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The sun shining down on us, a Bank Holiday weekend, a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc and reading the week-end supplements of a leading broadsheet - bliss. Into work mode for a second, I see the front page of one of the supplements is a commentary about a UK company urging Dublin to look at modular factory built homes as a solution to the housing crisis. For sure, this is not the first time this idea has been mooted, but given front page treatment in a broadsheet; I actually put down the refreshing glass and continue.

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Urban Splash is the UK company that made the splash across the page (sorry). The editorial details the benefits of offsite construction, potentials costs savings are explored. An interesting read!

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KCC ARCHITECTURAL PARTNER WITH TORMAX Tormax as a name may not be as well known with Irish architects as it is across Europe but it is far from a newcomer to the market - Tormax installed Europe’s first automatic door in 1951. Today Tormax has grown to become a leading manufacturer of automatic door systems worldwide with 16 Group companies and 500 distributors. They have selected KCC Architectural as their partner and official distributor in the Irish market which will serve as a valuable addition to the existing Automatics division of KCC Architectural across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Tormax automatic door systems are found in office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants, department stores, airports and train stations, on ships and in apartment buildings – in short, in hundreds of thousands of buildings around the world. In general, revolving doors are the automated entrance of choice in publicserving buildings where footfall is high and therefore a high quality, resilient product is required to withstand heavy usage, and also to allow for effective air or wind control, which can sometimes be an issue with automatic sliding or swing doors. Dan Kilpatrick, Sales Manager for KCC Architecturals Automatics division is working with Tormax in Ireland and says “What really appealed to us about Tormax is that the product solution can be customised to the project requirements. It fits in with our company ethos – we already provide tailored solutions across our main divisions that encompass everything from design through to installation and aftercare, so when we were looking for a revolving door solution to add to our portfolio, Tormax was the obvious choice.” While other brands have dominated the revolving door market on commercial projects, Tormax is emerging as the eagerly anticipated alternative, providing a high quality, cost-effective opponent to other market offerings. Speaking about the product benefits and features, Dan says “Our ambition is to provide streamlined complete solutions to clients, architects and main contractors alike, which we are able to do thanks to our wide product range and wealth of experience across all sectors. We can take a simple commercial building sketch, for example, and provide a full technical submittal with all

certification and back up documentation for automatics, fire glazing, steel doors, riser door systems, access control systems, movable walls, partitions, signage, door hardware and ironmongery. We also offer full service and maintenance support even after the project has been handed over to the client. We looked at numerous options before deciding on the Tormax brand. After careful research, we identified Tormax as being one of the main players in the European revolving door market, and knew it was the right fit for our portfolio.” In line with modern architectural design preferences for extremely minimalistic profiles, Tormax offers a ‘Light frame’ or ‘Full glass’ revolving door solution, whereby the drive/motor is concealed in the floor, in addition to the more traditional design with the motor in the canopy. The full glass model is particularly eye-catching as it operates without a centre column, offering complete transparency. The inclusion of iMotion drive technology allows for smooth acceleration and braking of the door leaves without any jolts. When asked about his expectations for Tormax, Dan says “We are well known for our automatics division and the addition of Tormax to our portfolio paired with the peace of mind that you’re still dealing with KCC, will be welcomed by existing and new clients alike.” KCC Architectural’s team in Ireland and Northern Ireland can assist with construction projects from initial design stage straight through to on-site installation. They are well known for their multi-divisional, ‘full package’ solutions and their efforts to simplify the lives of architects, contractors and designers through continuous product and service innovations and developments. www.planonline.ie

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BLENDING THE OLD WITH THE NEW Sheffield Hallam University is undergoing something of a transformation at the moment. A phased scheme of projects is revitalising the campus and creating a new aesthetic around the University, one which doesn’t undermine the existing buildings on campus but rather seamlessly blends the old with the new. Sheffield Hallam University's Faculty of Development and Society is one of the most recently completed projects on campus. A new build of approximately 9,500 sqm, the brief to Bond Bryan Architects was to create a landmark building that would encourage innovative forms of teaching and learning. The idea of context was extremely important with this project; the new build would sit within the Cultural Industries Quarter in Sheffield and adjacent to the Grade II* Listed Butcher Works. For the architects, it was crucial that the new Faculty of Development and Society would respond in an intelligent way to the heritage of the site while at the same time, creating something fresh and vibrant. The existing brick on the adjacent listed building was a key starting point for the architects when it came to the design. Bond Bryan decided to create a contemporary reflection of the brick on the listed building and utilised a pattern of projecting headers with single and double cant brickwork to create depth and address scale and massing. The Forterra Dark Multi Smooth brick was specified for its durability and robust qualities and also for its particular aesthetics which reflected the traditional red multibrick appearance of the adjacent heritage buildings.

