26 APPOINTMENTS & NEWS; SOCIAL HOUSING Door closers create safer homes

With fire safety high on the agenda, Dr Lloyd Blewett of Samuel Heath investigates the potential of door closers for social housing. Where performance is concerned, the key considerations when selecting door closers are fire safety and accessibility. The product’s ability to perform reliably, time after time, and for many years, is also critical. The design, engineering and quality of the door closer should be paramount in the selection process, as should the reputation of the manufacturer. Consideration also needs to be given to the needs of tenants and the situations in which the door closers are being used. The performance, functionality and features of some door closers can deliver additional benefits that make them more suitable for many social housing applications. Aesthetics are now widely valued in social housing developments, and not for the sole purpose of a better looking interior. The lack of unsightly mechanical devices creates a more homely, less institutionalised atmosphere contributing to the comfort and well-being of residents. When selecting door closers, specifiers should be looking beyond product performance, choosing products which will perform reliably, are appropriate for the situation, deliver additional benefits for residents and stand up to the rigours of day-to-day use in social housing situations.

0121 766 4200 Domus Ventilation appoints new Sales Manager

Domus Ventilation, part of the Polypipe group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Leather as National Specification Sales Manager. A key part of Shane’s role as National Specification Sales Manager is to reintroduce M&C Consultants and specifiers to Domus Ventilation and advise on the most suitable and compliant mechanical ventilation system for a project.

Shane’s 23 years experience working across the breadth of the HVAC sector – from air handling units and curtains to pumps and ducting – has put him in good stead for this role. Domus Ventilation has a well-deserved reputation for quality, supported by excellent technical support, from a market leading manufacturer and designer. Norcros Adhesives is a winner!

Norcros Adhesives, the tile adhesive, grout and preparation products manufac- turer, has just a won the Gold Award for Best Environmental Initiative at the recent Tile Association Awards. This achievement is impressive enough in its own right, but is even more so, since this is now the third year in a row that the company has won this prestigious accolade.

The company’s work on environmental improvement goes back to the time of its founding. Since the earliest days it has been the intention to eliminate waste going to landfill. Offsite solutions launch apprenticeship scheme

Offsite Solutions, one of the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturers, has launched an apprenticeship scheme to attract new talent into offsite manufacturing. Working with its training partner Weston College, the company is looking to employ up to six apprentices who

will train to be plumbers, electricians and bathroom fitters at its bathroom pod factory in Highbridge, Somerset. The company will also be giving up to 10 existing production staff the opportunity to join a new apprentice- ship scheme for team leadership and to train as electricians and plumbers. This will give them additional skills and valuable career progression. Ancon wins third Queen’s Award

ANCON has officially received the 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise from the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. This is the third time the company has been honoured in this prestigious award scheme that

acknowledges outstanding achievements by UK businesses. Ancon’s 2018 Innovation award follows its Queen’s Awards for International Trade in 2015 and Innovation in 2012. The award was received on behalf of Ancon by company director Peter McDermott at a special ceremony attended by 36 long-serving employees.

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