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Adjustable solutions are helping residents at Blackwood House live their lives to the fullest!

Adjustable solutions are helping residents at Blackwood House live their lives to the fullest!

Pressalit Limited

Pressalit’s adjustable solutions are helping residents at Blackwood House live their lives to the fullest. In the kitchen the CleverCogs technology means residents can readily raise or lower the height of Pressalit’s Indivo rise and fall kitchen work surfaces and wall mounted cupboards with a simple touch; the Indivo lifters also allow the wall cupboards to move forwards and downwards for easy access.
Skelbrooke Seclusion Suite

Skelbrooke Seclusion Suite

STJ Projects Ltd

Skelbrooke Seclusion Suite, Skelbrooke Ward, DoncasterWorking with Raceway Builders, on behalf of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, we were responsible for the supply and installation of the following elements:R-Quest Severe Duty Steel interlaid seclusion doorsets, incorporating our own Pill & Beverage HatchR-Quest Heavy Duty cross corridor doorsetsSteel interlaid external doorsetAnti-attack internal viewing screenAnti-ligature ironmongery including Surelock McGill multipoint locksBespoke manufactured CCTV & storage cupboard with anti-ligature hinge and lockFloor to ceiling storage cupboard with anti-ligature hinge and lockRecessed wall storage cupboard with anti-ligature hinge and lockAll doors (including cupboard doors) within the seclusion and de-escalation space are PVC encapsulatedOur Pill & Beverage Hatch offers a high level of security and safety, when opened, the door becomes a shelf allowing staff to place items and stand back allowing residents to take the items. Once the resident has taken items, the door is pushed closed instantly locking shut. There is then an additional 3 bolt locking mechanism for additional security
Laminate Lockers at The Yard, Sunderland

Laminate Lockers at The Yard, Sunderland

Helmsman

As part of the development at Riverside Sunderland, Brims Construction are carrying out the work at the former Gilbridge Police Station site. During the works, Helmsman were asked to supply some lockers. The client requested Heavy Duty lockers with a wood effect finish, alongside a bespoke vanity cupboard with vanity shelf. 
HEALTHCARE - The Devereua Primary Care Centre

HEALTHCARE - The Devereua Primary Care Centre

Securefast Limited

The Devereux Primary Care Centre based in Tewksbury is a multipurpose facility that not only does it cater to medical care of patients but also offers professions with meeting and conference rooms. Well situated and easy walking distance from the High Street, it has been eagerly awaited by many. Now open, it welcomes countless patients and visitors.The Care Centre wanted the building to be more than a large GP surgery but also a building that would have the capacity to house as many health and health-related facilities as possible for the people of the Tewkesbury area with a pharmacy on the ground floor and a minor operations suite on the first floor as well as private rooms offering facilities for a wide range of services.For easy of movement around the building for staff but to also offer a level of privacy, the internal doors were fitted with SBL365 mechanical digital locks to storage cupboards, meeting and treatment rooms. The mechanical digital locks were chosen as they are heavy duty, fire rated and offer a lever handle to easy of operation. On the treatment rooms the SBL365 was used with an escape lock so the doors can be lock from the inside if required but still maintained a single action of the lever handle to vacate the room. On the cupboards the SBL365 was fitted with its tubular latch.
Howick place - Riser Doors_Quadra+

Howick place - Riser Doors_Quadra+

SELO

The No.1 Riser Door SystemAccess to the riser and other secondary rooms such as service cupboards are the bane of any designer’s life. The most beautiful design can be tarnished by a bank of ugly doors stuck in the middle of it – doors that are only rarely used and create an unwelcome eyesore. Quadra+ riser door systems from Selo are elegant, frameless, high performing riser doors, which allow you to create a flush seamless finish you want with the fire-rated performance you need.
50, Kensington Gardens Square

50, Kensington Gardens Square

CCL Building Products Ltd

8Build's stunning London apartments required the installation of drainage and waterproofing solutions into 26 wetrooms on timber floors, as well as tanking solutions to 32 bathrooms and utility cupboards within the complex. The installation of CCL Wetrooms' Modular Wet-Floor System was recommended, to suit the minimal floor construction depth of the 'Danskin' timber floor system. Stone In-fill grills of varying lengths were issued to the tiling contractor ensuring a modern contemporary finish was achieved. RIW Tilesafe waterproof membrane and RIW FWM were applied to the floor and walls to prevent water penetration.
HOUSE HISQUIN

