Design Buy Build - Issue 7 2014

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Design Buy Build Issue 7 2014




Quirke McNamara Consultancy & The Ice White House Project


TILT completes its first gallery/ restaurant on regent’s canal, haggerston



Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations planned for April 2014 have now been announced.



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Quirke McNamara The Ice White house project Hampstead was designed for a couple who wanted a Miami style look complete with illuminated palm trees in the garden. British Coatings Federation Ltd British Coatings Federation paint villages red with life-saving scheme Hörmann With increased demand for better insulation and better security, Hörmann is setting new standards with the introduction of two new entrance doors for 2014. RIBA Future Trends survey finds 90% of practices stable or growing Federation of Master Builders Builders give green deal must try harder report card TILT Architects TILT completes its first gallery/restaurant on Regent s Canal, Haggerston Ecobuild 2014 As Ecobuild gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, organiser UBM Live Built Environment, is delighted to announce some of the new plans for 2014. Leslie Jones Architecture New Landmark Market revatalises approach to high street regeneration MCRMA The MCRMA welcomes the changes to Part L of the Building Regulations planned for April 2014 which have now been announced. North East Architecture North East Architecture Practice to expand pioneering research facilities at Tracero s new UK Headquarters on Teesside Gradon Gateshead s Gradon Architecture has submitted its design proposals for 50 energy-efficient homes in Ulaanbaator

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he Ice White house project Hampstead was designed for a couple who wanted a Miami style look complete with illuminated palm trees in the garden. The client visits Miami twice a year and loves the pure white interiors and dramatic lighting schemes and he wanted a very white pure interior overall but with some dramatic areas such as the cinema room and master bathroom where blacks and dramatic velvets in blue were introduced. The clients also wanted a very dramatic lighting scheme so that the stark white interior could be warmed up in the evening or on a cold winter day. He also wanted a unique chandelier to highlight the helical bespoke dramatic staircase and wanted us to design something that really showed off the shape. QMC transformed this run down mock Tudor house into a contemporary state of the art modern dwelling. This was achieved by extending the property at ground level to form large open plan living


& garden, automated blinds, cinema room, load bearing pool cover, automated gates, mood light settings and automated sliding doors. QMC designed a lighting scheme to incorporate maximum mood & colour, which highlight the purist white of the interior. Colour changing LED’s, fibre optic star ceilings, Fibre optic bespoke chandeliers & feature lighting in the fish tank, swimming pool and garden take the internal mood lighting externally.

spaces and realigning the roof to create a magnificent master bedroom. The exterior of the house was detudored by recladding the walls in oak. The house has 5 bedrooms, a cinema room, external swimming pool, astro turf football pitch, feature garden, specialist AV & security system, poured resin floors & ensuites to all bathrooms. The interior of the house is enhanced by maximising daylight in the deep planned living & dining rooms by incorporating large glazed sections of roof and clear full sized sliding glass doors. The gas feature fire incorporating glass and pure white stone along with a purist bespoke corian kitchen and poured resin floors throughout create a unique minimal modernist space. The Dining room boasts a large feature fish tank, bespoke pewter dining table

and corian & crushed glass bar. As with all properties first impressions last and to ensure this happened QMC incorporated a bespoke helical stairs into the hallway with a glass floor overhead. A water wall was introduced to allow a view from the hall through to the back garden. The house is white throughout with the exception of a few key areas, which tend towards the dark side. These areas act as a deep contrast to the house as a whole. The main room that falls into this category is the cinema room, which is a cocoon where everything is blacked out. This sensory deprivation focuses you on the main purpose of the room. The entire house and the external areas are all connected to the central AV & Security control. Central audio throughout the house

To create the overall interior we used resin for the floors throughout in both white and black this gave a purist finish with no joints anywhere. We also worked with corian for the kitchen and stairs again allowing for a very sleek, pure look throughout. All the storage was bespoke designed and many units are floating to create a very modern feel in the space echoing the dramatic corian block kitchen. We designed a dramatic fireplace using white corian and white stones and glass to create a snug area where the clients could read and relax making sure that the glass allowed for the view to continue through to the swimming pool in the garden. The helical stairs is set off by the bespoke fibre optic chandelier where we played with the shape and the heights creating a drop chandelier with crystals attached casting glowing shimmery light across the hall. A water wall also allows a view through the living room to the garden below and side led lighting allows for changes of colour throughout the water. Pop art chairs and a dramatic bespoke wine room in vibrant pink add warmth to the overall sleek white space. The cinema room on the other hand we created in blacks and luxury velvets bespoke designing love seats and long banquette seating as well as fibreoptic star ceilings and colour changing fittings. The walls are textured black wallpaper and the floor a luxury black wool carpet the whole space being a sanctuary from everyday life where the clients can unwind in the evenings together. The client’s master bathroom has a massive egg shaped corian bath which we illuminated with fibre-optic set into the floor casting dramatic colours up the bath as well as creating a massive wet room area. Susan Quirke Managing Director Quirke McNamara Consultancy Interior Design, Lighting Design, Project Management

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Trotec Lasertaiment in hall south, stand B34 Digital printers, sign makers and display manufacturers meet in June at FESPA Digital in London. Trotec presents their laser systems to the interested audience in hall south stand B34: Trotec Laser Rempote, the first iOS App to control a flatbed laser, the revolutionary Speedy 300 flexx, and Speedy 500 and Speedy 400 with the i-cut® system. Speedy 400 and Speedy 500 with i-cut® i-Cut®, a vision based digital finishing system, is the perfect match for Trotec laser systems. Printed signs, displays or POS materials can be cut on an individual basis using laser technology and i-Cut®. Perfect finishing of both flexible and rigid materials such as acrylics, MDF, polyester, cardboard, paper and many more. Speedy 500 is the ideal CO2 laser cutting and engraving system for those who process large surface materials and need high speeds and precision. On its 1000 mm x 610 mm working area, the Speedy 400 offers room for standard material sizes. Trotec has developed a flexible table concept: Depending on the application, the ideal table can be selected and exchanged quickly and easily. The options are the table base, engraving table, cutting table, honeycomb table and the vacuum table. Maxximum flexxibility: Speedy 300 flexx With the Speedy 300 flexx Trotec released a unique laser system. For the first time a CO2 and a fiber laser source are integrated into one Speedy. This leads to multifaceted applications, freedom and flexibility for the customers. A CO2-laser source is perfect for engraving plastics, wood, rubber, glass, leather and many other materials. For engraving and marking metals and for achieving colour change on plastics a fiber laser is the proper tool. Depending on the material to be processed, either of the laser sources can be used. Use both laser sources in a single job without the need to manually change laser tubes, lenses or focus. Laser Remote App to control a flatbed laser The Laser Remote facilitates the overview of current jobs and the remaining laser engraving and cutting time for the operator. Thanks to the virtual working area, positioning of the laser is only a tap. Status messages on completed or pending jobs support an efficient workflow. Notifications about possible errors help to avoid production down-times and to reduce the reject rate. The App can be connected to a single machine or even several Speedys. With this intuitive operating concept, the Upper Austrian innovation leader Trotec is setting new standards for laser systems.

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Bathrooms & Washrooms Crisp, clean stone inspired tiles Solus Ceramics introduce the beautiful and inspiring Rawstone range, a porcelain stone-effect series of tiles that have been developed for both interior and exterior usage. The range, which is inspired by the wild and raw elegance of rural valleys, replicates the intricate and handsome tones and colours found in natural stone, and can be used to breath a sense of life and vitality into any space. Less rustic than traditional stone inspired tiles, the Rawstone range provides a more delicate aesthetic that allows the user to create clean, crisp and modern lines with a natural twist. Described as a minimalistic range, Rawstone is contemporary and chic and is available in a number of contemporary Nordic inspired colours from breezy and cool greys, to bright and luxurious beiges. As well as colour, Rawstone also provides creativity in the variety of sizes, from vast large-format pieces to realistic plank sized alternatives For more information visit our website or contact a member of our sales team. Alternatively visit The Creative Centre, Solus Ceramics’ brand new specification showroom based at 9 Baker Street in London. T: 0121 753 0777 E:

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Ceilings, Wall & Partitions

School Counts on Yeoman Shield Wall and Door Protection Maintenance staff at Ormesby School in Middlesbrough figured out that they could count on Yeoman Shield (the UK’s market leader in wall and door protection) to provide a long term solution to expensive and time consuming maintenance and re-decoration. Yellow Yeoman Shield FalmouthEx wall panels, which have a fine stippled surface for effectively ‘reducing’ unsightly scratches and abrasions, were installed in corridor areas along with complementary panels (in Yellow and Black) complete with inlaid room numbers to help guide pupils to their classrooms. The school’s site manager, explained: “Rather than embark on a costly repainting programme, we decided to use Yeoman Shield products.” For further details on Yeoman Shield products… Tel 0113 279 5854 or visit Email

Create impressive façades with SL52 curtain walling system from AluK Curtain walling systems from AluK (GB) enable specifiers to create façades that enhance the building's aesthetics whilst maintaining the performance and functionality required to meet and exceed current standards. Thermally broken, the SL52 curtain walling system is a high performance solution designed to offer flexibility in specification and installation. A complete range of configurations and options are available, including a wide selection of cap designs, incorporation offixed lights, opening vents and an extensive range of doors. AluK offers the ability to download a complete range of CAD files and BIM components for its products, helping specifiers to make the right choice. For further information visit:

Fully-glazed frameless partitioning system from SAS International SAS International’s new System 8000 fully-glazed, frameless partitioning system allows seamless integration with glass into drywall, as well as with suspended ceiling systems. To overcome the design challenge of blending glass with drywall partitions, System 8000 creates a fully integrated appearance using a range of aluminium pocket drywall trims enabling glass elevations to flow into solid with ease. This partitioning system provides up to 49dB acoustic performance, up to 60 minutes fire performance and severe structural performance. For further information on SAS International’s products Tel: 0118 929 0900 Email: or visit:

New ceilings guide from Armstrong helps specifiers see the wood for the trees

Armstrong Ceilings’ new wood brochure covers a multitude of systems has been launched by Armstrong Ceilings.

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The new brochure has been introduced to help architects and interior designers select from an extensive range of statement tiles and systems designed to combine a natural and luxurious look and feel with high-performance building linings. But as well as detailing the many products and systems available it also advises them on the support services available and how the systems are best installed. The new brochure details the wood styles available - veneer, where real wood gives a particularly prestigious, high-class solution; laminate, for a durable and more affordable option, and even wood-effect lightweight metal which combines the aesthetics of natural wood with lighter weight and the ability to be installed in areas with higher humidity. All the real wood systems are manufactured from the highest-quality MDF derived from natural woods specially selected to contain no allergic ingredients. The company can also supply a range of timber-certified woods. All surface finishes are protected for long life using solvent-free lacquers. As well as meeting aesthetic requirements, the wood systems also perform acoustically, the perforation options in the veneer range, which are available in circular or grooved holes, backed by an acoustic fleece, achieving up to 0.70 αw.

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Coatings, Sealants & Paints

GET CREATIV WITH OSMO! Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, has combined creative design and perfect protection to create Wood Wax Finish Creativ. Not only does this product offer visual enhancement, but also a finish that maintains the natural characteristics of your wood. With fashions and personal tastes constantly changing, wooden flooring can often become out-of-date or appear to be in bad condition. Osmo’s Wood Wax Finish line can help solve these problems and allow homeowners to add a personal touch to their flooring. It can be used as either a transparent or opaque finish for interior application and with a choice of eight attractive colours that can be mixed together, an inspiring variation of shades and intensity can be created. Wood Wax Finish Creativ should not be used on varnished wood, but is perfect for use on oiled and stained flooring. For stockist details and more information on Osmo call Osmo UK: 01296 481220 or visit

ISO-Chemie tape seals it at award winning college

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ISO-Chemie's high performance expanding foam tape is providing high performance airtight, acoustic and thermal interior and exterior sealing at an award winning school in Bath. The Nucleus building teaching block at the Hayesfield Girls' School, which features ISO BLOCO One tape, has gained the coveted Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage. The awards recognise environmental best practice around the world, and are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies. The tape provides a seal between the ModCell® straw-filled, cassette-style prefabricated panels used in the construction of the school's two storey 1,200 sq m Nucleus building.

The New Grout Shield Restoration System™ is a revolutionary new way to clean and restore old grout, making any tiled area look brand new again. Grout Shield recolours and seals grout so that it is no longer porous and therefore protects it from future stains, mould and mildew, making it extremely easy to clean and maintain. Grout Shield offers a new and better third alternative clean, restored and sealed grout, that looks great, stays clean, protects from mould and what’s more, is easy to do. Grout Shield Colour Seal is an acrylic resin containing a modified polyurethane sealant which chemically bonds with existing grout to form a professional, durable and uperior finish. It comes in four colours (white, off white, beige and grey) allowing the option to restore the original colour or change it.

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Bank is Fully Protected by Remmers

The facade of a Grade 1 listed, four storey high building in London required extensive stone and concrete restoration. Concrete & Corrosion Consultancy Practice was appointed as technical project managers for the refurbishment works.

Repairs were carried out using Betofix R2, a high build, fast curing concrete repair mortar. Remmers Restoration Mortar was also selected for its ideal restoration and reprofiling properties for masonry as well as ornamental building elements. Finally, Remmers Elastoflex Facade Paint was applied for its excellent anticarbonation characteristics, resistance to weathering and crack bridging ability. Remmers (UK) Limited Tel: 0845 373 0103 Web:

Laminates Help TV Creators Create

High Pressure Laminate from Abet Laminati has been used to furnish the Media Café in the newly refurbished BBC Broadcasting House in central London. Designed by HOK architects, this popular eating and social area, with a window onto the BBC Newsroom, has been equipped with a range of furniture created by London designer James Burleigh. The furniture is clad with easy maintenance laminate surfaces using a mix of different options from Abet’s Colours range. Manufactured in 0.9mm thickness and in large 3050mm x 1300mm sheets sizes, the Colours range is a popular choice for surfacing both static equipment and moveable furniture, such as tables. With over 130 different shades and patterns available, designers have an impressive range of colours from which to choose together with complementing shades and tones which facilitate subtle contrasts and design. As with all the finishes from Abet Laminati, the Colours range meets or exceeds all European and British performance standards for resistance to wear, heat, moisture, impact and scratching. The laminates are widely used in situations where high quality performance and design are carefully crafted together to create an attractive visual experience. Samples and technical literature are available from Abet Ltd's sample line on tel: 020 7473 6915 or visit

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The ornate stone and cornice banding of the facade were being corroded through excessive weathering. Remmers protective coating systems were chosen to meet the highly demanding specification and multiple facade finishes including Limestone.

