Q3 2023 Best Custom Closet & Cabinetry Company 2023 – Southern Florida When we own or rent a home, more often than not, we look for ways to elevate its design and functionality. There are many projects we can take on, but most of them need a steady hand and years of experience to carry them to perfection. D&V Customs is a high-end custom cabinet manufacturer as well as an accomplished carpentry and design firm. We hear from D&V Customs’ dedicated Chief Executive, Vincent M. Tomé, as it wins its title in this year’s Architecture Awards. Also featuring:
BUILD Q3 2023 2 Welcome to the Q3 issue of BUILD Magazine. As always, we endeavour to be your source for all the latest news and features from across the global construction and property industries. Here we are in the midst of summer, and there is no denying how this season is one of the greatest for inspiration in the world of building design. With sunshine and warmth comes a desire for bright, airy living spaces featuring plenty of large windows and easy access to the outdoors, with balconies showcasing spectacular views, and sliding doors leading to beautiful patios and gardens. Indeed, this industry is one to truly embrace the warmer months, as alongside the inspiration comes longer, sunnier days for the construction workers transforming each vision into reality. In this issue, we’re excited to be celebrating the outstanding firms who bring dream homes and spaces into fruition, whether architect, builder, landscaping and gardening specialist, or material or tool provider. Of course the perfect space doesn’t come without stunning interior, and one particular company specialising in this is our cover feature, D&V Customs, named Best Custom Closet & Cabinetry Company 2023 – Southern Florida. We speak to the company’s CEO, Vincent M. Tomé to discover its next-level storage space offering, brought to life by a meticulous eye for detail and extraordinary craftmanship. I hope you find this issue to be insightful and inspiring and wish you every success for the quarter ahead. In the meantime, I look forward to welcoming you back again soon for the Q4 issue of BUILD magazine. Rebecca Scotland, Editor Website: www.build-review.com AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.
Q3 2023 BUILD 3 4. News 6. D&V Customs LLC: Best Custom Closet & Cabinetry Company 2023 – Southern Florida 10. SureSet UK Ltd: Suppliers of Versatile Permeable Resin Bound Paving Since 1997 11. Colinwell Masonry Products Ltd: For Quality, Durable Concrete Masonry Products 12. Montreaux Group: Homes with Heart, Designed with Distinction 13. Aprilaire: Breathe the Fullness of Life 14. Nemacolin: Best Spa & Wellness Resort Transformation 2023 (USA) - The Grand Lodge 15. Belvoir Nottingham Group: Property is Personal – Tailored Estate and Letting Services 16. Lignacite Ltd: Best Sustainable Concrete Blocks and Building Materials 18. Grupo MSAC: Construction Design Practice of the Year 2023 - El Salvador 19. Pentaspace Design Studio: Multi-Disciplinary Design Studio Creating Innovative Spaces 20. ToughBuilt: Engineering the Extraordinary 22. Two Ltd: Most Innovative Workplace Design Specialists 2023 - London 23. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc: From Log to Cabinet 24. Cleanse Force UK Limited: Best Commercial Cleaning Company 2023 - South East England 25. Living Stone Design + Build: Building Happier, Healthier Lives 26. Huatan: Most Reliable Landscaping & Gardening Business 2023 – Mexico City 28. ImenRah Consulting Engineers: Best Transport Architecture & Design Firm 2023 - Middle East & Best Transport Architecture Design Project 2023 (Middle East): Maku Free-Zone International Airport Contents
BUILD Q3 2023 4 News xecutives from Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) and Vibrant Cities, the development Manager of Alki Project, LLC, jointly announced the settlement of the contractor lien dispute allowing for presale closings to commence immediately. The agreement clears title for the new, luxury beachfront condominium units, so RSIR will immediately reconvene with sales, including converting their prior reservations to purchase and sale agreements. The first closing was Unit 4C, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium estate that sold on June 12 for $1,724,950. The home comprised 1,244 square feet of interior floor area and 169 square feet of exterior floor area for a total of 1,413 square feet of combined living space. Market watchers say this sale establishes a clear benchmark for luxury living on Alki Beach. “We are elated to move forward with closings and now, fully realize our vision for Infinity Shore Club Residences,” said Ming Fung, President of Vibrant Cities. “We have tremendous gratitude to our patient homebuyers, the broker community, and our development team members for navigating this unfortunate delay together. However, good things come to those who wait. This first-of-its-kind condominium estate on Alki Beach took more than 20 years to bring to fruition, and now we bestow this new community to our current and future homeowners.” Fung confirms the timely resolution between the developer, contractor, and lender syndicate aligns their interests toward a successful sellout of the community without further interruptions. A formal grand opening event is targeted for late July 2023, which will follow additional closings that are now being scheduled. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty and Vibrant Cities Reconvene Sales of Infinity Shore Club Residences; Announce Resolution to Contractor Dispute E “Infinity Shore Club Residences is the epitome of luxurious bayside living—simply nothing compares in the region,” said Mark Braseth, who will be the community’s first resident along with his wife Susan. “The location, the architectural design, the finish specifications, and the amenities are matchless on Alki Beach. We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to make us move, and we’ve found the perfect fit just in time for summer.” Braseth affirms Infinity Shore Club Residences delivered on the promise of “condominium estates,” the architect’s vision to build all larger format homes with voluminous ceilings, generous outdoor terraces, ample secured access parking and storage, and more than 13,000 square feet of interior and exterior amenity spaces to be shared by only 37 homeowners. “This boutique community is a collectable address that is inherently rare and as such, valuable,” adds Braseth. “We are excited to enjoy a lifestyle investment that is so quintessentially Seattle.” Dehlan Gwo, RSIR’s Vice President of New Developments, will personally lead the sales efforts with support from his listing team. Currently, there are a dozen presales or reservations in process. “The sun is out, the beach is warming up, and so are homebuyers,” said Gwo. “The recent closing and pending sales define a real estate microclimate for West Seattle as we establish a new benchmark for super prime property in this unique waterfront submarket. We are now scheduling private tours and accepting new purchase agreements. As the namesake suggests, our views will go on forever, but this opportunity won’t last.”
