Monday, 21 January 2019

HorizAL “Portalier” Network Continues To Grow


The partnership between HorizAL – the French-based manufacturer of high-quality aluminium gates – and British company Alucorb Ltd is proving a huge success.

An an increasing number of installers are signing up to HorizAL’s innovative “Portalier” installation concept, which is run in the UK by Nick Corbett, M.D. at Alucorb Ltd.

In France, “Portaliers” are gate installation experts who are trained, approved and regulated by HorizAL and are licensed to install the product in their own designated, and exclusive geographical area. 

Adopting the same business model as the French, each regional UK “Portalier” is trained by Alucorb Ltd. in all technical aspects of swinging, sliding or cantilevered aluminium gates, as well as all other associated products - such as matching pedestrian gates and fencing. 

Gates are delivered straight to site as and when requested, with Alucorb also assisting with each “Portalier’s” first installation.


“Portaliers” also receive a comprehensive sales start-up package. This includes their own homepage on the horizal.co.uk website, which personalises the content as their own, full colour brochures and business cards – printed with the relevant company details - price lists, technical brochures, colour catalogues and demonstration cases with all swing and sliding gate profiles, handles, colours, fencing parts, glass inserts and hinge samples. 

Two sample gates – normally one powder-coated and one woodgrain finish – are also provided, in padded protective bags.

In addition, “Portaliers” benefit from on-going marketing support, such as exhibitions run by Alucorb Ltd., to promote brand awareness of the HorizAL name and products.


A growing number of companies are now part of the “Portalier” network, with many others in advanced talks regarding the opportunity. 
“The success of the network so far has been astonishing and our “Portaliers” cannot believe the benefits and level of support that’s offered,” reports Alucorb Ltd. Operations Director Darren Weatherill.
“Truth be told, I think many were sceptical at the beginning - having previously tried poor quality aluminium gate products - but when shown the HorizAL product, they can’t believe the difference.”
One “Portalier” – Darren Harrison of Edinburgh Gates – is certainly impressed with the concept:
“Once I had met with the team at Alucorb and looked at the product and everything being offered to the “Portalier”, I knew this was something I wanted to be part of. I had seen the demand grow in my area for an alternative to wooden gates and since signing up only six months ago, this has already become an incredibly important sector of my business.”
“With the level of support we receive from Alucorb, ours is a selling and installation role because approval drawings, production and site delivery is all taken care of for us. I would urge any company wanting to expand, or just add an alternative option to what they already do, to make contact with Alucorb sooner rather than later.”
The majority of potential “Portaliers” – and their customers - are looking for a serious alternative to wooden gates, due to the continuous aftercare issues and cost and hassle of maintaining them. 

By contrast, aluminium gates require little or no maintenance, as they are naturally rust-free, and boast an incredible level of weather resistance. It is also an eco-friendly option as each gate is 100% recyclable, so can quickly and easily be turned into something else when no longer needed.

And, as Darren Weatherill explains, this increasing demand is another factor fuelling interest in the “Portalier” concept:
“There is a massive amount of interest out there from consumers and I can see aluminium taking over in popularity from wooden gates in the near future, so it’s understandable that so many installers want to be involved,” he says.
“Our “Portaliers” also like the fact that they have their own exclusive geographical area. That’s why we’re urging any interested parties to get in touch with us as soon as possible - before they lose “Portalier” rights to a competitor!”

Don’t lose miss out – call 0161 4065912 today to discover more about becoming a “Portalier”. Or visit Horizal’s UK website: www.horizal.co.uk

HorizAL will be exhibiting at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show – 28th to 31st of March 2019 at the NEC.





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Sunday, 20 January 2019

131 miles in 28 years - ‘Time-Warp’ Peugeot to go under the Hammer at Barons


An immaculately-preserved, totally original one-owner 1991 Peugeot 309 GTi with a remarkable 131 warranted miles on the clock is among the early entries for Barons’ Classic Winter Warmer sale at Sandown Park on February 26.

