Glazing vision rooflights

Glazing Vision Offers a Free Comprehensive Guide to Specifying Glass for Rooflights

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Mulroy_Uplands_14 copyThe development of glass manufacturing technology over the last 60 years has fed ambitious architectural uses of glass.

In turn, the increased consumption of glass by the construction industry has seen the development of new products and glass types.


The Hawthorns Pre-Prep SchoolTo help specifiers make the right decision, Glazing Vision has produced a comprehensive guide covering the use of glass in rooflights including:-

  • Types of glass
  • Performance
  • Thermal efficiency
  • Light transmission and solar gain
  • Building regulations and standards
  • Design and delivery
  • Operation and useful life

20181025_124628This is the latest in a series of whitepapers and guides provided by Glazing Vision, with more set to be published in the near future.

You can download Glazing Vision’s free Guide to Specifying Glass in Rooflights here.


Cembrit Natural slate tiles


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St Alphege ChurchCembrit Glendyne natural slates have been specified and installed on a unique renovation project for the Historic Kent landmark, St Alphege Church. Recognised as the focal point of the high street, the Victorian Church brings history and character to the beautiful seaside town of Whitstable.

The original Victorian roof, built in 1845, had become a growing concern amongst the local community, which led many to worry about preserving the old church for future generations. To help raise money to fix therapidly ageing roof, the ‘Raise the Roof’ appeal was launched in the summer of 2014 and encompassed all kinds of fundraising events. By May 2017, the church had reached its target of £200,000 and was in a position to commence the vital repair work to protect the church’s historic ceiling.

Cembrit PR Shot (PR)Regularly entrusted with working in historic settings, Kent-based architect, Clague presented the planners with roofing samples to review. The architect initially put in an application for Spanish slates to replace the expensive Welsh slates, however after much evaluation, the conservation officer asked that they used Canadian natural slates instead.

Having worked with Cembrit many times in the past, the architect specified Glendyne natural slates. David Gullick from Clauge Architects comments: “We chose Glendyne for the project due to its consistency, aesthetic appearance and durability. The standard of these products, and the service that we received from Cembrit was second to none. The outcome of the roof is just what we desired.”

DJI_0009-EditGlendyne is a high-quality slate that combines first-class performance with all the inherent beauty of natural slate, making it the ideal ‘natural’ choice for specifiers and roofers. Available exclusively from Cembrit in the UK, Glendyne is a distinctive blue-grey colour. The Glendyne quarry is one of the most modern slate quarries in the world. The quarry operates a quality management system based on EN ISO 9001 which is externally audited. This standard is adhered to rigidly, as are all quality standard procedures required by each regional market the quarry supplies.

Glendyne is tested to BS EN European standard, BS EN 12326-1:2014 which requires many of the laboratory tests (‘type testing’) to be performed at least annually and the factory production control (FPC) performed and recorded as a matter of routine by the producer.

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The National Domelight Company Rooflights

Custom-made rooflights for custom-builds

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Orangery Solutions 2347_EDITEvery build project is unique. Tricky refurbishment job with exacting measurements? Need an innovative design with extra wow factor?

NDC supplies custom-made rooflights that are carefully tailored to meet your unique brief.



MASTER 978 X 600 Natural LightDo I need a standard or bespoke rooflight?

Standard units are perfect for many projects, but here are some considerations to see if a bespoke solution would work best for you…



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Are you replacing a rooflight manufactured in imperial measurements? It may not be possible to find an exact metric conversion. A bespoke solution can help save costly additional modifications to the building’s design.

Or, does the style of the building necessitate an eye-catching design? Would a non-standard solution give the property the exclusivity and character sought after by the architect or homeowner?


Continuously updating regulations mean a straightforward like-for-like replacement may no longer meet building regulations.

Other considerations

Custom solutions offer so much more choice – have you thought about the following options?

