Hampstead range offers style and exceptional quality @IronmngryDirect

The UK’s largest ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, offers a range of window fittings and hardware at low trade prices. Their Hampstead range of casement stays and fasteners, in particular, offers design and functionality in equal measure, each beautifully crafted to suit any interior.

With a 25-year guarantee, this exclusive range of window fittings is of outstanding quality. These products are die forged from solid brass, using traditional processes to achieve a result where you can feel the craftmanship of the fittings in the heavy weight of each piece.

Change is in the air @vicaimadoors

Government departments are pouring over technical data and preparing new directives, trade bodies are examining every aspect of potential market implications. No, this is not another missive on BREXIT, but the reality of the changing world concerning Fire Doors and related risk critical products. Change is in the air and everyone should be aware of the urgent need to specify truly compliant products that play a significant role in the process of safety.

The Chilterns, Haddenham

Gaia worked with Hobbs Heating & Plumbing delivering their wet underfloor heating to one of the latest developments for Rectory Homes in Haddenham, Bucks.  The site comprises of 3, 4 and 5 bedroomed homes with a mix of semi-detached and detached homes, with only 2 homes left for sale from the 40 built.  Haddenham is a desirable village in rural Buckinghamshire with good transport links to London (35 minutes on the Chiltern Line to Marylebone).          

Out with the old and in with the new – By Danny Hanlon, UK COO, Granite & TREND Transformations @trend_trans

With summer approaching, homeowners are starting to think about making those changes around the home that have been niggling away during the winter. Big decisions like a kitchen or bathroom makeover are normally tempered with thoughts of disruption, debris, dirt and inconvenience. They can now have a kitchen makeover in a day which will also save all the hassle, time and general chaos that a traditional kitchen refit brings.

New Dwellings, Hitcham on site of old garage

Gaia’s customer on this project was M & S Contractors of Ipswich, who specialise in carpentry and joinery and are established as one of the largest contractors in the South Eastern region of the UK.

New for 2019! JIS Europe introduces the “Black Edition” Range of Stainless Steel Towel Rails @JIS_Europe

In answer to the current market demand for matt black finish towel rails, we have decided to introduce the Black Edition by JIS Europe.  What stands the Black Edition Towel Rail apart from the competition is that it is, as always, manufactured from 100% stainless steel.


Foam tape sealing company ISO CHEMIE has extended the scope of its specialist services with the launch of new 3D BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology.

The move will enable architects and designers to integrate high quality scaled digital information around window and door sealing solutions as part of their 3D visualisations and client presentations.

BIM is playing an increasingly significant role in the design and delivery of large and complex fenestration projects and installations in the UK.

Product information and specification data from the company’s joint sealing tapes, multi-function joint sealing tapes and in-front-of-wall installation systems such as Winframer will be available initially for downloading free as BIM-ready items via www.portal.iso-chemie.eu or an external database.

Don’t get left out in the cold: ensuring homes are fit for changing weather @gravenhillbuild

In the recent Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a ‘future home standard’ as part of his Clean Growth strategy. This will require new build homes in the UK to be built without fossil fuel heating from 2025.

As a result of this, the housing industry must now begin to consider alternative options which are better for the environment.

While minimum performance and sustainability standards already exist, to which new homes must comply, as they stand, even the most forward-thinking developers will need to adapt to meet the new regulations.

Common self-build mistakes and how to avoid them @HBR_Show

There’s a steep learning curve when you’re building or carrying out a large renovation project. Homebuilding & Renovating Show specialists who have lived through it describe the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Tom McSherry, national relationship manager at Buildstore, says:

‘With any homebuilding project there’s never a day without bills – and if the right funds aren’t available at the right stage of the build, delays are inevitable (and often expensive). It’s important to clearly understand your budget and borrowing options early on, and always consult an expert mortgage adviser to avoid cashflow problems during your project.

Farnborough’s first Homebuilding & Renovating Show smashes expectations @MyHomeBuilding

The potential concerns surrounding Brexit and the property market were debunked at the first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, which defied expectations despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting fifty per cent more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, welcomed over 9,700 visitors across the two days, with an average project spend of £154,834 per person.


