Sunday, 17 June 2018

Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche at Salon Privé


Porsche’s seventieth anniversary will be honoured in great style at the 2018 edition of Salon Privé. 

Appropriately, 70 landmark examples of this legendary German marque will vie for honours during the hotly-anticipated Concours Masters Celebration of 70 Years of Porsche on Saturday 1st September, staged within the majestic grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Now in its second year, Concours Masters Celebration marries a competitive element expected of a concours but with the relaxed atmosphere of a no-pressure enthusiasts’ get-together. As such, owners, guests and visitors can expect an unforgettable day revelling in all-things Porsche.

Among the many rarities expected to be challenging for the silverware is a 1963 Porsche 356B GS Carrera 2000 Coupé with coachwork by Karosserie Reutter of Stuttgart. This fabulous machine, one of only twelve ever built in right-hand drive configuration, was the fastest-ever variant of road-going 356 in period.

Originally sold via AFN Motors, and since restored to era-correct form, right down to its Bali Blue hue, this particular example is bound to be a standout among a raft of sensational street and competition models.


Similarly, another challenger for a later model class will be the 1997 Porsche 993 GT2, one of only 7 right-hand drive cars. Designed as Porsche’s customer race car for the 1995 season, only 167 were built, of which 110 were for track with 57 road-going.

Staged in association with Pirelli, Lockton Private Clients and Chubb Insurance, Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche promises to be a thrilling event for owners and fans alike.

Pirelli is proud to announce sponsorship of the Concours Masters Celebration of 70 years of Porsche. The event will take place at this year’s Salon Privé.

Salon Privé will spring into action from 30th August to 1st September. Firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party and one of the longest-running and most successful motoring events in the UK, this year marks a particularly special milestone as the event relocates to the foot of the Palace becoming the first event ever to be located on the famous Blenheim Palace Cricket Pitch.

Salon Privé showcases two Concours celebrations within the same event; firstly, the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance on Thursday 30th August which is followed by Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche on Saturday 1st September.  Boodles Ladies’ Day sits in the middle on Friday 31st August which has fast become a social highlight of the Summer Season.

For more information, please www.salonpriveconcours.com




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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Urgent review of Apprenticeship Levy required to reverse decline in apprenticeships, says FMB


The 28% fall in construction apprenticeship starts between August 2017 and March 2018 compared with the same period the previous academic year suggests the Government needs to look again at the way the Apprenticeship Levy is working, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Commenting on statistics published today by the Department for Education (DfE), Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: 
“The Government’s own statistics show a 28% per cent plunge in apprenticeship starts over the current academic year so far. The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017 to boost apprenticeship training across all business sectors but so far it seems to be having the opposite effect. 
“Some reforms are obvious and need to be looked at more urgently now. The Government should allow large companies to pass more of their Levy vouchers down through their supply chains if the company itself is not in a position to train apprentices. Currently large firms are only permitted to pass 10% of their Levy funds down to their sub-contractors and others in their supply chain. There needs to be much greater flexibility than this. 
“In the construction sector, larger firms often do not directly employ on-site tradespeople or directly train apprentices and so there is a real danger this industry and others will continue to fail to take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy if we can’t change this.”
Berry concluded: 
“These figures have been published shortly after the FMB’s latest research which shows that small construction firms are experiencing record highs in terms of skills shortages. In the long term, the only way we will be able to address the chronic skills crisis is by recruiting and training more new entrants. 
“We know that 58% of builders are struggling to hire bricklayers and 55% are having difficulties finding carpenters and joiners. We need to iron out the flaws in the Apprenticeship Levy and reverse this decline in apprenticeships to give us the best chance of tackling these skills shortages.”

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level. 

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free service to consumers called ‘Find a Builder’. 

