If you are looking to breathe fresh life into an old building, this issue’s Specifier features the latest products for replacing roofs, ceilings, floors and interiors, including rooflights and internal screens

Sika flooring


Sika contributed its flooring solutions to the refurbishment of the Ferrari Garage in Greater Manchester. Involved in the repair and maintenance of some of the world’s most expensive cars, the workshop floor needed to be hard-wearing and non-slip while offering a smooth finish. Sikafloor® 161 primer was applied to the whole floor, and when cured, Sikafloor®-263 SL was installed to a thickness of 2mm. According to the company this system offers chemical and mechanical resistance for heavy-wearing concrete screeds suitable for garages and loading ramps. A high-gloss finish was required for the traction provision needed for rear wheel drive cars such as Ferraris. The light grey finish was supplied by Sikafloor®-264, a two-part epoxy roller and seal coat.

Movers and Makers

  • Aluminium systems company Reynaers has moved to a new headquarters located in Hollymoor Way, Northfield. The new premises is a £6m investment for the company. The office building showcases glazing systems from the company and contains a dedicated showroom, meeting rooms and conference facilities as well as a training centre. Reynaers said it had outgrown its old office and warehouse in Birmingham due to continued success in the UK market.
  • Bailey Total Building Envelope has been awarded a British Board of Agrément (BBA) certificate for its System 17000 bitumen felt waterproofing system for flat roofs. The BBA is one of the UK’s leading bodies offering approval, certification and test services to manufacturers of products and systems in the construction industry. BBA put the system to the test to determine weathertightness, fire performance, resistance to foot traffic and penetration by roots. The certification confirms that System 17000 is durable with a life expectancy of 30-years. System 17000’s BBA certificate states that it is fit for its intended use provided it is installed, used and maintained correctly.
  • Venesta has launched a new “Specifying Washrooms” CPD seminar. The seminar discusses the key elements and criteria that specifiers need to consider when designing all aspects of a washroom. This includes toilet cubicles, duct panels and pre-plumbed systems. The CPD will cover: appropriate usage and life expectancy, design, hygiene and maintenance, installation, building regulations and budget. Venesta’s CPD is approved and certified by the Construction CPD Certification Service and equals an hour of annual required CPD points.

Newvision signage


New Vision provided an integrated signage and artwork scheme for refurbishment works to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s accident & emergency and paediatric wards. The brief was to inject creativity into the project while ensuring signage remained functional. A dementia-friendly approach was required to make the spaces accessible. New Vision worked with DLA Freeman White to create the scheme. The firm claims the designs are not only visually stimulating, but facilitate the colour coding that enhances the directional signage.
New Vision

Hansgrohe has launched a new range of kitchen sinks in collaboration with Phoenix Design. These sinks are designed to be paired with Hansgrohe’s kitchen mixers to form single integrated units. The sinks have been manufactured with wide rims and precise measurements meant to give the units a modern feel. Hansgrohe has also released the sBox component for kitchen mixers with pull-out sprays. The sBox stores the hose in a flat box, designed to fit most base cabinets.

Internal screens
Window and door manufacturer Crittall has launched the InnerVision range of steel-framed internal screens. The company claims that InnerVision glazed walls work well in period buildings, industrial settings and modern structures, offering strength, durability and a ultra-slim profile. The glazed units allow the sub-division of internal spaces without interrupting light transmission. The range of different acoustic glazing options offered by Crittall means that greater privacy and reduced noise levels can be achieved.

Flat roofing company Topseal has released a liquid-applied roofing system, Topseal Direct Lay. This system can be applied to both new build and refurbishment flat roofing projects and, according to the company, can be specified for any project without removing the existing roof. Direct Lay can be applied to materials including felt, asphalt, concrete and tissue backed insulation and components are completely cold-applied. Topseal Direct Lay comes with BBA certification and a 20-year guarantee for workmanship and material performance. A full range of BS/RAL colour topcoats are available.

Mapei recently added 51 colours to its grout ranges. The new colour range called “Set the mood” is divided into five collections: Serene, Traditional, Natural, Romance and Glamour. The range was developed to meet industry demand for a wider but simpler grout selection process. The new additions were developed using a 3D imaging programme, a first for the ceramic sector. This research has allowed Mapei to develop a new colour chart and 16 products available in all 51 shades. Keraproxy CQ is a two-component exproxy grout.

Washroom manufacturers Amwell has been chosen for refurbishment works at Ark John Keats Academy in Enfield, London. The academy has become one of the first all-through schools in the borough of Enfield, with students now ranging from nursery to sixth form. New washroom installations were required to cater for the school’s range of pupils. Amwell’s Splash Solid Grade Laminate system was chosen for pupil’s toilets and shower cubicles. The Playtime and Acorn ranges were also chosen for nursery and reception classes. Safety features from Amwell incorporated emergency release indicator bolts and anti-finger trap hinges.

Hunter Douglas has designed and manufactured a linear ceiling for a major shopping centre as part of a £5m refurbishment. The shopping centre in Maidstone underwent a 12-month refurbishment programme that comprised of new flooring, ceiling and lights. Hunter Douglas supplied the herringbone pattern ceiling for the £200,000 ceiling project. Architect ESA selected the pattern and chose four complementary colours. Fitting was undertaken by Roskel Contacts and required consideration to remain true to the architect’s vision.
Hunter Douglas

Roofmaker rooflight


A rooflight from Roof Maker contributed to the refurbishment of a London apartment. Architect Thomas and Spiers, a London-based firm which specialises in residential designs, was looking to renovate and expand the top floor space of a converted Victorian terrace in Battersea. It specified a fixed flat roof light from Roofmaker, which was installed above the open plan kitchen area. Roofmaker claims that the addition of its flat rooflight allowed light to access the whole living area creating a more spacious feel. Roofmaker rooflights come with a 30 year life expectancy and a 20 year unit seal warranty.
Roof Maker