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Kemper System Helps Protect Concrete Heritage
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SterlingOSB StrongFix – for Heavyweight Fixtures and Fittings in Dry Lining Applications from Norbord
06.10.17SterlingOSB StrongFix – for Heavyweight Fixtures and Fittings in Dry Lining Applications from Norbord Simple to fit, SterlingOSB StrongFix is precision-engineered to fit metal C-stud walls with 600mm centres. The new SterlingOSB StrongFix panel has been designed to strengthen and provide secure anchorage areas in metal C-stud dry lining applications, for fixtures and fittings up to 400kg – such as cabinets, radiators, wash basins and railings. Simple to fit, SterlingOSB StrongFix is precision-engineered to fit metal C-stud walls with 600mm centres. A continuous recess down one side allows quick installation and ensures a seamless finish, ready for hanging plasterboard without adding extra thickness to the stud wall. The pre-prepared panels boast the same inherent qualities as SterlingOSB 3 which, unlike ply, has no knots or voids and a consistent density throughout that allows fixings to hold securely at any point across the board.  Additionally, in accordance with the requirements of BS5234 Part 2, it achieves excellent pull-out ratings and is capable of supporting heavyweights of up to 400kg with standard wood screws. For further information on Norbord, please call 01786 812 921 or visit ...
Four-Step Solution for Penetrating Damp
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T R Freeman Appoints New Sales and Estimating Director
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Redland’s Craftsman Victorian Preserves School’s Period Aesthetic
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HCL Safety Sets the Standard with CSCS Training Assessment
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SFS intec Shares Specification Expertise in ‘Must-Read’ NBS Specifier Report
18.09.17SFS intec Shares Specification Expertise in ‘Must-Read’ NBS Specifier Report David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of SFS intec, who has contributed to the latest NBS What Specifiers Want report. Roofing and cladding fastener manufacturer SFS intec has been exclusively invited to share its specification market knowledge, analysis and experience in a new report published by NBS. The ‘What Specifiers Want’ report, based on the NBS Specification Survey, provides expert guidance for construction product manufacturers supplying into the UK specification market. It serves as a way for construction professionals to inform the industry about their changing needs when it comes to specification writing, with the findings also helping NBS to improve the tools and resources it provides and adapt to the changing industry as BIM establishes itself. SFS intec, who have worked closely with architects and building envelope contractors for three decades, were the only product manufacturer to be invited to share their perspectives in this report, alongside eminent construction industry professionals and thought-leaders. It reflects the company’s strength and depth in the specification market, with its market-leading support for building designers. This includes a UK-based Specification Team focused on supporting specifiers with writing NBS clauses and the provision of BIM data to support a more robust specification that will make it more difficult to substitute products and reduce the risk of poor envelope performance. David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of SFS intec’s UK business, who wrote an article for the report, says: “We’re delighted to have been invited to share our insights in this latest NBS report which will be enormously beneficial to anyone working in the specification market. "The key findings of the survey resonate with our ethos and the way our support is structured, designed to help deliver better quality buildings and maximise client satisfaction. This is particularly so given the high proportion of specifiers who value good relationships with manufacturers and having detailed information easily accessible online.” Expert Support Expert technical support has been at the core of SFS intec’s success in serving the building envelope market for more than 30 years with a wide range of fasteners for pitched roof, façade and flat roof construction. Operating from its UK HQ in Leeds, the company is part of the Swiss-based SFS Group which has annual sales in excess of £1.1bn and a history dating back to the 1950s serving customers in the construction, automotive, electronics, industrial and medical products markets. Find out more about SFS intec here and download the NBS ‘What Specifiers Want’ her...
