Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Double up your site security with PSM


There is a lot to consider when replacing or installing a new security gate and assessing which type of gate would be the most suitable for your site's needs.

David Bolton, Technical Account Manager for PSM (Perimeter Security Maintenance) initiated a recent project with a client who wanted replacement traffic barriers that were highly effective, easy to see and easy to use whilst providing control for all types of vehicles. 

Security to the premises and pedestrian safety was also paramount.

Dave explains:
"As shown in the picture below, traffic barriers are susceptible to damage from vehicle impact, adverse weather conditions and general wear and tear. Repairs need to be identified and carried out quickly in order to fix damage but when repairing barriers is no longer cost effective.

"PSM can provide the most suitable and reliable replacement traffic barriers to secure commercial and or industrial sites and whether your business runs from large industrial premises or smaller retail/private sites".



PSM can also undertake planned maintenance to all types and makes of security equipment and carry out safety checks to ensure you comply with current Health and Safety requirements.

Perimeter Security Maintenance are a division of BID Group Ltd and specialise in the service, repair, maintenance and installation of Traffic Barriers, Swing and Sliding Gates, Turnstiles, Bollards and Associated Access Control Systems.

For more information and a free, no obligation quotation and feasibility survey to assess your requirements contact Dave Bolton at sales@bidgroup.co.uk or by calling 0870 6075050

www.bidgroup.co.uk



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Monday, 22 July 2019

EXPO 2020 Opens New Doors for Jewers


Jewers Doors have just completed the installation of sixteen sets of Phoenix Swift bi-folding doors for the newly constructed Fire and Ambulance stations at the $15.5 billion EXPO 2020 Project in Dubai.


EXPO 2020 is the first Exposition or World Fair to be held in the Middle East region. The 438 hectare site will open in October 2020 and run until April 2021 featuring exhibits from almost 200 countries following the theme of "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". Three themed parks dedicated to Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability will be organised around the Central Plaza. 


To service the EXPO 2020 site, permanent Fire, Police and Ambulance stations were constructed. Jewers were commissioned to supply and install bi-folding doors for the eight vehicle access bays in each of the fire and ambulance service stations. All doors were manufactured at Jewers’ Bedfordshire factory, shipped to site and installed by their Dubai-based teams.


Each door is 4.3m wide x 4.3m high and is configured in four leaves with two leaves folding neatly to each side of the opening. 600mm x 1200mm double glazed toughened glass windows set in thermally broken aluminium frames are fitted in each door to improve driver vision and interior illumination. Swift doors are electrically operated using a pair of hydraulic drive units which open them fully in just 7 seconds for rapid vehicle exit in emergency conditions, and are fitted with full safety devices to protect users and vehicles during operation.


Horizontally bi-folding doors were specified for speed, safety, reliability, superior sealing properties and low maintenance requirements. Furthermore, as Swift doors open, the vehicle drivers have full line of sight of the door position and external surroundings at all times, which statistically results in significantly less incidents of damage to vehicles or doors when compared to vertically operating doors.

Jewers’ Regional Sales Manager; Ben Pritchard commented: 
“Jewers Doors have been approved for installation by many government agencies in the Middle East, and it was an honour to be specified by GHD Consultants, and selected by Al Naboodah Construction Group LLC to complete this hugely prestigious project for the Expo 2020.
“Recent installations include four new fire stations for Dubai Civil Defence and refurbishment to the existing Fire Station at Dubai DryDocks. The Middle East is a very buoyant market at the moment and we look forward to completing further projects in the future.”
For more information visit www.jewersdoors.co.uk





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Sunday, 21 July 2019

2020 Stingray Fulfills Corvette’s Ultimate Destiny


The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the culmination of 60 years of mid-engine experimentation. While the eighth generation Corvette marks a radical leap forward in terms of capability from the seventh generation, it also incorporates lessons learned from past engineering exercises such as the Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicles (CERVs) I-III, the Aerovette and others.

Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered the father of Corvette, first encountered early mid-engine vehicles in his youth, including the Auto Union Types C and D Grand Prix racing vehicles.

Duntov had a wealth of propulsion knowledge and thrived as an auto racer and engineering consultant in automotive and aeronautics. He was attracted to GM by the original Corvette concept, which he saw at the 1953 Motorama in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria.