To find out more visit www.fmb.org.uk


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Hidden Talents: Astra and Concealed Hinges Prove Perfect Match


CE-Marked Astra 3003 concealed door closers have proved to be the perfect partner for concealed hinges recent tests, making them the seamless choice for high performance and fire doors wherever clean, refined design lines are called for.


Modern concealed hinges paired with the CE-Marked Astra 3003 closer – both designed to be unobtrusive in situ – have successfully completed nearly three quarter of a million cycles on Astra’s in-house test-rig. This is well in excess of the 200,000 cycles required by the European standard (BS EN1154) and marks a huge success for Astra’s best-selling concealed closer.

With so many concealed hinges on the market, made from different materials and with different pivot points, it is vital that they are tested successfully with the closer to ensure optimum performance. 

Astra 3000 Series closers are increasingly being specified with concealed hinges by architects, designers and architectural ironmongers on projects where clean design lines and elegant aesthetics are the priority. Specifiers now have the peace of mind of ‘guaranteed performance’ along with the pleasing design of concealed hardware.

Concealed closers are the obvious choice in settings where visual appeal is paramount since they are not visible when the door is closed, avoiding the somewhat institutional and ungainly appearance of overhead closers. 

Designers select Astra 3000 series closers because, with full adjustability, they are powerful enough to handle doors of almost any weight and width. Unlike other concealed closers on the market Astra 3003 size three closers are CE-Marked for use on fire doors.

Astra is well known for its door closer range and the Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years’ experience in the sector and carries out all its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies.



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Thursday, 14 June 2018

dormakaba attend the NAPFM Conference with new Access & Security Brochure


Trusted provider of access and security solutions, dormakaba, has released its latest Access & Security Solutions in Motion brochure outlining the complete range of products and services available for secure vehicles. 

The new brochure has been showcased to visitors at the 2018 National Association of Police Fleet Managers´ Conference.

Vehicle crime is now a growing concern for fleet managers operating expensive vehicles, which often carry valuable cargo – from small vans right through to 44-tonne articulated trucks. As a result of this, dormakaba has created a new brochure detailing its innovative range of product solutions to safeguard these vehicles.

The brochure details dormakaba’s full product portfolio for secure vehicles, demonstrating how they meet the strict requirements necessary and the specific vehicles they are best suited to. This includes information on reversible milled keys for commercial vehicles, safelocks and mechanical key systems for custodial vehicles and key switches for cash in transit (CIT).


To coincide with the release of the new brochure, dormakaba attended this year’s National Association of Police Fleet Managers’ Conference (NAPFM). Now in its 45th year, the NAPFM is one of the largest fleet events in Europe and visitors to the event benefitted from dormakaba’s expert team who were on hand to showcase the latest product innovations specifically designed for the benefit of this specialised area of the public sector.

“With years of specialist expertise, we have worked hard to develop an extensive range of products to overcome present and anticipated threats to our specialist vehicle partners,” commented Clive Baker, Director of Security Locking at dormakaba.
“We were thrilled to showcase our latest products and provide expert advice, both with our new brochure and in person at NAPFM 2018.” 

To get your copy of the new Access & Security Solutions in Motion brochure, please download for free at www.dormakaba.co.uk




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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

ASSA ABLOY showcases latest innovations for commercial businesses at IFSEC 2018


ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has unveiled the latest integrated security and access control technologies it will be showcasing for commercial businesses at IFSEC 2018.

Held at ExCeL London on the 19 – 21 June, visitors to stand F320 in Hall S7 at IFSEC 2018 will discover the latest innovations to help ‘access smarter thinking’ for commercial sites.

ASSA ABLOY Access Control will be exhibiting SMARTair®, a modular and fully scalable access control system. SMARTair® keeps the user in touch with everything that’s happening in a building – who enters, when and where – allowing them to stay in control of site security, in real time. This year, the new mobile solution Openow™ will be presented, which converts a smartphone into a secure virtual key.

