• Peeling back the layers

    Peeling back the layers

    Stripping paint and varnish from surfaces can be a difficult and laborious task, requiring time, patience and a lot of elbow grease. Everbuild – A Sika Company now have the answer to this age old problem with the arrival of Paint Away® – the ultimate paint and varnish stripper. The new triple strength, non-drip formula

  • The new BakerHicks

    The new BakerHicks

    Morgan Sindall Professional Services, the specialist design and engineering business, has been relaunched as BakerHicks, a new name with a 60-year heritage that reflects its established reputation as an independent consultancy. The BakerHicks brand acknowledges two of the original founders of the IDC Group from which MSPS ultimately emerged. Howard Hicks, the IDC Group Chairman,

  • Get a handle on it

    Get a handle on it

    SDS London has partnered with the three new companies to bring their hardware to the UK market. The new partnerships with Rocky Mountain, Oliver Knights and Groël has resulted in a significant expansion of SDS London’s range, which now encompasses a clutch of market leading brands and more than 10,000 product lines. The latest additions

  • Balcony connections

    Balcony connections

    Riverwalk is a striking new development at Millbank, on the north bank of the Thames. There are 116 high specification apartments, the exteriors enhanced by horizontal bands of limestone on the curving facades, with stonework wrapping around the lower parts of the balconies, creating a continuous organic shape. It is a high specification development and

  • Repair and restore bricks

    Repair and restore bricks

    The exterior of this iconic building was suffering with high levels of damage, including salt ingress and excessive cracking to the render and brickwork. Salt Inhibitor was used as a ‘masonry salt blocker’ and applied to the exposed brickwork. Large areas of the render were repaired with Restoration Render and the deep section repairs were

  • A breath of fresh air

    A breath of fresh air

    Lee Stones, category manager for Xpelair, looks at the factors that are driving a surge in the specification of heat recovery technology in the home. As building regulations continue to move us towards more airtight homes, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) systems are increasingly being considered the ideal choice in new properties and refurbishments.

  • Bridging the gap

    Bridging the gap

    Bridging the gap between PVC-U and aluminium windows and doors, Rob McGlennon, Deceuninck, explains how the next generation material LinktrusionTM does just that. Commercial door and window specification has traditionally been shared across PVC-U and aluminium products. Both have their own advantages. Historically perceived as the poorer cousin, PVC-U has developed significantly over recent years

  • Freedom of movement

    Freedom of movement

    Fluctuations in temperature and moisture cause movement in the subfloor and result in cracks transferring to tile and stone coverings, or worse, cause a loss of bond between the covering and the substrate which can result in overall damage to the surface covering. For this reason, industry standards state that all tile and stone installations

  • Hueck survey findings

    Hueck survey findings

    Brexit divided a nation and since the vote, arguments have been put forward from both remain and leave camps, highlighting the opportunities and challenges ahead for UK professionals and their respective sectors. Aluminium building systems supplier Hueck UK wanted to find out what architects and specifiers feel about this issue and others affecting their sector.