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Ideal Retirement Property

Eurocell plc

Anthony and Winifred Mitchell were delighted to find their ideal retirement property - a three-bed bungalow in a beautiful rural setting, but they knew some major updating was required to improve its thermal efficiency and cut down on future maintenance costs.

Part L Thermal Standard & Future Home Standard

Lignacite Ltd

A consultation to improve the current Part L thermal standards ended in March 2020. This consultation encapsulated a commitment that, by 2025, a Future Homes Standard would be introduced for new build homes to be ‘future-proofed’ with low carbon heating and world leading levels of energy efficiency. The consultation set out ambitions for achieving the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020 as a meaningful and achievable stepping-stone to the Future Homes Standard. The first stage of a two-part consultation considers proposed changes to building regulations.

Posi-Rafters - the ideal solution

MiTek Industries Ltd

DWB Hull, a licensed MiTek roof truss and Posi-Joist manufacturer, recently supplied specially designed Posi-Rafters to form the roof for a large domestic extension. Bespoke end details were incorporated into the Posi-Rafter design to make installation straightforward and to provide solid bearings on to the steel beams and walls. The build had two steel ridge purlins and a central steel at ceiling level, forming a large vaulted ceiling internally. Posi-Rafters were the ideal choice, with plated end blocks sitting directly on to the steel beams with no need for hangers.

Fairlawns Hotel & Spa

Gerflor Ltd

Fairlawns Hotel & Spa is a family-run hotel near Walsall in the West Midlands. A recent refurbishment of their gym facility would see a trio of international flooring specialist Gerflor’s fitness flooring products being specified to ensure that the free weights, cardio and stretch zones would meet the hotel’s high standards. A remit that would be ideally suited to Gerflor’s Powershock 300 and Creation 70 LVT, together with their world-renowned Taraflex® sports flooring.

Contemporary balustrade is ideal for apartments

NEACO Ltd

A range of one and two bedroom luxury properties in Huntingdon has become the latest prestigious apartment development to feature Neaco’s contemporary balustrade systems. The four-storey complex includes extensive terrace areas with Neaco’s balustrade combining glass infill panels with aluminium stanchions and rails specified in a grey powder coated finish. In contrast to balustrade with a painted finish, which is prone to flaking, the hard-wearing powder coating ensures that the balustrade retains its aesthetic quality. It also provides low thermal conductivity to prevent handrails from becoming extremely cold to the touch in winter conditions.

Esquire Developments

Hacel Lighting Ltd

Esquire Developments has recently opened its redesigned and refurbished office and showroom. An award-winning property developer creates sustainable and high quality homes. To reflect the standard of the new homes developed, Esquire Developments’ office has been expanded and now includes a brand-new choices area for all purchasers to enjoy. The new showroom has been equipped with class-leading lighting by Hacel, offering sleek design, powerful performance and accurate light distribution, ideal for a showroom environment.

Education

Wallgate Ltd

Manufactured to be reliable, durable and robust, our solid surface sanitaryware products are ideal for the education sector. The busy corridors and washrooms in schools, colleges and universities are exposed to high volume of use meaning a robust, long-lasting, reliable washroom solution is best. Solid surface is easy to maintain and the best solution in environments where standard sanitaryware is not enough. What’s more, our sanitaryware and intelligent water controls are designed to be efficient in water and energy use, providing your buildings with economical washrooms for years to come.

Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Howe Green

Howe Green manufactured over 100 Visedge Floor Access Covers for Bristol’s £430million state-of-the-art Southmead Hospital. A heavy duty and tamper-resistant solution was required to provide access to underfloor drainage systems. Developed for use within flexible sheet flooring systems and supplied with a double seal Howe Green’s Visedge Covers offered the highest standards of hygiene and security, ideal for a hospital environment. A number of 7500 Series Stainless Steel Access Covers were also required for installation in the grounds, where a heavier loading was required.

Viking House, Lincoln using Ibstock's Mechslip - mechanically fixed cladding system

Ibstock Brick Ltd

Durability, safety and aesthetics needed to work together for the Viking House project. With the refurbishment nestled among conventionally built brick buildings there was a need for a contemporary look that mirrored the local vernacular. Viking House, a managed student accommodation at the University of Lincoln made up of three five-storey buildings and standing 20m tall, was designed to reflect the university’s continuing progress. Mechslip was chosen along with Ibstock’s Leicester Red facing bricks, due to its A1 rated non-combustible to EN13501-1 standards making it the ideal choice for a modern high-rise structure.

