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Specify sustainably with high performance trade paints

Ecopro trade paints have made it easy to improve a project’s sustainability. The range, from eco paint pioneer Earthborn, ticks all the boxes…Ecolabel and SKA approved…BS4800 colour palette…breathable…eco friendly…superior performance…easy to use.

Inspirational marble from COMPAC

COMPAC’s   new marble colours complement their inspirational range of interior and exterior technological marble for use on walls, floors and vanity tops.

New Classic colours offer four  designs with a coarse grain pattern – Classic White , Classic Grey, Classic Beige (featured) & Classic Brown.

New Greys colours feature three on trend designs, each with a fine grain pattern – Aluminum which is suitable for interior and exterior use, Palladium & Anthracite (featured) for interiors.

COMPAC offer a range of finishes including polished and matt and thicknesses of 12 mm 20 and 30mm.

Technological marble from COMPAC is a product of exceptional beauty with the appearance and feel of marble but delivering higher performance values.

Containing   natural marble mixed with resins, this stunning product has the natural beauty and hardness of marble but its resistance to impact and breakage is much greater owing to its enhanced flexibility. It has a wonderful consistent, uniform appearance and can be fitted to large surfaces without breaks or differences in colour tone being noticeable.

Its porosity is practically zero therefore absorption of water and other liquids is minimal- achieving a hygienic product that is both easy to clean and maintain.

It can be used on kitchen and bathroom floors, walls, vanity tops, building façades, staircases, fireplaces and on high footfall surfaces such as hotels, airports, rail stations, shopping malls, public buildings, etc.


IST Launches first Visual Light Communication (VLC) LED Drivers for Indoor Positioning

 July 2017 witnessed the launch of the one of the world’s most advanced LED drivers: the iDrive® Force 12 Hybrid+, which incorporates Visual Light Communication (VLC) capabilities to enable luminaire manufacturers and system integrators to create their own high precision, indoor location- based marketing solutions.

Designer Woods

Here at Designer wooden doors we offer a personal BESPOKE service provided by our own British Joinery team, we can turn your ideas into reality by carefully crafting doors in almost any design and size.



In its latest partnership with the RHS, Hartley Botanic has unveiled a new, iconic glasshouse commission to form the centrepiece of the Royal Horticultural Society’s new edible gardens at RHS Hyde Hall. With a unique octagonal design, stately roof lantern and 14 metre span, the new Hartley Botanic Hyde Hall glasshouse provides a truly arresting landmark visible far beyond the gardens themselves and is a calling card for the manufacturer’s engineering expertise. The new glasshouse joins a long list of public commissions for the Lancashire-based manufacturer from some of the UK’s leading horticultural organisations and institutions with ‘Hartleys’ at National Trust properties, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court…to name a few. The commission unveiling comes after Hartley Botanic was named the RHS’ recommended aluminium greenhouse and glasshouse supplier in February.

Design centrepiece

The new Hyde Hall glasshouse is a bespoke and original version of the manufacturer’s Victorian glasshouse model, in an arresting and unusual octagonal design. From above, the glasshouse’s roof is a perfect octagon, with the shape allowing for an impressive growing volume and allowing light to flood in from every angle. The glasshouse includes two sets of very large doors running from North to South and a feature roof lantern with a 3 metre span. Externally, the structure harks back to classic and beautiful feats of Victorian engineering but internally, high-tech heating and ventilation systems mean the glasshouse’s climate can be controlled at the touch of a button. The glasshouse has been powder coated in Hartley Botanic’s proprietary Verona Stone colour and, set on a rise within Hyde Hall’s gardens, the structure can be seen for miles across the Chelmsford landscape.

Feat of engineering

At a span of 14 metres the glasshouse pushes the boundaries of what is possible with a system of aluminium extrusions which are self-supporting. Hartley Botanic’s engineering expertise, honed over 79 years, has achieved a light yet strong structure of a size and scale which generally requires steel supports to hold construction in place. The challenge of the glasshouse’s dimensions also required aluminium extrusions and individual panes of glass which were the largest available in the industry today.


