Addagrip Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Monster Job At Loch Ness

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Addagrip Case Study  Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Scotland

Installed by Addagrip approved contractor Resarf Flooring Ltd

175m2Terrabase Rustic Tweed and 1300m2 Addastone 1-3mm Autumn Gold

Completed March 2018

Client: Historic Environment Scotland

Main Contractor: MacKenzie Construction Ltd

When it comes to delivering our surfacing materials, there are some occasions when only a helicopter will do!

UrquhartCastle 1Addagrip approved contractor Resarf Flooring Ltd were contacted by Historic Environment Scotland who were looking for a suitable surfacing option to renovate the existing paved pathways at the magnificently situated Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness.

As part of a £300,000 renovation project for the castle, there was a requirement to upgrade the existing pathways and viewing area with non-slip, decorative surfacing. Historic Environment Scotland was looking for a hard wearing surfacing that would be low maintenance, offer good slip resistance and be sympathetic to the historic rural setting.

UrquhartAddastoneFollowing discussion with Resarf Flooring Ltd, Resin Bonded Addastone was selected for its heritage look, giving the appearance of loose gravel without the maintenance issues.  A 1-3mm Autumn Gold blend was chosen to brighten up the pathways and provide a hard wearing non-slip surface. For the viewing area, a no-dig patented Terrabase Rustic Resin Bound system was used to create a smooth, low maintenance porous surface.  A 6-10mm Rustic Tweed aggregate blend was selected to complement the Autumn Gold Addastone pathways and give clear delineation.

UrquhartCastle 2Resarf Flooring Ltd was appointed by main contractor MacKenzie Construction to install 1300m2 of Addastone Resin Bonded surfacing and 175m2 of Terrabase Rustic Tweed Resin Bound surfacing. Due to location of the Castle and restrictive access to the grounds, getting the material to the site was a challenge. The only way to overcome this was to use a helicopter to airlift the material into the grounds and then barrow to the areas being surfaced. The image of the Addagrip delivery suspended from the helicopter over Loch Ness was quite a sight!

path 2The result is aesthetically pleasing pathways offering improved access for visitors throughout the year.


Cavity Trays new product guide


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‘New 2019 manual is extensive, informative and contains excellent construction solutions’

Cavity Trays article imageCavity Trays of Yeovil is the longest-established specialist in its field, and importantly is the only UK cavity tray manufacturer awarded European Technical Approval.

The Company is releasing a new technical handbook that contains more information and more problem-solving products than any previous publication.

Volume 28 bears the appropriate title: ‘Protecting the Building Envelope’ and contains approved national and international best practice build detail.

The official publication date is January 2019, but early release copies are being made available now, upon request.

Containing 190 pages, this latest publication addresses construction details from ground to rooftop, and lists new products and solutions including the Protective Adjustable Threshold

that recently won the Housebuilder/HBF/NHBC award for Best New Building Product of 2018.

Cavity Trays approved products are accompanied with a performance warranty for the benefit of Architect, Builder and Client.

During the past three years the Yeovil-based Company has expanded its research and development department that for many decades has operated a national survey of building envelope problems and weaknesses, identifying where changes can be beneficial.

A Company spokesman explained: ‘Whilst our ongoing survey provides us with insight into the problematic areas of construction, most importantly it highlights error trends and where improvement is required.

We are regularly contacted by Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Architects seeking guidance from the survey.’

Advance copies of this latest technical manual are being despatched throughout December.

Register your request now to receive this manual free of charge from the only UK cavity tray company awarded European Technical Approval.

Essential reading for those seeking best practice build details with an accompanying warranty – from the longest-established company in this specialised field.

Kee Systems Kee covers

Kee Systems Ensures Rooflight Safety for Porcelanosa

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Kee Systems has installed a total of 2,570 Kee Covers on the roofs at Porcelanosa’s retail sites across the country to protect the fragile skylights on the roofs and ensure that maintenance work can be carried out in complete safety.

