EQUITONE are excited to launch our brand new RIBA-approved CPD; The principles and design of rainscreen facades @equitoneuk

EQUITONE are excited to launch our brand new RIBA-approved CPD; The principles and design of rainscreen facades.

This presentation covers:

  • An understanding of how to make the correct design and specification decisions when choosing rainscreen cladding.
  • The concept of fibre cement rainscreen cladding.
  • An overview of the benefits to the structure and the fixing systems and some of the typical details used in these systems.
  • An understanding of the types of facade materials available.

Siltbuster Adds Gothenburg Metro to its Roster of Global Rail Projects

Siltbuster systems are being used to treat the waters generated during construction of the West Link  project on the Gothenburg Metro in Sweden. This is the latest in a long line of high profile national and international rail projects to call on the Monmouthshire firm’s equipment and expertise.

The West Link is an eight kilometre long double track railway, including a six kilometre railway tunnel, underneath the city of Gothenburg.  Scheduled for completion in 2026, the £2.5 billion development – which also involves the creation of three new underground stations – will increase accessibility to the city, boost capacity and improve travel times.

National Renovation Week from 7-13 October 2019 @granddesigns #renovationweek

Grand Designs Live Partners with FMB for National Renovation Week, to Encourage Education and Creativity Across All Renovations

Grand Designs Live, along with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), are pleased to announce the debut of National Renovation Week 2019 from the 7 – 13 October. Throughout the week Grand Designs Live will host a series of events celebrating, promoting and educating visitors on renovation as a route to creating their dream home.

ProPlex IQ Network Tester Receives Third Industry Award at Cine Gear Expo

In Los Angeles last month, the Film and TV production industry recognized TMB’s ProPlex IQ Tester with a prestigious Cine Gear Expo Technical Achievement Award.  One of 130 entries, the IQ Tester was awarded first place in the Lighting Technology Accessories category.

Applicable to networks of all kinds – lighting, video, audio, special effects, rigging, etc. – an increasing number of technicians, engineers, manufacturers, installers and others are discovering the unique value of this innovative hand-held product, the world’s FIRST portable network tester for entertainment staging and production use.

Creating an environmentally friendly garden

Many people are now looking to reduce their carbon footprint by recycling more, using their cars less and eating locally produced, organic food, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint by changing the way you garden.

With many people starting to realise the importance of eco-living, garden specialists Oeco Garden Rooms have compiled some handy hints on how to be more environmentally friendly in the garden.

Junipers Bar, Maidstone – Featuring Havwoods Wood Flooring

Transformed in early 2018, this sophisticated new cocktail bar is a stunning example of a successful renovation from a dated building into a new, bustling town centre destination.

Using a range of Havwoods premium products, the building’s interior has been transformed into a stylish, contemporary space that seamlessly integrates into its prime central location in the town.

Using a combination of products across the walls, floors and cladding – including Bronzo, Notte, Istra Stretched and Darna Stretched – the wood planks from Havwoods have created an updated retro décor with a modern twist.

The NEW ProtecWork Protective Clothing From Snickers Workwear

Fully accredited, advanced Protective Wear for heat and flame, electrostatic and chemical risk environments from the UK’s leading workwear innovator.

ProtecWork is a new collection of protective working clothes and accessories from Snickers Workwear, which has developed out of over 40 years leading the workwear industry – and through close consultation with users and employers in the railway and energy sectors around Europe.


Indonesia based sliding and folding door hardware provider – P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri – has recently specified P C Henderson for a sliding door hardware project at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali.

The Taman Gita Restaurant, based within the hotel, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project which has given the restaurant a completely new look. The restaurant reopened its famous doors last year and now features an elegant, contemporary interior – accented with Balinese ornaments, high ceilings and monumental pillars.

Panasonic Customers Visit Heat Pump Factory in Czech Republic

A group of Panasonic Air to Water installers from around the UK and Ireland recently visited the new Panasonic factory in Pilsen, Czech Republic.  The factory started production in October 2018 of Panasonic’s Air to Water Heat Pumps to help meet the growing demand and ensure shorter lead times within Europe.

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

NBT/SOPREMA Merger Heralds Complete Sustainable Envelope Solutions

NBT, the UK supplier of Pavatex insulation and airtightness products, has completed the first phase of a merger with building products giant, SOPREMA.

A global name in the construction supply chain, SOPREMA boasts 67 manufacturing sites around the world, more than 90 subsidiary companies and more than 4000 distributors. NBT first joined the group in 2016 and the legal process of creating the new UK business has been in progress in the interim, drawing on synergies between SOPREMA and NBT while ensuring that NBT retains its clear focus on delivering sustainable, robust and cost-effective solutions for the building envelope.

Trading up – The move towards premium panel and decorative and designer radiators

Whilst its undeniable that the most popular and best-selling radiators in the UK and Ireland are the Compact style steel panel radiators we all know and recognise, there is a definite shift towards ‘trading up’ and selecting premium panel radiators or decorative and designer options – depending on the use, in the home or commercial property in question. That’s the view of Chris Harvey, Head of Marketing at leading radiator manufacturer, Stelrad.



Rinnai continuous flow hot water heating units have replaced a vastly oversized and close to redundant traditional style of system at the Coombe Hay Care Home in Scarborough.

Coombe Hay is situated in large, attractive and tranquil gardens on the outskirts of Scarborough, only minutes from the town centre and seafront. Coombe Hay offers accommodation which is fully en-suite and suitable for male and female residents with some larger apartments available for two people.

Vicaima bring an added dimension to William May development

The village of Bramcote in Nottinghamshire, has been a popular place for home owners with discerning taste since Victorian times, so it’s little wonder that is now attracting fresh interest for twenty first century living with the select Baxter Green development by William May.  Envisioned by internationally recognised Leonard Design Architects and set in the former gardens of Grade II Listed St. Johns College, Baxter Green introduces outstanding low-density luxury housing surrounded by tranquil countryside. Once complete Baxter Green will have 40 residential properties varying in sizes from apartments to five-bedroom houses, with ample sized living space and all fitted with Vicaima quality interior doors.


Britcon (UK) Ltd has successfully completed and handed over a new £1.6 million warehouse and office facility for Viking Shipping Services Ltd at its HQ site in Selby, Yorkshire.   The civil engineering and building specialist completed the design and build contract on budget and within a tight timeframe of just 29 weeks.

Viking Shipping is a subsidiary of Star Cargo Plc and provides comprehensive freight forwarding and cargo handling services worldwide.  Located just off the M62 in North Yorkshire, Viking is strategically located to facilitate a range of services for cargo arriving by both road and sea. 

Camfil warns over air quality measurement

Measuring larger particulate matter – so-called PM10 and PM2.5 – to determine the health impact of poor air quality is missing the point, according to a leading air quality expert. Peter Dyment, technical manager of top filter manufacturer Camfil, said the basis for measurement of harmful particulates should be on PM1 (particulate matter that is 1 micron or smaller in diameter).

His comments follow the publication of a study by air cleaning systems supplier Zehnder UK, which has presented initial findings from ongoing research into the impact of introducing a range of common pollutants into residential properties.