Kemper System provides odourless roofing solution for Kent schools


Two schools in Kent will be making a more watertight start to the new academic year thanks to roof refurbishment projects using Kemper System’s solvent-free Kemperol 2K-PUR waterproofing system.

St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School in Bexleyheath and Ashford Oaks Primary School in Ashford have both invested in upgrades to their roofs, installed by specialist roofing contractor, Capital Roofing.


A 14-week programme at St Columba’s has involved overlaying the entire existing roof surface with a warm roof build up from Kemper System to improve the building’s thermal performance and provide effective waterproofing.

Capital Roofing used the existing mineral as a vapour control layer, making minor repairs and preparing the surface before installing Kemper System’s PIR insulation board.

Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR odourless, solvent free waterproofing system was then used to complete the roof overlay scheme. Capital Roofing applied Kemper System’s D primer before applying the cold-applied liquid resin. The system’s reinforcement fleece was cut to size and shape on site to ensure accurate detailing around skylights, gutter details and curbs. The resin was applied in a single wet-on-wet process before the system was allowed to cure, creating a tough, flexible monolithic membrane that cannot delaminate and bonds directly to the substrate.


At Ashford Oaks Primary School, the recently completed scheme involved the roofs to the school’s main hall and adjoining classrooms.  It is the second project to be completed by Capital Roofing at the school as part of a phased programme and follows the success of a scheme to renew the roof areas above the kitchen, dining hall and reception area using Kemperol 2K-PUR.

The project was carried out while the school was fully operational and Kemper System’s solvent free Kemperol 2K-PUR provided significant advantages because it is both odourless and suitable for overlay directly onto the existing single ply surface.

Following installation of the Kemperol 2K-PUR, maintenance walkways were added, with Capital Roofing using Kemper System’s TC resin and quartz aggregates, followed by a sealant, to create an anti-slip surface in designated areas.



Comments Terry from Capital Roofing, “Using the Kemperol 2K-PUR to refurbish the school’s roofs means that the schools can carry on as normal with minimal waste removal or nuisance odours to disrupt staff or pupils, and without the fire risk of hot works.”

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Cembrit provides architects with BBA certified slates

The importance of BBA (British Board of Agrément) certification is well-known as an independent mark of approval for suppliers to the construction industry, and Cembrit has the distinction of having its complete range of fibre cement fully accredited by the organisation.

The BBA is the UK’s major authority offering approval and certification services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry. BBA certification is a sought after accreditation, and one which is incredibly important to architects. Cembrit holds five BBA Certificates for its fibre cement slate range, ensuring that whichever system is chosen, architects can be confident in the specified product. To achieve this status, Cembrit’s fibre cement slates completed a comprehensive testing process and successfully met all the requirements set out by the BBA.

“BBA certification enables architects to specify Cembrit fibre cement slates with confidence,” says Ged Ferris, Marketing Manager of Cembrit. “Our fibre cement slates range provides a high quality roofing finish that is both attractive and long lasting. Architects specify the slates for use on both residential and commercial properties, and have in the past, praised the product for delivering the desired results.”

The Cembrit range of fibre cement slates includes Westerland, Moorland, Zeeland, Jutland and Diamond, all offering their own unique appearance. The slates are ideal for use on conventional pitched timber roofs with a rafter pitch of 20° and over, or hung vertically as cladding on external walls. The slates are complemented by matching fibre cement ridges, ventilation solutions and fixings.

Manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres, Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face. Cembrit fibre cement slates are the most accredited on the UK market.

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The Linares Range of Outdoor Tables & Public Seating by Bailey Streetscene

Creating quality outdoor recreational spaces is known to improve employee well-being, attract customers and ultimately make businesses more profitable

In direct response to the rising trend in the UK for communal public spaces, café society and even rooftop terraces, Bailey Streetscene have launched the new Linares range of external Table & Bench sets

The Linares series impresses with simple, clean design and durability.

Comprising of a table, seat, bench and sun lounger, (each available in a variety of sizes and configurations) the Linares family of products offers almost unlimited flexibility in its application

Each design in the range is made from a welded steel frame construction clad with timber slats.

Outdoor Dining

With a selection of wide table and bench options, this versatile series is ideally suited to outdoor recreational and catering spaces within leisure, retail and hospitality settings

Tables with a length of 3 meters can accommodate between 10 and 12 people.

As seen in the example below, rooftop table and bench sets have been arranged in series, demonstrating the purist design and appeal of the attractive yet practical Linares collection.


Available in FSC certified hardwood, which can be supplied treated or untreated to perfect the desired finish. All FSC certified hardwood comes from forests that are managed responsibly

Public Seating

The Linares series of public seats and benches is a simple yet highly versatile seating solution with striking good looks.

The Linares bench is available in two lengths (2004mm or 3000mm) and three widths (450mm 800mm 1200mm) allowing for a wide seating surface where required for two people to sit back to back.


Designed with adaptability in mind, full or partial back rest options are available, which allow a variety of modes and uses within a given space



To complete the range, the Linares collection includes a matching Urban Sun Lounger (available as either single or double width)




The end result is a simple yet intelligent approach to design. The Linares range is a hugely versatile seating & dining solution that delivers a classic, consistent look to any public outdoor space.

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New surface gets to grips with slips on external steps


Thermapply, a unique non-slip surface application specifically designed to eliminate slips, trips and falls at outdoor public and commercial spaces is now available.

The product, which is manufactured in the UK by Thermedia, has been developed in response to the general state of concrete, tarmac and chequer-plate surfaces and directly addresses these slip issues.

Thermedia believe more can be done to protect people from these types of accidents and Thermapply, a patented, thermoplastic surface will revolutionise the safety of stadia, commercial and public outdoor areas.


It has been developed specifically for stairs and walkways in high traffic areas and offers a tailored, ‘full-step’ anti-slip solution which has been SATRA certificated to withstand one million footfalls.  In addition, Thermapply is backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee and conforms to BS EN1824.

When used in stadia and venues the product will allow any stadium to be fully compliant with recommendations made by the DDA, Access for All, Sport England, FSIF (Football Stadia Improvement Fund) and the Green Guide (Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds) and following these trials, it is now installed in venues around the country.


Thermapply’s unique composition is thermoformed in-situ, cooling to a solid, non-porous state that will retain its non-slip properties.  This is because the infused aggregate runs throughout the depth of the thermoplastic material, ensuring that it remains non-slip and maintains both its looks and safety properties for at least the next decade.  As well as this, the material is quick and easy to install, immediately useable and remains low maintenance throughout its lifetime.

Jonathan Hamp, Managing Director of Thermedia explained, “Thermedia is dedicated to creating a safer visitor experience and this is fantastic news for the market, which has for many years managed with ‘best fit’ solutions that provide limited protection to the public.  I am convinced that the introduction of this product will significantly reduce the number of accidents and subsequent insurance claims that result”.

Should a venue wish to capitalise on its floor space or step space, Thermapply allows surface branding to be incorporated, enabling customers to insert corporate logos, messaging, instructions or numbers to the step edging or around the step area.  This is a totally unique, patented feature which offers a sponsorship, and therefore, a revenue opportunity to the site or venue, as well as adding to the overall impact of the step installation.


Thermapply can be used in outdoor arenas, sports and leisure facilities, theme parks; in fact any other outdoor public space where there is a risk to the public of a slip, trip or fall.

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The perfect timber solution for external specification

When it comes to external timber doors and windows, James Latham offers the perfect solution to architects, joiners and the construction sector when looking to specify products which are not only dimensionally stable and durable but also legal and sustainable.


One of the most advanced wood products on the market, Accoya® is a modified, highly durable and dimensionally stable certified softwood, incorporating Accsys’ proprietary wood acetylation technology which delivers outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability.

Guaranteed for 50 years in exterior use and 25 years when used in the ground, Accoya® is produced using modified, fast growing species and can be safely recycled.

As impressively durable as the highest quality tropical hardwoods, Accoya® is a quality, long lasting product that is suitable for a wide range of external joinery applications including windows, doors, decking, structural and much more.


Plus, Accoya® is a perfect solution for exterior cladding, siding and façades where aesthetics, less frequent maintenance, dimensional stability, durability and insulation value are key factors. Accoya®’s versatility makes it ideal for use in residential, commercial and industrial structures.


Produced from laminated Oak, Sapele and European Redwood, WoodEx® offers numerous features and benefits.  It has two high quality, clear faces for use in joinery applications and is ideally suitable for use in timber doors and windows as the product offers greater dimensional stability.


In addition, WoodEx® is made from finger jointed lamells which are glued together, and James Latham can supply the product either as finger jointed or as one piece.

James Latham’s Group Product Sales & Development Manager, Paul Leach, commented:  “As demand for sustainably modified wood continues to grow, whether for windows, doors, decking, cladding or other joinery applications, Accoya® is a fantastic material for external specification.”

He added, “Having introduced WoodEx® to the market last year, we have had a fantastic reaction from the joinery and construction sectors due to the options it offers.   In line with growing demand, our stock of WoodEx® now covers a wide range of sizes and species and provides a versatile addition to our already extensive timber range.”

WoodEx® is available ex-stock in lengths of 0.8m to 3m, (6.0m in finger jointed faced Redwood) and in sizes ranging from 48mm x 95mm to 72mm x 120mm.  Special sizes and lengths are also available to order.

To learn more about Latham’s complete product range please visit Information is also available from Latham’s marketing department by e-mailing: or by calling: 0116 257 3415

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Sika Liquid Plastics helps academy secure roof refurbishment funding


Eden Park Academy, showcasing its recent roof refurbishment with Sika Liquid Plastics’ liquid waterproofing membrane, Decothane.

Eden Park Academy, showcasing its recent roof refurbishment with Sika Liquid Plastics’ liquid waterproofing membrane, Decothane.

The recent roof refurbishment works at Eden Park Primary School Academy in Devon are yet another example of Sika Liquid Plastics’ dedication to delivering roofing systems that suit the sensitive education environment, as well as helping academies to secure funding.

The first priority for the academy, as with all refurbishment projects, was identifying its needs. The Bristol-based chartered building surveyors, Kenneth & Edwards, were employed by Eden Park to manage the project. Engaging with a quality surveyor with a proven track record of securing money from the Condition Improvement Fund was a wise decision.

When it comes to roofing, it is important that the surveyor chooses a company that they can rely on to provide a robust and accurate condition report, together with costed proposals. These contribute to a ‘bid statement’, designed to prove best value and offer the greatest opportunity for the academy to obtain funding.

Kenneth & Edwards worked with the team at Sika Liquid Plastics, who compiled a detailed report on the original felt roof, which had reached the end of its life and was in desperate need of upgrading.

Paddy O’Conner from Kenneth & Edwards said: “When it came to specifying a product for refurbishment, I was looking for a system that could cope with complicated detailing, as there was extensive work needed to make good around the roof lights. However, I was also conscious that if we used a traditional system with hot works, and the project overran the summer holiday period, there would be considerable disruption and risk.”

Sika Liquid Plastics’ liquid waterproofing membrane, Decothane, fit the bill. The liquid solution allows for ease of application around detailing and as the product is cold applied, installation could be undertaken during term time, if need be, without interrupting the education environment.

“The Sika Liquid Plastics system seemed to be the answer and was within budget,” added Paddy. “And what finally swung it was the quality of the guarantee. All components of the system are covered by a substantial 20 year guarantee, which even goes so far as to adopt the original waterproofing down to and including the deck.”

Stormforce Roofing and Maintenance, a Sika Liquid Plastics Quality Assured Contractor, completed the work in a matter of weeks, flawlessly overlaying the 1,500sq m roof with the new Decothane system, as well was installing new insulation and Decalite roof lights. These roof lights do not require raising of builders kerbs and consequential making good of the reveals, and are designed so that during installation the classrooms below do not need to be cleared.

The Sika Liquid Plastics system also allowed for a thermal upgrade, reducing both cost and work otherwise associated with stripping the original waterproofing to the deck.

Simon Kalas, Stormforce Roofing, said: “We’re always impressed with the products and services from Sika Liquid Plastics – it’s the whole package. The support they offer throughout the project is second to none. We say that Decothane is the Rolls-Royce of liquid membranes, while still offering great value to the client.”

Sika Liquid Plastics will regularly inspect the roof during the guarantee period to ensure that the system is performing well.

David Holmes, Area Sales Manager at Sika Liquid Plastics said: “Our approach is simple, which is why it has become so popular. We help to get the funding, we offer safe, long term, cost effective roofing solutions which don’t interfere with the education environment, and we monitor the roof during its life to help reduce maintenance issues. The results are evident at Eden Park School – it’s a package we’ve worked hard to develop and are very proud of.”

Eden Park is part of the Coast Academies Trust. The refurbishment forms part of a wider investment in improvement works by Coast Academies to be carried out at the schools making up the trust.

Decothane is available in the UK from Sika Liquid Plastics. For further information visit or call the Enquiry Line on 0800 112 3826.

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Canaletto tower balconies incorporate Schöck Isokorb


The Canaletto residential tower at 257 City Road in London is located halfway between Old Street and Angel Stations in Islington, alongside the regenerated City Road Basin.  It comprises a 31-storey tower with 190 luxury one, two and three bedroom apartments built to the standards of Code 4 Sustainable Homes Level 4.   Among the many residential benefits of Canaletto living is a cinema, restaurant, entertainment centre and a sky terrace on the 24th floor.

The tower is concrete frame and has a curving facade of metal and glass that breaks the volume into a series of three-to-four storey clusters.  In turn, each cluster contains grouped balcony terraces, which are a striking feature of the building.  The balconies are of steel construction connected to the concrete frame and as always with cantilever construction elements of this nature, one of the early design considerations had to be the prevention of thermal bridging.

