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Euro Brick 15-5-15 0163After several record-breaking years of growth and a move to larger premises, brick and stone slip cladding specialist Eurobrick has opened a brand new showroom.

This development follows the company’s 25th anniversary last year and the new showroom further supports its status as the leading specialist in this market.

The dedicated area includes a display of the full brick slip ranges along with a selection of stone finishes, and information about the different cladding systems available from Eurobrick.

The new showroom has a section of installed X-Clad, allowing customers to see one of the cladding systems and to understand the installation process. Experienced Eurobrick team members will staff the showroom and be on hand to answer any questions.

John Mayes, managing director at Eurobrick commented on the new showroom:

image -018“After several fantastic years at Eurobrick, we’re really pleased to be able to offer our customers a showroom that is visually interesting and informative, showcasing our products.

At Eurobrick, we have always worked hard to provide our customers with quality cladding materials and service; our showroom underpins this. Customers can come in to discuss their project requirements in a comfortable environment.”

For more information on Eurobrick and its range of brick and stone slip cladding products, please visit

Eurobrick’s new showroom is open to visitors Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm at Unit 5, Newbridge Trading Estate, Bristol, BS4 4AX.

Delta Membranes – Every Penny Counts

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1606 Delta - BPI Basement materials 01 copyOver recent years there has been increasing pressure on budgets, and cost-effective construction techniques have been the order of the day. The same goes for refurbishment projects, which is where Delta Membrane Systems offers a wide range of products that help with the damp proofing of internal walls, particularly in basement projects.
Too often, basements are left redundant or as ‘dumping grounds’, but the truth is that they can be functional, useful spaces that can enhance the emotional and monetary value to a home.
1606 Delta - BPI Basement materials 02 copyDelta Membrane Systems has long argued that using its package of products designed specifically for basement refurbishment will bring a basement back to a habitable condition, at a cost-effective price.
A typical product for walls is the Delta MS-500 which is made from high density polyethylene. While the membrane itself is just 0.6mm thick, it features 8mm studs on the wall-side and it is these studs that create the drainage channel – allowing up to 135 litres/minute/metre of incoming water to be drained – well in excess of the likely demands.
Incorporating 20mm studs, Delta MS20 is another membrane in the collection that offers impressive operational characteristics. These include a compressive strength rating of 150kN/m2, and high capacity drainage to easily cope with the worst of likely conditions. It can be used in applications where extra drainage capacity is required, such as deeper structures, or where a larger flow rate is likely.
1606 Delta - BPI Basement materials 03 copyThanks to the membranes, all water entering the property drains down the wall into a channel that leads to a sump unit hidden below ground floor level. It is then pumped to a suitable drainage outlet which might be a soil vent pipe, or simply to an outside drain or soak-away.
Managing the damp ingress, rather than trying to prevent it altogether, is the sensible and economic option for basement refurbishment, and Delta Membrane Systems is a one-stop-shop for all the materials needed.
Delta Membrane Systems prides itself on the extensive collection of products it has on offer to overcome the problems of water ingress into a property – both existing and new-build. However, the service does not stop there as the company is happy to share its knowledge and offer technical advice wherever needed.


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Photos © Joel Chant / UNP-33628 - Altro -  Altro wall and corsets in heavy duty areas of Kings College Hospital London

The brand new Altro Fortis system is giving much-needed protection to walls and doors in high traffic areas at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in South East London.

Altro Fortis TitaniumTM wall protection and Altro FortisTM door protection have been fitted within the Ruskin Wing which, with nine floors, is the tallest building on the hospital campus. It houses many of the neurology wards and the Critical Care Unit — which means it is one of the many high traffic areas on the site, with beds and medical equipment constantly rushing through at speed.

This activity has had an inevitable impact on the doors and walls, creating scuffing, dents and more serious damage. The hospital needed a solution that would protect the doors and walls long-term, look good and be easy to clean and maintain.

The hospital’s senior projects manager, Christel Garton, says: “Altro were aware of the issues we were having with damage to the walls and doors and they suggested we try their new Altro Fortis Titanium wall cladding, and Altro Fortis door protection.