Duntov started at GM on May 1, 1953, and helped Chevrolet chief engineer Ed Cole turn his proposed Small Block V-8 into a viable technology for Corvette later that decade. Duntov became Corvette’s first true chief engineer and pursued the mid-engine layout through various concepts, including the CERV I, which debuted in 1960. Duntov described it as “a design without limit” and an “admirable tool” to instruct Chevy on “what to put in Corvette.”


CERV I was outfitted with seven different engine combinations in its working lifespan, but its original engine, a Chevrolet Small Block V-8, and its lightweight aluminum core are both modernized on the 2020 Corvette Stingray.

In 1964, Duntov’s team debuted CERV II, which Duntov and Chevrolet General Manager Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen envisioned as a challenger at Sebring, Le Mans and other races. With torque converters in the front and rear, CERV II employed the first-ever mid-engine four-wheel-drive system, for which Duntov held the patent.

The most recent attempt at a mid-engine vehicle was the 1990 CERV III concept built in conjunction with Lotus to explore future levels of performance. CERV III, more of a road car than a track performer, was intended as a development vehicle to evaluate mid-engine structures. CERV III was powered by a 5.7L, 32-valve dual overhead cam Small Block V-8 with twin turbochargers. It produced 650 hp and 655 lb-ft of torque.

Duntov, who retired from GM in 1975, saw the mid-engine layout with the engine located ahead of the rear axle as the optimal configuration for weight distribution, excellent handling and forward visibility. Despite the layout’s innate performance benefits, its implementation in the scheme of mass manufacturing proved problematic. The previous mid-engine Corvettes were relegated to concept status by issues including engine cooling difficulties, limited passenger and luggage space, loudness and the inability to produce a convertible variant.

Advances in development, aided by computer-assisted engineering and virtual reality, helped the current Corvette team carefully plot out the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s architecture. Engineers worked closely with designers to ensure that the vehicle’s form met all of the necessary performance benchmarks, while preserving the Corvette legacy.

Mid-engine was always part of Corvette’s destiny. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pays off the vision of thousands of people who came before it and lives up to Corvette’s core fundamentals of performance, functionality and attainability.

More information can be found at www.chevy.com/nextgencorvette.






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Saturday, 20 July 2019

New Leeds Office Expansion for Weru UK

Graham Lindsay (Founder of Weru UK Network)
 and Kate Lindsay (Sales Director)

Blackpool-based Weru UK – a distributor for Weru - Germany’s market leader in windows and doors, has opened a new regional office in Leeds City Centre to strengthen its UK operation.

The central office which is located in the iconic Pinnacle building currently does not offer showroom facilities but will service new clients and local architects by appointment.

Kate Lindsay, Sales Director at Weru UK comments:
“The new location paves the way for our nationwide business development plan. We have recently partnered with The Royal Institute of British Architects to run a series of professional development seminars for architecture firms across the UK. We will use the new location to strengthen our presence in this vibrant growth area”.

The business which was established 33 years ago, is headquartered at their impressive 8000 sq ft Blackpool site and serves a UK wide client base.

 “We have already installed numerous Weru windows countrywide as far afield as Jersey, Orkney, Cornwall, Isle of Man so the decision to expand our satellite office locations is a natural progression. We are hoping to further expand over the coming years to support our expanding market share and offer better lifestyle quality for employees servicing regional areas across the UK.” adds Kate.

This notable expansion is expected to support the UK group sales from approximately £4.5 million annually of ‘installed windows and doors’ to over £8 million in 2020.

The business was established in 1985 and Graham Lindsay still heads up the operation along with his daughter Kate, and their professional team that have amassed significant experience in making continental windows reach their true potential within UK homes and commercial buildings.

www.weru.uk




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Friday, 19 July 2019

Yale and MB DIY reinforce 21-year partnership with Yale showcase at new facility


The strong partnership between Yale Door and Window Solutions and its long-term customer MB DIY, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of premium home improvement products, has been underlined.

This followed a decision by MB DIY to present Yale products in pride of place in the prime shop floor retail space in their new purpose built consumer and trade showroom forming part of its headquarters in Middlesbrough.

