Creating the ideal living space with MEDITE

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No longer are the places we live simply our homes: now they must also offer us the space and facilities to also be our offices, our gyms, our children’s classrooms and the places we entertain ourselves. This has inspired an unprecedented number of people to make repairs, improvements and upgrades to their homes: over 35.6% more of us, to be exact.

Unsurprisingly, a major trend for 2021 is the concept of multi-functional spaces, particularly when it comes to living rooms. Forbes indicated late last year that single purpose spaces and furnishings were becoming unfashionable  because we’ve had to adapt our living spaces to accommodate the new work/life balance.

Creating a multi-functional space with bespoke furnishings to suit your needs, may sound challenging, but actually is easier than you may think. MEDITE makes it real by continuing to develop innovative, versatile and sustainable products, suitable for bespoke interior fit outs and refurbishments. The brand has now even launched a new members community of MDF enthusiasts to share their work, gain inspiration and benefit from prizes that will help facilitate bigger and better work with MDF.

How can MEDITE help you create inspiring fit outs and furnishings?

MEDITE MDF panels were used to create the perfect aesthetics for a private client in South Kensington, London, who wanted to create a bespoke art deco inspired home. The interiors were designed and created especially for the project by Infinitus Bespoke Interiors using MDF panels, including MEDITE MR, which features special moisture resistant properties.

MEDITE MR BathroomEvery room was designed to reflect the sleek opulence of the 1930s and 40s, while bringing a unique character to every space. The bedrooms and bathrooms and living areas were refitted to incorporate smooth, clean lines, high gloss surfaces, mirror cladding and ambient lighting, while the installation of a bar and cinema room further embodied the elegance of the period in this home.

Featuring a smooth surface and consistent density throughout, MEDITE MR is ideal for machining into bespoke shapes and cabinetry. As a moisture resistant MDF panel, it is also designed for use in indoor humid conditions, making it suitable for kitchen and bathroom installations, among a huge variety of others. It is also a great substitute for softwoods or hardwoods where more machining flexibility is needed.

If you’ve an idea, MEDITE can make it real. The extensive MEDITE range includes ten different families of MDF products and many variants, with over 400 possible specifications. Through consistent commitment to research, development and ongoing investment in technology, MEDITE has become established as the leading brand in the MDF market by introducing a wide variety of quality products and customer led innovations.

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H+H UK Ltd


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sh2192-0061To date, aircrete from H+H has delivered over 8,000 MMC homes in the UK, making it one of the most widely used materials for the Modern Building agenda. Jenny Smith-Andrews, Head of Marketing at H+H looks at the MMC solutions on offer.

There is no denying that the building industry, and particularly the housebuilding sector, in this country is extremely conservative: slow to adopt new methods and systems. Government clearly understands this. The degree of its intervention, in terms of overt encouragement and financial incentives is marked.

Whether it is any Government’s business to dictate to private sector organisations how they make their product is debatable, but the objective is laudable: to deliver better quality homes, faster, and H+H is well positioned to help its customers reach MMC targets.

sh2182-010Aircrete benefits from being a material widely used across Europe where housebuilding is a very different industry. Hugely popular for its robust, durable and thermally efficient characteristics, aircrete plays its part in the development of modern construction methods delivering high-performance homes.

In the UK, H+H aricrete is fundamental to three Modern Methods of Construction.  Our Thin-Joint blockwork provides a fast and accurate means of building exterior walls – meeting the criteria to be rated an MMC category 6.

sh2182-002Put together into a packaged offer combining Thin-Joint exterior walls with ground floors, upper floors and partitions, our Rå Build solution gives the entire weatherproof structure as a single, fast system.

Neither of these offers is new, both have been widely used in Europe for decades. However, in the UK, both have struggled to gain widespread adoption.  We certainly see more interest, given the focus on implementing Modern Methods, but for many, Modern means “offsite”. Our Celcon Elements, particularly when used as part of the i-House system, provide the answer that is gaining ground fastest.

Celcon Elements are storey-high panels of aircrete. Craned into place and fixed with Thin-Joint mortar, Elements allow the entire ground floor wall structure to be completed on site in just hours.

