Feel the difference with New Dekordor Oak 3D


Introduced barely 12 months ago, Vicaima’s highly tactile Dekordor 3D range of embossed face finished doors has really made a big impression with specifiers. Now the existing range of 4 colours has been extended to include a popular Oak 3D design, providing even more choice for interiors.

Dekordor 3D quite literally stands out as something different in the world of interior door finishes. Its innovative and striking horizontal embossed and eco-friendly surface begs to be touched yet provides excellent abrasion and moisture resistance and is easy to clean.  Used widely in apartments, hotels and commercial applications, Dekordor 3D presents a durable yet highly attractive design with real uniformity of colour and texture.

The 3D range can be supplied edge banded with the same embossed finish, making it a focal element when supplied within a matching 3D Portaro door and frame system.  Alternatively doors can be supplied lipped for on site adjustment or as part of the Vicaima Easi-Fit door kit.  As you would expect, performance meets the highest of requirements with FD30 and FD60 fire doors, security and acoustic options.

In addition to the new Dekordor 3D Oak, the range includes white, black, grey and camel colours, providing plenty of scope for contemporary design. And for even greater design flexibility doors can be enhanced with geometric groove patterns, contrasting satin inlay and glazing to make optimum use of borrowed light.

The Dekordor 3D range is just one of the many door solutions presented by interior door specialists Vicaima, whose products are the first choice for luxury housing, apartments, commercial premises, education, medical applications, hotels and leisure projects.

For further details on this or other products from the Vicaima interior door collections, visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com   Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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Britton Bathrooms make life easier

Tall Basin from Britton Bathrooms

Tall Basin from Britton Bathrooms

Sometimes just a simple, thoughtful touch can make all the difference. This is certainly the case with Britton Tall, a clever design to make life easier for taller people, the elderly, less able or anyone with back or knee problems. For a tall person, a standard height pedestal basin can, quite literally, be a pain in the neck because using it involves stooping. Britton Bathrooms has introduced a round fronted pedestal 6cm higher than standard that can be used with any basin from the Britton Cube, Curve, Fine or Compact ranges – all of which are attractive contemporary styles.

Bathroom Brands has also made close coupled and wall-hung WC’s 6cm higher. This extra height makes it easier to sit down and get up and keeps the knees at a 90 degree angle. “We have a growing older population that can find a low WC or basin painful and difficult to use. We’re taller now too.” says Faye Rainey, Brand Development Manager. The average height of men has risen by almost 11cm since the mid-19th century, experts have found. Data was collected on hundreds of thousands of men from 15 European countries. For British men, the average height at age 21 rose from 167.05cm (5ft 5in) in 1871-75 to 177.37cm (5ft 10in) in 1971-75 and this is a trend that is continuing.

Britton Tall WCs

Britton Tall WCs

“Offering a generic taller pedestal that can be used with different styles is a fast and simple solution for retailers and consumers, as is the option of a 6cm higher WC.”

Sanitaryware from Britton Bathrooms comes with a twenty-five year guarantee. The range includes taps, furniture and baths as well as sanitaryware.


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Eaton Offers the Perfect Package with its i-on16 kits


MITCHELDEAN Power management company Eaton today announced the availability of a new range of specially configured kits from its security business, which are based around its proven i-on16 radio intruder alarm control panel.  Designed to provide installers with all the equipment needed for a diverse range of applications, the kits are available in four variants – Essential, Audible, Communicating or Complete.

Reliable, robust and cost effective, the i-on16 is a PD6662:2010 Grade 2 solution and features 16 radio zones that utilise Eaton’s combined dual diversity antenna system. Uniquely, i-on16 provides radio outputs as standard, which means that end users can benefit from wire-free automation of their lighting, gates and power. Furthermore, it uses remote keypads that, as well as being more secure, allow for cleaner and more discreet installations. i-on16 has recently been upgraded to support wired inputs, meaning this hybrid system now offers even greater flexibility than before.

