Design Buy Build - Issue 10 2014

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Brooklyn meets Belgravia At the Belgraves London hotel with bathrooms from Hansgrohe



Two neighbouring historic Leamington Spa buildings converted to residential use by TateHindle

Kilham House

AR Design Studio transforms a five-bedroomed family home

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Rolex Rolex partners with The International Architecture Exhibition ‒ La Biennale Di Venezia Ironmongery Direct Homeowners focus on curb appeal of homes as house prices begin to rise Brooklyn meets Belgravia At the Belgraves London hotel with bathrooms from Hansgrohe Creating interior solid surfaces Samsung Staron, exclusively distributed by Blackheath Products Platform 5 Architects The Heart of the College - Waltham Forest College, London, UK Hormann Security with style Reynaers City of Liverpool Library opens up with Reynaers Architectural Systems Kilham House AR Design Studio transforms a five-bedroomed family home A feast for the eyes... Louise Tomlin updates us on the 5th Annual Jacksons Show Gardens competition Give us a WAVE Fencing News reports on an unusual trafficcalming initiative on the A64 in Yorkshire TateHindle Two neighbouring historic Leamington Spa buildings converted to residential use Permavent Solution to Zero Carbon Waterproof Concrete Waterproof Concrete stepped up a gear this year

Products & Services 7-13 14-23 29 30-35 39 40-41 42-50 51-53 54-57 61-68 69 70 71-72 73-76 77-78 79 79 80 82

Editors Choice Bathrooms & Kitchens Ceilings, Walls & Partitions Doors, Windows & Fittings Drainage & Plumbing Eco Build External Works & Landscaping Floors & Flooring Heating & Ventilation Interiors & Interior Design Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades Lighting & Electrical Recreation & Leisure Roofing & Cladding Safety & Security Stone & Stonework Timber & Timber Frame Tools, Plants & Equipment Waterproofing

Rolex P4,5 & 6 Hansgrohe P14, 15 & 16

Platfrom 5 Architecure P24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

AR Design Studio - P36, 37 & 38

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olex is very proud to further its commitment to world-class architecture as the exclusive Partner and Official Timepiece of the 14TH International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. This major partnership linking the world’s leading luxury watch brand with the leading architectural forum will run over three editions (2014–2016–2018) of the exhibition.

In addition, this year Rolex has the pleasure of supporting Daniel Libeskind’s unique meditation on architecture, Sonnets of Babylon, for the Venice Pavilion. “The spirit that has guided Rolex from its earliest days – a dedication to precision, high performance and aesthetics – is the same spirit that is fundamental to all great architecture,” said Gian Riccardo Marini, Chief ROLEX PARTNERS WITH

THE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Executive Officer of Rolex SA. “We share the same attention to detail and to quality. Like the components of a watch, each component of a building contributes to the ideal finished product.” Rolex’s involvement with leading architects stems from the 1960s when, true to its roots, it commissioned the Swiss architects Addor, Julliard & Bolliger

to design its Geneva headquarters at Acacias. In the mid 1990s, as part of a revolutionary change of strategy, Rolex remodelled the building. The company had decided to ensure the independence of the manufacture of the essential components of its watches by acquiring its Swiss suppliers. This vertical integration meant that the production of all the essential components for its watches would eventually be consolidated at four sites in Switzerland. In Geneva, this resulted in significant changes at Acacias, and the construction of two large production complexes at ChĂŞne-Bourg and Plan-les-Ouates, and ultimately the expansion of a manufacturing complex in Bienne, in the canton of Bern.

In 1997, the Swiss firm Brodbeck-Roulet was commissioned to design the new buildings in Geneva, creating workspaces conducive to high productivity and exceptional working conditions. Outside Switzerland, the Rolex-supported Lititz Watch Technicum Training and Service Center in Pennsylvania, in the U.S., was the work of American architect Michael Graves (1999–2001); and both the Rolex Toyocho (2002) and Nakatsu (2009) buildings, respectively in Tokyo and Osaka, were designed by Fumihiko Maki. All of these buildings reflect the essence of a high-precision industry.

Rolex enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over.

Most notable of the company’s close ties with architecture and great architects is the Rolex Learning Center designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ry e Nishizawa of SANAA. The cultural hub and library of the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), it has become a landmark design in global architecture. The result of a long-established partnership between Rolex and the institute, the building opened to international acclaim in 2010. This support of architecture is further embodied in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the biennial philanthropic programme begun in 2002

that – in keeping with Rolex’s philosophy of championing individual achievement as a basic tenet of the brand – fosters young artists in seven artistic areas, including architecture. By pairing these emerging talents with a great artistic master for a year, they are given the time to learn, create and grow at a crucial point in their careers. Álvaro Siza served as the first mentor for visual arts in the inaugural cycle; and, in 2012, the category of architecture was officially added to the programme, with Kazuyo Sejima serving as mentor. Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is the current mentor. His protégée is Paraguayan

architect Gloria Cabral. Frank Gehry, Sir David Chipperfield, Daniel Libeskind and Ry e Nishizawa have helped steer the Initiative as members of the Advisory Board, which is newly formed for each mentoring cycle. “Our partnership with the Venice Architecture Biennale reflects Rolex’s natural affinity for excellence and achievement as represented by the best contemporary architecture,” said Gian Riccardo Marini. “We look forward to cultivating our relationship with this iconic exhibition over the next few years.”

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The Historic Towns Forum

Recreational recycling boosts local economy

A Gem of an Installation

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 that represents all professional disciplines and sectors working within the historic built environment. Attending an HTF event counts for CPD and also gives you the opportunity to network with HTF partners and members at all levels. Coming events include: How can heritage tourism help our town centres? – 15 October, Poulton-le-Fylde Growth and the Green Belt Issue – historic towns and managing expansion – 25 November, Chester Visit – or Email –

Recycling on the go is on the rise across the UK with many local authorities setting up recycling centres in public areas in a bid to reduce volumes of waste to landfill. Plastics manufacturer Leafield Environmental is working round the clock to keep ahead of orders for their top-selling, high volume outdoor recycling unit the Envirobank 240L. Leafield MD Phil Maddox said: “Britain still has a long way to go to increase its recycling rates to meet the target to recycle 50% of waste by 2020 under the European Union’s Waste Framework Directive.” “Many councils are realising that the age-old problem of litter can be turned into a valuable resource for the local economy. Plastic bottles, cans and newspapers, which usually end up in landfill, can hold a high value when collected separately for recycling.”

Warrior doors were commissioned to design, manufacture and install a new high security doorset by Tulja jewellers to replace their existing entrance. The client specifically wanted an interlocking system featuring 2 sliding doors which would be both convenient to use and provide a higher level of security and protection for the premises and staff. Warrior doors chose FAAC’s A140 sliding door operator due to its high performance capability. “The complexity of the electronic design with two interlocking doors, maglocks to work in conjunction with motorized locks and electronic emergency key override made this a completely new concept.” stated Brett Barratt of Warrior Doors. This new sliding door entrance works extremely well. I think this is one of the most secure automatic retail entrances in the UK”. –Mr Lodhia, Proprietor

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SCHÖCK VERIFIABLE PERFORMANCE FITS NICELY WITH BOUYGUES Two large affordable housing developments in Brent incorporate Schöck Isokorb thermal break modules to prevent thermal bridging and help optimise the sustainable nature of the buildings. The design and build developments are part of a scheme being delivered for the Brent Private Finance Initiative (PFI) housing project by Bouygues UK, in partnership with Hyde Housing. The Isokorb used on both sites, the type KS14, is a load-bearing, thermal insulating element for connecting cantilevered steel components to reinforced concrete. The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, at Oxford Brookes University has carried out an independent investigation into the performance criteria concerning the effectiveness of steel balcony connections to concrete slabs. The OISD found the Isokorb type KS14 to be a superior thermal insulating element for connecting cantilevered steel components to reinforced concrete. Other comparable solutions failed to obtain the minimum performance required by Part L of the Building regulations(1).

The comprehensive Schöck Isokorb range of modules provides BBA Certification, LABC Registration and meets full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations. The temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) that must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings, is easily met by incorporating the

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Loic Menard, Project Director for Bouygues UK, Brent Social Housing & Regeneration PFI commented: "Schöck Isokorbs provide energy efficient thermal breaks that comply with our design and build sustainability requirements. The product's functionality meets our objectives in achieving high performance buildings whilst reducing CO2 emissions during production and for the end user".

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One Size Does Not Fit All

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The Senator Group has introduced Settings™, a new concept developed to enable collaborative, flexible, efficient, creative and cost effective workplaces. Traditional open plan is no longer fit for purpose and needs to evolve. Adrian Campbell, Workplace Design Consultant at The Senator Group said: “This isn’t just about having the best looking offices. It’s about flexible spaces that support more dynamic working, that drive performance amongst teams. It helps an organistion to enhance collaboration, engage and retain staff, develop a brand and corporate culture, improve health and welfare, optimise the use of space and encourage staff into the office by creating a genuine destination. Settings has been developed to help organisations solve the challenges they face today but it also has one eye on the future.” For further information visit:


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Maintenance and refurbishment specialist Novus Property Solutions is celebrating the ongoing success of its South West Coast offices, which recently completed 250 kitchen refurbishments for a string of high profile clients, including for social housing provider The Guinness Trust. For Guinness Trust, Novus has carried out 130 kitchen replacements to a value of £450,000 across the landlord’s stock of 60,000 properties. The work included the removal and reinstallation of kitchens as well as the upgrading of electrics and flooring, showcasing Novus’ ability to deliver high quality service across multiple trades in tight timescales. Novus, which has offices in Plymouth and Redruth, Cornwall, has an ongoing contract with Devon and Cornwall Housing and also completes work for student accommodation group UPP.

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Button-fix is an extra strong, secret fixing for panels. It is already being used by furniture manufacturers, fit-out companies and bathroom installers. It’s easy to align and fit with the Button part of the fixing safely locking home with a ‘click’! Which type of Button or Fix depends on your particular application! Button-fix has been designed to be incredibly strong and has been tested and certified by independent test house ‘Sandberg.’ You can now buy Button-fix from our many UK distributors as well as those based in Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Cyprus, India, New Zealand and Australia. Call to action if needed W:

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GEZE Pod is the Perfect Solution for Places For People A gloomy unappealing entrance at The Pavilions in Preston has been transformed with the installation of a light, spacious and draught proof curved lobby from GEZE UK, the UK’s leading manufacturer of door and window control systems. GEZE’s Slimdrive SC curved sliding automatic doors were specified by architects Summers-Inman to create a stunning focal point and welcoming entrance in the extended reception at the Places For People Group’s HQ. Places For People also wanted to control access to the building so the outer doors allow visitors into the lobby, while the inner doors are activated by the company’s reception staff. Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK, explained that Summers Inman chose an elliptical entrance because it provided the perfect solution for access control. Visit: or call: 01543 443000.

East Yorkshire building products manufacturer teams up with a local college to hold a training event. Timloc invited students from Hull College, who are undertaking their NVQ Level 3 in Brickwork, to its site in Goole. Here, the company's Technical Director, Phil Harvey, demonstrated best practice on the installation of cavity trays. The idea behind the event was to raise awareness of Timloc's products and the benefits of using cavity trays correctly in a build, as well as educating the builders of the future. Phil said: "With our winters seeing increased rainfall, sales of cavity trays are on the rise, as they are more reliable and effective than traditional damp-proof course (DPC) methods. However, a lot of bricklayers and people in the construction trade simply don't know how to install them properly." For more information call 01405 765567 or visit –

Oatlands Glass have been 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 Oatlands Glass supply and fit glass for traditional wooden windows, UPVC and Aluminium specialists. 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.

Glass balustrading adds a stunning feature to any building, as a central feature, or to create the illusion of space in a smaller environment.

