Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Air Pollution High on the Agenda



With air pollution hitting the headlines and London’s new mayor pledging hard hitting measures for cleaner air, GEZE UK is urging retailers, architects and specifiers to “do your bit” when specifying entrance systems to keep pollution ‘out’ and the benefits of air conditioning ‘in’.

As the primary sponsor of the Close the Door Campaign, GEZE UK is keen for retailers to “help themselves, customers and the wider public” by keeping shop doors closed as we move into the heady summer months.

A report by Public Health England (PHE) has shown that pollution shortens the average Briton’s life expectancy by six months, and that one in 12 deaths in some parts of the county – a staggering 30,000 a year – can be partly attributed to poor air quality.

It is in our cities that air pollution levels are at their highest – bad news for city shopping centres – as temperatures increase during the summer months, the risk of smog is likely to soar.


London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said that he wants to be “the greenest Mayor London has ever had” and aims to improve the capital’s pollution problems by pedestrianising popular shopping areas such as Oxford Street and increasing public spaces, “crucial lungs for the city”.
But in addition to these plans, simple practical measures can also make a big difference.

Independent research from Imperial College and Kings College London found that closing the door reduces airborne pollution in shops by a third – minimising levels of three airborne pollutants - PM2.5, black carbon and NO2 - during working hours.

Poor air quality particularly affects those with underlying health problems including respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) as well as cardiovascular conditions which leads to spikes in ambulance calls during the summer.

In addition, city centre shops also suffer from their proximity to traffic and related congestion. Diesel exhaust emissions have significant impact and has been classified by the World Health Organisation as a Group One carcinogen.

Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK explained that specifying the right door for a refurbishment or new build will help retailers improve air quality in their stores and contribute to energy efficiency by allowing air conditioning systems to work more effectively.

“This is clearly a significant issue which is currently hitting the headlines as campaigners and politicians battle to manage the wider issues which affect our environment. But we must all play our part and make our shopping and work environments safer and more pleasant environments by ensuring that the correct doors are fitted and remain closed during the summer months,” he said.

Jeannie Dawkins, founder of the Close The Door campaign said:

"Air quality across UK towns and cities is now routinely poor. Most of our air pollution comes from diesel emissions, a Group 1 carcinogen with no safe level for human health. This pollution is largely invisible, tasteless and odourless. UK deaths from air pollution are at 30,000 annually and rising; a stark figure in comparison to 1,700 annual road deaths. Many of these deaths are associated with spending time on or near roads. Serious chronic illness is a future threat for thousands more. Shops with their doors open to the road present a serious and avoidable danger to the health of their staff and customers.

“Many thousands of shops across the UK now trade very well with a closed door, from the highly successful and innovative John Lewis Partnership down to small independents. Creating a calm atmosphere and increasing wellbeing in-store increases enjoyment of surroundings and time spent browsing. In these times of radical change on the high street, successful retail requires bricks and mortar shops to compete/complement online sales by providing an excellent experience. Open door policies are not only hazardous to health but outdated.”

To find out more about the Close the Door campaign, visit www.closethedoor.org.uk

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.




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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

DHF Safety warning follows Harrison Ford door injury



The company responsible for a hydraulic door that badly injured actor Harrison Ford has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in a prosecution brought by the Health & Safety Executive. Sentencing was due on Monday, August 22 but has been adjourned until October.

The accident happened at the Pinewood studio during the production of the latest Star Wars film. Harrison Ford was hit by the rapidly closing metal-framed door and pinned to the ground. An HSE representative compared the power of the door's drive system "to the weight of a small car. This was a foreseeable incident," the court was told.

This high profile incident throws into sharp focus the responsibilities of owners and managers, and all those who specify powered access products and equipment. This is according to the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) whose members manufacture, supply and maintain industrial and commercial doors, automated gates, garage doors and barriers.