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British Coatings Federation ‘paint villages red’ with liFe-saving sCheme The British Coatings Federation (BCF) is partnering with BT and the Community HeartBeat Trust in a new nationwide scheme to install life-saving defibrillators in rural phone boxes.


ong Wittenham in Oxfordshire was the first village in the UK to have its red phone box refurbished under the scheme, courtesy of free paint from British Coatings Federation member HMG Paints. The local Parish Council took advantage of BT’s ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme and adopted their iconic red phone box for just £1. With 50% funding from the Parish Council and 50% raised from villagers, it took no time at all to raise the £2,000 necessary to install the defibrillator, which can deliver vital medical treatment in the first crucial minutes following a cardiac arrest. BCF Members

the next five years, we’re aiming to encourage the UK’s rural communities to install a defibrillator in their local phone box, with the aim to create a national network of two and half thousand defibrillators.” Following a cardiac arrest the chances of survival drop dramatically every minute. The UK Resuscitation Council recommends that a defibrillator should be available when medical treatment is more than five minutes away, which would include most rural locations in the UK.

AkzoNobel Decorative Coatings, Craig & Rose, Crown Paints, Firwood Paints, Indestructible Paints, James Briggs, Manor Coatings, PPG Architectural Coatings, Pronto Industrial Paints, Sherwin-Williams, Tor Coatings and Valspar will provide free paint to renovate the phone boxes prior to conversion to a defibrillator, and BCF Associate Member Fenton Packaging will be giving free paint cans to the paint manufacturers.

Inside the phone box, in place of the telephone unit, the defibrillator is housed in a lockable steel box. When someone calls 999, they will be told there is a defibrillator in the local phone box, and will be given the code to open the box. Once the electrode pads are attached to a casualty, the defibrillator will identify if a ‘shock’ is needed and will instruct the rescuer using step-by-step voice instructions.

Richard Schofield, of Community HeartBeat Trust, who had the original idea behind the scheme, said: “There are thousands of phone boxes in rural locations throughout the UK, and many of them are sitting idle. Over

The British Coatings Federation’s members will provide a paint system of undercoat and traditional red topcoat (worth £75) to every local community that installs a defibrillator in their phone box. Tom Bowtell, Chief Executive Officer of the British

Coatings Federation said: “We are so proud to be involved in this ground-breaking scheme in partnership with BT and the Community HeartBeat Trust. Together we will continue to encourage local communities to make a difference to the emergency service response provided to rural parts of the country.” Whilst the British Coatings Federation will provide the paint system that will revitalise the kiosk, BT will take on board the cost of maintaining the electricity supply to the phone boxes, so the equipment will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mark Johnson, Head of the Street Payphone Business at BT said: “We launched the Adopt a Kiosk scheme because the red telephone box is a significant part of our national heritage. We’re pleased to support this worthwhile project that will not only help to continue the legacy of the red kiosk, but crucially will provide local communities with such a beneficial and lifesaving function.” BT’s web page http://www. kiosk/HTML/payphone/index. htm is a good place to start for any Parish Councils considering the scheme.

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Doors, Windows & Fittings

Geze in the Spotlight at Birmingham City University The UK’s leading manufacturer of door and window control technology, GEZE UK, is ready for its close up with its latest project. At the heart of Birmingham’s regenerated Eastside district, Birmingham City University has opened the Parkside Building, a stunning new addition to the city centre campus. It provides teaching and learning space for media and design students including a state-of-the-art television centre. GEZE UK has provided the automatic doors on the main entrance lobby for this prestigious development. The Slimdrive SL automatic sliding doors were chosen for the entrance lobby primarily because the very low profile height of 7cm enables almost invisible integration into the facade. The overall effect is one of maximum light and space in the impressive atrium while creating a lobby area that minimises heat loss – essential for the building to meet its low energy targets. For further information visit :

Steel Window Association Confirms Fire Safety

Are Your Fire Doors Up To Scratch?

Always seeking to ensure that steel windows are up to date when it comes to meeting relevant safety and other regulatory requirements, the Steel Window Association (SWA) has had the fire performance of the systems revalidated under current European law. As a result a new five year approval has been confirmed for the F Range, W20 and W40 steel profiles by the independent and highly respected Exova Warringtonfire centre, and passed several vigorous and exacting fire integrity test to maintain the coveted BS fire ratings. The review of the assessment report referenced WFRC No. C118420 concluded that the data used in the original appraisal has been re-examined and found to be satisfactory.’ Additionally, the re-appraisal of the original testing – Fire Test Study Group Resolution 64A: 1993 - ensures that the testing methodology meets the revised requirements of Resolution 82: 2001.

If they are Vicaima 3rd party accredited and audited, then the answer is yes. However, if they are not, then it is worth checking the credentials and fitness for purpose of the door or doors in question. Fire doors play a crucial role in both public buildings and private dwellings in saving lives and reducing risk to property. It’s therefore vital that only accredited and audited fire doors are specified and fitted, but the selection of the right door isn’t always easy. Different manufacturers publish different test results which makes it difficult to compare like for like – so how does a specifier know what’s right? All Vicaima fire doors are identified with two key marks. Firstly with a tamper evident and fully traceable BWFCertifire label which guarantees 3rd party accreditation and audit. Secondly, the door will also carry a BM TRADA plug. For more details about Vicaima fire doors, and other door products call 01793 532333 or simply visit: and select brochures.

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Doors, Windows & Fittings

Bristol University Continues to Trust HAG for their Automatic Doors, Servicing and Repairs Since 2010, HAG have been supplying, servicing and maintaining the prestigious University of Bristol’s automatic doors. The University required high quality automatic doors that met with the new regulations of EN16005 and complied with The Equality Act 2010 to be used by over 19,000 students. Needing doors that allowed for easy access to university premises, yet also maintained security and safety, Bristol University choose to have AS sliding range & AW Swing Range in automatic doors from HAG’s product portfolio.

The VEKA Group Puts Education In the Frame The VEKA UK Group has unveiled a new brochure dedicated to the education market, detailing the many products and services available to specifiers and decision makers within this sector. The Group has a strong, long-standing presence in the education field and this new brochure demonstrates a wealth of experience in designing and specifying for education. Featuring a detailed introduction to The VEKA UK Group, the document goes on to outline the wide range of VEKA and Halo products suited to education buildings. VEKA

Due to the doors being in constant use, the University requires HAG to provide continual service and maintenance that ensures that they Health and Safety Act 1974 Regulation 18(2)(B) and are fit for use.

Sales and Marketing Director Cohn Torley explains: "As well as detailing all relevant products and accreditations, the new brochure also explains the support services available to education clients, including: energy saving calculations for anticipated fuel savings, a full design, specificationand consultation service - to name but a few.

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Leading hinge manufacturer SIMONSWERK showcased the latest developments in its comprehensive hinge portfolio at the recent 100% Design Exhibition. These included the new TECTUS TE 526 & 527 3D fully concealed hinges for flush commercial doors which have achieved fire testing certification to 60mins from Warrington Exova, the benchmark for products used in safety critical applications such as fire doors. These fire-rated hinges will carry door weights up to 120kg and, as with all TECTUS hinges, are 3D adjustable, have an opening angle up to 180° and are maintenance free. Also on show were the increasingly popular CE marked TRITECH fire rated solid brass hinge with concealed


bearings, 25 year performance guarantee and a new PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) finish. These corrosion resistant PVD coated hinges maintain their original good looks, can stand up to the most aggressive conditions, have high temperature resilience, good impact strength and excellent abrasion resistance.

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Raising the Bar 0n Composite Windows Uniform Architectural has just published a new brochure for its uni_one composite windows. The combination of style with the highest quality engineering makes the uni_one composite window a popular and versatile choice for both domestic and commercial projects – creating new standards of excellence. The double or triple glazed uni_one windows are notable for their high thermal and acoustic efficiency, offering users both energy savings and noise protection. They effortlessly integrate into a building with numerous customisation options available, enabling users to achieve continuity with any architectural character, style or period. Uniform Architectural uni_one windows can achieve all three standards of Climate House ‘A’ and ‘B’ low energy categories and Climate House ‘Gold’ ultra low energy, and even meet the Passiv Haus standard of below 0.8 W/m2K where required. Copies of the new uni_one brochures and further information is available at:

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Hormann – setting new standards With increased demand for better insulation and better security, Hörmann is setting new standards with the introduction of two new entrance doors for 2014.


The ThermoSafe and ThermoCarbon represent a new generation of highinsulation entrance doors, designed for low energy homes and housing developments. Impressive thermal and acoustic insulation plus high security, are key features of these aluminium entrance doors. The ThermoSafe features a 73mm thick door leaf with a rigid, CFC free, PU foam infill and an aluminium sub-frame with thermal break, which gives an excellent thermal u-value as low as 0.8 W/m2K. Triple glazed panels with shatterproof safety glass, on the inside and outside, help maintain the high level of insulation when these options are chosen. For the ultimate in insulation, the ThermoCarbon door marries a reinforced carbon fibre subframe

Good looking doors that can meet all your requirements. with solid PU foam in a 100mm thick door leaf, to produce an entrance door with a U-value of only 0.47 W/ m2K. Quadruple glazed panels help to maintain this ground-breaking level. This door also comes with 9-point locking and hidden hinges as standard. These two new doors follow hot on the heels of the ThermoPro Plus steel faced entrance door, which with a Thermal U-value of only 1.0 W/m2K, is yet another high performance choice from the Hörmann range. This door has a 65mm thick steel door

leaf, that utilises the same rigid foam infill for both strength and improved thermal performance. A composite frame adds to the thermal integrity of the door-set, since it offers an improved thermal break. All Hörmann entrance doors are highly secure, thanks to multipoint locking, conical swing bolts, security bolts and lock bolts that pull the doors tightly shut. From the entry level ThermoPro doors to the ThermoCarbon door, precision engineering delivers good looking doors that can meet all your requirements. Matching side elements and transom lights can also be selected to create the perfect entrance. Similarly, the Hörmann garage door range benefits from the same attention to detail that adds real value to any home or project. The extensive range includes a wide selection of matching garage and entrance door combinations that can give a home a dramatic face-lift or create a coordinated style statement for a new development. From traditional up-and-over to roller and sectional doors, including new side sliding sectionals Hörmann can offer the right choice to meet any need. With insulation and security now highly important features for many people, Hörmann sectional garage doors are able to offer the best of all worlds.


ThermoCarbon Entrance door with matching Sectional garage door

Insulated and solid timber versions, when fitted with the latest BiSecur ProMatic or SupraMatic operators, are the first doors of this type to gain Police approved Secured by Design accreditation. A choice of insulation levels can also be selected without compromising styling options. Bespoke timber doors and an openfor-infill option, that can be clad in almost any material of your choice, compliment a wide range of standard colours and finishes. If head-room is limited the HST side sliding door offers similar convenience and benefits. Precise door travel, on twin rollers, helps to make this door easy to operate, even if the manual option is chosen. Finger trap protection, double automatic safety cut out, mechanical locking and a unique wicket door function add to the practicality and style this door offers. If interior space is limited the Hörmann RollMatic is recognised as the safest and best roller door on the market. Unlike other roller doors, the RollMatic is supplied with a barrel casing as standard and also features Hörmann’s patented tension spring technology. This not only makes the door operate smoothly and effortlessly but also prevents the door closing suddenly even when operated manually. A significant benefit of this technology is that, in the event of a power failure, the Hörmann RollMatic


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Hörmann designer handsets


HST side sliding sectional

can be operated easily by hand without the need for a cumbersome crank handle. As well as safety, longevity and aesthetic appeal are part of the design package. Matching frames and fascias are supplied in the same colours as the door, which is available in 9 standard colours plus both Golden Oak and Rosewood Decograin finishes. Up-and-over doors benefit from the same precision engineering making them smoother and easier to use, adding to their longevity and all round value for money. Both canopy and retractable variants are produced in a comprehensive range of styles, colours and finishes. As with the sectional door, the retractable can also be supplied as an open-for-infill frame which can be finished in a material of your choice. Style and convenience is not limited to the doors themselves. Hörmann Series 3 ProMatic and SupraMatic automatic operators also feature enhanced security with the unique BiSecur radio control system. This two-way system creates a more reliable signal that operates over longer distances and

with the same 128 bit encryption as used for online banking, heightens security. Another benefit of the system is that it includes a remote status query. A simple push of a button will tell you whether an out of sight door is open or closed. Designer handsets have been created for use with the BiSecur system, including a colourful range of HSE2, key ring sized operators. As well as the standard black or white high-gloss finish that replicates piano lacquer, 11 additional finishes have been developed for this elegant device. Five vivid block colours – green, violet, yellow, red and orange – and four stylish, root-wood look options are offered alongside a brushed aluminium style finish and a carbon fibre effect design. The Hörmann range offers choices that can satisfy both the heart and the mind. High quality precision engineering is matched to a design ethos which means that as well as styling options to suit any home or project, the range is also setting new standards in terms of security and insulation.

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Doors, Windows & Fittings


Are there enough homes for the ageing population?

