Latest innovations and products in the external works section of the construction industry.

Safety conscious contractors will welcome StormFix – a new product from prefabricated building products specialists Stormking.

StormFix from Stormking

StormFix fixing kits have been sourced in partnership with RAWLBOLT and the packs are exclusive to Stormking and offer fixing bolts to ensure safe and secure fixing of structural frames to all common types of external wall applications.

Choosing the correct anchoring with such a diversity of wall types can pose problems for contractors – and getting it wrong can have severe consequences.

The new StormFix fixing packs remove all the uncertainty of choosing the correct bolts to ensure risk-free anchoring for the full Stormking range of grp entrance canopies and bay window roofs. When finished with tiling, these can impose considerable demands on the building structure and it is essential that the fixing bolts are able to bear this load.

The StormFix packs are supplied with the Stormking canopies and roofs and are available for both lightweight and structural units and come pre-packed with matching bolt cap covers. They come in two sizes – 80mm and 120mm – and in packs of four or eight, to cover the complete range of Stormking roof and door canopies and are the ideal reassurance for housebuilders’ Health & Safety managers and contractors who carry the responsibility for ensuring safety in their building works.

The Stormking ranges of bay window roofs and entrance canopies offer housebuilders an almost limitless choice of styles and sizes to create a distinctive street scene. Made to the highest quality standards, Stormking prefabricated building products are a highly cost effective alternative to using traditional building materials such as stone, slate, concrete and timber. They also have many advantages, especially saving time and cost by eliminating site fabrication and the inconsistencies which can often result. They are also virtually maintenance free and have proven longevity.

Manufactured to comply with European approvals, StormFix from Stormking offers the one-stop, simple but totally safe and reliable, easy to install structural frame fixing, providing the confidence developers need as they become evermore responsible for safety in the houses they build.

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A new business has been set up to develop advanced home automation and entertainment systems that will combine familiar technologies to bring added simplicity, convenience and enjoyment to everyday life. Ingeny, launched by security systems and building technology integrator Interphone, will work closely with property developers, architects, interior designers and home owners to create individually-tailored solutions that are designed to meet exact entertainment, communications, comfort and security preferences.

Whether it is a Tower Block, individual home or other large multi dwelling estate Ingeny will handle everything from design and consultation through to installation and ongoing support. These integrated and smart building solutions will give residents, along with property owners and managers, complete control at the tap of a touchscreen, smartphone or tablet from the comfort of the home, onsite or remotely wherever they are. As a result, it will now be possible to monitor and manage virtually any system in the home or building from a single device.

A demonstration suite, located at Interphone’s Harrow headquarters, has been opened to show how all the complementary systems and control solutions come together in a truly seamless way. It combines all aspects of home and smart building automation to provide a live, integrated facility covering energy management, security, home application controls, such as blinds and lighting, ) and audio visual technologies. The suite provides a unique living, concierge and property management environment that showcases the intuitive user experience along with the practical advantages of complete system integration.


Julian Synett, Managing Director of Interphone commented: “Our longstanding involvement in the commercial residential sector stretching back over fifty years means that we are uniquely placed to implement the latest integrated technology solutions incorporating all aspects of home and building control, including in-home entertainment systems. The solutions we offer at both enterprise and individual home level are modular and flexible so as to respond to the precise needs of building owners, home owners and property managers. At the heart of all that we do is the desire to deliver seamless integration, simply controlled and efficiently maintained.”

ROCKFON launches a better grid installation in just one click

The Chicago Metallic T15 Click 2790 and T24 Click 2890 are two new, easy to install ceiling grids from ROCKFON.

Made from galvanised steel, these 15mm and 24mm grids are very strong and stable. They are accurate to install thanks to a helpful audible ‘click’ which sounds when the components connect into position, enabling faster installation times on site. The universal main runner is versatile, accepting both click and hook cross tees. The longer, joggled-end cross tee provides easy installation from a distance.

They can be demounted and remounted time and time again without the need for special tools, and more importantly, without causing damage to the grid. Both grids can be cut on site, if required. Designed to fit with A, E and X edge ceiling tiles; concealed, semi-concealed or fully exposed ceiling designs can be achieved, which are suitable for every application area.

These innovative grid solutions offer the quality and characteristics you would expect from ROCKFON. The new Chicago Metallic T15 Click 2790 and T24 Click 2890 are attractive, high performance products with the highest classification for Reaction to Fire: A1, and Class B for Corrosion. They are backed with a 15 year guarantee and are fully recyclable. The grid systems are available from all major UK distributors.

ROCKFON acquired grid manufacturer Chicago Metallic Company in 2013; together they offer their customers the complete ceiling and grid solution. The ROCKFON and Chicago Metallic businesses share many characteristics and values including: a focus on high quality manufacturing and innovation, allied to strong technical support, product development and customer service.

ROCKFON is a leading supplier of stone wool acoustic ceiling and wall solutions that are affordable, simple to install, durable and protect people from noise and the spread of fire. The Rockfon commodity product range of affordable ceiling tiles is available in 2-3 days, making it even quicker and easier to create beautiful, comfortable and safe spaces. To watch and hear how easy it is to install the Chicago Metallic T15 Click 2790 and T24 Click 2890 grids, watch the installation video at Or try it for yourself by ordering a sample today, call 0800 389 0314.