The vendor bought the car new in 1991 but was working overseas a great deal and had a second car, so the Peugeot was barely used, as the mileage so clearly shows. Throughout its life the car has been kept garaged and it is in showroom condition.

Engine, electricals, interior, bodywork etc. are as-new and, with a guide price of £8,000-£11,000 it represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a ‘new’ classic family saloon that can only prove to be a sound investment for the future.

American car fans will be drooling over the immaculate 7.5-litre 1976 Lincoln Continental Mk IV - which could also appear to music fans, as it was owned for 12 years by the drummer Mark Brzezicki who is mainly known for his work with Big Country but how has also played with The Cult, Ultravox, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Peter Gabriel, Lionel Richie, Peter Gabriel and Procol Harum.

The Lincoln is the extremely rare and luxurious Versailles model, with Cartier interior clock - which still works perfectly. At £10,000-£13,000 it’s a huge amount of gloriously over-the-top luxury American motoring for the money, and comes complete with a fantastic amount of history, including rare workshop manuals.

Other well-presented early entries for February 26 include a 1992 Ginetta G33 and a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES. One of just 70 still in existence, the Ginetta has been restored to original specification by the vendor, who likes this car so much that he has owned it three times! (£15,000-£20,000).

The P1800 has been meticulously maintained, comes with a very comprehensive history folder and has a guide price of £11,500-£13,500.

Entries also include a 48,000-mile 1981 Range Rover Classic 2-door. This highly desirable 4x4 comes with the rare power steering option and Friary overdrive and has already had a great deal of money spent on it, including a full body respray, new fuel tank, Holley carburettor and full new interior.

It’s a real eye-catcher, in Bahama Gold and definitely more early Land Rover than modern Range Rover to drive! This charismatic and practical car to own and use has a guide price of £9,000-£11,000.

For those looking for something to get their teeth into for the spring, there’s the 1974 VW Karmann Ghia convertible restoration project. This RHD model has recently been imported from Ireland and is offered at no reserve; a great chance for an enthusiast wanting to take on a project that results in a really pretty and enjoyable classic.

For more information about Barons’ February 26 Sandown Park Classic Winter Warmer sale, please visit www.barons-auctions.com.







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Saturday, 19 January 2019

What’s in store for tradespeople in 2019


2019 will be all about Brexit, whatever the outcome. The construction industry, along with the rest of the UK, is still awaiting clarity on what the future may hold and what it will mean for tradespeople and the wider construction industry.


However, besides Brexit, this year a range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives are expected to have an impact on the construction industry, potentially affecting thousands of tradespeople across the UK.

Building Regulations and Fire Safety following Grenfell

Following the Grenfell tragedy in June 2017, the Government launched an independent review into building regulations and fire safety, which has now resulted in plans to overhaul building regulations.

The Government has now committed to a programme of reform focused on four key areas which include: introducing more effective regulations and accountability; clearer guidance; prioritising residents; and working with the industry to drive change.

A “radically-new system” was promised by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire in response to the tragedy, with the Government also introducing a ban on using combustible cladding on new high-rise homes. This piece of legislation came in effect in December.

The new implementation plan, Building a Safer Future[1], states: “The Government accepts the need to create, in law, a tougher regulatory framework, under which regulators will have greater powers and more opportunities to intervene throughout the lifecycle of a building.”

These new regulations mark the beginning of what is likely to be a thorough and extended period of change for the industry to keep abreast of.

Brexit and the construction industry

Construction output dropped towards the end of 2018 according to the Office of National Statistics, with the continued uncertainty of Brexit highlighted as a contributing factor.

Proposed Government plans for immigration post-Brexit has led to many trade associations raising concerns about the potential impact on the skills shortage, as currently 9% of the UK’s construction workers are from the European Union.

If a limit on low-skilled workers is introduced the industry will need to prepare for the fallout this will have.