Dalby Holiday Lodges called on pipe specialists Flexenergy to take charge of the distribution system for domestic hot water and central heating at their holiday cottage complex in East Yorkshire, using their eco-friendly Flexalen 600 material. The all year round complex comprises a main house and four lodges equipped with central heating, double glazing and all furnished to a high standard. The site ownerwas looking to replace the individual LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) heating systems within each cottage and in the main house with technology that would not only be less expensive to run, but also ecofriendly. So he opted to change to a central wood-burning Biomass Boiler, with heat exchangers in each cottage and in the main house, with the help of Flexenergy. As a result of the new system, the holiday site is delivering savings of over £3,000 per year in heating costs. Call : 0845 644 3793 or visit:

Blackheath Products is proud to be one of the UK’s leading suppliers of decorative surface materials. We offer a huge range of products, including decorative laminates; melamine faced board, solid surfaces, worksurfaces, flooring and associated products all held in our centrally located UK warehouse. Our dedicated sales team can answer your questions Monday to Friday 8am - 5.30pm. You can also place orders anytime via our website Our fleet of vehicles distribute across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and we satellite track our vehicles, so we can let you know exactly when you can expect your delivery.

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A lot of buyers can be put off quite quickly if the outside of the house looks tired, dated or unattractive. One easy aesthetic improvement could involve renovating the front door with new hardware or furniture, as it is often the focal point for the property.


ith the property market starting to move again and average house prices increasing, IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has found that people looking to sell their properties are becoming increasingly focused on improving the curb appeal of their homes. According to Nationwide’s latest monthly house price index, based on mortgages approved by the society, annual house prices have risen by 8.8% and are at the highest level since May 2010. This has increased the average house price to just under £176,500. Government schemes such as Funding for Lending and Help to Buy have also encouraged first time buyers to return to the housing

market, as well as other factors such as improved employment opportunities, low mortgage rates and a strengthening economy. As a result, homeowners looking to sell their properties are increasingly investing in the properties’ exterior appearance in order to attract potential buyers. Whether it is dressing up the front door, giving gates a new leash of life or replacing old windows. Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director of IronmongeryDirect, said: “As the housing market begins to strengthen and property prices increase, it is a good time for those looking to sell. However with many people having the same idea, homeowners are realising that they need to improve the curb appeal of their homes in order to make their property stand out from the

crowd and draw in potential buyers. “A lot of buyers can be put off quite quickly if the outside of the house looks tired, dated or unattractive. One easy aesthetic improvement could involve renovating the front door with new hardware or furniture, as it is often the focal point for the property. “Adding new house numbers, entry door locksets, mailboxes, or new lighting, for example, is an affordable way to add style and interest to the home’s exterior appearance. We’ve certainly witnessed an increase in sales of these types of products as more people recognise the benefits this investment can bring.” For more information, please visit http://www.

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uickScale is for taking areas and measurements off pdf drawings. The user plots an accurate measurement to scale the drawing. If there are no measurements on the drawing, any known measurement like a door width or parking space can be used.

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Brooklyn meets Belgravia

At the Belgraves London hotel with bathrooms from Hansgrohe


estled among upmarket Belgravia residential blocks and embassy buildings, behind a bland 1970s façade, is the surprising and luxurious boutique hotel ‘Belgraves London’. The first hotel outside of the US for the Thompson Hotel Group, Belgraves offers the intimate appeal of a private club combined with chic city design that brings a touch of Brooklyn to Belgravia. With interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners, Belgraves has a New York loft feel inside with exposed brick walls, casual-cool doormen and an alluring

glass-fronted fire. The hotel facilities combine New York attitude with British hospitality. These include a bar with cigar terrace - framed with green walls of flowers, a lobby lounge complete with plush seating and library, private dining or meeting space for up to 22 guests and a state-of-the-art gym. Eclectic dining, fusing Mediterranean, Californian and Australian influences, is provided by Sophie Mitchell – Britain’s youngest female executive chef, in the Pont St. hotel restaurant. The 85 rooms, including 14 suites, are spacious and glamorous with wide-plank

hardwood floors and sleek contemporary lines warmed by rich textures from grey wool, purple velvet and eclectic artworks. The bathrooms are clad with Arabescato marble and feature dark wood vanity units with smoked glass tops and brass beaded curtains along the glazed wall that divides bathroom and bedroom. The brassware and showers that ensure guests enjoy a pampering and refreshing experience in the bathroom are from German specialist Hansgrohe. Axor Citterio was the collection of choice for the opulent bathroom of the 70m2 Penthouse. Created by internationally

Studio suite

Studio Suite bathroom with Metris S on the basin & bath and Raindance shower.


Metris S and Raindance in the Thompson Suite bathroom

renowned architect and designer, Antonio Citterio, Axor Citterio is characterised by a strong geometric design with gleaming, perfectly crafted surfaces. First launched in 2003, its harmonious combination of straight angular edges next to rounded curves have suceeded in elevating this collection to a global design classic for the bathroom that works equally well in traditional and contemporary settings. The 3-hole basin mixer with cross-handles make an elegant statement on the Penthouse wash basin and the handles are easy to grip and turn. The same crosshandle design is echoed in the luxurious

shower area and is joined by another celebrated Axor designer, Philippe Starck. Uncompromising minimalism and modularity are the two principles behind the Axor ShowerCollection with Philippe Starck. Square shower modules, 12 x 12cm in size, can be positioned singly or in groups in order to provide luxurious showering wherever needed. In the case of the Belgraves London Penthouse bathroom, four modules provide stylish and invigorating body showers. Fitted flush in the ceiling above, the matching 24 x 24cm overhead shower interprets the same basic principle of the square to

deliver a refreshing downpour. The accompanying hand shower in the Penthouse and other hotel bathrooms is the popular Raindance S100 Air. Using pioneering Hansgrohe technology which infuses water with air, the resulting Air Power delivers a voluminous spray that envelopes the body and feels like natural rain. Available in various sizes and models with multiple spray options, there are also overhead versions of Raindance used througout the hotel for a luxurious shower experience.


Axor Citterio 3-hole basin mixer with cross-handles in the Penthouse

Metris S from Hansgrohe is found in the bathrooms of the 44m2 Studio Suite and 51m2 Thompson Suite. Created by the studio of Phoenix Design, the single-lever basin mixer is minimalist in its design with clean and exact lines. The horizontal control lever (pin handle) represents a back-to-the-basics ergonomic design that maximises user comfort. Complementary pieces from the same range are specified throughout the hotel, including the 4-hole

rim-mounted bath and shower mixer on the Studio Suite bath tub. With the quality of the bathroom ranking highly as a priority for hotel guests, Belgraves London made the decision to install fittings that ensure reliable performance and timeless design. Expert interior design including sympathetic lighting schemes ensure the

bathrooms all feel inviting and special. In the Studio Suite, the marble-clad bath is surrounded on three sides by windows affording stunning views across the Belgravia rooftops – surely the epitomy of city hotel bathroom luxury. Find out more about Hansgrohe SE and its brands Hansgrohe and Axor on

New Trade Showroom Now Open As an established retailer, we are pleased to announce our new TRADE outlet for Kitchens and appliances - we specialise in quality kitchens for less. Our kitchens are manufactured using a fully rigid dowelled and glued construction carcass. These are available in 60 cabinet colours often avoiding the need for colour co.ordinated end panels, making our kitchens more bespoke and cost effective than mass produced products available to the trade. Specification includes, 18 mm rigid carcass, Blum Soft Close hinges, tandem drawers, Free in-house 2D and 3D CAD design service available.

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Bathrooms & Kitchens Bringing sense to lighting

Feature Bathroom lighting is becoming more desirable, but until now the choices of switching have been severely limited. (Pull-cords, PIRs or outside switching). Sensorbility, has therefore developed the NEW Bathroom Switch controller, with Dimmer and Timer variants; thus allowing bathroom designers far more flexibility when it comes to lighting design and operation within bathrooms. The variations of the new controller include simple on/off switching, ramp-up dimming, ramp-down switch-off and time delay switch-off. Wired to our proven Bathroom Switch Sensor Pads, which can be placed behind most materials such as Ceramic Tiles, Wood, Plastic, Glass, and even Metals, users can create switches or dimmers in virtually any shape and situation. Tiles covering Sensor Pads are adhered with silicone allowing access should it be necessary. In Bathrooms, these Sensor Pads can even be placed behind tiles reachable from the bath or shower (zones 1&2) and thus allow safe switching and dimming. The new Bathroom Switch controllers can be activated from up to 12 low voltage (5vdc) Sensor Pads, so for example a Dimmer Controller can be operated from a Sensor Pad by the door and then the lights dimmed by touching a tile whilst in the bath. Most types of lighting can be operated by the Bathroom Switch; this includes incandescent bulbs, halogens (mains and low voltage), LEDs and low energy bulbs.

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Modern concrete style at 100% Design

Solus Ceramics are excited to introduce Precast, a brand new porcelain range that blends the aesthetics of concrete with notes of delicate natural veining and mild speckles. A versatile system, this range is available in a broad choice of formats, thicknesses and finishes which allows the user to apply Precast to a wide variety of applications from commercial to private project architecture. The largest formats, such as 150x75cm and 75x75cm, have a semi-polished finish, while more traditional formats, such as 120x60cm, 60x60cm and 60x30cm are also available in a textured version. The semi-polished finish displays more of the natural characteristics whilst the textured finish is furrowed with a lined pattern that adds tactile, visual depth as well as useful anti-slip properties. Six colours make up the versatile palette of Precast, which consists of chalky neutral shades such as white and beige, and rich earthy tones including a fawn brown and an ashy grey. Precast has been designed to be used in multiple settings which means that it can be applied to floors, walls and wet rooms as well as adjoining indoor and outdoor environments. For further information: Tel 0121 753 0777 Email: or visit –

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QUARTZFORMS QUARTZFORMS engineered solid surface is the evolution of stone into a perfect form, going one step further than natural stone. Our product is the result of the most cutting-edge technological development, manufactured with precision engineering, innovation and quality using the exclusive Bretonstone速 process. Its versatility, resistance, aesthetic performance, hygienic quality and easy maintenance have won the trust of architects and designers worldwide. Owned by an Italian family but located in Germany, QUARTZFORMS offers Italian design flair combined with German precision engineering. Exclusively available in the UK through QF Distribution Ltd, stocks over 50 designs/colours in the thicknesses of 12, 20 and 30mm in three finishes, Polished, Spacco and Opaco, are ready for dispatch. The QUARTZFORMS slabs benefit from many worldwide industry certifications which result in a 10 year warranty being offered relating to the performance of the surface. QUARTZFORMS enables their customers to benefit from the scratch, heat and stain resistance that comes with every QUARTZFORMS product. QUARTZFORMS will be available through selected national and regional fabricators and stonemasons, ensuring the highest standard of fabrication and surface for both domestic and commercial projects.

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At Last! No leaks! No mould! Our unique Awarded winning UPVC precision seals are the ultimate seals where movement occurs. Water damage due to adhesion failure of sanitar y sealant is known to be the single most common cause of complaint, even damaging a builder’s reputation as well as being costly to put right. The precision extrusions clip together to for m a sliding movement between the bath/shower tray rim and the wall, sealing a watertight barrier. They can be fitted onto existing tiles or below new tiles, allowing stress free movement which will last the life of your bathroom. No mould just wipe clean A pack contains two 1.85 metre lengths supplied with pre-mitred ends for seamless cor ners, all fixatives and end caps


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The Start of the New Revolution Every so often a new material comes along that lights up the industry and brings new and exciting possibilities to kitchen design and designers. NEOLITH from THESIZE now distributed in the UK by QF Distribution Ltd is one of those products. QFD will stock over 15 surface finishes in a size of 3200mm x 1500m x 12mm to include solid colours and stimulating designs. NEOLITH is a sintered compact surface and belongs to a new and revolutionary product category born in the last decade with the aim of providing an innovative response to the most demanding architectural and design demands. NEOLITH manufacture state-of-the-art products that combine functionality and beauty, new materials that define the future of construction. NEOLITH can be used in a variety of ways, including worktops, splash backs and floor tiles. NEOLITH is an extreme evolution which has resulted in a new kind of surface previously non-existent and is composed from three groups which are 100% natural based elements. This backed up by a 15 years certified guarantee for kitchen countertops. The sintering technology that THESIZE has developed to create NEOLITH uses a combination of extreme high pressure and temperature, giving birth to a surface with unique technical features, such as highly resistant to scratches and abrasions and high temperatures and colours that do not change with exposure to UV rays.

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Richard Barrett, Sales Director of QFD Ltd is naturally enthusiastic about working with NEOLITH “ The combination of designs, aesthetic appearance, technical features and slab size make NELITH an interesting alternative in today’s demanding market, and NEOLITH ca be used in a variety of ways, including worktops, splash backs and floor tiles.”

