak District National Park, the project needed to reflect the outstanding natural environment in Darley Dale and the inverted roof design incorporating Sundolitt XPS is the natural solution according to BBS managing director Scott Manhood, “We’ve been garden designers for more than thirty years and the last twenty of those have seen us developing green roofing and walling solutions across the UK. The use of XPS in a project like this means we can incorporate a strong sub structure whilst at the same time achieving high levels of thermal protection. It’s an ideal material for the job and, together with the other specialist materials, enables us to give a 20 year Insurance-backed guarantee that covers the green roof, insulation and all other parts of the roofing system”. Sundolitt XPS is already a preferred solution in industrial floors such as cold stores and chilled warehouses where high insulation, high strength attributes are critical but is also becoming increasingly specified in inverted roof applications. Sundolitt XPS Sales Manager Bryan Mawer said, “XPS gives high rigidity and impact strength as well as exceptional thermal performance. It will not deteriorate over time nor is it affected by high moisture levels. For all these reasons it is being used in commercial flooring and domestic foundations, as well as inverted and flat roofing applications, where heavy loads and potential moisture levels are encountered” Sundolitt XPS is manufactured in a wide range of thicknesses and sheet sizes, the primary range having a thermal conductivity of 0.033 – 0.037 W/mK (EN 13164). ❚ enquiry 125

LABSS APPROVAL GRANTED FOR CELSIUS SOLID ROOF The recently-introduced Celsius Solid Roof system from Synseal is now fully approved and registered by the LABSS (Local Authority Building Standards Scotland) as checked for compliance with Scottish Building Regulations under certificate number EWS550. Construction of a completely new solid roof or replacement of an existing conservatory roof with a retrofit solid roof involves a statutory obligation to submit a Building Regulations application. The scope of Synseal’s updated certificate number EWS550 now covers England, Wales and Scotland to facilitate mandatory legal technical compliance procedures for site locations in all three countries. The thermal performance specification to meet Scottish Building Regulations is more demanding and the required U-value of 0.15W/m2K (calculated to BS EN ISO

6946:2007) is achieved by supplementing Celsius Solid Roof’s standard Envirotile, breathable membrane and 142mm Kingspan TEK structural insulated panel roof assembly with a Kooltherm K18 insulated dry lining plasterboard internal finish to provide an additional non-bridged layer which is 42.5mm overall in element thickness. “The market opportunity for retro-fitting existing tired old conservatories is significant and our fast-fitting Celsius Solid Roof has a traditional all-timber core construction to provide a truly warm yet relatively lightweight structure that will not unduly stress existing conservatory window walling structures and foundations,” comments Synseal’s Head of Marketing, Mark Schlotel. “Celsius Solid Roof has been carefully designed to avoid excessive loadings and weighs the equivalent of our popular Global or K2 aluminium/PVC-U conservatory roofs glazed with toughened roof glass.” ❚ enquiry 124

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You can rely on JJI-Joists to succeed– whatever the challenge, because JJI-Joists are jam packed with features to make your life easier, and the job quicker. We are the most popular I-Joist in the UK and the I-joist most specified by architects and engineers. So, whether designing or building, choose JJI-Joists with confidence. You’ll find there’s so much more to them than meets the eye.

WEB: ❚ enquiry 126 .

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Plant nursery growing rapidly with Wood Energy

Omnie Ground Source heat pumps serve six bathroom rural redevelopment

Plant production is positively blooming at Pinetops Nurseries after the firm moved into new, purpose built facilities heated with the help of a 999kW Binder wood chip boiler, supplied and installed by biomass experts Wood Energy. Pinetops Nurseries first opened for business in 1959 and is now established as one of the leading producers of pot lilies. The new site near Efford offers greater room for expansion along with modern new facilities including a 2.2ha glasshouse block. In the past the cost of heating the glass houses for the firm’s autumn poinsettias had limit profitability

from the crop, however by expanding production, and replacing gas heating with biomass, the economics of production are expected to be greatly improved. The 999kW Binder biomass boiler provides base heating for the facility, helping to maintain ideal

product will perform to specifications, be resilient, suitable, and last for the lifetime of the building.”

Test assurance Performance test data for natural ventilation? According to a CIBSE webinar, they are essential tools to effectively evaluate a design and deliver reassurance once the building is constructed. The CIBSE natural ventilation group webinar, Understanding Performance Tests, watch?v=Y_tdSE5p0Uk, helps building services engineers to understand the principle areas of consideration and toaccurately extract the appropriate information from the test data.

committee member, webinar panelist and technical director at Gilberts (Blackpool) Limited Roy Jones elaborates, “AS a manufacturer we have a rigorous testing and performance validation regime. After all, without these tests, how do you know if the ventilation system and components will deliver the expected results, and provide reliability and longevity in use?


Testing proves whether the


growing conditions all year round. The boiler features a range of premium features including automated de-ashing, automatic cleaning of the heat exchanger and a speed-control on all fans to minimise electric power consumption. ❚ enquiry 127


“But you need a combination of tests. British and European standard tests (BS and EN…) apply only to the performance criteria- the weatherability, acoustics, and thermal properties of each individual product. They do not address the durability and suitability in particular circumstances. You also need manufacturer performance tests, to know the product will ‘work correctly’ in service. ❚ enquiry 128

The redevelopment of a former lock keeper’s cottage in Somerset, being replaced by a 850 square metre spacious modern family home, is making use of two ground source heat pumps from Omnie to provide not just space heating, but also hot water for the property’s six bathrooms, kitchen and utility. Dating back to the 1840s and the construction of the Chard Canal, which connected to the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, the cottage and surrounding land were used as a dairy farm after the waterway closed in 1868. As is often the case with obtaining permission for substantial redevelopments in sensitive locations, local planners will have looked favourably on the proposal to employ a renewable heating system. The site isn’t connected to mains gas and the heat pumps provide a cost effective way to provide low temperature heating without having to bring in mains gas or rely on fossil fuels or high temperature heat sources. The design of the building is very contemporary and offers large open plan areas which is ideally

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suited for UFH and low temperature heating. Because of the properties size/ building form and high specification of insulation, glazing the heating loads are low and therefore suited for efficient heat pump design operating at 35-40 degreesº flow temperature. This is further enhanced by a PV array (size TBC), which provides electricity to the heat pump operation storing the energy in the large buffer and hot water cylinder. The architect has made good provision for a large plant room and service access to different parts of the building, this is key to integration of good heating system, which the clients are very impressed with. With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, demand for hot water is potentially high and the pair of Omnie SWC 140S ground source heat pumps are suitably sized to meet the heating and hot water loads, harvesting free warmth from pipe runs laid across an adjoining field. ❚ enquiry 129

The white and stainless steel panel heaters now have strengthened grilles to increase durability. The wall mounting system features a new snap-on bracket which allows easy installation, and mounting and dismounting of the panel heater for cleaning and decorating. With wireless control option available, this slimline and energy saving range makes a perfect choice for both commercial and domestic use where space saving and efficiency with style are paramount. They are ideal for hotels, offices, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. To request copies of the latest catalogue, email:, tel: 01646 692172 or fax: 01646 695195. ❚ enquiry 130

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being assessed as a potential pilot for a wider roll out of renewable energy across the facilities operated by Network Rail and Virgin Trains nationally. The project at Birmingham International a station which serves both the NEC and the adjoining airport - was jointly commissioned by Network Rail and Virgin Trains, with renewables specialist ECO2SOLAR Ltd carrying out the installation of the Stokvis solar equipment.