Technology continues to be on the rise

With consumers becoming increasingly aware of (and comfortable with) using smart technologies, more suppliers are launching new products in smart home ranges to take advantage of the trend. Considering the growing popularity of these products, tradespeople should look at taking advantage of the increase in customer demand.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said:
 
“Smart products are redefining the way that a property functions, and there is a clear need for tradespeople to keep well-informed of the developments involving smart technology. With basic home alarm systems now enhanced to monitor, control and interact with a home or business premises from a smartphone or tablet, we are just at the beginning of this smart tech revolution.
“There is still a demand for traditional products, but new smart alternatives should not be ignored. There are some fantastic products on the market, whether you want to specialise in security, lighting, heating or household appliances.”

New VAT rules for building trade in 2019

From 1 October 2019, new rules will be enforced meaning, builders, subcontractors and other trades associated with the construction industry will have to start using a new method of accounting for VAT.

The measure is designed to combat VAT fraud in the construction sector labour supply chain which HMRC argue presents a significant tax loss. HMRC has now published draft legislation to introduce the Reverse Charge for Construction Services.

Tradespeople are advised to keep up to date with the new rules later in the year.

IronmongeryDirect is the UK’s largest specialist ironmongery supplier, with over 17,000 products in stock, available for next day delivery when you order by 8pm Sunday to Friday and by 4pm on Saturday. Free delivery is available on orders over £45 together with free returns.

For more information, visit IronmongeryDirect.com or call their team of specialist advisors on 0800 168 28 28.




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Friday, 18 January 2019

Communal Garden in Kensington Secures Access Control with CLIQ® Go from Abloy


Abloy UK and security company Barry Brothers have supplied and installed a CLIQ® Go electronic cylinder solution to a communal garden in Kensington, London to provide its subscribers with reliable and secure access. 

The garden’s previous access control system had proven to be unreliable, at times allowing members of the public unauthorised access which often resulted in damage in the area. Also, previous subscribers had maintained ingress and egress to the garden by retaining their key after their subscription had lapsed.


Located in an enclosed area, the garden is secured with an external gate that is fully exposed to the elements.

The resident committee required a durable locking solution to cope with such conditions, with the technology to control multiple access requirements; to allow subscribing resident’s access to the gardens, and a team of contractors and committee members with higher access permission to enter the internal compound to enable maintenance of the gardens.

Sam Moxey, technical sales and project manager at Barry Brothers, London’s longest serving security company, specified the new CLIQ® Go electronic cylinder solution from Abloy as the ideal technology to cope with the ever-changing access control requirements.

The CLIQ® Go App moves security to a new dimension, enabling controlled security from a mobile device and the ability to easily revoke access permission of non-subscribed individuals.

Features include the ability to schedule access to areas and to provide contractors with time-limited access. If a key is lost, access can also be revoked using the CLIQ® Go App, all managed from a cloud-based system.

The system has been installed for six months with excellent feedback from the committee and subscribers. Membership subscriptions have increased and savings have also been achieved because of the reduced number of locksmith callouts.

Sam Moxey, Barry Brothers, said:
"I wanted to ensure that the solution we specified would perform as required and finally resolve what had become an ongoing issue for the committee. Having worked with Abloy UK for a number of years, I had no hesitation in recommending CLIQ® Go. It was very easy to set up and the programming of the CLIQ® Go locks and keys was achieved easily, fitting with my busy workload". 

For further information on the full range of Abloy locking solutions available, Visit bit.ly/2PPiX6k or email: info@abloy.co.uk.





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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Avocet’s Dark Nights Focus Draws Industry Praise


Avocet Hardware has received widespread industry praise for its #StayHomeSecure dark nights campaign.


The campaign, was aimed at highlighting the annual rise in burglaries during the period following the clocks going back, while also positioning its ABS locks as the home security product for homeowners to put their trust in.

The six-week campaign, which saw the return of Ollie the retired guard-dog, and the introduction of his former nemesis, Kat the burglar, saw Avocet reach over two million social media users in the UK.

The Brighouse company gained over 1,100 new followers, and saw its Twitter posts alone retweeted over 4,000 times and liked 33,000 times. Astonishingly, the engagement rate of its Twitter activity far outstripped the global benchmark of less than 1% - averaging over 6% for the entire campaign.

