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Limescale can be a major contributor to a loss of efficiencies for water heating systems of any type, so leading continuous flow water heater manufacturer Rinnai has taken steps to maintain superior efficiencies throughout the life of the system by incorporating a proven limescale inhibitor that will significantly reduce the impact of limescale, thereby maximising efficiency over the product’s lifetime.
Saint-Gobain PAM UK has extended its range of cast iron Vortx roof outlets to include 880 and 45o angled outlets with flat and domed grates for flat roofs.
The new range is available in three sizes with a 4”, 3” or 2” BSP threaded joint, with a range of spigot adaptors including concentric and eccentric to connect to smaller pipe diameters. Designed and manufactured for a long durable life, the cast iron flat grates are sheradised, the domed grates are polyester coated and the bodies of the outlets have a grey epoxy coating.
DRU is a Netherlands company that was founded in 1754. It produces a high end range of gas fires that can be installed with or without a chimney. All DRU fires are glass-fronted, room-sealed appliances with energy efficiency ratings up to 85%.
Asking whether architects value aesthetics is rather like asking if a mathematician appreciates numbers.
But if aesthetics in the built environment can be elevated only at the expense of security or safety standards, then architects must grudgingly concede to the demands of functionality.
The involvement of vehicles in recent atrocities in Europe in the last 12 months– Nice in July, Berlin in December, London in March, and Stockholm in April – tragically highlighted why the deployment of robust physical barriers is a growing priority in public spaces. Together killing over 100 people and injuring more than 550, they were brutal reminders that vehicles can be every bit as destructive as bullets and bombs.
Crowded places such as shopping centres, plazas and sports stadia increasingly need barriers that can withstand vehicular attacks, and then there’s also the ever-present threat of cars veering off the road because the driver is reckless, drunk or asleep. Protective design can deter, delay and prevent vehicle collision around accident blackspots.
But urban planners are mindful of the adverse psychological impact on citizens of imposing barriers. Another consideration is permeability: pedestrians must not be impeded along with rogue drivers. Therefore, unsurprisingly, design-led forms of security barriers such as crash-tested seating, planters and cycle racks are gaining ground with architects and specifiers.
But how easily can urban planners find crash-tested street furniture that is not only visually appealing on its own merits, but also in keeping with the location’s wider architectural style?
Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer and street furniture specialist, believes that, while security must always be paramount, traditional forms of protective street furniture can often be too imposing and have a detrimental effect on a landscape’s visual appeal.
Marshalls recruited IFSEC Global to test this assumption. IFSEC Global polled hundreds of architects, consultants, security professionals, facilities managers and specifiers.
With around four in five (79%) respondents involved in a growing number of projects specifying aesthetically-pleasing, crash-tested perimeter protection over the last three years, there has apparently been a sea change in priorities when it comes to urban planning briefs.
There’s a clear and growing appetite for aesthetically-pleasing, crash-tested perimeter protection – but have manufacturers kept up with a trend observed even within a short, three-year timespan?
Apparently not, the findings indicate.
Demand for a wider range of aesthetically-pleasing, crash-tested perimeter protection than is currently available is enormous – equally so regardless of who we asked in the design and procurement chain, or where they were based in the world. Asked if they thought there was demand in the market for more of these products, a resounding 94% agreed.
Security professionals were equally as emphatic in their desire for more visually-appealing security products, with 95% wanting more choice in the market.
Steve Reddington, street furniture commercial director at Marshalls, says the findings back up the company’s own, anecdotal experience. “The research confirms the conversations we are having with our customers in the security industry,” he says. “We work closely with many landscape architects, and from the conversations we are having, it is clear the market is changing.”
Mindful of this reservoir of untapped demand, Marshalls has pioneered a paradigm shift in how street furniture and crash-tested perimeter protection can coexist more harmoniously.
By combining the two, Marshalls hopes that architects never have to compromise on aesthetic when designing public spaces. Where once they might have to specify a seat and a bollard – or reluctantly jettison the seat – now they can just specify a protective seat such as Marshalls’ Igneo75/40.
But not everyone has embraced the concept of protective street furniture. Many involved in the built environment fear that it fosters homogeneity and blandness in urban landscapes.
The challenge for manufacturers of street furniture is to prove such fears unfounded through an innovative, design-led approach. They must equip architects and specifiers with the means to complement, rather than jar with an urban landscape’s prevailing style.
The aesthetic value of a product even trumps price when respondents were asked to rank their priorities when procuring crash-tested perimeter protection. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to surmise that only a lucky few in the architect profession can honestly claim that money is truly no object in their latest project.
Thankfully, street furniture can play a key role in preserving the architect’s grand vision, even as 21st century spaces are fortified against vehicular or explosive attack. But is there enough crash-tested street furniture on the market to meet the eclectic demands of urban planners?
It is surely no surprise, then, that architects and specifiers should be overwhelmingly interested in at least 2-3 crash-tested versions of lighting, seating, bollards, planters, litter bins and post and rail products. Only 6% professed to not be interested in any.
Ranked third out of six options given, demand for the tried-and-trusted bollard remains strong even as imaginative alternatives emerge. Nevertheless, comparable levels of demand for crash-tested lighting, seating, planters and litter bins suggests that bollards are no longer the default choice of protective barrier. Products such as Marshalls’ Giove Planter, Geo Cycle Stand and Geo Litter Bins have increased in popularity over recent times.
But the dramatic elevation in the terror threat over recent years has thrown down a new challenge to architects: making public spaces as secure as possible without undermining the aforementioned gains.