Yale worked closely with the company to create the bespoke retail displays, which showcase Smart Living products and the Yale Lifetime Security Guarantee, in the showroom at MB DIYs impressive new purpose-built 30,000sq ft facility.


“We’ve worked with Yale for more than 21 years and have always promoted a full suite of Yale door and window hardware,” says Mike Greenup, Managing Director at MB DIY. 
“We see smart technology playing a large part in the future of home security and the new displays are testament to our relationship with Yale, which is based on its excellent products and well-known brand. 

“The Lifetime Security Guarantee demonstrates the reliable nature of Yale’s hardware solutions and is an excellent selling aide for the trade when retailing doors and windows.”


Yale’s Smart Living range of home security devices helps users to protect, monitor, and control their homes – anywhere and at any time – via smartphones or tablets. It includes Smart Door Locks, Smart Home Alarms, Smart CCTV systems and Home View WiFi cameras – all of which can work as standalone solutions or connect as part of an advanced smart security ecosystem.

Based on Yale’s reputation for excellence and being an instantly recognisable brand, the Lifetime Security Guarantee provides simple reassurance to home owners of the security aspect of the door or window, assisting fabricators and installers hugely in the retail environment.

“It’s been a great to watch MB DIY grow and develop during our 21-year partnership, culminating in their new state-of-the-art facility in Middlesbrough,” comments Paul Gravell, Key Account Manager at Yale.
“We wish the team all the best in their new premises and look forward to working with them long into the future.”

For more information on Yale’s product and service offering, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk





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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Sliding door hardware – we have lift off, says HOPPE (UK)


Over recent years, large patio doors that allow lots of natural light into the home have become increasingly popular in the UK. 

The trend for linking the home and garden into one connected living space has fuelled a trend for a wide range of glass doors, from the simple French doors to bi-fold doors and entire, sleek contemporary walls of fully retractable glass.

It’s a lovely way to create lots of natural light and a feeling of spaciousness and wellbeing. But although they look great, some of these door systems can be very heavy, difficult to manoeuvre, and in some cases quite dangerous for unwary hands.

Thanks to the flush lift and slide door handle from HOPPE (UK), homeowners can now let more light into their home without having to worry about how to operate the door.

Lift and slide patio doors allow you to use larger glass panels than other types of door systems but, despite the additional weight, lift and slide door systems are much easier to use than traditional sliding doors.

Architectural Ironmongers B J Waller approached HOPPE (UK) looking for a solution to a non-traditional sliding door installation. 
“I was asked by our customer to come up with a solution for a pair of pocket lift and slide doors that closed onto a corner post,” said Adrian Bailey, technical sales representative at B J Waller.
“Standard lift and slide handles would have collided with each other, but as the HOPPE handle sits flush to the door, it provided the perfect fit and our customer was really pleased with the final design.”

By simply turning the lever handle to 180ยบ, the panels lift completely off the track and slide open, quite literally with the push of a finger. The advanced running gears mean that the doors are much easier to move, regardless of the weight. It allows you to move multiple inline panels that weigh up to 440kg each.

To return the door to a stationary position, the handle is used again to lower the panel. The wheels are protected from excessive wear, and the panel weight creates a weather-tight seal.

Lisa Nightingale, door and window sales manager at HOPPE (UK), says:
“Lift and slide door systems are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as they allow us to create much larger openings than with traditional sliding doors. The flush design of the handle complements the smooth, minimalist design, and homeowners feel like they are bringing the outside in without having their view blocked by bulky doors and hardware.”

www.hoppe.co.uk







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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Time for change at the GAI


Julian Newman has been appointed as the new president of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), with a new team of executive officers and a clear agenda for change. 

Julian will lead the major new developments currently underway at the GAI and Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) as part of the One Future Vision initiative.

One Future Vision is the name given to the change programme first proposed three years ago. It was born from concerns among members and the executive teams of both the GAI and the IAI that, in the fast-changing business environment for architectural ironmongers and the construction industry we serve, we were at risk of having much less influence and impact.

Julian is the managing director of Oxford Ironmongery. He started his career in architectural ironmongery as a sales representative with Henderson Hardware, and has taken on a series of roles since then that are all focused on demonstrating the value of architectural hardware and progressing professional standards in the industry.