Eurocell Showcases First Fully Integrated Window System at Ecobuild

Internorm Windows UK: Stand S710 Taking Sustainability Even Further

A recent project by Demos*, ‘Top of the Ladder’, has indicated that there is a shortage of housing for the older generation with 3.5 million people aged over 60 wishing to buy retirement property, but only 100,000 suitable homes exist. Andrew Royle, UK Commercial Director at P C Henderson comments on considerations to help answer demand, whether new build or for refurbishment projects. “Choosing the right fixtures and fittings, such as sliding door systems, can help houses meet the needs of the ageing population and help answer increasing demand.” Versatile and silent in use, the Husky 50kg and 100kg sliding door systems are ideal for use as room dividers as well as for wardrobe doors, freeing up valuable space in a room. It also allows for a maximum door width of 1250mm, allowing ease of access for wheelchair users and those who require assistance moving around the home. For further information visit:

Eurocell will be inspiring visitors at this year’s Ecobuild with Modus®, the UK’s first fully integrated door and window system, available with three stunning sash design options. All three sash options will be showcased on stand N150, including slim rebate and fully flush casement window versions, which provide a much wider range of design aesthetics and exceptional value for money compared to aluminium and timber products. In addition, there will be a standard sash casement model on display to illustrate how Modus® is an aesthetically superior solution. Modus® offers no fewer than nine solid and woodgrain effect colours as standard and a further 40+ solid and woodgrain effect finishes to special order, in addition to the four options offered in the Architectural Range. If you are looking for inspirational ideas visit stand N510 at Ecobuild – 4-6 March 2014, ExCel London. Email: or call: 0800 988 3049

At this year’s Ecobuild, Internorm will be offering visitors to its stand, including housebuilders, self builders, local authority specifiers and architects, one of the widest range of Passivhaus and low energy windows and doors on offer. Visitors should also look out for the company’s exciting range of new products, which will be launched at the show. With product’s offering exceptional technical qualities combined with superior energy, acoustic and security performance, Internorm is Europe’s leading brand for windows and doors. The company’s extensive offering includes UPVC, and UPVC/aluminium windows, in addition to timber/aluminium windows. What’s more, the company is the only window manufacturer in Europe with nine Passivhaus certified components. For further information on Internorm’s products and service, visit,

project aims to set a new quality benchmark for affordable housing in Central London. Reynaers challenge was therefore to match the treatment of each building’s rigorously ordered façades, doing so with high quality aluminium materials and careful detailing,” said Paul Duffy, Sales Director of Reynaers Aluminium. Both the slimline CS 38-SL and ES 50 window systems are already specified by many architects on commercial and residential buildings, both new and redeveloped. Reynaers CS 38-SL’s narrow structural elements make it a dynamic choice. The slim sightlines of the transoms and mullions were ideally suited for the R4 and R5 buildings’ forward thinking designs, operations, details and finishes. Paul Duffy added: “Our aluminium window system designs with thermal breaks mean that large windows no longer equal cold rooms – providing the utmost elegance, elevated strength and energy efficiency all from a sustainable material.”



luminium window solutions by Reynaers are bringing aestheticallypleasing designs, innovative structures, strength and optimised energy efficiency to two new residential housing blocks in King’s Cross Central. The new buildings are part of an affordable housing scheme in one of the most significant sites of development and regeneration in Central London. Each high-density block’s design includes outdoor communal spaces, roof gardens and balconies to create a sense of community for residents. Rubicon Court by PRP architects was the first completed building, with 117 mixed tenure spaces above approximately 600 m² of street

level space for commercial premises and shops. The neighbouring block comprises Saxon Court and Roseberry Mansions by Maccreanor Lavington Architects, a cohesive urban block of 220 homes built around a shared courtyard. Optimised aluminium technologies The new buildings are equipped with two particular aluminium window systems by Reynaers: CS 38-SL and ES 50. Each system was chosen for its strength, insulation qualities and narrow structural elements, and was fabricated and installed by Red Architectural. The windows allow in maximum levels of natural light, which can especially complement the homes with dual aspect views and stunning vistas of London from the upper floors. “The exciting King’s Cross Central


New residential housing block in King’s Cross Central, London


Reynaers bring optimised energy efficiency with aluminium window solutions

Improved living standards Thermal insulation properties for each building’s window systems were a crucial consideration. All residences in R4 and R5 connect to the district heating network for high insulation and ventilation – and it was vital that the installed window systems enhanced this. Reynaers aluminium window systems solutions address these challenges with optimised thermal ratings. Reynaers ES 50 and CS 38-SL meet the latest insulation requirements, the latter being a thermally improved, three chamber energy-efficient system. The thermal breaks – sandwiched between each frame’s exterior and interior – is made from polyamide which prevents heat loss through the frame. “Reynaers dedication to aesthetically pleasing design, combined with flexibility and high energy efficient properties, perfectly matches Camden Council’s goal to enhance and improve standards of affordable living for King’s Cross residents. “Our aluminium and window technologies continue to evolve – and we are proud to play such a key role in the King’s Cross Central development master plan,” said Paul Duffy. For full details contact: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, Fax: 0121 421 9797 or email:

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School “Delighted” with Yeoman RainGuard Applefields School in York, has transformed its appearance by replacing old and damaged plastic rainwater goods with Yeoman Rainguard Aluminium gutters and pipes. With an attractive black textured finish, the 150 x 100 MOG gutters and 100 x 75mm downpipes have created a smart, professional appearance. “We are absolutely delighted with the way it looks,” enthused Tony. The XL Aluminium range allows it to be successfully incorporated on both traditional and modern buildings. Strong aesthetic qualities, ease of installation and value for money make it equally popular for many different applications such as schools, churches, supermarkets, offices and retail outlets. For further details on Yeoman Rainguard products visit: or email

Rainharvesting Systems Ltd. devised and supplied the rainwater harvesting scheme on a social housing development

The inclusion of the rainwater harvesting enabled the client, Cottsway Housing Association, to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The system is designed around a single 18,000-litre tank supplying all 13 properties on the site. The harvested water is pumped to a small individual header tank in each dwelling. The header tanks are designed to always take water from the rainwater store as long as it is available, but will then automatically revert to running from mains water if needed. The central controls for the system are securely housed within an external, insulated and lockable enclosure and run from the landlords’ power supply. This provides an ideal solution for such a situation, as each property has its own independent back-up from the mains water supply, the header tanks require no power, and the controls are tamper-proof. For further information visit –

Alutec’s Bim Expertise at Ecobuild 2014 Located on stand S1711 at this year’s Ecobuild, Alutec, the UK’s leading supplier of aluminium rainwater systems, will be highlighting its new range of BIM files, as well as showcasing the latest addition to the Tudor collection of downpipes. Alutec is the only aluminium rainwater system manufacturer to launch a comprehensive range of BIM (Building Information Modelling) components and systems, which have been designed in partnership with Bimstore – the UK’s leading manufacturer specific BIM library. BIM is a data rich 3D model of a building, which allows all those involved in the construction process to work from the same coordinated, highly detailed and consistent plan. At the heart of BIM are ‘objects’ – digital representations of the component parts of the building. Throughout the three days of Ecobuild, Alutec will be holding live presentations on its stand about BIM and visitors can find out more about Alutec’s BIM offering. For more information visit:

Inta ups the anti with tamper proof by-pass valves

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Inta is continuing to expand on the success of its heating and plumbing range with the introduction of a new anti-tamper by-pass valve. The new product, which follows on from Inta’s original bestselling by-pass valve, has been designed in response to installers’ concerns that homeowners and those without sufficient plumbing know-how can too easily adjust the position and settings on regular by-pass Valves. Inta’s anti-tamper version is, like the original, compact and easy to fit, but features a unique transparent cap which is retained by a grub screw to ensure that end users cannot inadvertently change the system set up after the initial commissioning has taken place. Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, said: “We always strive to make effective, high quality products that are convenient for plumbers to use. Our new by-pass valve provides a resolution to the common complaint that a plumbers hard work can be undone when amateur fingers come into contact with installations.


“This commitment to listening to the needs of our customers in order to improve a product’s performance is evident across the whole plumbing and heating range and we encourage feedback that can help inform its development.” The anti-tamper by-pass valve automatically stabilises flow rate when circulating pressures begin to rise in systems where thermostatic radiator valves are installed. This helps to prevent the pump pumping against a closed head and improves the efficiency of the boiler as well as increasing the useful lifespan of system components. Inta’s anti-tamper by pass valves are available as 22mm compression fitting in both a straight and angled variant to suit any installation. For more information on Inta’s plumbing and heating collection visit –000 or call 01889 272 180


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With the wondervalve the savings keep adding up! It’s amazing how with a wondervalve instead of an ordinary isolation valve you can save money on the simple things you do everyday. To see exactly how the savings add up visit

*Savings are based on comparing an unregulated flow rate (ltr/min) and usage in minutes, in a household of 4, versus a regulated flow rate (ltr/min) . For a wash basin these were: 4 minutes with an unregulated flow rate of 10ltr/min compared with an regulated flow rate of 4ltr/min. For a sink these were: 3 minutes with an unregulated flow rate of 12ltr/min compared with a regulated flow rate of 6ltr/min. For a shower these were: 8 minutes with an unregulated flow rate of 15ltr/min compared with a regulated flow rate of 8ltr/min. Water is at an average cost of £2.73 per 1000 ltr for the supply and gas £4.64 per 1kWh . These costs were accurate as of November 2013. A full and detailed account of how savings are calculated can be found on the

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Ancon focuses on low energy solutions for Ecobuild 2014. Visit Stand Number N1120

CB Solutions Receive Business of the Year Award

Ancon, the UK’s leading manufacturer of stainless steel masonry support and restraint fixings, is to team-up with the country’s largest brick manufacturer, Ibstock, to present a range of sustainable and low energy construction solutions at Ecobuild exhibition 4-6th March 2014, ExCeL. Due to be launched at the show is a new version of the company’s ground-breaking ultra-low thermal conductivity TeploTie which features a stainless steel L-shaped upstand for connecting to steel, concrete or timber frames. This new tie will be displayed alongside the original TeploTie and other stainless steel wire ties from the company’s extensive range of thermally efficient cavity wall ties. Also on show will be Ancon’s range of thermally insulated connectors, designed to maintain structural integrity while minimising heat loss at balcony locations. For further information call 0114 275 5224 or visit:

The Parkside Group Ltd are delighted to announce CB Solutions one of their nationwide approved fabricators have been awarded the Medium/Large Business of the Year Award by The Bridlington & Yorkshire Coast Chamber of Commerce. CB Solutions offer a wide range of products which includes Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems and Alu-Timber. CB Solutions have over 28 years experience in construction and working with its associates who include the MPBA and the British Wood Working Federation. CB Solutions are also an accredited ISO 9001:2000 company . CB Solutions, Managing Director, Chris Burrell was overwhelmed to win this award. He stated “It is a real team effort at CB, every member of staff works to the bone and I was delighted that we won as the team have really worked hard for it. Email:

Louvretec UK are pleased to announce their arrival in the UK Offering a new generation of controllable living space a Louvretec opening roof delivers protection from sun and rain. At the press of a button on the wireless remote control, the louvres of the roof can be completely closed to provide a waterproof solid roof or rotated through a full 180 degrees to follow the sun. You can now shape your shade to perfection. Make the most of the outdoors and create an outdoor living room with perhaps a fireplace and seating that will not be spoilt by a change in the weather. For further details Email: Tel: 0335 9000 930or visit:

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Leading Company Achieves ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standards

Revo Group sets the standard for success with new accreditation

Harrison Thompson & Co., whose well-known building products include Yeoman Shield, the UK market leader in the supply and installation of wall & door protection and Yeoman Rainguard, one of the UK's leading providers of rainwater systems, has achieved ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System (EMS).

Windsor-based Revo Group has proved its excellence in business performance after passing a rigorous independent assessment and accreditation process. The company can now forge links with blue-chip businesses such as Selfridges, Morrison’s Airbus, SGP Property and Facilities Management, General Healthcare Group, Punch Taverns, Arcadia Group, Wolseley and Superdrug, after qualifying as an Altius Assured Vendor. Gary Plant, MD at award-winning Altius Vendor Assessment, says: “Revo has demonstrated to our expert assessors that it’s a top supplier. This provides complete assurance that it is in sound financial health, with all the necessary health and safety systems, insurance coverage, and other requirements in place to be a competent supplier to large corporate customers. We are delighted to welcome the team as one of our assured contractors.” For further details visit:

Speaking on behalf of Harrison Thompson, which also has Quality Assurance ISO9001:2008 accreditation, director Phil Christopher, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the ISO 14001 Standard which demonstrates to customers and staff our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. For further details on Yeoman Shield products visit or

Modern slates revolutionised Solar Slate has revolutionised the look of modern solar panels by creating a product that integrates seamlessly with standard roof slates. The Solar Slate Traditional product is designed to match standard 20” x 10”‘Countess’ slates and provides a close colour match to many types of natural slate, particularly Welsh blue-grey. Solar Slate recently launched the new Solar Slate Multi, which effectively offers the same superior aesthetic that the Solar Slate Traditional boasts but in a larger format. This means a lower material cost, faster installation and all round better value. The panel is manufactured to match standard 24” x 12”‘Duchess’ slates and is effectively 4 slates in a single panel. This project, being a grade II listed building in a conservation area and an area of outstanding natural beauty, posed significant planning problems. Standard solar panels were refused by the LPA so samples of Solar Slate were submitted by the homeowners, which gained approval. For further information visit:

The Complete Loft System To Comply With Building Regulations

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Introducing the only product that provides safe access walkways above 300mm insulation in the loft, to comply with new Part L regulations


Future Trends survey finds 90% of practices stable or growing Architectural Workload

How the architectural workload changed over the last three months of 2013

About RIBA Future Trends Survey

rchitects remain positive at end of 2013 regarding future workload trends There was little change to the RIBA Future Trends Workload Index in December, which shed a single point to stand at +30, but the positive outlook was reconfirmed by 90% of responding practices expecting workload to remain stable or increase. Once again, all UK regions and nations reported an overall positive balance, while London was most upbeat with a balance of +41. Medium-sized practices were most optimistic. Private house building remains the most buoyant sector for architects, where a balance of +31 expected work to increase over the coming quarter. The disappointing result last month was a slipping back of expectations for commercial work, where the balance figure fell back to +11 compared with +18 in November. Both the community sector workload forecast (balance figure +4) and the public sector workload forecast (balance figure -1) were also down a little this month. RIBA Director of Practice Adrian Dobson says


the indications are that the current recovery is being largely driven by a widespread strengthening of the private housing sector and a pick-up in commercial projects in London and the South of England. The RIBA Future Trends Staffing Index also slipped back from recent highs, with the December balance dropping back to +6 from +11 the previous month. But while confidence over the prospect of increased staff levels may have been dented for some, the indicator remains firmly in positive territory. The best prospects for job seekers last month were medium-sized practices, where the balance was +22. The number of architects reporting that they have been personally under-employed has been falling of late and in December fell again to 17%, indicating that spare capacity within the profession is gradually reducing. ‘A common feature of much of the anecdotal commentary received this month is that whilst a significant number of practices are seeing an upswing in both the levels of enquiries and work in progress, there is little sign yet of any corresponding increase in general fee levels, and achieving reasonable profit margins remains challenging for many,’ Dobson adds.

