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Issue 17 2015 I C BRINDLE & CO Supplying waterside safety equipment since 1994 Whether it is renovating your walls or floors Dunoon based GTI DIRECT have a solution for you.

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INDUSTRIAL ADHESIVE SOLUTIONS LIMITED INDASOL & AVANTI

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PIERSON GOLF IT’S RAINING WHY WOULD WE NEED WATER?

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BOON EDAM OPENING THE DOOR TO A BYGONE ERA AT FORTNUM & MASON

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SELECTAGLAZE LTD CHAPTER HOUSE OF ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL BECOMES A MORE ECOLOGICALLY EFFICIENT OFFICE

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£72M IN TAX RELIEF SET TO BE LOST ON 4,000 APPROVED OFFICE-TO-RESI CONVERSIONS tBetween April 2014 and June 2015 almost 4,000 ‘office-to-resi’ conversions were given go-ahead, according to the DCLG

tEven by conservative estimates, this could result in up to £72m of lost capital allowances tax relief

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ondon, 10 November 2015 – If the 4000* ‘office-to-resi’ conversions given the green light between April 2014 and June 2015 go ahead, the owners could lose an estimated £72m** in unused capital allowances tax relief, according to research published today by Catax Solutions, the UK capital allowances specialist. Catax Solutions, an endorsed partner to The Law Society and ICAEW***, warned the lack of understanding surrounding capital allowances will see the value of lost tax relief rise even further following the announcement by Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, that so-called ‘permitted development rights’ will now be made permanent in an effort to boost housing supply.

Capital allowances are a form of tax relief available to anyone incurring capital expenditure when building, buying, or refitting commercial property. They can be claimed against the ‘intrinsic fabrication’ within a building, from lighting fixtures, sprinkler systems and air-conditioning units to heating systems, fire alarms and lifts. Based on the £500m+ of tax relief Catax Solutions has secured for over 7,000 clients, nine in 10 commercial property owners have not made a capital allowances claim due to a lack of awareness. However, if a claim isn’t made before, or at, the point at which a commercial property is sold or converted to a residential building (thus losing its commercial property status), then the valuable tax relief available could be lost forever.

Mark Tighe, Managing Director, Catax Solutions, commented: “Capital allowances can be complex, so it’s important the message here is a simple one: if you are considering converting a commercial property into a residential one, or selling it onto a residential developer, then you need to make a capital allowances claim before or at the point of sale or before work begins. If you don’t, you will instantly lose potentially tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax relief. Given the current housing shortfall, relaxing the planning rules to allow more office-to-resi conversions make sense but it doesn’t make sense for commercial property owners to not receive the tax relief that is their right by law. But if they rush into converting property without making a claim, this is exactly what could happen.”


Landmark scheme in Bristol granted planning consent to end more than thirty years of dereliction Developer Fifth Capital London has been granted planning consent by Bristol City Council following an extensive process of engagement, which has been recognised as exemplary.

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he scheme proposes to redevelop the derelict Carriageworks and Westmoreland House in Stokes Croft, Bristol providing 112 new homes and community and commercial space

for independent businesses. At the heart of the scheme will be a new open space, opening up the site to the public for the first time.

Stokes Croft is arguably one of Bristol’s most vibrant, creative and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. After three decades of being derelict, the Grade ll* listed Carriageworks – listed on the Heritage at Risk register by English Heritage – will be sensitively restored with reinstated period features including historic roof and arches.

Westmoreland House and No.4 Ashley Road are set to be replaced with a residential-led, mixed-use scheme which is being designed by Assael Architecture to bring the entire site back to life, making a positive contribution to and retaining the vibrant character of the area. The new homes will comprise a mix of private and affordable housing and private and communal gardens, with at least 20% family-sized homes. Sustainable design will be utilised throughout the scheme, incorporating biodiversity from public realm to green living, with opportunities for sustainable food production, wildlife refuges and roof gardens. The scheme incorporates a residential green, a public space with children’s play area, and the development will be car-free in line with Bristol City Council’s recommendations.

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After three decades of being derelict, the Grade ll* listed Carriageworks – listed on the Heritage at Risk register by English Heritage – will be sensitively restored with reinstated period features including historic roof and arches.

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The provision of community and public space will support the vibrancy of the area, with newly restored arches at ground floor of the listed Carriageworks building opened up to provide a new route through the site into a large public space, connecting through to Ashley Road and the revitalised street frontages. The street elevations will be contextually sympathetic to the existing, historic buildings


in the Stokes Croft Conservation Area, with brick forming the primary material, as well as metalwork and timber panels that reference the timber warehouse style doors found on industrial sites. Internally, the scheme will adopt a more contemporary approach, with lower scale buildings mainly comprising townhouses, and a landscape divided into two courtyards – one public courtyard accessible via the Carriageworks with industrial style buildings, and the second private courtyard with domestic, family style homes that allude to the site’s industrial history.

With an attractive and multifunctional urban landscape, residential homes and a thriving public space, we believe that our design approach to the scheme will support the long-term growth of the area and enhance its well-established reputation for creativity and community.” At the committee on Wednesday night, councillors responded positively to the relationship that has been built between Fifth Capital London and the local community, who have been actively involved in shaping the design. Councillors commented on how Fifth Capital London had gone above and beyond compared with the usual consultation process and that this project should be used as an example of best practice of community engagement. John Assael, Chairman of Assael Architecture, said: “Since February 2014, we have gone through a rigorous process of developing a design approach that is both viable and meets the aspirations of the local community. This has involved ongoing consultation with relevant stakeholders and local community organisations as well as numerous preapplication meetings with Bristol City Council. “We are therefore pleased with Bristol City Council’s decision to grant planning consent for the redevelopment of Carriageworks and Westmoreland House, and alongside Fifth Capital London, have the opportunity to renovate, restore and rebuild in a way that will improve the local area and add to its vibrancy and character. With an attractive and multifunctional urban landscape, residential homes and a thriving public space, we believe that our design approach to the scheme will support the long-term growth of the area and enhance its wellestablished reputation for creativity and community.”

About Assael Assael Architecture is an award winning firm of London based architects offering an extensive range of planning, urban design and architectural services. They have many years’ experience in historic environments, in the refurbishment of listed buildings and the implementation of new build developments on redundant or brownfield sites. The practice is well known for its responsive and flexible approach to design particularly in the most difficult or challenging of circumstances. www.assael.co.uk


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Graham wins £20m Edinburgh Uni refurb The University of Edinburgh has awarded Graham Construction phases one to three of its £20m Old College refurbishment project.

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he contractor will be on site later this month refurbishing the iconic 1789 Law School Old College in the city. Work on the north side of the historic Old College has been scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. The refurbishment will retain and restore many of the original features of Old College and create new spaces for teaching, learning and research. A key element of the 190,000 sq ft

London’s first family focused rental scheme wins Sunday Times ‘housing project’ award Essential Living and Assael Architecture have won Sunday Times housing project award for Creekside Wharf in Greenwich.

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he award was searching for the most impressive schemes with planning permission, less than 6 months in to development and relied entirely on CGI’s.

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The 249-apartment scheme will encompass London’s first family focused block specifically for long term rent. The development’s two buildings with 189 and 60 units respectively will prioritise locals and encourage residents to socialise together in a top floor entertainment deck and in a coffee-house style lobby.

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Developers Essential Living, who will also manage the apartments themselves, approached local group, Greenwichmums, to participate in focus groups to ensure local families needs are fully considered.

building revamp will be to create a new law library, spanning the length of the quadrangle’s west side. The University project team is led by LDN Architects with Adams Consulting Group handling CDM responsibilities. Harley Haddow is providing consultant mechanical and electrical services. Sweett is the University cost consultant and Elliot and Company structural engineers. The new building will reopen in January 2018 allowing work to the southwest basement to follow.

£13m restoration for Scottish house Robertson Homes plans unveiled to complete restoration of Gleann Mor House, the listed fire damaged building at its Westercraigs Development in Inverness, to create 26 luxury townhouses and 30 executive apartments.

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he £13 million proposal, submitted to Highland Council last week, would create over 100 local jobs, with Robertson keen to recruit a variety

Obayashi Corporation submits planning application for refurbishment of historic Bracken House Obayashi Corporation, the owner of the historic Bracken House office development since 1987, has recently submitted a planning application to the City of London Corporation for refurbishment of the Grade II listed building located at One Friday Street, near St Paul’s Cathedral.

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ith a scheme design by award winning architects JRA, the focus of Obayashi Corporation’s plans is an entrance hall with new finishes sympathetically enhancing the interior of the development, creating a better working environment for the tenants. Based on the current scheme, Bracken House will offer approximately 200,000 sq ft of net lettable office accommodation. Obayashi Corporation successfully redeveloped Bracken House in 1992, retaining the building’s north and south wings as part of a design by Sir Michael Hopkins. The development was the former home of the Financial Times newspaper and the first post-war building within the City of London to be listed. Obayashi Corporation commented: “As custodians of this iconic London

building we will be looking to refurbish to the highest possible standard. We believe the plans that have been submitted will allow us to improve the working conditions for tenants without compromising the original architecture.” Subject to planning permission, the refurbishment will be completed in mid2018.

With a scheme design by award winning architects JRA, the focus of Obayashi Corporation’s plans is an entrance hall with new finishes sympathetically enhancing the interior of the development, creating a better working environment for the tenants.


Latest News of skills for this development project, thought to be one of the most complex in the city’s recent history.

Work starts on Stockwool’s £4.5m East End warehouse scheme

The proposal for Gleann Mor House was submitted just days after another Robertson Homes application to build 50 new homes at Westercraigs. If approved, work will start on both projects, which together amount to an investment of £20 million, next year, with first occupation due in 2017.

Construction work has begun on Stockwool’s £4.5 million regeneration of a warehouse in Bethnal Green, East London

The £13 million proposal, submitted to Highland Council last week, would create over 100 local jobs, with Robertson keen to recruit a variety of skills for this development project, thought to be one of the most complex in the city’s recent history.

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he 1,716m2 scheme in Vyner Street will redevelop the warehouse into 23 new homes and 410m2 of flexible office space. The development features two blocks of four and five storeys with office space on the ground floor and new apartments above. Sited in the Regents Canal Conservation Area the building’s elevations reflect the surrounding Georgian terraces while a combination of dark and grey brick, copper rainscreen and timber cladding creates a modern finish. Jamie Macarthur, planning manager at

Aitch Group said: ‘Yet again Aitch Group are at the forefront of regenerating a key part of London’s East End. Set on the edge of the Regents Canal Conservation Area, the proposals are of high architectural and urban design quality. Aitch Group look forward to delivering another exciting scheme while contributing to the much needed housing supply in London.’ The scheme is set to complete in March 2017.

“Yet again Aitch Group are at the forefront of regenerating a key part of London’s East End.” Jamie Macarthur, planning manager at Aitch Group, “This newly improved White Book System Selector has been developed with our customers’ feedback and industry demands in mind to ensure we are providing long-term solutions and supporting future technology demands within the industry.” Coming soon, as part of the White Book System Selector, is a Waste Estimator tool which will help to eliminate potential waste at building design stage by assessing component requirements direct from building information model data. The tool will recommend board and studs lengths and generate a ‘shopping list’ of British Gypsum products required to complete a project in line with the building information model while minimising excess materials.

British Gypsum helps industry specify for success The British Gypsum White Book System Selector enables building designers and specifiers to quickly identify solutions that meet project requirements, and download all related documentation, including BIM files and .dwg CAD files.

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riginally launched in early 2014, the tool has recently been further developed to give construction professionals an improved way to specify the best solutions for each of their projects. The revised portal now includes new features, including a ‘My Projects’ area, which allows users to create project profiles and then attribute appropriate system solutions. This enables relevant system information for a specific construction

project to be retrieved on subsequent uses of the tool. Any updates to product specifications are flagged, so customers are able to ensure they have the most up-to-date information at all times. Paul Campbell, Commercial Sector Manager at British Gypsum, said: “At British Gypsum, we’re committed to investing in the development of our products, systems and services to ensure we’re giving our customers the innovative solutions they need.

The latest improvements follow extensive customer engagement and also compliment British Gypsum’s recently updated White Book to deliver more accurate information in an easier-tonavigate format. The White Book, which has been in production for more than 35 years, is a comprehensive guide to everything British Gypsum offers, from product selection, to expert advice, installation information and new construction details.

To try the latest White Book System Selector for yourself visit http://www.british-gypsum. com/white-book-system-selector

“This newly improved White Book System Selector has been developed with our customers’ feedback and industry demands in mind to ensure we are providing long-term solutions and supporting future technology demands within the industry.” Paul Campbell, Commercial Sector Manager at British Gypsum.


First Class Wet Rooms Here at First Class Wetrooms we pride ourselves on the quality of the products we supply and the quality of service that we provide.

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e are a specialist in the wet room market and are able to supply a huge range of products for the entire bathroom and wet room sectors. Over the years we have evolved from a specialist wet room installation company into many people’s first choice supplier of bathroom and wet room products. During that time we found that many suppliers were lacking in both the range of products

In this modern age we found the demands for wet rooms were coming from the entire bathroom sector, whereas wet rooms used to be considered either exclusive to the limited mobility or commercial sectors of our market.

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offered and the technical expertise that the modern consumer deserves when making significant purchases in our sector, so where the market was lagging we stepped up and decided to lead from the front.

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In this modern age we found the demands for wet rooms were coming from the entire bathroom sector, whereas wet rooms used to be considered either exclusive to the limited mobility or commercial sectors of our market. With the advent


of customers changing demands we have found the progression from those sectors to the bathroom market as a whole, extremely easy to embrace. New and innovative product launches (from companies such as Novellini, Impey, Huppe, Roca and Vado) especially designed for this growing sector have eased our ability to offer customers varying choices in everything from shower screens to shower valves. No longer do customers have to choose from very commercial looking products. Now we have access to a wide range of products that give all the benefits that the Wet Room market demanded but with the ascetics of products specifically designed for the modern and fashionable bathroom.

