Friday, 31 August 2018

Abloy UK to Feature Security for Healthcare Estates at Health and Care Innovation 2018


Security expert Abloy UK is inviting healthcare professionals to stand 239 at the Health & Care Innovation Expo 2018, to discuss innovative technologies that improve key management and security across all areas of hospital estates. 

Held at Manchester Central, the Health & Care Innovation Expo is the biggest NHS-led event in the calendar, running for two days on 5 and 6 September 2018. 

The healthcare environment can be extremely demanding, with pressure to fulfil compliance, improve security, increase efficiency, meet CQC standards and achieve maximum value from any investment.

With this in mind, Abloy offers bespoke cost-effective solutions to the security problems faced on healthcare estates, from compliant security doors to drug security and patient lockers, with particular success helping to improve key management and security of controlled drugs.

The range and requirements of areas that need to be secured across healthcare estates is extensive and includes IT and data centres, plant rooms, hazardous materials storage and waste, HR and Executive offices, drug cabinets, lockers, theatres and labs, central pharmacy, mortuary, treatment rooms and wards, and outbuildings.

Bespoke solutions can be created using PROTEC2 CLIQ® technology, which incorporates microelectronics that enable auditing and time scheduling of access rights, recording who used which key and when. The system is proven to save nurses up to 40 minutes per shift searching for keys and improve security of controlled drugs.

What’s more, PROTEC2 CLIQ® is government approved and complies with the Controlled Drugs Regulations offering an ideal solution for Drugs Cabinets, POD lockers and Mobile Drugs Trolleys, to help you pass your CQC audit.

Other solutions include the eCLIQ® master key locking system and TRAKA 21 key management system, as well as an extensive range of Emergency and Panic Escape Doors and door furniture compliant with BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125.

Shaun Powell, General Sales Manager at Abloy UK, said:
“This is the first time we have exhibited at the Health & Care Innovation Expo, and we’re really keen to meet visitors to discuss how we can help with key management and security for healthcare estates.  

“Our innovative solutions are installed in over 25 key healthcare institutions across the UK, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Spire Hospital Manchester and North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, so please visit us on stand 239 to discuss how we can help you.” 
For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or email info@abloy.co.uk




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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Call made for Door Hardware Experts’ input into Building Regulations Consultation

Douglas Masterson,
Guild of Architectural Ironmongers
After recent UK Government investigations found that fire doors from five suppliers failed to meet even the minimum mandatory fire performance standard, door hardware experts are being urged to have their say in the consultation on the clarification of Approved Document B (ADB). 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) began investigating the fire door industry after it was found that a glazed, composite fire door from Grenfell Tower had failed a 30 minute fire resistance test after approximately 15 minutes.

Now work is starting on amending the Approved Document which gives guidance on compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations in England.

The consultation focuses on the clarity and the usability of ADB. In addition the consultation is taking on learning from the Grenfell Public Inquiry and various other consultations that are currently running, including the use of combustible materials and the use of desktop studies and assessments in lieu of fire tests.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) will be producing a response on behalf of the ironmongery industry and is calling for door hardware professionals to participate in the submission.

The consultation asks for comment and evidence on a number of proposed clarifications to ADB including moving the guidance for flats into Volume 1 (Dwellinghouses), clarity of signposting towards other standards, guidance documents or approved documents, and whether there is any guidance in ADB which should be in an industry standard instead.

Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI, said:
“Our members have such vast experience of dealing with fire door hardware. They regularly encounter ironmongery that has been incorrectly specified and have to rectify the mistakes of people who don’t understand the important role of ironmongery on a fire door, or who have struggled to interpret ADB and the other supporting documents. 
“We’re encouraging our members to share these experiences and their technical expertise to drive meaningful change within legislation, helping to improve the scope of standards within the fire door industry and ensure a higher standard of hardware being used throughout the UK.” 

