Snug and comfortable winter fleeces


It may be winter outside, but you can still stay fashionably snug and dry when working outside with Dickies’ softshell jackets and micro fleece clothing.

Dickies’ two-tone softshell jackets come in a selection of colours and make a perfect outer layer for employee uniforms. The piping detail on the arms and waist areas is reflective to give a level of visibility in low light conditions. The cuffs feature an adjustable strap and internal hem adjusters are also featured allowing you to adapt the garment for maximum comfort. Also, the chest pocket and both side pockets are zip fastening to ensure safe keeping of your belongings.

New Flame Retardant coveralls from Dickies are hot and coming soon


At last, the superb value Dickies Every Day range will be joined by two much-awaited coveralls: The FR24/7 and the FR24/7TP – probably the best value overalls of their type on the market.

Both offer protection against heat and flame, and are specially designed with antistatic fibre to guard against electrostatic discharge. Radio/gas detector loops add another layer of safety checking. They are suitable for use by welders and in offshore environments and chemical plants.

Socks to keep builders warm


BlueGuard Anti-Abrasion Durability Socks are scientifically proven to last 46 times as long as standard sports socks and come with a lifetime guarantee against holes. High-tensile long-filament polymer brands have been engineered to create an abrasion-resistant yarn. Combine this with the latest knitting technology and the result is socks which are durable enough to handle anything. BlueGuard socks are also comfortable enough to wear all day, with arch support, a full cushion and extended heel. They’re available in four sizes: 4-8, 6-8 ½ , 9 – 11 and 12 – 14.

Snickers new RUFFWork Trousers


Now, after 40 years of innovation, Snickers Workwear is now launching a completely new generation of Work Trousers for professional tradesmen.

While Fabric, Functionality and Fit are the Hallmarks of this ‘Next Generation’, it’s the innovation and technology in the design of the garments that really sets Snickers Work Trousers apart from the rest.

The new Work Trousers for ‘RUFFWork’are based on an uncompromising design for tough work. These are modern heavy-duty work trousers combining amazing comfort and fit with reinforced functionality.

They’re designed for professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments.



Fix In 5 is the latest addition to Everbuild – A Sika Company’s adhesive range, bringing a truly universal construction adhesive with an ultra-strong final bond strength which has to be seen to be believed.

Curing in just 5 minutes, Fix In 5 combines an advanced PU formula with fibre reinforced technology giving gap filling properties allowing it to be used on the most demanding of jobs, bonding virtually all materials including timber, metals, natural stone, concrete, plastics and much more.

Chemical and weather resistant, Fix In 5 is available in grey in 310ml cartridges, offers sound deadening properties and is suitable for interior and exterior use.

Fermacell partitioning is “positively” perfect for research complex


Dry-lining panels by Fermacell feature throughout the new IGMM complex building in Edinburgh.

Gypsum fibreboard partitioning by specialist building panel manufacturer Fermacell was specified for a redeveloped research facility for a quadruplet of reasons at least, its fire and acoustic properties, robustness and weight bearing capabilities to name just a few.

Some 5,000m2of 12mm square-edged fermacell was used throughout the University of Edinburgh’s £11 million development of the Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the city’s Western General Hospital.

It was specified by the city’s Oberlanders Architects LLP for the five-storey building which links three existing buildings in the complex – the Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Unit, the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre – to form a world-class research facility.

Frequent Fermacell specifiers, Oberlanders’ brief was to repurpose existing laboratories to enable expansion of IGMM research programmes. The project included dry-lab computational research space linked by a spiral stair within a dramatic south-facing, double-height space, dedicated lecture facilities (including a 180-person lecture theatre) and a social hub and café.

Kawneer systems hail a new future for education in Wales


Glazing systems by Kawneer feature on the new Cardiff and Vale College.

A multi award-winning building dubbed “the future of further education” in Wales features glazed elements by leading architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer.

The new £45 million Cardiff and Vale College uses Kawneer’s zone-drained AA®100 and AA®110 curtain walling, with 50 and 65mm sightlines respectively, with AA®541 top-hung casement windows and mullion-drained AA®100 curtain walling as a bespoke atrium rooflight.

The 16,000m2building in the city centre brings together many of the college’s activities onto a single campus and creates a real-life environment for skills training with open and welcoming faculty clusters set around a public route through the heart of the college.

Its distinctive wedge shape connects the interior spaces to south-facing terraces with views towards Cardiff Bay. The oversailing roof is angled to accommodate a 1,850m2photovoltaic array, one of the largest in the UK, and The Classroom – a fine dining sky restaurant located under the northernmost tip with views across the city towards the Millennium Stadium.



When Rostock High School in Germany undertook a major refurbishment, the local education Authority decided it should become an ‘Energie Plus’ project – a project that generates more power and energy than it actually consumes – and Discrete Heat’s ThermaSkirt was chosen as the heating solution.

To achieve ‘Energie Plus’, the school was renovated using solar PV panels to the roof and front elevation, and two wind turbines. The school also became connected to the Municipal District Heating system, using warm water from the cooling system of the nearby power station. Windows were upgraded and where there was new build to the rear, this was constructed to very high levels of insulation. However, with two thirds of the building at least 20 years old it was clear that a conventional heating emitter solution was not going to suffice.
Torens Hillinger, the school Facilities Manager explains, “When the engineers decided to remodel the school, they had to also consider the heating. Radiators were not wanted as we have had trouble with space and also waste materials getting inside. Underfloor heating was not possible as the building is not new and quick on and off heating is very difficult”.

New partnership set to boost the number of low and zero carbon UK homes


More new homes across Britain could become energy self-sufficient thanks to a new partnership between renewable energy system developers, The Zero Carbon Solution and Vaillant, the world’s leading heating technology manufacturer.

The companies have joined forces to create an affordable and self-supporting heating system that is easy to install, and compatible with a wider range of property sizes than ever before.

Vaillant’s flexoTHERM and 3kW geoTHERM mini heat pumps will form part of the industry-leading solution, by using an inter-seasonal heat store known as the Earth Energy Bank, patented by The Zero Carbon Solution. The technology uses an array of Photovoltaic-Thermal solar panels to collect both thermal and electrical energy that can be stored and used all year round. The system then utilises a Vaillant ground source heat pump to extract the heat from the earth, but unlike traditional ground source systems, doesn’t require long trenches or deep boreholes, making it ideal for properties with limited space