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Roof Assured by Sarnafil installer, ROOFPRO London Ltd, was appointed for this interesting project in Holland Park by main contractor IMKO London Ltd.

With huge mansions and a relaxed feel, Holland Park is one of the most exclusive areas of London. ROOFPRO installed the Sarnafil single ply membrane on a Grade 2 listed building converted into flats and owned by a charitable institute.

The original 320 m2...

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Bison Delivers the Industry’s Leading High-End Product Suite

Bison Frames is known across the industry as a trade fabricator of high-end PVC-U vertical sliders. However, 2018 sees the launch of the company’s expanded Genesis Collection and WarmCore range, which represent a complete suite of high-end products.

Mark Tetley, Director of Bison explains: “We’re very well known and respected for our sash windows, because we have the expertise and skillset in-house to continuously improve our offering. We constantly design-in new features and customer benefits, to make our existing products better and better. However, 2018 sees this philosophy expand into a whole suite of products, to ensure our customers can benefit from the same service and product precision, in several high-end growth markets.

“Our Genesis Collection now includes flush sash casements, folding and sliding doors and bi-folding doors, as well as our sash windows. Everything in the collection goes through our Graf welder, for near-invisible timber-like joints, while our sliding sash and flush sash casements can also be mechanically jointed. That gives them an extra edge of authenticity, which...

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Rapierstar nears 100% mark with customer delivery and stockholding focus

Customers of Rapierstar, the leading fastener supplier to the door and window industry, are benefiting from its latest investment in logistics and supply chain technology as it reports a near perfect record in on time in full (OTIF) deliveries over the last 12 months.

The company’s latest customer service data reveals that 99.4% of all orders last year were delivered OTIF and error free, when promised. This record high figure comes at a time when Rapierstar has increased its customer base to supply a market share of over three quarters of the UK and Irish window industry, and it has increased...

Vertical Slider Investment
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Mercury’s investment shows it’s set to rise

Leading specialist fabricator Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd has just invested a six figure sum in new machinery to help it achieve ambitious growth plans over the next three years. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented: “This investment will help us continue to deliver exceptional quality and exceptional lead times as our order volumes increase.”

Mercury has invested in two machines from leading supplier Haffner Murat: a new FA526 Automatic 2 Head End Milling Machine and a new SC220/VS Machining Centre.

Mercury is one of the...

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Chewton Bespoke Homes install four impressive Korniche 3.6m x 2.1m Roof Lanterns to the Solent Suite, Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth.

Darren Crain is the owner of the multi award winning design and build company Chewton Bespoke Homes based in Highcliffe, Dorset. With over 20 years of experience building luxury homes, renovations and commercial refurbishments, Darren’s knowledge of architectural design and construction means he looks for the highest quality products and consistency in all aspects of his projects.

His latest project, the major refurbishment of the Marsham Court Hotel, lead Darren to enquire at Made for Trade when he was looking for an aluminium Roof Lantern which ideally suited the architectural qualities of the grand ball room and conference area. The Marsham is a well-established luxury hotel located on the beautiful Dorset coastline in Bournemouth. The hotels recent renovation has now been finished off to perfection with four large Korniche Roof Lanterns taking pride of place as a centre piece to the grandest room in the building.

Steel Tariff Danger
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A clear message needs to be sent to Trump now that he cannot ride roughshod over UK trade interest, says GMB

Protectionist trade tariffs signed by Donald Trump show the dangers faced by the UK post Brexit, says GMB.

This week the US President officially sanctioned a 25% tariff on steel imports, 10% on aluminium [1], and is now threatening a tax on cars entering the US, together with a threat to ignore the protections on foodstuffs of specific geographical origin - posing a threat to Scotland’s whisky industry and Cornish pasty production.

GMB says the UK must be prepared to take a tough stance with the US and there is currently no basis for a trade deal after Britain leaves the EU.

Glass Suppliers
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Epwin Glass invests for the future

Epwin has consolidated its glass production facilities onto one site - Epwin Glass. Epwin Glass draws on the company’s 30 years of experience in glass manufacture as it continues to support some of the largest and most respected domestic and commercial window manufacturers and installers in the UK.

Katrina Earl, Epwin Glass National Sales Manager, commented: “We are one of the leading manufacturers of insulated and energy-rated glass units for the window industry and we supply the trade, light commercial, new build and social housing sectors. As part of the consolidation and the...

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Legal and technical updates published for door hardware specialists

Door and window hardware specialists can now benefit from two new technical briefings from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

‘The GAI Guide to Door Closing Devices’ is designed to give architectural ironmongers, architectural technologists, designers and specifiers clear guidance on how to specify and supply door closing devices for self-closing fire doors. It covers the role of a door closer, CE marking, permitted power sizes and functions, fire testing and third-party certification.

Door closing devices are an essential part of the ironmongery specification on any door. They are required for various applications including privacy and security but above all to keep a door in its closed position fully into its frame in the event of fire.