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Creating interior solid surfaces Samsung Staron, one of the most innovative solid surface materials, is now being exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Blackheath Products.

Manufactured from a unique blend of natural materials, acrylics and pigments, this multi-tasking product offers designers a new way of creating and shaping surfaces for virtually every type of interior application.

Staron can be thermoformed into flowing curves and sculpted into a myriad of shapes giving architects and specifiers free reign to realise their most creative schemes. This high performance solid material is 100% waterproof, stain-resistant and highly durable. Its 6mm or 12mm thick through colour consistency means that it can be cut, shaped and fabricated to create endless options in a choice of 80 colours, pebbled and speckled finishes, together with many different edge profiles and numerous surface finishes. Staron is widely used in commercial, leisure, retail and residential applications. It is a popular choice for restaurant or hotel fittings and furniture, retail displays and is equally suitable for kitchens, counter tops, changing- rooms and bathrooms. Its unique homogenous, non-porous and hygienic properties, with minimal inconspicuous seaming, mean Staron is particularly suitable for dental, healthcare, laboratory, food and other hygienic environments where it is vital to reduce the risk of bacteria and contaminated surfaces. Blackheath Products offer architects and designers a complete technical design and support service, as well as installation when required. This enables specifiers to ensure their designs are manufactured to precise tolerances and that their specifications are realised to their full potential for the most demanding of situations and environments. Staron is offered with a 10 year guarantee and selected designs have Greenguard certification, Euro Class B fire retardancy rating and NSF–51 Public Safety Certificates for food and drink contact. In addition to Samsung Staron, Blackheath Products is a national distributor of high pressure laminate, MFC, laminate flooring and a wide range of kitchen and bathroom products. More information is available from Blackheath Products on 0121 561 3939 or via the website at

Waltham Forest College Architects: Platform 5 Architects, Richard Hopkinson Architects Website: Project: The Heart of the College Location: London, UK Area: approx. 3000 m2 Photography: Alan Williams Photography

PHASE 1 This project marks the first phase in the delivery of a strategic masterplan.

Phase 1 The £3 million project opens up the existing landmark 1930s building to create a new series of formal and informal education and meeting areas, which work as set of interacting horizontal and vertical layered spaces. The intervention of a suspended glazed seminar box within the central learning space, accessed by a slender oak-lined staircase, is the project’s most striking feature. Our team have transformed the previously austere and run-down main spaces in the college to create a welcoming, inclusive and contemporary environment for students, staff and other building users. This project marks the first phase in the delivery of a strategic masterplan. The success of the project has led to a further commission to carry out the second stage of the masterplan with a £4.9M project.

Phase 2 This £4.9 million development, which marks the second phase of our work for Waltham Forest College in collaboration with Richard Hopkinson Architects, continues to upgrade routes and maximise the use of previously underused or redundant spaces. Above the entrance lobby a new student zone offers a place for relaxation and extracurricular activities alongside a mezzanine floor dedicated to the Students Union. On the ground floor, the large unused area beneath the main entrance steps has been refurbished to create a 70-seater lecture theatre and an innovative Market Place incorporating a butchery, a bakery, a reprographics and stationary centre and a start-up business incubator. The 1970s Lowery Centre has been re-clad and the fashion department’s workshops renovated to produce bright modern workspaces. The scheme also includes a Young Persons Learning Centre incorporating a workshop, a life skills classroom, a light craft room and flexible teaching space. The Centre will have direct access to a landscaped courtyard.

PHASE 2 Continues to upgrade routes and maximise the use of previously underused or redundant spaces.

On the ground floor, the large unused area beneath the main entrance steps has been refurbished to create a 70-seater lecture theatre and an innovative Market Place

Platform 5 Architects was founded in 2006 and is an award-winning architectural practice led by Patrick Michell and Peter Allen with a diverse portfolio of projects in the residential, commercial, educational and cultural sectors. Since our inception in 2006, we have built a reputation on the quality of our design and level of service to our clients. Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory 2009 featured Platform 5 in their selection of 30 of the world’s most talented young architectural practices and we were also nominated for Young Architect of the Year in 2008. Our work has been widely published both in the UK and internationally, covering our residential projects such as the award winning extension at Mapledene Road, Shoffice, Book Tower House and new build country house Meadowview. Having proven our ability to design and deliver crafted bespoke houses, we have now completed larger scale public and commercial projects such as the £3million “Heart of the Campus” project at Waltham Forest College and are on site with the £35million Waterloo Campus redevelopment for LeSoCo. Richard Hopkinson has recently founded Richard Hopkinson Architects, he has over twenty years of experience of working with schools, colleges and universities. He is an RIBA Client Design Advisor, a BREEAM Accredited Professional and an experienced Project Manager.

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ROCKFON make a healthy contribution to BREEAM ‘excellent’ Southmead Hospital hase one of an impressive new Bristol hospital has now opened on-time and is fully operational. It replaces Victorian buildings which started life as workhouses. The £430 million Southmead Hospital not only offers the very best healthcare facilities but is one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings of its size in the UK. The design of the building is very bright with lots of big windows and has a large glass atrium as its centrepiece. ROCKFON ceilings were specified by contractor, Carillion, because they fulfilled the design c “The North Bristol NHS Trust wanted to move away from the standard square grid ceiling design commonly found in hospitals. ROCKFON ceilings gave us the acoustic performance we needed; are recyclable and sustainable, and met our economies of scale.”


The hospital is fitted with Rockfon MediCare Standard and MediCare Plus ceilings throughout. The MediCare range fulfils all the essential cleaning and hygienic demands of healthcare environments and complies with the Department of Health’s HBN and HTM guidelines. MediCare ceilings do not contribute to the growth of MRSA. They have a low particle emission and have achieved the Clean Room Classification ISO Class 4 for MediCare Plus and ISO Class 5 for MediCare Standard. Rockfon Medicare Standard and Medicare Plus offer design freedom thanks to their exposed and concealed edges and availability in a variety of module sizes. Rockfon MediCare Standard is a 15mm thick stone wool tile which is ideal for areas such as wards, offices and consultation rooms. Its visible surface is covered with a white painted fleece which has a light reflection of 86% adding to the light, airy feel the architect wanted for the hospital. MediCare Plus is made of a 20-25mm thick stone wool panel. It also offers Class A sound absorption. MediCare Plus has obtained a Bacteriological Class B1 and exceeds the strict hygiene and cleaning requirements for accident and emergency rooms, operating theatres, washrooms and food service areas. Whether you are looking to create a more sustainable building or gain certification through BREEAM, ROCKFON products can help you achieve your goal. For more information visit

The hospital is fitted with Rockfon MediCare Standard and MediCare Plus ceilings throughout.

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GEZE Turns Heads at the Nadler Soho Hotel


What must be one of the most striking façades in the City of Westminster has been created for a boutique hotel in Soho by positioning a bespoke piece of modern art above a stylish revolving door from GEZE UK. At ground level, GEZE UK’s three leaf automatic TSA 325 NT revolving door and two pass doors powered by EMD-F automatic swing door operators have been installed at The Nadler Hotel Sohoto create a sophisticated modern entrance; look up and hanging above the revolving door is Selene, a stunning 3m piece of public art by artist Hew Locke. The attractive automatic TSA 325 NT revolving door is ideal for buildings such as hotels that need to provide guests with an ‘always open’ entrance, but at the same time need to ensure a pleasant and consistent climate within the building.

HOPPE Stays In Touch

Leading architectural Ironmongery manufacturer SIMONSWERK will again be exhibiting at the 100% Design Show at Earls Court in September, showcasing the latest developments in hinge technology. Visitors to their stand, number E 19, in the ECO, Design & Build section of the exhibition, will be able to view the power transfer TECTUS Energy system with new adapter plug connections including one for FUHR motor locks and all with torsion-proof and snap fitting connection systems. Also on show will be new versions of the heavy duty VARIANT range with Finger Protection, 400kg and “Care” options – the latter specifically designed for public sector buildings where frame dimensions need to allow real clearance widths for doors to open with a 90 angle, plus the TRITECH solid brass hinge with new PVD finishes.

HOPPE UK can now offer a complete range of touchbars for panic and escape doors as part of its ARRONE family of hardware products. The ARRONE AR8800 range – designed and manufactured exclusively by HOPPE itself - offers specifiers a choice of options, all CE Marked and fire tested to European standards. The new ARRONE AR8800 Touchbar range includes a Single Panic Bolt, a Panic Latch, a Reversible Panic Latch, a Combination Unit for Double Rebated Doors, and Outside Access Devices which can also be used in conjunction with the ARRONE series of digital locks. All of the relevant standards and certifications have been obtained for the full range and all are suitable for use in open public areas in accordance BS EN 1125: 2008.

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The Gateway

The new Gateway device is easy to install and quick to configure allowing you to control your Hörmann automatic garage doors and gates with your mobile device.

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he new BiSecur Gateway and smartphone app from Hörmann, is yet another example of how the German manufacturer is continuing to meet consumer needs without compromising style. With automatic gates and garage doors now being included into many designs, to offer convenience and security, the new system takes this to a new level. Hörmann’s BiSecur radio system not only uses the same encryption that online banks rely on but also interrogates the handset to ensure that the instructions the operator receives are from an authorised source. The new Gateway device is easy to install and quick to configure allowing you to control your Hörmann automatic garage doors and gates with your mobile device. The Gateway and associated app turns your mobile into both a controller and system administrator that you can use over your home network, or worldwide through the internet. With Hörmann, security is part of the design philosophy. Hörmann automatic sectional garage doors, for instance, are the first to achieve Police approved Secured by Design accreditation. As well as the BiSecur radio system, the operators for these doors also feature a mechanical lock. This unique automatic latching

system makes it almost impossible to lever these doors open, and as it is a purely mechanical system it remains fully functional even in the event of a power failure. Secured by Design status is also applied to several options in the Hörmann ThermoPro range of entrance doors which feature multipoint locking with a combination of conical swing and security lock bolts that pull the door tightly shut. Three further security bolts on the hinge side make it practically impossible to force these doors open. One of the key elements of the Secured by Design option is a new, even more secure, individually coded lock cylinder that has been designed to resist picking, snapping, bumping or drilling. All these high security features can be included without compromising style. The Hörmann range goes a step further by offering a wide range of styles and types of garage and entrance doors that can meet the aesthetic demands of the most critical eye, yet retain the higher levels of security that home-owners and their insurers are demanding. Whatever your design challenge Hörmann is able to provide options that can meet a range of demands including improved insulation, better security

without limiting your design and styling choices. For more information about the full range of entrance and garage doors contact Hörmann direct by telephone on 01530 516888, e-mail at info@ or go online at

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New Slim Fit From Astra The 3000 series of fully-controlled concealed door closers from Astra Door Controls now features a new slimline face plate to make it easier and quicker to fit, and even more discrete and attractive in situ. The 3000 Series concealed closers offer all the adjustability and control of an overhead closer, with the aesthetic appeal of a concealed device. They are often specified when clean, minimal design is required without compromising on performance – even on ½ hour and 1 hour fire doors. The closers’ face plate has now been reduced in width to just 32mm. Not only does that mean it looks more unobtrusive than ever, it is also easier to fit as less timber needs to be removed to fit the closer into the door edge. For further information Tel: 01268 655511 or visit:

Check out Garador’s brand new company website and brochures Garador is recognised for its great designs. However, in recent years trends have changed and while top design is still key, aspects such as security and insulation have grown in importance. Garador’s managing director Simon Hipgrave explains: “When we talk to customers, security is often a high priority, so we developed a range of electric operators and hand transmitters with bisecur technology, which features bi-directional FM radio signals. With a range of insulated sectional doors, we also cater to homeowners looking for a greener garage door solution and something that could save homeowners money on energy bills. “Our new easy to understand brochures, You Tube videos, company website and blog are designed to help people can find the very best door for their build easily.” Visit the new website at or order your new brochures on 01935 443710.


Sliding Door Systems from P C Henderson P C Henderson has long been acknowledged as the world leader in the design and manufacture of Sliding Gear Systems for sliding doors and folding doors. Henderson products are very versatile and can be used in a multitude of applications, moving everything from wardrobe doors, glass panels, timber doors, warehouse doors, shop fronts and gates from one position to another. The hardware can also be used in many non-door applications such as fall arrest systems or for sliding machinery, industrial curtains, sports equipment, projector screens and blackboards. P C Henderson is based in the UK and has subsidiaries in Holland and Ireland.