The RIBA’s monthly Future Trends Survey was launched in January 2009 to monitor business and employment trends affecting the architects’ profession. Participants give monthly predictions for overall workload and staffing levels over the next three months, and are also asked about their workload predictions in key sectors: private housing, commercial, community and public sector. In addition practices are asked on a quarterly basis about their current workload and staffing levels. The Survey is carried out by the RIBA in partnership with the Fees Bureau. Results of the Survey, including a full graphical analysis, are published each month on The RIBA Future Trends Survey is based on a representative sample of the range of different practice sizes and geographical locations which enables analysis of the trends in sectors, size groups and by nation and region. A total of 206 practices took part in the Survey in December 2013. The development of a larger database of respondents will increase the statistical accuracy of the survey, and if your practice would like to participate in future months, please contact the RIBA Practice Department on 020 7307 3749 or email The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete each month, and all returns are independently processed in strict confidence by our partners the Fees Bureau.



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nora flooring specified for the University of Ulster Coleraine Campus Frequently used in schools worldwide, nora flooring systems has recently installed their norament® 926 crossline flooring within the canteens at the University of Ulster Coleraine Campus in Co. Londonderry. Norament® 926 crossline is offered in 16 expressive colours and features a subtle 3D texture, inspired by hand-crafted woodcuts. It is made from high-quality rubber and carries the Blue Angel certification for low emissions. The physical environment has a strong influence on learning and floor coverings are a large contributor to the built environment. Nora rubber flooring provides an attractive visual appearance, which is preserved for many years thanks to the durability and wear resistance of the resilient material. nora also benefits from low VOC’s; providing a superior indoor air quality. For more information contact nora flooring systems. Tel. 01788 513 160

Morley-IAS provides perfect recipe for fire detection and alarm protection at fast food retailer Supermac’s, Clonmel

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Latest DX Connexion panel includes improved Cause and Effect for maximum fire safety in new fast food restaurant Leading Irish fast food chain Supermac’s has chosen Morley-IAS to provide comprehensive fire detection and alarm protection for its latest outlet in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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Essex Safety Glass (ESG): In bathrooms and wet rooms where privacy and discretion is vital, ESG SwitchableTM gives instant control over privacy or public gaze.


ESG Switchable™ increases the levels of light and space, opening up small bathrooms and creating a much more pleasant ambience. This makes our privacy glass the preferred choice for use in bathrooms as well as in larger wet rooms, pool areas and changing areas as a modern design feature. The system is safe and fully certified for use in wet areas, with a low working voltage from just 36v. Offering a full system solution, ESG Switchable™ technology can be combined with coloured or decorative interlayers to complement interior design. It can be used on curved surfaces, cut into odd shapes or even hole punched, with bespoke hinges and fittings also available. For more information visit: or call : 08453224182

The new two-storey outlet, which opened on 27th June, also includes Papa John’s Pizza, Quiznos Subs and a Tim Horton’s Coffee and Bake Shop. The chosen fire detection and alarm system was designed and installed by long-established Morley-IAS distribution partner, Hall Alarms, also based in Clonmel, and incorporates the latest Morley-IAS DX Connexion panel. The retail outlet also utilises a Morley-IAS Disabled Toilet alarm system and a Compact 5 Disabled Refuge System, helping Supermac’s meet some of the many regulatory requirements of a new building. “Specifically, the new DX Connexion panel offers the right scale of simple-to-use functionality for retail sites such as Supermac’s,” says Sean Duggan, general and technical manager, Hall Alarms. “In particular, its Cause & Effect functionality provides the perfect level of flexibility in managing both detection and controlled response to any fire-related incident.”

Wolseley UK has won a prestigious HR award for its work on attracting, developing and retaining employees The plumbing and heating distributor was shortlisted in the Personnel Today Awards in three categories: Excellence in Learning and Development, Managing Change and Talent Management, before going on to win in the Talent Management category.

Jarlath Connolly, operations manager, Supermac’s says: “We have worked successfully with Hall Alarms for a number of years and have found that Morley-IAS equipment provides the robustness and flexibility we need in a busy and hardworking retail environment.”

Nick Scott, Head of Employee Engagement, Wolseley UK, said: “I am extremely proud that our work on talent management has been recognised. We want to become the employer of choice – and this award demonstrates we have come some way in achieving that, along with reaffirming our commitment to attracting and developing the best employees in the industry.”

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Editor’s Choice Create a safer and healthier environment with UZIN. Exclusive Contemporary Staircases characterised by sleek flawless finishes

Health and safety measures increasingly puts pressure on companies within the construction industry to improve safety standards for their employees. In the flooring industry there is a particular concern when flooring contractors have to lift and move heavy bags of levelling compounds and screeds. As a response to these health and safety concerns we have reduced the weight of our most popular levelling compounds. UZIN NC 150, UZIN NC 160, UZIN NC 170 and UZIN NC 172 are now available in 20 kg bags to make the transportation of levelling compounds easier and safer for flooring contractors. Despite reducing the weight of the bag, each of the levelling compounds offers fantastic coverage, approximately 5 m2 at 3 mm. When applying levelling compounds in industrial locations, UZIN NC 172 provides contractors with a reliable and rapid solution. With an extremely high compressive strength of 50 N, it’s ideal for use within industrial locations. UZIN NC 172 is rapid drying and ready to accept most floor coverings within 1 hour. It has also been awarded an EC1 plus classification and Blue Angel label for being very low emission and provides the most ecological approach for flooring installations. For further information visit – Or Telephone: 01788 530 080

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Forecasting an integrated future for MSMR London-based MSMR Architects has recently implemented Union Square for Project Accounting, the project-based financial management tool for construction industry professionals. Founded in 2000, MSMR specialises in prime residential projects mainly based in London but recently this has included international work. MSMR felt that Union Square met its requirements in a cohesive manner without the need for additional bespoke work, so made the decision to invest. The practice has started the change process by first introducing Union Square’s timesheets functionality to all staff. “The production of timesheets is now much easier,” says Sheila McCusker, Director. “Once the full system is up and running we’ll have much more detailed financial reporting and a reduction in supporting manual processes too, giving us greater insight and more time to work on our projects.” If you’re looking for an integrated solution to your project financial management, book a free, no obligation online demo at –

Enviro-Line Provides Sustainable Solution for Re-usable Water GPS PE Pipe Systems has launched Enviro-Line; a PE pipe designed specifically for re-usable water supplies. A high performance PE pipe suitable for rainwater harvesting, grey water and irrigation applications, Enviro-Line from GPS features the distinctive green stripe recommended by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) and the National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG). It has been launched to help specification of sustainable commercial and residential developments, providing a flexible and durable re-useable water infrastructure that avoids the risk of cross contamination with potable water supplies thanks to its black with green stripe colour coding. Enviro-Line offers all the usual advantages of PE, including a 100 year+ service life. For more information, please visit –

Yeoman Shield appoints new Area Sales Manager

Denso Steelcoat Protects Scottish Water Aqueducts

Yeoman Shield has expanded its sales force and recruited Chris Mears as a member of its UK sales division covering the South West region.

Scottish Water plc has recently completed a £7m project to upgrade aqueducts conveying water from Loch Katrine to Glasgow. The company says it was the biggest improvement to the aqueducts since they were constructed more than 150 years ago. The main contractors were George Leslie Ltd, with Jacobs being the Consulting Engineers. Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd’s Steelcoat 400 system was chosen to give long-life protection on the 48in diameter pipes used at three structures which were virtually reconstructed along the aqueduct system. These carry two twin pipeline sections conveying 450 million litres of water per day to 1.3 million people. The Winn & Coales Steelcoat system was applied by subcontractor Interserve Industrial Services Ltd. Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd Tel: 020 8670 7511. Fax: 0208 761 2456 E-mail: Website:

Chris will be responsible for sales of Yeoman Shield wall and door protection products to many different market sectors including healthcare, education, retail, sports & leisure centres, hotels, public transportation stations and airports. Based in Barry, South Wales, Chris who has over 15 years sales experience will be covering the South West area including Avon, Bristol, Ceredigion, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Dyfed, Gwent, Powys, Somerset, Mid, South and West Glamorgan. Chris said: “I am looking forward to getting my teeth into the job, creating a customer portfolio and working as part of the Yeoman Shield team”. For further information on Yeoman Shield please visit –

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Mitsubishi Electric has launched a dedicated Ecodan selection tool to coincide with the Government’s announcement that heat pumps are now included in the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has recently announced the inclusion of non-domestic air to water heat pumps and ground to water heat pumps in the RHI scheme, with respective tariff levels of 2.5p/kWh and 7.2p/kWh equivalent (Tiered tariff with 8.7p/kWh for the first 15% of energy delivered and 2.6p/kWh for any remaining). “We welcome the inclusion of heat pumps in the non-domestic scheme as we know that they provide one of the most straightforward way for businesses to lower both their heating bills and their carbon footprints Details are available at::


Aedas and Bray & Slaughter pioneers use of LoftZone’s Insulation Protection and Safe Access System in an educational establishment Bray & Slaughter, a leading regional building contractor, has installed the LoftZone insulation protection and safe access system in the Oasis Academy Connaught in Bristol. The work, done as part of a refurbishment of the academy, was specified by Aedas Building Consultancy, and was the first time that this system has been applied in an educational building. LoftZone has developed a raised decking system for lofts above the full 270mm of insulation, whilst also allowing safe access to staff needing to attend to M&E equipment in the loft space. The LoftZone raised decking won Best New Invention 2013 at the Ideal Home Show in London. Further information about LoftZone can be found on the website:

New Planning Guidelines Make Green Roofs A”No-Brainer” RIEFA is a development of an insulation product made by Riefa Fornatec, based in Reitburg, Germany. Continued research and development led the company to manufacture granular formats for loft insulation and cavity fill, and has further developed into the production of wall insulation batts. The RIEFA boards are made from a mixture of tree bark, rye flour and other materials which are understandably kept a closely guarded secret, and the key to the efficiency of the product is the production process and mixture ratio of it’s ingredients. Riefa roof boards are 100% organic, low in profile, 36 mm, light in weight – 36kgs per m2 when fully saturated, including the sedum layer. Riefa is ideal for retro fitting due to it’s weight and low profile advantages. For further information visit:

Radiating Style Ltd. Call us now on 020 8577 9111 Established for over twenty years, at Radiating Style we have a reputation for producing unique radiators and towel rails in traditional and contemporary designs. Our product spectrum is vast, ranging from the conventional and traditional styles through to our designer radiators which are modern masterpieces! We are always thinking ahead in terms of both design and functionality which is reflected in our product offering. We are proud to say that the majority of our designs are exclusive to us and our product portfolio offers maximum variety, both in size and colour including a selection of distinctive metalic shades. Originality is paramount. We ensure that our designs are full of imagination and always practical, providing high thermal efficiency whilst allowing plenty of scope for customisation. We offer outstanding quality and expert advice and a comprehensive aftercare service.





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Connecting rooms with a woodburning fire

Gazco’s versatile heating solution for cavity walls

The Riva Studio 2 Duplex is Stovax’s first double sided cassette fire to grace the premium Riva Studio woodburning range. For those homeowners wanting an awe-inspiring focal point, this beautiful woodburner can create the perfect connecting feature between two separate rooms. From the clean finish of the frameless hole-in-the-wall ‘Edge’ to the sparkling Glass to the striking Profil (pictured), you can achieve a distinctive look in each room whilst enjoying the rolling flames from the very same fire!

The Glass Fronted Studio 1 Slimline has been designed for ease of installation. With a depth of just 155mm, this stunning gas fire’s slimmer firebox qualities have been designed to simply recess into the internal leaf of a cavity wall.

The aesthetic of the Riva Studio 2 Duplex can be achieved in city or town based homes when fitted with a Smoke Control Kit, which makes it suitable for designated Smoke Control Areas and ideal for enjoying its 9kW heat output. The eye-catching Riva Studio woodburner offers an undeniably contemporary aesthetic and the ultimate appeal in dual space heating. A definite investment for any homeowner! Please visit for more information or call 0844 4141 322 to order a brochure.

This compact built in gas fire still retains all the unmistakable characteristics of Gazco’s renowned Studio range. With a heat output of up to 4.25kW, it also comes complete with Gazco’s very latest Programmable thermostatic remote control so you can operate everything from ignition to extinguish with total ease. To further extend options for personalisation, the Studio Slimline gas fire has a choice of three linings and three fuel effects to select from. With each combination offering a significantly different appearance, you can be sure to choose from the perfect combination of fuel effect, lining and frame style to suit your interior décor. Please visit for more information or call 0844 4141 322 to order a brochure.

Gazco’s sophisticated fire that hangs on the wall

Instant heat from a Gazco Inset gas fire

Homeowners with larger living spaces can create a focal point with Gazco’s hang-on-the-wall Studio Electric range. The new Studio Electric 3 is the largest size in the collection and adds to the existing choice of two smaller landscape fires as well as the Studio Electric 22, which boasts a unique portrait format.

Last year, Gazco has added to its extensive selection of gas inset fires with the revamped Logic™ HE range. The entire Logic family of fires now offer higher heating efficiencies throughout and are available with the choice of three forms of operation: manual, remote, or all-new Slide control models. With its subtle design in sleek stainless steel, the Slide lever has smooth contours for ease of use and gives complete control over from ignition to extinguish including flame and heat control.

