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Altro has expanded its range of wall cladding with the introduction of new Altro Fortis™ – a system that provides seriously tough protection for walls, doors and corners. Altro Fortis keeps interiors safe from impact and scuff damage, and looking good for longer.

CF_01158_Student In Hallway_FT-206Altro Fortis has been developed to work with the popular Altro Whiterock™ range to create aesthetic consistency between hygienic and general areas. Where Altro Whiterock offers an ultra-hygienic wall protection system, Altro Fortis offers enhanced protection for areas where scuff and impact protection is the priority. Altro Fortis also combines perfectly with Altro’s 2.5mm safety flooring ranges, providing a complete, durable and fully-integrated system for hard-working areas.

As the name suggests, Altro Fortis has the strength to deliver long-term protection where high levels of impact are expected. It is ideal for use where walls, doors and corners are constantly knocked, such as school classrooms and corridors, non-clinical areas in healthcare, retail, and any busy public and service areas. In fact, anywhere that needs to work hard, but where appearances matter.

Whittington Health, in north London, is already using Altro Fortis wall protection in their Emergency Department (ED) ‘hot corridor’, and the system is proving robust enough to withstand the rigours of busy hospital life.

Estates Officer Jerry Burrell, says: “The ED corridor is very busy 24/7, with beds and equipment passing through, often at speed. Over the years this has damaged the walls, which was just single-skin plasterboard, and we really needed to rethink the area and upgrade to a more suitable wall covering that would give long term protection.

“Altro Fortis was a great choice for us – it really has transformed the corridor. The product is very resistant to scrapes and bumps and doesn’t show any marks. It looks good too, so it’s more than just functional. For these high traffic, general areas, Altro Fortis is proving the ideal wall covering.

“Cleaning is simple as well, just a wipe when it needs it, and maintenance is minimal. We are also looking at fitting it in our Clinical Decision Unit at the back of the ED.”

The new system comprises three options to offer protection exactly where it’s needed; Altro Fortis Titanium™ wall protection, Altro Fortis door protection™ and Altro Fortis corner protection™.

Altro Fortis Titanium is a highly durable, 2.5mm, uPVC semi-rigid sheet, which is a dense and impervious material resistant to bumps. It features a lightly textured surface, which camouflages and deflects scuffs, keeping the area looking better for longer. The product comes in a large 3m x 1.22m sheet, which means fewer joints to seal, plus easier transitions between areas. Sheets can be cut to any size.

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. Bespoke colour options are also available to meet specific design requirements.

Like the Altro hygienic wall cladding collection, Altro Fortis Titanium has an impervious, grout-free, easy-to-wipe surface. This offers superior cleanability and ease of maintenance, which is a major cost and time saving advantage.

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.

Altro Fortis corner protection comes ready-made. Corners can also be thermoformed from the standard sheet for bespoke solutions.

Altro Fortis is installed the same as Altro Whiterock, which means it can be thermoformed into and around corners for a seamless installation. It can also be installed using the same adhesive as Altro Whiterock.

Choose Altro Fortis with confidence – it comes with a 20 year warranty, supported by the Altro Promise.

New HELIFIX BowTie HD Kit – for securing bowed building walls

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Structural repair specialist, Helifix, has launched a new BowTie HD Kit which contains the necessary components, materials and instructions a repair contractor requires for the rapid cost-effective restraining of bowed external building walls by securing them to internal floor and ceiling joists.

The kit is available in two versions containing either 5 or 10 No. 1 metre long BowTie HDs along with PolyPlus SF resin, an SDS Drill Bit, the BowTie HD SDS Driver and 2 injection tubes.

With easy, non-disruptive, external installation, the BowTie HD is a heavy duty stainless steel tie with a self-cutting tip. Once a clearance hole has been drilled through the wall, the BowTie HD is inserted and simply power-driven through the first two parallel timber joists to form a secure mechanical connection. Where there is a requirement to fix through the third timber joist, the BowTie HD in a 1.5 metre length is also available. The reduced diameter outer end of the BowTie HD is resin bonded to the masonry to prevent further bowing of the wall and is then hidden by patching the entry hole with matching materials.