Thermal bridge heat losses are in fact responsible for an increasing percentage of the overall building heat loss, due to airtightness and fabric U-values having been improved in UK Building Regulations. Thermal modelling calculations show that for multi-residential projects such as large apartment blocks, thermal bridges could account for 20%-30% of thermal losses, with balcony connections being a major contributor if effective thermal isolation is not included in the design(1).

One of the most effective methods of combatting thermal bridging is the Isokorb range of thermal break elements from Schöck; and for the high specification Canaletto project the Isokorb type KS20 offers the ideal solution. It is a concrete-to-steel connectivity module that sits between the outer and inner structural connection points and blocks the outflow of heat through the use of high quality polystyrene insulation foam.  There are tension and shear stainless steel bars passing through it, which take the tension and shear forces between the building frame and the balconies, enabling a thermally insulated, load bearing connection to be made between reinforced concrete and steel construction components.  The type KS provides a clean and unobtrusive connection detail, minimises on-site assembly time and enables a high level of prefabrication.


The Isokorb range provides a huge selection of solutions for concrete-to-concrete and steel-to-steel, as well as concrete-to-steel – and the entire range offers the security of BBA Certification and LABC Registration. It also comfortably exceeds the requirements of BRE IP1/06 and Part L of the Building Regulations where the temperature factor used to indicate condensation and mould growth risk (fRSI) must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings.

In addition, there is also compliance with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges.  Here, the lambda values of the Schöck Isokorb enable energy loss in various connective situations to be reduced by as much as 84% to 91%.

For your free copy of the new (1)Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Schöck Specifiers Guide – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit


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Spot the difference


Halogen floodlights are always going to be popular with anyone with an eye for lighting design, and now Timeguard has brought an LED-ready range to market.

These quality metal spotlights will provide trouble free switching of GU10 LED lamps for years to come – they carry the Timeguard 3 year guarantee.

Stylish and weatherproof, they can be used indoors and out. Fixed, adjustable and up/down versions are offered. Halogen bulbs can be fitted if required.

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The benefits of outdoor classrooms for schools

Article by TG Escapes


The evidence for improvement, which child psychologist Aric Sigman calls the‘countryside effect’, is considerable. He found that children exposed to nature scored higher on concentration and self-discipline; improved their awareness, reasoning and observational skills; did better in reading, writing, maths, science and social studies; were better at working in teams; and showed improved behaviour overall.



But children don’t simply learn more, or learn better, when freed from their desks. They also learn differently, experiencing improvements in four specific ways:

  • Cognitive Impacts (greater knowledge and understanding)
  • Affective Impacts (attitudes, values, beliefs and self-perceptions)
  • Interpersonal and Social Impacts (communication skills, leadership and teamwork)
  • Physical and Behavioural Impacts (fitness, personal behaviours and social actions.

Our Eco outdoor classrooms with large windows allowing plenty of natural light help schools all over the country to get a closer view of nature. However, in some situations we have found that schools don’t need a fully functioning classroom but they do need a shelter or canopy to help them in their outdoor learning pursuits.


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Thought Leadership

Steeling the Spotlight in the Education Sector

As the government continues to set ambitious goals for the education sector, there is a growing demand to construct higher volumes of school buildings, at a faster pace and at a lower cost. But how can this be achieved?

With the demand for primary places beginning to feed through to secondary schools and the government’s rapid expansion of the private higher education sector, one thing is clear – many more schools are required to meet this demand.

But to meet the targets, considerations need to be given to the use of modern methods of construction. With only 63% of projects delivered on time and only 49% delivered to budget, traditional build fails to meet the major challenges facing the education sector. Offsite Construction and in particular light gauge steel, provides dramatically reduced build time and delivers education buildings at a lower cost – whilst not comprising on quality or whole-life performance.

Steve Thompson, Managing Director of EOS Facades explains why light gauge steel frame may just be the answer to the crisis facing the education sector.

Operating for over 10 years, EOS Facades has built a reputation for excellence in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of light gauge steel solutions, both component based and panelised. EOS Facades are currently working on a variety of educational facilities including schools under the Priority for School Building programme with Interserve and a further six schools with Kier Construction.EOS4


Offsite Construction

Offsite fabrication coupled with rapid onsite assembly makes steel a primary construction option.

Manufacture under factory-controlled, highly regulated conditions using the latest technology delivers precision engineered components. Steel can be custom manufactured to tight tolerances before delivery to site, enabling a quick assembly with zero waste. At EOS Facades the specialist design team work with the construction team to ensure that the steel frame design can be manufactured and erected safely and efficiently. The erection procedures can be planned accurately using BIM 3D models – minimising on site variability.

Light steel frame technology can add real value to a project as demonstrated on our recently completed work on the Amenities Building at The University of Nottingham. EOS offered a dramatically improved building programme through offsite manufacturing, ensuring the building was weather-tight rapidly to allow follow on trades to begin earlier and value-engineered the building design from blockwork to steel framing systems to reduce cost. Providing a fast-track offsite manufactured approach, meant the disruption to students and university staff was minimal.



Furthermore, capital costs were reduced due to value-engineering and a shorter programme time – removing an estimated 6% from the original capital cost budget and leading to a faster return on investment for the clients. EOS Facades recently won the ‘value’ accolade at the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards for their work on this project.

Health & Safety

Time and time again, industry surveys have proved steel frame to be the safest choice.

Steelwork contractors are highly skilled individuals, holding industry recognised qualifications. The continuous use of reliable and safe techniques significantly minimises the risk of onsite issues.

Health and safety considerations are key to installation on building sites. For example; dedicated lifting points on members and lifting brackets; support frames that allow mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs) to be used on erected steelwork; edge protection attached at ground level prior to erection; the widespread use of nets for follow-on trades and offsite cutting of composite floor decking.

Furthermore, steel components can be pre-assembled or fabricated into modules either offsite or at low level, which reduces the need for working at height. Components or frames can be delivered to site as and when it is required, reducing the need for potentially hazardous on site storage.

The steel construction sector has a number of measures in place to ensure its continued exceptional H&S track record, including The Safety in Steel Construction (SiSC) health and safety advisory service; The BCSA Safe Site Handover Certificate (SSHC) and The Steel Construction Certification Scheme (SCCS) is UKAS accredited.

Vibration and acoustics

All structures are susceptible to vibration – no matter what material they are built from. Steel framed buildings are capable of meeting and exceeding strict vibration and acoustic performance criteria for the most demanding applications – that is one of the reasons steel is popularly used in vibration sensitive buildings such as schools. Steel-framed buildings can comfortably satisfy the acoustic performance requirements for educational buildings in accordance with Building Bulletin 93 – acoustic design of schools – performance standards.

The acoustic performance requirements of Part E of the Building regulations (The Approved Document E which details new acoustic performance requirements in England and Wales for residential dwellings, schools and other construction types) are easily met by steel framed buildings. However, robust detailing is required with any framing material to ensure compliance with Part E, including floor finishes, service penetration and flanking details.

For external walls, where both acoustic and thermal insulation is needed, infill steel-framed construction provides the ultimate solution. Insulation is provided within the frame, giving excellent thermal properties. In addition, infill solutions provide a robust wall with no gaps between the wall and main structure, which can be a problem with blockwork walls.



One of steel’s most notable benefits is its sustainable credentials, which is a key consideration as educational facilities strive to achieve lower carbon footprints and become more environmentally friendly.

A major benefit is a minimised impact on the environment. Light steel frame permits a fabric first design approach and optimises the building envelope. Steel is a long-term solution that is widely recycled at the end of life – providing minimum onsite waste and enabling a more sustainable future for the facility. Steel can be recycled again and again without any degradation in terms of properties and performance. Reuse of steel construction products offers even greater environmental advantage than recycling.

There is a reduced heating requirement in steel buildings ensuring lower emissions to the atmosphere. Thermal mass – the ability of a material to absorb heat energy is a key energy efficiency performance indicator. Steel framing heats up quickly – an important consideration as this will reduce the facilities heating bills without compromising on the wellbeing of the students.

Fire performance

Steel is non-combustible: it simply does not burn or contribute to the spread or intensity of a fire.

The performance of steel in fire has been researched more extensively than any other building material. Decades of research has been invested into understanding how steel reacts to fire. By comparison, relatively little is known about the performance of concrete structures in fire.

Simple and advanced methods are available for the analysis of composite steel deck floors in fire; these can lead to the elimination of fire protection on many secondary beams.

All of these positive fire characteristics further reduce the risk of fire during construction where many new education buildings are subjected to arson attack.


Independent studies consistently show that steel is the most cost-effective framing solution for multi-storey construction in the UK market.

Cost savings are made due to the speed of construction, the frame is installed very quickly once onsite. Which not only significantly reduces the building programme, it reduces disruption – which is vital during term-time.

Resource efficiencies are also achieved due to the reduced site labour requirement and follow-on trades brought onto site sooner – delivering time savings in the build programme. Time is money! Time savings can easily shave off between 3% and 5% of the overall project value.

Furthermore, the longevity of light steel frame minimises costs in the long term. Steel is highly durable and does not decay as quickly as other materials. This minimises the need for early refurbishment resulting in dramatically reduced repair costs down the line.

Steel offers maximum whole life value, buildings can also easily adapted, avoiding costly and environmentally harmful demolition or redevelopment and what’s more can be carried out with minimal disruption and cost.

Sector support

The UK steel sector provides an unmatched level of information, support and advice.

Extensive R&D is continuous and steel has arguably had the highest level of investment in terms of technical research and development compared to other construction materials. This has led to an extensive range of supporting information being readily available.

The steel sector maintains close relationships with universities and other educational and research institutions in the UK, supplying extensive teaching resources, providing bursaries, and sponsoring university academic posts.

Technical courses and seminars are provided by Tata Steel, the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Steel Construction Institute. EOS Facades also offer a free of charge CPD provided by Technical Manager Thomas Elliott (these can booked by calling 01325 303 030)– this presentation covers how Steel Structural Framing Systems can be used to create fast, easy to construct, inherently lightweight buildings that are adaptable to the client’s needs.

EOS Facades have worked on projects across all construction sectors, including education, healthcare, leisure, commercial and residential. Their portfolio of successfully completed projects and track record stretches back 10 years, so clients will benefit from a wealth of experience and expertise.

The EOS Facades product range includes:

  • Facade (Panels) – an innovative panel system which is fully engineered and assembled offsite in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The fully engineered framed solution is designed to accommodate the fixing of any type of facade panelling or curtain walling system.
  • Facade (Stud & Track) – bespoke system, custom-manufactured to exacting requirements to meet our client’s needs. Suitable for all types of infill panels into primary framed hot rolled Steel and In-situ concrete framed buildings.
  • Flooring System – flooring systems range from lattice beam solutions to fully panellised flooring systems. Suitable for all types of load bearing floors from intermediate separating floors to bespoke mezzanine flooring solutions.
  • Roofing System – extensive roofing range from truss and flat-to-pitch roofing systems to providing ground-breaking ‘room-in-the-roof’ solutions.

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Hush Acoustics: Resolving Reverberation Noise within buildings

Reverberation noise is especially common in a building where there are hard surfaces. Sound waves bounce and reverberate against hard walls, floors and ceilings creating noisy environments.


Schools are a hot spot for reverberation noise: sports halls, dining rooms, music rooms, classrooms and corridors in particular. Other buildings such as: hospitals, churches, offices, communal areas within residential / multi-purpose buildings frequently have sound reverberation problems too.

The solution is to add absorption to the areas that have reverberation noise issues. Hush Acoustics Absorber Panels for Ceilings and Walls will help to resolve the problem.


Step one is to arrange a Hush Acoustics site visit to carry out a survey, calculate the reverberation issue then calculate the amount of absorption needed. Guidance on the installation of acoustic solutions is also a service that Hush offer.

Hush Acoustics also provide a consultancy service outlining practical, economical and environmentally friendly ways to minimize noise levels within all environments.

To find out more about Hush Acoustic sound proofing solutions visit their website or call to speak to one of their experienced technicians on 0151 933 2026.

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Less than two weeks to go until the return of the Midlands Construction Summit!


Following the great success of last year’s inaugural event, which attracted over 300 innovators, leaders, supply chain specialists and industry stalwarts – the Midlands Construction Summit is back for 2015!

On 06 October in the Concourse Suite at the NEC, Birmingham – experts from the Midlands’ built environment sector are gathering to reflect on changes made since last year in developing future plans to deliver the Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy.

Taking place as part of UK Construction Week, this combined conference and exhibition – hosted by the Built Environment Hub – offers a platform for those operating across all major construction sectors, to share opinions and learn from industry pioneers who will be discussing how their organisation is aligning their strategies with Construction 2025.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Peter Hansford – UK Government Chief Construction Advisor
  • Mark Wakeford – Managing Director, Stepnell & Construction Leadership Council
  • Mark Robinson – Chief Executive, Scape Group
  • Des O’Neill- Managing Director, Speller Metcalfe
  • Simon Dingle – Birmingham Operations Director, Carillion
  • Stephen Shaylor – Chief Executive, Shaylor Group
  • Alan Yates – Executive Director of Regeneration, Accord Group

In an exclusive offer to Link 2 Media subscribers, we are offering a 20% off discount for delegate tickets to the Midlands Construction Summit.

With this offer, tickets are only £100 +VAT (normal price £125 +VAT) – ticket price includes entry to the conference and exhibition and refreshments throughout the event. To make the most of this fantastic offer simply use the code LNK2MCS20 when you book online at

With under two weeks left and tickets selling fast – make sure you book your place soon!

Built Environment Magazine

Also launching at the Midlands Construction Summit is the Built Environment Magazine. This highly targeted publication, focuses on what matters to construction professionals in our region – with the primary objective to inform, inspire and spread the news on opportunities, best practise and the impact of government initiatives or building regulations. The magazine will feature a Midlands Construction Summit supplement, dedicated to the event.

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The VEKA UK Group unveils innovative new website


Industry-leading systems supplier The VEKA UK Group has launched its brand new Group website, with an easy-to-navigate new style and a host of technical information including informative videos, technical downloads and up-to-the-minute news.

