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Issue 07 2017

3SHOEBOX House OFIS Architects The Villa is located in Trnovo within the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is renovation of a small existing house dating from 1934

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In this issue.. 3SHOEBOX House The Villa is located in Trnovo within the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is renovation of a small existing house dating from 1934.

Warehouse of Time This architecture is a renovation of a brick warehouse built in 1896

1st Horizon opens new purpose-built HQ A leading surveying and engineering company has invested £500,000 in a new purpose-built headquarters in Yorkshire.

The Glasshouse Glen Thomas Architecture’s latest project, ‘The Glasshouse’, is a radically contemporary development of a stunning three-story Victorian house in a Welsh conservation area, for a couple and their two children.

Pick Everard Reaches High Point On Landmark Build For Lancashire Police A MULTI-million pound scheme to deliver brand new, state-of-the-art facilities for Lancashire Constabulary reached a key milestone last week (12 July).

Another House of the Neighbourhood They ask us to extend the house, to live intensely the garden and to dispose of the attainable landscape; Nothing that has not done almost all the neighbours from this cheap houses neighbourhood of the fifties.

Bruceshaw Completes Ryder Court Bruceshaw announce the completion of Ryder Court, a 70,000ft2 building located in the London St James conservation area.

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Hilton St Anne’s Manor Hilton St Anne’s Manor are delighted to announce the completion of their latest refurbishment programme. The comprehensive rejuvenation project includes a redesign of 30 newly refurbished double double bedrooms in our Buckhurst Wing, plus the complete refurbishment of our Buckhurst Suite. All of our Buckhurst Wing rooms have beautiful garden or woodland view, and some have either a balcony or terrace. The look and feel of the guest rooms is modern/contemporary, yet

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New £30 Million Science Teaching & Research Centre Completed In Lincoln THE ISAAC Newton Building – an historic addition to the University of Lincoln – has been completed, transforming the university’s science offering. The building was delivered by Pick Everard – the independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy – Maber Architects, BAM Construction and Yonder, and has marked a significant milestone in the university’s STEM investment. Pick Everard’s services were procured under the Scape Project Management and Quantity Surveying framework, which has since been superseded by the Scape Built Environment Consultancy framework. “This project was completed in two phases and has created a new home for the University’s

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schools of computer science, engineering and maths and physics – transforming the site and creating a modern, state-ofthe-art centre for generations of students to benefit from,” said Shirley Ashford, associate at Pick Everard. The second phase features new engineering, testing and research facilities including EMC (Electromagnetic Capability) rooms and semi anechoic chambers as well as laser labs, virtual reality spaces for computer sciences, robotic teaching spaces, and a 500 seat lecture theatre. “We delivered quantity surveying services to complete the 8,000m² building – which sits as a major extension to the existing Engineering Hub at the Brayford Pool campus in Lincoln city centre.

RIBA responds to Grenfell Tower Inquiry terms of reference Responding to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry terms of reference, RIBA President Jane Duncan said: “The RIBA is supportive of the aims of Sir Martin MooreBick’s inquiry. It is right that the terms of reference includes an examination of the adequacy of building and fire regulations, as well as other areas relating

to the construction of Grenfell Tower and other high rise residential buildings. “It is disappointing however that the terms of the Inquiry do not explicitly mention the overall regulatory and procurement context for the construction of buildings in the UK. We consider this examination crucial to understanding the

often complicated division of design responsibilities and the limited level of independent oversight of construction. These pervade many current building procurement approaches prevalent in the public and housing association sectors. Such regulatory and procurement concerns should not be dismissed as they would

have helped set the full context for the decisions that were made at Grenfell Tower and at other residential buildings. This is the missing piece of the puzzle and we will continue to make this case over the course of the inquiry, and to UK Government and others.”

De Montfort University Building Named Best In The East Mids DE MONTFORT University’s (DMU) newest addition to its Leicester campus – the Vijay Patel building – has been hailed as the best educational building in the East Midlands at the LABC Awards (Local Authority Building Control). The £42 million centrepiece to the university’s campus, which is home to Leicester’s art and design courses, beat off stiff competition from across the region and will now be judged at a national level to be in with the chance of being named the best educational building in the UK. “This is a huge honour and we’re delighted to have been recognised at such a high level for the fantastic work the teams have put into creating such a spectacular building,” said Nick Gregory, director at CPMG Architects – which designed the Vijay Patel building. A new six storey building engages with the redeveloped 11-storey tower and CLASP (Consortium of Local Authorities Special Programme) buildings, creating a stunning new home for the art and design faculty. - 9


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The Villa is located in Trnovo within the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is renovation of a small existing house dating from 1934. Old house was designed by architect Emil Navinsek, known for inovation space concepts of a school non-corridor plan. He designed the house next to his residence for his two unmarried eldery sisters who lived together in a small surface of only 50m2 per floor. The street where the house is situated was mostly built in the 60s and 70s with

typical one family residential houses made in combination of white plaster render and dark wood cladding. The extension is creating different intersection between old and new part on each floor ... is composed of 3 cube volumes, each in a proportion of a shoebox like existing house floorplan. Boxes are stacked with 90 degrees shifts creating overhangs and terraces. The volumes

are claded in dark wood – spruce vertical lattice - in the context of the street architecture. The structure is combination of a concrete base, metal frames and wooden substructure. Interior of the new part is formed mostly by wall cladding creating integrated wardrobes and walls. The old house is simply renovated keeping all the existing textures and materials. Interior of an old - 13

house and new extension are connected in different ways – new extension perforates through the old walls creating associated facilities: groundfloor as a living area, first floor with kids rooms and guest room, top floor with master bedroom and living. The heart of the house – intersection of volumes and connector of old and new is a staircase attached to a main vertical concrete wall. Inspired by Adolf Loos interiors forms elevated podiums, niches, wardrobes, small sitting areas and is partly extended into small spaces in the existing part of the house creating private living areas on each floor.

