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When the NHS Chesterfield Royal Hospital commissioned a separate and dedicated cancer outpatient facility, the brief to architects The Manser Practice was to create a comfortable, modern and welcoming clinical environment in which the design would contribute to the therapeutic ambience of the space.

Signbox wins FESPA Gold Award for graphics artwork installation at Cardinia Real Estate UK Bankside properties

Leading UK signage specialist, Signbox, has won a FESPA Gold Award in the Decals & Printed Labels category for its work at Cardinia Real Estate UK’s Bankside offices in London.

During the FESPA Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday May 16th at the Classic Remise in Berlin, Signbox’s Cardinia Real Estate project was acknowledged by judges for the quality and range of materials used throughout the buildings.

Solar Solutions from Eco2Solar

Eco2Solar are a market-leading solar panel company, specialising in electrical technologies, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for new build housing, social housing and commercial scale buildings. For over 10 years, Eco2Solar have been installing solar panels to thousands of new homes, and work with most of the largest home builders across the country.

GEC Anderson Stainless Steel Tea Points for UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

The new UCL Bartlett School of Architecture features a number of communal tea points and break-out areas for students and lecturers. A central feature to these areas are GEC Anderson purpose-made stainless-steel worktops with integral sinks and wet zones. Set within, neutral, birch ply cabinetry, the brushed satin stainless steel worktops provide a practical, attractive and highly durable sink / worktop solution. Stainless steel splashbacks were also included.

Avoid a sick building; choose the right materials.

The buildings in which we spend the majority of our time have a considerable effect on our health in the long term.  There are significant differences in building materials , and it is important for the health, wellbeing and productivity of all who frequent buildings that the materials chosen do not cause emissions into the indoor air.    


A selection of raven’s most popular seals in a hard wearing black anodised finish with matching black gaskets, cover strips and escutcheons.

6 reasons to specify Living Walls?

1.Air Pollution

Our awareness of air pollution in cities has grown hugely. Government and local government initiatives across the planet are underpinning and forcing changes that need to be made to preserve healthier air quality. London alone sees 9,000 premature deaths per year as a result of poor air quality. Clean technologies like living walls and green roofs are known to reduce air-pollution, giving them a firm place in the future urban landscape. Living walls are an economical method to retrospectively green up existing property assets.

A taxing problem solved with Interior Film

HMRC offices in Watford which are leased to them by Mapeley Estates Group, recently underwent a refurbishment project, part of which involved updating a number of washrooms.

Rather than replacing all the bench units housing the wash- hand basins, specialist contractors T6 recommended to Mapeley that the units be refurbished using Interior Film from David Clouting.

Optigreen launch new RIBA approved Green Roof CPD

Optigreen launch new RIBA approved Green Roof CPD

Optigreen, the specialist green roof systems supplier, has launched a new RIBA approved CPD seminar, Green Roofs in Practice

Transformable Pool Technology The Ultimate in Space-Saving Design

The AKVO Spiralift movable pool floor lets you literally walk on water by hiding your swimming pool! This fully customizable and seamless system uses a series of compact lifts to raise and lower at any depth the entire pool floor automatically.

Imagine a paddling pool for children at 1 pm, a full-depth lap pool at 4 pm, a patio terrace for entertaining guests at 6 pm and a dance floor at 10 pm… complete flexibility to suit all needs and activities. A transformation process that only takes about 10 minutes at the push of a button!


Here at Bestpricebeds we work hard to maintain a good level of service. Because we know that price is important, but so is good customer service. With nearly 40 years in the bed and furniture industry we have a great knowledge that we are happy to share with our customers. We aim to offer a comprehensive and unbiased view of the products we sell. 

New Product Brochure Available from Yeoman Rainguard

A new product brochure is now available from Yeoman Rainguard either as a print copy or can downloaded from the website

Doing a great job at showcasing Yeoman Rainguard’s range of rainwater systems in Aluminium, GRP, Cast Iron, Copper, Zinc and Stainless Steel, the new brochure now includes fully comprehensive fixing instructions.

