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Switch House, Tate Modern Extension, London


The latest architectural wonder to rise from the banks of the Thames is Switch House, the highly anticipated extension to Tate Modern, which opened in June 2016. Ancon’s contribution to this landmark project was the fabrication of 12,000 special stainless steel corbels and over 600,000 stainless steel pins which now support and restrain the stunning brick façade, helping to turn this unusual design concept into a reality. With construction now complete, Ancon’s critical structural components are completely hidden from view, leaving onlookers to simply marvel at the overall effect and the ingenuity at work.

Hand Dryer Case Study (Large Hostel Group) - Youth Hostel Association, YHA (England & Wales)

Intelligent Facility Solutions

Switching from paper towels to energy efficient hand dryers: Intelligent Facility Solutions were tasked with calculating the carbon savings of switching from paper to dryers and then delivering the supply and fit of hand dryers across the YHA locations in England and Wales. Based on the initial 23 sites that were surveyed it was calculated that the YHA could make annual savings of 20,228Kg/CO2 switching to the Dryflow EcoSlim hand dryer. That would save 107 virgin trees per year. These hand dryers are 86 - 96% more energy efficient than a conventional hand dryer.

Why choose gas? and Calor

Calor Gas Ltd

Whether you’re using oil, electric or solid fuel to power your businesses heating, hot water or cooking you should consider switching to Calor. We offer a cleaner, greener and more efficient alternative. Switching to gas is easier than you think, and in just a few simple steps, you could be enjoying the benefits of mains gas, off the grid.

Hotel: Hamilton provides the finishing touch to Welsh heritage-celebrating hotel, Hotel Indigo® Cardiff

Hamilton Litestat

Hotel Indigo® Cardiff is a boutique hotel designed by Matthews Mee Interior Design to evoke classic Welsh heritage. The hotel combines contemporary style and heritage-rich designs to reflect its Welsh location. Hamilton Litestat’s stylish Hartland collection of box-fit decorative wiring accessories, finished in either Matt Black or Antique Brass, were selected for the 122-guestroom hotel – complementing the Welsh design themes and delivering a high-quality look. A combination of Hartland 1, 2 and 3-gang rocker switches were specified for controlling lighting, plus a European SHUKO and dual USB double switched sockets were fitted in a bespoke plate within every room.

Innovative solutions for forklift trucks

Calor Gas Ltd

There are numerous benefits of switching to Calor gas from alternative fuels such as electric and diesel. Not only has it been proven that LPG is a cleaner source of fuel, but every Calor forklift cylinder incorporates Magnatract® technology, to reduce the risk of fragmented metal particles blocking the cylinder valve.

Artisan building complex in Fitzrovia, London

Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co KG

The renowned London project developer Dukelease has renovated six historical buildings in the centre of London, and transformed them into 13 luxurious apartments and penthouses. The apartments were equipped with state-of-the-art building technology – a Gira KNX system with the Gira HomeServer and touch sensors from the Gira E22 in aluminium switch range.

Guernsey Airport Fire Station

HAG Ltd. - The Door Specialists

Guernsey Airport Fire Station are a service specialising in the prevention of plane fires, located within proximity to the airfield to allow quick action in the event of an emergency. The work was implemented for G4S Secure Solutions (Guernsey) LTD on behalf of the state of Guernsey fire service at Guernsey Airport. HAG Ltd was enlisted to help the installation of 4 electrically operated Q Doors. Originally using sectional overhead doors, they instead switched to a product which had thermal properties and ease of operation.

5 storey record store on the South Coast has been finished using a proprietary render system, applied across 12mm Magply, secured to the fabric of the building.


Given the exposed location of the building the specification for the exterior cladding had to be both very durable and suitable for application in all but the most challenging of weather conditions. The solution decided on by the project team features a proprietary two-coat reinforced render system – K-Rend – spray applied to the Magply panels. “The original plans was to use a sand/cement render. However, after discussions regarding logistics and the scale of the elevations, it was decided to switch to a high performance render system and Fullers proposed the K-Rend on a substrate of Magply boards.”

Residential Tadelakt Steam Room

TyloHelo Ltd

Helo was invited to design and build a bespoke steam room as part of a leisure complex redeveloped within a country estate. Using traditional Moroccan Tadelakt finish, an authentic hammam style steam bath was created. A challenge posed by this project was to achieve remote switching of the steam from the main residence over a distance of 350 metres, enabling the client to prepare the steam room in advance of use. Special design features were included. For example, an ornate pull handle and concealed linear drain at the room’s entrance.

