Design Buy Build - Issue 4 2013

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Design Buy Build Issue 4 2013



Cover Story -

White Lodge - an uLtra-contemporary, sustainabLe home in the heart of Leafy surrey LIGHTHOUSE 65

This luxury 3 bedroom house sits in a beautiful water side location enjoying stunning views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight p26


The striking geometrical form of this 23-storey, £100 million building has remained unchanged from initial concept to completion. p30


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White Lodge, Oxted, Surrey White Lodge is a stunning white-rendered modernist villa with vast open living spaces and extensive glazing in mature grounds with feature swimming pool. The dream was to build an ultra-contemporary, sustainable home in the heart of leafy Surrey on the secluded site of an existing pre-fab bungalow ‒ a bold design statement, far removed from the pitched roof architecture of the area.

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Lighthouse 65 The Lighthouse is a beachfront property on the south coast of England. It is a super insulated, luxury 3 bedroom house sitting in a beautiful water side location enjoying stunning views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. De Dietrich A global reputation for designing beautiful technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances that are developed to make life easier in the kitchen. The Hive On a riverside site in Worcester city centre, this is a highly sustainable building and the first purpose built joint-use library in the UK, serving both the University of Worcester and the general public. John Fredericks John Fredericks Plastics long term partnership with MACO continues. Make Architects The Cube is one of Make s largest buildings to date, made up of a broad mix of uses including offices, apartments, retail units, restaurants, an automated car park, a boutique hotel, spa facilities and the city s first rooftop restaurant. MERO-SCHMIDLIN Raised Access flooring at County hall - Trowbridge. Forbo Forbo plays it safe and sound with Surestep Wood Decibel. Kawneer Kawneer glazing is a pioneering curtain call in Glasgow. Guttfield Architecture University of Nottingham Gateway Building Bioscience SVMS. Rock Panel Aesthetics are key to stylish residential building. Wood Shardwick New Tesco Eco Store and filling station opens in Corby. FTMRC Told You So - Roofing specialists fighting back. Sureclad Ceramic Granite - An exceptionally versatile façade solution. Atkins Office in Bristol is one of the UK s most energy efficient buildings.

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Editors Choice Bathrooms & Washrooms Ceilings, Walls & Partitions Coatings, Sealants & Paints Doors, Windows & Fittings Drainage & Plumbing External Works Floors & Flooring Glass & Glazing Heating, Ventilation & Insulation Interiors & Interior Design Landscaping Lighting & Electrical Roofing & Cladding Safety & Security Stairs, Handrails & Balustrades Stone & Stonework Timber & Timber Frame

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The Lighthouse is a beachfront property on the south coast of England. It is a super insulated, luxury 3 bedroom house sitting in a beautiful water side location enjoying stunning views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

The site is enclosed between two neighbouring buildings and a 7m high embankment to the north; of which pavement and street access sits at the top. This access, to the roof level of the property, and the one-directional view over the beach, English Channel and Isle of Wight to the south, has led to an

interesting design which takes inspiration from traditional beach pavilions such as the De La Warr in Bexhill a little further along the coast. The design concept was to maximize the building’s width, so every key room enjoys expansive views of the vista. All bathrooms and utility

spaces run at the rear of the property, allowing the view to be continuous for all living spaces. The house sits 7 metres below road level with the roof acting as a parking deck for 3 cars. Visually the from the central concrete core, terminating in large cantilevers that provide shade

and open-air shelter to the Balconies and outdoor accommodation are provided by horizontal planes carefully cantilevered from a central access tower which penetrates the roof plane; atop of which sits a frameless glass enclosure providing

access and acting as a this enclosure is triggered by a barometer providing instantaneous information to This illuminated glass cube sits on top of the concrete glass glows to indicate local weather conditions: green

when weather is fair and red when atmospheric pressure drops, warning passing yachtsmen of possible stormy

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eestairs Helical Staircase Custom Design by EeStairs – design, manufacture and install by EeStairs Domestic barn conversion, Bucks Private clients Barn 300 years old Helical staircase and associated bridge spanning the void and connecting two living spaces EeStairs FILL balustrade to the inner with integrated lighting EeStairs TransParancy (spelt this way deliberately) glass balustrade to the outer Slim outer stringer ensure lightweight aesthetic whilst exposing the profile of the treads and risers Helical soffit enclosing the underside of the staircase European Oak treads and risers

Straight Staircase Engineered by EeStairs – detail design, manufacture and install by EeStairs (concept by client) Domestic barn conversion, Bucks Clients were husband and wife architects (project winterhill) L shaped stair Lower section closed risers Upper section open risers and cantilevered treads Glass balustrade Timber ‘cheeks’ hiding the glass fixings Enq 302

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Editor’s Choice

Loft Legs give householders a warm home and a useful loft.

ANCON completes the CE Marking of its product portfolio

Housing trust selects energy-efficient communal heating for comfort and performance

Compressing insulation with storage items in the loft can reduce its thermal effectiveness by over 50%.

Stainless steel fixings specialist, ANCON, has completed the CE Marking requirements for its full range of brick support systems, windposts, cavity wall ties, bed joint reinforcement, lintels and tension bar systems, confirming legal compliance with the new EU Construction Products Regulation.

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust has installed a communal heating system to its £3.7 million Hunters Gate development in Handforth, Cheshire. The project consists of 36 two-bedroomed apartments built to offer tenants affordable and energy-efficient homes.

Installed in the loft, Loft Legs allow a simple storage deck to be constructed above the height of the insulation, maintaining its energy-saving benefits, a key factor when 40 per cent of a household’s heating is lost through the roof. Loft Legs – which featured in an episode of BBC Television’s DIY SOS filmed last year – are manufactured in the UK from recycled materials, are easy to install, ultra strong and lightweight. Loft Legs are sold in boxes of 12 and are available instore and online at Toolstation, Wickes, and select builders’ merchants nationally. For more information visit – Or call: Tel 01282 861001 Enq. 101

Ancon has published a new 12-page guide explaining this new regulation and identifying which products it affects. It includes a useful Q&A section to help stockists, engineers and contractors understand their obligations and how Ancon can help.

The new system is made up of five Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan® CAHV air source heat pumps, providing the properties with a total of 200kW of renewable, cost-effective underfloor heating. It also takes care of the tenants’ domestic hot water requirements whilst keeping the Housing Trust’s carbon emissions to a minimum.

The guide, together with the company’s Declaration of Performance portfolio and factory production control certification, is available from

The Ecodan CAHV air source heat pump monobloc system can operate singularly, or form part of a multiple unit system and its scalability makes it ideal for projects of any size.

Hard copies can be obtained by contacting Ancon on or by telephoning 0114 275 5224.

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Award winning waterproofing! Two Property Care Association (PCA) award-winning companies have joined forces to waterproof the basement at a major residential refurbishment site in central London. Triton, which won the PCA’s Innovation and Sustainability award for the pioneering subscription of its systems to the new NBS BIM Library, supplied the waterproofing system components. These included 1000 m2 of cavity drain membranes - which were installed to the inner surface of all exterior walls, Aquachannel drainage conduit which was installed to the perimeter, and associated sumps and pumps. The design of the drainage system was based on a gravity feed to existing outlets. Together these components provided an effective Type C waterproofing system as defined by BS 8102.

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The system was installed by Preservation Treatments, winners of the PCA’s Contractor of the Year award. Following completion of the cavity drain membrane system, 300mm of insulation was laid to the floor before the installation of a 20mm floor membrane, which was then sealed to the wall membrane and a screed finish.


An independent dry lining system was then put in place to form the walls of the apartments. Preservation Treatments will also carry out external waterproofing works in the new build section of the development later in the project. Tel 01322 318830 E: or visit – Enq. 104

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Editor’s Choice

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BREEAM Excellent Student Accommodation 3,000 metres of Ancon brick support angle and over 800 Ancon windposts have been supplied to the construction of new student accommodation at the University of Liverpool’s Chatham Street campus. The project comprises an East and West block of six and nine storeys respectively and has been designed, by Stride Treglown, to be BREEAM Excellent. Construction of the attractive façade, thought to be one of the largest brick packages awarded in the UK in recent years, involved the support of masonry at every floor level by an Ancon stainless steel support system. The support angles feature slots in some sections to allow lintels to be fixed to the underside at window openings, and are radiussed in other locations to support curved brickwork. For more information call 0114 275 5224 email or visit

Fast-acting response from Integrated Services helps residents affected by floods in South Tyneside The fast response and high-quality service of supply chain and procurement specialist Integrated Services helped residents of South Tyneside to quickly move back into their properties following significant flooding in the region. Having received the emergency call from South Tynside Homes at approximately 11.00am one morning, an extensive range of dehumidifiers, fans and residual-current devices were specified and delivered by 7pm the same day, ensuring the needs of its residents were met quickly and efficiently. A technical expert from both Integrated Services and Supply UK visited houses affected by the flooding the next day. Integrated Services is a specialist division within Wolseley UK, offering bespoke integrated supply chain solutions. For further information visit –

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Flooring Accessories specialist Dural UK Ltd are continually updating their range of products and inventing new and better solutions that are both technically and visually exciting. They have been providing the perfect finish for all types of flooring since 1981 and all their products are at the cutting edge of design. Dural Movement Joint Profiles can cope with heavy stresses and distribute them evenly between the foundation and floor covering. At the same time, they can prevent conduction of noise from footfall and other bodies. Even floors subject to heavy stresses remain in better condition for longer when Dural Movement Joint Profiles are specified. For a high class finish the Dural Coloured Movement Joint Profile gives a room a seamless designer look. For more information on Dural and their products visit their website or contact Judith Mawtus on 01924360110. Enq. 107

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De Dietrich De Dietrich has a global reputation for designing beautiful technologically advanced built-in kitchen appliances that are developed to make life easier in the kitchen. Pioneer of domestic Induction hobs and leader in the field of Continuum zoneless Induction, the brand also introduced Pyroclean self-cleaning technology in Ovens and was the first to develop intelligent cooking and extraction under the Intelligent Control System (ICS) banner.

DOP1190GX TFT Touchscreen Oven with ICS, Pyroclean and Interactive Display This highly sophisticated top of the range intelligent Grey Pearl glass 60 litre A-10% energy rated touch control multifunction single oven has a full colour TFT touchscreen with simple navigation to guide you through the four separate cooking modes: Expert – 16 Oven Functions: Fan cooking; Combined heat - pizza setting; Conventional cooking; Turbo grill (and rotisserie cooking); Full width variable grill; Keep warm; Bread; Defrost; Delicate food; Fan assisted cooking; Base heat and fan; Sabbath setting; Pyroclean light, medium, intensive and automatic. ICS - 15 Automatic Cooking Programmes: The Intelligent Control System (ICS) is a fully automatic function that sets all the cooking parameters from the time to the temperature without any additional input. Cooking Guide – 60 Preprogrammed Recipes: Simply choose from a wide range of pre-set recipe options, set the weight and the time cooking should end and the oven does the rest of the hard work for you. Low Temperature Cooking - 9 Pre-programmed Dishes: With 9 pre-programmed dishes, this low temperature function cooks food over a longer period of time to maintain all the flavour and tenderness.

