Fire Fighting Enterprises Gains CCCf Approval in China

Fireray 5000 optical beam smoke detector all set for Chinese market

Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) has received CCCf approval for its Fireray 5000 optical beam smoke detectors, allowing the company to distribute them in China.

Using infrared beams, optical beam detectors can identify smoke over much larger areas than traditional fire detection devices, making them perfectly suited for large indoor spaces. They work by transmitting a beam of invisible infrared light across the building space to be protected. Usually wall-mounted at near-ceiling level, a receiver detects and measures the light and can recognise smoke interference anywhere along the beam path, triggering the alarm signal when the pre-determined threshold is reached.

The Fireray 5000 in particular excels at detecting smoke over very large distances (up to 100 metres). The motorised, reflective, auto aligning infrared system can be installed with up to two detector heads per system, saving on installation time and costs. In addition, each system controller houses two pairs of fire and fault relays, one per detector.

“Receiving this approval is a major milestone for us,” comments FFE’s Managing Director Mark Osborne. “The construction boom in China over recent decades has been phenomenal, with hundreds of thousands of large indoor spaces requiring effective fire safety systems. The Fireray product range is trusted in many parts of the world already and we believe it is perfectly placed to fulfil the specialist detection needs in the Chinese fire market.”

The China Certification Centre for Fire Products (CCCf) is a fire product qualification institution approved and authorized by the Chinese government. Its business scope covers fire product and fire-related product certification and the drafting of codes, standards and detailed regulations.

About Fire Fighting Enterprises

Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) is at the forefront of beam-type optical smoke detection technology, leading the market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use, and also producing a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company. Email:


Failure to test and maintain fire prevention equipment can lead to serious consequences

Ventilation duct systems may be out of sight but should never be out of mind when it comes to fire prevention says Dermott Quinn MD of duct maintenance specialist Ductbusters. “Ducting provides the perfect conduit for fires to spread rapidly through buildings – and into neighbouring buildings,” he says. “The heat build-up inside ducts can cause combustible materials nearby, such as roof joists, to ignite;  dust, debris and drafts within ductwork will also  exacerbate the spread of fire, leading to significantly higher insurance claims and presenting fire fighters with a more difficult task than needs be.”

All mechanical ventilation systems should have fire dampers installed (Building Regulation 38,   and for healthcare facilities,  the Department of Health’s Health Technical  Memorandum [HTM] 03-01 Part A specifies requirements for fitting of fire dampers).  Dampers are designed to drop down in the event of a fire effectively containing it by creating a physical barrier in the duct.

But regular ‘drop’ testing of fire dampers is essential to ensure that should a fire occur, fire dampers will do their job. Fire Damper Regulation BS9999 states that ‘all fire dampers should be tested by a competent person at regular intervals not exceeding 2 years, and to be repaired or replaced immediately if found to be faulty. Spring-operated fire dampers should be tested annually and fire dampers situated in dust-laden and similar atmospheres should be tested much more frequently, at periods suited to the degree of pollution.’ And, in addition, periodic maintenance of any smoke detector system used to operate fire dampers is required to determine whether detection occurs at the appropriate design smoke density. Any faulty smoke detector systems should be either repaired or replaced immediately. In the case of healthcare establishments HTM 03-01 Part B stipulates annual maintenance of all ventilation plant.

Dermott Quinn comments: “You would think that regular damper drop testing would be a given as part of the ongoing fire prevention procedure, but it is  shocking how many badly maintained and faulty fire dampers we find when we are called into establishments for the first time. We have found fire dampers with collapsed blades, corroded or jammed springs, dampers jammed open with wood, tied up with wire, even dampers incorrectly installed upside down!”

A recent Channel 4 programme highlighted the problem, citing tests in hospitals of 418 fire dampers during 2010 – only 218 passed.

