Refurb Projects - August 2016


Refurb Projects launched in 1987 to cater for the expanding Repair, Maintenance, Improvement and Refurb sectors of the UK Building Industry. The total value of the R & M market is estimated to be £48 billion, with industry forecasts rising to £50 billion in 2017.

This represents a massive market, with refurbishment in the Health, Leisure, Education and Social Housing sectors expecting to be the mainstay of the industry for the foreseeable future. Sustainability and the protection of the built environment are essential ingredients of the refurbishment market, and Refurb Projects Journal is a leader in reporting and promoting these ideals.

august 2016



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Vol. 27 No. 179 AUGUST 2016






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Front Cover:

SureClad ® ceramic granite

cladding supplied by Shackerley

met planning sensitivities when

the time came to replace the

travertine facades of this 1980’s

building in one of Birmingham’s

most important conservation


Full story page 12-13.


6 Sustainability in Practice

9 Airship Hanger Refurb

17 Centre Parks Refurb

18 Energy Efficient Roof

Mark Cooper of Actis explains how.

Managing Editor

Tony Prior


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News Editor

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Design / Graphics

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General Manager

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23 Rainham Hall Restoration

Restoration of this 18th century house.

24/25 Aviation Museum Rebuild

26 Hospital Refurb

Queen’s Building Bristol Royal Infirmary project

30 Transformative Concrete

35 Social Housing

Keeping Pendleton Housing Scheme dry.

39 Selecting Safety

45 £5m plans for City Pool & Baths



£750m London Royal Mint Court Scheme

working environment.”

The proposals also include 1.8

acres of landscaped public realm and

a new route to connect St Katharine

Docks with Aldgate and beyond,

providing step-free access from

Tower Hill Underground.

LRC Group said: “The striking

design of the restored historic

Johnson-Smirke, combined with the

remodelled, modern architecture

with adaptable modern

infrastructure, will make Royal Mint

Court an unrivalled destination for

companies looking to make a bold

move in the City.”



Architects: Sheppard Robson /

Morrow + Lorraine

Project Manager: GVA /

Second London Wall

Landscape Consultant: Martha

Schwartz Partners

Structural Engineer: Arup Structures

Developers Delancey and LRC

Group have been given the

go-ahead for a 600,000 sq

ft office scheme at Royal

Mint Court near the Tower of


The 600,000 sq ft development

just to the east of the Square Mile

will see two listed buildings that

were home to the Royal Mint for

150 years, renovated for re-use.

Three modern buildings on the

existing site will be partly

demolished and remodelled to make

way for office buildings.

The new designs for the grade IIlisted

Johnson-Smirke building at

the heart of the plan have been

drawn-up by architectural practice

Sheppard Robson, with architects

Morrow + Lorraine.

It will be refurbished to create

23,500 sq ft of office space above a

restaurant and bar. A roof terrace

will offer panoramic views of the

Tower of London.

Paul Goswell, managing director

at Delancey, said: “The scale of Royal

Mint Court, coupled with its history

and large area of amenity space,

make it a one of a kind site in the

City of London and we have sought

to use this to create an inspirational

Services Engineer: Cundall

Transport Consultants: Arup Transport

Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and


Archaeology Consultant: CgMs


EIA: Watermans

ISG checks in with £13 million Corn Exchange project

The project involves the

refurbishment of levels 2-5 of

the iconic building, creating a

114-bedroom ‘aparthotel’ for

operator Roomzzz. The scheme is the

second phase of a wider £30 million

investment to develop the building

as a major leisure destination, and

follows the refurbishment of ground

and first floor levels as restaurant

and bar accommodation, all of

which will remain operational

throughout the project’s duration.

Commencing in mid-August, the

scheme sees ISG carrying out

remedial works to the roof structure,

as well as the installation of a

cantilevered scaffold system at first

floor level. ISG will then make

significant structural alterations to

the building’s floor slabs to

introduce new service risers to

accommodate the hotel’s modern

mechanical and electrical


The stylish layout of Roomzzz

Manchester Corn Exchange uses a

striking combination of existing

brick walls and new partitioning to

create four room types, from ultramodern

apartments to

luxurious and palatial

penthouses – all of which

incorporate a fully

equipped kitchen. The

exacting fit out

specification includes highquality

tiling and floor

finishes, with feature wall

graphics. Amongst the

most luxurious ‘Liberty

rooms’ is a guest suite in

the building’s iconic turret,

accessed via a new spiral


Guest facilities also

include a gym, lounge and

a ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast

area. ISG will create a number of

management suites and conserve

and restore three architecturally

listed stair cores to create an eyecatching

historical feature within

the hotel.

Andy McLinden, ISG’s Northern

managing director, commented: “The

former Corn Exchange in

Manchester is a very special and

much-loved building and its latest

evolution builds on the growing

trend for hybrid guest

accommodation in the city. This is a

high-profile showcase of our

capabilities delivering luxury hotel

accommodation in a logistically

challenging and busy city centre

location, with the added complexity

of working in an architecturally

protected building.

“It’s a great challenge and an

environment where we positively

thrive as a business and there is a

great deal of anticipation to get

underway with the transformation

of this iconic Manchester landmark.”




McMullen Facades lands

£16m cladding package

Lakesmere Group company

McMullen Facades has landed

a £16m cladding deal at

Elephant & Castle in south


Lovell chosen for £7.4 million home programme

Housing regeneration

specialist, Lovell has been

chosen to deliver a £7.4

million housing

redevelopment programme for

housing association, Greenfields

Community Housing, who are based

in Braintree, Essex.

The scheme will see the

demolition of 40 unsustainable

1950s concrete-framed Unity homes

in Kelvedon, Essex, which will be

replaced with 64 modern houses and

flats in Church Road, Croft Road and

Thorne Road. High levels of

insulation and other low-carbon

measures will make the new

properties extremely energyefficient.

The redevelopment work, set to

start this autumn, will create 36

houses, 27 flats and one bungalow,

with the first new homes set to be

handed over in spring 2017. Five of

the homes will be available on a

shared ownership basis, with the rest

being available for affordable rent.

Andy Allocca, new business and

project manager at Greenfields, says:

“Helping to create and maintain

thriving communities is at the heart

of what we do. These properties will

last for generations to come, and I

McMullen has been awarded the

full vertical envelope package for

The Highwood 31-storey residential

tower by main contractor Lendlease.

The McMullen team will start on

site in January to design

and install the fully

unitised glazed facade

which features recessed

balcony sliding doors

and a unitized glazed

balustrade system along

with panoramic curtain

walling and sliding

doors to the


McMullen’s scope of

works also includes the

louvre panels, soffit

cladding and the

bespoke aluminium

feature cladding which

has been designed by

the architects to echo

the pattern of the

Fibonacci sequence.

Close collaboration with

Lendlease has enabled

the unitised facade

package to be fully

value engineered.

look forward to handing the

residents the keys to their new


Lovell regional director, Simon

Medler says: “Our team have a

strong record in the successful

replacement of Unity houses with

brand-new, high-quality and energyefficient

properties. We’re delighted

to bring that expertise to this

exciting project – our first for

Greenfields Community Housing –

and help create much-needed new

affordable housing for local


Unity properties are system-built

homes of non-traditional

construction with a concrete frame

and cladding, which were built in

the post-war period as a way of

delivering new homes quickly and

cheaply. Hard to insulate and heat,

they are prone to damp and


Lovell’s experience in

redeveloping Unity houses includes

an ongoing £13.6 million scheme for

Orbit Homes in Suffolk, which will

provide164 new homes.

Lovell was chosen to deliver the

Kelvedon scheme by the e²

Consortium – a group of five

housing associations including

Greenfields Community Housing. The

company was selected from

approved contractors on the Homes

and Communities Agency’s Delivery

Partner Panel 2 framework.




Luxury and energy efficiency at Whinstone

View courtesy of Carlo Gavazzi

Fancy a room with a view? You could be soaking in your hot tub admiring the beautiful North Yorkshire

countryside at Whinstone View, where Carlo Gavazzi’s Dupline® smart building system brings a touch of luxury

to the upmarket lodge.

As well as the luxury cabins, Whinstone View is

home to a highly-regarded bistro, spa and barn

at Great Ayton, a village in the Hambleton

district of North Yorkshire, on the edge of the

glorious North York Moors National Park. Captain James

Cook, the British explorer and navigator, lived in the

village as a child and there are many notable local

landmarks that relate to this. The lodge takes its name

from the whinstone, a hard, dark-coloured rock which

was quarried from the nearby Cleveland Dyke.

The owners have spared no expense to offer the very

best facilities for guests in the latest refurbishment at

Whinstone View. The luxury lodges come equipped with

their own hot tub and Carlo Gavazzi’s Dupline® smart

building system is at the heart of a control system

whereby residents can use a tablet computer to set desired

heating and lighting scenes and take control of audio

visual devices. “The owners already had a previous

generation of our Dupline® system, but they were keen to

add some additional features,” says Kevin Sheldrake,

business development manager for fieldbus solutions at

Carlo Gavazzi. “This latest upgrade means that the system

is now linked back to the reception area, so that they can

set welcoming lighting scenes and switch the heating on

remotely for when guests arrive.”

The refurbishment has been designed, installed and

commissioned by controls specialist Tim Munn. The beauty

of the Dupline® system is that the existing 2-wire bus

cabling infrastructure could be reused, saving on time and

costs. “We have kept the existing cabling but replaced all

modules and increased the functionality,” says Tim Munn.

“Previously, lights could only be switched on and off; now

we have control of lighting based on lux levels as well as

heating control, with the reception able to take control via

the network.”

As well as setting the lighting moods and heating up

the cabins to welcome guests, reception can now take

charge of energy efficiency at the site – an important

consideration. For example, reception can override settings

if temperatures have been left too high when guests are

out for the day or have left the lights on. “We’ve

configured the networking so that the lodges are

accessible from the site network via the new fibre optic

link between the lodges and the reception,” says Munn.

Carlo Gavazzi’s Dupline® also scores when it comes to

installation. “The system is very straightforward to install

and programme,” confirms Kevin Sheldrake. “Our software

configuration tool is geared to allow the installer to do the

commissioning – unlike some systems, you don’t need an

expert from the manufacturer on hand.”

Tim Munn has first-hand experience of the benefits of

Dupline® – he has installed the

system at his own home. “The latest

version of Dupline® is very quick and

easy to set up. You don’t need to

address any of the modules, each

one does that itself. You just turn

the system on, plug your laptop in

and then assign functionality to the

modules. It is also straightforward to

add more modules and functionality

if the site expands.”

Modules used at Whinstone View

include light switches, lux control

and temperature controllers. Heating

is provided by individual gas boilers

in each lodge, with a combination of

LED and halogen lamps providing

the lighting. The control network

also takes charge of external

lighting around the lodges, again

with increased functionality. Path

lighting used to simply operate on a

timer clock, coming on early in the

afternoon – fine in winter, but a

waste of energy in the summer. Tim

Munn has added daylight sensors to

the network so that lights only come

on when necessary. This will improve

energy efficiency and save money

for the owners.

Bus-powered sensors and

actuators for the heating and

lighting circuits can be connected to

the same Dupline® bus, eliminating

the need for two separate networks

and allowing data sharing at the

field level. The SH2WEB24 controller

is the brain and central unit of the

system. The controller includes

dedicated functions for automation

such as lighting and temperature

control, blind control, alarm and

energy monitoring.

The robust and noise-immune

bus runs on an unshielded 2-wire

cable with no need for end-of-line

cable terminations and can run close

to power cabling without fear of

interference. Several hundreds of

metres of cable length can be

achieved depending on the load of

bus-powered devices and cable


Whinstone View now boasts a

high-tech smart building control

system, with centralised control

from reception and continued aftersales

support. Carlo Gavazzi and Tim

Munn have certainly delivered the

goods at this idyllic spot in the

North York Moors. No wonder guests

find it difficult to leave the hot tub.



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building, based in Nottingham

which aims to transform the

education of 1,700 students.

Pinnacle Special Projects

carried out the installation of

the floorcoverings for Wates

Construction Ltd.

The new three storey

building at Arnold Hill

Academy includes 57 work

spaces, classrooms as well a

theatre and sports hall. Mapei

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as schools. Mapei’s 2 part

cement based levelling and

smoothing compound, Latexplan

Trade was then applied to all areas.

Some 3400m2 of vinyl flooring

was installed over the three storeys

using Mapei Utrabond Eco 380

acrylic adhesive; 3600m2 of carpet

tiles were also installed onto Mapei

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Sustainability in practice

How do we improve our existing buildings?

By James Fisher, Existing Buildings Lead & Principal Consultant, BREEAM.

Investors and owners of large

commercial property portfolios

throughout Europe are

constantly on the hunt for a

distinctive edge that will set them

aside from the competition. The

never-ending battle for an increase

in rental yield, lower management

costs, fully leased properties and

happy tenants is something that we

are all too familiar with.

Couple that with some of the

wider global challenges on-going

presently and you can see that how

it would be easy for a property fund

or asset manager to lose a little

sleep at night. Luckily for them,

there are some new techniques and

tactics being adopted by the most

forward thinking property

companies that are

helping them

maintain their



Citycon Oyj, based

in Helsinki, has

recently launched a

project to

introduce BREEAM

In-Use (BIU)

certification to

75% of its

properties by 2017.

As the leading

owner, developer

and manager of

urban groceryanchored


centres in the

Nordic and Baltic

regions, Citycon

clearly see BREEAM

In-Use certification

as a cost-effective

way to manage

their EUR 5 billion


According to Nils

Styf, Citycon’s

Chief Investment

Officer, BREEAM In-Use certificates

provide Citycon with a

comprehensive overview of the

environmental performance of their

portfolio and a useful platform to

identify improvements.

As a result of their recent

environmental focus, Citycon have

reduced their reliance on purchased

heating energy by an impressive

30% in 2015 for one Centre by using

renewable energy. Of course, this

also positively benefits their carbon

footprint too. Definitely a cost and

carbon win-win and of course, these

benefits can be realised in many

more of their properties over time.

Interestingly it is not only private

commercial organisations that are

seeing the opportunity presented by

using BREEAM certification. The

methodology has also been widely

adopted recently by the City of

Stockholm. Stockholms stad, the

public sector administration that is

responsible for managing the

majestic Swedish capital, is fully

adopting BREEAM In-Use as part of

its asset management strategy.

As part of their commitment,

Stockholm is also taking part in a

new pilot project aimed at creating

a more cost-effective volume

assessment route for BREEAM IN-

Use across its portfolio. Focusing on

a parcel of 50 public buildings, the

objective is to establish a costeffective

methodology for certifying

and maintaining certification of

asset portfolios against BREEAM In-

Use International 2015.

The pilot project will look at the

type of evidence common to a large

asset portfolio and how it can be

supplied, collected and verified in

order to minimise the need for

additional site visits. Working to predefined

criteria, it will focus on

ascertaining the type of evidence

that applies to buildings with similar

characteristics or properties – asset

clusters - and on establishing

whether an assessor can review this

evidence and accept it as applicable

to all.

The project is a partnership

between BRE Global (BREEAM), the

Real Estate Administration of

Stockholms Stad, engineering

consulting firm PQR Consult AB and

BREEAM In-Use assessor Piacon AB.

Taking place over a one year period,

the process will inform future years

of the BREEAM In-Use recertification


To date, the City has 100 of its

buildings assessed or in progress

under BREEAM In-Use in total. It’s

also worth noting that these assets

represent a broad spectrum of

architectural styles, building ages,

uses and building services designs. In

fact, even the historic (and world

famous) City Hall building where the

Nobel prize-giving ceremony takes

place each year has also been

assessed. If the method can help to

improve the sustainability of such a

prestigious landmark building, then

it can definitely work for across

more modern assets too.

The fact that both commercial

and public sector property owners

are now choosing BREEAM to set

them apart, only adds weight to the

case for sustainability to be

considered as a matter of course in

everyday business. This is borne out

by the findings from the recent

CBRE EMEA Investor Intentions

Survey 2016 explored in more detail

in an article authored by Rebecca

Pearce, Senior Director, EMEA Head

of Sustainability for CBRE published

recently by the Better Buildings


The evidence is loud and clear,

the market now understands the

compelling reasons to buy asset

certification. In the CBRE survey just

11% of respondents now view

sustainability as an insignificant

factor during due diligence. Even

more compelling is that 39% of the

institutional investors surveyed cite

sustainable asset selection as

‘critical’ or ‘one of the most

important criteria’ when selecting

properties to acquire.

In a complicated commercial

property market, at least the road

ahead for asset managers is

becoming clear with solutions like

BREEAM providing a tangible route

to create sustainable property

management. After all, if Citycon

and the City of Stockholm can see

the benefit, there must be

something in it right? London, Paris,

New York - we’re ready if you are.


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Techrete expands UK operation

One company at the forefront in the promotion and use of architectural precast concrete is Techrete Ltd.

