Hewi System 900

System 900 | Design and function

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System_900Driven by the idea of making good things even better, HEWI developed the new System 900.

The unique versatility of System 900 delivers the levels of comfort, security and compliance in all accessible bathrooms when demanded by DOC M & British Standards.

The brand new HEWI System 900 shower seat and accessories collection are transforming bathrooms around the world. HEWI products combine functionality and superior design with durable, sustainable quality which help create usable, safe and beautiful accessible bathrooms.

System_900_1From 5 Star Hotels to Individual Homes, Stadiums to Serviced Apartments, and everything in between. HEWI have been providing award winning inclusive design solutions for the last four decades.

Historically accessible sanitary solutions resembled more a 1970’s care home than a contemporary bathroom. It’s often overlooked that these vital additions to the bathroom can indeed be stylish. By using quality materials and designs HEWI are in the driving seat for supplying your modern, luxurious accessible space.

HEWI is proud to offer the portfolio to high-end Hotel Groups, Care Providers, Architects and Designers who choose from HEWI’s ever increasing range of solutions to fulfil their users and client’s needs and aspirations.

For more information simply call one of the HEWI experts on 01634 258200 or send an email to info@hewi.co.uk .

Tarmac automatic sliding glass doors


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24kws - finalOpening into an impressive double-height reception, TORMAX curved bi-parting glass doors welcome staff and visitors into the prestigious new office development of 24 King William Street, London.  Powered by the reliable TORMAX iMotion 2301 operator, the 3m high automatic sliding glass doors create an aesthetically attractive frontage, perfectly mirroring the curved façade of the building.  A single telescopic single sliding door, powered by an iMotion 2302 operator, gives access through to a tranquil urban garden.

24kws - 4Originally constructed in the 1980’s, 24 King William Street has been comprehensively redeveloped by main contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, to meet the needs of 21st century tenants.  Completed throughout to a Category A specification, the building is located at a key entry point to the City from London Bridge and delivers 70,000 sq ft of premium office space.

TORMAX was specified to deliver a double set of sliding doors to the main entrance as well as a single sliding door giving clear access from the rear of the building.

24 King William Street“Automatic curved sliding doors look stunning and definitely create an eye-catching entrance that really makes a building stand out from the rest”, said Simon Roberts, md for TORMAX.  “The spacious and light-filled reception at 24 King William Street is the perfect backdrop for such an inspiring entrance.”

Both the iMotion 2302 and 2301 door drives are considered to be sustainable solutions, being precision engineered to minimise energy consumption during normal operation whilst reducing heat loss from the reception thanks to a combination of rapid reaction sensors and powerful opening and closing speeds.  The operators themselves are manufactured using 95% re-cyclable materials.

In addition to being environmentally sound, the TORMAX iMotion door drives are recognised for their reliability and durability thanks to technologically advanced synchronous motors which have no abrading parts to wear out, delivering near-indefinite life expectancy.  Offering design flexibility in the future, the innovative modular construction of the entire iMotion range allows easy expansion of an entrance systems without making existing operators redundant.

What do Adele, Die Hard, The Wonder Years and Altro Walkway 20 have in common?

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They all turn 30 in 2018.


Picture the scene: the hair was big, the shoulder pads were bigger and the mobile phones were enormous. At Altro’s head office in Letchworth Garden City, lorries started leaving with the first rolls of Altro Walkway 20.

The new safety floor had a Pendulum Test Value of ≥36, was available in eight shades and, at 2mm, was the thinnest product we offered at the time, offering a cost effective safety solution in areas where lino or a smooth vinyl might have previously been chosen.

Altro Walkway quickly became a customer favourite, installed across the world from Mexico to Australia and many countries in between.
Nestlé-Altro Walkway 20-08In the years following its launch, Altro Walkway became our best-selling product. Bryan Adams’ Everything I Do and Wet Wet Wet’s Love is All Around spent a combined 31 weeks at the top of the charts in the nineties but they’ve got nothing on Altro Walkway. When it comes to longevity, it’s been with us nearly as long as 24,000 run-throughs of Isner versus Mahut’s 2010 record breaking 11 hour, 5 minute tennis match!

David Gatfield, Regional Technical Services Manager at Altro, has been with the company for 47 years. Recalling the arrival of Altro Walkway and customer feedback during the last thirty years, he says: “When Altro Walkway launched, it was welcomed both by the team here at Altro and our customers. Over the years I have installed countless thousands of metres and it’s one of my favourite products, no question. It’s robust yet forgiving and easy to work with, and I know people in the trade who won’t use any other 2mm safety floor; it’s the product of choice time and time again.”
To ensure that Altro Walkway continued to be suitable for multiple application areas, in 1992, Altro Walkway SD was launched, a static-dissipative version of Altro Walkway that offers a simple way of minimising the risk of damage to static-sensitive equipment, such as computers. This makes it the ideal choice for computer suites, laboratories and electronic assembly areas. This wasn’t the only addition during the nineties.

