Air Design brings fresh air & warmth to Selsey seaside complex

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Air Design has supplied two large heat recovery units (HRU) to Bunn Leisure’s holiday park in Selsey, West Sussex. The manufacturer based in Nertherton in the West Midlands supplied the HRUs to the holiday park for installation within the main entertainment area at the Waterfront Complex on the West Sands park.

Air Design is part of the £90million Elta Group, which provides ventilation equipment around the world. The company strives to understand all customers’ individual requirements by combining ventilation know how with a real focus on adaptation and flexibility. The bespoke and the standard air handling solutions that the company manufactures both utilise component parts of the latest technology. Units are constructed from a modular anodised aluminium framework for strength with mineral wool infill, whilst double skinned panels enhance the rigidity of the structure to protect the components inside. They can be mounted inside or out and come with a choice of options that includes plate-to-plate recuperators, cooling coils, mixing box sections, humidifiers, dampers, filters, control panels, silencers and others.

The units installed in the Waterfront Complex in Selsey provide fresh air to the stage, dance floor, bar and seating areas, whilst saving energy by warming the fresh incoming air. They do this by transferring heat from the outgoing, stale air. This has been warmed by the heating systems inside the building and is used to warm the incoming air by means of a heat exchanger. The incoming and outgoing air supplies are kept apart when passing through the heat exchanger so there is no danger of cross contamination of any sort.

Both units were installed by mechanical services specialists DSR Mechanical Services from Havant in Hampshire who also designed the system.

Located along the south coast, the Bunn Leisure complex comprises four separate award winning parks in close proximity, providing low cost family holidays on the beach on the Manhood Peninsula. The company’s coastal protection scheme at the West Sands site is the first privately funded coastal protection project of its kind and size ever undertaken in the UK. The result of the £16.8 million project is that its 0.75 mile long stretch of beach on the peninsular is now a bigger, better beach for guests to enjoy.

The Elta Group is a £90 million family of businesses with operations in seven countries on four continents which, together with a network of international distributors, provides quality fans and related air movement equipment to customers worldwide.

www.air-design.com

 

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Schueco’s new ‘barcode architecture’ product has huge design potential

With more and more architects designing buildings that use natural ventilation rather than expensive, energy-intensive air-conditioning to control the internal environment, the launch of Schueco’s AWS VV ventilation system is opportune.

Arriving in the UK in July, this product – a narrow, side-hung vent – is not simply a practical response to the need for non-mechanical cooling, it is also a system which presents architects with a whole new layer of design potential through what is sometimes known as ‘barcode architecture’.

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The name derives from the way in which when inserted into a curtain wall or ribbon window, the vents can resemble the vertical lines of barcodes found on product labels the world over. The decorative possibilities of this effect will be warmly welcomed by UK architects searching for new ways in which to express their creative vision.

Available in powder coat or anodised finishes, the Schueco AWS VV can be specified with a rebated or flush external appearance. The vent is inward opening and can be opened and closed easily either by hand or – on request – by concealed TipTronic motor drives that can in turn be linked to a central building management system if required.

Optional limiters with a maximum opening of 100 mm ensure safety in use and multi-point locking gives burglar resistance up to RC2. Schueco AWS VV is available in a variety of widths: 170 mm, 250 mm and 300 mm, with heights from 750 mm to 3000 mm, enabling it to cater for a wide range of ventilation requirements.

Schueco AWS VV is thermally insulated, delivering Uw values down to 0.95 W/m2K. Concealed fittings based on Schueco’s AvanTec SimplySmart range come as standard, while variable height handles enhance installation flexibility.

The system is available in various frame depths from 65 mm to 90 mm and is suitable for use with Schueco AWS, AWS BS and AWS WF window systems and can be inserted into Schueco façades.