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Size Really Does Matter! As part of a £23.75m re-development project to provide visitors with an enhanced museum experience, James Latham recently supplied a number of Moralt 54mm FireSmoke door blanks which have been used in the radical transformation of the National Army Museum in Chelsea. International architectural practice BDP - who were commissioned to carry out a complete upgrade of the existing museum – specified the door blanks, appointing the main contractors Gilbert-Ash, who in turn appointed Essential Designs, Doors & Joinery of Castle Dawson in Belfast to carry out the internal joinery work.

Steven Dennard, Group door manager for James Latham explained, “As you would expect, within the specification, there were a number of fire safety requirements to be considered. Large areas of glass characterise this modern building, enhancing the high ceilings and spacious exhibition rooms and these required correspondingly large internal fire doors.

The museum was officially re-opened in March 2017 by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and has been transformed into five bright thematic galleries - Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight - that provide a space to explore and discuss the British Army and its relevance to society from fashion and films to flood defences and conflict.

“Moralt’s Laminesse FireSmoke 54mm door cores proved to be the perfect solution offering the architect the ability to attain the requirement of high and wide double doors which were also fire rated to 60 minutes. “

The refurbishment, which took three years to complete and included £11.5 million from The National Lottery, has also given the museum a front door directly on to the road and it hopes the changes will increase visitor numbers from the 247,000 before it closed to 340,000 a year. - 19

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This architecture is a renovation of a brick warehouse built in 1896. It was designed and built 120 years ago by Shimizu-ten (currently one of the biggest construction companies in Japan) to storage cocoons, which were high-end products and uses the latest technology at that time. It could be seen in the high-quality bricks and laying of it, the large column-free space of 9m by 36m achieved by a king post truss and the window fittings that could ventilate and control humidity. This was the first time in Japanese history that a brick building achieved the same quality built in the western countries. Eventually it became a national listed building as a valuable industrial heritage and a preservation and renovation project was planned to transform it to a community center for the city of Honjo.

A preliminary research was conducted by a team of Waseda University across various fields, such as history, structure, material, urbanism and disaster management and several things became clear. The existing architecture’s brick wall and timber truss were still acting as structural elements even today, but the yield strength on the short side was insufficient. Another thing was that, there were no detailed drawings when it was completed existing and several renovations were conducted since it was privately owned. The information gained from the research were fragments due to the warehouse being 120 years old. However, it became a valuable clue to determine the direction of the renovation. Through the collaboration of this research team and us architects, 2 themes for this project were

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determined. One is the seismic reinforcement not interfering with the existing space of brick masonry and timber truss as much as possible and another is the spatial design where we deal with the traces of the conversions pragmatically, as representation of the past events. The seismic reinforcement was done by steel structure, in order to clearly distinguish with the existing architecture and we aimed to have the same seismic performance as a contemporary architecture. The insufficient yield strength of the short side was reinforced with the horizontal elements such as the floor of the upper storey and roof, where it becomes completely unseen when completed. The vertical elements such as columns becomes the minimum size by mutually depending on the existing brick wall and appears as a contrast to the brick space. Scrap and build is the dominant culture in Japanese architecture and even if we were able to preserve old buildings, the existing structure is usually only used as a façade. It was innovative for us in Japan that we were able to structurally evaluate and utilize the existing architecture. The existing architecture was built in the eclectic period of the new Western tectonics and the traditional Japanese tectonics, resulting in the mixed use of Japanese and Western order (dimension system). For instance, the beams are built in the Japanese traditional module “Shaku” whereas the columns are built in the Western module “inch”, and other elements are built in different modules, thus a gap occurs

between them. The seismic reinforcement is carefully inserted in these gaps of different orders, so it is possible to detach them in the future. The traces of the conversions are the results of the gap between the change of the function and the space. We thought of them not as defects but as the representation of the accumulated events of the past. This doesn’t mean to leave the past renovations as it is. We removed the unnecessary and repaired the broken parts, but didn’t try to imitate or restore them to the original. This skillful handling was the most important point in the spatial design of the renovation. Sometimes it might become grotesque but we kept in mind more of the pragmatic firmness of them. We would be glad if people could think of this architecture as a prototype for preservation and renovation projects where there is few documents and little construction budget. It is not about reversing the flow of time, but reconstructing its history by connecting the historical fragments left through filling the gaps with imagination and connect them to the future. This is an archaeological way of thinking in architecture and here stands the meaning of architects to participate in renovation projects of old architecture. When you actually visit the warehouse, it would seem that the architect didn’t do anything. However, that is the most fortunate thing for this architecture. - 23

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1st Horizon opens new purpose-built HQ A leading surveying and engineering company has invested £500,000 in a new purpose-built headquarters in Yorkshire. 1st Horizon, which specialises in 3-dimensional laser scanning of buildings and surveying for underground pipes and cables, has turned a former fizzy drinks factory into its new home. The company will officially open ‘The Old Pop Factory’ on 6 July where it will invite customers to see the new premises and watch demonstrations of its full product range in action. The company was one of the first in the UK to invest in 3D scanners which are used in anything from sewage works and reservoirs, to supermarkets and schools. It has recently completed a large survey for the M1 Smart motorways scheme – one of the largest survey projects in the UK currently. Jim Garside, 1st Horizon’s managing director, said: “We have always placed a

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space which will enable us to develop the 1st Horizon brand and expand our service portfolio, while providing an inspiring workplace for employees. “Our new location in Dodworth, Barnsley also provides excellent local facilities and better recruitment opportunities, with good links to nearby towns and cities.” Set up in 2006, 1st Horizon employs 30 staff including five apprentices who now work at the state-of-the-art facility. The company offers a complete survey, 3D laser scanning and engineering service - providing expertise for anything from simple reduced level surveys, to detailed laser scans and intelligent 3D modelling. 1st Horizon is able to provide both nationwide and global support for construction, design, development and infrastructure. For more information about 1st Horizon go to - 29


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of the project with particular emphasis on the historic nature of the listed buildings and the setting in which they stand. The Ketley Staffordshire Blue pavers were used in a particular way to help define spaces and break up what is essentially a large space. Different brick styles, sizes and bonds were used to aid this approach. The diamond chequered pavers were used in areas close to the buildings to define pedestrian priority spaces, the 2 panel pavers were used in the central area which is used for vehicular access and these were separated with the

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The Glasshouse Glen Thomas Architecture's latest project, 'The Glasshouse', is a radically contemporary development of a stunning three-story Victorian house in a Welsh conservation area, for a couple and their two children. Although the clients brief was to preserve much of the original elements of the property, their main desire was LIGHT. In a dark, damp old Victorian structure, this was a big task to undertake. Working closely with the Structural Engineer, many of the load bearing walls were

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demolished, allowing for an open plan interior, whilst allowing a flood of natural light into the core of the house.

views of the sky and the tree lined avenue adjacent to the property, which can now be seen from anywhere on the ground floor.