Effective in all common wall materials and suitable for use with hardwood joists, the self-tapping design of the BowTie HD avoids splitting of timbers. With minimal disruption to the building’s  fabric or occupants, it is easily tested for security of fixing before being resin bonded and is fully concealed once installed, as it requires no unsightly external plates.

To discuss your project requirements or for more information on BowTie HD, please contact the Helifix team on 020 8735 5200. Helifix provides a comprehensive range of technical support services including site surveys, problem diagnosis and schematic designs. Helifix product datasheets, giving applications, installation procedures and technical specifications, and over 100 standard Repair Details, covering all common structural masonry faults, can all be found at


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The launch of Schueco’s Parametric Façade System by sustainable building envelope specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, offers architects a new level of dynamic design freedom. For the first time ever, geometrically complicated 3D façades can be designed as straightforward system solutions whose cost can be calculated with the certainty of a series product.

Like all Schueco systems, the Parametric Façade is highly insulated, with Uf values up to 0.5 W/m2K, and surface elements that can be transparent or opaque. Sunlight and shading, guided views and daylight optimisation can all be employed as active design factors. The system can also accommodate BIPV panels for solar energy generation.

Central to the Schueco Parametric solution is the continuous, closed digital process chain that operates in all phases of design, planning and fabrication. The result is that commonly encountered interface problems are eliminated and a uniform, consistent data model for every individual involved in the process is guaranteed.

Schueco parametric planning tools include a library of ‘intelligent’ façade modules for CAD programs that can be freely combined and incorporated into a parametric façade during the design phase.

Their use allows complex shapes to be progressively simplified, establishing rules and connections between individual design elements that can lead to extraordinary reductions in detailing time: for example, instead of the current norm of 24 hours per unit, use of SchüCAD Inventor slashes the per-unit time to a scarcely believable 8 minutes.

With the Parametric System, Schueco has made customer-specific, individualised mass production for free-form façades an affordable reality, combining in one package the economic benefits of industrial series production with clients’ desire for individual and exclusive products and solutions.

The system has won Schueco an Honourable Mention in the Red Dot Awards: Product Design 2015.

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Cembrit has developed a fibre cement slate guide to provide specifiers, craftsmen and trades people with the relevant information for the successful design and installation of pitched roofs with ever popular fibre cement slates.

The book demonstrates how Cembrit’s knowledge of all forms of double lap slating, combined with their knowledge of fibre cement technology, offers users peace of mind not available from other suppliers. The guide highlights the wide range of slates and accessories the company offers. The 80-page document, entitled ‘A Guide to Double Lap Slating with Fibre Cement Slates’ provides information on colour and format availability, as well as a full explanation on design considerations, technical specification and installation.

“Cembrit has been manufacturing fibre cement products for over 80 years” explains Ged Ferris, Marketing Manager of Cembrit.  “The content of the brochure draws on that depth of experience to offer detailed advice to anyone wanting to specify and install fibre cement slates.  Fibre cement man-made slates continue to grow in popularity, due not only to the cost and installation benefits over natural slates, but also their aesthetic advantage over concrete tiles. Our aim is to support this increase in popularity by providing a useful document that covers the key aspects of fibre cement specification.”

The Cembrit range of fibre cement slates includes Westerland, Moorland, Zeeland, Jutland and Diamond, all offering their own unique appearance.  The slates are complemented by matching fibre cement ridges, ventilation solutions and fixings. Manufactured to the highest European standards using Portland cement together with a formulation of superior blended synthetic and cellulose fibres, Cembrit fibre cement slates are finished with a high quality, semi-matt acrylic coloured coating to the face and edges and a tinted, high performance binder to the back face. Cembrit fibre cement slates are the most accredited on the UK market.

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Glasdon – Aero™ Durable, Contemporary Cycle Shelter

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Glasdon are experts in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality, cost effective shelters and cycle parking solutions. The stylish Aero Bike Shelter has a robust and contemporary design allowing cycle storage for up to 10 bikes.

Aero Bicycle Shelter is specially designed to stand up to the harshest weather conditions. Tested in the MIRA Wind Tunnel at speeds up to 60mph (96kph) – force 10 on the Beaufort scale, enough for a storm warning to be issued – and Aero Shelter survived unscathed (view testing video).

