Design Buy Build - Issue 8 2014

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Design Buy Build Issue 8 2014



gehry and Foster unveiL Landmark designs For phase three oF Battersea power station

Luxurious 5 Bedroom house reFurBishment in the city oF winchester

Lighting a new BuiLd home


...inside Issue 8 2014

Features 4-6 8 13 14-16 24-26 29 37 42-44 50 53 64-66 71 72-73 80

Romsey Road Romsey road is a luxurious 5 bedroom house refurbishment in the city of Winchester. Dura Composites Composite timber Cladding GreenBuild Expo The GreenBuild Challenge Bramhall Blenkharn Architects A new suburbia? Morpheus London Morpheus Unveils sophisticated London living at The Chelsea Townhouses. Hormann Appealing to the head and the heart CJ WildBird Foods It s easy to make space for wIldlIfe Battersea Power Station Gehry and Foster Unveil Landmark Designs for Phase Three of Battersea Power Station IBI Group IBI Nightingale s Community Hospital Rises from Floods May Design Series May Design Series returns bigger and better Brilliant Lighting Lighting a new build home Kingspan Renewables Kingspan Solar Thermal Supplies Hot Water for Snowdonia Caravan Park Kemper Systems Real Value and Buildability Raise Roofing Standards at Huddersfield University BiGDUG Maximise your Space

Battersea Power Station - P42-44 New-Build by SHH P4, 5, 6 & 7

Baue House - P24-26

IBI Group - P50

Products & Services 7 10-12 17-21 22 22 23 27-34 35-36 37-40 45 46 46-49 51 52-60 61-63 64-67 68 69 70 71 72-77 78 79 80-83

Architectural & Building Services Editors Choice Bathrooms & Kitchens Ceilings, Walls & Partitions Coatings, Sealants & Paints Design & Build Doors, Windows & Fittings Drainage & Plumbing External Environment & Landscaping Floors & Flooring Glass & Glazing Heating, Ventilation & Insulation Home Automation Interiors & Interior Design Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades Lighting & Electrical Product News Recreation & Leisure Refurbishment & Renovation Renewable Energy Roofing & Cladding Safety & Security Solar Power Tools, Plants & Equipment

Brable - P14-16

GreenBuild Expo - P13

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ampshire based AR Design Studio’s brief, of a luxurious 5 bedroom house efurbishment in the city of Winchester, was to create a sense of space and calm in the tight and complicated layout. By extending at the rear on first floor we replaced two single bedrooms with two master bedrooms with en suites, as well as liberating space to create a new double height dramatic entrance and stairs leading to a wide functional landing and a new family bathroom. The palette of materials used is limited and muted, white and grey render and tiles to make the experience of the house that of a calm play between spaces and light. On the ground floor we doubled the kitchen and dining area to create our signature minimal open living space, this is fully glazed on to the external glass-covered patio. Our concept was to create continuity between the two rooms by using the same floor material, flush thresholds and

structural glass to cover the external patio. By designing an oversized structural frame at the end of the covered patio we strongly marked the end of this space to create the illusion that the internal living space extends to the external limit of the covered patio. This ambiguous internal and external space creates vitality, in the tradition of modernist spaces like that of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona pavilion.

On the garden elevation both the client and planners supported us in creating a strong visual identity, which is expressed by the simple play of a dark grey box (the first floor bedrooms) jutting out of the ground floor’s white render and glass structure. A simple but radical look.


AR Design Studio have created the illusion that the internal living space extends to the external limit of the covered patio

>> Architect: Andy Ramus Andy Ramus is a 40 year old architect, born in London and trained at Plymouth School of architecture under mentor Professor Adrian Gale. In 2000 he completed his education at the 2001, after 5 years working in London, he established his own practice and is now based in Hampshire. AR Design Studio is a young, highly motivated, contemporary architectural practice dedicated and passionate about delivering elegant and functional solutions to the field of modern living. Initially designing small bespoke extensions and furniture, the practice has steadily extended its portfolio to include several one-off houses and a range of luxury commercial refurbishment and new build schemes. They love working with glass and they have developed innovative structural glazing systems. These have been used to create high-quality water front homes and sophisticated solutions for modern day living, such as the Lighthouse 65, winner of the prestigious RIBA Downland Award 2012, and the Boathouse which recently won the Daily Telegraph Small House of the Year Award. Their elegant and contemporary designs are held in high regard within the Architectural industry; AR Design Studio were shortlisted for the RIBA Downland Award again in 2010, while Andy Ramus has been shortlisted for the Young Architect of the Year 2011. AR Design Studio are also catching the eye of the national media and have been featured recently in the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Hello and Grand Design Magazines, as well as overseas publications.


The kitchen and dining area create a open living space,


Space was liberating to create a new double height dramatic entrance

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Howarth Timber Excels in Charity Efforts Award-winning merchant Howarth Timber and Building Supplies is delighted to have raised more than £15,000 in the last year for its charity partner Caudwell Children, helping to provide autism therapy and specialist sensory equipment for disabled youngsters. Howarth’s fundraising efforts during 2013 included in-store collections, a Three Peaks Challenge staff fundraiser, charity golf days, dress down days and sponsored walks and runs, which raised an overall figure of £15,159.33. The merchant aims to replicate its fundraising efforts this year and has a host of events lined up to top 2013’s total. A Three Peaks Challenge is planned in for May, while an eight-hour Scafell Pike trek will take place in September. Picture shows Nick Howarth and Mark Terry of Howarth Timber with representatives of Caudwell Children For more information :

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Composite timber Cladding Stuart Burns, Director at Dura Composites, looks at a real life case study where composite timber cladding has been used to renovate the look of an older office and factory building. eciding on a look for a new build or renovation can be a seriously stressful experience for the end client, whether they be a self builder or a multinational organisation. Many wrestle with the dilemma of using modern materials for a sleek and fresh look or the use traditional materials such as wood. Whilst natural wood cladding represents a sizeable chunk of the wall cladding and façade market place, it is an area that must be fully understood if you are to achieve the look you want for a long period of time. That is because most timber cladding will fade significantly and begin to rot over time unless it is treated with the appropriate paint or stain at regular intervals.


An alternative to using natural timber comes in the form of a fast growing new product made using timber composites. That is where natural timber is used within a composite mix to create a material that is more suited

to battling the elements over an extended life cycle in all weather conditions. Dura Cladding is one such product on the market where selected recycled wood and recycled high density polyethylene is used to create a cladding range that offer the natural appearance of wooden cladding but without the hassle or expense of periodic maintenance to preserve the wood. Timber composite cladding still represents a tiny margin of the overall market, and UK suppliers are few and far between, but it seems key decision makers are finally realising its’ true value for new builds or refurbishments. One of the main points to note for the ecominded is that a quality timber composite product like Dura Cladding can be just as green as wood, if not more. A report from CERAM UK confirmed that Dura Cladding meets the highest sustainability specifications. It is made of 87% recycled materials, and was the first timber composite supplier to become FSC ® 100% certified.

Whereas traditional wood planks require regular painting or staining to preserve their natural beauty and protect them, UV inhibitors can be added to a quality timber composite at the point of manufacture to protect against the elements. Another thing to remember when choosing a supplier is that the best ones offer warranties of up to 25 years – at least a decade longer than the life-cycle of the average hardwood alternative. Quality timber composite cladding is further characterised by the fact that it won’t crack, shrink, warp or rot. To illustrate how Dura Cladding can be used both traditionally and also in a more contemporary format, the Dura premises were recently fitted with the recently launched 150/21 Weatherboard product in Barn Black for the main factory and 200/21 Flush in Pale Grey for the more contemporary office building at the front of the premises. The series of photos taken during the installation help illustrate not only how relatively simple the material is to install for professionals, but also how much of a transformation can be accomplished across a large area with a relatively small outlay. Most visitors to the premises do not believe that natural wood has not be used to create a such a traditional barn look, and are excited about the prospect of having little maintenance to do and are attracted by the fact that according to accelerated UV test results, the material will retain the vast proportion of its colour throughout its 25 year design life. Aesthetics are always subjective and can be a highly emotive subject for the façade of a building. What is not subjective though is life cycle costs. Due to the lack of maintenance required, and the long design life, although composite cladding purchase costs may be higher than some natural wood cladding, it can actually work out significantly cheaper when life cycle costs are considered. Being 87% recycled and available as FSC © 100% the green aspect is thoroughly covered as well.

Editor’s Choice The Historic Towns – Forum has over 27 years experience in promoting the prosperity and heritage of historic towns and cities. Its work is rooted in the recognised value of heritage assets to social, economic and environmental well-being. We are the only UK-based organisation which represents all professional disciplines and sectors working in the historic built environment. Attending an HTF event counts for CPD and also gives you the opportunity to network with HTF partners from all levels. Coming events include: England Tourism Week London May 01 2014 Annual Heritage Legislation Update Email:

Birley named in top 1,000 SMES to inspire Britain Sheffield based Birley Manufacturing has been included in the inaugural publication of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, a list of the most inspirational small and medium-sized companies in the UK. To be selected companies had to demonstrate not only a positive growth in revenue over the last four years, but also an increase in employee numbers, workspace, contract wins or patent filings. Birley Manufacturing specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke and roll out equipment for the retail, industrial, rail and education sectors and achieved a turnover of £10.1million for the year 2012. For further information please Telephone 0114 280 3200 Or visit

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Chooses Connexion2’s Identicom

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Housing Association, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd has signed a three-year contract to protect its lone workers with the award-winning Identicom lone worker device. Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), established in 2010, provides nearly 6,300 affordable homes and services to its tenants. Employing over 280 staff, over 100 of which are lone workers, management reviewed a number of devices and solutions to help protect these workers.


In 2013, CCG signed a three year contract with Connexion2, to provide the BS8484 approved lone worker device, SoloProtect is the leading lone worker safety solution provided by Connexion2, offering the Identicom device, 24/7 manned monitoring, SIM card and mobile network usage, device training and monthly reporting as standard. The solution the most efficient way to elicit a Police response in the U.K. For further information Tel: 0844 856 6606 or visit –

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Next month Ash Fire Management’s innovative Naturvent System is being showcased in North Weald, Essex. In nearly all house fire incidents, it is the smoke that causes fatalities, not the fire. Using the latest technology in fire detection, the Naturvent system will vent the toxic gases and fumes that incapacitate victims. Testing has proven that the chances of survival from a house fire are greatly increased with a Naturvent system installed. To attend these live demonstrations Email: as soon as possible as places are limited.

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MEVACO’s objective, as a service-oriented perforated sheet and expanded metal manufacturer and supplier, is to simplify the day-to-day business of their customers. This is why MEVACO is, this year, starting a new customer communication event under the motto MISSION POSSIBLE. The MISSION POSSIBLE program has been developed to explain to tradespersons just how they can benefit from all that MEVACO has to offer. MEVACO implements its wide range of services in a focussed manner, thereby facilitating the work of their customers, namely metalworking tradespersons. MEVACO offers its customers a series of measures that aim to facilitate their day-to-day business. A major advantage and time saver for customers is the possibility to create their own desired products, in a quick and flexible manner, on the new and simply laid out MEVACO website –

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Greenbuild, the organisers of Greenbuild Expo 2014 are launching a new sustainability campaign The Greenbuild Challenge.

Supported by UK Green Building Council and the Energy Saving Trust, the campaign aims to engage, educate and inspire professionals in the building and sustainability sectors to create a truly sustainable built environment. The built environment has huge potential in shaping our sustainable future. The buildings we live in, work in and relax in – and how we inhabit and interact with them – are a key part of a sustainable lifestyle. Professionals responsible for the design, function and performance of volume housing

and non-domestic properties such as schools and hospitals have a huge role to play. To get involved with the campaign visit You will be able to make a pledge to take more action to improve a building – and see the pledges and real-life improvements others have already made.