For further information on the Schueco AWS VV ventilation system, please e-mail mkinfobox@schueco.com

www.schueco.co.uk

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Geberit concealed cisterns – providing reliable, low maintenance flushing systems for 50 years

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The 1960s weren’t just about major advancements in music and space travel – a new wind was blowing in residential construction too. Spacious floor plans, central heating, large windows and fitted kitchens were all the rage. And although bathrooms were still fairly small, change was in the air here too. The Geberit concealed cistern found its way into bathrooms in 1964 and provided a valuable space-saving solution. The Hotel Eiger in the Swiss spa resort of Grindelwald was among the first to have Geberit concealed cisterns installed, setting a new trend in bathroom design.

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Designed for half a century or more

Marianne and Beat Heller took on quite a project when they bought the Hotel Eiger in the Swiss spa resort of Grindelwald in 1962, transforming it into the most modern establishment in the whole village inside and out.

As part of the redesign, all the hotel bathrooms were fitted with a wall-hung WC with a Geberit concealed cistern – technology which, at this point, was far from widespread. In fact, Geberit had begun series production of this cistern, which was completely concealed behind the wall, only two years earlier. With most hotel guests having never seen this kind of flushing system before, hotel staff has to explain at check-in that the little button on the wall was for flushing the toilet.

Progressive thinking inspires confidence

“My parents were big fans of innovation,” says Daniel Heller, who took over the management of

the hotel 12 years ago. “They were among the first in Grindelwald to own a computer. It took up half the room!” It is due to such progressive thinking on the part of building owners and contractors, that the concealed cistern and, hence, pre-wall technology were able to flourish.

With sound insulation and modern fittings being important requirements of the Hotel Eiger refurbishment project, contractors Ruoff AG decided to install all of the sanitary technology behind robust brick prewalls.The new Geberit concealed cisterns provided the perfect solution at just the right time.

The cisterns lived up to expectations, remaining leak-proof and working flawlessly throughout their time neatly concealed behind the bathroom walls. The end of 2013 saw a complete refurbishment of the hotel’s bedrooms and bathrooms, in the course of which the nearly 50-year-old Geberit cisterns were removed and replaced with new ones.

“Throughout the entire planning phase, we had no idea what would be waiting for us behind the wall,” says Thomas Ruoff, the fourth generation of his family to run Ruoff AG. “So we were a bit surprised when we found all of the pipes and cisterns in perfect working order.

“These installations would definitely have carried on working for many years to come.”

Learn more about Geberit’s 50 year involvement in the Hotel Eiger by watching the YouTube video at http://youtu.be/RG2Qv6AO49c

For more details on the Geberit concealed cistern visit www.geberit.co.uk or call 0800 077 8365.

Also find them on Facebook at facebook.com/GeberitPro and Twitter @GeberitUK.

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W30 – the slimmest steel windows complying to all current Part L building regulations

Designed for energy efficiency, W30 steel windows from Steel Window Association members are the slimmest steel window range currently on the market complying to all current Part L building regulations.

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For Domestic applications the W30 system is C rated by the BFRC and if required a B rated window can now be offered. Each C rated window incorporates an 18mm double glazed unit, comprising 4mm soft coat low e glass and 4mm clear float sandwiching a 10mm krypton gas filled cavity with a warm edge spacer bar.

In addition to the outstanding overall thermal performance of the window, the W30 is double weather stripped to improve weather tightness and thermal efficiency while a chamfered aluminium beading system secures the double glazed units. To prevent any rusting, the steel elements are galvanised and the windows are powder coated to stop further decoration being required.

Providing a variety of aesthetic and security solutions, W30 steel windows are supplied in a large range of RAL colours and a comprehensive range of handles and stays is available in a number of finishes with or without key locking function. Multi-locking functions can be added if required.

Clear, leaded and heritage glazing units are offered and the W30 provides a special back to back system to replicate original small pane designs. Both 9mm and 12mm applied leading is available to simulate traditional leaded lights in a double glazed window.

From a lifecycle perspective, all the steel elements of the W30 are ultimately completely recyclable. The credentials of steel windows are recognized by the Building Research Establishment’s ‘Green Guide’, which gives them an above average B rating.

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For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 0844 249 1355.

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New Altro Flexflow improves footwork at Welsh Rugby Vale Resort

Groundbreaking new Altro Flexiflow resin flooring is proving popular with players at the Welsh Rugby Union’s Vale Resort centre of excellence, by delivering a high level of warmth and comfort underfoot in a high-tech training environment.

