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Off-plan mansion uses three of Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic High Flow Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery units chosen for quiet, energy efficient and effective ventilation and heating throughout a 8,323 square foot home.
British fan manufacturer Vent-Axia has been specified as part of a luxurious, £5.5m contemporary off-plan eco mansion in Kent, presently listed with Savills.
The Ancona mansion in Hythe is designed to be sustainable and low impact, with three of Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic High Flow Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) units chosen to provide quiet, energy efficient and effective ventilation and heating throughout the proposed 8,323 square foot home.
Envisaged by developer, Kelly Penson, and designed in conjunction with OnArchitecture working with energy advisors and Passivhaus consultants, Conker Conservation, Ancona is a rare opportunity in the UK to buy a luxury home off-plan.
Resembling a Beverly Hills mansion but designed for the British weather, the plans show how a modern build can combine very contemporary aesthetics with sustainable living. The proposed home features cantilevered terraces with wild flower sedum grass roof coverings, three above ground floors, an indoor pool complex and gym, a master bedroom suite with magnificent panoramic sea views and a modern, stylishly-lit wine cellar.
To celebrate the New Year, and to continue our ongoing efforts to ensure high safety standards throughout the UK, we have launched an updated version of our product brochure.
The new brochure contains our most recent products, such as the Window and Door Loading Ramp and our Standard and Bespoke Step-Overs and Acccess Platforms, as well as our classic range of safe access solutions
Since 1984, Easi-Dec has had a reputation for innovative solutions for safe access and working at height. Our goal is to ensure everyone can carry out work efficiently and in complete safety.
All our products are manufactured at our factory in Bedfordshire, UK, and replacement parts are kept in stock so it is simple and straightforward to get a new part as soon as you need it.
Click here to get your copy of our updated brochure. For more information on any of the products featured, call our product experts on 01767 691812, or use our online contact form.
Kemper System has helped to create an award-winning home extension, featuring a unique swooping roof structure.
Designed by architects Tonkin Liu, the ‘Sun Rain Room’ forms part of the restoration of a Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse in London and features the work of local craftspeople. The building is also home to architects Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin and provides a studio for their practice.
A ‘Good Place on a Bad Day’
The two-storey extension reframes the rear of the building and features a new garden room offering living space and a meeting area for the studio. A mirrored wall in the covered outdoor area beyond conceals a workshop, cooking area, tool shed, store, and deep planter for the small trees in the green roof above. Below the patio, the existing basement has been extended to create a bedroom, two bathrooms and an enlarged plant-filled lightwell.
One of the most striking features of the new extension is a curved, 10m-long roof, which dominates the space and frames a bean-shaped courtyard. A pipe runs down the building’s rear wall to meet the new roof. When rainwater gathers at the top of the townhouse it falls through the pipe and follows the roof’s curving leading edge to a spout over a long rainwater harvesting tank.
Kee Systems has installed a total of 2,570 Kee Covers on the roofs at Porcelanosa’s retail sites across the country to protect the fragile skylights on the roofs and ensure that maintenance work can be carried out in complete safety.
Founded in Spain in 1973 as a specialist in ceramic tiles and flooring, Porcelanosa is synonymous with innovative design and unbeatable quality, and has a presence in over 150 countries worldwide. As part of its commitment to safety, the company is undergoing a programme to ensure anyone requiring access to its roofs for maintenance purposes, can do so in complete safety.
Many of the roofs in the UK already included fall protection measures such as lifelines, but, as with many large retail & warehouse units, the roofs also featured fragile skylights which provide natural light for the buildings.
After researching skylight safety, Héctor Pérez Ferrandis, Maintenance Manager, Porcelanosa contacted Kee Systems about Kee Cover skylight protection for their UK stores. Following a site survey, Kee Systems installed Kee Covers on the roofs of Porcelanosa’s retail sites in Watford, Glasgow, Marston Green in the West Midlands, Bristol, Warrington and Doncaster over a 9-month period.
When we think ‘waste’ and ‘underground’ in this country, it often conjures up the negatives around landfill. But a Birmingham-based multidisciplinary engineering firm is set on burying our existing perceptions about subterranean refuse in 2019.
Welcoming new Business Development Director Mark Burgess, a senior executive with over 20 years’ waste management industry knowhow, to its adi Waste Systems division, adi Group signalled its intent to revolutionise waste storage and collection in the UK and Ireland to usher in a series of environmental benefits.
In exclusive partnership with Sotkon Underground Solutions, adi Waste Systems aims to establish itself on the cutting edge of waste management with the design, supply and maintenance of high capacity underground and semi underground waste solutions.
Mark Burgess sees great potential for these ground-breaking solutions superseding many of our traditional domestic and street bin systems.
“Underground waste solutions provide customers with sustainable and environmentally friendly systems which reduce CO2 impact, improve hygiene and increase recycling rates. It’s true too that the use of underground storage systems is proven to deliver significant financial efficiency gains of up to 30% when compared with traditional waste collection, so organisations looking to make cost savings have everything to gain.
