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Assured fire safety depends on sticking with a quality specification

Assured fire safety depends on sticking with a quality specification

Promat UK

Dame Judith Hackitt’s assertion that the building industry routinely puts cost before quality will come as no surprise to architects and contractors who often see their specifications being challenged, and changed, just to save a few pounds. ‘Value engineering’ has become synonymous with an industry obsessed seeking to do everything at the lowest possible cost. Fire rated glass, framing materials and other components must be evaluated and scrutinised at the product specification stage. Once specified, passive fire protection products must stay specified, as the slightest change to the specification can compromise the expected level of fire resistance.
SP101 Flooring Plywood® - Absolute Assurance of Quality & Performance

SP101 Flooring Plywood® - Absolute Assurance of Quality & Performance

Hanson Plywood Ltd

The quality of general commercial hardwood plywood has steadily declined as the availability of legal and sustainable high-quality hardwood logs has become more of an issue. We offer a solution to this problem with our SP101 Flooring Plywood® product. Please read the article to find out more information on the subject.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Jotun A/S

After four years of construction and planning, the 451,000m2 Terminal 3 expansion of Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport in southern China was opened in 2013. Hardwearing properties, along with hygiene, were of extreme importance to the specifiers. As part of standard Quality Assurance practice, Jotun supported the client with coating inspection to promote and maintain quality control along with the supply of our high quality protective coatings for the impressive new terminal and cross walkway. The airport, with its 1,6km-long new terminal, has become a true landmark.
Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza

Artform Urban Furniture Limited

Artform were approached by Design Coalition to provide ideas on an impressive outdoor seating solution, as part of redevelopment plans to enhance and update the exterior of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. Artform recommended using their large “feature piece” Moonstone sculptural seat for the space identified. The end result for this scheme was a striking waiting area at the entrance of the hotel that echoed the message of luxury and quality assurance that the Crowne Plaza brand is associated with.
Southbank Place

Southbank Place

EFFISUS

Located riverside, closed to Westminster and the London Eye, Southbank Place combines a perfect location with architectural quality, celebrating the heritage and history of its surroundings. For this project’s façade, and its intricate interfacing details, it was used the Effisus Pre-fab TrueSeal solution – a bespoke solution that assures a perfect sealing of complex details. Effisus Ecofacade Membranes and Effisus Pre-fab Corners, as well as Effisus Breather + Membrane, were used to achieve a complete façade weatherproofing.
CapaCITY Two Tier Racks

CapaCITY Two Tier Racks

Cyclepods Ltd

The CapaCITY two tier is a highly convenient gas assist two-level bicycle parking system. The lifting system ensures that a bicycle can be parked on the top level effortlessly. Galvanised steel upper arm Upper arm on casters for easy glide action. Upper arm reaches to the floor for ease of loading bike. European manufacture for quality assurance. Welded and bolted construction. Security bolts give additional security. Gas assist action: Dampers stop upper arm from falling down uncontrolled. Lifts loaded upper arm with little effort.
Hull University

Hull University

Briggs Amasco Ltd

The University of Hull, where revered poet Philip Larkin served as Head Librarian for 30 years, has undergone several structural changes since 2015. As well as three of its main areas being subjected to refurbishment, three new buildings have been erected, which caters for more than 16,000 students. Due to the assured quality of its work as a leading UK waterproofing contractor, BriggsAmasco was selected to carry out each challenging project. The installations not only involved upgrading the building’s weatherproofing and thermal performance, a specific requirement was that the roof should maintain the same appearance as the building...
Lindab Provide Cooling to the "Heart of the Campus"

Lindab Provide Cooling to the "Heart of the Campus"

Lindab Ltd

When the Harvey Group were looking for Multi Service Chilled Beams for Sheffield Hallam University Lindab's Indoor Comfort products were the natural choice. Lindab provided a proof of concept proposal based on Multi Service Beams and worked closely with the customer ensuring the best possible solution. Lindab as a supplier and manufacturer were able to offer the client a solution backed by our research and test facility in Farum where the customer witnessed the product first hand and signed off pre manufacture samples. Eurovent certification gave added piece of mind to the client and completed the quality assurance.
SLIMVAC® offers smarter route to ultra-thin, lightweight thermal insulation

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.
Easylift Premium Two Tier

Easylift Premium Two Tier

Cyclepods Ltd

The Easylift Premium is a highly convenient gas assist two-level bicycle parking system. The lifting system ensures that a bicycle can be parked on the top level effortlessly. - Easy to use: a. Light aluminium upper arm b. Upper arm on casters for easy glide action c. Upper arm reaches to the floor for ease of loading bike - European manufacture for quality assurance - Welded and bolted construction. Security bolts give additional security - Gas assist action: i. Dampers stop upper arm from falling down uncontrolled ii. Lifts loaded upper arm with little effort
ICF Waterproofing case study: Structural waterproofing products from Triton Systems have been specified for one of the largest ICF construction dwellings ever built in the UK.

