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Concrete Reception Desk at Assembly Rooms

Concrete Reception Desk at Assembly Rooms

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

The Assembly Rooms is a new office block development on a site of a former 1870’s cinema situated on Werter Road, just off Putney High Street.Living Concrete team used an innovative concrete application technique to create ultra-sleek custom-built reception desk for Morgan Cox at Assembly Rooms. A special mix of spray concrete in Mist colour was applied onsite to MDF frame, seamlessly achieving a very complex and detailed design.In addition two large planter units with sitting benches were constructed and finished in the same style.
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MediaCityUK Studio Block

MediaCityUK Studio Block

CDM Stravitec

Based at Manchester’s waterfront in Salford Quays, MediaCityUK Studio Block is the largest media development in the UK and will become centre for the world’s leading creative and digital businesses. The BBC is one of mediacity:uk’s anchor tenants and from 2011 it will be home to five BBC departments including two TV channels and two radio stations; three of them are Radio Five Live, BBC Sport and CBeebies.Many of the studios in the main Studio Block have Stravifloor Jackup jack-up concrete slabs to optimise the sound insulation between noise producing and noise sensitive spaces. These floating floors in combination with the structure of the studios being isolated off Stravibase SEB simple elastomer bearings delivering high performance box-in-box constructions.The TV studios built off the upper floors were built using a heavily damped concrete construction supported at 600mm centres using Stravifloor Deck isolation rails. In these studios the structure of the studios was built off the floating floors to create the box-in-box whilst providing very stable conditions for the TV cameras.
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Sto Brick Slip System Specified For Kent Apartment Blocks

Sto Brick Slip System Specified For Kent Apartment Blocks

Sto Ltd

Two new apartment buildings in Kent have been given a thermally-efficient and visually-striking façade thanks to the use of an external wall insulation system from Sto. The two new blocks in Ashford - Stour Heights and Somerset Heights – have a single-skin construction, comprising a reinforced concrete frame with concrete block infill, and they benefit from the installation of StoTherm Mineral external wall insulation, with a StoCleyer B mineral brick slip and StoSilco render façade finish.“An alternative insulation system was originally proposed for these buildings,” says John Mahoney of Sheffield-based J Mahoney Architects. “As things progressed a different solution was required to meet the demands of the various parties involved in the project. Sto pretty much leads the pack in terms of quality, and the StoTherm Mineral system was able to satisfy everyone’s requirements, so it became the obvious choice. The fact that Sto could work with us and provide technical support was also extremely helpful.”The BBA-certified StoTherm Mineral external wall insulation system uses mineral-fibre boards to provide outstanding thermal performance, combined with reliable fire protection and effective sound insulation. Its efficient single-leaf construction and external installation do not compromise the building’s interior space, and it can be installed without the need for additional expansion joints.For the new buildings, it was installed using Sto’s unique Sto-Rotofix plus mechanical fixing system. The helical Rotofix fixings create a cavity behind the insulation board, which can be easily adjusted after installation to ensure a level outer surface is created. This system combines the ease-of-use of ETICS anchors with the flexibility of a mechanical rail system, but without the material and labour cost of installing the rails.“The StoCleyer B brick slips were specified to meet certain planning requirements,” adds John Mahoney. “An alternative brick solution was originally considered, but Sto was able to manufacture slips which were a perfect match for the proposed original. The fact that they were also fully compatible with the Sto insulation system was another significant point in their favour.”The new buildings have added 109 one- and two-bedroomed flats which are spread across the five floors of Stour Heights, and the three floors of Somerset Heights.
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Watertight Concrete Basement For Luxury Wembley Development

Watertight Concrete Basement For Luxury Wembley Development

Triton Systems

Two 20 storey buildings, one a hotel and the other a luxury residential and commercial apartment block, have been constructed near Wembley Stadium. Triton Systems was appointed by the main contractor, Donban Construction, to supply a watertight concrete system for the large underground car park which will serve both buildings.
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Graven Hill self-build ICF houses with concrete upper floors

Graven Hill self-build ICF houses with concrete upper floors

CDI Innovative Construction Materials Ltd

Built on a self-build development site at Graven Hill in Bicester, where every property is different, this house utilises a number of different design styles and is constructed from an ICF system called Durisol Blocks. The first floor is constructed using the Lewis Deck and includes sound separation, underfloor heating and wet-rooms. It is common for the 1st floor to see a liquid screed installed over the deck, however for this project the client just ordered a little additional of the concrete being poured down the walls to complete the floors.
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London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Southwark

Tobermore

Pavement Shifting Protection for Roads in SouthwarkIn recent years, Southwark Council encountered problems creating and maintaining attractively paved surfaces in busy carriageways.David Farnham, Highways Design Quality Manager at Southwark Council, explained: “Southwark boasts some of central London’s great destinations – from the tourist sites around London Bridge, Tower Bridge and Bankside, to vibrant neighbourhood centres like Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. The quality of our streets is a big part of the appeal, and residents and visitors expect them to be attractively landscaped and well maintained.“Installing paved areas in roads at crossings and junctions helps provide that quality of place whilst also having a calming effect on traffic. This is something we support as part of a tool-kit of shared space design measures. However, it poses some real design and maintenance challenges.”David Farnham, Highways Design Quality Manager at Southwark CouncilWhilst the trend in central London over recent years had been to install natural stone sett surfaces within a rigid construction system, Southwark Council found this to be too costly for most locations and difficult to reinstate. Meanwhile, complex detailing was needed if all too common defects were to be avoided, even under moderate traffic. The Council identified concrete block surfacing, used within a flexible construction system, as a potentially simpler and cheaper alternative – provided certain requirements could be met.David Farnham commented, “We wanted to replicate the appearance of modern natural stone surfaces as faithfully as possible. In order to look the part, any concrete blocks had to be capable of being laid in stretcher bond on busy roads. That’s difficult with a flexible system as a herringbone bond is typically needed to increase surface interlock and prevent individual blocks from shifting. If not avoided that can lead blocks to work lose and the surface to rut. Also, in order to have a traffic calming effect we needed blocks to be quite large and to have varied finishes so approaching drivers would notice them. Traditional 200×100 concrete blocks weren’t compatible with these needs.”Tobermore introduced Southwark to their solution – the City Pave VS5 block paving system. The innovative product incorporates shift protection on five sides of each block via interlocking nibs and a specially profiled bottom surface that claws sand beds. These innovations provide continuous protection against shifting from horizontal and vertical loads, all within a traditional rectangular shaped block. The system even outperforms other interlocking blocks often used in goods yards and other heavy load areas. It gives designers the freedom to use flexible construction systems with confidence – even when laying blocks in stretcher bond on busy roads.City Pave VS5 also offers a hard wearing granite aggregate surface layer that produces a striking finish, similar to the appearance of natural granite. As well as the aesthetic appeal, the hard wearing surface layer improves the strength and durability of the product.Southwark Council specified the product in a mix of Silver, Mid Grey and Graphite colours to mimic the natural variability of stone. The combination of the three product colours and the larger element 300x150x100mm size of the City Pave VS5 block was used to create the desired ‘traffic-calming’ effect.City Pave VS5 was installed on streets across the borough, including Camberwell Green, Borough High Street and Blanchedown Road – typically as part of raised table features at junctions and crossings.David Farnham said, “Overall, the City Pave VS5 system helped to substantially reduce construction costs compared with rigid stone sett construction systems. Visually, the stretcher bond, mix of top finishes and large module sizes has been very successful.”
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Into University, Newcastle