DHF training officer Nick Perkins said:

“This court case serves as a warning to everybody involved in the powered access sector that they must ensure that all adequate safety measures are provided wherever there is the risk of people being injured by a moving door, gate or barrier.
“Without these measures in place there is the real risk of accidents leading to death, serious injury and criminal prosecution of those responsible.
“In this case Harrison Ford was pinned down by the hydraulically operated door which reputedly could have killed him. Luckily he survived, albeit with serious injuries that included a broken leg. His death was only prevented because someone was thankfully able to activate an emergency stop - but not before injury had been caused."

He said owners and managers must ensure industrial doors, domestic garage doors, powered gates and traffic barriers - regardless of when they were installed - meet the current standards which detail the levels of safety required.

Owners are advised to ensure that their powered access systems and equipment are checked for safety against the current standards and regularly maintained by properly trained and qualified specialists.
Added Nick Perkins: “As this court case shows, owners and all those responsible for powered access systems and equipment could face prosecution in the event of an incident at one of their sites. They should also be aware that installers and maintainers are also bound by criminal legislation to ensure that all work, whether on a new or an existing access system, is safe."
And he pointed out that adequate levels of safety in the Harrison Ford case - and indeed in all powered access installations - can be achieved by using one of several safety features. These can include hold-to-run controls, light curtain/photo scanner presence detectors or by ensuring correct force limitation is in place.

DHF members operate strictly to current safety standards and benefit from the best possible industry training. This protects the interests and safety of owners and users alike by ensuring the correct levels of safety across the industry are applied to new installations and existing accesses under maintenance.

For more information about powered access safety, visit www.dhfonlineorg.uk .




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Monday, 29 August 2016

Phoenix Balustrading Rises To The Occasion


Architectural ironmongery specialist Cooke Brothers is making a significant investment in the launch of a comprehensive modular stainless steel handrail and balustrade system: The Phoenix Range.

Phoenix is innovative balustrading and handrail solution undergoing testing to all relevant European standards and Building Regulations. Because it is an entirely modular system, the Phoenix Balustrading range allows complete design flexibility with a huge range of tubes and infill panels to suit any interior design scheme.

Balustrading often forms an integral part of a building’s interior design scheme and is also increasingly used to link indoor and our door space, improving aesthetics and increasing security and safety. The modular nature of the Phoenix system, with myriad tube and infill panel options, means that it can be adapted and bespoke manufactured for any design scheme with ‘mix and match’ solutions. 

For instance, the Phoenix rail can be matched up with high quality wood, composite or polymer hand rail systems, or made with sleeved options to combine high strength with warm-to-touch railings. Thanks to the company’s manufacturing competence, bespoke components can be easily made for exclusive one-off designs such as cantilevered handrails.




The basis of any balustrade design is the tubing and the Phoenix range is available with round, square, rectangular or bespoke profiles in satin or mirror stainless steel. The choice of infill panels is almost limitless. From the cool sleek minimalism of glass, to wood, bars, mesh or metalwork, the Phoenix balustrade system can match any project’s requirements, both safety and aesthetics.

Safety is a vital consideration in the specification of balustrading which are rated under BS 6180:2011 according to the loading at which 25mm horizontal deflection at 1100mm height is reached. Different specifications are required for domestic and commercial settings as well as areas where people may congregate. 

This is in addition to other areas of compliance such as dimension, clearance between the handrail and any adjacent wall surface, rotation of fittings and, in certain cases a requirement for rails to be warm-to-the-touch. Phoenix balustrading from Cooke Brothers is undergoing extensive testing to reach and exceed all British and European standards, codes of practice and Building Regulations.

The new Phoenix Balustrading system will be in show for the first time at the 100% Design Exhibition on 21-24 September at London’s Olympia on stand E228.

Best known for its range of quality hinges, Cooke Brothers has been established since 1872 and in that time has built an enviable reputation for manufacturing and supplying hinges for standard and bespoke applications, at home and overseas. 