Founded in Spain in 1973 as a specialist in ceramic tiles and flooring, Porcelanosa is synonymous with innovative design and unbeatable quality, and has a presence in over 150 countries worldwide.   As part of its commitment to safety, the company is undergoing a programme to ensure anyone requiring access to its roofs for maintenance purposes, can do so in complete safety.

Many of the roofs in the UK already included fall protection measures such as lifelines, but, as with many large retail & warehouse units, the roofs also featured fragile skylights which provide natural light for the buildings.

defaultAfter researching skylight safety, Héctor Pérez Ferrandis, Maintenance Manager, Porcelanosa contacted Kee Systems about Kee Cover skylight protection for their UK stores.  Following a site survey, Kee Systems installed Kee Covers on the roofs of Porcelanosa’s retail sites in Watford, Glasgow, Marston Green in the West Midlands, Bristol, Warrington and Doncaster over a 9-month period.

Commenting on the installation, Héctor Pérez Ferrandis, Departamento de Filiales,Porcelanosa,  said: “‘Working with Kee Systems was a pleasure. The sales and installation teams were a great help from our initial enquiry through to the completion of the work.  With their help, we were able to identify where anyone accessing our roofs might be put at risk, and the best system for our needs. I am confident now that people working on our roofs are protected and safe thanks to Kee Systems and Kee Cover. We wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again in future”

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The Kee Covers sit onto metal frames constructed from Kee Klamp fittings which were then fixed virtually flat to the roof’s surfaces.  The system is ideal for trapezoidal and standing seam roofs.  All components and mesh panels are hot dip galvanised for enhanced durability.  The tube can be also colour coated if greater visibility is required.

Kee Cover is also available in a raised format where the mesh panel is mounted onto small legs and raised above the skylight, giving a greater distance between it and the mesh panel. In the event of a fall, this prevents the skylight from damage as the Kee Cover absorbs the impact.

With installation complete on the stores, Porcelanosa has ensured that all fall risks on its UK roofs are protected, and that maintenance work can be carried out in complete safety.

Rockpanel fire safe facades

Fire Safety on high-rise or high-risk buildings

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When it comes to fire safety, two types of buildings need some extra attention: high-rise and high-risk buildings. What do these terms exactly mean? And what should you bear in mind to ensure optimum safety?

High-rise buildings

What is a high-rise building?

20190205 RW-RP PHO 00495Height is an important factor in fire safety. The definition of what constitutes a high-rise building differs per European country. In Germany, the limit for high-rise buildings is 22 metres and above, in the UK it’s 18 metres and above, in Belgium it’s 25 metres and above etc. No matter what the exact limit is, it remains indisputable that risks increase when the height of a building is at a certain level.

Fire safety risks in high-rise buildings

Escaping from tall buildings is more complicated and takes more time compared to a single-family house with only one floor. Not only do high-rises have more inhabitants or people that work in them, normal houses also have more escape routes (windows, doors) and are therefore easier to escape when a fire occurs.

Using combustiblematerials on a building that is, for instance, 15 metres tall and thus not generally recognised as a high-rise, greatly enlarges the risks in the event of a fire and can have a catastrophic outcome.

New regulations for fire safety

Often high-rise limits are based upon possibilities for fire fighters to reach the fire via ladders or other equipment. With the rapid changes in the building environment, these methods cannot always be applied and by this the limits are part of the debate in defining new regulations for fire safety.

Design out the risk in high-rise and high-risk buildings. Just to be sure.

High-risk buildings

What is a high-risk building?

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A high-risk building is a building where the impact of a fire can be catastrophic. Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels, student housing: all of these and similar buildings fall under the definition of high-risk. These are buildings where a lot of people live, sleep, are in need of care and/or cannot escape quickly or easily in case of a fire emergency. The risks of losing lives due to a fire are high within this category of buildings. Also, the loss of property and the decreasing economic value of a high-risk building are aspects of attention here.

