Home Designer & Architect - January 2024

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January 2024

ISO Chemie’s WINFRAMER specified for MK residential window upgrade


Abode debuts new granite sink range Synchronist

25 Cld Physical Systems Redefines Security With Sustainable Rental Solutions

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THE ADVANTAGES SMARTER WASHR Technology is increasingly being seen in public and commercial bat hrooms and washrooms , with the latest advancements in touchless sensors being just one of the reasons why. Such tech is now so much more than simply a nice to have – it helps improve accessibility, hygiene and energy saving. This trend is not unusual and particularly new, but what is now being seen is such smart and ‘touch-free’ features being specified across the washroom environment, from soap dispensers to taps, from WCs to urinals. When architects and designers are specifying for a commercial project such as a hotel, leisure facility, office or public space, a well-designed washroom can be key to creating a long-lasting, positive impression for end users. A sustainable, hygienic, costeffective focus Sustainability is a key area of consideration for archi tec t s and specifiers and the rise in energy bills means clients and facilities managers are looking for more ways to save on running costs. Water-saving products can now be found in every aspect of bathroom design, from low-flow taps and dual-flush toilets to advanced sensors and systems on taps, WCs and urinals to reduce water wastage and minimise costs. Technology can be key to creating cleaner washrooms, too. Touchless smart taps, soap dispensers, flush plates and hand dryers all help to boost hygiene levels, while often being easier to clean and maintain too. Working with a single supplier keeps fit-outs straightforward and on time.


A single supplier, multiple solutions and many advantages Specifiers working on a new school in Saudi Arabia took full advantage of this, collaborating with Sanipex Group to supply a wide range of durable and serviceable solutions from leading European brands for MiSK School. The supply encompassed washbasins, sanitaryware, brassware, plumbing, and accessories for the washroom and bathrooms of the impressive 21-hectare. While the majority of the sanitaryware was selected from the design-led Bagnodesign brand for its contemporary aesthetic, aligning with the overall design of the development, smart touchless solutions were also chosen for their energy-saving and hygienic advantages. Touchless taps and soap dispensers by Dolphin, alongside touchless basin mixers and the dependable Dyson Airblade hand dryer for its Hepa H12 filter. The supply of high-quality, design-led products reflects the education facility’s commitment to exceptional standards and is proof that a carefully specified washroom provides many benefits for end-users and for facilities managers who are better able to meet sustainability goals while saving on water bills. For more details, contact Sanipex Group on 01924 233977 or visit www.sanipexgroup.com/uk



ISO CHEMIE’S WINFRAMER SPECIFIED FOR MK RESIDENTIAL WINDOW UPGRADE ISO Chemie’s thermal insulating and load bearing bracket support system has been specified for a major South East housing refurbishment programme. The move sees dozens of WINFRAMER units being retrofitted by Sandy-based Potton Windows on pre-fabricated residential properties on a Milton Keynes housing estate over the next two years as part of a window upgrade investment project. The use of WINFRAMER will help to provide improved standards of thermal insulation, eventually bringing the properties up to zero carbon ready standards and delivering energy efficiencies for home owners together with longterm cost savings. Passivhaus certified and fire rated to up to 30 minutes, WINFRAMER is a prefabricated installation frame, manufactured to accommodate cavities up to 250mm that allows windows to be supported independently from the face of the wall regardless of any external cladding being in place. Quick and easy to install, the product’s application alongside the new window units is already reaping benefits for some homeowners, who are seeing a reduction in their heating usage with ‘huge’ energy cost savings.

Tom Ray, contracts manager at Potton Windows, which manufactured and installed the original windows back in the late 1980s and is now replacing them supported by ISO Chemie’s sealing technology, said: “As window system designers and developers, we are always looking at smarter ways to deliver low carbon units. ISO Chemie’s fit and forget products offer solutions

The Potton Windows Milton Keynes project comes as

for effective window sealing, delivering measurable

a wider Government strategy continues to push to

airtight, acoustic and thermal sealing benefits in the

reduce carbon levels in housing that has single skin,


cavity or non-cavity walls - these buildings have a reputation for losing considerable amounts of energy, heat and sound.


