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HardieBacker®: Hole in One at Shifnal

HardieBacker®: Hole in One at Shifnal

James Hardie Building Products Ltd

When Ace Kind Ltd was asked to refurbish and retile the shower and changing facilities at the prestigious Shifnal Golf Club, they were expecting a fairly straightforward job. However, Adrian Holt, a director of the Staffordshire-based building contractors, had no idea that the original plasterboard had started to disintegrate behind the tiles. When the contractor highlighted the problem to golf club managers they were given the go-ahead to replace the plasterboard, but rather than repeat the mistakes of the past Ace Kind opted to use HardieBacker® board.
HardieBacker®: Weight Matters

HardieBacker®: Weight Matters

James Hardie Building Products Ltd

Norstone UK is the leading provider of natural stacked stone and stone veneers in the UK. When used for interior applications such as around enclosed fire places and feature walls, Norstone recommends HardieBacker® cement backerboard for tile and stone. Jack Jago, Director of Norstone UK, explains how the relationship with HardieBacker board came about: ‘we were having problems with many projects that have existing plasterboard where people wanted to tile stone on the plasterboard. But this won’t work as it will pull away half of the time as Norstone is a natural stone; it weighs 65kg per square metre.’
Aztec West

Aztec West

Acoustics Agency

Installation of Acoustic Cloud Panels within opening in plasterboard which housed the HVAC systems. Panels were designed to be removable for ease of access to maintenance teams. We also installed multiple Acoustic Grids to areas.
Mast Architects, Glasgow - Airtightness Project

Mast Architects, Glasgow - Airtightness Project

BPD Building Product Design Ltd

The proposed developments followed traditional timber kit design, consisting of an outer brick skin 50mm cavity, with an internal 140mm stud frame, and using mineral wool insulation minimum 20mm service void, finished with a plasterboard lining. The brief was to achieve air permeability less than 6m3/h/m².
Antibacterial Paint bespoke access panels

Antibacterial Paint bespoke access panels

Trade Access Panels

We can make any size and shape access panel: Antibacterial Paint Special Antibacterial Paint available with the added benefit of an effective antibacterial agent which kills most species of bacteria, including the deadly MRSA, Salmonella, E coli and C difficile. Ceramic Tile Doors Plasterboard Faced Metal Faced Loft Hatches Fire Rated Acoustic Rated Airtight Rated Smoke Tested Special Paint Colours for your Project needs. Available Panel Sizes: 100x100mm to 3000x8000mm
Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen

Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen

Planet

Over 18 months, Planet Partitioning worked within a budget to achieve the sound attenuation levels required for the Sir Duncan Rice Library, using a combination of p100 double glazed partitioning and p20 single glazed frameless glass partition systems. We also installed timber doors throughout the library and was responsible for drywalling, which included solid partitioning between rooms and plasterboard wall lining. Planet used 27mm, low-profile frameless glazing to create a peaceful and open plan library with a spiralling off-centre atrium with 13km of shelving.
Five star partition installation

Five star partition installation

Moving Designs Ltd - Acoustic Partition & Sound Masking Specialist

When Moving Designs were asked to undertake a partition replacement in a five-star hotel in Manchester, we were certainly up for the challenge. Four tonnes of our Prestige acoustic partitioning were carried up two flights of stairs by nine of our skilled fitters; this had to be meticulously planned around the hotel users. The existing track had to be cut out of the ceiling to enable a new track to be replaced, seventeen panels and one pass door measuring 3.8 were installed, the plasterboard ceiling was re-instated, skimmed and re-decorated.
Pub to Eco-Flats Conversion

Pub to Eco-Flats Conversion

Custom Audio Designs Ltd

‘Change of use’ for 18th century building - The challenge for ‘change of use’ was to fully comply with Building Regulations, including sound testing between ‘units’ for a property dated circa 1870. Our technical team designed a Part E compliant floating floor system – comprising acoustic membrane over the existing floor with IsoBase for a resilient layer, floated chipboard on top, fire-safe acoustic mineral wool between joists, and layers of acoustic plasterboard on resilient bars on the ceiling below. “All four flats exceeded the minimum and maximum sound insulation requirements for separating floors in conversions using your design…the inspector was impressed!”
Recticel Insulation panels supply thermal efficient fabric to spectacular ‘TV’ home

Recticel Insulation panels supply thermal efficient fabric to spectacular ‘TV’ home