Future use of buildings

It is also important to keep in mind the future use of a building. A structure that today is not considered a high-risk building, could be one in ten years from now if the usage of it changes. For example, from an office building to an elderly care home.

Therefore, keeping in mind the lifetime safety of a building and its users is always the best way to go when dealing with fire safety. Using non-combustibleis the only way to design out the potential dangers involved with current or future high-risk buildings.

The Hergom C-16/80 inset stove from Eurostove

Sleek and modern, Hergom’s C-14/70 & C-16/80 inset stoves are perfect for open plan living

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The Hergom C-16/80 inset stove from Eurostove

The Hergom C-16/80 inset stove from Eurostove

With the trend for open plan living still going strong, many homeowners, architects and interior designers look to the modern styling of an inset stove to add warmth and a statement focal point to a large, spacious interior. The new Hergom C-14/70 and C-16/80 designs are modern cast iron fireplace insets with full glass viewing windows. The C-14/70 is a generous 70cm wide with two convection fans while the larger C-16/80 is 80cm.

Manufactured in black matt cast iron for a high quality finish, the Hergom stoves are extremely resilient with optimum heat transfer and convection blowers to speed up the circulation of convection air. The ceramic glass door with its modern handle gives a contemporary look, while the removable ash pan helps with easy maintenance.

The 14/70 comes with a nominal 6kW heat output and a heat range between 5kW and 12kW, whilst the Hergom C-16/80 has an output between 6kW and 14kW. Both models have an airwash glass cleaning system, where air currents sweep the glass clean from the inside.

As part of the Eurostove family, Hergom is one of Europe’s largest and most established manufacturers of cast iron stoves and cookers. Made in its own state-of-the-art foundry in Santander, northern Spain, they use only the finest materials to produce durable, efficient, thermally effective heating solutions.


ACO Building Drainage LipuJet


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ACO Building Drainage has a comprehensive range of EN1825 grease management solutions for commercial kitchen operators.  ACO’s high performance grease management solutions are specifically designed to help restaurants, hotels, food courts, foodservice enterprises and the wider catering industry prevent the build-up of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in commercial kitchen drainage systems and ultimately the main sewer network.

LipuSmart P-OB - ACO Building DrainageThe new range comprises: the ‘ACO LipuMax’ range of below-ground grease separators; ‘ACO LipuSmart’ products which integrate the functions of below-ground grease separation, sampling, drainage and a control system into one product, and a range of ‘ACO LipuJet’ above-ground separators which are designed for applications where a free-standing grease separator unit is required.   An ACO Lifting Station, which is certified to EN 12050-2, has also been introduced for use when the grease separator is installed below the backflow level.

LipuJet P-OAP extension stage 3ACO’s range of EN1825 products are designed to suit the full range of applications from large to small foodservice establishments, and can be tailored to suit individual project requirements by ACO’s in-house technical design team.  In addition, installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance can be provided via ACO’s service partner, Aqua Mundus.

Andy Buchan, Divisional Managing Director of ACO Building Drainage, comments: “As an established leader in the design and manufacture of hygienic floor drainage systems for the commercial kitchen sector, we understand that commercial kitchens can be challenging environments in which to work.

Muli Pro-PEK duo“FOG management is a key part of any commercial kitchen operation when it comes to optimising employee safety, operational cost and, of course, hygiene.  ACO’s grease management systems form part of ACO’s  HygieneFirst drainage philosophy.  They, deliver numerous benefits for kitchen operators including the prevention of drainage blockages which have the potential to close a kitchen, odour control, improved employee safety and importantly, a shorter clean down time. The expertise of our technical design team also means we can provide the specification guidance required to ensure commercial kitchen operators get the most appropriate and effective grease management solution for their business.”

Additional grease management solutions are also being developed by ACO using its extensive expertise in FOG management.