Founded in 1985 in Balbriggan, near Dublin, Ireland, the company has steadily expanded and in 1995 acquired

a UK manufacturing base at Brigg in North Lincolnshire followed in 1999 by a new drawing office in Enderby,

near Leicester. Since acquiring Brigg, the facility has been steadily modernised and expanded to suit the

changing market as the company works to stay at the forefront of architectural precast concrete production.

Now, in a move which

clearly demonstrates the

company’s confidence in

the future, production

capacity at Brigg is being increased

still further with a £5 million

extension that adds a further

3000m2 of fully enclosed factory

space along with improvements to

the current facility. Together, these

will build on the computercontrolled

carousel system where

casting tables can move in three

dimensions around the factory and

into curing chambers. The increased

area not only allows greater

production capacity to meet a rising

turnover but also allows work in all

areas to be done in a temperaturecontrolled

environment for a greater

quality product.

What is more, the opportunity

has been taken to promote

Techrete’s newly developed industrial

insulated sandwich panel by

incorporating it in the extension.

The 10m-high walls of the new

production space have been formed

from stack-bonded load-bearing

precast sandwich panels with a

lightly exposed aggregate finish on

the external face of the outer panel.

The inner leaf of the 2m-high panels

is only 80mm thick in

an overall thickness of

240mm and there is

no requirement for a

secondary structure

between columns.

A key feature of the

new plant is the

carousel system that

enables steel moulds

to be conveyed to

zones of specialisation

during the


process, with all curing

and finishing

contained within the

new building. As

freshly cast concrete

can be affected by any

changes in

temperature and

humidity that it is

exposed to in its early

days, the aim is to

have all the production and finishing

processes under cover. The company

does this by keeping all panel

manufacture in the temperaturecontrolled

factory until the panels

have completed their initial curing

period and have been finished ready

to go to site where they can be

transported to the holding yard.

Having with great success

already set up a robotic concrete

placing system and an automated

panel-handling system to move

panels to the yard in its Balbriggan

factory, the company is now

installing these state-of-the-art

systems at Brigg to complement the

carousel system.

The new extension and updating

further enhances Techrete’s drive to

be as sustainable as possible. While

the company manages itself and the

supply chain through EN ISO 14001

for the Environment and EN ISO

50001 for Energy, the introduction

of a rainwater harvesting system will

make its panel production almost

100% self-sufficient as regards

water usage. In addition, a 250kW

photovoltaic array that will more

than cover the daytime electricity

demand of the factory is being

installed on the roof, which means

that all panels will in the future be

manufactured using sustainable

energy and water sources.

To cut down the disposal of old

materials and minimise the

consumption of new in building the

new extension, precast wall panels

from the old building were

incorporated in the new one, thus

not only demonstrating how robust

the panels but also reducing the

CO2 and landfill for the project.

In short, Techrete is leading the

way in the design, manufacture,

delivery and installation of the

quality-controlled architectural

precast concrete panels that are

being increasingly demanded by

clients and architects alike. One

current client is John Lewis, the

largest department store retailer in

the UK, the facade of whose latest

project in Leeds has been completed

by Techrete. Known as Victoria Gate,

this exciting addition to the vibrant

shopping scene in Leeds is the initial

phase of John Lewis’s first store in

the city.



Brett Martin provides a llight touch to

massive Grade II* Listed airship hangar


As part of the £10.5 million refurbishment on one of the largest hangars in the UK, leading rooflight

manufacturer Brett Martin Daylight Systems has supplied Trilite GRP sheets. Designed to bring daylight into

the Bedfordshire building, reduce the need for artificial lighting and create a more pleasant and comfortable

environment for the team working on Airlander 10, the largest British aircraft that has ever been constructed.

Built in 1916 for the

development of airships,

Hangar 1 (one of two

identical hangars) is

approximately 250 metres long,

offers more than 20,000m² of floor

area and is over 50 metres in

height. Prior to the

refurbishment, the hangar was a

Category A building on English

Heritage’s Building at Risk Register

and is one of the most important

listed buildings in the UK. The

comprehensive refurbishment by

contractor CField Construction

included the replacement of

cladding, steelwork repairs and

painting, interior refurbishment,

new lighting and flooring.

With daylight a vital

consideration during the

refurbishment of the hangar, CField

Construction required a daylighting

solution which would offer

optimum light transmission, ease of

installation and suit the bespoke

metal cladding profile Frequence

9.25 T by Arcelor Mittal. More

than 4000m² of Trilite was

specified to run the full 250 metre

length on each of the side hangar


With Hangar 2 being used for

film productions including Batman,

The Dark Knight and Star Wars

Rogue One, the newly restored

Hangar 1 is now the appropriate

home for the fully assembled

Airlander 10, a 92 metre long

helium filled airship which literally

dwarfs a Boeing 747.

Commenting on the

refurbishment, Patrick Crowley of

CField Construction said: “We

worked closely with English

Heritage and the Bedford Borough

Council Conservation Team to

ensure all works were carried out in

accordance with conservation

principles, policies and guidance.

The Trilite GRP sheets met their

exacting standards and offered our

team ease of installation on what

was a live tenanted building.”

With over 1,000 profiles

available and seven sheet

thicknesses to choose from, Trilite

GRP rooflight sheet is used

extensively in a wide range of

applications in the industrial,

commercial, horticultural,

The completed refurb of Hangar 1, and below close up of the Trilite GRP sheets installed in the project.

agricultural and DIY sectors.

Offering high strength, durability

and fire rating, these BBA certified

rooflights are specified to satisfy

project requirements.




Sika provides grand solution in Brighton

The Grand Hotel in Brighton is

ready to welcome guests to its

iconic seafront

accommodation whatever the

weather thanks to a roof overlay

system applied with Sika Liquid

Plastics’ Decothane Omega 15


Opened in 1864, the hotel made

global headlines following the IRA

bombing of the Conservative party

conference in 1984 and underwent a

major refurbishment and the

addition of a spa in 2013.

The latest roofing project is the

third to be delivered at the hotel by

contractor, Allweather Roofing &

Construction, part of the Allweather

Group, and forms part of a wider

refurbishment scheme by main

contractor, J. Davies Building


The 130m2 roof area of existing

asphalt roof had been leaking in

several areas and Allweather Roofing

recommended the Decothane Omega

15 cold liquid-applied system as the

ideal solution for overlaying the

roof, taking into account the

exposed seafront location.

The installation team began

removing the screeded raised

walkway which was on the existing

asphalt. They then jet washed the

substrate and carried out patch

repairs by cutting out areas of the

surface that had blistered, and

replaced the asphalt in these areas

to create a level surface.

Various items of plant are

located of the roof, which is

surrounded by a parapet wall with

box gutters at each end. Allweather

Roofing carried out the overlay in

two phases, moving all the plant to

one side of the roof while the first

section was refurbished to allow the

hotel to remain fully operational

throughout the programme.

Following refurbishment of the

first roof section, the plant was then

moved across to the newly

resurfaced area while the project

was completed and all items of plant

were then reconnected in their

original location.

For each section of the roof,

Allweather Roofing applied Sika

Liquid Plastics’ Quick Cure Primer

and, once this had cured, the

Decothane base coat was applied,

followed by Sika’s Reemat glass fibre

mat reinforcement. The base layer

was then allowed to cure before a

top coat of Decothane Omega 15

was applied.

The new waterproofing

membrane was dressed up the

parapet wall that surrounds the roof

area. Allweather Roofing lifted the

existing lead flashings and took the

Decothane Omega 15 system up the

wall and then redressed it, replacing

the original lead over the newly

waterproofed area as it was in good


The roofing contractor also

removed the old screeded walkway

and created a new non-slip walkway

on the roof between the fire escapes

at each side of the building.

Re-waterproofing of the box

gutters was an important element of

the project and Allweather Roofing

removed the existing felt to expose

the asphalt covering the surface

before replacing it with the same

Decothane Omega 15 system used

for the flat roof surface.

Michael Owens, managing

director of the Allweather Group,

said: “We have been using Sika

Liquid Plastics roofing systems for

ten years on various contracts in

London and around the South of

England. As a Quality Assured Sika

installer, we had the confidence to

recommend Decothane Omega 15

system as we knew it would provide

the ideal membrane for overlaying

the roof, with a 15 year guarantee

and excellent UV resistance.

“The system avoids the need for

hot works and strip out, curing to

provide a durable, flexible and

seamless membrane that will protect

the prestigious hotel, its contents

and its guests for years to come.”

For more information about Sika

Liquid Plastics and the Allweather

Group, visit and






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end-to-end approach to each project, from initial consultation

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Shackerley meets conservation area requirements

with contemporary ceramic granite refurb solution

A prestigious office block in the heart of Birmingham’s civic and business district has been extensively

refurbished with 800m2 of SureClad® ceramic granite cladding from Shackerley, overcoming planning

sensitivities in a renowned conservation area. Ceramic granite, a contemporary high performance façade

material with almost zero porosity, has helped to provide a new protective outer envelope for the building

whilst maintaining its original natural travertine stone appearance.

Row is a


commercial complex


located in the

Colmore Business District of

Birmingham, the city’s main

commercial hub. A much soughtafter

business address, Temple Row

is also part of a conservation area

with St. Philip’s Cathedral at its

centre. Buildings like No. 43, with

their modern architectural styling,

present a sharp contrast with the

18th century Baroque church and

other listed properties that illustrate

Birmingham's rich history.

43 Temple Row was constructed

in 1980 with quarried travertine and

granite façades. The original

travertine had weathered

significantly over time, allowing

rainwater ingress which had

damaged the building’s concrete

frame and caused panel fixings to

become badly corroded.

With the building partially

stripped back and a new concrete

substrate installed, the project called

for a cost effective replacement

façade system to protect the

building from the elements for many

years to come. Due to their porous

nature, new quarried stone panels

were ruled out. However, because of

the building’s location in one of the

most precious conservation areas in

Birmingham, the City Council’s

planners were keen to ensure that

any replacement solution precisely

matched the original look of the


Cladding specialist Shackerley

proposed ceramic granite, a fully

vitrified engineered construction

material made entirely of natural

constituents, that can be produced

in styles, colourways and textures to

emulate quarried stones such as

granite, limestone and marble.

Because of its strong, hard and

impervious characteristics, ceramic

granite offers a low maintenance

solution, another important

consideration at any busy city centre


Shackerley was able to offer a

ceramic granite façade panel in a

‘travertine’ style and colourway that

was virtually indistinguishable from

the original stone, and that would

perfectly replicate the visual

contrast with the quarried granite

that was being retained. The

company’s Queen’s Award winning

SureClad® Access system was

recommended for its speed and

flexibility of installation and the

unique facility to install façade

panels non-sequentially.

Task Contractors Ltd installed the

replacement façades. Ian Blakemore,

Commercial Manager commented:

‘We’ve installed SureClad® ceramic

granite façades in various sectors of

the market, primarily on new build

developments, but as the Temple

Row project demonstrates,

Shackerley’s systems are ideal for

retro-fit installations too. No matter

how complex the façade design,

everything we need is supplied to

site by Shackerley, fully

prefabricated, from their ISO 9001

quality controlled factory. This is a

big benefit to us.’

‘At Temple Row, the cladding

design incorporated intricate returns

into the existing window detail.

Shackerley cut all of these bespoke

and quite complex window profiles

at their factory, precisely engineered

to slot straight into the façades.

Whilst the client has gained a

bespoke new cladding system that

fulfils all their needs, we benefitted

from a quick turnaround on site.

From procurement through to

delivery, we’ve found Shackerley to

be an excellent partner to work


For further details please contact

Shackerley on 0800 783 0391 or




Cladding choice was no puzzle for Jigsaw Building

Selecting a cladding material for the new Jigsaw Building at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital presented no

puzzle for architects Stride Treglown. Trespa® Meteon® was chosen to provide a ventilated facade, scoring on

appearance and cost, as well as contributing to energy efficiency.

The two-storey building, which

was opened last September,

has provided the hospital with

a 21,000 sq.ft. women’s health

centre. The facilities now available

include oncology, haematology,

breast and pregnancy care, along

with cancer and blood disorder

treatment, as well as administrative


The Royal Bournemouth

Hospital’s Jigsaw charity raised

funding in support of the £5.7

million building project, giving its

name to the state-of-the-art-care


The architects wished to ensure

that, both inside and out, the

building created a friendly

environment where patients could

feel at ease despite the tensions

aroused by medical procedures. The

use of timber effect materials and

complementing colours helps

provide a relaxing, domestic feel

despite a highly clinical finish. The

building is wrapped in variegated

tones of Trespa® Meteon® Wood

Decors cladding on the first floor,

punctured with ribbon windows,

white brick to the ground floor and

an undulated roof form to conceal

roof top plant.

“Stride Treglown wanted to use a

material that was ‘natural’ in

appearance, but that stood out from

the existing hospital palette of

materials,” says architect Jessica Ellis.

“We generally try and use materials

with a ‘natural’ appearance where

possible within healthcare

environments as they can provide

calming spaces for patients and


It was also important for the

client that the building was as low

maintenance and as energy efficient

as possible and the 600sq. metres of

Trespa® Meteon® cladding

contributed to this within the tight

budget available for the project.

In total, seven timber effect

grains and colours from the Trespa®

Meteon® range were supplied. Stride

Treglown varied the mix of these

along the main elevations providing

visual interest but also breaking up

the appearance of the large scale

elevations. By specifying the matt

effect panels – all of which were

new additions to the Trespa®

Meteon® range when the project

was designed – the building achieves

a more natural timber appearance in

direct sunlight as there is a reduced

glare from the matt texture.

“This project proves that design

does not need to be expensive. Using

a variety of colours and narrow

panels has added no extra cost. It

also proves that a surface fixing

does not detract from the design,”

said Simon Vicary, Trespa’s Regional

Sales Manager.

Trespa® Meteon® is a decorative

high-pressure compact laminate

(HPL) with an integral surface

manufactured using the company’s

unique in-house technologies;

Electron Beam Curing (EBC) and Dry

Forming (DF). The blend of up to

70% natural fibres and

thermosetting resins, manufactured

under high pressures and

temperatures yields a highly stable,

dense panel with good strength-toweight


Client: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust.

Architect: Stride Treglown

Main Contractor: Brymor Contractors Ltd, Hampshire.


Trump Turnberry

Resort Contract


By Appointment to

Her Majesty The Queen

Manufacturer and Supplier

of Secondary Glazing

Selectaglaze Ltd.

St Albans




Mumford & Wood, the

manufacturer of Britain’s

finest timber windows

and doors, was chosen as

supply partner to replace over 1000

windows and doors as part of the

major £200m restoration project at

Trump Turnberry Resort. This

extensive refurbishment has

included the remodelling and

upgrade of all 103 bedrooms and

public spaces within the existing

hotel as well as the construction of

a new, 500-person grand ballroom –

the Donald J. Trump Ballroom - at

this world-renowned golfing and

leisure venue.

“Delivering Mr Trump’s vision to

create the most luxurious hotel

anywhere in the UK was a great

challenge that we were delighted to

accept,” says Frank Buckley,

managing director, Mumford &

Wood Limited. “The brief was to

convert this building to its former

glory and to once again provide

opulent, high specification guest

accommodation. It is a great

compliment to the Mumford &

Wood brand and we are proud to

have this project in our portfolio.

Production started in October ’15

and we have delivered in phases to

meet the build programme set by

main contractor ISG.”

Exterior enhancements at the

hotel included the replacement of

all the windows with highperformance

double glazed, timber

Conservation windows; repairs to

the roof and dormers and renewal of

render to all elevations of the 109

year old building. The new 6,000sq

ft grand ballroom is an additional

facility and has been designed to

blend seamlessly with the original

architecture of the hotel.

The specification of

Conservation products includes top

hung casements, many in a double

and triple height configuration;

large fixed sashes, including curved

on plan; decorative curved header

sliding sash windows; double and

single French doorsets, as well as

special bullseye shaped windows.

“We have surveyed every window

and opening, many of which are

very high and access is by cherry

picker only; this was definitely not a

one-size-fits-all contract,” says

Owen Dare, technical director. “The

hotel has been closed for eight

months and we have worked to a

very tight build programme. These

products went through our

production processes from October

2015 through to Spring 2016. The

success of this project relied on our

specialist expertise in producing

like-for-like replacements and

having the capacity to deliver such a

large and specialist contract to a

consistently high standard.”

Factory finished, double glazed

Conservation products are

manufactured from premium quality

engineered Siberian Larch which is

both stable and durable.

Manufactured to the exacting

standards of the British

Woodworking Federation’s Wood

Window Alliance scheme they are

BRE A+ rated and offer the highest

standards of thermal and acoustic

performance and many are Secured

by Design accredited. These Britishmade

products carry the BSI

Kitemark and are Energy Saving

Trust listed. They will be delivered to

site with three coats of high quality,

spray-applied microporous paint in

RAL 9010 as standard which will

provide the ultimate protection in

this exposed, coastal location.