The more recent addition of a double height flat roof extension was removed and replaced with a 9m long structural glass roof which had to be made in Germany and craned into position.

Throughout the house, full height sliding pocket doors emerge from open spaces, allowing for rooms to be secretly sub-divided, creating a flexible spatial environment for its inhabitants. The new Anthracite aluminum clad, flat roof rear extension, formed a seamless internal continuation of the open plan Kitchen / Dining space, framing the garden. The

The rear ground floor walls were replaced with full height glass walls. The new, transparent skin of the structure welcomes

hand made Eucalyptus wood and gray matt lacquer kitchen, the drop down cinema screen, the frameless glass steamroom and the integrated home audio and lighting systems, create a perfectly modern and detail engineered environment - a sympathetically designed, contemporary living space, within the fabric of a beautiful Victorian home.

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Kent Construction Week The Kent Event Centre welcomes Construction Expo back on Thursday October 5th 2017. This FREE Expo brings together construction professionals from the South East and across the UK, combining an exhibition, conference and large demonstration areas. 2016 saw over 3,000 delegates and more than 200 exhibitors including some of the UK’s largest contractors. Project updates and industry challenges discussed Once again, Construction Expo will be hosting keynote speakers, panel sessions and workshops that will update you on major developments and regeneration projects and look at new opportunities along with discussing critical industry topics. Areas that will be covered include: • Find out how to take advantage of £billions of projects •

Major developments and regeneration projects update

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The latest on digital construction including an update on BIM

Construction in the 2025

How can we develop talent for the construction sector?

Improving the competitiveness of the market

What is stopping you building?

As ever it will provide a great opportunity for business leaders to meet, network and collaborate. One of our great highlights – FREE Meet the Buyer As one of the few completely free Meet the Buyer opportunities in the UK, this year will see over 600 appointments available with 30 top purchasers and decision makers. This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of some of the leading contractors, suppliers and public sector departments. Appointments will be offered initially to exhibitors and then opened to all delegates

on a first come first served basis. Construction Expo Breakfast and Dinner Construction Expo kicks off with 2 great breakfast speakers. Professor Richard Scase will be looking at “Why autonomous/ robotic vehicles will save the planet” and as the latest report on the state of the construction industry indicates some all too familiar issues Sandi Rhys Jones OBE will discuss “Modernise or die”. Book your place now at This year the dinner will see the brilliant Brian Blessed, OBE speaking. Renowned for his booming voice, he is famous for work on the stage, television, radio and in films. He's attempted Everest three times and is the oldest man to have walked to the magnetic North Pole. Tickets are on sale now at http:// To find out more please go to . If you are interested in exhibiting please call Penny on 01732 758530 or email or if you’d like to work with us please

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What’s Happening In There? have to keep the public out - but you don’t ... We even take the You water falling nto roads (and let’s face it we get uite a lot around here!). need to keep them in the dark. United Utilities use their site fencing to carry a description of what is going on - which improves public relations because when people realise that the70,000 disruption is for the long-term good they don’t complain (well, not so much).

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Pick Everard Reaches High Point On Landmark Build For Lancashire Police A MULTI-million pound scheme to deliver brand new, state-of-the-art facilities for Lancashire Constabulary reached a key milestone last week (12 July). A topping out ceremony, which recognises reaching the highest point of the build, was held at what will become the force’s new headquarters for its west division in Blackpool with guests including police officers, police staff and Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw. The project is being delivered through Scape Group’s national Major Works framework as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s capital programme.

largest ever investment and will replace the current Bonny Street Police Station, which is no longer fit for purpose. “Pick Everard is responsible for project delivery from start to finish, which has included navigating a challenging twoyear period to develop the brief, undertake extensive stakeholder engagement and develop designs with full constabulary and stakeholder sign off,” added Jon. “Working together, we have overcome numerous obstacles by implementing strong project governance and communication, helping to steer the project forward to the point we are at today. Furthermore, we are on target to complete the build by 2018.”

Jon Parry, regional director at Pick Everard, said: “The topping out ceremony has marked an important milestone for this project and we are excited to have reached this point in the scheme, which will provide state-of-theart facilities for Lancashire Constabulary.”

Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon managing director for the North, said: “We have taken our learning from other police force projects we’ve been involved in and applied our experience here.

The new building, located close to the M55 on Clifton Road, represents the force’s

“Through the contract with the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office we are also

ensuring that the work carried out benefits the local economy and have set a target that 75 per cent of the project spend will be with local SMEs, with 20 per cent spend coming from companies located within a ten mile radius, rising to 75 per cent spend within 40 miles.” Ian Cosh, director of resources at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “It’s great to see the new headquarters, which will drive forward policing in the area, really starting to take shape. I firmly believe that the building will help us to provide a better quality of service to the public.” PCC Clive Grunshaw, added: “The new headquarters will no doubt be a landmark building once complete and it’s exciting to see it take shape. Through my Social Value Policy I am committed to ensuring that this project has a positive impact on the community and the local economy and I’m pleased to see that the majority of the spend for the new build is taking place within Lancashire.” - 47

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Civils Expo 2017 highlights the latest in civil engineering and infrastructure Civils Expo, the UK’s leading event dedicated to civil engineering and infrastructure, will once again bring together leading suppliers of the latest technologies, systems and products for the sector when it returns to Birmingham NEC from 10-12 October 2017. Visitors can expect new product launches, the latest software demonstrations and technical advice from a range of exhibitors across the three-day event. A detailed seminar programme will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about upcoming significant projects as well as increase their network with a range of business leaders from across the industry. The highlights of the show range from launches of materials which will transform building activity, to the latest efficient technologies for management of site activity, with more to be announced in due course. Exhibitors already signed up to launch new products, showcase software and provide technical advice include HS2, Groundforce UK, CEMEX, Breedon Group, the Scaffolding Association and Spire Environmental

