Thursday, 26 May 2022

Aperio® wireless locks help Scottish university achieve its sustainability goals


As the home of the renowned St Andrews Prize for the Environment, the University of St Andrews has sustainability at the heart of its ethos. For student accommodation, university managers sought an energy-efficient access control solution which respected and reflected these principles.

A major challenge facing the university was that multiple different standalone access control technologies had been installed piecemeal at student halls over the years. To upgrade the accommodation, university managers sought a more suitable, integrated solution.

They university chose Aperio® battery powered electronic escutcheons from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. Approximately 1,600 doors so far are equipped with electronic access control — without cabling.

The Aperio® devices integrate fully and work flexibly with both the university’s existing central system and their student ID card. University security managers continue to enjoy the efficiency benefits of monitoring and controlling access from a single point and in real time, including for doors in multiple buildings.

Security and energy efficiency

In comparison to a wired access control solution, Aperio® devices offer significant energy efficiency benefits. Escutcheons are wireless, so can be installed with little energy use and no need for wiring to mains electricity. They consume zero energy when idle and run on standard batteries, consuming little power during operation.

Maintenance involves a change of battery every two years (approx.); nothing more. Through its entire life-cycle, Aperio® combines energy efficiency with cost effectiveness: Energy cost savings during operation are estimated to be around 70% lower than for comparable wired locking*. In doing so, Aperio® contributes to the university’s sustainability goals.

Aperio® locks’ online integration with St Andrews’ central management system has improved access for all building users. “Aperio® interfaces with our central access control system, which gives us central management and control,” says Pauline Brown, Associate Chief Information Officer at University of St Andrews. “We get 24/7 monitoring and reporting when required.”

Student ID is also combined with the room entry credential, which saves issuing two cards. Staff and maintenance teams can have access rights issued or changed with a couple of clicks in the system. The whole experience is streamlined.

The Aperio® advantage

Battery powered Aperio® cylinders, escutcheons, handles and locks can be fitted as a new access control system or extend an existing installation by linking new doors to the same system wirelessly. There’s no need for staff to change their credentials, nor for anyone to carry more than one card or fob.

Aperio® is built to work seamlessly within almost every building system, from over 100 different manufacturers and counting. One control panel manages everything.

Installation is quick, because there’s no cabling around the door, no invasive building work, and no need to change door hardware. Aperio® devices fit almost any opening or security level, wood, glass or aluminium doors, from fire and escape doors to meeting rooms, labs and offices.

For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK, such as the Aperio® solution, visit this link, call 01902 364 500, or email info@abloy.co.uk.


 



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Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Introducing a new way to roll - RollMatic 2 from Hörmann UK


Hörmann UK have launched their new RollMatic 2 roller garage door, developed to specifically address the industry wide problem of scratching associated with roller doors. 

RollMatic 2 offers the market enhanced roller door performance by combining the inherent technological benefits from the original RollMatic range with advanced features and material technology.

Reasons to roll with Hörmann:
  • A unique system which provides cushioning as the door curtain rolls up. Durabelt is located within the barrel and uses material technology originally developed for the Automotive market which sits between the inner and outer face of the curtain helping to reduce the risk of marking or scratching.

  • The use of a reed switch to stop the curtain electrically at the fully open position means a reduction of lath-on-lath damage from mechanical resistance.

  • Advanced material technology helps minimises lath-on-lath contact and leads to a noticeable reduction of noise as the door opens and closes when compared to other roller doors on the market.

  • RollMatic 2 is supplied with Hörmann BlueSecur Bluetooth automation as standard allowing operation from a Smart phone.

  • Featuring a 77mm lath, RollMatic 2 is available as either internal or external roller options and is available in heights from 1600mm to 3100mm and widths from 1000mm to 6000mm.

  • Available in Traffic white and 13 RAL colours as well as Chartwell green and Noir sable (Anthracite metallic), RollMatic 2 is also available in two Decopaint and Decograin timber design options.

To see the RollMatic 2 door in action please click here to view the new promotional video.


For more information about the Hörmann range of products visit www.hormann.co.uk





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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

No More Lock Outs and Lost Keys with the ABUS Smart Bluetooth Key Storage Solution


Lost keys, lock outs, and forgotten combinations are a thing of the past, with the launch of the new ABUS Smart Bluetooth Key Storage.

No need to hide a key under a plant pot, or under the mat. The new key safe from ABUS opens using a smart phone app using Bluetooth technology, so it is safer and more reliable to use than ever before saving hassle, time, and key replacement costs.


