Crittal steel windows and doors

Crittall Fendor exhibited at another successful Design in Mental Health exhibition at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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The stand featured a large and fully functioning variety of best selling healthcare windows, including AlphaLine, SwingVent and CleanVent. Crittall Fendor also launched its new SwingVent Heritage window.

SwingVent Heritage was developed following demand for a window that combined the iconic Crittall steel exterior, with an anti-ligature window to be used in healthcare projects.

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The new development window proved a great success, with much admiration for the sample of display.

The event was attended by a record number of people, with a multitude of influential seminars and talks taking part throughout the two day event.

Precolor water tanks


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100_6551UK water tank manufacturer Precolor has now regained WRAS Approval on their rectangular, one piece, potable water storage tank range from 45L – 90,000L, making them the largest approved manufacturer in the UK.

Precolor has been delivering the UK’s finest quality GRP water & chemical storage tanks with exceptional service and unbeatable value for nearly 50 years.

“Precolor is a family owned company, spreading three generations and we are very proud to have been serving our customers for nearly 50 years and we consistently strive to exceed their expectations.  Our commitment to our quality management system is paramount and along with our WRAS approval ensures our water storage tanks are of the finest quality.  We design, manufacture and install all our products giving us full control of production schedules and costs, whilst keeping overheads to a ensuring the very best service for our clients.”

CapturePrecolor manufacture the largest range of one piece tanks in the UK, together with a range of Semi sectional tanks and sectional tanks with panels that can be made to site specific sizes.  Precolor also manufacture a complete range of Plant tanks, GRP modular kiosks, cabinets and housings from their own purpose built facility in the heart of the midlands.

As you would expect from a company with decades of experience, quality is the foundation of the company and is fully embedded in their company purpose and values.

TulipThe Precolor brand is trusted and widely chosen by customers, this trust is based upon their quality image and reputation for consistently delivering high quality products. A Precolor brand name on a product or a service is a promise that it is safe, that it complies with all the relevant laws and regulations and that it consistently meets our high standards of quality  We are involved in and dedicated to achieving high quality standards for our products and services through the application of the  Precolor Quality Management system fully aligned to ISO 9001:2015 and implemented across our organization.

Access 360

Three brands, one objective – safe access all areas

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Access 360 Header Image - 3 brandsThree of the UK’s leading access specialists have come together to form the Access 360 portfolio, providing a total manufacturing solution for roof, ceiling, wall and floor access products for the construction industry.

Access 360 comprises Bilco UK, Profab Access and Howe Green.  These well-established brands all have a strong reputation for delivering innovative solutions to address the challenges of safe access within a building or external environment.

The brand identities have been updated, reflecting the holistic offer that Access 360 presents to the market, to represent the synergy between the brands and the complementary nature of the products.

Bilco UK is a horizontal access specialist supplying the commercial market with standard and bespoke roof access hatches, ladders, smoke vents and floor doors. Founded in the USA in 1926 the company has been operating in the UK since 1989.

Following the acquisition of Bilco by the Tyman Group in 2016 Bilco UK became part of home security specialist ERA in April 2017.

Howe Green was acquired by Bilco UK in 2017. The company manufactures fabricated floor access covers, linear drainage, tree pit covers and bespoke metalwork from a manufacturing facility in Hertfordshire. Incorporated in 1983 Howe Green access covers are specified across a diversity of industry sectors.

In August 2018 Profab Access, a leading manufacturer of vertical access panels, riser doors and steel doors was acquired. Established in 2001 Profab employs a team of 71 and operates from a 46,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Warwickshire.

The strategic acquisitions of Howe Green and Profab Access were designed to strengthen Bilco UK’s “Safe Access All Areas” proposition. The three companies serve the same market, working with architects, specifiers and building service professionals to provide trusted, high quality, safe access solutions.

James Fisher, Managing Director of Access 360, explains the rationale behind the creation of Access 360 and the new brand identities. “Since the acquisition of Howe Green and Profab Access we have been promoting our ability to provide an unparalleled range of access solutions. From an operational perspective it soon became obvious that we needed a name and an identity that could encompass all three companies, whilst retaining the established and trusted brand names.

“We have members of the team whose responsibilities cover the three brands, including myself, our Sales Director, Technical Director, Marketing Manager, SHEQ Manager, New Product Development Engineer and our sales force.

