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Power Grab ‘n’ Bond for Installing External Showroom Signage Without Mechanical Fixings

Power Grab ‘n’ Bond for Installing External Showroom Signage Without Mechanical Fixings

C-TEC

Case Study – Power Grab ‘n’ Bond Customer: Signal Signs – OmaghProject: Pat Kirk Car Showroom, Strabane Power Grab ‘n’ Bond Eliminates the Need for Mechanical Fixings!Mechanical fixings on bright, new external facades can be ugly and distracting, especially when being installed at the entrance of Pat Kirk Motors stunning new car showroom in Strabane, Northern Ireland.With clean lines and seamless transitions throughout the building, mechanical fixings where exactly what the architect DID NOT want. This was the challenge presented to Michael from specialist installers McLaughlin Joinery who were tasked with fabricating the entrance and installing the façade design created by Signal Signs on extra-large 1500x3000mm sheets of Dibond® aluminium composite metal panels. A Stickler for Quality!Being a real stickler for quality and perfection Michael McLaughlin believes in always using the best materials, tools and brands to ensure the best, most durable and superior finish on his projects. He immediately sourced Power Grab ‘n’ Bond as he knew it is the best construction adhesive in the market, with excellent initial grab and exceptional tensile and sheer strength. Guaranteed to adhere to metal, wood and concrete substrates it totally eliminates the need for additional mechanical fixings. Power Grab ‘n’ Bond is developed by leading British manufacturers CT1, the No1 sealant and adhesive in the UK. CT1 is always leading and providing the industry with the very latest technology. Now thanks to its unique ‘Tribrid®’ technology Power Grab ‘n’ Bond is a revolutionary product in the field of heavy-duty versatile bonding. Why Choose Power Grab ‘n’ Bond?Working with large Dibond® metal 1500x3000mm panels being installed at height in an external environment Michael and his team needed a solution that would grab, hold and act instantly without needing to be braced and supported. With incredible initial grab, Power Grab ‘n’ Bond is a fast curing, non-shrinking and almost odourless adhesive that held the metal sheets with immediate effect.Three times stronger than regular hybrid polymers, the ‘Tribrid®’ technology in Power Grab n Bond ensures a phenomenal final tensile strength of 22kg/cm2, yet remains flexible, won’t dry out nor become brittle and will work effectively in temperatures ranging from 90°C right down to the Baltic cold -40°C.In fact, not only does Power Grab ‘n’ Bond successfully stick Dibond® to wood and concrete it will adhere to all metals (including lead), stone, granite, ytong, marble, MDF, fiberglass, glass, polystyrene, mirrors and most plastics (except PP, PE and PTFE).Creating a Superior Mechanical Fixing Free FinishUsing a heavy-duty caulking gun, Michael applied Power Grab ‘n’ Bond straight from the cartridge, onto the back of the Dibond® Sheets, allowing it to rest for 4-5minutes to begin activating, before fixing them directly into place.Originally created for facades and heavy stonework such as the installation of quoins, the versatility, strength and reliability of Power Grab ‘n’ Bond means it now used more widely by professional shop fit out companies as well as specialist trades, landscapers, kitchen fitters and bathroom installers. It is tested by a UKAS Accredited lab to BS EN 12003 (Determination of shear adhesion strength of reaction resin adhesives) and BS EN1308 (Determination of slip resistance).Power Grab ‘n’ Bond provided the perfect solution as it’s the ultimate grab adhesive, eliminating the use of mechanical fixings completely and coupled with the rapid curing characteristics saved a lot of additional labour time and cost.Michael said;“The result is exactly what the architect and client wanted, a stunning external façade, with no unattractive mechanical fixings, that not only makes a statement entrance but creates a stunning backdrop for promo photos of new cars too.”Grab also ‘n’ Bond is made in Britain with British technology and British design. Its available now in all good builders’ merchants nationwide and online from www.ct1.comCT1 often copied never equalled!We Innovate – Not Imitate!
Worcester Business Improvement District

Worcester Business Improvement District

Broxap Ltd

Bespoke finials reflecting Worcester's heritage were created as part of signage for a city centre waymarking project.
Hastings Town Centre, East Sussex

Hastings Town Centre, East Sussex

Broxap Ltd

Visitors to a landmark seaside location will be encouraged to view more of the area thanks to new signage from Broxap.
BAFTA Headquarters

BAFTA Headquarters

3v Architectural Hardware Ltd

Architect/Designer: BenedettiLocation: London Project OverviewFront of house refurbishment including developing bespoke signage and hardware to meet the client and architect’s requirements. ServiceFull hardware scheduling service. Bespoke signage & ironmongery. Project Details 3v worked alongside Benedetti architects to provide a full interior hardware package for the beautiful refurbishment of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts headquarters at 195 Piccadilly. This project included development of bespoke signage panels and hardware designed to complement the overall design aesthetic for the refurbishment of this Grade II listed building.The Expansion includes new top floor by raising & restoring two large Victorian rooflight structures & decorative plasterwork considered ‘lost’ for 40 years, from the original 1883 Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Gallery, built in ‘opposition’ to the Royal Academy across the road.Facilities include: doubled capacity, two cinema theatres, banqueting hall, multipurpose event and exhibition spaces, members’ bars/restaurant/club, roof terraces, judging/meeting rooms and offices.
Greenwich Peninsula - Regeneration

