Free CPD Guide to Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

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Organisations facing the compulsory requirements of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) by the end of this year will be interested to hear of a free, CPD-certified guide from Mitsubishi Electric.

The guide looks in detail at the scheme which is a mandatory energy assessment mechanism for large companies in the UK. Businesses which qualify for ESOS must carry out assessments every four years, with the first to be completed by the end of 2015.

ESOS is one of the key requirements mapped out to help the EU meet its 20 per cent energy saving target for 2020. Designed to comply with the 2012 European Energy Efficiency Directive, ESOS establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020.

The independent information in the guide has been compiled to outline the measures for success in the scheme and show companies how they can comply with the legislation.

The free guide can be downloaded at Mitsubishi Electric’s dedicated document library:

Mitsubishi Electric is certified by the Construction CPD Certification Service and has produced a number of independent Industry Information Guides designed to enhance the knowledge of customers and provide a view of the key issues facing our industry.

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Book now for the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Conference


Booking is now open for the 3rd International Tall Buildings Fire Safety Conference, which takes place at the University of Greenwich, London on 8-10 July 2015.

Featuring three full days of presentations from a range of international speakers, all experts in their chosen disciplines, the event is ideal for anyone responsible for the protection of people, property and assets in tall buildings.

With more than 6,400 buildings over 100m tall in cities around the globe, greater knowledge of the fire risks and behaviour of fire in tall buildings is essential.  This key conference offers an opportunity to network with professionals from around the world and learn about the challenges and solutions for tall buildings from industry experts.

The first two days will focus on four key themes, including: Management of fire safety; Fire detection & alarm; Fire escape & evacuation; Fire containment & compartmentation. While, on the final day, delegates will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge in one of three vital areas: Business continuity & resilience; Security & terrorism events; or Firefighting.

Held at the University of Greenwich, a World Heritage site, the event also features a Gala Dinner in the magnificent surroundings of the University’s Painted Hall. The dinner will feature guest speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who will offer guests an exciting insight into his inspiring career as a global explorer, sharing his countless life threatening experiences and fascinating exploits.

The event should appeal to facilities managers, insurers, architects, developers and firefighters, as well as companies offering technology; intellectual expertise; specialist products and equipment.

To book your place at the conference or to enquire about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please visit

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Offsite Construction – The Future of House Building

Brandon Lewis MP speaker

Brandon Lewis MP speaker

The country has spoken – we now have the result of the election, with many newly appointed minsters announced, however it’s ‘business as usual” as Brandon Lewis will continue in his role as Housing and Planning Minister. The confirmation of Mr Lewis in the role brings to an end hours of confusion caused by the department announcing on its website yesterday that Mark Francois will be taking up the position. With five Housing Minsters in as many years, it is now hoped that continuity and a strategic approach will make an impact on the housing deficit.

Brandon Lewis has quite a task on his hands, as housebuilding in the UK hits an all-time low, with a target of 250,000 new homes needed each year in order to tackle spiralling house prices and the critical shortage of affordable homes – a radical strategy is required to make up this deficit. Recent figures reported by the BBC, show that only 141,000 homes were constructed in 2014 – this target has constantly been missed.

A year ago Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, complained that housebuilding in the UK was half that of his native Canada, despite the UK having a population twice the size. The consequences have been rocketing prices in London, the South East and some other parts of the country.

A substantial part of the problem is that housebuilders in possession of large sites often only release a small amount of homes at a time, as building at a slower pace allows them to maximise the value of their assets. As a result, local authorities are now looking at reclaiming and managing the construction of new homes. Both Labour and Liberal Democrats have been arguing in support of the state to once again commission and build new homes. We are yet to hear from the new Conservative Housing Minister.

It is clear that whether the state reclaims housebuilding or not, to finally meet these targets -sustainable, rapid and cost effective methods of building will have to be utilised. Offsite construction provides the ultimate solution. Through the use of offsite technology, the government will be able to deliver houses at a lower cost and a rapid pace. Offsite construction has been around for decades, however, it is only now that the benefits are being realised.

There is an urgent need for a mass volume of houses to be constructed in a limited time scale and whether the state takes on housebuilding, or if it is left to private developers, the benefits of offsite construction could be crucial to meeting targets that have repeatedly been missed. There is significant evidence that suggests that the use of offsite construction has been successful when applied to meet the needs of significant housing developments at scale with consequential opportunities for standardisation of design details – particularly to meet the need of government led programmes.

Explore Offsite is your opportunity to get on-board with current thinking and investigate new technologies. Taking place on 07 July 2015 in at National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham – the third in the series of events focuses on the housing sector. Creating a platform for construction clients, architects, engineers and contractors to come together and discuss the latest offsite solutions – the event features speakers from pioneering companies in the offsite construction industry.

Speakers include: Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures and Alex Smith, architect for Hawkins Brown who will be profiling Banyan Wharf, which at 10 storeys, is set the take the title of the tallest cross laminated timber residential building in Europe. These presenters will be joined by John Skivington, Director of LHC, Rory Bergin and HTA Design, speaking about Modular Buildings for the Private Rental Sector. Bryan Woodley from Val-U-Therm, will be sharing his experience in high performance building envelopes designed to achieve passivhaus standards.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have supported and exhibited at the Explore Offsite London and Nottingham events and the CIOB West Midlands branch will again be event partners for the Birmingham conference and exhibition.

There is also a wealth of exhibitors who will be available to discuss their latest innovations in offsite construction. Exhibitors include: B & K structures, Caledonian Group, Coillte Panel Products, Crown Timber, Keystone Group, Kingspan Timber Solutions, Modularize, Senior Architectural Systems, Structural Timber Association and Val-U-Therm.

Tickets are just £95 +VAT.
Get 10% off your tickets with the early bird discount code: EXPLORE10
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When time and energy are of the essence

Orchard Close

The first five homes of a substantial development for Mid-Wales Housing Association have been built at a rapid pace, with the inner leaf construction going up in just five weeks, thanks to the H+H Rå Build method and Thin-Joint System.

Designed and built for the Mid-Wales Housing Association, the first stage of developments has been completed. With five homes now completed the continuation of the planned 22 homes on the Orchard Close site in Church Stoke, Montgomery will follow.

As with all builds the contractors had to adhere to Building Regulations but the housing association was particularly interested in achieving a high level of thermal performance. The Rå Build method helped to achieve this delivering a U-Value of 0.18W/mK.

Rå Build is an inclusive package which comprises aircrete blockwork and quick-setting Thin-Joint Celfix mortar. It creates the ground floors, exterior walls, upper floors and partitions, creating a weather-tight masonry shell, for a time-efficient, cost-effective solution.

The rapid construction of the inner lead of the external walls went up in just five weeks, allowing first-fix work to begin sooner, saving time and money. Robert Bishop, director at RT Bishop was pleased with the rate at which the internal walls went up, at least three weeks sooner than with other building methods.

Having used H + H Celcon Blocks in the past the contractor decided to trial the Rå Build system and the positive results mean he will not hesitate to use the product again. Backed by the assurances of the H+H team, providing technical advice and onsite guidance when needed, the system allowed for a fast and efficient build.

He added: “We decided on H+H because the preference was to build with traditional masonry materials and the Rå Build method makes for a far easier and quicker build. The method enabled us to build the inner leaf of the building before the outer skin went up meaning we could continue with the first-fix faster.

“I am very pleased with the result as it all went up a lot quicker than I thought it would. By using the complete Rå Build method we were able to save about two or three weeks. We have used timber frame in the past but now, after using this system, we will definitely go to H+H again.”

The first stage of the housing association’s project has been completed and a further seven homes will continue at a later stage. The value of the project currently stands at £476,000.

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Huge Leisure Development Protected by Advanced

Centre Parcs

Industry-leading intelligent fire systems manufacturer Advanced, has been chosen to provide protective panels for a major new Center Parcs UK short break Village.

The newest addition to the Center Parcs family, in Bedfordshire, called Woburn Forest is a 362-acre, £250 million development and is being protected by the latest MxPro 5 panels from Advanced.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest is one of the largest leisure developments in the UK and houses a Subtropical Swimming Paradise, Village square, a 75 bedroom hotel, award-winning spa, plaza building and watersports lake. The contract for the installation was awarded to ADT UK, who worked with the lead contractor and the Advanced team to plan the fire system for the complex. MxPro 5 fire panels were chosen for their world-beating quality, reliability and flexibility.

Neil Walters, Project Manager at ADT Fire and Security said: “The Advanced panels were chosen to be installed at Center Parcs Woburn Forest as they fitted well with the needs of the client. The system is adaptable to the challenging undulating forest environment, which is physically very large and with many diverse areas. Among the stand-out features of the Advanced’s system is the ease of installation, configuration and commissioning. We can set up and manage a large system with complicated cause and effect easily. Importantly for this site as the system grows, it’s very easy to add more panels and configurations to the network”.

MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and tens of thousands of field devices. In total, 2,563 components, including detection and loop devices from Apollo were installed in the system at Woburn Forest, which is built around a high speed, network of 17 four-loop MxPro 5 panels. An iP gateway was installed so that the entire network can be monitored and controlled remotely via a web browser.

MxPro is the unbeatable multiprotocol fire system. Offering real choice and flexibility, it includes two panels ranges, the EN54-2&4 approved MxPro 4 and EN54-2,4&13 approved MxPro 5. It offers four protocols, Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan and a completely open installer network that benefits from free training and technical support. MxPro 5 panels are backward compatible with existing MxPro 4 networks and include a host of features including AlarmCalm complete false alarm management.

Amanda Hope, UK Business Development Manager added: “Our MxPro 5 panels lead the multiprotocol market and offer the performance, reliability and flexibility needed by a site such as Center Parcs Woburn Forest and we’re delighted to have worked with an excellent team on the project.”

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multiprotocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at

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Invisible Innovation from Aspex

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Aspex, one of the UK’s leading door and ironmongery companies, has launched the Novista Riser door range, which are designed to ‘disappear’ within the wall construction.

The Novista Riser doorset includes a steel doorframe, which is supplied pre-cut and mitred for easy assembly on site and which, when fitted, is totally concealed within either a stud or block wall rendering the door virtually invisible, when closed, as there are no obtrusive architraves.

Novista Riser doorsets are available as double or singles with either a three- or a four-sided frame. The four-sided frames are particularly suitable for use on riser doors and allow skirting boards to run uninterrupted below the door, thereby allowing the door to blend in almost seamlessly with the adjacent walls. The three-sided frames are suitable for storerooms and cleaner’s cupboards and the height of these can be adjusted to align with adjacent riser doors.

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The Novista Riser doorsets are ideal for use in hotels as bathroom access doors, or risers, and also in commercial office buildings and apartments.

Ashley Burberry, Managing Director of Aspex UK said, “This new range demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality design solutions and helps to overcome the problem on many developments of unsightly riser cupboards. We have demonstrated over recent years that we are happy to, either partner with Europe’s best-in-class manufacturers, or to develop our own products to meet the requirements of architects, designers and developers alike.”

The new Novista Riser doorset range is designed, manufactured and tested to very exacting standards.

The doorsets are available with a fire rating of either FD30 or FD60, with both standard and concealed hinges, in either a three or four sided frame.

The Novista Riser doorset range is supplied in sections making the product easy to store, move around site and install. The system is very versatile and can be used within either taped & jointed or plaster skimmed walls.

For more information please visit 

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Virgin Active add value with Gerflor


At the Virgin Active Health Club 97 Aldersgate Street in the City of London, they don’t do things by half measures. They believe in adding membership value all the way down the line. It’s a philosophy that’s made the brand what it is today. With the very latest exercise equipment on the most extensive gym floor in the City of London, Virgin Active 97 Aldersgate Street in the Barbican have some of the best cutting-edge equipment available. It’s a shrine to getting fit and staying healthy in a safe and comfortable environment that oozes quality.


