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Latest News MPs right to criticise Government over Apprenticeship Levy, says FMB The BIS Select Committee is right to criticise the Government for a lack of consultation on the new Apprenticeship Levy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


arah McMonagle, Head of External Affairs at the FMB, said: “The findings of today’s report by the BIS Select Committee reflect widespread anxiety within the construction sector that the new Apprenticeship Levy is being implemented without sufficient consultation. With little over a year until the Levy will be introduced, construction SMEs are still in the dark over how the new levy will work alongside the existing Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) levy. Given that the Levy is about enabling more apprenticeship training, and in construction it is SMEs that do the vast majority of training, this lack of clarity is distinctly unhelpful.” McMonagle continued “Concerns over a lack of consultation are particularly pronounced

in the devolved nations. The Levy appears to have been designed with a view to apprenticeship policy in England, but as a form of general taxation it will be applied across the UK, regardless of the very different policy

There needs to be proper consultation with industry on how to develop apprenticeship policies that deliver both a higher standard of training and a greater number of construction apprentices. frameworks. The skills shortages experienced by English firms are just as pronounced in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the

considerable uncertainty this is causing is damaging. The devolved nations urgently need greater engagement.” McMonagle concluded: “We welcome the recommendation that the Government should work closely with industry on developing training attuned to what each sector needs and the committee of MPs is right to place emphasis on quality. There needs to be proper consultation with industry on how to develop apprenticeship policies that deliver both a higher standard of training and a greater number of construction apprentices. There could be a temptation for Government to water down standards in order to meet its ambitious target of three million apprentices by 2020, but it’s imperative that this does not happen.”


Project Details

This restored Grade II listed home has been designed to give an art collecting family a tranquil space to escape the bustle of the city.

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COMMENTS Offering a slice of idyllic London, this restored Grade II listed home has been designed to give an art collecting family a tranquil space to escape the bustle of the city. Hidden away in Little Venice, the vast ceiling heights and spacious rooms lend an impressive sense of grandeur and scale. The timeless classic design sensitively reintroduces period details set within a fresh, uncomplicated palette.

As the elongated original staircase winds, its Portland stone frame and steel balustrades contrast with rich oak flooring giving warmth throughout the house. Central to everything Landmass London do, space planning is ingrained in their Interior Designers. In a city where square footage is at an extraordinary premium, a property’s configuration is now the foremost component in defining quality and determining value. They have built a reputation crafted by working with the most challenging of spaces with their unrivalled imagination earning them numerous accolades including Best Interior Design in London.

Having delivered a diverse range of properties across London including listed buildings, new builds and basements, we offer a tailored service that is driven by the exclusive opportunities each project offers.

Ask people what they want from a home and the words airy and light-filled will

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t 4,000 square-foot full refurbishment t Restored Portland Stone staircase t Tom Howley Bespoke kitchen t Rear Conservatory extension

idden away in Little Venice, this home is characterised by vast ceiling heights with its spacious rooms providing an impressive sense of grandeur and scale. Landmass London’s signature timeless classic design sensitively re-introduces period details set within a fresh, uncomplicated palette.



inevitably crop up. While this isn’t always easily achieved in London, where space is tight, there are ways to bring light to even the dimmest of properties. There is no formulaic process to creating a sense of space or creatively introducing natural light and it is for this reason that they’re often called upon where others have been unsuccessful. Often constrained by existing structures, it is a case of habitually turning disadvantages into advantages, a challenge their team always thrives upon. Landmass designer Eleri Lloyd describes the property and the process of the

development. Given the Grade II listed status of the Victorian home and the restrictions that come with such a historic building, we are determined to explore the full unique potential of the house. With our experience working with Heritage Consultants and the listed building team at Westminster Council, we have the conviction to bring the best designs to life, something many speak about but precious few deliver. Collaborating with the art collecting owner, we ensured we always explore new ideas before accepting what is truly best for any given space, family and investment. We are masters at ensuring that every inch of space within a property is used to its best potential.

of craftsmanship across all aspects of the development from major construction through to delicate finishes.

Having delivered a diverse range of properties across London including listed buildings, new builds and basements, we offer a tailored service that is driven by the exclusive opportunities each project offers. We have the knowledge, skill and ability to think both conceptually and strategically to create an architectural experience that highlights each space’s unique qualities. In this particular project, a long-term primary residence, we placed importance on high quality materials providing the best value and stressed the significance

Prior to establishing the level of specification and specific finishes, we placed significant importance on carrying out initial due diligence of the existing condition given its dilapidated state. Through an understanding of structural, mechanical and electrical services, we appreciated the constraints that compromise the use of space. Furthermore, analysing the thermal performance and existing utilities, we advised on the necessary upgrades ensuring the property’s function is faultless. Investigating the viability of any reconfigured layout is of paramount importance. Working with Structural Engineers, Building Control Inspectors and Party Wall Surveyors, we always look to anticipate any potential limitation in our designs.

This project was not just designed by Landmass London but orchestrated from start to finish. Through the planning process through to the management of construction, Director of Operations Ross Lawson suggests Landmass London “assume full responsibility by acting as the single point of contact to design, coordinate and control a project. Like with all our private client projects, this multidisciplined approach ensures we have a duty of care to the client throughout.”

LANDMASS LONDON Established in 1998, Landmass London are a leading multidisciplinary Residential Designer and Developer. Based in Soho, their experienced team are renowned for creating London’s most desirable homes with an unrivalled imagination earning them numerous accolades including Best Residential Property in the United Kingdom.

PRIVATE COMMISSIONS Landmass London’s complete approach encompasses every aspect of a property development from the initial architecture and interior design concept through to the construction of an exceptional home. They assume full responsibility by acting as the single point of contact to design, coordinate and control a project from start to finish. Landmass London invite private commissions from end users and investors wanting an inspired use of space complimented by timeless interiors with meticulous attention to detail.


t Bespoke backlit Joinery supplied by ISIS Joinery t Wide oak plank flooring t New limestone from Chesneys fireplaces t Recessed wall mounted TV


t Grade II listed central wall dividing the front and back rooms t Oak chevron flooring from Weldon flooring t Extensive artwork collection with individual lighting t New limestone from Chesneys fireplaces t Double reception room spanning the full depth ofthe property



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t Tom Howley joinery t Breakfast/dining table t Sub Zero fridge freezer with integrated wine rack above t Double sink with views over front garden t Wolf cooker and hob t Sub Zero wine fridge t Miele integrated microwave t Delta light spotlight and pendants t Sliding double doors to family room leading to garden t Storage throughout t Wide plank oak flooring flows seamlessly into adjacent family


Latest News Watco showcasing range of concrete repair products, concrete floor paints and coatings at 2016 UK Concrete Show Watco, the UK’s leading manufacturer and direct supplier of industrial strength flooring products, is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at the UK Concrete show, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, on the 17th & 18th February, 2016.


s the major show for senior specifiers and purchasers of concrete, Watco will be showcasing its innovative range of concrete repair products, and demonstrating the ease with which they can be applied.

Regeneration project will revive historic site A REGENERATION scheme at a flagship city centre site will see a disused swimming pool and Turkish Baths brought back into use.


he Grade II listed City Pool complex in Newcastle closed three years ago and it looked unlikely it would ever reopen.

But now Fusion Lifestyle, which specialises in this type of project, has been named as preferred supplier by Newcastle City Council and is currently drawing up plans for the £5m redevelopment. Fusion, a registered charity specialising in the regeneration of sport and leisure facilities - both complete transformation into state-of-the-art modern facilities and sympathetic restoration of cherished heritage venues - was also behind a range of similar projects. These include the restoration and redevelopment of the Brockwell Lido in Lambeth, the Wycombe Rye Lido in High Wycombe and the New River Sports and Leisure facility in Tottenham. Newcastle-based Napper Architects has been appointed to design the redevelopment. Napper also has extensive experience in redeveloping historically important buildings, including the city’s Theatre Royal, Newcastle Guildhall and visitor improvement schemes at Alnwick Castle. Alan Rees, Director at Napper Architects, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Fusion on this exciting project which will see a new era begin for one of the most culturally significant buildings in Newcastle.” Fusion’s plans for the Pool and Turkish Baths will see restoration and refurbishment of pool and Turkish bath facilities, with the addition of a gym, studios, spa and café to convert the site into a modern health and wellbeing facility for the city.

Throughout the two day event, Watco will host demonstrations on its stand (C70) for Concrex, Flowpatch, and Putty Patch. These will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Concrex is 8 times stronger than concrete and cures to a granite hard finish that is impervious and non-dusting; Flowpatch is a self levelling concrete patch repair material which is quick setting, pourable and can be used in heavy wear areas; and Putty Patch is a new mouldable concrete repair material that sets in just ten minutes. In addition, Watco’s experts will be available to discuss their concrete floor coatings and paints, including Powerfloat sealer, Stellar Metallic Coating and Resiflow. Watco has grown to become the UK’s leading manufacturer and direct supplier of industrial strength flooring products, with ISO 9001 Certification. Products are developed in the UK using the best raw materials, and a dedicated team of experts offers the best advice on which products will suit any project.

Quality Commercial Decorators More Accessible Than Ever The Dulux Trade Contract Partnership Scheme opens up access to the leading 250 commercial decorating firms in the UK.

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n an unprecedented move, Dulux Trade has revamped its Contract Partnership Scheme in order to make commercial decorating more accessible than ever.


The unique network - the only commercial decoratorspecific accreditation scheme in the industry with the solid foundation of an independent audit - now gives specifiers unrivalled, fast access to 250 approved commercial decorators through a fully updated online portal. In a bid to drive up and continually improve the standards of those commercial decorators listed within its network, the updated Dulux Trade Contract

Partnership website will also provide Contract Partners access to a suite of training courses from the new Dulux Academy, which launched in October. Duncan Lochhead, Commercial Marketing Manager at Dulux Trade, said: “We know there is no shortage of great commercial decorators but we were aware that our clients find it difficult to in find the perfect one for their projects. Our upgraded online portal will now allow them to locate a top-notch commercial specialist in seconds.” For more information, visit

Knauf reinforces the BIM revolution with contractor training In response to the needs of its customers, Knauf – the UK’s leading manufacturer of lightweight building materials and systems – is delivering one-day courses introducing the Building Information Modelling (BIM) to first and second tier contractors.


nauf believes that the course is urgently needed because the Government has stated that all projects should be adopting

Latest News TenderSpace, A New Construction and Property Platform, Has Launched TenderSpace (, a web based suite of tools developed for anyone involved in property or construction, was launched on Thursday 21st January 2016.


he innovative technology platform will allow businesses to broaden relationships and maintain existing ones by giving parties the ability to communicate more efficiently with one another. Furthermore, it will simplify and streamline many of the complex and costly processes associated with property

and construction related projects, open up access to new opportunities and improve transparency within the industry. TenderSpace makes it easy for Clients and their Advisors to efficiently manage projects and find Contractors, People and Resources, through the use

of the TenderSpace ToolBox. It also gives Contractors, Specialists and Suppliers exclusive access to opportunities they would not otherwise discover. The majority of the tools are free for anyone to use, and those looking to grow their business can use additional search functions at a fraction of the cost of similar services.

Sign 2000 continued upgrade and refurbishment of the UK, ARC/IMO estate

Refurbishment works carried out by Sign 2000 includes a complete makeover of all signage, lighting external and internal totems and gantries plus full recladding of the external building facades utilising self-colour ACM sheets and aluminium, the plate material faced in areas with matt laminated lifestyle message graphics.


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BIM from April 2016 – yet there is a lack of training or support being offered through accredited training bodies. Knauf also notes the lack of understanding in the market place from second tier contractors and so has invested in supporting its customers to understand BIM and how it will affect them.

Knauf will be offering further courses on BIM and, in addition, supports the Kent BIM Hub forum by offering and hosting events. For details please email

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The move has been warmly welcomed by the industry. “So far all the attention in introducing BIM has been aimed at the developers, specifiers and architects and not enough upon the specialist contractors. This course developed by Knauf make a significant contribution to redressing the balance,” said Joe Cilia, Technical Manager for FIS which represents the Finishes and Interior Sector.


Frontline Bathrooms starts an industrial revolution in the bathroom Inspired by industrial luxe trends, leading bathroom distributor Frontline Bathrooms is delighted to launch two new freestanding statement baths as part of its 2016 aquabathe collection.


he new season’s arrivals are the epitome of luxury and create an instant focal point for the bathroom, while easily paired with complementary sanitaryware and furniture from the innovative Frontline collection.

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Immediately striking, Knightsbridge is the modern interpretation of the classic roll top bath design. Elegant inside and out it is styled in a rustic aluminium-effect to achieve a stunning contemporary mirrored finish. Instantly transforming everyday bathing into a spa like experience, stepping into the Knightsbridge provides the perfect chance to sit back, relax and unwind in pure opulence.