Greenwich Peninsula - Regeneration

Aspex UK Limited

Location: LondonClient: Knight DragonContractors: Kier and WatesArchitect: Squire and Partners, CF Moller, Jestico + WhilesAspex supplied: PAS24 Entrance Doorsets, Communal Doorsets, Internal Doorsets, Ironmongery, Signage & Mailboxes
ASDA - Isle of Wight - Fresh & Contemporary

ASDA - Isle of Wight - Fresh & Contemporary

Resopal

Aspiring to create a brand new design concept with a Fresh and Contemporary feel, Asda working closely with Resopal, has achieved this goal. Resopal Candy Wood 4147 - EM texture (HPL) Laminate has been selected, offering a natural wood feel, whilst giving a modern authentic look. Used to stunning effect in the cafe, signage above the customer service desks and fresh food areas, this concept will be rolled out in future stores.
Printed Mesh SmartScreen Barriers at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Printed Mesh SmartScreen Barriers at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Breezefree Ltd

Breezefree screens are used to provide a protective barrier, and regularly changing signage at the world-renowned Royal Observatory, Greenwich. As one of London’s top tourist attractions, the historical Royal Observatory, Greenwich hosts thousands of visitors every year at its stunning location and vantage point within Greenwich Park. The bronze planetarium cone needed a screen system on its outside perimeter to discourage visitors from touching the structure, which occasionally becomes hot in the sun...
Dalton Park

Dalton Park

Artform Urban Furniture Limited

Dalton Retail Outlet Park in the North East was modernised in order to create a premium shopping destination. Contemporary external landscaping as well as lighting, bespoke planters, seating and signage were to be part of the planned renovations. Product suggestions made by the Artform team offered a consistent design and complemented the original brief, whilst offering a robust durable result and a cost effective solution. The Stone Bench, Treeline bench, FGP seats and FGP Litter Bins were chosen to suit the overall project theme.
Stone Wall Panels create a natural effect for Health offices

Stone Wall Panels create a natural effect for Health offices

Vtec Group

This office redesign for a client in the healthy living space incorporated a variety of natural finishes and details for the right look and feel. Vtec’s texture range met the natural requirement with ease and STONE WALL PANELS in STRATA WHITE were used as a design statement in the reception area, reflecting the client’s wellbeing brand and setting the tone for visitors. The panels were an ideal backdrop for company signage to be added. Throughout the design, the execution is impeccable with high quality fixtures and colourful details bringing the office to life.
Northshore Innovation Centre

Northshore Innovation Centre

Artform Urban Furniture Limited

The New Fusion Hive Innovation Centre at Northshore, Stockton-On-Tees, was part of a 56 acre and £300 million overall project. The 36,000 sq ft Innovation centre is a state-of- the-art, high-tech building that provides spaces for small and medium sized science and technology businesses. Having been identified as the preferred supplier, Artform offered a selection of site furniture elements which included Big Harris Benches, Word Bollards and Box Litter Bins. There were also bespoke signage plates incorporated into some of the bollards to identify disabled parking bays.
Christchurch Gardens, London

Christchurch Gardens, London

Furnitubes International Ltd

Products designed, supplied, and installed by Furnitubes at Christchurch Gardens include bespoke wall-top seating and steel-framed boundary screens including a wire system for climbing plants and with integrated illuminated signage explaining the historical background of the site. Material quality was of paramount importance to all parties, and steelwork was finished in a specialist bronze coating in keeping with this high-profile site in the heart of Westminster. The scheme presented the further challenge of being delivered during the 2020 Covid lockdown, with Furnitubes’ installation works conducted under strict health and safety controls. The redeveloped site opened to the public in autumn 2020.
Wind in the Willows Project - Whittle Brook

Wind in the Willows Project - Whittle Brook

Architectural Street Furnishings part of WB White Foundry

ASF worked with artist Bernadette Hughes to develop these spectacular products. Highly decorative laser profiled panels were used to make seats, litter bins and signage. The detailed profiles themselves were manufactured in stainless steel plate and then powder coated, to retain the intricate laser cut details that would be lost is the sheets were galvanised after cutting. The outer shapes were then profiled from heavy duty mild steel sheet that was galvanised, and the two sheets mounted cheek by cheek with invisible fixings. The result isa highly visible design that is decorative, strong and has zero finger traps.
Concrete Curves for Copthall Avenue

