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New 3D BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology is available from foam tape sealing company ISO CHEMIE.

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 or an external database.

Calling All Designers: Grand Designs Live Launches ‘Under the Stairs’ Competition at The NEC @granddesigns

After its success at the London show in May, Grand Designs Live’s Under The Stairs feature will be reimagined at Birmingham’s NEC this October. A new series of 8 installations, each imagined by a different interior designer, will be on display only at Grand Designs Live, from 9th – 13th October 2019.

The competition will focus on the increase in the use of unconventional spaces and Grand Designs Live are inviting pioneering interior stylists bring their ideas to life at the show.

Aiming to attract a diverse range of creative and clever ideas to transform Under the Stairs spaces; designers will dress the rooms with products which are easily accessible to exhibition visitors and are either in stock or online from current retailers, manufacturers and designers. Every room can have many purposes and uses, unique to each designer and their needs, ranging from a workspace, to a downstairs toilet or a playroom for the kids. This imaginative and exciting feature will aim to inspire visitors and encourage them to take home new ideas, information, supplier contacts and spark creativity in them all, for their very own ‘Grand Design’.

Aqualisa makes product range available on NBS National BIM Library @AqualisaShowers @theNBS

As the inventor of the world’s first digital shower, it makes sense that the words click, drag, and drop, are now applicable to  Aqualisa’s award-winning range of bathroom products.

From this month, Aqualisa’s extensive collection of award-winning showers will be added to the  NBS National BIM Librarymeaning construction industry professionals can access comprehensive Aqualisa product information and designs, all available to be dropped into virtual planning environments.

The vast scope of companies using the NBS database will now be able to access Aqualisa’s full range of electric, digital, and mixer showers, complete with the most up-to-date specifications, and accurate 3D models for their projects. This critical tool aids accurate project planning and tracking, assisting cooperation between manufacturers, engineers, architects, and construction professionals, which optimises the efficiency of project management. For manufacturers, the database can also be utilised for acquiring valuable marketing information and lead generation, along with increased visibility of their products within the construction industry.

Entries now open for Surface Design Awards 2020 @surfacethinking

Entries are now open for the 8th Surface Design Awards which celebrate truly the best and most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the globe.

The last edition had over 197 entries from 22 different countries and the 2019 Supreme Winner was the stunning Maggie’s Centre St Barts by Steven Holl Architects. Projects from Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Egret West, Rockwell Group, and Kengo Kuma & Associates were among the shortlist. There are two new categories for the 2020 Awards; Affordable Housing and Public Realm – reflecting the growing importance these two have on architecture and design. The remaining categories are Commercial Building (Interior and Exterior), Light + Surface (Interior and Exterior), Housing (Interior and Exterior), Public Building (Interior and Exterior), Retail Building (Interior and Exterior), Sustainable Surfaces (Interior and Exterior) and Temporary Structures.

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DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Blackburn with Darwen @BBCCiN @DIYSOS @Nightsafe

The BBC One show will feature a Blackburn with Darwen-based charity, supported by BBC Children in Need, which offers help to vulnerable young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Blackburn with Darwen later this year to take on an ambitious build to benefit a local charity. DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will see Nick Knowles and his team, with interior designer Gabrielle Blackman, complete the conversion of a rundown church hall, originally built in the early 1800’s, into accommodation and a support centre for Nightsafe: a Blackburn charity which provides support to young people aged 16 to 24 who are homeless or vulnerably housed. The show will air this November during BBC Children in Need Appeal week.

2019 Structural Timber Awards Finalists Announced! @STAwards19

The Structural Timber Awards is a celebration of innovation, best practice and expertise in timber technology. Taking place on 09 October 2019 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, the Awards will showcase innovative solutions and ground-breaking developments from across the UK timber industry.

With over 200 exemplary entries packed full of outstanding, pioneering projects, products and people received, this year’s Structural Timber Award judges have had the tough job of shortlisting entries into each category. The judges have been overwhelmed with the high standard and variety within every category. 

Redrow targets school leavers for housebuilding degree programme @RedrowHomes

Degree aims to improve the quality of vocational training available

Redrow is looking for 12 school-leavers from across the country to join its Housebuilding Degree programme for the first time this year.

The course was launched in 2017 in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria and aims to teach participants the skills to become a construction manager in housebuilding over a three year period. The programme is the first dedicated degree of its kind.

Until now, Redrow’s degree has been offered to current employees with a level three qualification, or a minimum five years in the industry, who would embark on the programme to attain a BSc (Hons) Construction Management in Housebuilding. But now Redrow is directly targeting school leavers with three A-Level pass grades or a BTEC Level 3, with the view that they will start the course within their first couple of months at Redrow.

Smart Neo-Georgian Home Kitted with Panasonic Heat Pumps @PanasonicHC_UK

Energy conscious homeowners, Vincent and Jacqueline Haines wanted to create an eco-friendly home for their outstanding Georgian style, 570sqft self-build project in Cambridgeshire.  Amongst several sustainable elements to the three-storey residential property, such as triple glazing throughout and 43 solar photovoltaic panels, this high-spec 6-bedroom home is heated via two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air-to-Water Heat Pumps.


