Axis Entrance Systems Case Study: Logan Construction for St George’s Hospital

Axis Entrance Systems Case Study: Logan Construction for St George’s Hospital

Building Products Index Ltd Doors, Sliding Leave a Comment

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IR St Georges (40)INDUSTRY: Healthcare

CLIENT: Logan Construction for St George’s Hospital



The conversion and refurbishment of existing offices into a new interventional radiology department, consisting of; six enclosed recovery bays, a nurses’ station, and an accessible toilet.


IR St Georges (59)For this project Axis and the other contractors on site had the dual challenges of working within a ‘live’ hospital environment and the necessity for strict compliance with COVID-19 safeguards.

Maintaining noise, dust, and vibration controls in this ‘live’ hospital environment were vital throughout the project and epitomised by the fact that there was an operating theatre in constant use, on the floor above, directly over the new recovery bays.


IR St Georges (79) - CopyAxis was asked to help create bright, light recovery bays with options of good visibility or privacy, and the flexibility to separate each bay from surrounding bays and communal areas, to enhance COVID-19 safeguards, in this frontline healthcare environment.

Our solution for the doors was our own, award-winning, FLO-MOTION® DOORS – the extra low-friction, manual sliding door system.

The full width and height glass doors, which we fabricate using extruded aluminium profiles, include a self-supporting ‘goalpost’ frame, and feature recirculating ball guides on a low resistance linear track with damper mechanism. The doors can be opened and closed with fingertip control.

Each door for this project was fitted with interstitial blinds set within the glass for the visibility/privacy option.

“Logan undertook several projects at St George’s Hospital with a challenging programme and key to the successful delivery of these schemes were the sliding doors from Axis. Their professional approach from start to conclusion is recognised and it ensured these projects were concluded on time, to a high standard and in a commercially attractive manner. We look forward to working with Axis on future schemes.” Kevin Farr, Senior Surveyor


The new recovery unit has provided several significant benefits, including:

• A safer, brighter, more spacious, and flexible working environment
• Providing staff and patients with better visibility of each other
• Greatly enhanced patient experience

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Marley’s full roof system has won the Best External Product award in the highly competitive 2022 Housebuilder Product Awards.

HB Product winner logo 2022 (blk)The expert panel of industry judges recognised how Marley’s complete roof system including integrated solar PV and an innovative fire safety solution – Roof Defence, could help housebuilders tackle prominent issues round future sustainability and end user safety, and ultimately, provide future-proofed roofs.

Marley SolarTile®, together with the new and innovative Roof Defence product, can both be specified as component solutions within a fully integrated roof system and help play a significant role in enabling housebuilders to satisfy new carbon reduction responsibilities under Part L of the Building Regulations, as well as enhance protection against the risk of fire spread between roof spaces.

Stuart Nicholson, roof systems director at Marley, said: “We are committed to working with housebuilders so they can specify roofing solutions that meet the needs of their customers and the regulatory landscape they’re operating in. That’s why we’re delighted that the value of future-proofed roofs provided by the Marley full roof system have been recognised in this way.

Solar development“Roof Defence and Marley SolarTile can help housebuilders protect the safety of homeowners and meet the sustainability demands of Part L and onwards to the Future Homes Standard, so it’s great that the judging panel have acknowledged the benefits both products bring to a roof system.

“Marley’s single supply offering ensures the housebuilding sector can access a fully integrated roofing solution that has sustainability, safety, and performance at its heart.”

The judging panel at the Housebuilder Product Awards commented: “The judges favoured entries which satisfied the key criteria of the category including offering solutions to the housebuilder and cost and time saving, as well as, importantly, the need to meet sustainability and zero carbon challenges facing the industry. The judges were impressed by the approach of the best and winning product in this category to put sustainability at the heart of the product range.”

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Gaia Underfloor Heating Warms East Anglian Air Ambulance Operational Base

Gaia Underfloor Heating Warms East Anglian Air Ambulance Operational Base

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EAAA New Helimed House Norwich AirportThe East Anglian Air Ambulance is a 24hr, 7 days a week charity covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire by air and road. The EAAA exists to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or car to seriously ill or injured people in the region. They are a life-saving charity that is only kept airborne thanks to their incredible supporters.