Concrete Curves for Copthall Avenue

Armourcoat Ltd

The recently refurbished reception of 25 Copthall Avenue by QOB Interiors and John Robertson Architects for developer Helix, includes new floor to ceiling glass, contemporary signage, virtual daylight luminaries and a stunning 120m2 curved Armourcoat 'KonCrete' polished plaster wall to create a striking entrance.The hand-applied polished plaster wall leads through into the transformed reception area, with a design feature that incorporates a custom stencil of the office address. The full height atrium floods light into the heart of the building creating a bright, spacious environment with a business lounge and in-house café.Armourcoat ‘KonCrete’ is an urban range of polished plaster colours and finishes designed for contemporary projects. The range offers a wealth of design options to achieve a distinctive modern look, including distressed effects or recessed ‘shutter’ markings. Photography: © Photobanks
AKRI large Corten planters enhance public space

AKRI large Corten planters enhance public space

Furnitubes International Ltd

Originally built in 1986, Dukes Court has formed part of a £77 million regeneration scheme in Woking, Surrey. The redevelopment included new signage and pedestrian routes, updated office space, a new restaurant and a living ‘green’ wall - aimed to improve air quality. Outside of Dukes Court a new pedestrianised public space was designed and required the creation of large wavey planting beds all in corten to sit either side of the entrance to the building. The planter had to adapt to the stairways, slopes and columns present in the final design, adding a lot of complexity to the required planter wall geometry.Our latest solution, AKRI steel retaining planters were best suited for this as they are flexible enough to allow for varying levels and can be manufactured in the desired style of corten to harmonise with the existing building facade. The AKRI planters were then welded on top with a return, to create an attractive wave look. The finished scheme has created a pleasant, open space for tenants and members of the public to enjoy.
Hallmark Crown Centre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Hallmark Crown Centre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Fabric Architecture Solutions Ltd

Tensile Canopy:The Hallmark Crown Centre’s dramatic tensile canopy provides an all-weather walkway for visitors entering the Sea life Centre and Legoland. Inspired by the ocean, the customised ‘Wave’ tensile fabric structure is fully supported by the buildings steel framework, offering an unobstructed dry space for visitors to line up to enter the venue.The Challenge:The plaza in front of the building sits on top of an underground parking lot. As a result, the fabric structure could not be fixed to the concrete floor. The challenge was engineering the 177’ by 12’ span structure to cantilever from the building’s steel frame without touching the ground. The tensile canopy also required special movement joints to allow it to flex under wind and snow loads.The Solution:Because there was an existing tensile structure over the adjacent ice-skating rink, it was important to the Hallmark Centre to continue the fabric ‘theme’ for the Wave canopy. The beautifully engineered design catches everyone’s attention, attracting visitors, while a glazed walkway (fixed under the canopy) provides additional shelter. The steel framework on the façade of the building was used for signage.
Dukes Court Transformation - Woking Town Centre's Business District

Dukes Court Transformation - Woking Town Centre's Business District

BBS Brick and Stone Limited

Built in 1986, Dukes Court was viewed as a symbol of Woking’s economic growth, offering 220,000 sq. ft. of premium office accommodation. These works will ensure Dukes Court continues to play an important role in the town’s future.The front of Dukes Court underwent an extensive remodelling, creating a landscaped pedestrianised public plaza and restaurant with outdoor seating. The building features an impressive full height living ‘green’ wall, which is one of the tallest in Europe. The building is arranged over five blocks which are accessed via three separate reception areas, leading to the flexible floor plates which all benefit from excellent natural light.Other features include:A larger than life statue of composer and suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth will proudly conduct passers-by in the centre of the pedestrianised plaza.New signage and pedestrian routes which will enhance the visitor experience.Relocation of main vehicle entrance from Dukes Street to Stanley RoadMaybury Road, Stanley Road and The Broadway junctions improvements.Granite from around the world (mainly the far east) included BBS Steel (mid grey) granite, Haze (silver grey) granite, Barzan (black) basalt, and Peppercorn (pink) granite.
Air Curtain at Marconi Building

Air Curtain at Marconi Building

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has supplied a bespoke Zen air curtain for use at the Marconi Building in The Strand, London. The Marconi Building is an imposing Grade II listed building containing prestigious luxury apartments and penthouses. The air curtain was specified to match the same colour as the entrance of the building, thereby meeting both aesthetic and functional objectives.Air curtains seal an entrance with an invisible barrier of air, preventing cold air entering in the winter and air conditioning escaping in the summer. A comfortable temperature can then be maintained within the room and a building’s energy costs reduced.The Zen is part of JS Air Curtains’ Designer Range and has a contemporary architectural style. It can be fitted with bespoke fascia panels of different materials and any RAL colour, and can also carry signage, branding or even elements such as clocks. It is available in 0.5m lengths from 1m to 2.5m, with electric or water heaters or as a non-heated, air only model.Low noise, double inlet centrifugal fans with external rotor motors provide up to 6,475m3/h airflow making it suitable for use on doorways up to 3.5m. The control panel has five speed selection and is easy to connect to the air curtain with 7m of plug and play RJ45 lead. The Zen can also be controlled via BMS.
Designer Air Curtain at Canary Wharf

