Decking that is as beautiful as it is durable

James Latham is seeing the popularity of its premium quality composite decking, UPM ProFi, soar due to its outstanding performance properties which include minimum maintenance; superior stain resistance; extra-high impact strength and a high friction surface.

These impressive features mean that UPM ProFi - which is manufactured in Finland, Germany and the United States - is perfectly suited to high traffic areas, continuing to perform to optimum levels while looking fresh, smart and clean for years to come.

With the addition of two stunning new design styles to the range for 2018 - UPM ProFi Vision and UPM ProFi Piazza - James Latham is predicting that this rise in popularity will continue to grow. UPM ProFi Vision is a uniquely elegant decking, offering numerous features and benefits including an exceptional ‘luxury’ surface texture; class leading fade stain and scratch resistance and an ultra-durable core of heat treated Oak fibres, fully encapsulated with polyethylene. This allows not only ‘on the ground’ and ‘in the ground’, but even under water installation. It is made from 95% recycled materials and available in three stunning colours, Sand Stone, Smokey Grey and Spanish Leather, meaning UPM ProFi Vision is as beautiful as it is durable.

UPM ProFi Piazza is an affordable, high-performance decking with a modern hardwood look that is remarkably resistant to stains. Again, boasting ultra-low maintenance properties as well as excellent colour durability and fade resistance, it is available in three rich colour shades, Brazilian Walnut, Streaked Ebony and Silver Ash.

Richard Mosson, James Latham’s Group Cladding and Decking Manager commented, “As the popularity of WPC decking grows in the UK, these latest range additions are certain to prove popular.

“This is a premium quality product that ticks all the boxes. With 10 years of continued investment and R&D, the quality of the UPM ProFi deck range is exceptional. Long-life and ultra-low maintenance has been engineered into the product and due to the innovative use of recycled materials it has won several international awards, with the product making a major contribution to reducing traditional landfill and incineration which is really important to James Latham and many of our customers.” For more information on these and Latham’s full range of products please phone 0116 257 3415, e-mail or visit


Grundfos deliver the power to shower

Showers today are an integral part of our daily lives. So, it is hard to believe that it was back in the 1970s when electric wall mounted shower units first became available and even later still when they became a ‘must have’ aspect of our bathroom architecture.
Today, there is a wide range of shower pumps available for every demand, whether it’s to address inadequate water pressure or simply to create a more exhilarating shower experience, then Grundfos has the pump option for you. The most recent product launch of a new range of shower booster and universal head shower booster pump ranges from Grundfos, the SSR2 and STR2, have been getting excellent reviews. These positive head shower booster pump, offer improved efficiency and low noise levels and will give you even more options to choose from. They have joined the Amazon Universal and Amazon Extra Universal positive and negative shower boosters.

In terms of which model to opt for, well the Grundfos single impeller pumps are generally used to boost the pressure of cold-water supplied to a combi boiler (SSR or Amazon series) or unvented cylinder (Amazon), whilst twin impeller pumps are used to boost the pressure of hot and cold-water to a single shower (STR or Amazon series), multiple showers or a whole domestic house system (Amazon). For larger installations such as showers in a sports facility, an Amazon EXTRA single impeller pump would be placed on both hot and cold feeds and integrated with thermostatic shower valve protection. For a range of useful information about shower pumps and a simple selection guide visit

Not only that, these products are also part of the Grundfos loyalty scheme line-up and you can earn for every qualifying product you purchase. Simply enrol on the WIN & EARN and you can collect points using the code from the pump packaging. Once you have reached a minimum of 2,000 points these can be traded in for Amazon vouchers or a range of sports equipment.


Vicaima reaches new heights

Getting to the top is not easy. But with the rising demand for grey and on-trend tonal colours epitomised by the new Visual Sensations’ Mountain from Vicaima, specifiers can take their vision to new heights with doors that reflect the latest fashions within interior design.

Leading interior door manufacturer, Vicaima has launched four new and stunning Visual Sensation finishes into its ever popular Dekordor SD range. Mountain, being one its latest grey creations, has given designers some new creative inspiration. Stimulated by dramatic landscapes, Mountain allows specifiers to incorporate the peaceful essence of nature within their chosen interior space.

Since its introduction, the Visual Sensations (VS) collection has heralded a new era for foil faced doors, with bespoke models being created and manufactured by Vicaima that offer unique design solutions which are in-step with the latest design trends. Visual Sensations Mountain is just one in a selection of eight new finish options in the 2018 VS collection, which also includes Tundra, Alpine and Desert, all of which available in both vertical grain and cross directional woodgrain designs.