HOUSE HISQUIN

Rubio Monocoat UK

Rubio Monocoat was specified on the interior and exterior timber surfaces, such as the furniture, kitchen counter top, built-in cupboards, stair casing, as well as outdoor furniture. The interior has a minimalistic and uncluttered feel, rather placing a greater emphasis on the sea, and to the mountains on the Northern side. A dark charcoal colour was chosen for the exterior, and this is in contrast with the light walls inside the house. The kitchen has a clean contemporary feel. There is a spine-wall running through the house, which is cladded with dark ribbon stoning, and copper colours. The furniture is uncluttered as well as being practical for a house that is right on the beach/
The Hepworth Gallery - Cafe and Education Areas of this Prestigious Gallery Include Stainless Steel Sinks, Worktops, Panels and Cabinet from GEC Anderson Limited

The Hepworth Gallery - Cafe and Education Areas of this Prestigious Gallery Include Stainless Steel Sinks, Worktops, Panels and Cabinet from GEC Anderson Limited

Anderson, GEC Ltd

GEC Anderson’s stainless steel worktops, sinktops, doors and splashbacks have been chosen for the modern Café Bar at The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in West Yorkshire, for their contemporary and accurate appearance as well as their hygienic qualities associated with food service. The stunning building is formed of ten different sized trapezoidal blocks constructed using pigmented, self-compacting concrete and recently listed in The Times ‘Top 50 Galleries in the World’. The continuous stainless steel worktop installed behind the main serving counter of the Café Bar incorporates sinks, plinth, cupboards doors and splashbacks, all in brushed satin stainless steel.
Coplanar Doors - EKU Frontino

Coplanar Doors - EKU Frontino

Hawa Sliding Solutions AG

The unique furniture ranges combine the core values of Wackenhut at the highest level. Quality craftsmanship and technical know-how in demanding implementations make bedroom and living room furniture, that meets the highest of design demands and stands out with timeless aesthetics, possible. EKU Frontino 20, the fitting for flush top or bottom running applications, fulfils these demanding requirements. EKU Frontino 20: flush-fitting hardware solution for design-oriented sliding at sideboards and cupboards, and is suitable for creations in modern living rooms, kitchens and office environments. Multi-faceted product range – One hardware system for top and bottom running applications
HEALTHCARE - Queens View Harbour

HEALTHCARE - Queens View Harbour

Securefast Limited

The Queens View Harbour Care Home is located in the picturesque harbour town Troon, Scotland with 56 modern bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.Securefast Mechanical Digital Locks SBL315.S have been fitted through out on all treatment rooms, storage cupboards and sluice rooms so that staff do not have to carry keys around and allowing them easy access to these areas when required whilst also preventing residents from wondering in and possibly causing harm to themselves.The mechanical digital locks are fitted on FD60 timber fire doors which allow easy egress from the inside by a large turn.
Peldon Rose

Peldon Rose

Scanomat UK Ltd

Design and fit-out specialist, Peldon Rose, selects premium TopBrewer coffee experience for office refurbishment project.With a culture very much based on family values, Peldon Rose designed their Wimbledon office to be a welcoming, homely environment that is future-proofed to facilitate collaboration and smart working concepts.With its design-led, minimal aesthetic, the award-winning TopBrewer helps to create a streamlined look and feel to the kitchen area, leaving the worktop area clutter-free and the brewing equipment fitted in the cupboards below out of view."The quality of the coffee has encouraged staff to grab a coffee at the office rather than visiting local coffee shops, which is a great incentive for the team." - Sophie Rutter, Front of House Manager, Peldon Rose
HEALTHCARE - Southmead Uses Digital Locks

