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Ardex Waterproof Protection
System Is On A Roll!
ARDEX have re-designed their ARDEX WPC Flexible
Rapid Setting and Drying Waterproof Protection Coat
pack to make it user friendly. The newly named ARDEX
WATERPROOF PROTECTION SYSTEM now contains a free roll
of mesh scrim alongside the existing powder and liquid
components as well as a simple 5 Step Guide. ARDEX
WATERPROOF PROTECTION SYSTEM can be used prior to
tiling, in conjunction with a wide range of backgrounds
including plasterboard, fibreboard, anhydrite screeds and
timber based backing to provide a flexible, waterproof
protection coat. Thanks to the ARDEX Rapidry Formula,
tiles can be fixed just 2 hours after application of the
second waterproof coat.
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Kingspan Insulated Panels Lead The Way For Sustainable Success
Kingspan Insulated Panels has won a prestigious award
from Building Magazine. The Sustainability awards
recognise and reward construction businesses who
actively pursue sustainable solutions, and Kingspan
is winner of the 2007 Best Sustainable Business
Practice category. Kingspan Insulated Panels actively
pursue excellence in environmental sustainability and
end of life management. A key project in Kingpans
sustainability ambitions has been the commissioning
of the Kingspan Sustainability Report. It has helped
to outline exisiting achievements and areas for future
development, as well as gaining a Global Reporting
Initiative Application Level C. In February 2007 key
roof and wall panel products with an ECOsafe core from
Kingspans Holywell facility were independently verified
by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) as
having a top A rated lifetime environmental profile.
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Mastic Asphalt
One Industry Zero Carbon
A major part of the UK construction
business has made environmental history
establishing a world first that could
set the pattern for all British industry.
Following more than a year to launch
and research, mastic asphalt, a material
used to waterproof the majority of the
nations most prestigious buildings
and commercial developments, has
achieved the CarbonZero standard.
The standard covers the product from
manufacture through to installation.
Every stage of the process has achieved
CarbonZero. The Mastic Asphalt Council,
representing the UKs leading contractors
and manufacturers, unveiled its radical
Carbon 100 initiative on January 18. The
initiative, which involves placing a small
levy on the cost of the materials, ensures
that even non-MAC members are covered.
The industry has effectively taxed itself
in order to aid the environment.
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Light-weight, Sustainable Solution
For Septic And STP Soakaways
The labour-intensive, costly and time-consuming
activity of installing traditional herring-bone
drainage soakaways for septic tanks and sewage
treatment plants could now be a thing of the
past. Ezy-Drain, which has just been launched in
the UK by Klargester, is a new type of pipe system
that is lightweight, easy to use, high-performance
and environmentally friendly. Ezy-Drain comprises
of sections of perforated plastic pipe surrounded
by a synthetic aggregate wrapped in polyethylene
netting. Each three-metre section of pipe is
joined together quite simply by the use of click-
fit connectors, protected by a preformed collar.
The result is an extremely lightweight system that
can be quickly installed by a single person up to
four times faster than any gravel-based solution.
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Novostrat, The New Name In Insulation, Is Growing - Fast
Novostrat Limited maybe a relatively new name in the UK but it is the largest manufacturer
of Polyethylene insulation products in Ireland, with distribution facilities throughout the UK
and Continental Europe. Novostrat is already becoming well know for its underfloor insulation
products, which range from standard carpet underlay to the companys most recently launched
product Sonic Gold
Excel, which is a
high performance
acoustic insulation
and vapour barrier
achieving 22dB sound
reduction. But it is
with an eye to the
general construction
market that Novostrat faces the future. Polyethylene insulation products are inherently
environmentally responsible, being totally recyclable as off-cuts or at the end of their long life,
they are manufactured producing no harmful halogens and are CFC and HCFC free material. The
new product range, which will be rolled out during 2008, will encompass more flooring products,
roof and wall insulation, and under concrete plank insulation products.
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Kestrel Highly Commended
for Customer Focussed
Approach at CMAs
The no tin, no lead, next generation
cellular building products supplier,
Kestrel achieved Highly Commended
status at the prestigious Construction
Marketing Awards. We are thrilled
that in our first appearance on the
shortlist of finalists at the CMAs we
have achieved this recognition, says Tony Crutcher, Sales and Marketing Director of the
Kestrel brand. The Construction Marketing Awards are recognised as a highly regarded
measure of excellence in construction marketing and business development.
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When Is A Lift An Alimak
Lift?
An Alimak lift is an extraordinary
lift for extraordinary applications,
but it isnt unique. In other words
Alimak Hek can often solve the most
unusual requests with a permanent
lift from their standard range of
industrial liftsand a great deal of
engineering expertise. An Alimak lift
is a rack and pinion lift so does not
need a motor room or shaft. It can,
and usually is, installed externally to
travel vertically or even over inclined
structures. It is robust for challenging
environments such as industrial plants,
warehouses, bridges, cement plants,
ports and masts. It can be so robust
it is explosion protected so ideal for
aggressive applications such as steel
works, mines, petrochemical plants and
offshore rigs.
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In Derbyshire, a cottage has been renovated to
modern standards including applications of KNX
building services control
technology. The lighting,
heating, audio and
security are controlled to
give modern life choices.
The cottage has 45 KNX
dimmed and switched lighting circuits that can
be used to set moods for each room. This allows
for scenes to be set for particular instances.
KNX allows lights to be incorporated into other
features of a house. Water based underfloor
heating is controlled using thermostatic light
switches. The KNX system lowers temperatures
at night when everyone is asleep and a few
degrees lower than normal when the house is
unoccupied.
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KNX Building Control Meets
The 18th Century
Standard Stainless Steel Posts
Videx Security has introduced a new range
of Stainless Steel Posts with universal
fixings. They are designed to accommodate
the full range of Videx audio, video and
access control products. All posts are
manufactured from brushed stainless
steel and incorporate a sturdy baseplate
for secure fixing into the ground. There
are four posts to choose from and they
incorporate universal product
mounting fixtures to allow attachment of
the door panels or access control units.
There are single and dual pedestrian
height posts, with the dual version able to
accommodate two Videx products. There are
also dual and single vehicle height posts so
entry can be made whilst sitting in a car.
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Gopaks Tackles The Burning Issue
With the smoking ban now in place across the UK,
Gopaks all weather Bistro furniture range provides
the perfect solution for the hospitality sector,
whatever the weather. The durability of Gopaks
Bistro collection makes it ideal for the job. The
lightweight, all
weather range
comprises eight
chair types
and a choice of
matching tables
to complement
any dcor, whether
inside or out. Gopaks Bistro furniture range retains
its comfortable feel and functional design while
still enabling the chairs to stack, saving valuable
space inside or out. It can also double up for use on
exhibition stands and conferences.
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Cost-effective Systemline Home
Automation Gateway Product
Armour Home has launched the latest addition to
its Systemline Modular built-in home entertainment
system the Systemline HomeNet range of enclosures
which provide the
gateway to home
automation by
acting as a central
hub from which all
incoming services
are distributed
around the home
via Cat5 and
coaxial cables.
Systemline HomeNet has also been designed to be
compact, taking up as little space in the property as
possible. The allows for single or multi source audio
and video to be played in up to eight different rooms.
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Timloc Steel Access Panels Give 60
Minute Fire Rating & A Great Finish
Fire rated steel hinged access panels from Timloc
Building Products allows easy access to concealed
building services, whilst also providing a 60 minutes
fire rating. Each access panel is supplied as a
complete door and frame assembly, which simply
screws into place through the pre-drilled holes in the
frame. Manufactured from 1.2mm Zintec electro-
galvanised mild steel to give rigidity, corrosion
protection and a smooth finish for painting, the
range is available with either picture frame or beaded
frame styles and can also be specified pre-finished
in a white polyester powder coating. An optional
key-lockable door is also available for installations
requiring higher security. Non-fire rated versions are
also available within the steel access panel range
for applications where fire rated performance is not
required.
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Blockleys Hydrosmart permeable clay
paving system is the ideal solution for
the increasing quantities of surface
water run-off surcharging drainage
systems and polluting water courses.
Hydrosmart provides an attractive
surface and effectively treats and
remove oils, silts and heavy metals
from surface water run-off. They can
be constructed at similar costs to
conventional pavements. Hydrosmart
clay paviors for the wearing surface
have through-body colours that will
not fade, exhibit excellent slipping,
skidding and abrasion resistance and
can resist damage by the heaviest
vehicular loads.
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Hydrosmart Permeable
Clay Paving System
JIS List Energy Saving
Accessories
JIS Europe Ltd., suppliers of stainless
steel radiators and towel rails, is extremely
conscious of increasing public awareness of
the need to save energy, and is including a
section entitled Energy Saving Accessories
in its brochures of modern styled rails.
In addition to existing ranges of energy
sensitive products, several new ranges
will appear in the section. New adjustable
elements that give five setting options
offering between 30% and 100% of full
power are featured. There are also several
new thermostatically controlled Towel Rail
Valves including a Streamline valve where
the control is neatly placed facing inwards
on the rail instead of projecting as do the
already successful profile valves.
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The eScape competition to create a new and
innovative town house promoted by the David
Wilson Homes (now part of the Barratt Group)
in association with the Wood for Good campaign
and Design for Homes, caused a great stir in the
industry and attracted a response from almost
650 architects and many attractive and inventive
designs.
London-based architects PCKO emerged as the
winners, chosen by a panel of judges that included
interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, English
Partnerships strategy director Trevor Beattie, and
Design for Homes chief executive, David Birkbeck.
They produced a delightful concept for three
bedroom, three-storey timber-framed town houses,
each built round what they describe as a light
court glazed but very much in the style of the
atrium in a Roman villa.
This creates not only light and airy interiors but
also an interestingly varied roofline aimed to offer
a very attractive streetscape in an estate setting.
The light court is only one of many innovations
in a design that also incorporates a living wall
concept, offering space for utilities, storage etc. but
also granting great flexibility in interior design.
The first development to feature PCKOs winning
eScape design is presently under construction by
Barratt Homes at Eden Village in Sittingbourne,
Kent.
The diversity in elevation and roof-line will
certainly help to inspire a village atmosphere but,
while creativity in design is what pleases the eye,
more basic components are equally important for
the efficiency, safety and reliability of the home.
At Eden Village, for example, Barratt has used
exclusively PolyFit pipe, fittings and accessories
for hot & cold water supply. Kitemarked, WRAS
approved and DIN tested, PolyFit is a system
that is well tried and passes as both effective
and extremely plumber friendly. It is based on
polybutylene barrier pipe and polypropylene conduit
pipe whose flexibility is a delight to the installer.
On top of that the unique connection system allows
joints to be formed and demounted in seconds yet
has a 3-pin protection feature that makes the joint
exceptionally secure. A vast range of fittings and
accessories means that the installer never needs
improvise.
Eden Village will be a well publicised development
thanks to the use of PCKOs award winning town
house design but the less glamorous elements in the
homes, such as Polypipes Polyfit products, deserve
a mention too. In addition to the townhouses,
the eScape homes include three, two-bedroom
apartments. Constructed on top of a set of garages,
each apartment is totally detached from other
properties and has the luxury of its own private
stairs and front door. Inside, the large open-plan
living space incorporates a very high specification
kitchen and opens on to a balcony.
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POLYFIT PICKED
FOR ESCAPE DESIGN
WINNER
Tests Confirm Tufsound Lives
Up To Its Name
Hodgson & Hodgsons TufSound wall and
ceiling panels provide a high level of impact
resistance as well as acoustic performance.
When tested in accordance with SS EN
13964:2004, the TufSound panels achieved
Class 2A, only one off the highest possible
rating for impact resistance. Add to this the
panels high levels of moisture resistance
and TufSounds resilience is assured. Impact
resistance is important in many of the buildings where TufSound is used, so such a positive result in
these tests was very pleasing. confirms Sandra Fixter of Hodgson & Hodgson.
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Firewall Evolution
For Ashgrid & Ashwall Bx48
Prior to the introduction of approved document L2:2001 of the
building regulations, firewalls were generally simple to construct,
with two insulation options of either mineral wool or Fibreglass.
Mineral wool insulation needed only a standard cavity depth to match
non-firewall elevations; whereas Fibreglass traditionally required an
increased cavity depth to allow for an air gap to ensure insulation
integrity under heat generated by fire.
The ensuing cavity depth changes stemming from approved document
L2:2001 are now commonplace, however some implications of Part B
have caused difficulty with the design, installation and the cost of
built-up firewalls.
Since 2001, an increasing number of built-up firewall systems have
arisen in the marketplace, often with flaws which have made the
job of specifiers & contractors more difficult. Some have been
uncompetitive, while the compliance of others to long term thermal
requirements could be questioned. Another issue which has regularly
been reported is their lack of buildability on site. The intricate
nature of installing a full thickness insulation layer fully under or over
the spacer bars makes the task extremely time consuming, especially
given the nature of some insulation types and the ease at which it can
break when manipulated.
An alternative has been the use of slabs or bats although these
have shown to lack the required flexibility during installation. These
combined factors are placing increasing reliance and pressure on the
installer to match the exact design criteria and safety specifications
laid down. The implications of this are not only the impact on fire
performance but also thermal compliance. Poorly fitting or unsecured
insulation impacts on thermal performance which can be identified
where thermal imaging takes place. In response to these issues, with
the installer and specifier in mind, Ash & Lacy Building Systems have
developed a range of revised firewall construction details for vertical
and horizontal applications. Their aim - to simplify installation;
provide an economic, Fibreglass only solution without an air gap,
which increases the cavity depth.
It is important to be aware that the structural loads relating to
horizontal cladding are vastly different from vertical applications.
With that in mind, the recently launched Ashwall BX48 system for
horizontally laid cladding provides a considerably quicker & more
economical installation with greater spanning capability. This is vital
with horizontal cladding when spanning rails up to two metres which
is far beyond the capability of traditional spacer bar systems.
This firewall innovation with Fibreglass insulation means there is no
requirement to pass the insulating quilts over the bars & under the
bracket.
This new system completely eliminates
any visible rippling effects which are
especially prevalent with metallic silver
colours. This issue has been solved
through the use of a unique method of
securing the insulation when dealing
with spacer centres of over 1.4m.
The result is an aesthetically true firewall system which fully complies
with all U-value and fire regulations laid down by Parts L and B.The
Ash & Lacy Ashgrid & Ashwall BX48 and Firewall systems have been
fully certified and tested by Bodycote Warrington Fire who offer
comprehensive, independent fire testing to meet British standards.
The results of these tests can be found in issues 122298 & 131336
respectively.
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Fendor Set To Grow In
Performance Glazing Market
Just one year on from becoming the focus for a successful
management buy-out, Fendor Limited can reflect on having
enhanced its reputation for offering innovative technical solutions
to demanding glazing specifications, whilst growing its business
operations in a highly competitive market. The buy-out was
masterminded by Managing Director Chris Duffy, who had spent
five years running the business at Fendor while it was part of the
international Hansen Group.
Chris Duffy says: At the time I purchased the company I had
allowed for having to borrow significant amounts of money, to
fund both new investments and further growth. In fact, we were
able to finish a number of large security glazing contracts in the
early months, to the complete satisfaction of the clients involved,
which meant we were able to run through our first year with full
positive cash flow in the bank. Those contracts included finishing
the construction of a large secure mental hospital in Ealing for Kier
Build and their NHS Trust clients.
The very encouraging cash flow in the business also enabled
the management team to proceed with plans to invest 0.4M in
Aluminium Profile Systems to complement the growing Steel Profile
Systems business. Recognising the needs of UK Clients Fendor
decided to base their Aluminium Systems on the world renowned
Schuco system. This was commissioned in August 2007.
Highlighting Fendors highly unusual ability to offer both steel
and aluminium framed systems for major schemes, the work on the
college also included elements of fire glazing featuring Fendors well
proven and fully patented Pyrolithic product. Fendor has become the
first ever manufacturer to achieve the highest standards of Security
Glazing Systems set out in LPS 1175.
The manufacturers Secureline steel glazing systems having been
tested by the BRE in Watford to demonstrate compliance with
Security ratings 1 to 4, as a fully patented design solution. It is
thought by Fendor that no other supplier can offer better than level
2. Chris Duffy continues saying: We have been very encouraged by
wining some significant new orders in recent months, such as the
Gleeson project which has led to us being asked to quote for more
projects by an ever increasing
list of main contractors. A full
forward order book and the
overall health of the sector
have also meant we are having
to bring forward our expansion
plans. We are currently seeking
to find new premises in
Gateshead at least double the
size of our existing facilities.
With a turnover in steel framed
products of close to 6 million
for the year, Fendor is by far the
largest contractor in the UK for
this highly specialised type of
fenestration.
Chris Duffy again: The sector for steel fenestration systems has
actually increased in the last couple of years, after being flat for
some time, and it is a Fendor USP that we are able to undertake
contracts of 2 million plus while offering the highest performance
fire or security glazing and now aluminium systems.
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An elegant and airy Huf Haus was recently erected in a fine,
wooded site in Surrey. In line with the green principles that are
part of the attraction of the Huf design [timber construction
from renewable sources, exceptionally efficient insulation
to conserve energy etc.] the new owner was determined to
install a NIBE Heat Pump in order to fuel his underfloor central
heating and domestic hot water from renewable energy.
