PREVIEW - Interbuild
As with all the best exhibitions, Interbuild is planned and organised years in advance - and then there are changes at the last minute. On these two pages we look at some of the latest exhibitors to sign up, and at new images and information from existing exhibitors. To see these and more, come to Interbuild at the NEC, Birmingham on 25-29 April. Information is available at www. interbuild. com
SOLAR CENTURY The integrated design of C21, Solar Century's new solar roof tile, has been developed specially for the UK market.
It fits to standard battens and integrates with common interlocking roof tiles that can be installed by any roofing contractor. The first installation was due to take place at the end of March in Allington, Lincolnshire, on a development for Gusto Construction.
KINGSPAN Bursting through what more commonly would be considered the floor in the Manufactured Solutions area will be a structure built using Kingspan's Tek Building system, first phase of its move into modular construction. Visitors will be able to see the proprietary jointing system and the high standards of insulation, as well as a range of finishes used on both the exterior and the interior.
Shown here is one of four four-bedroom villas under construction for Center Parcs.
LEAX LIGHTING Exhibiting in the Total Lighting Show, Leax Lighting Controls will be showing its expanded portfolio of integrated and flexible lighting controls. Aimed at a range of applications, these will include the ControlMaster 7000 Lighting Control system, with updated software, and the SceneMaster 8000 architectural dimming system. This now comes with fullcolour touch-screen controls, which have been specified on Foster and Partners' Swiss Re building.
ARCELOR A late entry to the Architecture Pavilion, Arcelor is the largest steel group in the world today. It has grouped its activities into four areas: flat carbon steel; long carbon steel; stainless steel; and distribution, transformation and trading. It sees architects as one of its key markets, and has produced extensive briefing and guidance material for the profession.
It has a UK team dedicated to the needs of the UK market.
ULTRAHEAT E-Type is one of the 17 radiators that will be launched as the Aeon range, available from Ultraheat. Like most of the new products in the range, E-Type is aimed at the designer market and at applications where a visual statement is wanted. More conventional radiators will also appear on the stand.
SEGMENT SYSTEMS Also a late entry to the Architecture Pavilion, Segment Systems has developed a system for organising communal space, called SpaceOasis. Designed by Marks Barfield, the range includes meeting pods, information points, reception areas, resource hubs, touchdown zones, speakeasy seating, vending and tea points. The system is fully reconfigurable and can be adapted to clients' changing needs.
NVT TOOLS On show for the first time in the UK will be the SOSS 218 VA Invisible Hinge. In addition to offering vertical adjustment of plus or minus 3mm, this allows for adjustment of the gap between the door and the frame, also of up to 3mm. This flexibility assists both installation and planned maintenance.
The encased design excludes wood dust from link assemblies and slides, and recessed construction permits lubrication of the link assemblies without risk of oil staining the door and frame.
FRANKLITE The Shuttle wire system from Franklite will be one of the products on display on its stand in Total Lighting. Shuttle is a versatile mains-voltage, twin-cable lighting system, which can be installed vertically or horizontally. It allows up to 5kW of lighting to be installed, with separate power being supplied to either side, giving flexibility of switching. Also on the stand will be a wide range of fittings, many of them suitable for use with the Shuttle.