HEALTHCARE - Southmead Uses Digital Locks

Securefast Limited

Southmead Hospital is a large public National Health Service hospital, situated in the area of Southmead in the northern suburbs of Bristol. The new development costing £430 million, have fitted the Securefast SBL365 Fire Rated Mechanical Digital Lock throughout the hospital as they wanted a lever operated device that could cope with the high level of traffic that would use the doors on a regular basis.The SBL365’s have been fitted to some timber doors measuring almost 2.5 metres high on private rooms and storage cupboards. The SBL365 Mechanical Digital Push Button Lock have been used with both tubular latches and mortice escape locks offering a non-sequential code with a choice of over 2,000 combinations and always allowing free egress from the inside.
Outdoor Concrete Kitchen

Outdoor Concrete Kitchen

LIVING CONCRETE LTD

The Living Concrete team are highly experienced at working with leading designers to create bespoke furniture for beautiful spaces. That’s why Charlotte Crosland came to us to discuss the design, manufacture and installation of this stunning outdoor kitchen and entertainment space, housed in a purpose built oak building at her client’s Great Missenden home.We cast a number of items including work surfaces, kitchen cupboards with shelving and drawers, fridge enclosure, BBQ, cast in sink with copper fittings and seatWe used a unique eco concrete mix with a hydrophobic agent to limit moisture absorption and the smooth Silk Mist finish was treated and sealed with Satin Stain protection to make it damage proof. Our high-performance concrete doesn’t corrode or degrade, making it a long-lasting, practical choice that will keep its good looks. It’s fireproof too – a major advantage inside the home, but equally so in an outdoor oak-built structure such as this.
40 Chancery Lane

40 Chancery Lane

Maxwood

CLIENT: Derwent LondonARCHITECT: Bennetts Associates ArchitectsMAIN CONTRACTOR: Morgan SindallCONTRACT VALUE: Confidential SITE DURATION: 16 WeeksThe redevelopment of 40 Chancery Lane involved demolition of all bar one of the buildings on the site to make way for a modern, energy-efficient office building, clad with a glass and stone façade; the Tooks Court building still remains. The completed building, designed by Bennetts Associates Architects, provides approximately 100,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace, including male, female and disabled access washrooms by Maxwood to six floors and basement area. ​Maranté toilet cubicles are faced with a fashionable ‘Lati Silk’ dark grey real wood veneer.Maxwood’s stainless steel hardware range featuring concealed fixings and fall-to-close hinges.Bins are concealed within bespoke cupboard units with painted MDF doors on soft-close hinges.Vanity tops for the new washrooms at Chancery Lane were produced from Caithness Flagstone, a beautiful and highly durable material; created over 400 million years ago and only found in the far north of Scotland, Caithness Flagstone is one of the most versatile slates on the market.‘Ice-stix’ glass tiling to rear vanity walls and as a panel facing for the Maxwall ducting units for WCs.Maxwall panels for the urinals were faced in back-painted glass with urinal divider screens from back-to-back glass with a white interlayer.
HEALTHCARE - Fountains Care Home uses Fire Rated Digital Locks

HEALTHCARE - Fountains Care Home uses Fire Rated Digital Locks

Securefast Limited

The Barchester Healthcare who specialise in delivering top quality care to the elderly have opened the new Fountains Care Home in Shirley, Solihull where residents can live in comfortable surroundings in a secure and well-equipped dwelling.The project built by Seddon Construction ensured that fire regulations were adhered too, which included fitting fire doors on to offices, service and storage cupboards. These needed locking and to save staff having to use a key, the contractor fitted fire rated Securefast SBL365.SFR Easy Code Mechanical Digital Push Button Locks which are operated by a lever handle and included the easy to apply new passage mode.The passage mode is applied by simply entering the code on the outside unit and then rotating a small turn on the inside unit.The fire rated digital locks have been fully tested and certified for use on 30 and 60 minute timber fire doors and are supplied with the intumescent already fitted to the latch for easy fitting by the contractor.Having the easy code change function means that the code can easily be changed by simply rotation the pins on the back of the outside unit without having to dismantle the mechanism. If a code is compromised than changing the code is made simple, easy and quick.The SBL365.SFR is just one of the fire rated Mechanical Digital Locks available from the Securefast range.
55 St James's Street

