AKW tiles and accessories

AKW Launch Tiles & Accessories Range

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image003.png@01D4867A.8E9F3E80 copyWe are proud to announce our brand-new line of Tiles & Accessories to our products for you to implement into your care bathrooms, wet rooms, shower rooms and kitchens. Within our new range, you will find a fantastic variety of tiles, tile spacers and accessories, tile adhesive and grout which increases our already broad offering available to installers and OT’s alike for installation and specification.


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Our bumpy white tiles are the perfect choice for any care bathroom or wet room installation, as they offer fantastic care benefits – particularly for those suffering from sight loss and/or dementia, due to the super white bumpy finish as it allows maximum colour contrast to be achieved whilst reducing glare from task lighting and windows.

Our tiles are available in three different sizes, and the ceramic material is easy to cut and install. They are also suitable for all indoor rooms, including kitchens and bathrooms. If that wasn’t enough, we also provide tile maintenance advice over on the Tiles page on our website.

Tile Spacers

AKW Tile Spacers offer installers an easy opportunity to improve the look of the finished surface by keeping tiles evenly spaced and parallel for the grout to then be applied. Selecting the size of the spacers required for your specific job is personal preference. Since the spacers dictate the width of the grout lines which are a strong feature of the overall design, the three common sizes we offer will provide you with much more choice.

Adhesive & Grout

image001.png@01D48679.E5E39890 copyWhen buying your tiles from AKW, make sure you pick up our fantastic Bond it Steri-Grout for Floor and Wall Tiles and Bond it Non-Slip Ceramic Wall Tile Adhesive (Supergrip) and save yourself some time and money in the process.

Bondit Steri-Grout is a specially formulated cement-based floor and wall tile grout which is recommended for bathrooms, kitchens and domestic applications. It features a versatile formulation, it’s anti-bacterial, has an impressive ease of use, a drying time of 12-24 hours, plus much more!

Bond it Non-slip Ceramic Wall Tile Adhesive (Supergrip) is a ready mixed polymer based, thin-bed tile adhesive which is suitable for use with all internal wall tiles. It has excellent grip properties and is easy to apply with spreading characteristics. This adhesive removed the need to add water and mix to achieve a slump-free mortar, plus much more. We like to make the installers life as easy as possible.

Tile Accessories

Within our Tile Accessory range, we now offer Tile Edge Plastic, and Tile to Vinyl Floor Transition Strips – installing a tile edge trim is an aesthetically pleasing method used to cover exposed tile edges and installing a transition strip offers a smooth transition between tiles and flooring.

So as you can see, when it comes to bathroom and kitchen adaptations, AKW really is a single stop solution for all of your products and materials. If you would like to find out more about AKW’s brand-new range of tiles and accessories, head on over to our website or get in touch with us for a chat.

Medite Smartply MDF panels

MEDITE defining the standard of MDF

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NEW MEDITE AD CAMPAIGN JUNE18 FINAL3 send to AnneMEDITE have been helping architects and designers achieve safe, healthy environments for over 40 years. With the broadest range of specialist products available, MEDITE is the perfect partner for your next specification challenge.

MEDITE PREMIER FR (Flame Retardant) Euroclass B & C are MDF panels developed specifically for use in fire rated applications where a Euroclass B or a Euroclass C flame retardant board is required under building regulations.

MEDITE ECOLOGIQUE is an MDF panel manufactured with zero added formaldehyde. It has been developed specifically for use in environmentally sensitive interior applications, where formaldehyde emissions need to be kept to the minimum.

MEDITE MR is a moisture resistant MDF panel designed for use in humid conditions in accordance with MDF.H (Option 1) as defined in EN 622-5 so is ideal for applications such as kitchen and bathroom furniture, window and skirting boards and architectural mouldings.

Watch this short video to find out more – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cUlmsuzb0U

Hewi System 900

System 900 | Design and function

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System_900Driven by the idea of making good things even better, HEWI developed the new System 900.

The unique versatility of System 900 delivers the levels of comfort, security and compliance in all accessible bathrooms when demanded by DOC M & British Standards.

The brand new HEWI System 900 shower seat and accessories collection are transforming bathrooms around the world. HEWI products combine functionality and superior design with durable, sustainable quality which help create usable, safe and beautiful accessible bathrooms.

System_900_1From 5 Star Hotels to Individual Homes, Stadiums to Serviced Apartments, and everything in between. HEWI have been providing award winning inclusive design solutions for the last four decades.