“We have used Altro here before, with great success, so I was keen to see if this new product could work for us on the walls in the entrance lobby to the Ruskin Wing, two corridors to the lift lobby, and on a double fire doorset in the general circulation area. These are very busy areas and they have really taken the brunt over the years.”

Altro Fortis Titanium is constructed from highly durable uPVC semi-rigid sheet, which is dense, impervious material, resistant to bumps. It features a lightly textured surface, which camouflages scuffs, keeping the wall area looking better for longer.

Photos © Joel Chant / UNP-33628 - Altro -  Altro wall and corsets in heavy duty areas of Kings College Hospital London

Available in ten colours, including muted and vibrant shades, Altro Fortis Titanium matches many of the popular shades from the Altro Whiterock SatinsTM hygienic wall cladding range. This offers flexibility when it comes to design, making it a versatile solution across a range of areas. Plus the colour runs throughout, reducing the visibility of knocks or scrapes.

With an impervious, easy-to-wipe surface, Altro Fortis Titanium improves cleanability which is a major advantage within its recommended application areas.

The Altro Fortis Titanium wall cladding at the hospital was installed by Absolute Interiors, an Altro Whiterock Premier Installer. Director Paul Kinggett said: “We used 15 panels (45m2) of the product in the shade Pearl and each of these had to be thermoformed to fit around internal angles, corners and door frames. The product was installed at height of 1.2m from floor level, which is the area that suffers the most damage.

“This was our first time using new Altro Fortis Titanium, but we found just as easy to work with and fit as Altro Whiterock hygienic wall cladding,” adds Paul. “It goes on with a two-part adhesive, which is troweled on to the back of the sheet. It’s quick to install as well, just a two-day project — one day to thermoform the product in our workshop, then one day to install.”

Altro Whiterock Premier Installer, Elite Interiors, took on the project of removing the original door set and installing the new Altro Fortis doorset, which was completed within a day onsite to minimise the down time for the hospital. The original timber corridor doors were showing signs of damage to the edges, so they were replaced with Altro’s bespoke FD60 fire doorset that has its own standalone BS 476 part 22 fire certificate. This was fully encapsulated with Altro Fortis, again in the shade Pearl, to give a more robust hygienic doorset for the hospital.

Elite Interiors Director Jason Carter says: “Altro Fortis is a good product to be used on high traffic areas were protection and infection controlled environments are necessary.”

Photos © Joel Chant / UNP-33628 - Altro -  Altro wall and corsets in heavy duty areas of Kings College Hospital London

Altro Fortis door protection is available as either complete doorsets or door panels. Doorsets are a fully-clad, custom-made solution, providing optimum protection with the product covering both sides of the door and its edges. Door panels are ideal for protecting sections of doors where they need it most, helping prevent scuff and impact damage. These can be cut to any size from the standard Altro Fortis Titanium sheet.

The new Altro Fortis walls and doors have now been in place for more than six months at the hospital, and senior projects manager, Christel Garton, is delighted with the positive effect it has had on the Ruskin Wing, both in terms of damage control and aesthetics.

“Altro Fortis is proving to be the perfect solution for us, because it completely takes the worry out of how to protect doors and walls in this busy environment. It also looks superb and is very easy to clean, we just wipe it down as needed. We will definitely be using Altro Fortis again.”

FAKRO launches RAL colours for flat roof windows

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Introduction of the DEF flat roof window in 2014 redefined the visual aesthetic for such products but the launch of ‘ColourLine’ has taken the offering a stage further by enabling outer cladding to be specified in any RAL colour from the ‘Classic Palette’. Whether to blend with a green roof, colours used in terrace landscaping or tiles on pitches up to 15°, the design scope is virtually limitless.

Thermally efficient triple or quadruple-glazed units can be ordered, the DEF U8 window offering an unparalleled level of performance with an installed U-value of 0.76 W/m²K. This means roof windows can be used not just in standard flat roof extensions but in passive house designs. With a glazing area up to 16% greater than other manufacturers’ windows of comparable size, they can also be used to replace existing skylights, greatly improving availability of natural light.