The De Dietrich Premium Collection is a sophisticated range of beautifully designed pearlised glass touch control and TFT touchscreen appliances in Black Pearl, White Pearl and Grey Pearl colourways that are packed with the technologies for which the brand is renowned. With this luxury collection an entire family of technologically advanced appliances can be installed in a single colour option throughout.

DTI1199GE 93cm Dual Continuum Induction Hob This 93cm induction hob in stylish Grey Pearl heralds a new trend away from traditional black glass finishes. Featuring two horizontal 23cm x 40cm Continuum zones side by side, each can be used as a single temperature area for larger pans or can be segmented into two temperature areas for multiple pans. Using automatic pan detection, should the pan need to be moved, from front to back, for example, a unique Power the same when it is re-sited. A further Elapsed Time indicator will identify the time each pan has spent cooking on the hob. Features include:

reduces to a simmer or at the desired power setting. boiling certain foods. Simply set the volume of water to be brought to the boil e.g. 1 litre and set the desired cooking time. provide a flush sleek finish. residual heat. cooking zone after a pre-set time.

are three direct access levels on this hob.

on the zone. moved without heat loss. The induction technology enables heat to transfer throughout the Continuum zone and remain constant where it is re-sited. Ten safety features: Anti-overflow; Anti-overheat; Residual heat indicators; Auto safety shut off; Automatic pan detection; Small object detection; Child lock; Control lock; Cleaning lock; Electronic power monitor.

DHD1129G 90cm Decorative Range Hood Combining beautiful design with practical functionality this decorative range hood features a Grey Pearl gloss glass control panel to provide the hood has sensors that automatically detect steam to trigger spontaneous extraction. The speed of extraction is continually adjusted according to requirement and the hood will shut off 10 minutes after the last cooking vapours have been discharged. Features include:

indicator; Eolyse function (100% fresh air); 2 x 3 Watt low consumption


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Bathrooms & Kitchens Hansgrohe New Raindance Select E300 3jet Showerpipe

The innovative Raindance Select collection from Hansgrohe offers the choice of spray modes with a simple push button 'select' operation. The new Raindance Select E300 3jet overhead shower (shown here on the showerpipe) features a new third style of spray called RainStream. Rows of cascading shower nozzles project the water in a uniform curtain which keeps its shape all the way down to the ground. This is switched on and off by a button on the thermostat. There are two new designs for the Raindance Select showers: SoftCube, which is square with softened corners, or a timeless cylindrical design. Both combine easily with other styles and are available in choice of all-chrome or fresh dual colour chrome and white. For stockists contact Hansgrohe. Tel. 01372 465 655

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CL Wetrooms launch their unique modular wet-floor system CCL Wetrooms, the UK’s leading wetroom specialist, have just launched their unique Modular Wet-Floor System, allowing any size or shape of wetroom to be quickly and easily created on a timber floor. The key to the system is its design flexibility, allowing a stunning linear drain to be situated in almost any position. The Modular Wet-Floor system is a totally unique concept in wetroom technology, consisting of only three elements:- Drainage Component, Tapered Board, Floor or Wall Grill. Thanks to the flexible nature of these components, almost any size of wetroom can be achieved. The Drainage Component and Tapered Boards can be used in a combination of ways to create either a one way or two way fall, with the drain positioned in the floor or up against the wall. For CAD drawings and technical advice, visit – or call 0844 327 6002

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On a riverside site in Worcester city centre, this is a highly sustainable building and the first purpose built joint-use library in the UK, serving both the University of Worcester and the general public. The Hive emerged from a groundbreaking partnership development to create a fully integrated public and university library, new to the UK and highly innovative internationally. It incorporates the county archives and record office, a local history centre, the county’s archaeology service and a multi-agency customer service centre. The Hive is a cultural, learning and information centre of excellence promoting lifelong learning, engendering social inclusion and raising aspirations for the whole community, regardless of age, background, or ability. The aspiration is for the Hive to become a destination for Worcester and the wider region. The redevelopment of this area

connects the city centre with the new university campus creating an accessible route from the city centre to the river. The project team developed an innovative way of utilising parametric modelling to explore design ideas (winning first prize at the International Bentley Awards for “Innovation in Generative Design� in the process). As a result we were able to manipulate the form within the boundaries of the structural and environmental constraints, resulting in a design which takes out 250 tonnes of steel from the roof replacing it with laminated timber and saving an estimated 2 months of design work.

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Client: University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council Construction value: £35.8 million Completion: January 2012

‘’The Partnership would like to place on record our sincere thanks to you and your team for the outstanding contribution you have all made to this landmark facility. It has been a pleasure to work with a team who have shared our ideals and objectives and produced a quality, design led solution to meeting our needs. In my long experience I have seen very few projects which could match this one for real team working and you should take great credit for setting the standards for others to follow. To finish such a complex and outstanding building on time and on budget shows that by working together our industry can achieve some really great things.’’ Peter Parkes, Head of Property Services, Worcestershire County Council

This has saved 2000 tonnes of CO2 compared to the concrete/steel option and has transformed the character of the interior. The copper-alloy, gold-shingled form draws inspiration from both the historic kilns of the Royal Worcester works and the undulating ridgeline of the Malvern Hills. The structure incorporates solid laminated timber roof cones, the forms of which have been generated to optimise day lighting and natural ventilation throughout the building. The central atrium is

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lined in ash which extends the tactile qualities of the timber roof cones down through the heart of the building. The secondary atria are lined in honeycomb panels inspired by eighteenth century Royal Worcester filigree porcelain. Water from the nearby River Severn is used to provide cooling and heating is by means of a biomass boiler using locally sourced woodchip. The Hive has achieved BREEAM Outstanding. Enq 308

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Paint that protects us as well as the surface Why does my client want anti-bacterial paint and which one should I use? Chris Langham of Coo-Var Technical Services discusses. We all know that the spread of germs can cause major problems, and not just in hospitals. Whether it is for a floor or a wall, in a classroom, a clinic or a toilet, anti-bacterial or anti-microbial paint can help stop the spread of infections and illnesses by killing the germs it comes into contact with. How does it work? Most of the products available will use proven silver ion technology that inhibits the growth of most microbes or bacteria. When they can’t grow, they die. I can’t speak for other manufactures paints but ours creates a tough washable surface that we got tested before launch. The samples were tested over 24 hours to JIS Z 2801:2000 (Japanese Industrial Standard) and there was greater than 99% reduction of the initial population, in effect, when they can’t breed, they die. A regular wash down of the surface ensures that it is hygienic. Which one is the right one? It’s not as difficult as you may think to choose the right product for you. It will obviously depend on where the paint is going and what wear it will see. Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial are interchangeable phrases that mean the same thing. So having put that to rest, there are basically two categories: single pack and two pack products. Both have benefits and fall backs:

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John Fredericks Plastics long term partnership with MACO continues.

John Fredericks Managing Director Steve Darkins & Production Director Alan Barnard with MACO’s Kevin Whiting Managing Director, Andy Omand, Sales and Marketing Manager, Craig Bryant Product, Services and Innovation Manager and Gareth Turner Area Sales Manager NE Established in 1970, John Fredericks Plastics have been a close customer partner of MACO UK for the last 16 years. Their focus to provide their loyal customer base with innovative products and services underpins their respected reputation. The company’s management team attribute the company’s longevity and enviable growth to its focus upon quality, delivery and innovation. MACO have built their customer base using these values and by using only the highest Austrian manufacturing methods and materials, designing and creating secure window and door hardware to provide the industry with long life products that exceed industry standards. No cheap ‘me too’ alternatives that seem to flood the market causing all parties a lifelong hassle of product failure, be it through poor quality or not living up to claims regarding their burglary attack properties. MACO therefore seemed an obvious choice for John Frederick’s Plastics looking for a reliable and competent

partner to supply casement products. Their decision has been further enhanced by registration to MACO’s ever popular MACO Secure scheme. The scheme guarantees to pay back the homeowner’s insurance excess in the unlikely event of a break-in through a window fitted with MACO hardware. John Fredericks Plastics have been using the MACO MK1 shootbolt espagnolette for the last sixteen years and recently decided to commit to the new MACO M-SPAG, a telescopic shootbolt espagnolette system which was one of the many highlights at this year’s FiT Show in Telford in April. Managing Director for John Fredericks Plastics Steve Darkin said ‘’John Fredericks Plastics Ltd part of the A&B Glass Group are pleased to announce a new deal cementing its long standing trading relationship of over 16 Years with MACO UK, with the launch of the MACO M-SPAG. Additional bi-directional locking points around the centre of the window enhance the security of an

already industry leading product, the MACO MK1 shootbolt espagnolette. It’s sure to improve what is already a great portfolio of products.’’ The new M-SPAG telescopic shootbolt comes with a ten year product warranty and is included as part of the MACO Secure scheme offered by John Fredericks Plastics. A product designed for the UK and performance tested to European Industry standards the M-SPAG telescopic shootbolt espagnolette has been created by listening to Fabricators like John Fredericks Plastics. To find out more about the MACO M-SPAG telescopic shootbolt espagnolette or any other MACO product please email or telephone +44 (0) 1795 433900. To contact John Fredericks directly please email or telephone +44 (0) 1422 314100. Enq 311

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Vicaima brings a new dimension to door design

Comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door System (FSD)

Bowater produces high-end read for door ranges

Vicaima has expanded its range of doors with the launch of another innovative new product. Dekordor 3D brings a new dimension to door design, using a moulded polypropylene based finish, which allows striking embossed effects whilst at the same time offering high resistance to water steam, chemicals, mildew, light damage and scratches.

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems are delighted to launch their thermally broken Comar 7P.i Folding Sliding Door (FSD).

Bowater Doors – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of energy-efficient composite doors and a company of the VEKA UK Group – has boosted its marketing support for fabricators and installers with a number of comprehensive and detailed brochures that outline the benefits homeowners can gain through fitting a Bowater composite door.

The doors are perfect for anyone looking for something unique and distinctive that will set their scheme apart from the competition. Dekordor 3D includes a variety of finishes, with an embossed design which contrast matt finishes against gloss to stunning effect. The innovative coating being used by Vicaima has been produced using an eco-friendly and recyclable polymer, which is free of formaldehyde, chlorine and iodine. For more details call 01793 532333 or download the Vicaima Specifiers Guide at

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Smooth operation and solutions to meet the design brief, the aluminium Comar 7P.i Folding/Sliding Door (FSD) system offers a myriad of possibilities for commercial or residential projects. Comar 7P.i FSD provides a versatile moveable wall that allows space and light into any project. By merging aesthetically pleasing features such as robust, yet slim, aluminium profiles with feature-laden operational gearing from the Comar 7P.i FSD system, you have the capability to design open-in or open-out stacking doors, folding and sliding from the top or the bottom rollers. Comar: Designed for Performance, Backed by Delivery

Bowater composite doors offer the look of traditional timber combined with the benefits of modern materials.

