Relcross Pemko PDL 1c

Privacy Door Latch Improves On Traditional Products

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The Pemko Privacy Door Latch is a simpler, more effective and easier installed alternative to a security chain or swing bar on a hotel bedroom door.

Pemko PDL 2cMany hotel guests feel much safer when they are away from home with an additional security device on their bedroom door that opens enough to see who is outside – and even examine an ID pass – but stops intruders from opening the door enough to gain access without the occupiers’ consent. Many people have also experienced other guests entering their rooms by mistake, sometimes even issued with the wrong keys at reception.

The commonly used chain or swing bar designs need to be attached to both the door and the frame (and correctly aligned) and both these options can sometimes allow the door to open enough for them to be defeated. In comparison, the Pemko PDL, distributed in the UK by Relcross, has many advantages.
Pemko PDL 1cThe PDL consists of a single bracket with a strong steel flap that can be opened to completely stop the door from opening more than 56mm or closed to allow free access. It is very simple to operate even by those with limited dexterity making it practical for use in rooms adapted for disabled use as well as standard rooms.

It is only attached to the frame leaving the door untouched and pristine. There’s only one bracket to be fixed and no two parts to be aligned. This means it’s easily fitted in just minutes. Fixing to the frame gives a much stronger anchorage and does not rely on a chain or bar secured to a relatively thin and lightweight door. Additionally, it cannot be used to try and keep the door open and so reduces the opportunity for damage to the door and frame by misuse.
PDL (3) tu cropThe Pemko Privacy Door Latch is available in 5 finishes to harmonise with almost any colour scheme making it even more unobtrusive.

Success in the hotel market in the USA has also led to a growing market for the PDL for use on private residential doors, particularly with its easy D-I-Y installation.

For further information call Relcross on 01380 729600, email sales@relcross.co.uk.

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Addagrip

‘No-dig’ At Leader’s Gardens

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Addagrip Terraco Case Study   Leader’s Gardens, Putney SW15

Installed by Addagrip approved contractor True Grip Ltd

250m2 Terrabase Rustic Oak

Completed December 2017                                                        

Client  Local Authority

IMG_0498Terrabase Rustic was recently selected for a ‘no-dig’ project creating new pathways across existing grassed, macadam and gravel areas in a popular park in Putney, London.

Addagrip approved contractor True Grip Ltd was approached by a local authority to provide a quote and proposal to upgrade the existing pathways and create new paths to the Leader’s Gardens, a small public park lying alongside Putney Embankment, opened in 1903.

True Grip proposed Addagrip’s Terrabase Rustic Resin Bound surfacing to be laid over the existing paths to reduce the environmental impact from an excavation and reconstruction process.

IMG_0497One of the issues to be resolved was that the tree roots could not be disturbed so a ‘no-dig’ system had to be applied around the trees and rooted areas. For these ‘no-dig’ areas True Grip specified Addagrip’s Terrabase Rustic system to be laid directly onto the existing grass and directly over the rooted areas, creating a new pathway. This meant that the trees and tree roots were not disturbed and due to the porosity of the Terrabase Rustic system, precipitation would not be reduced, irrigating the existing surface without changing the trees’ climate or environment.

IMG_0490250m2 of Terrabase Rustic Oak 6 -10mm aggregate blend was selected to provide attractive, hard wearing, natural aggregate pathways that are low maintenance, seamless and in keeping with the park setting. The porosity of the Terrabase Rustic system allows essential drainage to reach the tree roots and provide all year round access for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

The Project was a great success and the paths now provide a circular route around the Beverley Brook area.

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Specifying Bilco and Howe Green products for your next project just became even easier

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Leading access brands Bilco and Howe Green have recently launched a new website – www.bilcouk.co.uk.

New website screenshot - BilcoThe website is designed to provide easy access to all the resources an architect, specifier or building services professional would need to include Bilco and Howe Green products in their next project.  The significant investment in the new site acknowledges the importance that Bilco UK attributes to the role of the specification in the construction industry.

Howe Green Ltd, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of floor, wall and ceiling access hatches, was acquired by the ERA Group in March 2017 and incorporated into the Bilco range of horizontal access products to support Bilco’s proposition for “safe access all areas”.

