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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.


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.

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.

Streatham High Road @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).

Harmonix were appointed main contractor to create a five-storey structure which included a two-storey basement. Initially the area was excavated to approximately 13,700m3 using contiguous piling to form two basement levels. A new structural concrete slab was laid with three lift pits, with the piles having then been faced with a concrete lining wall.

The project required a robust and a meticulously detailed specification with Delta Registered Installers, Cemplas being appointed waterproofing contractor to guarantee a watertight basement.


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


Today, NBS, the leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced a partnership with the Brick Development Association (BDA) to communicate the latest technical standards to construction professionals, ensuring industry-wide best practice.

As part of a mutual commitment to align standards and improve quality, NBS and BDA have joined forces to improve the connections between manufacturers and built environment professionals. This is important for the success of brickwork, which is a material that is dependent on site construction.


Q-railing’s latest innovation in glass balustrades, the Q-disc® System for easy glass fixing and alignment, has received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. ‘The Q-disc fixing system represents a new approach to installing glass railings, with its sophisticated functionality and the resulting easy handling’. That was the jury’s opinion of this unique invention, which significantly speeds up glass balustrade installation. The system is included in Q-railing’s Easy Glass® Smart and Easy Glass® Prime glass balustrades.

Carpet Recycling UK: sustained interest in reuse/recycling despite decline in landfill diversion @CarpetRecycleUK

Flooring industry support for carpet waste reuse and recycling opportunities in the UK continues to rise, despite an overall 10% decrease in the total amount of carpet waste identified and recorded in 2019 compared to 2018, according to Carpet Recycling UK’s latest achievements report.

Since its formation in 2007, the not-for-profit, industry-led membership association has enabled both members and non-members to divert around 1.25 million tonnes of carpet waste otherwise destined for landfill.

Creating further landfill diversion solutions for carpet waste reinforces Carpet Recycling UK as the only independent ‘go-to’ body for organisations that want to drive forward sustainability and circular economy principles in the carpet/flooring sector.

Keeping your cool this summer: Experts reveal how to get the perfect summer sleep @WorcsBoschCare

‘Be more dog’ and close curtains during the day to aid sleep this summer, plus the real reason that women want more of the duvet

·       New advice from Worcester Bosch, in partnership with the Sleepyhead Clinic, reveals top tips for improving sleep as the summer months kick in

·       By shutting curtains during the day, homeowners will notice an instant improvement in quality of sleep

·       Optimum sleeping conditions revealed as 17 degrees – though women prefer temperatures nearer 20 degrees for better night’s rest

New expert advice from leading boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch in partnership with Sleepyhead Clinic has revealed a new list of top tips to sleep better as the temperature increases.

A Potential Barrier in the Road to Reaching Net Zero Targets @STAtimber

The Government’s recent consultation on extending the ban on combustible materials to more building types and lowering the height restriction in England from 18m to 11m closed on 25 May. Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA) discusses how this ruling if adopted will severely inhibit our ability to decarbonise the UK construction industry.

In late May Roger Harrabin reported on BBC News that the Government is planning to reduce the maximum height of timber framed buildings from six storeys to four to reduce fire risk. Harrabin rightly pointed out that this action would contradict other advice to increase timber construction because trees lock up climate-heating carbon emissions.But this will not only totally contradict other government advice to reduce carbon emissions but flies in the face of the support that it has shown for offsite manufacturing to deliver the much needed housing –  the most proven of which are timber based systems.