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DuoGuard against floods, from Bowater Doors

Reynaers in Wedgewood Court Development

As the threat of flooding in the UK increases, industry-leading Bowater Doors has unveiled an improved design for its flood defence door. The DuoGuard range is being relaunched following enhancements to its design. Bowater Doors, a company of The VEKA UK Group, is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of energy-efficient composite doors.

Situated on the busy Holloway Road, North London is Wedgewood Court student accommodation, home to many a student of London Metropolitan University.

The DuoGuard extends all the energy efficiency, security and durability benefits of the Duo range to create a genuine double rebate flood defence door. Twin compression seals and a 12-point multi-locking system combine to provide unrivalled protection against flooding. Homeowners can design their own door to reflect the style of their home by using the Bowater Doors online tool at or visit –

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There are three brochures and an in-depth commercial spec guide to support the newly relaunched Bowater collection. The three ranges include: the standard ‘Mono PLUS’ Bowater composite door, the highly-specified ‘DUO’ double rebate range and the premium ‘DUO Diamond’ range of doors with decorative triple-glazing options.

Due to the building being constructed adjacent to the railway and tube station, and the frontages facing the noisy Holloway Road, potential vibration and noise emissions had to be taken into account, with particular reference to glazing. Several Reynaers Aluminium systems were used throughout the development, ideally suited to offset the prevailing conditions, including Vision 50 doors, Eco window and the highly versatile CW50 curtain walling system. For more information on Reynaers Ltd products: Tel: 0121 421 1999 Fax: 0121 421 9797 Website: Email:

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Yeoman Shield exceeds expectations at hospital birthing unit A range of Yeoman Shield surface protection products has been supplied and fixed as part of a £1.3m million project to convert an existing ward into a Birthing Unit at the Royal Berkshire hospital, Reading. Vulnerable corners in the busy Rushey Birthing Unit (which expects to deliver 6000 babies a year) are being protected by Yeoman Shield Ultra corner protection 75 x 75mm in an attractive combination of Cream and Bordeaux.

For further details on Yeoman Shield products visit – email or telephone 0113 279 5854.

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Trade Counters launches new website

Holiday Lock from Era increases home security Door and window hardware specialist ERA has introduced a novel locking system to boost security when properties are periodically unoccupied – adding an extra level of protection when going on holiday. Aptly named Holiday Lock, the new system is a deadbolt mechanism which complements the existing multipoint lock. Capable of exceeding the requirements of PAS 24 2012, the unique aspect of the lock is its secondary singlesided locking point - with no escutcheon on the interior side of the door, it can only be operated from the outside. The ERA Holiday Lock offers equivalent functionality to a BS 10621 sash lock, with the additional benefits of multi point locking. For more information, visit, email or call 01922 490000 Enq. 127

Trade Counters has launched a new website ( that provides quick and easy access to its wide range of door and window hardware from all the UK’s leading manufacturers – including DORMA, Groom, Adams Rite, Axim and Briton. The new website offers more than 1,000 products for virtually all door and window applications, from door closers and floor springs to panic hardware and window accessories. Users can simply search the website by manufacturer or product, then add the selected product to their shopping list and receive a quote by return. And they can still receive a printed or PDF copy of the Trade Counters brochure by simply providing their contact details online. Most orders are dispatched the same day and delivered the next working day, service companies, aluminium fabricators, facilities managers and more can receive the door and window products they need, when they need them. Enq. 128

PDS open doors for new youth centre and library Performance Doorset Solutions (PDS) have recently supplied 34 of their Oak veneer fire doors and frames for a new library and Youth Connexions facility in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The brief for the library project required the doors to incorporate glazed fanlights which adhered to fire regulations, as well as specifically designing the doorframes to fit into a variety of unusual opening spaces. It was also essential for the doors to fit in with the overall aesthetics and modern design of the building. PDS internal fire doors are FD30 and FD60 rated and are available in single and double leaf doors. As with all PDS products these doors are made to order, which meant that they were able to manufacture each door and frame to ensure that they met the brief and were the perfect fit for the unusual doorways. Visit – Enq. 129

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The Cube

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The Cube

Client: Birmingham Development Company Ltd Status: Built Area: 42,000m²/452,000ft² Location: Birmingham, UK Sectors: Hotel, Mixed use, Residential,Retail The Cube is one of Make’s largest buildings to date, made up of a broad mix of uses including offices, apartments, retail units, restaurants, an automated car park, a boutique hotel, spa facilities and the city’s first rooftop restaurant. The striking geometrical form of this 23-storey, £100 million building has remained unchanged from initial concept to completion. Its design makes reference to Birmingham’s industrial heritage, celebrating the contrasts between heavy industrial metal working and hand-crafted jewellery making. The cladding of gold and bronze-coloured aluminium panels are combined with glass to create an intricate design on the building’s exterior. This is complemented by an elegant and decorative metallic fretwork screen across the open side of the courtyard. The proportion of glass-to-aluminium varies from facade to facade, with greater solidity on the southern elevations to limit solar gain. The geometry and materials of the courtyard are an unexpected contrast to the exterior; glass panels twist upwards through the central courtyard, forming a dramatic full-height open atrium. This twisting geometry ‘explodes’ at the top to form the angular rooftop space which crowns the building.

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Drainage & Plumbing BIM Objects now part of Triton’s CPD programme Triton Systems, suppliers of systems for basement waterproofing, concrete waterproofing and green roof construction, have incorporated the benefits of specifying BIM objects into their five RIBA approved CPD seminars. Three of the seminars cover new build and existing basement waterproofing and focus on the requirements of BS 8102: 2009 (the Code of Practice for Protection of Below Ground Structures), including the grades of waterproofing required, the types of waterproofing systems available and relevant standards and regulations. Triton was one of the first manufacturers in the construction industry to have its products included in the NBS National BIM Library and architects can now download elements of structural waterproofing and concrete waterproofing systems, ground gas barriers and green roof water storage membranes, as BIM objects directly for insertion into a building model via Triton’s page at – The free to use National BIM Library includes objects covering all major building fabric systems. Triton is one of the very first manufacturers to make its proprietary objects available in the library and these are available for download in all the main architectural software formats as well as in the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) format. Go to – For further information on Triton Systems contact: E: T: 01322 318830 or visit: Enq. 131

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Harvesting communally Rainharvesting Systems Ltd. devised and supplied the rainwater harvesting scheme on a social housing development in Cheltenham for Markey Construction. The inclusion of the rainwater harvesting enabled the client, Cottsway Housing Association, to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The system is designed around a single 18,000-litre tank supplying all 13 properties on the site. The harvested water is pumped to a small individual header tank in each dwelling. The header tanks are designed to always take water from the rainwater store as long as it is available, but will then automatically revert to running from mains water if needed. This provides an ideal solution for such a situation, as each property has its own independent back-up from the mains water supply. Rainharvesting Systems Ltd. Tel: 01452 772000 or visit –

High praise for Yeoman Rainguard Rainwater Systems Yeoman Rainguard, the market leader in rainwater systems has been praised for its products and advice leading up to and during the replacement of old worn out cast iron guttering and hoppers at St Nicholas’ Church, Kenilworth. Keith Grierson said: “Tim Hanks and the Rainguard team were very professional and helpful and we were very pleased with the quality of the materials and the advice and service provided by Rainguard, all at competitive prices”.

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VortX, the next generation of drainage solutions from iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK, part of leading materials group Saint-Gobain, includes a range of innovatively designed trapped gully bodies which are lighter in weight and easier to install than traditional trapped gully bodies. A trapped gully is used to prevent foul air entering a building. The ‘P’ and ‘S’ traps, which accommodate horizontal and vertical water flow respectively, require less installation space – only 180mm borehole – delivering savings on installation and a more convenient and compact floor drainage solution. The gully bodies are supplied with 110mm spigot outlets and three-plugged two-inch BSP inlets that incorporate flange design features, which can be installed with or without a standard clamp ring. For further information on Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s VortX range, visit

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StreetBond is a decorative paint system, which is ideally suited for car parks, cycle lanes, playgrounds and community areas.

Cost effective, durable surface requiring low maintenance Visually pleasing appearance Available in a wide range of colours

provides excellent skid resistance Revitalises and rejuvenates the life of the pavement Quick and easy to install

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A replacement dwelling within Greenbelt and Area of Special Landscape Value our proposal is designed to maintain the important features of the existing site, allowing the residents to integrate with their surroundings, reflecting the topography of the site right through to the functional layout of the dwelling, and maintaining the mature landscape so it can continue to thrive. The new design steps down with the fall of the site and uses this level change in conjunction with the modularization of the house to create more intimate areas which emphasize and echo the topographical context of the site. It is proposed to use white render, timber louvres and elegant glazing systems that respond to the building’s surroundings, blurring the division between inside-andout, whilst also creating light modernist forms that add to the character and architectural appearance of the proposal. In terms of addressing issues of sustainability, we would look to utilize locally sourced materials and carefully consider our selection of construction materials, going as far as using natural paints and stains both internally and externally. In addition, by investigating the integration of heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling systems, we are further aiding the provision of an energy efficient and environmentally friendly scheme. We have created for our client, a building of high quality design and architecture to form a fresh modern single dwelling that respects the sensitive nature of the area and brings back a coherent layout integrated with the site while presenting a modern but timeless design concept.

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Floors & Flooring SuperPan TECH P5 and P6 Structural Panels: You will not find a stronger one Engineered wood products are developed to fulfill specific requirements of different industrial sectors. Among these, perhaps the most demanding specification is that of structural use. To meet these heavyduty standards, FINSA has created SuperPan TECH P5 and P6, unique and exclusive products, protected by patent nr. 99966972.4. These high performance boards are suitable for a wide range of structural applications. Just like the other members of the SuperPan product family, they combine two outer layers of MDF with a particleboard core. The main advantages of SuperPan TECH are: High resistance: Its improved bending strength coupled with its high modulus of elasticity make it the right product for the most demanding load situations. On the other hand, it allows the use of lower thicknesses than those used in traditional

chipboard solutions, which means a significant cost saving while ensuring the same performance. Surface quality: SuperPan’s smooth and compact surface is ideal for coating with vinyl, linoleum, ceramics or epoxy paints. At the same time, the compact layer of the wood fibre on the faces provides greater impact resistance, preventing from surface damages and defects. Complete range: plain and coated boards specially developed for these applications, with the most suitable formats for the building industry, for a maximum optimization of the material.

colors with the reverse side in white melamine, providing a better reflection of light, which is especially important for industrial interior spaces. FINSA has carried out extensive testings at the University of Edinburgh and at AITIM (Spain) which showed that SuperPan Tech P5 and P6 clearly outperform competitive products available in the market. In this way, this unique product is becoming a milestone for structural panels for both its performance and its cost/efficiency ratio. As with all FINSA products, they are available with FSC or PEFC certifications.

