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PVC-U is perfect for prestigious property’s 46 sash windows @VEKA_plc

Long-standing VEKA Group customer SWC Trade Frames was proud to act as a ‘one-stop-specification-shop’ for a stately six-bedroom new build in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Scarborough-based company fabricates high quality Halo products from VEKA Group and was able to supply the 46 Vertical Sliders and 3 sets of French Doors needed for the prestigious job.

The Smart Home Expo is your chance to witness the home of the future @SmartHomeExpo

The Smart Home Expo, the UK’s ultimate event for the smart technologies revolutionising the way we live, is taking place on the 26th & 27th of March at Birmingham’s NEC, and this is your chance to witness the future of connected and independent living.

With smart technology more and more being created with aesthetics in mind and integrated into spaces as a key part of the overall design, we are delighted to tell you we’ve partnered with the show this year. We’ve put together the top 10 reasons why this year’s show is simply unmissable:

Platform lift a perfect fit for Orangetheory @invalifts

Orangetheory fitness in Altrincham is a gym with a difference, as their workouts combine science, coaching and technology to offer the optimum workout. As this was a new gym, access was required from the ground level to the basement area, so all users could fully utilise the facilities.

Working in partnership with MGPM Limited and Welcomm Health & Fitness Limited, Invalifts were contacted to provide a disabled access solution between the two levels. Our lift experts surveyed the site, and recommended the MC2000 platform lift with a footprint of just 1250mm x 1560mm giving a fully Part M compliant platform size of 1120mm 1480mm.

FUTURE-PROOF WITH STYLE @closomatuk

A new report(*) is highlighting that aesthetics are playing an increasing role in product specification for independent living.

Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of accessible bathroom solutions, has brought to market a new WC that means that specifiers- architects, Occupational Therapists, contractors- can deliver style and enablement.

The Closomat Asana delivers contemporary design in a wall-hung WC combined with the proven hygiene benefits of shower toilet technology. Thus, an accessible WC that is aspirational can be achieved.

The latest edition of the essential architect’s guide to ceramic tiles just published by Kick-Start Publishing

The 2019 edition of The Specifier’s Guide to Ceramic Tile & Calibrated Natural Stone, which explores all the latest ceramic tile design trends and advanced installation techniques, is now available in print and online at www.specifiersguide.co.uk.

Now in its fifth edition, The Specifier’s Guide has established itself as an annual industry bible and provides an essential specification tool for architects and designers.   Content includes informed analysis of global tile trends, along with reports on the latest technology, and sustainability; as well as some truly inspirational case studies.  Ancillary products – from backer boards and anhydrite screeds to entrance matting and water-based sealers – are also examined within the Guide, with expert comment from Joe Simpson, the Guide’s award-winning Editor.

New Viessmann Vitocell 300-V introduces the market’s most energy efficient unvented DHW cylinders @ViessmannUK

Two new DHW cylinders combine an A+ energy rating with high performance  

Viessmann has introduced the only domestic hot water cylinders on the market with an A+ rating. The two new floorstanding Vitocell 300-V DHW cylinders, with capacities of 160 and 200 litres, are twice as energy efficiency in terms of standby losses as the industry norm.

Both new versions of the Vitocell 300-V replace the previous A rated models, and both are suitable for domestic installations with boiler outputs up to 80 kW. Higher DHW demands can be accommodated by combining several Vitocell 300-V cylinders into cylinder banks with common headers.

RINNAI WITH LPG IS LOW NOX, SUSTAINABLE AND PERFECT FOR OFF-GRID @rinnai_uk

Rinnai condensing hot water heater units using LPG deliver lower carbon emission figures, greater energy efficiencies and are more economic to run than other sources such as oil or electric – making them the first choice for off-grid installations and sites.

For specifiers and installers, helping an off-grid user select a low NOx energy efficient water heater is critical — and a condensing continuous flow water heater using LPG is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly options available. By choosing a continuous flow water heater instead of a standard electric water heater, an end user can reduce energy costs by up to 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 61%. When compared with oil-fired systems this saving is even greater.

NEW CLICK LVT COLLECTIONS FROM DESIGNER CONTRACTS @DesignerContrac

As the trend for stylish, hard flooring options continues to grow, Designer Contracts, the UK’s largest flooring contractor, has added two new collections of Click LVT flooring from big name brands Amtico and Pergo.

