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CONTRACTS & PROJECTS Taking its place

GEZE UK is helping to bring Scottish history to the streets of Edinburgh as the world-class National Museum of Scotland opens its striking new doors. The £47 million project has transformed the original Victorian building into a 21st century visitor experience and GEZE UK was chosen to supply the welcoming glass entrances at street level. The transformed National Museum of Scotland required a series of doors to provide sustainable, safe, functional and elegant entrances and exits. Two of GEZE’s automatic TSA 325 NT revolving glass doors were chosen for the main public entrances, which provide a high degree of

Feeling the tension?

Over 400 tension bars from Ancon have been installed on the Forsyth Barr stadium in New Zealand to brace the impressive overhead structural steelwork. This spectacular

insulation against the elements and noise, saving energy and ensuring a pleasant and uniform climate inside the building. For more information call 01543 443000, email or visit

Levolux takes

stadium is the first sports stadium anywhere in the world to feature a permanent roof over a natural playing surface. The galvanised steel tension bars, some of which are 42mm in diameter and 15 metres in length, are installed in the iconic stadium roof and in the south and west stands. The Ancon system includes bars with a special high strength rolled thread which was designed and tested to meet the specific dynamic conditions in the stadium roof caused by wind loads. The roof is formed from five arched steel trusses, each with a span of 105 metres. At its maximum, it measures 47 metres high, which is equivalent to a 12 storey building. For more information call 0114 275 5224, email or visit

A new generation of

independence New life is being given to the site of a former primary school in a development that is incorporating flexibility to accommodate changing needs. Wales & West Housing Association (WWHA)’s first development combines both apartments for general needs residents and bespoke bungalows for people with physical and sensory impairment. Key equipment to minimise reliance on carers at development includes a Clos-o-Mat Palma ‘wash and dry’ toilet. The Palma looks like a conventional WC but features a warm water douche and warm air drier. The user toilets as usual, but remains seated; hand or body

Bluepool’s garden

Karena Batstone Design was chosen by Marion Schofield of Bluepool to create an atmospheric garden for its range of modern rustic furniture and accessories at the Grand Designs show. “Karena has a great eye for scale and setting and understands how to place furniture and planters to enhance the texture of the pieces. I love her stunning contemporary

pressure on the flush pad or touch-sensitive switch then triggers the washing and drying process. Simple removal of pressure on the seat stops the processes, so the unit can be used as a traditional toilet if preferred. For more information call 0161 969 1199, email or visit

the limelight Following a £22.5 million redevelopment, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff is proud of its new world-leading facilities, including a 450 capacity concert hall wrapped in attractive Timber Fins courtesy of Levolux. Designed by BFLS architects, the BREEAM ‘excellent’ rated development is set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Each building is distinctive in its appearance, including the curvaceous concert hall, which lies at the northern end of the development. The hall is particularly impressive, with its imposing structure clad with rows of vertical Timber Fins. The Fins measure 185mm wide by 44mm thick and are 2.3 metres in length. The completed installation comprises 2306 Timber Fins, machined in Western Red Cedar. Developed to provide differential weathering, concentric rows of Timber Fins are fixed at alternating angles, creating a contrasting aesthetic which appears to change as you pass around and enter the building. Three rows of Fins are fixed at 45 degrees, which effectively screen the building’s inner structure. Another two rows of Timber Fins are positioned in front of east and west-facing windows at first and second floor levels. For more information visit

gardens, which are a fusion of geometric forms and naturalistic planting.” For Grand Designs Karena created a shimmering autumnal garden using hawthorn twigs, teasel seed heads and a ceiling of autumn leaves to complement the natural materials of Bluepool’s products. For more information call 0117 944 1004, email or visit | British Builder & Developer | 15

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