Recticel Insulation

THE PROJECT: Recticel supplied the high-performance thermal solution to transform a 100-year-old property in Moseley, Birmingham. Divided into nine apartments, in which two were refurbished to create one, two-storey home, the project caught the attention of the producers of Channel Four's Old House to New Home. Connecting a ground floor property to a flat above led to the creation of a modern and stylish home trimmed with decorative reminders of its structural origins.THE SOLUTION: Eurothane® GP, a high-performance rigid PIR foam board, was selected for the new home's pitched roof, framed wall and floor. Eurothane PL, Recticel's insulation and plasterboard solution was fitted to the property's existing, cavity-less, nine-inch exterior brick walls. The well-sized board ensures minimal thermal bridging during construction.Coupled with Eurothane® GP's 0.022W/mK low thermal conductivity, these products were crucial to attaining a good U-value rating. In total, 130m2 of Eurothane® GP and Eurothane® PL panels were installed.The homeowner, Paul explained:"As we were carrying-out most of the building work ourselves we wanted the best possible insulation for the project. Research revealed Recticel's solutions fitted the bill. Excellent thermal performance and simple to-fit, they were a far superior alternative to other insulants we considered. The panels have done so much to create a welcoming and comfortable interior environment."Used products:Eurothane® GP:Eurothane® GP is a high performance PIR insulation board that is light weight, easy to cut, handle and install. Whether it’s a pitched roof, framed wall or floor, Eurothane® GP is the ideal solution amongst contractors and installers.Eurothane® PL:Suitable for mechanical fixing or dot and dab fixing, this insulated board is consistently sized with extremely tight tolerances, ensuring thermal bridging is minimised. Factory bonded, the plasterboard provides optimum board dimensions and optimum adhesion between layers.
Iso-Mount Type1 soundproof ceiling case study

Iso-Mount Type1 soundproof ceiling case study

Oscar Acoustics

Richard Bowler wanted to tackle noise transference as part of his basement flat renovation in Autumn 2020. He turned to Oscar Acoustics to solve the issue cost-effectively, choosing Iso-Mount Type1 acoustic hangers to dramatically reduce noise from the house above with minimum ceiling height loss.Quality soundproofing is fundamental to the enjoyment of our homes. High levels of noise can affect our health as well as our sense of wellbeing. So, when Richard planned a complete revamp of his basement flat, part of his nineteenth century, four storey Devon property, he was determined to factor in sound insulation, while also creating a beautiful interior finish.Problem: Lack of sound insulation“Dating from 1850, the basement flat was of very poor construction and in need of complete renovation,” clarifies Richard. “In particular, with respect to the seven different ceilings of the flat and the ground floor of the house, there were undersized joists, making it uneven, bowed and springy. The wooden floorboards in the house had large gaps between them, and the ceiling of the flat was constructed with thin plasterboard. This meant no sound insulation at all - even a conversation could be fully overheard.”Solution: Soundproof ceiling with minimum ceiling height lossRichard wanted a fast, cost-effective, and easy to install solution to solve the noise problem. He discovered Iso-Mount Type1, an isolating acoustic ceiling hanger which significantly reduces transmission of noise from the floor above but only loses 6mm of ceiling height. Further with this choice, it’s possible to carry out all work from the room below."I selected Iso-Mount because it was simple and easy to install with extensive video instructions,” Richard says. “My builder, had never installed an acoustic ceiling, so it was important to find a solution he was confident with."“I did not fully appreciate at the time, but the use of Iso-Mount with an industry standard metal channel was a huge bonus and cost saver. We have saved a great deal of time and money using the adjustable Iso-Mounts to level the uneven joists.”Process: Simple installation of acoustics hangersRichard’s builder, Mark Lipton started the Iso-Mount Type1 installation in one of the smallest rooms of the flat. Within two days, he was confident using the height-adjustable acoustic hanger.Marks says, “Initially I was unsure about the system as I had not used it before. I started with the bedroom as it seemed the easiest to install. Once that was done it was easy to fit the other ceilings. The living room was the largest room and the most uneven in terms of joists. The ceiling went up in no time.”“One of the nice features of the system is that it is easy to create a false ceiling to run services. It was also useful in complex areas where, for example, we had a concrete lintel to accommodate. The fiddliest part of the whole install is fitting the rubber isolators to the mounts. On the other hand, achieving perfectly level ceilings was very easy.”“We used belt and braces which included the Iso-Mounts, the acoustic tape, the sealant, foam filler, acoustic insulation, and two layers of SoundBloc plasterboard,” says Richard. “The SoundBloc was the most challenging install since it was much heavier than ordinary plasterboard and my builder had to work hard to install it. From my perspective it is only marginally more expensive and worth it for the extra isolation.”   Result: A ‘superb’ soundproof ceiling systemWith installation completed in ten days, Richard was delighted with the ceiling.  “For acoustic isolation, the Iso-Mount system is superb. It even created a perfectly flat ceiling despite the uneven joists above. Noise transfer between house and flat is far, far reduced. When experiencing noise transfer now it is normally through an open door or window rather than transmitting through the floor/ceiling." “We had no woodworking or fillers to add or level off. We simply used the adjustable Iso-Mount for reduced noise transfer. The Iso-Mount system is a brilliant way to isolate between floors and I couldn't be happier with the results. The ceiling is superb and flat as a pancake despite the uneven joists above. I highly recommend it."Ben Hancock, Managing Director of Oscar Acoustics, says: ‘Unwanted noise can negatively impact on our lives at home, and affect our health. With over 43 years of acoustics and soundproofing experience, we developed the Iso-Mount system to manage and reduce sound transfer reduction between floors, to help restore the peace and create a tranquil home environment.”
Domestic Property in Fife