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Consultants Ltd, and Bluebeam. Leading figures from across the industry will also attend the show, such as Crossrail, Heathrow, BAM Nuttall, Kier, Transport for the North and Highways England, where they will debate the industry’s most pressing topics and discuss the challenges and opportunities currently facing the sector. The seminar programme for Civils Expo has been designed to inform and educate visitors about the planning and implementation of significant projects, as well as introduce them to suppliers so they can learn about new products, gain skills and make long-lasting contacts. One of the show’s biggest attractions will be The Infrastructure Hub, which will explore the process of planning, designing and building a variety of projects from road infrastructure and rail infrastructure through to airports and seaports. Topics such as future proofing infrastructure and construction, sustainability in business, drones, offshore wind turbines and connecting Britain to the world post-Brexit will be discussed at the show, while projects

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cooling costs on warmer days. Large glass panels are frequently chosen in contemporary architecture, while excessive sunlight can cause overheating, disruptive reflections on screens and discoloration of the furniture and decor. An efficient outdoor sunscreen – sun control blades for the frame, brisesoleil above the window, sliding panels or wind-resistant screens – enables the occupants to enjoy the sun at any time of the day. The systems stop the sun rays from heating the interior, without disturbing the garden view. Architectural unity Aluminium blades provide striking facades with straight continuous lines. The ventilation and sunscreen systems are hardly noticeable from the inside, while invisible door systems ensure that closed doors and walls appear as one, without any disruptive frames and hinges. Outdoor climate in style Whatever the weather, people like to spend as much time as possible outside. There you need to consider nature’s elements. Renson offers a complete range of aluminium pergolas as a solution for that. All the systems are based on a sturdy aluminium structure, combined with a fabric sun protection


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Another House of the Neighbourhood They ask us to extend the house, to live intensely the garden and to dispose of the attainable landscape; Nothing that has not done almost all the neighbours from this cheap houses neighbourhood of the fifties. But in these popular refurbishments, selfconstruction and simplicity of resources

have traditionally outweighed the order, the foresight, or the hand of an architect. We look at the project respecting the values of chance and its diversity of materials and solutions, but also being faithful to rationality; We read the place and propose two extensions and a reform.

The renovation of the existing house is based on the connection of spaces, optimization of circulation and, above all, the recovery of the original structure: an interesting system of a four-point turns supported on the partition walls, always bearing.

The expansion to the north allows a new polyvalent volume that usually acts as a garage on the ground floor and gym at the top. To the east, we extend a building arm like a kitchen / porch that spins the house around the garden. And we understand this external element as the great room of the house, and we conceive the new growth as a strategy to locate the new center of gravity. The sum of small things close to our clients what can not be paid with money; Nothing that almost all the neighbours of this neighbourhood have not looked for. We built another house in the neighbourhood.

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GOVERNMENT HOUSE WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND BACKGROUND Government House Wellington, the official residence of the Governor General, is an historic, 100 year old building in an awardwinning landscape and forms an important part of New Zealand’s heritage. Athfield Architects were engaged along with a number of other consultants to provide an analysis of the existing building fabric and review its functionality. The result of this analysis was a concept plan to meet the future needs of Government House while retaining and conserving the heritage features of the building.

CHALLENGE The original roof tiles on the roof of Government House were supplied in 1910, they were manufactured in the UK by Tunstall Tileries of Thomas Peake Limited, a North Staffordshire manufacturer that ceased trading over 50 years ago. A sample of these existing tiles from the roof was sent to Dreadnought by Athfield Architects, where it was established that the tile was single cambered, made from Etruria marl clay with a predominantly deep red colour. However, the tiles also exhibited a limited amount of subtle colour variation from tile to tile and a bluer colouring around the tail and the bottom of the sides of the tiles, a phenomenon known as “picture framing”. This occurs when the iron rich Etruria marl clay is exposed to a mild reduction atmosphere in the kiln, particularly in the areas where the tiles were in contact with one another. It also confirmed that the tiles were naturally coloured without the use of any surface pigments or stains. SOLUTION To reproduce the original colouring of the roof as closely as possible it was suggested that a mix of Plum Red tiles together with a small proportion of Brown Antique tiles would best match the original appearance of the roof. To test this on site a selection of samples were sent to Wellington to establish the right proportions of the mix. Following the creation of this mock up a ratio of 80% Plum Red and 20% Brown Antique was settled on to introduce the original subtle colour variation on the roof and recreate a limited element of blue around the tails of some of the tiles. Dreadnought advised against the repeat of the inappropriate use of fittings on the original roof. Arris hips for a 35º roof pitch were recommended and adopted for the re-roofing; they provided the same visual roof profile, were greatly more robust, and were easier and more economical to fit.

RESULT The painstaking specifcation by Athfield Architects and the high level of workmanship by the main contractor and roofing contractor have yielded a refurbishment of exceptional quality which is not only faithful to the buildings historical context but which has also introduced the degree of structural upgrade required in many areas. The refurbishment carefully balanced the responsibilities of reinforcing and celebrating the heritage attributes of the house and grounds while incorporating a level of contemporary amenity, and acknowledgement of contemporary cultural place and time in New Zealand. With a 100 year design life this conservation project has successfully drawn on the strengths and beauty of the existing spaces and structures of high profile building and introduced the subtle interventions that will improve the experience and functionality of the environment for both visitors to the house and grounds for generations to come. - 61

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With their biggest balustrade order ever, Laidlaw Balustrades have completed the fourth and final phase of the Mander Centre redevelopment with their laminated structural glass balustrade. The £35 million redevelopment of the Wolverhampton shopping centre reaches its end with the completion of the 93,000 sq feet Debenhams store that is set to open in the Autumn of this year.

