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VEKA reservist soldier celebrates Reserves Day with Certificate of Commendation

Mark Schofield, a VEKA employee who also serves in the Army Reserve has been commended for his Distinguished Service as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

#SupportOurTroops Reserves DayThe reserve chef was among a select group of 15 from a company of around 250 to receive the certificate from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Royce. The award comes before Army Reserves Day (21st June 2017), which highlights and recognises the invaluable contribution made by reservists, and sees them wearing Armed Forces uniform at their ‘regular’ places of work. 

During Mark’s recent tour of Cyprus – his third – representatives of The VEKA UK Group joined other employers invited by the Army to learn about reservists’ military work and how it complements their ‘everyday’ roles. Operations Director Paul Armstrong attended the four-day trip for The VEKA UK Group, which has held ‘Investors in People’ status since 1994, and proudly supports its staff with training and other opportunities.

The UK Army’s role as part of The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is Britain’s longest running overseas mission. Ownership of the island is disputed between the Turkish north and the Greek south, with the UN patrolling a Buffer Zone or ‘Green Line’ across the capital, Nicosia.

The visitors followed a packed itinerary, including talks at the hotel and the UN base; training activities from the Joint Services Adventure Training scheme (a week-long course run in Cyprus for Army, Army Reserve, RAF and Navy service people); and tours around the UN-patrolled area.

Paul commented: “The effects of the conflict on the island are clear, with crumbling buildings and abandoned vehicles, many peppered with bullet holes. Some buildings have been repurposed, such as The Ledra Palace; once a five-star hotel that hosted Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor but now a base for troops within the buffer zone. Others remain ‘time capsules’, such as Nicosia’s abandoned airport, or the deserted car showroom – still stocked with dust-covered 1970s Toyotas!”

Mark has worked for both the Army Reserve and VEKA for around 23 years, now serving as a chef in The 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment after 12 years as an infantryman. Paul continues: “The rapport that Mark has with his colleagues is great. He’s particularly valued as a chef – in fact, one soldier described food as ‘the morale of the troops and the most important thing, next to pay!’”

Besides their peacekeeping duties in Cyprus, reservists pick up skills that benefit both their Army and civilian work. Operating in arduous conditions, thinking on their feet, taking on responsibility, and assessing risk are among the challenges that reservists face, developing their confidence in the process.

Austerity measures have seen regular Army numbers reduced from 104,000 to 82,000 in recent years, offset by an increase in reservist capability. It’s planned that there will be a total of 30,000 reservists by 2019 (currently there are around 24,000), with larger employers such as The VEKA UK Group needed to support their staff in taking up such roles, and offering jobs to retired service people.

Paul added: “After gratefully being given the chance to learn more about Mark’s military work, it’s clear to see why VEKA will long continue to support the Army in this way. It’s an invaluable service with benefits for all parties involved, and we’re proud to see Mark commended for his efforts.”

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A model company; VEKA UK invests in BIM for commercial convenience

VEKA BIM

Industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier The VEKA UK Group has demonstrated its commitment to the commercial sector once again. The Burnley-based company has invested a significant amount in creating highly intelligent, data rich, parametric, three dimensional models of its most popular systems for the Building Information Modelling (BIM) sector in order to benefit architects, specifiers, engineers, designers and developers.

These new models are hosted on bimobject.com, arguably the World’s best known content platform of this kind. This makes them easily accessible to all, along with the relevant, up-to-date technical spec information, meaning that a commercial user can drop these products into designs and plans quickly and simply.

The VEKA UK Group’s Head of Commercial Richard Garland explains: “The VEKA UK Group has always invested heavily in research, development and testing so that our high quality systems meet all the relevant specification requirements you would expect from a World-leading brand. This makes our products absolutely ideal for commercial applications.

“We’ve now made it even easier for our commercial clients to drop the appropriate products into their designs, by investing in BIM content for VEKA’s M70 profile system, and Halo’s System 10 – both 62mm and 70mm variants.

