Sweet taste of success for SE Controls at former Terry’s chocolate factory

development of 173 luxury apartments, is using a SHEVTEC®


he £38 million conversion of the former Terry’s chocolate factory in York into ‘The Residence’, a

smoke control system

from leading smoke and environmental ventilation specialist, SE Controls, to help keep residents safe in the event of a fire. The original 27-acre (109,000 site

opened in 1926, but following its closure in 2005 it was subsequently acquired by Henry Boot Developments in 2013. This included the Grade II listed Art Deco style main chocolate factory that has now been transformed in partnership with specialist heritage developers and contractors, PJ Livesey. As the one, two and three bedroom apartments, together with penthouses, are located over five storeys, it was essential that a smoke ventilation system was installed to comply with building regulations and other key legislation, including BS7346, BS9991.

The system uses staircase ventilation and

four smoke shafts to ensure smoke can be vented effectively from escape routes, including corridors, the main lobby and communal spaces, allowing residents to evacuate safely. At the head of each smoke shaft, a SHEVTEC automatic opening vent (AOV) louvre allows smoke to escape when triggered by the smoke and fire system sensors. A similar approach is used in each stairwell where the end staircases use AOV windows,

and central staircases are vented using roof access doors fitted with automatic actuators. Designed to operate on a floor-by-floor

basis, the detection of smoke within any of the protected corridors or lobbies directly triggers the system, which automatically opens smoke doors and AOVs to allow smoke to be removed from the affected area and keep escape routes clear. The system is controlled by a series of SE Controls OSLoop smoke vent zone controllers together with OSLoop Co-ordinators and alarm monitor- ing modules, dedicated to each smoke shaft. Tamper proof manual control points

(MCPs) on every floor allow the system to remain active with the head of shaft and head of stair vents staying open until fire service personnel reset the activated floor via the MCP. A full back up battery system is also incorporated to ensure that it can operate, even in the event of a power failure.

01543 443060 MEDITE SMARTPLY announces major investment in new factory

In a significant move for the construction industry, MEDITE SMARTPLY, has signed a commitment as part of a consortium planning the construction of the world’s first Tricoya®

built in Hull, the plant will produce the raw material for the manufacture of MEDITE®

EXTREME, the market leading high performance wood panel. The consortium is between MEDITE SMART- PLY, chemical technology group Accsys, venture capitalists BP Ventures and Acetyl industry leader BP Chemicals. The plant, due to come on stream in 2019, will produce Tricoya Wood Elements using Accsys’ proprietary technology for the acetylation of wood chips and particles. These acetylated elements are used to manufacture the high performance MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME Medium Density Fibre panels. The panels exhibit outstanding durability and dimensional stability which allow them to be used in exterior and wet area applications once limited to products such as concrete, plastics or metals. With the added benefits of light weight, sustainable raw materials and a guarantee of up to 50 years above ground and 25 years in ground.

01322 424900 Paint plant slashes lead times

Swegon Air Management’s state of the art paint plant is already speeding up manufacturing lead times. The latest modernisation of its manufacturing facility in Bridgnorth, Shropshire was developed at a cost of £150,000 to support its Air Diffusion range of internal ventilation grilles and diffusers. Air Diffusion began manufacturing grilles and diffusers in 1972 and is now recognised as one of the UK's leading manufacturers of air distribution products. Until the start of this year, it was sending all products to an external paint plant for finishing, but by bringing the painting in-house it has dramatically speeded up the process and cut lead times for customers. With special ‘bespoke’ products, the improvement is even more dramatic as internal painting means the lead times can fall significantly and any defects can be remedied within minutes. The facility was designed with environmental protection in mind as it uses only powder paints avoiding any solvents, which can contaminate the water table. There are also no potentially harmful VOCs associated with the process. The plant is designed with a recovery system which recycles overspray, significantly reducing any wastage in the process.

01746 761921

wood chip acetylation plant. To be TRICOYA®

ADF MAY 2017


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