Our clients have just bought a new house and wanted to remove the existing side extensions which were of poor quality, and replace them with a new extension. The new single storey extension creates a new entrance hall, study and a light and spacious new kitchen-diner which opens onto their garden. There are also alterations to the existing house to all together give a better use if space, and bring light and ventilation into the enclosed bathroom. The proposal blends well with the existing house and its surroundings.
The proposal has now received planning permission and work is to start after having given building control approval and a builder has been appointed.
Enabling architects and designers to specify products from across the Geberit and Twyford brands, the Geberit Bathroom Collection now features on the online SpecMaster sanitaryware specification tool.
Developed in partnership with NBS, who provide technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, the online planning software previously included only Twyford products, with the Geberit Bathroom Collection being a natural addition.
The specification tool for architects, designers, specifiers and contractors is feature-rich yet user-friendly, offering an incredibly simple way to create and manage bathroom projects using Geberit and Twyford products.
The full Geberit Bathroom Collection now features on SpecMaster, with five series featuring ceramics, furniture and mirrors. Architects and designers can therefore specify across the Geberit and Twyford brands with one easy-to-use tool.
Providing users with all the product choices and details needed for any project, SpecMaster makes searching for items simple, with advanced browsing features, a drag-and-drop facility and an option for selecting multiple items.
Free to use, with no software to install, SpecMaster produces industry-standard reports and schedules that are compatible with NBS standards, offering specifiers an all-in-one online solution.
Neaco’s glass balustrade and aluminium grille systems are once again proving their value in contemporary design schemes following a specification at Fawcetts Yard, a new development of luxury homes in Harrogate.
Designed by Bramhall Blenkharn and built by HACS Construction, the select development comprises four stylish three-storey homes alongside a workshop/studio. The balconies on the upper floor of each home feature Neaco’s Techdek aluminium grille decking as well as their Elan semi-structural balustrade system with aluminium stanchions and handrails in a grey powder coated finish. The result is an attractively minimalist aesthetic in keeping with the development’s modern design and finish which incorporates distinctive Terracotta cladding.
Ric Blenkharn of Bramhall Blenkharn said: “I’m more than happy with the service and products supplied by Neaco – their combination of decking and balustrade has been excellent choice for this development. I’m familiar with the products, having used them on a number of other projects as well as my own home.”
Most balustrade designs secure glass infill panels in place by attaching them to the stanchions with a clip, but Elan’s glass panels are secured by a top rail above and a subtle floor channel below. The result is a sleek appearance, an economical use of materials and an easy-to-install solution. Designed for non-raked installations, Elan is often specified as a balcony solution complete with Techdek aluminium grille flooring.
Elan offers all the classic characteristics that define Neaco’s Spectrum balustrade and balcony range. To complement its aesthetics virtues, the system offers many practical qualities, including maintenance-free durability, exceptional design versatility and fast, low-energy installation with no welding or hot works required. The powder coating applied to Elan handrails provides a non-chip, warm-to-touch finish and the glass is toughened with tinting options available.
As well as balustrade, balconies and metal grating systems, Neaco also manufactures a wide range of bathroom mobility aids including true level access showers, shower seats, grab rails, drop-down rails and half-height shower doors. Further information is available at www.neaco.co.uk
Easton Square, an exclusive development of four bespoke, luxury 6-bedroom houses, features CUPA 12 R Excellence roofing slates. The product was selected for its superior qualities including its adaptability, longevity and polished finish.
The exclusive Langton Homes development is set in large private grounds in Great Easton. Each property features over 5,500 square feet of accommodation and has been tailored towards the individual needs of each occupier. CUPA 12 slate has been used across all four Easton Square dwellings including the properties’ associated outbuildings and garages.