This outstanding Studio Electric range benefits from a brand new collection of designer frames including the stylish two-part Evolve (as pictured) & E-Motiv, both come in a choice of oak or walnut finishes. Easy to fit, the Studio Electric range is designed to be hung on the wall: there is no requirement for building work – simply plug it in to enjoy instant heat and dancing flames with total convenience and ease! Please visit for more information or call 0844 4141 322 to order a brochure.

The Logic™ range comes with a wealth of designs available to suit a wide range of interior tastes, both traditional and contemporary. One such design is the new Designio2 Glass, offering a black glass, the perfect contemporary complement to the Logic HE fire that boasts up to an outstanding 89% high efficiency. Please visit for more information or call 0844 4141 322 to order a brochure.

The benefits of Stovax’s Professional XQ™ to your home! Stovax’s Professional XQ™ Chimney System range is rapidly gaining a reputation for its innovative high quality components and unique benefits to both home owners and installers alike. Incorporating 6 flue diameters from 125mm – 300mm, along with a complete range of fixings and accessories, Professional XQ™ can be configured to suit virtually any installation requirement. With a comprehensive range of twin wall flue pipe components and vitreous enamel single wall flue pipe; there is everything you need to create your own complete flue system. With a strong focus on designing features that make Professional XQ™ systems easier, quicker and safer to install, such as our innovative captive nut system that allows single handed connection, recent product additions have increased the choice of configuration options available. Please visit for more information.

Varde Ovne Uniq gives you the ultimate 180 degree experience! Uniq’s overall appearance exudes contemporary design. A closer look reveals elegant detailing; the joints, the corners and the attractive handle. Its tall, slender shape means that it does not take up too much space in a room, while still generating a great amount of heat and visual presence thanks to its modern, high efficiency large firebox. Uniq is a 180 degree experience with three sides and a practical space for storing fuel in the base of the stove. With a heat output of up to 5kw, this stunning woodburner integrates the latest Airwash system, which ensures a clear glass window for that perfect view of the beautiful flames within. The Uniq is also supplied with our AirBox system to allow an external air supply if required. Please visit for more information.







The UK’s largest manufacturer of Chimney Systems, Schiedel Chimney Systems Ltd., has just launched the ABSOLUT Chimney System with an Integrated Insulated Combustion Air Shaft.


Modern heating technologies place enormous demands on a chimney system. On the one hand, low flue gas temperatures from energy efficient appliances including gas, oil and pellets lead to condensate forming within the chimney. On the other hand, Chimneys used on solid fuel applications must also be capable of withstanding a chimney fire.

The Advanced Chimney System with an Integrated Insulated Combustion Air Shaft Schiedel Absolut represents a comprehensive solution to the 4

main challenges raised by modern heating technology combined with the latest energy efficient building techniques. Challenge 1 - Condensation forming on the chimney block. If external temperatures are very cold, then moisture from the surrounding air can turn to condensation on the surface of the block, leading to damp spots, mould and a possible risk to health ensues. The Absolut system employs a core of foam concrete as insulation in the blocks that form the shaft, ensuring that block surface temperatures remain above the critical dew point. Challenge 2 - Heat transmission to the outside of the building via the chimney block. The top and bottom of the chimney are the two most sensitive areas, when it comes to heat transmission between the warm interior of the house and the cold exterior. The Absolut system has specifically designed thermal insulation blocks to prevent this heat transmission. Challenge 3 - The supply of air to the appliance in an air tight ho use. The modern house is efficiently sealed against drafts, which means that combustion air has to be brought directly to the appliance. The Absolut system has an integrated air shaft which supplies the appliance with the right amount of air it needs for combustion, drawn directly from above the roof, minimising problems due to prevailing winds.

1. Outer Foil Sealing Kit 2. Inner Foil Sealing Kit 3. Block 1. Thermal Outer Foil Sealing Kit 4. Insulated Shaft 2. Inner Foil Sealing Kit 3. Thermal Block 6. 4. Inspection/Soot Insulated Shaft Door

Challenge 4 – How to cope with the extremes of temperature – resistance to condensate even after a chimney fire. The Absolut profiled liner has been tested and approved with a GW3 designation meaning that it is soot fire resistant, condensate resistant even after a chimney fire and is corrosion resistant on gas, oil and solid fuel applications.

6. Inspection/Soot Door

For further details on SCHIEDEL ABSOLUT and all other complimentary products and services please visit: or contact David Wright at Schiedel on 0191 416 1150. Enq. 323

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Panasonic's Heat Pump Manager ensures easy installation and configuration

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Indicative of the energy savings being achieved by BaxiSenerTec Dachs mini-CHP installations and solarPV by London Fire Brigade (LFB) is the fire station at Battersea. In just four months, this station received 4100 kWh of electricity from the CHP unit and 1730 kWh from solarPV. Battersea has reported a £2500 annual saving in fuel cost, which means the payback on the purchase cost of the CHP system could be less than six years. The site’s carbon footprint is being reduce by 23 t a year. Over 35% of London Fire Brigade’s stations now have such Mini-CHP installations, and the proportion is expected to reach 50%, excepting only those buildings without suitable space. Lloyd Bentley, LFB energy and compliance manager, says of mini-CHP, ‘It is the most appropriate technology for energy intensive 24/7 buildings It is an “easy fit” technology, which offers the bonus of free electricity.’

Efficient Heating Systems If you’re on the lookout for an efficient and cost-effective electric heating system to replace your bulky, outdated storage heaters, the latest designs from Intelli Heat will provide a stylish solution for your space. Popular in Europe for some time now, Intelli Heat’s central heating systems are easy to install and competitive with oil and LPG running costs. The inexpensive and non-invasive installation, combined with zero maintenance, makes them a great option, even when a gas supply is available. New for 2013, the Cali Avanti is a slim, smart Italian-designed radiator that will complement any interior. The Cali Avanti maximises efficiency by using the latest technology to constantly regulate its energy consumption, with the highly efficient tungsten element drawing only the minimum power required to maintain an extremely accurate temperature. For more information call 01842 338089 or visit

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This new generation of smart controllers are designed to ensure Aquarea heat pump systems deliver maximum performance. HPM's easy selection with the "ready to go" system has up to 600 pre-configured installations available via A casade system makes larger installations possible and a Bivalent control to manage gas boilers. HPM is able to control 2 mixed heated zones, is mart grid ready and has a Solar panel mode, producing heat when PV panels are generating electricity. Online access with control of all parameters with easy installation it needs less than 3 minutes to configure a complex system!

How Baxi-SenerTec MINI-CHP installation helped reduce costs at London Fire Brigade


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New TecnoFlex Plus – the best just got better! The latest version of TecnoFlex, the UK’s leading chimney liner, has been launched by market leaders, Schiedel Chimney Systems. Designed with 20% greater flexibility and a unique lock design giving greater strength than previous liners, the product represents cutting edge technology in Chimney Lining systems. “We have listened to the market feedback on flexible liners. Installers have been looking for more flexibility and greater strength – so we did something about it,” says David Wright, Marketing Manager for Schiedel, “our engineers have worked in tandem with the machine manufacturers to come up with a new unique lock design on the joint, which has radically improved performance in both these key areas.” Schiedel Rite-Vent has 45 years experience of manufacturing Stainless Steel chimneys, liners and accessories from their plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear. David Wright at Schiedel on 0191 416 1150 or visit

High capacity solar thermal system from Oventrop A high capacity solar thermal system from Oventrop has been installed at Colchester United's new training facilities to provide energy efficient and effective hot water preparation to cope with the supply of around 80 showers a day. Heat is harnessed using eight roof mounted Oventrop OKF-CS22 high capacity flat plate collectors with an anti-reflective glass increasing the transmission by an additional 5% over regular glass. The system includes two, 500l twin coil cylinders and is automaticallyregulated by an Oventrop Regtronic, wall mounted control package with pre-installed switching schemes. By the end of the season Florence Park will have reduced its carbon emissions by over three tonnes, that's the equivalent to the work of over 250,000 trees. Visit – or call: 01732 220171 Email:

New Toshiba Series 7 ceiling air conditioning units have improved performance and lower sound Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) has introduced a new range of ceiling-mounted air conditioning units, designed to be easy-to-fit and with exceptionally low noise characteristics - claimed to be “best in class”. The advanced series 7 indoor units have been completely redesigned and come in a wide range of capacities, including a 6 hp unit. Featuring a modernised appearance to the front grill, the units have a bigger chassis to accommodate a larger, more efficient heat exchanger. The new design manages to deliver larger air volumes (up by 38 per cent) while operating with lower sound levels (down 9 per cent). This is due to a redesigned fan which optimizes the passage and delivery of air through the unit. For more details visit

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Danfoss Launches New Commercial Heat Pump With Even Better Performance


As part of its commitment to innovation in heat pump design, Danfoss has launched the new DHP-R Eco, a light commercial ground source heat pump that boasts greater performance and efficiency and helps to reduce running costs. The new heat pump's excellent performance is the result of Danfoss’ specially developed cooling circuit, coupled with a new design of compressor, new refrigerant and the latest generation heat exchanger. In addition, it features an in-built hot gas exchanger and a new electronic expansion valve, which further enhance its performance. Chris Dale, Director of Danfoss, said: “Our market leading light commercial heat pump just got even better. The large amount of energy it saves makes DHP-R Eco ideal for use in many different applications and we expect it to be popular for small housing schemes or large-scale projects, and particularly within the public sector. ” DHP-R Eco has nine control circuits for heating/cooling, which means that it can be adjusted to suit all types of property and heating system. Available in 22, 26, 33 and 42 kW sizes, it can be cascade-connected to up to eight machines, achieving a total output of up to 336 kW. An intelligent controller monitors the whole system, including heat pumps, cooling, hot water and an internet monitoring facility provides the user with the reassurance via SMS or email in the unlikely event that a fault should occur. This makes the DHP-R Eco ideal for anyone who wishes to control the heat pump system remotely. For more information, visit the website


Britain’s leading manufacturer of clean burning wood stoves 6 GOOD REASONS TO INSTALL A CLEARVIEW STOVE 1. Clearview Stoves are the best Clearview have been designing and manufacturing wood-burning stoves for nearly 25 years. They were the first company ever to have a multi fuel stove approved for burning wood in smokeless zones and since then have continued to set the standards that others aspire too. Many people consider them to be the best in the world.

2. Clearview Stoves are efficient A Clearview Stove is over 70% efficient while most open fires are only 10% efficient. A Clearview in the living room keeps you warm and cozy in the place you spend most of your time.

3. Clearview Stoves are a joy to use There is nothing quite so elemental as the log fire, nothing that excites the imagination like its flames. It’s one of life’s little pleasures. A Clearview Stove offers an exceptional view of the fire, is easy to light and burns for long periods unattended.

4. Wood is a renewable fuel that’s good for the environment During their lifetime trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, provide food and shelter for wildlife and add beauty to our lives. Burning wood releases no more CO2 than would its eventual decay. Simply put, burning wood just warms you, not the planet.

5. Wood and Clearview put you in control The huge, centralized; energy companies can be unreliable. When a storm interrupts the electrical supply, you can be left stumbling around in the dark with no heating to speak of. However, a Clearview wood stove is 100% reliable and keeps you safe, and warm during a power-cut.

6. Wood saves you money! We almost forgot to mention it, but for many, wood is the cheapest fuel you can use. Best of all, it grows on trees!

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Builders give green deal ‘must try harder’ report card Federation of Master Builders Green Deal Report Card – January 2014


he Green Deal has been given a lukewarm verdict, scoring just two out of five in a one-year anniversary “report card” from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which says the Government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship energy-efficiency policy.

Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “It’s clear that the Green Deal simply has not achieved the desired results in its first full year, with the majority of SME installers and home owners failing to engage, and the financial package underpinning the scheme proving unattractive to most consumers. Our report card shows that the main problem the Green Deal faces is that consumers are not interested because of the limited appeal of the financial incentives currently being offered. This in turn means that most small local builders are reluctant to spend their time and money becoming certified Green Deal installers, when the potential customer base is really still in its infancy.” Berry continued: “As a financial package, the Green Deal just doesn’t stack up. There are many attractive high street alternatives out there, with loans and credit cards generally available at more competitive rates to fund both the lower and higher value types of eligible energyefficiency project. Other government incentives such as the recently announced reduction in stamp duty for those taking up the Green Deal are also not inclusive. The pot of money is too small and, worse still, this incentive will only apply to people who are buying or selling their home.”

Green Deal finance: FMB score = 2/5 The Green Deal Finance Company concedes that for small Green Deal loans of less than £500 or larger loans of more than £5,000 it is possible to borrow at a cheaper rate with a credit card or through a secured loan. Green Deal finance is however competitive for medium loans of around £1,500 Green Deal finance has not proved attractive to most homeowners and therefore a reduction in VAT on housing renovation and repair, including energy efficiency measures, should be brought in to reduce the overall cost of the loan and make the finance package more attractive Marketing and communications: FMB score = 1/5 DECC invested just £2.9 million on a marketing and communication plan in order to ensure the successful launch of the campaign back in January 2013 Low take up, especially in the first six months of the scheme, would suggest that this amount was vastly insufficient The FMB would like to see Government introduce a more serious and far-reaching communications campaign to educate the general public on the benefits of installing energy efficiency measures and the advantages of using the Green Deal as their chosen approach Motivating energy efficiency improvements: FMB score = 2/5 Although Green Deal finance is proving less than attractive, the Green Deal is making some headway in terms of encouraging homeowners to have Green Deal Assessments and, in turn, install one or more energy efficiency measures This can be demonstrated by the 129,842 Green Deal Assessments undertaken by end of December 2013, as opposed to just 626 “live” plans i.e. all measures installed and repayments can now be made The fact that most homeowners are electing to have measures installed outside of the Green Deal indicates that the Green Deal offer is either unattractive and/or too complex SME installer engagement: FMB score = 2/5 Despite actively promoting the Green Deal to its members since 2012, many FMB members have chosen to defer becoming a certified Green Deal installer owing to the low uptake by consumers FMB members will not invest the time and money required to become an installer until they see firm evidence of a stable market for this type of work Use of incentives: FMB score = 2/5 Although the “Green Deal cashback”, “Green Deal Communities” fund and the recently announced stamp duty incentives are welcome, they are neither inclusive enough nor sufficient in value to motivate a high number of households to engage with the Green Deal Government must introduce a reduction in VAT on housing renovation and repair, including energy efficiency work, in order to motivate home owners to commission energy efficiency improvements. This would also have the added benefit of boosting jobs and growth and reducing the UK’s carbon emissions

Berry concluded: “The Government needs to accept that the Green Deal’s first year has been underwhelming at best. The single most effective measure to kick-start demand would be to reduce the rate of VAT from 20% to 5% on all domestic repair and maintenance work, including energy-efficiency improvements. This would be a real incentive to home owners across the board to think about getting a professional tradesperson in to quote on a variety of repair and maintenance projects.”

