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Friday, December 22, 2006
POTTON SELECTS TERCA BRICKS FOR INNOVATIVE NEW SHOWHOUSE


Potton, a leader in self-build, has selected Terca to supply the clay facing bricks for its innovative new showhouse at Buildstore's permanent exhibition centre in Swindon. Opening in 2007, the 67,000 sq ft exhibition centre will feature the four-bedroom house as its centrepiece.

Working in partnership with Potton, Terca is playing a key role in the design of the showhouse by selecting the most appropriate clay bricks from its range of 200 products.

"We have enjoyed a very good relationship with Potton for a number of years, so have an in-depth knowledge of the company's requirements and the needs of the self-build market," says David Simpson, sales and marketing director at Terca. "We are working closely with Potton to select the right colours, shapes and textures that will give this showhouse its unique, authentic look.

"To complement the overall appearance of the house, we are also looking to use Koramic clay roof tiles for the vertical cladding and along the ridgeline."

Terry Mahoney, marketing projects manager at Potton adds: "Our aim is to inspire the self-build market, so we want to create an innovative property with character and warmth.

"We are confident that our partnership with Terca will result in a showhouse that will attract self-builders from all over the country."

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For more information, please contact:
Emily Goehler / Debbie Garritty at Bell Pottinger North
egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:
Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European clay roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd. is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

Incorporating approximately 200 clay facing bricks, the Terca range is manufactured from nine strategic sites across the UK to provide customers with bricks that reflect local building styles.

The UK Koramic range of clay roof tiles currently includes nine profiles, which can be used to reflect traditional design, carry out refurbishments or produce contemporary architecture. All of Koramic's products are manufactured under strict quality control and are BS EN 1304 certified.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.wienerberger.co.uk

 
Friday, December 15, 2006
Romania's EU accession generates interest in Beachcroft client

A dedicated Romanian property fund which has just floated on the AIM market is being advised by Bristol-based commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP.

Ahead of the country's accession to the EU on 1 January, Jersey-based Fabian Romania Property Fund plans to capitalise on increased interest in the Romanian property market. The Fund, which has raised approximately EUR40 million of new capital through a placing, will be the only UK-quoted property fund with an exclusive focus on Romania. Having already listed on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, it will be capitalised at approximately EUR69 million.

The Beachcroft team, led by Bristol-based John Williams and Jocelyn Ormond, has advised the Fund on all UK aspects of its flotation and fundraising, as well as coordinating a team of lawyers in Cyprus, Jersey and Romania. The firm is working alongside the Fund's investment manager, Fabian Capital, nominated adviser, Deloitte Corporate Finance, and broker, Shore Capital. Ozannes is advising the Fund on Jersey law.

Jocelyn Ormond commented: "Beachcroft has a strong track record of advising non-UK companies on their admission to AIM. This transaction has been particularly interesting because of the range of jurisdictions involved, the need to change the status of the Fund under Jersey law ahead of admission, and the fact that the Fund is already listed in Bermuda.

"AIM continues to go from strength to strength and is now one of the most attractive markets for international companies seeking to access additional funds. We are excellently placed to be the preferred legal adviser to property funds and other companies wishing to enter this market."

Mark Holdsworth, Director of Fabian Romania Property Fund, commented: "Beachcroft has acted as a pivotal member of our advisory team for our flotation and fundraising. We have valued their AIM expertise and their ability to manage the legal aspects of a transaction of this nature across multiple jurisdictions."

Beachcroft LLP's national corporate finance team comprises more than 30 lawyers and advises on corporate transactions in both the private and public sectors. The team has particular expertise in AIM and PLUS flotations, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Bristol office currently includes 24 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk



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Wednesday, December 13, 2006
EIC TO CARRY OUT 'CIVIC' DUTY IN SURREY

EIC has been awarded a £2.5 million contract to carry out mechanical and electrical installation work at the new civic centre in Runnymede, Surrey. The new build offices, which are to be constructed by main contractor, Willmott Dixon, will house council chambers and offices and a police station.

The design of the building is set to be completely open plan with the contractors working towards an excellent British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) listing. EIC will be employing its expertise to help support energy saving initiatives and to undertake a meticulous planning of services.

The leading mechanical and electrical services provider will start work on the centre in January 2007 and expects to have completed the project by October 2007. Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal comments: "The team is looking forward to the challenges that will be presented by working to create a completely functional open plan environment.

"We're also delighted to be undertaking this project with Willmott Dixon and consolidating further our position as a valued member of its supply chain by giving them our full support."

Mark Tant, managing director of Willmott Dixon's local office in Cobham adds: "EIC has proved to be a willing and able partner who excel at working collaboratively and providing full support and understanding to the team. We have built a long-term, successful working relationship with this contractor and we trust them to deliver to our standards."

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.


Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506444)



 
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
EIC GOES GREEN IN SCOTLAND


Leading national mechanical and electrical specialist EIC is soon to complete electrical installation work at Tesco's first "eco" store in Wick, in the north of Scotland.