Rise to the challenge, be inspired and get involved at Greenbuild Expo 2014

Switching to LED Lighting – using 40 LED bulbs in a house for an average of 2.7 hours a day – the Energy Saving Trust’s typical use figure for a bulb in a kitchen or living room – running costs would be £23 annually compared with £287 for sticking with halogens ! Installing a bike rack - encourage staff at your office to ditch their cars – meaning healthier employees and a reduced carbon footprint ! Reducing artificial light - daylight has a better impact on performance. Good daylight in schools leads to a 10% in crease in overall pupil performance: 20% faster progression in mathematics and 26% faster reading progression.

Focal points of the campaign include: sustainable retrofitting; behavioural change; building materials and methods; and smart cities. As part of the Greenbuild Challenge these issues will be explored through debate at the Greenbuild Expo event in May and via comment pieces and examples of best practice through the Greenbuild magazine and online Paul King, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the Greenbuild Expo is launching a new campaign aiming to promote sustainable changes in buildings. The Greenbuild Challenge aims to educate and inspire people to make their buildings better by calling on building owners to pledge to make a change to their properties, no matter how big or small, from a major green retrofit in a block of flats, to installing energy efficient lighting in offices.” Chris Eldridge from Greenbuild said: “Working with organisations such as UK GBC and EST, the Greenbuild Challenge aims to raise the debate around sustainability in the built environment. We will continue the debate at this year’s Greenbuild Expo with a great seminar programme – all free to attend Greenbuild Expo in Manchester on 7th & 8th May 2014 at Manchester Central

Towards a new suburbia

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arrogate, Yorkshire. A not so grim northern spa town, genteel and resplendent, it oozes wealthy suburbia, and is home to the many migrant workers of nearby Leeds. Within this context, we were approached by a couple and their two teenage boys to design a new home in deepest suburbia. They had chosen an existing 1920’s house on a large plot, with a view to its replacement by a contemporary new home. I asked my clients to tell me of their lifestyle and to produce a board of images.The geologist and industrialist, offered a stair cantilevered from a curving wall. They talked of ammonites, and white render. Of clean open spaces, of sunshine and a private garden. Of separation from boisterous boys. Armed with this brief I went home one weekend with a bag of modeling materials, and

the model presented to an enthusiastic response. Some 2 years later, following appeal, thick snow and belligerence, a new model of suburbia has been formed. The house acknowledges both orientation and neighbours. It is closed and private on the public roadside, and opens to a glazed south facing façade overlooking the private garden. A large 3 storey ashlar curved wall dissects the building, separating family and parent spaces, from the boy’s bedrooms.The wall is thick – drums are beaten in one of the bedrooms! Curving round this wall is the feature spine staircase, overlooking the principal living area. The stone wall peels away into a cellar like staircase, plunging into the basement. A large glazed rooflight illuminates a double height space, traversed by a glass bridge. The spaces flow from one to another. The house is modest in size, a mere 350 sqm, yet it seems larger.

A large 3 storey ashlar curved wall dissects the building, separating family and parent spaces.


>> The 4metre high windows of the living area maximize contact with the garden. The project raised issues with neighbours and the conservative planning committee, leading to initial refusal – in spite of officer support. The appeal decision was wonderful in praise, and now on completion, the locals seem placated and satisfied. All is well in suburbia. Whilst Harrogate is perhaps not the norm, in terms of wealth and populace, it is typical of a number of English towns. It is great to have achieved something new and fresh. Something individual and contextual. Using a palette of local materials, perhaps a new suburbia has emerged. The chance to preen of one neighbour next to another. The Jones’? Who are they?

The locals seem placated and satisfied. All is well in suburbia.

THE FEATURE SPINE staircase overlooks the principal living area

LEFT The landing off which the main bedroom is situated.

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We specialise in the sale and restoration of original English & French cast iron baths, traditional accessories and sanitary ware. We take an unloved, neglected & unwanted cast iron bath and via our comprehensive and rigorous restoration process, lovingly restore it to its former glory. An example of this is above; Established since 1991, in the market town of Ivybridge and covering mainly the South West, we have previously worked for National Trusts, Stately Homes, House Restorers and even the QEII when she was in service. In December 2013, after a change of ownership, we have moved the showroom to Marlborough to allow further growth and development of the business along the M4-M3-M25 Corridors, where we display a range of fully restored baths and traditional accessories. The business, which continues to be family run, has a renowned reputation for quality workmanship along with an in-built commitment and passion to find the right product to fulfil our customers’ needs. We offer a collection and delivery service throughout the UK to cater for our renovation service, or purchase from our wide selection of showroom or yard baths, allowing you to create your own relaxing sanctuary. We are always on the lookout for original unwanted Cast Iron Baths which we can restore.

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Bathrooms & Kitchens Trendy terracotta tiles

Inspired by traditional Mediterranean terracotta tiles, Solus Ceramics’ new Cotto Clay range is a modern reimagining of this iconic and recognizable material. Rustic and earthy, browns and oranges sit alongside more contemporary cream and grey colour options, which allow this range to be used in manydifferent design schemes and projects. All colours feature a beautiful and random palette of darker and lighter tones, adding a feeling of warmth and history. An uneven surface texture makes every single tile completely unique and projects a natural and organic mood. The crisp, clean lines of the Cotto Clay range also bring an urban and industrial essence. Cotto Clay is one of the most versatile ranges that Solus Ceramics have discovered, and in total comprises of seven versatile sizes, including 300x600mm, 600x1200mm and many unusual plank shaped sizes. For more information contact a member of the Solus Ceramics sales team.

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A Stunning Alternative to Tiles If you’re looking for a bathroom wall covering that will wow your clients, Simply Cladding has the solution. It has launched a range of stunning PVC wall cladding, offering more than 40 designs and a hygienic, low maintenance, low cost alternative to tiles. From zebra stripes to pastels, pearlescents to holographics, there is no minimum order quantity, making it a perfect solution for everyone from a local builder to a large scale contractor. The 2440mm x 1220mm panels can be fixed on to any surface with standard, solvent-based adhesive. Drilling into the PVC is easy, using the appropriate drill bits, so shelves, rails, handles and hooks are easily mounted to complete the job. For further information visit –

DEVI and Elements – the perfect combination for warm, dry, economical showers and wet rooms

Pictured is Abacus Direct's innovative Elements system with DEVI's underfloor heating When deciding what type of flooring you want for your new bathroom, and how to heat it efficiently, look for the unbeatable combination of the innovative Elements tileable wet floor systems and DEVI electric underfloor heating. The two products in tandem ensure that any wetroom or bathroom is warm, dry, superbly insulated and economical to heat. It's a very effective and simple solution for today's bathrooms. When the Elements board is used with DEVImat in a bathroom or wetroom floor, heat is not lost so it's extremely efficient and warm. The company offers a wide range of products for the whole bathroom. For further information visit or call 0845 8 50 50 40.

New Bi-Fold Showering from AQATA AQATA, the leading UK designer and manufacturer of premium quality shower enclosures introduces two new shower enclosures for 2014. The Spectra SP480 Bi Fold Recess option and the Spectra SP481 Bi Fold Corner option (shown) are characterised by beautifully designed bi-folding doors which offer great space saving solutions for small bathrooms. With a stylish and contemporary frameless aesthetic, the new enclosures feature minimal styling and clean lines which add to the feeling of light and space. The inward opening bi-fold door allows the maximum usable floor space outside the shower area whilst providing ample showering room inside, with water drips safely contained within the enclosure when opening and closing the door. For stockists contact Aqata. Tel. 01455 896 500 E-mail:

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Ceilings, Walls & Partitions

Yeoman Shield Appoints New Area Sales Manager Yeoman Shield, the UK market leader in the supply and installation of wall & door protection products has appointed a new sales manager, Stefan Seward to cover the South Central Area of the country. Stefan, who has worked previously in the construction industry, has in-depth experience in sales, promoting products to architects, main contractors and facility management companies. He will be looking after customers in Berkshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight and North West and East London. Stefan commented: “I am looking forward to being part of Yeoman Shield’s experienced sales team and working at increasing sales in the South Central Area.” To arrange a free no obligation visit and quote, contact Stefan on 07921 091289 Or visit –

Fully-glazed frameless partitioning system from SAS International

Create impressive façades with SL52 curtain walling system from AluK

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Clear & Connect: Lohmann´s

Duplocoll “Clear Performance Tape" (CPT) from Lohmann, “The Bonding Engineers”, is of special interest in architectural applications. The pressuresensitive adhesive tape range is made from a pure acrylic adhesive with high initial tack and a lasting, non-colouring transparent bond strength. The light refraction index of Duplocoll CPT is similar to that of glass making the tape range ideally suitable for all applications for which a permanent, "clear" connection is desired and in which design plays an important role.

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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.


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. 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:

Of special interest are the new products CPT 9621 and CPT 9630 which have been developed for specific architectural uses. These products are suitable for the connection of glass-partition walls e.g. in public buildings. They offer an ideal substitution of liquid silicon applications concerning the connection of glass-elements offering many advantages to the customer. These are: the edge passivation of the tapes, which prevents dirt contamination of the edge, no curing time, immediate bonding and no mess or necessity of gloves, overalls or other consumables. CPT 9621 and 9630 offer users a real benefit in process time and cost. The multi-functional characteristics and the width of this product range allow an invisible, immediate and long term bonding of different materials such as wood, aluminium, plastics, ceramics and glass. For further information visit –

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fuse design+build ( fuse design+build limited is a UK construction and engineering company delivering design and build services for commercial and residential property refurbishment. fuse specialises in interior construction, fit out and refurbishment of office and home environments. fuse can provide the complete turnkey solution from planning applications, interior design through to building and achieving project deliverables with regards to safety, quality, programme and cost. Alternatively, fuse can collaborate with inhouse design teams or incumbent architects / surveyors to build to any set design specification. fuse’s latest project includes a contemporary office space with themed meeting rooms (Fairground, Library, Space, Chintz) and feature walls rich in colour that inspires creativity for the leading media company. For other commercial and residential projects by fuse, visit

Eco-Slab beats Climate Change!

Eco-Slab, the most Modern Method of Construction for creating concrete ground floor slabs, both suspended and ground bearing, has been the base for the most eco efficient houses built in the UK. Four 80 metre 3 bed, houses built 15 months ago by Beattie Passive in Scotland, had a 12 month heating bill of £107. That’s just £2.00 a week, through one of the toughest winters in a decade. This follows another Eco-Slab floored 120 m2 house in Chewton Mendip, Somerset that has a four year monitored total energy consumption of 41kwh per m2 p.a. where renewables were barred by conservation regulations. Eco-Slab costs one third less to install, ready for concreting, than block and beam, in one twelfth of the time. Eco-Slab’s insulating and airtightness are the ultimate for reducing heat loss from concrete ground floors. Manufactured by “Jablite, ”the largest polystyrene construction producer in the UK, Eco-Slab’s quality is undoubted.

Eco-Slab is being used by local authorities in retrofit floors, to help reduce heating bills by as much 80%, in Victorian buildings. For further information visit –

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orpheus, London's leading specialist developer of prime residential property, today unveils its new development - The Chelsea Townhouses, Pond Place. The latest of Morpheus' impressive projects, these chic and sophisticated townhouses offer a unique modern lifestyle in the heart of Chelsea. An unprecedented collection of three state-of-the-art new build properties Anderson House, Beau House and Chapman House - The Chelsea Townhouses effortlessly balance timeless elegance with cutting-edge luxury. A rare find in central London, these beautifully-designed properties are spacious, convenient and secure, tucked away from busy London life behind a discreet facade. United in their quality, impeccable

Beautifully designed properties that are spacious, convenient and secure, tucked away from busy London life. attention to detail, creativity and innovation, The Chelsea Townhouses all bear the hallmarks of an award-winning Morpheus development. Beau House - the central fully furnished four bedroom property is a classically 'tailored' property with a number of bespoke commissioned pieces by leading British craftsman. Featuring a private cinema with 100� screen and digital surround sound),

bespoke wine wall, striking Atlantic Lava stone fireplace, opulent bar and an entire floor dedicated to the master suite, Beau House offers an unusual combination of drama, style, indulgence and quiet solitude. Meanwhile the equally spacious four-bedroom Anderson House and Chapman House are available unfurnished, offering the opportunity to furnish to a client’s exact needs and requirements. Working with guest designers, 1508 London, Morpheus has delivered a unique contemporary interpretation of a traditional pied-à-terre. The design of Beau House is elegant and refined, using tonal colours, myriad textures and beautiful natural materials including: Patinato Veneziano polished plaster, oak flooring, Whistler leather wall panels, Jura Blue Grey stone, hand-painted Fromental wallpaper and bronze metal trim detail throughout. The property also features a green wall which runs the height of the Townhouse – an organic and fluid pattern of lush green, pale pink and white flowered evergreen plants – while a series of balconies and winter gardens bring light and beautiful views into its rooms.