Meanwhile, it’s paid for social media activity also left the worldwide standard in its wake – with close to 1 in 5 of those who saw the weekly Ollie & Kat competition tweets either liking, sharing or commenting on them.

Derrick Purvis, marketing manager of Avocet Hardware said:
“It’s become a horrible, but sadly accepted fact that the only people who look forward to the clocks going backs are the burglars. There are though a few simple things homeowners can do to protect their properties against unwanted visitors during the dark nights, and our #StayHomeSecure campaign spelt those out in a manner that really struck a chord.”

One of Avocet’s key aims for the campaign was to engage with locksmiths, and demonstrate to them the benefits of using ABS locks.
“We’ve been staggered by the response from the locksmiths, many of who we haven’t worked with before,” added Derrick.
“They were enthusiastic in getting on-board with the campaign; sharing content, requesting ABS samples and taking part in the various competitions; and those who were lucky enough to win, whether it was Ollie & Kat artwork, our terrifying, Halloween themed, Pop Vinyls or simply ABS branded merchandise, happily shared photos and videos of their prizes and delight at winning them.”
The artwork that was up for grabs featured Ollie – a guard dog forced into early retirement – and his former nemesis, Kat – an out-of-work cat burglar. 

Both had ended up on the scrap heap following Ollie’s owners’ decision to install Avocet’s snap secure ABS locks on their home, and spent the six weeks of the campaign trying out a variety of new hobbies – all of which tied in with events, movies or TV shows that were popular during the campaign period.

The success of the #StayHomeSecure campaign wasn’t just limited to social media stats and engagement. Avocet saw a huge increase in the number of trade customers using its online store, bringing record months for both October and November. 

On top of that, a number of new locksmiths have already been confirmed as Avocet ABS stockists, and many more are on the verge of following suit.

For further information about Avocet and ABS visit www.avocet-hardware.co.uk or call 01484 711 700.

And make sure you don’t miss out on the festive Avocet fun by following @avocetabs on Twitter or liking its Facebook page .





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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Expected Winter Whiteout means Automatic Doors should be checked



Carrying out weekly checks on automatic doors in the run-up to the UK’s envisaged “worst winter in 70 years” is being urged by experts from GEZE UK.

Weather forecasters are predicting that a polar cold snap could bring the longest whiteout Britain has seen since the 1950s – not the time to find that automatic doors are no longer working properly.

GEZE UK’s service director Steve Marshall says that ensuring doors are properly maintained and working correctly will help reduce heat loss, reduce the chances of water ingress – minimising the chance of slips or trips – and reduce carbon footprint and C02 levels into the building.

He advises estate and facilities managers to put in place weekly checks to ensure that doors open and close with maximum efficiency.
“If the doors form a secure entrance proper maintenance is essential to ensure that the door leaf or leaves close fully on to locks or magnetic locks to maintain security,” he said.
He recommends a ‘ten-point plan’ to keep doors in tip top condition. This includes:

1. Making sure that any operator running tracks or the path of travel that a door follows is clear of debris including snow and grit

2. Checking brush strips or sealing strips are present and in good condition

3. Visually inspecting the operation of the door and ensuring that it opens and closes in a 20-25 second cycle time depending on the application

4. Ensuring that the door is brought to a full close and if required engage with any locking systems

5. Making sure that sensors are clean and free from damage

6. Testing of any push button activation devices to ensure door opens and closes efficiently

7. Inspect for any loose or damaged drive arms which should be reported immediately

8. Visually inspect the door for any damage including breakages to glass and report immediately

9. Listen to the operation of the door any unusual ‘metal on metal’ scraping which may indicate a problem that will result in failure of the door later. Again, this should be reported immediately

10. Visually inspect the door and identify if there is any scraping of the door directly on the floor


In addition, ‘dutyholders’ need to prepare for snowy and icy conditions and minimise risk. The HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L24 for the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations notes in paragraph 96 that this might include “gritting, snow clearing and closing off some routes, particularly outside stairs, ladders and walkways on the roof”.

