Alfresco Floors complete Chiswick new build project

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Pick01As house buyers in the UK become increasingly concerned about how their outside spaces function as part of the home, architects and designers are employing new high performance materials and installation systems for these areas. A recent project that Alfresco Floors completed in Beavor Lane, Chiswick is a good example of this. New build properties in central London are something of a rarity these days, and the specification for these projects is normally top end – clients want their outside space to look good (and be practical) all year round.

Pick03At Beavor Lane the requirement was for exterior 20mm porcelain, installed on Buzon pedestals, across all the external balcony and roof terraces. The UK climate is a brutal world for exterior paving, and inner city pollution makes things even worse. Exterior porcelain is colour fast, slip resistant, impervious to frost damage and won’t allow mould or moss to adhere to its surface – and installed ‘grout free’ on slope correcting pedestals it can be jet washed as often as the client wishes with no danger of any damage – so in effect, very simple maintenance will always bring it back to day one quality. Exterior 20mm porcelain also has an exceptional strength to weight ratio (far better than stone) so it’s becoming ever more popular on roof and balcony applications – particularly with the guys who have to carry it up there!

Pick07At Beavor Lane Alfresco Floors supplied and installed around 500 SqM of raised porcelain floors on several levels across eight different houses, and although the design requirement called for integral floor lighting, complex steps and some circular cuts around balustrade pillars, it was all achieved well within the schedule. Installation Manager Gary Boyd summed up the process:

“Raised pedestals have long been the preferred system for tiling flat roofs and balconies all over the UK, but nowadays we are increasingly using the system at ground level too. Now that the porcelain industry is starting to really concentrate on the opportunity, we have well over 100 designs of mm perfect exterior 20mm tiles to choose from – all of them much quicker to install than natural stone and all of them pretty much maintenance free once they are laid.”

Trespa Jigsaw Building

Cladding Choice Was No Puzzle For Jigsaw Building

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Jigsaw BuildingSelecting a cladding material for the new Jigsaw Building at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital presented no puzzle for architects Stride Treglown. Trespa® Meteon® was chosen to provide a ventilated facade, scoring on appearance and cost, as well as contributing to energy efficiency.

The two-storey building has provided the hospital with a 21,000 sq.ft. women’s health centre. The facilities now available include oncology, haematology, breast and pregnancy care, along with cancer and blood disorder treatment, as well as administrative offices.

TRESPA Jigsaw Building 9Oct15 014The Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s Jigsaw charity raised funding in support of the £5.7 million building project, giving its name to the state-of-the-art-care centre.

The architects wished to ensure that, both inside and out, the building created a friendly environment where patients could feel at ease despite the tensions aroused by medical procedures. The use of timber effect materials and complementing colours helps provide a relaxing, domestic feel despite a highly clinical finish. The building is wrapped in variegated tones of Trespa® Meteon® Wood Decors cladding on the first floor, punctured with ribbon windows, white brick to the ground floor and an undulated roof form to conceal roof top plant.

TRESPA Jigsaw Building 9Oct15 030“Stride Treglown wanted to use a material that was ‘natural’ in appearance, but that stood out from the existing hospital palette of materials,” says architect Jessica Ellis. “We generally try and use materials with a ‘natural’ appearance where possible within healthcare environments as they can provide calming spaces for patients and staff.”

It was also important for the client that the building was as low maintenance and as energy efficient as possible and the 600sq. metres of Trespa® Meteon® cladding contributed to this within the tight budget available for the project.

TRESPA Jigsaw Building 9Oct15 044In total, seven timber effect grains and colours from the Trespa® Meteon® range were supplied. Stride Treglown varied the mix of these along the main elevations providing visual interest but also breaking up the appearance of the large scale elevations. By specifying the matt effect panels – all of which were new additions to the Trespa® Meteon® range when the project was designed – the building achieves a more natural timber appearance in direct sunlight as there is a reduced glare from the matt texture.

“This project proves that design does not need to be expensive. Using a variety of colours and narrow panels has added no extra cost.  It also proves that a surface fixing does not detract from the design,” said Simon Vicary, Trespa’s Regional Sales Manager.

Trespa® Meteon® is a decorative high-pressure compact laminate (HPL) with an integral surface manufactured using the company’s unique in-house technologies; Electron Beam Curing (EBC) and Dry Forming (DF). The blend of up to 70% natural fibres and thermosetting resins, manufactured under high pressures and temperatures yields a highly stable, dense panel with good strength-to-weight ratios.

Client: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Architect: Stride Treglown

Main Contractor: Brymor Contractors Ltd, Hampshire.