>> The Chelsea Townhouses offer the best of London living. Perfectly situated among some of the Capital's most iconic landmarks (the V&A, the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park) and an array of local bars and restaurants, residents will find themselves ensconced in Chelsea's village atmosphere. From culture and fine dining to unrivalled shopping, green open space and excellent transport links, Pond Place is ideally-located. With each of the properties, Morpheus provides a year’s Residence Management service, overseeing the complete planning and management of the property and providing a full range of bespoke services, leaving residents to enjoy their magnificent surroundings. Andrew Murray, Chairman of Morpheus comments: "The Chelsea Townhouses are a rare find: three unique spacious new build properties that deliver classic design and detailing to the highest quality. A bastion of British craftsmanship, these residences are iconic yet subtle; opulent yet understated. We are delighted to have already enjoyed a high level of interest in all three properties." For more information please see

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SWA Member Helps Restore Brighton Station Terminating opposite its famous beach, close by the pierl, Brighton’s railway station is part of the resort’s most recognisable structures, and an important part of its architectural heritage. When it came to undertaking significant refurbishment work to the building, local conservation officers sought to restore the elements involved to their original splendour, which has led to a member of the Steel Window Association supplying a large number of arch topped doorsets and windows for the work. London based Govette Windows was awarded the contract, they surveyed all of the openings before beginning fabrication using the W20 steel sections, which were hot dip galvanized and given a white polyester powder coat paint finish. Conservation issues dictated the use of single glazing which was all cut from 6.4 mm laminated safety glass. Visit –

Door Kit and Set Solutions made simple Leading interior door manufacturer Vicaima have just launched a new door kit and set solutions brochure making the process of specifying and selecting the ideal door and frame assembly straightforward and simple. Packed with options for every kind of project, this new brochure offers performance and design solutions to satisfy the most exacting requirements. This new Vicaima guide contains over 40 pages of inspiration and illustrates the host of possibilities offered by their ever popular Portaro and Easi-fit ranges. Vicaima’s new brochure shows that their Portaro and Easi-Fit kits are a one stop shop. Full matching joinery packages are available including skirting, window boards, wardrobes and other furniture. CE marked ironmongery components including hinges plus lock or latch are supplied as standard. For a copy of the new Portaro & Eai-Fit literature visit and select brochures.

Secured by Design in action These images from Express Garage Doors in Dunfermline, graphically demonstrate the break in resistance of Hörmann sectional garage doors. The Hörmann LPU garage door clearly resisted significant attempts to break in to this self build project, which was still under construction, and not occupied at the time.

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Hörmann is committed to working with architects, designers and specifiers as an integral part of its new product development process. Hörmann is constantly evolving and developing solutions that meet practical considerations, so that there is no need to compromise when it comes to the aesthetics and style. Legislation is demanding better insulation and homeowners now list security as a major consideration when it comes to home improvements. Traditionally combining the two is associated with robust or limited design possibilities. However, Hörmann is challenging this perception with a range of garage and entrance doors that deliver on all fronts. As an example, Hörmann automatic sectional garage doors are the first to achieve Police approved Secured by Design status. The accreditation applies to a wide range of automatic insulated and timber doors which include a fully bespoke timber design option. If a more specific look is required other sectional doors in the range include a choice of glazed panel designs and there is even the opportunity to clad a door in a material of your choice

with an open-for-infill frame. One of the key features that make these doors so secure is the unique, mechanical lock that comes as standard with Hörmann Series 3 BiSecur operators. This lock makes it almost impossible to lever the door open and as it uses the BiSecur system, with the same level of encryption that online banks use, it is digitally as well as mechanically secure. Another example of Hörmann utilising its technology and expertise to meet a specific need is the new ThermoCarbon entrance door. This combines a carbon-fibre sub frame and rigid insulation to give the world’s best thermal U-value, perfect for low energy homes. Style is not compromised and with 9 point locking, concealed hinges and a host of security options, this door can meet the most exacting requirements. Matching garage and entrance door combinations also help homeowners and architects to create their own style statements. A range of performance options mean there are Hörmann doors to suit every home, project and budget, whether you are guided by your head or your heart.

Callum Dryburgh, sales manager of Express Garage Doors explains what they found on the site visit. “When we arrived we could see the scaffolding plank and pole across the crate as you can see in the picture. The door had obviously withstood a serious attempt to prise it open. The scaffolding plank had splintered under the pressure and examining the inside of the door we estimate they had only managed to prise the door up about six inches. The mechanical lock held firm and both the top and bottom sections were damaged, but they didn’t get in, even with the scaffolding pole.” As well as attempting to lever the garage door open, a concerted effort appears to have been made to break in to the house through the matching Hörmann aluminium entrance door as shown here. In this contest the result was Hörmann 2, burglars nil.

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HAFELE Select SIMONSWERK The elegant door design of the HAFELE Business Development & Innovation Centre at Haynes Way, Rugby was enhanced to ensure concealment of door ironmongery by specifying SIMONSWERK completely hidden TECTUS TE540FR fire rated adjustable hinges with integral intumescent material within the hinge body. Director for Architectural Business, Mike Kelly had no hesitation in recommending the award winning SIMONSWERK TECTUS hinge system to HB Architects as an example of their aim to focus on providing state of the art technology and contemporary design features. The remodelled 3 story building was recognised as one of the Architectural Ironmongery Industries finest projects with a GAI RIBA Commercial Buildings category award and unifies a complementary suite of training and support facilities.

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GEZE UK Launches RIBA-Approved CPD On Glass Door Assembly

Automatic Doors Ltd has launched a new company website, making it much more user friendly and informative. The new website is simpler to use, providing quicker access for architects, specifiers and all members of the construction community, covering all aspects of Automatic Doors from the project inception through to door aftercare. One exciting new feature is the “Customer Enquiry Form”. This provides the customer 24/7 access to request a site meeting, quotation or request a door maintenance quotation and upload documents. ADL is all about making your entrance.

GEZE UK has updated its popular RIBA-approved CPD seminar on glass door assemblies to provide architects with valuable guidance about glass and how it can be used within door situations throughout a building. The 40 minute seminar titled ‘Glass Door Assemblies – Selection and Specification’ aims to demystify the specification process by providing information about everything from the beneficial properties of glass through to the very latest regulation and legislation. Delegates will learn how different types of glass are manufactured, their properties and the finishes available. The seminar will look at the benefits of using glass and the qualities of manual swing, sliding and sliding stacking doors, as well as the implications of using glass within frameless and automatic doors.

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GARADOR SHOWS ITS COLOURS! Garador launches bright new shades for spring

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Britain’s leading garage door manufacturer is extending its range of colour finishes. With eleven new shades added, Garador now offers a choice of 17 colours in its standard range including Light Ivory (RAL 1015), Pigeon Blue (RAL 5014), Fir Green (RAL 6009) and Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016). Garador Managing director Simon Hipgrave comments: “We have just invested in new paint plant technology which has given us the ability to deliver a wider range of colour options and a more durable paint finish for our steel up & over garage doors. This is something we believe will be of real benefit to our customers. The new range of colours on Garador steel up & over garage doors are available now. For more information, please call 01935 443799, or visit


Alpro Launch Their New Range of Optima CE Marked Surface Door Closurs

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As a direct result of constant customer feedback for new products, the door closer range comprises, the Optima170 cam action closer with adjustable strength from 2-4, complete with sliding track and arm. The Optima 980 surface closer with standard arm and the Optima 28A surface closer, strength 2-5 with standard arm and back check. All three closers come in an attractive silver finish. In line with current European and industry legislation, all three Optima closers have been independently tested here in the UK to the requirements of BSEN 1154 and have been certified for use on both fire and non- fire rated doo sets. The Optima range of door closers are suitable for right or left hand installation and are easy to install, use and adjust and are completely retro-fittable.

Committed to continuous development, P C Henderson has extended its range with Imperial, the new 200kg bottom rolling system. With over 90 years’ experience in the manufacture of door hardware gear systems, P C Henderson has introduced this new system, ideal for applications with limited headroom or where the structure or lintel is insufficient to hold the weight of the doors. Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director at P C Henderson explains: “With changing trends, this hardware allows aesthetic demands to be met where supporting structures would previously not have been able to accommodate timber or triple glazed doors. The system has been designed to be flexible; any number of doors can be used on single or multiple lines of track to cover any width of opening.” Henderson’s computer based EXPERT service is totally free with a no obligation quotation.

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Doors, Windows & Fittings Sliders UK Bi-folds are the “Ultimate” in style and security Bi-folding doors are the epitome of modern open plan living, adding a touch of luxury to any home or commercial space. To ensure this style comes without compromising security, Sliders UK now offers its Secured by Design accredited upgrade as a standard specification across its leading range of “Ultimate” UPVC and aluminium bi-folding doors. “For us this is as much about social responsibility as it is about differentiation,” explains Ian Longbottom, Joint Managing Director of Sliders UK. “A burglary through a bi-folding door could potentially allow an intruder to completely empty a property. For this reason we prefer to make our bi-folds truly secure, rather than follow the basic specification that crowds the market.” Sliders UK manufactures three high quality bi-fold products at its state-of-the-art factory in Lancashire, where it also invests £100,000 each year into research and development to ensure all doors provide the highest levels of security. The (Original) Ultimate, Ultimate Aspect and Ultimate Aluminium Bi-folding Door are all certified by the official Police security initiative for ‘designing out crime’. All are fitted with high security hardware and locking devices, and are supplied with Sliders’ comprehensive ten-year security guarantee.

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RAINWATER SYSTEMS Excellence in service

Aluminium Guttering The new ROYALTY range from Stormguard Rainwater Systems gives Architects and Designers innovative and exciting options on guttering.


ith our ROYALTY range you can transform guttering into an attractive main feature - enhancing the appearance of any property and increasing its value.

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The aesthetic beauty of the king and queen brackets complete with Tudor Rose Emblem, together with our new ClipFit Aluminium guttering has the following benefits:

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High Praise for Yeoman Rainguard Rainwater Systems

Your ecological waste water and sludge treatment solution

Damaged Victorian down pipes on the Leeds Methodist mission have been replaced with a Cast Iron rainwater system from Yeoman Rainguard. Yeoman Rainguard supplied four replacement stacks to match the original design in 100mm Dia Cast Iron, pre-painted Black. Trevor Parker, Leeds Methodist Mission property and conference manager “We were delighted with the quality of products and prompt service we received from Rainguard. Its specialist skills were very impressive and we were kept advised of progress at every stage of the job, added Trevor.”

Advanced Aeration Ltd offer a full range of sewage treatment systems for domestic, commercial and Industrial waste water applications and also for major water utilities. The environmentally friendly Bio-Bubble system produces a very high quality effluent suitable for re-use or, without any further treatment being applied, can discharge to a watercourse. Also, sludge waste production is far lower than conventional forms of treatment meaning far fewer tankers. Over the years, Bio-Bubble have continued to offer a robust solution to environmentally sensitive and specialist sites.

