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Schneider unveils new Ethernet Gateway system

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its Ethernet Gateway Link150. The Link150 serves as an Ethernet Gateway for PowerLogic system devices and any other communicating devices utilitising the Modbus protocol. It is designed to provide a fast, reliable Ethernet connectivity in the most demanding of applications, from a single building to a multi-site enterprise. This gateway supports power and energy meters, circuit monitors, protective relays, trip units, motor controls and other devices that need to communicate data quickly and efficiently. It offers a simple, cost-effective serial line to full Ethernet connectivity, offering complete access to all status and measurement information. Schneider says the key benefits of the Link150 include: Easy to install, configure and maintain Secure user interface including user’s name and password for login Advanced security features to allow users to specify which Modbus TCP/IP master devices may access attached serial slave devices Compatible with Schneider Electric software offerings (StruxureWare Power Monitoring ...

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Winning formula

An automated sliding door system has helped divide space between office and canteen at the new headquarters of a global sportswear brand. Building Products reports.

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Designer facades

Ian Robottom, product manager at Lithodecor Airtec Systems, looks at how glazed ventilated rainscreen cladding panels are helping to meet the requirements of modern architecture.

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Plans submitted for London Paddington regeneration

Great Western Developments and its development partner Sellar Property Group have announced the formal submission of a planning application for the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail sorting office at 31 London Street, situated adjacent to Paddington Station. The proposed development, known as Paddington Place, has been designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and plans to dramatically transform this part of London. The centrepiece will be a new landmark for London, a crystal light-reflecting tower set to become a major marker for Paddington, one of London’s most important transport hubs. It will include a sky garden and restaurant, featuring mature trees and plants in the open-air. The ramp that serves as Paddington Station’s entrance will be removed and the whole area in front of the station opened up. There will be the opportunity to extend the station concourse into generous new public open space. The piazza will improve connectivity and establish ...

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Achieving timeless design

Simon Allford, director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, says that architectural design needs to consider the ever-changing nature of our cities, to ensure their long term sustainability.

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Grant UK upgrades oil-fired combi

Grant UK’s Vortex Pro oil-fired combi now includes a 24 litre expansion vessel as standard, a safeguard designed to provide expansion capacity for both the boiler and the heating system. The company says it regularly consults installers regarding improvements that they would like to see made to products, and a larger factory fitted expansion vessel for the combi was high on the list. “By upgrading to a 24 litre expansion vessel, the boilers will ultimately save on installation time and costs because, in most cases, no additional external vessel will be required. For the majority of installations, 24 litres will provide more than sufficient room for the expansion from both the boiler and heating system,” the company explained. The Vortex Combi range includes internal and external models available in output of 21 kW, 26 kW and 36 kW. The latest Combi XS 26kW boiler is 515 mm wide and claimed ...

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Light years ahead

Dan Hawkes, senior account manager at LEDHut Trade, outlines why LEDs are the ideal replacement for halogen lighting in residential settings.

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Striking contrast

Washroom designer and manufacturer Washroom Washroom has completed work on a colourful project at 103 Wigmore Street in London. The building, directly behind Oxford Street, has recently been refurbished, with an iconic department store occupying five floors of Grade A standard office space. Working closely with fit out and refurbishment specialist BW, Washroom installed new male and female washrooms on levels 5-7 of the building in a project worth £230,000, with everything finished to a high specification to meet the exacting standards demanded. For the vanity units, which included integral basins and stylish mirrors above, Washroom used HI-MACS, a new generation of solid surface material from LG Hausys. Consisting of approximately one third acrylic resin, it boasts a smooth, non-porous and dirt-repellent surface, designed to be resistant to common bacteria and viruses ensuring it meets the most exacting hygiene standards. Extremely flexible, LG HI-MACS can be manufactured in an array ...

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Making a pointe

Cardiff Pointe, a major new £250m residential project in Cardiff Bay and one of the biggest developments in the city over recent years, has seen VMZINC used throughout phases 1 and 2. Scott Brownrigg’s design specified standing seam facades and roofs in dark charcoal ANTHRA-ZINC for homes which stand on the peninsula adjacent to Cardiff Yacht Club, and opposite the International Sports Village. Two towers of 24 and 18 storeys respectively have been built on the north of the site and cantilever out over the water to provide added focus for the colour’s visual aesthetic. A 750 m² public plaza has also been added to provide community facilities. The pre-weathered nature of ANTHRA-ZINC gives the material exceptional colour retention whilst continuing to patinate naturally. This self-protecting quality is one for which the metal is renowned, ensuring that it will evoke the shade of slate for years to come. The matt ...

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Lifting luxury

A Stannah Maxilift MRLi motor room-less passenger lift and Goodsmaster CD chain drive goods lift are the moving solutions of choice for Meridian Grand, a luxury banqueting, conference and events venue in Edmonton, North London. Both Stannah lifts help Meridian Grand deliver a first class service, whether this is for small, intimate gatherings or large, corporate occasions – from weddings to big-number fund raisers – all in opulent surroundings that are the hallmark of this family run business. Both Stannah lifts were specified by Peter Goulde, architect at APT Designers in North London. “Having previously specified Stannah lifts we knew their range of products could be well suited for the demands of a hospitality project such as Meridian Grand which requires a smart comfortable passenger lift for visitors to the front-of-house and a reliable goods lift to ensure the building works behind the scenes. Needless to say we were not ...

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