Stargard, the original “warm to the touch” handrail.

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ggStargard is a handrail system utilising galvanised steel tube which is sleeved after fabrication with 4mm (4,000 microns) thick PVC making it “warm to the touch”, comfortable to grip and robust. As the handrail is sleeved after fabrication there is generally only one mechanical, visible joint per flight of stairs. The handrail is normally manufactured in lengths around 4 – 5 metres.

On site tests have shown that in the same location on the same day, Stargard handrail is generally 4 – 5 degrees Centigrade warmer than powder coated steel at low ambient temperatures. This is very important when temperatures are around freezing.

The 4mm thick PVC sleeving resists knocks and bumps, does not chip and requires the absolute minimum of maintenance. The colour is consistent throughout the thickness of the PVC.

2A range of colours is held in stock but any RAL colour can be supplied although a minimum quantity is required for non-stock colours. The colour range enables a suitable colour to be selected to contrast with the background location.

The handrail is normally 42 mm diameter however, 50 mm is also available as this size can also be used for the balusters. (Handrails and balusters do not have to be the same colour as stainless steel fittings are used to separate the handrail and balusters.)

4Stargard handrail can also be used in conjunction with stainless steel balusters or fitted directly on to glass panels when used in Structural Glass balustrade.

Stargard is ideal for both exterior and interior applications in such building as schools, public buildings, offices, care homes, medical centres, railway footbridges and many more.


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NVELOPE, the rainscreen cladding specialist, has provided effective structural support for newly created student accommodation in Nottingham, via its NV2 system for concealed fix and structural bonding applications. A variety of cladding façades were used on the £60 million redevelopment project, including terracotta tiles provided by Telling Architectural and aluminium rainscreen cladding from Downer, part of Omnis Industries Ltd, which has achieved a unique, contemporary aesthetic for the new residence.

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The redevelopment of Byron House was completed in September 2014, having commenced the previous autumn in 2013. The re-build has provided four new accommodation blocks with a total of 911 bedrooms in modern, furnished apartments for students of Nottingham Trent University. The purpose-built residence is situated in a vibrant area in close proximity to Nottingham city centre. Architect Church Lukas, based in the city, incorporated a mixture of cladding types into the design of the building to deliver a striking look and landmark student residence.

Surrey-based contractor, Vinci Construction, specified the use of the NVELOPE NV2 system on two of the new accommodation blocks. The contactors had to keep to a tight programme of works, with only a year between the start and finish of the project. Cladding sub-contractors, Horbury Building Systems installed the different façade types using the NV2 system.

“The building’s unique architectural features presented some challenges, particularly on a project with such a tight turnaround,” explained James Herbert, Procurement Manager at Horbury Building Systems. “Having used NVELOPE’s products before on other projects, we know them to be reliable in offering quick lead times and fast supply of product. This really helped us to achieve the completion of a more complex project on time.”

Manufactured from aluminium alloys, NVELOPE’s NV2 system is ideally suited for structural bond and concealed fix vertical cladding applications. NVELOPE ‘T’ and ‘L’ profiles are fixed using NVELOPE support brackets through a series of flexible points. Flexible point brackets absorb wind loading and allow for expansion and contraction, whilst fixed point brackets absorb both vertical dead loads. NVELOPE brackets allow for adjustment between the face of the primary support to the outer face of the vertical profile, providing important flexibility in the cladding. When under strain from various weather conditions, including strong winds, the cladding is thus able to expand and contract. The NV2 system is available pre-assembled with thermal isolators as standard to help to prevent a chemical reaction occurring between the aluminium bracket and the line in a concrete frame, as well as to reduce thermal bridging.

NVELOPE maintains extensive stock to ensure that orders can always be met and where necessary, immediate delivery can also be provided. All NVELOPE cladding systems can be engineered to project specific requirements thanks to the expertise of its technical design support service. This provides architects and specifiers freedom with an almost infinite range of façade appearance and layout options.

Manufactured in the UK and developed using the highest specification alloys, all NVELOPE products and systems are BBA certified.

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

Hörmann’s doors go digital

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Construction professionals can now easily specify Hörmann products for their builds and project work, following the leading door manufacturer’s decision to turn its tangible doors into digital ‘BIM objects’.

