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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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Did You know You Can Now Order Aluminium Coping Online from Rainclear?
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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.&...
Construction Tech Start-Up Grows Fast with New App for Small Builders
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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. ...
Forticrete Launches New Roofing CPD
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Double ISO Award for Ravatherm UK
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Protan Finishing Touch to Regeneration
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Midland Lead Ahead of the Environmental Standards Game With ISO 14001
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Wienerberger and Northwards Partnership Goes From Strength to Strength
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MAC Makes Good for Albert
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TR Freeman Awarded Royal Wharf Roofing Contract
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Alumasc’s Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing: Zero Project Failures in Over 50 Years!
26.07.17Alumasc’s Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing: Zero Project Failures in Over 50 Years! The premier hot melt system for high performance green roofs, podiums and highly detailed waterproofing schemes is Alumasc’s Hydrotech, which protects prestigious buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Canary Wharf and the Cheese Grater and has been used world-wide for over 50 years without a single product failure. When it comes to large-scale new build projects, to ensure a building’s longevity and risk-free future the structural waterproofing must be the highest standard, expertly installed and come with great on-site support. Why consider anything else? Designed to safeguard against the most common pitfalls, the Alumasc Promise includes the security of expert installers, continual on-site supervision, professional testing and comprehensive, post-installation support. It guarantees the integrity of a roof prior to, during and after installation, providing peace of mind for the future because of its unrivalled track record of zero product failures in over 50 years. The level of service from Alumasc Roofing Systems in design, system installation and after service provides significant savings in reduced dilapidation costs. The Hydrotech system provides significant long-term value. For further product information about Alumasc’s Hydrotech Structural Waterproofing system, click here or call...
SFS Intec Maps Out Enhanced Regional Technical Sales Support
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Details Get Deserved Attention at SPRA Awards
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Alternative Finance Can Drive Regional Development for Smaller House Builders
20.09.17Alternative Finance Can Drive Regional Development for Smaller House Builders KPMG has advised UK house builders to diversify their debt, as they could face the possibility of vital access to finance being shut off. The consultancy delivered this warning, as more than 80% of UK housebuilders’ estimated £10 billion worth of debt is held by just 5 high-street banks. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has said it appreciates the importance of helping housebuilders diversify their debt, but also thinks that more should be done in promoting alternative finance products to construction SMEs for those companies to successfully diversify their debt. According to the British Business Bank (BBB), awareness of different finance products is decreasing, as 38% of SMEs still went directly to their main bank when needing a loan between 2016 and 2017. The BBB additionally highlighted a regional imbalance in the distribution of finance to companies that wanted to rapidly grow, with almost 60% concentrated in London and the south east. Construction SMEs make a uniquely positive contribution to local communities, since they normally work within 15 miles of their head office. For every £1 invested in construction SMEs, 90p remains locally and is used to hire local workers, train local young apprentices and boost the local economy. Paul Bogle, head of policy and research at the NFB said: “SME house builders have close ties with their local communities. They build homes more quickly and to a higher quality standard than major house builders. Unfortunately, they still struggle to access finance in order to build more homes. “That is why ensuring that SMEs are made more aware of alternative finance choices is vital to tackling the housing crisis and getting Britain building...
Housing Minister Welcomes £50m Investment in UK Brick Manufacturing
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SPV Featured in the 2017 Parliamentary Review
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Are You a Member of the Institute of Roofing? Find Out Why You Should Be!