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TILT completes its first gallery/restaurant on Regent’s Canal, Haggerston he award winning Hackney-based architecture and design studio TILT has completed The Proud Archivist, a mixed-used cultural venue including gallery, bar, restaurant, cafe and event space. This project is the first where TILT has been responsible for all design aspects including architecture, furniture design, branding and wayfinding.


The Proud Archivist is designed to echo and revive the traditions of London’s grand 17th & 18th century coffee houses. The brief was developed engaging The Proud Archivist’s anticipated audience in a series of prototyping testing sessions that resulted in a space that successfully caters for a multitude of uses. The space is extremely flexible and functional – it is able to cater for gallery openings for over 300 guests and provide seating for up to a hundred covers. Located between De Beauvoir Road and Kingsland Road, the restaurant is split over two levels. The impressive 484 sq. metre ground floor space is anchored by a 6.5 metre long bar and kitchen that opens out onto the Regent’s Canal

Designed to echo and revive the traditions of London’s grand 17th & 18th century coffee houses towpath. A double height Library Wall situated on the eastern wall gives the space a personal scale that will, over time, allow the building to develop its character through books, photography and exhibitions. The Wall is made of spruce ply bookshelves stained in white. The restaurant continues upstairs to a light and airy mezzanine level with impressive views of the canal. The steel-structured mezzanine separates the open kitchen from the dining area above. TILT’s design carefully balances an open and flexible gallery space with the need to provide privacy and seclusion. Differing materials have been specified to designate the various zones: a simple palette for the bar, restaurant and mezzanine areas contrasts with the highly finished elements of the event space.

The whole area is unified by untreated, larch ceiling fins hung at 90-degree angles to a floor made from reclaimed mahogany boards. A set of huge, white-panelled steel doors delineate the boundary between the event space and restaurant. The gallery’s prominent feature is the full length Light Wall constructed of a steel frame and faced with 5mm polar frosted acrylic. Lit by 33 six-foot fluorescent tubes – London’s largest light box – this is the perfect canvas for displaying vinyl printed artwork as well as flooding the gallery with an impressive glow that can be adjusted to suit events. TILT has created three new tables and accompanying benches specifically for The Proud Archivist: two long and wide designs for the events space, and more intimate square tables in the restaurant. The lighting is a mix of mini Anglepoise task lights, pendants, LED spotlights and fluorescent tubes.

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FINSA COMPACMEL : better than compact laminate FINSA says that their mission is to produce solutions in wood and arguably their high-tech COMPACMEL products is one of their best examples. All FINSA developments are aimed at providing products that offer users both additional application scope and excellent performance along with additional value. COMPACMEL is an extremely cost effective alternative to solid laminate used in so many public usage and contract situations. It is technically very high grade high density fibreboard (HDF) bonded with moisture resistant synthetic resins. COMPACMEL presents excellent performance characteristics: It has a high density (more than 1000kg/m3) as well as tensile strength, bending strength, elasticity and high impact resistance. It is well suited to environments of persistent high humidity. For further information Tel: 0151 651 2400 or Email:

Formica Group and Unilin present their new Collection of exclusive, on-trend designs in HPL and MFC Formica Group and Unilin are delighted to announce the launch of the new Formica Unilin Collection, introducing new colours, woodgrains and patterns. Extending the range to 103 designs available in High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and complementary Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC), the new collection offers a selection of exclusive designs inspired by the latest trends, created to provide aesthetic surfacing solutions of the highest quality. Ideal for use in retail, hospitality and office environments, the Formica Unilin Collection provides the best-value solutions for numerous applications; from retail displays, changing rooms, wall panelling and counter tops to cupboards, drawers or interior doors. For more information please visit or

The creation of Trend agglomerate products Trend Group, a leading international manufacturer and distributor of glass mosaic tiles and agglomerates headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, has partnered with Wisconsinbased Kohler Co to further each company’s eco-friendly mission of keeping unnecessary waste out of landfill. This two-year partnership has resulted in the creation of Trend agglomerate products that are made with up to 51% of recovered Kohler porcelain, along with recycled glass and granite, a cooperative effort that has already kept nearly one million pounds of waste porcelain out of landfill. The finished product is an incredibly unique and durable surface that is universally appealing and earth-friendly, as a versatile option for home and commercial improvement projects. The new porcelain surfaces are nonporous and incredibly resistant to stains, scratches and heat, helping to ensure lifetime usage of these products. For further information, Tel 0800 044 5395 or Email

Choose Cantos from Draks For fantastic solid timber room dividers

Cantos, the UK-made timber room divider range from Draks, is manufactured in the purpose-built, Oxfordshire factory where stylish purpose-built schemes are created to optimise the aesthetics and functionality of interior spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices or living areas. The solid timber room dividers, where the timber can be painted or stained, are increasingly popular in top quality residential and hotel locations. The only limit is the imagination when considering finishes. Laminated glass is especially popular, for example, as light can ooze through a room while privacy is respected and noise reduced.

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The dividers run in a rebated track in the floor so the doors become an integral part of the room. Draks uses a spring-loaded, bottom-weighted track system so even large doors have great stability. With the top track acting only as a guide, the dividers can be installed in places with problematic ceiling construction.


Tel: 01270 750 574 Fax: 01270 759 105


As with all the wardrobe and room divider products offered by Draks, Cantos room dividers can be supplied with short lead times as they are made in Oxfordshire. Flexibility of production, coupled with a CAD design service, allows doors to be specified exactly to suit the individual needs of customers while maintaining the highest quality finish. For further information on Draks, please visit – or call 01869 232 989

Elegance. Nothing else. Today, a good product is not just about a great design, it’s about life, it’s about people. Bringing emotional value and quality time is the key characteristic of the Fusion table. Built with “Know-How to entertain”, the Fusion table has indeed exactly what it takes to create those unique memorable moments for you, your family and guests.

London Showroom

UK agent : Mocha Furniture

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enowned for many years as innovators The Decorative Panels Group is yet again about to launch a brand new group of products that will further broaden the appeal of the Group companies to both its existing and new market areas. Working as a partner company with BioCote® the company is about to launch the UK’s first range of commercially available sheet materials that offer exceptional abrasion and antibacterial properties. In choosing to work alongside BioCote®, Decorative Panels will be able to draw on the knowledge and support of a company that are recognised as being pioneers in the global provision of antimicrobial solutions. Under the banner of dp-BioCote the first product to be launched will be six decors, three woodgrain and three unicolours, available across the company’s extensive range of substrate materials including Chipboard, MDF, dp-lite hollowcore board and Plywood. Further launches will follow and in the fullness of time will see Decorative Panels extend the range of products available in the dp-BioCote area.

bacteria including MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphlococcus aureus), MSSA (Methicillin sensitive Staphlococcus aureus), E. coli, Legionella pneumophila , Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium and enteritidis, Listeria monocytogenes, VRE (Vancomycin – resistant Enterococcus), and Campylobacter as well as the H1N1 virus. Once added to a product BioCote technology starts to work immediately, tests have shown significant decreases in microbial contamination within just 15 minutes and reductions of up to 99.5% in 2 hours. Very significantly BioCote works for the expected lifetime of the product. With so much to offer in one sheet material it is not surprising that Decorative Panels see a great potential for this product across a wide range of product areas. Recognised as the market leader for high volume manufacture of kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, shelving and storage panels, Decorative Panels Components believe that product manufactured using dp-BioCote sheet material has a real place in these markets and can offer a USP that to date has not been available.

The surface itself offers a combination of distinctive properties. Due to the nature of the décor manufacture, alongside the addition of the BioCote® additive, the surface is highly resistant to abrasion, in fact it far exceeds the abrasion resistance of a standard high pressure worktop. In addition the surface has a high resistance to common liquids that are known to leave distinctive marks, as well as meeting all the testing parameters appropriate to dry heat and wet heat. Tests against resistance to clinical cleaning products see excellent results in all areas.

Market areas such as hospitals, health centres, schools, care homes, student accommodation, and of course office and contract furniture would, according to Decorative Panels Lamination, all benefit from product manufactured from a sheet material with high abrasion and antibacterial resistant properties.

From the above it can be seen that the product is extremely hard wearing and very resistant to damage from other materials. Of course one of the most significant properties of this innovative sheet material is the inclusion of the antibacterial additive from BioCote® that gives up to a 99.9% germ free surface*. BioCote technology protects the surface of the product from microbes including mould, fungi and of course bacteria meaning the product surface is more hygienic and resistant to the growth of staining and odour causing microbes which may prematurely degrade the material. Both in laboratory and real life conditions BioCote® has been proven effective against a wide range of clinically significant

*Tested in accordance with ISO22196:2001

For more information, and access to full technical reports and performance criteria please contact us on 01484 658341, or email us at

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Townscape unveils bespoke paving range for design lead projects Townscape Products Limited has launched a new paving range for architects and specifiers looking for bespoke paving solutions. Growing demand has led the street furniture manufacturer to developing a custom-made collection of paving created to enhance and blend into existing landscape design and architecture. As an extension of Townscape’s current paving range, the new Prestige range is produced using a Vibro-cast method. The air is removed from the aggregate after being hand poured, delivering strength, flexibility and a high quality finish. Which results in a product which can be produced with strong colour matching and in a material with ties in to the design landscape.

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For full details on the Townscape’s Prestige Vibro-cast log onto:


Natural Paving Products APPROVED SCHEME: 2013 AWARD WINNERS AND 2014 IMPROVEMENTS Natural Paving Products were once again faced with an impressive number of high quality and innovative entries from landscaping professionals for its 2013 Approved Scheme Members Quality Awards. With just over 50 entries shortlisted across the three categories, the final stage of judging in early January was quite a task. However after tough deliberations, Natural Paving Products is pleased to reveal the winners of its 2013 annual quality awards: The Best Patio Award goes to Greenbelt Landscapes The Best Driveway Award goes to TDS Paving and Landscaping The Best Overall Design – Cotswold Paving and Landscaping

To find out about more the 2013 winners or for eligibility and instructions for the 2014 awards please contact Natural Paving on 0845 072 1150 You can also visit the website

New Magnum Spreader is Ready to Work Hard This Year DMMP Limited has announced a new Magnum spreader which has joined the Leicestershire-based’s company’s stable of expert winter tools and machinery. The new spreader is simple to use, maintain and store so will have a positive impact on the way many organisations deal with ice and snow this winter. The Magnum Poly Insert Spreader sits neatly on the back of a three-quarter or one ton pick-up and effortlessly deals with the issue of spreading salt when ice and snow is expected. The spreader’s unique design has been created to allow easy access and maintenance. The spreader has a capacity of 1.14m3 -1.52 m3 and has been designed for simplicity of use. For more information, please call 0845 643 9776 or visit

Earlburn Reservoir

The 13.5m superstructures being installed at Earlsburn Reservoir

ow, CTS also builds bridges made of FRP composite - most recently in summer 2013 when the company installed two bridges in Scotland using somewhat unconventional means. When CTS Bridges was established in 1988 FRP composite was a material that most bridge builders had probably heard of, but which was hardly considered a serious alternative to conventional materials. Today things are different. With its light weight and high strength, FRP composite has shown its advantages in many other applications. CTS recently opted to add FRP composite products to their range – and have already designed, manufactured and installed several bridges using it; including two bridges at Earlsburn Reservoir in Scotland.


How do we install bridges –

We fly them in!!! For more than 25 years CTS Bridges of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, have been building bridges made of steel and timber. Inaccessible site? Earlsburn Reservoir is a remotely situated reservoir operated by Scottish Water. The reservoir lies a long way from the nearest main road and this begged the question of, how two replacement service bridges could be transported to their final destination. Simon Newby, Director of CTS, takes up the story:


A small single rotor helicopter delivering the assembled trusses to Earlsburn Reservoir

“The small winding road to Earlsburn Reservoir made it impossible to transport the bridges by existing roads or get a crane to the site; flying the bridges into position with a helicopter became an economically viable solution for our client. With this in mind, we limited the weight of the structures at the design stage so that the assembled trusses could be carried with a relatively small singlerotor helicopter.” The superstructures span up to 13.5m and both weigh less than 850 kg, comparable steel framed structures would have weighed three or four times as much. The installation took just three hours, after which CTS laid an FRP composite deck. “The most important attribute of these bridges was their light weight, which enabled use of this unusual method of transport and installation. But the durability of the construction material was also an important factor. The bridges are located in a damp and wet environment. The preexisting steel bridges had suffered with corrosion and the client wanted the replacements to be constructed from a material that could withstand harsh weather conditions without rusting or ongoing paintwork maintenance.” continues Simon Newby. If you would like to know more about lightweight, strong and durable bridge solutions, contact CTS Bridges today on 01484 606416

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New Premium Platform Lift Range Lyfthaus have a heritage dating back to 1964 designing and manufacturing bespoke one off platform lifts for special environments. After extensive development the much anticipated launch of their first full standard range of DDA platform lifts has arrived in the shape of myLyft. A series of highly adaptable BS6440/2011 compliant low profile, single, double and triple scissor mechanism lifts with innovative frameless glass barriers and gates, all beautifully detailed and expertly crafted in the inspiring location of Steeple Bumpstead, England. Lift heights from 800mm to 3000mm are available, all have impressive 500Kg capacities which are tested to +100% overload ensuring class leading raised height stability. myLyft is a contemporary styled design – a statement fashioned in stainless steel and glass. Elegant, refined and discrete, myLyft is intended to compliment your creative ideas and enhance the built environment . Visit:

Contemporary Stair Design From Richard Burbidge Richard Burbidge has launched Immix, a new range of contemporary stair parts which features a striking glass infill panel and solid wood balusters. Customers can either choose from glass panels, wooden spindles or a combination of the two. This means homeowners can create a striking yet affordable luxury feature in their own home, achieving instant hall appeal. The unique glass panels turn traditional stair design on its head, creating the illusion of light and space, and are also easy to install, enabling contractors to provide something really special, with minimum mess and disruption to the household. Ideal for domestic refurbishment and projects requiring a modern twist, the Immix range is easy to fit, while maintaining a high-end look and feel. For more information on the easy-to-fit Immix range, please visit

Easy Stair- Easier, Safer access Easy Stair is a temporary staircase which makes life on site much easier by reducing the need to climb up and down ladders prior to the installation of the finished stairs. Where the finished stairs cannot be installed due to the building not being watertight, or it is desirable to leave installation until later in the project to prevent damage, Easy Stair is the perfect solution. Safety is also improved by removing the need for site personnel to climb ladders to upper floors whilst carrying tools or materials. Weighing only 25kg the aluminium stair unit is easily lifted in to position and secured to the upper floor by two screws, the guardrails simply drop in to position. The stairs are 600mm wide and suit floor to floor heights ranging from 2.65m to 3.05m. Safety Platforms Ltd: Email: or T: 01924 420820

Halfway there - first phase complete at Birmingham New Street Station

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The Stannah Escalator and Moving Walkway team have completed the installation of 15 escalators in the first phase of the exciting regeneration project centred around Birmingham New Street Station.