For further information about this

project of products in the

Conservation range please

contact 01621 818155, or visit

Follow us on Twitter

@mumfordwood or for

the latest company news and

updates. Visitors are welcome at

the company’s showrooms in

Tiptree, Essex and at The Building

Centre, London SW1.

• Reversible adaptation for Listed


• Exemplary thermal retention and

draught insulation

Elephant House, Grade II Listed



Craftsmanship and technology bring modern energy

performance to Churchill’s historic home




Poor energy performance is a

compromise often associated

with owning or living in a

historic property.

However, one project aiming to

show that this doesn’t have to be

the case is the renovation of

Templeton, the grand former home

of Sir Winston Churchill in

Roehampton, South West London.

The Grade II listed building is

currently undergoing a

transformation from a student

Finished sliding sash and shutter boxing installed.

residence for the University of

Roehampton into a unique and

luxurious family home.

One of the most common

barriers to improving the energy

performance of protected heritage

buildings is the strict regulation of

replacement glazing. For listed

buildings, it’s typically a stipulation

that the windows that need

replacing will be replaced like-forlike

with those originally featured in

the property – at least when it

comes to their



In order to meet

this requirement,

while also

delivering the

insulation that

owners of a

lovingly restored

property might



owner, David and

Laura Rich-Jones

asked their



properties to find

a glazing solution

that would

deliver on both


The solution? A

combination of

high-end bespoke

carpentry and an


vacuum glazing



Spacia, which

delivers the


performance of


double glazing but

with a total

thickness of just

6.5mm – close to

that of single

glazed windows.

Unlike most

double glazed

units, which

contain air or

another gas in the

cavity between the

two panes,

Pilkington Spacia

features a vacuum,


conduction of heat

through the unit. The spacing

between the sheets of glass is

maintained using a grid of

transparent microspacers – small

pillars measuring just 0.5mm in

diameter, placed 20mm apart across

the unit.

As well as the thickness of the

glass, another stipulation made by

the conservation officer was that

the double reflections often

associated with double glazing be

avoided, and this is another feature

of Pilkington Spacia. Because of

the presence of the microspacers

limiting deflection of the glass

panes, Pilkington Spacia produces

no discernible double reflection.



With 157 windows and 37 external

doors, re-glazing the building is no

small task. To carry out the project,

Richstone has appointed Gowercroft

Joinery, a Derbyshire-based

carpenter specialising in windows

and doors for heritage buildings.

The age of the building and the

size of the windows and doors

means virtually no two frames are

exactly the same size, and each one

has had to be measured and

manufactured to an individual

specification. The project is a real

labour of love, and the total

manufacturing time is expected to

be around 12,000-15,000 work


Andrew Madge, managing

director of Gowercroft Joinery, said:

“It’s a privilege to have been

selected to work on such an

impressive and important property.

It’s great to see the investment

being made to restore this building

to its true former glory while also

bringing its energy performance into

line with modern standards.

“We specialise in heritage

projects and have worked with a

wide variety of glazing systems

designed for heritage properties.

One of the major benefits of

working with Pilkington Spacia

over thinner versions of traditional

air or gas-filled double-glazed units

that are often used is the larger

pane sizes it offers.

“With thin standard double

glazing units, the cavity is only 4-

6mm thick and in large panes there

is a risk that the two panes will bow

inwards and touch, vastly affecting

the efficiency of the unit.

“Even though the styling of

heritage windows normally prevents

large uninterrupted panes, the

bigger unit sizes allows us to apply

glazing bars to the surface to create

the traditional effect in a very

convincing way, rather than

constructing each panel individually.

This significantly improves energy

performance while also reducing

manufacturing costs.

“The technology allows us to

deliver the best of both worlds –

windows and doors that look to all

but the expert eye like traditional

single-glazing but which really

deliver the levels of heat and noise

insulation normally only available

from much thicker double glazing.”

Peter Maj, area sales manager at

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited

said: “When it is complete, this will

be a stunning property and the

beautiful, hand-crafted glazing will

be one of its defining features. We’re

proud that the technology offered

by Pilkington Spacia means no

compromise has to be made

between modern standards of

comfort and energy efficiency and

the need to preserve the character

of our architectural heritage.”

Lindsey Eden, head of

development at Richstone

Properties, said: “We have been

delighted to work with Pilkington

and Gowercroft Joinery to achieve

such an authentic window and door

design during the refurbishment of

this beautiful family home.

Pilkington Spacia was a

particularly attractive solution, given

the thinness of the glazing and its

thermal performance and noise

insulation properties’’.




Centre Parks Roof Refurbishment

With capacity for almost 4000 guests and 96% occupancy, keeping the central area of Center Parcs Longleat

Forest open was key to the refurbishment of its impressive Subtropical Swimming Paradise. A massive challenge

for Delomac Roofing, the project to renew the roof with a Sika Sarnafil membrane was accomplished with two

years of meticulous planning and 30 months of onsite construction.

Originally completed in

1994, the Subtropical

Swimming Paradise roof

and glazed rain-screen

systems were in need of

refurbishment. The new roof

installation was planned in close

discussion with the Sika Sarnafil and

Delomac supply chain, developing

the specification to address all the

client’s strict performance,

environmental and aesthetic


Chris Meadows, Technical

Advisor, Sika Sarnafil explained: “The

client needed a durable, long lasting

roof system that would complement

the woodland setting. This was

complicated by differences between

the swimming pool side and dry side,

with restaurants and meeting rooms,

of the building.

“We proposed two distinct

solutions– a mechanically fastened

system using Sarnafil S327-18EL for

the dry side and an adhered system

using Sarnafil G410-18EL for the

more humid area. Both were

specified in Patina Green to blend

with the natural environment.

Sarnafil membranes are cold applied

and free from naked flames, the

obvious choice for an open site.”

An innovative temporary

terraced platform was designed and

installed, suspended underneath the

main structure by cables and lattice

beam scaffold units. Work was

carried out over 16 separate

sections, like a wagon wheel –

ensuring the structure was not

compromised by uneven load

distribution. This stepped, terraced

temporary roof was then covered

with plywood and completely

weathered by Delomac with a

Sarnafil membrane.

With the temporary roof in

place, existing glazing and coverings

could be safely removed,

maintaining water-tightness with

guests enjoying the facilities below.

Scheduled over more than two years,

this way of working resulted in a dry

building envelope, despite some of

the wettest weather on record.

Comprehensive vapour barrier

measures were used on the pool side

of the building to ensure the high

humidity chlorinated environment

was contained. Robust SFS sealant

and Sarnafil metal-lined vapour

barrier detailing at all Glulam beams

and fascia interfaces ensured no risk

Work in progress on the Centre Park’s roof.

of condensation.

Sarnafil membrane and

accessories were used for all the

coverings, and again overall

specification development was

tailored to suit the varying buildups;

new, overlay, bonded and

mechanically fastened. An increased

thickness membrane was

manufactured in one single batch to

ensure colour consistency. Sika

added further value with an

impressive 17 visits to the site by the

Applications Team to advice and


Brendan McNulty, Delomac

Roofing, described the challenges

the team faced during the project:

“Installation methods and curved

roof areas required our operatives to

work from harness and rope access.

We developed an innovative material

loading trolley with the builder to

deliver materials to the work

sections safely, without

compromising finishes.

“Workmanship standards

remained exceptionally high, despite

the challenging logistics, and met

the client requirement of consistent

lap and detail arrangement. This was

also helped by the quality of the

Sarnafil membranes. The finished

installation has transformed the

internal and external appearance of

the building. Rooflights and white

soffit finished decking have provided

a bright and airy environment, with

the external green finish blending

subtly with the landscape.

“Most importantly, safe,

unlimited guest access to the pool,

restaurants and meeting areas was

maintained throughout the entire

project; something we’re very proud






How to help builders create

an energy efficient roof

Mark Cooper, director at innovative European

insulation firm Actis explains.

The zero carbon obligation may

have vanished – but that

doesn’t mean the need for

decent insulation has

disappeared. In fact developers still

have to achieve demanding thermal

performance under Part L of

Building Regulations.

Thermal bridging is the key issue

here. Which basically means – if

there’s a gap then there’s likely to be

a draught. Just as a prisoner can

escape from an otherwise wellfortified

castle courtesy through a

weak rotten door, so warm air can

break its way out through the

unplugged gaps.

The most usual places where

thermal bridging can be found are

at angles, where one element - a

wall, say – joins another – the eaves,

for example. As a roof often has

quite a lot of angles and awkward

shapes there’s plenty of opportunity

for air to seep in. Basic science

explains that if you use something

solid and inflexible to insulate a roof

with all its weird shapes, there’s a

greater chance of gaps. If the

builder uses a flexible, stretchable,

forgiving product, on the other

hand, the gaps are likely to be

eliminated. The edges of this can be

then be overlapped and taped

together to ensure an airtight seal

and a continuous insulation layer.

Examples of these type of

products are blanket style insulation

material Actis Hybris and its two

sister membranes, both of which

offer additional insulation benefits.

One is a vapour control layer with

built in thermal performance – H

Control Hybrid - and the other a

breather membrane with built in

thermal performance – Boost R

Hybrid. Vapour control layers, used

on the warm side of any insulation

material, behind the internal finish

in roofs, walls and ceilings, massively

reduce the risk of interstitial

condensation and guarantee air

tightness. A breather membrane is

used on the cold side of roofs and

walls. Because water vapour

molecules are smaller than those in

water droplets it lets moisture out

but doesn’t let water in. It also helps

improve the building’s air tightness.

Thermal modelling trials carried

out by certification body BM TRADA

have shown that Actis Hybrid

insulation products have a dramatic

impact on counteracting thermal

bridging and act as excellent

thermal blankets.

A follow up SAP exercise carried

out by an independent energy

assessor to measure the impact of

these calculations on a whole

building concluded that using

Hybrid generated one of the best Y

values - the total of all thermal

bridging values across the building -

ever assessed by his firm.

It doesn’t have to cost any more

to insulate a house to an impressive

U value than to insulate it to the

minimum required thermal

efficiency. Some insulation

materials are easier and quicker to

install than others – so those which

take less time obviously mean fewer

man hours and therefore less outlay

on labour!

The more thermally efficient the

building the less – if anything –

needs to be spent on costly

renewables to achieve the required

energy efficiency targets. The motto

is “fabric first” – that is, look to

making your building thermally

sound as a priority rather than

finding ways to warm a constantly

cooling, poorly insulated internal

environment – which, as well as

being a nuisance, is a waste of time

and money!

Merchants working in windier

parts of the UK - largely Scotland,

the North of England and Northern

Ireland - may be interested in the

radically updated building standard

BS5534:2014 slating and tiling for

pitched roofs and vertical cladding

code of practice, introduced last


The code details the specification

of mortar bedding, battens,

flashings, structural sheathing

fixings and underlays.

And it is underlays which have

just become subject to a new

labelling system designed to help

builders, architects and specifiers

minimise the ‘ballooning effect’

which sees the underlay force tiles

and slates off the roof in high winds.

Underlay is not allowed to balloon

more than 35mm.

The labelling identifies the

amount of wind uplift resistance

each underlay has in five different

geographical weather zones

identified across England, Scotland,

Wales and Northern Island.

The higher the zone number the

windier the region. Not all underlays

have sufficient wind uplift resistance

to cope with zones 4 and 5 so it’s

wise to check the labelling before

advising builders in these areas.

A former local authority building

control officer has conducted his

own DIY experiment to test out the

thermal efficiency and ease of use of

various insulation materials in the

loft of his family home.

Ray Parker and his son-in-law

Peter Yearsley who runs Apex Home

and Energy Surveyors, tested out

vapour control layer H Control

Hybrid to give them first hand

experience of what it was like to


The key factors Ray and Peter

wanted to test were the ease of

handling and fitting, cleanliness and

volume of waste generated by each

method. In order to make a full

comparison between using

traditional insulation methods and

the Actis Hybrid system the pair

used PIR board in the studding and

fastened the HControl Hybrid over


Ray explained: We wanted to be

able to show how much mess was

generated by using traditional PIR

board – and also demonstrate that

with board you have to cut it to

shape which is likely to leave gaps –

which is obviously not good for

thermal performance.

“The benefit when it comes to

avoiding cold bridging is that you

can overcut so there aren’t any gaps.

I watched a bricklayer fitting it. He

cut it 15mm bigger than he needed

and tucked it in like a blanket – it

seals the gaps and follows the


“We could immediately feel the

difference. It stops draughts and is a

good vapour control layer.

“The basic advantage is it’s

quicker to achieve the same U-value.

But it’s also a bonus that there’s no

waste, and it’s easy. One person –

and an amateur at that - can

probably do it alone and could even

plasterboard it out if using smaller


“Where possible now we’ll

recommend Actis because it’s easier

to use and LABC approved and we

can say that with confidence.

Thermal bridging issues, ease and

speed of installation, mess (or lack

thereof) and wastage are relevant in

new builds as well as extensions and

loft conversions – along with more

unusual types of construction such

as park homes, which are now

required to be more thermally

efficient under revised BS standards.

There is also a rise in interest in

replacing traditional conservatory

roofs with solid insulated

alternatives to ensure the

conservatory can be used all year


Many insulation manufacturers

offer merchants training ensuring

they fully understand the products

they are selling.


1. A CPD module certified by the

Construction CPD Certification

Service, looking at the effects of

external factors on the fabric

efficiency of a building.

2. On line step by step “How to”

videos and photo guide on YouTube

and the Actis website

3. A free web simulator enabling

developers to estimate a project’s U-

value almost instantly

4. e-training modules specifically

for merchants






When it comes to

usefulness, not many

building materials can

compare to spray

polyurethane foam insulation (SPF).

SPF is an ideal insulation material for

architects when energy efficiency

and complying with regulations

where air tightness and thermal

performance are important.

SPF provides an effective

thermal and air control layer around

a buildings envelope. The air sealing

properties and thermal insulation

rating as well as the design flexibility

aspects make SPF the all in one

solution for architects and builders

insulating residential, commercial,

military and industrial buildings.

To create spray foam insulation,

liquid polyurethane precursors (Aside

– MDI and a B-side – polyol

blend) are combined to produce a

foamed material structurally

composed of small bubbles or cells.

The two components are mixed

under pressure at the end of the

spray guns’ nozzle which is applied

directly onto wall, roof or floor

foundations. Once applied SPF

immediately adheres to the surface

and then expands 20 -120 times its

original size filling gaps and acting

as an adhesive

to bond




installed, SPF

can be an ideal

air control

material because

it forms a

continuous air

control layer


penetrations like

pipes, doors and


Additionally, it’s

an excellent bulk

water and

moisture barrier.

It also provides

structural enhancements to

buildings. When applied under roof

decks, closed cell foam can reduce

uplift and protect the structure in

high wind areas.

Whether the objective is to

increase energy efficiency meet or

beat sustainability goals, provide

sound insulation, create a superior

air control layer or improve

structural integrity. SPF is a proven

asset to any builder or architects

path to success. By matching the

needs of the structure with the

benefits of SPF almost any new or

existing commercial building can

benefit from SPF.


Ecotite has completed several

refurbishment contracts for Rubicon

Interiors around central London. They

were originally invited to quote for

their new offices/warehouse roof.

During Ecotite’s site visit It came to

their attention that the roof was

already double skinned so was

already insulated to a certain degree.

They realised that the primary

concern, roof condensation wasn’t

going to be a problem once they

moved in and introduced heat into

the building. After briefing and

reading the plans, they realised that

one side was only going to be used

for general storage, work area and

parking for their vans with the

remaining area having an open plan

office design.

As the unit was located opposite

one of the busiest station/railway

lines in and out of London and their

vans would be parking and loading

in the warehouse side there was

going to be considerable interference

for the office staff working in that

area from noise and air pollution. So

they were advised to focus purely on

isolating the offices from the

warehouse with the spray foam

insulation rather than wasting

money spraying the roof

over the warehouse side,

which already had some


They sprayed 75mm

between metal studs to all

external and dividing walls

and 40mm to the roof and

underside of the mezzanine

floor within the office areas

to meet the U Value target

required. The result has

given them a very airtight

and efficient office area

and boardroom. Ecotite not

only gave them an optimal


A few reasons why Ecotite spray foam could help

you with your next project.

✓ Most versatile and advanced insulation on

the market.

✓ Creates a seamless thermal, air & vapour

barrier in one application.

✓ Applied rapidly, speeding up construction.

✓ Down sizing of HVAC can be reduced by up

to 50% without loss of efficiency & comfort.

✓ No handling or storage needed.

✓ Prevents air/noise pollution.

✓ Irregular surfaces & awkward areas are easily

taken care of.

✓ Significantly improves racking strength and

structural integrity of the building.

✓ No mechanical fixing, preventing cold bridging.