Sales and Marketing Director Colin Torley explains: “The team have been working extremely hard to ensure that the new website offers a valuable, interesting and informative user experience.

“In our industry, with so much information to convey, it can be difficult to keep websites from looking cluttered or overwhelming, but I think we’ve achieved it with It includes a wealth of technical info, installation videos, news stories and more, but it retains a simple, welcoming, clean style throughout. To make it easy to use, and simple to search, the website has been split into three sections for trade, commercial and homeowner clients.

“Last year saw mobile internet usage overtake that of traditional laptops and desktop computers for the first time, so it was important to us that The VEKA UK Group’s site should be easy for all our customers to view ‘on the go’ on whatever type of device they choose. It automatically re-sizes to offer the best user experience on phone, tablet or PC etc – maintaining its ease of use across all platforms.

“Visitors can navigate by selecting their chosen brand, system or window style – or simply use the ‘search’ facility to quickly find the information they require. All wall charts, along with technical and fabrication manuals, have been made available across the site for customers to download.

“The Technical Support section offers a valuable resource for fabricators, installers and specifiers to find the in-depth product information they require. When it comes to product development and technical innovation, The VEKA UK Group has always been ahead of the curve – so we were determined that our new website should reflect our industry-leading status.

“Here at The VEKA UK Group, the feedback of our customers is invaluable to us, and informs each new project we undertake. The new website will be constantly updated, and we’re looking forward to hearing what our customers have to say about it.”

VEKA plc, 01282 716611

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Duquesa slates give historic cottage a brand new look


The installation of Cembrit’s Duquesa slates on a cottage in Devon has proved that natural slates not only provide an attractive finish to a building, but can overcome a difficult re-roofing project.

Bridge Cottage is a listed building in Axminster which dates back to the 17th century.  Originally built as a labourer’s cottage, and constructed as a low cost building, it has required a number of updates over the years, including new windows, a garden room and covered parking bays.  Most recently, the owners put in a request to East Devon District Council to re-roof the property, and requested slates to match the roof on an extension.  Bradfords Building Supplies, a builders’ merchant which stocks Cembrit roofing materials, supplied approximately 4,500 Cembrit Duquesa natural slates.  These slates were installed over an existing corrugated steel roof that had been in place for between 60 – 70 years.

The property owner was impressed with the flexibility and durability of the Cembrit slates. With the roof not being at a consistent level, the slates had to be flexible enough to deal with a change in pitch – from 45 degrees at one end, to 60 degrees at the other end.  The dark grey Duquesa slates lie neatly across the whole building to maintain a uniform appearance, and complement the lighter grey slate on the extension. The smooth surface texture of the Duquesa slate blended well with the old appearance of the cottage, to give it a contemporary, yet natural-looking finish.

Duquesa is a high quality natural slate from Cembrit which is produced by some of the finest quarries in Spain. Regarded as one of the best Spanish natural slate brands available in the UK, it is a tough material with a smooth texture that will provide an attractive and long lasting roof covering for a wide variety of projects.

Duquesa is available in two colours, blue/black and grey and in a variety of sizes to suit individual requirements.  It has a smooth, even texture, which, as well creating an attractive appearance, also aids the preservation of the finish. The hard surface also ensures the slate can withstand the most severe weather conditions and remain unaffected by sunlight, ultraviolet light and even acid rain.  When laid correctly, Duquesa will last the lifetime of a building and is ideal for use on any major project including supermarkets, schools, city offices and prestige homes.

Duquesa slate is a tough natural material which has been tested to ensure it meets the current national standard, BS EN 12326-1:2004.  This requires detailed and regular testing of the output from every source marketed within the EU.  Cembrit ensures all its slates meet the relevant regulations, as it gives specifier’s the peace-of-mind that any product coming from Cembrit is up to standard.

For further information visit, email, or for a copy of the technical data sheets, tel: +44 (0)20 8301 8900.

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Vent-Axia Shares Benefits of Reshoring with Sussex Businesses

Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith

Crawley-based Vent-Axia, the leading UK ventilation manufacturer, has shared its experiences of reshoring its manufacturing from China at the latest Sussex Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Forum. At the event, hosted by the company, other Sussex manufacturers heard how reshoring had created new jobs; resulted in investment in the local community and boosted the company’s competitive advantage.

Vent-Axia completed the reshoring of the balance of its domestic fan manufacturing, from China back to the UK, in January 2013 with the launch of three new production lines at its Crawley site. The culmination of a two-year project, the new assembly lines doubled the company’s on-site manufacturing of its residential unitary fans. The company invested over £350k in tooling for the new production lines, as well as investing in building works to incorporate the new manufacturing.

Speaking at the event Jenny Smith, Vent-Axia Marketing Manager and Graham Morrison, Vent-Axia Group Inventory Controller explained why the company decided to bring manufacturing back to the UK and how this decision had enhanced product innovation and improved customer responsiveness.

Since completing reshoring we are able to produce our products more quickly in the UK to meet demand, significantly reducing the lead time required compared to when products were manufactured in China. We can also now produce shorter runs of specific bespoke products to meet customer needs, therefore making us more competitive and responsive in the marketplace,” said Jenny Smith.

As well as hearing about Vent-Axia’s reshoring initiative, delegates at the event were also able to tour the facilities and see for themselves how moving manufacturing back to Crawley has benefitted the company.

David Shore, Chairman of the Manufacturing Forum at Sussex Chamber of Commerce said: “We were delighted to hear at the Manufacturing Forum how Vent-Axia has returned manufacturing to the UK and invested in Sussex. It is very valuable for other Sussex manufacturers to witness the benefits that this initiative has brought to Vent-Axia and the wider community. Reshoring not only makes good sense for Sussex but also good business sense as Vent-Axia has shown.”

At the event Vent-Axia explained that another benefit of moving manufacturing back to the UK is the company no longer needs to hold high levels of stock in its warehouse to anticipate demand. This stock reduction has reduced Vent-Axia’s working capital by approximately £250k.

As well as investing in the local economy Vent-Axia’s commitment to British manufacturing has seen the company further investing in UK logistics which has helped lower the embodied energy of products by reducing carbon emissions.

On the environmental front the UK location has reduced the embodied energy in Vent-Axia’s products by lowering transport emissions. Up to 15 Tonnes of CO2 emissions is avoided each year since reshoring due to the reduction in international shipping.

Headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex and with almost 80 years as an influential industry leader, Vent-Axia continues to set the standard in controlling the flow of fresh air, its temperature, humidity and cleanliness. Each year the company supplies air management solutions for over half a million installations across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in the UK and around the World.

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Advanced Chosen to Protect Landmark HQ Building


Global fire systems manufacturer Advanced has been selected to protect the new global headquarters of Landmark Group in Dubai.

Founded in 1973 in Bahrain, the Landmark Group has successfully grown into one of the largest and most successful retail organizations in the Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent. It operates over 1,900 outlets encompassing over 24 million square feet and employs over 50,000 people.

Located on Dubai Marina, overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, the flagship corporate HQ will boast 10 floors for parking, 19 floors for offices, an elevated glass boardroom on the 20th floor and 12 high-speed elevators. The consultant for this project is Arch Group, one of the leading consultants in the region.

Steve Carroll, Advanced’s general manager for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, said: “Advanced is renowned for providing the best fire systems in the business and a project such as the Landmark Group HQ is an excellent opportunity to showcase what we can offer. The Axis panels that will be installed are reliable and intuitive, while also offer offering the flexibility to be upgraded and expanded in the future.”

A total of 4,500 devices will be installed in the new building, including six Advanced Axis four loop panels and 30 audio amplifiers, one dedicated to each floor of the building. Axis panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas.

Advanced’s Axis fire systems are sold worldwide and are approved to the major international standards EN54 2,4&13 and UL864 9th edition and a host of regional and local standards. Alongside the core panel range, they include high performance device, module and peripheral ranges which combined with Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration, make Axis customisable to almost any application.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees Advanced specified 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, fire paging and false alarm management systems.

More details can be found on the website at

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A++ for Ecodan renewable heating range


Mitsubishi Electric has announced that its entire range of Ecodan air source heat pumps has achieved A++ rating under the first Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive ruling for heating products across Europe.

ErP means that all space and water heaters will need to display an energy label which will help both residential and commercial customers identify the most energy-efficient products on the market and brings heating products into line with other energy consuming goods such as fridges and washing machines.

From the 26th September, ErP will apply to domestic and commercial heating and hot water products, including electrical powered heating, gas and oil boilers, water heaters and cylinders, as well as renewable technologies such as solar thermal and heat pumps.

To highlight the requirements under ErP Mitsubishi Electric has also released a short video which explains how the Directive is designed to help phase out lower performing products whilst having a positive impact on the emissions levels across Europe and increase the share of renewable energies by 20 per cent.

“There are two parts to the ErP strategy which affect both manufacturers and installers and everyone involved needs to understand how this will change the heating market”, explains James Timbs-Harrison, on behalf of the company.

“Firstly, under what is called the EcoDesign regulations, manufacturers will need to produce energy-using products that meet stringent energy performance standards. Secondly, under Energy Labelling regulations, these products must be clearly labelled using a standard method so that consumers can make a direct comparison between individual products and different technologies”.

These labels will show the efficiency ranging from the most efficient A++ to the least efficient G and will be clearly marked with coloured bars; from green (the most efficient) all the way down to red (least efficient).

The details on the label will identify the efficiency band for heating, and where relevant, hot water production and where relevant, noise, emissions and power consumption.

“For heat pumps they will also indicate the three different climate zones within Europe which is important here because the UK is split between all three of these zones”, adds Timbs-Harrison.

“We feel that this is now levelling the playing field for heating products which will allow consumers to see exactly how energy efficient the types of heating they choose are”.

ErP is a significant piece of legislation that will have a major impact on the sale and use of heating systems in the UK.  As such, the requirements of ErP is already being embedded into legislation on the energy efficiency of buildings and as incentive schemes for renewable technologies.

In order to apply for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments, heating systems will now needs to comply with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), which sets industry standards for products used to produce heat from renewable sources.

In May 2015, the MCS published a new seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) calculator. It also updated its Installation Standard for heat pumps as a direct result of the introduction of ErP. The introduction of this SCOP calculator will enable certification bodies to use a standard method based on ErP to establish whether a heat pump is compliant.

“This is important because in the past, the efficiency of a heating system was based on what is known as the coefficient of performance or COP”, explains Timbs-Harrison , “but this shows a single point in time, which is never a good indication on how efficiently it will perform all year round, whereas SCOP shows the performance across the different seasons and gives a much more accurate indication of efficiency”.

The dedicated video can be viewed at the company’s YouTube Channel and further information on the entire range of A++ heat pumps can be found on the dedicated Youtube channel at or at .

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The Plain House


PAARL Energy Ltd based in Surrey selected Redland’s Rosemary Clay Craftsman tile because of its quality for their construction of a new luxury family home in the Surrey hills.

House builder, James Taylor, who owns PAARL decided that he wanted to build an eco-efficient home after the ever increasing energy prices hit an all-time high. Working with architects Goater Jones LLP, together they came up with a design that would use very little energy from the grid and would be able to produce a large portion of its own energy requirements. To help enhance the energy efficiency of the property, a strong and durable roof was paramount.

The luxury three-storey house is situated on a slope facing the Surrey Downs. The interior features six bedrooms, five bathrooms and includes a home cinema. The Rosemary Clay Craftsman tile in the Albury finish – a traditional warm dark reddish clay with natural textures to create an aged heritage look – has been used both for the roof and the vertical tiling.

Speaking about the project, James Taylor said: “Having worked on countless roofs in the past, I knew that the Craftsman was the best tile for the job as they are renowned for their quality and strength. We always order extra tiles to make up for any breakages and in this case we had loads left over because they simply didn’t break. I liked the look of them so much, I even used them on the walls as an added decorative feature.”

The handcrafted finish of the Rosemary Clay Craftsman features a variable hanging length and random textured surfaces to create a handmade weathered look while retaining all the qualities and benefits of a brand new, machine-made tile.

Affectionately named The Plain House, the property didn’t even have a chance to hit the market before it was snapped up for the asking price of £2.5m

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Luxury Scottish homes love Vicaima CDW doors

Dekordor CDW Oak with DFG20 glazed option

Dekordor CDW Oak with DFG20 glazed option

Vicaima quality interior doors have been fitted to enhance Lovers Loan, a select development of 4 and 5 bedroomed luxury family villas in the picturesque village of Dollar, set in the heart of the Scottish countryside, east of Stirling.

This sought after residential scheme has been built by award winning homebuilder, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, who have nearly a century of experience in quality crafted living.  With a reputation for exceptional detailing and interior design, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd selected Vicaima Dekordor Cross Directional Woodgrain (CDW) in an Oak finish, from the Exclusive Range.  These popular interior doors were fitted throughout the properties and supplied complete with frames via Perth Door Sets. Dekordor CDW added a design twist with their mixture of horizontal and vertical grain pattern creating a striking look.  Although predominantly of flush design, in locations where natural light was required to create the perfect ambience, doors were also supplied in a 5 light (DFG20) glazed option with matching glazing bead.

Dekordor CDW Oak used in hallway with DFG20 glazed option

Dekordor CDW Oak used in hallway with DFG20 glazed option

Dekordor CDW is just one of the many attractive and inspirational models that can be found in Vicaima’s new Interior Door Selector brochure, a copy of which is available to download from the Vicaima website or posted on request.

Vicaima offer an extensive range of design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance for luxury housing and modern apartment living space.

For further details about these and other products from their many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website   alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

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WALLTITE helps to insulate restored chapel


Converting a solid stone disused chapel into a warm and comfortable family home needed some heavy duty insulation – fortunately WALLTITE® was able to cope with all the idiosyncrasies of the project, which is soon to be featured in Channel 4’s Restoration Man.