The family was looking for a reliable and renewable heating source to connect to two floors of underfloor heating for the property, in addition to a cost-effective supply of hot water for the kitchen and bathrooms. The property is in a moderately remote location, and with potential piping issues at the site, the family’s heating specialist, Roland Gurner from Eco Installer investigated various renewable options and recommended two Panasonic Aquarea T-Cap Air to Water Heat Pumps for the property.  The heat pumps were supplied from authorised UK distributor for Panasonic, Oceanair.


Now is the time to undress the boiler, according to TV’s Sophie Robinson

Last week, TV presenter and interiors expert Sophie Robinson, unveiled the Greenstar Lifestyle range by Worcester Bosch, the world’s first designer boiler range. The range comprises two models, the Life and the Style. Both models feature a slick new design and a whole host of innovative features. Available in black or white, the Style‘s high gloss finish also provides a premium finish and exudes sophistication.

“As an interior designer, boilers have always caused a design headache. It’s always been a major task to box them in and hide them away. With this new innovative and stylish design, you can now proudly ‘undress’ your boiler and display it in your home for all to see.”

Kärcher vs RSI @karcheruk

Global market leader for cleaning technology, Kärcher, is working towards eliminating repetitive strain injury within the workplace.

Health and Safety at Work Statistics for Great Britain in 2018 revealed that 469,000 workers suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders, with the industries most affected including agriculture, construction and transportation . Further to this, 6.8 million working days were lost in 2018 due to work-related ill health, with 25% of those specifically related to musculoskeletal disorders. Repetitive strain on hand muscles while using machinery has become a real problem for manual workers and companies whose productivity is reduced when their workforce is affected by these injuries.

The UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park @LandscapeEvent ‏

The UK’s premier event for the industry returns to Battersea Park in central London on Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th of September 2019. It is the networking opportunity of the year, with hundreds of exhibitors and a huge array of industry professionals from all over the UK and beyond, including Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and Contractors.

Between the LANDSCAPE exhibitors there are products and services for every aspect of the design and build process spanning from CAD systems and tools to plants and stone. LANDSCAPE features an endless selection of products that are available to source, including Garden Buildings & Structures, Paving & Aggregates, Pools & Spas, Furniture & Outdoor Kitchens, Machinery & Vehicles, and Gates & Metalwork. As well as welcoming a whole host of new and returning exhibitors showcasing their latest products, services and technologies, dedicated to landscaping,  LANDSCAPE will once again host a CPD accredited Seminar programme. There will be two whole days of education and entertainment featuring a diverse line-up of top industry speakers. The accreditation enhances professional qualifications of practitioners and allows visitors to earn up to 11 CPD points with their attendance of sessions.

SURFACE APPEAL @lathamsltd

James Latham has just announced the addition of three new collections to its popular high-end range of decorative panels, Xylocleaf. Combining outstanding Italian design with class-leading standards in melamine processing, for Xylocleaf, the feel of a surface is just as important as the contemporary, on-trend look.

Designer Wi-fi Smart Radiators for Interior Designers @RadiatorsUk

As an Architect, interior designer, how many times have you been restricted in your designs by ugly water filled steel radiators that take up a huge amount of wall space, drawing attention away from the modern image you wish to create?

Positioning of beautiful furniture is completely governed by the amount of wall space left to you, AFTER the central heating has been installed. Forcing you to at the very least, to paint them in your chosen colours to try to disguise them.

Re-think, Re-purpose, Relax @MyHomebuilding

“If you’re embarking on a house renovation project, this is an exciting opportunity to make your home truly suited to your lifestyle and tastes,” says Jo, partner of Mae House Design and renovation and interiors expert for the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show  (4-6 October, ExCeL, London).

“I always recommend that you spend time upfront on the design stage, really thinking carefully about how you live and what you need or want from the space you will be renovating.  Consider how you will use the space and what its function will be, before you even start to think about the interior styling.

“It’s important to approach the house as whole so you have a cohesive scheme and the rooms flow. But there are some general principles you can follow to ensure your renovation project is a success:

Berkeley St Edward takes top housebuilding honour at RoSPA Awards @RoSPA @BerkeleyGroupUK

Housing developer Berkeley St Edward has won big at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, being named as the winner in the Housebuilding and Property Development Sector.

Berkeley St Edward, which has 10 sites across London and the South, received its award at a gala dinner at ExCeL London last Tuesday, June 18.

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are open to organisations of all sizes from across the wide spectrum of industries, all over the world. The sector awards are presented to organisations with outstanding performance in health and safety within a particular industry or sector. Entrants must be able to demonstrate a robust and high-quality safety management system, together with a minimum of four years’ consistently excellent or continuously improving health and safety performance.