5 Q3 2023 BUILD Spencer Building Carrier Hotel is proud to announce that it has obtained all necessary permits to commence the construction of its groundbreaking, state-of-the-art data center in the heritage section of Vancouver’s iconic Harbour Centre. Following a year of anticipation since the initial announcement, this milestone marks a significant advancement towards meeting the increasing IT infrastructure and connectivity needs of Vancouver’s burgeoning digital landscape. Currently in its preconstruction phase, Spencer Building Carrier Hotel will fully commence construction in August 2023, with completion and the launch of operations expected in the fourth quarter of 2024. Boasting an innovative, energy-efficient design that will leverage free cooling opportunities, this facility is set to be Vancouver’s most advanced and sustainable data center, setting new benchmarks within the region’s industry for both technological prowess and ESG compliance. Overcoming the unique challenges posed by Vancouver’s constrained commercial real estate market, Spencer Building Carrier Hotel successfully collaborated with Harbour Centre to repurpose the historic Spencer Building, originally built in 1926. This ambitious project combines heritage architecture with cutting-edge IT infrastructure and connectivity services, providing enterprises, cloud providers, and service providers with the fast, direct connections and expanded capacity required for advanced digital transformations. “The arrival of Spencer Building Carrier Hotel in Vancouver is a testament to our commitment to offering premiere data center services that are economically viable for our customers and backed by the rich connectivity legacy of Harbour Centre,” said Chris Jones, Director of Data Center Infrastructure and Operations at Spencer Building Carrier Hotel. “We are proud to merge the history and experience of Harbour Centre as Vancouver’s primary interconnection hub with our trailblazing innovations and customized service offerings. This unique blend will redefine the data center experience, helping us empower businesses and service providers of all sizes.” The Spencer Building Carrier Hotel not only addresses the pressing demand for superior data center capacity in the region but also strives to make these services more economical. In a city known for its high costs, the company aims to provide costeffective solutions to customers in a premier location close to the rich connectivity ecosystem of Harbour Centre. As a testament to the strong collaboration between Harbour Centre and Spencer Building Carrier Hotel, the unveiling of an updated logo further solidifies their partnership. The refreshed logo visually captures the strength and essence of the relationship, embodying the meeting point of long-standing history and pioneering innovation. To learn more about Spencer Building Carrier Hotel, visit their website at spencerbuilding.com Spencer Building Carrier Hotel Begins Construction of Vancouver’s Newest Cutting-Edge Data Center Heidi Nevin and her husband John Patrick were among the reservation holders who secured a future purchase opportunity while the contractor lien matter was being resolved. “We are now in the process of converting to a purchase and sale agreement and eager to downsize from our current Lake Washington waterfront residence in the coming weeks,” said Nevin, who is also a broker with RSIR. “As a Realtor, I’m familiar with the chain of title. Now that the project is cleared for closings, I believe it’s about to become more competitive for buyers. Infinity Shore Club Residences is extraordinary real estate, and I feel fortunate to have identified a preferred home during the intermission of sales.” The recent closing, new sales, and impending occupancy schedule is welcome news to buyers and agents alike, as was the most recent inflation rate data released by the Fed. By most accounts, both the Consumer Price Index and mortgage interest rates are expected to retreat through 2023, allowing prospective homebuyers to realize more purchasing power. Meanwhile, the closely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index revealed the second consecutive month of price gains for the US National Index as of March 2023 (the most recent dataset), signaling a housing rebound anticipated to make its way westward. “Most of the impacts from Fed bank rate increases have been priced into the market already, and the decline of listings and increasing demand is firming up a clear inflection point in our local market,” notes Dean Jones, President and CEO of RSIR. “What we know for sure is the supply pipeline is pinched and it could be many years before we see more condominiums break ground, especially in a unique location such as Alki Beach. Comparable waterfront developments in Vancouver, BC, or Southern California would trade at twice the price, and they are far more plentiful.” Jones confirms the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index speaks only for resales of existing single-family homes and it doesn’t include data for condominiums or new construction of any kind. He says projects like Infinity Shore Club Residences define their own real estate microclimate, and recent appraisals and closings demonstrate the current market values. “For prospective buyers at Infinity Shore Club Residences that need to sell a home to make their way to this new condominium estate, there’s a good chance they’ll be successful as our market reboots,” said Gwo. “Consumers are realizing that today’s higher mortgage rates are a temporary headwind, while a sharper purchase price is a forever benefit. Most pundits anticipate lower interest rates ahead, setting up for a refinancing opportunity.” Gwo believes that replacement costs for Infinity Shore Club Residences would require additional 25-30% premiums to pencil the development considering inflation with construction costs, higher interest rates, and the steeper underwriting requirements for commercial bank loans. “One of the most valuable attributes about this project is the fact these homes are available for immediate purchase and occupancy,” concludes Gwo. “It could be another few decades before we see another land assembly and vision realized such as this.” For more information, visit https://www.infinityshoreclub.com/