Domestic Property in Fife

Keim Mineral Paints Ltd

The owner of this converted church in Leven, Fife consulted an architect who specialises in the restoration of churches, Des Cairns, about the ongoing maintenance and decoration of her property. Des Cairns recommended Tony Carter, Senior Sales Executive of KEIM Mineral Paints to visit site to assess the existing wall paint, and suggest a plan for future painting.Des discussed with the owner that with old stone buildings, churches, palaces etc, KEIM is the paint of choice for restoration as it allows the building to breathe.During Tony’s visit, he explained how KEIM Paints are still made using a 140 year old recipe that consists of natural mineral pigments. It allows the walls to breathe, preventing flaking paint in the future. The colour is guaranteed not to fade or change over time, even up to 100 years.KEIM have their own Exclusiv colour range along with other standard colours and offer a colour match facility.KEIM Optil was chosen as it can be applied to previously painted surfaces such as painted plaster, plasterboard and sandstone window mullions without the need for primer.The owner said, “The painter was impressed with how well the paint covered”.“I am delighted with the result and finish of KEIM Paint. It is reassuring to have the architect’s recommendation and the knowledge that the paint will work with the building in the long term and last. It was a very big job to paint the inside of the church, in part it is 33 feet high and the whole job took several weeks. It is something I hope not to have to do again in my lifetime, so I wanted the best. I can strongly recommend KEIM Paint.”
Ermetika Projects | Metamorfose

Ermetika Projects | Metamorfose

Ermetika

We are in the Netherlands, in the city of Rijswijk, where the Metamorfose project has taken shape in an old office building recently renovated. Astrid Kohler and Wim van Sluijs' home uses only Ermetika sliding door systems to make the most of the house's spaces and optimise its interior layout. This 215 square metre construction was totally self-built with the help of their family and friends.The entire house accommodates a total of 6 people and consists of an open-space kitchen/living room, a pantry, a guest bathroom, a laundry room, a storage room and a small office in the living area and 5 bedrooms in the sleeping area. A master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe, and 4 other bedrooms served by two bathrooms. As far as the interior doors are concerned, the use of the Evokit classic sliding door system gave Astrid and Wim the opportunity to try their hand at assembling the structure, a process they found both entertaining and instructive, as well as managing its insertion into the plasterboard partitions.The sliding door is a great way to organise the interior space of the house and avoid unnecessary clutter, but it can also dictate the aesthetic appearance of the house.Quoting their words: "because this system is inserted inside the wall, it was possible to achieve a very clean and minimalist environment, which was exactly what we were looking for. Overall, we can say that we are 100% satisfied with our choice, everything works perfectly!"____________________________________________Photo credits: Astrid Kohler e Wim van SluijsErmetika S.r.l. would like to thank the designers for sharing their work and for the trust they have placed in our products.
24 St James Square, London

