Addagrip Liverpool Football Club retail store

Another Addagrip Fixture At Anfield

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Addagrip Case Study  Liverpool FC – Retail Store  

Installed by Addagrip approved contractor Soft Surfaces

2834m2 Terrabound Rhine Gold 6mm, 692m2 Terrabound Tuscan Pebble, 185m2 Addaset Lucerne Silver and 244m2 Addastone TP Tree Pit Silver Grey Granite

Completed July/August 2017                            Main Contractor Hawkspear Contracts Ltd

Addagrip LFC-RetailStore_1Addagrip approved contractor Soft Surfaces Ltd, was invited back to Liverpool Football Club, Anfield in July 2017 to carry out an installation of BBA approved resin bound surfacing for the Club’s brand new flagship Retail Store, due to open at the start of the season.

The store will offer fans a brand new shopping experience with exclusive product ranges, a specially-designed first-floor cafe and an increased number of payment stations to ease checkout congestion on match days.

Addagrip LFC1As part of the landscaped pedestrian area at the front of the new store, a robust, low maintenance, porous paving was required. Just under 4000m2 of Addagrip’s resin bound porous surfacing was selected in a range of colours to complement the design and to match the Terrabound Resin Bound surfacing previously installed at Liverpool Football Club’s newly expanded Main Stand in 2016.


Addagrip LFC_RetailStore_2Working with main contractor Hawkspear Contracts Ltd, the Soft Surfaces team installed Addagrip’s BBA approved Terrabound Resin Bound porous paving in blends of 6mm Rhine Gold and 6mm Tuscan Pebble which is contrasted with BBA approved Addaset Resin bound surfacing in a 6mm Lucerne Silver.  There were also a number of new trees in the scheme which required 244m2 of silver tree pits using Addastone TP in a Silver Grey Granite 6-10mm aggregate.  The tree pit surfacing was installed at a depth of 75mm due to the expected levels of foot traffic and the tree collars backfilled with loosed aggregate to accommodate growth.

The installation was completed in time for the official opening of the new retail store on Monday 14th August 2017 and the team’s first home game of the 2017/2018 season.

Kee Safety


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John Ingram, Global Product Manager at Kee Safety, explains why contractors should be paying attention to the BSI Standard for ‘Safety of Machinery – Permanent means of access to machinery’ and specifying self-closing safety gates.

Formed in 1901, the BSI Group was the world’s first National Standards Body. Since then, it has published many thousands of standards, and today, over 30,000 exist in total.  Developed by experts, the standards aim to define best practice and provide a written set of criteria to be used as rules, guidelines or definitions.

Kee SafetyIn June 2016, the British Standard for Safety of Machinery – Permanent means of access to machinery – Part 3: Stairs, stepladders and guard-rails (EN ISO 14122-3:2016) was updated. This revised standard defines the requirements for safe access to machines, applying to both stationary and mobile machinery where a fixed means of access is necessary.  The standard specifies that when the height of a fall could exceed 500mm, a guard-rail should be installed, and the chosen system needs to meet several dimensional requirements. It also notes that a self-closing gate should be used.

Maintenance and inspection teams require safe protection to openings such as on work platforms, around industrial machinery or as part of demarcation routes in warehouse and logistic centres, in addition to providing safe access and egress for ladders, walkways and rooftop guardrails.

For many years, chains, bars and sliding link tubes have been the method of protection for safe access. While these provide a simple safety solution, they are reliant on correct usage which isn’t reliable, as users can forget to replace the bar or chain, leaving a gap behind them.

Now, with this standard, there is a very clear set of requirements and dimensions for safety gates.

The system should incorporate a knee rail that is 500mm from the top rail, and a lower bottom rail that is no more than 500mm from the floor level. The standard also states that the gate should not be locked, but held in closed position, and should be designed to open easily and closed with a firm stop, preventing users pushing against the gate and potentially falling through the opening.