Hormann GlassLine doors

Fuss-free installation with Hörmann’s range of timber internal doors

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At the end of last year, the UK’s leading door manufacturer, Hormann, launched its first ever range of internal doors into the market. This diverse range of high-quality timber internal doors not only offers homeowners a range of stylish door leaves, but it comes as complete doorsets to allow for quick and simple application onsite.

Hormann Timber internal doors with DuradecorWhether modern or traditional, glass or timber, this diverse range of high-quality timber internal doors comes available with a choice of fixtures and fittings. This not only helps save the homeowners time sourcing parts, such as hinges, handles and architrave, it saves the cost of hiring a specialist joiner, making this way of buying a new door for your home one of the most cost effective and convenient.

With four distinct collections to choose from, this range of doors offers something for every style and budget. The BaseLine series has been designed with individuals that are looking to create a timelessly elegant finish in mind. The solid door leaf is available in either a flush or rebated version, as well as in five high-quality surface finishes: Duradecor smooth, Duradecor texture, Duradecor synchronous texture, plus real wood veneer and lacquer.

The DesignLine collection within this range offers those that want to create the door of their dreams the opportunity to do just that. With a variety of different style elements, such as stainless steel embellishments or recessed grooves, to real wood veneer or paint, this collection satisfies the highest demands and helps add a sense of style to any room.

Both the BaseLine and DesignLine ranges are available in the high-quality Duradecor surface finish. Duradecor features heat and impact resistance, robustness and low levels of maintenance, making it one of the best performing internal door finishes on the market.
Hormann TechnicLineAs well as this, both the BaseLine and DesignLine styles are available as apartment entrance doors and as TechnicLine doors with specialised equipment. Rated climatic class three and acoustic rated category two as standard, this model helps protect against noise and the cold from outside. All doors from the TechnicLine are available with RC2 security equipment, which includes a VX hinge, a 3-point locking system and a reinforced leaf frame, as well as other special features, such as a spyhole, a wide-angle camera with LCD display and a motor lock for extra peace of mind.

Hormann GlassLine doorsIn addition to the DesignLine, BaseLine and TechnicLine doors, Hörmann has recently introduced two more styles into the range. ConceptLine models offer simple sophistication in eye catching gloss, ultra matt and slate surface finishes. The GlassLine series introduces full glass designs for the first time. Available in a choice of glazing options, the range instantly transforms any house by giving it a feeling of openess throughout each room, as well as a sophisticated and chic appearance.

Hörmann is world renowned for producing quality doors, and this latest range of timber internal doors is an example of just that. So whatever your design challenge, Hörmann’s timber door range has something to match your personal style perfectly. For more information, please contact the team on 01530 516888 or visit

Howe green Bridlington Pool and Flumes

Howe Green Makes a Splash at East Riding Leisure, Bridlington

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Bridlington Pool and FlumesHowe Green Ltd supplied access covers for a new £25 million Leisure Centre – East Riding Leisure in Bridlington.  The centre, which is located on the seafront, opened last year.  It provides residents and visitors to the town with a wide range of first class sports and leisure facilities.   Features include a 25 metre six-lane swimming pool, learner pool, Splash Zone fun pool with two interactive slides and water play, a health suite, a fully equipped gym, studio, sports hall, squash courts and coffee shop.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council awarded the contract to deliver the new Leisure Centre to BAM Construction Ltd North East Ltd.  BAM appointed tiling specialists P.Plunkett Tiling Contractors to carry out the installation of the ceramic tiling to the outside of the pools and the tiling and mosaic to the inside of the three pools.

P.Plunkett have worked with Howe Green on many projects over the last 27 years, from railway stations to shopping centres and restaurants.  They were happy to recommend Howe Green’s floor access covers when a reliable and safe solution to accessing underfloor services in the pool areas was required.

Nine of Howe Green’s Medium Duty 7500 316 Grade Series Stainless Steel Floor Access Covers were fitted into the ceramic tiled floor around the pool surround in the main pool hall area. The access covers were infilled with anti-slip porcelain floor tiles to provide a flush finish, both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The seamless fit ensures the reduced risk of slips and trips in an inclusive swimming pool environment designed for a variety of end users – older people, the visually impaired, the disabled and excited children.

The floor covers provide easy access for the maintenance and upkeep of the pool sumps and pool balance tanks located beneath the tiling. In a busy community facility, such as a Leisure Centre, keeping the facilities operating properly and avoiding customer disappointment is a priority. In order to achieve this level of service delivery it is essential that underfloor services can be accessed quickly, with the minimum of disruption and without compromise to security.