Julian said: 
“While members may not have felt it directly yet, major change is already underway. Next year we will launch a brand new, dynamic organisation that will be the voice of the industry and that will stop at nothing to advocate and advance the membership and industry.
“My aim is to drive the new organisation forward but I want to reassure all members that we won’t be making major changes without consulting them every step of the way.
“I look forward to working with the rest of the GAI team and the executive committee to take the One Future Vision initiative through to a successful conclusion and provide a platform for future industry success.”  

Angie Corkhill, director of the GAI, said:
“Julian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the architectural ironmongery industry and to the GAI. His 30 years of commitment to the industry and his dedication to the profession makes him an ideal candidate for the GAI Presidential role at this exciting and pivotal time.”

Other senior appointments confirmed at the GAI’s AGM included Mario Del-Signore, managing director at CES Security Solutions, who takes on the role of GAI Vice President, and Steve Bewick, senior vice president at dormakaba, who becomes the GAI’s Treasurer.

www.gai.org.uk





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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

dormakaba Delivers Bespoke Access Solutions to Sutton Coldfield Church


Leading security and access solutions provider, dormakaba, has delivered a range of bespoke products to Holy Trinity, a parish church located in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. 

The dormakaba team installed its Folding Sliding Wall (FSW) system within the under-gallery of the church, as well as brand new front and side entrance doors. 

As part of wider refurbishment work to Holy Trinity, dormakaba was appointed to install a range of access solutions within the church. To ensure the church could make full use of the under-gallery area, dormakaba installed a bespoke version of its FSW folding wall solution – enabling the church to create either one, two or three rooms depending on requirements. dormakaba also added a custom designed logo onto each of the glass panels, to provide a unique, personal solution for the church. 

When expanded, the glass panels can create a maximum of three rooms - alternatively, the FSW can be folded back to divide the under-gallery area into one or two rooms. dormakaba’s FSW has enabled the church to better utilise the space and ensure that it can accommodate a wide range of uses – for example, FSW can be expanded to create meeting rooms or completely folded back for larger events such as lectures and seminars, where maximum space is required.


Brian Woodcock, Midlands Project Sales, New Equipment at dormakaba, said:
“A major criterion for this project was making sure Holy Trinity’s original features and character were maintained. The team was required to install the FSW walls onto six of the church’s original wooden beams – as a result, we had to work to a detailed and thorough plan to ensure the original structure would not be damaged. 

“When installing the FSW walls, the dormakaba team also had to make sure that all fixings were hidden – we were asked to make sure that, other than the glass panels, only stainless steel would be visible. This was to make sure that the visual impact of the new panels would be minimal.”

As part of the conservation work at Holy Trinity, dormakaba also provided a bespoke entrance way. Using dormakaba MANET fixings and AP glass, the team was able to create a frameless swing door to compliment the building’s original arch-shaped tower entrance way.

In addition to the front entrance door, dormakaba installed a new main entrance to the church – this was also made from AP glass and MANET fixings to create a subtle yet stylish finish. Similar to the glass used for the FSW, the glass panels to the new entrance of the church also included custom designed manifestations.

To find out more about dormakaba UK visit www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Monday, 15 July 2019

P C Henderson Specified for Luxury Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali


Indonesia based sliding and folding door hardware provider – P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri – has recently specified P C Henderson for a sliding door hardware project at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali. 

The Taman Gita Restaurant, based within the hotel, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project which has given the restaurant a completely new look. The restaurant reopened its famous doors last year and now features an elegant, contemporary interior - accented with Balinese ornaments, high ceilings and monumental pillars.

Roda worked with interior design and consultancy businesses - Arcadis and PT. Caturgriya Naradipa - to specify a sliding door system which could hold two large partition doors separating the dining area of the restaurant from the open plan kitchen.


Measuring the full ceiling height of 5.4m, with a width of 1.4m the doors were extremely heavy - weighing approximately 230kg each. A system was required which could comfortably hold such large and heavy doors whilst also ensuring a smooth and effortless operation. 

P C Henderson’s Soltaire 250 sliding door hardware was specified as the best system for the project. With a maximum capacity of 250kg, the system comfortably supports the weight of the doors and utilises its low friction technology to provide a smooth fingertip operation.


Components from P C Henderson’s Telescopic system were also applied - allowing the two doors to traverse in a telescopic motion in front of a fixed panel.