An underground collection scheme was designed and installed
in consultation with the specialist consultants Isoenergy of
Horley Surrey, with the harvested energy processed through a
Fighter 1120 brine/water pump unit manufactured by NIBE in
Sweden and supplied by Isoenergy, whose input at the design
stage was also crucial. To complete the operation, Huf Haus
supplied a solar panel assembly as the prime source for the
hot water cylinder during the months from late spring to early
autumn.
Before the large garden was professionally landscaped by the
owners wife, around 800 metres of 40mm pipe was laid at a
depth of approximately one metre deep, ready to absorb the
latent energy accumulated in the soil from solar radiation
and the heat present in precipitation. The pipe, filled with
environmentally friendly, non-freezing liquid, conducts the
heat to the 17KW Pump NIBE Fighter 1120 in the plant room,
a waist-high, white coloured unit with a sloping top that
contains a small, easy to read, easy to use control panel. The
liquid is compressed into a gas, which is put through a heat
exchanger. The increased heat is passed to a liquid that is
conveyed to a specially designed double jacket water tank that
feeds into the central heating circulation and, as required, the
domestic hot water system.
At times of peak demand or when extreme weather conditions
prevail, an immersion heater in the tank automatically cuts in
to maintain the heat. The NIBE system and the solar panel
are designed to meet all the energy requirements for central
heating and domestic hot water, making a massive saving in
both running costs and environmental impact.
The Fighter 1120 that is supplying ground-fed heat to the new
Huf Haus is only one of many renewable energy schemes offered
by Isonergy.
Isoenergy are a specialist company enabling homeowners to
become energy efficient by offering a complete solution for all
types of heat supplies by qualified in-house engineers including
a complete consultancy service, which also includes supply
and installation thereby offering a personalised service to each
project.
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Klobens Solar Input Saves Factory Costs
A case study from Kloben acts as a reminder that the advantages of harnessing energy from
natural and renewable sources, financial as well as ecological, apply at least as much to
factories as to homes. A factory had been set
up in Italy to wash reusable plastic fruit boxes.
The cleaning operation required about 11,000
litres of water per day at a temperature of 48
degrees Centigrade and Kloben were called upon
to design the most efficient method of heating
that water. The system consisted of two blocks
each consisting of eight interconnected Kloben
SP21 Solar Collectors, each block around 30
sq.m. area, situated on the roof. The Collectors
are linked to two double-coil cylinders each of
3,000 litres capacity and it is from these that
the heated water is fed for the washing process.
The solar power supplied by the Collectors is
approximately 30% of the plants total energy
requirements, although the percentage rises to 55% in high summer.
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Smile For Versatile Heating Control
Honeywell has a new solution for weather-
compensated heating control in buildings too
small for a building management system, but too
large for domestic controls. Its versatile Smile
controller uses the latest digital technologies
and provides similar capabilities of the Honeywell
Aquatrol 2000 from great styling and easy
operation to a versatile technical specification.
For users, Smile is stylish and simple to use with
many comfort-enhancing, energy saving features.
Smile has an ingenious user panel with a large
back-lit LED display and a single rotary control
that is also a push button. This makes it easy
to select, change and confirm set values and times and difficult to make mistakes. It can be used as a
stand-alone controller or combined with other Smile units in a small network.
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New Hotel Achieves Comfort With Energy Savings
The new Cotswold Water Park Four
Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire has
a superb HVAC system befitting
its luxurious vision. The HVAC
management system uses controllers,
valves, sensors and a PC-based user
interface, all from Honeywell. It
ensures a comfortable environment
for guests and conference delegates,
whatever the season. A PC-based
Honeywell SymmetrE building
management system interface
provides easy and clear operator
access to all HVAC, water, extractor
and heat recovery plant, for day-to-
day monitoring and control. Energy
is saved by turning off heating or
cooling to unused rooms.
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Thermafleece Is Now Energy
Saving Recommended
Thermafleece, British sheeps wool
thermal insulation has gained
approval by the Energy Saving
Trust and is now Energy Saving
Recommended. This means that
Thermafleece can now carry the blue
Energy Saving Recommended logo.
Thermafleece uses wool from British
hill sheep to create an exceptionally
efficient insulation material which is
absolutely safe to use. Thermafleece
has British Board of Agrment (BBA)
approval, and offers an environmental
and technical specification and can
be used in a wide variety of roof, wall
and floor constructions.
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New Belmont Commercial
Range Launched
Pegler Yorkshire has
launched the new Belmont
commercial range of
products, including manual
and thermostatic radiator
valves, fixed and remote
sensors, pre-setting valves
and a range of accessories.
The Belmont range has been developed
in response to revisions to the Building
regulations, where Thermostatic Radiator
Valves have become part of government
plans for energy efficiency. Belmont delivers
a selection of flexible products, designed to
meet the needs of the social housing and
commercial sectors. The new range is robust
and cost effective.
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Built at the turn of the last century, the Royal Masonic School
for Boys at Bushey is the true epitome of Edwardian architectural
elegance. The Grade 2 Listed school buildings are in red brick
with stone facings, grouped round a beautiful quadrangle and
dominated by an imposing clock tower. They are surrounded by
100 acres of rolling landscaped grounds and the whole area is
truly delightful. Cromer Homes, a group that specialises in the
sympathetic conversion of prestigious sites such as this, is now
six months into a four-year development project to create 300
luxury apartments within the complex under the name of Royal
Connaught Park.
Since Queen Victorias son, the Duke of Connaught, laid the
foundation stone for the Masonic School, the name could
hardly be more appropriate. One of the many problems when
converting an early 20th Century school, even one as grand as
this, is to banish the comparatively Spartan conditions imposed
on boys at the time and replace them with the high levels of
comfort demanded for modern living. The introduction of central
heating systems is a crucial example. Cromer Homes decided on
underfloor heating for all the apartments in order to leave walls
uncluttered by radiators and to obtain even heat throughout
each room.
For both convenience of installation and efficiency in operation,
the Polyplumb Overlay system was selected. The great advantage
of Overlay is that it is a high load bearing system only 18mm
thick that can be laid on top of any reasonably flat surface.
Installation time can be measured in hours rather than days
for the floor panels are simply cut to shape and then the
polybutylene pipe is walked into the pre-formed grooves from
a large roll. It is also extremely plumber-friendly thanks to a
truly comprehensive range of fitments and accessories, as
Trinity Services of Northampton, the plumbing sub-contractor
at Royal Connaught Park, will confirm. Overlay is being installed
in every room barring the bathroom, with a carpeted finish in
the bedrooms and ceramic tiles in the living areas and kitchen.
All floor coverings and fittings are specified to the highest
standards.
Gordon, Lowther & Gunton, the original architects would be
amazed at the recent change of use for the Royal Masonic
School for Boys and even more so at the 21st Century methods
of conversion. Surely, however, they would be delighted at the
high standards in planning, systems and materials used in the
refurbishment and, as winter begins to bite, they would enjoy
the comfort of the underfloor heating from Polypipes Overlay
system throughout the Royal Connaught Park development.
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New Honeywell Controls Range Is Easy To
Programme, Easy To Use And Easy On The Eye
Honeywell has launched its major new family
of heating programmers and timers. The
ST9000 series is designed to be easy to
programme, easy to use and easy on the eye.
ST9000 employs an enhanced version of the
Line of Text (LoT ) concept. This features a
large ultra clear display and simple on screen
English language instructions. Honeywell
developers have added prompts at every stage
so it is obvious to what is happening and
what they need to do next. ST9000 controls
are simple to use. Installers and users can
choose one of several preset time/temperature
programmes to save time, or programme
in their own option by following simple
instructions. The ST9000 series includes models for all domestic heating and hot water applications.
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Top Of The Class
Claimed, by Vortice, to be the most versatile and efficient
products in their class within the SAP Appendix Q database,
the latest MVHR unit (the HRU ECO 3 RF) and MEV unit (the
CVE ECO 2) have both excelled when tested to the Appendix Q
methodologies. SThe performances of both units can be entered
into SAP appendix Q to improve upon the default values and
help towards lowering CO2 emissions. Tested on a kitchen plus
up to 7 additional wet rooms, the HRU mechanical extract
ventilation system with heat recovery has re-set the benchmark
and established itself as the ideal product for residential
dwellings and those with multiple bath/shower rooms and shared
Kitchens such as student accommodation and nursing homes.
With a heat recovery efficiency of between 86% and 93%, the
HRU ECO 3 RF far exceeds the minimum standards set out in
Building Regulation Part L.
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Conder Extends Range
With Pumping Division
Conder is extending
its product range
with the launch
of the Conder
Pumping Solutions
division. Conder
will offer a range
of package pump
stations available
in both glass
reinforced plastic
or polyethylene up to 270,000ltrs
capacity. Each system will be
individually designed to meet the
customers requirements, with a
number of pump types and control
options available to ensure optimum
pumping efficiency.
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Daikin Mark Completion Of
Sky Air Series
Daikin UK has announced the completion of
its industry leading Sky Air Inverter series,
offering cost-effective and energy efficient
climate control solutions for building premises.
The new 140 class model builds on the existing
100 and 125 class models in the Super Inverter
series to offer end-users more choice and
options. With heating and cooling capabilities,
the range features a more compact design,
higher performance efficiency and night quiet
operating mode, as well as simple integration
into existing systems using the original piping
diameters. Daikin has also extended its Sky Air
Heat Pump Comfort Inverter series. Adding to
the existing 3, 4 and 5HP models, the new 6HP
unit offers end-users a premium quality product
at a competitive price.
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Compact Water Supply Assembly Saves Time
And Trouble In Multi-occupancy Buildings
Honeywell has launched a
time-saving water supply
assembly for multi-occupancy
buildings. The MTA06 has a
lower cost than all competing
similar assemblies and helps
consultants by simplifying
specifications while making
installation easier and faster.
In one compact device the
Honeywell MTA06 provides
the four functions needed for
the point of water entry into
an apartment: shut-off, strainer, pressure reduction and backflow protection
by means of a double check valve. The pressure reducing valve in the assembly
maintains a constant ideal pressure to protect water installations from high
supply pressures, irrespective of supply pressure and height, so reduces leaks,
corrosion and water consumption.
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Renoxtra With Hiflow Offers Increased
DHW Delivery Rates And Space Saving
Complementing Johnson & Starleys latest RenoXtra high
efficiency combination boiler, a new Hiflow thermal store
module or kit can now be added to the heating system. The
benefit of the RenoXtra with Hiflow is the provision of a
higher flow rate of DHW at 35C rise for a considerably lower
gas input, typically 6kW from the boiler. The Hiflow module
is compact and capable of being installed under a worktop.
The Hiflow module is connected to the RenoXtra that both
pre-heats the DHW supply and provides the heat input to
the Hiflow thermal store via its programmable controls. The
RenoXtra with Hiflow system works in two possible modes,
dependent upon the hot water demand. When demand
is within the capabilities of the RenoXtra 30 or 37 kW
combination boiler the water is delivered in a traditional
combi fashion. When increased delivery rates of DHW is
required the Hiflow module can be activated on demand.
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Celuform Proposal To Implement
Manufacturing Change Project
Celuform Building Products Limited has been reviewing
the business to future-proof operations and maximise
cost effectiveness, efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Celuform is proposing to restructure its operations during
2008. Paul Neilson, Managing Director of Latium Building
Products comments: The main proposal is the relocation
of Celuforms operation to Scunthorpe to take advantage
of our state of the art facilities and in house raw material
blending. We are in the process of consultation and it is
important to emphasise that no decision has yet been
taken. Our proposal is to manufacture all Celuform products
with Calcium Organic stabilisers using our own blending
plant, as we already do with our Kestrel and BCE brands.
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Reznor RHC Coil Provides
Energy Efficient Heat
Troax Opt For Vision
Heating From Ambirad
An inaccessible basement plant room
called for a lateral approach to the
installation of a new heating system at
Number 10 Queen Street Place, London
EC4. To heat the 28,000m
2
building, AHU
manufacturer KlimaTherm engineered two
625kW output warm air heaters, each
11mx4.5mx3.5m in size. The heaters
were to be placed on top of each other
in the basement plant room. However,
access to the plant room could only be
gained via the car park. A hole was cut
in the concrete floor of the car park and
the flat-pack AHUs lowered into the
space beneath. The AHUs draw fresh air
in from outside and either heat it using
the Reznor RHC coil fitted within the
unit or cool and filter it. The tempered
air is circulated round the building via
wall-mounted fan coils that regulate air
temperature and quality in individual
areas of the building.
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The latest radiant heating technology
from AmbiRad the all-new Vision range
is enabling specialist steel products
manufacturer Troax to maintain comfort
temperatures for employees during cold
mornings and evenings. The heaters
also control condensation within the
factory, keeping the stored steel dry and
preventing rust. The building tends to be
particularly cold in the mornings before
the production process starts to generate
heat. An ageing oil-fired warm air system
was inadequate to the task of bringing
the premises up to temperature. Four VSX
radiant tube heaters were installed in the
roof space above two production bays.
The heaters take less than 30 minutes to
bring the working temperature up to 22C.
The units deliver heat where people are
working and at the lowest two meters of
the building.
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The new Visitor Centre at Cley Marshes, commissioned by Norfolk
Wildlife Trust utilises renewable energy sources to provide light,
heating and hot water. In addition to a wind turbine there is a NIBE
Energy Systems geothermal unit harnessing the rain- and solar-
generated energy stored in the ground. At Cley Marshes a cost-effective
Surface Collector system has been installed, with around 400 metres
of looped plastic tubing buried roughly 20 centimetres below the frost
line under the open ground to the front of the Visitors Centre. The
plastic pipe contains a non-freezing emulsion of glycol and water and
is linked to a compact NIBE Fighter 1240 Unit inside the building.
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Visitor Centre Has Underground Heating
Stunning Visual Effects
From Daedalian For Leading
Investment Consultant
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Working to a brief from Business Design Solutions (BDS) presented Daedalian Glass with one of its most
challenging, but satisfying, commissions to date. With BDS having previously used a nautical theme for its
client, a leading American investment consultant, water was, again, the key element of the brief Daedalian
was asked to work to. The outcome is a river of glass that creates a focal point for the reception area of
the US companys new London-based European headquarters, flowing across the ceiling, down one wall and
across the front of the reception desk. Daedalian created a ripple effect across the kiln-formed glass surface,
which was enhanced by a white low iron glass.
At the wall and ceiling join behind the reception desk, the glass drops like a curved waterfall, blending with
another curved glass panel employing the same rippled effect and attached to the front of the reception
desk. Pale beige ceramic floor tiles mirror the flow of the glass on the ceiling, cutting a swathe across the
floor between fibrous bulkheads and slate slabs bordering either side. LED lighting at the edges of the glass
is programmed to change in intensity, thus enhancing the ripple effect.
The Waterworld feel is continued with a series of 2.7m high kiln-formed faceted panels five to one side of
the reception desk and three to the other. When placed alongside each other the uneven edges of each panel
leave a gap, creating a series of fissures. Behind them are a number of meeting rooms, each of which has
fissured glazed windows, creating privacy whilst enabling anyone outside to see whether or not the rooms
are occupied. Daedalian even tackled the Health & Safety issue raised by the potential danger to partially
sighted visitors posed by the leading edges of the glass panels to left and right of the reception desk. The
problem was solved by attaching to the panel edges a series of 40mm x 350mm long lead crystal rods.
Placed one above the other, each was divided by a stack of black and white glass discs. Viewed from
different angles, the discs appear either solid black or black and white, guaranteeing immediate and
dramatic visibility. Continuing with the use of kiln-formed glass, but in a more low-key manner, Daedalian
has also produced long slim vision panels for 40 doors in the building, with three clear glass ovals bonded
to the surface of each. Again, with the aim of retaining privacy, but giving people the chance to check if a
room is occupied or a meeting is taking place. Finally, some 18 wall lights have been designed and made by
Daedalian, again using kiln formed glass, in a combination of clear and opaque.
The end result was fantastic, said project designer, Paul Rowlands of BDS. First we worked together
creating the ripple effect, and Daedalian was very responsive and revised work samples very quickly. Then
we worked with the lighting consultant to get the right lighting to enhance the ripple effect; meanwhile the
light fittings were all purpose-made and had to be mocked-up in advance. Taking a chance with an unknown
supplier always involves a significant leap of faith. This was the position Paul Rowlands found himself in
when giving the commission to Daedalian. He was looking, not only for an impressive track record, but also
a high level of creativity and a willingness to work in harmony with clients. More than that, however, he
needed to be confident they could ultimately produce an exciting piece of work with the right corporate
feel for his client.
Visits to both with Davia Walmsley, head designer, followed by meetings with her and husband, Chris,
Marketing Director, convinced Paul he had found not only the right creative partnership, but also one
with the desired level of personal service needed for such a prestigious project. This was a very satisfying
project, said Chris Walmsley, not only artistically but also because Paul and his colleagues put their trust
in us. It really was a case of our working together as a partnership, rather than us working for them. The
end result bears this out, I think.
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Defining The Perfect Window
Manufacturers working in the construction industry frequently claim to have responded to their
customers demands when launching a new product line, but few can have researched the market as
thoroughly as Duraflex has done before bringing its new service offering to the housebuilding sector.