MHCLG has advised that in early autumn 2018 it will launch a wider technical call for evidence on ADB and supporting documents. An announcement of the outcome of the consultations into the use of combustible materials and the use of assessments in lieu of fire tests is expected in late autumn 2018, and in early 2019 a clarified ADB and roadmap for wider technical policy changes will be published.

www.gai.org.uk




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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Yale Responds to Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety


Yale Door and Window Solutions has responded to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which highlights a need for not only practical changes, emphasising the importance of certified products, installation and inspection, but also a change in attitude toward fire safety.

Speaking of the report, Paul Atkinson Sales and Commercial Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions comments: 
“Yale recognises that many of the recommendations made within the review, advocated by Dame Judith Hackitt, are necessary for improving building safety and addressing the lack of testing, standards and product performance. We believe this is a step in the right direction and support the underlying principles of the report. 
“In the future, we would like to see the scope of these recommendations extended. Fire safety should be regarded with critical importance across all building types. The review mentions the possibility of widening the scope of the framework “in due course” to encompass a wider set of residential buildings. This is where it feels proportionate to do so and the recommendation will clearly benefit building standards more broadly.
“The review calls for products, which are critical to building safety (of High Risk Residential Buildings) to be subject to independent third party certification. This will ensure the products installed meet the performance requirements set out in the initial specification.  Yale fully supports this and believes it is fundamental to improving the safety of buildings, though there is a need for more detail around them and a clear plan on how any changes to existing regulations will be enforced.
“Testing and certification of all products that can impact on fire safety should be mandatory and through independent, third party testing, this process can be audited and maintained to the highest standards. We also support the DHF trade body in its recent call for mandatory third-party certification of companies manufacturing, installing or repairing fire resisting doorsets.
“Beyond this, one of the clearest ways to ensure that specifications are followed is through the sharing of information. We believe that data sharing through digital test records for fire doors, as well as the widespread adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM), will form an important part of this improved communication. 
“It is also vital that building regulations reflect the latest standards, as currently they are only reviewed every five years and may not reflect advances in technology and best practice. Product standards should be made more flexible and be updated regularly, in line with the outcomes-based model, which is a less prescriptive approach but one that still requires ownership of solutions.
“We believe that a move towards whole-life costing during the procurement process will make it harder for builders and engineers to substitute in substandard products, as it will include the expense of the higher-quality, certified fittings and equipment. 
“Finally, we believe that certified doorsets should be sold as complete systems or that where the door and door components are from separate suppliers then there should be an audit trail to prove compliance and performance at every stage. This will both reduce the complexity of regulations and make its intended use much clearer to installers.”
Paul adds: “All housing providers, specifiers, consultants and surveyors have a role to play and a duty to ensure that specifications will meet, or exceed, the Building Regulations and British Standards, along with the third-party certification of products. They must also ensure that they do not allow their specifications to be altered if the change will result in products failing to meet these necessary requirements.
“Although it’s pleasing to see the review’s underlying principles and intentions, Yale feels more detail is needed around the suggestions before their effectiveness can be assessed. Across the industry and throughout the review, there is a recognition that no one single change will improve building and fire safety but that a holistic approach, which engages all parties, needs to be adopted and enforced.” 

Yale Door and Window Solutions work in partnership to help registered social landlords and designers during the initial design concept from specification through to manufacture, installation and completion, to ensure there is no compromise on safety.

Regulations and standards surrounding window and door ironmongery are ever changing and to ensure compliance to the very latest requirements Yale’s Specification team are on hand to help.

To find out more call 07793256734 or visit www.yaledws.co.uk.





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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Long and Winding Road: GEZE UK Celebrates its 30th anniversary


When we think of a timeline, we often visualise a journey - a linear path travelled at a steady pace. 

Although GEZE’s route, taken over 155 years, has spurred off in many directions but over the past three decades, has sped to its current destination – a prominent high ground of spearheading innovation in door and window control technology.

The company, which began as a German craftsman’s business and was once a leading name in ski equipment (as the creators of a unique boot binding) is now the ‘go-to’ manufacturer and supplier of an exhaustive range of automatic and manual products and after sales services. GEZE, not only picked up the baton of change with immaculate timing but spread its wings across the globe and gained international recognition in the process.


Part of that expansion led to the creation of GEZE UK – this year celebrating its 30th anniversary – at a pivotal time when the boon of technology was quickly taking hold.

In 1988, when Rick Astley was topping the charts and Stephen Hawking published a ‘History of Time’, GEZE set-up its UK subsidiary in Chelmsford as a distribution centre - primarily in architectural ironmongery - and an export gateway to Commonwealth countries.


Within a decade, the Disability Discrimination Act became law. Accessibility became a key requirement for publicly accessed buildings, triggering a surge in the demand for automatics. This co-incided with the launch of one of GEZE’s most iconic products, the Slimdrive range for sliding doors – so called because of an unobtrusive 7cm operator height. Automatic doors had come of age.

Around this time, GEZE UK was setting up a ‘project division’ (for the supply and installation of automatic doors) in Tamworth. And then, in 2005, moved to a purpose-built facility in Lichfield which combined the distribution, and supply and installation sides of the business. A service division was launched soon after in 2008.


GEZE has become a brand so synonymous with durability and reliability in this sector, that it’s strange to think that it was only 1983 when its owner Brigitte Vöster-Alber jettisoned the company’s popular ski product line to fully concentrate on door and window systems.

It was definitely the right call. In 2017, GEZE had a turnover of €406 million worldwide and a £30 million turnover in the UK.

Kaz Spiewakowski
The business is still a family affair – an influence which shapes its strategic vision and approach. Kaz Spiewakowski, GEZE UK’s managing director, is himself celebrating an anniversary this year, five years at the helm of the UK company.

“It is most definitely a family business which is very empathetic in how it treats its employees. It has great advantages, that family spirit is far less rigid and corporate than many organisations and there is definitely a long-term view.
“I have worked in all sorts of organisations, all have their pros and cons; those owned by venture capitalists reach a target and then get out. It’s about increasing value, reducing costs and maximising topline forecasts, come hell or high water, then selling the business. In PLCs, if there is a profit warning, there are inevitable short-term repercussions to the company’s value etc, it all leads to a lack of stability.
“At GEZE, there are family members engaged in the business at all levels and they have the long term interests of GEZE at the heart of what they do.”

How does this affect the symbiosis between GEZE UK and its parent company in terms of culture and approach?
“Mrs Vöster-Alber is very patient person with a long-term view,” says Kaz. “I enjoy a tremendous amount of arms-length interaction with Germany. There is a natural assimilation to the parent company, the overarching strategy and our staff counterparts, but we are given the autonomy to manage our own market. We understand our routes to market and customer demand on this island, which is quite different to mainland Europe or other regions. I have been given a mandate to get on with it.”

There are company ‘directives’, he admits, but these are incremental to maintaining the strength of the brand, its credentials and approach as an innovative manufacturer and service provider of solutions. 



Understanding the market, its changing needs neatly dovetails into new product development (NPD). Although the majority of GEZE’s NPD is undertaken at its Leonberg HQ, supported by defined resources, budget and testing, its UK subsidiary is given the flexibility to modify or design products where it identifies an emerging demand. Ideas are developed by the technical team or through the established PDP process which are filtered through a gateway system.

“It’s nice for people here to be able to flex their muscles,” says Kaz “It gives them a chance to move away from the day-to-day running of the business and focus on their own projects.
“The thing that we have to be mindful of, is that any modifications don’t compromise the products and that they must undergo rigorous testing.”


Recent examples include the production of a locking bracket for the drive belt of the Slimdrive SL NT operators for sliding doors – a solution that was created out of test parts from a 3D printer, and a water-resistant underfloor operator that was devised to meet particular client needs.

Technology has brought about the greatest changes in the fortunes of GEZE and that pace of change has been most significant in the past 10-15 years. There has been a digital revolution as opposed to an evolution which have been demonstrated by products such as the GEZE cockpit and range of smart ventilation products that marry the natural environment with digitisation that can orchestrate the working conditions, safety and security of a whole building. 


