TTA to host demo zone at The Tiling Zone

September sees the launch of the UK’s first dedicated tiling event for many years.


The Tiling Show is to be held at the Harrogate International Centre from 18th to 20th September and will run alongside The Flooring Show, an event which has been running for 52 years and is still seeing year-on-year visitor number increases.

Ian Kershaw, Chairman of The Tile Association, says: “The TTA is delighted to be partnering with the prestigious Harrogate Flooring Show to create the first-ever Tiling Show. After a number of years without a dedicated tiling event for the UK market, we view the launch of The Tiling Show as a very welcome development.

“It will be somewhere that our members and others in the tiling sector can do business, network, learn about the key trends and view product demonstrations. We are committed to playing our part in developing The Tiling Show into a new and unique platform for our industry.”

As well as having a fully-staffed stand at The Show, the TTA will be running a Demonstration Zone, which is likely to become a key attraction for every visitor to the Show. The Zone will host a packed programme of demonstrations running throughout each of the first two days of the Show and until lunchtime on the third day. Presenting companies include BAL and Warmup.

The topics covered will include the cutting of tiles, decoupling mats, large format tiles, expansion joints, wet rooms, mosaics, epoxy grouts and the use of natural stone tiles.

Dave Rowley from BAL will be presenting on:

18th September –

10.30 Introduction and Application of Levelling Compounds (BAL LEVEL MAX) over Heated Cables

15:00 Fixing of Large Format Porcelain Tiles (BAL STONE AND TILE PTB)

19th September –

13:30 Fixing of Ceramic Glass Mosiacs (BAL MAX FLEX FIBRE)

15:00 Grouting Mosiacs (BAL MICROMAX2)


The full programme of seminars in the TTA Demo Zone is to be found on the Show website


Dubai is building the world’s first hotel with its own rainforest

Architects in Dubai are building the world’s first hotel with its own rainforest.

dubai hotel

Set to open in 2018, the Rosemont Hotel and Residences will boast over 2 million square feet of hotel, residential, and leisure space, an artificial beach, and a glass-bottom pool suspended above the streets of Dubai.

The hotel, designed by ZAS Architects, will be accommodated by a 47-storey tower that neighbours a twin tower of the same height housing 280 residential properties.

All entertainment facilities — including the 75,000-square-foot rainforest — will be located in the “podium” at the base of the two towers.

As a city made famous by artificial islands and record-breaking architecture, Dubai will no doubt welcome the $550 million (£423.6 million) development project with open arms as it continues to redefine luxury.


Job cuts would be “first nail in coffin” for construction

Cutting thousands of construction and housebuilding jobs would be the ‘first nail in the coffin’ for the industry, according to One Way.

Construction on the rise

An analysis by the construction and rail recruitment specialist outlined that a further loss of jobs would prove critical for the construction sector.

 This comes at a time when the National Housing Federation has said any slowdown in housebuilding would result in the loss of nearly 120,000 construction jobs over the next decade.

The UK’s construction sector has also slipped into recession for the first time in four years, with many commentators suggesting the industry is in turmoil and that the government must do more to support housebuilding.

Paul Payne, Managing Director of One Way, agrees: “The news that the construction industry has slipped back into recession after four years isn’t particularly optimistic and a loss of jobs on the scale that has been suggested would almost certainly be the first nail in the coffin for the sector.

“We simply can’t afford to lose any more professionals from both construction and housebuilding and the government needs to do considerably more to support these industries before it’s too late.”

“We all saw the potential impact of job losses in the steel industry and the scale of this for construction would be far greater. We need more professionals operating in the sector if we want it to recover, not less, and the potential impact of these cuts could be devastating if something isn’t done soon.

“We’ve been very vocal about how the government, employers and trade bodies need to do more to engage with youngsters and promote greater interest in construction, because at the current rate there will barely be an industry left in a few years’ time.

“Confidence is the only way to get through this difficult period and we need more investment and more projects to be given the green light. If we take a step back and allow programmes to be put on hold and jobs to be cut it could have a hugely damaging effect on the economy and on thousands of peoples’ lives. As Winston Churchill once said, ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going.’”