The PVC-U systems house - part of the worldwide Masco Group with an annual turnover in excess of 13
billion has consulted with a number of the UKs leading housebuilders and contractors in an effort to
define what makes the ideal window package: not simply in terms of performance or appearance, but
the entire system and supply chain arrangements.
The strategy must have struck a chord, for Duraflex has already announced it has formed partnering
relationships with Persimmon and Gladedale while other household names are expected to come on
board within the next few months. In a market frequently referred to as being saturated, this is good
news for Duraflex and its fabricators, as well as offering a host of benefits to the housebuilders. The
Sales and Marketing Director for the Masco Windows Group, Mike Dunlevy, reveals: We went through
the process of looking at the market place and the sector break down as well as the long term forecasts
from people like Palmer. Although the figures vary quite a bit, the trend in refurbishment and retail is
going to be in decline for a number of years; and we are seeking to take cyclability of our business.
The two areas showing real strength are new build housing and the Decent Homes programme being
delivered through local authorities and housing associations; and both account for some 14 per cent
of the PVC-U window market. So not only is it sound sense for us to try and capture a larger share
of these very strong sectors, but we also want to capitalise on the Masco relationship with top
UK housebuilders to enhance the opportunity for Duraflex and our customers. That relationship in
fact encompasses an impressive array of well known companies and brands, not just connected to
window manufacturing, but also covering the supply of kitchens, bathrooms and a wide variety of other
construction products.
Mike Dunlevy continues: Through our discussions with leading developers, we basically came up
with a hit list of a dozen key issues which defined the perfect window for them. This therefore
enabled us to formulate a vetting procedure for those window companies who wanted to become
part of our nationwide new build installer service network. Only 18 of the 24 who put themselves
forward succeeded; and the total will probably not rise above 25. This provides total UK coverage,
but still allows housebuilders or their regions to test two or three installers themselves to keep price
competitive. The criteria covering an installers operational practices that have been drawn up as a
direct result of the consultation process focus strongly on safe working and high quality service. They
include the stipulation that an installer should have appropriate insurance cover for both employees
and public liability and a satisfactory health and safety policy; with all personnel attending a site
being in possession of a CSCS card. Beyond this developers cited the need for installers to be able to
carry out risk assessments and be experienced in conducting pre-contract site start up meetings. This
was accompanied by the requirement for them to be able to conduct site audits.
Away from the action, housebuilders were also very keen to be assured that window companies
possessed financial strength and had in place a current training matrix. Together these parameters are
predicted to help ensure installation contracts run smoothly and the developer or main contractor can
demonstrate duty of care to their client in respect of making responsible appointments to the supply
chain. Moving on to the product range itself it is of course crucial that windows within the range
should be capable of meeting not only the current Building Regulations, but they should also respect
the wider sustainability agenda and be capable of assisting housebuilders to target initiatives such as
building zero carbon homes.
Mike Dunlevy states: Employing soft coat low-E glass with a warm edge spacer bar and argon filling,
we are able to achieve a U-value of 1.35 W/m
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K or lower and our various window types score from
C up to A under the Window Energy Rating System. Environmental credentials are key now in the
construction industry and in particular housebuilding, but it is something that has been addressed
throughout Duraflexs operations. The main site in Tewkesbury met its 10 year Climate Charge Levy
target in just 18 months and issues such as water usage and recycling are being improved all the time.
We collect any scrap materials from our group companies which we use in the manufacture of products
such as cavity closer profiles.
These products are integral to helping bricklayers build the reveals accurately and enable the installer
to fit the frame from within the building a crucial factor given the boom in apartment schemes and
the risks of working at height while reducing the risk of damage. At present our cavity closers fit 75
and 100mm widths though we are being asked for wider units to suit ever more highly insulated wall
constructions. Mike Dunlevy sums up saying: Our window systems are brilliant white, not off-white,
and can make a real contribution to the kerb appeal of a property, and we can also offer Secured by
Design, which is so important in social housing.
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The Corporate 2000 range of steel windows from
Crittall Windows has passed Hurricane Testing in
the United States. Three units from each window
type were tested: fixed lights; side hung open out
and projected top hung open out; and folding out
door. Each window which was double-glazed had
to withstand a large missile impact consistent with
flying debris found in hurricane storm conditions.
The missile is represented as a 100mm x 50mm
x 3780mm long timber weighing 4.2kg. This is
fired from a cannon at a distance of 5.2 metres
at a velocity of 15m/sec. he windows and doors
were then exposed to air pressure cycling of 4500
cycles in both a positive and negative pressure at
a maximum design pressure of plus/ minus 2873pa.
This corresponds to missile level D and wind Zone 3
within the USA.
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Crittall Windows Measure Up
To A Hurricane
Glidemaster Is An Alternative
To Roller Shutters
For an attractive security alternative
to roller shutters, the Hillaldam Coburn
Glidemaster is available in a variety of
options. The various Glidemaster systems
are hung from a top aluminium track,
allowing more headroom and requiring no
floor channels. The Royal option features
tempered glass for increased scratch
resistance. Crystal is provided with full
height polycarbonate panels. Alumina
features full height solid anodised
aluminium panels, with Alumina Airflow
offering the security of a solid enclosure
blended with airflow via an open grille.
The Classic range features open chequered
effects created by aluminium panels,
while Program 21 and 41 are lightweight
unglazed closures.
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Steel Windows Show Their Metal On
Modern Apartment Building
Architects of a new apartment building in Peckham,
London have utilised the strength and style of steel
to create a striking screen enclosing its circulation
areas. Steel Window Association member company,
Senlac Windows and Doors manufactured and installed
a package of storey height, single glazed frames in a
galvanized finish, together with a series of steel framed
doorsets. Architect, Walter Menteth, comments: As it
lies outside the buildings thermal shell and only provides
thermal buffering we knew it could be single glazed. In
that scenario we thought steel sections which combine
strength, durability and delicately minimal sight lines
were clearly a far better option than aluminium. The
top two floors of the main block feature a ribbon of
32 steel window frames, with the other three levels
extending to runs of 41 frames. The steel framing
extends vertically to provide a glazed parapet edging to
the roof. The windows were all fabricated by Senlac.
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D&Es 2008 Catalogue
D&E Architectural Hardware, distributor
of high quality architectural ironmongery
is proud to announce the launch of their
2008 catalogue.
The catalogue has
been redesigned to
allow even easier
product selection.
The catalogue
offers dedicated
sections on UK,
architectural
and narrow stile
lockcases, as well as full details of our
range of hinges, spring hinges and door
controls. D&E Architectural Hardware is
now also able to offer a wide selection
of multi-point locks, with a selection of
door furniture to suit.
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Crittall Berkeley steel window
ideal for replica refurbishment
Crittall, one the worlds largest designers and producers
of steel windows, has announced the availability of
the Berkeley section. Originally created in order to
replicate existing 1920s and 1930s steel windows that
were predominantly single pane leaded glass, exterior
putty glazed, the Berkeley window is an entirely new
series of hot-rolled steel sections. The new window
has a solid steel chamfer that replicates the putty
glazed exterior, while allowing interior glazing, thereby
improving access for reglazing and security. It offers
uncompromised aesthetics while delivering all the
attributes expected of a modern window. Single and
French doors are also available. The Berkeley window
offers an ideal solution for both replacement projects
and new construction where minimum sightlines,
maximum daylight and fine detail are desired. It is
suitable for high-end residential, institutional and
commercial applications. The high performance
window incorporates a unique articulated frame and
sash, and like all Crittall steel windows is hot-dip
galvanized and Duralife polyester powder coat finished
in Crittalls own in-house facility. Double integral EPDM
Weatherstripping is standard, while glazing can be up
to 18 mm.
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Orbis Anti-Ligature Door Hardware
brochure from Laidlaw Solutions
Laidlaw Solutions Orbis Anti-Ligature range of door furniture
has been extended to incorporate new products which include
a new anti-ligature door viewer, the eyehole cover of which
can only be released by key operation. It matches a similarly
new clutch operated bathroom door turn and the ranges
existing standard knob set and escutcheon. A bevelled circular
surface mounted door pull now has a D-shaped finger cavity
to prevent any attachment within it, and was developed to
meet one particular specifiers requirements. The alternative
rectangular recessed flush pull now offers the added benefit of
an intumescent backing which, depending on door thickness,
provides fire resistance of between 30 and 60 minutes.
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When Getting A C Is Better Than Getting An A
While reducing our carbon footprint is top of everyones list of
priorities, in the case of window energy ratings, what appears
to be the greenest isnt necessarily always best. David Riley,
Quality Manager at Duraflex, whilst praising the work done by the
British Fenestration Rating Council and the Energy Savings Trust
in developing an energy efficient rating scheme, fears there is
a degree of smoke and mirrors by manufacturers when it comes
to enthusiasm for trumpeting the virtues of the A-rated window.
I dont think anyone realised how quickly an A-rating would be
achieved, he says, but, in reality, it has only been achieved by
using triple glazing, krypton gas and slim outer frames requiring
specialist glazing. The hard facts are that in reality, A-rated
windows as they currently stand are simply not commercially viable.
As far as Duraflex is concerned, while the company does have an
A-rated window, their advice is for customers not to be dazzled by
the idea of being environmentally ahead of the game, but to wait
for technology to catch up with the demands made to achieve this
standard.
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Automatic Door Systems
From Hillaldam Coburn
An extensive range of automatic
door systems is now available from
Hillaldam Coburn, with a door to suit
any requirements from pedestrian
entrances to burglar resistant safety
doors. Applications include commercial,
industrial and retail premises. The
range applies advanced automatic door
technology that is compact and reliable,
embracing sliding, folding, revolving and
swing doors as well as security options
and industry specials such as doors for
airtight seals. Each model offers elegant
designs with a variety of options to be
compatible with any architectural style.
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Securistyles Certificate
Of Safety
Securistyle s technically advanced
anti-manipulation door lock cylinder has
been awarded a product kitemark. The
Securistyle anti-manipulation door lock
cylinder has been designed to prevent
bumping - the latest form of burglary.
Bumping is a growing threat due to the
simplicity of the procedure . Bumping
does not damage the lock so there is no
evidence of the crime, resulting in some
insurance companies not paying out
on a claim. Securistyles door cylinder
features an active bump resistant
technology which engages a pin to lock
the key out if anyone attempts to bump
the cylinder. The property is protected
and the key is removed from circulation
whilst providing evidence that a crime
has been attempted.
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The refurbished railway station at Benfleet has recently
opened. A focal point was a makeover of the booking
office and to supply secure yet welcoming ticket stations,
from Sonic Windows. Waterman Civils designed a complete
wall of the booking
hall with clear
glass, broken only
with slim dividers
separating the four
ticket windows.
Beyond the barrier
into the platform area
and round the corner to the side of the ticket office is
a window for passengers who need to pay add-on fares.
The customer has uninterrupted eye contact with staff
and talk freely thanks to an electronic intercom system.
The Sonic windows offer security thanks to the cash trays
recessed into the counter plus staff safety behind robust
laminated bullet resistant glass.
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Sonic Windows For Booking Hall
Gezes Stunning Sliding
Solution
GEZE UK is launching two stainless steel
space saving door systems for glass doors.
The new Geolan and Aerolan are additions
to GEZE UKs quality sliding door hardware
range.The Aerolan offers a minimalist twist
on a traditional wall-mounted system,
using a contemporary steel-finish slim
frame attached to the ceiling or wall to
support suspended glass doors. The Geolan
is a floor mounted door system, making it
possible for architects to specify sliding
doors in buildings where wall or ceiling
mounting is not possible, especially where there is a suspended ceiling or where heavy or extra large
doors are required. Creating a design feature of the door gear itself, GEZE UK uses a clean steel finish on
all the rollers and rails in both products to ensure function and aesthetics are combined.
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Door Hardware And Timber
Doorsets Guides From
Laidlaw Solutions
Orbis Premier is a fully co-ordinated,
comprehensive range of door hardware
from Laidlaw Solutions, available in
either Satin or Polished Stainless
Steel finishes. The range comes with a
standard 15-year guarantee and includes
new and unique lever and pull handle
designs with a distinctive dual-finish
backplate system. Its components
are interchangeable. Available as a
complete door package with Orbis
Timber Doorsets, hardware can be
factory prepared if necessary. Pre-fixed
lever and inset rose options have an
integral phosphor bronze bearing washer
and offer a 3-point fixing method.
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Excellent Sound Reduction With Thermal
Performance From New Schco Window
New to Schcos AWS aluminium window range is
the Schco AWS 105 CC.HI, a specialist window that
delivers extremely high levels of sound reduction
(up to 48 dB with appropriate glass) combined with
excellent thermal insulation (typical U value 1.6
W/m2 K for a 1200mm x 1200 mm window). The
window has been designed for use where noise is
likely to be a problem. The window is also ideally
suited for applications such as specialist schools for
the hard of hearing where even moderate outside
sound intrusion must be minimised. Incorporating
a double-glazed unit and a single glass pane, the
window has a stylish, highly insulated aluminium
frame and is available in a variety of inward opening
types including tilt-turn, bottom-hung and side-
hung or in combination with fixed lights.
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Contemporary British Architecture
Drives Glass Fixings Demand
Repairs Completed At Toshiba
TEC Europe Head Office
Stylish 21st century architecture which
incorporates increasingly innovative glazing
features has enabled the UK division of hardware
manufacturer SFS intec to establish itself as
the groups pioneer of precision engineered
glass fixings. The variety of projects in which
SFS intecs glass fixings have been used is
greater in the UK than anywhere else in the
world. The product range provides an off the
shelf solution for architectural glazing saving
the time and expense of producing bespoke
fixings. It includes single point, flush and
bevel point fixings which combine with a wide
range of spider fixings plus special solutions for
balustrades and glass canopies.
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One of the businesses damaged by the explosion
at the Buncefield oil depot in 2005 was the
premises of Toshiba Tec Europe. Structura UK
Ltd manufactured, supplied and installed new
Hueck windows. The
aluminium framed
windows are double
glazed with an 8mm
outer pane and a
6mm inner pane in
a Sunguard silver
grey colour. Above
the main entrance, repairs to the curtain walling
included deglazing, resealing of gaskets and
relining.
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Comar Systems Specified For Mixed-use Devon Project
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems worked closely with Alan Spear Ltd.on this new-build
housing project in Plymouth which demanded glazing solutions that would suit the rigours and
aesthetic needs for occupiers. Comar aluminium system
were specified for this reason: a range of integrated
aluminium profiles in a variety of widths to provide
longevity, strength and slim sight-lines. Comar 6
ladder-frame curtain walling was specified for the office
glazed screens and full height stairwells. The entrances
comprise Comar 6 with integrated Comar 7 butt hung
doors. For natural ventilation in curtain walling, Comar
5lt 45mm ultra-slim windows were glazed into Comar 6.
The apartments were glazed with Comar 5P.i windows
and Comar 7P.i doors. Both systems are part of Comars
polyamide insulated suite which features exceptional
thermal efficiency. Comar 5P.i and Comar 7P.i offer a realm of design capabilities.
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Roof Windows Adding
Style To Loft Conversions
Despite the acknowledged practicality of loft space conversion,
little attention tends to be given to the contribution that varying
roof window configurations can have on interior design. Product
improvements, in the face of updated Building Regulations, and a
number of new suppliers, has also made product choice that much more
difficult. As we strive to make our homes as airtight as possible the
choice of roof window can have a dramatic effect on the while new
technology and ever more exacting requirements from.
With loft conversion being the most practical way to add value to
a home, roof windows have become an accepted means by which to
provide a distinctly individual interior design style and even kerb
appeal can be enhanced. For practical purposes, roof windows have
many benefits over dormers.
They can provide up to 50% more natural light at far lower cost, and
rarely pose any structural problems when fitting. With a dormer, rafter
spacing, insulation and waterproofing have all to be considered, while
there is always the potential for maintenance problems with ridges,
hips and valleys. By contrast, roof windows come in a variety of shapes
and sizes and can be used singly or in combinations.
The general rule when calculating the ideal glazing area is that it
should represent at least 1:8 of the floor area. While one or more
dormers may well meet this requirement, roof windows are far more
likely to provide an even spread of light.
Whether using a number of individual roof windows across the roof
span or a specific combination, their cost should also be significantly
less. The roof will also be far lighter, and no accommodation need
be made to counteract heat loss through the brickwork. Window
combinations are proving increasingly popular for the contribution
they make to interior design. By extending a standard roof window into
the wall for example, an L-shaped combination increases field of view,
while its style offers a practical, visual alternative to a dormer.
The vertical element is already available in centre pivot and non-
opening designs, and Fakro will soon introduce a tilt-and-turn option
too. With the upper element consisting of a standard roof window
of any type, such combinations provide exceptional flexibility. Top
windows, available in either arched or triangular profile, provide a
strikingly distinctive final touch.
When choosing type of window, options are no longer limited to
top-opening or centre-pivot. A product such as Fakros unique FPP
preSelect offers the option of either opening method at the flick of
a switch in the frame. Its operating handle is also in the lower part of
the frame, making it far easier to use. Options now extend curved roof
windows for use in Dutch barn conversions and metal roofs.
This represents one of the most striking and unusual developments in
the sector to date, windows previously made to special order having
had no opening facility.
