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Why swing when you can slide? Whether you use them to make a statement in a room or to solve a layout problem, pocket doors are a practical, eye-catching alternative to traditional hinged doors.
PRODUCT NEWS WETHERBY BUILDING SYSTEMS are proud to announce that they have gained BBA (British Board of Agrément) certification for External Wall Insulation onto Timber Framed buildings.
The steel framework of the pocket door system becomes part of the wall. This allows the door to slide effortlessly into the wall, offering the maximum opening, without encroaching upon room space. No cutting is of the steel is required, as there is an Eclisse pocket door system to fit each specific standard UK door
size so it fits first time. A fully extractable track allows the removal of the door and running system at anytime without damaging the wall. The Eclisse pocket door system is a complete system with a full timber lining (jamb) kit including dust brushes,
rubber bumpers and a recessed door post. A frameless, architrave free range is also available. For more information visit www.eclisse.co.uk. www.mclink.co.uk/960-164 ENQUIRY-Card 164
Promising start to 2016 for UK tradesmen DOORS & WINDOWS VEKA - Masterframe returns to Troon for a great view of the 17th! Following the precedent set by Royal Troon Golf Club's beautiful return to glory.
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2016 has got off to an encouraging start for UK tradespeople as they declare revenues are up, according to new research. Ironmonger Direct’s Annual Industry Review, which was compiled to gain a snapshot of the construction industry, found that 61% of trade professionals expect their business’s revenue to increase in 2016. When asked the reasons why, tradespeople stated it was because they already had a lot of work pre-booked for 2016, they are now witnessing an increase in enquiries and demand; and that the market and economy is strong, especially in the house-building sector. The majority of tradespeople said they were busy and as a result their job
waiting lists were getting longer. Only 11% said they could take on a job straight away, with 22% saying they would be able to start a job in 1-2 weeks, and 29% of tradespeople saying their waiting lists were around 3-4 weeks. 17% said their waiting lists were around 5-7 weeks and a large percentage, 21%, said they would be able to start a job in more than eight weeks’ time. To cope with the increase in demand, 24% of tradespeople said they expect to take on more staff and apprentices this year.
The report revealed that tradespeople are very optimistic about their work, with a significant 91% saying they expect 2016 will be a good year for business. What’s more, 91% also reported being very happy in their jobs. The study of 600 tradespeople, conducted by IronmongeryDirect, was undertaken to gain an insight into what the industry has been like for trade professionals in 2015 and what predictions this holds for the industry in 2016. Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: “It’s fantastic to see that 2016 has started out as a good year for tradespeople and that revenues are expected to increase even further. “With so many tradespeople expecting 2016 to be a positive year for business, we are focused on supporting them where we can. It’s really important that tradespeople are able to order and receive the products they need to complete a job quickly and easily. As a result, we have just introduced a seven-day a week delivery service so tradespeople can now receive goods on a Sunday, helping them to maximise their working week and be prepared for any job.” For more information visit http://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk /industry-review www.mclink.co.uk/960-165 ENQUIRY-Card 165
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Arches, Pinch Points & Cavity Walls An example where a preformed Type BA Barrier Arch may successfully protect
Rain blown against a cavity wall will gradually permeate the exterior masonry skin and gravitate downwardly. Where the cavity wall incorporates an arched opening, the downward flow is interrupted and water is prevented from permeating in and around the arch opening by a preformed DPC cavitray known as the Type BA (Barrier Arch). The cavitray is ready-shaped to match the opening design, and arrests the water that is then evacuated out of the structure via caviweeps, normally located both sides of the arch on the springing line - away from the opening itself. However, where a number of arches are linked or the distance between each arch is minimal, the discharge arrangement should be reviewed to prevent the usual water exit path flowing into a converging point â€“ commonly called a restricted point or pinch. A typical example where review is necessary is where arches rise off columns, mullions, piers or cavity walling where the cavity width reduces. The water needs to be managed so flow to pinch points is minimised. This is easily achieved by incorporating what is termed an Arresting Barrier. The Type Q Arresting Barrier invisibly reduces water-wash from cavity walling above a given feature or construction detail, and channels it to discharge away from its usual
gravitational path. By so doing the residual onward downward water flow is minimised before any feature or construction detail is reached. In the case of multiple arches, the shelter and evacuation benefit of a higher level barrier can commonly result in less than 15% of the original water volume actually reaching converging pinch points. Cavity Trays Ltd of Yeovil is the only UK cavity tray manufacturer awarded European Technical Approval. Water penetration and management advice is available free of charge under its Protecting the Building Envelope service. Cavity Trays Ltd Yeovil www.cavitytrays.com www.mclink.co.uk/960-500 ENQUIRY-Card 500
s Type BA barrier arches are offered in many styles & sizes.
