Specification Spotlight

The B&M group is the fastest-growing variety goods value retailer with stores operating in the UK, Germany and France. It has recently injected £100m in investment to create a new distribution centre in Bedford that is expected to create 1000 new jobs. The distribution centre will become B&M’s third in the UK and will support its southern operations. Started in April 2019, the project took just over eight months to complete.

Offering flexibility and freedom, it is unsurprising that the popularity of open-plan buildings has increased. However, these spaces pose numerous challenges for fire protection in building design. David Cerquella, Managing Director at Coopers Fire, explains the growing importance of passive fire specification and which considerations need to be made by architects and building engineers alike.

Schlüter-Systems used its specialist technical knowledge and a number of key product solutions to minimise floor build-up and guarantee complete waterproofing provision in the refurbishment of one of Ireland’s most magnificent country houses.

One of the most fashionable neighbourhoods of Central London, once-industrial Clerkenwell, has long been renowned as a hive of architectural activity. Within this tangle of streets is nestled the newest addition to this community – 49 Leather Lane is Schlüter-Systems’ latest collaborative venture in the heart of the capital.

Firman Glass has evolved over the previous 40 years from a replacement glazing business in the early ‘70s to one of the leading independent glass processors, tougheners and structural glazing operations in the country.

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