Sunday, 19 May 2019

London Concours Celebrates ‘The Lost Marques’

Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica

The London Concours, presented by Montres Breguet, will be celebrating some of the world’s greatest ‘lost’ car manufacturers, with a special class full of automotive names lost to the sands of time. The ‘Lost Marques’ class is an homage to names like Alvis, Frazer-Nash, AC, Trident, Iso and more.


But such is the quality of cars on display at London Concours, that the ‘Lost Marques’ cars must also be incredibly rare. Only 413 examples of the beautiful Bertone-designed Iso Grifo were ever built, combining elegant Italian style and raw American muscle.

With engines borrowed from the Chevrolet Corvette the Grifo was, at the time, one of the fastest production cars in the world, capable of well over 140mph. The example at London Concours is the most powerful Grifo GL 365 variant.

Rarer still is the Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica on display at London Concours, one example of just 50 produced. With a dependable six-cylinder Bristol engine under the bonnet, the Le Mans proved to be enormously successful in period, notching up wins at the Targa Florio in 1951 and at Sebring in 1952.

The car on display at London Concours was bought new by the man that ran Bristol Cars for more than 50 years, Tony Crook.

Iso Grifo GL

The little-known Trident Clipper V8 was originally intended to be TVR's range topper, the TVR Trident, and was featured in early TVR brochures and adverts. Powered by the Ford 289 engine and clothed in an elegant body styled by ace designer Trevor Fiore (who was later Director of Design for Citroen), it was blisteringly quick; 0-60mph took just 5 seconds! TVR’s financial difficulties led to Trident being set up as a separate company, producing a total of 39 cars, one of which is coming to London Concours.

The AC 16/80 on display is the very first of just 14 'Sloping-Tail' examples, and the actual 1938 London Motor Show car. It’s appearance at London Concours will be the first time this car has been publicly exhibited since its export to the USA in the 1960s.

Then there’s the arguably unique Alvis Graber Super Cabriolet, the very car displayed at the 1965 Geneva Auto Salon, and ordered as a special commission by Julian Oishei, the man credited with bringing the windscreen wiper to the world. With its all-aluminium coachwork over traditional ash frame it’s an intriguing blend of craftsmanship and innovation.

Alvis Super Cabriolet

With an offering of nearly 100 automotive icons from the modern day to the early 20th Century, the Honourable Artillery Company’s glorious five-acre lawn will be transformed into a motoring utopia between 5-6 June. But London Concours is not just about the cars on display; it’s an automotive garden party complete with art from Collier Dobson and Ella Freire, drinks from Rémy Martin and Veuve Clicquot, and fashion from Mason & Sons.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said:
“Car manufacturers do come and go, but before they fade away they always leave an indelible mark on the industry. Many of the cars in our ‘Lost Marques’ class are beautifully designed, ingeniously engineered and contemporarily revered. In short, they deserve to be celebrated! For us London Concours is the perfect place to do that; our event is an ode to the finest craftsmanship and design, not just in automotive, but across fashion, horology, art and more.”

The London Concours 2019 takes place from 5-6 June. Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets






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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Success for Weru UK Partner Network


Blackpool-based Weru UK – a distributor for Weru (Germany’s market leader in windows and doors) is celebrating the success of their UK Network, which has seen significant uptake nationwide.

The Weru UK Network sees accredited partners who are fully vetted and trained to the highest standards, offering developers and home owners in a specific catchment area, a complete windows and doors solution.

In addition to existing Weru partners like WeruWise in Sussex and Eddisbury in Cheshire, Weru UK is now seeing significant geographical expansion, notably in Scotland, the South West, North West and Staffordshire.

One of the first companies to join the Network was Abbey & Burton Glass, based in Derby and Burton-upon-Trent. Established in 1972, the firm is the region’s most experienced double-glazing company, specialising in the manufacture of conservatories, supplying a wide range of window and door solutions across Staffordshire.

Glen Batchelor, Sales Director at Abbey & Burton Glass explains,
“The introduction of the exclusive Weru range was a natural progression for Abbey Glass as we wished to service the increasing demand for premium high performance triple glazing. We are proud to be combining 21st century German engineering with a traditional company that prides itself on its good old-fashioned values.”