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In addition to the 10 Stokvis DF100-6 Evacuated Tube Collectors - offering a net absorber area 10.69m - the manufacturer also supplied a Stokvis Solar Bloc Maxi pump-station, and a Stokvis Resol BX Plus differential temperature controller, providing up to eight sensor inputs. ❚ enquiry 131

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Fläkt Woods new JMv axial fans outperforms the rest

Fläkt Woods has introduced a revolutionary new axial fan to its offering, with the launch of the new JMv range. The innovative fan can save end users an outstanding 24 per cent on running costs compared to other products available on the market, and is a pioneering, highly efficient solution for the catering and hospitality sector in particular. With versatility being integral to Fläkt Woods’ design, the JMv can also be used for general ventilation and smoke extract applications to improve indoor climate and preserve life. Borne from a breadth of research and innovation, JMv utilises Fläkt Woods’ Vortex Creation Control technology, which features a CFD optimised aerodynamic impeller design. Integral to the design are vortex generators on the trailing edge of the impeller blades, which intelligently manage airflow and

‘Outstanding’ energy efficiency in City Centre

The most environmentally-friendly commercial development in the South-West has achieved BREEAM outstanding at design stage, with its innovative ventilation strategy playing a large part in achieving the high level of performance. Gilberts of Blackpool, Britain’s leading air movement specialist, is responsible for attaining the ventilation success at Filwood Business Park in Bristol. Gilberts was able to balance a fresh internal environment with minimal ingress of noise from the busy roads around the site. The £11m business park, which has won the Eco Green Building of the Year*, is the key

Headquarters in Madrid Saves Energy Using Composite Sun Panels Fabricated from Scott Bader Advanced Materials

The new digital banking group BBVA headquarters building in Madrid, designed by architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is kept cooler using composite sun panels which are an integral part of the contemporary new building façade. Summer temperatures in Madrid can reach over 300C by midday, so having innovative, environmentally friendly ways to minimise air-conditioning energy usage inside its new head office was high on the agenda for BBVA, with its strong commitment to using renewable energy and buildings with the highest environmental certification. A total of 1600 sun panels in sizes ranging from 1.5 metres up to 4 metres were supplied and fitted to complete the façade


reduce turbulence to deliver optimum aerodynamic performance. The unique design means that JMv can deliver enhanced aerodynamic performance, whilst significantly reducing running costs and carbon dioxide emissions, which makes a positive contribution to decreasing the impact of climate change. The fan design also features two-stage guide vanes that boost efficiency further, whilst also providing support for the motor and reducing unnecessary weight. Andy Cardy, operational marketing manager for Fläkt Woods’ fans division, explains: “JMv is actually our first ‘all new’ axial flow fan product for 22 years, so this is an exciting time in our company history. JMv is a huge step forward in fan technology that will allow us to build on the existing JM fans’ success that has, for many years, been a

Gilberts’ innovative Type WPZ/50 high performance louvres coupled with its Mistrale VN/75 high efficiency insulated dampers and 220 deep attenuators modulate fresh air drawn in at low level, with the used internal air exhausted at high level. As the air movement is constant, 24/7, the internal temperature remains

market leading product.” “JMv also addresses key needs of modern installers, who are faced with a rapidly changing legislative environment, the impact of rising energy bills and increasingly stringent building regulations.” Specifiers and installers can gain the aerodynamic advantage by using the Fläkt Woods Advanced Fan Selection Tool to select the best possible product. Fläkt Woods develops, manufactures and distributes ventilation and air climate products, as well as system solutions for commercial and industrial applications. For more information on the complete range of fans and other ventilation products from Fläkt Woods, visit ❚ enquiry 133 construction, making it one of the best performing buildings for energy efficiency in the country,” explained James Horner of Stride Treglown. “The ventilation strategy, whilst absolutely key to this, presented various challenges, including addressing potential noise ingress through any open windows from the busy surrounding roads. Gilberts provided a total solution for us.”

element of Bristol’s regeneration scheme for Knowle West. Some 13,000 sq ft of office and 25,000 sq ft of workshops for SMEs has been designed by Stride Treglown, ch2m and constructed by Midas Group for Bristol City Council. All the buildings feature Gilberts’ Mistrale natural ventilation solution, using single sided ventilation in a cellularised arrangement.


within the preset constant: any heat builtup during the day is purged during the night. Air leakage is as low as 5m3/hour/m2, with a U value down to 0.93W/m2K. “The aim of the project was to construct a scheme that would have a high environmental performance: it has achieved BREEAM ‘outstanding’ at concept stage, and is on track to achieve this at

All Gilberts’ systems are engineered to order, and comprehensively tested, in the UK. The company’s Mistrale VN/75 ventilator unit delivers the best combined performance for U values and air leakage of its type, and surpasses current and medium-term future Regulatory requirements. ❚ enquiry 134

of the new head office building. To meet the required UNE-EN 13501-1 fire standard for the building, the composite panels were vacuum infused using Scott Bader’s matched fire retardant laminate system, comprising of Crestapol® 1212 high performance urethane acrylate resin with intumescent in-mould spray Crystic® FIREGUARD 75PA (IMS) EXCEL fire protection gelcoat. All of the panels were produced by Innova Composite, a leading Spanish composite parts manufacturer. Innova has a long established track record in supplying custom designed composite parts for construction infrastructure projects, as well as to other sectors including naval, aviation, automotive, rail and wind energy. The sun panel composite design specification was developed by the external specialist composites consultant, Mr. José Cristos, who worked closely with the Innova Composite production team, as well as technical support personnel from Scott Bader who provided both materials selection and processing advice. The infused, fire resistant (FR) composite sun panels had to meet all the local building regulations and construction specifications stipulated, overseen by Permasteelisa, the appointed contractor for the new BBVA building construction project. ❚ enquiry 135

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JOHnSOn & STARLEy’S WARM AIR HEATInG & vEnTILATIOn SOLuTIOnS FOR HISTORIC APARTMEnT REnOvATIOn Johnson & Starley's WarmCair warm air heating, Aquastar hot water storage and Home 'n Dry ventilation technology have been combined to maximum effect in a spectacularly renovated historic apartment in Penarth. Brian and Marilyn Fisher selected Johnson & Starley products on professional recommendation and are delighted with the results. Albert Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, Penarth, was built in 1907 and its schoolroom was destroyed by bombing in World War Two. The church was later converted into a multi-purpose building, still including a place of worship, but with most of it given over to local community services.

A 180 litre Aquastar hot water storage cylinder has been installed. It is made from high-grade stainless steel and retains heat using a 50mm layer of insulation. The capacity is more than enough to store the hot water generated by the WarmCair and required by the Fishers. It also features a 3kW backup immersion heater.

Since being used as a community centre it had fallen into disrepair and in 2012 it was converted into eight luxury apartments, including two spacious duplexes. They were all designed to utilise as effectively as possible all the available space afforded by the original large church with its vaulted ceiling. Renovation features include attic style storage space and glass walled decks for split level loft style accommodation, whilst much of the original church's heritage, original design and architectural features have also been retained. These include the original rafters and coving, along with the bell tower – now a wine cellar with roof top terrace.