All Howe Green access covers are available with a double sealed option which ensures the highest levels of security and hygiene and helps to prevent the ingress of water.

The 7500 Series floor access cover is suitable for internal and external use. The 316 grade stainless steel option is non-corrosive and will not rust, even in a swimming pool environment where it is constantly being exposed to water, chemicals, and varying humidity and pH levels. Howe Green’s floor access covers have been used in a number of leisure facilities across the UK and have proved to be a tried and tested access solution for this challenging environment.

Gaia Underfloor Heating

Wet or Electric? You Decide!

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Gaia Underfloor HeatingThe key question when it comes to underfloor heating, whether to opt for a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system?

When specifying heating in commercial buildings, underfloor heating is increasingly seen as the system that offers the levels of energy efficiency and comfort required. In design terms, underfloor heating provides the added benefit that, unlike radiators, it does not have an impact on interior aesthetics and layouts. However, which do you choose, wet or electric?
IMG_2329Both offer advantages and disadvantages. Our wet underfloor heating systems circulate water heated to around 45-50ºC through loops of pipe laid into the screed of solid floors or the joists of suspended timber floors. The low temperature of the water used makes these systems energy efficient and ideally suited to use with air or ground source heat pumps or district heating systems.


Devi UK images (144)Our electric systems use a continuous cable, either laid within the screed or supplied as a mat which is laid above the subfloor. Frequently thought of as the first choice in the retrofit market, because of the availability of systems that are less than 4mm thick. This allows them to simply be laid on top of existing floors, and installed near the surface to offer the advantage of a much shorter reaction time.

With market leading warranties being offered, such as the 20 year complete floor guard warranty for electric products, and a 30-50 year manufacturer’s warranty on the wet underfloor heating pipe. Our confidence in the products ensure complete peace of mind for the consumer.

For more information please call 01359 243 516, email or visit

Cembrit rainscreen cladding

Cembrit Plans Expansion in the UK

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Natural slate - CembritCembrit has ambitious plans to expand its operation in the UK. Cembrit’s claddings, building boards and corrugated sheets, in addition to its popular natural and fibre cement slate, will be stocked and sold from three hub operations in Reading, Normanton and Llandow (Nr. Cardiff). This bold move is supported by the creation of a 12 strong customer services department, including new recruits, based at the depots, reporting to a customer services expert, Steve Walden. Customer services is supported by a supply chain and logistics operation of a further 13 personnel at the depots and head office.

“Our impressive four unit Reading depot becomes fully operational in March”, says M.D. Thomas Heldgaard, while adding that, “this new structure of Cembrit - Cembonit Rainscreen Cladding 2dedicated customer service and logistics departments at each depot will improve availability and response to customers and provides a basis for long term growth”. New depot manager, Craig Barry adds “Reading is well located and will eventually include a training centre and showroom within easy reach of customers and prospects who want to learn more about Cembrit’s broad range. This facility will enhance the customer experience for all who deal with Cembrit”. Access to additional meeting rooms in Reading and London H.O. means London-based specifiers, can visit to discuss cladding projects and familiarise themselves with the Cembrit product range.

Cembrit’s new UK headquarters has been opened at the Thames Innovation Centre in Erith, Kent. The new headquarters is a result of the continued growth the company has been experiencing in the UK over recent years.  The premises provide the company with more efficient office space and a dedicated sample facility, which allows Cembrit to showcase its full range of roofing, cladding and corrugated sheet products.

Thomas Heldgaard commented, “2017 is a significant year for Cembrit’s expansion in the UK, as well as other areas.  We have recently opened a state-of-the-art factory in Hungary, expanded our product range and ventured into new markets.  The move into our new HQ comes at the same time as we increase our workforce. These developments support the growth we are experiencing and show our commitment to ensuring we are offering our customers the best service possible.”

Cembrit’s new supply chain department is located at Head Office where Michael Dunthorne and Katherine Eden, Supply Chain Coordinators report to Lyn Knox, Area Supply Chain Manager and support the logistics and operations personnel at Cembrit’s four depots. Cembrit’s Bovey Tracey operation remains as a specialist slate depot serving the west country.

NVELOPE Rainscreen Cladding Support Brackets

EKO Rainscreen Brackets

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NVELOPE eko-banner-imageEKO Rainscreen Brackets

Low conductivity, high performance.

Developed to provide exceptional quality, durability and strength, EKO thermobrackets offer architects and thermal engineers a new solution.