The new website contains the full product range for both brands – Bilco roof access hatches, floor doors, smoke vents, ladders and roof safety products and Howe Green floor access covers, wall access panels, tree grilles and linear drainage.  The website provides a wide range of resources including specifications, submittal drawings and technical data sheets in addition to links to external resources such as NBS specifications and BIM files.

To coincide with the launch of the website a new brochure has been printed.  The brochure contains detailed information on floor access doors, floor access covers, wall and ceiling access and safety ladders.  Again the aim is to make it easier for architects and specifiers to establish the information they need to create an appropriate specification.

Managing Director of Bilco UK Ltd and Howe Green Ltd, James Fisher, comments, “Since the acquisition of Howe Green we have been working to bring the Bilco and Howe Green brands together to deliver our ‘safe access all areas’ proposition.   The new website helps us to present our full range of speciality access products in a way that is not confusing for customers who in the past may have only worked with either Bilco or Howe Green.

“We have brought together two premium quality, long established brand names to deliver a very strong offer to the building services market.  Our goal is to make life easier for architects, specifiers and contractors though a combination of quality products supported by high levels of technical expertise and ease of access to information.”

If you would like to find out more about the Bilco or Howe Green specialty horizontal access products please visit www.bilcouk.co.uk.

Eurocell

Get Eurocell made to order foils in just seven days

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BP Index March 2018 7-day MTO Foils (1)In response to strong demand for coloured PVC-U windows and doors, Eurocell offers fabricators a turnaround of seven working days for a wide range of foils. Customers can choose from 31 different colours and finishes for any window or door as a made-to-order item, secure in the knowledge they won’t be subject to the usual three- to four-week wait for made-to-order profiles.

BP Index March 2018 7-day MTO Foils (3)The available palette, the most comprehensive in the industry, allows the homeowner or end-user the choice of regular favourites Rosewood and Golden Oak or, for those of a more contemporary mindset, soothing and stylish greys such as Anthracite, Slate, Kensington and Hazy Grey. Both Anthracite and Hazy Grey can be ordered with a woodgrain or smooth finish option.

BP Index March 2018 7-day MTO Foils (4)Those who are keen to be at the forefront of design and trends can select in vogue colours such as Light Ivory, Anteak and Chartwell Green or two shades of perennially cool black, Ebony and Black Ash.

To find out more about this super slick service, either visit https://www.eurocell.co.uk/pvc-u-trade/colours/7-day-foils or call the customer services team on 0800 988 7300.

 

Ronacrete

Ronafix Refurbishes Barbican Centre

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The barbican centre was constructed between 1969 and 1980 restoring a bomb damaged part of the City. Architects Chamberlin Powell & Bon planned a network of pedestrian precincts above and separated from traffic.  This enclave contains the renowned Barbican Arts Centre, residential towers and blocks, a school, college, commercial premises, gardens and lakes.

The Centre took over a decade to build and was opened by The Queen in 1982, who declared it ‘one of the modern wonders of the world’ with the building seen as a landmark in terms of its scale, cohesion and ambition. Its stunning spaces and unique location at the heart of the Barbican Estate have made it an internationally recognised venue, set within an urban landscape acknowledged as one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.

Ronacrete was involved with construction at the Barbican.  Ronafix was used at the Arts Centre by John Laing Construction and by other contractors working on various other parts of the scheme. Ronafix was used for bonding of tiles, for bedding of paving, for bonding large areas of render in the concert hall, for screeding and for repairing fire-damaged concrete.

A Grade II listed building; the Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture.

Maintaining the quality of the surroundings requires a continuous programme of maintenance and replacement. By late 2011 the City of London concluded that a comprehensive replacement of the paving was required to address recurring problems with the waterproofing of the pedestrian decks, raised over commercial premises.