Carrying out risk assessments before the bad weather arrives is the best course of action, it recommends.
Adds Steve: “Generally, weather conditions in the UK tend not to be so severe but during the winter months we should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Carrying out this simple ten-point plan throughout the year should help keep automatic doors working at their best and keep anyone walking over our thresholds safe and secure.”

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


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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

New Year update from SOMMER / DOCO UK


SOMMER / DOCO UK are pleased to announce, and welcome on board, their new sales manager for the south, Dominic Jardine who joined the company this New Year. 

Dominic will be visiting customers old and new in the southern half of the UK and is an addition to the strengthened UK operation!


To support Dominic his colleagues and customers, SOMMER DOCO UK have launched two new dealer-publications!

The SOMMER 2019 Price List is now available and the DOCO Pocket Guide has also been updated and reproduced.

Both publications will make selecting products and quoting much easier for trade customers!

For your copy, please email:
marketing@sommeruk.com

Alternatively you can contact:

SOMMER Door & Gate Automation UK Ltd.
Unit B3, Elvington Industrial Estate
Elvington, York, YO41 4AR

Tel.: +44 1904 60 87 87
Fax: +44 1904 60 72 99








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Monday, 14 January 2019

Door closer’s fire credentials enhanced



Samuel Heath is committed to ensuring that its Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers provide the ultimate assurance in quality and performance

This commitment has now been further underlined with the successful completion of additional full-sized fire testing on both timber and steel fire doors at renowned testing laboratory, Exova Warrington Fire.

30-minute testing in accordance with BS EN 1634-1 was undertaken on a timber fire door constructed with a Halspan core to replace Powermatic’s current small-scale indicative testing for the BS476 assessment.

The door set easily achieved the 30-minute test requirements, continuing until final failure occurred at 42 minutes. Significantly, where most timber door fire tests fail due to failure of the hinge/timber joint, which causes the door to drop and intumescent seal to break at the top of the door.

Powermatic was actually shown to hold the door in place after the hinge/timber joint failure. This is attributed to the design, strength and location of Powermatic, which fits in a similar position to hinges, between the door and door frame.


Most notably though, and in common with other fire tests including Powermatic, there was no evidence of any significant heat transfer in the vicinity where the closer was installed.

The steel fire door test incorporated an uninsulated Teckentrup fire door with Powermatic fitted using receiver plates. Again, testing was undertaken in accordance with BS EN 1634-1, but for the four-hour, FD240 fire rating.

The uninsulated steel door passed the four-hour test comfortably. As a result, the test evidence will allow certification to cover both insulated and non-insulated doors at any fire rating up to and including four hours.

Adam Daniels, Head of Design at Samuel Heath, states:
“Recent tragic events have highlighted the need for the stringent adherence to fire safety regulations and the selection of products which meet essential performance criteria. These latest tests provide additional proof of Powermatic’s suitability for both timber and steel fire doors.
“They have also yielded some pleasing information on the additional benefits that the door closers deliver. We know that specifiers working on private and public building projects will welcome these findings.”

Further details on Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers can be obtained from Samuel Heath on 0121 766 4200, by emailing sales@samuel-heath.com or by visiting the company’s dedicated door closer website at www.concealeddoorclosers.com.





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Sunday, 13 January 2019

New Year Honours at The 2019 Classic


The arrival of every new year heralds a raft of exciting anniversaries and, in the car world, 2019 is crammed full of major motoring milestones – the cream of which will be celebrated at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).

As tradition now dictates, the annual Classic is the event that honours automotive history like no other, with a mouth-watering feast of dedicated retro races, massive eye-catching car club displays and glittering on-track parades that have been saluted with multiple Guinness World Records.

In recent years, the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit has staged record-breaking processions featuring evocative E-type Jaguars, fabulous Ferrari F40s, evergreen Porsche 911s, muscular Ford Mustangs, sensational Jaguar XJ220 supercars and never-before-seen numbers of stunning McLarens – as well as a whole host of other glittering parades.


Even by these sky-high standards, though, 2019 is revving up to be a very, very special year at the Classic.

