PICS and the property refurbishment market

PICS have seen the demand for quality and high performance refurbishment products grow enormously over the last few years, as we extend, or try to bring back to life, old buildings and properties rather than demolish and replace. As a result of customer interest, we now provide a larger range of refurbishment products to suit many different applications for the developer or refurbishment contractor.

There are products designed to aid the client with their refurbishment of a range of different paving and walling options, including decorative rendering effects to match to existing stone or brickwork, and concrete flooring stains, coatings and sealers to bring old concrete, block paving and tarmac back to life.

Rudridge Gravesend celebrates top marks in H&S Audit

Rudridge Gravesend has been awarded a top score of 8 in its latest Stay Safe Review.

The annual audit, which is a legal requirement for the construction industry, ensures that the business is complying to the latest health and safety compliance standards. The review covers general housekeeping, yard management processes, product storage, workplace transport, and the team’s overall development and culture.

Craig Lyons, Manager at Rudridge Gravesend, said:

“At Rudridge, health and safety is our top priority. The whole team has continued to demonstrate improvements across the board, sharing best practice knowledge and engaging with the whole process to keep colleagues, customers and suppliers safe. I’m really proud of them all.”


In 1990, there were just ten ‘megacities’ (cities of over 10 million). By 2015, that figure had jumped to 28, accounting for 12% of the world’s urban inhabitants. People are moving to urban centres attracted by the lifestyle and range of opportunities they offer, however more people on the pavements and soaring land prices mean new buildings need to head skywards.

When completed next year, Twentytwo, an innovative new development located minutes from the new London Liverpool Street Crossrail station, will stand 278 metres tall and showcase a number of new construction solutions in a challenging historic and densely populated urban environment. Developers, planners and architects around the world can turn to Twentytwo as a model case in building smarter, faster and safer.

The VELUX Group to acquire JET-Group from Egeria

The agreement is subject to approval by German and Austrian competition authorities

VELUX A/S and Dutch investment firm Egeria have reached an agreement concerning the sale of JET-Group to the VELUX Group. The decision to acquire JET-Group, a European leader in industrial roof light systems, is in line with the VELUX Group’s growth strategy and specifically the desire to grow its business in the non-residential market for daylighting solutions. The acquisition of JET-Group is the second by the VELUX Group this year, with Wasco Products Inc., a US skylight manufacturer, announced in April.

Panasonic Starts HVAC Manufacturing with Aquarea Production Line in Europe

Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has started residential air-to-water heat pump production at Panasonic AVC Networks Czech, s.r.o. (PAVCCZ) in Pilsen, Czech Republic in October 2018, as part of its efforts to enhance the air-conditioning business in the European market.

Europe has seen exponential demand for more renewable energy solutions. Providing heating, cooling and hot water, the Aquarea heat pump utilises energy from the air, providing a cheaper, cleaner and sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuel or electric systems.

Dealing with Hazardous waste as a business

If you’re a business that is handling hazardous waste, not matter the type, then it’s vital that you have an effective waste management plan put in place to tackle any problems that could occur and can cause unpleasant damage to your company. It’s something that all companies should avoid, especially when the waste can be harmful to employees and the environment.

Hazardous waste is often assumed to come in gas form, which is not true at all. Hazardous waste can be presented in many different forms, ranging from solids, liquids and sludges and this can often lead to groundwater and surface contamination. The British government have strict direction on how businesses should be handling this issue.

Green Envee at the London Build Expo @greenenvee1

The Green Envee team are looking forward to meeting old and new clients at London Build Expo this October.  The exhibition takes place in Olympia on 23rd and 24th October and is the go-to show of the year for anyone involved in building, construction, sustainability, interior design and fit-out, housing and health and safety. Green Envee will be showcasing their artificial green wall panels with a giant wall in the Infrastructure  Zone & on our stand C4 which is in the sustainability zone.