Supplied through Castle Roofing Supplies, CUPA 12 is a dark grey slate with thin laminations and a smooth matt surface. Available in six sizes, it has exceptional consistency of thickness and surface appearance; it is split to an average thickness of 5mm and 6mm. In addition, the slates conform to the product specification requirements of BS EN 12326-1 and are certified for resistance to freeze or thaw.
Commenting on the choice of CUPA 12 slate for Easton Square, Jonathan Arksey, at BRP Architects said: “Our aim was to deliver an uncompromising design to reflect the natural beauty of the homes’ surroundings, with excellent quality of build, intricate craftsmanship and superior finishes. CUPA PIZARRAS slate’s timeless appearance not only complements all the external materials that make up the dwellings, but is also in harmony with roofing used throughout the neighbouring Conservation Area of Great Easton”.
Robert Cannon from roofing installers R and N Roofing, said: “CUPA 12 slate is a heavy and durable material which is not only straightforward to work with, but also allows for the extensive coverage required to reach the desired quality of finish. Also, due to the dwellings’ pitched roofs it is important that the materials can adapt to the demands of varying gradient levels, which CUPA 12 slate does perfectly”.
Architect Hans-Ludwig Stell from Münster, Germany, has developed a sophisticated modular system for one and two-storey house construction. This quick, easy, and self-explanatory timber construction, SI-Modular, is based on Metsä Wood´s I-beam Finnjoist®.
Hans-Ludwig Stell, the managing partner of the Stellinnovation GmbH, was asked to develop a house type for use in development-aid that could be assembled as simply as possible. The SI-Modular system enables the houses to be constructed from timber completely without screws, by simply using interlocking connections in the installation.
I-beam modules supported by Kerto® LVL
“I was architecturally inspired by steel construction”, the architect thinks back: “nevertheless, our architect team excluded steel construction specifically from this application. Timber I-beams by Metsä Wood turned out to be a suitable solution.
The construction of timber I-beams is similar to that of steel I-profiles: the OSB web in the middle separates the top and bottom flanges that run parallel to each other. The latter are made of high-strength Kerto-S, in a single piece and can bear enormous pressure and tensile loads permanently. The Finnjoist® timber I-beam is a very versatile building product that fulfilled all the required characteristics for this house type.
Hans-Ludwig Stell further extended the house type to comply with today’s European standards, for example, the German EnEV energy saving ordinance.
Easy to build with a fixed grid
The SI-Modular system is based on a fixed grid. The distances are exactly one metre. Five bays, i.e. five metres, form the maximum width – the length may be any amount on the grid. For certain applications, such as plaster surfaces, the clear span can be halved by inserting an intermediate stud in the system.
Due to the high load capacity, Metsä Wood I-beams are used for the walls, floors and roof. The I-beams are fixed to the horizontal rails which are anchored to the floor plate.
When erecting the walls, the transversely running beams are visible. The beams and rails, as well as the connections and reinforcements are made of load-bearing and bracing Kerto-Q or the dimensionally stable Kerto-S. The individual timber components are connected using precisely interlocking connections.
Due to the dimensional stability of the I-beams and the precise milling, no assembly errors arise and the construction is very stable. Only a hammer is necessary for the assembly.
“Even if it is said that timber moves, it certainly isn’t the case here!” Hans-Ludwig Stell sums it up.
Optigreen, the specialist green roof systems supplier, have released an updated version of their fully comprehensive Technical Brochure.
Consisting of 96 pages, the brochure combines basic and specialist knowledge of roof greening and gives safe and approved solutions in accordance with GRO and FLL Green Roofing Guidelines.
Each green roof system solution is presented with the most relevant data, system build-ups, accessory products and a brief description.
The brochure also includes some new Optigreen products and system solutions for blue roofs, pitched roofs and roof planters.
Webcodes included in the new brochure, mean you will always be able to access up to date information on all our optimised products and systems through our website www.optigreen.co.uk. The online version of the continuously updated brochure has interactive features and links to further information and services.
A pioneering open innovation project to accelerate growth in large scale wood construction.
Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative is a call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction. By creating an open innovation platform around modular wood construction, Metsä Wood’s aim is to connect the local wood construction industry with global knowledge to facilitate collaboration and growth.
Today the construction industry is dominated by two materials – steel and concrete. Only a fraction (5-10%) of global urban construction is wood, due in part to the fact that the industry is fragmented and local. Wood, however, is an optimal material for urban construction as it enables faster building processes; its lightness leads to more affordable structures and it is the most environmentally friendly building material, battling climate change through carbon storage.
Metsä Wood’s Executive Vice President, Esa Kaikkonen, explains: “Not enough knowledge about modular wood design and building is shared, so wood construction remains niche. There is plenty of innovation but it is difficult to find, so Open Source Wood is our solution. We believe that with open collaboration the industry can achieve significant growth.”
Inspired by open source ideology
The initiative takes its inspiration from open source ideology, championed by the software industry, to drive innovation further and faster, and to increase speed to market.
Metsä Wood is taking the first step by sharing its own intellectual property for modular Kerto® LVL wood elements, making them available freely for everyone.
Metsä Wood to award €30,000 prize
Additionally, Metsä Wood will award innovation in modular element design by offering 30k euro in prize money during 2017 to exceptional designs, submitted as part of the initiative, using its Kerto LVL material.
By 2050, approximately 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. This means that we need living space for billions. At the same time, cities contribute to up to 70% of the total greenhouse gas emissions and we need to fight climate change. One way to fight climate change is to make construction more sustainable and that’s possible when building with wood on a global scale.
Eric Karsh, an engineer at Vancouver-based Equilibrium Consulting, adds: “We fundamentally need to challenge the way we build. Timber technology is now progressing so fast that knowledge transfer is often the bottleneck. Those of us who have expertise have a responsibility to share, and the fastest way is an open source approach promoting knowledge and innovation from all corners of the world. That’s why Metsä Wood is launching the initiative and makes the first step in giving away knowledge and intellectual property for prefabricated elements, allowing systematic creativity and efficiency in building.”
Open Source Wood is a continuation of Metsä Wood’s project Plan B, launched in 2015 as an ambitious blueprint to explore the possibilities of using wood in urban construction.
City of Glasgow College is the largest and most diverse tertiary education establishment in Scotland. Its Riverside campus opened its doors in 2015 aiming to lead the global maritime college community. City campus opened in 2016 creating twin site, flagship Super College and powerhouse of technical and professional skills.
City campus, which is currently on the shortlist for the RIAS and RIBA Awards 2017, houses a purpose built 3000m² x 10m high Construction Workshop that’s divided into smaller bespoke teaching areas. Heradesign® from Knauf AMF is installed throughout to control reverberation and enhance the industrial design aesthetic.
Controlling reverberation was the main driver for choosing Heradesign® for the multi-functional workshop. The individual teaching areas are separated by 4m high open-top walls. Loud machinery is often in use in one space whilst elsewhere at the same time tutorials are taking place. Heradesign® provides Class A sound absorption which helps control the ambient sound level, reduce reverberation and increase speech intelligibility, ensuring lessons can take place without disruption.
Heradesign® was recommended to Reiach and Hall Architects Director Angus Wilson as a cost-effective ceiling solution that satisfied the design and acoustic brief. “The acoustic performance of Heradesign® prevents the large industrial workshop from acting like an echo chamber. This was the main reason for switching products. I liked how the textured surface of Heradesign® worked well with the raw materials that are used elsewhere in the space.” Angus Wilson has specified Heradesign® since for a number of education and refurbishment projects.
Heradesign® is manufactured from sustainably sourced wood-wool and has a naturally woven surface. For the Construction Workshop, Heradesign® was specified in a natural colour, but its surface can be matched to a virtually endless range of custom colours including those using RAL, NCS or StoColor.
