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GSA Select Architecture m-ch Crosses the Atlantic?
Greats For Degree Honour The award winning micro-compact home (m-ch) is to make its US
debut this summer at The Museum of Modern Art in New York,
Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, formerly of architecture as part of the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern
practice Gillespie Kidd and Coia, are to be awarded honorary Dwelling. The micro-compact home is a revolutionary low energy
degrees conferred by the University of Glasgow on behalf of The lightweight prefabricated dwelling pioneered by Professor Richard
Glasgow School of Art for their impact on Scottish architectural Horden and his fellow teachers and students of the department of
culture, their considerable academic involvement at The Glasgow Architecture and Product Design, Technical University Munich.
School of Art and the revival of interest in their work following the Selected from 400 architectural projects, the m-ch is one of five
exhibition Gillespie Kidd and Coia: Architecture 1956 – 1987 at The full-scale prefabricated homes to be displayed in the outdoor space
Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for Architecture and Design. Professor to the west of MoMA’s building. The five projects will be shown
Seona Reid, Director of The Glasgow School of Art, said: “I cannot in the context of a further 58 projects displayed in the sixth-floor
think of any architects living in Scotland today who have had more International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Gallery,
influence on both architectural design and architectural education offering the most thorough examination to date of both the historic
than Andy and Isi”. The honorary degrees will be presented at a and contemporary significance of factory-produced architecture
ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on Friday 20th June. from 1833 to today.


Vincent & Gorbing

Expand Team of Experts
Stevenage-based Vincent & Gorbing, Chartered
Architects and Town Planners, have announced the
HMA3D Director Steve Pickup Made A Member Purcell Miller Tritton Focus On Educational appointment of Mark Wilson as Principal Planner,
Of The Society Of Architectural Illustration Activity With New Senior Architect Tracy Smythe as Senior Project Architect and Michael
Wilson as Senior Graphic Designer. The joiners
Steve, of digital visualisation company HMA3D, is one Leading architect and historic building consultant, Call For Entries For The Inaugural World will be involved in a variety of client projects in the
of a select number in the field of CGIs to be a member of Purcell Miller Tritton, has announced the appointment commercial, industrial, leisure, retail, interior, housing
SAI. To become a SAI member, competence and experience of Matthew Hodgson as Senior Architect to its London
Architecture Festival
and town planning sectors. Geoff Yeates, Director
within the architectural illustration field has to be proven. office, joining the team responsible for the delivery of International media group Emap is inviting architects of Vincent & Gorbing, commented: “We welcome
Steve, who was one of the first people in this field in educational schemes throughout the UK and Eire. At worldwide to enter their projects into the World Architecture Tracy, Mark and Michael to our team of 28 highly
the UK, has over a decades worth of experience and his Purcell Miller Tritton, Matthew will initially be working Festival awards, the biggest architectural awards programme talented staff. Their combined planning, design and
portfolio of work illustrates how highly his competence on projects currently underway and then will develop in the world which will celebrate the work, concerns and architectural experience in a variety of market sectors
is held within the property arena. The Society has enjoyed the educational sector, an area in which the practice are aspirations of the international architectural community. will bring enormous benefit to our skills base and to
patronage of Sir John Betjeman, Sir Hugh Casson and keen to capitalise on their experience. Previously from The Festival will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 22 our client project work.”
Gordon Cullen making it a privileged society to be part Nightingale Associates, where he worked as a Project - 24 October 2008 at the Centre Convencions Internacional
of. Steve is currently working on some very exciting Architect, he has extensive experience within education Barcelona (CCIB). Buildings that have been completed [w]
projects including the new 5rise build in Bingley, The due to his involvement in a wide range of projects between 1st January 2007 and 20th June 2008 are eligible
Copenhagen building in Glasgow, and the proposed new including West Herts College, Guildford College and to enter the awards. Entries are invited from 15th April until
Eco development at Lingfield Point, Darlington. Bedford College. 20th June 2008 and architects are encouraged to complete
the simple entry procedure starting at the website (www.
[w] [w], and then as hard copy.


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Widnes Waterfront
Blossoms With Tonkin
Liu’s Future Flower
Award winning architectural practice Tonkin Liu has won an
international design competition to design a new £125,000
landmark public art commission on Widnes Waterfront in
Cheshire. As part of a wider public art and environmental uplift
programme, over the last six months the programme team of
Widnes Waterfront has sought a creative designer to deliver
a major piece of public art which is to be funded solely by
contributions from external sources.
The brief called for a dramatic contemporary
artwork sympathetic to the ambitions of
the Widnes Waterfront and alluding to the
environmental and social character and of the
region. The winning proposal Future Flower,
is 3 metres in diameter,12 metres in height,
wind-powered, with bright yellow Perspex petals
that gently flutter and light up in the wind. The
direction of the wind determines which petals
illuminate, resulting in an ever-changing and
dynamic flower.
Anna Liu, Director of Tonkin Liu is excited by
the commission. She said: “At this site industry
meets nature, with a stunningly beautiful light
that reflects off the water and the mud plains.
Our proposal catches the light and the wind,
and marks a point on the horizon of the River
Mersey. The Future Flower also extends our
interest in natural geometry and structures
that respond to the weather.” Leader of Halton
Borough Council, Tony McDermott, welcomed
the appointment. He said: “We had an excellent
shortlist to choose from and some thoroughly inspiring and
thought-provoking designs. Tonkin Liu bring with them a wealth
of experience in designing and delivering memorable pieces of
public art in the UK and internationally.
“We see this piece, coupled with the extensive public art
programme as making a real difference to the locality,
demonstrating growth, civic pride and our belief in the area.To
the thousands of people that work in the area and the thousands
that will view it from other vantage points in Widnes it will
hopefully resonate change and an emerging future for the entire
borough. “We are delighted that Tonkin Liu is on board; we are
sure that the Future Flower will become a firm favourite with
the people of Halton.”


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Restoring Leighton’s
Palace Of Art
A major nineteenth-century museum is to be given a twenty-first-century upgrade thanks to the
Kensington and Chelsea Council. Leighton House Museum, located on the edge of Holland Park,
is to undergo a £1.3 million programme of refurbishment and restoration. “Leighton House is
a fantastic museum but the building is in need of some care and attention. It’s a very popular
attraction visited by residents, budding artists and tourists. By restoring the services which
maintain the fabric of the building we will help secure its future for at least another century to
come. I very much look forward to seeing the changes and additions to the house when it reopens
in 2009”, said Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environmental
Management and Leisure.
The restoration works will include: a complete re-wire of the electrical services; upgrading of
the central heating system in order to create the right environmental conditions to preserve the
museum’s paintings and the restoration of the original sumptuous decoration. In July and August
2008, the most distinctive feature of the exterior of Leighton House will be reinstated. These are
the brick ziggurats that ran around the parapet wall of the Arab Hall and Silk Room until they were
removed in 1959. Their restoration will bring the exoticism of the Arab Hall onto the exterior of
the building. The completion of these projects will see the house returned closer to its original
spectacular appearance than at any time in living memory, re-creating Leighton’s ‘Private Palace
of Art.’ The museum will close on 31 October 2008 for 12 months.


Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830
to 1896). Located on the edge of London’s Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings
of the nineteenth century. New research and paint analysis carried out over recent years has confirmed that
Leighton’s original decorative schemes differed in several important respects from the current appearance of the
interiors. The floors in the dining room and drawing room were painted red and blue respectively. The dome of
the Arab Hall was gilded; the original floorboards on the first floor survive beneath modern flooring laid over
them in the 1960s and could be revealed and restored.
Completing these works will return the house to its original spectacular appearance, fully recreating Leighton’s
private ‘Palace of Art’. Detailed by Leighton’s architect George Aitchison and derived from the stepped pyramid
shape of temples found in ancient Mesopotamia, the ziggurats remained in situ until 1959 when they were
taken down and the parapet altered. Following a grant from Kensington and Chelsea Environmental Ltd., the
bricks are being specially made to order and plans for the re-introduction of the ziggurats are well advanced.

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Freeland Rees Roberts
Architects Win David Urwin
Design Award For Peterhouse
Library, Cambridge
Freeland Rees Roberts Architects have announced that the £1.4m library
extension at Peterhouse, Cambridge, designed by the Cambridge-based practice,
has won a David Urwin Design Award 2008 under the category ‘The Best
Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building.’ The Awards
ceremony took at the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry’s annual
dinner at King’s College. In 1984 the Museum was reclaimed by Peterhouse from
the University, which had rented it from the College for a hundred years, and
converted into the College Library.
The Peterhouse Ward Library extension, the Gunn Gallery, is a conservation
scheme consisting of the conversion of a former unused and derelict gallery
(forming part of the old Museum) into a stunning, new student library facility.
It was the old Central Gallery of the Museum, which lies between what is now
the Ward Library Reading Room and the Lubbock Room, adjacent to the college
theatre. Tristan Rees Roberts, Director of Freeland Rees Roberts Architects
said: “We are delighted that this scheme has won a David Urwin Award which
is a prestigious, local and annual architecture competition. The project was
challenging as there were planning constraints, namely the buildings being Grade
II listed. However, our alterations were well supported by the Conservation
Officer. Removing the pediments of two doors to create a mezzanine was slightly
contentious and we were asked to retain the Victorian hoisting gear for the heavy
classical statues which now create an amusing intrusion into the Computer Room.
Another challenge included organising the excavation of tons of soil from below
the Ward Library to create new College storage facilities and, finally, completely
to redecorate the original Ward Library.”
Martin Golding, the Ward Librarian at Peterhouse, commented: “We are
extremely pleased with the Gunn Gallery, which has fulfilled our hopes in every
way. Freeland Rees Roberts Architects’ brief involved bringing the derelict space
into the service of the Ward Library, by opening up the formerly blocked portico
that led from the existing Reading Room. The Gallery measured some 60’ x 22’,
and, like the existing Library rooms, was ideally suited for library use, being
top-lit by continuous glass panels along the entire length of the roof. The Ward
Library needed to house 20,000 books and 20 readers with up to 10 computer
spaces, and the conversion has done so triumphantly.“ Work on the conversion of
the former Museum began in June 2004 and the new library was officially opened
in November 2005.


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Maritime Centre To Go To
Planning Following Public

Mosedale Gillatt Architects (MGA), one of the North East’s leading 1 listed church. The materials used will be carefully considered to also leading on a project to re-design the Visitor Centre in Jesmond
architectural and design firms, has released new artist’s impressions of the respond to often challenging coastal conditions and, as the centre Dene, as part of the wider Ouseburn Parks scheme, which also
proposed Maritime Centre for Newbiggin by the Sea, which is due to go to is being planned to accommodate best practice with respect to involved MGA’s renovation of the Heaton Park pavilion. Mosedale
planning imminently following a successful public consultation. Providing a renewable energy, we have been exploring the use of solar panels Gillatt was established in 1995 and is renowned for its innovative
further boost to the tourism potential of the Northumberland town, the new and biomass boilers, and there will also be facilities for on-site and bespoke projects across the residential, arts, commercial,
centre will house two major pieces of Newbiggin’s maritime history – the recycling and rainwater collection.” community, regeneration and historic sectors.
restored Mary Joicey Lifeboat and a local Coble fishing boat – the ‘Girl Ann’. Richard Martin, Chair of Newbiggin by the Sea Heritage In the spirit of creativity the company also enjoys working with
The centre will also feature corporate and educational facilities, and a public Partnership added: “MGA have brought a new dimension to this professional artists as part of its design process and currently takes
café and restaurant. iconic project which is being driven by a determined group of part in the Arts Council, Artist Placement programme.
The concept for the visitor attraction was prepared in close consultation with volunteers. The establishment of this new centre will not only
the Newbiggin community, developing a range of active partnerships in the showcase Newbiggin’s rich history, but also give a unique day out [w]
village and across the Wansbeck District. MGA’s design, which incorporates experience at the seaside which will complement the major bay
a number of ‘green’ technologies, uses a palette of natural materials to allow regeneration works.”
the building to sit comfortably within its surroundings. In addition, the MGA’s past experience in working on coastal and tourism
building’s low form ensures that there is minimum impact on the views to the developments played an important role in securing this exciting
nearby St Bartholomew’s church. commission. As well as the recent completion of the new
Adding to the area’s recent key developments, including the installation of residential complex on the North East coastline, the company is
internationally renowned public art piece Couple on the offshore reef, and
the beach recharge, the new centre will be a prominent landmark in the town,
sensitively accommodated within the headland.
MGA Director Tim Mosedale explains: “The design is distinctive, allowing
for the building to stand out, whilst maintaining regard for the nearby Grade

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this months contributors :

Ian Smith, Wicona Projects

Carlo Weber, DuPont Building Innovations

Paul Absolon, CMS Acoustic Solutions

Andy Patel, Kingspan Insulated Panels


Simon Bowden, GEZE UK

Michael Driver, Brick Development


“Get the habit of analysis- analysis will in time

enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Unitised Curtain Walling – Applying
concept should be suitable for unitisation. Flat, non-
projecting façades without overhangs will allow the units to
be hoisted into position for fast and efficient installation.

Modern Methods Of Construction Selecting the Façade Partner

As with all façade projects, when selecting the system

To The Building Envelope supplier, the specifier should look at the manufacturer’s
track record, project portfolio, financial stability, R&D
resources, in-house facilities, technical back-up and design
experience. The façade specialist should be willing to work
Ian Smith, Senior Manager for Wicona Projects, part of Aesthetics – Complete Freedom of Expression
as an integral part of the design team from the earliest stages
Hydro Building Systems, discusses the increased demand The unitised approach also offers specifiers complete
and participate in design workshops.
for unitised curtain walling in the UK, the advantages of freedom of expression, with any combination of profiles,
Consider whether the façade specialist will offer a complete
the approach and offers some practical advice to specifiers, infills, external feature caps and glazing specification.
turnkey service. One single point of contact will give the
contractors and construction clients. Aesthetic variations include:
benefit of a seamless approach and complete peace of mind
from design to fabrication, site installation, testing and
Off-site construction is revolutionising the way buildings are Stone cladding
handover. A team should already be in place for the façade
built in the UK. More developers, architects and contractors Metal, composite or polycarbonate panels
design, fabrication and installation.
than ever before are recognising the benefits of moving Windows, doors and fixed light glazing
And the specifier should always look for independent
elements of the construction process into a controlled Brise soleil sunshading
approvals for the system and ask to see certificates and
factory environment. The build process can be speeded up, Photovoltaic panels.
test results for verification. Ensure façade systems are like
quality is improved and work on site is significantly safer.
for like when making comparisons and that the quality of
A Façade Industry First
components, technical competence of the team and best
Breaking New Ground in Façade Design Following the increased demand for unitised curtain
value are assessed. Use the façade specialist for advice and
Unitised curtain walling is designed to maximise the walling, Hydro Building Systems, Europe’s largest supplier
involve their team from the outset to make best use of the
benefits of building off site, allowing modern methods of of aluminium building systems, has launched Wicona
expertise available.
construction to be applied to the external envelope. This Projects in the UK to offer one of the most widely used
approach offers a wide variety of aesthetic variations, unitised systems in Europe and the first complete turnkey
Design Detailing
whilst meet the increasing demands for shorter programme service for the building envelope. Wicona oversees the full
The structural integrity and built-in tolerances of the
times and superior performance. It can achieve impressive façade package for its unitised curtain wall, from system
building frame are important to the success of the façade
reductions in time on site of up to 70 per cent, whilst design, glass specification, fabrication, transportation and
construction and should be specified at an early stage.
improving safety on site. Unitised façades consist of handling, to installation, testing and site auditing.
Consider what the unitised panels will be fixed to at
prefabricated units, typically the width of a glazing bay and This gives architects, contractors and construction clients
the design concept stage – steel or concrete? What will
one or two storeys high. The unitised system is fully glazed in the public and private sectors the benefit of a seamless
the floor thicknesses be and will there be any possible
and sealed off site. Gaskets and glazing beads are installed approach and complete peace of mind. Developed in
deflections? Façade projects in excess of 3,000sqm will
in factory controlled conditions before the complete units Germany, Wicona’s highly engineered yet proven unitised
achieve the best economies of scale, but smaller fast track
are moved to site for fast and easy installation onto pre- curtain wall has been used extensively internationally on
schemes or developments on constrained city centre sites
prepared fixings. a wide variety of high profile, technically challenging
where access is restricted, can also be accommodated with a
projects. It can be used for fast track projects, adapted
unitised system.
Reducing Site Time by up to 70 per cent to specific project requirements and new designs can be
The panels can be fixed to steel or concrete frames and developed for more complex façades.
Managing the Project
are installed using a platform or hoist, reducing the need
Increased lead times should be scheduled to allow for
for scaffolding and reducing work at height. Earlier fitting
manufacturing and more time should be allowed for bespoke
out is possible, as the building envelope to each floor is Working with Unitised Façades – Some schemes. The true façade cost should be considered,
completed – leading to earlier occupation and a faster return
on investment for the client. There are cost savings on Hints and Tips including the advantages of reduced site time, eliminating
the need for scaffolding and earlier fitting out, completion
preliminaries and scaffolding, construction is less affected
The Design Process and occupation, when comparing the cost of a unitised
by inclement weather and the storage of cladding materials
Working with unitised façades is very different to façade against traditional curtain walling systems. Lastly,
and glass handling on site can be completely eliminated – a
conventional ‘stick’ curtain walling and requires a change ensure the project is closely monitored and evaluated.
major advantage for constrained city centre sites and where
of approach. For a successful project, which maximises Was it delivered on time and to budget? If not, why not?
access is restricted. Other advantages include improved
the benefits of unitised curtain walling, it is critical that a Use this information and the lessons learnt for setting the
quality because the façade panels are completed off site;
building is designed around the façade and not vice versa. specification for your next façade project.
suitability for new build and refurbishment; more efficient
control of materials, with reduced wastage, loss and damage; The façade specialist should be involved at the earliest stage
to design the building structure that will best accommodate [w]
and the option of standardisation to achieve economies of
scale and material optimisation. the unitised façade and its allowable tolerances. The design

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No matter how good a vapor barrier is by itself, it cannot A second aspect, which is just as important for the lasting
be airtight unless it has been installed properly (i.e. the function of roofing membranes, is its durability. Ageing and
connections are lastingly airtight). Moreover, the joints the resulting reduced effectiveness are directly related to the
between the individual pieces of sheeting have to be ambient conditions during installation and use.
permanently airtight, too. And once the interior airtight
barrier has been fitted, care must be taken to prevent it from Ageing is exacerbated by heat and UV radiation
being mechanically perforated during subsequent work. Any The main factors impairing the effectiveness of roofing
such damage caused cannot be allowed to reflect badly on membranes are temperature and UV radiation. Whether
the vapor barrier’s quality. membranes are supplied as single-layer or composite
The airtight installation of the vapor barrier is imminent to products, it is one single layer which takes care of wind-
reduce convection loss (and by that heat loss) as well as to proofing, waterproofing and vapor breathability. This is
avoid condensation risk in the building envelope. known as the functional layer, and its quality and thickness
are key to the durability and effectiveness of the membrane
Expert Installation Required as a whole.
Similar risks to subsequent effectiveness also apply to
the installation of the exterior breathable and waterproof Ageing Reduces Effectiveness
roofing membrane. Once again, permanent connection to Temperature and UV radiation govern the ageing of roofing
the adjacent components is vital for proper wind and water membranes, including the functional layer. This ageing is
proofing. In sloping roofs in particular, the membrane also based on chemical and physical processes which, depending
acts as the second water-shedding layer. Accordingly, work on the intensity and duration of external influences,
on details of the eaves and roof penetrations such as the diminish the effectiveness of the functional layer to a greater
chimney connection must allow the unimpeded drainage or lesser extent. This in turn weakens or even eliminates
of water - without of course neglecting continuous wind- wind and water proofing as well as mechanical properties
proofing. such as resistance to tearing and tensile strength.

Modern roofing underlays are an important element of high- Durability For A Long Service Life Unexpectedly High Temperatures
quality pitched roof constructions.
All these aspects related to installation have been known During installation, unexpectedly high temperatures may
for years and are repeatedly hammered home by the main occur beneath a roofing membrane fitted on top of thermal
manufacturers of roofing membranes and vapor barriers. insulation in a roof which is still exposed to the weather.

Roofing Membranes And Airtightness:

Key Issues Concerning Ageing, Quality And Durability Although it can be seen from this close-up that the cracks in
the functional layer are very small (in this case shorter than
by Carlo Weber, DuPont Building Innovations, European Technical Marketing Department about 1mm between the red marks), the roofing membrane
can no longer be regarded as waterproof.

Meeting The Demands of wall and roof structures, their functions in terms
The EU’s Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings of building physics are absolutely vital and need to be
requires measures to be taken to save energy in new and preserved for the lifetime of the element they are part of.
refurbished buildings all over Europe. All the member However, their effectiveness may be impaired by climate-
states are now obliged to include this directive into national related effects during installation and use.
legislation. In order to be able to compile and compare the requirements
In the UK, for example, this took the form of the new Part L placed on the materials used, we need to start by
regulations.The air tightness of buildings, which is created, distinguishing between the qualities of the material itself
using air and wind tight membranes, plays an imminent and the quality of its installation.
role in these new energy-saving measures. It is created in
timber-frame and wood panel walls as well as pitched roofs Product Quality And Installation Quality Are Equally
by means of interior vapor barriers and exterior breathable Crucial
waterproof roofing membranes. All sheeting products used for the interior vapor barrier
must be permanently connected to the adjacent building
Important Functions elements in an airtight manner. A lasting, airtight seal is
Although air tight or windproof and waterproof barriers hence brought about by a combination of product quality
only make up an extremely small part of the total thickness and the workmanship employed to fit it.