A taste for the high life: Industry urged to embrace concrete innovations in high-rise building design

With a record number of skyscrapers under construction in the UK, Aggregate Industries is reminding contractors that innovative concrete solutions such as Lytag are proving increasingly essential to achieving world-class sustainable building design for high-rise structures.

According to the latest report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, more high-rise towers are being built in the UK in 2018 than in the previous ten years, with a record 510 tall towers at more than 20 storeys high, currently planned or under construction in London alone.


Dr. Schutz, the German floor care company, offers PU Sealer, an innovative solution that quickly and easily transforms tired, damaged or old floors, at a fraction of the time and cost of an entire floor replacement.  

As well as renovating any floor with a fresh and lasting finish, PU Sealer offers added protection for flooring areas prone to high traffic, including sports halls, offices, hospitals, shopping centres and schools. Such areas with a heavily foot volume tend to wear very quickly when they don’t have a hard wearing product applied. Not only can this cost money, but it can be a time consuming issue to fix.  By applying the PU-Sealer, flooring can be kept in a great condition for many years.

Low maintenance garden ideas that will save you time and make your garden stand out

Having a beautiful garden that you are proud of doesn’t need to take a huge amount of time and effort to maintain, in fact having the right balance between design, maintenance and effort is the key for creating an outdoor area that you’ll love spending time in.

Garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have put together some of their top tips for creating the perfect low maintenance garden.

VELUX announces £7million expansion in Fife

Roof window manufacturer VELUX® Company Ltd has today announced a £7million expansion to its iconic UK and Ireland head office building at Woodside Way in Glenrothes, Fife.

A new customer service centre, training facilities, office space, meeting suite and a staff restaurant will be housed within a 3,500 metre new build structure, which Glasgow-based main contractor ISG will deliver by autumn 2019.

Healthcare fire safety and the Shelton Hospital tragedy

Wrightstyle is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of advanced steel and aluminium glazing systems.  Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, looks at fire safety in healthcare facilities and care homes.

We’re shortly to supply to a new state-of-the-art care village in Warwick that will include everything from a deluxe cinema to a spa, café and cycle track.

It’s a prestigious project because the facility will specialise in the care of dementia sufferers, a distressing condition that adds to security and safety challenges, both for staff and the building’s design.

The future of the construction industry; South East Construction Expo 2018 offered exciting new insights @ConstructExpo

The South East Construction Expo 2018, held in Sussex for the first time, was a huge success according to organisers of the event at the South of England Showground in Ardingly on September 13.

“We were delighted to welcome over 2,000 leading lights from the region’s construction industry, where they could meet buyers, explore new projects, network with other businesses in the South East and sample the industry’s latest technology,” said Carole Black from South East Construction Expo.


Shutter Slide – P C Henderson’s innovative new louvre hardware will be launched to the market at leading design and architecture event – Architect at Work, Berlin, 7th and 8th November.

With the company’s expertise lying in the field of sliding and folding door hardware, the company has now put together a solid core product offering for external sliding louvre panels weighing up to 120kg. The company will be exhibiting the new system at the Architect at Work tradeshow based in Berlin.

D-Link unveils its first wire-free camera kit for ultra-easy, flexible home surveillance

D-Link has unveiled its first 100% wire-free camera kit, the mydlink™ Pro Wire-Free Camera Kit (DCS-2802KT-EU), offering customers a flexible full home surveillance experience, without the inconvenience of needing to drill holes for cables or place cameras near a power source. Powered by high capacity lithium batteries which allow months of operation without the need to recharge, the cameras can be placed virtually anywhere one might need them.

The cameras feature 1080p Full HD video and built-in night vision, making them ideal for 24/7 surveillance both indoors and out.

Consisting of two wire-free cameras and a hub, the compact camera kit is designed to be discreet and easy to setup without compromising on functionality. The hub supports four cameras, so customers can expand the coverage of their surveillance system as needed.