Personal touches such as leaded decoration of glass can now be
provided alongside a wealth of electrical opening options, accessories
and of course blinds. No loft space need be beyond the scope of
conversion, as there are flat roofing window systems available.
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Architecturally
Advanced
Shutter Systems
Pursuing an aggressive programme of technical design
and development, the Integr8 range of built-in shutters
by Charter Specialist Security, continue to lead the way in
shutter integration for the new build market. The Integr8
180LS proved to be the ultimate choice for the Birkenhead
and Tranmere SureStart project, being one of the many
government funded community support facilities across
the UK. The innovative Integr8 range perfectly harmonises
maximum security with enhanced aesthetics ensuring a
perfect solution - every time! With a dedicated AutoCAD
design team and complete UK coverage we are able to
ensure the most effective and architecturally advanced
solution to your requirement.
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The rolling programme of upgrading the waterproofing of some 34 blocks of flats to an Index 20 year
insurance guaranteed system by Elliotts Premier Roofing for Bournemouth Borough Council has now
reached the half way stage. At the heart of the
waterproofing overlay system is the innovative
Proteaduo composite membrane in white mineral
finish which is being used as the cap sheet in
conjunction with a 4mm thick Helastopol P
underlay. BBA approved membrane Proteaduo has
an upper APP modified bitumen layer to better
resist the destructive effects of solar radiation
whilst the softer lower SBS layer has exceptional
elasticity and is close to the roof deck, the point
of most stress and movement. This upgrade of a
mix of flat and pitched roofs is the result of a partnering agreement contract between Elliotts, Index
and Bournemouth Borough Council Landlord Services.
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Council Roof Protection Programme Rolls On
Gutter System Reduces Heat Loss
And Wasted Energy Levels
CGL Systems has just launched CGL2- a new
environmentally friendly gutter system that has
been designed with an in-built thermal break which
eliminates heat loss at the thermal bridge this
in turn reduces heating costs and wasted energy
levels- in fact, keeping heat where its needed in
the building. CGL2 will outperform traditional
internal gutter systems by up to 12 fold and can
deliver unrivalled energy saving levels. CGL2 is
lined with a Sarnafil membrane and its free-flow
characteristics maximise drainage efficiency. The
insulation incorporated into the gutter is CFC and
HCFC free, thereby underpinning CGL2s green
credentials. CGL Systems supply a 10 year warranty
with CGL2 which is supported by Sarnafils insurance
backed membrane performance guarantee.
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Joint Favourite Rooflights
At Galway Races
Brett Martin Daylight Systems overcame many challenges during
the process of creating a unique combination rooflighting
solution for the complex cantilevered canopy roof of the Killanin
Stand at Galway Racecourse. Deane Roofing & Cladding installed
Brett Martins Xlok Ultra panel glazing soffit system and Trilite
Ultra 36 translucent GRP weather sheets. The Killanin Stands
elevated and exposed location near the Atlantic coast meant
that Brett Martins experienced technical team was tasked with
creating a stylish canopy roof capable of protecting spectators
from the elements and coping with exceptionally high wind
loadings. The solution was this striking aero wing shaped
canopy roof with its attractive panel glazed soffit and outer skin
rooflight covering that curves from front to back and along its
length. The Xlok Ultra interlocking panel system was installed
inverted to form the canopy soffit with opal tinted Marlon ST
25mm 5-wall structured polycarbonate glazing sheets used to
produce a soft, diffused daylighting effect.
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Seamline - A Low Cost, High
Performance Roofing System
Lindabs latest advances in steel
manufacturing technology has enabled
the company to now provide the roofing
contractor, architect or building owner
with a high performance standing
seam roofing system which is available
in easily transportable steel coils
and a range of colours and finishes.
Manufactured in Sweden from high
quality, zinc coated galvanised steel;
Seamline is highly resistant to corrosion,
virtually maintenance free and long
lasting. Seamline is easily mouldable to
fit virtually any roof design no matter
how complex. A choice of 17 high build
polyester colours allows Seamline to be
used on any type of building and will
blend in with the surrounding buildings,
landscape or corporate colours.
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Controlled Daylighting For
Barbados Spectators
Brett Martin manufactured and supplied over 2,100 sq
metres of Marlon CS Longlife profiled polycarbonate
rooflights to provide carefully controlled daylighting
conditions for spectators at the Kensington Oval cricket
ground in Barbados. Architects and engineers, Arup
Associates, specified the rooflights in translucent opal
to create a gently diffused daylighting environment. The
1.5mm thick sheets were manufactured in a 60mm deep
profile for extra strength which allows for wider spans
between purlins and less steelwork being required. Main
contractors and project managers, Larsen & Toubro Ltd
installed over 1,500 sq metres of Marlon CS Longlife
polycarbonate rooflights on the impressive canopy roof
of the Worrell, Weekes & Walcott Stand as part of a major
redevelopment of the Kensington Oval ground for the ICC
Cricket World Cup 2007.
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Rigidal Launches Tradzinc
Tradzinc is the latest cladding product from Rigidal
Systems. Based on Rigidals Ziplok standing seam
system, but with a flat pan to the profile, Tradzinc
is designed to provide a traditional zinc appearance,
yet with all the benefits of an aluminium profile
and none of the disadvantages of similar products
which rely on laminated alloys with their associated
inherent problems such as interstitial condensation.
Tradzinc utilises a special surface treatment to
emulate natural zinc during the weathering process.
It is available in two finishes - plain mill and
weathered - to suit different applications. Plain mill
has the appearance of prepatinated zinc during its
first year, while the weathered finish is equivalent to
zinc after several years of weathering. The aesthetic
appeal of the zinc appearance is combined in a profile which is lighter in weight and more cost effective
than using zinc, yet has an equivalent lifespan.
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For Protection At Height Ask
Safetyworks & Solutions
SAFETYWORKS & Solutions manufacture
and install a range of high performance
fall protection systems and access
solutions throughout the UK. Their
includes their new Mobiguard system,
Walkways, Freestanding and Fixed
Handrail Systems for new build and
retro-fit, Fall Restraint and Arrest
Systems, Demarcation, Anchor Points
and Access, Cat and Modum Ladders,
Uniline stainless steel systems, plus
a selection of Personal Protective
Equipment. SAFETYWORKS & Solutions
provide a national turnkey service that
includes site surveys with a full contract
supply and fit service, or alternatively,
their full product range can be provided
on a supply only basis.
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Ward Helps Tennis Stars Of The Future
Ward Insulated Panels has supplied a complete
insulated wall and roof solution to Draycott
Sports Centre, a facility which could play a
major part in the development of the UKs
future tennis stars. Draycott Sports Centre has
recently completed the project which includes
two new indoor tennis courts. The roof and
walls of the building were clad with 2,700m
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of Ward IP1000 through-fixed insulated panels
coated with Ward XL200 external weather
sheet in willow green. The Ward Trapezoidal
IP1000 Panel is a through fixed composite
panel which can be laid horizontally or
vertically on wall applications. All IP1000 panels incorporate an LPCB Firesafe Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
insulation core with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (Zero ODP).
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160 CAD Details Online For Zinc Roofs And Faades
With the growing use of zinc in construction, VM ZINC
has added 160 downloadable technical details to its
website, www.vmzinc.co.uk. Available in AutoCAD .DWG
or high resolution PDF, details include standing seam
roofing, cladding (including warm roof details) and
interlocking panels. Downloading is quick and access
direct from the homepage, subject to a simple, one-
off registration. Use of VM ZINC products for projects
such as Bere Architects Focus House, 2007 winner
of Grand Designs Best Eco House, owes much to zinc
being the most sustainable metal used in construction.
Its malleability and variety of pre-weathered finishes
also enable it to blend with a wide variety of building
components.
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Rainline - First Choice For
Londons Showcase Eco House
Rock Asphalte Gets Into The
Carnival Spirit
One of the UKs largest cruise firms is using
Rock Asphaltes Flexiphalte system to keep its
new Southampton HQ shipshape. The Carnival
Group is going to be based in 150,000 sq ft of
flexible office space. In total, the firm will lay
nearly 3,500 sq ft of mastic asphalt to offer
maximum protection to the new buildings roof.
Rock Asphaltes fully bonded Flexiphalte Triple
Protection inverted roofing system was chosen. It
combines the latest high performance membrane
techniques with the established durability of
Flexiphalte Pommar polymer modified asphalt,
external protective insulation and a ballast/slab
top to finish. Guaranteed for the design life of
the substrate it is laid upon, Flexiphalte Triple
Protection is the ultimate roof waterproofing
solution.
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The Lord Mayor of London unveiled as part
of his London Climate Change Action Plan
Initiative, an eco house built in the middle
of Trafalgar Square. No1. Lower Carbon
Drive, features on the external elevations,
Rainline a steel based rainwater drainage
system manufactured by Lindab. There are
six zones in the house energy, ventilation,
appliances, water, recycling and insulation
each zone showing visitors different ways
to make their homes more efficient and
lower their carbon footprint. Rainline was
selected because it is manufactured from
a high percentage of recycled steel and is
itself, fully recyclable.
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Dales Go Top
Dales Integrated Aluminium Eaves
systems have been selected for several
schools projects within the Building
Schools for the Future initiative. A
number of factors have encouraged
this success including significant cost
savings where Dales secondary supports
replace expensive primary steelwork
in the eaves cantilever. There have
also been programming benefits that
allow the external envelope to be
virtually completed before the eaves
are bolted to the primary framework.
Sub-contractors appreciate the pre-
manufacture design drawings to ensure
every opportunity is provided to
harmonise the as built condition with
the Dales bespoke materials.
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Trent Concrete
Produces A Work Of Art
Stunning lace designs that helped establish a world famous
industry in the heart of Nottingham have been set in concrete as
part of an iconic, multi-million pound arts centre.
The project was a major challenge for Trent Concrete, which
used its wealth of precast experience to reproduce a unique lace
pattern in the reconstructed stone cladding being manufactured
for the Centre for Contemporary Arts Nottingham (CCAN).
The design is based on a sample of Victorian lace found in a time
capsule, unearthed when a new supermarket was being built in
the city. This pattern was initially given to design specialists at
Derby University, who used lasers to replicate the exact pattern
on a piece of timber. It was then sent to Germany, where leading
rubber mould supplier Reckli was able to transfer the design onto
a durable rubber mat.
The finished template is now being placed into concrete-ready
moulds, so the intricate pattern can be exactly reproduced on the
cladding Trent Concrete is making for the 13m arts centre. David
Walker, Managing Director of Trent Concrete, said: We are thrilled
to be able to use our precast concrete expertise to create such a
unique and beautiful finish for what promises to be a landmark
building for Nottingham. Each contract we undertake is bespoke
in its detail. While we have used rubber mat templates in our
moulds before, this is easily the most intricate job we have ever
undertaken.
In total, 1,100 square metres of green scalloped wall panels
will be made by Trent for the arts centre ranging from 4-11m
in height. The heaviest of the 93 individual units weighs in at
11.5 tonnes. Trent have had to develop innovative methods of
handling, storing, transporting and erecting the massive panels
that would ensure that the stunning finish is protected. Purpose-
built metal frames are being used to carefully turn the finished
panels onto their edges, for easier and safer transport.
Once delivered on site, a special shoe (made from a steel frame)
is used to carefully turn them back 90 degrees before being fixed
to the building. Under its nearly 500,000 contract with Caruso
St John Architects, Trent is also providing a 200 square metre
black polished concrete plinth of varying heights to surround the
bottom of the bottom of the building. This will guarantee an
impressive finish to the project.
CCAN has received substantial support from Arts Council England
and the development is being led by Nottingham City Council, in
partnership with Nottingham Trent University and the University
of Nottingham who will set up a charity to operate the site. The
centre, featuring 1,300 square metres of gallery space, education
rooms and a caf and bar, is a major opportunity for the city to
develop and enhance its cultural and creative industries. It is due
to open in the autumn of 2008.
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Kingspans New Faade FX
Range Makes A Big Impact
Building designers are being offered new scope to create impressive
buildings with the launch of a new faade range from Kingspan
Insulated Panels, which uses imaginative finishes on proven
insulated panel systems to create energy efficient buildings of
individual distinction. The Kingspan Faade FX range comes in a
variety of finishes which can be applied to any of Kingspans roof,
wall and faade systems, and can be used in combination with
other panels to create a unique finish. The trompe loeil effects,
which also include brick and stone, can create limitless visual
combinations and have considerably increased the potential
applications for panel technology.
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Lime Technologys New Earth
Block Manufacturing Capacity
Lime Technology has announced that its Sumatec range of earth
blocks is now available as factory produced blocks. Originally designed
to be site produced using the companys innovative block press,
the blocks will now be factory manufactured in order to cope with
anticipated demand. Produced from waste material, they have very low
embodied energy. They can be laid using a lime mortar, and have a high
compressive strength. If tied into another leaf of masonry or timber
frame they can also be laid on their edge. They are ideally suited to
internal use in order to add thermal mass to buildings but can also be
used externally if protected by render or rain-screen cladding.
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CGL Systems have supplied over 420m
2
of their patinated copper rainscreen
system for the new entrance wing of the John Rylands Library. The copper
used was Gilding metal which is a copper/zinc alloy finished using a hot
patination process. The John Rylands library is considered to be one of the
most important rare book and manuscript libraries in the world. The building
had deteriorated structurally causing concern for the wellbeing of the
collections held inside. A project was launched to conserve the Grade 1 listed
building and to improve access and facilities for visitors with the addition
of a new entrance wing the upper floors housing a new reading room, a
conservation studio and state of the art storage areas for the collections.
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Wicona Unitised Curtain Walling Set To Reduce
Site Time By Up To 70 Per Cent
The Wicona unitised faade system can now reduce time on site by up to 70
per cent. This highly innovative approach to the building envelope applies
the principles of off-site construction to the faade. The Wicona unitised
system is fully glazed and sealed in a controlled factory environment. The
complete units are then moved to site for fast installation on to pre-
prepared fixings.
By completing the unitised panels off site, a weather tight envelope is
created for earlier fitting out, the construction programme is shorter and
more predictable, there are cost savings on site preliminaries, and quality
and performance are enhanced.
Panels up to 4m by 4m can be fixed to steel or concrete frames and
installed using a crane or monorail system, reducing the need for
scaffolding and improving site safety. This is also a highly efficient solution
where site access is restricted. Storage of cladding materials and glass
handling is eliminated, reducing material damage and loss, and offering a
major advantage for constrained city centre sites. Wicona Projects is the
first faade specialist to oversee the full package for the unitised curtain
wall and will lead a team of specialists for every aspect of a faade project,
from design concepts and specification, to fabrication, installation, testing
and handover.
Any combination of profiles, external feature caps and glazing can be
specified and the unitised system can incorporate stone cladding; metal,
composite or polycarbonate panels; windows, doors and fixed light glazing;
brise soleil sunshading and photovoltaic panels. It is fully tested to the
most stringent European standards for air permeability, water tightness and
wind resistance.
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The first UK application of Technals new MX BG beaded curtain walling
system has been completed. Designed by architects EPT Partnership and
located in the Rhymney Valley in South Wales, the project is the striking
new headquarters for Williams Medical Supplies. The recently launched MX
BG system has a flush externally beaded frame to create a picture frame
appearance for the building faade.
It uses the same mullion and transom grid as other design options in
the MX curtain walling suite, allowing specifiers to vary the aesthetics
of a building without the need for additional interface detailing and
construction.
Technals visible grid curtain walling was used for the west elevation
with top hung FXi46 windows inserted as horizontal bands at each floor
level to naturally ventilate the building. The system carries units glazed
in Pilkington green tinted solar control glass and aluminium panels that
conceal services between floors and under the roof line. Glass to glass
joints were fabricated at the corner of the MX BG faade and the interface
with the grid curtain walling.
The top transom of the MX BG curtain wall was also angled to follow the
sloping roof line. Sun shading is provided by vertical brise soleil and the
projecting eaves of the pitched roof. The curtain walling systems were
finished in a low maintenance grey polyester powder coating and fabricated
and installed by Vision 2000 UK.
Technals MX BG curtain walling system features a number of innovations
and technical advancements, which include: A patented hook and toggle
system to facilitate installation, A system that is dry glazed in the factory
onto carrier frames, A single frame that can easily be removed from the
inside using a special tool, An EPDM internal compression gasket to make
the system fully air tight. MX BG can carry 30mm to 36mm glazing and is
available as a flat faade or faceted up to 3 for further design flexibility.

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Technal Completes First Uk Application
Of New Curtain Walling System
Hydro Launches Architectural Handbook
For Aluminium Faades
Hydro Building Systems has launched a comprehensive design
guide to aluminium faades which looks in detail at the
latest technological developments in lightweight faades to
help inform specifiers about the diverse options available
and the concepts that
support the technology.
The guide features a
historical summary of the
progress from windows
to faades, aluminium
as a raw material and
the extrusion process,
different surface
treatments, glass
options and properties,
and types of system
constructions. There
is detailed information
about specification
criteria and technical requirements for the faade, structural
loadings, and energy analyses and calculation procedures
are concisely explained. The document also contains a guide
to terminology and to European standards, practical advice
about the construction of lightweight faades, how to reduce
costs without compromising quality and how to define quality,
illustrated with case studies of high profile projects from across
Europe.