The escalators are vital to the flow of human traffic around the newly opened section of the project and provide access on all levels of the station and retail areas. The Stannah engineers have been working 24/7 to ensure their essential contribution to the project was ready to receive constant use the minute the first phase was opened to the public. The project partnership of Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, Centro and the Department for Transport, with Mace as principal contractor, is transforming Birmingham New Street into a 21st century hub for the entire region, with capacity to handle up to 250,000 passengers each day. The first half of the new concourse is one and a half times bigger than the old concourse. Once complete, Birmingham will have an international station that truly reflects and serves the 14,000+ passengers that pass through it every day. Stannah engineers are back on-site to begin the second phase of escalator installations which will be central to the continual smooth movement of people through this remarkable transformation of Britain’s busiest interchange station in the heart of England. Stannah Installation and Maintenance Manager, Dave Saunders, comments:

"Design and time constraints challenged us all the way to completion of our work on the first phase. Working within the constraints of existing structures meant all our escalators needed a bespoke design. Firstly a slimmer truss than originally planned was needed and in addition, and definitely the most technically challenging aspect of the design, skew truss seating was required because the existing structure concrete beam could not be adapted. The time available to us for installation was almost halved but, by working consecutively on seven site locations sometimes roundthe-clock, we delivered our promise to meet the scheduled opening date. After a short break it’s back to site in October ‘13 for the exciting completion of the project in 2014. The working conditions are very challenging at times but the co-operation from all parties has been outstanding." Richard Thorpe, Director Mace Ltd, was delighted with the work to date commenting: "Stannah provided an excellent delivery service at Birmingham New Street during the phase 1 construction programme. This is only the half-way stage …See more at:

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Lighting & Electrical


Technology Firm helps Community Saves Double

Goodlight LED Reaches 4000 Installations Milestone

Stunning Lighting Effects with New LED Strip Kits

A leading Scottish energy management firm has helped a residential community near Aberdeen reduce its energy spend by almost 50 per cent thanks to its award-winning traffic-light display technology. Ewgeco, based in Edinburgh, is the creator of real-time energy monitoring systems which measure energy sources in homes and businesses. The company was asked to take part in ‘The Great Big Energy Saving Challenge’ which aired on BBC Two Scotland recently. As part of the trial, six families in Stonehaven were challenged to cut the amount of electricity and gas they used by 30 per cent in just three weeks. Over the course of the project, the families saw collective savings of just under 50 per cent in three weeks by simply being more aware of the energy they were using.

Since its inception in 2006, Camberley-based LED Eco Lights has grown rapidly and has recently completed its 4000th UK installation. The company reached this significant landmark just days after its Goodlight 2D retrofit LED lamp picked up the Electrical Industry Award 2013 for Most Innovative Lighting Product.

For more information about Ewgeco, please visit:

Goodlight lamps are featured on the company’s website:

Newly introduced by Greenstock, is a comprehensive range of LED Strip Kits designed for stunning lighting effects for all interiors from commercial to home. Greenstock supplies a vast range of kit options to suit all lighting needs. The LED kits offer a dimming capability via an easy to install remote control or pushbutton controller and are available in an extensive range of led colours and types. The kits make use of Greenstock’s innovative U-connect wiring system making the kits extremely easy to install and enabling the user to keep building onto the existing installation with a wide range of accessories. All of Greenstock’s LED Strips are supplied on a 5m reel and are fitted with self adhesive backing tape enabling lights to be easily installed. Strips can also be cut to length using pre-defined cut points spaced every 25 or 50mm.

Goodlight retrofit LED lights offer a long lifespan, very low power consumption and can provide dramatic cost savings. In fact, the company is so confident of the difference its LED lamps will make that it quotes a pay-back time of as little as 12 months. Widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading LED lighting services specialists, the company also offers free lighting audits to identify where companies can save money.

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Ecobuild 2014 Championing a greener built environment As Ecobuild gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, organiser UBM Live Built Environment, is delighted to announce some of the new plans for 2014.

credentials of the industry, as well as the show itself, by

Each year Ecobuild hosts the most comprehensive showcase of sustainable construction products in the world. It provides a platform for businesses representing the entire spectrum of sustainable construction products for new build, refurbishment, residential, commercial and industrial projects.

What’s happening in 2014?

Ecobuild brings together the entire supply chain in order to focus on the green agenda and help them realise the vision of delivering a more sustainable built environment. Why is it important? Alison Jackson, newly appointed Group Director of Sustainability and Construction at UBM Live Built Environment, comments: “The business case to achieve this vision has never been stronger. The ambition to create a sustainable built environment through better design and construction is at the heart of Ecobuild. It drives economic growth and ensures a global priorities such as climate change, energy security and job creation.” Over the past decade, the UK has pioneered the toughest sustainability legislation in the world. In response to this, Ecobuild has been a vital platform for raising standards, and the event is committed to further investing in the sustainability

across the supply chain.

and refocus on what the event is all about,” explains Jackson. “Our aim is to bring industry professionals together with a more sustainable built environment.” In 2014 the Ecobuild experience will be easier to navigate than ever before, thanks to the introduction of three core areas to the event: ‘Sustainable Design and Construction’, ‘Future Cities’ and ‘Energy’. Ecobuild 2014 will also feature an unrivalled information programme, attracting over 600 speakers. At the heart of the programme is debate, learning and information exchange, led by internationally renowned academics, politicians, industry leaders and celebrity speakers. All speakers will now appear house the conference programme. 2014 will also see an emphasis in bringing exhibitors and visitors closer together through an array of networking opportunities and social events.

NEW LANDMARK MARKET REVITALISES APPROACH TO HIGH STREET REGENERATION By working with the existing fabric of the city centre, the completion of the £22.5 million first phase redevelopment of The Moor in Sheffield demonstrates a fresh approach to the regeneration of the UK’s high streets.


he initial phase of the scheme includes a new, purpose built 73,000 sq ft market on The Moor for Sheffield City Council, opening today (25 November). The Moor Market includes approximately 200 three metre square stalls, many of which are combined to form single larger stalls for around 90 stallholders. In addition, 60,000 sq ft of new retail space has been created for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Property Trust (SWIPPT), with retailers including TJ Hughes already having taken space. This approach creates the new, modern space required to attract nationwide brands to Sheffield, whilst providing a new home for existing, local traders – both of which helps to increase footfall on The Moor. Brian Tracey, Director at Leslie Jones Architecture, which designed the scheme said: “With high streets throughout the country struggling to compete with out-of-town retail and the internet, it is vital we find a new approach to the high street to ensure it remains relevant and provides a strong

retail offering. We need to combine national retailers in properly configured, modern space with more local niche operators and leisure to create destinations within town centres that are safe, attractive and distinctive. “This has been achieved at The Moor in Sheffield by combing a mix of different and yet complimentary retail offerings. Across Europe consumers have always been drawn by the theatre of markets and we have been inspired by this in the design of The Moor Market. By placing this alongside a more modern retail offering we present the shopper with a new experience and multiple retail options to the benefit of all tenants.” This combination of retail offerings has been further enhanced by the innovative design from leading retail specialists, Leslie Jones. Using modern construction techniques and high quality materials, the firm has created a landmark building, which will help to attract more visitors and add to the shopping experience on The Moor. A dramatic brassclad entrance arch helps to draw footfall into the Market, which has a relatively limited frontage on The Moor, thereby extending the street to the space the market occupies behind the retail units. The flow between The

Moor and market is further encouraged by a row of large, glazed sliding doors to the side of the entrance arch. The external envelope of the main market hall draws inspiration from traditional European markets through an innovative timber weave cladding alternating with projecting courses of bricks, which echo the Victorian red-brick architecture of Sheffield. Sheffield City Council has invested £18 million in building the new market, and will manage it. For the last 800 years the city’s markets have been located at Castlegate, where footfall has been falling for many years due to the site’s relative isolation on the edge of the city centre. Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said: “The new Moor Market signals a major reshaping of Sheffield’s city centre retail offer, by relocating the main markets from their traditional home on Castlegate to a new location in the heart of the consolidated shopping area on The Moor. “Our investment in the market demonstrates our confidence in The Moor and the city centre, and it will be a real boost to independent retail in the area. It’s been thrilling watching a new landmark take shape, and there’s been a real buzz about the market even before it opens.” Leslie Jones is also designing the next phase of the regeneration, which is being led by SWIPPT, as sole owner of the 600,000 sq ft estate. Kerri Hunter, Deputy Fund Manager at SWIPPT said: “The Moor is an integral part of Sheffield’s new city centre retail core and we are working towards creating an area that provides a quality retail and leisure environment as well as an evening economy, which will increase dwell time and so extend shopping hours. Sheffield is a UK Top 5 city and deserves a vibrant city centre. SWIPPT is committed to working with Sheffield City Council and other partners to ensure this is delivered over the coming years.”

MORE INFORMATION For more information contact: Clare Hartshorne Redwood Consulting T: 020 7828 5553 M: 07515 050 335 E:


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The MCRMA welcomes the changes to Part L of the Building Regulations planned for April 2014 which have now been announced. The Part L working group which began in May 2011 spent considerable time debating the scope of the proposed changes and offered solutions to ensure that changes were meaningful and appropriate for the wide ranging and different building options. The consultation period focused on primary options for an 11% or 20% improvement over the 2010 figures. The recently announced changes have opted for a 9% aggregate CO2 uplift with elemental backstop figures across all non-domestic building types. The 9% aggregate figure includes a range of figures from 3% improvement for small warehouses up to 13% for shallow plan offices. The uplift figure of 3% for small warehouses, 4% for distribution centres and 8% for retail outlets demonstrates the overall efficiency of the existing construction method which, in the main, is based on metal roofing and cladding systems that incorporate highly efficient insulation and translucent rooflights. This method of construction, which offers complete flexibility, has developed a unique style and appearance that provides investors, building owners and end users with a cost effective, sustainable solution that meets with their long term needs. The changes to Part L which will come in to effect on the 6th April 2014 will further show the importance of correct design and the need to maintain a robust and sound specification at the design stage which is preserved and translated into the as-built construction. The backstop figures which are shown in the approved document for elements of the construction and the Notional Building within the National Calculation Method, which uses the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) offer designers with a palette of options.

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The MCRMA advises that the Notional Building specification should be regarded as the initial starting point for a design solution rather than the “must have” or “easy option” answer. The systems and solutions available from member companies within the MCRMA provide design flexibility for the specifier. As a result of the involvement of the MCRMA throughout the development of the changes to part L, member companies have the technical capability to advise on the full range of design options and the value of considering robust and meaningful solutions. In addition, the MCRMA’s independent roofing and cladding inspectors group provide professional advice about the building envelope during the design, assembly and operating phase of construction.

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A Landmark Decision for Fusion Facades Over the past two decades, northern based Guttermaster has been taking care of the roof drainage and roof edge detailing on buildings across the construction spectrum. In more recent times however their expertise in rainscreen cladding and innovative façade detailing has begun to feature in various London based landmark projects. So it was no surprise that sister company; Fusion Facades was born. Incorporated in 2012, Fusion Facades has set its sights on becoming the architects’ choice when it comes to adding that extra sizzle to those building projects destined to join the Capital’s landmarks of the future. A prime example is Clapham One, an award winning mixed-use regeneration scheme which has transformed leisure services across two sites in Clapham town centre, south west London.

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Visit: a website aimed at keeping interested architects and developers abreast of current projects and specification issues.


Langley Enjoys Life in the Fast Lane with Unique Project for Sir Stirling Moss

Charity Skydive in May for Cancer Research

Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd, the national roofing and waterproofing expert, has undertaken an impressive copper veral roofing project at the Mayfair home of British racing icon Sir Stirling Moss. "The specialist copper veral solution from Langley was selected by Sir Stirling and the project's contractor, Keith Marzetti of Tower Asphalt Ltd., for its long product life and high resistance to cracking. Sir Stirling knew he could trust the product, as the roof being replaced was a Langley copper veral system installed more than 20 years ago by Keith and his team. Barry Yardley, Regional Manager for Langley, added: "Working with copper veral is always interesting, and especially on bespoke residential projects. It was a delight to work with Sir Stirling and Tower Asphalt team throughout the project and the finished roof looks spectacular.” For more information visit

As some of you may know already I am, alongside my sister doing a Charity Skydive in May for Cancer Research. We are both jumping in memory of our late Granddad. Ahead of this we have set up a joint ‘Just Giving’ page to help raise awareness and donations for Cancer Research. Please use this link to navigate to the website, while there if you could make a small donation it would be greatly appreciated.