Says Steve Marshall, GEZE UK’s Service Director:
 “We have always been part of a very technical landscape but technological requirements now are as much about digitisation and system integration as they are about hardware. Safety, security and environmental requirements are key considerations and feature highly on customer’s shopping lists.”
He believes that embracing modern technologies is where the company’s future lies.
“On the service side, we have already seen tremendous change in who our customers are and the frameworks in which they operate. We have been responsive to those needs and kept apace to ensure that we can meet and exceed those demands and will continue to do so by embracing new technologies and adapting them for future needs.”
These include a variety of digital applications – software is now leading the pace of change just as hardware did a few short decades ago. In particular, artificial intelligence (AI) and remote management look set to be incorporated to provide enhanced levels of expertise and application out ‘in the field’.

Although a ‘satellite’ to its parent company – with over 250 employees in the UK, compared to 2,500 in Germany – there is a self-determination that propels GEZE UK to ever-greater things.

“We have great expectations of the future – and we expect a lot of ourselves,” concludes Kaz.






To find out more about Geze visit: www.geze.co.uk






















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Monday, 27 August 2018

dormakaba Launches New RIBA Approved Fire Door CPD


Leading access and security solutions provider dormakaba has released a new CPD on the requirements for Door Hardware on Fire Doors. 

The seminar discusses the latest legal requirements, the types of Certification for Fire Door Hardware and the correct application for fire Doors. The launch of this new CPD falls in line with Fire Door Safety week, taking place from 24th-30th September.

Those who complete the seminar will benefit from a comprehensive insight into what to consider when selecting fire door closures. This includes the latest updates to CE Marking, the necessary classification codes, the importance of a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and the detailed requirements listed in Approved Document B in order to meet Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations 2010 (SI 2000/2214) for England and Wales.


The seminar also outlines the detrimental impact of incorrect hardware selection and looks into all aspects of fire door safety including hinges, locks, push pads and signage, which are all equally important in the respect of fire door compliance. 

The new CPD can also be completed in the dormakaba mobile showroom, a customised vehicle housing twenty-two fully operable doors installed with a variety of door closures, automatic operators and panic hardware. The showbus includes an LCD screen to provide an interior suitable for hands-on training.

“When it comes to fire door safety, an understanding of compliance, to all the relevant legislation, is essential to provide the protection needed for the building and its occupants,” commented Graham Holland, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba. “As a trusted partner for premium access solutions and services, we take our responsibility seriously, by sharing our expert knowledge to enable the design and construction of safe buildings.” 

For more information and to register on dormakaba’s available CPD’s please visit, www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Goodwood to host most valuable Motor Race in the World


The 20th anniversary of the Goodwood Revival will play host to perhaps the most expensive motor race ever held. 

Thirty pre-1963 GT cars, with a combined value approaching £200 million, will assemble on the Goodwood Motor Circuit for the Kinrara Trophy on the evening of Friday 7 September. Once the flag drops, they will race for 60 minutes, through sunset and into dusk.

In total, across the entire Revival, there will be in excess of half a billion pounds worth of classic machinery. Most of these will be racing over the weekend in one of the 15 scheduled races. 


The Kinrara Trophy is a Revival favourite, and the field is restricted to closed-cockpit GT cars, with an engine size of three litres or more, of a type that raced before 1963. 

There will be ten Ferrari 250 GT SWBs on the grid, including the unique ‘Breadvan’, alongside a pair of GTOs, including a very rare 330 GTO. They will compete against four Aston Martin DB4 GTs and a phalanx of Jaguar E-types, plus two AC Cobras and a Maserati 3500 GT.


In addition to being possibly the most valuable collection of cars ever raced together, the Kinrara Trophy is one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles in motorsport. 

The distinct sound of Ferrari V12s, Aston Martin and Jaguar straight-sixes, and Cobra V8s, combined with the sight of some of the 20th century’s most stylish and iconic cars battling wheel-to-wheel into the dusk, is a true only-at-the-Revival experience.


