Permadoor – Composite doors – by popular demand!

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Composite doors are increasingly popular and are set to stay that way. Permadoor, the UK’s original composite door manufacturer, explains why.

There’s little doubt that composite doors have been the success story in our industry over the last decade, in spite of any slowdown brought about by recession. According to a recent industry report*, annual sales of composite doors increased by an estimated 13% (compared with the total number of doors only by 7.1%). This trend will only continue, with sales volumes of composite doors expected to increase by more than 22% over the next three years.

 

There are many reasons why composite doors are popular, not least because of their upmarket feel and look, the excellent choice of colours and styles available, as well as their durability and thermal efficiency. They are seen as a high performance product – one that doesn’t warp or swell, and doesn’t require painting or regular maintenance. This makes them particularly attractive for both the social housing and new build applications. It is also important to note that 15% of all composite doors sold in the UK are currently specified fire doors, which is also a growth area as safety regulations around the requirement for fitting fire doors in properties are enhanced.

Permadoor offers a range of fire doors that have been successfully tested to BS476 (Parts 22 and 31). The range is available in GRP and thermoplastic and is ideal for use in all situations where Building Regulations require a fully approved FD30 or FD30S fire doorset.

The growing popularity and demand for composite doors is no doubt increased by the outstanding opportunity they provide to personalise a quality, high specification door through the extensive range of colours, styles, hardware and glazing options available.

More to offer

As the UK’s very first composite door manufacturer, Permadoor has substantial experience of this market. It offers two composite door ranges – GRP and thermoplastic – to suit different needs. Both come with a wide selection of styles, glazing and hardware options, all backed by the highest levels of quality and workmanship.

Each doorset is a high quality product, not least because of its robust sandwich structure. The thermoplastic range has an innovative solid board inner core faced with low maintenance PVC-U and edge banded. This and the colour match between the frame and door sets Permadoor apart from other composite door manufacturers. The GRP range has a strong through coloured GRP facing with a composite inner frame and high insulation foam core.

Quality with flexibility and choice

All our doors are manufactured to customers’ specific requirements, making each door unique. Each and every one is checked for size, specification and quality before delivery to ensure they are correct. The quality of these doorsets is evident with their solid build and quality finish and their pleasing and reassuring noise when closing.

Both the GRP and thermoplastic composite door ranges offer quality and choice, with traditional and contemporary styles to complement rural and urban properties in a choice of colours and finishes. All our doors come complete with a full multi-point locking system with anti-bump cylinder, keeps and handles while a full choice of hardware is available to order.

We are a Secured by Design licence holder and all our doorsets are fully compliant with the latest building regulations and standards. Our comprehensive portfolio of PAS 24 and Secured by Design products have successfully completed rigorous testing by suitably qualified and recognised third party certification authorities.

Find out more

You can find out more about the Permadoor range of composite doors and the comprehensive service and support that we offer on our website www.permadoor.co.uk or by calling us on 01684 595200.

 *Source: The 2014 Annual PVC Window Industry Report in the UK & Republic of Ireland 

© D&G Consulting 2014 

Newton Systems Used To Waterproof The Royal Courts of Justice

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Newton Specialist Basement Contractor Stonehouse Basements were commissioned to waterproof a second phase of the Royal Courts of Justice following the success of the waterproofing of the vaulted Victorian arches they undertook a few years ago.

 

 

Stonehouse installed Newton 508 Mesh cavity drain membrane to the vaults in the Judges’ Robe Rooms. This required great expertise as the membrane needed to be lapped and sealed carefully to fit the vaulted areas. The meshed membrane could then be plastered to directly.

Newton System 500 ‘Type C’ water management system was very suitable for this project as it is deemed “reversible” so meets strict Listed Building requirements

We were delighted to be involved in the second phase of this development, following the success of the first phase a few years ago” – Graham Stone, Stonehouse Basements.

 

 

 

 

Howe Green Launches New Mobile Friendly Website

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Howe Green, The UK’s leading access cover manufacturer, is proud to announce the launch of its new website. Being fully responsive, the site offers a range of new eye-catching features and user-friendly functions to deliver the best experience to mobile visitors.

