Thursday, 31 August 2017

P C Henderson Launch Four New Installation Videos


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of four new installation videos for some of its most popular residential products.

Following the huge success of the company’s first set of installation videos, launched back in 2015, P C Henderson has been working hard behind the scenes to create additional videos for its popular Rustic 80, Soltaire, Imperial Patio Kit and Loretto sliding door hardware kit packs. 


Developed in the company’s own in house studio with the help of an outside agency, the videos guide customers through the installation process step by step, highlighting which tools are necessary for which component and providing ‘top tips’ to make the installation process as easy as possible. The videos also feature a realistic CGI background to enable customers to see what the products would look like in situ, providing a more realistic demonstration. 


Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson commented: 
“We’re constantly looking at various tools that we can develop to aid our customers in the process of purchasing and installing our hardware. The feedback we have received from the original set of videos has been extremely positive and so it made sense to expand the range”.

Currently receiving over 11,000 views per month, the videos have proved to be very popular with customers across the world. Predominantly aimed towards the DIY market as a helpful resource to save time and money on installation fees the videos also make for a great marketing tool for distributors of P C Henderson products. 

“We encourage distributors of our products to use the videos in order to market to their own customers. Available on our own website and Youtube, the videos can be embedded into most websites – something which a lot of our distributor customers have done already”, continued Andrew.

P C Henderson offers a wide range of sliding and folding door hardware catering for maximum doors weights of between 9kg and 8000kg. As well as residential kit packs the company also offer a large selection of commercial and industrial hardware, with plans to develop more technical videos for this side of the business in the future.

To view the installation videos or to find out more about P C Henderson’s range of sliding and folding door hardware visit www.pchenderson.com/installation-videos or email hello@pchenderson.com




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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Nice to showcase their connected solutions at 100% Design



Leading name in automation systems to attend the UK's largest trade event for the architects and designers community.

Home automation experts Nice UK are to showcase their smart home systems at the 100% Design show on 20th-23rd September 2017.

Exhibiting at Stand D245 in the Design & Build section, Nice will display their vast array of automation and control systems, reflecting their signature commitments to functionality, comfort and style. Among many of the integrated systems on show will be Era Inn for internal blinds, a practical and elegant solution that achieves perfect alignment between blinds, improving the building’s energy efficiency and making the most of natural light.



Nice is at the forefront of automated home technology. Its garage door automation systems recently became compatible with Apple HomeKit via Nice smart interface, IT4WIFI. Nice has also developed
the MyNice Welcome app, which allows the remote control of gate and garage door automation from smart devices using either iOS or Android.

As well as control via app, Nice provides a range of control systems to fit any requirements.

The touchless Air is a wall mounted option that allows blinds to be controlled with a simple “up and down” hand motion. Agio is a smart and elegant transmitter that can manage several automation systems at once, with dimmer function for light control. These are just a few examples of the versatility of Nice’s solutions.

Nice staff will be on hand throughout the show to demonstrate their products and provide information about the range of automation systems for blinds, road barriers, gates and garage doors.

Discover the Nice world: visit Nice at Stand D245.

Nice UK Ltd
Automation House
Hamilton Road
Sutton in Ashfield
Nottinghamshire
NG17 5LD

Tel: +44 (0)1623 558086
Fax: +44 (0)1623 550549
www.niceforyou.com/uk




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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Bespoke Allgood Ironmongery helps Transform Soho's Pathé Building


Sheppard Robson Architects LLP has completed the renovation of the former offices of production company Pathé Films at 103-109 Wardour Street. 

Overcoming initial specification difficulties, the architect’s practice turned to Allgood to provide a bespoke, bronze finished ironmongery solution that would seamlessly integrate with the architecture of the building.

The transformation of the building was a challenging task for Sheppard Robson. Originally offices for Pathé Films, the 1900’s building was renovated for the first time in 1996. However, there was an architectural imbalance as whilst the facade retained the original Edwardian style, the rest of the building was renovated. This led to the historical front forming a veil that covered a contemporary building of lower design quality.

