Refurb & Developer Update - November 2023

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Award-winning carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets are excited to announce the launch of their brand-new Kingston range. The latest addition to their popular collection of easy-clean carpets, Kingston makes for the perfect blend of value and practicality. The new collection takes inspiration from the soft tones of the natural environment, with a luxurious finish to give a feeling of warmth and comfort underfoot.


Made with 100% Excellon Polypropylene, the Kingston range is stain-resistant and bleach-cleanable, making it ideal for all areas of the home. It also comes in a trend-leading palette of plain and heather shades, including Mushroom, Light Cloud and Woodbrook (pictured), so when it comes to carpets that fit with your everyday life, you don’t have to compromise on comfort or style. David Cormack, Marketing Director at Cormar Carpets explains: “As an award-winning manufacturer we are constantly adapting to meet the needs of our customers and strive to design quality products that are not only practical but also luxurious and hard-wearing. Kingston extends the choice for customers looking for a carpet that ticks all the boxes of looking good and feeling good at an attractive, affordable price.”


As a long-standing British business, Cormar are proud to still be producing carpets from their very own Lancashire mills. The new Kingston range will be joining their enduringly popular family of easy-clean carpets, including Apollo Plus, Trinity and Primo Ultra. Available in two qualities, Classic and Elite, Kingston is produced in both 4m and 5m widths, retailing from £20 per square metre.

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For further information on the Kingston range or any other Cormar Carpet range, visit

To speak to a member of the team, please call 020 805 09659 or email



Kingston in Woodbrook

Notes to editors:

Cormar Carpets is proud to produce its extensive range of carpet at its two Lancas Cormar delivers across the UK and Ireland from its distribution sites in Hemel Hemp Bury, using its own fleet of over 70 vehicles to ensure a fast, reliable service. With a leading trade portal and a dedicated, experienced sales and customer service team offer retailers 24/7 access to ordering, delivery tracking, and online account manag as well as servicing its customer base through a team of over 30 sales representativ Press Office Jessa Burnley | 01664 823 920 | 07377 957888 | Leonie Davis | 01664 823 920 | 07538 562252 |

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TIP TOPS ON TECH THE HALLS THE PERFECT PROPERTY CHRISTMAS IDEAS FOR TECH LOVERS FROM HUMANSCALE DEVELOPMENT Humanscale the leading designer and manufacturer high-performance ergonomic furniture and FROM JAMEY ofaccessories has the perfect tech presents for those wanting to upgrade their homes with the latest BOWLES, CEO AT gadgets. These included the stunning Nova task light whose base also has a USB charging point and YOUR PROPERTY the Neatcharge wireless charger. Should I invest in property in 2023? One of the top questions all property investors are asking me is – should they invest in property this year when the market is struggling due to higher interest rates and a drop in property prices? And my answer is always yes. With the average UK house prices dipping in recent months – buying a property to invest needs to be done with consideration of your longterm investment goals and requirements. Whilst everyone stalls selling their property, primarily due to uncertainty in high inflation rates, what all property developers should do is buy property. Time in the market is always better than trying to time the market. The UK property market is currently a buyers’ market – and great deals are available. The key is doing your research – make sure you know what you are buying and where. There are huge areas across the UK that are prime for property investment. Also, due to new landlord legislations being introduced, existing landlords are offloading property, meaning there are opportunities to buy a tenanted property at an exceptionally reasonable price. With a new generation of property investors looking for fast, easy ways to get into property, such as rent to rent - savvy investors have great opportunities to invest in long-term cash-flowing equity, which ultimately will grow assets. My top tip is to have a property strategy – going into property development knowing your numbers. What can you afford, what needs to be spent on refurbishing and what the rental yield will be?

The Nova light combines advance technology, modern sleek design and engineering excellence creating a superior task light, completely transforming your work surface and enhancing workstyle. The optional Desktop Wireless Charging Base is what separates this task light out from the rest. Also with two USB ports, you can keep your mobile devices conveniently charging throughout the day by simple placing it on the base of the light. With a 180-degree rotating arm, the Nova task light provides customisable and ergonomic benefits with effortless one hand adjustments, all kept in place with ‘forever hinges’ – making day-to-day work life simple. Colour rending index (CRI), colour temperature and exceptional light quality makes the Nova task light ideal for video calls and conferences, through the enhanced on-camera appearance, rending any colour and tones to make you true to life. Available in three minimalist tones of black, grey or white, the Nova light works in any residential space and is simple dimmed or made brighter by a soft touch. Another Humanscale product perfect for Christmas is NeatCharge a simple yet sophisticated wireless charger that enables devices to charge by simply being placed on a designated area on your work surface. Perfect for the home or the off ice, NeatCharge’s compact design subtly attaches to the bottom of a desk or tabletop to keep mobile devices powered throughout the day. Humanscale’s NeatCharge eliminates the need for unsightly cables and phone chargers on the desk, allowing for a neater work surface that is easy to clean. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, NeatCharge only activates when the device is placed above the charger. Once removed, it immediately powers off.

Jamey Bowles is a 29-year-old entrepreneur of multiple successful businesses. Founding his first business at 17, it grew into a reputable and well-known construction company. Jamey now concentrates on helping others build wealth through property investing via his company, Your Home Group, utilising his skills in construction, property sourcing, finance, and lettings through his successful portfolio.