To us customer satisfaction comes from many things and offering extremely competitive prices is only the start. We also pride ourselves on giving a strong technical support and are happy to guide customers where advice is required.

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To us customer satisfaction comes from many things and offering extremely competitive prices is only the start. We also pride ourselves on giving a strong technical support and are happy to guide customers where advice is required. Having been established for well over 20 years as a supply company and with a heritage that stems from installing wet rooms for much longer, we know that our technically experienced staff add that little extra service that our competitors lack. So whether a client wishes to buy anything from a shower to a complete bathroom or wet room or just wants to find inspiration by perusing our web site for ideas, First Class Wet Rooms is here to make the experience a simple pleasure and not an expedition in confusion and frustration.

Technical Help Desk – Got A Question? t: 01626 332210 e: info@firstclasswetrooms.co.uk www.firstclasswetrooms.co.uk


IXMO ďŹ ttings from KEUCO Less is more.

Concentrated functionality and minimalist design in the shower

other functions such as a wall outlet for shower hose, hand shower bracket, stop valve or selector. This allows the number of products on the wall to be reduced, and enhances the appearance at the same time.

ith IXMO – a technical innovation in fittings – KEUCO reveals new possibilities for shower fittings with a minimalist design. At the centre of the IXMO fitting is a single-lever mixer or thermostat which can be combined with multifunctional fitting elements in a coordinated design.

Since the individual fitting units can be freely positioned, IXMO offers a high standard of design freedom. Fittingelements in one standard size, either round or rectangular, and measuring merely 90mm, all have a coordinated design which is both modern and timeless. The brilliant chrome surfaces emphasize the precise forms and the precious character of the fittings. The single-lever mixer for the shower is available with its own handle, but it is also available in other design variations to match all KEUCO fittings series.

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The unique concentration of functions

The central concept behind the IXMO fittings for the shower is the concentration of functionality.

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in one place at the wall spout offers design freedom on the one hand, and a simplified appearance on the other. Moreover, an intelligent depth offset system ensures that all elements project out from the wall in an equal appearance. With the new IXMO fittings for the shower, KEUCO once again demonstrates its high standard of innovation in design and technology.

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The central concept behind the IXMO fittings for the shower is the concentration of functionality. An IXMO single-lever mixer or thermostat is always combined with multifunctional IXMO elements which, in addition to connections for one, two or three water channels, also compactly unite

Another special advantage of IXMO fittings can be found in the wall itself. Here the fitting system scores with intelligent innovations: At a variable installation depth of 80 to 110mm, the single-lever mixer and thermostat feature an intelligent depth offset, which always ensures that the fitting elements project out from the wall in an equal appearance as the fine construction set adapts to the basic construction set. So installation is extremely practical, quick and reliable: simply slide on the visible component and screw tight. A novel new integration of design and functionality for the future.


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T & O Plaster Castings London, established in 1972 are the UK’s foremost experts in decorative plaster restoration and bespoke plaster products.

T&O is one of Britain’s leading plaster moulding specialists. Its success lies in its commitment to fine craftsmanship and an individual approach to the needs of the customer.

Our decorative plaster restoration expertise spans over 40 years and is second to none.

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We have produced decorative plaster products for everyone from private homes to the Albert Hall the Olympic hotel and everything in-between.

orking for architects and designers as well as for private clients, the company will provide total project management service from concept to completion. All products are hand made by dedicated craftsmen using methods and materials handed down to them yet incorporating the benefits which up-to-date technologies provide. Specialists in repairing, extension or restoration of existing fibrous plaster mouldings, faithfully reproducing an authentic match with the originals. T&O have a broad customer base at home and abroad. With in depth expertise, specialists in both external and internal plaster refurbishment work of the highest standard.

All products are hand made by dedicated craftsmen using methods and materials handed down to them yet incorporating the benefits which up-to-date technologies provide.

T&O Plaster Castings London can manufacture and install any bespoke plaster product you may require for your commercial or private home project.

T&O’s expertise, experience, resources and commitment to excellence provide a unique and invaluable service to architects, designers, builders and private clients for contracts that are both traditional or modern, large or small. Our plaster restoration expertise spans over 40 years and is second to none.

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nterior Plaster Restortion

T&O Plaster Castings London have over 40 years of experience in restoring architectural plaster work to its former glory. We have restored everything from plaster statues in private homes to vast, highly decorated ceilings in period, commercial properties. T&O’s ability to undertake plaster work of the most intricate nature is due, in part, to its library of mouldings. These include beautiful hand carved reverse moulds which are works of art in themselves and along with 20,000 items from various periods the company is able to provide an impressive range of classical and contemporary designs.

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Sand and cement or carved stone were traditionally used. Nowadays, their modern equivalents are reconstructed stone, GRP,Jesmonite and GRC. These products are extremely durable enabling T&O to produce the most detailed exterior mouldings. We undertake restoration and renovation of stucco, GRG, GRC and GRP.

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Ponte Giulio introduces the world’s strongest plasterboard fixing Stud walls present a problem to many installers when fixing heavy objects such as radiators, towel rails, kitchen cupboards, bathroom cabinets and televisions. WINGITS® are designed to solve that problem, offering a uniquely robust and reliable wall fixing!

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ick Gontar, business development manager at Ponte Giulio, said: “When weight and strain is applied to wall fixtures and fittings, over time they can work themselves loose and become unsafe. Although there are lots of different wall fixture and fastening solutions available on the market, none can offer the strength and durability of WINGITS®, which have been proven during testing to be the strongest fastenings in the world. They also offer a lifetime guarantee, giving complete peace of mind.” Manufactured from structural plastic and using Stainless Steel screws WINGITS® are also an ideal choice for all bathroom and wet room fixings. For more than 15 years WINGITS® have been manufactured, approved and used within the healthcare and hospitality industry, including every well-known hotel chain throughout North America, counting the Hilton group, Holiday Inn and Best Western amongst their satisfied customers. They offer a fuss free fixing solution with installation taking less than one minute, without the need for any specialist tools. Ponte Giulio holds exclusive distribution rights to WINGITS® worldwide outside of the U.S.A, offering the UK a never before seen, uniquely robust and reliable wall fixing.

For more information call Ponte Giulio on 01273 735005 or email enquiries@pontegiulio.co.uk. “Although there are lots of different wall fixture and fastening solutions available on the market, none can offer the strength and durability of WINGITS®, which have been proven during testing to be the strongest fastenings in the world.” Nick Gontar, business development manager at Ponte Giulio Italian company, Ponte Giulio is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of disabled products for bathrooms.

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Founded in 1973, the evolution of the company’s product range over time has led to a specialism in products that are more aesthetically pleasing than other accessible bathroom products on the market.

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Ponte Giulio’s range of products is appropriate for hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, schools and other commercial and residential uses. What has distinguished the Ponte Giulio brand is its commitment to designing products that guarantee a safe and pleasant use of the bathroom for people all over the world.


ISO-BLOCO WIN2WALL offers great performance and low cost for UK installations

Window installers can now take advantage of the new ISOBLOCO WIN2WALL multi-level sealing tape from ISO-Chemie, which combines excellent performance with competitive cost and is specifically designed for sealing the perimeter joint between windows, doors and walls in the UK.

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ot only does ISO-BLOCO WIN2WALL enable windows and doors to be quickly and easily sealed from inside the building, the product will seal gaps from 2 mm to 8 mm, which will accommodate the vast majority of UK window installations, and will come in 2 widths to give the extra thermal insulation equivalent to A Rated (40mm tape) or A+ and A++ windows (65 mm tape) Among the key advantages of WIN2WALL are not only its thermal performance, but it is also weather tight to 600 Pa (Violent Storm Force 11) and has excellent acoustic insulation properties. Installing a window or door using WIN2WALL will give the window an equivalent or better thermal property than the window unit itself. Even the smaller 40mm size tape will give the joint between the window and wall a U-Value of 1.2, equivalent to an Energy A-rated window. Other comparable size tapes on the market will not match the 1.2 U-value or the performance of an A-rated window. The larger WIN2WALL size tape will give an A-Value of 0.7, which is even better than a triple glazed Passivhaus standard window. WIN2WALL is applied to the window prior to installation and has very slow expansion speed to give ease of installation for large windows or even patio doors. WIN2WALL also complies with the Zero Carbon Hub project by using materials that fill the gap between ‘designed performance’ and ‘built performance’ to give a guaranteed on site performance. This makes WIN2WALL particularly useful to new build developers who are looking for excellent and consistent performance across potentially large installation projects. Ultimately, ISO-BLOCO WIN2WALL offers the installer a more straightforward installation in all weather conditions and the end user reduced energy bills. Along with ISO-Chemie’s ISO-BLOCO ONE sealing tape, WIN2WALL is also permeable to outward moving vapour diffusion according to the RAL principles of 3-level sealing and is more air tight on the inside than the out. This guarantees that the joint will dry out completely.

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More at www.iso-chemie.co.uk or email p.thompson@ iso-chemie.co.uk. Tel: 01207 566874.

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ISO-Chemie is one of Europe’s main producers of impregnated foam sealants, specialising in the manufacturer of foam products from polyethylene (EPE), polypropylene (EPP) and polyurethane (PUR) using the latest production techniques. The company’s UK technical and distribution operation is based in the North East of England, supported by a dedicated logistics service to ensure customer orders are completed as quickly and efficiently as possible (usually next-day delivery).

Ultimately, ISO-BLOCO WIN2WALL offers the installer a more straightforward installation in all weather conditions and the end user reduced energy bills.


INDASOL & AVANTI Located in the heart of the UK, INDASOL & AVANTI provide a complete range of high performance bonding, sealing and protection products for all aspects for manufacturing and installing.

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ithin our range we have structural adhesives, UHB structural tapes, high shear adhesive/sealants hybrids and a full range of surface protection films. Established over 10 years ago, INDASOL pride themselves on offering cost effective high performance bonding solutions backed up with full technical support. Our Structural Bonding UHB Tapes and Adhesives have been carefully formulated to offer the best performance in the most challenging of applications. Designed to replace rivets, screws and welding, these products offer a flush front finish for architectural cladding, decorative trimming and many other technical applications. The UHB Tapes come in a range of thicknesses and can expand and contract up to four times their original thickness. Slit these to order, we can provide widths of your choosing and most deliveries are next working day. Ability to powder coat after making the bond with UHB or 2 Part Adhesives is an obvious benefit as you do not need to second fix screws, hide welding or have ugly screw caps on show.

Frames, Ceramics, Marble and Granite, Carpet, Timber Frames and also our unique Smash Safe Window Tape which means you can shore up broken windows to secure the glass in one place. This is particularly useful when removing old windows.

Established over 10 years ago, INDASOL pride themselves on offering cost effective high performance bonding solutions backed up with full technical support.

We operate a very flexible approach and like to get involved at the early stages of any project to ensure the best solution is proposed for each application. We also provide free of charge samples and free of charge technical assistance. Please contact us for your competitive quotation.

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Due to the impeccable communication and seamless working relationship between supplier and client, the installation of this majestic product was turned around in less than 5 months, leaving both the architects and Boon Edam Ltd delighted with the results.

Opening the Door to a Bygone Era at Fortnum & Mason Boon Edam was delighted to be chosen as the main supplier for the bespoke entrance to the new ‘bygone era’ style restaurant at Fortnum & Mason based in London.

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he new restaurant aptly named 45 Jermyn Street is the latest addition to the high-end department store which has been successfully running since 1707.

Turning Old into New Due to its old fashioned glamour and vintage beauty, the designers of this new restaurant wanted to create a lasting impression right from the start by incorporating an authentic looking entrance to this chic new eatery. As experts in the field of entrance design, Boon Edam were chosen by the restaurant designers to design, manufacture and install a traditional-style entry way which would also be fitting for the modern world. The bespoke revolving door was entirely hand made out of timber with a power assisted drive and an additional collapsible door set added to allow for the passing of bulky items and larger items of luggage.

Experts in Design As a world leader in entry design, our client opted to work with Boon Edam Ltd whose reputation is synonymous with reliability and quality. Like Fortnum & Mason, the Boon Edam brand is long standing and

being manufactured from Oak in order to compliment the look of the new restaurant and to help retain its functionality required in its day-to-day use”. Due to the impeccable communication and seamless working relationship between supplier and client, the installation of this majestic product was turned around in less than 5 months, leaving both the architects and Boon Edam Ltd delighted with the results.

Customisation and Communication Putting our client at the forefront of this project, Boon Edam ensured that all communication was thorough throughout the entire design and manufacture stages of this project and that clear communication was continued right through to completion. By working closely with our client, we were able to ensure that all design needs were met at every step of the process. It was obvious during the early stages that certain aspects such as lead times, costs and material matching could potentially cause problems for the designer but Boon Edam helped to alleviate these concerns and kept communications open during the whole process. A unique aspect of this working relationship was the option given for the client to visit the Boon Edam factory based in the Netherlands. This gave a further opportunity for our client to view the bespoke door product as a completed product prior to it being delivered to the UK. It also gave the architects the opportunity to get a clearer idea of what was being provided and to allow for any changes that needed to be made before being dispatched. David Healy, Area Project Manager at Boon Edam Ltd said “From start to finish, liaising closely with the client and the architect, the Fortnum & Mason bespoke revolving door progressed efficiently throughout the design, manufacture and installation process. In my view, the uniqueness of this door comes down to it

With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, the entry has become the centre of activity in many buildings. As the importance of the entry as a mobility hotspot increases, the demands we put on managing the passage of people through them grow. Royal Boon Edam is a global market leader in entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 140 years of experience in engineering quality, we have gained extensive expertise in managing the movement of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings. We are focussed on providing an optimal experience for our clients and their clients. By working together with you, our client, we help determine the exact requirements for the mobility hotspot in and around your building and develop a solution that is customised for you in three key areas: sustainability, security and service.

