TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
Neolith® delivers impeccable continuity with landmark Infinity rectifying system
Neolith® launches Neolith Infinity in January 2018. This system, the latest fitting solution from the market-leading Sintered Stone Surface brand, will offer designers more scope for creativity and fabricators enhanced precision.
Neolith Infinity is a first in the Sintered Stone market. It is a multi-functional tooling system which helps fabricators connect two slabs together seamlessly by finely sharpening their edges before levelling them immaculately.
The result of extensive research and development by Neolith’s dedicated technical team, Neolith Infinity is a direct response to calls from interiors designers for hyper-realism and invisible jointing on in residential kitchen worktops and bathroom vanities.
The device consists of three elements: the guiding rule, parallel system and grinding head. It performs the necessary guiding to work along the edge, placing a fixed ruler for ultimate accuracy before performing the grinding task. The end result is a faultlessly planed edge of Neolith slab, ready to be matched.
This remarkable mechanism allows for the creation of super-strength joints with high resistance to UV and no thermal expansion. Whether subject to intense heat, strong sunlight or humidity, both surface and join will maintain integrity. The tight bond and Neolith’s hygienic properties also ensure that the worktops are easy to clean and maintain.
Neolith Infinity can be used across the whole range of Neolith surfaces, an exceptional choice for thicker worktops of 12mm or 20mm.
Commenting on the System, Neolith’s Mar Esteve Cortes says: “It’s always exciting to bring a new product to the market, especially one which we have invested so much time and expertise in creating. From a practical perspective, Infinity offers far greater flexibility for those looking to incorporate a Sintered Stone surface within their home, presenting plenty of aesthetic inspiration.
“From a philosophical perspective, I think Infinity reflects Neolith’s imaginative approach and uncompromising desire for perfection. We cannot wait to see the potential for Infinity when our fabricators get their hands on it!”
To ensure fabricators and designers know how to use the device to its greatest effect, Neolith is sharing its expertise in a how-to video and a technical manual. This will be made available to Neolith Infinity purchasers, as well as membership to an exclusive area on the Neolith site to receive specific product support.
KCC ARCHITECTURAL INTRODUCE LEADING STEEL GLAZING SYSTEMS TO MUNSTER
As part of their ambition to better serve their clientele across Ireland and Northern Ireland, KCC Architectural recently appointed Seán Murphy as a technical consultant for the Munster area, and Peter Campbell as a Business Development Manager for their FPD Division in Northern Ireland. With an emphasis on their FPD division, KCC have an impressive portfolio of world-leading brands, namely Sky-Frame, MHB, Schüco-Jansen, Ottostumm, Forster in glazing; Parthos in movable walls and Selo in concealed riser doors, concealed interior doorsets and automatic opening vents.
The exciting news for architects, designers, contractors and even property owners is obvious when you look at the collection of world-leading brands that KCC have within their portfolio.
KCC Architectural launched their FPD division 15 years ago and it has grown substantially in that time. The addition of top quality steel glazing systems, movable walls, steel doors and riser door systems to KCC’s existing divisional capabilities in door hardware, ironmongery, automatics, access control systems and service and maintenance, gives KCC a unique setting in the marketplace as a ‘Full package’ provider. In recent times, the addition of the innovative ‘Datastore’ system has gained them a lot of praise within the architectural world. This system provides full technical submittals and all supporting certificates and documentation to give the user peace of mind that they are dealing with a reliable, reputable and most importantly, compliant, product and company.
As the company continues to grow and develop, the employment of Seán Murphy in Munster allows them to ensure the support is in place for Southern Irish clients. Director of KCC’s Southern Ireland Operations, Norman White, says “We are delighted that Seán has joined our team. I knew as soon as I met him that he would be a great fit for our business and our clients. Seán brings 23 years of experience and technical knowledge, in addition to a strong understanding of our clients needs.”
“We have been growing our business over the last number of years across the country, striving to stay ahead of the curve with innovative products and systems that simplify the lives of our clients”, says Norman.
One of the most visually exciting offerings from KCC is Sky-Frame, the stunning frameless sliding door system pictured here, which is internationally renowned for its aesthetic appeal. With beautiful slimline floor-to-ceiling windows, Sky-Frame lays the foundation for customized spatial concepts and outstanding architecture. Inspired by the Bauhaus vision of “free-flowing space”, the flush threshold sliding glass doors open up a living space and allows indoor and outdoor space to merge together to create a seemingly unified living environment.
KCC partnered with MHB, from the Netherlands, to bring the slimmest steel profile glazing systems in the world to the island of Ireland. MHB combine outstanding aesthetics and superior characteristics in terms of thermal insulation, wind and water tightness, fire or smoke resistance, making it a perfect fit for both residential and commercial projects.