Historically accessible sanitary solutions resembled more a 1970’s care home than a contemporary bathroom. It’s often overlooked that these vital additions to the bathroom can indeed be stylish. By using quality materials and designs HEWI are in the driving seat for supplying your modern, luxurious accessible space.

HEWI is proud to offer the portfolio to high-end Hotel Groups, Care Providers, Architects and Designers who choose from HEWI’s ever increasing range of solutions to fulfil their users and client’s needs and aspirations.

For more information simply call one of the HEWI experts on 01634 258200 or send an email to info@hewi.co.uk .

Tarmac automatic sliding glass doors


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24kws - finalOpening into an impressive double-height reception, TORMAX curved bi-parting glass doors welcome staff and visitors into the prestigious new office development of 24 King William Street, London.  Powered by the reliable TORMAX iMotion 2301 operator, the 3m high automatic sliding glass doors create an aesthetically attractive frontage, perfectly mirroring the curved façade of the building.  A single telescopic single sliding door, powered by an iMotion 2302 operator, gives access through to a tranquil urban garden.

24kws - 4Originally constructed in the 1980’s, 24 King William Street has been comprehensively redeveloped by main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, to meet the needs of 21st century tenants.  Completed throughout to a Category A specification, the building is located at a key entry point to the City from London Bridge and delivers 70,000 sq ft of premium office space.

TORMAX was specified to deliver a double set of sliding doors to the main entrance as well as a single sliding door giving clear access from the rear of the building.

24 King William Street“Automatic curved sliding doors look stunning and definitely create an eye-catching entrance that really makes a building stand out from the rest”, said Simon Roberts, md for TORMAX.  “The spacious and light-filled reception at 24 King William Street is the perfect backdrop for such an inspiring entrance.”

Both the iMotion 2302 and 2301 door drives are considered to be sustainable solutions, being precision engineered to minimise energy consumption during normal operation whilst reducing heat loss from the reception thanks to a combination of rapid reaction sensors and powerful opening and closing speeds.  The operators themselves are manufactured using 95% re-cyclable materials.

In addition to being environmentally sound, the TORMAX iMotion door drives are recognised for their reliability and durability thanks to technologically advanced synchronous motors which have no abrading parts to wear out, delivering near-indefinite life expectancy.  Offering design flexibility in the future, the innovative modular construction of the entire iMotion range allows easy expansion of an entrance systems without making existing operators redundant.

What do Adele, Die Hard, The Wonder Years and Altro Walkway 20 have in common?

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They all turn 30 in 2018.


Picture the scene: the hair was big, the shoulder pads were bigger and the mobile phones were enormous. At Altro’s head office in Letchworth Garden City, lorries started leaving with the first rolls of Altro Walkway 20.

The new safety floor had a Pendulum Test Value of ≥36, was available in eight shades and, at 2mm, was the thinnest product we offered at the time, offering a cost effective safety solution in areas where lino or a smooth vinyl might have previously been chosen.

Altro Walkway quickly became a customer favourite, installed across the world from Mexico to Australia and many countries in between.
Nestlé-Altro Walkway 20-08In the years following its launch, Altro Walkway became our best-selling product. Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do and Wet Wet Wet’s Love is All Around spent a combined 31 weeks at the top of the charts in the nineties but they’ve got nothing on Altro Walkway. When it comes to longevity, it’s been with us nearly as long as 24,000 run-throughs of Isner versus Mahut’s 2010 record breaking 11 hour, 5 minute tennis match!

David Gatfield, Regional Technical Services Manager at Altro, has been with the company for 47 years. Recalling the arrival of Altro Walkway and customer feedback during the last thirty years, he says: “When Altro Walkway launched, it was welcomed both by the team here at Altro and our customers. Over the years I have installed countless thousands of metres and it’s one of my favourite products, no question. It’s robust yet forgiving and easy to work with, and I know people in the trade who won’t use any other 2mm safety floor; it’s the product of choice time and time again.”
To ensure that Altro Walkway continued to be suitable for multiple application areas, in 1992, Altro Walkway SD was launched, a static-dissipative version of Altro Walkway that offers a simple way of minimising the risk of damage to static-sensitive equipment, such as computers. This makes it the ideal choice for computer suites, laboratories and electronic assembly areas. This wasn’t the only addition during the nineties.

