Textron Fastening Systems has introduced the Fab-Lok fastener. The unit is designed to clamp metal cladding to buildings affected by high winds or severe vibration. The fastener can also combat racking caused by machinery within the building or expansion and contraction of the sheet metal because of thermal changes.
Textron Fastening Systems
Advance Construction Services has developed the Adjustable Kicker, a formwork support for concrete pours up to 600 mm deep. The unit has been designed for quick and easy attachment to wood and steel formwork and can be adjusted for slopes and angles. The reusable unit is made from steel and can be folded flat for storage.
Advance Construction Services
Sectional cast-iron radiators
PMP has introduced the Viceroy range of sectional cast-iron radiators up to 3.6 m long for commercial and domestic applications. Manufactured in traditional styles, the 13 models range in height from 280 mm to 980 mm and in four depths from 70 mm to 250 mm.
Mock sash window
LB Plastics has launched a PVCu tilt-and-turn mock sash and four-chamber reversible window system. The firm claims that the four-chamber design increases thermal efficiency by 10-15% and the tilt-and-turn model allows occupants to escape in case of fire, thus satisfying Part B of the Building Regulations.
Staffordshire-based Interplast has introduced the Edison range of commercial electrical accessories. The range includes single- and twin-switched power sockets, multi-gang light switches and push and rotary dimmers in a modular design with concealed mounting screws.
ISL Renotherm has launched a spray-applied insulation foam that sets to a rigid finish. It is suitable for roofs, walls and floors and is said to seal tight corners and gaps.
Conservatory roofing system
Ultraframe has launched the Wentworth conservatory roofing system for roofs set at a 20º pitch. The modular system uses 35 mm thick opal polycarbonate glazing panels that are said to offer a U-value of 1.5 W/m2ºC. The manufacturer claims that the system can be installed straight from the box onto timber, PVCu or aluminium frames.
Willan Building Services is launching a universal weep vent, the Glidevale MV650, in five standard colours. It functions either as a weep or cavity-wall ventilator. It comes complete with render thickness markings to aid positioning when the unit is used in a wall with a rendered finish.
Willan Building Services
Hydraulic rising bollards
Frontier-Pitts has introduced a range of hydraulic bollards to control vehicle access to restricted areas. Retracted, the units can withstand loads up to 17 tonnes. The fixed section of the bollard is set into a 1250 mm deep concrete foundation, with the bollard rising a further 600 mm. The firm also offers 450 and 900 mm high models.
Casement windows and doorsets
Mumford & Wood has launched a range of gothic casement windows and French doorsets. The casements are available in module sizes from 617 mm to 2336 mm wide. There is no restriction on the height of the window or door panel.
Mumford & Wood
Electric panel radiators
Dimplex has introduced a range of electric panel radiators with two complementary heat sources – a radiant source to direct the heat and a convector source to warm the room. The Calidou range comes complete with a thermostat and an optional plug-in programmer to give a choice of up to seven preset heating programmes. The unit is splashproof for use in bathrooms, with a lockable dust cover to protect the controls.
Cladding panel guide
Eternit Building Materials has published a guide to its Glasal NT fibre cement cladding panels. It includes illustrations, technical information and instructions on methods of fixing.
Eternit Building Materials
Manual for fire-safe design
The Steel Construction Institute has published Fire Safe Design: A New Approach to Multi-storey Steel-framed Buildings. The manual is based on lessons learned from the full-scale fire tests carried out by the BRE in Cardington.
Steel Construction Institute
Window products booklet
Window products manufacturer Caldwell Hardware has issued a manual that focuses on security and safety issues for specifiers.
Low-rise buildings maintenance
The Structural Engineers Trading Organisation has published a second edition of its report on subsidence in low-rise buildings. The document discusses issues such as the causes of damage to buildings, insurance, structural repairs and remedial works.
Structural Engineers Trading Organisation
The specGreenwich yacht club, London se10 Constructed as part of the Millennium Village development – the club’s original accommodation was in the way of the proposed coach park for the Millennium Dome – the two-storey clubhouse is one of three new buildings designed for the yacht club by architect Frankl & Luty. The clubhouse is perched 45 m above the river on a disused jetty whose previous occupant was a large cargo crane. The building contains offices, meeting rooms and a bar. Access to the club is via a raised walkway while access to each of the floors is by an external galvanised stair. Zinc roofing - Rheinzinc
Roof panels - Opstalan
Steelwork - Graham Wood
Oak cladding - Raphael Cladding
Glazing - Velfac
Client English Partnerships
Architect Frankl & Luty
Project manager, structural, civil and M&E engineer WS Atkins
Quantity Surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Main Contractor Edmund Nuttall