HLAC Access Hatch - Crawley

Surespan Ltd

Surespan manufactured a single leaf HLAC recessed access hatch to Queens Square in Crawley, part of a £3.2 million project. The 80mm access hatch to fit a structural opening of 1000 x 3500 is operated by hydraulic cylinders and a hand pump. The Operation will be by an electrically driven single power pack, including push button or key switch. Oil supply to the cylinders will be from a hydraulic mini-pack that can be remotely or locally sited. A retractable safety grid was also installed on three open sides, manually operated.

HSE Headquarters

Astralux Blind System

Astralux Systems dealer, Pentel Contracts, were involved with the architect and contractor some two years before the first piece of ground was broken on site at the headquarters of the Health & Safety Executive. The Astralux 5000 tensioned roller blind system is a proven solution for atria installations and was used at this site to control glare and heat to both the main atrium, 13m from floor level and a circular rooflight. In total 140 blind systems were installed covering an area of glazing of some 2,500 square metres. Operation was by localised group operation with radio controlled (wireless) switches.

Biomass Access Cover - National Justice Centre

Surespan Ltd

Surespan custom designed a hatch to provide access to a Biomass storage plant at the new Criminal Justice Centre, Northampton. The double leaf hatch – measuring 2750mm x 2900mm – is electrically operated by a key switch and has synchronised leaf operation with a safety grid. Rated to FACTA Class A pedestrian loading, it was designed with a chequerplate lid to match the surround and incorporates a rain skirt apron and Sureguard handrail system on both sides. A secondary 1000mm x 1000mm gas spring operated floor hatch was installed with a retractable hand hold and ladder for safe and easy access.

MG Tower, Padua Italy: Eastman Performance Films commissioned the University of Padua to conduct an independent study of the effects of using LLumar® solar control window films on the MG Tower

“LLumar” by EASTMAN

Study shows the significant benefits of LLumar® films for saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions, improving thermal comfort, and controlling glare: Energy: - 3.9 year simple payback - 42 % annual savings on electrical energy - conditioning cooling - Savings of €125 800 on energy costs over operational lifetime of the film - Reduction of 46 tonnes annual CO2 emissions Thermal Comfort: - Reduction in indoor temperatures of up to 5 °C when HVAC cooling switched off - Productivity savings estimated at €40 per employee per cooling month Lighting and Glare: - Significant reduction in glare

Hotel: Hamilton chosen to 'smarten' Anne Boleyn’s guest rooms.

Hamilton Litestat

Refurbishment of Anne Boleyn’s guest rooms within a new wing of Hever Castle. Hamilton’s proven expertise in integrating smart technology sympathetically and seamlessly within a ‘Heritage’ environment made them the perfect partner to fit-out 9 new suites and a breakfast room. Hamilton’s Smart Lighting Control system with Hartland CFX control plates was the natural choice - simple to install, cleverly designed and easy for hotel staff and guests to use. Finishing touches: each suite was fitted with switch plates and sockets also from the Hartland CFX collection and finished in Richmond Bronze for a totally coordinated look!

Sudbury House


Sudbury House is a building that was identified shortly after the Grenfell tragedy as having flammable cladding and inadequate smoke ventilation. Sertus Façade Louvre Blade smoke vent windows and Sertus control panels were identified as the best fit. Fully certified to EN standards, these attractive windows open to 90 degrees in under 60 seconds when triggered, and are designed for installation into facade apertures or curtain walling. Louvres were also fitted to the head and entrance levels of the stair cores, a single leaf vent installed in the lobby. Finally, firefighter’s priority switches were installed on every level.

Boxed Glazed Sliding Rooflights - London

Surespan Ltd

Bespoke boxed glazed sliding rooflights with a glazed vertical upstand manufactured for a block of luxury offices and apartments in Putney Bridge Road, London. The sliding lid was operated electrically via concealed 24v DC actuators and a push button switch. The 35.5mm sealed double glazed unit comprises of Pilkington 6mm toughened K polished all round outer pane, a 20mm Warm Edge silver spacer bar that is argon filled, and a Pilkington 9.5mm toughened & laminated inner pane. The sealed glazed unit has a U-Value of 1.5 W/m²K.

Glazerite and Luton claim UK’s first all-recycled window borough

VEKA Group

VEKA fabricator Glazerite Windows has achieved a ground-breaking agreement with Luton BC to switch entirely to recycled PVCU for future window replacements. Luton is the first UK borough to commit fully to recycled windows, using VEKA's Infinity profile, which contains a core of recycled PVCU locked inside virgin polymer and uses less than 1/4 of the natural resources, and only 1/3 the carbon footprint of conventional equivalents. The recycled material comes from VEKA’s plant, one of only several in the world capable of recycling PVCU pure enough to be put back into windows.