The findings from our survey, along with the trends explored above, suggest that the future of protective street furniture will be defined by its discrete incorporation within design-led products like seating, lighting and planters.
Read the full report on the IFSEC Global website.
Axim Architectural Hardware are celebrating their 30 year anniversary in 2017 and are delighted to have reached this milestone.
Axim Architectural Hardware is a division of TPG (The Parkside Group Ltd) and was formed originally in1987 at Godstone, Surrey. Axim designs and supplies a comprehensive in-stock range of Transom Closers, Panic Exit Devices, Electric Strikes, Deadlatches, Surface Mounted Door Closers, Floor Springs, Flush Bolts, Letter Plates, Locks and Handles through a Pan-European distributor supply chain.
2016 was a very successful year for RCM Ltd, a major supplier of building boards, façades and complete through wall solutions in the UK.
Originally the challenge for 2016 had been to further enhance RCM’s product range and services, as well as being the very best in offering cost effective solutions without compromise on quality.
The collection includes four products; JumpSeat, JumpSeat 90, JumpSeat Wall and the JumpSeat Emerge. Manufactured by Sedia Systems, the award-winning JumpSeat provides a compact seating solution for multiple environments within healthcare, education and corporate facilities.
Andy Swift, national sales manager for ISO-CHEMIE, considers the effective sealing of building façades, which can prove to be difficult if failure, particularly in the form of water leakage, is to be avoided.
The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited has two events in May, covering the north and south of England. First is The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair, taking place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May, in West Sussex (www.petworthparkfair.com). The following week, The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood opens in the ground of Harewood House, near Leeds in West Yorkshire from Friday 12 until Sunday 14 May (www.harewoodfair.com).
Carl Stahl Evita Ltd working in conjunction with Tolent Living Ltd and Chrisand Fabrications – Carl Stahl has manufactured, supplied and installed the wire rope balustrade assemblies, handrails and woven wire mesh as per the clients’ requirements.
The Malings, an exciting new development on the Byker Bank in Gateshead, is home to modern town houses incorporating the latest innovative products.
Leicester County Council’s brand new state-of-the-art data centre in Glenfield has been completed with EQUITONE fibre cement facade material.
Another innovation from Stakrak is our Wire Mesh Bookcases that can make an excellent solution for any application. They are very versatile and can be manufactured to size, with or without doors. In addition they are highly suitable for storing personal belongings in offices, schools, industrial or retail environments.
Following on from the highly successful launch of the BarrierSabco frameless glass balustrade system last year, Barrier Components Ltd is due to launch a raft of new balustrade hardware at the FIT Show in May.
After many months of planning, installation and trials, Decorative Panels Lamination are now proud to launch their highly anticipated dp-limitless range!
A brand new flat sheet laminating line will produce the entire dp-limitless offer. Located within dp-lamination’s 140,000ft² manufacturing facility in Elland, West Yorkshire, the laminator utilises a high bond strength PUR glue line which ensures a superb overall finish on sheet sizes up to 3660 x 1430mm, although 2440mm x 1220mm and 3050mm x 1220mm makes up the majority of the offer.
The success of Interior Film from surface material providers, David Clouting now extends from shop fitting to specialist interior contractors and designers …and its popularity and range of applications continues to grow.
Interior Film manufactured by LG Hausys, is an innovative self-adhesive, decorative film, quick and easy to install. It’s so versatile it can be applied to almost any interior surface including: wood, metals, plasterboard, plastics and even melamine.
Unique Calacatta – a stunning quartz worksurface from COMPAC inspired by the beauty and elegance of natural stone.
COMPAC’s recently launched quartz worksurface – Unique Calacatta, offers a stunning contrasting grey veining design on a pure white background, characteristic of marble.
Inspired by the beauty and elegance of natural stone, Unique Calacatta offers a mechanical and chemical performance that is superior to nature’s own.
The new and improved Vita range of wash & dry toilets give people a stylish solution to retaining independence and dignity in the bathroom.
Clos-o-Mat, the UK’s leader in helpful toileting at home and away, has applied to the new look Vita range its 56 years of experience of working with people to optimise their hygiene and independence in the bathroom. The Vita range is, the company believes, the most ‘fit for purpose’ collection of wash & dry toilets available in the UK.
Wallbarn has been supplying products for use in structural waterproofing and landscaping in UK for over 20 years and we always strive to make the designer’s task easier. We have developed a number of new products in 2017 to give greater flexibility and scope to designers and installers.
As Building Regulations continue to move us towards more airtight homes, Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems are increasingly being considered the ideal choice in new properties – and an increasingly popular one in refurbishments too. Lee Stones, category manager for Xpelair, looks at the factors which are driving a surge in the specification of heat recovery technology in the home.
Organowood®, a leading sustainable wood protection specialist, is fast becoming known as having the ideal solution to protect and strengthen all types of timber cladding. With strong sustainable and aesthetic qualities, OrganoWood provides architects, professionals and end users with an environmentally friendly and durable wood protection system that ensures longevity, without using harsh chemicals.
Protecta® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1 is a hard-wearing interior acrylic paint, formulated to the highest specification and offering unsurpassed intensity of colour. However, this is not just another decorative paint, it also offers excellent coverage and has the best possible fire classification, transforming combustible walls, roofs and ceilings to non-combustible surfaces. By simply painting over existing water or solvent based paints with Protecta® INTERIOR PAINT FR-1, you immediately upgrade the fire integrity for up to 30 minutes, thus safeguarding against the spread of fire.