Retail parks are increasingly paying attention to the colours and textures used to decorate their units, giving them character and making the sites more appealing to visit and work within. Team Valley Retail Park, Gateshead, is no exception. For a suite of new retail units, designers concentrated on using shades and textures that address both style and sustainability in the materials they use and the appearance they present.

ARCHITECT@WORK, a carefully curated annual two-day trade event aimed at architects, interior designers and specifiers, will move to Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for the seventh London edition from 30th to 31st January. The two days include free admission for registered trade visitors and complimentary catering throughout, encouraging networking and downtime as well as deal-making opportunities.

From 5 to 7th February 2019, Surface Design Show will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface material design, development, innovation and manufacturing.

Mapei introduce Latexplan NA, a two-part, fast setting, smoothing and levelling compound to the ever popular ‘Dream Team’ range of levelling compounds.

Gatic, the global leader in access covers and civil drainage systems, recently installed Slotdrain CastSlot Treadsafe, its high capacity surface water drainage at Hamilton Business Park in Hedge End, Southampton. The £2m project, which spans 24,000 sq.ft., involved building brand new industrial and warehouse units and is the final phase of a 30-year project that started in 1988. The business park now has a total of 26 units covering 250,000 sq.ft. and 20 acres of space.

FILA has introduced a new RIBA-approved CPD presentation, entitled “Ceramic and porcelain – how a correct cleaning regime can safeguard slip resistance”. The new seminar examines surface maintenance and its importance in terms of health and safety, giving advice on correct specification, with examples of high profile UK case studies.

Surface Styling offers a world of design inspiration from over 40 prestigious surface material brands - Stand 408, Village Green Hall

For more than 10 years, the Surface Design Show has been connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers. The Surface Design Show – held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 6 to 8th February – is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces.

Forbo Flooring Systems has refreshed its popular Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) collection, Allura, in response to the growing trend for combining shapes, sizes and colours to create contemporary floor spaces. By playing with scale, direction and combinations across the range, the manufacturer has introduced new tile shapes and sizes that are ideal for use across the hotel, leisure and retail sectors.

Tower Bridge is an iconic symbol of London, an image recognised around the world. When repairs to the lifting sections, walkways and approaches became necessary, only the best materials would do. Contractor Infallible Systems chose IKO Permatrack to renovate the walkways, approaches and tower bases.

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