Tongue-and-groove jointed parts: coated or plain, for a quick and easy assembly.

SuperPan Tech. You will not find a stronger panel. Nor a better one.

Non-slip and design: non-slip finishes provide extra protection agains slipping and a range of decorative

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Beauty Make-Over Treatment from Remmers The Beauty Shop in Huddersfield required an upgrade to the flooring of the ground-floor treatment and tanning rooms. Although the existing floor was still in relatively good condition, the Salon required a change to the original colour scheme and selected a two coloured Remmers Colorid Flake system to be installed throughout. The revamp also required a corresponding darker floor to be installed in the tanning room due to the nature of the treatments.

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emco ECOLINE® PIONEER The entrance mat to keep re-inventing itself. As the market leader in the field of customised entrance barrier matting systems ECOLINE® PIONEER innovation, the company is now leading in the areas of sustainability and eco-effectiveness – In the perpetual Cradle to Cradle® cycle, emco ECOLINE® PIONEER combines new and recycled components. Pioneer is a heavy contract entrance mat. BASIC


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Phone: +44(0)1276 41 42 43 Email: Web: By its very nature, Raised Access Flooring is rather unobtrusive. In the vast majority of cases you will be completely unaware with this particular building the innovative imperative to the feasibility of the whole project. Wiltshire District Council were facilities, which were previously dispersed throughout the borough. The existing

These objectives threw up a series of

This was obviously important due to

levelling out a courtyard with pavement levels varying by almost one metre to coping with the extreme expansion and

but also as the void was being used to distribute the ventilated air throughout the atrium space. This extra feature required

the ETFE Roof. The Atrium is really a conservatory by any other name, albeit 1100 sq metres. This means that the area will suffer from extremes of solar gain

in and distributed externally through

to expand but will also necessitate a very

of the whole ventilation system.

even temperature throughout the building.

Whilst these elements were challenging in their own right there was an extra dimension to the brief. The roof would require regular cleaning internally so

very traditional and rather less attractive

area with steps and an ornamental lawn. The aim of the project was to demolish part of the existing structure and replace the courtyard with a user friendly, fully accessible interior space which will link the buildings both structurally and technologically. The new building had to be sustainable, cost effective to run and

In addition to these objectives the building would be fully representational practices allowing staff to work anywhere in the whole complex using their laptop or tablet. The space would also be welcoming to the public, incorporating a new library, whilst allowing them to meet council as the Cafe or in private meeting rooms off the main atrium

able to meet all of these challenges, and more.

coped admirably with the stepped levels of the existing footprint and the pedestals, made from recycled steel, were further supported by a framework of steel box section. The design and installation resulted in a fully levelled surface giving step free access on all sides of the atrium from the library and the, now adjoining, buildings. The main reasoning for the extra strengthening of the system was to overcome many obstructions within the void such as manhole covers and wide included within the design procedure to ensure there was no risk of the system

would need to support very heavy mobile access plant being used to maintain the ETFE roof and supporting structure. The

need for wet trades such as screeding, before being covered up with a complete protection system allowing building work to continue without the risk of damaging

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Floors & Flooring Sustainable and recyclable products from UZIN.

UZIN is especially focused on innovating new environmental solutions and have innovated the Cube It Simple recyclable packaging. The new packaging means: !

77% less CO2– The cube packaging allows much more efficient method of transporting as more weight and units can be put on a pallet. Transportation is therefore reduced and less CO2 discharged.


87.5% less waste – Only the liner is made from plastic, which can be returned and disposed off. The box is made from recycled cardboard which can be recycled. This also saves floor contractors the hassle of disposing large amounts of plastic containers.

For further information on Uzin products call : 01788 530080 or visit –

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Forbo plays it safe and sound with Surestep Wood Decibel Providing R10 slip resistance underfoot and 17dB impact sound reduction, Forbo’s Surestep Wood Decibel range presents a desirable flooring option for projects with multiple application areas. For specifiers and end users alike, the enhanced range can be considered as both an acoustic and safety flooring solution – working perfectly as part of an integrated flooring design. Unlike traditional safety flooring ranges, Surestep Wood Decibel is also the first multiple width safety floor - uniquely available in 2, 3 and 4m widths – suiting a wide range of applications. Thanks to the floor covering’s dimensional stability, areas of up to 20m2 in residential locations can be loose laid, helping to reduce the overall cost of installation. In larger commercial installations, the availability of different widths means that welding requirements may be substantially reduced saving time and money. Incorporating aluminium oxide particles in its wear layer to provide sustainable slip resistance and maintain the clarity of design, Surestep Wood Decibel meets both the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG) requirements. The product also features a PUR Pearl finish that ensures an easy to clean surface, requiring a simple cleaning and maintenance regime and keeping costs to a minimum. Surestep Wood Decibel now offers twelve different wood choices including two new modern all-over wood designs. Seven of the popular colourways have been specifically designed to match the design effects available in the standard Surestep Wood range, allowing for a totally consistent appearance and safety rating to be achieved across areas of a building which might have different acoustic requirements. Paul Rogers, Technical Specification Manager at Forbo Flooring Systems comments: “Where there are multiple application areas, specifiers and end users should never need to compromise on performance. Choosing a reputable manufacturer with the capability to combine different attributes into one effective flooring solution will ensure peace of mind in every way. “Forbo has over 50 years’ experience in the manufacture of acoustic floor coverings and a long standing history in the manufacture of HSE compliant safety flooring which offers best in class performance. As a result, customers can be confident that Surestep Wood Decibel will enable them to achieve reassuringly safe, quiet and aesthetically attractive interiors in a wide range of commercial, education, healthcare and retail applications.”

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The Glazing Ombudsman Scheme (TGO) was established in 2011 following concerns rising from industry and government over the lack of any independent service supporting consumer complaints within the glazing sector. These concerns were compounded by the fact that Building Regulations and existing Competent Person Schemes did not cover the full range of glazing products. The scope of TGO covers the installation of all glazing products, i.e windows, doors, porches and conservatories as well as roofline products such as gutters, soffits and cladding. TGO has been independently assessed and accredited by the Ombudsman Association to ensure it meets their operating criteria, becoming a registered member in April 2012. Acceptance for Ombudsman Association membership is based upon meeting their rules and five key criteria; independence; effectiveness; fairness; openness & transparency and public accountability. A full list of approved Ombudsman is available at TGO is a Not for Profit company and is neither a regulator of the Industry nor a consumer guardian. It is independent, impartial and provides a FREE service to consumers. The purpose of TGO is to provide a binding result to a dispute between a consumer and a registered business without the costly involvement of the legal system. For companies, membership of TGO demonstrates commitment to quality & fairness and is also likely to satisfy the requirements for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Scheme (ADR) that are being introduce in early 2015. TGO has a Register of Businesses who operate in accordance with its Code of Practice, giving their customers confidence and peace of mind. To find a registered business in your area visit When the ombudsman investigates a complaint they can either uphold (find it in the favour of the person who has complained) or not uphold it (find that the organisation complained about has not behaved wrongly). If the complaint is upheld, the ombudsman can recommend a financial award of compensation of up to a maximum of ÂŁ25,000; although in practice this is likely to be much less. Acceptance of this award is full and final settlement of the dispute. Should a consumer choose to reject the award they may still take further action in County Court however the findings of the Ombudsman are likely to be considered by the court and could influence the outcome. The Glazing Ombudsman (TGO) offers a simple, hassle-free way to resolve a dispute concerning the installation of conservatories, windows, porches, doors and roofline products. If you would like more information about the Ombudsman please contact: The Glazing Ombudsman 54 Ayres Street London SE1 1EU Tel: 020 7397 7200 Email: Enq 320

Kawneer glazing is a pioneering curtain call in Glasgow Curtain walling from Kawneer features on a Scottish office block redevelopment. The first office block to mixed-use conversion in Scotland to benefit from the Government’s Business Premises Renovation Allowances Scheme has been reclad with Kawneer’s modular curtain walling system for its logistical and quality benefits.

The aluminium system supplier’s unitised or off-site AA®201 curtain walling is now the facade of the 210-bedroom Premier Inn hotel on the corner of West Nile Street and a pedestrianised section of Sauchiehall Street, one of Glasgow’s most popular shopping areas.

“The design was well-received and the level of finish control could be achieved with the off-site system helping to maintain the design quality through to the build. It helps to break up the mass and accentuate the verticality.”

One of the first high rise buildings in the city when it was erected in the 1960s, the former St Andrew House was a 2,500²m mixed-use tower block comprising 15 floors of offices above a two-storey podium of commercial and retail units.

The Kawneer curtain walling has helped to visually soften what was a utilitarian structure, and connection between the podium and tower has been achieved through the use of irregular strips of recessed windows which alternate with external LED lighting helping to create that clear vertical emphasis ... and a landmark building that is highly visible day and night for miles around. It stands on the former site of the Lyric Theatre which was destroyed by fire in 1953 and owing to the fact that the central area of Glasgow is built on a steep drumlin, near whose summit St Andrew House stands, its top-floor rooms are in fact the highest hotel rooms in Glasgow, even more so than the luxury suites on the 20th floor of the Glasgow Hilton.

But recent developments, including the Royal Concert Hall and Buchanan Galleries as well as the redeveloped Cowcaddens, only served to exaggerate its outdated appearance which a £27.5million investment featuring Kawneer’s curtain walling has now rectified. The 14,500m² project involved stripping the podium, which remained occupied during the work and is now the hotel’s reception and restaurant, and the 15 stories above back to their reinforced concrete structure and refurbishing and recladding them with the Kawneer glazing system. This was installed by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor Charles Henshaw & Son for main contractor Mansell Construction to a design by Ryder Architecture for developer Regent Capital Plc. Project architect Stewart McKenna said: “Our brief was to create a visually inspiring landmark building but the construction had limited access so we specified the Kawneer system to make use of unitised offsite production.

Charles Henshaw managing director Tom Lamb said: “St Andrew House was a logistically complex project, with installation taking place on a very tight site above working shop units, which made unitised curtain wall the best option.” Part of a £42million package to build nine Premier Inns, St Andrew House was the largest and most expensive and brings the number of such hotels in Glasgow to four. The BPRAS scheme was introduced to encourage the conversion and renovation of empty properties to help urban renewal in key areas.

