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GGP January 2015

51 NEWS Glass extensions win gold What’s in this issue? 51 News 53 Spotlight Atlas Glazed Roof Solution’s Mark Thomas unveils ‘Skyroom’ 56 Tech Talk Prefix’s Tim Harris answers your questions on LABC 60 Market Insight Ultraframe’s Steve McIntyre predicts a ‘defining year’ for the UK conservatory market SafeChoice recently won a Gold Award for its range of glass extensions in the Best Garden Product category of the House Beautiful Awards 2014, ‘acknowledging excellence’ in the homes and interiors market. The SafeChoice Partnership proposition is the exclusive, retail window, door and conservatory support option from Masco UK Fabrication. A SafeChoice glass extension claims to add ‘versatile, contemporary and light-filled space to any home that can be enjoyed all year round’ thanks to advanced double glazing technology. Representatives of the Masco UKWG marketing team, Fiona Wilkes and Roshni Patel accepted the trophy on behalf of SafeChoice from TV Ground Force star, Tommy Walsh, at a Gala Evening hosted at London’s Science Museum. Nathan Court, SafeChoice UK brand manager, said: “We are really pleased to have won this award against some stiff competition from Alan joins the team Solid opportunities www.ggp.com January 2015 national household brands. “This is great recognition for the team’s hard work that has gone into developing and building our consumer-facing brand this year.” www.safechoicepartnership.co.uk Liniar has appointed Alan Baxter (pictured above, centre) as general manager at its Liniar Zoom roof manufacturing division. Alan, who has ‘a wealth of practical experience’ in the production of conservatory roofs, replaces Keith Langley who recently emigrated to Australia with his family. With more than 40 years of involvement in the industry, Alan joins Liniar from Door-Stop International, where he was research and development technician. With 2015 promising big changes for Liniar Zoom, MD Roger Hartshorn said: “I chose Alan as the ideal man to lead us forward, manage the transition of relocating to bigger premises and take things on to the next level for Liniar Zoom. “We’re planning to move the roofing production to the same site as the rest of the Liniar brand once our new 150,000ft² warehouse is complete. This will enable us to increase output and meet the growing demand for the Liniar Zoom roof.” Liniar is also investing in new roof software, bringing in Iain Wetton, formerly of First Degree software, to implement the brand new roof design programme, RoofWright – all geared to providing ‘the highest quality conservatory roofs in the shortest time frame’. Lightweight solid roof systems for conservatories have gained substantial momentum since being introduced to the market a few years ago and their popularity has opened up a series of opportunities for builders and installers to further increase their margins by offering additional related products, such as roof windows. That’s according to LB Roof Windows, a supplier of Velux, Dakea and Aurora roof windows, manufactured by the VKR Group. Adrian Cooper, sales director at the company explained: “Solid roof systems have great insulating properties compared to glass or polycarbonate roofs, keeping heating bills down during the cold months. But they also require very good ventilation to maintain a cool, pleasant temperature in the summer. One stylish way of achieving this is by fitting roof windows which, in combination with the vertical units, offer an optimum level of ventilation, even in south-facing conservatories.” According to Adrian, increasing demand for roof windows is partly due to more homeowners opting for solid roofs and, implicitly, roof windows. Tech Talk, page 56


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