✓ Asbestos encapsulation

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ABOVE - Rubicon HQ, Seven oaks, Kent


performing insulation, they also

eliminated noise/air pollution,

moisture intrusion & wind uplift with

the end results giving the 20 plus

office staff a very healthy

conditioned working environment to

work in during both cold and; warm


Ecotite are a 24/7 hands on

company with over 25 years of

experience working in the spray

foam industry, in different climates.

If it’s the first time companies are

considering using spray foam

insulation and have any questions

regarding the product, the company

are happy to answer any questions.


Tel: 0800 3689700

Fax: 0800 7566731


ABOVE - One of many Wynnstay Stores completed by Ecotite



Weber render saves time and money at Leisure Centre

The weber.rend OCR preblended

one-coat render

system has been used in the

construction of the £12.5

million new leisure, sports and

swimming pool complex recently

opened at Flitwick in Bedfordshire

by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Significant savings in time and

money have resulted from the use of

weber.rend OCR specified as

background render for substantial

areas of tiling in the pool areas as

well as the preparation of larger

areas of render prior to the

application of painted finishes. The

faster application times achieved by

the pump applied, one-coat render

saves labour costs and speeds the

construction program substantially.

Together with lower material

volumes, when compared with

traditional cement and sand renders,

further budget benefits are

All pumped up about London

It may not be that obvious what

the Tate Modern, The Shard,

Wimbledon, the Walkie Talkie

Building, Lords, Francis Crick

Institute, Royal London, the Supreme

Court, ArcelorMittal Orbit and the

O2 have in common? There are

some more obvious connections,

they are all iconic buildings in

London, most are pretty well known

and some have even played their

part in changing the London skyline.

However, the real answer is that

all of these structures are supported

on a day-to-day basis by a wide

range of Grundfos pumps. Behind

closed doors, locked away in

plantrooms, there is a veritable army

of Grundfos pumps and pump

solutions that are meeting the

heating, cooling, water supply,

wastewater, fire suppression demands

and of course water boosting needs.

Such functions are all part of

maintaining these buildings in a

healthy, operational state and

supporting the people who live, work

and play within their walls.

Being part of projects like this is

great and at Grundfos we are all

pleased to be associated with such

important schemes. However, we

are also proud of the many others

not so famous and not necessarily

just new projects up and down the

country that we also support on a

daily basis.

If you want to know more about

how we could work with you, visit


weber.rend OCR is designed as a

technical basecoat render for a wide

variety of stable substrates including

brickwork, blockwork and concrete,

and provides an ideal background

for all Weber finishes, masonry

paints and other surface coatings.

The render is based on Portland

cement, lime and sand which is

factory blended to ensure

consistency and conforms to British

Standard mix formulas BS5262 and

BS5492. weber.rend OCR is available

in two grades suitable for external

rendering or as a tile backing render;

weber.rend OCRT, a lime-free version

for tiling background, that conforms

to BS5385, was also used in this


With just the addition of clean

water on site, these bagged products

require just one coat to deliver

render thicknesses of between 8mm

and 20mm with a 2-3 day curing

time. By comparison, traditional

renders would need several passes to

build a 20mm thickness, with three

day curing periods between each

pass. weber.rend OCR is a fast,

efficient render system for modern

building operations.

The Flitwick Leisure Centre

opened at the end of February 2016

bringing superb new health and

sports facilities to the residents of

this area of Bedfordshire. The

sparkling centre includes an eight

lane, 25 metre swimming pool;

separate learner pool zone; sports

hall; fitness suite with 120 cardio

machines; three dance and exercise

studios; two squash courts; a 10

metre high indoor climbing wall and

first class changing facilities, crèche

and cafe area.

The main contractor for this

project was SDC Builders Limited,

Bedford, where project manager

Paddy Leslie gives credit to the

weber.rend OCR as well as the skills

and experience of the specialist

applicator Jordaya Contracting

Limited, Rushden, Northants. “Pool

halls are a difficult build project in

terms of both design and access, and

also in terms of scheduling the

various trades, but the weber OCR

and Jordaya got the job done for us.

The pumped system has benefits in

that there is more controlled mixing

and application with less waste.”

Sean Denton of Jordaya

Contracting, who is regularly

involved with major civic build

projects such as the Flitwick Leisure

Centre, says: “These are big builds

that need to be delivered quickly

after long periods of planning and

consultation. We proposed and used

Weber products at Flitwick Leisure

Centre as we have used these

products many times and know we

will achieve the consistency and

ease of material handling along with

the factory formulated back-up that

we could not get with site mixed


“We applied weber.rend OCRT on

2000m² for tiling background;

weber.rend OCR on 500m² for

painted walls and brought in

weber.rend LAC render mortar for

200m² of low level concrete walls

which we treated first with

weber.rend aid to ensure a strong

bond. We saved a great amount of

time and reduced material costs

which is always appreciated by the

main contractor. We have great faith

in Weber materials and the supply


For more information about this

project, or for technical support,

please contact Saint-Gobain Weber

on 08703 330 070, or visit Customers in

Ireland should call 028 9335 2999

or visit

A free download of the new for iPhone and iPad

users is also available from iTunes

and from Google Play for Android

smartphones and tablet users.

Follow Saint-Gobain Weber on

Twitter @SGWeberUK for the

latest company news and updates.


Profloor Levelling System

gives a lift to flats conversion

The A. Proctor Group Ltd, renowned for providing high quality, innovative solutions

for the construction industry has supplied its Profl oor Levelling System to

contractors Andrew Towns Wadey Builders to help with the conversion of a Grade II

listed building in Reigate to residential fl ats. The Linden Court development in

Lesbourne Road designed by PRP Architects will provide 38 new homes.

The former offi ce buildings required a fl oating fl oor acoustic treatment to the

existing out of level fl oors, and Profl oor Levelling System was selected as the ideal


Developed to allow a level fi nished fl oor to be installed on a cambered, stepped, or

uneven sub-fl oor, Profl oor Levelling System is typically used on structural concrete fl

oors where the differences in level are too great. The fl oor is levelled by inserting packers

in each levelling base to adjust the level of the timber battens, and create a level fi nished

fl oor, with no need for wet trades in the process.

Offering the perfect solution for conversions and new build developments of fl ats

where impact and airborne sound reduction is mandatory, the Profl oor Levelling System is

easy to install, and enables developers and contractors to meet the performance

requirements of the current building regulations.

For more information and technical details contact our website:

The Proctor Group, The Haugh, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH10 7ER

Tel: 01250 872261 Fax: 01250 872727 Email:



New Altro Showroom London created by Ab Rogers Design

Leading flooring and walling

solutions company Altro has

worked with internationally

renowned Ab Rogers Design to

create an inspiring, interactive new

showroom that showcases a

multitude of colourful and creative

possibilities, and challenges

perceptions of flooring and walling


The innovative space was created

by Ab Rogers Design in collaboration

with Altro to celebrate the colour

and creative flexibility of Altro’s

products. “The showroom immerses

you in the essence of Altro,

exploring its ethos as a

manufacturer of inspirational

products,” explains Ab Rogers. “It

was exciting to have this huge

palette of products from which to

create a gallery of Altro and to work

with a client who understands our

fascination with colour and the

powerful effect it can have on an


The Altro Showroom London has

been created as an interactive space,

with Altro’s many and varied

products available to see, touch and

take away, and a range of digital

tools to help bring ideas to life.

Resources include Altro’s digital

kiosk where you can scan product

Tormax automates glass arch access

Delivering invisible automation to a new

arched glass doorway, TORMAX was

contracted to install their technologically

advanced iMotion 1401 operator into the

stone floor of the entrance to the Porter’s Lodge,

Christ Church at Oxford University. Ideal for

samples, find out more about ranges

and colour options and then email

the information to your own

account - perfect if you don’t want

to carry samples around with you.

Altro’s new Space visualiser tool

allows you to select Altro flooring

and wall cladding solutions and

place them into different 3D

environments, including a bathroom

and commercial kitchen. The Altro

Space visualiser allows you to see

how Altro products and shades look

like in-situ and from all angles,

meaning you can choose the right

options for your installation with

even more confidence.

As you would expect from a

company renowned for the quality

of its customer care, there are also

friendly, knowledgeable Altro staff

on hand to discuss everything from

design trends to technical product

details whenever you visit the Altro

Showroom London. You can also

book the showroom for meetings.

Altro’s CEO Richard Kahn is

delighted to see the long-planned

concept brought to life. He said:

“We chose to work with Ab Rogers

Design as they create spaces that

enhance physical and emotional

period properties such as this, the iMotion 1401

makes it possible to benefit from the convenience

of an automatic entrance, without interfering with

an historic façade.

The Porter’s Lodge is the security and

information hub of the College, monitoring

alarms, safeguarding keys, receiving and sending

mail, directing visitors and generally providing

information. The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day, 7

days a week for most of the year and is constantly

busy with staff, students and tourists calling in to

ask questions or for assistance. The new entrance

was part of a re-design of the Lodge carried out

by Montgomery Architects, in conjunction with

Christ Church, English Heritage and an OCC

Conservation Officer, bringing the facilities into

the 21st Century whilst safeguarding the historic

character of this Grade I listed Wolsey building.

Replacing a wooden door, aluminium and glass

specialist, Openwood, was contracted to design

and manufacture an all-glass frameless arched

doorway, with TORMAX providing specialist

automation with the iMotion 1401 door drive.

Bringing light to the interior, the new door

undoubtedly enhances the aesthetics of the

building whilst also being a practical solution.

“The old manual door often ended up being

propped open much of the time,” confirms Robert

Montgomery of Montgomery Architects. “The

glass automatic entrance helps minimise heat loss

from the building whilst also creating a more

welcoming aspect to encourage people inside.”

Entirely unique in the marketplace, the

TORMAX range of iMotion door operators are

wellbeing, that transform people’s

environments - completely aligned

with Altro’s ethos. They have used

Altro products for years and we

knew they understood all that Altro

has to offer. Their design is a

celebration of the possibilities that

can be achieved with our products

and solutions.”

Visitors to Clerkenwell Design

Week in May were the first to

experience all that the Altro

Showroom London has to offer.

Architects, designers, existing and

new customers had plenty to say

about the new resource, describing

it as “playful and inventive”,

“”exciting and creative”, “fun and

inviting”, “captivating and

inspirational”. They said that

“focusing on the visual and tactile

experience is a great shortcut to

developing a specification”, and that

“it’s a comfortable space I could

spend time in to experiment with

Altro products”.

The Altro Showroom London is at

15 Clerkenwell Green. It is open

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to

5.00pm, and at other times by


Drop in to see us,

or call 020 7490 8237.


recognised for their exceptional life expectancy.

This is due to the fact that their high torque

motors do not feature any of the parts that

generally wear out, such as gears and brushes.

This significantly improves reliability in the long

term and dramatically reduces required


Thanks to this outstanding design, the iMotion

1401 can practically be located within a steel box

beneath the floor of the Porter’s Lodge door,

delivering reliable yet invisible automation for

many years to come.





Rainham Hall Restoration

Julian Harrap Architects has just completed an ambitious restoration of Rainham Hall, a rare surviving early

18th century Merchants house in east London, into a significant visitor attraction.

Rainham FrontThe £2.5m

project has also involved

the refurbishment of the

adjoining two-storey brick

stable block and brew house to

provide essential facilities, including

a café and community room.

Sensitively designed interventions

and additions by Julian Harrap

Architects have been employed to

maximise the use of the building

and improve the internal layout and

circulation. These include a striking

new timber-clad vertical lift shaft,

spiral cantilevered stair and WC


Built in 1729 by John Harle, a

merchant and sea captain, the grade

II* listed buildings were found

largely unaltered since the three

acre estate was inherited by the

National Trust in 1949. Initial

support from the Heritage Lottery

Fund in March 2012 enabled Julian

Harrap Architects to repair and

develop the five-storey Hall and

ancillary buildings for public use.

The design of the new lift core

positioned in the brew house, echo

the scale and appearance of the

large copper vats used in the 18th

century brewing process. Vertical

boards of air-dried European oak

line the circular lift structure. A

lightweight, finely detailed staircase

incorporating thick timber treads, a

crimped brass mesh balustrade and

an extruded tubular brass handrail,

wrap around the lift providing

access to the upper level via a

gantry platform.

New oak doors in the cross wall

allow entry from the brew house

into the refurbished stable block

where the understated ground floor

café and first floor community room

are located.DGIL-0222-0017

Access has also been provided

from the ground floor of the brew

house to the new, sensitively

designed lavatory extension. The

single-storey lean-to, built over the

footprint of a former 1940’s privy,

employs traditional construction

materials, but in a markedly

contemporary language. Clad

externally in weatherboarding, with

timber also expressed internally, a

warm and tactile finish has been

created. A slender, clerestory window

runs around the perimeter at eaves

height drawing in daylight and

giving a modern twist to the

vernacular tradition.

“The design for the WC extension

incorporates materials that were

historically typical for ancillary

outbuildings, but the detailing

defines it as a modern piece of

architecture,” said Robert Sandford,

partner at Julian Harrap Architects.




Bradite’s 2K Floor and Wall

EW99 specialist coating was

recently specified as part of

the rebuild of the Gatwick

Aviation Museum. Located northwest

of Gatwick Airport in the

Surrey village of Charlwood, this

aerospace museum houses a unique

hands-on display of British designed

aircraft ‘from post-war to cold war.’

Now run as a charitable trust,

the museum began in 1981 when

local businessman and aircraft

enthusiast, Peter Vallance,

transformed a run-down battery

farm to house his growing collection

of aircraft, parts, models and

memorabilia. However, as the

collection grew, most of the aircraft

had been stored outside for more

than 20 years, a situation which had

been causing space and

maintenance problems.

To ensure the heritage of this

significant collection, a new

structure has now been built to

house a number of historic aircraft,

including Gloster Meteor T.7, De

‘Havilland Venom, De ‘Havilland Sea

Vixen, Hawker Hunter T.7, Hawker

Harrier GR.3 and English Electric

Lightning F.53, plus the Blackburn

Buccaneer S.1 which will soon be

moved into the new building.



Demolition of the old building,

including asbestos removal, was

carried out, with the rebuild

scheduled for completion within 10

weeks. When it came to the floor

treatment, the application of a high

performance non-slip coating was

imperative: this would allow visitors

to get up close to the aircraft safely

and ensure the floor itself could

withstand heavy traffic during the

museum’s busiest times.

To meet these requirements,

Bradite’s 2K Floor and Wall EW99

was specified, and supplied by the

Horsham branch of Brewers. This

two-pack water-thinned, epoxy

coating and finish paint is designed

for application to floors, walls,

structural steel and machinery.

Delivering a tough, hard-wearing

film, EW99 is easy to clean and

decontaminate, and it can be used

with a low-slip additive for extra

performance in projects such as the

Gatwick Aviation Museum.

Ashley Colella, the museum’s

manager, explains the progress of

the rebuild and Bradite’s

contribution: “First, we applied a

thinned base coat of Bradite’s EW99

that was watered down. Then we

applied two coats of EW99 mixed

with aggregate to give us a low slip

surface. We required a total of 385

litres to cover the new building’s

floor area of 1805 square metres.

“This was left to dry for one

week before the first three aircraft

were brought in. By this time, the

floor was suitably hardened and the

Hawker Seahawk, Gloster Meteor

and De ‘Havilland Venom were

moved undercover for the first time

in over 20 years.”

An added challenge arose when

all aircraft and engines had to be

moved up the entire length of the

museum for arranging and

positioning. Despite some of the

engines weighing around 1.5 ton -

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‘the Bradite

and the heaviest aircraft weighing

12 ton - volunteers and staff were

impressed that no damage occurred

to the floor, thus demonstrating

EW99’s durability and wearresistance.

“As we brought in more

equipment and displays, including

our large collection of very heavy

and awkward engines,” Ashley

continues, “we were delighted to see

that the floor paint was holding up

with no problems. It withstood the

weight of the aircraft and the tug

without peeling or loosening, and

even survived the unavoidable

scratching and scuffing resulting

from the forklift we were using. We

were all extremely impressed with

the way the newly painted floor is

standing up to the punishment.”

The finished floor which was left to

dry for one week before the first of

three aircraft were brought in.



m rebuild gets


cure is achieved in six days.

Recommended application is by

brush and roller, by conventional air

spraying or by airless spraying.

“In the case of the Gatwick

Aviation Museum,” says James

Burton, Bradite’s national sales

manager, “initially we visited the site

to see the base had been laid, the

building being built, and the floor

professionally prepared to the

specification requests. After the

allotted time and when the unit was

weather-tight, we met with all the

people of the museum to discuss

Bradite EW99 for the floor.

“Our team then carried out

regular visits to check on the

preparation and application of our

products,” James continues. “After

three coats of EW99 were applied to

the floor, the airframes were moved

into their new home, ready for the

opening of the museum on 25th

March this year, just in time for the

busy Easter weekend.”