Designer Air Curtain at Canary Wharf

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has designed and supplied eight vertical air curtain systems for The Park Pavilion complex in Canary Wharf.The six 3m and two 2.5m air curtains were supplied in brushed stainless steel and are positioned vertically at the sides of the entrance to the Park Pavilion complex and three of the interior doorways. As well as keeping the cold out in the winter, they can also keep the cool air conditioning in during the summer.The air curtains were supplied to Canary Wharf Management Ltd and were installed by electrical contractors, Ashridge EC Ltd.Each 3m air curtain is capable of delivering an airflow of up to 7,400m³/hr and has a 32kw electric heater. Other models are available with hot water heating or fan-only operation.The Rund air curtain offers the ability to house other services such as smoke or motion detectors, emergency lighting, CCTV or signage. The air curtain also has many mounting options. It can be held horizontally on brackets, suspended on rods, mounted on post-type arms either from the floor, ceiling or walls, or stood vertically on the floor, as it is at Canary Wharf.The air curtains can seal doorways up to 3.5m high when mounted horizontally or up to 7m wide when mounted vertically at both sides of an entrance. Five lengths are available from 1m to 3m with a variety of control options including thermostats, door open sensors, outside temperature sensors and timers.
Bespoke Air Curtains at Park Plaza

Bespoke Air Curtains at Park Plaza

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has designed and supplied three bespoke air curtains to the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel in London. The air curtains were round polished stainless steel units and were designed in conjunction with engineering consultancy, Hilson Moran, and architects, BUJ Architects.Two air curtains were mounted above doors on either side of the main revolving door at the Addington Street entrance. Each was just under 1m long and incorporated electric heaters capable of providing up to 12kW of heat. Another 1.8m air curtain was designed for the side door entrance with an electric heater providing up to 22.5kW.The air curtains were designed to tie-in with the stainless steel and glass fascia of the 398 bedroom hotel located on the south side of the River Thames. As the front of the reception area is glass fronted the air curtain had to look attractive from all sides. A totally smooth, round, polished stainless steel design was decided upon.The air curtains were mounted directly on to the glass walls by installers, Essex Electrical Group, using specially produced stainless steel brackets. The air curtains had to be manufactured to exact dimensional specifications to fit into the available space and work in conjunction with the bespoke brackets. Exit signs were then mounted on to the front of the air curtains.As well as supplying a large range of standard air curtains, JS offers a bespoke service so that designers can use the air curtain to complement the overall design of an entrance. As well as signage, other services such as PIR sensors, CCTV cameras, emergency lighting and smoke detectors can also be incorporated into the air curtains.
Style & Heating in Union at Unite

Style & Heating in Union at Unite

JS Air Curtains

A stylish Zen air curtain from JS Air Curtains is providing the primary heating source for the main reception area at the headquarters of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, in Holborn, London.Having worked with JS Air Curtains on previous projects, electrical contractors E J White & Son specified the 2m Zen air curtain to sit above the automatic doors of Unite’s main entrance. It can supply up to 30kW heating output, keeping the reception space, with Unite’s staff and many visitors, at a comfortable ambient temperature. In this application, the Zen was supplied with stainless steel covers, one of several cover options available with this air curtain, to complement the reception area’s décor.Dave White, MD at E J White & Son, commented: “We enjoy a good working relationship with JS Air Curtains, whose products are high performing and always look great. We chose the Zen because of its flexibility and heating output, which in this instance meant it could act as the main heating source for the designated space.”The Zen air curtain can be fitted with bespoke fascia panels that can provide a corporate branding opportunity or add to the functionality of the air curtain by including clocks or signage.The fascia can be made out of anodized aluminium (as standard), stainless steel or wood. It can have a gloss, matt or brushed finish. The central structure is made of zinc plated steel finished in RAL 9913 black forge as standard with any other RAL colour available on request.The Zen is offered with electric or water heaters, and as an air only model. The discharge vents have airfoil shaped vanes to direct the airflow creating a tighter seal across a doorway.Low noise, double inlet centrifugal fans with external rotor motors provide up to 6,475m3/h airflow making this air curtain ideal for use on doorways up to 3.5m high.
Rathbone Square - Bespoke Mailboxes

