Get active with a modular sport centre, a shock-absorbing floor and changing-room cubicles. Plus, modish black smoke sensors for nightclubs, horizontal sliding windows and an easy-to-install cycle stand

Product innovation

Modular sport centre
The Easy Build Sport Centre is an off-site modular system designed for schools and communities. The price includes design, project management and construction. The most basic format features a four-court sports hall; other facilities such as changing rooms, gymnasium, viewing galleries and office space can be incorporated through modular construction. The system uses sustainable materials and its designers claim natural daylight will reduce dependence on electric lighting. The centre is designed by Robert Barnes and engineered by Buro Happold. Main contractor is Durtnell, which claims the system can be built during school holidays.
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Matching shower and changing cubicles
The Deluge shower and changing cubicles from Decra’s Constructa range are designed to complement its Cascade solid laminate locker system. The range includes translucent shatterproof doors, which Decra says are a safer alternative to toughened glass. Pull handles in 316 grade stainless steel or aluminium can be used horizontally to act as a towel rail on the door fascia. The cubicles come in a wide range of finishes and colours, and can be tailor-made.
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Anti-bacteria wood lacquer
Hygienilac is designed to prevent bacteria on wooden surfaces for up to 10 years. The wood lacquer has been developed by Premier Finishes and prevents the bacteria’s access to nutrients so they starve and die. The lacquer, which has passed BS 6250 tests for severe use, is said to remain effective for years because of its low water solubility.
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Aluminium curtain-walling system
Kawneer has launched the AA201 unitised curtain-walling system. The factory-built aluminium system allows for fast construction on site and Kawneer says the system can be installed in occupied buildings with minimal disturbance. The AA201 system is available in more than 130 standard and 31 metallic Kawneer Permacover paint finishes. Kawneer’s Permanodic standard and coloured anodised finishes can also be specified. The design is compatible with a range of spandrel infill materials including glass, granite and metal.
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Brushed aluminium sliding door
A brushed aluminium finish is now available on DR Services’ range of sliding doors. The finish is designed to replicate the appearance of stainless steel and is offered on the Series 600, 700 and 800 systems. DR Services says the aluminium system looks the same as a stainless steel finish and is more affordable. The finish is not as robust as stainless steel, however, and should be installed above ground level to avoid knocks. DR Services says anodised aluminium is just as weather and corrosion-resistant as stainless steel and will not corrode if the surface is scratched, making it suitable for swimming pools, shower rooms and other wet areas.
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Black smoke sensors for nightclubs
Hochiki’s black ESP smoke sensors are designed to blend into the dark interiors of nightclubs, theatres and restaurants. Hochiki’s optical technology allows the analogue photoelectric sensor to detect a range of combustible materials, which the company says reduces its susceptibility to unwanted alarms. The enhanced system protocol or ESP system is designed to improve fire data communications and reduce the number of false alarms.
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Supersized cable conduits
Adaptaflex is offering larger “big bore” fittings for its Adaptolok range of non-metallic flexible conduits. The conduits protect electrical, data and video cabling and use easy to install, one-piece, push-and-twist fittings.
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Paint to protect metal in 1500 colours
Dulux Trade has introduced Metalshield to decorate and protect metal. The coating incorporates Dulux’s Barrier Technology to lock out air and moisture, which the company says offers metal protection for eight years. Fast-drying times mean jobs can be completed in just over one working day and the gloss finish is available in more than 1500 tinted colours. The application of Metalshield involves one coat of primer – Metalshield Zinc Phosphate Primer for ferrous metal and Metalshield Quick Drying Metal Primer for non-ferrous metal – and two coats of Metalshield Gloss Finish.
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Galvanised steel floor ducting
CDT Floor Ducting is a range of galvanised steel flush floor ducting from Contour Casings. The galvanised steel tray is fitted to the sub-floor before screeding, eliminating the need for shuttering. A plywood overboard fits flush with the floor screed and can be simply removed to allow access to pipes. The range includes corners, T-sections, stop end and lids. Contour CDT is available in a range of sizes and can be manufactured without minimum quantities.
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Horizontal sliding aluminium window
Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems has added a horizontal sliding window to its Comar 5P.i. range. Comar says the 5P.i. has been developed for locations where opening vents or windows might cause an obstruction, such as onto playgrounds or ramps for disabled access. The window’s thermally efficient performance is derived from a 20 mm polyamide strip made from reinforced glass fibre. This separates the inner and outer glass profiles, creating a thermal break. The window can be restricted at increments to suit the application.
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Freestanding cycle park
Glasdon has introduced a freestanding cycle parking solution. The CyclePad is manufactured from stainless steel and reinforced concrete and its weight means it does not have to be secured to the ground. Glasdon says the CyclePad is ideal for the street, as well as public buildings, offices and educational buildings.
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Fluorescent signs
Cooper Lighting and Security has developed a new version of its JSB Legendlite fluorescent sign. The restyled product has a slimmer design and perforated underside providing downlight to illuminate the area below the sign. It comes with an 8 W fluorescent light and is viewable from 30 m. The self-contained sign comes with a choice of screen printed legend panels, such as “Exit”, which slide into position from below.
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Tough wooden floor for gyms
Kährs has introduced the Active Floor for sport facilities. The Active Floor has resilient shock-absorbing properties that allow it to be installed directly onto the subfloor without battens or special fittings. It is available in
oak and beech and is 30 mm thick, giving it a low construction weight. Each board measures 2090 × 205 mm and has a 4 mm wear layer that can be sanded three or four times. A stain lacquer pre-finish allows the floor to be easily maintained by vacuuming or wiping.
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Fire management innovation
PFC Corofil has launched two products to improve the management and control of fire spread through all public, commercial and residential buildings. Intumescent Quickstop Coupling is an injection-moulded rigid PVCu intumescent pipe coupler designed to stop fire spreading through PVCu pipework systems. The Quickpass Cable Seal provides a firestopping solution for cable management through fire-rated walls and floors. It is retrofittable and allows additional cable installation without breaching fire barriers.
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Movers and makers