“From a manufacturer’s point of view, these models and associated data are BIM Level 2 compliant and meet the requirements set out in PAS 1192-2:2013.

“These 3D objects are intelligent pieces of data that maintain their proportions when resized for various project plans and can help streamline information sharing and informed decision making when it comes to the final specification process. The information-rich models improve the quality of information provided at the design and construction phases to save costs by eliminating waste.

“The VEKA UK Group has always been committed to investing in plant, people and technology in order to support our customers, and this is the latest in a long line of investments in our commercial offering. We are one of the founding members of the BIM4M2 which forms part of the UK Government’s BIM Task Group and our staff have the relevant training carried out in conjunction with the BRE. We are also proud to support architects, engineers, designers and developers with a host of services, including everything from CAD feasibility drawings and RIBA-approved CPD seminars, to technical downloads, specification templates and more.”

The new BIM models can be viewed and downloaded from https://bimobject.com/en/veka and https://bimobject.com/en/halo

The VEKA UK Group, 01282 716611
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Glazed doors, the clear choice

Summer is upon us, bringing with it increased light levels to building interiors.  This natural borrowed light is invaluable, illuminating dark spaces and reducing the need for artificial light.  With this in mind its worth giving closer consideration to the use of glazed interior doors that can transform both living and communal space. 

Vicaima glazed door

Vicaima doors are of course renown for innovative designs in an extensive range of finishes and performance characteristics to suit a multitude of applications. It’s little wonder then that this range is complimented by a comprehensive array of glazed options to match the needs of today’s social housing market. 

Of course light is just one of the many factors to consider when selecting glazed interior doors for social housing. Safety must of course be of paramount concern, whether directly from the use of safety glass or less apparent but no less important where fire doors are concerned. 

interior door

Vicaima is a leader in fire door technology with one of the widest ranges of FD30 and FD60 doors and doorsets (i.e. designed to resist a fire for 30 and 60 minutes respectively) in the UK. The company’s particular appeal is that it makes fire doors which are also beautifully designed. At Vicaima all fire doors are supplied factory glazed to ensure risks are removed.

interior glazed door

Glazing is a particular concern for fire doors as, unless correctly installed, it can create a weak area in the door. Historically, 6mm thick wired glass was the only option, however modern glass technology has led to the development of much more aesthetically pleasing glazed fire doors.

Another important consideration in the selection of glazed doors is of course the requirements for clear visibility as stipulated under Part M of the Building regulations. Again here many Vicaima glazed door designs address this issue, providing complete mobility solutions.

Selecting the right glazed door is a simple process with help and assistance from the Vicaima Interior Door selector.  This handy guide, available both in print and digital format via the Vicaima website, enables quick and easy choice of door design. 

A wide variety of glazing models can be offered, so it’s just a matter of deciding which finish is required and then paring it with the chosen aperture pattern.  Of course non-standard or bespoke designs can also be provided in many instances, so that specific design requirements can be accommodated.

And in addition to flush doors and door sets, Vicaima have recently introduced a new Classic K range.  This modern twist on the conventional panelled design also includes glazed options, making it ideal where traditional and contemporary styling needs to meld.

Glazed interior door

For more information on the complete Vicaima collections visit www.vicaima.com

The Green Eyed Monster

Open any trade magazine or visit supplier websites and you will find numerous articles and products offering exceptional ‘green’ credentials.  Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the glass and glazing industry as each manufacturer attempts to outperform the next by offering astounding figures for thermal performance.

What is surprising however, is the regular use of terms such as ‘environmentally friendly’ or ‘green’ simply because a product offers a low u-value.  As more buildings are constructed to Passivhaus standards there appears to be a blurring of the lines between what is good for the environment and what is thermally efficient.  Whilst there is no doubt that increased thermal efficiency contributes to a reduction in burning of fossil fuels; this alone should not be the deciding factor in whether a product is actually environmentally friendly.