Female Tradesperson Report
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A third of home owners would prefer a female tradesperson, new FMB research reveals

A third of UK home owners would rather hire a female builder, as opposed to a male builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Key results from the FMB’s research into opinions on female builders and tradespeople include:

• Almost one third (30%) of home owners would feel more positive about hiring a female builder or tradesperson to complete a task in their home, as opposed to a male builder or tradesperson;

• Women feel particularly positive about hiring female builders with 35% saying they would feel more positive about...

CPC Training
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New research reveals that 3 in 4 drivers are yet to complete their 35 hours required CPC training

Letchworth, March 6th, 2018 – Only 24% of drivers have completed the full 35 hours CPC training required of them by 2019, with nearly half of drivers (49%) still at least 14 hours short.

The research of commercial drivers and operators unveiled that over 52% of the respondents welcome training as they feel it helps them to be a better driver, and over half would like to see new industry courses introduced. And despite the reputation of one-day, classroom based training, this is the preferred way of delivering CPC training over half day courses, online modules...

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Supertrucks racks up another winner... with a little help from Mertrux Truck & Van

The changing face of the fenestration industry is reflected in an innovative Multi-Purpose Rack launched by the UK’s number one manufacturer of glass-carrying transport solutions.

Supertrucks designed the latest addition to its market-leading range of vehicle racking in response to the rapid growth in popularity of bigger, heavier products, such as bi-fold doors and windows, and orangeries.

The St Helen’s-based specialist has fitted the first example of its new rack to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van supplied by East Midlands Dealer Mertrux Truck & Van, with which its parent company, the multi-faceted Bevan Group, enjoys a close relationship. Mertrux is now offering this vehicle for trial by prospective customers.

Fabricated from lightweight aluminium, Supertrucks’ Multi-Purpose Rack is secured to the exterior of the vehicle without the need to drill the sidewall. This is an important factor in helping to ensure that any paint or bodywork warranty provided by the manufacturer remains valid, and that the resale value of the vehicle is protected.

Offsite Housing
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ilke Homes – a scale solution to the affordable housing crisis

The housebuilding industry is on track to deliver the government’s target of one million new homes by 2020. The challenge is to continue expanding supply in the highest-demand areas to improve affordability

The cost of housing has knock-on effects across the economy. As people are forced out to the suburbs, cities become less dynamic. Workers waste time on marathon, energy-sapping commutes. People from the regions cannot afford to move to cities where they might find work. Businesses cannot clear land to build. It is perhaps no coincidence that Britain’s growing housing crisis has coincided with stagnant productivity.

Tackling the housing crisis is...

Radon Testing
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With new rules recently introduced on radon exposure, global testing, inspection and certification firm Bureau Veritas is advising UK manufacturers to review monitoring of the carcinogenic radioactive gas following a new lower limit of radon permissible in the workplace.

From February 2018, as part of Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) UK businesses will have to adhere to a revised radon exposure limit of 300Bq/M3 in the workplace, replacing the previous 400Bq/M3 threshold.

Under the reforms, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)...

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Small sites and small builders will build homes faster, says FMB

The best way to speed up housing delivery is to get more small builders back into the market and focus more attention on the potential of smaller sites, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech, Building a Britain fit for future, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Small sites tend to deliver more quickly and smaller builders, for whom short term financing is more of a concern, have every incentive to build and sell quickly. More opportunities for these smaller developments will diversify the market, boost capacity and speed up delivery. The Government has clearly recognised this, and is today setting out a raft of changes to national planning policy that will encourage more small sites to come forward. We particularly welcome the move to ensure that at least 20% of the sites identified for housing in local authority’s plans are smaller sites.”

Berry continued: “However, we also need to be aware that the pace of building homes cannot be simply dictated. Those whose business is building houses have very few incentives to just sit on land. SME builders in particular have every incentive to build and sell as quickly as they can, so that they can recoup their investment and move on to the next project – nothing else would make financial sense. But developments can be stalled and slowed down for perfectly good reasons – from the financing difficulties which can often affect smaller builders...

Costal Community Funding
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NFB: Will fresh funding deliver for coastal communities?

The Government has announced that the fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) in England is open for expressions of interest.

The fund, which has seen 295 projects benefit from a total of £174 million in grants since 2012, will make £40 million available between April 2019 and March 2021.

Only projects worth more than £50,000 can apply and guidance states that the funding “will ultimately lead to regeneration and economic growth whilst directly or indirectly safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.”

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Apprenticeship News
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Construction apprentices will earn more than uni students, new FMB research reveals

Construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more, every year, than many of their university-educated counterparts, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Small building firms across the UK were asked what they pay their tradespeople and the average annual salaries were as follows:

1) Site managers earn £51,266;

2) Plumbers earn £48,675;

3) Supervisors earn £48,407;

4) Electricians earn £47,265;

5) Civil engineering operatives earn £44,253;

6) Steel fixers earn £44,174;

7) Roofers earn £42,303;

8) Bricklayers earn £42,034;

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Versatile Aluminium Entrance Door From Alumen

Specialist aluminium fabricator Alumen Ltd has started 2018 in style, with the launch of the Millennium Plus aluminium entrance door, which offers versatility outstanding credentials to both the residential and commercial market.