Barratt Longford Park Oct 16Elements, by the way, are not new either, so H+H has a track record of high-performing housing developments across Europe to reassure the UK market of the practicality of this building method.

Elements really come into their own when used as part of a system-build solution, and H+H worked in partnership with Roofspace Solutions to develop i-House™. This combines aircrete walls with prefabricated first floors and roof structures, installed by a dedicated contracting team.  Most suitable for large volume standard house designs, the entire building fabric can be completed within five days on site.

Celcon Elements with craneIn promoting our options for Modern Methods of Construction, H+H is highlighting a common misapprehension around the term MMC. There is no prescription as to the material used or the method of build. To qualify as a Modern Method of Construction, the solution needs to meet the objectives for building faster, more efficiently and to high tolerance. I-House meets the MMC definition at category two.

We know that our industry has a preference for aircrete – a trusted and popular material. 8,000 homes built with Modern Methods based on aircrete is a demonstration that this material is ready for the 21st century building agenda.

Newton Latent Defects Insurance

Newton Latent Defects Guarantee is the Ultimate in Waterproofing Insurance

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Latent defectsNewton Waterproofing, the UK’s leading independent designer and supplier of guaranteed structural waterproofing systems, now offers Latent Defects Insurance – and it is the only such policy available through a UK waterproofing supplier.

With experience of more than 170 years, the family-run business based in Tonbridge has been providing clients with an unrivalled service for decades. Now, the Newton Latent Defects Insurance will provide customers with the ultimate protection.

Newton Waterproofing’s MD Warren Muschialli said: “In 2019, the construction insurance guarantees market underwent significant change, with a number of insurers withdrawing from the sector. Early in 2020, there was a further reduction in the number of rated insurers able to provide insurance for waterproofing.

“By its very nature, waterproofing is a risky business and it’s very tough to find good guarantees in the waterproofing sector.

“A lot of companies will provide self-guarantees but there is no insurance provided, while others will provide warranties that are not insurance-backed.

“But with our Newton Latent Defects Insurance we have managed to provide a unique policy which is backed by an A-rated, UK-based insurer.”

Peace of Mind Guaranteed

135 Golders Green Road NW11 8HG 18 June-3With a policy term of up to 12 years, the Latent Defects Insurance is available on qualifying projects which use multiple Newton waterproofing products to achieve a minimum score of 3.0 on the Newton Waterproofing Index (NWI). The NWI is a unique specification tool that provides specifiers and designers with a scoring system to accurately assess the level of risk and potential success involved in any waterproofing design.

The application for the guarantee is made via the installer directly to Newton’s A-rated insurer, and for the first two years of the policy the responsibility for repairing any leaks and defects lies with the installing contractor. Once this period has expired, all repairs are the responsibility of the insurer.

Newton’s Specialist Contractors have been specifically audited to ensure that they meet the necessary requirements to be able to provide the guarantee, while Newton’s waterproofing solutions and products have also successfully passed a rigorous auditing process to ensure that they are of sufficient quality to support the guarantee.

“Instead of a 10-year policy term we are offering a 12-year option which gives us a competitive edge,” said Warren. “No other waterproofing supplier in the UK can provide this level of protection and this is the best waterproofing guarantee on the market from a UK insurer that you can get.

“It comes through us and is backed by us – we are the broker’s client so the specifier knows that we will take responsibility for the waterproofing.”

Newton provide the best waterproofing systems for all structures, from new and existing domestic properties to large-scale commercial developments. For the right waterproofing help and advice with your next project, contact Newton Waterproofing on 01732 360 095 or email

Eurocell Syncro sliding patio doors

Think patio doors are a thing of the past? Think again!

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Not just our strongest and most secure patio door system yet, Syncro also provides a new level of sustainability, plus improved design and performance that meet the demands of installers and homeowners alike thanks to several market leading features.

Syncro_Sliding Patiio_3 Pane_White_Internal_Living RoomThese include main frames made using at least 60% post-consumer recycled PVC-U; better thermal efficiency, with triple glazed U-values as low as 1.0; a 3.5m maximum width, one of the largest PVC-U patio door systems on the market; and a unique soft close system, which, along with a choice of standard or heavy duty rollers allowing sash weights of up to 140kg, makes for a much smoother glide and closure action with no ‘bounce back’ if the door is accidently slammed.