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Unrivalled levels of support and service Our commercial department specifically serves the needs of our commercial clients including Developers, Builders and Architects providing unrivalled levels of support and service for a wide range of refurbishment and New Build projects.

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Garador has taken garage door design a step further by introducing three new textures for its steel sectional doors.


Its traditional silkgrain has been relaunched with an ultra smooth surface thanks to the latest in material and paint technology, plus a brand new sandgrain textured finish and timber effect finishes have also been introduced. The sandgrain offers a slightly coarser surface while the steel timber effect texture gives a genuine soft wooden surface feel.

We offer extensive technical support to architects and other specifiers on product design, specifications and structural calculations and a full take off service is available from drawings supplied. The specification of uPVU windows and doors can be a complex subject and we appreciate the need to balance the ideal requirement against an actual budget. We are able to offer project specific advice. For further information please contact: Atcost Windows Email:

All three designs offer great new looks as well as a very different feel.

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Main entrance doors on the project feature Reynaers Vision 50 system designed to accommodate heavy usage in public places.

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Kilham House Architect Andy Ramus, Mike Ford AR Design Studio, Winchester, UK www. Completion - June 2014 Photographer Martin Gardner,


estled along a leafy lane on the outskirts of Winchester sits Kilham House. Once a tired building with a confusing layout, the house now boasts a contemporary update that really transforms the house into the five-bedroomed family home that it desperately needed to be. A grand, double-height entrance guides you into the building, immediately bringing you into the heart of the home which has now been become the main living space for the family. A large expanse of sliding glazing gives views into the garden, allowing the three children to run wild

whilst the parents can relax in the central space and still keep a watchful eye.

to airy and spacious feel of the central space.

A key and exciting feature of the house is the staircase. Centred in the property it acts as a locus to the project, dividing the space between the kitchen, dining area and the living areas. Steel wires hang around the staircase, enclosing it in a contemporary wrap whilst also forming part of the balustrade. The stairs take you up to the first floor and onto a bridge that flows across the double height entrance space. A tongue in cheek use of Foscarini’s Gregg pendant lights give a feeling of being up in the clouds, adding

At the rear of the property a central timber form connects the two wings of the house and projects into the garden creating an architectural form that ties the whole project together. A large concrete plinth that steps down to the garden creates a place to relax and dine outdoors. The concrete plinth flows into the property and makes up the entire ground floor surface. This use of material, mixed with the large sliding glazed panels that face onto the garden, blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors.

KILHAM HOUSE the house now boasts a contemporary update that really transforms the house into the five-bedroomed family home that it desperately needed to be.

A key and exciting feature of the house is the staircase. Centred in the property it acts as a locus to the project, dividing the space between the kitchen, dining area and the living areas. Steel wires hang around the staircase, enclosing it in a contemporary wrap whilst also forming part of the balustrade.

AR Design Studio is a RIBA certified architects practice, based in Winchester, Hampshire, specialising in the delivery of elegant and imaginative contemporary new homes, extensions, renovations and multi-plot developments. AR Design Studio’s architectural expertise and flair has been continuously recognised by winning a number of prestigious industry awards such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2012 Downland Prize, Civic Trust Award, Best of Houzz Award, Federation of Master Builders Award and Daily Telegraph Small House of the Year Award. With a comprehensive knowledge of planning, AR Design Studio has built a stunning portfolio of completed residential projects. It is also a specialist designer of waterfront homes with a deep understanding of how to fully experience the light, sound and atmosphere water creates. For further information contact

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WOW Yeoman Rainguard, in conjunction with WOW Contracting has supplied and installed a wide range of products, including Aluminium pipes and gutters and GRP radius guttering along with associated white GRP soffits, for a prestigious £1.8m new build development of 8 flats and 1 penthouse apartment connecting to an existing residential/retail property in sympathy with the surrounding area and buildings in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London. Being a hugely adaptable material, GRP was the ideal product to use for radius gutters on a curved section of the project. XL Aluminium deep flow gutters and 75mm dia. downpipes in a black textured finish enhance the external finish of the properties. Attractive white Yeoman Rainguard GRP soffits provided a stylish finish and lasting protection for the underside of the roof's overhang. For more information on Yeoman Rainguard call: 0113 2795854 or visit:

Yeoman Rainguard Gives Historic Dublin Cathedral New Lease of Life Yeoman Rainguard lead effect GRP rainwater pipes, clips and hoppers have been used to replace damaged rainwater systems on the historic Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Architect John Beauchamp from Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects Ltd said: “We specified Yeoman Rainguard GRP for this particular project as they were able to match the design of the existing pipes and hoppers by producing moulds from which glass reinforced plastic replicas were supplied.” Lead effect colour samples were sent to the Cathedral where RAL 7012 Basalt Grey was chosen. Yeoman Rainguard GRP requires no maintenance other than periodical cleaning. For further details visit call 0113 2795854 or email

Lanes puts drainage technology to new use - looking for data blockages Lanes engineers have put the technology they use to search out drain blockages to a new use - checking underground data and power ducts. They have been asked to carry out CCTV surveys to check that the channels carrying electricity and data cables are in good repair. Ian Clapham, Area Development Manager for the Lanes Chester depot serving Cheshire and North Wales, said: "Thousands of miles of copper cabling and, more commonly now, fibre optic data cables have been laid in the UK in the last 20 or so years.A significant proportion of these cables are ducted, especially where maintenance is required. A significant proportion of these cables are ducted, especially where maintenance is required. It was an unusual request, but the technology worked well. For further information visit:

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We have been supplying harvesting solutions based on leading German technology for almost 20 years. We supply complete systems or individual components as required, and can advise on tank sizing, filtration, water treatment, pump technology etc. We are the UK agent and distributor for Wisy AG, manufacturers of the worlds’ best rainwater filters, as used in thousands of buildings throughout Britain. Whether you are building a house of designing a factory, we can help you save water and reduce flood risk.


ArmaFORM PET GR a truly sustainable concept! limate protection and sustainability are shaping the political agenda worldwide. Embracing responsibility for future generations means taking energy and resource savings into account in today’s decisions. Buildings are a good example: today, they are responsible for more than 40% of global energy consumption and account for one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions into our planet’s atmosphere.


‘Caring for Climate’ is a principle we have fully endorsed in our ArmaFORM PET production, as well: the product is fully recyclable, we re-use 100% of our material loss in internal recycling, and we do not use any ozone-depleting HFH or CFC blowing agents. Especially the new generation of PET foam core, ArmaFORM PET GR, is aimed to be used in building and construction as a

‘real’ sustainable material: made 100% from post-consumer PET materials. Making the post-consumer r-PET requires 70% less energy and produces 80% less CO2 per unit than the virgin PET resin1). Compared to the standard PET foams using virgin PET resin, the foaming process of ArmaFORM PET GR leads to an excellent result of a 30% lower carbon footprint, the greenhouse effect can be reduced by 34% and energy consumption by 40% 2). The improvement is again enlarged when comparing it to other core foams like PVC, SAN, PUR or XPS, a comparison with various foam cores is shown on the graphs (Figures 1+2).3) In recent years a wide variety of national and international green building directives have been introduced worldwide, such as BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) or LEED (Leadershipment in Energy and

Environmental Design). LEED certification considers the entire life-cycle of a building by focusing on the following crucial criteria: site locations, water use, energy performance, materials and resources, indoor quality, and innovation & design. ArmaFORM PET GR foam may positively support, but is not limited to, the following criteria: improved insulation efficiency, use of resources and recycled material, innovation & design and LCA data. ArmaFORM PET GR - as one component out of a multitude within a building project - can potentially contribute 31 points to the LEED rating system 4). To get LEED certification for any commercial buildings and neighbourhoods, a project must first satisfy all LEED prerequisites and additionally earn a minimum of 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating scale system.

Graph 1: CO2 emission during production of different core materials

Graph 2: Energy consumption during production of different core materials


Life cycle inventory of 100% post-consumer HDPE and PET recycled resin from post-consumer containers and packaging Franklin Associates, January 2011.


Armacell LCA report, data from 2011.


For further information, please see our technical info ‘Foams and sustainable buildings a comparative LCA study”


Calculated on the basis of “LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations” Version 2.2 for Public Use and Display, October 2005. Forfurther information please see our technical info “Structural insulation foams and sustainable building: ArmaFORM PET and its contribution to LEED certification”.






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Louise Tomlin updates us on the 5th Annual Jacksons Show Gardens competition… A feast for the eyes…

Tropical garden in July


have just finished the fairly hefty task of editing and uploading some 200 photos I have recently taken of the show gardens here at Jacksons. This was in an effort to make sure I keep the web site updated to show how the gardens are maturing. In past years I have focused on showing the completed projects at the time they have been completed, and there’s no doubt they look great then and draw many compliments from visitors.

However, after returning from a couple of weeks away to take a hard earned break, I trotted out to have a look at how things were going with the gardens and I was amazed at what I saw. No doubt the fantastic weather we’ve had throughout July and a bit of August, has helped encourage growth, glorious hot sun interspersed with plentiful rain, could be considered perfect conditions I guess. Plus the fact that I’ve had some help from a very good gardening lady, Jane, who helps keep

Under the pergola in Mediterranean Memories

I trotted out to have a look at how things were going with the gardens and I was amazed at what I saw.

Mediterranean memories garden. The ungrooved version of Jakwall landscape timbers have come into their own. You can see in the pics here it was used to create raised beds for planting, housing for a water feature and ingeniously a bench seat. It looks fantastic, I’m sure you will agree, many visitors were impressed, as was the landscaper who built the garden. Ian Day said it was so much better than using sleepers, it was lighter and had very nice chamfered edges. Well that’s a definite thumbs-up for the Jakwall.

the deadheading, weeding and tidying under control, so I don’t suffer anxiety attacks quite so often when I venture out after very busy periods (thank you so much Jane!). Well this was definitely the spur I needed to get my camera out and it was a very pleasant few hours I spent feasting on the flowers, the colours, the light and relationships between all the elements, like paving, stones, water features, sculpture and gorgeous Jacksons timber, of course!

View from Tropical garden to Mediterranean Memories

Talking of which, I really must draw your attention to one of our products that has had its popularity boosted by being included in the

You can see all the latest photos as discussed by going to our website, jacksons-fencing. and clicking on the Galleries tab at the top, then selecting Show Gardens 14. I hope you enjoy them, info on Jakwall is on the site too. See you Landscape late September if you are going, or maybe Futurescape in November. Louise Tomlin

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External Works & Landscaping Berry Systems Cladding For New Southwater Car Park

A key feature of the Southwater Regeneration project in Telford is the construction of a 600 space multi-storey car park with potential for expansion by a further 350 spaces in future years. Associated Architects of Birmingham discussed the cladding requirements with car park specialists Berry Systems at an early stage in the project’s development. This enabled Berry Systems to demonstrate their ‘in depth’ expertise by designing a cladding system that met the pedestrian loading requirements of BS 6180 and so removed the need for additional pedestrian handrailing on interior faces. The expanded metal mesh cladding was then produced and installed by Berry Systems’ own team for contractor Morgan Sindall. They also installed vehicle safety barriers at the split levels inside the car park from their extensive range of floor and column mounted barrier systems. Installation was completed in April 2014 in good time for the planned August launch event for phase 1 of this £250 million project. Berry Systems design, manufacture and install car park cladding systems, vehicle safety barriers and complete modular car parks from their base in Bilston, near Wolverhampton. They are part of the Hill and Smith Infrastructure products Group. For more information call 01902 491100, visit ww w.berr or email sales@berr

GRAMM BARRIER SYSTEMS LTD Environmental and security specialists

Sound Environmental Ideas From German Barrier Systems Ltd.

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Owing to the ever diminishing availability, in Urban areas, of suitable land for development Local Government planning authorities are increasingly finding it necessary to consider land that was previously thought unsuitable due to its close proximity to nearby roads and railway lines and the inherent noise problem that ensue.


