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Building Products December 2017

PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS Creating perfect harmony 44 BUILDING PRODUCTS | DECEMBER 2017 Making a statement in architect’s studio Commercial vinyl flooring from Polyflor’s Bloc collection was recently chosen to add a splash of colour to Rivington Street Studio architectural practice in London. Rivington Street Studio specialises in architectural and landscaping projects for the education, housing, leisure, commercial and public sectors. The soft moss shade from the Bloc range is said to have added ‘earthiness and warmth’ to the interior. The green shade was fitted by local contractor, Abbotts Flooring, throughout the open plan office, meeting rooms and the communal kitchen. Richard Trew, associate at Rivington Street Studio said: “We chose the soft moss shade from the Bloc collection as it gives our office a hit of bold colour without being too overwhelming or distracting for staff. The solid colour design looks contemporary and fits right in with our modern workspace.” Bloc PUR is said to allow customers to create a ‘tonal, complementary or harmonious interior design scheme’ through the availability of 16 colours. Featuring a single solid colour with a textured matt emboss, Bloc has a 0.7mm fully pigmented homogenous PVC wear layer of pure colour and a polyurethane reinforcement. The Bloc colour palette includes a range of greys, neutrals, pastels and brights. www.polyflor.com Residents reaping the benefits of technical mortars Technical mortars by Saint-Gobain Weber were specified for the repair of concrete balconies with metal railings to apartment buildings in Northwood, Middlesex. Metal railings on the first and second-storey apartments had rusted at the base over time and this, in turn, led to spalling of the surrounding concrete. With technical advice from Weber, the team from Alfred Bagnall, the contractor for the project, cut away the spalled concrete and repaired the metal barrier, before reinstating the concrete. Weber’s Webercem concrete repair system was specified, a multi-component system compliant with BS EN 1504 for concrete patch repairs. The system contains Webercem HB40 for high-build repair and levelling, the associated bonding slurry Webercem Bondcoat and a highperformance finishing coat of Webercote smooth. Webercem Bondcoat, a cementitious bonding aid, provides an initial grab to improve the build of the repair mortar and promote the bond to the concrete. It contains fibres for improved thixotropy, is solvent-free and simply requires mixing with clean water on-site. Karl Roberts of Alfred Bagnall said: “With a life expectancy in excess of 15 years, residents can be sure these buildings will continue to look as neat and tidy as they do now, not to mention safe and secure.” www.netweber.co.uk Wrapping up this winter A change of season means a change of focus on what is worn on-site and Snickers Workwear says its FlexiWork, RuffWork, LiteWork and AllRound workwear ensures ‘coolness when the heat is on’ or warmth and comfort when the temperature drops. 37.5 technology fabric is interwoven into Snickers' working clothes, which comprise a wide choice of waterproof and windproof jackets, mid-layer fleeces and stretch hoodies, as well as base-layer undergarments, gloves and headgear that ventilate and transport moisture to keep workers comfortable wherever they are on site. The newest autumn brochure from Snickers is said to ‘make sure you get the right protection, flexibility, durability and ventilation in your workwear’. www.snickersworkwear.co.uk With the £57m Royal Birmingham Conservatoire opening in September 2017, Hunter Douglas played a part in the latest phase of Birmingham City University’s £260 million investment, by designing and manufacturing a 281m² engineered solid wood (ESW) grill ceiling for the foyer. The conservatoire includes ‘state-of-the-art’ recording facilities, concert hall, recital hall, organ studio and 100 rehearsal rooms. David Harris, general manager of Hunter Douglas, worked with architect’s Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create the ceiling, which comprised individual slats 26mm wide with a gap of 224mm. To provide a flat underside finish, even where there was a downstand in the soffit, he advised using slats in both 100mm and 200mm depths. The slats were finished in American ash veneer and were coated with a UV-cured clear lacquer. David said: “The foyer is a remarkable entrance for this most striking of developments. “Our grill ceilings are developed to maximise efficiency and minimise installation costs because each slat is individually made to measure, which removes the need for on-site cutting.” www.hunterdouglas.co.uk


Building Products December 2017
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