Into University, Newcastle

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

ChallengeAs INTO’s biggest centre yet, the goal was to create an eye-catching Academic Building providing circa 3000m2 of teaching and recreational space for around 800 students. Adjacent to two new halls of residence,  the eight floor,  bridge-linked Line and Herschel residential complex, and Cowen-Porter blocks incorporating eight floors of new and five floors of refurbished accommodation. An Academic Building distinguished by a dramatic atrium spanning its length and a bold stone-glass façade, revealing an open-plan ground floor at street level. The envelope cladding of sandstone ashlar walling, rain screen, structural glazing, curtain walling and traditional brick work and large sections of glazing shaded with a perforated brass veil.The design is, concrete framed, arranged over five floors and incorporates a structural steel frame to support the standing seam brass roof. It has a reinforced concrete basement constructed with contiguous piles and waterproof concrete; all slabs are constructed in reinforced concrete. Housing a lecture theatre and plant rooms, the basement footprint a maze of piles, capping beams and wall elements. SolutionEarly involvement of the design team and concrete suppliers has played an integral part in the project’s success. Detailed discussion at planning stage of all aspects of the concrete package provided opportunities to value engineer aspects of the design, simplify and speed construction methods, and maximise the safety strategy. Potential health and safety risks across the site and programme were reviewed and measures taken to reduce or eliminate them. Using these risk assessments, McGee produced a robust method statement covering all aspects of the concrete package. Its project managers then undertook a rigorous exercise of communication, inducting all site operators on safety procedures and asking them to sign a register to confirm that they had understood requirements.As the basement took shape, this created a honeycomb of confined and awkward working areas, and concrete faces rising some 5m high from the slab posing work at height risks. PUDLO visited the site to discuss and resolve the finer details of the basement scheme with the structural engineer, Arup, concrete supplier Tarmac and McGee’s groundworks specialists. This provided the basis for open communication throughout the project, helping to anticipate issues and respond to keep the programme on track. PUDLO’s intensive project and quality assurance involvement extends to the 20-year warranty it issues to completed structures.Early consultation also allowed the concrete contractor to assess the benefits of using integral waterproofing for the basement slab and walls in the four-storey Academic Building as an alternative to the membrane system specified. After a detailed discussion of the concrete scheme with waterproofing specialist PUDLO it was apparent that integral waterproofing could strategically enhance a number of project features. Given the particular space constrictions of the inner-city site, a membrane-free solution relieved the problem of materials storage and handling, including the use of lifting equipment. Matt Smith, PUDLO Commercial Manager, said, “Especially on a complicated project like this, quality control, safety and programme time all benefit by completely removing the membrane stage and its management.”“PUDLO waterproof concrete removed the need to install a sheet system, resulting in a single concreting operation, which saved time,” said Conor Hanlon, McGee’s project manager. “It also reduced tasks on the slab, which effectively involved working in confined conditions, reducing health and safety issues.” “A PUDLO inspector attended both the preparation phase, concrete pours and post-pour curing operations to make sure they were carried out in line with its on-site quality system,” said Hanlon. “It also offered us technical assistance when details needed reworking to suit in-situ conditions. Incorporating waterproofing in the concrete eliminated the labour, logistical complexities and health and safety challenges of installing sheeting,” he added.PUDLO waterproof concrete also reduces reliance on third-party contractors. This was another important benefit. McGee likes to take on responsibility for all elements of the concrete package, as it then has greater control of safety procedures, construction, scheduling, budgets and greater flexibility to adapt. The concrete contractor’s operatives were able to place, compact and form the concrete with PUDLO inspectors guiding them on technical requirements and managing the quality control aspects of one of the most critical elements of the build.ResultLocated on King’s Campus in the heart of Newcastle, the new INTO Centre at Newcastle University houses a new overseas student teaching and residential complex in three buildings blending new and refurbished accommodation. In all, it offers some 17,500m2 of teaching, recreational and catering space plus 537 living units.McGee Contracting triumphed in the concrete category of the Construction News Specialists Awards 2012 for delivering a challenging project, while pushing the envelope of its already rigorous health and safety standards within the ‘zero harm’ culture of main contractor, Balfour Beatty. Designed by Faulkner Browns, the £50 million project is a major investment by the client, INTO Newcastle University Partnerships, in city centre student accommodation. McGee completed the £5m subcontract concrete package in 40 weeks, including groundworks, substructure, superstructure and precast stairs. 
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Olympic Village

Olympic Village

Schöck Ltd

The Olympic Village consists of 11 blocks, each block comprising between six and eight individual buildings, which are eight to twelve storeys high. Of the many amenities in the Village, by far the largest usage is for apartments, of which there are around 3000 units.Despite the height and density of the scheme, it has a surprisingly open feel, aided by the glazed winter gardens and mostly generous sized balconies, which are very much in evidence throughout the entire development. There was a huge demand here for the Schöck Isokorb®, with around 10,000 thermally broken structural connections to be considered. For podium slabs and pre-cast balcony applications the Isokorb® T type K, for concrete-to-concrete connectivity was used. The T type S, T type Q-P and Schöck SLD dowels combined to meet the requirement for securing the winter garden balconies. Types SK-MM1 and SK-MM2 for steel-to-concrete, provided the solution for connecting the various concrete frames to steel balconies.Some of the steel balconies had a cantilever length of approximately two metres and in most cases SK-MM2 units offered the ideal solution. However, in certain locations – concrete edge beams for example – the reinforcement bars had to be shaped to suit and for these applications special SK-MM1 modules were utilised.The unusual T-shaped winter gardens provided one of the greater challenges. Remarkably, the winter garden concrete slabs are designed to span two building blocks – approximately seven metres – and it was essential to allow for movement of the slabs by combining the Isokorb® T type Q-P at one end and SLD dowels at the other.Exceptionally strong steel-to-concrete thermal break connections were required and usually the Isokorb® T type SK would be the natural choice. On this occasion however, the forces involved exceeded even the capabilities of the SK units and it was necessary to design a T type S configuration, in combination with a specially developed steel bracket. Back at ground and first floor levels a huge number of T type K concrete-to-concrete thermal breaks were required for the large slab sections. In some cases the extreme dimensions of the slab sections resulted in thermal movement beyond the Isokorb®'s capability and SLD dowels were used in their place.
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Riverlight, London

Riverlight, London

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

Challenge  Sitting on a former five-acre derelict industrial estate close to Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the River Thames, Riverlight is a mixed-use development made up of over 800 residential apartments spread over six tall buildings. These towers vary in height, giving an interesting feel to the famous London skyline they are adding to. Also featuring underground parking, a crèche, restaurants, bars, a food store and other retail spaces, Riverlight offers its residents a wealth of local amenities on their doorsteps.This project has been designed to make the most of its location and features a riverside walk along the Thames and landscaped, attractive open spaces, including parks and playgrounds, which make up around 60% of the scheme’s footprint.“The design standard on this inaugural site in the regeneration of Nine Elms is absolutely spot on, with vast amounts of public space for everyone in the capital to enjoy, sitting happily alongside well-designed, good quality housing” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.The towers are easily identifiable amongst the new soaring structures that have been steadily emerging along the Thames in recent times. Designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Riverlight is an eye-catching development thanks to the assortment of intense colours emblazoned on the blocks to distinguish each one from the next.Water played a key role in the design of the scheme, with the riverfront both visible and accessible between each block. Water features are dotted around the open spaces, creating dramatic boundaries for these areas and a 17 metre-wide raised boulevard has been installed along the riverside to take full advantage of the views of the Thames.       SolutionThe developers wanted to focus on the positive effects of this iconic South Bank location which meant having to take the close proximity of the river into account and eradicating any potentially negative implications of this waterside setting. With this in mind, PUDLO waterproof concrete was chosen to ensure that these new towers remain free from any water ingress. The basement contains a car park spanning two levels as well as a swimming pool and spa, all of which were built using PUDLO waterproof concrete, safeguarding them for the future.ResultRiverlight is part of the Nine Elms development – the UK’s largest regeneration project set on 481 acres of land in one of the world’s most vibrant capital cities. When the construction work for this St James scheme is complete this area will create a whole new district of London with its own ‘town centre’ consisting of major residential developments, such as Riverlight, and new cultural, commercial, retail, health, education and community facilities.
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West End Gate, London

