Relcross Ltd Hadrian Elite toilet cubicle

Hadrian Cubicles Add To Shake Shack Style

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relcross-2Fast food chain Shake Shack sprouted from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan in 2001. All UK locations feature Hadrian Elite Stainless Steel toilet cubicles in the washrooms including one of the latest to open in the St David’s Centre in Cardiff. Hadrian cubicles are manufactured in Canada and distributed in the UK by Relcross Ltd, the Devizes based door and washroom hardware specialists.

This modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up a menu of burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more and now boasts 100 outlets worldwide, about half relcross-1of them in the USA. Shake Shack were familiar with Hadrian toilet cubicles in the USA and were delighted to find they were readily available in the UK too but with specifications adjusted to match UK requirements with longer cubicle doors and sightline gaps around the door edges eliminated.

The Elite cubicles are finished in brushed stainless steel and they don’t just look good but are highly durable with easy clean low maintenance. Like Shake Shack, Hadrian are very committed to sustainability. Hadrian’s products feature a high recycled content with the stainless steel cubicles made from a total of 91% recycled content split 76% post consumer material and 15% pre-consumer material. They are also available powder coated to match any RAL colour or in a natural “galvannealed” steel finish.

The ladies’ and men’s washrooms at Shake Shack in Cardiff each feature two floor mounted, headrail braced, stainless steel toilet cubicles with the addition of two matching urinal screens in the men’s washroom. Hadrian’s stainless steel is corrosion resistant to chemical cleaners, spray washing, and sanitizing agents and provides the most fire-resistant toilet partition material available.

A Shake Shack spokesman said “When it comes to Shake Shack’s supply chain, we lead with excellence, integrity and strong values every day. We’re committed to our mission relcross-3to “Stand For Something Good” to ensure that Shake Shack and our business partners are held to the highest standards of conduct through lawful, ethical and fair business practices.”

Relcross Marketing Director Stuart McMaster said “with Hadrian Cubicles we can offer the best from both sides of the Atlantic with world leading manufacturing and design quality made to British specifications and styles.”

The Cardiff restaurant joins 3 other UK Shake Shacks in Covent Garden, Westfield Stratford and New Oxford Street, all in London, with more expected soon.

For further information on Hadrian Lockers and Toilet Cubicles call Relcross on 01380 729600, visit or email

Access Building Products new premises

Access Building Products cleared for Takeoff

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National supplier of loft hatches and access panels Access Building Products is has just completed the renovation of a 40,000 sq ft former World War II hangar.

jupiter-blue-2The new premises started life as a Bellman Hangar and was used during the second world war for storage of heavy bombers when the industrial estate was known as RAF Marston Moor in North Yorkshire. Between 1942 and 1945 the base was used for training of aircrew. Probably the most famous former student being Clark Gable.

Largely untouched since the end of the war the unit has benefitted from being completely re-clad and modernised and provides the business, which is celebrating its 10th year of trading with much needed space for expansion.

MD Bob Elderton said: “This is an exciting time for the company and we have tailored the premises to our own specification and design. Purchasing our own property is something that I have always wanted to do and we plan on making this our home for the foreseeable future. It’s very satisfying to be able to breathe new life into such a historic building. Being only eight minutes from the A1(M) the new warehouse is in a brilliant location and it will allow us to double the amount of stock we’re able to hold, which will help support our ambitious growth plans. In addition, we will be advancing the work environment and leisure facilities for the staff, to a standard that will be second to none”

Clobber roofing membrane

Klober Permo® roofing underlays for the most complex roofing designs

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rogbis6When it comes to choice of roofing membranes, Klober Permo® underlays and vapour control layers offer the widest range of application and performance. From the ‘air-open’ Permo air to the low pitch Permo extreme RS SK2 and Wallint® solar air barrier all enjoy specifications on projects of considerable diversity and complexity. Such high performance is backed by fully independent testing of aspects such as wind uplift to support BBA and LABC certificates, some of which are among the longest standing in the industry.

Klober’s provision of detailed technical advice on aspects such as SAP and control of condensation has resulted in the widespread use of products such as Permo® air, which remains the most breathable air-open underlay currently available. It enjoys NHBC approval for use without supporting high level ventilation and has been used on many historic buildings as well as new builds.

klober-permo-forte-r-bisby-19-sept-10The 4-layer Permo® forte offers high vapour permeability and the benefit of a mesh reinforcement which provides added safety for the roofer. Permo forte SK2 also has integral edge tapes to seal the product at laps, abutments and junctions.