Consequently, Sheppard Robson looked to redesign the contemporary elements in a way that would complement the original structure and opted for a bespoke bronze finish on all ironmongery supplied by Allgood, which helped to turn an architectural vision into a working reality.

ID:SR, Sheppard Robson’s interior design group, wanted to deliver 15 residential units, including two penthouses, that were rooted within the history of the area whilst simultaneously providing modern amenities. With the flats retailing at the higher end of the market, it was imperative that Allgood’s specification complemented a luxury aesthetic.

Initial discussions with the architect showed that they wanted to specify a consistent ironmongery finish throughout the entire building. This was a challenge for Allgood, as there were several different types of doors, textures and colours throughout the property.

Allgood felt stainless steel would not be appropriate for this type of residential building so a bronze finish was agreed upon.


Discussing the project’s ironmongery requirements Borja Marcaida, Associate at Sheppard Robson Architects LLP said:
“The biggest challenge was to keep a consistent bronze effect finish for all ironmongery throughout the building.”
 As such, incorporated throughout the building is Allgood’s Modric 1761 900mm pull handles and Robert-Mallet Steven’s designed FSB 41076 lever handles with a specialist bronze finish. Complementing the ironmongery, Allgood also supplied bespoke signage in a matching bronze finish including numerals, letters and various symbols.

Like with any central London residential building, space is an extremely valuable commodity. In order to maximise space in the apartments, Allgood also supplied bronze pocket door locking kits for all the bathrooms.

This successful collaboration and renovation resulted in a BREEAM Ecohomes ‘Excellent’ rating for the refurbished elements and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 for new build areas.

Designed and manufactured in Allgood’s UK factory, Modric utilises the finest Grade 316 solid stainless steel bar, resulting in a high quality, durable ironmongery range. Finished by hand, the smooth satin finish is achieved by a superior attention to detail.

In addition, the unique FSB range provides ergonomic handles, using the four rules of good grip as the basis for its designs and structure.

Borja Marcaida adds: 
“We enjoyed working with Allgood Sales Representative, Stewart Froome, throughout this project. His flexible approach meant that any challenges were swiftly addressed and that the ironmongery achieved the unique finish required.“
For more information on Allgood plc please visit www.allgood.co.uk or follow @Allgood_plc on Twitter.



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Monday, 28 August 2017

dormakaba to Launch New Innovations and Virtual Reality at MLA Expo


dormakaba will be exhibiting at this year’s MLA Expo from the 6th to the 8th October at the International Centre in Telford. 

The company’s stand will showcase a variety of functioning cylinder, padlock and door closure products as well as its new cloud based access system, exivo. Furthermore, and for the first time, visitors will be able to experience dormakaba’s new virtual reality experience.

The dormakaba team will be providing demonstrations of exivo at MLA Expo. A complete security and access control system, it is incredibly easy to install. exivo is aimed at small to medium sized businesses, and provides a flexible and intuitive web based system controlled via the cloud to meet the changing needs of a client. It is a fee based solution paid purely on a price per door basis.


On display, will be dormakaba’s new 300 Lock series, a versatile Mortice lock range that offers high level security and convenient operation for timber and steel doors, as well as the new TS98 XEA cam-action door closer, which is suitable for all installation positions.

Also, featured on the stand will be a range of dormakaba’s most popular cylinder, padlock and enclosure locking ranges. Here, the experienced and knowledgeable team will be able to provide detailed information on special function features, as well as specification and installation advice on all dormakaba products.


The dormakaba Virtual Design Centre will then provide an entirely different means of showcasing its vast product range. The company’s new VR experience will transport participants to a fully immersive virtual reality world where they can get to know the new company and its full range of products.

Finally, with a strong commitment to training, education and best practice, dormakaba will be running an in depth, free safe lock training course in the Atcham seminar room on Sunday 8th October from 10:30am.

To book a place please visit: www.kaba.co.uk







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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Kop Hill Climb – 16th and 17th September 2017



The Kop Hill team of volunteers have been working hard to bring you a unique and amazing show in September, when the ninth revival of the early 1900’s motoring event takes place.

