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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?

Often when new green walls are being designed, we are asked: “how long will it take to grow and mature?” and the answer depends on a range of factors including the specific conditions of the particular site and the species of plant being grown. Along with the site conditions and species of plant being grown, there a number of other variables that will affect the growth rate of green walls. These variables include irrigation, soil condition, plant condition and maintenance to name a fe...

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...

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

Ecobuild 2013 provided a great platform for us to showcase our range of Jakob systems, and we were thrilled to be invited, once again, to contribute to a stunning green wall feature in the Ecobuild Arena, which was the centrepiece in the main hall. The feature was a showcase for the benefits of green walls, and through a combination of Jakob stainless steel wire ropes and Webnet, we were able to simply demonstrates the cost, performance and aesthetic benefits that our green wall system delive...

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...

Building Zoo Enclosures with Webnet

Building Zoo Enclosures with Webnet

Across the world, zoos and wildlife parks continue to attract high visitor numbers, the popularity of each attraction determined not only by their size and the variety of species represented, but also by the design of the animal enclosures and the public's 'viewing experience'. Since Carl Hagenbeck first introduced open viewing enclosures in the early 20th century in Hamburg, the ultimate aim has been to present animals in an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat - without...

Walls on Film

Walls on Film

Being at Ecobuild this year provided a great platform for us to showcase our range of stainless steel systems and solutions, and we welcomed a wide range of visitors to our stand. We were delighted to play a major part in the design and construction of the centrepiece, The Cube, which was a huge living-wall, as well as having our systems on display on our own stand. There was a lot of interest and discussion on the range of sustainability, cost, aesthetic and performance benefits of Green Wa...

A Golden Solution

A Golden Solution

Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, Patrick Collins, was the designer of The Cube which formed the centrepiece of this year’s Ecobuild exhibition , demonstrating a number of Green Wall technologies and systems. The 10x10x8 metre structure provided a great showcase for our own Green Wall systems, perfectly demonstrating their scope, flexibility and elegance - both with and without plants. During the show, Patrick gave a number of media interviews – and can be seen here enthusing abo...

MMA Green Wall Solutions to Feature at Ecobuild

MMA Green Wall Solutions to Feature at Ecobuild

Earls Court 2: Stand Number 1693 Leading Green Wall Systems provider, MMA Architectural Systems is to feature a range of its sustainable solutions at next month’s Ecobuild exhibition , to be held at Earl’s Court on 2 to 4 March. Visitors to Ecobuild will not only be able to view the company’s products and systems on its own stand (number 1693), but also as part of the central Cityscape feature.  MMA Director Nikki Errington explained: “We’re delighted to be so closely involved i...

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