The Fire Safety Order requires that ‘a person who has some level of control in the premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire’. If a fire occurs and the responsible person cannot demonstrate that they been executing their duty correctly, they can be liable for hefty fines – or in the case of fatality, possible criminal prosecution. In addition, the local fire officer has authority to close any premises if they suspect the correct procedures have not been followed.

Insurers are also becoming increasingly concerned with fire prevention according to Dermott Quinn. He says ”Some insurers are including duct cleaning and maintenance directions as part of their policy requirements and failure to comply with these requirements could void buildings insurance. For the peace of mind of property owners and managers, fire damper testing should be done by a qualified specialist that can provide comprehensive reports, detailing the performance of each fire damper, and recommending


MUV Electric Wheelbarrow wheels away inefficiency

The new MUV Electric Wheelbarrow, or mini-dumper, from Nu-Star Material Handling not only allows operators to transport heavy loads with ease, it eliminates the unnecessary ergonomic challenges and production halts associated with traditional wheelbarrow solutions. Furthermore, the savings made in reduced labour and enhanced efficiency ensure rapid return on investment in sectors that include construction, industrial, agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and gardening.

Demanding industries such as construction call for increased profitability and efficiency, while at the same time protecting workers from over-exertion. The MUV Electric Wheelbarrow eliminates the pushing and pulling required when using a conventional manual wheelbarrow and, since it has a push-button operated electric dump (capable of tipping loads up to 350kg), it also removes the lifting effort required when emptying/dumping a wheelbarrow.

With a choice of either 800W or 1,200W DC electric drive motors, the MUV Electric Wheelbarrow is virtually noise free in its operation, making it ideal for internal use and in areas where noise-pollution is a concern for local residents.

Since there are no handle-bar vibrations to cause Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or ‘dead finger’ the Electric Wheelbarrow may be used without having to assess this potential risk to the operator (

The MUV Electric Wheelbarrow is available with both moulded industrial plastic and galvanized steel tubs, which may be interchanged by removing locking detent pins on the sub-frame. Other attachments, such as a flat-bed for transporting bricks, tiles and blocks are also available.

Power comes from two 12V, 90AHr batteries, each is sealed-for-life and maintenance free. The waterproof battery charger is fitted on-board and may be connected to either a 220V or 110V power supply. The batteries and battery charger are matched to enable opportunity charging, at any point in the charging cycle, thereby considerably extending run-time. A coloured, LED battery-charge indicator gauge on the control panel clearly shows the battery state.

Featuring a highly manoeuvrable design, the MUV Electric Wheelbarrow is operated using an infinitely variable, twist-grip throttle on the right handle in conjunction with a forwards/backwards direction switch on the control panel. Maximum speed is up to 4.6km/h for the 800W version and up to 6km/h for 1,200W version. An additional ‘tortoise’ mode switch on the control panel reduces maximum speed by 50% to enable inch-perfect positioning when activating the electric-tip and to help achieve a graduated release of the wheelbarrow contents.

The front drive wheels and rear swivelling castor are fitted with industrial foam-filled tyres, making them puncture-proof and impervious to the nails/screws and sharp objects often found on littering construction sites. In addition to regenerative braking provided by the 125Amp motor controller, there is a 6Nm electromagnetic brake for holding the wheelbarrow when on slopes and when in transit between locations.

Typical uses for the MUV Electric Wheelbarrow include:

  • Small internal and external construction projects
  • Barrowing concrete from roadside delivery lorries
  • Crop harvesting in glasshouses and poly-tunnels
  • External landscaping projects
  • Moving feedstuffs in stables and ‘mucking out’

No driving licence is required to use the MUV, which may be loaded quickly into a van or onto a trailer using three scaffold planks, a tail-lift or ramp.

The MUV Electric Wheelbarrow is now available for both sale and hire, direct from the OEM.

Nu-Star will be displaying the MUV Electric Wheelbarrow on stand X46 at The Executive Hire Show, taking place on the 11th and 12th February 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Further information is available: Telephone: 0115 880 0070   Email:


LCC Support Services backs Living Wage

LCC Support Services Ltd., the national independent cleaning and support services business, is backing the Living Wage Foundation and its hourly rates on all 2015 tenders.