For more information on ACO’s new grease management systems, visit or contact ACO’s technical design team on 01462 810400.


Medite Smartply MDF panels

A show-stopping demonstration of success: The Central Bank of Ireland, renovated with MEDITE PREMIER FR

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Ireland’s most iconic new building, the Central Bank of Ireland on the banks of the River Liffey, was recently renovated into the show-stopping demonstration of success it is today, after sitting for years as an unfinished shell; a symbol of the recession. Now it breathes new life as Ireland’s first ever BREEAM “Outstanding” rated building, setting an example of progressive construction that thinks about the future.

paul tierneyArchitects Henry J Lyons achieved this by designing the large sweeping interiors to be as user friendly as possible for the Bank’s staff, by specifying acoustic wood panels from Woodfit Acoustics, made from MEDITE PREMIER FR. This MDF panel from MEDITE SMARTPLY is flame retardant for safe use in public buildings and is produced using FSC certified timber, from sustainably managed forests in Ireland; all the essentials to make this board suitable for the Bank’s new interior.

In doing this, the building is reaffirmed as a symbol of renewal, recovery and wellbeing, both economically and by offering these elements to those who use it as their daily workplace. The modern interior is conducive to teamwork and collaboration through use of natural light, safe, natural materials and acoustic performance.

Supplied by Noyeks, Woodfit provided the custom-made acoustic systems and non-acoustic panelling throughout, using veneered MEDITE PREMIER FR, variously finished for use in different areas. The finished panels range from ebonized slat ceilings and slat walls, custom white washed perforated panelling which extends seven storeys high, and perforated oak ceiling tiles throughout the work areas.

“The human experience was considered first and foremost in this project,” says Fergal Costello, Marketing Manager at Woodfit Acoustics. “Acoustics are extremely important in a big open building such as this one, to reduce reverberation while not restricting air circulation.”

paul tierneyFergal went on to say: “It’s important to us and our clients that we are always environmentally responsible. We feel a strong responsibility to be able to meet the need for acoustic panels made from sustainably produced materials. Working with MDF in particular, as it’s made from timber thinnings, ensures there is less timber wastage, and allows us in the timber industry to be a lot more efficient and environmentally friendly at the same time.”

The environmental building standard BREEAM is one of the world’s leading sustainability assessment methods for construction. Awarding credits for use of FSC certified building products, it recognises and reflects the value in higher performing products and projects across the built environment lifecycle.

Colin Wheatley, Product Manager at MEDITE SMARTPLY explained: “With responsible management, timber is a 100% renewable natural resource. BREEAM encourages us to use timber responsibly, and to create environments that are safe and healthy for occupants, in a

way that will contribute to the maintenance of the natural world. The Central Bank of Ireland building’s renovation is a stunning example of this, in its safety-conscious application of FR, that happens to also be extremely beautiful.”

It was also essential that the material chosen for the panels was flame retardant. Fergal explained: “We have been a long-time customer of MEDITE SMARTPLY for the reason that their products are trustworthy and high quality. As MEDITE PREMIER FR was developed specifically for use in fire rated applications, it was a must for an extremely high specification project such as this one.”

MEDITE PREMIER FR is produced in both Euroclass B and C. CARB2 compliant, it also has a smooth finish and can be made in a range of sizes and thicknesses, giving it the versatility to suit numerous applications from hotel foyers, offices, public libraries, schools and other public buildings. It’s suitable for use as a wall lining and in ceiling applications, and has been certified for use in fire resistant partition systems.

Fergal finally commented: “MEDITE PREMIER FR is very dense, yet cuts extremely cleanly; the sign of a high-quality board.”

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Howe Green Chase Farm hospital access covers

Howe Green provides innovative access solution for NHS’s newest hospital

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Howe Green Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of floor access covers, has supplied nearly 70 covers to Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield. The £200 million redeveloped hospital became fully operational last autumn. It is the newest and most digitally advanced hospital in the NHS estate.