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BREEAM, CODE and CCS Credits With Planning conditions becoming more stringent in relation to achieving credits on site for either BREEAM, CforSH and Considerate Constructors Scheme Environmental Plan Solutions Ltd have extended their portfolio to make life easier for their clients. Whether you require a Pre-Demolition Audit, a Site Waste management Plan, an Environmental Statement/ Management System, Site Travel, Water, Energy or Carbon Plans they can help. In addition EPS Ltd can also provide assistance with Site Practices for achieving the necessary number of points under the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Lara Ayris (pictured above receiving the award) voted Outstanding Woman in Construction 2012, founded EPS Ltd and can be contacted via the website – or on 01604 859961

It’s easy to make space for wIldlIfe

ith a growing focus on the need to include sustainability in builds, most developments will at least consider ways of reducing carbon footprint, minimising energy use and recycling water, but what about biodiversity?


Vivara Pro make a range of biodiversity products suitable for professional use, including bird nest boxes, bat roost boxes and habitat for other wildlife such as amphibians or insects. Much of the range is made from WoodStone®, a durable mix of concrete and wood fibres that offers excellent thermal insulation and protection from predators. As well as products designed to be fitted to the outside of buildings they also make bird and bat boxes suitable for being “built-in” to the fabric of a wall. This allows biodiversity

to be included into a build unobtrusively, with minimal visual impact on the design, and also provides a more secure environment for the wildlife that uses it. For bats and birds such as Swifts and House Sparrows, buildings are important roosting or nesting habitats. Incorporating space for building-dependent wildlife has been endorsed as good practice by organisations such as the Town and Country Planning Association, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers. Making provision for wildlife may be necessary as a mitigation measure required as a condition of planning consent. It can also help the planning authority to demonstrate that they are meeting their obligations to protect and enhance biodiversity, as required by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act

2006 and the National Planning Policy Framework. The most valuable products to meet these obligations are build-in Swift nest boxes and build-in bat boxes. Swifts and bats are easily overlooked creatures that create virtually no noise or mess and make unobtrusive guests. An increasing number of developments are including biodiversity in the build to promote a greener image and to provide a more pleasant environment for the end users. Evidence shows that providing access to natural green space and wildlife can improve the health and wellbeing of people at minimal cost. Vivara Pro is a brand of CJ WildBird Foods Ltd, Europe’s leading wildlife specialists, with over 25 years of experience in producing quality products to help wildlife.

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Enjoy the Garden All Year Round with Stylish Verandas

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Those looking to enjoy their gardens all year round will welcome the introduction of Gardendreams verandas from the outdoor living company Greensquares. The new range of aluminium verandas is ideal for relaxing and soaking up the summer sun and they are also perfect for those late autumnal evenings, with just the addition of a heater. Manufactured from high quality aluminium, these stylish verandas are solid and safe in any conditions and simply attach to the side or back of the house providing an additional outdoor living space from which to enjoy the garden. Where space is an issue, Gardendreams verandas also come in detached versions which can be located anywhere in the garden. Further information on Gardendreams verandas call 029 2037 1584, or Email: or visit –


TREES are our business Everything from arboricultural surveys, reports, surgery, fells, stump grinds to planting. We manage TPO and Conservation Area applications as part of our works, liaising with the local authority. The ENGLISH TREE Company, offers to residential and commercial, a full range of arboricultural tree services covering the M25, London and Hertfordshire areas including Hadley, Arkley, Totteridge, EN4, EN5 and N20 and operate a 24 hour emergency service with qualified surgeons. Contact us for details on how we can make your project stress free when dealing with trees: Tel: 01707 654074 Email: Website:

Furnitubes International launches the Arca Bin The Arca Bin has been designed by the Furnitubes in-house team in direct response to a problem identified by customers and shared with the customer service team. Bins with doors that fly open, that get vandalised and left in a state of disrepair, and that attract vermin are a persistent concern. The Arca Bin range is robust, stylish and flexible. It is designed so that the parts that are subject to wear and tear can be easily replaced. It has a positive engagement slam-lock and door restraints to prevent over-opening. Additional add-on options include a Rodent access aperture and bait housing. The flexible design allows different materials and finishes on the components and this means it can be tailored to complement any design scheme. For more information see: or call 020 8378 3200 or email:

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Creative Tactile Surfaces and Parking Space Marking

Natratex Provides Natural Solution To All Hard Landscaping Needs

Watford Junction Benefits from Total Brett Solution for Paving and Bus Kerbs

Sensitive marking of car parking spaces and pedestrian demarcation can sometimes be a challenge. The Parking Shop has over 20 years’ expertise helping public sector and commercial clients to create just the right solution. The range covers high quality demarcation and tactile studs in stainless steel, bronze or brass. The studs meet all regulatory requirements for tactile surfaces and there is also a range of edge protection products. For a more contemporary take on demarcation the company supplies solar LED studs and flexible demarcation posts. An extensive standard range is available on line but the business specialises in customised solutions.

Natratex is a leading product from the Bituchem range of hard landscaping materials, providing a natural looking finish with all the durability of regular asphalt. A clear binder developed by Bituchem is used to bond the high performance aggregates providing aesthetic and durable qualities. Suitable for both pedestrian and vehicular areas, Natratex is a versatile material that can be applied for new construction, overlays or regeneration projects. Being environmentally friendly and having a fast and simple application make Natratex an easy specification for both private and public sector projects.

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Brett Landscaping has underlined its ability to bring exceptional functionality and aesthetics to commercial landscaping installations with a 15,000m2 project to upgrade the bus interchange at Watford Junction Station. The Brett solution integrates the company’s specialist Kassel bus boarding kerbs with its Omega and Piatto block paving ranges to provide a harmonious palette of colours and textures on the project. Watford Junction Station has undergone an extensive overhaul this year. Crucial to the paving element of the project was the addition of contemporary kerb solutions at bus stop areas in order to allow for better vehicle positioning and therefore improved customer safety during embarkation. Brett Landscaping was commissioned as the key supplier for the complete hard landscaping project due to its expertise in this field. For further information Tel: 0845 60 80 570

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Solardome® Pro Skylight Opens Up New World For Kristall Salz Welt

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Forward-thinking architect creates contemporary wellbeing facility Solardome Industries, Southampton, UK, is thrilled to announce the official opening of an extraordinary new building on the shores of Lake Attersee, Austria. Kristall Salz Welt who specialises in wellbeing, in particular salt healing, has designed and built a contemporary new facility. Featuring a striking 9m diameter SOLARDOME® PRO geodesic dome skylight, the structure provides the finishing touch over the central two-storey atrium. The atrium is used as central waiting and refreshments area from which guests go on to enjoy the salt healing therapy rooms, dining room and seminar room. The SOLARDOME® PRO system offers an impressive design alternative to traditional buildings. For more details, please contact: Tel: 0845 450 2155 Email:


Porcelain Paving Range Expands with Continuing Success

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Greensquares has introduced two new colours to its successful Refin Porcelain Paving range. An appreciation of this alternative flooring material has seen Refin being adopted extensively in domestic, commercial and public projects. Adding a sense of style and elegance, Refin porcelain tiles and paving are available for both indoor and outdoor use with a thickness of 10mm or 20mm as appropriate for the application. Optional pedestal supports reduce both time and cost of installation and allows Refin to be used as a simple retrofit, eliminating the need for unnecessary heavy machinery and large-scale earth works. The retail price for Refin’s 10mm Porcelain tiles is £46.20 per square metre. The retail price for the 20mm porcelain paving is £74.96 per square metre, however special offers may apply.

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ollowing an international design competition held in September 2013, the two architectural practices were chosen for the bold and innovative designs they had for both new homes and a new pedestrianised retail street in the area to the south of the Power Station. The designs reflect the shareholders’ commitment to creating world-class buildings that will complement the iconic Power Station, while becoming destinations in their own right. The project represents the first permanent development in London by Gehry Partners. Phase Three is a key part of the regeneration of the Battersea site, and will feature a new high street for London, to be known as The Electric Boulevard. This will be the main gateway to the entire Battersea development, connecting the Northern Line Extension station with the Power Station itself, and is at the heart of the vibrant new community being created on the 42-acre site. The third phase will comprise over 1,300 homes in a range of sizes and styles in two zones on either side of the boulevard. In addition, a 160 room hotel and 350,000 sq ft. of retail and restaurant space plus additional leisure space will be delivered as part of the proposals. 103 affordable homes from the total of 517 being provided across the development will also be delivered as part of this third phase.

Gehry Partners is respected for its far-ranging experience in cultural, institutional and commercial projects such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the practice’s home city of Los Angeles. Gehry Partners has designed the five buildings to the east of The Electric Boulevard, to be known as “Prospect Place” which will house doubleheight retail units at street level, approximately half of the planned residential units, a community park and multi-use community hub. “Prospect Place” will be anchored by the distinctive “Flower” building. The design of the buildings reflects Gehry’s commitment to excellence and dedication to making public and private spaces that feel good for the inhabitants and respect the surrounding context. Foster + Partners’ projects include 30 St Mary Axe (‘the Gherkin’), the British Museum in London and the Reichstag, the new German Parliament in Berlin. The practice has designed the building to the west of The

Dedication to making public and private spaces that feel good

Apartment View A view from one of the luxury apartments looking East along the Thames. Below: Scenes of the iconic Battersea Power Station in 1953

Electric Boulevard, to be known as “The Skyline” which undulates along the line of the boulevard, creating a unique building profile. Two floors of retail units will front on to the western side and huge breaks in the façade will allow light through to the public spaces below, while creating amazing gardens in the sky. The top of the entire building is given over to one of London’s largest roof gardens, over a quarter of a kilometre long, with breathtaking views of the Power Station and the city beyond. Housing the other half of the planned residential units, including the 103 units of affordable housing in its southern end, a medical centre and a 160 room hotel at the northern end, “The Skyline” is a prime example of a multi-functional building. Frank Gehry, Founder of Gehry Partners, said: “Our goal from the start has been to create a neighbourhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and

integrity. We have tried to create humanistic environments that feel good to live in and visit.” Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister, said: “Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again. The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.” The Battersea Power Station master plan, designed by Rafael Vinoly, comprises over 3,400 homes as well as offices, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, community and leisure facilities and 18 acres of open space.

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Opens Dedicated Tile Resource Centre in the Midlands

Craven Dunnill, the Shropshire based ceramic tile distributor, stocks over 10,000 product lines at its UK warehouse. It frequently updates its portfolio with fashionable, new ranges from leading tile producers and has opened a dedicated contract Specification Zone at its expansive showroom at Bridgnorth. The facility showcases a comprehensive library and sampling area of ceramic tiles and glass mosaics and offers customers a private, client meeting area. Craven Dunnill works with many architects, designers, developers and retailers and this facility provides them with a comprehensive ceramic showroom and knowledge centre where they can bring their clients and discuss current projects. The spectrum of middle to high end ceramics and mosaics on display is vast and is categorised by visual appearance: marble, industrial, wood, concrete, large format, polished, glass mosaics, and the like. The Specification Zone is open seven days per week and is supported by a team of knowledgeable showroom staff. Contact: Craven Dunnill T: 01746 761611

Wigan Youth Zone is at the centre of the community and aims to help young people develop real and achievable aspirations. UZIN products were used to install 600m2 of new safety flooring following a refurbishment of the Youth Centre in 2013. The flooring contractor, iFloor UK Ltd turned to UZIN because minimising risk was essential on such a prestigious project which involved installing an intricate flooring design at the heart of the building. UZIN provide fail safe installation systems and low emission products which are required in sensitive environments such as youth centres. Firstly UZIN PE 280, a rapid primer was first applied to the floor before UZIN NC 160, a heavy duty levelling compound was installed. UZIN KE 66, a fibre reinforced adhesive was then used to install the safety floor covering. The elaborate pattern incorporated different colours and the subsequent finish was outstanding. The feedback from the client was also great and iFloor UK Limited ended up completing several additional areas as a result. : : Contact UZIN on Tel: 01788 530 080


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Pavers comprised of a 20mm single layer of load-bearing porcelain stoneware, with incredible technical and aesthetic features.Self-levelling and height adjustable pedestals allow for rapid installation over uneven sub-surfaces andany waterproof membrane. Ideal for roof terraces, balconies and walkways Floating floor – installation over single ply membranes ! Eternal finish – massive over life savings ! Zero maintenance ! Completely non-porous; stain resistant ! Slip resistance; BS pendulum test up to +65 wet ! Lightweight – 45kgs per m2 ! Timber & stone effects – 30+ finishes available ! High load bearing- static load up to 1 tonne per paver ! Fire and frost-proof ! Height adjustable pedestal support system ! Hidden services with easy access ! !