For this project, Bradite’s SA12

aggregate was used in conjunction

with EW99 to reinforce the low-slip

finish. This additive, which consists

of tough, hard-wearing particles, is

suitable for use with all types of

floor and deck paint to give a low

slip surface in areas of heavy traffic

and helps to prevent accidents on

wet floor areas.



Bradite has also supplied its WC44

Cladit for the repair and

maintenance of the Avro Shackleton

MK3 PH3, which is stored outdoors

along with the Percival Sea Prince.

“With the Avro Shackleton due for a

re-paint,” Ashley explains, “once

again we are looking to Bradite for

help. After stripping the old paint

off to a rough paintable surface, we

will then treat any areas showing

signs of corrosion before applying a

base coat primer.

“We then plan to spray the entire

aircraft with Bradite’s Cladit to

achieve a hard-wearing, durable

surface to withstand the weather: as

this aircraft is too large to fit into

our new building, we need to

protect it from the elements and

reduce the potentially damaging

impact of the weather.”

A water-thinned polyurethane

acrylic finish, Cladit is designed to

provide long-lasting protection of

exterior cladding elevations. Hardwearing

and flexible, this specialist

coating offers easy maintenance and

excellent weather resistance, plus

the convenience of quick drying and

low VOCs. Surface dry in one hour,

with an overcoat time of four hours

minimum, Cladit offers a spread rate

of nine square metres per litre.

Application is by spray, brush or

roller, and the product comes in 5L




With the completion of its new

building, the Gatwick Aviation

Museum moves into a new phase.

Bradite, a company with a long

history of its own dating back to

1938, is pleased to be making a

contribution to this significant

heritage project.




Resistant to many chemicals and

solvents, EW99 inhibits the growth

of fungus and bacteria, and can also

be used as an anti-graffiti coating in

common internal areas. As there are

no solvent fumes, no odour and no

tainting of food, there is no

discomfort or disruption caused to

nearby operatives; this avoids the

costly inconvenience of shutdowns

during application. Safe after use,

this floor paint is certified as class O

for surface spread of flame to


EW99 delivers a spreading rate of

approximately 12 square metres per

litre and is surface dry in two hours,

with overcoating possible after a

minimum of 16 hours. Complete

Bradite’s 2k Floor and Wall EW99

being applied to the museum floor.



Refurb of Queen’s Building, Bristol Royal infirmary

Like many hospitals of its generation, the Bristol Royal Infirmary building on Upper Maudlin Street had been

subject to ongoing internal refurbishment and upgrade whilst retaining the original facade. Over time, the

facade’s concrete elements had deteriorated necessitating remedial structural works to make safe.


University Hospitals Bristol

NHS Foundation Trust also

recognised that the external

appearance of the Bristol

Royal Infirmary did not reflect the

quality of care provided within.

“When I understood just what we had

to do to the facade to make it safe

long-term, in terms of windows and

efficiencies of the building, it became

apparent that for relatively little

additional cost we could start

improving the appearance,” said

Deborah Lee, Chief Operating Officer

and Deputy Chief Executive. When

the appearance of the building was

discussed with patients and visitors

they told her it gave the impression

that the hospital was dirty.

To address both deficiencies, the

Trust held an international design

competition, the winning design

being named “Veil” by Spanish

architects Nieto Sobejano Architectos,

who subsequently worked closely on

design development with CODA

Architects, the local architectural

practice responsiblefor

redevelopment projects on the Bristol

Royal Infirmary precinct.

Robert Woolley, Chief Executive

at University Hospitals Bristol NHS

Foundation Trust, said: “We believe

that Nieto Sobejano’s design strongly

meets the original aims of the

commission, namely to create a

landmark building for Bristol that is

welcoming and non-threatening,

enhances the streetscape and public

realm and reflects, through

excellence in design, our reputation

for excellence in clinical services.”

The new facade had to meet the

architect’s aesthetic intent whilst also

meeting the technical requirements

of the project. Andy Headdon,

Strategic Development Programme

Director at the Trust, said of the

existing building: “At the moment,

the concrete has some problems. We

After refurd,

and below

before refurb.

are tidying it up and making sure it is

safe. The new system will protect the

structure underneath so it will not

deteriorate, and there will be better

natural ventilation in the hospital

when the windows are open.”

In addition, overcladding would

extend the useful life of the building

and provide a thermally-efficient

building envelope while substantially

reducing heating energy

consumption, operational carbon

emissions and internally improving

patient comfort levels.

Following a two-stage

procurement process, leading design

and build overcladding specialists

d+b facades, Salisbury, were

appointed for detailed design and

installation of the new polyester

powder coated insulated aluminium

rainscreen, high-performance

windows and a free-standing

overclad screen in front of the

building interfacing back to the main


The project was technically

challenging, not only because the

existing facade comprised an

irregular array of projecting concrete

nibs but the building was occupied

throughout requiring sophisticated

project delivery in order to minimise

disruption to patients, clinical

services and other building users.

Non-uniformity of the facade

precluded modular design, instead

requiring bespoke solutions installed

floor-by-floor with the projecting

nibs being encased. Integrated within

the rainscreen are vertical full-height

LED lighting strips with phased


The 500 tilt-and-turn windows

presented further challenges as the

architectural design demanded that

the white façade should appear to

have no distinguishing windows. d+b

facades’ innovative solution was to

apply film to the windows to preserve

the consistent appearance but

minimise opacity when viewed from

inside. Replacement windows were

installed from the outside before

removing the existing windows from

within in order to minimise

disruption. Linda Clarke, Divisional

Lead for Therapies for the Trust’s

Surgery, Head & Neck Division

commented: “The team from d+b

facades have been amazing. The

quality of the work is extremely high

and they have been extremely quick.

Communication has been great and

they have worked with us so as not

to disrupt the service to our


Through high-quality sustainable

refurbishment of the Bristol Royal

Infirmary, the Trust has set a

magnificent example to other NHS

Trusts. The Queen’s building has

undergone continual internal

modernisation and now has a striking

new, energy-efficient façade which

reflects the quality of services

provided within. The new façade is

designed to surpass current building

standards and protect the original

building’s fabric, future-proofing and

extending the life of building for

generations to come, exemplifying

sustainable regeneration.

Furthermore, appearances DO

matter and improved aesthetics can

translate into tangible financial

benefit for NHS Trusts. Trusts are

businesses with patients generating

revenue. If transforming a hospital

increased patient numbers by less

than 0.1%, the refurbishment cost

would pay for itself.

Client: University Hospitals Bristol NHS foundation Trust.

Architect: CODA Architects.

Main Contractor: Laing O’Rourke.

Structural Engineer: Aecorn.

M&E: Hoare Lea.

Cladding: d+b facades.



Berwickshire HA keeps tenants safe

Berwickshire Housing

Association (BHA) has

announced its decision to

install sophisticated Aico

Smoke and Heat Alarm system

solutions to reduce call outs, provide

tenants with more control, enable

alarm data extraction and connect

with external telecare systems.

BHA has 1800 homes in

Berwickshire and Berwick-upon-

Tweed, from single’s flats and family

homes to bungalows adapted for

disabled people and sheltered

housing for older people.

Aico’s new mains powered Multi-

Sensor Fire Alarm, Ei2110e, will be

installed throughout all of these

properties over the coming years.

David Gray, Assistant Technical

Services Manager at BHA, explains

the organisation’s decision to fit the

new Aico Multi-Sensors throughout

these properties: “BHA have decided

to install Multi-Sensor alarms as part

of our ongoing works and


Due to the dual sensors

communicating with each other, BHA

foresees a reduction in call outs to

electricians for alarms sounding when

no fire is present.” The Multi-Sensor

Fire Alarm contains two sensor types,

optical and heat, to constantly

monitor smoke and heat levels,

sending and receiving information via

its intelligent detection software.

This sensor information alters the

alarm’s sensitivity and trigger points,

automatically providing the best

response to all fire types and reduces

potential false alarms.

This alarm comes with a host of

sophisticated features, including data

extraction technology AudioLINK.

AudioLINK is an award winning

technology that enables real time

data to be extracted from each alarm

using its sounder directly to a

smartphone or tablet via an App to

create an Alarm Status Report.

The Report displays useful

information about the alarm, such as

battery life, alarm sensors status,

number of times tested and removed;

and any alarm activation, with details

of when it occurred - all in a simple

format. AudioLINK is installed in all

Ei2110e models as standard.

In addition, Ei2110e alarms also

have RadioLINK+ capability.

RadioLINK+ goes a step further,

enabling whole system data to be

extracted, such as the number and

location of alarms and Radio

Frequency (RF) signal strength

between alarms, which can be

accessed securely from within or even

outside a property if access is an


This alarm system technology can

also help with maintenance of asset

management records as details are

recorded for each individual alarm


RadioLINK+ is also used to

interconnect alarms on the system

without the need to hard wire them


It comes as a plug in module,

which has the added benefit of

negating the need for a separate

RadioLINK base.

BHA is keen to make the most of

this cutting edge technology, as

David states: “BHA intends using the

AudioLINK App as well as developing

the use of the RadioLINK+

functionality to eventually integrate

with our systems here.

This will also ensure our staff

utilise all our electronic mobile

working solutions.” In addition to

the Multi-Sensors, BHA will be

installing Ei450 Alarm Controllers to

allow tenants to test and silence

alarms on the system, plus locate the

trigger alarm, all from a safe,

accessible location.

Aico’s Fire/CO Alarm Interface,

Ei414, will also be installed.

“Our intention is to link these

systems to any Telecare or adaptation

equipment within the property as

well as the Fire Detection systems”

states David.

“We are currently working with

Aico on our Sheltered Housing

complexes to install these systems.”

The installation work has already

begun, starting in BHA’s empty

properties, with the aim of bringing

them up to the more stringent LD2

category of fire protection.

To meet this, Multi-Sensors will

be installed in the main living area

and will be replacing Optical and

Ionisation alarms on exit routes.

This will be rolled out to all BHA’s

housing stock over time.

“BHA look to future proof our

fire detection equipment and liaise

closely with Aico on new products

available,” comments David.

“The service from Aico has been

first class and gives BHA the

confidence going forward that our

properties have market leading

products installed.

This ensures our customers are

safe in their homes.” A wholly

owned subsidiary of Ei Electronics,

Aico are market leaders in residential

fire and CO protection in the UK.

All alarms are designed and built

in Ireland specifically to meet the UK

standards and regulations.

With more mains powered

domestic smoke alarms installed in

the UK’s social housing than any

other manufacturer, Aico is tried,

tested and trusted.

For more information please go to or contact Aico on

01691 664100 or


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Whitesales maintain architectural integrity

with heritage rooflight replacements

The three Cs of heritage rooflight replacement

Bespoke rooflight manufacturer Whitesales has worked on various high-profile historical building restorations

and refurbishments over the company’s 25 years, most recently at Somerset House, the London Palladium and

Easthampstead Park. While no two projects – or indeed no two rooflights – have been the same, there are

common threads that link them all: the three Cs of heritage rooflight replacement.


All historical buildings demand a

respectful restoration, not just those

whose importance has attracted

listed status. The challenge of

replicating original skylights

becomes greater, however, when

there are restrictions in place.

The proprietary extruded

aluminium frame system Whitesales

developed for its Em-Glaze bespoke

glazed rooflights is ideal for

replicating even the earliest skylights

in British architecture. Its lowprofile,

slimline dynamic makes it

relatively straightforward to match

the dimensions of original frames,

yet it’s structurally strong enough to

be self-supporting, to hold triple

glazing, remain weathertight even

under the harshest conditions, and it

can be powder-coated to any RAL

colour to recreate the exact

aesthetic of the original. What’s

more, Em-Glaze bespoke can be

designed in all sorts of shapes and

sizes: flat glass linked, monopitch,

pyramid, lantern, ridgelight, polygon,



Collaboration is vital in this

specialist area of the construction

industry, and all parties need to be

involved at the earliest stages of

planning. Consulting the entire

cross-section of experts, from the

designers of custom skylights to

heritage restoration experts and

other master craftsmen, ensures that

the whole process can be planned in

perfect detail. Early involvement

means that specialists can consult

with conservation groups and the

whole client team together, ensuring

an open, transparent and

cooperative approach to the works.

Consulting early with Historic

England, English Heritage and other

national and local conservation

groups – and remaining available

throughout the building’s

refurbishment ensures that custom

rooflights are authentic enough to

meet all stakeholders’ approval, not

just that of the client and



All rooflights must meet various

standards of strength and

performance under various

conditions in order to meet building

regulations standards. Moreover,

they should work in combination

with the existing building structure,

fabric, ventilation systems and

glazing to ensure that the building

itself meets various environmental

performance criteria.

That becomes more challenging

when replicating 200-year-old

skylights, but Em-

Glaze’s low-profile,

high-strength frame

allows for even larger

expanses of double or

triple glazing to

enhance thermal and

acoustic performance.

The glass can also be

solar tinted to control

heat gain and selfcleaning

to reduce



Ventilation can be

incorporated into the

design, from passive

trickle ventilation to

manual hinged or

electrically hinged

sections and

networked with wall switches,

remote controls, wind and rain

sensors – all enhance occupant

wellbeing and keep interiors

protected. In this way, the

replacement rooflights are more

than just compliant with stringent

building regulations; they meet the

occupant comfort levels a client is

hoping for.

Best of all, Em-Glaze bespoke

replica rooflights can be installed as

fully certified and compliant smoke

vents, extracting heat build-up and

toxic fumes and smoke, by

networking with smoke and fire

detectors. Incorporating life-saving

capability into a historical replica

rooflight may not be everyone’s first

instinct, but such possibilities

emerge when you adhere to the

three Cs and begin consulting early.

When multimillion-pound

restorations and refurbishments are

planned, it’s surely wise to consider

preserving that investment in history

as comprehensively as possible.




Transformative Concrete

With the completion of PRP Architect’s public realm regeneration at the east London Brownfield estate, Chris

Hodson – consultant to the trade association Interpave – reviews the transformative power of modern precast

concrete paving amongst iconic 20th century buildings.

”The aim is to unify disperate elements

using a simple palette of hard landscape

materials, developing a language that

unites the neighbourhood.”

The Brownfield Estate began to

be developed in the 1950s and

now has a settled resident

base and strong local identity.

It incorporates a conservation area

and three listed, iconic high-rise

blocks, designed by ‘brutalist’

architect Ern Goldfinger in the late

60s and early 70s - Balfron Tower,

Carradale House and Glenkerry

House – which contrast with the

surrounding low-rise buildings.

Before regeneration, a key issue

with the Estate was the variable

quality and character of the urban

realm, which was ill-defined and

uncertain in identifying public or

private spaces and fronts or backs of

buildings. With standard width

carriageways, very wide pavements

and no defensible space to

frontages, the streetscape was bleak.

Usable open space was sparse and

there were few play facilities.


This regeneration project, designed

by PRP for Poplar HARCA, aims to

transform the public realm

associated with both existing and

new infill dwellings. It will also

create new, improved building

entrances and connections to the

wider area. A master-planning

approach was adopted, intended to

be cohesive as well as responsive to

existing neighbourhood constraints,

so ensuring long-term, sustainable


The design operates within the

general layout of the existing,

refurbished buildings and adopted

streets, but at the same time

introduces new buildings to improve

the streetscape. In addition to a new

residential tower, two infill sites,

contained by 1950s maisonette

blocks, have been developed. Public

realm interventions seek to clearly

define footpaths and defensible

space, introduce new front gardens

for low-rise buildings and add new

public spaces to give a sense of

arrival. Parking is now distributed

throughout the Estate, not

concentrated in parking courts, and

a new ‘white light’ scheme has been



In terms of materiality, the designers

aimed to unify disparate elements of

the site using a simple palette of

hard landscape materials, developing

a language that unites the

neighbourhood. Wherever possible,

multi-use streets and spaces are

developed - bold and contemporary

in character, using robust and high

quality landscape elements.

Throughout the scheme silvergrey

concrete setts, with enhanced

granite surfaces adding sparkle,

highlight footways while charcoal

setts identify private amenity space.

Edges and transformations are

defined by enhanced-finish concrete

kerbs, some laid flush and others

raised. Designs are characterised by a

uniform application of concrete

block paving on un-adopted, HARCA

land with feature paving

announcing estate entrances and

positioned around key buildings.

Here, concrete flags in strong

colours are arranged in bands to

create a bold linear feel.


A long, 7-storey block – Langdon

House – plays a prominent role at

the heart of the Estate that went

unrecognised with ill-defined

entrances, mean grass-strip frontage

and low wall. The new design is

based on the symmetry of the

building, with linear bands of low

planting and a central tree avenue.

Two matching plazas now announce

the new entrances with adjacent

black water-walls and public art

installations in front. The plazas are

characterised by strong coloured

concrete flag linear paving,

continuing out into the wider

environment as raised shared

surfaces within the street itself.