The restaurant make over is part of a much wider refurbishment project, P C Henderson’s Husky sliding door hardware was also specified for 300 plus hotel rooms at the resort.

Bernardus Rizky, Head of Sales and Marketing at P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri commented:
“Roda has been a distributor of P C Henderson products since our establishment in 1974 and so we have a lot of confidence and experience in the quality of the product.
“Originally the contractor had specified a different brand of sliding door hardware but it was soon discovered that it would not support the extremities of the project brief. We were in no doubt that a P C Henderson system would be able to fulfill the project requirements exactly.  
“Soltaire is an extremely smooth system. The heavy doors are able to be moved with minimal effort and zero friction – proving the quality of the hardware used”. 

 P C Henderson’s Soltaire system is available for doors weighing up to 120kg, 180kg and 250kg. Available in kit pack format or individual specified components – the system is extremely flexible in the type of projects it can cater for.

Made from 316 stainless steel, the system is available for interior and exterior applications, providing high levels of corrosion resistance.

For further information visit www.pchenderson.com





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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Eagle Salutes its Heritage with Triple Celebration at Goodwood


The top Jaguar E-Type specialist Eagle celebrates three important milestones in its history this year, held celebrations along with Eagle E-Type owners at Goodwood last week. 

The company whose own heritage has developed alongside that of arguably the most famous British sportscar of all time, the Jaguar E-Type, is 35 years old; the model for which Eagle is most famous, the Eagle E-Type, is a quarter of a century; and the Eagle Speedster, first of the Special Editions, has been crafted for a decade. 

With perfection as the ultimate goal for every single E-Type rebuild commission that the British company has undertaken, Eagle was born in 1984 to redefine the concept of restoration but also, in time, created its own legend by developing bespoke E-Types.

The Eagle E-Type is infused with Eagle’s unique obsession for detail, cleverly weaving modern upgrades into the fabric of original E-Types, each built to blend perfectly with its individual owner’s vision.


In the process of restoring, rebuilding and reliving the E-Type dream, in fittingly British rural surroundings and combining tradition with sophisticated technology, the company has also gained and nurtured passionate and knowledgeable clients, whose aspirations are equal to their expectations.

This symbiotic relationship pushed Eagle’s E-Types into further raising the bar: 
“We received a request for something even more exclusive, an individual design and engineering feat still paying homage to the original legend, resulting in the first of the Eagle E-Type Special Editions, the Eagle Speedster (n.1),” says Technical Director Paul Brace. 
In the words of Jeremy Clarkson (BBC Top Gear): “The most beautiful car I have ever seen” was born. The Speedster is another important milestone in the history of Eagle and celebrates its tenth birthday this year. 

Predictably, Goodwood was chosen for the triple celebration. Owners of commissioned Eagle E-types from all over the globe and other special guests were invited to a three-day feat of sunshine and a triumph of Eagle display, from Eagle E-Types to Speedsters, Low Drag GTs and the latest variation, the Eagle Spyder GT. 

“It had to be Goodwood,” muses Eagle founder and E-Type rally-winner Henry Pearman; “There isn’t another venue to compete with a place which is so steeped in racing and automotive tradition.
“We very much feel we belong to the heritage of Jaguar and its E-Type, as we carefully handle precious pieces of the marque’s history and bring them back to life.
Our customers are part of the same Eagle family, and enjoy a special connection, which was most evident at the anniversary celebrations. Thirty-five years of exclusive achievements were honoured with those who share our commitment and passion.” 

“The E-Type” publication catches the spirit of the celebrations perfectly: 
“Eagle have taken the E-type narrative to another level and kept that great story alive, adding another few chapters.
With an inspired combination of fine engineering and stunning design, they have evolved and expanded the E-type range for the modern age.
Cleverly, they have shown respect for the originals …. but pushed the boundaries while avoiding conflicting with the heritage. 
One instinctively feels Bill Heynes, Bob Knight and Malcolm Sayer would have been thrilled to know their creations were being treated with such loving respect and evolved with sensitivity, integrity and style.”

www.eaglegb.com





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Saturday, 13 July 2019

How a Fire Door Could Save Your Life


Fire doors have proven to be invaluable when it comes to protecting buildings, belongings and people. The safety features built into these specially designed doors can be the difference between a singed room and serious injury, or even fatalities.

