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Benefits of Switching your Business Energy to Calor Gas

Benefits of Switching your Business Energy to Calor Gas

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 an efficient and versatile 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.
Switch House, Tate Modern Extension, London

Switch House, Tate Modern Extension, London

Leviat

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.
Dunfermline home makes the switch from oil to a heat pump

Dunfermline home makes the switch from oil to a heat pump

Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd

A Grant Aerona³ air source heat pump has been installed at a cottage in Fife, transforming the home’s heating from an oil-fired system to a renewable alternative. The homeowners are now enjoying a warm home while also lowering their carbon footprint.
Switching from steel to PVC beads works for Welsh Oak Frame

Switching from steel to PVC beads works for Welsh Oak Frame

Renderplas Ltd

Renderplas PVC render beads are contributing to the weather-tight external envelope of oak frame buildings by Welsh Oak Frame.
Exceptional lambda value prompts Keltbray switch to Ravatherm XPS X 500SL for White City Place development

Exceptional lambda value prompts Keltbray switch to Ravatherm XPS X 500SL for White City Place development

Ravago Building Solutions

Exceptional lambda value prompts Keltbray switch to Ravatherm XPS X 500SL for White City Place developmentCollaboration between Ravago Building Solutions, SIG Distribution, and Keltbray has seen Ravatherm XPS X insulation selected for the prestigious Gateway Central development at White City Place. The new eleven storey building meets significant demand for office space in West London and will serve as headquarters for such companies as L’Oreal UK and Ireland. With construction being managed by Sir Robert McAlpine, the development is set to open in 2022 and will feature Ravatherm XPS X 500 SL flooring insulation.Produced in King’s Lynn, UK, Ravatherm XPS X 500 SL is the perfect solution for heavy-duty applications; manufactured by extrusion production procedure, its closed-cell structure means it offers high compressive strength and resists deterioration. With a declared lambda of 0.031 or 0.032 dependent on thickness, and resistance to water and frost, it is a high-performing and long-lasting thermal insulation.Chris Gimson, Commercial Director UK & Ireland, Ravago Building Solutions, said: “Our partnership with SIG and Keltbray for this project has ensured that the Gateway Central building will benefit from high performance thermal insulation, securing significant savings on energy costs and usage – a key consideration for buildings of this size.”Noel Healy, Drylining Director, SIG added: “Dealing with construction engineering specialists like Keltbray and supplying them with innovative insulation solutions from a company with the pedigree of Ravago is part of SIG’s heritage. It is a privilege to work with them both as part of the supply chain for Gateway Central at White City Place.”Andrew Healey, Project Manager for Keltbray added: “We were greatly impressed by Ravago’s swift and effective collaborative approach to providing a solution for this project that satisfied both structural and thermal requirements, ensuring outstanding quality without compromise to our budget and programme constraints.”
Hand Dryer Case Study (Large Hostel Group) - Youth Hostel Association, YHA (England & Wales)

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.
Fuel for forklift trucks

Fuel for forklift trucks

Calor Gas Ltd

There are numerous benefits of switching to Calor gas from alternative fuels such as electric and diesel. If you switch to our sustainable BioLPG tariff, you can obtain certified CO2 savings.But don't just take our word for it. Hear from our client Eurocell: "In our discussions with Calor, it was clear that choosing their Green Energy Plan, which provides a blend of 40% renewable BioLPG and 60% conventional LPG for our FLT fleet, would help drive our sustainability agenda and deliver clear benefits in a number of areas."
Another hot one for August …

Another hot one for August …

HMS Decorative Surfacing Limited

The beginning of August saw temperatures hit record highs for the second time this year and in a matter of weeks of the previous heatwave … but that didn’t stop us, we simply switched to working nights!
No Looking Back For Lockdown Windows

No Looking Back For Lockdown Windows

Liniar

Lockdown Windows have been fabricating windows, conservatories, and doors using Liniar’s industry-leading profiles since switching from an alternative systems house over two years ago. 
201 Deansgate Manchester