ICF Waterproofing case study: Structural waterproofing products from Triton Systems have been specified for one of the largest ICF construction dwellings ever built in the UK.

Triton Systems

The 2,500m2 basement extends beyond the property where a blue-green roof will be created over a suspended podium deck to form part of the garden. The Triton team worked closely with waterproofing and blue-green roof design specialists, EPG, to create a waterproofing strategy and utilised a comprehensive Construction Quality Assurance protocol agreed between Triton and EPG. The Triton team had been called in by main contractor, Era Build Ltd, to replace a previous supplier who had been unable to provide a warranty. After detailing was complete; Triton Approved Contractor, Cast Contracting Ltd (CCL), installed the systems.
Promat delivers ‘wheel of assurance’ for fire rated glazing

Promat delivers ‘wheel of assurance’ for fire rated glazing

Promat UK

Promat UK is providing architects with a 360 degree ‘wheel of assurance’ for SYSTEMGLAS® fire resistant glazing systems. Guidance is offered at every stage of the project, the system is manufactured in-house, it is fitted by a network of approved installers and a certificate of conformity is issued upon completion by a Promat specialist. Promat can provide this assurance because it is in complete control of the design and manufacture process, and it has in-depth knowledge of the installation requirements. This means supply chain risks, such as product substitution or poor installation, can be eliminated.
Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro provides assured fire protection for Dublin Landings

Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro provides assured fire protection for Dublin Landings

Promat UK

Assured passive fire protection for a spectacular central atrium in Dublin city centre’s largest and most prestigious new commercial development has been provided by over 300m2 of Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro. The system was selected thanks to its 360 degree ‘wheel of assurance’, which ensures all the fire resistant glazing screens are checked for compliance at every stage from design and specification, through manufacture and installation. The proven butt-jointed, steel framed fire resistant glazing system has been used to create all the glass screens which encapsulate the atrium at the heart of No. 1 Dublin Landings.
SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna provides assured fire protection for timber framed butt-jointed glazing

SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna provides assured fire protection for timber framed butt-jointed glazing

Promat UK

Designing, specifying and installing fire rated timber framed butt-jointed glazing is now easier with the assurance of a fully traceable supply chain with the launch of SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna by Promat, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fire, thermal and acoustic solutions. Ligna gives designers the ideal balance of assured fire protection and maximum light transmission in all kinds of timber framed glazed partitions and screens. Ideal for offices, healthcare, education, retail and public sector applications, it has been tested to provide integrity and insulation (EI) fire protection from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes (EI30 to EI60).
Quality engineered products for a new engineering department

Quality engineered products for a new engineering department

Selectaglaze Ltd

In 2016 Imperial College London acquired the neighbouring disused Royal Mail Post Sorting Office. Architects Pascall+Watson specified secondary glazing to improve their performance. Over seven different types were installed to match the varying styles; large sweeping curved headed casements were treated with matching sightline Series 41 side hung casements, tall traditional box sash windows were treated with Series 20 and 25 vertical sliding units. Obscurity glass was specified, to prevent distractions for the researchers and staff. The windows overlooking the busy thoroughfares of Exhibition Road and Imperial College Road were fitted with a cavity to provide added acoustic insulation.
CaberShieldPlus delivers quality results for Scottish housebuilder

CaberShieldPlus delivers quality results for Scottish housebuilder

Norbord Europe Ltd

Scottish housebuilder, Tulloch Homes, is trialling Norbord’s permanently protected CaberShieldPlus particleboard flooring at two developments in the Scottish Highlands.
Quality and durability put Cupa Pizarras slate on Crewkerne development

Quality and durability put Cupa Pizarras slate on Crewkerne development

Cupa Pizarras

A top end housing development in the heart of the West Country features the conservation of a listed mill property as well as elegant new roof designs: all articulated using CUPA PIZARRAS, specified for their quality and long lifetime guarantee, as well as their highly aesthetic appearance. Tail Mill in Merriott, close to Crewkerne in Somerset, is being refurbished and converted along with the construction of new residential properties, built by developer Zero C - with the three and four bedroom executive homes commanding asking prices of £4-500,000.
Kings Cross Square: high quality stainless steel grating