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THE WHITWORTH - A MASTERPIECE IN BRICK AND GLASS Since its reopening in February 2015, Manchester’s Whitworth, part of The University of Manchester, has ‘wowed’ the architectural world with its new extension and renovation.


lready the £15 million redevelopment has received a list of accolades, including the BDA Brick Awards 2015 ‘Supreme Award’ and ‘Best Public and Education Building’, The Art Fund Prize of ‘Museum of the Year’ and the RIBA National Award 2015. The building was also amongst six elite projects shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. According to Whitworth Director Maria Balshaw CBE, the expansion project has “unlocked the potential” of the building leading to a record number of visitors to the gallery.

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Founded in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has undergone several stages of development and refurbishments over the last 126 years in its journey from private residence to public art gallery. This had resulted in the somewhat inefficient and muddled use of interior space and the previously blank west end of building facing the park being unresolved and of lesser quality.


The Design Brief In 2009 an open architectural competition to remodel the Whitworth was launched. The design brief was to make the gallery’s internationally important collection of fine art, textiles and wallpaper more accessible to a wider range of visitors, to make better use

of the existing gallery spaces and to establish a relationship with the surrounding grounds and park. McInnes Usher McKnight Architects (MUMA), who won the competition (over 138 other entries) have certainly achieved that. Their acclaimed design has re-ordered the existing gallery spaces and also expanded the building by one third whilst doubling the publically accessible space and creating a new entrance that connects the gallery with the surrounding park. At the heart of this physical transformation is the creation of an elegant glass, stainless steel and brick extension, including two new wings, which extend into the park from the back of the existing building. The two wings are connected by a glass promenade gallery, which wraps the existing exhibition galleries providing a vantage point from which to view the art garden and park beyond. To the south is the transparent slender café wing, a cantilevered glass structure, which houses the café and Learning Studio and is designed to sit along the trees of Whitworth Park overlooking the newly designed Art Garden.

“As MUMA expect the very highest standards, we knew we had to get the tone and texture of both the machine made bricks and handmade specials absolutely spot on.” Dale Moss, Northcot works manager.

The new brick was based on existing smooth faced blends (Avon Smooth and Victorian Mellow), which were then darkened with re-cycled Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) and the use of special ‘setting patterns’ in the kiln. Traditional firing in one of the last remaining coal-fired kilns in the country ensured a natural subtlety of tone throughout.

“We believe that this exciting redevelopment is one of the most influential and inspiring architectural projects of this decade, which will enable the Whitworth to remain one of the UK’s foremost art galleries for many years to come,” Jo Beggs, Whitworth’s Head of Development.

“Reflecting the craftsmanship evident in Beaumont’s galleries, the extension combines modern construction techniques with contemporary craftsmanship throughout, manifest in the brickwork patterns and handmade special bricks.” write MUMA. “As MUMA expect the very highest standards, we knew we had to get the tone and texture of both the machine made bricks and handmade specials absolutely spot on,” said Northcot works manager Dale Moss. A total of twenty-three different nonstandard brick types and special shapes were created from architectural drawings, ranging from bespoke piers, to the angled doglegs which make up much the slash and stitchwork on the north wing. “Each special shape and design required bespoke wooden moulds and a high level of craftsmanship, which was delivered by our most experienced master brickmakers and skilled hand-throwers, each with over twenty years of experience,” said Dale.

Outstanding structure The result is an outstanding building, which is not only a testament to MUMA’s remarkable design, vision and originality, but to the standards of craftsmanship involved in its construction.

To the north the taller solid brick built form of the Landscape Gallery, with its grand highlevel window and ground floor Study Centre, provides an urban edge as well as a visual and acoustic buffer, which counterbalances the lighter structure of the transparent glass café and promenade with its slender stainless steel mullions.

Extraordinary Brickwork Integral to the redevelopment is the impressive red brickwork of the expansive north wing and the lower ground levels, which comprises approximately 90,000 smooth machine made bricks, giving continuity to the extension from the original Beaumont building and an important visual link to the city’s industrial past.

“We believe that this exciting redevelopment is one of the most influential and inspiring architectural projects of this decade, which will enable the Whitworth to remain one of the UK’s foremost art galleries for many years to come,” said Jo Beggs, the Whitworth’s Head of Development.

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The imposing north façade features an intricate ‘slash and stich’ brickwork pattern, which draws inspiration from fabrics within the gallery’s extensive textile collection. This is made from a variety of handmade ‘special’ bricks, which link together to give the impression of interwoven textile threads and torn fabric, which has been stitched back together.

Working closely with the architects, Northcot produced several sample blends and brick panels to finalise the bespoke ‘Whitworth Blend’.

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Northcot Brick, a manufacturer known for its advanced colour-matching expertise and traditional bench-mould techniques that have hardly changed over the centuries, was invited to create a bespoke blend to complement the original dark red bricks of the Edwardian building.


Case Study Ellesmere Port Sports Village (EPSV), Cheshire

About the project: Architect: Ruth Clayton, Lead Architect, Ellis Williams Architects Main Contractor: Wates Construction Ceiling Contractor: Mansell Finishes (Ceilings), White Ceilings (Wall panels) Project size: 2000m2

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Ellesmere Port Sports Leisure Village opened in spring 2015 and is a prestigious regeneration project for Cheshire West and Chester Council.


he new building provides an 8-lane 25m ASA competition pool and a separate 11 x 7m learner pool with seating for 250 spectators. It’s also home to an 8-court sports hall built to National Premier League Basketball standards with seating for 1400 spectators. There are 3 multi-purpose studios, a 30-place spin studio and an 80-place gym. When Ellis Williams Architects (EWA) started working on the project, they contacted Ecophon’s Martin Keogh at the specification stage. ‘EWA have had a good relationship with Ecophon for a number of years. We get good advice and have experience of the product doing what we need it to do,’ said EWA lead architect, Ruth Clayton. Martin Keogh described some of the requirements: ‘The project is co-funded by Sport England so it was necessary to meet acoustic performance standards and comply with certain colours in the sports halls. Due to the pool chemicals and ventilation system, the pool hall environment needed C4 corrosion resistance. ‘

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Ruth continued: ‘There were a number of acoustic issues, the key was getting the specification of all the elements right and then trying to find space to get in the required quantity. We needed a C4 corrosion resistant acoustic panel in the pool hall and Ecophon were a great help in resolving this.


‘The sports hall was relatively easy to resolve. With the underside of the roof soffit being so high, ceiling panels were going to be ineffective, and with two side of the hall taken up with bleacher seating, we needed high absorption from the panels to fit the limited wall space we had at low level.’

Martin mentioned how in some areas, exposed soffits were retained for aesthetic reasons. ‘This can be a challenge acoustically but Ecophon had the products to achieve this.’ Ruth explained how the issues were resolved: ‘The studios and the gym were problematic due to coordination issues with the M&E and the need to access the plant above the ceiling rafts. We didn’t want a full ceiling so that the rooms felt higher. So we needed to get the right absorption, but in a tile that could support the lights and ventilation grilles. We also wanted something that looked unified so didn’t want to see a ceiling grid. We went through various product options with Ecophon, reaching a final solution that included some wall panels.’ ‘Ecophon were able to provide all the

‘I was very pleased with how the finished products looked, particularly the rafts in the studios and gym, it was just the look we were after.’ Ruth Clayton, Lead Architect at Ellis Williams Architects

products necessary to meet the project’s acoustic needs. We also helped ensure any non-Ecophon components met Sport England’s stringent requirements, said Martin. ‘With design and build it’s always a challenge to meet the standards of Sport England, whilst delivering on cost. Early design meetings with the contractor, client and the architects ensured we were able to deliver the right solution to meet the acoustics, aesthetics and costs required.’ ‘I was very pleased with how the finished products looked, particularly the rafts in the studios and gym, it was just the look we were after,’ said Ruth. ‘The building itself has had a very positive impact, their membership has more than doubled since opening. The opening friendly game of Basket ball attracted 900 spectators, and there were no complaints about noise issues.’

LISTED CHURCH GIVEN HEAVENLY MAKEOVER Products from Johnstone’s Trade have been used to restore the interior of a stunning Grade II listed church in Lancashire.


t Wulstan’s R.C. Church in Great Harwood is a thriving parish church that forms an important piece of the town’s history. Decorators S.D. Latham were contracted to paint the entrance to the church, as well as the choir loft, and parts of the church’s ceiling.

The ceiling was coated with Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt, which has been reformulated to provide a longer wet edge time, allowing the decorators more time to roller back into a wet edge and give the ceiling a more even appearance and improved performance in critical light conditions. The church floor was also stained and varnished with rollers, but the most time-intensive part of the work was the application of Johnstone’s Smooth Metal Paint

around the church windows, which was all done in gold by hand, giving these key features substantial protection against corrosion. Steven Latham, director at S.D. Latham, said: “I have used Johnstone’s for years, and I knew I could count on their products to give me the finish that I needed. The quality of their products is always second to none, in my opinion. “The finish was top quality. It had to be – the church had not been decorated for many years, so all eyes were on us. We only turn out quality work; that’s why I use Johnstone’s Trade paints.” For more information on Johnstone’s please visit

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Intricate and detailed work was required to highlight the ornate features of the church, which was built in the 1830s, and the team of three decorators picked out the mouldings on the ceiling and around the windows in striking gold to create an appropriately striking effect.

“I have used Johnstone’s for years, and I knew I could count on their products to give me the finish that I needed. The quality of their products is always second to none, in my opinion.” Steven Latham, director at S.D. Latham

The woodwork of the church was treated with Johnstone’s Professional Undercoat, before being finished with Johnstone’s Professional Gloss, and the doors were restored using Johnstone’s Polyurethane Varnish for a tough, durable finish.


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Touch occupy their recently refurbished showroom at 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea, where they display a vast range of their 5,000 products. With a customer base including Interior Designers, Builders and individuals who are interested in the top end of the


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P C Henderson offers solutions to help meet the desire for adaptable living


The average price of a home in England now stands as £299,000 which is a 6.4 percent rise in the 12 months to September 2015. Furthermore, new strict finance rules under the Mortgage Market Review has resulted in the number of people planning to buy a home within the next year falling to their lowest level on record. As it becomes more difficult and expensive to buy a house, many homeowners are opting to improve their current property rather than move. Adaptable living is not a new concept to P C Henderson. Fergus Pickard, Research & Development Director at P C Henderson comments: “We have worked to offer a range for sliding and folding door hardware that effortlessly divide a multitude of spaces both in the home and in the workplace. There was a trend for joining the kitchen and dining room together.” “By using our residential range of sliding and folding systems, homeowners can combine both open and broken-plan living by neatly storing the room dividers when the spaces are opened for entertaining or socialising. When closed, the smaller rooms can be used for independent.’

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We offer everything from simple traditional designs, to superior contemporary handles. With latest editions from Manital (Italian handmade designer door handles 100% Italian handmade and manufactured), Samuel Heath (England’s premier door hardware designs), Armac Martin (quality hand finished solid brass handles and knobs) and Finesse Design (offers a traditional and yet bespoke look to any door, all in solid pewter), to mention a few and much, much more! Whatever the look you are aiming to achieve, you can be certain More Handles have the furniture you need for all purposes and rooms. Adding extra sparkle and eye catching designs fit for kitchens, lounges, bedrooms, bathrooms, front doors, window furniture including sash windows, etc. Buying from More Handles assures you receive not just, amazing customer service but also the perfect piece of door and window furniture which will leave your guests in admiration of your complete home. As well as being the largest hardware supplier with the best prices, we’re also offering an exclusive 10% discount to Refurb Renovation News readers only!

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Cater House Refurbishment Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems, with their approved fabricator Anglia Fixing Ltd; recently completed a change of use refurbishment at Cater House in Chelmsford, Essex. The former 8 storey purpose built office block which boosts a city centre location adjacent to the River Can, has been converted into 35 apartments. This change of use project was completed using Comar 5P.i Top Hung Casement Windows to the communal stairways. Comar 5P.i ECO Casement, Top & Side Hung windows and Comar 7P.i ECO Rebated Doors being specified for the apartments. The aluminium P.i window and door systems use trademarked Polyamide Insulated (P.i) that provides exceptional thermal performance and reduces heat loss through the thermal break ensuring low U-values and therefore ensuring energy bills are minimised. Comar 7 Doors are a natural choice in a busy residential building and were selected for the main entrance doors and external staircases. For further information visit:

TimbaCurer® from Mighton

Residence 9’s Window Designer Helps Installers Sell Colour Choice

Mighton Products have continued their strategy of providing everything for the window manufacturer with the launch of their new wood repair product, TimbaCurer®. The epoxy resin product has been designed as an adhesive filler specifically for the repair of wooden windows, doors and related products. There are two versions, a four hour cure product for major repairs where extra time is required for processing and a 1 Hour formula for small repairs requiring a fast turn-round. TimbaCurer 4® cures in four hours and is intended for large scale same day repairs up to 60mm deep. It is a thixotropic mix with a consistency similar to butter which allows it to be used on vertical and horizontal joints and even splices without shuttering. It can be mixed in large quantities, moulded and pointed into place. It’s ideal for large repair areas and paint refurbishment

Residence 9 (R9) has added a Window Designer feature to its website. R9 is the high quality system that makes windows the way they’re meant to be. Homeowners can choose a property similar to their own in style and see the transformation with R9 windows. It’s available to use now at Sixty percent of R9 windows are a colour other than Grained White so homeowners and installers will find Window Designer very useful. It enables homeowners to try different colour combination windows on a home that is similar to theirs. They can see what it will look like from the comfort of their own home. When they submit their design, it is sent directly to R9 and to their own email address, so they can refer to it later. Homeowners are then prompted to use the postcode search on the website to get quotes from their local R9 installers.

