Celebrating the Best in Scottish architecture @GEZE_UK @RIASmembership

GEZE UK is to sponsor the prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner for the fifth consecutive year.

The glittering event, showcases the best of Scottish architecture and will take place at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, on 30 May.

A total of 82 entries have now been shortlisted to 19 projects which must go head-to-head in order to win accolades for architectural achievement.

GRAND DESIGNS LIVE PRESENTS ALL-NEW 2019 GRAND THEATRE LINE-UP @GDLive_UK

Grand Designs Live will return to London’s ExCeL from 4 – 12 May 2019, showcasing an amazing variety of the latest innovations, trends and brand-new products across each of the five sectors of the show, which span across Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors. Set over 9 days, this unique event is a must-visit for anyone looking to gather information and learn about the world of interiors, design and self build.

Visitors to the show can hear from an array of industry experts at the Grand Theatre, where an engaging line-up of talks will take centre stage across every day of the show; with seminars ranging from interior design to busing the myths of Self Build to adding value to existing homes and much more.

VELUX ACTIVE RECOGNISED FOR SMART HOME INNOVATION @VELUXGBI

Roof window manufacturer VELUX® has been awarded “Best Services Product” at this year’s Housebuilder Product Awards for its innovative smart home technology product, VELUX ACTIVE.

Recognising the impact products have on the health and well-being of homeowners, the “Best Services Product” category also looks at market potential and the benefits the product can offer house builders.

Launched less than a year ago, in collaboration with esteemed French tech company NETATMO, VELUX ACTIVE marked the company’s first venture into the smart home market.

GRAND DESIGNS LIVE AND FRIENDS OF THE EARTH LAUNCH GREEN FINGER CAMPAIGN FOR MAY 2019 @GDLive_UK

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.

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. Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new features, along with all the usual favourites, as design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leads the event.

GRIPIT FIXED ON DIY MARKET @GripItFixings

Dragons’ Den success story, Gripit plasterboard fixings have announced that they will be launching their first ever national TV advertising campaign, only 5 years after receiving Deborah Meaden’s investment on the hit BBC show. The 30 second ad titled ’10 heavy objects’ is scheduled to run the 4 weeks leading up to Easter and will feature Gripit’s new DIY packs.

SIG Roofing supporting the future generation into the construction industry through apprenticeship programme @SIGRoofing

SIG Roofing is supporting 11 apprentices through the Re:allies Framework, an initiative which provides smart procurement to asset management solutions for social housing projects that generates efficiencies to directly support people into training and employment in their local communities.

The UK’s leading specialist merchant of roofing solutions, which supplies products through the Re:allies planned maintenance framework to a number of clients across the north of England, has provided starter toolkits and ongoing training and mentoring to support 11 apprentices as well as sponsoring three of these apprentices who, due to SIG’s support, have overcome barriers and now gained employment for construction companies on the Procure Plus Framework.

Have you got that sinking feeling?

Mainmark gives advice about why building foundations sink and the advanced repair solutions now available  

Foundation subsidence is expected to affect as many as one in five homes in England and Wales in the coming years and has cost the UK economy billions of pounds, making it the most damaging geo-hazard in Britain today.[1]

Building foundations can sink in response to changes in the ground or movement of the soil that the foundations and footings rest upon.  There are a number of reasons why this occurs.

Daval scoops ‘Highly Commended’ for Manufacturing Innovation Award @Daval_Furniture @madeinyorks

Yorkshire based British designer and manufacturer of quality fitted furniture, Daval Furniture, scoops ‘Highly Commended’ at Insider’s 7th annual Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019, awarded in the ‘Manufacturing Innovation Award’ category.

 

Rewarded for its exclusive Option-i production technology, Daval introduced this manufacturing process for the sole benefit of maintaining high levels of innovation and creation for its customers, and the Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019 acknowledged this market power by honouring Daval Furniture with a ‘Highly Commended’ award classification.

 

The Made in Yorkshire Awards 2019 took place on the 7th March 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, Leeds.

Living Walls Design, Installation and Maintenance @ScotscapeWalls

Scotscape offers ‘The Complete Green Solution’. As multi-disciplinary landscapers and nurturing horticulturalists we offer all landscaping services for commercial and domestic projects, living walls, living wall maintenance and landscape maintenance. We also develop bespoke smart greening solutions to meet the demand for intelligent urban greening.

Our Smartscape division designs stunning living walls to green up the grey of the urban landscape, this part of the Scotscape Group is essential for retro-fitting planting into our growing cities.
What is the Process?

Scotscape offer a very well received CPD to architects and specifiers covering all elements of living wall design considerations, installation and ongoing maintenance. We offer two CPD’s one about the Scotscape living wall system (constructed from Fytotextile) which we use for a high aesthetic finish and also Flex MSE the biodiverse living wall product which enables a retaining wall of biodiverse plants to be installed in large civil engineering projects.