Hörmann logoBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) allows specialists to understand a building through the use of a digital model. Manufacturers create BIM objects, i.e. 3D digital versions of their products, which then go into a vast database for construction professionals to download and use in their projects.

From 2016 the Government has stipulated that all public construction projects are to be built using BIM, and as such, architects and specifiers are increasingly turning to digital platforms for their work. In order to further assist these professionals and improve working relations, Hörmann has opted to join the NBS National BIM Library, the fastest growing of its kind in the UK.

Each BIM object provides all the relevant technical data and requirements for designers to virtually install the product in such a way that it will be fully functional in reality. As such, BIM has the capacity to significantly reduce the potential for error during the construction stage of a project; for instance, using BIM for the development of the Leeds Arena prevented around 100 inaccuracies on site, saving an estimated £350,000.

By entering its products into the NBS National BIM Library, Hörmann will ensure that its doors and loading bay technology remain accessible to as many individuals in the industry as possible. With over 4,000 architectural practices and other companies already subscribing to NBS specification software, the library could also act as a valuable sales tool for the manufacturer’s products.

PrintDavid Newcombe, managing director of Hörmann, commented: “Joining the NBS National BIM Library will ensure that our product range is available to construction professionals in the necessary format for their specifications and allow us to forge even closer working relationships with them. The information that is attached to each BIM object also means that our products are more likely to be installed correctly from the initial planning stages of a project, saving time and money for everyone involved in a build.”

Hörmann’s sectional and high-speed industrial ranges are now accessible from the library, with digital versions of its rolling shutter and grilles currently being developed. The manufacturer will be looking to extend its BIM range in the coming months to include its loading bay technology and hinged doors.

Architects looking to gain further specialist training to help them identify the best style of door for their projects can also attend Hörmann’s RIBA CPD seminar, Specifying the Correct Door.

For more information about Hörmann’s BIM objects or training seminars, contact the team on 01530 513000, or visit

FAKRO flat roof windows setting new design and performance standards

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When it comes to specifying flat roof windows there has been remarkably little in the way of choice but a steady succession of new products from FAKRO has finally addressed this long standing problem. On the back of success with the stylish triple-glazed DEF U6 window (with its U-value of 0.88W/m2K), 2016 will see launches of more new products at exhibitions such as Grand Designs Live (Stand B400 London Excel 30 April – 8 May) and the NEC’s National Home Building & Renovating show (Stand D183 14 – 17 April).

DEFThe DEF U6 redefined the style of flat roof windows with its sleek appearance and bigger glazing area but, more importantly, it took thermal insulation in such a product to a new level.  Its energy-efficient triple-glazing is bonded into the PVC sash using the latest adhesive technology and has a 6mm thick toughened glass outer and laminated, P2A anti-burglary inner pane. Its U-value makes it ideal for Passivhaus or EnerPHit® projects but for even better thermal performance the quadruple-glazed U8 unit’s multi-chamber frames, flexible seals and warm spacers give it a U-value of 0.58.

DEF_ColourLine_RALThe launch of FAKRO’s ‘ColourLine’ option has taken the offering a stage further by enabling outer cladding to be specified in any RAL colour from the ‘Classic Palette’. So, whether a window needs to blend in with a green roof or match colours of terrace landscaping the design scope is virtually limitless. Roof windows no longer need an upstand either as the DXW window has been designed specifically to take heavy foot traffic. Its specially strengthened sash, glazing unit and wear-resistant, anti-slip surface make it perfect for fitting flush within the roofline. See the DXW being put to the test.

Fakro Flat Roof Window_DEFIt doesn’t end there. The FAKRO EFR Flat Roof Gable System now provides a lightweight and easy-to-install way to beat structural limitations which might otherwise preclude a flat to pitched roof conversion. Installing roof windows either side of a ridge can transform a room by giving it the light and sense of space of a rooftop studio.

DR_ (druk)FAKRO DRC and DRF rooflights provide the long awaited answer to those wanting to upgrade inefficient old ones. They come with an integral loft ladder for ease of escape, options of a domed or flat profile and the same high standard of insulation. DSC and DSF windows have a similar appearance but with the addition of four motors in the frame the sash is opened vertically to a height of about 50cm for the purpose of automatic smoke  evacuation.

Manufacture of bespoke sizes and non-opening options are all a routine part of the service FAKRO provides so for more information on any of these innovative flat roof products call 01283 554755 now.