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ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is returning to EcoBuild to showcase its capability in sustainable design and deliver a keynote speech on BIM at the Digital Building Theatre curated by NBS. The leading exhibition for the UK construction and energy market, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification will be on stand E5160 at this year’s show, whilst BIM Manager Andy Stolworthy will give an overview of the company’s BIM journey to date, as part of a practical demonstration for manufacturers at the Digital Building Theatre at 1.30pm on the 8th March in conjunction with NBS. This year’s theme of ‘Design, Construct, Perform’ will be reflected on the UK Specification stand, which will represent its journey to offering bespoke consultancy services, as well as its design-led specification capabilities. The team will be on stand to discuss ASSA ABLOY’s approach to BIM including its experience, as well as its work to deliver specifications that take into account the access and flow of a building, providing architects and designers with the data required to produce sustainable design-led buildings and substantiated whole life costings. David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, said:“Since launching ASSA ABLOY Specification in the UK, we have worked on several prestigious projects. Despite the high profile locations, the most pleasing aspect of working on these projects has been applying our design-led approach and working closely with the architects. This has helped to ensure the doorset and access solutions we were specifying offered the optimum sustainability and enabled the building to be built as designed and with the original intent at the heart of it. “EcoBuild is a great forum for showcasing these examples of innovation in the design, construction and performance of access, flow and doorset specification.” EcoBuild is taking place from 8th to 10th March 2016, at Excel London. For more information on ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, please visit stand E5160 or visit –

GARADOR KEEPS THE HEAT UP Insulation is today key in any refurbishment project, but while a lot of attention is spent on building products and windows, it is easy to overlook heat loss through the front door.


arador’s ultra thermally efficient front door range is the new answer. Its FrontGuard Plus range of entrance doors are designed specifically to offer outstanding thermal performance resulting of course in great energy saving. Each FrontGuard Plus door features durable, water-proof rubber seals on all four sides of the door panel, to keep the rain and wind outside. The door leaf itself is filled with 65mm thick high-density polyurethane foam, providing fantastic thermal efficiency with overall U-Values down to 0.81 W/ m2k. The door is constructed around a sturdy aluminium frame, which has a thermal break and insulating polyurethane foam built into the frame to further minimise heat loss and eliminate thermal bridges.

FrontGuard Plus doors can be fitted to open inwards or outwards, providing a flexible entrance solution, and are available in Modern and Contemporary ranges, both of which have been designed to complement more progressive and forward thinking building projects, as well as traditional designs.

Find out more about Garador and its range of garage and front doors at or call 01935 443709 for more information.

The FrontGuard Plus range of entrance doors are designed specifically to offer outstanding thermal performance resulting of course in great energy saving.

LOCK DOWN FOR WINTER Ensuring a secure garage door in any build is a big selling point for builders and a big plus for home owners – and the best choice has to be a door from Garador’s specialist Guardian range.

House security is big business these days… but not everyone gives the same attention to the garage.


et when you consider the valuable equipment often stored in a garage, from expensive DIY tools to fitness and gardening equipment, it is no surprise that garages can be key targets for burglars. Ensuring a secure garage door in any build is a big selling point for builders and a big plus for home owners – and the best choice has to be a door from Garador’s specialist Guardian range.

The Guardian range offers comes in three different styles, Carlton, Horizon and Salisbury, each available in a range of fresh, vibrant colours.

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The Guardian range is Britain’s first range of Up & Over doors that are Secured by Design accredited (a UK police security initiative). It has been engineered specifically to offer an extra level of security without compromising design and functionality. The doors have additional back braces on the inside of the door for greater rigidity, improved and reinforced locking systems and a unique anti-snap cylinder with a sacrificial front to prevent entry even after an attack.


The Most Innovative Alternative to the Bi-fold Doors Each panel of the can be moved individually to either end of the track, swung open, and stacked with others, effectively opening up the whole wall. Combining the benefits of wood, and aluminium, the Mighton Panoramic Door offers security and thermal efficiency. • • • • • • • • •

Timber and Aluminium Aluminium and Aluminium Aluminium RAL powder coating Multi-point locking Thermally efficient Fully concealed hardware Panels available up to 2.4m (H) x 1m (W) Designed & manufactured in the UK Oak, Meranti and Mahogany available

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Selectaglaze Secondary Glazing Protecting your Environment Whether at home, place of work or even at a hotel, you want to feel safe from intruders.


hen the buildings are in vulnerable, high profile areas - with high profile occupants, many want to feel secure against the possible effects of bomb blast. Security: Newark Civil War Museum, Nottinghamshire TOP RIGHT

Windows with normal glazing are often the weakest part in a building’s façade, but can be successfully and discretely reinforced using Selectaglaze’s secure secondary glazing systems. An independent window is fitted behind the existing window, using robust frames, secure locks and strengthened glass. With an array of designs, bespoke manufacture and attention to detail ensure that the additional secure barrier is sympathetic to the original window style and interior décor.

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Selectaglaze products achieve ‘Police Preferred Product’ status under the Secured by Design initiative, which protects against opportunistic forced entry. When the attack is likely to be planned and sustained, products rated to test levels SR1, SR2 and SR3 of the Loss Prevention standard LPS 1175 are more appropriate.

Selectaglaze products achieve ‘Police Preferred Product’ status under the Secured by Design initiative, which protects against opportunistic forced entry.

In the event of a blast it is important to mitigate the damaging and potentially lethal effects of flying glass. Selectaglaze frames and locks are designed to absorb the significant pressures arising from a

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blast wave. Laminated glass is specified with an integral sheet of plastic (pvb) material that stretches and holds the glass safely together. The windows are live blast tested using standard ISO 16933. Relatively slim frames glazed with 6.8mm laminate glass will survive at 45 metres from a vehicle bomb but heavier frames and glass are needed if the building is high profile and if the distance from the bomb shortens to 25m or even 15m.


Besides added protection, Selectaglaze’s secondary glazing provides important environmental benefits such as significant levels of sound insulation, which is highly desirable in noisy locations; enhanced thermal insulation

that will improve a buildings energy performance and a marked reduction in draughts. It will also create a reduction in the ingress of dust and dirt. With fifty years’ experience in the industry and Royal Warrant holders since 2004 Selectaglaze is the UK’s leading secondary glazing specialist. The company offers a full technical advisory service, bespoke production and installation. For further information, literature and test results, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271 e-mail: or visit:

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Ecophon Advantage™

The Most Versatile Electric Home Lift

It has just been announced that Smart homes technology specialists Cyberhomes have won the custom installation (CI) industry’s Install and Technology Solutions Award (ITSA) for ‘Best Whole House Integration’. The award recognises the quality of a fully integrated automation and entertainment system designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes. Having worked with the property developer client on several previous projects, Cyberhomes were given the opportunity to provide the integration of the AV (including a cinema room), lighting, heating and security systems for his own luxury family home in Hampstead. Cyberhomes Director Ion Smith said: “The client had previous experience of Lutron lighting control and multiroom audio but the concept of integrating these, along with all the AV controls, heating and security into a single control system was new to him. Once we had demoed the Savant Pro system to him he was sold on the concept.” .

If you need a ceiling tile that offers exceptional acoustic performance, has a high quality finish, and that offers market leading value, look no further than Ecophon Advantage™. Using Ecophon Advantage™ guarantees a good value-formoney ceiling that meets essential functional requirements regarding acoustics, moisture resistance and mechanical strength. Available in standard sizes and edge details, Advantage provides effortless handling and straight forward installation with easily demountable tiles. Sustainability is built in. Advantage is manufactured with our unique third-generation glasswool, containing up to 70% recycled glass and a plant-based binder. It contains no added formaldehyde, meets the most stringent emissions regulations and can be recycled at the end of its life, making Advantage a sustainable choice.

Stylish electric home lifts by Stiltz offer builders, architects and interior designers a simple and fast way of making a house completely accessible. This innovative domestic lift is so versatile that it can be installed practically anywhere in a home because it does not require hydraulics, a vacuum system, lift shaft, load bearing walls or any major building work. Stiltz lifts are powered by a self-contained electric motor that plugs straight into the wall using a normal 13-amp power socket and travels on a structural self-supporting unique dual rail system. The home lift has one of the smallest footprints of any domestic lift available but is spacious enough to carry two people and is big enough to fit a wheelchair if required.

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Histoglass MONO System

MONO RT+ New brochure for Helifix Dixie micro-piles

There’s thin and then there’s Histoglass MONO

Helifix has produced a new 12 page technical brochure giving full details of its versatile, high performance, Dixie micro-piles, which are used to rapidly and cost-effectively stabilise buildings suffering from subsidence. The brochure looks at the benefits of using the innovative, simple, but extremely effective Dixie micro-pile system, such as minimal disturbance to occupants and no spoil removal, and full technical specifications are provided. The main causes of subsidence are also examined and how, following detailed investigations, appropriate repairs are designed based on the damage, the weight of the individual property and the local ground conditions. A step by step installation process is included in the new literature, complementing Helifix’s recently launched animation on the micro-pile system.

With many years of experience in the manufacture of glazing systems for historic windows, we have developed a new product range which addresses the particular difficulties of upgrading the insulation in Georgian Windows or frames with very small rebates: Histoglass MONO Systems. No edge seals and very similar installation to that of conventional single glazing. Mono Laminate is a laminated system with great acoustic and thermal performance which also offers superb safety standards and can be supplied with genuine Hand Drawn or Cylinder glass. MONO RT+ is an exciting ground-breaking development in glazing for period properties.This singlepane system is made from 4mm toughened Hand Drawn Glass with a U-value of 3.6. MONO RT+ fitsinto the smallest existing rebates and has a similar weight to existing single glazing so original pulleys and weights can be kept. For more information please go to or call 01423 500 844

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For project-specific technical advice contact the Helifix team on 020 8735 5200 or go to for all Helifix technical product datasheets and over 100 standard Repair Details, covering all common structural masonry faults.


Tuttoparquet are suppliers and installers of high quality and bespoke hardwood flooring to both residential and commercial high end projects in the UK. Our wide range of products can provide solutions to the most discerning and demanding projects. Underfloor heating compatible floors, antibacterial finishes and highly traffic resistant products are just a few examples of what we can offer. Our Contract Range, for large projects, is competitive without compromising in quality. All our products are 100% environmentally conscious and our installers are factory trained. Give us a call on 0207 435 8282 or go to for more information.

