Thursday, 10 April 2014

NBJ London | Bespoke Joinery | Cabinet Maker

NBJ London, Specialist Bespoke Joinery and Cabinetry Manufacturer and Installer, are pleased to announce that we have now moved into our new offices. We would be delighted to welcome clients to our premises, to also view our Bespoke Joinery Workshop with our new CNC machine, which is now fully commissioned.

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Natalie at work in her new office

Keith Aubrey | Production Manager | Happy to be in new office

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bay Windows | Bay Window Storage Ideas

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

HSE | Firm fined for workers’ injuries tackling fire

Two workers suffered burns, one seriously, when hot material from an industrial drier hit them as they tried to tackle a fire at a factory in South Wales.

The employees of Maxibrite, in Llantrisant, were trying to fight fire at the Maxibrite coal briquette plant on 16 December 2012 when they were hurt, one suffering severe burns to his back, legs and hands.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which prosecuted Maxibrite at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard works manager Simon Gilbody and works engineer Andrew Price were alerted by staff, who saw smoke coming from the top of a tower used to produce solid fuel.

After several attempts to control the fire by hosing the tower failed, Mr Gilbody decided an inspection hatch at the bottom of the tower should be opened to let out any dust that might be causing an obstruction.

A company employee, Carl Lewis, opened the hatch but hot cinders cascaded out, burning Mr Gilbody on the chest, neck and face but without causing serious injury. As Mr Lewis tried to close the hatch, he was himself engulfed by hot coals. After showering for 30 minutes he was taken to hospital and received skin grafts for severe burns.

HSE’s investigation found Maxibrite had not carried out a suitable risk assessment for the safe working of the rotary drier and failed to provide a safe way of working including adequate information, instruction and training for workers using the equipment, and in procedures to follow in the event of a fire.

Maxibrite Ltd, of Esh Winning, Durham, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,115 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and a single breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

HSE Inspector Steve Lewis, speaking after the hearing, said:

“Mr Lewis and Mr Gilbody could have suffered far worse injuries or even death in this incident, which could have been prevented.

The drying process at the plant involved intensive heat so the risks of fire should have been obvious. There had been a fire at the plant previously involving a similar drying process.

“Employers must make sure they have proper plans for dealing with emergency situations and that workers are trained to know what to do when something like a fire breaks out.”

Further information on fire safety can be found on the HSE website at

George Osborne commits to 'fight for full employment'

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

FSC - Be Part Of The Solution

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. When you see the FSC logo, you can be confident that your purchase benefits the world’s forests!

NBJ successfully achieved FSC® Chain of Custody certification from BM Trada and are committed to compliance with the requirements of FSC® standards FSC-STD50-001 (Version 1.2) EN and FSC-STD40-004 (version 2.1) for the purchase, processing (including outsourcing), storage sales and distribution of certified bespoke joinery products.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Staircases | Cantilevered Stairs: Walking on Air |Houzz

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Shangri-La hotel, At The Shard

Take a look at The Shard's new hotel with each guestroom featuring a floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament, the City of London and other landmarks.The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, will take up floors 34 to 52 in one of the world's tallest - and most famous - buildings, designed by Renzo Piano.

This is one of the incredible views guests at the Shangri-La hotel in the Shard will be offered later this year

Shangri-La's At The Shard hotel has an indoor swimming pool on level 52 as well as a stylish cocktail bar
Room prices start at around £450 a night per person, and suites - which include a personal butler service - will cost as much as £3,250 a night

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In all, the hotel will open with 202 guestrooms, each offering breath-taking views across the capital

Monday, 17 March 2014

Oak Staircase | John Smart Architects | Dezeen

Five Storey Oak Staircase

A dramatic oak staircase with a sweeping handrail connects the five storeys of this Victorian convent building in south London, which has been converted into four homes by John Smart Architects

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Eleventh hour plea to shelve self employment crackdown

Construction Enquirer - eleventh hours plea to shelve self employment crackdown

Recruitment agency bosses have issued a last minute plea to George Osborne to think again over plans to restrict self-employment in construction.

