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ANS Global, the world’s leading living wall specialist, reveals the benefits of living walls and green roofs, demonstrating how these living installations are aiding planning whilst leading the way to a greener, better future.

As construction continues to eat away what little remains of the natural landscape, the pressure for local authorities to place greater emphasis on sustainable solutions rapidly grows. With the revelation of shocking statistics, such as 4.2 million deaths worldwide every year as a result of exposure to outdoor air pollution[i], planners and local authorities must answer the expectations of the concerned public by demanding more green solutions from proposed designs.

LANDSCAPE 2019 is the trade event you will not want to miss – and the best part is, it’s all FREE @LandscapeEvent

LANDSCAPE – the UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park in central London on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th of September 2019. The landscaping industry’s leading trade event is dedicated to products, services and innovation for the design, build and management of exterior and interior landscape projects, with an array of over 200 new and returning exhibitors all under one roof!

LANDSCAPE is dedicated to bringing the industry together by introducing its visitors to the latest products, services and techniques necessary to design, build and maintain prestigious and award-winning interior or exterior landscaping projects all over the world. We are proud to say that 86% of our visitors are very likely to recommend and use an exhibitor for a future project, and the exhibitor list continues to go from strength-to-strength year-on-year. Our extensive exhibitor list ensures that when we say that there is “something for everyone”, we really do mean it!

Five reasons why it makes sense to self-build @dwnyebm

For many people in the UK, owning a home is not only a sound investment but the opportunity to put down permanent roots, create stability and modify surroundings to personal taste and style.

Buying a property is one of the biggest purchases you will most likely make in your life, and while there might appear to be plenty of properties to choose from, finding your dream home isn’t always that straightforward.

If you’re at a property search stalemate, or you simply want to make your mark by creating your own bricks and mortar masterpiece, self-build could make sense. Here, Rex Nye, from NYEs Building Supplies, provides five reasons why you should consider building your own home.

Homeowners urged to enter competition to find the country’s best daylight filled loft conversion @VELUX @VELUXGBI

-Win £2000 cash with VELUX® Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019-

VELUX® wants to hear from homeowners across the UK and Ireland who have transformed their loft with the best use of daylight to create a light, bright space in their home.

For the first time, the roof window manufacturer has launched a competition aimed at homeowners who have converted their loft into a beautiful new room using two or more VELUX roof windows.

The transformation could be a master bedroom and en-suite, a home office, children’s playroom or grown up sanctuary. Regardless of the budget or size of the project, VELUX wants to see how their roof windows have helped create a better living environment, and to uncover those loft conversions that make the best use of daylight.

2019 Brick Awards shortlist revealed from record number of entries @BricksUK

The 2019 Brick Awards beat its record number of entries again this year with 349 entries across 15 hotly-contested categories.

The Brick Awards showcases the very best examples of clay brick in the UK’s built environment. For 43 years the event has celebrated a broad range of bold, unique and inspiring architectural works and this year is no exception.

The task of shortlisting fell to a panel of exceptionally credentialled architects, planners, specialist brickwork contractors, developers and other brick experts, who produced a final shortlist of 112 entries.

Nominations are now open for this year’s APS Member of the Year 2019 @apstalk

The Association for Project Safety [APS] is inviting nominations for the new award of APS Member of the Year. The award is for the individual member who, judged by their peers, has demonstrated outstanding leadership in design and construction health and safety risk management.

A guide to insurance for self-employed tradesmen @Actavodirect

By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct

Going self-employed brings benefits in flexibility, time management and more. However, with the full burden of contract work falling on one person, it’s vital you’ve got the correct insurance to keep you covered if the worst happens.

That’s why Actavo Direct has put together a guide to insurance for self-employed tradesmen.

Dekton® Grip+: A Safe, Stylish Flooring Solution @Dekton

The global leader in the production and distribution of surfaces for the world of architecture and design, the Cosentino Group is delighted to announce the launch of Dekton® Grip+.  A safe, stylish solution for flooring in both commercial and residential projects, this new launch once again demonstrates the Cosentino Research and Development team’s leadership in terms of product innovation.  

Grip+ is an advanced, innovative treatment that guarantees slip resistance on Dekton® ultracompact surfaces, providing maximum safety when used for flooring. Dekton® Grip+ offers a smoothness that’s similar to the material’s standard finishing, thus ensuring the same pleasant feel when walking across it barefoot.

In addition to these benefits, Dekton® Grip+ meets the most restrictive international regulations.  Dekton® Grip+ classifies as R11 under regulation DIN 51130, whilst also meeting the Class 3 regulation.

The UK’s new generation of affordable luxury passive houses launched @VilasanaHomes

Rising energy costs and concerns about global warming are pushing many environmentally-conscious home buyers to look for solutions to reduce their carbon footprint. Now an award-winning new development of passive homes in Kent promises luxurious, ultra-eco-friendly living at competitive prices, in a move that developer Vilasana Homes hopes will signal a step-change in housing design.

