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A. Proctor Group Ltd

Roofshield gives the dojo its mojo

The Roofshield vapour and air permeable underlay, supplied by the A. Proctor Group, was recently installed on the roof at Stillpoint Clinic and Dojo, Bath. The project is a 600m2 mixed use scheme in the heart of the World Heritage site of Bath, comprising an alternative health clinic, martial arts dojo and 2 houses. The benefits provided by the high performance Roofshield membrane were obvious to the specifiers, Mitchell Taylor Workshop in Bath.

The very low vapour resistance of 0.09MNs/g combined with high vapour and air permeability reduces the potential for interstitial condensation as far as is possible, and without the requirement to use a vapour control layer, thus giving a robust and dependable solution that can be specified with confidence. The NHBC believe that no ridge ventilation is required with Roofshield due to its air permeability, a requirement for all other vapour permeable membranes.

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Heritage Aluminium Rainwater

Heritage Aluminium Rainwater System Chosen For Award-Winning University

Riddel Hall, a landmark Grade B1 listed building forming part of Queens University Belfast, has undergone major redevelopment into a world class Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre. Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system with bespoke hoppers and finish, has helped retain the architectural integrity of the £10m project, which has been Highly Commended in the Conservation Category of both the RICS 2012 Awards and the RSUA Design Awards.

Riddel Hall was established as a hall of residence for female students in 1913 and much effort has been made to ensure the refurbishment remained sympathetic to the original building fabric, including the replacement of its original cast iron rainwater system. The old system had perished and Alumasc Heritage Cast Aluminium system was specified for its ability to replicate the look of the original cast iron system, whilst offering modern performance, longevity and low maintenance.

Alumasc worked closely with Hamilton Architects and the main contractor, Tracey Brothers to ensure the system met every detail of the project’s requirements. The system was complex as the building presented a high number of dormer windows, with many hoppers and downpipes. The architects provided a sample of original components from the building and Alumasc produced 45 replica hoppers, together with with downpipes, earbelts and bracketry which were fixed into position through the original circular openings in the sandstone string courses. Alumasc also produced a special RAL8004m finish in Copper Brown to match the colour of the original rainwater system.

Neil Moore of Hamilton Architects commented: “Every aspect of the refurbishment, including the Aluminium rainwater system, was carefully planned to ensure the success of this first class post-graduate and executive education facility.”

The Heritage range is ideal for traditionally designed buildings and can be used as a direct replacement of cast iron, while offering all the benefits of modern aluminium casting techniques and factory finish. The system has minimal maintenance requirements and is lightweight, durable and easy to handle and fix.

The moulded profile specified for Riddel Hall was one of five profiles that are available in the range, alongside a choice of imperial sizes and RAL colours to suit all projects.

An extensive range of Alumasc’s most popular Aluminium rainwater systems has been made available ex-stock with an unrivalled lead time of 3 days. Alumasc are the only manufacturer to supply their Aluminium Rainwater Systems accredited with BBA Approved Powder Coatings.

For further details on Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium visit www.alumascrainwater.co.uk

To request literature, please call 0808 100 2008.

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F. Ball and Co. Ltd.

F. Ball updates Stopgap Isolator Membrane design

The UK’s leading manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, F. Ball and Co. Ltd., has updated its Stopgap Isolator Membrane, an impervious loose lay sheet designed for use with damp or contaminated subfloors. Stopgap Isolator Membrane is now made up of three layers, and overall, is easier to install thanks to increased flexible properties.

Stopgap Isolator Membrane now comprises of a new, white top layer that incorporates fibreglass for dimensional stability. This covers a blue, impervious middle layer, made of PVC to prevent moisture rising to the floorcovering. A third, bottom layer, of the membrane is made up of nodules, encouraging any moisture in the subfloor to move and escape at the edges of the installation.

This updated design has increased flexibility, which helps contractors to install the product more easily, particularly in cooler temperatures. In addition, the membrane’s new white appearance makes it easier to mark out.

Commenting on the updated Stopgap Isolator Membrane, F. Ball’s Marketing Manager, Richard Harris, said: “F. Ball is committed to providing quality products that utilise the latest design technology. The features of improved flexibility, and a white top surface, makes Stopgap Isolator Membrane the ideal option when traditional subfloor preparation is not suitable.”