Rathbone Square - Bespoke Mailboxes

The Safety Letterbox Company

THE PROJECTThe Rathbone Square development is a mixed-use project offering Grade A offices and residential units situated around a public space offering numerous restaurants and boutique retail space. The project is in the heart of Fitzrovia, designed to provide a tranquil environment while being located just moments away from Oxford Street.The Safety Letterbox Company are excited to have been involved with yet another prestigious project in Fitzrovia, adding to our recent work in Fitzroy Place. As a UK manufacturer, we are well-known as being the only place to visit if you’re looking for high-quality mail and parcel delivery boxes. Our high-quality products used throughout London and the UK are tried and tested by the world’s most prestigious developments.THE PRODUCTThe Safety Letterbox Company worked with the design team at the Rathbone Square project, who provided the branding and style guidelines which the mailboxes had to conform to.The mailboxes were created using multiple facets, which included a bespoke locking plate. They also had non-standard matt black locks and wood veneer. The NEW Tile mailbox used for this development is very different than our standard range. The various components of the mailboxes are entirely customisable and are tailored to meet specific project design requirements.The mailboxes are located in the reception lobby area and through the walkways that the residents use every day. Each mailbox has been recessed into the wall to maximise the space available, ensuring all health and safety requirements are achieved.This version of the tile mailbox is unique from the vast majority of our mailbox range as it does not feature an opening flap. The mail delivery personnel can deliver items quicker, as there is no flap to lift. It also provides a smooth aesthetic appearance.Each mailbox has engraved numbering in a contrasting matt black and ‘Gotham’ font, specified by the client to conform to other signages within the project. Every mailbox has two uniquely coded keys offering maximum security.
Eliminating Draughts at London Fire Brigade

Eliminating Draughts at London Fire Brigade

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has supplied an electrically heated air curtain for the London Fire Brigade Head Quarters in Union Street, to eliminate cold draughts from its reception area. As well as keeping the cold out in the winter, it also keeps the heat out during the summer, improving the air conditioning quality and energy efficiency of the building.JS supplied the attractive round 2m Rund air curtain in brushed stainless steel to contractor Arkas who installed it horizontally above the double entry sliding doors leading into the London Fire Brigade’s HQ reception area. A time switch and digital thermostat were also provided.John Bridger, property services manager for the London Fire Brigade explained: “We recognised the need to install an air curtain following complaints of the reception being draughty due to cold air entering the building through the external doors. The aesthetic design of the air curtain was important as it would be highly visible above our busy main entrance. As the building is electrically heated, we also needed to ensure that the installed product would not compromise its energy efficiency performance.”Each 2m air curtain is capable of delivering an airflow of up to 5,550m³/hr and up to 30kW of electric heating output, although this is limited to 18kW at Union Street. Other models are available with hot water heating or fan-only operation.The Rund air curtain offers the ability to house other services such as smoke or motion detectors, emergency lighting, CCTV or signage. The air curtain also has many mounting options. It can be held horizontally on brackets, suspended on rods, mounted on post-type arms either from the floor, ceiling or walls, or stood vertically on the floor.The air curtains can seal doorways up to 3.5m high when mounted horizontally or up to 7m wide when mounted vertically at both sides of an entrance. Five lengths are available from 1m to 3m with a variety of control options including thermostats, door open sensors, outside temperature sensors and timers.
Concealed Air Curtains at Cannon Street

Concealed Air Curtains at Cannon Street

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has supplied four custom air curtains for a concealed installation at 110 Cannon Street, where they have been discreetly embedded into the walls. The air curtains are hidden from view on both sides of the imposing main entrance and quietly ensure a comfortable temperature within the elegant reception lobby.When the architects conceived the design of the exciting and stylish refurbishment at 110 Cannon Street, an 11 storey, 70,000 sq ft building in the heart of the City of London, they specified air curtains would be required but demanded no appliances be located above the revolving entrance door or visible through the glass façade. Building engineering consultant AECOM called in air curtain specialist, JS Air Curtains, with whom they had previously worked, to tender. JS’s innovative, ‘concealed’ design proved the ideal solution.Steve Lockwood from AECOM commented: “This is an unusual application for air curtains that would traditionally be sited above the revolving doors. However, JS was able to adapt the air curtains to overcome any difficulties that concealing them in walls might cause. The air curtains have been installed for several months now and appear to be working very well.”JS custom designed each of the four 1.5m air curtains with air inlets and outlets at 180° to each other to enable the air to enter at the back and be emitted from the front. Two sets of two 1.5m air curtains were then connected vertically to form 3m towers, which were concealed within the walls on either side of the building’s main doorway exiting onto Cannon Street. The air curtains prevent the glass revolving door from acting like a slow moving fan, bringing in cold air with every turn.As well as producing custom concealed units, JS Air Curtains can also supply bespoke models that incorporate other services such as CCTV cameras, smoke detectors, motion sensing alarms, signage and branding, and fascia panels made from a variety of materials or that contain elements such as clocks.
LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Screed | Harold Wood Station | Capel CS Ltd

LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Screed | Harold Wood Station | Capel CS Ltd