The design and installation contract which began in September is EIC's Scottish region's eighth project for Tesco this year and is on course for completion in November. The 50,000 sq ft store, which is being constructed using a timber frame rather than steel, is the first for the major retailer to employ a range of green technologies.

Work by EIC has included the design and installation of five wind turbines, solar panels to the north of the store and the installation of a full lighting control system in the sales area, using photocells to promote energy efficiency by allowing self-adjusting lights to dim and turn off according to natural light levels.

EIC's Scottish region has worked on seven projects for Tesco this year, besides the new Wick store, at locations including Aberdeen Westhill, Elgan, Castle Douglas, Shettlestone, Coatbridge, Inverness and Alloa. Financial director of EIC, Graham Lyall is pleased that EIC Scotland is continuing to build on its long-term relationships: "As well as an exceptional relationship with Tesco, the region has maintained a relationship which spans approximately 15 years with main contractor, Barr Construction. Earlier this year they contracted us to carry out electrical design and installation work on a three-storey new-build job centre in Galashields and we have frequently supported them in the retail sector.

"Our Scottish team is on-course to deliver a 10% increase in activity this year which is accumulating across a variety of sectors and we are delighted with the impact we continue to make on these markets thanks to the high standard of the region's work."

Paul Griffin of Barr Construction comments: "It's been great to team up with EIC again. When working on a high profile project such as this, it is reassuring to work with a team that you know and trust."

Current projects for EIC Scotland include electrical installation, on behalf of Edinburgh Council, of council chambers and the electrical refit of Holyrood Church in Edinburgh. The regional team is also due to complete work on one of the Scottish Borders' most ambitious urban regeneration projects to date -the £7.7 million Heart of Hawick project.

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506404)

 
Monday, December 04, 2006
TOP AWARDS FOR TERCA

The innovative use of Terca bricks in both commercial and residential properties has been recognised at this year's BDA Brick Awards, with two top accolades.

One Piccadilly Gardens, a specialist retail development made from Terca's Warnham Terracotta brick, achieved the award for 'best commercial building'. Designed by architects Allies and Morrison, One Piccadilly Gardens was praised by the judges for its light brickwork façade and its dramatic appearance, which was created by Terca's vibrant red brick.

"We're delighted to have achieved this coveted award, which demonstrates how bricks can be used to create innovative buildings on a large scale," says David Simpson, sales and marketing director at Terca. "Architecturally, this building is very advanced and offers a very unique, modern look that contrasts greatly with a lot of the buildings in the surrounding area."

In addition, Barratt Eastern Counties achieved the 'volume housebuilding award' as a result of three contemporary projects, which all used Terca bricks. Terca's Warnham Red brick was used at the Albany Gardens and Capital Square developments in Colchester. In addition, Terca's Warnham Terracotta brick was used at both the Albany Gardens and Balkerne Heights developments.

"Our products can be seen in a number of this year's top projects, which is a great achievement, particularly for our Warnham factory," continues David. "Our Aldbury Red Multi brick was also used in the runner up project for best public building, so on the whole it's been a great success for the Terca team."

One of the construction sector's leading and prestigious events, The BDA Brick Awards celebrate the use of brick and recognise best practice, excellence, professionalism and innovation in the industry. This year over 200 projects were entered, with 50 short-listed across 11 categories.

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For more information, please contact:
Emily Goehler / Debbie Garritty at Bell Pottinger North
egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd. is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

Incorporating approximately 200 clay facing bricks, the Terca range is manufactured from nine strategic sites across the UK to provide customers with bricks that reflect local building styles.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.terca.co.uk

 
Friday, December 01, 2006
Beachcroft solicitors aim high


In response to increasing client demand, five solicitors from Manchester-based Beachcroft LLP are to start an in-house advocacy course. The specialist training will lead to a qualification that enables the solicitors to appear before all Courts in the same way as barristers.

Solicitors Lindsay Bowskill, Alexandra Puddy, David Fildes, Paul Roberts and Kelly Heath are hoping to achieve the Higher Rights of Audience, "All Courts" Qualification by the end of the year. The firm will then have approximately 40 solicitors with the qualification - one of the highest numbers of Solicitor Advocates in the country.

"I deal with road traffic crime as well as defendant insurance litigation, but I currently have to instruct Counsel to handle the preliminary hearings in the Crown Court," says solicitor Alexandra Puddy. "Having this qualification will enable me to prepare cases and then appear at hearings, including trials, resulting in an additional offering to clients."

Commercial litigation partner, Peter Southeran comments: "We are one of a very small number of firms to be accredited by the Law Society to provide the training in-house. This reflects our commitment to this area of practice and means we can supervise the process within our own offices, which we feel produces a better result.

"Solicitors who have this qualification can offer clients real added value, so we are actively encouraging people from across the firm to take part. It ensures we can offer clients a complete service that not only includes advice and preparation, but presenting the case in court. The training also helps develop confidence in our solicitors, as well as a more strategic understanding of cases."

In addition to the five Manchester-based solicitors, seven lawyers from Beachcroft's Leeds office will also take part in the course.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to editor:

Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 198 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial litigation, commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 

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