14.09.17Are You a Member of the Institute of Roofing? Find Out Why You Should Be! The Institute of Roofing is inviting all roofers and those involved in the UK roofing sector to attend its next meeting and find out more about the many benefits of becoming a member. The next Midlands Regional Institute of Roofing (IoR) meeting is to be held on Monday the 16th October at 11am at Polyglass GB -Unit 1 Electrium Point, Ashmore Lake, Willenhall WV12 4HD, near Wolverhampton. The agenda for the meeting is: Safe to Torch presentation by Gary Walpole of the NFRC and Peter Baker of Polyglass Introduction of the new IOR Member Benefits Package by Nigel Brittle of Touchpoint Update from Paul Harper of the Midlands Roof Training Group Update on the WinR Conference 2018 The benefits of being an IoR member are much more than you might think! If you would like to find out more, then please come along! We strongly encourage every member to bring along a non member to meetings to let them know what it is all about. Not an IoR member? Come along anyway and find out why you should be! Please register your attendance on Event Brite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midlands-regional-meeting-tickets-37801749049. Password: Midlands01 If we don’t know you are coming we can’t provide you with a complimentary buffet lunch! We look forward to seeing you there...
It’s Time to Enter the UK Roofing Awards 2018
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Barratts Profits Up by 12% While Volumes Remain Static
06.09.17Barratts Profits Up by 12% While Volumes Remain Static Housebuilders...
Construction Giants Complete Mega Merger as DowDuPont
06.09.17Construction Giants Complete Mega Merger as DowDuPont DuPont, the fo...
Weakest Upturn in UK Construction Output for 12 months in August
04.09.17Weakest Upturn in UK Construction Output for 12 months in August ...
Balfour Boss Quits Council After Criticising CITB
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Local Taxpayers to Foot £1 Billion Planning Bill Over Next Five Years
31.08.17Local Taxpayers to Foot £1 Billion Planning Bill Over Next Five Years...
Confidence in New Builds Fall as Average English House Will Have to Last 2,000 Years
18.08.17Confidence in New Builds Fall as Average English House Will Have to Last 2,000 Years The average new home in England will have to last 2,000 years if the sluggish rate of house building and replacement continues, the Local Government Association warns today. The country has not built enough homes for decades. As a result, existing homes must house more people and last for much longer, which has led to the country spending nearly as much on the repair and maintenance of existing homes as it does building new ones. But analysis reveals that one in 10 new home buyers are dissatisfied with the quality of their new home and one in six would not recommend their house builder to a friend. The research, carried out for the LGA, also reveals most local areas have more homes built before 1930 then from any other period of time, demonstrating the age of much of England’s housing stock. The LGA is calling on government to help councils build a new generation of high quality, genuinely affordable and additional homes, supported by adequate infrastructure and services. Housebuilders also need to work with councils to ensure new homes are built to a good quality, and will stand the test of time. With increasing numbers of people in the private rented sector, council leaders are also concerned that 28 per cent of privately rented homes are not decent, an increase of 150,000 homes since 2006. In comparison, council homes are more likely to be better quality, with 85 per cent meeting the decent homes standard, an increase from 70 per cent in 2008. Local government leaders insist a “national renaissance” in council housebuilding must be central to solving our housing shortage and improving quality, and for delivering the mix of different homes that meet the growing and changing need of communities. For this to happen, the LGA said councils need to be able to borrow to build and to keep 100 per cent of the receipts of any home they sell to reinvest in new and existing housing. Cllr Judith Blake, LGA Housing spokesperson, said: “Our country’s failure to build enough homes over the past few decades is putting huge pressure on our existing housing stock. “Families are having to spend more on rent or mortgages every month and deserve a decent home that is affordable. But as costs are rising, so is dissatisfaction with the standards of new homes. “Everyone deserves an affordable and decent place to live. It’s crucial that all new and existing homes are up to a decent standard. “Councils need to be able to ensure quality through the planning system, and to encourage high standards in rented and owned properties across the board. “To spark a desperately-needed renaissance in council housebuilding, councils also need to able to borrow to build new homes and keep all receipts from any homes they sell to reinvest in building new homes that are of a good quality and afford...
NFRC VACANCY - Regional Manager – North West Region
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Wienerberger and Northwards Partnership Goes From Strength to Strength
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Wienerberger Welcomes new Managing Director
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Core Capital Invests in Avonside for Expansion
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UK Construction Growth Slows to Six Year Low
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