A nationwide homelift company has extended the distance its latest range of domestic lifts can travel by half a metre to a maximum of 4.5 metres.

Stiltz Homelifts has rolled out the product update, which meets the BS EN 81-41 European standard for lifts traveling over three metres, to the Stiltz Duo+ Homelift and Stiltz Trio+ Homelift models.

The longer travel option allows the company’s authorised partners to reach out to end users with more varied types of property, such as period buildings or homes with high ceilings. 

RLSS UK helps ensure safety for Ports of Jersey @RLSSUK

As the organisation responsible for the safe operation of Jersey’s harbours, Ports of Jersey appointed the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) to conduct a comprehensive piece of work to address a variety of health and safety needs.

With golden beaches and sparkling waters, Jersey is a haven for a wide range water sports and activities from canoeing, kayaking and water skiing to wakeboarding, jet skiing and banana boat rides. Such a mix of activities must be managed safely. These businesses are licenced by Ports of Jersey and with an increasing number of the concessions setting up along the water’s edge around the island, Ports of Jersey commissioned RLSS UK to conduct a review of safety to ensure a fair balance of capacity, competency and effective management systems.

Five injuries common in the hospitality industry

It’s common knowledge that working in the Hospitality industry is fast and frenetic so it’s not a surprise there are a lot of workplace injuries.

In 2016/17 approximately 434,000 injuries caused up to seven days of absence in each case. A further 175,000 caused a period of absence over seven days. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the accommodation and food services sector has a lower statistically significant amount of work-related illness, but a higher statistically significant work accident claims rate.

What’s the cause of these higher than average injuries? According to Boutique Hotelier, the most common injuries in the hospitality sector are slips, trips and falls.

Two thirds of Brits over 60 have never considered downsizing their property @ChooseBLP

Two thirds (66%) of people aged 60 or over have never considered downsizing their property, according to a recent survey by BLP Insurance, a specialist residential warranty and commercial latent defects insurer.

Those from the West Midlands (82%) and London (71%) were the most resistant to the idea of downsizing, while respondents from Yorkshire and Humberside (45%) and the North East (44%) were the most open to such a shift in their living arrangements.

The main drawbacks identified by those surveyed to downsizing were the upheaval or stress of moving (45%) and reduced living space (35%), while loss of familiarity (30%), such as reliable neighbours, and the sentimental impact of leaving the family home also ranked highly (28%).

Østjysk Våbenhandel Weapon store, Hedensted, Denmark

A special facade for a special store

The premises of the Østjysk Våbenhandel in Denmark can be clearly seen from a major motorway. For customers, as well as those driving past, the unusual facade of this building catches the eye and is a landmark for the area. RMIG have manufactured and supplied 400 m2 of perforated sheets that make up the facade, and with RMIG ImagePerf, a giant motif of a pheasant in flight decorates the building.


CONSTRUCTION firm Stepnell has delivered a spectacular £6.75 million hotel for one of the country’s most picturesque golf courses.

The 13-bedroom hotel at Feldon Valley golf club in the Cotswolds has been built by the contractor, which also oversaw the construction of four woodland lodges, as well as the extension and remodelling of the existing clubhouse.

The entire project was delivered while the club remained open to members, ensuring it maintained its existing revenue streams while the build was in progress.

P C Henderson’s Industrial Sliding Door Hardware Specified for Unique Boathouse Project in Devon

London based architectural practice, Wimshurst Pelleriti, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 301 industrial door hardware for a unique Boathouse project on the River Yealm in Devon.

The architecture practice was provided with a challenging brief to design a boathouse which could be sensitively built into the steep sided estuary of the river. The new structure would be small in size but used to store a wealth of waterside equipment and water craft, including a 14 foot speedboat.


Janisol Arte 2.0, the second-generation renovation window from steel systems specialist Schueco Jansen, is proving popular with architects because of its enhanced specification, improved performance characteristics and ability to satisfy the aesthetic concerns of local authority planners and conservation officers.