Not only does the new BSI standard recommend the use of self-closing gates, but so does the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Both promote self-closing gates as the preferred method of protection because they automatically close behind the user to provide an added level of security, so overcoming the potential for human error.

Some systems, such as Kee Gate, are available in galvanised steel and if required can be powder coated in safety yellow. Available with standard ‘U’ bolts for fixing to uprights of 33.7, 42.4 and 48.3 mm diameter, the gate can be fixed quickly to existing supporting structures, posts or stringers. An additional fixing pack is provided which allows the gate to be fixed to square, flat or angle uprights. Easy to install or to retro-fit existing structures, such as galvanised handrails, Kee Gate is 1 metre wide. Designed to be trimmed on-site, this solution saves companies the time and money it takes to fabricate their own gates.

Specifying a self-closing gate that is in line with the requirements set out in BS EN ISO 14122-3:2016, presents contractors with a quicker, more cost-effective and easier to install solution that eliminates the possibility of human error.

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Hauraton MONOTEC

High capacity channel system drains car park at McArthur Glen, Designer Outlets, York

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McArthur Glen, the leasing, management and marketing company has twenty one Designer Outlets in eight countries across Europe and is still expanding its business. The new Designer Outlets indoor mall at Fulford, York features over 120 designer brands including clothing, foot ware, eyewear, home wares, restaurants and cafés.  The mall is set in 60 acres of landscaped grounds, including an extensive free car park available for customers.

Hauraton Limited introduced the RECYFIX® MONOTEC, surface drainage system in January 2016.The McArthur Glen Designer Outlets mall, York, joins numerous installations successfully completed in the United Kingdom.

Hauraton MONOTEC McArthur Glen Retail Hires 02The RECYFIX® MONOTEC system was installed to provide surface drainage in a section of the car park’s asphalt surface. Having a grating width of 100mm (Channel internal dimension) with an overall height of 230mm and a cross-section of 190.5cm2, the 66 metres of channel supplied provide a total water capacity of just over 1260 litres.

The MONOTEC one metre long channel component is of a sturdy monolithic design where the HEELSAFE grating and the tongue and groove linking system are integral to the channel moulding. The whole unit is made of tough, virtually unbreakable polypropylene (PP) formulated to be very resistant to daily temperature fluctuations from frost conditions to strong sunlight, including the Hauraton MONOTEC McArthur Glen Retail Hires 03Ultra Violet (UV) spectrum. PP is naturally resistant to de-icing salt. Complying with the requirements of EN 1433, the PP is given its UV resistance by adding just sufficient stabiliser so that the structural strength of the material is unaffected and a consistent appearance is maintained. The MONOTEC channels have a loading category of up to Class D400.

Tim Connolly, Hauraton‘s Managing Director comments; “The tongue and groove features on the MONOTEC channels provides easy assembly of the moulded components and facilitates the alignment of the channel run so cutting installation time for the groundwork contractor.

All Hauraton surface water drainage systems’ comply with European Standards (hENs) and carries the CE mark”.

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Half HIT connectors

Fire protection for insulated connections

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The tragic events at Grenfell Tower have understandably focused many minds on the complex issue of fire protection. The many different elements and products used in buildings will undoubtedly come under greater scrutiny and this includes the insulated connections for balconies and walkways.

Halfen 1In residential and commercial buildings, walkways can be used as a means of escape. It is therefore vital that the thermal connections continue to provide structural support during a fire.  All Halfen HIT insulated connections are suitable for use as a fire break and have a two hour (REI 120) fire rating.  It is important to note that this fire resistance is not an optional extra; you do not have to remember to include it in your order or specification. Fire protection comes as standard with every HIT unit, at no extra cost.

Halfen 2The significance of the REI 120 rating

R = The structural integrity of the connection is ensured for the specified duration
E  = The connection will act as a fire barrier for the specified period
I = The thermal insulating property of the connection is ensured for the specified duration
120 = The properties above are ensured for 120 minutes of fire exposure in compliance with the standard time/temperature curve.

