Perinsul® HL – prevents thermal bridging at junctions of floors and walls

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perinsul2Foamglas Perinsul® HL is a BBA certified high density block which eliminates structural thermal bridging and rising damp at the junction of a floor and wall. Made from cellular glass, it is the only insulation material that is totally impervious to any form of moisture. It has an A1 non-combustible fire classification according to EN 13501 and will not burn or give off toxic fumes.

Perinsul HL can be used with all common types of brick or block and, in addition to being dimensionally stable, has high compressive strength and is rot, insect, vermin, radon and acid resistant. It has a coefficient of linear expansion equivalent to steel and concrete and provides uniform thermal performance and load-bearing capacity without additional support elements. For the installer, it can be cut on site and assembled as smaller parts without structural loss and cannot be damaged by torch-applied membranes or contact with hot bitumen.

The manufacturing process uses 60% post-consumer recycled glass and carbon and will not support growth of mould, fungi or micro-organisms. The insulation is totally inorganic, contains no ozone depleting propellants, flame-resistance additives or VOCs and enjoys the benefit of Natureplus® certification.

Perinsul HD is just one of a range of Foamglas insulation materials offering lifetime performance which cover the whole building envelope.

LEDs are leading the way!

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image 1Timeguard launch a range of exciting LED based lighting solutions for indoors and outdoors.

NEW Indoor LED Wall & Ceiling Lights:

A range of powerful and energy saving wall and ceiling lights, instantly bright like halogens but at a fraction of the running costs.

image 2NEW Stylish Spot Lights:

A range of versatile and decorative LED spot lights available as fixed or adjustable spot lights and Up/Down light versions, manufactured in a high quality black metal or stainless steel finish.

image 3Versatile Outside Lighting:

A range of decorative outdoor LED Lanterns available with PIR switching and matching standalone models.

Die-Cast Bulkhead Lights:

A powerful and energy saving alternative to standard bulkhead lights – instantly bright like halogens but at a fraction of the running costs.

Total Control for LEDs:

PIR controllers in a variety of styles, detection patterns and mountings, ideal for energy saving applications where light control can make all the difference.

image 6Outdoor Power Protection:

This innovative range of outdoor power sockets and switches offer IP66 protection against the elements of dust and rain, splashing water, hose directed water and ice formations and are therefore more than equal to UK weather conditions.

Make a New Connection: IP68 Connectors!

A selection of IP68 outdoor power connectors designed to connect cable safely in outdoor installations. Ideal for extending cable runs while installing multiple Weathersafe power sockets. Range includes in-line connectors, ‘T’ connectors and junction boxes supplied with various seal sizes for differing cable entry.

image 8Heating Control Made Simple:

Programastat Heating Controls Ideal for applications where it is impractical to run wires from the room thermostat to the heating controls. Transmits up to 60M away, depending on installation.

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One of the UK’s busiest stations outside of London, Newcastle Central has a staggering annual footfall of around eight million people. The main entrance is the centrepiece of an £8.6m refurbishment which included the glazing of the external arches, transforming a gloomy space into a customer-friendly area. More than capable of delivering continued performance year after year, even under these challenging conditions, a TORMAX automatic bi-parting sliding door system has been installed to the station entrance. Powered by the in-house designed Win Drive 2201 operator, the drive is discretely located above the all-glass doors, offering incomparable reliability combined with low-energy operation.



A Grade I listed Victorian building, Newcastle Central has been brought up to modern standards of accessibility, with better passenger information and a brighter environment. Inside the main station an upgraded Travel Centre provides an improved customer experience, along with a re-furbished ticket office and the addition of a number of popular retail outlets.  Now fully operational, the station is managed by Virgin Trains.


Main contractor on the project, GallifordTry, specified North Eastern Glass Ltd to work with TORMAX to entirely glaze the spaces within the arches and automate relevant access points throughout the station. In addition to the main entrance, TORMAX installed their technologically advanced iMotion 1301 operator to the single swing door at the entrance to the new ticket office, as well as a automating the sliding doors to Boots and Paperchase.