201 Deansgate Manchester

FLOCONTROL LTD

This case study describes the switch over from a Constant Flow System to a Variable Flow System which was made easy with FlowCon E-Just ABV and Green PICV removable inserts. Only the insert and actuator had to be swapped to facilitate the change cost-effectively.
Artisan building complex in Fitzrovia, London

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.
Moto Services, Rugby

Moto Services, Rugby

Tata Steel

A long-awaited motorway service area on one of the countries busiest junctions - north of Rugby, at Junction 1 of the M6 - opened at the end of April 2021, bringing confidence to hauliers and logistics companies to make the switch to electric vehicles with provision of 24 ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging points.Around 3,500m2 of Tata Steel’s RoofDek D159 structural decking was used to form the support structure for the standing seam roof of the service areas main amenity building.
Guernsey Airport Fire Station

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.
Residential Tadelakt Steam Room

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 - Queens Square, Crawley

HLAC Access Hatch - Queens Square, Crawley

Surespan

Project:Surespan manufactured a single leaf HLAC recessed access hatch to Queens Square in Crawley, part of a £3.2 million project. ProductSurespan manufactured an 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 a 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.
Heavily glazed building benefits from dual roller system

Heavily glazed building benefits from dual roller system

Yewdale Corporation Ltd

Standard Life Investments’ new £75m development at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh, as with many modern builds, it is fronted with lots of glass. It looks amazing and delivers plenty of natural light, but often requires robust shading solutions to protect people from the sun’s glare and heat. The fit-out company opted to use YewdaleDefiant® R20 systems with side channels throughout, and the YewdaleDefiant® R20M with double bracket. This allowed the installation of a dimout screen fabric and a blackout fabric, which can be easily switched between at the touch of a button. Read more...
Installation and mounting solutions in laboratories

Installation and mounting solutions in laboratories

BROEN-LAB

Hoses BROEN-LAB flexible hoses are the easy way to make the installation in the laboratory where safety and efficiency are required. Installation with our hoses saves time and labour, which means reduced installation costs. Taps, valves and regulators No laboratory solution is stronger than its weakest link. Rely on high quality BROEN-LAB products for every detail of your solution. Quick couplings BROEN-LAB Quick Couplings are the right choice when you need to switch between media on a frequent basis. These couplings help you change setup quickly and safely.
Site power monitoring solution helping to reduce power usage and carbon emissions –construction site.

Site power monitoring solution helping to reduce power usage and carbon emissions –construction site.

IDE Systems

Improving site power usage, such as low energy products, hybrid systems and active power switching requires the right knowledge of why and when power is needed, information that until now has been guess work and can often lead to ineffective solutions. Erica brings this information right to the engineer’s desk, enabling them to make optimum choices and demonstrate real savings. To find out more on how Erica was utilised at a construction site, click on our case study attached. More information on Erica can be found by visiting our website via the link below.
Event power monitoring solution helping to reduce power usage and carbon emissions – Christmas market.

Event power monitoring solution helping to reduce power usage and carbon emissions – Christmas market.

IDE Systems

Improving site power usage, such as low energy products, hybrid systems and active power switching requires the right knowledge of why and when power is needed, information that until now has been guess work and can often lead to ineffective solutions. Erica brings this information right to the engineer’s desk, enabling them to make optimum choices and demonstrate real savings. To find out more on how Erica was utilised at a Christmas market, click on our case study attached. More information on Erica can be found by visiting our website via the link below.
Biomass Access Cover - National Justice Centre

Biomass Access Cover - National Justice Centre

Surespan

Project: Surespan custom-designed a hatch to provide access to a Biomass storage plant at the new Criminal Justice Centre, Northampton.Product: 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 chequer plate 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

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
Boxed Glazed Roof Access - Circle Hospital Bath