In recent years the Cooke Brothers product portfolio has expanded to include other architectural ironmongery ranges such as vision panels, inset handles, and letter plates. Based in the West Midlands, Cooke Brothers occupies a 5-acre site dedicated to manufacture, testing and distribution.

Cooke Brothers Ltd
T: 01922 740011



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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Concours of Elegance 2016 Rounds Up 15 Incredible Car Highlights


The Concours of Elegance returns to Windsor Castle from 2-4 September, as some of the world’s most incredible cars take residence in the Quadrangle for a celebration of automotive elegance, style and passion.

With the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen, Windsor Castle will play host to sixty of the rarest and most exclusive cars ever produced, and today, with just 5 days to go until the event opens, Concours of Elegance has rounded up 15 very special automotive highlights.

From iconic pre-1914 automobiles to special sports cars of the 21st century, each of the Concours of Elegance cars has a story to tell. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spyder on display, for example, is one of the most successful racing cars of all time, having won Le Mans four times in a row and the Mille Miglia three times in succession.

Also on display at Windsor is the Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo, which is a truly one-of-a-kind classic. It’s the only factory-built Testarossa convertible ever made, having been specially produced for Gianni Agnelli exactly 30 years ago.

The most recent car in the Concours of Elegance comes from coachbuilders Touring Superleggera, with the one-of-seven Disco Volante Spyder. Based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, but with a specially crafted aluminium and carbon composite body inspired by the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante.

The Concours of Elegance 2016 takes place from Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September at Windsor Castle.

Tickets are available to buy here: http://concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets/



1. Bentley Speed Six ‘Old No 2’
Bentley Speed Six ‘Old No 2’, chassis number HM2868, is one of the finest and most original works Bentleys in existence today, having finished second at the 1930 Le Mans 24 Hours race, just behind Speed Six ‘Old No 1’.



2. Rolls-Royce Phantom III Thrupp & Maberley
Only thee roadsters were built on the Phantom III chassis, and this unique Thrupp & Maberley designed model is one of them, originally commissioned for the Shal of Bopal in 1936.



3. Aston Martin Ulster Competition
Built in 1935, along with only 20 others, the Ulster Competition is incredibly rare. But this particular Ulster has pedigree, too, having competed in more than 100 races, including an eighth-place finish at Le Mans in 1935.



4. Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spyder
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato dominated the most important races of its time, including the Mille Miglia in 1933, the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1931 and 1932 and the Targa Florio. (Image Credit Tim Scott).



5. Talbot Lago Pourtout Coupe
The Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Pourtout Coupé is arguably one of the finest aerodynamic designs ever. Only a handful of cars were finished with this incredible ‘Pourtout’ coachwork, but it wasn’t designed to just look great – this car actually raced.



6. Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia
This incredible one-off Hispano Suiza was fitted with stunning art deco, aircraft-inspired bodywork and clever parallel sliding doors by coahcbuilders, Saoutchik. (Image Credit Michael Furman).



7. Aston Martin DB2 Prototype ‘UMC 272’
This car was only the fourth DB2 chassis built, the second six-cylinder version and for the start of its life was the personal transport of David Brown ‘DB’ himself.



8. Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
Sir Stirling Moss won three times in this car, including at the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in 1960 where he famously switched on the radio to the listen to the race commentary. (Image Credit Tim Scott).



9. Ferrari 250 GTO ex-Graham Hill
The only 250 GTO finished in white, this particular car was driven by Graham Hill to second place in the 1962 Goodwood Tourist Trophy.



10. Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo
The only factory-built Testarossa convertible ever built. It was specially made for Gianno Agnelli after he commissioned it to celebrate his 20 years in charge of Fiat. (Image Credit Christian Martin).



11. Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione
One-of-four ever built, and regarded as the precursor to the F40. It was built for Group B, before the racing class was banned – making it one of the wildest racing cars to never have raced.