“We have worked with TORMAX on previous projects,” confirms Cliff Thompson of North Eastern Glass, “and have found their automatic door systems to deliver on all fronts – reliability, performance, adaptability and sustainability.”

Jaga Heating Products – Trench Heating – the Answer to Heat Loss through Glass Façades

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Phil Mangnall, National Sales Manager of Jaga Heating Products UK, discusses why trench heating has become an increasingly viable heating option across numerous applications – from the commercial, public and industrial sectors through to self-builders and homeowners.

UntitledGlass façades are a sign of our architectural times. With countless high-rise buildings being erected in our cities with every passing day, it has become surprising to see one which doesn’t feature a predominantly glass exterior.

But it is not just with these commercial mega-structures that glass façades have become the norm. Glass is increasingly common in contemporary council buildings, galleries, museums, schools, universities and more. Watch an episode of Grand Designs and it is clear that the material’s popularity is rising in residential and self-build scenarios too.

Quite simply, we love natural light in our buildings and glass is the obvious answer; the fact that it provides a desirable aesthetic dimension only strengthens its case. However, its many positive attributes are counter-balanced by one major flaw: glass façades are a source of significant heat loss.

It is for this reason that the Jaga team are almost continuously involved in projects focused around our trench heating technology, helping to prevent heat loss through glass façades.

As a technology, floor trench heating is the most practical form of glazed façade heating, and there are plenty of radiator and grille products available that can be fine-tuned for use in different scenarios.

Positioned parallel to the glass façade, it performs through creating convection currents designed to mitigate heat loss, prevent condensation and, of course, provide effective space heating that ensures comfortable temperatures for building occupants. In terms of energy, not only do they cut the unnecessary loss of heat, but with our Jaga Low-H₂O heat emitters they can dramatically cut the energy required to heat the building in general.

The added advantage is that trench heating is a discreet solution – or ‘hidden’ – because it is housed within the floor. This saves on valuable floor space, prevents obstruction of the façade, and with the prevalence of minimalist interior design nowadays, visually, they are barely noticeable.

Whatever the application, whatever the heat source, we strive to be as flexible as possible. It might be the full trench heating package for preventing heat loss while providing space heating; it might be trench heating to prevent heat loss whilst working in conjunction with an existing heating system. Furthermore, if there are unique construction or logistical challenges within a customer’s building, tailor-made products and services are available to help overcome the obstacles.

UntitledIf you would like to find out more about our solutions, you can download our Trench Heating eGuide or take a look at our range of Trench Heating Products.

Further information: Jaga Heating Products UK Ltd, Orchard Business Park, Bromyard Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1LG. Tel: 01531 631533. Fax: 01531 631534.

Altro – Oil, grease, flour? We’ve got you covered

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Testing and contaminants

Restaurant Zwanzig-Zehn, Hemer, Germany-Altro Stronghold 30-Altro Whiterock White-Altro Whiterock Satins-01Food and drink preparation and cooking areas can spell danger. Grease, fat, cooking oil, flour, milk, food particles and the occasional chopped carrot – all can end up on floors and walls.

Altro’s sustainable, integrated safety flooring and hygienic wall cladding system provides long-lasting safe and hygienic surfaces for wet, dusty and greasy conditions in commercial kitchens.

Real world tests for real world conditions

Parc Tauli Hospital, Sabadell,Spain-Altro Stronghold 30-01The standard pendulum test for shod slip resistance uses water. Test results are rated with a PTV reading; a reading of PTV≥36 with Altro safety flooring represents a one in a million chance of slipping on a wet surface.

A wet surface only covered in clean water, that is.

You know that water only represents a small proportion of the hazards a kitchen worker would encounter on a daily basis. So we decided to put our flooring to a real world test; using a variety of different contaminants found in a commercial kitchen.