RonacreteBickerdike Allen Partners, a practice with a strong background in providing remedial solutions to building defects, was appointed to prepare a scheme to address water ingress through the podium, which was affecting premises below the podium deck.  Following extensive discussion with Ronacrete between November 2011 and September 2012, Bickerdike Allen Partners specified Ronafix Mix Design A1 high strength polymer modified mortar for screeds to be laid to falls, Ronafix Mix A1 was chosen for its ability to be laid over insulation boards at a minimum thickness of 35mm, maximizing achievable falls and for its low permeability.  Ronafix Mix Design C waterproof high strength polymer modified mortar was specified for bedding of tiles, chosen for its thin bed depth, high adhesion strength and waterproof properties.   Ronafix used in a mortar mix enhances long term flexural and tensile strengths of a mortar, ensuring that materials remain durable for decades longer than unmodified materials.   Ronafix significantly improves resistance to water absorption and in high concentration makes the mortar waterproof.  Shrinkage is reduced in mixes modified with Ronafix to 0.1-0.2%, depending on the chosen mix design and when moisture sensitive materials are to be applied, the shorter drying time of Ronafix mix designs reduces waiting time from months to days or weeks.

VolkerLaser was appointed as the principal contractor; the main elements of the project were re-waterproofing, upgrading of insulation, hard landscaping and the installation of new structural movement joints.  Liquid resin waterproofing was applied to the existing asphalt membrane of a large podium, located within the centre of a residential area and insulation was upgraded. The hard landscaping included the removal of existing tiles, adhesive beds and screeds and application of Ronafix screeds laid to falls and Ronafix thin bed waterproof mortars for bedding of tiles.VolkerLaser was appointed as the principal contractor; the main elements of the project were re-waterproofing, upgrading of insulation, hard landscaping and the installation of new structural movement joints.  Liquid resin waterproofing was applied to the existing asphalt membrane of a large podium, located within the centre of a residential area and insulation was upgraded. The hard landscaping included the removal of existing tiles, adhesive beds and screeds and application of Ronafix screeds laid to falls and Ronafix thin bed waterproof mortars for bedding of tiles.

Tiles were bedded on a nominal 15mm thickness of Ronafix Mix C waterproof bedding mortar by A.T. Knott & Sons Ltd; selected for their extensive knowledge of the site, gained by their involvement in the original project.

VolkerLaser laid 10,000m2 of Ronafix Mix A1 to adjust falls on the deck, thus improving water shedding from the paving to the drains.

We at Ronacrete are very proud of our involvement in the construction of the Barbican Centre and of our involvement in the more recent podium deck works. For over 48 years, Ronacrete has been at the leading edge of product development and performance. Innovation and brand leadership are enhanced by technical support which is considered the best in the industry.

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Glixtone Fungi-Shield Mould Paint copy

Keeping Mould at bay

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Carrs Coatings, who are an National Landlords Association Recognised Supplier from Redditch, Worcestershire, manufactures Glixtone Fungi-Shield Anti-Mould & Blackspot Paint which has a 20 years lifespan.

GLIXTONE GROUP NO HANDLES copyGlixtone Fungi-Shield is an interior washable highly decorative paint for any internal areas that are susceptible to Mould and Blackspot.

Landlords face an on-going battle with properties and the infestation of mould which is both unsightly and a health hazard to their Tenants. Re-decoration is expensive, time consuming and disruptive. If Health Inspectors are notified this can also be a real problem to Landlords. Glixtone Fungi-Shield will not stop condensation or damp but when applied it is impossible for mould spores to survive on its surface as the active biocide is distributed evenly over the whole paint film and will keep killing the spores on contact. This is a LONG LASTING solution to what can be a never ending battle.

Glixtone Fungi-Shield Mould Paint copyManufactured in a different way to most other Anti-Mould Paints and uses a unique combination of our own biocides bonded to a ‘Thermal’ acrylic resin base. Most other products use an already made paint with a fungicide/algaecide added and mixed into this pre-made paint. This means that not all of the paint will carry the same amount of the fungicide which protects against mould growth when applied to a surface.

Glixtone Fungi-Shield is built as an Anti-Mould and Blackspot Paint with the manufacturing processes ensuring that the special acrylic resins and our biocides are both blended and bonded to each other. The process means that when produced every part of our paint has exactly the same amount of biocide giving a totally uniform distribution.

When used it will be noticed that the texture is that of ‘clotted cream’ and will flow from roller or paint brush with ease. It will also cover exceptionally well as it has a very high opacity rate. When applied the biocides will be active immediately and it may be noticed that very cold areas are slightly warmer due to the thermal resins that we use. After 5 days the surface will be fully washable making it ideal for Kitchens, Bathrooms, Living Rooms and Bedrooms etc.

