Latest news from the world of construction product manufacture

  • Off-site construction specialist and Portakabin subsidiary Yorkon has launched a website for architects, contractors and construction clients: The website is designed to give specifiers and building professionals a fast and efficient guide to the potential, benefits and wide-ranging applications of off-site construction solutions.
  • Fencing specialist Zaun has received the Secured by Design award by the Association of Chief Police Officers for its recently launched ArmaWeave range of fencing. ArmaWeave is a high tensile woven mesh that requires no welding and is suitable for high security perimeter barriers.
  • The RIBA has published a design guide called Ramps, Stairs and Escalators. The book, which is up to date with the new BS 8300 - the code of practice for meeting the needs of disabled people - includes guidance as well as case studies, simple diagrams and photographs to illustrate good design and practice.
  • Portakabin has become the first modular manufacturer to achieve CE approval - the product mark that states that products have been tested to European standards. The Portakabin Ultima, Titan and Solus buildings have all gained European Technical Approval.
  • Balustrade expert Richard Burbidge has launched a website ( with a dedicated area for architects and specifiers that has the latest information and guidance on indoor and outdoor balustrade systems. As well as downloadable CAD drawings there is guidance on Building Regulations, British Standards and balustrade testing.