The crackdown is due to come into force on April 6 and hit more than 200,000 construction workers.

The move could push up labour costs by as much as 25%.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has now written to the Chancellor ahead of next week’s Budget warning that “the plans will remove self-employment as an option for anybody sourcing work via an employment agency.”

The confederation is calling on the government to delay implementation of the proposals laid out in the recent Onshore Employment Intermediaries consultation to give businesses time to renegotiate contracts and adjust project budgets to accommodate the changes.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “This draft legislation was sprung on businesses at very short notice.

“There is now less than a month to go before the new rules would come into effect and the government still hasn’t published its final guidance for employers.

“This scramble to implement shows a lack of understanding about how business works and the complexity of contracts for long-term projects.

“If these changes are rushed through they risk having a negative impact on job creation and growth in sectors that are vital for the recovery of the British economy.”

An agency looking to fully comply with the legislative changes would need to take a typical self-employed worker onto their direct payroll.

That would mean paying 13.8% employer NICs, along with increased employee NICs and income tax liabilities and other statutory payments leaving a compliant agency looking at a minimum 25% cost increase for the supply of labour.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Bespoke Joinery | Window Seats | Houzz

NBJ London are Bespoke Joinery Manufacturers. We can produce bespoke joinery to customers designs and requirements. Please view the Houzz Ideabook below for ideas on designing windows seats, from an LA Interior Designer. As illustrated by the ideabook, window seats are a great way to provide additional storage space and highlight important architectural features in your home.

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Browse bedroom ideas, from loft beds to luxury comforters, and dream in style.
Search for fun swivel stools, clocks, sectional couches and storage armoires to spice up your basement.


The Guardian - National Minimum Wage to rise to £6.50

The Guardian - National minimum wage to rise to £6.50

Vince Cable says government will accept recommendation of Low Pay Commission for above-inflation 3% increase
Vince Cable, business secretary
Vince Cable, business secretary, has announced a 19p rise in the national mininum wage. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA
The minimum wage will rise by 3% to £6.50 an hour in October, Vince Cable, the business secretary, has announced.
He said on Wednesday the government would accept the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) for an above-inflation increase of 19p.
The news comes after David Cameron last week stole his Lib Dem colleague's thunder by confirming he was in favour of recommendations for a 3% increase wage and pledged to "restore its value" in the longer term.
George Osborne, the chancellor, has said he ultimately wants it to rise to £7.
The rise to £6.50 an hour from October is expected to be the first of several above-inflation rises after a Treasury report said the minimum wage should be restored to pre-crisis levels.
Cable said 1 million people would see their annual pay increase by as much as £355 in the first real-terms cash rise since 2008.
As recommended by the LPC, the adult rate will increase about 3% from £6.31 to £6.50 an hour, the rate for 18- to 20-year-olds will rise 2% from £5.03 to £5.13 and the rate for 16- to 17-year-olds will go up 2% £3.72 to £3.79. There will also be a 2% increase in the rate for apprentices, from £2.68 to £2.73.
Cable said: "The recommendations I have accepted today mean that low-paid workers will enjoy the biggest cash increase in their take-home pay since 2008. This will benefit over 1 million workers on national minimum wage and marks the start of a welcome new phase in minimum wage policy.
"The LPC's new forward guidance gives us a much better understanding of how an economic recovery can be translated into faster and significant increases in the national minimum wage for low-paid workers, without costing jobs.
Cable urged businesses to consider how "all staff – not just those on the minimum wage – can enjoy the benefits of recovery".

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Grand Designs - London - The Joinery Workshop

Please view below the full episode, showing the conversion of a North London Joinery Workshop into a hybrid living and work space.

Houzz | Beautiful bedroom views

Please click on the thumbnail to see some gorgeous bedroom views with floor to ceiling windows, designed to maximise stunning panoramic views.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Crackdown on false self-employment raises £122m | Construction Enquirer

| Tue 25th February | 8:07
The sum recovered from HMRC investigations into businesses is 55% up on the £78.9m recovered in 2011/12.
The extent of the crackdown on false self-employment was revealed from a Freedom of Information request to HMRC from construction tax specialist NoPalaver Group.
According to the research, since the Construction Industry Scheme was introduced in 2007, HMRC has grown increasingly tough in its treatment of contractors, including forcing contractors to justify their self-employed status.