Quite early in the process, Bond Ryan worked alongside Forterra to look at the various practicalities with the shapes that formed the patterned detailing. This helped the suppliers to manufacture the optimum bricks which would help to achieve the required appropriate distinction in the details. A notable feature of the brick is the single and double cant special shapes that form the diaper patterns. These are a slightly darker shade in order to pronounce the detail, a feature that was made possible by firing bricks independently in supplementary “shuttle” kilns away from the main “tunnel” kiln which fires the standard facing bricks.

The project’s brickwork is a key focal point of the new building, as is the atrium space which uses the trace of Brown Lane as an urban design driver and acts as a showcase and the social heart of the project. Two flexible teaching blocks have been positioned either side of the lane at a high level, opening out to showcase the educational and social facilities at ground level. The building was topped off with a unique roofscape and roof garden to reflect the historical significance of the site, thereby creating a ‘landmark’ within the city. Finally, the existing Arundel building has been linked to the proposed Charles Street building education departments via a bridge link. As part of a public art proposal discussed with the council, local interior designer Corin Mellor of David Mellor Design was approached to collaborate on the bridge design. The result is a stunning, highly effective concept that reflects the new and old of industry. The resultant building is one that integrates the old with the new without trying to conceal the merits of each while creating a binding theme through the entire project. "This project has been a labour of love for the whole design team and we believe the results speak for themselves. The opportunities provided by the building and the flexibility in teaching and learning methods available will undoubtedly enable the University to be at the forefront of education delivery for many years into the future,” said Matt Hutton, Lead Designer at Bond Bryan Architects.

For more information on the Dark Multi Smooth brick used on this project contact distributor Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks on 01 844 1200, email info@kcmb.ie or visit www.kcmb.ie. Alternatively, visit our showroom at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93.

Client: Sheffield Hallam University Architects: Bond Bryan Architects Contractor: Balfour Beatty Brick: Forterra Dark Multi Smooth


A FEAST FOR THE EYES - NEOLITH® ON THE MENU FOR PROFESSIONAL KITCHENS The dining out experience is thriving. With the restaurant industry expecting significant growth of 83 million more visits by 20191, it is vital for commercial kitchens to find a way of standing out from the competition. Performance is paramount, but as open plans and cookery schools grow in demand2, interior designers need to balance functionality with aesthetics, sometimes extending the diner experience into the kitchen. Worktops, splashbacks and even floors need to be able to handle the culinary tasks of every service, from breakfast through dinner; each spill, splash and smudge, every chop, whack and roll. However, they also need to embody a brand’s signature style and ethos. Achieving this balance,

Neolith®, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone surfaces, is becoming a top choice for commercial kitchen designers and fabricators. Particularly, they praise the material for its high degree of flexibility to create culinary interiors which deliver not only an enduring, resistant workspace but also beauty of form. It offers the assurance of long-term value and durability. Best served bold A culinary artist’s workspace is their studio. Light neutral colours provide an ideal blank canvas for broad strokes of vibrant red tomato sauce and emerald green accents of parsley. Visionary German chef, Holger Stromberg selected Neolith Arctic White for the kitchen worktops in his restaurant KUTCHiiN and flagship event space Campus Loft. Known for having an idiosyncratic style, Stromberg eludes labels, so it was important to incorporate a pure, simple and visually malleable surface that could take on any character that he might bring to it. Meanwhile in Milan, culinary maestro Alessandro Borghese employs Neolith Calacatta in his cosmopolitan restaurant Alessandro Borghese – Il lusso della


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semplicità. Specified for its hygienic and stain resistant qualities, he uses the elegant palette as more than a worktop, going a step further by plating his adventurous cuisine directly onto the surface. Instagrammable backdrops are in high demand and a delicately veined marble pattern never fails to deliver. Renowned French pastry chef Anne-Sophie Rischard specified Neolith Blanco Carrara to provide a flawless background for photographing and filming her delicate patisseries and baked confections. Functionally, a perfectly smooth polished finish improves the consistency and texture of her pastries, with incredibly low porosity ensuring an unblemished dough. Upon completion or between creations, flour can be easily wiped away. In line with the growing appetite for a career in hospitality, Neolith is seeing a blossoming interest in its surfaces in open kitchens and cookery schools. In settings frequented by the public, whether nonprofessionals, students or food aficionados, every detail must be carefully thought out to make a memorable impression. To achieve this, designers are looking to darker, inkier tones found in igneous rock. The depth and contrast offered by dusky, organic colours such as basalt, obsidian and soapstone, inspire adventurous choices, from monochromatic contrasts to visually bold worktops and kitchen islands. Neolith Basalt Grey was specified for The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, an open plan combination of a cookery school and restaurant. The fine-grained motif complements the streamlined design of the worktops. Affording a spacious, seamless surface for two students to work on comfortably, large format slabs have been expertly cut to deliver flawless fabrication and installation with sinks and appliances. While stainless steel is ubiquitous in the commercial sector, owing to its antibacterial quality and ease of cleaning3, it offers little aesthetic flexibility. Furthermore, the metal surface does not retain its sheen for long, being easily scratched. This is avoided with Sintered Stone. Neolith’s waterproof quality delivers a hygienic product, both impervious to chemicals and easy to sanitise, ideal for any cooking space. It also provides designers with incredible scope for creativity and personalisation to fashion a functional and beautiful kitchen.