Plans for a number of bedazzling birthday races and other anniversary celebrations will be announced over the next few weeks. In the meantime, though, more than 110 car clubs have already registered to display at the 2019 Classic and many of these will be honouring significant marque and model landmarks in July.

The Bentley Drivers Club will be out in force, celebrating the centenary of the prestigious luxury brand founded in 1919 by the legendary W.O. Bentley in Cricklewood, north London.

Abarth is another time-honoured company boasting both distinguished road and racing car pedigrees – its 70th birthday will be marked in style at the Classic by the Abarth Owners Club.


Marcos and Mini clubs will be hosting Diamond Jubilee birthday parties as their cherished icons hit 60 in 2019, while gold is the colour for both the Ford Capri and Triumph TR6 – two endearing sixties sportscars born exactly 50 years before the summer’s Classic, and still with passionate followings today.


Although from a slightly more modern era, the BMW Z1 and Mazda MX-5 are two models not only much-loved by enthusiasts but also with strong regular presences at the Classic – more so this year as both evocative two-seater idols will be turning 30 in 2019.
“Whether it’s on or off the track, the Classic is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of motoring history, with more than 10,000 magical cars from yesteryear on show over three jam-packed days,” enthused Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO. 
“But while the unrivalled numbers are impressive, it’s the special automotive anniversaries that always add extra sparkle each year… and in 2019 we have some real jewels to celebrate. The cars are the stars at the Classic!”
Whether or not popping corks, ever-growing numbers of car clubs now choose to stage their main annual gathering at the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, with their passionate members taking advantage of an exclusive display package and taking centre stage at the heart of the event.


Further details on the clubs registered to date and information on the process for car clubs wishing to apply for registration, are available at: www.silverstoneclassic.com/clubs 

All admission tickets also grant access to a selection of trackside grandstands, live music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings, both racing paddocks plus the vast majority of the fun-fuelled family entertainment on offer at the ‘rocking and racing’ Classic.

Full details of car club packages, general admission tickets, hospitality packages and camping options can be found on the silverstoneclassic.com website with Early Bird tickets (available until the end of March) offering significant savings on standard tickets.

For more information: Visit the official event website www.SilverstoneClassic.com




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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Vital property guidance available at exciting new South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show



Brits in the South East are among the highest to overestimate the role of their tradespeople, with over 40 per cent of them expecting contractors to design or plan the work as well as carry out the job in hand. 


However, around 60 per cent of tradespeople wish that clients knew the type of service they offer before contacting them, according to a new survey conducted by The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show, which is coming to Farnborough for the first time from 19-20 January 2019 at the Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre.

This new regional property show, sponsored by Idealcombi, the Danish contemporary window company, will provide a clearer insight into how to find suitable specialists for any type of projects and also present opportunities to source the help, products and services required all under one roof. 


Regardless of their building or renovating stage, attendees can access trusted guidance and expertise over the two days. They will be able to find the latest information on areas including renovating, building your own home, extensions and conversions, eco and heating, doors and windows and more, discussed extensively by specialists at over 25 free seminars and masterclasses. Consumers will also have the chance to explore products from over 130 national and local exhibitors.

Self-builders and renovators who would like to share their building ideas with an array of property experts are encouraged to visit the Ask the Expert area inside the Advice Centre, sponsored by Internorm, Europe’s leading windows and doors manufacturer. This section will welcome attendees to receive personalised, impartial advice from seven property specialists via one-on-one consultations. 


The experts include Michael Holmes (director of content and product development for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine), Jason Orme (editorial director of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine), Bob Branscombe (building expert), Mick Cruickshank (construction expert), David Hilton (eco expert) and Tom McSherry (finance expert). 

Show highlights also include the Ask the Builder area, which enables visitors to gain vital information via free 15-minute sessions from members of the Federation of Master Builders. 

Additionally, The Advice Centre will host the Ask the Architect area, where chartered architectural specialists from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be on hand to assist self-builders in the design, planning and construction process, maximising their budget and turning their aspirations into reality. 

An important stage of progress when undertaking a project is obtaining planning permission. At The Planning Clinic, Sally Tagg and her team of experts from Foxley Tagg will convey up-to-date information on new regulations and laws, plus advice on how to avoid recurrently passing through this stage.