The Durapol® material end panels are self-coloured and will not rot, rust, chip or corrode. Durapol doesn’t show scratches, can be wiped clean in seconds and never needs painting. Toughened PETG glazing and a strong aluminium framework ensures Aero Shelter is extremely resilient.

Aero Cycle Shelter has been extensively vandal tested to make sure it stands up to the toughest environments. Watch the video of Aero take a real beating – and survive!

Delivered fully assembled the Aero Bike Shelter is ready to bolt down to a prepared concrete surface immediately – can be installed in under 45 minutes.

Ideal for industry, education, transport and more, Aero Bicycle Shelter could be the right product for your project – aesthetically pleasing, economically priced and low maintenance.

The Glasdon cycle storage product range offers contemporary and industrial style Bike Shelters, Cycle Lockers and Bicycle Stands.

For more information regarding Multi-purpose Shelters and Canopies, ideal for providing weather protection for waiting and smoking areas, bus/train stations, building entrances and pay and display ticket machines, visit the Glasdon dedicated website

Glasdon also produce a range of GRP Modular Buildings, GRP / Steel Housings and Equipment Cabinets. With an infinite set of uses within the industrial and commercial sectors, GRP and IP-rated units provide a quality, reliable and cost effective solution.

The durable constructions deliver an impressive focal point and superior accommodation for a large range of applications such as Gatehouses, Security Control Centres, Car Park Kiosks, Information Points, Toll Booths and Sentry Posts.

New to the Glasdon collection are Genesis GRP Kiosks, a range of high quality buildings which are available off the shelf for quick delivery (free to mainland UK.). These stylish kiosks come as standard in four layouts, offering high quality materials at a budget-conscious cost. A basic range of optional extras are available, including the use of vinyl graphic to personalise your kiosk for a more unique building.

Why not view the other videos available on the GlasdonUK YouTube channel or follow Glasdon on twitter @GlasdonUK.

If you have any questions contact Glasdon today on (01253) 600410, email, or visit


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Glixtone External – HIGH PERFORMANCE SMOOTH MASONRY PAINT (AC1) is probably one of the best products available offering everything in one can that you need giving incredible protection for up to 30 YEARS on all types of properties. It’s coverage and ease of application has won a loyal following by many professional Decorators, Architects and Specifiers.

It’s silky smooth flow rate and opacity will speed it’s application whilst giving the end user the confidence that their property has the best overall protection available. This includes UV Stability, Dirt Resistance, Moisture Vapour Permeability, Salt, Alkali and Acid resistance, whilst being  Elastomeric and protecting against Fungal and Algae attack.

The range of Glixtone products are all manufactured by its parent company Carrs Coatings at their ‘State of the Art’ Factory in Redditch Worcestershire. We are very proud that our Factory was designed and built to be environmentally friendly giving a zero impact on the environment. This also means that all of our waste materials are recycled for use in other industries.

All of our products are manufactured to British Standards 9001 with an extremely robust Quality Control System in place. This means that at every stage of manufacture our products are tested by our in-house Laboratory Quality Control team. This coupled with the fact that we only use the highest quality raw materials available ensures that our customers receive only the best quality products.

Please see our web Site: for full details of the Glixtone range or contact us on 01527 599 470 for further information, help or advice.

Hauraton drainage channels used at Penarth Learning Community School

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The £48 million Penarth Learning Community, designed by HLM Architects has been built on the site of the St Cyres Secondary School. Pupils from St Cyres, Erw’r Delyn, Ashgrove and Ysgol Maes Dyfan special schools come together at this complex; claimed to be the largest learning facility of its type in Wales. Penarth Learning Community School, Cardiff, South Wales, comprises a mainstream comprehensive school with 1280 places, together with a special educational needs (SEN) school, catering for 205 pupils with a wide spectrum of learning needs including those with learning and physical difficulties and those on the autism spectrum. Together with a learning facility, there is also a 1500 m. residential home, allowing 19 pupils to stay over at any one time to provide respite to their families. The new complex has gained a BREEAM sustainability rating of Excellent and an Energy Performance Certificate “A” rating, so it is hoped the buildings will contribute to reducing energy use and long term costs to the Vale of Glamorgan Council. With the site being quite flat and the new buildings’ surrounded by blocked and asphalted surfaces, it was essential rainwater is drained effectively.