Accoya® fins selected for the Royal Arena in Denmark

Accoya

Instigated in 2015, the Royal Arena in Copenhagen is now complete. Specified by Danish Architecture firm 3XN, roughly 250 cubic metres of Accoya was used to create the entire façade. Accoya was selected for the fins due to its elegant aesthetic appearance which gives the building an eye-catching & bespoke style. The arena is able to seat 12,500 people with additional capacity for 15,000 standing. Accoya was also chosen due to its durability & worldwide environmental standards. 3XN are known for adhering to the principles of sustainable development, so Accoya was the ideal material for the project.

Concrete, modular seating for residential play area

Furnitubes International Ltd

45 Millharbour is a residential development of two 14-storey towers and a 7-storey in the heart of London’s Docklands.The architects sought visually interesting, colourful and robust concrete seating for the area, making Mesa the ideal choice. Five seating assemblies have been created from 18 individual modules, cast in a common red concrete mix, but all unique in their configurations and designed to encourage social use of the seating. In addition to the Mesa products, 12 standard Blyth concrete cubes were supplied to the site in a contrasting terracotta-coloured mix, and placed in groups of three.

Regupol 4515: Ideal for Student Accommodation

CMS Danskin Acoustics

Philharmonic Court, located on Catherine Street behind the historic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, is a £25 million development of two linked structures offering accommodation for 354 University of Liverpool students. The new building, by Worthington Properties, replaces five outdated student blocks. Acoustics are a crucial factor in student residences, given the need to accommodate both youthful exuberance and the demands of serious academic study. As with all residential structures, the requirements of Part E (Resistance to Sound) of the Building Regulations must be adhered to. CMS Danskin worked with the architect and main contractor to find a suitable acoustic solution.

SLIMVAC® offers smarter route to ultra-thin, lightweight thermal insulation

Promat UK

The SLIMVAC® range of ultra-thin vacuum insulated panels from Promat UK utilise next generation materials technology to deliver the highest levels of thermal insulation, without the bulkiness associated with traditional insulating products. With standard thicknesses of between just 20mm and 40mm, SLIMVAC® panels are ideal for applications where space constraints pose a challenge to delivering on thermal goals. It is an effective insulation for a wide range of applications including structures, flat roofs and facades with the benefit of being manufactured by Promat in ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001:2015 factories for consistent quality assurance and traceability.

Greenwich Millennium Village Phase 5

The Bike Storage Company

Working on site with Bennett Construction, The Bike Storage Company provided a total of 5 Bespoke 358 Mesh Semi Vertical Shelters, to achieve 210 cycle spaces. Our popular Semi Vertical Cycle Racks are a space saving solution making them ideal for commercial applications. Alongside the cycle shelters, The Bike Storage Company designed and installed 27 No. Bespoke Clapham Lockers, fully clad in FSC certified timber. These cycle shelters and lockers are both BREEAM and Secured by Design compliant and supplied with our standard 10-year manufacturing warranty & a 15-year no rust guarantee.

Top marks for Bilco Smoke Vents at University of Hertfordshire

Bilco UK

Ninety UDF-50 REM Bilco Natural Smoke and Heat Ventilators (NSHEVs) were installed in a large scale accommodation development at the University of Hertfordshire. The development at the College Lane Campus comprises a mixture of individual bedrooms, twin rooms and studios. All of Bilco’s NSHEV products are manufactured to the highest possible standards, are CE Marked and meet Construction Products Regulation 305/2011. At 1500mm x 1620mm Bilco’s double leaf UDF-50 REM Smoke Vents offer a 1.5m2 clear vent area – making them ideal for dwellings of multiple occupancy such as halls of residence.

A NEW STANDARD FOR AUTOMATIC ACCESSS

TORMAX United Kingdom Ltd

The new TORMAX Secure+Therm automatic sliding door system effectively combines certified protection from burglary to resistance class RC 2, with the aesthetic benefits of a lightweight, thermally separated profile that still delivers exceptional energy efficiency. Incorporated within the slim door profile, the Secure+Therm system is fitted with electromechanical multipoint locking. Rigorously tested, the added security protection contributes towards low insurance premiums by significantly reducing risk of theft or damage to property. Despite being just 40mm thick, weather and noise are all kept outside thanks to the thermally separated construction of the profile and insulating safety glass.