The complete installation was undertaken by Robin Hefter of Shackleton Wintle and it took 10 working days to complete due to the scale and challenge of the project. This included drilling the solid three feet thick church walls. Said Robin Heffter Managing Director of Shackleton-Wintle “It was an interesting job with many technical challenges, but the results made everything worthwhile. Mr & Mrs Fisher were for the first time in 4 years warm this winter and are extremely happy with their warm and comfortable fast acting heating system.”

Brian and Marilyn Fisher's open plan apartment features living room, kitchen and two bedrooms on an upper level of the renovated church with a dressing room and airing cupboard - later transformed to house the new Johnson & Starley Warmcair heater and Aquastar water storage cylinder - leading off a mezzanine floor. Originally, electric underfloor heating had been installed to heat the apartment, but it had soon become apparent that this was inadequate to provide sufficient heating for the living space with its very high ceilings.

Since installation, the results have been all that Mr. Mrs Fisher could have hoped for. Previously the underfloor heating had to remain on all the time to generate warmth within the property, whereas now Mr & Mrs Fisher put on the heating on arrival and the effect is almost immediate thanks to the fast warm up times. In terms of domestic hot water (DHW), previously the immersion heater would need to be on for 24 hours a day, but now the WarmCair is only turned on for 2-3 hours a day and there is always hot water - even when the family comes to stay. Overall, bills for heating and hot water have been reduced by 40%.

Mrs Fisher said: “ I love the heating now and there is never any need to have it set higher than level six on the thermostat, 21 – 24 ºC. Another advantage is that with WarmCair warm air heating, there are no unsightly pipes or radiators to spoil the look of our lovely apartment. “

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Fuel bills were ranging from £600-£700 a month, yet even with the addition of portable calor gas and electric fan heaters, the desired warmth levels were still not being achieved. Looking for an alternative more effective and more energy efficient approach, a British Gas engineer suggested to the Fishers that a Johnson & Starley warm air heating system with provision of domestic hot water could prove a solution. Following a site visit and professional advice from Independent Heating System Designer Barry Williamson, a specification for a heating system, including detailed heat loss calculations, was drawn up. The solution was based on the installation of a Johnson & Starley WarmCair C20DW high efficiency combined warm air condensing heater with domestic hot water. Barry comments: “The apartment presented some challenges in terms of designing and installing a warm air heating system that could do the job. It's an unusually shaped apartment with high ceilings and a delightful internal décor. This needed to be considered carefully when designing the installation of the required ductwork to distribute warmed air in the most effective way.” To maintain the highly attractive look of the apartment, ducting was concealed around the apartment behind the ceiling in the bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and en-suite, with discreet outlet grills in each room and two at floor level in the main living area. Extract vents remove the warm air that has risen to the wood panelled ceiling level and duct it back down to ground level for energy saving recirculation. The thermostat is in the main living room, in the centre of the wall below the balcony, so that the temperature reading gives a more accurate figure of room temperature.

Overall, bills for heating and hot water have been reduced by 40%.

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St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School in Bexleyheath and Ashford Oaks Primary School in Ashford have both invested in upgrades to their roofs, installed by specialist roofing contractor, Capital Roofing. A 14-week programme at St Columba’s has involved overlaying the entire existing roof surface with a warm roof build up from Kemper System to improve the building’s thermal performance and provide effective waterproofing. Capital Roofing used the existing mineral felt and spray applied rubber surface as a vapour control layer, making minor repairs and preparing the surface before installing Kemper System’s PIR insulation board. Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR odourless, solvent free waterproofing system was then used to complete the roof overlay scheme. Castle Roofing applied Kemper System’s D primer before applying the cold-applied liquid resin. The system’s reinforcement fleece was cut to size and shape on site to ensure accurate detailing around skylights, gutter details and curbs. The resin was applied in a single wet-on-wet process before the system was allowed to cure, creating a tough, flexible monolithic membrane that cannot delaminate and bonds directly to the substrate.

Kemper System provides odourless roofing solution for Kent Schools Two schools in Kent will be making a more watertight start to the new academic year thanks to roof refurbishment projects using Kemper System’s solvent-free Kemperol 2KPUR waterproofing system.

At Ashford Oaks Primary School, the recently completed scheme involved the roofs to the school’s main hall and adjoining classrooms. It is the second project to be completed by Capital Roofing at the school as part of a phased programme and follows the success of a scheme to renew the roof areas above the kitchen, dining hall and reception area using Kemperol 2KPUR. The project was carried out while the school was fully operational and Kemper System’s solvent free Kemperol 2K-PUR provided significant advantages because it is both odourless

and suitable for overlay directly onto the existing single ply surface. Following installation of the Kemperol 2K-PUR, maintenance walkways were added, with Capital Roofing using Kemper System’s TC resin and quartz aggregates, followed by a sealant, to create an anti-slip surface in designated areas. Comments Terry from Capital Roofing, “Using the Kemperol 2K-PUR to refurbish the school’s roofs means that the schools can carry on as normal with minimal waste removal or nuisance odours to disrupt staff or pupils, and without the fire risk of hot works.”


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Harris Miller wins half million pound renewable energy contract Electrical, Mechanical and Renewable energy contractor - Harris Miller has continued its growth across Wales by completing the latest of their Renewable Energy contracts worth over half a million pounds, to supply Coleg Sir Gar with Solar Photovoltaics (PV) electrical systems throughout its Graig, Ammanford and Pibwrlwyd

Steel windows make the grade for school conversion Opened in 1938 as a health centre and juvenile employment bureau, Alexandra House is a gradeII listed building which has recently been converted to accommodate the expansion of St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Brentford, West London. A major part of the work to the Art Deco style building was the full refurbishment of over

campus’. Harris Miller Director, Karl Miller, said: “The Coleg Sir Gar project came with tight deadlines, with all installation work

needing to be completed throughout the summer break. ❚ enquiry 141

70 steel windows and the manufacture of ten new windows by Steel Window Association member, Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS). The retention of the original windows was a requirement of the conservation officer. With their strong horizontal glazing-bar pattern, the metal casement windows make an important aesthetic contribution to Alexandra House and enhance the sentinel quality of the ‘tower of health’, the building’s central feature.

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Fully opening Jet Cox Barrel vaults enlighten Wandsworth Primary Pupils In harmony with the Department for Education’s desire for schools to offer a healthy and sustainable environment in which to learn and thrive, the gymnasium to a brand new school in South London has been constructed with five fully opening rooflights from Jet Cox Limited, offering natural illumination and ventilation. The new facilities for the Floreat Primary School in the London Borough of Wandsworth, have been built by Neilcott Construction from Orpington. The premises have been designed and procured by Wandsworth Council in consultation with the renowned architects’ practice of Broadway Malyan. Jet Cox supplied the five barrel vault rooflights as a prime example of its widely specified Coxdome range: popular for hospitals, commercial premises and community buildings as well as educational establishments. The oblong upstands to the five rooflights have been weathered into a high performance felt system covering the well-insulated flat roof construction. In turn the multiwall polycarbonate make up to the rooflights’

glazing offers performance to comply with current Part L requirements and help retain the heat within the gymnasium during colder winter months.   Meanwhile their contribution to the overall energy equation is dependent on the extent to which their high level of daylight transmission avoids the need for the use of artificial illumination, while their delivery of fresh air to the occupied space precludes the need of mechanical ventilation. The opening section of the Barrel Vault Rooflight can be operated by means of manual winding gear or an electric motor with 24/230 volt power supply. Background ventilation can also be provided by means of trickle vents in the aluminium kerb structure or an extract fan/louvre vents in the gable end. Built to BS EN1026 for air permeability and BS EN1027 for water tightness, the rooflights can also sustain a snow loading of 700 N/m2. ❚ enquiry 144

