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RCI July 2017

PITCHED ROOFING Redland’s Fontenelle provides the finishing touch at Finningley Images show Redland’s Fontenelle Interlocking Clay Plain Tile which was used by Natalie O’Connor, director of Mell Homes, for her self-build project As the director of housebuilding company Mell Homes, Natalie O’Connor wanted something rather special when she built her own home, so she chose the Fontenelle Interlocking Clay Plain Tile, supplied by Redland. Natalie explained: “This is a one-off house for me and I intend on staying in it for a long time and I knew I wanted a flat, neat profile and when I looked at all the tiles, Fontenelle really stood out for me. I’m very pleased with the result.” Roofing with Fontenelle tiles will also distinguish the four bed detached house from other houses that Mell Homes has constructed and is about to construct nearby, as the new house will be in the orchard that used to belong to her father, who started the family business 35 years ago. All the company’s developments are within the region straddling the borders of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Lincolnshire, where it employs BC Tiling as its roofing contractor. Director, Neil Barron, said: “I had seen Fontenelle when it was launched and thought it would be ideal for this project but I gave Natalie a number of samples to choose from.” As well as its attractive appearance, Fontenelle is said to be a less expensive means of achieving a clay plain tile roof because as it’s an interlocking tile it means only 19.6 “I knew I wanted a flat, neat profile and when I looked at all the tiles, Fontenelle really stood out” tiles are needed per square metre, compared to 60 for traditional clay plain tiles. Launched to meet the increasing demand for clay plain tile appearance roofs, the Fontenelle tile is available in Black, Red or Brindle and available in main tiles, Tile-and-a-Halves, Left Hand Verge Tiles and Left Hand Verge Tileand 094 JULY 2017 RCIMAG.COM a-Halves. The Tile-and-a-Halves are used in alternate courses with main tiles at right hand verges / abutments, while the Left Hand Verge Tiles and Left Hand Verge Tile-and-a-Halves are used in alternate courses at left hand verges / abutments. Tile-and-a- Halves are also used for raking cuts at hips and valleys. www.redland.co.uk SAFETY, ACCESS & TOOLS Big Foot Systems provides extensive safe access system to German University Big Foot Systems has supplied an extensive custom safe access solution to the Zemos Research Building at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Building work for this internationally renowned institution for solvation science was completed in 2016 and Big Foot Systems impressed all parties with its nonpenetrative safe access System. The rooftop plant included four heat pumps and three dry air coolers, which are located on the research building’s flat roof. Safe access was required to maintain this plant and the planners wanted a non-penetrative system. Sizzo Gericke, sales manager for Germany, Big Foot Systems, said: “To ensure the right solution was provided, our team visited the site to accurately measure each of the 21 platforms that were required on the rooftop. Due to the complexity of several of the access points, 3D models of each design scenario were created. Our technical team were then able to design a custom solution for each location, which was followed up by a final site survey to ensure that no detail was missed.” Jake Quintel, project engineer, Big Foot Systems, said: “As no two platforms were identical, this project was quite challenging from a technical perspective requiring custom solutions. Plus, due to the logistics of the project it was critical to ensure each detail was right first time.” Big Foot Systems provided a maintenance path that has been adapted to the local conditions and gives efficient, safe and reliable access to all installed equipment. With a total of 21 platforms, a walkway height of up to 2m and a length of up to 9m, Project Zemos is reportedly one of the largest and most comprehensive safe access projects in Germany. Big Foot says that its safe access range is designed to allow a secure route for service engineers and other trades to gain access to plants and for managing the flow of other personnel. Offering a comprehensive range of solutions for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, Big Foot’s safe access systems provide standard site-assembled, safe access walkways, platforms and stepovers. In addition, Big Foot says it will survey and design custom safe access systems tailored specifically to meet individual design parameters. Big Foot Systems says that its nonpenetrative products and systems are quick and easy to install ensuring project cost and time clarity, thus reducing the need for complex, time-consuming and expensive detailing. Offering improved roof aesthetics, Big Foot Systems provides engineered solutions that are said to be innovative in design, robust and repeatable. Big Foot products are available to install in all weathers, utilising familiar componentry and are designed with safety, security and simplicity in mind. www.bigfootsupport.com To support the installation process Big Foot Technical attended site on several occasions to aid the installation team and ensure the entire process ran as smoothly as possible


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