Standard show tickets are £8 in advance or £12 on the door (children under 16 go free).
For more details, visit homebuildingshow.co.uk 

Alternatively, call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 6760 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras).




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Friday, 11 January 2019

Police Crime Prevention Techniques built into regenerated South-east London Council Estate


A former council estate, which was blighted by social problems and crime for 40 years, has undergone a major regeneration with police crime prevention techniques built into its 588 new homes from the outset.

The 1970s Larner Road Estate in South-east London was widely known as a troubled estate and it presented huge challenges for police. Calls about crime often required a two-car response, a direct reflection of the level of crime and disorder on the estate.

Over the last five years, Larner Road has been transformed into Erith Park as part of a project by the UK housing group Orbit and Wates Residential.

The estate’s eight tower blocks have come down and been replaced by a low to medium rise development of apartments and houses for affordable rent, shared ownership and market sale, built into traditional street patterns. 


The Metropolitan Police has reported no recorded offences of burglaries, drugs related offences, weapons, robberies or personal thefts within the boundary of Erith Park over the last 12 months. Despite the high density of the housing on Erith Park, it now has 80% less crime compared to the rest of the ward it sits within.

Key to this policing success has been the ongoing work of police officers specially trained by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative. Known as Designing Out Crime Officers, they are attached to local police forces around the UK to work with architects, developers and local authority planners to design out crime at the planning stage – long before construction begins.

SBD measures improve the physical security of buildings with robust doors, windows and locks that meet SBD standards as well as crime prevention techniques designed into the surrounding layout and landscaping. These techniques include increasing natural surveillance so strangers can be seen clearly and limiting cut-throughs and alleyways to avoid potential hiding places and escape routes.

Over the last 30 years, there have been more than one million new homes built across the UK to SBD crime prevention standards with reductions in crime of up to 87% each and every year.


Metropolitan Police Sgt Matt Coe, said: 
“Designing out crime on the estate has not only reduced crime but also improved the outlook for people who live here. It’s a place where people are choosing to live. Whereas before, it had a poor reputation and was poorly regarded.”
SBD Development Officer, Lyn Poole, said: 
“This was the first SBD development to have access control systems installed at communal entrance doorsets with data-logging providing a video and audio record of attempts or requests to enter buildings – an important potential source of evidence when investigating criminal activities.”
Built in two phases, construction on the £120 million project started in March 2013 and finished in December 2018.

Caroline Field, Head of Regeneration, Orbit, said: 
“The estate’s perception in the wider community is that it’s an amazing transformation. Sometimes, on regeneration schemes, people say: ‘You may have built new homes, but it’s still the same place’. But with Erith Park, people can see the wider and deeper transformation – it’s not just window dressing.”

Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential, said:
 
“Erith Park is testament to the far-reaching long term impact that design can have on creating great places where people are proud to live. What was once one of the least popular estates in Erith is now one of the most sought after.”
For more information about Secured by Design visit www.securedbydesign.com or follow SBD on Twitter @securedbydesign


Image caption: From left: PC Mark Headley, Designing Out Crime Officer, Metropolitan Police; Caroline Field, Head of Regeneration, Orbit; Ted Welch, Project Manager, Wates Residential; and Sgt Matt Coe, Metropolitan Police. 



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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Newton Abbot based Lorient Group Ltd is acquired by the ASSA ABLOY Group


Lorient Group Limited, a leading designer and manufacturer of high performance door sealing systems, with its headquarters based at Heathfield just outside of Newton Abbot has been acquired by ASSA ABLOY.