Andy Swift, country director at ISO-Chemie, said: “As new building regulations continue to bite, property owners and window contractors require smarter

ISO Chemie’s WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket support system has been specified for a housing refurbishment programme in Milton Keynes.

ways to deliver refurb projects through sustainable technologies. By working in partnership with ourselves, we are helping Potton create highperformance windows with a highly efficient installation.” The composite WINFRAMER brackets can bear heavy windows loads, including bi-fold doors, to provide a reliable, strong and high-performance support frame. Installation is quick with windows attached directly and secured mechanically using either standard fixing screws or fixing lugs in the usual manner. A hinged insulation core combines with the composite wood structural bracket to become an integral part of the overall wall structure, providing compliance with window energy saving regulations (EnEV) and the RAL quality assurance association.

For more infomation: www.iso-chemie.eu •7•

ABODE DEBUTS NEW GRANITE SINK RANGE SYNCHRONIST A new Granite Sink Collection in a range of reversible designs, sizes, finishes and install options with three complementary accessories: a roll-up Drainer Trivet, Stainless Steel Colander and Bamboo Chopping Board. The complete solution for today’s modern kitchen, Synchronist puts the end user in control of the design process by allowing them to customise their sink arrangement to create a fully synchronised kitchen workstation. Designed to fit any standard size base unit, customers can choose between a large or compact bowl size, which is made of high-quality granite and available in three contemporar y finishes: Matt White, Metallic Black and Metallic Grey. Durable and hardwearing, the new Synchronist granite sink range offers a sleek profile designed with 11mm softened square-edge bowl corners to deliver a premium look that is easy to clean! Available with or without a fully recessed drainer, every model within the collection can be installed undermount or inset and features an innovative slimline rinser with flush plate overflow so homeowners can confidently fill Synchronist to the brim and increase the capacity of the main bowl. Providing huge benefits in a compact space to pour away liquids while washing up, rinse or store a kitchen sponge, the slimline rinser gives all the benefits of a traditional 1.5 bowl combination with a much smaller footprint and double the water capacity!





Offering a comprehensive range of options, the new Synchronist Granite Sink Collection by Abode includes: Synchronist Compact: • 420mm x 460mm without drainer – White AW3170, Metallic Black AW3172 and Metallic Grey AW3171 • 600mm x 460mm with drainer – White AW3175, Metallic Black AW3177 and Metallic Grey AW3176 The Synchronist Compact Sink is the ideal solution when optimising space in the kitchen or utility room, and both sizes are designed to work in tandem with 450mm standard base units so you can enjoy a modern streamlined look, which is in proportion with the rest of your home. The Synchronist Compact Granite Sink is priced at £339 with drainer and £319 without, supplied with a 10-year guarantee. Synchronist Large: • 555mm x 460mm without drainer – White AW3180, Metallic Black AW3177 and Metallic Grey AW3181 • 900mm x 460mm with drainer – White AW3185, Metallic Black AW3187 and Metallic Grey AW3186 Designed to fit any standard 600mm base unit, the Synchronist Large Sink is designed with an impressive 28l capacity, which doubles the volume of water able to be filled in the main bowl. All sink models come with a stainless steel flush plate overflow, orbit waste and all pipework is included. The Synchronist Large Granite Sink is priced at £369 with drainer and £339 without, supplied with a 10-year guarantee. Synchronist Accessories: • Drainer Trivet roll-up AX2506, £56 including vat • Stainless Steel Colander AX1508, £84 including vat • B amb o o C hopping B o ard AX2024, £49 including vat


Workstation functionality is enhanced by the stylish range of Synchronist Accessories, which are securely held in place on the integrated smart rails and are available to buy individually or set of all three for £189+vat. All accessories are supplied with a 1-year guarantee. 2 IN 1 installation: inset fixing clips included • Undermount - installed underneath a worktop (solid surfaces only) • Inset – top mounted as part of the worktop (suitable for laminate surfaces) Unlike conventional sink models, a key feature of Synchronist is the absence of a tap deck so customers can opt for either horizontal or vertical orientation while positioning the kitchen taps behind the sink for a truly contemporary aesthetic. Synchronist is also reversible, which means you can position the drainer on the left or right-hand side depending on user preference and available space. In 4 easy steps, you can synchronise your wet zone with the new Synchronist granite sink range by Abode: Step 1. Size of sink – compact or large? Step 2. With or without a drainer? Step 3. Preferred finish – white, metallic black or metallic grey? Step 4. Accessories – trivet, colander, chopping board or all three?