06 A planning application has been submitted to

The landscape design creates the opportunity for

City of Edinburgh Council for the second phase of

connections to Trinity Primary, creating a campus with

development at Trinity Academy, a secondary school

the secondary school helping integrate both schools.

set within the Victoria Park conservation area in the

The landscape also incorporates cycle storage and

north of the city.

electric vehicle charging in both secure and public

The project builds upon the award-winning phase one – a new-build sports and outdoor centre that serves

areas, encouraging active travel and the 20-Minute Neighbourhood.

the local community as well as Trinity’s pupils – which

Ryan Holmes, Director at Holmes Miller said: “City of

opened in summer 2022.

Edinburgh Council asked us to create a design that

Both phases were designed by Holmes Miller, who have a strong track record of designing Edinburgh schools such as Frogston, Canaan Lane and Victoria Primary Schools. During consultations on the redevelopment, staff, pupils and community felt strongly that the school’s original red sandstone Victorian building on Craighall Road, dating back to 1894, should be retained, refurbished and incorporated into the new design. If plans are approved, several newer existing school buildings which are no longer fit for purpose will be demolished to make way for a new four-storey extension to the historic building, which will offer modern learning facilities for the school’s 1200 pupils. The school will remain open during the build and refurbishment process, with detailed plans in place for phasing and decanting to temporary accommodation

would ensure Trinity Academy’s facilities were fit for the 21st Century and that would provide an inspirational learning environment for pupils. Alongside the existing Victorian building, the new extension will do just that, while creating a strong civic presence that is sensitive to the surrounding Victoria Park conservation area. The combination of new extension and refurbishment of the existing building represents a significant investment in the community and promotes inclusive growth through key investment.” John Burns, Associate at Holmes Miller added: “Building on the successful completion of Trinity Academy’s Sports Campus last year, these new plans offer a modern, exciting, and energy-efficient facility for pupils, staff and the wider community around Trinity. Building on this existing relationship with the school and community through ongoing engagement offers a unique opportunity to create a sense of place and

on site, to minimise disruption to staff and pupils.

new identity, which is an exciting prospect. All users of

Inside the new extension, classroom accommodation

redevelopment, which will create a school they can be

will be arranged around a social and dining ‘heart’ which will provide a central point where the school can come together to socialise, learn and collaborate, fostering a sense of community and inclusion. A timberclad ‘learning stair’ will also connect the school’s main reception space to the ‘heart’. The original Victorian building will link directly to this central space, bringing

the building will benefit greatly from this next phase of proud of and will positively engage with.” Cllr Joan Griffiths, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “These are really exciting times for the Trinity Academy school community after the opening of their new sports and outdoor learning centre last year. The plans for the new extension, and

both buildings together.

refurbishment of the original Victorian red sandstone

Designed to meet Passivhaus standards, the extension

consultation with the staff, pupils and local community.

will aim to reduce energy demand for space heating or cooling, driving down running costs and carbon emissions. It will also meet the Council’s city-wide aspirations for the curriculum to be inclusive, and to

main school building, have been designed following

“Another key feature of the new extension is the Passivhaus elements which significantly reduce the amount of energy used and support us in our goal of

meet all digital and outdoor learning requirements.

decarbonising our building stock. In August we opened

A carefully considered landscape plan for the school

Primary School and construction work has already

grounds will maximise potential for outdoor learning, encourage sustainability and open up opportunities to support local groups. Features will include an ‘arrival plaza’ with seating and social spaces, an outdoor amphitheatre, a growing space, an outdoor gym and a wellbeing hub garden.

our first fully Passivhaus classroom extension at Sciennes started on a replacement Currie High School which will be one of the first Passivhaus high schools in the country. These new buildings will significantly reduce heating costs, improve user comfort and the learning environment as we set the standard for how we build low carbon schools.”



Design team: Client: City of Edinburgh Council Project Manager: Atkins Realis MEP Engineers: Rybka Structural Engineers: Etive Landscape Architect: Wardell Armstrong Passivhaus Advisor: Architype



This week, OB Architecture unveiled their latest project Strawberry Hill, a comprehensive refurbishment of an entire residence in the serene Hampshire countryside. This ambitious project was undertaken in response to the client’s aspiration for a complete rejuvenation of the property. After more than three decades in Hong Kong, the client had chosen the British countryside as their new haven. With studios in London, Winchester, and Chamonix, OB Architecture is renowned for its ability to harmoniously blend creativity with contemporary innovation, crafting residences that meet the demands of 21st-century living.

The focal point of this transformation is a striking circular GluLam timber structure designed in collaboration with Buckland Timber, replacing a dated 80s steelf ramed conservatory. The original structure lacked modern comforts and thermal efficiency, necessitating a comprehensive overhaul. The alterations were meticulously calibrated to harmonise with the existing house’s proportions, seamlessly integrating with the traditional rural architecture while introducing subtle contemporary details, as per the client’s wish for a modern and playful living space. The end result is a captivating contemporary space boasting 270-degree views of the garden, tennis court, and the idyllic Hampshire countryside. The circular form elegantly mirrors the terrace at the opposite end of the property, creating visual symmetry and cohesion.