HMRC tax probe yields

  • 2006-07: £56.0m
  • 2007-08: £57.2m
  • 2008-09: £65.6m
  • 2009-10: £68.9m
  • 2010-11: £66.9m
  • 2011-12: £78.9m
  • 2012-13: £122m
Graham Jenner, director at NoPalaver, said: “The tax authority is now forcing businesses and contractors to prove that they have considered tax status fully, which can be extremely difficult – the construction industry is not always exemplary in keeping administrative records.”
“If they don’t have the paperwork to prove that they should be treated as self-employed, the company could face an investigation by HMRC.
“This could lead to a penalty worth the equivalent of six years’ worth of PAYE taxes and national insurance payments, plus interest and up to 100% of the tax in penalties.”

Jenner said that HMRC plans to clampdown on payroll companies and agencies this April would have a significant impact on the construction sector. The new legislation will affect around 200,000 construction workers operating as self-employed through agencies. From 6 April they will be subject to tax and employee national insurance contributions deducted at source, raising the expected tax take by £520m in the next year alone.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Flint House, Blackheath, by Nick Willson Architects


Flint House by Nick Willson Architects
The Flint House, Blackheath.
Please take the time to took at this beautiful sustainable home completed by Nick Willson Architects.  The Flint Wall, Lead Cladding and Timber Joinery are all done by specialist trades people.

Although not involved in this project, NBJ have the resources to fulfil the Bespoke Joinery requirements for a similar build.

NBJ are committed to purchasing our timber from sustainable sources and are FSC and PEFC certified.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Areen Design Services ranked 15 in Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants


Areen Design Services ranked 15 in Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants

Areen Design Services, a UK-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Roots Group Arabia, has been ranked fifteenth in the Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants, a list published in the British magazine "Interior Design." The list contains the top 100 companies in the field of interior design and for its first time entry Areen Design Services scored the high ranking of 15.
The high standards, sophistication, and originality of designs Areen created for the five-star hotels, palaces, and luxury resorts throughout the world were the main reason that led it to achieve this position. As an interior design company, Areen is known for adding commercial acumen to creativity. As a supplier, Areen always brings in a design focus to procurement. The unique knowledge enables the company to protect the integrity of a project, while meeting the realities of deadlines and budgets.
Areen has undertaken numerous interior design projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In Saudi Arabia, one of the best works of Areen is the dazzling design of Makkah Clock Royal Tower — A Fairmont Hotel, which in itself has been selected as one the best hotels in the Middle East.
Samir Al-Shubaily, deputy CEO, Roots Group Arabia, said: “For its first time entry, Areen is proud to be classified as 15th in the top 100 interior design companies throughout the globe. This reflects and represents its success as a company whose designs are modern, sophisticated, and strongly compete with major international companies based in various countries.”
He also thanked all Areen employees, around 200, who work at the company headquarters in London, and added: “The business of interior design has clearly improved after the financial crisis in 2009, and we’re seeing a steady growth in the size of the projects implemented.

David Cameron: my message to Britain's small businesses

In this video message, the Prime Minister tells small businesses 'you are the lifeblood of the economy... government wants to get out of your way by deregulating and cutting taxes, but we also want to stand up for you, we want to help you with rates and procurement and help you export'.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Houzz Tour: Modern Remodeling in North London

Please click on this thumbnail to explore this beautiful, modern 2,500sqft North London house.

Occupied by the same family for 3 generations, the property had been loosely arranged as three separate apartments. SHH the architecture firm, completely altered the building’s interior to create a highly contemporary living space with no internal corridors.