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Opened in 2009, the £4 million Vale Resort boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including three full-size outdoor pitches, gyms and hi-tech medical and training equipment. All Welsh international players selected to represent their country at any level train at the site.

The Vale Resort is one of the first sites in the UK to have Altro Flexiflow installed, and this has come about as a direct result of the WRU’s excellent relationship with GR & RG Finishers and Altro.

Gary Lucas, from GR & RG Finishers, who installed the Altro Flexiflow flooring, explains the background. “I have worked with the WRU for many years and carried out a number of installations of Altro products on the site – including vinyl and resin flooring, Altro Whiterock wall cladding and ceilings. Altro has always been the WRU’s manufacturer of choice, specifically because of the success of these products.

“More recently, I knew there was an area of flooring that the club wanted to improve on – 65m2 in the Welsh players’ changing rooms just outside the cryotherapy chamber. It was hard, worn tiles, which were old and very cold and uncomfortable underfoot for the players. Not pleasant to walk on at all.

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“I knew about new Altro Flexiflow and I was confident that it would be a huge improvement, being much warmer and softer underfoot and less noisy as well. I spoke to Alan Phillips of the WRU and Gareth Skeet, the Buildings Development Manager at the Vale Resort, and explained to them the benefits of the new product. They agreed to go ahead and we selected the Altro Flexiflow 6mm acoustic version to give maximum comfort levels underfoot.”

Introduced as the ultimate in flexible resin flooring, Altro Flexiflow boasts good indentation recovery and high impact resistance, which is ideal for protecting a wide range of environments.

Altro Flexiflow comes in three product options, giving customers, designers and specifiers a broad choice of solutions within a wide spectrum of environments.

The standard version of Altro Flexiflow combines flexibility and toughness and is available in 2mm thickness. It is ideal for medium-duty industrial premises with rolling loads, for example corridors, workshops, production areas and mezzanine decks.

Other suitable applications include pharmaceutical sites, mortuaries and clean rooms, craft design and technology areas, circulations areas, atria, high traffic display areas, exhibition halls, museums, markets and heavy commercial areas.

The Altro Flexiflow comfort version also offers robustness and flexibility, but with added comfort underfoot. Available in 2mm thickness, this product is great to walk and stand on and is perfect where people are on their feet all day.

Applications include light production areas and laboratories, mental health seclusion rooms and low stimulus rooms, aged care facilities, retail, museums, galleries, atria and operating theatres.

Altro Flexiflow flooring also has an acoustic option – which was installed at the Vale Resort -  available in 6mm thickness. This has good noise reduction properties and an enhanced level of comfort underfoot, reducing the fatigue caused by long periods of standing on hard floors in areas such as music rooms, libraries, school classrooms and assembly rooms.

Altro Flexiflow is available in 26 standard pastel, solid and bright colours, with the option of bespoke shades, giving complete design freedom. There is minimal requirement for joints, and the product is self-smoothing, which means a perfect, seamless and uniform finish with uninterrupted lines.

In addition, its matt surface is mark resistant, so it will stay looking good for longer. Altro Flexiflow features a PUR top coat for UV colour stability, durability and ease of cleaning.

Gary Lucas continues: “This is a trouble-free product to install. It will go easily over areas of flooring that other products wouldn’t be suitable for, it dries quickly, is self-levelling, seamless with no welds and its appearance is better than rubberised flooring – a lovely matt finish resin and spongy and comfortable underfoot.

“It was so fast to put down – day one was grinding and priming, day two we installed the acoustic base layer, day three was the comfort layer followed by two coats of Altro Flexiflow top coat. It took two of us four days.

“Everyone was delighted with the result – players, coaches, estates team – and they loved the colour, too, which was Flint Grey.

“Personally, I am hugely impressed with Altro Flexiflow – I have never seen anything quite like it before. I will certainly be recommending it to other customers who require comfort and toughness.”

