Cladding lends calming appearance to hospital

Maidstone’s new 65-bed Cygnet Hospital mental healthcare facility has been clad in Abet Laminati’s MEG self-supporting exterior grade laminate. Some 800 m2 of MEG cladding in a 754 Padouk Soft finish were installed by Rhino Exteriors across various elevations. MEG was chosen as it carries a BBA Agrément Certificate, and, most importantly, F1 panels from 6 mm and thicker are rated Class B-s1, d0. This makes them fully compliant for all non-residential applications, and for buildings up to 18 m high for residential schemes.

Abet Laminati said: “This application is a perfect example of MEG in action – where the need for high performance and durability is married with low lifecycle costs and aesthetic design.” The range comprises 58 colours and 31 woodgrains, together with five concrete and metal effect finishes. MEG can also incorporate Abet’s digital printing technology, meaning that ‘almost any’ design, photograph, or pattern, can be reproduced ‘in stunning detail’, to give ‘unparalleled freedom to create unusual and dramatic building façades’.

MEG is a self-supporting high pressure laminate for cladding the exterior of buildings, balconies, and other applications. It offers high resistance to temperature, climate shock, weathering, UV light, and impact. Abet says its chemical-resistant nature and closed structure do not allow spray can paint, various inks, emulsion paints, lipstick, or pastel paints, to penetrate the decorative layer, negating the need for anti-graffiti treatment, and simplifying cleaning.

Paving to ‘re-define public spaces’

AG, a manufacturer of ‘innovative concrete products’, says its new premium paving product, Plaza Lineal, answers industry demand for a flagstone that is ‘durable, versatile, and strong’, while possessing ‘an aesthetically pleasing, plank-like appearance’.

A ‘premium’ water-etched, lightly textured, granite aggregate paving 20 mm deep, it comes in a range of rectangular dimensions and six colours that can be ‘mixed and matched’ to create a broad range of patterns that ‘blend seamlessly with any outdoor environment’.

The paving has a minimum surface layer of 5 mm made up of 90% natural granite and quartz aggregate – ‘a

resilient combination’, making Plaza Lineal especially well suited to spaces with heavy footfall and the associated abrasive effects.

As part of the production process, ‘state of the art’ factory-controlled vapour curing significantly reduces efflorescence – a naturally occurring chemical reaction that leads to unsightly blemishes – on the surface. AG added: “Plaza Lineal has been designed with optimised bending strength (>3.5 Mpa), thereby tackling another issue that can arise with other rectangular paving solutions. It has a slip resistance of USRV >75, and is 100% renewable. A BREEAM ‘A’ rating can be achieved when it is used in conjunction with a prepared recycling sub-base.”

Abloy launches ‘world’s first intelligent motor locks’

Abloy UK claims to have launched ‘the world’s first intelligent motor locks’ – the EL495 and EL595. It explained: “The locks

automatically diagnose the condition of their capacitors, so when the lock reaches the end of its lifecycle it gives an audible warning, allowing replacement before it fails.” Both ‘solutions’ are compliant with British Standards – EL495, for profile doors, is BS EN179 and BS EN1125 approved, and the EL595, for solid doors, BS EN179 approved. There are three variants of each available, including a Fail Unlocked (FU) model, Fail Locked model (FL), and a high security lock case with mechanical exit feature. The Fail

Unlocked model is designed for high security two-way access control doors. In normal operation the inside handle does not operate the lock, with access control required on both sides of the door to allow entrance or exit. The inside handle

is electrically controlled; on activation of a fire alarm or other input the handle becomes operational. The deadlocking latch remains locked, and the door secure.

With the Fail Locked model, ‘for exceptional environments’, in normal operation the inside handle does not operate the lock, and, again, access control is required on both sides of the door for entrance or exit. The inside handle is electrically controlled, but on activation of a fire alarm or other input the handle will not allow egress. The latch remains locked and the door secure.

The high security lock case version features a mechanical exit feature. In normal operation the lock is used with access control from outside, and the handle on the inside always operational. There is no electronic handle control or diagnostics feature.



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