Located in Stirling, Scotland, Lifestyle Glass Design joined the Network to further enhance their offering of premium windows and doors which are available alongside the firm’s extensive range of glass rooms, awnings, verandas and curtain walling.

Ian Ross from Lifestyle Glass Design said,
“We first came across Weru at an exhibition in Germany and were amazed at the choice and build quality. The timing was perfect as it coincided with Weru targeting central Scotland for suitable professional partners. The opportunity of joining the new Network was a perfect fit with our own growth plans and we are already seeing a significant number of enquiries into the Weru range.”

Weru UK was established in 1985 by Graham Lindsay who still heads up the operation alongside 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.

Graham and the Weru UK team will be exhibiting at The Fit Show 2019 at The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (21st - 23rd May) and will be recruiting new partners for the Network.

For further information on the Weru partner network, call 01253 341444 or visit www.weru.uk





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Friday, 17 May 2019

Alutech are launching a New Residential Aluminium Entrance Door at FIT Show 2019


THE SECRET'S OUT!... Alutech and JD (UK) are excited to announce that they'll be launching a new residential aluminium entrance door from their stand F25 at the FIT Show 2019, 21-23 May, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Designed to complement the Alutech range of garage doors, bi-folding doors and windows, the new aluminium entrance door is aimed at the premium end of the market offering, outstanding designs and market beating product quality.

"Adding an entrance door to our offer was the natural next step towards becoming a one-stop shop for aluminium home improvement products. With a U-value of 1.2 and a wide choice of design options, accessories and finishes, the FIT show is the ideal opportunity to see the product first hand".

Options available include:

  • Bespoke door & glass designs
  • Outside opening/Double opening doors
  • All RAL colours available/Wood colour
  • Electric strike
  • Automatic 3-point lock as standard, non-automatic 3-point locking or non-automatic 5-points locking available
  • Comfort lock as standard (day/night mode)
  • Triple Glass/44.2 toughened glass inside & outside as standard
  • Fingerscan on panel/Fingerscan on pull bar
  • Digital Keypad/Bluetooth system
  • Encrusted handles/LED behind pull bar or inside encrusted handle
  • Chrome house numbers
 "We're renowned for our excellent customer service and honesty, so when it comes to ordering and delivery, we're sure that we’ll exceed expectations".


To see the NEW residential aluminium entrance door, visit stand F25 at the FIT Show 2019http://bit.ly/AlutechFITShow2019

For more information, call Nichola at JD (UK) on 01924 472924 or email nichola@jdukltd.co.uk






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Thursday, 16 May 2019

New Drives from GfA UK Ltd

Image shows SG63 SE 15.48

The popular SE (Ranger) series of drive units is being extended further to provide a complete and cost-effective range of drives for sprung and unsprung roller shutter doors.

The SE (Ranger) is a series of drives for doors which are counterbalanced or fitted with a separate safety brake. The drive unit can be either directly fitted to the door shaft, on sectional doors, or via chain gear transmission on roller shutters.

The series for sprung and unsprung roller shutter doors now includes a new single-phase Ranger 120W and will shortly include a 3-phase Ranger 220, meaning there’s a drive to meet almost any need.


Links to Website product references shown above: 
SE 9.32  |  SE 7.32 WS  |  SE 12.24 WS  |  SE 15.48  |  SE 22.24

The SE range of drives are also available with a built-on frequency inverter (Fi drives) allowing doors to open and close very quickly yet safely, ideal for applications where speed of opening and high frequency of operation is required.

Why choose a Ranger drive unit for your rolling shutter door? 

  • Cost effective – Ranger drives are a direct and cost-effective replacement for virtually all similar compliant drives on the market.
  • Hard wearing – precision made worm gears ensures a long, maintenance free life.
  • Easy to install – the Ranger has an industry-standard flange mount and can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
  • Flexible – drives can be handed on site and are offered with digital limits as standard
  • Easy to maintain – the inbuilt maintenance counters in the TS control panels provide for a regular service schedule.
  • Full control – as standard Ranger drives are supplied with digital limits allowing adjustment from ground level using a compatible TS Control Panel.
  • Built-in limit switches - all Ranger drives are supplied with directly driven, built-in digital limit switches to maintain a precise stopping position. All Ranger models include low level hand chain operation as standard.
  • Fully compliant – our drives and controls meet BS EN 12453 and BS EN 12604 standards. Using a GfA Ranger helps you to comply with the BS EN 13241-1:2003 European Directives for EU Construction Products and Machinery, Low Voltage and EMC.

