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Top marks for Encasement at ManorLodge School in Hertfordshire

Shenley, Hertfordshire is being concealed using 70 semi-circular ‘Circa’ decorative column casings from Encasement interior to provide a durable, attractive and safe environment. Manor Lodge is an independent


coeducational school for early years to year 6 students and occupies a 10 acre site near the M25, which the new sports hall and theatre complex shares with the school’s original grade II listed building and modern teaching blocks. The £2 million project was constructed by

T&B Contractors and designed by Aedifice Architects, which features a steel frame construction to provide the large, open interior space, while the exterior uses brick and wood cladding together with a planted ‘green eco-roof’.

tructural steelwork around the perimeter of a new sports hall and theatre at Manor Lodge School in

Inside the sports hall, Encasement’s column

casings, which range in height from 5.0 metres up to 7.7 metres, are used to conceal vertical steel supports around the building’s perimeter to create aesthetic finish to the interior that integrates with the colour scheme while reflecting the school’s own colours. Manufactured from pre-formed plywood

and finished with a highly durable Formica laminate in a Beaujolais K2046 colour, both 300mm and 500mm diameter casings were used to meet the needs of the installation and ensure the steelwork was concealed effectively. As ‘Circa’ casings are normally supplied in

3.0 metre lengths, the column casings were stacked to achieve the necessary heights and also incorporated an aluminium feature joint as an additional design feature.

Image Courtesy T&B (Contractors) Ltd 01733 266 889

Howarth gets cooking for Cancer Research UK

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies recently cooked up a treat for customers across the country – all in the name of charity. Between 20 and 24 March, each of the company’s 30 branches hosted a breakfast morning and raised hundreds of pounds in aid of Howarth’s 2017/18 charity partner,

Cancer Research UK. As well as filling up on a tasty cooked breakfast, customers were able to take part in competitions and meet Howarth Timber’s suppliers, with extra fundraising events taking place at selected throughout the week. The funds raised will support the life-saving work that Cancer Research UK carries out.

New clarity given for air admittance valves

Drainage ventilation expert Studor has responded to market confusion about Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) and whether they can be used externally. “There does seem to be confusion in the market and we’re frequently asked whether AAVs are suitable for exterior use,” comments Studor’s Technical Director Steve White. “Both our own Studor Maxi-Vent, as well as the Wavin branded OsmaVent 110, can all be used externally. The latest BBA Agrément Certificates clarify this and specifically refer to their external use.” The BBA certificates verify that the AI rated valves perform in extreme temperatures, from -20°C to +60°C in accordance with EN12380. However, it should be noted that the independent testing actually carried out exceeded the requirements of the standard and proved that the valves operate in temperatures down to -40°C without the insulating cap. In addition, the ABS plastic which the valves are made from includes a UV stabiliser to protect against any degradation effects from ultraviolet radiation.

Howarth Timber celebrates reopening

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies marked the grand reopening of its Doncaster branch with a three-day celebration complete with offers, competitions and giveaways. The store, which is located on Churchill Business Park on Churchill Road, has

been extensively refurbished and regular customers and newcomers were invited to take a look at the bigger and better branch. The store’s new look includes a specialist plumbing and heating department and an impressive kitchen showroom displaying a range of modern and traditional kitchen combinations. As well as browsing the store, customers were able to take advantage of exclusive deals, meet the suppliers, enter an array of competitions and even enjoy a free breakfast. 7

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