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Building Products April 2017

PRODUCT PROFILES | GENERAL PRODUCTS Refreshing boutique-style student accommodation ready for freshers With the use of Forbo Flooring Systems’ Flotex Vision hybrid product, a company that helps deliver a privately operated student accommodation area has completed a boutique-style building in time for new students to move into in September. Roman House in Newcastle has been created by Gilltown, and contains 210 bedrooms, ranging from cluster flats, self-contained studios and one-bedroom apartments, along with study areas, a gymnasium, a cinema, and a large common room. James Gillespie, Project Manager at Gilltown, explained: “When we started designing Roman House 62 BUILDING PRODUCTS | APRIL 2017 (previously known as Clavering Place), we knew we wanted to design something that moved away from the traditional austere and utilitarian student accommodation already available. As such, we decided to opt for a design that had a boutique hotel vibe, while still offering value for money for students. “The flooring played a key role within this project and we were determined to opt for floor coverings that have rarely been seen in this kind of environment before.” www.forbo-flooring.co.uk School’s back in for the summer Off-site construction company the Portakabin Group have handed over the first school in the £28 million Surrey and Kent batch of the Priority School Building Programme on time and in budget. The £5.6 million building for Pyrford Primary School near Woking has replaced two outdated 1960s buildings that Portakabin will now demolish. Pyrford is the first of six primary schools in the Surrey and Kent region being rebuilt by the Portakabin Group. The use of off-site construction has halved the programme time for completion and occupation at Pyrford, ready for the start of the 2016/17 academic year. Richard Crosby, Project Director at the Education Funding Agency said, “We are very happy with the new school for Pyrford Primary. The quality of the building is very good and we look forward to the successful delivery of the other Priority School Building Programme projects in the Surrey and Kent batch and to achieving even greater efficiencies with the use of off-site construction.” www.yorkon.co.uk Website provides extensive product details for BIM reference With a detailed 3D model and construction schedule, Marley has introduced a tool for construction manufacturers available from its website and BIMstore (Building Information Modelling). Marley has created 106 push-fit and solvent soil BIM files, as well as 47 solvent waste files, which have been developed with the help from Marley’s knowledgeable Technical Services department. The files can be accessed on either BIMstore or via the website. Samantha Park, Marketing Manager at Marley, said: “The use of BIM is mandatory on all Government-funded projects now and as such, we decided to create a substantial variety of BIM files for our most popular products to help our customers meet the Government’s demands. “What’s more, after listening to customer feedback, we have grouped the files together rather then creating individual objects in order to make the downloading process quicker and easier. We also have a design service, which can be utilised by anyone using our BIM files or products.” www.marleypd.co.uk Tougher doors for tougher regulations With the latest update to the Building Regulations meaning that any new building will require a front door that adheres to the UK Accreditation Service PAS24 2016 security regulation, door-stop has launched a new, tougher slab. The new security slab is thicker than the standard option, with an increased glass content, meaning it can successfully pass the vigorous three-minute cut-through test required to meet the PAS24 2016 regulation. Patrick Dean, Head of Sales and Marketing said: “According to a survey carried out by at least 30 police forces in England and Wales, homes with little or no security measures are five times more likely to be broken into or burgled. It’s therefore essential that any potential areas of vulnerability are addressed. With that in mind, door-stop has developed a new security slab to provide peace of mind for customers and building specifiers. Door-stop’s new reinforced slab option is available on all of its Secured By Design doors and will be extended to cover its cottage style range later this year. www.door-stop.co.uk


Building Products April 2017
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