Images show, left to right: SG50 SE 9.32 and SG50 SE 14.80 FI


View the full range of Ranger drive units on the GfA UK website – www.gfa-elektromaten.co.uk or call our sales team on 01926 452452.




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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions leads the way in Fire Door Safety


ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland continues to lead the market by ensuring its range of door closers do not compromise fire safety regulations.

At the end of 2017, several UKAS Accredited authorities withdrew certification for almost all door closers used on uninsulated metal fire doors. With around eight out of 10 metal fire doors sold in the UK being non-insulated, this left many doorsets deemed non-compliant.

A number of certifications have now been reinstated, but with a caveat meaning they can only be installed on the fire risk side of a door. In many properties and locations it can be difficult to determine which side of the door is most at risk of fire, so this caveat challenges the use of many door closers on the market for installation on uninsulated metal fire doors.

Metal fire doors provide superior levels of fire performance compared with other door materials, with a fire integrity performance of four hours often possible. However, this is reliant on compatible performance from the hardware devices that enable them to satisfy industry standards and provide the door’s desired functionality


In response to the ongoing challenges and needs in the industry, ASSA ABLOY has continued with substantial testing and standardising of its door closers.

As a result, its door closers have demonstrated that use on metal fire doors is not restricted by the side of the door to which it is required to be installed and remains fully compliant with EN1634 on any uninsulated metal fire door. With no caveats attached to the series, this takes away a huge risk of error in the design, manufacture and installation process. Furthermore, stringent testing has proved the EN1634 range dependable for up to 240 minutes of integrity.

The combination of these market leading door controls combined with premium fire doors from the Door Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, ensures high quality solutions and uncompromised performance throughout the commercial and industrial building market in both timber and steel.

Specifying and buying the right product solution is essential for compliance and peace of mind, however, regular fire door checks are vital in maintaining a high quality performance and can highlight potential risks within a fire doorset. Ignoring or not acting on these risks once they have been highlighted can lead to huge consequences for building owners and managers, as liability rests with them.

Door Group is one of very few manufacturers to offer a complete solution of timber and metal doors, hardware and ironmongery through a ‘cradle to grave’ approach of technical specification, manufacture, installation, fire door inspections and service, and maintenance packages in support of architects, contractors, facilities managers and end users.

Using BRE-certified inspectors we can help reduce the risk to building occupants by ensuring all fire doors and their associated component parts, such as door controls, remain compliant and achieve the latest known standards. Whilst we offer impartial advice through this service, we can also help retain building compliance through upgrades, replacements and routine maintenance.

To find out more about ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Door Controls visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk or for more information on ASSA ABLOY Door Group’s service and maintenance capabilities visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk.





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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Making Beautiful Glass Doors work Beautifully


The beauty and versatility of glass makes it a popular door material choice with architects and interior designers, especially for minimalist and open plan settings where through-visibility is part of the design scheme. 

Now Norseal can make those sliding, swing or automatic glass doors perform and function beautifully with a range of acoustic and fire seals that will work superbly without compromising design lines.

Architects and designers are increasingly specifying glass doors as less wood or metal means improved daylighting, unobstructed views, and a high-end, contemporary aesthetic. But sealing those glass doors has traditionally been a headache for technicians who struggle to make the door work acoustically in situ or in fire safety terms. 

The visual accessibility that glass doors offer works particularly well for meeting rooms and offices, increasing the impression of space and reducing the need for artificial lighting. But providing an effective acoustic rating for a glass door requires an effective acoustic seal, a challenge on glass doors.

The Norseal range of seals for glass doors provide an effective unobtrusive acoustic sealing for standard single swing glass doors. For sliding doors and automatic sliding doors, we can provide a range of acoustic solutions that are also suitable for fire rated, smoke rated and mobility compliant glass doors.

Central to that Norseal range is the Schall-Ex® GS-H8/12 automatic drop seal, suitable for commercial grade doors with a glass thickness ranging from 8mm - 12mm. It is available in sleek silver anodised aluminium or stainless steel finish aluminium to match most glass door hardware and has a single actuation mechanism and a self-extinguishing silicone seal. 

Importantly, it can achieve sound reduction up to 55dBRw making it perfect for offices, conference spaces, hotels, and residential spaces. It provides smoke and draft protection as well as giving the best possible acoustic performance for the glass door. A version is also available for retro fit to existing doors.

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






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Monday, 13 May 2019

Priory Launches the Ultradoor


The Priory Shutter & Door Co. Ltd, the West Midlands-based roller shutter door specialist, has long been recognised as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of industrial, commercial and domestic roller shutters.

The firm is pushing back boundaries once more with a new product range – the Ultradoor Hybrid Commercial Roller Shutter.

This range combines aluminium roller garage door frameworks, with a choice of commercial curtains. This is a less complicated commercial roller shutter option, which merges the relative ease of a roller garage door installation with the strength needed for commercial openings, through an aesthetically pleasing product that’s ideal for high-end applications.


The framework consists of 90mm x 34mm aluminium guide channels with integrated double brush seals, pre-cast aluminium head plates, and a two-part pre-formed aluminium canopy.

The choice of commercial curtains ranges from traditional 3” galvanised steel lath (solid, perforated or punched for vision) to 89mm heavy-duty aluminum lath, and aluminium tube and link grilles for specific or bespoke requirements.

A special Ultralath - an alternative to the traditional roller shutter lath - is also available, which is rolled from a thinner gauge of steel, making it lighter, more cost-effective and eco-friendlier, whilst retaining its strength due to its work hardened construction.


A simplified manufacturing process makes Ultradoor quicker to make than a traditional roller shutter - thus suiting tight installation schedules. The doors can be polyester powder coated to any RAL or BS colour, ensuring they merge perfectly with the surroundings they sit aside.

The shutters are driven by a single-phase (240v) tubular motor, with a host of control options - from a key switch to a Somfy Rollixo remote control receiver with wireless optical safety edge, allowing for integration into Somfy wireless and smart control solutions. 


Simon Perks - General Manager at Priory, commented:
“When speaking to our customers about the advantages of our domestic roller garage doors, we hear the same comments time and time again – that they look good, and are quick and easy to install.
“The idea behind the Ultradoor concept was to put these virtues into a commercial application. Obviously, in a commercial setting, security is paramount - thus combining a range of robust curtain solutions with a simplistic and aesthetically pleasing framework, offered our customers a unique and versatile product.
“As a quality door, at an affordable price, that’s always delivered on time - it ticks all the boxes, and the range is going from strength to strength!”

To find out more about Priory products – call 0121 558 6406, email sales@priory-group.co.uk, or visit www.priory-group.co.uk.





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Sunday, 12 May 2019

British Speed in Italy: Bentley Marks Centenary with Mille Miglia Run


In 1930 the legendary Bentley Blower was due to become the first British car to compete in the Mille Miglia race. 

Despite the best efforts of ‘Bentley Boys’ Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin and then-CEO Woolf Barnato, this attempt was aborted prior to the race commencing as the gentlemen felt there was a lack of preparation to complete a successful run. Nine decades later, Bentley is returning to the historic race to finish what the ‘Bentley Boys’ didn’t.

Birkin and Barnato were to be the first British drivers to attempt the thousand-mile Italian test of endurance, in a supercharged ‘Bentley Blower’ known as the No.2 ‘Birkin Blower’. According to contemporary media reports, however,“much disappointment was felt at the news of the Bentley withdrawal from the Brescia Thousand Miles Race”.


This year,two original 1930 4½-litre supercharged Blowers (the ‘Birkin Blower’ UU5872 and the ‘Demonstrator’ GH6951) are aiming to finish what the ‘Bentley Boys’ didn’t, taking on the world-renowned cross-country route between May15 and 18. The Blowers will be driven by Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, and Head of Royal and VIP Relations, Robin Peel. They will be closely followed by a Bentayga –the world’s most luxurious SUV-capturing every moment of this landmark occasion.


Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive, Adrian Hallmark, said: 
“While Birkin and Barnato were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempt to take on the Mille Miglia in 1930, their entry 89 years ago enables us to bring together one of the world’s most iconic pre-war racers and one of its most iconic motoring events. And we take the ‘Bentley Boy’ spirit with us in this centenary-year run.”

Blower Bentley –An Enduring Legacy

The Blowers feature their original Vanden Plas Open Sports Four-Seat body. They were described by Autocar magazine in September 1930 as having “the appeal of immense power, linked with great docility”–qualities the team will be hoping to exploit in Italy.

