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RAK-feeling creates a striking impression in the UAE desert

RAK Ceramics sanitaryware has been chosen as an important part of the design of a new archaeological site and visitor centre in UAE, designed by Hopkins Architects. In the desert, 30 miles from the city of Sharjah, the Buhais Geology Park

Interpretive Centre sits on a former prehistoric sea and takes its form from the fossils of sea urchins often found in the region. Externally, the centre’s main building is formed of a cluster of four interconnected, circular, reinforced concrete pods clad in bronze-coloured steel. Inside, the pods feature exhibition areas, an immersive theatre, gift shop and a cafe with panoramic views of the Jebel Buhais ridge. The RAK-Feeling

washbasin from RAK Ceramics, chosen for the visitor toilets in the fourth pod, keeps with the circular theme of the building overall. Big on style, the washbasin is also huge on practical benefits, being easy to clean and extremely hardwearing. RAK-Feeling rom RAK Ceramics was the natural choice for the project,

Outstanding recovery gives sector hope for a brighter 2021

start, the unforeseen peril of coronavirus caused sales to fall off a cliff in March and led to a disastrous second quarter. In essence, the rest of the year has been defined by dealing with the fall out. The overall performance figures for the year, however, will fail to


capture the outstanding recovery in the second half of the year. Tiered restrictions, and the second wave of national lockdowns, appear to have had little effect on the positive momentum in the sector. Extension of the furlough scheme is both propping up household budgets and consumer confidence, and good news about testing and vaccine innovations is further buoying sentiment. Economists have pointed out that high-earners savings have swelled

during lockdowns. With more and more time at home, that spare cash is being invested in house improvements for understandable reasons. While there are plenty of downside risks ahead, not least a potentially volatile exit from the single market and customs union on New Years’ Day, I think the KBB industry can look forward to a brighter 2021. There are good reasons to stay upbeat.

et’s not beat about the bush, 2020 has been a tough year, perhaps the toughest ever for our industry. After a solid

where less is more and the specification team placed importance on ensuring the design touches lightly on what is a fragile landscape, rich in fossils and prehistoric burial sites.

Showerwall launches search for nationwide network of approved fitters

Leading bathroom wall panelling brand Showerwall has launched the Find a Fitter programme and is calling for plumbers, joiners, builders and bathroom retailer fitting teams to register at Aimed at sole traders and

bathroom installation businesses, the scheme centres on building a nationwide network of trusted installers for its popular Showerwall panelling in high pressure laminate and acrylic. Approved installers will benefit from increased business potential in their local area by being listed on the brand's website where consumers can search for them by postcode. Steph Harris, Showerwall's Product Manager says: "Wall panelling is one

u For more information, please contact BMA on 01782 631619, visit or email

of the fastest growing markets and there is currently a gap between buying the product and finding someone with recognised experience of fitting it. We've launched Find a Fitter so that we can build an online community of installers who will have the opportunity to share their work and win more new business locally through their association with a leading bathroom surfacing brand."


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