Building for the future with H+H @CelconBlocks

H+H Celcon Foundation Blocks are being used in a major development in the North West. Jones Homes, a local regional housebuilder, is transforming a site once home to a local college in Horwich, Bolton. Forty homes are currently being constructed by main groundworks contractor Matthews & Leigh Civil Engineering in Phase One of the development which is expected to comprise of 139 two, three and four-bedroom homes aimed at families and first-time buyers once complete.

Developer Jones Homes often work with Matthews & Leigh so allow them to make the decision on which supplier to use and the new development at Rivington Grange is no exception.

Company Buyer Alan Lines explained: “As we already have a fantastic working relationship with H+H, we automatically go to them for our block supply. The decision to go with H+H is based on three main factors: the technical support available, the availability of the blocks and competitive pricing.”

#MakeOneChange in your home this April @HBR_Show

  • New research reveals that 69% of the UK do not love their homes
  • National Home Improvement Month begins this month
  • Win £750 of goodies to get you started

 

This April is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM), and as the name suggests – it’s an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) encouraging people to improve their homes during the month of April.

After research conducted by BHETA found almost three quarters of us (69%) across the UK don’t love our homes, only 21% feel proud of our homes and 10% of us feel embarrassed by their homes – NHIM have called upon home-dwellers to make one change – big or small.

GROUPE ATLANTIC UK RAISES NEARLY £40K FOR CANCER CHARITY @IdealBoilers

Leading HVAC group Groupe Atlantic UK has raised over £38,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, following a sustained fundraising drive.

Macmillan Cancer Support is the nominated charity across Groupe Atlantic UK’s brand portfolio, which includes Ideal Boilers, Ideal Commercial, Hamworthy Heating, Keston, Gledhill and Atlantic Heat.

From sponsored cycling and mountain climbing to community events and charity raffles, £38,594 has been raised since the start of 2018. As well as taking part in official events organised by Macmillan, the business has organised a number of its own fundraising challenges, and collected more than £2,600 in donations alone at its group-wide UK, ROI and North America conference.

Spring Is In The Air With Magnet’s New Kitchen Ranges @MagnetUK

Revive your kitchen this spring with Magnet’s brand-new range of exquisite kitchen designs. Make Magnet part of the family with kitchens that will suit every taste, from light country style kitchens to striking modern monochrome designs.

The Winchester Sage is a refreshing take on a neutral kitchen and the light, airy atmosphere is perfect for spring. The unique pastel, sage green shade adds a hint of colour to traditional shaker cabinets. Pair with natural light wooden worktops for a rustic, country style kitchen design, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Innovative new app ‘Mick’ helps connect suppliers and tradespeople quickly to get the job done @app_mick

An exciting new collaboration between two friends has resulted in a mobile app for time-poor builders, plumbers and electricians looking for lightning fast quotes from local suppliers. The app has been welcomed by those working in the construction industry thanks to its simplicity and ease of use.

The new app named ‘Mick’ allows tradespeople to tell the app what they require and when they need it. The app uses an interface similar to a Whatsapp message which makes the process super simple and fast to use. The user is then presented with a list of local suppliers based on location and is able to select the suppliers they would like a quote from. That means no more calling around all suppliers for costs, delivery and stock availability. Mick takes care of it.

VELUX® GIVES £40 SPRING BOOST TO REWARDS SCHEME @VELUX

– £40 rewards up for grabs with top retailers and restaurants for every VELUX white painted roof window purchased –

Installers, builders and homeowners across the UK and Ireland are being offered an extra boost this Spring, courtesy of roof window manufacturer VELUX®.

Launched in 2015, VELUX Rewards allow customers to earn rewards all year round every time they buy a VELUX roof window, flat roof window, sun tunnel or selected combination flashings.

Customers can normally claim between £5-£30 rewards per VELUX white painted roof window, but this April and May, VELUX is giving away a big rewards boost by offering £40 rewards for every white painted roof window purchased in April and May.

Script&Go launches a major update to its Site Diary app which includes a task/allocations feature at Scotland Build @mobilesitediary

Script&Go has unveiled a major overhaul of its Site Diary app with the inclusion of an integrated task/allocations feature which allow user to create tasks and report progress on a task with the diary.

A common complaint we heard in the industry is that information about a task is often repeated in the diary, which leads to duplication of work and a loss of time.

The update is first of its kind to integrate diary and task management, allowing users to create and add information about a task (such as manpower, equipment/plant and materials) and assign it to people involved in the project. When reporting progress on a task, the diary form will be automatically filled with all the task info which will make for quick report and no additional work to fill the entire form.