Boxed Glazed Roof Access - Circle Hospital Bath

Surespan

Project:Architects Foster + Partners approached Surespan to design and manufacture two roof hatches for Circle Hospital Bath – the new centre of clinical excellence due to open in late 2009. Product: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.
Pendock’s bespoke casings for Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Pendock’s bespoke casings for Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Pendock

A combination of Pendock Radius column casings and Pendock Linea pilaster linings are installed at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital to conceal structural supports, hospital services and waste pipework.Manufactured from pre-formed ply/MDF, every bespoke casing is finished in durable and easy-to-clean high-pressure laminate (HPL), which not only resists damage but also supports hygiene regimes.In addition to concealing electrical cabling and pipework for hand washing, the casings also incorporate a range of facilities, such as wash basins, electrical power outlets, light switches and nurse call buttons, which are all mounted to the surface.
Glazed Sliding Roof Hatch - London

Glazed Sliding Roof Hatch - London

Surespan

Surespan manufactured a double-glazed sliding access hatch for use in a private residential apartment in London. Product2640 (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 inner pane, divided into two panes.
Hardie® VL Plank - Upper Level Extension

Hardie® VL Plank - Upper Level Extension

James Hardie Building Products Ltd

Classic meets contemporary with new Hardie® VL Plank interlock board on new extension.Traditional home in Harrogate was extended at the rear with a new double-storey extension and contrasting tongue and groove Hardie® VL Plank weatherboard on the upper level.The homeowner chose Hardie® VL Plank board for its' fresh, symmetrical look and low maintenance properties. Here Anthracite Grey in cedar complements the local stone to offer a strong contrast. The end result is a striking renovation that beautifully captures the character of the home's local heritage. "Mixing traditional with modern was key to our design and so we quickly switched to Hardie® VL Plank for the crisp, clean lines to contrast with the exposed stone" - Private Homeowner.
Natural and smoke ventilation at Newton House

Natural and smoke ventilation at Newton House

D+H UK

Newton House is a brand new Housing 21 Extra Care Living development in Penrith. It promotes independent living for people over the age of 55, with access to on-site care. The development offers 54 one and two bedroom apartments.Newton House provides fully accessible facilities for residents and visitors. These include a restaurant, hair salon, residents’ lounge, activity room and communal gardens.For the natural smoke ventilation system at Newton House, Dyer provided roof vents, dampers and louvres, and supplied and installed the controls in order to ventilate the communal areas.Three staircases are ventilated by certified smoke vent rooflights, each fitted with a KA 54 chain drive. Each of the three internal corridors are ventilated via smoke shafts with smoke dampers and grilles (with concealed drives) at each corridor level and a rooflight at the head of the shaft.Dual colour aluminium double glazed louvres each fitted with a single LDF louvre drive, ventilate the six corridors.All staircase roof vents and louvres are CE marked and tested to EN 12101-2. The shaft dampers are CE marked and tested to EN 12101-8.Dyer supplied and installed a multizone smoke ventilation control panel with 72 hour battery back up, with one breakglass reset switch for each zone. The control panel will receive signals from the fire alarm to individually trigger each zone. When a corridor zone is triggered, the vent at the head of the adjacent staircase will open. If a smoke shaft inlet vent is triggered, all remaining vents will be locked in the closed position to prevent spread of heat and smoke between floors.The end of corridor louvres can be used for natural day-to-day ventilation when required. Each has a switch located nearby, when pressed, will open the louvres to 25%, allowing fresh air to enter the corridors.
Boxed Glazed Sliding Rooflights - High-End Offices & Apartments, London

Boxed Glazed Sliding Rooflights - High-End Offices & Apartments, London

Surespan

Project:The construction of luxury offices and apartments required a bespoke access solution to the roof.ProductSurespan designed and manufactured a boxed glazed sliding rooflight with a glazed vertical upstand.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.Features:Operated electrically via concealed 24v DC actuators35.5mm sealed double glazedPilkington 6mm toughened K polished20mm Warm Edge silver spacer barPilkington 9.5mm toughened & laminated inner pane. U-Value of 1.5 W/m²K.
SMARTPLY PROPASSIV provides energy efficient solution to environmental engineer’s Passivhaus project