The reality is kitchen workers are busy. Oil evaporates into the air and settles on the floor when it cools – requiring constant cleaning to prevent a slippery surface. Small spills like milk or flour could cause a very real slip hazard.

A busy lunch hour would mean a lot of oil and cooking ingredients on the floor, and not enough time to keep the floor as clean and hazard-free as you would ideally like.

Covers don’t matter – contaminants do

Trinity College-Altro Stronghold 30-Altro Whiterock-17Choosing your safety flooring by how many customers you serve a day doesn’t address the problems all kitchens share. Whether you are serving five or 500 customers a day, kitchens encounter the same types of contaminants.

The rules for health and safety don’t distinguish between small cafes and large five star restaurants –all are required to meet the same standards.

Because when it comes to safety, all commercial kitchens are the same.

What do you need and why?

Tests prove different contaminants pose different safety challenges. Whilst the risk from vegetable oil may come as no surprise, the other most significant danger comes from greasy water – and what kitchen can avoid that?

Typical contaminants in a kitchen are not water and motor oil, which is what the Pendulum and Ramp tests use.

The test we used was the standard PTV pendulum test BS7976, but instead of using only water as the test contaminant, we used a range of other contaminants found in a typical kitchen.

Untitled1This graph shows test results carried out on Altro Stronghold 30 with common kitchen contaminants, including:

  • cooking oils
  • greasy water from washing up
  • milk, flour, plastic wrap

Altro kitchens solutions retains a one in a million chance of slipping with a variety of kitchen contaminants.

These contaminants are generally more viscous or substantial than water, creating a thicker layer between floor and shoe.

This squeeze film thickness prevents the foot making contact with the floor and increases the risk of slipping.

This table shows how the performance across floors with different pendulum and R ratings perform with the different contaminants.

In commercial kitchens where vegetable oil and greasy water are likely to be present, only Altro Stronghold 30 gives a one in a million chance of slipping.

The test results prove:

  • Altro Stronghold 30 has the required slip resistance to keep you safe with the range of contaminants illustrated including cooking oils and greasy water which would typically be found in a commercial kitchen
  • Altro Stronghold 30 retains a one in a million chance of slipping with common kitchen contaminants
  • You must choose your flooring to cater for contaminants, and not the size of your kitchen or number of covers

Not all safety flooring is as safe as Altro’s. Some floorings only have a thin slip-resistant coating or emboss, which can easily wear away. Some floorings only provide slip resistance in dry conditions. Altro Stronghold 30 has sustained slip resistance, for the wet and dry contaminants commonly found in kitchens.

Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring gives you peace of mind, allowing you to keep up with the pace of your business without having to compromise on safety.

Altro commercial kitchen solutions: we’ve got you covered.

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Addagrip – United Arab Emirates Pavilion – 2015 Milan Expo

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Resin Bound Pathways for exhibition building in Milan, Italy

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Addagrip were delighted to be invited to discuss options for the resin bound surfacing requirement for the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo which opened in May 2015.

The pavilion, which was designed by Foster + Partners, is accessed from a canyon like space consisting of two undulating high walls and the paths through the pavilion suggest the narrow streets of an ancient desert city.  To enhance this representation, the surfacing needed to reflect the undulating sand dunes, texture, tones and climate of the desert environment.

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Addagrip were asked to produce a number of bespoke shades of Addabound resin bound surfacing using a large percentage of locally sourced Italian aggregates. Once the bespoke blend selected by architects Foster + Partners had been thoroughly tested by our Research and Development Department, work on the pavilion commenced and an area of over 1200sqm of resin bound surfacing was installed.

Work had to be carried out with the challenges of numerous tradesmen working on this fast track project and of course the Italian weather in March & April, which can be very wet!