FAKRO roof windows at the London Ideal Home Show

Fakro GB Ltd

A show home at the 2016 London Ideal Home Exhibition featured 22 FAKRO FTP non-vented roof windows. The Arc, by The Green Unit, demonstrated modular, eco construction which can be used for residential, commercial, education, leisure and a host of other purposes.

SIKA PROVIDES IDEAL SERVICE FOR UNIVERSITY CHAPLAINCY

Sika Liquid Plastics

Constructed in 1969, Lancaster University’s iconic chaplaincy centre is one of the first buildings that come into view when arriving on campus and amongst the university’s most architecturally distinctive. It features three circular roofs which rise in the centre of the building to create a three-pronged spire. The building has become an instantly recognisable visual symbol since being used as the basis for the university’s logo in 1989. The recent roof refurbishment project, delivered using Sika Liquid Plastics’ Decothane Ultra system, received the Liquid Roofing Project of the Year under 1000m2 at the LRWA Awards 2017.

EFFLUENT TANK HELPS HOSPITAL MEET STANDARDS

Naylor Concrete Products Ltd

A Sealwall Tank manufactured by Whites Concrete has become part of Rampton Hospital’s new Energy Centre in Nottinghamshire, which is operated and maintained under a Carbon Energy Fund framework contract. Part of the new Energy Centre that provides heating, hot water and electricity to the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Hospital, Whites Concrete’s pre-cast concrete Sealwall Tank is a component of Rampton’s new effluent treatment plant—now a modern, automated system that meets both current environmental standards and future expansion of the site.

The Grange Setting standards for affordable housing

Tobermore

The Grange was the first Barratt Homes scheme to feature Tobermore’s smooth, vibrant Kingston facing brick. The project was listed on 24housing’s ‘Top 50 Housing Projects’ in 2015 which ranks the schemes driving affordable housing provision across England, Scotland and Wales.

Traditional Style Meets Modern Standards

Alutec

Buildings of heritage can be a challenge for developers, especially when tasked with finding the balance between traditional aesthetic and modern performance expectations. As much as we may marvel at the delights of modern architecture, many people, still believe you can’t beat a traditionally styled building. However, aesthetic value should never be the sole attraction of a property, and what traditional homes might have in terms of looks, they can lack in terms of building performance and efficiency.

Cedar cladding, the ideal choice for luxury eco-home in Dorset

Vastern Timber

Fir view is a new-build luxury eco-house set in a wooded area on the Devon Dorset border. Architects Mark Camillin and Liam Denny had a vision for a contemporary design that blended sympathetically with the area of natural beauty within which the plot is set. Getting the exterior facade right was of great importance to them and the authorities and all parties settled on cedar cladding as the ideal option. Mark and Liam decided on vertical halflap cladding and selected our air dried Canadian cedar cladding because of the lack of knots and stability.

ROSEMOUNT APARTMENT CONVERSION EXCEEDING NEW BUILD STANDARDS!

Hush Acoustics

Hush Acoustics were called to Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man and home to a beautiful mid terraced property recently converted into 4 spacious apartments over 4 floors. The apartments are situated very close to the road and after spending time inside, some road traffic as well as public background noise could be heard from inside the property. It was important to ensure appropriate acoustic measures were carried out when converting this existing property into apartments and that the party walls and/or ceilings met the required standards for conversion under the Building Regulations, Approved Document E.

Residential Car Park in New Development Secured with Stackdoor Standard

CGT Security Ltd

For this prime residential London development’s car park, Stackdoor Standard went above and beyond the requirement for a security measure that catered for ventilation. Car park shutters within residential developments must offer ventilation and a source of natural light. Stackdoor Standard is an excellent solution as it provides up to 80% free open area through stack-and-pin technology. Providing up to 80% ventilation by embracing stack-and-pin technology, Stackdoor shutters offer the residents of this London development a secured parking structure.

Neaco balconies are Ready-Made for Modern Standards

NEACO Ltd

Our Clearview range of walk-on balconies have been installed across three floors alongside our Clearview Juliet balconies. A roof terrace also features our balustrade system and our A1 Fire Rated aluminium decking system. Kiran Parmar, Principal Architectural Technician at SGP, was impressed by our contribution, “Neaco offer really good, cost-effective products. They are also very helpful with technical support – they responded quickly in providing key information and design detailing, which was a definite plus point.”

