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Blue Cross Centre Awash with Dulux Trade Colour

Dulux Trade has brought a splash of colour to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire, brightening up its bi-colour play barn with colours specified by the paint manufacturer’s Commercial Design Service.

 

‘FUTURE PROOF’ YOUR CLIENT’S HOME WITH A STILTZ HOME LIFT

Home lifts specialist Stiltz Lifts recently installed one of their innovative and unique lifts for a retired couple that specifically wanted to ‘future proof’ their home. Although neither had any mobility issues, they were both conscious that, at some point in the future, the stairs in their home may become a challenge.

Mr. and Mrs. Flash share a four bedroom detached house in Middlesex which they love. They felt the genuine possibility of having to move to a bungalow or retirement apartment – if the stairs did eventually become too difficult – would not be something they would ever contemplate.

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Mrs. Flash was familiar with the concept of a domestic lift as her disabled mother had one in her home, but she was looking for a product that was smaller and much more elegant.

The couple came across Stiltz domestic lifts and were immediately impressed with the lift’s understated design, its compact size and the fact it could be quickly installed.

The Stiltz Home Lift, which has a small footprint of less than a square metre, was easy for the Stiltz team to install. The entire lift is a self-supporting structure with a unique internal drive system which bears the load of the lift. This meant there was no need for bulky hydraulics or the need to make use of load-bearing walls.

Unlike most traditional home lifts, Stiltz lifts are powered by the very quiet self-contained drive system which is housed out of sight at the top of the lift. The whole lift plugs into a standard domestic 13amp power socket – just like any other household appliance.

Mr. and Mrs. Flash ordered a top-of-the-range Stiltz Duo Vista Lift which is fitted with a clear body made from structural polycarbonate to give it a more contemporary look and feel.

The Flash’s decided that the downstairs hall was the perfect location for the lift with it travelling upstairs to the landing area. The simple installation process involved the removal of an airing cupboard, re-siting of some water pipes and reinforcement of the beams.

 

Mrs. Flash said: “We were looking for a viable way of ‘future proofing’ our home because we were concerned that if we didn’t do something about it, and the stairs became a problemstiltz_flash_upstairs_3 later on, there would be a risk of having to downsize to a flat. I’m not sure either of us would have coped very well with that.

“A stairlift didn’t appeal at all as they look weird and you still have to get on and off them! Plus, we have a turning staircase so it can get very expensive.

 

“I would describe the Stiltz lift as a perfect capsule. It’s totally reliable, discreet and has lots of clever safety features. We had it installed in the hall downstairs and as soon as it is upstairs we are just left with two narrow white posts. We are delighted with it.”

SimpsonHaugh and Partners has completed a £28million landmark housing development for South Kilburn in north-west London.

Queen’s Park Place provides 144 ‘tenure-blind’ homes in a 16,000sqm scheme of three buildings for Bouygues Development and Londonewcastle. A key project in the South Kilburn Regeneration Area, the high quality development deals skillfully with a difficult site bounded by the West Coast Mainline train route to the north and a busy arterial traffic route to the west.

Rising from five to eight storeys, the design provides a gateway marker for South Kilburn at the corner of Salusbury Road and Albert Road. High quality facades, a dramatically cantilevered entrance and increased public realm contribute positively to the streetscape by creating a strong sense of place.

In response to the site constraints, SimpsonHaugh and Partners both maximised the site’s southern aspect and limited the impact of the northern outlook. The practice designed a predominantly solid masonry perimeter adjacent to the railway line and reduced the number of apartments facing north by decreasing the height of the buildings along the northern edge. The layout is configured to ensure that no living spaces have a purely north-facing outlook. The apartment buildings then open up around two south-facing courtyards, with all apartments benefitting from a large balcony and/or roof terrace.

“The design takes the greatest advantage possible of the southern aspect to enhance south facing living and amenity spaces. The greater transparency to the south, east and west elevations increases the connection between internal living spaces and external areas,” says Helen Trott, Partner at SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Brick is used on the northern, western and eastern elevations to resonate with the surrounding Victorian and post-war housing.  On the northern elevation, brick piers are interspersed with solid recessed panels and modest windows with reflective metal panels to catch evening sun from the west. The brick contrasts with standing seam zinc cladding on the courtyards and penthouses. Courtyard balconies are lined with cedar boarding to the rear and have glass balustrades. Sliding, full-height, perforated metal panels at the front of the balconies can be adjusted by residents for privacy or solar shading, thus animating the composition of the elevations.

