Architects & Timber: Striking Designs!


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Timber_FocusA central part of Timber Expo is the FREE Timber Focus seminar programme. Organised by TRADA and spread over both days of the show, some of the leading names in the industry come together to discuss many of the hottest topics across the sector.

With anticipation increasingly growing around the eight Timber Focus sessions, why not take a first look at one of the sessions – Architects and Timber: Striking Designs!

This session will highlight exceptional shortlisted entries from the Wood Awards 2014 including:


Adam_swain_fosseyAdam Swain Fossey

Hopkins Architects

St George’s Chapel, Great Yarmouth


St Georges Chapel © Richard Davies

St Georges Chapel © Richard Davies

James_WymanJames Wyman

James Wyman Architects
Studio, Oxford

Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects © uintin Lake Photography

Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects © Quintin Lake Photography

Murray_KerrMurray Kerr

Denizen Works
House No. 7, Tiree

House No. 7, Tiree

House No. 7, Tiree


To view the full list of speakers, click here!


To view the full Timber Focus programme, click here!


Remember to book your complimentary ticket for Timber Expo 2014


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Warm reception for new soffitliner insulated panel

Panel Systems, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of insulated panels, has responded to customer demand and launched a new weather-resistant panel – SoffitLiner, which is designed to improve the thermal performance of exposed concrete soffits.

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SoffitLiner is made up of 6mm fibre cement facing board that is factory bonded to high performance insulation, to meet different requirements.

The SoffitLiner range can be used to upgrade the energy efficiency of semi-exposed concrete decks for new builds or refurbishments, such as car parks and other similar applications.

Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, said: “With the increasingly stringent thermal performance requirements of buildings, our new SoffitLiner range offers an effective means of improving energy efficiency. We have had a great deal of interest from specifiers and contractors looking to enhance the thermal and fire resisting properties of soffits.”

There are three products within the SoffitLiner range; all of which are faced with 6mm thickness Class ‘0’ cement particle board and are factory bonded with different grades / thicknesses of insulation.

SoffitLiner features Extruded Polystyrene as the insulated core and is used for general soffit applications.  SoffitLinerFR is made up of Class ‘0’ Phenolic foam insulation with the insulation having zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and low GWP (Global Warming Potential), making it ideal for BREEAM applications.

SoffitLinerFR+ features high density mineral fibre, which is non-combustible to Euroclass A1.  It is also extremely moisture resistant, so could be suited to wet environments, such as leisure centres.

The SoffitLiner products are available in economical sheet sizes to maximise coverage and is easy to cut and light in weight, which enables speedy dry installation.

The SoffitLiner boards can be fixed directly to concrete soffits using mechanical fixings.  Fixing instructions are available by requesting Panel System’s SoffitLiner brochure, by calling 0114 249 5635 or emailing

Panel Systems is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of insulation products, architectural panels, decorative panels and portable staging systems. For more information please call direct on: 0114 249 5635.

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Sustainability is the priority at this year’s Healthcare Estates Exhibition

HCE official photo 4 busy LR

Trend Control Systems will be exhibiting on stand C37 at this year’s Healthcare Estates exhibition, October 7th – 8th, sharing the latest BEMS developments for healthcare specific solutions.

According to Peter Moore of Trend, ‘The Healthcare industry, more than most, is required to accommodate regular changes in the use of its buildings. However, these developments must be sustainable, affordable and, above all else, remain compliant and resilient. The Building Energy Management System (BEMS) that monitors and controls this built environment needs to offer flexibility and backwards compatibility in order to maximise the use of existing resources and provide a high quality patient care environment.

To this end, estate and facilities managers will benefit significantly from building resilience into their energy management controls systems – minimising risks associated with adverse situations such as plant failure or an environmental condition falling outside acceptable parameters – thereby developing a sustainable, long lifecycle solution.

A BEMS monitors and controls building services such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, ensuring that they operate at maximum levels of efficiency whilst delivering an optimal patient care and working environment. It does this by maintaining the right balance between energy usage and operating requirements. Liberating the BEMS data allows building managers to better analyse, understand and improve their site’s energy usage and costs.

Trend Control Systems is a major international manufacturer and supplier of BEMS, with a worldwide distribution and support network covering over 50 countries. It has an enviable track record in successfully implementing BEMS within healthcare estates and its products cover the full range of hardware that can be installed via a network of systems integrators.

For further information please call Trend Marketing on 01403 211888 or email

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City of Liverpool Library opens up with Reynears Architectural Systems

Reynaers curtain walling and architectural aluminium systems played a significant role in the recent £50 million PFI restoration and redevelopment of the historic Liverpool Central Library.