The Duke of Richmond said:
“It is fitting that as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Revival, we have put together the most valuable Kinrara Trophy grid ever. As a boy I watched these cars race at Goodwood when they were new and could not have imagined how valuable cars like the Ferrari 250 GT SWB would be today. 
“This year we have ten of them in the Kinrara Trophy, and that’s only a third of the grid. Most would expect to find cars of this value locked away in a garage or museum. But at the Revival you will find them racing into the dusk, headlights blazing, and brake discs glowing as they roar around one of the fastest and most demanding circuits in the UK. 
“It is a thrilling and unforgettable experience for spectators, and a nerve-tingling one for the owners and drivers. It truly is one of the greatest spectacles in motor racing and I look forward to seeing you all there.”


The last batch of Friday and Sunday tickets are available, but selling fast, so act quickly to secure your place. Contact the Goodwood Ticket Office, www.goodwood.com or call 01243 755055.


Goodwood Motor Sport on social media: 

YouTube: youtube.com/goodwoodtv

Facebook: facebook.com/goodwoodrrc

Twitter: twitter.com/goodwoodrrc





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Saturday, 25 August 2018

New research reveals The Homebuilding & Renovating Show provides a serious quality audience to exhibitors



The number of visitors attending The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows who are working on a live project is increasing year on year, according to new research from the event organisers Future PLC. 

The last show of 2017 emphasised the quality and commitment of the show’s audience with 80 per cent of visitors undertaking a live project, significantly increasing the ROI for exhibitors.

As a result, the organisers are now issuing a call for entry to those that are interesting in exhibiting at this year’s London and Harrogate events taking place in ExCeL between 21 and 23 September and HCC from 2 to 4 November. 


According to the recent show survey, 32 per cent of the audience had over £100k to spend and 84 per cent made or considered making a purchase as a result of attending the show. For exhibitors, this provides significant benefits, as the main reason the majority of visitors attend the shows is to find the right products and services for their upcoming or current projects.

In light of the new GDPR legislation, the event is also an opportunity for exhibitors to meet new clients face-to-face and shore up their databases with fresh quality and relevant contacts.

Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future PLC, says:
“The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows are the go-to events for any serious self-builder or renovator. From our research, we know that we attract committed, serious visitors who have live projects and are very passionate about their building and renovating works.
“We’re delighted that we can bring the latest products in the industry directly to the individuals who are most excited to see them. At our London show last year, 53 per cent of visitors admitted that they do not visit any other show, as The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has everything they need under one roof.”
The events are designed to deliver advice and resources for visitors keen on building their own home or renovating it. They cover a wide range of interests from extensions; conversions; home DIY; planning permission; interiors; lighting; doors; windows; renewable technologies; heating systems; project insurance; energy efficiency; home insurance; building regulations, and more. 
 
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show’s portfolio consists of seven shows this year, covering key venues including Birmingham, London, Harrogate, Glasgow, Surrey, Somerset, Edinburgh, and their nearby affluent areas. 

In addition to these locations, the event organisers are planning the brand’s expansion by launching another exhibition at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in January 2019.
 





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Friday, 24 August 2018

DHF expands its Gate-Safety offering with a New One-Day Training Course


DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) is launching a new one-day Automated Gate Safety Certificate Course, aimed at automated gate and traffic barrier installation and maintenance operatives, in addition to sales people, who may wish to expand their knowledge.  

The new course, which is available to both members and non-members, will launch on 3rd October 2018.  In addition to learning how to use relevant parts of DHF TS 011:2018, attendees will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the standards affecting the safety of new installations, maintenance and repair of automated gates and traffic barriers.

This new course complements the existing two-day Gate Safety Diploma course which is specifically aimed at employees who have overall responsibility for managing and influencing legal compliance within their company.

Since its launch in 2013, more than 1800 delegates have successfully completed this course.  The one-day training course, launched in response to industry demand, will help enhance the vital skills of those ‘on the front line’ with regard to maintenance and installation.