Owner Colin Clewes embarked on this ambitious conversion in order to create a dream home for his family.   Taking a disused, unheated shell of building as a starting point, Colin, doing much of the work himself, is firmly in charge of the building process and insisted on the use of WALLTITE® spray foam insulation.

WALLTITE® is applied as a liquid that expands on contact to form a highly insulating rigid foam.  This method of application means that it can cope with any substrate – no matter how uneven – and can easily be applied in restricted and difficult spaces.

In the case of the chapel conversion project, WALLTITE® was applied, by specialist Foam Master contractor R&S Insulation, to the interior of the solid brick walls, to the underside of the floorboards and to the ceilings of each room in order to create cosy draught-free living spaces.

The external walls posed a particular challenge.  A Yorkshire stone façade is lined with brick and lime mortar – an inherently porous structure.   WALLTITE® is resistant to moisture but the project architect, wanting complete assurance of water resistance, asked for a drainage mat to be fixed to the wall prior to the application of the WALLTITE®.  Plasterboard was then used as an internal finish and base for the interior decoration.

The application of WALLTITE® was one of the first stages of the restoration project which includes a radical redesign of the interior space.  A mezzanine floor built into the centre of the main space creates the master bedroom, while a modern family kitchen and open plan living area breathe vibrant new life into the building.

WALLTITE® is available in the UK and Ireland only through accredited application companies and a list of contractors is available from

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Kemper System Roof Will Mature At Cheadle Care Home

Residents at a new care home in Cheadle, Cheshire, will be able to enjoy the greenery of the building’s parkland setting on their roof terraces thanks to a green roof installation from Kemper System.


Constructed and operated by Care UK, Abney Court is located in the historic grounds of Abney Hall and will provide round-the-clock residential and specialised care, including provision for residents with dementia, palliative care and end of life care.

The contemporary building features a flat roof and a balcony at first floor level and Kemper System’s solvent free Kemperol 2K-PUR cold liquid-applied system has been used to provide the waterproofing membrane for all areas of the roof and balconies.

The root-resistant and U/V stable waterproofing system also forms an integral part of the green roof build up installed on selected areas of the roof terraces as a feature that connects the new development with its natural surroundings.

Comments Stuart Hicks from Kemper System: “The effectiveness of the Kemperol 2K-PUR waterproofing membrane used to create the watertight barrier between the roof substrate and the green roof system is the most critically important element of the specification. The membrane is flexible enough to cope with any post build ‘settlement’, tough and durable enough to cope with the planting medium and has a sufficiently long service life to make the green roof viable.”

Comments Kevin Cawston from Cawston Roofing: “The use of areas of green roof on this very modern building has created a synergy between the care home and the grounds.

“Using the same waterproofing membrane for the green roof build up as we did for the rest of the roof made management of the installation much simpler and the planting will provide a living feature that changes with the seasons.”

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Riverwalk incorporates high specification Schöck Isokorb


London’s three historic embankments – Chelsea, Victoria and Albert – are currently being transformed as part of a regeneration scheme that will replace many of the outdated buildings which have characterised these areas for so long.  The result will see the development of new homes, promenades and parks – and one of these commanding new developments, on the north bank of the Thames, is the stunning Riverwalk, at Millbank, designed by Stanton Williams.

Riverwalk features two organically shaped buildings of 7 and 17 storeys, connected by a central podium and incorporating 116 high specification one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, plus penthouses. The design focus is on light, space and service, as well as exceptional views across the River Thames.   Extensive planting on roofs, balconies and terraces, most significantly on the first floor podium terrace, also contribute to a substantial improvement in the green footprint and biodiversity of the site.

Aesthetically the buildings are enhanced further by horizontal bands of limestone on the curving facades between the glazing and ceramic panels, with the stonework wrapping around the lower parts of the balconies to create a continuous organic shape. The balconies vary in depth and this in turn provides the outer façade with a sense of depth, along with natural solar shading.

With such a high specification development it is not surprising to find that enormous consideration was given to the avoidance of the thermal bridging at the critical balcony connections; and the structural thermal break module specified throughout is the latest generation Isokorb type KXT from market leaders Schöck.


The type KXT – for concrete-to-concrete applications – offers such a high level of insulation that the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt has awarded the product with the “low thermal bridge construction” certificate and confirmed its suitability even for passivhaus construction.

A major reason for the superior performance of the Isokorb type KXT is the thickness of the insulation body. This is  increased from the standard 80mm thick to 120mm, providing an even more efficient solution. The KXT not only improves thermal insulation performance by up to 30% in comparison to to the standard range, it also improves impact sound insulation by around 50% as well.  High quality stainless steel bars with improved tensile strength is an integral part of the unit and while the same load-bearing capacity is maintained, there is a smaller rod diameter and therefore a reduction in the thermally conducting cross-section, resulting in a further increase in the heat insulation performance.

A further reason for the superior performance of the Isokorb type KXT is the HTE module, a pressure bearing block made of steel fibre reinforced high-performance concrete with Kronolith, a titanium ore aggregate from Kronos Titan.  The unit offers architects and engineers a variety of design options and there is even the capability to construct stepped height balconies, with increased fire protection also taken into account, as the HTE module offers fire-resistance class F 120.

Schöck, is a specialist in the provision of advanced solutions for thermal energy structural insulation and best known for its range of structural thermal break units.  It is a range which allows connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel and all units meet full compliance with the relevant building regulations, while also providing BBA Certification and LABC Registration.   The requirement described in BRE IP1/06 – a document cited in Building Regulations Approved Documents Part L1 and L2 and Section 6 in Scotland – states that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings and this is easily met by incorporating the Isokorb.

In addition, there is also compliance with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges.  Here, the lambda values of the Schöck Isokorb enable energy loss in various connective situations to be reduced by as much as 84% to 91%.

For your free copy of the Schöck Specifiers Guide and / or the new Thermal Bridging Guide – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit

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Castle applies Kemperol to turret library roof


Cold liquid-applied waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, has helped to protect books and interior finishes at the historic Bolton School following a refurbishment of the Turret Library Roof.

Roofing contractor, Castle Roofing Consultants, carried out the roof refurbishment following the failure of the previous waterproofing membrane, which had been used to overlay the original asphalt roof less than a decade earlier. Subsequent water ingress had started to cause staining on the library ceiling and degradation of interior finishes.

The affected area of roof sits above the main entrance to the school’s neo-gothic red sandstone quadrangle, with a turret on each corner and a flag pole in the centre. Castle Roofing used Kemper System’s Kemperol V210 cold applied waterproofing system to overlay the existing roof and provide a suitable colour match to the lead flashings of the traditional building.


Castle Roofing stripped out the existing lead flashings on all four sides of the 100m2 roof area and ground out a 40mm deep chase on each of the four sandstone walls that form the perimeter of the Turret Library roof.

The installation team then cleaned the existing substrate and carried out patch repairs where the substrate was blistered or water ingress had occurred before applying Kemper System’s D Primer.

The Kemperol V210 was then applied to the roof in a single process involving the waterproofing membrane, followed by a 165g flexible reinforcement fleece and further resin to ensure full saturation of the fleece before the system was allowed to cure.

The new waterproofing system was dressed to the full roof deck and into the chases, along with the upstands, flag pole plinth and the plinth for the roofline. The chases were then resealed using sand and cement to ensure a completely seamless, monolithic waterproof membrane that will deliver a BBA-accredited 25-year service life.

Comments Ian Clarke, head of estates at Bolton School: “Castle Roofing has successfully used the Kemperol V210 system to waterproof the Turret Library roof and protect its interiors in a project that took just one week to complete during the half term break.

“The scheme will provide a robust, long-term solution for the roof while ensuring that there is no aesthetic impact on the fabric of our beautiful building.”

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Two new products enhance Schueco’s sliding door offering


New from leading sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK, are two products, SmartClose and SmartStop, that underline Schueco’s commitment to innovation, operational safety and engineering excellence. Developed for use with Schueco’s range of sliding door systems, both products make the sliding vent easier to operate.

SmartClose makes the closing action effortless by converting the energy generated by the initial pull on the sliding vent into momentum that carries the vent smoothly along the length of its track until its final soft insertion into the frame. The action is similar to the soft-closing doors and drawers found in many contemporary kitchens.

In addition, Schueco SmartClose makes closing the door quieter and safer and also obviates the possibility of damage to the frame by the vent being slammed shut. Once in position, SmartClose is unobtrusive, being mounted discreetly on the top profile of the sliding vent.

Schueco SmartStop employs a controlled soft braking action that allows the vent to be drawn smoothly along its track but brings it to a stop prior to closing, when it can be locked in the normal way. This makes the door safer and more user-friendly. SmartStop, which like SmartClose is mounted on the upper profile of the door, is suitable for vents weighing up to 400 kg.

Both products are simple to install and easy to adjust to suit a particular installation. They are primarily designed for Schueco ASS 50 and ASS 70.HI premium segment systems.

For more information on Schueco SmartClose and SmartStop, please email or visit

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Altro Flexiflow works for dramatic Brighton office space


Innovative Altro FlexiflowTM resin flooring is providing a practical yet visually appealing solution to a challenging space in one of Brighton’s most unusual and striking office buildings.

Built in the 1980s, Sovereign House has recently undergone extensive refurbishment, and has been transformed into a dramatic, modern space with a spectacular glazed atrium at the heart of building.

Ben Adams Architects was tasked with creating the new look. Architect Julia Hamson explains: “Our brief was to re-design the front facade and reception of the building to create a more welcoming and dramatic entrance, and to provide a new office infill within the existing oversized and underused atrium.

“The infill features full-height glazing and a top-floor mezzanine office space, complete with balconies to look down on the atria below. The installation adds a new ambience to the communal spaces, maximising light into the reception and accentuating the new finishes and clean detailing.


Julia Hamson continues: “Specifying flooring for the reception and ground floor atrium was a challenge, because the entrance comes in on a diagonal. This unusual space meant that floor tiles wouldn’t have worked.

“We needed a solid, high quality, visually appealing surface that was flexible enough to go down on the existing substrate, without cracking or bending with any structural subfloor movement.

“In addition, we wanted flooring that could stand the test of time. Sovereign House is a busy office building, with 800 people walking in and out every day. So we needed something that could tolerate heavy use, and stay looking fresh, long term.

Altro Flexiflow was the ideal solution for this project. It’s tough, flexible, and can withstand the kind of movement that other resin floors cannot. It’s designed to recover from scuffs and knocks, so it’s perfect for the day-to-day wear and tear of high traffic areas.

“In addition it’s visually appealing – in keeping with a striking, modern building – with a smooth, matt finish, and a great choice of colours. We selected a light grey, called Doe, to complement the surroundings.”

Altro Flexiflow is an elastomeric polyurethane self-smoothing, flow-applied flooring, which offers high structural resilience, flexibility, toughness and durability. The product boasts good indentation recovery and high impact resistance, which is ideal for protecting a wide range of environments.

Altro Flexiflow is available in three options – Standard (which was used at Sovereign House), Comfort, for increased comfort underfoot, and Acoustic, which satisfies the requirement E4 of Building Regulations and BB93 acoustic design of schools.

The product is available in 28 standard pastel, solid and bright colours, with the option of bespoke shades, giving complete design freedom. There is minimal requirement for joints, and because the product is self-levelling, the result is a seamless and uniform finish with uninterrupted lines.

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

Installer Resincraft was appointed to lay the flooring at Sovereign House. Director Mark Brewer, says: “We have been laying Altro resin flooring for 30 years and we consider it to be the best, so the majority of the product we use is Altro.

Altro Flexiflow is a very easy product to use but like all resin flooring, preparation is key. It’s essential to keep the working area clean and free of contaminants and dust, so it needs to be isolated from other contractors.”

Resincraft Director Richard Mitchell says: “On day one we prepared the floor by grinding down the existing quartz resin flooring, an area of 150m2, to create a key. Then we applied one coat of primer, which was AltroProof SoloTM.

“On day two we trowelled on one layer of the main Altro Flexiflow product, then on days three and four we put down two layers of Altro Flexiflow top coat. It took five of us four days to complete the work at Sovereign House during last year’s Christmas shut-down, which is very fast for a resin flooring. Both the main contractor, Wates, and the client, were very co-operative and gave us the time and space we needed to do the job properly.”

Martin Arnold, Customer Services Manager at main contractor Wates , Smartspace comments: “The entire installation process of the Altro Flexiflow flooring was excellent. Resincraft was one of four installers we looked at, and we chose them because they were very positive and proactive and planned the work thoroughly from start to finish.

“Their preparation was spot on – they understood the challenges and client needs – and they were completely professional. The floor looks lovely, and is proving an ideal solution for Sovereign House.”

Karim Grant-Riach at Sovereign House, says. “We were delighted with how well the flooring installation went; very professional and the end result is a fantastic finish. It’s been down a few months now and it still looks like new and it standing up well to busy daily foot traffic.

“Having a contemporary-style flooring is very important for Sovereign House, because it’s a very modern building, and the Altro flooring really complements the environment.

“It’s also very easy to clean,” adds Karim. “We use a buffing machine in the evenings, and spot-clean it if necessary during the day. It comes up beautifully and any marks or dirt come off very quickly. I’d say it’s the ideal floor for a location that needs something practical, long-lasting, yet stylish.”

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The Midlands Construction Summit – 2025 Construction Strategy – 10 years and counting!


The Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy provides a vision of how the industry and government will work together to transform and grow the construction sector over the next decade. The targets of the strategy are clear;

  • a 33% reduction in both the initial cost of construction and the whole life cost of assets;
  • a 50% reduction in overall time from inception to completion for new build and refurbished assets;
  • a 50% reduction in carbon emissions;
  • a 50% reduction in the trade gap between total exports and imports of construction products and materials.

The 2025 Construction Strategy was debated in detail at the inaugural Midlands Construction Summit in 2014– so what has changed in the past 12 months?