Ensuring that their highly valued members could enjoy every aspect of the clubs facilities including the exercise, the type of flooring was going to be key in their overall offer to new and existing members and their guests.  Looking for the very best solution for this highly prestigious health club Virgin Active turned to international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor to supply a sports flooring product that would not only perform to the highest standards but would also look fantastic.

Taraflex ™ Sport M Evolution would be the chosen product and the gym would need a total of some 324m2 of this remarkable sports flooring.


Taraflex™ is versatile enough to be used in various multi-specialist applications and affordable for all new projects and refurbishments. This sports flooring solution is used within the education, community, leisure, health & fitness sectors.

Taraflex™ Sport M Evolution sports flooring is ideal for a variety of applications including a myriad of sports and leisure activities.

Taraflex™ has been used in every summer Olympics since 1976 and is available in 17 colours and two wood-effect designs.

The Sport M Evolution product offers a P1 category shock absorbency 25% to 35% and meets the EN 14904 Standard for indoor sports surfaces. Taraflex™ is also recognised for providing durability, safety and comfort without impairing performance.

The range offers greater than 45% force reduction, making it unrivalled in the marketplace in terms of offering comfort for users.

A key area that Virgin Active were interested in were the bespoke Taraflex™ designs which are available by either water cutting, HD printing or line marking.

Virgin Active opted for Taraflex™ in red with painted line marks. This was specified because of the protection it offers, the vibrant red colour and the effectiveness of applying line paint making it a safer, more exciting and defined environment for the clubs’ members.

Talya Nicolay, Brand Manager, Virgin Active commented, “Gerflor came to us with a solution for our functional concept. Our requirement was a shock absorbent floor that offered not only protection to our members, but also a durable base’’. Talya went on to add, “The result is fantastic and the feedback from our fitness professionals and members has been very positive.

We are able to use this floor for group classes, personal training and individual use, thus creating a value-for-money area
that our members really enjoy using’’.

Taraflex™ meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E. coli – S. aureus – MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition. The product is also treated with Protecsol®, which renders polish redundant and is triple action meaning no polish is ever required, it contributes to easy maintenance and is anti-friction burn and slide/grip.

Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly. Gerflor offers a number of installation solutions for Taraflex™ including the Eco-Fit System which allows fast, free floating installation.

Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or contact us to speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing, or visiting for the latest innovations.

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Is this the most secure U-PVC door available in the market?

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

Total Glass has introduced a new advanced multi-point locking system as standard on all its single and double U-PVC entrance doors manufactured in-house at its Liverpool production facility.

Incorporating a ‘next generation’ anti-bump, anti-drill, anti-pick cylinder, the new Yale 8 superior locking solution has a high-security tandem bolt system with an additional centre hookbolt, providing improved resistance to attack.

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

The system’s unique hook and linear bolt combination locking points assist door seal compression and maximise security. Its user-friendly keep adjustment ensures optimal weather-proofing for all homes.

“We believe we can now offer one of the most secure standard specifications on the market,” says Phill Cresswell, Total Glass Sales and Marketing Manager, “and this is proving very popular with our customers who are benefiting from additional selling opportunities.

“Homeowners are keen to install the most secure products to protect their properties and our doors are designed to do just that; supported by a 10-year warranty for complete peace of mind.”

Total Glass U-PVC doors are available in a choice of nine colour options from stock with a choice of thresholds, hardware and glazing options, all delivered in five to 10 days.

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

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Pushing the Boundaries with Light Steel Frame

Lincoln Gateway

As the government continues to set ambitious goals for the construction industry, there is a growing demand to construct faster, more sustainably and at a lower cost. But how can this be achieved?

Light Steel Frame has been revolutionising the construction industry for years, however recent technological advances in Building Information Modelling, and lean manufacturing means that LSF now offers an unparalleled freedom to construct faster and more accurately. The combination of strength, durability and precision engineering ensure light steel frame offers broad parameters to explore innovative solutions and optimise value engineering.

There are many ways in which light steel frame is perfectly positioned to meet the objectives.

Target 1: Faster Delivery

Time is a critical factor in construction – as every project manager well knows. That is one of the reasons why light steel frame has become the preferred construction method for forward-thinking property designers and builders.

Offsite construction projects can be delivered in up to half the time compared to traditional construction, delivering radically reduced build times, leading to less time onsite and ultimately, a faster return on investment.

Target 2: Lower Emissions

A major benefit is a minimised impact on the environment, with national targets for housebuilding, carbon emission reductions and the push for ‘zero carbon’ buildings – light gauge steel is perfectly positioned to play a crucial role in meeting and delivering these targets. Steel is notorious for its longevity and ability to be multicycled – providing no onsite waste and thus enabling for a more sustainable future.

Target 3: Reduce Costs

Light steel frame provides a lower cost option, whilst still maintaining a superior quality.

Cost savings are made due to the speed of construction, the frame is installed very quickly once onsite and resource efficiencies are also made due to the reduced site labour requirement.

Factory controlled manufacturing conditions eradicate the risk of onsite variability, delivering safer construction and improved health and safety onsite – all reducing the risk of unexpected costs during the build.

Furthermore, the longevity of light steel frame minimises costs in the long term. Steel is unaffected by shrinkage unlike materials such as timber, resulting in dramatically reduced repair costs down the line.

Companies such as EOS Facades have been driving light gauge steel within modern offsite manufactured solutions, providing the industry with quality products through precision manufacturing whilst delivering accurate results on time and on budget, resulting in high performance construction that is energy efficient and supports greater construction targets.

This year, EOS Facades are offering all-inclusive fixed price packages that are supplied with proprietary brackets and fixings required. Plus they are now offering all Double Studs/Opening Jambs and DSL Lintels dispatched from the factory pre-assembled. This is a flexible service and should the client require the product to arrive unassembled, EOS will pre-punch in the factory, ghost assemble and supply, together with all the necessary screws and special drill bits, for assembly and installation onsite.

EOS Facades welcome enquiries of all types. Please feel free to contact the team direct, they will be very happy to assist in any way! Simply visit the company contacts page:

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Multi-task with new M&E conversion course!

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Logic4training has introduced a Mechanical to Electrical Conversion Course which will enable mechanical engineers to achieve a multi-skilled status and develop electrical maintenance competencies; such as isolation and termination of a range of cables; to support and enhance their role.

Designed for mechanical engineers working within an industrial environment, the course covers everything from BS7671, to earthing, bonding and fault-finding on single and three phase systems. Logic4training also offers a bespoke, on-site* element, to specifically suit the plant and working environment of individual candidates.

Mark Krull, director at Logic4training, explained: “This new conversion course is ideal for any engineer with a mechanical background looking to branch out and develop their electrical skills, enabling them to operate across the two disciplines, as their role may often demand.”

The Mechanical to Electrical Conversion Course is split into two modules; both five days long and covers a range of competence-based electrical assessments, including:

• Isolation
• Inverters and motors
• 3 phase isolation
• Working safely
• Termination of a range of cables
• Plugs and sockets
• Replacing and resetting protective devices
• Replacing motors and sensors on a like-for-like basis

Training is available at all three of Logic4training centres in Northolt, Basildon and Luton. For more information or to book, visit or call 0345 845 7222.

*For the on-site training option there needs to be a minimum of four people from one company (syllabus could also be amended as required).

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Building Regulations When Tackling New and Existing Flat Roofs

Building Regulations now require where feasible the extent of insulation within specified elements is upgraded as part of renovation works if the existing provisions are insufficient. Accordingly when constructing or replacing a cold flat roof, both ventilation and insulation qualities are normally reviewed.

Despite the growing popularity of converting to a warm roof, there are commonly situations where this is not possible.

This is often because the roof surface cannot be raised because of the proximity of external sills, openings, soil pipes etc.

Where a cold roof is the selected or default construction, there is an accompanying need to cross ventilate within it as well as ensuring any link from it to an external cavity wall complies with Building Regulations.

The Type RAV-FL is a flat roof ventilator from Cavity Trays of Yeovil. It is fitted by opening it like a book so one edge can be secured into the top of a timber upstand vertically battened off the wall surface. The Type RAV-FL is then closed until its adjacent edge is against the external wall masonry to which it is then secured. The result creates a protected airflow route via which air can travel and cross ventilate the roof space. The opposing roof edge incorporates a ventilator in the soffit or fascia. Cavity Trays offers a range of ventilator styles and ventilator colours from which to choose to achieve a balanced arrangement.


The Type RAV-FL provides the requisite airflow route to comply with Building Regulations

The Type RAV-FL provides the requisite airflow route to comply with Building Regulations

To arrest water gravitating within the external skin (above the Type RAV-FL) a preformed cavitray with an external flashing is located. The flashing is dressed down over the ventilator upper surface, ensuring protection against wind-driven rain.

One of a number of cavitrays offered to Cavity trays of Yeovil to prevent dampness gravitating below the roof line

One of a number of cavitrays offered to Cavity trays of Yeovil to prevent dampness gravitating below the roof line

Protecting the building envelope is the purpose of a wide range of products offered by Cavity Trays, and it is also the name of the latest technical manual released by the Company.

To secure your copy contact Cavity Trays of Yeovil .

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Pop Up Power Supplies ® specified at Chelsea Football Club


Pop Up Power Supplies ® recently installed nine retractable service power units within the stadium arena at Chelsea Football Club. The half tonne units are buried out of site beneath the perimeter of the pitch and are raised out of the ground when required.

Chelsea Technical Services Team needed a power solution to enable the ground staff to power their specialist hydroponic equipment to nurture the growth of the pitch. The solution was Pop Up Power retractable service units. The cabling was provided by YESS.

The Chelsea ground staff now have access to multiple 63 A and 32 A TPN waterproof power feeds.

The cabling and power units were installed and commissioned by Springfield Engineers over a 6 week time frame which was ahead of schedule.

Pop Up Power ® also supply electricity through Inground Units with flip top lids and Bollards in a variety of designs to suit the surroundings.

For more information please take a look at our website or call us directly on 020 8227 0208.

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Axter supplies on show at Fulham Wharf

Axter Ltd  Waterproofing at Fulham Wharf

Fulham Wharf has become one of London’s most coveted addresses, and it’s clear to see why; striking architecture, a variety of homes and amenities, as well as enviable landscaped outside space with access to the River Thames. With such a large variety of requirements to be met, and the necessity for expert materials to ensure a high quality build that would not fail, Axter Ltd knew they were the right waterproofing designers and manufacturers for the project.

Axter Ltd supplied their Wilotekt® – Plus system, a robust, inverted, second generation hot melt structural waterproofing system that met the demands of this challenging project. With the redevelopment of an existing supermarket and the simultaneous construction of 463 new homes, it was paramount that the waterproofing was resilient, capable of withstanding construction traffic and adaptable to suit the variety of roof finishes required.

Various challenges such as limited site access and the necessity to keep the existing supermarket fully operational during construction meant fast installation and careful management of the waterproofing was essential. Axter were relied upon to design bespoke waterproofing solutions to accommodate some intricate details, including a complex movement joint, which was concealed below two metres of dense landscaping.

The project utilised three core disciplines within Axter’s system portfolio: Wilotekt-Plus hot melt structural waterproofing, Ecoflex single ply and Starcoat liquid membranes. Careful design consideration was provided to ensure Axter’s driving philosophy of the right system in the right application was employed successfully and the building would perform to the highest standards.

Axter Ltd – 01473 724056

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Centor Integrated Doors win Red Dot Award


Centor is celebrating worldwide recognition of its pioneering Integrated Doors after winning a Red Dot Award in the internationally respected design competition.

Challenging all concepts of what we know as a door today, Centor has integrated doors, screens, shades and hardware as one, to create a new category of Integrated Doors that connect people with the world outside without the compromises.

