Wedi Tile backer boards


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Often created with a use of a single partition, walk-in showers are hygienic, easy-maintenance and stylish solutions that not only provide easy access for the whole family but also give the illusion of greater space in the bathroom.

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wedi building boards – 50, 60, 80 & 100mm

wedi’s 100% waterproof tile backer boards from 50mm thickness are approved for use as shower partitions. They can be used for creating up to 1200mm long partition walls when attached on 2 sides, but once attached to a wall, floor and a solid cementitious ceiling structure the length becomes limitless. Besides standard sizes (2500x600mm), there are XL (2500x900mm) and XXL (2500x1200mm) formats especially developed for this purpose – by reducing the number of joints, they simplify the installation process enormously.


Sanwell Walls XL, XXLwith integrated niche

Robust wall elements with a thickness of 100mm are ready to use as free-standing walls. wedi Sanwell Wall elements are not only waterproof to the core, lightweight (from 16kg) but are also fully customisable: the height and width are easy to adjust to required dimensions and the size of the integrated niche can also be modified to suit. Simply bond to floor & wall with wedi 610 adhesive sealant and after reinforcement of joints it’s ready to be tiled or plastered & painted.


DuPont Plantex Platinium landscaping fabric

Claim back your Japanese Knotweed infested land

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Plantex Platinium_BPI News_1Plantex® Platinium is a high-performance landscaping fabric specially designed for controlling invasive and aggressive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed. Invented and manufactured by DuPont, Plantex® Platinium has been thoroughly and extensively tested over several years and in natural environments. The product’s benefits and installation are featured in a video you can access here.

Information on the entire Plantex® product range can be found here.

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Toupret Joint Fill and Skim

New Toupret Joint, Skim & Fill range brings quality and efficiency to preparation work

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Toupret’s innovative new Joint, Skim & Fill range creates a coherent jointing and filling system that makes sure the job is done right the first time. ‘Better results in less time’ is the touchstone for the range, which is designed with efficiency in mind and finish to the forefront.

JSF group packs with slogan copyToupret’s Joint, Skim & Fill range is tailored to completing jointing and skimming tasks and is a whole solution for jointing plasterboard and surface finishing and filling on most substrates. The aim is to save time and money by producing a reliable range that does everything a builder, painter or decorator may need in terms of preparation work, combined with high quality performance on the first application.

The Quick Dry products in the range are the ones that will attract attention straight away, being ready for overpainting in just three hours.

FGBJSR10GBAll of the jointing products in the range, including Quick Dry, are CE approved and conform to the all-important BS EN 13963 for jointing materials for plasterboard. For normal applications they require just one coat and remove the need for spot-priming. The Patch & Repair additions to the range provide a hardy backline for preparation work, whether filling significant gaps or smoothing over and cracks.

Painters, decorators and builders want a product range that is versatile and solves all the problems that come with jointing, skimming and filling. The Joint, Skim & Fill range delivers all that and more, reducing on-problems significantly, so that it also saves time on the job. Shrinkage or re-filling are not regular concerns, whilst flashing and grinning are not a problem, so spot priming is all but done away with. All products are easy to mix, apply and to sand, providing an easy-on first-class finish that feathers well

As filling is Toupret’s stock-in-trade, it’s R&D team is constantly working to improve its products and this versatile range is developed by a team that knows a professional’s job is all about achieving a great finish with the minimum of fuss and time. The reliability, performance and workability of Joint, Skim & Fill will keep the trade as happy as its customers will be with the first-time-right finish.

Expect to see more Toupret products in work vans around the country, as well as on-site.

There are nine products in the Joint, Skim & Fill range, which comprises Joint, Skim & Fill in 5kg and 10kg bags; Joint, Skim & Fill Quick Dry in 5kg and 10kg bags; Joint and Skim in 20kg ready to use buckets; and Patch & Repair Filler Quick Dry in 1kg, 2kg and 5kg bags, as well as Patch & Repair Filler Ready To Use in a 1.5kg tub. Click here for more information on the range.


Coo-Var Powerfloated Floor Primer Cut Out

Coo-Var’s Latest New Product Launch – Power Floated Floor Primer!

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IMGP1125Coo-Var has been partnering with its customers for more than a hundred years and the result is a range of exceptional, problem-solving products – including their enduring, well-known floor paints – along with outstanding training and technical help.