In September last year during Air Ambulance Week, they held a special event to mark the opening of the newly extended and renovated operational base and headquarters at Norwich Airport, named Helimed House. The new base also offers a full training suite for the clinical teams.

Project Overview:

Project size: 618m²

System: Wet underfloor heating system attached to reinforced mesh, due to the sub-base being a monolithic floor slab.

Date installed: July 2020 – commissioned March 2021

Commercial Underfloor Heating Project Solution:

IMG_3084IMG_3094As the build-up requirements called for a robust floor construction there was no scope to install a normal wet UFH system clipped to an insulation layer. The project specification called for relatively low flow and return temperatures of 45/35ºC, this is to future-proof the building for use with heat pumps.

We adjusted our pipe fixings, using cable ties to secure the underfloor heating pipework to a layer of concrete reinforcement mesh. We designed the UFH system to overcome heating shortfalls based on the reduced flow and return temperatures.


IMG_3136Working on behalf of our client who were the entrusted mechanical and electrical contractors on this project, it was a pleasure to design, supply and install the Underfloor Heating package.

“Our operations team installed the system on time, keeping to the schedule of works ensuring our clients project progressed as planned” – Account Manager William Theobald

We offer floor build-up, heat loss calculation, technical drawings, manifold & control placement, project valuation, experienced install team, handover & commissioning and everything in between. We’re here to advise, guide and deliver your project.  You can be confident in our service, products, warranties and insurances.

If you have an upcoming Commercial or Residential Underfloor Heating Project that requires underfloor heating, complete our project quote form online and a member of the team will be in touch. Alternatively drop us an email at or call 01359 242 400.

HEWI Redesign: Range 477/801 in new design language

Redesign: Range 477/801 in new design language

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Versatile dispenser system complements the design classic










HEWI reinterprets the dispenser solutions of the iconic design range 477/801. Inspired by clear geometries, a wide-ranging dispenser system in a modern design language has been created.

For HEWI, good design means offering design options. The new dispenser products complement the successful 477/801 sanitary range. There is a choice of different models made of polyamide with a basic body in pure white or signal white supplemented by coloured frame elements. The dispensers are characterised by their robustness and are perfectly suited for use in heavily frequented sanitary rooms.

From soap and paper towel dispensers to hygiene combinations and waste bins in various sizes, HEWI offers a consistent, functional range that is also characterised by the highest design standards. In addition to manually operated versions, some of the dispensers are also available in a sensoric version.

hewi-kids-serie-477-spender-orangeDiscreet colour elements in the sanitary room









Modularity, surface variety and the highest design standards reflect HEWI’s understanding of first-class design. Thanks to the discreet contrasting elements in 16 glossy and five matt colours, the new dispenser systems create colourful accents in the sanitary room. At the same time, the coloured elements serve to highlight functional areas such as the removal or insertion opening and therefore offer users additional orientation.

The smooth, reflective surface of the body as well as the coloured elements in glossy or matt edition enable design options in sanitary rooms of health and educational buildings as well as in buildings in public spaces.

Range 477/801

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HEWI has decades of expertise in the development of barrier-free solutions. With range 801, HEWI launched the first barrier-free system on the German market 40 years ago.

Since then, the range has undergone continuous development and has established itself as a classic in the sanitary room. Range 801 is complemented by the accessories of range 477. Range 477/801 is still produced in Bad Arolsen today.


BS 8102:2022 - Structural Waterproofing and Ground Gas Protection

BS 8102:2022 – Structural Waterproofing and Ground Gas Protection

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Technical Drawings – Ground Gas Protection Systems – Delta Membranes

Ground Gas Protection Systems – Delta Membranes

Gas Protection Systems – Delta Membranes

MemTech LGBKevin Dodds, Delta’s Manging Director, shares some thoughts on structural waterproofing and ground gas protection approaches.

With much anticipation, BSI launch BS8102:2022 Protection of Below Ground Structures Against Water Ingress. Code of practice.  Within the update is recognition of combining both structural waterproofing and ground gas protection.

Prior to the launch of BS8102:2022, both BS8102:2009 and BS8485:2015+A1:2019 were intertwined, however BS8102:2022 provides further and greater clarification on design approaches.