Chase Farm offers patients a range of services including an out-patient department, an urgent care centre, an older person’s assessment unit, an endoscopy unit, a chemotherapy day unit, eight operating theatres, a dedicated day surgery area and 50 surgical in-patient beds.

Howe Green’s Visedge Series Flexible Floor Access Covers and 7500 Series Medium-Duty Aluminium Floor Access Covers were specified for the project by international architects IBI Group.

The covers were supplied to established, Enfield based contractor, Galldris.  Technicians from Galldris installed the Howe Green access covers throughout the 20,000 square metres of internal flooring, including the plant room and endoscopy unit. The Visedge covers were infilled with vinyl flooring.  The floor finish for the 7500 Series varied depending upon the location of the cover.

The Howe Green access covers enable safe and easy access to building services concealed under the flooring of the hospital.  The covers can be removed, safely and easily, for maintenance purposes with the use of lifting keys.

The Visedge Series provide a durable, lightweight, non-rusting access solution for flexible sheet flooring systems in environments with pedestrian footfall, wheeled trolleys and sack trucks.  Double sealed, the Visedge covers are ideal for a busy hospital where the highest standards of hygiene and security are required.

7500 Series Medium-Duty Aluminium Floor Access Covers are used for all types of hard floor finish, including ceramic tiles, terrazzo and wood.  They offer a heavier loading than the Visedge, with a five tonne pneumatic tyre wheel load suitable for cars and light delivery vehicles.

The Visedge and 7500 Series are available as a single cover, a duct run or as a multipart unit.  Standard sizes are available from stock and bespoke sizes can be manufactured to order with no time or cost constraint.

Howe Green has supplied many hospitals over the last 35 years including South Mead Hospital in Bristol and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

If you would like to find out how Howe Green can assist with your requirement for an innovative, practical and cost effective solution for accessing concealed services located under flooring please call 01920 463230 or visit

Hewi System 900

System 900 | Design and function

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

System_900_1The 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.

From 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.

System_900Historically 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

Eurocell white paper

Report reveals demand for eco-friendly buildings

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To address the housing shortage and ensure that the housing stock deficit is erased, the UK needs to build 340,000 new homes every year until 2031. As such, the residential construction sector is under increasing pressure to build the volume of homes the country so desperately needs, which will require not only meeting but exceeding the Government’s current pledge to build 300,000 new homes annually. It’s also critical that these homes meet the needs and demands of future homeowners.

stack of multiple people expressionTo gain insight into this, Eurocell surveyed 1,000 25-40-year old renters and home owners to investigate their views on how the homes of the future could be designed to meet their expectations. When asked about the most appealing design trends they’d want in their home, respondents identified an eco-friendly home (29%), open plan living (24%) as the top two most appealing, with floor to ceiling windows and a minimalist look coming joint third with 23%.

When asked further about their attitudes to eco-friendly building and design, 49% of respondents said they would be more likely to buy or rent an eco-conscious home. However, despite this interest, only 24% said they would be willing to pay more money when buying or renting a property with eco-features.

Muswell Hill, LondonOverall, 46% of respondents said they would be willing to pay a little bit more in rent or property price if it incorporated their favoured design trends. In addition, 10% said they would pay significantly more.

When asked which top three factors contribute to them feeling good in their own home, respondents identified the amount of natural light (48%), low noise levels (39%) and feeling safe and secure (37%) as the most important. These were closely followed by access to outdoor space (36%), and the design and layout of the home (35%).

Following the survey, Eurocell asked experts from Simpson Haugh, Hawkins Brown, BDP and The High Street Group to analyse the findings and identify the trends that are shaping the current residential property market.

To find out more about the homes that consumers would like to see and learn about the trends that architects are seeing in the market, you can download Eurocell’s ‘The Future Home Report’ here: