New building materials
and solutions news 1 12/10/2009.
|A progressive housing association is demonstrating the
practicality of genuinely creating lifetime homes with the completion of the first phase of a new
development. Margaret Blackwood Housing Association specialises in providing homes for
disabled people. The new, £3.1 million Cala Sona Court redevelopment provides 24 homes
purpose-designed to meet tenants’ needs both now and in the future. Some 70 % of the new
properties are specifically designed to be wheelchair accessible, with one being further ready
equipped with Clos-o-Mat Palma ‘was h and dry’ toilets to optimise independence
for the occupants’ specific requirements, and the others wired for future installation of
Clos-o-Mats if required.
GLIDEVALE DEVELOPS EFFECTIVE BARRIER FOR AIR AND
|A new membrane that is claimed to provide an airtight solution
for walls and ceilings has been developed by Glidevale Ltd. Protect
BarriAir is a high performance, coated non-woven membrane. Installed immediately adjacent to
the insulation on the warm side of the structure, Protect BarriAir can significantly reduce air
leakage in any construction to meet the increasingly important standards for air tightness.
Uncontrolled air leakage from all types of buildings is one of the major causes of energy loss and
CO2 emissions. Glidevale has specifically developed Protect BarriAir to
deliver high tensile and nail tear strength, yet still be easy to cut and manoeuvre.
LPD LAUNCHES NEW MAIN BROCHURE AND MINI GUIDE – DESIGNED TO DELIVER
‘MORE THAN JUST THE DOOR’
|LPD, one of the UK’s leading importers and
distributors of quality interior and exterior doors, has launched a comprehensive new brochure and
compact mini guide. Presenting the extensive collection of contemporary and traditional styles
with inspiring lifestyle photography, this latest literature also strongly promotes LPD’s ethos of
delivering ’more than just the door’ to its valued network of independent distributors. The
company has been at the forefront of the industry for nearly 30 years and understands
there&rsq uo;s much more to the business than simply selling a door. Consequently, LPD is
continually working in close partnership with stockists throughout the UK and Ireland, to help
them deliver a competitive advantage.
MTECH CONSULT & GALLIFORD TRY OFFSITE IN ACTION!
In an exciting development for Ecobuild, Mtech Consult, one of the
UK’s leading Offsite consultancy, and Galliford Try, one of the country’s foremost construction and
housebuilding groups, have joined forces to create an innovative Offsite feature at Ecobuild
2010. The companies will design, specify and construct a 2 storey generic building inside
Earls Court, entirely using Offsite methods and systems emphasising the significant environmental
benefits that innovative Offsite systems and techniques can deliver. In completing the 70 m2
building, Mtech and Galliford Try expect to draw on products and services from between 12 to 15
specialist Offsite manufacturers from across the UK.
RECORD 4500 LAIDLAW DOORSETS FOR ST HELENS AND WHISTON
|Laidlaw Solutions’ position as one of the UK’s
leading supplier of doorsets to the healthcare sector has been emphasised by the specification of
4500 Orbis Timber Doorsets to two new PFI hospitals at
St Helens and Whiston. In addition to a 30-year maintenance and replacement contract, specialist
requirements included 50 post-formed 'Acroyn'
PVC-faced sterile doorsets for level 1 theatres,
80 Radiological performance doorsets for X-Ray departments and 180 Easi-fold doorsets for disabled POD
bathrooms. Orbis Commercial ironmongery in Silk Anodised Aluminium was supplied for the
’Bio Oak’ laminated doorsets, with solid nylon Normbau levers and pull handles used for the
’Corfu’ Formica® psm laminate doors.
STEADMANS LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCT SELECTOR
|Roofing, cladding and structural products company
Steadmans has introduced a new full-colour product selector portraying its
comprehensive range of products for the construction industry. Available to download or
request as a hard copy the new A4 booklet provides a practical and informative overview of all the
company’s new and existing products. This includes Steadmans’ thermally efficient composite
roof and wall panel system, its traditional single and twin skin cladding systems and Meta-Slate,
a new BBA-approved s late-effect metal roofing system. The literature also includes other
new and innovative products such as Drip Stop Drain, a condensation control fleece for high
humidity single skin applications.
LOOKING FOR LARGER LIFTS? LOOK TO NEW STANNAH
Yes, Stannah Passenger Lifts are getting bigger. Our new
Xtralift range provides MRL gearless traction passenger lifts for up to 33 Persons, with a multitude of
configurations. Stannah Xtralifts can go a little higher and faster than our 6-16 person Maxilift
range, so giving our customers more choice than ever before. Of course our larger lifts come with
the same Stannah assurances: quality manufacture, comprehensive choice of finishes, excellent customer
service and local service, nationwide. So for all your lift requirements, from 6 – 33 person,
simply call Stannah. We know we can help.
ZINC – CHANGING THE FACE OF
|Zinc is undoubtedly achieving increasing prominence as a façade
and roofing material through projects of increasingly high profile. Its sustainability is
reflected by an already thriving recycling market which, in Western Europe, is already seeing
around 90% of old rolled zinc being reused.
Coventry University’s new Health Design and Technology Institute has incorporated the latest
innovations in building access and inclusive design to allow effective perception of depth and texture
for the partially sighted. The range of finishes VM Zinc now offers enormous
|The experience of bringing the outdoors indoors has now been
extended to incorporate the garden. Gone are the days of hexagonal glass houses, with
architects instead opting to open their doors, and walls and to the outside world. The
popularity of bi-fold doors has enabled designers and architects to think of a room and the garden
as one, eliminating barriers such as end windows and door frames. With the right
construction, entire corner sections of a room can be replaced allowing maximum access and
light. TimberTech decking is the perfect choice to create that unspoil ed progression from
interior to exterior flooring. Fast becoming the most popular alternative decking material
in the UK, call TimberTech to receive your sample today.
EMPLOYEE EMPOWERMENT BUILDING GEZE SUCCESS
It’s official! Geze UK is one the industry’s
best places to work, according to Building magazine’s Good Employer Guide, which featured the
industry’s 50 best employers. Judged confidentially by its own professional staff, Geze UK
scored highly for its good working environment, empowerment of team members and commitment to
work-life balance. Smarter working practices, good CSR and a feel good factor within the
company were complemented by high scores for the company’s leadership, the ability of staff to
contribute to success and an inspired workforce, with all staff receiving additional
benefits. Geze UK’s staff was invited at random to complete an anonymous online opinion
GEZE UK’S NEW CHARTER CHAMPIONS CUSTOMER SERVICE
A brand new Customer Service Charter has been launched by Geze UK, one of the UK’s leading
manufacturer of door and window control systems, during this year’s National Customer Service
Week. Announced by managing director Andrew Hall to all staff, the Customer Service Charter
highlights Geze UK’s commitment to customers and outlines the standards of service it aims to
provide by setting out eight key values including respect, honesty, quality, teamwork and effective
communication. Endorsed by all employees, the Customer Service Charter will help everyone
exceed the expectations of customers in all aspects of their roles.
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