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to the extremely thin functional layer, especially three-layer
membranes with microporous films are at risk. The combination
of UV impact, high temperature, wind effect and mechanical
fatigue are well known ageing factors. In composite products,
the microporous film may then become brittle by micro cracks.
These micro cracks appear not only selectively in spots but
extensively all over the composite membrane.
This is especially problematic because the difference between an
intact and a damaged composite membrane is hardly visible with
Temperatures of the roof surface and the outside the naked eye (see the photograph showing microfine cracks in
air on 3 days in February and July 1998. They show
that the temperature of the roof surface reaches a three-layer membrane exposed for too long to UV radiation).
80°C or more irrespective of the of the outside air This problem usually only becomes visible when the roof starts
temperature. leaking.

A general awareness on quality sensitivity of roofing and wall
Risk Factors include: membranes is currently increasing all over Europe due to the
• on-site UV exposure new harmonized standards for underlays (EN 13859-1 Underlays
• temperature peaks for discontinuous roofing and EN 13859-2 Underlays for walls).
• exposure to elements For the CE Marking and in accordance with these standards the
• micro-cracks performance after artificial ageing of water tightness, strength
An example of a functional layer which has turned brittle in and elongation must be declared by the manufacturers. Another
a three-layer product. Although invisible to the naked eye, example of quality awareness is actually in preparation for
the problem will certainly come to light when viewed under Germany.
a microscope - or when the roof starts leaking.
In order to raise the general awareness of quality the “Central
Association of German Roofing” (ZvDH) in collaboration with
the leading manufacturers is drafting a product specification
sheet for roofing membranes. The draft dated July 2006 includes
resistance to both temperature and pelting rain, and requires
the membrane’s effectiveness after defined ageing to be quoted.
At times, these temperatures may even exceed 80°C. Sometimes, the period stated by the manufacturer for which At the end of the day, however, these are merely attempts to
Interestingly, the main parameters involved are not the roofing membranes may be left exposed to the elements is highlight the differences between products.
air temperature but the position of the sun (which at the exceeded. In this case, even if the functional layer appears Ultimately, it would be better to ensure that high-quality
height of summer may be directly overhead) and the colour unflawed to the eye, it can be assumed to have been products were used - especially in view of the repair costs that
of the membrane (a light-coloured membrane will not get permanently impaired, reducing its effectiveness. may be incurred through substandard roofing membranes.
as hot as a dark one). Depending on their frequency and In other words, high quality pays for itself. If a manufacturer
duration, these unexpectedly high temperatures will have a High Roof Temperatures decides to go on the cheap by leaving out expensive additives or
major impact on the ageing of the membrane - and hence its Depending on the material and colour of the roofing reducing the functional layer thickness considerably, this may
effectiveness. material as well as the roof’s orientation, ageing processes lower the product’s quality.
may occur during use owing to temperature peaks
Damage Caused By UV Radiation throughout the roof’s lifetime. These temperature peaks Summary: Meeting The Demands
Before the roof is covered, roofing membranes suffer from will permanently advance the ageing process, despite any Vapor barriers in modern walls and roofing membranes in
the UV radiation of sunlight. Depending on the membrane’s rear ventilation, possibly causing the roofing membrane to roofs are expected to fulfil a number of requirements, focused
chemical composition, prolonged UV radiation may cause break up. Such damage sometimes becomes apparent when on the durable air tightness of the material and its installation.
the plastic to become brittle. Inversely, roofing membranes roofing material is removed (such as during the violent Furthermore, roofing membranes are always subject to
(including the functional layer) come with short, medium or storms in Germany in early 2007). These ageing processes additional stress owing to the heat and UV radiation suffered
long UV stability, depending on its chemical composition. are doubtless accounted for by a combination of factors like during installation and sometimes also use. In order to enable
UV stability can be enhanced by making sure the formula the material’s quality, the thickness of the functional layer, roofing membranes to act for example as a second water-
used to produce a membrane includes the right additives. the length of time for which it was exposed to the weather shedding layer, the product quality - in particular the quality
when fitted, and frequent temperature peaks over the years. of the functional layer - is crucial. It simply has to meet the
Risks Of Exposure To The Elements expectations placed on it - and to perform its job throughout the
When roofing membranes are installed, ageing caused by Micro Cracks roof’s lifetime.
the temperature and UV radiation go hand in hand. During If the manufacturer’s recommended exposure time is
construction work, roofs fitted with roofing membranes are surpassed, only a few days or weeks may be required to [w]
often left exposed for a while before tiling etc. is complete. permanently ruin the effectiveness of many products. Due

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approach to reverberation control. required. As they are retrospectively applied, acoustic wall

The Sound Of
Where very high levels of reverberation are apparent, a coverings are suited to both new build and remedial works.
porous absorber with a resonant element would be used.
Best practice is to account for reverberation at the start of Wall Panels
a development, by ensuring that the room volume is of a An alternative to complete or partial wall coverage is
sufficient size – certainly more than 25m3 – and there are to install bespoke acoustic panels. These offer superior

Modern Design
not too many reflective surfaces. Designing a room with absorption to the wall coverings due to their increased
a suspended ceiling will also help as this creates a void thickness, and are generally used where Class A or B
that will act as a resonant absorber. In reality, outside of absorption is necessary. As they are manufactured to order
developments governed by BB93, remedial cases emerge on a bespoke basis, they can be colour and size matched to
because the acoustics within an environment are not always meet any requirement. This means effective reverberation
considered as important as the control of sound between control can be achieved without changing the existing
spaces, as with Part E for residential developments. interior environment. According to application requirement,
This may change in the future as reverberation amplification acoustic panels can be installed in a variety of different
in an apartment can raise sound levels to such an extent ways. The two most common methods of installation that
that it travels between dwellings, when it may not have at offer non-visible fixing systems are fixing clips and fabric
site testing stage. Reverberation amplification results in a covered metal strips. For increased performance, the panels
higher sound start point than would be considered normal. can be installed on timber battens. This creates an air void
For example, a television in a normally furnished apartment in addition to the anechoic material which gives some
measures approximately 70dB. However, the same television free absorptive performance by using the air space. They
in an apartment with no standard soft furnishings, could can also be installed as a suspended product where fixing
reach as high as 76dB. to the wall is not feasible or will not deliver the required
This increased sound level can result in sound travelling performance.
between dwellings when it would not have at 70dB.
Remedial scenarios arise for a number of reasons, including
The clean and minimalist style of modern building design a reverberation time of 0.4 to 0.8 seconds, while a poor the actual noise levels being higher than anticipated, or the
delivers a chic look that is favoured at specification level. reverberation time would be between two and 12 seconds. reverberation arising as an issue in non-teaching areas, such
However, the hard, reflective surfaces within these spaces Where reverberation time is at an unacceptable level, the as dining rooms.
results in an increased level of reverberation, which at main method of control is to directly absorb the sound.
the very least will be mildly disruptive, and at its most There are different types of absorber available, the selection Identifying Solutions
extreme, cause physical discomfort for building occupants. of which will depend on the level of absorption required. Depending on the environment, there are a number of
Paul Absolon, technical director, CMS Acoustic Solutions, different acoustic solutions that can be implemented,
discusses the technicalities of reverberation and how to Natural Sound Absorbers incorporating either a porous or resonant absorber method.
tackle it effectively in a range of environments. These are soft furnishings, such as upholstered furniture, Where a remedial solution is necessary, the constraints and
curtains, carpets and cushions. Due to the open cell the practicalities of an environment must be considered
Reverberation is created when sound waves are reflected structure of soft materials, they naturally absorb sound and simultaneously with available budget. A remedial
off surfaces within a room, such as floors, walls and prevent some of it from reflecting and travelling onwards. reverberation solution in a school would probably be
ceilings – causing one source of sound to become several. This is why the absence of soft furnishings, in line with different to that in an art gallery or theatre for example.
The harder the surface, the stronger the reflection, and minimalist styling, has made reverberation a modern Accommodating Design
the more severe the reverberation will be. Hard surfaces acoustic challenge. Acoustic Wall Coverings Providing that the implication of reverberation time is
are prevalent in modern building design because of an Reverberation is commonly controlled using acoustic considered at project inception, it is possible to achieve
absence of soft furnishings and the increased use of tiled Porous Absorber / Anechoic Material wall coverings. These are available in various formats to effective sound control in any environment, by either
and wooden finishes. In buildings such as schools and An open cell or fibrous material that dissipates the sound accommodate flexibility of use and design requirements. planning natural absorbers into the interior design or
offices, reverberation can result in disruption, as it prevents energy within its structure. The sound is deflected inside the For example, tiles or rolls might be used to achieve total creating spaces for the sound to travel into. Where
subsequent sound, such as speech, from being heard clearly material, the friction from which converts it into low-level wall coverage, and as these are available in a wide range of reverberation times arise as an issue post completion, all
by the listener. heat. In terms of performance, the thicker the material the colours, they can become part of the interior design. Some is not lost, because innovative acoustic materials can be
higher the absorption capacity, because there will be more materials do not fray when cut, which means logos or even planned in retrospectively and without compromising the
Planning And Control cells through which the sound energy can deflect. a detailed mural can be created on the wall area. If total style of the building. CMS Acoustics is the UK’s largest
While some level of reverberation is required in a room coverage is not feasible or appropriate, a few tiles can be provider of construction and industrial acoustic products
for sound to be heard effectively, there is a point when it Resonant Absorber installed on the wall and used as a pin board. Acoustic wall from a single source.
actually becomes disruptive, particularly in educational This works in a similar way to a porous absorber, in that coverings are also ideal for areas where there is likely to
buildings. To help overcome this, legislation has been friction converts the sound energy into low-level heat. be impact, such as sports halls and corridors – areas where [w]
introduced in the form of BB93, which sets the standard However, it does this by holding the sound in an air cavity, reverberation is a common problem. While acoustic wall
for reverberation time in new build schools at 0.8 seconds. allowing it to vibrate in the enclosed space. The volume coverings are available in a range of absorption classes,
However, a good teaching environment will typically have of air also helps mute the sound, offering a two-pronged they are most frequently used where Class C absorption is

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Documents L1B and L2B. In addition, the impending Regulations cannot be compromised.mFrom apartment have a positive effect on profit and speed of sale. A key part
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) and Display blocks through to factories and distribution centres, of the assessment procedure for all EPC’s is to look at the
Energy Certificates (DEC’s) look set to provide further composite insulated panels are capable of providing suitable thermal characteristics – how it retains and loses heat – of a
impetus for refurbishers to take such matters into account. performance for meeting the relevant legislation. building, including air-tightness.
Importantly, ADL1B and ADL2B instruct that reasonable
Across a variety of domestic and non-domestic provision should be taken to avoid thermal bridging and The thermal performance of a building is integral to its
refurbishment projects, composite insulated panel systems minimise air permeability. The air leakage rates achievable overall energy performance, and so a simple way to improve
can offer a number of key performance-based advantages. with composite panels, around 5m³/hr/m² or better, means energy efficiency and therefore achieve a better EPC grade
This article will look at how these systems can help in that they can also make a significant contribution to low is to specify building envelope materials with good thermal
minimising the carbon dioxide emissions of existing insulation and air-tightness properties. An important aspect
buildings by improving building envelope energy efficiency in relation to this is the mandatory reassessment required
both in line with current Building Regulations and with one every time a building is to be sold (unless the EPC is less
eye on the influence of EPC’s and DEC’s. than twelve months old), placing greater pressure to specify
materials capable of maintaining high levels of energy
ADL1B and ADL2B efficiency. Display Energy Certificates come into effect on
Composite insulated panels have the thermal performance 1st October this year.
and low air permeability to make a significant contribution
to Building Regulations compliance. The 2006 Building Although they are currently only mandatory for public

Composite Regulations Approved Documents L1B (ADL1B) and L2B

(ADL2B) are the current benchmarks for the conservation of
service buildings with over 1000m² of usable floor space,
they look set to be influential within this sphere and the
fuel and power in, respectively, domestic and non-domestic government hopes to introduce them for private sector
Insulated Panels For refurbishment projects. buildings in the near future. The key to the efficacy of
DEC’s is that they require the actual energy usage of the
Standards are set for replacement thermal elements, and building to be publicly displayed. They are to be reassessed
Energy Efficient developers need to ensure that where possible refurbishment
projects meet these stipulations. ADL1B and ADL2B
air permeability. Furthermore, as a composite insulated
panel roof is a single component system, thermal bridging
every twelve months, with previous ratings displayed next
to the current one to highlight any improvement or decline

contain specific U-value standards for replacement thermal problems that may arise between the different components in performance. DEC’s look set to exert a considerable
elements such as walls or roofing, which neither the entire of other roofing systems are eradicated. influence, especially with buildings where the public have a
replacement element nor any part of it should exceed. For a clear vested interest, such as council offices.
By Andy Patel, Divisional Technical Manager roof with integral insulation this figure is 0.25 W/m²K, and EPC’s and DEC’s
Kingspan Insulated Panels composite panels can help to ensure this is easily reached. Whilst Building Regulations are primarily of concern to Any refurbishment work in this sector needs to take into
Typically, a panel of this nature is composed of two steel the developer, the introduction of Energy Performance account that the public image of the occupying authority or
facings with a PIR core in between and is capable of Certificates will mean owners, landlords and tenants have organisation could suffer if a poor DEC rating is given. Put
There is currently much talk about how modern construction
attaining excellent U-values – as low as 0.16 W/m²K when a a greater vested interest in the energy efficiency of their simply, a building with good energy efficiency will mean
methods can help to minimise energy consumption, thereby
panel thickness of 120mm is specified. building. As of April 6th, obtaining an EPC for all new lower consumption and a higher DEC rating. The format of
reducing our harmful carbon dioxide emissions. Whilst the
dwellings and for the sale or rent of all new or existing non- both EPC’s and DEC’s makes the installation of efficient
move towards carbon-neutral new homes is an important
The extensive renovation of Manningham Mills in Bradford dwellings with over 10,000m² of floor area will become law. roofing and cladding materials an important factor. As
step, in addition we need to look at how we can deal with
is just one example of a refurbishment project that has made highlighted earlier, composite insulated panel systems can
the large amount of emissions from existing buildings. In
good use of a composite system; over 2000m² of composite By October 1st, certificates will have been phased in for all provide good thermal performance and low air permeability,
the past, low fuel costs meant there was little call for older
roofing panels were used to help convert the derelict buildings regardless of size or usage. Certification consists and because of this can have a considerable influence on the
buildings to have the high levels of energy efficiency that we
industrial premises into a landmark residential development. of a simple grading from A to G for both energy efficiency rating a building achieves.
expect today.
The £17 million project has provided 130 new apartments and CO2 emissions. Potential buyers and tenants will
for the city, and as developers were seeking a roofing be looking for properties with a rating as close to “A” as Composite insulated panels are not affected by air
As a result, these buildings are a big contributor to carbon
system capable of providing efficient regulatory compliance, possible, as this signifies that the building is likely to have movement, or attacked by mould, fungi or mildew, making
dioxide emissions. A recent parliamentary enquiry
composite insulated panels fitted the bill. lower energy costs and less of an impact on the environment. them a reliable long-term option.
highlighted the problem with poor performance in many of
The intention is that EPC’s will increase transparency on Complying with Building Regulations and ensuring high
the UK’s homes, but we must also look at larger domestic
Of course, high profile projects like Manningham building performance, in turn increasing awareness amongst energy certificate ratings are important considerations for
and non-domestic buildings if we are serious about reducing
require aesthetic demands to be balanced with regulatory potential buyers and through this influencing saleability. anyone undertaking a refurbishment project. With emphasis
our carbon footprint. The thermal performance of a building
compliance. Composite insulated panel systems are now In the residential market, a high EPC rating could give on energy efficiency, the thermal performance and low air
envelope can have a major bearing on this issue, as a large
available with various aesthetic innovations to provide a development the edge over other projects without the leakage of composite panel systems can provide a valuable
amount of energy escapes as heat through the walls and
greater design flexibility, including those capable of same energy efficiency. Similarly, the prospect of greater contribution to achieving compliant U-value standards, as
roof. This leads to greater reliance on heating systems, and
supporting traditional roofing products such as slates and overheads because of poor energy efficiency could have a well as the efficiency and durability needed to help achieve
therefore more carbon dioxide emissions.
ceramic tiles. These are ideal for the refurbishment of larger bearing on whether a company decides to rent an office. and maintain high EPC and DEC ratings.
Refurbishment projects offer a chance to make building
domestic buildings such as blocks of flats, where visual Clearly, where a building is to be refurbished and sold or
envelope elements such as walls and roofing more energy
impact is a key requirement yet compliance with Building rented for profit, achieving a high EPC rating could well [w]
efficient under the standards set down in Approved

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GEZE UK’s Simon Bowden tackles the access issues created by energy
efficiency legislation in the new Approved Document Part L.

Reducing a building’s carbon footprint through eco- property, which generates potential energy loss. will also help to preserve energy and prevent heat loss or doors remain efficient and effective. Glass entrances can be
friendly design is already big news in the construction The access point must also be convenient to use, gain, but this needs to be considered at the initial design designed using efficient Low E coated glass that reflects UV
industry but new legislation to improve energy durable for high footfall sites, comfortable for staff stage, rather than compromising the vision of the architect at rays, or using halogen filled double-glazing, which buffers
efficiency in retail and office space looks set to working in the proximity of the entrance, accessible a later date. heat loss and gain even more effectively. This is why it is
create another hot potato for architects, specifiers and for all as well as being aesthetically pleasing. GEZE UK is already working with developers to enhance so important for everyone in the industry to start talking,
constructors. Specialists in access control systems are already the efficiency of their entrances, using a combination of sharing ideas and pooling expertise to develop solutions
With many retail and office buildings requiring working on new products and techniques to improve design techniques and new products. Revolving doors that not only comply with legislation, but reduce the costs
sustained heating throughout the winter and cooling the energy efficiency of entrances, but the original provide a manual option to create an energy efficient of running the building and help towards preserving the
throughout the summer to benefit staff, maintaining challenge lies with the architect, who must plan the entrance, that limits traffic flow as well as the loss of environment.
a constant temperature is essential to reduce site and style of each entrance with energy efficiency heat and avoiding blasts of hot or cold air which are So will the energy efficiency issue spur the industry to
unnecessary energy consumption and reduce the in mind. It has never been more important for uncomfortable for staff. work together to create innovative, sustainable solutions,
carbon footprint. The new energy efficiency legislation specialists, builders and architects to work together Intelligent sensing on automatic doors ensures that entrances which will improve the efficiency, effectiveness and
now encompasses entrances, setting a new challenge – simple decisions made at the design stage, can have are fully accessible, but by using unidirectional radar aesthetics of entrances? One thing’s for sure – every part of
for access specialists. serious implications for the energy efficiency of the sensors, the doors are only open when a user approaches the construction industry will be handling this hot potato.
From new product development, to the elemental building once it is in use. but not when departing the entrance thus greatly reducing Simon Bowden is GEZE UK’s Technical Director. He has
impact of an entrance’s location, the access point to a By situating a main entrance on the side of a building ‘hold open’ time by 40 per cent, therefore enhancing its 25 years’ experience in the automatic door, window and gate
building will become a major obstacle for many, in the that is exposed to the elements, for example with energy efficiency. Responding quickly to issues is also industry. GEZE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers
need to prevent heat loss and gain. prevailing winds or in strong sunlight, makes it more a key element of maintaining energy efficiency once the of door and window control systems.
By its very nature, an access point must allow difficult for a satisfactory level of efficiency to be building is in use. Ongoing maintenance and experienced,
movement between the outside and inside of a achieved. Incorporating a staggered entrance system local service teams are an essential component; ensuring [w]

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Brick Benefits
Brick not only looks great, it lasts for centuries, requires
very little maintenance, it’s made from an abundant natural
material, it goes comfortably with other building materials,
and it can be adapted as a building changes use. Brick
dissipates all its embodied energy over its life in the average
building, it offers high thermal mass, it can be recycled
in a price probe by the RICS.
Brick is big in the sustainability stakes and the top pick and, as recent research shows, it’s less expensive than most
other types of walling. Brick has long been a favourite
Michael Driver, Director of the Brick Development Association (BDA) reports. among architects, developers and the public. Its warm and
humanising character brings buildings to life. An external
brick wall adds scale, colour and texture. Then there’s the
Around 1200 different varieties of brick are produced in
the UK alone, from handmade bricks made by traditional
techniques to mass produced extruded and stock bricks. has always tended to be made and delivered locally. But
Brick blends easily and naturally with its surroundings now, as we are just beginning to understand the massive
and will not rot, rust, erode or decay. Yet this unique set carbon cost of shipping, the carbon footprint of brick looks
of attributes is twinned with exceptionally low cost – most even more attractive. As early as 2001, the BDA set out
bricks are priced like a commodity. Compared with glass, its sustainability strategy. Rather more than earnest good
steel and timber-based cladding systems, brickwork enjoys intentions, this strategy was accompanied by a range of
the lowest installed cost and whole-life cost. A recent study key performance indicators by which the brick industry’s
by the RICS spells this out in graphic, comprehensive detail. progress could be measured.
The study, commissioned by the BDA, took a range of Each BDA member has an environmental management
data, from major price books to bills of quantities from live system in place and 85% of UK brick output is certified to
projects. The UK projects ranged in value from £356,000 to ISO 14001. Very little clay is wasted during manufacture.
£10.5 million. Unfired waste clay is reused in the manufacturing process
The RICS’ Building Cost Information Service compared and less than perfect fired bricks are crushed and reused
the installed cost per square metre for brickwork and facing as aggregate. Alternative recycled and secondary sources
brick came in at £59m2, which is less than proprietary average 12.08% and brickmakers are looking to raise it
render systems and just two thirds the price of timber further. Steel, aluminium and glass can be melted down and
weatherboarding. Curtain walling is nearly eight times used again, some plastics can be heat and pressure-formed
more expensive, patent glazing nearly nine times. Cheaper into sheets and special shapes. Brick too can be crushed and
materials included single-fibre cement sheeting and painted re-used on site – and old lime mortar bricks can be cleaned
render. Such options have a lower life expectancy or higher up and used again as bricks.
life cycle costs than brick. Finally, sustainability is not just about recycling and the use
Compare this proven performance with, say, the price of of carbon-free materials. Nor is it just about the embodied
timber, which rose more than 25% for imported softwood energy accrued through the process of sourcing, production
last year and is predicted to rise further, or glazed cladding, and transport. It is about the whole-life energy consumption
which has been hit by soaring costs for glass, aluminium of a product. The crucial additional element in any
and stainless steel. With the building materials industry sustainability calculation is how much it costs to look after a
heavily reliant on imports – and the price inflation that goes product once it has become part of a building. It is here that
with it – the ready availability of brick, short lead times brick people start looking satisfied because the evidence is
for brickwork and competitive pricing, brick offers a major all around us that brick only gets better and better as it gets
competitive advantage. Brick also wins high marks for its older.
environmental cost – an increasingly influential part of And the cost in use of this highly durable material is
building design. virtually zero as it requires very little maintenance or
BREEAM’s Green Guide scores all brick construction A+, repair. With reasonable maintenance, a brick wall will last
the best ratings. And its carbon footprint? A square metre indefinitely. Repointing might be necessary after 70 years
of brickwork produces 28 kg of carbon dioxide by the time but apart from that no regular maintenance is required.
it’s delivered to site. That equates to 0.0001867 tonnes per What’s more, brick weathers gracefully – the elements
square metre a year, over 150 years. A very small footprint. soften it, round off the edges, provide it with a patina,
So as brick ages its embodied energy becomes insignificant. sometimes plants and lichens grow on it. It is the most
Worries about carbon miles dog many imported natural mellow, most sustainable of building materials.
materials such as stone and timber, which are currently
sourced from all over the world. Brick, on the other hand, [w]