To help realize the potential of this previously unsuitable land Gramm Barrier Systems Ltd., has developed a unique range of absorbing and reflective sound barriers especially suited, with their aesthetic appearance, to Urban areas when erected alongside the road/railway boundary, significantly reducing noise levels to conform with statutory requirements. For further detailed information on the complete range of Gramm products and services please contact our sales department:

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Pictures show above left: The site before the Gramm Barrier was erected (right) work in progress. Bottom: The absorbing and reflecting sound Barrier completed, offering a pleasing aesthetic appearance.

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Fencing News reports on an unusual traffic-calming initiative on the A64 in Yorkshire


hen Gramm Barrier Systems Ltd was commissioned by Dew Construction (on behalf of RMC Surfacing) to supply 900m of CCA-pregnated reflective timber barrier for the A64 at Copmanthorpe near York, it had no idea it was taking part in a ground-breaking experiment. As it turned out the East Sussex-based company was given an unusual request – to paint ‘waves’ on to its barriers at 57m intervals.


“It sounds like an odd thing to do but there was some method in the madness,” reveals Steve Whittle, director, Gramm Barrier Systems. “The thinking was that the waves, as well as ‘breaking up’ the continuous timber, would basically ‘calm’ the traffic because it brings about the effect of making drivers slow down – an ingenious and relatively cheap idea especially when compared to other traffic-calming methods.” With its brief at hand the company commissioned G&P Property Maintenance Services of Hertfordshire to create attractive waves in Sadolin paint. That was last month – and as our picture shows the finished result is definitely an eye-catching addition to the local infrastructure. “Mission accomplished,” offers Steve. A well-respected name in its chosen industry, Gramm Barrier Systems Ltd is a leading supplier and installer of acoustic barriers and high security fencing systems, including sliding barrier gates and turnstiles. Offering a full design service for its complete range of reflective and absorptive barriers, the company specialises in supplying products that are aesthetically pleasing whilst delivering excellent noise abatement properties and maintenance free durability.


For starters the company supplies timber acoustic barriers, available as reflective or absorbing in a range of heights from 1m to 6m. Then there’s aluminium and steel absorbing barriers, where the sound-deadening properties of high density mineral wool are encased in either a high specification pre-galvanised and painted steel or aluminium panels. Next comes transparent acoustic barriers, ranging from cast acrylic and extruded acrylic to extruded polycarbonate products. Last but not least in the product and service portfolio are concrete acoustic barriers, available as reflective or absorptive absorbing barriers and constructed from a unique wood fibre concrete material designed to be highly absorptive to railway and road generated noise. “A nationwide design, supply and installation service is available,” Steve adds appending that the company typically works for a wide range of county councils, major contracting groups and industrial-based customers – such is its reputation for meeting the needs of its clients however unusual they may be.


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Are the UK’s leading manufacturers, formulators and suppliers of quality resin surfacing solutions

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Established in 1980, Addagrip specialise in producing a wide range of high quality, decorative and hard wearing surfacing systems for external and internal use, installed through our network of approved contractors, to meet project requirements ranging from commercial schemes to domestic installations.


Available in a wide range of natural and recycled aggregates, the Addagrip external surfacing range includes our porous Resin Bound paving systems Addaset, Addabound containing recycled content and Terrabound our new commercial grade surfacing product. Our porous Resin Bound surfaces are SuDs compliant, low maintenance, seamless, hard wearing, decorative and suitable for driveways, car parks, access roads, pathways, courtyards, parks and commercial schemes. We

can even produce bespoke colour blends for specific project requirements. Our porous Resin Bound systems have recently been installed at Abbotsford House in Scotland, the home of Sir Walter Scott where Terrabound was used for the courtyard and garden pathways, Edinburgh Zoo for the new Meerkat enclosure and Penguin Pool where Addastone TP tree pit was selected for the nesting areas due to its porosity. (Penguin image) For a splash of colour, our Addacolor Resin Bound surfacing system allows intricate patterns and logos to be incorporated into our Resin Bound surfaces which makes it ideal for school playgrounds and personalised schemes. (Sun image) If you are looking for a loose gravel appearance without the maintenance issues of scattered aggregate, the Addastone Resin Bonded system

provides a hard wearing and aesthetically pleasing natural aggregate surface. Available in a wide range of colours, it is suitable for both commercial and domestic projects. Addastone Resin Bonded surfacing has been installed on the car park at Wembley (Wembley image) and on the access road and car park at Durham University. Addagrip also offer a range of Internal Resin Flooring Systems and Concrete Resin Protection Systems and as part of the Terraco Group, are able to supply a range of environmentally friendly finishing materials including Terraco Sprayplaster, Terraco Handycoat and Terraco Ambient. For more information please contact: or Tel 01825 761333 Or visit:

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Provide Missing Link The new 151m long cable stay bridge in Ebbw Vale installed in March by CTS Bridges provides local people with safe access across the valley and connects the town with new leisure facilities and schools built on the site of a former steelworks. The area has been regenerated over the last 3-4 years with new leisure facilities and schools being built. However, the local residents previously had to make a bus journey to get to the other side of the valley. The new bridge enables people to access the schools and leisure facilities on a direct route. The 151m long total length of the bridge comprises four spans of 47m, 50m, 30m and 24m. These spans are supported with a 34m high cable tower and cables. The cables connecting the bridge to the cable tower were tensioned using a Macalloy Techno Tensioner. The installation of the bridge took place in March with some poor weather to contend with. But luckily the sun was out on the day the main cable tower was erected. Various sized cranes were used in the installation of the bridge including 500 tonne, 250 tonne, 150 tonne cranes and a 40m mechanical work platform. CTS’s installation teams were on site for 2 weeks erecting the bridge spans. CTS worked closely with main contractor Dawnus to deliver the bridge on a tight timescale in time for the opening in April 2014.

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External Works & Landscaping Growth in Commercial Projects Highlights Versatility of Brett Paving

A number of recent eye-catching, high-profile projects have underlined a change in mentality when it comes to commercial landscape design, according to hard landscaping specialist Brett Landscaping. Brett Landscaping has a growing commercial paving business and believes that its success owes much to a greater level of aesthetic ambition amongst architects, engineers and contractors in recent years. Precast concrete paving offers a versatile solution to the needs of architects, with its unique combination of robustness for long-term performance, aesthetic appeal for world class external spaces and value for money when it comes to project budgets. These virtues can frequently be combined with other considerations such as surface water management and sustainability. Brett Landscaping boasts an enviable product portfolio suitable for a wide range of applications. For more information, visit

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DENDRO-SCOTT™ Root Barrier – Recognised by the Environment Agency, is known for its quality and reliability. It is flexible and adaptable, specified for all types of projects; from the very large, including new builds, to small residential projects. It is an excellent and proven way to protect structures and services from tree roots and Japanese Knotweed. Due to enhanced storage capacity, we are now able to offer a much wider range of sizes (rolls and sheets) from 1mm x 10m rolls to 30m x 30m sheets. Our new Price List is available on our website –

DENDRO-SCOTT™ Root Barrier ... why use anything else? For more details, visit our website: or email us to discuss your specific needs (

Long Rake Spar Suppliers of Specialised Decorative Aggregate Since 1867 With over 140 years experience in the landscaping industry, Long Rake Spar is a market leading supplier of decorative aggregate and product development. Our products are stocked at Builders Merchants, Garden Centres and Landscape Centres throughout the UK and we continually strive to introduce new materials that have a high sell-through rate whilst offering an assured profit return. The sustainably sourced natural products that make up our extensive range of chippings, pebbles and cobbles, rockery stone are ideal for corporate and domestic landscaping, environmentally sensitive areas and specialist projects. For further information visit: or call: 01629 636 210

DENDRO-SCOTT TM Root Barrier, recognized by the Environment Agency, is known for its quality and reliability. It is flexible and adaptable, specified for all types of project, from the very large, including new builds, to small residential projects. It is an excellent and proven way to protect structures and services from tree roots and Japanese Knotweed. Due to enhanced storage capacity, we are now able to offer a much wider range of sizes (rolls and sheets) from 1mm x 10m rolls to 30m x 30m sheets. Our new Price List is available on our website: Delivery to UK mainland locations usually within ten working days.

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membrane on site from the previous glue and tape system to a butyl tape system. This makes installation quicker, easier and considerably more cost effective.

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Ensuring New-Build Gardens longevity One of the commonest complaints of new-build house buyers is the state of the little patch of ground destined to become the garden. By working a metre down in the soil using their wellproven air-power machinery, Terrain Aeration Services can undo long term damage of months in a few hours, leaving it free draining and a pleasure to own. It is fast, effective and even possible in the tightest spaces by using slim line plant. This can access the smallest rear gardens through a standard gate even after the fencing has been installed.

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Let us design, supply and install your beautiful glass floor or rooflight, be it structural , insulated or fire resistant from domestic 30 minutes up to maximum 120 minutes.

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“SLIDE” the new design by Listone Giordano Natural Genius Collection – was created to sparkle your imagination. Available in three different modules to integrate in various ways, enabling you to create your own design for floor or wall. Offered in 3 colours: Dark Oak, Grey and White, with matching planks. Highly resistant to traffic and suitable for under floor heating. The Reserve Collection: Beautiful aged and oiled floors, to enhance any room. Available only at tuttoparquet, London.

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Air-tight homes and modern heating technologies place enormous demands on a chimney system. For example, energy efficient systems with low flue gas temperatures can lead to condensation. With its integrated and insulated combustion air shaft, Absolut XPERT from Schiedel is the ideal system to avoid damage to the fabric of the building due to condensate, while achieving maximum efficiency and warmth. Its profiled liner also makes it capable of withstanding chimney fires and corrosion. Easy to install and Biomass compatible its the Absolut XPERT solution for stress free heating. To find out more about Absolut XPERT, visit us at

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Since their inception in 1951, Jetmaster have brought warmth to homes all over the world. Famous for open fires, Jetmaster are an industry hallmark of quality and ambiance. Today, Jetmaster are again redefining the market with their high-efficiency inset wood stoves.

fuel bed and the window, ensuring the glass stays clear. Whether you burn coal, briquettes or smokeless fuels, Jetmaster stoves burn multi-fuel and wood right from the get go. Each stove is built to rigorous quality standards, coming with a five year guarantee. Crafted lovingly in Hampshire, these are British made stoves for British homes. For further information please visit: w

For the second year in a row, the HETAS Guide named the Jetmaster 18i the most efficient 18” inset stove and the 60i the most efficient mid-sized inset stove in the UK. What’s the secret? The innovative PureBurn Technology keeps each stove burning at the blazing efficiencies of up to 86%. The science works. The technology is made possible through the optimised “Pureburn” system. It results in increased efficiency and fewer harmful emissions in the atmosphere. Not only this, but the glass of a Jetmaster stove can stay cleaner for longer than conventional stoves and do so with distinctively large windows. An extra thick curtain of preheated air is forced between the

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UK Spares (, the leading online distributor of spare parts within the electrical heating sector, has added to its substantial range of boiler spares, now suitable for commercial, domestic and industrial heaters. With replacement prices starting from just £20, UK Spares stocks a range of water boiler parts spanning major brands, including Burco, Zip and Redring. UK Spares removes the need to replace a full boiler for the sake of a broken element, lever tap or solenoid valve. Using the latest data specs and extensive product knowledge, the UK Spares team identify the correct part for each individual request.


Stovax extends styling options for Riva Studio

All-new highly efficient Gazco Eclipse 100

Yeoman CL8 electric goes Large!

Offering simple and slim proportions to give a more contemporary styling, the new Steel XS frame is available for all sizes in the Riva Studio woodburning cassette range. The new frame comes in a smart graphite finish or can be specified with one of the three striking additional colour options (Metallic Red, Metallic Bronze or Ivory) to suit a range of interior tastes.

Bringing together the latest in heating technology and the ultimate visual experience, the breathtaking Eclipse 100 is the most recent addition to the growing collection of highly efficient Gazco gas fires.

With the same cast iron construction and stylish curving form as their gas and solid fuel equivalents, the Yeoman CL Electric range is suitable for virtually any room in the home such as conservatories, hallways and studies, thanks to their simple plug in installation.

