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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Marshalls Mono Beany Combined Kerb and Drainage – The Latest Technology in Water Management’

Mono Beany - 2mbMarshalls’ Mono Beany is the newest edition to their comprehensive range of water management products.

Mono Beany is Marshalls’ first one-piece concrete kerb and drainage system, and builds on the success of Beany and Mini Beany their best selling linear drainage products. Easy to specify, quick to install and built to last, Mono Beany brings a range of benefits.

The one-piece design is ready for rapid installation, with the potential to lay 1m in a single motion. Made with ultra-tough M-Tech, the latest in concrete technology, if can handle strong flows of water and carry up to 40 tonnes (Class D400).


Mono Beany is available in two depths for low to medium capacity water management, delivering expert control at this level thanks to its intelligent features which deliver rapid surface water clearance and efficient drainage flow.

The inlet apertures are angled at 45° and wider on the inside to prevent blockages and maximise drainage efficiency. The new Polyethylene core creates less resistance than concrete at lower flows for improved hydraulic performance.

Together these features ensure surface water is cleared rapidly and internal flow is smooth and efficient.

Mono Beany is available in a range of sizes to help to reduce cutting and waste on site. Half Battered of 45° Splayed profiles are available for spaces with slow or fast moving traffic. Accessories can be added to incorporate pedestrian crossings or roundabouts.


Marshalls’ drainage expert Andrew Stalker said: “With Mono Beany we have created a product that not only provides exceptional performance, but also makes life easier for those specifying and installing the product.

“Adding Mono Beany to our combined kerb and drainage range demonstrates our ongoing commitment to water management and it is already proving to be an extremely popular product.”

To learn more about how Mono Beany visit or call 0870 241 4725.

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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

T Glass - Denman Drive 1

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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Take the hi-line with internal doors

Vicaima-Environment CDV Oak SL

Specifiers looking for real veneered doors that embody the natural beauty of wood, while at the same time providing a truly consistent grain and colour, should look to the new Hi-Line range from Vicaima.

The Hi-Line range offers plenty of scope for design with fully finished doors manufactured in a choice of Crown Line, with its pronounced grain pattern in Oak and Walnut FSC certified veneers, through to Straight Line (SL), where as the name suggests a more regular grain configuration is presented. SL can be supplied in a full spectrum of veneer options, from the dark and luxurious ebony to the bright hues of Ash.

For the more adventurous in taste, Hi-line offers even more flexibility to make your chosen design stand out from the crowd. Both vertical and horizontal grain patterns are available throughout the range, and with Cross Directional Veneer (CDV) SL you can either choose a single veneer colour, or mix and match. If that were not enough, Vicaima can also further enhance the design with contemporary grooving or contrasting inlays for the finishing touch.

As with all Vicaima doors a full range of performance and glazing specifications can be accommodated, including FD30 and FD60 fire rated, Secured by Design (SBD) and acoustic options. Products are available in doors only or door and frame assemblies for rapid and complete installation options.

The Vicaima Hi-line range presents a modern solution for apartments, commercial premises and leisure projects. For further details on this or other products from the Vicaima interior door collections, visit the Vicaima website   Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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KAC launches ENscape online selection guide for VADs


KAC Alarm Company has created an intuitive online guide to VAD coverage, a powerful support tool for its new ENscape range launched earlier this year in response to the new EN54-23 standard for VADs. ENscape is receiving very positive feedback for its ease of installation, powerful performance and versatility, with a significant increase in sales over the last quarter.

The new online beacon guide, accessed via is extremely simple and quick to use. It enables specifiers, fire system designers and system integrators to determine the best device based on the room dimensions and ambient light conditions, helping them to meet their new obligations under EN54-23.

Raxa Chauhan, KAC Product Manager, commented, “ENscape products are universal and omni-directional, so the same device can be installed on both ceilings and walls to reduce complexity and stock holding. Using the guide is an extremely simple process.  All you need to do is input the dimensions of your space, along with the current ambient lighting conditions and the guide will provide a suggested number of devices for the space. Because of ENscape’s universal mounting options, it offers wall and ceiling mount solutions with beacon or sounder beacon, allowing you to choose the best solution for your specific installation.  The results indicate an approximate number of devices to achieve EN54-23 coverage and also the mounting height at which the device is certified for that coverage.

“There is a lot of discussion around EN54-23 and its impact. We designed the guide to make it as easy as possible for systems designers and installers to select the VADs that will best suit their individual requirements.”