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This prestigious door design was chosen by the designer for many reasons. Due to its prominent position in Piccadilly, London, the architects were tasked with creating a statement entrance piece which would also ooze a quintessential look and feel which would, in turn, blend in with the overall quintessentially English theme of the department store. The revolving door was also a first choice option as a way of overcoming the great British weather of cold winds and wet weather! Typically, a revolving door can eliminate the amount of cold air that enters a building during its use and rivals that of a more traditional swing door which lacks any control of draughts during cold spells.

internationally recognised for providing its customers with the quality workmanship that they’ve come to expect over the years. As a unique company which started life in designing wooden revolving doors back in 1873, our client knew that Boon Edam Ltd were more than experienced in this field. Having initially discussed their needs and expectations and by providing examples of previous timber based revolving doors, Boon Edam were able to easily supply the client with a design they were after.

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into offices and recently has been undergoing a major revamp while still retaining key characteristics of the building, to bring it up to 21st century office standards. An important requirement was to improve the thermal insulation throughout the building, thus retaining the buildings heat and reducing energy bills.

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Sat adjacent to the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral is the grade II* Listed Chapter House designed by Christopher Wren and his son and built between 1712-1714.

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he Chapter House has been used by the Cathedral over the years for many purposes; it began as accommodation for the Dean and other members of the Chapter. Interestingly like St Paul’s Cathedral which has been rebuilt five times, the current Chapter House was not the first to stand on site, its predecessor was destroyed in 1666 by the Great fire of London. During the Second World War, the building narrowly avoided being destroyed by the bombings, but did suffer severe damage. Seen as the administrative heart of the Cathedral it was refurbished during the 1950s

As specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, Selectaglaze were specified as their tested products can reduce heat loss by up to 50%. A number of Selectaglaze products

Established in 1966 and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working in buildings of all types from Listed to new build.

were used to suit the various window styles and sizes. These were mostly chosen from the slim-line range that is particularly appropriate for heritage buildings, as they are unobtrusive and accepted as a reversible adaptation by heritage agencies across the UK. Over 120 units have been installed in six different colour finishes to match the existing frames. Established in 1966 and Royal Warrant holders since 2004, Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience working in buildings of all types from Listed to new build. For further information, literature and test results, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271 e-mail: enquiries@selectaglaze.co.uk or visit: www.selectaglaze.co.uk


Doors, Windows & Fittings P C Henderson introduces Slidoclose: A smooth operator for sliding doors

P C Henderson, leading designer and manufacturer of sliding door hardware, introduces Slidoclose, a pneumatic door closer that is suitable for both new and retrofit sliding door applications. The hardware is easy to install, and is ideal for residential and light commercial use. The Slidoclose features an adjustable speed setting, making it suitable for sliding door applications that require a smooth and quiet closing operation. For use where a power source is not required, the hardware is suitable for timber or metal sliding door panels and has been tested to accommodate doors with a weight up to 100kg and a width of up to 1270mm. Andrew Royle, UK Commercial Director, P C Henderson adds:“We are always looking at introducing new products that our customers will find valuable. With Slidoclose, our customers can now transform their new or existing sliding doors with an application that enhances the closing function thanks to its pneumatic operation.” Suitable for both left and right hand opening doors, Slidoclose is available in a striking chrome finish with an attractive matching fascia and an adjustable speed feature. P C Henderson is a member of the Door & Hardware Federation which represents all the key manufacturers and installers of industrial, commercial, pedestrian and garage doors and powered gates, as well as manufacturers of locks, building hardware and architectural ironmongery.

To download the latest digital brochure please visit – www.pchenderson.com

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GARADOR ROLLS OUT BRAND NEW LOOK Britain’s top garage door manufacturer has completely redesigned its fleet of delivery vehicles.

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ith clean lines and a fresh mid-blue and white styling, Garador’s lorries now reflect its modern image; which complements Garador’s leadership in not only garage doors, but also in service and delivery.

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The vehicles are fitted with automatic lifting and carefully designed secure sections to ensure garage doors arrive at their destination in perfect condition. They also provide a telephone notification service, where a member of the Garador transport

“The upgraded lorries, with their new colouring and clear, clean signage, are now an excellent reflection of Garador and what we stand for.” Simon Hipgrave, Garador managing director.

team calls the customer 7 days before any products are due to be delivered, and again 24 hours before hand, to help them plan for when the door arrives. By doing this, Garador hopes to save its customers time and money, enabling them to plan more effectively for the fitting of their new door. “We are delighted with the new look,” said Garador’s managing director Simon Hipgrave. “Garador has recently invested in new door designs and technology, and we felt it was time to invest in our delivery fleet. The upgraded lorries, with their new colouring and clear, clean signage, are now an excellent reflection of Garador and what we stand for.” Garador also offers a range of information services to ensure quick and easy selection of garage doors, whatever the requirement. The Garador website fully details the vast choice of doors available and Garador also offers a range of print brochures plus product and instructional videos on Garador’s own YouTube channel at www.youtube. com/garadoruk. There is also an informative blog on blog.garador.co.uk.

Find out more about Garador’s range of garage doors by calling 01935 443798 or visit www. garador.co.uk


THE DESOWOOD REPAIR SYSTEM

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Mix the Quantity of Desowood RAP – 4H required.

Introductory Pack cost: £138.06 including VAT and carriage Introductory Pack content: 1 set Desowood SAP-4H (two bottles), 3 sets Desowood RAP-4H (2 tubes x 3), One Dispensing Gun.

This offer is for new customers only and is limited to one free dispensing gun per customer / company. The offer may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

To purchase the Introductory Pack please call us or send us your details by e-mail.

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TOUCH IRONMONGERY LTD www.atouchofbrass.co.uk 210 Fulham Road, Chelsea London SW10 9PJ

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stablished 33 years ago in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers. Originally called ³$7RXFKRI%UDVV´WKH¿UP changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to DOVRUHÀHFWWKHEURDGHUUDQJH RISURGXFWVDQG¿QLVKHVWKDW they sell. In fact today, Touch can VXSSO\DZLGHUDQJHRI¿QLVKHV including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze -solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list NHHSVJURZLQJ:KDWHYHU¿QLVK you require, Touch can help you get the right look.

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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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Ironmongery market, Touch mainly supply to residential SUHPLVHVEXWKRWHODQGRI¿FH properties also contribute to their vast clientele. The company also have a healthy export market to all corners of the world, namely the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Touch’s owner and founder, Bill Benham, has 33 years’ experience in the ironmongery trade, as do his colleagues Jim Haselup and Alan Blanchard. Saleem Qureshi is the newest member of our team and has 10 years’ experience, meaning their knowledge is unrivalled in this industry. The range of products supplied by Touch date from circa 1640 French (Louise XIV) and cover all subsequent periods (Georgian, Edwardian & Victorian), art deco and contemporary pieces also make up the product ranges. In addition, Touch showcases the very best of British manufacturing; the best ranges are still produced in the Midlands by craftsmen in factories dating back 200 years or more. Touch also sell European manufactured goods

which is considered to be of a very good quality and in recent years they have introduced some of the far eastern made products, albeit in a limited range but cost effective. With trends continuously evolving, new innovative products are constantly under development. Touch understand that keeping up with the fashion-shifts is imperative in order to provide every customer with the best solution for their requirements. ,URQPRQJHU\FDQEHDGLIÂżFXOW and complicated aspect of a building project, as a result Touch aim to take this awkward aspect and make it user friendly and clear to understand by offering an onsite service where they carry out a detailed door by door, window by window, room by room Ironmongery schedule, highlighting all requirements and identifying any items that can be refurbished. Refurbishment is a large part of the business; Touch will undertake complete ironmongery refurbishment projects, and can restore old paint covered door furniture to their former glory, looking as new, at a fraction of the cost to replace.

For more information about Touch Ironmongery or to arrange a showroom visit please call 0207 351 2255 or alternatively visit www.atouchofbrass.co.uk


OLARIA BARCELONA has now come to London Olaria full range is now available from Touch Ironmongery. Olaria are manufacturers based in Barcelona. Est.1934. Suppliers of luxury hardware to the most emblematic buildings of Barcelona such as Casa Berenguer and Casa Mila of Architect Gaudi, Old Hotel Ritz, Hotel Avenida Palace, Hotel Majestic and many commercial and luxury buildings. www.olaria.es


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THE R9

JOURNEY RESIDENCE 9 is a window and door system designed to authentically replicate 19th Century timber designs.

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he traditionally elegant flush exterior and stylish decorative interior create that classic aesthetic, whilst the modern composite material lends itself to the sometimes frantic pace of modern living by being virtually maintenance free; no painting or staining required. A combination of design, innovation and technological advancement is how Residence 9 outperforms many other systems. It can accommodate triple or double glazing, with market leading thermal and acoustic performance, achieving an A+ energy rating and 0.8 U-value. Residence 9 is proud to be designed and made in the UK, it was created with the enduring designs of British architecture in mind and has many bespoke options that can satisfy a range of homes from the grandeur of stately homes, to the solid good looks of Georgian and Victorian, right through to the present day. As well as a stunning range of windows, it can be incorporated into fabulous French, Residential and Composite doors and elegant Orangeries and Garden Rooms. All of these are available in a handpicked collection of heritage colours that can be personalised to match existing furnishings by choosing a different colour inside to outside. Your Residence 9 is unique to you. Residence 9 has recently been shortlisted for ‘Best Window’ in the prestigious Build It Awards 2015, demonstrated as being the perfect choice for traditional renovations and contemporary builds. Please email journey@residence9.co.uk to request a copy of our new marketing materials. Your R9 journey is just beginning‌

A combination of design, innovation and technological advancement is how Residence 9 outperforms many other systems.

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high resolution LCD display and in-built expansion vessel. The water-cooled motor, protective casing, vibration damper feet and electronics that modulate the motor RPM on the basis of the set pressure (set point) and requested flow rate, make e.sybox mini extremely quiet compared to traditional pump models and vibration-free. For water in the bathroom, washing machine, kitchen sink, irrigation system, and any other device using water in the home, e.sybox mini guarantees constant delivery of water at the right pressure, making all annoying low water pressure problems a thing of the past. The launch of the ‘MINI’ is the latest development in the e.sybox water pressure boosting pump range that was launched by DAB Pumps last year. Using ergonomic design and cutting edge technology to bring a ‘plumb and play’ dimension to installation, this range saves time, money and costs. It can be fitted vertically or horizontally on its anti-vibration mountings or onto a wall-mounted bracket. The e.sybox enables plumbers to reach flow rates of well over 12 litres/min and up to 120 litres/min. Plumbers also appreciate the fact that the unit can be

installed with copper and plastic pipes, adding more flexibility to the install. The unit’s clever design also means it also has variable positions for inlet and outlet pipework and can be plugged directly into the mains electricity supply. The LCD high-resolution display is adjustable for easy reading and the user-friendly interface makes it possible to access performance information and customise the main settings. The e.sybox carries a three-year guarantee. Energy efficient, the pump’s variable speed motor operates from 0.3kW to 1.5kW, providing a powerful performance. E.sybox is self-priming down to eight metres and the variable speed motor means the pump increases and decreases flow as demand dictates, saving unnecessary energy use and the associated cost of a fixed speed pump. T: 01279 652776 or (RoI) 0044 1279 652776 W: www. esybox.co.uk

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he final step in the development of the e.syline range, DAB Pumps has now introduced the new e.sybox ‘MINI’ electronic water booster system designed to guarantee the right pressure to meet water demands in the home. DAB now presents added value solutions for installers and families alike. For installers, the new design means simple and quick installation - just one third of the time normally needed for domestic installations - while families are guaranteed significant savings, a large reduction in operation noise and the certainty of just the right pressure in the right place throughout the home. E.sybox mini is now even more practical with ultra-compact dimensions. Above all in the houses of today, space is precious and there is the tendency to reduce the technical area to a minimum, which furthermore is not always concealed from sight as it used to be. The e.sybox mini thus stands out as a discreet and stylish furnishing element, proving to be highly popular with clients, as proved with e.sybox receiving the important award IF 2013 for design. As with the other models, e.sybox mini can also be installed horizontally or vertically as required. An all-in-one, out-of-the-box solution, E.sybox mini does not require any additional components for installation. It is made up of a multi-stage, self-priming pump, electronic control inverter, pressure and flow sensors, adjustable

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Editor’s Choice

New Animated Installation Video For The Helifix Dixie Micro-pile

New Recess Shower Solution for Compact Bathrooms

Helifix has created a new animation which shows step by step installation procedures for its versatile Dixie micro-pile. The animation clearly demonstrates how these high performance micro-piles can be used either to stabilise existing buildings that are suffering from subsidence or to help form secure and level foundations for new constructions. The animation can be viewed at www.helifix.co.uk/videos The well proven and technically advanced Dixie micro-pile is backed by International Code Council (ICC) certification and conforms to AC358, the International Standard for helical foundation underpinning systems. Dixie micro-piles combine with the Helibeam masonry stabilisation system to provide a complete structural repair solution which economically and sympathetically restores full structural integrity as all repairs, both above and below ground, are fully concealed.

