Harlequin Floors products now live on NBS National BIM Library

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Harlequin Floors recently announced that the company’s product design data is now compliant with Level 2 BIM (Building Information Modelling) and available online at the NBS National BIM Library, to architects, theatre planners and consulting engineers involved with designing and planning dance spaces.

Contracts Director at Harlequin Floors, Ray Lloyds explains that, “With changes in technology and advancements in the construction industry we wanted to invest in BIM to stay ahead of the game, as more architects use the system which is good news for the future of construction and manufacturing alike.” Ray is quick to point out that “Harlequin Floors has always worked closely with RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) and NBS, so when they approached us with the prospect of becoming an early adopter of BIM, it was a natural choice for us to keep up with the new technology. In doing so, Harlequin has become the only specialist dance floor company to have its products included in the NBS National BIM Library.” NBS,

Ray Lloyds summed up the initiative by saying, “Government contracts such as schools and local authority projects form a substantial part of our business. Consequently, as a company Harlequin wanted to ensure that when a project is being, specified architects are able to access all the technical information regarding our products and therefore specify our specialist products with ease and confidence.”

Considered as an important strategic move by Harlequin Floors, seventeen of Harlequin’s products are now available as objects on BIM, ahead of the Government mandate which stipulates that from 2016 all public construction projects are to be built using of Level 2 BIM within all parts of the design and build process.

BIM is being viewed as the future of construction processes for working, by managing information in a team environment and enabling everyone to understand a building through the use of a digital model. The digital model holds all the information needed to design, construct and maintain that building. The level of detail in the model grows to reflect the building as it is being constructed and ultimately as it is used. This enables errors and clashes to be resolved in the early stages of the model, saving cost and increasing efficiency.

At the core of BIM is what is termed a ‘BIM Object’. “This is a combination of many things: It is detailed information that defines the product and geometry that represents the product’s physical characteristics. The visualisation data that gives the object a recognisable appearance and behavioural data, such as detection zones, enables the object to be positioned or to behave in exactly the same way as the product itself. There are two primary types of object: component and layered. The component objects are building products that have fixed geometrical shapes such as windows, doors, boilers etc. Layered objects are building products that do not have a fixed shape or size such as carpets, roofing, walls and ceilings.”

Further information for architects and planners of dance spaces is freely available on the Harlequin web site and a free architects guide can be mailed on request.

Glasdon Manchester™ robust, traditional bollard

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Replace your high maintenance cast iron with the smarter solution!

Cut your maintenance costs with the new Glasdon Manchester Bollard, available in Durapol® or Impactapol® Material. Cast iron bollards remain popular, but have a number of drawbacks: they are prone to corrosion, they are heavy to lift and they are very expensive to install and replace. The Glasdon Manchester Bollard enables you to replace damaged cast iron bollards with a complementary, low-maintenance solution.

No more costly reinstatements!

Even with expensive coatings, cast iron will eventually scratch and rust. Glasdon high performance polymers are self-coloured so scratches will not show, and are corrosion resistant – no painting required. Glasdon Manchester Bollard requires minimal maintenance compared to cast iron bollards.

At just 3.5kg (Durapol) / 4kg (Impactapol), Glasdon Manchester Bollards are up to 20 times lighter than cast iron designs, making installation and transport a one-man job.

Cast iron bollards, when struck, may also rip up the pavement surface and cause a pedestrian hazard. Glasdon Manchester Rebound Bollard is made from Impactapol material, which will return to an upright shape after an impact.

Why not view our Product Testing Videos that are available on the Glasdon UK YouTube channel.

The Glasdon Manchester flexible rebound model (Impactapol material) has also been proven passively safe at 100kph (62 mph).

Glasdon Manchester Bollard is available with a choice of two fixings. The LockFast™ Socket System fixing option allows quick and easy bollard top replacement, reducing the need for road closure or costly reinstatement. A Below-Ground Extended Base fixing option is available if required.

The bollard also incorporates recessed areas for decorative banding in Gold, or retroreflective banding in Red White or Yellow.

For more information regarding Glasdon Manchester bollard or other road safety products visit the Glasdon dedicated website www.safety4highways.com.