The complex task of remodelling the Grade II listed library as well as retaining its historic façade was carried out by Shepherd Construction as part of the Inspire Partnership, a joint venture with International Public Partnerships, which also included architects Austin-Smith:Lord and Cofely Facilities Management services.

As well as its listing the building is in a UNESCO World Heritage location so the scheme utilised advanced methods and materials in the restoration of important historic features while adding bold new additions, and working with high levels of consideration for the neighbours, workforce and the environment.

Demolition of the 1950’s sections of the library made way for the stunning new five storey facility housing the reading and information floors, cafe, meeting rooms, atrium and roof terrace. It also includes a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, climate controlled repository that houses Liverpool Record Office where some of the city’s most historic treasures from the last 800 years are stored. Built in accordance with the latest British Standards for Repository and Archive storage, the area requires consistent levels of temperature, ventilation and humidity in order to preserve the priceless collection of historical records.

While externally the building retains its period grandeur the stunning new extension brings a floor to ceiling atrium which along with vertical runs of curtain walling provides a naturally bright environment that enhances the appeal and openness of the redeveloped library. The expansive curtain wall, utilising Reynaers CW 50 thermally improved system, gives clean unhindered views and opens up the interior to the historic areas of the library bringing them into renewed public use.


Main entrance doors on the project feature Reynaers Vision 50 system designed to accommodate heavy usage in public places.

“To see the building transformed from a tired, dark venue into a stunning, welcoming library has been wonderful,” said Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism. “The intricate work which has been undertaken has been magnificent. It is a real credit to all those involved that Liverpool now has one of the most modern, attractive and user-friendly libraries and records office in the UK.”

The restoration redevelopment has attained a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and won considerable praise for it sympathetic design and construction management.

“Landmark projects such as Liverpool’s new library proves the scope and adaptability of our extensive range of curtain wall systems,” explained Paul Duffy, Reynaers Sales Director. “Not only do they merge seamlessly with new design concepts but they are just as at home in period locations adding to the sustainability and thermal insulation of a building while facilitating the ingress of natural light.”

For full details contact: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, Fax: 0121 421 9797 or email:

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Schueco launches new manual version of sucessful panoramic sliding door system

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In August this year, the UK’s leading aluminium systems specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, is further augmenting its range of glazed, panoramic sliding doors with the introduction of a manual version of its successful Schueco ASS 77 PD.HI system.

With ultra-slim sightlines (the interlock stile width is only 30 mm) and a perimeter frame that is entirely concealed within the wall, the new door provides maximum transparency and virtually uninterrupted external views. A pronounced ‘wow’ factor and an ability to span very wide openings make it ideal for use in high-end residential and commercial buildings.

The Schueco ASS 77 PD.HI can accommodate double- or triple-glazing which, in conjunction with the door’s thermally insulated frames, delivers ‘U’ values as low as 1.1 W/m2K. The glazing is bonded to the door leaf to ensure structural integrity and multi-point locking delivers security to EN 1627 RC2 standard.

As in the motorised version, the track in the manual ASS 77 PD.HI system forms part of the sliding door leaf with the rollers integrated into the sill profile. This ensures safe, trip-free access because the threshold lies completely flush. The door, which is available in two- or three-panel versions, can be fitted with either single or double tracks.

Panels can be up to 3.2 m wide and 3.0 m high with a maximum panel weight of 300 kg, yet thanks to an advanced ergonomic handle, the door remains easy to open and close.

The absence of electric motors or running gear means that the height of the perimeter frame is just 58 mm at the jamb and 90 mm at the head and sill. This optimises the integration of the door into the building structure, simplifying the attachment details and making installation easier and quicker.

For further information on the Schueco ASS 77 PD.HI panoramic sliding door system, please email




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Resin bound and resin bonded surfacing in a healthcare setting

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Basildon hospital


Over 1000m2 of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was laid to the main A&E roadway entrance and turning circle at Basildon Hospital. The entrance is heavily trafficked 24 hours a day so a durable surfacing was needed; the aggregate blends selected were Midnight and Terracotta. Several tree pits were installed using RonaDeck Eco Tree Pit to protect the trees which enhance the area.

Broomfield hospital

A project at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford involved the installation of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing and RonaDeck Resin Bonded Surfacing.


RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing was installed to pathways around the site and leading to the hospital entrance and at the bus turn around. Aggregate blends used were Sepia Quartz, Silver Moon and Quartz Parallel. RonaDeck Resin Bonded Surfacing was installed around seating in the garden courtyard areas using Chinese Bauxite aggregate creating a pleasant area for patients to enjoy.
Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre – Nottingham

The Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Nottingham City Hospital opened to patients on Monday 14 April 2014. Because Cystic Fybrosis patients can be in hospital for long periods of time the aim was to make the 16 bed unit a comfortable “home in hospital” for the young patients who stay there.