West End Gate, London

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

Challenge                         Late 2017 saw Foundation Developments Limited (FDL) take charge of an excavated site to deliver the basement B2 and B1 rafts, along with the ground-floor slabs using modified water-resistant concrete. But even before the team got that far, there were challenges to overcome:  construction in a built-up London areafacilitating hundreds of tonnes of temporary works an enormous basement raft slabperched water demanding total waterproofing. The junction of Paddington Basin is a main artery for notorious London traffic. Securing a steady supply of concrete for these enormous pours was a risky proposition inside normal working hours, Monday to Friday.With works of this size, the possibility of cold joints at key locations was an unwelcome prospect. FDL sat down with Westminster Council to discuss the possibility of delivering on Saturdays instead, when traffic was merely difficult rather than impossible to navigate. Of the five tenders, only FDL took this approach to securing supply and it turned out to be not only viable but also a winning idea. Over 180 lorry loads every Saturday were staggered via holding areas, keeping things moving without bringing North London to a standstill.SolutionWith so much concrete coming through the gates, it’s no wonder that significant temporary works were required, to the tune of around 600 tonnes. These were phased, comprising bespoke structural steelwork, proprietary propping by Mabey and 610 × 305 × 238mm UB walers.Constructing the central raft slab level by level allowed the team to remove the temporary supports as they went. The central slab itself provided the thrust that resisted the propping forces from raking props, supporting the perimeter sheet pile wall.For temporary works of this magnitude, FDL relied on its network of trusted suppliers. PGCS Partnership designed the works, with the upper level walers supplied and installed by specialists from Sheet Pile (UK).Alongside simply getting the concrete on-site, the second challenge lay in the sheer enormity of the pours. More than 9,000m3 of concrete was scheduled to flow across roughly half a dozen ten-hour working days – daunting for any project, let alone one in this busy spot.The raft slab was split into 11 areas, poured monolithically to an impressive depth. Within core areas, this ranged from 2.5m to 2.8m deep; even outside these areas it reached 1.5m.That demanded a specialist approach to managing heat. It was expected for the core of each area to hit as much as 70–80°C, but a tweaked Portland cement mix using as much as 70% GGBS, derogation from 28-day to 56-day cube strength and a trusty limestone aggregate would handle any heat differential.With temperature under control, the team took extra steps to anticipate any potential problems. Back-up pumps, batteries, fitters and even suppliers made sure that works could continue in the most adverse circumstances. Three pumps worked simultaneously, each pouring 50m3 per hour for the entire day.Managing perched water made waterproofing another key priority. The original tender proposed a standard injection method but despite the segmented pour, it became clear that another solution was required… and fast.FDL already enjoyed a 15-year working relationship with PUDLO, part of DB Group, and the company was approached to develop a new method, coming on board three months before the project began to revise designs.The firm’s engineers advised on an aspect ratio that would suit these big pours. Across the entire basement, this totalled over 5700m3 of specialist concrete. The top 300mm of each basement slab was cast in PUDLO CWP, with the rest of the slab transitioning into standard concrete. Meanwhile, PUDLO Self-Seal was applied over the ground-floor slab. These measures secured the integrity of the waterproofing.Coupled with over 4,700m2 of bentonite PUDLO BW waterproof membrane, this satisfied LABC’s request for a dual-system waterproofing solution. But this relationship added more to the project than simple compliance. Waterproofing experts attended the site to monitor more than 190 individual pours, providing practical advice and consultancy along with a 20-year warranty.ResultFDL’s collaborative approach to the basement of West End Gate was so successful that it was subsequently awarded the contract for its 30-storey residential tower and three 11-storey mansion blocks.Few would now guess the level of expertise, precision and foresight that went into crafting just the very lowest levels of this palatial structure.Today, West End Gate stands as a contemporary yet sophisticated column of crafted architecture, flanked by London’s prestigious Edgware Road, Church Street and Paddington Green. Apartments starting from £865,000 are complemented by world-class facilities overseen by British developer, Berkeley Group.
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Cemast College

Cemast College

Marshalls plc

Opened in September 2014, Solent Enterprise Zone is home to Fareham College’s Centre of Excellence for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Technology (CEMAST) providing training opportunities for 900 students. It also includes the new Fareham innovation centre providing small workshops and office space for start-up and micro businesses on easy-in, easy-out terms.Around this innovative new build, creative use of hard landscaping was required to enhance the site, to develop and identify areas within the perimeter for pedestrian use, to contribute to safety underfoot on flights of steps and around the bicycle shelter areas as well as providing sustainable urban drainage solutions (SuDS) for the approach to the site and within the car park.In the showpiece location at the approach to the college and inside the grounds around the planted beds and seating areas, Pallas and La Linia block paving have been installed. These elegant, high performance combined concrete block and paving ranges use high quality exposed aggregates across Client: Fareham College Contractor: Woodman Civil Engineering & Leadbitter Construction Products Used: Pallas & La Linia Block Paving, Priora Permeable Block Paving, Tegula Block Paving, Keyblok Block Paving, Saxon Paving and Conservation Kerb a broad range of integrated plan sizes to create striking visual effects. La Linia is a subtly textured paving range ideal for pedestrian areas in contemporary civic and retail schemes which is also suitable for occasional vehicular overrun. Pallas successfully combines vivid colour with a highly polished texture designed to accent contemporary architecture and enhance landscapes with a modern feel. Also on the approach to the college and around the bicycle shelters, Marshalls Saxon Textured Flag Paving has been specified. Saxon is blended with a hard Yorkstone aggregate to deliver a unique surface finish, whilst the consistency of the textured surface ensures superb durability and non-slip properties. This paving has also been installed on flights of steps within the development, incorporating tactile flags at the top and the base of the steps together with visibility strips for safety and performance. In areas around the car park, Marshalls Priora has been selected. Priora is Marshalls’ original Concrete Block Permeable Paving (CBPP) system, combining the ever popular aesthetics of Keyblok block paving with a sourcecontrol sustainable urban drainage system (SuDS). Priora brings together excellent aesthetics and flood risk mitigation, removing surface water without the need for additional linear drainage systems.Hard landscaping at Fareham College has successfully enhanced the areas surrounding the buildings as well as contributing towards improving aesthetics within the college grounds and promoting pedestrian safety. Use of Priora within the car parking areas has ensured compliance with local building regulations in terms of the installation of naturally permeable surfaces.
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AIG Headquarters, London

AIG Headquarters, London

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

Challenge  A tight schedule and total waterproofing were the challenges facing the developers of American Insurance Group’s new European headquarters. The underground structure had to be completely watertight as the basement was to be used for document storage. A totally dry environment fulfilling Grade 4 level of BS 8102 was required.SolutionBy providing an easy-to-use, membrane-free waterproofing system, PUDLO helped achieve all project goals, whilst significantly reducing contract costs and saving contractors over one month in construction time.The original designs involved a membrane system but the subcontractors on the project, Duffy Construction, recommended an alternative waterproofing system. They recognised the benefits of using the membrane-free PUDLO system, an integral waterproofing additive that is specially formulated to protect against water ingress and aggressive chemicals and to withstand hydrostatic pressure. Having used PUDLO previously on other projects, the sub-contractors knew that the system was BBA approved, easy to use and can dramatically save construction time without compromising on watertightness. In fact one entire month was taken out of the construction programme by using the membrane-free system.Waterproof concrete was used to create the 1.2-metre-thick base slab positioned 7 metres below ground level and this slab was placed on piled foundations. HDBR Waterbar was used on all construction joints to provide complete water resistance and excellent resistance to the passage of methane, carbon dioxide and radon. Had a membrane system been used there would have been the potential for leaks around each pile head, the PUDLO system eradicated this risk.The PUDLO system also eliminated the problems that can arise with membrane systems around wall and slab joints and other overlapping areas. Steven Brunswick, Technical Services Director at Mowlem recognised the advantages of using a concrete waterproofing additive. The additive reduces the water content and, as the concrete cures, the additive seals the potential water paths. He explained, “The concrete is in itself the waterproofing membrane and therefore the PUDLO system was the preferred choice for the AIG development.”ResultAIG is the world’s leading international insurance and financial services organisation, the European headquarters were purpose-designed and built for them in the heart of London’s financial centre, consisting of a 14 storey office block and a two storey basement. The first underground level provides space for mechanical and electrical facilities and the second level provides space for document storage and car parking.
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AmcoGiffen & Network Rail Project between Newbridge & Llanhilleth, South Wales

