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BUILDING DESIGN

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  • Introduction to metal paints and coatings
    Metal paints and coatings can be applied to interior and exterior metal surfaces, such as radiators, cladding, steelwork, garage doors, garden furniture, gates, railings, gutters, drainpipes and machinery. The metal surface...
  • Introduction to retail kiosks and booths
    Retail kiosks are a popular means of pushing back against town centres and high streets losing their distinctive identity and becoming dominated by large chain retailers. They are a good way of raising the profile of...
  • Introduction to stages
    Stages are an integral part of performance art: in Western culture, the proscenium arch, which has its origins in ancient Roman theatre, is the most common type of stage. In purpose-built theatres, a permanent stage will be...
  • Introduction to movable walls and partitions
    Movable walls and partitions are used in offices, schools, universities and hotel conference areas to provide versatility to an interior space. They can be specified at the design stage or can be installed as part of an...
  • Introduction to building and walling stone
    Building and walling stone has been used for the construction of masonry buildings and external walls for thousands of years. Blocks are quarried from natural stone such as sandstone, limestone and slate, or manufactured...
  • Introduction to building boards
    Building boards have a variety of uses in construction, from general-purpose to more specialist applications. They can incorporate specific characteristics, such as increased moisture and impact resistance. Decking boards...
  • Introduction to hygienic paints and coatings
    Hygienic paints are typically suitable for use on walls and ceilings in hospitals, food processing facilities, laboratories, and other environments where a sterile finish is required. Anti-bacterial coatings help to inhibit...
  • Introduction to hygienic wall / ceiling cladding
    Hygienic cladding to line walls and ceilings in locations where the control of germs is a priority, such as hospitals and care homes, and applications that require high standards of cleanliness like commercial kitchens, food...
  • Introduction to weatherboard cladding
    Weatherboarding is a type of cladding with long thin timber boards that overlap one another, either vertically or horizontally. It is traditionally used to clad houses, but is equally suitable for public buildings such as...
  • Introduction to acoustic panels and baffles
    Acoustic panels and baffles are used to absorb noise and reduce the passage of sound through a building. They are specified to help a building comply with Part E of the Building Regulations. Depending on the product, it may...
  • Introduction to security shutters
    Security shutters prevent unauthorised access to commercial and retail premises. Shop front shutters are installed behind glass or in front of store entrances for additional security in shopping centres and on high streets.
  • Introduction to roof tiles
    Roof tiles provide the final layer of weatherproofing on a building, and have been in use since the 3rd millennium BC. Different tiles suit different roof pitches. Clay tiles are often made from locally sourced material.
  • Introduction to portable buildings
    Relocatable buildings can be used for any number of applications, such as site offices, temporary classrooms, portable loos for events, weighbridge and toll station cabins, building site accommodation, and sportsground...
  • Introduction to bricks
    Bricks have been used in construction for so long that they have become synonymous with solid, dependable buildings. From the 3000 BC Zhou dynasty to the Three Little Pigs, bricks have held a firm place in our built...
  • Introduction to timber beams and joists
    Structural timber posts and beams can be used to achieve long spans and elegant curves in a structure, and timber columns are often left exposed to view. Made from hardwood, softwood, glued laminated timber (glulam) or...