Direct Online Services Ltd, (DOS Ltd) the national and UK’s largest e-commerce company that specialises in high quality solid wood kitchen components via the Worktop Express®, Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets and WEX Trade has launched a new range of contrasting splashbacks from Wilsonart UK during December 2018. The new range is already in stock and available for next day delivery.
Available to both the kitchen trade and consumers now, the striking new contrasting tile-effect splashback range includes; Victorian Mosaic, Geometric and (shown above) Herringbone Tile Splashbacks. Splashbacks are easier and faster to install than tiles, cutting down on fitting time and costs. The result is a sleek, smooth surface that is easy to clean.
Tahnee Miles, Merchandise Manager for Worktop Express explains “These stand out splashbacks are an ideal addition to our portfolio. They provide a hardwearing and speedy alternative to ceramic tiling, and in many cases are more cost effective too. These striking designs are bang on trend for our customers.”
Plant pollens and spores are one of the most common factors that can cause allergy symptoms. Some allergens lead to painful reactions such as sneezing, a runny nose, red and watery eyes as well as coughs and breathing (asthmatic) problems. Allergies have a negative influence on our self-being and everyday life. Plant allergens are often within the air and are not just a summer problem, there are commonly found from mid-February to the end of October. Everybody is vulnerable to the occurrence of allergy symptoms due to the ever increasing air pollution.
Plant pollen allergens are extremely small for example, 0.006mm diameter which is the size of a forget-me-not and very difficult to avoid contact with. Staying inside might seem to be the right thing to do during pollination but in our homes the air inside can be up to five times more polluted than the outside air.
Fakro have introduced an excellent solution to help ease the reaction caused by allergies by equipping windows with cleanAir anti-allergen and anti-smog products. A new generation RESPILON AIR® membrane used in the products is impermeable to particles which are 60 times smaller than the diameter of human hair.
Utility bollards are a common sight in public areas across the UK, providing temporary services and utilities to streets, squares and other outdoor areas. Their purpose is to provide a source of electricity, water and data points, as well as offering protection for pedestrians.
Offering architectural appeal, Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of Power Bollards which provide a safe and secure outdoor power source. The stainless steel bollards are available in various elegant designs and configurations, and have been specified across the UK and the rest of the world by architects, contractors, eivil and electrical engineers, and other industry professionals.
Power Bollards for outdoor events
Our Power Bollards are constructed using the finest AISI 304 stainless steel AISI 316 with a plate thickness of 2mm. This ensures a robust and hard-wearing structure that Architects and Contracts can have confidence in, reassuring them that the units will stand the test of time.
Available in three diameters of 250mm, 325mm and 500mm, our Power Supply Bollards have four top configurations – Parc Paris Top, Domed Top, Button Top and Sloping Top. This is to ensure their aesthetics blend in with a wide range of environments, from market squares, to car parks, to historic streets.
The Istanbul collection designed for VitrA by Ross Lovegrove has been an international success since it was first launched in 2004.
The sanitaryware and furniture collection draws its inspiration from the organic shapes found in nature and the fluidity of water.
The latest addition to this design classic is a minimalist vanity basin which reflects the curved theme that runs through the Istanbul range.
The ceramic vanity basin incorporates an elegant shallow inset bowl with a curved upstand edge. The basin is supported by a chrome frame featuring Istanbul’s characteristic curved lines at its joints. Also new is a wall hung WC and a urinal with electronic flush.
“The vanity unit is a beautiful addition to the Istanbul collection, “comments VitrA marketing manager Margaret Talbot. “The top is extremely difficult to manufacturer as it is all made from one single piece of ceramic so all credit to our highly skilled team for turning Ross Lovegrove’s creation into reality.”
The new vanity basin which measures 100 x 600cm was revealed at Sleep+Eat 2018. It includes a slimline tap and pebble shape basin mixer and was paired with the illuminated mirror.
The female head of a growing Cambridgeshire-based roofing business has won a prestigious award recognising woman in construction.
Jackie Biswell, who set up Apex Roofing in 2012, has been awarded the ‘Most Outstanding Female in Roofing – East Anglia’ category in Build magazine’s ‘2019 Leading Women in Build & Construction’ awards.
With women only representing 11% of the construction workforce, the awards aim to recognise women in the industry who work hard, create role models and inspire younger women to consider a career in construction.
On her award Jackie said: “I am immensely proud to win this accolade as I know how hard it is for women to enter an industry that is mainly dominated by men. Apex Roofing has proved that construction doesn’t have to be a man’s world and awards like this, help to show why our sector should be considered by more women as a viable career choice.
“With the skills shortage and uncertainty of Brexit, making sure that we are inclusive and diverse within our work and who we employee will put us in better stead for the future.”
To find out more about Apex Roofing visit www.apexroofinguk.com