Ceilings and Absorbers Working Group – 7 June

Ceilings and Absorbers Working Group – 7 June

FIS Ceilings and Absorbers Working Group

Event Details

Date: 7 June 2023
Location: Saint-Gobain Build Better Centre, 95 Great Portland St, London W1W 7NY
Time: 13:00 – 17:00

We will be discussing market trends such as the move from continuous ceilings to discontinuous ceils and baffles, what can be done to address the waste in the practice of CAT A fit out and then strip out.

We will also consider if UKCA marking is working, as well as what needs to be done to meet the Building Safety Act. And finally, we will start to review our Top Fixings and Suspended Ceilings.

If possible we are asking attendees to complete our UK Ceilings Census by 4pm Monday 5th June.  The survey can be completed here.

FIS Awards Lunch – 8 June

FIS Awards Lunch – 8 June

FIS Awards Lunch

The FIS Awards Lunch is the finishes and interiors sector’s most prestigious awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the outstanding projects completed by FIS members. The lunch also provides a great networking opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together. The 2023 Awards Lunch will be held on 8 June at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, where some 600 members and their guests will gather to hear the winners of the 2023 FIS Contractors Awards. Following the awards, guests will be enteratined by guest speaker Alistair McGowan.

Date: 8 June 2023

Venue: Nine Kings Suite, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

Dress code: Lounge suits

Guest speaker – Alistair McGowan

Our guest speaker is impressionist, actor and stand-up comedian Alistair McGowan.

Thanks to our 2023 sponsors

RIBA CPD: Specification of ironmongery, 20 June

RIBA CPD: Specification of ironmongery, 20 June

Webinar: RIBA Approved CPD: An architect’s guide to door hardware

Event Details

Date: 20 June 2023
Location: Online
Time: 11:00

Douglas Masterson, Technical Manager at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, will present this RIBA Approved CPD on a specifiers guide to door hardware which goes through all you need to know on specification of ironmongery.

This seminar covers what the term ironmongery means and the main points to consider when specifying door hardware. It will help you to understand the following topics:

  • What ironmongery is and how to recognise the key terms in ironmongery
  • The main considerations when specifying door hardware and how a hardware specification is put together, looking at correct application and appropriate standards
  • How to find an architectural ironmonger and how to work effectively with them during the specification process
  • How to avoid risks in the specification of door hardware

Douglas said: ‘Properly functioning hardware is, of course, critical to any property’s ongoing safety, security and accessibility. In addition, while architectural hardware typically comprises less than 2% of the cost of a new building, its impact on maintenance costs can be as much as 20% of the total budget’

FIS Technical Director Joe Cilia added ‘Its easy to assume that ironmongery is ironmongery, yet specifying the wrong hinges, closer or even locks can invalidate the whole door set leading to costly refit. This webinar helps everyone in the process from designer, estimator, installer and sales, to ensure you get it right first time.’  

More details on the guides is available at www.gai.org.uk/GAI/News/News-Items/2023/new-architectural-ironmongery-user-guides.aspx

Industry Day – Housebuilding and residential, 28 June

Industry Day – Housebuilding and residential, 28 June

FIS Industry Day: Housebuilding and residential

Event Details

Date: 28 June 2023
Location: NFRC, 31 Worship Street, London EC2A 2DY
Time: 10.00 registration
Event: 10.30 – 16:00

You are invited to join us at our specialist Industry Day for the housebuilding and residential sector on 28 June in London.

This event will look at the trends and prospects for fit-out in the housebuilding and residential sector, and managing quality and reducing re-work especially to drylining.  We will also be discussing the new compliance landscape and unravelling the Golden Thread.

To support discussions and debate we’ll be joined by a range of expert speakers from MACE, Laing O’Rourke and the National House Building Council (NHBC).

This full day event will be split into two sessions:

10.30 – 13:00: Market Overview and New Compliance Landscape

13:30 – 15:00: Compliance, Productivity and Safety

The day is contractor focussed and designed to give you tangible outcomes to help you to start the process (or check that you are on the right track).


Lewis Taylor

Lewis Taylor


Lewis started his career in the construction industry over 20 years ago in building and environmental acoustics, before working for TRADA as a specialist in timber and timber construction systems.  Lewis recently joined NHBC as technical specialist in the Standards, Innovation and Research team, and is responsible for reviewing and maintaining a number of Standards chapters including Chapter 9 – Finishes.