AmcoGiffen & Network Rail Project between Newbridge & Llanhilleth, South Wales

Anderton Concrete Ltd

STEPOC helps keep station developments ‘On-Track’ with quick and easy system installation. STEPOC, the precast concrete block retaining wall system from Ibstock, has been specified and installed to provide a fast and efficient walling solution on two railway station upgrades being undertaken in South Wales
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MicroConcrete Installation, HKR Hoxton, London

MicroConcrete Installation, HKR Hoxton, London

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

Project: Large scale MicroConcrete installation to the reception walls at HKR Hoxton apartment block in London.Client: Tolent ConstructionMaterials used:  Grey colour MicroConcrete coating was hand trowelled in layers to a final thickness between 2 and 3mm and wax polished to achieve a satin finish.This was a large scale renovation project by Tolent Construction of a brand new residential building located on Hackney Road. The MicroConcrete Grey coating was hand applied to the walls in reception area of approx. 160m2.MicroConcrete is a great alternative to traditional polished concrete, and at a minimal thickness and weight it produces a seamless, continuous finish. Like MicroCement it can be applied to interior and exterior surfaces, without the need for joins. It can also be applied over existing surfaces. MicroConcrete is a smoother finish and is more slip-resistant than MicroCement.
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Nine Elms Parkside Case Study: Under Screed Acoustic Layer

Nine Elms Parkside Case Study: Under Screed Acoustic Layer

CMS Danskin Acoustics

Nine Elms Parkside: Under Screed Acoustic LayerWhen carrying out a large-scale housing development it pays to rely on tried and tested products to provide acoustic certainty. Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) is one such product. With a long history of reliability, it is now being installed in the UK’s largest single-phase build to rent development.The ProjectNine Elms Parkside is the redevelopment of a 5.6 hectare Royal Mail depot site in Wandsworth, a key part the Vauxhall Battersea Opportunity Area, sitting between Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms market and adjacent to the new US Embassy. The scheme is master planned around the new Nine Elms Linear Park, part of a new green link connecting Battersea Park in the west, along the Thames to Lambeth Palace Gardens in the east.Blocks B and D Nine Elms Parkside were acquired in 2019 by real estate groups Henderson Park and Greystar who contracted Telford Homes to construct 641,000sft of residential space to a design by Allies & Morrison.The scheme consists of 894 build to rent apartments in two twin blocks of 10 to 17 storeys, each of which also features 12,500sft of amenity space with a rooftop swimming pool, gym, pet spa, children’s play space, private dining rooms, cinema rooms and a sky lounge. There are two large outdoor terraces, yoga gardens and community herb gardens complete with beehives. The scheme will also contain 25,000 sq ft of retail and community space.CMS Danskin is supplying Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient Layer to Stanmore, the leading drylining and façade specialist subcontractors who are carrying out the screeding between floors in the apartments.The project to supply commenced in 2020 and we have to date supplied over 96,000m2 of the product. Topping out took place in July 2021, residents will begin to occupy the scheme in 2022 and the units are expected to be fully complete in 2024.Acoustic insulation for new build apartmentsSince 2004 the Building Regulations require that separating floors between apartments meet specific requirements for airborne and impact sound transmission. The requirements are set out in Approved Document E, Resistance to the passage of sound.With a 150mm concrete slab, common in multi storey new build apartments under 18 storeys, a product is required to isolate the structure from a floating screed, thereby significantly reducing impact and airborne noise and enhancing the living conditions of occupants of the apartments.Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient Layer is an isolating layer specifically designed for this purpose and is the go-to product for floating screeds over 150mm concrete slabs.Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient Layer isA high performing insulation that delivers superior impact and airborne performance.An under-screed product designed to isolate screeds from the main structure simply and conveniently.Manufactured from recycled materials – typically aircraft tyres – making it cost effective and sustainable.Compatible with all types of floor screed, making it adaptable across a project and between projects.Aimed at constructions where Pre-Completion Testing (PCT) is preferred to a Robust Detail (RD) approach.Testing under screed insulation for acoustic performancePre-Completion Testing of acoustic floor installations gives a contractor more flexibility, allowing alternative layouts between apartments. If the designer wants to make changes to the layout of apartments, they won’t need to change the Robust Detail as each eventuality can be tested on site. With a project of over 860 flats a 10% required test rate would produce 86 acoustic tests, but the flexibility of using a PCT solution like 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5), and its reliability as an established product, makes that regime cost effective.Telford Homes, a long-standing customer of CMS Danskin, were looking for a Pre-Completion Testing product for Nine Elms blocks B and D. Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient Layer is an established product from an established brand, so not only were Telford Homes familiar with the product, but their experienced screeders Stanmore were also confident that testing on site would not raise any issues.Over a year into the project all the tests carried out so far have been successful.Supply chain reliabilityFor a large project with over 100,000m2 of product required over a long contract period, reliability of supply is essential. Any delay in supply can hold up wet trades and affect the critical path. With support from our supply chain partners, CMS Danskin has ensured over 96,000m2 of product has been delivered on time to date.Specify Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient LayerRegupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient Layer is a tried and tested solution to under screed insulation over a concrete slab, be it in apartments, hotels, education buildings or student accommodation. It provides excellent impact and airborne performance, is approved by NHBC for ADE 2003 compliance, and offers long term performance even under high loads.The product is completely recyclable and is produced from recycled materials. It provides Zero global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).Regupol 7210C (REGUPOL sonus core 5) Acoustic Resilient Layer is supplied in easy to handle sheets which are quick and easy to install without the need for separate perimeter strips.
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Lidl Rathfarnham | SMET Bauprotec Render spec | NRS group

Lidl Rathfarnham | SMET Bauprotec Render spec | NRS group

SMET Building Products Ltd

Smet Supported Partner, NRS Group machine applied the LIDL External Render System onto Poroton blocks externally using as Base Coat: Bauprotec 850 M - Lightweight Lime Cement Render, and as Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete and insulated plinths: Bauprotec RHS Multi-Purpose Render.The internal Render System specification onto Poroton blockwork consists of a base of Coat: Bauprotec 850 M, Lightweight Lime Cement Render, sponge floated in warehouse areas and skim finished in sales areas. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block: Bauprotec RHS is used.SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.If you'd like to speak to us about your Lidl job - contact SMET on.All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available directly from Smet Building Products Ltd, which ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical backup in the machine application of the LIDL specification.
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Lidl Waterlooville | SMET Bauprotec Render System | Hargreaves Group

Lidl Waterlooville | SMET Bauprotec Render System | Hargreaves Group

SMET Building Products Ltd

Smet Supported Partner, Hargreaves Group contracted to M2 Plastering, machine applied the LIDL External Render System in Waterlooville onto Poroton blocks externally using as Base Coat: Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement Render and as Finish Coat; Mineral Finish Coat K.  As Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete and insulated plinths: Bauprotec RHS Multi-Purpose Render with the addition of Bauprotec SLP for plinths.The Internal Render System specification onto Poroton blockwork consists of a base of Coat: Bauprotec 850 M, Lightweight Lime Cement Render, sponge floated in warehouse areas and skim finished in sales areas. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block: Bauprotec RHS is used.The LIDL render spec, available from SMET consists of:Bauprotec 850 M is a factory produced Lightweight Lime Cement Render, specially designed for machine or hand application produced to EN 998-1: 2010 and is CE Marked.Bauprotec RHS is a CE Marked, factory-produced highly polymer-modified render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.Mineral Finish Coat – K is a CE marked, factory-produced mineral-based, high-quality finish-coat render, specially designed for hand and machine application to EN 998-1, 2010.Bauprotec SLP is a CE Marked, factory-produced Lightweight Sand & Cement Render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.The special render properties; lightweight, low thermal conductivity, high yield, and Smet Supported Partner superior technical backup, are key factors in choosing SMET.SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.  If you’d like to speak to us about your Lidl job – contact SMET.All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available directly from Smet Building Products Ltd, who ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical back up in the machine application of the LIDL specification.
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Lidl Tuam | SMET Bauprotec Render System | McCallion Group