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A favourite with lovers of mid-century design, USM modular furniture is recognised throughout the world as a design classic. Available in signature 14 colours with the last permanent colour being introduced in 1995. For Autumn 2023 USM introduces olive green as a special colour, the sophisticated hue works beautifully in any home environment adding an elegant accent. Few colours are as versatile as olive green. With its perfect balance between warm and cool tones, this earthy colour blends seamlessly into any design style and harmonises with almost any other colour. Olive green works well with different lighting conditions. In sunlight, it looks cosy and inviting, and under cooler light, it retains a serene elegance. The adaptability of olive green makes it a popular interior design choice, as the colour can be playfully used for different moods and in a wide variety of spatial contexts. The unique beauty of olive green feels simultaneously new and old. It is an incredibly sophisticated and timeless shade, possessing an original and nostalgic charm whilst also a lively and contemporary look. Olive green is available in four USM furniture configurations a sideboard, high credenza, low credenza and drinks trolley perfect for the festive season. Ensuring a glamorous end to the year USM is giving all customers who buy a piece of furniture in olive green a set of classic martini glasses from the luxury crystal and glass manufacturer Riedel – sorry olives not included!! The special colour will be available from November 2023 via www.usm.com or through authorized USM retail partners Aram, Chaplins, Nest and O’Hagan



TOP TEN GARDEN TEMPLE DESIGN QUESTIONS Haddonstone is a trusted, established specialist, with an enviable heritage, in the design and manufacture of architectural and garden stonework. The ranges comprise cast stone architecture in traditional, classical and contemporary designs for residential and commercial projects, and beautiful formal and informal garden, home and landscape products. All products are made to order in Northamptonshire with UK-sourced materials and are available in both standard and bespoke designs and colours. Stunning Show Gardens are located in East Haddon, near to the manufacturing facility.

Elegant and versatile, classical temples are charming stone structures that enhance a garden or landscape design scheme in luxury residential developments. They add effortless style and offer superb panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. They can even provide an exceptional seating area. Here Toby Marlow, Haddonstone’s Building and Construction Director, answers ten common garden cast temple design Toby Marlow, Haddonstone’s Building and Construction Director questions.

1. WHAT IS A GARDEN TEMPLE? Classical cast stone temples are charming garden buildings which give superb panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, lawn or garden. Inspired by the Ionic Roman temples of 750 BC, they are equally fitting in classical, traditional and even modern gardens and landscapes today. Chosen to enhance residential gardens and the landscapes of stately homes, hotels, spas and other commercial developments around the world, garden temples add an effortless, classical style. They can be incorporated into a design scheme to draw the eye towards a key focal point, provide an elegant outside seating area, or even to showcase a treasured statue or water feature. Classical temples can be created using a combination of architectural components including balustrading, columns, flooring and steps. Generally, these components are made from natural or cast stone materials, the latter offering lots of flexibility in terms of design, and affordability.


2. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GARDEN TEMPLE AND HOW CAN IT BE USED? There are countless benefits to choosing a garden temple. Firstly, they offer an elegant, sheltered space to dine and entertain throughout the warmer months. When not being used during the winter, they make the ideal outside structure to showcase a statement statue, a relaxing water feature, or even an elegant Christmas tree. Garden temples also add structural beauty to gardens and landscapes of all sizes and are perfect for adding elegance to an outside space without the grandeur and investment of a larger orangery. As garden cast temples are effectively ‘open’ on all sides without ‘walls’, thanks to them being constructed of columns, they provide unobstructed views of a landscape from any angle. Moreover, garden temples are surprisingly affordable and as they are bespoke, can be made to order in a choice of sizes, colours and designs.

3. HOW DOES A GARDEN TEMPLE DIFFER FROM OTHER GARDEN BUILDINGS? There are many types of garden buildings to choose from, each with their own benefits. Both equally impressive in design, garden temples and Belvederes are ideal for a simple, elegant and practical garden building design. A garden temple is usually round in design, constructed from four or more stone columns and will be crowned by a beautiful fibreglass or metal dome. In contrast, a Belvedere is usually square in plan and constructed of balustrades, columns, architrave and cornice. Both designs are usually finished with elegant temple flooring.

Haddonstone’s Belvedere


Stone pavilions and orangeries are generally considered more ‘imposing’ than garden temples and Belvederes. They offer all the benefits of a garden temple or Belvederes, but with the added bonus of providing more shelter and aesthetic clout. A stone pavilion is generally square or rectangular in plan, constructed with at least one wall (usually to the back of the design) and surmounted by a significant architrave. Finally, a quality orangery is usually constructed of stone with glass panelling and a glazed roof and more often than not is used as traditional ‘green houses’, or as a continuation of the architecture of the home.