The innovative built-in screens and shades provide unprecedented versatility, allowing control of sunlight, insects and privacy so homeowners can enjoy inside-outside all year round. Concealed locks and hardware contribute to the contemporary look, while doors move with fingertip operation thanks to Centor’s patent-pending hardware.

Nigel Spork, Centor’s Managing Director, is thrilled with the award: “I’m hugely proud that we can delight people at home by combining beautiful design and phenomenal thermal performance with some mechanical magic.”

Centor’s Group Manager of Product & Engineering, David Chappell, added: “Turning vision into reality is not easy. But winning such a prestigious design award validates all the hard work we have all put in to create a truly best-in-class product, and gives us confidence to keep striving for ultimate perfection.”

Integrated Doors are sold through a network of Centor Integrated Dealers across the UK. To find out more visit

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Student housing fixed by Kladfix

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Kladfix, the rainscreen cladding support system specialist has supplied its KX01 fittings for a new £14.5 million development project transforming the historic Deaconess House on Edinburgh’s Pleasance into 315 student apartments for the University of Edinburgh.

Deaconess House opened in 1894 and ran as a hospital for just under a century, at which time it was renovated into office accommodation.  Twenty four years later and the site is transformed into three blocks of student residence. Situated in the heart of the University of Edinburgh city centre campus, the four and five storey buildings will be centred around a courtyard which includes an amphitheatre. Lakesmere, the building envelope specialist specified Kladfix’s KX01 vertical cladding support system for this project.

“The KX01 system is extremely cost effective” said Morton Anderson, Lakesmere’s Business Development Manager. “We were under extreme cost pressure with this project and required a product which would fit within the tight budget.  Kladfix offers affordable yet high quality solutions, so the KX01 system was the ideal product for this project.”

Kladfix KX01 fittings have been used to fix approximately 1000m² of stone cladding and 300m² of aluminium cladding on the three student apartment blocks. These fittings are suitable for use as a back frame system and are the basis to all of Kladfix’s systems. KX01 fittings are also used for face and rivet fixing for fibre cement, high-pressure laminate, ACM and metal rainscreen cladding panels.

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Kladfix holds extensive stock to ensure orders can always be met and where necessary, immediate delivery can be provided. All Kladfix cladding systems can be engineered to project specific requirements thanks to the expertise of its technical design support service. This provides architects and specifiers freedom with an almost infinite range of façade appearance and layout options.

For further information on Kladfix Rainscreen Systems, visit or call the company direct on +44 (0)1707 333 396.

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British Hardwoods


As the construction industry increasingly embraces sustainability, so timber is becoming increasingly popular and is reclaiming ground that had been lost to plastics and metal in recent decades, certainly for structural use.

Modern building designs incorporate sustainability through advanced building designs and techniques, but also through the materials chosen. And there is a growing popular expectation that sustainability will be a founding principle of new projects and indeed major refurbishments at the design stage. The same thinking increasingly applies to furniture and other products as customers and consumers expect responsible sourcing and manufacture.


However, while sustainability is a primary driver for growth in the use of timber, designers and architects are re-familiarising themselves with the aesthetic and creative advantages of timber, and in particular British timber.

British timber is inherently more sustainable than imported timber. Through using British timber, designers and builders are assured the timber comes from properly managed woodlands, and the ecological, social, and economic effects of the entire timber process can be easily inspected and measured. In choosing British timber you are supporting the British timber industry and the communities and environments that rely on it. And of course you are avoiding the increased carbon footprint that importing timber carries with it.

The other major advantages of British timber are the character and quality of the wood, and the design flexibility provided by local sawmills that can cut bespoke sizes and lengths to suit. Imported woods are invariably generic in both grade and available sizes, yet by visiting your local sawmill, specific requirements can be discussed and you can often view the actual timber before making a choice. So where imported woods are ‘off the shelf’, it’s worth thinking of British timber as more akin to Savile Row.


Oak is perhaps the most typical of the hardwoods used in British construction. Yet there are clear differences between home grown oak and imported oak. For example, British oak is considered to be stronger than French oak because it has a more interlocking grain. There is also more of an option to choose ‘character’ grades with home grown oak than there is with imported oak, and once again, for the architect or designer looking for something special, they can visit a local sawmill to inspect and choose specific timber. English oak tends to feature a more interesting grain and more in the way of knot clusters and burrs. For designers who are looking for a rustic appearance British grown oak is the perfect choice.




Vastern Timber has recently supplied premium English oak to landmark restoration work at the Tower of London. Working in close partnership with heavy framing company GMT Timber Frames and leading furniture designers Luke Hughes, Vastern Timber has supplied wood for the reinstatement of a drawbridge dating back to 1834, as well for the production of furniture for the restoration of the iconic Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula.

Following years of planning and five months of construction, the drawbridge, which originally allowed munitions to be brought into the basement of the iconic White Tower from the wharf, has been completely reinstated and officially unveiled, giving millions of visitors the opportunity to once again witness the rising of the drawbridge, a sight not seen since the 1970s when the rising drawbridge element was replaced with a permanent fixture.

English oak is the ideal timber for these projects. It is robust enough to last centuries and is the most iconic of the English woods. And as Geoff Foers at GMT Timber Frames explains, “It is important to a lot of our customers to use English timber instead of imported wood, and the Tower of London were very happy that we were using English oak.”

While there are clear advantages to choosing British hardwoods, there is still much ground to be made up over imported timber. Currently, only 6% of hardwoods currently used in the UK are native, as unfortunately we have become overly reliant on imported hardwoods in the UK, to the detriment of our own domestic hardwood industry. This in turn has had a negative effect on our own native woodlands.

The loss of manufacturing, and specifically the furniture making industry, and the associated loss of skills in combination with the rise in imports, has resulted in the contraction of demand for British timber. As a result our domestic industry has contracted, with inevitable job losses and impacted communities. And with this contraction there has not been the investment made into making sure our woodlands are properly managed. Research has shown that up to 65% of our native mixed broadleaf woodlands are unmanaged.

Yet there is no reason why designers should ignore the design and sustainability advantages of British woods. From a design perspective, as well as social, economic and environmental perspective, there are plenty of good reasons to Buy British.

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Introduction to unitised curtain walling – a new CPD module available from Reynaers


There is a new CPD certified module available on the Reynaers Aluminium website accessible to anyone seeking to develop their knowledge and skills.

Entitled: Introduction to Unitised curtain walling, the module presents a comprehensive and extremely clear guide to the façade system and includes a series of questions that have been compiled to test the knowledge gained in order to qualify for CPD credits.

Successful completion of the module gives 60 minutes of CPD credits and the module can be accessed on the Reynaers website:

Detailed examples on types of unitised curtain walling, distinguishing features and benefits along with installation advantages of the façade system are given throughout the module.

Accredited by the CPD Certification Service the module has to be read in full and then a data entry completed on line followed by a series of questions, all relating to the module in order to qualify. Results are returned within 14 days of completion of the module and if all the questions are answered correctly a CPD certificate is issued.

Extolling the virtues of the system a unitised façades brochure from Reynaers Aluminium emphasises the endless design possibilities and solutions the system has to offer. It also makes useful reading to accompany the CPD module.

A selection of façade installations is covered in the brochure, demonstrating the versatility and adaptability of the systems in helping to turn conceptual designs into stunning reality.

The 32-page brochure provides full details on the company’s innovative unitised façade range of curtain wall systems the use of which facilitate a fast and economical on-site installation. One of the many benefits is that each unit is prefabricated, allowing greater control on quality, before delivery to site in time for installation.

Copies of the Unitised Façades brochure are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, email: or visit the website: .

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Tile Mountain’s Top Quality Tiles


The Doblo polished porcelain range of tiles from Tile Mountain are highly durable and suitable for both floor and wall installation.

Available in a choice of four colours, three finishes and two sizes, the tiles have rectified edges and a subtle fleck pattern.

Doblo tiles from Tile Mountain

Suitable for both domestic and commercial use these tiles can be delivered directly to site from Tile Mountain’s two acre UK warehouse site.

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Swinging or sliding entrance doors?

By Julie Jarvis, Technical Director, DR Services

Architects and interior designers, as well as the housebuilders or developers on whose projects they are involved make many judgements based on price, quality and aesthetic taste; though this is only part of the process – as we can understand by looking at the significant differences between swinging and sliding doors.

Though the most contrasting characteristic is in the geometry of their motion – one a rotation while the other translates through a single plane – there are various other criteria to be considered. So what will decide the choice between swinging or sliding doors?

Certainly for the vast majority of domestic and even commercial situations, a basic swing door will suffice; but dozens of different factors can dictate that some type of sliding door installation may be appropriate or even essential.


The arc described by a swing door as it is opened is the single most relevant factor, in that the amount of clear space required in front of, and to the side of a doorway, can count against their use.

Although this is readily apparent, the full implications only impressed themselves upon most designers following the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act.   For an able bodied user, the act of turning a conventional door handle and swinging back the door leaf is completed without conscious effort. However, for someone confined to a wheelchair, or even a person encumbered with an infant, or heavy packages, the operation can be both inconvenient and potentially hazardous.

Since the advent of the DDA, we are used to seeing sliding door adaptations on quite humble high street outlets, while they far outnumber revolving doors in very high pedestrian traffic locations such as rail stations.  What is more, top hung or bottom sliding gear can permit even very heavy door leafs to move aside easily and quickly with a minimum of noise and inconvenience.  In fact D R Services can supply sliding door gear capable of dealing with leaf weights from 15 kg up to three tonnes, either opened manually or electrically powered.

Looking at the main regulatory requirements affecting sliding door systems, the Disability Discrimination Act requires a maximum force of 30 Newton metres to get a door rolling, and 25 Newton metres to keep it moving.

The Building Regulations also say you have to protect someone falling against an automatic sliding door, being injured by its movement.  Some of the guard barriers used are quite obtrusive, but our aesthetic answer is in the form of a frameless section of safety glass or a simple stainless steel railing appearing out of the ground. The infill would be 10 mm toughened; or 12 mm toughened if it cantilevers out of a floor track.

One of the challenges that we are regularly set by clients for commercial applications is to create a sliding door that runs independently of the soffit, normally because there is a suspended ceiling that cannot bear weight.  The Trojan 120 manual system can span openings in masonry walls and stud partitions, while the tracks can also be mounted across glass walls.

This can create a completely transparent division where glass doors permit or deny passage. The 120 kg weight limit for Trojan equates to an area for the door leaf of four square metres, depending on thickness,Trojan 250G 001 (2) hi-res

There is also a growing market for curved doors where D R Services has introduced a totally visible, external stainless steel system which not only features rectangular section rail, it also conceals the wheels within a square housing.  One of the stand-out projects where this has been used to offer visual impact is the headquarters of Kildare County Council, Ireland. There we created a series of 19 cellular offices, where the 2.4 metre high glass screens stopped well short of the ceiling level.

Sliding stacking walls in frameless glass are frequently high on the menu for interior designers to make the space more flexible; and at the Intercontinental Hotel on Hyde Park, D R Services created a glass wall which, when not in use, can be completely concealed behind oak panelling. The bespoke glass doors contain wire gauze for visual effect while the walls and ceiling are fashioned from 17.5 mm water glass where deep sand-blasting of the laminated layers creates the illusion of ripples.

Even more recently we have further expanded our portfolio of glass options so that a very wide selection of materials and fine wood veneers can be incorporated into laminated leaves. The glass interlayer can even be side lit for extra impact.

Finally for those clients who cannot decide between sliding and swinging doors, there is a hybrid product where the 100 mm top rail divides horizontally to allow the door to pivot. The split rail is then locked together for the door to slide aside.