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SIKA LIQUID PLASTICS RESTORES THE PAST AT YORK THEATRE ROYAL As part of a £4.1 million re-development project at the prestigious York Theatre Royal, Briggs Amasco Leeds and Sika Liquid Plastics delivered an outstanding roof refurbishment, requiring extremely complex detailing around 31 new roof lights. Standing in the heart of the city for 270 years, the theatre is a patchwork of many periods, from Roman to Georgian and Victorian fused with award winning 1960s poured concrete design. The York Conservation Trust took ownership of the building in January 2015, pledging to make huge improvements to the theatre’s facilities. Transforming the building to make it more sustainable was high on the agenda, as well as protecting its heritage. William Birch and Sons Ltd were awarded the contract for the re-development and Briggs Amasco Leeds tasked with refurbishing the flat roofs. The area that presented the biggest challenge for Briggs Amasco was the flat roof above the atrium of the theatre, a Grade II* Listed 1967 extension to the building designed by renowned modernist architect, Patrick Gwynne. This roof was of particular concern as it had an original 50 year old asphalt covering, which had clearly come to the end of its life. Despite the roof being only 100sq m in size, the area had an incredible 31 roof lights to replace and work around. With so many roof lights in a small space, the detailing lent itself to a liquid product, and Sika Liquid Plastics worked alongside Briggs Amasco and building surveyors, W R Dunn, to make sure the roofing solution would be in keeping with the buildings heritage, while offering a stunning new feature in the atrium roof. Sika Liquid Plastics sent a huge sample to the Trust, which included the full roof light and surround, to make sure that the client was happy with the solution. There were many challenging details and interfaces that had to be overcome. Insulation had to be cut between the roof lights to be installed, the complex detailing was tricky but the liquid applied product made the job much easier. The teamwork between Briggs Amasco, Sika Liquid Plastics and WR Dunn ensured requirements for sustainability, heritage and aesthetics were met. The refurbishment

meant that the original 1967 design intention for letting light flood into the top on the atrium, welcoming people to the building, could be realised. Guy Bowyer, Architect at York Conservation Trust said: “Sika have been excellent, they have had a positive approach from the start assisting us from initial concept stage right through to completion, we could not have asked for more. We also wanted a warranty for both the roof covering and roof lights, Sika were able to provide a 25 year warranty which is outstanding.” For further information on SIKA Liquid Plastics Please Tel:01603 252555 or visit –


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Synseal has experienced a very positive market response to the launch of the company’s new Celsius Solid Roof. The sizeable quantity of installed conservatories across the length and breadth of the UK presents a prime opportunity for upgrading with either high performance insulated roof glass or a modern tiled solid roof. An Energy Follow-Up Survey 2011 report 6: Conservatories, prepared by the BRE in December 2013 on behalf of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), identified that approximately 18% of the 21.9 million households in England have a conservatory which equates to around 4 million conservatories. Only 77% of these conservatories have heating and a telling additional statistic from Palmer Market Research is that back in 2004, when new conservatory sales were still at their peak at almost 200,000 installs a year, 75% of those projects featured polycarbonate roof glazing. These factors combine to underpin a tangible market demand for upgrading with a thermally-efficient replacement roof solution.


563/&3508/4&/%1-":4,&:30-&*/ b.5T)041*5"-3&%&7&-01.&/5'03 5)&4065)&"45 tThe 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital is one of the largest NHS Capital funded projects in recent years

tGlobal construction consultancy Turner & Townsend appointed independent cost adviser, CDM coordinator and project manager

tThe £485 million redevelopment is due to be completed by 2024


lobal construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has helped the Trust prepare and win approval for the £485m 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital – one of the largest Treasury-funded NHS projects in recent years. Turner & Townsend has managed the contract and commercial negotiations on the project alongside the main contractor Laing O’Rourke. The consultancy has also been project manager, cost manager and CDM-adviser on rehousing medical facilities while the redevelopment works take place.

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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which started drawing up its Outline Business Case in 2008, was given formal approval by HM Treasury and Department of Health for the 3Ts Redevelopment of the hospital in October last year.


Turner & Townsend was chosen because of the proven experience, expertise and capabilities in project and cost management on healthcare schemes.

The 3Ts Redevelopment is being carried out in three stages so that all the hospital’s clinical services can remain open and onsite throughout the programme. It will replace all the buildings on the front half of the hospital site, including the Barry Building which opened in 1828 - some 20 years before Florence Nightingale started nursing.

were originally commissioned back in 2010 to carry out independent cost advice and support to the Trust for the full business case and rehousing of critical services while the site is redeveloped. By demonstrating our value, we have grown that initial appointment to also provide CDM and project management services for the enabling works programme.

Work on the infrastructure for the Stage 1 Building and the new helideck on top of the existing Thomas Kemp Tower has started this month (January). The redevelopment will benefit a wide range of patients including those using Cancer, Elderly Care, Intensive Care, General Medicine, Neuroscience and Stroke services, amongst others.

“From now on, we’ll be working hand in glove with the Principal Supply Chain Partner (Laing O’Rourke) to ensure ongoing liaison and communication with all those potentially affected, ranging from patients and staff to the local community.”

Crucial to success of the redevelopment will be the methodologies and approaches Turner & Townsend and Laing O’Rourke will be taking to minimise possible disruption from environmental issues (including noise, dust and pollution) for patients, visitors, staff and local residents. Turner & Townsend was chosen because of the proven experience, expertise and capabilities in project and cost management on healthcare schemes. Paul Maitland, Director for Turner & Townsend, commented: “We’re delighted to continue our involvement in such a major and muchneeded NHS modernisation project. We

Amanda Federo, Interim Chief Executive for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “The 3Ts Redevelopment will make vital improvements to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and to the quality of care that we can offer our patients. Improving the experience of those using and visiting the hospital is at the heart of this redevelopment and informs every aspect of it. ”We are happy to be working with Turner & Townsend as a key partner in the redevelopment. The expertise they can bring to this once in a generation project will enable us to successfully navigate the complex procedures inherent in such a large, high profile undertaking.”

”We are happy to be working with Turner & Townsend as a key partner in the redevelopment. The expertise they can bring to this once in a generation project will enable us to successfully navigate the complex procedures inherent in such a large, high profile undertaking.” Amanda Federo, Interim Chief Executive for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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FLOORCARE AND REFURBISHMENT THE ‘GREEN’ WAY Heavily trafficked and worn hard surfaces that have become scratched, stained and contaminated and where mopping, scrubbing and vacuuming has failed to work, can easily be transformed by deep restorative cleaning with the right equipment.


dopting sustainable methods, The Preparation Group, specialists in surface preparation, removal and finishing, offers Surface Finishing Diamond Pads (SFD’s) for floor refurbishment and cleaning and Storm Diamond Pads for cleaning and daily maintenance. These pads do away with the need for harsh chemicals and remove the need to ‘recoat’ floors with environmentally unsound waxes or polishes.


SFD’s and the STG450


PPC Cleaning Pad offer


STG cleaning

The pads come in a range of sizes to fit different machine widths and in grades to suit different floor conditions. They produce optimum results on hard surfaces such as resin, epoxy, terrazzo, marble, natural stone, granite, ceramic tiles and concrete with the finer grade Storm pads also effectively maintaining vinyl.

The pads fit the company’s STG450 machines along with standard rotary cleaners, auto scrubbers and polishing machines to create a hygienic, shiny, yet non slip floor by adding just water, a floor that will help to resist the build up of future residues. As well as the eco benefits, the eradication of these chemicals saves costs too. The pads come in a range of sizes to fit different machine widths and in grades to suit different floor

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conditions. They produce optimum results on hard surfaces such as resin, epoxy, terrazzo, marble, natural stone, granite, ceramic tiles and concrete with the finer grade Storm pads also effectively maintaining vinyl.


SFD’s are available in 50 to 3000 grit and are for use where the surface is damaged, deeply scratched or has a high build up of surface contaminants. They grind, key, sand and polish without clogging meaning no interruptions to the operation. They comprise of resin diamond dots which are bonded to the pads and it is the dots that do the work. Storm Diamond pads are available in 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 grades.

The coarsest 400 pad is designed to effectively refurbish surfaces by removing the build-up of grime. This can then be followed by working up through the finer grit sizes to achieve a deep clean and high shine polish. They are double sided and manufactured with up to 33% more diamond content than competitor brands, resulting in greater metre coverage per hour for quicker, more effective results. The Preparation Group is running a Special Polishing Kit Offer throughout February comprising of an STG450 machine, water tank, a set of SFD’s (50, 100, 200 and 400 grades), a set of Storm Diamond Pads (400, 800, 1500 and 3000 grades) and a drive plate to attached the pads to, for only £2,094). For a demonstration call +44(0)1522 561460 or for further information and a video of the pads in action, visit www.

ANTI SLIP FLOOR TREATMENT SLIPSTOP, the UK’s leading specialist in anti-slip floor treatments, are continually being awarded prestigious contracts. With more than 30 years experience and an impressive track record “Your feet couldn’t be in better hands”.


V Britannia is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet.

At 143,000 Gross Tonnes (GT), Britannia is the largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises and she is also the flagship of the fleet, taking over the honour from Oriana. She officially entered service on 14 March 2015 and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. The ship was built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and SLIPSTOP carried out anti-slip treatments to all Marble, Granite and tiled floors in public areas during her crossing from Monfalcone to Southampton. SLIPSTOP has also done the same work on the other ships of the same class, Royal Princess and Regal Princess for Princess Cruises. For more information contact SLIPSTOP on 01530 813500 or e-mail at

SHANGRI-LA at THE SHARD, LONDON At the newly opened Shangri-la Hotel in London, all the marble shower floors have been treated by SLIPSTOP.

SeaContainers House has sat along London’s south bank of the River Thames since 1978. SLIPSTOP was contracted to treat all of the bathrooms at the originally conceived luxury hotel.

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The ship was built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and SLIPSTOP carried out anti-slip treatments to all Marble, Granite and tiled floors in public areas during her crossing from Monfalcone to Southampton.


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Contractors keep faith in F. Ball A range of high performance floor preparation products from F. Ball and Co. Ltd. have been used to create a stunning new floor at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Pyrford, Surrey.


ontractors initially used Stopgap F77 waterproof surface membrane to impede the passage of rising moisture from the ground, before applying Stopgap 600 Base and Stopgap 1200 Pro smoothing underlayments to raise and level the surface. New linoleum tiles were then installed using Styccobond F54 emulsion adhesive. Contractors from Progressive Flooring were first called to the Church of the Good Shepherd as the existing asphalt flooring, which ran throughout the church’s ground floor, was beginning to crumble through years of wear and tear. After taking up the existing floorcoverings and removing the asphalt subfloor, the contractors conducted relative humidity tests and found that a waterproof surface membrane was required to protect the new installation from moisture damage. They applied a single coat of F. Ball’s Stopgap F77 high performance waterproof surface membrane, effectively guarding against moisture damage up to relative humidity values of 98%. The substrate was then primed using F. Ball’s Stopgap P131 general purpose primer, ensuring a good bond with the subsequent application of a smoothing underlayment. In order to raise the floor levels, contractors applied 15mm of Stopgap 600 Base. This specialist deep section compound from F. Ball has been specifically designed for when floor levels need to be raised quickly and economically in light to heavy-duty applications. It can be installed in thicknesses from 5-50mm in a single application, and can be ready to receive floor smoothing compounds from just 90 minutes. In order to create a perfectly smooth surface for the new floorcoverings, Stopgap 1200 Pro smoothing underlayment was then applied directly onto

“We have worked closely with the F. Ball guys for many years, and we always get plenty of support from the tech team. We told them that we had a two week window to complete this phase of the renovation, and they helped us to nail it down by specifying the right products with fast drying times.” Steve Flinn, Director of Progressive Flooring. the newly raised subfloor. Stopgap 1200 Pro is a high performance, rapid setting, proteinfree smoothing underlayment designed for use over a wide range of subfloor types. It can be applied in thicknesses from 2-10mm, and is ready to receive new floorcoverings from as little as four hours. Finally, contractors used F. Balls Styccobond F54 linoleum adhesive to install the new modular linoleum tiles which, when completed, formed an image of the cross on the floor of the church. F54 is a solvent-free emulsion adhesive designed to provide a high initial grab. It is protected against biodegradation, and can be used for securing a wide range of linoleum floorcoverings.

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Speaking about the church renovation, Steve Flinn, Director of Progressive Flooring, said: “We have worked closely with the F. Ball guys for many years, and we always get plenty of support from the tech team. We told them that we had a two week window to complete this phase of the renovation, and they helped us to nail it down by specifying the right products with fast drying times.”


He further commented: “All of the products we used performed very well, particularly the Stopgap 600 Base; in terms of workability it’s excellent.” For further information on F. Ball and Co. Ltd Call 01583 361 633 or visit www.f-ball.



As easy to install as Laminate

tesa® ACXplus – Bonding Solution for Glass Partition Walls Today‘s construction design utilises a variety of transparent materials, rendering crisp and clean finishes. This is especially true with the glass partition wall industry, where manufacturers are tasked with producing aesthetically pleasing yet functional wall units.

Whether used on glass to glass, glass to metal applications such as aluminium or steel or with a transparent thermoplastic such as PMMA, the tapes offer a reliable result with rapid, straightforward application. with a 45o angle; and T-block attachment, for room dividers.


ecognizing this need, tesa has developed an innovative product group: tesa® ACXplus. This double-sided tape consists of a high performance acrylic system that can outperform conventional fastening methods like silicone or liquid glue.

In addition, tesa® ACXplus 7058 has recently received two industry certifications from tecnalia and ift Rosenheim acknowledging its ability to fulfil essential performance criteria in internal partitioning applications. For applications involving high resistance materials, tesa ACXplus 7074, 7076, 7078 and 70730 foam acrylic black tape provide high adhesion on steel, laminated wood, aluminium and glass substrates, for a sleek, sophisticated finish.

tesa®’s ACXplus range is well recognised for its unique viscoelastic properties, which provide excellent stress dissipation across different substrates. Whether used on glass to glass, glass to metal applications such as aluminium or steel or with a transparent thermoplastic such as PMMA, the tapes offer a reliable result with rapid, straightforward application.