KCC are continuing to expand across Ireland and Northern Ireland and it isn’t difficult to see why they are the first port of call for many construction industry professionals. Speaking of their continued growth as the company kicks off in 2018, Norman says “We have a great team of people working with KCC and we are really proud of everything we have achieved. Working together across our entire portfolio, we can provide our clients with a full package solution, minimizing their workload whilst giving them complete peace of mind that they are in safe hands. It is our ambition to simplify the lives of our clients, and we will continue to do so in 2018 and beyond.”
CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE BLENDING GLAMOUR & TRADITION
“A complete range of floor and wall tiles inspired by the beauty of Venetian Terrazzo with the superb quality of porcelain & white body wall tiles. The impression given by the Marvel Gems project is magnified through shards, inserts and fragments replicating marble, creating fascinating and eclectic living and commercial areas. Wide palette of colours, finishes, decorations & sizes (75×150, 50×110, 75×75, 60×60, 45×90, 30×60, 40×80, 30×30). Marvel Gems porcelain tiles are highly polished for a mirrored effect, with a full-surface honed finish, to give the glossy look of traditional Venetian Terrazzo floors. The allure of Venetian Terrazzo is reproduced in a hard, compact and scratch-resistant surface that keeps its beauty over the years, without the need to spend time or money on maintenance. Classic influences from Italian architecture are revived by grey & beige colours with rich polished finishes, giving interiors a contemporary look. The “Palladian” porcelain tiles are in grey granules with shards replicating white Carrara marble, an up-to-date take on exquisite Italian tradition. A “carpet” with a thick scattering of tiny uniform fragments to create a floor in the most modern retro style. Marvel Gems brings a classic feature of Italian architecture to interior designs of modern elegance.”
Weighing up the benefits of solid stainless steel ironmongery
The term ‘stainless steel’ might imply ‘stain free’ or non-stainable but on the contrary, stainless steel can still get tarnished and marked by fingerprints and grease, develop a discolouration, and eventually rust too, especially when used in a harsh environment such as near the coast, in a swimming pool or factory.
The biggest difference is resilience. Stainless steel is generally used because of its durability and its ability to withstand abuse for a greater period of time before showing signs of wear. Chlorine and bromine used in a swimming pool for sanitization are highly caustic chemicals which are boosted by the heat and humidity.
KCC Architectural recently launched a whole range of grade 316 Stainless Steel door hardware to provide customers with a high quality, durable and corrosion-resistant product that they are so confident about, they are offering a 25-year warranty on the entire range.
Steve Young, project director for KCC was heavily involved in the development and design of the ‘modus’ range and explained the vast amount of research and time that went into developing such a high-quality product. “We wanted to create a product range that would be durable and hard-wearing enough to withstand heavy usage, but would also look modern, sleek and stylish and totally at home in either a commercial or residential setting. We opted for top of the range materials including grade 316 stainless steel to be able to offer our clients durability, reliability and maximum corrosion resistance.”
he corrosion resistance of stainless steel is effected by a passive film of chromium-rich oxide on the surface of the metal. To retain the highest corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal it is necessary to keep the surface clean to allow the passivation process to take place. To this end, KCC developed a supporting maintenance manual for users of their modus range, outlining how to care for and maintain stainless steel products.
Steve spoke about the extensive investment in time and effort involved in developing the modus range and the attention to detail at every stage of manufacture, finishing, testing and certification is clearly very important to KCC as an organisation. Speaking of his experience researching stainless steel for use on this range Steve stated, “Traditionally all steels are composed of the same mix of iron and carbon, but stainless steel also contains chromium, which facilitates corrosion resistance. As a standard, stainless steel must contain at least 10.5% chromium. Depending on the grading, the levels of chromium and other alloying ingredients such as molybdenum, titanium, nickel, aluminium, copper, nitrogen, selenium and phosphorous may be higher.”
The most commonly used forms of stainless steel are grades 304 and 316. The addition of molybdenum, an alloy that substantially increases corrosion resistance in harsher environments is the main differentiating factor, and is present in grade 316, accounting for a maximum of 3% of the overall composition, but not in grade 304. The inclusion of molybdenum in grade 316 allows it to withstand attack by many industrial chemicals and solvents, and inhibits pitting caused by chlorides.
“Grade 304 is an economical and practical choice for most environments, and can withstand damage from most oxidizing acids. It is easily sanitized and therefore often used in kitchen and food applications but it doesn’t offer the corrosion resistance of grade 316, and therefore is likely to suffer corrosion from chloride solutions or from saline environments that might exist along coastal areas.”, notes Steve. “As I mentioned, we opted for grade 316 with the modus range. Although it is slightly more expensive, it is well worth it for durability, reliability and of course corrosion resistance.”
