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  • H+H UK: H+H introduces a new Masonry House Package
    H+H introduces a new Masonry House Package
    H+H UK
    H+H, manufacturer of Celcon Blocks, has launched a new technical support package to help smaller building contractors and those involved with self-build projects. The Masonry House Package is designed to take the hassle and worry out of building the fundamental elements of a build project – the walls and foundations. The Masonry House Package...
    10 October 2014
  • Elite Precast Concrete: Solar Panel Partnership on Oxford University
    Solar Panel Partnership on Oxford University
    Elite Precast Concrete
    Elite Precast Concrete has partnered with renewable energy specialists, EnergyMyWay, to provide 60 of its Kentledge blocks in the construction of a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array which is being used to power Oxford University’s new book storage facility. EnergyMyWay designed, supplied and installed 152x 250 watt photovoltaic solar panels...
    08 October 2014
  • H+H UK: H+H new block length
    H+H new block length
    H+H UK
    To improve efficiency and in turn increase block capacity, H+H is updating the sizes of three of its product ranges. The length of Celcon Plus Blocks will increase to 630mm from 610mm, with the course height remaining at 215mm. Similarly, the Jumbo Blok and Multi Plate ranges will increase slightly in length from 610mm to 630mm. A reduction in...
    08 September 2014
  • Norbord: Engineers prove importance of timber to construction
    Engineers prove importance of timber to construction
    Norbord
    In a bid to help tackle the UK’s lack of timber engineering expertise, Edinburgh Napier University launched a scholarship initiative related to the MSc in Timber Engineering, and the first students are set to graduate soon. The initiative will see skilled workers entering into the timber business in the UK, meeting rising demand for timber frame...
    02 September 2014
  • Sika : Top grade repair solutions for Cambridge University
    Top grade repair solutions for Cambridge University
    Sika
    In a conservation area at the University of Cambridge, global building product manufacturer Sika has supplied a comprehensive concrete repair and corrosion inhibitor system, fully compliant with BS EN 1504 standards, to return five ageing buildings to the highest standards of aesthetics, performance and weather resistance. Located on the western...
    29 July 2014
  • Sika : Watertight concrete specified for Library of Birmingham
    Watertight concrete specified for Library of Birmingham
    Sika
    The BBA-certified Sika Watertight Concrete system, one of many concrete solutions from Sika Limited, has been specified for the basement shell and the terrace decks on the £188m Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in the UK and one of the largest public cultural spaces in Europe. The 35,000m2 project has seen the creation of a major...
    29 July 2014
  • Tobermore: Luxury development awarded best development & show house
    Luxury development awarded best development & show house
    Tobermore
    Barronsfield Grange, the luxury housing scheme developed by Westpoint Homes has been named ‘Best Development and Best Show House’ at the Glasgow Herald Property Awards. Westpoint Homes is one of Scotland’s most highly-regarded private home builders, with an extensive range of unique developments across central Scotland. Andrew McFarlane, chairman...
    05 June 2014
  • Cembrit: Cembonit is elegant choice for Central School of Ballet
    Cembonit is elegant choice for Central School of Ballet
    Cembrit
    Cembrit’s Cembonit has been used to create an elegant and modern exterior at the Central School of Ballet on Clerkenwell Road, London. Approximately 4,000m² of Cembonit in 'Flint' has been used on the striking façade of the 34,000 ft sq ballet school. Designed by Allies and Morrison, the new building is comprised of 162 student residential units...
    25 April 2014
  • Instarmac Group: NEW Ultrascape SUDScrete impresses at Ecobuild
    NEW Ultrascape SUDScrete impresses at Ecobuild
    Instarmac Group
    Ecobuild has reported a rise in visitor figures following the end of their 10th show. Ultrascape exhibited for the first time and generated a ‘buzz’ with their new permeable paving system, SUDScrete. The exhibition was held at the ExCel in London, and visitors flocked from all over the world to enjoy the 3-day spectacle. Located within the...
    18 March 2014
  • Ronacrete: Ronacrete receives third ISO accreditation: OHSAS 18001
    Ronacrete receives third ISO accreditation: OHSAS 18001
    Ronacrete
    Specialist construction manufacturer, Ronacrete has scored an accreditation hat-trick by achieving BS OHSAS 18001:2007, the third industry standard accreditation achieved by the company. OHSAS 18001 covers Occupational Health and Safety Management, and was assessed and registered by the NQA The standard guarantees that equipment is being...
    25 February 2014
  • Aggregate Industries: Report: Housing for the information age
    Report: Housing for the information age
    Aggregate Industries
    Aggregate Industries has recently been involved with the Housing Forum's technical panel in helping to prepare details of a new report on the application of information-age digital technologies within the new build housing market, with the potential to improve the quality and value of housing by harnessing consumer pull. A system of Home...
    12 December 2013
  • Instarmac Group: Highways Magazine 'Excellence Awards'
    Highways Magazine 'Excellence Awards'
    Instarmac Group
    Highways Magazine ‘Excellence Awards’ recognises Ultrascape Coventry Civic Centre public realm scheme and Poynton Town Centre regeneration project have both been honored in this year’s Highways Magazine’s ‘Excellence Awards’. These outstanding improvements were created using the Ultrascape BS 7533 compliant mortar paving system. Coventry City...
    14 November 2013
  • Instarmac Group: Ultrascape features in award-winning scheme
    Ultrascape features in award-winning scheme
    Instarmac Group
    Witton Street Phase 1 – Cheshire West and Chester BC public realm scheme has won the ‘Highways’ LGN Street Design Award 2013. Ultrascape’s renowned flowable grout, Flowpoint was supplied for the project. The ‘Highways’ category of the annual LGN Street Design Awards recognises best practice and innovation in street design across the UK. The...
    14 November 2013
  • H+H UK: A lesson in fast construction of student accommodation
    A lesson in fast construction of student accommodation
    H+H UK
    H+H’s innovative Thin-Joint System, using Celfix mortar and Multi Plate aircrete blocks, has been used to speed-up the construction of a student accommodation block at the University of Reading. Developed by Fawleybridge Investments, the privately operated student accommodation block, located in Regis Park Road, Reading, contains 101 bedrooms...
    08 November 2013
  • H+H UK: Spade to roof height in less than 5 days
    Spade to roof height in less than 5 days
    H+H UK
    H+H’s innovative all-in-one building method, Rå Build, has been used in the construction of a pair of semi-detached bungalows on a restricted site in Kessingland, Suffolk. The bungalows were built for Orwell Housing Association by Wellington Construction. This pair of semi bungalows reached roof plate height in only four and a half days from the...
    26 September 2013