The Company is providing every new tender with the requested competitive quote and a second tender based on the Living Wage programme. This allows clients to make their own decisions on hourly rates based on their individual beliefs and corporate consciences.

Bob Vincent, Executive Chairman of LCC said: “Since joining the Living Wage programme we have had little client objection to paying a Living Wage rate which we believe is the right of all hard working staff.

There are two reasons why we have for many years supported the concept of ‘a fair wage for a fair day’s work’. Everyone should live above the breadline and it is good business sense for service providers. Happy employees work better than the unhappy. Being fair starts with the employer and the employee usually responds.

We benefit by retaining staff longer so we reduce training and recruitment costs and clients receive continuity of quality service and staff going the extra mile.”

According to KMPG the number of UK employees paid less than the Living Wage in 2014 is now running at 22%, up 1% on the 2013.   The cleaning industry is one of the most ‘fair wage’ conscious business sectors with over 25 cleaning contractors joining the programme. Minimum wage rates are £7.85 nationally and £9.15 for London.

Bob said: “Cleaning and hygiene standards required today the highest ever and to maintain them cleaning should be regarded as important as any other profession. I urge all cleaning and FM contractors to join this excellent programme.”

For further information on LCC Support Services please contact: LCC on 01277 268899., or


Monodraught Offers Cool-phase with Salix Finance Funding

With the recent Carbon Trust Annual Survey showing energy costs as a key issue for most SMEs and corporate organisations, Monodraught has joined with Salix Finance Ltd to help empower public sector organisations to take a lead in tackling climate change by helping to drastically increase their energy efficiency with the installation of Monodraught’s Cool-phase system.

Salix Finance’s 100% interest-free capital for the public sector can help reduce public sector energy costs by enabling the installation of modern, highly energy efficient technologies such as Cool-phase. Cool-phase features an innovative Phase Change Material thermal energy store combined with intelligently controlled ventilation to actively ventilate and maintain building temperatures within the comfort zone. Utilising this technology can reduce energy consumption by up to 90% compared to conventional cooling systems.

Commenting for Monodraught, Managing Director Andrew McCubbin explains: “Uniquely, this combination of energy savings, cost savings and environmental benefits, enables Monodraught’s Cool-phase to meet the requirements of building regulations for thermal comfort, ventilation and energy efficiency in a single easy to retrofit system. And since no compressors or global warming refrigerants are used, the system does not require the expensive servicing and statutory checks required of air conditioning systems which further reduces running costs.

As upfront capital is a common barrier for public sector organisations seeking solutions to cut their energy consumption, Salix Finance and Monodraught can remove this barrier by making funding and technology accessible to the public sector.

By supporting innovative technologies such as Cool-phase, which have the potential to make significant contributions to energy efficiency, the Salix Finance funding mechanism can accelerate the move to a low carbon economy.

How to apply for Salix funding
The funding approach is a client-led process operated directly through Salix Finance. In order to complete the necessary application form, a Persistence Factor (PF) is used to equate the potential savings from using Cool-phase. A higher PF means long-term savings are improved. Cool-phase has been given an initial PF of 23.75, which aligns the use of the Monodraught system to similar efficiency savings achieved using LED lighting.

Salix Finance Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Education, the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and Higher Education Funding Council for England.

There are two types of Salix Finance funding programmes available. The first is the Salix Energy Efficient Loans Scheme – as an example: a school borrows £10,000 to put in new lighting and a new boiler which will save the school £2,000 per annum from reduced gas and electricity usage. For the first five years these savings are used to pay back the interest-free loan. Once the loan is repaid, the continued savings enable the school to use the capital for other budgets, such as the purchase of equipment. The second programme available is the Recycling Fund, which is a ring-fenced fund managed by the public sector organisation, with money provided by the organisation and match funded by Salix. The project loan is repaid into the fund from the financial savings delivered by the projects – this allows the fund to be continually used for energy efficiency projects, hence the term ‘Recycling Fund’. At the same time the organisation continues to benefit from the savings that accumulate once the project has been fully repaid. Salix funding is available to all public sector organisations, including schools, higher and further educational institutions, emergency services, hospitals, leisure centres, local authorities and the NHS.

