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Architecture practice RPS Burks Green specified Colorcoat HPS200[R] from Corus in Wedgwood Blue (roof) Merlin Grey and White (walls). The product was used as part of a Euroclad SF500 system for the roof. The colours chosen for the walls of the building were selected to complement the roof, leaving it floating as a large panel of blue, perceived from above as a pool of water close to the river. The premium Corus product is backed for up to 30 years by the market leading Confidex[R] Guarantee.


Wright Style

Wright Style continues to research, test and develop their high specification glazing systems. This summer the technical team were back in the US carrying out further fire tests to stringent American standards; all part of an extensive testing programme. Successful blast testing already completed, fully passed and fit for use worldwide, Wright Style steel glazing has the most comprehensive testing accreditation: fire, blast, ballistic--sophisticated yet safe and secure commercial systems.



The Spira from Hacel is a high quality downlighter with a unique adjustable baffle that can be positioned for performance or decorative effect. While flush it creates a 65[degrees] cut off, reducing glare. Beam width is controlled by adjusting the baffle to a lower position; discreet indicator lines enable accurate positioning. The bezel comes in a choice of colours while the baffle is matt black; both are made from diecast aluminium. The Spira is effective when used with high output light sources such as the MR16 metal halide lamp and well suited to retail, leisure and social environments.


Samuel Heath & Sons

Perko Powermatic[R] the concealed, controlled door closer from Samuel Heath & Sons, has been installed at the new Hilton Manchester Deansgate--a landmark hotel with spectacular views over the city. Situated within the lower 23 floors of the iconic, 50 storey Beetham Tower by Ian Simpson Architects, the hotel's specifications boast impressive modern facilities and the latest in chic interiors, right down to the design of the door closers. Over 400 Samuel Heath's Perko Powermatic[R] door closers were specified for the hotel.



The Schock Isokorb thermal break range is effective in the prevention of thermal bridges at balcony connections. The high-performance thermal break modules are designed to help specifiers meet Building Regulations Part L Modules dramatically reduce heat loss in areas such as those between cantilever structures and internal floors. They transfer load and maintain full structural integrity while enabling inner surface area temperatures to remain well in excess of levels likely to cause mould formation and condensation.


Keim Mineral Paints

The Brunswick Centre, which opened in 1972, was a flagship development in a new way of living but became symbolic of an unloved 'concrete jungle'. Now it has been regenerated and, after 34 years, the concrete exterior has been painted as originally designed. Keim Concretal Lasur was specified for areas requiring higher carbonation protection while retaining the look and feel of the concrete. It has a translucent appearance and is a longlife treatment offering substantial whole life cost savings. And it is completely lightfast, non-combustible, breathable and environmentally friendly.


Silent Gliss

The Project Collection from Silent Gliss includes 29 new fabrics and 17 of the most popular fabrics from the old Technical Collection. The book is easy to use, with clear indications of solar coefficients, FR certifications, transparencies and application suitability. Patterns on semi-transparent fabrics are ideal for panel glides. The versatility of many of the fabrics allows for use with several applications, ensuring the Silent Gliss Project Collection is an ideal solution for most interiors.



A new CPD seminar presentation entitled Frameless Glass Fittings for Doors, Screens and Canopies from the Architectural Ironmongery Division of Hafele has now been approved by the RIBA, product manager Gary King reports. 'The aim', he says, 'is to highlight the specialist application differences between laminated and toughened glass for frameless use in conjunction with doors, screens and canopies. There are safety and practicality issues that also need to be explained.' It is aimed at architects, interior designers and construction specialists.


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Date:Oct 1, 2007
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