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April 12, 2012, 02:44 PM

A breath of fresh air and salvage reality at the NEC H&R Show

By Peter Watson

Cox's Yard at the NEC [photo P Watson

West Midlands, UK - The National Homebuilding and Renovation Show was held at the NEC Birmingham over four days at the beginning of April. This is the flagship show for the magazine of the same name which is published by the folk who also produce Period Living magazine, longstanding supporters of all things Salvo.

It's a magnet for those building their own houses and consequently attracts a wide range of exhibitors ranging from oak frame suppliers to heat pump, solar energy and insulation experts. Along the way the show encompasses plastic door manufacturers, double and triple glazed lattice oak framed windows, staircase makers, and a myriad of specialists and consultants all nicely laid out in neat carpeted shell schemes or timber framed houses built in two days and demolished at the end in one.

And amidst it all was the breath of fresh air and reality bought to the show by the salvage and reclamation trade. Out in force was the new look Masco Walcot business showing a wide range of reclaimed garden items, oak flooring, hardware and some magnificient reclaimed cast iron radiators from Andy Triplow's Old Radiator Company, who have taken over Masco.

Nearby was Castle Reclamation from Somerset selling original and reconstituted flagstones, which were difficult to tell apart.

On a large open stand were near neighbours Cox's Yard and Winchcombe Reclamation.

Cox's Yard, the Moreton in Marsh company, was heavily into wood with stacks of reclaimed pine and oak floorboards plus original reclaimed doors and a couple of cottage style front doors newly-made from reclaimed timber. Pete Watson reported a lot of interest in the doors, "which didn't look as though they'd been mass produced".

Stone specialists Winchcombe Rec had comprehensive displays of reclaimed bricks, stone and tiles plus some interesting pavers marked with the date of the Diamond Jubilee. Queen Victoria's that is!

The show was very well attended on all four days and the only complaint to be heard from the reclaim stands was that the bar, conveniently situated in the same area, was pretty poor! Which was probably just as well.

[Cox's Yard, The Old Radiator Co, Masco and Winchcombe Rec are Salvo Code dealers

Winchcombe Reclamation Ltd

Period Living Magazine

Vintage & Architectural

Cox's Yard

The Old Radiator Company Ltd

Story Type:  Fair Report

ID: 65840

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