Queen’s Park Place is part of the London Borough of Brent’s plan to deliver 2400 new homes in South Kilburn by 2025. It includes 28 affordable units as well as 116 apartments for private sale, a 465sq m food store let by Marks & Spencer and basement parking.

Councillor Mashari, Lead Member for Regeneration and Growth at Brent Council said:
“It’s exciting to see council tenants starting to move into their new, high quality homes in the completed development at Queen’s Park Place. The regeneration programme in South Kilburn is half way through and it’s encouraging to see the results so far, of this fifteen year programme. We believe the changes will ultimately improve living standards, make the area safer, cleaner and greener, and provide more opportunities to work. We’re delighted to have worked with high calibre organisations such as SimpsonHaugh and Partners, to help achieve our aims.”

McBains Cooper welcomes Apple to Battersea Power Station

Apple’s recent announcement that it is to create a spectacular new headquarters at Battersea Power Station has been welcomed by leading interdisciplinary property consultants McBains Cooper, which is advising the banks behind the £9 billion redevelopment of the iconic building.

The iPhone and iPad maker’s plan to move 1,400 staff from eight sites around the capital into what it calls “a new Apple campus” at the Grade II* listed former electricity generator, gives the whole project a vital lift at a key early stage, said the consultancy.

McBains Cooper was initially appointed in 2013 to advise the consortium of lenders behind the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station Phase 1 (Circus West), including CIMB Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Maybank and OCBC which was followed by appointment on both Phases 2 & 3 by a further  consortium again led by CIMB. Providing project monitoring and technical advisory services, its due diligence concentrates on programme, development costs, contractual arrangements, procurement, planning and site conditions – highlighting risks and proposing solutions under the financial agreement. This lately included reviewing technical aspects of Apple’s lease and what the technology giant requires for its new state-of-the-art HQ.

A spectacular rooftop garden will be a key feature of Apple’s lease of 471,000 square feet of office space at the site, which will also include a large reception, lounge and atrium with a series of pod type offices and meeting rooms.

Richard Davies, Director at McBains Cooper commented:

“To get a world-renowned name like Apple into Battersea Power Station as an anchor tenant at this early stage, with work not due to complete on the Power Station until 2020, is a real coup. Being a part of the scheme this early means they can have a real say in the, design and build of their space, which is ideal for any tenant and developer

“The news of Apple coming in, just ahead of the first residents moving into apartments on the site around Christmas, reinforces the confidence and positive belief in the development. More widely it will help steady post-Brexit UK business nerves as it signals that a popular and progressive global consumer brand strongly believes in London as a great place to live and work, both now and for many years to come.”

Phase II of the project involves the restoration and conversion of the actual power station, considered the largest brick building in Europe, including the dismantling and rebuilding of the four chimneys.  Around 250 apartments are set to be created within and above the original building, together with offices, shops and restaurants, leisure and recreation facilities, an auditorium and rooftop gardens.

Phase III will see the construction of 1,300 homes, a medical centre, a 160-bedroom hotel and 350,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and leisure space. Constructed either side of a new pedestrianised high street named ‘Electric Boulevard’, phase III will act as the main gateway into the 42-acre site, linking it with the new station for the Northern line extension.

The north west chimney of the building will feature a glass viewing lift taking visitors over 100m into the sky for breathtaking views across London while riverside walks between Battersea and Vauxhall will open up the whole complex to leisure visitors, tourists and day trippers.

Richard Davies added:

“The completed Battersea Power Station project will be a real must destination for people to live, work and visit, helping to revitalise this whole area of south west London.”

Notes to editors:

  1. McBains Cooper is a consulting and design agency specialising in property, infrastructure and construction.  It has operations in the UK, Europe, the Mediterranean rim, USA and Latin America.  For further details or McBains Cooper interviews please contact Alan Wheeler [email protected] +44 (0)208 579 6349
  1. Battersea Power Station redevelopment:

Phase 1:

Conversion to a mixed-use development comprising 866 modern residential units, including roof top penthouses overlooking the Thames and Power Station. Creation of elevated gardens and the ‘Winter Garden’ that will provide usable outside space all year around, whilst the penthouses will have private rooftop terraces.  Circus West residents will also have access to a 5,000sq ft private Residents Club designed by David Linley – featuring a bar, private dining space, library, business centre and cinema. The UK government is supporting the scheme for a £1billion loan and a guarantee to extend the Northern Line underground to Nine Elms and Battersea.