Lidl Tuam | SMET Bauprotec Render System | McCallion Group

SMET Building Products Ltd

DescriptionLocal Smet Supported Partner, a seasoned Lidl Contractor, McCallion Group machine applied the LIDL External Render System onto Poroton blocks externally using as Base Coat: Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement Render, and as Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete and insulated plinths: Bauprotec RHS Multi-Purpose Render.The internal Render System specification onto Poroton blockwork consists of a base of Coat: Bauprotec 850 M, Lightweight Lime Cement Render, sponge floated in warehouse areas, and skim finished in sales areas. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block: Bauprotec RHS is used.The Irish LIDL render spec, available from SMET consists of:Bauprotec 850 M is a factory-produced Lightweight Lime Cement Render, specially designed for machine or hand application produced to EN 998-1: 2010 and is CE Marked.Bauprotec RHS is a CE Marked, factory-produced highly polymer-modified render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.The special render properties; lightweight, low thermal conductivity, high yield, and the Smet Supported Partner superior technical backup, are key factors in choosing SMET.SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.  If you’d like to speak to us about your Lidl job – contact SMET.All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available directly from Smet Building Products Ltd, which ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical backup in the machine application of the LIDL specification.Related DownloadsTDS CASEA Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement RenderTDS CASEA Bauprotec RHS – Multi-Purpose Render
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Lidl Andover | SMET Bauprotec Render System | B Team Shopfitters

Lidl Andover | SMET Bauprotec Render System | B Team Shopfitters

SMET Building Products Ltd

DescriptionSmet Supported Partner, B Team Shopfitters machine applied the LIDL External Render System onto Poroton blocks externally using as Base Coat: Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement Render and as Finish Coat; Mineral Finish Coat K.  As Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete and insulated plinths: Bauprotec RHS Multi-Purpose Render with the addition of Bauprotec SLP for plinths.The Internal Render System specification onto Poroton blockwork consists of a base of Coat: Bauprotec 850 M, Lightweight Lime Cement Render, sponge floated in warehouse areas, and skim finished in sales areas. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block: Bauprotec RHS is used.The LIDL render spec, available from SMET consists of:Bauprotec 850 M is a factory-produced Lightweight Lime Cement Render, specially designed for machine or hand application produced to EN 998-1: 2010 and is CE Marked.Bauprotec RHS is a CE Marked, factory-produced highly polymer-modified render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.Mineral Finish Coat – K is a CE marked, factory-produced mineral-based, high-quality finish-coat render, specially designed for hand and machine application to EN 998-1, 2010.Bauprotec SLP is a CE Marked, factory-produced Lightweight Sand & Cement Render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.The special render properties; lightweight, low thermal conductivity, high yield, and Smet Supported Partner superior technical backup, are key factors in choosing SMET. SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.  If you’d like to speak to us about your Lidl job – contact SMET.All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available directly from Smet Building Products Ltd, which ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical backup in the machine application of the LIDL specification.Related DownloadsTDS CASEA Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement RenderTDS CASEA Bauprotec RHS – Multi-Purpose RenderTDS CASEA Bauprotec SLP Tanking and Plinth RenderTDS CASEA Mineral Finish Coat – KSMET Render and Plaster Product Selector
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Lidl Youghal Co Cork | SMET Bauprotec Render System | NRS Construction

Lidl Youghal Co Cork | SMET Bauprotec Render System | NRS Construction

SMET Building Products Ltd

DescriptionLocal Smet Supported Partner, master builders NRS Group Construction, machine-applied the LIDL External Render System onto Poroton blocks externally using as Base Coat: Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement Render, and as Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete and insulated plinths: Bauprotec RHS Multi-Purpose Render.The internal Render System specification onto Poroton blockwork consists of a base of Coat: Bauprotec 850 M, Lightweight Lime Cement Render, sponge floated in warehouse areas, and skim finished in sales areas. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block: Bauprotec RHS is used.The Irish LIDL render spec, available from SMET consists of:Bauprotec 850 M is a factory-produced Lightweight Lime Cement Render, specially designed for machine or hand application produced to EN 998-1: 2010 and is CE Marked.Bauprotec RHS is a CE Marked, factory-produced highly polymer-modified render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.The special render properties; lightweight, low thermal conductivity, high yield, and the Smet Supported Partner’s superior technical backup, are key factors in choosing SMET. SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.  If you’d like to speak to us about your Lidl job – contact SMET.All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available directly from Smet Building Products Ltd, who ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical backup in the machine application of the LIDL specification.SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.  If you’d like to speak to us about your Lidl job – contact SMET.
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LIDL North Hykeham | SMET Bauprotec Render Spec | Adston Construction

LIDL North Hykeham | SMET Bauprotec Render Spec | Adston Construction

SMET Building Products Ltd

Smet Supported Partner, Adston Construction, machine applied the LIDL External Render System onto Poroton blocks consisting of a Base Coat of Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement Render, Façade System Primer and a Finish Coat of Mineral Finish Coat. The Plinth Render used is Bauprotec SLP – Lightweight Plinth and Tanking Render. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete: Bauprotec RHS was used.The Internal Render System specification onto Poroton blockwork consists of Single Coat: Bauprotec 850 M, Lightweight Lime Cement Render. A smooth finish is required in the sales area, so either 850M steel trowelled smooth or skim finished. Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block: Bauprotec RHS used.The LIDL render system, available from SMET:Bauprotec 850 M is a factory-produced Lightweight Lime Cement Render, specially designed for machine or hand application produced to EN 998-1: 2010 and is CE Marked.Bauprotec RHS is a CE Marked, factory-produced highly polymer-modified render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.Mineral Finish Coat – K is a CE marked, factory-produced, mineral-based, high-quality finish-coat render, specially designed for hand and machine application to EN 998-1, 2010.CASEA Bauprotec SLP is a CE Marked, factory-produced Lightweight Sand & Cement Render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.The special render properties; lightweight, low thermal conductivity, high yield, and Smet Supported Partner superior technical backup, are key factors in choosing SMET. SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering Contractors across the UK and ROI. If you need to speak to us - click to contact SMET.All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available from Smet Building Products Ltd, which ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical backup in the machine application of the LIDL specification.
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Naylor and the Olympic Legacy Part 5

Naylor and the Olympic Legacy Part 5

Naylor Concrete Products Ltd

The Athletes Village There were a number of contractors building blocks for the Athletes accommodation, but amongst the Brickwork Contractors using Naylor Concrete Lintels were Lee Marley Brickwork Contractors of Reading.
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Chiswick Point

Chiswick Point

Schöck Ltd

The Chiswick Point development, at Bollo Lane, in West London, is a £20m contemporary mixed-use residential scheme offering 124 one, two and three bedroom residential apartments, including three penthouses. A sustainable approach was important, with all of the units designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, and the Lifetime Homes code. Constructed in two blocks of six and nine storeys, the frame is mainly reinforced concrete, with the concrete frame floors and cladding providing thermal mass, which absorbs energy and slowly releases it to help reduce temperature fluctuations.Long continuous ribbon balconies provide solar shading to the two blocks and provide the residents with a very pleasant outlook across the London Wildlife Trust nature reserve at the rear of the development. The continuous balconies are a major feature of the scheme and with several hundred metres of them winding across the two blocks, effective thermal insulation was imperative if thermal bridging is to be avoided. To minimise any condensation problems and subsequent mould growth as a result, plus the avoidance of thermal outflow, Schöck Isokorb® T type K heat-insulating load-bearing elements are installed at various strategic positions along the large expanse of balconies. The Schöck Isokorb® T type K provides high thermal resistance by using stainless steel bars to act as tension and shear reinforcement, plus high-strength HTE pressure bearing modules.
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Danes Yard - Sugar House Island