12. Alfa Romeo 1750 GS 6C Figoni et Falaschi
It may not look like a motorsport champion, but once upon a time this car’s unique Figoni and Falaschi-designed coupé body was replaced by lightweight, open top coachwork for motorsport, achieving a class win at the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans.



13. Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder
One-of-seven to be produced, this hand-crafted car is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, powered by a 4.7-litre V8 engine. The design is inspired by the C52 Disco Volante of the ‘50s.



14. Audi Front UW Roadster
The 1933 Front UW Roadster was the first Audi to be launched after the formation of the Auto Union group, which brought together Audi, Horch, Wanderer and DKW in 1932. It features an all-aluminium six-cylinder engine under the bonnet, while its roadster body is a unique creation of Berlin coachbuilders Erdmann & Rossi.



15. Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet
Mercedes labelled the stunning 540K ‘the car for the connoisseur’ when it was released in the late 1930s, and it certainly lived up to its billing. The supercharged model was one of few cars built before World War II that was capable of hitting 100mph.

The Concours of Elegance 2016 takes place from Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September at Windsor Castle.

Tickets are available to buy here: http://concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets/




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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Sun Control system enhances London development


A café built as part of a canalside residential development in East London has been fitted with a bespoke Hunter Douglas motorised Sun Control system.

The international leader in architectural building products was commissioned by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles to provide a 147m2 Sun Control System.


The ground-floor café on the Telford Homes Boathouse development near Limehouse Cut was fitted with a tailor-made folding shutter system that comprises individual, interconnected panels.

Set in a 40mm x 60mm frame and constructed using extruded aluminium profiles, the individual shutters are connected to each other to create either V or W folding elements. The advanced motorised mechanism allows the shutters to fold completely flat when they are closed.


The shutter was also supplied with an infill of laser-cut aluminium sheet, which was fixed mechanically by screws or pop rivets, providing the necessary stability and strength.

For more information please contact:

Hunter Douglas Projects, Pondwood House, Pondwood Close, Northampton, NN3 6RT

Tel: 01604 766251
Email: info@hunterdouglas.co.uk

Website: www.hunterdouglas.co.uk



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Friday, 26 August 2016

The Safety Letterbox Company launches Individual Mailboxes and Parcel Boxes


The Safety Letterbox Company is the UK’s leading manufacturer of mail and parcel solutions. Its 130 models of secure mailing system products are manufactured in its factory in South Wales and supplied direct worldwide. 

The company has provided its innovative products and services to high profile projects across the UK and globally, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building in the world.

The company is now launching 'individual mailboxes and parcel boxes', which are designed for use on domestic homes. Individual mailboxes are typically wall mounted externally to the side of doors or on gate pillars and eliminate the need for a mail aperture cut-out in a door to receive mail, which can spoil the design of a door as the entrance to a home.


Individual mailboxes also take away the need for letter flaps and their associated safety issues. There are numerous different styles, designs and finishes available to suit every individual's requirement, making them bespoke for a personal look to a home, just like you would chose kitchen tiles or carpets for a new build home.

Parcel boxes are a product which eliminate the nuisance of having to have a parcel redelivered when you’re not home, or left with a neighbour when there is nowhere safe to leave the parcel if you’re not there to receive it. With online shopping now an everyday activity and with the Christmas period bringing a busy period for ordering goods for delivery, parcel boxes make deliveries easy and secure.


The images of individual mailboxes and parcel boxes in this article include those from a recent project The Safety Letterbox has completed with Abel Homes. Abel Homes is now using The Safety Letterbox Company’s individual mailboxes on some of their projects, giving home buyers an additional personalised choice on their new home.

For more information please visit the company’s website safetyletterbox.com



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Thursday, 25 August 2016

P C Henderson boosts Rustic 80 with new kit for double door specifications


P C Henderson has released a new additional door kit to enhance its popular Rustic 80 sliding gear. Specifically created to meet the demand for double door installations, the new kit contains all the hardware needed to specify a two door Rustic system. 