The majority of flat rooflights on the market today are manufactured from either PVC or aluminium and both of these require an exceptional amount of energy to produce and extract a lot of resources from the planet without putting anything back.

rooflight

While most companies will adopt some sort of environmental policy, telling customers that their products use a percentage of recycled material, this is more likely to be about cost rather than any real environmental intentions.  After all recyclables are recycled because it is the cheapest available option and it makes more financial sense to do so rather than to send them to a landfill – with Landfill tax currently over £84 per tonne, plus the gate fee on top.

It stands to reason that consuming vast amounts of natural resources to produce the raw materials of a product negates the environmental benefits further down the chain, regardless of what the product becomes.  This has often been overlooked in the rooflight industry because of the low maintenance and long life that aluminium and PVC can offer the end user.  For decades these two materials have been unrivalled and it was widely accepted that flat rooflights should be manufactured from one of these materials; until now.

There is now a real alternative in the flat rooflight market that not only offers exceptional thermal performance, but is also a genuine environmentally friendly product in every sense.  The Lumen Planus is manufactured in the UK using Accoya® wood which is a material that has been thoroughly tested for dimensional stability, durability, paint retention and in-ground conditions to ensure optimal performance.  It offers a new standard in high performance, sustainable and low maintenance applications.

In addition to the outstanding performance, Accoya® wood is one of the very few building products to have acquired Cradle to CradleSM Certification on the elusive Gold level. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) provides a means to tangibly and credibly measure achievement in environmentally-intelligent design including the use of environmentally safe and healthy materials and instituting strategies for social responsibility.

A carbon footprint assessment was executed for Accoya® wood by Verco in line with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Protocol best practice guidelines, based on a cradle to factory gate scenario. This includes sourcing, harvesting and processing of the input timber, as well as all energy and raw material consumption and waste production. The results are shown in the graph below.

rooflight

Today there are some exceptional flat rooflight products available for specifiers to choose from.  It is a fact that both aluminium and PVC are very good at providing superb thermal performance and that modern technology has reduced the end of life environmental impact.  That said, if your project requires a truly environmentally friendly product then Accoya® provides compelling environmental advantages in every stage of the life cycle.

For more information on the right products for your project information contact Lumen Rooflight on 0330 300 1090, email info@lumenrooflight.co.uk or visit www.lumenrooflight.com

Reynaers promises bigger, better, breathtakingly beautiful this FiT show

Reynaers Aluminium

Leading aluminium systems company Reynaers has given a sneak preview of its stand for the forthcoming FiT Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in May.

Marketing Manager Rebecca Cope said: “We’ll be showcasing some exciting new additions to our comprehensive range of aluminium window and door products on our stand N10. The theme of the first ever appearance for Reynaers is ‘bigger, better, breathtakingly beautiful’ so stop by and have a look for yourselves.”

Reynaers is a key sponsor of FiT 2017 and the company intends to push the boundaries to show the trade just how big the potential for Reynaers’ products is.

Rebecca Cope added: “Our impressive stand definitely ties in with this year’s theme of the show, Think Big, and we will certainly be making our mark. We can’t share all the details just yet, but you can expect to see some spectacular applications of patio doors – sliding, folding and open corner – as well as windows in a range of design variants. We will also be bringing along some curtain walling, as well as some European-inspired product exclusives.

“Pay a visit to our stand to learn more about our comprehensive choice of systems from our knowledgeable team, as well as how we can provide the tools to market and sell our top of the range products.”

Reynaers has helped to shape the urban landscape for more than 50 years and its products feature in some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. Find out more at www.reynaers.co.uk.

FiT 2017 takes place in Halls 6-8 at the NEC in Birmingham from 23-25 May. Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited on 0121 421 1999 or reynaersltd@reynaers.com.