EQUITONE fibre cement facade materials; designed by architects for architects

EQUITONE fibre cement facade materials meet the reaction to fire classification A2-s1, d0 and have a life expectancy of at least 50 years.
EQUITONE facades evoke the unique nature of fibre cement – a mineral composite material with outstanding physical and aesthetic properties.
The material’s versatility provides architects with the ability to bring inspirational designs to life.


Chris Goggin of Rinnai looks at how smart design and control options can design out Legionella PROLIFERATION

Legionella control and risk avoidance thereof are top of the list when designing heating and hot water systems.

The whole supply chain – manufacturers and distributors through contractors to end-users – need to plan and design systems to eliminate the risk of Legionella. It is one area where avoidance and prevention are the only sensible action to take to avoid problems further down the road.


Rinnai, the world-renowned innovator for every possible type of commercial site, has revolutionised the supply and delivery of hot water units and systems since the launch of its fully electronically-controlled gas-fired continuous flow product ranges.


THE NATURAL WOOD FLOOR COMPANY manufactures the finest wood flooring, from sustainable sources, in all shades, sizes and finishes; from dark aged oak floors to subtle grey shades and cool coastal varieties.  Our extended parquet range, featuring 29 different designs, is particularly popular amongst architects and interior designers, and with a newly launched website, it’s now easier than ever to find the perfect floor to fulfil clients’ requirements.

Jo Downs is leading the field of contemporary glass design with her bespoke interior and architectural service

Since she established her first studio in London in 1996, Jo Downs’ reputation as one of the UKs leading designer-makers has positioned her at the forefront of bespoke fine-art glass, winning her commissions from international hotels, corporate headquarters, cruise liners, art galleries and private homes around the world. With a passion for large scale bespoke work, and years of experience under her belt, she recently launched ‘Jo Downs Architectural Glass’, designed to work in partnership with interior designers, architects, and their clients, giving them the chance to incorporate bespoke glasswork into their design schemes.

BLM British Lead introduces technical support service

BLM British Lead is pleased to announce the launch of its own in-house technical support service with David Pounds joining the company as Technical Advisor. David comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, having spent 13 years as Technical Advisor at the Lead Sheet Association.

The service aims to fulfil the requirements of architects, specifiers, surveyors, contractors and property owners working at design, construction or post installation stages.

Russ Taylor, Sales Development Manager at BLM British Lead commented “We are really pleased to have David on board. He brings an extraordinary amount of expertise to our business, allowing us to provide a first class technical service for the Lead industry.”

A wide range of services will be available including free basic advice through to five levels of paid service for more in depth or detailed responses, reports and site visits as well as bespoke support packages.

Option 1 provides clients with written comments returned by email against a description, sketch, drawing, image or photograph supplied.

Option 2 builds on option 1 by providing a report with comments against photographs primarily answering concerns over the lead work detail carried out. This will include written comments against a maximum of 5 photographs per charge and reference to details available from the latest edition of the LSTA’s Rolled Lead Sheet Manual, plus up to 2 hours of telephone technical support.

Option 3 provides clients with a site visit from one of our experienced Technical Advisors who will provide verbal comment and advice.

Option 4 is an extension of Option 3 where a site visit will be followed up with a written report with photographic evidence and references to copies of relevant sections of the latest edition of the LSTA’s Rolled Lead Sheet Manual.

Option 5 provides clients with a bespoke technical support package including consultancy site and/or office visits with written support. Ideal for those who wish to have a BLM Technical Advisor on hand throughout their project.

BLM currently provide support to those looking for a reference point when fitting lead with their specially designed basic fitting and video guides.

The basic fitting guides are designed to assist installations of Rolled Lead Sheet in a range of roofing applications.

BLM also offer exclusive step by step video guides covering the installation of common Leadwork applications including soakers, step flashing, step & cover flashing, apron & linear flashing and hip & ridge flashing. In addition, a range of videos showing the application of BLM’s key ancillary products are also available.

The basic fitting and video guides can be accessed online at and from the BLM Get Lead! app, available on Android and iOS.