Rustic 80 meets the demand for a traditional look and is now capable of taking an additional door weighing up to 80kg. It is ideal for barn conversions, period properties, or as a unique feature in the home or workplace.

Rustic 80 has been designed and tested for interior applications. It features exposed steel straps that fasten down the front of the door to support the rustic finish whilst the beautifully crafted hangers run smoothly along a flat bar track. It is available with nylon bearinged wheels to provide smooth and silent running and allows for ease of installation making it ideal for refurbishment and new build projects.

Andrew Royle, Sales & Marketing Director at P C Henderson, comments:
“Up to now, customers wanting to hang two doors to cover one opening would have had to buy two systems, meaning that one track would not be used. Customers can now just specify one Rustic 80, with the option of the additional fixing kit for double door installations.
“As the demand for double door applications increases our customers will benefit from a lower cost of specification as it eliminates the need to buy two systems when hanging double doors.”
The main components of the Rustic 80 sliding hardware are made of carbon steel with a black powder coating finish for a sleek and elegant style. It comes with two different track lengths of 2m and 3m, and is tested to withstand over 100,000 cycles for maximum reliability. The new additional kit contains 2 hangers (boxes with fixings), 2 door stops, 2 anti-jump blocks with screws, 1 floor guide with screws and 2 black oval flush pulls.

P C Henderson has been manufacturing sliding door hardware systems for over 90 years in the UK. Its British engineered systems are cost efficient and combine high performance with aesthetic appeal, meeting the requirements of architects and their clients. With an experienced in-house technical team and despatch base both located in the UK, customers can expect unrivalled service and support.

For more information please visit www.pchenderson.com

P C Henderson Ltd., Durham Road, Bowburn, County Durham, DH6 5NG, England

Tel: +44 (0) 191 377 0701

Email - UK: sales@pchenderson.com


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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

New Phoenix Doors trade information brochure for installers


Packed with useful information, a new trade brochure from Phoenix Doors, part of the MASCO UK Window Group Ltd, provides installers with everything they need to know about the company’s comprehensive range of composite door and PVC entrance door panels.

“Its title ‘The complete one-stop, composite door and panel solution to support your business growth’ sums it up exactly,” explains Haydon Statham, Phoenix Doors’ Sales Director. “We offer an industry-leading collection of truly innovative products, complemented by a service you can trust and that can help your business to grow on your terms.”

The brochure covers the entire product portfolio, from the ‘flagship’ 70mm doubled-rebated Meridian composite door, County and contemporary Continental Collections to the ever-popular PVC entrance door panels, on which the company was originally founded more than 20 years ago.

It also explains the extensive network of support behind the product offering. This includes marketing assistance, business support and recent investment of over £500,000 in fabrication equipment, new product development and customer support systems.

“Since becoming part of the Group more than three years, we have continued to invest across our business and tailor our service to suit the varied needs of all our customers, whatever their size,” continues Haydon. 

“In neatly encapsulating everything we do, the brochure also serves to underpin the solidity Phoenix has within MASCO and the dedicated support we can offer to customers to make their lives easier,” he adds.

For more information, please call Phoenix Doors on 01487 740469, email info@phoenixdoorpanels.co.uk or visit the website at www.phoenixdoorpanels.co.uk.



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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

AkzoNobel handles the heat with UK Fire Doors Ltd


Seizing an opportunity with both hands is akin to saving a penalty, or even laying down a bet on a certainty. However, it’s never easy to grasp the nettle without some trepidation, but when that chance to get ahead of the game presents itself then fortune does favour the brave.

It’s this very kind of situation that provided North Wales based UK Fire Doors Ltd. with an opportunity to further expand their manufacturing through door manufacturers Leaderflush Shapland who had previously been trading from their Langley Mill factory in Derbyshire up until the end of 2015.