In response to the client’s brief, OB also redesigned the entrance, through to the open-plan modernised kitchen, living, and dining area, and further into the new garden room. On the lower ground floor, the spa and pool area underwent a modernisation process, with the addition of expansive plate windows that afford captivating views both in and out of the pool. A cinema and games room were also nestled deep into the plan of the lower ground floor. Throughout the project, a strong emphasis was placed on eco-conscious design elements. Toby Wincer, Director at OB Architects, explains, “We deliberately opted for a GluLam timber f rame to replace the existing conservatory, not only for its sustainability but also its cost-effectiveness, as opposed to more commonly used steel, aluminium, or UPVC structures. Automated roof lights were then installed to facilitate passive ventilation.”

The interior decoration was entrusted to Wilson Martin Interiors, who collaborated closely with OB Architecture and the client to devise a scheme in perfect harmony with the building’s character and architectural vision. The Strawberry Hill project stands as a testament to OB Architecture’s prowess in seamlessly merging modern design with the charm of rural surroundings. The decision to utilize a GluLam timber frame showcases a thoughtful approach to sustainability, while the inclusion of automated roof lights demonstrates a commitment to energy-efficient solutions. The involvement of Wilson Martin Interiors further underscores the project’s comprehensive and unified design approach, resulting in a distinctive and inviting living space for the client.



Across the UK, over 100 towns and cities are undergoing regeneration following significant investment from the government. Urban regeneration is a sign of future growth and demand, making these hubs of regeneration hot spots for property investors. But what role do property investors play in creating new communities – to support economic and productivity growth while encouraging young people to stay in their local community while attracting other businesses to invest? Towns and cities are more than just places to shop or for people to work. They are places where people bring up their families and put down roots. The property development industry is an essential cog in the UK’s regeneration wheel. Ethical property developers, like Your Home Property, are fully aware of their responsibility for the future success of each town and city it is helping regenerate. Property developers need to understand their role in enhancing and improving the towns and cities where they choose to invest. By breathing new life into derelict and abandoned buildings, property values are increased, and businesses and investments are drawn to the areas with a sense of new hope and aspiration for the community. Your Home Group is one of several property-developing companies transforming Redcar. By the end of 2023, we will have invested around £3 million into the redevelopment of this booming town. The regeneration of Redcar has resulted in a desire for high-quality yet affordable housing for its residents who want to lay down roots. Properties are also being developed to accommodate a transient corporate workforce, bringing new industries and aligned economic benefits to the area. The best communities have roots - a sense of belonging and pride. After all, every person’s home is their castle. As a property developer, I am fully aware of my responsibility in building a community to grow and flourish. By developing homes for communities, we are setting the path for the extensive regeneration programmes across the UK to be a success for today and our future generations.

Jamey Bowles is a 29-year-old entrepreneur of multiple successful businesses. Founding his first business at 17, it grew into a reputable and well-known construction company. Jamey now concentrates on helping others build wealth through property investing via his company, Your Home Group, utilising his skills in construction, property sourcing, finance, and lettings through his successful portfolio.


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 or through authorized USM retail partners Aram, Chaplins, Nest and O’Hagan



NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED AT LONG-STANDING NORTH EAST ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE North East-based architecture practice JDDK has appointed a new Director, as the company celebrates a successful year of growth and strong pipeline of projects upcoming in 2024. Clair Sanders joins fellow Directors Nicky Watson, Mura Mullan and Adam Vaughan. Having been with the business for the last 17 years, Clair was the natural choice when a rare opening for a new Director came up. Joining the practice in 2006, Clair began her career in architecture at JDDK, after graduating from Newcastle University. She has worked as an Associate Director before moving into her new position earlier this month. Guiding the team to use their strength and adaptability to navigate shifting industry challenges and driving forward positive change will be focus areas for Clair, who brings crosssector experience to the management team. During her time at JDDK, Clair has worked with businesses and organisations on projects across the healthcare, leisure, education and commercial industries, including working as a Project Architect for the new commercial premises at the Milkhope Centre for Blagdon Estates, as well as multiple refurbishment projects on leisure centres across Northumberland. A former co-chair of RIBA North East’s Housing Group, Clair is especially passionate about the residential and social housing sectors – areas in which JDDK is very active. During her time at the practice, Clair has taken a leading role on several housing schemes for both the public and private sector and will continue to be one of JDDK’s lead architects in this area of work. Her recent work in this sector has included leading new build and conversion social housing projects for clients such as Your Homes Newcastle, Karbon Homes and South Tyneside Council. As leading specialists in residential design, social housing and low-carbon design, JDDK has secured a number of significant project wins this year. The practice is currently working on various large scale residential, elderly care and regeneration schemes across the North East, designing for sustainable communities where affordability, security, quality of life and wellbeing are priorities. The appointment of Clair as a Director comes as fellow Director, Kevin Turnbull, announces his retirement, following an impressive 31-year career at JDDK. Kevin joined the practice in 1992, five years after the business was founded, and has been a key part of JDDK’s evolution and success ever since.