What’s more, is the option of a through-colour grey substrate – a first for Eurocell in a patio door. The grey substrate is extruded in PVC-U with special heat reflecting pigment to help reduce expansion on hot days.  Not only does this the give installers a way to meet current design trends for the all grey look; but because patio doors are open so much of the time on sunny summer days, it also makes for much more pleasing  visual appearance by removing any unsightly white extruded areas.

Smooth or matt grey foil options can also be ordered along with traditional rosewood and golden oak from stock, plus 32 further colour options on longer lead times, extend the colour choices further, while hardware is available in white, chrome or graphite, with flush fitting exterior handles available.

Syncro_Sliding Patio_3 Pane_Anthracite Grey_ExternalSyncro is tested to BS6375 and PAS24 2016 standards and therefore meets the requirements of Document Q – the newest security guidelines for patio doors. And for additional peace of mind, Syncro has been through 50,000 cycles of open and close tests to prove robustness.

Following customer feedback and as part of Eurocell’s continual improvement programme we have also introduced a new Aluminium Interlock to be used on all none PAS24 Syncro patio doors to help improve the fabrication and installation process.

Ian Kernaghan, Head of Product Design and Development for Eurocell commented, “Syncro has been designed to meet the changing needs of the patio door market and we believe it does that job beautifully. It offers customers genuinely attractive options like triple glazing, a soft close feature and white or grey substrate options, in addition to using recycled PVC-U content and achieving new levels of thermal and acoustic insulation efficiency.

For Eurocell fabricators wanting to offer this product as part of their portfolio, our Fabricator Network Portal gives you access to fabricators who can help.

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BILCO Roof Access Hatch

Three things to consider when specifying Roof Access Hatches

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When choosing roof access hatches for commercial or residential projects, there are a number of factors that must be addressed at the initial design stages in order to not only achieve a successful specification, but also deliver safe and sufficient access for the entire lifecycle of the building. Here Tony Stevens, Technical Estimator at Bilco UK, discusses which factors should be taken into consideration when selecting Roof Access Hatches: 

1) Purpose for access

BILCO Service Stair with Type L-50TB Roof HatchWhether for the education, healthcare, leisure or commercial sectors, roof access hatches are required to provide permanent and secure access to the roof area. In order to make sure you’re choosing the correct system to meet your project’s unique requirements, you must first identify the main reason for requiring access to the roof.

Is it purely for maintenance reasons? Or will a safe means of access also be required for the regular installation or removal of equipment from the roof?

Here you should also identify what tools and equipment will need to be transferred through the access hatch, or whether it will just be the individual themselves that is conducting the necessary work.

2) Frequency and product specification

Once you have established your reason for requiring safe access to the roof, you will then be able to make an informed choice regarding which roof access hatch and corresponding ladder system is best suited to meet the needs of your project.

Bilco S-50T Roof Access Hatch installed at Brentwood Community HospitalIt is important to specify the correct Roof Access Hatch and Ladder combination to ensure that access from the ladder, through the roof access hatch, is as safe as possible.

For example ,a small roof access hatch should be accessed via a fixed vertical ladder, which is also the most suitable option for projects where space is limited. Alternatively, if you use a  companionway ladder or a retractable ladder, the roof access hatch length must be extended to around 1500 mm in order to provide for easy and safe access.

However, here it should be noted that a minimum head clearance of 120mm is required and that the maximum single climb is no more than three metres, in accordance with BS4211-7.2.

Regardless of the size of the roof access hatch, the system should be operated easily and safely with one hand, in accordance with the requirements outlined within the Manual Handling Regulations, enabling the individual to maintain three points of contact with the fixed ladder.

During the installation process, the ladder must be positioned opposite the hinge to ensure safe and unobstructed access.

If access to the roof is required on a regular basis for professionals that will have to transfer tools and equipment through the hatch, a Fixed Staircase Roof Access Hatch, also known as a Service Stair Roof Access Hatch, should be specified with a Companionway Ladder or a Fixed Staircase.

It should here be noted that the roof hatch must be sufficient to maintain a head clearance of 2000mm, as detailed in Building Regulations Part K. 

