Illumine LED INSERT handrail range from SG System Products Limited

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Illumine LED INSERT handrail range from SG System Products Limited is suitable for many interior and exterior building applications.

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Illumine handrails from SG System Products Limited feature a range of handrails with individual LED INSERT lights securely fitted directly into the metal core of the handrail.
The LED’s can be spaced along the handrail at centres which suit each client’s individual illumination requirements.
“Warm to the touch,” stainless steel, brass or powder coated handrails are available in 38mm, 42mm or 48mm diameter.
As the LED INSERTS are individual units they can also be spaced along curved handrails.
Illumine handrails can be fitted to existing structures or incorporated into any of SG System Products balustrade systems.
SG System Products Ltd
SG System Products Limited
Tel: 01473 240055

Exciting New Wet Zones from GEC Anderson

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SloaneSquare_CMYK12LEADING stainless steel specialist, GEC Anderson limited, have released details of an exciting new ‘wet zone’ concept.

Available now, the new wet zone option enables specifiers to include a pressed recess anywhere within the stainless steel worktop area. Typically, the recess would be formed around sink bowl(s) but it can also be used to create lowered areas for other applications. For example, to locate chopping boards or to act as a general catchment area.

The pressed recess detail is 3mm deep and can be formed in any size and position. It has a variable corner radius with a minimum radius of 10mm.
SloaneSquare_RGB72dpi05Managing Director of GEC Anderson Limited, Martin Tye, comments: “This is an exciting new development that enables customers to specify wet zones, of any shape and size. Wet zones provide a real practical advantage and they look really neat as well. Because the recess can be formed to any pattern, it really does open the door to a lot of new creative opportunities for our customers.”

GEC Anderson offer a number of different wet zone options of which the pressed recess is one. Tye continues “The pressed recess is also extremely cost effective. It is formed early in the production process, with a high level of automation. This makes it possible to contain the basic price to just under £150 and brings the wet zone concept within reach of many more of our customers.”

Full details and information are available online at or you can always call GEC Anderson on 01442 826999.


Sopralene Optima – The new extreme performance capsheet from SOPREMA!

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1397226069The highlight of SOPREMA’s defined range of high performance waterproofing is the introduction of SOPRALENE OPTIMA, this membrane.
Sopralene Optima stands out from other SBS modified bitumen membranes because of its bespoke bitumen blend, optimum adhesion and resistance to extreme temperatures down to -30 ° C. This gives the product excellent ageing characteristics and the coloured ceramic granules give the membrane a particularly striking aesthetic appearance.
Overall, Sopralene Optima is a unique and versatile product that is easy to install in both summer and winter.
Elastic and flexible down to -30 ° C
Longevity recognised for over 40 years
Optimum adhesion & easy installation
Exceptional dimensional stability
Superior cold-bend performance
Attractive Finish

Email to request a copy of SOPREMA’s new Official Waterproofing Guide, including specification information for SOPRALENE OPTIMA.

Timeguard’s New Programastat Electronic Room Thermostat

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956A quick electronic roomstat retrofit option gives householders more control, more efficiency and lower fuel bills.

Timeguard’s new Programastat electronic room thermostats deliver advanced control technology to new installations and existing central heating systems alike, and can be used as straightforward replacements for inefficient old-style devices.

Electronic control, with familiar, easy-to-use dial controls, provides feedback that enables the controls to react immediately to changes in temperature, avoiding the over- and under-shoots (saw-toothing) of traditional thermostats.

When thermostats provide efficient control and better comfort levels, householders are not tempted to turn thermostats up – which does not make a room heat up any quicker.

For public areas or around children, there is tamperproof version of the Programastat wall thermostat. For more complex installations, multi-channel heating controllers are available in this new electronic range.

Programastats are available now. More information is available at Alternatively call customer services 020 8452 1112 or email them at

Lignacite’s Roman Brick helps to make Rathbone Market Phase 2 – ‘come to life’

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This second phase of Canning Town’s Rathbone Market is now complete and the Lignacite Roman Brick truly does make the light bounce off the polished surface; the recycled aggregate providing real interest for the eye.


The Roman Brick has been used extensively at lower levels, including the entire subway entrance area and for the street planters. It has also been used to clad one of the 12 storey tower blocks.



Why the Roman Brick was used – What Adam West of CZWG Architects had to say.

“Initial thoughts were to use polished precast concrete panels, however the cost proved prohibitive, and whilst repetition of formwork was possible for the building facades, the irregular surfaces of the landscape design were complex. Lignacite’s Roman Brick however has all the benefits of the flexibility of brick at a more affordable cost and their sustainability credentials were also an important consideration. We looked at a number of colours and aggregate mixes for the material and settled on a mix of 50% recycled brown glass and 50% flint within the off white Snowstorm block. This mediates well between the dark earthy tones of the clay pavers of the hard landscaping and the colours of the upper levels. The planners were particularly concerned at our proposals for ‘blockwork walls’, however the 75 x 450mm module of the Roman Brick removes all associations with such a utilitarian finish. Light bounces off the polished surface and the recycled aggregate provides real interest for the eye.