Haddonstone’s Orangery


Planning permission is unlikely to be needed before installing a garden cast temple - but the advice is to check. Haddonstone garden temples are over 2.5 metres at their highest point and, as any buildings over this height cannot be positioned within two metres of a boundary, it is best to check before planning and starting installation. Haddonstone Temple and Temple Flooring

6. HOW MUCH DOES A GARDEN TEMPLE COST? This all depends on the size, scale, features and the design. As a bespoke garden building, the price of producing and installing a one-of-a-kind garden temple design is on application. Haddonstone offers four beautiful garden temple design options, ranging from small, simple and stylish garden temples starting at just over £7,000 and available with or without balustrading, to a larger Classical temple available at just over £13,000. The fibreglass domes and flooring can be sold separately.

7. WILL A GARDEN TEMPLE ADD VALUE TO A GARDEN? Just like adding a high-quality orangery to your home, a garden temple can add value to a garden. Whilst the cost of adding a garden temple isn’t cheap, it is a more affordable garden building and its practicality and long-term value of owning a garden temple will certainly outweigh the costs.


8. HOW IS A GARDEN TEMPLE INSTALLED? An experienced garden temple manufacturer will advise on all considerations including installation. A network of professional specialist installers is available UK-wide. Haddonstone’s standard cast temples can be ordered with a lightweight glass fibre dome, available in a lead-effect finish. For ease of installation, these are supplied in sections for your installer to put together easily and without hassle.

9. WHAT ARE THE TOP TIPS WHEN CONSIDERING ADDING A GARDEN TEMPLE? As a significant project, choosing the right garden temple design is paramount. The style, size and scope of the garden or landscape scheme needs to be considered. A thoughtfully, well-designed garden temple should create an elegant and practical focal point that harmonises with the landscape, rather than overpower it. The perfect garden temple design should also provide enough space for relaxing and entertaining, without encroaching too much and therefore decreasing the size of the surroundings. Different balustrading, steps, flooring and dome designs can all be combined to achieve the perfect ‘look’.


1. Statues: Showcase a statement statue or bust inside the cast temple. For maximum impact, elevate on a complement ar y plinth or pedestal.

2. Water features: Create a relaxing sanctuary inside a garden temple by installing a self-contained water feature. 3. Lighting: Add ambiance with thoughtfully-selected lanterns, candles and string lights. 4. Seating : Choose the perfect dining table and chairs or opt for relaxed seating designs. 5. Planting: Sof ten and enhance t he temple by planting around its circumference, and by adding pots, planters and urns with a range of shrubs, bedding plants and even small trees.

For further information, call 01604 770711 or visit www.haddonstone.com/en-gb/ •20•

FOUR WAYS BUILDING DESIGN CAN INFORM SUSTAINABILITY FOR BUSINESSES Building design that is inclusive of sustainable architecture and recycled materials is integral for businesses aiming to push forward and harness new technologies to meet their carbon neutral targets. Sustainable architecture is a complicated, multi-layered discipline and businesses must consider materials and construction, as well as maintenance and afterlife. The green agenda should form the basis of business objectives going forward, and luckily, there are a few great options to provide inspiration and spearhead this changing approach to building design. It’s time to start creating buildings that not only look good but also do good. Managing Director of the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable surfaces, Michael Pickup, shares his top tips. Decor for good - recycled artwork and living walls 1) Benefits of living walls Living green walls purify air, reduce the ambient temperature and create a fantastic sense of wellbeing. This innovative way of bringing nature inside has been successfully adding value and beauty to interiors around the world since the 1970s and is testimony to excellent sustainable building design. Living walls are part of climate-proof construction and significantly improve air quality. The wall filters convert CO2 into oxygen and just 1m² of a living wall creates 1.7kg of oxygen. 2) Mix it up with recycled art Recycled art provides a new purpose for objects that have satisfied their original use. Using waste material otherwise destined for the skip in artwork conserves resources and reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. decorok™ by Diamik Glass is manufactured using 100 percent recycled glass and is an example of how a material formerly discarded by waste, can be crafted into a thing of beauty. decorok™ can also be fully recycled at the end of its life to produce other items - another consideration when drafting sustainable building design plans. In with the old: using past materials 3) Reusing glass Refurbishment projects must consider how they can reuse old materials to create something new. Pioneering projects paving the way in sustainable building design includes specialist project management company Ambit, which has been