Anatomy of a fire door

There are many important elements to fire doors and all need to be fully-functioning in order to provide the best protection. Ordinarily, they feature overhead door closers to ensure that they shut automatically, with intumescent and smoke seals around the frame to stop the spread of flames and contain harmful fumes that could otherwise suffocate people.

The intumescent seals are designed to expand to several times their original size when exposed to heat, sealing the gap between the door and frame.

When the doors feature glazed apertures, the glass is specially manufactured to resist the sudden temperature changes and high temperatures of a fire - normal glass would quickly break or shatter when exposed to heat.

The ironmongery fitted to a fire door is as important as the door itself. Latches, locks, door closers and other items all need to be certified and compatible with the door itself, otherwise they could easily fail in the event of a fire,

For fire doors in public buildings push bars or pads provide a quick exit when fires break out. It's all well and good having the fire door for protection but you also need to be able to easily escape the room that the fire is in, making sure that the door is sealed once again to slow or stop the spread of flames.

Why certain buildings need fire doors

In the majority of commercial buildings and accommodation premises (this includes blocks of flats, sheltered accommodation, houses of multiple occupancy, etc), fire doors are a legal requirement for the safety and protection of those within. When kept shut in a fire they provide proven protection to both people and property.

Importance of maintenance

Whilst having a fire door in place can make all the difference, there is little point if it is not looked after and maintained. Just like most things, a doors performance over time can deteriorate due to general wear and tear.

To keep your door in optimum condition, you should have it checked biannually. If you notice a problem with the door shutting, gaps forming, or any general damage, be sure to get it addressed as soon as the problem arises.

It is also vital that your fire door is properly fitted in the first place to ensure that it functions as it was designed. You need a skilled, experienced joiner who is aware of, and abides by, the installation guidelines of each doorset. Ideally they would have third party certification for installing fire doors.

To conclude, the protection a fire door offers during a crisis is unparalleled. They save lives, even if it is just by giving individuals more time to escape. They are essential in public buildings, to lower risk factors and to keep people safe.

Visit Doorpac's website to view their different doorsets, including fire doors.





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Friday, 12 July 2019

DHF sets the standard by offering Ofqual regulated training


Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has announced that it is the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based qualification for three of the industries it serves. 

 The ABBE-accredited one-day training courses for those working in the automated gate, industrial door and domestic garage door sectors, is approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation, and is a benefit described by DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, as ‘ground-breaking’.

ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) is the UK’s leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment. ABBE was established in 1997 and offers qualifications in the building and construction industry. As an Awarding Organisation, ABBE’s role is to develop qualifications and assessments which are valid, reliable and responsive to customer needs. 

 
Their qualifications are offered through its network of assessment centres, approved against a set of national criteria, laid down by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England.

“We are beyond delighted to be able to offer ABBE-accredited one-day courses for installers wishing to enlist on either the automated gate or industrial and garage door training programmes, and are excited and privileged to be the very first organisation in the UK to do so,” said Patricia.
“These formal qualifications, presented by an awarding body and recognised by employers, are critical in demonstrating a competent workforce. They underpin our continuing commitment to appropriate levels of training so that individuals meet the necessary industry requirements and are suitably prepared for their roles. There are so many benefits to having accreditation.”

The one-day formally accredited courses fully complement the current NVQ qualification (although don’t replace it), help support PQQ (pre-qualification questionnaire) applications, can be used as part of an apprenticeship scheme and result in a ‘level two’ award. There is an additional cost of £50 per learner to the already value for money comprehensive course.

“This is a real game changer, and adds for the first time, an official formal theory qualification to the already popular National Vocational Qualification. As the first UK organisation to offer ABBE-accredited one-day training courses, we’re ahead of the game for our industries,” explains Patricia.
“This brings DHF one step closer to our objective: to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for our members and respond effectively to their needs. We are already widely renowned as experts in technical knowledge and training; now, we can add accredited courses to our ever-expanding list of benefits. The six months it has taken for us to achieve accreditation has been worth the wait.”