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Structural Concrete Alliance sponsors new award

The Structural Concrete Alliance is sponsoring a new Concrete Society award to find the structural concrete project of the year.

Entries were received from members of the three trade associations which make up the Structural Concrete Alliance, with the winner to be announced by Janet Street-Porter at the Concrete Society Awards Dinner to be held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on 29th October.

Members of the Concrete Repair Association (CRA), Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA) and the Sprayed Concrete Association (SCA) supplied details of the solutions they had delivered to overcome difficulties encountered in a range of demanding projects.

The entries were reviewed by a panel of members from each of the Associations and three projects were shortlisted to go on to the next stage of the competition.

Ken Dykes, spokesman for the Structural Concrete Alliance declared:

“The judging panel was impressed by the high standards of the entries, which served to highlight the professionalism of CRA, CPA and SCA members. Each entry demonstrated the depth of knowledge and skills our members possess and their ability to provide innovative solutions to even the most demanding of engineering challenges.

“Although it was a difficult choice, the judging panel felt that the shortlisted projects best represented the expertise of the asset protection and repair industry.”

The shortlisted entries included Balvac’s repair and refurbishment of the Silver Jubilee Bridge complex in Widnes, Cheshire; BAM Ritchies’ stabilisation of the Hooley Cutting in Surrey; and Mott Macdonald’s refurbishment of Ryde Pier in the Isle of Wight.

The Structural Concrete Alliance is an umbrella organisation which brings together the Concrete Repair Association (CRA), Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA) and Sprayed Concrete Association (SCA) to provide a single co-ordinated voice for the structural concrete refurbishment and repair industry. It offers a single point of contact for major clients and a definitive source of information and advice for all involved in the repair, refurbishment and management of concrete infrastructure and the protection from corrosion of a wide range of structures.

The Alliance offers a series of free regional CPD seminars which aim to provide delegates with an introduction to Structural Asset Protection and Repair. Events are scheduled to take place in Exeter, London and Leeds this Autumn. For further information on Structural Concrete Alliance activities and events visit

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Decseal provides police protection in Leeds

A car park built as part of a new £34m police station in Leeds has been structurally protected using Stirling Lloyd’s dual function Decseal waterproofing and anti-skid system.

Some 4,182m² of the advanced resin-based Decseal system has been applied throughout the decks of the two-storey car park which serves West Yorkshire Police’s new divisional headquarters. With almost 400 spaces, the new car park provides parking for the force’s operational vehicles as well as for staff and visitors.

With a proven track record in similar car park applications throughout the UK, the fully reinforced Decseal system incorporates a tough, impermeable waterproofing membrane with no vulnerable joints. It has been designed to cope with the awkward contours and profiles associated with multi storey car park decks and ramps and protects the deck from water and chloride penetration and corrosion as well as providing essential skid and slip resistance for both vehicles and pedestrians.

Construction of the new police headquarters, a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) by main contractor, Interserve, was completed earlier this year. Located in Elland Road, opposite Leeds United’s football ground, the new police station and custody suite have become the nerve centre of police operations in the city.

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Kingspan Klargester’s Guide to Sewage Treatment Systems awarded CPD status by CIBSE

Building engineers, architects and specifiers needing to understand the myriad of legislation and regulation surrounding the sizing and specifying of private drainage will now benefit from clear, professional guidance issued by the world’s leading experts.

Kingspan Klargester, the UK’s foremost manufacturer of off-mains drainage solutions, has published a new presentation on specifying commercial waste water treatment entitled, A Guide to Sewage Treatment Systems. The advice is designed to ensure that architects and specifiers feel confident in designing the correct solutions for offices, schools, hotels etc, and that their professional recommendations meet the stringent legally-binding requirements that surround waste water management.

The presentation has been approved by the Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) for its Continuous Professional Development programme, created to help members keep up-to-date on legal requirements, technical advances as well as their own personal development.

Compiled by Kingspan Klargester’s highly-experienced technical team – many of whom have been involved in the drafting of legislation and official guidance on waste water best practice – A Guide to Sewage Treatment Systems explains the nature of waste water treatment and the options available to manage effluent. These include either pumping it to the mains sewer (as a preference) or, if that is not an option, then treating the sewage before filtering it through a suitably-sized drainage field. The slides include step-by-step advice on tightly regulated areas such as site assessment and assessing the nature of the waste water to be treated. It then explains how to use this information to size and how to design and specify the right solution for a wide range of individual situations.

A Guide to Sewage Treatment Systems is illustrated by examples of different building types and installations all of which have different uses and therefore different requirements. These include pubs, hotels, camping and amenity sites to illustrate the potential complexity and individuality of each, and particularly highlighting the value and support provided by British Water’s Flows and Loads 4 guidance.

“Determining what represents the best off-mains solution for a building that might have varying levels of occupancy is understandably still a testing challenge for engineers, architects and specifiers,” says Geoff Oakley, Kingspan Klargester’s Technical Sales Manager.

“Heightened environmental standards, more stringent controls, European guidelines and the Building Regulations have placed greater importance than ever before on the need for properly specified solutions. And rightly so – nothing is more unappetizing (or unhygienic) than overflowing toilets and drains. Our advice and solutions can be trusted to be compliant and proven because our expert team have always been at the forefront of influencing legislation, from the very start.”

A Guide to Sewage Treatment Systems will provide architects and specifiers with best practice from start to finish and we are delighted it’s been afforded this recognition by CIBSE.”

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