Old Masters Protected By Histoglass

Arguably the most important building in the entire canon of British architectural history” (Jane Sidell, Historic England), this shockingly modern building – for its time – was designed by Inigo Jones and commissioned by Anne of Denmark.Heritage building

Queens House is now part of the Royal Museums Greenwich complex. It houses a stunning collection of paintings, including one by Orazio Gentileschi from the Royal Collection, commissioned by Henrietta Maria and Charles I for the house in the seventeenth century. The new exhibition also includes hundreds of paintings from the Greenwich collection, including works by Canaletto, Hogarth, Romney and Stubbs, and the magnificent Armada portrait of Elizabeth I, once owned by Sir Francis Drake.

In order to help protect these masterpieces, Histoglass supplied its MONO system featuring cylinder glass, including UV and solar protection and increased security ratings. The system achieves an impressive acoustic and thermal energy performance.

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Find Everything Aluminium in AluFoldDirect’s New Brochure

‘Everything Aluminium’ is the brilliant new brochure from AluFoldDirect, helping installers show their customers what can be achieved in aluminium doors and windows.

“We’ve listened to what installers want and created an incredible coffee-table brochure with stunning installation photos, so people can see the possibilities in aluminium windows and doors,” says Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect.

The ‘Everything Aluminium’ brochure features the full AluFoldDirect aluminium range including bi-folding doors, sliding doors, slimline windows, roof lanterns, RD1 Entrance Doors and commercial windows and doors.

Craig continues: “It’s important that the brochure reflects the quality of the aluminium products we make, to help our customers win business. From the choice of paper to the selection of project images, everything about the brochure makes readers feel inspired to choose aluminium.”

“We know that many of our customers work on commercial as well as residential projects, so we’ve added a section showing our range of Secured by Design commercial glazing.”

The 28-page brochure includes details about the hardware available for each product, carefully selected by AluFoldDirect to enhance performance and aesthetics. There is also information on the colour options available, with advice on the most on-trend colours, held in stock by AluFoldDirect for faster lead times.

The brochure is an effective sales and marketing tool to show customers what can be achieved with aluminium in their home or business. It is available in print or electronic format – to request or download the Everything Aluminium brochure, visit http://www.alufolddirect.co.uk/

P C Henderson Products Specified for High-End Hotel in Tianjin, China

PC Henderson

The Four Seasons in Tianjin, China is a 45 storey, 259 room hotel in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Currently the tallest building in the metropolis, the high-end hotel is the first skyscraper in Tianjin to achieve LEED Gold certification for its extensive use of sustainable building products and construction methods.

A range of P C Henderson’s sliding and folding door hardware products were recently specified by the project’s Architectural Hardware Consultant to meet bespoke design needs. The main requirements were for large, heavy doors that offered a distinctive grandeur, while portraying the luxurious look and feel desired by the end user.

It was also important that the chosen hardware could cover a variety of sizeable apertures for different uses within the large development. This included conference rooms, a signature Italian restaurant, mock up rooms for Four Seasons’ branded residences, a grand ballroom and also in the hotel’s lavish 3,434 sq. ft. Presidential Suite. The Presidential Suite is designed with many large openings to provide guests with expansive city views from the highest floors, as well as to create flexible and abundant spaces for entertaining.

A total of 31 Flexirol Straight Sliding systems were installed as room dividers in the Presidential Suite and as sliding doors in the hotel’s conference rooms. The company’s Soltaire 120 hardware was employed in the grand ballroom, with 2 sets of our popular Securefold 150 folding door systems fitted in the hotel’s Italian restaurant.  The project was also the first time P C Henderson’s a flagship product, Securefold 150, had been installed in China.

Phase 1 of the build also included the installation of 32 Husky 100 sliding door hardware systems, complete with soft close mechanisms, in mock-up rooms for the hotel’s branded residences. The 2nd phase of the development will see the fit out of 143 branded residences within the same tower.