Traditional forms of insulated connections used cementitious fire boards in order to achieve a fire rating. This method however has a number of draw backs as listed below :-

Halfen HIT

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Traditional fire board

Traditional fire board

  • The fire rating would often be limited to only 90 minutes.
  • The boards compromise the thermal performance of the insulated connections.
  • The fire boards are fragile and easily damaged on site leading to the fire protection being compromised or the need to carry out difficult repairs
  • The fire boards were always treated as an optional extra, leading to the danger of installing unprotected insulated connections.

With Halfen HIT products there is no compromise on materials, therefore HIT units only uses A1 rated non-combustible mineral  wool (rated into accordance with DIN EN 13501). This not only ensures the HIT product has the REI 120 fire rating but it also overcomes all of the above problems associated with traditional thermal breaks.

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Easi-Dec roofline System


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Easi-Dec roofline System (3)Easi-Dec, the working at height safety specialist, has supplied Everest with 72 Roofline systems to provide installation teams with a safe, efficient and cost effective solution for accessing roofline level when carrying out gutter, soffit and fascia replacements.

After working with scaffolding for several years, Everest investigated alternative working at height solutions. Having approached Easi-Dec about its Roofline system, the Everest
health and safety and purchasing departments received numerous product demonstrations with the Easi-Easi-Dec roofline System (2)Dec team visiting Everest branches and existing projects to highlight how the system can accommodate different types of properties. Impressed by the safe, easy to use and cost effective system, Everest placed an order for 72 Easi-Dec Roofline platforms.

The Easi-Dec Roofline system allowed trained operatives to erect the access equipment on the day of the installation and remove it upon completion, which caused less disruption to customers. The system removes the need to appoint external scaffold companies on some installations. Its individual platforms can also be used on window replacement contracts which offer further flexibility with the equipment.

Easi-Dec roofline System (1)“The Easi-Dec Roofline system is well known within our industry and it not only offers a cost effective solution, but it also does not compromise on safety,” says Andy Hunter, Health & Safety Executive at Everest. “We purchased a significant amount of Easi-Dec equipment, and as a result, we worked closely with the company to deliver 72 training sessions around the UK in a very short space of time.  The service was excellent and the delivery of the equipment and training ran without any issues.  It was an absolute pleasure to deal with all of the team at Easi-Dec and I could not recommend them highly enough.”

Easi-Dec Roofline is a modular system incorporating one or more Easi-Dec platforms linked securely with Easi-Dec Catwalk to form a continuous fully-guarded platform. It has been designed to provide simple, rapid access to roofline level by eliminating the time constraints of erecting scaffolding and can be set up in less than 30 minutes. The 8 metre Roofline system comprises 2 Easi-Dec platforms and a Catwalk. It features telescopic legs that provide height adjustment in 30mm increments and can even cope with sloping ground. With a comprehensive range of accessories the Easi-Dec Roofline offers numerous benefits and can overcome a wide variety of challenging access situations.

The Roofline system is available with a standard leg height of 3.3m -5.5m, with alternative leg lengths also available enabling workers to cover the majority of properties, ranging from 2.34m (typical bungalow) up to 6.8m (2 storey town house).


Eurocell Lusso roof system

Eurocell’s Lusso adds zest to conservatory styles

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Eurocell has announced the new Lusso orangery-style roof system, which adds style and value to conservatory offerings and completes the Eurocell roof range. Comprising highline gutter and internal pelmet components, Lusso is a modern take on traditional roof design, offering an on-trend orangery effect from standard components – and without all the extra building work or added cost of structural work to ensure the conservatory can take a ‘fuller’ roof.

The deep sculptured design of the highline gutter adds a touch of class and character to a ‘normal’ conservatory roof, while neatening up the drainage details, without a visible gutter and brackets running horizontally.