Featuring the very latest Cleanburn and Airwash systems, the Riva Studio range will enable you to experience exceptional flame pictures and superior heating efficiencies. Designed for burning wood only, this premium range uses an energy source that is carbon neutral, renewable and infinitely better for our environment. With five available sizes including the double-sided Riva Studio 2 Duplex to choose from, owning a Riva Studio will make a design statement that will become a heart warming focal point to your home! Find out more about the Steel XS frame and Riva Studio range by visiting your local Stovax retailer

Featuring a dual burner engine for greater flame control, an integral convection air system, an impressive controllable heat output of up to 9.5kW and a high efficiency of 85%, this exciting new gas fire will make a big statement to homeowners looking to heat larger living areas as well as making a stunning feature. With a choice of luxury linings and fabulous frames, the Eclipse can be tailored to a wide variety of interior taste.

This highly efficient electric stove (99% efficient) offers instant glow, heat and impact with three different flame brightness levels, plus an additional blue flame effect. The reflective side panels ensure that the stunning Veriflame™ visuals can be enjoyed from all angles. Supplied with a remote control for complete ease of use, the stoves are finished Jet Black Metallic and lend themselves to both traditional and contemporary interiors.

To find out more about the Eclipse 100 gas fire, visit to find your local Gazco retailer.

To find out more about our Yeoman products, visit for more information and to locate your nearest Yeoman retailer.

A New Sense-ation from Norwegian Heating Manufacturer, Dovre

Smoke Control Approval for Nordpeis & Varde models

Prestigious in Name & Nature: Lotus Prestige Integra

This year, Dovre has introduced the wonderful Sense stove to its product range.

For homeowners wanting to install a woodburning stove in their property, Nordpeis and Varde, recent Nordic brand additions to the Stovax Group, have many models that are no fully approved for the burning of wood in Smoke Control Areas. Together, both Varde and Nordpeis offer a comprehensive range of contemporary stoves capable of being sold in city and suburban areas to give a superb modern finish to any room.

The impressive Lotus Prestige Integra is a stunning new addition to the Lotus range of woodburning stoves. With a unique design, this elegant wood burner can be installed into a purpose built chimney breast as a fitted stove. The large curved glass window gives a fantastic view of the flames while the integrated log store sits just beneath to give a seamless finish to the overall breathtaking design.

The new Sense is offered in cast iron or glass sided options with the compact body being available with either leg standing or box mounted options, which complement the subtly curved finish. The rigidity and high temperature resistance of cast iron makes it an ideal heat conductor while the malleability of cast iron allows it to be moulded into a variety of designs to create a wealth of intricate and elegant detail. Featuring a distinctive and ultra-slim firebox, this highly efficient stove (up to 80%) will instantly add impact and contemporary style to the home. You can also select from three colour finishes to compliment its striking design. The latest Cleanburn system reduces soot emissions and improves fuel efficiency whilst the powerful Airwash system helps to keep the elevated glass panel clean. Together, they create exceptional flames and a wonderful view of the fire. Dovre takes its company name from a range of Norwegian mountains.

Please visit the following websites for more information: Nordpeis: Varde:

A splendid 5kW heat output ensures that the Prestige Integra woodburning stove can be installed into most homes with standard sized living areas, while an optional heat storage stone is also available to provide additional radiated heat for several hours beyond the last flames. A further optional Comfort Boost function is also available to provide easier ignition and improved fuel economy. Integrated with the latest Cleanburn and Airwash systems, this stylish Prestige Integra will deliver a compelling focal point to your living space!

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Two neighbouring historic Leamington Spa buildings converted to residential use by TateHindle

wo neighbouring, historic buildings in the heart of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire have been brought back to life by TAG Exclusive Properties supported by London architectural practice TateHindle.


Both buildings are Grade II listed and date back to the late 19th/ early 20th centuries. Originally built as Leamington Spa’s ‘Free Library and Technical and Art School’, the original multi-purpose roles included a secondary day school and an annex housing an art gallery and museum.

Royal Leamington Spa has a strong architectural heritage dating from when the town was a popular Victorian spa town. The Old Library has been converted into 29 high-end residential flats and the adjacent former Art Gallery will be redeveloped as a luxury single family

dwelling. The gallery will be completed in summer 2014. Andrew Tate, director of TateHindle, said: “Royal Leamington Spa has a strong architectural heritage dating from when the town was a popular Victorian spa town. Converting The Old Library and The Gallery in keeping with the local history and context, while incorporating the latest technology and features, have created places of inspiring contemporary living in line with TAG Exclusive Properties’ trackrecord of breathing new life into classic properties.”

TateHindle’s design has blended original Victorian features and character with crisp, modern interior design, incorporating multi-level living spaces and ample room for the latest technology, modern appliances and energy efficiency.

TateHindle’s design has blended original Victorian features and character with crisp, modern interior design, incorporating multi-level living spaces and ample room for the latest technology, modern appliances and energy efficiency. An expansive, open-air communal courtyard within The Old Library has been created in place of the original library’s large glass enclosed atrium, allowing considerable daylight into the apartments, as well as a tranquil area for residents to relax on sunny days. The large existing floor to floor heights have been cleverly adapted by the creation of an additional level of accommodation to the courtyard side while retaining the larger double height volume to the external facades which houses living and dining spaces. Externally, the striking red brick façade has been restored and retained including statement facets along the roofline, including eye-catching portico features, coats of arms and a bell tower. Planted areas besides the roadside pavement add to the kerbside appeal of an old style building given a brand new lease of life. TateHindle Limited 1 Lindsey Street Smithfield London EC1A 9HP Telephone: 020 7332 4850

Externally, the striking red brick façade has been restored and retained including statement facets along the roofline, including eye-catching portico features, coats of arms and a bell tower.

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The Alexander James Furniture Collection Refinement, Quality and Elegance

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Inspired by the glamour of a bygone era, the new furniture collection from Alexander James Interiors has been designed to bring refinement, quality and timeless elegance into every home. A new venture for the Alexander James Interiors, this latest addition to the portfolio allows the interior design team to offer total client solutions from concept through to completion. The collection was also created to meet frequent client demands for specific sizes or styles of furniture that were simply not available on the market, unless individually commissioned. The collection is available to view by appointment at the Alexander James Interiors Showroom in Twyford, Berkshire. Key pieces are held in stock here in the UK for fast delivery, but bespoke sizes and finishes can also be commissioned. Web:


The QUADRO QU22 basin & unit Specialising in compact bathroom design, Saneux recently launched the QU22 basin + unit - an outstanding fresh addition to the highly successful QUADRO range. The short projection of the basin in combination with the minimalistic, handleless design of the unit make it an excellent choice for anyone who is looking to save on space without compromising on style or function. The QU22 basin is made of high quality ceramic and has an amazing 22cm projection. Since it is glazed on the front and back, it is reversible and therefore gives you the option for a left or right hand configuration. The matching unit is available in both floor and wall mounted versions two popular colours - white gloss and cashew. The handleless design makes it a joy to clean just as the soft-close door mechanism makes the operation quiet and safe for the kids. SANEUX T: 0800 1973 800 Web:

Estairs The leading UK distributor of Italian designed staircases Estairs are the UK’s leading distributor of Italian designed staircases, from DIY kits costing a few hundred pounds to bespoke designer staircases costing tens of thousands of pounds. Estairs specialise in both domestic and commercial staircases and have supplied staircases to prestigious projects such as TV’s the Restoration Man (windmill project), Taylor-Wimpey (show house Colchester) and Barratt Homes (show house Wokingham). Estairs supply throughout the UK, Ireland and most Euro Zone countries, and are pleased to receive copies of your plans, requests for technical information, brochures and general assistance – Please email to Or visit our website :

OUR PRODUCTS We avail ourselves of the skills of the highest standard of workmanship of our talented team which includes experts in glass, wood and metal.

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argam Jones is a company manufacturing bespoke hand- made accessories for high end interior designers. These include tassels, tiebacks, ropes, trimmings and cushions. We avail ourselves of the skills of the highest standard of workmanship of our talented team which includes experts in glass, wood and metal. We have a vast array of colour in yarn, leather, suede and beads along with a host of other materials to create our luxury products to match and co-ordinate with

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all styles of interiors. Our website shows various ranges of our products used widely by interior designers for hotels and residences as well as by designers in the fashion industry for key rings, jewellery, belts and bags. Our products have been supplied to countries all over the world as well as our home market here in the UK. We enjoy meeting with clients to discuss their individual requirements and are noted for our helpful, friendly and reliable service.

Glasstex Many hotel groups have used Glasstex in public areas and bedrooms.

The modern wallcovering solution that’s both durable and environmentally friendly Glasstex, is the most widely used fibre glass wallcovering in the UK, giving attractive pattern textures, unlimited colour schemes, Class ‘0’ fire certification and virtually unbeatable hardwearing durability.


any hotel groups have used Glasstex in public areas and bedrooms. It’s not just national hotel groups who have used Glasstex, many independent hoteliers have used the product. Kings of Weymouth Mrs L King Managing Director of the group said: We have used Glasstex for many years in our hotels, bars and restaurants. The product is excellent, it is exceptionally hard wearing so ideal for busy public areas but also suitable for the bedrooms. Glasstex is ecologically sound, and truly comes into its own in Healthcare, Nursing Home and hospital environments. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust is the largest cancer treatment centre in Europe, this means there is a very large volume of people entering The Christie on a daily basis.

Bob Higginbotham, Head of Facilities Management at The Christie said: The main corridors are in the older part of the hospital and as such have seen much repair and patching up over the years and at best were looking tired. The brief to our architects was to come with a solution that would be durable, decorative, cost effective and minimise disruption both now and on a maintenance basis. They came up with the Glasstex system, and this has turned out to more than fit the criteria. The ease of application meant that the corridors could be decorated quickly on a night shift without causing disruption to the day to day running of the hospital. The finished system has completely upgraded the corridors and given a modern and pleasant look to what are probably the busiest areas in the hospital, and facilitating

ease of maintenance. Glasstex, Designed to offer a lifetime of pattern, colour and paint finish options.

Glasstex The product is excellent, it is exceptionally hard wearing so ideal for busy public areas but also suitable for the bedrooms.

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Plexiglas Hi- Gloss

PLEXIGLAS Hi-Gloss is one of the world’s highest-quality and most versatile plastics.

Brilliant solutions for classy applications – Available at Amari Plastics


LEXIGLAS Hi-Gloss is one of the world’s highest-quality and most versatile plastics. With limitless design options available, the PLEXIGLAS HI-Gloss range gives allows designers and architects the opportunity to fully express their imaginative flair. Whether you are creating a kitchen or bathroom, store fixtures, or exhibition booths, you are able to take full advantage of the possibilities PLEXIGLAS Hi-Gloss presents when creating a stylish design. It can be combined with other materials such as wood, stainless steel and ceramics, to add interesting touches to your project. PLEXIGLAS Hi-Gloss is perfectly smooth and makes it possible to install seamless wall panels, which meaning it is especially easy to clean and has the added benefit of being moisture resistant. PLEXIGLAS HI-GLOSS sheets are made from acrylic containing any colour or special effect pigment you could think of. On top of this, a perfectly smooth, high – gloss layer, of clear transparent PLEXIGAS is placed; enhancing the colours or special effect and making them glow even brighter. PLEXIGLAS HI-GLOSS PROPERTIES Excellent light transmission and brilliance Very high weather resistance Ease of fabrication High surface hardness Low weight – half the weight of glass 100% recyclability 11 times the impact strength of glass Resistance to high and low temperatures Resistance to chemicals (C1 Grade) Good resistance to stress cracking (C1 Grade) Resistance to alternating wet and dry cycles (C1 Grade) Another advantage is that PLEXIGLAS® remains just as transparent as on day one, even several years later. There is no yellowing or embrittlement and

colourfastness of PLEXIGLAS Hi-Gloss sheets are guaranteed for 10 years. All colours in the PLEXIGLAS sales range including; Silver, Gold, Metallic and multicolour pigments are suitable for the eye catching high-gloss applications. Plexiglas is available in two grades; C1 and C2. Hi -Gloss C1 grades have a coloured acrylic layer on one side and a clear- transparent PLEXIGLAS core. C2 grades have a coloured acrylic core and are coated on both sides with a layer of clear transparent PLEXIGLAS. Both grades of acrylic sheets are manufactured via a co- extrusion process that permanently fuses up to three independent melt streams of high quality Plexiglas. It can take rough treatment and is easy to fabricate. PLEXIGLAS is lighter in weight than glass, yet impact-resistant. Unlike glass, PLEXIGLAS can be machined and accurately fitted on site. PLEXIGLAS® can also be cold-curved or permanently thermoformed. This provides new and surprising shapes and effects. PLEXIGLAS® remains virtually unchanged; it does not have to be replaced in time like other plastics. Added to that, PLEXIGLAS® can be completely recycled, either by chemical conversion to its starting materials, or by direct reuse. These aspects, together with environmentally sound production, contribute to the material’s sustainability. PLEXIGLAS HI-GLOSS APPLICATIONS Kitchens (alcove panels) Baths and spas (shower partitions) Living rooms (wall designs) Interior design (hotels, restaurants, offices) Exhibition booths, (furniture, store fixtures) Façade construction Amari Plastics has been established since 1975 and is now the UK’s leading distributor of plastics in sheet, rod, tube and film form to industry and the shop fitting / interiors market. For further information please contact Amari Plastics via its website –

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Lighting & Electrical

Contactum introduces Retro2 slimline wiring accessories Contactum has introduced a new range of modern square edge wiring accessories for budget housing, where cost is critical to the development but the features are still required. Suitable for the likes of social housing and student accommodation, Retro2 provides contractors with a product that will suit the design of the environment, without the price tag. The white slimline design offers easy and effortless installation and a modern, but robust, finish. Manufactured from Urea, the slim 9mm deep, square edge unit has antibacterial properties. Retro2 has a range of 13A Connection Units, switches and sockets, complimented with data and media outlets, with red neon indicators fitted flush to surface as standard. To find out more about the Retro2 from Contactum, visit and download the brochure.