Roskel Contracts Ltd carried out the ceiling installation in the workshop. Director Richard Spinelli explained how the versatility of Heradesign® ensured the work went smoothly. “Heradesign® was fixed directly to the concrete soffit using wooden battens. We left spaces between the panels to allow a metal framing grid to be inserted which the services attached to. The metal grid and Heradesign® dovetailed together to form a neat, clean finish.”
Heradesign® is ideal for educational buildings because it offers long-lasting durability, has high impact resistance and provides excellent fire safety (Class 1A).
If you’re working on an educational project, the team at Knauf AMF can provide technical support and specialist product knowledge to help you achieve your desired result. Contact email@example.com or visit www.knaufamf.com for more information.
About Knauf AMF
Comprehensive expertise in modular ceiling systems – a one-stop shop thanks to its strong product brands.
Knauf AMF is one of the top European manufacturers of modular ceiling systems. The company is based in the Bavarian city of Grafenau, where its state of the art factory develops and manufactures innovative products for the global market. With its strong brands, AMF Thermatex, AMF Ventatec, Heradesign and Donn, Knauf AMF provides a sophisticated range of products for a wide range of applications: from administration buildings to learning institutions and health facilities. Knauf AMF develops optimum solutions for a diverse range of interiors while meeting the most demanding functional requirements.
These wet-felt tiles are an international benchmark in terms of quality standards and functional product properties. By combining design components with product innovation, AMF THERMATEX® is a trailblazer when it comes to the functional-aesthetic design of modular ceilings.
HERADESIGN® – “creative, varied and unconventional”
This is what sustainable acoustics solutions look like. These high-quality, ecologically-friendly wood wool products provide an almost unrestricted design palette and make a significant contribution to to the overall ambience of any room, promoting a sense of well-being and improving concentration, efficiency and performance.
Fleece-lined rock mineral wool panels with a colour coating on the visible side and edges form the technological basis for the AMF TOPIQ® soft board product. They are refreshingly light-weight and easy to work with. These products maximise sound absorption without being thick or having to be suspended a long distance from the ceiling.
High-quality materials and precise manufacturing define these grid systems which allow you to specify a ceiling that meets the most demanding specifications, particularly when combined with AMF THERMATEX®. The high-performance product design guarantees stability, safety and flexibility during construction.
The renowned DONN® DX technology and the patented golden Quick-Release TM cross-bar clip have been considered a guarantee of high-quality ceiling sub-structures for many years. A varied range of products guarantees consistent, flexible and certified system compatibility.
Boarded-up Houses In Europe today there are around 11 million empty and unoccupied homes, of which 610,000 are in England. Large scale vacancy in cities is often a sign of great upheaval within the urban space.
Focusing on typical Victorian working class terraced houses in post-industrial Liverpool and Manchester, the project highlights the sheer volume of long-term vacancies in the UK to create a critical reflection about the extensive amount of unoccupied homes in England as well as in Europe in relation to the social housing market. When before, these historical houses symbolized the collective past of a flourishing industry and a strong working class and community, nowadays in some former industrial cities many hundreds of houses in fairly good conditions stand abandoned and boarded-up awaiting demolition.
Woodberry Down in Manor House is one of the most sinister places I’ve ever visited. The council estate, built between the 1950s and 1970s, sits either side of the Seven Sisters Road, cradled in a bend of the New River flowing south. But turn down Woodberry Down itself and behind the Edwardian terraces and red-brick façade of St. Olave’s Church, overlooking the two large pools of Stoke Newington Reservoir, and a strange new world is emerging. Behind a wall of glass sweating office workers run towards you but never arrive. Maps of the surrounding area are reproduced on every corner with arrows indicating ‘you are here’. Hoardings lining the street display huge colour photographs of people smiling or shopping or jogging or pointing. Banners bearing company logos hang from lamp posts next to children’s drawings enlarged by professional artists. Boards and windows are covered with obscure phrases like ‘Designed…