Built to last

As in every Hartley greenhouse or glasshouse, each pane of glass has individual, bespoke frames and there is no glass to glass contact. This means broken glass is easier to replace and can be done from the outside with minimum impact to the overall structure. Every part within the glasshouse, down to the smallest bracket and extrusion, is on record and drawn on file for easy remanufacture. In this way, Hartley Botanic can easily support the glasshouse’s ongoing maintenance and repair.

Robert Brett, Curator of RHS Garden Hyde Hall commented; “We wanted something which visitors could really enjoy to form the core of our new edible garden. The octagonal shape of the Hartley Botanic Glasshouse is the perfect centrepiece to the surrounding circular landscaping and it enables us to showcase some of the more tender exotics as well as increase our capacity for year-round displays. We hope it will inspire many visitors to try their hand at edible growing.”

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic commented; “This commission was a really exciting one for us. It is always a thrill to work on projects we know the public will be able to enjoy, but the scale of the brief and challenge to create a centrepiece in keeping with the garden’s circular landscaping was very interesting. We are increasingly seeing demand from organisations who want a greenhouse or glasshouse to tap-into continued interest in growing your own, and specifically, what that means in terms of taste and variety. We are sure the new glasshouse and gardens will be a great inspirer for many gardeners.”

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Upholstered Wall Headboards

P & D Foams and Furniture Ltd is a second-generation family business situated in the heart of Norfolk.  As specialist upholsters, the company prides itself on quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that over 30 years of experience provides. We have expanded our expertise over the years and now draw focus onto our fabulous upholstered wall headboards.

When is a mat not a mat?

Visual design, environment and function are 3 key requirements from any client but when it comes to design on a large scale how do you keep it looking and functioning as it did on Day 1. 

The UK’s Leading Range of High Quality Cycle Hubs, Cycle Racks, Bin Stores, Canopies and Street Furniture! Falco UK Ltd

Falco is the UK’s leading designer, manufacturer, supplier and installer of high quality cycle hubs, cycle shelters, cycle stands and racks, smoking shelters, bin stores, canopies and all types of street furniture products.

Shadow XT Bluetooth Patio Heaters from Heat Outdoors

Shadow XT Bluetooth Patio Heaters form the centre of a perfect patio heater set up. Heat Outdoors were proud to introduce the Shadow XT Bluetooth Patio Heater range as the world’s first and only fully BLUETOOTH controlled outdoors heater.

Organowood® Makes Timber Cladding Sustainable

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.


At Green Square we are proud to be a market-leading company offering renewable energy solutions for both domestic and commercial use.

Nationwide Platforms Takes Delivery of Versatile Tracked Booms

Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s market leader powered access rental company, has taken delivery of a further 64 tracked boom lifts which are ideal for carrying out a range of demanding applications. Available for hire throughout the UK, the investment ensures its customers have unrivalled access to one of the largest and youngest fleets of tracked boom lifts throughout the UK.

Tameside Council goes au naturel at Ashton Market

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed delivery of over 4,000m2 of natural stone to Ashton Market Square in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

Elite Balustrade Systems

Think Trespa®? Think Performance Panels Limited

Performance Panels Limited is a leading UK distributor and stockholder of Trespa® high quality sheet materials.

Widely used in both interior and exterior applications by architects and interior designers, Trespa panels combine performance materials with stunning aesthetics for unique and practical solutions.


ARCHITECT@WORK, the carefully curated two-day trade fair aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall for its 2017 edition on 25th and 26th January.

Take a look at our Tropical Vibes


New FRIDA Chair


The new chair “FRIDA” is one of the latest from the “ Tropical Vibes” range at the Contract Furniture Store. This chair is made with different materials, colours and volumetric that give it a sophisticated and contemporary feel for any Hotel or Restaurant.

