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Concrete Manufacturer Helps Homebuilders to Go Green

Expanded polystyrene combined with concrete beams is set to become the standard flooring solution for homebuilders in the UK. Suspended concrete floors, known as ‘beam and block’ floors, have been a favourite for residential developers for decades. They are easy to install, relatively cheap, versatile and effective. However, in recent years the growing need to build greener, more energy efficient homes has become apparent. Enter eFloor Plus EPS flooring, a suspended concrete flooring solution from Floorspan Contracts, a Cambridgeshire based specialist.


“EPS is 100% recyclable with amazing thermal efficiency. This makes it an excellent building material for energy efficient homes.” – Jack Cunnington – eFloor Plus Technical Lead.

With eFloor Plus the traditional breeze block is replaced with environmentally friendly EPS infill panels. The floor is then overlaid with a variable depth sheet of expanded polystyrene so that extremely high levels of thermal efficiency can be achieved.

Although using insulation of this kind to build energy efficient homes is nothing new for the industry, the ease-of-installation, cost-effectiveness and short lead-times of eFloor Plus makes it a game changer.

“From a contractor’s point of view- they lose none of the benefits of a beam and block floor whilst gaining the ability to meet environmental demands more easily.” – Lynden Dighton – Commercial Manager.

Homeowners are increasingly environmentally aware and building regulations are becoming more stringent in response to government guidelines. eFloor Plus is an evolution of beam and block for the modern age and beyond.

To see how eFloor Plus works or to learn more, you can visit

Floorspan Contracts ltd are a family run precast concrete manufacturer operating in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Established in 1997, Floorspan Contracts are a precast flooring specialist dedicated to supporting the construction industry in sustainable, modern and high quality building products.


PLANS to develop an eight-storey state-of-the-art student accommodation scheme in Derby were approved by Derby City Council yesterday (18 July).

The site located on Agard Street which is currently a surface level car park was acquired by regional property development company Godwin Developments – and will house 142 studio apartments upon completion to accommodate students from the University of Derby.  

Homeowners urged to enter competition to find the country’s best daylight filled loft conversion

Win £2000 cash with VELUX® Loft Conversion of the Year Awards 2019-

VELUX® wants to hear from homeowners across the UK and Ireland who have transformed their loft with the best use of daylight to create a light, bright space in their home.

For the first time, the roof window manufacturer has launched a competition aimed at homeowners who have converted their loft into a beautiful new room using two or more VELUX roof windows.

Cool’ new ventilation system enhances students’ experience at world-class learning hub in London.

‘Cool’ new ventilation system enhances students’ experience at world-class learning hub in London.
A new cooling and ventilation system has been installed at a world-class London university – thanks to Waterloo.
The major project to address climate control in the Central Library at Imperial College London started in 2017.

A-squared Studio Launches FREE Pile Design App

Engineering consultancy, A-squared Studio has launched a game-changing app – ‘L.C. Pile’ – that facilitates the preliminary sizing of pile foundations within the idealised London Basin ground conditions.
The app, which is available now for download from the Apple Store [https://], has been produced in-house and designed with the engineering and construction professional in mind, taking the user intuitively through the process of pile design, to easily estimate dimensions of rotary bored or continuous flight auger (CFA) piles.

Shining a spotlight on this intricate and exquisite glass roof at Senate House

Cantifix have created a true masterpiece at The University of London, who were looking to re-envisage the use of space within their home in the historic grade II* listed Senate House.

Disabled cricket team nets first sponsor – thanks to chance haircut

Howzat for sealing a deal in style?! Award-winning concrete block manufacturer Besblock has signed a shirt sponsorship deal with Shropshire Disabled Cricket Team after a chance meeting in a barber shop.

Besblock MD Andrew Huxley was sitting in the chair next to Shaun Rigby, one of the team’s stars, when they started talking about cricket. Half an hour later they were shaking hands on Shropshire Disabled Cricket Team’s first ever match shirt sponsorship deal.