The action is at Kop Hill in Princes Risborough, and all the fun, thrills and hard work contribute to raise funds for local charities and good causes on behalf of Heart of Bucks- the Community Foundation of Buckinghamshire.

Last year exceeded all records, with over £100,000 being raised over the weekend, and 32 local projects supported.

The event returns with a celebration of motoring through the ages, with over 400 historic cars and motorcycles each day taking on the famous hill. Many more will be on display in the Paddock. Vehicles range in age from the early 1900’s to modern day exotics, so there will be something for everyone.

Kop Hill Climb is no ordinary display of historic cars and bikes but an opportunity to see and hear them run in a beautiful, historic setting. Where else can you not only get close to the vehicles as they speed up the hill but also freely chat with owners of everything from 1914 Sun Villiers to a Nota racecar?


The spread of vehicles owners bring is astonishing. From the early racing cars and bikes that ran Kop Hill in its heyday to some of the rarely seen performance vehicles of the last 40 years. Some of them sport innovations that predated modern technology, while others represent innovation that just never caught on.

Cars like the fire-breathing 1914 German built Fafnir are a classic Kop Hill entry. Powered by a four-cylinder aero engine of 10.5 litres capacity, each cylinder alone displaces more than the engine of the average modern family car.

Move on twenty years and this year will see not only well preserved and cherished examples of everyday cars and bikes like Morris and Ford, BSA and Ariel but the more sporty entries from Bugatti, MG, Frazer Nash, Vincent and Scott, some with Brooklands pedigree like Mark Wood’s stunning1930 Aston Martin International.

As we move post war, 2017 wouldn’t be complete without our marking 70 years of Ferrari. Amongst the many models entered two stand out - the 1957 Ferrari 500TRC and the 1973 Competition Daytona. Weighing just 680kg and powered by a cylinder 80hp 2 litre motor the TRC was the car to race in the 1950’s. The later V12 Daytona Competition, one of only five lightweights built, has around 450 bhp, enough to power the model to Le Mans class wins in 1972, 73 and 74.

Add in hundreds of other amazing bikes and cars and it’s another classic Kop Hill weekend.

This is not just a static display, but also a recreation of Kop Hill’s history. Both days will have morning and afternoon sessions where you can see the cars and motorcycles storming the hill. Moving history right before your eyes, especially from one of the Grandstands, which gives a unique vantage point.

This year sees a visit from the iconic ‘Genevieve’, the car that was the star of the 1953 film of the same name, and a regular participant in the annual London to Brighton run. Have your photo taken with this wonderful car, and enter a raffle for a ride up Kop Hill in her.

Edd China and his Casual Lofa Sofa

Come and meet Edd China, mechanical genius, inventor, TV presenter and mechanic formerly of the popular Wheeler Dealers show. 

He will be at Kop Hill on both days with his famous Casual Lofa Sofa – the fastest sofa in the world - and it’s road legal so see him ascending the hill in it.


The legendary Ace Cafe, London is organizing a drive out and ride out to the event from its iconic venue in Stonebridge, north London.

The children’s area will be packed with things to see and do - a vintage steam fair, with helter-skelter and dodgems, along with the Racing Bug track racing game, fun play bus and face painter.

Back by popular demand is the Wall of Death – featured on the BBC when sports presenter Mike Bushell experienced a few dizzying laps for himself – now experience it in real life.

The Soapbox Challenge is a nail-biting competition, with teams of budding racers aged 10 to 17 trying to go the greatest distance down the purpose built ramp, chicane and obstacles to try and win the Beaumont Cup. It will take place over the two days, and has grown year on year to be a very popular part of the event.

With so many things to see and do a break for some food and drink will definitely be in order. So relax in the food court while taking in the sounds of the purpose-built stage with a fantastic line up.