We recommend Glixtone Sterilising Solution be used to remove any existing mould prior to the application of Glixtone Fungi-Shield. This is supplied in a concentrated form and when mixed with water will make 5 Litres of a Washing Solution. Remember to leave this to dry (do not wash off ) in order for it to continue to work for you.

  • 20 years and never a failure
  • Excellent for any internal areas susceptible to mould
  • Highly decorative finish
  • Washable
  • Easy to apply
  • Environmentally friendly

The paint comes in White or Magnolia as standard in a matt finish, and can be tinted to a pastel shade by Carrs Coatings distributors. It is a high quality acrylic emulsion paint, and is easy to apply with a roller or brush. After five days, the painted surface will be fully washable, making it ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms as well as bedrooms and living rooms.

This what one Customer has said ….

 “As an experienced landlord and owner of a lettings agency, we were struggling to find a decorative solution to the problem of mould, which is usually caused by condensation.  We have tried several products however it wasn’t until we found Glixtone Fungi-Shield paint that we now have a viable cost effective solution that absolutely works.  This paint is now used effectively in the prevention of mould and black spot in all of our properties under management as well as my own.  I would wholeheartedly recommend this product to any end user looking to resolve mould and black spot in their homes”

Ian Crampton
Ferndown Estates Ltd

Glixtone Fungi-Shield Paint and the Glixtone Sterilising Solution can be purchased from Selco Builders Warehouse, Buildbase or C Brewer & Sons.

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The Sainsbury Gallery at the V & A

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Uzin The Sainsbury Gallery at the V&A copyA UZIN system was used to install the ‘herringbone’ wood floor with the new Sainsbury Gallery at the V&A. The Sainsbury Gallery opened in June 2017 as a part of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter. The expansion created a beautiful and unique space for London, and a world class gallery space for the V&A’s internationally acclaimed exhibition programme. The 1100 square metre column-free Sainsbury Gallery, is one of the largest temporary exhibition spaces in the UK and was created by excavating 18 metres below ground, directly beneath the V&A’s Grade I listed buildings.

The flooring contractor Architectural Flooring Specialists decided to use UZIN products because a high quality finish was vital at this prestigious project.  UZIN provide fail safe installation systems. UZIN also provided exceptional technical service and back up throughout the installation to help with any queries during the project. Firstly UZIN PE 404, resin DPM was used to protect the floor from residual moisture within the concrete substrate. UZIN PE 280 a rapid drying primer was then applied to the floor before UZIN NC 150, a heavy duty smoothing compound was installed. UZIN MK 92 wood adhesive was then used to install the intricate herringbone parquet floor. The new Sainsbury Gallery provides a spectacular, dynamic and flexible exhibition space and the floor helps create an outstanding, unique and atmospheric environment.

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Hep2O underfloor heating

Hep2O underfloor heating provides family home with energy efficient solution

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UFH - FINISHED ROOMS 7Having a warm and comfortable space to come home to in the winter months is just as important as having a vibrant and relaxing space to enjoy in the summer. This was key for Bill and Vicki Douglas, following a recent extension of their family home. So, when it came to selecting a heating system, they turned to Hep2O for an underfloor heating (UFH) solution.
The Douglas’s extension involved the building of a beautiful 25m2 orangery. Central to the brief was the need for a heating solution that would connect and integrate the existing part of their property – their kitchen – with the new extension. To meet these requirements, Hep2O UFH products were selected to link the new to existing areas and ensure an even heat distribution across both.

AKWORTH UFH 66The UFH was installed into the new orangery extension using the Hep2O staple system, and into the existing kitchen using the panel system, in between joists/battens. Hep2O staple systems offer a cost effective solution for screeded floors, as well as flexibility of design which was essential for a project of this nature.  Furthermore, joist panels sit between the joists and do not effect build height, making it ideal for existing properties.

AKWORTH UFH 67 1 1Panel systems were used to cover the 10m2 .kitchen area which led into the orangery, where the staple systems were used to cover 25m2 of the new floor area. In total 80m coils of pipe were used.

This system also provides the Douglas’s with the benefit of being able to control the heating temperature from a phone, with Hep2O’s Neo Hub.