As its name suggests, the Essential kit offers all the basic equipment needed for an installation and is comprised of an i-on16 control panel, a KEY-KPZ01 keypad with two wired zones, a 734r radio door contact, three XCELRPT radio pet tolerant PIRs and five PROXTAGPK5 proximity tags. The Audible kit adds a 760es two-way radio sounder, while the Communicating version adds a FOB-2W-4B two-way key fob, an i-SD01 speech dialler, a XCELWPT wired pet tolerant PIR and a WDC01 wired door contact. Finally, the Complete version includes all of the products found in the other kits in one package.

The i-on16 kits are also included in Eaton’s new look touchpoint membership programme. As well as providing installation partners with access to first-class information, instant online access to product manuals and software and technical support, it offers the chance to participate in a reward based incentive scheme that allows them to save touchpoints and choose from a selection of great prizes.

All i-on16 kits have 1,200 touchpoints. Installing three qualifying kits is enough to receive a £10 voucher that can be used in a number of leading restaurants, high street stores and leisure activities. Alternatively, the points can be saved and redeemed against a wide selection of products including Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles, TVs, home entertainment systems, coffee makers and watches. A range of Apple products is up for grabs too, including iPads, iPad Minis, iPod Touches and iPod Nanos.

Matthew Phelps, managing director of Eaton’s Security business, commented, “The i-on16 kits have been configured following extensive consultation with our installers and surveyors to establish the most popular combinations of products. The result is a selection of easy-to-use, install and maintain systems that are perfect for residential and small commercial applications. Purchasing these kits also adds value to the touchpoint membership programme, which has quickly become the industry’s leading information, technical support and rewards package.’

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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Let there be light whatever the hour, with Geberit Monolith Plus

2014 Bathroom 5_A1 Monolith Plus (2) - Copy

Geberit has introduced a new addition to its best-selling Monolith sanitary module, with the Geberit Monolith Plus. Featuring the same sleek, elegant glass frontage as the original model, this latest addition not only conceals all plumbing worn neatly out of sight, but also integrates a wealth of technology to raise the comfort levels in the contemporary bathroom.

Available in a choice of white or black glass, the elegant sanitary module has a discreet and indirect ComfortLight, providing a warm glow behind the module, which is automatically activated as the user approaches. This makes it perfect for when using the bathroom at night, or for creating a calming ambience at bath-time.

2014 Bathroom 6_B2 Monolith Plus (2) - Copy

Geberit Monolith Plus also features an integrated odour extraction unit, filling the space with clean, fresh air even in bathrooms with minimal natural ventilation.

Making light work of converting to the high-end look of wall-hung sanitaryware, the Geberit Monolith Plus can be connected to existing water and drainage connections, without any major structural changes or even retiling being necessary. With all pipework, fixtures and fittings neatly concealed behind the glass a streamlined finish is effortlessly achieved.

For more details call 0800 077 8365 or visit www.geberit.co.uk

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Gripple gives catenary installation a lighter touch!

Gripple Limited has launched the Gripple D3 - a catenary system designed for lightweight applications such as lighting, signage or bracing applications with no direct vertical suspension point.

D3 UnitThe Gripple D3 catenary system is ideal for loads up to 30kg per suspension point with an integral locking mechanism which simultaneously pre-loads the wire in both channels with a single hex key action, thereby eliminating fiddly bolts or locking screws. This makes it quick and safe to operate – a particularly important consideration when working at height.

With ceramic rollers and stainless steel springs, the new Gripple D3 boasts optimum corrosion resistance and high load performance for safety and security.

Contact Richard Spooner on 0114 228 8618 or r.spooner@gripple.com.


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Aliro offers web-based access control for small and medium-sized businesses

Aliro, the new access control system from the Security Products from Siemens, offers a clearly structured system architecture with user-friendly software and intuitive mobile applications. With its flexible operating concept, the system can be managed from virtually any Internet-connected device.