The funding mechanism aims to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy supporting innovative technologies such as Cool-phase, that have the potential to make significant contributions to energy efficiency. Organisations that invest in clean technologies will outperform the market over the next five years. Source: Carbon Trust Annual Survey 2011/2012.

COOL-PHASE® is a registered trademark owned by Monodraught Limited.

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School benefits from PEL’S fire & security expertise

PEL Services Ltd., one of the UK’s foremost providers of commercial fire, security and communication systems, has completed the installation of a new access control, intruder alarm and fire alarm system for a school in Reading, Berkshire.

St John’s CE (Aided) is a multi-cultural, multi-faith, Church of England Primary School. To expand its capacity and modernise its facilities the school has recently undergone a major refurbishment and a new building has been added to the site. In order to meet the deadlines in place, work on the existing building had to commence during term time, with contractors such as PEL working overnight and during the weekends. Each weekday, the school had to be in a safe condition to welcome its pupils, making for a challenging working environment. PEL Services worked with the main contractor and the school to ensure all deadlines were met and interruption to the school day was minimised.

PEL designed, installed and a commissioned site wide security and fire alarm systems at St John’s, covering both the new and existing school buildings in addition to the onsite church.

A British manufactured Paxton proximity access control system was chosen by PEL and installed to the school and church’s main entrances. The system was chosen as it has been designed specifically for external use and is an easy to operate standalone product that offers a good level of security for small to medium sized applications such as this. As is standard practice, the access control has been integrated with the fire alarm system to ensure the magnetic door locks are released when the fire alarms system is activated for quick building evacuation.

Also integrated with the fire alarm system is a Texecom Intruder alarm system featuring 140 devices in total, including Dual tech movement detectors and magnetic door contacts.

The fire alarm system features 150 Apollo addressable devices controlled by two Advanced Electronics fire panels, one covering the existing school and Church and the other the new school building. The panels have been networked by PEL to form a single site wide system.

Both the fire and intruder alarm systems are remotely monitored by a DualCom Digital Communicator installed by PEL. The DualCom Digital Communicator utilises dual signalling, wherein the alarm system communicates with a monitoring station using both wired (telephone) and wireless (GPRS/GSM) communications for increased reliability to send a signal from the school premises to the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

A major project, PEL Services was awarded this contract due to its extensive experience in fire and security, its considerable work with schools and its competitive pricing.

PEL Services operates throughout the UK and overseas, supporting markets as diverse as local authorities, public utilities, finance, healthcare, education, retail and leisure.   For sales information please contact PEL Services Ltd on 0333 123 2100 or go to


Fast and reliable cooling solutions for UK theatre industry

According to a recent National Theatre report almost twice as many people visit the theatre every year in London as watch Premier League football. Theatre is a vital part of UK culture and yet when the summer temperatures soared to over 30°C this year, it made sitting in a full theatre without proper air conditioning particularly uncomfortable. With the likelihood of continuously rising average temperatures, this kind of heat could ultimately threaten audience figures.

However, installing permanent systems is expensive and arguably unwarranted, which is why temperature control specialist, ICS Cool Energy, installed temporary cooling facilities in two well-respected theatres on the south coast, to create a comfortable environment for actors and audiences during the recent summer months.

With sold out performances and limited space for manoeuvrability, ICS Cool Energy’s Hire Division provided eight discrete and powerful Cool Clima units to one of the theatres. The Cool Clima units are split air conditioners which deliver the required amount of cooling with an externally located unit, ensuring no heat is returned into the building.