BUILD Q3 2023 6 May23477 - - - J BUILD Architecture Awards 2023 14 this first hand. No matter the project, large or small, D&V Customs truly transforms a space with its design and cuttingedge skillset. The architecture sphere within the Southwest Florida region is that of opulence, “Miami-vice ambience, sleek, ultra-modern, contemporary, and neutral building trends with a slight hint of tropical paradise,” Vince says. D&V Customs is one of the few that can keep up with this insatiable thirst for luxury, while still utilizing a space to its maximum potential. Its signature built-in closet system allows for more space within a room, while increasing the richness of the overall aesthetics. The closet itself is customizable so that each client can see their unique and individual style reflected throughout the design, but in a functional way to fit around their everyday lives. Not only does D&V Customs cultivate the perfect environment for stress-free, uncluttered living, but it raises the bar on luxury. Its molding and trim services help to restore, improve, and elevate a room so that we, too, can experience the elegance we wish to see and feel in our own space. In addition, its renovations completely transform living and working areas. Using a plethora of sustainable materials and utilizing its design capabilities, D&V Customs’ final product can be exuberant, tranquil, or anywhere in between – it’s completely up to you. With D&V Customs, you don’t have to compromise on anything. The longevity of D&V Customs’ final products ensure its clients don’t have to redesign and reconstruct their closet spaces every decade or so, allowing them to live freely and enjoy their homes for many years to come. &V Customs is a highly professional and pioneering manufacturer of quality cabinets that do more than stand the test of time. Its creations and renovations take its clients’ spaces to greater heights by opening up new opportunities for design, structure, practicality, and, of course, sophistication. Vincent M. Tomé, D&V Customs’ Chief Executive, tells us more, “We are passionate about modern design and building methodology to ensure we provide the utmost quality and craftsmanship to our clients. We specialize in remodelling luxury homes and high-rise condominiums located along the South Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico. We provide cabinetry services for general contractors (residential and commercial), direct to consumer, builders, interior design firms, and even real estate agents/investors.” D&V Customs has over 40 years of combined experience behind its brilliance, and its many clients have all experienced When we own or rent a home, more often than not, we look for ways to elevate its design and functionality. There are many projects we can take on, but most of them need a steady hand and years of experience to carry them to perfection. D&V Customs is a high-end custom cabinet manufacturer as well as an accomplished carpentry and design firm. We hear from D&V Customs’ dedicated Chief Executive, Vincent M. Tomé, as it wins its title in this year’s Architecture Awards. D May23477 Best Custom Closet & Cabinetry Company 2023 – Southern Florida “Quality you can count on.” From renovations to molding, trim, and closet spaces, D&V Customs designs and develops the perfect harmony you wish to see in your world. Why should anyone compromise when it comes to dazzling design versus practicality, and even sustainability?
Q3 2023 BUILD 7 Architecture Awards 2023 BUILD 15 The built-in closets that D&V Customs creates are made of pre-finished birch plywood that is strong and hardwearing. They come with many doors and drawers, an abundance of shelving, plenty of adjustable hanging rods, and can be made to order with any colour its clients may desire. In addition, each and every custom project comes with a one-year labor warranty for extra peace of mind. Maximizing living spaces can be one of the most helpful things we can do, and, with D&V Customs, it has never been easier. However, D&V Customs doesn’t simply work on a residential level, it is also heavily involved in the commercial segment. Vince shares, “We’ve just recently completed a dentist office, Barkley Pediatric Dentistry in conjunction with Summit Building, located in Fort Myers, Florida. One aspect of this project that presented difficulty was that the job was located 60 miles away from our shop and office. We are proud of ourselves for tackling high-volume projects like this, and we look forward to the challenge of taking on more.” By transmuting challenges into windows for opportunity, D&V Customs has risen to the top and become the best in Southern Florida. Another challenge that presented itself to D&V Customs was the damage caused by Hurricaine Ian late in 2022, but the business decided to roll up its sleeves and dig in to help the people within the area. Vince comments, “This year we landed our largest project to date, a $1.2million flood damage renovation project in conjunction with Krehling Construction as the licensing partner. We’ve made it our mission to rebuild the lives of the residents affected by the storm, as fast and efficient as possible.” The disastrous and devastating event caused an almost irreparable amount of damage, harm that could only be fixed by those with the highest level of experience within the trade. D&V Customs rose to the challenge and, with its strong partnership, took charge of the situation for the greater good of the community. Vince adds, “We even donated several new kitchens to lower economy neighbourhoods such as mobile home parks for residents who did not have insurance protection to cover flood damages.” D&V Customs’ work for the community which surrounds it just shows what kind of business it is. Putting its best foot forward, no matter how challenging it may be, the entire team pulls together to create something astonishing for the people of Southern Florida. When speaking of the team, Vince enthuses, “We have a dream team in place right now, and we owe much success to
BUILD Q3 2023 8 May23477 BUILD Architecture Awards 2023 16 our workforce as they have powered us through these large projects allowing us to scale.” Without the team behind it, D&V Customs wouldn’t be where it is today, and without its founders it wouldn’t be here at all. Vince and Dennis, Vince’s father and business partner, created D&V Customs to address the needs of the surrounding community. Vince tells us, “With my partner/father Dennis’ union carpenter and trade knowledge, coupled with my creative design skills and guru like lead generation strategies, we’ve adopted a distinctive design preference and style that has captivated our clients. A blend of modern and traditional. Historically, we are not natives to this area of Southwest Florida but, through years of networking, we have established long term relationships and many repeat customers.” Dennis has dedicated his entire life to his trade, and Vince has gained an incredibly rich knowledge of design and operations. Together, they are completely balanced, and totally unstoppable. With an elite understanding of project management, Vince works meticulously through the design phase of each