In line with its commitment to tesacohesion, the company’s comprehensive programme of customer service and added value, the tesa® edge applicator has been introduced to facilitate manual processes in delivering optimal results on glass partition walls.

tesa® ACXplus creates an invisible bond on different substrates such as glass, polycarbonate, aluminum and many more. This product is uniquely designed for slim designs where glass-to-glass applications come into play. tesa® ACXplus 7054, 7056 and 7058 ultratransparent pure acrylic double-sided tapes offer invisible bonding in glass-to-glass applications like edge-to-edge bonding, securing glass panels to one another; corner attachment, bonding glass panels

tesa’s edge applicator ensures a straight line and quick assembly

Once glass edges have been cleaned the tape is applied directly to the glass using the tesa® edge applicator hand tool to ensure a straight line and quick assembly. To achieve the best results, tesa also recommends using a pressure roller during application to ensure good adhesion and to avoid air bubbles.

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For a full demonstration of how to use tesa’s edge applicator visit www.tesa. to see the ACXplus videos.


With its high initial tack, ability to compensate for unevenness, excellent resistance to UV, temperature, humidity and chemicals, the tesa® ACXplus family of products and accessories provides a reliable and durable bond, with a complete seal that mitigates noise and smell transfer.

Glass Excellence Established in 1975 Firman Glass is one of the leading independent glass processors in the UK, manufacturing toughened glass, laminated glass and specialist sealed units. Based in Harold Wood Essex within 5 minutes of junction 28 of the M25 and half an hour from Central London we are ideally situated to service our ever growing and diverse customer base. Manufacturing all forms of processed toughened glass, with comprehensive stocks of clear float, low iron, satin, body tinted, mirrors, laminated glass, acoustic laminated and fire rated glass. With some of the most advanced capabilities in place Firman Glass is able to manufacture high quality products for all markets sectors including architectural, retail, leisure and domestic.

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Further information is available from our sales and technical offices or visit Firman Glass,19 Bates Road, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 OJH Tel: 01708 374534 Fax: 01708 340511 Email:

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Heating & Ventilation

Panasonic Generates Significant Savings In Restored Water Tower

Miller Installations finds Smith’s EcoPowerad® solves air source heat pump challenge!

An abandoned water tower on the outskirts of Harrogate, Yorkshire, has been converted into a stunning family home by Carol and Majid Nadry from Bradford. Sustainability and energy efficiency were at the heart of the project, so they chose an air source heat pump from Panasonic to provide a low-Carbon heating and hot water solution. Energy efficiency was one of the core principles of their restoration project, and this presented a number of challenges to Cumbria-based renewable heating firm Heacol, who were asked to design and install the heating and hot water system. Heacol specified a Panasonic Aquarea T-CAP heat pump, which was integral to delivering the efficient solution and capacity they needed to heat a large home like the converted water tower. The T-CAP was the ideal solution as it is not just efficient and powerful, but also extremely reliable. For more information on Panasonic’s range of heating systems, please visit

Miller Installations, Norfolk, has found the perfect heat emitter for solid wall homes using air source heat pumps: the EcoPowerad® fan convector from Smith’s. Miller Installations specialises in air and ground source heat pump installation as one of its renewable solutions and owner Peter Miller had considered alternative heat emitters, such as smart radiators but he found them too expensive with too many unnecessary features which made the project costs for his customers unrealistic. For a project on a house in Norfolk Miller Installations recommended an air source heat pump paired with Smith’s EcoPowerads in all downstairs rooms and traditional radiators upstairs in the bedrooms. The solid wall home already had reasonable insulation and double glazing. Once the heat pump was installed, it was able to operate at the lower water temperatures required to achieve its optimum efficiency because it was paired with the Smith’s fan convectors. For more information contact Smith’s Fan Convectors on – 01245 324900; or visit

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Holy Trinity Church in Hull, the largest parish church in England and a Grade I listed building, is now being heated by an Imax Xtra EL 620kW floor standing condensing boiler from Ideal Commercial Boilers’ brand new range. In November 2014, plans were unveiled for a £4.5 million project that would transform the church into an events venue ready for the UK City of Culture, which has been designated to Hull for the year 2017. As part of the refurbishment works, the church’s heating system needed a drastic overhaul, as the old standard efficiency boilers had completely failed and the building was being heated by a temporary boiler house. The old boilers were also very inefficient and the church was keen to find a high efficiency condensing alternative that would dramatically reduce running costs and carbon emissions. Barry Dray, Contracts Manager/Estimator at M Bielby Ltd, specified the Imax Xtra EL boiler after working with Ideal Commercial technical specialists to assess the church’s heating requirement and identify the correct boiler output to meet demand. The Imax Xtra EL floor standing condensing boiler range features a single heat exchanger and has been specially designed for commercial applications that require larger outputs in a compact package. Available in 320, 395, 470, 545 and 620kW outputs, all Imax Xtra models offer very low NOx Class 6 performance for maximum points on the BREEAM scale and extremely high efficiencies up to 109.8% part load at 30% output. This means that the 320kW and 396kW models are fully compliant with the Energy-related Product (ErP) Directive’s high efficiency requirements, which is applicable to boilers up to 400kW, whilst the models above are compliant with Building Regulations Part L2. For further information visit:

The latest free CPD-Accredited guide from Mitsubishi Electric looks at the unique approach to heating and hot water provision that is needed for the new homes that the nation needs to build to match demand. There is a significant drive from all sectors, including Government to revitalise the new homes sector of the UK, but in these days of environmental concerns, we need to look at different ways of supplying these homes as energy efficiently as possible. The guide looks at the increasingly stringent standards on energy efficiency and air tightness that have to be met to ensure the UK is able to meet stringent emissions reduction targets, as buildings account for 44 per cent of all UK CO2 emissions - more than industry or transport. To download a free copy of the Guide to Heating and Hot Water Provision in New Build Homes, visit the company’s dedicated digital library: www.


There are at least 3 reasons to fit Titanium tank heaters over the traditionallyspecified Nickel alloy heaters in hard water areas: 1. More then 3 times service life as reported by a number of breweries including Teignworthy Brewery of Newton Abbot.

2. Less energy usage with Ti heaters which are manufactured with 0.4mmW tube whereas alloy heaters use a 0.6mmW tube. 3. The thermal conductivity of Nickel alloy is about 2/3 that of Titanium.

Specifying Ti heaters will assist companies seeking standards accreditation such as:

ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management – minimisation of waste & efficient use of raw materials & energy. ISO50001:2011 – Energy Management – reduction in energy usage & carbon footprint Available online through the Titanium Products website – Or Tel: 0121 705 1483 Email:

Blygold UK Ltd have two Coating Centres which cover the UK. For further information please contact us direct. Blygold UK Ltd, Unit 1A, Corinium Industrial Estate, Raans Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 6YJ T. 01895 259346 F. 01895 259356 E. W. Blygold Northern Ltd, Units 2/3 Dinting Ind. Est., Dinting Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7NU T. 01457 859111 F. 01457 850715 E. W.

SPEEDHEAT RISES TO CHILLY CHALLENGE If you think it’s starting to turn chilly here, spare a thought for those living and working on a scientific research base in the freezing Antarctic!


eeping warm in temperatures that can plunge to -50oC in the long, dark winters is not a choice for the team on the South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) IV research station. It’s a matter of survival. But as the Antarctic summer begins when temperatures can rise to a positively balmy -5oC,

the opportunity is being taken to install extra comfort, thanks to the ingenuity of electrical underfloor heating specialist, Speedheat.

“We have always known that every installation is different and that Speedheat floor heating can be designed to suit any space. The SANAE IV contract, awarded through our South African base, proves it. “ Joan Pentland, Managing Director of Speedheat UK.

The base is on Vesleskarvet (Norwegian for little barren mountain) on the Ahlmann Ridge, about 100 miles from the coast. Its three modules are on stilts to keep them clear of the deep snows of an Antarctic winter. The electricity supply is powered by diesel generators, and any waste heat from these goes into heat exchangers to provide most of the warmth to the inside of the modules.

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But this method of heating is difficult to control so, as part of a renovation project, Speedheat’s advanced floor heating system has been chosen to provide supplementary, thermostatically-controlled warmth in two of the two-storey modules. The third houses a helicopter and the generators and does not require additional heating.


Different wattage mats of Speedheat’s unique cabling have been specifically designed for the different final floorings chosen for the base, such as bamboo laminate, vinyl and tiles.

“It is a remarkable project that demonstrates the versatility and adaptability of the system, whether for a British home, in a castle, for a hotel or offices, a rig out at sea or in one of the coldest places on earth.” Joan Pentland, Managing Director of Speedheat UK. Aasta Hansteen gas rig in the deep waters of the Norwegian Sea. At just 1.5mm deep and with no major installation upheaval, the system has also been the choice for historic buildings in the UK, such as the extraordinary Durlston Castle in Dorset, new builds, sensitive conversions and for a home with a solar energy supply. It is equally comfortable in a conservatory, a single cold spot or as the primary heating for an entire building. Speedheat has given full installation and commissioning training to the contractors in Cape Town who are laying flooring for SANAE IV. Contractors, flooring and the entire heating system are now on their way by ship and the fitters will return towards the end of February 2016. This is not the first extreme Speedheat installation. The company has quite literally gone to the both ends of the world from North to South as it has also been selected to supply floor heating for crew accommodation on Statoil Norway’s

Said Joan Pentland, managing director of Speedheat UK: “We have always known that every installation is different and that Speedheat floor heating can be designed to suit any space. The SANAE IV contract, awarded through our South African base, proves it. “It is a remarkable project that demonstrates the versatility and adaptability of the system, whether for a British home, in a castle, for a hotel or offices, a rig out at sea or in one of the coldest places on earth.”

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SPA HOTEL IS FIRST TO BENEFIT FROM NEW CALOREX DELTA The Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough is one of the first commercial water leisure venues to benefit from the smart technology control and energy cost savings of Calorex’s brand new Delta environmental control system.


he new-style Delta 6 was selected as the ideal upgrade for a Calorex Delta 6B, which had provided 14 years of trouble-free service within the hotel’s swimming pool hall. With new touch screen technology and a remote internet connection, Calorex’s upgraded Delta now allows the hotel’s management team to control the pool room directly from a computer or smartphone. All the models in Calorex’s Delta range of swimming pool environmental controls now come with a 7” touch screen display providing a more flexible approach to system management. The unit can be controlled and adjusted on-site to match fan speeds precisely to ductwork resistance and automatically vary exhaust speeds to match building load requirements. Anthony Houfe of Hull-based Pool Heat Ltd, a Calorex approved service agent, specified and installed the new Delta unit. He explains: “The hotel is very ‘green’ and environmentally friendly and wherever possible looks to reduce energy usage. “I spoke with the hotel’s spa manager about the new PLC Calorex model. He asked us to provide some more information so they could weigh up the benefits of the new model over the existing one and asked for a price. They were delighted to hear that the new PLC controller was included in the price and there were no hidden extras. They did the sums and an order was duly placed with us.” Space allowance and issues with the construction of the plant room at the Crown Spa Hotel meant that old unit had to be dismantled and removed in sections. Upon advice from Calorex, the new unit was then assembled on-site. “The old machine was stripped down and brought out of the plant room in manageable pieces. We then stripped the brand new machine down taking out everything from the inside – the coils, compressor, fans and wiring. In fact, we stripped it to a point that you wouldn’t recognise it as a Delta. We carried everything back into the plant room and then started to rebuild it panel by panel,” explains Anthony.

Calorex is a leading British manufacturer of heat pumps and dehumidifiers. With over 35 years of design expertise, Calorex is renowned for its innovation, range and quality of products with an expert sales and services team dedicated to meeting their customer’s requirements. Calorex’s presence is international with thousands of Calorex units operating in over 60 countries worldwide. “We literally built it on-site, brazed up the refrigeration circuit and charged it with refrigerant, plumbed the water circuit and wired it all up. The rebuild took a few days including numerous rivets, installing the wiring loom, rewiring the complete machine and all the pipe work inside the Delta. We pressure tested the refrigeration circuit, evacuation and finally recharged to Calorex standards and specifications.” Designed and manufactured in the UK under ISO9001 compliance, Calorex’s highly innovative Delta range also features new EC/inverter fans as standard. These new fans are approximately 20 per cent more efficient due to the ability to adjust and control fan speed based upon demand through the PLC controller which allows the overall system efficiency to improve by up to 40 per cent.