Awareness and a better understanding of the potential impact of ground gas is being recognised more and more by both industry professions and homeowners alike.  Ground gases aren’t particularly something new, however newer technologies for dealing with ground gases are.  With innovative new products, and approaches to design it’s possible to provide both a robust, continuous waterproof and gas proof design.

LGB Detailing 9#Ground gases either occur naturally or through human activity which impacts on environmental factors.  From Radon to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), the impact of ground gases on occupiers of a structure built on a contaminated site are substantial.  From health issues to toxicity, ground gases should be approached with caution.

A desktop study is the first part of the site investigation process, depending on the risks present, these findings will contribute to determining the overall protection systems chosen.

If a site has been identified with ground gas or hydrocarbon contamination it will be given a Characteristic Situation Score.  The Characteristic Situation Score is defined according to how severe the gas flow and gas concentration from the ground/soil is.

All sites which have been characterised with a gas situation score will require a gas protection system and where identified a waterproof protection barrier.

Ground Gas Membranes - Titan being installed on siteGround gas protection is a barrier that prevents hazardous gases and contaminants from the underlying soils entering a structure. A well-designed system can also perform the function of a damp-proof membrane, assisting in preventing the ingress of moisture into the structure.

Waterproof protection is the prevention of water ingress into a structure.  A well-designed system may also perform the function of a ground gas protection system (product selection pending).

Evaluation of groundwater conditions, risk assessment and options for drainage outside the structure should always be considered and included in the overall design.

A Waterproofing Design Specialist will be able to interpret the requirements of BS8102:2022 and BS8485:2015+A1:2019 along with other legislative documents to produce a waterproofing design which incorporates both a waterproof and gas proof protection system.

A key element of this design approach is a continuous solution.  When we use the term “continuous”, we are referring to the design approach, which should include the whole structure (from detailing to any opening), ensuring the entire structure is protected.

We are always Happy to Help

Do you have questions about a project, product, or application?  In an ever-changing industry where reduced risk and higher quality is required, you need a waterproofing design partner that is proactive and dedicated to help you keep up with new technologies and solutions to ensure your projects thrive. Whatever the needs of your business, you can rely on the #DeltaTeam to ensure you get the right advice, support, and practical help at exactly the right time to keep you ahead of the competition.

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The University of Northampton’s stunning new £330 million Waterside Campus is set to be a template for sustainability having been built to low carbon, BREEAM Excellent-rated construction standards. Central to the natural ventilation strategy, Construction Specialties’ (CS) architectural louvres will provide excellent airflow and long-lasting protection from wind-driven rain.

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EnergyCentre-8-lrAs part of the Energy Centre’s natural ventilation strategy, CS’ RSH-5700 rain defence louvres fitted with bird screens were installed at the ground floor level of the South and East elevations forming an air intake area and at the upper mezzanine level of the West elevation which serves as an air exhaust area. The LA-600C acoustic louvres were specified to be fitted behind RSH-5700 louvres in both locations to help achieve noise emission limits stipulated in BREEAM and local planning authority requirements.

Fabricated and delivered to site as modules for efficient installation, RSH-5700 louves were powder coated in RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey, in keeping with the colour of surrounding cladding.

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LearningHub-4CS louvres were also specified for the campus’s Learning Hub. Fitted to two opposite sides of the building’s 5th floor rooftop plant room, they provide air intake and exhaust functions. On this building, the preference was for a louvre model with vertical blade orientation that blended with the overall building design. RSV-5700 rain defence louvres powdercoated in RAL 9018 Papyrus White, complete with bird guards or blanked off with single skin blanking panels in non-active areas, were installed flush with the polycarbonate walling system.


Featuring a complex, extruded aluminium blade profile with multiple draining channels, RSH-5700 and its vertical blade version RSV-5700 are high-performance louvre systems designed to provide maximum defence against water penetration whilst maintaining good airflow characteristics. Both systems have been third party tested to EN 13030 standard and achieved Class A rain defence up to 3.0m/s and Class A up to 3.5m/s respectively.

With a class 3 ‘good’ airflow rating, the two louvre models allow the passage of air, whilst providing the area beyond the boiler and plant equipment on both the Energy Centre and Learning Hub with highly efficient protection from rain penetration.