Stopgap Isolator Membrane can be laid over damp or contaminated subfloors prior to the installation of a wide range of sheet vinyl, linoleum, rubber floorcoverings and bitumen backed carpet tiles, which must be installed using specialist adhesives. Styccobond F47 is a pressure sensitive adhesive specially formulated to adhere vinyl sheet floorcoverings to Stopgap Isolator Membrane. To aid coverage uniformity over the white surface it has now been pigmented pale blue.

Stopgap Isolator Membrane is also suitable for fast-track projects where time for traditional subfloor preparation is not available, or for temporary coverings where floors need to be returned to their original state. In heritage projects, where the removal of the existing floor is not possible or a subfloor needs to be preserved, Stopgap Isolator Membrane provides the ideal solution.

Further information about Stopgap Isolator Membrane can be found in F. Ball’s latest product guide, available on request, or by calling 01538 361 633 or visiting www.f-ball.co.uk.

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Gerflor helping to light up little lives

Caring for patients aged 16 and under, the Children’s Resource Centre at Trafford General Hospital brings together the hospital’s paediatric services under one roof in specially designed facilities. A key feature of the interiors is the fun, decorative theme. This was created using SPM branded wall protection and Gerflor’s flooring products as part of an integrated design involving Gerflor’s Buying Solutions’ Approved Installation Partner, Crown.

Both Gerflor and Crown have extensive experience of delivering innovative and cost-effective wall protection and flooring solutions in the healthcare sector and had previously worked with the Trafford Healthcare Trust. In the case of the centre, which includes a 12-bed day ward for children and young people, a spacious outpatients’ suite, a playroom and teenagers’ area, the brief required a strong decorative design element combined with products that perform to the highest standards.

Gerflor illustrated potential solutions using case studies of installations from previous projects. With these in mind, children at a local school were invited to come up with a theme. The designs were then co-ordinated to produce a solution that could be practically delivered by Mike King, Capital Project Manager (Trafford Healthcare Trust).

The ideas were exciting and, as a result, the reception desk is shaped like a drum kit and the nursing station has been built in the form of a piano. This musical theme was continued on the walls and door protection through the use of inlaid designs.

Working closely with hospital managers, Gerflor’s unique in-house design service used CAD and CNC machines to produce precision-cut decorative frescoes from SPM Decosheet incorporating musical notes and instruments. This facility offered flexibility and fast turnaround times so the finished elements could be delivered to site quickly and efficiently. The resulting scheme is fun, yet highly functional, and has the ultimate objective of helping to aid the recovery of the young patients.

In all, 450m² of Decosheet wall protection was used. Hygienic and durable, it offers high impact and scratch resistance so damage from trolley and bed traffic is minimised and the level of maintenance required is minimal. Decosheet was employed in conjunction with SPM Protecta 2 corner protection and, in the outpatients’ corridor, with Escort tubular hand rails. The musical theme was also incorporated into the SPM door protection on 16 door leaves in the day ward, while a further 43 door leaves in the outpatients area, were inlaid with room numbers. In addition, 12 SPM bed kits were installed to protect the walls within the wards.

Safety, hygiene, ease of maintenance and noise management were all key factors in the choice of Gerflor flooring products. These were selected to complement the wall protection and to differentiate the various areas within the centre. In the corridors, Nera Contract Wood was employed to provide a warm feel with a Taralay Impression Papyrus border giving a modern finish. Taralay Impression was also used to highlight play and waiting areas and to provide coloured feature inlays. The wards were differentiated using Taralay Initial Pacifica with the colours Coast, Seagull and Mout inlaid together. Gerflor’s Tarasafe™ safety flooring provided the ideal solution for the wet areas, the bathrooms and sluice.

Importantly, by working directly with the Trust as a partnership to project manage and offer the complete installation, Gerflor and Crown were able to deliver a reliable and cost effective scheme under the Buying Solutions Framework without the need for expensive consultants - an important consideration when NHS budgets are under pressure.

I’ve used Gerflor’s SPM and flooring products before so I was aware of its quality and the extensive range of colour schemes. When we took our ideas to Gerflor for this project, they came up to scratch and ticked all the boxes so we’re happy with the result.

Mike King, Manager Capital Projects (Trafford Healthcare Trust)

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Custom built systems offer premium solution

Glasstrends designs, manufactures and installs bespoke frameless glass shower enclosures for use with shower trays or wet room floors. These stylish products can be tailor-made for any location & are perfect where space is at a premium. The custom-built systems are coupled with a stylish range of fixtures and fittings offering a virtually limitless choice of configurations and design possibilities.