  • Colour coordination:Bespoke RAL colours match conservation area requirements, or allow for striking finishes that complement the design
  • NDC_Montage copyUpgraded glass: Improve privacy, reduce glare and combat solar gain with customised tints
  • Seamless finish:Adaptor kerbs and bespoke kerb heights allow for varied insulation levels and reduce unnecessary disturbance of roofing finishes
  • Improved ventilation:Rooflights with ventilation or smoke dispersal keep a property healthy and aerated, while adhering to building regulations
  • Stay secure:Add locking mechanisms to allow and prevent access when required
  • Reduce noise:Sound reduction requirements can be met with tailored solutions
  • Weighty decisions: Ensure your walk-on glass is suitable for its application, whether that’s domestic, commercial or industrial

 Think a bespoke solution is for you?

 NDC’s technical team can provide the right solution for your project and advise on industry policy and regulations, so you get it right first time and on budget.

We are open 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday; get in contact with our technical team:

Call: 01276 451555




Balconette Frameless glass Juliette balcony

Balconette’s Frameless Juliet Balconies

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Balconette’s Frameless Glass Juliet Balconies comprise just a single sheet of glass with two slim, elegant side profiles. They are a highly aesthetic offering for a balcony guarding solution.

Frameless Juliette 3 Balcony - Frameless Juliet at Solihull - from inside









Balcony - Frameless Juliet at Solihull 2 - closeupUtilising 21.5mm laminated and toughened glass and offering 8 standard sizes that range in width from 1280mm to 3200mm with a 5-working-day manufacturing lead time, Balconette has designed an ideal solution for a Frameless Juliet Balcony. Custom sizes are also offered up to 3300mm, with a 30-day lead time.

A frequent request amongst architects, designers and customers, the end result is a stunning, beautifully designed product with absolutely zero obstruction from the inside that also complements any building from the outside.

Altro ShowerKit wall cladding system

New easy-to-install shower kit from Altro

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Picture of shower cubicle in modern toilet

The Altro Walls ShowerKit,is apre-packaged Altro Whiterock wall cladding system for shower, bath and ensuites that is easy to use, even in small areas.  It is an Altro Whiterock system with pre-cut wall sheets, ready to install over a sound, clean wall, including tiles.   It’s the ideal solution for wet environments.


  • Perfect for a quick and easy installation
  • Adhesive applied straight to a clean wall
  • Install over existing prepared surfaces – including tiles
  • No grout – makes cleaning easier
  • Trims and pre-cut sheets for ease of handling and use
  • Neat, discreet trims for a smooth, impervious installation
  • Impact resistant

Altro Walls ShowerKit contains all you need to install around a shower tray or a bath including wall sheets, adhesive, silicone sealant and trims.  It includes a step-by-step pictorial installation guide to create a water-resistant, durable and smooth surface with a 20-year guarantee.

It is available in White and five popular Altro Whiterock Satins shades.

SE Controls Smoke and Environmental ventilation

SE Controls creates dedicated smoke control solution for Urban Sciences Building

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Newcastle University’s innovative and multi-award winning Urban Sciences Building (USB) is using a combined smoke control and environmental ventilation solution that incorporates a SHEVTEC control system, which was engineered by SE Controls to meet the unique requirements of the project.

KMC_HBR_USB-114-300dpi-mediaDesigned by architects, Hawkins Brown, the 12,800m2USB is the first structure to be completed on the 24 acre Newcastle Helix development and is home to the university’s world leading School of Computing, as well as providing extensive teaching and research facilities focused on digitally enabled urban sustainability.

The building incorporates a diverse range of innovative technologies, sustainable design features and fresh thinking, which includes a PV-T array, rainwater harvesting and a 560m2wild flower green roof, as well as a bio-dome, which uses waste CO2heat and water from the building to grow food for the university’s restaurant. Also, 4,000 digital sensors and embedded computing technology make it one of the UK’s most monitored high performance buildings.

KMC_HBR_USB18-31-300dpi-mediaAs energy efficiency and sustainability are key aspects of the building design, these principles were also carried through to the glazed façades, curtain walling, environmental ventilation and smoke control systems.

Cladding and glazing systems specialist, Dane Architectural Systems, were involved from the early stages of the project and used Schueco FW 60 + SG, with AWS 114 ventilators including TipTronic concealed actuators.

To ensure they could meet the demanding design intent of the system, which required these vents to be linked to the BMS for managed day-to-day ventilation, Dane Architectural turned to SE Controls a specialist contractor capable of providing a fully compliant solution.