ASSA ABLOY Access Control will also be presenting RX Web. A web-based access control system that can be expanded to control 16 doors, RX Web uses a combination of hard-wired readers and Aperio® online wireless locking technology. The database is managed and stored in the RX Web controller, meaning no additional software is required. RX Web is ideal for businesses that expect to grow and want to increase access control measures over time, without having to invest in an entirely new system.

ASSA ABLOY will be showcasing its SMARTec high performance timber door range on stand F320 too. This has been developed to offer a complete doorset solution of high-quality doors and frames, complete with all ironmongery solutions.

The company will also be highlighting its fire door inspection, maintenance and repair offering. With a team of BRE-certified fire door inspectors, ASSA ABLOY provides a comprehensive fire door inspection, which is an essential part of any fire risk assessment to ensure doorsets remain compliant.

Gareth Ellams, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Access Control, said:
“IFSEC 2018 offers a vital platform to demonstrate how commercial businesses can ‘access smarter thinking’ with the latest integrated security and access control technologies from ASSA ABLOY. These solutions help protect sensitive materials and valuable property, while meeting the highest security and safety standards. Balancing cost and quality with lifetime performance, our extensive range can deliver an assured solution, whatever the challenge.”

ASSA ABLOY will be available on stand F320 in Hall S7 at IFSEC 2018, taking place 19 – 21 June at ExCeL London. To register to attend IFSEC 2018 and make an appointment with ASSA ABLOY, please visit http://assaabloy-ifsec2018.hblo.ws





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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Tradespeople shake off stereotypes by choosing work over World Cup


For years, tradespeople have been tarnished with the reputation for prioritising football over work. Many members of the public see them as being a bit too eager to down tools and head to the nearest big screen. 

However, recent research among tradespeople busts this myth.

The UK’s leading online trade supplier, IronmongeryDirect, has run a series of polls to find out more about tradespeople’s attitude to work during the World Cup. Many participants, including builders, carpenters and joiners, are currently planning when and where they will be watching their team – but outside of work.

According to a poll of more than 1,000 IronmongeryDirect customers, over 75% of tradespeople claimed they would never consider skipping work to watch their team.

However, if they were to ‘pull a sickie’ to watch an important match, tradespeople gave some of their best excuses, with the more elaborate ones including:

  • “I’ve been called up as a late replacement by Gareth Southgate”
  • “My boyfriend’s in labour.”
  • “I’ve got soap in my eyes and can’t find a towel.”
  • “I’ve been delayed at the airport on holiday…in Scarborough.”
  • “My Auntie’s Gerbil is about to give birth and I’m the nominated birthing partner.”

Some of the more convincing examples included: 

  • “I have a dentist appointment.”
  • “The children are poorly.”
  • “I’ve got the flu.”

Employers are recognising that the World Cup is important to many of their staff. Many responded to the polls saying they would be more than happy to be flexible by offering them time off. One respondent stated: “As the boss, I always give my team the time off. It also saves them giving me the daft excuses!”. 

The research also revealed ongoing optimism among tradespeople, with more than half believing England will make it to the Quarter Finals. Also, half of those polled (49%) said they would give up alcohol for good to see England win the tournament. 

Andy Wood, football enthusiast and Marketing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said:
“The World Cup is an exciting time for many of us - tradespeople are no exception. We wanted to find out how our customers were preparing for the year’s biggest sporting event. The research was carried out in the name of fun, but it was great to see results challenging the outdated stereotype of contractors and other trades professionals neglecting their jobs for football! Tradespeople in Britain work hard, and we hope they enjoy watching World Cup 2018.”

www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk




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Monday, 11 June 2018

Leading Door Handles Manufacturer Sees Surge in 'Dual-Tone' Door Hardware


This year's interior door furniture shows Dual-Tone finish tops the popularity ratings.

One of the UK’s leading door hardware distributors has seen a surge in demand for Dual-Tone door handles, with popularity soaring as Dual-Tone becomes one of the biggest interior design trends of 2018.