Danes Yard - Sugar House Island

Artform Urban Furniture Limited

Following a lengthy specification process with the London office of Planit-IE Landscape Architects, Artform Urban Furniture were appointed by Vastint UK to provide a considerable number of bespoke concrete benches alongside street furniture elements including litter bins, cycle parking and picnic sets to a newly built neighbourhood in the east of London. At the time one of the largest residential developments in Europe.The bespoke concrete block benches, some of which are clad in hardwood toppers, were designed and manufactured specifically for this project, echoing the light reflective architecture of the newly built studios and apartments. Great lengths were taken to find the perfect mix of aggregates to achieve the specifiers preferred colour mix and match paving being used on site. Sample blocks in the concrete and granite were supplied with & without timber toppers to make sure all stakeholders were happy with the final look/ colour. Stainless steel cycle stands are abundantly scattered around the car-free space, encouraging a peaceful and emission free environment. Likewise the sophisticated minimal design of the Spencer litter bin reflects the surrounding ambiance whilst keeping the area clean and tidy.The 26 acre project to revitalise this once-crumbling industrial site began back in 2013. Garnering widespread attention for its simplistic and sustainable design.The entire neighborhood is divided into 13 plots, each designed by one of nine different architects.The Dane’s Yard area is the first completed phase of the Vastint UK master plan in bringing a brand new neighbourhood to london. The name of the area, Strand East, was changed to Sugar House Island in 2017 with Vastint looking for a name that has stronger ties to the community and its history. The sentiment is evident throughout the project in the refurbishing of old warehouse buildings, yards, and alleyways.Once completed in 2024 Sugar House Island will feature more than 624,000 square feet of office space, 1,200 homes, and nearly 131,000 square feet of green space. Developers have also made room for new restaurants, cafés, shops, a primary school, and a 350-bed hotel. Developers expect the project to create 2,500 new jobs.Artform Urban Furniture is part of the Bailey Street Furniture Group a privately owned collection of individual companies serving the construction sector, providing a wide range of street furniture, playground elements and associated services to the public realm, commercial and educational schemes throughout the UK.
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Crown House, UK

Crown House, UK

Fosroc International Limited

Crown House is a change of use project from an old 1960s office block into modern student accommodation and highlights the opportunity to repair and refurbish concrete structures to provide much needed housing for local communities. The refurbishment and repair approach is of course, significantly greener than a complete demolition and rebuild, particularly in a busy town location such as Brighton. The concrete surveys found issues with the underlining substrate, including carbonation, so the project required a specification which would ensure protection of the concrete, in addition to a pleasing aesthetic finish for the client and student residents of the new block.
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46 Burley Street

46 Burley Street

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

Challenge                         This project saw PUDLO working with Tolent Construction and 4D Structures who were responsible for creating luxury apartments for students in the heart of Leeds. The creation of these apartments required the services of PUDLO. SolutionPUDLO were involved during the early design stages and liaised with all parties to provide a solution suitable to all.  On-site QA allowed PUDLO to design and provide a Grade-3 environment using the combined protection of Type A & B products. This would essentially provide a grade-3 waterproof environment on a steep sloping site with large retaining walls.A combination of PUDLO CWP, PUDLO BW, PUDLO Self Seal was used for a double-storey retaining wall, stepped retaining wall and slab throughout.Unusually, the project called for soft joints at the junction of slab and wall. Numerous soft movement joints were needed in fact so MPS Concrete Services, sister-brand to PUDLO, was called in to install bandage details. ResultThe extra work was also able to be included in the overall 30-year warranty which PUDLO was able to provide, backed up by DB Group.Set amongst a number of student accommodation blocks along Burley Street and Burley Road in Leeds, this building for student accommodation is designed in a ‘U’ shape around a south-facing garden. The garden is raised above street level to create an oasis, isolated from the road noise and fumes below. At street level is a retail unit and large communal lounge for residents. The development also provides a gym and multi-function room which can be used as a cinema. A 2-storey brick podium accommodates the slope of the site between Burley Street and Park Lane and provides a base on which the rest of the development sits. Zinc clad blocks rise up from this base. In keeping with its surroundings, the building is 7-storeys at its highest point.
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Bristol Harbourside

Bristol Harbourside

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

Challenge  Local people and businesses were encouraged to give their input into the design of Bristol Harbourside from the early stages with a program of workshops in which the opinions of the public could be heard and incorporated into the plans. The main concept behind the masterplan was to create a busy community where people can live, work and relax. As well as becoming a draw for the people of Bristol, the developers wanted to attract tourists to the area. Being located in the heart of the city meant a crucial box was already ticked for bringing visitors to Bristol Harbourside, but a series of waterside walkways, shops, bars and restaurants, all a stone’s throw from the cathedral and ss Great Britain, back it up as a great place for tourists to while away the hours in this fabulous city.SolutionThe Bristol Harbourside development was completed with over 1,100m3 of PUDLO concrete being used in the basement car parks and lift pits of Invicta and Canon’s Gate to ensure maximum protection against water ingress for this flourishing community situated on the city’s former docklands.ResultThe 16 acre development consists of nearly 600 affordable new homes and PUDLO waterproof concrete was used for two of the new residential buildings – Invicta and Canon’s Gate. Invicta was named after Bristol’s twin city of Porto in Portugal, also known as Cidade Invicta or the Unvanquished City. This five storey building provides its 170 apartments with sublime views over the water, taking in SS Great Britain and the Millennium Promenade walkway.Canon’s Gate was the final building to be completed at Bristol Harbourside. This seven storey block contains 100 apartments and benefits from a communal courtyard garden and an abundance of natural light thanks to its unique U-shaped design.Crest Nicholson’s Bristol Harbourside community sits on the formerly derelict Canon’s Marsh dock area of the city. Regeneration began in 2005 with Foundation Developments Ltd carrying out the construction work to transform this site into a mixed-use space that encourages people not only to live here but to come from all corners of the city to enjoy the attractions of this thriving new neighbourhood.
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Upton Gardens

Upton Gardens

PUDLO Waterproof Systems & Cemfree Zero-Cement Concrete, part of the DB Group Ltd

Challenge  For over 100 years the Boleyn Ground at Upton Park was home to West Ham United FC. When the club moved to the newer, larger London Stadium a few miles away in 2016, the Boleyn Ground was earmarked for demolition and redevelopment. The new site, Upton Gardens, was to deliver a new suite of residential, commercial and communal property, whilst honouring the history of the site and its former occupiers.SolutionBefore any construction work could begin on site, several 6-8-metre-deep wells were dug to monitor the ground gas and water levels. The basement was then constructed 3 metres below the water table, with a de-watering system installed to keep the site dry whilst the work was taking place. The basement area sits directly beneath where the Boleyn Ground’s pitch would have been situated, and covers over 11,000m2, housing a residents’ car park and an energy centre.The basement car park area was designed to a grade 2 waterproofing environment, using PUDLO concrete in the slab with a sheet pile retaining wall. To effectively seal this, HDBR Waterbar was used and an injection hose system was also adopted. To satisfy NHBC’s grade 3 requirements for other parts of the basement level, PUDLO waterproof concrete was used in conjunction with the PUDLO membrane as a dual system with a liner wall. A podium deck, due to be transformed into a garden space, was installed using the PUDLO dual system, with PUDLO membrane fixed to its external areas. To add to the intricacy of the waterproofing design process, a movement joint also needed to be factored into the podium of two of the residential blocks to allow them to move independently of one another.ResultPUDLO’s Technical Standards Manager, Liam Leonard, said of the design process, “It took roughly 10 months of continued discussions and waterproofing designs being submitted before the waterproofing work began on the Upton Gardens development. These designs needed to adhere to strict criteria set by the client and NHBC, so it turned into quite a lengthy process. The construction of the basement consisted of different waterproofing grades, as defined in BS8102:2009 and NHBC Chapter 5.4, and we worked closely with Barratt London, AECOM and NHBC prior to construction to ensure the best waterproofing solution was used. Even though the design was very complex, it was a real pleasure to be involved with such a prestigious project.”With a rich sporting history embedded in the Upton Gardens site, there are permanent reminders in place to pay homage to the time WHUFC spent there. A paved, circular courtyard marks the centre circle, while tower gatehouses sit in the same position as the iconic yellow turrets of the original stadium entrance. There is also the Legacy Route, a tree-lined street which slices through the centre of the development displaying sculptures of legendary figures connected with the football club.Pam Reardon, Sales Director for Barratt London, said: “A great deal of thought has gone into the design of Upton Gardens to ensure the legacy of the site, with its historical significance and importance to West Ham Football Club, is preserved. We are confident that the Legacy Route will ensure the spirit of the site lives on and we have taken care to retain the memorial garden for those commemorating loved ones affiliated with West Ham United.”          Now, Upton Gardens, delivers over 800 new homes, commercial space, a public library and communal gardens.
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Braefoot Jetty - Fife, Scotland