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Glass & Glazing Oatlands Glass Established for over 40 years We are stockists of all types of glass, from cut glass to polished plate. Our expertise and reliability have enabled us to develop a loyal group of customers, including prestigious clients such as Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios. We are regularly used by clients such as local property management agencies and Surrey County Council. We can offer a wide choice of finishes for products in a choice of finishes and colours, to suit your needs and the character of your home. The double glazed windows will have excellent thermal insulation, cut out draughts and will save the time and cost involved in redecorating traditional windows. Oatlands Glass supply and fit glass for traditional wooden windows, UPVC and Aluminium specialists. We design and create beautiful glass balustrading to complement your home or office. All our designs are bespoke creations, tailored specifically to the customer’s taste and/or preference. Glass balustrading adds a stunning feature to any building, as a central feature, or to create the illusion of space in a smaller environment. Telephone: 01932 846 878 Fax: 01932 849 520 Email:

ASB GlassFloor The Floor of The Future The ASB GlassFloor is the most advanced flooring system in the world. Its unique aluminium substructure and the custom made surface of the glass deliver a floor ideal for a sports floor but also for its use in any modern building. The ASB GlassFloor uses LEDs underneath custom-made glass panels (supported by a metal structure), meaning the entire floor can potentially be used as a giant screen. In a sports arena, the light-up court markings can be changed according to the sport being played, and display the score. In a contract setting, it could be used for directional signage, branding and mood lighting. For further information ASB Glassfloor products please visit –

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ETI launch NEW Digital Moisture Meter with LED bar graph display


The new 7000 Moisture Meter from Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd is a compact, general purpose moisture meter designed specifically for building professionals and tradesmen to check the moisture content in a wide variety of construction materials for moisture content diagnosis. The moisture meter incorporates a 20-LED bar graph within the keypad which displays current moisture levels; green for ‘OK’, amber for ‘WARNING’ or red for 'DAMP'. The instrument additionally features a large, easy to read, LCD display, with low battery indication. Five different measurement scales are included. Each unit is housed in a robust ABS case and is powered by three AAA batteries that give a minimum of 350 hours battery life. The 7000 moisture meter is competitively priced, at £70 each exclusive of VAT and available direct from ordering code 224-070.

Touchscreen control doubles energy savings from Spirax EasiHeat on-demand hot water engineered systems Spirax EasiHeat™ Engineered Systems for delivering hot water and heating on-demand have been enhanced to deliver up to 20% energy savings compared to conventional steam-to-water heating systems. EasiHeat now features the Spirax Intelligent Monitoring System (SIMS™). SIMS is an innovative control and monitoring display technology that makes it easy to save energy and control critical applications. The new control technology uses a colour touchscreen interface to deliver key performance data to operators, such as steam use, fuel consumption and temperature. This helps operators to monitor energy use more closely and adjust the system to optimise efficiency. The interface is intuitive and can be used by operators with limited control experience.

Heat pump brings major savings for refurbished home A homeowner in Northern Ireland has reported a 60 per cent saving on his energy bills for a 30 Year old 2800 sq foot house with new extension, after having a Danfoss heat pump fitted to replace an oil fired boiler. Simon Bamford, who lives just outside Lisburn,approached Danfoss two years ago, as he was carrying out a major refurbishment of his dormer bungalow, including adding a one bedroom extension. This would mean the house had a lower carbon footprint and he hoped would make it more affordable to run. Mr. Bamford said: “ The comfort level with the Danfoss heat pump is so much better than with an oil fired system. We now have the heating on all the time for less than half the price!” For more details about heat pumps, visit –










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Hunter Ceiling Fans

A Hunter ceiling fan is stylish, comfortable and energy saving. It can provide a valuable point of interest in a room. Suitable for the home, office, restaurant or anywhere that a fresh gentle breeze is needed. In winter by running in reverse they will make big heating savings. Available in 45 models and 7 finishes.

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Gledhill Achieves Market First with Horizontal Stainless Launch

Essex Insulation now installing Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF.)

An e-commerce business launched in February 2013 has smashed the £1m sales barrier after less than ten months trading in a market that is predicted to double in 2014. Eco Stores Direct, an eco-friendly online heating retailer that operates a number of specialist websites including, was launched by e-commerce entrepreneur Paul Walker last year. The firm’s core products of electric radiators have long been the favoured source of central heating in the European mainland and, as the UK reduces its levels of gas production, the same trend looks set to see rapid growth in the market over the next ten years. The business has quickly become one of the UK’s largest online retailers of energy efficient electric radiators and also retails replacement electric storage heaters. Eco Stores Direct trades principally via the

Gledhill, the cylinder specialist, has achieved another market first with the launch of the UK’s only domestic horizontal unvented cylinder. This has been independently approved by public health and safety organisation, NSF-WRc, Gledhill’s new range of horizontal products are available in sizes from 180 litres to 300 litre in both indirect and indirect solar configurations. Providing the ideal solution for locations where installation height is restricted, Gledhill’s horizontal stainless range is up to 50 per cent lighter than other unvented stainless steel cylinders, making the product perfectly suited to loft spaces. The horizontal stainless range are available through Gledhill Rapide service, with a next day delivery service available through the nationwide depot infrastructure.

For nearly 50 years, Essex Insulation has been a leading distributor and installer of thermal and acoustic insulation products, heating controls, boilers and renewable technologies. The company is now installing Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF.) This is a recognised Modern Method of Construction; it is an insulated in-situ concrete system of building that is quick to construct and offers high performance levels. ICF is based on hollow lightweight block components that lock together without intermediate bedding materials, such as mortar, to provide a formwork system into which concrete is poured. This system gives the designer complete flexibility and allows the use of curves, arches, intricate patterns and a wide variety of finishes. For more information on ICF, contact Essex Insulation on 0844 888 7010

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New online retailer booms as energy crisis fuels demand for ‘green’ heating products


IBI Nightingale’s Community Hospital Rises from Floods


n the afternoon of Thursday 19th November 2009, the rivers Derwent and Cocker burst their banks and flooded the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, damaging homes, businesses and the local GP surgeries. Following the flood, the GP surgeries were decanted into temporary portakabins on the local cottage hospital site to ensure continuity of care within the neighbourhood. “As the extent of the damage was assessed, NHS Cumbria took the opportunity to review its health provision, deciding to create a new ‘joined-up’ service,” said Justin Harris, Architect and Studio Director at IBI Nightingale. “This strategy inspired the new build Cockermouth Community Hospital and Health Centre, to be delivered utilising the Express LIFT framework by NHS Cumbria’s development partner eLIFT Cumbria Limited and designed to provide a 21st century environment for patients, families and staff.” Responding directly to the local architectural vernacular, the new building is accessible and therapeutic. Situated close to the town centre, users benefit from views over the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, and historic Cockermouth Castle. “The families have had nothing but positive comments about the new hospital ward,” said Andrea Hendren, Ward Sister for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who run the inpatient ward at Cockermouth Community

Hospital and Health Centre. “The patients have settled in well and staff on the ward have said it’s a lovely environment, just like working in a private clinic.” Designed and delivered in collaboration with eLIFT Cumbria Limited and Head Tenant Community Health Partnerships, the new building houses GP and dental practices, together with imaging and in-patient facilities. The layout of the new building promotes collaborative working between the different departments, through the use of flexible, multi-functional, spaces. This reflects an aspiration to promote an integrated healthcare model. The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. Gary Naylor, eLIFT Cumbria General Manager said: “After so many years working towards delivering this new development after the floods, we are delighted it is now open and to see the many benefits it is now bringing for the residents of Cockermouth and the staff who provide such excellent services from it. Everyone involved should be proud of their achievements in working together in partnership to deliver such a fantastic facility.” IBI Nightingale is a leading architectural practice specialising in the fields of health, education and science. Website:

The inTelligenT sysTem – A home AT your service Have you ever wondered how comfortable your living could be if you did not have to remember about and trouble yourself with trivial daily activities? What would your life be if the light was always right for you, if the heating kept a comfortable temperature when you were watching a film and automatically switch to economy when not needed? Freedom from a series of mundane tasks may not seem to be something special at first. Yet just like with many other things, a change for the better is profoundly felt and only when you have to return to previous solutions do you see what you really lose. People who know this best are those who already benefit from intelligent systems: after all, “comfort gets you addicted”.

Let us consider this example.

Lighting control is one of the most frequently adopted solutions among intelligent systems. Not only does this function allow you to turn off all the lights when you leave home, it also lets you customise the lighting configuration to your individual needs. Professional interior designers know perfectly what lighting types are best for specific activities: playing with children, reading, listening to music, a film show at home or an evening meeting with friends – each requires a special type of lighting. In order to ensure a varied interior lighting, each room is equipped with different luminaires that emit specific types of light. Creating a proper mood in the room requires turning on a specific configuration of lights; the more elaborate the light background is the more complex is the lighting configuration.An intelligent system radically simplifies the situation: a menu, a set of buttons or even a remote control (comfort is what we want, right?) lets you quickly switch the lights to the mode which suits us best at the moment.

An intelligent system knows what is the light you like when watching films – just press a button to adjust the lights in your room; your taste should always be considered

As seen in the example above, the intelligent system can provide for your comfort in a very wide perspective. Many people indeed value the benefits of intelligent solutions, yet

What precisely can the intelligent home systems, a system which cares for your needs, offer?

they still view them as a luxury available only for the few chosen ones. Naturally, some of the marketed solutions definitely exceed the financial limits of many; yet as turns out, equally functional alternatives can be available without any problems. An interesting offer can be an intelligent home system based on advanced alarm control units such as INTEGRA by SATEL. Apart from the complete sense of comfort given by a well-designed alarm system, the functionality of SATEL control units allows building systems which care for the comfort of your daily life: control over heating, A/C, lights and plant watering are just a few sample solutions possible with the product. Note that the wide offer of wireless devices does not require troublesome cable laying to create an advanced intelligent system installation. Moreover, the modular design of the system allows easy extension of its functionality in the future, when new needs or possibilities appear.

May Design series returns bigger anD better


eturning for its second year, May Design Series is returning to ExCeL London from 18-20th May 2014 and promises to be even bigger and better than before.

brands including Compact Lighting, United Lights and Enigma Lighting will be joining the Lighting sector, and there will be a wide array of exhibitors joining the Decor and Kitchen + Bathroom sectors.