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The result is a seamless, porous and hard wearing surface that was installed to create the effect of an undulating sandscape within this compact urban form. The bespoke colour was chosen to complement finishes throughout the scheme.

The 2015 Milan Expo continues through to 31st October 2015 after which the United Arab Emirates pavilion building is to be recycled and rebuilt in the UAE ready for World Expo 2020.

Credit:  images courtesy of Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

Just look at the Permadoor difference!

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Factory shot About usPermadoor is the UK’s original composite door manufacturer, making doors over three decades, and the leading supplier to the social and affordable housing market. But while the company may have been around a long time, it certainly doesn’t stand still when it comes to using the latest technology.

Permadoor operates from modern manufacturing facilities conveniently located near the M5 and M50 motorways and has produced well over a million doors since being established in 1989. Through its policy of continuous improvement, the company has made significant investments in sophisticated computer systems, CNC machining centres and packaging material, as well as investing in employees through ongoing training programmes.

See for yourself!

UntitledTake a look at the door production video on the recently revamped Permadoor website and see for yourself how the company makes its quality doors. The site features Permadoor’s wide range of market-leading GRP and Thermoplastic composite doors, including their fully compliant fire doors. All are manufactured onsite to the highest quality, meeting the latest industry standards and building regulations – and that’s where the video comes into its own.

The door production video shows the modern manufacturing facilities and high tech equipment used to produce the Permadoor range of doors. Not only does the technology speed up the process, but also ensures outstanding quality by using state of the art CNC machines to make all the intricate cuts quickly and with total precision.

Every door is made to order. With two door finishes – GRP and thermoplastic – both with extensive glazing and hardware options and a wide range of traditional and contemporary styles in a choice of colours and finishes, there are many options available. With so many choices, an extensive storage space is required and the video demonstrates the size and scope of the manufacturing and storage facilities. If you have a few minutes to spare, and want to know how doors are precision manufactured in a modern factory environment using the latest technology, take a look at the video.

Help when you need it

Responsive websiteThe website also displays the most comprehensive range of accreditations in the Quality section – along with quality and health and safety policy documents underpinning how Permadoor operates – and provides useful additional information, such as the downloadable survey and installation guidelines showing how the doors should be fitted. This is backed by another practical video that shows how to install a Permadoor door correctly in conjunction with the printed guidelines, emphasising very important ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’.

The modern website, informational videos and use of the latest production facilities means that Permadoor is able to provide all the support you need as well as quality products, including PAS24 and Secured by Design options that meet the security requirements of the new Approved Document Q.

Find out more

You can find out more about the Permadoor range of composite doors and the comprehensive service on or by calling 01684 595200.


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Kee Safety, a global supplier of fall protection equipment and safety railing systems, has launched Kee Gate, a range of self-closing safety gates, which provides industrial workers with a safety solution when working at height and on ground level.

Kee Gate Self closing safety gateDesigned to work both internally and externally, on ladder and stair access points, roof hatches, walkways and roof tops, Kee Gate, ensures maintenance, inspection and warehouse staff can fulfil their job, follow best practices and comply with current safety standards, without putting their safety at risk. Kee Gates are spring loaded so can automatically close behind the user, providing an added level of security and overcoming the potential for human error. This type of system is the preferred solution to chains, bars or sliding tubes, as these traditional forms of protection can lead to a hazardous void, when used incorrectly.

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

Kee Gate is compliant with the requirements of EN 13374 Class A, EN ISO 14122 Part 3 & Part 4 and is CE marked to EN 1090. The range is also compliant with international standards, meeting OSHA, O.B.C and I.B.C requirements. The system has undergone extensive testing to ensure total reliability of the gates. These include salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11 Neutral solutions over 200 hours to assess the coating’s corrosion resistance, life cycle testing to BS 6375-2:2009 Clause 6.5 – Opening and closing of Gate through 90 degrees 50,000 cycles and Abuse Testing where 9 x 25kg weights were suspended from the gate to test what happens if pressure is applied. This ensures durability, superior corrosion resistance and defence against signs of wear.