Birmingham based 'Hiatt Hardware' has a rich experience of 35 years supplying high-end interior door handles and accessories to the DIY & trade retailers.

Monitoring the trends in interior design, the company has experienced a consistent growing demand for Dual-Tone finish door handles and accessories, demonstrating the increasing popularity in modern interior home designs.

Hiatt Hardware's Nipun Agrawal commented:
“The Dual-Tone has become our most sought door handle finish followed by Chrome this year. Designers, Tradesmen and DIYers alike are using two tone pieces as focal points to tie rooms together. 
“Upsurge in the volumes demonstrates these handles being used as features in modern interior design. Although door furniture, particularly interior door handles are relatively small parts of the wider interior design canvas, they can impress a sense of style and class upon a room.” 

Nipun continued:

“Dual-Tone door handles are not only aesthetically attractive and at the forefront of chic design, but they also have an added advantage to easily match the finish with other door accessories and room interior.”

For more information or to see the full of Designer Levers® Dual-Tone door handles available, please visit the official website at www.hiatt-hardware.com . Door Industry Journal readers can get 10% off all products on the Hiatt Hardware website by using the voucher code DIJ10OFF.




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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Special Edition Ford Mustang Bullitt available to order now for delivery from September


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Warner Bros. film, the new Ford Mustang Bullitt is available to order now, with prices starting from £47,145, and deliveries expected from September.

The highly anticipated special edition, celebrating the famous film’s 50th anniversary, will be fitted with an uprated 5.0-litre V8 engine, delivering 459PS, and features a number of unique design and specification additions paying homage to the film.


 Mustang Bullitt sees the introduction of a unique metallic paint option, Dark Highland Green, alongside Bullitt design signatures in the exterior front grille, splitter and rear Bullitt badge.


Unique 19” Bullitt High-gloss black finish five-spoke alloy wheels fitted as standard, with Brembo™ six-piston front brake calipers, painted red front and rear.


Inside the special edition vehicle, Recaro leather seats with green detailing feature, alongside Bullitt instrument panel badge with unique chassis number.


New rev-matching technology will deliver smoother downshifts as standard for new Mustang 5.0-litre V8 models with six-speed manual transmission, accompanied by a sporty “blip” – matching the engine rotation speed to that of the gear that is being selected for smooth, seamless gear-changes.


 A new B&O PLAY audio system as standard delivers 1,000 watts of power through 12 speakers for a premium audio experience, whilst further reflections of the original Mustang Bullitt can be seen in the interior green stitching and a unique white cue ball gear knob.


 Ford Mustang Bullitt is making its UK debut with a static appearance at the American Speedfest show this weekend at Brands Hatch.

For more information and pricing, visit www.ford.co.uk




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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Raising £1000 for Derian House in the 976 mile ‘LEJOG’ cycle challenge


RCS Doors’ Managing Director, Steven Kenny, is swapping his comfy(ish) office chair for a not so comfy bicycle seat for 9 straight days. With RCS’ busiest financial year to date now behind us, Steven is looking for a different financial challenge; not for personal gain or business development, but this time for charity.

Steven (pictured) is taking on the grooling ‘LEJOG’ 976mile/1570km bike ride on the 20th June in a bid to raise £1000 for Derian House. The ride sees challengers start from Land’s End (the foot of England) all the way up to John O’Groats (the tip of Scotland). The ride is split into 9, consecutive, daily stages each over 100mile/160km, with daily climbs of up to 7,000ft.

This iconic ride covers some of Britain’s most famous and beautiful landscapes, all of which will be shared across RCS’ social channels throughout the challenge.

A JustGiving, fundraising page has been set up which allows you to easily donate to this fantastic cause: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rcs-doors.

‘Situated in the heart of Lancashire, Derian House provides palliative, specialist respite and end of life care for children and young adults’. Derian’s personal goal for the year is to reach £3.85million to continue meeting the needs of children and families.