This innovative new Bluetooth product , with its solid metal housing made from pressure-cast zinc, pry-resistant mechanism, and smart technology is the latest innovation from ABUS, the company that still leads the field in padlock technology for any application from industrial to leisure. 


Access can be granted temporarily or permanently to users so that guests, carers, or maintenance teams can access as required. Access can be scheduled in advance via the Android or iOS app which will also send tamper and low-battery notifications. A digital numerical keypad acts as a back up if no phone is present.


ABUS is a global manufacturer of high quality, innovative security, access and safety solutions with nearly 100 years’ history of innovation. ABUS UK is part of a worldwide group of companies that supplies and distributes a huge range of both electronic and mechanical security products and systems for home, mobile security, and commercial security.

www.abus.com/uk





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Monday, 23 May 2022

Schüco launches new and improved AS FD bi-fold door system


Schüco is proud to announce the launch of its new AS FD bi-fold door system. It delivers the largest maximum leaf size on the market, slim profiles and simplified fabrication and installation. The AS FD 75 will launch in May 2022 and the AS FD 90.HI will be available from September.

The doors provide the company’s slimmest bi-fold sightlines yet at 90mm. A maximum leaf width of 1500m and height of 3500mm offer customers greater views with minimal obstruction, while the option of a new 3-point handle operated lock provides more familiar operation.

Installation is made easier with an 8mm +/- adjustment profile and integrated rebate profiles reduce the production time compared to previous models. Integrated profiles and a reinforced outer frame profile reduce assembly and replacement time.

The new AS FD range features improved performance qualities compared to previous Schüco bi-fold doors. Increased airtightness enables the AS FD 75/90.HI to achieve U-values as low as 1.0, ensuring compliance with the new Part L building regulations. New locking options and four drainage levels in two gasket profiles make the doors more watertight. They also run quietly thanks to a new roller carriage and solid tracks.

Moreover, the AS FD 75/90.HI are adaptable, stable and reliable thanks to adjustment profiles, a guide carrier with greater tolerance and strengthened outer frame profiles.

All the necessary software for CNC machining is in place and the system is already available on SchüCal and LogiKal for Schüco partners.

In September 2022, Schüco will be rolling out the new AS FD bi-fold doors in more opening configurations with additional barrier-free threshold options, giving customers the ability to customise the door opening to meet their needs.

Find out more by visiting: www.schueco.uk/asfd.

 



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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Steve Nichols’ N1Aa Gets The Green Light For Production


After several years of intensive development and thousands of miles of testing on road and track, the decision has been made to start low volume production of the NICHOLS N1A.


The brainchild of former McLaren Chief Designer Steve Nichols who led the technical team responsible for the McLaren MP4/4, the most successful F1 car of all time, the NICHOLS N1A is a celebration of his close ties with the Woking company, being a modern interpretation of the very first McLaren, the M1A.

“We didn’t set out with the intention of going into production,” says Nichols. “It was an idea that John Minett, Nichols Cars’ CEO, and I had been talking about for a while. In the end we thought we might as well build one and see how it turned out.
“Once people saw it on the road, the response was incredible. It’s a bit like the original M1A that started the whole McLaren story. Bruce McLaren built it as a one-off for his own personal use. Then people starting asking him if he could produce a few more!”


Although obviously inspired by the M1A, the NICHOLS is a very different, thoroughly modern, proposition.

Visually it is much more aggressive, with a ground-hugging nose, wide, powerful flanks and aerodynamics honed in the wind tunnel to produce positive, balanced, downforce front and rear. The result is a fitting tribute to the M1A but at the same time a shape which is thoroughly contemporary.

As is the technology under the skin. The NICHOLS features a state-of-the-art aluminium and carbon fibre chassis with wishbone suspension all around, guaranteeing fabulous handling. 

“One of the most rewarding aspects of the project,” says Nichols, “has been the opportunity to work with some incredible world-leading experts on structures and suspension, based here in the UK, as well as some fantastic colleagues from my McLaren days.”
An obvious feature the N1A shares with the original is a large capacity American V8. With a choice of power outputs ranging from 450 to 650 bhp and a target weight including fluids of under 900 kilos, performance is guaranteed to be spectacular.


Whilst it’s probably best to use a racetrack to unleash its full potential, the NICHOLS N1A has been designed with road use very much in mind, weather permitting!

