THE INVISIBLE LIGHT SWITCH Forbes and Lomax are manufacturers of light switches and sockets with flush-to-the-wall transparent face plates. The switches have either dolly switches, rockers, dimmer knobs or button dimmer controllers. Socket outlets come with either transparent acrylic plates or primed as shown.
Switches and sockets are also available with unlacquered brass, stainless steel, sandblasted nickel and nickel silver plates. Tel 020 7738 9224.
FORBES & LOMAX AJ ENQUIRY No: 203 Lighten the load with Lignacite's facing masonry and its standard building blocks.
Lignacite and Lignacrete are also available in hollow or cellular formats. These units are 22 to 35 per cent lighter than standard solid blocks, which assists compliance with the guidelines in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations. Services can be routed through the core of hollow blocks, therefore avoiding surface mounting. Lighter blocks also reduce the dead weight of the building.
LIGNACITE AJ ENQUIRY No: 201 Concord Lighting, Britain's best known, design-led lighting manufacturer, has supplied a number of fittings to all of the Jubilee Line extension stations. These include interior and exterior luminaires for the spectacular Canary Wharf station, distinguished by its huge interior spaces and glazed torus-shaped entrance building, landscaped into a gentle grass slope.
Inside the lower cavernous spaces, Concord Bega 3x18W downlighters hang in pairs on long drop-rods from the double-height soffit. They supplement the background uplighting and are also used for emergency lighting. Tel 0127 351 5811.
CONCORD LIGHTING AJ ENQUIRY No: 205 KALWALL: PROJECTOF THE WEEK AJ ENQUIRY No: 202 MAGHANSEN AJ ENQUIRY No: 206 Philip Watts Design's range of portholes is now available. Each porthole is sold as a kit with all seals fixings and a choice of glass. The range includes a number of circular designs but Philip Watts Design also offer a range of less traditional shapes, ellipse, arch and kidney shapes. The portholes can be personalised by the company with signage etched onto the glass.
This Hackney Housing Association development by architect Jestico & Wiles is for people with mental health problems. The fine mix of low level and high block includes insulating KaIwall to the staircase core, providing a sense of protection and feeling of calmness from the quality of the evenly diffused natural daylight. KaIwall, maintenance-free for cladding and roofing, is supplied and fixed by Stoakes Systems, tel 020 8660 7667; or visit www.stoakes.co.uk.
PHILIPWATTS DESIGN AJ ENQUIRY No: 204 Scottish Mutual's glass- and granite-fronted building by architect Carey Jones adds drama to Leeds' financial sector. Specialist fenestration engineer MagHansen helped create the seven-storey structural glass frontage, curtain-wall rear facade, curved corner units, new two-storey pavilion on the roof and, internally, a six-storey light-well. MagHansen's clear glass facade, with a sloping head detail at fifth floor level, is constructed with 365m 2 of 12mm single-glazed MagHansen Thermestra.