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Sliding Into Compliance with Ecotherm
14.12.17Sliding Into Compliance with Ecotherm Available in Builders’ M...
Bond It Launches New and Highly Versatile Waterproofing System
12.12.17Bond It Launches New and Highly Versatile Waterproofing System Bond ...
Iconic Brutalist Gem Preserved with Innovative Sika Sarnafil Roof Solution
11.12.17Iconic Brutalist Gem Preserved with Innovative Sika Sarnafil Roof Solution The roof refurbishment of the Central Building at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam College is one of the first major projects to use a new, pioneering approach combining Sika Sarnafil’s single ply membrane with large areas of its Sikalastic 621 – a liquid applied product typically used for areas with complex detailing. This pairing of systems was further enhanced by Sika Refurbishment’s SikaFloor 420, providing a complete building envelope solution. Working closely with architect Cullinan Studio, Roofing Contractors Cambridge (RCC) and the College, Sika Sarnafil created this innovative waterproofing solution to refurbish the roof, which has an extremely complex design.  “The original building was constructed in 1963 by famous brutalist architect, Denys Lasdun,” comments Neil Smith, Area Refurbishment Manager at Sika Sarnafil. “From ground level you can see protruding ‘scalloped’ detailing on the roof. If you looked down on the roof from above, it is like a picture-frame, with the scallops forming the border around the edge of the flat roof. The challenge was to effectively waterproof both the flat roof – which itself had plenty of challenging details – and scalloped areas, while maintaining the look and integrity of the roof and the building as a whole.” Dave Stewart from RCC continues: “Due to the unusual shape of the scallops, it wasn’t aesthetically practical to install sheet membrane on them, so many, many discussions took place to decide how best to tackle this!  “The Sikalastic product ensured these unique details would be protected without altering their shape. It’s not unusual for a project to incorporate small amounts of Sikalastic, but this is one of the first projects where the Sarnafil membrane and Sikalastic 621 have been used over large areas together.  “For us, the crucial element of this project was getting the seal right. We worked closely with Sika Sarnafil and did multiple tests to make sure the junction between the Sikalastic 621 and single ply membrane was formed using the most effective detailing. The use of Sarnametal created a strong bond between the two products, enabling them to be successfully sealed together. This was by far the most challenging part of the project, but demonstrates how well these products can work together for roofs with incredibly complex detailing.” It was thanks to the collaborative relationship between Sika Sarnafil’s technical expert and RCC’s highly experienced fitters, that the finished roof met strict requirements of the architect and client. Alex Abbey from Cullinan Studio wanted the works to be sympathetic to the original building. “We were keen to minimise weight on the roof and wanted to steer clear of asphalt and the like, so Sika Sarnafil’s lightweight products were ideal.  “We needed a product that would not only effectively waterproof but that would sit over the copper scallops and maintain the shape’s detail. The Sikalastic 621 proved ideal and worked in harmony with the Sarnafil membrane. As well as the SikaFloor 420, which was used on the façade and underside of the scallops- a complete solution from Sika. And importantly, the completed roof was awarded a Sarnafil Plus guarantee by Sika, a must for the client, preserving the building as an architectural landmark and study area.” Click here for more informati...
Award Winning Year for Kemper System
11.12.17Award Winning Year for Kemper System Liquid resin roofing and waterp...
Scottish School Sets Tough Test for Redland Cambrian
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When Clear Glazing is not Clear Cut
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Aggregate Industries’ Roofing Hits the High Ranks at Historic Hall
04.12.17Aggregate Industries’ Roofing Hits the High Ranks at Historic Hall ...
Guttercrest Fascia and Coping Chosen for Cardiff Self-Build
27.11.17Guttercrest Fascia and Coping Chosen for Cardiff Self-Build Case Stu...
Driving in Style with Icopal’s Biggest Golf Day at Woburn
14.11.17Driving in Style with Icopal’s Biggest Golf Day at Woburn On 20th ...
Cembrit Takes the High Road With Slate Mono Ridge Ventilation
13.11.17Cembrit Takes the High Road With Slate Mono Ridge Ventilation Cembri...