The guide provides links to the ENscape installation manual and order code listings to help facilitate device selection. To assist specifiers and designers in VAD selection for non-standard rooms, KAC has also created a downloadable guide that gives the details of the coverage achieved by ENscape devices when installed at heights differing from those specified by EN54-23.

KAC Alarm Company

Tel: +44 (0) 1527 406655



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Geberit – ‘the architects’ choice’


Geberit’s touchless bathroom technology has been used to add a high end and hygienic finish at the Charlotte Square Offices in Edinburgh.

Charlotte Square is an iconic 18th century Edinburgh landmark and has long been recognised as a prestigious business address. This new chapter in its history comprises the renovation of six townhouses that made up the former headquarters of The National Trust Scotland, blending period architecture and features with the requirements of 21st century businesses.

Geberit Infrared taps and Sigma stainless steel flush plates feature in the projects bathrooms, providing a sleek finish and improved hygiene, thanks to touchless hand washing, and even interval flushing.

Described as ‘the architects’ choice’ by Lisa Morgan of architects, Morgan McDonnell, which designed the Charlotte Square Offices, Geberit’s touchless systems have an unusually wide scanning range, ensuring ease of use for bathroom visitors, with various operation programmes including water saving, economy and interval or continuous flush options. The interval flush prevents drinking water stagnation in the pipe; the continuous flush can be actuated for thermal disinfection.

“We chose Geberit for this project because we have confidence with the brand and the variety of products available,” added Lisa. “The redevelopment of 26-31 Charlotte Square creates Grade A Offices in Edinburgh’s Newtown, Geberit’s products met the high-end design brief in terms of functionality and style. There are alternatives out there but they just don’t look as good.”

For more information visit or call 0800 077 8365.

Also find them on Facebook at and Twitter @GeberitUK.

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Biomass – strike while the tariffs are still hot!

Tomkinson - boiler

Tomkinson – boiler

Following the Government’s announcement at the start of July of a 5% reduction in the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs, Euroheat is urging eligible businesses that have not yet taken advantage of the scheme to do so now while returns are still reasonably healthy.

“The Non-Domestic RHI is three years old this autumn and, as such, funds will be on the decline,” said Dick Stephens from Euroheat. “July’s tariff reduction is just the start of the slippery slope towards the end of the commercial version of the RHI and companies considering switching to biomass should make the move now while there’s still money in the pot.

Dick Stephens

Dick Stephens

“How quickly this will happen is anyone’s guess – we expected a reduction earlier on in the scheme and this never happened. The mild winter we’ve just had means tariff outputs have been abnormally low so it’s likely there’s more money to go around than might have been expected. Inflation’s also helped slow down the process with the 8.8 pence per kWh going down to just 8.4 – a negligible reduction, at the moment.

“There’s still money to be made in biomass and the businesses that have already seen the benefits of wood heating are reaping the financial rewards, while seeing a considerable reduction in fuel bills. Once the Non-Domestic RHI’s over this should not spell the end for biomass heating in the commercial sector – its’ long-term benefits far out way our reliance on fossil fuels which is undoubtedly bad for the environment, with fluctuating prices leaving businesses open to rising bills beyond their control.” Dick concluded.

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Creative carpet design reflects musical aspirations at the new academy

Young people are being inspired as soon as their feet touch the floor at specialist music school Dixons Music Primary in Bradford.  Here, Supacord carpet and tiles from Heckmondwike FB has been specified for the classrooms, nursery, corridors and stairs.


The main contractor was Wates Construction and Fresco Group of Leeds installed the carpet, which was specified by Bradford City Council.

The carpet boasts an inspirational design, which features a stunning band of different colours including red, yellow, orange, willow, purple, blue, green, azure, aquamarine, anthracite. Linking closely to the musical ethos of the school, this eyecatching design represents the colours of a graphic equalizer!  Each of the corridors leading to the classrooms feature this stunning design and each classroom to the left and right of the corridor also continues with that colour band.   This stylish design is repeated on both the ground and first floor levels, with Supacord in charcoal providing a neutral contrast in other areas of the school.  Supacord in red is also used on the staircase leading from the coloured corridor to add impact.

In addition, Diamond entrance area from Heckmondwike FB was installed in the school’s entrance in Charcoal, to provide added protection and enhance longevity of the the rest of the carpet from shoeborne dirt, grit and moisture.