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REHAU Polyec 50S Curtain Walling in stylish University Project The innovative REHAU Polytec 50 composite curtain walling system is an integral part of the design scheme at the new £30m St Mary’s Student Village built at Bangor University in North Wales. Twenty three REHAU Polytec 50 screens, at heights of up to 11.3m, have been installed in new student accommodation blocks by specialist fabricators Per-Fit Windows, based in Heywood. Per-Fit worked alongside main contractors Vinci Construction on the project, which also involved the sympathetic refurbishment of the existing quadrangle and ‘1906’ buildings to create a new village square environment for the 600 or so students living at the site. Per-Fit were awarded the contract based on their previous experience on similar large scale commercial projects, and worked closely with both REHAU and Vinci to put together a detailed fenestration specification which met the cost, efficiency and security criteria of the university. REHAU Polytec 50, recently successfully tested to CWCT standards for performance, was preferred to aluminium curtain walling primarily because it was more cost effective, with no compromise on the aesthetics of the finished buildings, but also because it offered better thermal performance and, with a PVC internal face, was warmer to the touch for students. The twenty three separate screens are up to 4.1m wide and 11.3m high and are all double glazed, achieving a U-Value of 1.54W/m²K. (REHAU Polytec has been Passivhaus certified by the Passivhaus Institute and can achieve a Ucw rating of <0.8 W/m²K.) Many have been installed in stairwells and entrances and these incorporate aluminium entrance doors complete with electronic entry systems. They have been coloured in a smooth

anthracite grey on the exterior and are white on the interior. As well as the curtain walling, Per-Fit also fabricated and installed more than 1100 windows for St Mary’s Village in the REHAU TOTAL70 PVC-U system with 6mm toughened Coolite ST150 glazing, providing a g-value of just 0.41. These were used throughout the original buildings as well as on the new build blocks, giving the development a coherent overall look and successfully helping to blend the old with the new. Secured by Design principles were also followed throughout. REHAU demonstrated its #knowhau commercial support service on the project, helping Per-Fit from the outset with factory and on-site training sessions, strength and performance calculations and a CAD drawing service. Per-Fit themselves were congratulated by Vinci at the end of the project on the way they had managed the 12 month programme, bringing it in on time even in the face of many early delays and lots of accessibility constraints for their installation team. The architects on the project were FaulknerBrowns and the project leaders were Cityheart Ltd.

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Hauraton drainage at Heslington East Campus, University of York

With the Heslington East Campus site being quite flat, deep drains were not possible so rainwater from roofs, road and pathways had to be directed in a series of culverts, surface drainage channels and rills, eventually discharging into a lake. The Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme included the control of rainwater from roofs via downpipes into a series of buried, stepped shallow culverts made from two sizes of FASERFIX® SUPER channel fitted with solid ductile iron covers. Surface water drainage with ductile iron gratings were provided in the same channel runs where channels crossed paved footpaths or asphalted areas. Pairs of FASERFIX® SUPER 300 channels fitted with solid covers were also installed adjacent to each other in the rills to create tunnels under roadways and paths. RECYFIX® SLOTTED channels with their unobtrusive galvanised slot inlets were specified for the pedestrian routes and concourses. Colin Taff, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer comments about the project, “Over 1600 metres of Hauraton drainage channel have been installed by Howard Civil Engineering Limited with no breakages reported during the installation stages”.

❚ enquiry 147

New Dome Top Heritage Litter Bin from Leafield A Sustainable Approach Puts Charcon Top of the Class at Manchester Metropolitan University Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping product range of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed delivery of over 2,000 tonnes of landscaping materials to Manchester Metropolitan University’s new £140 million sustainable campus in Hulme. Materials including 7,501m² of EcoPave, 4,521lm of Eco Countryside Kerb, 896lm of wide top Eco Countryside Kerb units and 398 EcoPave step units have been supplied alongside 1,051m² of Charcon premium Andover Textured flag and block paving. The products, which were

Leafield Environmental has added to its range of Heritage litter bins with the introduction of a budget beating, round, Dome Top bin designed for use in the streetscene from RRP £145. With highly attractive traditional styling, in black

specified due to their sustainable qualities and unique range of shading, provided optimum design flexibility and strong visual appeal. The use of Charcon’s Eco range helped Manchester Met to meet the project’s sustainability targets. With the new student accommodation being amongst the most sustainable buildings in the UK, Aggregate Industries’ Eco Countryside Kerb and EcoPave block paving were the perfect choice for the University. EcoPave Textured contains up to 50 per cent recycled and reclaimed materials, while Eco Countryside Kerb is made with up to 82 per cent recycled and reclaimed material. Developed to maximise resource productivity, the products provide optimum use of finite resources by minimising waste and incorporating high proportions of non-primary materials. The paving has been utilised to complement the external design of the teaching facilities and student accommodation, and blend in with campus surroundings. In addition to providing materials, Aggregate Industries helped develop bespoke kerb angles and Eco units, providing on-site landscaping solutions. ❚ enquiry 148

with gold banding, the new bin has a capacity of 130 litres when used with a plastic sack and internal sack retention and 110 litres when used with an internal liner. The secure locking, lift-off, dome shaped lid deters users from putting items on the top.

Double apertures provide easy ‘walk by’ access and the lid is easily removed for emptying. Manufactured from 100% recycled material, the bin clearly has green credentials. It will never require painting, it won’t rust, chip or dent

and, being self-coloured, scratches won’t be conspicuous. Despite its economy price point, this high durability, Dome Top Heritage bin will give many years of useful service. ❚ enquiry 146

BSI Kitemark for Harmer’s Below Ground Drainage Harmer Building Drainage SML Below Ground range has been awarded BSI Kitemark certification, an assurance that the materials and methods used to manufacture it are fully compliant with internationally recognised standards. The BSI Kitemark Stamp confirms Harmer’s Below Ground drainage system is durable and impact resistant, and is manufactured and tested to the highest standard. It

also works seamlessly with Harmer’s SML Above Ground range, providing a complete and fully connected system for all building drainage.

“Our SML range is a lightweight, dry jointed pipework drainage system at the leading edge of cast iron technology,” says Wayne Wilmot, National Sales Manager for Harmer Drainage. “It’s quick to assemble and 100% recyclable. It delivers exceptional quality, performance and strength. “Being awarded the BSI Kitemark means Harmer’s complete SML range is fully compliant with all necessary standards including CE Mark Conformity,” continues Wayne. “Contractors and specifiers who choose our products know they will stand the test of time and function at the highest standard when used in performance-critical projects.” Harmer Building Drainage is part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), the first joined up brand in the industry to provide an overall water management solution, from rain to drain. AWMS also includes Alumasc Rainwater, Skyline Fascia & Soffits and Gatic Civil Drainage. For more information on Harmer’s SML Above and Below ground drainage visit or call Wayne Willmott on 07720 883 656. Follow @HarmerDrainage.

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Desirable Rainwater System for Desirable Residence Yeoman Rainguard’s XL Aluminium Rainwater System was chosen to add the finishing touch to an £11 million property in the desirable area of Virginia Water.