3) Bespoke requirements

To ensure all the criteria are successfully met, you should also consider whether a custom made roof access hatch should be chosen to ensure each of these areas is adequately fulfilled.

E2 X cleanedThis includes options such as Bilco UK’s SKY Flatglass, which functions as both a Roof Access Hatch or a Smoke Ventilator, and is supplied with a clear, translucent lid  to enable natural daylight into specific areas of the building, without impeding the functionality and accessibility of the hatch.

Increased access opening sizes or double leaf configurations should also be explored where access is required for larger items of equipment or tools. Motorised options also allow the individual to safely maintain contact with the ladder when entering or exiting the hatch.

By working closely with a manufacturer at the initial stages of a project, you can ensure that each of these important factors have been adequately considered and catered for.

Regardless of the project type, all installations should be subject to individual Risk Assessments. Comprehensive training should also be provided for all professionals, supported by Method Statements regarding safe and correct use of the access solutions installed.

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Marley Roof Defence


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  • Marley launches proven roof fire barrier with 15-year guarantee
  • New product helps to keep people and property protected
  • Can be specified as part of a full Marley Roof System to deliver safety-driven reassurance for roofing projects

Roof systems manufacturer, Marley has launched a new roof fire barrier to help prevent the spread of fire between adjoining properties, allowing specifiers to add an additional safety layer to roofing projects to keep both people and properties protected.

Roof Defence image - close up PNGMarley Roof Defence will help specifiers select fire mitigation measures with confidence as the system delivers full protection to prevent the spread of fire from one roof to the next.  Achieving up to a 60-minute fire rating, it can also be specified as a comprehensive fire barrier in larger roofs, or as a fire break in expansive buildings with large footprints such as apartment blocks, schools, care homes, offices, and hospitals.

The easy to install system comprises a double intumescent seal, with an inverted T design, that can simply be installed under tiles and between roof battens to close all gaps in the event of fire. Furthermore, when specified as part of a full Marley roof system it comes with a 15-year guarantee, providing specifiers with assurance around its long-term performance capabilities.

Market concerns around roof fire spread risk

Roof Defence imageThe new product has been developed following separate reports from the BRE and BBC Watchdog, which both raised concerns that some modern homes could have inadequate, incorrectly installed and, in some cases, no fire barriers. In terraced or semi-detached properties, this increases the risk that fire could spread rapidly through roof voids from one home to the next.

Stuart Nicholson, roof systems director at Marley, explains: “With recent reports about the dangers of concealed fires in roof voids between properties, the specification market will be keen to know about the best methods of stopping fire spread in the roof space between properties.   It is important that specifiers have the reassurance they need when selecting the right product solution and we believe Roof Defence answers concerns when it comes to roof fire safety.

“When compartmentalising a roof for terraced or semi-detached housing, fire stopping is required between the top of the party wall and the roof covering. This is often achieved with a flexible mineral fibre quilt or sock, but a potential fire passage still exists at the line of the roofing battens, above the rafters, which can span across the junction between properties. New Roof Defence tackles this issue.”

Test proven

Roof Defence - build up_full roof smallMarley’s Roof Defence has outperformed all fire testing requirements and fills every void from the party wall to the bottom tile, meaning smoke and fire cannot pass through.

Roof Defence features two strips of intumescent material bonded at 90 degrees.  When activated by heat, the inverted T intumescent seal expands, filling the space between roofing battens and sealing all gaps under the tiles, slates, and other roofing elements.  Roof Defence is supplied on a compact roll for easy storage and handling and is available in 100mm width and 6.3 metre length.

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EJOT Structural Anchoring


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Selection of a structural anchor should be based on the performance needed for each application but how much is the process driven by previous specifications or brand?

Library-SiteThe variety of off-the-shelf anchors and fixings available to structural engineers has grown significantly in recent years through ever more complex designs, and there is also the option of bespoke solutions. Knowing what’s out there can be as much of a challenge – and few would dispute the possibility of specification changes on site.

“Engineers will commonly go through a technically approved route for design but the selection is often based on personal preference and previous experience rather than the unique parameters that each new application presents,” says Liebig specification specialist Paul Papworth.

“There are several reports from the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) that point to poor selection or design of fixings, as well as specification change. The problem running with previous designs is that the application criteria may not be exactly the same, so an in-depth check and some form of calculation is essential.”

