Construction of new multi-million pound retirement village development complete @Castleoak


Construction of forty-six independent living apartments, spread across three buildings plus cottages around a village green, has been completed by specialist design and build partner Castleoak for Charters Village, an age-exclusive retirement community in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

What this means is a greater range of living options for those who are retired or close to retiring, an influx of new Charters residents who will boost the local economy by supporting local businesses, as well as future job opportunities for people interested in working for a retirement village.

A pond and extensive landscaping complete the project, which was handed over in October 2016. This is the second multi-million pound phase of development for Charters, which originally opened in early 2014. The properties are selling quickly and a number of residents have already moved in.

Classic with a Modern Twist @vicaimadoors


Interior design like all fashion evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless.  Of course a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year.  In response to this latest vogue, Vicaima have reinvigorated their Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes. 

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, now sponsored by Everest, returns bigger and better with its largest exhibition ever


There are more people looking for a home in the UK than there are houses to choose from, according to the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey. In addition, monthly house buyer demand has risen by 10 per cent since October, outstripping supply. To help address this shortfall, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is gearing up to return to the NEC, Birmingham from 23-26 March 2017, sponsored for the first time by Everest, a British company with over 50 years’ experience in double glazed windows, conservatories, doors and more.

CRL moves to prestigious new London headquarters to bolster growth plans @CRLManagement


STRUCTURAL defects insurance specialist CRL has moved into new headquarters in London’s 110 Bishopsgate development (formerly Heron Tower) to support its ambitious growth plans for 2017.

The move follows a phenomenal 2016, which has seen CRL invest in a new sales centre and training academy at its Horsham office, substantially increase its market share and recruit new staff.

CRL now occupies the 15th floor of the iconic skyscraper which has impressive views over Canary Wharf and the city. At 46-storeys, the building is the second tallest in the City of London after The Shard.

Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer for CRL, said: “The move represents a commitment by CRL to invest in the latest technology and working practices to create an outstanding work space and support the development of our staff.

“CRL is a growing company and the time is right for us to establish a base that best represents our values and culture as a business. The new premises are a much more rewarding environment for our team and we also look forward to welcoming our clients to our


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Roof window installers across the UK and Ireland can now claim rewards, redeemable at top brand retailers and restaurants, every time they buy any VELUX® roof windows, flat roof windows and sun tunnels in 2017.

Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX has chosen to extend its successful 2016 promotion on an ongoing basis in order to give customers rewards for each VELUX installation.

In the UK the rewards are redeemable at a range of retailers, including M&S, Argos, Pizza Express, Thomas Cook and Ticketmaster. VELUX intends to expand on this range of partners throughout 2017 to offer installers even more choice of where to spend their rewards.


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A new route to NVQ and CSCS Skilled Worker Cards is now open to roofers.

Protan’s Basic Competency Training Programme is now approved by SPRA (the Single Ply Roofing Association. BCP is an approved first step towards completion of a full Level 2 Single Ply NVQ and blue Skilled Worker Card. Trainees successfully completing the Protan BCP will have covered some elements of the Level 2 Single Ply NVQ; those who are already experienced workers will gain access to a red Experienced Worker Card.

“Expert training in how to install a single ply membrane is crucial,” says Protan senior technical manager Simon Hancock (IoR). “It ensures that our contractor partners are experts in their own right, able to work in partnership with their customers to achieve the best value and deliver a roof that will perform for decades.

Kawneer was the designer’s favourite for Cheltenham @KawneerUK

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Glazed systems by Kawneer feature on the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse.

Architectural aluminium systems from leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse, The Jockey Club’s largest-ever single investment, to “set a quality standard”.

The £45 million project feature’s Kawneer’s AA®100 zone-drained fully-capped and mullion-drained SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling systems with inset AA®3572 lift/slide doors, AA®541 top-hung casement windows, AA®3720 folding/sliding doors and series 190 heavy duty commercial entrance doors.

They were installed for main contractor Kier Construction by specialist sub-contractor and Kawneer-approved installer Aluminium Sashes on all levels of the 7,500m2 state-of-the-art multi-level, amphitheatre-like Princess Royal Grandstand. The project was completed over 18 months in time for The 2016 festival.

Stortford Interiors completes London Bridge Station fit-out project

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Stortford Interiors completes London Bridge Station fit-out project

Specialist architectural interior contractor, Stortford Interiors (UK) completes £4 million interior fit-out project for one of the UK’s biggest transport hubs, London Bridge Station.

Working for Main Contractor Costain, the broad scope of this large infrastructure project covers the fit-out of staff accommodation as well as retail areas and has seen Stortford Interiors deliver its ‘Interior Architectural Packaging Contracting (IAPC)’ offering, which includes in-house joinery division, Parkrose.

A wide product scope has been captured in the sub-contract package, most notably drywall, glass screens, Metsec and joinery, which includes door sets and washroom fit-outs. Initial contract works have been completed, with additional works to customer information points and retail areas expected to be completed by mid-2018.



Saracen Interiors has announced an increase of almost 30 per cent on its forward order book compared to this same time last year with almost five million pounds worth of orders coming in within the last few weeks of 2016. With a plethora of contracts scheduled to start in 2017, from new as well as established clients, the award winning, workplace consultant is on track to demonstrate further continued growth in the coming year.

The company saw a climb in its turnover of 10 per cent, over the last 12 months, despite the impact of Brexit, with some businesses exercising caution and down-scaling plans for larger projects. Saracen has benefitted from a consistently vigorous pipeline of activity and the broadening of its database, thanks to key sales appointments and the expansion of its business throughout the North and the North West of England during 2016.

Joint managing director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page comments: “We were in a very strong position at the start of last year and we managed to build on that enough to carry us through the impact of the uncertainty many companies felt in the Summer months, post-Brexit. Our strategy to expand in the North has been timely and has served us well and we look forward to some key announcements regarding work in Yorkshire and Scotland in the coming months.