Suitable for commercial and residential installations, Amtico’s Click Smart collection features 12 authentic wood and stone effect designs that can be fitted straight on to a solid and smooth subfloor. The glue-less installation includes the latest rigid board technology and has a robust locking mechanism, making it quicker and easier to install.

SCHUECO UK EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019 NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, are calling on architects, main contractors and specialist contractors to submit entries to the 2019 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation.

Established in 2013, this highly regarded annual competition continues to attract large numbers of submissions from all over the UK and Ireland, with Schueco confident that entries for the 2019 competition will top last year’s record total.

ARCHITECTS AND SPECIFIERS BENEFIT FROM NEW AIRTIGHTNESS SEMINAR @IsoChemie

E30 fire rated ISO-TOP WINFRAMER features

A free seminar for architects and designers on airtightness in construction sealing joints and improvement options, is now available from form tape sealant specialists ISO-CHEMIE.

The move advances architectural knowledge and understanding of airtightness and related issues, enabling specifiers to improve the design and construction of buildings and boost their technical and product expertise.

NEW WINDOW FROM SCHUECO UK IS LATEST IN COMPANY’S PANORAMA RANGE

New from Schueco UK, Britain’s leading specialist in aluminium and steel systems for the whole building envelope, is the AWS 75 PD.SI Panorama window.

Aimed primarily at the residential market, the new window is designed for the construction of ribbon windows and for use as an insert in a Schueco mullion/transom façade system such as the Schueco FWS 35 PD.

Sliding doors – creating more space with style and versatility @IronmngryDirect

Sliding doors can offer a range of benefits to a property that lacks space, or where there is a need to adjoin two rooms fluidly, providing the perfect solution. Whilst growing ever more popular in Europe, it seems the UK market is yet to embrace the hinge door alternative to the same extent as our continental neighbours.

The UK’s largest ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, offers a range of sliding door products that can help maximise space whilst adding a stylish edge to home interiors.

MINI Living at China House Vision

Fourth interpretation of the MINI Living Urban Cabin concept presented at the architecture exhibition China House Vision draws on traditional Beijing forms of housing as well as developing innovative ideas for maximum quality of living within a minimum space.

Beijing. MINI presents the latest MINI LIVING Urban Cabin at the interdisciplinary architecture exhibition China House Vision in Beijing from 21 September to 4 November 2018. The micro-apartment concept was developed in cooperation with local architect Dayong Sun.

The Urban Cabin in Beijing is now the fourth interpretation of the concept developed by MINI LIVING last year. The Urban Cabin provides temporary living space with a high degree of flexibility and lots of possibilities – on a surface area of just 15 m2. One particular design focus is the local identity and culture of the specific location in each case. After stops in London, New York City and Los Angeles, the latest source of inspiration is Beijing.

Fire Sprinkler Valve Systems

Applications Engineering specialises in creating high quality fire sprinkler valves. We have developed innovative, compact and easy to install valves for sprinklers that cover all the relevant requirements for modern domestic and residential properties. Our products are of the highest standard and represent fantastic value for money. We additionally offer everything from single and double check valves that can be used in a range of applications, as well as a pump cyclic test unit.

Formica Group brings pre-packed Scandi-style cladding to UK shelves

  • Overlap cladding available in pre-packaged planks
  • Ideal for installers, self-builders and professionals
  • A screw fixed solution means fixings are concealed for a perfect finish
  • No pre or post installation treatments required
  • Available in eight colours and four wood tones

VIVIX® Lap in Chalet Oak

THE PERFECT TOUCH

Established in October 1982, Touch Ironmongery is one of London’s leading ironmongers. Originally called “A Touch of Brass”, the firm changed their name in 2003 in reaction to slowly advancing market changes in architectural ironmongery which is no longer supplied solely in brass, and to also reflect the broader range of products and finishes that they sell.

In fact today, Touch can supply a wide range of finishes including Brass, Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Copper, Bronze -solid and plated, BMA, Antique Brass, Black, Pewter, Ceramic, Leather, Stainless Steel, Satin Stainless Steel, Gun Metal, and the list keeps growing. Whatever finish you require, Touch can help you get the right look.