To understand the factors driving the choice of anchor in the UK market, Liebig’s parent company EJOT worked with the New Civil Engineers Journal to carry out an industry-wide survey. The results point to many respondents favouring brand loyalty over application specifics, despite a number of routes to design.

Design tactics

shutterstock_57862405 copyMost respondents – 45% – use a mix of hand calculations, software and technical guides to aid their design but 40% prefer to use software as their only approach to design. None of the respondents use technical guides from manufacturers as their only source of information for design. However, the availability of technical guidance and support from manufacturers and calculation software are the biggest factors affecting the choice of solution. Proof of suitability through onsite testing and case studies are also key factors.

No second chances. Anchors in nuclear dockyard applicationPaul Papworth believes that manufacturers data should be sufficient for many standard design requirements such as an anchor that isn’t close to an edge, not located close to another anchor and in conventional concrete that has a prescribed compressive strength. It is when designs go outside the standard parameters that additional calculations should be essential. “The anchor should be designed and tested to European Technical Approval (ETA), so it should therefore be possible to compare different options from different manufacturers even without proprietary software,” explains Papworth. “However, some engineers maintain that using traditional concrete capacity design methodology that predates ETA, offers more flexibility where the application cannot be met by the ETA approach alone.”

Some projects demand that the right solution is fitted first time with no second chances to find an alternative. Papworth says that some manufacturers still use concrete capacity design data – or even data expanded beyond the ETA approach in their software so users need to be aware of how the designs are being evaluated and generated.

“As with any proprietary software, engineers need to verify the output using their own calculations,” he urges. Many respondents agreed with this call and one said: “Complex designs can be challenging to assess and often call for engineers to use hand calculations to check the design and interaction with other adjacent fixings too.

“Designers need to engage with anchor manufacturers with a more holistic approach from concept through to installation. This would ensure that the correct technology and the most cost-effective solution is identified, correctly designed and equally as important, correctly installed.”

Mechanical or resin?

Few respondents report getting the design right first time though – 19% of respondents said that it never happens, while 64% say that it does occasionally happen.

Resin bonded anchors are often a main solution that designers choose with 54% calling that their preferred option. 40% use mechanical fixings as their “go to” solutions. Undercut anchors were the least popular option with only 6% describing that method as their preferred option. The preferred fall-back was mechanical fixings with almost 43% saying this was their second option and 38% opting for resin bonded fixings as their fall-back.

“There is definitely less reticence to using resin fixings now –– but there will always be a strong preference to go for a mechanical fixing and the choice largely depends on specific performance demands. Resin anchors are unable to immediately take up the action load due to curing times and the higher risks associated with their reduced tolerance for installer error are also considerations,” says Papworth.

One respondent told NCE: “People often specify resin fixings but there is a good place for mechanical fixings too. There is no real logic for the mentality to choose one over the other.”

If the desired result isn’t achieved through the initial design, most respondents (47.5%) said that they would look again at the design or change the type of fixing (56%) rather than explore bespoke or non-standard options.

Bespoke Solutions

Lead times, absence of technical data and stock availability do not seem to be factors in driving designers away from bespoke solutions. Perceived cost and even lack of awareness that the option is even available seem to be the main issues here.

“Bespoke solutions come into play when the design and application parameters do not allow for a standard off the shelf solution to be used,” says Papworth. “Around 5% to 10% of applications lend themselves to a bespoke design. The perception that this carries a high price tag and long lead time puts designers off from exploring this route – and some don’t even know the option exists – but given the modular design of many high performance mechanical anchors it is no longer the case. By raising awareness, manufacturers can create demand by delivering what the customer needs rather than simply focusing on what can be produced in volume. Involving a manufacturer in the early stage of a design can save a significant amount of design and installation time, reduce material costs and increase safety.”

Specification changes on site

On site shear testing will substantiate calculations made off site.One respondent noted that careful specification can go out of the window once work moves onto site when contractors may use an alternative anchor on grounds of costs or buildability.

Papworth agrees: “The approach tends to be design-led until cost is factored in and that is often when changes in specification can occur.”

Product availability is the main factor driving changes to specification according to more than 47% of respondents, while a further 31% said that cost is a driver too.

