Iris Ceramica Group opens first showroom in the UK

Iris Ceramica Group, the world leader in the design, production and distribution of high-quality porcelain and ceramic products, opens its doors to its very first UK showroom in the heart of Clerkenwell. Having recently opened showrooms in Berlin and New York, Iris Ceramica Group is continuing to expand throughout Europe.

The Italian Group’s brand portfolio not only offers beautiful, but most importantly, sustainable products and solutions to innovate the design world. The Group places a large emphasis on ensuring that the entire process of the production of their eight brands is sustainable, with all of them operating a zero-impact production since 2018. They believe the concepts of ecology and economy are inextricably linked and this has always been the hallmark of their work.

South East Construction Expo 2019 offers construction industry insight into surviving new challenges @ConstructExpo

In a year when the construction industry is facing heightened levels of uncertainty, on the back of one of the biggest growth periods in several decades, leading lights in the industry will be joining together in Sussex this September to share their expertise and insight into how to tackle the challenges ahead for the industry.

South East Construction Expo 2019 will be held at the South of England Event Centre in Ardingly on 26th September. After a hugely successful event there last year, when over 2,000 leaders from the region’s construction industry met buyers, explored new projects, networked with other businesses and sampled the industry’s latest technology.

QDTS construction provide Croft Primary School with free nature area @QdtsLtd

The team at QDTS Construction donated their time and resources to build a Nature Area for Leicestershire based Croft Church of England primary school.

The project saw local companies come together to help bring the vision to life. The Nature Area includes a pond, decking and a sand pit with a beach hut for the children to enjoy. Green Power Plant provided use of their machinery at no cost, Aggregate Industries donated granite stones and BB Fencing contributed the materials at a discounted rate.

The IPG peddle ahead

On Sunday 16th June 2019, The IPG team got in to gear to participate in the London to Brighton Bike Ride in aid of their chosen charity partner, Missing People #find every child; a charity that supports the families who are missing a loved one or struggling to keep a frequent runaway safe.

The team of 15 was made up of IPG staff, their members, and a representative from Missing People.  Since early this year, they have been getting on their bikes and going that extra mile – as independents do!

The event entailed a challenging 54-mile ride through the Sussex and Surrey countryside. The team set off from Clapham Common, London and finished on Brighton Beach the same afternoon.

The VELUX Group launches Vario by VELUX The company’s first made-to-measure rooflight solution @VELUX

The VELUX Group, world leading roof window and modular skylights manufacturer is launching Vario by VELUX – the brand’s first made-to-order rooflight solution for flat roofs. The new Vario range is completely bespoke, offering a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any design space. In addition, this new range allows design-conscious homeowners to become more involved in the design process, creating a unique solution to fit their lifestyle needs and bring more light and fresh air into the home.


About Becoming ‘Furniture City’ once again for 3 days this July, Manchester is home to the Manchester Furniture Show (MFS), the hottest furniture and interiors show of the summer.  Established and new exhibitors will flood the halls of the prime city centre venue – Manchester Central, from Sunday 14th to Tuesday 16th July.

With charm and a relaxed appeal, MFS is a show for serious business with 150 A List UK and international exhibitors showing their latest product collections for every level of the market.  The show attracts big name retail and design buyers looking for the latest products on the market in all types of furniture and accessories.  

How architects design their buildings around temperature regulations?

Not matter how beautiful a building may look, if it’s inhabitable then it’s all waste. Especially because the main purpose of a building is to primarily be used by people! When it comes to building design, temperature control is arguably one of the most important parts of the design process, as without it, a building would lack a comfortable controlled inner climate.

So how do architects accommodate this requirement? With so many different building styles and designs, one solution will not encompass all structures. In this article, we’re taking a look at what measures architects take to regulate the internal temperature of a building.

Appointment: Vincent Guillon Appointed as Havwoods’ New Global Sales Director @Havwoods

International wood flooring specialist, Havwoods Ltd, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Global Sales Director, Vincent Guillon, to the company. The newly appointed senior role will support the global development of the brand, elevating the company as it continues its international expansion.

Bringing with him a wealth of experience, Vincent will provide the expertise and knowledge from previous top-tier sales roles that will bring a new exciting phase to the business, as he oversees the international sales operations for Havwoods.

HLM’s Emergency Services Design Expertise Brought to Life as Ground Broken at Crowthorne Community Fire Station

HLM, a leading design and architecture practice with studios in Belfast, has embarked upon a new project with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS).

An impressive ground breaking ceremony at Crowthorne Community Fire Station has started the redevelopment of the current fire station facilities to create the second tri-service station in Berkshire. Directed by HLM’s Head of Emergency Service, Steven Lennon, the HLM design team is leading the complete design project for the rebuild, including interior and landscape design.



Property owners are being urged by land agents and chartered surveyors Vickers & Barrass to keep close tabs on changes to septic tank regulations to avoid breaking the law.

Many rural properties including houses rely on septic tanks for their sewage discharge, which are designed to provide an effective solution for dealing with foul drainage and wastewater where there is no mains drainage.

Homeowners with septic tanks that discharge directly into ditches, streams, canals, rivers, surface water, drains or any other type of water course will need to replace or upgrade their drainage either when they sell their property or before 1 January 2020 whichever is sooner. 

FESPA Award Winners Again! @Signbox

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. 


Biosite Systems, a leader in biometric access control and workforce management solutions for the construction industry, has achieved ISO 27001 certification for information security management.

The internationally recognised standard outlines best practice for information security management systems (ISMS) and supports GDPR compliance. As Biosite is responsible for capturing and managing large volumes of sensitive information for its customers, including Wates, BAM and Winvic, data security is crucial. Achieving ISO 27001 is recognition of Biosite’s ongoing commitment to ensuring valuable customer data is protected through a systematic and robust risk management process.

British General Switches it up for The Radisson Hotel

British General (BG), part of the Luceco PLC Group, has recently completed a refurbishment project of The Radisson Hotel located at Dublin Airport. Committed to innovation and improving productivity for hotel guests and employees, BG has worked together with National Electrical Wholesalers, PDMK Electrical Contractors/Engineers and Global Design Concepts to install fresh, high-spec designs whilst reducing the energy levels consumed by old fittings.

The Radisson’s motivation for the work was to undertake a whole refurb, completed floor by floor, allowing the hotel to remain open and operate as usual to limit any financial impact. This was achieved by supplying and fitting the first floor of rooms with a range of HMDI ports, Nexus metal USB switches and sockets, meeting both the client’s needs and providing guests with stylish and practical accessories to assist them during their stay.

Planning your dream extension @IStructE

The decision to extend your property should not be taken lightly especially when altering your home.  It will be inconvenient, messy and disruptive to day-to-day family life.  To ensure that the change to your property goes smoothly, a clear plan is essential.

It is vital that you get your thoughts clear.  Ask yourself plenty of questions such as what are you looking to achieve with the project?  Why doesn’t the current home layout work for you?  Is an extension the best solution?  Sometimes adjustment of the internal layout can solve the problem and be more cost-effective than extending.

When you can outline the purpose of the changes, it is time to brief your professional design team.  An Architect will work on the layout.  Your Structural Engineer will make sure alterations can be made safely.  However, more than that, they will suggest ways to improve buildability and thereby reduce costs.

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.