SMARTPLY PROPASSIV provides energy efficient solution to environmental engineer’s Passivhaus project

MEDITE SMARTPLY

Nestled in the fashionable, switched-onNestled in the fashionable, switched-on London borough of Camden, high-performance London Max Fordham House has been completed  to the highest energy saving standards with to the highest energy saving standards with SMARTPLY PROPASSIV.An ultra-low energy, all-electric, contemporary three-bedroom ‘Passivhaus’, Max Fordham House is specifically designed by bere: architects to feature a thermal envelope geared towards reducing heat loss.The less heat lost from a building, the more overall environmentally efficient it can be. One way to do achieve as little heat loss as possible is making the building airtight, which is the aim of the Passivhaus system.SMARTPLY PROPASSIV, a structural OSB panel with integrated vapour control developed by MEDITE SMARTPLY especially for use in Passivhaus construction, is the vital ingredient in this project. Specified by the award-winning Bow Tie Construction company, SMARTPLY PROPASSIV provides a state-of-the-art, engineered vapour barrier with consistently high vapour resistance over the entire surface.“The house uses a fabric-first Passivhaus approach, requiring only a fraction of the energy needed by a similarly sized home built to the minimum requirements of UK Building Regulations, for all uses including “The house uses a fabric-first Passivhaus approach, requiring only a fraction of the energy needed by a similarly sized home built to the minimum requirements of UK Building Regulations, for all uses including heating,” Hagop Heath-Matossian, Business Development Manager at Bow Tie Construction, says.“We chose to specify SMARTPLY PROPASSIV because it is efficient, reliable and it was important to us that all timber products used were sustainably manufactured and sourced; PROPASSIV offered us a guaranteed sustainable timber solution. Vitally, the client was delighted with the end result.”Max Fordham House, which was completed in the Spring of 2019 and achieves an Energy Performance Certificate of B 83, is the third project that Bow Tie Construction has specified PROPASSIV for, favouring it for its rigidity and quality assurance compared to a traditional membrane-based system.Hagop explains: “PROPASSIV was specifically used to insulate the roof of the Max Fordham House, but has been used within the entire interior space in other Passivhaus projects previously, to great success.”In most Passivhaus projects in the UK, a membrane is used as an airtight barrier for the properties’ insulation, however, such solutions can be easily damaged during the construction process. SMARTPLY PROPASSIV offers a solution to this as it will not come apart during a negative pressure test like a membrane would.
Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport

Komfort Partitioning Ltd

To achieve the high-performance requirements, specialist contractor Allied Ireland, developed a solution and provided a range of Komfort’s new partitioning and door systems which offer market-leading acoustics.Komfort’s Polar 100 double glazed partitioning system achieved acoustic ratings of up to 51dB (Rw) and was installed across the meeting rooms to ensure privacy. This frameless glazed system with its bubble joints and minimal framing creates a high-end aesthetic that maximises natural light.This system was complemented by Komfort’s acoustic Sonik doors, which also achieves a high acoustic rating of up to 40dB (Rw). The striking black aluminium framing of the doors creates an intriguing and contemporary contrast to the white surroundings. The curved walls also add another dimension of interest to the design to help soften the surrounding space.In today’s increasingly demanding workplace, privacy is essential for a host of reasons. This, coupled with intelligent technology being an integral component of any leading commercial space, Komfort’s partitioning systems were made compatible with room booking systems for enhanced user experience and Komfort’s SwitchGlass.Allied designs using Komfort’s SwitchGlass technology removed the need for blinds. The glass turns from opaque to transparent at the flick of a switch, allowing for instantaneous privacy. This is an efficient, space-saving and innovative way to add privacy to any meeting room.
Award-winning sustainable luxury Finnish lodges with FAKRO z-wave roof windows

