You don’t have to live in a warehouse or a loft to achieve the edgy designer feel of an industrial or urban kitchen, thanks to the new Cucina Colore ranges from renowned British brand Mereway.

The latest finishes to be added to the collection offer a bold designer look in keeping with the trend for industrial and urban, whilst giving the ability to mix and match contemporary   styling. The exposed and rustic atmosphere is easily recreated by blending textures, finishes and materials to evoke the manufacturing and industrial heritage ethos that typifies the look.

The striking Concrete is seen here complementing the Tobacco Oak with Grey Satin and Dark Bronze Satin handleless profiles.  The island incorporates the newly launched UrbanTop with a concrete worktop and end panels.  The Tobacco Oak units are also finished with a matching UrbanTop in Tobacco Oak.

Choose from eight stunning finishes that have been added to Cucina Colore’s Futura and Lastra collections; Concrete, Gun Metal and Russet flat slabs, with five horizontal woodgrains in Natural Oak, Tobacco Oak, Nautic Oak, Nordic Pine Light and Nordic Pine Grey.  In keeping with the ethos of the Cucina Colore collection, the new finishes add drama, texture, contrast and colour to any kitchen design.

The beauty of the Cucina Colore range is the ability to mix and match textures, colours and finishes from across the collection to provide a unique design just for you.

The wide range of furniture available within Cucina Colore such as the glazed units also pictured, provides stylish storage and transforms a room into a multi-functional living kitchen.

Cucina Colore collection. Prices start from around £10,000 – £25,000 for a complete kitchen. Call 0800 028 4466 or visit to find a stockist or order a brochure.

Picture: Concrete and Tobacco Oak Futura with Grey Satin and Dark Bronze Satin handleless profiles. UrbanTop worktops, end panels and framing to island.

National property and construction consultancy, Wakemans has announced a series of senior promotions to drive forward the firm’s growth strategy and increase turnover.

The company which is one of Europe’s leading privately owned construction cost and property consultants currently has three offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Caernarfon, with plans to open a London office soon.

The promotions are intended to strengthen the senior management team and provide a strong structure for organic succession to the board of directors as the company expands.

In the Birmingham office Nigel Himpson and Andrew Hancock take up new positions as senior associate directors.  They will be supported by Andrew Griffiths and Lee Lloyd who are appointed associate directors.

In the building surveying division, Adrian Cartwright is appointed to divisional director and Mike Greenway associate director.

In the Caernarfon office, Dylan Morris is promoted to divisional director and Tom Hastings to associate director.  Tony Hooper in the Bristol office is promoted to divisional director.

John Woodhall, managing director of Wakemans said: “These promotions will help us meet the objectives of a major strategy review that has set us on a course of significant growth over the next three years. We aim to increase turnover by 50% over the next three years and increase our regional presence significantly.

“We are proud to have trained and developed our own home grown talent base of experienced staff that have the skills to take advantage of the improved economic conditions. They all have a complete understanding of our business and a commercial outlook and I am confident that they will contribute to building the Wakemans of the future.

“We see significant opportunities across all sectors and in particular in those in which we have particular expertise such as hotels, industrial and residential.”



Back Row Left to Right:
Nigel Himpson – Senior Associate Director, John Woodhall – Managing Director, Dean Watson – Director, Shaun Baugh – Director, Adrian Aston – Director, Andrew Griffiths – Associate Director, Michael Greenway – Associate Director
Front Row Left to Right:
Seinde Balogun – Director, James Shelley – Director, Michelle Woodhall – Company Secretary, Adrian Cartwright – Divisional Director, Andrew Hancock – Senior Associate Director



Trans-Rak has revolutionised cars in containers with its patented vehicle racking solution R-Rak and has now responded to demands of customers dealing in containers of different sizes with the introduction of a new product, the completely width-adjustable R-Rak Pallet-Wide.

No other racking system is adjustable widthways so Trans-Rak anticipates strong uptake of the R-Rak Pallet-Wide.  Developed specifically for the European market it is the only vehicle racking system usable for both ISO and Pallet-Wide containers.

Designed to maximise container space and stack vehicles of every dimension securely and safely inside, the R-Rak Pallet-Wide though new to market has been extensively tested in the USA and conforms to exacting US Rail specifications for the secure protected shipment of finished vehicles in containers.

Paul Donaldson, MD at Trans-Rak says:  “Our European customers were keen to make the most of all their container stock so while our standard R-Raks are fully adjustable length and height wise, we had to come up with a variant for the broader fit pallet-wide containers so the racking can be installed and supported securely by the container walls and cars can be protected in transit.”

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