UK shower enclosure manufacturer Aqata has launched a brand new recess option for the bathroom, increasing its line-up of luxury shower solutions for recessed spaces. The new Spectra SP462 Double Door Recess option features hinged inward opening doors allowing easy access to the shower. It offers a simple yet practical solution for compact bathrooms, allowing maximum showering space outside the shower area whilst providing ample showering room inside. Forming part of the company’s contemporary frameless Spectra range of shower enclosures and screens, the new model is characterized by spans of 8mm toughened clear glass. Its polished chrome finish profiles are fully adjustable allowing the two ergonomically designed doors to close effortlessly onto discreet clear door seals, creating an effective and secure water barrier.

For project-specific technical advice contact the Helifix team on 020 8735 5200 or go to www.helifix.co.uk/downloads

For stockists contact Aqata. Tel. 01455 896 500 E-mail: sales@aqata.co.uk www.aqata.co.uk

Safetytread products are a range of bespoke, premium, high quality anti-slip stair nosings manufactured in the UK. The products are long lasting: made from recycled aluminium profiles and either a ‘carborundum’ or PVC-Composition filler. Safetytread is environmentally friendly and provides a more economical solution than cheaper plastic materials. The treads will add excellent slip resistance to any staircase (internal or external); can be tailor-made to fit the exact dimensions of a stair tread and are available in a wide range of colours. Not only do they give an extremely professional finish; they also highlight the importance of the health and safety of staff and customers. We will meet your stair nosing requirements with a tailor-made,

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For more information please visit www.safety-tread.co.uk email safetytread@bellplastics.co.uk or call us on 01202 625596.

ASK Italian loves low energy Lucci ceiling fans. Why not try them?

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Editor’s Choice

Histoglass MONO System

MONO RT+ Fireray Heater Keeps Optical Beam Smoke Detectors Clear of Condensation FFE’s Fireray optical beam smoke detectors provide wide area smoke detection when it is impractical to use traditional point-type detectors. With the onset of winter, lower temperatures can cause condensation to form on detector lenses and reflective prisms. This obscures the lens and prism, reducing the amount of infrared (IR) light reaching the detector. This has a similar effect to smoke and can lead to unwanted false alarms. To combat this issue, FFE has developed a new range of anti-condensation heaters for its Fireray range of optical beam smoke detectors and reflective prisms. This dramatically reduces the likelihood of condensation forming on the lens which, in turn, reduces the potential for false alarms. For further information call Tel: 01462 444 740 or visit: www.ffeuk.com

STANLEY Security

There’s thin and then there’s Histoglass MONO

A part of Stanley Black & Decker, STANLEY Security is one of the leading security and communications providers in the UK. Our latest innovative product is STANLEY Guard™; the Personal Security App that assists in protecting vulnerable people such as lone workers or individuals who may be at risk at work. STANLEY Guard™ operates across our European wide monitoring platform. Compatible with devices working on Apple®, Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows® operating Systems, STANLEY Guard is an exceptionally easy to use personal safety system. With a single “Shake” on the activated app, an alert is sent to the STANLEY 24-hour NSI Gold approved Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) along with the user’s location and a video/audio feed to enable the trained operator to verify the alert and initiate an emergency response. For further information E: info@stanleysecurity.co.uk www.stanleysecurity.co.uk T: 0844 254 0032

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 www.histoglass.co.uk or call 01423 500 844

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Overlooking Kelvingrove Park

Glasgow to build its future on sustainable foundations Figures released in early September by Markit have shown that the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has risen to 57.3, up 0.2 on July’s figures. While not as strong as the boom of 2014, where the industry was seeing returns of over 60 for much of the year, these figures represent a stable growth not seen in a decade.

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uch of this sustained growth has been led by the rise in residential construction across the UK, something which is receiving significant support from government initiatives across the country. That said, recent government figures have shown that the number of housing projects starts has fallen by 1% over the year and 6% over the last 3 months, to 136,320, leaving a long way to go to reach the 200,000 homes per year outlined by David Cameron in the lead up to the general election. It increasingly seems that tackling the issue at a local level may well be the way forward. Glasgow City Council are looking to lead the way in this aspect, having recently announced their comprehensive housing strategy People Make Glasgow Home, which will deliver 25,000 homes by 2025.

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As with many cities around the UK, lack of housing, especially affordable housing, has to be balanced against finding the physical space within the city. As a part of the People Make Glasgow Home campaign, there have been a selection of creative measures to release and repurpose areas within the city,

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the realisation of Glasgow’s newest city centre quarter and enabling us to continue our ambition to create quality homes and communities throughout Scotland”. The People Make Glasgow Home scheme will be complemented by the Sustainable Glasgow programme, which, according to Duncan Booker, Sustainable Glasgow Manager, “aims to support nothing less than a green re-industrialisation of the city - so that it can make the transition from being one of the industrial powerhouses of the global Industrial Revolution to becoming a smart, sustainable, low carbon city that once again leads the world”.

“We firmly believe this commitment by Glasgow City Council will further support the delivery of public sector housing in the city, driving the realisation of Glasgow’s newest city centre quarter and enabling us to continue our ambition to create quality homes and communities throughout Scotland”. Gary Climson, Managing Director of McTaggart Construction University of Glasgow tower ABOVE

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including converting empty shops into houses and opening up 20 new sites for development within the first year of the programme. Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “While there have been tremendous examples of new housing developments in Glasgow in recent years, such as the Athletes’ Village and Laurieston, the city needs to accelerate house building to meet changing and growing demand. The huge scope of housing activity that the council will be enabling, supporting and investing in over the next decade will truly transform Glasgow”. Gary Climson, Managing Director of McTaggart Construction, agreed: “We firmly believe this commitment by Glasgow City Council will further support the delivery of public sector housing in the city, driving

Duncan recently gave an exclusive interview to Scotland Build 2015, which will bring further discussion on the housing sector within Scotland to the SECC this November. When asked about the impact of Sustainable Glasgow on house building in the city, Duncan said: “The city’s domestic energy efficiency programme has levered in significant amounts of national and local funding to improve housing for tenants and homeowners. It has helped them to save hundreds of pounds a year off their fuel bills and also maintained and created jobs in the industry. The new homes at the Athletes Village are models of energy efficiency in their construction and the whole development has been a national exemplar for sustainability in construction. The city now aims to continue this success with the new Sighthill development”. Whether this model can be adapted across the UK remains to be seen, but Glasgow looks set to lead the way to ensure that Scotland and the UK keep building the houses required to sustain an ever-growing population. Glasgow City Council will be speaking at the Scotland Build 2015 conference, along with a number of leading industry figures, on the 25th & 26th November at the SECC. For more information visit www. scotlandbuildexpo.com.


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FROM DULL TO DELIGHTFUL WITH DR. SCHUTZ Hibaldstow Primary School in Hopfield has recently undergone major renovations, transforming its dated and dark main hall into a personalised and bright area for the children to enjoy.

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hanks to the clever design and specification of Dr. Schutz PU Sealer and PU Design, this has all been achieved at a third of the price for a full floor replacement. This main hall is a multipurpose room, used for serving food, extra work space and physical education. The original floor surface was badly worn and left looking grey and uninviting. The school decided that it was time to replace the floor, but at 100 square metres in size, it was also looking to be a costly project. Leading installer of anti-slip surfaces, Floor

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Safe Ltd, was given the brief to establish a bright, clean and, most importantly, safe underfoot environment with hard-wearing and easy-to-maintain qualities. This room is the most highly frequented area within the entire school, so the down time had to be kept to a minimum. Having already been quoted over £6,000 for a floor replacement, the school requested that Floor Safe provide an alternative solution. The solution was Dr. Schutz refurbishing products – PU Sealer and PU Design. Floor Safe renovated the floor back to its original state and then applied Dr. Schutz PU Sealer. The Sealer guarantees six times higher long-term protection against friction damage than a floor replacement, whilst

“With Dr. Schutz products, we were able to carry out the work for £2,450 - a third of the price that the school was originally quoted.” Glenn MacLaughlan, Managing Director of Floor Safe Ltd.

Established in 1955, the Dr Schutz organisation is based in Bonn, Germany and has a wealth of experience in the development, manufacture and sale of high quality, innovative care systems for all types of floor coverings. Represented in over 30 countries, Dr Schutz has been the market leader in Germany for many years and has enjoyed considerable international expansion over the last 10 years. At the same time, Dr Schutz has developed a comprehensive training programme, where delegates can attend courses designed for retailers, contractors and end-users, and which run at the company’s head office in Bonn and at their headquarters in Aylesbury.

incorporating anti-slip properties for ensured safety. Dr. Schutz PU Design was then applied to achieve the aesthetic requirements. Floor Safe applied PU Design in light grey with blue and white flecks as the base coat to achieve a bright terrazzo effect. The installers then embedded the school logo onto the floor, a unique feature that can be achieved by using Dr. Schutz products.

For more info on PU Design or PU Sealer, visit www.dr-schutz.com or call 01296 437827.

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“With Dr. Schutz products, we were able to carry out the work for £2,450 - a third of the price that the school was originally quoted,” says Glenn MacLaughlan, Managing Director of Floor Safe Ltd. “The school were delighted with the cost saving aspect, the fact that the project took a minimal amount of time to complete, and the overall end result. We pride ourselves in providing the top-service in floor protection or prevention of slips, therefore it is important for us to choose and use a product we trust. We are dedicated users of Dr. Schutz PU sealers and anti-slip products and our clients reactions are testament to the high quality these products have to offer.

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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”.

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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 info@slipstop.co.uk

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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he technical Experts at F. Ball know that the way to ensure the lasting performance of a new floorcovering installation is to deal with any damp or moisture problems from the outset. If not dealt with successfully at the start of the project, not only will the appearance of the new floorcovering be ruined, but the very fabric of its construction and ultimately the integrity of the installation will be compromised too. As the UK’s premier flooring product specialist, F. Ball have developed a specialist market leading range of high performance products providing a wide range of moisture control solutions. These products are tried and tested and used by the world’s best flooring contractors. Every flooring contractor knows the old maxim – time is money, so when there are products that can deliver better economy, are easier to apply, and provide time-saving solutions guaranteed to perform perfectly, they’re bound to attract a lot of attention. Moisture is a tough problem requiring an even tougher solution – something that can ‘Hit Moisture Hard’ and deliver a ‘Knock-out blow’ that will prevent moisture winning the fight… Guaranteed! Accurate moisture testing in accordance with the British Codes of Practice BS 8203, BS 5325 and BS 8201 is essential to determine the Relative Humidity (RH) level within a subfloor. Where the RH is above 75%, the installation should not proceed, as excess moisture in the floor could result in blistering of the floorcovering or complete failure of the flooring installation. This may result in expensive and lengthy remedial work, including the possibility of a costly ‘rip out’. Visual inspection is insufficient as a surface can appear dry while excess moisture is still present. F. Ball recommend Moisture Levels be checked by use of their approved Digital Hygrometers, the Protimeter Aquant or

Protimeter Moisture Measurement System (MMS)… all available from F. Ball and approved wholesale outlets. Once levels have been accurately measured and confirmed you then need apply the best Waterproof Surface Membrane available. Introducing F Ball’s ‘Damp Destroyer’, Stopgap F77… a One-Coat (two-part) Epoxy system that can be used over subfloors with an RH measurement of up to 98%! This dynamic combination delivers a ‘Killer Blow’ and guarantees to leave Moisture ‘Down and Out’ in One Round! Available in 3kg, 7kg or 14kg options, this ‘Damp Destroyer’ is worth its weight in gold as it can even be used with underfloor heating (up to 90% RH) and can be regarded as a Winning Combination in almost every situation. F. Ball’s ‘Hydro-Slayer’ Stopgap F78… Weighing in at 6kg, 12kg or 18kg options, is a Two-Coat (one-part) Water Based System that has proven to be a True Winner as an EcoFriendly – Zero Waste Contender that delivers a ‘Decisive Blow’ to moisture where RH levels are present up to 95%! Both Stopgap F77 and F78 deliver ‘Heavyweight Knockout Performances’ given their Handy Pack Sizes… and they certainly don’t ‘Pull any Punches’ and will deliver the Ultimate Blow in the battle against Moisture. Kilo for Kilo there are no better ‘Weapons of Damp Destruction’ to have in your corner. The treatment of Moisture problems is a very serious element of any flooring contactor’s daily life… The secret to a successful outcome is to ‘Fight Smarter’ and ‘Beat Moisture… Black and Blue’ with F. Ball’s specialist Waterproof Surface Membranes!

For further information on the complete F.Ball range of Waterproof Surface Membranes, moisture control and moisture measurement please visit the F.Ball website www.f-ball.co.uk

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As the UK’s premier flooring product specialist, F. Ball have developed a specialist market leading range of high performance products providing a wide range of moisture control solutions. These products are tried and tested and used by the world’s best flooring contractors.

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Performance Statistics

Stopgap F77 The ‘Damp Destroyer’

Stopgap F78 The ‘Hydro-Slayer’

Pack Sizes

3kg, 7kg or 14kg kits

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12 months if unopened and stored under good conditions

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slimlite double glazing (edinburgh) ltd Self-cleaning Double Glazed Units

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tandard Double Glazed Units with wide cavities and varying insulation factors have been around for over fifty years and were generally used for new buildings, particularly for UPVC windows and timber windows constructed with large rebates to accept standard units. In Listed and Conservation Buildings the windows generally had very fine glazing bars which were not suitable for standard units and had to be single glazed with virtually no insulation. In very cold weather single glazing would be around the same temperature as the outside temperature. This would cause heating in a room to contact the cold glass and drop downwards at over two metres a second sometimes mistaken as draughty windows an expensive heating loss. Slimlite Double Glazed Units with

Our new Slimlite ULTRA CLEAR SELF CLEANING Double Glazed Units have a Light Transmission of 85% and Solar Factor of 79%. This is the clearest double glazed unit on the market today providing maximum daylight, clear vision and in winter in appropriate conditions may reduce the energy requirement. granted patent was launched in 2007, a very slim unit with Krypton gas, low emissivity glass and 5mm perimeter seal and in most cases matched the insulation of the standard wide units with argon gas.