An exclusive residential development in Hambledon, Surrey, is making use of 12mm Magply boards, supplied by Elliotts Builders Merchants, as the carrier for a proprietar sprayed render system, as one


The stylish three and four bedroom, two-storey properties present a traditional outward appearance, with clay roof tiles above the elevations of handmade bricks and highly weatherproof K-Rend panels. The latter is applied to the 12mm Magply modified MgO boards, screwed to 50x50mm timbers fixed at 600mm centres across the SIPS structure. Simon, the site foreman for Fullers Plastering, commented: “ This is the second time I have used Magply, Fullers having made the switch because it is an easier board to cut and fix, while it also takes the HP12 base coat very well.”

Boxed Glazed Roof Access - Circle Bath

Surespan Ltd

Surespan was selected by internationally renowned architects Foster + Partners to design and manufacture two roof hatches for Circle Hospital Bath – the new centre of clinical excellence due to open late 2009. The huge single leaf glazed roof hatches are electrically operated by push button switches, one hatch incorporating a side door. The high spec glazed lid is supported by heavy duty aluminium hinges and features an integral ‘wrap over’ edge, incorporating double unbroken EPDM seals. The hatches offer a high level of thermal insulation against heat loss and condensation, together with excellent sound absorption properties.

Glazed Sliding Roof Hatch - London

Surespan Ltd

Surespan manufactured a double glazed sliding access hatch for use on a private residential apartment in London. The 2640 (103?) x 2020mm (79?) hatch was electrically operated via a key switch for easy operation and allowed access to the roof providing views across the London skyline. The sliding cover was finished in grey external polyester powder coating with a white internal finish. The 35.5mm sealed double glazed unit comprised of Pilkington 6mm toughened K polished all round outer pane, 20mm Warm Edge silver spacer Bar argon filled, Pilkington 9.5mm toughened & laminated innerpane, divided into two panes.

Mill Meadow nearly-zero carbon house, Burley, New Forest

Recticel Insulation

Award-winning architect Nick Lacey specified Recticel Insulation's L-Ments pitched roof insulated panel system on his new dwelling in the New Forest. He commented: “The roof’s prefabricated element was key to its specification as I urgently needed to speed-up building works on this project. L-Ments is built for rapid installation as well as containing all the necessary thermal properties to ensure the house meets the near-zero carbon standard.” Resulting from the positive collaboration on the roof design, Mr. Lacey switched the specification for floor, framed wall and cavity wall insulation to Recticel products.

Toshiba selects Hufcor moveable walls for Stockley Park

Hufcor Inc.

Toshiba UK has installed Hufcor® movable walls at a recent tenant fit out within an office building at Stockley Park near Heathrow. The Hufcor 100 series operable walls provide flexible meeting spaces. The operable door panel parking has been split into two stacks to maximize the useable space converting a large room into three breakout meeting rooms. Hufcor UK supplied and installed two identical walls finished in a walnut veneer. Each system was designed with an integral switch within the track that allows the lighting in each room to be operated individually when the walls are in place.

Residential: Hamilton delivers smart multi-room audio and lighting control to new Quintas Homes-designed apartments.

Hamilton Litestat

Six two-bed and three-bed apartments designed by Matteo Bianchi, inspired by the Tom Ford-directed film ‘A Single Man’. In-keeping with the development’s chic design, Hamilton’s Smart Multi-Room Audio system was installed – allowing full control of music in any room via coloured touchscreen panels or remotely via Hamilton's App. 4-Room/4-Zone control units in each apartments, with built-in DAB radio. Finishing the sleek look were coordinated control panels, switch plates and sockets in a stylish Black Nickel Hartland CFX® design, the sockets featuring USB charge and data points to suit modern living requirements.

Stone cottage structurally secured without disruption


A 150yr old stone built cottage had developed structural faults. The archway entrance was failing due to inadequate support causing distortion of the arch pier, the front door to jam and masonry cracking in the archway walls. HD BowTies were installed through the front elevation stonework and the first two floor joists to provide lateral restraint. HeliBars were bonded into the mortar beds to create masonry beams which assisted in distributing the loads above the arch. Crack stitching was undertaken to repair and stabilise the archway wall which was also secured to the internal cross wall with grouted CemTies.

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