Glasdon also design, manufacture and supply Architectural Street Furniture, including outdoor Seating, Litter Bins, Shelters, Modular Buildings and much more.

Glasdon has over 50 years of experience in providing customers with products that are reliable and durable, through the use of high quality materials. Serving over 50,000 customers including Local Authorities, Architects, Contractors & Developers, plus a broad spectrum of Industry and Commerce.

Customer care and new product innovation have established Glasdon as a market leader in the design and manufacture of award-winning products. The Company is constantly evolving to meet the specialised demands of its ever-growing number of customers with an emphasis on design and value for money.

Contact Glasdon today on (01253) 600410, email sales@glasdon-uk.co.uk, or visit our website www.glasdon.com.

HÖRMANN’S ENTRANCE DOORS OFFER INSULATION AND SECURITY

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Whether working on a new build or refurbishment project, the rising cost of energy means that minimising heat loss is more important than ever. Architects and specifiers are under increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, to meet both legislative demands and the changing needs of homeowners.

A good UD-value (the U-value of the fitted door) is of the utmost importance when choosing products, but builders still face the challenge of achieving high levels of insulation without compromising on style, security or ease of use. Leading garage and entrance door manufacturer Hörmann has paid close attention to all of these factors when designing its popular ranges.

The company’s ThermoPro and ThermoPro Plus steel entrance door collections are a prime example. Offering excellent UD-values, at just 1.1W/(m2.K) and 0.82W/(m2.K) respectively, they benefit from rigid steel polyurethane-filled door leaves of 46mm or 65mm thick. Therefore, these doors are ideal for insulation-conscious refurbishment projects and low carbon new builds, and as a result, they will have a noticeable impact on energy bills.

Security is also a key feature of Hörmann’s ThermoPro and ThermoPro Plus, thanks to multi-point locking. Conical swing, security and lock bolts pull the door tightly shut, while further security bolts on the hinge side make it practically impossible to force open.

For added break-in resistance, selected doors in the ThermoPro range have been allocated Police-approved Secured by Design status. Having passed stringent tests set by the Association of Chief Police Officers, these doors are some of the most secure on the market.

Another ground-breaking duo of highly insulated entrance doors from Hörmann is the ThermoSafe and ThermoCarbon. These aluminium doors feature some of the lowest UD-values available, at just 0.8W/(m².K) and 0.47W/(m².K). With 9-point locking as standard on the ThermoCarbon, and 5-point locking on the ThermoSafe, they are also extremely break-in resistant.

As with most Hörmann entrance doors, a wide range of finishes, colours, glazing options and matching side elements are available, whatever the budget. So whether you’re looking to create a contemporary or traditional look, Hörmann has the products and expertise needed.

For more information, contact the team on 01530 516888 or visit www.hormann.co.uk.

Cool-phase Hybrid: Utilising Phase Change Material and integrated Heat Pump

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For the Ultimate in air quality control at 20% of the running cost of A/C

What is Cool-phase Hybrid?
Cool-phase is an award winning, low energy cooling and ventilation system that creates a comfortable, fresh and healthy indoor environment that can significantly reduce the running costs of buildings. Cool-phase Hybrid is an innovative enhancement that links high efficiency air to water heat pumps with our natural cooling phase change material system.

The Cool-phase system is a natural cooling system that uses night time cooling to charge thermal batteries which contain phase change material (PCM). The natural cooling system combines the cooling effect of the PCM with fresh air provided by the integral air handling unit of the Cool-phase system to provide low energy ventilation and cooling. This combination will not match the thermal performance of air conditioning but dramatically reduce energy consumption whilst offering an improvement on thermal conditions. Passive or natural design solutions are designed to take in to account the buildings properties, the local weather conditions and the internal loadings such as electrical lighting and occupancy levels. If for instance the weather is particularly hot, passive or natural design solutions will provide elevated temperatures above fine set point limits such as 24°C. For clients seeking such fine tolerance of set point control, the Cool-phase Hybrid system firstly guarantees night time charge of the thermal batteries during peak summer periods but also allows additional top up cooling to be provided during the day. This integration of cooling technologies ensures optimum efficiencies and maintains tight set point control.