Clair Sanders

In more recent years, Kevin has led the practice’s technical delivery, overseeing the cohesion of technology and other aspects of design across projects, which is an area that sets JDDK apart from other practices. Developing on this specialism further and creating opportunities for others in the team, the firm’s technical delivery will be led by four newly promoted team members, who are already in post ahead of Kevin leaving the business in December. Commenting on her promotion, Clair said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as a Director and having been with the business for such a long time, it means a lot to now have the chance to influence our future. I joined the practice as a graduate and the team has played an instrumental role in shaping my career. I’m looking forward to doing the same for the young talent we have coming into the business, and ultimately giving something back to the industry.” Kevin added: “Making this announcement has prompted me to reflect on my career at JDDK and I’m proud to have played a part in taking the business to where it is today. Especially some of our collective achievements in more recent years, in particular leading the transfer of JDDK to an Employee-Owned Trust alongside my fellow Directors. It really is a special place to work and I feel very lucky to have been part of such a supportive and talented team, who have and continue to deliver exceptional development projects that impact peoples’ lives and leave a lasting legacy. I wish the team the best of luck for the future.” For more information on JDDK, visit



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

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Award-winning carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets are excited to announce the launch of their brand-new Kingston Award-winning carpet manufacturer Cormar are excited to thepopular launch of their range. The latestCarpets addition toannounce their brand-new Kingston range. The latest addition collection of easy-clean carpets, Kingston to their popular collection of easy-clean carpets, Kingston makes for theof perfect blend and of value makes for the perfect blend value and practicality. practicality. The new collection takes inspiration from the

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Kingston extends the choice for customers looking for a carpet that ticks all the boxes of looking good and feeling good at an attractive, affordable price.”

Made with 100% Excellon Polypropylene, the Kingston range is stain-resistant and bleach-cleanable, making it ideal for all areas of the home. It also comes in a trend-leading palette of plain and heather shades, including Mushroom, Light Cloud and Woodbrook (pictured), so when it comes to carpets that fit with your everyday life, you don’t have to compromise on comfort or style. David Cormack, Marketing Director at Cormar Carpets explains: “As an award-winning manufacturer we are constantly adapting to meet the needs of our customers and strive to design quality products that are not only practical but also luxurious and hard-wearing. Kingston extends the choice for customers looking for a carpet that ticks all the boxes of looking good and feeling good at an attractive, affordable price.” As a long-standing British business, Cormar are proud to still be producing carpets from their very own Lancashire mills. The new Kingston range will be joining their enduringly popular family of easy-clean carpets, including Apollo Plus, Trinity and Primo Ultra. Available in two qualities, Classic and Elite, Kingston is produced in both 4m and 5m widths, retailing from £20 per square metre. For further information on the Kingston range or any other Cormar Carpet range, visit

Kingston in Woodbrook

Kingston in Woodbrook

Notes to editors: Cormar Carpets is proud to produce its extensive range of carpet at its two Lancashire mills. Cormar delivers across the UK and Ireland from its distribution sites in Hemel Hempstead and Bury, using its own fleet of over 70 vehicles to ensure a fast, reliable service. With an industryleading trade portal and a dedicated, experienced sales and customer service team, Cormar offer retailers 24/7 access to ordering, delivery tracking, and online account management, as well as servicing its customer base through a team of over 30 sales representatives.

As a long-standing British business, Cormar are proud to still be producing carpets from their very own Lancashire mills. The Press Office new Kingston range will be joining their Jessa Burnley | 01664 823 920 | 07377 957888 | Leonie Davis | 01664 823 920 | 07538 562252 | enduringly popular family of easy-clean carpets, including Apollo Plus, Trinity and Primo Ultra. Available in two qualities, Classic and Elite, Kingston is produced in  both 4m and 5m widths, retailing from £20  cormarcarpets  CormarCarpets  Cormar Carpets per square metre. For further information on the Kingston range or any other Cormar Carpet range, visit



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 enclosed the baseball field, withstood the rigours of professional athletes, and doubled as a platform for advertising and marketing. The entire project was completed in 18 days, with the fencing structure decommissioned within 5 days, showcasing how CLD Systems’ temporary solutions meet security requirements on a temporary basis, reducing the need for new materials and long-term commitments. Scott Fulton, Director of the Rental division at CLD Systems, emphasised the signif icance of these rental options, stating: “Our rentals offer clients both flexibility and security without the need for longterm commitments. We provide tailored solutions to meet specific needs, ensuring access to highquality security on a temporary basis - a vital step towards a sustainable, eco-conscious future for the security industry.” As the security industry aligns itself with the broader environmental movement, CLD Systems stands at the forefront, championing a greener and more secure future through its commitment to offering rental solutions and cutting-edge solar-powered innovations, exemplified by the Rise Master HE. CLD’s portfolio includes a range of high-quality, security-rated rental solutions, such as the ModSec S1, S2 & S3. At the pinnacle of innovation

is the FenceSafe Securus SR1, a groundbreaking achievement as the world’s f irst temporary LPS 1175 SR1 fencing system. This prof iled fencing system ensures the reliability and longevity typically associated with permanent installations. Additionally, the HoardSafe S1 system sets new standards in temporary security solutions. These offerings have been meticulously designed to meet stringent security requirements, even in temporary settings. CLD has made significant strides in incorporating eco-friendly materials into its rental product lines, such as 100% recycled plastic for FenceSafe bases and 78% recycled steel in their steel fencing and posts. Additionally, CLD’s hoarding systems use 80% recycled plastic, furthering their commitment to sustainability. With a substantial inventory readily available and a rapid response time, CLD Systems underscores its commitment to sustainability and adaptability by tailoring solutions to meet clients’ unique needs. This includes providing flexible on-ground physical security that can be quickly commissioned and removed without leaving a trace.