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picture perfect projects :

Architectural Ceramics (UK) Ltd 34

Daedalian Glass 36

Arch Timber Protection 38

Siegenia-Aubi 40

“Beauty is the oracle that speaks to us all”

Luis Barragan

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Cutting Edge Design
Architectural Ceramics (UK) Ltd has carefully built an enviable reputation as the
UK’s leading specialist in the project specification market for hard finishes.
The company works with a whole host of blue-chip corporate companies, either
directly or, more often, together with architects and interior designers, within the
retail, commercial, hotel & leisure, office development & refurbishment and the
industrial and public sectors. The
company provides a first class
technical and sales support service,
including product performance
analysis, fit for purpose statements,
NBS fixing specifications,
plus cleaning and maintenance
Approved by RIBA to present
informative CPD Seminars,
Architectural Ceramics (UK) Ltd is
also a long-standing member of the
Tile Trade Association.
Offering advice on sustainable design and provide environmentally sensitive
solutions, the company recognises that its activities have an impact on the
environment, so in all working practices and business relationships, it is committed
to protecting, conserving and enhancing all aspects of the environment over which it
may have some control or influence.
Architectural Ceramics supply a huge selection of products from a wide cross-section
of Europe’s premier ceramic tile manufacturers and, for the past eighteen years, has
been the exclusive UK partners of Royal Mosa, the award-winning Dutch ceramics
company. Architectural Ceramics (UK) Ltd has now introduced its own exclusive
new collection, based on comprehensive market research and development.
Zenith Tiles & Mosaics - This conceptual range of contemporary products offers a
truly outstanding collection of tiles and mosaic in a vast array of finishes, shapes,
sizes, colours and materials, including porcelain, natural stone, ceramic, marble,
glass and metal.
Innovative New Products - Every year the company launches a variety of new
collections and initiatives to further improve its range of products, professional
services and technical support.
In 2008 it is adding even more new ranges including burnished metallic tiles for
floors and walls; large format plain colours; stunning satin, textured and sparkly
finishes; beautiful glass and natural stone mosaic; and an absolutely amazing range
of gigantic 1200x1200mm porcelain floor tiles!
Tile Cutting Service - Architectural Ceramics (UK) Ltd has recently made a
substantial investment in state-of-the-art machinery (as used by many of Italy’s
major manufacturers) for precision cutting tiles and strips. This service is totally
unique within the UK project specification market and demonstrates a long-term
commitment to providing a first class service.


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Bovey Castle, a luxury hotel on the edge of Dartmoor
National Park in Devon, has recently undergone
extensive refurbishment of its restaurant and meeting
areas. This has included the creation of the Castle
Bistro, which serves snacks, lunches and dinners in
a smart, but informal, atmosphere. Daedalian Glass,
working with Trevillion Interiors has succeeded
in bringing into the Bistro the atmosphere of
Dartmoor with its wild, wind-blown trees, using
a new glass lamination process with printed film
inserts. The dynamism of the finished project
emphasises the quality textures and materials used,
whilst complementing the Bistro’s ambience and its
insistence on a top quality food experience for its
Davia Walmsley and Luke Price, two of Daedalian’s
designers have worked closely on previous projects
with Frances Blackham, design director at Trevillion.
Starting with a verbal brief, the two looked at the
various processes available, taking account of costs in
relation to budgetary constraints. The understanding
between the two companies is such that both
appreciated the time that needs to be put in to ensure
the end result is absolutely spot-on. The idea of
laminating printed film with organic inclusions between multi layers of glass was developed by Daedalian
for an art exhibition last year. Building on that experience, Daedalian now has its own state-of-the-art EVA
laminating equipment.
With EVA laminate, air is removed from between the glass whilst being heated. Even if any inserts are not
flat – they can be flowers, leaves, crumpled fabric, or printed film as at Bovey Castle – as the air is removed
the heated EVA resin

Laminated Panels Make A

flows into and around
the insert, completing
the sealing process. At

Dramatic Divider For Bovey

Bovey Castle, Daedalian
used a very white, low
iron glass. It works

Castle’s Bistro
incredibly well with
the orange printed film
inserts used. In this
instance, they are an
orange that fades from dark to light , adding dramatically to the slightly skeletal appearance of the trees.
The four laminated panels reach from floor to ceiling, making an eye-catching partial room divider in the
Castle Bistro.
With its own laminating kiln now installed, Daedalian is producing a range of proprietary designs specifically
adapted for lamination. They are able to use any Pantone or RAL colours, as well as fabric and mesh inserts.
Clients can also work with Daedalian to produce bespoke designs, such as were used at Bovey Castle’s Bistro.

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The exterior oak cladding used on the building, which sits Dricon by Arch. Andy Cope, Project Manager from Leach
on the site of the last battle fought on British soil, is Non- Colour said: “We are delighted with the results. We had
Com Exterior treated, providing a surface spread of flame searched for a solution to make the boards fire retardant
in accordance with BS476:Part 7. Similarly, the interior oak whilst preserving the quality of the graphics. We were about
cladding has a Dricon protection, the only fire retardant to resign ourselves to the fact that it may not be possible,
treatment for timber with BBA accreditation. The building when Richard Adams, Fire Retardants Manager from Arch
was designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects’ after winning Timber Protection stepped in to help us through the process.
the international competition for a major new visitor Using the two sets of very specialist skills we were able
centre at Culloden. Morrison Construction have built the to deliver exactly what our client required to a very high
2,300 sqm, single-storey attraction which opened during specification”.
Scotland’s Year of Highland Culture in 2007. The £9m project was designed by Gareth Hoskins
The project has been developed for the National Trust for Architects’ after winning the international competition for
Scotland and uses the landscape along with an interpretive the new centre. Morrison Construction completed the 2,300
exhibition to tell the story of the battle. The project which sq m, single-storey attraction which was commissioned as
has an approximate value of just over £9m uses oak for part of Scotland’s Year of Highland Culture in 2007.
both internal and external cladding which was treated at The project has been developed for the National Trust for
Arch’s facility in Castleford. Culloden is the largest project Scotland and uses the atmospheric landscape along with
undertaken by the Trust and reflects the huge impact the an interpretive exhibition to tell the story of the battle.
Battle of Culloden had on the course of world history. The Culloden is the largest project undertaken by the Trust and
project involves restoring the Battlefield to how it looked in also involved the restoration of the actual battlefield to how
1746 and the state-of-the-art visitor centre. Dricon treatment it looked in 1746.
was also used to fire treat 145 display panels, printed by “We are delighted to be involved in such an historic project
Leach Colour Limited of Huddersfield using specialised UV as the Culloden visitor centre,” explained Arch marketing
printing techniques. manager Janet Brown. “It is gratifying to see natural
The boards measured approximately 2.4m by 1.4m and were materials being used to create a building that blends into the
CNC cut into random quadrilaterals before being fitted landscape yet loses not of its impact as a structure in its own
together like a giant jigsaw within the centre. The quality right.”
of the printed images was maintained even after being
The new visitor centre at Culloden battlefield recently utilised both Dricon and Non-Com Exterior fire retardants pressure treated with
treatments from Arch Timber Protection to protect the interior and exterior timbers of the project.

Arch Protects Historic

Battlefield Centre At Culloden
The newly opened visitor centre at the historic battlefield
of Culloden in Scotland has been protected by two of
Arch’s unique fire retardant treatments, Dricon and
Non-Com Exterior. The stunning new building, built by
Morrison Construction and which houses an interpretation
of the battle, its prehistory and aftermath, and includes
educational and conference facilities, a café, restaurant,
shop and staff accommodation, has had its internal and
external oak cladding protected with Arch fire retardant
treatments to help ensure its natural beauty and fire safety
are maintained.

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A unique futuristic house in Suffolk, which has been shortlisted for the Grand
Designs Home of the Year, has used SIEGENIA-AUBI hardware to help bring
a touch of the outdoors indoors. The two storey, seven bedroomed house is
carefully positioned on the edge of a woodland area known as the Wilderness,
where the landscaping has been essential in bringing a country feel to the bold,
sculpted property. A key feature of the wilderness house is the vast amount of
glass, which frames the stunning views.
The large 50ft long living room features a series of full height sliding glass
doors, which open out onto the terraces and the landscape. SIEGENIA-AUBI
HS-Portal hardware has made this possible, by allowing unrestricted opening
widths of up to 12 metres and more than 19 metres of total opening width. Paul
+ O Architects, a London practice, has been involved in the project from the
very beginning.

Siegenia-Aubi Steps
The firm helped obtain planning permission, and has developed the design
with a vision to create a modern country house. Paul+O have in this instance
preferred to use traditional building materials in a contemporary way,

Into The Wilderness

including local flint stone, oak and render, which make reference to the local

Into The Wilderness

Says Paulo Marto of Paul + O Architects, “The SIEGENIA-AUBI HS-Portal
hardware has helped us achieve what we wanted. When the doors are closed,
the hardware seals the whole of the locking side. The doors are fitted with

Siegenia-Aubi Steps
gap ventilation as standard and just by turning the handle you can let fresh air
into the room. “It was important to the building design that a natural method
of air conditioning could be created through the sliding glass walls, and we
took a number of considerations to reduce the building’s overall impact on the
“Solar panels were installed on the flat roof to heat the pool and much of the
domestic hot water, while rainwater harvesting can be used for flushing the
toilet and watering plants. “The house has very high standards of insulation,
including low-emissivity glass, and SIEGENIA-AUBI’s new highly insulated
threshold goes well beyond the requirements of the energy conservation


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news 44-49
environmental control 50-58
doors, windows & glazing 58-66
roofs 67-70
walls 71-75
floors 76-80

paints & coatings 81

external work 82-83
interiors 84-86
projects 87-99

“Men can do all things if they will”

Leon Battista Alberti

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Polypipe’s Extensive Drainage Product Range New Website For Design & Protective Coating For
CPD Seminar Now Available For
Polypipe continues to respond to the demand Display Structures Exterior Timber Detailing
for more rigorous drainage systems with
Lindab’s Rainline System
Bespoke GRP Sadolin Superdec coating provides
innovative product developments. In above expert Design Lindab can now offer architects a CPD seminar, which opaque exterior wood protection for
ground drainage, Polypipe offers a range & Display details the product benefits and technical aspects of timber detailing, excluding decking.
of PVCu soil and vent systems, available Structures has their Rainline steel based rainwater system. Rainline, Its formulation
in easy-to-apply ring seal push-fit and the launched a manufactured in Sweden from high quality, zinc coated combines alkyd
slimline Solvent weld system 2000 version. new website. galvanised steel, provides a cost effective and eco and acrylic resins
In waste systems, the company offers Solvent Through project friendly alternative to plastic, aluminium or cast iron – the alkyd
weld MuPVC and ABS, as well as Push Fit case studies, drainage. It is highly resistant to corrosion, virtually content gives the
and compression systems in polypropylene. it shows how maintenance free and the component parts simply benefit of greater
Polypipe’s above ground drainage range the company’s comprehensive design click together for a perfect watertight fit. Available absorption into
is completed by a choice of five types of and installation package is helping in Aluzinc, copper and eight attractive high build the substrate and
rainwater systems. and specifiers push the boundaries of polyester paint finishes Rainline is fully recyclable and the acrylic assists
Below ground, Polypipe’s line-up includes design. These include everything from provides a sustainable and cost effective alternative with flexibility, producing an increased
short and long radius and adjustable bends, junctions, gulleys, reducers, risers, traps, hoppers, adaptors award winning university buildings and rainwater control solution. Lindab’s CPD seminar life span. Superdec is formulated to
and couplers. Redeveloped foam core PVCu pipes offer a competitive alternative to EN1401-1 products. landmark retail developments to 18m typically takes around an hour and the style of the cope with the natural movement of the
Polypipe offers a safe choice with Polysewer, a complete system for adoptable surface, foul and combined high sculptures and the UK’s first ever presentation lends itself to groups of 5 -10. timber, and gives a uniform appearance
sewers. Polypipe’s stormwater solutions include Polystorm and Polystorm Lite. These lightweight modular permanently iced, elevated toboggan run. which is long lasting.
water storage cells feature a high void ratio, and are designed for attenuation or infiltration of stormwater. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 10
Completing the system is a wide range of silt traps, flow control units and adaptors. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 6 s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 11

Prater & Ruukki Launch Off-Site Manufactured Solutions DVD Cape Cod – Two New Profiles And Now
Specialist envelope contractor Prater and manufacturer Ruukki have Available In Any Colour You Want
produced a DVD designed to help specifiers, contractors and Cape Cod, natural and sustainable
building owners understand more fully the benefits of using timber cladding designed to give that
off–site manufactured solutions for roofs and walls. Featuring genuine New England look, is now
live action footage of two projects the companies were available with two new profiles and
involved with, the DVD tracks the an infinite range of colour options.
design and manufacture of roofing The two new profiles, Channel and
and wall elements from Ruukki’s Rainscreen, have been launched to
factories through to delivery at coincide with the product’s rapid
site and installation by Prater. growth into the commercial market.
It contains interviews with the Custom colours are also available in
Operations Director from one of the Certification Is The Name addition to 10 standard colours. Cape
New Promat Durasteel main contractors, who explains why
Of The Game Cod, which is exclusively imported
Website Highlights they specified an off–site manufactured into the UK by Vincent Timber Ltd, is
solution for Queen Alexandra Hospital produced from kiln dried wood, band
Exceptional Fire Protection and personnel from Prater and Ruukki who
With increasing demands for best practice
by Architects and Local Authorities, sawn to give a textured face. Two coats
describe how they perceive the benefits from an of water based paint are then applied.
Specifiers and clients hunting the solution the need to self-certificate their work
installer and manufacturer perspective. The DVD is free The end result is a low maintenance timber cladding with a 15 year warranty.
to their exceptional fire protection needs on passive fire installation will become
of charge and is available from Prater and Ruukki.
are being offered an invaluable online obligatory. The Passive Fire Training
Centre offers a course which shows the s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 13
resource. Promat UK has launched a s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 8
new website for its fit-and-forget fire practicalities of fire stopping. The centre
barrier, Promat Durasteel. The site, www. will enable participants the opportunity provides a simple Simpson Strong-Tie Launch Specialist Academy To of achieving self – certification status, Valspar Delivers Red Hot Savings
yet comprehensive rundown on the through The Nationwide Association of
market-leading product, its applications
Support Quik Drive Customers Passive Fire Installers and Specifiers Powder coating supplier Valspar has introduced
and specifications. Promat Durasteel is Simpson Strong-Tie has revolutionised its after- membership scheme which is committed to new technology to adapt one of its top selling
a complete containment system – its sales support with the launch of the Quik Drive ensuring that all buildings are constructed products to deliver energy savings of up to 40%
exceptional fire protection, high-impact Academy, designed to provide Quik Drive distributors by competent tradesmen with the for its customers across Europe. It’s calculated
and blast resistance are combined with with a greater understanding of the auto-feed maximum use of fire protection properties to save millions of pounds in lower energy bills,
lightness and durability. It can withstand screwing systems. The one-day course provides an inbuilt into the fabric of the property. a major step forward in the battle to minimise
prolonged exposure to fire and, while hot, overview of the product and incorporates a brief Each participant will be issued with a climate change. Building on the success of Valspar’s
will withstand spray from fire-fighters’ theory session followed by comprehensive hands-on membership card and a certificate, will Syntha Pulvin brand, the company has achieved
hoses or sprinkler action. training, culminating in a competitive team event be responsible for the fire stopping they a revolutionary breakthrough to speed up the
and issue of delegate certificates. All distributors install, and will sign off their own work. chemical reaction during curing to create the next
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 7 who attend receive point of sale material and on-site Members will be regularly checked by generation in coatings able to “bake” at 20°C lower presentation equipment to assist with promoting independent assessors and their names will than before. The low bake product will use up to up
Quik Drive to the end-user. Confident demonstration be listed on web site. to 40% less energy. It will cut customers’ fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions. Valspar claim to have
of Quik Drive’s benefits is paramount for promoting achieved the same outstanding mechanical performance and weathering characteristics as their high
the product’s potential to end-users, as these are immediately apparent when the system is in use. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 12 temperature counterparts.

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Simpson Strong-Tie Strengthens Team To Offer Specialist Internet Roofing Systems Press Release Of Sinso Aluminium Composite Panels Polypipe Ventilation Makes Major
Advice As I-Joist Market Changes Rigidal Systems has launched a Based in Huangzhou, P.R.China, Appointments
completely redesigned website to provide Sinso is a leading company in
Following current shifts in the I- Polypipe Ventilation Ltd is delighted to announce two
both specifiers and contractors with aluminium composite panels
Joist market, Simpson Strong-Tie has key appointments, Neil Tilsley as Managing Director
comprehensive and is now finding its way into
responded swiftly with the recruitment and Paul Burton as National Account Manager. Neil
information on the European market. Sinso’s
of one of the industry’s leading experts, has extensive experience within the construction and
all its products aluminium panels are revolutionary
Sales Manager Stuart McBean, to both engineering sectors and will focus on ensuring that
and services. and decorative, and are excellent
help customers through the transition the company delivers new products and solutions
The new site for use in façade systemss. The
and add valuable resource to its that will save
is particularly panels provide vibration damping,
expanding Engineered Timber Division time and money
easy to sound/heat/cold isolation and give
(ETD). Richard Jarvis, Head of Simpson’s for contractors,
navigate, a fresh, creative and spectacular
ETD, explains the move: “Having gained a builders and
providing a very ‘user friendly’ guide appearance. There are a variety of
wealth of unrivalled experience in trussed installers. Paul will
to the aesthetics, applications and types, each with a unique colour
rafters, timber frame and engineered be responsible for
performance of the company’s extensive and texture design of the aluminium composite panel. A new type is the honeycomb
floor systems, Stuart will be working national merchants
range of metal roofing systems and panel, basically two aluminium panels with a interlaying honeycomb core, and a
with our National Sales Manager for EWP, and developing
products. Additional features include a fluorocarbon painted surface. The air that is trapped within the honeycomb structure
John Young, to advise and support all our the strength of the
technical guide and information on CPD works as a perfect insulator against the elements and outside sound.The panels
existing and new customers during this Domus name through this channel. Paul has joined the
seminars. are lightweight, durable, possess excellent flatness, and are resistant to prolonged
important transition period. ventilation division from Polypipe Terrain.
exposure to UV light and all-round weather conditions. Furthermore they are easy to
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 16 shape, install and maintain. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 21

New Tile Adhesive Is Fixing The Future

ARDEX has announced the UK launch of its
Which Metallic Drainage Pipework new premium tile adhesive range. ARDEX
MICROTEC Tile Adhesives are a unique
Is The Easiest To Install?
combination of specialist cements, polymers
When it comes to ease of installation, the and MICROTEC fibres, developed and blended
BLÜCHER® EuroPipe range of stainless steel push by ARDEX to produce a completely new
fit drainage pipework for soil waste and rainwater generation of wall and floor tile adhesives.
applications is ahead of other metallic systems. MICROTEC – named due to its ingenious micro
Whilst providing excellent tensile strength and fibre reinforced technology – includes six
durability BLÜCHER® EuroPipe is truly lightweight new products, developed to deliver advanced
at only 2.8kg per metre for 110mm diameter and fixing solutions. MICROTEC tile adhesives
5.3kg/m for 160mm. This allows easy handling have achieved independently tested EN
on site. BLÜCHER® EuroPipe is self-supporting classifications to a level often double that of
requiring no additional anchors at the base of a the nearest competitor. All six products in the
stack, or at any intermediate level and overall MICROTEC range have excellent application
needs fewer brackets than other systems. The simple push fit joints of the BLÜCHER® EuroPipe socket properties with high yield and are available in
Ash & Lacy’s Team Of Experts and spigot pipework system makes installation quick and effortless. Couple these benefits with the wide white or grey. The range is suitable for swimming pools, wet areas and underfloor heating and can be used
range of standard fittings, short lead times for specials, ease of achieving an air-test and excellent with all types of tile including porcelain, fully vitrified, mosaics and terrazzo.
Continues To Grow whole life costs, and BLÜCHER® EuroPipe becomes the ideal metallic drainage pipework system.
The knowledge and experience at Ash s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 23
& Lacy Building systems is on the rise s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 18 New Brochure The Natural
with the appointment of Chris Mitchell Choice For Decorative Stone
as Project Manager. Chris has 25 years
experience in the roofing and cladding Renoxtra - Probably The Most Efficient Decorative aggregate supplier Long Rake D&E Architectural Hardware’s 2008 Catalogue Now Available
industry and his new role will cover two Sedbuk Band A Combination Boiler Spar has recently published its new ‘Natural D&E Architectural Hardware, distributor of high
key areas in enabling sustainable growth. Selection’ brochure, with details and high- quality architectural ironmongery, has launched its
The first is inline with Ash & Lacy’s The RenoXtra high efficiency combination condensing boiler quality images of its comprehensive range of 2008 catalogue. The catalogue has been redesigned
dedication to business partnerships and from Johnson & Starley features a new gas saver module built natural decorative aggregates. The brochure to allow even easier product selection. The catalogue
expanding their portfolio and will involve into the cabinet of the boiler and provides additional system acts as an important point of reference for offers dedicated sections on UK, architectural and
identifying project opportunities through efficiency. The new module works by re-cycling flue gas heat, architects, interior designers and those narrow stile lock-cases, as well as full details of
strategic partnering agreements, assisting extracting virtually all the energy from the incoming gas looking to improve their own gardens. The D&E Architectural Hardware’s range of hinges, spring
in business development management supply. Reclaimed energy is stored in the unit and is used to Natural Selection brochure holds information hinges and door controls. The company has also
and providing support to the Area Sales pre-heat the incoming cold water resulting in extra domestic on a vast selection of products, from been appointed the UK distributors for the excellent
Manager network. Chris will also be hot water efficiency, lower gas consumption, lower running rockery stone, slates, pebbles and cobbles Breuer & Schmitz (BSW) range of hinges. D&E is now
operating as a link between product costs and reduced carbon emissions. Testing to BSEN 13203 through to feature stones, monoliths and able to offer a wide selection of multi-point locks,
development and marketing, providing has demonstrated additional gas savings of approximately the company’s premier selection of products, with a selection of door furniture to suit.
information that is essential to the 11% in summer mode and up to 40% in winter mode when which includes polished pebbles and
development of future innovations within the central heating demand produces more condensate that recycled glass. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 24
the product range. enables higher rates of heat transfer and heat recovery.