Installation can also bring challenges and Papworth believes that more training is needed to avoid issues on site. “Designer error does happen but the major cause of failure is errors in installation and the problem can be amplified by change of specification” he says.

The Construction Fixings Association (CFA) has published guidance on this subject with procedures to avoid problems that are a knock-on of specification change.

According to Papworth, specification change is often an inevitability but using CFA guidelines can bring benefits. “It is also part of the anchor manufacturer’s role to support these guidelines and in doing so be able to contribute positively to the industry,” he adds.

Nonetheless, having a qualified engineer is critical to interpreting the performance requirements into the design and specification change often occurs without the designer being involved in the decision making.

“You may have an anchor that performs the same in published data for tensile and shear load but when it comes to the seismic qualification, the ability to perform close to the edge of concrete or in a fire load condition, they may be quite different,” explains Papworth.

“Resin anchors were seen as a problem solver 20 to 30 years ago and now it is just part of the toolbox. The development was driven by poor base materials as it doesn’t create the expansion forces typically associated with mechanical expansion anchors but they are simple to use.

“They can, however, bring their own problems in terms of things going wrong – it is essential that the fixing hole is clean and dry otherwise significant reduction factors have to be considered at the design stage. Mechanical anchor holes also have to be cleaned out but it is less critical compared to resin since they do not rely on adhesion.

“All anchors, whether resin or mechanical, need to be correctly set using a torque wrench which is a crucial element of how an anchor performs but often overlooked at the point of installation.”

Papworth says that in some instances anchor manufacturers are even moving away from providing standard anchoring design software and moving towards providing whole application software, giving the option to design baseplate and anchor within the same package.

“I feel that it can unnecessarily complicate the design and add to whole application costs” he adds.

While there are many different approaches to design and many more solutions available on the market, it is more essential than ever that designers understand what they are trying to achieve before starting on the specification choice. According to Papworth, once the specification is set there needs to be greater governance to ensure this is followed through onto site too in order to achieve the best outcome.

The Liebig brand has for years been synonymous with quality, performance and ease of installation, gaining respect from specifiers and contractors alike. Many of the original flagship products remain at the forefront of today’s anchoring technology.

The survey gives an in-depth look across all factors of specification and selection of anchoring technology.

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Liebig offer a vast array of Anchoring products from off the shelf to complete bespoke solutions to ensure your engineering requirements are met and surpassed.

Contact us for application support, design advice and calculations or literature and technical assistance on Tel: 01977 687 040 or email us at:

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Stannah Passenger Lifts

Stannah introduce a new cost-effective passenger lift range

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CoB2Making it easier to specify the perfect lift for your project

With a 150-year legacy of delivering lifts, Stannah, a UK company knows how to stay ahead of trends and keep focused on its customers’ needs.

Stannah Lifts has introduced a new range of passenger lifts that are cost-effective and much easier for professionals to specify according to their needs.

Introducing the straightforward Maxilift range – for cost-effective, quick to specify and install traction lifts. And Xtralift, our extensive range of fully customisable traction lifts.

Whether looking for a lift for a building project, selecting the right passenger lift can be a challenge. This is why Stannah Lifts has introduced a new range of entry-level passenger lifts that are not only cost-effective but also much easier to specify. With new interiors across the range and a tailored consultative approach on lift selection, Stannah has long been a favourite for construction professionals looking for more personal service.

MaxiliftSolusWith a 150-year legacy of delivering lifts to satisfied customers. A company that has been in business for this long knows how to constantly refresh products to stay ahead of construction trends and keep focused on its customers’ needs.

“We believe specifying the right passenger lift should be effortless. No one should have to compromise between performance, dimensions and design,”explains Alastair Stannah, Managing Director at Stannah Lifts. “That’s why we’ve simplified our offering into the straightforward Maxilift range – for cost-effective, quick to specify and install traction lifts. And Xtralift, our extensive range of fully customisable traction lifts.”

PB v2“While all our lifts are built to the same high standards and comply with all regulations, we know that some projects require a simpler specification, delivery and installation process,” continued Alastair. “We’ve improved the manufacturing of our most cost-effective traction passenger lift and have focused on the most popular finishes and sizes with our Maxilift range. It is the perfect entry-level lift.”