24.89mm laminated structural glass and finished with a custom sized sycamore top rail. With a continuous track fixing being set below the floor, keeping it completely hidden, the laminated structural glass system provides an elegant and sleek look to the Centre. But it is not just about aesthetics, the glass with its 3 kilonewtons loading, provides the ultimate level of safety in high traffic areas.

Specified by Bowmer & Kirkland, the requirement is for a glass balustrade across the bridge and main entrance of the long awaited Debenhams store. The balustrade is constructed of

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DESIGN MASTERCLASS FROM LIFTON HOMELIFTS Premium HomeLift brand Lifton offers homeowners an easier way of travelling from floor to floor in the home with its luxurious and stylish domestic lift. High-tech and prestigious, the Lifton HomeLift is a lifestyle product aimed at users who are looking to enhance their home environment at the touch of a button. The blueprint for this lift is way ahead of its time. Its self-supporting design means it has no need for noisy hydraulics and does not sit in a lift shaft or pit or even require load bearing walls. There is no major building work either as the Lifton HomeLift just requires a small ceiling opening and then slots right in.

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Styled and engineered in Germany, it has curved lines and a soft, warm grey aluminium finish with a matching glazed lift car. It features soothing blue LED lights at the top and bottom of the car for ease of use at night. Light years away from unsightly stairlifts and bulky square domestic lifts, the Lifton HomeLift give homeowners the chance to fully enjoy their beautiful home without having to downsize to a bungalow or perhaps build a downstairs extension when stairs become prohibitive. It is the ultimate upgrade for any home and can add value to your property. The added advantage of the Lifton HomeLift is not just its graceful design but it is also the easiest domestic lift to install in the marketplace, typically taking just one day to fit.

One Lifton customer, Tony Hamilton from Oxfordshire, said: “Our architects were astonished at the engineering absence of hydraulics and the simple installation process. The lift is a definite feature, and we find friends are fascinated with its elegant simplicity, and all want a ride in it!”. For more information about Lifton visit, email or contact 0808 250 4739.

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Toughened Glass Bends Firman Glass new toughening plant includes two bending chambers which work alongside the standard flat bed. The smaller chamber will bend glass from 5mm to 12mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 1000mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 5mm, 6mm = 450mm 8mm, 10mm = 1000mm 12mm = 1200mm The large chamber will bend glass from 6mm to 19mm thick to a maximum size of 2850mm x 3600mm bent and with the following minimum radii. 6mm = 1500mm 8mm, 10mm = 1800mm 12mm, 15mm = 2000mm 19mm = 2500mm

Working in conjunction with the flat toughening facility to a maximum flat size of 2850mm wide x 5000mm long. Firman Glass can now offer the Architect, Designer and Contractor a complete service for multiple uses such as balustrades, partitions, shower screens, revolving door enclosures, full height barriers, partitions and shopfronts. Curved Glass can be processed as with flat glass and can be decorated by sandblasting and back painting.

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Estairs specialise in both domestic and commercial Spiral, Flight and Space Saver Staircases for internal and external use. We offer three price bands: Designer – Custom built to your specification Trade – Large Range of Quality component staircases Kit – limited range, speedy delivery We deliver direct to site throughout the UK, Ireland and most Euro Zone countries. To view our products in greater detail please visit our website We are pleased to receive copies of your plans, requests for technical information, brochures and general assistance. Forward to

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London Build London Build is back on October 25th & 26th with more content, more networking and more entertainment than ever before, and you can sign up for a free ticket today. More than just your standard exhibition, London Build features over 100 hours of CPD accredited content, to allow you to develop your own skills, including exclusive contract and tender announcements from the largest projects within London from the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors. Gain access to endless networking opportunities, hundreds of facilitated oneon-one meetings to create new business, and live entertainment to ensure that you're having a great day outside the office. Across the two days, London Build will see thousands of construction professionals, contractors, architects, developers, government representatives come to Olympia London to meet with over 250 exhibitors showcasing the very latest products, solutions, and technology across the sector. 150 top level speakers will be delivering exclusive content in what is the most diverse and progressive programme in the industry, covering topics such as BIM & Digital Construction, Off-Site Construction, Sustainability, Skills, the Future of London's Construction Industry and much more. The Department for International Trade, will also be on hand to provide expert one-to-one advice to help your company take a step

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towards growing your business abroad in our Export Hub. A free ticket to the show will give you the opportunity to meet with all key players from the biggest construction companies, including Mace, Balfour Beatty, Crossrail, Arup, BDP, Atkins, Brookfield Multiplex, Taylor Wimpey, Tideway and thousands more! The adrenaline starts to pump and I get excited about London Build when I think of the people who will be there, hoards of them too! People from the construction sector’s different disciplines, different trades, different suppliers and different associations, from different parts of the UK, and internationally, gathering in one place to meet and discuss with a passion their different perspectives, their different ideas and their different needs. And, of course, the differences that they can “bring to the party” to add value to the construction process. It all makes for a wonderfully energetic and highly interactive couple of days that produce moments at London Build’s seminars, workshops and individual stands that are illuminating, captivating and quite often down right funny! Fundamentally I love the event because you come away energised from networking with some really friendly, intelligent people, who together can inform one another of where the industry is right now; where it is headed;

and how you can play an integral part of that positive movement. Attending London Build is, most definitely, time well spent. - MACE ELVIN BOX, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - HEALTH & SAFETY If you're looking to get more out of your visit, you could even upgrade to a VIP pass to our London Construction Leaders Summit. Meet with C-Level executives over our exclusive networking breakfast and lunch sessions. Access premium conference sessions throughout the day with speakers from the Department of Health, Kier Living, London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Hounslow, Transport for London, and NHS Procurement among others. The evening of October 25th will celebrate the most deserving companies in the industry at the 3rd annual London Construction Awards. Last year saw a range of companies winning awards for their dynamic approach to working in London. This year, at a ceremony presented by Canadian Comedienne Katherine Ryan at the Royal Garden Hotel, a host of companies will be receiving the plaudits of the industry having been selected by our elite panel of global construction experts. For more details on visiting, exhibiting, or sponsoring London Build, The London Construction Awards, or The London Construction Leaders Summit, visit our website today at