Developed to cater for increasing volumes of website traffic from mobile devices, the new site was launched ahead of Google’s latest algorithm, designed to reward mobile friendly pages. As well as maintaining mobile search rankings, Howe Green’s responsive website enables visitors working away from their desks to obtain the information they want via a homepage slider, seamlessly delivering the most important content. Specifications and technical data are readily accessible and new features include fully enabled search functions, easy-to-sift content, intuitive contact forms and a quick quote builder.

“Our old site looked and performed perfectly well but business isn’t just conducted from a desk anymore. Websites must be fully functional and accessible on tablets and smartphones of all shapes and sizes,” said Richard Centa, Howe Green’s Sales and Marketing Director. “The affects of Google’s new algorithm has been a topic for debate and speculation in webmaster and SEO communities for some time but our focus has always been on meeting the needs of our customers. It was a simple decision. If our customers are looking at our site from mobile devices, which we know they are in increasing numbers, then we should do all we can to make it easy for them to find what they want. Our new site has lots of new features designed to put the information visitors need at their fingertips”.

Howe Green is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metal fabricated floor, wall and ceiling access covers. The company has developed an outstanding brand name and a worldwide reputation for quality, customer care and service. For over 30 years, the company has been at the forefront of design and innovation in the highly specialised architectural building products sector.   Visit the new site at Howegreen.com

 

Airflow Developments – New LOOVENT eco Delivers Low Energy with Multi Function Ventilation

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Complementing its existing range of “ecoair” ventilation solutions, Airflow introduces the new LOOVENT eco fan.

A completely new re-design of the million selling Loovent, the fan features exceptionally quiet, two speed intermittent extraction up to 31 l/sec, or, at the flick of a switch during installation, a choice of five speed, continuous (dMEV) ventilation.
Versatile for portrait and landscape orientation, either recessed or surface mounted, the compact design represents the smallest footprint in its class.

Operating from just 2.8 watts it is economical to run and with a specific fan power of just 0.21 w/l/sec on low speed (0.41 w/l/sec on high speed), it is significantly less than the 0.5 w/l/sec for intermittent flow required by the 2010 Building Regulations.
A low energy, ball bearing, DC motor ensures long term reliability with minimal maintenance making it ideal for Social Housing applications where asset pay back is a priority.

From just 25 d(B)A it is also extremely quiet in operation and perfect for both through the wall and ducted installations. Designed with the same mounting chassis as previous Loovent models the replacement of older versions is quick and easy.
Control functions include user selectable, Delay start option, Timer, Humidity and Motion sensor

LOOVENT eco dMEV models are designed to meet the requirements of SAP Appendix Q, and feature continuous ventilation operation. At the time of installation, a constant flow of either 7 l/sec for toilets, 9 l/sec suitable for en-suites, bathrooms and utilities or 16 l/sec, suitable for kitchens, may be set to meet a whole house decentralised continuous ventilation strategy (d-MEV) for dwellings with a low air infiltration rate. An “On -Demand” boost speed enables rapid ventilation when required.

John Kelly, Marketing Manager from Airflow, said: “The Airflow Loovent brand has been a by-word for quality and reliability for decades, and this latest model range is designed to provide a quiet, low energy, multipurpose ventilation solution. It is perfect for replacing existing Loovents and for specification to reduce the carbon footprint as part of a whole house ventilation strategy, for cost effective extraction in increasingly well sealed dwellings”

SG System Products – Hygienic handrails

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SG Systems have further enhanced their Sentinel stainless steel and AL 50 aluminium range of handrail and balustrade systems, with the addition of a new handrail coating that has been specifically developed for healthcare and care home environments.

The new finish incorporates SteriTouch an anti microbial additive which when added to the handrail coating provides an effective barrier against bacteria and hand borne germs such as MRSA, Ecoli and Salmonella. It is this protection that is becoming increasingly demanded by specifiers and facilities managers working within heavily trafficked areas such as hospitals, care homes, medical centres, doctors and dentists surgeries.

Available in a range of colours, handrails that incorporate the SteriTouch additive are unaffected by cleaning chemicals. An even distribution in the coating process also ensures that the anti microbial performance is not affected by scratches, abrasions and normal wear and tear associated with care environments.