Phase 2:

The £600m redevelopment of the power station building, which constitutes the main element of the second phase, features retail and events space on the lower floors, 58,000m2 of offices above and 248 flats crowning the building.  The scheme also incorporates a circular glass lift that will merge out of the top of one of the building’s rebuilt chimneys, giving visitors views across London. Phase 2 also focuses on the repair and restoration of the historic structure itself, including the iconic 100m tall chimneys.

Phase 3

Phase Three, a key part of the regeneration of the Battersea site includes new homes and a new high street, known as The Electric Boulevard, in an area to the south of the landmark Battersea Power Station.  The Electric Boulevard will be the main gateway to the 42-acre development, connecting the Northern Line Extension station with the Power Station.  The phase includes more than 1,300 homes in a range of sizes and styles in two zones on either side of the boulevard, as well as a 160-room hotel, retail spaces, restaurants and leisure facilities. Phase 3 also includes plans for the 1.1-acre Prospect Park, a communal park for residents and the public to the east of Prospect Place. The park will link Battersea Power Station to the planned new £620 million US embassy in Vauxhall, and will include a children’s play area and a 1,900 square metre community hub building.

NEW FIRE 360° SERVICE STARTS WITH FREE SITE SURVEY

When starting out on a new construction project you will want to be sure that the correct fire safety standards are in place from the outset.

As one of the leaders in construction site safety equipment, Bull Products’ has just launched its Fire 360° service for construction companies, starting with a free site survey.

Fire 360° is a twelve-step plan to provide companies with an effective and comprehensive fire strategy.  From an initial enquiry to Bull Products, a BAFE certified advisor will arrange to attend your site within 48 hours to accurately assess requirements and provide expert advice on fire safety strategy.  Site plans are fully assessed by the engineer and clearly marked outlining what fire protection is required and where it should be located, saving valuable time and ensuring your site is compliant.

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Following the site visit, Bull Products returns quotations within one hour and subsequent orders acknowledged within an hour of receipt.

Once commissioned for the project, Bull Products ensures that all products are fully serviced and/or programmed before despatch to ensure compliance as soon as the equipment arrives on site.  Configuration of alarms can take place before despatch or on-site if there is an addition to an existing system. To ensure peace of mind, all fire equipment supplied meets all relevant standards with full certification of the alarm systems, and portable fire appliances are installed and serviced in accordance with the relevant BS standard.

Once the fire equipment is fully installed and commissioned, Bull Products is able to train site personnel in the use of fire extinguishers and on alarm system familiarisation so that it can be used to its full potential hence eliminating any user error and false alarms.

To back up its professional expertise with fire equipment, Bull Products prides itself in providing nationwide technical support for all areas of construction, from 6a.m. to 5p.m. every day to assist with any on-site queries.

On becoming a Bull Products’ customer, an automatic servicing schedule will be in place designed to remind you when your equipment is due for servicing to ensure compliance throughout your project.

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Another bonus of the Fire 360° plan is that Bull Products can take care of your asset management.  Under this part of the service, once the fire equipment has been finished with on a project, Bull Products is able to arrange equipment collection from site for free of charge stockholding until you require its re-use on a future project.  This useful service saves companies having to find space to store the fire equipment themselves and equipment re-use clearly saves on the purchase of new equipment.  Bull Products also clean and service all fire equipment before despatch to your next project to ensure that fire protection equipment remains compliant.

Further information on the Fire 360° service is available from Bull Products on 01432 371170, email [email protected] or by the website www.bullproducts.co.uk

CROSSRAIL PROJECT USES CYGNUS WIRELESS FIRE ALARM SYSTEM AT SEVEN STATIONS

Bull Products’ Cygnus wireless fire alarm system has been specified and installed so far on seven Crossrail projects in London and several miles of track.  The installations include bespoke solutions such as emergency exit signal systems mostly operating underground.

Developed and designed specifically for use on construction sites, the Cygnus wireless fire alarm system is ideal for the Crossrail project as it has the most effective radio of any wireless fire alarm system.