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Nicobond Launch ScreedPro
Nicobond have introduced ScreedPro, a new high performance range of smoothing compounds for easy, efficient and effective levelling of the floor prior to applying the floor covering. Nicobond ScreedPro offers clients fast drying capabilities and exceptional handling characteristics, as well as high levels of flow compared with other manufactures’ offerings. The latest range has been developed by the experts at Nicobond, for use by professional flooring contractors across the UK. Our chemists have been successful in formulating a high performance range of products that can be used within commercial, industrial and domestic projects. Nicobond’s portfolio is vast and offers features such as rapid drying capabilities, OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) free formulations that are fast drying, giving walk on times as low as 30 minutes, with the ability to lay ceramic tiles only 45 minutes after application, the ideal solution for fast track projects. Many of our smoothing compounds are pumpable and are therefore used within large commercial projects in areas such as the retail and leisure industry. N&C Nicobond are manufacturers and distributors
Metsä Wood’s Plan B for Germany: Constructing the Reichstag from Wood
In the Plan B project, Metsä Wood explores the possibilities of wood by planning how to construct iconic buildings out of wood. The third case is the Reichstag, the home of the German parliament. The design was created together with Metsä Wood’s customer and partner, the leading German timber construction company FH Finnholz, specifically their construction engineer Andreas Rutschmann. “Wood construction is the ideal way to both battle climate change and house a growing urban population. As a large part of the German Parliament’s work is about environmental legislation, it really makes sense that its home is as sustainable as possible. It was great to hear that Plan B will be presented to the parliament’s department of Energy policy”, said Andreas Rutschmann. As the Reichstag is a combination of different styles, this historical www.mclink.co.uk/960-100 ENQUIRY-Card 100
Oscrete, Christeyns construction division, takes delivery of new super tanker Oscrete Construction Products, a division of Christeyns UK Ltd, has invested in a new multi-compartment tanker unit that is capable of carrying 30,000 litres. The tanker is currently on site at company’s head quarters in Bradford undergoing final testing and risk assessment checks and will be out on the road by mid April. This is the first tanker purchase for Oscrete and over £220k has been invested in this state of the art tanker and cab unit, which will be used to streamline its construction chemical deliveries. Currently the company carries out bulk deliveries using a standard rigid lorry. This new tanker will mean that Oscrete can offer a much quicker and more efficient service, which will also provide health and safety benefits for the driver and delivery teams. www.mclink.co.uk/960-101 ENQUIRY-Card 101
of high quality products since 1958, with over 40 years experience in the development and manufacture of high performance smoothing compounds and other flooring systems. Nicobond offer a lifetime warranty to all Nicobond products giving contractors the ultimate confidence in the quality and reliability of the products, used throughout the UK and exported worldwide. For more information, speak to your local branch by calling 0208 586 4600 or visiting www.nichollsandclarke.com. www.mclink.co.uk/960-503 ENQUIRY-Card 503
Wetherby Building Systems are proud to announce that they have gained BBA (British Board of Agrément) certification for External Wall Insulation onto Timber Framed buildings. Wetherby’s Epsitec system for sheathed Timber Framed buildings is suitable for new and existing domestic or nondomestic buildings up to four storeys in height. The certificate provides a range of insulation options to be used including; Wetherby’s Epsitherm (enhanced EPS), expanded polystyrene (EPS) and phenolic insulation. Epsitec rails are mechanically fixed to the sheathed substrate to create a cavity to protect the timber frame whilst ensuring the thermal benefits of the system are maintained. The reinforced basecoat and silicone render provides a flexible high impact finish, ideal for timber frame projects.
