Category Archives: Conservation & Restoration

Robeys LTD

A stove from RAIS, Denmark’s premier quality stove manufacturer, is a superior fusion of aesthetics and technology which combines form with function and design with craftmanship. The result? Exclusive eye-catching stoves that are in a league of their own.

Eco-Habitat launch sees Wienerberger commit to the protection of wildlife

Announcing its commitment to the protection of wildlife, Wienerberger, one of the UK’s leading providers of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, has announced the launch of a brand new Eco-Habitat range, which has been developed in partnership with EcoSurv, specialists in the design of eco-habitats and one of the UK’s leading ecological consultancies.

Sika’s Grand Achievements In Weston-Super-Mare

Sika – a global provider of speciality chemicals and products for the construction industry – has supplied a range of solutions for Weston-Super-Mare’s award winning Grand Pier.

High Line-Inspired Park proposed in Queens

When plans for the High Line were first revealed it made quite an impression on the design community. The converted elevated rail line, long abandoned by New York City, was threatened by demolition until a group of activists fought for its revival and helped transform it into one of the most renowned public spaces in Manhattan. Now Queens, a borough with its own abandoned infrastructure is on its way to redeveloping the land for its own version of the High Line, to be known as the Queensway Cultural Gateway.

Lord Norman Foster welcomes decision to grant his Sainsbury Centre Grade II* listing

One of Lord Norman Foster’s first public buildings in the United Kingdom, the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, has received a protected status from Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey. The move was welcomed by conservation organisation English Heritage whose Designation Director, Roger Bowdler said: “We are pleased that the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia has been listed at Grade II* following our recommendation. Listing will not interfere with the centre’s continued flexible use, and the University of East Anglia has set an example over a number of years of how the listed modern buildings in its care can be sympathetically managed.” The status marks the building as ‘particularly important’ and ‘of more than special interest’.

Accoya® Wood Helps Restore Historic Israeli Windmill to Former Glory

Jerusalem’s iconic Montefiore Mill has been restored to full working order with the help of world-leading Accoya® modified wood.

World’s First Bio-Adaptive Façade

A zero-energy house under construction in Germany is set to provide the first real-life test for a new façade system that uses live microalgae to provide shade and generate renewable energy at the same time. The world’s first ‘bio-adaptive façade’ will be installed in the ‘BIQ’ house for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, which runs through 2013.

New chapel conversion

An architect based in Penzance, in the far west of Cornwall, Lesley Price has been working on the Chapel Development for 2 years, effectively creating a small hamlet of 5 different houses at the entrance to Marazion. Marazion is famous for the castle which rises from the sea in Mounts Bay – St Michael’s Mount, and is a tourist ‘hot spot’. The site is just over the road from the beach, and the pub! It faces south so lots of sunshine.

Alsecco systems used to great effect on Clapham High Street

Alsecco’s external insulation and render-only systems were both used for the Clapham One PPP (Public Private Partnership) regeneration project by architects DLA Architecture in conjunction with joint venture partners United House and Cathedral Group plc.

Welcome to Total Lighting Solutions Ltd

Total Lighting Solutions are an independent lighting design and supply company.

Utilising the latest design software, we prepare lighting schemes, technical specifications, and problem solving options. Our track record in this specialist field allows us to provide creative solutions that are fully integrated with the architectural design of a given building environment. Our independence ensures that we recommend the most appropriate luminaires from high quality, to ex-stock availability for instant delivery, to competitively priced fittings for those tight budget projects.

Elite Fire Safety selects Detectomat’s SRC 3000 for Victorian residential flats

When Kent’s Elite Fire Safety Ltd (EFS) were faced with providing fire protection for Charlesville Mansions, a million pound apartment block in a charming red brick mansion within the sought-after conservation area of Barons Court near to Fulham and Kensington High Street, they knew that their selection of fire alarm was critical because damage to the Victorian fabric of the building caused by chasing out precious plasterwork to install wires and cables should be avoided. EFS had worked with Detectomat’s SRC 3000, a radio-linked, wireless solution system, in which each unit transmits data by radio frequency to a receiver before. They knew that it offered the considerable advantages of being wire free, which not only include avoiding damage to historic walls and ceilings but also cost. Because installation is so fast, labour charges are kept to a minimum and there is very little noise and disruption, another important factor in this sought after residential area.

Contours’ Pedigree Installation

Leading column casings manufacturer, Contour Casings Ltd, continues its expansion with a significant installation at a renowned UK sporting venue.

Forming part of an extensive column casings range, Contours’ Preformed Plywood Encasement System was identified as the ideal solution to complete the refurbishment of the Premier Enclosure at Wolverhampton Racecourse.