A woman from Essex who has been suffering with a spinal condition for nearly 40 years is now able to move independently between floors at the touch of a button after installing a modern and stylish Stiltz Homelift.

Kim Carpenter has Degenerative Disc Disease – a condition which affects around 30 million people every year and involves the discs collapsing and causing the facet joints in the vertebrae to rub against one other causing pain and stiffness.

The 60-year-old has suffered with the back problem since the age of 22 and around eight years ago the situation became so bad that the only way she could go upstairs, was on all fours.

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New InnerVision® steel-framed sliding doors from Crittall add a further dimension to interiors.

Creating a seamless transition between rooms, by opening or closing space is now possible with new sliding doors from Crittall’s range of InnerVision internal screens. These bright, beautifully crafted walls of glazing will complement timeless styles of period property or contemporary homes.

Codifying by catastrophe

Wrightstyle is an international steel and aluminium advanced glazing supplier, whose systems mitigate against fire, bomb/blast and ballistic attack.  Jane Embury is the company’s marketing director.

The appalling tragedy of Grenfell Tower is yet another reminder that fire and building regulations should constantly be under review and new building materials rigorously fire tested.

The fire is thought to have spread from a fourth floor flat when a uPVC window melted, although it will be for the public inquiry to determine how and why the fire spread so rapidly and what changes to fire and building regulations should be made.

Construction industry must look beyond Brexit – BLP comments on latest PMI:

Following the release of today’s Construction PMI figures, Phil Harris, Director at BLP, comments on the sector:

“The continued positive trend revealed today seems somewhat irrelevant for the construction sector against the backdrop of the upcoming parliamentary vote on Brexit on 11 December. However, with the sector stuck in a state of perpetual paralysis for the last year and 2019 fast approaching, it is time for construction to look beyond Brexit. 

PRS Group ending the year on ‘property high’, 2019 set to be even better

The PRS Group, which is emerging as a major player in the UK’s property market, is ending its first year of business on a high as the sector continues to show promise.

PRS, owned by Graeme and Leanne Carling, have spent the last several months in talks with landlords across the U.K. as they grow their new company through business acquisition. They now have offers in place worth £130m.

As well as private rental properties, PRS Group includes maintenance, management and development arms. And with more and more private landlords shedding their portfolio because of the heightened regulations and extra costs involved, PRS expects 2019 to be one of “rich pickings”, said Graeme Carling.


Kinetico has bagged best Plumbing or Draining Product at the prestigious ‘Build It’ Magazine Awards 2018 with its Kinetico Premier Compact Water Softener.

Says Mark Nepsted from Kinetico (Marketing Director Europe), “We’re thrilled to receive this award and our win really highlights the fact that a home water softener is now being recognised as an essential home appliance rather than an optional extra, especially in hard water areas.

Buildings with complex climate control

We’re seeing increasingly more complex buildings throughout the world. It stands to reason then that the technology used to maintain a comfortable temperature is equally complex! How is the tallest building in the world protected from its desert surroundings? What natural and technological measures do we combine to keep buildings cool?

More importantly, in a world ever-more concerned with climate change, how are these technologies used with global warming in mind?

How double glazing can increase the value of your property

In the UK, we are a nation of home improvers. It’s rare that we’ll ever be completely satisfied with how our home looks. Whether it’s to improve your forever home, or to add value to your property, we are always looking to tweak our homes appearance. Often, it’s certain rooms that we focus on, be it adding an en-suite bathroom to your property, improving our kitchen space, or making our bedroom cosier.

However, while we don’t hesitate on improving our décor if money allows, people often debate whether double glazing is worth the money we spend to have it installed. In short, yes, it is. It’s not just its performance that makes it worthwhile, but it can also add significant figures onto any sale price.  

Winners of British Woodworking Federation Awards 2018 announced

The winners of the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2018 have been revealed at a glittering awards evening held at Stationer’s Hall in central London.

Now in their tenth year, the BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

The five categories and winners were:

Logicool celebrates 10th Anniversary with Panasonic Go-Karting Challenge

Panasonic distributor, Logicool, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Go-Karting event in Tamworth.

Customers and representatives from Panasonic joined the Logicool team at Daytona Racing in Tamworth to commemorate this important milestone. With 30 participants racing was very competitive, with lap times increasing as confidence grew and fun being enjoyed over the one-hour endurance race.

Timber championed with the launch of WoodFest

The North East will celebrate everything built with wood as the first WoodFest comes to Newcastle in December, with an exciting line-up of events organised by the UK timber industry’s campaign, Wood for Good.

WoodFest Newcastle will bring together architects, engineers, placemakers, planners, developers, contractors, politicians and local businesses specialising in timber to promote the innovative and striking ways that wood can be used in the built environment in the North East.

Howard Group commences development of Unity Campus, South Cambridge with cutting edge building The Works

Construction of a £20m innovative multi-let business space situated at the heart of Unity Campus has begun. The Works represents the first phase of a significant investment by Cambridge based Howard Group to create a new campus style business park in South Cambridge.

The Works will provide 63,000 square feet of flexible, modern business space, within the footprint of the former industrial building which currently occupies the site. It will incorporate the pre-cast concrete frame of the original building which will be transformed by world-renowned architects NBBJ into top quality contemporary office and R&D space, with an industrial aesthetic and best in class design. The two-storey offices will be connected by a 100-metre-long, covered central ‘street’, which will include amenity and break-out spaces, designed to promote engagement and collaboration among occupants.

The tetrahedron of fire

Wrightstyle is an international steel and aluminium advanced glazing supplier, mitigating against fire, bomb/blast and ballistic attack.  Jane Embury is the company’s marketing director.

The International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF) collects fire data from 31 countries and 35 cities worldwide, representing some 14% of the world’s population.

In 2015, there were 3.5 million fires, 18,500 civilian deaths, and 45,000 civilian fire injuries.  The median rate of civilian fire deaths per 100,000 was 1.1.

1000s of Business and consumers are victims of a ‘Friday job’?

By mid-afternoon on a Friday many 9-5 workers have one eye on the clock as they count down to the weekend – but what about when your job involves working on someone else’s home?

A survey undertaken by Protecting.co.uk, a health & safety and employment law expert, has shown that a staggering 76% of tradespeople admit to doing at least one ‘Friday job’ which they are ‘ashamed of’ – from slapdash plastering to lackadaisical joinery, it seems that the British public are suffering when it comes to pre-weekend work.


Further expanding their client portfolio in the leisure sector, mechanical and electrical services specialists Mitton Group have won a competitive tender let by Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK.

The agreement means Mitton Group will supply planned and reactive maintenance services across the Mitchells & Butlers estate for an area covering covering Scotland and the central/north eastern section of England as far west as Yorkshire and south to Lincolnshire.