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We Love 'Love Your Garden'

We Love 'Love Your Garden'

It’s not every day that we get a call from a TV producer, but that’s exactly what happened back in April when one of the team from Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Love Your Garden’ show rang to talk about a project they were undertaking in Plymouth. We were asked to get involved in the first programme of the new series (which was broadcast last night, 21 June, on ITV1) and when we heard the inspirational story of the recipient, we were absolutely delighted to help and to supply and install a...

It’s Stainless Steel... but not as we know it

It’s Stainless Steel... but not as we know it

The beauty and elegance of stainless steel is very well recognised, but it’s versatility is perhaps less well understood. In fact, there are a number of different materials that share the core qualities of stainless steel, but vary slightly in terms of their strength, malleability and corrosion/ staining resistance to staining, allowing specifiers to select the precise material composition to meet their specific needs. These are the five main alternatives: Austenitic The ‘300 series’, ...

A little maintenance goes a long way

A little maintenance goes a long way

Stainless steel is a beautiful material. OK we may be biased, but its elegant, modern appearance is one of the reasons why it has been specified in some of the world’s most prestigious architectural projects. But, as with all things of beauty, its lasting appearance can’t always be taken for granted and a little regular maintenance can go a long way to ensuring a long, attractive life. To some degree, all grades and finishes of stainless steel may in some conditions be prone to staining ...

The Beauty and Benefits of a Stainless Steel Wire Rope Balustrading

The Beauty and Benefits of a Stainless Steel Wire Rope Balustrading

Stainless steel wire rope balustrading offers an elegant, modern alternative to traditional materials, providing the perfect combination of style and functionality. Cable railing is perfect for bringing new life to an existing deck structure, or and when creating a new deck. Whether the project is for a makeover or a new build, wire railing balustrades offer a wide range of options and benefits. Maximising Views Breath-taking views deserve to be seen and enjoyed, but traditional balustrades ...

Does Stainless Steel ever corrode?

Does Stainless Steel ever corrode?

One of the misconceptions that we sometimes come across is that stainless steel is corrosion-resistant. We all know it to be a high quality, durable material, often used in the harshest of environments, but occasionally it may be subject to ‘tea-staining’ (or surface rust). Whether this happens depends on a number of factors, including: the grade of stainless steel specified - by the way, all our Jakob materials are made from the highest grade (316) - often called marine grade the en...

Round the UK

Round the UK

Despite the typically inauspicious start to the British summer, we recently undertook a tour of some of the UK's favourite tourist spots. We thought we'd share our experiences - and provide some suggestions for visits. And as you may expect, these projects all have something in common. As well of course as being tourist attractions, they all prominently feature our Jakob products and systems. So what better way to while away some leisure time than checking out the quality of some of our favou...

Green Wall growth rates, what can you expect?

Green Wall growth rates, what can you expect?

When a new green wall is being designed, we are often asked: “How long will it take to grow and mature?” The answer depends on a range of factors, not least, which species of plant are being grown and the specific conditions of the particular site. The variables which need to be considered include: Orientation – how much light and/or shade the plants will receive? Irrigation – how will the plants be watered? Will it be manually, by an automatic irrigation system or by rainfall? ...

Award Winning Olympic Project

Award Winning Olympic Project

With memories of the 2012 Olympics still very much alive, the 2013 Construction News Awards recognised the immense amount of work that went in to the Olympic Park, with main contractor BAM Nuttall receiving the prestigious 'Best Project of the Year Award' for projects over £50 million. The Award covered the infrastructure work at the East-London site and included the structures, roads and bridges; landscaping and public areas; Olympic screening areas and enabling works. Construction News...

Jakob Living Wall Helps Green Saracens New Stadium

Jakob Living Wall Helps Green Saracens New Stadium

A combination of Jakob stainless steel ropes and rods has been used at Allianz Park, the new home of Saracens Rugby Club, to provide the structure for a green wall to adorn the stadium's timber-clad façade. The renovated stadium was officially opened in February 2013 and was designed to blend seamlessly into its environment. It is the only stadium in the UK to have achieved the coveted BREEAM 'Excellent' standard. The Jakob green wall was installed by Scotscape Ltd and consists of a com...

Don’t let tools contaminate your fasteners

Don’t let tools contaminate your fasteners

From time to time we’re asked about the issue of the corrosion of stainless steel fasteners, with many people under the impression that they won’t ever rust. Occasionally though they do and in our experience this is almost always down to the fact that the tools used to install the fasteners have poor quality tips and have transferred minute iron filings onto the screws. Once a bit of salt (and other contaminants from the environment) have done their bit, then rust (Iron Oxide) can form i...

Ecobuild Reflections

Ecobuild Reflections

With Ecobuild 2013 just finished – and thoughts already turning to the 2014 show – we were delighted to meet so many old and new customers at London’s ExCeL arena. Providing a great platform to showcase our range of Jakob systems, we were also delighted once again to be invited to contribute to the Ecobuild Arena which was the centrepiece of the main hall. Using combinations of Jakob Webnet and stainless steel wire ropes, the Arena feature showcased the benefits of green walls, demonstr...

The many benefits of Green Walls

The many benefits of Green Walls

Green Walls (often called living walls) have been a feature of buildings for many centuries and while the traditional ‘ivy-covered’ façades of Victorian homes have now been replaced by modern, purpose-built systems, they deliver a wide range of benefits to buildings of all type, shape and size: Improved aesthetics Well designed and maintained Green Walls significantly enhance a building’s appearance - whether it’s to add a new aesthetic dimension, disguise a car park, refresh a tire...

Webnet has the ceiling covered at the new Gurmels gym

Webnet has the ceiling covered at the new Gurmels gym

Webnet, a flexible net structure made of stainless steel rope and metal sleeves, allows architects to design wide- or fine-meshed net structures to meet the varying needs of different projects. Webnet is a hugely flexible material with a wide range of uses. It is suitable for protecting, securing or dividing buildings or building zones - for example on bridges, roofs and in sports facilities; it can also serve as a fence, or as balustrades infill in staircases; or it may be used as a training...

Webnet delivers elegance and safety across the Seine

Webnet delivers elegance and safety across the Seine

Completed in 2006, the 'Simone de Beauvoir' footbridge across the river Seine is one of the most striking new structures in Paris and in 2007 was awarded the coveted 'European Steel Design Award'. Jakob supplied the stainless steel nets for the balustrade infill on the bridge, delivering an attractive, cost-effective and safe solution. Designed by architect Dietmar Feichtinger, the new €21m bridge, situated in the Eastern part of the city, is the 37th bridge to cross the Seine, connecting t...

Green Walls – delivering aesthetic, ecological and economical benefits

Green Walls – delivering aesthetic, ecological and economical benefits

For many years, façade greening was primarily seen as an aesthetic tool. However, whilst green walls still undoubtedly meet that requirement, modern systems deliver a great deal more. Over recent years, as part of a broadly based academic research project in Berlin, scientists have been able to demonstrate that professionally designed green walls also deliver considerable ecological and economic benefits. Large-area greening has been shown to significantly and measurably contribute to passiv...

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