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Berker by Hager Launch Premium Wiring Accessories for Intelligent Homes


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. For further information about Berker by Hager, visit:, email or download the full catalogue HERE

Deltalight is a world renowned architectural lighting manufacturer and designer, operating in the UK since 1997.

Lighting the way

For further information about DeltaLight (UK) Ltd., or to order our latest catalogue please visit: or call 0870 757 7087.

The Golborne Road Railway Bridge is an iconic Victorian iron bridge in London’s Kensington and Chelsea. Recently, its illumination has been upgraded using Roblon fibre optics and lighting fittings supplied by Light Projects. Designed and specified by Urban Eye, specialists in using light and specialist surface finishes to transform urban areas, a stunning mix of decorative and task lighting has been installed to provide a safe well-lit road and walkways. This also creates a visual spectacle when seen from all angles, while light spill and glare to the surrounding areas are minimised. The scheme was developed in conjunction with Network Rail and Kensington & Chelsea Council. By benefitting from the latest in LED and fibre optic technology, energy costs are minimised while the fittings offer low maintenance and long life cycle performance. More information is available from Light Projects on 020 7231 8282 or visit

Tridonic UK Launch ‘Toolbox’

Teardrop LED Specially Designed For Retail

We work with individuals, architects and design professionals alike on projects both large and small. Our team of knowledgeable lighting specialists operate throughout the UK, with the capacity to provide lighting calculations and project visualisation to meet our clients’ needs. We have a wide range of indoor and outdoor light fittings, which include many eco-friendly, LED and IP rated options.

Tridonic UK is launching its 'Toolbox' of support services for architects, end-users, OEMs and specifiers. Shaun Dainton explained; "This new 'Toolbox' gives more structure to the services available and is not restricted to existing customers. We hope that architects and specifiers will also be interested in benefitting from our extensive knowledge and experience in what is an increasingly complex market." Over recent years the market has changed with LED based products replacing more traditional fluorescent fittings. Suppliers and installers will be able use the 'Toolbox' to keep up to date technology, book training and understand the end user's changing expectations.

Luxonic has expanded its range of LED lighting specialised for the retail sector with its latest addition, Teardrop LED for Linearlux®. Highly efficient LED’s provide gentle and appropriate light levels that combine with sleek design aesthetics in order to offer an allencompassing lighting solution for retail environments. The carefully designed Teardrop LED allows for integration with the Linearlux® trunking system. The extruded aluminium trunking system permits lighting to be suspended, therefore providing a design solution for areas without ceilings and the long, slim design of the Teardrop LED makes it suitable for use in aisles and open areas. The Teardrop LED, which is only 47mm deep, achieves up to 110 luminaire lumens per circuit Watt to ensure high efficiency to contribute significantly to the overall energy efficient lighting scheme.

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Recreation & Leisure

Easy Installation With StrongBOLT


UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY, Security Solutions, is improving ease of installation across a wider range of jobs through its new extended StrongBOLT® range. Known for its superior strength and exceeding the requirements of BS3621:2007, the StrongBOLT® British Standard 5 lever mortice lock fulfils the security needs of home insurance policies. However, installers can now benefit from an extended StrongBOLT® range, allowing them to save time, without compromising on quality. UNION’s new StrongBOLT® range of 5 lever, 3 lever, bathroom locks and Euro and Oval profile cylinder lockcases enable installers to benefit from its time saving properties across a wider range of jobs. The range is designed using the same common footprint, allowing for quick and easy door preparation, as each door can be prepared in exactly the same way. For further information please visit:

TigerTurf Serves Up New Playing Surface For Newlands Lawn Tennis Club

All year round swimming machine and hydrotherapy massage spa.

Thanks to leading artificial turf manufacturer, TigerTurf UK, one of Scotland’s top tennis clubs, Newlands Lawn Tennis Club (LTC) in Glasgow, has successfully completed a comprehensive upgrade of its tennis courts to allow the club’s players to benefit from a premium quality playing surface. After an extensive and competitive tender process, TigerTurf’s Advantage Pro surface, which offers a 29 percent longer life span compared to other artificial surfaces, was installed by specialist sports surfacing contractor, Ecosse Sports. Designed with shock-absorbing characteristics that reduce the risk of injury and stress to the body, the surface has been designed so that it doesn’t shine when wet or under floodlights, and has also been tested to International Tennis Federation (ITF) standards. For further details

The Swimspa range by Spa De La Mare is an all year round swimming machine and hydrotherapy massage spa in one, for indoor and outdoor use which allows you to enjoy the health benefits of a swimming pool, but with less maintaining. Designed and built to exacting standards, our hydrotherapy pools are the finest of their type today. We export and install our handcrafted pools worldwide and take great pride in providing a personal and professional service to every customer.

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qua Platinum Projects specialise in the design and construction of luxury areas in the home, with an emphasis on basement construction and swimming pools. They offer a turnkey solution for the design and construction projects and cover all aspects of a building project, from initial designs, including all areas of construction and finishes. With the quest for more space and with the high cost of land and many planning constraints, APP’s modern techniques can help you achieve a rapid and economical solution. Swimming Pools Aqua Platinum Projects have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the swimming pool industry; they offer a design and construction service for all types of swimming pools, from residential indoor and outdoor pools to commercial hydrotherapy and spa complexes. Concrete Pools Concrete pools are a popular choice by clients for shaped pools and are perfect to create a unique pool design tailored to the customer. This material can also be used to design spilt level with the pools, as well as deck designs and can accommodate a range of pool finishes. Insulated Pools Aqua Platinum Projects can alternatively construct the pool using Polypool insulated panels to ensure the best insulation for their clients. Polypool panels have the highest level of insulation on the market. This reduces

AWARD WINNING POOLS Aqua Platinum are proud to have received the Energy Efficiency Award at the recent UK Pool & Spa show in Coventry. The team at Aqua Platinum specialise in the design and delivery of luxury leisure areas in the home, including specialist basement construction and swimming pool consultancy. The company boasts a focused team of designers, consultants and engineers with a wealth of knowledge and experience who are passionate and committed to offering the client an outstanding service. Aqua Platinum work hand in hand with

the energy loss in the swimming pool and results in lower running costs for the client as well as being environmentally friendly. Following changes to the Part L Building Regulations in 2010, insulation is now required for all indoor swimming pools in the UK. The Polypool panels exceed these requirements and have manufactured to this standard for 20 years. Project Management The highly focused team of Aqua Platinum Projects is the company’s strongest asset. Their designers, consultants and contractors have unrivalled experience in all aspects of planning, design, specification and detailing in this immerging market where the value of garden space is transformed into luxurious habitable leisure space whether it be your own swimming pool, home cinema, wine store or gym. Every project will be carefully managed by the team and large projects will receive a full-time dedicated project manager, assigned to that particular construction. Basement Construction With the rising costs of land, basement construction is a popular way to extend the living space of a property. With the use of modern technology and innovative design basements can be transformed from dark, cold spaces to useful areas of the home filled with natural light. Aqua Platinum Projects have built a range of cinemas rooms, spas, swimming pools, gyms and wine cellars in basements.

some of the top architects in the country offering a complete design and build turnkey solution for their clients which encompasses all areas of the building process from the initial design and planning stage to adding the finishing touches. Whether it is an indoor, outdoor, hydrotherapy or commercial swimming pool, Aqua Platinum can offer support specific to the customer’s requirements. Aqua Platinum strive to use the highest quality products and materials available for each client’s swimming pool. The pool shell may be constructed in concrete

or using the Polypool insulated panel solution which has the highest level of insulation on the market. The insulation reduces the energy loss in the swimming pool which results in lower running costs for the client as well as being environmentally friendly. The panels are also very easy to transport and can be carried down into basements without the use of a crane making it a very versatile solution for basement pools. All clients are assigned a project manager to oversee the work from concept to completion and will ensure that all deadlines and work schedules are met.

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ccoya®LathamCLAD - the modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified timber cladding – is now available from all eight of James Latham’s timber depots.

Created from sustainably sourced wood and completely non-toxic, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a revolution in wood technology. And with the 15mm profile having recently received TRADA approval for use as an external cladding product, Accoya®LathamCLAD is a perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where the wider board offers numerous features and benefits including enhanced aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and improved insulation values. Suitable for horizontal or vertical installation, Accoya®LathamCLAD can be used to create simple or complex designs. And with a choice of factory coating finishes, it can be opaque

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coated or, for those wishing to enjoy the natural look of wood, translucent coated. Plus, with a 50-year guarantee when used externally, Accoya®LathamCLAD’s low maintenance requirements add to its ‘whole life’ cost effectiveness and environmental credentials and this versatility makes it ideal for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Paul Leach, James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager for Accoya said, “When it comes to cladding, Accoya®LathamCLAD ticks all the boxes and is the perfect solution for many exterior applications which were once only feasible with non-sustainable material. Use of the wider cladding boards is allowed by the improved dimensional stability, plus cladding joints do not open, tolerances remain tight and twist is prevented. In addition, the wood’s natural appearance is retained for longer, thanks to the superior resistance to the effects of UV exposure.”

He added, “Accoya®LathamCLAD is a fantastic material for external specification and fits perfectly with our already established range of sustainable products.” In addition to cladding, sidings and facades, Accoya® wood is also ideal for windows, doors and decking. ACCOYA® and the Trimarque Device are registered trademarks owned by Titan Wood Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accsys Technologies PLC, and may not be used or reproduced without written permission. To learn more about Latham’s complete product range please visit Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: or by calling: 0116 257 3415

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Roofing & Cladding

Architectural Mesh Cladding at Holland Park School With the brief to create a building that neither looked nor felt like a school, Aedas Architects designed this school in London. The school building with its unusual façade is wrapped with a curved brise soleil made of architectural wire mesh by Haver & Boecker. The wave-like wire mesh cladding made of architectural weave type EGLA-MONO softens the geometry of the building and creates an effective aesthetic sun protection screen in front of the classrooms. This transparent façade allows unobstructed views from inside the classrooms and reflects the sunrays to protect the interior from overheating.

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ABLE TO GABLE ROOFING Here at able to gable roofing we are fully trained in all aspects of roofing from roof moss removal to complete new roofs. We cover the whole of Kent and Sussex including all small surrounding villages. So for all of your roofing needs contact us today. Here is just a small list of the things we do: Lead work, flat roofing,felt and fibreglass, roof cleaning, upvc cleaning and installations, roof renewals clay concrete and slate chimney repairs and rebuilds small roof repairs. AND much much more. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with any of the details provided also check out our website on Mob 07907994445 Office 01227634200 Email

Top suppliers sign up for Screwfix LIVE in Manchester! Register now to attend the UK’s best show for the trade As excitement builds around the arrival of Screwfix LIVE in Manchester next month, more than 130 top suppliers have now confirmed their attendance at the show. Some will be using Screwfix LIVE as an opportunity to launch exciting new products, while others are keen to share their expertise with visiting tradesmen and DIYers. Now in its second year, Screwfix LIVE, is the ‘must attend’ free trade and DIY show of the year, coming to EventCity in Manchester, from 12-14 September.. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend this years’ Screwfix LIVE in Manchester. Tradesmen and serious DIYers can register now at: to ensure easy access.