Acquiring the now redundant premises would provide UK Fire Doors Ltd. with a unique opening to gild their expansion plans  with a ready-made plant and equipment. The early days of this expansion would see coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel playing a pivotal part, supplying both technical and product assistance to enable this growth period to happen   smoothly.

UK Fire Doors Ltd. design and manufacture bespoke, certified performance fire doors and pre-hung fire and acoustic door sets for the UK construction market, enhancing some of the most prestigious architectural developments in the country. 

The new factory in Langley Mill has the very latest up-to-date computer controlled manufacturing process which guarantees precision and compliance, enabling ultra-short lead times. Hand stitching and book matched veneers, hand finishing and individual inspection all ensure that fire and acoustic doors meet or exceed relevant certification and quality requirements. 


A choice of over 300 veneers make every door as unique and distinctive as the natural timbers that go into fire door production, enabling architects and designers to make them an integral part of any inspirational  development.

Over the last couple of years UK Fire Doors Ltd. began to stretch its capacity in Flintshire, North Wales, so Leaderflush Shapland ceasing to trade at the end of 2015 provided the prospect of exploiting growth opportunities by acquiring a new plant. A significant strategic investment in the Derbyshire site marks an intent to become the UK’s biggest commercial door and door set manufacturer over the next 3  years.

Tim Askew, Managing Director and owner of UK Fire Doors Ltd. commented: 
“The acquisition of the Langley Mill site allows us to fulfil our ambition of becoming UK market leader in the manufacture of performance door sets.  Furthermore, its central location reinforces  our position as a nationwide distributor”. 
“We intend to develop the site as a centre of excellence for the health and education sectors and I’m particularly pleased to be able to re-employ part of the former Leaderflush Shapland workforce, and hopefully contribute to the economic regeneration of the local  community”.
“AkzoNobel lacquers offer a greater degree of scratch resistance than alternative products and this better product composition has markedly improved colour consistency and grain infill on many veneers with the consequence of increased throughput on the UV line”.
Antony Catterick, Technical Sales Manager, AkzoNobel said:
“UK Fire Doors Ltd. started to produce doors in the East Midlands, utilising the equipment that came with the Langley Mill site. We helped to start up the production line with technical support supplying a range of UV lacquers. These are 100% solids UV curable clear sealers and top coats produced in Malmo, Sweden.
“For this work UK Fire Doors Ltd. selected UV Sealer 2495 and UV Top 25 4056. Both of these products provide very high quality and performance, together with offering a raft of superb benefits such as high clarity, fantastic grain filling properties and are exceptionally scuff and scratch resistant. These lead to a very good looking, enhanced appearance of the wood, providing an even surface and a very high-durability finish”.
Tim Askew in closing commented: 
“Central to our growth strategy is partnering with best-in-class suppliers who will underpin our commitment to innovation and quality, so it is no accident that AkzoNobel was one of the first companies we  approached”.

AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings Ltd WFA UK
Unit 4a Mercer Way
Shadsworth Business Park
Blackburn
Lancashire, BB1 2QZ

Tel: 01254 687950

Website: www.sikkens-wood-coatings.co.uk




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Monday, 22 August 2016

Pure Class in Sheer Glass


Customers to a luxury car dealership in Birmingham will be able to reflect on the best of its brands with the installation of a glazed manual sliding wall defining the Bentley and Lamborghini areas of its showroom.


The eight panel arrangement, using GEZE’s Manual Sliding Wall (MSW) with SmartGuide system and Pureline cover profile, is a seamless space divider with no metal surrounds, which separates the two sales areas while maintaining an open feel.

The MSW was the ideal choice for Glassedge, which was commissioned to install the feature at Bentley Sytner, in the city centre.

Fitted with 12 mm clear, low iron toughened glass which minimises sun reflection and so allows as much light in to the showroom as possible, the installation also features GEZE’s Pureline, a silver anodised profile with a modern angled design. 

Each panel discretely locks into the next one via a floor locking device, which is completely hidden from view. Above, the recessed roller track further enhances the sleek appearance whilst the SmartGuide system enhances its functionality.