It’s Groundhog Day at Mobile Mini Company exclusively launches cost and energy efficient mobile welfare units Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable accommodation and secure storage containers, has strengthened its green credentials by launching a new range of industry-leading energy efficient mobile welfare units. The company, with a network of 16 branches across the country, is now offering its construction industry customers the new Groundhog GP360 Fusion unit - the most innovative, cost effective and environmentally efficient mobile welfare unit of its kind. The market leading Groundhog unit, manufactured by South Wales-based Genquip Groundhog, has been purpose built for sites without water or electricity connections and offers costeffective, robust and easy to use, antivandal site accommodation, while guaranteeing the lowest emissions and fuel consumption of any similar unit.
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50 Golden Years for Harrison Thompson & Co. Ltd Established in November 1966, family run company, Harrison Thompson & Co. Ltd. are celebrating 50 years of trading. Started by Peter Brumwell and partners the company initially offered a limited range of protection rails in a choice of just 2 colours - White and Charcoal Grey. Over the years Harrison Thompson has certainly evolved and now supply and install their market leading brand of Yeoman Shield wall and door protection in a choice of systems and an array of nearly 50 colours to health, education, retail and industrial buildings. Yeoman Rainguard was also created and joined the fold supplying high quality
rainwater systems into the selfbuild and construction sectors. With staff numbers now nearing 70, having reached a turnover of £8 million and with continually expanding product ranges, things have certainly changed over the years – apart from the ethics that lie at the very core of the company. “Family values have always been at the heart of our business,” explained Graeme Brumwell, Partner and director “and I believe that excellent quality of service, product and staff have been key to our company flourishing over the years and surviving the many downturns in the construction market along the way.” Harrison Thompson will be celebrating their golden year in
various ways in 2016, one being to pledge their support to employees who throughout the year are embarking on sponsored events for worthy causes. These include a team of ladies from the accounts department running the Race for Life, a solo ½ marathon runner from the export sales department and an Area Sales Manager running a 10K race over sand dunes all in aid of cancer charities. Harrison Thompson look forward to another prosperous year in 2016 and would like to thank staff and customers alike for their support over the last 50 years. www.mclink.co.uk/960-505 ENQUIRY-Card 505
New flexible waterproofing WETROOM SYSTEM from Instarmac WETROOM SYSTEM is the newest addition to both the UltraTile and Granfix premium tile adhesives and grout brands from the Instarmac Group. The product is a flexible waterproof coating for the protection of water sensitive backgrounds, ideal for use in wetrooms, domestic bathrooms, kitchens and showers. Wetrooms are very much an in vogue feature which offer a stylish and contemporary addition to the home increasing property value and creating space, not to mention, their practical commercial use in the health and social care sectors. The new Instarmac WETROOM SYSTEM can be used to prepare areas prior to tiling, waterproofing whilst providing strength and flexibility and still enabling tiles to adhere.
Wondertex launch new rapid setting filler and smoother.
New Aico 160e series smoke alarms installed by Red Kite
Finish in half the time with the new prem fill & finish rapid from Wondertex Wondertex the internal finishing brand from the Instarmac Group, has added this exciting new product to their jointing range. prem fill & finish rapid is a powder blend rapid setting filler and smoother designed for filling and finishing plasterboard joints and smoothing unwanted textured surfaces. The product has been specially formulated for plasterers and decorators as a multi-use, one product does all. prem fill & finish rapid offers a quick turnaround for plasterboard jointing, surface smoothing, repair and snagging work. What's more, prem fill & finish rapid can be applied to painted surfaces saving time, the most valuable resource of all contractors.
Red Kite Community Housing in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has specified Aico’s new 160e Series of mains powered smoke alarms for its entire housing stock of 6000 properties. Aico’s new 160e Series alarms are being used for the Grade D, LD2 installations – in compliance with BS 5839-6:2013, the British Standard for domestic smoke alarm installation. The LD2 Category requires alarms in escape routes and high risk areas to occupants. The alarms will be installed during Red Kite’s ongoing programme of electrical testing, which initially covers voids and mutual exchanges, and during major works such as kitchen and bathroom refurbishments.Heat alarms from the 160e Series alarms, Ei164e, are being fit into the kitchens and Optical alarms, Ei166e.
Popular Commercial Tap Range Extended and Enhanced A popular commercial tap range has undergone a major design and functionality overhaul to ensure modern water saving efficiency and design credentials are met. The ‘Performa’ range by leading plumbing and heating manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire has seen amendments to the classic design as well as the range extended to provide further options for commercial specifiers, plumbers and end users. “Our Performa range continues to be hugely popular in educational, healthcare, leisure and commercial settings and these new additions will only serve to reinforce its market position,” said Mike Johnson Taps and Washroom Manager Pegler Yorkshire.