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Increase space in the home

In light of recent research from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which says a lack of space is one of the main causes of dissatisfaction with the home*, P C Henderson offers advice to help projects gain vital space through the specification of cleverly designed sliding door gear systems. P C Henderson’s solutions can increase the interior floor space available by the use of sliding door gear systems which provide an easy access solution that is

versatile and silent in use. They can be used as room dividers to create a flexible living space as well as for wardrobe doors which helps create space and allow more light into a property by opening up rooms. In addition, pocket doors glide neatly into the wall cavity to provide a modern aesthetic for dividing rooms or for use with en-suite bathrooms and cupboard doors. With these options, space is created in contrast to a swing door which impacts on the room once opened. In a house with ten 3ft internal doors, up to an additional 70sq ft of usable space can be released in the home by eliminating the room needed for it to swing and function. Andrew Royle, UK Commercial Director at PC Henderson commented: “We’ve been manufacturing sliding door gear systems for over 90 years in the UK now and our British engineered designs offer builders the right combination of high performance and space

saving solutions ideal for both new build and refurbishment projects which are very easy to install . Being clever with the space available is key to creating a comfortable home to live in. “Our sliding and folding door hardware systems are perfect for saving space, maximizing door opening widths, adjusting room sizes and increasing safety by removing an intrusive swing door. We offer a solution wherever a sliding or folding door can work.” Versatile and silent, the Husky 50kg and 100kg sliding door systems are ideal for wardrobe doors and room dividers. Tracks are now available in galvanised steel, aluminum or anodised aluminum, coupled with nylon rollers, Husky provides a low maintenance, durable, high quality solution. For further information about P C Henderson products and services visit – Enq. 145

'Senior's on the Case' To aid and inspire specifiers during the design process, Senior’s have launched a portfolio of sixteen diverse case studies of projects recently completed in the UK. Projects range from the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare to the stunning Marks & Spencer flagship Eco Store at Ellesmere Port. Many of the projects have achieved a BREAAM rating and use a significant amount of glazing, proving that when correctly designed, in conjunction with high thermal efficiency doors, windows and curtain wall framing, glazing actually contributes to sustainability. Designers can specify either high performance aluminium or the ground breaking aluminium timber composite system, ‘Hybrid’. Both profiles are available in a wide range of systems from Senior’s to accommodate any design requirements.

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Heating, Ventilation & Insulation Hunter Ceiling Fans

Gazco Riva2 500 now available as a balanced flue model!

TROX launches X-CUBE compact air handling unit TROX has launched the X-CUBE Compact range of ready-to-use and pre-configured air handling units. The new high efficiency units, for flow rates up to 1.7 m3/sec, have a heat recovery performance of over 80% and even smaller physical footprints. This extends the existing X-CUBE range, which covers flow rates up to 24 m3/sec. TROX now has an air handling unit solution for almost every project from the very largest to the mid-range and the smallest application, and can supply, from a single source, virtually all components required for a complete air conditioning system. For further information Tel: 01842 754545 Email:

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For homeowners who enjoy the ease and convenience of a gas fire, Gazco offers a wealth of highly efficient gas appliances suitable for all styles of home. The Riva2 500 is now available in a new balanced flue version to complement the existing conventional flue model following its successful launch last year. The smallest log effect gas fire in the Gazco range, the Riva2 500 is a desirable choice for many of today’s more modestly proportioned rooms as well as being suited to the standard 22” British fireplace opening. The new balanced flue model has been introduced to allow installation of this outstanding fire into homes with a working chimney. The Riva2 500 gas fire will provide cosy warmth for your home for many cold winter evenings to come! For more information visit: or Enq. 149

A Hunter ceiling fan is stylish, comfortable and energy saving. It can provide a valuable point of interest in a room. Suitable for the home, office, restaurant or anywhere that a fresh gentle breeze is needed. In winter by running in reverse they will make big heating savings. Available in over 40 models.

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Britain’s leading manufacturer of clean burning wood stoves Clearview Stoves offers the complete solution for homebuilders & renovators We are the UK’s largest dedicated manufacturer of clean burning wood stoves, designing, manufacturing and distributing from our ten acre site in Shropshire. With installation and product knowledge unequalled in the industry, we can provide all that is necessary for a trouble free installation. Some of our benefits include: Money saving. Certified for use in smokeless zones. We were the first ever company to achieve this. A heat source that is 70% efficient, most open fires are only 10%. Very easy to light and maintain. They burn for long periods unattended and the ashtray only needs to be emptied every two to three weeks. You are in control of your fuel supply, no longer dependent on the big energy companies. A satisfying and pleasurable way to heat your home. Reduced dependence on fossil fuels. Thousands of accessories and flue components in stock.

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STOCKISTS THROUGHOUT THE UK Brochure Line: 01588 650 123 Dinham House, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1EJ. Tel: 01584 878 100

UK Veneering Specialise in the production of bespoke veneer products by combining lasercutting technology with traditional skills. This gives us the scope to offer our clients a wide range of complementary services from: Areas of activity t Bespoke doors – (We are able t to supply certificated doors to your own design) t Architectural panels t Furniture t Panelling Luxury residential development, Surrey Doors in American Walnut with Oak inlays

Arsenal FC Emirates Stadium: Wall panels and Table tops in American Walnut and European Oak

Corporate Interiors, Kitchen Manufacturers and the Luxury Marine Craft Manufacturers. Our expertise spans a wide range of applications with dedication to quality reflected in every project.

Reception Desk in Qtr-matched American Walnut with Maple inlay

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Laminate helps transform stunning interior

DOCA UK announce new retail partner

The Vault is a stunning new Data Centre in Bootle offering data colocation and workplace solutions. Transition into one of the most modern data facilities in the north-west, the doors, cubicles and conference room desks have all been clad with ‘Stars’ laminate from ABET LAMINATI. Supplied by Plastics & Veneers Liverpool, hundreds of sheets of Stars laminate were used throughout the building to complement the ultra-modern feel and appearance of the interior. The sheets are imbued with photosensitive particles which catch the light and shimmer to create a stunning visual effect coupled with an easy to clean and highly durable surface, available in a comprehensive range of colours, styles and textures. Samples and technical literature are available from Abet’s sample line on tel: 020 7473 6915 or visit

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Following Doca’s strategic retail partner initiative, premium Spanish furniture brand is proud to welcome bespoke interior specialists, Extreme Design, to Doca UK. June 2013 saw Extreme hold an exclusive press launch for the opening of its flagship SW13 showroom. Barnes in London is the third and largest retail showroom from Extreme, boasting an impressive 2,300sqft across two floors. Displaying a selection of high quality bedroom furniture from Doca, to provide Extremes award winning design team with a superior product portfolio to create a truly stuning design options. Pictured above is the Sevilla Series, Blanco Gum Lacquer finish with Coplanar Doors. For further details about DOCA UK, please visit – or call 0203 603 8835

The ‘Bio’ Collection from Compac – naturally. The Nature ‘Bio’ Collection from COMPAC is one of the best kitchen and bathroom quartz work surface ranges on the market – it’s often copied but never equalled. This exciting range, the first to use BIO resins from renewable organic material, offers exceptional hardness, resistance to abrasion, impact and acids and is extremely easy to clean. Thought to be the most technically advanced quartz worksurface available, the Nature ‘Bio’ Collection and has been created with a perfect finish, depth of grain and uniformity of textures and colours. Available in 7 stunning colours including Perlino with its unique veined finish (featured in photograph), standard 3m lengths and a range of thicknesses, For further information on Compac UK products – Tel: 0208 564 93 77 E: or visit:

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feeling extremely comfortable. Every minute detail of the fit out was catalogued and addressed with regular weekly meetings. The communication factor was always going to be important. No stone was left unturned. We are now proud the occupants of one of the smartest financial services offices in London. I would not hesitate in recommending TIG to any of their prospective clients.

reception area conceals the coffee point and copier, whilst allowing light to pass into the space. The reception desk, with timber surround and a glass front displays the FIXI logo in stainless steel; this was positioned in front of the striking feature wall with lighting enhancements over the desk and within the floor. Plasma screens were also installed into either end of the reception area.

The brief required the space to be designed and fitted out as economically and practically as possible, without compromising on quality. The client’s intention was to create a contemporary, bright and accommodating space with a quality finish.

The circulation corridor, leading through the office, uses lighting enhancements to “identify” the direction and route for traffic. With floor mounted “walk-over” up-lighting and recessed/ concealed ceiling lighting to the new MF plasterboard ceiling.

A mixture of full height glass and full height solid partitions were installed with glass print partitions fitted in the meeting room and cellular offices to enable as much light as possible into the internal areas to open up the spaces.

The Interiors Group have over 25 years experience delivering stunning commercial environments. They are widely proven and trusted by both clients and professional project managers to deliver business environments on time and on budget.

The Interiors Group Fit Out FIXI The Interiors Group, whilst working closely with CBRE Project Management team, have recently fitted out London offices for FIXI PLC. The company is an independent brokerage house offering worldwide coverage of foreign exchange, bullion and OTC options. The client required an architectural design which maintained a consistent theme throughout the office space, front of house, common and technical areas, whilst also conveying the client’s image with a high quality fit-out.

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Richard Wynn, CEO of FIXI PLC commented:


Our criteria for new office space was restricted, in that we needed to remain within the square mile. Our search took us immediately next door to 110 Cannon Street. Because of our high demand on IT and technology we decided to appoint a project manager. The detail of the move was extremely intense. The PM put out to tender every aspect of the move. Our image is extremely important to us, therefore the fitting out and furnishing of the new office space was a paramount priority. The Interiors Group put forward an extremely professional and workable budget. The attention to detail and professional service left us

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Freed Veneers is proud to offer the latest and most innovative wood veneer products to date. We have always been at the cutting edge in new developments and technologies, working alongside many of the worlds leading Architects and Designers to bring that unique and often bespoke finish.

the most respected companies worldwide.

For over 30 years we have travelled the world in search of fine veneers that will enhance and grace many a plane, boat, wall panel and furniture piece.

Whether it’s a piece of natural wood veneer or a detailed marquetry pattern with an array of colours we can provide the complete service. Spliced sheets and veneered boards fully lacquered is possible. Our own in house colouring and dying plant can provide a rainbow of colours many to particular clients needs, coupled with a smoking plant which gives that beautiful aged look.

Modern manufacturing plants around the world ensure we maintain a high quality product essential for our customers. Understanding the exact veneer requirements and forming long term relationships are how Freed Veneers continue to be one of

We also manufacture an extensive Prefabricated Engineered veneer range with all kinds of patterns and colours. Designers can choose their own designs too, we are totally open to new ideas and work together with the customer to achieve this. +44 (0)1525 217777

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White Lodge is a stunning whiterendered modernist villa with vast open living spaces and extensive glazing in mature grounds with feature swimming pool. The dream was to build an ultracontemporary, sustainable home in the heart of leafy Surrey on the secluded site of an existing pre-fab bungalow – a bold design statement, far removed from the pitched roof architecture of the area. Having sold their listed manor house a few miles away, the build would mark a new chapter in the owners’ life exchanging traditional grandeur for a highly sustainable contemporary home designed for easy living and entertaining. The build was not without its challenges: Tandridge Council had a long standing planning policy that new builds should match the traditional vernacular of the area. Our clients did not want planning restrictions to preclude them pushing the boundaries of contemporary design to create an iconic home they could be proud of. Another challenge was the sloping topography of the site which threatened to limit the overall footprint of the house and surrounding landscapes. Designs of the site incorporating 480m2 of living space whilst making the most of its setting and the Surrey Downs beyond.