Abby Chandler, Commercial Manager for Heckmondwike FB, said: “Many schools are choosing to maximise their floor space with messages and designs that reinforce the values of the schools and help to increase attainment levels.  Within our Supacord range, we offer 42 colours, so there is huge scope for inspiring pupils through the carpet, which is certainly the case on this project.”

Abby Chandler continues: “Supacord is a very popular choice with schools, not least because it is extremely robust and helps create the aesthetics that they are looking for.   The carpet will help create a positive learning environment for the school, inspiring pupils to raise their attainment levels.”

Dixons Music Primary is the first specialist music primary school in the country. It opened in September 2012, offering primary school teaching to around 420 pupils.  The primary school is run by Dixons Multi Academy Trust.  The school believes that by providing children with a firm grounding in music at a young age, they will accelerate in other subjects such as reading, writing and maths as well as developing confidence and social skills.

Michelle Long headteacher of Dixons Music Primary, said: “The carpet was chosen , as a contrast to the clean finish of the walls and brings life and colour into the building.  The rainbow effect is usually the first thing children and visitors comment on!”

Available in a choice of 42 colours, Supacord is a popular choice for school carpet where aesthetics are important.  The school will benefit from the durability of Supacord, which is renowned in the education sector, where it is vital that floorcoverings are able to withstand heavy wear and tear, making it ideal for classroom carpet.  Supacord is also popular where sustainability is important, as it has been assessed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and has gained a BRE Global A+ environmental rating for use in school buildings, offices and retail outlets.

Heckmondwike FB is one of the leading carpet suppliers to the education, commercial and public sectors and is well-known for the excellent value, durability and high performance of its products.

Sample cards for Supacord are available on request by calling +44 [0] 1924 413637 or visiting the website

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High-definition video recording solution for any application

The Vectis iX family of IP-based video recording solutions, just launched by Security Products from Siemens, includes self-contained network video recorders (NVR) as well as network video software (NVS) for server-based systems. Both are capable of recording full-HD images from up to 48 cameras simultaneously at 25 frames per second and support resolutions of up to 20 megapixel.

High-Definition-Videoaufzeichnung für jedermann / High-definition video recording solution for any applicationThe Vectis iX products feature a modular design that allows them to be accurately matched to the user’s precise requirements. This makes them an ideal and cost-effective choice for use in IP-based CCTV applications of all types – from small retail installations to campus-wide surveillance systems.

All products use the latest H.264 video compression standard to ensure minimum network bandwidth usage. They are compatible with the MPEG4 and MJPEG standards for the convenience of users with existing cameras. In addition, they support the latest ONVIF Profile S standard, which allows them to be used not only with cameras from Siemens, but also with those from approximately 90 third-party manufacturers.

The built-in VSS_SDK (software developer kit) interface allows Vectis iX systems to be integrated easily with the Siemens MM8000 access control and fire safety system. In addition to object detection, the on-board video analytics functionality also offers object removal. All models feature people counting, which is a major benefit particularly in retail and sports venue applications.

NVR models are available in 6, 16, 32 and 48 channel versions. They support an internal recording capacity of up to 24 TB (2 TB for the 6 channel model); additional recording capacity can be added externally. The NVS software solution is available in 8, 16, 32, 48 and 64 channel versions, with storage capacity determined by the configuration of the server.

The Vectis iX products are ideally suited for use with the Siemens CMS (Central Management Software) package, which allows users to control and monitor multiple sites from any point on the network. CMS is also compatible with Siemens Sistore analog video recorders. This makes it easy to upgrade installations by initially operating Vectis iX products alongside existing Sistore devices. The migration to the new platform can then be completed step by step as funds become available.

For further information please contact: Sam Lord, Security Products from Siemens, T: 01291 437920; E:; or visit

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New Optigreen anti-slip system for pitched green roofs

optigreen FKD 58

Optigreen have developed a new and cost effective anti-slip system for extensive pitched green roofs.

Called the Optigreen Type P system, it uses their new FKD 58 SD board and is suitable for sloped roofs between 15 and 35 degrees pitch.

The specially designed drainage and water storage board is manufactured from pressure-resistant EPS (Expanded Polystyrene).

It possesses high water storage capacity, provides uniform water distribution and at the same time has good drainage capacity.

The FKD 58 SD board is applied directly to the Optigreen protection and water storage mat type RMS 500 with the unique surface pattern of the board providing the anti-slip provision for the substrate layer.

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