Like other pieces from the range, the FRIDA chair is customizable with different finishes, creating different styles and fulfilling everyone’s tastes through it’s simplicity and small details.

ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2016 has now opened at London’s Olympia National 27-28 January featuring exciting collaborations, exhibitions and talks.

Over 90 leading architectural suppliers from Europe offer the latest innovations in surface solutions,lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All of these companies have gone through a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection. This process ensures this is one of the UK’s most highly respected, curated trade shows of its kind.


The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its 6th annual conference. As a firmly established event in the design calendar, this year’s conference, entitled ‘Interior Identities’, will explore the theme of cultural, social and individual identities in interior design. Attendees will also dissect the complex concept of ‘identity’ in design through engaging and informative speeches and panel discussions by leading industry experts.  

New President to lead CIAT into its next half a century

Gary Mees MCIAT has been inaugurated as the 27th President of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Gary has been a sole practitioner based in Edinburgh since 2000. As an active Member, Gary has held the positions of Vice-President Practice and Vice-President Technical.


Metsä Wood, the UK’s leading supplier of timber materials for the construction industry, is the latest confirmed exhibitor at Timber Expo, part of UK Construction Week.

The show, which runs 6 – 8 October at the NEC, is the seminal date in the timber industry’s calendar and promises to provide a real forum for manufacturers, specifiers and contractors to discuss the most pressing issues currently facing the sector.

Structural Timber Awards – Final Call for Entries

Today, the organisers of the Structural Timber Awards put out a final call for entries.  With the deadline for submissions fast approaching on 12 June 2015 – the Awards have attracted entries from project and products large and small but all have one thing in common – timber!

Polyrey introduces Reysitop, a new generation of compact

22 May 2015—Polyrey is launching a unique new compact (solid grade laminate), Reysitop®, which brings together exclusive design with high-technology enabling the creation of layouts and furniture in commercial or residential spaces in tune with current decorative trends.

Conlon Wins RICS Award for High Flying Blackburn Wing Project

Conlon Construction’s £6m Blackburn Wing scheme at the Grade II-listed Bowcliffe Hall in Wetherby has won the Tourism & Leisure Project of the Year accolade at the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Pro-Yorkshire Awards (held Friday 15 May 2015). The accolade follows the scheme’s success in winning a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2015 Yorkshire Award in April, following completion of the project by the Conlon team last October.

Harrogate Borough Council appoints Farrell and Clark

Architects Farrell and Clark LLP have been appointed by Harrogate Borough Council to develop proposals for new civic accommodation on its Knapping Mount site. The new Civic building could rationalise five of the councils existing offices onto a single site.

High Level Bespoke Corporate Signage for HSBC European Headquarters at Canary Wharf, London.

Tara Signs recently completed one of its most daring and challenging projects to date. Having beaten off fierce competition that involved bids from many major worldwide sign manufacturers, Tara Signs has designed, manufactured and assisted in the installation of the impressive HSBC lettering and logo on top of the 5th tallest building in London, and 34th tallest building in Europe.


Yes, you can have a seamless wall of mirror and barre!

Our popular INTEGRA SYSTEM is designed and installed to create a seamless wall of mirror with the appearance of a floating ballet or pilates barre, giving the user maximum, uninterrupted mirror reflection. Installed in numerous schools, leisure centres and private homes throughout the UK, INTEGRA is simply for those who want the best for their facility.

Colorful Renovation with HAVER Architectural Mesh

The colorful, attention-grabbing new façade planned for the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital is courtesy of a new painted, architectural mesh introduced by HAVER & BOECKER.

Ship Shape Construction – Homebuilding & Renovating 2014 Winner

The annual Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards were announced in November 2014 and ‘Uphill House’, the project designed by Robert Dye Architects and completed by Ship Shape Construction won the top honour of best Residential Design 2014.

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