What was once a backward looking sector is now stepping into the modern world and looking forward, planning the transition to a low-carbon environment through the utilisation of advanced technology and the growth of a thriving British economy.

This year the Midlands Construction Summit will return on 06 October at the NEC, Birmingham to help the Midlands built environment sector reflect on industry changes made in the past 12 months as well as developing the regional construction strategy and identifying leadership opportunities.


The event will be co-located as part of UK Construction Week and will include talks from key industry leaders including Peter Hansford – UK Chief Construction Advisor, Mark Wakeford – Managing Director of Stepnell, Steve Speller – Managing Director of Speller Metcalfe, and Mark Robinson – Chief Executive of Scape Group

The combined conference and exhibition will host over 300 innovators, leaders, supply chain specialists and high level individuals, all operating in the various key construction sectors, gathering together to discuss the Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy.

Tickets are on sale at £125 +VAT

Receive an exclusive 20% discount on tickets with the following promotional code: L2M20

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Marshalls delivers, with 15,000 linear metres of drainage to upgrade M1


Marshalls has supplied 15,000 linear metres of its Mono Beany one-piece combined kerb and drainage to the new M1 ‘smart motorway’ scheme, stretching over nine miles of highway.

The innovative one-piece design significantly reduces installation time, and on the M1 scheme ensured the contractor Costain was able to install 340 linear metres per day, surpassing its initial target of 240 metres.

Mono Beany is manufactured using ultra-tough M-Tech concrete and comes in one metre units which allows for a single mechanical lift. Each unit can carry up to 40 tonnes (Class D400) when trafficked which minimises haunching and reduces installation costs, while helping contractors to meet deadlines and keep works disruption to a minimum.

Marshalls also developed a bespoke transition unit for the scheme as part of the Highways Agency’s focus on innovation. The transition unit allows the scheme to meet the required hydraulic rates and came within budget without the runs being over-engineered. The unit now forms part of Marshalls’ standard linear drainage offer.

Alice Couldwell, Linear Drainage Product Manager at Marshalls said: “At Marshalls we recognise that there is a growing demand for cost-effective and uncomplicated drainage systems which has led to modern linear drainage becoming the preferred choice amongst specifiers and contractors for improving highways.

“We provide a suite of water management products, including linear drainage with the innovative Beany range, and the UK’s leading Priora permeable paving, so you can have a complete water management solution for your project.

“Our Beany range combines the clear-cut advantages of combined kerb and drainage systems, with the benefits of a high quality, robust concrete which provides a number of competitive advantages.”

Malcolm Bell from Costain said: “Due to how quickly we were able to install the innovative Mono Beany system there was an increased demand on deliveries to site. Marshalls offered a reliable and guaranteed supply throughout the project, delivering three to four loads per week direct-to-site, often delivering two loads per day. This helped to ensure we met our completion deadlines.

“Working with Marshalls also offered Costain a dedicated and knowledgeable design team to meet our requirements for this scheme.

“These are all important factors when tasked with installing over nine miles of drainage to a major strategic route connecting people, communities and businesses.”

Responding to the recent announcement by Highways England that there will be a £1.5bn investment in smart motorways, David Jackson, Trading Drainage Director at Marshalls commented: “Marshalls is already engaged in a number of smart motorway schemes as part of Highways England’s £1.5bn investment, offering design expertise on a wide range of suitable products.

“As the UK’s leading supplier of hard landscaping materials, we are committed to developing effective water management and linear drainage solutions to meet the needs of contractors, and this is demonstrated by our innovative Mono Beany system which significantly reduces the time needed to install the product.

“Having already supplied drainage to Junctions 28-31 of the M1, we are poised for further involvement to improve the road network and have the capacity and capability to deal with further orders.”

To learn more about Mono Beany visit or call 0370 241 4725.

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Flowfresh Floors Attain HACCP International Certification

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Global resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd has secured International HACCP Certification for its Flowfresh range of antimicrobial enhanced polyurethane floors.

This certification means that food and beverage producers operating a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme can specify flooring materials, safe in the knowledge that they will meet the relevant regulatory authority’s standards for safe procurement, production and processing as well as the requirements of the world’s leading quality and food safety standards.

HACCP International certification is a globally recognised benchmark of food safety, and as such is an important set of criteria for businesses eager to gain access to lucrative export markets.

Flowcrete Group’s Technical Director, Grant Adamson, said: “Our polyurethane range has been able to achieve the HACCP International certification thanks to its ability to deliver a long list of strict food industry flooring requirements.”

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The floor plays a crucial role in addressing contamination risks, as an inadequate floor can become a prime site of bacteria build-up. Not only does the floor have to provide a hygienic surface, it needs to do so in the face of corrosive chemicals, moisture, impacts and thermal shock. If it cannot withstand these conditions then the floor can quickly fail – leading to germs and pathogens infiltrating hard to clean cracks.

The importance of installing building materials that minimise contamination and the consequent risk of foodborne illnesses was highlighted in the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Annual Report of Incidents 2015. 1,645 contamination incidents were investigated and microbiological contamination accounted for nearly a quarter of them.

The costs of these incidents are significant. Not only could a foodborne illness outbreak lead to serious financial and reputational damage for the producer – but every year the FSA estimates that nearly a million people in the UK are affected, with a net cost to the country of £1.5 billion.

HACCP guidelines state that a seamless and impervious finish must be maintained at all times, even when subjected to a large-scale food processing facility’s intense working environment. Flowfresh has been specifically formulated to provide a surface that will comply with food industry regulations for an extended period of time despite the sector’s inherently challenging conditions.

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Mr Adamson added: “To provide food manufacturers with a floor that goes above and beyond the highest food safety standards, we’ve created Flowfresh out of an exclusive global partnership with the antimicrobials manufacturer Polygiene®. A silver-ion based bactericidal additive is included in the Flowfresh material, empowering the floor finish with the ability to eliminate up to 99.9% of bacteria in contact with the surface.”

The Polygiene® agent is homogenously distributed throughout the Flowfresh finish. This formulation means that physical damage to the coating won’t create a safe haven for contaminants that’s out of reach of the bacteria killing flooring ingredient.

Flowfresh has also been proven to meet the ISO 22196 standard, which measures a surface’s antibacterial effectiveness on plastics and other non-porous surfaces. The polyurethane system underwent rigorous testing to show that it complied with this internationally recognised benchmark.

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To meet the HACCP International standard, floors also need to allow for adequate drainage and cleaning. A Flowfresh coating can be laid to falls and incorporate stainless steel drainage to quickly channel contaminants and excess liquid out of the area. Coving can also be incorporated to create a seamless, easily cleanable transition to the wall and even the floor’s texture can be tailored to best suit the cleaning regime.

A seamless, high performance polyurethane finish will also prevent common food industry by-products like fats, acids, blood and oils from seeping into the underlying concrete and damaging the substrate.

Get in touch with your local Flowcrete representative today to find out more about how Flowfresh can help food and beverage facilities meet regulatory requirements and protect against the threat of bacterial contamination.

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The Fabric First Event – Showcasing the Future of Low Energy Construction


In the UK, our buildings account for almost half of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. As an industry, we have spent many years building without considering the environmental impact of our houses, schools, offices and commercial developments. Today’s construction companies have been working together to create a greener industry that can produce the next-generation of properties – addressing the mounting concerns over energy consumption and working towards a more sustainable future.

There are many factors influencing the growing demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings, these include cost savings on energy and a reduction in global warming and fuel poverty. It is clear that in order to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately save money for the end user, the industry must utilise new and innovative approaches for design and construction.

To be held on 18 November at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London the Fabric First Event is a highly focused one day conference and exhibition designed to present the benefits of adopting ‘fabric first’ methodologies for modern energy efficient buildings. The event brings together distinguished and pioneering speakers from a broad spectrum of the industry to draw upon their considerable experience to deliver a comprehensive programme of policy and regulation presentations, plus technology and project case studies.

This event is aimed at developers, landlords and building operators, plus their key advisors – architects, specifiers, energy consultants and engineers, and their delivery partners throughout the supply-chain – main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, project managers and building technology providers.

While the price of energy is continuing to rise and the pressure on budgets has become more acute post-recession – a buildings operational performance is becoming increasingly crucial to developers, specifiers and the end consumer. The Fabric First Event will highlight the value of high performance buildings envelopes – acknowledging the rise of energy efficiency to the top of the building agenda.

Tickets to the event cost just £95 +VAT and include access to the conference and exhibition, plus lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Book now to avoid disappointment and receive 10% early bird discount with code FFEARLYBIRD

Date – 18 November 2015

Venue – Inmarsat Conference Centre, 99 City Road, London EC1Y 1AX

Time – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Fabric First Event is an unmissable one day conference and exhibition designed to present the benefits of adopting ‘fabric first’ methodologies in respect of modern energy efficient buildings.

The event brings together distinguished and pioneering speakers from a broad spectrum of the industry to draw upon their considerable experience to deliver a comprehensive programme of policy and regulation presentations, technology and project case studies.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at developers, landlords and building operators, plus their key advisors – architects, specifiers, energy consultants and engineers, and their delivery partners throughout the supply-chain – main contractors, specialist sub-contractors, project managers and building technology providers.

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Velocity Village gets a striking new look with Aluglaze


A prestigious residential and office development close to the legal and financial district in Sheffield has undergone a major refurbishment with insulated infill panels supplied by Panel Systems.

Sheffield-based architectural panel manufacturer Panel Systems has supplied Aluglaze infill panels for Velocity Village, which is close to the city centre and consists of 443 residential apartments and 64,000 sq ft of office accommodation.

Working closely with the glazing contractor, Panel Systems supplied 400m² of Aluglaze panels on call-off for the eight storey building, over an 18 month period.

The panels were supplied in a grey powder coated finish, with each panel pressed into a bespoke boot-shape design. This added to the building’s aesthetics and complemented its contemporary architecture, which included full height glazing.


As well as enhancing its aesthetics, the insulated panels also help to reduce the building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint, due to their insulated core. Aluglaze panels can be supplied in different thicknesses to achieve U-values as low as 0.15W/m²K.

Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, said: “The design requirements of this project were very specific, and the ‘boot shaped’ design of the panel created a stunning effect to the exterior of the building. As a Sheffield company, we are proud to be associated with such a prestigious project right here on our doorstep!”

A premium quality panel, Aluglaze is typically specified when aesthetic considerations are paramount and is available in all Interpon D, Syntha Pulvin & Anodised colours.

Panel Systems’ bespoke service means that Aluglaze panels can be designed to suit all glazing and curtain walling systems. They are also able to meet the required insulation, acoustic and fire resisting criteria.

Aluglaze panels from Panel Systems have been supplied to a wide variety of commercial, educational and healthcare environments and they are renowned for their aesthetics and performance.

Panel Systems manufactures a full range of bespoke composite panels that are used to create aesthetically striking and thermally efficient buildings.

For more information, visit the website call direct on: 0114 275 2881 or email

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New video highlights how to reduce energy in your building


A new video from Mitsubishi Electric shows how the company took its head office from an ‘E’ to a ‘B’ energy rating and offers advice on how other companies can do the same.

With tough legislation focusing attention on energy use in the built environment, how we heat, cool and ventilate our buildings is coming under scrutiny as never before.

“We’ve been on an eight year journey and one of the things we are saying in this video is that any business could and should be planning to improve the performance of their building”, explains Russell Jones who hosts the video.

“Just like any other company we have had to make a strong business case for each new piece of equipment, but the fact that we have improved so much and have significantly reduced running costs shows the advantages that can be gained”.

The video can be viewed on the company’s dedicated YouTube channel:

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Imago Lift & Slide Doors – Italian Style

With Latin flair and engineering that is designed to be both practical and beautiful, Imago Lift & Slide Doors have it all. Marco Zen, AGB’s sales manager for the UK and Ireland, talks about how Italian style is perfect for UK homeowners.


Italian style

It’s almost 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa that hangs in the Louvre. This stunning painting has lost none of its fascination over that time. But although seen as one of, if not, the greatest painters of all time, Da Vinci had many other sides to his professional life. And perhaps, it was precisely because he was such an exceptional mathematician, engineer and anatomist that made him a better artist. He understood that behind the beauty was the anatomy, it’s the thing that created the famous enigmatic smile.

Fast forward four centuries and the Italians are still leading the way with Modernism. Form and function. It strips out all the finery and leaves us with pure elegance.

The Italians have been masters of simple elegance for many years. Perhaps the words of Italian architect Luigi Caccia, who spent most of the 20th Century dedicated to designing buildings, furniture and household products. Of Italians he claims: “Quite simply, we are the best” and that “we have more imagination, more culture, and are better mediators between the past and the future.” And maybe it’s why more modern classics come from Italy than anywhere else in the world.

So it’s not surprising that the Italians have a highly coveted design award. The ADI Design Index is the publication of the Italian Association for Industrial Design. It selects the best of Italian design put into production and displays them in a permanent exhibition.

The ADI Design Index was first established in 1954 and includes some amazing designs from the last 60 years. Ferrari, Ducati and Maserati have all been winners. The finalists for the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award 2015 have been chosen. And Italian hardware company Alban Giacomo Spa, known as AGB has been listed for its Imago lift and slide hardware for timber doors.

It’s the first time a lift and slide door has been recognised by them and it’s unsurprising. ‘Technology must be beautiful’ is the philosophy at AGB and Imago is beautiful technology.

With the slimmest timber frame on the lift and slide market, Imago has been designed to create a door with the widest glazed area available, so views overlooking stunning countryside or cityscapes aren’t broken up by individual door leafs.


The sliding door offers the pioneering Poseidon lock which provides maximum security levels. The hardware is installed flush to the frame so that it does not disrupt the aesthetic of the design.