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X-force Gets
A completely new range
of specialist fluorescent
‘proof’ luminaires has been
introduced by Thorn. The X-
Force family - whose powers ‘Think Brick’ Website
include, super strength,
endurance, and the ability Showcases Best Of Brick
to resist harm – goes into A stylish new website has been
battle in the harshest of launched to allow building
environments. Five specific professionals and the public to get
products cater for hot, cold, the best out of brick. The ‘Think
stormy, corrosive and impact Brick’ website
related conditions enabling is packed with information, from
individual performance great brick projects to technical
requirements to be met. downloads. The site is an impressive
Although fluorescent lamps showcase for brick, inspirational
are sensitive to temperature projects from around the world,
the HeatForce and ColdForce and pioneering brickwork design
luminaires are designed with and specification. There are direct
special control gear to operate reliably, and with good light output, at up to 65°C or down to links to the brick manufacturers
–30°C respectively. StormForce is a rugged exterior luminaire - courtesy of a steel reinforced and to other industry bodies. A
canopy and gull wing fixing brackets. CorrosionForce, with its PMMA diffuser will resist most comprehensive FAQs section provides
trace chemicals in the atmosphere, such as in a processing plant or garage. answers to questions.


Shackerley’s Clear Vision

For Architectural Glass Blocks TTA Award For
Schlüter Website
Shackerley Holdings Group Limited has announced the UK launch of a 40% of the entire world market in value terms, has chosen to entrust Schlüter-Systems Ltd’s revamped website
‘new generation’ of sophisticated design-led glass block products which the development of its UK architectural sales to Shackerley. “Whilst was named The
it claims, will ‘revolutionise’ the way these contemporary building our domestic residential market for glass blocks is well established, the Tile Association’s ‘Best Website’ at the
materials are perceived and specified by British architects and designers. specification sector is less developed than in continental Europe and industry’s annual awards ceremony. TTA’s
Already the country’s largest glass block distributor, Shackerley has many other parts of the world. Best Website category recognises the way
now sealed a major new distributorship deal with Seves, the world’s We see huge untapped potential and are thrilled to have the opportunity a company presents itself and its products
leading manufacturer of glass blocks for architectural and interior design to bring this inspirational product range to the attention of architects through its website. The judges said they
applications. and designers here in the UK.” Brian Newell adds: We have a proven were looking for a site which was well
With immediate effect the Lancashire manufacture and distributor has track record and a wealth of expertise in glass blocks and have promoted integrated with the company’s overall
secured exclusive rights to distribute the Seves glass block portfolio the Solaris brand very successfully for many years. branding and marketing, that was easy to
throughout the UK. Seves has achieved its world leading position Now as a result of this exciting enhanced partnership with Seves, our use and which has genuine content of value
through organic growth, acquisition and investment in advanced nationwide architectural sales team is able to offer customers full to the site visitor. They also said they were looking for evidence of the site’s effectiveness. In their comments published in
technology, and has brought together under one umbrella some of the access to the company’s excellent ‘Design’ and ‘Technology’ collections the awards brochure, the judges said: “The Schlüter site is primarily aimed at tiling fixers, architects, specifiers, stockists
most prestigious brands in the international glass block market such as and even to a bespoke design and manufacturing service for projects and distributors rather than end users. Therefore its style is more technically orientated and is purposely different from
Vetroarredo, Solaris, Vitrablok, Vidromatone, and Sindoco. The company’s of appropriate scale and significance.” He concludes: “This partnership the ‘glossy’ approach needed by retailers’ websites which target the end user. “However it does have an attractive layout
products are available in an exceptional array of colourways, formats, takes us into a new league altogether and marks the beginning of a new in corporate colours and is very easy to navigate. Every page shows a quick link to contact details, imprint details, a ‘print
sizes and technical specifications and are being used to create cutting era for glass blocks in this country.” view’ option and a ‘how you got here’ navigational aid. Statistics from Google Analytics and feedback from customers show
edge internal and external architectural features for prestige projects that the site is both extremely well visited and consistently proves useful to visitors. The site links through to 14 other
across the globe. Brian Newell, Shackerley Group Chairman says that s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 25 Schlüter international websites and so offers alternatives to non-English speaking users.
he is delighted that Seves, whose glass block sales account for over

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Polyfit Plumbing Products: Simple Energy
Push, Click, That’s It! Kingspan Insulated Panels has come up with a
simple, effective solution for carbon emis-
Polyfit is the one-step plastic plumbing sion reductions with the Kingspan EnergiPanel
Kloben Sky Collector range from Polypipe. Combining durability, system, an insulated solar air heating system
Launched In Milan flexibility, convenience and performance, designed for roof and wall applications as
the Polyfit pushfit system of flexible a supplement to the main heating system.
At the Mostra Convegno polybutylene pipes and fittings is designed Profiled hollows beneath the crowns allow air
Expocomfort exhibition held for use on hot and cold water plumbing and movement up through the panel and the air is
in Milan, Kloben launched central heating systems, including systems warmed by using the outer steel skin as a solar
the new Sky Collector solar featuring combination boilers or mains-fed
heating panel. Sky Collector water cylinders. Working on a simple ‘push,
energy absorber. The darker the external colour Talon’s Colour-Coded Clips
of the panel the greater the solar absorption.
CPC58 panels are composed of click, that’s it’ Talon Manufacturing Ltd’s Hinged
a series of borosilicate glass approach to
The rate of airflow up through the panel is
Identification Pipe Clips give instant Speedy And Simple Underfloor
determined by the temperature of incoming air.
pipes with a double air gap, installation, Temperature sensors monitor the external air recognition to the pipes they contain. Heating Specification
welded at the ends and with a Polyfit temperature and varies the fan speed to ensure With clips in bright yellow for gas pipes,
vacuum inside to reduce heat bright red for hot water pipes and in a Polypipe, leading manufacturers of underfloor
provides the the supply air temperature is above the required heating products, has launched a unique web
loss to a minimum. The internal most flexible internal temperature of the building. royal blue for cold water there can be
air gap is made selective due no excuse for mistaking a pipe during and disc based quotation system designed to
plumbing simplify and speed the specification process of
to the absorption of solar system s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 31 maintenance, repair, refurbishment or
electromagnetic radiation extension work. The red and blue clips are its floor heating range. The Polypipe 123
available. All products lock tight to
Solution has been designed so that in just
through a multi-layered secure against accidental release, and available in the standard domestic water
metallization called ‘CERMET’. supply sizes of 15mm and 22mm, while three simple steps the installer can arrive at
are fully demountable and reusable. For a full specification to suit a wide variety of
The result is simply that this added convenience, the flexibility of the the yellow gas clips are in 15mm, 22mm
is the most efficient solar and 28mm diameters. Talon also offers individual applications. Helpful guidance is
polybutylene pipe eases installation even provided at each step. Should a bespoke design
panel presently available. The in the most difficult-to-reach locations, rolls of Pipe Identity Tape in the same
new Kloben solar panels are colours with the additional safeguard of be needed a Design Enquiry Form is provided
where a built-in release feature will prove that is submitted directly to Polypipe, who
available in four sizes. especially helpful. the word GAS on the yellow tape, HOT on
the red tape and COLD on the blue tape. complete the design work required.

College Urinals Use No Water

Bromley College of Further & Higher Education covers the needs of around 7,000 students. With an attendance of that
size use of the toilet facilities and in particular the urinals is heavy and, since a single urinal employing a nine litre
flush four times an hour can consume over 315 cubic metres of water in a year, so were the metered water bills.
Mr Alan Bridger, Premises Supervisor of Bromley College’s Facilities Department, in cooperation with Water Solutions
[GB] Ltd., recently overcame that problem for good by adapting the eleven existing urinals so that they use no water
at all saving 3461 cubic metres of water! First thoughts of a urinal that does not flush are inevitably that it would be
unhygienic and would certainly smell horrendous. In fact the reverse is true. Government funded tests by the Building
Research Establishment have shown that water-free urinals are less liable to contamination than conventionally
flushed models.
The reason is simple. Tap water [especially in a hard water area like Bromley] deposits limescale and this naturally
absorbs urine, making it an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Eliminate the water and the odour problem is
eliminated as well. The Water Solutions system is also simple. A small mushroom-shaped unit is inserted into the
outlet in the urinal bowl.
The stem of the ‘mushroom’ ends in a unique silicone Bio-seal that allows liquid to pass through then seals
automatically, while the domed head releases a faint but pleasant citrus smell when activated by the presence of
urine. No trap is needed and therefore the main bacterial breeding ground is gone.
At Bromley College two Water Solutions engineers unscrewed the eleven urinals from the wall, removed all the lead-in
pipe-work, fitted the new valves and replaced the traps with simple bends. Mr Bridger is delighted with the simplicity
of the installation and has signed a contract with Water Solutions to replace the valves every 12 weeks – the only
maintenance necessary apart from the removal of any debris from the bowls. He now awaits the arrival of the College’s
next water bill with something approaching glee.


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Honeywell Heating Programmer
Controls Two Independent
Heating Zones
Honeywell has introduced its ST9500 two channel
heating programmer for independent control of two
heating zones. It is ideal for multi-zone heating
as required by the latest Building Regulations,
with radiator and underfloor heating, gas or oil
fired boilers including condensing and combination
models, as well as electric heating or cooling
systems. In common with all Honeywell ST9000
controls, ST9500 features a unique Honeywell
Line of Text (LoT ™) display, featuring simple text
prompts on a large backlit display. The ST9500 can
provide up to three on/off periods per day for each
of the two zones.


Slash Water Costs Today

WATER SOLUTIONS are reducing the
water bills of clients nationwide through
their revolutionary award winning and
environmentally friendly water free system.
A single urinal on a half-hour flush cycle
uses around 125,000 litres of water per year.
The water free urinal incorporates a unique

Design And Sustainability one-way valve system, removing the need for
a trap. The valve allows urine to pass through
before closing and sealing ensuring that there

Considerations Of PVC-UE
are no unpleasant odours. The installation
of the urinals reduces water usage and your
annual bill by up to 30%. A unique feature
of these urinals is the continual fragrance

Building Products
release. Activated by the urine contacting
the urinal rose ensuring a more fragrant and
pleasant washroom.

Environmental impact is more than just a matter of conscience in today’s building industry
– it is a critical business driver. Sustainability, whether in building design, the carbon
footprint of materials or in the actual building process itself, is under intense scrutiny and Clean Living From The Experts
increasingly, regulation.
Itho Ventilation Ltd is the new name in UK ventilation. Their
whole-house MVHR system, the HRU ECO 4 RF, is one of the
Independent Energy Savings Report
In an interview last year, co-founder of Greenpeace Dr. Patrick Moore provided his views
on sustainable building: “Guys! It’s not within our jurisdiction to eliminate an element of
most energy efficient systems on the market. SAP Q eligible Commissioned By Architectural Profiles Limited
and compliant with the new standards set by the Code for
the periodic table!” Highlighting PVC as maligned materials in the green building industry, An Independent report by Building Sciences Consultancy
Sustainable Homes, it is fitted with a sophisticated synthetic
Dr Moore provided challenging perspectives emphasising the need for LCA (life cycle has been commissioned by Architectural Profiles. Entitled
heat exchanger offering maximum surface area for heat to
assessment) studies to identify true impacts. “There is absolutely no evidence that vinyl ‘Evaluation and Audit of Energy Savings for Non-Domestic
be transferred, along with a quiet energy saving DC motor
damages human health or the environment”, said Dr Moore. “Further, PVC is durable, low Buildings using improved metal cladding systems’,
for maximum efficiency. Transferring heat from the extracted
maintenance, recyclable and performs well on LCA tests.” In summary, PVC-UE is a material the report is in response to the introduction of Energy
contaminated air into the incoming fresh air, the unit is able
whose environmental benefits are all too often underestimated, especially the raft of next Performance Certificates due to be followed up by Display
to maintain optimum temperatures and reduce the energy
generation products currently being developed. Energy Certificates expected later this year. The report
usage of a dwelling. The unit is controlled by state-of-the-art
3 speed wireless controllers where the airflow in every room covers in detail the ‘comparative costs’ of various system
Tony Crutcher, Sales and Marketing Director of the next generation brand of PVC-UE and PVC building materials, Kestrel explains: “Eliminating types with different performance levels to establish the
can be individually adjusted for maximum comfort. The HRU
the lead content in PVC-UE has been a matter of particular concern for environmentally responsible manufacturers in the building industry. As best value for money. The report includes the optimum
ECO 4 RF is an advanced system that meets the increasingly
recommended by the European Commission, UK Government and the PVC industry’s Vinyl 2010 initiative, some suppliers have already made the performance level of 0.14 for roofs and 0.20 for walls, with various options
challenging targets set by the Government.
switch. Kestrel is among those leading the way. In fact, we believe we are ahead as the only supplier in the UK to offer calcium organic stabilisers in illustrated to 0.25 and 0.35 and contains worked up iSEBM calculations and
the core and skin of our PVC-UE. As well as future proofing the product for our customers in case new legislation on material usage does come into detailed cost models. An abbreviated version is available at
play, we are also doing what we can now in the global drive for environmental protection.”

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Energy Expert Aims For Eco
Efficiency In His Home
Dr Michael Lamperth, a world-renowned developer
of energy efficient vehicle technologies, strives
to be eco-friendly in all he does, so has equipped
his family home with a super-efficient home
heating system featuring solar heated hot
water and wireless Honeywell heating control of
individual radiators. The controls avoid energy
wastage by heating rooms only when needed
and then only to a preset temperature for the
time of day. Radiators are grouped in heating
zones, depending on when rooms are used. The
Honeywell wireless zone controls can change the
Domus’ Megaduct 220 Ventilation System Polypipe Ventilation Call For Increased Use temperature in each zone up to six times per day.
Gets Larger Of Condensation Traps
Polypipe Ventilation Ltd announces two new unique components Polypipe Ventilation Ltd is encouraging the use of condensation traps
to the Domus MegaDuct range, used for the ventilation of very to meet the requirements of Approved Document F of the Building
powerful cooker hoods and with MVHR systems. Firstly, an Equal Tee Regulations and NHBC Standards 2007, when ducts pass through
Piece, which provides a rectangular junction in a multi-extraction or unheated spaces. It is necessary for system designers to provide an
supply installation and, as with all Domus systems, it is lightweight answer when a duct is installed in unheated spaces, such as cold loft
and has a simple push fit design which provides a professional space, condensation can form on the inside of the duct which can then
solution. Secondly, the solution to ensuring that a professional run down the duct and create a potential hazard, such as dripping onto
finish is provided when the duct goes through an internal wall is the electrical connections of a fan or cooker hood. It is recommended
On Your Marks…
available with the introduction of the Domus MegaDuct Wall Plate. in the regulations that a condensation trap is installed or, alternatively, Team Itho was finally unveiled at
This ensures that the wall is easy to ‘make good’. It is simply slid insulated duct is used. A condensation trap actually releases moisture London’s greenest venue – Kew Gardens
over the flat channel and screwed to the wall. These products are through a standard overflow pipe ensuring the risk is effectively recently. Key industry players were all
unique for this size duct (220 x 90mm) in the market place. removed away from the hazardous area. witness to this exciting new company as
it explained how it planned to impact on
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 40 s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 41 the UK market with its energy efficient
ventilation systems and refreshing
attitude to customer service. Itho
Ventilation Ltd is tasked with continuing
Netherlands based Itho B.V.’s century
Universal Ventilation Duct long reputation for manufacturing and
Offers Flexibility On Site supplying reliable, efficient products
with a comprehensive care package. Itho
Polypipe Ventilation Ltd has launched a provide “Appendix Q Eligible” MEV and
solution to overcome awkward installations on MVHR products that as well as complying
site with a unique Universal Duct section. The with System 4 of Part F (Means of Ventilation) and Part L (conservation of energy in homes, offices
Universal Duct provides an adaptable, easy to and other buildings) of the Building Regulations also exceed the improved energy efficient ventilation
install and robust solution for short offsets standards set by the requirements within the Code for Sustainable Homes.
that commonly cause problems. It provides a Sapa Launch Puts Others In
more professional finish than flexible hose and The Shade s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 45
also offers improved airflow characteristics. It
Sapa Building Systems has rolled
is suited to the rigours often incurred on site. out its new solar shading system,
Universal Duct is supplied is in 300mm lengths Elegance SC, to key fabricators in a
and is adjustable by hand between 0-45 series of launch events across the MHS Boilers Launches Air Source Heat Pumps
degrees in either a vertical or horizontal plane. country. Elegance SC includes three MHS Boilers has launched a range of energy efficient Air
Universal Duct also offers enhanced acoustic types of solar shading – horizontal to Water Heat Pumps. Aerotop from Elco are compact high
properties over existing solutions, having been projecting shading; horizontal parallel performance heating units which convert renewable air source
specially manufactured in Santoprene, which shading and vertical parallel shading, heat energy into the heat source for a wet central heating
has sound deadening characteristics. This helps each with a number of aesthetic, system and generation of domestic hot water via an indirect
with isolating fan noise from duct systems and functional and installation benefits. cylinder. With nominal outputs in the range from 6 to 35kW and
reducing noise transfer, when a duct passes Elegance SC can provide high levels Coefficient of Performance figures up to 3.9, the Aerotop range
through a separating wall. The Universal of comfort to building users by sets benchmarks for power, efficiency and reliable performance,
Duct is suitable for use with the Domus 204 reducing solar glare in the summer while delivering peak flow temperatures at very low outside
x 60mm Supertube 125 ducting system that months andmaximising solar gain in air temperatures. Each Aerotop unit is delivered complete
is commonly used in both the ventilation of the winter to help increase internal with a Logon B WP control unit which provides the user with
cooker hoods and other common ventilation building temperatures whilst reducing comprehensive control over the operation of the heat pump and
requirements in housing and apartments. the need for heating. attached heating system.

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Airbloc Keeps The Freshness In At Asda Reznor Chosen For Low-Carbon Heating Solution
Airbloc air curtains are an effective barrier against Diamond Power Speciality Ltd., manufacturer of boiler cleaning and ash-
flying insects and winds at Asda’s distribution handling systems, has installed Reznor floor-standing warm air heaters as part
depot at Chepstow. The doors are in constant use of a complete low-energy building design solution in its new Dumbarton plant.
and such a large space building is expensive to A total of 10 Reznor floor-standing warm air heaters, ranging in output from
heat to the required constant 15°C. The Chepstow 30kW to 140kW, were installed around the production, high-bay warehouse and
depot deploys Airbloc AB ambient air curtains
Honeywell Valves despatch areas of the plant. The units are high-efficiency modules equipped with
positioned vertically beside each of the loading Make It Easy To modulating burners and a fresh-air ventilation option. The heaters are configured
bay doors. The air curtains deliver a sheet of cold Reduce Water to warm the premises to 19 to 22°C, with automatic shut-off when the upper
air at critical velocity across each doorway. This limit is reached. The Reznor heaters also have a mechanical heat recovery
provides sufficient air turbulence to prevent flying
Consumption feature, which means that they can re-use heat generated by air compressors to
insects from crossing into the building.The units provide ‘free’ warmth for the factory. In summer, the heaters provide fresh air
Water consumption is
are positioned vertically because the configuration easy to reduce using
ventilation to keep internal temperatures cooler. New Natural Insulation Company
and operation of Asda’s loading bay doors prohibits Honeywell pressure
Is Launched
anything being fitted over the top. reducing valves. The A new company which makes insulation from sheep’s
water pressure to many wool has been unveiled at Ecobuild. Black Mountain
premises is much higher Insulation is the first UK company to invest in a
than necessary. A dedicated factory to manufacture natural wool insulation
Honeywell pressure for projects across the UK and Ireland. Natural insulation
control valve on the supply provides a simple, efficient and cost-effective means to such as wool is becoming more and more popular
reduce water pressure within the system and so reduce consumption, as less water amongst specifiers and builders. Condensation is one of
flows to waste while taps are left running, such as to wash hands. It also minimises the biggest challenges facing the industry. Unlike man-
flow noise and protects installations from damage caused by excessive pressure. made materials, when wool absorbs moisture it actually
Connections on hoses to appliances are less likely to leak. Honeywell manufactures gives off energy which warms the wool and prevents
flanged valves with cast iron bodies up to DN600 (24 inch) diameter, and also condensation. Black Mountain Wool insulation is also
small brass-bodied valves with DN15 to DN50 (½ inch to 2 inch) connections. The a step forward in fighting condensation-related illness.
cast iron valves will reduce overall water pressure to multi-dwelling buildings and Wool insulation is a truly sustainable solution to energy
industrial and commercial premises, while the brass valves can control flows to consumption and the effects of climate change and is
individual floors or sub-units. biodegradable in soil and easily recyclable.