Sika’s Adaptable Roof System Ensures Recycling Plant’s Circular Tanks are in Good Waterproof Shape
13.11.17Sika’s Adaptable Roof System Ensures Recycling Plant’s Circular Tanks are in Good Waterproof Shape The superb flexibility of Sika-Trocal’s Type S system ensured a potentially challenging roof installation across five, 18-metre-high industrial tanks was completed to exceptional standard and without issue. Food waste recycling specialists, ReFood (UK) Ltd, has developed its third UK anaerobic digestion plant beside the Thames in Dagenham, Essex – its first outlet in the Greater London area. The £32 million site will be capable of processing 160,000 tonnes of food waste every year. The development includes five, 18-metre-high digestion tanks that facilitate the food’s conversion to gas, and a pump room which powers the process. Each tank is circular in shape, therefore when it came to the roof installation, contractors Hadfield Roofing & Cladding Ltd, on behalf of Britcon (UK) Ltd, required a system that could be adapted to fit the challenging design whilst remaining watertight. The Sika Type S system, which carries a full BBA accreditation with a 35-year lifespan, proved ideal. Challenging affixing process The 1,400m2 tank roofs installation at the Dagenham ReFood (UK) Ltd. recycling plant began in July 2016. The 2mm Type S light grey membrane was applied onto an insulation board and vapour control layer on each roof’s flat concrete base. Installers not only had the tanks’ height and shape to contend with, but the site’s location beside the Thames meant that wind funnelled directly toward the buildings, causing a potentially challenging affixing process. The Type S system’s easy-to-install properties ensured the operation was completed with minimal issue. Carrying full BBA accreditation, the system does not require a separate fastening system for thermal insulation as it utilises the same disc and fastener for securing the insulation and the waterproofing membrane, thus improving the ease and speed of install. The Type S membrane’s flexibility was also crucial in allowing for watertight, circular detailing where the towers abutted the plant room roof below.  Joanne Hadfield, Commercial Director at Hadfield Roofing & Cladding Ltd, said: “The Type S system was perfect for this project. It was cut to size to fit the circular roofs and absolutely ideal for completing the rounded metal detailing. Dagenham is the third ReFood (UK) Ltd. site on which we have applied the Type S system. All those involved on each project have been incredibly pleased with its performance.” The Type S membrane’s adaptability and simple application ensured each roof at the Dagenham food recycling plant was completed to the client’s strict eight-month deadline and to their full satisfaction. The system comes with a 20-year guarantee, providing total reassurance that the equipment used to power the ingenious, environmentally-friendly food waste disposal process is long-term protected against the perils associated with flooding and damp. Click her...
Kingspan Kaptures Daylight for Longer
13.11.17Kingspan Kaptures Daylight for Longer Kingspan Light + Air are helpi...
SFS Appoints Craig Smith in New OEM-Focused Role
13.11.17SFS Appoints Craig Smith in New OEM-Focused Role SFS Appoints Craig ...
David Wilson Homes Specifies Forticrete Roof Tiles for New Luxury Development
06.11.17David Wilson Homes Specifies Forticrete Roof Tiles for New Luxury Development Forticrete’s innovative, new large format tile, SL8, has been specified by David Wilson Homes Southern for use across phase one of Spiers Meadow, an exciting collection of 200 stylish and elegant homes in the sought-after Popley area of Basingstoke. The development, which comprises of a selection of two, three and four-bedroom apartments and houses, was carefully designed to to create a bespoke and prestigious range of properties. David Wilson Homes turned to Forticrete’s SL8 in COLOUR to provide the ideal solution. Jackie Dowell, Sales Manager at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “Spiers Meadow comprises varying house sizes, shapes and roof pitches which ensure architectural consistency and at the same time individual identity, which is sympathetic to the surrounding residential properties.” Cost and time savings The innovative design of Forticrete’s SL8 tiles provide greater coverage than existing large format products; requiring just 8 tiles sqm compared with around 10 sqm required with many alternatives. With approximately 20% less tiles required per roof, the tiles are quicker and easier to lay, handle and transport. With less product required, the potential for damage on site and waste in the manufacturing process is also reduced, meaning cost and time savings. The aesthetic appeal of SL8 is also enhanced by factory blending to ensure superior batch and colour consistency across the roofscape. With the new tiles pre-blended, there isn’t the need for the installer to mix from multiple packs on site, which has long caused on-site health and safety concerns, unnecessary wastage and slowed down the process of installing the tiles. Click here for more information on Forticrete's range of prod...