RCS is committed to contributing to this goal and as a thank you to supporters of Steven’s LEJOG challenge, the North West-based manufacturer will be giving away a bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne to 2 donators. There will be no minimum donation to be included in this prize draw (every little helps) - just be sure to leave your name and company name in your donation message.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rcs-doors




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Friday, 8 June 2018

Learning Could Be a Lifesaver


GEZE UK has revised a piece of lifesaving learning -  its popular RIBA-approved CPD on specifying, installing and maintaining ironmongery for fire doors.

The 40-minute seminar explains what fire doors are, identifies their various components, how they work, the standards and regulations which surround them and why smoke is so dangerous.

It is intended for Chartered members of RIBA but is also suitable for facilities managers, property managers and architectural ironmongers and completely updates the 2016 version.

It incorporates the latest statistics for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including the number of people that die from smoke inhalation every year. It also highlights the latest regulations.

Andy Howland, sales and marketing director for GEZE UK said:
"This is an essential development module because fire doors can save lives. More people die from smoke inhalation than fire itself, especially when smoke can travel freely through a building.
“Understanding the effectiveness of fire doors, where they can be placed and how they should be maintained, could ultimately save people’s lives.”

CPD presentations can be arranged at architects’ practices at a time to suit (usually lunchtime but breakfast seminars or afternoon sessions can be accommodated). To find out more or to book a CPD seminar, email cpd@geze.com or visit www.geze.co.uk/geze/cpd

RIBA Chartered Architects are obliged to undertake a minimum of 35 hours a week to maintain their competence: www.ribacpd.com

The revised CPD fits into the core curriculum subjects of: Design, Construction and Technology and Health, Safety and Wellbeing for the General Awareness knowledge level.

Other presentations offered by GEZE UK, include EN 16005 - Safeguarding Pedestrians from Accidents at Power Operated Doorsets; Glass Door Assemblies - Selection and Specification; Designing Effective Natural Heat and Smoke Ventilation and Removing Barriers to Access and Air Pollution.

www.geze.co.uk




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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Slide into Summer with Black Millwork


Responding to increased demand from customers, Black Millwork has released a new range of individual lift-and-slide doors. 

The company’s new range of lift-and-slide doors offers an elegant and modern option, perfect for completing the look on contemporary projects.

Representing the latest in lift-and-slide door technology, the product has a slim profile, which is an increasingly popular choice for establishing minimal and sleek designs throughout a property. The slim, metal profiles facilitate the creation of large, modern entrances that invite natural light into a property, allowing for brighter spaces.

Black Millwork can offer bespoke designs that will complement any number of property designs. The doors are fitted with an internal mechanism, ideal for one finger operation, helping to remove many of the difficulties associated with opening larger doors.

This internal sliding mechanism has the added advantage that it saves on space. When installing, the doors are easy to fix without having to consider the casement’s direction meaning the space surrounding the doors can be optimally used.

Speaking about the new product, Gary Hutton, General Manager at Black Millwork commented:
“Our new range of stunning lift-and-slide doors are perfectly suited for contemporary projects as they are conducive to modern and refined aesthetics. Combining technology and style, the lift and slide doors allow more natural light into a property and all with the added benefit that they come in an efficient and sleek package.”
The new range of doors can be viewed at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon (NSBRC). The NSBRC is the UK’s only permanent venue designed specifically to meet the needs of anyone looking to undertake a self-build, renovation or home improvement project.

The new doors are available in a selection of finishes and colours, which have been designed to complement a broad range of architectural styles.

As well as being on display at the NSBRC, samples of the new range are available to view at Black Millwork’s Burton-on-Trent showroom along with the rest of the company’s extensive product collection.

For more information about Black Millwork, please visit: www.blackmillwork.co.uk



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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Securefast provides the latest multi-suite locking solutions to Exeter student block


When the developers of Exeter’s Queen Street student accommodation block were looking for an efficient yet versatile security system for their latest multi occupation complex they turned to the Securefast team of security specialists to provide the perfect user friendly locking solution.