24 St James Square, London

AET Flexible Space

AET Flexible Space was specified to supply its innovative CAM-V underfloor air conditioning (UfAC) system for the refurbishment of 24 St James’s Square, completed in early 2020. The design brief was to maximise floor-to-ceiling heights and enhance the double aspect interior. One of the key challenges was the need to preserve key architectural features, whilst at the same time providing, flexible, modern, premium office space. These needs could not have been met using a conventional overhead system, which would have taken up valuable headroom and created awkward junctions where window heads met suspended ceiling grids or exposed services. Using an underfloor air conditioning system enabled the architects, BLDA, to eliminate ceiling-based services allowing for a plasterboard ceiling to be installed tight against the soffit and down stand beams. Thanks to the AET system, key architectural elements of the building were preserved, as well as increasing natural light levels and enhancing the striking double-aspect interior. “The AET downflow units promptly stood out as the obvious candidate for several reasons, including having the absolute minimum requirement for floor void height, and offering excellent distribution of cooling, heating and ventilation evenly across the whole floor whilst reducing energy consumption.” – M&E Consultant, Vic Holloway (Edward Pearce LLP). AET’s UfAC system’s make use of the space beneath a raised access floor to create a ventilation path, eliminating the need for ceiling-based mechanical services helping to maximising the floor to ceiling heights creating a brighter and more and airy office environment. A mix of CAM-V22 & 33 units were installed across the eight floors of office space. Roof mounted high efficiency heat pump units serve the refrigerant coils in each CAM’s. Conditioned air is delivered into the space via AET’s market leading TU350 slimline Fantile™ units which sit 160mm within the floor void. To avoid unwanted grilles at high-level AET designed bespoke floor extract grilles that look identical to a Fantile™ units, to allow room air to be extracted directly from the floor void enabling the interior aesthetic to remain consistent and simplify duct routes within the buildings core. Common complaints from staff, prior to the refurbishment, were variations in temperature across the office space, high level cold draughts and a lack of natural daylight light. An UfAC solution however, provides greater individual control of localised temperature, unobtrusive movement of air and makes for a more comfortable, brighter working environment. The 24 St James’s Square project has already won the “Best Office Architecture London” award at the 2019 International Property Awards and has now very recently been awarded ‘Retrofit Project of the Year’ at the H&V News Awards 2020. The building is being let as Grade A office space by BNP Paribas Real Estate who advised the developer, Misland Capital, to consider AET’s system’s based on their positive experience with 28 Saville Row which AET completed in 2014. Developer – Misland Capital Architect – BLDA Architects M&E Consultant – Edward Pearce LLP Quantity Surveyor – Bank Woods & Partners Main Contractor – Cheevers Howard M&E Contractor – RSE M&E Services Letting Agent – BNP Paribas
5 reasons for choosing a concealed door system

5 reasons for choosing a concealed door system

Ermetika

We are talking about flush to the wall doors, also known as concealed doors, or better "frameless systems", because the most important thing is not the door itself, but the system around it that allows it to disappear inside the wall when fully open. The main advantages of frameless doors are: Space-saving. Like all the pocket door systems, the frameless systems allow saving space.They became an essential choice for small or many rooms' apartments. The space saved in a medium dimension apartment is around 8% of the total floor area. Perfect wall integration. The flush doors do not break the succession wall-door-wall and give a beautiful aesthetical result. That's why most architects love them so much. Customize any frameless systems according to the client taste since the doors are provided in raw wood, ready to be varnished in the same finish of the wall in which they are installed, or covered with the same wallpaper that decorates the wall. However, you can follow the other and play with contrasting tones to make a creative and dynamic environment. Flexibly connect adjacent rooms. An essential advantage of frameless sliding systems is to join neighbouring rooms, creating continuity and space when required or giving privacy both optically and acoustically. If you can install a double door system, the frameless sliding doors allow the light to enter the room, making it an essential interior design feature. Hide technical rooms. A house has several functional spaces that must disappear from sight. In this case, the hinged flush with the wall doors is both practical and cheap. They can also be tiny doors for closets or traps that become invisible to the eye, i.e. Absolute Smart. Fit for any wall. The frameless sliding door system can be for plastered wall or plasterboard wall of different thicknesses. You can also have electrical wirings inside the pocket wall, choosing some models designed for this purpose, such as Absolute Energy. Harmony. The frameless doors can be combine with concealed skirting boards. The flush skirting meets simple, timeless elegance with comfort. Ideal for concealing and protecting electrical cables. Profiles with integrated LED lightings are available. i. e. Absolute Rush Frameless systems prices Pocket doors are becoming an architectural element integrated into our daily lives with a high benefit in design and quality. Thus, the selection of materials and finishes is of great importance from an economic point of view. The price of a complete pocket door system, including the door, can change a lot according to the model (classic or with unique features, single door or double), the door dimension, or the accessories (soft close, simultaneous opening, motorisation, etc.). The price level can start from 560,00£ for a simple model with a standard door and no accessories and go up to 1800£ for a double door top range system for glass door and accessories. Conclusion Our experience, which we have gained over time, enables us to state that the customers who decide to install a frameless pocket door system in their homes never regret it. On the contrary, the aesthetic pleasure of a functional solution increases day by day. Then, as you grow accustomed to such a kind of door, you no longer want to see traditional hinged doors in your home since you perceive them as the poorest furniture element.
Rockfon helps city law firm create the right impression ‘when it matters most’