Michael Pickup - Managing Director, Diamik Glass

appointed as the partner firm to renovate the seven storey Waterman building on Farringdon Road in London. Diamik Glass is teaming up with project leaders to remove 360 windows from the building which are no longer fit for purpose. Instead of being shipped to landfill, the glass will be crushed and bonded together using a specially formulated VOC free resin to create Diamik’s champion product, ecorok™. ecorok™ is a hardwearing, luxury material and will be fitted across Level 4 of the 70,000 square foot building’s tea points and worktop spaces. By using old materials from the windows, Ambit and Diamik Glass are able to give another life to the glass that no longer met regulation for tall buildings in city centres. Integrating sustainable tech 4) Adopting green technology Developers should also consider sourcing materials locally and implementing waste management strategies to minimise any waste. Meanwhile, designers and architects should collaborate closely to ensure that the building’s design optimises light and ventilation, reduces energy consumption, and allows for the integration of green technologies such as solar panels and eco-friendly HVAC systems. Diamik Glass is a family business redefining sustainable solutions with projects across the country, providing partner organisations with a truly eco-friendly material that can be fitted across kitchens, bathrooms and reception desk points. For more information please visit: www.diamik.co.uk

PROMOTION FOR KEYLITE’S LEWIS SCOTT Keylite Roof Windows (Keylite), part of The Keystone Group, has promoted long-standing Area Sales Manager (ASM), Lewis Scott to National Account Manager. Following six successful years as an ASM for the south-central region, Lewis’ industry expertise and ability to forge strong customer relationships make him the ideal candidate for his new role. As National Account Manager, Lewis will build on Keylite’s strong partnerships with the UK’s leading housebuilders and be the main point of contact to help with technical information, compliance advice and product recommendations. Lewis is now looking forward to expanding his remit to a national scale, commenting: “I have always loved this industry. I cut my teeth working at the British Board of Agrément (BBA) before discovering the Keystone Group and subsequently Keylite. “My previous role covered a large area and was very fast-paced, but I loved the challenge of looking after leading customers and showcasing my confidence in Keylite products. “There are so many opportunities working for Keylite; I love mentoring new members of the team and meeting up regularly to share experiences. Now I look forward to bringing my passion

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and enthusiasm to my new role and cultivating relationships with our housebuilder partners.” Lee Squelch, Keylite Regional Sales Director (GB), added: “I am thrilled to have Lewis stepping into the role of National Account Manager. Lewis’ exceptional ability to forge robust connections with customers and colleagues has been instrumental in his progression at Keylite. I look forward to offering my support to Lewis in his new remit and working with him to strengthen our offering to housebuilders across the UK.”


CLD PHYSICAL SYSTEMS REDEFINES SECURITY WITH SUSTAINABLE RENTAL SOLUTIONS North West-based business CLD Physical Security Systems, the leading manufacturer and supplier of rigid mesh fencing and security gates in the UK, is taking a step towards eco-conscious security solutions with its security-rated rental offerings. CLD is helping to enhance resource efficiency but also significantly reduce waste for a range of industries by delivering top-tier security solutions while minimising environmental impact through temporary installations. In a recent milestone project, CLD Systems transformed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s iconic London Stadium, home to West Ham United FC and Major League Baseball events. Collaborating with the stadium’s primary pitch installer, CLD provided a robust temporary fencing system that security-rated rental solutions, such as the enclosed the baseball field, withstood the rigours of professional athletes, and doubled as ModSec S1, S2 & S3. At the pinnacle of innovation is the FenceSafe Securus SR1, a groundbreaking a platform for advertising and marketing. achievement as the world’s first temporary LPS The entire project was completed in 18 days, with 1175 SR1 fencing system. This profiled fencing the fencing structure decommissioned within 5 days, system ensures the reliability and longevity typically showcasing how CLD Systems’ temporary solutions associated with permanent installations. Additionally, meet security requirements on a temporary basis, the HoardSafe S1 system sets new standards in reducing the need for new materials and long-term temporary security solutions. These offerings have commitments. been meticulously designed to meet stringent security requirements, even in temporary settings. Scott Fulton, Director of the Rental division at CLD Systems, emphasised the significance of these rental CLD has made significant strides in incorporating options, stating: “Our rentals offer clients both eco-friendly materials into its rental product lines, flexibility and security without the need for long- such as 100% recycled plastic for FenceSafe bases term commitments. We provide tailored solutions to and 78% recycled steel in their steel fencing and meet specific needs, ensuring access to high-quality posts. Additionally, CLD’s hoarding systems use 80% security on a temporary basis - a vital step towards recycled plastic, furthering their commitment to a sustainable, eco-conscious future for the security sustainability. industry.” With a substantial inventory readily available and a As the security industry aligns itself with the broader rapid response time, CLD Systems underscores its environmental movement, CLD Systems stands at commitment to sustainability and adaptability by the forefront, championing a greener and more tailoring solutions to meet clients’ unique needs. secure future through its commitment to offering This includes providing flexible on-ground physical rental solutions and cutting-edge solar-powered security that can be quickly commissioned and innovations, exemplified by the Rise Master HE. removed without leaving a trace. CLD’s portfolio includes a range of high-quality, www.cld-systems.com