Permo® extreme RS SK2 is still the only product of its type currently available for use on monopitch extensions at pitches as low as 15⁰. Its tear-resistant PEF fleece and self-permo-products_packaging_rolls_19895-copyadhesive edge tapes seal laps and enable double lap tiles such as clay and concrete plain tiles to be laid significantly below their normal recommended pitch.

Permo® sec provides a separating layer between copper, zinc, aluminium and stainless steel roofs, while Permo light is a strong 3-layer underlay for traditional warm and cold roof applications.

In terms of air barriers and vapour control layers, Wallint® solar has a vapour resistance of over 500 MNsg, far exceeding the requirements of BS9250 (Code of Practice for design of the airtightness of ceilings in pitched roofs). Its reflective surface also helps to retain heat within the building.

Let us help you create the ‘wow’ factor with no slip-ups

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Bathtub and shower in new luxury home

Altro Pisces™ and Altro Whiterock™ give you a slip-resistant, hygienic and easy to clean
solution for wet environments but as functional as these partners may be, they also combine to create a thing of beauty!

NEW Altro Pisces

NEW Altro Pisces has a soft-look finish that is more homely than traditional safety flooring. It’s also ideal for creating a ‘high-end’ look for hotels and spas.

altro-4Altro Whiterock Satins™

Altro Whiterock Satins is available in a range of solid, decorative, satin shades, enabling you to create the exact ambience needed. If you need a more traditional look then Altro Whiterock White is the option for you.

Altro Whiterock Digiclad

A reproduction of a photographic image or vector art, Altro Whiterock Digiclad creates wet environments with impact. Perfect for swimming-pool surrounds, spas and changing areas, it can match any decor or theme. As well as good looks, its hard-coat technology provides scratch-resistant properties for added durability.

Altro pisces and Altro digiclad

Learn more about how Altro can help you choose and install safer wet environments.

Altro: Specialist products for specialist solutions

Howe Green Floor Access Cover

Excellent Performance by Howe Green Access Covers at ‘The Other Place’

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howe-green-2Howe Green’s metal fabricated access covers were selected for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s studio theatre renovation project, ‘The Other Place’ in Stratford-upon-Avon. The transformed venue reopened earlier this year and houses a new 200-seat theatre space along with the RSC’s extensive costume store. Importantly, ‘The Other Place’ provides a chief learning hub for students from the University of Birmingham.

howe-green-3-copyThe aluminium 7500 Series access covers were fitted on the ground floor to provide easy access to underfloor ducting services throughout the building. Main Contractor BAM Construction fitted the panels on a suspended concrete slab. Once installed they were in-filled with K-screed followed by a resin finish to create a discreet access solution for routine and emergency servicing. The covers have a minimal show-edge and can be easily raised with lifting keys. They are made to sit flush with the surround, guarding against the risk of slips and trips.

Suitable anywhere heavy loading is required – the 7500 Series access covers can accommodate a 5-tonne pressure from a pneumatic tyre. Highly durable and double-sealed to prevent dirt and grease ingress, each access panel from Howe Green is made to the client’s exact specifications, but without the price premium typically associated with bespoke manufacturing. Instead, Howe Green is able to offer competitively priced panels, designed for purpose with a fast turnaround.

Originally built in 1973, The Other Place was home to the RSC’s developmental and new work, housing many landmark productions with RSC alumni such as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, and research and development of major productions such as Les Miserables and Matilda, The Musical.   The theatre closed in 2006 to make way for the temporary Courtyard Theatre, where the RSC performed during the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres.

After a 12 month building project the new Other Place includes a 200-seat flexible studio theatre, built within the external steel structure of The Courtyard Theatre, two new rehearsal rooms, and a new home for the RSC’s 40,000 piece Costume Store, giving people access to the Store for the first time via a new theatre tour.