How does Cool-phase Hybrid work?
Cool-phase uses a thermal energy store which utilises a Phase Change Material (PCM) combined with an intelligently controlled Air Handling Unit to actively ventilate and cool the building. The Cool-phase system can maintain temperatures within a comfort able zone, while radically reducing energy consumption by up to 90% compared with a conventional cooling system.
The effect of adding thermal mass to a building combined with measures to control internal and external heat loading, can be a very effective method of ensuring that the building meets requirements for thermal comfort. However during a period of hot weather, temperatures will invariably rise over time, as there is no method of actively dissipating the buildup of heat. Therefore the effect of adding thermal mass can diminish over a warm spell, although the building takes longer to heat up during the day, it will also take longer to cool down at night time and therefore not all of that heat may be dissipated by the following day. Unlike passive applications where thermal mass is simply added to a building, the Cool-phase system is able to intelligently control how energy is stored and released from the thermal store, by using a heat exchanger and mechanical ventilation. The heat built up during the day can therefore be released at night and the thermal energy store recharged. When this is combined with the effects of free cooling and night time ventilation, the result is a system that can reliably maintain temperatures within comfort zones while radically reducing energy consumption.

Our advanced control system maximises the use of thermal storage through the use of phase change material, fresh air and high efficiency heat pumps. The Cool-phase Hybrid ensures excellent internal comfort conditions and optimum air quality levels at the most efficient energy use possible.
The Cool-phase system is mounted within the room as a decentralised ventilation system. Each Cool-phase Hybrid unit is fitted with a low pressure heat exchanger within the Cool-phase recirculation module. The control system senses the room temperature, room air quality level and external air temperature, automatically selecting the most efficient method for ventilating and cooling the room.

What is a Monobloc Heat Pump?
The Monobloc heat pump provides chilled water during summer periods and hot water during winter periods allowing additional heating to be provided by the Cool-phase Hybrid system in winter periods. The Monobloc heat pump is fully integrated with the Cool-phase system. Integrated control logic. DC inverter compressor. R410A refrigerant within heat pump module only limits the use of refrigerants. Operates as low as -20°C.

The Monobloc heat pump is connected to the Cool-Phase system via a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is specifically designed and optimised by Monodraught’s engineers for this application and it is integrated within the Cool-phase units. The heat pump can therefore channel chilled or hot water to the heat exchanger inside the Cool-phase
system. The heat exchanger works in conjunction with the Cool-phase’s existing recirculation unit, allowing
air to be supplied to the room or to charge the thermal batteries (PCM), depending on the requirements at a given time.

 

Why choose Cool-phase?
Very low running costs.
Highly energy efficient system.
Long Life and a warranty of 5 years.
Modular, scalable and adaptable design.
Creates a healthy and productive environment.
Emission savings and carbon reductions offering BREEAM credits.
Demand control ventilation enhances energy efficiency.
Environmentally friendly and sustainable solution.

Why choose Cool-phase Hybrid?
Added Benefits of the Hybrid System

Precise Temperature Control:This new system allows for more precise room temperature control as it will have the capacity required to achieve a set point temperature with consistency.

Capacity to Achieve Set Point Temperature with Consistency: In cooling mode, the thermal batteries are charged during the night when the temperature drops down. However, during certain times in the summer period, the temperature at night, especially around relatively warm buildings, cannot drop below a certain point and allow for the batteries to be charged. In such cases, the Cool-phase Hybrid system can utilise the heat pump to charge the thermal batteries, by allowing cold air to pass through them.

Charging of the Thermal Batteries when External Conditions Will Not Allow: The same principle applies during the heat recovery mode. If the inside of the building is not warm enough to provide enough heat to the batteries, the heat pump can supply air to the thermal batteries in order to fully charge them.

Provide Direct Heating or Cooling when the Thermal Batteries Run Out of Capacity: In the case that the thermal batteries run out of capacity, the new system will have the capability to cool or heat the room directly by supplying air at the required temperature.

Reduce the Number of Cool-Phase Units Required for an Application: The new system will allow the amount of Cool-phase units required for a given application to be reduced.