project. Once that is complete, D&V Customs enters the planning phase, “where the team of artisans brainstorm ideas on how to approach each task. This will ensure the best possible solution is extracted during any given situation.” It is D&V Customs’ dedication to the desired outcome, while enjoying and savouring every drop of the process, which powers its every move. Vince continues, “I will then map out the project in its entirety, planning each phase down to the date.” By managing everything in an expert fashion, and staying transparent with each client, the business tackles any challenges that may surface. Whether that’s construction delays, which are common on a global scale, or otherwise, D&V Customs effectively meets its demand and passes the test with flying colours each time. Many clients have left reviews that truly reflect the intensely successful performance of the D&V Customs team. Dan M said, “Denny and Vince are hardworking and have the utmost integrity.” Rich D commented, “Vince is a pleasure to work with. Very knowledgeable at his craft. Closets and cabinets look better than expected! If you need any carpentry work done, these are the guys!” Joseph P said, “They did amazing work after the hurricaine to restore my condo back to a much better version of what it was!” Devoted to its immaculate work and then delivering on budget and on time – every time – D&V Customs has now won Best Custom Closet & Cabinetry Company 2023 in Southern Florida. Speaking of the future, Vince tells us, “As a firm, we plan to continue expanding our manufacturing operation so that we are equipped to complete projects at a faster rate. We are looking for the right CNC machine suitable for our facility and, once we accomplish this goal, our fabrication process will be fully automated. We’re also launching our own branded line of cabinetry with innovate door styles and custom mixed paint colours.” 2023 looks bright for the specialist design and manufacturing company and we can’t wait to see more from D&V Customs. Contact: Vincent M. Tomé Company: D&V Customs LLC Web Address: https://www.dandvcustoms.com/
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10 BUILD Q3 2023 Mar23578 ureSet Resin Systems has a double celebration on its hands. Not only has it just been announced as the winner of its category in the recent BUILD awards, but it has also reached the milestone of 26 years in the business of specialising in resin bound paving technology. It’s been working hard since 1997 to ensure that the quality of its resin, materials, and workmanship are the very best in the industry. This means it can offer its remarkable products, services, and expertise to every customer it encounters, whether residential, trade, or commercial. It knows it can help provide something suitable for everyone, no matter the intended location, because resin bound paving is a permeable, smooth, and low maintenance paving surface suitable for numerous applications. Driveways, pathways, tree pits, patios, car parks, access roads and swimming pools are all ideal locations for resin bound paving. SureSet specialise exclusively in permeable resin bound paving, formulated using its own high-quality resin, designed and manufactured in-house. This allows it complete control of its resin system, and how it’s handled. The way SureSet handle it is by using an innovative new technology known as the EcoBatcher. This is an option proving to be particularly efficient, whilst also significantly reducing the process of plastic waste materials. This allows the company to combine the unique disciplines of offering outstanding attractiveness and creativity in its product, with practicality and sustainability. Much of this is due to its ongoing investment in research and development, allowing it to offer customers far more design flexibility than traditional paving. It is committed to providing customers with the best solution for their specific needs, and offering the best value too. SureSet manufactures all its products direct from its headquarters at Sutton Veny, in Wiltshire (UK), using natural aggregates, marbles and recycled materials. Its bespoke EcoBatcher option means that there is less plastic waste generated on its large projects, and also enables fast installation by skilled installers who use a blend of traditional hand floating and machine trowels. This means it is a solution that is both cost and time effective. SureSet’s resin technology gives a high quality, UV stable finish, backed by a 21-year guarantee when installed by the company’s approved contractors. The guarantee indemnifies projects against loose stones, cracking, oil damage, UV degradation, colour change, frost damage, and workmanship faults. SureSet are members of the BBA (British Board of Agrément) and are also ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliant and certified. S The company has a careful approach to sustainability when onsite. For example, it uses an eco-friendlier cold mix for its natural aggregate, marble, spectrum®, and other recycled materials combined with high-quality clear resin via the EcoBatcher. Using this efficient machine massively reduces plastic waste. When the components are mixed, each particle is completely coated with resin to form a 3D matrix. Then, during the laying process, voids are formed intentionally, so that when cured the paving mimics natural drainage and allows water to pass through into the conventional sub-base. This efficient dispersal of water brings a wide range of safety, comfort and maintenance benefits including a reduction in puddles, help preventing floods, prevention of weed growth, and a reduction in water pollution caused by oils and heavy metals. This is because when resin bound paving is laid onto a conventional base, such as asphalt or concrete, the permeability of the product allows water to drain through the top surface and be discharged to drains or soakaways. As a resin bound paving installer, and champion of resin in the UK, SureSet is aware of its impact on the environment, and it strives to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste as much as it possibly can. That’s why it is an award-winning company clients can trust, and a terrific supplier of resin bound paving that can beautifully enhance the aesthetics of so many different spaces. Company: SureSet UK Ltd Web Address: www.sureset.co.uk Contact Name: Joni Withers Suppliers of Versatile Permeable Resin Bound Paving Since 1997 SureSet manufacture high quality permeable resin bound paving solutions, guaranteed for 21 years. It has recently been awarded the title Best Permeable Resin Bound Paving Company 2023 in the BUILD Design & Build Awards. This has prompted us to take a closer look at what this unique company does.