New Products Explosion at Eurocell Branch
06.11.17New Products Explosion at Eurocell Branch Eurocell has added 250 pro...
BYD B-Box HV Helps Users on Their Way to Energy Independence
06.11.17BYD B-Box HV Helps Users on Their Way to Energy Independence BYD Co....
Ravatherm UK’S Polyfoam XPS Awarded BBA Certificate
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Firestone Signals Commercial Roofing Growth With Product Sales Manager Appointment
30.10.17Firestone Signals Commercial Roofing Growth With Product Sales Manager Appointment EPDM roofing specialist, Firestone Building Products, has signalled the implementation of an ambitious growth strategy for commercial and industrial roofing with the appointment of product sales manager, Steve Clowes. Responsible for driving sales opportunities for Firestone’s RubberGard™ EPDM roofing products and UltraPly™ TPO commercial roofing membranes range, Steve takes on the newly created post with a 20 year track record in the roofing sector, bringing considerable technical expertise in correct specification and installation of single ply membranes to the role. His remit is to engage with architects, specifiers, main contractors, roofing contractors and building surveyors across the UK and Ireland. Proven track record Steve’s career includes five years in a construction environment in site-based roles, providing him with an excellent understanding of practical specification considerations, such as buildability, installation times and health and safety. He also has a proven track record in sales, including fixing and adhesive systems for flat roofing installations. Steve Clowes comments: “After two decades in the roofing sector my new role gives me the opportunity to leverage all that knowledge and experience while applying it to a different range of products and working in a new environment. “I had come into contact with Firestone in my previous role and saw them as a dynamic business with a very professional team and great staff retention. That all adds up to a very attractive opportunity and I’m looking forward to meeting existing and potential customers and helping them maximise the performance and lifespan of their industrial and commercial buildings.” Click here for further information on Firestone Buildin...

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Style and Practicality for Winter Gardens at Dollar Bay
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Roofing Manufacturer Takes Gold at Prestigious Regional Business Awards
11.12.17Roofing Manufacturer Takes Gold at Prestigious Regional Business Awards G & B North West, a Wigan-based manufacturer of roofing materials, has won regional recognition at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. G & B North West, which develops, manufactures and supplies GRP products and roofing systems to the trade and employs 80 staff, won the Innovation Award, sponsored by HVM Catapult. This award celebrates manufacturing innovation in product development or operating practices that have driven greater productivity, efficiency or business growth. G & B North West was up against stiff competition from a range of innovative businesses from across the region. The company was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics after impressing them with their hands-on approach to product development and installation. With the regional title secured, G & B North West will now go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January 2018. Matthew Chialton, Sales Director at G & B North West, says: “This award is testament to our hard working and dedicated team, and we are delighted to have won. It puts us on the map as a modern and innovative company and goes some way to demonstrate the valuable contribution made by local manufacturers, like ourselves, to our region. We can’t wait to share this news with all our staff, customers and suppliers. “It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the rest of the UK.”   ...
Construction Output Falls But New Orders Up by 4.1%
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Construction Output Rises at Fastest Pace for Five Months
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Unite to Bring Leading Blacklisters to Court
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New Accreditation Scheme is Major Landmark for Roofing Industry
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Industry Response A ‘Budget for Builders and Business’
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Construction Output Falls for a Second Quarter
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Avonside Group Expands
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Ultima Sets a New Standard in Quality
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NFRC Reveals Finalists Shortlist in Scottish Roofing Awards
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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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