Neolith’s patented NDD (Neolith Digital Design) technology has opened up more possibilities for chefs to explore and experiment with interior design trends in their workspace. The understated grandeur of natural sandstone, so popular in medieval European architecture, is becoming a popular choice for designers. While the genuine material is not waterproof and so is unsuitable for kitchen application, Neolith’s own Mirage offers an authentic interpretation with convincing, spontaneous and captivating graining combined with near-zero porosity, giving the rich, sand-inspired aesthetic access to a new domain: the culinary studio. Throughout 2017 Neolith also noticed an appreciation and increase in demand from both architects and specifiers for playful Terrazzo, alongside other retro stone patterns. This colourful design classic once so popular, from bank floors to DIY applications, is finding a fresh lease of life as a chic surface in the kitchen. Exciting motifs, once limited in their use, are now available, opening up fresh opportunities for designers to be as imaginative in the kitchen as they are in the dining room. ïïïKåÉçäáíÜKÅçã



MDF SHOPFRONTS FOR NEW CENTRAL LONDON DESIGN AND RETAIL HUB Yes, you read that correctly MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME (MTX) now adorns the shopfronts of over 30 high-end retail and design spaces at the new Eccleston Place hub near Victoria station, central London. However, it’s far from an ordinary MDF... When thinking ‘high-end’, opting for an engineered wood panel over a hardwood alternative may not seem like an obvious choice, but MTX’s exceptional finishing qualities match like-for-like with its hardwood peers. What’s the difference then? To name but one, MTX’s 50-year external usage guarantee will protect the shopfront from the London weather for years to come. It’s the customised shapes and designs embellishing the doorways of Eccleston Place that play an essential part in the feel of the development. In order to create that look, the

designers had to be sure that the timber solution they opted for was up to scratch, that’s why K & D Joinery chose MTX. “We discovered MTX when looking for a durable, weatherresistant, easy to work with, MDF material that matched our clients’ expectations,” said Alan Sheehy, Director at K & D Joinery. That’s not an easy set of criteria to match. “The quality of the finish on the units was clearly the most important part of this project due to its location and the potential clientele. We assessed a number of different options when it came to the material, but MTX came out on top. “The ability to finish the material to such a high standard means that we were satisfied it could serve as a suitable entryway to some of the leading, and up and coming brands, the capital has to offer. “The fact that the material is guaranteed externally for up to 50 years gives a sense of security to the project, knowing that we can rely on the product to hold its finish for years to come.

The increased interest in MTX comes as no surprise to Product Manager for MTX, Peter Clifton, but the way in which it is used continues to impress. “We’ve often supplied MTX for use on shopfront designs, but we’re now starting to see an increase of interest from designers dealing in more luxurious and exclusive circles,” comments Peter. “The panels unique weather resistant qualities along with its ease of customisation and high finish quality make it a dream for joiners and carpenters alike. When it comes to things like shopfronts, no project will be the same, so as a material manufacturer you need to create something that has additional qualities, but that remains easy to work with and looks the business; that’s what you get with MTX.” cçê=ãçêÉ=áåÑçêã~íáçå=çå=h=C=a=gçáåÉêó=~åÇ áíë=éêçàÉÅíëI=éäÉ~ëÉ=ëÉÉW ÜííéëWLLïïïKâ~åÇÇKçêÖLéêçàÉÅíëL=

KINGSPAN FIRE PERFORMANCE CPD SEMINAR – NEW DUBLIN DATES ANNOUNCED Fire Performance of Insulated Panel and Rainscreen Façade Systems Kingspan Insulated Panels is running a series of CPD workshops and webinars, focusing on the fire testing and real-life fire performance of external envelope systems. The learning objectives are: * The difference between metal faced LPCB approved PIR core insulated panel systems and site-assembled built-up systems including rainscreen. * Fire testing of insulated panels for life safety and asset protection. * Property insurance requirements and relevant Building Regulation requirements across the UK and Ireland. * The behaviours of LPCB approved PIR core insulated panels in real fire scenarios. To book your place at one of the June seminars in Belfast or Cork, or to register for an upcoming online webinar log on to www.kingspan.com

Contact Kingspan Insulated Panels for more information or to book a face-to-face workshop at your office via fireinfo@kingspanpanels.com



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