Comprised of 5 sectors – DX, Kitchen + Bathroom, Décor, Lighting and The Furniture Show – May Design Series is an all encompassing event that is set to rival some of the largest and best known interiors exhibitions across Europe. May Design Series aims to be not just a trade show, but a place

Companies including Deirdre Dyson, Koinor, Formani UK and Armourcoat Surfaces have revealed that they will be bringing new products to the UK at May Design Series. Highly regarded German furniture manufacturer, Koinor, will be making a rare UK appearance at May Design Series, and plan to give their full collection its UK launch. Product highlights include the Bronx dinner sofa, a leather sofa that can be adapted to include an armrest at one or both ends, or remain an open ended bench, and is also available with or without a backrest.

that visitors can come to feel inspired and have a good time whilst doing business. The line-up for the 2014 edition of May Design Series serves as a preview for the 2015 event, which organisers UBM promise will again see the size of the show increase dramatically as The Furniture Show takes the place of INTERIORS UK. Exhibiting this year are companies such as Stosa, Casamania and Gwinner in DX, whist The Furniture Show will see Gallery Direct, TCS, Highgate Beds and Artistic Upholstery join its ranks in the North Hall of London ExCeL. Top

In addition to an impressive exhibitor line-up, May Design Series will be welcoming DX Freight back to the event, which will see industry experts will be coming together to curate four large, open-ended crates showcasing product highlights from the European trade show circuit. The Conversation Series will be back with some big names delivering insightful seminars, and another highlight promises to be Materia’s take on the future of the built environment in the Material Xperience: The Smart Environment. Materia has been investigating the textile trends that are set to take the world by storm in the coming years, and the results will be on display in this feature area. The show will be open Sunday 18th – Tuesday 20th May, with late night opening on Monday 19th. Registration is now open at, and passes are complimentary to trade visitors.

May Design Series aims to be not just a trade show, but a place that visitors can come to feel inspired and have a good time whilst doing business.

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Explore 5 sectors at the UK’s definitive international furnishings fair: The Furniture Show Kitchen + Bathroom Lighting Decor DX

Be inspired by 400 new and established brands from residential, commercial and hospitality interiors at this year’s May Design Series. Hear forward-thinking speakers cover the hot topics in our unrivalled Conversation Series and source from an extensive range of architectural lighting, bathrooms, materials and furniture from companies including: ARREDO3 | Artistic Upholstery | Ashwood Designs | Coleccion Alexandra | Collins and Hayes Furniture | Deirdre Dyson | Doca UK | Dune UK | Gascoigne Designs | Grestec Tiles | Henderson Russell | Hitch Mylius | James Brindley Of Harrogate | KKDC | Morris Furniture | Santa Margherita | Sharon Marston | Sits.

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Contemporary aluminium room dividers from Draks

Saville Collaboration For Healthcare Leaders

Dixon Turner offers exquisite new products…

Creating a contemporary design-led look, the new UKmade stylish aluminium room dividers from Draks are manufactured in the purpose-built, Oxfordshire factory and can be tailored to suit individual schemes. They provide an ideal solution for all interior spaces, whether kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices or living areas. The durable aluminium room dividers run in a rebated track in the floor so the doors become an integral part of the room. Draks uses a spring-loaded, bottomweighted 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. As with all the wardrobe and room divider products offered by Draks, the aluminum room dividers can be supplied with short lead times.

GBUK Healthcare is one of the UK’s leading medical device manufacturers, providing innovative products for hospital, community, homecare and commercial customers. More than 70,000 GBUK products are used on a daily basis throughout every NHS Trust in the UK. To improve internal and customer facing communications and to reflect the quality of the organisation, the company looked for a specialist integrator to design and install a state-of-the-art audio visual facility. After consultation meetings and demonstrations, Saville Audio Visual was commissioned to deliver a tailor-made conferencing system. This represented a significant technological advance for GBUK, by enabling participants to display their own computer content on any one of the three large format HD screens at the touch of a virtual button on the iPad.

The latest addition to our extensive product range is Decostone, a flexible split stone that is waterproof, fire retardant and environmentally friendly. Produced by Swiss company Decolan, the veneers are split from large real stone slabs, capturing a natural array of patterns and colours. Each sheet is extremely lightweight, allowing for applications that would be nearly impossible with traditional stone. Decostone provides an aesthetically inspiring finish. Hardwearing and incredibly durable, the stone can be used outdoors for exterior wall cladding as well as indoor furnishing.

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LATHAM’S LATEST SURFACE SOLUTIONS WIN FAVOUR WITH A&D SECTOR Two of James Latham’s latest additions to their surfaces solutions portfolio – Mirror Gloss and Natural Touch – both part of the innovative and ‘on-trend’ Kronodesign range - are already generating massive interest from within the A&D sector. Mirror Gloss

Natural Touch is pre-finished, extremely durable, easy to work with and offers consistency in both colour and grain. This means that architects, interior designers, contractors and furniture makers can now achieve an authentic rustic realism using melamine.

Mirror Gloss, which pushes the boundaries of depth and definition, colour and reflective gloss, is produced using first class particleboard and high quality melamine film, achieving a gloss level of 140 points for decorative use in the furniture industry and interior design.

With Natural Touch, the applications are almost limitless. It can be used for cladding walls, building furniture, creating fixtures as well as making striking punctuations to spaces and surfaces and the versatility of this product has made it particularly popular within the shop fitting and hospitality sectors.

The new range comprises 20 highly durable, scratch resistant, light and colorfast decors that include 14 sparkling gloss colours, four wood grains and two fantasy decors.

Chris Sutton, managing director of James Latham commented, “The Kronodesign range represents one of Kronospan’s biggest investments in product research and development and it shows. This range is fantastic and the market has certainly responded.

The perfect application for Mirror Gloss MFC is fine domestic spaces, home and office furnishings, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms as well as luxury retailing and shop fitting.

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Another product from the Kronodesign range, Natural Touch is the first ‘embossed-in-register’ melamine board where the grain texture precisely matches the surface finish. Now, the authentic look and feel of real timber - the graining, the subtle variations of shade and tone – is accessible on almost any project.

Mr Sutton added, “James Latham now offers one of the UK’s widest ranges of innovative surface solutions. We have a history and expertise in bringing new and innovative products to market and these latest additions fit perfectly within our portfolio.” For more information on Latham’s full range of surface materials: T: 0116 257 3415 E: or visit

Surface Solutions Above: The new Mirror Gloss range comprises 20 highly durable, scratch resistant decors. Left: Natural Touch creates striking punctuations to numerous spaces and surfaces. Below: With Natural Touch, the applications are almost limitless.

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Faster Than Plaster Installing plaster coving and cornice has been a artful occupation in the past, these days we cannot wait so long for specialist decorators. Designers, Property Developers, who by the way absolutely love our home decorating products why? The simple reason is time and cost! Why bother with making plaster moulds when you can just order them ready made, Its true you can order plaster coving that is ready made, however think about transporting them you know how very fragile plaster is, and if you leave them outside and it rains well game over, waste of money. Let us now show you why our customers love our products which are made from Polyurethane & Duropolymer, firstly you save money on the installationt its much faster, no need for screws, cleaner, stronger, waterproof, knock proof. Coving Cornice Interiors have been installed across Europe and beyond. Visit:

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Kusch+Co GmbH & Co. KG, Hallenberg/Germany.

Testament to their beautiful contemporary design the Mega Bulb and Ice Chandelier by Sofie Refer are amongst Design My World’s most popular lighting choices for commercial and private interior projects. Both are hand blown glass making each piece minutely unique. The Mega bulb is available with black, red and clear flex. Silver or Gold Lustre versions are newer and add more choice to the range. The simple lines of the Mega Bulb means it is perfect for most, if not all, interior settings. Similarly The Ice Chandelier is a timeless glass classic. Available in clear, black or gold hand blown glass with anodised aluminium pendants. The Ice Chandelier can be customised in length and amount of glass balls starting from a 9 ball version. Call 0844 357 4508 or visit our website – for more information including trade discounts.

Kusch+Co is a leading manufacturer of high-quality contract seating and tables. Founded in 1939, the production site and administration are situated in the town of Hallenberg in the German State of North RhineWestphalia. Employing approximately 340 employees, this Germany-based contract furnisher produces approximately 300,000 seating units in its 2 factories every year. All over the world, you may come across the globetrotting contract seating and bench series by Kusch+Co. Their portfolio is geared to a plethora of environments, such as offices, administrations, law firms, hotels, sports stadia and health care institutions. For more information: Kusch+Co GmbH & Co. T: +49 2984 300-0, or visit – or


Matchtable supplies the high-end of domestic billiards, specialising in the niche markets of American pool tables, pool dining tables, outdoor pool tables and competition-quality snooker tables. In all, our website offers 20 product categories covering every aspect of luxury cue sports.

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In particular we specialise in offering a bespoke design-and-build service, working hand in hand with independent designers to help develop unique and impressive table-creations for your clients.


Because of our own geographic location, and of our partner companies, we are able to provide the most immediate and responsive service to the London and Home Counties” For further information call : 023 8027 6806 Or visit our website :

Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades

Future proof your home with a Lifestyle lift Whether embarking on a self-build or renovation project, you’ll have spent countless hours deliberating over every aspect of your project. But have you planned for the years ahead? Does the design of your home take into account how your needs may evolve in the future? Incorporating a home lift into your plans will give you the means to future proof your dream home, allowing you to stay put well into retirement and eliminating the stairs as a potential difficulty later in life. New on the market, the Terry Lifestyle Lift is a stylish and space saving home lift. Using the latest technological advances, the Lifestyle is a space saving lift that combines quality, practicality and comfort right in your home. Suitable for everyone, whether you or a family member has mobility difficulties or not, the Lifestyle Lift is easy to operate, it moves smoothly and quietly and can safely transport two adults at the same time.

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Zinga Film Galvanising System – Cold applied corrosion protection The €185 million thermal power station that has just been built in Runcorn near Liverpool is a ‘first’ for Europe. This is the first major project that has used a combination of hot-dip galvanising and Zinga film galvanising to give total corrosion protection to the steelwork. All of the standard upright RSJ’s are have been hot-dip galvanised, and all sixty-five of the horizontal box beams have been film galvanised using the one-component pure-zinc product Zinga. These beams are 20 metres in length and weight 20 tons each, and drilling them for de-gassing in a HDG bath was out of the question. The beams were film-galvanisied at ambient temperatures having been sprayed with Zinga. For further information visit - or contact -

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. myLyft is intended to compliment your creative ideas and enhance the built environment . Visit:

LIGHTING A NEW BUILD HOME – IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE LEFT The courtyard of this stone-built home needed to be a welcoming, secure area for our clients. Exterior lighting integrated into the Lutron Homeworks lighting control system makes it a great place to come home to.

THE COURTYARD of this stone-built home needed to be a welcoming, secure area for our clients. Exterior lighting integrated into the Lutron Homeworks lighting control system makes it a great place to come home to.

This stunning new build house in South Yorkshire has been designed to look glamorous, feel wonderful, be easy to control and work on a very practical level throughout. The design had to work functionally, safely with two young children, accessible fittings had to be cold to the touch and as efficiently as possible. Brilliant Lighting were responsible for the whole house lighting which is controlled by Lutron Homeworks which also controls the electric curtains and blinds and integrates with the home automation system from AMX.

THE OPEN PLAN DESIGN – of the kitchen, entrance hall and dining room means that the lighting has to be sympathetically treated across the space with specific lighting treatments for each zone. The unified lighting scheme is controlled with Lutron Homeworks for ease-of-use.

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LIGHTING THE BATHROOM The bathroom features a wonderful asymmetric bath that cried out to be lit. We templated the shape on-site, cabled and fixed installation sleeves twelve months before the bath itself was installed. The glass wall is uplit with LED light in its base. THE EN-SUITE – is a rich, luxurious room with deep, soft fabrics and a beautiful modern bathroom. The lighting scheme highlights the focal points and gives a calming yet striking feel to the room.