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Bruceshaw Completes Ryder Court Bruceshaw announce the completion of Ryder Court, a 70,000ft2 building located in the London St James conservation area. The project involved the refurbishment of the landlord’s Shell & Core and CAT A together with a tenant CAT B fit-out. The cost planning of the project was particularly challenging due to constraints on the construction works, including limited space for storage of materials outside the building as the property was surrounded by residential parking. Further challenges were presented by the replacement of the

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base build air-conditioning system whilst the offices were occupied. Bruceshaw worked closely with the M&E engineers to establish the site constraints and phasing requirements for the project to ensure that the initial budget fully reflected the planned works. Daniel Wright, Senior Associate at Bruceshaw said: “With the number of constraints that this building presented, the delivery of this

project within budget and programme is a testament to the hands-on collaborative approach that the team adopted from the outset and continued through to final handover.” Bruceshaw was appointed by TH Real Estate as Quantity Surveyors and worked in collaboration with other members if the project team including GVA Project Managers, MCM Architects, Long &Partners and Robin Low Francis, completing this complex project in 85 Weeks.

Any Floor with Ease Access & Platform Lifts Ltd supply and install a large range of Domestic Lifts all over the UK. Elegant Deluxe Lifts visit our dedicated Home Lit website or call for further information.

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Bisca are award winning designers and manufacturers of bespoke staircases and balustrades. Every staircase we design is as unique as the client and their property. Getting involved early in a project with the architect or interior designer always produces the most outstanding commissions. Working together opens up every possible option of material, style and design to suit the space and the client. Call us today for a free consultation

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The specifiers choice for single ply membrane RENOLIT ALKORBRIGHT Brilliant white, lacquered single ply membrane. Has the highest reflectivity in the world. Improves the efficiency of solar thermal and PV panels. Significantly reduces solar gain and heat build-up across the roof surface. RENOLIT ALKORSOLAR Unique PVC and aluminium profile for mounting PV modules direct to the waterproofing. It maintains the integrity of the membrane (no penetrations) and reduces additional weight upon the roof.

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Novellini, Europe’s leading manufacturer of shower enclosures and whrilpool baths, presents the new 2017 collections, the perfect combination of quality, style and design, proud to be Made in Italy. You can contact us on:

From left to right: Divina bath, Iotti furniture, free standing seat, Gala enclosure, Novosolid tray and Flag shower

GEC Anderson - The Stainless Steel Specialists GEC Anderson (established 1962) produce made to measure stainless steel sinks and worktops, suitable for commercial, residential and public environments. Our coordinated range also includes cabinets, shelving, splashbacks, panels and doors - all in top quality brushed satin stainless steel. Patina and Linen finishes are also available. Where standard products do not fit or simply are not good enough, GEC Anderson can provide worktops to any shape or size, including large and L-shapes. A wide range of edge profiles and upstands can be specified. Sink bowls can be provided in any location or combination. Cutouts, eg. for hobs or taps, can be provided as required. A full measuring and installation service is also provided. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements!

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UVEX SAFETY (UK) LTD Partners with North American Safety Innovator HexArmor to Expand PPE Offerings in the UK Following the announcement in October 2016 that the uvex safety group had acquired a substantial interest in HexArmor enabling its re-entry into the North American safety market, uvex and HexArmor are pleased to announce their partnership in the United Kingdom. UVEX SAFETY (UK) LTD will now stock, sell and market HexArmor safety products, adding high level cut, puncture, impact and abrasion resistant hand protection to its existing range. “We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to offer industry-leading technology in cut, puncture and needlestick protection to our customers,” said John Gill, Managing Director of UVEX SAFETY (UK) LTD. “HexArmor has an excellent reputation in the North American PPE industry for leadership in innovative technology so being able to integrate and combine their expertise within the diverse uvex PPE portfolio increases our capability to provide measurably different solutions which keep people safe at work.”

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Wallure decorative 3D wooden panels The Windsor based Wallure worked with several interior designers and home owners to decorate private homes, offices and restaurants since they started in 2014. You can choose from 20 different designs with 4 different wood types (walnut, oak, bog oak or teak). They produce their panels from the same, high quality wood that furniture manufacturers use for luxurious furniture and don’t use reclaimed wood. They provide 3D CAD files that interior designers can download from their website and use to design the wall and show to their clients. Their website is available in 7 languages with 5 currencies and all their prices inclusive of free delivery to any part of the world. They are looking for distribution partners and partner interior designers. You can find reference gallery, installation instruction photos, videos and order sample in their website.

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Modular Building Blocks Modular Building are the distributor for EverBlocks in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Everblocks offer a NEW modular building system of oversized plastic blocks that enable the creation of all types of objects. It’s very quick and easy to build anything you have designed in our 3D online builder tool. You create and build by simply stacking and organizing the multi-purpose waterproof blocks into nearly any shape, configuration, or size. We offer sales of EverBlock as well as Hire services, Everblock UK design and installation services. We are the preferred consultants for UK Everblock builds with UK office, personnel, design and fitters to help you create and make your ideas turn into reality.

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New beginnings……..New collections Tuttoparquet introduces Mardegan Legno, adding more exceptional Italian design floors to our collections. Plus a new Carpet Studio showcasing beautiful rugs and high quality carpets in our showroom to complement our superb range of hardwood flooring. Tuttoparquet showcases and installs high quality bespoke hardwood flooring and high quality carpets representing the best of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. Our floors are 100% environmentally conscious. We are competitive without compromise on quality of service from concept, through installation, to after-care. Dedicated showroom for architects and designers, by appointment. Samples available and free estimates.

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Vexbox Vexbox, the variable extension box, is a single template which is used by electricians to form up to 12 different types of extension box for electrical back boxes. Single or twin, varying from 5 - 35 mm of extension, Vexbox has been designed for use where walls have been dry-lined and the cut outs for the back boxes have been put in the wrong place or, the boxes are at the incorrect depth. Also suitable for refurbishment works where boxes have been set too deeply into walls, leaving the plasterer no edge to work to. Vexbox extends the accessory box flush with the wall or plasterboard delivering a superior quality wall finish. When undertaking kitchen refurbishments, Vexbox can be left proud of the wall, thereby preventing boxes being tiled over and at the same time, giving the tiler an edge to work to.