SMET Building Products Ltd

Smet Supported Partners, Capel (CS) Ltd, completed the floor screed application of SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Screed within the improvement works at Harold Wood Station.  A number of improvements were delivered at Harold Wood station in preparation for the new Elizabeth line service, including:A new footbridge over the tracks with new staircasesThree new lifts to provide step-free access to every platformPlatform extensions to accommodate the new, 200m long Elizabeth line trainsNew platform lightingNew station signage, help points, customer information screens, and CCTV.SMET LiteFlo® Lightweight Flowing Screed is a high-quality pumpable, factory-produced, CE marked, self-levelling screed based on calcium sulphate.German-made SMET LiteFlo® is unique because it’s the first pumpable lightweight flowing screed available. Made from specially selected aggregates - means it’s 30% lighter than conventional flowing screeds and can be laid in reduced thicknesses. The screed offers a high yield, 43kg per m2 @ 40mm.German-made LiteFlo® is unique, in that it’s the first pumpable lightweight flowing screed. Made from specially selected aggregates, makes it 30% lighter than conventional flowing screeds and therefore 70% lighter than traditional sand & cement – ultimately this means less is required per m2. Another plus is that that screed made from Calcium Sulphate has naturally substantially lower embodied carbon emissions than a sand and cement screed. LiteFlo® complies with EN 13813: 2002, is CE-marked, and is available in 27Kg bags or bulk silos.Have a look at the Northern Builder MagazineTop 5 Liquid Screeds Article.  Read about SMET LiteFlo® in the Irish Construction News.Whether your job is – self-build, retro-fit, floor renovation or repair, design floor, commercial or shop, sustainable build, historical renovation, ECO build, Lightweight, or an industrial flooring venture – SMET has a flooring compound or ready to use product suitable for your application.www.smetbuildingproducts.com or www.smet.ie
Air Curtains for Cadbury

Air Curtains for Cadbury

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has supplied a bespoke Rund air curtain for the entrance to the offices of Cadbury in Birmingham. The 2m slate grey air curtain has a round design and is held horizontally above the reception door by matching slate grey supporting posts.The newly refurbished reception area was becoming cold from air ingress through its main doors. The air curtain was designed to tie-in with the architecture of the entrance and provides a barrier of warm air to create a pleasant and welcoming environment for staff and visitors to the office.Paul Dennick, Implementation Project Manager at Cadbury, comments, “After a major refurbishment of this part of the building, the reception area was suffering from cold air being sucked in through the main doors. We needed an air curtain that was independently mounted, as it could not be fixed to the fascia or ceiling of the reception. Since the air curtain from JS has been installed the cold air problem has been solved.”The Rund air curtain has many different mounting options. It can be suspended from a ceiling with cables or attached using arms to either the ceiling or wall. Alternatively it can be stood vertically at the side of a door or mounted horizontally on goal-post type legs, as it was at Cadbury. The air curtain will protect a doorway up to 3.5m high from air ingress when mounted horizontally or 7m wide when two units are stood vertically aside an entrance.The electrically heated unit installed at Cadbury can provide up to 5,550m³/h airflow and up to 30kW of heating. The Rund is available in electric or water heated versions, and as a non-heated, air only model. Five lengths are available from 1m to 3m and they can be mounted end-to-end as one continuous unit, with up to ten air curtains being operated from a single controller. It comes with 20m plug and play RJ45 connection cable and can also be operated from a BMS system.The centrifugal double-inlet fans provide high levels of airflow whilst being remarkably quiet in operation. The Rund air curtains can also accommodate other services such as motion detectors, CCTV, signage or emergency lighting enabling these features to be hidden or more inline with the architecture of an entrance.
JS Air Curtains Olympic Heat

JS Air Curtains Olympic Heat

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has supplied eight Rund air curtains for the new concourse entrances at the Olympic rail links at Stratford and Ebbsfleet International stations. Two entrances at both stations had identical air curtain systems installed, each consisting of two 1.5m Rund air curtains joined by a 2.7m non-functioning dummy section.The air curtain systems were installed by M&E contractors, Eurolec Services Ltd, and specified by Morgan Sindall Professional Services.Peter Capron, Architect at Morgan Sindall, commented, “This high profile project in the shadows of the Olympic Village demanded air curtains that would complement our entrance façade design. The Rund model from JS Air Curtains fulfilled these requirements not only with the form, but also with the functionality.”The air curtain installations are part of the construction projects taking place at Stratford and Ebbsfleet stations in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. Up to 25,000 spectators every hour will be shuttled on the new high speed “Olympic Javelin” trains between central London and Stratford.The pairs of air curtains at each doorway were fitted with a central dummy section, joining them in the middle and giving the impression of a single 5.7m long unit, complementing the overall ascetics of the entrance. White RAL9016 was chosen for the project to match the colour of the doorway but the Rund is available in any RAL colour.The Rund air curtains at Stratford and Ebbsfleet stations will help prevent cold air from entering with the doors in constant use. They incorporate 22.5kW electric heaters but hot water heating and air only models are also available. The Rund air curtain is offered in any single length from 1 to 3m with multiple units accommodating wider doorways. Fan powers vary from 1,875 to 6,475m³, making the air curtain ideal for sealing doorways up to 3.5m high.The Rund has many mounting options. It can be held horizontally on brackets, as it was on this project, suspended on rods, mounted on post-type arms either from the floor, ceiling or wall, or stood vertically on the floor.Signage can also be accommodated on the air curtain, such as the Exit signs used at Stratford and Ebbsfleet.
Air Curtains at BT Newgate