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Derbyshire-based Wheeldon Homes has become the latest housebuilder to specify the innovative new Modus window and door profile system from Eurocell.

Eurocell supporting image 2 WheeldonAppropriately enough, Modus was specified on 47 properties in a Conservation Area of Middleton, near Wirksworth, a beautiful Derbyshire village in the same county as the Eurocell manufacturing and recycling facilities.

Wheeldon has a policy of employing local suppliers wherever possible, something exemplified by the Hopton Rise development.

Modus® is the UK’s first fully integrated window and door system, available with three stunning sash design options. The standard rebate, slim rebate and fully flush sash styles offer developers like Wheeldon Homes a much wider range of design aesthetics.

All 47 of the properties at Hopton Rise feature Modus windows with the flush sash option, in a White Ash woodgrain finish. This offers a genuine aesthetic alternative to timber windows, without creating an ongoing maintenance burden for homeowners.

50% of the Modus frames are made from post-consumer recycled PVC-U, from the dedicated Eurocell recycling facility in nearby Ilkeston. This material is made into the new Modus window profiles, at the Eurocell production plant in Alfreton. The fact that the windows are then subsequently fitted in properties in the local area helps Wheeldon Homes achieve an exceptionally low carbon footprint on this development – a total of just 53 miles travelled.

The post-consumer recycled material is concentrated in the central core of the profiles, where it is completely invisible in an installed window or door.

Complementing the low carbon footprint on these properties is the unique 75mm Modus® multi-chamber profile system that locks heat inside the properties to deliver optimum energy efficiency performance for the homebuyers. This innovative design is capable of achieving a U-value as low as 0.7 from a triple glazed window and 1.1 from standard double glazed units.

Eurocell supporting image WheeldonBeing in a conservation area meant that planners had to agree on all external elements of the 47 properties, including the windows. The Modus flush sash was specified because the planning authority felt that the windows offered a genuine alternative to timber, which helped to retain the traditional aesthetic integrity of the village.

“The planners had a clear vision of creating traditional-looking limestone homes and of course the windows had to complement this,” said Louise Greenhoff, Quantity Surveyor at Wheeldon Homes. “Timber windows were considered, but we were conscious that these would leave homeowners with maintenance issues in the long-term.”

“As soon as we presented the Modus flush sash to the planners, they agreed that it was suitable for this development,” Louise continued. “The planners liked the fact that Modus retained traditional aesthetics that complemented other properties in the village.”

“The woodgrain finish was approved by the planners, as it works really well with the limestone exterior. The properties have managed to achieve a great balance between contemporary performance and traditional looks.”

Modus is available in nine solid and woodgrain effect colours. All standard colours are available with white internal finishes to create a light and airy living environment. A further range of 30 solid and woodgrain effect finishes are available, plus colour both sides. For a differentiated, premium look Eurocell offers the Modus Architectural range, which consists of three specially selected metallic options and a premier woodgrain finish.

As a fully integrated system, Modus allows the same profiles to be specified for up to nine different window and door types, from French windows to entrance doors, which helps house builders retain a coordinated aesthetic across a project.

Illumine LED INSERT handrail range from SG System Products Limited

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Illumine LED INSERT handrail range from SG System Products Limited is suitable for many interior and exterior building applications.

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Illumine handrails from SG System Products Limited feature a range of handrails with individual LED INSERT lights securely fitted directly into the metal core of the handrail.
The LED’s can be spaced along the handrail at centres which suit each client’s individual illumination requirements.
“Warm to the touch,” stainless steel, brass or powder coated handrails are available in 38mm, 42mm or 48mm diameter.
As the LED INSERTS are individual units they can also be spaced along curved handrails.
Illumine handrails can be fitted to existing structures or incorporated into any of SG System Products balustrade systems.
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