Dekordor SD is favoured by specifiers not only for its aesthetic appeal and its ability to provide a cost effective alternative to real wood veneers, but importantly that as a Vicaima door product there is no compromise on performance characteristics. Whether the requirement is for doors only, matching doorsets (door, frame and architrave) wardrobes or even wall panels, a consistent and matching finish can be achieved. All Vicaima doors are FSC certified for environmental peace of mind and can meet a range of performance specifications, such as fire rated, security, and acoustic requirements.

Along with a variety of standard products, Dekordor SD Visual Sensations are also available in non-standard dimensions, giving you the ability to meet a wide range of project specifications. In addition design freedom is further accommodated with specific customisation made easy with glazed options, grooves, inlays, pairs, over height dimensions, mobility widths and other individual provisions.

If you would also like to know more about Visual Sensations, or are interested in any other Vicaima products, visit the website Alternatively call 01793 532333 today for a copy of the new Interior Door Selector or perhaps a face sample.


Polypipe's thermoplastic products deliver vital infrastructure for UK’s largest self build community

Polypipe has supplied a wide range of its thermoplastic pipe products for foul water management, delivering vital infrastructure to the innovative Graven Hill project site in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

The Graven Hill project is set to become the UK’s largest self build community, offering plots for 1,900 homes across the site, with accepted planning for further developments including a primary school, pubs, and convenience shops. The site, located on 188 hectares of land formerly owned by the Ministry of Defence, will provide purchasers with the chance to build their own home, with a focus on energy efficient materials, modular construction methods, and contemporary design.

As the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage and water management systems, Polypipe worked with project partners to deliver a more durable and cost-effective alternative plastic solution to the original clay and concrete system specified. Following their previous positive experiences with Polypipe, contractor  Careys Civil Engineering recommended that the original design specification be changed to a thermoplastic solution incorporating Polysewer and Ridgisewer. Polypipe’s technical experts assisted with any queries about the manufacture and installation of the alternative system, and highlighted the advantages that plastic could deliver over traditional materials.

Polypipe’s plastic systems are able to offer increased health and safety on site, as thanks to being lighter in weight than concrete, they are easier and quicker to install. Made of long-life PVCu, the structured wall pipes offer ring stiffness and strength, while ensuring flexibility to allow for ground movement and differential settlement. Polypipe’s plastic products can be manufactured to exact specifications for each individual project, and delivered at the time they are required, reducing installation and labour time on site.

The plastic solution for the Graven Hill project was successfully adopted by the local water authority, with the final design showcasing Polypipe’s water management product range. The solution included a system for foul water management using over 2,250m of Polypipe’s Polysewer and 330m of Ridgisewer PVCu structured wall pipes, along with the necessary associated bends and fittings required to fit the pipe runs.

To capture, store and control surface water run-off, over 220m of Ridgistorm-XL large diameter pipes were supplied in a stiffness class of SN2 to suit the site’s ground conditions, together with two tanks manufactured using Polystorm-R cells. Polypipe’s Polystorm-R cells boast a 95% void ratio, with a load bearing capacity of up to 61 tonnes per square metre, making them ideally suited for trafficked and loaded applications at greater depths. The two tanks will provide over 336m3 of water storage, meaning that the Graven Hill site will have the capacity to store and manage excess water in the event of extreme weather events, ensuring flood resilience.

Mick McCaul, Construction Manager at Contractor  Careys Civil Engineering, says, “We have worked on numerous projects with Polypipe and have remained impressed with their high level of customer service and the quality of their range of products. We recommended that the original specification for the Graven Hill site be changed to a thermoplastic solution, as we knew that it would be safer, easier and quicker for our groundworkers to install, while offering the robust infrastructure required for this large-scale project.”

Rosie Cheetham, Marketing Manager at Polypipe Civils, says, “We were pleased to be selected by  Careys Civil Engineering to provide an alternative solution for the Graven Hill site, thanks to the contractor’s prior positive experiences using our thermoplastic piping products. We offered consistent communication and excellent client service throughout, to ensure that all technical queries were answered and specification requirements met.”

“The final design incorporated products from across Polypipe’s water management range and highlighted how plastic can offer a cost-effective, durable alternative that can still meet approval for adoption criteria. The system using Polysewer, Ridgisewer, Ridgistorm-XL and Polystorm products forms a vital part of the foundation infrastructure for this innovative housing site, and will ensure efficient water management and resilience in the face of extreme weather events for years to come.”