Imago features the Climatech threshold, manufactured from a fibreglass reinforced material which guarantees excellent thermal performance. A strong barrier against wind, rain and cold air, Imago doors are perfect for all weather conditions. It looks spectacular and has the natural movement of wood, but it’s also been engineered to be extremely energy efficient and secure. And that’s the point. Beautiful and practical.

Since launching Imago in the UK in June last year it’s already attracted a huge amount of interest from architects and designers. The simple download feature in the toolkit on makes it really easy to get all the technical information needed to have it specified at the early stages.

For installers who want to offer more product choices for customers, Imago is the perfect addition. It offers a very special alternative for people who have already invested in timber windows. And because it can be manufactured in any type of wood, it matches perfectly to other doors and windows.

Imago Lift & Slide Doors follow the Italian style bible of simple elegance. It is an engineering masterpiece and it belongs on the design podium and in beautiful homes.

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Cavity Trays Latest Building Envelope Solutions at the Build Show

The longest-established company in its specialised field and the only cavity tray company in the UK awarded European Technical Approval is displaying it latest products at the Build Show.

Cavity Trays of Yeovil has a history dating back to the 1920’s and its approved products are accompanied with a performance warranty.

Its know-how and expertise derived over almost a century is available for the benefit of Architect, Builder and Client.


UPDATED!  (Displayed on stand)

The latest updated Type X cavitray for gable abutments provides a swift and effective way of arresting and controlling rain penetrating masonry above a sloping abutment.

Trays are available to suit all styles and sizes of masonry from brick to block to stone.

Each approved Type X cavitray has a ready-shaped flashing already attached, and an adjustable back upstand that now extends to cover an even

wider range of cavity widths, ensuring compatibility at all times.


NEW! (Displayed on stand)

The Type BWVC was recently released and its appearance at the Build Show is its first at a major exhibition.

Type BWVC Bay Window Vertical Cavitray links lintel with the higher level roof DPC/tray and prevents damp horizontal transference between the two.

Type BWVC Bay Window Vertical Cavitray links lintel with the higher level roof DPC/tray and prevents damp horizontal transference between the two.

The full name of this new product is the Bay Window Vertical Cavitray and it overcomes a problem experienced by many during the 2013/2014 wet winter:  lateral transference.

Lateral transference or ‘sideways soak’ as it is often termed, refers to exterior skin masonry becoming saturated and then permitting saturation to permeate ‘sideways’ into the structure.

It can occur to the sides of a bay window between bay roof intersection level and the lower level where the lintel runs across the bay to support the wall above.

The Type BWVC cleverly links the two whilst maintaining masonry bonding and coursing.

Its presence halts horizontal wet permeation.

This new product is compatible for use with other approved cavitrays for horizontal and sloping roofs.


NEW! (Displayed on stand)

A range of preformed damp courses and trays for use with timber frame construction demonstrate the benefits of building using pre-shaped damp-protection solutions rather than relying on site forming and fabrication.

Pre-shaped extends the protective qualities beyond just one face of the element requiring protection, guarding against misplacement and ensuring every touch-point is both uniformly and consistently addressed.

One of over 120 designs of preformed cavitray available to suit timber construction. This model provides the requisite damp protection requirements as well as extending through the cavity and across the oversite so the arrangement protects against rising gases such as radon.

One of over 120 designs of preformed cavitray available to suit timber construction. This model provides the requisite damp protection requirements as well as extending through the cavity and across the oversite so the arrangement protects against rising gases such as radon.


NEW! (Displayed on stand)

The designer now has a wider choice of caviclosers capable of reveal closing cavity widths up to 240mm wide.

The latest models include new fire-rated models that are immediately identifiable by a red prefix, eg: Cavi 60.

This signifies the cavicloser has a sixty minutes fire integrity rating.

The range extends from one hour to four hours (Cavi 240).

The Specifier is able to instantly identify and select a model with the requisite protection and cavity width qualities.


NEW! (Displayed on stand)

Being launched at the Build Show is a reveal face closer that permits full fill insulation to be continued unpunctuated to the reveal face.

It provides a novel way of eliminating the need for separate insulating elements being required within a fully insulated cavity wall that is able to meet the thermal requirements demanded.

The Type RFC (Reveal Face Closer) may be used to close compliant cavity walls with cavity widths from 50mm to 150mm.


The Cavity Tray stand number is   B3/204 and may be found adjacent to the main entrances into the Build Show hall.

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Advanced Provides New Fire System Simulator to Leading London Airport


London City Airport has recently opened a new simulation training room, mirroring its fire system which features panels from leading manufacturer, Advanced.

Opened in 1987, the airport, situated at the former Royal Docks in Newham, is the only airport to be located within the M25. Servicing over 3.6 million passengers annually, the airport has ten operating airlines that travel to over 45 destinations. The complex is already protected by Advanced MxPro panels and the new training room will allow staff to learn their use and explore various scenarios in a controlled and isolated environment.

The training room incorporates a two loop MxPro 4 panel and graphic package that will allow the staff to receive necessary training in the use of the airport systems. MxPro panels were originally selected due to their reputation for outstanding quality, reliability and ease of use.

Robin Kemp, Advanced’s sales manager for the south east region, commented: “With Advanced panels already installed in London City Airport, the addition of the training room and the MxPro 4 panel for training purposes allows staff at the airport to be trained in the latest aspects of fire safety. In a 24-hour facility, it’s hard to do training using the main system, so this means that all types of incident can be mocked up without inconveniencing passengers.”

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 & 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. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees Advanced specified 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, fire paging and false alarm management systems.

More details can be found on the website at

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Rundum Meir, High-Tech & Classic Handmade Garage Doors


Rundum Meir specialise in high quality, standard and custom made, exterior door systems that are made in a range of beautiful materials including timber, copper, aluminium and glass.

They offer a complete exterior door systems service – from survey and design to manufacture, installation and maintenance.

Rundum Meir work closely with architects and clients and pride themselves in their personal service and ability to provide design solutions to clients wishes.


Their exterior door systems have been used on listed buildings, award-winning new build, conceptual architecture, refurbishment projects and a high profile passive house.

Door applications have included open courtyards, boathouses, curved buildings, outhouses, coach houses, over sized and undersized garages, underground multi-user, ventilated and security garage doors.


Using Rundum Meir garage doors gives the specifier flexible layout options with almost any size door available. They use quality components and hardware from running gear to remote controls. Manual or unique remote control operation is available. Door gear, door curtain and automation are provided as one package.

Visit Rundum to see our curved garage door today on stand number D153.

For more information visit 

Tel: 0151 280 6626.

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Solid Wood Solutions – Focuses on the Ultimate Retail Experience


The Bishop Centre, Taplow

As companies are planning ahead in an increasingly competitive environment to satisfy their constantly evolving customer base, for some retailers a competitive pricing strategy is only part of the equation.

In order to help gain customer loyalty, retailers now have to prove business value through delivering a high-quality shopping experience. Whilst some retailers are fighting to keep their customers by lowering their prices, other stores are positioning their strategies around factors such as sustainability, aesthetics and providing outstanding facilities to create the optimum customer experience.

As a result, companies are beginning to explore the latest in pioneering, energy efficient and aesthetically appealing building systems for their stores.

The design for The Bishop Centre, Taplow was exceptional, as all customer facing elements were constructed from European Larch glulam beams. Glulam beams were specified for the core structural timber component, due to its high durability, aesthetic appeal and ability to stand-out from other competing outlets constructed from traditional steel beams.


The Bishop Centre, Taplow

With environmental impact now a key factor influencing consumer buying decisions there is an opportunity for sustainable solutions such as glulam to be used as part of an optimum hybrid structure for the construction of an energy efficient, sustainable store.

The key driver for the Bishop Centre was not only to create a brand new and exclusive shopping experience but also to design a structure that could achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. By utilising materials that provide excellent thermal performance and sustainability, together with speed of build and cost certainty – the stringent performance, timescales and budget could be delivered. The finished £20m build provides a distinctive, sustainable space, congenial atmosphere and an unrivalled shopping experience, underpinned with high quality landscaping and public art.

Simon Brambles, Architect at 3D Reid, will be speaking at this year’s Solid Wood Solutions which is being held on September 16 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London, presenting a technical case study on the Bishop Centre Taplow.

If you are interested in finding out more about this pioneering structure, as well as many other innovative and iconic projects and products in the engineered timber sector, then this is an event not to be missed. Packed full with industry leaders, Solid Wood Solutions is the ideal networking opportunity for construction professionals looking to create new connections in sustainable design.

Tickets are just £125 +vat. Click here to book your place:

Taking place on 16 September 2015 and the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London. Solid Wood Solutions is a one day conference and exhibition designed to showcase the very best in engineered timber and creates a platform for the industry’s innovators to present some of the most prestigious projects in the UK and in Europe.

Engineered timber is one of the fastest growing modern methods of construction and this event is designed to inspire through innovation. The event will consist of a small exhibition of circa 25-30 companies from within the CLT and glulam technology sector plus complementary solutions such as SIPS and cladding/fenestration solutions with a conference of approximately 200 delegates.

Please see below for this years full speaker line up:

  • Rosi Fieldson – Head of Environment – Simons Group – Chair
  • Alex Smith – Associate – Hawkins\Brown, Nick Milestone – Managing Director – B & K Structures & Clive Fussell – Director – Engenuiti

“17-21 Wenlock Road  –  Building a 10 Storey CLT/Hybrid structure in London”

  • Andy Boutle – BIM Manager – Kier Construction, Eoin McCooey – Project BIM Manager – Eurban

“BIM 4 CLT & Digital Handover – Case Study; UEA Crome Court Student Residences”

  • Andrew Waugh – Founding Director – Waugh Thistleton Architects

“Timber systems in medium rise housing application”

  • Simon Brambles – Architect – 3D Reid

“Case study on the Taplow Retail Park”

  • Kate Edmondson – Architect – Penoyre and Prasad

“Case study on Middle Row Primary School”

  • Liam Dewar – Director – Eurban

“More than structure – Design-led solutions in solid timber”

  • Rupert Scott – Marketing and Membership Manager – TRADA

“Making it easier to specify timber: TRADA’s new National Structural Timber Specification”

  • Tim Snelson – Associate Director – Arup

“Timber in Commercial Offices”

  • Robert Hairstans – Director of the Wood Studio – Edinburgh Napier University

“Edinburgh Napier Solid Timber Research, Innovation and Commercialisation”

  • Kay Hartmann – Technical Director – KLH, Andrew de Silva – Architect – David Miller Architects, Brian Spencer – Bid Director – Bouygues UK, Gavin White – Director – Ramboll

“Mayfield School project”

  • Rensteph Thompson – Project Manager International – HESS TIMBER

“The Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Leeds – The largest glulam structure of its type in the UK”




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Lincolnshire Gateway Success For Elta Fans

Stem Architects Ltd

Image courtesy of Stem Architects Ltd

The exceptional low noise performance of Quietflow centrifugal box fans was a predominant factor in securing prestigious ventilation contracts for Elta Fans Building Services Division in two, eight storey student accommodation blocks at the University of Lincoln.

The £28 million student accommodation scheme called ‘The Gateway’, has provided 458 apartments and retail, restaurant and office spaces in Block A and an eight storey building, Block B, will accommodate 77 student apartments.


Image courtesy of Stem Architects Ltd

Elta Fans, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Toby Worrall said: “The design schedule for these contracts stressed the importance of a number of factors, including noise and optimised performance capabilities through the provision of DCV control.

Elta Group’s Product Marketing Manager, Nygel Humphrey added: “Also important in the schedule was the ability of the ventilation system to provide speed control and fault monitoring for the customer’s Building Management System.  It was clear that the DCV enabled Quietflow range was the optimum solution.”

Toby Worrall continued; “The lead time on the project was also tight, however our longstanding commitment to stock with the Elta Select range – which includes the Quietflow products, meant we were able to fulfil the order in line with the customer’s timeline.

Commenting for the main contractor, Ambivent, design manager, Steve Thornton Design Manager said: “Elta Fans Building Services were chosen because of their ability to meet our strict delivery schedule and for the fans to meet the specific specification and budget requirements.

The two ventilation contracts for Elta Fans, placed by distributer, JA Glover Limited on behalf of Mechanical Services, Ambivent Limited amounted to a combined value of more than £47,000, with the internal roof fan system in Block A valued at £27,500 and the external roof fan system in Block B worth just short of £20,000.

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Sustainable, secure perimeters for high density urban developments


As our urban centres grow, so pressure builds on our green spaces. The drive to build new domestic, commercial and industrial property is hampered by a lack of available space and a need to often repurpose existing land. There is a tendency for new developments to be built in such a way that there is very little space for incorporating green elements such as verges, and the driving imperative is usually to make maximum use of what little space there is.

But of course greenery remains very important. 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 health of gardens.

So what are the innovative options for incorporating plants into the urban environment in such a way that they integrate with our high density building programmes and maximise what little available space there is?

Fencing and boundary walls are the obvious areas in which developers and local authorities should be considering a green approach as part of their strategies for improving public health.


Mobilane’s Green Screen is, as the name suggests, 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 highly 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.

Quick and easy to install, Green Screens come in a range of sizes and provide an instant green solution that becomes more verdant over time. They can be installed free standing or up against existing brick and stone walls, and can even be attached to walls above ground to create a living wall.

In both the private and public sector arena Green Screens have found a range of uses and 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.

Due to their narrow footprint Green Screens are idea for providing secure and sustainable perimeter fencing where space is an issue. Also, where pressure to meet tight construction deadlines means planting hedges and waiting for them to grow is not an option, Green Screens provide an instant and superior solution.

The ivy of Green Screens requires minimal maintenance and as well as helping to improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and airborne particulates, also serves to attract bees and other insects. The benefits of plants in tackling the ‘heat island effect’ in build-up areas is well understood.

