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Maggie’s St Barts awarded Supreme Winner at Surface Design Awards 2019 @surfacethinking

The winners of the 2019 Surface Design Awards have been announced, hailing the best and most impressive use of materials in, and on, architectural projects from around the globe.

The beautiful new Maggie’s Centre Barts, London has been declared the Supreme Winner, capturing the judge’s hearts and minds. A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects’ was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including Christophe Egret, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space”.

Legrand unveils next-generation home automation system complete with dedicated app for easy set-up and control @LegrandUK

Legrand UK & Ireland has unveiled MyHOME_Up – the latest generation of its simple-to-use home automation system – which now benefits from app connectivity; making it even easier for housebuilders to integrate smart home technology into new-build developments.

MyHOME_Up drastically simplifies home automation for developers. Using Legrand’s connected devices programme, Eliot, MyHOME_Up integrates all essential services for a modern home – such as lighting, temperature control, shading, audio and door entry – into one system. MyHOME_Up can be installed after just one day’s training, and can be wired in a similar timeframe to a traditional domestic wiring layout.

New timber design publication to launch at Futurebuild @TRADA_ @FuturebuildNow

A new publication focussing on collaboration in the design of innovative timber buildings is to be launched at Futurebuild this March.

‘Timber Design Pioneers’ is published by TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) and supported by the timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good. The launch will take place on Wood for Good’s stand at G50 on 6 March at 4.15pm and is a one-off opportunity to get a copy of the publication in print, while stocks last.

2019 Kitchen Furniture Trends by Daval @Daval_Furniture

Leading British designer and manufacturer of quality fitted furniture, Daval, explore this year’s must-have trends for the home and give us valuable insight on the next big thing for 2019 kitchen design.

Simon Bodsworth, Managing Director, Daval, says “Added value features which enhance the interior capabilities of kitchen furniture are going to be a game-changer in 2019, catering for larger families or open plan kitchens which are privy to the living and dining areas.”

How to bring a little Marie Kondo into your renovation project – by Sian Astley, lady builder and renovator @moregeous

Sian Astley, a property expert for the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (28-31 March, NEC, Birmingham) who’s currently project managing 16 home renovations for BBC2’s ‘Your Home Make Perfect’, says:

– Start early. Often renovators begin well, packing neat tidy boxes according to rooms and then they run out of time and it all becomes a bit haphazard with things flung into cardboard boxes randomly – think bread mixer with bras, TV control with towels. Start packing away items weeks in advance and get plenty of decent boxes to hand. 

Surface Design Show 2019 – Celebrating the best in new and innovative surfaces @surfacethinking

From 5-7 February Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.

Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces.


Including Upcycling, Green Finger Campaign & Under The Stairs

From the 4th – 12th May 2019, London ExCeL will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home and design innovation to London for the 14th year running.

Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new exhibitors and features, as well as all the usual favourites, with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event.  Whether you are 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 anyone wanting to learn about the world of interiors, design and self-build.


James Latham returns to London’s Surface Design Show in February, where it will be showcasing one of the biggest and most varied collections of surface solutions for both inside and outside the building.

Created to inspire architects and designers when looking to specify materials, the stunning collection of decorative panels and timber reinforces Latham’s status as a single-source supplier and has been carefully selected to provide innovative ideas for design and product specification.

Surface Design Show 2019 – Giving a platform to New Talent in 2019 @surfacethinking

From 5-7 February Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with likeminded designers, architects and suppliers.  

New Mobile App Will Give Surveyors the Complete Speedy Experience ‘in the Palm of their Hand’ @wearespeedy

Speedy Hire, the UK’s leading provider of tools and equipment hire and services, has launched a new mobile app for customers as an extension of its digital strategy. The app makes it easier for surveyors to do business with Speedy by enabling them to complete a full end-to-end transaction from their mobile device.

Customers can now view products and pricing across all popular survey equipment solution categories from GNSS/GPS surveying solutions to robotic total stations and cable avoidance tools; find a depot, hire and buy products for collection or delivery, as well as off-hiring equipment in a single click, thereby saving time and money.

Carpet Recycling UK: landfill diversion of carpet waste rises @CarpetRecycleUK

The volume of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK has shown a modest increase with 175,252 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2018, according to Carpet Recycling UK.


This represents a diversion rate of 44% – up from 42% and an increase of 7,252 tonnes on 2017, the not for profit membership association reports. Around 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arise each year in the UK.

Viiu becomes UK’s first PAS24-2016 accredited slimline sliding door @viiu_UKOfficial

Viiu (pronounced ‘view), the outstanding slim-line sliding door taking the market by storm, has become the first product of its type to pass the new more stringent security standard PAS24-2016.

Viiu offers ultra-slim sightlines, secure laminated glass throughout and an ingenious, unobtrusive design. With the outer-frame entirely built into the façade, it gives the appearance of a wall of glass, strong enough to support moving glass sections of up to 750kg, and fixed glass sections up to 1200kg.

OPEN AND SHUT CASE… @crittallwindows

New InnerVision® steel-framed sliding doors from Crittall add a further dimension to interiors.

Creating a seamless transition between rooms, by opening or closing space is now possible with new sliding doors from Crittall’s range of InnerVision internal screens. These bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing will complement timeless styles of period property or contemporary homes.

Goldsmiths College of London gets a stairlift @invalifts

Goldsmiths College, a full School of the University of London, specialises in the study of creative, cultural and social subjects, and has been teaching students for over 200 years.

The College recently decided to add disabled access adaptations to the music wing of the building, and contacted the lift experts at Invalifts to get advice for the best solution.


A man with a rare neurological condition which leaves him with extreme ‘shakiness’ in his legs has discovered how to remain in his two-storey home after becoming the first person to have a new state-of-the-art Stiltz Trio+ Homelift installed.

Peter Kilburn, 62, from Whittlesey in Peterborough, suffers from Primary Orthostatic Tremor and is unable to stand or walk for any length of time. There are only thought to be about 50 people in the UK with the condition, which is otherwise known as OT. There is no cause and currently, no cure. 


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