The MaxxConnect Family™– Maximum security for your basement waterproofing system

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The Maxx Connect roundWith the new additions to the ‘Maxx’ family, Delta Membrane Systems offer a range of products that bring to the market the most secure basement pumping systems for type C (cavity drain) waterproofing.

Specifically designed for the basement pumping industry, ‘Maxx’ technology takes an ‘intelligent’ approach in the design of the product range, resulting in optimum functionality, high levels of efficiency and ease of installation and service.

Included in the range is the established AlertMaxx high level alarm to alert you in case of pump failure. This unit is offered in two variants – the DMS270 for ground water and surface water applications, and the DMS269 for foul water use.

PowerMaxx battery backupThis model has been joined by the PowerMaxx battery backup which can run up to 2 standard V3 pump without mains power for up to four days, depending on the number of cycles per hour. It can sit in standby mode for over three weeks, and is virtually inaudible.

Two pumps are directly fed through PowerMaxx.  If mains power failure occurs the pumps automatically take power from the PowerMaxx which will have been fully charged during mains operation.  PowerMaxx will automatically recharge when mains power returns.

This free-standing unit can be installed in any dry ventilated area, and is fitted in the main power line between the pumps and their electrical spurs, eliminating the need for additional electrical spurs.

AlertMaxx MessageMaxx ConnectCompleting the line-up is the MessageMaxx telemetry system which, combined with AlertMaxx, gives remote monitoring when residents are away from the property. Messages are sent using GSM technology, usually in text format.

All of these models are ideally suited to the range of pumps offered by Delta Membrane Systems, making the company a ‘one stop shop’ for pumping packages and type C waterproofing systems.


A Smart Step-Up for Greenford from Howe Green

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Greenford LUBest known for high-quality access covers for floors, walls and ceilings, UK manufacturer Howe Green also creates bespoke metalwork solutions for a variety of applications. Most recently, the company supplied custom-fabricated staircase risers for refurbishment works at LUL’s Greenford Station, home of the original step-free access project which was re-established with the opening of an innovative incline lift in October 2015.

In response to a request for a competitively priced solution with a fast turnaround, Howe Green supplied over 100 bespoke risers for specialist contractor D&D Rail to install, made to their specification from 316-grade stainless steel and delivered within days.

Howe Green undertakes substantial and ongoing investment in design software and machinery, which enables the accurate and cost-effective manufacture of special purpose access covers, corner guards and trims in unique sizes and shapes, plus tree grilles and pit covers and other metalwork for the architectural building sector.

“Our experience and manufacturing capabilities make it possible for us to act quickly and without having to charge a premium for bespoke work,” commented Richard Centa, Sales and Marketing Director at Howe Green. “From simple metal risings like those at Greenford to complex tree grilles at One Hyde Park, we provide solutions that fit perfectly, helping to save time and money at the installation stage and creating the best result for aesthetics and performance.”

Making light work of brick soffits

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Nexus Soffit Details_New Homes_Silchester, Kensington and ChelseaCreating flawless brick-faced soffits and lintels has now become much simpler and quicker, thanks to a new lightweight stainless steel based system developed by two industry-leading companies – brick support specialist Ancon Building Products and Ibstock Kevington –national manufacturer of brickwork and masonry special shapes and prefabricated components.

The new Nexus® system combines a specially developed Ibstock Kevington lightweight brick-faced steel unit with Ancon’s tried and tested MDC stainless steel bracket angle support system. The system offers contractors easier handling coupled with maximum adjustability, both vertically and horizontally, for quick and simple alignment on site.

Nexus Brick Faced Support SystemThe new system offers considerable benefits over traditional cast concrete alternatives – cutting weight by more than half, which in most cases will allow the brick-faced units to be installed without specialist lifting equipment, and significant savings in installation time – making it particularly appropriate for fast-track or time-limited projects.

Individual Nexus® units are designed and prefabricated off-site to suit different soffit dimensions, even modern deep soffits, so there is no cutting required on-site. They are simply offered up to the pre-fixed and pre-drilled Ancon MDC support system and then bolted into position using T-head bolts. The quality design allows units to be simply adjusted for perfect alignment and, once in position, all that is left is for the brick facing to be pointed for a seamless match with the main brickwork.