Green Screens have 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 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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Kydex® Sheet – Helping To Build A Better Healthcare Future


When it comes to building a better healthcare future, James Latham’s latest surface solution, KYDEX® Sheet, is the long-term partner you can trust. The UK’s largest timber and panel products distributor is now offering this high performance, exceptionally durable thermoplastic sheet that also promises to significantly enhance any healthcare environment or styling theme.

Supplied in a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, KYDEX® Sheet offers designers the ability to create an almost unlimited variety of flat and three-dimensional effects which can be achieved through techniques including; thermoforming, membrane pressing, post forming, brake forming, laminating and machining. This allows different parts to be produced using the most efficient technique yet still match in appearance.


KYDEX® Sheet can be formed to compound corners and contoured edges, minimising the need for moulding and edge banding and enabling large area installations to have the appearance of one seamless, single application. Even brand logos and messages can be embossed into the material.

Offering unrivalled, long-term performance from its exceptional impact, chemical and scratch resistance, KYDEX® Sheet will not chip, crack, break, or snap, making it the perfect surface solution for demanding, high traffic or high impact applications. Plus, Kydex® Sheet has antimicrobial properties that help in the fight against infectious outbreaks and the spread of contagious conditions.

The KYDEX® Sheet thermoplastics range is distributed on a national basis by James Latham’s wholly owned specialist panel company, Advanced Technical Panels (ATP) which already offers a number of other surface products for this sector. Andrew Wright, Director of James Latham commented, “We are all very excited by KYDEX® and already it is having a big impact with our customers, not only within the healthcare sector but also the shop fitting, education and exhibition sectors.

“The potential applications are just so vast and it is already being used extensively in hospitals. Most of us will have already come into contact with KYDEX® Sheet without even realising it. It is used extensively in the aviation industry, on aircraft for seat mouldings, food trays and drop down tables as well as for seating in high traffic areas such as departure lounges.”



KYDEX® sheet is available in over 3,500 colours, including granite, metallic and wood grain patterns as well as multiple surface textures and thicknesses from 0.71mm to 12mm. And if none of these choices meet your needs, then a unique, custom colour can be manufactured just for you.

For more information on KYDEX® thermoplastics or to obtain samples or arrange a visit from one of our technical specialists call 0113 387 0850 or email

KYDEX® sheet has recently been used extensively in the major development and refurbishment of Hull Royal Infirmary. Thanks to James Latham customer, Leisure Technique, who used the material extensively in the fit-out for supplying these images.

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Reynaers at Home builds on green credentials with Green Acres


A brand new development in Princes Risborough has used an array of innovative products from aluminium systems company Reynaers at Home.

Unusually for a domestic project, curtain walling product CW 50 has been used to maximise light and space, along with CF 77 bi-folding doors and CS 68 aluminium windows and doors. This curtain wall has made it possible to have a feature wall of glass that is two storeys high.

The aptly-named Green Acres not only boasts advanced and highly energy-efficient materials, with the ability to incorporate triple glazing and other sustainable elements, but also has wonderful views across the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Green Acres was constructed this year and the fabricator was Fusion Glazing.

Marketing Manager at Reynaers Rebecca Cope said: “Reynaers at Home’s range of made-to-measure aluminium windows and doors draws on 50 years of design and engineering excellence. The aluminium curtain wall systems are particularly well equipped to enhance the living and working environment of a residential building.

“We offer a range of solutions, such as different styles of face caps from horizontal to vertical lining, to a more minimalistic look using structural glazing or clamping technologies.

“Reynaers at Home also offers tailored solutions for those projects that require a specific architectural design for their aluminium facade. Our aluminium façade products are available in a hundred different colours and finishes for both inside and outside, ranging from a matt, gloss or anodised finish, to a special low maintenance and scratch resistant Coatex finish. Even a realistic wood effect is available.”

Reynaers at Home’s products are robust, thermally efficient and strong. Its full curtain walling range complies with the highest standards in energy efficiency and security too and is fully compatible with its aluminium windows, aluminium doors, aluminium roof systems and even photovoltaic panels to offer a complete solution combined with endless design freedom. A 10-year insurance backed system guarantee is available for all of Reynaers at Home’s aluminium curtain walls.

Reynaers at Home is a premium brand dedicated to offering the very best architectural glazing products and service to the discerning householder. For more information see the website, email or call 0121 421 9707.

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Unusual high load cantilever walkway challenge


The Kidwells Estate, a 1960s-built initiative just outside Maidenhead town centre, in Berkshire, is undergoing major regeneration which involves the construction of  seven new blocks. These vary from three to six storeys of structural concrete frame and are part timber clad.  Long cantilever walkways that service multiple flats on the complex form an unusual feature of the new development and the demands of the walkways presented a technical challenge for the structural thermal breaks used in their construction.  


Now known as Parklands, the former Kidwells Estate, is a landmark £27.1 million project, scheduled for completion later this year. It is a scheme for One Housing and in replacing seven 1960s-built apartment blocks, the redevelopment will provide 204 new mixed tenure high quality homes, consisiting of 75 homes for rent to existing and new tenants, nine shared ownership homes and 120 homes for private sale.  On completion the development will provide three and four bedroom family homes; as well as one and two bedroom apartments.   One Housing manages over 15,000 homes across 27 London boroughs and surrounding counties; and in the last three years has delivered more than 1,500 new affordable homes, with plans to build a further 3,600 by 2019 to help meet the housing shortage.

The unusual construction challenge involving the walkways at Parklands, is brought about because the design consideration, both aestheticaly and for the benefit of residents and visitors, requires as much natural light as possible to be available in the areas around the cantilever walkways.


To meet this requirement, extensive light wells have been introduced at regular intervals along the length of the galleries.   These wells are effectively a series of elongated spaces, which separate the walkways from the building for large sections.   As a result, there are far fewer structural connection points between the walkways and the building than would normally be anticipated, so the connectivity opportunities are very limited. The walkways themselves being cantilever concrete construction into internal reinforced concrete frame.

Schöck is the supplier of the structural thermal breaks and because of the restricted connectivity point opportunities, the products had to resist a much greater shear load than would be the case with a more conventional design.   In addition to this, the support condition of the external columns and edge beams also had to be taken into account and there was a limitation too on slab thickness for the dowel connections.

The solution required a relatively unusual combination of products and the issues were resolved by Schöck designing in its type HPC Isokorb.  It is a product utilised only if horizontal, tension and compression forces are present in the design and additionally it is necessary to integrate the type QP90+QP90 Isokorb as well, for linear or point connection to support high shear loads.   Schöck type SLD Q50 heavy duty stainless steel dowels were also incorporated to enable the transfer of vertical shear forces and allow two directional lateral movements at the expansion joints.   The result was a completely secure thermally insulated load-bearing connection at all of the restricted, but key structural points.

HPC Isokorb

HPC Isokorb



The Isokorb structural thermal break range enables connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel – and the many different unit types available, combined with their ability to enable the transmission of shear, bending moment, tension and compression forces, also means that the options available effectively run into hundreds when the different combinations are taken into account.

All units provide BBA Certification and LABC Registration and meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations.

The requirement described in BRE IP1/06 – a document cited in Building Regulations Approved Documents Part L1 and L2 and Section 6 in Scotland – that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings, is easily met by incorporating the Schöck Isokorb.

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 free ‘Thermal Bridging Guide’ is also available on request

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890 go to or email:

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Self Closing Safety Gates Provides Roof Edge Protection


Safesite, a supplier of fall protection solutions, has introduced Kee Gate, a range of self-closing safety gates as part of its product portfolio which provides workers with a safety solution when working at height.

Designed to work both externally and internally and on ladders, roof hatches, walkways, with edge protection and plant machinery, Kee Gate ensures maintenance and inspection staff can fulfil their job, follow best practices and comply with current safety standards, without putting their safety at risk.  Kee Gates are spring loaded so can automatically close behind the user, providing an added level of security and overcoming the potential for human error.  This type of system is the preferred solution to chains, bars or sliding tubes, as these traditional forms of protection can lead to a hazardous void, when used incorrectly.

Kee Gate is available in galvanised steel and if required can be powder coated in safety yellow. The safety gate is available with standard ‘U’ bolts for fixing to uprights of 33.7, 42.4 and 48.3 mm diameter, enabling the gate to be fixed quickly to existing supporting structures, posts or stringers. An additional fixing pack is provided which allows the gate to be fixed to square, flat or angle uprights. Easy to install or to retro-fit existing structures, such as galvanised handrails and roof edge protection systems, Kee Gate is 1 metre wide. Designed to be trimmed on-site, this solution saves companies the time and money it takes to fabricate their own gates.

Kee Gate is compliant with the requirements of EN 13374 Class A, EN ISO 14122 Part 3 & Part 4 and is CE marked to EN 1090.  The system has undergone extensive testing to ensure total reliability of the gates. These include salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11 Neutral solutions over 200 hours to assess the coating’s corrosion resistance, life cycle testing to BS 6375-2:2009 Clause 6.5 – Opening and closing of Gate through 90 degrees 50,000 cycles and Abuse Testing where 9 x 25kg weights were suspended from the gate to test what happens if pressure is applied. This ensures durability, superior corrosion resistance and defence against signs of wear.

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Safety on Green Roofs

Jason Godfrey, General Manager at Safesite, explains the importance of safety solutions on green roofs.

As we become increasingly conscious about the environment and green issues, the demand for sustainable construction has grown.  This has lead to an increase in green roofs, particularly in cities where these roofs are seen as an important part of combating the effects of climate change.

Green roofs can 'grow' around a safety system

Green roofs can ‘grow’ around a safety system

The benefits of green roofs are substantial.  As well as being aesthetically pleasing, they are an important and cost effective means of enhancing biodiversity, increasing the life expectancy of the roof membrane, improving the quality of water, run-off and air quality, and providing a sound insulation barrier.  Their greater thermal mass also has a positive impact on a building’s energy consumption by improving its thermal performance.

Although they are self sustaining, these roofs still require maintenance. This may be vegetation maintenance, removing unwanted plant material and replacing failed plants or checking drain outlets and fire breaks, inspecting flashings and mastic of the roofing membrane itself.  Rooflights and solar panels will also need to be cleaned, antennae serviced and litter and debris removed from the roof.  Taking all this into account, it is likely that maintenance will need to be carried out at least twice a year, which according to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) is frequent activity.

Maintenance requirements for green roofs should be planned for at the design stage, and provision needs to be made for safety systems so that work can be carried out safely.  When considering a safety system, the general rule is for collective measures such as guardrails to be the first priority, especially when many of those accessing the roof, such as landscapers, will have limited experience and training when it comes to working at height.

Lifeline installed on green roof

Lifeline installed on green roof

There will be occasions where collective measures are not suitable.  In these situations, fall restraint or fall arrest systems including roof anchors and lifelines provide an alternative solution.  Lifelines such as Safesite’s Horizontal Lifeline provide the user with continual hands free protection along the length of the system without the need to detach.

Alternatively, roof anchors such as the Mobile Man Anchor can be used as a single unit or as a series of anchors linked together via the Safesite horizontal lifeline to provide user protection.  Whenever possible these systems should be used as fall restraint, preventing the user from reaching the leading edge.  If the user does need to work in an area where a fall is possible, the system will become fall arrest and should only be used by those who have been trained on both the equipment and rescue.

Safe maintenance

Safe maintenance

As with any form of work at height, safety on the roofs must not be overlooked. By considering safety at the design stage, systems can be installed before planting, allowing the roof to grow ‘around’ the system, making it less obtrusive, but still ensuring that work can be carried out in complete safety.

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Emergency… Which Service Do You Require?


When an emergency arises, seeing the right specialist can greatly improve a patient’s survival rate. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust set an ambitious goal as part of a £200 million investment, to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside. By creating a new state-of the-art hospital, The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital provides onsite emergency care consultants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the first purpose-built hospital of its kind offering this level of medical cover in England.

Design and Vision

The new model at Northumbria is in line with the vision outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View to develop networks of linked hospitals that ensure patients with the most serious needs have specialist emergency centres, and that hospital patients always have access to services. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust invested £75 million to build the new high-tech Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with a further £15 million invested new equipment, roads and infrastructure.


The hospital has been designed to provide a modern approach to care, focusing on the patient’s needs during their stay. Most of the 282 beds are single ensuite rooms, facilitating the management of patients with mixed dependency factors and reducing the risk of the spread of infection.


The building consists of a two and three-storey in-situ free-form concrete frame structure, typically faced in render. The new 30,000m2 building will provide inpatients wards, accident & emergency care, operating theatres, critical care, maternity and paediatricians, radiology, MRI and X-ray, pharmacy, mortuary and pathology and a cafeteria.



Working for their client Farpod, EOS Facades custom manufactured 20,000m2 of light gauge steel framing systems and pods for the hospital, valued at £350,000. EOS were appointed to work on this project due to the quality of their product – offering a versatile building system and enabling rapid construction whilst providing a lightweight solution with high strength.

Positive Outcomes

The project team have targeted a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and have achieved a 45/50 Considerate Constructor score.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of NHS England commented: “This hospital is a glimpse of the future and sets the standard for other NHS organisations across the country.

This purpose built facility will have the right people, at the right place, with the right equipment. We should be proud of this hospital offering excellent emergency care for the local population. ”



Construction of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, generated scores of jobs and investment in the region over the two-year build, which has now been completed and handed over to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital now serves 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland.

EOS Facades provide CPD presentations covering a wide range of light steel solutions and services. To request your CPD session simply contact Thomas Elliott, EOS Facades Technical Sales Manager on:

EOS Facades have worked on projects across all construction sectors, including education, healthcare, leisure, commercial and residential. Their portfolio of successfully completed projects and track record stretches back 10 years, so clients will benefit from a wealth of experience and expertise.