The manual sliding wall (MSW) also incorporates a swing door with a polished stainless steel handle – making the two areas of the showroom accessible to customers and staff – without interrupting the fluidity of the glazing. In total, the wall spans seven metres in width and 3 metres in height.

The MSW system is easy to handle - when the wall is not needed, the panels can be pulled back, into a parking space where they sit at a 90-degree angle – a real space saver which minimizes impact upon the room, or as at Bentley Sytner they are completely hidden away inside a wall cupboard.

The overall effect is a contemporary stylish finish which benefits from the light and airy feel needed for a showroom in which the cars themselves can take centre stage.

Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK said:
“Our MSW system presents a fantastic solution for retailers who want to use their space creatively. They can be used to open out or separate areas in shops, cafes, offices and hotels as well as prestigious car showrooms. We are delighted that Glassedge chose the MSW with Pureline profile in delivering its requirements for the Sytner showroom where the quality of Bentley and Lamborghini vehicles can be seen in all their glory and benefit from the flow of natural light.
“Glassedge was delighted to have been specified by MCS Special Projects for this prestige project and found the GEZE MSW sliding stacking design ideally suited both its customer’s and client’s requirements.”

Said Chris Beckett, Managing Director of Glassedge Ltd: 
“It was very easy to install and when in place, the effort required to move the individual panels was minimal.
“Glassedge will most definitely be using the GEZE MSW range again as our company is very confident in the products’ quality, robustness of the materials used, plus the excellent personal service we received from both GEZE UK’s sales and technical support staff.”

GEZE’s animated guide to its MSW range can be seen on YouTube - www.youtube.com


For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators, manual door closers and window technology products call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.



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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Ford Focus RS and Mustang make Clarkson’s Star Cars of 2016


The all-new Ford Focus RS and Ford Mustang 5.0-litre V8 GT feature in “Jeremy’s Star Cars” – a rundown of Jeremy Clarkson’s top 10 drives of the past year, revealed last week in The Sunday Times (14th August).

Ford was the only manufacturer to have two entries in the top 10 list, reflecting the success of Ford’s performance vehicles in recent years, following the recent launch of the right-hand-drive Mustang, and the exciting four-wheel-drive Focus RS.

 “With the new Focus RS, you know that after about 100 yards [of driving it] that Ford has created something very special.” said Clarkson “Its 345bhp is enough to provide a meaty shove in the back when you accelerate and a growly 40-a-day rumble from under the bonnet.”

Since the first ever right-hand-drive Mustang launched in 2015, orders have reached over 4,000, and Clarkson has recognised why 70 per cent of these have been for the Ford Mustang 5.0-litre V8 GT:

“Incredibly, this 410bhp, 155mph American icon costs less than I paid for a Volkswagen Golf GTI. This is a machine that wants to turn its tyres into smoke and go round every corner sideways. You’ve seen the film Bullitt. Well, it’s that.”

The Ford Focus RS and Ford Mustang are available at one of the 75 FordStore locations across the UK, and via the fully customisable online configurator - www.ford.co.uk



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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Two new Appointments at Codelocks assist Global Expansion and add Expertise


Digital lock designer and manufacturer Codelocks has promoted Colin Campbell to its board of directors in charge of worldwide sales, responsible for business growth across the Codelocks group. The group consists of Codelocks UK, USA, and Australia, and encompasses all of the access control product ranges.

In his new role, Colin will focus on aligning global sales strategies, including overseeing deals with multinational companies. He will focus on growing Codelocks’ global market share and continue to maximise Codelocks’ international relationships. This new position will also ensure that products continue to meet market sector needs, new products are introduced quickly, and pricing remains market competitive.