The new Elizabeth line, which will emerge from the Crossrail project, unlocks its doors in 2018 to central London and from the end of 2019 will run from Heathrow through the new tunnels, providing a direct link to central London destinations including Bond Street, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf.

The Cygnus system is able to link no less than 480 alarm devices in 15 zones. The CE marked system is used in conjunction with a selection of units including fire alarms, smoke detectors, heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, first aid call points and combined call point and first aid alerts.

On the Crossrail project, the Cygnus system is operating at stations, access shafts and ventilation shafts across many of the key stations on the line.

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At Paddington Station, which is experiencing the most substantial makeover since the completion of the original build in 1853, there are 10 Cygnus units incorporated along with a Cygnus control panel. There is also a Cygnus Interface unit which connects the Cygnus units to 19 radio-link heat detectors.

Located within the heart of the West End, Tottenham Court Road Station is undergoing a significant renovation. The Crossrail project is providing a new underground station and ticket hall at Dean Street (Soho) and a second integrated ticket hall below St Giles Circus on Oxford Street.  Here over 80 Cygnus fire call point and first aid alarms are installed on this project which are linked to two main Cygnus control panels. There are also four Cygnus input/output which connects four bespoke safety signal lights with the Cygnus alarm units. In the event of an evacuation the light signal stays green to indicate the exit is safe to use, if not, it turns red. As mobile phones are not allowed on site, a paging system is also connected to the Cygnus control panel so that when an alert is raised the pager system panel sends a text message to a hand-held pager device that is worn by site managers or first aiders.

At Liverpool Street Station numerous physical constrictions made this project the most complex to interweave with the existing urban fabric, including existing tube lines, post office railway not to mention a maze of sewers. Some 30 Cygnus units are installed on the Liverpool Street project including a Cygnus control panel and 29 Cygnus Fire Call Point and First Aid Alarms.

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For Whitechapel Station the new design approach will see the new Elizabeth line weave between the existing transport services to an elevated station concourse which will act as a bridge above existing lines and incorporates a new ticket hall for all services. Over 25 Cygnus Fire Alarm Call Point units are installed on this project which are linked to a Cygnus control panel.

Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products 01432 371170 by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the company’s website at www.bullproducts.co.uk

Imerys Roof Tiles

With increasing demand and limited availability of many popular concrete roof tiles, which is creating protracted delays within the constuction market, particularly housebuilders who cannot afford to miss planned site completion dates has become a major issue for all concerned.

Imerys Roof Tiles are the market leader in France and have become a significant supplier of quality natual clay roof tiles throughout the UK for over 25 years.

Imerys are fortunately in a strong position to provide alternative ex-stock solutions from our 12 production sites working in partnership with our network of stockists & distributors.

The vast Imerys portfolio includes economical large format interlocking clay tiles with variable 9.5 – 10 M2 gauge are available ex-stock in a variety of colours and textures.

Our HP10 & Double HP20 tiles have an attractive tapered thin leading edge which can be installed at roof pitches as low as 17.5 degrees, while the double HP20 in particular with it’s dummy bond, visually combines a small format appearance with large format economics.

All Imerys tiles are supplied with a market leading insurance backed 30 year durability guarantee for peace of mind which is over the time span of a typical mortgage.

NBS fixing specifications are also provided for each project to ensure that BS5534: +A1 2015 and BS8000 part 6:2013 fixing standards are complied with.

 

LORD’S WARNER STAND CONSTRUCTION USES CYGNUS WIRELESS FIRE ALARM SYSTEM

One of the key spectator stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground is currently under a two-stage development programme and during construction works, Bull Products is providing its Cygnus wireless fire alarm systems.

The Warner Stand which was built in 1958, is being replaced with a new stand with seating for 2,656 spectators with improved sight lines to the pitch and at the same time incorporating a new restaurant, three bars and catering facilities. The sustainable design features ground source heat pumps, photovoltaic roof panels, rainwater harvesting and a semi-translucent fabric roof.

Phase one of the Warner Stand project focused on the structure and seating of the stand before handing over in July 2016 ready for the second England v Pakistan Investec Test match. With the cricket season now over, the phase two work of creating bars, restaurant and other amenities has now started and is due for completion in April 2017.

For both phases of this work, BAM Construction specified Bull Products to supply and install five Cygnus wireless fire and first aid alarm call points and 31 smoke detectors. Fire point stations are positioned throughout the site with alarms that are linked to a main control panel. This control panel is also linked to an additional sounder system which can be switched off on match days.