Braefoot Jetty - Fife, Scotland

Saint-Gobain Weber

Located between St. David's and Aberdour, the tanker terminal at Braefoot Bay is a base for the export of liquefied petroleum gas. The terminal consists of two jetties located on the north shore of Incholm Island. The gas is piped to the Mossmoran Plant in Fife direct from the North Sea, broken down to form ethane and then converted into ethylene, the basic hydrocarbon 'building block' of the petrochemical industry. The products are then piped the final three mile journey to the Braefoot Marine Terminal where they are fed into tankers and gas carriers for markets in Europe and the USA. The terminal is operated jointly by Shell Expro and Exxon.The jetty was suffering from increasing levels of deterioration of the reinforced concrete structure due to the relentless corrosive action of the marine salt environment on the reinforcing steel. A remedial plan was developed to carry out repairs and to introduce a cathodic protection (CP) system to greatly enhance the protection level and therefore extend the life of the structure. The plan was prepared by structural engineers from Shell, led by Hans Verheyde, and Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK (BBCS) was awarded the contract.Two major factors had to be accommodated within the repair programme. Firstly, the tidal flow that submerged the lower part of the jetty twice every 24 hours and secondly, the jetty is a fully live and very active transport hub and shipping schedules had to take precedence at all times. Round-the-clock flexible working maintained delivery of the twelve-month project.Saint-Gobain Weber's specialised repair concrete products were specified for the remedial actions on the Braefoot Bay jetty and technical application advice was provided for the active phase of the project. A suspended scaffold was designed and installed which allowed fast access when the tide ebbed so that productivity could be maintained. Traditional techniques were used to breakout the spalled and cracked concrete and to wash out the surface chlorides and clean the existing reinforcement steels.webercem five star repair concrete CP is a shrinkage-compensated, high strength, low resistivity, flowing repair concrete designed for use in conjunction with CP systems. This pre-blended cementitious concrete fully complies with the Highways Agency Specification Class 29F for high-strength flowing concrete for major structural repairs. It contains non-reactive aggregates with a low soluble-alkali cement content which is particularly important where CP is to be used. The rapid strength development and dimensional stability of webercem five star repair concrete CP – which reaches 27N/mm² in 24 hours – was especially valuable in the tidal conditions in Fife. Tight shuttering was used on the wide beam sections of the jetty to take the poured concrete which reached an integral bond with the original concrete. This process reformed the structural integrity using products with proven durability.An innovative CP system using Duogard® hybrid anodes from CPT was installed to protect the steel reinforcement with the anodes fixed into the soffits with a special CPT mortar. Where the CP installation required chases to carry the cabling, webercem HB40 high-build structural repair mortar was used to fill and seal the chases. webercem bondcoat, a polymer-modified, cementitious bonding aid and steel reinforcement primer, was first applied into the chases to ensure enhanced bonding. webercem HB40 is an acrylic-polymer modified, single component mortar and is lightweight with high build qualities. It can be applied in layers up to 75mm thick vertically, and 50mm on overhead soffits, and can be used without formwork. It was then applied onto the tacky webercem bondcoat primer and finished flush to the concrete surface.The Braefoot Bay terminal project has been completed successfully and Dewi Miller, contracts manager, BBCS, is confident that the jetty protection will extend the working life of the structure. "The products we have used are excellent and the application methods have enabled us to deliver a high degree of protection and reinstatement to the concrete structure. Working on a live site in a tidal zone has required a flexible work schedule but the whole project has worked exactly to plan and the client is very pleased with the result. The Weber materials have been the key to achieving this success."
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The James Dyson Building, University of Cambridge

The James Dyson Building, University of Cambridge

Tarmac

Project BriefThe James Dyson Building and the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge officially opened in May 2016.The technology hub was designed by Nicholas Hare Architects and funded in part by a £8m donation from the James Dyson Foundation, and will give some of the world's brightest young engineering students access to advanced laboratories.The Department’s priorities were for a low-energy building (targeting 100kWh/m2/annum total) that would showcase the state-of-the-art work of the Department and be sustainable.The ProjectThe James Dyson Building is located within the Cambridge Central Conservation Area and is also adjacent to the Grade II listed Royal Cambridge Hotel. Care was taken with both the scale and materiality of the building which was closely scrutinized by the Cambridge Design and Conservation Panel.The James Dyson Building provides flexible and highly energy-efficient research, seminar and meeting spaces for post-graduate students at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering.Linked by an atrium to the existing Department buildings, the new facility is located on a prominent and sensitive site within a conservation area and at a major gateway into Cambridge.Much of the concrete frame of the building is exposed internally to assist in maintaining thermal stability and natural ventilation is encouraged using a series of chimneys running through the building.Research groups worked with the contractor to incorporate active stress sensing of the concrete frame and low-carbon, magnesium blocks were also used in the build.A large proportion of the construction cost was met through a generous donation by The Dyson Foundation.Help from Tarmac - Limelite Heritage Lime MortarWe supplied Limelite Heritage Hydraulic Lime Mortar in bulk bags & 25kg bags to the new James Dyson Building in Cambridge. The product was a pure hydraulic lime bedding masonry mortar M2.5 but due to its versatility, durability and sustainability met all the requirements of the architects. This lime mortar is ideal for projects such as this one because it is a cement-free product and so recreates an appearance in keeping with the history of the adjacent buildings with a modern aspectOutcomesThe James Dyson Building for Engineering will support world leading research in areas including advanced materials, smart infrastructure and electric vehicles. Fibre-optic sensors in the foundation, piles, columns and floor feed back live data, about temperature and strain – providing a picture of how the building is behaving. The result is a building that’s more of a living creature than a passive block of material: we can ask the building how it’s feeling, and the building can reply.The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design will teach students about the design process – and provide space for over 1,200 undergraduate engineers to conduct their research."This new space for Britain’s best engineers at the University of Cambridge will catalyse great technological breakthroughs that transform how we live."Sir James DysonAWARDSRegional Finalist: Civic Trust AwardShortlisted: RIBA East AwardShortlisted: RICS Award - Design Through Innovation
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Lidl Chichester West Hampnett Road | SMET Bauprotec | Soldi Investments