Isoenergy Plans Save GasSolar Unveiled At Eco Build

Country House Costs A revolutionary and highly advanced boiler
system which combines solar energy with
Isoenergy is a company specialising in the design conventional heating, while offering the lat-
and installation of cost justifiable renewable est gas condensing technology, was unveiled
energy systems and over the years, rather at Eco Build.
surprisingly, it has proved to be old country Called the GasSolar Unit and available from
houses that can benefit most from the application Rotex, the system delivers efficiency rates up
of ‘green’ energy. Such properties are notoriously to 110% and when linked jointly with solar
difficult to insulate effectively and even more panels will significantly reduce carbon emis-
inefficient to heat. sions when compared to more conventional
The application of modern energy efficient heating boilers. The GasSolar Unit will blend in with
systems utilising naturally generated power, most room layouts and runs quietly when in
however, can make very substantial cost savings operation.
and improve effective heat provision as well as The GasSolar Unit incorporates several ad-
appeasing the green gods of the environment as ditional features to provide maximum level of
the owner of a large rural property in deepest hygiene while eliminating many of the prob-
Surrey agrees. Built in the early 18th Century, his lems associated with conventional boilers.
six-bedroomed farmhouse is timber framed with The unit will deliver maximum energy savings
brick and stone inserts and has a walled front when connected only to a gas supply. Op-
garden with converted outbuildings to one side. tional solar panels are available to capitalise
The owner asked Isoenergy to devise an eco-friendly system that would cut costs and improve fuel efficiency. The Isoenergy design involved a on free sustainable energy from the sun to
great deal of discreet insulation – never easy in a building where nearly 300 years of wear, tear and settlement had ensured that no room angle promote even greater energy savings. Rotex
will be ninety degrees – plus the installation of a NIBE Fighter 2020 air/water heat pump in the rear garden, linked to a new 200 litre hot water offer a range of different units and each
cylinder feeding the original radiator system. comes with an innovative control system
The existing oil-fired boiler was retained as a back-up for peak usage but its use has now been cut from 180 days per year to just 10. While the with a range of different programmes.
new heating system is still comparatively new, it appears that the Isoenergy estimate of a heating bill reduction from £3,000 to around £800
is totally realistic. The air/water heat pump, supplied by NIBE Energy Systems of Chesterfield, is to a well tested design made for conditions in s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 52
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NIBE Goes To Ground For A brand new school has just been completed in North Wales to
accommodate 220 children from Nursery age groups through to Year Six.
The exterior of the single storey building, although extremely pleasant,

Wrexham School
is conventional in style but the method of heating both the building
itself and the water for pupils, staff and kitchens is anything but. With
an eye to the future – in terms of both energy costs and environmental
considerations – the education authority opted for a system utilising the
heat always present at a more or less constant temperature in the ‘near-
surface geothermal layer’ underground.
In a system designed by NIBE Energy Systems Ltd. of Chesterfield, eleven
boreholes 100 metres deep were drilled into the school grounds before
landscaping. Each borehole contains a plastic tube in an elongated u-
shape, within which circulates a glycol/water mixture in a closed circuit,
working in rather the same manner as a car’s cooling system. Energy
from the warm ground is absorbed in the mixture and translated to two
inter-connected NIBE Fighter 1330 Heat Pumps situated in the school’s
boiler/utilities room. These, with a capacity of 30kW, convert the latent
energy into heat for the water in a fully insulated tank situated near the
Fighter units. This in turn feeds the entire under-floor central heating
system and the hot water supply for all the school buildings. Back-up
heating, if required to act as a boost in times of maximum peak usage, is
supplied by a gas boiler.
While the design and installation of the school’s geothermal heating
was undertaken by NIBE Energy Systems in UK, the equipment used was
designed and manufactured by parent company NIBE AB in Sweden, a
country where renewable energy systems of many types have been in
general use for decades.


Comar Climate Active Façade

The Comar Climate Active Façade offers a solution. Aluminium technology and
creative flair fuse into seamless, aesthetic façades with the Comar Climate Active
Façade. Thermally efficient façades and solar shading act as a membrane, optimising
solar gain in the winter and minimising glare in the summer. This maintains a
constant internal environment, reducing the energy consumption of the building by
providing a passive means of solar control. The available solar shading systems from
simple cost effective C-type blades to aero-foils coupled with Comar’s integrated
architectural aluminium systems, will meet the design challenges from the most
creative façade architect.
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Gretsch-Unitas has developed an extensive
range of cylinder products, starting with the
launch of its most advanced range of cylinders
to date which will prove a stumbling block
for even accomplished criminals. The Janus
cylinders offer superior cylinder capabilities and New Automatic Vent For
Kaba Moveable Partition Walls are ideal for use in where security is a priority.
Increase Function Room Revenue Equipped with multiple security measures that Fakro Roof Windows.
help safeguard against techniques as bumping, With the increasing demand for more thermally
Kaba has provided room division solutions at The Waterfront, the stunning new pub and restaurant picking and snapping, G-U is confident this efficient buildings, Fakro is changing the air inlet used
recently built alongside Barton Marina, a canal-side complex in Staffordshire. A Hufcor type 100 range will be a hit with customers. Twenty in all its standard roof windows to a new, automatic
series moveable wall was installed to provide an acoustic division of the main function room individual multi-directional tumbler pins vent. Activated by air pressure variation between
on the first floor. The moveable walls enable the function room to be divided into three smaller are located around the circumference of the the inside and outside of the room, the V40P vent
saleable function areas. The single point wall, faced in a specialist european oak veneer and cylinder. These pins prevent cylinder bumping, will ensure that individual room temperatures are
protected with an aluminium exposed frame, gives an acoustic barrier of up 54 decibels allowing since their comprehensive alignment needs to balanced with the optimum level of fresh air. With up
separate functions to be held without noise interference. The framework protects the partition be exact in order to gain entry. to 35% of heat lost through traditional means of room
surfaces. The moveable wall partition type 100 series are separate panels with or without visible ventilation, the V40P can make its own contribution to
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 55 energy saving.
frames. Solid walls, telescope elements, doors and double doors, angles and fixed doors with
different surfaces can also be specified.

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The 57 Seconds Door Closer RTR Finger Protection Range Improves Door Safety
Envirograf energy efficient timed door holders that comply with RTR Services’ range of finger protection solutions for hinged and pivoting
current fire regulations are the perfect answer to reduce the carbon doors is helping improve safety and minimising the risk of finger trap injury.
footprint, for doors that are in constant use. With hospitals, care The RTR finger protection range includes a number of different solutions
homes, hotels and offices constantly wasting energy by doors being and technologies for use on automatic and manual doors. Roller-Safe is a
continually left open, the most practical solution is to fit a timed tensioned roller blind
Schüco Issues New
door holder. The Envirograf timed door holder does not have to style solution for
Solar Shading be wired into the fire alarm circuit and has been accepted by fire hinged and pivoting
Literature officers and building control officers. The holder can be set to close, doors, whilst the
at a maximum of 57 seconds or in the case of Nevill Hall Hospital, Hinge-Safe range is
New colour literature Abergavenny it was adjusted to around 20 seconds to allow porters a semi-rigid PVC ant-
giving details of to transfer patients to and from wards, without the need to close finger trap product
the Schüco range of doors behind them. specifically designed
aluminium louvre blade for hinged doors,
solar shading systems s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 59 both of which are
is now available for easy to install. Pivot-
downloading from the Safe is a purpose
company’s website www. Contemporary British Architecture
designed solution . Designed for protection against overheating, for single swing or Drives Glass Fixings Demand
to optimise natural light and to increase comfort, Schüco Large double swing pivoting
Louvre Blades ALB include active and passive systems, the latter Stylish 21st century architecture which incorporates
doors. The range is increasingly innovative glazing features has enabled
being offered with a choice of twelve hollow blades ranging from designed to be compact, unobtrusive and reliable in operation with minimal
105 mm to 690 mm so allowing architects great design freedom. the UK division of SFS intec to establish itself as the
maintenance requirements. The various products in the range are available group’s pioneer of precision engineered glass fixings.
The active models use either linear motor drives or concealed in a wide choice of finishes and materials. In many cases, the door does not
motor drives, with blade sizes from 150 mm to 470 mm. There The product range provides an ‘off the shelf’ solution
need to be removed or modified prior to fitting and RTR finger protector, for architectural glazing saving the time and expense
is a choice of elliptical profiles, slimline needle blades or glass with products, such as Roller-Safe, being designed specifically with this
louvre blades. Design benefits include minimal façade gap and of producing bespoke fixings. It includes single
ability in mind. point, flush and bevel point fixings which combine
full rotation of the louvre blades.
with a wide range of spider fixings plus solutions for
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 58 balustrades and glass canopies.

Sonic Windows Help

Station Restoration
Sympathetic restoration work was recently completed on Bexhill-on-sea supplied a product which was both in keeping
Huntingdon Station, a designated Grade II Listed building. The with the building’s architectural status and provided modern
station, built in 1849, is believed to have been designed by communication windows including one designed for disabled
Lewis Cubitt, whose family included Thomas Cubitt the master access. The design agreed was for two widows at standard
builder who remains a household name even today and another height, flanking one with a substantially lower counter.
brother who served as Lord Mayor of London. The coloured tiles decorating that part of the booking hall were
Lewis was a formidable architect, responsible for many bridges, recessed under the lower counter so that wheelchair users could
mostly in the then Colonies but also including the cast iron sit in comfort at the window while talking to staff. Bullet proof
bridge at Peterborough that still carries the East Coast Main glass was used throughout, making for easy eye contact with
Line over the River Nene. passengers while maintaining total safety for staff and security
He is however chiefly remembered for his chef d’oeuvre, during money transfer. Communication is via an extremely
London’s King’s Cross Station. The remedial work at Huntingdon, efficient, non-distorting intercom system and induction loops
managed by Lambert Smith Hamton, was necessary to rectify are fitted to the window frames for the benefit of hearing aid
unauthorised repairs that, though an urgent necessity following users. The triple window is framed in nicely profiled timber to
a fire at the station in 2005, were not in keeping with the late a design that complements the original ‘half-wheel’ decoration
Georgian splendour of Cubitt’s design. panel above.
Clear wired glazing was re-installed in the station canopy,
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in the buffet and Network Rail also took the opportunity to
make some other restoration. This included an updating of the
booking hall and for this work specialists Sonic Windows of

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Geze UK Talk Of The Town
GEZE UK has brought together classical architecture and contemporary glass
automated entrances to allow access for all, as part of a £35million re-
development at Birmingham’s historic Town Hall. GEZE UK has supplied more
than 100 automatic and manual closers from its extensive range, including TSA
160 UFOs with toughened glass fitted into the structural glass arches of the
main entrance. The impressive lobby also uses Slimdrive SD automatic doors
and a TSA 160 automatic swing door to complete the restoration of the Greek-
inspired style Grade 1 listed building. T
he greatest challenge was to specify a door solution that complemented the
requirements of the DDA and would also discreetly attach onto the glass screen
of the two main entrance doors without compromising the authentic arched
design. GEZE UK specified the TSA 160 UFO under floor operator for a virtually
invisible installation, ensuring the original design of the main entrance was
not lost. The electro-hydraulic operator meets access and aesthetic restrictions
associated with listed buildings and allows for DDA compliance in accordance
with BS83000. The electro-hydraulic power behind the Slimdrive SD also kicks in
when the movement sensor is triggered for an easy and assisted opening.


Door Hardware And Timber

Doorsets Guides From Laidlaw
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

Advanced Crittall’s New Composite

3-point fixing method.


Shutter Systems
With the launch of its innovative new
Composite range, Crittall Windows offers
a perfect blend of timber and aluminium
windows and doors. This new range New CPD Seminar Offers Clear View On Glass Fixing Systems
includes a wide choice of windows and
opening styles, as well as Composite A new RIBA-approved CPD seminar
Pursuing an aggressive programme of technical design and from SFS intec is available to
light duty doors suitable for balconies
development, the Integr8 range of built-in shutters by Charter architects which offers a technical
and patios, plus thermally broken
Specialist Security, continue to lead the way in shutter integration for insight into reliable fixing
aluminium heavy duty doors. Selected from
the new build market. The Integr8 180LS proved to be the ultimate systems for architectural / bolted
sustainable sources of natural hardwood
choice for the Birkenhead and Tranmere SureStart project, being one glass assemblies. The seminar is
and softwood, the timber complements the
of the many government funded community support facilities across presented by SFS intec’s technical
modern design of the window profile, and
the UK. The innovative Integr8 range perfectly harmonises maximum advisors at architects’ offices
can be lacquered or painted as required
security with enhanced aesthetics ensuring a perfect solution - every and qualifies for CPD points. The
to suit the interior. Specifiers can choose
time! With a dedicated AutoCAD design team and complete UK information contained is of a
between laminated European redwood
coverage we are able to ensure the most effective and architecturally technical nature and designed to
or solid European oak. Similarly, the
advanced solution to your requirement. enhance their understanding of
aluminium exterior can be coloured as
required to add a contrasting feature or to the issues surrounding the fixing
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 63 blend in with a building’s overall design. of glass.


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New Composite Windows

Any size,
Glas Facades has introduced the Vision 3000 range of timber and
aluminium composite windows as a sustainable and cost efficient
Any shape,
system. The Vision 3000 window comprises a core of timber, sourced
from sustainable forests certified by PEFC. The wood enhances thermal
and acoustic performance, whilst the exterior aluminium cladding Heavy Use Glazed Door Systems From Fendor Anywhere
is up to 70% recycled. The inherent strength of the aluminium
Fendor’s latest steel profile CA Entrance Door system is designed for
external cladding also increases the lifespan of the system, with the
heavy use situations where aluminium doors may fail. The steel doors
combination of materials eliminating heat bridging and minimising
are better able to withstand the rigours of day to day intensive use
condensation for very desirable U-values. The system has been designed
experienced in housing blocks, schools, retail outlets and banks. The
Neaco Launches New to take triple glazed highly insulating units for outstanding thermal
CA Entrance Door glazed door system provides a light, bright, but
Structural Glass System insulation, which significantly reduces the energy use. The Vision 3000
secure entrance to lobby areas and hallways. The doors can be used
has a major advantage – the window is extremely low maintenance
in conjunction with other systems from Fendor’s range of steel and
as the external surface is powder coated, vastly reducing future
Neaco has developed another superb architectural aluminium fire, security and specialist glazing solutions that include
maintenance costs. This is particularly beneficial where large scale
innovation with the launch of their Clearline Structural curtain walling, windows, doors and screens. Fendor’s glazing designs
installations are involved, where long term maintenance costs have to
Glass system. Suitable for both external and internal provide technical support from the initial design stages of projects
be taken into consideration.
use, the free standing balustrade requires no supporting through to an on-site installation service.
uprights - continuous glass is fixed in place by s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 69
aluminium floor channels with integrated rubber seals
which insulate the glass and eliminate the need for the
more traditional messy mastic detail. Clearline glass
is toughened in accordance with BS EN12600 class 1. Specifiers Get Up To Date With Industry-
The range also includes a low Iron glass option offering
a noticeably clearer panel than the inherent green Leading Guide
cast of standard clear float glass used in balustrade
L.B. Plastics has launched
applications. The glass is capped by an aluminium top
the latest version of its
rail which is warm and comfortable to the touch with a
renowned Specifiers Guide,
nylon coated finish. Clearline is ideal for buildings likely
which gives guidance
to be used by children, where safety is paramount - the
on the design and key
system is very difficult for children to climb and there Need to check the specification of a rooflight?

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specifiers, building daylight, longevity and high thermal performance.
contractors, fabricators Through the elimination of internal flashings and
and installers. It provides metalwork the Flushglaze® concept minimises water
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Hideaway Eases Disabled Access on how to select the and sloped rooflight applications.
Architects and builders facing the challenge of meeting the latest most appropriate high
requirements on disabled access in new properties, whilst dealing with performance Sheerframe
the commercial constraints of small sites and tight budgets, many window, door and curtain walling systems for all
refurbishment and new build projects.
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the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and Building
Regulations by facilitating the creation of cloakrooms within confined
floorplans and can make access into kitchens and dining rooms easier.



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Old Façade Is Replaced By New Ward Topdek Tops Off New
Curtain Walling From Structura UK Student Accommodation
After a 1970’s façade had been removed from a 6- Ward Insulated Panels’ single-ply roofing
storey building in Berners Street, London, bespoke solution, Topdek, has topped off striking new
curtain walling manufactured and supplied by student accommodation in Sheffield city centre.
Structura UK Ltd was installed by the company to Topdek insulated roofing panels completed the
a design by Barr Gazetas, architects. Designed to new accommodation blocks on Alma Street,
improve the aesthetics and thermal performance of the which provide students with a modern living
building, global head office of Music Sales Ltd, music space within easy access of the city centre.
publishers, the new curtain walling consists of sealed, Topdek is a factory pre-engineered single fix
double-glazed, heat-soak tested, high performance roofdeck incorporating Wards’ FIREsafe insulation
units, comprising of a 6/16/6 soft coat, Low E core which is LPCB certified and has zero ozone
specification. White fritted, double glazed spandrels depletion potential. Topdek has been designed
were fitted at floor slab levels and opening windows to guarantee total insulation continuity, and
were structurally glazed. At ground floor level, by assisting in creating a uniform building
toughened glass entrance screens incorporate two sets envelope, Topdek minimises air leakage, reducing
of manual swing doors between a structurally glazed building energy costs and CO2 emissions.
double shopfront almost 3m square.

Senior Aluminium Systems New Hybrid Evalon®-Solar Shines Brightest

Senior Aluminium Systems (SAS) has launched Hybrid – a brand new concept in aluminium-timber façade ICB’s Evalon®-Solar, a single ply
supply and winner of the Glassex and GP&T award for Best New Window Product. Comprising a range of membrane incorporating power generating
composite windows, doors and curtain photovoltaic cells encapsulated in one
walling, the new system combines homogenous product, has proved it can
the long life and low maintenance of produce up to 20% greater output than
aluminium externally with all the benefits the common crystalline type panels.
of engineered timber internally. But what The product works with diffused light.
makes it different is that it is available to The electrical power generated can be
fabricators in bar length form. Industry used directly in the building where it is
Celuform Continues Solus judges at the Glassex and GP&T awards installed or can be “sold” to an existing
said: “This product was selected because of energy supplier. The PV-cells used in ICB’s
Supply Deal With Redrow its fast availability, thermal efficiency, low Evalon®-Solar system consist of layers
Celuform, the PVC-U and PVC-UE U-values and durability.” The aluminium of amorphous silicone deposited on a
external frames are also available in Lindab Launch Two New stainless steel substrate and pick-up grid
building product specifier brand, moves
into the fifth year in partnership with virtually any polyester colour thanks to Colours For Rainline which, combined into modules, are then
one of the UK’s leading residential SAS’s in-house powder coating system. integrated with the Evalon® single-ply
and commercial property developers Timber and aluminium are from sustainable Rainline from Lindab not only provides roofing membrane. Evalon®-Solar is literally “electricity on a roll”, providing pure and sustainable
Redrow. Redrow trades from 10 sources and at the end of their service life the timber, glass, aluminium and fittings are all fully recyclable. the complete rain drainage system electrical power and – because the photovoltaic panels are part of the waterproof membrane – there is
regional companies across the UK for all types of buildings, it’s now no need to compromise waterproofing integrity to connect cables.
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homes developments, building around
5,000 new homes annually. Clive Anthracite Metallic –all supported by a
Parry, Redrow’s Commercial Director 15 year guarantee. Manufactured from
comments: “Most of our houses and
Stainless Steel Spacer Enables ‘U’ Values Of high quality, zinc coated galvanised Klober Dry-Fix Improvements
flats are built with Celuform PVC-UE Structurally Glazed Façades To Be Improved steel; Rainline, which is also available
Klober’s Roll-Fix Dry-Fix Hip kits now include
now because homeowners just expect in Aluzinc or Copper, is highly resistant
Architects looking for ways of achieving an enhanced thermal support trays as standard, each 5 metre
it as standard. Consumers are generally to corrosion and is virtually maintenance
performance from structurally glazed façades will welcome the new pack being supplied with 11 support tray
now well accustomed to the long life free. Lighter and less expensive than cast
Stainless Steel Spacer Tube from Schüco International, Europe’s sections and newly developed universal
and low maintenance properties of iron drainage, Rainline will outperform
leading specialist in façade, window and door systems and solar ridge seals. Technical Manager Graham
PVC-UE over timber. Redrow tries to use aluminium and plastic systems, offering
energy products. The new optional spacer tube means that load- Copson commented “Roll-Fix provides a
brand leaders in all our suppliers and minimal movement and UV stability - it
bearing insulating units in structurally glazed façades can be water-resistant and wind-tight ridge and
Celuform fits the bill providing excellent will not crack, fade or leak. Rainline
made gas-tight to EN 1279-3. The benefit of this is that the units hip ventilation system in a roll. The new
service at all levels.” is quick and easy to install too with
can be filled with argon thereby significantly lowering overall universal seal and support trays will make
all components precision engineered
‘U’ values and making it easier for architects to meet Building installation easier, and provide greater
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 75 to simply click together for a perfect
Regs Part L guidelines on energy efficiency. The Schüco Stainless assurance of a neat line along the hip”. watertight fit - just click it, fit it and
Steel Spacer Tube has the added advantage of being comparable Available in Terracotta, Brown, Copper and
forget it.
in cost to a conventional aluminium spacer, despite offering the Anthracite, Roll-Fix can be used with the
possibility of a higher specification. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 79 deepest profile, large format tiles.