55 St James's Street

Maxwood

CLIENT: ConfidentialARCHITECT: EPR ArchitectsMAIN CONTRACTOR: Galliford TryCONTRACT VALUE: ConfidentialSITE DURATION: 16 weeksStylish commercial washrooms from Maxwood have a starring role in an impressive development in London’s West End. The new building at 55 St James’s Street creates over 23,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, designed to attract a high calibre of tenant.​The internal fit-out includes high quality male, female and DDA compliant washrooms, custom-made and installed by Maxwood over seven floors. In keeping with the project’s prestigious specification, the washrooms feature a distinctive cast of luxury materials, from real wood veneer cubicles and decorative glass duct panelling to high performance hardware with an attractive copper-coloured finish.​Maranté cubicle range, bespoke cubicle doors, divisions and pilasters for the new offices are faced with an attractive Dark Oak veneer from the ALPIkord range.Maxwood’s Maxwall Duct Panelling system a made-to-measure glass finish ducting units, back-painted in a subtle Mouse-Grey,The stainless steel hardware, such as cubicle handles and hinges, are PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) coated to simulate the luxurious effect of copper.Trough-style vanity tops, custom designed and manufactured by Maxwood in Corian Designer White. Vanity Mirror Units feature a stainless steel band to the lower horizontal edge fixed with ‘lift off’ clips. The vanity area is completed by bespoke cupboard units with access towel hatch to front elevation, hinged ALPIkord veneer doors (to match cubicles) and removable powder coated stainless steel bins.
High-level Sophistication at Sanlam Wealthsmiths

High-level Sophistication at Sanlam Wealthsmiths

IVC Commercial

The London offices of Sanlam Wealthsmiths, a global private investment and wealth management firm, have been refurbished with carpet tiles and LVT from IVC Commercial in a scheme focused on a neutral palette with pops of colour and texture.Designed by Oktra, the Monument Street offices of Sanlam are a showcase of the elegant application of different materials and finishes. From flashes of teal fabric task chairs in work booths to the matt black cupboards and oak slatted ceiling of the breakout, Sanlam is an elegant and sophisticated space that invites collaboration while appreciating the need for privacy and concentration. Throughout open working spaces, IVC Commercial’s Popular Attraction carpet tiles were opted for. The understated organic design adds movement and interest across the floor and helps to designate circulation areas while supporting the scheme’s neutral palette in the greys of 924 and 959. Then in the breakout, Oktra’s Steffi Diola, opted for Moduleo 55 Expressive Jumble Stone: “The subtle colours and bold pattern of IVC Commercial’s Jumble Stone add a bit of fun to the breakout but still delivers the high-level sophistication that’s seen throughout the floor,” explains Steffi. As part of the Expressive collection, Jumble Stone is a high-performance LVT that stands out for its unique design approach. A mixture of randomised tonal geometric shapes, the vinyl floor tile uses IVC Commercial’s  CIR (Cut in Register) technology for a floor with an authentic natural texture. Water-resistant and equipped with Protectonite® for simple cleaning, it’s perfect for busy breakout and kitchen areas. Both Popular Attraction and Jumble Stone are made in Belgium to deliver a performance solution to the flooring challenges of today’s workplaces. Providing floor coverings that withstand high levels of footfall and remain easy to clean, they have contributed to a successful scheme that has led to Oktra winning the contract for Sanlam Wealthsmiths 1,800m2 Bristol office. For further information, www.ivc-commercial.com
22 Bishopsgate