The Bentley 4½ Litre was nearing the end of its development cycle by 1928, as other manufacturers finally began to catch up with the innovative W.O. Bentley’s superlative engine design. W.O.’s response was to increase the engine capacity, and his 6½ Litre model won Le Mans in 1929 and 1930.

However, racing driver Sir Henry Birkin wanted to apply anew supercharger to the engine of the existing 4½ Litre car instead. To W.O.’s displeasure, Birkin persuaded Bentley’s new owner and chairman, fellow Bentley Boy and British financier Woolf Barnato, to build him five supercharged Blowers for the racetrack.

And to meet the racing rules of the era, 50 production Blower Bentleys were built for the road too – all featuring the legendary supercharger installation developed by Amherst Villiers.


Inspired by a Racing Legend: Continental Number 9 Edition by Mulliner 

Bentley has created the ultimate collector’s version of the all-new Continental GT to celebrate the company’s centenary in 2019.

The Continental GT Number 9 Edition by Mulliner features a wood insert from the seat of Birkin’s iconic 1930 No. 9 Le Mans race car, which was removed during a sympathetic renovation. This backlit piece is set in resin and situated in the middle of the centre dial of the rotating display, adding a piece of history to each car.

Each of the 100 cars also features the choice of Cumbrian Green or Beluga heritage hides,unique engine spin finish to the dashboard, 18K gold plated organ stops inspired by those in the No.9 ‘Blower’ and ‘1 of 100’ treadplates.


Bentley’s Centenary –100 Years of Extraordinary 

In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple objective: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guiding
principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it the leader in automotive luxury around the world today.

The 10th of July 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year. This extraordinary milestone –reached by only a special few companies –will be a cause for celebration of the company’s history and its global success today.

For more information on the Mille Miglia read on or visit www.1000miglia.it


The Mille Miglia was an open-road, motorsport endurance race which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957 (thirteen before the war, eleven from 1947). In 1977 it was reborn as a regularity race for classic and vintage cars. Participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered in)the original race. The route (Brescia–Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure/arrival in Viale Venezia in Brescia.




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Saturday, 11 May 2019

BSI invites input to the review of its fire performance of external cladding systems standards


The public consultation process for the revision of the existing fire performance of external cladding systems standards, BS 8414 – Part 1: Test method for non-loadbearing external cladding systems applied to the masonry face of a building, and Part 2: Test method for non-loadbearing external cladding systems fixed to and supported by a structural steel frame -  is now open. 

Views are being sought on these voluntary standards from all interested parties including industry practitioners, regulators, fire safety specialists and consumer organizations. The consultation for Part 1 is open until 8 July 2019 and comments can be submitted online at:

BS 8414–1: https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2019-01079
BS 8414-2: https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2019-01080

Part 1: Test method for non-loadbearing external cladding systems applied to the masonry face of a building

BS 8414-1 provides a test method for determining the fire performance characteristics of non-loadbearing external cladding systems, rainscreen overcladding systems and external wall insulations systems when applied to the face of a buildings and exposed to an external fire under controlled conditions.

The fire exposure is representative of an external fire source or a fully-developed (post-flashover) fire in a room, venting through an opening such as a window aperture that exposes the cladding to the effects of external flames, or from an external fire source. 

The standard does not cover the performance of glass within glazed window openings nor does it apply to curtain walling systems. 

Part 2: Test method for non-loadbearing external cladding systems fixed to and supported by a structural steel frame

BS 8414-2 provides a test method for determining the fire performance characteristics of non-loadbearing external cladding systems fixed to and supported by a structural steel frame when exposed to an external fire under controlled conditions. 

The fire exposure is representative of an external fire source or a fully-developed (post-flashover) fire in a room venting through an opening such as a window aperture that exposes the cladding to the effects of external flames or from an external fire source. 

The standard does not apply to non-loadbearing external rainscreen overcladding systems or external wall insulation systems applied to the face of a building as these are covered by BS 8414-1. It also doesn’t cover the performance of glass within glazed window openings nor exposure to radiant heat from a fire in an adjacent building.