Interior surfaces of frame and sash are white PVC, making them ideal for bathrooms and wetrooms. All have a 6mm toughened outer and a P2A anti-burglary laminated inner pane while electrically operated windows have a built-in sensor to activate sash closure when rain is detected.


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NV3 system NVELOPENVELOPE, the market leader in rainscreen cladding support systems, has launched BIM (Building Information Modelling) objects for its cladding support systems. Designed to assist project teams working in the BIM format, the new objects ensure greater specification detail and accuracy.

Used in the planning and the design stages of a project, BIM is an ideal tool for architects and specifiers to create digital illustrations of buildings, together with detailed technical information, accreditations and other background data. NVELOPE’s NV1, NV2, NV3, NV4, NV5, NV6 and NV7 cladding support systems are now available as BIM objects to help architects and specifiers in the design process.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver quick, accurate product information in a format that suits today’s specifiers and architects,” says Mike Smith, Managing Director, NVELOPE Rainscreen Systems Ltd. “As such, we are pleased to be launching our new BIM objects and look forward to our architectural clients benefitting from the use of BIM and NVELOPE products.”

NVELOPE’s BIM objects contain detailed dimensions, product specifications and other key details, along with high quality 3D images to add into virtual models and simulated building designs. They can be found on the NBS National BIM Library and are available in IFC and Revit formats and downloaded and integrated into any BIM software.

For architects who are looking to work with NVELOPE’s products, NVELOPE offers an online Project Builder design and pricing service, which provides a complete, project specific cladding solution for architects and can be easily accessed in the Project Builder section at

Manufactured in the UK and developed using the highest specification alloys, NVELOPE products and systems are ideal for supporting a wide variety of façade materials.

For further information on NVELOPE, visit or call the company direct on +44 (0)1707 333 396.

Door Closer Solution Courtesy of Relcross and Bamford Doors

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Bamford 14Stockport based Bamford Doors were approached by a public sector client to solve a problem they were having providing reliable access at a small housing development with residents of mixed age and ability. If the existing door closer was set so that all the residents could easily open the door, it was not then strong enough to close and properly latch the door in windy conditions.

Using their extensive experience of the door closer market, Bamfords quickly decided that the LCN 4111 Smoothee® was the ideal product for this installation. It’s also a product they have used many times before and had confidence in both its performance and durability. In fact it has been tested to over 10 million cycles and was designed specifically for institutional and other rugged high traffic applications.

BRG-15 01 004Bamfords installed a complete new door set and an LCN 4111 which is supplied by Relcross in the UK. Now all the residents can open the door in all weather conditions confident that it will latch correctly behind them. The closer is quick and easy to adjust and can be set up for a delayed closing to allow frail residents sufficient time to enter or exit before operating, all of which demonstrates the versatility of the Relcross LCN Closer.

The durability of the LCN range of closers is based on the forged steel arms and cast iron bodies used. There is no better material for a door closer than cast iron. The manufacturing process may be difficult (which is why just about every other closer manufacturer has turned to aluminium) but the end product lasts for decades. Since internal wear and tear is negligible, even after extreme usage, regular re-adjustment of control valves and spring power is not necessary.

The Bamford Group has been established for over 100 years and is a major supplier of engineered solutions to both the public and private sectors. Their clients range from the MOD, BAE Systems, Councils, Housing Associations and the Marine Industry to Architects, Designers and Main Construction Contractors.

BRG-15 01 013The group has a reputation as a quality precision engineering company that holds accreditations from Secure by Design, BS EN ISO 900:1, Construction Line, CHAS, CSCS, Safe Contractor, Certisecure and Atex – Explosive Atmospheres. The Bamford Security Door Division manufactures and installs engineered aluminium doors and screens which are very light in weight to fully comply with DDA Regulations, very strong against vandalism and are independently tested to Secure by Design. Bamford Doors are so confident in the quality of its engineered door sets, that it offers a “Lifetime Guarantee” to its customers.

Stuart McMaster, Sales and Marketing Director of Relcross Ltd, said “we are very proud of our long relationship with the Bamford Group. They make superbly engineered door sets and we feel that our LCN closers are the ideal complement to such a quality product.”

