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Marshall-Tufflex extends its aluminium trunking range

Marshall-Tufflex is further expanding its cable management range with the launch of a sleek new 170 mm aluminium profile. Elegance 170 Aluminium (170 x 55 mm) is designed to be hard-wearing and lightweight, making it suitable for office and educational projects where a robust yet stylish cable management solution with extra mechanical strength and a higher cable capacity is required. The Cat 6, 6a and 7/Part M compliant dado/skirting profile has rounded corners, can be used as a single, double or triple compartment and utilises a single cover. It is finished with a high quality powder-coat for a modern, blemish resistant surface. Pre-punched dividers deliver quick installation. The new profile builds on the success of established Elegance 110 Aluminium (110 x 55 mm) a small dado trunking system with a single cover. It is particularly useful for workshop or laboratory installations, or in commercial environments where extra mechanical strength is necessary. The Elegance range ...

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On the Table: Information Technology

With the Government’s deadline for Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) just around the corner, we asked our panel of BIM-compliant manufacturers how they have approached adoption of the technology in its infancy, and how engagement has benefitted them and the industry so far.

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Re-vamped Manchester Victoria station revealed

The re-vamped Manchester Victoria station was unveiled today, following a £44m upgrade. The station, once dubbed Britain’s worst train station, features a new roof built from 410 ETFE cushions, which is the same material used at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The roof was designed to allow natural light into the station and is held up by 15 giant steel ribs up to 96 m long. The upgrade, which was built by Morgan Sindall and designed by BDP, also includes a bridge linking the station to the neighbouring 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. The station concourse has been fully refurbished and there is a new restaurant, first-class lounge, shops and ticket barriers. It has also incorporated the Metrolink tram network into the redeveloped station, with four new tram platforms and three new tracks. The scheme, which was carried out while the station remained operational, is part of a £1bn investment made by ...

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Payment procedures

Jahanara Hussein, senior associate, and Tom Botterill, trainee solicitor at Pannone, part of Slater & Gordon, outline the importance of adhering to agreed payment procedures, in light of two recent cases which saw expensive disputes ensue from disagreement over contract payment terms.

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Manufacturer optimism remains high, despite weaker Q3 product sales

Weaker product sales during Q3 has not dampened optimism over future prospects, according to the Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey. The survey found that construction product manufacturers’ sales increased for a tenth consecutive quarter, but growth was held back by weakness in exports. This dip, however, hasn’t impacted growth forecasts, as 64% of heavy side product manufacturers and 79% of light side product manufacturers reported that they anticipate a rise in total sales over the coming year. Rebecca Larkin, CPA economist, said: “We have now seen ten quarters of sustained growth reported by construction product manufacturers, led by demand from the private housing, industrial and infrastructure sectors. “On the downside, compared to a year earlier, 27% of heavy side firms and 67% of light side firms reported a rise in sales in Q3. These balances were lower than those reported in Q2 and the lowest for the heavy ...

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Seal of approval

With clients continually demanding more from window sealant products, Peter Thompson, general manager, ISO-Chemie UK, explains why solutions need to deliver both high levels of performance and ease of installation.

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Origin introduces twin flush casement window system

Origin, the British manufacturer of bi-folding doors, windows and blinds, has launched a new window system. The Origin Window is said to be the first of its kind to feature a twin flush casement, resulting in a clean appearance on both the inside and outside. The new model is also fitted with a “revolutionary” new thermal break, the company says. The twin flush casement is void of the bulky overlapping framework that is synonymous with aluminium rebated systems. All that remains is a sleek shadow line where the sash sits inside the frame. The clean finish of the Origin Window means that it is suitable for installation in traditional townhouses, new builds and projects under strict planning regulations in conservation areas, according to the manufacturer. The strength of the aluminium frames allows for slim sightlines and, with the edge of the frame as little as 50 mm from the glass, ...

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Big data benefits

Bev James, managing director, Axon Data Services, looks at ‘Big Data’, and explains how it is driving supply chain adoption of Smart Data analytics in construction.

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Ecobuild event debates the delivery of healthy homes

An event held in London last week as part of World Green Building Week saw a panel of industry experts looking at the need to ensure future housing design provides health and wellbeing for users. Hosted by Saint-Gobain and Ecobuild, the event aligned closely with Ecobuild 2016’s focus on housing and healthier buildings which will continue to discuss the challenges and opportunites. A full house at Saint-Gobain’s Innovation Centre in central London heard how designers and specifiers must consider a wide range of factors including comfort, air quality in order to provide truly healthy homes. The speakers also tackled key challenges including user engagement and the current housing crisis in the UK, in an insightful series of talks. Stacey Temprell, residential sector director at Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, and a member of the World Building Council, asked whether the industry was doing all it can to provide the practical tools ...

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Elevated value

Alastair Stannah, managing director at Stannah Lifts, discusses factors to consider when specifying lifts for domestic settings.

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