Permavent’s Solution to Zero Carbon


he future of construction is moving towards a considerable over haul with the government’s plans to go carbon neutral. This zero carbon proposal will significantly affect the roofing industry, especially in areas that rely on the use of cement and concrete, such as tiles and pointed verges to name just a couple. Each standard bag of cement contains 20 kilos of CO2. The carbon footprint can be heavily reduced by not encouraging and relying on the use of cement, but instead providing alternative and more efficient methods. The Easy Roof System from Permavent, which recently was named on the Queen’s birthday honours list for winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation, does just that and pushes this zero carbon movement forward. The use of natural slate is as close to zero carbon as you can get in this industry. Through using Easy Slate from Permavent’s system, you can now use natural slates in roofing in ways that was only previously possible with manmade concrete tiles. Easy Slate eliminates the need for these manmade concrete tiles and is simply a side check strip placed beneath the slates at the perp joins. This allows natural slate to be installed on roofs with pitches that can and weather proof without effecting the traditional aesthetics and building practices. The cement pointed verge is another major contributor to the carbon footprint in the roofing industry, especially when considering the maintenance that is frequently required. Due to the cement mortars absorbent nature, repair work or complete replacements are common with this popular verge method. Permavent’s unique Easy Verge removes the requirement of this approach and eliminates any use of cement. The product fits neatly over the battens and beneath the slates where the unique rubber super seals prevent water creeping in. It is the only dry verge that doesn’t leak and provides a perfect verge every time. The longevity of a roof using the Easy Roof System and natural slate is greatly improved, whether it be through function or appearance, compared to a concrete tile roof. Also, with this improved lower roof pitch utilised, far fewer materials will be required per build and further reduces the carbon impact. Other benefits of the Easy Roof System include an improvement in roof ventilation which is sufficient to clear roof condensation, a high level of versatility, a low impact solution for listed and conservation building renovations and comes with a 40 year guarantee. More information can be found at Telephone: 01305 766703 Email:

This zero carbon proposal will significantly affect the roofing industry

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Safety & Security

Aico Heat Alarms Recommended by Award Winning Sprinkler Alternative Manufacture Aico is pleased to announce that its market leading Ei164RC mains powered heat alarm has been recommended by British manufacturer Plumis for use with its award winning Automist home fire safety system. Automist is a more convenient alternative to traditional sprinkler systems that uses innovative watermist technology to put out fires, using just 5% of the water consumed by a traditional sprinkler system. The system can be installed in a number of unobtrusive configurations, including under a tap, on a work surface, or wall mounted. The Ei164RC heat alarm is part of Aico’s 160 Series of mains powered alarms, which includes Heat, Optical and Ionisation models, all with 10 year plus Lithium cell back-up for total peace of mind. For more information, please go to

Welsh Council Future Proofs Housing With Aico CO Alarms

Range of the finest hand-picked fire safety equipment and accessories

Denbighshire County Council in North Wales is fitting Aico Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in to all of its properties containing gas and solid fuel appliances in anticipation of changing safety and building regulations. Glyn Forsdick, Senior Officer – Asset Management at Denbighshire County Council, explains their decision to install CO alarms, despite it not being a current prerequisite: “legislation in regards to the installation of CO alarms will change in the future and we expect their use to be a requirement. We aim to pre-empt this; by fitting CO alarms now we hope to future proof our housing.” The Ei261ENRC is a mains powered CO alarm with rechargeable Lithium Cell back-up for added safety and a cost-saving replaceable CO sensor design. For more information please visit

If you enjoy a well thought out interior where attention has been paid to detail, then our range of the finest hand-picked fire safety equipment and accessories from around the world will appeal to you. At Henry Wolfe we select only the best. Our range consists of quality, modern pieces that complement designer, high specification premises without compromising fire safety requirements. Our experienced and knowledgeable team offers you a bespoke service that meets the needs of each and every customer. To view our stainless steel range visit – www.henr Telephone: 0800 612 4846 Em ail:

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Easy Stair - Temporary Staircase EASY - SAFE

Easy Stair is a temporary staircase which provides access to upper oors prior to the installation of permanent stairs. Easy Stair is particularly useful when a project involves the installation of quality, expensive stairs as installing a temporary staircase can prevent damage to the nished staircase. Preventing damage to the nished stairs can potentially save a great deal of money, delays and problems! Where a bespoke staircase is being installed Easy Stair also allows greater time to nalise the design and manufacture without delaying the program. Easy Stair allows easy access for clients to gain access to upper oors during site meetings and view site progress. A temporary staircase will also speed up the building process as site operatives can use a speedy, safe method of access (rather than ladders) - again saving money and potentially reducing the program time. Easy Stair is delivered to site fully assembled, it is simply lifted into position secured by two screws and the handrails inserted into either side. The stair unit weighs only 25kg and is available throughout the UK on a next day delivery service. When used with suitable stairwell edge protection, stairwells can be safer, easier and improve productivity from the very start of the construction process.

The stairs are 600mm wide and suit oor to oor heights ranging from 2.65m to 3.05m

Only ÂŁ485.00 including delivery! Price excludes vat Safety Platforms Ltd, Tel. 01924 420820 Email: Web:

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Stone & Stonework ARENA_SANTAMARGHERITA: the fascinating heart of Marmomacc 2014

A temporary, flexible, enveloping and modular architecture, ARENA_ SANTAMARGHERITA, inspired by the famous landmark in Verona, Italy, is an amazing structure; a stage setting that will be the heart of the 49th edition of MARMOMACC (Veronafiere, September 24-27, 2014), which has doubled this year being combined with Abitare il Tempo (the Design Show). Conceived by architect Giorgio Canale, and brought to you by Santa Margherita - The Original Italian Surface, the ARENA_SANTAMARGHERITA will host many important meetings and events with a focus on stone design and architecture organized by Marmomacc. ARENA_SANTAMARGHERITA will unmistakably characterize Hall 1. The area will host “Inside Marmomacc”, the forum dedicated to the exploration and experimentation in stone design. For further information please visit:

Timber & Timber Frame Sioo – Leaders in Wood Protection

Sioo Wood Protection AB are based in Gothenburg, Sweden. They are the developers of a break through wood protection process using silicon technology providing a unique combination of benefits for the care of timber. The Sioo products are in wide spread use across Scandinavia for all types of timber.

The Sioo products are being specified by architects and customers across the UK. Sioo Wood Protection AB Tel: +44 (0)7788 542859 E:

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The Sioo treatment is totally environmentally friendly and provides a beautiful smooth natural finish, strengthens the surface fibres, kills and prevents algae formation and insect attack, retards water and provides long life.


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Tools, Plant & Equipment

Check Out The Best Gear for Autumn and Winter in the NEW Snickers Workwear Catalogue

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The latest full colour brochure is now available FREE to discerning professional tradesmen and women in print or as a digital edition. It features the world’s leading range of working clothes, one that works hard on site all year round for you, whatever the working environment or weather condition. In it, you’ll find all the latest styles and designs - the ultimate in modern workwear. Whatever trade you’re in, there’s something for you in the Snickers range – Work Trousers, Work Jackets, Tool Vests Shirts, Underwear, Hi-Vis, Painters, Flame Retardent, Accessories and Tool Carriers. Plus the right kind of working clothes to keep you working comfortably in the cold and wet weather. To get the catalogue visit or call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788


Hammering Home The Quality. Power and precision are the hallmarks of quality that you'll find in every Hultafors Tools' Hammer. In this new generation of tools you'll find Ball Hammers, Carpenters' Hammers, T-Block Hammers, Electrician's Hammers, Dead Blow Hammers and even Copper Hammers. They're tools that can handle the toughest work, delivering the best possible levels of performance and safety, whatever the job in hand. Ergonomically designed for ease of use and with a range of sizes and special grip technology, these Hammers are perfectly crafted for you. With vibration damping features as well as reduced recoil and even an anti-sparking feature in one of the models, you can rest assured that Hultafors Tools Hammers will be the perfect addition to your toolbox. Getting more information on the Hultafors Tools range of Hammers easy. You call the Helpline on 01484 854788 or check out and download a digital catalogue.

Environmentally Friendly and Chemical Free.

Mechanical weed removal offers an environmentally friendly method of weed, moss and algae removal from footpaths, pavements and other hard surfaces. Kersten's special brushes not only remove the offending weeds and moss, but also remove the cause; organic detritus that harbours the moisture that allows the growth. Moisture that can lead to spalling on hard but poorly maintained surfaces. Chemical use is highly controversial and topical and any way of reducing it is welcome. Kersten's various brushes can be used with a variety of units, either self- propelled pedestrian or tractor mounted. They can be used on a variety of hard surfaces such as concrete, tarmac and block paving. Even deep set cobbled surfaces pose no problem for the Kersten system. Remember that to keep moss at bay repeated regular sweeping is essential. No chemicals required. For further details call: 0118 986 9253 or visit:

We constantly strive to innovate and develop our range of building boards and facades.

BBA Technical Approval Gained for Y-wall ™ O

n the back of launching a new website - which is the first marketing initiative in a new brand development plan, RCM has announced gaining BBA 14/5109 Technical Approval for Y-wall ™ - external sheathing board. As a major UK supplier of building boards and facades, with a comprehensive range for all applications - RCM recognise the importance of providing quality certified products which have been rigorously tested, to meet the demands of a challenging construction industry.

Y-wall ™ is a calcium silicate based fibre cement building board, offering excellent fire properties as well as high levels of dimensional stability, even in exposed conditions. Y-wall ™ is used primarily as an external sheathing or fire rated building board. Used extensively on both metal and timber frame structures, the product is applied behind all types of facade solutions, as well in floors and roofs offering a non-combustible classification. Y-wall ™ can be cut, drilled and nailed offering many of the properties required by frame and cladding contractors.

Managing Director of RCM, Ian Quinton said: “We constantly strive to innovate and develop our range of building boards and facades. Testing and certification is an inherent part of this development. We are committed to working with frame manufacturers and cladding installers and are looking to develop partnerships to enhance Y-wall ™ in specific applications. We are further investing in R & D to ensure our Y-wall ™ system is the optimum non-combustible sheathing solution for all construction applications.”

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Waterproof Concrete stepped up a gear this year.


ruly waterproof concrete makes a huge difference. No longer does waterproof mean “no visible leaks but vapour will always be drying off so you need extra heating and ventilation to cope”. Now, waterproof means that after the concrete has cured the inside surface of “a basement will dry and stay dry for ever”. Well, to be more realistic, not for ever but several hundred years. We just don’t know how many. Early last year the UK’s Concrete Society took a long, hard look at water-resisting concrete admixtures and found a terrible lack of evidence that any did very much of

any real worth. In fact, they cautioned that much of the improvement might only be because of reduced water to cement. They produced a graph of data from a number of BBA certificates that proved that they all reduced the passage of water through concrete but that none of them prevented it. They concluded that concentrating on reduced water cement ratios and choosing cement carefully might be better than buying any of the proprietary, certificated products. They must have known that in the 3 countries that together produce more than 60% of the world’s concrete they

make completely waterproof concrete with just pure OPC cement, a lower water/cement ratio and the world’s most powerful plasticiser. We have that best plasticiser in stock and we get concrete with it in tested for permeability of water under sustained pressure. Zero penetration means completely impermeable, even under pressure. We supply direct to the user cutting out the concrete producer. The world’s best concrete plasticiser is 1. So much more waterproof that it is the only truly waterproof concrete. 2. Cheaper due to both Asian economies of scale and our cutting out the middle man here. 3. Proven on each project to be completely impermeable to BS EN 123908-2009. 4. We also supply supervision and training of supervisors. If the concrete delivered is proven beyond all doubt to be completely waterproof, any leaks can only be down to workmanship. The culprit must pay for repairs. This new additive means the end of disputes and delays over leaks. However our name is Waterproof Concrete With Site Supervision Ltd, because with the right supervision no concrete should visibly leak. Step up a gear this year and get your basement built to be dry. 01438 900303

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