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Crown Paints announce Apprentice Decorator of the Year finalists

Crown Trade, product of Crown Paints Ltd

Eight aspiring apprentice decorators will soon be going head-to-head in the final of this year’s national Crown Paints Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition held during the WorldSkills UK LIVE event in Birmingham. The annual competition, which is now in its 39th year, is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and sponsored by Crown Paints along with other industry leaders such as British Gypsum. Hundreds of apprentices currently enrolled on painting and decorating courses competed this year, hoping to hone their skills and set themselves apart from their peers.

British Museum

Briggs Amasco Ltd

BriggsAmasco, has installed a high performance green roof system at the British Museum’s stunning new £135 million World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC). Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and construction managed by Mace, the new Centre is one of the largest redevelopment projects in the Museum’s 260 year history. The Centre provides a new public exhibitions gallery, state-of-the-art laboratories and studios, world class stores for the collection, as well as facilities to support an extensive UK and international loan programme.

British Museum WCEC

Planet Partitioning

For the basement laboratories, Planet used p100 demountable double-glazed full-height partitions with two layers of 15mm toughened glass to reach heights in excess of three metres. The partitioning framework was set within the steel grid structure, ensuring an industrial look and incorporating slimline single-glazed and SonoTec double glazed doors with integrated venetian blinds. Planet provided a full blackout option for lab work on sensitive ancient human remains. Planet AG was responsible for the full-height atrium glazing, using 19.5mm toughened laminated glass. It required carefully spaced holes for securing attenuators that control airflow within the building.

Acoustic Transformation for British International School

Autex Acoustics Ltd

Located in the heart of the bustling Singapore Business District, Tanglin Trust School is a British International School catering for students from Nursery right through to Sixth Form (3-18 years). Entering its 90th year of educating students from all around the globe; Tanglin Trust School are always looking to improve and provide state of the art facilities and have collaborated with Autex to transform a classroom into a modern learning environment.

The British Museum, London. Fire Curtains

Coopers Fire Ltd

Compartmentation, Protected Means of Escape and Boundary Protection were all required as part of the fire safety solutions and therefore Coopers FireMaster fire curtains and Coopers FireMaster Plus2 fire curtains were installed to ensure the fire safety requirements were met. In total, 113 fire curtains were installed, 96 with round headboxes and 17 with square headboxes. Round headboxes were engineered for The British Museum as a request from the architects. The headboxes of the fire curtains were going to be seen by the occupants so Coopers engineered a round headbox that looked in keeping with the design of the building.

Welsh Slate helps bring integrity to a British Museum development

Welsh Slate

Flooring by Welsh Slate features in a new gallery at the British Museum. Natural slate flooring by Welsh Slate was specified for the refurbishment of a gallery at the British Museum for a multitude of reasons. Some 172m2 of various sizes of Cwt-y- Bugail dark blue grey floor slates from Welsh Slate Ltd were used on the redevelopment of the museum’s “Middle Room”, one of the oldest rooms in Sir Robert Smirke’s Georgian museum. They were specified by Purcell architects, the museum’s conservation architects and lead consultants, based on their working knowledge of the product.

British Gas Smart Home Makes Smart Windows Choice

Eurocell plc

The British Gas Smart Home - the original House of the Future back in 1998 - has recently been refurbished using Eurocell Eurologik windows. The Eurologik system was specified to replace the original timber windows in the house on the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, owing to its high levels of thermal efficiency, sustainability and value of money.

Spectraplan chosen for green sedum roof at British Horse Society

SIG Design & Technology

The British Horse Society headquarters is on a listed deer park with many protected trees. The building’s circular design posed key construction challenges. The single storey office building was constructed in a doughnut shape, to ensure that a mature oak tree on site was preserved. In keeping with its green surroundings Spectraplan SM120 Dark Grey, a polyester reinforced TPE waterproofing system was mechanically fixed to a composite metal deck, ready to receive a sedum blanket.