11 Q3 2023 BUILD For Quality, Durable Concrete Masonry Products Founded in 1888, Colinwell Masonry Products (Colinwell) is a family-owned company that produces the finest quality concrete masonry products. It combines decades of knowledge with a modern manufacturing techniques to produce a range of best in class concrete masonry products for the construction industry. We learn more about the company in light of its recognition as Retaining Wall Specialists of the Year 2023 – UK in the 2023 Design and Build Awards. urability is just one of the many benefits of building with Concrete Masonry Products. They are economical and reliable. They endure extreme conditions such as fire, severe weather events, while providing excellent insulation against sound and temperature changes. Available in various sizes, shapes, textures and colours, they are a popular and aesthetically pleasing building material. With over 130 years of heritage and knowledge, Colinwell offers a diverse range of Concrete Masonry Products that it distributes throughout the UK and Ireland. These include the Allan Block Retaining Wall System, Martello Stone Walling System, Architectural Masonry, Fair Face / Paint Grade Masonry, and Colinwell Acoustic Masonry. Products which helped to form the foundations and fabric for a number of the UK and Ireland’s landmark buildings. Colinwell’s Allan Block Retaining Wall System offers the contractor industry leading retaining wall technology. It not only provides an aesthetically pleasing self-faced finish, but does not need mortar or concrete footings for construction, making it easy to construct using a dry stack method. While the product’s hollow core design promotes better drainage (vitally important for any retaining wall system). A raised front lip automatically establishes the setback of 12° (AB Stones), 6° (AB Classic) or 3° (AB Vertical) allowing for the construction of a retaining wall that will meet individual site conditions. A chamfered front edge ensures that an Allan Block Retaining Wall cannot be climbed. A feature which is particularly important in housing schemes. When building on a sloping site, it is common to face issues with changing levels. Utilizing the Allan Block Retaining Wall System allows land to be used as efficiently as possible, allowing level areas to be formed and used for building. All of which is backed up by expert support and advice from Colinwell’s Technical Team. Colinwell supplies the Allan Block Retaining Wall System to both Commercial and Private Clients, for Low (Gravity) and High (Reinforced) walls. Available in 5 different hues, one can select a colour that best fits the required style. D Moreover, Colinwell is believe that it is their obligation to do business, in a sustainable and responsible manner to benefit current and future generations. As such, they hold the internationally recognized ISO 14001 Environmental accreditation. Additionally, Colinwell utilises only renewable energy, its own onsite natural spring well and 65% recycled secondary aggregates in the manufacture of its products. Durable and high-quality Concrete Masonry Products have never looked so good, which is why Colinwell now holds the title of Retaining Wall Specialist of the Year 2023 – UK. If you are looking for excellent products from a company that makes conscious decisions about how its operations affect our environment, you don’t need to look any further. Make use of industry-leading products that are easy to assemble, long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and minimise the impact on our planet. Contact: Michael McGuigan Company: Colinwell Masonry Products Ltd Web Address: https://www.colinwell.com/ Mar23639
12 BUILD Q3 2023 Apr23050 Montreaux creates benchmark developments and tailor-made homes across London and the Southeast. As recently announced winners of Best Landmark Residential Developer 2023 – London, in the BUILD Design & Build Awards, we thought it was a good time to catch up and find out a little more about what it does. ontreaux is a company that acquires land, often brownfield sites, to innovate and adapt it for the better using its entrepreneurial spirit to drive positive change. As a community-minded company, it greatly values bringing moments of joy to fruition within everything it does. It fully considers the environmental impact of its creativity, and aims to ‘always bring better’. As a dynamic young company, who first began creating award-winning developments in 2014, it focuses on looking for better ways to work together to achieve outstanding results. Montreaux lives and breathes its values, offering expertise and commitment to projects, working with precision, and taking ownership of what it does and how it does it. The company values have evolved over the years, which Montreaux puts down to its growing levels of experience, and also a certain degree of introspection brought on by the impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. During this challenging time, the team evaluated how everyone worked together, what moments made them most proud, and what made Montreaux stand out from the crowd. They then honed their values to take such aspects into account, and ensure the company culture and commitments delivered on what they felt were the most important facets with a promise to build better for the sake of the future. Montreaux adopted a mantra to ‘Build Back Better™’, which it now proudly declares as its defining USP. The way the company goes about achieving its intentions is to look for opportunities where it can add more value to the locations it buys and builds. As a smaller building company, it recognises it has been gifted the ability to be more boutique in its approach. This translates as consciously looking for sites it believes are good to build on, evaluating the architectural vernacular, assessing the impact of transport connections, being considerate to nature, and endeavouring to design something that is both needed and wanted. Ultimately, it aims to improve the lives of the people who are going to live in its dwellings. Several of Montreaux’ recent developments have exemplified its fine approach. One involved a four-year endeavour to get planning permission for a new community in Southall, designed to provide the full breadth of housing and services required for the community as a whole. This included workspaces, parks, connectivity to transport, retail, cycleways, different levels of housing, and more. Another example is the Urban Picturehouse in Sidcup. This living space is built on the site of a former art deco cinema. Montreaux changed its exterior materials and designed the interior specifications