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Kalzip Off-site Roofs For New Safetyworks System Solution Is Top Of The Class!
College Buildings “Safety at height” specialists, SAFETYWORKS & Solutions,
have provided Brunel University with a comprehensive system
Corus Kalzip has won a £500,000 contract to solution that would enable safe access to the University’s roof
supply 4,925 sq. metres of Hi-Point – Corus’ for maintenance purposes. SAFETYWORKS & Solutions installed
innovative Off-Site roofing system – to provide 1800m of their
new, state-of-the-art campus buildings for Easyguard permanent
students attending Mid-Kent College in Medway, free standing handrails
Gillingham. Components for a total of 65 Hi-Point to the roof perimeter.
modules will be manufactured under factory Galvanised to BS/EN
controlled conditions at Kalzip’s Haydock facility 1461, Easyguard is
in Merseyside. After being delivered to site, the durable and offers fast
lightweight sections will be assembled at ground assembly, with the
level before being craned into position. Where base plates fitted with
space is limited, Hi-Point can be pre-assembled bonded ribbed rubber
at the factory premises and lifted straight off the mats, which include
back of the delivery vehicle. an EPDM foam infill.
The foam infill reduces
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 82 heat transference to Integrated Eaves Systems the roof membrane therefore reducing membrane degradation. · Eaves, verge and monoridge options
SAFETYWORKS and Solutions also installed 100m of Flexideck · Individual designs for every project
· Gutters integrally concealed
walkway system to a standing seam roof in order to allow safe · Secondary supports can save money
access across the roof whilst protecting the risk of damage to the · ISO 9001 plus P. I. Insurance
aluminium sheets. In addition, Easyguard clamp on handrails were
installed to protect personnel using the walkway. A combination
160 Zinc Roof And Façade CAD Details Online of 18 Access Ladders with hinged anti-climb shields were
With the growing use of zinc in construction, the addition of 160 downloadable technical manufactured and installed by SAFETYWORKS & Solutions to allow
details to VM ZINC’s website, marks a fresh approach for a zinc manufacturer. safe access onto many different roof levels.
Quick to use and available in AutoCAD .DWG or
high resolution PDF format, applications include
standing seam roofing and cladding as well as
interlocking façades. Growing use of zinc in high
profile projects such as Bere Architects ‘Focus
House’, winner of the 2007 Grand Designs ‘Best
Eco House’ is adding to the profile of what is
ROOFMATE™ MinK System From Dow Building Solar Shading New brochure
undeniably the most sustainable metal used in · Choice of elipical blades now available
construction today. Its popularity owes as much, Solutions Minimises Heat Loss From Flat Roofs · Vertically or horizontally mounted
however, to the range of contemporary designs · Brackets designed to suit all finishes
Diadem To Lift The VM ZINC now manufactures, which include
The award-winning ROOFMATE™ · Full colour ranges in PPC or anodised
MinK System from Dow · Field sales and in-house project managers
(Green) Roof pre-weathered and coloured finishes. Plans are to add CAD details for the Pluline® range of
Building Solutions minimises
rainwater goods later in the year. They are available meanwhile from VM ZINC together with
Diadem, the most comprehensive green heat loss from flat roofs,
detailed technical advice and guidance.
roof system in the UK, has proved to be helping architects and builders
a massive success story for its distributor s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 84
meet increasing demands
ICB. The system is compatible with every set by Building Regulations
type of waterproof membrane making it in the Code for Sustainable
the perfect choice . It offers a choice of Reap The Rewards With Architectural Feature Components Homes and desire for better
environment friendly solutions and an environmental performance.
From Kingspan Insulated Panels The ROOFMATE™ MinK System
impressive range of quality products for
both extensive and intensive green roofs. The installation of suitable flashings and is part of Dow’s extensive
Diadem products, exclusive to ICB, consist ancillaries can play an important role during a range of solutions designed
of everything from traditional sedum mats project in meeting performance requirements. to enhance the thermal
through to drainage layers and edge trims, Kingspan Insulated Panels offer a wide choice of performance of buildings, based Architectural Gutters
ancillary components to complement their range on STYROFOAM™ blue extruded · House styles and profiles to suit all buildings
to security railings and harnesses. There is · Boltless overstrap proven jointing method
also an ingenious lightning protection and of insulated panel systems. The new Kingspan foamed polystyrene insulation.
· Specials and curvature to order
fall arrest system combined in one. Where membrane lined insulated gutter is available Dow Building Solutions use · BS EN 12056 design service with P I insurance
possible, the ICB Diadem system has been in lengths of up to 6 metres. It combines a a water vapour permeable (or ‘breather’) membrane, ROOFMATE MK, · Full colour choices
manufactured using recyclable products. membrane coated steel with an LPCB approved in combination with the unique properties of its insulation layer · Specifications and nbs plus
The Diadem system can be used on existing PIR insulation core and a white steel liner to meet - STYROFOAM roofing product ROOFMATE SL. Together, the system is
flat roofs, together with most pitched the demands of robust construction and U-value known as the ROOFMATE MinK System, and it reduces rainwater cooling
roofs, terraces and balconies. performance. Aesthetic choice is afforded through penalty to below 2% with a corresponding reduction in insulation New website for 2008
the use of standard and bespoke flashings. thickness. The ROOFMATE MinK System was awarded the Chemical
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 83 Kingspan can manufacture various flashings Industry Association’s highest award for innovation in 2007. including verge, ridge, drip and bullnoses. Further
design flexibility is offered by the use of Kingspan tophats, flashings and pre-formed corners s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 87 Tel: 0115 930 1521 Fax: 0115 930 7625
and curves. email addresses:

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Trent Is All White For Easy Chemical DPC - Rapid,
Liverpool’s First Hilton Safe and No Mess
Sparkling white reconstructed stone Remmers new BBA Approved Injection
cladding from Trent Concrete will Cream quickly installs a chemical
ensure Liverpool’s first Hilton Hotel damp-proof course (DPC) by easy hand
will become a landmark building. Trent gun injection into the mortar joints of
will be manufacturing more than 6,500 existing brickwork. Holes are drilled from
square metres of reconstructed White the outside
Portland Stone cladding. A whiter than into the mortar,
white Spanish Dolomite finish will give these are
the building added sparkle. The main cleaned, and
wall panels will be made in two storey the Remmers
(7m) heights, with a mullion effect Injection Cream
used vertically to visually stretch the is gunned through the special nozzle to
building. Fascia beams will cross the fill the hole. Due to the unique Remmers
panels horizontally every second storey. ‘cream’ consistency, there is no mess
An impressive white colonnade will greet or spillage and the material penetrates
visitors approaching the hotel’s lobby. overnight to form a continuous
waterproof DPC in the joint.

Lignacrete Approved For

Robust Details Ltd have approved Lignacite
Ltd’s Lignacrete dense blocks for use in
solid party wall construction. The blocks,
called Lignacrete WM-9, are coloured red
so they can be easily identified. Only

Aluminium Eaves and Solar

approved blocks can be used to meet
Robust Details’ E-WM-9, which gives
builders a simple way to meet the new
Part E regulations. Registering with Robust

Shading Products
Details enables builders to avoid the delays
and uncertainties of pre-completion sound
testing. Lignacrete WM-9 is just one of
the range of standard blocks produced
Dales Aluminium Building Products, in their 30th year, continue to increase sales and awareness for their bespoke by Lignacite Ltd, which also includes the
integrated eaves and guttering systems in the UK but are pleased to report a significant uplift in orders and unique Lignacite medium dense block as
specifications due to an active sales and technical presence throughout the UK and to continuously breaking new well as the lightweight Fibo Enviro and
boundaries in manufacturing techniques. Ashlite blocks.
Managing director, Jon Whittle, says “ The company’s continuous growth trend is due to active investment in
equipment, qualified personnel and information technology. The market demands technical support where important
drainage and aesthetics issues are combining within a single package and Dales step up to the mark to provide just
that.” One such advance is the success of Dales ‘Sigma’ feature profile since its launch in 2005 to meet a trend
for more angular shapes to eaves lines. The uptake has led to a further development in tooling that extends the
horizontal fins that produce the familiar ‘I’ beam appearance in order to meet a growing demand for deeper section
height and thus a need for comparative continuity of scale. Ward Panels In Award-Winning Design
Dales panel and Kwikfix soffits are adapted to connect to Sigma with secret fixings where required and when fitted on
Ward Insulated Panels’ composite wall panels have played an integral
a Dales diaphragm supports provide an independent secondary assembly designed to produce tolerances that overcome
part in an award-winning development of apartments in Altrincham.
variables caused by steelwork, roof loadings and masonry alignment. Recently, working on Building Schools for the
Ward’s distinctive range of metal wall cladding, DW1000, 900 and
Future projects, the value of Dales secondary support methods have helped to achieve significant economies in cost
600, was used to clad the walls of Budenberg Haus Projekte, designed
and programming terms thus proving the benefits of design liaison at the earlier stages of a project. The company
by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners. The development
says its sales growth is due in part to ‘Sigma’ and to its commitment to provide quality bespoke eaves systems to an
comprises two new residential buildings, each shaped like a ships’ bow,
ever demanding market place.
leaning out over Bridgewater Canal. These are adjacent to the newly
Dales have re-launched their Solar Shading product, Shadex, as so much emphasis has been placed upon the need for
renovated Budenberg Gauge Factory which has given the project its
controlling solar gain with building regulations and climate change. The systems are designed and manufactured to
name. Each block is divided by an entrance courtyard with open stairs,
suit the individual requirements of each project with functionality, practicability and appearance all in the mix.
lifts and galleries leading to the front door of each apartment. Ward’s
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 89 metal wall cladding in metallic silver and black was laid horizontally on this central section.

Image supplied by Robust Details Ltd

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Permarock - External Wall
Glasgow Housing Association given to the fire performance requirements for the external cladding
has taken a prominent lead system: Previous fires in high rise blocks at Knowsley Heights in 1991 and
in the use of external wall at Garnock Court, Irvine in 1999 had prompted revisions to the guidance
insulation for high rise on performance requirements for external cladding systems on multi-storey

Insulation Systems For

re-development and has buildings, and the GHA external cladding programme required that the
taken full advantage of the cladding system be fully compliant with the Scottish Building Standards
design possibilities available and tested in compliance with BS 8414-Part1: 2002 ‘Test method for non-
with PermaRock External loadbearing external cladding systems applied to the face of the building’.

Multi-Storey Housing Wall Insulation and Render

Eighteen blocks are either
After a rigorous assessment of the systems available in the UK, and after
evaluating the technical support available from the system designers,
as well as the experience and competencies of the systems approved
on site or completed, installers, the PermaRock External Wall insulation System was selected as a
with further blocks due to system that could meet all of the Client’s requirements.
A recent example of the how commence in the near future, The PermaRock Mineral Fibre external wall insulation system is a composite,
PermaRock External Wall Insulation transforming what were built-up insulated render system that comprises rigid high density mineral
has brought an improvement in typical rectangular concrete fibre insulation boards, adhesively bonded and mechanically fixed to the
towers into an exciting new existing wall surfaces, with a reinforced render system applied over the
energy efficiency and a complete skyline. insulation and mechanically fixed through to provide resistance to wind
transformation in aesthetics to This works constitutes one suction forces.
of the UK’s largest ever A range of decorative acrylic and silicone renders provides the final
multi-storey high rise homes is refurbishment programmes on aesthetic finish and confers additional protection against weathering.
demonstrated by the refurbishment multi-story blocks, with 100 The results to date at Glasgow have met with approval from all quarters.
programme being undertaken by high-rise blocks being given a facelift over the coming years. In putting GHA’s architects have made full use of the design flexibility available
together a performance specification for the over-cladding systems for it’s with insulated render systems, and have given these multi-storey blocks
Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) multi-storey residential blocks, GHA gave careful consideration not only a stunning new appearance, with each set of towers being given a unique
in conjunction with Wates Living to the thermal performance requirements, in terms of improvements in the identity with their own bold designs.
building envelope U-value, but also to fire resistance, resistance to impact, The regeneration of the Glasgow high rise tower blocks clearly demonstrates
resistance to water penetration and wind suction forces, and also to how how social housing can utilise the full capabilities of EWI. Not only are
the system installation could best be undertaken alongside a concurrent the basic technical requirements of structural protection and heat energy
window replacement program. saving achieved, but the innovative use of bold colourful design indicates a
GHA, working closely with Wates Living Space, fully appreciated that the level of excellence in a social housing refurbishment.
external envelopes of multi-storey, high rise buildings experience a wide
range of unfavourable influences, such as extremes of temperature, wind, s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 94
rain, fog, sunlight, atmospheric pollutants and the possibility of organic
infestation from mildew, mould and algae. There was also much thought

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VM Zinc First With BRE Acoustic Masonry Blocks
SoundBlox from Oscar Acoustics are
Certification & CAD Downloads maintenance free acoustic building
VM Zinc has become the first UK supplier blocks for the control of noise
to receive BRE certification for its reverberation. Even low frequency
zinc interlocking panel façade systems absorption is possible – up to 98%
(BRE137/07). The system, which is available at 125Hz. SoundBlox are available
in five colours uses a pre-weathered process in a choice of paint grade UK
to provide an aged patination. It is designed or EU sizes, each with a cellular
for use as an open jointed, drained and
Easy Application of structure and internal resonant
back ventilated cavity rainscreen façade or Hygienic Surfaces sound absorbing cavity. The cavity
overcladding, on buildings where designed Remmers have introduced easy to can be filled with a fibrous filler
wind loading does not exceed ±2kN/m2. As a use Bioni Hygienic coatings based to broaden the spectrum of sound
further aid to specification, 160 online CAD on nano-silver technology, which absorption. Common applications
downloads have been made available in .DWG inhibits the metabolism of micro- are sports halls, swimming pools,
or pdf format. organisms, causing them to die in public halls, lecture theatres,
contact with its surface. The ultra- offices, atriums, plant rooms,
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 96 hygienic, easily cleaned surface factories, underpasses, road and rail barriers.
eliminates mould growth and
Accoya Promise Of 60 Years Service Life mildew. Remmers Bioni Hygienic
Vincent Timber, the one-stop cladding specialist, has added s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 100
coatings are non-toxic and cannot
Accoya, a product designed to give up to 60 years of service leach out, ideal for many internal
Sun Hill: Permanent Mould Restoration With Remmers life, to its range of architectural options. Accoya, a timber wall and ceiling surfaces that have
species that is first acetylated and then treated, is available to be clean and hygienic, or that
The interior surfaces and decorative finishes in Sun Hill Cottage had suffered from mould
from Vincent Timber with a 30 year guarantee in conjunction are at risk from condensation,
growth and mildew damage, which had to be restored and protected so that it could not
with coating manufacturer Sikkens and its Sentinel Plus Wood mould growth and mildew. It is
return. Following removal of the damage the walls were treated with Remmers Mildew Stop
Maintenance Protection Programme. Accoya is the result of 75 perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and
and restored with Remmers Restoration Render to reduce condensation and improve thermal
years of research and development to produce a highly durable basements, for example.
insulation. The surfaces were then given two coats of Remmers Bioni Hygienic coating.
timber cladding for a range of coated applications.
This uses ground-breaking nano-silver technology which causes micro-organisms to die in
contact with its surface – eliminating mould growth and mildew permanently. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 98

Wicona Unitised Façade Exceeds New Health Centre In Belfast Wins

Requirements For CWCT And 2nd Major Award For Architecture
European Performance Tests A health centre in Belfast incorporating architectural aluminium
glazing systems from Technal, has won its second award for
The Wicona unitised façade system from architecture. The Arches, a £15m community health and social
Hydro Building Systems has exceeded the test services centre, has been presented with a Civic Trust Award
requirements for CWCT (Centre of Window and Commendation.
Cladding Technology) and European curtain It has already won a Royal Institute of British Architects Award.
walling standards. The full range of tests for The scheme features innovative use of Technal’s façade systems,
weather performance, safety and security were including around 100 windows.
carried out on a two storey, 8m high façade Two buildings are linked using Technal’s roof glazing to create an
sample. The curtain wall comprised eight attractive and welcoming atrium space at the heart of the centre.
unitised units, four of which spanned 4.8m, A ‘stained’ glass façade constructed from Technal’s curtain walling
exceeding the CWCT requirements for 4m high spans three storeys above the main entrance. Here, the double glazed
spans. The structural integrity of the unitised units are structurally bonded to the curtain walling system to give
façade withstood 3600 Pa, which is equivalent to the appearance of one large pane of glass. An abstract image of a
wind speeds of 170mph or storm force 12 on the flower, signifying regeneration, growth and health, was printed onto
Beaufort wind scale. The curtain wall resisted vinyl film and applied to the inner face of the double glazed units.
both water penetration and air infiltration up Dual colour tilt/turn casement windows from Technal’s FXi46 suite
to 600 Pa. The stringent performance testing were finished in a variety of colours contrasting with the white
also included static pressure, impact resistance rendered external envelope.
in accordance with BS EN 13049 and used an The windows were 2.4m high for the front elevation and used
aero engine to generate high wind speeds for as 1.5m high units in 11m long runs to the rear of the building.
the dynamic pressure. The Wicona system is a highly innovative approach to façade design, which applies the principles of off-site construction to Technal’s Trame Verticale curtain walling encloses the three-storey
the building envelope. The system is fully glazed and sealed in a controlled factory environment, and the complete units are moved to site for fast circular stairwell. The system was glazed in dark grey anti-sun glass,
installation on to pre-prepared fixings. The unitised panels can be fixed to steel or concrete frames and installed using a crane or monorail system. with silver caps to accentuate the vertical lines, and concealed vents
Any combination of profiles, external feature caps and glazing can be specified and the unitised system can incorporate stone cladding; metal, to allow natural ventilation.
composite or polycarbonate panels; windows, doors and fixed light glazing; brise soleil sunshading and photovoltaic panels.

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Call Of Duty Answered By Ardex At Gamestation Mapei To The Rescue RSL Gives Hotels And Restaurants 5 Star Floors Stone FX Launches As Forest Gets Four
When Gamestation, the fastest growing retailer of A system of Mapei products has been Resin Surfaces Limited (RSL) is proving itself to be the connoisseur’s Building on the
video and computer games in the UK opened a new used in the rebuild and refurbishment choice of resin flooring. Its product range is now a fixture in some enormous success of
store in Hull, ARDEX UK supplied the perfect flooring of the RNLI Grace Darling Museum in of the UK’s best hotels and restaurants, including The Savoy, The the Forest FX wood-
solution. Hull Flooring specified ARDEX FEATHER FINISH Northumberland. 130m2 of Burlington Mayfair and the Michelin-starred Bath Priory Hotel and Restaurant. effect sheet vinyl range,
to smooth over the new plywood floor, as it has been Elterwater Slate was installed to the floor RSL’s flagship products in these area’s are Resuthane TG69, a commercial flooring
extensively proven to deliver rapid and effective on- and Mapei’s water-based specialist Polyflor has
site working. In addition, the built-in Rapidry Formula Keraquick polyurethane launched Stone FX - an
technology ensures that ARDEX FEATHER FINISH dries adhesive in resin screed, eye catching collection
and hardens rapidly, this can be after as little as 15 Grey was and epoxy resin of 12 mottled granite
minutes on absorbent sub-floors. ARDEX AF 890 Surface specified screed Resucrete. and stone designs.
Tackifier was specified to fix the carpet tiles within for its fast Both provide a The simultaneous
the store. Odourless when dry with a short drying setting and hard-wearing introduction of four
time and permanent tack, ARDEX AF 890 is equally flexible hygienic floor exciting new timber
effective when roller or spray applied. To complete properties. The joints were then grouted surface that can effect shades to the
the installation, Polyflor Kudos vinyl floorcovering with Mapei Ultracolor Plus, fast-setting survive aggressive original Forest FX
was fixed with ARDEX AF 100 Pressure Sensitive and drying, flexible cementitious grout in cleaning collection aims to
Acrylic Flooring Adhesive. ARDEX AF 100 incorporates 113 Cement Grey, then movement joints methods. As a further strengthen its
the latest floorcovering adhesives technology and is were sealed with Mapei Mapesil AC silicone polyurethane- commanding market
perfect for use with PVC/Vinyl floorcoverings. sealant. based product, Resuthane TG69 is non-taint and highly resistant to position. Produced
chemical attack. Another key strength of the product is that it can in the same heavy
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 102 s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 103 also be steam-cleaned and withstand boiling water. Resucrete is an commercial specification as Forest FX, new
anti – slip epoxy-based alternative that provides similar levels of
resistance to chemical and bacterial attack. RSL’s product range will Stone FX is equally quick and easy to install and can be welded at
furnish a kitchen with an anti-slip, seamless floor finish that leaves the seams to provide a hygienic surface, offering no sanctuary to dirt
Schoolchildren Award Altro Top no cracks or joints in which bacteria can multiply. and bacteria. Both ranges also feature a polyurethane reinforcement
Grade For New Flooring (PUR), which protects the floor during installation and handover and
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 107 facilitates a polish-free maintenance regime.
Altro have helped the Petchey Academy in North
London bring to life their new ‘state of the s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 108
art’ building with new floors and wall cladding
throughout. The building in Hackney will offer
students the perfect environment and facilities
for learning and development. Altro Stronghold
and Altro Maxis flooring have been installed in
the kitchens, classrooms and science labs. Altro
ScreedQuartz protective flooring coating has been Ardex System Solution Delights
used in the main atrium and reception area. Altro
Whiterock wall cladding has been fitted in the New John Lewis Store
kitchens. Altro Stronghold and Maxis flooring are
ideal for safety in areas prone to become wet ARDEX UK delivered a high performance flooring solution for a
and greasy. Altro ScreedQuartz creates a clear prestigious new store in Cambridge on behalf of one of the High
protective seal that becomes slip resistant. The Street’s most revered names, John Lewis. Where there was a need to
ScreedQuartz flooring is resistant to a wide range deep fill floor levels, ARDEX K 15-B was used. ARDEX Rapidry Formula
Resdev Supports The of chemicals and is abrasion resistant. technology ensures ARDEX K 15-B dries and hardens rapidly so that
Supercars even thick applications will be hard enough to walk on after 2 hours.
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 105 ARDEX K 15 was applied as a top layer to the ARDEX K 15-B, to
When you’re parading some of the world’s provide a superior flat and smooth finish. ARDEX K 15 can be trowel
most exclusive supercars, then the or pump applied and provides rapid drying and hardening times
environment you choose to display them combining speed and performance. Part of the newly developed store
at their best is vital. When the Leeds Ardex R 90 P Rake And Trowel PU incorporates an existing building, where ARDEX FEATHER FINISH was
branch of GROUP20 SuperCar Club opened Screed ‘Steaks’ Out Its Claim used to smooth and patch repair the existing plywood floors. ARDEX
new premises for the collection and DPM was applied to some of the floor areas to provide a membrane
delivery of these high octane models, they When Ivan Clarke Quality Catering Butchers were with high inherent strength and an excellent bond. ARDEX DPM
chose Resdev’s Pumaflow resin flooring extending their modern production facility at adheres to saturated surface dry concrete and is totally compatible
system to create a quality showroom Ilfracombe, they needed to be sure that they would with ARDEX’s range of commercial flooring systems. Over 4,000m2 of
finish underfoot. The building is used as a receive the appropriate resin floor system that carpet tiles within various locations throughout the store, including
showroom for the exclusive members-only would meet the performance, appearance and budget shopping areas, coffee shop and brasserie, were fixed with ARDEX
SuperCar Club, frequently hosting vehicles criteria. ARDEX R 90 P Rake and Trowel Grade Heavy AF 890 Surface Tackifier. Non-slip safety flooring was installed to
including the Pagani Zonda Roadster F and Duty Polyurethane Screed was specified. Ideal for ‘back of house’ with ARDEX AF 100 Pressure Sensitive Acrylic Flooring
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Pumaflow is fast track projects in food processing environments, Adhesive. Benefits of ARDEX AF 100 include high yield, low odour
a flow applied epoxy resin flooring which ARDEX R 90 P is available in a range of colours and compatibility with under floor heating systems. To complete,
results in a smooth, easily cleaned surface which is particularly useful when it is essential to ARDEX AF 650 Heavy Duty Contact Adhesive was used to fix nosings.
with an attractive gloss finish which differentiate areas. ARDEX R 90 P has been designed
is highly resistance to both wear and to offer a low maintenance, easily cleaned floor that s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 109
spillage, including hydrocarbons. will withstand stringent hygiene routines.