For more details call D R Services on 01279 445277, e-mail or look at website

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Dome skylight transforms care home

SDClient:  Brindaavan Care Home, Mid Glamorgan

Architect:  Tim Worsfold Architects

The challenge: To provide more natural light to an enclosed courtyard

The solution: A bespoke Solardome skylight

Dome specification

  • 4-frequency geodesic dome
  • 5 vents with actuators
  • Diameter – 5.94m / 19’6”
  • Height – 2.40m / 7’10”
  • Volume – 40.70m3 / 1440ft3
  • Area of base – 28.80m2 / 310ft2


Since his success in using a Solardome skylight to improve quality of life for residents at a care home in Wales, architect Tim Worsfold has picked up more work in the healthcare sector. We spoke to him about the project at Brindaavan Care Home to find out exactly what he did and whether he would do it again…


When the owner bought the care home in 2014 the day areas were quite fragmented, which meant staff were dotted around the spaces.

According to Tim: “The main area requiring development was an enclosed courtyard with the building running round it on three sides and a leaking glass conservatory.”

The vision

Tim explained: “The owner wanted to bring together the dayrooms by building a roof over the whole of the courtyard, which then produced a room of about 106 square metres. But being enclosed, he needed to bring in more natural light into the middle of this area.”

After a period of exhaustive research and careful consideration Solardome Industries emerged as the favoured contractor to deliver the vision.

On completion

Now the work is done the new improved day area has a large flat roof with a six-metre-diameter geodesic glass dome right in the middle.

Tim said: “When the sun shines it’s like being outside. Add to that the actuators for venting and underfloor heating, and the residents are in the perfect constant environment.”


Other benefits

One innovation was a coloured LED ring around the base of the dome that lights up and changes colour as it mingles with the ambient light from below. This has a therapeutic effect on residents, many of who live with dementia. But that’s not all…

“The second thing it does is work as a brand recognition tool. When it was first installed they had an audience outside. People stopped in the street to admire it,” Tim enthused.

Will Jones, Home Manager added: “The local authority is delighted by the dome and feels it has improved the home environment, and as a result they have part-funded the provision of cutting-edge support and training to further enhance the life experience of the residents.”



Since completing this project Tim has gone on to get more healthcare work. When asked whether he would use Solardome Industries again, the architect said: “If a client rang up and wanted a skylight I would be more than happy to recommend Solardome.

“I did like working with them. I got on well with everybody and I knew where they were coming from. They were receptive to changes, so yes, I would do it again.”

For more details, please contact Solardome Industries Limited

T: +44(0)23 8066 7890 E: W:

Order a brochure today or call us now to discuss your needs

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Biomass maintenance courses tailored to your needs!

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Natural energy provider, Euroheat has added bespoke biomass maintenance courses to its training portfolio designed to keep biomass installers up-to-speed with all their servicing and maintenance requirements on its range of domestic and commercial biomass boilers.

Now that the biomass sector in the UK is a maturing one – the commercial arm in particular – it is vital that biomass professionals stay ahead of the game and ensure that equipment is fully operational and efficient throughout its lifespan; to both ensure customer satisfaction and maintain the high eco-credentials of biomass technology.

Simon Holden, co-founder of Euroheat, added: “Our new bespoke biomass maintenance courses are aimed at keeping our army of biomass installers armed with the appropriate knowledge throughout a boilers life, so that all requirements specific to that product are met. We want to see our equipment is kept working at optimum efficiency at all times, minimising breakdowns and increasing the longevity of each biomass heating system.”

Whatever the product or fuel type, Euroheat can provide up-to-date training and information on all areas of maintenance; essential for ensuring a biomass system works at its optimum annualised efficiency. Through proper servicing and maintenance, performance is enhanced, the need for spare parts is reduced and breakdown is prevented, further enhancing the cost-saving benefits of this technology.

The courses are held at Euroheat’s state-of-the-art training centre in Bishops Frome, alongside its range of MCS and HETAS training programmes. For more information, call 01885 491139 or visit to access the online enquiry form.

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Launch of Schueco’s Parametric Façade System offers architects new level of design freedom

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The launch of Schueco’s Parametric Façade System by sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, offers architects a new level of dynamic design freedom. For the first time ever, geometrically complicated 3D façades can be designed as straightforward system solutions whose cost can be calculated with the certainty of a series product.

Like all Schueco systems, the Parametric Façade is highly insulated, with Uf values up to 0.5 W/m2K, and surface elements that can be transparent or opaque. Sunlight and shading, guided views and daylight optimisation can all be employed as active design factors. The system can also accommodate BIPV panels for solar energy generation.

Central to the Schueco Parametric solution is the continuous, closed digital process chain that operates in all phases of design, planning and fabrication. The result is that commonly encountered interface problems are eliminated and a uniform, consistent data model for every individual involved in the process is guaranteed.

Schueco parametric planning tools include a library of ‘intelligent’ façade modules for CAD programs that can be freely combined and incorporated into a parametric façade during the design phase.

Their use allows complex shapes to be progressively simplified, establishing rules and connections between individual design elements that can lead to extraordinary reductions in detailing time: for example, instead of the current norm of 24 hours per unit, use of SchüCAD Inventor slashes the per-unit time to a scarcely believable 8 minutes.

With the Parametric System, Schueco has made customer-specific, individualised mass production for free-form façades an affordable reality, combining in one package the economic benefits of industrial series production with clients’ desire for individual and exclusive products and solutions.

The system has won Schueco an Honourable Mention in the Red Dot Awards: Product Design 2015.

For further information on the Schueco Parametric Façade System, please email or visit

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PFI Extra Care scheme benefits from Schöck and Hollowcore innovation

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A £14.4m three-storey PFI Extra Care complex at Knowsley, Merseyside, is benefiting from a speedier build time using off-site manufacturing that integrates Isokorb structural thermal break units from Schöck with the Hollowcore system.   Bluebell Park Extra Care Facility homes are being built for Knowsley Housing Trust, part of the First Ark Group and is their largest Extra Care development to date.   There are two blocks. The first provides 101 single and two-bedroom Extra Care apartments for rental; and the second, 21 two-bedroom apartments available for purchase through an Older Persons Shared Ownership scheme.

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Many of the apartments feature spacious balconies, so combatting thermal bridging is critical.  Quite apart from heat loss, condensation can cause structural problems and worse, lead to mould growth, with possible implications for residents in the form of respiratory problems and dermatitis.    One of the most effective countermeasures on the market is the Schöck Isokorb structural thermal break; and the type KS14, for concrete-to-steel connectivity is installed at Bluebell Park to meet the steel cantilever requirements.  This is in conjunction with the Hollowcore floor system. The precasters broke out selected cores and cast reinforcement bars in their works and then  fixed the KS14 units to a template which matched the broken out Hollowcore.  The complete modules then supplied to site, dropped into position and the broken out Hollowcore filled with insitu concrete.

The Hollowcore has full length voids, so there is a huge weight saving over floor slabs of equivalent thickness and strength, resulting in transportation and material cost efficiencies.   With the slab sizes on the project being typically 1200mm wide x 4m long, they are faster to install and provide an immediate working platform for following trades.Hollowcore  - HR

In addition to the Hollowcore benefits, the Isokorb type KS14 offers its own verifiable performance values as well.   It provides BBA Certification, LABC Registration – and comfortably exceeds the requirements of BRE IP1/06 and Part L of the Building Regulations.  Here the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI), must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings, which is comfortably exceeded by incorporating the Schöck product into the design.

A comprehensive 236 page ‘Technical Guide’ is available, which displays in detail the complete range of thermal break applications for all construction types – concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel, steel-to-steel and concrete-to-timber.

A new ‘Thermal Bridging Guide’  is also  available free on request

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890 or email:

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Panasonic’s new bivalent controller maximises energy savings


Panasonic has added an innovative bivalent controller to its Aquarea range of air source heat pumps. The controller will maximise energy savings in installations where the heat pump is operating alongside an existing energy source, for example in refurbishment projects, where there is often pressure to minimise investment costs. 

Panasonic’s bivalent controller enables a heat pump from the Aquarea range to operate alongside a gas- or oil-fired boiler and controls sequencing to minimise running costs. The controller includes three different operating modes and all necessary sensors are included in the package to operate both energy sources and a secondary pump. A thermostat can be connected to stop both the pump and the heat pump/boiler according to room temperature.

“Hybrid systems, where a new heat pump is added to an existing boiler, are a popular option in refurbishment projects,” explains Marc Diaz, UK Country Manager of Panasonic Heating and Cooling. “It is very important in such systems to make sure that they operate at maximum efficiency, so that energy use can be reduced and running cost savings maximised. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme requires that systems are running efficiently.”

The three bivalent operating modes are: Alternative; Parallel; and Boost/Parallel Demand.

In alternative mode, if the outdoor temperature is below the threshold design value, then the system stops the heat pump and starts the gas/oil boiler or other alternative energy source.

In parallel mode, if the outdoor temperature is below the threshold design value, then the system starts the gas/oil boiler or another energy source, and the heat pump and the gas/oil boiler work alongside each other.

In boost/parallel demand mode, if the outdoor temperature is below the threshold design value, then the controller starts to monitor the buffer tank temperature. If the buffer tank is below a set temperature over a specific period, than the gas/oil boiler is switched on. The system switches on the gas/oil boiler according to the demand.

In the case of buffer tank control, the user can apply a constant buffer set temperature and the heat pump is switched on if the buffer tank temperature is below the set point. If a room thermostat is installed, then the thermostat switches on or off the secondary pump and the heat pump supply to the buffer tank.

For secondary pump control, the water pump and the heat pump are activated by the room thermostat. If the room thermostat opens the contact, then the system stops both the secondary pump and the heat pump.

In all applications, summer shut down is operated so that the secondary pump (if activated) and the heat pump are stopped if the outdoor temperature is above the design set point.

For more information on the Bivalent Controller, please visit .

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A faster internal finish with Unispan MW roof panels


Unispan MW structural insulated roof panels from UNILIN, division insulation, allow the creation of better performing thermal roof structures and with a wide range of internal finishes, they can help to bring roof spaces to life too.

Using Mineral Wool insulation for a more ecological alternative to PIR foam, Unispan MW panels are available with OSB, plywood, chipboard, white painted chipboard, gypsum fibreboard and tongue and groove inner lining, leaving a ready for final-finish or completely finished internal roof.

Helping interior trades to work faster and smarter, as well as realising more space thanks to reduced supporting materials over traditional constructions, Unispan MW panels are ideal for developments looking to maximise functionality from small footprints.

“We’ve equipped Unispan MW panels with a range of interior finishes so that developers and contractors can select a panel that’s ideal for their requirements, thereby maximising the time and cost-saving potential on offer from this faster and easier way to build high performance roofs,” explains Richard Smith, UNILIN, division.

Unispan MW panels are a structural sandwich panel available in a range of different thicknesses dependant on the insulation values required. Suitable for pitched and flat roofs, the factory-made nature of the panels eliminates many of the difficulties in achieving efficient thermal insulation. This makes the system ideal for designing roof structures with excellent thermal performance on paper that deliver in real world situations.

For further information contact UNILIN, division insulation, on 0032 5673 5091,,

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Greening the urban environment


As the urban environment grows, with new developments taking up brownfield sites and encroaching on greenbelt areas, there is an increasing challenge in ensuring towns and cities incorporate enough greenery and vegetation.

The benefits of plants within the urban environment are well understood. As well as absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, plants are important in helping to absorb airborne particulates and significantly reduce pollution. And of course they encourage insects and birds vital to the success of gardens.

However, in the increasingly busy urban space, the challenge is to incorporate greenery in a way that does not take up too much room.


Fortunately, there are products available that not only deliver robust plant solutions, but which are also extremely space efficient, while delivering a range of other added-value benefits.

Mobilane’s Green Screen is a pre-cultivated screen which features a galvanised high carbon steel weldmesh that supports 65 ivy plants, each of which is trained through the mesh as it grows. The steel weldmesh itself delivers a very effective security barrier, while the ivy flourishes and requires minimal maintenance – unlike a traditional hedge which requires periodic heavy pruning and is prone to collapse in high winds or snow. As well as different species of ivy, the screens can also feature Hornbeam, Beech, Ligustrum and Pyracantha. The screens come in a variety of lengths, and are 3m in height.

