Iconic Architect’s Tool Retires After 40 Years Service @theNBS

RIBA Product Selector replaced by cloud-based NBS Source

After 40 years, NBS, the leading provider of connected construction information, will be saying goodbye to RIBA Product Selector, its iconic product directory. All its content is now available in NBS Source, a brand new cloud-based platform for construction product information.

Over its four-decade lifespan, RIBA Product Selector evolved from a physical printed directory of thousands of construction products, found on every architect’s shelf, to an online database.

State of the Art Hospital Benefits from P C Henderson’s Sirocco System @PCHendersonLtd

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been specified for a state of the art hospital build in Breda, Holland.

Covering 128,000 square metres, the new ultra-modern Amphia Hospital was officially opened in November 2019. The design brief focused on creating a new world of medical care – aiming for increased one to one patient contact, shorter waiting times, the highest level of health care and a peaceful and comfortable environment.

Google searches for orangeries, garden rooms and conservatories double during COVID-19 lockdown @WestburyUK

Google searches for glazed extensions such as orangeries, garden rooms and conservatories doubled (an increase of 99 per cent) as homeowners started to look for ways to extend and improve their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year, according to Westbury Garden Rooms.

The recent research compared search volumes for April to June 2020 with the same period in 2019 for a wide range of keywords relating to orangeries, garden rooms and conservatories. ‘Garden rooms’ were the most sought after extension type, with a 165 per cent increase, followed by ‘orangeries’ (89 per cent) and ‘conservatories’ (68 per cent).

COVID-19 legacy mural planned for NHS Trusts @thesdstudio #BecauseYou

A Stoke-on-Trent manufacturer has teamed up with NHS Trusts around the UK to create bespoke memorial installations in their hospitals to commemorate the impact of Coronavirus on the country.

The NHS Trusts’ Charities and digital ceramic printers, The Surface Design Studio, have launched the #BecauseYou project to create a community led legacy mural designed by the public to pay homage to the global pandemic and help raise crucial funds for the individual NHS Trust’s charities.

Twelve Architects to create unique branded residence concept for Silverstone race circuit @12Architects

A brand new branded residence concept at Silverstone race circuit, the globally recognised home of motorsport, has launched this August 2020. The development called ‘Escapade
Silverstone’, will see 60 high spec residences and a clubhouse being built that will be available for short-term rental. London based architecture firm Twelve Architects, who won
the commission to design the concept will create residences with spectacular views of the track, to attract visitors with a passion for motorsports from all over the world.

Electric Heating Company @EHC_UK

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on all walks of life. The electric heating industry is no exception and with access to properties required to complete either repairs or new installation works it presents a significant challenge during the lockdown periods. It is likely for some occupiers that this will be an ongoing situation dependant on their personal circumstances and the nature of the required works.

Inva Stair Riser is a game changer @invalifts

The newly re-designed Inva Stair Riser is a game changer when it comes to incline stair lift design and innovation. The stair lift now comes with a graphic display panel which keeps the user up to date with the operation status and importantly also indicates if the stop button has been depressed or if the unit is not located on its charging points. Both of which are unnecessary and expensive reasons for breakdown call outs.

The new design also allows for coloured LED lighting to be added to both sides and across the top of the carriage adding improved individual adaption on the unit.


Always aiming to build the perfect online experience for its customers and partners, Vicaima, one of the largest European players in the production of sophisticated solutions for interior doors, wardrobes and panels, has just launched a new website, which aims to improve the ease of navigation for its users, providing spontaneous and differentiating interaction with all features and tools.  Yet another innovation, from a company which is continuously investing in a close, modern and intuitive digital footprint.

JIS Europe @JIS_Europe

In response the recent Corona virus outbreak Managing Director at JIS Europe, Richard Thelwell, discusses their policy of stockholding and how it is even more relevant and impactful today.

“At JIS Europe our staff and customers wellbeing are of paramount and first importance to us, in light of that, we are following all government guidelines and have instituted further measures to further protect our staff. Whilst the advice remains to stay open we will do so, with necessary staff in place, and continue to send our rails out on a Next Working Day service and there will be no disruption to supply.  This is enabled by our longstanding policy of stockholding which means whatever the crisis may be, be it fires or theft within our factories, Brexit or the coronavirus today we are able to fulfil supply.  This results in not only further financial stability for ourselves but also our customers whose projects do not want to see any unnecessary further delays.”

Enjoy balcony views from your self-build with VELUX® @VELUXGBI

When it comes to allocating time and budget to self-build projects, the unassuming, often-forgotten loft is one area which, if carefully planned from the outset, can end up being the most striking and coveted space in a new home.

Once considered the place for storing luggage, there’s now a host of products which can help you transform your loft space into an enviable, spacious and daylight-filled room. And there are some products in particular that deliver truly exceptional results.


A door closer is a mechanical device that reduces the physical burden of opening and shutting doors, and can be housed above, beneath or within the door unit. Door closers play a crucial role across many commercial buildings, yet despite this, many building owners remain unaware of their importance, which could be contributing to inadequate specification choices. Here, David Saxby, Senior Category Manager at IronmongeryDirect, highlights some of the key considerations for specifiers as well as some recommended solutions.


Syntec GRC, Oscar Acoustics and Lignacite become the first manufacturers to officially join the platform

NBS, the platform for connected construction, welcomes Oscar Acoustics, Lignacite and Syntec GRC to NBS Source. NBS Source is a cloud-based platform for construction products that is revolutionising construction specification.

Trade Association Encourages Households Across The UK To Start the Transition to Biofuels. @UKIFDA

Trade association the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA), has launched a campaign advising the 1.5m households across the UK, who use oil heating, on a plan to decarbonise using biofuels.

UKIFDA is working with trade associations within the liquid fuels supply chain to lobby the UK Government to develop a transition that enables consumers not connected to the gas grid to cut their carbon emissions through a series of planned steps rather than one major heating system change.

Delta Membrane @DeltaMembranes


512/522 Streatham High Road is a new mixed-use development of storage and office space. Delta’s Director David J. Symes was delighted to have been involved with this prestigious project from concept which involved a super basement with a footprint of an impressive 1500m2 (wall surface) and 2500m2 (floor surface).


The company has matched a £4,096.38 raffle amount, so £8,192.76 will be donated to NHS Charities Together. Both winners chose to give forward, donating prizes to local NHS workers or holding their own fundraisers to raise additional donations.

What More UK Shortlisted for 6 Industry Awards @whamworld

East Lancashire housewares manufacturer What More UK has confirmed its position as a leading organisation in the Northern Powerhouse with shortlistings for 6 industry awards, 3 regional, 2 national and 1 international.

Company employees have good reason to be proud of their achievement, but they’ve no time to celebrate as orders continue to come in at record levels despite lockdown.