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 fastpaced, but I loved the challenge of looking after leading customers and showcasing my conf idence 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 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.” 01283 200158



The iLook_move cosmetic mirror by KEUCO with its innovative hinge technology, and LED light provides excellent illumination, great flexibility, and the highquality mirror surface has fivefold magnification. Created by the design office Tesseraux+Partner, Potsdam, the iLook mirror is available in both a round and angular form in chrome or matte black variants. The slim and elegant mirror can be illuminated with the flick of a switch, this 6500 Kelvin variant is switched on and off directly from the vanity mirror, however, if preferred the light can set up to be operated by the room light switch. The mirror’s hinge technology enables the swivel arm to be adjusted three-dimensionally, the height of the mirror can be adjusted, it can be moved to the side and the inclination can be changed. Its elegant design maximizes height adjustability without the need for a conventional wall rail and its flexibility allows you to use the iLook mirror when standing or sitting.



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.”



ISO Chemie has open a new webshop to provide UK customers with rapid and easy access to products, installation information and orders 24/7. A new webshop has been opened by window and door frame sealant tape specialist ISO-Chemie to provide UK customers with rapid and easy access to products, installation information and orders 24/7.

In addition, ISO-Chemie offers planning, calculation and installation tools via its ISO-PORTAL. Specification documents, training videos and BIMready object data for products are also available to support designers and architects.

Accessible via an off ice PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device, the versatile webshop - available via ISO-Chemie’s web portal - enables customers to browse and place online orders and review their purchasing history. It also opens up access to CAD f ile downloads as well as extensive application information and specif ication detail on the company’s range of foam tape sealants and associated products, including BIM services.

The ISO-Chemie webshop is part of a package of added value customer support services said UK sales and operations manager Andy Swift, who added: “With our digital service we offer our customers the best possible support in planning and implementing their construction projects. For us, this requires an efficient customer-focused ordering process.”

Products can be viewed and ordered at the touch of a button via an interactive display to save time and ensure selection accuracy. Associated documents are also available for downloading and viewing while orders can be tracked.

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NHBC’S BUILDING FOR TOMORROW RETURNS The National House Building Council (NHBC), the UK’s largest new homes warranty and insurance provider, is pleased to announce the 2024 return of its flagship event series Building for Tomorrow. Taking a pragmatic approach to making progress, f inding s o l u t i o n s a n d c rea t i n g connections in the housebuilding industry, Building for Tomorrow offers futurefocused professionals f rom across the sector the chance to network and learn about the latest developments in British house building. Delegates will have the chance to hear from leading organisations including the Future Homes Hub and BEAMA, manufacturers of the latest technology, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) experts and NHBC’s own Standards and Technical teams. As a rolling programme of events around the UK, Building for Tomorrow will visit eight major cities during February and March 2024. NHBC’s purpose has always been to help raise standards in house building by championing high-quality homes both now and in the future. The Building for Tomorrow 2024 events reaff irm the house-building industry’s continued commitment to build quality and highlight the key role this plays in supporting continuous improvement. An impressive roster of speakers including Richard Lankshear, Programme Director at the Future Homes Hub, Mike Leonard from Birmingham University and NHBC’s own Chris Hall, Technical Innovation Manager, feature in the 2024 programme. What to expect from the event A key date in the construction calendar for over 30 years, Building for Tomorrow is an essential event to attend for anyone involved in the house-building industry looking to keep up to date with the legislative changes and latest trends in the sector.

Networking opportunities Building for Tomorrow events provide valuable opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals who understand the scale of the challenges ahead. Delegates can also gain CPD learning credits for attending. Nick Cunningham, Regional Director at NHBC commented “Building for Tomorrow has always been a stalwart event, but this year I believe it is more on-point than ever. We face numerous legislative changes that affect our industry and keeping up with these, and the resulting technical implications, can be extremely challenging. That’s why this series of events is designed to support the house-building industry and deliver helpful and insightful content as well as the opportunity to meet and discuss things with other industry professionals; this is not something we get to do often but it’s vital that we connect and communicate so we can all make progress together.” To secure a place or learn more about the Building for Tomorrow events visit: NHBC | Building for Tomorrow

Expertise and experience Each event will be packed with insightful presentations exploring housing concepts and buildings of the future, the latest on energy efficiency and zero carbon. Informative sessions on MMC, working case studies to show how improvements have been made on existing projects and how changing regulations will evolve through the new standards will also be covered. Innovation and solutions Delegates attending any of the Building for Tomorrow 2024 events will get the chance to meet a wide range of exhibitors representing the latest in innovative products, components and technologies to increase their knowledge and help develop their business.