Kevin Stoney, Project Manager for BAM London, said: “The Cygnus system performs really well and is very reliable. Bull Products respond well to any requests, and all regulations were successfully signed off to allow a smooth hand-over.”

Although designed as a temporary alarm system for construction sites, the Cygnus wireless system can be used on other construction sites after use. On the Warner Stand project, the flexibility of the system was underlined when it was able to be modified to link with alarms in the construction site offices. It was also modified to interface with the general alarm system at Lord’s.

The Cygnus wireless fire alarm system is a major innovation for construction sites and has been designed and developed in conjunction with major construction companies to incorporate all the features required for larger construction projects. The Cygnus system is able to link no less than 480 units in 15 different zones. Individual units may be a fire alarm call point, first aid alert point, smoke detector, heat detector or a combined call point and first aid alert alarm.

Where there are multiple sites within range of each other, the CE marked Cygnus system has been designed to operate on different site addresses in order to keep each system separate and free from interference.

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A major feature of the Cygnus system is the optional control panel which provides a very sophisticated capability with an event log function which records any events such as an alarm activation, low battery warning, and signal faults, all of which can be viewed if necessary in the history folder held on the panel.  The system also has the ability to test all units and has an evacuate function which will act as a call point to the rest of the alarm units.

Each unit in the system can provide the panel with information at regular intervals.  This explicit information confirms the unit is still present and what the battery status of each device is.  Known as the ‘heart beat’ this message is monitored by the control panel where fitted and if the ‘heart beat’ is not heard for several intervals, the control panel logs a full status for that unit.

A PIR option is now available on any of the modules which can detect an intruder and alert off-site personnel for added safety protection.

Bull Products offers a full one-year guarantee on all Cygnus devices and provides high levels of technical, on-site and after-sales service support in addition to its standard maintenance contracts.

Further information on the Cygnus wireless alarm system is available from Bull Products 01432 371170 by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the company’s website at www.bullproducts.co.uk

Kawneer window passes CWCT test with flying colours

The AA®720 tilturn window from Kawneer has now passed a CWCT Sequence B test.

An AA®720 tilturn window from leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer has justified the UK manufacturer’s faith in it by romping through an extreme weather test.

The CWCT (Centre for Window and Cladding Technology) Standard Test Method for Building Envelopes: December 2005 was actually being carried out by UKAS-accredited testing house Wintech on a 6300mm x 8000mm high sample size of Kawneer’s AA®100 and AA®100 HI curtain wall system (report number DPP/R16140).

Although it is not a requirement, Kawneer tests all of its curtain wall systems to CWCT with an opening window incorporated into them. Previous successful tests have included an outward-opening window as such windows are often viewed as offering better weather performance.

Kawneer had so much faith in its inward-opening 1326mm x 1601mm high AA®720 HI Reflex tilturn window that it was incorporated into the screen for the CWCT test and both window and curtain wall passed with flying colours.

This gives specifiers additional reassurance of the AA®720’s already premium performance in refurbishment as well as new-build projects in the residential, commercial, healthcare, education, and retail and leisure sectors.

The system was tested for air leakage (600 Pa), water penetration (600 Pa), and wind resistance (2400 Pa), a single drop of water ingress being a fail. The pressure on the screen is also raised to 3600 Pa (approximately 160mph) as part of the safety testing and again, the test was passed without any issues.

FREE OUTDOOR LIGHTING AN INSTANT SUCCESS

Since its launch six months ago the Solar Sensor LED light from Bright Spark Solar has proved to be extremely popular with home owners and businesses alike.

A business in Hampshire which stocks the new solar light has been so impressed with the product that they have chosen to use it to light up their own premises’ signage.

APM Supplies of Stockbridge has found the Solar Sensor LED light to be almost the perfect product, Jim Liddiard, Retail Manager commenting, “The lights are self-selling on the counter with customers getting the benefits instantly.  The solar lighting is free, and with no wiring and no need for an expensive electrician, it’s an immediate fix which they love.”  He adds, “Controlled by a PIR sensor, the solar lights can switch on for 30 seconds up to 350 times from a full charge, and this impresses everyone.  All who have bought them are full of praise and often come back for more!”