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Tridonic’s EM ready2apply: an ‘out of the box‘ solution for emergency lighting •

Recessed emergency downlight

New battery technology delivers 3-year guarantee

Maintained and non-maintained variants available

EM ready2apply combines advanced battery technology with the latest emergency lighting components. It is a highly effective solution to the problem of reliable and compact emergency lighting and unites Tridonic’s lighting expertise with some of the most rigorous testing processes to deliver a product that sets a bench mark for emergency lighting solutions. “The aim was simple. Design a compact, easy to install product that fits through a minimal cut-out, into an ever-diminishing ceiling void. The solution encompasses sufficient power to exceed the necessary performance figures and exceeds all lifetime and safety requirements;” said Chris Slattery, Global Emergency Product Manager. Also included are interchangeable lens design allowing for 15 different variants and the “BlackBox” monitoring gives over 40 data points.

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Bigger Rewards With Velux® This Autumn VELUX® is offering its UK customers rewards, redeemable at a range of top-brand partners, each time they buy white-painted roof windows and flat rooflights this October. The exclusive promotion, which includes the world’s first curved glass rooflight, is aimed at people working on autumn renovations and extensions projects. Up to £65 of VELUX rewards are available on flat glass and the new curved glass rooflights range and £25 for every white-painted roof window, perfect for homeowners wanting a lighter, brighter space. Tesco and John Lewis online are the latest retailers to join the VELUX Rewards scheme alongside M&S, Argos, Pizza Express, Thomas Cook, Ticketmaster and Curry’s PC World. Installers have until 31 October to earn rewards, which must be claimed by 17 November

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Engel Workwear Stretches Into Your Comfort Zone Recognised the World over for its comprehensive range of comfortably fitting, stylish and practical workwear, F Engel build further on their reputation by introducing a collection of slim-fit, stretchable work trousers which allow wearers to be especially comfortable in any work situation – and look and feel smart at the same time. Called ‘X-treme’, the trousers are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton incorporating a specially developed mechanical stretch factor; they are available in various choices both with and without useful hanging pockets. Designed to offer as much comfort and functional, day-to day uses as possible, each garment has a smooth, inner-crotch seam panel and patches of highly stretchable and ventilated material at the backs of the knees and seat areas to help keep cool and provide maximum flexibility whilst bending or kneeling.

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Stylishly Numbered Limited We design and manufacture house numbers, that’s all, nothing else. All our concentration goes into something we do well. A product of such superior quality that will stand out from the crowd, that isn’t flimsy and frail, but is strong and robust, that will survive all weathers, but look oh so stylish outside your home or business. Every number is individually made and hand finished, they have to look amazing, that’s our obsession. With chamfered edges, a grained finish and hidden fixings we know all the hard work we put in is worth the effort. We are passionate about our numbers and our customers tell us they are too. Across Europe, Canada and the USA properties are benefitting from a Stylishly Numbered numeral. We would be delighted to discuss your requirements by phone or email.

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Floorcraft Ltd Diamond polished concrete is one of the most economical floors you can have in your warehouse or home, once the process has been completed all it takes is a weekly clean as with any other flooring. Pictured to the right is a completed polished concrete floor. At the start of the process the 30-yearold warehouse floor had numerous coats of floor paint, the floor was dull, the paint was peeling and was not a very pleasant working environment, but under all that paint was a beautiful concrete floor waiting to be polished. Now after a 6-stage dry diamond polishing process, the warehouse is bright and a much nicer place to work, all work is 99% dust free. Why pour a new floor when you can diamond polish the one you already have?

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Cost-saving German Electric Radiators Technik Heat German Engineered Electric radiators have been designed using the latest technology to create a practical, modern and efficient solution to outdated, inefficient and ugly night storage heaters. These maintenance-free heaters are guaranteed for 15 years and are perfect for warming up those hard to reach places – with so many shapes and sizes you can install them anywhere in your home, including bathrooms and conservatories. There are also three easy-to-use control options so you can find the most convenient setting. High fin design – 6 times the surface area of a normal radiator for superior heat coverage. A wide range of over 50 models, all 7cm depth – slimmest on the market. “A better product for a better price!” Refurb & Restore readers can claim up to 25% off the list price with the exclusive code RR0917.

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Tile Supply Solutions Tile Supply Solutions has been in the tile and stone industry for over 15 years. Being office based our overheads are low so we are able to be extremely competitive and unlike most tile companies we are not restricted to pushing certain ranges. We deal direct with manufacturers and quarries so we can source the perfect tiles or stone for your project. All you need to do is give us any idea of what you have in mind and we will help advise on size and finish options and then show you a selection of samples. We also offer a free specification service to insure your tiles or stone are fixed using the correct materials. We offer free samples and brochures and are more than happy to visit you to advise and discuss your project.

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The Powertank Range Ultimate Solution for Boosting Water from Pump Express Powertank is the water pressure booster specifically designed for use where the existing mains water pressure is low or where pressure fluctuates. Powertank units are compact in design, easy to install, automatically controlled and integrate with both Combi boiler and Megaflow hot water unvented systems. Available from 125ltr to 1000ltr the range will cater for water demands in most properties. This range means that Powertanks are well suited for all domestic properties up to 1 - 4 storey with lots of outlets (showers, taps, etc.) as well as commercial properties with a wide variation in water requirements. We have experts on hand with over 25 years’ experience who will advise and guide you. Available also are Filters, UV Units, Well and Borehole pumps, Drainage & non submersible pumps.

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Vanda Coatings Our family run business has been re-coating architectural metal work on facades throughout the UK for over 20 years. Our company are experienced in recoating metal windows, balustrade, doors, canopies, cladded areas and suspended ceilings. Our services are suited to those who are looking to modernise the look of their building. We work closely with refurbishment contractors, architects and project managers to achieve the desired finish. Benefits of on-site coating include are that it is a cost-effective alternative to replacement. Substrates can be coated in any colour and the re-coating offers protection extending the life expectancy of the material. Vanda Coatings are proud to have successfully completed numerous projects on behalf of major national high street retailers, supermarkets, car showrooms and office buildings. We offer free no obligation quotations.