  • Travis Perkins is to stock Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood ply. The Brazilian plywood is made up of hardwood throughout rather than mixed species, which Travis Perkins claims makes it more durable. Travis Perkins’ range of certified wood now includes solid hardwood, some doors, hardwood decking, sleepers, MDF, chipboard, garden furniture, carcassing and sawn joinery.

  • Häfele’s hardbound catalogue for 2005/06 covers thousands of architectural ironmongery products. The 1100-page volume is split into 11 sections covering areas such as door furniture, security fittings, bathroom products, window fittings and UV bonding equipment for frameless glass furniture.

  • The CIBSE has published a guide to natural ventilation. The publication is aimed at building services engineers and architects but also offers background information to facilities and building managers. It includes a schematic flow diagram to help designers decide whether natural ventilation is appropriate for a specific site and a section on detailed design calculations. Specification and integration of ventilation products is also discussed. It costs £24 for CIBSE members and £48 for non-members.

  • The Aircrete Bureau has produced an online factsheet explaining the safe use of Aircrete products. It offers guidelines on handling, storing and cutting Aircrete blocks. The factsheet, which also explains key health and safety regulations, can be downloaded from the Aircrete website at

  • Wavin Plastics has launched a guide to its water management products. It features a range of Osma products and systems including foul and surface water systems. The first section focuses on building drainage, inspection chambers, manholes, gullies, French drains, sustainable urban drainage and highway drainage.

    The guide also offers information on stormwater management, rainwater and soil and waste.

  • BRE and Wood for Good have produced a brochure called Building Sustainably with Timber.

    The guide explains how individual components contribute towards sustainability targets. It looks at different assessment schemes and how they relate to each other, and there is a checklist showing where the use of wood products can help you to gain EcoHomes credits.

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