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The thermally efficient engineered polymer composite rainscreen cladding support bracket.

  • Low thermal conductivity
  • Made of polymer composite
  • Flame retardant
  • Extremely strong
  • High mechanical resistance
  • Fully isolating
  • Optical density
  • Greater design flexibility
  • Highly efficient
  • Proudly sustainable

EKO rainscreen cladding support brackets are made of a flame retardant engineered polymer composite, an extremely strong, highly efficient industrial compound with low thermal conductivity and improved U-value performance resulting in reduced heat flow through the rainscreen construction. EKO thermobrackets provide the façade designer and thermal engineer with greater design flexibility.

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The effect of the improved thermal performance in comparison to aluminium was determined using three dimensional thermal modelling.

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A simple cladding support system typically consists of ‘helping hand’ brackets. These are the backbone of any EKO rainscreen cladding system.

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Eurobrick Brick Slip Cladding

Eurobrick brick slip cladding systems installed on new apartment developments

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image -074Enquiries from architects and developers about new apartment building developments has increased significantly over the past year or so for Eurobrick Systems. Traditional masonry construction is not always appropriate for some developments so alternative building methods are being sought.

Eurobrick is the UK’s leading brick slip cladding specialist and has supplied both its X-Clad and P-Clad systems for installation on residential developments. Both systems have been rigorously tested and have third party certification from the BBA (British Board of Agrément) and are also LABC (Local Authority Building Control) registered.

Euro Brick 15-5-15 0163X-Clad is lightweight, having an installed system weight starting from 36kg/m². It is easy to handle and cut on-site allowing for quick installation. The extruded polystyrene backer panel is available up to 100mm thick. With a thermal conductivity of 0.033W/mK, X-Clad can enhance the overall thermal performance of the development if required.

The P-Clad system has a 10mm thick cement particle board backer panel – designed to be fixed directly to battens or bracket systems. It was developed for use as an external sheathing where there is no requirement for insulation. P-Clad is certified for installation on buildings over 18m high (constructed with steel frame substrate).

Euro Brick 15-5-15 0027Eurobrick Systems has recently had an assessment report of the P-Clad system in combination with Nvelop helping hand and rail system and Xtratherm Safe-R Phenolic insulation board. This combination of materials was assessed by BRE Global against the performance criteria of BR 135. The assessment paves the way for P-Clad to be installed where greater insulation performance needs to be achieved at high level.

This assessment forms part of an ongoing programme at Eurobrick to ensure fire performance compliance with a range of different façade build ups incorporating P-Clad. This programme has arisen as a result of Eurobrick receiving a great number of enquiries from developers and contractors, for applications of P-Clad above 18m in various situations. Other assessments and variations should soon be in place.

Residential developments where X-Clad and P-Clad systems have been recently installed include; The Central at Iverson Road, West Hampstead and The Point at Gants Hill, Ilford. Both are large, new build developments of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments.

If you would like further information on any of our products then please call +44 (0)117 971 7117, email or visit our website at

Eurocell Skypod Acute

It’s a new angle as Eurocell elevates Skypod range

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Eurocell BP Index March 2017 - Skypod Acute #3Building upon the success of the market-leading Skypod range of PVC-U skylights, Eurocell is launching its latest model – Skypod Acute. As the name suggests, the new addition features a steeper pitch: 350 in fact, a full 150 more than the current design.

 The new 350 pitch is visually very different to the standard 200, making it suitable for more commercial applications such as schools, colleges, hospitals and offices, where this pitch degree is better suited to larger, multi-storey buildings. This market tends to be dominated by aluminium products, so the arrival of the new Skypod provides an aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective alternative.

Eurocell BP Index March 2017 - Skypod Acute #2 Skypod Acute sports the same stylish, narrow glazing bars and generous sightlines for residential properties as the rest of the Skypod range and in its square format it now fits an even smaller aperture, allowing even more light into parts of the home that previously was not possible. In addition, no sidebars are needed on sizes up to 1.5m x 2.75m, so further improving sightlines and letting in more natural light. Skypod Acute is supplied with self-cleaning, temperature controlled glass in Blue, Neutral, Bronze and Clear as standard, with a U-value of 1.0W/m²K achievable.

Skypod’s success in the market is due in no small part to its good looks and aesthetics Eurocell BP Index March 2017 - Skypod Acute #1especially when compared to other PVC-U systems. Plus, it offers better value for money than aluminium alternatives. Its contemporary design means that Skypod is the most effective means of boosting headroom and volume, while welcoming extra natural light into otherwise drab flat-roofed rooms. It is very easy to fit, with even screw holes pre-drilled for accuracy and convenience; and everything needed is supplied ‘out of the box’.