Concrete block paved parking and

footpaths then link the two plazas.

Overall, this is an exemplary

scheme, demonstrating the

importance of considered, detailed

design and execution in the public

realm. The material palette is

complemented by high quality street

furniture – seating, bins, tree grills

and reflector lighting. The project

highlights the transformative power

of good landscape design with

precast concrete paving.

Interpave has published an

updated case study exploring the

project which, together with other

case studies and guidance on various

issues ranging from Sustainability to

SuDS, can be downloaded via the

Interpave information resource at:




Bolton Council installs Solar PV

Bolton Council has appointed

Forrest to install solar panels

across four community

buildings, including three

care homes, in a move to reduce

energy costs and carbon emissions.

The photovoltaic (PV) systems

have been installed by the Boltonbased

contractor at Winifred Kettle

Community Care Centre in

Westhoughton, Wilfred Geere House

in Farnworth, Laburnum Lodge Care

Home and Leverhulme Sports Centre.

The buildings, all energy intensive

facilities with high levels of

electricity consumption, were

selected following an energy review

of Bolton Council corporate

properties by Forrest.

The panels aim to deliver nearly

£200,000 in savings on energy spend

over the next 20 years across the

sites. By providing 2,150,000 KWh of

energy generation, the systems will

also cut CO2 emissions by 950,000

kg over the same period.

As part of the works Forrest will

also monitor the panels for free in

the first year, allowing Bolton

Council to closely review

consumption on a daily basis.

Councillor Morris, Leader of

Bolton Council said: “We are pleased

to be working with Forrest to make

use of solar energy. The solar panels

will not only save the council money

on the running costs of these

facilities, but will also contribute to

meeting the Greater Manchester

Climate Change Strategy target of

reducing carbon emissions by 48%

by 2020.”

Paul McCarren, Energy Services

Director at Forrest, said: “We see a

long term renewables partnership

between Forrest and Bolton Council

and are already currently working

together to identify the next batch

of suitable properties in order to

assist the Authority in reducing

energy expenditure and lowing

carbon emissions”.


BSW Timber fires up a £2.5m Biomass Boiler

Latest CHP Plant Opens in Company’s £11 million Investment in Renewable Energy Across UK and Europe.

From left to right: Kevin Young, Group Purchasing Manager at

BSW Timber; Victor Buchanan, Director at Dallol Energy; and

Nigel Patrickson, Group Project Planning Engineer at BSW


BSW Timber has become the first UK

sawmiller to generate electricity from

biomass fuel with the commissioning of a

£2.5 million Combined Heat and Power

(CHP) boiler at its Carlisle mill.

The state-of-the art 3.2 MW CHP Boiler is now

operational and forms the latest phase of BSW’s

£11 million investment programme in biomass

energy across its mills in the UK and Latvia.

During the last five years, BSW has

commissioned seven biomass boilers at sawmills

across the UK and Latvia, resulting in total heat

capacity of some 38 MW to generate heat for the

kiln drying process. The Carlisle plant will provide

heat for the kilns, treatment plant, and offices

whilst also producing electricity to be used in the

sawmill production process.

The Carlisle CHP plant was delivered in

partnership with biomass experts Dallol Energy.

Welcoming the commissioning of the new Carlisle

CHP plant, BSW Timber’s CEO Tony Hackney said:

“BSW’s current investment in biomass technology

means that we are now saving more than 12,500

tonnes of CO2 ( 3,421 tonnes carbon) each year,

across the business

“The Carlisle biomass plant is our most

significant investment to date, and has been

delivered together with partners Dallol Energy on

time and on budget.”

He added: “Adopting biomass technology as a

heating solution has delivered both financial and

environmental benefits in parallel with of BSW’s

ambitious growth plans, with all plants set to

create a return on the initial investment within

two to three years. Not only does

biomass significantly reduce our

carbon emissions, it also makes

overall site operations more


BSW Timber is the UK’s largest

consumer of home-grown sawn

softwood timber consuming almost

two million tonnes each year.

Much of the timber is dried in

on-site kilns which were previously

fuelled by oil boilers, with the coproducts

of the sawmilling process -

including wood chips and bark –

removed from the site by road

transport. By transferring their heat

production to CHP boilers and using

co-products as fuel, BSW is also

significantly reducing its reliance on

road transport.

As well as the Carlisle plant, BSW

Timber operates two 3MW biomass

boilers in Newbridge-on-Wye, a

5MW plant in Dalbeattie, an 8MW

plant in Latvia and two 5MW plants

in Fort William. This latest

investment was part of BSW’s

agreement with the UK Government,

as part of their Carbon Commitment

Agreement; in return the company

receives a discount on

environmental utility taxes for ten






Transforming a Court House to a 5✩ Boutique Hotel

Selectaglaze helps turn an old

draughty court house into a

warm and peaceful boutique


It was once a building where

judges passed sentences; the Police

investigated crimes and placed

criminals under arrest. However, this

splendid Grade II Listed Magistrates

Court and Police Station on Old

Street, has been converted and

become a sumptuous 5* boutique


Built back in 1903 by John Butler,

Old Street Courthouse was a

formidable building containing two

courthouses and offices. An adjacent

wing housed cells and on floors

above was accommodation for

officers, a mess hall and rooms for

laundry and boot cleaning.

To transform this Grade II Listed

building from a Courthouse to a

hotel, careful consideration had to

be given to create ways to improve

the thermal performance as well as

reducing noise from the busy streets

outside, to create a warm and

peaceful haven for guests.

As the building is Listed, the

original primary windows could not

be removed; so Selectaglaze was

approached by the principle

contractor McAleer and Rushe to

create a solution for the vast range

of different style windows. In total

106 units were installed including

curved, raked, casement doors and a

beautiful double-floor height feature

window which was 5.287m high and

2.045m in width. The circular

windows on the top floor required

particular care and a bespoke fixing

method for installation had to be

created to meet the client’s

requirements. All units were matched

to the existing frames to make them

as unobtrusive as possible.

Secondary glazing is an

independent window installed on the

room side of a building, which

decreases noise ingress creating a

quieter environment, a reduction of

45dB is easily achievable. Alongside

reducing external noise, it also

virtually eradicates draughts and aids

in retaining the heat of a building,

reducing heat loss by up to 50%.

As it is a fully reversible

adaptation, it is an ideal solution for

Listed buildings, and is approved by

most heritage bodies.

With great attention to detail

paid to all aspects of the design and

build of this magnificent conversion,

Old Street is currently on target to

achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’


Selectaglaze is the specialist in

the design, manufacture and

installation of secondary glazing,

with fifty years’ experience; it has a

wealth of experience working on all

building types from new build hotels

to Listed Town Halls.

For further information,

please contact Selectaglaze on

Tel: 01727 837271


or visit:



Summer overheating solved

An artisan pizza restaurant under railway arches in central Newcastle has solved the problem of summer

overheating with the installation of a heat recovery VRF air conditioning system.

The Herb Garden is one of

Newcastle's quirkiest, fine food

restaurants, specialising in

fresh, stone baked pizzas and

rustic Italian salads and sharers. The

venue is also renowned for its feature

lighting and is tucked away in Arch 8

of Westgate Road, just beside Central

Station and Newcastle Castle Keep.

Siting a pizza oven inside a

metal-clad railway arch had

previously caused problems with a

build-up of heat in the summer and

the site had limited space for any

plant, alongside restrictions on

internal fittings because of the metal


"We needed a quiet, energy

efficient solution that wouldn't

detract from our distinctive décor yet

was able to cope all year round",

explained Ryan Darrington, the

owner of the restaurant.

"There are also planning

restrictions on what can be fitted to

the front of the restaurant, so we had

to find a solution that could be fitted

in the small space at the rear".

Tyne and Wear-based ADS Air

Con Ltd, who operate throughout the

UK, were called in to install a system

whilst working around the

restaurant's opening hours.

"The arches are listed and owned

by Network Rail and there were

restrictions on the type of solution

that we could install", said David

Short, Director of ADS Air Con.

"That's why the two-pipe solution

from Mitsubishi Electric has worked

so well".

A single City Multi outdoor unit

has been installed in an empty space

to the rear of the building and this

can send simultaneous heating and

cooling to the indoor units installed

throughout the restaurant to

maximise the efficiency of the whole


"City Multi units can also be

installed and commissioned in

different stages which meant we

were able to work around opening

times and keep disruption to a

minimum", added David Short.

"Coupled with this is the fact that

they are some of the quietest units

available on the market and they can

also be used to heat the restaurant in

the winter".

The arches are metal-clad to

prevent water from the brickwork

entering the building, so it was not

possible to fix the internal air

conditioning to this. The first floor

VIP area in particular proved a real

challenge due to the curvature of the


Options were proposed for low

wall and cassette units however a

ducted fan coil mounted on the roof

of a storage room was finally selected

as it offered easy installation and

better air movement for the


For the ground floor restaurant,

cassettes were hung from the

structure for the first floor, however,

it also required a unique solution that

could cope with the decorative

lighting and herb racks. A ducted

unit mounted on the top rack above

the herbs provided a solution which

didn't affect the décor and provided

comfortable air movement.

The control strategy for the

system also had to be user-friendly

and cost-effective. Based on those

requirements, PAR-31 hard-wired

controllers were used for the three

control zones. These are aesthetically

pleasing, intuitive to use and offer

energy saving functions along with a

programmable time schedule.

"We've been delighted with the

result and found David and his team

completely professional and highly

efficient", said Ryan Darrington. "We

now have an energy efficient system

that ensures our customers can enjoy

their Italian experience in complete

comfort regardless of the weather





Keeping Pendleton Housing Scheme Dry

Roofing Contractor, Weatherwell, is due to start work on site at Salix House; the ninth block of flats

the company has upgraded using Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decothane liquid membrane as part of the

ambitious Pendleton regeneration programme in Salford.

The scheme is the latest in a

two year programme of works,

which involves the upgrade of

1,250 existing homes by main

contractor, Keepmoat, as part of the

social housing stock transfer from

Salix Homes to the Pendleton Private

Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. The

regeneration scheme also includes

construction of 1,600 new homes in

the area.

The eight blocks completed to

date have all undergone a major

refurbishment, including

improvements to their energy

performance and the building

envelope to enhance thermal

performance. The roofing schemes

carried out by Weatherwell using

Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decothane

system have played an important

role in this strategy, which has seen

each block improved and leased back

to the council as part of the PFI.

A performance specification for a

liquid system with a 25-year

guarantee was issued for all nine

blocks, which range in size from 12

storeys to 32. As Keepmoat had

previously used the Decothane

system successfully on similar

projects, the Sika Liquid Plastics

product was chosen, and

Weatherwell was appointed as an

approved contractor.

Kristian Lewis, company manager

at Weatherwell, said: “Across the

nine blocks there have been

significant working at height

challenges and the roofs all feature

complex detailing, including rooftop

plant, old gas flues that have been

taken out and new solar p/v


“The ease and speed of

installation of the Decothane system

made it possible to address these

challenges and the technical support

we receive from Sika Liquid Plastics

throughout a project ensures that we

can access specialist expertise in

bespoke specification and during the


Prior to the commencement of

each roofing scheme, a technical

engineer from the Sika Liquid

Plastics’ team surveyed the

residential block, measuring the roof

and all details and taking moisture

readings and core samples to ensure

the correct specification was

provided for sufficient membrane

coverage and excellent adhesion.

The Weatherwell team completed

installation of the system for the

details first, applying the membrane

with brushes or small rollers before

cutting Sika’s Reemat Premium glass

fibre reinforcement mat to size and

shape and applying it to the wet

base coat. A top coat was then

applied and the system was allowed

to cure to create a flexible, seamless


The larger areas of the roofs were

completed using the same system,

with the Reemat Premium rolled

onto the wet Decothane basecoat as

it was applied and a top coat applied

to complete the system. A thickness

test was carried out while the liquid

system was still wet to ensure the

integrity of the finished membrane.

Sika Liquid Plastics’ technical

team then returned to site to take

dry samples and carry out a final

inspection before each of the roofing

projects was handed over to the


Steve Cookson at Sika Liquid

Plastics, added: “With no seams and

complete adhesion to the contours

of all details, the Decothane system

ensures there is no vulnerability to

water ingress and no risk of


“Improving these homes for

Pendleton residents is part of a

cohesive plan of regeneration

measures for this area of Salford and

we are delighted to help deliver the

ninth residential block in this phased





Altro stands the test of time in historic school

The proven combination of Altro WhiterockTM hygienic wall cladding and Altro Stronghold 30TM safety

flooring has been so successful in the kitchen at one of the world’s oldest schools, that after 15 years of service

it’s been chosen again for a total refurbishment. The King's School in Ely, Cambridgeshire, is a co-educational

independent day and boarding school. It was founded in 970 AD.

Fifteen years ago, the school’s

‘monastic barn’ kitchen was

fitted with Altro Whiterock

White and Altro Stronghold

30 to provide a high level of safety,

hygiene and aesthetics. More

recently, in 2014, Altro Whiterock

was installed around the lift shaft of

a dumb waiter in the kitchen.

The school has been so happy

with the long term performance of

Altro Whiterock and Altro

Stronghold 30 together that there

was no hesitation in selecting the

integrated system of compatible

hygienic wall cladding and safety

flooring again when the entire

kitchen recently underwent a refit.

As the system is fully integrated, it

fits together perfectly to provide a

hygienic, watertight solution for

commercial kitchens.

Shirley Jolly, the school’s

catering manager, says: “This is a

busy commercial kitchen, which

produces 1,600 meals per day with

three sittings, so the flooring and

wall cladding has to be hygienic,

tough, durable, practical, easy to

clean and have superb safety

credentials. Plus of course it needs

to be suitable for use in a very old

building — our kitchen dates back

to 970 AD.

“In addition, we are very proud

of our Five Star food and hygiene

rating from the Environmental

Health Agency, so we are passionate

about maintaining our excellent

standards. Using the right products

in our kitchen to help us achieve

that is paramount.

“Fifteen years ago we had Altro

Whiterock installed three quarters of

the way up the kitchen walls, and

we have been delighted with it over

that time. It’s hygienic and has been

very easy to maintain, just needing a

regular wipe down. It’s proven to be

ideal for our busy commercial

kitchen. For us it’s a tried and tested


“So we definitely wanted to use

it again for the refurbishment, but

this time we wanted it floor to

ceiling — giving total encapsulation.

This meant that we could cover all

the hard-to reach places around the

doors and windows - and there are

some tricky areas as this is a very old

structure - to make cleaning as easy

as possible and further improve


Shirley continues:

“The Altro

Stronghold 30 safety

flooring was also a

very good choice for

us 15 years ago. As a

safety flooring it’s

second to none, plus

it’s incredibly hardwearing

and nice

looking as well. It

was still in very good

condition, but we

decided to upgrade it

with new Altro

Stronghold 30 for

the refit.”

Altro’s integrated

floor and hygienic

wall cladding system

offers the best

possible protection

against bacteria,

bugs and vermin. It

makes cleaning

easier too. Designed

to address the issues

commonly found in kitchens – slips,

contamination, cleaning and

maintenance, the Altro system

doesn’t just protect the people who

use it; it also protects the

environment and those responsible

for the health and safety of

employees and visitors.

The Altro wall cladding and

flooring for the refurbishment were

installed by Altro Whiterock Premier

Installer Elite Interiors. Contracts coordinator

Dave Barnard, says: “This

school kitchen is the perfect

example of how Altro Whiterock and

Altro Stronghold 30 work together

to create a long-lasting, safe and

hygienic environment in commercial


“These products have really stood

the test of time here at the King’s

School, which is partly due to their

quality, but also testament to the

school’s excellent maintenance

regime. After consulting with both

Altro and the client, we all agreed

that for the refurbishment these

products were still the best choice.”

Altro Whiterock White is the

hygienic alternative to tiles that’s

impact resistant, grout-free and easy

to clean. Its smooth white surface

and classical purity make it a

timeless choice for any interior. The

product is Hazard Analysis and

Critical Control Points (HACCP)

approved and is made from a highquality,

food-safe PVCu polymer that

can handle temperatures up to 60°C.

It meets all current European Union

(EU) Directives on health and

hygiene. This makes it particularly

suitable for use in commercial

kitchens especially combined with

Altro Stronghold 30.

Altro Stronghold 30 safety

flooring achieves Altro’s highest

rating for slip resistance, and is

designed to minimise risk in wet and

greasy conditions for the lifetime of

the flooring. As well as helping to

keep staff safe from slips, it also

helps reduce their fatigue, thanks to

its 3mm thickness which provides

noise reduction and comfort


“The installation of the wall

cladding presented some challenges,

specifically because of the age of

the building,” adds Dave Barnard.

“The walls especially had no flat or

true surfaces, and the church-style

windows with 1ft-deep recesses

meant very skilled fitting of the

Altro Whiterock. We had a very tight

three-week window in the summer

in which to complete the installation

of both flooring and wall cladding.