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As established agricultural merchants, APM Supplies offers all manner of products from farm equipment and building supplies to tools, electrical and cleaning materials.  Typical customers for the Solar Sensor LED light are home owners looking to light their sheds, building sites wanting security lighting, through to those with livestock who need light to feed their animals in the early hours of the morning.

The Solar Sensor LED light is robust and fully weatherproof and provides some powerful lighting using free solar energy. This new generation of solar lighting provides more light for longer. The Solar Sensor LED Light has a crystalline solar panel which charges an integrated lithium-ion battery in just 9 hours of bright sunlight, which in turns provides five nights of light from the low wattage LED floodlight.  This floodlight uses 44 Superbright LEDs to provide no less than 1,000 lumens of powerful light.

The lighting package has so many applications as there is no need for wiring, no need for digging trenches or laying potentially dangerous power cables and the electricity is free from the solar panel.  It is also extremely easy to install with just two screws to secure the solar panel bracket and two screws to fit the floodlight to a wall.  Around the home, it is ideal for paths, drives, gardens, garages and sheds.  In a business setting it is perfect for car parks, outside offices, on building sites, for hotels and almost limitless commercial settings.  It is also just the product for farms, barns, and agricultural buildings which are very often remote and off-grid with no mains electricity.

The Solar Sensor LED Light is fitted with a sensitive PIR motion sensor which detects movement up to 5 metres away and in a 120° field. This triggers the floodlight to come on with 1,000 lumens, equivalent to a 120W light bulb, but returning to a light-saving mode of 100 lumens when activity is no longer detected after 30 seconds.

The Solar Sensor LED Light is literally ready to plug and play.  The 3.5 metre cable provided allows the solar panel to be mounted some way from the LED floodlight into which it is plugged.  The solar panel is mounted in a bright unshaded position for maximum charging from daylight.  Made from aluminium alloy with a toughened glass lens, the LED floodlight is fully weatherproof to IP65 and measures 24 x 12 x 9cms, with the solar panel measuring just 27 x 18 x 2cms.

The Solar Sensor LED Light retails at £79 plus VAT.

Further information on the Solar Sensor LED Light is available from Bright Spark Solar on 01628 637111 or 07968-751574, by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the company’s website at www.brightsparksolar.com

ADVANCED REVERSING SYSTEMS FROM SENTINEL CAN PROTECT COMPANIES

Sentinel Systems, a specialist in vehicle safety solutions, continues to develop its range of reversing safety systems as part of its commitment to protecting the fleet industry.

This past year has seen companies and authorities face avoidable fines and prosecution for accidents involving LGVs, which have resulted in injuries, deaths and damage to third party property, where preventative measures have not been taken.

Sentinel’s reversing radar systems have proved to be a very beneficial aid for many companies across a range of industries, and has significantly improved the safety of the vehicle and driving conditions for the driver. The company understands the difficult task drivers are faced with when reversing an LGV, given the lack of awareness of the vehicle’s rear blind spot, which is a common cause of accidents. In order to improve this, and reduce the consequences of an accident on fleet operators, Sentinel has introduced a new and advanced range of reversing radar solutions.

Installed at the rear of the vehicle, the new radar systems use advanced UK-manufactured components to offer superior reliability and performance to help mitigate the risk of the vehicle whilst it is reversing. The radars are linked to an in-cab audio warning device, which alarms when an obstruction is detected within a predetermined distance, giving the driver notice to take caution.

In addition to this, the radars can be enhanced with an auto-braking function, which automatically triggers the vehicle’s brake when the obstruction is detected, and resets itself once it is cleared. To ensure the system is completely safe and does not create a distraction for the driver, Sentinel has engineered the system to operate only whilst the vehicle is in reverse gear.

Installing reversing aids such as Sentinel’s reversing and auto-braking radar systems not only improves driving conditions for drivers, but has the potential to protect fleet operators from unwanted fines, which have been known to reach as much as £2million. This comes as part of a new legislation, which holds company managers and directors responsible for accidents where preventative measures are not taken.

The radars, along with other safety systems offered by Sentinel including cameras and cyclist protection equipment, also protect companies and authorities from expensive court cases and fines involving damage to third party properties. When enhanced with one of Sentinel’s reversing cameras, companies are able to give evidence of an incident in ‘crash for cash’ or other bogus court claims, which ultimately prevents unnecessary insurance claims.

Sentinel’s reversing radars are installed by its own team of field engineers, who are also responsible for the service and maintenance of any installed systems.