Contractors did a fantastic job laying the bricks. It was a slow process, but the precise sharpness of the blocks and their gorgeous surface just cried out to be laid with care and they were”.

Adam West, CZWG Architects

Main contractor: John Sisk and Son Ltd

Bricklayers: D B Ryder & Co Ltd


The chosen ‘Roman Brick’ was been made incorporating recycled brown glass and flint, adding interest and colour to the matrix and highlighting the colours of the rainscreen cladding above.

Why Choose Our Roman Brick

The Roman Brick is either cut from our standard size block, or formed in a special block machine mould, we can therefore offer this format in all of our colours and texture combinations to create a large variety of different effects. Polished and Planished finishes allow crisp, clean lines, whilst splitting or shot blasting the product creates a softer more weathered appearance.

How it’s Made

As with all Lignacite products, Roman Bricks are manufactured from a range of different aggregates and incorporate a high percentage of recycled materials such as shell, recycled glass and mother of pearl.

Build Benefits

The units measure 440mm by 65mm, one third of the size of a traditional block, thereby allowing designers considerable flexibility and scope to create a unique look. The unit weighs less than 7kgs, a third of the weight of a full size block, meaning that there are no HSE lifting issues.

Lignacite Roman Bricks use half the embodied energy of standard clay bricks.

Being twice the length of a conventional brick, they can be laid more quickly.They also do not ‘swim’ making the build process faster and more cost effective.


Whilst creating a contemporary look, the use of Roman Brick can also facilitate new buildings to blend into more traditional settings.


Our aim is to work alongside designers to create unique products that compliment individual projects. This can include using the recycled aggregate from an existing building on a site, through to incorporating almost anything from natural sea shells to luminescent powder coated glass.

To view more Lignacite projects using the Roman Brick or any other of our products please visit:

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Lignacite’s new improved Sound Insulation Figures

Lignacite concrete blocks are renowned for their exceptional sound insulation qualities, surpassing the performance based on the ‘mass law’ curve.

Recent testing by Lignacite Ltd has sought to investigate the enhancement that can be realised by applying acoustic linings to a 140mm wall built using Lignacite SP blocks.

The linings comprised Isocheck Isowave 23 and resulted in a significant uplift in the base level performance, achieving a sound reduction of 56 dB and 65 dB, Rw when applied to one and both faces of the wall.

These results make Lignacite blockwork suitable for applications that require demanding levels of sound insulation to be complied with.

Download the new revised datasheet and figures here.




Howe Green Provides Easy Access in Quality Hill Homes

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SJH_7564Howe Green’s Tile-a-Door + has provided the award-winning developer Hill with a seamless solution to accessing concealed bathroom services at The Scene in Walthamstow and at their Park View development in Sidcup.

Popular in commercial development and refurbishment projects, the Tile-a-Door + wall access panel is ideal for bathrooms, wetrooms, WC’s, kitchens and utility rooms in residential settings.  L223 The Scene 5The hatches can be custom made to the millimetre and are supplied ready to tile with up to a 10mm thick finish. Magnetic latches or security lock options keep the panel neatly and securely in place whilst frames can either be discreetly visible or completely sealed for situations where only occasional access is needed.  Howe Green’s range also includes the Waldor 50, a hinged access panel for more frequent access within tiled walls.

Final tile a doorHill have built a reputation for pioneering new homes across London and the South East and recently achieved a 5-star rating for customer satisfaction in the 2015 Home Builders Federation independent survey. For Hill and their happy customers, Howe Green’s Tile-a-Door + panels provides added peace of mind that, should access for bathroom repairs be required in the future, getting to the problem will be faster, easier and more cost-efficient.


Glixtone Fungi-Shield Mould & Black Spot Paint

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Glixtone Fungi-ShieldGlixtone Fungi-Shield is used and endorsed by many Local Authorities, Councils and Housing Associations as the product that ‘ACTUALLY WORKS’.

In 20 Years Fungi-Shield has never had a failure providing ‘LONG LASTING’ protection against MOULD, BLACKSPOT and FUNGAL growth.

Fungi-Shield is also a highly decorative interior paint which is WASHABLE for any areas that are susceptible to mould, fungus and algae, including: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Stairwells, Living rooms and Bedrooms etc.

The Fungi-Shield range of environmentally friendly products is available in both matt and silk finishes, to suit both domestic dwellings and commercial properties. Glixtone Sterilising solution is the ideal product to kill spores prior to the application of Fungi-Shield. Fungi-Shield is part of the Glixtone range of problem solving coatings and masonry paints see

Please contact the Glixtone Team for any further help or advice 01527 599 470.