ASSA ABLOY is an international group with around 47,000 employees and sales close to £6.4 billion. In the UK, ASSA ABLOY is best known for the Yale and UNION brands and has its Head Office and main manufacturing centre in Willenhall.
“Lorient are an exciting addition to our UK business and I am delighted to welcome their teams into ASSA ABLOY” says Harry Warrender Market Region Manager for ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK.
“It offers an extensive high quality range of sealing systems for door assemblies and sets with a strong track record of innovation. Their portfolio will extend the ASSA ABLOY offering into the commercial market in the UK and overseas.”
Lorient was established in 1979 and employs approximately 135 employees around the world with over 100 at the Newton Abbot operation. It has businesses in the USA, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

Maria Powell, Group Managing Director of Lorient commented: 
”Becoming part of this leading global company will afford huge opportunities to our businesses and staff around the world. With nearly 40 years under our belt – the time is now right to create the platform from which to launch the next phase of our successful story.”
The shareholders were advised by EY’s Corporate Finance team in Bristol led by Tony Trussell and Chris Eastman, assisted by Tove Rejstrom and Mark Fruish. EY’s Transaction Services team provided Financial and Tax Vendor Assist services, led by Allan Noble and Edward Murphy. TLT provided legal support, led by Andrew Webber and Nina Searle.

lorientuk.com



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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Britalia Door Products Garage Door Lath Partnership



Britalia Door Products have partnered with Spanish industry leaders Expalum, as part of an expansion to launch a new product range to the UK residential garage door market.

As a result to this recent partnership, Britalia Door Products are exclusive distributors in the UK for Expalum’s residential garage door product range including insulated garage door lath, end-caps, aluminium head-boxes and bottom rails.

The new product line distributed by Britalia features 55mm and 77mm, foam-filled residential garage door lath, which can be powder-coated to any RAL colour. Other accessories, including dummy ends, end-plates, bottom rails, channels, seals and head-boxes, are also available. 

Britalia Door Products and Expalum are achieving impressive lead times with all orders through a committed manufacturing workforce and sales team.

Expalum, who are part of the internationally renowned López Bolaños Group, operate on a large premises in Badajoz, South-West Spain, where they have been leaders in the aluminium-processing sector for nearly two decades.

Manuel López Bolaños, Sales Manager at Expalum said:
“Having conversed with Britalia for a few months, we wanted to make them our UK distributor. They’ve been supplying components to the UK garage door trade for many years. We were happy to leave our range of products in their capable hands”.
Joseph Raine, Marketing Manager at Britalia Door Products said:

“We are pleased to have exclusive distribution rights in the UK for Expalum’s products. Our current relationship with the residential garage door trade combined with our sales & marketing capabilities should really benefit both parties. The product quality is second-to-none and we are proud distributors”.

Britalia Door Products supply insulated garage door lath and accessories on a minimum order basis. Free delivery for Mainland UK customers is included. For any more information Freephone the Britalia Sales Team on 0800 731 3682.

www.britaliadoors.co.uk
 





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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Yale Door and Window Solutions Unveils Lockmaster AutoEngage Solution


Yale has launched a new automatic locking solution, suitable for both contemporary and heritage door styles.

The Lockmaster AutoEngage is a multi-point system that combines security and versatility. The all-new automatic lock mechanism engages as soon as the door is closed, making it ideal for the growing trend in non-lever operation door styles.

Available for both composite and timber doors, the AutoEngage is designed and built to Yale’s exacting standards. The system is also designed to offer class-leading installation tolerance, aiding easy fitting.

Thanks to a unique gearbox design, the system can be used with either key retract or lever operation furniture, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Additionally, the Lockmaster AutoEngage is extremely easy to use, meaning it is  ideal for residents with limited dexterity.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions comments: 
“We’re pleased to launch the Yale Lockmaster AutoEngage, which offers a combination of performance and simplicity seldom seen in domestic locks. 
“the AutoEngage is available to suit contemporary and heritage door styles, and its automatic locking system makes it the ideal solution for the current trend towards non-lever door styles.”
A range of complementary Elite Stainless Steel door furniture is available and comes with a 25-year surface finish guarantee. 

The Lockmaster AutoEngage is made in the UK and comes with Yale’s 10 Year Mechanical Guarantee.

For further information on the Yale Lockmaster AutoEngage or the rest of the Yale Door and Window Solutions range, please visit www.yaledoorandwindowsolutions.co.uk or alternatively call 01902 366800.





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