Support of Multiple Cool-Phase Systems: Capability of supporting multiple Cool-Phase Hybrid systems with one heat pump (Depending on heat pump capacity: 5kW-7kW).
Keeps running costs and CO2 emissions to a minimum.

WELSH HOUSE BUILDER TURNS TO STORMBRIXX

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Llanmoor Homes, a family run housebuilder in South Wales, has turned to ACO Water Management’s StormBrixx with man access for the management of rainwater on its Rogerstone, Newport development. With the system being proposed for adoption under a Section 104 Agreement (Water Industry Act 1991) subject to the successful completion of a trial, its ease of access for monitoring and maintenance was key.

 In the past, the overriding principle of drainage on a development was to get rain water off the surface, underground and away into the water company surface water drain or combined sewer, or the nearest watercourse.  However, with increasing urbanisation, plus the effects of climate change, this design culture is no longer valid as the sewer network has become overburdened.  Following widespread flooding in 2007, the Pitt Review recommended better management of flood risk, down to site level. This was followed by the partially enacted Flood and Water Management Act being published in 2010, which intended to implement these recommendations in England and Wales.

There has been much discussion on the implementation of Schedule 3 of the Act, relating to Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), which initially proposed that SuDS Approval Bodies (SABs) would be set up within local authorities and that these would approve, and automatically adopt and maintain SuDS schemes.  However, following public consultation at the end of 2014, Schedule 3 will not be implemented in England as foreseen. Instead, from April 6th, SuDS designs have to be submitted as part of the planning application process and local authorities will only adopt and maintain SuDS that are in public open spaces.  This means that developers need to take steps to arrange transfer of ownership and responsibility, through management companies and the like, for maintenance of SuDS that do not fall under the local authority’s remit – unless the SuDS system is adopted by water companies in more or less the same way that sewers sometimes are.

This therefore puts new demands on housing developers to demonstrate how surface water is to be managed at the planning stage along with ongoing maintenance of the system.

In Wales the situation is different. Some of what would have come into force under Schedule 3 through SABs is being undertaken by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water with sealed geocellular storage being adoptable under Section 104 Agreements.  Through this route, normally a developer would enter into a formal agreement in relation to the adoption of the drains and sewers. Although SuDS are not covered in the Sewers for Adoption document used by Developers and Water Companies, they are being allowed for trial projects in Wales to test different products; ACO’s man access StormBrixx at the Rogerstone site is one example.

Llanmoor Homes has been utilising SuDS solutions on a number of its developments to capture and retain as much water as possible at source and ultimately provide discharges much closer to the undeveloped state. With this attenuation system on its Rogerstone site being potentially adoptable (dependent on a successful trial), the principle of maintenance was key and therefore the system’s access and maintenance ability was paramount in its specification.

The company has utilised underground geocelluar storage systems in the past on several projects but the lack of access was a real issue. For the Rogerstone development Llanmoor Homes had a requirement for 200 m3 of attenuation and was looking to take the use of geocelluar storage to the next level in terms of the monitoring and maintenance. ACO’s StormBrixx system with its man access provision met the project’s exacting needs.  This project is providing the ideal trial for this product where it will be monitored for 12 months. It is hoped it will then become an exemplar project, showing the real benefits of utilising an accessible and maintainable system such as StormBrixx for sites such as this.

StormBrixx is designed for surface water infiltration and attenuation.  Its open cell structure allows easy access for CCTV and jetting equipment, which enables the whole system, including all the extremities, to be inspected and maintained from just a few access points.

Developers also have to consider the design of the drainage in terms of ensuring it is able to cope with extreme events of a higher intensity than the design requirements, in other words designing for exceedance.  Following the guidance in ‘Sewers for Adoption’, the Rogerstone system was designed to receive a 1 in 30 year storm event. Design of a SuDS system for a development will typically need to cope with the Environment Agency preferred 100-year return period plus 20 or 30% climate change, to cope with further weather extremities. Most usefully this is done by allowing temporary surface flooding and developers will need to consider floodable areas and demonstrate safe above ground flow paths.

For more information on ACO Water Management, visit www.aco.co.uk

Permadoor – Composite doors – by popular demand!