Firestone’s RubberGard Provides Modular Solution for Fast Track School Build
14.09.17Firestone’s RubberGard Provides Modular Solution for Fast Track School Build Firestone Building Products has enabled the fast track modular construction of a new Academy high school in Manchester with the supply of RubberGard™ EPDM roofing membrane. The seventh school to join a multi-academy trust, Dean Trust Ardwick was established in temporary accommodation while its £24 million new building was fabricated off site in East Yorkshire by modular specialist, Servaccomm.  The modular build enabled the programme to progress while demolition of the former mill on the school’s site was still ongoing. The 5,508m² modular building provides two and three storey accommodation, including classrooms, labs, a music room, an IT centre, a dining hall and a sports hall. A total of 161 modular units were constructed inside the Servaccomm factory and when each of the upper modular units was watertight, thanks to its factory covering of Firestone’s RubberGard™ EPDM membrane, it could be stored outside, freeing up space in the factory and enabling the modules to be delivered to site on a just in time basis. Offering excellent elasticity to ensure that the material remains stable post-fabrication, RubberGard™ EPDM remains flexible even in extreme temperatures as low as -450C. It also provides more than 300 per cent elongation, overcoming any risk of tearing or damage as a result of movement stress during the modules’ journey to site, storage or natural settlement post construction. Fast and safe The RubberGard™ EPDM system was adhered to each building module using odour- and solvent-free water-based adhesives developed by Firestone especially for fast application and safe use inside a modular building factory. The school is now completed and occupied, thanks to a fast track construction programme that reduced labour requirements and health and safety risk on site while ensuring factory assured build quality.   Dean Trust Ardwick’s headteacher, Susan Findley, commented: “We needed a school building that would provide a safe, secure and flexible learning space for our students while offering accommodation as quickly as possible. The children love our new building and it has been constructed to offer a robust education environment with an EPDM roof that will keep the interior dry for generations to come.&...
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Architecturally Ambitious: Kingsdown House, The King’s School, Canterbury
01.09.17Architecturally Ambitious: Kingsdown House, The King’s School, Canterbury Faced with a complex brief on a site scrutinised by planners, conservation teams and Historic England, architectural ambition was crucial for Kingsdown House, which provides new boarding accommodation at The King’s School in Canterbury. Walters & Cohen Architects needed to carefully consider the kind of products to use on the project, which is when building materials manufacturer Wienerberger was introduced to the scheme. Historic The King’s School site abuts the historic City Wall in Canterbury, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is in close proximity to Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. Therefore, any proposed new buildings are closely evaluated and must demonstrate a high degree of quality, with a correspondingly detailed specification to satisfy this requirement. Working closely with the architect was essential in completing the details required to achieve a beautiful building that enhances its location. The project was not without its challenges: the build needed to be completed to suit the school’s academic timetable, and logistical complexities meant a tight delivery schedule needed to be devised and strictly adhered to. Clay tiles are a prominent feature of many buildings in Kent and specifically in this part of Canterbury. Walters & Cohen drew inspiration from local architecture and construction techniques, interpreting these with contemporary detailing and working with Wienerberger to ensure the roof tiles reflected the elegance and quality of the neighbouring buildings. Rather than using modern interlocking tiles, Wienerberger’s Alban Sussex Blend tiles were used to create the roof and walls of Kingsdown House. The versatility of the Alban Sussex Blend tile was highlighted: the tiles blend beautiful design with a stunning aesthetic result. The tiles were chosen because they enabled the architect to use a single material for the roof and walls, creating a simple, attractive façade that complements its neighbours. Angular, seamless design The design remit for the building was to create a neat, angular and seamless quality, therefore external angle tiles were not used and all corner tiles were cut to create an elegant edge against the aluminium corner trim. Additionally, all tiles under the windows were cut by hand to assist in waterproofing the building as no lead was used. Precision cutting on the angle ensured a perfect fit. To further assist with the detailed specification, Wienerberger’s Alban Sussex Blend bespoke Mansard and Gutter tiles were specially hand made for use at the eaves junction with the wall. The tiles to be used under the windows were again cut in detail and fixed using a dedicated Wienerberger adhesive. On the apex, rather than using the traditional Winchester cut, the architect required a neat straight line to achieve the desired composition and give a contemporary look. Nigel Dyer MIoR, Heritage Service Manager at Wienerberger, commented: “We’re over the moon with the end result at Kingsdown House; it’s an absolutely beautiful building that truly reflects the heritage it surrounds. Through using our Alban Sussex Blend tiles, a build that complements the historic architecture of the nearby surroundings was achieved and a personality was given to the construction.” Speaking about the project, Rob Hill, Associate Director of Walters & Cohen Architects said: “The project needed to suit the school’s academic timetable, therefore very careful project management was essential. We completed the project on time and within budget, and are delighted with how the finished building looks. The Wienerberger products we specified reflect the architectural heritage of the site, and their specialist knowledge also made them a highly suitable partner for the project.” Click here for more information on Wienerberger. Follow Wienerberger on Twitter.&nb...