Two Hauraton systems were chosen to drain surface water: RECYFIX® PRO and RECYFIX® SLOTTED channels. The Hauraton RECYFIX® PRO 100 channel system, fitted with FIBRETEC® C250, HEELSAFE 9mm slot gratings, was used to drain the asphalted yards and car park. Made from PA-GF, the FIBRETEC® C250 HEELSAFE grating was specifically designed by Hauraton R & D engineers to enhance the flow of water into the channel. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water is directed into the slots.
This configuration also helps eliminate any cross-flow over the grating.

Aesthetic demands meant the surface water drainage for the blocked walkways had to be as unobtrusive as possible yet fully meet the drainage requirement; this was achieved by installing
Hauraton RECYFIX® STANDARD SLOTTED CHANNELS fitted with symmetrical galvanised steel covers. Once installed this system provides an unobtrusive, narrow line of slots in the
paved surfaces.

The RECYFIX® channel component is made from 100% recycled PE-PP. The six sizes offered are 160mm wide and range in height from 75mm to 201mm. The FIBRETEC® grating are factory
fitted on all PRO units whilst the slotted components are fitted to the channels on site.

Steve Wiseman, Hauraton‘s Project Engineer comments; “By using two types of channel the overall appearance of the blocked and asphalted areas was enhanced with the drainage requirement fully met”. For full Case Study go to

HEWI – System 815

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The new sanitary system follows the principles of classic HEWI design: The style of System 815 is based on basic geometrical shapes. Despite the minimalistic use of materials, System 815 has a convincingly high-quality, fine look and feel. The clear, discrete design is highlighted by curved steel elements. Functional accessories for the washbasin, toilet and shower are available. The rail with shower head holder and shower basket complement the product range and enable new design options. The practical shower basket provides space for bathroom utensils within reach.

Material options

The sanitary System 815 is available not only with chrome, high-gloss finish but also as a Bicolor variant. The circular fixing elements in the Bicolor version are made of high-quality, white synthetic material, and are combined with elements made of curved steel. The inserts, for example, soap dispensers or tumblers, are optionally available made of white synthetic material or satin finish crystal glass.

Convenience products

The System 815 sanitary accessories can be combined with comfort and convenience elements, such as a stool, hinged support rail or wheelchair accessible washbasin. A support rail also complements the accessible elements, so that the highest standards of safety and comfort are fulfilled in the bathroom.

Multiple award-winning

The new sanitary System 815 has received renowned design prizes such as the iF product design award and the red dot award product design.


Design: Phoenix Design Stuttgart/Suzhou

Awards: iF product design award 2014

red dot award: product design 2014

German Design Award 2015 – Special Mention




Building Products Index Ltd Composite Windows, Curtain Walling, Exhibition, Windows Leave a Comment

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REHAU is one of more than 100 organisations exhibiting at the Vision London event from 2nd to 3rd June at Olympia.

The purpose of Vision is to showcase innovative building products, materials and technology to an audience of architects, specifiers and clients, and to demonstrate new and inventive ways of achieving better building design which complies with changing legislation.

In line with this, on stand 59, REHAU is focusing on its range of energy efficient commercial fenestration solutions which use both PVC-U and composite materials.

REHAU’s team will be talking to visitors about how these products are already being used by some of the UK’s leading house builders and commercial developers, and will be showing how REHAU’s own brand of technical knowledge and ‘KnowHau’ can add value to the specification process.

The products on the stand will show the breadth of REHAU’s range – from its REHAU Polytec 50 composite curtain walling system, which has just gained Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) approval, to its REHAU TOTAL70C casement window system which can achieve a U-Value of just 0.8 W/m²K using triple glazed Argon sealed units.REHAU TOTAL 70 Window Systems

Visitors will also be able to see samples of REHAU’s innovative window systems extruded in its RAU-FIPRO® fibre composite material – similar to the high performance, high strength materials used in aircraft design and Formula 1 race cars.  Because RAU-FIPRO® offers high torsional stiffness, it eliminates the requirement for metal reinforcement in most frames and means that much higher thermal performance can be achieved than in conventionally reinforced PVC-U because there are none of the usual thermal bridges through which energy can be lost.