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Composite doors are increasingly popular and are set to stay that way. Permadoor, the UK’s original composite door manufacturer, explains why.

There’s little doubt that composite doors have been the success story in our industry over the last decade, in spite of any slowdown brought about by recession. According to a recent industry report*, annual sales of composite doors increased by an estimated 13% (compared with the total number of doors only by 7.1%). This trend will only continue, with sales volumes of composite doors expected to increase by more than 22% over the next three years.

 

There are many reasons why composite doors are popular, not least because of their upmarket feel and look, the excellent choice of colours and styles available, as well as their durability and thermal efficiency. They are seen as a high performance product – one that doesn’t warp or swell, and doesn’t require painting or regular maintenance. This makes them particularly attractive for both the social housing and new build applications. It is also important to note that 15% of all composite doors sold in the UK are currently specified fire doors, which is also a growth area as safety regulations around the requirement for fitting fire doors in properties are enhanced.

Permadoor offers a range of fire doors that have been successfully tested to BS476 (Parts 22 and 31). The range is available in GRP and thermoplastic and is ideal for use in all situations where Building Regulations require a fully approved FD30 or FD30S fire doorset.

The growing popularity and demand for composite doors is no doubt increased by the outstanding opportunity they provide to personalise a quality, high specification door through the extensive range of colours, styles, hardware and glazing options available.

More to offer

As the UK’s very first composite door manufacturer, Permadoor has substantial experience of this market. It offers two composite door ranges – GRP and thermoplastic – to suit different needs. Both come with a wide selection of styles, glazing and hardware options, all backed by the highest levels of quality and workmanship.

Each doorset is a high quality product, not least because of its robust sandwich structure. The thermoplastic range has an innovative solid board inner core faced with low maintenance PVC-U and edge banded. This and the colour match between the frame and door sets Permadoor apart from other composite door manufacturers. The GRP range has a strong through coloured GRP facing with a composite inner frame and high insulation foam core.

Quality with flexibility and choice

All our doors are manufactured to customers’ specific requirements, making each door unique. Each and every one is checked for size, specification and quality before delivery to ensure they are correct. The quality of these doorsets is evident with their solid build and quality finish and their pleasing and reassuring noise when closing.

Both the GRP and thermoplastic composite door ranges offer quality and choice, with traditional and contemporary styles to complement rural and urban properties in a choice of colours and finishes. All our doors come complete with a full multi-point locking system with anti-bump cylinder, keeps and handles while a full choice of hardware is available to order.

We are a Secured by Design licence holder and all our doorsets are fully compliant with the latest building regulations and standards. Our comprehensive portfolio of PAS 24 and Secured by Design products have successfully completed rigorous testing by suitably qualified and recognised third party certification authorities.

Find out more

You can find out more about the Permadoor range of composite doors and the comprehensive service and support that we offer on our website www.permadoor.co.uk or by calling us on 01684 595200.

 *Source: The 2014 Annual PVC Window Industry Report in the UK & Republic of Ireland 

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Newton Systems Used To Waterproof The Royal Courts of Justice

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Newton Specialist Basement Contractor Stonehouse Basements were commissioned to waterproof a second phase of the Royal Courts of Justice following the success of the waterproofing of the vaulted Victorian arches they undertook a few years ago.

 

 

Stonehouse installed Newton 508 Mesh cavity drain membrane to the vaults in the Judges’ Robe Rooms. This required great expertise as the membrane needed to be lapped and sealed carefully to fit the vaulted areas. The meshed membrane could then be plastered to directly.

Newton System 500 ‘Type C’ water management system was very suitable for this project as it is deemed “reversible” so meets strict Listed Building requirements

We were delighted to be involved in the second phase of this development, following the success of the first phase a few years ago” – Graham Stone, Stonehouse Basements.

 

 

 

 

Howe Green Launches New Mobile Friendly Website

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Howe Green, The UK’s leading access cover manufacturer, is proud to announce the launch of its new website. Being fully responsive, the site offers a range of new eye-catching features and user-friendly functions to deliver the best experience to mobile visitors.