The company also produces bath screens, partitions, sauna, steam room & toilet doors. Continuous runs of washroom, changing or shower cubicles are also possible.

An extensive collection of brass and sanitary ware is also available to give specifiers the option of sourcing a complete bathroom package. Brands supplied include Vola, Catalano, Crosswater, Dupont Corian, Grohe, Laufen, Aquavision bathroom televisions, Graff, Signorini, Lefroy Brooks, and Vitra as well as CCL Wet room systems, Bette and Hansgrohe.

Current projects include both domestic and commercial properties including Hilton Hotels, The Four Seasons Group, Jumeirah Carlton Towers, Hyatt Regency, Malmaison and The Savoy Hotel, London.

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Glazing Vision

Flushglaze rooflight

Glazing Vision was established in 1994 by the majority shareholder Mr Hugh Callacher, initially set up as a Glazing Refurbishments company. In 2002 Glazing Vision launched a range of standard fixed, hinged and sliding glass rooflights.  Glazing Vision now offers its range throughout the World, to architects wishing to add more light and ventilation to award winning designs. Today the company is the UK's leading manufacturer of luxurious glass roof solutions and enjoy an annual turnover of over £6m. Based in Norfolk, Glazing Vision employs 80+ people and supplies and installs roof glazing solutions to clients all over the UK and Ireland. In 2009 Glazing Vision has set up an International Division to service mainland Europe, Scandinavia and other destinations. In recent years Glazing Vision has completed rooflight installations in the USA, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Greece, Belgium, Kuwait even as far as supplying our stock rooflights to a project in Hawaii.

The Flushglaze rooflight continues to be the market leading flat roof glass rooflight, indeed it will soon be BBA certified as well. We have continued to invest in our manufacturing techniques and improve our products and the range of rooflights Glazing Vision can offer to the marketplace. Last year we launched the ‘Skydoor’ rooflight, a fully electric rooflight opening to 90 degrees fro roof access where roof space is at a premium.

Furthermore Glazing Vision now offers a fully tested and certified Smoke Vent (AOV) including mechanisms and controls that allow the rooflight to be operated to 140 degrees and back at the touch of a button.

Glazing Visions sliding rooflights continue to set the standard for the industry, this was demonstrated recently when a client had to return to Glazing vision to remove 5 competitor sliding box rooflights and replace them with our high specification sliding boxes.

Glazing Vision are happy to demonstrate their capabilities at their high tec factory in Diss, Norfolk

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Hörmann ThermoPro Entrance Doors now Secured by Design

Hörmann has added a Secured by Design option to 9 styles in it’s ThermoPro Entrance Door range.

Already available to meet the stringent European WK2 security classification the ThermoPro range of contemporary and classic styles of entrance doors feature multi-point locking with a combination of conical swing and security lock bolts that pull the door tightly shut. Three further security bolts on the hinge side make it practically impossible to force the door open.

One of the key elements of the Secure by Design option is a new, even more secure, individually coded lock cylinder that has been designed to resist picking, snapping, bumping or drilling.

As well as being secure, these doors are also stylish and thermally efficient, exceeding the latest standards. The 46 mm door leaf is filled with rigid, CFC free, polyurethane foam leading to high levels of both thermal and acoustic insulation. A choice of triple and double glazed elements that maintain the high thermal efficiency levels are also offered along with a choice of glass to help create the desired look.

Also new for 2011 are two new ribbed entrance door designs and a range of matching side elements and transom lights. The new door designs match the classic M-ribbed sectional garage doors, to add to the wide selection of matching or co-ordinating garage and entrance doors. For a new build, co-ordinating these two elements can create a distinctive look, while for renovation projects a dramatic face-lift can be achieved, while adding thermal efficiency and added security.

The side elements and transom lights not only increase the styling and design options but also bring more light into a building. As you would expect from Hörmann there is no compromise on thermal insulation, as these elements match the low U-values of the entrance doors.

For more information on the ranges of entrance and garage doors available go to www.hormann.co.uk, email info@hormann.co.uk or call 01530 513050.

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Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Installation Goes Swimmingly at Luton Aquatics Centre

The state of the art Inspire Sports Village in Luton opened its doors to the public in August. Developed by the Luton Learning and Community Partnership Ltd, the centre is equipped to cater for all kinds of sports enthusiasts. Boasting a competition standard, eight lane pool and a 10m world class diving platform, Luton is now home to one of the best aquatic centres in the country.