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In response to an overwhelming number of requests, the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation announces an extension to the BiKBBI Awards entry deadline to Sunday 5th November 2023. The BiKBBI Awards is free to enter, with 12 awards categories, and businesses and individuals can nominate themselves, their business, a colleague, business associate or a company that they work with via a dedicated online platform. And now, those planning to enter or nominate have three weeks remaining to get their submission completed. The BiKBBI Installation Awards were launched in 2021 with the purpose of recognising the talent, contributions and achievements of businesses and individuals in the KBB installation sector. The 2024 programme features twelve categories including: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Installer of the Year Young Installer of the Year Apprentice of the Year Installation Manager of the Year Installation Business of the Year Customer Service Champion of the Year Community Champion of the Year Independent Retailer of the Year National Retailer of the Year Industry Newcomer 2024 Environmental Champion of the Year Special Recognition Award

GLASS FROM VICTORIAN OFFICE RENOVATION ARRIVES IN LEEDS READY FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION More than three tonnes of glass from a London building that dates back to the 1800s, has this week arrived in Leeds at the headquarters of the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable glass surfaces. Diamik Glass has teamed up with contractors Ambit Moat to provide sustainable surfaces for the renovation of the building in Farringdon Road known as ‘The Waterman’ to significantly reduce the embodied carbon of the project. The BGO owned building has been designed by Fathom Architects and will see the office units, spanning 70,000 square feet, redeveloped into a modern space that reduces the carbon footprint of the building and has an extensive sustainability commitment. The glass, removed from 360 windows which were no longer fit for purpose, has been shipped to Leeds and are set to be replaced with double glazed units to reduce unnecessary heat loss, paying back the embodied carbon from replacing the units within six years.

Instead of condemning the waste glass to landfill, the project will ensure that the material fulfills a new purpose by being transformed into ecorok™ - a product by Diamik Glass that repurposes waste glass to create modern, luxury surfaces. The surfaces created from the glass will then be installed in the tea points and worktop spaces on Level 4 of the building. Michael Pickup, Managing Director at Diamik Glass explains: “We’re thrilled to receive the glass from The Waterman’s previous windows. This is a great opportunity for us to manufacture a unique product that gives back to the original building in a very exciting renovation project. We’re passionate about working with partners to find bespoke solutions to avoid sending any glass to landfill. “At Diamik Glass we know how important sustainability credentials are to businesses working with older building stock, and we’re delighted to be chosen by Ambit as a delivery partner. Once recycled, crushed and produced into hard wearing surfaces made to measure, each square meter of the ecorok™ surfaces will consist of 85 percent window glass.” Matt Robinson, Sustainability Manager at Ambit Moat added: “Maintaining heritage materials within the building was something that both the developer, BGO, and Ambit were keen to achieve. We knew the windows could never be kept as is, due to their poor insulating performance, the next best thing was to see where we can introduce the material back into the building, reducing waste, and furthering the materials lifecycle. “Ambit is always looking for innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and introduce a circular approach to our fit outs. Working with Diamik on a project like this is a great example of some of the interesting forms materials can take on after their intended life.” To find out more about Diamik Glass, please visit: www.diamik.co.uk