ARC SELECTS HQO TO TRANSFORM CAMPUS EXPERIENCE AND SUPERCHARGE MEMBERS’ PRODUCTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE ARC’s new campus experience app powered by HqO is available across its four clusters, providing world-class amenities that deepen and strengthen its connection to over 12,000 members HqO, the world’s leading real estate experience platform provider, has been selected by ARC, one of Europe’s leading networks of science and innovation clusters, to power its new ‘Member of the Future’ campus experience app. The addition of ARC to HqO’s portfolio further expands its reach and user base across Europe and the UK. Deployed across ARC’s four clusters in Oxford, Harwell, West London, and Uxbridge, the new app increases HqO’s reach by adding 1.6 million square feet of contracted space, and over 12,000 new users to its already sizeable global presence. Since inception, HqO has connected over 400 million square feet of space across more than 700 properties, in 32 countries. “There has been a fundamental evolution in the real estate experience economy as space has moved from a commodity to a service and now to an experience. In response, real estate needs to be flexible to meet the ever-changing needs of the people using it, inspiring them, caring for them, and bringing them together. That’s why we created the Real Estate Experience (REX) category, and launched the HqO REX Platform, the first end-to-end experience solution built around the customer. This asset agnostic, crossproperty suite of powerful applications and services acts as the single source of truth for a property, assessing the health and performance of a customer’s experience within it, while providing the necessary tools for operators to manage and optimise it, all from one central location.” said Samuel Warren, Vice President of Sales EMEA, at HqO. “ARC already does so much to offer its members a unique, innovative, and engaging campus. We could not be more delighted to partner with them to enhance these opportunities and derive insights to further support the needs of their tenants and their experiences.” Digital Connections at the Centre of Real Estate The new app is helping to unlock the full potential of ARC’s campuses. Designed to connect seamlessly with ARC’s existing systems and support its member engagement methods, HqO’s platform offers a host of powerful features. These include custom branding, content management systems, app support, and a web portal allowing partners to access the HqO app directly from their desktops. Accessing the platform via the desktop portal allows ARC to capture and analyse critical user and property data

to inform the complete lifecycle of its real estate assets. This includes measuring and assessing the success of programmes, monitoring member and user satisfaction, and gathering insight on the performance of amenities, space, and services that can inform future investment and planning. Dan Metcalfe, Senior Director of Community, Communications and Marketing at ARC commented: “Advanced Research Clusters (ARC) exists to help science and innovation businesses within our campus network to thrive. Supporting our community of 10,000 requires an outstanding digital ecosystem, and we’re delighted to partner with HqO. Together, we aim to deliver a state-ofthe-art membership app which will make it easier for our members to connect, foster collaboration and enhance their campus experience.”

Partners and Members Already Feeling the Benefit Following the release of ARC’s new campus experience app powered by HqO, its members are already seeing the benefit. With an active user rate of 80%, ARC members are accessing the app to discover and book themselves to events, smoothly manage gym and meeting room scheduling, and access exclusive offers. Supporting the development of its members’ business skills and aiding in raising their prof iles, ARC is also using the new app to promote and drive awareness of upcoming networking and workshop events. Increasing attendance at these events will further help foster the connections and partnerships that innovation businesses depend on. Samuel Warren concluded: “It is a privilege to have ARC, one of the most exciting place-based innovation clusters, join our portfolio. Its track record of creating high-quality environments for business, R&D and hi-tech manufacturing occupiers is unmatched. As HqO expands across the UK and Europe, being selected by ARC is a huge validation of our service and technology.”

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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.

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. 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.

to 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.” Nicola Elliott, NEOM Founder. “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. 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.

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


GLASS FROM VICTORIAN OFFICE RENOVATION ARRIVES IN LEEDS READY FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSFORMATION More than three tonnes of glass f rom 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 landf ill, 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 f rom 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:



The Construction Products Association Autumn forecasts reports states that construction output remains on forecast to fall by 6.8% during 2023. The two largest construction sectors contributing to this fall is private new housing and private house repair (r&mi), maintenance and improvement. In 2024 the forecast is for a further drop of 0.3% in construction output. The reasons given for the slowdown is the UK’s slower economic growth and high interest rates. A recovery in private housing and new build and r&mi is not due until 2025. Meanwhile the CAB Q3 State of Trade Survey (SoT) demonstrates that aluminium fenestration seems to have remained reasonably buoyant during 2023 with members remaining busy and positive about historic sales and future demand. This can be attributed to at least two factors. Firstly, some projects already out of the ground will continue to be built with fenestration requirements lagging from starts by eighteen months to two years. Secondly, the growth in aluminium in the home improvement market continues apace as households with greater disposable income improve using aluminium based products as opposed to the use of other materials. Reviewing any fenestration trade magazine today emphasises the interest in aluminium. Commercial and Industrial output remains strong which is where aluminium fenestration products are traditionally used.

‘Historic Sales Volume’s have dipped for Members of CAB, for the first time in the last twelve months. This follows the wider construction output reporting a drop of -47% on net balance in the Q2 2023. The annual drop in historic sales for Members is just -5% on net balance, but nevertheless, indicates a crucial drop in demand. CAB Members remain much more positive about trade than the wider construction supply chain. ‘Expected Sales Volumes’ reported by Members has decreased significantly from a high of 77% on net balance in Q1 2023 to -6% on net balance forecast for the last quarter in 2023. Important to note that the Membership still see the full year ahead as a positive growth with 39% on net balance indicating sales growth into 2024. This is favourable against the slight drop in forecasted sales from the construction supply chain of just -6% on net balance. ‘Sales Volumes - Quarter-on-Quarter’ views are mixed with 37% of Members reporting no change between Q2 and Q3, 47% stating a drop in sales and only 16% reporting growth between the two quarters. ‘Sales Volumes - Year-on-Year’ are a little more polarised with just 11% of members stating no change, 48% stating a drop in sales and 43% reporting growth between the two years. With the years previous three quarters results showing growth in sales, the sales volumes again indicate a slowdown in demand. ‘Historic Unit Costs’, whilst softening during the last twelve months have risen in Q3 showing on net balance a greater increase than the wider construction supply chain for both quarterly and annual costs. Whilst aluminium costs have remained fairly level in the last six months, increases in labour costs will increase unit costs at the gate. There remains a crucial skills shortage in the fenestration industry as it carries an older demographic compared to other construction industries.