“The name Access 360 represents what we have to offer the construction sector – products that cover the complete spectrum of access solutions.  We have a new brand mark for each company to illustrate how the brands, and respective products, complement each other.  We are delighted to present Access 360 to the world and to announce the bringing together of three brands with one specific objective – safe access all areas.”

To find out more about the range of products available from Access 360 please visit

Eurocell Whitepaper

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

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stack of multiple people expressionNew 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

Coo-Var onto graffiti system

Coo-Var WB101 Anti-graffiti Coating is given Class 0 status

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Graffiti Montage FinalCoo-Var WB101 Anti-graffiti system has been given a class 0 rating tested in accordance with BS476 Part 6 & Part 7.

WB101 is a clear two pack, water based coating for use over existing sound coatings or clean, dry and laitance free uncoated masonry surfaces. WB101 dries to a tough gloss finish that has good impact and abrasive properties, protecting areas that are prone to graffiti. WB101 can be used in areas where low odour coatings are required such as hospitals, schools and public buildings

Class 0 is an additional level of protection for walls or ceilings where limited combustibility is required in high risk areas such as escape routes or high traffic communal areas.

Achieving Class 0

Luminous No TextThe main classifications used are based on tests in BS476 Fire tests on building materials and structures, namely Part 6: Method of test for fire propagation for products and Part 7: Method of test to determine the classification of the surface spread of flame products.

To comply with Class 0, materials must have a Class 1 Surface Spread of Flame and low fire propagation index in accordance with BS 476 part 6. This test checks that the coating does not add to the heat or intensity of the fire. So these two standards are often quoted together.

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More and more coatings are being required to meet standards set by Building Regulations. In public areas similar to those where WB101 could be used it is also possible that a Class 0 product would be necessary.

Extract: from Building Regulations Approved Document B:

The requirements

Internal fire spread (linings)


  • To inhibit the spread of fire within the building, the internal linings shall
    • adequately resist the spread of flame over their surfaces; and
    • have, if ignited, a rate of heat release or a rate of fire growth, which is reasonable in the circumstances
  • In this paragraph “internal linings” mean the materials or products used in lining any partition, wall, ceiling or other internal structure.

It is important to remember at the design stage it is sufficient for the selected products to have achieved a Class 0 rating over a non-combustible surface i.e skimmed plasterboard. However, many coatings that are Class 0 on a non-combustible substrate will not perform to Class 0 when applied over several layers of paint. It is important that Fire Test Reports be requested and checked to ensure that it is consistent with the intended use of the coating.

For further technical information on WB101 or any of our products contact 01482 328053


H+H UK LTD Aircrete foundation blocks

Sustainability and Significant Cost Savings with Celcon Foundation Blocks in Shrewsbury

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H+H_Logo_w_payoff_Green_CoatedH+H Celcon Foundation Blocks have been used in a new residential development in Shrewsbury. Sweetlake Meadow is well under construction, where a total of 175 new homes with two, three, four and five bedrooms are being delivered.

Shropshire based developer SJ Roberts Construction Ltd wanted to make sustainability a key priority for the project. It was their aim to make the new houses as environmentally friendly as possible, with enhanced thermal properties to reduce the cost of heating for the homeowners at Sweetlake Meadow.

IMG_0804Company Buyer Oliver Heighway explained: “The sustainability of H+H’s Aircrete Blocks speak for itself and aligns well with our inherent focus on ecological benefits: from sourcing of materials through to whole lifetime costs to the end user with reduced energy running costs.

“We’ve worked closely with H+H UK for many years and have established a good working relationship. Communication has always been a key part of this relationship, especially given previous supply issues with Aircrete products.

IMG_0819“Specifying H+H Ltd Celcon Foundation Blocks was therefore an easy decision, with guaranteed allocation from the manufacturer and stock locally, H+H can fulfil supply requirements through a number of avenues, which is imperative given time constraints of any development.”

Aircrete is often overlooked as a foundation material due to misconceptions about its load-bearing properties, however H+H Foundation Blocks are capable of comfortably supporting a three-storey residential building. Constructing foundations with aircrete can also deliver significant savings for the contractor.

An independent Cost Comparison Study by property and construction consultancy firm Calfordseaden found that simply changing the foundations to aircrete could reduce total build costs for a typical UK semi-detached three-bedroom property by almost 25%.

