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Amwell has re-launched 3 of their most popular commercial cubicle ranges – Coolite, Truline and Urban.
Amwell are constantly focusing on delivering the latest in design innovation and so new product development is a key part of their business. As well as the most up to date designs Amwell’s dedicated new product development (NPD) team are also committed to ensuring that only the highest quality fixtures and fittings are used;
“We want customers to feel safe in the knowledge that whatever the cubicle system they choose from the Amwell range they are specifying the highest quality washroom products for their project”
“With Amwell’s fresh faced Urban, Coolite and Truline systems specifiers can be confident that they are doing just that.”
For more information or to view Interplan’s full product range visit www.interplanpanelsystems.com or call 0141 336 4040
With the largest of its six outlets measuring 4,700ft², the decision by independent electrical goods retailer HBH Woolacotts to create a new 18,000ft² store was a big step in the company’s expansion.
And Managing Director Martin Hemmerle, son of the family firm’s founder, had a clear idea of what he wanted to create at the St Austell flagship. He commented: “We wanted the retail environment to look different to the normal superstore. In some stores it’s just about how many boxes you can fit in, but that’s not retailing, it’s about making it an experience.”
Helen Morse, senior designer at design, shopfitting and management consultancy AM System Ltd, was responsible for bringing the vision to life for the St Austell store. She used international vinyl flooring specialist Gerflor’s Creation Luxury Vinyl Tile & Plank (LVT) range with its 89 realistic wood and mineral finishes to define spaces, without obvious walkways, which would showcase the goods in similar settings to customers’ homes and create a cafe and cookery demonstration area.
Wood-effect Creation Moon Island planks were used to create lounges and apartment floors, while Creation Marble Modena was used for white goods on the ground floor. The darker Creation East Side mineral tiles and wood effect Buxton oak planks were also specified for audio-visual spaces and office environments. The work was carried out by Bodmin Flooring Centre.
Helen Morse said: “We wanted to pull out all the stops and do something more adventurous. The vision was to create an apartment on a mezzanine floor to encourage visitors, as it’s hard to get people upstairs. It looks fantastic and when you get up there there’s also a cook shop, a cafe area with space for cookery demonstrations, and eco appliances.”
She added: “Because it’s a big space, it could take a strong finish so we kept it pale, with whites and greys, and got the flooring to work a little harder. I liked the Creation colour palette; the timbers look authentic, and Moon Island is very popular at the moment.”
Usually specified for public and commercial areas needing a sophisticated look while coping with high footfall, Gerflor launched its new range of Creation Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks after listening to customers’ ideas and demands. The range has many products with bevelled edges for added realism and includes seven unique design concepts and three striking modern themes.
With a wear layer of 0.7mm and an overall thickness of 2.5mm for added durability, Creation’s good looks are underpinned by an abrasion group T rating. The application of Gerflor’s unique PUR+ surface treatment as standard allows for easy cleaning and improved resistance to scratching. It significantly delays the need for wax and provides excellent resistance to chemicals.
The end result is that 18 months after opening the St Austell superstore, Martin Hemmerle is delighted with how the flooring and store looks. He said: “We have had a fantastic reaction from our customers. It’s the largest electrical retail store in Cornwall and it’s quite different.The suppliers are absolutely delighted as well and we’ve had a lot of visits from national dealers to see what we’ve done.”
Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or contact us to speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing email@example.com, or visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.
The standard range of Miranit basins from Franke Washroom Systems have been available for specialist applications for a number of years. Now with the introduction of Miranit Bespoke it is possible to have a run of basins made to measure for use in washrooms situated in hotel lobbies, public houses and restaurants, stadiums, schools or office – in fact any public washroom.
Miranit Bespoke provides bespoke bowl choices, in a choice of Matte or High-Gloss white along with four styles of washbasins; straight, D shape, L shape and corner-convex and are available in lengths up to 3.6 metres. High Gloss white has a gelcoat surface with the main material made from 80% natural minerals and 20% unsaturated polyester resin. The smooth, non-porous surface means that lime scale and stains cannot cling – making the bowls easy and very quick to clean. Miranit Matte is made from 2/3 aluminum hydroxide and 1/3 polyester resin and is the same material and colour right through. This means it is robust and resistant to scratches and importantly, extremely hygienic.