Painting Power Floated Floors can involve costly shot blasting or grinding. Coo-Var’s Power Floated Floor Primer can be applied direct to clean, laitance free power floated floors.

Powerfloated Floor Primer Cut OutOur latest addition to the Coo-Var floor paint range is a water based two-pack epoxy primer that provides incredible adhesionof Coo-Var’s Profloor & Profloor Plus floor paints to power floated floors. 

‘This product saves time and money and is great for contractors working on commercial buildings or warehouses requiring fast, cost effective maintenance.’’ Says Danielle Dutton, Marketing Manager for Teal & Mackrill.

Coo-Var products are recognised for their quality and this new Power Floated Floor Primer will be prefect for priming a newly power floated floor.

Features of The Power Floated Floor Primer include:

  • Fast Drying & Low Odour
  • Powerful adhesion
  • Water Based
  • Eliminates the need for costly grinding or shot blasting
  • Available in 5kg

For more information or technical advice on Power Floated Floor Primer please contact the Technical hotline on 01482 328053 or to become a stockist, please contact Sharron Drayton in the Sales Office on 01482 328053 or email

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Hauraton drainage systems at Bonus Arena – Hull Venue

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01 Hauraton Hull Venue Large HiresBuilt on brown-field land located on the edge of the main shopping district in Hull and adjacentto Princes Quay, the Bonus Arena – Hull Venue and its associated multi storey car park were opened in August 2018. The £36 million development progresses the legacy of the social and economic impact generated by Hull’s 2017 UK City of Culture status.

The Arena, designed by AFL Architects,is a state-of-the-art music and events complex with a flexible capacity of up to 3,500 people. The facility can provide a venue for concerts or corporate conferences in an 800 seat auditorium. A 2000m² adaptable space can be utilised for sporting events or exhibitions and trade shows.

Surrounding the Bonus Arena is a public realm laid with grey stone paving and landscaped by re-form Landscape Architecture Limitedwith trees, lawns, flowerbeds and permanent stone seating.

07 Hauraton Hull Venue Front Detail Hires 05 Hauraton Hull Venue Seats HiresAn effective surface water drainage system was essential to ensure all weather access to the venue. 140 metres of Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channels with FIBRETEC® heel-safe gratings were chosen for the job which blended well with the stone paving and would resist damage from applied grit rock salt in freezing weather.

The material, PA-GF used to make the FIBRETEC® grating, was especially developed by Hauraton; the tough, UV resistant, fibre reinforced moulding offers high stability and huge strength for its weight. Complying with loading category Class C250 (BSEN 1433) the grating can easily take the weight of commercial delivery vehicles. The design is a real innovation as its non-corrosive material provides a visually appealing surface finish that retains its colour. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots.

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The RECYFIX® channel component is made from 100% recycled PP. The PRO 100 model is factory fitted with the FIBRETEC® grating and only weighs 4.6kg, so the unit was easy to handle and quickly installed on site.

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Addagrip resin bound pathway Rosemoor

Cool Garden at RHS Rosemoor

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Rosemoor-15Addagrip is delighted to have been involved in this design project at RHS Rosemoor in Devon, creating a stunning new garden with rainfall in mind.




Roesmoor-14Addagrip approved contractor IDream Solutions was invited to install over 320m2 of resin bound pathways for the new Cool Garden designed by multi-award-winning designer Jo Thompson.  The design has a strong focus on water, embracing the challenge of the high levels of rainfall experienced in the region. The garden consists of a series of curving rills which make their way through the garden, disappearing and reappearing to flow into the pond at the bottom of the sloping site and provides an example of how effectively a designed landscape can accommodate heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

Addagrip resin bound pathway RosemoorWith water flow in mind, BBA certified Terrabound resin bound porous surfacing was chosen for the curving pathways that follow the rills and form organic shaped planting beds, helping to reduce surface water runoff. A 6mm Hazelnut natural aggregate blend was selected to contrast with the cool coloured planting scheme and complement the dry stone walling, providing seamless, low maintenance, decorative pathways for this stunning new garden.


The installation was completed in time for the opening in July 2019.


Making a house a home – considering wellbeing in the design of future homes

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New research has revealed that four in five consumers believe the design of their home impacts their wellbeing, demonstrating the growing demand for homes designed to promote good health.