Kings Cross Square: high quality stainless steel grating

Lang+Fulton

The final phase of the £500m redevelopment of Kings Cross has been completed with the creation of a 75,000 sq ft square in front of the station. The square has granite benches with inset panels of high quality stainless steel grating supplied by Lang+Fulton, stunning lighting, trees and an area dedicated to art. The 11×66/25×2 grating panels for the six separate seating areas were shaped to accommodate the up-lighters, the planting and adjacent watering points and were supplied in stainless steel grade AISI-316L with a satin finish.
Award-winning project is a true reflection of Neaco quality

Award-winning project is a true reflection of Neaco quality

NEACO Ltd

Reflections in Chesterton, by HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, won Best Small Development in the Cambridge News Property Awards to become the latest in a long list of award-winning projects to feature Neaco products. Paul Ursell of HC Moss (Builders) Ltd explained the benefits of using Neaco’s structural glass: “We incorporated frameless bi-fold doors and needed to match this with frameless glass balustrade affording a seamless outlook over the river. Every detail needed to be very high-end so we specified a stainless steel top rail to cap the structural glass.”
RENSON louvre panels for optimal indoor air quality and thermal resistance

RENSON louvre panels for optimal indoor air quality and thermal resistance

Renson Fabrications Ltd

A good air quality is crucial for students to keep the focus during studying, in the end achieving better results. Therefore, all 419 student rooms of the prestigious project Paul St. in London feature their own ventilation unit. The duct of the system is connected to a louvre panel on top of every window in the building.
Improving indoor air quality within the Home Group since 1989

Improving indoor air quality within the Home Group since 1989

EnviroVent Ltd

EnviroVent has been solving condensation and poor air quality problems for the Home Group. The close working relationship began with the remedial repair work, after carrying out surveys on the properties suffering from condensation and mould problems. Up until now EnviroVent has installed 550 loft units under day-to-day remedial repair projects.
High Standards and Quality Products through impartial 3rd party testing

High Standards and Quality Products through impartial 3rd party testing

British Board of Agrément (BBA)

With the landscape constantly developing through innovation, standing out from the crowd becomes critical for long-term business growth. Ultrapanel® Building Technologies, part of the Ultraframe group, knew that in order to achieve high quality products against regulatory standards, they required a required a BBA Certification, a mark of excellence, for their product Ultrapanel®, a revolutionary hybrid room in the roof system.
High-Quality Entrance Matting Featured at New London Apartment Building

High-Quality Entrance Matting Featured at New London Apartment Building

Construction Specialties (UK) Ltd

The Residence Nine Elms is a building that contains one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. They feature impressive views of the city with customized furnishings and a modern design. The building’s entrance and lobby contain luxurious décor. GRID Architects wanted to have an appropriate area in this part of the building for strong entrance matting to stop the visibility of dirt and water. CS’ Pediluxe entrance matting was chosen with colours Wrought Iron (Dark Grey) and Castle Grey (Light Grey) interior carpet inserts to prevent an extreme effect against the clear stone floor and brickwork in the lobby.
Union’s high quality industrial door installation leads to repeat business

Union’s high quality industrial door installation leads to repeat business

Union Industries

Union Industries, the UK’s leading manufacturer of high-speed industrial doors, has completed a supply and installation project at Ragus Sugars, which manufactures bulk pure sugars for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets.
ACO MonoDrain drives high quality drainage solution for regeneration project

ACO MonoDrain drives high quality drainage solution for regeneration project

ACO Technologies plc

In 2018, Corby town centre was in need of renovation. With more council planners calling for sustainable, urban developments, it became clear that the town’s Market Walk Shopping Centre needed to be updated, both functionally and aesthetically. Midlands-based O’Brien Contractors were tasked with transforming Market Walk’s outdated multi-story carpark on Market Walk into a flexible, functional and long-lasting alternative.
From Mortar Bedding to Dry Fix Roofing – what price quality?

From Mortar Bedding to Dry Fix Roofing – what price quality?

Manthorpe Building Products Ltd

Editorial on dry fix roofing and the factors to consider when making a product choice.
Profile 22 Optima Windows used in high quality retirement housing development

Profile 22 Optima Windows used in high quality retirement housing development

Profile 22 Systems

Lewis House is a development of 26 one and two bedroom retirement apartments in Upper Norwood in London from McCarthy & Stone. Profile 22 Optima Chamfered Windows deliver specifications required. The window specification required a U-value of 1.4 wm2/k on all windows and Secured by Design accreditation on the ground floor & easily accessible first floor windows. Acoustic glazing was also required because Lewis House is situated on a busy road so traffic noise needed to be minimised. Visually, the local authority had requested a grey exterior to give a modern appearance and provide a close match to aluminum.
Profile 22 Optima Flush Casement Windows specified for high quality housing development

Profile 22 Optima Flush Casement Windows specified for high quality housing development

Profile 22 Systems

Over 500 Profile 22 Optima Flush Casement Windows were installed in a private housing development in Whalley Range, Manchester. Housing developer Laurus Homes, a profit-for-purpose housing developer that’s part of Trafford Housing Trust, secured planning permission to build 13 four bedroom houses and 16 two bedroom apartments in Whalley Range near Manchester. The main contractor for the project was Lane End Group, the market leader in the construction and housing sector in the North West. The contract for the windows and doors in the development was awarded to Profile 22 Approved Contractor Kingfisher Windows
Powder coating replaces anodising to achieve high quality finish and colour consistency across varying substrates.

