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Decra has introduced what it believes to be the world's first lightweight plain tile. The tiles weigh only 7.11kg per m 2, where concrete or clay weighs 78kg/m 2. That means that the tiles for a 67m 2roof, typical of a small house, would weigh less than half a tonne, compared with the 5.25 tonnes that traditional tiles would weigh.

Fixings on that same roof would total just 1020, compared with up to 8000 fixings for a traditional roof, and the pitch can be as low as 15degrees. They can also be used vertically, and will never slip.


The new Hanley Cultural Quarter at Stoke (by Levitt Bernstein Architects) is nearing completion with a spectacular atrium roof in Kalwall. Kalwall is a robust, maintenance-free panel system which distributes light evenly with no glare, shadows or hot-spots and eliminates the need for blinds and vents. Panels are lightweight and self-supporting and can be used for cladding or any roofing profile.

Widely used in the States as an alternative to glass, Kalwall is available in the UK through Stoakes Systems.


Six new colours, with 10 new shades, have been introduced into Threshold Floorings' 80:20+ broadloom and tile collection:

Elder, Rowan, Maple, Whitebeam, Plum and Holly. Made from heavyweight 80 per cent wood and 20 per cent nylon, it is the ideal product to remove dirt and moisture from footwear and wheeled traffic, thus protecting costly floorings such as wood, marble and laminates. The range is supported by a custom service which can produce numerous colour combinations.


Klockner-Moeller's new low-cost control system for small buildings targets the needs of small offices, factories, shops, homes and even churches, meaning that specifiers no longer have to buy all necessary equipment separately and expensively. The system is ideal for programming central heating, airconditioning, lighting, illuminated signs, extraction fans or water systems. The package contains most of the main components, just needing the addition of project-specific parts such as relays, enclosure and sensors.


PAYE is undertaking the cleaning, repair and replacement of over 3000m 2of paving surrounding the restored Albert Memorial, due to be unveiled shortly. The £500,000 contract has involved lifting much of the original paving and laying a substrate base with new drainage before repositioning the cleaned and repaired stone. PAY E has also matched stone from around the British Isles for new sections at the base of the memorial, and hand-cut over 200 Blue Swithland slate slabs as repairs for the original intricate floor of the main terrace.


Dulux Trade's Pure Brilliant White matt, silk and gloss paints have come out tops in the latest 'best by test' research. It was blind-tested against three other brands by 1000 professional decorators and outstripped the others. The products were tested for quality, opacity, application, consistency, smell, drying time and overall preference. The respondents were also asked to give their spontaneous reaction to the products. Dulux Trade Pure Brilliant White products were the outright winners.

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