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Since it was installed at the Crown Spa Hotel, the new Delta system has delivered the predicted energy cost reductions due to its updated features and has reduced the electrical consumption of the site. The hotel’s spa manager, Stuart Russell, has also noticed how efficiently the water heats up even after a backwash: “Since the installation of the new Delta we have seen a marked improvement to the pool hall environment and pool water. It is more economical and convenient to use. The support and professionalism we have received from Anthony at Pool Heat and Calorex has been excellent.”


Anthony of Pool Heat concludes: “Being one of the first Delta PLC machines ever installed was not a concern for us as we have great confidence in the Delta’s performance, and the fact that we had to build it from the ground up didn’t faze us either. The build quality means that there was no other machine that we even considered, as no other machine on the market would have done the job we intended with such great results.” For more information on the comprehensive range of high performance units, contact the heating and ventilation division of the sole UK distributor, Certikin International, Tel. 01993 778855; E-mail. or visit







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Whether it is renovating your walls or ďŹ&#x201A;oors Dunoon based GTi Direct have a solution for you. The innovative ECAP External Wall Insulation System saves both time and money on installation being delivered to site semi prepared.


he ECAP Insulation panels have the first base coat and reinforcing mesh applied in the factory giving a consistent foundation for a quality finish. This is also means that there are less materials required on site and the insulation is weatherproof from day one! Helping you to best utilise the windows of opportunity to install ECAP within the vagaries of the UK climate. The ECAP External Wall System comes with a variety of decorative coatings to suit your requirement.

Politerm Blu is an innovative solution for installation in floor spaces, consisting of specially coated EPS beads which are mixed with only cement and water to produce a thermally efficient lightweight under screed.


his excellent product eliminates the requirement to lay insulation prior to concreting, therefore reducing time and labour on installation.

Politerm Blu also has a significantly quicker drying time enabling your project to completed in a shorter period of time.

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Cavity wall insulation



avity wall insulation, in various forms, has been around since the seventies and during that time around six million existing homes built with cavity walls have had this installed. However, there are an equal number of properties with cavity walls that remain empty, which could greatly benefit from installation.

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Is cavity wall insulation any good?


The simple answer to this often asked question would be to say that cavity wall insulation is very good, but only when installed properly. This article will explain what you should expect from having it installed, give you advice on choosing the right system, and tell you what to look out for during the installation process to ensure that you get what you pay for and also to ensure

that you achieve the highest possible energy saving in the coming years.

Can cavity wall insulation really save the energy that installers claim it does?


Insulating your cavity walls can save you up to 25% on your heating bills

By choosing the right system and ensuring correct installation it is possible to reduce your heating bills by approx 25% per year, which typically equates to around £350 in a detached house or around £200 in a semi-detached house. Therefore it is very important that you make an informed choice of which system you want to be installed into your property; make certain the installer is approved by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) to install that particular system,

and then check out the installation process to make certain that the installer you entrust with the work does a good job.

Choosing the right system

When choosing the system to be installed, there are really only two criteria to consider: one, will the system give you the best possible return on your investment; and two, will the system maintain the same protection against wind-driven rain that an empty cavity does. To get the best return on your investment, you will need to check that the chosen system can fully fill the cavity to an even density and that no voids form during the installation process. We say this because you may be swayed by




Polypearl Platinum is a high performance insulation. It provides superior thermal insulation due to the inclusion of graphite and is environmentally-friendly enough to fulfil Part L building regulations.

excellent test results for the insulation material, carried out in a laboratory, giving the best thermal resistance, and therefore the best theoretical saving, but if it cannot be installed into the cavity successfully you will not save any energy. One system that has a proven ability to fully fill the cavity is Polypearl Platinum, which incorporates perfectly round polystyrene beads that flow like water during the injection process, and then bind together with an adhesive to provide a stable and consistent fill throughout the cavity. With regard to wind-driven rain, an empty cavity will allow rain water, which penetrates through the outer brickwork during windy conditions, to fall down the gap to the bottom of the cavity, known as “the footings”, thus keeping the inner wall dry. If the cavity is subsequently filled with insulation material, it must still allow the penetrating rain water to drain to the bottom of the cavity. Once more, Polypearl Platinum would be an excellent choice as the round polystyrene beads, specifically manufactured by Polypearl for its cavity wall insulation system, form into a self-draining matrix which adequately caters for the wind-driven rain in all exposure zones.

Getting the work done

‘Was your house built post-1930? It's likely to benefit from cavity wall insulation' the installer will refuse to insulate the walls until satisfactory remedial work has been carried out. If all is well, we would recommend that you contact a BBA-registered installer, who is also a member of the National Insulation Association (NIA), and ask them to provide you with a copy of the survey stating that the walls are suitable before agreeing for the work to be done.

Overseeing the process On the day that the work is carried out you would be best advised to ascertain whether or not the cavity has been fully filled, and it would be a good idea to ask if you can watch the filling process, making a note of how much material is installed. Don’t be put off from this most important check, as a good installer will

welcome your interest and be pleased to demonstrate the quality of their workmanship and the system they are using. Finally, once the work has all been carried out to your complete satisfaction, make certain that you are provided with an independent guarantee, issued by the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency (CIGA). By following the aforementioned advice you should be able to look forward to having a home that is much warmer during the cold winter months and, at the same time, see a reduction in your heating bills of around 25%.

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The first thing to consider is whether or not your property is built with cavity walls, and then you must establish that these walls are suitable for insulation to be installed. If the property was built after 1930 and before 1990, there is a very good chance that your home has a cavity wall that could be insulated, but before calling in a BBA-registered installer, we would suggest that you have a look at the outside walls to check that they are in a good state of repair, otherwise you may be disappointed to learn that

Fair overview: watch your installer at work


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Interiors & Interior Design

Hare Wall Panelling is incredible value, easy to install Georgian style wood grain look panelling that will transform your home in hours. Our range is all you need to create stylish deep moulded panelling at a fraction of the cost of solid wood. They are already white primed to save you time. We're currently supplying Medmerry Park in Sussex while they refurbish all their hundreds of holiday homes, using our panels throughout. Not only do they look great, but Medmerry prove our panels are solid, durable and very tough. The system is simple to fit and amazingly only costs about £20 per linear metre. We have stair panels as well. Phone 01677 470014

Get To Grips With Stair Edgings Contract interiors specialist Gradus has launched Gradus Grip, a new ultra-strong stair edging adhesive. As the market leader in stair edgings, with the most extensive range in the UK, Gradus is expertly placed to offer an adhesive you can trust. Gradus Grip is the company’s first adhesive-only stair edging installation solution. Offering an alternative to installing stair edgings with traditional mechanical fixings, Gradus Grip is a solventfree flexible adhesive with excellent gap filling properties. It is suitable for bonding stair edgings to most solid surfaces in both internal and external environments. For an easy way of understanding how Gradus Grip works and to view a brief product demonstration, there is a short video on the Gradus website – Here you can also find the complete range of Gradus stair nosing profiles, insert options and product data sheets.

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Surface specialist Max-Top is thrilled to announce that the Alexander Hotel group has installed Max-Top Quartz surfaces at its boutique hotel, Rowhill Grange Hotel and Utopia Spa, in Kent. The luxury four-star hotel has fitted eight of its Luxury rooms and bathrooms, and 12 of its Classic rooms with Max-Top’s unique Pearl White Sparkle surfaces. Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top commented: “We are delighted that Rowhill Grange has selected Max-Top Quartz to complete the finish of their stylish rooms. The exclusive hotel prides itself on its attention to detail and high-end furnishings, so it is fantastic to be featured throughout.” The modular quartz product, which launched in the UK in 2014, features a patented interior honeycomb structure, offering the aesthetic benefits of a solid stone surface, with the advantage of a deeper 40mm profile. Peter Hinchcliffe, founder of the Alexander Hotel chain added: “We first installed Max-Top Quartz surfaces late last year in our 5* Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa in Sussex, and we were extremely impressed with the product." Deborah Hinchcliffe, co-found of the Alexander Hotel chain continued:“The finish of the surfaces perfectly complement our carefully selected interiors and contribute to the luxurious look and feel we aspire to create for our guests.” For more information about Max-Top please visit, call – 0161 224 0333 or visit the Max-Top YouTube page to watch a short installation video.

Picture My World Gives Interior Designers a Secret Weapon: Wall Murals Bespoke wallpaper mural company Picture My World is giving interior designers a secret weapon to wow their clients – the chance to transform a child’s bedroom with just one purchase. Vibrant wall murals enable interior designers to forgo the hassle of wallpaper, paint and vinyl wall stickers and are no doubt more impressive. Contemporary, effective and easy to apply, choose from a range of designs from professional artists or the revolutionary digital upload to create a one-of-a-kind design. Picture My World enables designers to create their own hand drawn designs and digitally upload them for the customer to see. The company already works with a wide range of global artists and illustrators whose artwork is highly esteemed, gracing children’s books, games, wrapping paper, toys and cards. To find out more about Picture My World please visit:

Linear Tile Range Draws the Line for 2016 Solus Ceramics launches yet another inspirational range within the architectural and interior design industry for 2016, introducing beautifully illustrated, graphic wall tiles.


ne of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading supplier of commercial wall and floor tilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new range, Prototype, offers endless possibilities to architects and designers alike, who are looking to create dynamic and striking designs, through the mix of three scintillating linear themes. At the heart of the range sees a mixture of thick and thin candy-striped tiles setting a strong graphical stance for the complimenting styles. Harmonising these, Prototype also features a mixture of geometric lined tiles that echo the look of futuristic electrical computer circuits. The final addition to the collection also allows designers and architects to unleash their inner calm with a number of natural themed options, with tiles that depict tied twine, sitting birds and a motif inspired by camouflage patterns. Although centered on a geometric aesthetic, the lines illustrated on these tiles, are not rigid and perfect, but instead boast a rustic and hand drawn characteristic.

These unique and innovative tiles can be used to produce spectacular patchwork feature walls, with a stunning gloss finish, and a luxurious, shiny and luminous quality, radiating and reflecting light in the area that they are applied.

For more information, call Solus Ceramics on 0121 753 0777 email or visit

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Built upon three core shades of black, yellow and grey, the range is designed to work seamlessly with a mix of styles and shades or stylishly on their own, so ambitious designers can set their imagination free with realms of opportunities that Prototype offers.

These unique and innovative tiles can be used to produce spectacular patchwork feature walls, with a stunning gloss finish, and a luxurious, shiny and luminous quality, radiating and reflecting light in the area that they are applied. All of the tiles in this range are available in the same size format, 250x750x10.5mm.


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Landscaping & External Works TCL's half a million pound play hub is latest jewel in £2.5m DWH country park project TCL is nearing the end of a multifaceted £2.5 million project creating play areas, sports facilities and a wetland area in a 150 acre country park in Bedfordshire. Great Denham Park, devised for David Wilson Homes who are building 2,800 homes over a 12 year period, is an impressive undertaking -and the latest element - a £500,000 Play Hub was officially opened by children from the local school. The hub itself - which takes up close to an acre and a half of the park - contains a selection of play equipment for toddlers to teenagers including a giant space net and required 500 tonnes of play sand and 4500m2 of turf for its construction. The key planning and budgeting of the overall park - which was formerly farmland was carried out for DWH by TCL, with the designs created by landscape architects Golby and Luck. The entire project has involved extensive consultation between TCL, Bedford Borough Council and DWH over the past five years. By the time the three year construction phase finishes the project will have taken eight years to complete. TCL was also responsible for installing a further 20 play areas, a wetland area which is home to herons and mandarin ducks among other birds and wildlife, a 1.5km cycle way which links into Bedford's existing cycle network, 2.2 km of gravel footpaths, a BMX track, fitness equipment, six football pitches and a running track. The coming year will see the completion of a sports pavilion with café and an all weather multi use games area for tennis, basketball and netball on a 1200 sq m all weather pitch. TCL has been a trusted partner of DWH for many years and this long and happy working relationship helped ensure the two would team up for this complex project.

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Sudstech is one of the latest porous paving products introduced to the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Solutions) market, with the impressive ability to transfer up to 50,000 litres of water per square metre per hour.


udstech is one of the latest porous paving products introduced to the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Solutions) market, with the impressive ability to transfer up to 50,000 litres of water per square metre per hour. The highly porous, low-maintenance material is created using sustainable

products and is designed to allow the natural infiltration method of the water cycle for an easy and environmentallyfriendly drainage system. Suitable for all private and public applications, including domestic driveways, public footpaths, golf clubs and car parks, Sudstech can be used as an alternative to standard asphalt hard landscaping materials, whilst offering the same aesthetics and durability as some of the most established products in the market,

Sudstech has been used for many commercial and domestic schemes, including the new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station’s ‘Living Roof’, as well as sites for the London 2012 Olympics, housing associations, NHS properties, golf courses and landscapes for World Heritage sites. with the added benefit of a cost-effective water management service.