A TECHNICAL GUIDE Working fire doors are a prerequisite for fire safety, but what differentiates them from regular doors? Kirk Smith of Allegion UK outlines the technical features that form fire rated doors as we know them. Research indicates there may be around 42 billion doors found throughout the world’s built environment. Every day, each of those doors play a purposeful role towards the accessibility, safety and security of buildings and their occupants - but how many people truly recognise what they are using? Doorsets are assembled in a variety of configurations and sizes, but more often than not, they are used without a second thought. Yet, there are stark differences between regular door and fire door classifications, and where fire safety is concerned, it’s critical for users and responsible persons alike to be able to differentiate between the two. Despite their similar appearance, regular doors serve as interior and exterior access points only and are usually thinner at 35mm, while fire doors aim to protect buildings and their occupants in the event of a fire and are either 44mm or 54mm thick depending on its fire rating. As a key element in a building’s passive fire protection system, fire doors and their hardware components are often the first line of defence against fire, and as such, require detailed engineering and testing. Kirk Smith of Allegion UK explains: “From components and construction to features and function, there are several clear distinctions between regular doors and fire doors. Whereas regular doors are often placed throughout a building on accessibility or aesthetic merit, fire doors are strategically positioned to compartmentalise areas of the structure - such as hallways and stairwells - and are designed to help direct occupants through safe escape routes whilst also providing them with valuable time to make their way out of the building. “When opened, fire doors provide a means of escape. And when closed, they form a barrier to stop the spread of fire and smoke. To be able to do this, the main panel of the door (also known as the door leaf) is constructed from fire resistant materials that help to prevent the door from warping or collapsing when exposed to high temperatures. Conversely, regular doors without these materials are highly vulnerable. Nonetheless, for a fire door to

become effective, it must comprise of more than just the leaf, and will include: • • • • •

The frame Intumescent fire - and if required for certification - smoke seals Glazing (although this is not necessary) Signage Door hardware, such as hinges, door closers, locks and latches

“Fire doors must work in tandem with each of these components, so to not compromise the integrity of the doorset. Intumescent fire and smoke seals for example, frame the edges of the fire door and are chemically designed to expand into the frame when exposed to temperatures beyond 200°C. In doing so, the seals close the gaps between the frame and the door itself, eliminating any possibility of fire - and if required, smoke - from passing through. Intumescent seals, along with clear ‘Fire Door Keep Shut’ signage - usually found towards the top edge of the door leaf - are some of the most unmistakeable visual marks found on a fire door. “From an operational viewpoint, fire doors work differently than regular doors too. Fire door hardware is indispensable to fully operational doorsets, where during a fire incident, an open door is rendered useless. To be able to form an effective barrier against fire, a door must close to completion from its open position, and as part of this process, it will call upon its hinges, locks, latches and door closing devices. Door closers, whether concealed or surface-mounted, use spring-loaded hydraulics to effectively close and engage the door into its latch, where it is held firmly in place by the frame, whereas regular doors rely on manual control. “For buildings with high footfall, an electromagnetic hold-open device may be present on a doorset. These systems are permitted to keep certain fire doors open until a fire alarm is activated, aiding ease of movement until the first sign of a fire incident, in which the system will automatically release and close the doors to completion. Equally, panic and emergency exit devices can be found on some fire doors that are positioned throughout a building’s escape routes. All exit devices are meant to be operated with minimum effort to help users successfully escape through the doorway, meaning reliability is key every step of the way.” Testing and standards To certify fire performance, the complete fire doorset is put through periods of standardised destructive testing in accredited laboratories and workshops. The standard fire performance test method complies to BS EN 1634-1, and in conjunction with product standard BS EN 16034, it provides the supply chain with manufacturing guidelines, and as a result, gives responsible persons and end users peace of mind that their doorset will function in a fire scenario. Kirk Smith continues: “Fire doors are a legal requirement in all non-domestic properties and houses of multiple occupancy and with updated fire safety regulations now in effect, third-party testing and product traceability is as crucial as ever. Upon testing, certified fire doors are given a fire-resistance rating which details the length of time the door and its hardware components can withstand fire and smoke, with the most common FD ratings being FD30 and FD60, which declare the doorset can withstand fire for 30 or 60 minutes respectively, and FD30S and FD60S if the doors have been tested with smoke