Crucially, Green Screens have an extremely narrow physical footprint and an expected life of 45 years, giving them a very high biodiversity footprint. They also have additional benefits over walls and wooden fences as they deter graffiti and vandalism.

Green Screens have become widely popular for a number of applications, including narrow footprint fencing for high density housing developments, security fencing around public parks, car parks, business sites, schools, and hospitals, also for graffiti prevention along highways, and central reservation fencing along dual carriageways, where they help to improve road safety.

In the private urban environment Green Screens are often used on roof gardens and even as mobile living screens on patios.

Installation is simple and takes just a few hours, and Green Screens can either be installed free-standing, or adjacent to an existing wall.


Green Screens represent an innovative and highly efficient solution to incorporating living plants into the busy urban environment, and with a wide range of applications, and multiple benefits, are becoming increasingly commonplace.

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The perfect timber solution for decking

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When it comes to timber decking, James Latham offers the perfect solution to architects, joiners and the construction sector looking to specify a product which is not only dimensionally stable and highly durable, but also legal and sustainable.

A revolution in wood technology, Accoya® is modified, certified softwood, which incorporates Accsys’ proprietary wood acetylation technology that delivers outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability.

With a 50-year above ground and 25-year below ground warranty, there is no better wood for timber decking, where beauty, strength and all-weather performance are of paramount importance.

Accoya®LathamDECK ’s low maintenance requirements add to its ‘whole life’ cost effectiveness

Plus, when it comes to decking, it is also crucial that the wood is barefoot friendly, non-toxic and therefore totally safe for people and pets and Accoya®LathamDECK ticks these boxes as well.

James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager, Paul Leach, commented:  “As the decking season approaches and with the demand for sustainably modified wood continuing to grow, Accoya® LathamDECK offers the perfect solution to those wanting to buy responsibly sourced and modified timber while at the same time creating a deck that will not only look fantastic but will perform brilliantly as well.”

Accoya®LathamDECK is now available nationwide and directly from stock at all eight of James Latham’s timber depots.

As well as decking, Accoya® is suitable for a wide range of external joinery applications, including cladding, windows, doors, structural and much more.

ACCOYA® and the Trimarque Device are registered trademarks owned by Titan Wood Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accsys Technologies PLC, and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

For more information please visit e-mail: or call: 0116 257 3415

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Refurbishment of Nottingham City Council roof is disruption-free thanks to Decothane Ultra


Refurbishing the roof of Loxley House, the central hub of Nottingham City Council, caused no disruption to essential public services, thanks to Sika Liquid Plastics’ new low odour cold applied liquid roof membrane, Decothane Ultra.

The roof of Loxley House, located in Nottingham’s busy city centre, has large amount of detailing and upstands, and due to its age was prone to leaks. After a number of water ingress problems it was decided that the roof required a new waterproof coating, which could be applied around plant and detailing and would protect the building for years to come. A liquid applied solution ticked all of these boxes.

The project began in 2014, expertly undertaken by Derby-based Midland Roofing Services through the East Midlands Property Alliance (EMPA) Framework contractor, Robert Woodhead Ltd. The City Council required work to be carried out while the building was in use, due to the important nature of its work and the vital services it provides, required daily by the public.

The main challenge arose when the project kicked-off, as the waterproof coating for the roof needed to be applied around the air handling units for the building. As the offices below were in constant use, it was essential that any potential smells were minimised as any odour from roofing products used during installation that may have entered the building would have caused inconvenience and disruption.

Luckily it was at this time that Sika Liquid Plastics was bringing Decothane Ultra to the market, a new low odour liquid applied roof membrane. During development, Sika Liquid Plastics worked closely with Odournet, a team of independent consultants that deliver top level expertise on sensory analysis techniques and their application for product optimisation and material testing. According to test data, Decothane Ultra was scientifically proven to be much lower odour when benchmarked against other single pack polyurethanes available in the market. It achieves more than 80 percent reduction in odour strength five minutes after application and greater than 95 percent reduction after just one hour against a similar one-component competitor.

To add to this, the Decothane family of products are cold applied, eliminating the risk of fire in an occupied building during installation and cure to form a completely seamless waterproof membrane. These benefits over traditional roofing systems have enabled liquid waterproofing to become the fastest growing sector of the flat roofing market.

Midland Roofing chose to use Decothane Ultra with fantastic results. The impact of the work on the staff and visitors was greatly reduced with the building remaining fully functional. This was achieved by use of the low odour product, good management and communications between site agent and FM team, and effective management of the air intakes.

Over 3,000sq m of Decothane Ultra will have been applied to the roof by the completion of the project, which is split by various plant and access areas. These sections presented their own unique challenges, with some low plant presenting a clearance of only 10mm. The choice of a premium liquid applied product proved instrumental for these more awkward roof elements.

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Jason Crich from Midland Roofing Services said: “Even for the most difficult parts of the refurbishment, Decothane Ultra allowed us to negotiate tricky plant areas with ease and achieve a skilful and flawless application.

“With its low odour levels and ease of application, Decothane Ultra will no doubt be the first choice for a growing number of refurbishment projects in sensitive areas and for highly populated buildings. The client has been really impressed with the quality of the work undertaken by our team and the effectiveness of the low odour solution that was specified for the job.”

Decothane Ultra utilises a range of new novel curing agents developed and patented by Sika. This new chemistry offers a versatile platform from which to formulate extremely low solvent content and to low odour liquid applied membranes for a wide range of applications.

Decothane Ultra is available in the UK from Sika Liquid Plastics. For further information visit or call the Enquiry Line on 01772 259781

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Inta turns on the style with new radiator valves

Continuing to grow its largest-ever plumbing and heating collection, British manufacturer Inta has unveiled its new range of chrome thermostatic and decorative radiator valves.


Created to accompany stylish, designer radiators, Inta has introduced a polished chrome version of its best-selling i-therm thermostatic radiator valve, which features a liquid-filled sensor, frost-protection setting and anti-chatter cartridge to eliminate post-installation noise. With its flexible bi-directional design allowing it to be fitted in any orientation and with water flowing in either direction, the i-therm is the installer’s go-to valve for retrofit and tricky installations as well as new ones.


Designed to enhance the look of feature radiators, Inta has also introduced five new decorative valves to its range, replacing the traditional, white valves with an elegant new look. Stuart Gizzi, managing director at Inta, said: “Every day, installers are fitting contemporary new radiators in peoples’ homes and we’re proud to have an enviable range of beautiful radiator valves to accessorise them with. These bring a new level of detail and appeal to new and existing radiators, and we think they should be fitted on all installations.”

To find out more about Inta and its range of heating and plumbing products, visit or call 01889 272 180.

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Five shades of Grey from Vicaima is a real leaf turner


When it comes to the latest trend for interior door colours, Vicaima really know how to excite the imagination.  Grey is proving to be a very popular choice with interior designers and developers right now, so it’s only right that with a reputation for innovation, Vicaima have come up with five finishes that seem sure to satisfy the growing desire for shades of Grey.

The shades include Dekordor 3D Grey, Grey stained Oak veneer, Dekordor HD Dark Grey, Straight Line veneer Grey and Dekordor SD Grey Walnut.  All of which are available as made to order products to individual project requirements.


Dekordor 3D Grey, launched earlier this year is already in great demand.  With its embossed and very tactile surface, displaying a horizontal grain design, the doors make an ideal choice for hotel room and apartment entrances.  Available either lipped or edge banded and as part of a complete door and frame assembly where required.

Another recent introduction is the Grey stained Oak veneered door.  With its natural wood tones these doors provide the perfect accompaniment to the current fashion for stained wood flooring, stairs, kitchen cabinets and even furniture.  Embodied with the natural grain of real Oak veneer, the faces have been enhanced with a matt lacquered stain finish which requires no further treatment once fitted and provides an easy to clean surface. Doors are available in either textured or smooth finish for even greater design flexibility.

Where added durability is required, Dekordor HD Dark Grey provides the ideal solution.  This scratch resistant laminate finish also provides protection from UV shading, making it ideal for more demanding locations such as commercial offices, student accommodation and social housing.  Doors can be supplied glazed and with full security, fire and acoustic options so ready to meet the most exacting requirements.

If these were not enough, two further shades from the Vicaima Grey palette are sure to inspire ideas.  Grey Straight Line veneer offers a strikingly even grain configuration, otherwise lacking in conventional veneered doors, while new Dekordor SD Grey Walnut introduces a foil finish that gives a slightly weathered look in an economically priced format.

Whichever colour you choose Vicaima offer a greater range of design and performance options, creating solutions for luxury living space, hotels, commercial offices, student accommodation and many other locations where the right doors can make all the difference.  For further details about these and other products from the many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website  alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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Nestlé Spain achieves high design with Altro safety flooring

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1,000 people work daily at the headquarters of Nestlé in Barcelona, Spain, and the company hosts more than 50,000 visitors annually. This high level of traffic also spills over into the catering and cafeteria areas. These areas have been recently modernised with a range of Altro safety flooring products to provide better service to staff and visitors.

An essential part of the refurbishment was the choice of flooring. There was a need for a high design using different colours and shapes, but it also had to adhere to safety and hygiene regulations for dining and catering areas. The project also needed to be completed quickly to minimise disruption to the normal activity of the dining rooms. With 250,000 meals served annually at the offices of Nestlé, Eurest Catalunya, a company belonging to Compass Group, was able to install Altro safety flooring without interrupting the normal business day.

In the self service and dining room areas, approximately 1,000m² of Altro Walkway 20 in two different colours and Altro Wood Safety were used. Altro Stronghold 30 was used in the kitchen. For the cafe on the ground floor, about 200m² of two different shades of Altro Walkway 20 were used. Altro flooring was chosen for its slip resistance, versatility and ease of installation and the ability to create a high spec design without compromising on safety.

Jordi Massip, Restoration Supervisor at Eurest, said, “The floor was installed in stages and the dining room was not closed during the installation. The flooring was easy to install, and in two days the area was open and fully operational.

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“The slip resistance of the flooring was the most important feature for us. In areas where kitchen staff were working we installed Altro Stronghold 30. We chose this product because it provides safety, hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen.”

The Altro safety flooring was used to create special effects with the combination of different tones.

“Aesthetically it offers many possibilities, and worked well with the new design concept where we wanted to create an edgy line and neutral tones. In the small dining room for executives created to seat 16 people, we installed four rectangular areas where the furnishings differed, and successfully used Altro safety flooring to create a groundbreaking and highly aesthetic area,” Massip said.

Daniel Alcaide, from installer Colober Flooring Light, said, “The biggest challenge on this project was to carry out the work without closing the dining room, which meant we had to work in instalments. In the cafe downstairs we used a two colour design, following the pattern of the floor with curved lines, which is only possible with flooring such as Altro safety flooring.

“We have maximised the benefits of Altro: safety, ease of installation and aesthetics. As for standards and inspections, with Altro safety flooring there is no problem, as it is always above the requirements of the regulations and that is reassuring,” said Alcaide.

Altro Stronghold 30 is Altro’s specialist commercial kitchen flooring, and is ideal for areas where grease, oil and fats may be present. It achieves Altro’s highest rating for slip resistance (TRRL≥55, R12). It is designed to minimise risk in wet and greasy conditions for the lifetime of the flooring. As well as helping to keep staff safe from slips, it also helps reduce their fatigue, thanks to its 3mm thickness which provides noise reduction and comfort underfoot.

Altro Walkway is a hugely popular, hard-wearing 2mm safety flooring which provides lifelong slip and abrasion resistance. The range has 42 colours – featuring bright and subtle, sparkle-free designs, and decorative chipped options which give you enhanced design flexibility.