Franke Washroom Systems has developed a new moulded manufacturing process which allows designers and architects to specify both the size and the shape of the overall basin. Bowls can be with or without a tap hole, with or without a front apron and include a waste disposal barrel if required. Other options include; the distance between bowls, depth and width of basins and height of design.
If you’re looking to specify a conservatory roof that offers greater thermal efficiency, with U-values as low as 0.15, and lower noise levels than conventional conservatory roofs, while complying with all Building Regulations – Equinox is the solution.
The benefits of the new roof include:
Outdoor rooms you can use every day
Without constant heating or cooling, traditional conservatories with glazed or polycarbonate roofs can rarely be used all year round. Eurocell now offers an advanced, solid and fully insulated roof system that enables any occasionally used conservatory to be transformed into an every-day living space.
The easy way to revitalise old conservatory roofs
Equinox is a fully insulated tiled roof system, available in kits for simple retrofitting to existing conservatories.
Energy-saving design for year-round comfort
The roof has solid insulation panels integrated within the structure, achieving an incredibly low U-value of 0.15. Such superior energy efficiency means no more extremes of temperature inside the conservatory, making it a comfortable room in all weathers.
Attractive styling – inside and out
The roof can be fitted with slate-style tiles or standard tiles in a range of colours to complement any property. The internal surface of the roof can be finished with a modern plasterboard or tongue and groove timber ceiling, creating the look and feel of a conventional home extension.
To find out more about the Equinox conservatory roof system call Eurocell today on 0333 920 8577. Alternatively, visit our website: www.eurocell.co.uk/365
Millboard is a resin-mineral composite (RMC) decking board, manufactured in the UK as a high quality alternative to wood plastic composite (WPC) and hardwood decking. It is the UK’s only wood free composite that far exceeds anti slip rating to BS 79.76., with the added benefit of being stain and fade resistant as well as being maintenance free. Millboard’s unique blend of polymer resin and fibres is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional timber. Perfect for piers, balconies, roof terraces, paths, gardens, children’s play areas. Millboard is a complete external flooring solution, providing composite sub frame systems, composite and stainless steel railing, pedestal systems for roof terraces and accessories for a complete decking project. It was inspired by nature but designed for living, so with Millboard; the possibilities are endless.
A decade of meticulous planning has gone into the massive regeneration programme in the King’s Cross area of London.
Fifty new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets and 10 new public squares spread across 67 acres and providing living and working space for 45,000 people make up this impressive programme.
As part of the first phase of the ambitious regeneration programme nears completion, Hunter Douglas has taken centre stage in providing eye-catching and innovative shutter systems for the ArtHouse apartment complex.
The 143 intelligently planned apartments look out over Regent’s Canal and Handyside Park and the stunning building has benefited from the sliding louvered shutters provided by Hunter Douglas.
The company worked closely with award-winning architects dRMM, the client, Argent Group, Weedon partnership and Kier Construction to complete the largest shutter project Hunter Douglas has completed in the UK. The shutters were installed by Astec projects Ltd.
This is a key residential scheme which will define the standard for new homes as part of regeneration project. A spokesman for the architects explained the building is formed of four residential clusters, creating localised communities and the ability to maximise dual aspect apartments and the system created by Hunter Douglas was key to the success of the design.
"Responding to residents’ needs for shade and privacy, the sliding louvred screens animate the face of the building and allow residents the ability to control their environment with shading,” he added.
Hunter Douglas is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of architectural solutions. For the King’s Cross scheme, 435 sliding shutters with manual and motorised systems were installed. The company also supplied soffits with linear ceilings.
The project also presented particular design and installation challenges, such as the double height shutters of over 6m for the ArtHouse’s duplex apartments.