Rockfon helps city law firm create the right impression ‘when it matters most’

Rockfon

Over six years ago, law firm Kingsley Napley considered consolidating its three Clerkenwell offices into a single building. Before committing to do so, the firm first embarked on a programme of partial refurbishments and pilot testing in its existing offices to examine how a transformation from cellular to open plan working might suit their business and its more than 400 employees. Once the decision was made to move, Kingsley Napley collaborated with design specialists KKS Savills and Overbury fit out and refurbishment, along with BPC interiors as sub-contractor, to create an environment which would help enable the company to flourish and meet its aspirations for recruitment, retention and growth. Fast-forward to 2021 and the firm occupies six floors at Twenty Bonhill, Shoreditch.Delivering a best in class workplace Kingsley Napley CFOO Darren Jesse spoke about the project, “I am delighted we have delivered this project, pretty much on time and on budget, despite the challenging circumstances of the last year or so. We had an incredible team working on this internally, and our external advisers… provided superb support for which we are grateful. Together I believe we have delivered a first rate, best in class workplace for Kingsley Napley that will support the firm in its next chapter.” The new space has been designed with collaboration and activity-based working in mind by allowing lawyers and other team members to choose workspaces according to their needs. The guiding aesthetic throughout the six floors is one of hushed self-assuredness with a hint of opulence characterised by classic contemporary furnishings in muted tones, modern art and the use of deep blue and orange on feature walls. In the reception, elegant slim lighting is fixed at a distance from the high ceilings in converging angles while a fully glazed wall lets diffused natural light stream in. The move coincided with a new brand identity incorporating the phrase, ‘when it matters most’ into its communications – words which underpin the role often played by the company in the lives of its clients and informing the values it wants to portray in everything it does.Creating that Wow with added HushBPC Interiors Senior Construction Manager, Stuart Dowling, “We managed the project and instructed Pacy & Wheatley to install Rockfon® Mono® Acoustic throughout the large double-height reception. The Installation went very well and an impressive smooth finish was achieved that even with sunlight or interior lighting shining on it did not show any of the services behind, which can be the case with plasterboard.”Installation specialist Pacy & Wheatley Director Craig Wheatley, “This was a prestigious and exacting project where creating a space to project the perfect first impression was vital. Rockfon Mono Acoustic is unique as it combines the elegance of a monolithic ceiling with performance characteristics and sound absorption thought only possible with modular ceilings. The ceiling tile substrate is installed and then finished with a specialist acoustic render to create a seamless surface.” Beauty and performanceThe system allows for easy incorporation of lighting, audio and other mechanical systems whilst delivering Class A2 fire protection. It also offers dimensionally stability at up to 100% relative humidity and can be installed in temperatures ranging from 0˚C to 40˚C.KKS Savills Associate Director and Senior Designer Paul Butterworth, “Mono was chosen for its appearance but also for its ability to mitigate against the unwanted sound generated by hard surfaces. It delivered clean lines while successfully hiding the services above. We are so pleased to have discovered this beautiful, fabulous product!”Fully recyclable, all our ranges are made from a core of naturally occurring, non-hygroscopic and non-combustible stone wool. Their surfaces provide no sustenance to harmful micro-organisms, embody high humidity resistance and are impervious to most environmental pressures – ensuring that perfect first impression will last.  

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