PC Henderson

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented: “Our Flexirol Straight Sliding hardware systems
were specified as they met the project brief which required hardware that could carry heavy doors weighing up to 300kg, while matching the opulent look and feel of the huge presidential suite and grand ballroom. Doors of this size must adhere to stringent safety requirements which our products conform to due to the rigorous testing we carry out.

“The unique capabilities and recognised quality of our Husky, Securefold and Soltaire product ranges ensured further specification in other apertures within the development where sliding and folding door hardware was required.”

The hotel was completed and opened to the public in January 2017. Get in touch at sales@pchenderson.com or +44 (0) 191 377 7345.

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New innovations and market-leading products on show at FIT

CRL will be showcasing its wide range of architectural glass fixings and shower door hardware at FIT Show 2017, with many new innovations on display designed to make life easier for installers and fabricators.

CRL FIT SHOW

During FIT Show, CRL will be adding to its very successful range of TAPER-LOC® frameless glass balustrade systems, with the new TAPER-LOC® ‘Adjustable’ System. Advantages of the new system include adjustable taper sets, which allow installers to adjust the angle of the glass forward/backwards, so they can be aligned with adjacent panels of glass, especially useful when cap and hand rails are not being used. 

CRL FIT SHOW

Available in a wide choice finishing including satin adonised and brushed nickel, the system makes it easy to replace broken and scratched panels. The quickest and safest way to install glass balustrades (with no scaffold required), the new system also enables installation to be completed from the safe side of the balustrade from start to finish.

Installers can also learn more about that CRL COMPACT-X, a compact sliding solution for frameless glass panels. Quick and easy to install, the system combines latest softbrake technology with minimalist design concealed within an upper track and can be used to create a seamless design on domestic and commercial applications.

CRL FIT SHOW

Throughout the show, the CRL team will also be giving live demonstrations of the company’s Glass Detectors, the simple way to distinguish low emissivity coated glass from ordinary float glass. Fast and simple to use the Glass Detectors are an essential piece of kit for installers to ensure that the coated piece of glass is fitted on the inside of the unit, on the inner piece of glass.

Installers working on bathroom projects can also learn more about the large range of products for creating bespoke shower areas. From minimalistic hardware such as hinges, clamps, handles, door knobs and u-channels, to complete sliding shower door kits, available in a wide range of finishes including matt black, CRL has a full package of hardware and accessories for any space.

See CRL on Stand K60 at FIT Show 2017

Tel:  0800 0421 6144 Email: crl@crlaurence.co.uk

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It’s unpack and go with the new Knauf Sliding Door Kit

Knauf sliding door kit

The new Knauf Sliding Door Kit allows for one-man installation of space-saving doors in as little as 20 minutes with a solution that is specifically designed to fit UK standard stud sizes without the need to pack out the frame.

Sliding door installation kits sold in the UK have traditionally been designed for European sized studs, meaning that the installer is faced with the cost of buying stud adapters as well as additional time for installation.

Kelly Withall, Product Manager (Sliding Door) at Knauf said: “With the Sliding Door Kit we have added as many clever innovations into the product as possible, including a soft-close mechanism to deliver maximum benefit to installers, end users and merchants.

“With its key promise of space-saving door installation the Sliding Door Kit gives great design freedom, creating additional floor space for flexible living and allowing for options  such as the up-spec of bathrooms in tight spaces.

“The kit arrives complete in a single box including all components and tools. For the merchant it’s easy to stock and for installers it’s simply a case of unpack and ready to go.  We think this makes the Knauf Sliding Door Kit a really welcome innovation to the market.”

The kit can be used for a range of door sizes and integrates with UK standard 70mm and 92mm stud sizes.  Each kit contains a soft-close mechanism as standard, giving the sliding door solution a luxurious finish while an optional Synchro Kit allows for the installation of double doors with fully synchronised opening.

One-person installation is made easy through the inclusion in the kit of support brackets, allowing the installer to support each end of the slide rail while it is being attached to the stud. It’s this attention to small details that characterise the development of a well-thought-through solution to a common issue on site.

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