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Copper Rainscreen System For Award Winning Library
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Hanson Is Building For The Future
At the Futurebuild exhibition Hanson Building
Products are highlighting a number of innovative
products and systems made from traditional
construction materials, yet manufactured in
a factory environment so as to meet todays
requirements for modern methods of construction.
Included will be Twin Wall, a fully flexible walling
system that combines the speed and quality
of precast concrete with the structural and
waterproof integrity of a continuously poured in
situ concrete structure. Also on display will be a
walling system utilising high performance bonding
mortar, the Hanson QuickBuild walling system.
This is a unique brick and block cavity wall that
is prefabricated offsite and craned into place.
This Hanson walling system has been used in the
construction of the Hanson EcoHouse at Offsite
2007 at the Building Research Establishment in
Watford.
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Trent Makes Stunning European Debut
When the first residents arrive at the Tradewinds Marina
apartments in Gibraltar they will be greeted by a breathtakingly
white complex that glimmers in the sunshine. The secret
behind the design is reconstructed stone cladding from
industry leaders Trent Concrete. Although the Nottingham-
based company is renowned throughout the UK and Ireland,
Tradewinds marks its first foray into Europe. Trent is supplying
almost 3,000 square metres of white reconstructed stone
cladding in 520 individual units. As well providing visual
weight and quality to the appearance of the buildings main
elevations, the panels are are cast in a mix of Derbyshire
Limestone aggregates and white cement with an acid etch
finish, resembling the look and texture of natural stone.
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Shackerley Helps To Create New
Landmark Building For Hamilton
The new Express by Holiday Inn Hamilton is just one of a
growing number of hotels in the UK to benefit from the
aesthetic and protective attributes of ceramic granite
ventilated rainscreen cladding supplied by Lancashire
manufacturer and distributor Shackerley Holdings Group
Limited. ICA Architects of Hamilton specified Shackerleys
Sureclad Access carrier system and ceramic granite panels
in two different styles and formats to create the ventilated
rainscreens for the new 104-bedroom hotel. For the facades
on the main elevations a polished black 600mm x 600mm
panel with a subtle through-body fleck was selected, creating
a striking contrast with the pale grey render framing the
rainscreens. Around the base of the building, a lighter and
more distinctively patterned polished ceramic granite slab
in Shackerleys standard 1200 x 600mm format was used
to provide additional visual interest. With its imposing
appearance and instantly recognisable branding, in a location
clearly visible from the approach roads and nearby M74, the
new hotel has become a new landmark for the county town of
Lanarkshire. The Sureclad rainscreen system at the Express by
Holiday Inn Hamilton was installed by cladding installation
specialists RIG Construction Elements Ltd.
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Bricks Combine Quality,
Versatility And Tradition
Hanson Building Products has launched a new range of clay
bricks featuring textured, distressed faces and marbled earth
tone colours in response to growing demand for high quality
homes that reflect traditional building values. The bricks
enhance the appearance of homes by recreating olde worlde
charm. The textured and distressed effects will also achieve
a unique look for each property. Hanson is launching this
new textured range with an initial choice of three distinct
bricks. The Farmstead Antique, a red multi distressed brick,
features black flashing and black spots, the Woodside Mixture
is a salmon pink distressed brick with black flashing, and the
Meadow Red is a complementary distressed red featuring a
sprinkling of black spots.
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Ward Panels In Award-Winning Design
Ward Insulated Panels composite wall panels have played an integral part
in an award-winning development of apartments in Altrincham. Wards
distinctive range of metal wall cladding, DW1000, 900 and 600, was
used to clad the walls of Budenberg Haus Projekte, designed by world-
renowned architects Foster and Partners. The development comprises two
new residential buildings, each shaped like a ships bow, leaning out over
Bridgewater Canal. These are adjacent to the newly renovated Budenberg
Gauge Factory which has given the project its name. Each block is divided
by an entrance courtyard with open stairs, lifts and galleries leading to
the front door of each apartment. Wards metal wall cladding in metallic
silver and black was laid horizontally on this central section.
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Lime Technology Launches Carbon
Price Blockbuster At Ecobuild 2008!
A new range of hemp blocks that combine carbon neutral properties with
conventional block performance is launched at Ecobuild 2008 by Lime
Technology. Hemcrete a bio-composite material that blends hemp with
a special lime based binder to create a zero, or less than zero, carbon
rating has been available for several years as a cast or spray applied on
site application. By creating a factory produced block, Lime Technology
is offering its customers the sustainability benefits of Hemcrete with
the flexibility of having easy to lay, like-for-like blocks. Hemp is a natural
material that locks in carbon as it grows. The structural blocks have a zero
carbon footprint making them the perfect sustainable masonry solution as
part of a zero carbon house.
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Demands on the building industry
for more versatile buildings that
can be constructed in shorter
timescales, with higher levels of
thermal performance and energy
saving, and which allow for more
creativity in architectural design
has led to the development and
introduction of an increasing
number of innovative on-site and
off-site construction methods,
amongst which timber frame and
light steel framing feature strongly.
In the 1990s PermaRock foresaw
the need to develop insulated
render systems to meet future
challenges of innovative building
methods, and become the first
company to achieve accreditation
through the BRE Certification
scheme for insulated render
systems for use on timber and
metal frame buildings.
The BRE accreditation not only
confirms these systems suitability
for use on frame construction (as
well as for more traditional forms
- masonry, dense and no-fines
concrete, blockwork, etc) but also
confirms these systems are durable
(assessed lifetimes in excess of 30
years) and will perform even under
very severe exposure conditions.
Lightweight metal framing is used
more and more frequently as a
fast track construction method,
bringing the quality control
benefits of off-site, pre-fabrication
to the construction site and
PermaRock has developed systems
that meet the specific needs of
this form of construction.
Systems can be fixed to various
types of exterior sheathing
boards, with or without breather
membranes, and systems can be
designed to incorporate drained
cavities, to meet the specific
requirements of NHBC, or for direct
application where cavities are
not required. PermaRocks drained
cavity Track-EPS system is fully
tested for fire performance in
accordance with BS 8414, Part 2,
2005 and meets the requirements
set out in BR135 Fire performance
of external thermal insulation for
walls of multi-storey buildings,
second edition, Annex B 2007.
On timber frame construction,
Systems are designed on a project-
by-project basis and special
consideration is given to potential
frame shrinkage, compression
Permarock - The Educated
Choice
effects, and structural movement.
Fully accredited systems can
be designed with drained and
ventilated cavities, meeting the
requirements of Zurich Insurance,
NHBC and TRADA. A PermaRock
insulated render system was utilsied
onto a lightweight metal framing
construction at the recently opened
Student Village for the University
of East London at their Docklands
Campus. The development, 800
student rooms, is arranged in five
seven storey blocks oriented north-
south, with three three-storey link
blocks connecting east-west.
Rooms are grouped into cluster
flats, each with a shared kitchen
providing views across the
Royal Albert Docks or across the
University campus. A pergola
creates a continuous link between
all the blocks.
The architects, Fraser Brown
MacKenna, specified PermaRocks
Mineral Fibre and Lamella insulated
render systems as the main faade
material due to their suitability
onto framed constructions (systems
were also applied onto concrete
and blockwork substrates) as they
were fire-safe, thermally efficient
and environmentally friendly.
They also provided excellent
options in terms of colour
choice to enable each block to
have their own unique look.
PermaRocks Insulated Render
Systems incorporated 130mm of
insulation to help achieve U-values
for the walls of _ < 0.20 W/mK.
Aesthetically, a white through-
coloured render was chosen for
the majority of areas on all the
blocks with small coloured panels
incorporated into the elevations
and to the entire end facades to
provide each block with their own
identity. The render complemented
the timber cladding also used
on the facades and contrasted
well with the metal clad roofs.
The buildings are a landmark
development (passed by the CABE s
Design Review panel) which can be
viewed from the River Thames and
have become the focal point for the
Universitys Docklands Campus.
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Ardex Promotes Benefits Of
Ardex DPM 1 C
ARDEX UKhas made it even easier for
contractors to use their ARDEX DPM 1 C
Surface Damp Proof Membrane as it is
now suitable for use on all concrete slabs
and cement/sand screeds. ARDEX DPM 1
C provides an easily applied, fast curing,
one coat system solution. ARDEX DPM 1 C
provides a versatile DPM of high inherent
strength and an excellent bond which
can accommodate hygrometer readings
of up to 98% RH. ARDEX DPM 1 C can
also be used in conjunction with ARDEXs
established smoothing and levelling
compounds, including ARDITEX RS PLUS the
Rapid Setting Low Odour Latex Levelling
Compound.
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Howe Green Panels Sealed For Royal Approval At St Pancras
When the Queen officially opened
the 800m St Pancras Eurostar High
Speed 1 terminal, there was no
chance of a Royal slip up thanks
to Howe Greens top of the range
access panels. In total, more than
1,300 premium stainless steel covers
were provided by the UKs leading
developer and manufacturer of floor,
ceiling and wall access solutions.
Used as a safe and attractive way
to conceal cables, plumbing and
other services, they are designed to
fit flush with the floor. The covers
create a seamless, smooth finish that
guarantees no tripping hazards. The
majority of the Howe Green access
covers were manufactured from 316 grade stainless steel, the highest specification available to ensure
incredible durability and appearance.
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John C Wilkins Wins Major Contract On
Back Of Green Award
Acoustic flooring supplier John C Wilkins is the first
acoustic flooring company in the UK to be awarded FSC
(Forest Stewardship Council) accreditation. The award
recognises the Bolton-based companys commitment to
caring for the environment and purchasing raw materials
from sustainable sources. It should also significantly
boost the companys order book because major public and
private sector customers now look for the FSC trademark
before awarding contracts. John C Wilkins has already
secured a 250k deal with Prestoplan, who make the
timber frames for houses and apartments. The company
will be supplying all their acoustic flooring on projects
nationwide.
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Resin Surfaces Gives A Fresh
Face To Billingsgate Fish Market
Ardex Top Of The Class Again
ARDEX UK has been involved with a school
refurbishment project in Basingstoke. Park
View Junior School is a Community Junior
School for boys and girls. The school houses
The Hearing Impaired Resource for children
from Basingstoke and the surrounding area. Key
Floors Limited provided a cost effective, high
performance flooring solution for the 235m2
school hall by applying ARDITEX Universal
Latex-Based Sub-Floor Smoothing Compound
to the sub-floor, prior to the application of
final floorcoverings. ARDITEX can be used
for the preparation of cement/sand screeds,
concrete, metal, quarry tiles, asphalt flooring,
granolithic and terrazzo floors.
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Ideal Floors For Butchers, Bakers And Bacon Slice Makers
A butcher, baker and bacon slice maker are the latest companies to benefit from a new flooring system designed specifically to meet the needs
of the food processing industry. A wholesale butchery and a bacon processing plant in Humberside, and a producer of pies, pastries and pizzas
in Scotland, all required new surfaces for new and existing floors within their factory areas. In each case the Sikafloor Purcem 20N system
was specified when specialist flooring contractors were consulted. The system is focused on serving the food sector where increasing hygiene
regulations demand higher performance floors. Sikafloor Purcem technology is water based, providing environmentally friendly application by
contractors and taint-free properties that will not taint food or food packaging. The system is suitable for extreme environments, can be steam
cleaned and produces a coloured, jointless surface that is slip, abrasion and chemical resistant. The ability to withstand regular steam cleaning
is one of the essential criteria for floor surfaces in food production and processing areas.
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Sonic Gold Excel Wood And
Laminate Floor Underlay
Sonic Gold Excel is a new high performance
underlay for laminate, solid wood and
engineered floors. This extremely durable
underlay is a three layer lamination based
on the Novostrat high density polyethylene
foam, the key to its exceptional sound
absorption performance qualities and
impact resistance. The floor-side lamination
is a 100mu LDPE black vapour control layer
and the top lamination is a gold foil facing
which extends to form a 200mm overlap, on
both sides, to avoid any possible acoustic
bridging and to facilitate perfect continuity
in installation.
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Tough Floors For Tough Jobs
High performance screed flooring systems
developed by Resdev have been installed at
the Chassis Systems site in Telford. Pumadur
RT, Resdevs heavy duty, aggregate-filled
polyurethane screed flooring achieved the
highest levels of durability, combining excellent
chemical resistance with a surface profile
conferring good slip resistance even in wet
process areas. The matt surface is totally
impervious and is therefore suitable for steam
cleaning as well as being proof against steel
wheeled traffic, impact and abrasion. Resdevs
Pumatect materials were used to lay walkways
in Safety Yellow with white edging lines. The
task was finished on schedule and to the
satisfaction of Chassis Systems.
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Resin flooring specialist Resin Surfaces Ltd (RSL), has given a fresh finish to a
City of London landmark, following the selection of its Resuthane TG69 product
to furnish Billingsgate fish market with a new floor. The new Resuthane TG69
surface replaces a combination of terrazzo tiles, epoxy resin and concrete screeds
that were widely acknowledged as being ugly and unfit for purpose. Not only is
the new solution aesthetically pleasing, but it is an improvement from a health
and safety view, providing an hygienic, slip resistant floor finish.
The contractors removed the old defective surface before replacing it with an
acrylic infill, prior to applying RSLs leading polyurethane-based Resuthane TG69
system. The 1200 m
2
floor area was completed over 15 weekends saving the
Corporation seven weekends on its original proposed programme. Resuthane TG69
is a water based polyurethane screed system that is formulated to be easy to
apply and provide a durable floor surface capable of withstanding heavy wear.
It is ideally suited for use in food and drink environments such as Billingsgate,
where high standards of hygiene are required, as it can be steam cleaned and
withstand boiling water. Now complete, the project provides a market that has
been in place at Billingsgate since the 1400s with the high quality it deserves.
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Single Room Pack Fast-Tracks
Underfloor Heating
Two special versions of Schlter-Systems
award-winning underfloor heating system
have been developed for small extensions
and conservatories. Providing an entire
underfloor heating system in one complete
package, the Schlter-BEKOTEC-THERM
Single Room Pack comprises a modular
screed assembly, control technology, pipes
and pump for a floor of up to 15-square
metres.
The other new pack provides heating for
up to 30-square metres. Small extensions
and conservatories do not need such an
intricate system as that required for a
whole house or the type of commercial
applications that the original Schlter-
BEKOTEC-THERM is currently being used in.
So the single room packs were developed,
which can easily be connected either
directly to a boiler or onto an existing
radiator network.
Offering the same benefits of the larger
system namely tile protection technology,
with reduced fuel costs, as well as fast-
tracking the entire installation process,
it was this combination of revolutionary
features that led to Schlter-BEKOTEC-
THERM being named The Tile Associations
Best New Innovation for 2007 at the
industrys annual awards ceremony.
TTAs prestigious Best New Innovation
category is one of the industrys leading
Oscars, and is awarded for innovation
in solving a tiling problem. The Tile
Association said the judges in this category
were looking for something really new
that solved a current problem.
Schlter Managing Director Elaine Stokes
says: While more and more tilers are
discovering that Schlter-BEKOTEC-THERM
is a truly innovative underfloor heating
system unequalled by anything else on the
market, its also very pleasing to receive
national recognition in this way from our
industry.
Many tilers have become wary of fixing
tiles over conventional heated screeds
- in particular in conservatories - because
of problems theyve experienced in the
past with tiles cracking, buckling and
debonding, caused by the screed and
ceramics expanding and contracting at
different rates, due to their different heat
expansion coefficients during temperature
changes.
However, the TTA-Award-winning Schlter-
BEKOTEC-THERM is an energy-efficient and
quick-reacting modular assembly system,
which overcomes this long-standing
problem. Schlter Technical Manager Ian
Knifton says: Temperature changes within
the screed mass of conventional underfloor
heating installations whether water or
electric lead to the screed moving at a
different rate from the tile or stone surface.
The rigid surface simply cannot cope with
the degree of movement, and the tiles
crack or debond.
Also, the relatively large screed mass
requires a great amount of heating energy,
which can make conventional systems slow
to respond to temperature changes. The
TTA judges had recognised that Schlter-
BEKOTEC-THERM specifically addresses those
disadvantages, with its unique combination
of studded screed panels and matching
heating and control technology, giving an
energy-efficient and quick reacting radiant
heated floor system.
Stress build-up due to shrinkage is
successfully combated by micro-fine cracks,
which form around the studs. And because
the whole assembly has an overall low
construction height, the screed mass to be
heated is relatively small.
This means the floor heating is easier to
regulate and can be operated with lower
supply temperatures than traditional
methods, giving reduced fuel costs. With
most installations the minimum screed
depth above the heating pipes is only 8
mm, so just 5 degrees is lost between the
pipes and the surface, making the system
particularly suitable for conservatories.
The studded panels are easily cut to size,
and interlock into each other on top of a
load-bearing substrate or any insulation
layer that may be required. The studs
form a grid pattern, and the heating pipes
simply clamp between the studs. The
combined pump and blending systems
are easy to connect, making the entire
installation process very quick and easy.
Another innovation of Schlter-BEKOTEC-
THERM is that it considerably reduces
the waiting time before tiling can begin
on top of the underfloor heating. With
conventional systems, according to BS
standards, a traditional sand-cement screed
of 65 mm needs 28 days to dry and cure.