Award-winning sustainable luxury Finnish lodges with FAKRO z-wave roof windows

Fakro GB Ltd

About the projectFrisby Lakes Lodge Park is an award-winning East Midlands site with a plan to develop 59 luxurious Finnish Log lodges made from 100% renewable material. Situated in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside with lodges overlooking a large fishing lake, this stunning park has a lot to offer for those wishing to move to an upcoming, safe-haven location for the over 45’s including beautiful electric-operated FAKRO roof windows.These timber-built Finnish Log lodges use materials sourced from managed forests and other controlled sources, which are crucial to sustainability and are FSC® certified. FAKRO roof windows add to the eco credentials as they use FSC-certified pine to make their high-quality pine frames.Which FAKRO products are installed?Installed into the luxury lodges are FAKRO’s FTW-V P2 Z-Wave roof windows with ARF Blackout Z-Wave blinds that are controlled remotely. At the flick of a switch, residents are able to specify the airflow through the room as well as automating the operation of the blinds, giving them the best of both worlds in one window system! Why were FAKRO products chosen?The eco-credentials of FAKRO windows were very important to this build. In terms of environmental impact, FAKRO products are designed to provide the highest standards of thermal efficiency while being manufactured using replenishable natural resources.
White & Co, Battersea Power Station

White & Co, Battersea Power Station

Armourcoat Ltd

The striking interior was designed by LaVita Style and features Perlata providing a rich, yet elegant finish to the walls in the reception area and corridors. The design uses light and shade to reveal subtle textures and tones resonating a calm and reassuring atmosphere. Working to a soft colour palette the use of additional custom ArmourFX Granite polished plaster panels to the front desk creates a stunning first impression.Lucy Walker, interior designer at Lavita Style Ltd comments “We chose Armourcoat for this project for their specialist expertise and creativity and were absolutely delighted with the end results. We wanted to create a striking yet welcoming reception and waiting area and this was achieved through Perlata’s beautiful finish in a range of tones and colours. Armourcoat realised our vision throughout the whole design process and delivered seamlessly. I would certainly choose Armourcoat for any future projects”The new dental practice, White & Co is part of the innovative redevelopment work to convert the Grade II* listed legendary landmark into a unique blend of residential, commercial, and cultural spaces. Armourcoat has also been specified in various other projects within this exciting development including the Boiler House and Switch House West where Armourcoat Tactite was applied within various bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms and Embassy Gardens which included Armourcoat Koncrete finishes to entrance areas and columnsClient: White & Co, Battersea Power Station, London Designer: La Vita Style @lavitastyleltd Contractor: Apollo Interiors Photography: Mark Bolton @markboltonphoto
SMART GATE AND MESH IN PAVILION MAKEOVER

SMART GATE AND MESH IN PAVILION MAKEOVER

Zaun Limited

The Trumpington Residents’ Association and Cambridge City Council wanted to update a 60-year-old pavilion at the heart of the village in a £600,000 community project.Cambridge architects 5th Studio designed a striking colourful exterior cladding. They turned to an artist specialising in the treatment and perimeter fencing manufacturer Zaun to create the multi-coloured stripe effect with a specialist bright green protective steel mesh ‘cage’.The SolutionTrumpington Pavilion employs an unusual multi-coloured exterior treatment. An artist specialing in the technique has dribbled green, blue, red and yellow randomly onto a corrugated plastic sandwich sheet, which is then covered with Zaun’s Duo8 mesh in bright green, fixed to coloured timber battens.The pavilion includes a main building with a hall, youth room, kitchen, toilets, office and inter-connected changing rooms for two teams plus an officials’ room.The doors to the changing rooms are in boldly contrasting colours. At the same time, an eight-metre green mesh electric sliding gate protects the building but opens to provide unrestricted access to the patio and the King George V Playing Fields beyond.Zaun installed the Diamond cantilever sliding gate with Duo8 mesh in-fill, KeyFob and internally mounted switchto ensure both the safety of all users of the pavilion when the gates are operated especially children, and the security of the contents when the pavilion is not in use.The original pavilion, built in the early 1950s, was about half the size of the new main building, including a small hall and changing rooms.
NBS Chorus for Architecture