As the Automatic Opening Vents (AOV) have specific zone requirements and operate in banks of 3 for normal ventilation needs, SE Controls designed the operation of the smoke control system to maintain the functionality and flexibility of the TipTronic control, while integrating with the system and providing effective smoke ventilation to the building in the event of a fire.

To achieve this, SE Controls worked in close collaboration with Dane Architectural and developed the new OS2 TipTronic SHEVTEC Controller, which is dedicated to Shueco’s TipTronic actuator system, enabling it to provide effective smoke and heat exhaust ventilation (SHEV) to the building.

Following the production of a detailed design, which included integration matrices, schematic drawings, operational documentation and installation details, SE Controls installed more than 40 of the new OS2 TipTronic controllers at the USB.

Andrea Hayward, SE Controls Senior Key Account Manager on the project, explained:“ The Urban Sciences Building is a technological and sustainability ‘tour de force’ which reflects the advanced research activities undertaken at the university and we are delighted to have our own innovative technology incorporated within its design.”

Further information on SE Controls products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting, emailing or calling +44 (0) 1543 443060.


Greenbarnes external noticeboards

Greenbarnes Ltd announce a new resource for specifying external noticeboards

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BPI-1Greenbarnes Ltd, as one of the UK’s leading supplier of external noticeboards to both public and private sector clients is pleased to announce a completely new resource for anyone with a need to specify and source external noticeboards and poster cases.


BPI-2The company’s completely new website at features probably the widest selection of external noticeboards available in the UK from a single source and includes boards manufactured in a variety of materials ranging including hardwood (oak), maintenance-free Man-made Timber (recycled plastics) and aluminium.

BPI-3Not only are users able to browse the full Greenbarnes range (which at the time of writing encompasses 175 external noticeboards and countless poster cases) but, more importantly, they can take advantage of the myriad of available options and accessories to build boards to their required specification and even buy them online.

BPI-4Customers are guided through the process ensuring they cannot “go wrong”, meaning that it is impossible for them to specify something which cannot be delivered. Where appropriate, at each stage, helpful information and explanation is available via tooltips.


BPI-5Specifications can be saved at any stage and added to a “wish list” enabling the user to return to them later for completion or modification.  Once a specification has been saved to the wish list it can be printed (ideal for taking to a meeting for further discussion) or forwarded directly to Greenbarnes in order to request a formal quotation.

One further useful feature, particularly if there is a need to discuss the specification with other stakeholders, is the “Print All Options” button, which not only shows the options currently chosen but also all the alternative options at each stage, the circumstances in which they are available and their related costs.

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Cibes Lift UK

Top go-karting venue ramps up accessibility

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cibes-go-carting-2A premier go-karting venue has unveiled its new bistro – which includes top notch access for customers.

Northamptonshire’s Whilton Mill has now revealed its 120-seater restaurant which will cater for corporate events and hospitality.

In order to make sure that the upstairs eatery can welcome as wide a range of customers as possible, owner Roger Ashby installed a Cibes A5000 Platform Lift.

cibes-go-carting-4The Cibes “A” Series of Platform Lifts is the most versatile platform lift on the market, the “A” Series is a Commercial and Public Platform Lift which uses Cibes Smart ECO technology and now comes with Smart voice synthesiser. The “A” ECO Drive platform lift has the lowest energy consumption of any platform lift and operates and delivers the same comfort and performance you expect from a commercial lift traveling at 0.15ms.

Platform sizes are fully Part M and Equality Act compliant and can be installed in around two days.

Roger said: “As the hospitality area is upstairs it’s crucial to us that we provide good access.

“We have just opened the restaurant and the lift has also doubled up as a way to also transport the food as well as our passengers.

“It’s also been handy to use it as a way to move furniture into situ while we’ve been busy setting it up prior to opening.”

cibes-go-carting-3Roger says that it was important that the A5000 platform lift blended into its surroundings that have an open feel.

He said: “I didn’t want something that was enclosed as the whole area is open – I wanted people who are using the lift to get a glimpse of what was going on before even entering the area.”

