Front Cover Story

Steel framed apartment block under wraps with Icynene spray applied insulation

Comprising 32, two and three-bedroom apartments, the building's internal structure is a complex lattice-work or galvanised C-section steel framing. Whilst quick to design and construct, installing the required thermal insulation and preventing air leakage in the finished building proved a headache for Property Development and Construction contractors, Devcon.


For a solution, Devcon brought in specialist insulation contractors Ecosprayfoam Systems who recommended the use of spray applied insulation from Icynene.

Energy Efficiency Feature

Gas chillers solve power shortage at London's

Embassy Gardens

What do you do on site when you're faced with a shortage on electrical power? And when the cost of providing the power you need is prohibitive?

That's the situation that faced Ballymore at London's Embassy Gardens, the landmark development in Nine Elms. The solution was to install 128 Robur gas-powered chillers. These provide comfort cooling to six residential apartment buildings. More than 2.3MW of cooling has now been provided across three phases of the residential build.

Repair; Refurb; Retrofit Feature

A guide to buying concealed hinges

Concealed hinges for architectural doors are growing in popularity, so exactly why is this? Doors are differentiated according to their application, such as light or heavy duty, residential, commercial, industrial, to name a few. They differ in terms of load capacity, their dimensions, fire rating, their design and the door furniture they require to function.

Repair; Refurb; Retrofit Feature

Preservation is key for IWP Dansk

Historical buildings symbolise British Heritage and the iconic timber sash window plays a key role in the beautiful architectural design of our period homes and landmarks.

The attention to design, traditional skills and the quality of materials used in the manufacture of original sash windows are rarely emulated today. As such the preservation of the original window is vital to sustain our British heritage.

Flooring Feature

The importance of specifying the correct performance floor

The correct dance floor makes an important contribution to the safe performance of dancers without the risk of slips and falls or longer term stress injuries. A good dance floor instils confidence in dancers to give full expression to their creativity, safe in the knowledge the dance floor will offer a consistent response. Harlequin Floors have developed floor specifically for dance, offering the exact requirements needed for varying genres of dance, which commercial grade, industrial and sports floors cannot.

Roofing Feature

The SSQ guide to specifying exceptional slate

Why do thousands of architects, thousands of builders, and millions of buildings all around the world use slate?
Because it's robust, attractive, and 100% natural. Those are the characteristics that have made it popular for centuries - and that, in an enviironmentally-conscious age where naturalness and longevity are highly-prized, and fueling the steady growth today.

also included in this issue:

  • Building Knowledge Exchange featuring technical pieces from DuPont Protection Solutions, Selectaglaze Ltd and Cavity Trays

  • Smarter water metering by Groundbreaker Systems

  • Putting matte black in the frame with CRL

  • A look ahead to the Futurebuild and RCi events in March

  • Preserving built heritage by Ventrolla

  • OrganoWood - A natural wood protection

  • Magnetic flooring attracts huge praise from the retail world by Iobac UK Ltd

  • Monarfloor IWS Fastfloor Cassette Flooring Systems by BMI Monarfloor

  • Insulation: The time is ripe for upskilling by Polyfoam XPS

  • Professionals talking to professionals by The Institute of Roofing

and lots more information from:

Saniflo - Centrewire - Icynene - Actis - Selectaglaze - Grass Concrete - Minova

Stanton Bonna - CR Laurence - ESS - IWP Dansk - Ventrolla - Cooke Borthers - Owatrol

Frontier Pitts - The Millboard Co - IAE Fencing - SSQ Natural Slate - Access 360 - Cupa Pizarras

Sika Ltd - Kingspan - Vectaire Ltd - Coopers Fire - IKO plc - Mapei