The project included the design and construction of 151 en-suite student study bedrooms in flat clusters, with each flat cluster comprising of one kitchen and a dining and living room area. The development also included a management suite together with a main reception, staff office, WC, kitchen area, laundrette and common room.

The client’s remit called for a cost effect, yet robust, locking solution for all bedroom doors, together with state of the art external door access controls based around a fully automatic operating system.

To fulfill the client’s specification the Securefast team installed the company’s ONDOOR Smartlock ASL951BW Wireless Network System as a standalone Virtual network. 

The system incorporates battery powered door lock units using MIFARE RFID proximity technology on all bedrooms and associated doors.

The "Take on Card System" provides an easy to use, easy to administer access control solution that does not require wiring and can be set up straight out of the box. All Information to the locks is supplied via a Data Card or hand held programming terminal.

For the external door package the Securefast engineers installed the company’s SMARTlock network system using the ASL95BASE wireless hub base stations to communicate between the system control software on a PC to each wall reader using Windows based software. The complete system provides an easy to use and highly secure access solution, ideal for medium to large installations.

For further information about the above system or to receive details on the comprehensive range of access control options available from Securefast, please contact their sales team on 01704 502801 or visit the Securefast web site at www.securefast.co.uk



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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

DHF welcomes final recommendations for tougher Building Regulation and Fire Safety


DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has welcomed recommendations made in Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’s final report published on 17 May. 

DHF's CEO, Bob Perry says: 
“We wholeheartedly support the proposals set out in Dame Judith’s final report, particularly pertaining to the development of a clearer, more transparent and more effective specification and testing regime of construction products.”  
“We are particularly pleased that specific duties are now to be assigned to clients, designers and contractors.  The need for the information flow to be improved with requirements for a digital record, a fire and emergency file, and a Construction Control plan is encouraging. As too is the need for clearer accountabilities and obligations from both the residents and the newly appointed dutyholders.”

The Tamworth-based trade association, which, through its membership of CPA and Build UK, were heavily involved in the industry group response finds it very encouraging that their input has been reflected in the recommendations of the report. 
“All points we were campaigning for in the industry call for evidence were listened to and we are happy to see these points in Dame Judith’s report.” he added.  
“Poor building safety must become a thing of the past.” says Bob.  “As the report states, and again, a point that we have been stressing for many months, the use of fire doors, correctly installed and with stringent fire door maintenance procedures is an integral part of fire safety.“
Perry continues, “Interestingly, an equally important document for us is the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s (MHCLG) advice note 16 issued on 16th May.  DHF was co-opted to be members of a small Technical Fire Door Group set up by MHCLG to advise the Expert Panel on the concerns over flat entrance fire door test failures that have emerged following the Grenfell Tower fire and have been reported in the media. 
“It’s particularly pleasing to see that the Expert Panel, in point 19 of the advice note, advises that third party certification by a UKAS-accredited body of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors, will give greater assurance on the performance of doors.  This is something DHF has lobbied tirelessly for, along with the importance of compartmentation and issues surrounding poorly or ill-fitted door closers. 
“This is a step in the right direction and is further reinforced by the recommendation 7.2b in the Hackitt report which states the testing of products that are critical to the safety of High Risk Residential Buildings (HRRB) should be subject to independent third-party certification.   DHF will continue to push for this to become mandatory.”
“It is also critical,” he adds, “that the integrity of a fire door is not compromised when maintenance or repair has taken place, and that the hardware is not substituted for economic reasons, that’s why point 16 of the Advice Note is poignant to our industry.  If every component has its test evidence included in the electronic file, and that there is greater transparency of that evidence, then it is a sure way to ensure that residents feel – and are – safe in their homes.”
DHF has produced a full response to the report that can be found on the DHF website accompanied by Dame Judith Hackitt’s report and a copy of the MHCLG Advice note 16.





