Rodeca cladding helps bring theatre to Redbridge College @RodecaLtd


Rainscreen cladding by Rodeca features on a new performing arts building.

Translucent polycarbonate rainscreen panels by Rodeca were specified for a performing arts building for their transparency, light weight, ability to be back-lit and range of colours.

More than 300m2 of Rodeca’s 40mm PC 2540 wall cladding panels in Kristall and Bi-Colors Kristall/yellow and Kristall/green were used to vertically clad the first floor of the £5 million Box Theatre at Redbridge College in Romford, Essex.

Designed by previous Rodeca specifiers Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt award-winning architects as part of a masterplan study for the college, the performing arts centre is one of two new standalone BREEAM “Excellent” buildings (the other being a teaching block) at its Chadwell Heath campus.

The Box Theatre comprises music recording studios and teaching spaces as well as a 264-seat performance space which doubles as a multi-purpose hall with retractable seating for enrolment, exhibitions and gatherings.

Rebuilding the construction industry: Why R&D tax relief can no longer be an afterthought @Ayming_UK

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By Barnaby Redwood, Ayming

Construction projects are as difficult to predict as the English weather.

One second it’s smooth sailing in the sunshine. The next it’s flash flood rain and panic stations.

An unexploded World War II bomb, an ancient mass burial site or a medieval mansion could all be unveiled by the most seemingly straightforward of construction projects – and in a moment the whole approach to a project has to be reconsidered.

Luckily, construction firms have something of an umbrella to shield them from potential downpours: R&D tax incentives. 

What’s blocking your Fire Exits? @HoylesElecDev


Nowadays it is safe to say that the majority of employers consider the responsibility of Health and Safety high on its list of priorities.  Unchecked, blocked fire exits are without a doubt an accident waiting to happen and should be taken seriously.  Putting checking systems in place is an excellent idea but as we all know with most routines of this nature fall by the way side all too soon.    Some premises are more vulnerable than others and are likely to have fire exits obstructed possibly by pallets, scaffolding, rubbish, vehicles, incorrectly opened roller shutters the list goes on.

Electronic security manufacturer Hoyles have not only increased their range of Exitguard fire door alarms but at the same time they have developed a clever way to ensure fire exit doors are regularly checked and available to be fully opened in the event of an emergency.

The Exitguard fire exit door alarm is a time served favourite of the security installer and has recently taken on an additional role. The new facility is called Fire Door Checker and is now a standard feature available on all of the keypad operated Exitguards.

Controlling the levels of moisture which enter and exit a building can be a complex task. Find out how Vario® XtraSafe smart membrane can tackle the effects of unwanted moisture in your build.


Along with airtightness in dwellings, another important factor that influences the comfort of the occupant is the management of moisture. Controlling the levels of moisture which enter and exit a building throughout its lifetime can be a complex and difficult task, yet something that should be carefully observed in order to prevent avoidable damage at a later date. As one of the most technically advanced materials on the market, the Vario® XtraSafe smart membrane has been created to tackle the effects of unwanted moisture on your build.

Dura Slab FRP Structural Stair Treads Win Top Award for Design Innovation in Recognition of their Durability and Ease of Installation


Dura Composites, a leading UK supplier of precision engineered FRP products has been recognised with a top award for Innovation in Composite Design at the prestigious Composites UK awards in Birmingham.

Celebrate naturally and responsibly: Habitree launches the Kebony Christmas tree for sustainable holidays


This autumn, Habitree is launching a stylish and eco-friendly Christmas tree made from sustainable Kebony wood. Danish designer, Jonas Støvring, first developed the idea while working for the Randers microbrewery in Denmark which used Kebony timber to build premium boxes for packaging their beer bottles. The process of manufacturing these boxes left the distillery with excess off-cuts of wood, with which Jonas created a small tree as a way of upcycling the spare materials; the resulting design was so clean and striking that the designer teamed up with entrepreneurs Søren Bach and Jan Strandkvist and decided to establish Habitree as an individual start-up company.

Power Bollards album artwork unveiled @townscape

EXCLUSIVE album artwork for Power Bollards – set to go down in history as THE seminal street furniture album – has been unveiled.

Whispers among hard core street furniture aficionados can be confirmed – Townscape Products has created an album that pays homage to some of the most iconic anthems of all time.

Power Bollards boasts a raft of classics including ‘Gimme Cycle Shelter’, ‘There is a Street Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘I Would Put Anything in Bins (But I’ll Recycle That)’.

The concept was the brain child of street furniture veteran Jimmy Bollard, curator of creative content at Nottingham-based street furniture manufacturer Townscape and its sister site Bollards HQ.

CRL shines the spotlight on an eco-timber house in Aberdeenshire @CRLManagement


AN ENERGY efficient, eco timber house in Aberdeenshire has been crowned as a winner of a campaign that shines the spotlight on self-builders.

CRL is delighted to announce that “Heartwood” in Aboyne is one of three winners selected to take part in its Venturous Builds campaign – an inspiring new web series that will showcase Britain’s inspiring self-builders and their construction achievements.

Local couple Vic Kirwan, 68, and Teresa Green, 66, have been selected by the structural defects insurance specialist as being truly venturous of spirit.

Vic, a retired broadcast engineer, and Teresa, a dental receptionist, commissioned Stommel Haus, a German manufacturer of timber houses, to develop a custom built, energy efficient eco timber house.

The campaign, which saw CRL launch its logo into space, aimed to inspire those who have dared to be venturous, brave and unorthodox to share the details of their venturous builds. Winners will have their project filmed and featured on the online show.

“Heartwood” was built only using untreated Arctic Heartwood Spruce from FSC certified forests in Finland.

The stunning three-bedroom home is insulated using recycled newspaper and recycled glass. With 216 m² living space, there is also a double height dining room from which you can see the vaulted timber ceiling, with views over the beautiful rolling hills of Deeside. 

PMW receive ‘Highly Commended’ at Construction Marketing Awards @PMW_Com


West Sussex based full service marketing agency PMW Communications Ltd won ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Best use of Press and Public Relations’ at last night’s prestigious Construction Marketing Awards.

The annual awards recognise marketing excellence across the construction industry, which showcases creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing.

PMW entered the ‘Best use of Press and Public Relations’ category for the Covers’ Help for Hospices 2015 campaign, which they handled the press and pulic relations for on behalf of their long-standing client Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, which has 13 branches across the South East.