Kop Hill is one of the oldest Hill Climb venues in England. The first recorded races were in 1910. It became a major event on the motorsports car and motorcycle calendar and many famous drivers and riders of the time, including Malcolm Campbell, Raymond Mays, Henry Segrave and Count Zborowski raced up the hill. The last event was in 1925, when as a result of an accident to a spectator, the RAC banned all motorsport on public roads.

Today Kop Hill is a public road, and is closed to traffic during the event, which is an untimed commemorative run.

Today Kop Hill Climb’s unique combination of beautiful location, historical significance and family fun day out has made it a major fixture on the historic motor sport calendar, with many thousands of visitors each year.

The objective of the Kop Hill Climb revival is to raise money for local charities. All the organising team and helpers are volunteers, and the event is managed as a part of the Heart of Bucks Community Foundation. Over £400,000 has been raised since the revival started in 2009. Come and be a part of this very special event, and help local community projects and charities.

For full event details and to purchase tickets please go to www.kophillclimb.org.uk




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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Origin Hits Significant Manufacturing Milestones


Origin, the leading British manufacturer of high quality aluminium bi-folding and residential doors, windows and blinds, has celebrated two significant manufacturing milestones, having made the 200,000th Origin Bi-fold Door and 50,000th Origin Window in its High Wycombe factory.

The family business, which was established by cousins Neil Ginger and Victoria Brocklesby, made its very first bi-fold door in 2001, after spotting an opportunity in the UK market for high quality aluminium bi-folding doors.

Over the last 16 years, Origin has gone from strength to strength. The company continues to add to its Origin Home range, first introducing a range of bespoke blinds in 2011, followed by the Origin Window in 2014 and, most recently, launching a new residential door in 2016.

The company’s evolution is fueled by customer demand. Origin’s research and development division actively uses homeowners as a source of inspiration. From the introduction of colour-coded hardware for those seeking a minimalistic view, to the launch of the Origin Window for a fully integrated look, and the optional upgrade of Aerogel on the window for improved thermal efficiency, Origin’s customer orientated innovation is integral to its industry-leading systems.


Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, said:
“When the company first started, we were making bespoke bi-fold doors for homes at a rate of six per week. Every door that leaves the factory is cleverly designed and beautifully made by our skilled craftsmen. Origin continues to grow and improve not only the service we offer our customers, but also our manufacturing operations. Nowadays, our factory can manufacture up to 1200 completely bespoke aluminium bi-fold doors and 887 windows per week, so it won’t be long before we hit the million mark!”

Based in High Wycombe, Origin is now a £30 million business with operations in the UK, Dubai and America, making it one of the UK’s biggest manufacturing success stories. It is the only company in the world that can manufacture a bespoke product without a lead time, and has maintained a one hundred per cent record for this since introducing its ‘Your Lead Time, Not Ours’ promise.

In 2012, the company re-vamped its production process using a model inspired by Goldratt’s ‘Theory of Constraints’ to give Origin a competitive, zero lead time advantage over the competition. This new model, which turned manufacturing on its head, was at the centre of the ‘Your Lead Time, Not Yours’ promise.

As Ben Brocklesby explains: 
“Offering the best quality systems on the market with zero lead time has allowed the company to grow at a considerable rate. We are proud to have boasted a sales growth of 30 per cent year on year for the last ten years and Origin now is responsible for a quarter of all bi-fold sales in the UK. We have over 270 employees and, in April 2017, we re-located our office headquarters to a new 20,000 sq.ft office space to keep up with the exponential growth.
“Origin is showing no sign of slowing down as we continue to release innovative new products into the market, adding to the complimentary Origin Home range. Watch this space!” concludes Ben Brocklesby.

For further information on Origin, please visit www.origin-global.com.



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Friday, 25 August 2017

New appointment expands Hörmann’s commercial department


Hörmann UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Jen Alderson to the newly created role of assistant commercial manager. Hörmann created this position to support the commercial department, ensuring that it continues to provide high levels of service despite customer demands. 

In her new position, Jen will work alongside commercial manager, Amy Fisher, to lead the day-to-day management of the department and ensure that foundations are in place to support the release of new products. Jen will also be responsible for improving the department’s current processes, as well as building relationships with existing trade partners.