NBS Chorus for Architecture

NBS

Based in London, Mulroy Architects is an award-winning, RIBA-Chartered Practice. They are a small team of nine staff that works mostly on residential projects and projects such as Radley College's rowing centre and a hostel for backpackers in Tower Bridge.When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Mulroy Architects acted early and started working from home within 24 hours. With respect to writing project specifications, Director Andrew Mulroy said that the transition was ‘“seamless’” thanks to NBS Chorus. 12 months on, the team is still working from home, and all specification writing now takes place collaboratively using Chorus.  MOVING TO CHORUSThe practice had been using NBS Scheduler since 2009, but with the move to home-working and most of their other software becoming cloud-based, it made sense to move to NBS Chorus. ‘We had a demonstration of Chorus when the pandemic hit, and we were impressed with its feature set and how intuitive it was compared to NBS Scheduler. We also knew that Scheduler would be retiring later in 2021, so we wanted to make sure we were well prepared. With the help of our account manager and the NBS support and training, we were able to switch over Chorus quickly’, Andrew said. 'We realised that by moving to Chorus, we could reduce our hardware costs and switch to writing specifications on Apple Macs rather than on PC – this was not possible with the older NBS software. With the software being cloud-based, we can now work anywhere with it – another key benefit.'One of the other advantages of using a cloud-based specification platform is that it allows greater collaboration. Chorus enables internal and external collaboration by allowing specifiers to invite other team members into the project environment. This is one of the main features that Mulroy Architects has been utilizing. ‘Even though we’re a small practice, the way we run the office is by having teams of four working on a project; that way, everybody works on everything’, Andrew said. 'We’ve recently started on a project where we’re all collaborating on the same specification as a team. It’s great to be able to see changes that the team are making in real-time and be able to leave notes directly on the spec – it speeds up decision making and how long it takes to complete a project.'  A RANGE OF BENEFITS Greater collaboration also means a greater level of risk management – something that Andrew says the practice has ‘without a doubt’ benefitted from with NBS Chorus due to the latest industry standards always being up-to-date and available at the user’s fingertips. As well as the overall impact on the business, Chorus has also helped to build the business’ level of specification knowledge and skills internally. ‘The guidance and notes on Chorus are brilliant for updates’, he said. 'Standards are automatically updated within Chorus, and reading what's changed helps to improve your knowledge. The product information from NBS Source, that’s available in Chorus, is also useful - knowing which products have third party certification is essential to us when creating a specification, so having that information available saves everybody a lot of time at the design stage.'Andrew also believes that Chorus is helping the practice to specify sustainably.'If you’re working on a project which is BREEAM rated, some of the clauses start to address that. Throughout the guidance notes and product literature, the sustainability information is embedded, which is good.'‘The industry’s shift to digital is a mammoth task and what NBS is doing is great. Cloud-based systems are the way forward’.
HEALTHCARE - The Donna Louise Hospice uses Entra+