As expected, ‘Cost Factors’ indicate that 84% of Members on net balance report this as the greatest cost factor. This has remained constant throughout 2023 only superseded in Q4 2022 by ‘Energy Costs’. The rise in living costs and mortgages coupled with a skill shortage puts experienced people at a premium who can negotiate increases in salary. It comes as no surprise that when we look to ‘Likely Constraints on Activity Over the Next twelve Months’ that we see 89% of respondents claiming that demand is the likely constraint on business moving forward. Whilst demand has always been at a high level over the last twelve months, this is its highest report figure to date. Reported ‘Labour Costs’ remain high on net balance from Members, over twice that of the wider Construction supply chain, reinforcing the lack of an experienced labour pool. Members ‘Capital Investment’ on net balance has reduced in the year ahead compared to the previous year. Only Customer Research’ shows an increase in spend for the year ahead. The full report is available to CAB Members. Please contact me at CAB if you are considering joining CAB.



The UK and Europe’s leading shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has launched a new minimally Framed Bi-Fold Door into its Innov8 Range.

The Bi-Fold Door is f ramed with the choice of Polished Chrome or Matt Black finish. The glass is 6mm thick and the enclosure stands at 1967mm high with door size options – 760, 800, 900, 1000 and 1200mm, and Side Panel size options of 800mm and 900mm for corner fittings. The Bi-Fold Enclosure features chromed brass hinges, chromed top caps and crystal-clear PVC seals. It is fully assembled, which makes it quick and easy to install and the handing of the door is reversible. Roman has launched the new Framed Bi-Fold Shower Door as bi-fold enclosures continue to be a popular choice in the marketplace and the new framed option adds a stylish addition. Bi-Fold Shower Doors have always been in demand due the bi-fold door being inward opening which is perfect for when space is limited. Bi-Fold Shower Doors maximise the available bathroom space, as they open inwards, they eliminate the area required for outward opening doors. The Bi-Fold Door can be used in even a very small bathroom space such as an ensuite and make use of a recess, alcove, or corner space. The door completely folds up, so the

entire door space is available to enter the enclosure and allows for all ages and abilities to easily access. The Innov8 Bi-Fold Door is compatible with Roman’s new Anti-Slip Shower Trays and Infinity Slate Shower Trays. The Anti-Slip Shower Trays are manufactured with a gel coat finish for cleanability and durability. They are inherently Anti-Slip to the highest standard available – DIN Class C. The Shower Trays comes with a 90mm chrome Fast Flow waste and there are three additional colour options available – Brushed Brass, Matt Black and White. The Inf inity Slate Shower Trays have an authentic slate effect finish with a textured surface and a stylish concealed waste. They are 35mm high with three matt colour options: White, Grey, and Black. David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer at Roman, commented: “We’ve introduced the new sleekly framed Bi-Fold Door into our mid-range Innov8 collection – creating a stylish and space efficient shower enclosure.” Tel: 01325 311318 E-mail: Web:



DGS (Dynamic Ground Solutions) has initiated the use of digital technology and services from Smart Construction to accurately track work progress at its job sites across the country, in a move to optimise its prof itability and establish a robust foundation for future digital advancements. Smart Construction is a digital transformation strategy developed by Komatsu, Sony Semiconductors, NTT Communication, under the name of EARTHBRAIN Ltd. Smart Construction offers a suite of software, hardware solutions, and services to enhance eff iciency and profitability by optimising job site processes. Operating on a national scale, DGS has always been at the foref ront of technological integration. This is demonstrated by their early adoption of Komatsu’s Intelligent Machine Control (iMC) technology in the UK a decade ago. Currently, DGS is incorporating the latest feature of the iMC technology – autonomous as-built data capture. This innovative functionality enables machines, irrespective of their model or age, to autonomously collect location and elevation data from dozer tracks and bucket edges. The gathered information is then automatically processed and displayed on the Smart Construction Dashboard. This allows customers to effortlessly monitor their volume-based work progress straight from their offices, providing daily updates on cut-and-fill operations for maximum efficiency. It was this distinctive interconnectivity between the iMC technology and the Smart Construction Dashboard that

influenced DGS’s decision to utilise this solution as a key part of their jobsite monitoring solutions. The soil engineering specialist’s objective is to utilise technology throughout every step in the earthmoving process to gain earth movement information, allowing for effortless daily cut-and-f ill checkup and quick reactions and recovery, pre-empting any f inancial overruns. Alex Pilchowski, Senior Site Engineer at DGS shared his experience with Smart Construction: “The Dashboard has enabled us to take accurate measurements of work areas. The as-built data collected has proven to be invaluable, resulting in significant time and cost savings, along with an increase in safety on site.” Richard Clement, Deputy General Manager at Smart Construction added: “It’s a pleasure to work with DGS again. The company was one of the first Smart Construction users in the UK and we have previously worked together on different projects and job sites. Dashboard has enabled DGS to secure daily precise cutand-fill measurements and accurately understand how much material is being moved. “At Smart Construction, we utilise digital solutions to assist clients in the earthmoving and quarry industries to optimise their processes, and in turn enhance productivity, accelerate project completion and ensure cost savings.” For more information about Smart Construction and the range of solutions, please visit



A specialist team f rom drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group plc has prevented the need to partially demolish three houses by using a water jet to remove concrete from a sewer pipe.