Howe Green’s medium duty access covers will perform for the lifetime of the building and ensure that whenever the need arises, reaching underfloor services serving the venue will be straightforward and drama-free. Find out more about Howe Green’s 7500 Series Floor Access Covers here

See Safety guard rail for staircases


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Kee Safety, a leading global supplier of safety railing systems, has expanded its Kee Klamp® range with the introduction of 12 new types of tubular fittings. Designed for installation on steeper gradients, the new slope fittings offer builders and specifiers an aesthetically pleasing option.

kee-safety-kee-klamp-slope-fittingsThe latest addition to the Kee Klamp® portfolio is an extension to the current range of slope fittings. The new components have been designed to enhance the building of guardrail along staircases and ramps, particularly when the slope is greater than 30 degrees. The new range introduces single fittings to cater for situations where currently a combination of fittings is required. Not only does this improve the aesthetics of the finished guardrail but it also allows for a quicker and easier installation.

The new range of slope fittings is available in the two most common sizes for handrails; size 7 (outside diameter 42.4mm) and size 8 (outside diameter 48.3mm). The new components form part of an extensive range of tubular fittings, the widest on the market.  With so many fittings available, Kee Safety can provide a solution for all handrail designs.

Kee Klamp® is a range of cast iron tubular fittings that can be installed using a standard hex key. Each fitting incorporates an internal set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube to create a strong, stable and safe structure. This method eliminates the need for time-consuming welding or specialist skills.  Since no special tools are needed, workers can change and reconfigure Kee Klamp® structures quickly and easily. The Kee Klamp® system securely joins structural steel tube into almost any conceivable configuration across a variety of angles and is also capable of accommodating on-site variations.

“Kee Klamp® carries over 80 years of expertise in developing safe, secure and cost-effective tubular fittings,” says Vernon Barry, Product Manager at Kee Safety. “Aesthetically pleasing handrails are sought after by specifiers, so we are pleased to have been able to fill this gap in the market with our new range.  Not only do the new Kee Klamp® fittings tick the design box, they also provide builders with a quick, easy and cost-effective solution. The fittings are suited for use in a number of applications, including the highway, railways, retail and education sectors.”

 Kee Safety provides great customer service to support its Kee Klamp® range by offering technical advice, project drawing and an installation service. For more information, visit

Eurocell PVC-U sash windows

Flush sashes and bi-fold doors – the style choices from Eurocell

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Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing, Eurocell looks at two hot style choices in housing.

bp-index-november-2016-bloor-loddiswell-1The most significant trend in windows and window styles at the moment is for premium PVC-U flush sash windows. The life-cycle, energy efficiency and low maintenance arguments have been established for decades, yet extrusion technological developments in the past few years mean that discerning mid- to up-market homebuyers can source engineered quality and high aesthetic differentiation in their windows.

bp-index-november-2016-bloor-loddiswell-3For example, over 50% of Eurocell premium window system sales into new build housing are now for flush sash casement windows. And within this, there are two developments of note. First is colour choice – with leading proprietary systems offered in popular contemporary ‘Fired Earth’-style or heritage finishes such as creams, greys and pale greens, either from stock or made-to-order.

bp-index-november-2016-bloor-loddiswell-2The second innovation is the availability of mechanically jointed flush sash casement windows. Additional precision-engineered mouldings inside the frame remove the need for diagonal corner welds – a distinctive characteristic of standard PVC-U windows.

These new joint details add considerable authenticity to the appearance of the window and enables installers and fabricators to provide a product with the look of timber, while retaining all the optimum energy efficiency and virtually maintenance-free performance benefits of PVC-U. These work well on more traditional house designs, and are also a boon in conservation areas too.

Away from windows, it’s bi-fold doors that have really been capturing the imagination of homeowners. Consistent with the open plan kitchen-diner-lounge layouts that are such a feature of contemporary designs, modern BBA-approved bi-folds are a great alternative to patio doors,

Our PVC-U bi-folds are designed from the bottom up using purpose-made systems, so ensuring that the doors work perfectly for years and years. Our dual track carriage – with rollers at the bottom and security pins in the top track – offers better stability for smooth operation, guaranteeing trouble-free performance for the lifetime of the doors.

In respect of configuration – the size of the doors, and how many panels comprise the opening – a huge range of bespoke options are available. Furthermore, depending on source, they can now also bring additional peace of mind – especially in the Part Q Building Regulations context – as they may also come with Secured by Design status (subject to fabricator accreditation).

Hewi mobile shower seat

Mobile Accessibility Solutions

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Hew mobile shower seatSafety Through Reliable Hold

Hinged support rails and shower seats that are not permanently installed offer maximum flexibility. They can be installed quickly and easily where they are needed at any particular time.