IMG_0770This is achieved through aircrete’s naturally quicker build speed which leads to reduced labour costs and the solid construction means that fewer materials are needed.

As the UK’s largest manufacturer of aircrete, H+H is able to provide full technical support throughout the lifetime of a project for specifiers and contractors. To find out more, visit the H+H website:

Schluter CPD

New CPD Tackles the Fundamentals of Working with Tile and Stone

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IMG_7481 [Edit]Schlüter-Systems Ltd is pleased to announce the arrival of a brand-new RIBA Approved CPD, which offers an overview of the various factors to bear in mind when specifying tile and stone.

Developed following feedback from Schlüter’s specification experts as to the needs of their architects in the field, ‘Considerations for Tile and Stone Installations’ delivers key insight for those who are new to working with these popular materials, or who would like to update their knowledge base.

Topics covered include:

  • The differences involved in specifying for wet vs. dry areas and walls vs. floors
  • Classifications and ratings for tile and stone coverings, substrate preparation etc
  • Why and how to specify tile fixing in conformance with British Standards
  • How to prevent problems by specifying the correct support beneath the surface
  • What to consider in setting an appropriate cleaning and maintenance schedule

With tile and stone being used across many areas – from bathrooms and kitchens, to foyers, balconies and more – the information shared in the new CPD forms the foundation of a valuable bank of knowledge for architects and specifiers. In-line with RIBA requirements, running time for the CPD is just 45 – 60 minutes, and the seminar is delivered at architects’ and specifiers’ offices at their offices and convenience.

The new addition to Schlüter-Systems’ learning portfolio also offers a natural gateway to the company’s four application-specific CPDs:

Specifying Integrated Wetroom and Waterproofing Systems

Enhance your understanding of integrated waterproofing and wetroom systems, with expert insight from Schlüter-Systems. This RIBA Approved CPD seminar discusses how you can achieve a watertight foundation for tile and stone that will not only protect an installation, but also the wider project as a whole.

Specifying Integrated Underfloor Heating Systems

Learn how to successfully specify the underfloor heating systems that best suit your projects, with expert insight from Schlüter-Systems. This RIBA Approved CPD seminar focuses on the modern advances made in this popular arena, discussing hydronic and electric technologies and their capabilities.

Specifying Solutions for Crack-Free Tile and Stone Coverings

Learn how to guarantee a crack-free finish for tile and stone, with expert insight from Schlüter-Systems. This RIBA Approved CPD seminar covers the recommendations and essential considerations in specifying problem-free coverings that last.

Specifying External Applications with Tile and Stone

Enhance your understanding of how to protect bonded installations of tile and stone installed on balconies, terraces and patios, with expert insight from Schlüter-Systems. This RIBA Approved Seminar explores how to counteract the stresses of the environment and achieve functional assemblies.

To book or enquire further about ‘Considerations for Tile and Stone Installations’ or any of Schlüter’s other CPD seminars, call 01530 813396, email, or visit

Dani Alu Balustrade

Non-Penetrative Balustrading from Dani Alu (UK) Ltd

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‘Panorama C-ST®’ is a freestanding balustrade from Dani Alu offering a non-penetrative, aluminium balustrade system suitable for all designs and styles of publicly accessible balcony and roof terraces.



Making flat roofs an asset

Picture2A communal space on a new-build apartment block; a break-out space for employees on an existing building; rooftop drinks at a coastal retreat – whatever the use, Panorama C-ST is a quick, simple and highly cost-effective solution that allows the realisation of your flat roof as an asset, giving much greater value to the building and occupiers experience.

The system is unique in more ways than one.  Panorama is entirely manufactured from lightweight aluminium components which help minimises the roof load making it the perfect solution for both new build and retro-fit projects.  Furthermore, the use of aluminium allows for a modular approach, making design and installation simple for any project requirement.

Create your own design; choose glass or railing infill and any RAL colour to finish.  Dani Alu (UK) Ltd are here to help along the way with full and immediate support, be it presentations, demonstrations, design and technical assistance and installation support.

Innovative Design

Picture4Looking for a system that will integrate with green roof applications, gravel, deck or slab finishes?  This is no problem for our Panorama system. We have designed the system with versatility in mind

Our patented system firstly utilises a balustrade holder allowing 5 position alignment of the vertical posts, compensating for any unevenness in the roof surface. Stability and safety of the system is provided by base rails with load support plates.  The use ofbaluster plates, results in the balustrade not requiring any penetration through the roof membrane and creates no sound transmission or thermal bridging through the roof.