Sudstech uses varying grades of angular aggregates to deliver maximised strength and durability for a sleek, porous surface

Following many years of research, development and testing, Sudstech conforms to the latest SUDS legislations created alongside the Water Management Act 2010, which requires porous materials to completely prevent surface water run-off and build up. With its large water capacity, Sudstech can contribute to the control of flooding caused by climate change in domestic areas and other environmental impacts of hard paving water build up. Sudstech has been used for many commercial and domestic schemes, including the new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station’s ‘Living Roof’, as well as sites for the London 2012 Olympics, housing associations, NHS properties, golf courses and landscapes for World Heritage sites. All applications of Sudstech can be modified to meet each specification requirement, such as colour variation and weight loading capacity and can provide up to 9 BREEAM accreditations. Due to its SUDS compliancy, applications of Sudstech do not require planning permission. Further information on Sudstech is available from Langford Direct Ltd. on 0161 2121617, by emailing: info@ or by visiting the company’s website at http://www.

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The porous material is created using natural stones sourced in the UK and can be specified in a wide range of colours and finishes, offering a solution to complement or contrast with any architectural colour scheme. The coloured stones are combined with a specially developed resin, which allows rainfall to evenly saturate through the surface into the ground and eventually finding its way to the water course. The material also uses three recycled car tyres per square metre to form the sub base layer of the surface. This not only makes the product an environmentally-friendly solution, but it can also be taken up and reused to form a base layer for future projects.

that can withstand all usages without compromising the quality of the material. Sudstech is also unaffected by severe weather conditions, with the rubber sub base layer designed to allow any expansion and contraction caused by the constant freeze/thaw process of water within its voids, so eliminating delamination that can occur in other porous paving.


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Lighting & Electrical

Active+ Self-learning Lighting Solution Helvar’s Active+ is an out-of-the-box standalone solution consisting of an LED driver and “our smallest sensor” yet, Active+ sense built into the luminaire. By using 60-100 hours of automatic learning, on full lighting, Helvar’s new smart Active+ driver utilises the Active + sense which is connected directly to the luminaire. The Active+ driver and Active+ sense work together learning about the surrounding environment, detecting change in lighting conditions from other luminaires and light sources. Active+ can also detect human presence. In areas with several luminaires, if the area becomes vacant and the lighting isn’t needed in the environment the Active+ driver and Active+ sense signals to the luminaire to go into daylight energy saving mode. It dims the light when presence is not detected near but does this smoothly so the change of lighting level doesn’t disturb other people sitting or working nearby. In areas with windows energy is saved by daylight harvesting.

Visit Helvar at Light + Building at Hall4.0 B30 at Frankfurt am Main on 13-18 March 2016 OrTel:01322222211Fax:01322617229orvisit–

New Additions Light Up BLT Direct LED MR16 Range

New City & Guilds Accredited Electricians’ Course Soon to be Available Nationwide

The UK’s leading lighting supplier has kicked off 2016 with two new additions to its range of LED MR16 bulbs. With a cheaper price tag and the same ultra-bright light output as its predecessors, the new EnLite LED bulbs from BLT Direct have already emerged as best-sellers. “As the UK’s number one lighting supplier we have a responsibility to offer our customers eco-friendly choices that are both efficient and affordable. When products such as the EnLite LED MR16 bulbs hit the market we do everything we can to get them on our shelves as soon as possible. They’ve already become best-sellers which is a great reflection of the UK’s commitment to an energy efficient future,” says Steven Ellwood, Managing Director of BLT Direct. Both EnLite 5W Non-Dimmable LED MR16 lamps are currently on sale for just £8.99, reduced from £18.99.

Following a successful launch, a brand new electricians’ course is now due to be rolled out to training centres across the country. The City & Guilds accredited NA7232-(5) Competence in the Installation and Testing of Electrotechnical Systems, launched by NAPIT Training, allows students with at least two years’ experience in the electrical trade to formally demonstrate the level of competence necessary to join an electrical self-certification scheme. The course has drawn prospective electricians to centres in Mansfield, Bristol and Oldham. It has also started to gain interest from candidates at NAPIT’s first Approved Satellite Centre, Fulcran Engineering and Compliance based in Middlesbrough, producing the course’s first success story.

To find out more about BLT Direct and browse the new range of energy efficient EnLite LED MR16 bulbs available to purchase online, visit:

Fulcran Engineering and Compliance is an established electrical training centre with an overall pass rate of 98%. The centre offers a wide range of electrical training. For more information, visit

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REL Electrical has completed a £2.2m electrical contract as part of Wycombe District Council’s £150m Handy Cross development. The work included all of the electrical works for the scheme’s new sports and leisure complex as well as the new 2,300 sq m Waitrose. REL also installed the lighting for the car parks at both facilities and for the coach park and ride. Toby Buckley, managing director of REL said: “This was a technically-challenging contract which involved close liaison with Willmott Dixon, Swiss Timing, Variopool and Fina to meet their stringent requirements for the 50m competition swimming pool. This included installing movable floors, underwater swimming cameras and the associated controls. “One of the biggest challenges was the lighting. Due to the nature of the pool, which will be used for competitions as well as general leisure use, two different levels of lighting were required. This demanded a very detailed lighting design, which would meet the requirements set by Sport England, so we carried out computer-aided light simulation modelling to achieve this. The design had to result in a high level of lighting for competitions and ensure minimal glare on the pool surface, which meant that we also had to to source specialist light fittings from throughout Europe.” The electrical contract was awarded to REL by Kershaw Mechanical Services which undertook full M&E coordination, and delivered the mechanical design and installation works at the sports. For further information please visit

The college, which supports the success of over 9,000 students each year from its awardwinning Shoreditch campus in the heart of east London, has converted 4,900 lamps to LED, as well as implementing boiler optimisation controls and specialist insulation – supplied and installed by Energys Group. The project forms part of a major energy efficiency upgrade, and will pay for itself in just over 2.5 years. The campus includes industry-standard specialist facilities and workshops as well as highspec classrooms, for local people to get the skills they need for work and life.


he need to minimise energy expenditure and reduce overall carbon footprint is leading an increasing number of further and higher education colleges to invest in retrofit technologies, which offer fast paybacks with reduced disruption. For Hackney Community College, which has a robust environmental strategy and a commitment to maximum cost-efficiency, the ability to tap into a Salix funding scheme proved to be a vital enabler in achieving its ambitious upgrade visions. The project – which ultimately involved a collaboration with leading retrofit solutions provider Energys Group – is one of many that the College is planning to boost its overall energy efficiency and environmentallyfriendly credentials. Extensive LED upgrade College facilities manager John Hunt earmarked a major lighting upgrade to be undertaken first, and an LED solution was naturally considered due to its cost saving potential. Energys’ Business Development Manager Raj Gunasekaran was able to provide John with some compelling statistics: “Raj showed us a predicted annual energy saving of £70,000, which was a pretty persuasive argument” says John. Before too long, John and College Deputy Chief Executive May Kunle ‘Dare were confident that an Energys-based deployment would be able to deliver quality and consistency of output, as well as the project’s other key priorities – defined by John as “quick payback, long-term financial savings and a reduced carbon footprint.”

The other crucial element that Energys was able to bring to the table was a comprehensive knowledge of the Salix funding scheme. With Energys’ guidance, the college was able to apply successfully

for assistance under the Salix College Energy Fund. This eventually took place through two rounds of application: the first for the lighting itself; the second for additional energy-efficiency projects, including boiler optimisation and valve wrap that were also carried out by Energys.

“We are really pleased with the results and are looking forward to reaping the long-term cost benefits. I would recommend Energys to other colleges considering energy efficiency upgrades that pay back quickly. The Salix funding application process can be complicated, but Energys took the hassle out of it for us, providing robust energy saving calculations and supporting us all the way through the process.” John Hunt, Hackney Community College facilities manager.

The funding in place, the College pressed ahead with a specification based around retrofits of existing lighting – a move ensuring the paybacks will be as quick as possible. Underlining the extent to which the company is able to supply lighting products to suit all manner of spaces within the school and college environment, Energys provided no fewer than nine different product types across the 18-block, 9-acre estate: a blend of LED tubes, LED downlights and wall lights. Of particular note was the conversion of 335 fluorescent tubes to LED in the sports hall, resulting in a dramatic improvement in overall quality and a pleasant daylight colour. The company also furnished a welcome increase in light output in the sole (staircase) area where the existing fittings were replaced due to their poor condition, in favour of wallmounted LED fittings. “We also made a point of helping the College to achieve the optimum colour temperature and glare – the latter being particularly important in the sports hall and ICT rooms. As has been well-documented at this stage, these factors can be a decisive influence on pupil concentration and the overall comfort of pupils and teachers,” says Raj. In total, 4,900 lamps were converted to LED. Despite the scale and scope of the project, the ROI is predicted to be just 2.8 years. Boiler optimisation With the lighting upgrade underway, Energys also participated in the College’s successful second funding application to

Salix. Having identified a possible annual saving of £18,000 per year and a ROI of 2.5 years, Energys was enlisted to install its boiler optimisers – which improve the efficiency of a boiler without affecting the temperature of the building – on 35 boilers across 18 plant rooms. Also part of this phase were Energys’ Valve Wrap insulation covers, which have been attached to equipment in 18 plant rooms so that no heat is wasted. Once again, Energys was able to cite a substantial saving, equating to £10,000 per year, with a payback period of 2.5 years. Enduring gains Work was carried out without disruption to services and within a short timeframe (May to September) – but the benefits to the College are set to be very long-term, says Raj: “The forecast is that 320 tonnes of carbon a year will be saved as a result of these upgrades, and there is a good chance that the Display Energy Certificate ratings for each building involved may be reduced from E to B. Beyond that, the College now has a lighting and boiler optimisation infrastructure that will allow it to achieve massive energy expenditure reductions over the long-run, as well as significantly enhance the experience of teachers and pupils on a day-to-day basis.” “We are really pleased with the results and are looking forward to reaping the long-term cost benefits,” concludes John Hunt. “I would recommend Energys to other colleges considering energy efficiency upgrades that pay back quickly. The Salix funding application process can be complicated, but Energys took the hassle out of it for us, providing robust energy saving calculations and supporting us all the way through the process.”

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Financing factor

Energys Group saves Hackney Community College 320 tonnes of CO2 a year in major energy retrofit upgrade



A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH FROM KEMPER SYSTEM AT ECOBUILD Liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, will be showcasing its comprehensive range of BBA-certified Kemperol liquid roofing and waterproofing systems on stand E5090 at this year’s Ecobuild Show (8-10 March 2016), along with its Stratex warm roof system.

resource. Perfect for use on sustainable construction projects and ideal for live projects on occupied buildings, such as schools, hospitals, food factories or office buildings, Kemperol 2K-PUR allows work to take place without the need for evacuation or closure, avoiding the disruption associated with the strong odours and fumes from many ‘low-odour’ or solvent-based products.


Stratex from Kemper System will also be on show. An integrated warm roof that

he only cost effective, solvent-free and completely odourless cold liquid applied waterproofing system available in the UK, Kemperol 2K-PUR will take centre stage on Kemper System’s stand.

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Around 80% of the applied polyols (or resins) in Kemperol 2K-PUR are obtained from the seeds of the tropical castor plant (Ricinus communis) a renewable


“Kemper System’s waterproofing and surfacing products have protected billions of square metres of roofs around the world over the past 50 years, including some of the world’s most important landmarks, iconic buildings, public and commercial properties.” Stuart Hicks, UK marketing manager of Kemper System

offers exceptional performance, Stratex is supplied as a complete system of matched components - vapour barrier, insulation and waterproofing. It is equally suited to concrete, timber and metal decks on new build projects as it is to refurbishing and upgrading existing roofs. Stratex is also ideal as a complete warm roof solution below an extensive green roof. It can be supplied as flat board or as a fully specified tapered insulation scheme. Comments UK marketing manager of Kemper System, Stuart Hicks: “Our product range is designed primarily for use in commercial refurbishment, maintenance and new build projects. Kemper System’s waterproofing and surfacing products have protected billions of square metres of roofs around the world over the past 50 years, including some of the world’s most important landmarks, iconic buildings, public and commercial properties. “As we continue to prioritise environmental performance in the built environment of the future, Kemper System’s advanced roofing technology can make roofs greener and more sustainable. A visit to our stand will give you the knowledge you need to specify liquid roofing and waterproofing systems with complete confidence.”

For further information contact or visit

Kemperol® Liquid roofing and waterproofing at its very best ƒ

Ideal for flat roof refurbishment, repair and new build roofing projects.


Complete solvent free and odourless waterproofing systems available that can be laid whilst the building is operational - Ideal for schools, hospitals, food factories and offices. Have the work done when you want it or need it.


Kemperol® is a cold liquid application removing the fire risk of hot works.