The principal changes proposed to both parts of the standard are:
Amendment to 6.0 Test specimen regarding criteria of the test specimen
A new paragraph added to 6.2 Dimensions of the test specimen
Expansion of 9.0 Post-test examination
Expansion of 10.0 Test report 

In December 2018 the government introduced an amendment to the English Building Regulations effectively prohibiting the use of combustible cladding on residential buildings over 18 metres high.

However, BSI has proceeded with the revision of BS 8414-1 and BS 8414-2 as these important voluntary standards may still be utilized for other situations to show compliance with the Building Regulations. In addition, a number of countries around the world use them to test the fire performance of external cladding systems.   
   
To learn more, please visit: www.bsigroup.com




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Friday, 10 May 2019

P C Henderson Present Top Award at BCI Asia Awards in Indonesia


P C Henderson’s Sales and Marketing Director – Andrew Royle – was honoured to present the award for the Top 10 Architects and Developers at the BCI Asia Awards in Jakarta, Indonesia last month.  

Invited as a guest of honor by Indonesian distributor – Roda Bangun Mandiri – Andrew was delighted to attend as a way of paying homage to the long term partnership with the company.

The BCI Asia Awards, now in its 15th year, aims to recognise leaders within the architectural and building industry across South East Asia.

Roda Bangun Mandiri, a long term distributor of P C Henderson, sponsored the Top 10 Architect and Developers Awards and invited Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director, to provide an opening speech and hand out the awards.

Bernadus Rizky, Head of Marketing and Sales at Roda Bangun Mandiri commented:
“As a sliding and folding door hardware provider, we work with a lot of architects and developers who are looking to incorporate our hardware into their designs. Sponsoring the award was a huge honour for us, it’s a very prestigious awards programme in Asia and we were delighted to be involved.
“We have been the sole distributor of P C Henderson hardware in Indonesia for over 44 years. We’re very proud of our long term and successful partnership and so we invited Andrew as our guest of honour in order to showcase to the industry the strength and value that long term partnerships can have in the construction industry”. 


Roda sponsored the Top 10 Architects and Developers award, a prestigious label of excellence in South East Asia that recognises and celebrates the top ten leading design and development enterprises that have made the greatest sustainable contribution to the environment in the prior year.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson commented:
“It was a privilege to be asked to present such a prestigious awards category. Sustainable construction is a topic of huge important in our industry and so it was great to be amongst so many businesses which are contributing towards the cause”.

It was also a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the success that a long term partnership in the construction industry can have. We’ve worked with Roda, a family run business, for over 44 years - through 3 generations – something that both P C Henderson and Roda are immensely proud of. To travel all the way to Indonesia and see all the workforce at Roda wearing Henderson branded clothing – it’s a fantastic thing to see”.  

The BCI Asia Awards, now in its 15th year, was originally set up in order to recognise leaders within the architectural and building industry across South East Asia. It has now established itself as a pioneer of the most anticipated and coveted award for the construction sector across seven individual territories – Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Garador Enhances Range with New GRP Up & Over and Side-Hinged Doors


Leading garage door manufacturer Garador has enhanced its GRP range of garage doors by adding 8 new up and over garage doors and 4 new side hinged doors to ensure the widest choice possible for discerning home owners.

The doors now come in a choice of 19 colour finishes, from traditional wood shades to fresh new finishes including anthracite grey, red and blue and subtle Irish oak and honey beach, adding real style to any house.

The surface finish of the timber effect GRP doors vary depending on the shade chosen; some designs come in close grain which gives the appearance of a carefully sanded wood whilst wide grain has a more rustic character. Certain doors are available with a matching chassis.

Garador’s  Premier GRP doors are provided with a flow-coat to the inside face for a smoother finish and reduced translucency.

Neil Discombe, managing director of Garador, says:
“With their great looks, durability and easy maintenance, our GRP doors have always been hugely popular. We are delighted we can now offer this extended range of styles to ensure everyone can find the perfect door for their build. With key price points and now with so many design options, we know this door will continue to be a top favourite across the country.”

The long life and low maintenance of Garador’s GRP doors are combined with quality of manufacture and inherent built in strength. The GRP doors are made as an infill and then fixed into a rigid box section chassis to provide a very stable door construction that will not twist or warp.

With the side hinged GRP doors, the colour range has also been extended and are now available in a total of 19 different finishes. These doors, so useful when personal access is often needed into the garage, can also an exciting new style to a home and, in low maintenance GRP, will continue to offer fresh looks for a long long time.