Hunter Douglas Sliding Shutters blend style and functionality – both inside a building and outside. By providing building exteriors with a bespoke look as well as offering optimal solar effectiveness for maximum internal comfort, Sliding Shutters offer a total building solution.
For King’s Cross, a system providing a stylish solution for both sun control and privacy was required and Hunter Douglas combined its knowledge and expertise with the client, architects and contractors to create the right solution. Using the Hunter Douglas heat and energy calculation tools, the company designed a shutter with optimal fin spacing to maximise thermal control and privacy without hindering the view from the apartments.
Shutters are a mainstay of traditional construction and with the abundance of glass in modern architecture, proper sun protection and a certain amount of privacy are important to create an internal comfort. The Hunter Douglas sliding and custom designed folding shutters provide these elements while creating distinct looks which add to the building’s appearance.
It’s new. It’s innovative. And it leads the market in terms of looks, performance and value for money. You can create a whole range of different fenestration types and architectural styles from a single system.
Welcome to modus® – the UK’s first fully integrated 75mm window and door system. Offering three sash styles, U-values of 0.7 and a 12-year guarantee*, modus® delivers the best of all worlds.
Discover the full range of benefits modus® offers for yourself. Call 0333 777 3051 now – and receive your FREE brochure. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Esterno External Porcelain Flooring
Esterno was created to meet the needs of planners who are looking for continuity and integration in outdoor projects, offering a broad range of quality products that are highly reliable and impeccable in terms of aesthetics and technical performance.
Eco-friendly, anti-slip and long lasting, the single-piece porcelain stoneware with anti-slip surface finish, offers four installation solutions; raised, traditional adhesive and laid on grass or gravel. These functional, easy to fit tiles are the ideal solution for your external project.
Powermatic® controlled, concealed door closers boast an impressive array of fire performance and accessibility credentials: It is CE marked, complies with BS EN 1154 and BS 1634-1 for half hour and one hour fire doors and facilitates compliance with the accessibility requirements of Approved Document M and BS 8300. In addition to its technical performance, as a jamb-mounted, concealed door closer, Powermatic® has become the designer’s choice when it comes to retaining the aesthetics of an interior and is enjoying popularity across the building industry for the many other advantages that concealment delivers. As well as enhanced aesthetics, Powermatic® provides many other practical benefits in the areas of health and safety, economics and even hygiene.
From the aesthetic perspective, the concealed door closer is the automatic choice for those wishing to preserve the appearance of a door and/or interior design, and Samuel; Heath door closers have been at the forefront of the market. Surface mounted door closers feature unsightly control arms and boxes that spoil the appearance of doors and interiors. Being totally invisible when the door is closed, and particularly unobtrusive when the door is open, Powermatic® obviates such issues, providing the designer with the ideal solution where appearance is paramount. The benefits of enhanced aesthetics are recognised not only in high-end, design-conscious interiors, but also in other applications where the sight of mechanical devices can create an undesirable institutionalised, functional atmosphere. In other situations, the benefits of the jamb-mounted, concealed door closer become clearer when one considers the many types of buildings and applications in which the door closer has been used:-
The risk of a door closer being damaged is particularly high in most educational establishments. The protruding arms and control boxes that are so evident with surface mounted door closers can present a very tempting target for the would-be vandal or prankster. The costs of repair and replacement can extend beyond replacing the door closer to repairing or replacing the entire door, and they can be considerable. More worrying, a damaged door closer can render the door useless. The result may only be inconvenience, but in the case of a fire, the potential for disaster is easy to appreciate. The Powermatic® concealed door closer removes much of the temptation and opportunity for vandalism, potentially reducing costs and enhancing the comfort and safety of a building’s occupants. Additionally, whilst not a risk immediately associated with mainstream educational establishments, the risk of door closers being used as a point of ligature might also be a consideration. Recent anecdotal evidence suggests that one education authority replaced overhead door closers throughout all schools with Powermatic® to reduce the risk of self-harm.