Not only does Lusso bear a close resemblance to the real thing, down to its deep perimeter roof and period details; but it’s also a lightweight, prefabricated system that’s quick and easy to install onto new roofs and can be retro-fitted to existing roofs. With a striking depth of up to 413mm, the Lusso pelmet provides an ‘intelligently-designed’ box section that houses up or down LED lighting in stainless steel, aluminium, chrome, black or white.

All the interior trim and cladding screws neatly onto the aluminium frame, giving a clean look with minimal need for plastering or other making good. A thermal break in the ring beam protects against heat loss and condensation so obviating the need for extra insulation.

By conferring a stylish orangery style look to conservatories, Lusso allows them to be matched to a wider range of house styles with colour-matched trims and accessories, a choice of lighting kits and rooflight pitches from 15° to 35°.

Lusso joins the original Eurocell conservatory roof system, the leading Equinox solid roof system and the highly successful Skypod range of lantern roofs, to offer the trade and homeowners a quality roofing solution, whatever their preference in garden room living space.

Lusso is available for fabricators to buy in bar length components.

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UZIN Farrow court sheltered housing

Farrow Court Sheltered Housing

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UZIN help solve problems with an anhydrite screed at Farrow Court Sheltered Housing in Ashford, Kent.

  • Building Type: Commercial Construction
  • Pad: CV | PVC
  • Solution: Ecological Installation , Fast-Track Installation Systems
  • Brand: UZIN
  • Country: uk

 The job/challenge:

UZIN_England_Ashford_Alles_ed5edc8adaFarrow Court is one of Ashford’s older sheltered housing schemes. Planning permission was granted to redevelop the site to provide a new dementia-friendly facility comprising a much larger day centre for use by the local community as well as the residents of Farrow Court.

Oxden Floors Limited were contracted by Bouygues UK to supply and install floor coverings to 33 flats and communal areas totalling 4000 square metres as part of the new build works of Phase 1. Due to some design oversights, the main contractors were forced to use a pumpable anhydrite screed to the first and second floor levels. A site survey by Oxden Floors Limited identified a number of issues with the screed. There was evidence of laitance on the surface of the anhydrite substrate and areas of damaged floor screed due to ingress of rain and cracks. The flooring contractor also advised the client that moisture measuring was required to establish the moisture content within the screed.

 The solution / implementation:

With UZIN’s specialist range of products for remedial work and systems for calcium sulphate screeds Oxden Floors Limited approached their UZIN Technical Sales representative, Jon Turbutt, to undertake the moisture testing and provide a recommendation. Jon submitted a written specification to enable the floor covering installation to proceed. Together with the site team it was agreed that the laitance needed to be removed and the damaged areas of screed repaired. This was undertaken by the flooring contractor prior to any further works taking place. Following the results of the moisture testing which took place in each unit and different sections of the communal areas Oxden Floors Limited applied 2 coats of UZIN PE 404, a coat UZIN PE 280 topped with UZIN NC 150 for readings between 75 – 80% relative humidity (RH). For readings between 80 – 90% RH the flooring contractor applied 2 coats of UZIN PE 425, 2 coats UZIN PE 404, a coat of UZIN PE 280 and finished with UZIN NC 150 water mix smoothing compound. This provided a solid, sound and quality base in which to commence the floor covering installation. UZIN 57 carpet adhesive and UZIN KE 2000 S pressure sensitive were used to install the carpet and vinyl floor coverings respectively. All products have been awarded an EC1 plus classification for being very low emission and ideal for use in sensitive environments such as sheltered housing.

 The result:

Although the complications with the screed added a fair amount of additional work to a challenging 10 week programme, between the site operatives and Oxden Floors Limited the overall hand over date was not compromised. The final finish of the subfloor preparation was well received by all and ensured a quality finish for the carpet and vinyl installation with the use of UZIN adhesives. Due to the professional advice offered and quality of the works Oxden Floors Limited have now secured the contract for Phase 2 of the project and additional 6500 square metres due for commencement in early 2017.

“UZIN have the expertise and product range to overcome many issues encountered on site. This enabled us to propose a suitable solution and reduce ongoing delays to this project”.