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This opened up a completely new market where Listed Buildings subject to Planning approval could be fitted with Slimlite Double Glazed Units reducing energy costs. Slimlite are fully certificated which is a legal requirement and approved by many local Authorities.

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Our new Slimlite ULTRA CLEAR SELF CLEANING Double Glazed Units have a Light Transmission of 85% and Solar Factor of 79%. This is the clearest double glazed unit on the market today providing maximum daylight, clear vision and in winter in appropriate conditions may reduce the energy requirement.


Ultra Clear Self-cleaning Double Glazed Units We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Slimlite ULTRA CLEAR SELF CLEANING Double Glazed Units which have a visible light transmission of 85%. This indicates the percentage of visible light that is transmitted through the unit or daylight through a double glazed window and is the clearest low emissivity double glazed unit on the market today. This has been introduced to the market in response to the concerns expressed by 3ODQQLQJ2I¿FLDOVDQGRWKHUVFRQFHUQLQJWKHYLVXDOWLQWHGHIIHFWDSSDUHQWLQ/RZ Emissivity double glazed units. Slimlite Ultra Clear Self Cleaning Double Glazed Units with the improved clear vision ensures that the Low Emissivity glass is less visually apparent and maintains the insulation factor. Regards James Hickman

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I’m a Wi-Fi ready hAPPy chAPPy With over 12 years experience of supplying Electric Heating and Hot Water products to the UK market, The Electric Heating Company (EHC) is delighted to announce the latest in heating technology – the Wi-Fi ready Radiance Electric Heater.

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anufactured from High Grade Aluminium and housing High Performance Heating Oil and Elements, the Radiance is designed to meet the heating demands of the modern home. Due to the modular construction and air flow outlets at the top of the Heater the Radiance benefits from fast heat-up times and provides an even surface temperature with optimum convection.

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The Heater is fully programmable 24/7 and offers Eco, Comfort and Frost Protection settings with a mains power on/off switch located on the side of the radiator when heat is not required. The easy to use digital programmer is located at the top of the radiator for ease of operation and is easily accessible for future maintenance purposes.

The Radiance Heater combined with the SmartHome Wi-Fi kit is ideal for Hotels, Student Accommodation, Properties for Let as all the Heaters can be fully controlled remotely anywhere / anytime 24/7.

The PCB is housed in an easy to remove cartridge system to avoid removing the heater from the wall if a repair is required. The Radiance is supplied with a 10 year warranty on the body of the Heater and 2 years on the electronics. Our SmartHome Wi-Fi kit controls the Radiance Heater with any Apple or Android Smartphone, Tablet or PC. It is simple to install when connected to the internet within the property. When the App has been fully downloaded you are able to control your heating anywhere / anytime 24/7. The App has several menus which allow the following: 1. 2.

Time and Temperature settings Limiting Power Consumption

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Power and Temperature statistical data Individual Heater and System control Weather Forecast

The Radiance Heater combined with the SmartHome Wi-Fi kit is ideal for Hotels, Student Accommodation, Properties for Let as all the Heaters can be fully controlled remotely anywhere / anytime 24/7. The “Click & Fit” brackets supplied makes the installation of the Heater simple and easy.

For further information on the above please visit our website at the above address, e-mail info@electricheatingcompany.co.uk or call us on 01698 820533 to discuss.


Heating & Ventilation

Consort Claudgen Panel Convector Heaters

The very latest collection of Consort Claudgen’s designer panel convector heaters offers so much more with its clever design features. The white and stainless steel panel heaters now have strengthened grilles to increase durability. The wall mounting system features a new snap-on bracket which allows easy installation, and mounting and dismounting of the panel heater for cleaning and decorating. With wireless control option available, this slimline and energy saving range makes a perfect choice for both commercial and domestic use where space saving and efficiency with style are paramount. They are ideal for hotels, offices, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. To request copies of the latest catalogue, email: enquiries@consortepl.com, tel: 01646 692172 or fax: 01646 695195.

SMITH’S CASPIAN CONCEALED CAN HIDE ITS LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL!

For more information contact Smith’s Fan Convectors on 01245 324900; visit www.smiths-env.com; follow Smiths Fan Convectors on LinkedIn; or email via sales@smiths-env.co.uk

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Smith’s Fan Convectors has launched the Caspian Concealed fan convector to join its range of Caspian commercial fan convectors. The Caspian Concealed will meet the needs of contractors and installers who require all the benefits of a fan convector but need to hide them discreetly within the fabric of the building they are heating. The new model is incredibly versatile with different accessories to enable it to be fitted literally anywhere, to face any direction and be positioned in the optimum place the M&E contractor or installer needs to fit it. In line with all Smith’s fan convector, the Caspian Concealed (UCV) is compatible with all types of wet central heating systems and functions equally efficiently, whether connected to a conventional boiler or renewable technology, such as biomass boilers or ground or air source heat pumps. Incorporating the latest EC motor technology which can result in running cost savings as high as 80% and with variable speed control as standard the Caspian Concealed delivers heat quickly, efficiently and effectively.

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Thermal Wheel Heat Recovery A thermal wheel is an energy recovery heat exchanger positioned within the supply and exhaust air streams of an air-handling system or in the exhaust gases of an industrial process, in order to recover the heat energy.

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thermal wheel consists of a circular honeycomb matrix of heatabsorbing material, which is slowly rotated within the supply and exhaust air streams of an air-handling system. As the thermal wheel rotates, heat is picked up from the exhaust air stream in one half of the rotation and given up to the fresh air stream in the other half of the rotation. The heat exchange matrix is normally manufactured in aluminium, which has good heat transfer properties. The heat exchanger is rotated by a small electric motor and belt drive system. The motors are often inverter speed-controlled for improved control of the leaving air temperature. If no heat exchange is required, then the motor can be stopped altogether.

Because of the nature of thermal wheels in the way that heat is transferred from the exhaust air stream to the supply air stream without having to pass directly through an exchange medium, the gross efficiencies are usually much higher than that of any other air-side heat recovery system. The shallower depth of the heat exchange matrix, as compared to that, say, for a plate heat exchanger, means that the pressure drop through the device is normally lower in comparison. Although there is a small extra energy requirement to rotate the wheel, the motor energy consumption is usually very low and has little effect upon the seasonal efficiency of the device. In addition, the ability to recover “latent� heat, depending upon the materials and coatings used, can improve gross efficiencies by 10–15%.

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he Thermal wheels can become blocked and inefficient due to a lack of cleaning and maintenance and so do not do the job that they are designed to do. Many companies do not have the capability to clean these units. Blygold has been focusing on cleaning and replacing

rotary heat exchangers for many years now. The majority of service contracts hardly ever include inspection or overhaul of thermal wheels. Blygold can either remove , deep clean and replace the wheels or actually deep clean the wheels in situ on site.

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lygold uses a specific technique, in which a combination of water and compressed air pushes contamination out of the rotary heat

exchanger. Blygold install a device which is connected to the rotary heat exchanger with a magnet. A step motor with a gear transmission is attached to the conductor. Several sensors are attached, which detect the distance and count the number of revolutions. Then water and air are sprayed inside ( or only air, depending on the type of heat exchanger). Compared to the cleaning method that removes only the contamination on the surface, this fully automated deep cleansing technique is completely unique.

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ThermaSkirt provides the heating and skirting boards in one – and can be shaped to form curves, here seen in Cricket White.

Case Study: Onion Top Windmill with curved Thermaskirt When Jane & Steve Pluta wanted to renovate their unique and charming Windmill, they naturally considered the whole house heating system.

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The problem with the existing radiator system was that it did not suit the style (or shape!) of the Windmill, which retains the distinctive ‘onion’ top often lost over the years on most of the windmills in the County. Underfloor Heating (UFH) was considered as a way of making best use of the space and freeing up the curved walls, but the cost and possible structural implications of digging up the floors in a building dating from the1600’s, was simply not practical. Steve tasked his plumber with finding an ‘alternative to UFH’ – and he googled just that, finding ThermaSkirt – the skirting board that heats your home.

T he Solution

“We had our first (long) winter and have been very pleased with the system. ThermaSkirt is the future of heating.” Steve Pluta, Windmill owner.

What really caught Steve & Jane’s imagination was the ability to curve the ThermaSkirt to suit the shape of the walls, and the option to install on the plinths of the kitchen units – giving them more free walls to create additional cupboards space. In addition, being above ground, the system was installed with the minimum of fuss and disturbance using most of the original pipework, and responds very quickly whatever the floor covering – carpet, wood or tiles.

Description: Renovation of 17th Century Onion Top Windmill ThermaSkirt Profile: Urban LT in Golden Oak & Cricket White Client: Steve & Jane Pluta, North Lincs.

such an obvious solution and not just for the round rooms. Removing the radiators from the bedrooms has given us far more flexibility in layout and made all the rooms look and feel much bigger. We had our first (long) winter and have been very pleased with the system. ThermaSkirt is the future of heating.” Steve Pluta

ThermaSkirt is available in more than 5 styles and 7 colours (with any colour available to special order) so Jane and Steve were able to specify ThermaSkirt in Urban LT Cricket White for the circular living rooms, and Golden Oak on the fronts of the kitchen units. The ‘Deco’ profile provides a wall of warmth across the patio doors to ensure even the coldest area of the property is comfortably heated.

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“When we moved into The Mill last year, one of our top priorities was to improve the heating, both the effectiveness and aesthetics being critical. Radiators on a curved tapering wall do not look good, underfloor heating was our first thought but it soon became apparent it would restrict our choice of floor covering and to get the necessary levels of floor insulation for UFH on the ground floors, the installation would have created far too much disruption and mess. Providing even heat all the way around the rooms at ground level in the skirting seemed

Kitchen units and patio doors present no problem to ThermaSkirt, as options are available to allow its installation even here.

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As Seen on Dragons Den, ThermaSkirt is a radiator designed to look like a skirting board providing an even and comfortable heat, all around the room at low level – just like UFH. The skirting boards are made from a very energy efficient aluminium polymer,

with the hot water pipes ‘moulded’ into the back. When the hot water passes through the skirting boards, they heat up and radiate warmth into the room.

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Cavity wall insulation

IT WILL MAKE YOUR HOME WARMER AND HELP YOU SAVE ON HEATING BILLS, BUT HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT SYSTEM?

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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?

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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?

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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


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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 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

‘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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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.

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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.

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

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Latest News Adjaye wins major London redevelopment project Adjaye Associates has landed the job to develop an office building on the Strand in London he practice, which recently won planning permission for a £600million redevelopment opposite The Ritz in Piccadilly, has been appointed by developer Alchemi Group to look at options for the central London site. The scheme overlooking Trafalgar Square will replace a 1980s office building which is currently the headquarters of developer Land Securities. David Adjaye, commented: ‘Five Strand is situated at a critical intersection for London’s diverse geographies – a place where the commercial, political, cultural, and ceremonial cores of the city converge. ‘The project team is highly sensitive to the rich interplay of references and is considering a range of options. I am very excited to be part of that team and able to contribute to the evolving narrative of this incredible site.’

ECCI becomes first UK refurbishment scheme to achieve BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating ECCI-8757The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has become the first refurbished building in UK to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’, achieving a score of 87.5 per cent.

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reated by Graham Construction, the building is the world’s first carbon innovation hub and was opened in the centre of Edinburgh by the Princess Royal in October 2014 after 19 months of construction and a £10.5 million investment. The ECCI has brought Scotland to the global forefront of low carbon innovation and executive education. The build involved Graham refurbishing and re-modelling the 17th Century Old High School and connected modern buildings and now compromises an innovation suite, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and large atrium space for exhibitions and events and social space.

“This is not only the first refurbished building in Scotland to attain this badge of honour, but across the UK as a whole.

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ondon, 10 November 2015 – If the 4000* ‘office-to-resi’ conversions given the green light between April 2014 and June 2015 go ahead, the owners could lose an estimated £72m** in unused capital allowances tax relief, according to research published today by Catax Solutions, the UK capital allowances specialist. Catax Solutions, an endorsed partner to The Law Society and ICAEW***, warned the lack of understanding surrounding capital allowances will see the value of lost tax relief rise even further following the announcement by Housing and Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, that so-called ‘permitted development rights’ will now be made permanent in an effort to boost housing supply. Capital allowances are a form of tax relief available to anyone incurring capital expenditure when building, buying, or refitting commercial property. They can be claimed against the ‘intrinsic fabrication’ within a building, from lighting fixtures, sprinkler systems and airconditioning units to heating systems, fire alarms and lifts. Based on the £500m+ of tax relief Catax Solutions has secured for over 7,000 clients, nine

in 10 commercial property owners have not made a capital allowances claim due to a lack of awareness. However, if a claim isn’t made before, or at, the point at which a commercial property is sold or converted to a residential building (thus losing its commercial property status), then the valuable tax relief available could be lost forever. Mark Tighe, Managing Director, Catax Solutions, commented: “Capital allowances can be complex, so it’s important the message here is a simple one: if you are considering converting a commercial property into a residential one, or selling it onto a residential developer, then you need to make a capital allowances claim before or at the point of sale or before work begins. If you don’t, you will instantly lose potentially tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax relief. Given the current housing shortfall, relaxing the planning rules to allow more office-to-resi conversions make sense but it doesn’t make sense for commercial property owners to not receive the tax relief that is their right by law. But if they rush into converting property without making a claim, this is exactly what could happen.”