specifically to pay homage to the faded glamour M of the art deco period. This resulted in a building of considerable architectural interest, and of which the local community can be truly proud. An additional site worth mentioning is in Binfield, Berkshire, where Montreaux has used the architectural vernacular of local cottages to create an intimate development of 6 affordable flats and 15 family houses that fit into the landscape and oldgrowth oaks, just as if it has always been there. Whether working on property development in London or the Home Counties, Montreaux operates under the guidance of three sustainability pillars. These are carbon-zero strategy, social awareness, and good governance. Directed by these pillars, it aspires to build homes that will perform well for people both today and in the future. The social and cultural impact of its work colours its decision-making processes, with Montreaux taking the time to evaluate every detail, assess the architectural style and features, and consider how to best use land to create both shared and private spaces. As an in-house multidisciplinary team, it brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every single project it tackles. This enables it to develop designs that are cohesive, exceptional, developable, and profitable. This both supports its sustainability growth, and sets it apart as a visionary builder of extraordinary homes. We say well done to this outstanding, award-winning company, and its enviable legacy of building places and communities where people want to live. Company: Montreaux Group Web Address: https://www.montreaux.co.uk/ Contact Name: Lisa Maguire Homes with Heart, Designed with Distinction
13 Q3 2023 BUILD Breathe the Fullness of Life After recovering from the aftermath of an airborne transmission virus, the demand for a way to keep the air within our indoor spaces clean has never been higher. Thankfully, following almost 70 years of improving air quality throughout enclosed areas, AprilAire has managed to seamlessly live up to the title of Best Indoor Air Quality Products 2023. We explore how AprilAire has reformed the way we think about our indoor air quality, and why it’s so important to regulate the air that we breathe. ealth has never been more important, and with it comes the need for clean, breathable air. Through its long line of humidifier, thermostat, dehumidifier, and air purifier products, AprilAire ensures that each customer is able to breathe in the fullness of life. AprilAire is on a mission to make homes healthy, and is at the forefront of spreading awareness about how clean air can drastically improve our day-to-day lives. Despite its ambitions, AprilAire closely adheres to its values whilst pursuing greatness. It places immense importance on the wellbeing of its customers, and has adapted each of its products to be as intuitive as possible. As a result, it promotes an accessibility to clean air, all as part of its mission to transform the air quality of households across the globe. It’s fully focused on making a real difference, and has not once faltered in delivering on the promise of better indoor air quality for families within all types of homes. Though it may seem as though humidifiers and air purifiers are a relatively new concept, AprilAire was the first to create a whole-home humidifier all the way back in 1954. Even back then, it noticed the need for a change in indoor air conditions, and sought out the most innovative and accessible solutions to the problem. Now, it has a wide portfolio of air control devices, each fully interactable and easy to integrate into any indoor space. Fresh air has an array of benefits, and yet we spend most of our time indoors. According to AprilAire’s statistics, we spend an average of 70 years indoors, with 50 of said years reserved for the comfort of our own homes. As a result, reduced air quality can come with a plethora of negative impacts that’ll work away at our lungs over time. AprilAire, however, has taken the time to research all of the positive qualities of clean air, and applied each one to its overarching ethos. In addition to quality products, AprilAire also sets itself apart in a multitude of other ways. From providing the broadest line of IAQ products within the entire industry, to manufacturing its products using only the best components, AprilAire strives for absolute greatness. In fact, it’s so confident that its products are comprised to the highest possible standard, it offers a H Apr23182 5-year warranty with each of its main line of items. This, partnered with the fact that a multitude of its products are rated ‘most efficient’ by Energy Star, makes AprilAire stand out in new and exciting ways. AprilAire is healthy air. It’s invested time and resources into working out the safest, most efficient way to provide high indoor air quality, all whilst ensuring its services are accessible and easy to utilise. Everyone deserves clean air, especially given the rise in pollution and harmful bacteria, so why compromise? We spend so much time indoors, and we should be able to enjoy a consistent quality of air in our most occupied spaces. AprilAire is a no brainer for anybody looking to sample the excellence that derives from the manufacturer of the Best Indoor Air Quality Products 2023. Contact: Brock Thatcher Company: Aprilaire Web Address: https://www.aprilaire.com/
BUILD Q3 2023 14 Apr23037 emacolin is renowned for undeniable style and overwhelming attention to detail, so when it announced its intentions to completely reform The Grand Lodge, it had guests, members, and associates alike eager to see how it would once again redefine the meaning of luxury architecture. And with its opening at the end of August 2023 right around the corner, Nemacolin has enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. The Grand Lodge is shaping up to be Nemacolin’s most ambitious project yet, and the team’s incredible passion for the whimsical and wonderful guarantees an exquisite result that will leave guests spellbound. However, to truly understand the tantalizing nature of Nemacolin’s most recent transformation, we explore its existing N Since 1987, Nemacolin has been creating magical moments that are simply unforgettable. Tucked within Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands and covering more than 2,200 acres, Nemacolin offers guests a getaway like no other. With the thrilling grandeur of The Chateau and the modern elegance of Falling Rock, visitors will be inundated with tasteful design and luxe accommodations throughout the property. Undergoing a transformation and reimagination, The Grand Lodge at Nemacolin has people from all walks of life excited to witness its unveiling. Best Spa & Wellness Resort Transformation 2023 (USA) - The Grand Lodge facilities and how they capture the meaning of real luxury. From award-winning experiences fit for all ages, to spa and wellness treatments that’ll effortlessly refresh and recharge any guest, Nemacolin has managed to cultivate an astonishingly magical atmosphere across its 2,200 acres. Beginning as a small hotel with 500 acres of land which Mr. Hardy gifted to his daughter Maggie, Nemacolin quickly became an exclusive getaway hotspot for guests across the globe. Now serving as a prime location of tranquility for families, couples, and individuals, the property upholds its founder’s legacy in a way that’s nothing short of inspiring. It’s become a resort that encapsulates a whimsical spirit unlike any other, and it does so Rendering of The Grand Lodge lobby