Commenting on the appointment, Grant Macdonald, Managing Director of Codelocks, said:
“Colin’s performance since joining Codelocks has been exemplary and is reflected in this promotion to the board as Sales Director. The depth of his experience in our industry means he appreciates the different needs across market sectors and distribution models between regions, and most importantly how to effectively manage these.
“Colin has the skills we need to help us continue global business growth and he will play a key role in developing products for emerging markets. With the creation of this new position, Codelocks continues to strengthen and expand in a targeted, controlled way.”

Colin added, “I am looking forward to being involved in the further expansion of Codelocks into North East America and Central Europe and the opportunities that this will create. It’s an exciting time to be part of the growth of Codelocks, which now has over 150 variants of mechanical, electronic and smart locks.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to address the challenges customers, locksmiths and distributors face and promote Codelocks products on multiple levels, in a variety of different markets and languages. I am excited to meet with the entire team across all locations in the coming weeks, to share best practice and agree future plans.”

Having previously worked for over 20 years in the door and hardware industry, Colin brought a wealth of experience with him to Codelocks over 18 months ago when he was appointed as a Sales Manager, overseeing business operations in both the UK and Middle East. 

During this time the business underwent double-digit growth in both its domestic and overseas markets. Colin’s industry expertise is enhanced by his membership to professional trade body Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and membership to Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI).

In a second announcement, Codelocks has appointed Jo Milne-Rowe into its business development team. 

Jo will focus on supporting existing accounts in the south of the UK and will be responsible for developing new sales growth across multiple areas.
 
Joining Codelocks with extensive experience in architectural hardware, mechanical security and electronic access control, Jo will identify new target markets, implement sales strategies and assist in the development of the next generation of access control products. 

Colin Campbell, Sales Director, welcomes Jo to Codelocks: 

“Jo brings a deep understanding of the access and security industry to Codelocks. Her experience of forging strong relationships and successfully launching new products will be an asset to the team. 
“Part of Jo’s role is to develop and deliver educational training programme to meet the varying needs of our customers. It is a demanding challenge to ensure that communications are suited for a range of novice to advanced audiences, and the programme meets both sales and technical needs. 
“We welcome Jo to the role and look forward to continuing Codelocks’ long-term international business growth, utilising her expertise.”

Commenting on her new role, Jo says: 
“Working for a digital lock innovator, with colleagues who are experts in access control, is a great opportunity. Joining the company at a time of expansion and as it launches its new smart lock range is exciting.
“I am looking forward to helping to continue to grow the business and delivering its new training programme for security installers, locksmiths and architects.”

Jo is the Chairperson of the South East Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) which involves organising networking meetings with industry experts, delivering thought leading presentations and supporting the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme.



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Friday, 19 August 2016

New guide to acoustic seals: everything you need to know about the impact of the Building Regulations


A free guide to specifying acoustic seals on door assemblies and doorsets has been launched by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI). 

The demands of the various Approved Documents of the Building Regulations in England are placing an increasing burden on the specification of doors. Regulations now stipulate that they need to be acoustically rated in addition to being fire and smoke rated.

The GAI Guide to Acoustic Seals provides details on how acoustic seals will be affected by Approved Documents E and M of the Building Regulations for England which focus on resistance to the passage of sound, and access to and use of buildings, respectively.

The guide simplifies the main elements that specifiers should consider in order to meet requirements.

It covers a range of topics including how related test reports should be interpreted, the required standard for test procedures on door acoustics and what makes a good acoustic door.

The guide also gives comprehensive information on how to achieve the highest acoustic rating possible on a standard door, fitting a glazing panel into a door which must provide acoustic performance and putting letter plates into fire rated doors.

Douglas Masterson, GAI technical manager and author of the guide, said: 
“It is the responsibility of the specifier to look for existing proven solutions to meet, and exceed, requirements of the Building Regulations. 
“With this in mind, the GAI has put this guide together to help our members navigate their way through the demands of the legislation and standards which govern our industry.” 
The guide has been sponsored by Lorient and is available for member companies to download from the member’s area of the GAI website.

www.gai.org.uk



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