Conducted by Eurocell plc, the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, looked into what building design features and factors impact people’s wellbeing.

When asked what top three factors contribute to consumers feeling good in their own home respondents identified the amount of natural light (48%), low noise levels (39%) and feeling safe and secure (37%). These were closely followed by access to outdoor space (36%) and the design and layout (35%). Furthermore, 78% said that feeling comfortable and secure in their home impacted their overall wellbeing.

Searching for real estate property, house or new homeOne of the key drivers behind this trend is growing consumer awareness of the impact of the built environment on personal wellbeing. The benefits of homes with high levels of natural light are well established and include a positive impact on factors including health, happiness, productivity and mental wellbeing, with research also suggesting it can help reduce the effects of seasonal affective disorder.

As this consumer awareness continues to grow, the construction sector will have to respond by placing wellbeing at the centre of everything it does. This will influence all types of design, and will require architects, builders and developers to seek innovative approaches to wellbeing features within homes.

You can see all of Eurocell’s findings from the survey in the Future Homes Report which can be downloaded in full here

Howe Green Floor access covers at Collaborative Teaching Laboratory

Howe Green supplies floor access covers for inspirational university building

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Collaborative Teaching Laboratory 065Over fifty Howe Green 5000 Series Light Duty Aluminium and 7500 Series Medium Duty Aluminium Floor Access Covers were supplied for the award winning Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL) at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus.

The robust 6,700 m2  brick structure was designed by architects Sheppard Robson. It has won four awards in the RIBA West Midlands Awards 2019, including RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year.  The CTL has also achieved a BREEM Excellent standard and an EPC A Rating for efficiency.

The building design was meticulously detailed and the materials used were chosen to minimise maintenance and enhance the life expectancy of the building.

The Howe Green aluminium floor access covers were supplied to main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction and were specified by Sheppard Robson.  The covers were installed by the team from Morgan Sindall Construction and infilled with ceramic floor tiles.

In addition to ceramic tiles the 5000 Series and 7500 Series can be used with marble, terrazzo, concrete, resin, wood or parquet flooring.   The 5000 Series is suitable for use in areas with pedestrian traffic and the load performance of the 7500 Series is for cars and light delivery vehicles up to 5 tonnes pneumatic tyre load.

The access covers can be removed, safely and easily, for maintenance purposes with the use of lifting keys or Howe Green Access Cover Skates.  The access covers fit perfectly flush with their surround to avoid the risk of hazard from slips or trips.

Available as a single cover, a duct run or as a multipart unit the 5000 and 7500 Series can be supplied in standard sizes from stock. If a custom size is required it can be manufactured to order at the Howe Green manufacturing facility in Hertfordshire.

Howe Green has over thirty six years of experience in supplying floor access covers to the education sector.  Howe Green’s access covers can be found in many educational settings including John Moores University in Liverpool, St Bernadette’s Primary School in Antonshill, Scotland, and the University of Surrey.

If you would like Howe Green to assist with your requirement for a solution to access concealed building services located under hard flooring please call 01920 463230 or visit

Kee Safety Step over platform


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Kee Safety Step over platformKee Walk® Step-overs from Kee Safety, a leading global supplier of fall protection solutions, are a range of modular, off the shelf step-overs that provide a safe means of access where obstructions exist on a roof, such as pipework, plant equipment and conduits. Suitable for use on a variety of roof types and surfaces including concrete, membrane, metallic and composite, Kee Walk® Step-overs accommodate changes in roof levels to offer a safe, anti-slip, level walking surface onto and across roofs.

Standard Kee Walk® Step-overs are available in kit form to accommodate different height requirements and are delivered pre-assembled for easy installation. Each kit includes a double handrail and toe-boards for added safety, a choice of nylon or aluminium treads and base feet options to suit different roof types.

“Many of today’s roofs contain a variety of trip hazards and changes in roof level, making safe access difficult, if not impossible” comments Ben Rutter, Product Manager at Kee Safety Group. “Step-overs easily accommodate changes in level or direction and can fit over pipework or equipment. There is the ability to meet virtually any design requirement, with the end result always being a safe, secure and compliant access platform.”