For further information on LCN door closers call Relcross on 01380 729600, visit or email


GEC Anderson ‘Series A’ Sinks Steal The Show

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GEC-Anderson-Series A Sinks IB Series A sinks from GEC Anderson, the stainless steel specialists, are now available individually.

UntitledSeries A sinks are available in an unrivalled range of standard sizes and are suitable for all installation types, including for inset, undermount and flushmount fixing. Their distinctive 15mm corner radius and 20mm flat flange provides a neat and contemporary appearance whilst ensuring they are easy to clean and maintain. This makes them ideal for all situations where high quality and practical sinks are required.

There are eight single sizes, ranging from 180mm to 700mm as well as nine double and combination sizes. Therefore, there are, currently, 17 models in the range. Plans exist already to further enhance the range through the introduction of models with drainers and others with tap holes.

With their superb aesthetics and practicality, Series A sinks are of the very finest quality and finish and are made using EN 1.4301 grade bright satin stainless steel.

The Series A sinks are very competitively priced. For example, the A50 (500x400x200mm), sells at £450, including VAT.

Managing Director of GEC Anderson, Martin Tye, says: “The introduction of the Series A sinks, for inset, undermount and flushmount applications is a really exciting development. Series A sinks provide a great combination of unmatched quality, beautiful appearance, a tremendous range of sizes and real value for money.”

As well as being available individually, Series A bowls can, of course, also be included within GEC Anderson stainless steel worktops.

Tye again: “We have actually been waiting a long time for this series, which provides a number of true benefits to specifiers and users. The fact that Series A sinks are available with the full range of fixing options – integrated within custom stainless steel worktops, undermounted, inset or flushmounted offers real versatility. They have proved extremely popular with our stainless steel worktop customers but will now appeal to a broader range of customers who may be considering various other worktop materials such as stone, granite, laminate, composite etc.”

Series A bowls are manufactured to the highest standards, with a superb bright satin finish and clean, linear, appearance. They are available in an impressive range of single sizes: 180, 230, 340, 400, 450, 500, 550 and 700mm, plus a further nine double and combination options.

Series A bowls feature the 15mm corner radius to maximise useable bowl volume and have a front-to-back dimension of 400mm. The 15mm corner radius gives the sinks a clean and modern appearance whilst at the same time being highly practical.

Individual bowls from the Series A range are available now. Visit for more information. Alternatively, call GEC Anderson on 01442 826999.

 About GEC Anderson

GEC Anderson has pioneered the development of stainless steel made-to-measure worktops for over 50 years. Today the company remains the leading developer of stainless steel solutions for public sector, commercial, industrial, institutional and domestic interiors.

The comprehensive and versatile product range combines dependable functionality, safety, strength, hygiene and low maintenance – with intrinsic beauty.

  • Sinks and worktops, made-to-measure to meet the precise requirements of each project
  • Cabinets and shelving, providing sleek, durable and hygienic solutions for all storage requirements
  • Sanitary appliances, from WCs and urinals to washbasins and drinking fountains
  • Specialist equipment for industry, such as cleaner’s sinks, sluices and plaster-room apparatus

All GEC Anderson products are backed by full technical and project support, including CAD detailing, site measurement and installation services.

GEC Anderson Limited, Oakengrove, Shire Lane, Hastoe, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP 23 6LY

Tel 01442 826999 Fax 01442 825999


Martin Tye, Managing Director

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Toupret Decontaminating Skimming Fillers with SANEO

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TOUPRET UK have launched the first range [two products] of DECONTAMINATING skimming fillers which contain the active Toupret registered SANEO formulation.











The first product /tools combination that successfully achieves perfect finishes when manually skim filling walls and ceilings prior to painting or wallcovering. Perfect for renovation and new work. Especially useful for the trades man who needs to quickly patch areas where traditional plastering is not cost effective.




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The first AIRLESS spray product with SANEO that requires no trowelling! Also its machine flow of 2.6 litres per minute combined with a tip size of 4.19 means it can be put through smaller cost effective airless spray machines than most other ready to use or powder skimming fillers.