The second theatre required an emergency temporary cooling solution and careful manoeuvrability around a low level walk-way bridge. Russ Baker, UK Sales Director at ICS Cool Energy’s Hire Division, explains: “Our engineers removed crash frames from the chillers prior to dispatch, so that we could negotiate the installation properly. We installed two rental iC-660 and two 150kW rental Air Handling Units to the site to provide effective temperature control, with each chiller individually connected to its own Air Handling Unit. This set up provides chilled air to the fresh air intake, which then supplies cool air to the theatre.”

ICS Cool Energy’s iC-660 unit offers a wide temperature range, thanks to an integral process pump with quick-release water and power connections for a quick start-up. With low noise operation and a compact footprint, the chillers are fully packaged to simplify installation.

Baker continues, “We’ve worked with many sites adversely affected by the heat this summer and we have tailored solutions in each instance. Our vast rental fleet is built to be as flexible as possible to solve customers’ problems quickly and conveniently.”

For more information on ICS Cool Energy and its rental solutions visit or call 0800 840 4210.


Limescale Solution that’s Fit for a Gym

A popular leisure and fitness club in London has finally overcome its battle with limescale deposits and lime bloom in its changing and showering facilities thanks to the installation of KalGUARD, a scientifically-proven electrolytic device from Sentinel Commercial. Showerheads, cubicle walls and tiled flooring have all benefitted enormously from the eradication of limescale accumulation, ensuring that the facility maintains its well-earned, prestigious reputation – an important factor in such a highly competitive market.

Like 65% of the population in England, the gym is supplied with hard mains water (defined as water of more than 200ppm total hardness). Historically the site had no limescale prevention measures in place, so limescale deposition was rife and relentless. Worst affected was the gym’s changing room facilities, where limescale accumulated on showerheads, taps and shower panels, and lime bloom (also known as efflorescence) regularly appeared on cubicle wall and floor areas. The effect was proving not only unsightly for the large membership of this prestigious leisure club, but was increasing the time – and therefore costs – required for effective cleaning and maintenance.

To minimise the costs associated with limescale and improve the appearance of the gym’s facilities, the club’s site management consulted with Sentinel Commercial, the UK’s leading water treatment specialist in the commercial and industrial sectors. As a result, a 54mm KalGUARD limescale prevention system, comprising a zinc anode unit, water meter, filter and controller, was selected to deal with the problem.

KalGUARD permanently ‘conditions’ water in both new and existing systems by dosing it with a very low level of stable zinc via an electrolytic process that uses a zinc anode and a copper cathode. This forces naturally-occurring calcium carbonate crystals to form as soft non-deposit-forming aragonite rather than into hard, deposit-forming calcite (limescale).

This technology is not only recommended by the Compliance Guide to Part L of the UK Building Regulations for the control of limescale, it is also validated by independent tests carried out by Cranfield University. Furthermore, KalGUARD is installed successfully in thousands of commercial facilities across the UK – including those belonging to major hotel chains, international fast food outlets, leading supermarkets, restaurants, universities and offices, to list but a few – which gave the club’s management team every confidence in the product.

In 2012 the KalGUARD system was installed on the site’s rising main, before the water storage tanks and booster sets, allowing limescale control to be delivered to all hot and cold water outlets. The installation process took just one day, with minimal disruption to the business.

After just 60 days of operation, a significant reduction in limescale deposits and lime discolouration was clearly evident on all bathroom fittings and sanitaryware in the gym. The appearance of the cubicle walls and floor tiles also improved markedly, with lime bloom eliminated from the shower panels. Six months on and the showerheads were visibly clean apart from some very minor external streaking, while there was little or no deposition visible on the nozzles.

Routine showerhead cleaning has since become an extremely simple and quick task at the gym. KalGUARD has even made a positive difference to the floor tiles, which proved a real challenge due to the previous use of acid-based cleaners which had compromised the surfaces and led to permanent discolouration. Even so, far less limescale deposits are in evidence.