Q3 2023 BUILD 15 through its hand-picked selection of both indoor and outdoor activities and thoughtful architecture. Nemacolin embodies the prospect of well-rounded travel and has something for everyone. It offers two Pete Dye-designed championship golf courses and Orvis-endorsed fly fishing for sports enthusiasts, as well as a multitude of activities suited to anyone looking to stay fit whilst they unwind. But if relaxation is the aim, Nemacolin boasts an impressive range of treatments and holistic therapies to soothe guests looking for rejuvenation. In addition, it grants visitors the chance to enjoy fine art and architecture in a way that they never have before. It also offers 35,000 square feet of space for meetings, weddings, and corporate retreats, bringing magical moments to life through an astounding attention to detail and incredible prowess in customer service. By combining this with its gorgeous grounds and the jaw-dropping design of its variety of bars, restaurants, and lounges, Nemacolin has forged a unique events experience tailored to each individual need. Of course, its dining facilities aren’t only limited to events. On the contrary, Nemacolin presents guests with exclusive avenues to cater to every palate, with each space representing a different type of cuisine, culture, and style. Its most notable, however, is its most recent project – The Bleu Room. Formerly the Lafayette Hospitality room, The Bleu Room encapsulates the whimsy that Nemacolin is founded upon and expresses it in a way that’s seldom been attempted before. Nemacolin’s The Bleu Room is a product of PJ Magerko Liquorice’s vision, partnered with Maggie Hardy’s overwhelming support. Their combined expertise, as well as Smith McLean andMotoki Asaoka’s incredible mastery over their respective design skillsets, allowed for the creation of this ultra-luxury space. Hidden away behind a secret door, The Bleu Room offers an exclusive guest experience where a uniformed staff of magic makers serves only the best tea, craft cocktails, and light bites in a spellbinding atmosphere. Its nature is indescribably unique, and it’s all thanks to the overarching ethos that Nemacolin adheres to when considering any new project: creating “real-life magic.” Nemacolin weaves this magic into every aspect of its facilities, however, it’s particularly captured in the transformation of The Grand Lodge. Thanks to the expert minds and skillsets of 84 Lumber, Martik Brothers Inc, Moncur Design Associates Inc, and Gensler, Nemacolin works with only the best of the best when it comes to design and execution. These masters of their crafts have worked together alongside the Hardy family to understand the needs of Nemacolin’s guests and members and its vision for the future of the resort. As a result, The Grand Lodge demonstrates an inspiring collaboration between utility and elegance that’s designed to leave guests awestruck. The Grand Lodge will have 56 suites available, each with extended spaces to provide more indoor comforts than ever before. Additionally, many suites will offer a balcony, allowing guests to enjoy an outdoor element of their suites and take in the breathtaking views of the resort. Nemacolin knows that its gorgeous grounds simply can’t be missed, and therefore makes the views accessible from many rooms within The Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge’s design will be undoubtedly beautiful in every sense of the word, still capturing the woodsy charm upon which Nemacolin was built. Every aspect, from the interior design to the color palettes, helps to emphasize this sense of enchantment, with its exterior also lending itself to the overall theming of the building. This is all tied together by the carefully selected elements of the lobby, which will be completely transformed. Upon entering The Grand Lodge, guests will be met with a lobby that houses a spectacular split staircase, framing a statement fireplace. This, accompanied by the upscale décor and furnishings, enhances the glamorous and magical elements for which the resort is known, and serves as a reminder to guests that they’re in for a retreat that has all of their best interests in mind. And the majesty doesn’t end there – it will also be outfitted with a study and a new cocktail lounge to act as a late-night hideaway. Overall, The Grand Lodge will elevate Nemacolin to a worldwide measure of luxury, the likes of which have not been seen in the USA thus far. Because Nemacolin is keenly aware of the fact that guests deserve luxury and that it’s only possible through tasteful design choices. Every inch of its grounds have been meticulously crafted to provide the best to each guest, no matter their status or background. To Nemacolin, guests should be impressed upon arrival, and its newest transformation project seeks to accomplish this better than any other facility within the grounds. We eagerly await The Grand Lodge’s opening next month, and we look forward to seeing guests appreciate the hard work and dedication that has gone into crafting this architectural masterpiece. Contact: 866.344.6957 Company: Nemacolin Web Address: https://www.nemacolin.com/#real-life-magic The Bleu Room: image credit Jordan Millington Liquorice
BUILD Q3 2023 16 Best Sustainable Concrete Blocks and Building Materials For over 75 years, Lignacite Ltd. has provided the construction industry with the best high-quality, sustainable concrete blocks, which have been used in several of contemporary Britain’s most iconic buildings. The company works with its suppliers and customers to improve its sustainability performance with the goal of reaching net zero before 2030. For this reason, the company has been named Leading Sustainable Building Material Manufacturer in the Design & Build Awards 2023.