Commenting on the project, Steve Harris, Technical Services Engineer at Hep2O said:

“It was great to work with the Douglas’s in order to help them find an energy efficient heating solution for their home, whilst also ensuring maximum comfort. At Hep2O, we use tools such as our HepCalc, a proprietary UFH system calculator, to precisely determine and scope out the most effective products for the project, and the quantities required.”

UFH - FINISHED ROOMS 21Bill Douglas added: “Hep2O’s underfloor heating system really compliments our new orangery and we’re not the only ones chuffed with it either, our two dogs seem to have a new favourite room too.

The installation of the UFH system was seamless, we initially thought that it may be a very complicated job as we wanted the underfloor heating system to move from the extension into our kitchen, but this wasn’t an issue at all. We would recommend the use of Hep2O for anyone else considering a project similar to ours.”

Each underfloor heating project is different and can present challenges along the way. With a wide variety of products available, Hep2O offers a range of solutions that can help tackle these issues, so you can make the best decision for the project.

For further information or to find out more about Hep2O’s under floor heating product range visit: www.hep2oufh.co.uk

Access our online Hepcalc to get an instant quotation and bill of materials here: www.hepcalc.co.uk

Gaia Devimat lifestyle

Getting under your feet

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The considerable benefits of underfloor heating are now widely understood but should you install a wet or electric system? Gaia Climate Solutions’ Steven Rooney weighs up the options

While many people now appreciate the benefits an underfloor heating (UFH) system can bring, the question still asked by many is which is better – a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system?

Devimat lifestyleChoosing any heating solution is invariably closely geared to meeting Building Regulations. Until recently, electric underfloor heating was widely employed, but today’s SAP calculations tend to weigh against the sole use of electricity for heating in new build residential developments. Ultimately though, as gas and oil reserves dwindle, prices rise, and electricity generation becomes less reliant on fossil fuels, it seems likely that electricity may be seen as the preferred form of heating once again.

Higher levels of insulation and the consequent reduction in the level of heating required can push the balance towards electric systems. With Passivhaus in particular, the need for heating is minimal so it may not seem as necessary to install a radiator or wet underfloor system fed by a gas boiler – which takes up space and needs servicing – when an electric underfloor system can do the same job on the few occasions heating is needed?

Similarly, electric systems are frequently the first choice in the retrofit market because of the availability of mat systems that are less than 4 mm thick, so can be laid on top of existing floors. Wet systems are simply not that thin, although wet UFH can be installed within suspended timber floors.

Wet System LifestyleWet UFH is a clear winner where air or ground source heat pumps or district heating systems are employed as it requires water temperatures of only 45- 50 degrees celsius; much lower than radiator systems.

While comfort for the end user will be exactly the same whichever system is chosen, it is worth remembering that electric mats installed near the surface offer the advantage of a much shorter reaction time than pipes or cables set into a screed. This can be useful in situations where ‘instant’ heat is required.

Overall, supply and installation cost comparisons typically bring both wet and electric systems in at a very similar figure of around £12-14 per m2, including the relevant thermostats. This cost parity results from a number of factors. When making direct comparisons between wet and electric systems, the speed with which the pipe or cable is installed is much the same for both. However, while the pipe used with wet systems is relatively cheap, overall installation costs are higher and the cost of a boiler or heat pump must be added. With electric UFH, the installation costs are less, but the cable is more expensive.

Kitchen LifestyleWhen it comes to running costs, electric systems are marginally more expensive but maintenance is inevitably greater with wet systems, especially if the boiler or heat pump is included in the equation. There are also moving parts in the manifold and annual safety checks are required. Taking these factors into account, the comparative running costs for heating a two bedroom, new build, semi-detached house over 20 years are around £17,804 for a wet UFH system running off a gas boiler and £12,623 for electric UFH. Although electric UFH is invariably promoted as being ‘maintenance free’, these figures include replacement thermostats.

Both wet and electric systems generally come with 10-year insurance backed warranties, while the pipe for wet systems frequently carries a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty. The associated controls tend to be backed by a two-year warranty. Realistically, the underfloor elements of both systems are usually considered to last the lifetime of the building.

The overriding commonality between wet and electric UFH systems lies in the controls and considerable research and development in this area has benefited both systems. Importantly, this has made UFH even more efficient as it allows systems to operate only when needed and to the exact level of heat output required. Wireless systems offer further flexibility and can link to building management systems with touch screen control or even control from a mobile phone. Wet and electric UFH systems may be linked to operate through a single controller.