Air Curtains at BT Newgate

JS Air Curtains

JS Air Curtains has supplied two Zen air curtains and a Rotowind revolving door air curtain for use at BT’s global headquarters at Newgate Street, London. The air curtain system was design by entrance specialists, Blue Chyp, who developed a custom solution to meet BT’s aesthetic and functional objectives.Adam Pressland, Director at Blue Chyp, commented, “The reception area at BT’s offices in Newgate Street had been suffering from draughts, creating an uncomfortably cold internal temperature. However, BT needed an air curtain solution that provided protection across both the pass doors and the main revolving door but didn’t detract from the original architecture.“We achieved this by creating a counterbalanced mounting solution for the two pass door air curtains that removed the need for any suspension system attached to the ceiling or fascia. The units were supported by a central frame across the top of the door. Matching colours to the existing interior and custom-made covers for the revolving door air curtain produced a seamless design.”JS Air Curtains supplied two 1m electrically heated Zen air curtains for use above the pass doors at BT, Newgate Street. The Zen is part of JS Air Curtains’ Designer Range and has a contemporary architectural style. It can be fitted with bespoke fascia panels of different materials and any RAL colour, and also carry signage, branding or even elements such as clocks. It is available in 0.5m lengths from 1 to 2.5m and with electric or water heaters and as a non-heated, air only model.The air curtain protecting the revolving door is a Rotowind. This air curtain was designed to meet the specific conditions of a revolving door, which can act as a low-speed fan, forcing a mass of cold air into a room with each rotation. The main body of the air curtain is mounted above the door with curved air outlets creating a barrier around the inner opening of the doorway. Each unit is created to exactly match the curvature of the specific model of revolving door.JS Air Curtains supplies an extensive range of air curtains, as well as bespoke solutions, for all commercial and industrial applications.
Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston - Transformed with new Portuguese granite

Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston - Transformed with new Portuguese granite

BBS Brick and Stone Limited

Following a year-long transformation, in September 2021, the ribbon was finally cut on the newly-pedestrianised Greenfield Crescent, in Edgbaston Village.Representatives from a host of nearby businesses came to watch CEO of Calthorpe Estates, Haydn Cooper, and Sir Euan Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe to officially open the streetscape.Working with Birmingham City Council, Calthorpe Estates, and McPhillips has seen a new streetscape created to help set Edgbaston Village apart, with high quality public realm areas, easier pedestrian access and reduced traffic.With a vision to create a greener, safer and more accessible Edgbaston Village, the newly designed area has new high quality granite surfaces, planters and planting, festoon lights and upgraded signage, which will enhance access to local businesses, bring to life an improved and more convenient leisure location for those living, working and visiting the area to enjoy.Granite included the BBS Toranja Rosa (pink), Gris Sombrio (medium grey), and Blanco (silver grey) all indigenous to Portugal where the stone was also cut to specification. Haydn Cooper, Chief Executive of Calthorpe Estates said, “We open Greenfield Crescent at an exciting time for Edgbaston. The transformation of Greenfield Crescent was a result of successfully working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver a high quality public realm area, which saw Calthorpe Estates invest significantly in the project. Our ambitions have not stopped here – we are improving the walking route to the Edgbaston Village Metro station over coming months and are delivering a popular Artisan Market along Greenfield Crescent to make the location accessible for all.”Edgbaston Village is already home to a variety of award-winning independent restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, including the Michelin-starred Simpsons, The High Field and Loki Wine, which have just been joined by LUX gallery. Recent plans unveiled by Calthorpe Estates showed the potential for even more al fresco dining and shopping options in the area, all of which will be made increasingly accessible following the creation of the new Edgbaston Village Metro stop, set to open at the end of 2021 along with Chapter restaurant & bar and KIN Homes on Greenfield Crescent.
Zen Air Curtain at Bishopsgate Refurb