Then the underfloor heating has to run for
several days, and cooled, before tiling.
But with Schlter-BEKOTEC-THERM,
bonding an uncoupling membrane to it
means ceramic or natural stone tiles can
be installed as soon as the screed can be
walked on. Schlter has been involved with
installations where the screed has been laid
on a Friday, and the tiling commenced on
the Monday. And the heating can be turned
on seven days after that.
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Peter Evans Flooring
On Par At The
Celtic Manor Resort
The Celtic Manor Resort set in 1400 acres
of panoramic parkland in the beautiful
Usk Valley is a world-class destination with
exceptional golf, leisure and business facilities.
Very few European resorts have such a
comprehensive range of facilities as The Celtic Manor
Resort, venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup and home of The
Celtic Manor Wales Open.
As part of its early preparations for the 2010 Ryder Cup,
The Celtic Manor Resort has opened The Twenty Ten Clubhouse,
one of the most luxurious clubhouses in Europe, which has been
beautifully designed to include high ceilings, wooden beams, open fires
and comfortable sofas. It offers Rafters Restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling
cedar beams and modern European dining; a Members Lounge with leather
chesterfields, high-backed chairs and a warming open hearth; and expansive, oak-
panelled Locker Rooms.
Peter Evans Flooring of Barry, Vale of Glamorgan were delighted to be commissioned by the main developers, Andrew Scott
Limited of Port Talbot to install the new floorcoverings within The Twenty Ten Clubhouse. By working in partnership with their clients, Peter
Evans Flooring are able to offer a comprehensive flooring solution for any environment, and their expertise within the industry has seen them
develop into one of the UKs leading flooring contractors. Peter Evans Flooring commenced this prestigious project by fitting a special spike
proof carpet within the Locker Rooms, Pro Shop and Spike Bar. This specialist, high performance carpet is soft to walk on, yet its composition
ensures that it is coarse enough to clean shoes and resist showing walk patterns.
In addition to withstanding the traffic of golf spike shoes, the carpet is resistant to fading and dries rapidly. For the Members Lounge,
Function Room, Dining Room and Concourse, a luxury, high performance carpet was fitted which complemented the sophisticated interior
design that is synonymous throughout The Celtic Manor Resort. To conclude, Peter Evans Flooring installed safety flooring for all of the back
of house areas. Naturally it was vital that a non-slip, hard wearing and easily cleaned floor was fitted within these demanding locations.
Peter Evans Flooring were a pleasure to work with as not only did they install ideal floor coverings within The Twenty Ten Clubhouse, but
from the outset they remained committed to providing a professional, flexible and personal service. I would recommend them for any flooring
installation, enthused Russell Phillips, Vice-President of Facilities & Development at The Celtic Manor Resort.
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For the fourth consecutive year, Sikkens has
sponsored the International Interior Design
category at the annual LEAF Awards. This
prestigious event, organised by the Leading
European Architects Forum, recognises
excellence, innovation and development
in design and build. This year the awards
presentation and dinner was held at Londons
Waldorf Hilton Hotel and hosted by RIBA Past
President, Maxwell Hutchinson.
Over 300 of the industrys leading architects and
designers were on hand to hear the decisions of
the independent jury of professionals.
With 150 entries from 33 countries, and
covering 11 distinct categories, the 2007
event demonstrated the growing significance
of the LEAF awards among architects and
designers worldwide. In the Sikkens-sponsored
International Interior Design category, which
recognises the best interior design for either
a new-build project or an interior renovation,
the winning project was the new Qantas First
Lounge at Australias Sydney International
Airport.
Designed by architects Woods Bagot, this new
state-of-the-art facility provides optimum
levels of comfort, service and luxury through
superior interior design, and forms part of an
ongoing upgrade programme being carried out in
anticipation of Qantas taking delivery in 2008 of
its new Airbus A380 fleet.
Products from Sikkens Synteko range were used
to give all of the new lounges parquet floors a
high quality, hard-wearing, professional finish.
The range includes: Synteko Solid Oil, an
alkyd-based, high solid oil which provides an
attractive, smooth surface with excellent wear
resistance, specially suited to commercial areas;
Synteko Extra, a waterborne, one-component,
low-odour floor finish for hardwood floors in
residential and commercial areas; and Synteko
Urethane, a polyurethane alkyd floor finish
for softwood and hardwood floors in interior
residential applications.
The interior design of the project creates a
series of zones - from lounge areas and spa to
restaurant and library - to ensure maximum
appeal across a wide spectrum of passengers
and their requirements. The ambience of
each zone is achieved by the effective use of
colour, combined with high quality materials
and finishes, including natural shades of red,
brown and aubergine. From the vertical garden
in the reception area to the marble bar in the
restaurant section, the overall result is an
atmosphere of luxurious tranquility. The Qantas
First Lounge project had strong competition for
the top prize.
Other nominees for the International Interior
Design Award included the Home Couture
showroom in Berlin, the Cosmo Grill in Munich,
the Arola Restaurant at the Renia Sofia Museum
in Madrid, Unilever House in London, and the
Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto.
The LEAF Awards are open to all companies,
technologies and individuals, with offices
in Europe, that have made an outstanding
contribution to the world of architecture,
and who continue to set the benchmark for
the buildings of tomorrow. Sikkens is a major
international brand owned by Akzo Nobel, the
worlds biggest paint company, which develops
and supplies innovative coatings products and
painting systems for architects, specifiers and
interior designers.
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Sydney Airport Project Wins Sikkens
Sponsored Leaf Award
Closing Seats From Celmac
Polypipe Sanitary Systems offer a range of
four toilet seats fitted with smooth-close
hinges. The gel filled damper incorporated
into the newly designed hinges allows the
seats to close slowly and virtually silently.
The hinge is equipped with a by-pass system
to avoid damage or breakage. The Celmac
smooth-close seats provide a choice in
weight, design and material. The Tango is
made in polypropylene and has a pleasantly
styled wrap-over domed cover with colour
matched hinges. The two middleweight seats
manufactured in thermoset material are
the Maestro, with a distinctive European D
shaped design and colour matched hinges,
and the Concerto in a traditional oval shape.
The heavyweight is the Monarch, a robust
seat and cover with traditional styling and
again fitted with sturdy chrome plated brass
hinges.
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Ardex A 35 Proves An Overnight Sensation
ARDEX UKrecently assisted with a vast 20,000m
2
flooring
refurbishment project at MetroCentre, Gateshead. When the
shopping centre floor required refurbishment it was essential
that a fast track, cost effective flooring solution was specified
to ensure that the commercially important shopping hours
would not be disrupted. The solution was to use ARDEX A 35
Rapid Drying Cement for Floor Screeds. Over 200 tonnes of
ARDEX A 35 was applied throughout the walkways to provide
a sub-floor that would deliver a strong, flat and level surface.
Thanks to the built-in ARDEX Rapidry Formula Technology, the
ARDEX A 35 screed surface was hard enough to be walked on
only 3 hours after application and had dried to enable further
work after just 24 hours.
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New Colour Touchscreen Makes Systemline Control Even Easier
Armour Home has introduced a
stylish colour touchscreen for simple,
effective control of its Systemline
Modular built-in home entertainment
system. A high resolution, high
contrast wall mounted VGA touch
screen, it allows users to control
audio, video and lighting in the home
via RS232, which provides real two-
way feedback. The screen features an
integrated IR receiver, clock and alarm
functions and hard buttons for primary
functions such as volume, equipment
menu and fast select to activate
your favourite music sources. The
chic touchscreen comes in a choice of
elegant surrounds to complement a wide range of interiors.
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Impossible Staircases At Heart Of Top
New City Science Academy
Four sweeping steel staircases dismissed by most engineers
and architects as being impossible to make are in place at
the Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough. At the heart of
the building is a vast central concourse area with a striking
geometrically designed domed roof made of steel and glass.
Connecting the buildings floors are four steel staircases, which
many engineers had said would be impractical to manufacture
in steel. Nevertheless, the task was finally awarded to
Midlands-based Angle Ring Ltd. Angle Ring were able to
deliver helically curved sections to the exact dimensions and
design of steel staircases originally set out by the architect.
Paul Middleton, Angle Rings marketing manager, said: We
were able to produce exactly the design of staircases set out
in the plans, and they look stunning. With their anticipated
exceptionally heavy footfall at peak times, each of the four
staircases was made of four sections of 10 treads, with three
landings in between, with every component being curved.
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The owner of a new luxury penthouse apartment built by Radleigh Homes, of Derby, in the
sought-after Derbyshire village of Duffield, displayed sound taste, by choosing the optional extra
of ceramic tiling in the lounge and hallway, to complement the kitchen and bathroom tiling. And
tiling contractors Maurice Parker also showed sound taste by installing the acoustic membrane
Schlter-DITRA-SOUND to cut the impact sound perception by more than half.
The apartment features tiled kitchens and bathrooms, with an option of the additional luxury of
tiles in other areas, which was specified in the penthouse. To comply with Building Regulations for
the penthouse apartment, Maurice Parkers Contracts Manager Adrian Watson, installed an acoustic
flooring product directly onto the apartments solid flooring to reduce the impact sound on the
45m2 tiling. But he knew that out of the wide variety of acoustic flooring available, certain types
are totally unsuitable for tiling onto.
To put tiles over a surface that is very
compressible can be asking for trouble,
he said. Usually the grout lines would
crack first, then the tiles would crack
at the joints, and finally debond. To
overcome this, he specified Schlter-
DITRA-SOUND, which has been specially
designed not only to reduce the impact
sound of floor constructions (test values
according to DIN EN ISO 140-8) but also
to ensure that the tiled surface is highly
durable.
Schlter-DITRA-SOUND is a bonded
impact sound insulation, specially for
tile coverings, made of a heavy polyethylene mat, which has an anchoring fleece laminated on
both sides to bond with the tile adhesive in the case of the Cumberhills development, this was
PCI Tilefast 6 Rapidflex.
The tiled kitchen and bathroom floors in the five houses were fixed onto a timber substrate, so the
orange Schlter-DITRA membrane was specified to uncouple the tiles. Tiles move independently
from the substrate because of different thermal expansion and contraction, but Schlter-
DITRA neutralises this differential movement, preventing stresses being transferred to the tiles.
It is a polyethylene membrane with a grid structure of square cavities cut back in a dovetail
configuration, and an anchoring fleece laminated to its underside. The cavities allow any stresses
that occur between the substrate and the tiles to be neutralised evenly in all directions. To finish
and protect the edge of tiled splashbacks in the bathrooms, the symmetrically rounded Schlter-
RONDEC-PRO was used, with matching corner pieces. To complete the tiling installations at
Cumberhills, the H & R Johnson 338 x 338 glazed floor tiles were grouted with grey PCI Groutfast
20 Rapidflex.
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Architectural Ceramics
Launch Dynamic New Website
2008 sees one of the leading suppliers of
commercial tile solutions for architects
and interior designers, Architectural
Ceramics, launch their new contemporary
and informative website: www.actiles.co.uk.
Features include; dynamic navigation, an
extensive product library that illustrates over
20,000 variations of floor and wall tiles, an
NBS specification area and CPD seminars.
From sustainable products such as Zenith
Glass mosaic, to gigantic 1200x1200mm
porcelain tiles and stylish wall tiles,
Architectural Ceramics website is a valuable
portal to the latest innovations and trends
for wall and floor coverings. Chris Petitjean,
Marketing Director of Architectural Ceramics
comments: The new website reflects the
breadth of high quality solutions that we
specialise in and now features far more
project reference images. We are delighted
with the way the site works, and hope our
clients do too.
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COMPAC at KBB Stand
No L39 Hall 17
COMPAC MARMOL&QUARTZ Surfaces
influenced by nature, designed for modern
living. COMPAC will have on display at
this years KBB exhibition their stunning
range of marble and quartz worksurfaces
and wall and floor tiles for kitchens,
bathrooms and wet room applications. One
of the worlds leading producers of marble
and quartz products, COMPAC will be
showing for the first time, a new palette
of exciting, innovative colours and finishes
which will give the designer endless
possibilities to create inspirational designs
to transform any home - be it traditional
or contemporary. All COMPAC QUARTZ
worksurfaces and tiles can be easily cut
and profiled to meet the most challenging
of layouts.
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Products from the Zinsser range of fast drying,
high performance primers and paints have
been used during the refurbishment of one of
Londons best known hospitals, St Barts.Over
the years, the walls of this area have suffered
increasingly from damp and mildew, particularly
in the gene therapy unit, and were badly in
need of repair. Contractors, A D Sullivan decided
to use a combination of Zinsser Watertite
and Perma-White products to achieve optimal
performance and minimal disruption. Watertite
Waterproofing paint is a sealer guaranteed
to hold back water to pressure of 34psi, and
prevent mildew and mould build-up for up to
five years. It has an oil-based formula which
combines waterproofing resin with Portland
cement. It also contains a mildewcide to
prevent the growth of the fungus. It can be
recoated in just four hours, speeding up the
decorating process, and dries to a smooth,
non-yellowing finish that resists dirt and dust.
A final top coat of Zinsser Perma-White was
applied for maximum protection and aesthetic
appeal.
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Zinsser Gives St Barts A Cure
Ultra Secures Best Results
For Best Western
The refurbishment of 42 bathrooms at the Best
Western Castle Green Hotel in Kendal has been
completed with Ultras high performance floor
levelling range. The contractor needed to ensure
that the moisture usually present in bathrooms,
does not reach the structural part of the building.
Ultras Patch IT rapid45 was used to repair
the substrate and provide a stable base for the
application of a 3mm layer of Ultra Level IT two,
followed by a layer of Quinn Therm insulation
board and an industrial strength polyurethane
sheeting, which was applied to both the floor
and the bottom part of the walls. Ultra Level IT
one, single part concrete leveller, was applied
next onto the polyurethane sheeting at a depth
between 20 and 30mm. Ultra Level IT one can
be laid at depths of 2mm to 50mm in one pass.
Finally, a layer of aqua board was applied to the
floor and the lower part of the wall, and the
bathrooms were finished with ceramic tiles of the
hotels choice.
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OWA Has Cure For
Medical School
Medical students at the
University of Leeds have been
handed a tonic by OWA UK
Limited. The acoustic ceilings
expert came up with the cure
to the noise reverberation that
plagued the group study area
at the Health Science Library.
The design of the building,
a double-height atrium with
a barrel-vaulted roof and
half-mezzanine floor, needed
something special. OWA devised
a solution of acoustic wall
absorbers, some printed with
images of medical dignitaries. I was a little apprehensive about OWA being a miracle solution, says
project architect Jenni Clay of Leeds-based Work Architecture. But hearing is believing.
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Variety Is Keynote Of New
Jupiter Luminaires
Thorns revamped Jupiter II linear
fluorescent widens the choice for
office and school illumination.
While retaining its predecessors
reputation for performance and
slimness, it gains more optics,
additional lamp types, greater
flexibility in the variety of
mounting combinations available
and lighting control intelligence.
Single or twin T5 lamps, from
14W to 80W, combine with
interchangeable louvres (including
an asymmetric option for corridors)
or diffusers. Whether surface or
suspended (direct/indirect), the
white or grey finished luminaires
can be mounted singly, in
continuous lines or in a variety of
geometric configurations.
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Floating Rafts Refine Dance
Studio Acoustics
A series of four raft structures have been
suspended from the ceiling of a Trafford schools
dance studio to create a more comfortable
acoustic environment without detracting from
the spaces strong architectural styling. The
facility, located at Lostock College, has been
designed by the local authoritys architects.
Ecophon Focus E and the manufacturers
Edge system were employed in creating the
four acoustic baffles. The project architect,
Mr Andrew Sheldon, recounts: the Ecophon
systems seemed to offer the sensitive solution
appropriate to the interior. The installation has
worked very well.
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Granfix Products Benefit New Luxury Spa
Granfix Products teamed up with Lancashire Tiling to provide the perfect tile fixing solution for a most impressive new health club and spa facility in
the Lake District. Since its opening in November 2007, the new 10 million state-of-the-art spa at The Macdonald Old England Hotel in Bowness-in-
Windemere has been hailed by industry insiders as the most luxurious and advanced in The Lakes.
The facilities include a thermal suite, experience and thermal showers, a rock sauna, an infra red sauna and cooling ice room. In addition there is a
relaxation room, a 20m swimming pool with an outside terrace overlooking Lake Windermere, and a techno gym. Lancashire Tiling were commissioned
to fix the new tiles throughout the changing rooms and the swimming pool surround.
Granfix 1 Part Flexible Rapidset tile adhesive for walls and floors was used to commence the project. Developed as an easy to apply, cement based
adhesive that does not require an admix, Granfix 1 Part Flexible Rapidset is ideal for fixing a variety of tiles including ceramics, slate, quarries,
porcelain, vitrified and semi-vitrified, limestone, terrazzo and mosaics. The rapid set formula enables grouting to commence just 2 hours after
application, ensuring minimum down time.
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Wood you believe it
The ANGLE RING Co Ltd of Tipton, have been the UKs leading
specialists in steel bending for over 50 years. Brand new for
this year, Angle Ring are now offering curved wood products.