17 Q3 2023 BUILD Apr23324 n 1947, Lignacite was founded by Sir Edmond de Lotbiniere when he was approached by an inventor with a new mix for concrete containing sand, cement, a pricey admixture, and wood. The addition of wood to a concrete mixture was particularly novel, so Sir Edmund named the company Lignacite, derived from the Latin word for wood, lignum. Today, Lignacite remains a family business, now led by Sir Edmund’s grandson, Giles de Lotbiniere. The company has grown and evolved over the years, creating new products to add to its offerings. Despite this, its overall mission remains the same: to produce the best blocks whilst providing outstanding services, leading the industry through innovation, and improving its environmental performance. Lignacite was the first manufacturer of concrete blocks to use wood in its mixtures and, to its knowledge, it remains the only company to do so. The wood not only locks carbon within the blocks but also makes them light, warm, smooth, and excellent for use in fires. As a family-run business in its fourth generation, the company can offer its customers an unmatched wealth of knowledge and experience. This, along with its high-quality products and services, makes Lignacite a market leader. Its processes are certified by the ISO 9001, the international standard of quality management, allowing it to create blocks that meet the highest of standards. Working collaboratively with architects, Lignacite offers a highly tailored service. If a bespoke block is required, the company can produce one that fits the customer’s exact specifications. It also offers flexibility when it comes to deliveries, catering to even the most difficult locations. Through this, it fosters complete customer satisfaction. With its high-quality, innovative products, Lignacite is proud to have made a significant contribution to British architecture and the construction industry. The company’s extensive portfolio includes iconic buildings such as the crystalline structure of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, which scales 310 metres in height. Its four basement levels were built with 140,000 Lignacite blocks. Impressively, Lignacite’s blocks were also used to construct the 50-metre concrete core that supports 22 Bishopsgate, a 278-metre smart building that provides 150,000 square feet of shared spaces to companies in numerous sectors. From the very beginning, Lignacite has been committed to sustainability. Since its establishment, its blocks have been made using recycled and secondary aggregates. Its use of wood, alongside ash and recycled sand, has positioned it as a leading manufacturer of concrete blocks that are both highquality and sustainable. Lignacite is proud of its dedication to the environment. The company aims to reach net zero by 2030, which is 20 years before the government deadline. To achieve this, it has implemented robust procedures to monitor, measure, and improve its environmental performance. For example, Lignacite responsibly sources its raw materials, which have been independently verified as meeting the I Building Research Establishment (BRE) Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products. This means that the social, economic, and environmental impacts across its whole supply chain have been thoroughly checked. In addition to this, Lignacite’s sites and production processes are governed by its continually improving environmental management systems, which are certified to the international standard. Furthermore, Lignacite has worked to optimise its energy usage and has recently obtained ISO 5001 for energy management, meaning that it now has a formal review system in place. The company has also invested in the construction of a new factory at its base in Suffolk, into which it has built new energy-saving features, including low-energy lighting and energy efficient motors. With vehicles having a major impact on the environment, Lignacite has also worked to improve the fuel efficiency and emissions of its transport fleet. Impressively, it was awarded a FORS Gold certificate in recognition of the work it has done to maintain and improve the safety, efficiency, and green credentials of its fleet. Gold status is only awarded to exceptional operators, so the company is particularly proud of its achievements in this area. Lignacite has also switched its on-site vehicles to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), reducing their emissions by 90%. It is expected that this will reduce its carbon footprint by 440 tonnes yearly. In the year ahead, Lignacite is primarily focused on enhancing its sustainability credentials further, boosting the sustainability of its products by investigating new mix designs, and carrying out regular monitoring to improve its energy usage. Furthermore, the company is anticipating the opening of its new state-of-the-art factory, which will improve the speed and efficiency of its production processes whilst reducing its energy consumption and waste. By investing in sustainable infrastructure, Lignacite hopes to set an example for other companies in the industry to follow. As a result of its commitment to its customers, product quality, and sustainability, Lignacite Ltd. has been awarded Leading Sustainable Building Material Manufacturer, Suffolk, in the Design & Build Awards 2023. We congratulate the company on this impressive achievement and look forward to seeing how it continues to drive sustainability whilst providing excellent products and services in the coming years. Contact: Tom Tawell Company: Lignacite Ltd Web Address: lignacite.co.ukwww.build-review.com