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takes a stand on quality Industry-leading systems supplier The VEKA UK Group is celebrating another successful stint at the popular FIT Show in Telford. More than 8,502 people visited the show over the course of the three-day event, and the Burnley-based company had a steady stream of interested visitors to the expansive stand. The VEKA UK Group team were concepts, including a brand this stylish and innovative flush keen to demonstrate the new Slide & Swing Window and collection. quality of their products on the Door which both offer a host of One of the most exciting stand and allow customers to benefits such as: optional triple developments unveiled at this approach them for glazing, low U-values and year's FIT Show was the unique, #JustTheFacts about their concealed hardware - all new offering from Assure. many high-spec systems and without the need for additional Technical and Compliance Manager Austin Greene tooling. services. Representatives of the award- The complete Imagine suite explains: “As an official, trusted, winning company unveiled a was fitted on stand 150, for UKAS-accredited certification host of new products and customers to get to grips with body, Assure is unique in being
able to offer Certification Services direct to customers. “Assure Certification Services will be able to offer certification of windows, doors, glass units, CE Marking, SBD and more, and Assure membership is not a requirement. “VEKA and Halo fabricators will no longer need to pay to have each of their products type tested individually. Assure Certification Services will ‘cascade’ test data down and fabricators will only need to send one sample product for
physical testing per year. “This service makes the certification process simple and straightforward, potentially saving companies thousands of pounds on certification. “Understandably, this attracted a lot of interest at the show! We're looking forward to discussing the benefits with even more companies, of any profile system, in the coming months.” www.mclink.co.uk/960-509
Award-winning industry experts to judge inaugural Multi-Skill Competition Grand Final
Blue Diamond uses latest 3D scanning technology Blue Diamond uses latest 3D scanning technology to reverse-engineer metal and plastic components with complex curves and shapes Hampshire-based engineering company Blue Diamond Technologies is now using the latest 3D scanning technologies to extend its range of reverse-engineering services to cover non-rectilinear components that feature complex curves and shapes. Reverse engineering is a process used to reproduce a part where the customer is only able to provide an example of a finished component. Manufacturing companies would normally require engineering drawings and material specifications to enable a duplicate product to be manufactured. However, the reverse engineering techniques used by Blue Diamond enable an existing part to be replicated by capturing its physical dimensions and analysing the composition and properties of the materials used. www.mclink.co.uk/960-104 ENQUIRY-Card 104
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Dunlop – the pioneering manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts and decorating products – has announced the judging panel for the Grand Final of its MultiSkill Champion Competition 2016. Throughout the year, FE colleges providing the City & Guilds Construction Skills qualification (6219) have been invited to enter an outstanding individual to compete in the competition, with Dunlop supporting the college with training and materials. Twenty-five college winners from across the UK will converge at Dunlop’s state-of-the-art Innovation and Technology Centre on 16th June to compete in a series of decorating and tiling challenges to determine the Dunlop Multi-Skill Champion 2016.
Maximum benefits from MAXX With the new additions to the MAXX family, Delta Membrane Systems offer a range of products that bring to the market the most secure basement pumping systems for type C (cavity drain) waterproofing. Specifically designed for the basement waterproofing industry, MAXX technology takes an ‘intelligent’ approach in the design of the product range, resulting in optimum functionality, high levels of efficiency and ease of installation and service. Included in the range are the DMS270 for ground water and surface water
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Marmox Heraklith Panels help restore post war church Hundreds of square metres of thermoacoustic woodwool boards made by Heraklith and supplied by by Marmox have been employed in the restoration of a significant church building, located in East London, following weather damage. St. Paul’s Church, Bow Common has been described as the most significant church built in Britain since the Second World War, having been completed in 1960 to the designs of architect, Robert Maguire, along with interior designer, Keith Murray. The brick built structure with its geometric lantern light stands on a prominent site and is Grade II* listed. Having celebrated the 50th anniversary of its consecration in 2010 – a relatively short time-span in ecclesiastical terms – water ingress led to a sudden and serious collapse of some of the existing woodwool ceiling panels during 2013. www.mclink.co.uk/960-107 ENQUIRY-Card 107
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