Bendywood is a unique hardwood product which can be cold
bent to suit curved staircases or balustrades. Available as
standard in Oak, Ash, Maple and Beech these hardwoods can
be supplied in profiles or raw blanks for bending on site or in
a workshop. To compliment this Angle Ring will also offer their
own bending expertise and offer the wood pre-bent to any shape,
including spirals, non-circular bends and reverse bends. Nigel
Darby at Angle Ring said We have been the market leader in
curved steel for over 50 years, and now BendyWood from Angle
Ring allows designers freedom to explore the beauty of curved
natural hardwoods without the costs normally associated.
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Stannah Add The Final Piece To Jigsaw
Part of the Old Post Office in Bath has been transformed
by high-street retailer Jigsaw into a beautiful first-floor
shopping experience. The store has the original ground
floor entrance to the post office which now features
a centrally placed Stannah passenger lift to ensure
easy access for everyone. The glass-shafted structure
supported FX lift and decorative stair balustrades are
finished in a matching soft grey that ensures the lift
structure remains sympathetic to its surroundings. The
interior design within the Jigsaw store is unique to its
location. The spacious, decadent shopping floor has an
imaginative layout with frequent references to its origins,
like the huge round rugs featuring old penny designs
that decorate the vast wooden floor.
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Yorkon Completes 1m Off-
Site Contract To Build Terminal
For First Civilian Airport On
Anglesey
Award-winning off-site building specialist and
Portakabin subsidiary, Yorkon, has completed
a 1m contract to construct a new purpose-
designed air terminal for the first civilian
airport on Anglesey Maes Awyr Mn only
four months after start on site. The terminal
building for Anglesey Airport was manufactured
off site by Yorkon and craned into position as
10 steel-framed modules in just two days. The
single storey building has been constructed to
minimise any impact on the environment, to
provide an attractive new facility for the area
and to be easily extended to meet the potential
for future expansion and with minimal disruption
to operations. The new air terminal comprises
baggage reclaim, a departures lounge, check-in
desks, offices, visitor information, and search and
security facilities. Yorkon has also provided a 60-
space car park, landscaping and fitting out.
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Catnic Goes To Market
Building supplies manufacturer, Catnic, part
of the market leading metal producer Corus,
has provided 5 semi-circle arch lintels for
the 1.5 million refurbishment of Newton
Abbot retail markets, set to revitalise one
of South Devons busiest market towns. The
lintels were custom-designed to remain
in keeping with the areas traditional
architecture and to maintain the unique
history and character of the town.
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European Hardwoods The
Sweet Alternative
European Sweet Chestnut, as durable as Oak and offering
many of the benefits attributed to traditional hardwoods,
has been added by Vincent Timber to its fast expanding
range of cladding options. The product has already been
extensively used on the Lighthouse the Zero Carbon house
put together in conjunction with the Kingspan Alliance at
the BRE & Innovations Park in Garston. Around 20% lighter
than Oak and offering excellent value for money, Sweet
Chestnut, when left untreated, will mature to a silvery
texture. The addition of Sweet Chestnut complements
Vincent Timbers fast expanding range of hardwood options.
Which include Red Lauro, Cumuru, Tatajuba, Massaranduba
as well as European Oak.
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A Towering Success For Design
And Display Structures
The crowning glory to the Barton Square
Development in Manchester has been
craned into place by UK experts in GRP,
Design & Display Structures who crafted
the breathtaking cladding for the 14m tall
belfry. The masterpiece of GRP design was
built at ground level so there was no need for
high level scaffolding. Weighing 33 tonnes,
the textured, stone appearance belfry and
striking lead coloured balled finial feature
were easily maneuvered by crane and dropped
into place atop the 67m high development.
Design & Display also installed fibre optic
lights throughout the finial and LEDs in the
pediments for nighttime illumination.
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Expanded Metal Mesh Is Car Parks Shining Success
Factory Fabricated Balconies
Engineers at BRC Special Products
Huntingdon have developed a system
for producing and installing balconies
that combines the precision of factory
manufacture with the economies of
rapid on-site installation. The balconies,
branded Vista-Form are fabricated
completely in the companys Huntingdon
facility where the benefits of automated
manufacturing techniques can be enjoyed
and production schedules are not subject
to the vagaries of the English weather.
The balconies are shipped to site in a
completely finished state where they are
installed in a rapid timeframe, sometimes
directly from the back of the truck. Up
to 15 balconies can be fitted by the BRC
installation team in a single day.
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Expanded metal mesh is a very
convenient material to install because
it is lightweight and easy to handle,
says architect John Dixon.But ease of
installation was only one advantage of
specifying aluminium mesh produced and
supplied by the Expanded Metal Company
for the prestigious 7.4 million project.
Its a functional material that completely
encloses the building from floor to
ceiling while at the same time providing
total lateral ventilation, explains Mr
Dixon.The material used, 2350m
2
of high
grade expanded aluminium mesh, also
provides a maintenance-free cladding. But it is perhaps in the subject of aesthetics where the use
of this cladding material quite literally shines. The mesh sheets were anodised in three different
colours: light bronze, dark bronze and natural, and fixed to the structure in a random sequence. The
car parks attractive appearance will certainly be seen by a large volume of people.
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Sika Carbon Fibre Plates Strengthen
Magnox Building In Gravesend
Sikas CarboDur carbon fibre strengthening system is being
used in the conversion of the old BNFL Magnox building in
Gravesend into an apartment block of 90 units. The conversion
of the Magnox building involved the removal of old lift shafts,
thus requiring strengthening to be added to the reinstalled
floor slabs and adjacent concrete beams. Sika CarboDur CFRP
structural strengthening system was used. Specialist contractors
Structural Systems Limited bonded the Sika CarboDur CFRP
plates to the underside of the beams and slab using SikaDur30,
a specially formulated cold-cure, two component epoxy
structural adhesive toreinstate the integrity of the structure.
The plates are held in place with no additional support required
during the curing period of the SikaDur 30 adhesive.
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Foremans Relocatable Building Systems has launched a new website,
www.foremansbuildings.info, provides building contractors and organisations
with a fast and efficient guide to buying, selling and hiring pre-owned
modular buildings for offices, schools, hospitals, airports and temporary
site accommodation. The website incorporates a new and easy to use
navigation system. Features include, case studies and ecent applications; a
guide to selling a modular building that is surplus to requirements; sample
buildings to help specification, and information about the sustainability
benefits of this type of construction. Foremans approach to building offers
all the advantages of off-site construction with the additional benefit of
exceptional value for money and a higher degree of sustainability because
the modules supplied are pre-owned and fully refurbished.
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Foremans Launches New Website For Pre-owned
Modular Buildings
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Offsite construction specialist Framework CDM has gone wild with the creation of a self sustaining visitors centre for
the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Lower Moor Farm, near Oaksey, has been designed to inspire anyone who sees it to adopt a
greener lifestyle and is an integral feature of the new, 96-acre nature reserve. A triumph of collaboration, the project
required close working between the Trust, Framework and project architects Mark Ellerby, and evolved as further funds
for the scheme were secured.
Framework provided its innovative system of offsite pre-engineering and on site construction. It consists of a number of
pre-engineered, panelised, semi-volumetric components used to create walls, floors and ceilings that are produced
offsite and then delivered to site for simple, fast track construction. Once delivered, the panelised cassettes, which
are pre-fitted with the building services, can be constructed in a fraction of the time of traditional construction. Such
efficient integration of building techniques allows Framework to condense the design, fabrication and construction of
the buildings. The panelised system, created using material from sustainable sources, also offers airtight construction,
lower embodied energy use, lower energy consumption, lower life cycle costs and best value.
This meets the Trusts desire for a building that would act as a standard bearer for sustainable construction. The
versatility of the Framework system enabled the building to be created so that it is entirely self sustaining. This
has been achieved through the integration of elements including a biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels, grey water
recycling, ground heat recovery and an earth roof. For optimum sustainability, the earth roof utilises waste earth
removed when excavating the buildings foundations, eliminating the need for the earth to be disposed of and providing
a natural way of insulating the building.
Buildings can provide fantastic habitats for wildlife, commented the Trusts Head of Reserves Dave Turner. This visitor
centre was built on top of an old farm courtyard to avoid disturbing new land and actually provides better wildlife
habitat than what was there before. In addition to the green roof, we have even provided new homes for bats by
leaving spaces for them to roost behind the natural larch cladding covering the centre.
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Self Sustaining Visitors Centre
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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are being increasingly specified
in urban areas to help compensate for the problems associated with
higher levels of surface water run-off from high density housing
developments and, more surprisingly, front gardens turned into
impervious hard standings for car parking. It is estimated that 12
square miles of domestic gardens in Central London have been paved
over for this purpose!
There is no doubt - at least among those advocates of climate
change - that rainfall patterns are changing. Shorter more intense
bursts of rainfall are becoming the norm and unusual storm events
are happening more frequently. This coupled with the increase in
impermeable surfaces can lead to surcharged sewerage systems and the
potential for flash flooding in streams and rivers resulting in damage
to flora and fauna.
So what is the answer to these problems?
In England Planning Guidance (PPG25) and the Building Regulations
(Parts H & M) now actively promote the use of SuDS but the take
up and promotion of these systems by local authorities, housing
developers and contractors is woefully slow. In Scotland the
situation is much more advanced. Planning Advice Note (61) gives
planners a central role in getting SuDS accepted as an integral
part of development procedures. They also have a key role in the
implementation of SuDS through the development control processes.
Companies involved in the supply of products to this market and their
trade associations are also investing heavily in promoting the benefits
of SuDS to their customers. SuDS can take many forms and can be
tailored to suit the requirements of a particular site.
The basic requirements are that surface water run-off from a site
following development should be no greater than it was beforehand
and the run-off should not adversely affect downstream water quality
or habitat. One of the most popular SuDS techniques is the installation
of permeable clay and concrete block pavements.
These are designed to allow surface water to infiltrate into the
pavement construction where, depending on ground conditions, it
can exfiltrate directly back into the ground, be stored for grey water
applications or be released to a water course or sewerage system.
Discharge from permeable pavement systems is generally restricted
to green field run-off rates which are typically within the range 5 7
litres/sec/hectare.
As the pavements are also required to perform structurally when in
a totally saturated condition roadbase, bedding course and jointing
materials should be carefully selected. Guidance on the choice of
materials is available from suppliers involved with the marketing of
permeable pavement systems.
Permeable pavements have other benefits that can influence their
selection for specific developments. As surface water run-off passes
through the pavement, areas of permeable paving can be laid perfectly
flat thereby greatly simplifying setting out procedures. The requirement
for sub-surface pipework, deep excavations, gulleys and channels is
also markedly reduced.
The incorporation of geotextiles into the permeable pavement
construction assists in attenuating the flow of surface water through
the pavement, reduces its silt loading and provides a suitable habitat
for biofilm growth. Microbial action in the biofilm layer breaks down
any spillages of oil which penetrate the pavement construction. This
action is so efficient that in most cases there is no requirement for
a petrol interceptor to be installed to treat the discharge from a
permeable pavement.
The geotextile layer is also extremely efficient in removing traces
of heavy metals such as chromium, cadmium, copper, lead and zinc
from the surface water percolating through the pavement. Water from
adjacent impermeable paved areas and run-off from roof drainage can
also be fed into suitably designed permeable pavements to further
simplify on-site drainage design requirements.
Recent independent research has shown that permeable pavements are
a cost effective option when compared to in-situ reinforced concrete
and asphalt surfaces for the construction of domestic hard standings,
estate roads and commercial projects.
Exfiltration permeable pavements which directly replenish ground
water levels were found to have the lowest initial costs of all the
construction scenarios considered. Over a projected design life of
40 years, permeable pavements were also found to be the most cost
effective paving solution. Even after this period the surface of a
permeable pavement system using clay or concrete paviors could
possibly be uplifted and re-used offering further environmental
benefits.
So what happens now?
The design credentials of permeable paving have been proven in all
types of trafficked applications, they have been used for over 15
years and have been shown to accommodate the most severe storm
conditions, they do not clog with detritus to such an extent that
they no longer perform, they are cost effective when compared to
other pavement systems, they simplify the construction processes,
the quality of water discharged for the pavements is enhanced, heavy
metals and oils are removed as water passes through the construction,
specifications for construction materials are readily available and these
can be sourced from local suppliers nationwide.
Guidance on laying procedures is published in BS 7533 3 and
recommendations for the structural design of permeable pavements will
soon be available in BS 7533 13. Some manufacturers even offer a
free design service for permeable pavements to ensure that they are
specified correctly.
Manufacturers and their trade associations have gone the extra mile to
introduce permeable clay and concrete block pavement to the market
place but entrenched attitudes and a resistance to change in planning
departments and amongst developers and contractors have so far
limited their widespread use. If we are all as concerned about the long
term protection of the environment as we say we are, this system must
be adopted more widely as it the most efficient way of attenuating and
processing storm run-off.
A proven facility is now available to specifiers which allows them
to think green and install attractive surfaces in a variety of shapes
and colours with the knowledge that deep down in the pavement
construction microbes and bacteria are doing their bit for our
sustainable future!
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Is Our Future
Going Down
the Drain?
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Just to the West of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge over the Thames, George
Wimpey South East Ltd. is nearing completion on a very sizable development of
apartment blocks and houses, most terraced but with some semi-detached. The
site, aptly named The Bridge, is perfectly placed both for the commuter, with
frequent fast trains to London available from Dartford Station, and for motor
travellers, with the nearby M25 offering links to the countrywide motorway
system and to Gatwick, Stanstead, Heathrow and The City airports. It is also
on the edge of the lovely Kent countryside and even handy for the Bluewater
Shopping Centre.
With a total of well over 200 dwellings, contracting for materials had to be made
with manufacturers whose product quality and delivery service could be trusted
absolutely. For this reason Wimpey South East specified Polypipe products for all
domestic rain water, drainage plus soil and waste. From the many configurations
available from Polypipe, Square Section PVCu guttering was chosen with
downpipes to match in a grey that complements the colour scheme of window
and door frames. Grey soil pipe is being used throughout with white coloured
waste systems, while below ground drainage products are in the standard brown.
All these are sized at 110mm. Well designed and easily achieved jointing and
coupling systems makes fitting of all these ranges a simple matter and a truly
comprehensive range of fittings and accessories that covers all contingencies
considerably simplifies the installers task.
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Polypipe Drains
The Bridge
300m
2
of newly installed stone setts, positioned along the
Merthyr Tydfil Riverside Walkway, were recently transformed
into a durable, aesthetically pleasing contemporary
streetscape with Ultracrete Flowpoint BS7533, manufactured
by the Instarmac Group plc. The work formed part of the
River Taff Corridor Strategy, which will also improve the
towns infrastructure, facilities, transportation and access as
a part of a long-term regeneration project.
The refurbished area, running the length of the River Taff
Corridor and up to Merthyr Tydfil town centre, between
Penry Street Bridge and the Riverside Walkway, was to be
re-laid with natural stone setts some of which needed to
be applied at a gradient. Contractor, the Landscape Group,
tasked with finding a pointing material that was quick
and easy to use, capable of application on a slope with no
discoloration, chose Instarmacs Ultracrete Flowpoint, a
rapid set flowable grout because of its superior technical
and finish qualities.
The product, designed to conform to the strict demands
of BS7533 part 12, Pavements constructed with clay,
natural stone or concrete pavers, provides exceptional bond
strengths, low permeability characteristics, freeze-thaw and
environmental erosion resistance. It is engineered to provide
a quick set whilst eliminating the possibility of staining
ULTRACRETE FLOWPOINT
ENHANCES RIVERSIDE
WALKWAY
and is able to fill joint widths between 5mm to 50mm and joint
depth of 200mm in a single pour. The flowable,
rapid setting grout is simply mixed with water on site and
facilitates early trafficking. It is able to accept foot traffic
after just one hour and conventional vehicular traffic after 4
hours, when it reaches a compressive strength of 49.6N/mm,
a flexural strength of 7.10N/mm, a tensile strength of 3.91N/
mm and a bond strength of 1.5N/mm. Andrew Williams,
Contracts Manager at the Landscape Group, believes Instarmacs
service as well as product performance were key for the
successful completion of the project. Instarmacs site support
team played a vital part at both the trial stages as well as
during application.
They even recommended an effective way to capture and
prevent any excess product entering the river, thus avoiding any
implications for the surrounding ecosystem. Merthyr Tydfils
River Taff Walkway is now completed with both the client,
Merthyr Tydfil Council, and the contractor extremely pleased
with the final finish. For Instarmac, the success of the scheme
was a major contributing factor in securing participation in the
Town Centre Regeneration Project which is currently under way
and due for completion in May 2008.
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Thomas Sanderson Provides A
Creative Learning Environment
Thomas Sanderson Awnings are the perfect shading solution,
providing an ideal outdoor classroom for creative learning
initiatives, as a Primary School in West Sussex recently
discovered. As part of a local authority initiative, teachers
at Westbourne Primary School are pioneering a new creative
teaching approach for their Year One pupils and needed a
flexible solution to make effective use of the space. The head
teacher, Mr OBoyle, had looked at building a permanent
extension to the school building. With the playground space at
a premium we needed a flexible solution which saved space and
provided protection for our pupils.