Lee Fox, Managing Director, Oxden Floors Limited.



Howe Green East Broadcast Centre

Howe Green “raises the bar” at former Olympic site

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During the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games the International Press and Broadcast Centre played host to the world’s media.  20,000 journalists were at the heart of the action, reporting the latest triumphs and Olympian feats to a global audience estimated to be over 4 billion people.

Fast forward to 2017 and these key buildings continue to form a central element of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Centre is undergoing a commercial redevelopment to become Here East – the exciting digital quarter for East London.

Here East Broadcast CentreThe transformation of the International Press and Broadcast Centre has created 1.2 million square feet for business, media, tech, education and data and over 7500 jobs on the site and in the local area.  Dozens of businesses have already taken up residence in this digital heartland, including BT Sport, Infinity, Loughborough University and UCL.

Howe Green floor access covers were specified by architect Hawkins\Brown for one of the office spaces within BT Sport.   Howe Green supplied twelve Medium Duty 7500 Series Stainless Steel Access Covers for the project.

The 7500 Series is Howe Green’s flagship access cover and has evolved from the original 750 Series supplied to supermarkets when the company first started trading in 1983.

The covers specified for Here East were to be installed into a raised floor system.  They were ordered with stainless steel Z profiles to provide support to the access cover within the raised floor.

The covers were installed in corridors throughout the building to provide safe and easy access to access junctions in the drainage systems. The 7500 Series was specified to match the existing raised floor system appearance.  The access covers were initially covered with plywood and were then infilled with a vinyl flooring finish.

Whilst fitting access covers into a raised floor may at first appear counter intuitive it is no longer an unusual scenario.  Historically a raised floor system provided access to a wide variety of mechanical and electrical services, data and connectivity cabling and underfloor air distribution concealed within the void created between the raised floor and the floor slab. Making it ideal for use in renovating existing buildings or retrofitting spaces for different uses.

In a traditional raised floor environment, such as a data centre, where functionality featured ahead of aesthetics, heavy duty removable floor panels could be removed with a tile lifter to allow access to underfloor services.

Over the years the use of raised floor systems has extended to commercial offices, educational institutions and hospitals.  Aesthetics, security and flexibility are more important in these environments. The demand for different floor finishes, improved security and the ability to easily reconfigure space has led to an increase in demand for Howe Green access covers installed in raised flooring.

The 7500 Medium Duty Stainless Steel Access Covers provide safe and easy access to the drainage services located below the flooring.  Supplied with a double seal they address the need for a secure solution in an office setting with relatively high pedestrian footfall.  The vinyl infill offers a seamless floor finish which will reduce the slip or trip hazard.

The 7500 Series can be supplied as a single cover, a configuration of duct covers or multipart covers in standard sizes and loadings from stock, or can be precision made to order.

If you are looking to “raise the bar” with your raised flooring system installation get in touch to see how Howe Green can help.


ACO Galvanised steel pipes


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ACO Signature ImageACO Building Drainage offers a comprehensive range of stainless and galvanised steel pipe products and accessories which are available on short lead times and come with the support of the company’s in-house technical design team.

There are six other key advantages to specifying ACO PIPE™ products.

  1. Durability

Typically located under the floor or behind walls, pipes can be difficult and costly to repair. OThe ACO PIPE range is fully EN1124 compliant and has an estimated product life of at least 50 years. In addition, its stainless steel pipe products and accessories are fully pickle passivated for optimum corrosion resistance, can withstand impacts that would be devastating to plastic or cast iron alternatives, and can bend without breaking, making them perfect for use in high traffic areas where accidental damage can occur.

  1. Compatibility

ACO SestavaTrubek1 copyProducts in the ACO Pipe™ range are fully compatible with our comprehensive range of internal and external drainage systems as well as those offered by other manufacturers, making drainage system design, specification and installation an easy process.