The Supreme A Bespoke Electric Loft Ladder and Trapdoor

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The Supreme stairway with electrical operation are bespoke units made to suit the Customer’s specifications. The Supreme is available with a wide range of options making it the complete loft access solution.

A standard Supreme is supplied as a ready to fit unit, comprising of a concertina stairway manufactured from high strength die-cast aluminium alloy components contained within, and attached to, a laminated wood hatchbox and insulated trapdoor.

The trapdoor has a white finish to the underside.  30 minutes or 90 minutes Steel fire resistant trapdoors are also available. Made from two layers of 1.5 mm steel infilled with 38 mm of mineral wool for the 30 minute and 75 mm for the 90 minutes. The trapdoor also has a U-Value of 0.58W/ m2K tested in accordance with EN ISO 12567-1, and is Airtight Class 4 tested to EN 12207. There is a 29mm wide lip to the bottom of the lining around the external edge which is designed to butt up against the ceiling to help prevent flame and smoke ingress. Similarly, a lip to the bottom of the steel trapdoor extends to within 15 mm of the lip on the lining.

The stairway is manufactured to EN 14975 with a load bearing per tread of 200 kgs. The stairway is operated by a 24 volt low noise motor with an emergency power supply supplied by two standby batteries. The loft ladder also has an automatic stop mechanism should it come into contact with an obstacle during it’s descent. Other optional accessories can include a telescopic handrail to one or both sides, remote control, a lock switch to prevent unauthorised and so on. Supreme is also available with an optional weatherproof roof hatch in order for it to be a means of access to flat roofs.

Minimum opening hatch opening lengths and widths apply which are subject to the floor to ceiling height.  The floor to underside of ceiling height is up to 4300 mm and there’s a minimum opening length requirement of 780 mm, which varies according to the floor to ceiling height, and a minimum width requirement of 595 mm.

 

 

Bespoke Access and Step-Over Solutions from Safesite

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Today’s congested roofs and changes in level mean that safe access to and around the roof can often be problematic.

Safesite is able to offer a more versatile solution to traditional, off the shelf safe access products such as ladders and portable access platforms with Bespoke Access Platforms and Step-Overs.   Constructed from tube and fittings to provide a robust and durable solution the platforms and step-overs can be tailored to meet virtually any configuration, height and width.

Bespoke access platforms and step-overs are modular in design and can be designed to provide safe access over pipework, plant equipment and conduits and can easily accommodate changes in level or direction.   The modular design has the added benefit of ease and speed of installation.  The structures are simply installed with a hex tool and tube cutters overcoming the need for specialist workers or equipment.  As no cutting, welding, threading or bolting is required installation time is quick and the integrity of the coating is not compromised. Any changes in design can also be made easily on site if required.

 

Units are available in galvanised steel or aluminium and are designed to comply with current regulations and standards such as the Work at Height Regulations, BS5395: Part 3 and EN: 14122.

 

 

 

Hewi – Washbasin Solutions

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Design freedom

The washbasins made of high-quality mineral composite have a convincingly aesthetic and ergonomic design. They satisfy the highest loading capacity and hygiene requirements. They are also designed to be wheelchair accessible. Thus maximum comfort and convenience are provided through an accessible design.

 

 

Customised lengths

HEWI offers two washbasin models whose lengths can be defined individually.

The basic design has a fixed depth of 415 mm and a minimum width of 850 mm. The washbasin can be widened to a total length of up to 2800 mm. Asymmetric versions are possible. HEWI also offers a washbasin solution that meets the requirements of DIN 18040 with a depth of 550 mm.

The models have an oval basin and front-mounted support rails, which can also be used as towel rails. With the tailored washbasins, precisely fitting solutions can be implemented. The washbasins are produced accurate to the millimetre, so that the washbasins can be perfectly fitted in the sanitary area.

 

New washbasins M 40

From May the product range will be added to with new design washbasins. With washbasins to match the system furniture M 40 (available in the late summer 2015) HEWI offers new possibilities in bathroom design. The washbasins can be combined with matching base cabinets of the system furniture M 40 or wall mounted. Four sizes are available to choose from depending on the space available.

 

 

 

 

KEE KLAMP® ON THE RIGHT TRACK FOR RAIL STATIONS

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Ease and speed of installation, combined with outstanding versatility, make Kee Klamp® fittings from Kee Safety ideal for use in rail environments. Offering a flexible and convenient solution for the construction of tubular structures, Kee Klamp® fittings are suited to a range of guardrail applications.