When you want to create a homely, comforting and familiar look but you don’t want to compromise on safety, Altro Wood Safety is ideal. The range offers 16 wood-look designs, including classic, contemporary classic and on-trend – so you can vary the mood from cool and classy to warm and nurturing.

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First company achieves BM TRADA Q-Mark certification for Fire Stopping Installation

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BM TRADA is pleased to announce Panache Fire Services Ltd as the first company to achieve certification under its Q-Mark Fire Stopping Installation scheme.

The recently introduced scheme, aims to ensure that fire stopping solutions are being fitted correctly and to verify the competence of installation companies, while offering building owners and Responsible Persons with a certificate of installation.

To achieve certification under the scheme, Panache Fire Services Ltd had to nominate a number of supervisors and demonstrate their competence to fit fire stopping products and supervise the fitting of such products.

Each nominated supervisor was required to attend BM TRADA’s Fire Protection in Buildings Explained seminar; complete the scheme-specific training, which includes an examination; and pass an on-site competence assessment at a live customer site. BM TRADA also conducted an inspection of work carried out by each supervisor and those under their supervision at a live customer site.

Following certification, each installer is required to notify details of all installations to BM TRADA through its web-based database and to place a label next to each installation to confirm that it meets the requirements of the scheme.

Once this has been completed, BM TRADA will email a certificate to the person nominated by the installer, confirming details of what has been installed. This certificate can be retained by the building owner to help demonstrate that they have had their compartment lines appropriately fire stopped. It can also be used to assist with meeting the requirements of Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations.

Certification under the scheme is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a recertification audit in the third year before the certification expires.

Panache Fire Services Ltd Business Development and Marketing Manager Jessica Williams declares:

“Panache Fire Services Ltd is pleased to be the first company to have achieved certification under BM TRADA’s Q-Mark scheme for Fire Stopping Installation. We are determined to improve installation standards throughout the construction process and the scheme offers us an opportunity to demonstrate our skills and expertise in this area and to provide our customers with all the assurances they need.”

BM TRADA Business Development Manager Simon Beer states:

“Third party certification plays an important role in assuring the quality of products and of providing confidence to building owners, specifiers and Responsible Persons that appropriate products have been correctly installed.”

“BM TRADA’s Q-Mark scheme for Fire Stopping Installation provides an essential means of verifying the competence of companies who are installing the fire-stopping and of certifying each installation.”

For further information on BM TRADA’s Q-Mark scheme for Fire Stopping Installation, contact Simon Beer email: tel:  01494 569 821; or visit

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Ecodan heat pumps now offer EPC cashback


Mitsubishi Electric has teamed up with Green Deal advice service ‘Easy EPC’ to offer homeowners a full cashback on the cost of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and a Green Deal Assessment (GDA).

The six-month promotion launched 9thApril to coincide with the first anniversary of the Governments Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the world’s first, long-term financial support programme for renewable heat.

All Ecodan systems (outdoor unit and cylinder) purchased, installed and commissioned between 9thApril 2015 and 9thOctober 2015 will be eligible for a refund of £147.95. This applies to anyone who has bought the system between these dates, and also had the Green Deal / EPC assessment carried out by Easy EPC

To apply for this promotion a simple application form needs to be completed, this can be downloaded from the Mitsubishi Electric heating website and is located in the homeowners section.

“Easy EPC has been providing GDA’s and EPC’s for over seven years and has already helped thousands of homeowners across the country,” explained Graham Temple on behalf of Mitsubishi Electric. “They offer a national coverage, and charge a competitive rate of £147.95 for both GDA and EPC assessments regardless of the size of building or its location.

Applications require documentary evidence of purchase of the Ecodan and cylinder package from Mitsubishi Electric and EPC/Green Deal assessment from Easy EPC, and both must be within the promotional period and for the same property.

For further details visit the ‘For Homeowners’ section of the website

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Eaton’s Security Business Announces The Latest Addition To Its Intruder Alarm Control Panel Range


Eaton’s Security business has announced the availability of the latest addition to its industry leading intruder alarm control panel range – the i-on1000EXKP.  Designed to meet today’s challenging requirements, it is also capable of directly replacing the company’s heritage multi-bus system.

Ideal for use in a diverse range of applications, the i-on1000EXKP will be particularly popular amongst security professionals looking to install or replace large systems in educational establishments such as schools, colleges and universities, as well as hospitals and large commercial buildings, where there is a requirement of up to 1,000 individual zones.

Maintaining the high levels of functionality found across all Eaton products, the control panel’s robust construction, together with its consistent user friendly, flexible programming and peripheral compatibility, means that best in class status is assured.

A solid base of multi-bus panels is a tough act for the i-on1000EXKP to follow, having built up a solid reputation for reliability since it was launched in the mid-1990s.  Always seeking to improve the performance of its products, in the initial stages of its development, Eaton’s Security business undertook an extensive consultation programme with selected customers to find out what features they would like to see in the new device. Feedback suggested that a system with eight buses, at least 500 zones and 30 partitions that could run over more than 200m of cable would be ideal.

However, Eaton’s Security business has gone one step further and given the i-on1000EXKP 10 buses, 1,000 zones, 50 wards and 500m of cable. It has also integrated webserver functionality alongside USB and Ethernet ports that offer unrivalled connectivity options.

Martin Tweedie, Product Manager of Eaton’s Security business, commented, ‘Our extensive research and development capabilities have allowed us to produce what can only be considered the next generation of control panel technology. The i-on range is synonymous with quality and reliability, and the features that we have built into the i-on1000EXKP means that it is sure to become a firm favourite with installers working on medium and large projects within a variety of sectors.’

For further information, please email

Eaton Security House Vantage Point Business Village Mitcheldean Gloucestershire GL12 0SZ
+44 (0) 1594 541 932

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Network VEKA has the online tools for the job

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Bury St. Edmunds’ Network VEKA member, Frames Conservatories Direct has revealed one of the secret weapons behind its National, Regional and Fitter of the Year wins, awarded at the organisation’s recent AGM.

Making the most of the Network’s unrivalled marketing support, the company turned to its Web Tools offering to create an instant-quote-generating price engine for the Frames Conservatories Direct website.

Managing Director Adrian Lewis explains: “The price engine has proved a massive aid to our sales process. We receive about 15% of sales enquiries via the website and, of all our lead-generating activities, the price engine boasts the highest conversion rate – currently standing at around 47%.

“The double glazing industry has long been plagued by a bad reputation, inherited from the unscrupulous traders of the 1980s and ’90s. We’re proud to be part of Network VEKA – an organisation established to restore confidence in the industry – and we’ve found that customers love the independence that the price engine offers when researching a quote. It also gives a great first impression of our company as we are able to give an indication of price upfront.

“Consumers are increasingly going online for all sorts of purchases – from low-cost items like music and books to life-changing investments like cars and homes. Customers want the buying process to work for them and, using the price engine, they get just that. There’s no need leave the comfort of home, no pressure from sales consultants or telemarketers, and no waiting around for your quote.

“The interface couldn’t be simpler, guiding users through style, size, material and colour options to arrive at a ‘ballpark’ figure for the work they’d like done. When we then discuss the quote further – over the phone or in person, at our showroom or their home – we know there’s a starting point that the customer is comfortable with. The first call – made within 24 hours of a quote – is always very positive and ‘warm’ as customers already have a good feeling about our business.”

Adrian describes how Frames Conservatories Direct has used the price engine in its marketing efforts: “With a price-driven campaign such as a sale, we direct customers straight to the price engine from the ‘sale’ page of our website as it’s clear, in those cases, that bargain prices are at the forefront of the user’s mind. In more product or benefit-driven campaigns – energy efficiency or added security, for example – we’ll use the online quote generator as one of several available calls-to-action.

“Some of the negative feelings customers have about home improvement projects can be overcome by experimenting with the online price engine. We’ve found that making it a lead feature in our advertising has met with great responses. In fact, through customer feedback, it’s clear that it’s a hit overall!”

Companies interested in learning more about Network VEKA’s package of Web Tools and how they can boost business can view a series of helpful videos at the organisation’s Toolbox website, here:

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Brett Landscaping partners with Ashridge Contractors to deliver aesthetic solution that really performs

Leading paving manufacturer Brett Landscaping has provided materials and design concepts to ensure kerb appeal at a new housing development in Sheffield.

Brett Landscaping at Cutler's View

Hull-based Ashridge Contractors turned to Brett for assistance on Keepmoat Homes’ Cutler’s View development to provide a durable paving solution that can withstand traffic loadings and provide good looks to complement the project.

The Alpha Antique Charcoal paver from Brett Landscaping was quickly identified as the optimum choice aesthetically, but the structural requirements of the carriageway surface – which had to resist the horizontal forces exerted by passing traffic – meant that Brett needed to engineer an appropriate solution.

“Whilst our Alpha block paving performs superbly when it comes to realising the attractive ‘rustic cobble stone’ look, a stronger laying technique was needed to achieve the level of structural strength required to withstand the force of moving traffic,” explains Jamie Gledhill, Senior Sales Manager at Brett Landscaping.

“This opened an opportunity for us to design an aesthetic triumph in carriageway paving terms, and one which has been supported with effective structural performance.”

The team from Brett advised combining their Alpha Antique block paving in Charcoal – laid using a herringbone pattern – with the new silver grey Lugano Black Fleck Kerbs. This latest 2015 addition to the Brett commercial paving range provides a granite aesthetic to create the strongest possible paving configuration for vehicular traffic.

The new Lugano range provides both a light silver grey as well as a darker graphite grey granite aesthetic and is available in a comprehensive range comprising block paving, flags as well as kerbs to offer a fully integrated solution to the urban designer. Designed with sustainability in mind the Lugano paving range also scores well when it comes to recycled content which is often a critical element when designing under BREEAM.

The recommendation was accepted and Ashridge’s company buyer, Graham Littlefield, who has worked with Brett several times in the past, has been wholehearted impressed with finished result.  He explains:

“From the start of the project to its successful completion, we have been delighted with the input and service from Brett.  Jamie and the team have shown to be conscientious suppliers, who’ve remained involved with the task at hand, supplying on time and enabling us to keep to schedule.

“We have in fact been so impressed with the Brett approach and quality that we’ve just requested further samples for a forthcoming site we’ll be working on in Yorkshire.”

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BDA announces launch of Design Day Brick Works!

LSE Saw Swee Hock

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The Brick Development Association is launching its inaugural Design Day Brick Works! To be held on 16 June at the Building Centre, London, Design Day Brick Works! is a meeting of contemporary architecture, specialist contracting and artistic interpretation: all focused on brick.  It is a high-profile event conceived by the BDA as the champion for current and future use of brick products.

The central focus will be an exploration of the creative potential for brick in contemporary architecture.  Designers as diverse as Joe Morris of Duggan Morris Architects, Alfred Munkenbeck from Munkenback and Partners and Stirling prize winner Alison Brooks will consider their own interpretations of the material amongst a host of other architectural speakers while leading contractors discuss the practical challenges faced in turning the designs into reality on site.

Alongside this discussion will be the opening of Brick Works! – a multi-media exhibition drawing together design, sculpture and photography to celebrate brick as an artistic medium.  The exhibition will feature original work from Britain’s Alex Chinneck, Chile’s Fernando Casasempre among a range of free-thinking designers and sculptors running from the 16th June – 10th July.

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Carmelite Monastery – Liverpool

The objective of the event is to bring together boundary-pushing contemporary design with the professionals who turn concepts into reality.  It is a must-see event not only for specifiers looking to find out more about how brick inspires contemporary design but also for contractors and practitioners who will be able to further investigate the technical possibilities for this most flexible building materials.

The BDA Design Day is a ticket-only event that is CPD accredited.  Tickets are £40 each and are available via the BDA website: Student tickets are £22.