On display in RAU-FIPRO® will be the Passivhaus certified GENEO window system for tilt and turn windows and doors and the Scandinavian REHAU Nordic Design Plus flush fit window system, which can be used either in contemporary multi-occupancy settings or as a replacement for flush fitting timber in traditional cottage type properties.

REHAU GENEO ALUTOP Composite windowsVision will be the first showing in the UK of a new version of GENEO with an aluminium top (ALU-TOP).  This has an aluminium cladding applied to the exterior giving the system all of the strength and thermal performance benefits of RAU-FIPRO® combined with the contemporary aesthetics of aluminium. 

REHAU’s solutions combine market leading thermal performance with stylish aesthetics and there will also be samples of the colour options available on all of REHAU’s systems – from foils to acrylic and powder coating.

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The Great Escape – Delta Membranes Basement Tanking Systems

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The Great Escape – Delta Membranes Basement Tanking Systems

Basement Tanking Membranes from Delta MembranesWhen converting a basement into a home cinema with a military theme for the internal decor, the fact that there is an emergency tunnel attached leading to a World War II air raid shelter, and then out to the garden, only adds to the dramatic atmosphere.

That is exactly what specialist contractor Stuart Barr found itself dealing with at a property in Bedfordshire, and Delta Membrane Systems played a leading role in the story by supplying a wide range of materials and products.

In the original design, the door opening onto the tunnel was to be blocked, and the basement room tanked and refurbished ready for the cinema. However, it was then thought of as an asset to the overall ‘feel’ of what was trying to be achieved, so the tunnel and shelter became an integral part of the project.

The cast list of products supplied by Delta included MS500 – a studded damp proof membrane that can be used on walls, floors and vaulted ceilings. It can support a dry lining, screed or flooring in a wide range of situations.

Delta Membranes Tanking Systems

The membrane is placed dimple-side to the surface, and this allows any moisture to drain by gravity to a channel in the floor, which then runs to a sump and pump device to evacuate the water to the outside.

It is resistant to water and water vapour, and to salt transfer, as well as puncture, impact and loading. The membrane will not be damaged by normal foot traffic during installation, or while laying concrete or screed finish.

Taking a leading role in the project, Delta MS20 is a compression-resistant, durable dimpled sheet made from special high density polyethylene. As its name suggests, this heavy gauge version of Delta MS has deep 20mm studs, and is used where a larger flow rate is required.

Completing the list of membranes supplied by Delta, Delta-PT is a high performance polyethylene membrane which is extruded into a series of studs. These studs create a continuous air gap behind the waterproof membrane.

On the face of the membrane is a welded mesh that allows plasters and renders to bond efficiently to achieve dry and durable finishes.

Delta-PT is watertight, resistant to high a low temperature extremes, and is chemically resistant to acids, alkalis, oil and solvents.

Delta Tanking SystemsThree sump and pump units have been installed at strategic points in the scheme. The Delta Dual V3 Sump Pump units are packaged pump stations designed to collect ground water via perimeter channels or 110mm pipes and/or clear openings to the top of the chamber.

Specifically designed for below ground applications, the pump stations feature chambers made from HDPE and able to withstand hydrostatic forces encountered in applications with high water tables.

Making a cameo appearance was Köster NB1 Slurry –  a watertight mineral surface coating with crystallising agents. Waterproofing layers made from NB1 possess excellent pressure and abrasion resistance, and have been tested in accordance to the potable water guidelines.

At one time, a couple of canoes had been stored in the air raid shelter. There was so much water in the room when it was discovered, that the canoes were floating – which, if nothing else, proved their water tightness.

Delta Waterproofing Membranes

Not only have the canoes been moved, but so has the water. The expertise of personnel from waterproofing specialist Peter Cox, and the main contractor Stuart Barr, combined with the dependability of the Delta product range, has ensured that cinemagoers in a Bedfordshire basement will be able to enjoy the main feature in a dry, comfortable environment.