22 Bishopsgate

Baldwin Boxall Communications Ltd

One of the newest – and very impressive – developments in the City, 22 Bishopsgate offers visitors retail, work and restaurant space over 60 floors. It is actually the tallest building in the City of London.A flexible solution was required for this project, to include life safety communication for the entire building. At the forefront of the design was the need for a plan for phased evacuation using the life safety systems. The VIGIL3 voice alarm and OmniCare emergency voice communication systems were quoted for the project due to their reliability and capability.The project required new voice alarm and EVC systems which were specified and installed by PHF Fire. The EN54 certified VIGIL3 voice alarm includes 70 space saving, wall-mounted Eclipse4s and two floor standing racks, networked around the building. The voice alarm network is accessed by the touch screen control microphone, with its user-friendly NFC card sign-in option.The EVC system solution, OmniCarePLUS, includes fire telephones, combined fire telephones with disabled refuge outstations, disabled toilet alarms, advanced disabled refuge outstations and standard disabled refuge outstations. These made up the remaining call points on the system, a lot of which were in a stainless steel finish, to match the high quality aesthetic of the building.Installed by PHF Fire, Baldwin Boxall worked together with the team to aid in the design and commissioning of the systems.Sam Faulkner, Maintenance Manager at PHF Fire commented, “Baldwin Boxall was specified alongside other companies. However, the level of support that Baldwin Boxall gives throughout the project, from start to finish, set them apart from the competition.”Chris Hartup, Sales Manager at Baldwin Boxall said, “This new build project called for a very capable, reliable and professional fire alarm contractor and with the contract being awarded to PHF Fire, they certainly got that. Due to limited floor space, the Eclipse4s were installed into riser cupboards within the building, providing further redundancy to the end user.PHF Fire had a fantastic, positive relationship, not only with their client but also their whole supply chain. We had many meetings and presentations on site with the whole 22 Bishopsgate team.It was a great experience to be involved in this project and with PHF Fire throughout.”
Assisted technologies form the future! The National Robotarium, Edinburgh.

Assisted technologies form the future! The National Robotarium, Edinburgh.

Pressalit Limited

The Ambient Assisted Living Lab (AAL) within Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh’s acclaimed National Robotarium, aims to revolutionise the way assisted living care in the UK is delivered in the community using robotics and AI. With its purpose-built facilities within a recreated home setting, scientists, and engineers within the AAL will collaboratively research and create robotic and smart technology solutions in its open and remote access living lab, helping improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people with assisted living needs who want to live independently.Sharing this ethos of improving people’s wellbeing through design, Pressalit has been leading the way in assisted living technologies for the bathroom and kitchen for almost fifty years. Pressalit was therefore delighted to be asked to contribute to the inspiring work being carried out at the National Robotarium, the UK’s largest and most advanced centre for robotics and artificial intelligence, which recently opened in Edinburgh.Featured in the AAL is the Pressalit PLUS track system, which allows vertical and horizontal adjustment of different bathroom products. This bathroom is equipped with plenty of our products like the PLUS shower seat, PLUS support arms, and our MATRIX SMALL wash basin with integrated handrail, to name a few. The room can be configured to suit individual user and carer requirements, optimising space for wheelchair or carer access, whilst also future proofing the room.Meanwhile, Pressalit’s height adjustable INDIVO kitchen system brings a sense of independence to daily tasks in the kitchen and dining room. With a simple press of a button, sink and hob worktop heights can be adjusted to suit standing and seated users, and wall cupboards can be brought within easy reach. Tasks from washing up, cooking and preparing food, to sharing a meal at the table, can be carried out in an environment that is safe, comfortable and inclusive.Adam Southcott, Sales and Training Consultant from Pressalit, explains:”Assisted technologies form the future. Pressalit's knowledge and expertise in developing both bathroom and kitchen systems has brought independence to many individuals' homes and social care settings. We are delighted to be associated with the National Robotarium and the research it undertakes. By combining technologies in the AAL environment, individuals, carers, care homes and social care professionals have a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the innovative solutions that are available, now and in the future, to help transform daily routines and enhance independent living.”
ROBERT MAY'S SCHOOL,  ODIUM