SIG Roofing and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has once again teamed up in its search to find an outstanding Local Hero to celebrate all the fantastic work that roofing contractors do.

Whether it’s donating their time, expertise or money in aid of a worthy cause the annual award recognises those who go above and beyond for their local community. However, time is running out to submit your Local Hero with nominations closing on the 29th March.


A luxury block of apartments on the west coast of Scotland has just been treated with a weather resistant coating from Andura

The coastal property at Chaseley Gardens, Skelmorlie in Ayreshire, has tremendous views across to the Isle of Bute, yet at the same time is in an exposed position when the weather changes. Only 600 metres from the shoreline, the 12 year old property in roughcast rendering had suffered salt damage, water run-off and staining over the years.

Andura registered applicator, Anchor Coatings, was commissioned for the project where they applied Andura Classic Smooth in the colour Polar White to the main building and Classic Smooth Autumn Cloud to the five penthouses. This high-performance coating provides water resistance from the outside, yet still allows water vapour to breathe out of the substrate. In total over 1000 litres of Andura Classic Smooth was used to cover more than 1500m2 of exterior walls of the property.


Householders across the UK can now have their mind put at rest regarding indoor air quality as EnviroVent, one of the UK’s leading ventilation manufacturers, has partnered with social enterprise Airtopia to offer quick and easy indoor air quality testing. Sources of indoor air pollution are all around us, but invisible. This unique Airtopia test will, for the first time, give property owners a detailed report and recommendations that relate to their own particular setting and lifestyle.

Many people do not realise that poor indoor air quality may be the reason for a variety of health problems, ranging from respiratory conditions, such as asthma, sore throats, bronchitis, skin rashes and irritation, allergies, red eyes, headaches, to a runny nose and nasal congestion. Long-term exposure to toxins in the home has even been linked to diabetes, dementia, tachycardia and an increased risk of cancers.

Rotpunkt secures 2019 BKU Awards nomination for BEST OVERALL KITCHEN BRAND @rotopunktuk

Rotpunkt, award winning designer and manufacturer of quality German Kitchen furniture has good fortune this 2019, with a highly respectable BKU Awards nomination in the category of ‘Best Overall Kitchen Brand’.

Taking place on Thursday 20th June 2019, the BKU Awards 2019 in association with Bathroom & Kitchen Update Magazine, gives Rotpunkt the opportunity to communicate with the industry, its faithful customers and retail network across the UK, to determine whether Rotpunkt is ‘Best Overall Kitchen Brand’.

The Portobello Road Effect – How Instagram and Airbnb are influencing home improvement trends @Aspect_M

● 29% of UK residents want more ‘Instagrammable’ homes
● One in five has invested in making their homes more Airbnb-friendly
● 16% took inspiration from Netflix show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
● Enterprising tradespeople are often the biggest motivator for home improvement, offering discounts to neighbouring properties for getting work done at the same time

In a trend researchers have dubbed, ‘Portobello Road’ effect, in which home improvement ideas ‘spread’ between neighbouring properties giving rows of homes and sometimes even entire streets a uniform, photogenic look, more than a quarter (29%) of UK residents have invested in making their homes more ‘Instagrammable’ in the past two years, according to a new study into home improvement motivations by London property maintenance experts Aspect.

STA Health & Safety Policy Wins 2019 Offsite Award @STAtimber @ExploreOffsite

A record number of over 400 construction professionals gathered at ExCel, London to celebrate the 2019 Offsite Awards. As one of the most vibrant industry networking events of the year, the Offsite Awards celebrate product and service innovation, engineered by the pioneers who are taking the offsite construction industry to new heights.

The Structural Timber Association (STA) is proud to have been announced winner of the Health & Safety Award for the organisation’s Site Safe Policy. The award acknowledges outstanding health and safety disciplines, which empowers and protects construction professionals while enabling healthy onsite environments.