Lidl Chichester West Hampnett Road | SMET Bauprotec | Soldi Investments

SMET Building Products Ltd

DescriptionSoldi Investments completed the new Lidl store in Chichester, West Hampnett Road.  Soldi Investments machine applied the LIDL External Render System onto Poroton blocks externally using as Base Coat: Bauprotec 850 M – Lightweight Lime Cement Render and as Finish Coat; Mineral Finish Coat K. As Key Coat: Change of substrate concrete/steel pillar/Poroton block or mass concrete and insulated plinths: Bauprotec RHS Multi-Purpose Render with the addition of Bauprotec SLP for plinths.For the internal Poroton walls Smet One Coat Projection Plaster was used at a thickness of 15mm. One Coat Projection Plaster Hard Coat is a factory-produced hard coat One Coat Gypsum Plaster designed for machine application produced to EN 13279-1. It is manufactured from a controlled blend of selected gypsum and other components to give a high-quality, high-strength plastering product that is suitable for use in internal plastering.The LIDL render spec, available from SMET consists of:Bauprotec 850 M is a factory-produced Lightweight Lime Cement Render, specially designed for machine or hand application produced to EN 998-1: 2010 and is CE Marked.Bauprotec RHS is a CE Marked, factory-produced highly polymer-modified render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.Mineral Finish Coat – K is a CE marked, factory-produced, mineral-based, high-quality finish-coat render, specially designed for hand and machine application to EN 998-1, 2010.Bauprotec SLP is a CE Marked, factory-produced Lightweight Sand & Cement Render specially designed for hand and machine application produced to EN 998-1: 2010.The special render properties; lightweight, low thermal conductivity, high yield, and Smet Supported Partner superior technical backup, are key factors in choosing SMET.SMET is committed to delivering consistently superior quality, German-made Render Systems to Lidl Plastering and rendering/plastering contractors across the UK and ROI.  If you’d like to speak to us about your Lidl job – contact SMET. All LIDL spec SMET Render System products are available directly from Smet Building Products Ltd, which ensures the contractor has a superior level of technical backup in the machine application of the LIDL specification.
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ROYAL ARTILLERY BARRACKS SECURED

ROYAL ARTILLERY BARRACKS SECURED

Zaun Limited

The Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich made for a stunning venue for the London 2012 shooting competitions. But organisers knew that the ease of access and the number of roads in the area rendered the temporary shooting ranges and grandstands potentially vulnerable.Given the arsenal within, they needed a temporary perimeter that would remain intact even under deliberate attack by vehicles or people – and yet that could be removed once the Games were over with no damage to the 18th-century site.The SolutionZaun developed a mobile high-security fence with Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM), especially for the London 2012 Olympics, mounting its PAS 68 Multi- Fence® into concrete blocks to resist attack by 7.5-tonne vehicles driven straight at it at 40mph.Zaun installed 2km of MultiFence and access gates around the Royal Artillery Barracks site and added HVM enhancements, detection systems and CCTV to secure the entire venue.Multi-Fence uses anti-climb mesh fencing and is available up to 5m high. The fence posts are mounted in concrete blocks that can follow a curve or go from a flat surface to an incline with ease due to an ingenious bolting method.It is one of the world’s first temporary solutions to achieve PAS68: 2010 V7500(N2) 64/90:5.0/0.0. It is manufactured to the BS EN 1317 Part 2 (vehicle restraint systems) and is approved by the Highways Agency.It is ideal for supporting crowd control at key events or for permanent installations at airports, freight terminals and ports, as no below-ground foundations are required, and they can be used on soft and hard standing. 
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES – INNOVATIVE 7 SHAPED CCTV COLUMN

COMMONWEALTH GAMES – INNOVATIVE 7 SHAPED CCTV COLUMN

Zaun Limited

The MultiFence PAS 68 can stop a 7.5-tonne truck at both 30mph and 40mph. It has been designed to mitigate the security risks at all sites of critical importance, using leading industry technologies to combat attacks by vehicles.It combines the attributes of our standard system with additional testing to ensure it meets the stringent quality standards relating to vehicle restraint systems of BS EN 1317 Part 2. It can be used on both soft and hard ground.Featuring TVCB blocks approved by the Highways Agency for use, it is ideal for security applications at major events, as below-ground foundations are not required.Our RDS PAS68 crash fence system consists of panels and posts installed and removed within minutes. The system uses an RDS block with the appropriate post arrangement. Our RDS PAS68 fence system has been crash-tested and rated to BSI PAS68:2010 standard. This means it can stop 2.5-tonne and 7.5-tonne vehicles.The system provides the product attributes normally only found in permanent installations. In addition, its simple deployment means the on-site disruption usually associated with installing and removing a fence line is kept to a minimum.Zaun also supplied our HiSec 358 anti-climb mesh fencing to combat the issue of intruders being able to scale the fence.InnovationCPNI and the Government were concerned about the threat of a ladder or other climbing aids used to lean against CCTV columns, making it easier to scale the fencing and gain entry into the secure area.Zaun’s solution was to create a number seven style CCTV column and base, which is completely self-supported and mobile and sits back from the fence line. Zaun’s design team created an innovative CCTV column featuring a unique number seven shape. This design meant the CCTV column would project over and outside the fence line, providing excellent visibility and obliterating the external climbing aid threat. The column was constructed from a custom-rolled, lightweight profile; it was also very easily installed on-site. The unique design also included a concrete base comprising a folded steel shell filled with concrete poured on-site. It incorporated forklift holes, ensuring the base is mobile and relocatable easily using a forklift or Moffatt on site.At the top of the base, a fixing system was designed, which allowed the columns to be attached and pivoted and then subsequently raised into the upright position with ease. This system allowed the CCTV installers to mount their cameras and other equipment to the top of the column at ground level before raising the column into place and negates the need for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWP’s.Zaun designed and manufactured more than 700 CCTV columns and bases to be used at the Commonwealth Games and are deployable for other events.
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Structural Waterproofing - Private Residence

Structural Waterproofing - Private Residence

Delta Membrane Systems Ltd

The Scope of the project was to provide a structural waterproofing solution to a private dwelling with new build extension.The property, situated on a sloping site gave the opportunity for the waterproof design to utilise the properties environment to allow for natural discharge of any potential water ingress.The property was detached and retaining to the front and side elevations where the retaining ground slopes down and away from the property to a garden that continues to slope down to a small stream. The retaining walls on either elevation rise at their highest point to approximately 1500mm above the internal floor level.The internal walls of the property were original brick to the front and new cavity built concrete block. The floor to what was the original house is of solid concrete construction joining on to a newer block and beam floor construction.When designing the most appropriate waterproofing system to any given situation, various design factors require addressing such as (but not limited to), final use of the building, the grade of waterproofing requirement under the British Standard, structural considerations based on the form of construction and in some cases, satisfying the requirements of building warranty providers.
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Arras Way, Folkestone

Arras Way, Folkestone

Cellecta Ltd

Arras Way is a development of 47 units of 17 houses and two blocks of flats built in a traditional style to create a modern and comfortable living experience. The landscaped communal gardens help maintain the feeling of community life this fantastic location offers. It is situated in the coastal town centre of Folkestone, under 20 minutes to Dover and 35 minutes to Calais via the Euro tunnel. Cellecta’s TETRiS was specified by Apex Architecture as it provides outstanding thermal and structural performance. It produces a floor with zero cold bridges and is quicker and easier to install than a concrete block floor. TETRiS is a foil-facing insulation block with excellent thermal performance and very low water absorption; these blocks make the ideal flooring system.Dwyer Engineering was awarded this 2,914m² contract to construct this development in Folkestone. 
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The Chocolate Quarter, Keynsham

The Chocolate Quarter, Keynsham

Cellecta Ltd

The Chocolate Quarter is a St Monica Trust’s retirement living village. Formally home of Fry’s and later Cadbury’s chocolate factory, the development was completely refurbished, restoring the iconic buildings, and converting them into apartments. The development comprises of three interconnected blocks. Block A was converted to provide 106 apartments with two floors built off the factory roof. Block B was converted and extended at ground floor level providing communal areas and a 93 Bedroom Care Home and housing apartments. Block C accommodates offices on the upper four floors and a Doctors Surgery at ground floor level.Cellecta’s DECKfon Batten 70 was specified by KWL Architects as they have been rigorously tested and are robust detail complaint for steel, concrete and timber separating floor applications. The battens consist of a layer of recycled, low resonance, open cell, flexible polyurethane foam bonded to an FSC/PEFC certified timber batten.Hall Bros Carpentry was awarded this 4,953m² contract to construct this development in Keynsham.

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