The car will make its debut in the second quarter of 2022.

Further information may be found at: https://nichols-cars.com.






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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Warning As Three Quarters Of Fire Doors Fail Inspections


One of the UK’s leading fire door inspection organisations has warned of a “tragedy waiting to happen” after it revealed three quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors did not meet the required standard.

The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS)’s data, based on more than 100,000 fire door inspections carried out by its approved inspectors in 2021, found that 75% of fire doors failed to meet the required standards, putting lives at risk in the event of a fire.


Alarmingly, buildings that had the highest number of fire door inspection failures included healthcare buildings, local authorities and housing associations, and private housing. Given that these buildings’ fire doors are subject to higher use and traffic than other building types, regular inspection and maintenance is key to ensuring they remain fit for purpose throughout their lifespan.

Louise Halton, FDIS Scheme Manager, said: 
“With the vast majority of fire doors in the UK failing inspections, it’s sad to say that a tragedy is simply waiting to happen, especially so in buildings that are home to vulnerable residents. But this situation is entirely preventable and, at this stage, still reversible. A fit for purpose fire door can save lives, so now is the time for all of those responsible for fire safety to urgently inspect fire doors in their buildings and act immediately if faults are identified.
“It’s crucial that reputable and trained fire door inspectors, such as those approved by the FDIS, carry out fire door inspections. However, the ongoing reporting of maintenance issues with fire doors is a role for us all – every building user should play a proactive role in reporting any faults to ensure they are quickly addressed so that the building’s safety is maintained.”
The most common reasons for inspection failure - which can be a result of one or multiple issues - were excessive gaps between the door and the frame (77%), care and maintenance issues (54%), and issues over smoke sealing (37%). In almost a third (31%) of cases, inspections failed due to improper installation – meaning those doors were never fit to perform the task of holding back fire and smoke.

The inspection data also revealed inspectors’ top three fire safety concerns as a lack of fire door maintenance, and poor knowledge of fire safety responsibilities and a limited understanding of the role fire doors play in keeping people safe by those responsible for building fire safety.

Louise Halton adds, “The issues surrounding the understanding and knowledge of those responsible for fire safety was also highlighted in the FDIS’ inspection data released in 2020 as a key concern. This clearly demonstrates the need for individuals throughout the building safety sector to have access to quality training, assessment and examination to ensure their knowledge is up to date, and that they understand the fundamental role of a fire door - which is only fit for purpose if it is maintained correctly and inspected regularly.”

The positive news is that there is a will to improve. Since the introduction of the Building Safety Bill (now the Building Safety Act 2022), 77% of FDIS inspectors have seen an increase in demand for fire door inspections. This indicates the importance and effect of the legislation in encouraging building owners and fire safety professionals to take a more proactive approach to fire door safety and maintenance.

The FDIS certified inspectors are uniquely trained to undertake fire door inspections and improve building fire safety. All approved inspectors have completed the FDIS certificated inspector training and onsite assessment, which provides an understanding of fire doors and their components, including testing and certification, regulations and standards, inspection, and maintenance.

For more information about the FDIS and to find an approved FDIS Inspector, visit: https://fdis.co.uk/





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Friday, 20 May 2022

Europe's largest door manufacturer, Hörmann UK, renew SBD membership


Hörmann UK has recently renewed their membership with Secured by Design (SBD), achieving Police Preferred Specification on their ‘Hörmann ThermoPro Steel Entrance Single Leaf Doorset Range’, alongside several of their garage doors and vehicular roller shutter doors.

Secured by Design (SBD) is the official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings with the aim to reduce crime through good design. SBD is the only way to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

SBD plays an undeniable role in crime prevention, as seen within their product-based accreditation scheme, Police Preferred Specification (PPS). PPS successfully provides a recognised standard for all security-related products that can be used to both deter and reduce crime. Products are subjected to vigorous testing and auditing by an accredited third-party organisation before being allowed to carry the SBD logo.


Based in Coalville, Leicestershire, Hörmann UK is part of the Hörmann Group, a family-owned business that manufactures and supplies a wide range of high-quality, security-conscious doors and perimeter protection systems for both commercial and private real estate.

Founded in 1935, the Hörmann Group are a global operation and is Europe’s largest door manufacturer, having delivered more than twenty million garage doors to customers worldwide. Alongside being the market leader in domestic garage and entrance doors, Hörmann also supplies industry-leading industrial doors and an extensive range of loading bay technology.