Another key feature of this stainless- steel range of door hardware is the range of finishes available compliment rather than compromise the products durability. “On one hand, we wanted to offer clients a simple and cost -effective means of making their door hardware stand out from others. On the other hand, we didn’t want to sacrifice the quality, durability or reputation of the product by allowing lower quality finishes and coatings. For this reason, we offer high performance PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition), a form of vacuum coating process that provides aesthetically beautiful decorative and functional finishes with a higher wear and corrosion resistance than traditional coatings. The second option we offer is a ‘Soft Touch’ finish on levers and pull handles. This coating has a silky feel which again is visually attractive but doesn’t reduce or compromise the handle’s durability.”, says Steve.
The ultimate benefits of stainless steel include a long service life that will retain an aesthetically pleasing, clean and timeless appearance with low maintenance costs, once it is cared for and maintained correctly.
MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME adds luxury finish to exclusive Notting Hill Property
Medici developments is known for creating aspirational homes that leave a lasting impression. Developing luxury, high-end properties across London and the commuter belt, they use impactful design and craftsmanship to create visually stunning spaces.
When recently tasked with creating an external wall art installation for a luxury residential property in London’s Notting Hill, they consulted experts at innovative timber panel manufacturer MEDITE SMARTPLY who identified MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME as the perfect solution to their challenge.
Their ambitious aim was to create an elaborate, tropical design for an external feature wall, which was originally intended to use a specific carved stone from a Balinese quarry. However, when speaking to the team at MEDITE SMARTPLY, Medici discovered that they could replicate the desired effect, but with a material that would fix more easily and securely to the outdoor wall. Crucially, however, it was MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME’s strength, durability and ability to be shaped with ease that led to it being selected for the task.
“I needed a material that was very dense and could be shaped on a CNC (Computer Numerical Cutting) machine in order to achieve an accurate 3D image,” said Justin Bottaro from Medici Developments. “It also needed to be durable and have the ability to cope with the unpredictable climate of London as the fixture is six metres tall and based in an outdoor courtyard with no cover.”
Much of the work on the wall installation was completed offsite, a construction method to which MEDITE SMARTPLY materials are particularly well suited. Several panels of MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME were bonded together to create a thickness of 65mm from which the design could be carved. The constituent parts of the artwork were carved and then assembled on backing boards once they had arrived on site.
“Assistance and advice from the MEDITE SMARTPLY team was invaluable and made our decision a straight forward one. We looked at many different materials, but MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME was the best suited for our desired finish,” continued Justin. “The panels gave the piece an earthy look and feel, which was accentuated with greenery placed in the courtyard. We also placed reflective surfaces in the voids of the design, which adds an air of perceived depth and volume when glancing at it.”
“The finished wall art looks very impressive,” said Peter Clifton, Product Manager for MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME. “It’s a real testament to the versatility of our product that it is specified for projects as prestigious as this art installation. The finish that this panel delivers makes it hard to distinguish from natural woods, or the original stone finish that Medici originally specified. Add to that the fact that it is guaranteed to withstand external elements for up to 50 years, and you’ve got a truly innovative, market changing product.”
CASCADE – INSTALL A CAST IRON
ALTERNATIVE AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE
Traditional cast iron rainwater systems have been around for some time, but they are expensive, heavy and time consuming to install, maintain and repair. If you want the look of cast iron without the price tag, then turn to Cascade Cast Iron Style Rainwater from Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage to add that kerb appeal and value to any project.
Offering the appearance of traditional cast iron with all the benefits of plastic materials, Cascade is a fraction of the price of cast iron. Real cast iron products are also heavy and time consuming to work with as they need to be cut to size using grinders before being primed, sealed and finished on site. Lightweight and easy to install, the Cascade System ensures an architecturally sympathetic appearance is achieved in the shortest time possible and without the health and safety implications of handling and installing cast iron.
The comprehensive range of Cascade comes in 106mm Prostyle, 112mm Roundstyle and, for larger or steeper domestic roofs, a 115mm Deepstyle gutter profiles with 68mm round or 65mm square downpipes. For commercial projects a high capacity 170mm Deepstyle gutter with 105mm round and 4” x 3” rectangular downpipe choices is available.
A choice of Ogee, Bath, Gothic or motiffed hopper designs, water butt and planters as well as a complementary soil system complete the heritage style, allowing Cascade to add a touch of traditional style to new builds or a sympathetic touch to refurbishment and restoration projects.
Offering a ten year guarantee, Cascade is UV stabilised and ensures a maintenance free system that will stay looking great and working well for years to come.