Jen has spent the majority of her career strengthening her skills in planning and customer service, allowing her to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to both the company and the role. Hörmann believe that Jen’s appointment will provide the commercial department with the support it needs to offer customers an experience that is as streamlined as possible.

Commercial manager, Amy Fisher, commented:
“The appointment of Jen is a really exciting one for the commercial department and we are delighted to be able to welcome her to the team. The experience that Jen has gained in previous roles will allow her to assist me in managing the department, as well as ensuring that we provide our customers with the service levels that they expect from the UK’s leading door manufacturer.”

Commenting on her new appointment, Jen said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed to support the team in the commercial department. The role allows me to use my experience in change management, team management, problem solving and customer service to help the team thrive and grow. I enjoy a challenge and I am looking forward to cementing a great team in place.”

For more information about Hörmann or to find out more about its product range and service packages, call 01530 513000 or visit www.hormann.co.uk




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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Garador’s Secured by Design Garage Doors Have Choice and Security


The UK’s leading garage door manufacturer, Garador, with its Yeovil based manufacturing plant has experienced real success with its Guardian garage doors

The Guardian Range of garage doors are a Secured by Design accredited Up and Over garage door, that has been designed to offer an additional level of security to homeowners. Secured by Design is a security standard developed by the UK Police Flagship Initiative with the aim of designing products that are more secure.

Guardian garage doors originally just included Horizon and Carlton models, but the Salisbury garage door model was introduced due to continued popular demand for the doors; so now homeowners have a variety of door models to choose from that all offer excellent security.

Garador’s Managing Director, Simon Hipgrave comments:
“The Salisbury door model is an interesting design, as it is not just a completely solid steel panel. It also features blacked out windows at the top of the door for the Secured by Design model which give the design of the door panel additional character and the wow factor.” 
The entire Guardian range of garage doors have additional security features such as additional steel bracing on the rear of the door, improved locking security with heavy-duty plating to protect the locking systems at the bottom of the door and a reinforced lock body and anti-snap cylinder. With all of these additional features, up and over garage doors are more secure than ever before.

To find out more about the Secured by Design accredited Salisbury garage door or any other Secured by Design garage door, please visit www.garador.co.uk





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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

100% Simonswerk Hinges


Leading hinge manufacturer SIMONSWERK will again be exhibiting at the 100% Design Exhibition at Olympia London on the 20th-23rd September, showcasing the latest developments in hinge technology.

Visitors to the SIMONSWERK stand (D228) in the Design & Build section will be able to view the company’s full range of hinge applications

They will also be able to take advantage of one-to-one demonstrations of the SIMONSWERK online advanced PRODUCTSELECTOR information system created specifically for architects, ironmongers, specifiers and interior designers.

Displays will include the award winning TECTUS completely concealed hinge system and the increasingly popular CE marked TRITECH fire rated solid brass hinge with concealed bearings, 25 year performance guarantee, 14 designer finials and PVD corrosive resistant finishes. 

100% Design is the UK's largest trade event for architects and designers, returns to Olympia in London this September from the 20th-23rd September 


For more product related information visit: www.simonswerk.co.uk




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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

TWFC becomes new Exclusive UK stockist of Bomb-Blast Window Protection Products


The Window Film Company (TWFC) has announced the launch of its new collection of bomb blast protection products including specially developed window films and attachment systems, dramatically improving a building’ safety and security credentials.


TWFC’s security collection’s products offer best-in-class protection against criminal damage, bomb-blast, extreme weather and explosion. In an explosion, a single square foot of glass shatters into hundreds of potentially lethal sharp fragments, specialist window film stops this by holding broken panes together, preventing the shards separating and being propelled into the air.

The Window Film Company’s bomb-blast film is available in a range of thicknesses and grades, and these have been designed to deter everything from bomb blasts to natural disasters with each subject to extensive independent tests. This suite of products can dramatically improve the security and safety of your building. The products can be used on new schemes and as a retro-fit option.