Haringey seeks developer for £150m Hornsey Town Hall redevelopment London’s Haringey Council has begun the procurement process to find a developer for the Hornsey Town Hall site.

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Bidders will be asked to provide proposals that facilitate cultural, community and other activities in the Town Hall that meet the council’s aspirations for the building.

A planning condition links the development of the land to the rear and the refurbishment of the Town Hall in one project.

An initial £10m needs to be spent to take the building off the English Heritage At Risk Register. That money will come from the development of the land to the rear of the Town Hall, with the same developer taking on responsibility for both the development of the land and the refurbishment of the Town Hall.

he council has planning consent for the redevelopment of the site for mixed-use development, comprising the demolition of some existing buildings, conversion of retained buildings, and erection of new buildings for 123 apartments. Total scheme cost is the range of £100m to £150m.

Chief inspector challenges small construction sites to act now to manage workers health and safety The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) chief inspector of construction is challenging the refurbishment industry to act now and protect their workers, after 46 per cent of sites fell below standards during a recent inspection initiative.

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SE targeted small refurbishment sites during the month long drive and 692 enforcement notices and 983 notifications of contravention had to be served where there was a material breach of health and/or safety. Inspectors had to deal with immediate risks, such as work at height*, and also to deal with sites where workers were being exposed to silica dust and asbestos, which cause long term health problems.

Peter Baker, Health and Safety Executive’s chief inspector of construction said:“It is disappointing that some small refurbishment sites are still cutting corners and not properly protecting their workers. Falls from height are the most common killer in the industry but we still found workers put at risk to save minutes on the job – believing it wouldn’t happen to them.”

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Neil McFarlane, Graham Construction regional director, said: “To achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating with a refurbishment project is extremely challenging and a fantastic achievement for Graham Construction.

£72M IN TAX RELIEF SET TO BE LOST ON 4,000 APPROVED OFFICE-TO-RESI CONVERSIONS

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Interior Design with Door Handles Latest Trends & Styles! Written by Tony Cope Director of Solid Wood Doors (SWD) We’re always looking at new trends and themes, this month we’ve looked at internal door handles – we’ve seen some popular designs continue to show interest while some standard more average handle ranges have also become more ‘chic’! For me, choosing a door handle is the crowning moment of the door fitting process. Why shouldn’t it be as it’s normally the last thing fitters do before they finish fitting out usually one of many projects?!

Fitting handles is just the beginning of a long relationship we are about to have with our doors, so it is vitally important that those looking for a door set choose a good handle - the right one, not only regards to its looks, but also how it feels in our hand.

It’s also important as the handle lets us interact with our doors, helping us to open, close and in some cases lock our doors.

Many door sets come with satin stainless steel ironmongery as standard. This includes the door hinges, locks and latches but many

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do not include the handles, so always worth remembering when thinking about cost and purchasing details, including ordering lead times. The handles come as an extra, with many choosing the handle in the same finish to match the door set ironmongery.

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Fitting handles is just the beginning of a long relationship we are about to have with our doors, so it is vitally important that those looking for a door set choose a good handle - the right one, not only regards to its looks, but also how it feels in our hand. metallic effect of classy modern mixed with contemporary. Satin stainless steel gives the whole door set that up to date, simplistic feel which is a trend that is not only prominent here in the UK but across the whole of Europe at the moment. Polished stainless steel, on the other hand, has a more traditional look and feel about it and is as equally popular as its satin stainless steel counterpart (the only thing is that it can be a little more expensive – which is worth remembering when taking into the cost of multiple door sets with all the handles to go with them!).

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Karcher produces some very popular handles used on door sets, giving buyers the option of having handles on rose back-plates and matching turns and escutcheons. These are also competitively priced to buy from retail outlets, with prices averaging from around £40-£60. They also produce handles in the polished finish, which can be a little more expensive or a dual finish which is also


Whatever handles seem to be popular, it is the diverse array of styles and finishes that seem to be constantly popping up, showing that there’s more appetite than ever to choose the perfect handle. I am finding the two most popular Itersori handles at the moment are the Morphus Lever on back-plate with a polished finish and the Sata Lever on Rose. Both of these handles I have been supplying in a number of our projects across the South of England, so it’s a popular range at the moment and very much a modern trend!

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The Morphus lever’s back-plate helps the handle stand out, especially on the larger doors – giving that prominent, grand look which emphasises the individuality of the handle. It also gives you the option of having the lever and locks combined together on one plate instead of separately, when you have a lever on rose. The Sata handle on rose has sleek look giving the doors a modern twist whilst staying fairly natural. Hence the range is popular in rented developments or where less extravagant is preferred. Whatever handles seem to be popular, it is the diverse array of styles and finishes that seem to be constantly popping up, showing that there’s more appetite than ever to choose the perfect handle. popular, combining satin stainless steel and polished finishes on the one handle.

Itersori Growing ever more popular I seem to find are the handles produced by Itersori. These are Italian manufactured handles for properties wanting a more exclusive look. The styles and finishes of these handles vary greatly, whether one is looking for an ultra modern feel or the more classical and traditional look, the range is enormous and there are styles to suit all tastes.

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HOW OAKLAND PROJECTS HELPED TO PUT THE SPRING BACK INTO VISPRING

and ceilings and the stripping out of all electrical wiring, the installation of new walls, ceilings, wiring, flooring and decoration, all to be completed as quietly as possible so as not to disturb customers overhead.

Luxury building firm Oakland Projects recently helped to put back the Spring back into ViSpring, the company that is renowned as the world’s leading mattress and bed supplier.

The 3,000 sq ft area was fitted out with new plasterboard ceiling and walls finished in white and two-tone grey while the floor was completed using bleached oak. A hi tech lighting system was also installed with new graphics and light boxes with dimmable lighting schemes to match the 16 bed themes, which included light new fabrics.

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iSpring has just completed a major rebranding complete with a new logo which will help take the premier bed company into orbit. As part of the rebranding one important task was the complete refitting of ViSpring’s retail display area situated in the basement section of And So To Bed at its flagship outlet in Chelsea, central

With nearly 30 years’ practical experience, covering all market sectors, Oakland Projects has the benefit of a nationwide labour force.

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London. And So to Bed is a prestigious slumber specialist with over 30 stores throughout the UK.

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As the Kings Road outlet is open seven days a week it was important that the refurbishment project be completed with the minimum disruption and within the shortest period possible. To achieve its aims ViSpring called in London based Oakland Projects, a company that has worked closely with both ViSpring and And So to Bed over the past five years. Just six weeks was allowed for the completion of the project, which included demolition of interior walls

The work was completed on time for the new launch for the rebranding of the ViSpring company name and new logo to confirm the company’s position as the number one luxury bed and mattress supplier in the world with beds costing anything from £3,000 to £80,000. The new display area now features 16 bed displays with new beds, mattresses, fabrics, head boards and divan bases with ambient lighting designed to make customers feel at home. With nearly 30 years’ practical experience, covering all market sectors, Oakland Projects has the benefit of a nationwide labour force. The company specialises in luxury construction, fit-outs, upgrades, extensions and refurbishment programmes with a realistic work schedule for all clients. Oakland Projects now features a new website which showcases the company’s luxury building company’s impressive range of services, including bespoke shop fitting contracts. You can now view the company at www.oaklandprojects. co.uk or email info@oaklandprojects. co.uk


Rockford Our diverse and evolving range of products are imported from over 22 countries around the world. From the contemporary to the traditional - any style and any taste is catered for.

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ur range incorporates products for interior and exterior use as well as domestic and commercial applications, making Rockford your reliable supply partner, and the name to remember for your Natural Stone requirements. The successful inception of our contracts department at the end of 2008, solidified our reputation and standing within our industry. In just its first year, our contracts department saw the completion of many projects in both the commercial and residential sector and is developing rapidly, forging new and lasting relationships with architects, designers, contractors, builders, tilers etc… In conjunction with our contracts department, we also offer a bespoke sourcing service, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website do not fear, as we can produce almost anything you need, to your exact specification in the majority of our materials. No project is too small or too large, let us know today what you are looking for and see how our team can be of assistance.

Rockford – 01606 841 000

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Landscaping & External Works

D&R SIMMONS LTD D & R Simmons Ltd have been trading in flower bulbs since 1950, so have much knowledge and experience in the industry, and can supply a huge range of Spring flowering bulbs, including daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, tulips and miscellaneous types. We guarantee to supply bulbs true to size and of a good flowering quality, at a fair price. We are able to offer sound advice on varieties, planting locations and densities. Please email us at sales@drsimmons.co.uk for a quotation of your requirements or ring us with any queries you may have. We offer a speedy service and will give you our best attention at all times.

Tel: 01775 723320 / 766028 Fax: 01775 760451 / 714970 www.drsimmons.co.uk e-mail: sales@drsimmons.co.uk

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The Stoneyard.co.uk is your premier source of landscaping and building granite and stoneworking tools. We offer a full range of granite products including setts, kerbs, posts, building and paving products at affordable prices as well as custom machined and polished items. All our high quality stone is quarried and fabricated in-house at our EEC approved quarry site in Portugal by our team of experienced stone masons. By buying from us you are choosing the ethical alternative to unregulated Chinese and Indian stone. We also provide Swedish, Swiss and German tools of the highest quality.

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It’s Raining Why Would We Need Water? The UK actually experiences periods of drought, resulting in the implementation of drought orders.

is very low compared with buying from a water company where for an average 18-hole course water bills can exceed £100,000 over a 10-year period. To give a “value for money” comparison, a 6,000 cubic metre reservoir can usually be built for that figure.

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It’s not just the “water costs” but the benefits of keeping the golf course in tip top condition that will impact on all revenues.

hese orders prohibit the use of mains water for irrigation and permit the Environment Agency to terminate abstraction from rivers and boreholes. This situation will occur again and if clubs are to ensure the continued long-term success of their major asset - a healthy and inviting course- it is vital to takes steps to protect an adequate water supply?

Reservoirs have been built at Royal Ashdown Forest, North Foreland & Banstead Downs Golf Clubs and West Sussex Golf Club.

The solution is to construct a reservoir to gather water in the winter. The most cost effective type of reservoir construction is the lined earth bank reservoir. It has a relatively low capital cost when set against the considerable benefit gained.

all year round but in the winter that volume is of no use to them for irrigation and the 20m2/day is not sufficient in the summer to meet demand. 20m3 per day is 7300 per year. 50% of the year no irrigation is needed so if one could store say 4000 one would have the whole 7300 available to use in summer.

Many courses already have an unlicensed borehole to provide a maximum of 20 cubic meters per day

When considering the financial implication of on-course water storage, the overall cost of reservoir construction

ABOVE Brian D Pierson, The Golf Course Builder

Brian D Pierson-The Golf Course Builder Tel 01425 475584- brian.pierson@ btopenworld.com

The most cost effective type of reservoir construction is the lined earth bank reservoir. It has a relatively low capital cost when set against the considerable benefit gained. www.piersongolf.com

Nationally we are facing a water shortage, too much in the winter and often drought conditions in the summer. The major problem facing golf clubs is the cost of water, working with 2iC Consultants we can offer a turn-key solution from planning application tocompletion.

If we can be of assistance in helping to reduce you water supply costsplease give us a call.

Brian D Pierson The Golf Course Builder Office: +44(0)1425 475584 Mobile: 07768 170033

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We have recently completed the construction of reservoirs at Banstead Downs, North Foreland, Rosenhof & Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Clubs.

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BWF Stair Schemeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top tips for optimising staircase installations Staircase installation is a complex task. With various quality and safety factors affecting the process, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Stair Scheme has given a few pointers to make sure you get it right every step of the way. Stop before you start

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The critical dimensions of the stair opening should be confirmed by a site survey and/ or shown on accurate drawings before the manufacturer begins work on the staircase. Changes made after the initial design has been agreed should always be discussed with the manufacturer.

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Upon arrival, make sure all staircase parts are received and nothing has been damaged in transit. Report any missing or damaged components to the manufacturer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ideally before starting any work. If it cannot be installed straight away, store the staircase in dry, well ventilated conditions and avoid distorting any components or pre-assembled flights by supporting it well. Ensure you read the assembly and installation instructions carefully prior to installation.

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Remember, even the smallest tweak could impact the performance and safety of the stairs and could negate a warranty. Do not modify any components unless stated otherwise in the instructions.

For more information on the design, manufacture or installation of staircases or to find a staircase manufacturer for your project visit www.bwfstairscheme.org.uk or contact BWF on 0844 209 2610 or email bwf@bwf.org.uk.


Become an LED lighting expert The use of LED lighting technology is becoming increasingly popular. The IET Code of Practice for the Application of LED Lighting Systems gives you the knowledge to ensure safe and effective LED lighting and controls installation.

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he popularity of LEDs has grown rapidly over recent years as people begin to appreciate the advantages it provides, such as energy efficiency, equipment longevity and lower electricity bills. However, it has also become apparent that poor quality installation of LED lighting systems could cancel out these advantages and result in inadequate lighting, failure to meet lifetime performance expectations, or even interference with other equipment from poor systems integration. The Code of Practice covers all of the key issues in the delivery and lifecycle management of LED lighting installations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including safety, performance and compatibility considerations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as part of a systems approach to the fit-for-purpose installation and maintenance of this important technology. See www.theiet.org/leds-ad2 to find out more.