Built by development company Watersmead Homes who pride themselves in building properties of quality and style that exceed expectations, the Georgian style home covers approximately 12,000 square feet over 4 floors. Constructed out of Cotswold Stone, Watersmead ensured that the property combines practicality with style meeting the high standards and demands of the discerning purchaser. Meeting such standards required the use of high quality building materials and systems which included choosing the right rainwater system. “We obviously needed gutters and downpipes which not only matched the style of the house but were of a quality which would give the homeowner many years of maintenance free service whilst retaining its colour and style well into the future. Yeoman Rainguard’s stylish XL Aluminium rainwater system fitted the bill.” Explained Mrs Gill Burns of Watersmead Homes. 150 x 100mm MOG XL Aluminium gutters were installed along with a 75 x 75mm square downpipe with the stylish look being completed with Cast Aluminium Plain Hoppers. Finished in a durable black textured powder coating which eliminates colour bleaching and ensures a life expectancy of the rainwater system to that of 25 years and more. “The rainwater systems look perfect on the finished property and we are very pleased with the quality of products and service that Yeoman Rainguard gave us.” Concluded Mrs Burns. ❚ enquiry 149 .

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The humble Gabion has come a long way since its introduction in the late 1900’s. Here, ECO Building News takes a look at this simple building system which has found widespread use in construction projects the length and breadth of the country. Over the last century, Gabions have developed into one of the most versatile and flexible construction systems available, with a proven track record in applications varying from ground reinforcement through to high value architectural projects. Although used by the Egyptian and Roman civil and military engineers to control rivers and form defences, modern gabions originated in Italy and were invented by the parent company of Oxford based geotechnical specialists Maccaferri. In colloquial Italian, Maccaferri literally translates as “worker of iron” and directly relates the company to its wire-working heritage. Maccaferri has held the original gabion patent since the 1890s and is the World’s biggest producer. Today's Maccaferri Gabion is a rectangular wire mesh box, nominally 2.0mx1.0mx1.0m, made from double twisted hexagonal mesh of steel wire which is then filled with stone. A simple concept which has stood the test of time and which has changed relatively little over the years. Gabion walls made from double twisted hexagonal mesh are durable, flexible, aesthetically pleasing and in the

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construction of engineered structures, carry BBA Roads and Bridges Certification with a recommended design life of at least 120 years, when the units are heavily galvanised and polymer coated. It is widely accepted throughout the industry that double twist mesh units are most suited to ‘engineering’ applications such as taller retaining walls, situations where high loads are involved, in all applications involving water (channelling and hydraulic works) and where differential settlement is suspected. Welded wire mesh gabions offer a different aesthetic and technical performance more suited to architectural applications.

of water attenuation lagoons to collect and return rainwater run-off from buildings and hardstanding to nearby watercourses. Maccaferri was engaged to provide a construction solution for the lagoons and proposed a combination of its Bentomat reinforced geosynthetic liner together with 2.0m high retaining walls to surround a 35m long, storm-surge lagoon and a dispersion lagoon, measuring 100.0 x 10.0m. The near vertical Gabion walls helped maximise the holding capacity of the lagoons within a restricted footprint area.

Gabions in infrastructure In the central belt of Scotland, the £300m Airdrie to Bathgate rail link, which was opened in 2010, made extensive use of Gabion retaining structures to help in the widening, upgrade and re-development of a 24km line, closed over 50 years ago.

Gabions in commerce and retail. The new St Stephens Place Leisure Park in Trowbridge, Wiltshire is a £90m development comprising a multiplex cinema, an 80 bed hotel and a network of retail and restaurant outlets sited close to the centre of the County Town.

Maccaferri’s stone-filled wire Gabions form retaining walls to strengthen cuttings and embankments where the old single track line has been widened to accommodate twin tracks and maintenance access walkways etc. In the roads sector, contractors widening the trans-Pennine M62 Motorway also drew on the system’s mass and flexible, free draining composition to create huge engineered retaining walls.

The development’s south facing facades, flanking both sides of an impressive stepped terrace incorporate 260 sqm of thin-walled [300mm deep] Gabion cladding.

Gabions in environmental control At the recently opened Energy from Waste [EfW] plant at Hykeham near Lincoln, Designers Arup, devised a network

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Built by Maccaferri Construction, the Company’s specialist installation subsidiary, the Gabions contain over 130 tonnes of hand placed sandstone and create a stunning link between the green riverside landscape and the hi-tech glass facade of the cinema building and adjacent hotel. Gabions in house-building Good quality land for house-building is becoming harder

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and harder to find. As a consequence, house builders have been forced to find ways of using more brown-field sites as well as land that was previously felt to be at the margins of usability â&#x20AC;&#x201C; particularly steeply sloping sites that need considerable re-profiling before being viable. The introduction of Gabion retaining walls can allow major contour modifications with the creation of flat engineered terracing on which houses can be built. When used in combination with geosynthetic reinforcing geo-grid, they can create reinforced soil structures of immense strength and durability. Gabions in Recreation The 2012 Olympics Park in London used Gabions to spectacular effect in both cladding and structural applications. In particular, the Central Park Bridge at the heart of the site. This was originally conceived as two permanent bridges linked by a narrow diagonal span over the Carpenters Lock complex on the River Lee. During the Olympics, a central, temporary infill structure between the bridges was incorporated to accommodate the huge crowds. In the post-Olympics legacy park, the infill was removed to create two bowls on either side of the lock, thereby linking the upper park concourse with the lower level of towpaths and waterways. Designed by Architects Heneghan Peng, the structure incorporated finger- like arrays of welded wire Gabions to the terraced wing walls as well as Gabion cladding to the

bridge piers that support the mirror finish bridge soffits. The Gabion walls were built using recycled concrete waste as the cage in-fill material In other areas of the Park, Gabions were used in the construction of several other structures; some artistic and spectacular, some solidly functional, but all clearly displaying the outstanding versatility of the system. Gabion Design and Specification Recent significant changes to the specification of gabion and wire mesh units occurred with the release in 2013 of the new EN-10223:2013 normative. Maccaferri advises that clients should ensure their designers are not only specifying gabion materials produced in accordance with EN 10223:2013, but also in compliance with the Construction Products Regulation [CPR] 305/2011.

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PAINTS & COATINGS December 2015

Sadolin offers the best solution for interior flooring projects Superior woodcare range Sadolin steps beyond the standard in quality, innovation and heritage when it comes to flooring projects indoors.

The brand offers specifiers a variety of products that deliver the best solution underfoot. Products include Sadolin PV67 Heavy Duty Varnish, which is

ideal for wooden floors in high traffic areas. Renowned for its ease of application and beautiful looks, Sadolin PV67 has a fast-drying

formula which enables up to three coats to be applied in one day. It is available in a choice of gloss or satin finish and offers a scratch and slip resistant finish, providing both outstanding aesthetics and safety performance. These attributes make Sadolin PV67 the ideal choice for commercial and domestic areas and it is often used on floors in sports halls, dance halls but can also be used on heavy duty wooden work surfaces, such as bar tops. Another well-regarded product is Sadolin Polyurethane Floor Varnish - a non-yellowing translucent varnish ideal for interior wooden floors. This product offers all the benefits of a water borne varnish, including low odour, as well as a quick drying formulation and a fast recoat time. The inclusion of combined polymer chemistry gives additional benefits including a tough, hard wearing finish and an easy to clean surface. Finally Sadolin Floor Oil is the ideal choice to create a natural look to interior wooden flooring, with a low odour, quick-drying and water resistant formulation. This high quality product is designed to enhance the natural protection of all oil finished wooden floors. Sadolin offers a range of videos to enable viewers

Crown Paints Provides Clean Finish For University Kitchens

programmes - including the scrubbing down of surfaces – the paint maintains a clean, fresh finish for the long term and helps to extend redecoration schedules. At Vale Village both scrubbable matt and durable acrylic eggshell have been chosen in a contemporary white shade for the high quality student residences. John Harmer, of Crown Paints Specification Services, said: “Crown Trade Steracryl Anti Bacterial Paint is proving its worth, providing a stylish and durable finish in the communal kitchen areas. “These are areas of heavy use and as well as having the reassurance of an anti bacterial system the kitchens are also easier to clean and maintain due to the scrubbable nature of the finish.”