The Window Film Company uses SafetyShield®, a 200 micron, multi-laminate blast mitigation window film. Engineered specifically to perform in the most demanding and life threatening situations, it minimises the risk of death, damage and injury caused by a blast.

Micky Calcott, MD, The Window Film Company says: 
“Explosions are thankfully rare but unfortunately crime isn’t. Facilities managers and business owners are always looking for ways to make properties safer and more secure. Glazing is often the security weak link due to the fragile nature and security film provides a cost-effective way to improve both security and protection.”
He continues: “When an explosion happens, glass shatters into over 200 piercing fragments. Each of these slivers is sharp and potentially lethal. Window film traps these shards to drastically minimise injuries caused by flying glass fragments, thereby protecting lives. As blast mitigation is a serious and growing issue in our cities, alleviating the varying threat types by protecting glazing in commercial buildings requires specialist window film which must be installed by experienced and trained professionals and it must be done on a bespoke basis.”

Window film is a risk reduction tool and using the correct products is key - there is no window film available that will completely remove the explosion or bomb-blast risk.

Attachment and Restraint Systems

Window films provide an extra layer of protection, applying the film with an attachment system delivers the most wide-ranging security available. Such systems anchor the film to the window frame so that in the event of an explosion, the system holds both in place, mitigating the potential blast impact.

The Window Film Company offers the Madico SafetyShield range of systems, which due to its rigorous testing and product development programme provides the ultimate in blast protection. There are four options made for different requirements:

  • Wet Glaze Anchoring System – installation uses structural silicone between the safety film and window frame.
  • Gull Wing™ Anchoring System – installation uses an additional flexible membrane that is attached to both the filmed glass and window frame.
  • LifeLine™ Anchoring System – this has been designed for factories/industrial sites, the LifeLine system works by applying energy absorbing cords across the window. These cords catch the filmed glass in the event of a blast, preventing it falling into the building and causing damage.
  • FrameGard™ Anchoring System - A mechanical attachment system that clamps the filmed glass to the window frame, in an explosion the glass is kept within the frame

The Window Film Company’s trained team of experts is available to provide advice and support, email info@windowfilm.co.uk or call 01494 794477

W: www.windowfilm.co.uk






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Monday, 21 August 2017

New Design Museum Selects a British Design Classic from Allgood


The new Design Museum at Kensington, which opened its doors to the public in November 2016 following a move from its previous residence at Shad Thames, has specified Allgood’s Modric ironmongery throughout its interior. 

Winner of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2016/ 2017 Commercial category, the imaginative ironmongery solutions meet the architects brief; matching the building’s look and feel.

Redeveloped at the site of the Grade 2* listed, former Commonwealth Institute building, the challenge for John Pawson was to remodel the building’s interior whilst retaining and emphasising its heritage.

One of the £83million refurbishment’s standout architectural features was the preservation of the original roof structure, which was central to how the new project took shape. The internal floors of the old building were demolished with a series of piles, temporary trusses and beams supporting the internal roof columns until the new structure was built and the fit-out stage could begin.

The inherent objective of the project was to create a world-class museum in the heart of London, including permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as learning spaces – showcasing all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design.


Established in 1989, the museum is known for promoting and exhibiting the best in British design as well as displaying bold and iconic international items. The Design Museum also hosts acclaimed Designs of the Year awards, houses emerging designers in its residence programmes and participates in initiatives that encourage young students to get involved in art and design.

Moving from Shad Thames to Kensington has enabled the museum to increase its capacity threefold, allowing it to house a significantly greater amount of exhibitions in its 10,000m2 space, to attract an estimated 650,000 visitors each year.  

As expected from a museum dedicated to trends in design, there was a keen emphasis placed on all elements of the interior architecture – with products specified on the ability to meet the carefully planned theme.

Speaking about the importance of choosing the right ironmongery to suit the environment, Alice Black, Co-Director of the Design Museum explained: 
“A lot of care and attention went into planning the fit-out stage. It was vital that the internal elements complemented the existing building envelope and acted as a backdrop for the exhibitions. 
“The choice of Allgood’s Modric ironmongery range fits this motif perfectly. The enduring look of stainless steel helped to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing architectural interior.”
 