Even though the school was in

recess, there were a number of

students who stayed behind for

summer school, so the kitchen

couldn’t close for any length of


The installation was overseen by

the school’s clerk of works, Fred

Duffield. “I am a stickler for

perfection, but I have every

confidence in Elite Interiors,” he

says. “They completed the work in a

very professional, safe and

controlled manner, but with the

flexibility needed to meet the

inevitable challenges that arise in a

project of this type.”

Shirley Jolly comments: “The new

kitchen looks fantastic, and we are

so pleased with the results. The

whole area looks brighter, cleaner

and fresher, and it’s taken our

catering operation to a whole new


“The Altro Whiterock wall

cladding is so easy to maintain that

the kitchen staff can take care of it

themselves, with just a regular wipe

down. The flooring is cleaned with a

combination of a small rotary

scrubber that can go up and down

the aisles, and special mop — and it

comes up like new every time.

“I think the test of a happy

environment is whether the staff are

taking care of it, and that is

certainly true here. They are thrilled

with their new kitchen and very

proud to be working there.”





HA to install Aico alarms in 15,000 properties

Plymouth Community Homes

has begun a programme to

replace their smoke alarms

with Aico s new 160e Series

of alarms. The alarms will be fitted

in to all 15,000 properties over five


Plymouth Community Homes,

rated as one of the top 25% of

housing association nationally*, is a

long standing Aico customer. They

have installed Aico s mains powered

smoke and, more recently, Carbon

Monoxide (CO) alarms to protect

tenants over many years. The

existing optical smoke and heat

alarms are reaching the end of their

lives and will be replaced with Aico s

new premium range, the 160e Series.

Building on the success of its

160RC predecessor, 160e alarms

provide improved performance in

response time and resistance to false

alarms; all in a modern, sleek design

(up to 18% slimmer), whilst

maintaining the same easi-fit

footprint making it simple to

upgrade. These mains powered

alarms come with 10 year

rechargeable Lithium cells to provide

back-up in the event of a mains


The 160e Series alarms are

compatible with latest technology,

RadioLINK+, evolved from the award

winning wireless alarm

interconnection RadioLINK - all that

is required is a plug in RadioLINK+

module, the Ei100MRF. This negates

the need for a separate RadioLINK

base, used with previous 160RC

models, saving on installation time

and costs. RadioLINK+ allows alarms

and accessories on the system to

communicate with each other using

Radio Frequency (RF) signals rather

than hard wiring.

RadioLINK+ also allows for whole

system data extraction, which

Plymouth Community Homes

intends to put to good

use. Information such as the

number and location of alarms,

number of tests carried out and RF

signal strength between alarms can

all be accessed securely from within

or even outside a property. This

information will be stored by

Plymouth Community Homes on its

asset register as part of the tenancy


Likewise, information from Aico s

mains powered battery back-up

Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, the

Ei262, installed in Plymouth

Community Homes properties is also

being stored on the asset

register. Real time data is obtained

from individual alarms through

Aico s multiple award-winning

AudioLINK technology. All that is

required is an AudioLINK enabled

Aico Alarm, a tablet or smartphone

and the free AudioLINK App which

converts the data into an Alarm

Status Report.

The AudioLINK Alarm Status

Report, which is simple to review

and store, is created for the life of

the Alarm and is colour coded to

identify the urgency of any issue.

The Report displays useful

information about the Alarm, such

as battery life, alarm sensor status,

number of times tested and

removed; and detection levels of CO,

including background CO, with

details of when it occurred - all in a

simple format.

For Plymouth Community Homes,

AudioLINK technology has proven

extremely cost effective, as Roger

Hewitt, Electrical and Asbestos

Manager, explains: Traditionally if

the CO alarm was activated we

would normally have to send in a

team to investigate it, but with

AudioLINK a single person can

interrogate the device, identify the

cause of the alarm and what action

needs to be taken. It s a really

useful time saving device.

Both CO and smoke alarms are

connected to an Aico Alarm

Controller, the Ei450, which is wallmounted

in each property. The

Controller allows residents to quickly

locate the exact alarm which has

detected the fire or CO leak and take

action. The Controller is completely

wireless and can also be used to test

and silence all the alarms on the

system. The Alarm Controller

provides better control of devices for

tenants states Roger. It s easy for

them to understand and it looks nice

which means tenants don t mind

having it on their wall.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Ei

Electronics, Aico is a market leader

in residential fire and CO protection

in the UK. All alarms are designed

and built in Ireland specifically to

meet the UK standards and

regulations. With more mains

powered domestic smoke alarms

installed in the UK s social housing

than any other manufacturer, Aico is

tried, tested and trusted.

For more information please go to or contact Aico on

01691 664100 or

* STAR satisfaction survey 2015

Argus Fire secures major contract for Mander Centre


Leading fire protection and

detection specialist Argus Fire

is to play a key role in the

redevelopment of

Wolverhampton’s Mander Centre.

The Stourbridge-based company

has secured a contract worth almost

£400,000 with construction

company Bowmer & Kirkland to

safeguard shoppers and retail staff

at the city centre shopping centre.

Argus Fire will install sprinklers

and wet and dry risers to support

the three-level complex, owned by

Benson Elliot, as part of a £35m

revamp that is expected to make

Wolverhampton the retail capital of

the Black Country.

The company will also

decommission existing water

supplies and provide new sprinkler

tanks and fire pump sets, as well as

modify the existing sprinkler

pipework network in order to create

a new network for the centre.

This will accommodate the

sprinkler provision for a new 90,000 sq

ft flagship Debenhams store, opening

in Autumn 2017, and ten other larger

stores including three of between

17,000 sq ft and 26,000 sq ft.

Argus Fire, which has a proud

history of supporting the Mander

Centre with fire protection systems,

is scheduled to complete the

contract in Spring 2017.

Ben Smith, Senior Manager at

Argus Fire, said: “We are delighted to

have been chosen once again to

design and build new fire protection

systems for such a major local

facility as it redevelops with larger

stores and improved access




Selecting Safety

Kidde discusses the growing diversity of selection criteria being applied today to domestic smoke, heat

and carbon monoxide alarms, ranging from longer guarantees to lower energy consumption.

Without doubt, smoke

and heat alarms save

lives but, of course,

third party certification

such as BSi Kitemarking, and longterm

reliability are essential –

particularly in a critical area like fire

safety. And today’s specifiers also

look for whole-life commitments

from manufacturers. For example,

Kidde’s Slick brand is the only range

of fast-fit mains, rechargeable backup,

smoke and heat alarms

guaranteed for 10 years.

Hard-wired, interconnected smoke

and heat alarms are mandatory for

Building Regulations on new-build

project but are equally applicable to

many existing properties as well.

Interconnection simply enables all the

alarms to sound when one is

triggered by a fire. But there are both

practical and visual implications for

existing buildings – particularly older

properties with original building

fabric or those that are still occupied

– and avoiding disruptive

interconnect cabling can be

particularly important in these



Here, wireless interconnection is an

increasingly popular solution for

specifiers, using accessories such as

Kidde’s Slick Wireless Alarm Base. It

simply replaces the standard base

plate to interconnect smoke and

heat alarms, with each alarm

powered from a lighting circuit

nearby. The Wireless Alarm Base can

also be used with another

innovation, the Remote Test & Hush

switch, to communicate with a Slick

alarm which might otherwise be

difficult to access. This is particularly

useful for elderly or disabled people,

or where alarms are fitted on high


Alternatively, a wired remote test

and hush unit is available and this

can also be used with Kidde’s low

cost, low energy Firex range. For

many years, Firex has proved itself as

a popular range of cost-effective

hard-wired, interconnectable alarms.

The latest generation of Firex alarms

– manufactured and supplied

exclusively by Kidde – includes

options for long-life lithium battery

back-up, alongside the usual loose

battery and integral rechargeable

battery versions. This innovation

ensures reliable back-up throughout

the whole alarm life, without the

need to change batteries, at a much

lower price than rechargeable



The market’s growing interest in

energy saving products and lower

running costs for homeowners and

tenants is now focusing on safety

products. In response, all new Firex

smoke and heat alarms offer a much

lower, maximum mains consumption,

with substantial energy savings over

previous models and significantly

lower running costs. Based on

current energy tariffs (March 2016

average kWh cost from the UK’s top

5 suppliers, between £0.099/kWh

and £0.109/kWh), it now costs less

than £1 per year to operate a Firex


But specifiers and housing

providers are looking for better

performance in other areas as well,

including lower whole-life costs and

improved sustainability credentials.

Here, Kidde’s 10LLCO range of selfcontained

carbon monoxide alarms

offers a 10-year guarantee covering

both alarm and sealed-in lithium

battery, cutting the cost and carbon

footprint of alarm replacements.


These alarms are simply activated by

the slide-on back plate, so

preserving battery freshness until

needed, and a tamper resisting selflocking

installation system avoids

battery theft. Of course, the

reliability of CO alarms throughout

their design lives is essential.

Manufacturers that produce their

own CO cells – the key component –

rather than buying them in, can

apply tighter quality controls. And

preferred CO cells use safer,

environmentally friendly de-ionised

water rather than acid-based


For more information, call: 01753

766392, email: or visit:

Kidde’s IOLLCO range.

Wireless Interconnection.



Smoke alarms installed by Red Kite

Red Kite Community Housing

in High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire, has

specified Aico’s new 160e

Series of mains powered smoke

alarms for its entire housing stock of

6000 properties.

Aico’s new 160e Series alarms are

being used for the Grade D, LD2

installations – in compliance with BS

5839-6:2013, the British Standard

WES+ protects riverside regeneration scheme

Barratt London’s riverside

regeneration scheme in

Fulham has become the

latest residential

construction project to specify the

WES+ wireless fire alarm system.

WES+ is Europe’s only fully

compliant EN 54 wireless fire alarm

system and now provides Barratt

London with round the clock

coverage across this large residential

development on the side of the

River Thames.

The WES+ system was specified

by the health and safety team at

Barratt London to ensure the safety

of personnel working on site,

residents in nearby buildings and

those homeowners that have moved

for domestic smoke alarm

installation. The LD2 Category

requires alarms in escape routes and

high risk areas to occupants. The

alarms will be installed during Red

Kite’s ongoing programme of

electrical testing, which initially

covers voids and mutual exchanges,

and during major works such as

kitchen and bathroom


into the initial phase of 219 new


Comprising 30 automatic smoke

and heat detection units and five

manual call points, plus GSM base

station, the WES+ system provides a

complete grid network of coverage

across the 8.25 acre site.

The smoke and heat detectors

act as an early warning of a fire

event during the working day and

also ensure that the site remains

protected out of hours. Personnel

working on site can also activate

any of the manual call points within

the WES+ network.

If just one of the automatic or

manual call points is activated it

instantly triggers the entire network,

Heat alarms from

the 160e Series

alarms, Ei164e, are

being fit into the

kitchens and

Optical alarms,

Ei166e, are being

fit in escape routes

and high risk areas.

The smoke and

heat alarms are



within each

property using

Aico’s RadioLINK+

technology which

removes the need

to hard wire them

together; instead

the alarms are interconnected using

Radio Frequency (RF) signals. This

reduces disruption to properties, is

quicker and more cost-effective to

install and allows for greater system

flexibility as alarms can be easily

added or removed depending on

different tenants’ needs. The wireless

interconnectivity was enabled in this

160e Series system by plugging in a

RadioLINK+ module (Ei100MRF)

allowing personnel to evacuate site

quickly and efficiently.

Barratt London choose to add a

GSM base station into its WES+

system. This allows the company’s

security and monitoring personnel to

receive a text alert if a fire alarm is


The base station also provides

extensive system reporting and

configuration functionality. For

example, when an alarm is activated,

the base station allows personnel at

Barratt London to quickly identify

which unit has been triggered. Other

features include the ability to

trigger a system-wide silent test,

minimising on-site disruption.

Both the call points and base

station have a minimum three-year

battery life in normal use, keeping

replacement costs and waste to a

minimum. The WES+ system has no

trailing wires and is very easy to set


Aside from protecting people and

assets, more developers are choosing

WES+ to ensure their developments

comply with latest legislation and

site best practice. Many are taking

guidance from the Joint Code of

Practice Fire Code (JCoP) which

states that; Components of

automatic fire detection and alarm

systems should be marked as

directly into the alarm head of each

alarm at installation before House

Coding them together.

Red Kite Community Housing

made the decision to install 160e

Series alarms following the launch

event held by Aico in 2015. Tom

Roper, Assistant Compliance

Manager for Red Kite, comments:

“We always use Aico as they are the

industry leader. In fact our

contractors insist on it! They won’t

use other manufacturers’ alarms as

they don’t compare in quality,

which for our customers is a


A wholly owned subsidiary of Ei

Electronics, Aico is a market leader

in residential fire and CO protection

in the UK. All alarms are designed

and built in Ireland specifically to

meet the UK standards and

regulations. With more mains

powered domestic smoke alarms

installed in the UK’s social housing

than any other manufacturer, Aico is

tried, tested and trusted.

For more information please go to or contact Aico on

01691 664100 or

complying with EN 54 (paragraph


Leading insurers, Zurich and

Aviva, have already responded to

JCoP by making it clear there is an

‘expectation that customers comply

with the Joint Code of Practice Fire

Code (JCoP) guidelines as far as is

practicable and reasonable’.

“Barratt London has been very

proactive as a business in specifying

an EN 54 compliant wireless fire

alarm system,” said Paul Henson,

Sales and Marketing Director at

Ramtech Electronics. “The only sure

way of knowing if a fire alarm system

is fully compliant with EN 54 is to ask

for a Declaration of Performance

certificate. This will show if each and

every unit in the system has been

tested to the relevant standard,

which they should have been.”

Fulham Riverside is one of

London's most coveted addresses.

The first phase of the development

comprises 219 new homes, while the

second is currently under

construction and involves building

248 additional homes. Completions

have already begun, with all

developments finishing in June 2018.

To ensure your development has

the hottest properties for all the

right reasons, visit:



Arden Dies secure under Citylock and Securikey

Physical security supplier,

Securikey, has been a trusted

partner to many UK

companies for over forty

years and has recently teamed up

with City Lock And Safe Ltd to

supply their high quality products

and expertise to Stockport based

manufacturer Arden Dies & Tooling


One of the largest sites in Europe

for die and tooling manufacture,

Arden Dies offer a comprehensive

range of services in supplying full

tooling packages for products as

diverse as cartons, corrugated

packaging, membrane switches,

flexible circuits and greetings cards.

In 2013, Arden Dies invested

£430,000 to expand their production

facilities in order to keep pace with

rising demand, investing in new laser

cutting and engraving machinery as

well as refurbishing part of their

factory in Marple, Stockport. During

these improvements, Managing

Director Martin Poynter decided that

improved physical assets should be

matched by improved security in

order to protect this recent


In partnership with City Lock &

Safe Ltd, Securikey Ltd supplied two

48 Capacity Key Vaults, two 100

Capacity Key Vaults and Two Size 2

Mini Vaults to Ardens purposebuilt

3000 square metre facility.

George Clarke, Managing Director of

City Lock & Safe Ltd, says that the

Securikey safes and key cabinets

were chosen specifically for their

high quality and durability. Built

from a heavy duty steel with a

double walled construction, the Mini

Vault Gold FR is durable and fire

resistant and ideal for storing vital

documents and, the key vaults, also

made from steel, feature locking by

security deadlock and can be further

secured by incorporating

the cabinet into an existing

suited system. Another

important feature of the

key vault is the five pin

Euro profile cylinder which

can be easily changed in

seconds should the

integrity of the unit be

breached; an important

feature for a busy

organisation like Arden Dies

which runs 24 hours a day

with over 120 members of

staff. Arden Dies Managing

Director, Martin Poynter

says; We have a long

history of making a

significant investment in

our production facilities in order to

keep the business competitive, a

statement that is reflected in the

choice of high quality, durable

security products from Securikey as

Martin explains, The key safes and

mini vaults provided by City Lock

and Safe Ltd and Securikey are of

excellent quality and value and have

very much helped to improve

security in our increasingly busy

warehouse and offices.

Family run business, City Lock

And Safe Ltd is one of the premier

locksmith, safe engineer and security

companies in the North West of

England and, like Securikey, is a

member of the Master Locksmiths

Association. City Lock & Safe Ltd

was proud to combine their wealth

of knowledge and expertise with

Securikey to help protect Arden Dies

investment and to offer practical

advice on future purchases as the

company expands further.

For more information, please

contact Securikey on

01252 311888, email

or go to

15-17 NOVEMBER 2017




Setcrete at Wickes

Wickes is now stocking an

extended range of

Setcrete easy-to-use

floor preparation

products at its branches nationwide,

as demand for the range continues

to grow. Setcrete Rapid Set 30, Deep

Base, High Performance, Latex, and

Universal floor levelling compounds

can now all be purchased from

Wickes branches across the UK,

along with Setcrete’s acrylic primer

and flexible wood flooring adhesive.

