A range of solutions for the fit-out of offices and commercial premises have been released by companies including Armstrong Ceilings, Mitsubishi Electric and Vent-Axia

Hiscox, York

Aluminium curtain walling

Wicona has provided its range of aluminium curtain walling and doors to create a corporate headquarters and customer interface facility for Hiscox, a York-based insurance company. WICTEC 50SG sliding doors were used for meeting rooms on the third-floor terrace. The company said its products were chosen for their flexibility, allowing the architects to create a sweeping glazed wall which includes both convex and concave forms with constantly varying faceted angles. The other glazed areas in the Hiscox building feature WICLINE 90SG windows. The product was selected for its thermal performance and high levels of daylight transmission.

Movers and Makers

  • AluFoldDirect has launched a new brochure entitled Everything Aluminium, which it says is to help installers show customers what can be achieved in aluminium doors and windows. The brochure features the full AluFoldDirect aluminium range including bi-folding doors, sliding doors, slimline windows, roof lanterns, RD1 Entrance Doors and commercial windows and doors. It also includes details about the hardware available for each product and information on colour options, with advice on the most on-trend colours, held in stock by AluFoldDirect for faster lead times.
  • Tata Steel has partnered with the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) to produce a revised version of their Blue Book software tool for use in the design of structures using hollow sections. It covers Tata Steel’s entire structural hollow sections range and incorporates comprehensive section property data for key products Celsius and Hybox. Furthermore, the new design enables the rapid selection of steel members in compression, and bending and data tables are also provided for combined bending and compression, web resistance and shear resistance.
  • Global building product manufacturer Sika has launched an investigation methods service to determine the root cause of corrosion within reinforced concrete in conjunction with Vector Corrosion Technologies. It says the assessment can not only identify debilitating elements in buildings and infrastructure before visible damage occurs but also helps inform the best course of action to avoid future corrosion and prolong the structure’s life. Investigation methods carried out during Sika’s concrete assessment service include a visual survey of corrosion damage; dust sample analysis for chloride content and concrete resistivity mapping.

Geberit tap system

Tap system

Geberit has launched a tap system designed for commercial washrooms. The company said that as the fixings for the system sit neatly behind the wall with a Geberit Duofix installation frame, installation is straightforward. The tap system consists of three power supply options which can be changed at any time – mains, battery or self-sustaining via a generator unit driven by the presser of the tap water.

Suspension system
Armstrong Ceilings has announced the launch of the TLS grid system. Its launch comes in response to customer research that showed installers were looking for a system that was faster to install and demount, more stable and durable and more solid for maintenance. The company claims the TLS is ideal for commercial applications because the ergonomic design of the pre-shaped Prelude 24mm TLS cross tee ensures it is faster to install and demount from the universal main runner.
Armstrong Ceilings

Air conditioning units
Mitsubishi Electric has launched a range of air conditioning units using the new refrigerant R32. The R32 Mr Slim Power Inverter split type models are the second product range in the company’s UK line-up to use R32 refrigerant – which has a low global warming potential (GWP). The range includes 10 outdoor units offering single-phase and three-phase options, with a capacity range from 3.5kW to 14kW. Twenty-five individual indoor units are also available as ceiling cassettes, ceiling concealed ducted, wall-mounted and ceiling suspended models.
Mitsubishi Electric

Heating cables
Industrial heating specialist Pentair has introduced the low-smoke zero halogen (LSZH) self-regulating heating cable range. The cables have been designed to offer efficient pipe-freeze protection. Available in extended heating circuit lengths up to 215m, the pipes feature a low bend radius of only 10mm, which the firm says helps users to tightly fit the cable on pipe runs with many angles. The company claims the new range is ideal for use within commercial buildings as it offers particular building safety, thanks to a new LSZH jacket material.
Pentair Thermal Management

Magnetic glass
Gx Glass has announced its MagnX magnetic glass range is now available with customised back painting and bespoke printed designs, which it says provides architects and interior designers with more flexibility. The MagnX range comprises glass magnetic whiteboards that enable documents to be “pinned” to the board using magnets. Consisting of MagnX-CF, a wall-mounted board available in 14 sizes, MagnX-E, a magnetic wall cladding ideal for work walls and the double-sided MagnX-DS, suitable for partitioning, the company said the range now offers a solution for every interior application.
Gx Glass

Fan units
Vent-Axia has supplied its Lo-Carbon T-Series fan as part of an office fit-out for a green building charity requiring improved ventilation. The Lo-Carbon T-Series has been installed in windows and a partition wall. The company claims the Lo-Carbon T-Series fan was chosen because energy efficiency was key for this project, and a low-carbon unit was essential. Now completed, the company claimed the project has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for an office refurbishment in the UK, with the embodied carbon footprint 22% below a comparable “standard” fit-out.

Carpet flooring
Heckmondwike FB’s flooring solutions were specified for the new head office of Lench’s Trust in Birmingham. Heckmondwike FB’s Night Sky and Broadrib carpet tiles were installed throughout the building including the chief executive’s office, main office and boardroom, using 132m2 of carpet tiles. The company said its carpet tiles were chosen because they convey a warm and friendly look which is a vital part of Lench’s Trust service provision. The construction took 10 weeks and the installation and interior fit-out two weeks.
Heckondwike FB

St Andrew's Square

Curtain walling and doors

Architectural aluminium glazing systems by Kawneer were specified for a landmark office building in the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Area, including St Andrew Square (pictured). Kawneer AA110 capped and SSG (structurally silicone glazed) curtain walling with a 65mm sightline and a bespoke 80mm wide system, complemented by series 190 heavy-duty and 350 severe-duty commercial entrance doors, were used on the offices on the second to sixth floors of number 6 and on some elements of the eight retail/restaurant units on the ground, first and basement floors of numbers 3 to 8.