200 year old warehouse converted to first Passivhaus hostel in the UK

Building physics and services engineer Greengauge has provided a complete holistic advice package on the remodelling and retrofit of the Barrel Store, the first and only Passivhaus certified hostel in the UK.

Completed in 2016, the exceptionally performing building won the Cirencester Civic Society Design Award 2016 and is a finalist in the UK Passivhaus Awards 2018. But these accolades belie a humbler beginning.


Situated in Cirencester, the Barrel Store was constructed around 1820 as a warehouse to serve the adjacent brewery, which closed in the early 20th century. By the 1970s, the derelict but solidly built Cotswold limestone building narrowly escaped demolition and instead was converted into a theatre. The building sustained this use for several decades, but the theatre recently closed as it was no longer fit for purpose.

Deadline Extension for the 3rd PANASONIC PRO Awards

The deadline for the PRO Awards 2018 is extended until Friday 23rd November, giving entrants an additional two weeks to submit their project entries.

Installers, specifiers and end-users are encouraged to take part in this prestigious HVAC industry award scheme for an opportunity to win a trip to Japan and international recognition for their work.  Plus, every complete entry will receive a Panasonic Lumix camera! Entry is easy, simply follow the directions on the PRO Awards website – you can also save draft entries for completion at a later date: https://www.aircon.panasonic.eu/_____/pro-awards-2018/

Ibstock Brick celebrates best of brick at Brick Awards

Ibstock Brick is celebrating the success of architects and brick contractors at this year’s Brick Awards.

The annual awards ceremony, organised by the Brick Development Association (BDA), saw three outstanding projects using products from the Ibstock Brick range named as winners, with a further two projects receiving commendations from the expert judging panel. Ibstock Brick also proudly sponsored three awards; Individual Housing Development, Architect’s Choice and Supreme winner.

Egypt Housing 2018

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New CRL Paris System: Sleek, streamlined and easy to install

Creating a streamlined finish and providing an unobstructed view, the new CRL Paris System offers a simple solution to install a French balcony.

In domestic situations, a popular way of gaining natural light internally while achieving a sleek and modern look on a building’s exterior is to opt for French doors and large windows teamed with a French balcony.

Street cabinet camo! The pioneering housing development adding innovation and style to broadband boxes by SEAMLESSLY blending them into the background

Now you see them…and soon you won’t!

At least that’s the case at an innovative Tees Valley housing development where street cabinets are looking a little different.

Wynyard Park has teamed up with graphic design experts at Shutter Media to blend street furniture into its surroundings by wrapping them in a range of clever designs – from brick, rendering and landscaping through to the woodland animals commonly seen on the development.

Luxury Tableware Event for Hospitality Returns to Olympia London

Table, the luxury tableware presentation for the global hospitality industry, returns to Top Drawer from 13th-15th January. Building on a successful launch in 2018, Table moves into the prestigious MODERN HOME hall for its 2019 edition, bringing together specialist manufacturers and designers, with buyers seeking to explore the latest in luxury design-led tableware and related products for the hospitality industry.

Exclusive suppliers and designers to look out for this season include Alessi, Serax, Forma House, Caverswall, LSA International, Sango, Elia International, Studio William, Sue Pryke and hot new designers Zaim Design.

Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show Returns with new Thought-Leadership Conference Programme

The Roofing Cladding & Insulation Show (RCI), returns to Coventry on 27th – 28th March 2019 and is now open for free ticket registration. The 2019 show will see the introduction of a new thought-leadership conference stream, featuring speakers from a wide variety of industry stake-holders making the RCI Show the voice of the industry.

The new RCI Show will comprise three key elements: keynote conference programme from industry leaders, practical CPD seminars and an exhibition of leading suppliers.  The full conference programme will be announced shortly.

Panasonic Outlines Growth and Sustainability at Chillventa 2018

  • Naturally occurring CO2 Cold Chain solutions
  • Highly efficient combined gas and electric Hybrid VRF
  • Full Switch to R32

 Panasonic was on a mission to deliver technology innovations for a better world at Chillventa 2018, Nuremburg. Celebrating 60 years of heating and cooling expertise, Panasonic turned the focus to more environmentally-friendly solutions to deliver highly efficient HVAC+R in the commercial and residential markets.

Amazing ‘unzipped building’ artwork gone but not forgotten

The building which was home to British artist Alex Chinneck’s latest outdoor artwork ‘Open to the public’ comes down this week, but his spectacular piece will live long in the memories, say those behind bringing it to Ashford.

The installation appeared overnight in July at Brundrett House in Tannery Lane, on the former Kent Wool Growers site, with Chinneck secretly transforming the disused building into a surreal sculpture.

‘Open to the public’ generated 169 media articles including local, specialist trade, national and international publications and drew in crowds from far and wide to view the ‘unzipped’ building.


Manchester-based, multi-award winning Principal Contractor; McGoff Construction has handed over the world’s first Bear Grylls Adventure scheme to long standing client; family entertainment giant Merlin Entertainments.

Located within Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), The Bear Grylls Adventure is now open to the public and features a dive tank, Europe’s tallest high ropes course, skydiving experience (iFly), climbing wall, shooting range and assault course.

Why every construction site needs a first aid alarm

Every year, many people are injured from on-site accidents. Statistics published by HSE show that in the first quarter of 2018/19 (April to June), 27 workers and 13 members of the public have died in fatal workplace accidents across all sectors.

Whilst having first aid kits on site will ensure worker injuries are treated immediately, reliable first aid alarms are a crucial piece of equipment to speed up emergency response time.

Wrightstyle takes off in Gloucester

Wrightstyle, the advanced glazing supplier, has completed a project at Gloucestershire Airport for Skyborne Flight Training Centre.

The new purpose-built 13,000 sq ft training centre is being equipped with the very latest aircraft, top-of-the-range flight simulators and other equipment to train tomorrow’s commercial pilots.

Wrightstyle supplied six fixed field windows with 60 minutes of fire rating in their WSL 60 series framing system.

Smart Move: 7 Tips for Moving During the Fall

Moving can be such a drag. It’s not even the actual moving phase that gets homeowners worked up during a big move but the planning stage can also take its toll on the movers.

First, you have to really plan down to the last detail. Because if you miss out on one vital thing then it’ll all go downhill from there. As if that’s not stressful enough, why don’t you add moving during the fall into the mix and see what happens. The weather, falling debris, availability of moving services are just a few of the things that you need to take careful note of.

I’ve encapsulated the top 7 tips for moving during the fall seamlessly.

Keeping reading at the University of Reading

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them,” said Joseph Brodsky, the Russian-born American poet and essayist.

And thanks to Wrightstyle’s advanced glazing systems, the books at the University of Reading library will continue only to be read.

The library not only contains thousands of paper books but has over 65,000 e-journals and 200,000 e-books, catering to the University’s more than 17,000 students.