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The practical and aesthetic advantages offered by Neacos Spectrum
Modular Balconies range led to its specification at WN1, a major
residential development in Wigan from Dorbcrest Homes. The product
has been installed on two elegant four-storey complexes of luxury
apartments featured alongside a selection of mews and detached
houses. Their simplicity of fitting and overall manufacturing quality
were two key reasons for choosing Spectrum Modular Balconies,
said Dan Lancaster of Dorbcrest Homes. Aesthetic considerations
were also important - our design required something clean yet
contemporary due the developments location, and Neacos product
fitted the bill best. The simplicity of the balcony design kept our
building looking clean and unimposed - other systems we looked at
would have drawn too much attention away from the main structure.
We are happy with the product and will be looking to work with
Neaco on our future developments in 2008. Available in a choice of
designs, Spectrum Modular Balconies provide flooring manufactured
from attractive yet durable aluminium decking and balustrade
available in satin polished stainless steel or nylon powder coated
aluminium with toughened glass infills. Neaco also manufactures a
range of glass-fronted Juliet Balconies providing a stylish modern
finish which offers an aesthetically attractive alternative to the
cage-like appearance of meshed and railed balconies. Comprising 38
properties in total, WN1 is a highly prestigious development enjoying
an ideal position within easy reach of the town centre. The scheme is
one of a range of high profile developments which Dorbcrest Homes
are currently building at some of the most sought-after locations in
the northwest of England.
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Clean And
Contemporary
Looks Fit Bill
For Prestigious
Development
Ward Insulated Panels has teamed up with roofing contractors Cladanco Ltd to supply and install 1,000m
2
of Ward Topdek the all-in-one
single-ply insulated roof panel system on the new Porsche Dealership at Cheshire Oaks, near Chester. Ward Topdek is a factory pre-engineered
composite roof panel that facilitates faster onsite assembly.
It comprises a proven high-performance single-ply PVC outer membrane integrally bonded to a Firesafe rigid PIR insulation core approved to
LPBC standards and a steel trapezoidal profile inner deck to provide structural strength. As an all-in-one single-ply roofing solution, Topdek
replaces the individual processes of laying steel decking, vapour control layer, insulation and outer membrane with one simple installation
which, compared to traditional built-up roofing systems, is proving to be up to 50% faster to install. A new self-coring screw unique to
Topdek speeds the installation process even further. Conventional fixing required a core of insulation to be removed, a self-tapping screw to
be fixed then the core replaced prior to the welding of the side-lap.
Now, in one simple operation, the self-coring screw replaces all of these three stages. The project architect, The Motor Design Group, specified
Topdek for this reason, in addition to the roof panels guaranteed thermal performance and excellent air leakage qualities.
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Ward Gets Into Top Gear With Porsche!
Ardex R 90 P Rake And Trowel PU Screed
Is A Fast Little Worker
Unistrut, the Metal Framing and Strut manufacturers, required a fast track
installation for the refurbishment of a 135m2 storage area within their
mechanical manufacturing and distribution centre. ARDEX R 90 P Rake
and Trowel Grade Heavy Duty Polyurethane Screed was specified for this
project. The system forms a tough, easily cleaned, pigmented layer from
4mm up to 9mm thick, providing a durable, slip resistant resin floor with
high chemical resistance and a seamless, joint free finish. ARDEX R 90
P has been formulated to provide an easily worked system that can be
rapidly applied enabling larger areas to be completed in one application.
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ECOBUILD
STAND NO. E401 27 FEB - 1 MAR 2007
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Doesnt your project
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fire retardant treatment for timber.
It forms part of a unique choice
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services available from Arch to
provide more time and safety in
a fire situation.
ALLCOAT
SOLVENT BASE
ideal for historic restorations
The benefits of ALLCOAT SOLVENT BASE:
Wall and ceiling primer and finish
No other primer or topcoat required
Virtually odourless (less odour than an acrylic)
High hide, stain blocking, washable flat matt finish
Ideal for high ph substrates such as limewash and distemper
Used as stain block and as a finish
Dries in 30 minutes. Recoat in 2 hours
Neutralises substrates up to 12.5ph
Brush, roller, airless spray
Tintable to mid tone colours
Wm Zinsser (UK) Ltd
Wetherby House, 7 Market Place, Wetherby, West Yorks LS22 6LG.
Tel: 01937 584411. Fax: 01937 584422.
e-mail: sales@zinsseruk.com web: www.zinsser.com
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Chatham Revisited
Slick New Act From Sadolin
Sadolin has introduced a new range of oils for the protection of
a variety of interior timber surfaces. Sadolin Floor Oil, Wood Oil,
and Worktop Oil penetrate deep into the substrate providing a
durable, low sheen finish with excellent water repellancy. All are
suitable for brush application to new or bare wood, and previously
oil-treated surfaces.
Coverage per litre is as follows; beech 10sq.m; oak 15 sq.m;
tropical hardwood up to 25sq.m. All three products are offered
in a clear, satin finish and are recoatable in 20 minutes. Wood
Oil (for banisters, panelling, furniture etc) and Worktop Oil are
available in 500ml and 1 litre pack sizes, whilst Floor Oil comes in
1 and 2.5 litre packs.
Says Lucy Thackray, Marketing Manager for Sadolin: When
compared with conventional Danish oil, there are some distinct
advantages. For example Floor Oil is an oil-based resin, with a
solids content of 76%. The drying time is faster than a pure oil
and the finish is harder, and therefore more durable.
A Danish oil, although itself not a pure oil, would take a lot
longer to achieve a suitable hardness for flooring surfaces. Our
Worktop Oil is a non-drying oil that works by soaking into the
timber and is specially formulated for use in areas likely to come
into contact with food. A Danish oil is more of a general oil and
not specifically suitable for this purpose.
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The use of Sikkens new Rubbol XD exterior gloss finish
at The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a superb example
of how modern technology can enhance traditional
structures. The building in question is an historic church,
which is located within the 80-acre dockyard estate,
one of Kents major tourist attractions. This important
part of Britains national heritage - which is on the
shortlist of potential World Heritage Sites - is home to
numerous structures and buildings designated as Ancient
Monuments, the highest form of statutory protection
given to buildings in the UK.
Hence, the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, responsible
for the refurbishment and maintenance on site, has to
ensure that all products and materials meet the most
stringent criteria. Newly launched Rubbol XD lacquer has
been applied to the doors of The Royal Dockyard Church
to afford long-lasting protection and to enhance the
visual appearance of the wood. This exterior finish has
been specifically formulated to offer 10 years durability,
based on a new patented binder technology, producing
a styrene acrylic binder cross-linked with an alkyd in a
relatively low amount of solvent. Durability is a major
advantage at The Historic Dockyard, with Rubbol XD
offering typically eight to 10 years before maintenance
is required.
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Armourcoat Offers
A Cocktail Of
Finishes At The
Brew House Hotel
On a recent hotel development near the historic Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, the
requirements of architect David Thompson of Amos Partnership for high calibre
wall finishes to reflect the elegance and class of this new refurbishment has been
met by the extensive application of ArmourCoat Polished Plaster, ArmourCast and
ArmourColor wall finishes. The unique aesthetics of ArmourCast Flow Wall a 20m
dramatic, sculptured, seamless wall with fluid elegant curves helped to create a
stunning contemporary ambience for this multifunctional dining area of the hotel
restaurant. The white sheen finish created by the Spatulata Polished Plaster reflects
the natural as well as the interior lighting, emphasizing the crisp and modern
interior design. ArmourCast can reproduce almost any architectural shape that can
be made in conventional GRG that is too complex for a hand-applied finish. In the
hotel bedroom suites, ArmourColor Tactite decorative wall coating creates a dramatic
dialogue between wall and bedroom continuing the contemporary theme throughout
the hotel. Tactite with its suede feel is exceptionally hard wearing and easy to
clean, making it highly suitable for hotel environments.
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Hodgson & Hodgson
Complements Victorian
Splendour With 21st Century
Acoustics
The Hodgson & Hodgson Group has installed
a state-of-the-art acoustic canopy as part of
a 4 million restoration of Leeds Town Hall.
Designed to fit the space above Victoria Halls
stage and orchestral pit, the acoustic canopy is
suspended by four cables and fixed to a reeling
drum in the buildings attic space. The canopy
supports 12 three-dimensional acoustic sails
incorporating telescopic arms. Constructed
using 18mm birch plywood, the sails are set
at different angles, ranging from nine to 90,
and oriented to optimise the acoustic effect.
The canopy can be easily lowered for essential
maintenance and repair work.
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Stannah Solve Disabled Access In Sports Centre
When Sherborne
Girls extended their
indoor sports facilities
the School ensured
that disabled people
would be able to use
the facilities too by
including a Stannah
platform lift. Oxley
Sports Centre, extended
in 2007, is a dual-use
facility. The Centre
welcomes all members of the public and other local schools to use the
facilities seven days a week. The Stannah Midilift SL takes wheelchair users
up to a range of first floor facilities designed especially for disabled people.
The 2-stop platform lift moves within a glass-clad shaft providing ample
room for a wheelchair user to enter and exit the lift with ease. It features
easy-to-use constant pressure push buttons, a non-slip floor and feature
lighting to ensure it is simple and easy for every passenger.
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Maysand Wins Port Of
Liverpool Contract
North west restoration and conservation
specialist Maysand Limited has been
awarded a 500,000 contract to clean,
repair and repoint the exterior of the
landmark Port of Liverpool Building.
Built in 1907 of Portland stone in the
Edwardian Baroque style, the Port of
Liverpool Building is undergoing a 10
million refurbishment. Maysand found
its expertise sought early on, after being
appointed to the project by in-house
contractor George Downing Construction,
when its first task was to help refine
the schedule of works. MD Bryn Lisle
explains: Were carrying out a masons
clean, a low pressure, nebulous
water spray which gently agitates the
limestone to wash away any grime on
the surface. As well as the cleaning
team, a repointing gang, several teams
of stonemasons and a repair crew who
will re-pin the stone with stainless steel
in isolated areas, will all be working on
the project throughout.
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Design & Display Structures
Slots Into Marlowe Arcade
Bespoke stone effect GRP cladding, crafted
by UK experts Design & Display Structures, is
drawing the customers in at Canterburys Marlowe
Arcade. The realistic features of the GRP cladding
blend seamlessly with the surroundings and,
with quicker erection times than heavyweight
alternatives, installation time and costs were
kept to a minimum. The decorative cladding has
created the perfect look for the Arcades main
entrance, certain to entice residents and tourists
alike. Existing curtain walling, spanning the
buildings elevations, was also capped off with
decorative soffit surrounds.
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First Use Of Sikkens Alphaxylan SF In UK Hospital
A major extension and refurbishment
project at Jersey General Hospital has
incorporated bold and bright colours
using Alpha interior wall finishes
from Sikkens. What made the project
unique was the involvement of each
departments staff who were invited to
contribute their colour choice to the
specification. The design proposals
were well received by the members of
the hospital during a day-long colour
consultation during which a mock-up of
the entire colour scheme was produced
to include a suite of contrasting colours
for flooring, walls and skirting. The
product specified was Alphaxylan SF, a high quality finish for interior
walls that offers excellent opacity and scrub resistance, essential for
sterile environments.
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Polystorm Provides The Attenuated Answer
A convenient modern home in one of our most beautiful Regency spa
towns sounds too good to be true but a new development by Barratt
Homes on the outskirts of Cheltenham offers just that. An estate of
44 plots, Equinox is a mix of town houses, detached properties and
apartments, some with its personal garage.
As always with such a development, the provision for storm drainage
from a site with a very large roof area plus a great deal of paved or
bitumened concrete around it required careful planning to avoid not
only surface flooding but also a potential overload on the local drainage
system.
It was decided that, to comply with SUDS best practice, attenuation
tanks should be installed under the car park area so that the run-off in
storm conditions could be contained for later controlled release into a
ditch. The ditch then discharges into an existing balancing pond to the
rear of GCHQ, hence the limited discharge allowance.
Sub-contractor Aquatek Water Management Solutions proposed the use
of Polystorm a system where modular storage units, individually light
weight and easily handled, are bulked together to form a single tank with
free flow between the units. The void ratio of Polystorm is around 95%
[compared with around 30% for traditional granular fill systems] and,
when the formed tank is wrapped in an impermeable geomembrane, a
secure drainage area is created from which water can be stored and then
released in strictly controlled quantities once the storm has passed.
In Cheltenham one hole was prepared to contain two separate storage
units one consisting of 350 Polystorm units and the other with 320
units, giving a total capacity well in excess of that required for a thirty
year storm over the site.
The need for two tanks and the pipe passing between them demonstrates
the tight nature of the site and the versatility of the Polystorm units.
Aquatek installed the geotextiles to the base and then hot wedge welded
the geomembrane to the overlap before the modular units were installed,
testing the seams to 2 bar for five minutes.
Once the low level pipe connectors were fitted, the units inserted and
the upper level pipe seals fitted, all that remained to be done was to
weld the lid panel on top and backfill the pits with an initial 100mm
coarse sand protection layer on top of a 300g non-woven protection
fleece. The backfill was then brought in 150mm compacted layers of
Type1 all the way to the underside of the final tarmac road finish. Job
done!
Aquatek Managing Director David Fozzard uses Polystorm on a regular
basis and is delighted both how simple the modular system is to use and
how efficient it is when in use. The householders at Equinox will probably
never know what lies beneath them when they wash their cars on a
Sunday, preventing floods in severe weather conditions.
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Rock Asphalte Has Broad Appeal In Bristol
With a proven track record in flagship retail developments, Rock Asphalte was the only firm fit to help Bristol become one of the UKs top 10 retail
locations. The Broadmead Expansion, soon to be known as Cabot Circus, is a 500m project. It is set to feature 1 million sq ft of shops and leisure
facilities and, when complete, will offer a show stopping gateway to the Bristols historic centre. Based on the companys unrivalled reputation for
quality and service, Rock Asphaltes Flexiphalte Triple Protection inverted roof and structural waterproofing systems were chosen for Cabot Circus.
They are now providing unbeatable flat roof and structural waterproofing cover for all concrete roof areas at the development. Designed to be laid
dead flat or to falls, the Triple Protection System comprises a high performance Flexiphalte Baryprene membrane fully bonded to the substrate in
hot bitumen.
Rocks Flexiphalte Pommar, an advanced polymer modified mastic asphalt, is then fully bonded to the membrane. Insulation and ballast, and or
paving slabs, are then super imposed over the top or, alternatively, hard and or soft landscaping. Rocks acclaimed Flexiphalte Car Deck Waterproofing
System was also used during the Broadmead Expansion.
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Design & Display Structures Scores Top Marks
Tailor made GRP columns crafted by Design & Display Structures helped a major
educational project scoop the prestigious North East Landmark of the Year.
When the Newcastle City Campus East won the accolade in October, judges
heaped praise on the modern and sustainable design. Under its almost 200,000
contract, Design & Display Structures delivered a six month design, supply
and install package utilising the latest ultra eco friendly GRP manufacturing
techniques. The industry expert created around 130 prefabricated, totally
bespoke columns for the striking, multi-million evelopment at Northumbria
University. All of these were volume produced using the companys offsite
system, bringing massive labour and material savings for the client.
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Syntha Pulvin Sails Into Port
Portsmouths iconic
Spinnaker Tower will
stay shipshape for years
to come with Valspars
leading powder coating.
Unrivalled quality,
backed up by a 25
year warranty, was a
key reason why Syntha
Pulvin was asked aboard
the dramatic sail-
shaped project. Valspar
approved applicator
Metalion Ltd applied
Syntha Pulvin, specially
mixed to replicate the
colour of the external
render, to the lift areas
and observation deck.
There are more than
100 colours available in the Syntha Pulvin Matt and Metallic
ranges. Syntha Pulvin products are recyclable and can be
applied to aluminium and galvanised steel window frames,
cladding panels, curtain walling, roofing and most architectural
metalwork.
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Arch Demonstrate
The Art Of Fire
Proofing Timber For
An Award Winning
Building
The multi-award winning Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney has benefited from over
150m2 of Duplex Oak boarding treated with Archs fire retardant Dricon as part of a
two year, 4.5 million Lottery funded redevelopment. Established in 1979 to provide a
home for an important collection of British fine art, the Centre re-opened in July 2007.
It is housed in a complex of buildings that sit on one of the many piers characterising
the historic town of Stromness, and provides a key landmark on the harbour. he original
listed buildings and pier, which once housed the office and stores of the Hudsons Bay
Company, have been sympathetically extended by Reiach & Hall Architects.
The Duplex Oak boarding has been treated with Dricon as it remains the only BBA
Certified fire retardant and conforms to the specified building regulations. The treated
timber is used in three areas throughout the Centre the stairwell wall linings and
upper balustrade section, the ground floor main entrance wall and ceiling linings and
the ground floor concealed cupboard doors.
Richard Adams, fire retardants manager for Arch said: It is very satisfying to be
associated with such a memorable and worthwhile project. The use of Dricon proves
the performance credentials of Arch fire retardant treatments through their use in this
delicate environment, while the aesthetics of treated Oak captures perfectly the natural
and traditional atmosphere of the Centre. The specification of fire retardant treated
timber, particularly for the staircase, is testament to its trusted performance in a fire
situation. This is the main route linking the upper and ground floors, and the safety of
the thousands of visitors passing through the Centre every year is obviously paramount.
I am delighted both with the trust in Arch treatments for this end use, and also the
finished result. he added.
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