  1. Ease of installation

ACO stainless steel pipes don’t flex like pipes made from other materials and as a result, they can be installed in longer unsupported sections.  ACO’s easy push-fit connections and the relatively light weight of its stainless steel pipes, also ensure that ACO Pipe™ products are easy and quick to install making them ideal for projects where short installation times are important.

  1. Cleanability & Hygiene

A failure to remove grease and other debris from the pipe system can lead to blockages which can result in a backflow of waste water.  Water can then leak back into a production facility, causing a slip hazard and compromising hygiene. Manufactured from stainless steel, ACO pipe is inherently cleanable.  ACO pipes can also be cleaned using hot water jet cleaning – the conventional cleaning method used in many manufacturing facilities where grease removal is a requirement.  The durable yet flexible nature of stainless steel means that ACO pipes expand and contract less than plastic pipes would in such high temperatures.

  1. Fire-resistance

ACO Pipe_MTCAs products are manufactured from stainless steel, ACO pipes are resistant to fire.  As a result, they can pass through walls without the need for to install additional connectors or collars that prevent fire spreading into adjacent rooms.

  1. Rodent proof solutions

Although stainless steel pipes are impenetrable by rodents, ACO’s range of pipe products also includes a rat stop, an added feature that stops rodents entering further into the pipe system if they gain access.

To learn more about the ACO Pipe™ range or obtain design and specification advice for your next pipe project, contact ACO Building Drainage’s technical design team on 01462 810400 or visit

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A luxurious prospect at New York’s Whitby Hotel

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DMitchell_Whitby_MR (2)New York City’s newest boutique luxury hotel makes a bold statement in upper midtown Manhattan, thanks in no small part to the extensive use of Crittall steel windows, doors and internal screens and partitions.

The Whitby is the second in New York opened by Firmdale Hotels whose owners, Tim and Kit Kemp, have already made a big impression back across the pond with several stylish and luxurious properties in central London including Ham Yard and Soho that also exemplify the use of fenestration by Crittall.

Opened in late February, The Whitby is described as a celebration of contemporary art and design boasting a stylish restaurant, bar and conservatory as well as a colourful library, several private event spaces and a state-of-the-art cinema. Each of the 86 bedrooms has been individually styled with Kit Kemp’s world-renowned mix of colour, pattern, texture, and art.

170223_F_W_DrawingRoom_1161_LowRes (2)Located on West 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, The Whitby is just two blocks from Central Park. It is surrounded by world-class department stores, luxury designer boutiques and is a short walk to Broadway.

Its location informed the specific choice of glazing. At Firmdale’s other NYC hotel, on Crosby Street, W20 steel windows were used. The Whitby’s position called for even higher acoustic attenuation and so Crittall MW40 fenestration was selected. These windows can accept up to 30mm thick glazing providing excellent acoustic as well as thermal performance.

170524_F_TW_1600_0303_LowRes (2)Nevertheless, the sight lines are virtually the same as with the Corporate W20, that is to say the slender frames provide for maximum daylight while ensuring strength and security. All The Whitby’s guest rooms have floor to ceiling windows as a principal feature. The ground floor meanwhile (the first floor in American parlance) also features interior screens and lobby doors by Crittall employing a single-glazed W20 profile. These are especially versatile for use in association with door hardware, closers, card entry equipment and so forth, dependent on their use. Facing the streetscape at ground level are Corporate 20 windows; large full pane windows that are even more robust than MW40s and which accept up to 28mm glazing.

The Whitby has been designed by New York architectural practice Stonehill &Taylor, which also designed the Crosby Street Hotel. The Whitby presents an elegant limestone façade rising 18 storeys and featuring several balconies and terraces that create a distinctive shape, stepping back as the building rises from street level.

The building harmonises with the architecture of the immediate neighbourhood, particularly Fifth Avenue. Says Paul Taylor, lead architect on the project, and president at Stonehill & Taylor:

“The Crittall steel windows are imbued with old world craftsmanship and have the narrow sightlines that architects wish for.”

Contractors for the project were Flintlock Construction Services LLC.