Crown Paints Specification Services has helped the University of Birmingham specify a high performance coating with the power to protect in hygiene sensitive areas. Crown Trade Steracryl Anti Bacterial paint has been selected for use across the student kitchens at the university’s Vale Village site in Edgbaston. The coating offers the reassurance of the internationally-renowned SteriTouch® anti bacterial system, which utilises the natural power of silver to limit the growth of problem bacteria, including Salmonella and E-Coli. Available in a choice of scrubbable matt and durable acrylic eggshell finishes, both offer an extensive colour palette, as well as a highly durable surface capable of withstanding stringent cleaning regimes. By coping with extensive cleaning

The University of Birmingham estates department maintains 4,500 rooms for students across three villages. Vale Village features modern buildings set in a picturesque parkland, complete with a lake and other attractive features. For more information about Crown Paints’ specification services please contact the Crown Trade Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the website at ❚ enquiry 153.

to explore the individual qualities of its range of interior floor finishes. Each of the Sadolin floor products has its own video which can be viewed on the product pages of the Sadolin website or on the Sadolin Woodcare YouTube channel. Alternatively more in-depth details of application can be seen in Episode 5 of the established ‘This Is Sadolin’ series, entitled ‘Caring For Interior Floors’, all presented by Sean Thompson, Sadolin’s Woodcare Expert. Sean said: “Sadolin is renowned for protecting wood outdoors and those same qualities apply for interior flooring systems. “We have a range of exceptional products which offer the level best in protection and aesthetics for floors.”

For further details please contact the Crown Paints’ Specification Team by calling 0330 0240310, email or visit the specification website at Alternatively, please visit ❚ enquiry 152

A spray solution for everyday cleaning & care ! Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, has launched Spray Cleaner, a cleaning solution for everyday maintenance of oiled and waxed wood surfaces in both residential and commercial environ-ments. Osmo Spray Cleaner protects and retains wood’s natural beauty and durability through regular maintenance. Produced from natural plant oils and soaps, the solution can be used on all wooden furniture and surfaces as well as varnished, stone, vinyl and PVS surfaces. Osmo Spray Cleaner is especially suitable for cleaning and maintaining oiled and waxed interior wood surfaces, and is particularly recommended for surfaces treated with Osmo TopOil. Providing a high effective clean, Osmo Spray Cleaner preserves both natural and protected surfaces without causing wear of treatment. The product moisturises the wood's surface to maintain freshness and product longevity by preventing the wood from drying out. Spray Cleaner is an extremely easy to use product. Complete with a nozzle open, close mechanism, simply spray the solution directly onto the desired surface and wipe clean for an effortless deep and nourishing clean. “Many cleaning products available include harsh chemicals or fragrances that disturb the surface’s natural balance, causing long

or short term damage to the wood or the chosen finish”, explains Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of Osmo UK. “Osmo has introduced a neutral, eco-friendly cleaning agent that nurtures the surface, whilst offering a deep, organic clean. The spray can be used on all wood species and finishes as well as other natural or manufactured surfaces. ❚ enquiry 151.

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STITCHED UP! High-quality retrofit reinforcement bars from Thor Helical mean Wykamol can now offer peerless protection against masonry cracks. On the off chance there are builders out there who aren’t struggling with their work load in these days of skills shortages, it might be worth them looking for business in areas where lintel or arch failure are taking place or frackinginduced ground movement is expected to take place. Because if sales of crack stitching kits in such areas are anything to go by chances are there are a multitude of properties at risk of showing signs of suffering from the fracking process. And unless cracks are caused by subsidence they are unlikely to be covered by insurance which means the householder or property owner will be looking for a builder to repair them.

Thor Helical crack stitching bars are produced using a patented process that ensures consistency of tensile strength (others brands can vary within any batch). They are used widely to strengthen cracks in walls as long as the cause – changes in thermal or moisture content, shrinkage or a change of windows for example – has been resolved. If not then the client needs a structural engineer rather than a builder.

Installation is as follows: Step 1: Rake out mortar joints at 300mm to 450mm vertical centres. The slots should extend 500mm either side of the fracture. Step 2: Using clean water, flush the slot to remove loose debris and dust (this also helps to sufficiently wet the wall to take the initial suction from the masonry).

The system is suitable for use with any masonry construction – brickwork, stonework or blockwork – and is quick and easy to install – taking as little as half a day to install (for 10 bars), obviously more if the cracks are at a high level and scaffold is required.

Step 3: Prepare the mortar by emptying the powdered components of the grout into the mixing bucket and adding the liquid from the bottles. Mix together using the powered paddle for at least 90 seconds or until the grout forms a creamy consistency, then carefully pour the mixture into the applicator gun.

The crack stitching kit contains everything needed for professional wall stitching repairs, including 10 lengths of 6mm x 1m (8kN+) stainless steel helical crack stitching bars, a tub of grout, a grout applicator with high-flow nozzle, and a mixer paddle and finger trowel.

Step 4: Use pliers to adjust the width of the applicator nozzle to suit the height of the pre-formed slot. Insert the applicator nozzle into each slot and using the plunger-like handle, gently fill the slot with a generous bead of grout approximately 20-25mm deep. Work from one end to the other and

fill two slots at a time before introducing the crack stitching bars. Step 5: Gently push the reinforcement bars into each slot, ensuring they are embedded approximately halfway into the grout so the displaced mortar exudes around the helical troughs to encapsulate it. Use the finger trowel to “iron” the excess grout, compressing it against the reinforcement so the grout is recessed enough to allow the slot to be re-pointed. Step 6: Re-point cracks and slots using mortar to match the existing structure. That’s it, stitching brickwork in six easy steps! ❚ enquiry 155 .

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DANLERS ControlZAPP – More than an Energy Saving Control • Programmable by Android phone or tablet • Real Time scheduling for switching, lux control or function changes • PIR occupancy switching and adjustable photocell for daylight control • Switching/dimming functions can be controlled by sunset and sunrise prediction • Automatic time adjustment for BST • Innovative twin level time lag function with short visit mode for even greater energy savings • Versions for switching only, DALI Dimming and 1-10V Dimming Tel: 01249 443377 - Fax: 01249 443388 Website: ❚ enquiry 156.

Fusing efficient ventilation ECS renews sluice automation equipment for EA Effective, compliant ventilation of multi-occupancy rooms is simplified with an innovative concept from Gilberts of Blackpool. The air movement specialist’s Mistrale Fusion (MFS)Terminal delivers optimum internal air control for less than £5.00/room/annum1. The initial single-sided through-structure unit provides a one box, stand-alone solution, requiring no additional ductwork or plant. The Mistrale MFS is, says Gilberts, the first in a new series that revolutionises energy-efficient ventilation in non-domestic buildings.