control. A regular door with no fire-resistance characteristics would not be able to withstand these tests and as such, would fail in a real-life event. “What’s more, fire resistance tests are conducted on representative samples, and as such, components should not be substituted post-specification and installation. Fire door hardware for example, in addition to rigorous fire safety testing, must go through stages of performance testing to ensure they function properly and are able to sustain a level of durability that makes them fit for purpose. Mechanical door closers must be tested to the appropriate British Standard EN 1154, which classifies hardware over its category of use, number of test cycles, power size, fire behaviour, safety and corrosion resistance. Equally, emergency exit devices and panic exit devices are tested to BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125 respectively and electromagnetic hold-open devices to BS EN 1155. A fire door’s hinges must also be tested to BS EN 1935. “For traceability purposes, end-users can review the UKCA and CE marks on a fire door and its hardware to find its fire rating, certificate numbers and the manufacturer’s details. Furthermore, for those looking to find additional information on a doorsets’ components, the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) can be referred to for clear, accurate and up-to-date product information - helping people to review and select trusted hardware that conforms to UKCA and CE certifications.”

ZEBRA DESIGN NEOM’S PERMANENT, IMMERSIVE WELLBEING HUB IN BICESTER VILLAGE Following the resounding success of NEOM’s pop-up space in Bicester Village over the past 12 months, the brand has announced its opening of the permanent Wellbeing Hub in Bicester. Zebra, leading retail designers, have worked meticulously with Jungle Fit-out Collective to create a space that embodies NEOM’s ethos of sustainability and holistic wellness.

create a retail experience that not only looks and smells amazing but is also a wellbeing escape from the hustle and bustle. When you step into Bicester you can expect a stress-free shopping experience and discover our 100% natural fragrances with true wellbeing benefits.”

NEOM is a British wellbeing home fragrance and beauty brand. Known for its commitment to enhancing wellbeing through 100% natural fragrances, NEOM offers a diverse range of products designed to help you sleep better, stress less, boost your energy or lift your mood. Each wellbeing range is distinguished by its unique colour palette, encompassing soothing shades of violet, blue, yellow, and greens.

“It is always a pleasure working with the team at Zebra, and highly rewarding to have the opportunity to collaborate on projects for purpose driven brands. In this case, we thoroughly enjoyed helping NEOM, a fellow BCorp company, realise their flagship store vision. Zebra’s knowledge and commitment in searching for new and innovative materials not only acts to elevate their projects aesthetically, but also enhances each project’s sustainability credentials.” Director, Jungle, James Fairhurst.

Zebra took inspiration from the distinctive colours found within NEOM’s product line and have seamlessly integrated these four hues into the design of our store layout. This strategic use of colour not only enhances visual appeal but also aids customers in effortlessly navigating the space, enabling them to locate products tailored to their specific wellbeing need. To provide a complementary backdrop, Zebra has incorporated NEOM’s signature brand colour, a blush pink, along with a classic heritage light herringbone timber floor, creating an inviting and harmonious atmosphere within the store. Additionally, the inclusion of rose gold finishes throughout the signage system serves a dual purpose, ensuring clear communication while adding a touch of sophistication to the overall aesthetic. Zebra placed sustainability at the core of the design, incorporating innovative materials like Smile Plastics worktops, made from recycled plastic yoghurt pots, FSC-certified timber flooring, and carbon positive paint. Thoughtful furniture design focuses on reusability and efficient material use, highlighting a commitment to sustainability and adaptability for future relocations. Recognising the importance of effective communication, Zebra has also integrated lightboxes and thoughtfully designed graphics on the walls. These elements enhance the ability to engage with customers, providing visitors with valuable information and a visually appealing shopping experience. Lee Roberts, Zebra Director, said “As lead designers behind this transformative project, we are delighted to have played a key role in bringing NEOM’s vision to life by creating their immersive Wellbeing Hub. Collaborating closely with Jungle Fit-out Collective, our team at Zebra has meticulously crafted a space that not only reflects NEOM’s commitment to sustainability and holistic wellness, but also serves as a Wellbeing Hub in the heart of Bicester.” “At NEOM, the digital scent discovery test is the first thing we ask our customers to do. It’s the entry point to their NEOM Wellbeing journey; to help them discover Better Sleep, Less Stress, More Energy or Mood Boost. At Bicester Village, like all our Wellbeing Hubs, we wanted to


Nicola Elliott, NEOM Founder.

The NEOM experience at Bicester Village, is a calming, immersive retail experience that seamlessly brings together function and design, creating the ideal wellbeing space. The completed project is now set to offer a luxury, atmospheric customer experience. www.zbr.global


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