ROBERT MAY'S SCHOOL, ODIUM

Stratum Resin Flooring Limited

Pure Design – Bolidtop 525 and Bolidtop 525 TFColour – S 3500 - N830m2Architect – HCC ArchitectsMain Contractor - Morgan SindallInstallation dates - 2018Hampshire County Council were building a new two storey block for this rapidly expanding secondary school. The project was to use modern and sustainable building materials, and Stratum were asked to provide a seamless resin floor to fit in with the scheme. With longevity and aesthetic both key attributes, Bolidtop 525 was selected as the ideal solution. The library, classrooms, reception rooms and circulation spaces were provided with our standard finish Bolidtop 525, and the WC’s and cleaners cupboards were installed with our Bolidtop 525TF to give a more positive slip resistance in the wet. An integrated 150mm skirting was also used in the wet areas to create a watertight detail and for ease of cleaning. Hampshire were keen to use the same product on the stairs, and we were able to provide an excellent solution with the addition of a proprietary nosing. The nosing was selected to provide adequate LRV differential with the resin, and also to give maximum slip resistance to the stair. Our joint free tread/rise detail created an aesthetically pleasing yet robust detail for both the main and escape stairs.  Challenge-      To select a single flooring solution that was suitable for multiple areas, including the library, classrooms, WC’s, circulation areas, office space and stairs.-      To carefully programme in the work with the main contractor to ensure that the building conditions are suitable (watertight/dry/correct ambient temp), and also that key programme dates are met to facilitate follow on works. -      Coordination with other trades.-      To enable flush electrical floor boxes to be seamlessly incorporated within the floor.Solution-      Bolidtop 525 is sound attenuating, making for an ideal solution for the library and teaching spaces alike. The addition of an anti-slip additive to the top coats means that wet areas can be seamlessly interlinked with dry areas, with a virtually indistinguishable difference in appearance. The stairs worked very well with the addition of a proprietary nosing installed flush with the finished resin. Collaboration with M&E to ensure the correct floor boxes are procured and installed at the correct level.-      Stratum worked closely with Morgan Sindall to ensure there was a successful phased install, navigating around the project whilst maintaining access to adjoining areas for other key trades.-      To arrange delivery of materials in ample time.-      To ensure deliveries were arranged for, and were unloaded outside of school drop off and pick-up times.  Benefits/Installation-      Hampshire County Council had worked with Stratum and used Bolidt products on several projects before, and therefore they knew they were getting a resin floor of the highest quality and installation service to match.Result-      A seamless and elegant floor throughout this very modern school building, with different solutions provided to suit different areas around the building. The longevity of the floor will be proven over time in this very highly trafficked environment. “James is a very collaborative person to work with. He spots problems in good time and tackles them in a positive way. James worked with the design team and main contractor on the installation. He has also provided excellent advice on maintenance to the users of the building.” Rebecca Galbraith | Senior Architect | HCC Architects
Sliding-Over Fixed Rooflight Maximises Light In Mansard Roof Extension