Picture3Panorama C-ST can be installed independently of the roofing works, although it is particularly suited to integration with green roof systems and roof terrace finishes. This non-penetrative approach enables Panorama to be simply installed without invalidating any existing roofing warranties

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Hewi System 900

System 900 New surface finish provides room character

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Decades of experience, constant ongoing development, an understanding of design and materials and a focus on the essentials make HEWI an expert for barrier-free sanitary rooms. Driven by the idea of making something what was previously good even better, HEWI is constantly working on new concepts that help to make life easier for people.

F21313_MSystem 900 is the answer to the complex requirements of barrier-free, accessible bathrooms. The products are well thought-through, even down to the smallest detail – they have convincing functionality, lasting quality, clever installation technology and a hygienic design. System 900 combines puristic design with a high degree of functionality and a unique product depth. System 900 enables comfort and convenience to be be designed. HEWI believes good design should also involve providing options. Due to the large variety of materials, System 900 enables design options – whether regarding the standard patient bathroom of a hospital, in the comfort ward of a private clinic or in the exclusive senior citizens’ residence. Even in hotels, System 900 also fulfils excellent comfort and aesthetics standards.


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System 900 in a matt look enables HEWI to provide a new, exciting source of inspiration. System 900 is available with a stainless steel or chrome surface finish and with a deep mat surface finish in white, grey or black.

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More planning applications held up by sustainable drainage design in England than in Wales

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Planning applications are twice as likely to be blocked or delayed due to sustainable drainage system (SuDS) design in England than in Wales, according to a new report published today by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Wavin.

ICE research paperBased on a representative survey, the report SuDS – perception and progress: A comparison of England and Wales has revealed that 60% of SuDS professionals in England have experienced planning applications being delayed or blocked because of refusal on the grounds of the SuDS design. This compares with only 30% of SuDS professionals in Wales experiencing the same issue.

Sustainable drainage systems aim to manage rainfall in a way similar to natural processes, making use of the landscape and natural vegetation to control surface water. They are used in both urban and rural areas to guard against surface water flooding.

England and Wales have different regulatory frameworks around SuDS, with Wales having introduced new legislation in January 2019 that makes SuDS a mandatory requirement for all new developments of more than one house or where the construction area is 100m2 or more.

According to the report, SuDS is more likely to be the preferred method of surface water management in Wales than in England. 52% of professionals in Wales consider SuDS to be the default option in all projects compared with only 39% of professionals in England holding the same view.

Nathan Baker, ICE Engineering Knowledge Director, said:

“SuDS are increasingly needed in both urban and rural developments to cope with flood risk due to climate change and changes in land use as a result of increasing population. As well as helping to protect homes and businesses from flooding, SuDS also provides benefits such as improving water quality, protecting biodiversity and increasing the amenity of developments.

“It appears that the new framework in Wales is enabling greater delivery of SuDS and potentially a smoother planning process. Delivering SuDS requires an appropriate regulatory framework and also effective collaboration between different stakeholders and professional groups. ICE is supporting SuDS professionals through appropriate knowledge and resources, helping them to tackle the challenges they face.”

Martin Lambley, Product Manager – Stormwater, Wavin said:

It is interesting to see the differences between approval of SuDS for England and Wales highlighted by this report. Wales is leading the way with SuDS with their new framework and we are watching with interest to see how the implementation goes. I hope that the findings from Wales will pave the way for further improvements to the framework and planning process in England in the near future. The benefits of SuDS are clear. They reduce the risk of flooding and can also improve water quality, biodiversity and offer benefits for local communities but without innovation, joined up thinking and a regulatory framework that is fit for purpose, they are unlikely to become mainstream. Through its Spotlight Initiative, Wavin aims to promote ‘out of the box’ thinking, innovation and collaboration around the issues of flooding and climate change. The flooding associated with extreme weather events is likely to become more frequent and more extreme. I think that we all need to start thinking more seriously about climate resilience in our built environment and prioritising SuDS as part of the solution.

The report also shows that SuDS professionals rate the framework in Wales more positively than they do in England.62% of survey respondents in Wales rated the framework good, very good, or excellent compared with only 40% of respondents in England rating their equivalent framework the same.

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