SFS intec’s Powder Coated Fasteners Deliver on Beauty and Performance
01.09.17SFS intec’s Powder Coated Fasteners Deliver on Beauty and Performance SFS intec's powder coated stainless steel fasteners are the perfect match to ensure a roof or façade retains its integrity and visual appeal over a long service life.  Powder-coated to meet any RAL colour, SFS intec's fasteners are less prone to colour fading compared to fasteners with moulded nylon heads and deliver excellent weather resistance. With its UK HQ and production plant in Leeds, SFS intec can ensure complete consistency in fastener design, manufacture and colour matching for total peace of mind and all within industry-leading lead times. Detailed information about all the fastening solutions available from SFS intec can be found on its new website www.sfsintec.co.uk and through its 2017 Roofing and Cladding Catalogue. Customers can also benefit from UK-wide sales and technical teams, both dedicated to providing market-leading customer service, along with extensive resources and training facilities to ensure the best possible result in the finished building envelope. ...
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Double ISO Award for Ravatherm UK
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Construction Industry Reliant on Infrastructure and Housebuilding to Avoid Declines in 2018
16.10.17Construction Industry Reliant on Infrastructure and Housebuilding to Avoid Declines in 2018 Construction output to rise 0.7% in 2017, 0.0% in 2018 and 2.0% in 2019 Private housing starts to rise 5.0% in 2017 and 2.0% in 2018 Offices construction to decline 5.0% in 2017, 15.0% in 2018 and 5.0% in 2019 Retail construction to fall 7.0% in 2017, 5.0% in 2018 and rise 2.0% in 2019 Infrastructure work to rise by 7.4% in 2017, 6.4% in 2018 and 9.8% in 2019 For most construction firms it will be difficult to escape the impact subdued economic growth, rising inflation and falling real wages will have on the industry over the next two years. In addition, negotiating unprecedented uncertainties as the UK leaves the EU is expected to result in little growth, with output expected to rise 0.7% in 2017 and remain flat in 2018. The latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association come at a time when any growth will be reliant on government’s delivery of infrastructure projects. This is likely to have a profound effect on construction output, which if not realised would lead to an industry-wide decline of over 1.0% in 2018. Infrastructure activity is forecast to grow 25.4% by 2019 and will be due to major projects in rail and water & sewerage such as HS2 and the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel. Housebuilding will continue to be a primary driver of growth, with private housing starts rising by 5.0% in 2017 and 2.0% in 2018. In 2017 Q2 the government’s Help to Buy equity loan accounted for 40% of new homes and has been a significant policy for supporting building activity. The additional £10 billion that government announced for the scheme in October will continue to sustain housebuilding, despite the slowdown in the general housing market. The sharpest decline will be in the commercial sector, and particularly felt in the offices sub-sector as EU Referendum-induced wariness among investors has led to a sharp fall in contract awards. Office construction is expected to decline 5.0% in 2017, worsening to a 15.0% decline in 2018, and is likely to accelerate if it proves to be the case that the UK will not be part of the Single Market and financial services firms choose to transfer operations out the UK into other EU member states. Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association said: “Construction activity is currently high, particularly in cities outside the capital such as Birmingham and Manchester. However, the forecasts highlight that the fall in construction new orders since the second half of 2016 is now starting to feed through to activity on the ground, as projects signed up to pre-referendum end and are not being replaced. This is especially the case in key areas, such as the construction of new commercial offices in London, where demand for new, high-profile office space from the financial sector has slowed considerably. “The falls in commercial construction may be offset by growth in housebuilding and infrastructure. In housebuilding, government’s announcement of £10 billion of additional funding for Help to Buy is forecast to support growth. However, due to the slowdown in the general housing market, particularly in London, housebuilding is only expected to grow by 2.2% in both 2018 and 2019. “Infrastructure is expected to be major driver of construction activity in the next few years with work on major projects, but the sector has been dogged by constant cost overruns and delays. Given that construction activity is forecast to be flat in 2018, if government cannot improve delivery of its infrastructure plans, construction output is likely to declin...
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Mark Castle Named as Chair of Build UK
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