The Code is designed for use by specifiers, installers, maintainers, operators and systems managers, with coverage including: lighting design, drivers, circuits, physical considerations, control systems, inspection and maintenance. This is the first consensus-based standard for the application of LED lighting systems, with comprehensive coverage built out of the expertise and experience of the technical committee and lead authors. In establishing a basis for good practice, this Code is intended to benefit the industry and build confidence in this technology for contractors and customers. You can also take advantage of combining the Code of Practice with our related guidance on Recommendations for Energy Efficient Exterior Lighting Systems for the special price of ÂŁ99. See the website for details at www.theiet. org/lighting-package-2 IET Standards works with industry to create comprehensive guidance in areas lacking in formal standards. Other recent guidance includes the Code of Practice for Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems and the Guide to Electrical Maintenance. Find out more at www.theiet.org/standards-RN

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England & Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SCO38698). Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2AY.

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The Code is designed for use by specifiers, installers, maintainers, operators and systems managers, with coverage including: lighting design, drivers, circuits, physical considerations, control systems, inspection and maintenance.

Designed to help you to avoid common problems and debunk common myths, the Code highlights the potential compatibility issues between new and legacy LED systems.

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Dextra Group plc. Dextra Group plc., founded in the late 70’s, are a privately owned and managed UK based lighting manufacturing company. A regime of industry high levels of capital investment enables us to be at the cutting edge of luminaire development and manufacturing.

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he Group comprises of a number of client based subsidiary companies producing luminaires to light a wide variety of premises; by example, education, distribution and logistics, commercial offices, high street retail and supermarkets. Industry leading service levels for standard and bespoke energy saving projects and our commitment to total service are key to our success. In 2015, we were chosen by Iceland to be the sole lighting supplier to upgrade 725 of their stores to LED. Iceland has set a high energy saving specification for all new stores since 2009, managed by a robust monitoring and targeting system to reduce costs through its estate. Dextra were approached to provide a highly efficient, cost effective lighting system

In today’s continually evolving markets we remain committed to our belief in high service levels, as we did since our start-up years. The experience gained throughout the decades that followed has helped us cement our place as the UK’s largest privately owned lighting manufacturer. The LED System at Iceland

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solution in line with this policy that would enhance the customers shopping experience and working environment for its staff whilst reducing energy usage to industry leading levels.

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Due to temperature constraints, Iceland has historically specified T8 fluorescent lighting in its stores. To optimise efficiency however, Dextra Group proposed an economically viable LED system that would not only create massive energy savings, but be simple and quick to install, allowing the client to avoid costly delays in opening the store for business. The durability of LED light sources also minimises the significant expense of shutting down working areas for future maintenance, making it the best choice for busy retail environments. We were able to supply our quality UK manufactured luminaire, designed from scratch to their required specification for modular LED and freezer lighting. Within just a few weeks, we had collaborated with Iceland’s development team to design a new concept for the store’s unique freezer display lights. The solution came in the form of a series of Low output LED units, designed to illuminate the freezer signage with energy efficiency in mind. Our own laboratories, photometers and testing equipment allows up to date legislation on all products to be met and passed in minimal time and allows us to meet the demanding timescales. The customised products for Iceland were manufactured in-house especially for the client, demonstrating the flexibility and effectiveness of Dextra’s bespoke luminaire service.

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production facility allows us to embark on the design of ground breaking luminaires encompassing our own customised cards bringing a new level of flexibility to production and design. Using a bespoke card in the Iceland fittings ensured that their targets were met precisely with consideration for cost, energy consumption and lumen output. Iceland insisted that the project could only go ahead if disruption to their stores was absolutely minimal. Thus, all installation work by their nominated contractors was to be carried out overnight and completed before stores opened at 8am. To this end we were given a 3hr delivery window each night to deliver 12 stores (800+luminaires) across the country and we had to remove all the redundant luminaires by 12noon the following day. To assist with this we designed bespoke bulk pallets that drastically reduced the amount of cardboard required, once emptied on site the contractors were able to convert them to carry the redundant fittings. This sustainable solution reduced the storage requirements on site and helped to streamline the whole operation. This target was the most onerous in the company’s history but our liveried fleet, equipped with forklifts, enabled us to meet these deadlines. Our subsidiary company, Dexreco Recycling, was able to relieve the concern of disposal of end of life product and the legislation involved. Overall, new lighting is showing in excess of 52% energy reduction compared to the previous fluorescent installation. Capital investment in the LED products will pay back in under 2 years. Dextra Group’s affordable range of cutting-edge LED products and industry leading bespoke service ensures the stores will now operate in an efficient and eco-friendly way, whilst boasting a bright and attractive lighting solution for customers and staff to enjoy. In today’s continually evolving markets we remain committed to our belief in high service levels, as we did since our start-up years. The experience gained throughout the decades that followed has helped us cement our place as the UK’s largest privately owned lighting manufacturer.

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Rochdale Town Hall

Council Chamber Restoration

Following advice from an appointed conservation specialist by the Council, Apollo Lighting were invited to design and develop a lighting scheme for the refurbishment of the Council Chamber in Rochdale Town Hall.

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pecialising in the cleaning and restoration of period lighting, Apollo Lighting refurbished the existing pendants. The service included the removal of paint and lacquers, re-polishing, antiquing and matching to the original sample creating the perfect period style.

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To complete the renovation program, Apollo Lighting designed into the hand-crafted pendants the latest high efficiency LED technology, achieving both upward and downward illumination For further information on Apollo Lightingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Period Renovation Project Management go to www.apollolighting.co.uk/services/ renovation


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With a 130 year history it’s perhaps not surprising that Liverpool based Hayes & Finch knows something about longevity, but not just for itself, for the countless historical and sentimental antiques and treasures it restores and returns to use each year. Although a business originally founded to serve the church market, Hayes & Finch recognises the wider demand for its specialist metalwork and joinery skills and has earned an enviable reputation restoring chandeliers, plaques, woodwork and precious heirlooms for some of the country’s finest country houses, community projects, churches and private homes. One of Hayes & Finch’s most recent projects is the restoration of a 36 inch silver galleon for a private collection. The intricate repair called for the galleon to be dismantled, cleaned, polished, repaired and lacquered and the work took more than 12 man-hours over three days.

“All too often once significant items are left damaged by the ravages of time and rather than being repaired they’re put away out of sight and more often than not it’s because

With so much of the country’s manufacturing heritage lost to overseas companies, Hayes & Finch is all the more special for its heritage as a British manufacturer, supplier and restorer.

We have a very specialist team with the traditional skills and craftsmanship able to reverse the signs of ageing, smoothing away dents, creases and dimples, and restoring even the most intricate of items with painstaking detail. With metalworking, joinery, engraving, sculpture and embroidery all in house, every Hayes & Finch restoration comes with its own story. Karen added: “Our team has been with us many years and they can tell you which restoration projects they’ve played a part in. Every item that goes through our workshop is unique, not just its origins but who’s had a hand in its restoration too.” Such is Hayes & Finch’s passion and commitment that Project Restore was launched in 2009; a search to find some

of the UK’s most damaged yet best loved historical and religious artefacts and to return a lucky few to the communities that treasure them most. A gilt processional cross, which honoured a young solider from the First World War was gifted with restoration as part of the project, as was a seven foot tall Victorian paschal candle stand. Karen added: “The communities we restored these items for were just overwhelmed. They felt they had part of their history back and with the huge volume of entries we received it was easy to see we struck a real chord with different community groups, projects and families across the country. At Hayes & Finch we really are about turning back time and providing many more years of enjoyment for items no matter how small, large or intricate.” Hayes & Finch has completed a vast array of renovation and restoration projects, varying from smaller items to large, sometimes uninsurable antiques.

To find out more or book a free consultation visit www.renovate-it.com or contact Chrissy on 0845 450 5592

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Karen Reilly, Director of Hayes & Finch is passionate about restoration and the joy a completed project brings. She said: “It’s quite a privilege to help families and communities bring heirlooms back to life or to restore items of historical significance. We are trusted with what they deem precious, whether that’s in financial or sentimental terms and we restore things with as much care as if they were our own.

the owners just aren’t sure restoration is possible or who can do it.”

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Roofing & Cladding

Residentiel Vinyl Cladding Ltd Royal Vinyl Cladding is probably the most cost effective, safe to use and extensively guaranteed (fifty years) cladding in today's Market Place. Non-toxic and non-flammable, it is resistant to changes in outside temperature, will not rot, corrode, nor crack. It provides heat insulation of up to 30%, not only saving heat but due to its design keeps walls dry, thanks to its unique system of elevation ventilation. The releliability of the system has been confirmed in practice for almost 20 years with the back of a 50 year manufacture’s guarantee. Our product is maintenance free, requiring only the occational wash down to keep it looking good. It comes in a range of fabulous range of colours, that don’t fade, with a wood effect finish.

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Canterbury Handmade Range Is First Choice For Standout Roof Design Marley Eternit’s Canterbury premium handmade clay plain tiles are available in three colours to achieve truly unique roof design. Loxleigh boasts an antique appearance due to its semisanded finish in red and grey shades, Burford is a rich red-brown tone in a fully sanded texture and Chailey offers a vibrant orange tone and can be used on the main roof or as a contrast tile for vertical tiling. The authentic blend of colours means all three tiles can be mixed on the roof to create their own unique design or replicate a patchwork of colour often seen on traditional roofs in Suffolk, Sussex and Kent. Canterbury clay plain tiles are also available with a complementary range of traditional handmade fittings and decorative accessories to achieve the perfect finish. To request a brochure or samples contact 01283 722588 or visit – www.marleyeternit.co.uk/handmade

Bloor Homes Chooses Classic Seaside Finish Bloor Homes has opted for Canjaere Classic as the external finish for its latest project, an exclusive development of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses in the seaside town of Lyme Regis, Dorset. The client selected the oil treatment supplied by the A. Proctor Group in Brown to protect and enhance timber cladding on the properties. The Canjaere Classic range preserves the beauty and resilience of natural wood by increasing its water resistance and stability. The sophisticated treatment which comprises a mixture of mineral and vegetable oils protects the timber by inhibiting moisture pick-up. Bloor Homes is benefitting from the peace of mind that the project will look good for years to come thanks to Canjaere Classic’s 30 year warranty against rot and decay. Canjaere Classic is available in four natural colours, and has a range of colour-matched accessories. View more Timber Cladding Case Studies on our website–www.proctorgroup.com or call 01250 872261


Shimmering, sophisticated façade for London’s ‘number one’ college Aliva UK has designed a shimmering, anodised aluminium façade that puts a sophisticated finish on a college rated ‘number one’ for education in London.

silvery textures. At the nearby Hayes community education campus, it provides a sophisticated picture-frame to the entrance block glazing, complementing the vibrant orange finish on the main façade.

liva, the UK leader in façades and interior finishes, supplied 340sqm of powder coated panels of Alucovering aluminium in four different textures as part of a major refurbishment of Uxbridge College by HNW Architects. The stunning finish reflects the capital’s ever-changing sky conditions, producing a subtle, high-end effect for the project.

The entire refurbishment of Uxbridge College – rated number one in London

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“Our expert design team assisted from the start of this ambitious project, providing advice and product samples to ensure that every detail of the façade was right.” James Ormerod, Aliva managing director.

At Uxbridge College’s west block, Aliva’s Alucovering completely envelops the new performing arts centre in

by the Skills Funding Agency for further education – has achieved a BREEAM sustainability rating of ‘excellent’.

About Aliva UK Backed by six decades of Italian flair from its parent company, Aliva UK designs, manufactures and supplies bespoke façades, rainscreen cladding, insulated render and render-only systems, paints, and polished plaster.

See the calibre of our work at www.alivauk.com

Aliva managing director James Ormerod said: “Our expert design team assisted from the start of this ambitious project, providing advice and product samples to ensure that every detail of the façade was right. Alucovering was the perfect material to achieve the sharp detail required by the architect on the corners of the buildings. “We are very proud that our unusual design has contributed to a new brand identity for the best further education college in London.”

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We are a privately owned subsidiary of IVAS Group, with offices in Reading and London, and a network of sales managers throughout the UK. Aliva works in close partnership with its customers to ensure they get the most from its expert, end-to-end service, which combines highly-developed design skills with detailed technical knowledge. It means that Aliva follows through to a first-class finish on every project.

Peter Foulk of HNW Architects said: “The refurbishment has provided a muchneeded facelift and interior remodelling for the College in its golden anniversary year. Aliva’s aluminium cladding is now an important part of the Uxbridge College brand. The overall impression is of a campus that has renewed confidence. The facade gives a crisp, high-end appearance on a relatively cost-effective budget.”

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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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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 were looking for! Having the tiles delivered direct all the way from 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

www.sahtas.co.uk Email: sahtasuk@sahtas.com Phone : 01908 311411


TRUE TO TRADITION: New handmade clay tile launched Marley Eternit has launched a new range of premium handmade clay plain tiles to help create stand-out roof designs for high quality housing developments and sensitive refurbishments.