Find out more about Garador’s exciting new range of GRP garage doors at www.garador.co.uk





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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Bespoke Perimeter Protection at newly renovated Chichester Free School


When the school put the finishing touches to its new campus, a robust perimeter protection system was an important part of the development, in order to keep students and staff safe and secure. 

The system, however, had to be designed to blend in with the school's design - a converted mid-18th Century convent in a rural setting.

Solution 

CFS needed specialist skills to deliver the secure perimeter solution. It enlisted the experts at Heras, one of the leading perimeter security specialists in the UK. Following an initial scoping meeting and review of architect drawings, Heras designed a bespoke perimeter protection system that would meet the school's criteria.

The solution consisted of a secure 2.4 metre high outer boundary built using Heras Tangorail TR400, self-raking railing systems, which follow the ground contours and provide optimum site safety and security.


Within the railing boundary, Heras installed three gates along the road to allow for vehicle and pedestrian entrance and exit, so students could be dropped off and collected safely. A sliding Safeglide 2 gate meets the necessary regulations to allow access to fire trucks in case of emergency as well as secure vehicle access to the service yard at the rear of the site for goods deliveries for example.

The sliding gate included Zenith SRl, a single panel of welded steel mesh to provide the necessary level of security while keeping children's fingers out and protect against opportunist vandalism. The gate was also specially clad with timber to better blend with the rural surroundings - making it the first of its kind.

Inside the boundary an existing perimeter wall provides another level of security. Within the wall, Heras designed, manufactured and installed three bespoke TangoRail Gates, that meet RoSPA guidelines and one of which is a quantum self-closer. These are opened in the mornings and afternoons when students arrive and depart.

At all other times, visitors would report to reception via a secure gate leading to the reception for check and sign-in. The gates include intercom access control, which allows visitors to buzz a manned reception to release the mag locks and allow entry. Finger sensors allow teachers to pass through rapidly. Heras also installed picket fencing to segregate areas within the school grounds.

Benefits 

Pupil safety is a top priority for CFS and the installation of the Heras perimeter protection solution has been designed with this at its core. It prevents students running out into road, allows controlled flow of people and vehicles all the while blending in as much as possible to the school's beautiful surroundings.






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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Osprey Door Safeguards Fire Station at Dubai Drydocks


Following Jewers success with new Civil Defence stations in Dubai over the past decade, Jewers Doors were recently commissioned to install a 10 leaf Osprey sliding folding door to the Fire Station which services the Drydocks World complex at Al Mina, Dubai.

Dubai Drydocks is the only large dry dock facility in the Arabian Gulf.  Since it opened in 1983 it has seen the repair of over 6000 vessels and the building of more than 70 new vessels.

Originally constructed as a blacksmith shop in 1980, the building was converted to a fire station in 2005, housing two fire tenders, however, there was not a door.

Located directly on the quay, strong winds, salt sea spray and airborne debris from maintenance and repair work being carried out close to the fire station were causing damage to the fire tenders and other plant stored in the facility.


Jewers Doors were one of several suppliers invited by Drydocks World to tender for the 9.5m wide x 5m high door to secure the building against the elements.  Although other suppliers proposed alternative vertically moving door systems, Drydocks World preferred the excellent weather resistance, rigidity, reliability, low maintenance and safety of the Osprey door.


The Osprey door is horizontally moving, operated by a variable speed drive unit which slides and folds all ten leaves behind the reveal, leaving the full 9.5metre width opening clear for vehicle access.  In the closed position, the door is completely flat across the opening.

Soft compound EPDM weather seals to all edges eliminate water, air and dust ingress, and a stainless steel bottom track incorporates drainage if water blows into the track when the door is open.  The leading edge seal is fitted with a full height safety edge, and photocell beams create a safe area around the door.

The sideways movement of the door, which is fitted with a row of 10 No. 400mm wide by 1200mm high double glazed toughened glass vision panels, ensures the fire appliance driver has full visibility of the door position and the roadway outside, and is able to exit the bay safely at all times.

With vertical lifting doors, it is difficult to judge when there is sufficient height clearance.  One door panel incorporates a wicket door leaf, which allows personnel to access through the main door when it is closed.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, the doors were shipped to Dubai ahead of schedule and installed by Jewers’ Dubai based engineers.

