Category Archives: House & Housing

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.


Construction specialist Novus Property Solutions has built eight brand new affordable homes in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of a £900,000 contract with Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society.

The Stoke-based contractor constructed the terraced homes, all with front and back gardens, nine weeks ahead of the agreed deadline, following the initial demolition of a derelict and unsafe former public house.

Social Housing opt for Modern Fascia Materials but Retain Heritage Character

The versatility of PVC fascias and soffits and just how they can be utilised on new and contemporary builds, as well as on the refurbishment of heritage properties is underestimated. Although standard white PVC fascias remain a firm favourite, architects are beginning to specify more imaginative colours and product combinations for modern as well as traditional properties of character.

Sandtoft expands its New Generation range to support the social housing market

Sandtoft, a Wienerberger brand, has announced the expansion of its New Generation range of products in February 2014. With a superior interlocking finish and flexibility, the range is perfect for a wide range of projects.  

Housing Development, Buxton

A new housing development in the picturesque town of Buxton, Derbyshire, features Westerland fibre cement slates from Cembrit. Otters Brook is a new housing development that has built to blend seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. The Westerland slates are BREEAM A+ rated ensuring a sustainable choice that combine traditional looks with modern performance.

Housing Development, North Warren, Devon

Kerb appeal, traditional looks and modern performance, are all combined in the Westerland slates supplied to a new housing development in Devon. Located in North Warren, Near Taunton, Barratt Homes has developed the site into a community housing development on the site of the Old Cider Works.

N10 Launched on Moores website

Moores Furniture Group – Our website is continuously being developed so our customers can access all the latest product news and information. With architects and specifiers in mind, we have added a new N10 Specifier Services page to the social housing section.

Social Housing Project, Ashton-under-Lyne

Lindab’s steel based Rainline rainwater drainage system features on a multi award winning social housing project designed by leading environmental architects Denovo Design.


With less than one week to go until Decorex International 2012 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, AV specialist Kensington Home Technology (KHT) has announced that it will be showcasing a host of new products from innovative providers including Crestron, amBX, Spectral, Cineak, NEOD, Clipso and Loewe on stand F192.  This integrated display will allow interior designers to visualise all aspects of AV in one space, with experts on hand to discuss exactly what is possible with each technology – and how.

Disraeli Court, Hereford

Disraeli  Court in Hereford, a sheltered housing development owned by Herefordshire  Housing Ltd, was suffering from subsidence problems so severe that the facility  had to be closed and the residents moved out. Several repair schemes were  investigated and rejected and even demolition and rebuilding was being  considered until structural repair specialist, Helifix Ltd, proposed a  cost-effective scheme that would restore structural integrity and also be  covered by a 10 year warranty.

Charlotte James Edinburgh Decorex Stand F206

Founded in 2004, Charlotte James is one of Scotland’s leading specialist upholstery manufacturers and has an established and skilled workforce creating a range of both classic and contemporary pieces.

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Going Against the Grain

Hamilton’s Woods Collection

Although more typically known for its comprehensive range of metal switch plates and sockets, decorative electrical wiring accessory manufacturer Hamilton Litestat is proving that the natural look can sometimes be best.

WE-EF has supplied LED streetlights to the UK’s largest carbon neutral development at Graylingwell Park, Chichester

The residential development was conceived in response to the previous Government’s 2006 pre-budget report which stipulated that all of the country’s new residential buildings should be zero-energy homes by 2016.

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.

Bernard Thorp and Company Ltd Decorex Stand K342

Bernard Thorp & Company hand screen printers of fabrics and wallpapers in London since 1971
All fabrics and wallpapers are created to suit individual requirements and personal taste with designs being meticulously hand-screen printed in order to achieve excellent clarity in both pattern detail and colour quality.

Richardson Paintings Ltd Decorex Stand E177

Welcome to Richardson paintings

We paint the finest quality oil painting commissions for our clients. Our worldwide team of skilled artists are able to paint anything ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. We are proud to announce our new stunning bespoke range of Perspex furniture in both William and Mary and Shaker styles at

Vicaima high performance creates room with a view

Vicaima’s new Just White entrance door systems have been chosen by Bellway Homes for City View, the company’s latest landmark development in central London.

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.

Low carbon demo house built with H+H

Town & Country Housing Group (TCHG) in Kent decided to construct a low carbon prototype home to act as a test bed for building to level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. In the process they used the H+H Thin Joint system with large format Jumbo Bloks.

The house is designed to be as energy efficient as possible, resulting in low running costs for the occupants. Essential to this is a ‘fabric first’ approach whereby the building structure is constructed to be extremely airtight and thermally efficient to reduce heat loss to a minimum. Using Thin Jointed aircrete significantly contributed to this way of building.

Paul White, TCHG Design & Quality Manager commented: “We used H+H aircrete blocks for the project for their high recycled content as well as their inherently high insulative qualities. This allowed us to construct thinner external walls than alternatives on a tight site whilst still achieving a low U-value.”

He added: “Using the Thin Joint system with the Rå Build method is a good option because speed of construction means the inner shell can be made weather tight extremely quickly, faster than using traditional masonry techniques thus preventing the structure becoming damp in wet weather and allowing other trades to start internal work earlier. Furthermore, the system offers some thermal mass (to help regulate the temperature in hot weather) over and above standard timber frame options.”

The home is designed to fit in with others in the area and cost £205,000 to build (including the renewable energy technology that was being trialled), on land already owned by the housing group. Residents Joanna and Thomas Clarke and their son Finley have been living in the home since July last year.