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he Canterbury range provides a genuine handmade appearance that specifiers are looking for in today’s market. The traditional hand making process used to create the range brings random undulations and variations that give each tile a unique appearance and character. The tiles are available in three rich colours with soft edges, fully formed nibs and a sandfaced texture which is synonymous with the handmaking process. The Loxleigh handmade clay plain tile has a subtle variation in colour, ranging from red to grey and black with a sanded finish that gives a premium antique reclaimed appearance. The Burford has a rich red-brown tone in a fully sanded texture, which adds warmth and character to the roof. Finally, the Chailey has a more vibrant orange tone with a sandfaced texture that can be used on the main roof, or as a perfect contrast tile for vertical detailing. In addition, all three colours can be mixed on the roof to create your own unique blend and give a patchwork of colours that is often seen on traditional roofs in Suffolk, Sussex and Kent. Canterbury clay plain tiles are also available with a complementary range of traditional handmade fittings and decorative accessories to achieve the perfect finish. Architects, developers and home owners alike are fast rediscovering the beauty of natural handmade clay tiles which are created by skilled craftsmen in the same time-honoured methods that have been used for hundreds of years. Sarah Jackson, Marketing Product Manager at Marley Eternit, comments: “In recent years, homeowners, builders and architects have rediscovered the potential of natural handmade clay tiles and there has been something of a resurgence in their use. In many cases, planners will only accept genuine handmade tiles for heritage or conservation projects and there is also a

growing demand from premium house builders looking to distinguish their properties with an authentic handmade clay plain roof tile. “We are really excited to be able to introduce the Canterbury handmade range to meet growing demand, bringing back the traditional skills and craftsmanship to our clay facility in Staffordshire. It means we can now combine authentic production methods that are true-to-tradition with modern firing techniques, to create beautiful clay tiles that are highly durable.” All Canterbury handmade clay plain tiles are made from Etruria Marl which is widely accepted as the finest clay for strength and durability. The process starts with the hand maker sprinkling some sand into the bottom of the mould to help give the tiles their individual colour and sanded texture. They then place a pre-cut rectangular shaped ‘clay bat’ into the centre of the mould and the maker ’knocks’ the raw clay by hand, using a wooden mallet, to achieve the desired shape and thickness. The excess clay is wired off and a punch is brought down to create the nail holes and nibs and at the same time, the identification marks and batch numbers are stamped into the back of the tile. Finally, the hand maker releases the tile from the mould and removes any excess clay from the nail holes, before placing the unfired or ‘green’ tiles on a metal drying tray. Once fired, the clay tiles will never fade and it is the firing

“We are really excited to be able to introduce the Canterbury handmade range to meet growing demand, bringing back the traditional skills and craftsmanship to our clay facility in Staffordshire. It means we can now combine authentic production methods that are true-to-tradition with modern firing techniques, to create beautiful clay tiles that are highly durable.” Sarah Jackson, Marketing Product Manager at Marley Eternit TOP

Canterbury mix

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Handmaking process Chailey Handmade

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process, combined with the natural clay and the different sands, which gives the tiles their beautiful distinctive colours. Sarah Jackson adds: “The Canterbury tiles give an authentic handmade finish to the roof and each tile is as unique as the hands that made them. The handmade range enables architects to have more choice when it comes to specifying for both heritage projects and those that demand a premium clay aesthetic.” Handmade clay plain tiles have been a popular roofing material in the UK since the 1100s and Marley Eternit’s new range is manufactured at its Keele factory in Staffordshire, which specialises in clay plain tile production. Combining the knowledge and experience gained over hundreds of years, the site is ideally suited to use the skills learnt to produce the new range of premium Canterbury handmade clay tiles.

To request a copy of the new Canterbury handmade brochure or a free sample, please contact 01283 722588. Alternatively, to find out more and view a short video of how the tiles are made, please visit www. marleyeternit.co.uk/handmade For further information on our range of products and services just ask ME at www.marleyeternit.co.uk or call ME on 01283 722588. You can also follow ME on Twitter @MarleyEternit. If it matters to you it matters to us, that’s why with ME it’s all about you.


Roofing & Cladding MARKET DEMAND IS STRONG FOR CELSIUS SOLID ROOF

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.

For further information visit www.synseal.com or call 01623 443200

SU S TAI NA BLE R O O F BRI NG S NE W L E ASE O F L IF E TO PAL AT I NE BE D S

Building and roofing specialist, Hodgson Sayers, has recently completed the roof refurbishment of the Palatine Beds factory in Westerhope, Newcastle upon Tyne, for client, Your Homes Newcastle, giving the old building a new lease of life. CA Building Products supplied 11,500m2 of its robust Twin-Therm® roof system to replace the existing asbestos cement roof, along with new perimeter and valley gutters. The installation was conducted in seven phases, with the Twin-Therm® roofing system installed onto the building’s existing steel frame. In line with Palatine Beds' commitment to sustainability, the new roof provides enhanced thermal performance and improved air tightness, greatly increasing the building’s overall energy efficiency and helping to reduce operational costs for the tenant. CA Building Products also engaged North East based contractor Gentoo who installed a 218.75kWp PV array onto the Twin-Therm® roof system. Twin-Therm® provides a Class ‘B’ Non-Fragile, fully walkable roof assembly, ensuring safe access for future maintenance and inspection throughout the life of the PV asset. The roof also carries a meaningful 25-year system guarantee, reducing risk to the client. For further information about CA Building Products visit: www.cabuildingproducts.co.uk

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Safety & Security VANDERBILT COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SECURITY PRODUCTS FROM SIEMENS Vanderbilt Industries, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, completed the acquisition of Security Products from Siemens in June 2015. The purchase fulfilled Vanderbilt’s strategic expansion plans and the new operation is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, with Joseph Grillo as its Managing Director. ‘The acquisition of Security Products from Siemens builds upon Vanderbilt’s solid foundation and strong legacy built from nearly three decades in the security industry,’ commented Grillo. ‘I’m delighted that we have been able to finalise this purchase on schedule. It will significantly boost our market position in Europe by offering a wider and more comprehensive range of products and solutions to our channel partners.’ The Siemens product ranges – which include access control, intrusion alarm, and video surveillance products - were identified as a good fit for Vanderbilt’s current activities. Vanderbilt also recognised that the Siemens product brand names, such as Aliro, SPC and Vectis are widely recognised, have a loyal customer base, and therefore does not plan to change them in the foreseeable future.

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I C Brindle & Co Supplying waterside safety equipment since 1994. Although originally established as a company supplying safety equipment to the commercial shipping industry, I C Brindle & Co Ltd quickly diversified into supplying waterside safety equipment for a wide range of clients and has done so since 1994.

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he company supplies a wide range of equipment from lifebuoys, together with their attendant housings and mountings, to recovery equipment used to rescue persons from the water or in the worst case scenario recover their bodies. I C Brindle’s equipment can be found in many and varied locations from commercial quaysides to sewage

farms, by way of leisure facilities and swimming pools to village green ponds. One of its most prestigious contracts was to supply waterside safety equipment to the London Olympics site. Its products may be seen in the media as well since it has supplied on more than one occasion to production companies making films and TV programmes. The companies activities are not restricted to the UK either having supplied to construction projects in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Spain to name but a few.

published its own guide to Coastal and Inland Water safety which offers information and advice to organisations and individuals alike. Customers are just as varied as the locations in which its products may be found and I C Brindle & Co is as much at ease supplying safety equipment to a family run camp site as it is to major construction companies such a Tarmac and Raymond Brown, District & Borough Councils as well as central governmental organisations including the Environment Agency and the Royal Air Force. Much information can be found on the Company’s website www. icbrindle.com, but should further help or advice be necessary, experienced personnel are on hand to provide it.

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The company recognises the difficulties that construction companies and end users have regarding the paucity of information available giving guidance on the positioning and quantity of lifesaving equipment that may be needed at any particular site. Noting official guidelines simply state that a risk assessment should be carried out and that the only publication available, published by the RNLI, concentrates on beaches and coastal environments, I C Brindle & Co has

I C Brindle’s equipment can be found in many and varied locations from commercial quaysides to sewage farms, by way of leisure facilities and swimming pools to village green ponds.

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With Flooding becoming more common place Formpave looks at why installing Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems is now a must. In the last eight years over 200,000 new homes have been built on flood plains and with increasingly wet winters, the amount of homes affected by flooding is on the increase. Even those that are not in areas which have been highlighted as being at the high risk of flooding can still suffer if there is a large amount of rain in a short period of time. It is important then that adequate drainage is taken into account early on in the design stage of any new property.

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Installing Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) is one solution to help prevent the problem, and many local authorities are also now stipulating its use as part of planning permission.

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The concept behind SuDS is to replicate natural systems and processes using cost-effective solutions with low environmental impact to clean and drain surface water run-off in a controlled way. Our Aquaflow system is capable of dispersing up to 9,000mm of run-off per m2/ph. This is done through collection, storage and cleaning before the water is slowly released back into watercourses or directly into the ground. However, just as it is important to drain water away, it is also important to consider ways of saving it. A SuDS system can help here too as it can also incorporate a rainwater harvesting system: Instead of the water being released into the ground it can be stored and used – for example to flush lavatories, clean cars or water plants. Incorporating rainwater harvesting

can reduce household’s requirements for mains water and can be used when hosepipe bans are in place. You may think that adopting SuDS is expensive but, when designed well, they can prove to be much cheaper than alternatives. Also when the Flood Water Management Act finally comes into force it will compel builders to consider SUDS at the earliest stage of the development as the Act removes the right for Householders to connect their drains to sewers, and approval will be required before a connection can be made. To help you choose the right system, Formpave offers a comprehensive free Aquaflow design service to suit all requirements, includes technical and professional advice, preparation of draft

proposals and validation of the clients own designs. All designs that have been provided by Formpave are covered by our professional indemnity insurance and benefit from the company’s 20 years’ experience in designing permeable paving systems.

Established in 1989, Formpave is a world-leading authority on permeable paving, Standard and specialist concrete block paving, kerb systems and ancillaries and is part of Forterra (formerly Hanson Building Products), one of the top providers of building products in the country. For more information please visit www.forterra.co.uk or follow us on twitter @formpave sales@formpave.co.uk


Formpaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permeable paving and Aquaflow rainwater harvesting system, was used to create a new driveway in Nailsea, Bristol. Formpave supplied 60m2 of Aquasett paving in traditional, which is ideal for rural and character properties and for those looking for a high class finish. The completed system has reduced the risk of surface water flooding and rainwater is now stored and used when needed for watering the garden and washing the car.

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Light Gauge Steel Framing LGSF offers a high quality, comprehensive range of light gauge galvanised steel sections for framing, cladding supports and other applications where structural strength is required to be accompanied by a lightweight design.

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e specialise in providing innovative metal product solutions with value added benefit. From our North Yorkshire base, we operate an advanced production facility which combines traditional metal production with modern fabrication processes. The manufacture of cold-rolled galvanised steel sections and the assembly of the panels is undertaken at our main factory site. All projects including export contracts are managed in-house. More information can be obtained from your local sales personnel or direct from our Sherburn office.

O ther Company Products Modular Plantrooms: Complete buildings designed, detailed, fabricated and installed by Modular Plantrooms Ltd, offering the client a purposemade, structural or lightweight building solution for self-contained utility processes such as district heating, water supply, medical or other services. Architectural & Industrial Metalwork: The design, fabrication and installation of metal gates, railings & wind-vanes, staircases, equipment installation and automation or removal, the restoration of ageing and historic metalwork, stainless & mild-steel handrails, and traditional castings.

F rame design We offer a complete, efficient design and drawing service for your framing applications, for supply in component form for self-assembly, or for preassembly by LGSF. We can produce design proposals based on Architectural specifications. When required, we provide design calculations underwritten by a leading, structural engineering consultancy.

F eatures & benefits t Efficient design and accurate detailing - the build-time is minimised with early pay-back

t Frames can be designed to support almost all cladding, insulation and facade systems

t Versatile & comprehensive section t Typically lighter than timber range affording a wide range of suitable applications

t Sections & frames are strong and lightweight, offering impressive load-bearing performance

t Warm-frame constructions maximising insulation values, minimising condensation risk

t Joints are screwed or bolted, maximising flexibility and recycling opportunities

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framing, more robust and with proven sustainability

t Uses galvanised steel strip, for longer design life and appearance

t Allows the opportunity to secure NHBC and Zurich type warranties


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Leeds Bradford Airport Fire Service statement about the Universal Construction Materials Diamond Blade.

Abracs Ltd are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Abrasives, accessories and allied products. The York based company are very in touch with the needs of their market and like to let their products do the talking. After the recent launch of their new and improved Diamond Blade range, they distributed the different products to some of the industry’s selected top professionals to put the products through their paces. TRIED AND TESTED Abracs Ltd gave Leeds Bradford Airport Fire Service the brand new Universal Construction Materials Blade to test. The blade has been designed to cope with any construction material. The UCM blade has been coined “The All In One” on the UK constructon market. After extensive testing on a range of materials including heavy use on aluminium by Leeds Bradford Airport Fire Service, the quote “it cuts like a hot knife through butter” was received as feedback on the blades multi purpose performance.

THE DIAMOND BLADE RANGE Abracs Ltd launched their new and improved range of diamond blades earlier this year, the range offers three quality grades of blade aimed specifically at Expert, Professional and Trade users. Designed and manufactured with over 25 years expertise in the industry. All Abracs Diamond Blades feature an all important 10mm segment that gives a longer product life and ultimate performance. The precision manufacturing methods and modern quality control processes that Abracs use allow them to control and regulate the variables that affect blade life, quality of cut and surface finish.

A PRODUCT FOR EVERY PROJECT From heavy duty specialised cutting and grinding discs to any kind of coated abrasve imaginable, Abracs stock eveything you need on your build for next day delivery to one of their UK wide distribution outlets. Abracs are specified globally by top developers and architects because of their professional quality, product performance & market leading service.


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HAVE YOU GOT THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB? If you have broken the budget on high quality materials and are looking for seamless transition into project completion don’t let substandard cutting, grinding and polishing tools get in the way of the vision of excellence you intended on your build. Abracs’ extensive range of Abrasive consumables will never let you down. They only produce professional quality products for the professional user. Clean cuts, even finishes & effortless assembly so that every project runs as smoothly as you originally intended. If you have ever blamed your tools for delaying a job you may need to think of a different excuse.

Call the Abracs team to get in touch with your local distributor & find out why their professional quality abrasive consumables are the smart choice for your project.

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Refurb Renovation News issue 17  

Latest News Projects and Product Information For The Building Refurbishment Sector

Refurb Renovation News issue 17  

Latest News Projects and Product Information For The Building Refurbishment Sector

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