Health and care
The healthcare sector draws a similarly broad and varied number of benefits from the use of jamb-mounted concealed door closers, most of which derive from the specifics of each application:- From the safety perspective, in addition to the implications that a vandalised door closer might present, specialist areas of the health sector, such as psychiatric care, demand that particular attention be paid to the safety of vulnerable people. Reduced, or anti, ligature solutions are vital in many such areas, and Powermatic® can make a valuable contribution in reducing the opportunity for self-harm. The door closer’s total concealment when the door is closed is an obvious factor in its anti-ligature credentials, as it reduces the temptation and opportunity for the closer to be used as a point of ligature. However, particularly apposite is the fact that Powermatic® can be mounted within 300mm of the bottom of the door, a height at which harm through ligature is considered impossible in the majority of circumstances. Hygiene and cleanliness are vital in every health establishment. With minimal surface exposure to the environment the jamb-mounted closer attracts very little detritus when in service. This feature and its low mounting height (normally no higher than the centre point of the door) make cleaning procedures and inspection regimes quick, easy and effective. Powermatic® can also make a valuable contribution towards the well-being of a health establishment’s clients. In both frontline health services, and provision of care for the elderly and mentally ill, there is broad recognition that providing a homely, less clinical atmosphere aids recovery and enhances the lives of the service’s consumers. As already mentioned, the concealed door closer can help to create a less institutionalised appearance to interiors, making for a more pleasant, comfortable and welcoming environment.
Enhanced aesthetics are probably the main reason that architects and designers specify Powermatic® controlled, concealed door closers for hotel applications. However, as with any building that is open to the public on a regular basis, hotels are, to varying degrees, subject to many of the health, safety and well-being considerations already mentioned for other buildings. From a practical perspective, the jamb-mounted closer can contribute towards sound insulation. Tests undertaken for architects on one high profile hotel project showed that the Powermatic® door closer offers some advantage over other concealed closing devices, as installation requires minimal morticing of the door to accommodate its body. Furthermore, the absence of protruding mechanical control arms and surface mounted boxes means that a jamb-mounted door closer offers an ideal solution in situations where door clearance is restricted, such as with 90° reveals. In addition, Powermatic®’s convenient position within the door facilitates quick and easy fine-tuning, unhindered by the restricted headroom experienced in some guestroom reveals.
In the commercial world, one area in which the jamb-mounted door closer is particularly favoured by designers and their clients is in raised floor situations where floor mounted door closing devices can be costly.
As with educational establishments and other public buildings, the risk of damage through vandalism is ever-present in private and social housing developments. Opting for jamb-mounted door closers in housing projects, particularly homes in multiple occupation, apartments and flats, offers significant benefits in costs, convenience and safety, both to those responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of properties as well as for the residents themselves.
Heritage and refurbishment
The jamb-mounted, concealed door closer lends itself particularly well to heritage and refurbishment projects where modern fire safety and convenience features need to be introduced, but where the retention of important, often historically significant, features and finishes is vital. The concealed door closer also delivers other practical features: Shaped door heads and the excavation of floors pose challenges for overhead door closers and floor springs respectively. The jamb-mounted door closer provides a simple and extremely effective solution.
Across all of these applications there is, inevitably, some commonality between the benefits that can be obtained through the use of Powermatic® jamb-mounted, concealed door closers. Each project places its own special demands, as do different situations. Considering the needs of clients and occupants of buildings is key to maximising these benefits. Powermatic® door closers offer the performance, reliability and versatility to deliver many benefits, possibly in hitherto unseen circumstances. Further information on Powermatic® can be obtained from perko-powermatic.com, or by contacting Samuel Heath on 0121 766 4200 or email@example.com.
Architects Anderson Bell and Christie chose REHAU’s Passivhaus certified GENEO® window system in a new residential development for North Ayrshire Council which was required to meet a Silver Active Level of sustainability as defined by the Scottish Building Regulations (2012 ed), Section 7.
The specification was laid down by the council for twelve new bungalows built on an exposed site in the town of Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae. In response, Anderson Bell and Christie adopted a ‘fabric first’ approach and focused on optimising the thermal performance of the insulation, cladding and windows in the buildings, choosing REHAU GENEO® because the system could offer U-Values as low as 0.68 W/m²K.