Further information is available from Sentinel on 01285 771333 or by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the company’s website at www.reversewithsafety.com

NHBC Standards 2017 now freely available for UK house builders

NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, has today launched the latest edition of its Standards for the house-building industry.

For 80 years, NHBC Standards have been the go-to source for trusted technical guidance for the house-building sector, and are consistently developed, reviewed and revised to support the industry to maintain and improve quality standards.

NHBC Standards 2017 includes a number of important technical updates and revisions, including the new Chapter 6.11 Render and rendering systems. The 2017 edition follows the introduction of the new look Standards 2016 and continues the innovative use of online technology that makes the Standards both accessible and engaging.

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Coming into effect on 1st January, Standards 2017 contains new or revised guidance in a number of areas, including Chapter 3.3 Timber preservation, Chapter 5.4 Waterproofing of basements and other below ground structures and Chapter 7.1 Flat roofs and balconies.

Commenting on the new publication, NHBC Standards Manager Paul Cribbens, said: “NHBC Standards continue to support the industry in the delivery of high quality new homes across the UK.

“Supporting house builders to raise the standard of new homes built across the UK is paramount to our mission at NHBC, alongside offering warranty protection to the homeowners who live in them. By working with the industry to develop proven practical guidance that addresses technical issues to help prevent defects, we are confident that NHBC Standards will continue to support builders and developers in the delivery of high quality new homes.”

Standards 2017 is published online in Standards Plus format and is freely available here, where a printed copy of Chapter 6.11 can also be found in Technical Extra 21.

Garador’s Precision Engineered Door is also Fastest to Fit

Garador has been manufacturing  Britain’s top-selling Up and Over garage doors for over half a century.

It’s Up and Over garage doors are a clear favourite with builders throughout the UK thanks to a series of reliable, secure and precision engineered designs. But the often less talked about benefit of the up and over garage door is the quick and hassle free installation process. A canopy gear door with steel frame can be fitted behind the brickwork with as little as 7 fixings, while a retractable gear door with steel frame requires just 11 fixings.

Utilising a quick-fit steel frame, can offer garage door installers a major time savings. In addition these pre-fitted steel frame doors come complete with all the fixings you need, so there’s no hassle and no time wasted looking for the bits you need.

Thanks to Garador’s famous precision engineering, the steel frames are cut to exact measurements so there will be no unsightly gaps to fill in around the opening with strips of PVC or similar. There is no additional painting required either, as the steel frame can be painted to exactly match the colour of your door panel.

Garador’s Up and Over doors offer the biggest choice and the fastest installation with minimum effort, minimum time and minimum scope for error. No wonder they are market leaders in British garage doors.

Check out www.garador.co.uk to view the latest Garador Up and Over garage doors.

 

Cushman & Wakefield appointed as King’s Cross valuers

London, November 4th, 2016 – King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) has appointed Cushman & Wakefield as valuation agents for its 67-acre development next to the famous London station following a competitive pitch.

The appointment as valuer reinforces Cushman & Wakefield’s position as one of the key advisors at King’s Cross the largest mixed-use, single-ownership development in Central London for 150 years. Cushman & Wakefield’s decade-long association with the scheme includes its ongoing role as joint office letting agents and more recently as joint letting agent for the retail element.

The King’s Cross area has already been transformed and, when complete in c.2021, will comprise a combined total of 8 million sq ft of offices, residential, retail and leisure properties –  with 50,000 people living and working in a new London district.

Key office lettings already concluded include Google, LVMH, Universal Music and Havas, while the retail component will include 500,000 sq ft of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and other leisure facilities. Coal Drops Yard, due to complete and open in Q4 2018, will be the retail heart and home to up to 60 brands.

John Bareham, International Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory team, said: “We are naturally delighted to be appointed on King’s Cross which is one of the most exciting projects underway across Europe. This appointment further confirms our market leading position in Central London where we value property worth an aggregate £100 billion.”

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Mike Lightbound from Argent, said: “Cushman & Wakefield’s extensive knowledge of the site and the wider London market made them the natural choice. We look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

In 2015, Cushman & Wakefield’s UK Valuation & Advisory team of 235 professionals in 10 locations valued 59,000 properties worth a combined £549bn. The firm retained its position as the market leader in several sectors including retail, Central London, business space, outlet malls and self-storage.

 

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