As a fourth-generation family-owned and run business, the Hörmann Group have always taken their social and environmental responsibility seriously. The objective of successive generations of the family has been to hand over a financially, ethically sound business that provides a green platform in sustainable manufacturing for future generations to come.

With over one million homes built to SBD standards, and witnessing reductions in crime of up to 87%, SBD plays a hugely significant role in the planning process, continuing with their aim to design out crime by good design.

Doug Skins, Development Officer at Secured by Design added: 
“Hörmann UK have an impressive range of high-quality security products, we are delighted to continue working alongside them for many more years to come”.
Secured by Design was established over 30 years ago and works with many partner organisations ranging from the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, right through to local authorities, housing associations, architects, developers and manufacturers. SBD also maintains close links with standards authorities and certification bodies to ensure it remains up to date with emerging criminal trends.

There are currently many hundreds of SBD member companies producing thousands of attack resistant crime prevention products across 30 different crime categories. See the full range of SBD member companies and their product categories here: https://www.securedbydesign.com/member-companies/accredited-product-search


Contact Hörmann UK Ltd:

T: 01530 513000
E: info@hormann.co.uk
W: www.hormann.co.uk

Contact Secured by Design (SBD):

T: 020 3862 3999
E: enquiries@police-cpi.co.uk
W: www.securedbydesign.com



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Thursday, 19 May 2022

FIT Show Makes Triumphant Return


FIT Show, the UK’s only dedicated trade show for the window, door, glass, hardware and components industry, has made a triumphant return with its delayed 2021 event (Birmingham NEC, May 10 - 12, 2022)

Organisers reported record visitor pre-registration numbers, with over ten percent of these being made on the day before the show opened. The atmosphere within the halls at the NEC reflected the appetite that the industry had to get back to face-to-face business, and to support its trade show.

FIT Show was due to take place in 2021 but was delayed three times due to the impact of the global pandemic. Reopening this May without restrictions, the event delivered over 170 brands as part of its exhibitor lineup and more than 30 hours of CPD approved learning content. 


FIT Show event director, Nickie West comments: 
“I’m still absolutely buzzing after returning from a very successful three days of FIT Show. We were anticipating strong visitor numbers based on our pre registration data, but I don’t think anything could quite prepare us for the atmosphere, goodwill and camaraderie in the halls throughout the show. 
“Our exhibitors were consistently busy, our seminars reached capacity on more than one occasion and our late night parties saw people quite literally dancing in the aisles. It was everything the team and I hoped that it would be, and more.”

A number of brands used FIT Show as a launchpad to market, with debuts from the likes of Compdoor, Solar-Calibre, DAKO, Rockdoor, UK Doors Online, Checkatrade and Google Nest. The event also saw the return of a number of legacy FIT Show brands including Haffner, SmartReady VEKA, Ultraframe, Selecta Systems, Brisant-Secure, Business Pilot and Made for Trade.

Exhibitors went to great lengths to deliver a first class event for visitors, with ambitious and innovative stand builds supported by strong marketing campaigns. Morley Glass, FIT Show first timer Strongdor, and Britmet Lightweight Roofing won awards for driving and converting the most visitors with their campaigns. 


Hot on the heels of its May 2022 event, FIT Show organisers have confirmed the dates of the next show, which will return to the NEC Birmingham from 23 - 25 May, 2023. FIT Show will continue to follow a biennial frequency, placing the show in Fensterbau Frontale’s ‘off year’. The May 2023 edition will be followed by FIT Show 2025 and return every other year thereafter. 

It is an exciting time for FIT Show with 2023 marking the ten year anniversary since its launch, and its seventh outing. Organisers are already receiving a strong amount of support for its return next year. 


Nickie continues:
“We have already had strong support for our 2023 event with 45 brands, including the likes of Haffner, ODL, Morley Glass, Selecta Systems, DAKO, Bel'M and Comar - amongst others - rebooking for next year. We’re also having positive conversations with a number of brand leaders who weren’t quite ready to exhibit in 2022 but who are planning to return in 2023.
“It’s going to be a very special event as we commemorate ten years of innovation, growth and success for the whole industry and we hope they’ll join us to celebrate this special FIT Show landmark.” 

FIT Show brings every link in the fenestration supply chain together under one roof across three days. Exhibitors include fabricators, systems houses and suppliers of the leading products and services across windows, doors, flat glass, hardware and components. 