Furthermore, the house was to be both easy and cost effective to maintain with careful attention to renewable energy sources and sustainable materials. Dyer Grimes Architects won approval of the planners by incorporating a three-tiered structure within the sloping site and maximizing the privacy afforded by surrounding trees. The cantilevered design of the house creates the illusion that the structure is hovering effortlessly in the glass-ended swimming pool below. This combines, to stunning effect, with extensive glazing throughout which draws the surrounding landscape into the house and maximizes views from the It also answers the full brief of the a house to entertain in. Arranged around a generous entrance hall, the main living spaces comprise of large sliding walls which disappear into pockets to allow the living, dining and reception rooms to become one open plan space perfect for hosting parties. The clever structural design and innovative construction methods incorporate slender steel columns, high performance glazing and an advanced insulated render system. It is enhanced by intricate detailing including a shadow gap wrapping

around the building between hardwood panels to complement the crisp white render, and a feature glass and timber stair. Sustainability and low maintenance was also integral to the brief. White Lodge provides 12% of its energy usage from renewable sources. powered by the combination of an air source heat pump, solar hot gas boiler. The result – White running costs of their former 4 acre listed country estate. In the words of the owners:” We set out to push the boundaries of ‘country living’ and create a house in which we could live and entertain effortlessly, and without the ongoing maintenance costs of a period country estate. As soon as we met Dyer Grimes Architects we knew we could realize our dream – but we didn’t envisage that the end result would win us such accolades. Hailed a ‘Modern Marvel’ by the Evening Standard and in demand by TV and had Ridley Scott’s team knocking on our door.” DYERGRIMES Architects Enq 340


Complete home Automation with Crestron systems, using iPads to control lighting ,shades, audio and HD Video distribution to 6 zones including a Cinema room. The room shown has a 65” LED screen which retracts into the credensa, when not in use.

This is visually a high impact reception achieved using fifteen high level LCD screens, recessed behind glass with graphic’s. Crestron automates the system with bespoke software delivering mixed media presentations.

Two 52” LCD displays with video conferencing and Crestron control system. All audio visual systems provided by Walcom, together with book matched veneer boardroom table and credenza, housing the AV equipment.

This high specification entrance to a financial building has glass and book matched veneer wood panelling with 42” screens recessed behind the glass. The reception desk has book matched veneer panels with satin finished stainless steel and a granite top.

Projector with ceiling mounted electric screen and Crestron control system. The bespoke credenza unit houses all A.V. equipment. Supplied and installed by Walcom. Enq 328

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

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Interiors & Interior Design Luxury living on the Côte d’Azur Villa Magnolia – paying homage to modernist art With an almost reticent air, the luxury Villa Magnolia nestles against the slope of the mountain above the Côte d’Azur. And yet, the luxury mansion near the small town of Mougins captivates the eye with the strong linearity of its architecture, reminiscent of the great masters of modernist art, and the discreet touches of the Far East which further accentuate the lightness of the building's structure. Both of these features are carried through to the interior of the mansion. One element that remains constant throughout the interior design on the three floors of the mansion is that all nine bathrooms bear the hallmark of Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE. Inspired by the diversity of collections and the many different options for individualising the bathroom as a living space, the Polish architects Sotyrys and Aleksander Pantopulos selected products from the Axor collections designed by Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Jean-Marie Massaud, Antonio Citterio and the Bouroullec brothers. Diversity in design All the bathrooms are located between salons furnished and decorated with design classics ranging from Charles Eames to Arne Jacobsen. High quality in terms of design and materials is combined with sophisticated spatial concepts. The parental bathroom reflects the close connection between nature and comfort that is characteristic of the Axor Massaud collection. The organically shaped bathtub is enclosed in a timber platform, giving the impression of being in a small lake and looking out past the palm and pine trees and onto the medieval town of Mougins on

the hill across the valley. The spacious platform is just one place inviting to rest awhile; others are the outdoor pool on the patio, or the large swimming pool in the landscaped gardens resplendent with the Mediterranean vegetation typical of the South of France. High-quality timbers such as those used for the bathtub in the parental bathroom are a design feature carried right through the entire mansion. Similarly, walls of natural stone such as travertine marble and other kinds of limestone shape both interior and exterior areas of the building. In keeping with Patricia Urquiola’s vision of the bathroom, floor-level windows open out into nature from the bathroom featuring the Axor collection designed by her. An abundance of greenery, spaces bathed in light and a high degree of individuality at the wash basin play a prominent role in the bathroom concept developed by this Spanish designer together with Axor. At Villa Magnolia, the children’s bathroom furnished with colorful patterns harmoniously divides into a bathroom for two.

The value placed on design and state-of-the-art technology is evident not least in the salon bar in the basement, complete with home cinema and billiards, right next to the sauna, gym and the guest bedrooms. The adjoining bathrooms reproduce the spatial concepts developed in collaborations with Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio as well as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Revitalising pleasure is delivered by the showerheads from the Axor Shower Collection, which in the master bathroom feature not once, but twice. Lush wall claddings of whole bamboo stems also take up the theme of nature in this bathroom – as does the illuminated Japanese garden elsewhere on the grounds. Villa Magnolia, completed in 2011 and nestling amongst cypress and olive trees, discreetly conceals the luxury inside. Find out more about Axor on Enq. 160

Technical tiles inspired by nature Solus Ceramics introduces the exciting Fissure range, an innovative series of porcelain tiles that has been developed with revolutionary technology to mimic the natural beauty and texture of stone. The result is a new stoneeffect product with technical properties and the aesthetic variations seen in natural stone. Fissure is available in four versatile sizes including 600x600mm, 300x600mm, a super large format 600x1200mm and a plank shaped 200x1200mm variation.

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The range centres around four main colours including black, grey, white and beige. Each colour is also available in a lined crosscut option or a more abstract vein cut alternative, which reflects the ways natural stone can be cut to create different textures.


Finally this contemporary range can be specified in a number of different finishes. This fantastic range has most recently been supplied to the new Western Transit Shed at Kings Cross in London For more information call: (top photo) to fantastic effect in a 0121 753 0777 reception atrium. or visit– Enq. 161

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Landscaping Brett Landscaping seals its excellence at London 2012

Brett Landscaping supplied a number of paving and kerbing solutions to the London 2012 Games, reinforcing the company’s credentials as a leader in the manufacture and installation of projects combining convenience, safety and aesthetics. One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of hard landscaping materials, Brett was a supplier of paving and kerbing (Olympic venues) to the London 2012 Games, delivering containment and bus boarding kerbs around the Olympic Park assisting the smooth running of the Games’ transportation network, Brett’s solutions – built for long-term durability and aesthetics – underline the legacy elements of the historic event. Outside of London, a significant volume of Alpha Antique, Omega and Beta block paving was installed in the Olympic Sailing Village in Porchester, Dorchester to provide robust and eye-catching paving both during and after the Games. Tel: 0845 60 80 570 Web: Enq. 163

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“The List” is the most highly populated district of Hannover, in the view of many, it is also the city´s most culturally diverse quarter. This is the area where the residential building cooperative Gartenheim eG this year renovated a multi-family residence which is home to a total of 18 tenants. Originally built in 1957, in the 1980´s this house was insulated with an external composite thermal insulation system (ETICS) and rendered in a light beige colour. Described as “dreary, uninspired and as boring as a hundred other houses in the surrounding area” by Dr Günter Haese, Director of the residential building co-operative Gartenheim eG, who developed, together with the architect Larisa Kozjak, the idea of renovating the façade in a way that would turn the building into a modern jewel. Their concept to envelope the building with an uplifting colour scheme and at the same time creating the image of a warm ‘scarf’ around the building led to the development of a ‘knitted design’ for the façade. ROCKPANEL façade panels in six carefully-chosen RAL colours were ‘knitted’ into a stimulating, alternating light and dark coloured pattern all around the building. ‘Haute Couture’ is what the ambitious director named his modernisation project, which for several weeks now has invigorated the image of Isernhagener Straße in Hannover with its charm and striking style. “Here we’ve implemented for the first time a transformation from unappealing insulating covering to noble designer envelope.”, says Dr Günter Haese, who has already set his sights on developing more buildings for Gartenheim eG that will soon be given a non-combustible and vapourpermeable stone wool façade insulation along with an attractively designed façade using ROCKPANEL cladding boards.

Aesthetically successful knitting pattern The architect Dipl.-Ing. Larisa Kozjak remains intrigued by the creative possibilities that have been opened up by the use of the ROCKPANEL Rockclad façade panels: “We’ve replaced a purely functional yet unattractive surface with a highly expressive web structure that surrounds the building like a custom-made suit, so it becomes a feast for the senses instead of being a boring monochrome façade.” However, nothing was left to chance when planning the 700 m2 façade: the deployment of each of the six colours was precisely planned in order to ensure a successful overall aesthetic look. “When using so many and such strong colours, one must be very careful to avoid giving the impression of a thrown-together, muddled mess.”, notes Larisa Kozjak.

Good processing compelling look




Together with the installation company Voss Bedachungen and ROCKPANEL Larisa Kozjak planned the implementation of the entire façade construction in minute detail. 180 mmthick ‘Fixrock’ stone wool insulation slabs from ROCKWOOL were mechanically fastened, without joints, onto the façade creating a fire safe insulated envelope. The Voss employees built an aluminium profile substructure onto which the ROCKPANEL façade panels were attached with rivets. The boards were, in line with the design plan, first cut in the workshop into strips of 2250 mm in width and 3050 mm in length and then mounted in a staggered pattern. “We adjusted the lengths on site with standard wood processing tools.”, explains installation company owner Bernd Voss, who had first worked with ROCKPANEL façade panels two years earlier. “It’s a construction material that I personally value very highly, thanks to its fantastic design on the one hand, but also for its processing characteristics. As a building professional, with ROCKPANEL you can deliver reliably first-class work, which gets both owners and planners quite excited – and of course that’s good both for the builder’s reputation and for securing new orders.“ Bernd Voss also had all of the fastening rivets lacquered and delivered by the manufacturer to match the RAL-colours of the façade panels.

Sustainable makes for better living “We also made a point of explaining the quality of the processed materials to our tenants”, explains Dr Haese. “Both the insulation from ROCKWOOL and the façade cladding from ROCKPANEL are building materials which are recognised in sustainable construction. This means that their eco-balance is good and they are recyclable.” ROCKPANEL façade panels are weather- and UV-resistant and colourfast, can be cleaned if desired. “This guarantees the façade to look good for decades to come, which isn’t always the case for plastered surfaces. In addition, by replacing the existing ETICS systems based on polystyrene insulating materials with stone wool insulation, we have improved the façade’s fire performance thereby increasing the safety of our tenants.” The Managing Director is already planning the next façade renovation with the same products. This time in HannoverHerrenhausen, a district that is renowned for its parks and green spaces. We are eagerly awaiting the design idea that will be implemented together with our planning and construction partners. “With our new ‘designer collection’ on the façades, we are not only eliminating dullness from the residential building, but also setting high standards with regard to technology, material and manual processing.”, as Dr Haese puts it in describing his philosophy. “We want to position ourselves as an exceptional provider of unique but affordable living space. Naturally, ‘Haute Couture‘ has its price, but it also always remains unique and distinctive: quite simply something of enduring value.”