KalGUARD’s performance has been monitored regularly since its installation two years ago, and the results have been consistently impressive – demonstrating that this limescale solution really is fit for a gym.

For more information on KalGUARD, please contact Sentinel Commercial on 01928 588330 or visit


Dirty ductwork – the hidden fire hazard in your kitchen

Commercial kitchens play a crucial role in many public sector organisations, such as hospitals, schools and prisons, so their maintenance and upkeep is vitally important. They are hardworking environments, not just for the people who cook in them, but also for the equipment. Ductwork, extraction and ventilation systems form a critical part of any catering operation, but as the majority of it is concealed, it can be easy to forget about the hidden danger that lies within.

Accumulated grease and oil within an extract system build up fast, forming an unseen combustion load. Flash flame or very high temperature within the duct can ignite the grease, causing fire to spread rapidly, igniting flammable materials at various points along the ductwork path. These sort of fires are difficult to predict and control and can lead to some difficult evacuation scenarios when you are talking about large numbers of sick, vulnerable or high security residents.

Laurence Freeman, Ductwork Manager at TWO Services says: “I often come across the assumption that cleaning ductwork once a year is satisfactory. This is usually woefully inadequate as you will often find that after only two months the levels are higher than they should be, yet there are still 10 months to go before it will be cleaned again. We use a wet film test to determine the thickness of deposits which must be below 200 microns as a mean across the system. However if thick grease is visible to the naked eye then it is clear that particle levels are already many thousands of microns above this!“

Despite the risk to life and property, and the rigorous reforms to Fire Safety Legislation in 2006, the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), estimates that 80% of UK kitchen extract ducts are never cleaned. What’s more, if you have not had a regular ductwork clean by an accredited organisation to TR/19 standards, any insurance policies will potentially be invalidated.

Thorough inspection and cleaning requires specialist techniques, training and equipment and should only be carried out by a professional specialist contractor. It should not be left to a general
cleaning contractor.

TWO Services are experts in commercial cleaning and work to the highest standards. Staff are trained to European directives and accredited to all COSHH, B&ES and Food Hygiene standards. They can carry out cleans overnight, at no extra cost, to ensure minimal disruption to service. Certificates of hygiene, plus before and after pictures are included to give you and your insurers’ added peace of mind that risk is being mitigated.

The wet film test is used alongside an assessment of the hours spent cooking, the number of stations and the type of cooking – is there a lot of frying for example that will affect the speed of hazardous deposit build up? TWO gauge these factors before providing a report that will help your business understand your specific level of risk. They make recommendations on ideal cleaning schedules and any measures that should be taken to reduce grease build up. Where access is an issue, they may suggest installing additional panels (in ceilings for example) to ensure the job can be carried out thoroughly.

Aside from preventing catastrophic fires, compliance with TR/19 does have many long-term positives. Less overheating, fumes and smells means that staff will be more comfortable, leading to improved productivity and less work related health issues, while clean equipment means reduced wear and tear, increasing lifespan. Energy bills should fall dramatically as once ventilation fans are free from the extra weight of dirt built up on their surfaces it takes up to 35% less energy to make them move.

Finally, in the case of outbreaks of bacterial infections and airborne germs such as Norovirus (a particular threat in closed environments such as care homes, hospitals and schools) TWO can even offer a fairly unique sanitisation service. After cleaning, the ventilation ducts and any hard surfaces are ‘fogged’ with a food-safe substance that kills bacteria such as e-coli, salmonella, c-difficle and various airborne and surface viruses in 30 seconds, providing a barrier that lasts 30 days.

When was the last time your ductwork was cleaned by an expert? Why not give TWO Services a call today on 0800 22 44 33 and quote BFM for a 10% discount on your first clean with them. If you need deep kitchen cleans, maintenance or equipment supply, they can quote for that too. Visit to find out more.