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Monday, 4 June 2018

dormakaba Products Specified for the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels


According to the latest U.S News & World report, leading manufacturer of access and security solutions dormakaba has supplied its innovative RFID locks to 50% of the ‘Best Hotels’ worldwide.

The contactless technology has helped some of the world’s most sought after hotels deliver secure and reliable room access to their guests.

The U.S. News & World Report unveiled a list of the ‘Best Hotels’ worldwide, with dormakaba suppling its market leading products to half of them – including Hotel Eden in Italy and Parisian hotels Hotel Plaza Athenee and La Reserve Paris Hotel & Spa.

These exclusive hotels require superior lock performance to deliver guest safety and provide a premium customer experience. dormakaba’s RFID locks feature a tamper proof design and emergency access to offer guests enhanced security. Additionally, the advanced technology features tracking mortise for door ajar reporting which allows hoteliers to easily review lock status reports and resolve any issues quickly and efficiently.

dormakaba RFID locks also provide a flexible alternative to traditional keycards. Through combining a cloud-based property management system with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the solution allows guests to use their mobile device as a key. This offers ultimate convenience as guests can check-in and out online with their mobile device and even grant or remove room access to other guests through the app.

Stephen Pollack, Vice President of dormakaba – Lodging commented:
“The entire dormakaba corporate Lodging team congratulates its clients in the U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hotels’ ranking. Earning and maintaining the highest standards in the hospitality industry requires consistent hard work and a focus on guest security and service. We wish you all the best in 2018.”
To find out more about dormakaba and its range of access and security solutions, please visit: www.dormakaba.co.uk 




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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Modern Hypercar Royalty joins London Concours Line-Up in New Evo Paddock


A line-up of the fastest and most astonishing performance cars on sale today has been confirmed to appear as part of London Concours’ new evo Supercar Paddock. 

Curated by evo Magazine, a media partner of the London Concours, the Supercar Paddock is a who’s who of the world’s most famous performance brands, including McLaren, Porsche, Lamborghini and RUF.


On display are a pair of British behemoths – the 212mph McLaren 720S and 562bhp McLaren 570S Spider – showcasing the incredible technology, breathtaking performance and captivating looks of the race-bred McLaren brand.


Joining them in representing the pinnacle of British performance cars are the all-new Aston Martin Vantage – featuring a new, lightweight structure and 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 – and the exclusive Lotus Exige Cup 430 Type 25. One of only 25 due to be sold globally, this car pays homage to Lotus’ most successful Formula One car, the Type 25, with subtle design cues and not-so-subtle performance – 0-60mph takes just 3.2 seconds.


Joining the line-up of Brits is the new Porsche 911 (991) GT2 RS, a car that lapped Germany’s fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 6:47.3, making it the fastest ‘road-approved sports car’ to have ever tackled the circuit. Lamborghini’s 730bhp Aventador S will also be on display, alongside the latest Ford GT, showcasing the latest in pure mid-engined supercar design, performance and technology.


The evo Supercar Paddock will also be displaying the RUF BTR, built by legendary Porsche tuners, RUF. Based on the 911 (964) produced until 1989, the RUF is lightweight, powered by a 374bhp turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and capable of 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.


Away from the main car displays, the London Concours is focused around the worlds of entertainment and luxury products, with pop-up boutiques from top-end watchmakers, Breguet, Glasshutte and Vacheron Constantin, as well as arthouses such as Collier Dobson.


There are a number of hospitality options also available, with preview breakfasts, three-course lunches and evening cocktails hosted across the duration of the event. For hospitality enquiries please contact Caroline Monks (caroline@thoroughevents.co.uk)


Tickets to the London Concours are available from londonconcours.co.uk, with a full day adult admission ticket costing £35, and concessions from £18.




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