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A custom-built detached home situated on a peninsula in a secluded lagoon, and featuring JB Western Red Cedar Shingles from Marley Eternit has scooped a number of leading industry awards.
Located in the Norfolk broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, Backwater, which was created by, Platform 5 Architects, is made up of three self-contained modules. Each individual module is further complemented by the cedar-clad pitched roofs found at the front of the property.
The unique home, which is surrounded on three sides by water, was awarded a RIBA East Award 2017, which celebrates the building’s regional importance as a piece of architecture. Further testament to the property’s striking design, Backwater was also crowned Custom and Self Build Project of the Year at the 2017 Structural Timber Awards, which celebrates expertise in timber and its continued contribution to the built environment.
The usual location of the property meant the project’s architects required a roofing solution which not only delivered a stand-out design, but one which is also sympathetic to the surrounding trees and water. The bespoke brief, together with structural requirements which required all materials used to offer lightweight properties, meant Marley Eternit’s JB Western Red Cedar Shingles were the obvious choice to create a textured roofscape which seamlessly blends in with the natural surroundings.
The JB Shingles, which are Certi-grade accredited as ‘Blue Label’ by the CSSB (Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) were specified as they guarantee the highest quality shingles and are PEFC accredited. Furthermore, the majority of the shingles specified were also treated with MicroPro®, a clear treatment which not only protects against wood rooting fungi and insect attacks, but also lets the shingle weather naturally without any staining sometimes associated with other treatments, and can deliver an extended life span of 40 years.
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At least it is according to the old saying, and there’s no exception for heating and plumbing engineers. Products and techniques are changing all the time, as is legislation, and it’s good to keep abreast of it all. Even seasoned installers can pick up hints and tips from experienced trainers, as Paul Clancy, managing director of Baxi Potterton Myson, explains.

When you work on the tools, learning is not just about sitting in a classroom. It’s about getting your hands on the products in a safe, well equipped environment, under the guidance of experts, who, like you, understand what it’s like at the coal face.

If you’ve ever attended a boiler breakdown, and been faced with a situation you haven’t seen before, it can be a real challenge. However, the knowledge gained from attending a good quality training session can give you the confidence to step back for a moment, assess the situation and take a logical approach to diagnosing the issue and putting it right, first time.

Training is also about inspiring young people in the industry. As our National Training Manager, Steve Owen, always says, “That lightbulb moment, when something suddenly clicks into place and the student ‘gets it’, is the most satisfying feeling. You know you have taught them something that will stay with them for the rest of their working life!”

Training isn’t just about learning all the ins and outs of a boiler; it’s about getting to grips with the latest legislation and industry requirements. We understand that there isn’t always time for reading up on this important part of an installer’s business, so at Baxi Potterton Myson, we make sure our training courses include an overview on legislation and time for delegates to ask questions about it.

We understand that taking a day out of a busy work schedule for training has to be really worthwhile, and we want you to leave feeling you’ve gained valuable knowledge. We also found out from surveying delegates, that they want practical sessions, where they can get their hands on boilers and components, rather than sit in front of a Powerpoint presentation in a classroom. So, all our courses are designed to spend as much time in front of a boiler as possible.

Our experienced trainers have all been heating engineers and are fully qualified. They will show you lots of hints, tips, and diagnostics to help you install, commission, service and repair products. Our boiler training days are free of charge and easy to book through our website If you let us know what you are particularly interested in, we can tailor your training day to suit your requirements, so you can make the most of your time with us.

Our well-equipped training centre at our head office in Dublin has live products for delegates work on, in a safe environment, and one of our experienced trainers is always on hand to help. Any classroom theory is kept to a minimum and is essential to support the course's practical elements. We will also give you up to date information on ErP and other legislation.

Although our courses run for a full day, we understand that installers have businesses to run, so we factor in breaks when they can make calls and take care of their customers.

Whether they’re an old hand or new to the job, our aim is for delegates on our training courses to gain the skills, know-how and confidence to do a good job even better. And hopefully take away a few of those ‘lightbulb’ moments that will stay with them throughout their career! Baxi Heating UK - Boilers
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New powers to give greater protection to staff and small suppliers in insolvent businesses

Government plans to improve the UK’s corporate governance framework to ensure the UK remains one of the best places to start and grow a business. Directors selling companies recklessly to face tough new sanctions including fines and disqualification Creditors could have money returned to them by reversing inappropriate asset stripping Directors dissolving companies to dodge debts More Info »

REHAU to exhibit at Specifi events across the UK

This year REHAU will be exhibiting for the first time at the UK’s only built environment roadshow, Specifi, showcasing two new products. The Specifi events take place around the UK, with Edinburgh being the first stop for the REHAU team on March 28th, at the Assembly Rooms. REHAU will be exhibiting the RAUTITAN plumbing system, More Info »

HS2 workers discover ancient coastline in West London

Engineers working on Britain’s new high speed railway have discovered an ancient, sub-tropical coastline dating back 56 million years. The layer of black clay is thought to have been formed from densely wooded marshes on the edge of a sub-tropical sea. The rare discovery was made at a site in Ruislip, West London, when HS2’s ground investigation More Info »

Look before you leak! WaterSafe is talking toilets for Water Saving Week

WaterSafe is helping homeowners in Northern Ireland make sure that a leaky loo isn’t flushing potential savings in water, energy and money down the pan. WaterSafe, the UK body for approved plumbers, is partnering with Waterwise, the UK leading authority on water efficiency, for Water Saving Week, which runs from 19–23 March. The national campaign encourages More Info »

Housing Minister announces homes boost for rural families

Rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes. Rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes to better meet local housing needs through planning rule changes, announced Housing Minister Dominic Raab. Changes to permitted development rights will mean up to 5 new homes can More Info »


As part of their continued strategy towards sustainability within the built environment, REHAU will be presenting at Ecobuild 2018, within the District Energy Hub, to discuss the company’s ongoing developments. To be held at the ExCel in London from 6-8 March, the event will bring together the most innovative solutions to improve building performance, infrastructure More Info »

CPW paves the way for East Midlands apprenticeships

Pictured Left to Right: Harry Stannard, Irene Rodriguez Lamoso and Fred Stannard RISING costs of university mean that many young people are turning to apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training to progress in their chosen careers – a route that national mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) welcomes with open arms. More Info »


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