Mobile Hinged Support Rails – Flexible Support

mobile_hinged_support_railThe portable hinged support rail is simply latched into the permanently installed mounting plate. If it is not needed, the plate can be concealed with a cover cap matching the surface of the hinged support rail. The mobile hinged support rails are available in the following materials: stainless steel, polyamide, chrome and WARM TOUCH.


Mobile Shower Seats – Safety, Comfort and Convenience

cover_plateThe mobile shower seat is latched into a permanently installed mounting plate. The seat is latched in from the front so that the wall is not damaged. The mobile shower seat can also be removed just as easily if it is no longer required. The mounting plate is concealed with a cover cap. The seat is installed and dismantled without tools. The cover cap is available in the following materials: stainless steel or polyamide in the colour white.

The seats can be folded up to save space. The seat surfaces are made of glass-fibre reinforced polyamide and are optionally available in white or anthracite grey. The comfortable seating has a weight capacity of up to 150 kg and is available in different sizes.

Tormax Automatic revolving door


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grosvenor-final-tormax-1As part of a programme of extensive renovation, TORMAX was specified to install a four-wing automatic revolving door to the main entrance of the four-star Grosvenor Pulford Hotel, Chester.  Blending seamlessly with the eighteenth century building, the new revolving door successfully combines the elegance of a by-gone era with the convenience and welcome luxury of an automatic entrance.  Driven by the technologically superior TORMAX 5201 motor, reliability and smooth operation is assured for many years to come.

tormax-3The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa has been significantly upgraded since the family-owned, Nelson Hotels, assumed ownership of the property in 1994.  Main contractor on the most recent £1.5m project, HH Smith & Sons of Manchester, has been responsible for the construction of a stunning two-storey reception with new mezzanine floor above.  The impressive external glass wall at the front of the property was contracted to Glass & General Maintenance who worked with TORMAX to deliver a first-class automatic entrance.

grosvenor-hotel1-tormax-2With over 65 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of world-class automatic entrances, TORMAX was well placed for this prestigious job.  “Our operators have been engineered for performance and reliability at our HQ in Switzerland,” explains Simon Roberts, MD for TORMAX.  “Incorporating a high-torque motor, the 5201 revolving door drive has been combined with our ‘classic’ profile to create a high quality solution.”

The TORMAX 5201 operator incorporates a technologically advanced programmable logic circuit, allowing hotel staff to adjust all aspects of the door’s operation to reflect weather conditions, as well as changing levels of foot traffic.  This ensures the reception area is kept warm and welcoming at all times by minimising heat-loss from the building.

In addition, a self-monitoring function optimises door performance, automatically adjusting movement in response to factors such as wind resistance or a build-up of dirt for example.  If an emergency should lead to power failure, the Grosvenor’s revolving door can be used manually to ensure unrestricted egress.

“We are absolutely elated with every aspect of the new reception area,” comments Lucy Nelson, Sales & Marketing Director for Nelson Hotels.  “A spectacular central hub has been created in which we can greet and welcome our guests.”

Delta Membranes

BRE to showcase Delta System 500 in new flood resilient home

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delta-mem-3-victorian-houseDelta are working together with the BRE to demonstrate how the Delta system 500 can be an invaluable contributor to flood resilience helping homeowners limit damage and recover quickly from flooding.

Flood resilience
Flood resilience refers to measures that reduce flood damage to buildings in situations where water is allowed to enter. View case study

delta-mem-1-floods-minister-therese-coffey-flooding-back-in-sooner“Back in Sooner” – Floods Minister Therese Coffey shows Good Morning Britain what features can be installed to restore flood damaged properties and get residents back in to their properties sooner.

‘There are an estimated 5.2 million homes considered at risk from surface, river and coastal flooding. Preventative measures play a key role but given the scale of our vulnerability, we need to think delta-mem-2-proten-services-floodingmore practically about flooding and start to adapt to ‘living with water’ says Stephen Garvin, Director of the BRE Centre for Resilience. So fitting a house with resilient technologies and testing its ability to bounce back from water ingress is the first step on this journey.’ Read more

Flood recovery

The Delta System 500 can also be used for flood recovery where flood damaged buildings are restored and residents can be reinstated back into their home quickly as well as protecting the property from future groundwater ingress. Take a look at our case studies below, restored using the Delta System. View case study