Office-Altro Walkway-SilkAs building designs evolved, so did the demand for more colour choice for floors. “Blue, beige and grey shades are classics; popular both in the early days and today,” says Altro New Products Introduction Manager, David Brailsford. “During the 1990s and into the 2000s, interior design evolved, with the use of colour becoming more adventurous. Being such a versatile floor, it made sense that Altro Walkway was the perfect product to introduce a much wider palette. Shades were added, including Haze, Petrol and Copperbeech, until, in 2013, we had a choice of 42 colours, including several that were added following customer requests.”

As the new century established itself, advances in technology meant that our innovation team were able to develop and launch Altro XpressLay, the first adhesive-free safety floor. Its design and colour palette mirrored that of Altro Walkway, still our most popular product. It gave our customers more choice when facing an installation where a traditional, adhered floor couldn’t be installed. The shared shades meant that the two floors could be laid side by side for example, a damp area of a refurb which may have previously caused problems could have Altro XpressLay installed, with Altro Walkway running through the rest of the installation. As usual with Altro, it’s about giving you as many options as we can to help you get the job done.

Richard Kahn, CEO Floors and Managing Director, Altro Group says: “At the time Altro Walkway was launched I was in the London sales force and I remember all the discussion about the merits of launching a 2.00mm floor following a 30 year history of manufacturing and marketing Altro Classic 25 and Altro Designer 25 2.5mm safety flooring. But, thanks to the tremendous growth in the global market for safety flooring and the tremendous performance of Altro Walkway, it has proved to be one of the best decisions we ever made.”

So onto the next 30 years and, after all, for a company that has been around for a century, 30 years is just the beginning really…


Howe Green CPD Seminar

New RIBA Accredited CPD from Howe Green Ltd

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181029 Image for CPD PRHowe Green Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fabricated metal access covers, has recently launched a new CPD seminar.

The CPD – “Safe Access All Areas: Floor Access” has been accredited by RIBA and is listed on the RIBA CPD website – www.ribacpd.com.

The aim of the CPD is to help architects and specifiers gain a greater insight into the key considerations when specifying floor access covers.

Floor access covers provide a safe and easy way to overcome the challenge of accessing building services concealed under floors.  As a small part of an overall construction project floor access covers are often an overlooked element of the building envelope. However, the consequences of specifying an access cover that is inappropriate for the environment where it is being installed can have far-reaching, and costly, implications.  Choice of materials, such as stainless steel or aluminium, loading performance, floor finish and fire rating are examples of just some of the different design parameters that need to be considered when specifying floor access covers.

Health and safety remain at the forefront of specification in the construction industry. The CPD outlines how floor access covers can be moved safely and in line with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992, CDM 2015 Regulations and Building Regulations.

Floor access covers may seem a simple, straightforward product to specify however getting the specification right for the intended use and ensuring the requirements for both performance and aesthetics are met can be fraught with complexity.

James Fisher, MD of Howe Green, explains, “For over 35 years Howe Green has built an incredible amount of expertise and knowledge in the niche area of floor access covers.  This new CPD is an opportunity to share our learning with fellow building services professionals.

“We are committed to providing architects and specifiers with all the necessary tools to ensure the correct specification of access covers.  The more information and resources that we can make available the better informed their decision making will be when it comes to specifying the right access cover for the installation environment. ”

Howe Green’s Business Development Managers, Chris George and Richard Fletcher, will be responsible for delivering the CPD. Classified under the RIBA Core Curriculum by design, construction and technology the hour-long seminar aims to cover general awareness of specifying floor access covers.

If you would like to find out more about the CPD or make a booking for your company please call Sue Marler on 01920 463 230 or email cpd@howegreen.co.uk.

The Flyscreen Company Soffit and cladding mesh

Let Fresh Air in, Keep Insects and Rodents out! – The Flyscreen Company Ltd

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The best place to go for soffit, cladding mesh and fly screens.

Fly Screens

flyscreen coEstablished in 1998 as an insect prevention specialist, The Flyscreen Company is now the place to go when you need to prevent insects entering food preparation areas.

We have multiple screening solutions available for windows and doors, domestic and commercial, made to measure or DIY kits.

View our Commercial and Domestic screening solutions.



Soffit and Cladding Mesh

Slit Mesh - Collection 03We are now proud suppliers of soffit and cladding mesh which is a great long-term solution to prevent insects and rodents from entering a property.

Safety is of the utmost importance to us at The Flyscreen Company so we make sure our mesh is tested to current safety regulations, these can be found on our website.

Our mesh is used on new build houses and retro-fits.

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Number – 01454 238288 – Email – sales@flyscreen.com – Visit us on Facebook

Coo-Var Acrylic Floor paint

Coo-Var Release their First CPD!