Office-Altro Walkway-SilkAs building designs evolved, so did the demand for more colour choice for floors. “Blue, beige and grey shades are classics; popular both in the early days and today,” says Altro New Products Introduction Manager, David Brailsford. “During the 1990s and into the 2000s, interior design evolved, with the use of colour becoming more adventurous. Being such a versatile floor, it made sense that Altro Walkway was the perfect product to introduce a much wider palette. Shades were added, including Haze, Petrol and Copperbeech, until, in 2013, we had a choice of 42 colours, including several that were added following customer requests.”

As the new century established itself, advances in technology meant that our innovation team were able to develop and launch Altro XpressLay, the first adhesive-free safety floor. Its design and colour palette mirrored that of Altro Walkway, still our most popular product. It gave our customers more choice when facing an installation where a traditional, adhered floor couldn’t be installed. The shared shades meant that the two floors could be laid side by side for example, a damp area of a refurb which may have previously caused problems could have Altro XpressLay installed, with Altro Walkway running through the rest of the installation. As usual with Altro, it’s about giving you as many options as we can to help you get the job done.

Richard Kahn, CEO Floors and Managing Director, Altro Group says: “At the time Altro Walkway was launched I was in the London sales force and I remember all the discussion about the merits of launching a 2.00mm floor following a 30 year history of manufacturing and marketing Altro Classic 25 and Altro Designer 25 2.5mm safety flooring. But, thanks to the tremendous growth in the global market for safety flooring and the tremendous performance of Altro Walkway, it has proved to be one of the best decisions we ever made.”

So onto the next 30 years and, after all, for a company that has been around for a century, 30 years is just the beginning really…


Howe Green CPD Seminar

New RIBA Accredited CPD from Howe Green Ltd

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181029 Image for CPD PRHowe Green Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of fabricated metal access covers, has recently launched a new CPD seminar.

The CPD – “Safe Access All Areas: Floor Access” has been accredited by RIBA and is listed on the RIBA CPD website – www.ribacpd.com.

The aim of the CPD is to help architects and specifiers gain a greater insight into the key considerations when specifying floor access covers.

Floor access covers provide a safe and easy way to overcome the challenge of accessing building services concealed under floors.  As a small part of an overall construction project floor access covers are often an overlooked element of the building envelope. However, the consequences of specifying an access cover that is inappropriate for the environment where it is being installed can have far-reaching, and costly, implications.  Choice of materials, such as stainless steel or aluminium, loading performance, floor finish and fire rating are examples of just some of the different design parameters that need to be considered when specifying floor access covers.

Health and safety remain at the forefront of specification in the construction industry. The CPD outlines how floor access covers can be moved safely and in line with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (MHOR) 1992, CDM 2015 Regulations and Building Regulations.

Floor access covers may seem a simple, straightforward product to specify however getting the specification right for the intended use and ensuring the requirements for both performance and aesthetics are met can be fraught with complexity.

James Fisher, MD of Howe Green, explains, “For over 35 years Howe Green has built an incredible amount of expertise and knowledge in the niche area of floor access covers.  This new CPD is an opportunity to share our learning with fellow building services professionals.

“We are committed to providing architects and specifiers with all the necessary tools to ensure the correct specification of access covers.  The more information and resources that we can make available the better informed their decision making will be when it comes to specifying the right access cover for the installation environment. ”

Howe Green’s Business Development Managers, Chris George and Richard Fletcher, will be responsible for delivering the CPD. Classified under the RIBA Core Curriculum by design, construction and technology the hour-long seminar aims to cover general awareness of specifying floor access covers.

If you would like to find out more about the CPD or make a booking for your company please call Sue Marler on 01920 463 230 or email cpd@howegreen.co.uk.

The Flyscreen Company Soffit and cladding mesh

Let Fresh Air in, Keep Insects and Rodents out! – The Flyscreen Company Ltd

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The best place to go for soffit, cladding mesh and fly screens.

Fly Screens

flyscreen coEstablished in 1998 as an insect prevention specialist, The Flyscreen Company is now the place to go when you need to prevent insects entering food preparation areas.

We have multiple screening solutions available for windows and doors, domestic and commercial, made to measure or DIY kits.

View our Commercial and Domestic screening solutions.



Soffit and Cladding Mesh

Slit Mesh - Collection 03We are now proud suppliers of soffit and cladding mesh which is a great long-term solution to prevent insects and rodents from entering a property.