DHF’s Marketing Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, explains:
“We are delighted to launch the new one-day Automated Gate Safety Certificate Course, which will target those who actually undertake the important tasks of installing, maintaining and repairing,” she says. 
“It is imperative that the appropriate level of training is available for both management and operatives, all of whom have a legal responsibility with regard to gate safety.  As a federation, we remain committed to raising standards through our comprehensive training courses.  There is simply no place in our industry for illegal products and unsafe installations.”
The one-day training course will take place at DHF’s new head office near Tamworth, which has a state-of-the-art training academy and parking for more than 40 cars.  It is located just four miles from junction 11 of the M42.
“Our new head office provides extensive space and first-class amenities, both of which will facilitate a positive, learning experience for our delegates,” adds Patricia.  
“We have also negotiated corporate rates for accommodation at the nearby Appleby Park Hotel for those attending any of our training courses.  We expect a swift take-up of our new gate safety course.”  
For queries related to training, please email DHF’s training department: training@dhfonline.org.uk

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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Jewers Sliding-Folding Doors replace Roller Shutters Qatari Sewage Treatment Works


The installation of two sets of large Osprey sliding-folding doors completes the upgrade of the pumping station building, an integral part of the sewerage treatment works which services the regions of Doha and Rayyan in Qatar.


Ashgal, the public works authority for Qatar, commissioned Jewers Doors’ local reseller Rumaillah Warehouse Equipment to supply and install the doors, which are a far more robust system than the original roller shutters, which had suffered damage and regularly failed due to the high winds and other climatic factors experienced in Qatar. 

 
Access to the front and back of the building is via two sets of 5 metre wide by 5 metre high doors, which can accommodate even the tallest of road vehicles without compromising headroom. Each door is configured in 6 leaves sliding and folding to one side and clear of the opening to provide a full clearance for traffic. 

 Each door is electrically operated via a variable speed drive motor controlled by a fully programmable digital control panel incorporating lid mounted push buttons. For safety, each door is fitted with optical safety edges and presence detections systems to protect users during door operation.

Doors are fully sealed against the harsh Qatar environment with weathertight EPDM seals to all edges, and each door panel incorporates a generous 400mm x 1200mm double glazed toughened glass vision panel in a thermally broken aluminium frame to provide visibility and light through the closed door. 

 Door leaves are fully insulated with dense 50mm polyurethane and are finished with a light grey powder coating on the outside and an internal white Plastisol lining, which combine to virtually eliminate the heat from the sun transmitting through the door, whilst providing a long-lasting durable finish.

Jewers’ Regional Sales Manager; Ben Pritchard commented

“Jewers Doors have now been approved for installation by many government agencies in the Middle East. Not only do our doors meet the high standards specified for government installations, but the current exchange rate means we offer even better value. With our office in Dubai and locally based installers in each GCC country, Jewers are ideally placed to provide an excellent service throughout the Middle East.”

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

P C Henderson attends ‘DIY SOS Big Reveal’ after donating Sliding Door Hardware


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer – P C Henderson – is once again delighted to donate its Rustic 80 sliding barn door hardware to the hit BBC home renovation series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’. 

The company’s marketing team recently attended the ‘Big Reveal’ in North Shields, UK to welcome the family into their newly renovated home.

Running for 18 years and attracting up to 15 million viewers per episode, the award winning show - presented by Nick Knowles and his team - takes on renovation projects across the UK to help well deserving families. 

Relying on the support and generosity of local tradespeople and suppliers - P C Henderson was more than happy to donate its hardware to the programmes most recent project.


Living in a semi-detached 1950s house in North Shields, Rachael and John Matthews have three children – the youngest of which, Evelyn, has a rare genetic condition called CHARGE syndrome. 

The condition means that Evelyn suffers from many associated medical conditions; she cannot sit unaided, is registered blind, requires 24 hour care and also has chronic kidney failure - requiring Evelyn to be hooked up to a dialysis machine overnight.

The hit show stepped in to help the family rebuild their home and lives through a dramatic 9 day renovation. The renovation included a single story extension at the rear of the property and a garage conversion to provide a new bedroom and separate bathroom for Evelyn. 

The bedroom is now big enough to accommodate vital medical equipment as well as providing a safe space for an adapted bed, hoist, dialysis machine and a sensory area. The extra space also allows for storage of Evelyn’s medical supplies which were previously kept in a purposefully built shed in the garden, which wasn’t practical. 