Powder coating replaces anodising to achieve high quality finish and colour consistency across varying substrates.

Powdertech (Corby) Ltd

Rathbone Square is a new London square, lying just north of Oxford Street. Arched walkways lead from the central garden to adjoining streets. The design features curved “shadow gap” channels between ceramic tiles, deep panels at the foot of the walkways and soffit panels. To ensure colour compatibility between extruded, folded, curved and welded aluminium, anodising cannot be used. Anomatch™ achieves a similar appearance as anodising, enhancing the metal with a soft sheen. It provides excellent colour stability and consistency between batches and comes with long-term guarantees for colour stability and corrosion resistance.
Quality wooden sash windows, French doors, entrance doors and casement windows for Coombe Hill Estate, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

Quality wooden sash windows, French doors, entrance doors and casement windows for Coombe Hill Estate, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey

Lomax + Wood Limited

High performance, made-to-order, timber, traditional flush leaded light casement windows and doors from the Lomax + Wood Kensington & Chelsea range have been specified for a stunning new build property located on the private Coombe Hill Estate, Kingston upon Thames. The 12,000 sq ft property designed and constructed by an award-winning London developer offers unparalleled views towards Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common as well as the legendary and adjacent Coombe Hill Golf Course. Made-to-order wooden windows from knot free engineered timber were supplied as fully finished windows and doors with leaded lights.
Uncompromising fire protection for contemporary steel framed glazing with SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro

Uncompromising fire protection for contemporary steel framed glazing with SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro

Promat UK

The steel framing system that was introduced in the UK to provide EI fire protection in butt jointed glazing is now available as a complete, safety-assured glazing system with the launch of the SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro range from Promat UK. SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro is a complete glazing system suited to contemporary interiors with the fire glass, steel framing, beading and setting blocks supplied directly by Promat for maximum traceability. It is installed exclusively by a network of approved installers to ensure total peace of mind for specifiers, backed with the confidence of Promat UK’s 360 degree wheel of assurance.
Royal Blackburn Hospital

Royal Blackburn Hospital

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland

Royal Blackburn Hospital in Lancashire has benefited from a range of timber doorsets fitted with complete ironmongery specified by ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. These robust timber doorsets are not only delivering assured safety and access at the site, but improving whole life costs too... Click on the link below to read more.
Silence and the City – Ambient Noise Reducing Sliding Sash Windows

Silence and the City – Ambient Noise Reducing Sliding Sash Windows

Bereco Ltd

Bereco noise reducing sliding sash windows provided the perfect mix of design compatibility, high energy ratings needed to satisfy Code for Sustainable Homes, and most importantly a dB rating that surpassed the requirement. With a glazing dB rating of 46dB, the overall window provides a rating of 42dB and a Bluesky A rating. We were able to supply test evidence and certification which supports the data, therefore offering complete clarity and assurance.
Thornton House, Birmingham

Thornton House, Birmingham

Zeroflame

• Location: Thornton House Apartment Tower Block, Birmingham • Contractor: Assured Passive Fire Protection • Challenge: Fire protection required on timber batons around the windows. • Solution: Applying Zeroflame Fire Retardant Treatment on the batons to achieve Class 0 spread of flame and fire propagation as required by building control. Zeroflame Treatment didn't take long to dry between coats, it was very simple to use and it is fully tested and certified for building control.
Heriot Watt University - Good acoustics improve students’ accuracy

Heriot Watt University - Good acoustics improve students’ accuracy

Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Researchers, taking part in a UK study, found that most noise issues in school classrooms were not caused by the assumed issues of noise from planes, trains and cars, but by the pupils themselves during learning activities.
DCM Belgium - Solar Shading

DCM Belgium - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

The overriding narrative here is the link between the inside and outside, with a strong focus on plants and nature. Based on experience with other offices, we know that the best option is to fit the louvre blades horizontally on a south façade because the sun is high. The DucoSun Wing is perforated and thus assures perfect harmony between solar shading and shadow. The fin-shaped louvre blade has an urban design and can rotate with the sun which means the light entering can be controlled.

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