Zen Air Curtain at Bishopsgate Refurb

JS Air Curtains

A Zen air curtain from JS Air Curtains is integrating seamlessly into the entrance hall at 1 Bishopsgate, following the building’s recent refurbishment. The air curtain is helping to keep the large reception warm whilst minimising heat-loss from the entrance. The office refurbishment was the first in the UK to achieve a Gold SKA rating and helped the Grade 2 listed building in the City of London achieve in excess of 30% savings in energy and CO2.The main heat loss from 1 Bishopsgate’s entrance hall was through the glass lobby fronting onto the street. The high ceiling called for air curtains that could easily be suspended above the lobby door and could deliver the heating output required to warm the generously proportioned reception area. Due to the prominent location, it was also specified that the air curtains must complement the modern architectural style of the building’s interior.Garry Merison, project manager for electrical contractors PIP Electrics, worked closely with JS Air Curtains to select the unit best suited to the building’s requirements. He said: “The 1.5m model provides a heating output up to 22.5kW which is ample in this application. The flexibility of installation with the Zen was a key benefit as we were able to hang it with drop rods to the required height. Its smart, minimalist design was another factor. We were able to choose from a selection of covers and decided that the anodized aluminium fascia would ensure it integrated unobtrusively into the entrance’s environment.”The Zen air curtain can be fitted with bespoke fascia panels that provide a corporate branding opportunity and can add to the functionality of the air curtain by including clocks or signage.The fascia can be made out of anodized aluminium (as standard), stainless steel or wood. It can have a gloss, matt or brushed finish. The central structure is made of zinc plated steel finished in RAL 9913 black forge as standard with any other RAL colour available on request.The Zen is offered in half metre lengths from 1 to 2.5m, with electric or water heaters, and as an air only model. The discharge vents have airfoil shaped vanes to direct the airflow creating a tighter seal across a doorway.Low noise, double inlet centrifugal fans with external rotor motors provide up to 6,475m3/h airflow making it suitable for use on doorways up to 3.5m.
BUPA's Winter Air Curtain Cure

BUPA's Winter Air Curtain Cure

JS Air Curtains

The versatility and aesthetics of the Rund air curtain from JS Air Curtains has cured BUPA’s winter draught problems at the reception of its Health and Wellbeing UK offices in Staines. The attractive air curtain has been custom designed so it can be easily removed during the summer months when it isn’t required.Despite underfloor heating and the heat gains from the glass façade, the large reception atrium suffered from cold draughts during the winter as over 11,000 employees enter and exit the building through its revolving doors.JS Air Curtains’ solution was to vertically mount a 2.5m high, low temperature, hot water-heated Rund air curtain to the side of the entrance. The air curtain creates a warm air barrier across the inner opening of the doorway. This stops the revolving door acting like a slow moving fan, bringing in cold air with every turn.A key requirement of the air curtain design was that it could be easily removed during the summer when it was not required. These features include a 500mm dummy section at the top to accommodate an electrical isolator and a base plate that can be concealed by a flooring tile when the air curtain wasn’t in place.Bob Lyle, BUPA Facilities Manager, has been pleased with the result: “JS Air Curtains completed the installation last year and the Rund tower worked well from November to March, keeping our reception area comfortable for both staff and waiting visitors. Although it blends in with the décor of the atrium, we do not need an air curtain during the warmer months and have now put the tower carefully into storage until the cold weather returns. This versatility is an important benefit for us.”The Rund air curtain can be supplied in stainless steel or finished in any RAL colour, such as the light grey gloss chosen by BUPA. It can be fitted with many different mounting or suspension options to tie-in with an entrance’s architecture. It is typically positioned horizontally above a revolving door with chains or poles but this was not possible for BUPA because of the extensive glazing used in the construction of the atrium.As well as being able to provide custom air curtains, JS can supply models that incorporate other services such as CCTV cameras, smoke detectors, motion sensing alarms, signage, branding and fascia panels made from a variety of materials or that contain elements such as clocks.
JS Air Curtains 'at home' in John Lewis

JS Air Curtains 'at home' in John Lewis

JS Air Curtains

Leading retailer John Lewis has selected JS Air Curtains as its air curtain supplier for four new build ‘at home’ shops. The four recently opened shops all have Zen air curtains from JS helping to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature for customers and staff. The air curtains also minimise the energy consumption of the stores’ heating and cooling systems by preventing cold air entering during the winter and warm air during the summer.The John Lewis ‘at home’ shops typically offer 40,000 sq ft of retail space, selling everything required to turn a house into a home. The new ‘at home’ shops at Tamworth, Chester, Chichester and Newbury each feature totally white Zen air curtains above their main entrances and, in some shops, additionally above their customer collect entrance.“Our specification included both high performance and critical environmental requirements. We also needed the air curtains to fit seamlessly with security curtains that sit above the entrances, to blend in with the décor of the stores,” explained Stuart Watson, Engineering Manager for John Lewis. “Our M&E consultants suggested JS’ Zen air curtain because the range was diverse and flexible, and could provide the ideal model in each case to meet the differing conditions at the four stores. Whilst some appliances have only just been installed, the first ones have been operating for a year now, successfully meeting our design criteria with no operational issues.”The Zen is part of JS Air Curtains’ Designer Range and is decorative with a contemporary architectural style. Smart and minimalistic, the unit can be fitted with bespoke fascia panels of different materials and any RAL colour, and also carry signage, branding or even elements such as clocks.The air curtain comes with anodized aluminium covers and a black inner section as standard but the units selected by John Lewis had totally white covers and inner sections, seamlessly tying-in with the white interior design of the stores’ entrances.The Zen is offered with electric or water heaters and as a non-heated, air only model. The discharge vents have airfoil shaped vanes to direct the airflow creating a tighter seal across a doorway. Low noise, double inlet centrifugal fans with external rotor motors can provide up to 2,775m³/h of airflow per metre of air curtain making the Zen ideal for doorways up to 3.5m high.

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