BRILLIANT LIGHTING DESIGNERS To talk to our team about any of our services call 01845 525 664. Or visit:

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The Lighting Centre in Guildford – is a specialist retailer of stunningly beautiful lighting. Offering a vast array of products for use in every type of room including kitchens and bathrooms, as well as an excellent range of exterior lighting. For almost 30 years the large showroom, located on Woodbridge Road near to BoConcept, has stocked the very latest designs, styles and innovations in lighting technology including the most up to date LED energy-saving systems. As an authorised retailer for top brands such as Flos, Foscarini, Grossmann, Swarovski and Schonbek amongst many others, they are able to show some of the most stunning pieces from around the world including display pieces by famous designers such as Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola. If you are looking for out of this world lighting to complete your dream home then a visit to their showroom is a must. For more information on their landmark store should visit or call on 01483 579411

Berker by Hager Launch Premium Wiring Accessories for Intelligent Homes

LED Light Panels Last 10 Years and Save 40% Energy

Premium wiring accessories range Berker has been introduced by leading electrical solutions and services provider, Hager to complement its building automation offering for exclusive building designs and intelligent homes. The range includes switches and sensors designed with high-grade materials such as aluminium, glass, and CRYSTALLIZEDTM Swarovski Elements for the more extravagant interiors. Hager invests heavily in the design of its products, incorporating it into the functionality as well as aesthetics, the Berker acquisition reflects this emphasis on celebrated design.

High performance LED lighting panels are the latest addition to the Greenstock range and can provide 40 per cent energy savings over their 10 year lifetime. The new LED flat panels are the ideal replacement for the less efficient traditional fluorescent fittings, commonly seen in modular suspended ceilings. They are the perfect solution for offices, hospitals, schools and many other applications. The 600mm x 600mm LED light panel from Greenstock is a 36W unit providing a light output of 2700 lumens, equivalent to the traditional fluorescent light fitting that it replaces, yet the LED panel does not flicker and starts instantly providing an even light distribution.

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Further information on Greenstock’s LED light panels is available from Greenstock on 0845 2570 444, email or by visiting the company’s website at

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Is the new website that has been especially developed to provide FREE support for householders and professionals interested or involved in the development of new and existing basements and cellars. The site provides invaluable information relating to the choice of tanking system, correct spec and all the common issues relating to the development of under utilised underground space in the home.

Park Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4EQ. Tel: 01229 870 800

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Kents Show Garden, is now open

Ancon launches BIM Object library

Kent Home Improvements first opened in Yate in1989, they opened to the trade and retail concentrating on the supply of PVC-u fascias, soffits and gutter systems. Since then we’ve grown from strength to strength, taking on new products, PVC-u windows, doors and conservatories also our newest range of “internal doors”. Also adding another branch in Hereford back in 1993. 2014 and Kents are celebrating our 25th birthday with great deals and special offers. Also this year we launch ‘Kent’s New Show Garden’. As well as our showroom we’re now opening our secret garden to show all our external products,. Garden rooms, Green Houses, Conservatories, Fencing, Composite Decking, Glass Balustrade, Artificial Grass, Canopies and Claddings.

ANCON, manufacturer of high integrity steel fixings, has launched a comprehensive BIM Object library to support the industry’s transition to digital building modelling. Available free from the NBS National BIM Library, the new data-rich BIM Objects allow Ancon products to be easily incorporated into a 3D building model and its associated component database. Offered as part of the NBS portfolio, users can be confident each file has been quality-checked by the NBS team, catalogued in line with the National Building Specification and has a product structure designed to work seamlessly with the BIM specification tool NBS Create, as well as being compatible with COBie spreadsheets and IFC data exchanges. To download Ancon BIM objects visit – or For more information, call 0114 275 5224 or email

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Are you giving your product samples a chance to shine?

OKI’s C931 Takes A3 Printing to a New Level

A standout product deserves an impressive presentation. The task of creating a functional and smart sample folder is now easier: Mytplast, a Barcelona-based manufacturer specialising in the construction and building sector across Europe, has a dedicated UK team at hand. Case study: A stylish sample presentation folder reflects the quality of the kitchen manufacturer's products. An offset printed sample folder houses the collection in highdensity die-cut foam, screen printed with marketing message. Sample pieces are printed with references and placed in the slots, with a catalogue in a clear plastic pocket inside the third panel. The project was a smooth collaboration with the client and Mytplast, who supplied a complete solution from creative guidance to sample handling and delivery.

Ideal for printing detailed drawings or plans for tendering or other occasions when outstanding quality is key, OKI’s new C931 A3+ colour printer combines high definition with more practical features such as extreme media flexibility. Thanks to OKI technology, the C931 can handle heavier media (up to 360 gsm, single sided) than any comparable printer and fonts as small at 1pt appear crisp and precise. It’s versatile too – it can handle any size from A6 to SRA3 and banner lengths of up to 1.3m. Print speeds are up to 50 pages per minute, with a consumables capacity of up to 38,000 pages.

by developing products and services that help enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their carers. We offer a wide range of solutions for disabled access and adaptations including our range of Molift Ceiling Hoists and Rail Systems. All our products are designed to be the best in terms of quality, simplicity, function, reliability and comfort to ensure the well-being of the user and carer. Etac’s vision is that everyone should be able to live a free and independent life and pursue their dreams as well as manage their daily lives, regardless of any physical disabilities. Further information-:

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Furniture with a difference Rocking Bench. Robust outdoor furniture designed to meet the rigours of un-supervised open public places. The sheltered rocking bench will enhance most environments and provide a relaxing rocking motion. Built-in arms assist the less able users to access this bench, the curved design adds to comfort, roof provides protection from UV rays. Constructed of tough sustainable materials.

Formica Group and Unilin present their new Collection

FINSA COMPACMEL : better than compact laminate

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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.

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/m続 as well as tensile strength, bending strength, elasticity and high impact resistance.

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Snail toddler seat. Double sided tough themed seat for playgrounds and communal gardens.

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.

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Refurbishment & Renovation

Newly Refurbished Ironmonger Row Baths Include a Launderette Equipped by Armstrong

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As part of a major refurbishment by Islington Borough Council of the Ironmonger Row Baths, a launderette has been installed, equipped by Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems. The unit comprises six Primus washer extractors – three 7kg and three 16kg models, six Speed Queen tumble dryers and two Primus ironers. Sarah Matson, operations manager at Ironmonger Row Baths, told us, “The launderette is in constant use. We have been very pleased with the equipment and the service we have had from Armstrong and overall the unit is a very valuable part of our very popular and busy site”. For further information Tel 01635 263410 Fax 01635 523920 E: Website


High praise indeed! Edinburgh-based all-trade project management company, Market Prepare, has received high praise following the completion of a refurbishment project for Kingsford Estates, one of the most successful and respected development and investment companies in Scotland. Tasked with completely transforming a main road shop premises for new tenants within the space of four days, Market Prepare’s all trades maintenance team, including painters, electricians and plumbers came together to bring Kingsford Estates’ commercial unit back to life. Market Prepare offer an all-trade solution to any project, with businesses typically finding that this method of property maintenance, as opposed to numerous individual contractors, reduces stress and saves time. Emma Finnie, property manager, Kingsford Estates explains. “Market Prepare delivered as promised – they prepared the shop for market!” For further details visit –

Housing Association Aims to Reduce Residents’ Energy Costs with Heat Pumps Thermal Earth has worked in conjunction with Wales & West Housing to successfully increase energy efficiency and reduce running costs for tenants in a large domestic housing refurbishment in Mid Wales. Residents at Llwynbrain Close in Howey, near Llandrindod Wells, have had their conventional heating systems replaced with Thermal Earth’s MasterTherm air source heat pumps in a bid to reduce the energy usage and carbon output of the estate. The new heat pump system can heat the home as well as provide hot water and significantly reduces the domestic carbon emissions and lowers fuel bills simultaneously. It is anticipated that residents may be able to save up to 70% on running costs when compared to the old electric night storage heater. Further information is available on 01269 833100 or visit:

Kingspan solar Thermal supplies hoT WaTer for snoWdonia Caravan parK Trawsdir, one of Wales’s top Touring and Caravan Parks, located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, has embraced renewable energy with the installation of solar technology. Solar thermal now supplies the hot water and feeds the underfloor heating in the shower block, lowering its gas usage and carbon footprint while boosting the Park’s income by around £2,000 per annum. rawsdir is a 5* family-run and maintained Touring & Caravan Park located in Snowdonia National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking both Cardigan Bay and the impressive Lleyn Peninsula. During recent refurbishment work at the Park, local renewable energy installers Arizon Energy, were asked to review options for renewable energy technology, including solar thermal and solar PV. Initial analysis highlighted that the demand for hot water within the shower block was consuming a considerable proportion of the overall energy usage of the Park. Arizon approached Kingspan Solar, part


of Kingspan Environmental, to help design a system to provide a reliable source of year-round hot water for the block that could also cope with the heavy seasonal loading placed upon it during peak periods. Kingspan Solar’s specialist design and engineering team designed a dualpurpose solar thermal system that not only heated the domestic potable water for the showers and basins within the block; the excess energy it generated also supplied additional hot water to an underfloor heating system to help dry the shower floors and prevent damp and mould developing. In total, 10 Thermomax Heat Pipe solar thermal collectors were specified covering 28m2, to be placed West/East on each side of the shower block. The Thermomax collectors fed heated Glycol to two 500l Manco stainless steel cylinders and one x 500l Manco stainless steel buffer to the underfloor heating. During the winter months, while there is less solar energy and reduced demand for domestic hot water in the Park, the solar thermal system has been designed to continue to feed warmed water into the underfloor heating as a defence against frozen and burst pipes and to continue to resist the build-up of mould. A year on from the original installation and it is clear that the system is out-performing every expectation. Results collated by Arizon have showed enormous energy savings, far outstripping the initial T*SOL predictions.

The system has generated 14,994kWh of heat which equates to annual commercial RHI income in excess of £1,300. The annual saving in LPG gas usage for their hot water only of 13,000 litres, equates to more than £770 in cost savings; add to that the further savings from the solar heated underfloor heating system savings in LPG equate to £1882 pa. In total, therefore, the system is boosting the income generated by the Park by around £3,000 per annum. Chris Shenton who co-owns Trawsdir Touring Caravan & Camping with Rob Williams says: “The system that was installed two seasons ago has met and exceeded our and the installers’ expectations. The savings in gas alone speak for themselves; having the added benefit of the RHI makes the payback of the system even sooner. With the cost of fossil fuels rising annually we are hoping to be saving well into the future, making us a greener site and reducing our carbon footprint. We would recommend that all sites like ourselves, large or small, benefit from renewable energy.”

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s universities adjust their business models in response to changes in funding structures, university campuses have seen a significant investment to address the increasingly competitive nature of the higher education sector. Continuing pressures on finances in the sector mean that development projects must focus on durability that will deliver value and sustainability on a ‘whole life’ basis. However, a university campus must also sell itself as an attractive place to live and work so there is also a clear aesthetic imperative to enhance the built environment with schemes that are attractive as well as being energy efficient and practical.