A British design classic, Modric is manufactured in Allgood’s UK factory where craftsmen pay close to attention to detail, hand finishing every product. Modric has a long-standing reputation of quality built on its ability to consistently perform to the highest standard. Operating on the unique quadaxial fixing, Modric lever handles have been independently tested to BS EN 1906 and have surpassed 1 million cycles, providing just one example why Allgood has the confidence to offer a 25 year warranty on the range.

Jan Hobel, Lead Architect at John Pawson, said: 
“Allgood’s range of Modric ironmongery is well known for its distinguished appearance and quality. A durable and high performance ironmongery solution, Modric is ideal for high traffic applications, such as museums and public buildings.”

The interior of the Design Museum features an array of products from the Modric range including lever handles, hinges, pull handles, push plates, wc turns, and door signage, as well as overhead door closers, magnetic door holders and unique, concealed doorstops.


For Wayne Taylor, Contracts Manger at subcontractor, Hoxton Site Services, it was the quality of the Allgood ironmongery that stood out:
  “In a busy commercial and public space such as a museum, it is vital that products of high quality are specified and installed due to their frequency of use and general wear and tear. The Modric ironmongery definitely fitted that bill – providing a robust, durable, hardwearing and high-level finish”. 

Reflecting on the scope of the project, Stewart Froome, Specification Sales Manager at Allgood exclaimed:
“The relocation of the Design Museum was a hugely enjoyable project to be involved with. The architectural design and method of build were truly unique and the end result is spectacular. We are confident and delighted that in the years to come that visitors will be enjoying the divergent exhibitions while making use of our high-quality and tastefully finished ironmongery.”
Winner of the Commercial category of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2016/ 2017, the judges commented that ‘Allgood found imaginative solutions where needed to respect the architect’s aesthetic, including concealed hinges and magnetic door stops’. Commenting on the aesthetic appeal of the Allgood Modric range, the judges said that the ironmongery is ‘well fitted, well specified and looks great in situ’.

For more information on Allgood plc please visit www.allgood.co.ukor follow @Allgood_plc on Twitter.



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Sunday, 20 August 2017

What a Difference One Hundred Years Makes

1917 Model TT Van

Ford Marks Centenary of Pioneering Model TT That Paved Way for the Britain’s Best-Selling Commercial Vehicle.

You’ve heard of the Ford Model T, but how about the Model TT? Though less well-known, it also had a big impact – as the forerunner to the modern day van and pickup, including today’s Transit.

First launched 100 years ago, in 1917, the Model TT was Ford’s first purpose-built one-tonne van. Owners could customise the chassis with a cargo bed to transport everything from letters to fuel – just as they can today in the 2017 Ford Transit Custom. The Model TT was first launched in the U.S, and later built at Ford’s Trafford Park factory in Manchester.

Ford Model TT Panel Delivery truck

The Model TT van was longer and stronger than the Model T car, with a cab that could seat one driver and one passenger. The engine was started using a cranking handle on the front. For a smoother ride, customers could choose modern air-filled rear tyres instead of solid rubber.

“It is amazing that while in some ways today’s vans are a million miles from the Model TT in how they have come on, they fundamentally do the same job as they were designed to do 100 years ago – providing a flexible means of keeping businesses on the move,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.

The current best-selling Transit range

One hundred years later, Ford now offers the best-selling commercial vehicle range in Britain and across Europe, with four commercial vehicles now carrying the iconic Transit nameplate – Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier – as well as the Ford Ranger pickup.

In the UK alone, Ford has maintained market leadership in the commercial vehicle sector for 51 years – ever since the Ford Transit was introduced in 1965. In 2016, Ford recorded its highest-ever year of commercial vehicle sales with 118,000 units.