Setcrete have used the most

advanced technology from the

flooring industry to provide

professional builders with easy-touse,

fast-track, high performance

flooring products. By using specialist

Setcrete products, builders can easily

prepare subfloors in the fastest time

possible, leaving a perfect, lasting

finish every time.

Setcrete Deep Base levelling

compound is one of the most

popular flooring products among

professional builders today. It is

perfect for rapidly building up floor

levels and creating a smooth, even

surface for the application of

floorcoverings or capping with

another levelling compound. It is

ideal for levelling floors in adjoining

rooms, for example, where an

extension has been added or an

internal wall has been removed

Applicable in thicknesses of up

to 50mm in a single application, this

easy-to-use levelling compound can

be ready to receive new

floorcoverings in as little as six

hours. The use of Setcrete Deep

Base, therefore, has the potential to

save professional builders a huge

amount of time, as typical

sand/cement screeds can take as

much as one day per millimetre

thickness to dry.

Setcrete Rapid Set 30 Floor

Levelling Compound can be used to

rapidly create a perfectly smooth,

durable surface before the

installation of new floorcoverings.

Applicable in thicknesses of 2 –

10mm in a single application, Rapid

Set 30 is walk-on hard in just 30

minutes, and can be ready to receive

new floorcoverings from only 45


Setcrete High Performance is a

fibre-reinforced, flexible, fast-drying

floor levelling compound, designed

for use over plywood, concrete and

sand/cement screed subfloors. The

product is designed to level uneven

subfloors quickly and easily, allowing

for the installation of new

floorcoverings in as little as four

hours and can also be used as a

standalone wearing surface where a

floorcovering is not required.


Mitsubishi Electric enter the UK chiller market

Mitsubishi Electric has

announced that it will

begin marketing and

selling Climaveneta

branded chillers in the UK, following

the acquisition of the Climaveneta

brand earlier in the year. The move

allows the company to offer a chiller

solution across a much broader and

more diverse range of projects.

From the 4th of July, the

Climaveneta NX range of air source

and water cooled chillers will be

available from Mitsubishi Electric.

The expansive portfolio of energysaving,

low-noise and innovative

chiller solutions increases the choice

available and extends the range of

customisable cooling options that

the company is now able to offer.

Each chiller model in the NX

range is offered in up to six

different configurations, allowing

bespoke application design for

individual projects. There are two

levels of efficiency available and

then a further three options on

sound emission levels: standard, low

noise, and super low noise.

Capacities range from 39 to 371kW

with a choice of plate or shell and

tube heat exchanger.

“Climaveneta is a well-respected

and high quality European chiller

brand and we are proud to be able

to add these products to our

portfolio”, explains Donald Daw,

Mitsubishi Electric’s Commercial

Director. “This addition allows us to

deliver a comprehensive and

versatile range of solutions for our

customers, whatever their need and

regardless of whether they are

involved in a new-build or retro-fit

situation. We have had a lot of

interest following the initial

purchase of Climaveneta and with

the range available from the 4th of

July; we are expecting to be busy”,

adds Daw. “Mitsubishi Electric will be

working in partnership with

Climaveneta Powermaster, the

current outlet for all Climaveneta

products in the UK, to ensure that

customers are offered the best

solution for their chiller projects.”

Mitsubishi Electric has

manufactured chillers for over 40

years and has already combined this

extensive experience with advanced

component technology from the

commercial air conditioning sector

to introduce the innovative e-series

modular chiller range in 2015.

The purchase of Climaveneta

adds over 45 years of experience and

knowledge of this industry sector

and marks Mitsubishi Electric’s full

scale entry into the UK chiller

market. “We re-entered the chiller

market in the UK with our e-series

product last year and it has proved

to be extremely successful”, explains


“The e-series product and the

Climaveneta NX range make a

compelling offering and

complement each other with

features and specifications that can

match almost any application”.

Further details on the

comprehensive range is available

by calling 01707 282880 or




Shopping Centre remains high and dry

For a £117 million shopping centre in Newport, a comprehensive range of waterproofing solutions from Sika

has provided unrivalled waterproofing protection ensuring this major retail development is watertight and

remains on track for completion.

The Friars Walk Shopping

Centre in Newport, built by

Bowmer and Kirkland Limited

for Queensberry Real Estate,

offers more than 390,000 sq ft of

retail and leisure space which

includes a 90,000 sq ft Debenhams

Department Store, an 8 screen

Cineworld cinema, a range of shops

including Next, Top Shop and River

Island, along with 12 family

restaurants and a new 350 space

modern car park and bus station.

For the expansive lower area of

the building, engineers Waterman

Consultants required a robust and

durable waterproofing solution that

could meet both Grade 3 of BS

8102:2009 and BS 8485 codes

whilst at the same time being

flexible for the different site


To meet the requirements, the

specification included a dual system

of more than 9,000m2 of the

Sikaproof® A08 system, a totally

new concept in membrane barrier

design, together with 3,300m3 of

Sika® Watertight Concrete to

deliver outstanding levels of

watertightness to the lower floor.

The membrane surface of

SikaProof® A is embossed with a

grid pattern, which contains a

sealant, and is topped by a thin

layer of fleece which forms a

mechanical bond to the concrete

when it dries. The grid pattern is

also unique. It offers additional

protection, due to the integrated

sealant, which bonds tightly with

the surface of the concrete,

forming mini watertight


Therefore, even if the membrane

is damaged or pierced, moisture or

pressured water cannot spread

between the membrane and the

concrete structure as it is contained

within the small damaged grid


Sika® Watertight Concrete,

which was supplied by Lafarge

Tarmac to Churngold Construction,

is a high quality solution for below

ground and basement construction

that prevents water from migrating

through the concrete. State-of-theart

Sika admixtures work within the

concrete, firstly to reduce the

water/cement ratio, thus increasing

the density of the mix and

minimising the size, volume and

continuity of the concrete's pores,

and secondly, fill the remaining


James Rivers, Churngold

Construction commented: “These

are great waterproofing systems

which were sold very well to the

design team through an

outstanding technical detailing

ability. I cannot speak highly

enough of the team at Sika.”

To complete the system,

construction joints were sealed with

the SikaSwell® jointing system,

which consists of joint sealing

profiles that expand on contact

with water to seal any voids

between adjoining concrete slabs.

The Sika Watertight Concrete

system complies with BS 8102:2009

Grade 3 for habitable areas where

no water penetration is acceptable,

an essential consideration for the

basement area. The system also

complies with BS 8485 which

ensures the membranes, including

the joints, restrict the ingress of

hazardous ground gases into the


With Sika’s comprehensive

waterproofing system in place, this

successful application has led to

the engineers specifying the

Sikaproof system on another major

retail development in the heart of

Oxford city centre which is a totally

new concept in membrane barrier

design due for completion in 2017.




Marmoleum Modular adds contemporary

style to listed building at Teeside University

Resin flooring for Jaguar Land Rover showroom

Nestled deep within the


region of eastern France

lies Automation Vénissieux

– a huge outlet containing many

world leading automotive brands

and their showrooms.

In May 2016, Jaguar Land Rover

opened the doors to their new

showroom. However, by March local

suppliers were unable to fulfil their

requirements for their resin bound

paving. In turn, they contacted

SureSet and Dural. Within weeks,

both companies were able to work

together to create a stunning resin

bound paving complete with

bespoke premium movement joints.

A luxury car manufacturer with a

luxurious eye for detail

With the opening date looming

for Jaguar Land Rover’s new

showroom, the Architect and

Developer were unable to find a

suitable local resin supplier. They

had to look further afield, and in

doing so turned to SureSet and


Dural quickly set to work to

create the premium movement joints

required for the installation. The

speckled infill had to match the

SureSet natural aggregate resin

bound paving – Norwegian Pearl.

Dural are able to colour match their

range of expansion joints to any

colour in the RAL range, and with

the added speckled effect the joints

Teeside University has sprucedup

the appearance of its

Constantine Building by

installing Marmoleum Modular

Linear planks from Forbo Flooring

Systems – bringing a modern twist

to a listed building. The university

was keen to select a contemporary

patterned floor covering for ground

floor corridors and specified the

Marmoleum Modular Linear range

for its natural colour palette and

flexible plank format.

The neutral Rocky Ice colourway

was specified as the main colour for

the corridors, with the ash grey

Granite colourway and the earthy

brown Trace of Nature shade

interspersed throughout the


Mirukshi Brunton, Assistant

Projects Manager at Teeside

University, said: “We chose Forbo’s

Marmoleum because of the large

variety of designs that can be

achieved using its plank format –

such as the one created in the

university. We also chose the

product as it is has a Topshield2

finish, which protects the flooring

would blend seamlessly with the

resin bound flooring.

SureSet quickly arranged the

delivery, complete with their own

installation team, and completed the

installation over two days at the

beginning of April. A total area of

407m2 of 6mm Norwegian Pearl had

been laid over the grounds of the

prestigious showroom.

The movement joints were laid at

the end of the gate tracks, directly

above the subfloor joints, where

they provide effective stress relief

and movement protection. Here, the

robust 15mm aluminium based

profiles are designed to cope with

heavy stresses and then distribute

them evenly between the subfloor

and resin bound floor covering. The

movement joints exceed BS5385

therefore Architects and Specifiers

are given confidence that they are

fit for purpose and will protect the

integrity and aesthetics of the

seamless resin bound paving.

Resin bound paving – the


Resin bound paving is becoming

more and more popular, covering

many sectors including residential,

commercial, industrial and others. It

is clear to see why. The physical

properties of the natural aggregate

from scuffs and marks – making

cleaning and maintenance easier

and allowing it to look great for a

long time.”

The Linear range, featuring 15

subtle striated colours, is the newest

addition to Forbo’s Marmoleum

Modular Collection and offers a

stylish and sustainable flooring

solution, made from 88% natural

raw materials, 76% rapidly

renewable and 58% recycled

content. The colourways are

specifically designed to blend

beautifully together, and can also be

combined with other tiles drawn

from the Marmoleum Modular

Colour, Marble and Shade ranges.

The linearity of the tiles is

enhance by the availability of two

plank options - 100x15cm and

100x25cm – in addition to more

conventional square formats,

allowing for a wide range of designs

to be created, from abstract linear

patterns to classic herringbone.

For more information please call

Forbo on 0844 822 3928 or visit


and resin combine to form an

extremely durable surface which will

give years of outstanding

performance. It is also virtually

impossible for cracks or

displacement, especially when used

in conjunction with expansion joints.

The durability of the surface means

it can withstand heavy loadings, for

example cars.

In addition to the practical

benefits of resin bound surfacing,

the aesthetics are guaranteed for

many years from UV degredation

and colour discolouration. So it will

remain beautiful for many years to


Another advantage for resin

bound surfaces is that they are fully

permeable and as a result water is

able to drain through the surface

effectively, preventing any surface

water build up. A good quality resin

bound surface will be fully

compliant with the requirements of

Sustainable urban Drainage Systems

(SuDS), which was introduced in

2011 to better manage water run off

in urban areas.

Contact them today by telephone

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£5 million plans for City Pool and Baths

THE transformation of

Newcastle City Pool and

Turkish Baths has taken

another step closer with the

submission of a planning application

to Newcastle City Council.

The £5 million redevelopment of

the historic site proposed by Fusion

Lifestyle will bring the City Pool and

Turkish Baths back into use as a

modern facility while retaining the

distinctive neo-Georgian features of

the 1920s building.

The plans include the restoration

of the City Pool and the Turkish

Baths which will incorporate a spa.

There will also be a range of

health and wellbeing facilities

including fitness facilities, exercise

studios and treatment rooms.

Plans for a cafe/bistro will see

the front of the building open onto

Northumberland Road for the first

time – creating a new look and vibe

– and turning the building into

leisure-time destination for people

of the city.

The submission of the planning

application follows a six week public

consultation process when hundreds

of people visited a public exhibition

at Newcastle Civic Centre and gave

their feedback online.

Peter Kay, Chief Executive of

Fusion Lifestyle, said: “Feedback on

our vision for the future of

Newcastle City Pool and Turkish

Baths has been overwhelmingly

positive and we’re proud to have

created some innovative plans which

will take this wonderful building

into the future.

“The building has been empty

since 2013 and we can’t wait to

bring it back into use for new users

and those who grew up visiting the

City Pool and Baths.”

Graeme Dodd, Director of Napper

Architects, said: “It is clear from the

feedback how important the people

of Newcastle think the building is -

so that makes us even more pleased

to be working on the project.

“It also makes us more aware of

the need for a sensitive approach to

the design and restoration as

protecting the unique features of

the building is key.

“Many 1920s period features,

such as the ornate plasterwork and

tiled wall finishes, will be retained

and will sit alongside the modern

facilities, restored areas and

contemporary changing facilities.

“The new facilities will

beautifully complement the

refurbishment of the existing

features to allow the building to

carry on its journey for the next 100


Leader of Newcastle City Council,

Councillor Nick Forbes, said: “It is

very encouraging to see Fusion come

forward with their plans for the

future of the City Pools. It is another

step towards bringing this important

local facility back into use.”

Cait Read of Re-open Newcastle

Turkish Baths and City Pool Group,

said: “It is great news that the plans

by Fusion Lifestyle to restore and reopen

Newcastle City Pool and

Turkish Baths are progressing.

“We are delighted at the design

plans and look forward to continue

to be involved in the Baths

redevelopment and re-opening.”

Fusion Lifestyle is a registered

charity with significant experience

in revitalising heritage sites across

the UK including swimming pools,

sports halls and fitness centres.

If plans are approved work is

expected to begin later this year and

the facility is set to open in spring


*The exhibition is now on display

in alley three of The Grainger Market

until August. It’s open from 9am

until 5.30pm Monday – Saturday.

Follow the development on Twitter

@CityPoolNCL and on Facebook

Newcastle City Pool and Turkish

Baths or visit






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A guide to materials,

applications, designs,

fixings and

developments. Preview

of ‘The Painting &

Decorating Show’

Building Conservation /


A look at the many

specialist aspects of


the companies involved

& their particular skills in

helping to improve the

standard of conservation

carried out on our built



Renewable Energy

Energy Savings with

air/ground source heat

pumps, biomass and

other forms of renewable



Building Services

Heating & Ventilation

Energy Efficiency and

‘Green’ issues.

Renewable energy.

Fire Safety & Security

Fire Protection and

Security products

& services.

Social Housing


Flat and Pitch Systems,

Case Studies and


Grundfos answered the call

Amajor telecommunications

call centre in London

requested Grundfos

undertake an Energy Check

on their cooling and heating pumps

to see if they could improve the

efficiency of their system. This type

of survey is ideal in these

circumstances, as it will quickly

assess typical savings that can be

made. One of our specially trained

energy team undertook the check

that assessed all the installed pump

equipment as well as looking at the

current and future demands of that


The subsequent comprehensive

Energy Check report showed that

there was a lack of system control,

and recommended that they

replaced their installed base of

obsolete heating and cooling pumps

with models from the Grundfos TPE

and NBE variable speed pump


The report findings also showed

that savings of 318,000 kWh per

year would be possible with a return

on investment of 2.8 years. The

recommendations were accepted

and a rolling installation programme

was implemented. The results to

date have already delivered an

energy savings of £30k+ and a large

reduction in CO2 emissions. The

client is very pleased with the



Schueco’s revamp of Network Centre completed

Leading building envelope specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, has announced that

the refurbishment of the Schueco Network Centre in Milton Keynes is

now complete. The revamp – designed to improve the Centre’s facilities

even further for architects, main contractors, Schueco network partners

and their customers – represents a major capital investment for the company.

A number of new exhibits have been installed, the most significant being

the massive Parametric façade that was constructed for the BAU Exhibition in

2015. A hugely impressive piece, the UK Network Centre is the only permanent

exhibition space in Europe large enough to accommodate it.

Visitors will also find that the systems on display have been rearranged and

that new products have been added. Of particular interest are two new façade

systems, Schueco FWS 60 CV and FWS 35 PD, both of which demonstrate

significant innovations in design and functionality.

The steel side is represented by a number of Schueco Jansen systems

including the Janisol Arte Renovation

Window which provides the perfect

solution to refurbishing steel windows

in premises with Listed Building status.

Another major change is a newly

created area with a mezzanine floor

given over to a number of different

exhibits of Schueco’s residential range

of products including Schueco AWS

windows, ASS sliding and sliding/folding

door systems and entrance doors. In

addition, there are new informal

meeting areas on both the mezzanine

and ground floors.

Finally, the Centre’s conference facilities

have been upgraded to take account of

the many outside organisations – such

as trade associations and professional

bodies – who are increasingly using the

building as a convenient venue for

corporate gatherings and sales


For further information on all the

facilities at the Schueco Network

Centre, please email





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