Following on from the success of the first installation, Alan Phillips, Team Manager for Wales requested a further 40m2 of Altro Flexiflow, this time in the stretching gym in the high altitude training area, which is used to help players prepare for games in South Africa, for example. He said: “It’s essential any flooring meets the needs of the players. I liked the matt finish of the flooring and the performance it delivers providing a cushioned feel underfoot. I was also really impressed that Altro worked with us to colour match our team colour.”

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Gareth Skeet, Business Development Manager at the Vale Resort, commented, “The new Altro flooring is already making a huge difference in terms of comfort, warmth and overall wellbeing for players. The old tile flooring outside the cryotherapy chamber was very uncomfortable, hard and cold underfoot, and it became a priority to raise comfort levels here because temperatures within the cryotherapy chamber can get as low as -1600C – so ensuring players are warm and comfortable as they dress and undress is key.

“I have seen the new flooring and spoken to players and the feedback is very positive indeed – much warmer, softer and more comfortable. Everyone is very pleased. The feedback about the flooring in the stretching gym in the high altitude area has also been very good, the new floors are softer underfoot, which in high impact areas is very important for players’ health and comfort.

“The colour is great too, perfectly matching the team red. We couldn’t be happier with the result – we have some very high-tech equipment here to help us train and develop the best possible players, and having high-tech flooring is a very important part of that process.

“Gary and his team from GR & RG Finishers have done a great job for us over the years. They have also created some fantastic graphics of the WRU feathers logo in reception and outside the cryotherapy chambers using different coloured Altro flooring. Very skilfully done, it looks superb.”

Altro Flexiflow has superb green credentials – it contains very few Volatile Organic Compounds and has more than 50 per cent renewable natural oil content, making it much kinder to the environment. It can easily be refreshed by applying a new topcoat dressing to replace only the wear layer. This means there is no need to uplift and replace the main body of the floor, thereby extending its lifecycle.

 www.altro.co.uk

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In-Tank makes WC installation a simpler task

Leading sanitaryware brand Roca has introduced In-Tank – the first system to incorporate the cistern inside the WC pan, making installation simple as well as saving space and water.

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The In-Tank Meridian back-to-wall and wall-hung WCs are the first to have a concealed cistern integrated within the pan. Responding to the demand for quick and easy-to-install products, this clever system saves time and keeps costs to a minimum as with the tank already incorporated inside the product, no wall installation is required.  The wall-hung option is supplied complete with either a straight or an L-shaped support, enabling it to be fitted to solid or cavity walls with the support frame built-in.

This innovation means that the In-Tank Meridian, already a compact option with a projection of just 595mm, requires even less installation space than a standard back-to-wall or wall-hung WC. The ideal solution for smaller bathrooms, the In-Tank offers greater flexibility of positioning, as saving on installation complexity, time and materials.

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The In-Tank also features Softair technology, comprising an air injection system in the cistern to optimise water flow. The flush buttons, which can be fitted on either the left- or right-hand side of the WC to suit the space available, activate an air pump that emits a flow of air. This air pushes water up from the internal cistern to fill the rim of the pan, whilst the downward flow clears the bowl. The cistern is then replenished to its optimum level and ready for use.

This advanced technology makes the In-Tank WCs an excellent choice for helping to reduce water consumption on domestic and commercial projects alike. Fully approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS), the dual flush uses 4.5 or 3 litres of water, giving a very economical 3.4 litre average flush.

The In-Tank is also fitted with a reserve power supply, enabling the user to continue using the WC for up to six full flushes or 10 part flushes in the event of a power cut.

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Saving space, energy, water and the installer’s time, Roca’s In-Tank Meridian WCs provide the all-round solution for modern bathroom design.

For further product information please contact:

Roca Limited

Tel:  01530 830080 / Website: www.uk.roca.com

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Trend helps the Royal Marines’ Norton Manor Camp win the war against energy waste

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Home to 40 Commando Royal Marines, Norton Manor Camp provides state-of-the-art living and working facilities for armed forces personnel and their families. As part of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) strategic objective of lowering energy usage and carbon emissions across its estate, it recently installed a new Building Energy Management System (BEMS) from Trend Control Systems.