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Visual Flow – Same tiles Inside and Out

Big Bathroom Shop is one of the fastest growing and most exciting bathroom stores in the UK; we pride ourselves on our exquisite range of bathroom products and outstanding customer service. Our online bathroom store showcases leading UK brands, as well as premium industry names including Hudson Reed. Since 2005 we have been selling complete bathrooms, baths, shower enclosures, toilets, basins, taps, bathroom heating, bathroom furniture, and bathroom accessories online. Who are our customers? It’s our aim to bring designer bathrooms to properties throughout Britain. Delivering great customer service Our award winning delivery team will ensure your bathroom reaches you in perfect condition; you can track the status and location of your order at any time by entering your phone number into our delivery page.

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BestHeating is not your average radiator retailer As a specialist home heating supplier, BestHeating focus on providing heating solutions of the highest quality, combining style, functionality and affordability in a way that ensures the very latest radiators, heated towel rails and accessories are always available, at some of the lowest prices on the web. With a huge selection of designer home heating at your fingertips - featuring some of the best known heating brands – it’s never been easier to enhance the look of your space, introduce some attractive designer styling to your home’s heating and even increase the value to your property. To discover a huge range of inspirational heating products and take the first steps to transforming how you see, feel and use your home’s heating, visit Stay Safe & Happy Heating!

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Give your cabinets and drawers a new lease of life with Recuro Styling Established in 1966, Recuro Styling has long been recognised as a leading company for specialist refinishing in the South East, and is a respected name in the home renovation industry. Having refinished existing doors and drawer fronts for nearly 50 years, the company expanded to its current business in 2014, when its innovative team saw a gap in the market to supply new products. Today, Recuro manufactures bespoke, made-to-measure doors and drawer fronts suitable for home and commercial use, and has worked with clients nationwide. A family-owned business, Recuro uses only the highest quality products and Dazzling doors. To get in touch with Recuro Styling please see below.


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How Benfield ATT help you create

The Low Energy Buildings you’ve always wanted… Intrigued by the claims of this ‘full service’ company we decided to investigate their approach a little more. Value Engineering: First, we wanted to know what was meant by ‘Value Engineering’ (VE). Professor Dr. Michael Benfield, their CEO, explained: “By focusing on the various ‘functions’ of a client’s building and its components, we aim to identify and remove unnecessary costs while at the same time maintaining - even enhancing - its performance.” Comprehensive Knowledge: This approach blends their extensive and rather unique knowledge of all forms of timber structure, building science, regulations, and state of the art products with individual client’s design concepts. “For us, value engineering starts with environmental planning and regulatory impositions as part of our analytical and technical design processes.” he explained. “These feed our drive for, and commitment to, sustainable development through into waste reduction, recycling and lean manufacture. It embraces a ‘Pride in the Job’ and a ‘Right First Time’ mentality that is applied to all our Design & Build (D&B) operations.” Focus on End User: Paying attention to end user demands is central to Benfield ATT’s approach (the ATT stands for Advanced Timber Technologies, by the way). They believe it enables them to deliver highly effective, quality buildings for projects large & small. This includes providing solutions for difficult to develop sites, like soft ground, steeply sloping land and potential flood plain areas. Product Selection: Self-evidently, to value engineer design & build solutions, the selection of the most appropriate products needs the services and methods used to be an integral part of the process. Working closely with architects, building designers, engineers and quantity surveyors, Benfield ATT helps select and specify those which are most functionally appropriate and cost effective. In turn this encourages the delivery of high quality products to be protected, and results in saving time for on-site build operations. All of this, they claim, reduces costs, enhances client’s projects and helps to make them one of the most competitive full service timber engineering design and build firms in the UK. Fabric First: In the current business climate it is perhaps not surprising to find Efficiency, Performance & Cost Effectiveness to be included in their key current considerations. This is most clearly evidenced in their ‘Fabric First” approach to designing really effective building envelopes. “There is a crucial need to deliver highly energy efficient structures with optimum levels of insulation, minimal thermal transmission and appropriate airtightness for floors, walls, roofs, windows and doors.” explains Prof Benfield. Unsurprising, therefore, that in their drive toward Zero Carbon and minimal heating requirements, they offer factory Insulated Panels, SIP’s, Green Oak, Post & Beam, Glulam and Hybrid structures all orientated to achieve what was Code for Sustainable Homes levels 4, 5, 6 and Passivhaus Standards. Specialist Builders’ Merchants: Potentially, the procurement of design specific components can create unforeseen difficulties, for example locating the source of supplies, avoiding delays in delivery lead times, quality assurance, and securing ‘best value’ products and terms. Here Benfield ATT’s long established connections, access and volume buying capabilities as manufacturers and selective builder’s merchants, enables them to secure and supply such requirements in the most timely and competitive manner as part of their value engineered, design & build methodology. Catalysts for Quality: “We believe that our approach to helping you create the ‘Low Energy Buildings you’ve always dreamed of …’ is distinctly different” says Benfield. “We welcome collaboration with other construction professionals in our drive to achieve this.” In doing so, his company aims to help enhance the professional construction team of architects, other designers, engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors, house-builders, developers, et al, facilitating the delivery of the high quality buildings they and their clients both need and want. And, if end user clients like self-builders and home improvers lack any of these skills, to be the catalyst drawing in those that are most appropriate for each individual project. To compliment this they offer a selective part or full project management service. Professional Partnerships: While they are happy to engage in ‘one off’ projects, Benfield ATT see the greatest benefits to industry and end user occupiers as coming from the establishment of long term ‘partnering’ style arrangements with other construction professionals. This can include Joint Venture arrangements for specific developments, which may be of interest to land owners and those who wish to fund, say, housing schemes, but lack the technical knowledge and industry experience necessary to make them successful. In such cases they believe that their comprehensive team approach can be highly valuable.

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