Laid in a single wet-on-wet process, our Kemperol® waterproofing resin saturates a tough reinforcement fleece and cures to form a totally seamless, durable, UV stable, elastomeric waterproofing membrane that cannot delaminate and is fully bonded to the substrate.


With BBA Approval and a life expectancy in excess of 25 years your roofing budget will never be better spent.


For more information visit

KEMPER SYSTEM LTD. Kemper House, 30 Kingsland Grange Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire United Kingdom WA1 4RW Tel: 01925 445532 Fax: 01925 575096

Kemperol Liquid Waterproofing

Sahtas... Going the extra mile! You would think choosing roof tiles for your new home would be a fairly straight forward process, but not for one Leicestershire couple. Their search took them slightly further than going to the local roofing supplier.

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A Stunning New Build


Some 30 years ago, Malcolm & Diane Healey took on the massive

years. The attention to detail is very apparent throughout every

challenge of building their very own family home. Now with the

aspect of the build and has cost the Healeys much time, in both

kids grown and flown the nest, they crazily decided to do it all

research and sourcing of the right type of materials to meet their

again. A piece of land became available in a neighbouring village -

very specific brief. Resulting in the most wonderful character

they bought it and began the journey of building their dream

house, which stands majestically on this plot of land; with its

house, and what a house it is too; a stunning new-build, which

magnificent stone windows, authentic old style narrow bricks and

amazingly looks as though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s been standing for many, many

Sahtas handmade roof tiles setting off the whole look, perfectly!

In the beginning of their search for roof tiles, it was very

Once the process of fitting the tiles began, a number of the

important to the Healeys to have the right kind of tile - they

builders were not entirely convinced the right choice had been

â&#x20AC;&#x153;wanted something to create that old feel and look as though it

made after all; even Diane â&#x20AC;&#x153;thought they might be too much on

had been around for a while.â&#x20AC;? They had a particular look in mind

such a large area.â&#x20AC;? But Malcolm loved them from the start and

and a particular colour, but were struggling to find anything even

once the roof was finished, everyone concerned were all in

close. They attended numerous exhibitions, spoke to other

agreement - they were exactly what the house needed and looked

building suppliers, thumbed through reams of literature and

as though they had always been there. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the great thing about

exhausted hours of research on the internet. They eventually came

Sahtas roof tiles, they are perfect for period properties and so in

across Sahtas and absolutely loved the look of their handmade

keeping with their surrounding areas; they usually keep the local

tiles, but although the style was just perfect, the colour choices on

Planning Department happy too! Malcolm and Diane were

offer were still not quite right for what they wanted and they

absolutely thrilled - as were we!5 #(5 -.,65 ".-5  5

wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waiver until they found it.

#,.), said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so nice to work directly with clients who really appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of handmade

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk Turkey

tiles. It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in the

During a break from project managing the house build, Malcolm

them for choosing our tiles.â&#x20AC;? Diane said they â&#x20AC;&#x153;get a

and Diane happened to be visiting Turkey with family. They

constant stream of compliments from people visiting the site.

decided to take full advantage and arranged an appointment to

Everyone asks where the tiles are from and they all just love

actually visit the Sahtas factory. Although they had numerous

the roof - we would definitely recommend Sahtas to others.â&#x20AC;?

samples from Sahtas UK, this visit gave them the opportunity to

You cant get better than that!

creation of the Healeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new home and we would like to thank

see all the handmade tiles in even larger quantities, including some brand new tiles, which turned out to be exactly what they Turkey did give Malcolm and Diane a few reservations, but they neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have worried as Sahtas UK looked after everything and quickly sorted any issues that arose.

Sahtas UK Ltd Galleon Wharf Old Wolverton Road Milton Keynes MK12 5NL Email: Phone : 01908 311411

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Safety & Security

All Round Knee Protection From Redbacks Redbacks Cushioning Limited, the manufacturers of the World’s only patented,‘leaf-spring’, non-foam or gel kneepads, has introduced a new strapped version as an addition to its original, big-selling product for pocketed work trousers. Designed, overseen and approved by a senior Ergonomist, Clinical Scientist and Biomedical Engineer, the new product retains the company’s award winning cushioning technology which incorporates a flexible TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) leaf-spring set within a unique honeycomb matrix. Elasticated, soft Neoprene straps which have dust and particle resistant fastenings, allow the kneepads to be worn on bare skin without chafing, or over trousers, and ensure that they stay in the correct position when kneeling, walking or sitting. The pads have a water-resistant covering and a soft breathable, inner fabric that wicks away sweat whilst providing thermal protection from warm or cold surfaces. For more information and to order visit – or Email: Tel: 01327 702104

Engel Have High Viz Workwear All Wrapped Up

New Affordable Fire Alarms For Construction Sites

One of Europe’s leading workwear manufacturers, Danish company F. Engel have introduced a wide range of high visibility safety workwear in accordance with the new International and European standardisation EN ISO 20 471

This month sees the launch of two new site fire alarms from Bull Products, the specialists in safety and security for construction sites. The Bull Site Siren systems are designed as stand-alone temporary fire alarms on construction sites. These affordable alarms are fully self-contained and can be used separately as a stand-alone device, linked by cable or linked with a radio connection. The alarms have the benefit of an extremely robust ABS casing for maximum durability. They have a very high noise output of 115dB, more than adequate to be heard over the general noise on construction sites. No mains electricity is needed as the units operate from 9V PP3 batteries. The alarms feature a flashing strobe as well as the siren.

With customers’ safety as the company’s prime concern, each item of warning-clothing is produced with the largest possible fluorescent and reflective areas thus ensuring the safest levels of visibility both day and night. LOXY high visibility reflector tape, proven for its hard wearing and effective performance, is used throughout the range. In addition to the focus on safety, most garments are made with a high specification of polyester and cotton mix to give long term durability and provide a perfect, comfortable fit, giving stretch and freedom of movement For more information visit: or tel: 07933 150197

VANdERbilt AddS NEW FEAtURES ANd bENEFitS to itS AliRo iP ACCESS CoNtRol SolUtioN

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Vanderbilt, a global leader in providing state-of-the-art security systems, has announced a new version of its innovative Aliro Internet protocol (IP) based access control solution. Aliro Market Package 1.15 provides a range of refinements to the previous product (originally launched at the end of 2014), while introducing new features to improve functionality within small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This is the first rebranded access control system from Vanderbilt since its acquisition of Security Products from Siemens in June 2015 and is therefore a significant event in the company’s development.


Aliro offers a transparent architecture with user-friendly software and intuitive mobile applications. With its flexible operating concept, the system can be managed from virtually any Internet connected device and joining the 11 European languages already offered, Market Package 1.15 contains 4 new languages, Russian, Polish, Czech and Greek with Aliro having the capability to assign each user their own language. Easy to configure, the software automatically detects access control units in the system and assigns them IP network addresses. The system can manage up to 512 doors, 10,000 users and 100,000 access cards

For further information please call T: 0 203 6300 670 E: or visit:

Further information is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

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Stone & Stonework

KELKAY SPRING INTO ACTION TO GET THE GARDEN TIDY Kelkay kits out the consumer getting gardens ready for spring. The leading UK aggregates manufacturer and distributor have the products to help people keep their driveways, pathways and patios clean. The all encompassing range of products includes Kelkay Path & Patio Cleaner, Kelkay Path & Patio Sealant and Kelkay Patio Joint Fill. Dirty and tired looking paving can be revived using Kelkay Path & Patio Cleaner. This is a powerful and fast-acting cleaner will remove mould, algae lichen and moss along with everyday dirt and grime. The product comes in a 2.5 litre container – enough to treat up to 100 square metres and is safe for pets, wildlife and garden pond areas. Joints can be renewed and refreshed using the easy to use Kelkay Patio Joint Fill available in Buff, Grey or Mushroom. Simply brush into paving joints and allow to set giving paths, patios and drives a new lease of life. For the finishing touch, apply Kelkay Path & Patio Sealant to the surface of your cleaned and revived paving. The high performance low sheen sealant provides long lasting protection against stains and water penetration. Antony Harker, managing director at Kelkay, said: “The consensus of opinion among experts in the industry is that the big changes we’ll see in the foreseeable future are in the types of products we’ll be using to make gardening simpler. People are concerned about protecting their patios, drives and pathways and against whatever weather is thrown at them. At Kelkay, we have everything they’ll need.”

Kelkay’s brand portfolio includes Borderstone®, Build Mate, easyfountain® and Henri®, providing retailers with a single source of supply for a wide range of garden products. These include aggregates, stone, water and garden features, paving, edging and walling, building materials, horticulture, growing media and winter garden products. By promoting aggregates, paving and fountains with eye-catching point of sale, merchandising units and display stands, garden retailers have seen sales grow in these categories. For further information: Email: Or visit:

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Joyner Bolt

Joyner Bolt is the revolutionary new task specific spiked timber fixing launched in the UK at the end of 2015. Designed for joining timber to timber or timber to metal it’s the first new product to challenge the traditional coach bolt and threaded rod systems in 150 years.


rustrated by the problems experienced with traditional fixings on new build and on renovation projects fixing old to new, Dan Hardingham (Chartered Surveyor) and Mark Doye (Carpenter) combined their experience to design a product that would resolve key problems gripping the timber, turning and pulling through overdrilled holes, high wastage and reworking levels – all of which significantly add to the cost of the job.

AND is available in an optimum size range of only 10 bolts which meet 99% of all timber to timber and timber to metal requirements. From start to finish the project has taken nearly 5 years to complete as they have redrawn, prototyped and tested the product with end users alongside protecting their hard work with a raft of patents around the world. A recent flat conversion in London’s Walworth Road confirm Joyner Bolt as the fixing of choice for everyone from specifier to end user when speed, quality and performance matter.

To see our explanatory video, visit https://

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Coming from the two different ends of the building chain (Specifier and Tradesman) gave them insight into the requirements of everyone through the building chain. The end result is a product that not only satisfies everyone’s performance needs but also meets Building Regulation requirements


A recent flat conversion in London’s Walworth Road confirm Joyner Bolt as the fixing of choice for everyone from specifier to end user when speed, quality and performance matter.

The project was the refurbishment of a first floor residential flat and the construction of an additional floor to provide a further 2 bedroom flat. The additional flooring required the installation of 224 engineered joists, secured at each end to a new secondary timber frame. Side 1 was completed using threaded rods cut to size and requiring two washers and two nuts per fixing. Side 2 was completed with M12x230mm Joyner Bolts requiring one washer and one nut per fixing. Whilst material costs were comparable for both sides (£592 for threaded rods and £552 for Joyner Bolts), side 2 was completed in less than 25% of the time taken for Side 1 making a massive saving of £470 in labour costs alone. In addition the joists for side 2 were guaranteed to be to Building Control specification meaning no rework was required and there was zero wastage of materials. For more information visit the Joyner Bolt website or call 01353 781123

At Cranleigh Freight Services (CFS), we understand that each client has individual requirements. It is our mission to provide the very best solution to fit those requirements and we have adapted & importantly enhanced our core services, to meet the demands of an ever changing marketplace.


ith three key divisions servicing Europe, UK and Home Delivery (DHD), we have the strength and depth of services to provide the appropriate solutions for our clients.

Limited CFS Europe

CFS Supply Chain

Specialist JIT Services

Warehousing Solutions

Specialist Events Services

Inventory Management

Groupage & Full Loads

Global Air & Sea freight


DHD Home Delivery

Full UK & Eire Coverage

Bespoke Furniture Delivery

Next Day & Economy Service

2 man ‘white glove’ service

Part & Full Loads

To learn more about the CFS and DHD services, please visit www. or, or please call 01483 678788.

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Each shipment is overseen by our knowledgeable and dedicated operations teams and tracked via our cloud based NAVigator system, giving our client’s the peace of mind that their shipment is visible each step of the journey.

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Floor gullies and linear channels for wetrooms A range of level-access drainage solutions ideal for your commercial, domestic and industrial projects

From low-profile floor gullies to stainless steel linear drainage channels for tiled, vinyl and resin floor finishes, Purus Limited manufacture a huge range of drainage solutions for your commercial, domestic and industrial projects.

So why choose Purus? Our patented NOOD No-Odour trap provides the key ingredient to our Mini Series Floor Gullies and Purusline Living linear channels, and will stop any bad air escaping even when the drain is left to dry out. It’s just one of the reasons why our drains are used in so many projects like Leeds University’s Henry Price Building student residences (pictured). With many of our products certified by the BBA and with BIM Objects ready to download, Purus make the ideal choice for all of your level-access drainage requirements.

e-mail: tel: 0113 289 3172 View product details, installation guides and much more at:

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Latest News Projects and Product Information For The Building Refurbishment Sector

Issue 18 2016  

Latest News Projects and Product Information For The Building Refurbishment Sector