Brett Martin’s Choosing Cascade video is available to assist with selection of the right cast iron style rainwater system to suit any project.
Also available to view is the Cascade installation video, demonstrating how quick and easy it is to install the Cascade system. The video takes installers through the process of installing the 112mm Gutter and 68mm Round Downpipe in a step-by-step guide from choosing the right tools for the job, calculating the fall, to cutting and fitting.
“It can be surprising how many installers have call backs after installing rainwater systems.” said Hayley Lowry, Marketing Manager of Brett Martin. “Our new Cascade installation video simplifies and provides how-to tips throughout the installation process to ensure guttering problems are a thing of the past.”
Visit www.castironstyle.co.uk to view the videos
MEDITE SMARTPLY win Website of the Year at TTJ Awards 2017
Innovative timber panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY, has been awarded ‘Website of the Year’ at this year’s Timber Trades Journal Awards. The award category took into consideration site design, content, user friendliness, commercial effectiveness and appropriate use of technologies, before declaring mdfosb.com the most effective.
Part of a larger rebrand project from the company, the new website was designed to provide a customer-centric user experience as well as a comprehensive and detailed breakdown of the brand’s entire range of MEDITE MDF and SMARTPLY OSB products. Importantly, it unites the previous three individual product websites for ease of navigation and access, which is something customers requested.
With a clean, contemporary design, the website is supported by a custom and dynamic content management system which allows for fresh and relevant content to be uploaded including case studies, news stories, product details and technical information for download. External user testing was carried out to develop a site tailored to customer needs and expectations, allowing distributors and end users to find the solution they need in just a few clicks. This was especially critical in the stockist selector, where ease of location was seen as key.
“The new website is a true reflection of our brand,” said Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing & Brand at MEDITE SMARTPLY. “This award win from TTJ is a real testament to all of our hard work and dedication to our customers and reflects our brand’s market-leading position in sustainable timber panel manufacturing.
We wanted to create a website which could cut through the noise of traditional B2B websites and put our customers first. We’re delighted to have achieved just that!
Not only did the awards panel compliment us on the new site, but we’ve had numerous customers and industry figures also tell us that they see it as the ‘best in the business’.”
Visit the award-winning website here: www.mdfosb.com/en/
BRETT MARTIN ADOPTABLE CHAMBER ASSEMBLIES MEET REVISED STANDARDS
Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage is now offering a new range of high-performance Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies which are designed to meet the requirements of Sewers for Adoption (SfA7) whilst offering specifiers and water authorities a robust, cost-effective and superior drainage solution.
Following the revised performance criteria and installation standards for all adoptable drainage networks, Brett Martin’s new range of Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies, carrying the BSI Kitemark KM 635998, are tested to EN13598-1 and satisfy both the requirements of Sewers for Adoption 7 and Building Regulations Part H1.
With enhanced sealing capacity using captive seals to prevent dislodgement and five inlets offering built-in falls to prevent blockages, Brett Martin’s Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies are available in 315mm and 450mm diameters. Both offer superior structural strength, enhanced loading capability for long-term serviceability and improved heavy-duty risers.
“This combination of strength, loading capabilities and exceptional sealing means that our high performance chamber assemblies offer a wide range of benefits to the installer and meet all of the latest regulatory requirements,” said Chris Dawson, Brett Martin Sales Director.
Designed with the installer in mind, the lightweight chamber assemblies offer ease of installation due to watertight push-fit assemblies and a solid, stable connection using the additional connection points in the form of lugs featured on both base and riser. A stronger base allows for over 16 connection possibilities, reducing merchant stock-holding requirements for multiple base variants.
The 315mm Shallow Access Chamber Assembly complies with Building Regulations Part H1 to a depth of 600mm and SfA7 to a depth of 900mm. Pedestrian covers for foot traffic areas or driveway covers to withstand heavier loads are available, while a height and tilt adjustable frame can accommodate a surface incline of up to 15°.
For deeper applications, the 450mm Inspection Chamber Assembly complies with Building Regulations Part H1 to a depth of 3.0m and SfA7 to a depth of 1.2m. They are available with two base options for 110mm and 160mm drainage layouts and feature enhanced cross foot design for added stability. Ideal for tarmac, grass or gravel areas, the cover and frame is available in round or square options, with a safe and secure lid for compliance with Building Regulations Part H, clause 2.54.
Brett Martin also offers a range of Non-Adoptable Access and Inspection Chamber Assemblies in 280mm, 315mm and 450mm diameters.
All of Brett Martin’s products are underpinned by exceptional sales and technical support, ensuring that every merchant is guaranteed the highest quality of service.
For further details on Brett Martin’s range of Adoptable Inspection and Access Chamber Assemblies visit www.brettmartin.com
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