The Kee Klamp® system securely joins structural steel tube into almost any conceivable configuration across a variety of angles and is also capable of accommodating on-site variations. Designed with ease of installation in mind, the components completely eliminate the need for installers to weld or fabricate, resulting in significant cost and time savings as neither hot work permits, specialist labour, nor special tools are required. Kee Klamp® components can be installed using a standard hex key, with each fitting incorporating an internal set screw to lock the respective fitting safely and securely onto the tube to create a strong, stable and safe guardrail structure.

Vernon Barry, Product Manager at Kee Safety, comments: “Our off-the-shelf product range is one of the largest available on the market and we provide fittings for every possible application. They offer a versatile barrier system that is also cost-effective, straightforward to install and, most importantly, safe and secure.”

Kee Klamp® handrails and guardrails have been installed in various locations throughout the UK to provide safe access to pedestrians in and around railway stations, including Berkswell train station in the West Midlands. Kee Klamp® barriers were installed with mesh in-fill panels and all guardrails were powder coated. Kee Klamp® fittings can be colour-coated to any RAL colour in Polyester powder coated finishes.

Kee Klamp® fittings are also regularly used in rail settings to provide barrier solutions protecting passengers and safeguarding workers. On the East London Rail Line, Kee Klamp® fittings fulfilled the need for a 4km guardrailing system running between Shoreditch and Dalston Station, providing a safety barrier for passengers as well as employees working at height on railway bridges. Whilst on the Brighton mainline, Kee Klamp® components were chosen to create a handrail and fence safety solution to protect train depot staff. Both Kee Klamp® guardrails and Weld Mesh Panels were installed on the Brighton element of the Network Rail Thameslink programme to create a metre-high safety barrier from high voltage cables, whilst screening the train depot from litter.

Made of galvanised cast iron and manufactured to BS EN 1562 and 1563 requirements, each fitting is capable of supporting an axial load of 900kg and incorporates a safety factor of 2:1. The main fittings are TÜV-certified for strength, manufacturing quality and consistency, and are fitted with both Kee Koat® grub screws and Thredkoat® recess protection to ensure superior corrosion resistance, in addition to defence against signs of wear.

Kee Safety provides comprehensive customer service in support of its Kee Klamp® range, including free technical advice, site surveys and installation, to help with all aspects of a project. For further information, please visit www.keesafety.co.uk

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CEMBRIT UPGRADES SOUTH WALES DEPOT

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Leading manufacturer of fibre cement roofing and cladding products, Cembrit has expanded and fully upgraded facilities at its Llandow depot, located in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales. The improvements made to the depot include an extension of its stockholding, a revamped reception area and an increased staff presence.

The depot’s reception has been re-designed in order to display a wide variety of Cembrit’s products and show them to their best advantage. The refurbishments include new slate display rigs, examples of Cembrit’s extensive corrugated sheet colour range and attractive graphics demonstrating the company’s comprehensive range of accessories and supporting accreditations.

Further improvements have seen the depot’s warehousing undercover being extended by approximately 30% to provide greater stockholding capacity to serve burgeoning demand for coloured corrugated sheet. Thanks to the extension, the depot now holds the largest roofing stock in the area. A fleet of specialist delivery vehicles including smart, liveried lorries offers flexible delivery of all volumes of product, ranging from one-off samples, to full loads, as well as collections.

“The upgrade of the Llandow depot has been an important investment for us,” comments Depot Manager, Rob Wallace. “We are proud to offer our customers in Wales and the Midlands an improved customer service experience. We can guarantee a wider range of products, kept in greater supply, faster and more flexible delivery, and excellent staff support are all readily available.”

A total of eight experienced staff members are on hand to offer customer service and technical sales expertise. This includes the newest member of the Cembrit team, Cerian Shaw, who has recently been appointed Assistant Depot Manager. With an impressive background in customer service working with contractors, engineers and installers, Cerian is ably qualified to ensure Cembrit’s customers benefit from excellent response times, rapid order processing and comprehensive sales support.

For further information, please visit www.cembrit.co.uk.