The EOS Facades product range includes:

  • Facade (Panels) – an innovative panel system which is fully engineered and assembled offsite in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The fully engineered framed solution is designed to accommodate the fixing of any type of facade panelling or curtain walling system.
  • Facade (Stud & Track) – bespoke system, custom-manufactured to exacting requirements to meet our client’s needs. Suitable for all types of infill panels into primary framed hot rolled steel and in-situ concrete framed buildings.
  • Flooring System – flooring systems range from lattice beam solutions to fully panellised flooring systems. Suitable for all types of load bearing floors from intermediate separating floors to bespoke mezzanine flooring solutions.
  • Roofing System – extensive roofing range from truss and flat-to-pitch roofing systems to providing ground-breaking ‘room-in-the-roof’ solutions.

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Do you have Noisy Classrooms and Noisy Sports Halls?


Research proves that poor acoustics within educational environments including classrooms and sports halls can affect both teaching and learning.

Hush Acoustics have developed products and systems that will reduce impact, airborne and reverberation noise between or within learning spaces.

All Hush products are in compliance with acoustic regulations for educational environments and fall in line with the Building Bulletin 93 (BB93).

“We have developed many easy to install systems that are designed to optimise space within a classroom / sportshall for refurbishment projects or new builds. Creating better learning environments for students will make it easier for teachers to get their message across. We work on projects of any size from a single classroom to a whole school. “Rob Crampton MD of Hush Acoustics

Hush Acoustics also offer a consultancy service outlining practical, economical and environmentally friendly ways to minimize noise levels within teaching environments.

To find out more about BB93 compliant services and our product range visit or call 0151 933 2026 to speak to an experienced Hush Technician.

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Sixth school term for Jack Door


School projects increasingly demand quality Secured by Design doors that can also deliver energy efficiency, safety features and they have to be hard wearing against the daily knocks of school life. That’s why Architectural Windows and Glazing Ltd chose Jack Aluminum Systems’ PAS24 thermal TD68 Jack Door for six schools.

Derby based Architectural Windows and Glazing has manufactured and installed 16 single and 23 double leaf Secured by Design approved Jack Doors in schools across Manchester after impressing the contractor and local authority with the quality of the product and the quick turnaround times.

“We discovered Jack Aluminum Systems two years ago,” explains David Leeming, Director at Architectural Windows and Glazing. “Expectations for school projects are high and build schedules are tight. To be competitive in this market we needed a door that solved the challenges commonly associated with school buildings that we could manufacture on short lead times

“Because Jack Aluminium tests its door suite to PAS 23 and 24 standards, we’re able to manufacture the TD68 as a Secured by Design approved product using Jack Aluminium’s technical information.

“The specialist school construction company we worked with on these projects also liked the curved finger guard design feature to prevent fingers trapping in the door and the thermally broken threshold which can achieve a 1.7 U-value. I don’t know of any other double door on the market that can do all of this,” adds David.

Jack Aluminum is an easy company to deal with, helpful and straightforward to get hold of when you need something quickly. We’ve continued to use the TD68 Jack Door ever since we first found it. We have a project in progress in Worcester for 11 more Jack Doors, and have just been awarded 2 more Manchester schools as well.”

Jack Aluminium Ltd – 024 7646 7449  



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Gerflor take Glasgow table tennis club to a new level!


Situated in the West side of Glasgow is Drumchapel Table Tennis Club. With over 300 members actively playing table tennis every week, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the UK.

Head Coach, Terry McLernon MBE, started up Drumchapel Table Tennis Club twenty years ago with just one table, on a Friday night in the local sports centre. Now with its own premises the club is a neighbourhood hub, run by the community and inspiring local young people to grow and develop personally through sport.

When the club needed a suitable flooring solution to overlay the existing sports floor, they turned to international flooring and finishing solutions specialists Gerflor to supply a sports flooring product that would not only deliver to the highest standards, but would also look great. The ideal choice would be Gerflor’s Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System.

Terry McLernon MBE comments, “We specified Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System from Gerflor as we have used it in the past at some multi-sport events and we found it really durable and were looking for something that could be used for all sports and not just one.”

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.

Terry goes on to comment, “The floor looks magnificent down and it has helped lift the profile of the sport centre as it looks as if it is a brand new centre inside.”

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

The fitting of the Taraflex™ Sport Evolution Eco-Fit System would also be a benefit for one of Scotland’s foremost sports flooring specialists as Stephen Fraser, Contract Director from McKay Flooring goes on to explain, “Taraflex is very easy to fit and work with. The Eco-Fit looselay in particular is quick and hassle free.”

Stephen explains, “We have been dealing with Gerflor for a number of years. Without doubt they are one of the top flooring manufacturers in the UK. In fact as far as I’m concerned, Gerflor are number one in what they do.”

The Taraflex™ Eco-Fit System is an eco-friendly, free-floating installation solution that saves time and money, achieving the lowest lifecycle cost. Minimising downtime, it allows existing sports surfaces or multi-purpose floors to be left in place and overlaid; and 80% less adhesive is required so VOC emissions are also reduced.

Taraflex™ meets the EN Standard of 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E. coli – S. aureus – MRSA) (3) returning more than a 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.

The Taraflex™ Eco-Fit system is suitable for sports, community projects and is ideal for use over existing sports floorings, where there is no risk of rising dampness such as resin, parquet and PVC. It offers a solution on new surfaces, on upper floors, over service ducts or sealing membranes, and flat floor surfaces in accordance with EN Standard 14904. Quick and simple installation means that, on average, two installers laying the floor will take two days less to complete a 1000m² sports hall when compared with standard installations that need to be secured to the floor with adhesive.

Taraflex™ has a double density foam backing and as another bonus, it’s environmentally friendly.

Terry McLernon MBE finally ends by saying, “As a sports hub all the players feel that it has made a big difference in their training, as before we had a concrete floor and there was no give in it. The new floor from Gerflor has provided a huge benefit for us.”

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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ROCKFON creates artistic sound control for new Morriston Hospital

Morriston hospital in Swansea is undergoing a huge £102M redevelopment as part of an ambitious plan to re-shape the way hospital services are delivered in south-west Wales. The hospital is one of the largest in the country, but its pre-war buildings required either updating or replacing with modern, new premises. ROCKFON ceiling solutions are installed throughout the hospital including the impressive main atrium in the Outpatients’ building.

There is increasing recognition that art can have a positive impact on people’s health and sense of wellbeing. At Morriston Hospital, art commissioned and managed by Art in Site Ltd is used to help create a welcoming and attractive environment for patients. The art in the building was inspired by the Welsh landscape and its people, including Alan Goulbourne’s striking wall sculptures in the double height atrium. White blocks of acoustic material in various sizes are clustered on the wall elevation reminiscent of rough-hewn blocks traditionally used in stonewalls.


ROCKFON Eclipse islands are suspended in the atrium to provide sound absorption and continue the visual theme. The Eclipse islands are suspended at different heights and in different sizes to create a wave formation, floating in the centre of the space. Patterns of fractured striated rock are printed on the visible surface of each island. Here the objective is to make a link between macro and micro worlds.

Mike Sealey, Design Manager for BAM Construction explains why ROCKFON was chosen for the project: “BAM had already chosen ROCKFON for its outstanding acoustic performance, cost and infection control properties. When we discovered the sculptor often used building materials in his work we knew ROCKFON would be the perfect fit. The use of ROCKFON Eclipse helps keep reverberation levels to a minimum in this busy area and provides a fascinating sculpture which lends patterns of light and visual variety to the large space.”

Lindsey Jones, Assistant Director of Strategy who leads the project on behalf of the Health Board commented, “On such a large project it’s very important to integrate art into the overall interior design strategy and I was conscious that the budget funded by the Welsh Government had to be used and spent wisely. As such it was decided that the use of the ROCKFON product not only provided a striking visual impact in the building but added value to the project by enhancing the acoustics within the waiting space. We have had many positive comments about the suspended sculpture and I would like to thank ROCKFON for their assistance in the project”.

ROCKFON Eclipse islands are an ideal solution for adding distinctive visual appeal to any space while contributing to good acoustics at the same time. These versatile islands are available in a range of sizes and shapes including: squares, rectangles, circles, standard geometric shapes and custom formats and they can be ordered in any colour or printed with a pattern of your choice. The islands are easy to install and can be suspended from many structures (including concrete, wood, steel) using the ROCKFON Eclipse suspension system. They can be positioned in any arrangement, at any height and mounted at different angles.

Craig Tucker, Director at Bay Productions Ltd, installed the islands and was impressed with how easy they were to use: “It was pretty straight forward to fit the islands, the spiral anchor fixings were quick and simple to fix. I think the overall result was clean and elegant. We wouldn’t have any issues using ROCKFON Eclipse again.”

Eclipse islands are suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects where suspended ceilings cannot be installed, or the acoustics are particularly challenging, and where the design calls for a ceiling that is out of the ordinary.

ROCKFON technical services and sales team helped in the selection of suitable materials for the ceilings and sculpture panels in meetings with the University Health Board and BAM. Mike Sealey valued their help and advice: “It’s always useful to discuss new projects directly with ROCKFON because they are very knowledgeable. ROCKFON is a straightforward first port of call. Organising the sculpture was out of the ordinary but the ROCKFON team were pleased to help and took it in their stride.”

ROCKFON MediCare Plus is installed throughout the wards, treatment rooms, corridors and dental school rooms. ROCKFON MediCare Plus ceiling tiles fulfil all the essential hygiene requirements in healthcare environments and comply with the Department of Health’s HBN and HTM guidelines. MediCare Plus is available in 20-25mm thick stone wool tiles. The visible surface of the tiles is covered with a white painted, water-repellent fleece that is resistant to bacteria and mould growth and can be effectively steam cleaned. MediCare Plus has obtained a Bacteriological Class B1 certification and does not contribute to the growth of MRSA.

Mathew Kemble of Richard Kemble Contracts Ltd installed MediCare Plus using Chicago Metallic Click grid and found the process to be straight forward: “The whole installation went very smoothly, we use ROCKFON products for all hospital projects with BAM. The client is very happy with the finished look.”

If your architectural construction is particularly unusual or challenging, ROCKFON can help you achieve your aim. For advice and inspiration, visit


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Bailey Artform introduces their latest co-ordinated street furniture collection in conjunction with Landscape Forms

FGP – Site Furniture with Global Appeal

The new FGP range is an integrated collection of site furniture and lighting created by Milan-based designer Francisco Gomez Paz and the latest addition to Landscape Forms Global 45 Collections. These are products designed by international designers to have global appeal, with structural components manufactured by Landscape Forms and flat-shipped to partner vendors around the world who provide regionally sourced infill materials and assemble and deliver complete products to customers.  “We now have sales, service and assembly centers in the UK, Brazil and Australia,” explains Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford.

Bailey Artform are the manufacturing and sales partner for Landscape Forms in the UK, with plans to manage expansion into Europe.

The Designer

“Francisco Gomez Paz is an emerging design talent and a very fine industrial designer who understands the challenges of designing and manufacturing for a global marketplace. The FGP Collection adds another aesthetic point of view to Landscape Forms international expansion.”

The Range

The FGP Collection includes five elements: a bench, litter receptacle, bike rack and LED pedestrian and path lights.


The forms have a fluid simplicity with subtly curved structural frames that give them a soft appearance.  “The FGP Collection is really beautiful, with a visual language that is elegant and light,” declares Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing. “While it is contemporary, it references familiar forms, especially in the bench. So it is welcoming but is also a very modern play. Good design comes out of constraints and FGP is proof that you can do great product with a great aesthetic at an attractive price point.”

Technical Details

All structural parts of the FGP Collection are cast aluminum. Slats on the bench and litter are wood. The bench is offered in single and double lengths and is scalable. The back height of the bench was designed to allow a sitter to rest an arm on it, making it feel relaxed and welcoming.

The top of the litter is hinged to swing up for easy servicing.


The 12-16’ pedestrian light and low path light are shaped by three stems that rise from the connection with the pole and base, respectively, forming a soft, triangular head holding LEDs in triangular arrays that cast illumination between the verticals in a clean footprint.  The inclusion of pedestrian lighting enables the FGP Collection to create public spaces that are viable 24 hours a day.


The bike rack has a visually arresting shape that echoes the form of a bicycle frame, lending it fresh appeal. All parts come together elegantly with no welding and minimized or hidden fasteners. Cast aluminum parts on the bench, litter and bike rack have a handsome anodized finish.

Castings on lights are finished using Landscape Forms’ proprietary Pangard II powdercoat. Wood slats on the bench and litter are offered in the UK by Bailey Artform using regionally sourced wood species.

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Schools out for summer!


Specialist timber fire door manufacturer, Ahmarra are working to tight deadlines to ensure that their latest school projects receive their doorsets in good time for the start of the new school year

“The summer months have always been a busy period for our education projects, but 2015 is proving to be even more successful. We launched our new Education Range in February 2015 with the aim of simplifying the whole process for our clients and this has generated a great deal of interest in the sector” said Tim Doran, Ahmarra’s Managing Director.


Ahmarra are currently working on over 20 large-scale projects to manufacture fire doors for schools for the summer of 2015, as well as working with a number of architects and contractors who wish to specify the Education Range for new build and redevelopments in the future.


Current projects include the full refurbishment of St Augustine’s Academy in Maidstone; the innovative Low Carbon Building at the University of East Anglia, which is claimed to be one of the most energy efficient buildings in Europe;  and the new £8 million Science Centre at Abingdon School.

Ahmarra’s range of high performance timber doorsets and glazed screens are particularly suited to school environments and areas of high footfall that often have specific fire, acoustic and safety requirements. The severe duty fire doors include ratings up to FD60 and up to 43 RwdB acoustic ratings and all materials are FSC certified.


“Our many years experience of manufacturing doors within the education sector has led us to develop our new range of made-to-order doorsets tailored to meet the requirements of schools, colleges and universities. Our aim is to make the entire process as simple and practical as possible.” said Tim Doran.

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of made to order doorset solutions, Ahmarra have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education sector and this new range will further establish their expertise in this area. The brochure for the Education Range can be downloaded from

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