As the Environment Agency (EA) continues its programme to upgrade water control structures on the River Lee, it has contracted ECS Engineering Services to replace the actuators and gearboxes on the sluice gates at Rammey Marsh. The project also delivered improved automation and reliability which reduced maintenance costs. Located in Waltham Abbey, Essex, the Rammey Marsh sluice gates form part of the extensive flood prevention equipment on and around the River Lee. Originally built as part of a flood alleviation scheme, the three sluice gates form part of a network of sluices and weirs designed to maintain the water level in the flood relief channel and associated lakes, but also allow flood water to be discharged towards the Thames when necessary. Originally built in the 1950s, the drive systems for the sluice gates, each of which had reached the end of its serviceable life and the EA set in place a project not only to replace them but also to improve the automated control system at the same time.

“There is nothing else like it on the market,” says Gilberts’ Sales Director Ian Rogers. “In one unit, it ticks all the boxes in terms of natural ventilation criteria in multi-occupancy rooms such as classrooms.” Installed through the external façade or window, Mistrale MFS mixes internal and external air to ventilate the internal space. A mixing damper within modulates airflow to allow the new, fresh air to mix with the warm exhaust air, thus extracting its heat without the need for an exchanger. The integrated low energy fan energises to blend the internal air, ensuring an even distribution of airflow, with control over temperature and CO2 levels within, and maintenance of a comfortable internal environment for occupants. Just 2 no Mistrale MFS128 single-sided units will ventilate a standard 32 person classroom, achieving the 8litres/sec/person fresh air required by current Department of Education Building Bulletin (BB101) and PBSP guidelines. ❚ enquiry 157.

The motors, gearboxes, brake assemblies and hand wheels all needed to be replaced with the new components connecting to the existing main shaft which held the wire ropes used to raise and lower the sluice doors. ECS designed the new drive system to incorporate Rotork IQ35 actuators that were connected to 90°gearboxes. The new actuators have an IP68 rating to ensure optimum performance in this application and they are also fitted with additional 4-20 mA relay outputs that provide a signal for the current position of the sluice gate. This information can be transmitted back to the central control point to provide vital data on the status of the sluice structure. The renovation project involved design and fabrication work to position the new drive mechanisms in exactly the right place for the connection to the main drive shaft above each sluice gate. In addition ECS created some additional access platforms and hand railing to ensure that EA engineers can safely operate the hand wheels without the need for temporary access equipment. The original motor control centre (MCC) was retained but the ECS electrical engineers modified the control wiring

of each sluice gate to accommodate the new position signals and the more modern actuator controls. As each drive system was completed it was tested and commissioned before work started on the next sluice gate. In this way the EA maintained operational control of two sluice gates at all times, which is sufficient for the day to day operation of the site. Jamie Wesley, Commercial Manager, Water Control Division, explains: "This contract forms part of our ongoing commitment to delivering projects for the EA across the UK. As a framework contractor for the EA, ECS is trusted to deliver the skills and expertise required to design, fabricate and install entire projects safely and on time. This project required a wide range of skills including fabrication, electrical control engineering and mechanical design work, all areas in which ECS has considerable experience.”

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PRODUCT NEWS December 2015

Osmo to attend surface design show 2016 Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, is delighted to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Surface Design Show 2016 at the Business Design Centre in London. Visitors to stand 330 will have the chance to see Osmo wooden flooring and high quality wood finishes.

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Free online sustainability guide for fleets Fleet managers will find food for thought in the latest online flip-

Taking place between Tuesday 9thand Thursday 11thFebruary 2016, the Surface Design Show is the ideal place to find new and innovative surface solutions, materials and products. Over three days, the Business Design book from The Green Journey. The newest in the free guidance series offers real help for fleets as they face growing pressure on sustainability. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: “We have been working with all types and sizes of fleets for many years. Now, we are helping fleet managers to enjoy the benefits of our own sustainability experience in achieving industry-leading certifications.” The new edition of The Green Journey’s Sustainability Updates

Guardian Glass UK’s new waste heat recovery system Guardian Industries’ Glass Group has invested more than £4 million to develop and implement a customized Waste Heat Recovery System (WHRS) at its Goole glass manufacturing plant. The company embarked on the WHRS project at the start of this year at the East Yorkshire plant. The new system will provide half the electrical energy needed to operate Guardian’s full float line, which in turn will reduce its

Azanechiller 2.0 Sets New Benchmark in Air Cooled Ammonia Chiller Performance Star Refrigeration’s latest aircooled Azanechiller 2.0 range

dependency on the grid and effectively reduce its CO2 emissions by some 6,000 tons per year. In terms of environmental impact, that’s the equivalent of taking nearly 2,200 cars off the road. Float glass manufacturing requires a large amount of energy. Running a furnace at about 1,600ºC around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year, consumes a lot of natural resources. The nature of the float glass process means that heat inevitably escapes the furnace.

Osmo will be exhibiting its ESCO wood flooring range, as well as its renowned wood finishing product, Polyx®-Oil. ESCO offers stylish European oak wood flooring, which is pre-finished with Osmo Polyx®-Oil. Visitors will be able to view the collection based on nine solid oak flooring styles. Requiring no additional coating or finish. begins with a cautionary note for fleets running diesel cars and vans. DEFRA has published draft plans that suggest banning such vehicles from a number of major cities. “The government is not meeting EU targets on air quality,” said Steve Clarke, “and sees diesel vehicles as a target. It has proposed access controls that would restrict the movements of thousands of vans and cars, without suggesting credible alternatives.” ❚ enquiry 161 complex method of capturing waste heat from the furnace without disrupting the delicate convection currents, which continually flow inside the furnace as the batch material is turned to molten glass. ❚ enquiry 162

raises the bar in chiller efficiency. Headline seasonal efficiency figures are 50% higher than the Eco-Design Directive requirement, with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 5.6 for comfort cooling applications and Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) of 7.59 for process cooling.

Leading midlands civil engineering and groundworks specialist, O’Brien Contractors, has proudly supported Warwick Myton Hospice in giving the centre a makeover. Through its’ patient and family support services, the Coventry and Warwickshire based charity provides vital assistance to 1,000 patients and their families each year, from hospices in Warwick, Rugby and Coventry. The initiative has presented O’Brien

A fireplace company has become one of the first to stock bio-ethanol fueled heaters with House of Fraser’s online store. SmartFireUK will be selling their eco-friendly heaters through the retail giant’s online store and will include both Bromic and EcoSmart Fire products. The fireplace retailer has taken the move in an effort to make their cost-effective and environmentally friendly fireplaces more readily available to the general public.

synthetic F-Gas refrigerants, and invest in a future proof solution that will deliver reliable cooling for 20+ years. The company set about developing Azanechiller 2.0 by focusing on a chiller design and key components that would mark a new era in chiller efficiency. ❚ enquiry 163

with the opportunity to give back to the community by donating members of staff to decorate sections of the Myton Hospice in Warwick. Tony Mitchell, Operations Manager, said: “The specialist care Myton Hospice gives to people who are terminally ill is magnificent. We were delighted to have the opportunity to help maintain one of their first-class facilities, helping ensure their patients have a comfortable environment to be cared in.”

shows and showrooms many members of the general public are unaware of SmartFire’s everexpanding range and House of Fraser will provide the perfect platform for the company. SmartFire’s range of Bromic outdoor heaters are expected to be a big hit with the public following their increasing popularity with bars, hotels and restaurants. The designs are sleek and stylish, blending in with a variety of outdoor spaces and perfect for the growing trend of beautifully crafted and stylised back gardens. ❚ enquiry 164

The move to this market also demonstrates the company’s transfer to the digital age as the range of heaters will be available to buy online from the retailer’s website. Traditionally stocked in trade

Mirka’s Clean Commitment to Dust-Free Building and Decorating The recent research published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors regarding ‘dangerous dust emissions’ potentially being linked to heart disease and cancer, highlighted the clouds of ‘hidden’ microscopic particles created during sanding and drilling and called for health & safety regulations to be updated to protect builders, decorators and amateur DIY enthusiasts. In its new ‘Our Clean Commitments’ Sustainability Report being unveiled this week, Mirka is focusing on its four strategic pillars of Clean

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Natural cooling specialists Star Refrigeration have re-engineered their new Azanechiller range to help customers reduce energy costs, avoid the uncertainty of

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Centre in Islington will become host to over 130 exhibitors; ranging from ceramics, to bespoke wall panels and naturally finished cladding.