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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Garador Steps Up for the Ride


Hundreds of fundraising cyclists have been successfully returned to their departure point thanks to the efforts of leading garage door manufacturer Garador.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge is a major fundraising event to support the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. This year’s event, in May, saw cyclists of all ages, from 79 to 9 years old, taking part, riding the 54 miles from Watchet in North Somerset to West Bay on the Dorset south coast. But after completing the ride, they needed to get back to their cars.


Garador stepped in by sending their large capacity lorries to transport the cyclists and their bikes back to their starting point.

“We were delighted to be able to help out,” said Garador’s Managing Director Neil Discombe. “Our vehicles are equipped with special access systems so that the bikes could easily be wheeled into the lorries and firmly secured for the journey. Our drivers gave their time for free and successfully transported the cyclists and their bicycles back to their cars.
“The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance plays a vital role in the local community, and it is wonderful that so many cyclists were willing to tackle the very challenging route to raise so much money for this very worthwhile cause,” he added.

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, praised the efforts of the cyclists and all those who were involved in the organisation of the day.
“Despite the best efforts of the weather to put us off, this year’s Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge was very successful,” he said. “I take my hat off to every single rider.”

www.garador.co.uk

 





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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

W40 steel profiles an ideal match for modern living


The versatile W40 door and window profiles, specifically developed by the Steel Window Association (SWA) for its members, are a stylish and modern solution that suit both new-build and refurbishment applications.


While the classic W20 section continues to be preferred by conservationists and many property owners for early 20th century and older properties, W40 exemplifies how steel fenestration systems have kept pace with modern tastes and technical demands, while retaining key attributes such as strength and excellent daylight transmission.

Today's W40 profiles, manufactured from hot rolled steel, provide greater flexibility than their predecessors, being able too to accommodate thicker double or even triple glazing units. They are also capable of creating larger window openings without coupling individual frames together.

Doors manufactured using W40 profiles and featuring double or triple glazing can achieve very good thermal performance, while further providing excellent security; with multipoint locking being an option.

The preferred IG unit for a building regulations compliant W40 steel window now features a 4-8-4-8-4mm construction, with two soft-coat Low-E panes; plus warm edge spacer bars and argon gas filling. They can also contain acoustic glass, making W40 designs ideal for many inner-city areas where noise pollution is a common issue.

The SWA represents steel window manufacturers, from expert restorers working with heritage bodies and local conservation officers, to large companies producing W40 frames for commercial offices and leisure destinations as well as modern apartment blocks, schools, hospitals, and other public buildings. Significantly, W40 profiles can be used to fabricate a wide variety of opening formats, including multi-leaf folding/stacking doors, in a full selection of RAL colours.

The SWA offers UK wide coverage with member companies able to carry out the full range of contracts from the repair and restoration of heritage windows through to the installation of major fenestration packages in contemporary commercial, residential and other types of developments.

For further information on the Steel Window Association or if you're interested in becoming a member, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk


Pictured (above) is a W40 window installation by Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS).


        

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Monday, 16 May 2022

New ATG Product Selector Tool from Lorient


Specifying high-performance intumescent air transfer grilles has just become simpler with Lorient’s new product selector tool. Manufactured to the highest standards, Lorient offers a wide range of fire / fire & smoke rated ATGs for doors, walls, ducts, floors & ceilings.

In everyday use, intumescent grilles allow air to circulate freely throughout the building; but in a fire, the intumescent expands to form a solid block that stops the fire from spreading. 

Wherever ventilation is needed through a fire-resisting wall or where ductwork runs through that wall - an intumescent ATG should be fitted to maintain fire compartmentation. For cold smoke protection, it is vital to add our smoke control shutter - Talkback system.


The correct specification of passive fire protection products is critical, that's why Lorient has designed a new tool to help select the right product to suit a range of applications. There's are a number of ways to search for tested solutions including the comprehensive filter which uses different variables, including fire rating, building element, and level of protection. 


It is also possible to search by product, building element and ID. Each search result is linked to a product and corresponding installation instruction, that also details the relevant test evidence.

Lorient intumescent air transfer grilles offer many benefits including a reliable solid-state design, that unlike conventional mechanical fire dampers do not contain any moving parts. They are easy to install, low maintenance; and can offer fire performance ratings from 30 minutes to in excess of 180 minutes.


They are also tested and approved in accordance with the very latest standards; including BS 476-22:1987 and BS EN 1364-5:2017.