Door & Hardware Federation

01827 52337

www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Have a Great Night's Sleep with Norseal


In keeping with their ‘Good Night Guarantee,’ promise, Premier Inns across the UK are providing quiet guest room environments with help from retrofit Norseal acoustic door seals.

Acoustics for around 400 Premier Inn bedroom doors have been improved through a number of retrospective acoustic refurbishments including fitting hundreds of Norseal NOR820 surface- mounted automatic drop seals, which are perfect for retrofit applications. 

By fixing Norseal seals to existing hotel room doors, the hotel’s acoustics are improved for a peaceful night’s sleep for guests, with acoustic sealing efficiency of up to 92 per cent.

NOR820 drop seals from Norseal are engineered with retrofit in mind to make it the best method for enhancing the acoustic performance of existing doors. They include clever design features which allow the acoustic seal to be fitted in minutes to either the inward or outward face of a door. 

This includes a clip-in actuator which can be easily adjusted by hand to ensure installation is simple and quick; great for improving hotel room acoustics without any hassle.

Additionally, the seals specified at the Premier Inns keep heat in, whilst reducing the transfer of smoke, draughts and light coming through door bottom gaps, further enhancing the comfort and safety of hotel guests. 

Norseal NOR820 helps doors meet the requirements of BS9999, the standard which details the performance criteria for smoke sealed doorsets in the UK and can be added to fire doors without any detriment to the door’s fire performance.

For more information on Norseal’s comprehensive range of fire, smoke, acoustic and weather seals, specifiers, joiners and ironmongers can visit www.norseal.co.uk or phone 01661 830088.





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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The rise of DIY

Nick Cowley, Managing Director, Euramax Solutions

According to the 2018 Hiscox Renovations and Extensions Report, the number of people who chose to improve their home, rather than relocate, reached 26 per cent, compared to just three per cent in 2013. 

But how has this increase of at home renovators changed the building supplies industry? Here, Nick Cowley, managing director of PVCu windows and doors supplier, Euramax Solutions, discusses the rise of ’DIYers’ and the position of the industry.

Nowadays, people want to do it themselves. The rise of ‘DIY’ or ‘do it yourself’ has been heavily influenced by DIY video tutorials and home renovation programmes, along with the difficulty some face getting onto the property ladder and the increasing availability and scope of builder’s merchants.

Taking it online

From learning a foreign language to learning how to build a table or remodel a bathroom, the internet offers an outlet to learn new things. This is particularly apparent, as searches for ‘how to’ videos on YouTube are growing by 70 per cent, year on year.

Traditionally, consumers would have had to rely on instruction manuals or hire a professional tradesperson to complete a home improvement job. Nowadays, many homeowners turn to their nearest device and are beginning to take it upon themselves to learn how to do home improvement tasks.

As a result, many home improvement stores, particularly across the USA, are adding their own content to platforms like YouTube to help inspire, educate and guide consumers in their DIY journey.

The screen influence

With popular DIY and home improvement television programmes like Grand Designs and DIY SOS attracting millions of viewers each week, it’s not surprising that consumer confidence in DIY is on the rise. Home improvement programmes showcase the endless possibilities that can be created, and the personal satisfaction and rewards that can be achieved from ‘doing it yourself’.

The worldwide appeal of real estate reality programmes can also be responsible for home design trends spreading across the globe, whether that be colours, materials or furniture styles. From glamourous expansive panes of glass to rustic and farmhouse style colour options, it’s clear to see the impact.

Materials matter

But what does all this mean for the industry? DIY, trade and builders merchant stores offer affordable products and are becoming an increasingly convenient and popular option for ‘DIYers’. It’s not just businesses that can use builders’ merchants, now they are opening their doors to individual ‘DIYers’ who are looking to renovate their homes.

With well recognised suppliers opening their doors to trade and consumers alike, it means that at-home DIYers can have access to industry leading products, such as those from Euramax. Making these types of products more accessible is further supporting the growth of the DIY market.

As the way people learn to do their own home improvements changes, television programmes continue to influence design trends and trade stores offer more choice to consumers, it’s easy to understand the rise of DIY.

With a 23 per cent increase in people that chose to improve their home rather than move in the short space of five years, it’s only likely that this number will continue to increase. We’ll all be installing new windows, knocking down walls for patio doors and renovating bathrooms before you know it.

www.euramax.co.uk




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