Now available is the Rinnai HDC 1200i continuous flow hot water unit with the capacity to deliver in excess of 1500 litres of temperature accurate hot water per hour, with an overall gross efficiency of more than 95%.  These levels of performance, with unbeatable efficiency levels, mean the Rinnai 1200i is more than capable of meeting and exceeding the hot water demands of all applications.    

FESPA Award Winners Again!

We are thrilled to announce that Signbox won an award for the third year in a row at FESPA Awards 2019. This time we received Silver for the outstanding and remarkable signage solutions we manufactured for IAG Cargo as part of rebranding their workspaces at London Heathrow and hubs in Dublin and Madrid.

Signbox received the Silver Award at FESPA’s annual Gala Dinner, which took place on Wednesday 15 May at Löwenbräukeller in Munich, Germany, during FESPA Global Print Expo 2019. 

Compliance and performance without compromise – PermaRock Mineral Fibre External Wall Insulation on Nottingham High Rise Blocks

UK manufacturer PermaRock Products Ltd has supplied one of its thermal external wall insulation (EWI) systems for a new retirement village in Nottingham. The £11m development is part of Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and Nottingham City Council’s Building a Better Nottingham programme. Known collectively as Winwood Heights, the site features two existing 15-storey blocks, which have been extensively refurbished, and a new extra care facility built between them.

Fassa Bortolo brings its Fassarend timber frame system to the UK market

Fassa Bortolo, one of the leading Italian manufacturers of renders and integrated building systems has brought its Fassarend timber frame system to the UK market, adding a versatile new solution to its expanding portfolio.  


With a four-stage installation process, the timber frame system can be used across a range of residential and commercial projects and has the added benefit of on or off site construction. Using light-weight carrier boards, mechanically fixed onto wooden battens and finished with a thin coat render; this new system delivers a range of stand out features.

Advanced’s High Rise Reputation sees it Protect European Landmark

Global fire systems leader, Advanced, has been specified on another landmark tall building.

Set to stand at 62-storeys high, 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London will, on completion, become the second-tallest building in Western Europe.

The 278m office building will offer 1.275 million sq. ft of high specification office space, as well as eight community spaces, covering over 100,000 sq ft, including an innovation hub, curated gallery space, fresh food market, gym and wellbeing retreat. Once completed, Advanced will protect both of Western Europe’s tallest buildings, with 22 Bishopsgate being the latest in a long line of London’s most prestigious and iconic skyscrapers specifying Advanced, including the Shard, the Leadenhall Building, the Heron Tower and the HSBC Tower.

Investec provides £27 million loan for 153,000 sq ft South London urban logistics development

Investec Structured Property Finance (“Investec”) announces that it has agreed to provide Valor Real Estate Partners (“Valor”), the pan-European logistics and industrial real estate investor, with a £27 million senior loan, to fund the speculative development of a 153,000 sq ft Grade A urban logistics park in Mitcham, South London.

The 48-month loan, agreed at up to 65% Loan to Cost, will support Valor through the planning, development and stabilisation periods. Valor acquired the site in January 2019 and proposes to redevelop the existing c. 110,000 sq ft estate into modern trade counter and mid box units ranging from 5,000 sq ft to 85,000 sq ft, suitable for a diverse range of occupiers. The site also has the potential to cater to single tenant build-to-suit requirements.

Larkfleet Conference debates the future of housing and economic growth @LarkfleetGroup

Around 100 local political and business leaders attended this year’s Larkfleet Conference to talk about housing and economic development in the region surrounding Peterborough in an area stretching as far afield as Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

This year’s annual event focused on plans for the ‘Oxford-Cambridge Arc’, a government development plan which covers Peterborough. It could include one million new homes by 2050 as well as all the supporting transport, communications and economic infrastructure.

The conference was organised by the Bourne-based Larkfleet Group of Companies which includes developers Larkfleet Homes and Allison Homes.