Houzz Tour: Modern Remodeling in North London

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Enquirer social media site goes live next month

The Enquirer’s new social media service is set to launch next month.
The Social Club pages will help construction companies maximise their return from investment in
social media.
Our technical team is currently finalising designs for the service which will showcase your latest blogs, tweets and updates.
Construction companies are turning to social media as another channel to reach potential customers.
It is the perfect complement to online advertising.
But the real challenge is getting your message in front of as many people as possible.
That’s where the new Social Club pages can help – driving people to your site by putting your firm in front of the Enquirer’s massive audience.
The Social Club offers a kind of industry-specific Facebook page for your business or a more targeted version of LinkedIn’s latest Showcase Pages service.
It will act as a showroom for your company – helping to drive traffic to your own corporate website.

Here’s a sneak preview of how your company page could look:


A company page on the Social Club combines all the traditional advantages of a directory listing alongside your Twitter feed, Linkedin profile and rolling blog service highlighting latest news, company information and technical updates.
Construction social media pioneers can highlight all their latest innovations in one place.
The Social Club offers the perfect forum to target the Enquirer’s vast audience with your latest developments.
All entries link back to your own website where visitors can discover more in-depth information.
Companies will be in charge of their own page and can upload content and information instantly.
The Social Club will evolve in line with the ever-changing world of company marketing and provide the perfect showcase to tell the construction world about your business.
Details of latest developments like BIM-compliant building products can easily be incorporated on your pages.
Listings highlighting your products and services in a traditional directory format are also part of the service – you can upload as many as you like.

The Social Club is set to launch in February with the first six months free for everyone.
After the initial launch period, members will be charged £100 per month to host their pages.

To register your interest click here

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Britain's oldest builder R Durtnell and Sons from Brasted, near Westerham, appears in BBC Four documentary Hidden Histories

A family construction firm which has been in operation since the reign of Elizabeth I is retracing its history in a TV show.
R Durtnell and Sons is Britain’s oldest building company, founded in 1591.
Based in Brasted, near Westerham, many properties it built more than 400 years ago still stand today.

R Durtnell and Sons chairman Alex Durtnell visits historical sites built by his family firm in the documentary
R Durtnell and Sons chairman Alex Durtnell visits historical sites built by his family firm in the documentary

The oldest of these which still survives is Poundsbridge Manor, just outside Penshurst, built in 1593.
Today, the firm has a turnover of more than £50m and employs more than 130 full-time staff.
Yet the long-standing company has arrived at a time of change as it appears in a BBC Four documentary tonight.
Handed down from father to son for 13 generations, 38-year-old Alex Durtnell has recently taken over from his father John, who had been running the company since before he was born.
Having taken over at a difficult time for the industry – with 7,000 construction firms going bankrupt since 2008 – Durtnell’s ability to adapt through history has been the key to its survival.

Chairman Alex Durtnell at Poundsbridge Manor in Penshurst, the oldest surviving house built by his firm in 1593
Chairman Alex Durtnell at Poundsbridge Manor in Penshurst, the oldest surviving house built by his firm in 1593

In 1802, owner Richard Durtnell made the decision to bring together all the craftspeople he needed, such as glaziers and bricklayers, in one yard.
He raised £360 to buy his new workspace – a move that proved crucial, as the innovation made the firm one of the first general builders.
Since then, recent high-profile projects have included the Turner Contemporary in Margate and a new music school for Brighton College.
Originally carpenter builders, now the firm specialises in the type of building projects which were least affected by the economic downturn: churches, private schools, art galleries and luxury houses for foreign millionaires.
In an interview with the BBC, chairman Alex Durtnell said: "I remember as a child going to London, there was a lot of arm-waving out the window, 'We built this and we built that.
"Sadly there weren't in-car TVs back then, so we actually had to listen to what dad was saying, and I thought: 'How boring is that.'
“ Of course now I do the same thing with my children."

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Specialist staircase

Winner - The 2012 Award for Residential Design ("for awards that push the boundaries of house design") in the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovations Awards 2012.
The project was filmed for the Discovery Channel's Dream Homes series screened in the UK in October 2011. During London Open House in September 2011 it attracted over 400 visitors in two days.



Friday, 17 January 2014

10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger | Houzz

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