For more information on the level of support you require or for further advice on working with Lead in construction, please contact BLM’s technical team on 0330 333 3535 or email

BLM British Lead

Peartree Lane

Welwyn Garden City



Phone:+44 1707 324595



Spelsberg launches Building Information Models for electrical enclosures

Electrical enclosure manufacturer, Spelsberg, is leading the way in the digitisation of the construction industry management by introducing Building Information Modelling (BIM) models for many of its product ranges. Models are already available for Spelsberg’s standard enclosures, IBT (integrated building technologies) range of products, distribution boxes and WKE fire resistant enclosures, with more scheduled for introduction in the future.


One of the most enduring mid-century British designer furniture collections is set to make a comeback at the Clerkenwell Design Week.

The John and Sylvia S-Range, which is being re-issued by Nathan Furniture, will feature 13 pieces from the original collection created in the 1960s ­– all of which remain sought after classics by fans of modernist design.

NE Fasteners Limited

NE Fasteners Limited is a family owned company with over 30 years’ experience, primarily specialising in screws fixings & fasteners for the DIY, hardware, building, joinery and furniture manufacturing sectors.  NE Fasteners prides itself with offering expertise, competitive prices from local and internationally sourced standard and bespoke products.

5-Star MarBella Corfu Hotel, Corfu, Greece

7 Night Luxury Holidays From £690pp – Must book by 30/04/18
Free Upgrade to Ultra All Inclusive and 10% Early Booking Discount.

The MarBella Corfu Hotel is a fabulous 5 star property located in a town called Agios Ioannis on beautiful Greek island of Corfu. It is situated in a prime location and with its own private beach adjacent to the hotel, guests only have to sit back in this quiet and relaxing setting, to enjoy the glorious sunshine.

Call us today on 0800 810 8114 or visit our website

New Product Brochure Available from Yeoman Rainguard

A new product brochure is now available from Yeoman Rainguard either as a print copy or can downloaded from the website

The Vivo Cero PoE Guestroom Telephone from Hotel Technology International

The Vivo Cero IP telephone with Power over the Ethernet offers your guests a stylish guestroom phone that provides ease of use, flexibility and complete mobility, giving your guests a touch of home comfort, because it’s this kind of attention to detail that counts.  With the Vivo Cero PoE, you won’t even need a power outlet; the new all in one charging stand works with PoE* to recharge the DECT handset.

Beauty is more than skin deep at the new Dermalogica flagship by Limeblue Ltd: Corian® surfaces help to create an exclusive and enticing ambience that is built to last

Highly valued for its sleek, hygienic finish, sophisticated colour palette and creative adaptability, Corian® has long been the preferred choice for beauty salons, aesthetic clinics and luxury retail environments. Corian® is also a favoured material of Limeblue Ltd, and thus the obvious choice of surface specification for long-standing client Dermalogica, and their new London flagship store.

VITAWORK extends the LUCTRA® range

Following its premiere at Light + Building in Frankfurt, VITAWORK® will be presented in the UK for the first time at Clerkenwell Design Week.

VITAWORK can illuminate an entire room evenly with both direct and indirect light.

See it for the first time in the UK exclusively at CDW in Project, stand PB8.

Waterloo Station uses highest safety-rated cladding for its first phase of refurbishment

One of the world’s highest safety rated cladding products has been used as part of the first phase of the £800m development project at London’s Waterloo train station.

The A1 non-combustible fire and blast rated glass cladding from Dynamic Cladding, now available in the UK for the first time thanks to a new partnership with established external wall insulation and rendering supplier SPSenvirowall, was chosen for public areas and stairwells in the station to provide the greatest levels of security and protection for the future.


FRAMECAD® has created the world’s most efficient design and manufacturing technology for floor joist and wall frames construction as well as steel trusses. The TF550H system is the intelligent solution for organisations desiring to deliver large scale production and projects. It uses FRAMECAD® patented technology to give a smart lean design, engineering and fabrication process.

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DS-Ergonomics Ltd – JumpSeat® Collection

Sedia Systems launched the JumpSeat globally in 2012, and the furniture and design industry quickly recognized the beauty of its form and function. Jumpseat Collection is a complete line of seating that can be used anywhere space is at a premium.