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It’s A Gem Of A System
For Moonstone
The revolutionary, award-winning underfloor heating system Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM was the natural
choice for one of the UK’s greenest self-build projects. John Croft has installed Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM
under all 1,470 square metres of flooring at his luxury eco-house in the Cotswolds. And to uncouple the
Jerusalem Gold stone tiles from the Cemex Supaflo anhydrite screed, the Schlüter®-DITRA uncoupling
membrane was specified.
Known as The Moonstone Project, the unique multi-level six-bedroom house, which includes an indoor
swimming pool, gym, cinema and games room, is a model of eco-efficiency, which is why the energy
saving aspects of Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM were so important. And as the system incorporates the
uncoupling membrane and a modular screed, it also protects the stone tiles. Many ceramic and stone
tile installers have become wary of fixing over heated screeds because of problems experienced in the
past with tiles cracking, splitting and debonding. This is caused by the screed and tiles expanding and
contracting at different rates due to their different heat expansion co-efficients during temperature
However, Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM is an energy-efficient and quick-reacting modular assembly system
which overcomes this long-standing problem with the formation of micro-fine cracks that eliminate
stress build-up due to shrinkage during the curing of the screed. As soon as the screed can be walked on,
the Schlüter®-DITRA uncoupling membrane is bonded to it, and the stone or ceramic covering is then
installed onto the membrane. And because the whole assembly has a low construction height, the screed
mass to be heated is comparatively small, meaning the radiant heated floor is easily regulated and can be
operated with low supply temperatures, giving reduced fuel costs.
A thin layer of conventional screed – anhydrite, in the case of The Moonstone Project -- covers the studs
and pipes by a minimum of 8mm and up to a maximum of 25mm, depending on the type of installation,
so in some cases just five degrees is lost between the heat pipe and the surface. All of which means
that Schlüter®-BEKOTEC-THERM was the absolute right specification for Moonstone. Because 80% of
the house’s energy is generated from flat plate solar collectors, with the remainder being generated by
a ground source heat pump, the thin screed layer and the resulting lower temperatures needed to heat
it, mean the heat pump works more efficiently than with conventional underfloor heating systems. And
with 1,470 square metres of flooring to heat, John said it was essential that the temperature is easy to
And there was an added bonus for the heating contractors, who found the entire system quick and simple
to install. Although early architectural work on the house was handled by an architect, John completed
the designs himself, and liaised regularly with Schlüter-Systems Ltd regarding the specification for the
underfloor heating. The house in The Moonstone Project has a U value of 0.07, giving it a passivhaus
rating. In theory, the building is so well insulated that the heat given off by the people inside would be
enough to heat it. The house has, on average, around 0.5 metres of insulation incorporated within its
walls, floors and roof. The stone tiles were supplied by Indigenous Tiles, of Burford, Oxfordshire. They
have been used internally throughout the whole house, and on three exterior balconies.


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Ardex R 90 P Serves Up A Treat For Frank Dale Food Elastomeric Mix Waterproofs
ARDEX were specified for a new extension project on behalf of Frank Dale Surfaces In A Single Coat
Foods, a brand leader in Finger Foods, and provided the ideal industrial
flooring system for this 650m2 project. ARDEX R 90 P Rake and Trowel Monolastic has
Grade Heavy Duty Polyurethane Screed was specified as it provides high been formulated
chemical resistance, with a seamless and joint free finish to withstand by Index to
rigorous hygiene routines. ARDEX R 90 P provides an easily worked waterproof
system that can be applied using a pin rake and trowel, resulting in a concrete floors
more efficient installation process compared to traditional trowel applied and walls or
heavy duty polyurethane screeds. The system forms a tough, easily general cement
cleaned, pigmented layer from 4mm up to 9mm thick, providing a durable, Spark Of The Orient based surfaces,
slip resistant resin flooring system. even wood
Passive fire protection for Chinese wooden
buildings has become a substantial market
The New Look or plasters,
Mapei’s Fiberplan – The Ideal Solution s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 112
for Envirograf. The Chinese market place has Website From Conren subjected to
moisture. The
For Levelling Timber Floors
blossomed since the early 90’s, when the The new look website from Conren (www. black bitumen-cementitious paste is non-
Mapei’s FIBERPLAN is an ultra-fast hardening, fibre-reinforced founder and Managing Director of Envirograf, now makes it even easier to toxic, has excellent adhesive and elastic
self-levelling compound suitable for levelling differences Derek Ward, visited a number of Chinese source the latest technical information properties and will bridge 3mm cracks.
in thickness from 3 – 10mm on timber substrates for the provinces to examine the fire safety of some on Conren’s resin coatings, screeds, Under normal conditions seal testing
installation of floor coverings. Time efficient and cost of their holy shrines. Wooden temples were waterproofing compounds, highways can be carried out in 4 days and once
effective, FIBERPLAN offers an alternative to a plywood identified as being the most susceptible to an anti-skid and safety surfacing. Help is cured it will accept adhesive cements
overlay, eliminating the requirement for conventional carpentry accidental or malicious fire, and with many also at hand for specifiers who can now or plasters. Where crumbling or loose
or other over-boarding methods often employed for levelling of these historical structures being located access the appropriate NBS specification areas have been reinstated a water based
timber floors and is suitable for use over wooden boarding, in isolated places, the need for maximum clauses for Conren’s surfacing products. primer such as Primer Fix should be used
chipboard, plywood and parquet as well as existing ceramic protection was paramount, Derek suggested The Company’s 24-page colour brochure before Monolastic is applied in a 2mm
tiles, terrazzo and natural stone substrates. FIBERPLAN has the use of his Envirograf fire protective coating ‘Surfacing Solutions’ is available in a coat. A technical data sheet supports the
a high flexural strength, and is ideal when installing ceramic system, which carry a British Standard and ‘pdf’ format to download from the site, product.
tiles over a wooden substrate as it helps prevent cracking European performance tests for up to 60 together with technical product data
on tiled finishes, ensuring that the tiled surface remains minutes fire protection. sheets. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 116
unharmed and intact.

Toughest Floor Surface Doesn’t your project Dricon® is the only BBA approved
fire retardant treatment for timber.
For Exhibition Hall
A floor surface that is reckoned to be the
deserve the best? It forms part of a unique choice
toughest in the world has been installed in of timber protection systems and
a new exhibition hall at the East of England services available from Arch to
Showground, Peterborough. The surface provide more time and safety in
material comprises cement powder, admixtures
a fire situation.
and hard alloy aggregates containing titanium
that is sprinkled onto the new, wet concrete
floor slab. The system known as Sikafloor
MetalTop fuses into the wet concrete forming a
monolithic surface that when cured, is reckoned
to be 20 times as abrasion resistant as regular
powerfloated concrete. The floor design
and installation was by specialist concrete
flooring contractors, Twintec who used a steel
fibre reinforced concrete which dramatically
improves the toughness of the floor and
eliminates the need for induced contraction
joints. The finished floor of the 4,500 square
metre exhibition hall is exceptionally durable
and easy to clean and maintain. Advantages
over other systems are speed - no additional
time is needed as the surface is applied at SEE U
the same time the concrete slab is poured, ECOBU IL
therefore the overall cost is lower. STAND NO D
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MAR 2007

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are registered trademarks of Arch Timber Protection.
UniQue timber protection

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Permeable Clay
Paving System
Increasing urbanisation of the countryside, the re-
development of brown field sites and changes in rainfall
patterns have led to much higher volumes of surface water
entering sewerage systems and water courses. This, in
turn, has led to an increased number of ‘flooding events’
in city centres, greater expenditure on new and upgraded
sewerage systems and insurance companies increasing
premiums on properties built in vulnerable areas.
Permeable paving systems can be used to help alleviate
these problems.
Traditionally no limitations have been placed on the
extent of hard impervious surfacing materials associated
with new or existing locations. This situation is now
changing as legislation and a greater awareness of
environmental matters forces designers and specifiers to
seek ‘greener’ pavement solutions. Permeable pavements
replicate the natural drainage patterns of a site prior
to its development, attenuate discharge volumes from
the pavement and treat pollutants within the pavement
construction. Structurally they can also be designed to
receive the full spectrum of vehicular loadings. Permeable
pavements encourage water to cascade through the
construction rather than running off the surface as would
normally be the case.
The pavement structure and the materials used must
therefore be selected with this in mind. Depending on
ground conditions a ‘tanked system’ or an ‘infiltration
system’ can be selected. In tanked systems water is
temporarily held in a reservoir structure formed with an
impervious membrane. Retained water is then discharged
through a small diameter pipe at ‘green field run-off
rates’ to a water course, an existing drainage network or
a storage tank. A proportion of the retained water also
evaporates back to atmosphere through the permeable
pavement surface.
In infiltration systems, the impervious membrane is
replaced with a geotextile material which allows retained
water to pass directly into the subgrade to replenish
ground water levels. Blockleys’ Hydrosmart™ fully
researched permeable clay paving system provides the
ideal solution for specifiers seeking an attractive, durable
surface which has excellent long term environmental and
technical performance characteristics.


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Howe Green Flushed With Capital Success Ecophon Coffers Display Artistic A Bespoke
Howe Green, the UK’s leading Qualities Stannah Lift For
developer and manufacturer of floor, The architects behind the reconfiguration of a Sportsworld
ceiling and wall access solutions, secondary school as an arts college have found an
has completed a major project at unusual application for the illuminated ceiling coffers Stannah have installed
London’s acclaimed Gherkin Swiss manufactured by Ecophon Limited. The King James I a special bespoke lift
Re building. The company was College in Bishop Auckland has been expanded from for sports equipment
commissioned to provide access a econdary school to create a community college retailer, Sportsworld,
panels for investment firm Orient specialising in the arts. The project team, led by in their Glasgow store.
Global’s toilet facilities on level 30 Planarch The lift had to operate
of the stunning building. Howe Green Design, sought within an existing shaft
was called in to create a solution a means of so a new steel structure
that would seamlessly blend with converting a was constructed within
the minimalist, stylized interior of tired reception the existing stairwell so
the bathrooms. These would have area into a that the ‘new’ lift would
to safely cover all the plumbing and bright and comply with all the
automatic electrical controls for latest regulations. The
structure is clad with
Ice Cool Nightlife In Verbier, Switzerland
the toilets and urinals. Howe Green exhibition
supplied its Waldor 65 hinged wall gilt bronze mesh, the A luxury new VIP members’ club in the Swiss Alps provides the spectacular
space. They
panels, made to perfectly match the lift interior is finished to perfection in wood with brass panels setting for custom wall finishes from Armourcoat. The Coco Club in Verbier
achieved it by installing a complete new Ecophon
existing tiling. The large panels, and skirting and the car is completed by a stunning decorative has undergone a £1m refurbishment to create a slick designer interior.
ceiling system featuring three raised, illuminated
measuring over 1.2m by 800mm, also ceiling. The entrance to the lift into the listed building is Armourcoat were specified to create custom wall finishes to match this
coffers, each of which acts as a very visible display
featured a stainless steel edge trim approached by a flight of external steps, so this means the opulent style. A polished plaster finish in a chunky, textured effect
space for both sculptures and paintings. The architect
to give attractive clean lines to the store is still not fully accessible. The installation of a Stannah complete with gold leaf is used to stunning effect. The ArmourCast ‘Flow’
in charge of the project for Planarch, Mr Stephen
finished product. Each of the panels Stairiser, platform stairlift, on the approaching staircase means wall panel system creates a dramatic sculptured wall finish in the entrance.
Citrone, comments: “It was the perfect system to
was manufactured from 1.2mm thick, corrosion resistant stainless steel and people who use a wheelchair or find the stairs difficult can still The seamless artisan-look, is achieved from the creation of a sequence of
achieve the visual impact we were looking for and did
a simple, concealed security lock prevents tampering while allowing easy access the passenger lift and reach all levels of the store. CAD generated ArmourCast panels. Each panel interlocks cleverly creating
everything we wanted in terms of creating the right
maintenance access. a unique wall finish each time with numerous design options. The ‘Flow’
light and space.”
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 122 system can be finished in a wide range of decorative effects.

Balustrading Facilitated by
Expanded Metal Mesh
Balustrading is a functional feature of a building, but
thanks to the advanced technology that The Expanded
Metal Company (EMC) employs in the manufacture of Architectural Ceramics
its specialist product range, it can also be used as
a major design feature in its own right, combining
Launch Dynamic New Website
practicality with eye catching aesthetic appeal. 2008 sees one of the leading suppliers of
Expanded metal mesh has a number of advantages commercial tile solutions for architects and
over other materials traditionally associated with interior designers, Architectural Ceramics, launch
balustrading. First is its strength - the mesh is formed their new contemporary and informative website:
from a single continuous sheet, which provides Features include; dynamic
additional strength. The uncut knuckles of the product navigation, an extensive product library that
allow it to withstand stress better than welds or illustrates over 20,000 variations of floor and
joints, making it ultra secure at any height level. When wall tiles, an NBS specification area and CPD
suitably coated, it is also super corrosion resistant, seminars. From sustainable products such as
performing better than welded or woven metal, due Zenith Glass mosaic, to gigantic 1200x1200mm
to the jointless continuity of the mesh. However, it is porcelain tiles and stylish wall tiles,
the design potential of expanded mesh that opens up Architectural Ceramics’ website is a valuable
a wealth of creative choice and opportunity for the portal to the latest innovations and trends
architect. Expanded metal mesh can be finished with a for wall and floor coverings. Chris Petitjean,
range of specialist coatings - powder coated, painted, Marketing Director of Architectural Ceramics
galvanised, anodised and coloured to blend in with comments: “The new website reflects the breadth
any environment. of high quality solutions that we specialise in
and now features far more project reference
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 121 images. We are delighted with the way the site works, and hope our clients do too.”


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Hard Standing For Terminal
Compac’s New Range
Sika, working with Hanson Premix,
Of Colours - Created To Marshalls’ Popular Priora have been supplying high grade, steel
Awaken Your Senses Range Introduce New Tegula fibre reinforced concrete for use in a
contract for Pentalver Transport, who has
Beauty, sophistication and innovation
Priora 60mm increased its footprint by some 23 acres
arrive in the kitchen with a range The UK’s No. 1 hard landscaping at Southampton Docks. Hanson Premix
of new quartz worksurface colours transformation company, Marshalls plc, has using Sika
and finishes launched by COMPAC introduced new Tegula Priora 60mm to the admixtures
MARMOL&QUARTZ. Be seduced by popular Priora range. Bringing together the were
sizzling Fucsia, experience Passion, aesthetics of Tegula and the environmental chosen to
enjoy the intensity of Chocolat and benefits of Priora, Tegula Priora provides supply the
be tempted by the softness of Lila. versatility to complement conservation concrete
Sample the flavour of Wine or for projects or enhance distinctive show for this
something innovatively different, take piece schemes requiring a SUDS solution. new
a look at Cement. Available in 3m slab Marshalls currently produce an 80mm unit container storage area. A C40 concrete
sizes and a range of thicknesses and and the introduction of 60mm allows real mix was specified incorporating Novocon
formats designed to meet the most value engineering to projects requiring FE1050 steel fibres and Sika Fibrepack
challenging kitchen layout. All COMPAC a permeable distressed unit, yet not polypropylene fibres to provide increased
worksurfaces are complemented by anticipating the vehicular overrun where an flexural toughness and resistance to
matching floor and skirting tiles. 80mm unit would be utilised. Manufactured cracking. Granulated blastfurnace slag
at our Sandy works, Tegula Priora 60mm is at 40% was incorporated to increase the
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 125 durability of the concrete together with
available now in Harvest, Pennant Grey and
Traditional colourways in a 160 gauge. Sikament 10 superplasticiser for water

Vanities Designed To Inspire By Expanded Metal At The Core Of A ‘Big Apple’ Project
Armitage Venesta. New York City’s latest architectural
Stylish, inspirational and functional – expect icon is a world-class building in which
the very best from the new vanities range by every department at The Expanded
Armitage Venesta, the UK’s leading washroom Metal Company can genuinely say
system provider. For individuality and exclusivity, they played a part. The city’s New
there is no better choice than new Granite Museum of Contemporary Art was
countertops. Styles from Blue Pearl to Ivory Pink, officially opened to widespread
plus a choice of profiles, ensure all your design acclaim recently. Expanded Metal
criteria are met. The natural beauty of stone Company Architectural Specification
continues with Quartz. Engineered with a resin Managers Paul Whitton and Paul
composite for increased durability, Quartz delivers Bushnell were among the guests at
undeniable luxury and sophistication. Solid the gala event but, says Mr Whitton,
“This really was a team effort”.
Surface countertops – made from a proven blend Maxideck – High Performance
of minerals and acrylic polymer – also deliver an Paul Whitton and his team used
impressive stone appearance, but with assured
Acoustic Floor their expertise to come up with
colour consistency and durability. And the Sound Reduction Systems Ltd (SRS) have launched sample meshes that illustrated what
Armitage Venesta vanity choice goes on. There’s Maxideck, a high performance acoustic flooring expanded metal could achieve. But,
Oslo for a contemporary glass solution. Plus solution, to comply with Building Regulations Part he says, aesthetics were not the only
Compact grade for really hard-working washrooms E. Maxideck is a cost effective and time efficient consideration. “We had to look at
as well as economic Laminate options, both method of meeting both the airborne and impact the structural feasibility which in
materials are available in 52 colours. noise standards. Maxideck is a composite of four New York not only has to cope with
materials, each chosen for their own unique strong winds, but also ice loading. A lot of engineering work was required.” To satisfy
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 126 acoustic properties, resulting in a high performance the warranty requirements the chosen aluminium mesh was anodised but, notes Paul, product having minimal floor build-up. At only “This process can make the product appear somewhat dull and this was exactly the
28mm thick, Maxideck has demonstrated compliance opposite to what SANAA was looking for, so we had the aluminium specially polished
with the Building Regulations in many different prior to anodising to minimise this effect.”

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Rock Asphalte And Arsenal – A Watertight Defence KNX Lighting System Tracks The
Rock Asphalte has delivered Sun For Passport Officials
a hat trick of world beating One of the intelligent lighting systems offered
protective systems to Arsenal by Electrak Limited, a member of KNX UK, has Urbis Lighting Lights Up
FC’s The Stadium housing been utilised within the new Passport office Jacobs Ladder
project. For the main roofing in Liverpool to optimise energy performance
areas, Rock is supplying its and adjust the level of artificial lighting in Jacobs Ladder in Falmouth has recently
fully bonded Flexiphalte Triple the occupied spaces as the sun tracks across had new handrails fitted with state of the
Protection inverted roofing the structure. The project team decided to art LED lights to light up the flight of 111
system. It is topped off by a install the Electrak steps. Urbis Lighting have replaced the
loose laid Min K Membrane, KNX lighting power old handrails with stainless steel handrails
Roofmate SL-X and a geotextile distribution and with LED lighting strips on the underside,
separating membrane. control system as which will enable the steps to be lit fully
The podium deck will rely six separate lines without the need to lay cables or disturb
on Flexiphalte Structural to zone the three any ground as the cabling is carried within
Waterproofing, comprising floors of the property. the central rail. The LEDs are fitted in
25mm Flexiphalte Pompav polymer modified paving grade asphalt and 10mm Pommar polymer The installation features the use of movement such a way that, in the event of failure,
modified roofing grade asphalt. Below, a Baryprene membrane is fully bonded to float finish sensors in many occupied spaces and MT 701 the remaining LEDs will still operate,
concrete. Finally, the exclusive penthouses feature a 1.2mm thick, light grey single ply membrane mini panels which implement the programmed ensuring sections of the steps remain lit.
that is fully adhered to tapered insulation board. lighting control across individual areas.