HEALTHCARE - The Donna Louise Hospice uses Entra+

Securefast Limited

The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People provides a lifeline to hundreds of families across Staffordshire and South Cheshire who are facing every parent’s worst nightmare; the heart-breaking knowledge that they will almost certainly outlive their child.The new Donna House Trust building in Stoke-on-Trent required an access control system that allowed staff free movement around the building but also allowed visitors access to certain areas without compromising the security for both staff and patients. The Entra+ system provided for the needs of the hospice with control of the lifts to each floor, privacy on clinical rooms and access to the main entrance doors.The main entrance doors were controlled using a proximity reader to enter and the AEB15 DDA Press to Exit Button fitted on the inside with a ACP320/G Manual Call Point with a transparent cover to prevent accidental activation.The lifts used the AEN2020 Entra+ Door controller and each stairwell door was fitted with a fire rated AEMSF300 Shear Electro-magnetic lock with a proximity reader on both sides to control access in both directions, again fitted with the ACP320/G MCP and also fitted into the fire alarm so that all doors are released on activation or the alarm.Many of the Clinical Rooms used an AH111 Electric Release to secure the doors when closed with a proximity reader on the outside and a lever handle on the inside for immediate egress in one action.A number of bedrooms had a Jack and Jill bathroom between them with the door secured by the fire rated AEMSF300 Shear Electro-magnet which was release by a single gang rocker switch with extended opening / closing and a FATE 654 LED Indicator fitted on a single gang above the door on both sides to indicate if the bathroom was vacant or in use.
Leicestershire Police Charging Lockers

Leicestershire Police Charging Lockers

Helmsman

Helmsman won an exciting Leicestershire Police project for charging lockers with bespoke specifications. Leicestershire Police is the territorial Police force responsible for policing Leicestershire and Rutland areas in England.For this project, we had to balance two sets of needs. We needed to create an ideal storage solution for technological equipment and to deliver something stylish and space-saving. Our team recommended a few options, but being able to provide a bespoke powered solution was most important.Helmsman manufactured, supplied and delivered bespoke powered lockers to the headquarter office in Enderby for the frontline staff. Above all, these lockers serve the purpose of storing technological devices such as laptops and airwave radios. Security has been the key to this project. A request of 12 compartments per locker meant lockers could hold more items within the small space.Inside each compartment, there are 2 UK sockets with double USB portals on each side. Each locker compartment has a four-number combination lock for protection. Every locker has a ‘D’ door which can open all locker compartments with one master key, only accessible for supervisors who may need to reset locks for a single locker compartment. The ON/OFF switch is located at the top of each locker in the sloping top, saving electricity and keeping clear of clutter. Sizes are 1800mm high by 450mm wide and 500mm deep, been powder coated in standard colours of ‘ice’ and ‘royale’ for the doors. These doors have bespoke square perforations specifically requested by Leicestershire Police. In addition, they are easy to use and plug into a standard wall socket.Emergency service personnel in mind, Police lockers provide robust, practical storage solutions. We manufacture a variety of Police lockers for uniforms, kits and other equipment.
Dorma Hüppe i-Track Intelligent semi self parking moveable walls by Style

Dorma Hüppe i-Track Intelligent semi self parking moveable walls by Style

Style - Moveable Partition Specialists

The innovative new i-Track from Dorma Hüppe has been designed to make the moving of tall moveable walls both simple and safe for the operator. Modular in design, the system employs a sequence of curves and internal track switches to allow the smooth and easy movement of large, heavy panels. Cleverly harnessing the kinetic energy created by panel movement, i-Track utilises that momentum to effortlessly facilitate a change in direction as each panel passes through the curves, into and out of the parking pocket. Track diverters are used to manually program the carriers to automatically move each panel to the correct parking location.The i-Track really comes into its own where panel height exceeds 5000mm, when weight can become an issue with right-angled track. The use of curves not only improves overall functionality but ensures no point of collision, reducing wear and tear on track and carriers. This significantly extends the operational life of the moveable wall system, contributing to long-term sustainability and ultimately reducing maintenance costs.Since the launch of the i-Track, Style, sole UK distributor for Dorma Hüppe moveable walls, has installed this comprehensive solution in a variety of locations from schools and conference facilities to hospitality venues.“i-Track innovation really is a game changer for moveable wall systems with the days of wrestling oversized panels now a thing of the past,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.“As the i-Track makes it easier and safer for the operator to quickly reconfigure multi-functional rooms, the likelihood of the space being used to its full operational potential all day, every day is greatly increased.”If requirements change over time, the modular nature of i-Track allows the existing layout to be cost-effectively altered, rather than requiring an entirely new system.   

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