To use the new ATG product selector tool – please visit lorientuk.com/grilles

About Lorient

Lorient is a respected designer and manufacturer of sealing systems for door assemblies embracing acoustic, smoke and fire containment. Lorient was established in 1979 and has approximately 135 employees. The head office is located in Newton Abbot, Devon, UK.

Lorient Polyproducts Ltd, 
Endeavour House, 
Fairfax Road, 
Heathfield Industrial Estate, 
Newton Abbot TQ12 6UD

Tel: 01626 834252
Fax: 01626 833166





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Sunday, 15 May 2022

Classic Car Community Divided over Re-Registration of EV Conversions


EV conversions divide the classic car community as 70 per cent of enthusiasts feel conversions should be re-registered in the new vehicle class.


With electric powertrain conversions for classic cars rising in popularity, a recent poll states 70 per cent of classic car enthusiasts want the Government to create a new vehicle class solely for EV conversions as enthusiasts suggest DVLA’s not keeping up with demand or proper documentation.

Converting classic cars to run on electric power and stripping their internal combustion engine and running gear has risen in popularity in the last decade. With TV shows dedicated to the conversion process, major UK companies upcycling classic cars into EVs, and with the average cost circa £20,000 - £40,000 for the conversion alone, it’s a growing theme and profitable business case.

To date, however, only modern EVs are classed as an EV on their official registration documentation (V5C), and the classic car community, through a poll by specialist insurance company Footman James, voted that this naming and documentation should change. Instead of classic cars continuing to have their internal combustion engine and designation, 70 per cent of (more than two out of three) respondents said that the DVLA should class them as a new class of vehicle.


Managing Director of Footman James, David Bond said:
 
“EV conversions are dividing the classic and collector industry and our [Footman James] clients. With modern EVs counting for 64,000 in registrations this year alone*, electric power is a small but growing sector. This is spilling out to classic owners who are also choosing to swap from petrol power to battery power.
“Classic cars by their nature are increasingly restored, modified and upgraded but interestingly, from the majority of our responders, converting from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric requires more official recognition.
“From the results of this poll, it looks our audience [at Footman James] want there to be a change and move to recognise EV-converted classic cars by the DVLA on the V5, and look at the green marking on the registration plates to show that they are powered by electricity.”
The poll, conducted by specialist and collector car insurance provider, Footman James, saw over 1,300 respondents. The official question asked was: As it stands, modern electric vehicles have their own DVLA classification and classic vehicles are given the historical class when they hit 40 years of age. But what should happen to electric classic conversions? Should they be recognised independently on a V5C, as a new class of vehicle?

1,355 people voted via an email poll. Of those, 942 people selected YES (69.52%) and 413 people selected NO (30.48%).

* www.rac.co.uk/drive/electric-cars/choosing/road-to-electric




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Saturday, 14 May 2022

Strand Hardware MD Scales New Heights


Strand Hardware MD Steve Marshall is set to put his best foot forward to raise money for charity by undertaking the final lap of the Three Peaks Challenge.

He and his teammates are tackling Ben Nevis, ‘the daddy’ of the peaks next month (June), which at 1345 metres (4413 ft), has the steepest ascent.

Steve will be joined by his painter and decorator brother Richard, Rob Archer, of Record UK, Mark Roberts, of GEZE UK and Steve Newell, from Lovell Homes, who are raising funds for The Stroke Association.

To date they have raised approximately £2,000 for charities – supporting Cancer Research with their first trek up Snowdon in 2020, followed by scaling Scafell Pike for MIND a year later. In addition to the Three Peaks, Steve recently raised in excess of £1,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society when he undertook the Bridgnorth Lions Walk – a 22-mile route in Shropshire.


He began walking as a pastime during lockdown and ramped up his stamina in order to take on the mountaineering challenge.
“Like everyone else, I found being in lockdown frustrating. There was little to do other than go out for a daily walk to pass the time and get some exercise but once I started doing it, I found I enjoyed it and wanted to take it to another level.
“I must have mentioned it to my colleagues in the doors and windows industry because we soon found ourselves pulling a team together for the National Three Peaks,” he said.
The team have created a Just Giving Page and is urging their contacts to dig deep and sponsor them to achieve their fundraising summit.
“We chose The Stroke Association because stroke has affected close friends. There are now 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK and this number is growing. Services have never been more stretched and we want stroke survivors and their families to be able to access the support they need to aid their recovery,” he added.

Anyone who would like to donate should visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stevema





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