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A Victorian addition to the Redland family


Redland is introducing a new tile colour to its hugely successful Rosemary Clay Craftsman range after seeing an increase in demand from customers. The Victorian colour is much darker and grittier than the original Albury and Hawkhurst colours giving roofs a greater depth of texture and character.

A unique manufacturing process gives the newly-released Victorian colour the look and style of a premium heritage tile combined with the strength and reliability of modern-day manufacturing. The Craftsman Victorian, with its distinctive black patterning and pitted surface imitates a well-weathered tile.

Launched in 2013 to mark the 175th anniversary of the first-ever Rosemary tile being sold in the UK, the Craftsman range replicates the aesthetics of genuine handmade clay tiles. All Craftsman tiles have a textured surface and underside, combined with textured and sanded sides and front edge. Other characteristics are the irregular front edge distortion and varying hanging length.

David Patrick, head of marketing at Redland, said: “Despite only being available for 18 months, the Rosemary Clay Craftsman range has proven itself to be highly popular with our customers, particularly those involved with refurbishments and renovations and small house builders.

“The new colour has been introduced as a result of market research we carried out with a selection of our customer base. They told us they liked the Craftsman tiles but wanted a darker, more aged-looking tile to fit in with areas of conservation, particularly around the South East. We have given them what they asked for.”

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Biomass is still better for the environment


Reports in the Guardian suggested biomass was not that efficient or great for the environment, stating efficiencies of up to 20% less than previously claimed. Rather than throw in the biomass towel, the report must be viewed as a wake-up call to the biomass sector, says Simon Holden from Euroheat: “Wood burning technology should still be viewed as a much greener and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels, as long as the equipment, installer and fuel are of the highest quality.”

Anyone reading the DECC biomass report featured in the Guardian this January, would be forgiven for thinking wood heating was a waste of time and money. According to the DECC study, the average efficiency rate for an installed biomass boiler was just 66.5%, 20% short of the 85% efficiency rate needed for a technology to be promoted as ‘renewable’. Worrying statistics, but in my view, these are not indicative of what a biomass system should actually achieve.

Wood burning has proved hugely successful and efficient in central Europe. The problems in the UK market, which is still a very young one, come down to the quality of some boilers, the installers that fit them and the fuel they burn – get these three things right and efficiencies of over 90% are certainly achievable, placing biomass as a worthwhile carbon cutting solution.

Substandard boilers are potentially infiltrating the market (at the moment there is no equivalent to the MCS standard for units over 45kW capacity) fitted by installers who may not have the appropriate product knowledge, experience or support. In addition, end-users may be using poor quality fuel, which has not been properly seasoned and, therefore, holds too much moisture.

Fuel issues

This autumn will see the introduction of new ‘fuel rules’ for all RHI installations in a bid to crackdown on poor quality fuel being used. Under the legislation, fuels must meet sustainability criteria in order to continue receiving RHI payments.

This will apply to all existing and new participants – even if you are already receiving RHI payments. In order to prepare for the changes, the simplest way to meet the criteria is to use sustainable fuel bought through the biomass suppliers’ list, which lists approved suppliers of wood fuels that meet RHI sustainability criteria.

Poor quality fuel can cause no end of issues with a biomass boiler, including:

  • reduced performance because of poor combustion
  • damaging tar deposits in the boiler and flue system
  • visible and troublesome emissions from the flue


In general, moisture must be 20 per cent or less for logs; 35 per cent for woodchip to ensure optimum boiler performance. Seasoned logs will have a higher energy value, providing more heat and lower emissions. It is important that logs are split and left to dry in a well ventilated area for 12 months or more for the most efficient results. Storing logs and wood chip is ultimately the end users responsibility to make sure they are kept accordingly, but it is vital that installers fully explain the fuel to their customer, ensuring they have a handle on buying quality and maintaining quality wood fuel in large quantities.

Wood pellets are more stable and should be delivered in the correct state if purchased from a reliable source. With pellets, boiler efficiency is the sole responsibility of the installer; if commissioned correctly, a quality biomass boiler with good fuel will burn at the efficiencies of 90 per cent or more, so getting this right is key.

A sense of proportion

When it comes to the DECC report, a sense of proportion is important – a DECC spokeswoman said that the study’s sample had been small and “more work now needs to be done to fully assess the performance of biomass boiler systems and installer competency”. I for one, look forward to further research; constant review and improvement is key to helping renewables become a common fixture in our homes and businesses.

In order for the UK to move away from its reliance on fossil fuels, constructive criticism of renewable technologies and how they’re delivered is welcome and imperative. Negativity that results in consumers and installers ‘giving up’ on going green is extremely harmful however; balance and proportion is essential.

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In my Liverpool Home

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The University of Liverpool is using transom door closers from Alpro Architectural Hardware at student residences on its south campus adjacent to the Management School and Law Faculty.

Alpro’s overhead transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors and can have light, medium or heavy spring strengths to suit type of usage, with a 90 degree hold-open option.

Transom closers are well suited for use at universities and colleges since alternative options such as spring hinges and floor springs can restrict adjustment flexibility which is crucial for a student population. The newest accommodation hall at Liverpool offers catered and self-catering facilities for around 750 students. The university’s commitment to invest £660m in the ‘Student Experience’ has seen approximately £250m invested on facilities of this kind.

The £35m building meets Tourism England standards and provides conference accommodation outside term times. Architects Stride Treglown achieved a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for a design based on sustainable features which include rainwater harvesting, solar thermal hot water and green and brown roofs.

Keith Parry, Divisional Sales Manager at Alpro, said: “Transom overhead door closers are designed to be contained within the transom header bar of the door. The concealed operation lends itself to academia and the clean Art Deco line of this particular project since the aesthetic appearance of doors is left uncompromised. The Liverpool campus is also using Alpro’s door handles and general door hardware. Our educational portfolio is widening and Alpro equipment is also protecting the University of Westminster and the University of Portsmouth.”

The transom closers at the University of Liverpool form part of aluminium doors installed by EYG Commercial Glazing Solutions who have a portfolio of multi-million-pound projects across sectors including student accommodation, modular buildings, health care and housing associations. The company is based in Kingston upon Hull and employs 300 plus personnel on curtain walling and commercial glazing projects and product development. A Special Projects Division is geared specifically to the Rail, MoD and aviation sectors.

The University of Liverpool began in 1881 as a university college. It is ranked among the top one percent of universities worldwide according to global benchmark the Shanghai Ranking and has produced eight Nobel prize winners. Notable post World War Two students include footballer and manager Steve Coppell, Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow and the current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The student population is over 21,000.

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The 35 Collection from Landscape Forms grows with a new generation of high performance products.

The 35 Collection of street furniture has been expanded with the addition of three exciting new products; the Loop cycle stand, Signal exterior light, and Guide bollard.




This stunning family of street furniture elements was designed in collaboration with Frog design to promote social interaction in outdoor spaces. With a youthful spirit and strong identity, the 35 Collection now includes nine elements in total. In addition to the three new products, the collection consists of; the Chill seat, Mingle table and seats with accompanying shade, the Sit seat, Stay bench and Pitch litter receptacle.






Aluminium and steel parts are powder coated in sophisticated colours form the Landscape Forms’ designer palette.

Bailey Artform – Tel: 0800 542 8118

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Pop Up Power Supplies® specified at Covent Garden


Pop Up Power Supplies® recently supplied six retractable service power units for installation in the Piazza at Covent Garden. The 450kg units are buried out of site beneath the famous cobbled piazza and are raised out of the ground when required by a turning handle. When not in use the units do not impact on the historic appearance of the Piazza as they are barely noticeable.

Covent Garden Technical Services Team needed a power solution for temporary stalls and events that are put on throughout the year.  The solution was Pop Up Power® retractable service units located near to the Transport Museum and next to the Portico of St Paul’s Church in the Piazza.


The Covent Garden Services team staff now has access to a combination of 16A and 32A sockets in both single and three phase all with RCBO protection.

Pop Up Power® also supply electricity through Inground Units with flip top lids and Bollards in a variety of designs to suit the surroundings.

For more information please visit or call 02085518363 / 02082270208.

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Groundbreaking Train Factory to be Protected by CDS Security & Fire and Advanced

Hitachi Site

Hitachi Rail Europe has specified industry-leading MxPro multiprotocol fire panels from Advanced to protect its new UK manufacturing facility in County Durham, the first brand new rail vehicle manufacturing facility to be built in the UK for over 100 years.

Advanced’s benchmark MxPro 4 fire panel range was specified for its flexibility, reliability and ease of use. The fully integrated five-panel network will cover all areas of the new manufacturing facility and comprises 942 components in total, including over 200 smoke detectors and 150 sounder beacons, as well as an aspirating system.

Rosie Abbott, spokesperson for CDS Security and Fire, the Project’s Fire, Security and DA installer: “We use Advanced panels in almost all of our installations where bespoke solutions are required and we knew that the MxPro panels would be suitable for the installation at Hitachi, providing up to date fire safety for the new plant.”

CDS Security and Fire cover the entire North East of England as well as working directly with end users, they also work with main contractors, architects, electrical consultants and facilities management companies throughout to ensure the effective design support and integrity of their (and their clients’) systems.

The Newton Aycliffe facility, which is set to create circa 730 jobs, will initially construct new InterCity Express trains for the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line, replacing existing rolling stock that is circa 40 years old. The £5.7 billion order comprises 122 five and nine-carriage trains in total, as well as 27.5 years’ of maintenance of the trains.

The Hitachi facility is located at Merchant Park in Newton Aycliffe as part of a development currently being undertaken by Merchant Place Developments Ltd. The MxPro 4 panels at the site will be connected with a high speed, fault-tolerant network, interfaced with a PC-based graphical control system, and supporting Apollo devices.

Neil Parkin, sales manager for Advanced, commented: “We’re delighted that Advanced fire systems have been specified on such a high profile project. Hitachi is investing millions in the plant and it’s important that the staff, the technology and the factory itself benefit from the latest fire systems, offering the potential for future upgrades and expansion.

“We believe that MxPro ticks all the boxes, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease-of-use. It delivers a future-proof solution, with the promise that it can be easily upgraded and supplemented in future.”

MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire solution, offering customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into multi-loop, high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and thousands of field devices.

MxPro 4 is fully compliant with EN54 Parts 2 and 4, and backed up with Advanced’s renowned customer care and technical support. The MxPro 5 is Advanced’s highest performance analogue panel. It is EN54 2,4 and 13 approved and is backward compatible with MxPro 4 offering long-term security for MxPro customers.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at

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Independant tests prove Mori dMEV’s low running costs and carbon savings


The innovative Mori dMEV decentralised mechanical extract ventilation unit took centre stage on stand N5172 at Ecobuild 2015, as Elta Fans’ presented impressive independent test results from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) that highlight the unit’s low running costs, carbon footprint savings and multi application functionality.

One of the striking facts to come out of the testing is that the Mori dMEV has an annual running cost of less than £1 per year in kitchens and just £0.75 in bathroom/utility areas. Power consumption for continually running the Mori dMEV equates to just a third of the energy of an 18W low energy light bulb in use four hours a day. The unit also has exceptionally low noise levels that make it quieter than a ticking watch (typically 13 dB(A) for bathroom/utility.

The product brings, to house builders, housing authorities and social landlords, unprecedented efficiency. Each Mori dMEV also saves 1.96 kg per year of CO2 compared to the next best unit on the market.

Shortlisted for the H&V News ‘Domestic H&V Product of the Year – Sustainability and Safety’ award, the Mori dMEV constant volume unit is designed for System 3 ventilation in new build or refurbishment for social housing, and private housing applications. Elta Fans also contends that its latest Mori dMEV is 62% more efficient than the dMEV which won the H&V Award two years ago.