Developed to cater for increasing volumes of website traffic from mobile devices, the new site was launched ahead of Google’s latest algorithm, designed to reward mobile friendly pages. As well as maintaining mobile search rankings, Howe Green’s responsive website enables visitors working away from their desks to obtain the information they want via a homepage slider, seamlessly delivering the most important content. Specifications and technical data are readily accessible and new features include fully enabled search functions, easy-to-sift content, intuitive contact forms and a quick quote builder.

“Our old site looked and performed perfectly well but business isn’t just conducted from a desk anymore. Websites must be fully functional and accessible on tablets and smartphones of all shapes and sizes,” said Richard Centa, Howe Green’s Sales and Marketing Director. “The affects of Google’s new algorithm has been a topic for debate and speculation in webmaster and SEO communities for some time but our focus has always been on meeting the needs of our customers. It was a simple decision. If our customers are looking at our site from mobile devices, which we know they are in increasing numbers, then we should do all we can to make it easy for them to find what they want. Our new site has lots of new features designed to put the information visitors need at their fingertips”.

Howe Green is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metal fabricated floor, wall and ceiling access covers. The company has developed an outstanding brand name and a worldwide reputation for quality, customer care and service. For over 30 years, the company has been at the forefront of design and innovation in the highly specialised architectural building products sector.   Visit the new site at Howegreen.com

 

Airflow Developments – New LOOVENT eco Delivers Low Energy with Multi Function Ventilation

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Complementing its existing range of “ecoair” ventilation solutions, Airflow introduces the new LOOVENT eco fan.

A completely new re-design of the million selling Loovent, the fan features exceptionally quiet, two speed intermittent extraction up to 31 l/sec, or, at the flick of a switch during installation, a choice of five speed, continuous (dMEV) ventilation.
Versatile for portrait and landscape orientation, either recessed or surface mounted, the compact design represents the smallest footprint in its class.

Operating from just 2.8 watts it is economical to run and with a specific fan power of just 0.21 w/l/sec on low speed (0.41 w/l/sec on high speed), it is significantly less than the 0.5 w/l/sec for intermittent flow required by the 2010 Building Regulations.
A low energy, ball bearing, DC motor ensures long term reliability with minimal maintenance making it ideal for Social Housing applications where asset pay back is a priority.

From just 25 d(B)A it is also extremely quiet in operation and perfect for both through the wall and ducted installations. Designed with the same mounting chassis as previous Loovent models the replacement of older versions is quick and easy.
Control functions include user selectable, Delay start option, Timer, Humidity and Motion sensor

LOOVENT eco dMEV models are designed to meet the requirements of SAP Appendix Q, and feature continuous ventilation operation. At the time of installation, a constant flow of either 7 l/sec for toilets, 9 l/sec suitable for en-suites, bathrooms and utilities or 16 l/sec, suitable for kitchens, may be set to meet a whole house decentralised continuous ventilation strategy (d-MEV) for dwellings with a low air infiltration rate. An “On -Demand” boost speed enables rapid ventilation when required.

John Kelly, Marketing Manager from Airflow, said: “The Airflow Loovent brand has been a by-word for quality and reliability for decades, and this latest model range is designed to provide a quiet, low energy, multipurpose ventilation solution. It is perfect for replacing existing Loovents and for specification to reduce the carbon footprint as part of a whole house ventilation strategy, for cost effective extraction in increasingly well sealed dwellings”

SG System Products – Hygienic handrails

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SG Systems have further enhanced their Sentinel stainless steel and AL 50 aluminium range of handrail and balustrade systems, with the addition of a new handrail coating that has been specifically developed for healthcare and care home environments.

The new finish incorporates SteriTouch an anti microbial additive which when added to the handrail coating provides an effective barrier against bacteria and hand borne germs such as MRSA, Ecoli and Salmonella. It is this protection that is becoming increasingly demanded by specifiers and facilities managers working within heavily trafficked areas such as hospitals, care homes, medical centres, doctors and dentists surgeries.

Available in a range of colours, handrails that incorporate the SteriTouch additive are unaffected by cleaning chemicals. An even distribution in the coating process also ensures that the anti microbial performance is not affected by scratches, abrasions and normal wear and tear associated with care environments.