Bathroom LifestyleConsequently, complementary wet and electric UFH systems may be installed in a single building. This allows for the highest levels of user comfort while achieving exceptional energy efficiency. For example, in tiled areas, an electric system may be installed to take the chill off the floor in the summer without the need to fire up a boiler or heat pump. Meanwhile, a wet system is installed in those areas where heating is only required during colder periods. On occasions, the two systems are combined to an even greater degree with heating pipes laid into the screed while cable mats are laid above to achieve the ultimate in energy efficiency and comfort.

When it comes to answering the question of ‘which is better’, wet and electric UFH systems have almost equal merit, and it is very much a case of horses for courses.

Steven Rooney is sales director of Gaia Climate Solutions

For more information please call 01359 243 516, email projects@gaia.co.uk or visit www.gaia.co.uk

Eurobick Leighton Road 1

A flexible brick finish to suit any residential project

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Eurobrick was first to introduce a comprehensively designed brick slip cladding system to the UK nearly 30 years ago, and has supplied many different kinds of residential housing projects since. These days, increasing numbers of projects are delivered using modern methods of construction but brick remains a popular finish, particularly in British architecture. This can raise questions about the best way to achieve a brick finish without hampering the many benefits of modern construction. But Eurobrick offer a number of flexible brick slip cladding solutions, that can fulfill the needs of any residential project.

The off-site construction and modular sectors have long recognised the benefits of brick slip cladding compared to traditional brickwork. Without doubt, ease and speed of installation is a major benefit. Eurobrick’s systems are robust enough to be installed off-site and withstand the stresses of being lifted, transported to site on the back of a lorry and craned into position. A modular building that can be delivered to site without requiring substantial finishing works to the exterior helps reduce on-site operations which can be costly, are subject to other scheduled site activities or delays and can be at the mercy of the weather.

The systems are lightweight, compared to traditional brickwork, and are easy to handle and cut to size. In a controlled factory environment, an installer should be able to install at least 1m² per hour. Only semi-skilled labour is needed, so with the skills shortage in the construction industry, reducing dependency on traditional skilled labour is also a benefit.

Eurobick Leighton Road 1Eurobrick’s systems can be installed both on- or off-site and are suitable for both new-build or retrofit projects. The wide range of brick slips now available allows for matching finishes to existing structures, or keeping in style with other housing in a local area. A new build development on Leighton Road in London, recently took advantage of this. Two new buildings linked by a courtyard provide a mix of apartments, maisonettes and duplexes, along with a commercial office space. Eurobrick supplied their X-Clad system for the project and brick slips were sourced to fit in with the surrounding area, providing an attractive contemporary design.

Eurobrick Cotton Exchange imageEurobrick’s X-Clad system also allows for adding layers of insulation from 17-100mm thick which can help to meet the U-Value targets of a project and provide benefits to existing housing stock that needs updating or suffers from poor insulation. The Cotton Exchange in London is a good example of this. This project involved the conversion and redevelopment of a dilapidated warehouse into thirty four loft style apartments. X-Clad was used to provide insulation to the older property and the building has been given a new lease of life.

Eurobrick Norwood Road 1If space is at a premium, building upwards is also achievable with Eurobrick. The systems are lightweight and do not require the foundations associated with traditional masonry. When adding extra floors, the low weight can simplify design and reduce engineering costs. Norwood Road is an interesting example of this type of project.  A residential development where existing floors above a ground floor retail unit were demolished in order to build nine new apartments above the store below. This was particularly challenging, as the store was to remain trading during construction. Eurobrick’s P-Clad system helped to minimize disruption.

As well as providing a flexible finish, brick slip cladding is durable too. It weathers and ages like conventional brickwork and requires little to no maintenance. Eurobrick systems are guaranteed for 25 years and have been independently tested and certified by the British Board of Agrément (BBA) and are LABC (Local Authority Building Control) registered.

There are many advantages to brick slip cladding, most notably the aesthetic advantage of achieving a real brick finish without compromising on speed of delivery, giving it a firm place in the future of modern construction.

For more information on Eurobrick, please visit www.eurobrick.co.uk. Eurobrick also has a showroom at its Bristol office which is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.