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Romag wins BIPV Innovation of the year award Romag’s ‘Intecto’ buildingintegrated PV roof tile has won Solar UK’s BIPV Innovation of the Year award at the Solar Awards 2015. County Durham-based Romag’s new integrated PV roof tile is a ground-breaking new concept in building integrated PV, combining renewable energy generation with a conventional colour matched tile design, enabling the PV cell to blend seamlessly into conventional roofscapes. The first installation of the Intecto integrated PV tile in the UK was completed by Gentoo Homes in its new housing development at Beechbrooke in

Proactivity, Clean Partner, Clean Production and Clean Performance to reinforce its commitment to provide the most effective surface finishing preparation tools and systems to customers, spearheaded by its dust-free solutions. As part of the ‘Mirka Way’ company philosophy, the company works closely with customers, business partners and employees to ensure sustainability is built into every aspect of the product development process. This ensures the minimum amount of emissions. ❚ enquiry 165

South Shields, where specific sections of the roof area incorporate Intecto PV tiles. The system can also be used to provide a whole-roof PV solution. The Intecto PV tiles have been specially designed and manufactured to match the conventional terracotta roof tiles used at Beechbrooke, ensuring that property aesthetics, design and visual appearance are not compromised. The new PV tiles are fitted simply and securely onto wood roofing battens using traditional roofing practices, with a guaranteed fixing system enabling the frameless Intecto units to sit flush with conventional interlocking tiles. It was acknowledged by the judges that whilst people are adding photovoltaic panels to new or existing homes, not every property is able to be fitted with solar PV, often due to aesthetic considerations or restrictive codes in historic areas that limit material choices. ❚ enquiry 168

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and damage including to the town’s Friarage Hospital. To reduce the risk of flooding to about 170 properties, the flood alleviation vortex flow controls have been installed in newlyrefurbished culverts on the outskirts of the town. They enable excess water to be held back in specially built flood storage basins in agricultural land on the approach to the culverts. The Northallerton catchment, with the villages of Brompton and Romanby, is in a low lying river valley, surrounded by steep, welldrained agricultural land which makes it susceptible to flash flooding. Largely culverted, the Turker and Sun Beck watercourses run through centre of the town, causing flood threats to amenities including Grade II listed buildings, conservation areas and listed monuments as well as the Hospital. At times of peak flow, excess floodwaters can overtop the watercourse in the agricultural land on its approach to the culverts, sending flows to cause flooding in the East of the town.

Northallerton Flood Alleviation Scheme is Built with Sustainable Vortex Technology A new £3.1 million flood alleviation scheme in the North Yorkshire town of Northallerton is using innovative vortex flow control technology to reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the town.

Large Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation vortex flow controls have been installed upstream of the town’s refurbished culverts to protect flood-prone watercourses. The Environment Agency project aims to provide sustainable, lowmaintenance flood storage

defences based on sound SuDS principles. Northallerton and its surrounding villages have been plagued with flooding since the early 20th Century, with major floods most recently in 2000, 2008 and 2012 that caused widespread disruption

Move Flood Defences Upstream with “Blue Sky” Technology, say flood engineering experts An unconventional flood defence technology that holds back river water in the hills above low-lying towns and cities could help prevent future misery as climate change makes severe and intense events more likely, say technology experts. As a review begins into the effectiveness of flood defences that were unable to fully protect thousands of homes from flooding following unprecedented levels of

“The Sun and Turker Becks have repeatedly overtopped and threatened the town,” reports the EA area project manager Ian Cooke. “That’s why, after consultation and looking at similar successful schemes in other areas, we decided to use upstream storage to reduce the flooding risk. “The resulting scheme at the urban boundary needs very low maintenance, and is resistant to blockage. Our chosen solution meant that we used vortex control technology. In addition, the ability to carefully-size the HydroBrake® Flood Alleviation vortex flow controls means we could minimise the back-up storage volumes even under high rainfall conditions. As a result, the risk of the farm land on the outskirts of Northallerton flooding and threatening nearby developments and the town centre will be minimal in future.” “The scheme is designed to also improve protection to the area from flash floods,” continues Ian Cooke. “The design meets sustainable principles, by


attenuating (holding back) excess flows and allowing them to discharge at a controlled rate.” The giant cone-shaped HydroBrake® Flood Alleviation vortex flow control devices installed in the culverts are based on an industry-standard method of flow attenuation, most frequently used in much smaller dimensions as part of urban surface water drainage designs. Hydro’s UK Stormwater Operations Manager Andy Kane explains:“We have individually-sized both the controls at Northallerton to create an optimal internal geometry that delivers best-possible hydraulic performance with the minimum amount of upstream storage. “Compared to alternative flood control devices such as orifice plates or penstocks, the vortex flow controls have a larger opening, so more water is able to flow through the culvert unimpeded, meaning less flood storage is needed. At the same time, there is less risk of blockages. This, together with fact that the flow controls have no moving parts or power-requirements, means they require minimal maintenance.” On the Turker Beck, an 857 mm outlet diameter Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation vortex flow control has been installed with a maximum design flow is 1 cu.m.sec , requiring a back-up storage volume of 12,500 cu.m. The Sun Beck installation, sited upstream of the junction with Turker Beck, has a 684 mm HydroBrake® Flood Alleviation vortex flow control with a maximum design flow of 0.58 cu.m./sec and requiring 1,500 cu.m. of back-up storage. The installation at Northallerton follows successful flood alleviation schemes built on the White Cart Water in Glasgow, the River Douglas in Wigan and at Weedon Bec in Northamptonshire since 2002. For more information about the Hydro-Brake® Flood Alleviation and other stormwater and waste water management products please call 01275 337937, email or visit ❚ enquiry 166

rainfall in North West England, one reliable and innovative technology is already helping to shield flood-prone communities using an approach that challenges conventions. Precision-engineered upstream schemes are already successfully protecting downstream communities from flash flooding.

weekend’s floods, it’s already too late when water from the surrounding uplands has raced down highland slopes to the valleys below.

Says Alex Stephenson, Market Development Director at Hydro International:

“Proven vortex technology such as that used in the White Cart Water flood alleviation scheme in Glasgow is already helping to protect vulnerable communities, by using an upstream solution that uses no power, requires minimal maintenance and creates wetland biodiversity.

“It’s time to change the paradigm of flood defence thinking and move more fluvial flood defences upstream. In low-lying towns and cities such as those hit in this

Often, where agricultural practices have removed natural defences and altered surface water paths, water can run off hillsides quickly.

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