As with all Skypod products, Skypod Acute has a 10-year guarantee and is available in the full colour range of Anthracite Grey, Moondust Grey, Golden Oak, Rosewood and White – with a white interior finish as standard to maximise the light and airy feel. A further 30 colour options can be made to order in just three weeks.

Skypod Acute it available to buy in kits or bar length for Eurocell fabricators and is available to order now. Call 0800 988 3045 or visit

Dales diary of Eurocell enhancements

Eurocell BP Index March 2017 - Dales Additions #3Eurocell – the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has reconfigured its popular Dales Collection range of composite doors to increase and improve aesthetic choice, security and resilience.

First, the company has introduced three new panel designs – the Elton, Hartington and Newhaven – which deliver ‘on trend’ farmhouse and contemporary styles. The three designs are complemented by six further glass patterns to further increase choice for the specifier, developer and end-user.

Eurocell BP Index March 2017 - Dales Additions #2The additional door and glass introductions bring the total of Dales Collection front and back composite door combinations to 15 styles in 15 colours and 18 glazing options, from modern ‘chic’ to traditional Edwardian or cottage style.

The colours are in three groups: Contemporary, e.g. Anthracite Grey, Slate Grey and Moondust Grey; Standard, e.g. Rosewood, Golden Oak, Frost White and Berry Red; and Heritage, e.g. Eurocell Cream, Chartwell Green and Duck Egg Blue (all made to order). Dales Collection doors are also available with colour-matched weather bars.

Security assured

Second, with security and peace of mind very much on the agenda, not least following the introduction of Approved Document Q (AD Q) of the Building Regulations in October 2015, Eurocell has improved both the structural stability of its door panels and its locking hardware.

Eurocell BP Index March 2017 - Dales Additions #1AD Q sets out what it says are “reasonable standards for doors and windows to resist physical attack by a casual or opportunist burglar by being both sufficiently robust and fitted with appropriate hardware” and effectively excludes non-PAS 24 products from the new build sector.

A new accredited five-point multi-locking system with adjustable keeps has been introduced, providing an improved weather rating that can now achieve up to a massive 1200 Pascals – a 50% improvement on previous tests. The new improved design also includes an increase of the outer GRP skin thickness from 2mm to 4mm.

The collection is now fitted with the Tri-Sis glazing cassette which can be deglazed internally without damaging the door panel or affecting the security performance of the door overall.

The locking system, plus the thickness and glazing modifications, means that the new doors are all now compliant with the requirements of AD Q; achieving PAS 23/24:2016 accreditation, which includes the challenging PAS 24:2016 ‘Cut Through’ test.

Low maintenance design

GRP door leaves obviate splits or cracks and are less prone to scratching and denting than steel-faced doors. A high-quality triple-seal frame system ensures Dales Collection doors can give outstanding performance for many years and two brush seals and a gasket seal prevent drafts and rain causing problems.

In terms of energy efficiency and sustainability, The Dales Collection composite doors range is ‘B’ rated as standard but ‘A’ rated is also available.

GRP-faced PVC-U composite doors continue to dominate the UK entrance doors sector; made popular by their greater security, thermal performance, fire resistance and aesthetic variety. The Dales Collection is the acme of these products: offering specifiers, housebuilders, social landlords and homeowners superb choice, performance and looks.

Jaga BB101 indoor air quality in schools

BB101: New guidelines for Heating, Ventilation and IAQ in Schools – what do you need to know?

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The final draft of the updated BB101 has been released, what is the outlook for those designing school buildings and teaching spaces.  Find out more about our webinar.

Jaga 2The eagerly anticipated update to the Building Bulletin 101 – Guidelines on Ventilation, Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality in Schools is now in the final stages of review prior to publication. How do those involved in the design of school buildings and teaching spaces ensure compliance?

To help navigate the changes and standards introduced in the latest guideline publication, Jaga is hosting a 30 min webinar ‘Heating and Ventilation within teaching spaces – BB101 Update’ on the 4th May 2017 at 10am.

To register to attend please email your full name, job title and company name to

Our latest blog on IAQ may also be of interest.

Jaga 1How can improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) impact school exam results?Education consultants have a responsibility to provide pupils and teachers with a healthy, safe and productive environment in which to learn and work. But this responsibility rests particularly heavily on the shoulders of secondary schools in January and June; the months where exams dominate the school calendar, and where pupils’ performance must be at their best.  Read More