Formica Group launches its enhanced Washroom Collection

Formica Group addresses the demand for design versatility and bespoke interior schemes in the washroom sector with the launch of the extended Formica® Washroom Collection. A comprehensive resource of materials and decors, the collection features a strong palette including 25 new decors, and introduces Younique® by Formica Group, a custom laminate service which allows architects, designers and fabricators to create a truly bespoke look.

Offering a combination of Formica® High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Formica® Compact, the Formica Washroom Collection offers a solution for all application areas and performance levels. The key benefit provided by these products, especially Compact grade, is that of resistance to humidity and high-wear, essential in the washroom environment. Laminates are also hygienic, durable, easy to clean and maintain.

For architects, designers, and specifiers who must balance cost, durability and flexibility with great design; the Formica Washroom Collection offers an extremely practical and versatile range of laminates, produced to conform to a variety of safety standards including resistance to surface water, and scratching.   In addition to being functional; the collection comprises a wide range of patterns, textures, colours. Bespoke printing options allow washrooms to be customised to suit particular decorative or corporate colour schemes.

Developed exclusively by Formica Group’s in-house design team, 25 brand new decors and 3 new textures have been introduced in response to the latest design trends. Eva Hoernisch, Design Manager, Formica Group Europe, comments: “Continuing our legacy as a design innovator, we have developed five brand new Plain Colours, introduced seven different shades of Paloma – a versatile ‘speckle’ pattern – and brought in Twill, a new pattern based on a multi-colour fabric with a subtle and random stripe effect.”

“An important aspect when putting the range together was to enable architects, designers and manufacturers to create harmonious ‘mix and match’ colour schemes. Patterns such as Paloma and Twill work brilliantly with Plain Colours and Woods, and can even function as a link between these two décor groups.”

Also introduced were Puregrain™, Linewood™ and Plex™ textures. The red dot design award-winning Plex has been used to accompany the Twill pattern – a truly perfect match to create a textile look, with the colour play and crisp detail providing an ideal base for Plex to unfold its beauty.

Washroom design, in terms of both colour scheme and pattern layout, plays an important part in creating facilities that are attractive and functional. The Formica Washroom Collection offers extensive design freedom for washrooms and changing rooms in a number of sectors; including hotels, schools, leisure centres or swimming pools, as well as airports, transport stations, retail outlets and places of entertainment. The in-house design team at Formica Group combined both well-established and brand new colours and decors that complement each other to provide architects and designers with everything they need to create an outstanding washroom area. Whether looking for bright and vibrant colours, or subtle and elegant woodgrain options, the Formica Washroom Collection meets the most demanding design requirements. Incorporating key design schemes and colours in washrooms allows for a continuous branding or corporate identity experience throughout a building.

Included for the first time within the Formica Washroom Collection; Younique® by Formica Group is a custom laminate service which allows any individual design, images and logos to be replicated on a laminate sheet. This service is ideal for companies who wish to match a corporate colour or a brand logo; but can also be used to replicate any individual design.

Architects Pringle Richards Sharratt used Formica Group’s Younique® service for the redevelopment of the award-winning William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London. Eight new washrooms feature individual Morris patterns in Formica® digital print laminate. The digital prints were created with scans of William Morris original fabric design.

At the London Transport Museum the Younique service was used to digitally replicate moquette fabric designs, used to cover seating on public transport, particularly in London Underground. The replicated digital prints were applied to the Integrated Panel Systems (IPS) and cubicle doors.

The Formica Washroom Collection provides architects, designers and specifiers with solutions to suit any number of different washroom designs and complement the style of the rest of the building, including corporate colours and branding within washroom areas. Combined with the hard wearing, impact resistant and easy to maintain qualities of Formica laminate; this portfolio provides a mix of essential materials, textures and decors ideal for any washroom environment.

To request free samples please contact the Formica Group Customer Services team on tel: +44 191 259 3512 or email

This article appeared as the cover story for the December 2014 issue of Building & Facilities Management.