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Wohnungsgenossenschaft Gartenheim eG, Hannover


Architekturbüro Kozjak, Hannover

Building Contractor:

Voss Bedachungen, Hilgermissen

Façade Panels:

ROCKPANEL Group, Roermond


Deutsche ROCKWOOL, Gladbeck

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Lighting & Electrical Lighting the future at The Crystal with Luxonic

The world’s first centre dedicated solely to sustainable urban development has opened in the Royal Victoria Docks, London. The Crystal, which hosts lectures, conferences and an interactive exhibition showcasing the latest cutting edge technologies, uses innovative and energy efficient lighting throughout the complex, with luminaires provided by Luxonic. The Crystal, a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, is a modern echo of the Crystal Palace of 1851, which stunned visitors to the Great Exhibition. The £30m landmark building, its design governed by the concept of a multi-faceted urban world, takes a crystalline form, reflecting the many facets of sustainability. The centre is designed to educate us in sustainable building techniques, technologies and solutions.

Widely expected to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ status, the Crystal also exceeds Building Regulations energy-efficiency targets. In accordance with the underlying aims of the Crystal, lighting is a major contributor to the sustainability of the building. A key partner of Osram, which steered the lighting specification at the Crystal, Luxonic Lighting has provided all the chilled beam luminaires throughout the office areas of the complex, where their sleek, unobtrusive form adds to the modern quality of the interior spaces. The slim beams, suspended from the ceiling, combined with upward lighting, emphasise the spaciousness of the double-height offices. The Flat FPO Lens luminaires provide controlled downlight and have a highly efficient diffuser optic that enhances the visual comfort of the office spaces and

contributes to the aesthetic of the interior. Rune Marki, Managing Director of Osram, said, “The Crystal represents the future of what is possible for the built environment, and we are thrilled to be a part of it. Using the wide range of technologies on offer from the companies in the Osram family and from our key partners such as Luxonic Lighting, we were able to light the Crystal in a flexible, innovative and most of all, energy-efficient manner.”

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Kentec protects the Mary Rose museum

Kentec protects the Mary Rose museum

Kentec fire control panels are at the heart of a fire system that’s designed to protect the stunning and unique £27m new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard where King Henry VIII’s flagship will be housed. The Mary Rose, built in 1509, sank in 1545 in the Solent near Portsmouth during a battle with the French fleet. When the ship capsized, its starboard side became embedded in clay below the soft sediment of the seabed, enabling it to survive intact.

Discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982, the ship has been sprayed for the last 18 years with a chemical to preserve its fragile timbers. This spray has been switched off for the duration of the museum fit-out phase, allowing the ship to be air-dried in a highly controlled, airtight environment within a hot box that’s enclosed by the museum’s new external envelope. In this new museum its hull will be displayed behind glass windows, where visitors will be able to view the historic hull when the museum opens to the public on May 31. As part of the fire safety strategy, horizontal evacuation has been provided by open stairs, to allow simultaneous evacuation of the whole museum. An L1 automatic fire detection designed around a Kentec 4 loop Addressable Fire Detection System is fitted throughout with the main structural frame having a 60-minute fire resistance.

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Roofing & Cladding

Classic upgrade to housing estate The A. Proctor Group have supplied Canjaere Classic Timber Cladding for the renovation of houses in St. Mary’s housing estate in Dundee, which are traditional timber houses to meet Scottish Housing Quality Standards. The main contractors, Dundee City Council Environmental Construction Services, installed Canjaere Classic Tongue and Groove onto the 54 houses which had been stripped of it’s existing cladding. Dundee City Council’s Architects Department specified Canjaere Classic as it offers several advantages over other types of cladding. Canjaere Classic Timber Cladding comes in a range of natural looking colours with a standard 30 year warranty against rot/wood decay, thereby giving the specifier the confidence that this product will last. For further information please visit – or call: Tel: 01250 872 261 Fax: 01250 872 727

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SIG Roofing urges contractors to be vigilant when choosing slate

Bracknell Roofing takes care of Abundant Grace

An increase in incorrectly marked, inferior slate coming into the UK market poses a worrying threat to merchants and contractors, warns SIG Roofing Supplies – the largest distributor of natural slate in Europe.

Leading national building envelope specialist Bracknell Roofing has completed one of the largest tiled roofs in the South of England during the last 12 months.

Following the recent collapse of the slate market in France and the desperate bid by some Spanish quarries to make up their volumes elsewhere, rust-risk (effectively T2) slates are being badged and sold as T1 slate. SIGA’s Slate Category Manager, Joe Bordas explains: “Concern is escalating regarding this situation as UK roofers are being duped into thinking they have a genuine bargain. Slate should be selected from a reputable supplier and a copy of the BS EN12326 Declaration of Performance obtained. This will enable the key physical properties of the slate to be compared in order to ensure it’s up to the job in hand.” Tel: 01480 466 777 or visit Enq. 169

The stunning roof of the 67-bedroom Abundant Grace residential nursing home in Seaford, East Sussex, now defines the building’s whole appearance. Incorporating hips, gables and verandas as well as two complex octagonal garden rooms, the roofs required a number of teams from Bracknell Roofing working on site. “The work carried out by Bracknell Roofing has been excellent – we are very pleased with our new roof,” said Patrick Colville Chairman SCNH ltd. “We always thought that the octagonal hip roof on the orangery would be a challenge for any company, although Bracknell Roofing was able to complete it with ease.” Call: 08705 626800 or visit: Enq. 170

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New Tesco Eco Store and filling station

opens in Corby

Architects Woods Hardwick’s design demonstrates sensitive response to brownfield site development A new format Tesco Eco Store, providing 82,565 sq ft of sales floor and a Petrol Filling Station in a landscaped environment, has been opened in Corby and was designed by Woods Hardwick. After detailed site investigation work at the 7.8 hectare location at St James’s Road, Woods Hardwick has, despite the challenging constraints that existed, achieved a modern and dynamic treatment for a part of Corby that has remained undeveloped for decades. The single-storey supermarket itself is clad in a combination of curtain walling and timber Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) faced in a larch outer rainscreen. The building is topped with Monodraught windcatchers which provide both a statement feature and sustainable natural ventilation to the store. Rooflights provide natural daylight to the salesfloor. The supermarket was designed to cope thermally with the additional demand placed on a building of this size and function. The U-value of the walls was increased from previous trial stores, and SIPs were installed, having been manufactured off-site. Other initiatives include an increase in cycle racks to encourage cycling to work, waste sorting and composting areas in the rear service yard, and rainwater harvesting tanks under the front of the car park. The Corby Tesco Eco Store, the retailer’s 50th Regeneration Partnership store, has achieved a BREAAM ‘Very Good’ rating. One of the largest of its kind built to date, the store has also provided for 300 new jobs in the area. Specifically, the striking design of the Petrol Filling Station (PFS) main canopy with its dramatic sweeping form inspired by a Fibonacci curve has created a new landmark. This both creates a new gateway to the retail site, but also a visual link to two other modern landmarks - the new railway station and the Corby Cube, which houses council offices, a library and theatre.

Project overview

Ellen Jones, lead architect for the project at Woods Hardwick says: “This was a challenging and exacting brief to work on. Our response was driven by the complexity of the site’s heritage and the context that what was principally an out of town development was to be treated and viewed as an in-town development.” The development features a range of responses which reconnect the project to the area as a whole. Working with the local community, consideration has been given and issues addressed around pedestrian and cycle access and routes through and from the site. An ecology zone wraps around the site allowing species such a newts to be re-homed, and links to another environmental zone to form an eco corridor. Extensive planting, avenues of trees and positioning of bench seats address the desire to achieve an enhanced landscaped environment and add texture to the site. The development has contributed significantly to the regeneration of this part of Corby and maintains the Borough’s emphasis on modern design in “its battle against becoming a clone town”. From the ground up, all environmental criteria were addressed at the site from the outset to incorporate the most effective treatments. It was possible to approach the development in this way as the Woods Hardwick team was able to work closely with the developer and with their client Tesco. It was also critical the team worked closely with the Environment Agency. The area, acquired by Mulberry Developments, was formally known as Soothills. A brownfield site, the land had been contaminated through its association with the Corby Steel Works. No harmful materials were left on site after decontamination work over a period of years but the presence of sulphur could, when wet, cause ground heave. This unique challenge was overcome in part through the decision to build on piles and enable the ground to be encapsulated. The tubular recycled steel piles used were manufactured originally in Corby and had a previous life on North Sea oilrigs. Alongside the steel piles are concrete piles and together they form the base to enable the floating construction to sit above ground and be isolated from it.

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Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors

UK Guide to Good Practice

F• T• M• R• C

in Fully Supported Metal Roofing and Cladding 2nd Edition

AVAILABLE NOW! Tabbed easy to read sections

Tables and charts

Over 100 illustrations!

The 2 Edition of the FTMRC UK Guide to Good Practice in Fully Supported Metal Roofing and Cladding is now available in both laminated hardback and soft cover versions, containing 96 pages of technical information, more than 100 illustrations, plus tables, charts and full colour photographs. This essential guide for designers and installers is set out in tabbed, easy to read sections covering the general detailing requirements for aluminium, copper, galvanised and stainless steel and zinc roofing and cladding. Its laminated design format provides a durable publication for use on site, in the office or workshop. Copies can be purchased from the FTMRC by completing the order form below and returning it with the appropriate payment. A receipted invoice will be enclosed with the Guide. nd

The Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors Centurion House, 36 London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1AB Tel: 01342 301627 Fax: 01342 303200 Email:


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Please send the FTMRC UK Guide to Good Practice in Fully Supported Metal Roofing and Cladding copies of the hard cover version @ £45.00 + £5.00 postage and packaging Total £ copies of the soft cover version @ £40.00 + £5.00 postage and packaging Total £ Payment enclosed / transferred* to your bank Total £ * please delete as appropriate





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Told You So


Roofing Specialists Fighting Back The ongoing price war in metal roofing has the marketplace continuing under siege from contractors trying to win projects by heavily undercutting prices to clients that have been persuaded the bottom line is all that matters. Victims in this downward spiral of price versus quality are the traditional roofing contractors that know the cost of doing a job properly and yet are constantly under pressure to take short cuts in order to “win” work. An increasing number of specialists are however now turning away from this “work at any price” nightmare scenario and refusing to compromise their standards. What these traditional roofing contractors are now finding is that those clients that initially shunned them and went for the cheapest price option are now actively seeking them out to go on site and put right all the problems that have been caused in the interim by their “lowest price” first choice. The penny is gradually starting to drop that as far as traditional metal roofing is concerned, cheapest price today could well be causing problems tomorrow and there is no substitute for the long term value for money provided by an experienced expert. Most of the outstanding metal roofing companies whose expertise lies in the design and installation of traditional aluminium, copper, zinc, stainless and zinc roofing and cladding are members of the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC), an organisation that very much has quality standards as its watchword. The FTMRC takes its responsibilities to the sector much further than just a contractor “club” and has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives designed to raise the standards of traditional metal roof design and installation. For a start it requires potential members to put forward projects for vetting which will be inspected at roof level by an experienced member of the FTMRC Council. Even if accepted, the policy of members providing projects to be vetted continues on a regular basis and anyone failing to maintain the standards required has their membership withdrawn.