North Ayrshire Council had stated a preference for a PVC-U window solution because of its proven low maintenance properties and the REHAU GENEO® system was judged to be the most contemporary looking high performance window in a PVC finish. It is extruded in a fully recyclable RAU-FIPRO® fibre composite material but has a coextruded outer layer all the way around which is made from REHAU’s high quality RAU-PVC.
Aesthetically, the architects liked the slim 115mm sightlines of REHAU GENEO® coupled with the fact that it could be foiled externally in a grey finish and left white on the inside.
In total, 150 windows fabricated by specialists Solar Windows have been installed in twelve bungalows on the development in sizes ranging from 0.6m² to 5.2m², with U-Values as low as 0.68 W/m²K. All windows were triple glazed.
Alongside the windows, the bungalows also feature air source heat pumps, underfloor heating, enhanced insulation and water management systems to help reduce the energy requirements and minimise CO2 emissions.
The RAU-FIPRO® material used to extrude the 86mm REHAU GENEO® window is similar to the kinds of fire composites already used extensively in aircraft construction and Formula 1 design.
It is the inherent strength of this material which enables the six chambered REHAU GENEO® system to perform without any requirement for steel in standard sized windows. This eliminates the thermal bridges which can occur in conventionally reinforced PVC-U and helps to achieve the market leading thermal performance figures.
RENOLIT`S advanced product range offers a totally unique combination that provide fast solar installation solutions on flat and pitched roofs.
Calendared single ply membrane,fire retardant, recyclable and incredibly versatile. Backed by full product warranty.
The most reflective single ply membrane in the world. Reduces solar gain to the building and improves the efficiency of solar panels and solar thermal.
Unique PVC and aluminium carrier profile. Welded direct to the single ply, the system is light weight, eliminates penetration and damage to the roof surface. ( As caused by other methods of solar installation).
RENOLIT ALKORSOLAR FRAME:
Lightweight aluminium frame, the system has been wind tunnel tested to speeds of up to 200km per hour.
Innovative products for all buildings…………
The new ThermoSafe and ThermoCarbon entrance doors from Hörmann, designed for low energy homes and housing developments are setting new standards for insulation. Impressive thermal and acoustic insulation, plus high security, are all key features of these aluminium entrance doors.
Multi-point locking, conical swing bolts, security bolts and lock bolts that pull the doors tightly shut and rigid, CFC free, PU foam infill are also important features of Hörmann entrance doors. The infill also provides strength alongside its thermal performance.
The ThermoSafe features a 73mm thick door leaf with an aluminium sub-frame and thermal break, which gives an excellent thermal u-value as low as 0.8 W/m2K. Triple glazed panels with shatterproof safety glass on both the inside and outside, help to maintain the high level of insulation when these options are chosen.
For the ultimate in insulation, the ThermoCarbon door features a reinforced carbon fibre subframe in a 100mm thick door leaf, to produce an entrance door with a U-value of only 0.47 W/m2K. Quadruple glazed panels help to maintain this ground-breaking level. 9-point locking and hidden hinges are standard too.
These two new doors follow hot on the heels of the ThermoPro Plus steel faced entrance door, which with a Thermal U-value of only 1.0 W/m2K, is yet another high performance choice from the Hörmann range. A composite frame adds to the thermal integrity of the door-set, since it offers an improved thermal break.
These doors all offer high levels of insulation, security and importantly style.
The Optimum 100 is a high quality, reliable, chain driven vertical platform lift that is supplied complete with its own small footprint enclosure. The lift now comes with a 36 month warranty on all major drive components!
This is a self-supporting platform lift which will enhance the value of any building. Installation costs are kept to a minimum ensuring excellent value with a low ownership cost. The unit is compliant with Part M of the Building Regulations and has the following features as standard:
Please call us for a chat on 0845 006 8803 to find out more, the Optimum 100 really is this good!