The House That Eurocell Built

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Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 15th July 2015 FACTA - Eurocell Eurocell products used at property in Stanley, Wakefield.

When builder Colin Clarkson visited his local Eurocell branch in Wakefield to get a price on some roof tiles he did not expect to end up renovating his new home from top to bottom in products from one single source.

Yet now his upgraded bungalow in the Stanley district features Eurocell-sourced products throughout: from the Tapco composite tiles on the roof and garage he was initially after; to Skypod skylights, Dales Collection composite doors, PVC-U windows – and even the rainwater goods.

For Colin, the proof of the improvement made using Eurocell-sourced products came in the shape of five unsolicited offers on the house before completion – and despite it not being for sale!

The building itself was an early 1960s two-bedroom brick and block bungalow with a conservatory extension that had been owned by the same family since 1968 and was in a state of disrepair.

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Colin saw its potential and bought it to convert into a three-bedroom home with pitched dormers and a Skypod-roofed extension that matched the best of contemporary design and living standards. “I first went to Eurocell because it was one of the few suppliers of Tapco composite tiles and they were well priced, yet then when I saw the Skypod skylights I wanted them: I had a conservatory before and knew this would sort the problem of freezing in winter and boiling in summer. And it all grew from there.”

Supplied with a 10 year guarantee, Skypod skylights are swiftly installed and bring the benefits of extra light and height without the penalty in conservatory heating costs as the double-glazed skylight has a U-value of 1.0. A wide range of frame and glass options complement any home while self-cleaning, temperature controlled glass keeps maintenance to a minimum.

Available in two-bar or three-bar pitched gable design, Skypod can be manufactured to fit any space with sizes up to 2.75 x 7.75m.

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Andy Dawson, the Wakefield Area Manager for Eurocell, worked with Colin in sourcing and specifying the products for the house. He says the project made him proud. “I know the area and pass the bungalow when we visit my brother-in-law – and it gives me a boost every time I see it as it looks so good.”

Construction Specialties – Dementia Care Ward Gets Wall Protection

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WarringtonHospital-3 copyThe state-of-the-art £1 million Forget Me Not project at the Warrington Hospital created a dedicated ward for dementia patients. The design aims to provide calm, relaxing and non-institutional surroundings for improved patient outcomes.

Construction Specialties’ Acrovyn® range was selected to provide a vital element of impact protection, to facilitate delivery of essential clinical care for patients in a robust and easy to maintain environment, without taking away from the homely feel of the space.

WarringtonHospital-2 copyLee Bushell, Building Surveyor, Estates Capital Projects for the hospital said: “The wall protection aspects on this project were really important as we wanted to not only offer protection to the walls from beds, trolleys and equipment, but also to provide a handrail solution for patients who are likely to be unsteady on their feet.

“As part of our design, we selected different colours of wall protection for inside the ward and for the corridor to the dementia ward. We wanted to make the corridor look inviting and of a hotel type standard.”

WarringtonHospital-1 copyAn HRB20 hand/crash rail system from the Acrovyn® range was specified for the project, as its two part cover design offers the opportunity to mix colours in order to create visual contrast.

In this case, the upper handrail cover was supplied in a wood effect finish, to create a warm and inviting feel in the corridor. The lower crashrail cover was supplied in Charcoal colour, to match door frames and complement feature walls.

Inside the ward, the aim was to make the handrail a stand out feature for patients. Charcoal colour was used for that purpose, as it provides a good visual contrast with the creamy colour of the walls, while the French Cream coloured crashrail covers blend in with the surrounding wall.

Acrovyn® hand/crash rails continued across some of the ward doors, making them blend in more successfully and discourage patients from exploring behind them.

The wall protection scheme also included heavy duty crashrails, corner guards, as well as Acrovyn Sheet, which was applied to half wall height in seating areas.

For further information on C/S’ range of impact protection solutions contact, T: 01296 652800 or visit

Radmat ProTherm Quantum

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Demand for terraces and balconies have never been greater, but with the thickness limitation of traditional products there is a difficulty for a designer to insulate above a habitable space against a backdrop of increasing thermal requirements. This, together with the desire to maximise the glass façade and cater for a level threshold has created a near impossible task.








Radmat Building Products ProTherm Quantum is up to 5 times thinner than traditional XPS board and will changing the way terraces and balconies are constructed, facilitating a revolution in the construction build and enabling architects creating more elegance in the design of their external floor space.THickness




For developers, specifiers and contractors looking to comply with Part L and NHBC Chapter 7.1 whilst providing a 75mm threshold clearance and a level threshold to external balcony ProTherm Quantum will stand alone as the premium choice for inverted roof insulation.

Architects Scribble Update_Sept 2015