Safety is of the utmost importance to us at The Flyscreen Company so we make sure our mesh is tested to current safety regulations, these can be found on our website.

Our mesh is used on new build houses and retro-fits.

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Coo-Var Acrylic Floor paint

Coo-Var Release their First CPD!

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Acrylic Floor paint adour 3Coo-Var is pleased to announce the launch of its new CPD seminar entitled ‘Painting Floors & Getting It Right!’

The CPD has been independently accredited by the CPD Certification Service and covers the following agenda:

  • How painting a floor can save a client money
  • Identifying the substrate to be painted
  • Defining the expected performance of a floor paint
  • Determining the correct preparation
  • A painted floor that fulfils expectations

Garage floor afterKathy Brook Coo-Vars Technical Administrator states ‘’Painting a Floor can be a tricky feat. The most common call received by Technical Services in one way or another relates to painting a floor; with an exhaustive range of options and little margin for error it’s no wonder that many people shy away from the challenge.’’ Coo-Var can offer a range of solutions and full support at the outset to help get it right!

Why not book our CPD seminar today to help you get it right first time. To book a CPD please visit http://www.coo-var.co.uk/book-product-training or contact us on 01482 328053 or email info@coo-var.co.uk.

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Delta Membrane cavity drain system

Free Lime Inspections made easy with clever New Yellow Channel

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yellow channel 3Delta Membrane Systems Limited – today launch an entirely new product line designed to make channel inspections easier.

With Delta’s new yellow channel ‘free lime’ can easily be identified and treated. Free lime is white in appearance and, with Delta’s new yellow channel this can easily be visualised during inspection.

Delta new yellow channel by a range of accessories such as Straight Connectors, Corner Pieces, T Pieces and Drainage Channel End Caps.


Yellow_Channel_2A Cavity Drain Membrane System is a Type C Waterproofing solution. The concept of a Drained Cavity System is to collect and manage any ground water which breaches the integrity of a structure by managing, collecting and discharging such free water via a suitable evacuation point such as a Delta Package Pump Station.


Delta Channel is a water collection conduit designed to control water ingress in below ground applications.


In the form of calcium hydroxide (free lime). If untreated, this free lime can enter a cavity drainage system which can impede the flow of water and cause sump pump failure.


Delta_Yellow_Channel_4 copyThe British Standard for waterproofing BS8102:2009 recognises the requirement of a Type C Waterproofing System or Cavity Drain Membrane System to be maintainable. The use of inspection ports of a basement waterproofing design is key for maintenance or the ability to carry out periodic inspection.


Delta Membrane Systems Limited offers waterproofing solutions and systems. We are proudly the Leading manufacturer of Type C Cavity Drainage Systems in the United Kingdom.

yellow channel 12We eat, sleep and breathe waterproofing solutions. We represent Quality Products, Innovative Design and Solutions.

Striving for continuous industry improvements our out on the road, regionally based Technical Team act as part of your team, there to support you with any technical queries, training or just to offer advice and expertise on project requirements. Email technical@deltamembranes.com or call 01992 523 523.


Safetell securablinds

Blast and Manual Attack Resistant Blinds

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“there is nothing else on the explosion protection market similar to the security blind other than primary or secondary blast rated window systems, which do not have the same ability to absorb pressure as the security blind does through rapid and controlled deflection”

Simon Trundle, Managing Director, Grendon Design Agency Limited, ComBlast Explosion Trials Manager

The UK Government stated current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is “severe – an attack is highly likely”. Terroist attacks in recent years have taken many forms. The risk from an explosive device is ever present and the protection of people and property must be a key consideration.

image 1Safetell SECURABLINDS offer protection against blast from 500kg of explosive at 28m or 100kg of explosive at 25m, and enhanced protection against forced entry, and are suitable for use in new build or  refurbishment projects alike.

With the appearance of conventional office blinds, SECURABLINDS are ideal for providing protection for organisations and businesses at risk by virtue of their function, ownership, or just premise’s location. The unobtrusive appearance of SECURABLINDS mean that they can be applied, if desired, to just areas in buildings that are at higher risk or require higher protection without standing out.

image 2Usually manufactured in a clean white, in sizes to meet the project or building requirement, in either vertical or horizontal format, SECURABLINDS are also designed to function and operate as conventional blinds.

Safetell Ltd provide product, installation, project and technical support services for those designing in or considering the use of SECURABLINDS in a project, call Safetell Ltd T: 01322 22 32 33 or email sales@safetell.co.uk for assistance.
The attached video compares the performance of filmed glass in the event of 500kg blast both with and without SECRUABLINDS; visit www.safetell.co.uk/products/securablinds/ or call Safetell for more information.