TOUPRET SKIMMING FILLERS WITH SANEO   are unique in their ability to capture and destroy FORMALDEHYDE molecules that are present in the air in your home, work place, schools and other common areas.

TOUPRET SANEO products take up to 24 hours to effectively start purifying the air inside, thereafter releasing clean air back into the environment.

This process continues for the life of Toupret skimming filler . The benefits of SANEO go further because it still works after being painted by any normal paint system or wallcovering . If combined with a decontaminating paint it reinforces its effectiveness.

Toupret UK, s Jim Newark goes on to explain:

“ FORMALDEHYDE is the NO.1 indoor pollutant recently classified as CMR in Europe and classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation. FORMALDEHYDE is used in many manufacturing processes that end up in the home and workplace. Surprising to many of us normal folk, chemicals given off by scented candles, plug in scented devices and household cleaning products. give of LIMONENE. Unfortunately although smelling fresh and pleasant its chemical reaction with normal air in your house etc. can produce molecules of FORMALDEHYDE”

A recent article in The Daily Mail by Jaya Narin reported on recent tests carried out by Professor Alaistair Lewis of The National Centre for Atmospheric Science at The University of York who explained the problem and the research that they did .The bottom line of these tests was made very clear in that Formaldehyde causes cancer particularly in the nose and throat .Many of the tests conclusions are in line with what TOUPRET external test laboratory [EUROFINS] have ratified in accordance with ISO 16000 Standard on the claims made by Toupret SANEO and the benefits of acting to reduce this pollutant .

The two new TOUPRET SANEO skimming fillers are now available to be ordered through most professional trade Builders Merchants ,Independent trade paint stores ,Brewers and all the National Paint manufacturers outlets Johnstone Paints ,Dulux Decorating centres and Crown outlets. Enquries Toupret office 0203 6916747 or email

Don’t Forget about Ventilation

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Avoid Toxic Home Syndrome

  • 70% of our time is spent indoors
  • We invest in Heating systems and Insulation, but forget about the Ventilation. All three go hand in hand

Why is Ventilation Important

  • A typical family of 4 produces up to 16 litres (28 pints) of moisture a week.

Causes of Poor Ventilation

  • Washing and Drying indoors
  • Bathing
  • Pollen, Dust Mites
  • Paint
  • Cooking
  • Cleaners, VOC’s

Effects of Poor Ventilation

  • Condensation
  • Bed Bugs
  • Allergies
  • Dampness and Mould
  • Asthma, Respiratory problems

Why is this happening?

  • As we renovate, refurbish and restore older dwellings, we are reducing natural ventilation (leakage) and insulating them to a higher level.
  • New Buildings are constructed to a higher standard of regulation, more effectively sealed and unable to “breath”
  • Moisture, airborne pollutants and particulates cannot erscape the envelope resulting in


Build tight, Ventilate right

  • Implement ventilation measures and choose to live with better Indoor Air Quality for you and your family.
  • Protect the fabric integrity of your home by combatting harmful elements that can degrade the value of your investment
  • Save energy by adopting a balanced approach to Heating, Insulation and Ventilation technologies.

A Balanced Home Environment is a healthier, energy efficient home for both the occupants and the dwelling.




LED INSERT Handrails – Illumine by SG System Products Limited

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Sd-Light insertSG System Products Limited “Illumine” handrails have recently been installed at some of the piers for the London river taxis on the river Thames.

The LED INSERTS have been fitted into the Stargard warm to the touch handrail system which also utilised PVC sleeving manufactured to the clients specified colour.

TfL-Greenwich-01aOne of the advantages of the Illumine LED INSERT range is that the Led’s are individual light units and can therefore be fitted at various centres along the handrail in order to give the client the required lighting level. This is also beneficial when handrails need to be formed around corners as the INSERTS can be fitted to curved handrail too.

West Mer-12The Illumine range of handrails includes stainless steel (both 304 and 316 grades), brass, powder coated steel or aluminium and of course, the warm to the touch system.

This range means that there is an illuminated handrail suitable for a wide range of building types whether for interior or exterior applications.

For more information:

SG System Products Ltd


Tel: 01473 240055