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Since each door has one access point, Aliro’s architecture is very straightforward. This makes it easier for installers to design the system and prepare cost estimates. The access points can also be used as capture stations, eliminating the need for additional hardware. With system costs proportionate to the number of doors to be protected, the architecture also improves cost transparency for users. This makes Aliro ideal for small to medium-sized businesses such as retail outlets, health centers and offices requiring a straightforward access control system that, as a distributed application, can manage up to 512 doors, 10,000 users and 100,000 access cards.

Access points can be connected to the system via the IP network as well as via traditional bus connections (RS485). The access points are preconfigured for standard applications and can be used without any modification. If needed, installers can easily customize the standard configuration to meet user-specific requirements.

Aliro uses current-generation MiFare card readers from Siemens. They feature an integrated OLED display which shows messages and instructions based on user credentials, thus allowing direct interaction with the card holder. The user interface is available in eleven European languages and is compatible with all common reader technologies on the market. It also benefits from common features such as anti-passback, and supports local integration with intrusion detection systems.

Since the software used by Aliro is web-based, it needs to be installed on only one PC. The software automatically detects the access control units in the system and, if the installation is IP-based, assigns them network addresses. Configuring the software is quick and easy thanks to its intuitive user interface

Authorised users can monitor and administer Aliro from anywhere using a standard web browser. Dedicated smartphone applications are also available. These mobile apps have a modern, intuitive user interface and support all major functions such as monitoring doors and alarm systems, unlocking doors, and managing users.

For further information please contact:  Ross Wilks,  Security Products from Siemens
T:  01291 437920; E: Ross.wilks@siemens.com; or visit www.siemens.co.uk/securityproducts


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Air Design supplies AHUs for Forth Golf Club


At the prestigious Renaissance Club, one of the newest golf courses in Scotland, four innovative air handling units supplied by Air Design are presently recovering heat in the clubhouse.

Air Design, part of the Elta Group of companies, supplied the air handling units to mechanical and electrical engineering contractor, Vaughan Engineering, for use within the newly constructed club house. Three of the units were fitted with high efficiency thermal wheels to recover as much heat as possible from the internal space in order to minimise the heating bills of the private club. AHUs from the Air Design range are technically efficient, combining quality component parts with simplicity of design and construction. The bespoke units provide both heating and cooling for ventilated air and the supplied units incorporate a rotary wheel for heat recovery from the exhausted air.

Another decisive factor in the specification of the Air Design units was their compactness. As is often the case, the plant rooms at the Renaissance Club are limited in size, so space is at a premium. Consultant engineers on the project, Wallace Whittle of Glasgow, specified use of the Air Design units.

The golf club and resort, which opened in 2008 in East Lothian, lies between Gullane and North Berwick, just east of Edinburgh. It nestles on 300 acres of the famous golfing coastline of the Firth of Forth, next to the renowned Muirfield golf course in the most historic golfing area in the world. Tom Doak designed the course, moving very little land but clearing many trees in the construction of the course, whilst leaving others to enhance the beauty and the challenge of it. The design embraces the dunes landscape, typical of links golf and features a combination of wooded and wide-open holes. The land for the golf and lodging development by the Renaissance Club has been leased for 99 years from the Duke of Hamilton’s trust, which still owns the land.


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.



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Admirals Quay, Ocean Village, Southampton

Admiral's Quay, Southampton compressed - Axter Wilotekt-Plus structural waterproofing

Axter Ltd’s waterproofing has been installed at Bouygues’ landmark new homes development at Admirals Quay, Southampton.

The 26-storey apartment tower and 16 and 9 storey residential buildings incorporate a landscaped terrace between the first two buildings, creating space for new public areas within the marina.

Axter’s Wilotekt-Plus® structural waterproofing was chosen for this development. Wilotekt-Plus® is a robust, seamless, flexible system designed to last for the lifetime of the structures on which it is installed, making it the waterproofing system of choice for many specifiers.

Admirals Quay, Southampton - Axter Wilotekt Plus structural waterproofing

Axter has built its reputation on designing and specifying the right system for the right application, on manufacturing quality products and offering a comprehensive support service, including rigorous site monitoring, to ensure that projects are delivered to the satisfaction of all parties.