XtraliftSolusThe new core Xtralift range is designed to cater for projects that require much more flexibility, such as fire-fighting lifts for hi-rise housing and lifts that require an element of robustness, such as vandal resistant Category 1 and 2 compliant lifts. Or ensuring a lift meets a healthcare specification, fire-fighting or evacuation requirements, Xtralift products give construction professionals more choice across lifts for between 4 to 46 passengers. Irrespective of the finish required, Stannah lifts remain as hard-wearing and energy-efficient as ever.

New sleek designs

VF2The range also has brand new styling, a choice of finishes and new full height or half height car operating panels, plus smaller dimensions for the controller cabinet. The latest design of new displays with larger screens as standard, with optional TFT and remote update of multimedia content. Stannah specialises in creating beautiful bespoke lift finishes so we can design your lift to make a statement.

Whether you’re working with an existing lift shaft or developing a new building, there’s a Stannah lift to fit your space.
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About Stannah Lifts

Since 1867, Stannah has continued its family tradition; to keep people and goods moving. With more than 30,000 new installs per year and servicing over 92,000 lifts and stairlifts, they support customers right across the UK and have a dedicated service branch in Scotland. Stannah Scotland not only deliver on passenger lifts, but platform lifts, goods lifts, escalators & moving walkways, lift servicing and lifts for homes too.

Dani Alu

Barrial Roof Edge Protection – The Safe Option for Any Roof Space

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Barrial_Autoporté_Premium_HDA few good reasons why your next order for edge protection should be for a Barrial Roof Edge Protection System.

Dani Alu (UK) Ltd manufacture and supply an un-rivalled range of collective roof and balustrade systems meeting a diverse range of project applications.  Barrial is the uncompromising range of aluminium roof edge protection systems .

Why Barrial?

Manufactured in aluminium, Barrial technically and aesthetically offers a superior choice in edge protection for flat roof safety.

Slimline look- Rectangular vertical posts of 20 mm wide result in a visually un-obtrusive system

Fixed versions – parapet, roof deck, slab, clamps for standing seams – all fixing possibilities

Freestanding versions – Post centres up to 2.5 m reducing number of posts and weights

Variable height adjustment – Handrail is always parallel to the roof edge

Green roof integration – Concealed base rails improves the finish and minimises trip hazards

Post options – Curved, bent or straight posts offering more design choice to suit the building

Colour choices – Mill finished aluminium or choose your RAL finish

Rooflight safety – Modular systems made to size – secure fragile rooflights quickly

What cost is compliance?

BSEN13374_Guardrail_Dimensions copyIMG_0252Did you know that a roof edge must have a parapet of at least 150 mm present for a standard system to meet compliance of 13374-A (100 mm for 14122-3).  If it is lower any systems must have a toe board installed.  Along with loading criteria, there are simple design rules to meet the current standards, but all too often projects are supplied without (why you may ask) and the building user left unaware.  Barrial is always specified correctly for the individual roof situation.  Every Barrial configuration can prove independent testing to the appropriate standard and every order follows a strict installation guide to guarantee conformity – the safest option to secure your roof space.

It doesn’t cost to do things right, more so when you don’t.  As for the price, well you might just be surprised that to do things right, doesn’t always come at a £££££ !


Why Dani Alu (UK) Ltd?

Barrial_Z_BentPost_1With over 40 years of experience in aluminium fabrication and system development, let us assist with your projects; advise on suitable systems; consult on roof requirements and constraints to make sure your projects receive the very best collective roof edge protection solution available.

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Field Notes: Plantex® Platinium undergoes continual testing and responsive evolution

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The latest observations from different test programmes confirm product performance and improved installation methods

Our changing world demands adaptation and innovative solutions – and those solutions must in turn respond to observation and learning. Accordingly, DuPont is committed to the ongoing evolution of its products and systems, subjecting them to rigorous examination in controlled testing environments. In this way, the company builds trust in its brands and, when appropriate, develops ways to enhance either the products or their application.

Picture 5An important advance in the fight against invasive weeds (Japanese Knotweed in particular), Plantex® Platinium has undergone various field tests since its introduction in 2014. Non-chemical and non-mechanical control of damaging weeds is an essential, forward-thinking solution – and, in the absence of any recognised standards – DuPont has undertaken programmes with independent bodies to assess its own pioneering product.