P C Henderson’s black Rustic 80 sliding door hardware has been used in the properties hallway for access to the living room and utility room. Evelyn is unable to be left alone so the family required a downstairs area which was more spacious and open plan - P C Henderson is hoping the sliding door mechanisms have assisted in achieving this.

Stephanie Lee, Marketing Manager at P C Henderson, commented: 
“It was fantastic to attend the DIY SOS: Big Reveal today and hear firsthand how local tradespeople and suppliers have come together to help transform the family’s home and lives. Evelyn’s mother - Rachael - explained to us that the renovation means Evelyn can now stay at home with her loving family as she has all the medical supplies and equipment around her that she needs - the North East community should be very proud”.

“We’ve donated products to DIY SOS in the past but haven't been able to attend the Big Reveal due to the families being located far away. As a North East England based company we were delighted to hear that the programme was coming to the region and jumped at the chance to help”.
It is still yet to be announced when the episode will air but will be publicised closer to the time.

Available in a matt black or a stainless steel finish, P C Henderson’s Rustic 80 sliding barn door hardware is suitable for internal wooden doors weighing up to 80 kg. The hardware is ideal for period properties, barn conversions or simply for a unique feature in the home.

www.pchenderson.com




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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Feature Packed Electric Releases From Securefast


The latest addition to the wide choice of Securefast electric locking and access control solutions, the new range of slimline AL900 series Electric Releases offers ANSI style door release and are supplied complete with stainless steel short or long faceplates for use in a wide range of metal and timber door applications.

The versatile AL900 electric release is designed to work with all leading brands of deadlocking night latch locks. With a holding force of 1000lbs, when an electrical current is applied to the mechanism the release will either open (Fail Safe) or lock into position (Fail Secure). 

The Securefast electric releases also have two forms of monitoring, either latch (AL900M) or latch with door position versions available (AL900DM). For convenience and preference, the electric releases whilst on site can be simply converted to fail safe or fail secure mode by the straight forward removal of a holding screw.


With features including weather resistance, ease of installation, long and short faceplates included in the pack and simple fail safe/fail secure changeover, the adaptable AL900 electric releases also benefit from conversation from 12V to 24V by a simple reconfiguration of the connecting the wires.

For further information on the AL900 series of Electric Releases or for any other safety and security products in the Securefast range please contact the sales hotline on 01704 502801 or simply visit the website at www.securefast.co.uk



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Monday, 20 August 2018

Cotswold Café extended using W20 Steel Screens and Doors


Longborough in Gloucestershire is located in one of the UK's most beautiful landscapes, with a unique architectural style that uses mellow limestone walls containing metal framed windows.

This heritage continues with a member of the Steel Window Association having recently been called upon to supply W20 screens and doors for the extension of a popular café and food store.

Cotswold Casements is based five miles away in Moreton-in-Marsh and has developed a good working relationship with local builder, Nathan Clarke: carrying out the design, manufacture and installation of three screens at the Cotswold Food Store in Longborough, the largest measuring just over three metres wide by 2.2 metres high.

With the central screen including a double door and each side screen having top opening casements to allow ventilation into the café, this contract demonstrates the full potential of W20 profiles. The slim section size offers optimum glass area to maximise light entering any building; while offering a distinctive appearance. Then, employing ‘parliament hinges' enables the doors to fold fully back when the weather allows. Satin chrome Frank Allart door handles and SWF satin chrome window furniture further enhance the performance and appearance of the installation.

The builder, Nathan Clarke, who commissioned the SWA member to supply and install the fenestration, commented: 
"There was a planning requirement to keep the windows in a similar style, and with the building being over a hundred years old, I feel the W20 frames really fitted with the architecture. Overall, Cotswold Casements did an amazing job and I have worked with the company on a number of jobs elsewhere across the area."
The screens, doors and windows are glazed with 4-8-4 sealed units featuring low-E, low iron glass containing Krypton gas in the cavity to offer an overall U value of 1.8 W/m2 K.

In addition to renovation and replica refurbishment projects where architectural heritage often influences the choice of fenestration, Steel Window Association members are also involved in a lot of new build work.