During two years of intensive and stringent design and product testing, started in February 2012, the Mori dMEV has been meticulously developed by Elta Fans.  For the impeller alone, more than 35 3D models were created, 19 of which became prototypes with the most recent of these becoming the unique ‘BLADELET’ impeller. The result is a product which has the lowest SFP (0.09 W/(L/s)) and provides the lowest running costs of any dMEV to date.

Elta Fans Residential Division, is part of the Elta Group – a family of businesses with operations in seven countries on four continents – the 2015 Ecobuild exhibition is an important opportunity to demonstrate the value of the Mori dMEV for the housing sector and, in particular in social housing.

Elta Group Building Services Head of Sales, Mathew Axford said: “Our company is committed to providing exceptional indoor air quality in the most cost effective way for the health of the nation.

“Our focus is to engage with social landlords and building companies to expand our message of being the ‘Home of Ventilation’ offering market leading, innovative products,” explained Matthew Axford.

Other features of the Mori dMEV include:

Low energy, highly efficient EC motor with onboard electronics, Operates up to 50°C, TMP safety tested of domestic fans to IEC 60335-1 AND 60335-2, Low energy, 2.5W EC motor with inbuilt constant volume control. Compliant with ISO/IEC 17025, 3 year warranty and many more.

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Opening the door to dementia care doesn’t prove an enigma at Bletchley

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A unique development in the historic location of Bletchley Park, Flowers House is a new scheme of 34 specially designed flats that provide assisted living for dementia sufferers.

Reynaers window and door systems are used extensively throughout the development which was brought about by a ground-breaking partnership between Aragon Housing, a subsidiary of Grand Union Housing Group, and Milton Keynes Council assisted by a successful application for £2.3m grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Designed by architects CMYK (Planning & Design), Flowers House provides a safe, secure environment, giving families peace of mind, yet in an unobtrusive way. It incorporates a number of key features such as memory shelves, colour coded flooring and individually coloured doors, all designed to assist residents with orientation throughout the building. The environment is designed to stimulate occupants and deliver life-changing support to sufferers of dementia and their families.

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The high specification building facilitates maximum independence and individual apartments all have a fitted kitchen and wet room, while a specialist dementia care trained team provides 24 hour, individually tailored care and support where needed. Several of the flats have dual occupancy, allowing partners to stay together.

Complementing the clean, modern lines of Flowers House, Reynaers ES 50 window and door systems combine aesthetic design with energy efficiency and ease of operation. Highly functional frames with hidden fittings and opening vents facilitate elegant looks.

Large floor to ceiling windows are a feature on communal areas maximising unobstructed light penetration into the heart of the building adding to the bright, light interior design.

All external doors on the building are Reynaers Vision 50 door systems in single and double door configurations. Suitable for high usage in busy areas they offer stylish design combined with excellent performance and low threshold solutions.

Main contractor on the project was Bellcross Homes and the fabricator was London Architectural Glazing Ltd.

Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, or email: , website: .

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Eaton expands touchpoint to include new website & rewards scheme


Eaton’s Security business has announced the launch of its new look touch point website and new rewards scheme. As well as providing its customers with access to first class online information and technical support, Eaton now offers installers and alarm engineers the chance to participate in a brand new rewards-based incentive scheme where they can collect touch points and choose from a selection of great prizes.

As one of the security industry’s most established customer support initiatives, touch point will continue to provide a range of services that are specifically designed to help installers get the best out of Eaton’s security business industry leading products and systems. In addition, the company has developed a new online portal with a more intuitive design, so that information to be accessed more quickly and easily. Installation manuals can be downloaded and a new product compatibility feature even suggests devices that can work together in the same system.

Free-to-join, touch point still offers installers access to numerous other benefits such as product education, post-sales telephone based technical advice and support, and a web browser that allows remote access to control panels from anywhere in the world. Regular software updates can also be downloaded to allow alarm systems to operate to the latest performance and regulatory standards.

An exciting new element of touch point is a rewards based initiative, which allows members to collect points through the purchase of Eaton security products and redeem them against a wide selection of fantastic goods. Called touch points,installers will be able to collect them on all kits, the latest addition being all control panel and keypad kits. The single box solution provides not only excellent features, but also offers great value.

Various products will be rewarded with points throughout the year and touch points are accumulated by entering a code into an installer’s online account. All of the rewards can be accessed online, allowing members to save up for a particular item.

The incredible products that are available include Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles, high street vouchers, TVs, home entertainment systems, experience days, cameras, coffee makers and watches. A range of highly desirable Apple products is up for grabs too, such as iPads, iPad Minis, iPod Touches and iPod Nanos. Eaton’s security business will regularly update and refresh the reward range, so that there’s always something for everyone to save for.

Trystan Bevan, UK sales manager at Eaton’s security business, commented, ‘We are incredibly proud of the benefits that being part of the touch point brings to our valued customers. I firmly believe that the improvements we have made to it make it an even more attractive proposition and the ability to collect touch points and redeem them for some excellent rewards makes it the complete information, technical support and rewards package.’

touch point is for security professionals and is completely free to join. Visit www.touch point

Eaton Security House Vantage Point Business Village Mitcheldean Gloucestershire GL12 0SZ
+44 (0) 1594 541 932

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New Skyroom Is Heavenly For Hamstead Family




Cantifix worked with Tasou Associates and London City Construction Ltd to create a ‘Skyroom’ extension at the back of this Hampstead townhouse. The family wanted to replace the existing brick and UPVC conservatory with a more modern space – and this structurally glazed enclosure with Sky-Frame sliding doors was the perfect answer.

The new Skyroom links the kitchen, dining room and hallway – and is used as a cosy TV room by the family. The Sky-Frame doors open on all 3 sides of the enclosure – allowing easy access to the garden and bringing an airy feeling to the indoor space.downshire_hill_website_image_template_slide4


The footprint of the extension is quite small, but the wide expanses of glass and unobstructed views make it feel indulgent and spacious. A huge 3.6 m2 rooflight floods the space with natural light – and features a SunGuard SN70 coating on the glass to minimise both heat loss and heat gain.downshire_hill_website_image_template_slide6

From the outside; the clean, straight lines of the Skyroom and the lightness of its structure compliment and accentuate the style of the original building.

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Leading the way in public realm innovations Marshalls launches commercial new products for 2015

Marshalls has launched a comprehensive new range of products proving it continues to lead the way in public realm innovations, supplying the highest quality materials.

The latest products from Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer,  combine clever engineering and technology, with imaginative ways to save time and costs across all disciplines, from innovative paving options, to sustainable urban drainage systems and the very latest in creative street furniture solutions.

Marshalls’ new paving and concrete block paving products include Myriad which can be used to create a vast array of laying patterns, available in nine plan sizes and four colours, Renaissance, a high-recycled material which achieves a minimum of 80% recycled content and Blister concrete block tactile paving, a durable DDA compliant solution for crossing points available in three colours.

Marshalls' Myriad allows designers to create standout urban landscapes

Marshalls’ Myriad allows designers to create standout urban landscapes

The new Cambrian sandstone range carries Marshalls’ ethical Fairstone trademark. These stones are extremely strong and capable of carrying heavy loads. Stonespar Cambrian sandstone allows for previously unseen stone paving design and style opportunities, available in six attractive pre-designed colour blends.

Marshalls has extended its suite of water management solutions with two innovative products. Pencil Edge Priora permeable paving has been developed to provide the ideal surface for car parks and cycleways, providing excellent hydraulic and structural performance due to the patented Priora nib. Marshalls’ Priora Flag large-sized permeable paving comes in three plan sizes and two contrasting colours, ideal for large pedestrian areas and has been engineered and tested to withstand occasional heavy loading.

For cycle landscapes, Marshalls has developed the Bristol Bollard, designed to create safe cycleways, available in a natural smooth grey finish as standard. Marshalls also offers a new Cycle Segregation Unit which has been designed to integrate seamlessly into the landscape, available in four infil options including Yorkstone.

Tel: 0370 442 7702

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Future Energy Solutions’ LED lighting installation for NCP triumphs at the British Parking Awards 2015

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16th March 2015 …. Future Energy Solutions (FES) and National Car Parks (NCP) are celebrating following the win of a prestigious accolade at the British Parking Awards 2015. The partnership beat off stiff competition to secure the Sustainable Parking Award for an installation of light emitting diode (LED) lighting technology in the NCP estate.

Now in its fourteenth year, the British Parking Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events in the UK parking calendar. Created and hosted by Parking Review magazine, the 2015 ceremony took place in the four star surroundings of the Lancaster London hotel, where over 500 industry professionals gathered to witness awards being presented for leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and teamwork.

Accepting the Sustainable Parking Award from television presenter and wheelchair basketball player, Ade Adepitan, who also compered the event, Marcus Brodin, Commercial Director at FES, stated, ‘As one of the biggest and most successful rollouts of LED lighting anywhere in Europe, we are incredibly proud that our work with NCP has been recognised in this way. Our unique funding model has allowed NCP to enjoy energy savings of over 65 per cent, lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 11,000 tonnes per annum and reduce its mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) output by 248lbs over the same period – all with no upfront capital expenditure.’

With over 150,000 spaces across more than 500 car parks, NCP wanted to address the rising costs associated with its previous T8 and T12 fluorescent lamp based lighting infrastructure, and approached Future Energy Solutions (FES) in early 2013 with a number of improvement objectives. These included a reduction in energy lighting bills; lower maintenance costs; and an overall enhanced lumen output to provide an enhanced customer experience.

Phase 1 of the project involved installing over 66,000 energy efficient LED luminaires in over 150 multi-storey car parks throughout the UK, and was finished in July 2014. Phase 2 & 3 are now underway and will see the installation of a further 35,000 luminaires across a number of surface sites, station car parks, local authority sites and other multi-storey car parks, and is set to start in mid-2015. All of the products FES has installed are performance guaranteed and maintained for the life of the contract at no cost to NCP, taking away the hassle of maintenance and reducing the company’s operational costs.

The prestigious judging panel of industry experts was impressed with the way in which FES clearly identified the environmental issues and how it went about achieving the targets set by NCP. Of particular note were the funding model and the technological and operational innovations used to deliver the improvements.

‘I’m thrilled that our work with FES has resulted in this Sustainable Parking Award,’ commented Tim Duke, NCP’s Technical Director. ‘The challenge we presented was significant and the results have exceeded all of our expectations. Our customers are already experiencing the benefits of LED technology and we are expected to save in excess of £25m over the lifetime of the new luminaires. In addition, I’m particularly pleased that it has enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint and it now plays an important role in helping us fulfil our sustainability based objectives.’

For further information please contact Marcus Brodin on +44 (0) 207 908 3921 or

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Chronos makes a splash in the style stakes

Inta is introducing its slickest showering range to date, with a family of beautiful Italian-crafted, highly polished chrome products that give users the most emotive and desirable bathroom experience yet.

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The infinitely stylish Chronos range boasts patented technology that enables users to exercise complete control over the temperature and flow of the products, which includes a thermostatic bath tap, a bidet tap and a host of aesthetically appealing showers.

Alongside game-changing design, quality and control, the Chronos range also has green credentials, with an in-built eco button that can override settings to deliver energy-conscious flow rates and temperatures. This, a measure that can be implemented at the push of a button, means households can save money as and when they feel necessary.

The new products, which Inta is hailing its most desirable bathroom range yet, are designed to meet the style requirements of high-end, boutique-inspired bathrooms. Combating the age-old trade off between style and safety, Chronos retains all of Inta’s famed anti-scald features, with cool-touch bodies being standard across the entire range.

Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta, said: “We believe the Chronos range marks a step change in terms of the quality and visual appeal of showering products in the market. The cutting-edge design and elegant Italian craftsmanship make for a truly beautiful, highly desirable range.


“The ability to easily fine-tune the Chronos family to make the perfect bespoke shower and taps, without compromising on design or durability, is taking bathroom products to dizzy new heights.”

For more information on the Chronos range, or any other Inta product, visit

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