Sliding-Over Fixed Rooflight Maximises Light In Mansard Roof Extension

Glazing Vision Ltd

After a particularly contentious and protracted planning process, this semi-detached, red-bricked house, part of a group of five properties that form Regent’s Mews in affluent London NW8, finally boasts an impressive third storey extension as a result of the erection of a mansard roof.The new dormer windows to its front aspect lend this 1980’s property a delightfully modern aesthetic, whilst the provision of a green roof to the rear aspect underlines its eco-credentials. The installation of Glazing Vision’s elegant sliding-over fixed rooflight above the stairwell, together with 4 additional fixed rooflights, has maximised the light streaming into this new living space, and also provided an all-important source of ventilation.Initial proposals to convert this house from two to three floors were rejected way back in 2001 by the local Planning Department on the grounds of it being “visually intrusive, overbearing massing not part of the existing architectural language and overlooking neighbours”. These same considerations faced Robinson Leigh Architects, whose track record of successful planning application had led to their appointment in 2013 by a client keen to find a solution to the planning impasse.There were a number of challenges for the architects, as they sought to design a scheme that would prove more successful through planning. The house is situated in St John’s Wood Conservation area, where restrictions on the character and appearance of all buildings are strictly applied. Normally any roof extension in this area would not be permitted and the house, indeed the entire mews, had been identified as an “unlisted building of merit”. Consequently the planners insisted that all new work to the house “must match existing original work in terms of choice of materials, method of construction and finished appearance in order to maintain the cohesion of the mews.The variety of roof forms in the mews, however, presented an opportunity for the architects to put forward their proposal of a flat-topped mansard roof as “a modern interpretation of the surrounding architectural precedent” said Leigh. Critically, the new mansard roof would also not add height above the general roof level of the neighbouring properties in Regent’s Mews, and thus would not be visually intrusive. The design of the three new dormer windows at the front of the house did depart from that of the dormer windows on the other mews houses though – they were square in contrast to the prevalent curved headed windows. However, given that they were really only visible from within the actual mews, the planners considered this alteration in form to be acceptable. Furthermore, the recessed glazing of the dormer windows ensured that the privacy of the occupants using the living spaces would not be compromised.The choice of materials also had to conform to the surrounding properties: the dormer windows were lead-clad, and the roof was tiled in Welsh slate, which softens its appearance and reduces the “apparent bulk of the structure.Another complication for Robinson Leigh related to the impact upon the large villas of Langford Place to the rear of the property. Vehement objections from these residents, who were concerned that the roof extension would shatter the illusion that they are set in extensive grounds led the architects to revise their proposal: the pitch of the northwest slope of the mansard roof was adjusted to a 70 degree angle in order to reduce its prominence in the views from these villas, particularly from 5 Langford Place. A second flat roof, which adjoined the house was removed, and Robinson Leigh extended the mansard roof to the parapet. This then gave the client more internal space, eliminated any overlooking issues, and created a more homogenous and symmetrical design.The architects cleverly designed both the main roof level of the mansard to be landscaped with indigenous flora in order to respect the planners’ preference for ecological biodiversity in the area as well as to attenuate water run-off.In conjunction with these structural requirements imposed on Robinson Leigh’s design of the mansard roof, unlocking natural daylight in the “dark zones” in the interior of the new storey was a key priority. Mindful of the rejection of the glazed roof proposal from 2001, which the planners had deemed to be too intrusive on the neighbours and at odds with the surrounding architecture, the architects sought to reduce the amount glazed by 50%, whilst simultaneously addressing the problem of reduced levels of natural daylight resulting from the recessed dormer windows.Robinson Leigh’s solution was to propose a more sympathetic glazing arrangement to the flat-top of the mansard roof, comprising four large fixed rooflights and a sliding over fixed rooflight from Glazing Vision, that would achieve the high specification they desired. These rooflights, pointed upwards to the sky, would maximise the amount of daylight entering the extension and bouncing off the hardwood timber, which had been used extensively, as Leigh points out, to “draw together several disparate elements of the interior design, such as the sliding walls, pocket doors and floor-to-ceiling shelving and cupboards”.Glazing Vision’s sliding over fixed rooflight was to inhabit the space immediately above the stairwell, which had also been lined in timber to subtly link the top floor with the ground floor and to help draw the eye upwards. Timber frames had also been used on the windows. As with the other four rooflights, Glazing Vision’s sliding over fixed rooflight needed to be made to a bespoke size – the architects required it to be the exact size of the stairwell, or indeed over-sized, so that the frames were not visible from below. Precision-engineered at the Glazing Vision factory in Norfolk, the special sliding over fixed rooflight was supplied in two sections, with an overall span of 2400mm and a width of 2240mm. The minimalist internal framework, finished in pure white rather than the standard grey, ensured that there were unfettered, sky-only views from the inside, thereby enhancing the impression of space and loft. Through the clear glazing of the Glazing Vision rooflight natural daylight absolutely flooded the stairwell, permeating also down to the lower floors.Given the stringent planning controls on the appearance of the mansard roof and the concerns of the vociferous neighbours, Glazing Vision’s sliding over fixed rooflight offered another invaluable benefit to Robinson Leigh. The footprint of the unit on the roof remained fixed, both open and close. This meant that there was no bulky additional furniture required, whilst the minimalist exterior framework was finished in slate grey to blend harmoniously with the Welsh slate roof tiles.No less important was the need for natural ventilation in the mansard roof extension. The architects were keen to create a venturi effect in the central core of the house and stairwell by channeling the airflow through the opening of the rooflight. The Glazing Vision rooflight, specified by Robinson Leigh to slide side-to-side rather than up and down, is electronically controlled at the touch of a button from inside the house, retracting the sliding section over the fixed section of glazing. Once the sliding section is fully retracted, there is a 50% clear opening in the rooflight, out towards the sky, thus providing superior air quality within the top floor, as well as intensifying the amount of natural daylight. An essential security feature of the Glazing Vision sliding-over fixed rooflight is that it is supplied with a manual override as standard.The design, approval and erection of the mansard roof extension took three years but Robinson Leigh have succeeded in updating a tired-looking 1980’s mews house with a new, sophisticated, modern exterior, that quietly complements the surrounding properties. The new third storey has exceeded the client’s needs for additional living space, and the clever use of rooflights has ensured the interior is light, bright and inviting.

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