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ACO Modular 125 linear channel drainage system


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ACO’s popular Modular 125+ linear channel drainage system is suitable for use in commercial and industrial applications ranging from airports and railway stations to food factories and prestigious buildings such as London City Hall.  Available in Grade 304 or 316 stainless steel, a Modular 125+ drainage system is easy-to-design and install.


The latest version of ACO’s popular Modular 125 linear channel drainage system, Modular 125+ is suitable for use in commercial and industrial applications.

Exploded Range 1Its modular design and the availability of a wide range of off-the-shelf options including a choice of channel length, inverts and grating, make the Modular 125+ drainage system is easy-to-design and very easy to install.  The Modular 125+ channel drainage system can be easily modified by ACO’s in-house technical design team to suit the specific and unusual requirements of individual projects.  Full technical data and hydraulic calculations are provided as standard for every engineered solution.

M125 p10 pic 7 5Like all of ACO Building Drainage’s stainless steel drainage products, Modular 125+ is fully pickle passivated to enable corrosion resistance and optimum durability.  In addition, all Modular 125+ drainage channel is manufactured in ACO’s state-of-the-art facility to guarantee high quality and consistent levels of performance.

To make installation even easier, the Modular 125+ drainage system also comes with self-levelling feet. This new feature makes it easy to make accurate adjustments to ensure optimum hydraulic flow.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Modular linear drainage system for easy design and installation
  • Easy to modify for specific project requirements
  • Full compatibility with other ACO drainage products
  • Manufactured from fully pickle passivated Grade 304 or 316 stainless steel for enhanced corrosion resistance and optimum durability
  • V-bottomed drainage channel design for efficient performance at low flow rates
  • Certified to meet the Essential Requirements of BS EN 1433
  • Self-levelling feet make drainage level adjustments and installation easy



Rockpanel Extracare Longbridge

Village life is safe and well at ExtraCare Longbridge

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20181002 RW-RP PHO 00256The £48 million retirement village, ExtraCare Longbridge, is an important part of developer St. Modwen’s £1billion Longbridge regeneration project in Birmingham.

Carefully designed to encourage and support an independent and enriching lifestyle, the village opened in July 2017 and provides affordable and flexible living options for senior citizens. The development offers 260 one and two bed apartments – 132 for shared ownership, 76 for outright sale and 52 for affordable rent. Each apartment has its own hallway, living room, one or two bedrooms, kitchen and shower room. Around a third of residents receive help with care, including significant assessed care needs such as dementia.

20181002 RW-RP PHO 00257ExtraCare Longbridge sits between the older established housing and the new family housing. The village concept has real meaning here – a place where people can come together, make friends, socialize and learn new skills. The development offers a range of communal facilities including a village hall, bar and bistro, gym, IT suite, hair and beauty salon and a shop. Up to 50 activities are on offer including choir singing, IT, wheelchair aerobics and gardening.
Director Wendy Griffin of project architects Nicol Thomas, “We have specified Rockpanel on a number of projects so were confident it would work for ExtraCare Longbridge. It offered a cost-effective way of introducing contemporary design interest to the façade.

20181002 RW-RP PHO 00260Architecturally, projecting volumes and overhangs create sheltered exteriors. The facades, soffits and fascias, along with specially designed window details and balcony enclosures, are clad entirely with Rockpanel. Wendy Griffin, “Combining Rockpanel Woods with brick and render represents the old and the new coming together – symbolic of the regeneration of the wider Longbridge area. Along with this are the proven technical qualities of the material, which include fire resistance, durability and low maintenance, all of which were important elements within the brief.
The particular products used here include Rockpanel Woods in FS-Xtra grade; Carbon Oak and Alder, along with Rockpanel Colours Durable RAL 7004. According to Nicol Thomas, the use of these colours and textures unifies the design, whilst creating depth and variation in appearance, “The variety and pallet of materials help to reduce the overall visual mass of the building and introduces scale, variety, balance and rhythm.”

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20181002 RW-RP PHO 00262In a project such as this, where the elderly and infirm live and which houses a mixture of multi-use spaces, fire safety is of paramount importance. Rockpanel FS-Xtra is where aesthetics and fire safety successfully align. It offers specifiers the opportunity to explore new possibilities and realise their vision in the knowledge that the design will satisfy European fire class A2-s1,d0.


Further advantages of using Rockpanel include low lifecycle maintenance and the availability of a wide range of standard sizes. This allows for advance design planning, and ease of installation, leading to significant cost savings over competitor products. Economy is an important factor for project owners, ExtraCare, who are a charitable trust.