Electrical products specialist MEM has extended its Energy-Link cable management range with the introduction of a three-compartment trunking system for applications such as schools and hospitals. The product, called 3CT, is made from a high-impact plastic and has fully segmented compartments for power, data and communications cables. Each compartment has its own clip-on lid. Four different profiles are available depending on whether it is for dado or skirting mounting and the product is compatible with other MEM wiring producs.
Mobile school buildings
Portable buildings manufacturer Portakabin has launched prefabricated classrooms for primary and secondary schools. One module contains two 64 m2 classrooms and a large cloakroom, and each classroom can accommodate up to 30 pupils. The company says the purpose-designed accommodation features specialist teaching resources combined with high levels of natural light, good ventilation and energy efficiency.
Autron, the maker of low-surface-temperature radiators, has added the Sterling Ensign to its range. It has a new type of aluminium grille fitted to the top and bottom half of the radiator to prevent small items falling inside the casing. The product conforms to NHS guidelines for touch temperature and is available in a range of sizes up to a maximum of 3 m long with an output of 3300 W.
Hospitals usually have hordes of smokers clustered around the entrance, and the ground is littered with cigarette ends. QMP has brought out its Shepherd Smoking Shelter to help alleviate the problem. It features polycarbonate sides and is open at the base and roofline to help disperse cigarette smoke, and is fitted with either wall-mounted or flat-top ashtrays. Perch seats are also available. The shelter would also be ideal for schools and colleges with a permissive smoking policy.
Quick-dry spray paint
ICI Dulux Trade has developed a mid-sheen interior paint called Dry Fall Eggshell specially for spray application to walls and ceilings. The water-based paint is quick-drying so large areas can be coated very quickly, minimising disruption to building users. The company says one coat provides excellent coverage and the overspray dries to dust after it falls more than three metres, which makes clearing up easier.
ICI Dulux Trade
Doors without the trappings
Kawneer has standardised its Finger Guard safety feature on its 190 range of pivoting doors. The company says it is particularly suitable for public sector applications where children or people with special needs are at risk from trapping their fingers in swing doors. The door frame features a rounded edge where it engages with the frame so the small gap between the door and frame remains constant regardless of the position of the door.
Lock specialist Abloy Security has launched a range of five electromagnetic locks that it says are particularly suitable for public buildings with high traffic flows and stringent security requirements. The locks are for internal access and final exit doors and feature "soft start" circuitry that the company says eliminates interference to electrical equipment. The range includes models to suit single, double, sliding and swing doors, and door-monitoring options.
Colourful carpets for heavy wear
CFS Carpets has added five colours to its Tyne and Geltron 2000 broadloom carpet ranges. Tyne is a cut-pile carpet, and Geltron 2000 is the loop-pile version. Both carpets are heavy duty and feature an impervious gel backing that the company says makes them particularly suitable for healthcare applications.
Wet room system
Tarkett Sommer has launched a complete wetroom system, suitable for applications such as hospitals, residential homes and sports changing rooms. It includes the company's Granit Multisafe slip-resistant flooring, available in a choice of 10 colours, and colour co-ordinated Aquarelle Wetwall waterproof wallcoverings with an antibacterial treatment. Four borders are available, as is a range of accessories to complete the installation, including threshold strips.
What’s the spec? King’s College Hospital Golden Jubilee Wing, Denmark Hill, South London
client King’s College Hospital NHS Trust
PFI consortium HpC
architect Nightingale Associates
structural engineer Owen Williams
services consultant Zisman Boyer–Haden Young
contractor Costain–Skanska joint venture
Information pointEmergency gear brochure
Bardic has launched a catalogue detailing its emergency lighting and fire-detection products. It contains product and pricing information on its range of emergency luminaires, exit signs, conversion kits and central battery systems. Detection products include sounders, beacons, smoke and heat detectors, call points and analogue addressable control panels.
Window specs on CD-ROM
Sapa Building Systems has brought out an electronic specification manual on CD-ROM. It contains CAD drawings of the company’s range of fenestration products ready for transferring into AutoCAD, NBS specification clauses, profile drawings and general assembly details.
Sapa Building Systems
Guide to doors and screens
A guide for entrance and glazed doors and screens has been launched by PollardsFyrespan. It summarises the company’s products, which include non-fire-rated swing, sliding, sliding and stacking, and revolving automatic and manual doors, as well as fire-rated swing and sliding doors. It also covers the company’s range of framing systems and is illustrated by colour photographs of completed projects.
Help with fire protection
Building services research body BSRIA has worked with the British Fire Protection Systems Association to produce a guide to achieving a complete and fully integrated fire extinguishing solution. It aims to help services engineers familiarise themselves with fire extinguishing systems by describing the variants available, and how to integrate them into a total services package. It also contains relevant standards, guidance documents, design and installation considerations and inspection checklists.
Hargreaves Ductshops has launched its 2003 trade catalogue on its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products. The 40-page catalogue is organised by colour coded sections to make it easy to identify the appropriate products including ductwork, fittings, installation accessories and fans.
Electrical controls guidance
The Commissioning Specialists Association has published a technical memorandum called TM13 – Electrical Control Panels; Arrangements for safe live working by commissioning engineers. It offers general guidance for managers, including training and documentation requirements, and outlines the correct working practices for engineers taking into account health and safety requirements.
Commissioning Specialists Association