Experience elegance with LEGRABOX from Blum – the ultimate box drawer system design

With the innovative LEGRABOX drawer system from leading furniture fittings provider Blum, furniture manufacturers will benefit from a variety of design characteristics to give customers complete satisfaction from start to finish. Combining perfect motion with heavy loads and ease of installation, Blum’s LEGRABOX suits every size and style of kitchen design as well as multifunctional spaces, open-plan living and more…

Linear patterns inspired by nature for the new HI-MACS® Strato Collection

The brand new Strato Collection enhances the HI-MACS® colour range with brand new design possibilities: the marked linear patterns create geometry through its soft structure and subtle look. The skilful use of the new colour striations, vertically or horizontally, allow for great variation in each and every project.


LG Hausys has taken inspiration from the linear patterns found in nature to create a collection composed of neutral hues and natural designs, combined with the latest generation solid surface material features. HI-MACS® is completely non-porous, can be thermoformed into curved shapes, allows for seamless surfaces and is easy to repair and to maintain.


The catastrophic failure of Genoa’s Morandi bridge in August has only served to highlight how ageing bridge structures must have a maintenance regime that can ensure the safety of road users.  In the UK, rail and road bridges are subjected to many types of loadings and other influences including corrosion which has to be properly managed to maintain safety.  With nearly 100,000 road road and rail bridges across the country, what proven solutions are available to ensure this vital infrastructure is fit for the future?

Enter the London Construction Awards

Entries are open for the London Construction Awards (LCA’s), London’s leading construction and design awards. All awards are completely free to enter and are impartially adjudicated by a panel of 40 industry experts.


The LCA’s recognise achievements, developments and innovation within London’s booming construction industry and feature a wide range of categories for solution providers, contractors, architects, civil engineers, developers, local authorities, suppliers and more. 







New from KE Fibertec, the specialists in textile ducts for HVAC systems, is a textile diffuser for suspended ceiling systems.

The new diffusers known as FBS panels have been developed to provide draught-free air distribution for suspended ceilings and a better alternative solution to the normal ceiling grilles which generate draughts and accumulate huge amounts of dust.

Ideal for schools, offices, healthcare and other high comfort environments the system operates at a lower pressure than that of standard ceiling diffusers thus optimising energy efficiency.  Fresh air is evenly distributed across the entire surface of the panel which results in a healthy indoor environment without problems of draught.

The FBS panels are made of flame retardant textile material with impermeable panel tops so that the air is distributed into the room and not above the ceiling. The entire visible surface is used actively for air distribution. From an aesthetic point of view the textile material of the FBS panels can be specified in standard colours of white or light grey to blend with the ceiling finish or in a range of special colours to make a statement or echo another colour theme within an interior.

The new FBS panels are made in 600mm x 600mm and 600mm x 1200mm sizes for standard suspended ceilings and the plastic plenum chamber above the ceiling comes with a flexible outlet socket of 160 to 250mm diameter for connection to HVAC ducting. The plenum chamber above the ceiling requires no more room above the ceiling than the diameter of the outlet socket. There are side, end and combi outlet versions of the plenum chamber available to suit the configuration of above ceiling ducting.




FBS panels from KE Fibertec have been developed to provide draught-free air distribution for suspended ceilings and a better alternative solution to the normal ceiling grilles which generate draughts and accumulate huge amounts of dust.


Suitable either for retrofitting with existing HVAC systems or for new build projects, the new KE Fibertec FBS panels greatly reduce the incidents of draughts or hot/cold spots in the occupied zone and thus create a much more even temperature in the room. The plenum chamber above the ceiling requires no more room above the ceiling than the diameter of the outlet socket.

One of the first installations of the new KE Fibertec FBS panels has been in Denmark at Larsens Eftf, a forge and machine company which moved to new premises as the management wanted to improve the environment of the company and its employees, in particular regarding the indoor climate. The FBS panels were installed in the offices, the canteen and the changing rooms and similar textile ducts were installed in the production halls to ensure efficient and draught-free air distribution.