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Acrylic Floor paint adour 3Coo-Var is pleased to announce the launch of its new CPD seminar entitled ‘Painting Floors & Getting It Right!’

The CPD has been independently accredited by the CPD Certification Service and covers the following agenda:

  • How painting a floor can save a client money
  • Identifying the substrate to be painted
  • Defining the expected performance of a floor paint
  • Determining the correct preparation
  • A painted floor that fulfils expectations

Garage floor afterKathy Brook Coo-Vars Technical Administrator states ‘’Painting a Floor can be a tricky feat. The most common call received by Technical Services in one way or another relates to painting a floor; with an exhaustive range of options and little margin for error it’s no wonder that many people shy away from the challenge.’’ Coo-Var can offer a range of solutions and full support at the outset to help get it right!

Why not book our CPD seminar today to help you get it right first time. To book a CPD please visit http://www.coo-var.co.uk/book-product-training or contact us on 01482 328053 or email info@coo-var.co.uk.

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Delta Membrane cavity drain system

Free Lime Inspections made easy with clever New Yellow Channel

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yellow channel 3Delta Membrane Systems Limited – today launch an entirely new product line designed to make channel inspections easier.

With Delta’s new yellow channel ‘free lime’ can easily be identified and treated. Free lime is white in appearance and, with Delta’s new yellow channel this can easily be visualised during inspection.

Delta new yellow channel by a range of accessories such as Straight Connectors, Corner Pieces, T Pieces and Drainage Channel End Caps.


Yellow_Channel_2A Cavity Drain Membrane System is a Type C Waterproofing solution. The concept of a Drained Cavity System is to collect and manage any ground water which breaches the integrity of a structure by managing, collecting and discharging such free water via a suitable evacuation point such as a Delta Package Pump Station.


Delta Channel is a water collection conduit designed to control water ingress in below ground applications.


In the form of calcium hydroxide (free lime). If untreated, this free lime can enter a cavity drainage system which can impede the flow of water and cause sump pump failure.


Delta_Yellow_Channel_4 copyThe British Standard for waterproofing BS8102:2009 recognises the requirement of a Type C Waterproofing System or Cavity Drain Membrane System to be maintainable. The use of inspection ports of a basement waterproofing design is key for maintenance or the ability to carry out periodic inspection.


Delta Membrane Systems Limited offers waterproofing solutions and systems. We are proudly the Leading manufacturer of Type C Cavity Drainage Systems in the United Kingdom.

yellow channel 12We eat, sleep and breathe waterproofing solutions. We represent Quality Products, Innovative Design and Solutions.

Striving for continuous industry improvements our out on the road, regionally based Technical Team act as part of your team, there to support you with any technical queries, training or just to offer advice and expertise on project requirements. Email technical@deltamembranes.com or call 01992 523 523.


Safetell securablinds

Blast and Manual Attack Resistant Blinds

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“there is nothing else on the explosion protection market similar to the security blind other than primary or secondary blast rated window systems, which do not have the same ability to absorb pressure as the security blind does through rapid and controlled deflection”

Simon Trundle, Managing Director, Grendon Design Agency Limited, ComBlast Explosion Trials Manager

The UK Government stated current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is “severe – an attack is highly likely”. Terroist attacks in recent years have taken many forms. The risk from an explosive device is ever present and the protection of people and property must be a key consideration.

image 1Safetell SECURABLINDS offer protection against blast from 500kg of explosive at 28m or 100kg of explosive at 25m, and enhanced protection against forced entry, and are suitable for use in new build or  refurbishment projects alike.

With the appearance of conventional office blinds, SECURABLINDS are ideal for providing protection for organisations and businesses at risk by virtue of their function, ownership, or just premise’s location. The unobtrusive appearance of SECURABLINDS mean that they can be applied, if desired, to just areas in buildings that are at higher risk or require higher protection without standing out.

image 2Usually manufactured in a clean white, in sizes to meet the project or building requirement, in either vertical or horizontal format, SECURABLINDS are also designed to function and operate as conventional blinds.

Safetell Ltd provide product, installation, project and technical support services for those designing in or considering the use of SECURABLINDS in a project, call Safetell Ltd T: 01322 22 32 33 or email sales@safetell.co.uk for assistance.
The attached video compares the performance of filmed glass in the event of 500kg blast both with and without SECRUABLINDS; visit www.safetell.co.uk/products/securablinds/ or call Safetell for more information.

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