Nexus Brick Faced Support System_Fixed to ConcreteNexus units can be fabricated using virtually any brick or masonry with the chosen product being specially selected and precision cut, generally from the same batch as the main façade to ensure a perfect visual match. Various brick patterns can also be specified to match individual project designs and styles.

All system components are of the highest quality, and engineered for economy and durability, with slips permanently bonded to the high grade stainless steel Nexus system using a BBA accredited bonding system. Nexus has been independently tested for long term durability by Lucideon, the independent global experts in materials testing, analysis and consultancy.

Ibstock Kevington Sales Director, Warren Dean said, “Nexus ® is an exciting new development that brings together the combined experience and expertise of two major companies – each market leaders in their own area. The advanced design will not only make it easier and quicker to specify and install modern brick-faced soffit and lintel features in a range of different building applications, but the two-part design means it will be far easier to achieve perfect alignment with the main brickwork façade.”

Further details and technical specifications for the Nexus® system are available in a new 4-page brochure, available to download from

Gaia takes control of underfloor heating-online

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DEVIlink App & Room ImageGaia revolutionises modern heating management with Gaialink, a state-of-the-art online wireless control for both electric and wet underfloor heating systems.

The Gaialink system is based on an innovative, centrally-placed colour touch screen panel which enables all room temperatures and electrical devices within the home to be easily controlled individually or together, with the added bonus of online control.

IMG_2291The system is aimed at multiple heating zone installations and is designed to deliver maximum heating comfort while reducing energy consumption. Simple and easy to install and commission, Gaialink communicates wirelessly with individual room sensors and floor thermostats to give precise temperature control.

The Gaialink system is simple and uncluttered making it both good looking and easy to operate. The intuitive graphic display with its colour touch screen is easily personalised so that daily heating schedules can be controlled.

devimatclose2Gaia’s ‘hidden’ room sensor is designed especially for use with the Gaialink unit. This unobtrusive sensor provides an accurate measurement of the indoor temperature and is mounted flush to the interior wall so can be painted over to match the wall colour, making it almost invisible.

Gaialink includes presets which can be programmed to modify schedules during the week or while the user is away. The user sets the parameter then selects “vacation” mode before leaving. A useful “help” page is available to guide users in the event of any problems.

For further information on Gaia, please call 01359 242400 or visit

ACO Water Management launch their Surface & Grating Visualiser

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Style, aesthetics, performance and reliability are all important factors when specifying surface water management systems. Globally recognised as the no. 1 choice in managing surface water, ACO provide designers with the widest range of channel and grating styles to choose from.

surface +By using a range of different design options including light, form, texture, material and colour, ACO’s grating and channel styles can be used to complement or enhance many landscape designs. Alternatively for projects which require discreet drainage to blend subtly with the design of the landscape, ACO’s comprehensive range of slot drainage systems can provide an aesthetically-pleasing finish.

Explore the multiple options in our standard product range using our new Grating Visualiser tool, or for projects which require something a little different, speak to the ACO team, who can help create your bespoke design.


Zehnder Presents its New Radiant Conditioning CPD

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Radiant Conditioning_1As part of its ongoing initiative to share its knowledge and experience, Zehnder Group UK, the leading specialist in indoor climate solutions, is delighted to announce the launch of its new Radiant Conditioning CPD. Part of a range of certified Continuing Professional Development training resources offered by Zehnder that cover key technologies used to heat, cool and ventilate buildings, including Radiant Heating and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery, this new CPD will be hugely beneficial to engineers, Energy Managers, Specifiers, Facility Managers and architects.

The issue of cooling is gaining greater prominence in today’s society, as buildings experience heating issues such as humidity, overheating and solar shading, which impact on the well-being of occupants. The Zehnder Radiant Conditioning CPD looks at the different cooling solutions that are available, their limitations, capabilities and the benefits that can be gained from utilising radiant conditioning solutions.

Radiant Conditioning_2Good practice that can be adopted for system design is also discussed, as well as the application of conditioning solutions in varied environments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of cooling issues that pertain within buildings today
  • Detailing of cooling solutions that are available
  • Benefits that can be gained by radiant conditioning
  • Understanding of system design options
  • Examples of cooling solutions

To find out more about the Radiant Conditioning CPD and to arrange for Zehnder to come and present it at a location of your choice, please click here. As with all Zehnder’s CPDs, there will be no charge attached.