Norton Manor Camp is a Royal Marines military base located in the picturesque Somerset village of Norton Fitzwarren, just two miles south west of Taunton. For over 30 years it has served as the home of 40 Commando Royal Marines, a battalion sized formation of the British Royal Marines and subordinate unit within 3 Commando Brigade’s amphibious warfare capability.

The base fully supports 40 Commando personnel and their families, providing a range of accommodation suites and houses. The camp includes extensive fitness and gymnasium facilities, an indoor swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, outdoor climbing tower and football and rugby pitches. The base also has a medical centre, dental surgery, education centre, library, Internet suite, convenience store and families centre.

With such a high density of people inhabiting and using over 55 buildings of a variety of shapes and sizes, controlling energy use and expenditure at Norton Manor Camp is vitally important, which is why the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has embarked on a programme to become as energy efficient as possible.

Debut Services was formed in response to the MOD’s Prime Contracting initiative and is a joint venture between real estate solutions provider, Lend Lease, and Babcock International Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of property management services. It works across all MOD sites and the company’s Deputy Group Estate Delivery Manager
Somerset Group,Keith Bright, explains, ‘We are committed to addressing the unique challenges posed by the MOD’s diverse property portfolio by promoting and developing new and better ways of managing its estate. Debut acts as a single point of responsibility to deliver the capital works programme and the estate facilities maintenance.’

Having identified Norton Manor Camp as a location that could see significant benefits from a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) upgrade, capital funding was approved by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) for Debut to deliver a new Trend BEMS. Bright contacted Martyn Robbins, business development manager at Trend. Robbins comments, ‘After visiting the site and getting a better understanding of the challenges that Keith was trying to address, I was confident that the flexibility and robust features of our BEMS would offer a perfect solution.’

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After working closely with Robbins on a design and specification that would meet all budgetary and operational objectives, it was clear that a new BEMS network would not be required.  Robbins’ design experience with similar projects was proposed as a way forward for innovative use of the existing site network that would ensure less disruption to site operations and provide a much faster network speed with facility for future expansion. Bright submitted a proposal to the DIO. He states, ‘After looking at all the possibilities with Martyn it was clear to me that only a Trend BEMS would facilitate the type of energy monitoring and management performance we required. Once funding was agreed for the project the next step was to appoint a Trend specialist integrator to carry out the work.’

Along with a number of other Trend Partners (integration companies), Clevedon based ATS Controls was invited to tender for the project. After assessing its abilities as one of the country’s leading BEMS design, installation and maintenance specialists, with vast amounts of experience in a variety of applications, ATS Controls was awarded the contract.

The company’s Project Manager, Rob Nevay, takes up the story and says, ‘We have worked almost exclusively with Trend for over two years and last year we were proud to become one of a select group of Trend Technology Centres (TTC). To gain and maintain this status we must demonstrate that we satisfy rigorous qualification criteria and undergo regular formal audits to ensure our activities continue to meet Trend’s required standards.’

Work began on site in early 2013, with an immovable completion deadline of the end of March. An existing BEMS from another manufacturer was already in-situ, although it had been poorly maintained, had not been upgraded and was incapable of producing any meaningful data. The possibility of using a wireless based system was considered but deemed unfeasible due to design complexity and cost.

However, having already carried out a full site audit, ATS Controls recognised that the existing copper twisted pair structured cabling infrastructure could be reutilised for the Trend BEMS by converting it to an Ethernet protocol. This made a massive difference to the overall cost of the project, and Rob Nevay comments, ‘At each outstation a copper to IP media converter was fitted, which enabled Trend controllers to be installed. Having successfully carried out this process at Norton Manor Camp, we now know that many other MOD sites could achieve an upgrade to a Trend BEMS by using a similar copper cabling infrastructure.’

The project involved configuring 41 separate outstations across the entire estate using a variety of Trend IQ3 and IQ4 controllers, drives, and I/O modules, all of which are linked to Trend control panels. Operational and energy meter data is monitored from a central location via a Trend 963 Supervisor – a graphical, real-time user interface that acts as a window to the BEMS and allows permitted personnel to directly access the information they need.  Debut has had three engineers complete Trend training and these people can now work on other MOD/Trend sites.

In a military environment security is an important consideration and Trend’s Martyn Robbins comments, ‘Security settings ensure that each user is only presented with information and functions that are relevant to their authority or task, and the 963 Supervisor even learns the structure of the system so that it can make adjustments to how the building services are configured.’

The installation was completed on time and the true benefits of the decision to upgrade are now being realised. On-going refinement of the BEMS is necessary to make continual savings and ATS Controls carries out a regular process of optimisation. This ensures that the building services operate in strict accordance with demand, thereby avoiding unnecessary use of energy, while making the BEMS work much harder to increase return on investment.

For Debut Services’ Keith Bright the new BEMS has exceeded all of his initial expectations, and he concludes, ‘This has been one of the largest projects of its kind that we have completed for the MOD and I’m delighted that Norton Manor Camp now has the ability to manage, monitor and save energy thanks to the combined expertise of ATS Controls and Trend.’

For further information please call Trend Marketing on 01403 211888 or email marketing@trendcontrols.com.

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Vicaima equip ‘Sofitel Luxury hotels’ in Dubai

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European interior products specialist, Vicaima has been chosen to equip the French luxury hotel brand  Sofitel (part of the Accor Hotels Group), for their latest venture Sofitel Dubai Downtown, in the United Arab Emirates.  Vicaima’s expertise was sought with a selection of specially made product solutions including doors, frames and wall panelling, which were fitted throughout the hotel complex.

The 5 star hotel overlooking the coast and set adjacent to the worlds tallest skyscraper, has been described as ‘a piece of France in Dubai’ with French styling incorporated into its 350 spacious bedrooms, 14 meeting rooms, a 600 person ballroom and multiple restaurants offering international cuisine.

Vicaima’s matching door and frame system Portaro, was specifically designed to meet the exacting technical requirements of this project, with fire resistance and acoustic performance at its heart.

Their products were incorporated within the room entrances, public and service areas as well as for the connecting doors.  In addition to doors with over panels, pairs and sliding doors, Vicaima were also responsible for supplying wall panels, furniture elements, wardrobes and skirting boards, which in the main were finished in Natural bamboo veneer, to harmonize with the modernity and elegance of the hotel.

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Speaking about Vicaima’s involvement in this landmark hotel project, Arlindo Costa Leite, President of Vicaima said “It is with great pride that we add another luxury project to our Vicaima portfolio. We are increasingly acknowledged as major international players and, in the Middle East we have already won various luxury developments and this reflects the expertise and quality of the Vicaima organisation. The Sofitel Dubai Downtown is, undoubtedly, one of the most important projects for Vicaima. Having been chosen by the leading French luxury hotel chain, whose presence is on five continents, we have consolidated the importance of the company in international markets.”

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Launched in May 2014, Sofitel Dubai Downtown joins several other flagship projects featuring Vicaima products in the Middle East, such as the Abu Dhabi Central Market and the Dubai Burj Standpoint.

For further details telephone 01793 532333 or visit www.vicaima.com

 

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An architecturally elegant & amazingly well-crafted extension in Clapham

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Cantifix worked with Dust Architecture and PVA Developments on this townhouse in Clapham, designing and installing a glass enclosure that extends out from the kitchen at the rear of the property. Access to the garden is provided by a set of minimally framed SkyFrame doors, which glide open across the fixed glass. The doors meet at the corner of the enclosure, and open without any supporting post – allowing an unbroken view, and a seamless transition from inside to out.

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The bottom framing of the doors is concealed below the finished floor, and above the doors is a set of vertical glazed panels – back painted to hide the top of the doors. This allows for an elegant, completely glazed appearance – and gives the structure a feeling of lightness. Chelsham_Road_27.jpg, corner opening

Alongside is a second glass enclosure, which includes a structurally glazed roof of over 6 metres in length. This roof runs along the length of the room to meet an angled panel of vertical glazing – drawing in plenty of natural light, and opening up the entire back of the house. Chelsham_Road_13.jpg   Chelsham_Road_23.jpg

About Cantifix
Cantifix was founded in 1986 by two of its current directors, Charlie and William Sharman. Since then the company has enjoyed steady growth, towards its current status as one of the market leaders in specialist glazing…
Starting as a conservatory business, Cantifix soon developed a positive reputation amongst architects. Four years later in 1990, Cantifix completed a groundbreaking, experimental project with Eva Jiricna Architects, involving frameless glass panels, bonded with silicone; and no structural support.The project was a success and a new era began as structural glazing experts. Over the subsequent years Cantifix has stood by its core values of quality, innovation, attention to detail and co-operation; and has grown largely through referrals and repeat business.The company now has a wide customer base of architects, designers and contractors, and aims to remain permanently at the forefront of the glazing industry.
For further information, please visit http://www.cantifix.co.uk

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Osmo protects inside and out

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An extension to a residential property in Buckinghamshire highlights the diverse range of wood finishes from Osmo and how these eco-friendly products provide outstanding protection and aesthetically pleasing results both internally and externally.

Built in the 1980’s, this four-bed detached home had an unfortunate north facing patio, which, due to lack of sunlight was rarely used.  With the prospect of a promising summer, the homeowner decided to make the most of the patio area by erecting an extension and extending the kitchen, utilising the unused space.

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Jeffrey Powell Associates was the architect for this project and designed an oak framed extension. To ensure the timber would be protected against UV rays and eliminate algae and fungal decay, two coats of Osmo’s Oak UV-Protection-Oil was applied to the frame, door and windows.  By absorbing into the oak, the finish allows the surface to remain healthy and elastic, preventing it from drying and becoming brittle. As well as protecting the wood, it provided a satin-matt, clear finish which creates a rustic appearance which highlights the benefits of having wood installed, and fits in nicely with the rest of the property.

“We understand that wood can start to look grey and tired if not treated correctly” commented the homeowner.  Despite this, we were still really keen to use the material for the extension but understood it meant that we had to have a high quality finish applied to protect the material. At the same time, we didn’t want the protective layer to detract from the rustic appearance that wood provides.  The Oak UV-Protection-Oil ensured all of our requirements were met.” 

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Protecting the wood internally was just as important on this project.  Osmo’s renowned Polyx-Oil range was used on the oak frame and on the floor.  Polyx-Oil Tints Raw is a lightly tinted finish that provides an original, untreated appearance for wooden surfaces.  It not only creates a sought-after look, but also protects the wood’s surface. This finished provided the internal oak beams with a fantastic rustic look.  Polyx-Oil was also applied to the flooring.  Providing a water resistant, hardwearing surface, any mud or rain that is brought in from the garden, can simply be wiped away.

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The extension included a newly kitted out kitchen.  The work surfaces were treated with Osmo Top Oil to accentuate the woods natural colours and grains. Resistant to all common kitchen spillages and cleaning materials, it provides and easy to clean and water repellent finish. The new interior doors were treated with Osmo Door Oil.  Creating a durable micro-porous finish, which is also water-repellent and non-abrasive, Door Oil will not crack, flake or peel. Both the Top Oil and Door Oil created a glossy finish where applied.

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“After having the Osmo products applied externally, and being impressed with the quality, we decided that we wanted to stick with its range of products internally as well” continues the homeowner.  The finishes have retained the original colour and grain of the wood, something which was incredibly important to us. Not only are we happy with the finishes at this point, we have been advised that as long as we maintain the surfaces, the finishes will remain in top condition for many years to come.”

Finally, Osmo Wood Wax Finish Creativ Snow was applied to all interior skirtings. Requiring only one coat, Wood Wax Finish Creativ was quick and easy to apply throughout the extension, providing a resistant, durable finish. Designed to add colour to wooden materials, it is the great at adding a personal touch to the selected areas in the kitchen.

For more information on Osmo’s range of eco-friendly solutions, please visit www.osmouk.com, or call Osmo directly on 01296 481 220.

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