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LytaScreed top of the class in £10m UCL revamp

Aggregate Industries’ revolutionary LytaScreed has once again proved its outstanding credentials during the renovation of one of the UK’s most prestigious educational institutions, University College London.
As part of UCL’s £1.2 billion refurbishment programme, main contractor Balfour Beatty was tasked with building a terrace next to the 19th Century Grade 1 listed Wilkins Building, providing a vital passage through the university’s Bloomsbury Campus while also serving as an outdoor events space.
Located close to Regent Park in London, the £10m revamp incorporates a complete modernisation programme, including the construction of a new single storey building below the terrace to house a full range of catering kitchen facilities to provide food for the new refectory.
In keeping with the architectural heritage of the Wilkins Building, the terrace included a Portland stone floor, with a new external staircase leading to the refectory at lower ground floor level.
As such, the project required a lightweight podium screed suitable to carry natural stone paviours that could also provide a superior drainage system.
Cue Aggregate Industries and its pioneering LytaScreed – one of the fastest drying and most versatile floor screed ranges available to the UK market.
Specifically designed and manufactured to meet the complex requirements of modern construction practice, when building the Wilkins Terrace 120 tonnes of LytaScreed Topped solution was utilised by placing the LytaScreed Base with a permeable 15mm sand cement topping.
This created a semi dry floor screed suitable for all sensitive floor coverings, such as the Portland natural stone, in as little as five days.
What’s more, with an ever increasing emphasis on sustainable construction, LytaScreed was instrumental in helping the UCL revamp achieving ‘very good’ status BREEAM ratings. This is because not only does the innovative product reduce the weight of a screed by up to 50%, but being a secondary aggregate, it also cuts the demand for natural quarried material.
Steve Curley, Lytag general manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “The Aggregate Industries’ ground-breaking LytaScreed product proved the perfect solution for providing the lightweight podium screed suitable to carry natural stone paviours that the UCL refurbishment required whilst also creating an unrivalled drainage system.”


Salisbury Group Gets Global Award for Outstanding Innovation

Salisbury Group, the national facilities management and maintenance company, has been named winner of the Outstanding Innovation category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards.
The Outstanding Innovation Award recognises the transformational improvements achieved by Salisbury Group in moving its safety and incident reporting process from paper to an app-based system. The change has reduced average incident reporting times from 15 minutes to 90 seconds and has provided a 50% saving in back-of-house administration. It has also improved report completion rates from 40% to 100% and has been very popular with Salisbury Group’s employees, who can access the system from any mobile or tablet device.
Due to their high profile, the Global Business Excellence Awards attract a wide range of entries from across the world, from large international PLCs and public sector organisations to dynamic and innovative SMEs. The winners all have one thing in common – they are truly outstanding at what they do.
The Global Business Excellence Awards pride themselves on having a large panel of independent expert judges who select winners according to strict criteria for each category and sector. The chairman of the judging panel said the award recognised several factors:
“Salisbury Group has elevated health and safety into the digital age with its new app that replaces paper-based record keeping. Accidents and near misses can be recorded immediately, speeding up the response mechanism. The app has a built-in camera and photographs of the accident scene can be transmitted to a central unit – helping first responders and emergency crews work out how best they should respond. Another useful feature is that the app can be used without a mobile signal. This is a ground-breaking app that radically improves efficiency in health and safety and emergency response.”
Upon receiving the award, Ed Swales, CEO, Salisbury Group said: “This award recognises our ability to innovate for the benefit of our employees and customers. Our team worked tirelessly to ensure it was easy to use and met our objectives of simplifying and speeding up the reporting process, and significantly improving overall safety and health in the workplace. We thank the Global Business Excellence Awards for this honour.”


ASSA ABLOY Security Doors Hosts BRE

Security Testing Day

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has delivered a successful security testing day in partnership with BRE.
Held at the Security Doors factory in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, the day saw a fantastic turn-out of security professionals who witnessed various methods of attack on both steel and timber doorsets.
The event consisted of an overview of the LPS 1175 test standard, a comprehensive factory tour and a practical demonstration that showed the difference between certified and non-certified security doors.
Ian Broadley, Business Development Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors said: “We hosted this event to help illustrate the difference between investing in a certificated product versus a product that may look similar visually, but can be compromised very easily when put to the test.
“A test rig was set up at our factory, housing two steels doors and two timber doors. The BRE team used various methods of attack to demonstrate how they were able to defeat the doors that were not built to meet LPS 1175 test standards.
“We received a great deal of positive feedback from attendees, which included security consultants, end users, police, and government personnel. Attendees commented on how thought-provoking it was to witness just how quickly un-certified doors could be compromised.”

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