Introducing Viiu – the market-leading slimline sliding door

inescapable bifold – and the latest model to hit the market seeks to perfect the elements that have made them so popular. Viiu offers ultra-slim sightlines, secure laminated glass throughout and an ingenious, unobtrusive design. With the outer-frame entirely built into the facade, it gives the appearance of a wall of glass, strong enough to support moving glass sections of up to 750kg, and fixed glass sections up to 1200kg. For added security, and to maximise


the amount of transparent space, Viiu’s unique electric locking mechanism is cleverly concealed in the head of the outer frame. This unique feature allows its jambs to have a symmetrical appearance. A patented adjustable interlock section allows perfect alignment to maximise performance and aesthetics. A motorised option is also available –

Architect: Crahay & Jamaigne Architectes. Photo: Samuel Defourny

and its drive gear is discreetly housed in the unit’s 100m head profile, which itself is hidden behind the building’s facade. Most competitor products, by contrast, require chunky head profiles up to 300mm in height. The motor can be easily accessed from below for maintenance or repair

without the need for ugly internal access panels inside the home. Viiu comes with automatic obstruction detection on motorised models, and a choice of wall-mounted or key fob operation.

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ltra-slim, minimalistic sliding doors, are the product of the moment – inheriting the crown from the once-

Neatdek chosen for outstanding project

An urban regeneration project in Longford is the latest of a series of outstanding bridge projects to use Neaco’s Neatdek aluminium decking. Almost 20m long and 4.7m wide at its widest point, the Camlin River Bridge is a footbridge featuring a unique curved ‘bow’

design by Kenny Lyons architects. Neatdek features a contact area of 74 per cent on the surface yet drains water efficiently and its swage- locked construction enables high structural efficiency. The system has an anti-slip surface for increased safety and aluminium has an A1 Fire Rating – the highest achievable score for non-combustibility. New look website for Freefoam

Freefoam Building Products has just given its website in the UK a completely new and dynamic look. The new site has users at the heart of every page, and reflects Freefoam’s confidence in its product range, company credentials and well established brands. Access to information online has led to the continual fragmentation of traditional business and consumer markets. Freefoam has embraced these challenges and developed their new site to address these issues by providing separate areas for both building Professionals and Homeowners – with targeted content and specialist tools to enhance the customer experience for every visitor. With clear imagery to show-case the range and detailed information on every product the site has been designed to help support visitors through every stage of their decision making process. From case studies and design tools to help visualise product colours and finishes to support with scheduling and access to CAD images the site helps to illustrate the options available.

01604 591110 1 6 Balustrade has enduring appeal

A lakeside retreat in North Wales is exemplifying the lasting appeal of Neaco’s balustrade systems, almost ten years after they were installed. In 2009 Neaco’s aluminium balustrade was specified for the external terraces, using glass infills to

maximise the spectacular views over Llyn Tegid. This year the property was converted from a B&B into Glan Y Gro comprising four self- catering suites featuring a host of new fittings. Much has changed but Neaco’s balustrade – renowned for maintenance-free durability and enduring aesthetic quality – has been retained as an integral feature.

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