Picture 7Dealing with Japanese Knotweed is complex and very expensive; thus, the ideal method is one which optimises budget and performance, reduces labour and maintenance costs and minimises both the risk of the infestation spreading – and any environmental impact from herbicides. One fabric can answer all of those demands.

Over the course of five years Plantex® Platinium has been tested in natural environments, resulting in substantial evidence and confirmation to attest to its performance.

The problem of Japanese Knotweed is not restricted to any particular environment. It can threaten residential property values while also creating expensive problems and even safety issues for corporate premises and for technical or civil infrastructure. Three ongoing test sites for Plantex® Platinium have generated results from a variety of settings and conditions.

  1. Picture 1In the landscaped gardens of a residential development in Annemasse, France, Plantex® Platinium was installed in June 2014 and covered over with soil and grass. At various checks over the following 5 years, these communal gardens remained free of knotweed, bar some minor gaps along the edges of the fabric, where it meets the building’s structure. No perforations of the fabric itself were observed. The lawn areas remain in a robust and healthy condition.
  1. Picture 6In a dedicated test field in Bitterfeld, Germany, Plantex® Platinium was installed in September 2016. During regular checks, in which sections of the fabric were cut away and the underside revealed, each section was shown to have successfully contained the rhizomes (which are unable to attach to or penetrate the strong yet air and water-permeable non-woven structure of the fabric) while soil vitality and biodiversity was preserved.
  2. Picture 8In a major program that began in 2017 with a national railway body, a heavily infested surface area of over 480m2 divided into 9 different and confined test sites was fitted with Plantex® Platinium. Using a method of mowing, scraping, removing and then covering with gravel, and working in conjunction with Plantex® RootProtector for vertical containment of the root system, Plantex® Platinium was extensively installed, including along walls, slopes and roadsides. These sites were monitored over a three-year period and now the first full evaluation can be made.

The initial set of test fields was established in 2017 using the first generation of Plantex® Platinium and combining different installation methods such as varying sizes of simple overlaps and the use of tape to bond the seams between sections and the junctions to walls and masonry. Although the results are generally very positive, a small number of penetrations was observed. These were mainly due to mechanical damage during or after the installation of the fabric (such as illicit vehicle traffic), for example, infiltration through the taped seam, or, in a limited number of cases, the penetration of a shoot through a specific weakened spot of the fabric.

Picture 4In 2018 a fresh series of test installations was undertaken using the second generation of Plantex® Platinium, which is even stronger thanks to a special point-bonded treatment. An enhanced installation method of thermally bonding the seams was also applied.  Upon examination of the sites in November 2019 it appears that the second generation of Plantex® Platinium has performed even better, with zeropenetrations at the seams where thermal welding had been used.

In total, an area of more than 800 m2 was covered in which Plantex® Platinium has successfully constrained the development of Japanese Knotweed.

What is clear from all these observations is not only the outstanding performance of the fabric in controlling Japanese Knotweed, but also in maintaining the health and biodiversity of the soil. Plantex® Platinium has proved itself to be reliably robust.  It was also observed that special care is required at the joints with masonry, to avoid shoots emerging between the fabric and the structure.

Thermal welding was one of the key improvements to the application of the product introduced by DuPont in 2018, as a result of such field-based observations. This technique creates even greater confidence by minimising the vulnerability of the seams. A simple and straightforward method needing only basic equipment (and strict adherence to detailed instructions provided by DuPont), this advance is typical of the attention to detail that ensures products such as Plantex® Platinium perform as designed.

What is also clear from the field tests is that any such fabric system will continue to require some level of ad hoc maintenance, but with Plantex® Platinium this is minor and limited and allows for reliable chemical-free control of knotweed.

What’s more Plantex® Platinium is shown to work well in various situations and conditions, including sloped surfaces, and it functions admirably as part of holistic systems with other specialised landscaping products from DuPont.

Such programmes undertaken by DuPont in collaboration with independent bodies clearly demonstrate that civil, landscaping and horticultural professionals can have confidence in a product that is at once innovative and continually proving its worth.

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