Jewers’ Regional Sales Manager; Ben Pritchard commented,
“The COO and senior management of Drydocks World were so pleased with the finished project they are now considering a similar door for the other end of the building. In addition, heads of other departments are now considering installing Osprey doors on some other buildings within the Dubai Drydocks complex.”

For more information visit www.jewersdoors.co.uk



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Monday, 6 May 2019

Concealment can improve Fire Safety


Fire safety, quite rightly, is high on the agenda of every building project, whether new build or refurbishment. 

It is governed by a host of legislation, performance standards, regulations and orders that place responsibilities on professionals involved in the design, construction and management of all types of property, as well as on the manufacturers of products used in the building process.

As a vital component in the performance of a fire door, door closers are not immune to the requirements imposed by the various instruments governing fire safety, and special care needs to be taken when selecting products for different projects.

From a performance perspective, door closers which carry the CE mark are essential. This is assured by compliance with BS EN 1154 in the case of controlled door closing devices.

BS EN 1154 includes a number of requirements, chief amongst which are successful fire testing to BS EN 1634-1 and cycle testing to at least 500,000 opening/closing cycles, which is equivalent to ten years in a high usage environment and should, reasonably, be expected to be covered by a manufacturer’s product warranty. It should also be noted that only door closers of power size three and above are suitable for use on fire doors.

In addition to the areas of product performance covered by legislation and standards, the selection process should also include the consideration of other factors which can have a bearing on the door closer’s ability to perform reliably throughout its life: -


Reliability

Failure of a door closer can lead to failure of the entire fire door to perform the duty for which it is intended; to keep fire and smoke at bay.

Cycle testing certainly provides some assurance of a product’s durability, but other factors can also come into play. The need to properly maintain the door closer during its life can impose an undesirable burden on building managers; some door closers, such as Powermatic are designed to be maintenance-free and come with ten-year warranties for added assurance.

Additionally, if a door closer is damaged, either through some misplaced prank, tampering or a deliberate act of vandalism, this too can have a detrimental effect on the fire door’s performance, perhaps even stopping the fire door from working all together.

In social housing flats and HMOs, educational establishments, student accommodation, healthcare facilities and other public buildings, such risks, whether accidental or deliberate, are significantly higher than in other properties.

Powermatic jamb-mounted door closers are a viable solution in such situations. Totally concealed when the door is closed, they fit neatly between the door and frame and, unlike surface-mounted devices, have minimal visible components. Door closers such as Powermatic are less likely to be damaged, thereby enhancing the reliability of the door closer itself as well as the fire door.


Safety


The risk of self-harm can be present in any door installation that is not constantly monitored or where vulnerable persons are present. In psychiatric facilities and secure accommodation facilities the risks are clear, and the incorporation of anti-ligature and anti-barricade systems widespread.

However, there are situations where such specialised measures may not be appropriate but where the risk may still be deemed worthy of consideration, such as social housing, student accommodation and educational establishments.

Powermatic’s total concealment, as well as the absence of surface mounted control arms and boxes, obviously mean that the door closer is out of sight when the door is closed, thereby reducing the opportunity for self-harm. The door closer is also recommended for use with many proprietary anti-ligature and anti-barricade systems.


Making the right choice

When selecting the right door closer for any fire door situation, the first task will always be to ensure that the product meets relevant fire performance requirements and has the appropriate accreditations. Further assurance can be gained by seeking genuine, independent third-party certification, by ensuring that manufacturers’ claims are clear and unambiguous and by selecting products from a manufacturer with a reputation for quality and reliability.

Once these criteria have been satisfied, skill and judgement need to be applied in interpreting regulations correctly and considering less rigid criteria, such as reliability, maintenance requirements and other factors that can have a significant influence on the safety of a building’s occupants.

Powermatic door closers carry the CE mark, assuring their suitability for use on fire doors. They are also the only Certifire jamb-mounted door closers. They also deliver additional benefits which enhance fire door reliability and provide the convenience in operation to assure a building’s fire safety

British designed and manufactured to the highest standards of quality and engineering excellence, they not only deliver reliable performance but also provide safety to a building’s occupants whilst minimising maintenance costs. On a whole-life costing model, Powermatic can prove to be a worthwhile investment for fire door applications in all types of building.

www.concealeddoorclosers.com




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