As well as go-karting Whilton Mill visitors can enjoy a range of activities from quad bikes through to clay pigeon shooting.

Making sure that business properties are fully compliant with the latest accessibility laws is vital.

The best practice for making a commercial or public buildings accessible is set out in legal framework, building regulations and design guidance.

Gary Sullivan, Head of Sales and Marketing at Cibes Lift UK, said: “Whilton Mill is a fantastic venue with a range of exciting activities for its visitors.

“Roger has looked after the welfare of staff and visitors by making sure their access needs are catered for.”

He added: “Installing a quality and reliable lift is so important in increasing access for those who need it.”

Speak to Cibes Lift UK today about accessibility in your premises. Call 0800 085 0269 or e-mail


Addagrip Resin bound surfacing at Battersea Park

Seamless surfacing for pathways at London Grade II listed park

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BatterseaOHara IMG_0308Battersea Park, London
Seamless resin bound ‘minimum/no-dig’ surfacing for pathways at London Grade II listed park
Product: Terrabase Classic Resin Bound surfacing – bespoke blend




Over 800m2 of Terrabase Classic Resin Bound porous surfacing have been installed to rejuvenate the pathways in Battersea Park, on the banks of the River Thames, London.

Battersea TP_NewsletterAddagrip was contacted by the client Barhale Ltd regarding the resurfacing of existing pathways in the Grade II listed, 200-acre green space in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The requirement was for overlay of existing pedestrian walkways with a smooth, low maintenance, seamless finish in a colour similar to adjacent paths. Addagrip was able to develop a special blend of aggregates, creating a bespoke resin bound ‘Battersea’ colour to be installed with our Terrabase system as a Terrabase Classic paving.

Battersea 1_RCThe initial phase of the pathway resurfacing was carried out in June 2018 by Addagrip approved contractor Total Protection Ltd who installed a total of 450m2 of the Terrabase Classic.

A further 430m2 of the resin bound surfacing was installed in a different area of the park by Addagrip approved contractor O’Hara Bros Surfacing Ltd in September 2018.


The finished surface offers a practical, porous paving option suitable for all weather access to this busy park and the bespoke colour blend provides a great match to the adjacent surfacing.


Eurocell whitepaper

A window into the future – consumers demand large, energy efficient windows with noise reduction features

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A report has found that consumers want the homes of the future to have windows that are energy efficient, large and noise reducing

Looking over the rooftops of Muswell in London N10 towards the distant skyscrapers of East London Docklands

New research has revealed the window design and features that consumers hope to see in their future homes. Consumers identified windows with higher energy efficiency (52%), ones that can shade against the sunlight (29%), frames made from sustainable materials (26%) and large floor to ceiling windows (23%) as the features or design trends that would be most appealing.

In addition to this, 29% of consumers said that smart windows, for example windows that can turn into a mirror, or be used as a smart screen, are also desirable, according to research conducted by Eurocellplc,the UK’s leading manufacturer, recycler and distributor of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems.

These findings were presented to architects at leading studios Hawkins Brown, SimpsonHaugh and BDP, as well as property developer The High Street Group, to be analysed and garner expert insight. When talking about the future of windows, and what we can expect, Francesca Roberts, Hawkins Brown, commented:“It’s about careful placement of the windows and thinking about how light can be flooded into properties in all the right places. It’s not just about light either, you need to think about other factors, such as if the property is near a busy railway or a road and consider how this should impact the placement of windows.

“It’s about finding that sweet spot, through proper testing and analysis. The placement of windows should not be determined by rolling out a standard house type across a site, with the window placement being left to chance. Instead, what’s right for each plot should be considered.”

As well as design trends, consumers were asked about the key drivers for investing in new windows. 52% of consumers identified improving energy efficiency as the most common driver, whilst 38% said increasing natural light and 35% said noise reduction were key drivers.

With the research clearly highlighting how important both natural light and technology are to consumers, it is critical that the construction sector utilises this insight to inform product development and architectural decisions around windows as it works to build the homes required to address the current housing crisis in the future.

You can see all of Eurocell’s findings from the survey in the Future Home Report which can be downloaded in full here