Outside the centre is a Garden Zone which includes an exercise space and gardens where patients can relax and spend time with family and friends. The Garden Zone was laid with 190 m2 of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing providing an aesthetically pleasing, safe and comfortable surface for patients to walk on and to do the exercise which is so important for the maintenance of their health.

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Time savings offered by Sapa’s product kits

Customers are reaping the rewards of unique product kits available from aluminium systems specialist, Sapa Building System.

As the only systems company to provide windows and doors in kit form, Sapa is able to offer customers significant time savings and reduced wastage in comparison to products that are supplied as bar length. A service that Sapa has offered for more than 40 years, products are supplied in boxes with a full set of assembly and installation instructions and an accessories pack.


‘The process is very simple; a customer fills in an order form, then it is processed by the customer service department. The kits include pre-machined  profiles and give fabricators everything they need to assemble the product which means fabrication is less time intensive,’ said Paul Strong, Field Sales Director at Sapa Building System.

‘Typically a door would take around two hours to assemble from a kit whereas you’d be looking at between four and five hours for the equivalent product in bar length. All the preparation is done in our warehouse on CNC machines and processed through Sapa Logic. This is a software system our customers also have access to which provides technical product information to help with the fabrication process.’

Kits are unique to Sapa and offer real benefits to customers. Products that are provided in bar length tend to clog up production flows whereas using a pre-machined  kit will speed up fabrication, allowing more jobs to be completed and having a direct effect on customers’ bottom line.

‘We order a lot of kits from Sapa and they work really well for us,’ comments Brian Ellis, company director at Howard Yarnold. ‘We find they also help us reduce waste and give more flexibility when it comes to the huge number of different colours that are now available. Using bar length wouldn’t be a problem if there were only limited colours available as waste could be kept to a minimum. The kits are a much more cost effective way for us to offer a wide range of colours.’

Sapa products that are available as kits include all Dualframe doors, Crown sliding folding door, Crown 98 and Crown 120 doors and all horizontal and vertical sliding windows.

For more information contact Sapa Building System on 01684 853500 or email

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Easy fit drinking fountains from Franke Sissons

New Drinking Fountain from Franke Washrooms

Franke Sissons, also known as Franke Washroom Systems, has launched a new range of drinking fountains for schools, colleges and commercial premises. Made in high grade stainless steel, the fountains have an attractive round shape and are easy to install, thanks to a clever wall bracket fixing system, making them the ideal solution for replacement or new fit.

There are two water-filtered models in the range. The basic wall hung design has a bubbler and slides on to wall brackets. The next model up has the added benefit of a bottle filler. Both have a chlorine water filter that is easy to change via an access panel which also provides protection against vandalism. The water fountains are easy to maintain and the bottle filler is a thoughtful extra that will be appreciated. The new models join an existing range that includes chilled water options which are BREEAM compliant.

“Drinking plenty of water is essential for health,” commented Victoria Himsworth, Product Marketing Manager. “The bottle filler means that children and students can keep their supplies topped up during the day which is well documented to help with concentration and, they should be less tempted to buy expensive sugary drinks and unlike many drinking fountains, the range includes a chlorine filter as standard.”

For further information from Franke Washroom Systems, please request a product guide, price list or individual brochure from Follow on Twitter @FrankeSissons.

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BM TRADA offers free fire safety seminars


BM TRADA has announced two Autumn dates for its free half-day seminar on Fire Protection Measures– Understanding Your Responsibilities.

The events will take place on 7 October, at the Holiday Inn Express, NEC, Birmingham, to coincide with Timber Expo; and on 5 November at the Thistle Portland Hotel in Manchester.

These popular seminars aim to explain the duties of the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) and raise awareness of passive fire protection, which is built into the structure of a building.

Delivered by experts in their specific fields, the seminar programme provides an introduction to the legislation, as well as a detailed look at passive fire protection, what can go wrong and how to get it right. It also explains the importance of ensuring the competence of fire risk assessors and describes the role of third party certification in helping to ensure the quality, reliability and safety of products and personnel.

By packing all the information into just half a day, the seminars offer delegates greater flexibility, making them popular with facilities and estates managers, fire and rescue services, housing associations, local authorities, hotel and guest house owners and managers of public buildings – including those in the education and health sectors.

Delegates also receive free access to ‘The Responsible Person’ e-learning course from the Fire Protection Association, allowing them to fit further learning into their busy schedules at their own convenience.

Peter Barker, BM TRADA Senior Consultant, says:

“We recognise that fire safety is not always the first priority for building owners and occupiers who often have a range of responsibilities, so our aim is to provide this vital guidance in a format that fits into today’s busy lives.

“By organising these half-day seminars in regional locations, or to coincide with other events, we hope to provide delegates with easy access to information which will help them achieve compliance under the RRFSO and ultimately improve the safety of their employees and visitors.

“The popularity of our seminars proves that there is a real demand for this type of information, provided in a concise and easy to understand format.”

For further information or to book a place at one of these events please visit the BM TRADA website or contact Emma Alabaster on 01494 569685 or

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Faith in Brett’s bus boarding Kassel kerb continues for progressive Brighton & Hove City Council

Brett Kassel bus kerbs used by BrightonCouncil

Major public transport improvements, designed to span the entire length of Lewes Road in Brighton, have served to underline the confidence of Brighton and Hove City Council in the quality of Brett Landscaping’s market leading Kassel bus boarding kerb.

The Brett solution has been installed as part of an ongoing programme now in its 15th year, which has improved road infrastructure in the city to support progressive efforts to make public transport efficient and accessible for all.  The Lewes Road project, at 3.6 miles, represents the council’s biggest single installation of Kassel and will service this vital route along Brighton’s academic corridor.

Kassel kerbs have been considered must-have materials by the council, since research conducted at University College London in 1998 concluded that it was the most ‘fit for purpose,’ especially when used with modern low-floor buses.  One of the first local authorities to act on the research, Brighton and Hove City Council has now installed Kassel kerbing to enhance passenger access to and from bus services along many of their key routes.

Richard Johnson, Public Transport Officer at Brighton and Hove City Council has been instrumental in the decision to utilise Kassel from Brett Landscaping over the course of a decade and a half.  By working with the UCL Institute of Transport Studies, he anticipated how low-floor buses would shape the future of public bus transport.

“The decisions we made 15 years ago based on this research have helped to save time and money in the long term, by improving the travel experience for passengers and driving conditions for bus drivers.”

In particular, the combination of low-floor buses and Kassel kerbs improves access for those with mobility needs, such as the disabled and passengers with young children, while also speeding up journey times – all of which add to an improved public transport experience, and achieving the goal of encouraging more people to use public transport rather than drive private cars.

Accordingly, working in partnership with the bus operators, the city has more than doubled the number of bus passengers since 1993 and is sustaining a 4-5% growth in users every year.

“The Kassel kerbs from Brett Landscaping play an integral part in that, because, put simply, the materials meet the needs of buses and their passengers,” explains Richard Johnson. “Installed correctly, the use of these kerbs reduces the extent of cage markings – the yellow road marks which indicate where a bus should stop – and enables drivers to gauge the perfect stopping location to successfully and safely drop and collect passengers, without ‘swinging in’.

“When combined with bus stop ‘boarders’ (build-outs) the kerbs can also help to prevent motorists from illegally parking on bus stop areas.”

As a matter of course, the council has continued to research other kerb alternatives, but no solution has been as robust in terms of overall suitability.

With regard to the latest phase of installation on Lewes Road, progress has been significant.  Whilst other elements of the bus stop improvement programme have been made in smaller stages, the Lewes Road project was done as one singular phase, demonstrating how proficient the kerb engineering format has become.

The significant length of the 3.6 mile road has called for improvements to be made at 12 different pairs of bus stops.  The route is very well-used, as it serves residential areas as well as Brighton’s academic corridor – the city’s two main Universities and sports stadium.

Buses run along the road 24 hours-a-day, and as the route is so busy, the council has chosen to employ a European design of ‘floating bus stop’ throughout, which is believed to a first for the UK.

Interest from other parties has already been expressed in the new bus stop designs, which use Kassel to create the stop from the road inward, with a cycle lane behind.  This gives an appearance of the bus stop as a ‘floating island’ within the road, and is said to improve both passenger safety and travel efficiency.

Work is expected to continue on Brighton and Hove’s bus route infrastructure for some time to come with the intention of using the Brett Kassel kerb system for installation throughout.

“This is a product that does its job extremely well, and that’s the reason we’ve continued to install it.  There isn’t a kerb comparable in its quality,” concludes Richard Johnson.

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Total Glass windows improve security for Conservation Area homes

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Liverpool-based social housing fenestration specialist Total Glass supplied PVC-U vertical sliding and casement windows for a property in one of the city’s key Conservation Areas.

The white sliding box sash windows were installed on the front elevation of the substantial semi-detached dwelling in Denman Drive, Tuebrook, which has been converted into five flats.

A-rated PVC-U casement windows were fitted at the rear of the building. The new windows replace old timber single-glazed ones, greatly improving security and thermal efficiency for residents. The property, close to Newsham Park, is owned by the Riverside Group.

Total Glass and the project design team worked with Liverpool City Council’s Principal Conservation Officer to satisfy specific planning requirements, including providing sample windows for prior approval.

For more information, contact Total Glass on 0151 549 2339 or visit the website at

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