Installation for Shakespeare's Globe, Sackler Studios

Harlequin Floors (British Harlequin plc)

When Shakespeare’s Globe looked at floors for their new education and rehearsal centre, Sackler Studios, they chose a Harlequin Activity floor with a hardwood oak surface. “It’s a product I am particularly familiar with due to working in and creating different spaces over the years and was something our acoustic consultant was keen on using. From a look and feel as a working surface and as part of the sound separation between all the studios I’m tremendously pleased.” Andy Scorgie Head of Facilities Management Shakespeare’s Globe

Riverdance on Cascade

Harlequin Floors (British Harlequin plc)

Since opening night in Dublin seventeen years ago, Riverdance has been packing out theatres around the world. With over 10,000 performances and 22 million people having watched the show, Harlequin Cascade has been consistent throughout. Riverdance explain why they chose Harlequin Cascade for their performances. “Well over 1,000 dancers, musicians and singers have performed their magic on those Riverdance stages, safe in the knowledge that Harlequin Cascade works as well and as consistently as they do!... Harlequin Cascade allows all our performers to deliver exhilarating performances in complete safety.” Julian Erskine Senior Executive Producer Riverdance

Burn the Floor Performances

Harlequin Floors (British Harlequin plc)

“Over the last 10 years, our relationship with Harlequin has modernised our approach to Ballroom and Latin dancing; smoothly transitioning our company to a Harlequin Reversible touring surface, which provides our dancers with the perfection and confidence they need to deliver their performances.” Peta Roby Executive Producer Burn The Floor

The Hong Kong Ballet

Harlequin Floors (British Harlequin plc)

At The Hong Kong Ballet, one of Asia’s premier ballet companies, they choose a Harlequin LibertyTM sprung floor with Harlequin Reversible vinyl surface. “We use Harlequin to give our dancers one of the most important foundations required to create a good performance - confidence. Whether in soft or pointe shoes, our dancers can focus on their performance knowing that the floor is reliable and has just the right amount of spring. A quality floor is the basis on which creativity and excellence in ballet begins.” Madeleine Onne Artistic Director The Hong Kong Ballet

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Harlequin Floors (British Harlequin plc)

Phoenix Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company founded in 1981 and based in Leeds. They share a purpose-built facility equipped with Harlequin WoodSpring™ sprung floor with a Harlequin Studio™ surface. “I’m very happy with the floors in the building. It’s actually very difficult to find a floor that has just the right amount of traction when barefoot. I’ve also used Harlequin a lot as a touring floor and I’m about to buy some more, the dancers and rehearsal director won’t allow me to buy anything else!” John Slater Technical Manager Phoenix Dance Theatre

Franke solid surface sinks transform washrooms in famous British film studios

Franke Sissons Ltd

Franke products were chosen for the transformation of the renowned Elstree film studios. The solid surface Ronda washbasins were chosen, the unique curved edge of the basins are designed with the highest quality solid surface materials. The pleasing design fits harmoniously into every washroom while providing generous basin space and the ultimate in style and design. Chris Kightley, Project Manager commented "Franke always deliver the highest quality of products and this was a key factor for such a prestigious washroom project. As well as quality their range of Miranit is highly stylish and fits perfectly in almost any washroom environment."

Frontier Pitts are pleased to announce that they have received official supplier designation by the British Olympic Association for Suppliers of Security Barriers, Blockers and Gates to the London 201

Frontier Pitts Ltd

During the London 2012 Games, Frontier Pitts protected various Olympic sites including the Olympic Park, Greenwich Park, Old Trafford and St James Park. Three pairs of Frontier Pitts PAS 68 Terra V Gates were installed at Greenwich Park venue. VIPs to Greenwich Park during this time included members of the Royal Family. After the games, our client described the Terra V Gates as the ‘Best Security Gates of the London 2012 Games’. The Terra V Gates are a pair of bi-parting hinged gate leaves that were successfully impact tested to PAS 68 stopping a 7500kg vehicle travelling at 50mph.