There is also a commitment to training the next generation of metal roofers and the Federation has worked closely with its manufacturing associates (which include most of the major European producers) to develop a progressive hard metals training programme, delivered at the LSA National Roof Training facility in Kent. To back this up the Federation has designed and published, with the support of funding from the CITB a UK Guide to Good Practice in Fully Supported Metal Roofing and Cladding, the first publication of its kind to properly address UK design and installation issues covering aluminium, copper, stainless steel and zinc detailing. Manufacturers are now offering extended warranties for their products if installed by FTMRC members and the Federation is currently examining the parameters which could enable members to offer a 25 year labour and materials warranty for their work, independently insurance backed and administered, but policed by the Federation..

The growing authority of the Federation has also recently been recognised by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) who have authorised the FTMRC to process all applications for the new Gold Heritage Skills card in Traditional / Heritage Metal roofing and any contractor wishing to apply for the card during the current Managed Industry Accreditation (grandfather rights) period should contact the FTMRC direct (01342 301627 or email There is a growing recognition that getting a traditional metal roof designed, set out and installed by someone with the appropriate expertise and experience provides much better value for money in the long term. That not all metal roofing contractors are the same and that some simply do not have enough knowledge or skill to do the job properly, regardless of how small or large a project may be. That sometimes lowest price should be taken as a warning, not an opportunity. Don’t say we didn’t tell you. Enq 334

The Federation can therefore recommend its members with confidence to any specifier looking for the proper installation of a traditional metal roof and there is an increasing trend of members being asked to go back to site to investigate and put right problems caused by a contractor whose design knowledge, hands on skills and practical experience were simply not good enough. The irony is FTMRC members have often been involved with tendering for the work in the initial stages and had warned the client / architect that the job simply could not be done correctly at some of the price levels that were being quoted. As a result of these warnings going unheeded the clients face (often considerable) further costs to put right a job that should have been done correctly in the first place. There must be a real temptation to put “I told you so” at the end of the remedial works inspection report. FTMRC commitment to quality standards extends beyond a responsibility to its membership. |

Ceramic Granite An exceptionally versatile façade solution ”Across all sectors of the market, ceramic granite is the first choice for an increasing number of architects looking for a premium quality façade finish,” says Brian Newell, chief executive of Lancashire manufacturer and prefabricator Shackerley (Holdings) Group Limited, the UK’s leading supplier of ceramic granite ventilated facade systems.

Hotels - PHP architects specified starkly contrasting travertine and black polished ceramic granite façades to complement the striking design of the new Hotel La Tour in Birmingham

A fully vitrified precision engineered material, ceramic granite is made entirely from natural materials - refined clays, quartz, feldspars and metal oxides - pressed into large format slabs at extremely high pressures and fired at 1260°C, to form a material superior in strength and performance to any ‘natural’ stone, without bonding agents. Whilst it can be supplied in a myriad of different styles, colours and finishes to meet the most demanding aesthetic specifications, the real beauty of ceramic granite is that it can be produced to resemble stone such as marble or granite in its naturally hewn format. Ceramic granite is exceptionally hardwearing (up to 8 on the Mohs scale) and without the flaws and weak points inherent in many quarried materials, façade panels of just 12mm thickness, (approx 25kg/ m2) can offer outstanding building protection, comparing very favourably with traditional cladding materials. Loadings on the substructure and building are reduced and panels are easier to manoeuvre and install. Overall, the costs of

procurement, prefabrication and installation of a ceramic granite ventilated façade are significantly less than for a quarried stone construction. With almost zero porosity, ceramic granite conforms to all international freeze/thaw resistance standards and is totally resistant to airborne pollution, algae growth and most acids and alkalis. Graffiti can be removed with ease. Because of its impermeability and through-body colouration, patterns and graining, its appearance will not fade, however extreme the weather conditions and UV light exposure. We supply our ceramic granite facade panels in a prefabricated ‘installation ready’ format, for use in conjunction with our patented Queen’s Award winning Sureclad ventilated facade system which employs a special undercut anchoring system to provide a safe, secure and stress free fix. We developed Sureclad over a decade ago, enabling the A & D community across the UK to benefit from the aesthetic and technical benefits of ceramic granite ventilated cladding and the system is fully compliant with CWCT standards for systemised building envelopes and NHBC technical requirements. At our ISO 9001 quality accredited production facilities in Lancashire we have an extensive range of specialist prefabrication facilities and our experienced technical team can also offer expert advice at every stage during the specification, design and installation of your façade system.

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Education - Ryder Architecture chose Shackerley’s ceramic granite ‘to give a sense of grandeur’ to the new University Centre at Grimsby Institute


’ office in Bristol is one of the UK’s most energy efficient buildings. We provided the architecture design, carbon consultancy and design engineering for our new office which resulted in it being awarded a BREEAM excellent rating – the UK’s most widely used environmental assessment for buildings. Overall carbon emissions are more than a third lower than expected for a building of this type.

The Hub was designed as a showcase for Atkins’ Carbon Critical Design offering – combining a pragmatic design, flexible use of space, and the most energy efficient engineering. Key features include chilled beams, automated windows, energy efficient lighting, a ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting. The building is also ‘low carbon ready’ so that it can integrate with future innovations when they come along. | +441905338247 | Enq 336

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40 years of expertise – 3M relaunches E-A-R brand of classic earplug Diversified technology company 3M is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its best-selling E-A-R brand Classic Hearing Protector with a new educational microsite, Discovery Kits, and free prize draw. E-A-R brand Classic by 3M is the world’s first foam ear plug and 40 years on, remains one of the most widely-used earplugs in the world. The microsite, which can be accessed at, is dedicated to promoting the benefits of this small yet essential product, including attenuation, comfort and ease of fit. Visitors to the microsite will be able to view new videos introducing the market-leading features of the earplugs, download useful product information highlighting the key benefits for end users, and apply for their free E-A-R brand Classic Discovery Kit. Visit and request your E-A-R brand Classic Discovery Kit before 12 August 2013. Enq. 172

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Reflex Systems goes all gold

Aico, one of the UK's leading suppliers of domestic mains powered Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, is pleased to announce its market-leading RadioLINK Professional wireless interconnection technology has been upgraded to feature remote House Code entry and the ability to add full control to mixed (or 'hybrid') hard-wired and RF systems. RadioLINK works by allowing Aico Multi-Sensor, Smoke, Heat and CarbonMonoxide (CO) alarms to be wirelessly interconnected by Radio Frequency (RF) signals, rather than cabling. If one alarm on the system is triggered, RF signals cause every other alarm on that system to sound, providing the earliest warning to the building's occupants. RadioLINK has now been further enhanced to allow for Remote House Code entry, which can save time and get over access issues when installing smoke alarms into HMOs and flats. Please visit – Enq. 173

Reflex Systems, the specialist provider of integrated security and fire life safety systems, is pleased to announce it has secured two Gold accreditations from NACOSS (National Approvals Council for Security Systems) and BAFE (British Approvals for Fire and Equipment). NACOSS is an independent not-for-profit supervisory body that is responsible for ensuring its member companies are fully compliant with security industry standards and codes of practice. BAFE is an independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry which delivers the same assurances to customers through rigorous assessment relating to the fire industry, both are increasingly conditions that are stipulated by insurers and specifiers alike. For more details about Reflex Systems – Tel: 0800 542 3333 or visit – Enq. 174

All-in-one CCTV cameras for interior and exterior applications

Swansea Council enhances Aico Fire & Co alarm installation programme

ACS FCO is a new generation, clear, waterborne fire retardant, surface applied impregnation liquid for protecting timber and timber related substrates. Tested in accordance with EN13501 on softwoods, hardwoods, and particleboard achieving a rating of B/S1/d0 (equivalent to Class 0 & 1 to UK Building Regulations).

With their versatile and innovative features, the latest highresolution all-in-one CCTV cameras from Siemens cover the full spectrum of security applications. Available are an indoor model, two indoor/outdoor models ready-fitted in IP66 heated enclosures, and an IP66 fixed-dome vandalresistant model.

Following its specification of Aico as its sole supplier of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms for its housing stock in 2010, Swansea City Council has now fitted more than 9,000 properties with Aico mains powered Multi-Sensor Fire alarms, Optical smoke alarms and CO alarms. When completed, 14,000 homes will benefit from the Aico alarms.

ACS FCO can be easily applied to a wide variety of surfaces including, floors, timber framing, panelling, decking, soffit board, fencing and cladding, both interior and exterior. FCO is part of a range of fire retardant and intumescent paints available from Advanced Chemical Specialties Ltd.

The new cameras are fast and easy to install and set up. They offer automatic day/night operation with wide dynamic range (WDR) technology that allows them to capture clear images even in difficult lighting conditions.

The original decision to specify solely Aico alarms throughout Swansea City Council’s housing stock was based on the quality of the alarms. The Council remain pleased with their decision, benefitting from a reduction in false alarms from those properties fitted with Aico alarms and a minimal failure rate compared with the previous detectors used, resulting in cost savings on maintenance call outs.

New and easy fire protection. For sheds, cladding and other timbers


The original just got better Aico Radioline wire free alarm interconnection system

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To provide maximum flexibility and to ensure suitability for use in even the most demanding applications, the top model in the range incorporates the unique Siemens infrared/white light illumination system. For further information please contact: Security Products for Siemens, T: 01291 437920; E: Enq. 176

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Stone & Stonework Tile brand Rako expands its range for “Rock” and “Unistone” Versatile, highly resilient, individually applicable

This year tile brand Rako provides two of its current series with significant programme extensions: “Rock” and “Unistone” – both currently on top of the company's bestseller lists for both private and object spaces – can therefore also distinguish themselves as versatile Rako series. Tile series “Rock“ was ranked among the stars of Czech tile brand Rako’s offer, with its granite look and application possibilities in both indoor and outdoor areas, for private and object sectors, for walls and floors. Also the choice of colours now offers an abundance of opportunities. “Unistone“ - One for all For its porcelain stoneware series “Unistone“, Rako additionally introduces a matching wall series this year: Plaincoloured tiles in the five series colours white, beige, grey-brown, grey and also a matching striped decor and colour coordinated listelli to create holistic room concepts. For further information – Phone: +420 378 021 111 E-mail: or visit – Enq. 178

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