Designer residence sets new ICF standards

Nudura Inc

The Janacek Residence in Princeton Texas is an exemplar of how ICF lends itself to construction on a grand scale. This designer home took 15 months to build, of which, only 60 days were needed install NUDURA ICF.

Crawley Down lifted to new FA standards

Zaun Limited

League regulations demand the installation of a rigid mesh fence with a spectator handrail around the perimeter of the pitch to a height of 1.1 metres. Zaun completed the complex supply and installation as changing ground levels required adaptation to ensure maintaining the 1.1m height around the whole pitch. Zaun contracts manager Steve Hancock visited the Haven Sportsfield Ground to take all of the site details for manufacture and supervised the installation, which was completed a week ahead of schedule.

The Mini retractable loft ladder is the ideal solution for small ceiling openings

Premier Loft Ladders Ltd

It is supplied as a ready to fit unit, with a space-saving ladder contained within an insulated wooden hatch box. Manufactured from light-weight, durable aluminium components, the Mini is easy to operate yet still offers heavy duty performance. Capable of supporting loads of 150 kg per step, it is also tested to EN 14975 (DN 4570). Furthermore, the Mini is available with a fire rated loft hatch (up to 60 minutes). It is therefore suitable for both domestic and commercial applications. Technical drawing and NBS Plus Specification available.

ROCKFON refurbish Leeds City College campus to BREEAM standards

Rockfon

Leeds City College, the third largest further education college in the UK, has opened a new city-centre campus to offer modern-day vocational study programmes. The campus is a £14 million new build extension and refurbishment of a Grade II listed building into a state-of-the-art specialist vocational centre with training kitchens, a commercial training restaurant, hair and beauty teaching facilities and commercial salons as well as a refectory, library and student services. Being a refurbishment project, the build had a number of challenges.

New floor Amsterdam Central Station: the ideal solution for high traffic areas?

Mosa Tiles

Mosa and Merk X designed the new floor for Amsterdam Central Station. No easy task when you consider that Amsterdam Central Station is the most walked on area in the Netherlands, with nearly 300,000 visitors a day. ‘Pierre Cuypers designed Amsterdam Central railway station and the Rijksmuseum at the very edges of the city. The station, now a bustling hub of transport, no longer has a distinct front and back despite the rapid developments that have taken place behind the station, on the banks of the IJ.

Altro kitchens solution meets exacting standards of prestigious Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle

Altro

In a secluded corner of the Northern Highlands lies Skibo Castle, home to the Carnegie Club, an exclusive members club offering the best of Scottish hospitality & grandeur. Gratte Brothers designed and installed the new kitchen with Gavin McDonald Flooring. As part of the design, Gratte Brothers selected a range of Altro floors and walls to meet the exacting standards of the brief. Altro floors and walls are Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) approved meet all current European Union (EU) Directives on health and hygiene, making them particularly suitable for use in commercial kitchens.

Altro kitchens solution meets exacting standards of prestigious Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle

Altro

In a secluded corner of the Northern Highlands lies Skibo Castle, home to the Carnegie Club, an exclusive members club offering the best of Scottish hospitality & grandeur. Gratte Brothers designed and installed the new kitchen with Gavin McDonald Flooring. As part of the design, Gratte Brothers selected a range of Altro floors and walls to meet the exacting standards of the brief. Altro floors and walls are Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) approved meet all current European Union (EU) Directives on health and hygiene, making them particularly suitable for use in commercial kitchens.

IPL Food Unit finds FasTop floor screeding systems are perfect solution as a long term working surface with HACCP standards

Sherwin-Williams High Performance Flooring

FasTop resin flooring was chosen as it provided long term flooring solutions which would be seamless and have the hygienic standards required for this industry and the colours required could be provided . The flooring products supplied by Sherwin-Williams had the necessary fast cure performance with the alternative textures to provide a variety of finishes from smooth easy clean surfaces to heavy duty more textured areas where more non-slip texture was required which would be resilient to aggressive cleaning processes. ART and Sherwin-Williams were able to provie self-smoothing smooth finishes and trowel applied textured finishes.

Power Solutions, Wijnegem - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

There was a requirement to cut down directly incident sunlight, the idea came up to work with DucoSun Wing in front of the façade. These large, wing-shaped louvre blades were made of a black perforated sheet that was made in special non-standard sizes for this project. This system therefore works as solar shading on the one hand as well as fulfilling an architectural function on the other, which is a defining factor in the architectural appearance of the office building.

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