Both the W20 and W40 steel sections provide the high security and durability regularly required for school and hospital buildings as well as commercial developments, with the use of high performance IG units enabling the different options to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations.

The Cotswold Food Store & Café has been run by husband and wife, Bernard and Joanne Williams since 2014, championing local produce and top quality, friendly service. Cotswold Casements completed its work at the Café around the turn of the year.

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.




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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Celebrating 60 years of the pivotal DB4


Aston Martin stunned the world when it first unveiled DB4 in 1958 and now, on its 60th anniversary, an exclusive display will take place at the Concours of Elegance, hosted at Hampton Court Palace, from the 31 August until 2 September 2018. 

Assembled by the Aston Martin Owners Club, the line-up will include a DB4 prototype, an example of DB4 Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 plus an original DB4 GT, DB4 GT Zagato and DB4 Bertone Jet. The newly launched DB4 GT Continuation will also form part of the display.


Joining this exquisite line-up will be the latest Aston Martin models to bear the famous David Brown badge including the DB11 Grand Tourer and the brand’s latest release, the DBS Superleggera. Although not a part of the DB bloodline, Aston Martin’s two-seater sports car Vantage and special edition Rapide AMR will also be at the Concours of Elegance, giving visitors a chance to see the famous marques most recent iterations.

Aston Martin president of the UK and South Africa, Phil Eaglesfield, said:
“Beauty, performance and quality are still central to Aston Martin’s ethos as a brand, something that was initiated by David Brown and something which we still exemplify. 

“We continue to produce cars with the famous DB initials and the DB11 Coupe, DB11 Volante and DBS Superleggera that exist on our current range carry the same characteristics as their predecessors. We create cars with genuine passion that sit side by side with the iconic vehicles of our past.”

DB4 was the first in the Aston Martin trilogy that included DB5 and DB6, a series of three magnificent cars that secured the brand’s position in the hall of automotive fame. Handcrafted at Aston Martin’s, Newport Pagnell facility, DB4 was the brand’s first true Grand Tourer.

It was an entirely new car with the platform chassis, disc brakes and 3.7-litre straight six-cylinder engine developed especially for the DB4, quite an achievement for a highly regarded but small British manufacturer.

The evolution of the DB4 was gradual but constant with each ‘Series’ categorising individual changes to design or engineering performance. In 1959, the DB4 GT was introduced following on from its DB4 GT prototype forefather, DP199, that was raced by Sir Stirling Moss at Silverstone winning its first ever outing at the BRDC race in 1959.

With bodywork made of thinner aluminum, the wheelbase reduced by 13cm, the engine tuned and the rear seats removed on all but a few examples, the DB4 GT enjoyed a long and distinguished career on the racing circuit.



The DB4 GT Zagato is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Each DB4 GT rolling chassis was sent over to the Zagato factory in Milan where it received a lightweight body designed by Ercole Spada, creating the distinctive design.

Raced at Le Mans, the factory only ever planned to produce 25 with only 19 cars completed. Due to its relative scarcity, the DB4 Zagato is considered one of the most desirable Aston Martins ever built.

Tickets to see the DB4 anniversary display at Concours of Elegance can be purchased from concoursofelegance.co.uk.


About Aston Martin Lagonda: 

Aston Martin Lagonda is a luxury automotive group focused on the creation of exclusive cars and SUVs.  The iconic Aston Martin brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and graceful styling to produce pioneering models including the DB11, Rapide S, DBS Superleggera, Vantage and Vanquish Zagato. 

The Lagonda brand will relaunch in 2021 as the world’s first luxury electric vehicle company. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin Lagonda designs, creates and exports cars which are sold in 53 countries around the world.

Lagonda was founded in 1904 and Aston Martin in 1913. The two brands came together in 1947 when both were purchased by the late Sir David Brown. Under the leadership of Dr Andy Palmer and a new management team, the Group launched its Second Century Plan in 2015 to deliver sustainable long-term growth.

The plan is underpinned by the introduction of new models including the DB11, new Vantage, DBS Superleggera and an SUV, as well as the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales.



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