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Bromborough Gold Club case study

Bromborough_golf_course_terrabase_classic_resin_bound_porous_pathsBromborough Golf Club, located in part of the Leverhulme Estate on the Wirral Peninsula, has recently had a smart upgrade to its course pathways with a Terrabase Classic no-dig, resin bound, permeable surfacing solution.

Existing gravel pathways at the 100-year-old golf course in Birkenhead needed regular repair to make good potholes and replace loose stone that had migrated into the surrounding grass. The club was looking for a decorative, hard-wearing paving with no loose gravel that would require little maintenance and provide good access around the course for all. Good permeability was also important to ensure that the paths remained water free in wet weather.

Bromborough_Golf_Club 3Thelwell Flooring Ltd, an NCC Addagrip approved contractor, offered a Terrabase no-dig surfacing system to provide a long-lasting solution which could be installed with minimum disruption and without the need for an asphalt base.

The Terrabase system consists of a heavy gauge geotextile fabric and a gravel stabilised grid topped with either a Rustic or a Classic resin bound finish. The Terrabase system is installed onto a base build-up of type 3 MOT, topped with a 30mm depth of finer compacted limestone, offering fast installation with minimum groundworks.

The client was looking for a red paving option and selected a Terrabase Classic system using a Stonebound 6mm Vanstone Red aggregate blend to offer a smooth, seamless, porous finish.

Bromborough_Golf_Club 2The old paths were dug out and edged ready for the Terrabase Classic. New steps were carved into the tee bank on the 3rd hole and an extra wide golf buggy park area was created.

Work was carried out in June and July 2021 to the satisfaction of the client and Thelwell Flooring were invited back in Sept 2021 to install more Terrabase Classic areas on the course.

Clement replacement steel windows at much loved Gateshead theatre

Clement replacement steel windows at much loved Gateshead theatre

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Photo kindly supplied by Robbi Caruthers, Chairman of the Little Theatre

Believed to be the only playhouse built in Great Britain during the Second World War and home to The Progressive Players since 1939, The Little Theatre remains Gateshead’s only theatre to this day.

Closed during the pandemic, funding was completed on an extension to the theatre creating a new rehearsal room above the auditorium.

New steel windows from the Clement W20 range were chosen for this new space.  The new metal frames are polyester powder painted in Jet Black (matt) and great care was taken choosing the glass for the two striking modular bays at the front of the building: SunGuard SuperNeutral 62/34 was chosen for the outer pane, offering very high light transmission while ensuring energy savings through solar protection and thermal insulation, krypton gas was used for the centre of the pane and 4mm of toughened Planibel Grey was used for the inner pane.

Photo kindly supplied by Robbi Caruthers, Chairman of the Little Theatre

Photo kindly supplied by Robbi Caruthers, Chairman of the Little Theatre

The Progressive Players were founded in 1920.  The theatre opened with a performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and today the Players produce ten plays a year.

The new rehearsal room has the same dimensions as the main auditorium stage allowing a smooth transfer from rehearsals to final production.  It is acoustically isolated allowing rehearsals to proceed even during a performance and was designed to be in keeping with the look and feel of the original theatre.  Fitted with modern lighting and sound systems, the rehearsal room has the latest connectivity and networking capabilities.

It is hoped that the refurbished Little Theatre will not only be used for the Players’ rehearsals, visiting hires and community groups, but also to accommodate a youth theatre group.

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Building Products Index Ltd Doors, PVC-U, PVC-U, Windows Leave a Comment

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Eurocell has extended its range of market-leading conservatory and orangery solutions with the launch of new contemporary designs that create desirable extended living spaces or can modernise existing and traditional conservatory structures.

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Responding to increased consumer demand for 21st century conservatory designs that include greater use of glass, reduced brickwork, superior thermal insulation, and a contemporary build aesthetic for shape and colour, Eurocell has added a raft of new quality-led features that improve liveability and reflect changing homeowner tastes, which will create business growth opportunities for fabricators and installers.

The latest conservatory designs bring together a combination of Eurocell’s exclusive pilaster and slimline roof systems, with a modern highline gutter solution, to enable the creation of cutting-edge and desirable living spaces that connect the house and garden.