The Admirals Quay project has resulted in an exciting mixed-use development respecting the area’s maritime heritage and Axter is proud to have been part of this prestigious waterfront rejuvenation scheme.



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Ravenhill Stadium chooses Franke Washroom Systems

One of the new stands at Ravenhill

One of the new stands at Ravenhill

Northern Ireland’s Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast, has benefitted from several redevelopments in recent years, the most recent being a £16m investment in three new stands.

Andy Dukelow, Managing Director of Franke Sissons, also known as Franke Washroom Systems, “Ravenhill has a long and compelling Rugby history. We are very proud to have been selected to provide washrooms in this stunning facility”.

Capacity has increased at Ravenhill from 11,000 to 18,000 which meant the ground was capable of hosting a Heineken Cup quarter-final and a RaboDirect PRO12 final on April 5th. “Ulster Rugby Chief Executive, Shane Logan, said “The new Ravenhill Stadium is a world class stadium and a state of the art home for all of rugby in Ulster.”

Franke Washroom Systems, working in partnership with Harvey Group and Beggs & Partners of Belfast, supplied stainless steel urinals and washtroughs for the washrooms in Aquinas, Memorial and Grand stands

Stainless Steel urinal troughs and washtroughs were supplied to Ravenhill from Franke Washroom Systems

Stainless Steel urinal troughs and washtroughs were supplied to Ravenhill from Franke Washroom Systems

Robert Hall, of Harvey Group explains “Washrooms are not the most stylish part of a stadia refit but when you consider the numbers of people on site on match days it’s vital that the specification is up to the job! We have to ensure the product will be easy to clean, extremely durable and simple to maintain, and in the event of any kind of damage that we can get it working as soon as possible.

Franke Washroom Systems made a major contribution in assisting Harvey Group deliver the three new stands on time and to very high standard. The input of their design department through to the quality of the final product was top notch.”

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

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Flooring that ticks all the boxes


A ‘home-from-home’ for young people suffering mental health problems has been created at a hospital in Middlesbrough with the help of Tarkett flooring.

West Lane Hospital, run by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), is investing £13.8million in a redevelopment project that will care for young people from across the North East.

As part of the work, the former low secure Westwood Unit is being refurbished to create a new 14 bed assessment and treatment facility for the current Newberry Unit to relocate to.

When complete this will provide a welcoming environment and make the experience of being in hospital more comfortable.

Tarkett’s Tapiflex Excellence 65 in Natural Oak was specified for use throughout the unit.

Paul Foxton, Head of Capital Projects and Development at TEWV, said: “We’ve worked closely with patients to develop a facility that will have a homely a feel as possible.


“The Tarkett flooring chosen for the unit helps us move away from the traditional institutional look but without compromising on any of the hard-wearing qualities we needed.”

Tapiflex Excellence 65 vinyl flooring is made with a transparent 0.65mm wear layer. This makes it resistant to indentation, abrasion and tearing.

It also cleans easily thanks to its added TopClean XP PUR surface treatment and its high-density acoustic backing significantly reduces noise with a performance rating of -19dB – something Paul saw as essential.

“To speed up recovery times we need patients to feel as calm and relaxed as possible, a noisy floor acts as a disturbance so an acoustic floor that reduces noise was a must.

“Added to the fact it’s easy to clean and could be used with underfloor heating, it ticks all the boxes,” said Paul.

The new unit provides patients with a lot more room, new furniture and colourful artwork on the walls helps complete the homely feel.


Available in more than 100 colours and 13 designs, Tarkett’s Excellence 65 is a popular choice for architects and specifiers in health and aged care sectors.

Steve Urwin, Tarkett UK Marketing Manager, said: “Tarkett has an extensive research and development team that works hard to produce products that satisfy the needs of everyone – from specifiers and architects through to cleaners and everyday users.

“The feedback we’ve had from TEWV has been excellent and shows that this hard work is paying off.

“The redevelopment sounds like a project that will be of huge benefit to patients and I’m pleased Tarkett has been able to play a small part in it.”

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