S&P Architects approached Hunter Douglas with a view to specifying their wall panels for the centre's eight and five lane swimming pools. Designed to reduce sound pressure levels and reverberation time, the panels are ideal for swimming pool projects. The product also minimised the complexity of the ceiling build which in turn reduced cost and installation time.

Hunter Douglas high grade aluminium ceiling and wall panels are ideal for use in swimming pool and exterior applications, being highly corrosion resistant and durable. There are a wide variety of coil coated paint finishes available from both the interior and exterior panel range.

Other facilities at the centre include; a 100 station gym, a ground floor cafe, a large sports hall and various treatment rooms and activity studios. Inspire was designed to ensure that all facilities could be accessed by wheel chair users. Wide corridors, accessible changing rooms and a low level reception desk were built to accommodate disabled customers.

To encourage walking and cycling to the centre, developers have installed 24 cycle parking spaces, improved pedestrian crossings and better public transport links.

Developers working on the Inspire project were keen to specify sustainable building materials. The eco-friendly properties of the Hunter Douglas ceiling and wall panels suited their design requirements.

Hunter Douglas work closely with architects and builders from specification to installation. With a dedication to sustainable practices, Hunter Douglas pride themselves on their innovative, eco-friendly building solutions.

Local authorities are hoping that the Inspire Sports Village will revitalise the sporting spirit of Luton and the surrounding area. After the success of this year's London Games, budding athletes will now be able to make the most of the stunning new sports village right on their doorstep.

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Samuel Heath

Door closer enhances safety in education sector

Finding a door closer that offers the performance and reliability demanded by its application whilst delivering the lower opening forces essential to meet the requirements of the Equality Act has always been a challenge for specifiers and facilities managers alike.

Fortunately, Samuel Heath’s Powermatic® controlled, concealed door closer provides the solution as well as delivering a host of other benefits that enable ease of access to be combined with aesthetics, performance and reliability.

Key to its ability to assure ease of access is the fact that the closer can enable a door to meet the opening force requirements of Approved Document M of the Building Regulations (Access and use of buildings) and BS 8300.

Bearing in mind that a mechanical door closer returns the energy used to open a door to close it again, the more efficient the closer is, the better it will perform, especially important when given reduced opening forces. With an operating efficiency of in excess of 80%, Powermatic® far exceeds the recommendations for efficiency of Approved Document M and BS EN 1154. As such, it is classed as ‘super-efficient’ and is one of the most efficient closers on the market.

Other benefits ensue from the fact that Powermatic® is totally concealed when the door is closed. Enhanced aesthetics are a major factor in the closer’s popularity, as the closer will not have a detrimental effect on the appearance of the door or overall interior.

Vandalism can pose a very real risk to the safety of a building’s occupants, particularly where fire doors are concerned. Powermatic®’s concealed nature presents very little opportunity for the would-be vandal to damage its mechanisms and render the door useless in case of fire

In addition, total concealment and the fact that Powermatic® can be installed towards the bottom of the door jamb also mean that the closer offers a useful solution in anti-ligature situations, further enhancing the product’s safety credentials.

Add to these factors, Powermatic®’s many accreditations for fire performance and durability, together with maintenance free service and a manufacturer’s 10-year guarantee, and it is easy to appreciate why the closer has become the preferred choice in many projects where accessibility and performance are paramount.

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The changing face of Single Ply Membrane

Recent development of single-ply membrane has done more than simply lower costs.

Against this backdrop of change, there is an obvious need for specifiers to evaluate the changing face that this flexibility and reliability can offer.

The Renolit CPD reviews:

  • Evolution, manufacture and recyclability
  • Detailing and installation
  • Green roof systems
  • Aesthetics of system, colour and curvature
  • Single ply and the impact on the regeneration sector
  • Solar - innovative solutions

Technical support: 01670 718283

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Ability Lifts

The outstanding Optimum 100 Platform Lift

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:

  • 13 metres maximum travel
  • Serves up to 6 floors
  • 1250mm x 1560mm footprint
  • 1400mm x 1100mm platform
  • 60mm deep pit
  • Flexible door arrangements
  • 0.15 metres/sec travel speed
  • Longevity – expected chain life of 25 years if properly maintained
  • Easy to use
  • Speedy installation
  • 500kg capacity

Please call us for a chat on 0845 006 8803 to find out more, the Optimum 100 really is this good!

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