10 Brock Street


As the centrepiece to British Land’s regeneration of Regents Place, 10 Brock Street is a distinctive 16 storey, 320,000 sq ft landmark office development in the heart of London. Completed in 2013, the building achieved the coveted BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating thanks to a number of features, including rainwater harvesting system and combined heat and power systems. British Land’s property management company, Broadgate Estates, approached INTRAsystems to remove and replace the three entrance mats at the front and rear entranceways. Find out more

Bath Rugby Club use Magply on Light Gauge Steel Frame


Arena 1865 had to take several design criteria into consideration including provision of fire protection to safeguard the 4,500 spectators the steel framed structure can accommodate, while rigidity, all round durability and ease of installation were important. Simon Pugh-Jones outlined ‘We looked at a full range of board solutions including high performance gypsum and recycled plastic, but when we got into the science and the costings, it soon became clear the only board which ticked all the boxes was Magply’. Some 2000 m2 of the Magply 9mm boards were consumed in the main passageway beneath the Stand.

Grand Central, Birmingham

SAS International Ltd

The Birmingham New Street refurbishment completely re-imagined the Pallasades shopping centre situated above the station. SAS designed, supplied and installed several bespoke metal ceilings specified for the lower retail area within the mall: A mall link feature installed below glass reinforced gypsum features in the mall’s access areas.A lozenge shaped, metal can ceiling with integrated lighting, a slatted SAS700 linear ceiling and SAS320 alongside linear grilles. The aim was to create an ideal meeting place which would serve as a gateway to Birmingham. A massive 50 million people are expected through the door each year.

Brimstone cladding at Sylva Centre Grain Store

Vastern Timber

The Grain Store was transformed with Brimstone cladding and joinery. The renovation of an old grain store at the Sylva Centre provides a vast new workspace for woodworking businesses and skills training. The front elevation is clad in Brimstone, Vastern Timber’s innovative range of thermally modified British hardwoods, made of poplar, ash and sycamore. This is the first commercial project incorporating Brimstone joinery. Windows & doors made of Brimstone Ash were produced by George Barnsdale. Vastern Timber's aim to promote under- utilised British timber aligns perfectly with the Sylva Centre goal of ‘helping trees and people grow together’.

The Guards Museum

Amtico International

Located off Birdcage Walk, adjacent to London’s St James’ Park and just a short distance from Buckingham Palace, The Guards Museum is home to the official exhibition detailing the history of the British Foot Guards and Household Cavalry.

Court View, Lambourne Avenue, Wimbledon

Bereco Ltd

Designed by local architect Andrew Harper and built by Indigo Developments, an LABC three time ‘House of the Year’ winner, Court View has been nominated for the Times House of the Year and a Royal Institute of British Architects award.

The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

TRC Restoration

A British icon since 1889, The Savoy has once again taken its place on the world stage after over a £100 million restoration. TRC carried out the window restoration using draught exclusion products supplied by Draftfix.

4 Kingdom St, Paddington, London.

New Age Glass Ltd

NAG supplied and installed Seves Doric Range 300 x 300 x 100mm Satin Finish Glass Blocks, into powder coated steel frames to the front reception of this brand new commercial building. Client was British Land, Main Contractor was Wates Construction

Chelsea Barracks

Group SCS

Previously a British Army barracks situated in the City of Westminster, London, Chelsea Barracks is currently being redeveloped for residential use. Location: London Client: Mace MEP Price: £480,000 Service: UniJet Car Park Ventilation System and UniForce Residential Lobby Smoke Ventilation Systems

Snowdon Summit Building

Eurosafe Solutions Ltd

The Summit Building at Hafod Eryri (Mount Snowdon) is located at 3,560ft (1,085 metres) above sea level - the highest point in the British Isles outside Scotland. The building, which was officially opened in June 2009, attracts half a million visitors per year and includes a visitors centre and cafe.

Film House, 142 Wardour Street

AET Flexible Space

Film House is an iconic building at 142 Wardour Street in the heart of Soho and once home to the Associated British Pathé film company. The building was refurbished in phases between 2006 and 2012 and underfloor air conditioning was installed throughout the four floors as part of these phased refurbishments, highlighting the modularity of installing such systems.

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