Throughout 2013, we at EverEdge noticed an increase in interest for deeper versions of our current ProEdge range of edgings. For a number of years, we have produced ProEdge in 2.5 M lengths, 2.5 mm thick and in depths of 75, 100 and 125 mm. Landscape contractors and architects who are looking for a deeper edge can now use our DP1, a 150 mm deep ProEdge. To accommodate the extra depth, we have had to make one modification from our regular joint detail. Unlike the original range, the DP1 requires a coach bolt to connect the pieces which are supplied by EverEdge whenever lengths are purchased.
As well as the new DP1 product, 2013 saw the full launch of two other products. The EverEdge Garden Ring, whilst it was available in 2012 made a real impact in 2013 as word got out about the simplicity of this great product. The EverEdge Garden Ring is a preformed circle for edging around trees and shrubs which, once installed, gives a smart and practical solution to the problem of maintenance around young trees and shrubs.
The EverEdge Planter also became a hit in 2013. Made to order, the EverEdge Planter can be constructed to almost any design and from natural weathering steel, Cor-Ten, galvanised steel or powder-coated painted steel. Throughout 2013 there was solid demand for these planters, in many different designs, both in the UK and Europe. The largest project completed by EverEdge was for a roof garden in Norway where the client needed a Cor-Ten planter constructed to fit a very specific design. EverEdge came up with a planter for the architect, shipped in a flat-pack system and it’s simple construction meant the client got exactly what they were looking for and on time.
EverEdge will always listen to what the market is calling for. There are already two new products in the research and development stages that will be announced during Spring/Summer 2014 so keep checking the EverEdge website for news and updates. We wish you a busy and successful 2014.
In the event of an emergency, ensuring you are fully prepared with an evacuation plan will reduce the likelihood on an accident. When evacuating a building in an emergency, it is advised that lifts should not be used therefore the stairs is the safest option, however for some individuals unfortunately this is not as easy and alternative method is required.
Birmingham based Evac+Chair International is the world’s leading supplier and original manufacturer of evacuation chairs. The chairs are designed to accommodate disabled or mobility impaired people, allowing them to descend a staircase(s) in an emergency situation without the need of great physical strength or lifting.
The standard 300H MK4 edition Evac+Chair has a payload of 182kgs, an increase of 30kg on an earlier model. The 500 model has the capacity to hold an individual weighing 228kgs and is suitable for transporting heavier weights, it also includes a footrest, which can also be used as a support handle when the chair is being used in a two-person operation.
Evac+Chair provide comprehensive training and education to ensure the effective use of its products, installing confidence and safety to disabled or mobility impaired users and those assisting. Each training session is tailored to suit a specific range of risks that are highlighted by each customer. An employee who receives the Evac+Chair Key Trainer Masterclass © training can then competently train other employees within the workplace; this is a cost effective method of training staff on large or multi-site operations.
staff on large or multi-site operations. With over 20 years’ experience, Evac+Chair have become a leading specialist in emergency evacuation, ensuring their customers comply fully with health and safety regulations, this can range from providing products, advising on the legalities that surround evacuation planning and deployment to specific training and regular maintenance.
The team at Glazing Innovations primarily offer a full design, manufacture and installation on both standard and bespoke architectural glazing contracts. The company however often utilises its technical and site management resource to undertake many renovation and refurbishment based contracts. Services typically include consultancy, the stripping out and replacement, component and glass replacement, specialist cleaning and leak detection/remedial. The architectural glass refurbishment market is inevitably going to expand over the next few years, making it even more difficult to ensure that a suitably qualified/experienced company has been appointed for such works.
We have over 50 years senior management and director experience in architectural glazing and, by specifying our products and services, our company will offer professional advice throughout a contracts progression. We are often asked for our assistance during the pre-tender/planning process and asked for our consultation over faulty/dated glass installations.
Glazing Innovations have worked on many prestigious contracts, including The Eden Project, Docklands DLR, London Underground, Ness Botanic Gardens, Marriot Hotel (WIQ), Silverstone Innovation Centre and Mill House, Guernsey.
In addition to the undertaking of single specialist refurbishment contracts, Glazing Innovations are also able to offer an ongoing annual or biannual maintenance and servicing contract.