With adjustable step sections, and non-penetrative fixing options, the step-overs have the inherent flexibility to not only protect those accessing the roof, but to also protect the roof sheet from unnecessary foot traffic and potential damage by providing a clearly defined access path.

Kee Walk® Step-overs are constructed using Kee Klamp® tubular fittings. 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 or tools, saving contractors both time and money on site.

Step-over standard kits:

  • 5 clearance heights: 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm, 1200mm and 1400mm
  • 1m landing
  • Delivered pre-assembled
  • Includes double handrail
  • Freestanding base.

Kee Safety also offer mini step modular kits, which available in:

  • Two height options: 200mm and 400mm
  • Three lengths: 3, 4 and 5 tread
  • Two fixing options: freestanding and fixed.

Bespoke step-over platforms are also available on request via the Kee Safety sales team. Custom designed by the technical team to suit any layouts or requirements, these bespoke systems are suitable for any type of roof or surface, from metal to concrete.

The Kee Walk® Step-overs are compatible with other products in the Kee Safety portfolio to provide a complete fall protection and safe access solution, including Kee Walk®, Kee Gate®, KeeGuard®, and KeeGuard® Topfix.For those installations where a bespoke option is required, Kee Safety can deliver a totally customisable solution.

The Kee Walk® Step-over range has been designed in accordance to EN 14122-2/3:2016 for assured safe operation with the Kee Walk® being compliant to EN 516 Class 1-C.

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Timeguard DALI-compatible PIR switches

Are you ready to offer daylight harvesting – with or without DALI control?

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You will undoubtedly have come across DALI in the course of your work, but maybe thought it was only for the big contractors on the big jobs?  That may have been the case in the past, but DALI controls and devices are finding their way into the mainstream. Now PIR leader Timeguard has released a line-up of DALI-compatible PIR switches.  With POR switch,  power supply and remote IR control all provided, you have everything you need to get started from a brand you know you can trust. After all, as installers you are used to providing homeowners and businesses with zoned lighting and scene setting – why not take it to the next level?

PDFMCDALI_PDFMDALI_Connections1And if you’re not ready, or the project doesn’t warrant DALI scene setting, then you can use these new PIRs as standalone detectors and still offer your customers daylight harvesting. That’s just another way of saying that lights will turn on and off in response to changes in the natural light, as the sun goes in and out, as well according to the time of day. You may also have heard this referred to as constant light control that, in the past, has been the preserve of PIR detectors designed – and priced – for the top end of the market.


Why bother?

Make best use of natural light with daylight harvestingThere are clearly cases and places where ordinary lighting is fine: if the application is simple and doesn’t require daylight harvesting (an important energy saving feature now specified in Building Regulations) , dimming, occupancy control or individual user control,  DALI isn’t the answer. But when you do need to design in or add any of these functions, then it is worth thinking about.

A DALI system just needs a DALI bus for communication between different points on the system such as the controller and a PIR.  So, an extra pair of cables between devices and control points of the system is needed : standard 2-core, minimum 1.5mm is sufficient. A DALI loop can contain up to 64 devices – typically LED drivers or PIRs – with multiple loops linked for larger projects.

What is it?

dali_logo_1The Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) is a standard that enables different devices on a system to talk to each other – they don’t even need to come from the same manufacturer. It’s an international standard, specifically created for lighting, for a two-way communication system that gives easy control and versatility. In a traditional system, control signals are one-way. In a DALI system, signal traffic is two-way, meaning LEDs can be commanded to perform requested actions, such as switch ON/OFF or DIM, but they can also be asked to provide information. The LED driver or switch can provide, for instance, information about intensity and energy consumption, or it can simply verify that it is working.

A DALI network consists of a controller, a power supply (which may be built into the controller) and one or more slave devices (eg ballasts, drivers, dimmers and PIR detectors) that have DALI interfaces. The controller can address devices individually or by multicast. Each device can be assigned to up to/any of 16 groups and can store up to 16 scenes that can be controlled by a single command

DALI sends messages around, and just like computer networks, the ballast with the right address picks the message up and follows the instruction: it might be ‘turn all the lights in the corridor on’, or it could be ‘switch to the theatre lighting scene in the conference room’.

Now that you know the basics, the decision may be a little more straightforward. Do you want to light several multi-function rooms that require different lighting options depending on time of day, usage etc. If so, think about DALI control with the new Timeguard range.