Lanes, Thames Water’s wa s tewa te r n e two r k services maintenance partner, developed a business case for using The ultra-high pressure (UHP) jetting system, which UHP jetting to ensure it powers the water jet to over the speed of sound, was would work and be costdeployed after the foundation concrete in the pipe proved effective. too tough for conventional robotic cutting. This led to the initial The only practical alternative would have been to excavate hiring of a UHP jetting and replace the pipe, buried three metres beneath system to ensure the extensions built behind the row of nine terraces homes in concrete removal process Ilford, north east London. was effective - not least That would have involved the extensions for three of the because a tanker was homes being all but demolished, then reinstated, with the having to visit the site every day to remove sewage occupants placed in temporary accommodation while the building up behind the blockage. work was done.

Lanes selected a Falch UHP pump combined with an IMS Lanes carried out the UHP jetting project on behalf Robotics jetting system, capable of delivering a water jet of Thames Water and has now used the technique to at 2,500 bar (over 36,000 pounds per square inch). complete other challenging concrete removal projects for Six Lanes wastewater operatives underwent Water Jetting the water company. Association hydrodemolition training and equipment Lanes Operations Manager Calvin May said: “This was one of the toughest concrete removal projects we’ve ever tackled, and involved contamination of a 150mm-diameter sewer.

supplier instruction to give them the knowledge and skills needed to operate the system.

The UHP jetting system has a jetting nozzle on the end of a hose encased in a flexible steel coil sheath. Once guided “We believe the concrete may have been linked to into the pipe, a packer is inflated with compressed air to a nearby building project. Foundation concrete is hold the nozzle firmly in place inside the pipe. particularly hard and, in this case, had time to set solid, A mini camera and powerful LED lights allowed the completely filling the pipe for 11 metres. Lanes operative to then view the jetting operation, while “We didn’t make very fast headway with a robotic cutter, controlling the nozzle with a joystick to direct it most which works by grinding down the concrete, so we effectively at the concrete. needed a different approach. The concrete was removed in one-metre sections, with “UHP jetting turned out to be a gamechanger. It was over the exposed pipe strengthened by installing a cured 20 times as fast as using robotic cutting and prevented in place pipe (CIPP) point liner made from fiberglass the need for an alternative solution that would’ve been matting, impregnated with resin. much more costly and disruptive.”

Once the resin had cured, the liner created a durable new It meant the concrete could be removed in 15 shifts, concrete-free pipe within a pipe, with a design life of at least 50 years. equivalent to three weeks’ work.



Reflecting the current vogue for wellness and a more active lifestyle, the team at Designer Contracts brought a touch of the great outdoors to the indoors when they created a showhouse scheme for Cruden Homes at its new development in West Lothian. Located on the outskirts of East Calder, Wellwater Grove’s scenic rural location is ideal for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits – and the inspiration behind the four-bedroomed Tweed showhome. Targeted at a couple with two children, the home’s airy and tranquil interior pays homage to our growing desire for a more mindful and healthier lifestyle. Said designer Meg Eyre: “As we continue to see more and more eco-friendly spaces/ideas in the home, I really wanted to incorporate this into the scheme. The lounge, for instance, has some eco conscious items including plastic free fabrics. “One of the main aims here was to create somewhere for an active family to rest and feel homely and the colours, along with the furniture choices in here, do just that. “The dining / kitchen area was about creating a space for the whole family and their interests, somewhere that felt open with plenty of areas for them to eat together and entertain. “I was also keen to merge it with the outside space and achieved this by using landscape artwork, faux plants and green colour choices. Continuing the sustainability theme, the benches and dining stools are recycled.”

Emphasis on the outdoorsy lifestyle can also be seen through the choice of décor upstairs. With Edinburgh International Climbing Centre just a few miles away, the second bedroom has a ‘teenage dream’ rock climbing theme. A large-scale forest landscape wallpaper mural entices you into the room and sets the tone: the bed accessorised with walking boots, water bottles and climbing books. The clever use of stepped-up rock-climbing grips on one of the walls adds further drama to the room. Over in the second child’s bedroom, it is horse riding that gets an outing with the design built around a young girl’s passion for ponies. Finished with soft pastels and a striking, half-height green emulsion to all walls, this room is full of fun details including a horse saddle. Finally, it is calmness and mindfulness which takes centre stage in the main bedroom. Said Meg: “My main focus here was to take into consideration the mind, body and what it needs to unwind. The calming colours, along with the choices of styling and inviting artwork – used as a feature headboard – really creates a desirable space. “My personal favourite is the study area – with its pops of colour in the styling along with a posture conscious desk that enables users to work standing up and considers any future back and neck problems.”


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