Requiring low maintenance and designed for ease of fabrication and fast installation, the sleek and attractively designed options will ensure the swift and cost-effective completion of projects.  They also offer peace of mind with a 10-year guarantee on product performance once installed and provide all year-round comfort through superior thermal performance.

Flexible pilaster options 

The new features include innovatively designed pilaster solutions providing strength, durability, high insulation performance, and varied decorative options.  Using corner posts with reinforcement, the pilasters provide a robust construction solution.  They are also the foundation for stunning cladding options such as Coastline and Ecoscape that are available in a range of colours, including anthracite grey, moondust grey, silver birch, spiced oak, and midnight black.

For homeowners preferring an internal plastered finish, the new pilaster options provide the perfect backdrop to help deliver stunning interior spaces that can include striking lighting effects and the increased specification of automation and technology.

Slimline roof system to enhance light and space

The contemporary visual impact of the new Eurocell conservatory options is reinforced with the addition of a slimline roof system solution.  With a thinner ridge system and reduced sightlines on conservatories, the slimline roof system enhances the feel of light and space.  The system’s colour range includes white, anthracite grey, smooth aluminium grey, and matt black to provide a modern look.

Highline gutters – easy to install with advanced aesthetics

To further support the creation of visually appealing conservatories, Eurocell’s new contemporary highline gutter perfectly complements the slimline roof system.  Available in white, anthracite grey, and black, the highline gutter is suitable for internal and external 90-degree corners.  They have been designed to make the installation process quicker by allowing increased space for installers to fix to the conservatory structure. The bottom of the gutter has been designed  to allow better aesthetics over full height brickwork and pilasters.

The range of features are suitable for new conservatory structures or as a cost-effective method to modernise existing and traditional conservatories. Easy to install, they can quickly transform favourite internal spaces and enhance the connected experience of indoor and outdoor living.

Sean Bunyan, Head of Commercial Operations for Eurocell, says: “Our further enhanced range of conservatory solutions is designed to help create ideal living spaces for homeowners.  The impact of the pandemic and the work from home rules have made many people reappraise their living and working environments. As a result, we expect to see continued strong market demand for newly realised modern conservatory solutions, as well as projects where homeowners are looking to transform traditional conservatories. We have also ensured that customer feedback has been used as part of the design and development process for the exciting new features.

“The contemporary pilaster, slimline roof system and highline gutter options are fantastic quality-based additions to the conservatory solutions we offer.  They are now available for fabricators and installers looking to work with their clients on the development of attractive and welcoming spaces that connect the indoors with the outside.”

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ACO Access – Whatever the application we’ve got it covered

ACO Access – Whatever the application we’ve got it covered

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access-covers-Main Image CarouselACO is synonymous around the world for quality, innovation and outstanding design. Our wealth of experience, technical knowledge and manufacturing expertise ensures our range of floor access covers delivers choice, function and style to our customers for a wide range of internal and external building applications.


ACO’s floor access cover range provides a high quality finish and easy access to underlying services and ducting.

ACO UniFace™, our range of recessed access covers, and ACO UniTop™, our range of solid covers, are designed for internal and external applications associated with both commercial, private and public sector buildings.

Typical applications include areas used by pedestrians, light vehicle traffic and heavier traffic such as forklifts. Available in a choice of materials including aluminium, hot dipped galvanised steel and stainless steel grade 304 as standard. ACO access covers can also compliment a variety of hard and flexible floor finishes including concrete, epoxy, terrazzo, carpet, vinyl, stone or ceramic tiles.

IMG_3994With a comprehensive range of standard clear opening sizes from 200 to 1200mm, ACO floor access covers can be supplied either as single units or for ducting and multi span applications. Manual lift or gas spring assisted versions are also available to suit the intended method of opening, frequency and ease of operation.

ACO UniFace™ and ACO UniTop™ floor access covers are manufactured using recycled materials and at end of life can be 100% recycled contributing to a sustainable environment and building practices. Our complete range of floor access covers is tested to the Fabricated Access Cover Trade Association (FACTA), specification for fabricated access covers. As a member of FACTA all ACO floor access covers use FACTA classifications for ease of selection and specification.

Our standard aluminium covers are available from stock in 3-5 days. If you require a bespoke cover please call us on 01462 810421 to discuss the project details. For more information