The new Ford Transit Custom

Transit sales passed its first million milestone in 1976, rapidly passing the next in 1985, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2013, which lined up end-to-end would circumnavigate the globe. On average, customers have bought a new Transit every 180 seconds during its lifetime.

A new study, which explores the use of brand words in the British dialect, reveals that the British public now commonly uses the word “Transit” as a generic term for van. The study of 2,000 consumers, conducted by Census Wide, reveals that almost a quarter used the word “Transit” to describe a typical van, and that 46 per cent of Brits believe that a “Transit” refers to a specific size.

Ford is launching 20 PHEV Transit Custom vans

Later this year Ford is launching 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans - that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of inner-city trips – on
a 12-month trial in and around London.

Among those taking part in the trial are the Metropolitan Police and British Gas, which will allow both Ford and the city of London to explore how electrified vans can contribute to cleaner air targets while boosting productivity for operators in urban conditions. The Transit Custom PHEV van is planned for commercial introduction in 2019, part of Ford’s $4.5 billion investment into electrified vehicles by 2020.

www.ford.co.uk




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Saturday, 19 August 2017

West Mercia Sections opens its door to two eye-catching new Mercedes-Benz Antos


More than 40 years after it began trading, cold formed steel manufacturer West Mercia Sections has commissioned its first new trucks – and both wear the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz.

Smartly finished in metallic dark grey, the pair of 18-tonne Antos arrived via the Wolverhampton branch of Midlands Truck & Van. The vehicles have easily accessed ClassicSpace S-Cabs and, as 1824 models, are powered by 175 kW (238 hp) engines. Their maximum length, 28 ft dropside bodies, meanwhile, are by Fred Smith & Son, of West Bromwich.

West Mercia Sections serves the construction, security and electrical industries, with most of the rolled steel sections that leave its factory in Tipton being used to produce industrial doors.



The company, which was established in 1975 but can trace its roots back to the early 1960s, has always operated pre-owned trucks of various marques. Not only are the Antos its first new vehicles, but they are also its first by Mercedes-Benz.

Replacements for an 18-tonner and a 12-tonner, they are the subject of a Mercedes-Benz Financial Services contract hire agreement. Their introduction coincides with the launch of a new growth strategy by West Mercia Sections.

Operations Manager Kris Rivett explained:
“We’ve replaced the smaller rigid with a second 18-tonner so we can meet increased demand, while we’ve chosen new vehicles this time primarily for their low-emissions technology – more and more of our work is taking us into London now, and we wanted to be able to tell our customers that we’re using Euro VI trucks.”



The Mercedes-Benz Antos range is purpose-designed for heavy-duty distribution work. It comprises model variants with gross weights from 18 to 44 tonnes, all of which benefit from responsive, dynamic powertrains, allied to safe, assured driving characteristics. An instant hit with drivers Luke Harris and Steve Powell, West Mercia Sections’ new vehicles will each cover some 50,000 miles a year.

Midlands Truck & Van won the order in the face of competition from the local representatives of two other manufacturers. “The Mercedes-Benz Dealer’s Truck Sales Executive James Smith was very helpful,” recalled Mr Rivett.
“He committed the time to ensure that we chose the best specification for our operation, and put together the most attractive package, then liaised with the bodybuilder to ensure that the finished vehicles were delivered on time and as ordered.”
Going for growth: That’s West Mercia Sections’ Kris Rivett, left, with the
two new Mercedes-Benz Antos and James Smith, of Midlands Truck & Van

He continued: “The contract hire agreement is certainly competitively priced, and the off-balance sheet finance suits the gearing of the business right now. It also means, of course, that we can budget with confidence, knowing that our routine maintenance costs are covered.
“Indeed, Midlands Truck & Van’s after sales back-up, with its high, first-time MoT pass rates and the Mercedes-Benz Network’s round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance cover, was key to our decision. 
“The Dealer is coming to us to collect the vehicles, then inspecting and servicing them overnight, before returning them the next morning. This customer-focused service is already making life a lot easier for us, and is a breath of fresh air compared to some of our previous arrangements.”
www.westmerciasections.co.uk





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