At Huddersfield University, recent improvements to facilities include four new buildings, including a new sports hall, Dean’s office and corporate suite, designed by architects Watson Batty. The four buildings have been constructed with a single steel frame and all adjoin each other but rise to different heights varying from 2-4 storeys. To enhance the biodiversity and aesthetics of the development, green roofs were specified for three sections of the building, including the sports hall, and a warm roof was specified for the corporate suite. The variation in height of the interconnecting roofs means that some roof areas overlook the roofs of others, and the fact that the lower roofs are mostly shaded presented challenges in terms of both planting and drainage. Addressing those challenges became a team effort between the architects, the roofing contractor, Cawston Roofing, the green roof supplier ABG and the waterproofing specialist, Kemper System. Holistic Specification While the intention for the buildings had always been to install a combination of green roofs on three of the four roof areas and a traditional warm roof build-up on the fourth, the architect had originally specified a single ply membrane as the waterproofing system for the project. However, having used the Kemperol V210 cold liquid-applied waterproofing membrane from Kemper System for around 30 years, Cawston Roofing suggested to the architect that this would offer a more practical and durable alternative for a similar installed cost as the original specification. Meanwhile, ABG had developed an innovative ‘blue roof’ drainage system, which puts a high density polyethylene (HDP) reservoir under the growing medium to replace the more conventional SUDS system, reducing the installation time and avoiding costly and time-consuming excavation of separate drainage tanks. Explains Nick O’Mara from Cawston Roofing: “The Huddersfield University project demonstrates how important it is to consider specification decisions in a holistic sense rather than thinking about material costs in isolation. For the green roof system, avoiding the need for a SUDS system saved time, money and costs on site. For the waterproofing membrane, a change to Kemperol V210 meant that we could be more flexible with the programme and more creative with the roof build up as well as providing an FLL certified root-resistant and robust waterproofing membrane with a guaranteed service life.” Innovative Approach

The proposal from Cawston Roofing and ABG was to invert the roof by applying the Kemperol V210 waterproofing membrane first, followed by the insulation, the blue roof drainage reservoir and then the growing medium. “Applying the waterproofing membrane first provided a key advantage on site”, explains Nick. “It meant that the roof of the building was completely water-tight earlier in the installation process, saving valuable construction time; allowing fit out works on the lower levels of the building to take place sooner.” For the three green roofs, Cawston Roofing applied Kemper System’s Kempertec EP primer direct to the concrete slab substrate and, once this had cured, the Kemperol V210 cold liquid resin was applied. The Kemperol V210 resin saturates a non-woven reinforcement fleece and cures to provide a seamless, monolithic membrane that is tough and permanently flexible. Finally, Cawston Roofing installed 180mm insulation board onto the cured waterproofing system, followed by a slim line breather membrane, before passing the installation to ABG to complete the green roof element of the project. ABG installed a 40mm deep ‘Blue Roof’ drainage reservoir onto each of the three green roofs which provides collection and storage or rainwater to irrigate planting during dry periods, and offers a continuous drainage layer across the roof structure with attenuation capabilities which helps control the discharge of storm water. The growing medium and planting was then individually selected for each roof to take account of the roof area, location and level of shade created by surrounding buildings, with biodiversity measures built in to the specification. Explains Martin Lambley from ABG: “The sports hall roof has been designed as a wild flower meadow with planting of native species and areas of biodiversity, including log and rock insect nesting boxes and sandy and shingle areas. The other two roofs are at a lower level and are shaded by areas of the new building and adjacent existing buildings so here we used drought tolerant sedums and alpine planting.” Multiple Benefits The corporate suite section of the building has a metal deck roof and here the roof build up featured a vapour control layer installed directly onto the substrate followed by Kempertherm warm roof insulation. Cawston Roofing prepared the insulated substrate with Kemper System’s Kempertec D primer and, once this had cured, applied Kemper System’s Kemperol V210 waterproofing membrane with the same wet-on-wet process used for the green roofs. Nick adds: “Throughout the roofing process, switching to a cold liquid-applied waterproofing membrane enabled a much more flexible programme which speeded up the installation. Because the Kemperol waterproofing system bonds seamlessly to any substrate, including verticals, waterproofing of details on the roofs, such as pipe penetrations and drainage outlets was also made quicker and easier, as was the application of the waterproofing system on the upstands. This project really demonstrates how beneficial it can be to consider buildability benefits as well as functionality when specifying a roofing system.”


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Architects Create Gem In Central London With Equitone London-based Piercy & Co architects have specified a fibre cement EQUITONE facade on the 1 Baker’s Row development in Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area. Anthracite-coloured EQUITONE [natura] was specified because the architects felt that the matt surface appearance created a contemporary aesthetic that interfaced well with the adjoining historic buildings. EQUITONE [natura] allows the textures of the fibre cement to show through, creating a tactile, smooth urface. It is a sustainable and low maintenance exterior rainscreen cladding material that combines excellent aesthetics with durability and impact resistance.

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Historic Welsh Abbey Gains PV Solar Power Tintern Abbey is the best preserved medieval monastery in Wales, and even though the abbey itself is open to the skies, the gift shop urgently needed a new roof. Converting a solution to bring the building into the modern age, the roof was replaced with a Bauder roofing system along with their innovative and environmentally friendly photovoltaic (PV) offering, SOLfixx Plus. This unique system allows for web-based monitoring of the individual PV modules, effectively identifying any irregularities and increasing output by up to 25 percent. This is particularly beneficial for use on partially shaded roof areas, like the one at Tintern where nearby trees cast a shadow over the PV area but cannot be removed due to preservation regulations. The remarkable simplicity of the installation meant that the entire array could be installed in just one day to the client’s exact specifications. Tel: 01473 257671 Web:

RigiSystems introduces new range of composite panels RigiSystems has introduced a new range of composite panels, which complement the built-up systems. Composites can be useful on many smaller installations that may not justify the number of components required for a built-up system. Wall panels can, however, be used as part of a built-up system in order to provide the insulation layer. This can be particularly advantageous in façade applications, where a rigid insulation layer makes construction of the façade both easier and quicker. Panels, both roof and wall, are available in standard widths of one metre and lengths up to 16m, in a range of thicknesses to provide different ‘U’-values, and with either standard PIR core or fire rated mineral fibre wool core. For more information contact RigiSystems Ltd on 01905 750500, email

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Safety & Security

Specialised Fire Detection for Heritage Buildings with Optical Beam Smoke Detectors Protecting buildings from the risk of fire is never an easy task, and historic properties often bring their own particular array of problems: ornate decoration, irregular and high ceilings, lack of wiring and large indoor spaces. Optical beam smoke detectors are specifically designed to overcome these potential issues, with a number of features that make them inherently well-suited to protecting heritage and conservation projects. The Fireray 5000 from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) is at the forefront of beam smoke detection technology, featuring installer and user friendly features such as motorised automatic alignment and adjustment, laser guided set up and dust build-up compensation. It has already been installed in many historically and architecturally significant buildings around the world. E-mail: Website:

Aico specified following review of smoke alarms in flats

FDS Consult fashions a high end solution for Alexander McQueen

Nottinghamshire’s A1 Housing has announced its decision to install Aico Ei160RC Series alarms into its flats, in light of a fire safety review. A1 Housing is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) providing the day-to-day management of Bassetlaw District Council's housing stock . Keith Slatter, Electrical Engineer of A1 Housing, explains his organisations decision to prioritise fire safety in their flats: “We have a mixture of alarms types within our flats, including a lot of battery-only powered alarms which were fitted by the local Fire & Rescue service. We made the decision to upgrade fire safety within our own flats and move to a policy of mains powered alarms only for maximum safety. Aico Ei160RC alarms were our first choice as they are the best in the market. We have been using Aico alarms since 2006.” Visit or Email:

The creation of the new flagship Alexander McQueen clothing store in London’s Dover Street involved the dramatic transformation of an existing seven storey building. FDS Consult’s services were enlisted to provide an innovative and adequate fire safety solution for the property. The existing structure allowed only one means of escape for occupants, via a single staircase which opened on to the middle of the floor plate at ground level. Following an in-depth consultation with the client, our experts recommended creating a sterile zone from the lift and staircase directly outside of the building, giving occupants a protected route outside. In order to achieve the protection to the escape route, fire curtains were placed in this zone. In addition a commercial sprinkler system was installed throughout the store. For further information visit –



Industry-recognized seal of approval for SPC intruder detection panels from Siemens


Increased battery capacity and upgraded power supplies for improved system availability

The new SPC6350 and SPC5350 intruder detection panels from Security Products from Siemens have received VdS-C approval in accordance with the VdS 2252 standard for alarm control and indicating equipment. In addition, they are the first of their type with natively integrated VdS 2463-approved alarm transmission equipment. This greatly reduces costs since no external communicator is necessary in VdS-C-approved installations. The Ethernet and backup GPRS transmission paths used by the panels are approved in accordance with VdS 2471, and the alarm communication protocol is approved in accordance with VdS 2465. As a result, setting up communication with alarm receivers is straightforward, and high-security IP-based alarm transmission is guaranteed.

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The spacious housings used for the new panels accommodate two sets of batteries, offering an increase in battery capacity of 217% compared with the previous model.


The gap between the housing and the wall is now 18 mm, which greatly simplifies the routing and installation of cables. The power supplies for the panels have been upgraded as well, now providing a 12 V auxiliary supply rated at 2.2 A. Eight separately fused outputs ensure maximum system availability not only during normal operation, but also during maintenance. The new hardware is complemented by version 3.4 of the SPC firmware.

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en years ago the UK’s shelving and storage industry looked very different to today’s internet-based, customer-driven model. The standard delivery time on industrial shelving, for example, was normally at least 5 working days. So, when BiGDUG’s cofounders, Doug Nourse and Jon Powell, created the company in 2004 they did so with the sole intention of challenging what they saw as outdated, industrywide business practises. One of their first initiatives was the introduction of same-day despatch on in-stock products. “The internet revolution placed many more demands on retailers and one of them was definitely the need for speed” says Jon Powell “the other being increased product choice. We feel we have satisfied both aspects along with a second-to-none customer service offering.” Providing shelving and storage products to homes and businesses puts the company at the forefront of trends in consumer and business spending. “When we began 10 years ago it simply wasn’t affordable to put industrial strength shelving or racking in your home garage. We changed all that by offering a complete storage system for under £100. A comparable supplier would have been upwards of 3 or 4 times that cost. With the escalation of material goods in people’s lives and their desire for contemporary styling in their homes, we believe that future home builders will want to factor-in purpose-designed storage areas in their quest for a contemporary clutter-free environment. Or utilise their available garage space in the most effective way, and that’s where BiGDUG can help.” From small spaces to big spaces, planning storage for a warehouse can be a daunting task especially when a major consideration is maximising return per sq ft. Not to mention the all-important health and safety considerations. “We have an in-house design team who will discuss the practicalities of potential design ideas and offer as much guidance as necessary” says MD Doug Nourse. “And we’ll provide computer generated plans to allow you to get the most out of your available space and budget.” Mezzanine floors are becoming far more common now and are an extremely cost effective way of increasing floor space when business is ‘on the up’. They also cause minimal disruption to work time compared with the prospect of moving premises. From site appraisal to full installation when it comes to shelving and storage products, big or small, it seems BiGDUG really does deliver. After all 150,000 customers can’t be wrong.









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Compact and powerful: Metabo's new compact drill/screwdriver

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Protecting yourself whilst working in difficult conditions is of paramount importance for all construction and engineering professionals. With so many different types of protection equipment and clothing available, it is vital to protect and support all parts of your body, including your feet. Workforce offer a diverse sock range designed to provide the perfect solution to the problems of uncomfortable feet experienced by many when they are working outside or in challenging circumstances. The range of socks includes designs with advanced technology such as arch support, terry cushion panels, anatomically constructed left and right feet, Silverplus™ technology and heavy gauge rib, all engineered to provide the wearer with the comfort and security they need to work better and more safely for a wide range of different tasks.

Small size combined with powerful performance and plenty of endurance make Metabo's new 10.8 Volt drill/screwdriver a compact multi-talent for universal use Metabo introduces the most compact drill/screwdriver in the 10.8 Volt class to the market, the new PowerMaxx BS. With the quick change system it is also available as PowerMaxx BS Quick. Including the drill chuck it measures only 162 mm from front to back and is therefore the shortest drill/screwdriver on the market. Compared to his predecessor it has become even more powerful and productive with a torque of up to 34 Nm and a speed of maximum 1,400 rpm. The PowerMaxx BS and the PowerMaxx BS Quick are available without battery pack and charger or case as a set with two 2.0 Ah battery packs and charger.

Trend has just launched their new 2014 Routing and Woodworking Catalogue. The catalogue shows their complete range of router cutters, power tools, routing jigs, woodworking accessories and Trend Snappy tooling. It features over 75 new and innovative product lines including; the unique Skeleton Hinge Jig, Adjustable Lock Jig, Mini CNC and the popular measuring and marking tool, the Easyscribe. The brand leading Professional router cutter range has been extended.. This new catalogue also sees the introduction of a fully guarded desktop Mini CNC machine for 2D and 3D engravings, photo images and routing projects. Ideal for the hobbyist or school. To download or request a FREE copy of the new 2014 Trend Catalogue please visit their website at

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