Heating homes accounts for more than 15% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Built to stringent passive housing standards, Vilasana Homes prioritise reductions in energy consumption utilising the latest technology and innovations in insultation and ventilation. The new homes reduce energy consumption by up to 80%, while all electricity is supplied by partners using 100% renewable sources. 


PlanRadar, the web-based application for construction and real estate projects, has won the Construction Award at last nights’ EG Tech Awards, following the company’s entry into the UK market in April this year.

This win demonstrates the tech firm’s best use of technology to improve a construction project or process.

PlanRadar provides a SaaS solution for digital construction documentation, defect and task management for use on smartphones and tablets throughout the whole lifecycle of buildings. The application has been widely used throughout Europe since its inception in 2014.

Following its UK launch, the Vienna, London and Zagreb based company has now employed in total over 70 staff to support increased productivity, cost efficiency and time savings for the fatigued construction markets worldwide.

Plotting a dream: discover steps to making your property ambitions a reality @HBR_Show @MyHomebuilding

The number of new homes registered to be built within the London region has reached more than 5,500 – a 58 per cent increase compared to 3,549 last year – according to recent reports from The National Housebuilding Council.

To help identify, appraise and secure the perfect plot to turn their property ambitions into reality, for the first time this year, visitors to the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, returning to ExCeL from 4-6 October 2019, will be supported by masterclasses from the Land Hub, a self-build stage in collaboration with Plotfinder and Potton’s Self-Build Academy.

SBID International Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended. @SBIDawards

Due to numerous requests organisers decided to extend the deadline date for an additional three weeks to allow delayed entrants to complete their submission.

Considered as one of the most prestigious accolades in interior design by the best in the industry, the Awards represent over 40 countries worldwide, across every continent, bringing together the world’s finest interior design projects from a range of fourteen residential and commercial categories.

Designers talent represented in hospitality, retail and office interiors to healthcare and residential show the diversity of skills and vision of interior design. Consistent in its quest to recognise, reward and celebrate global interior design, this year’s edition is intended to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of SBID’s 10th anniversary celebrations and a captivating ceremony planned at the event’s new venue: Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London.


James Latham has launched a competition across its social media platforms to celebrate the best projects and examples of design which have been created using their high-quality timber or decorative products.

Using the hashtag #LathamsDesign2019, the competition is inviting designers, architects, joiners, furniture makers – indeed anyone who uses their products – to share their images.

The competition, which runs throughout the UK and Ireland, launched in early July and will continue through until September 30.  Selected images will be showcased across Latham’s various social media platforms and the winning entry will receive a £500 voucher for Artist Residence, the eccentric boutique hotel group, with venues situated in Brighton, London, Oxfordshire, Penzance and Bristol.

Redrow’s commitment to Health & Safety recognised by NHBC @RedrowHomes @NHBC

Three Redrow site managers received ‘Highly Commended’ awards at the NHBC’s annual Health and Safety Awards after each being awarded the ‘Commended’ status in May.

Darren Smith (Colindale Gardens, West London), Simon Longley (Langley Grange, Yorkshire and Stewart O’Brien (The Loftings, Southern Counties) are three of just 23 site managers across the country to be awarded the sought-after health and safety title.

Now in their tenth year, the awards are given to site managers who demonstrate an outstanding level of health and safety management from planning through to execution.

Darren Smith oversees the construction of Redrow’s flagship scheme in North London, Colindale Gardens. Once complete, Colindale Gardens will feature 2,900 new homes alongside shops, cafes and extensive public open space and will be Redrow’s largest scheme to date. This is the second time Darren Smith has received the ‘Highly Commended’ award for his work at Colindale Gardens, after picking up the title in 2017.

Diary Date – Grand Designs Live at The NEC – 9 – 13 October 2019 @granddesigns

On the 9th – 13th October 2019, The NEC will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home renovation and design innovation to the midlands.

Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new exhibitors and features, along with popular favourites; with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event.  Whether starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, installing a new kitchen or simply looking for ideas, Grand Designs Live is the must-visit event for everyone wanting to learn about the world of renovation, interiors, design and self-build.

In association with the Federation of Master Builders, Grand Designs Live will play host to National Renovation Week throughout the show, including specialised sessions covering all aspects of home renovation on the Grand Theatre and expert advice at the Home Renovation Clinic.

Delta Membrane Systems Limited expands its Waterproofing Systems with BDA Certified DualProof @DeltaMembranes

Delta Membrane Systems Limited is delighted to announce Dualproof has been certified by KIWA (European Institution for Testing, Inspection and Certification).  

The BDA Agrément® process is designed to underpin the ‘fitness for purpose’ of products destined for the European construction market. Products are examined and rigorously tested following precise installation instructions.  

It is one of the UK’s major authorities recognised by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifiers and industry insurers. 

DualProof is a Type A waterproofing pre-applied, sealed two layer highly flexible PVC membrane laminated with a non-woven PP-fleece, composite waterproofing membrane which forms a permanent mechanical bond with freshly poured concrete preventing the tracking of water between the waterproofing membrane and the concrete sub-structure.