We are also asking for ideas for the craziest mile high selfie. Madder the better! While I have your reading this, please remember Britmet Tileform Ltd, are the UK largest manufacturers of Lightweight Tile Effect Roofing, supplying materials to numerous clients for new build and refurbishment projects. Offering the widest range of UK profiles Britmet, and we are proud to say we can provide ‘The Total Roof Solution’. So you know where to come if the need arises.

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Crossgrip roof walkway matting installed on the rooftop of Ikea store in Berlin

Keymer gives lessons on style in development of Essex school

Crossgrip roof walkway matting, manufactured in the UK by Plastic Extruders Ltd, has been installed on the rooftop of a large Ikea store in Berlin. Without the need of any welding equipment, 700 metres were laid in only one day by roofing contractor Dachland Berlin. Supplied by German distributor Etanco GmbH, the matting facilitates safe access to the store's rooftop services whilst providing protection for the roof membrane. Crossgrip is loose laid and remains stable in winds of up to 96km/h -60mph- (laboratory tests have shown that when laid flat on a stable platform it remained in position for wind speeds of 150 km/h -93mph-). Due to its flexible construction, the matting contours easily over uneven surfaces and its raised 14mm height helps it to straddle ponding water. Crossgrip’s vinyl composition makes it resistant to bacterial growth and only requires minimal maintenance. For more information visit

Keymer has come out top of the class once again as it supplies 30,000 beautifully hand crafted tiles in a massive project for a leading independent mixed boarding school located in Chelmsford, Essex. Quantity Surveyor Ainsley & Partners oversaw the construction of two new buildings that were in the cartilage of the already existing impressive listed school building. As such, it was paramount that the appropriate tiles were chosen for the development. The design of the classroom building had to be traditional in appearance whilst achieving a very high environmental standard to meet a 'BREEAM, Very Good' rating. Roofing contractor Scofield & Lait used County Shire tiles together with Keymer’s louvered vent ridge in the construction of a new Classroom Building, For further information visit –

Martin-Brooks sees New Era Dawn on the Cobb Its gallows may be consigned to history, but the roof of Lincoln Castle’s Cobb Hall is about to swing into action once again, thanks to the experts at Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks. The firm’s heritage specialists have carried out a complete re-roof on the grade I listed tower, so a new walkway can be installed carrying visitors right around the castle walls. Martin-Brooks removed and recycled Cobb Hall’s original lead covering, before fixing 90 square metres of new sand cast lead panels to the existing boarding. In keeping with traditional building methods, chalk slurry was painted onto the underside of the lead to help prevent corrosion. The refurbishment of Cobb Hall forms part of a wider project of restoration at Lincoln Castle, delivered by main contractors, Woodhead Heritage. Martin-Brooks is listed on the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ (NFRC) heritage register. Visit–

“Flat Roofing Problems Solved”

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The London oraTory SpeakS VoLumeS for QuaLiTy WorkmanShip Once again this year’s winners of the main Murdoch Award certainly did not disappoint with the spectacular refurbishment of the eight-sided Baroque dome of the London Oratory catching the judges’ eye artin (UK) Roofing Systems had been entrusted with replacing the original leadwork, which had been in place since the dome had been created in 1895 as the crowning glory of the second largest Roman Catholic Church in London.


After 117 years the lead was finally showing signs of fixing fatigue and crystallization, with minor signs of underside corrosion evident in some areas and so the decision was taken for a major refurbishment to be carried out, which started in 2012. Using Code 6 on the ribs and Code 7 on the main body of the dome, the Martin (UK) team

installed a total of approximately 57 tonnes of rolled lead sheet supplied be Associated Lead Mills. The project also included the cleaning, repair and gliding of the ornate copper orb and bronze cross, which had been previously attended to in 1960. In announcing Martin (UK) as the winners, Chairman of the Awards Panel Dick Murdoch paid tribute to the careful attention to detail on such a high profile project and the judges were sure that it would be at least another 100 years before the leadwork needed any further attention. He also applauded the entries from the other finalists, Richardson Roofing for Harrow School and Architectural Lead is Metalwork / T & P Lead Roofing Ltd for their joint

submission of Africa House in London. The excellent quality of these projects had given the judges a very difficult task, but in the end it was Martin (UK) that were decided as worthy (and first time) winners of the 2013 Murdoch Award. Managing director David Martin paid tribute to his on-site team who had been left in no doubt as to the quality standards demanded by such a high profile and prestigious building. “I am very proud that they rose to see their efforts rewarded by the Murdoch Award judges.” Graham Hudson, Managing Director of Associated Lead Mills, who have sponsored the Murdoch Award since 2005, was especially pleased with the judges’ choice, as the material used was supplied by his own company. “Although entrants to the Murdoch Award can use any suppliers material, as long as it’s BSEN12503 or traditional sand cast, I was delighted that it was our own metal used on this year’s winning entry” he said.

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Stone & Stonework Get close to conservation at Glasgow Cathedral

It is the finest building to have survived the medieval period in Scotland and now Historic Scotland is giving a limited number of lucky participants the chance to see the conservation work at Glasgow Cathedral from a very unique vantage point. Come along and climb the scaffold on the outside of the structure, as our experts talk about the work they are undertaking on one of Glasgow’s most notable landmarks. The tour will not only offer an opportunity to see the conservation work up close but also a bird’s eye view of the city itself. The work to conserve the cathedral is an intricate, long term project and this behind the scenes tour will take in the challenges our craftsmen face on a daily basis. The tour will include a visit to the stone masons' yard where stones are carved to marry in with the existing stone work and a chance to learn about the carving and installation of a new gargoyle, window tracery and pinnacles. Glasgow Cathedral was built in the twelfth century and was the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to survive the 1560 Reformation. For more information visit

Whatever your building plans, Caithness Stone looks sensational ....inside and ....outside

Caithness stone is an attractive and resilient material that has been extensively used worldwide for nearly 250 years. Caithness Stone Industries has been in production for over 20 years with an average annual output of over 100,000 tonnes. The quarrying process, as unique as the material itself, is carried out by experienced local craftsmen who decide where and when to cut into the rugged Caithness landscape. Caithness Stone Industries employs the latest techniques in the production of the stone, allowing it to breach both internal and external markets. It produces a vast range of products from laser etched murals and signage, decorative water jet cut designs to traditional cropped cobbles and paving setts, all of which can be viewed at the Caithness Stone website.

The company is no stranger to carrying out prominent work for esteemed clients, as it has supplied stone to the Scottish Parliament and the British Memorial Garden at Ground Zero in New York. Mr Sutherland explained “We also provided roofing slates, flooring and vanities for the Castle of Mey and recently made a plaque for Historic Scotland in memory of the Scottish mercenaries killed at the battle of Alamo in Texas.”

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But it is not just commercial clients and special commissions JW Sutherland Ltd T/A Caithness Stone Industries carries out, it also makes and supplies bespoke products for the domestic market. These include kitchen worktops and breakfast bars, shower walling and trays, and a range of flooring that works brilliantly with under floor heating



North East architecture practice has been appointed to expand the pioneering subsea research facilities on offer at the new flagship headquarters of leading industrial technology company, Tracerco. Following its design of Tracerco’s new £8.6million Measurement and Technology Centre currently being built at Belasis Hall Business Park in Billingham, Gateshead-based practice Gradon Architecture is now set to modernise the company’s existing 1960s head-office on nearby Coxwold Way. The award-winning practice will transform two buildings onsite into extra conference, office and laboratory facilities to further expand Tracerco’s capability to bring to market innovative technologies for the world’s oil and gas industry. Graham McDarby, design director at Gradon Architecture, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Tracerco once again to help bring its existing building stock in line with our contemporary design of its new flagship headquarters. “Throughout this project, we have worked closely with the team to create a design that would not only reflect Tracerco’s values of innovation and discovery, but also match its ambition for future expansion as a world-leading technology company. “The modernisation of its current head-office will reflect our design of the new Measurement and Technology Centre, where we have delivered a variety of bespoke spaces that have been sensitively designed to harness cuttingedge technologies such as a state-of-the-art underwater testing tank.” Tracerco, part of the FTSE 100 Johnson Matthey Plc, currently employs more than 150 people and expects to create a further 50 jobs following the construction of its new UK


Tracerco HQ Gradon Architecture is set to modernise Tracerco’s existing 1960s head-office

headquarters. The project for Tracerco is being supported by the Let’s Grow Fund, a £30m Regional Growth Fund programme providing grant support for capital investment and R&D projects creating or safeguarding jobs in the North East of England. Andy Hurst, managing director of Tracerco said: “It was important for Tracerco to have facilities that were both functional as working offices, labs and testing areas, but could also cater for our many customer visits and demonstrations. We are delighted with the work Gradon Architecture has done to transform our suite of buildings and create our brand new flagship measurement and testing facility to that brief.” Currently being built by Clugston Construction, the new Measurement and Technology Centre is due for completion in 2014 and will increase the company’s capacity to develop a range of subsea products and services onsite. Featuring an open-planned central atrium to generate greater interaction between different divisions of the business, once complete the centre will look to enhance the overall staff and customer experience on offer through its design. As well as offering unique recreational spaces across the site to help staff relax and keep fit, a series of glass partitions on some of Tracerco’s leading engineering facilities will act like windows for clients and visitors to watch the innovative products and testing equipment being developed. Steve Waggett, regional manager at Clugston Construction, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Gradon on this project. The team share our passion and enthusiasm for delivering excellence for the client. Graham and the team have gone the extra mile to ensure this.” To find out more about the architectural services that Gradon Architecture provides, visit or follow @gradon_arch on Twitter.

Pasquill Roof TRuss Posi Attic Truss being craned into place -

‘Room in Roof’ TRusses oPening uP a whole new sTyle of living With the ever increasing demand to optimise building land, more and more builders are looking to trussed rafters to provide the solution for additional living areas within the roof space. A significant proportion of all trussed rafters now produced are Room-inRoof (RiR) trusses which offer more living space using a method of construction that has been in common use within the construction industry for around 40 years. The Room-in-Roof or attic trussed rafter is a simple means of providing the structural roof and floor in the same component. This offers considerable advantages over other forms of living roof construction: There need be no restrictions on lower floor layouts since the trusses can clear span on to external walls although greater spans and room widths can be achieved by utilising internal load bearing walls. ‘RiR’ trussed rafters utilise the latest design software and are factory assembled units, resulting in the most efficient use of materials and optimum quality control. ‘RiR’ trussed rafters can be erected quickly, offering cost savings and helping

to provide a weather tight shell earlier. A complete structure is provided, ready to receive roof finishes, plasterboard and flooring. Complex, labour intensive site joints are not required. Freedom to plan the room layout within the roof space.

Comparing a standard trussed rafter with an equivalent ‘RiR’ truss, the external members will increase in width and depth. There are two reasons for this: The ‘RiR’ truss supports approximately 60% more load than a standard truss of the same span and pitch. This difference in load is made up of plasterboard ceilings and wall construction, full superimposed floor loading and floor boarding. Lack of triangulation in a ‘RiR’ truss is the second reason for increased member sizes. Predominantly 47mm thick timber is used, with member depths ranging from 145mm to 245mm. For even greater flexibility Metal Web Joists can be incorporated as the bottom chord of ‘RiR’ trusses, allowing the full range of services such as 100mm soil and vent pipe or MVHR ductwork to be safely, easily and quickly incorporated within the attic floor zone.

For most purposes ‘RiR’ trussed rafters can be designed to clear span between the front and rear walls of a dwelling thus avoiding the need for building loadbearing walls and foundations on lower storeys. However, if loadbearing walls exist or can easily be added then they can be used to good effect to provide additional support to the ‘RiR’ trusses. In this way greater room sizes are possible but to be effective the walls should occur within the centre 20% of the truss span and are most effective when placed near the mid-span of the truss. Timber ‘Room in Roof’ trusses provide a cost-effective, practical solution for both the builder and developer as well as the ultimate purchaser. Whether new build, refurbishment or self build, timber trusses represent the most viable solution for creating ‘Room in the Roof’. Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) members have a wealth of experience in this field and can provide essential information for those considering room in the roof construction, for more information visit Or email




North East architecture firm is helping to tackle the ‘cold’ war in Mongolia, after completing designs for a major new homes development in the country’s capital. Gateshead’s Gradon Architecture has submitted its design proposals for 50 energy-efficient homes in Ulaanbaator - a city regarded as the second most polluted on the planet, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Working with a local developer, the designs could form a blueprint for replacing soviet-era homes across the city and will help to protect residents against deadly minus 30 temperatures. The three and four storey townhouses, located in the Nukht Valley district of the city, will incorporate a number of sustainable features to reduce heat loss and keep families warm. Due for approval from the Government Department of Construction and Planning, the development will include photovoltaic panels, solar hot water heating, together with insulation that exceeds British Building Regulation standards. Chris Allan, associate architect at Gradon Architecture, said: “Many buildings in Ulaanbaatar date back to the Soviet era. This means that many people are living in poor quality accommodation, which lacks even basic polystyrene insulation as well as double glazing. In one of the coldest and heavily polluted cities in the world, this is having a real impact - especially on public health. “We believe that designing modern, sustainable homes for the future can

truly improve people’s lives. Therefore by raising the standards of energyefficiency as part of this scheme, we hope to create a blueprint for the way both executive and affordable homes will be built in the city going forward. “The government has made a real commitment to creating better homes for everyone across the city, including those people living in the ‘Ger-Districts’. Masterplanning is now underway for the city. If our proposals can deliver an exemplar project from which future developments can draw from, we believe thousands of families will benefit from improved living standards in the future.” Based at NE40 Studios, a converted locally listed church in Ryton, Gradon Architecture is growing an international reputation for delivering a range of international design projects in countries such as Australia, China, and Kazakhstan. To support the needs of an increasingly suburban area in the Nukht Valley, the practice has also put forward its plans for a new community leisure facility. The building will comprise of a shopping mall, business hub, bowling alley, gymnasium, swimming pool and a sport and leisure club. Once plans have been approved construction work will begin onsite in summer 2014. To find out more about the architectural services that Gradon Architecture provides, visit or follow @gradon_arch on Twitter.



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