Ground Heave Protection Now Even Better Sterk Introduces A Winch Option On Its Triangular Bridge System
Users of products which combat the Sterk Systems’ Triangular Bridge scaffold system has
effects of groundheave, particularly received an update with the addition of a winch option
prevalent on the clay soils which to the range. Warwickshire-based builder RJ Thompson
predominate in the south east of the Building Services is the latest customer to invest in a
country, are already familiar with the Triangular Bridge system featuring an integral winch to
benefits of using the collapsible type, meet health and safety concerns. The company decided
such as Dufaylite Clayboard, over the to purchase a Triangular Bridge system to use for the
compressible fill alternatives, made replacement of fascias and soffits. A nine-metre long
from polystyrene. The difference system incorporating a winch was duly ordered, with
is that Clayboard is much thinner,
Bluestone Chooses Hodgson allowing for more panels per lorry to
a variable height between three and five metres. The
Triangular Bridge’s winch system is supplied as an integral
& Hodgson As Partner be delivered and means less soil has to part of the base section of the supports. The bridge is
In £6 Million Student be excavated keeping down the muck assembled on the ground, complete with floor boards,
away costs and the ever-increasing
Accommodation Project Landfill Tax duties. Now Clayboard has
handrails and safety end rails and simply winched into
place once complete. At the required height, the bridge is locked into place with security pins. It can
another string to its bow : users can also be winched up when loaded, with load capacities varying according to the span of the bridge.
The Hodgson & Hodgson Group is order it factory wrapped in sections,
celebrating another successful project Sterk Systems’ Triangular Bridge scaffold is lightweight and easy to erect. A 12-metre span weighs less
enhancing the protection of the product and also saving the installer valuable time. than 50kg, rests on just two bearers and can be erected by two people in 15 minutes.
after the completion of a consultancy
contract for a £6 million new-build
development Victoria Hall in Nottingham.
The SGB Universal Staircase s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 138
Builders Bluestone plc chose the Offers Real Versatility
Group’s Consultancy Division to provide The Universal Staircase is a most versatile
comprehensive acoustic design, Design & Display Structures Goes On A
assessment and planning services on the
staircase solution. Designed to fit tube Fibreglass Grating Replaces Steel Grating
scheme. Situated in Saint Anne’s Well Space Odyssey and fitting scaffolds, it is made from at Heysham Power Station
lightweight aluminium, comes pre-
Road, close to Nottingham city centre, assembled and is quick and easy to install. Over a period of years, excessive corrosion had occurred to
A piece of modern art, built by GRP experts Design & Display
Victoria Hall is an exclusive new-build Self-locking hooks secure the staircase to a the existing galvanised steel cooling water gully covers.
Structures, has brought an intergalactic flavour to Leeds’
development consisting of three cylindrical scaffold tube or similar member at the top, The corroded steel grating was a potential safety hazard,
tallest building, nicknamed ‘The Dalek’. Artists Bryan and
five, seven and nine-storey steel frame and lift height adjustment is automatic. and the covers were difficult to remove without lifting
Laura Davies referenced a wide range of futuristic sources
blocks for student accommodation. Once the required angle has been achieved, equipment. Fibreglass Grating Ltd supplied replacement
for their ‘Hello Friends’ sculpture including Stanley Kubrick’s
iconic film, 2001 – A Space Odyssey. The 17.5m high column the unit is locked in position. The SGB lightweight no-maintenance DuraTread Grating to all areas.
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 133 sculpture is located in the atrium of Bridgewater Place in Universal Staircase - which conforms to BS The new 38mm thick Gully covers can be handled easily
Leeds. The monolithic concept was brought to life using EN 12811 and WAH requirements - comes when maintenance and repairs take place. The anti-slip
a series of nine vertically stacked red GRP modules. The in a range of heights up to 3.5m; is flat- gritted surface provides secure footing in all weathers. The
company’s modular off site manufacturing and fast erection packed; features steel reinforced feet to Grating Cover Panels are non-magnetic, non-sparking, non-
times made them the perfect choice for this landmark piece. provide a robust footing and incorporates conductive, and completely maintenance-free. Floor Grating
It has inspired and intrigued residents through a series of detachable guardrail units which locate into is available in various panel sizes and thicknesses, and
brightly lit images displayed within each of its nine sections. sockets on side of the stair. manufactured to ISO9001 specifications.


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Geze UK Drives Innovation
Ashtech Provides The Crowning Number Eleven Gets
When shedkm was having difficulty finding
Glory For Kingsgate The PERI Ltd Treatment the appropriate entrance for Birmingham’s
former Fort Dunlop tyre factory and the
2500m² Ashtech Rainscreen Cladding panels have
nearby Travelodge, it turned to GEZE
been employed to help transform the Kingsgate
UK. The ideal door had to reflect the
Shopping Centre in Dunfermline, Scotland. The
industrial scale of the building, meet
newly refurbished centre will feature a new
disability requirements and reduce heat
3-storey car park completely clad in Ashtech
loss. GEZE UK’s circular sliding drum
metallic silver, perforated Rainscreen panels with
door was the answer. shedkm specified
feature flying buttress column casings. This is
two bespoke Slimdrive SCR drum-shaped
also coupled with the Ashtech-clad 3-storey car
sliding doors to the front and rear of the
park above the centre with over 700 spaces. The
factory and TSA 160 swing doors for the
panels were supplied to site pre-sized and cut
adjoining Travelodge. GEZE UK supplied the
for ease of installation from Ash & Lacy’s newly
freestanding Slimdrive SCR entrance doors
expanded Glasgow premises. The perforations
which each feature two sets of sliding
in the rainscreen cladding ensure the car park
doors four metres apart so that when
remains ventilated; whilst allowing natural
someone passes through the first set of
daylight in to illuminate the building.
doors, they close behind them before the
set in front opens, minimising air loss.
PERI Ltd’s RCS-P (Rail Climbing System - Protection) and RCS-C (Rail Climbing System - Core) are being used to create a safe and efficient working environment on one of Birmingham’s most s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 145
prestigious projects. Number Eleven, Brindley Place will feature Grade A office accommodation.
The PERI RCS-P system with climbing shoe is designed for use on high rise buildings, offering
protection on three levels of construction. A series of plywood clad steel framed panels are
secured to the building by means of the climbing guide shoe. This effectively prevents workers
Rock Provides Welcome from falling from height and eliminates the threat of falling tools and debris. RCS-C is being used
to safely construct the core walls which in turn provide the strength and stability of the building.
Retail Therapy Combined with this climbing technology is PERI’s SKYDECK Aluminium slab formwork, which is
Rock Asphalte has delivered a shining strong and lightweight.
combination of advanced waterproofing
systems to the new £350million jewel in
Leicester’s crown. The New Shires is part of
a major regeneration programme and Rock
Hodgson & Hodgson Asphalte has been involved in the design
Strengthens Relationship process from the very beginning.
The concrete roof areas and multi-storey
With Westleigh car park benefit from Rock Asphalte’s
Developments durable Flexiphalte Triple Protection System.
Flexiphalte Pommar, an advanced polymer
Hodgson & Hodgson Group Limited is modified asphalt, is then fully bonded to the membrane. The multi-storey car park then received a
again supplying residential building top coat of Flexiphalte Vehicular Deck paving grade asphalt. Elsewhere, a range of lightweight roofing Alimak SE-T Temporary Lift Range
specialist Westleigh Developments techniques were used on the Cinema and comms room. A triple layer of acoustic Verspanel on the Cinema
with noise control products. The provides a 55dB noise reduction. The residential areas also fell under Rock Asphalte’s proven expertise. When major refurbishment projects are carried
Westleigh development, on the site The works included the courtyard areas, situated above the second floor of the retail space, and the out on continuously occupied buildings, Alimak
of the former Northampton Machinery external detail, including eyebrow canopies. Hek can provide the answer to maintaining
Company, comprises eight houses access for all. The ALIMAK SE-T temporary lift
and 138 apartments in six blocks. By s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 142 range is the ideal solution for maintaining lift
replacing the original batten system services during the refurbishment, replacement or
with Hodgson & Hodgson’s acoustic extended maintenance of existing lifting systems.
flooring material, the thickness of the SGB Mastclimbers® In Big Demand On Battic Place Development The ALIMAK SE-T offers robust flexibility, whilst
floors was reduced and labour costs Clever design work by SGB has helped overcome the problem incorporating all the features and comforts you
minimised. The project used Sound of tight space restrictions on the Baltic Place development would associate with a traditional internal lift. The
Floor STI acoustic flooring board made at Gateshead Quay where SGB has supplied 21 of its Mast ALIMAK SE-T can be erected quickly and efficiently,
from an 18mm P5 moisture-resistant Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP) for work on two office minimising disruption to the surrounding area
chipboard, bonded to 30mm of high- blocks. The SGB Mastclimbers® on site consist of nine single and avoiding inconvenience for members of the
density mineral wool backing to give mast units and twelve twin mast units, each being designed public. The lift only requires a pit depth of 525mm
good impact sound absorption as well to follow the contours of the buildings and allow access at a and does not require a separate machinery room
as adding to airborne sound absorption. constant distance from the face. or supportive lift shaft as all motors and drive
The twin mast units have been installed with different level equipment are located on top of the lift car itself.
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 141 base units which required them to be built initially as two The SE-T temporary lift range is quick and easy to separate MCWP which were then joined together. The MCWP erect and dismantle.
can be positioned extremely accurately, literally providing
‘inch perfect’ working, with significant on-site productivity
benefits to be achieved. The system offers quick erection and dismantling times and there is minimal
disruption at ground level making it ideal for restricted sites such as the one at Baltic Place.


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We Recommend
Schlüter, We
Use Schlüter
Ceramic Tile Distributors, who are currently celebrating 40 years
of distributing tiles and accessories throughout the UK, had long-
standing experience to know exactly what essential protection
was needed to ensure their new showroom in Glasgow will stay
looking as good in years to come, as the day it opened. Having
outgrown their existing Glasgow premises, CTD built a new
showroom a couple of miles away, along with a trade counter,
offices and warehouse. The 372
m2 showroom floor was tiled
with Vitra 440 x 440 Cemento
Mink, extending into the trade
counter, and a number of
Schlüter profiles were specified
to ensure the installation’s
long-lasting integrity. Regional
Director Peter Hindley, who
has been with CTD for 17
years, said: “CTD has grown considerably with a number of new
branches, and we needed a better showroom and warehouse.
Of course, we wanted to install the correct profiles to ensure
the tiles were fully protected. Schlüter are the specialists in
essential tile protection, we advise our customers on the use of Schlüter, and we wanted the
best for ourselves, too. We recommend Schlüter, so we used Schlüter.” Schlüter®-DILEX-AKWS
was specified to create tile fields which move independently of each other, including following
substrate movement joints in the surface, ensuring that the tiles on the showroom floor won’t
crack, split or debond. Schlüter®-RENO-U transition profiles protect the exposed edge of the tiles
at the entrance to the toilets, warehouse and canteen, where there is no covering surface on the
concrete substrate. The substrate was prepared with Ardex K-15 self-leveling compound, and the
tiles fixed with BAL MOTO bond adhesive. The installation was finished with Ardex C2 Grey grout.
In addition, Schlüter®-TREP-E stair nosing profiles were fitted to the front edge of the stairs
leading from the showroom to the offices. The work was carried out by Newcastle-based Albert
Donerly Tiling Contractors, who are experienced in tiling showrooms for the industry, and for
other parts of the Saint-Gobain business, e.g. Jewsons and Grahams. It was a double 40th
celebration for Peter Hindley – as well as helping the company celebrate 40 years in business, it
is also Peter’s 40th wedding anniversary.


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Aliva Engineering And LMC Group
Combine To Deliver Total Supply &
Installation Services
Problems with the supply & installation of stone
cladding arose at the new Quad Centre in Derby,
meaning construction work on the prestigious
cinema & arts centre was temporarily put on
hold. These problems were costly and could have
meant alterations to the plans, adding additional
costs and further delays to the project. The main
contractors needed to find a new supplier with
the necessary design experience and the available
resources to get the project back on track, and
Aliva Engineering, working with LMC Group, were
able to meet all their requirements.
Aliva proposed a re-design of the modular stone clad lay-out which would achieve the original architectural objectives; their proposed solution
also considered the internal through-wall sub-grids, outer-wall insulation and glass curtaining. Having successfully demonstrated their ability
to resolve the supply problems and to minimise the impact these were having on the original schedules & budgets, Aliva Engineering needed to
appoint a specialist installation partner with the additional skills and resources necessary to ensure timely completion of the project. LMC Group
was identified as the ideal partner with whom to collaborate.
Their brief was to ensure health & safety considerations were in place, provide labour & management, regularly report on progress and be
proactive in overcoming issues associated with highly complex projects of this nature. The result of this collaboration is that with delays to the
Quad Centre were minimised, the original architectural plans maintained and the installation was free of any further problems.


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lindab rainline | the sustainable rainwater system

Why would you want

Sureset Resin Bound Surfacing’s plastic when you
Major Contribution To Campus can have STEEL
Originally renowned for its strong industrial background Newcastle the desired result SureSet initially prepared laser cut MDF stencils from • Made from galvanised steel sheeting Lindab Rainline is one of the most
has now become a vibrant city with numerous and diverse cultural the plans as templates with metal edging being formed into position sustainable rainwater systems available on the market today.
activities and many new buildings of architectural merit. around the MDF to create the characters.
Recently added to the list is the new City Campus East development at At the same time these were filled with 6mm Forest Green for • Steel is a material that is recyclable, extremely environmentally friendly
Northumbria University where concepts designed with environmental transportation to site where the background colour of 6mm Sterling and has a natural place in the modern approach to sustainability.
sustainability in mind have already won several accolades for both the Silver was then laid up to them. The third element making use of • Gutters and downpipes simply push together without the need for
university and those involved in the project’s development. SureSet is a landscape ‘make-over’ for Ellison Courtyard, an area within any sealants.
Resin bound surfacing specialist, SureSet, had their materials the original City Campus. The courtyard forms part of the walkway
incorporated in many areas of hard landscaping.Within the main linking existing buildings to the new footbridge and continuing on to • The only maintenance required after installation is an occasional wipe
campus area 4033 m2 of 6mm Forest Green/Sterling Silver mix have City Campus East. or washdown.
been laid within pedestrian access areas and also as part of a central Here a mix of 6mm Forest Green and 6mm Sterling blends from each
• Our environmental work enjoys high priority and focuses on minimising
feature depicting left and right sides of the brain. end to give a 50/50 mix at its central point with 10mm Sterling
A further 10m2 of Sterling Silver have been used elsewhere with 42 being used for Tree Pits. For SLR Insite the choice of materials had to the use of raw materials, components, energy, packaging and transport.
Tree Pits having been installed as well, using 10mm Sterling Silver. balance the competing demands of sustainability and longevity and to
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The project also incorporates a new bridge crossing the central this end SureSet were able to source much of its raw material locally.
motorway, allowing students and local communities access to the
existing City Campus. s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 148
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the words, ‘Northumbria University’ within the footpath. To achieve s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 150

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External Rendered Timber
Façade Restoration
Sun Hill cottage originally dates from the 16th Century on a
major highway in Royston, Cambridgeshire. The side rear walls
of the property remain as the original timber framed structure,
finished in a combination of half timbering and lime render
over lathes fixed in the structural timber frame. From the visible
bowing of the external render, it was clear that there were
inherent problems.
The owner consulted the Local Authority who required that the
walls of the Grade II listed building be made good and restored,
with lime render and coating in an approved colour shade. As
with all historic refurbishment projects, the first stage was to s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 152
establish the precise nature and extent of all the problems.
Specialists, Castlework Contractors, lightly blast cleaned the
surfaces using the highly controllable Rotec Whirljet cleaning
equipment, to enable the nature and condition of the structure
to be exposed from beneath the render and layers of paint. It
became clear that previous restoration work had not been up to
the required standards.
Much of the original lime render had been replaced with a much
stronger mix of sand and cement. In several areas the original
lathes had been removed, leaving an empty void. The render
had been applied directly onto a galvanised steel mesh that was
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Sadolin Colours Hotel Titon Secures Glasgow
Ten new self catering chalets have been constructed in the Regeneration Development
grounds of the Crieff Hydro Hotel in Scotland, and thanks to A new development of flats in a Glasgow
Sadolin Superdec woodstain, they are providing a stunningly regeneration project has been fitted with Titon
eye catching addition to the hotel. The timber frame, timber Sobinco door handles, single and three-point
clad two storey structures combine luxury accommodation locks and electric strikes as part of a communal
with innovative design through colour and materials. Some entrance doors and door entry system. The Oatlands
of the chalets are clad with weatherboarding and all are development is the first phase of six in a major
on a white rendered base course. The colour scheme is regeneration of the former Gorbals area of Glasgow.
particularly striking with Sadolin Superdec opaque woodstain The specification included high security Titon
applied in a variety of unusual shades, including Volcanic Sobinco 8600 Series single door locks. A Grand
Ash, Limestone Antler Brown for optimum visual impact. The Master Suite central locking system utilises Sobinco
Superdec system of water borne opaque coatings comprises 880 Series Euro-Profile half-cylinders. Added security
a two coat application solution offering excellent resistance is provided by Sobinco 787-X-136 series electric
to weathering and deterioration. It has an alkyd acrylic strikes. Titon Sobinco 826 CL internal door handles,
formulation rendering it highly flexible and resistant to aluminium round lever handles incorporating long
flaking, cracking and peeling, common problems with other zinc alloy backplates have been fitted at Oatlands.
wood coating systems. The external handles were Sobinco 836 L-VI door
pulls installed with long backplates.

AM Profiles Offers A Sweet Pill Ward Adds Perfect Finish To Ilva

AM Profiles has recently supplied composite windows Super Store
and curtain wall for one of the first installations in
the UK of a complete composite facade. The timber Ward Insulated Panels has supplied a total
aluminium composites have been installed at the Old insulated roofing solution for the flagship
Brewery at Pill, near Bristol, established 200 years superstore of European furniture retailer Ilva
ago which has undergone extensive renovation to in Manchester. Ilva has built a reputation for
create modern and efficient offices. The final phase innovation in product design and the new store
of the project used two complementary products fulfils this ambition. The roof was constructed
designed and supplied by AM Profiles, a timber framed using 6300 m² of Ward Topdek, a factory pre-
aluminium clad curtain wall system and ‘Design-5’ a engineered composite roof panel that offers faster
timber framed aluminium clad window system. Chosen Capital Job For Pyeroy As It onsite assembly compared to traditional single ply
for its natural integration within the building and roofing methods. It comprises a high performance
Wins Multi-million Pound single-ply PVC outer membrane integrally bonded
its slender sight lines the curtain walling mullions
Bridges’ Contract to a Firesafe rigid PIR insulation core approved
New Entrance Forms Part Of are only 56mm wide and 160mm in depth so provide
to LPBC standards, and a steel trapezoidal inner
a fine balance between the buildings visual and Expanding protective coatings specialist the
Major Refurbishment structural requirements. deck, which provide structural support.
Pyeroy Group has won a £7 million contract
A modernised entrance incorporating an to refurbish two of London’s most famous s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 159
automatic revolving door to an 8-storey bridges. The contract will see the firm
office building at 33 St Mary Axe, London repainting the world famous Tower Bridge
EC3, has been supplied and fitted by and Southwark Bridge. The company’s well
Structura UK Ltd. The new entrance, which advanced on a multi-million pound contract
replaced a glazed screen that incorporated to repaint 40,000 metres of the southern
section of the Forth Rail Bridge. Its also
a single set of automatic sliding doors, Echoing Success For Trent Concrete recently completed a £1.3 million contract
Syntha Pulvin Sails Into Port
consists of a structurally glazed screen,
with glass fins, in 15mm clear, toughened Mario Minchella Architects loved the curved white precast to refurbish North London’s Iron Bridge Portsmouth’s iconic Spinnaker Tower will stay ship-
glass, a Touniket revolving door and two exterior of City Gate in Newcastle so much they specified it for Transport for London. A refurbishment shape for years to come with Valspar’s leading powder
low-energy, automatic, DDA-compliant for their own £38 million new build, Echo 24, a high-quality programme for Tower Bridge will see a team coating. Unrivalled quality, backed up by a 25 year
pass doors located either side of the apartment development in Sunderland. But it wasn’t just of Pyeroy contractors scaffold, grit blast warranty, was a key reason why Syntha Pulvin was
revolving door. Structura also installed a aesthetic beauty they wanted to achieve for this landmark and re-paint section by section the iconic asked aboard the dramatic sail-shaped project. Valspar
full width, bronze anodised canopy and build. They wanted speed of installation, acoustic insulation 244 metre long structure. Further upstream, approved applicator Metalion Ltd applied Syntha
soffit panels. Internally, Structura provided and durability. Architect, Mario Minchella explained: “When work is already underway by Pyeroy on the Pulvin, specially mixed to replicate the colour of the
six sets of frameless glass lift lobby doors we saw the product on City Gate we knew it would be right refurbishment programme for Southwark external render, to the lift areas and observation
and screens, and one frameless glass for Echo 24 because we needed a product that offered clean, Bridge. An important environmental aspect deck. There are more than 100 colours available in the
reception screen. crisp lines, good weathering performance and excellent of the work is that complete bridge sections Syntha Pulvin Matt and Metallic ranges. Syntha Pulvin
acoustic properties. The result was a high quality finish that will be encapsulated within protective products are recyclable and can be applied to alu-
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 154 also simplified integration with other materials”. sheeting erected by Pyeroy to capture and minium and galvanised steel window frames, cladding prevent paint flakes from falling into the panels, curtain walling, roofing and most architectural
s ENQUIRY CARD/ONLINE NO 156 Thames or onto passing pedestrians. metalwork.

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