“The Millennium Plus door is the latest addition to our extensive product range and the next instalment in the new portfolio of Cortizo products we’re introducing to the UK market,” comments Alan Robinson, Alumen’s MD. “Millennium Plus is impressive. It offers everything you’d expect from a premium aluminium front door system but at a price point lower than much of the competition. It’s strong and durable, very stylish and extremely versatile, as the door can be fitted with either double or triple glazed IGUs up to 54mm thick, or with a fully bonded aluminium panel, which conceals the door’s profiles and offers the appearance of an ultra-stylish, single composite style slab. It can handle sash sizes up to 1,800 x 3,300mm in size, or 220kg in weight – with either standard or premium...

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Exhibition profile FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2018

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From 21 to 24 March 2018, architects, joiners, window and facade manufacturers and suppliers will be learning about worldwide innovations for windows, doors and facades at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE in Nuremberg. A TED-style forum in Hall 3A will be a new feature at next year’s event.

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FENSTERBAU FRONTALE will showcase worldwide innovations for windows, doors and facades at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 21 to 24 March 2018. At the world-leading exhibition, around 800 exhibitors will provide architects, joiners, window and facade manufacturers and suppliers with information on the latest profile systems, the use of glass in...

Customer Support
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On the road: VEKA adds four vans to TSE fleet

VEKA Group – the UK\'s industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier – has added four vans to its Technical department as part of an ongoing investment initiative. These will assist Technical Service Engineers in visiting customers across the length and breadth of the UK.

Technical Service Engineers are employed and trained in house by VEKA, to ensure that their knowledge of VEKA and Halo products and tooling is faultless. While some suppliers might only have one engineer to cover the whole country, VEKA Group employs four specialists.

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Entec Design uses Exlabesa KSF Non Thermal Door system on refurbishment of a flagship store in Middlesbrough

Complete building envelope specialist subcontractor Entec Design Services Ltd has recently installed Exlabesa Building Systems’ KSF Non Thermal Door system as part of a £3 million refurbishment of a 50,000 sq ft former BHS store in Middlesbrough which has reopened as a Flannels, USC and Sports Direct store.

The refurbishment of the BHS store is seen as a major step in the regeneration of the town centre, which makes the project a particularly prestigious one for Entec and Exlabesa.

Entec was awarded the contract by main contractor Vale UK and the company used Exlabesa’s KSF Non Thermal Door system on the projectThe system maximises the glazed area, making it perfect for shop fronts. It has an intelligent design that is engineered for quality fabrication and ease of installation and uses high quality components to ensure the product’s durability Entec Design Services Ltd was established in 2004 and undertakes projects throughout the UK from its offices in Stockton The company has an experienced team ...

Window Testing
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When is a Liniar window not a Liniar window…?

… sounds like the start of a joke, doesn’t it? But with the potential for disaster if products aren’t fully tested and approved, it’s no laughing matter.

Roger Hartshorn, Group CEO of the Flamstead Group and creator of the Liniar range of windows, doors and other fenestration products, explains what the company is doing to ensure the products manufactured under the Liniar brand fully conform to the high quality standards they were designed to exceed.

“The double-glazing industry was tarnished back in the 1980s by companies using hard-sell techniques to persuade customers to part with their cash.

Thankfully those days are long...

Blind System
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Morley Glass & Glazing introduces SL16

Morley Glass & Glazing has once again enhanced its product offer with the introduction of a new slimline ScreenLine® integral blind system.

SL16 is ideal for use in composite doors and vertical sliding windows due to its slimline 10mm slats, making it the first integrated blind system that is suitable for use in a 16mm cavity.

The range includes the slider controlled SL16S Venetian, as well as the SL26C Venetian with cord control.

Both are currently only available in the UK exclusively through Morley Glass & Glazing, and are available in white, beige and silver. They come complete with the additional features users...

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Lack of major projects slows construction in January

After a volatile 2017 for construction, the year hasn’t begun much better for the industry in January, with the value of new contracts awarded at £5.4 billion, 10.6 per cent lower than the same time last year, as a lack of major projects has hit growth prospects.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights levels of construction contract values awarded in 2017 across Great Britain. Residential housing and infrastructure both dominated the construction sector across January, with contract values at £1.9 billion and £1.7 billion respectively, which combined, is more than 65% of the total value of construction in the month. The largest project in January was the £800 million Spire London Hertsmere...

Profile Supplier
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Advance 70 and Selecta – The Complete System and Supplier!

For window and door fabricators to prosper in a very competitive market, it has now become far more critical for businesses to ensure that not only can they offer a complete range of window and door solutions, but also when doing so, that fabrication remains as efficient as possible. A vital cog in all of this, is making sure you have the right window and door profile supplier and more importantly the right window and door profile system as Selecta Systems Sales Director, Andy Green, explains.

I spend many long hours every week, driving the length and breadth of the UK, spend many long hours every week, driving the length and breadth of the UK,..

New Appointment
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Exlabesa Building Systems appoints new Area Manager

Exlabesa Building Systems, a global manufacturer of aluminium systems, has strengthened its sales management team with the appointment of experienced industry man, Dave Tanner, in the position of Area Manager (Midlands).

Paul Benn, Exlabesa Building Systems’ National Sales Manager, said, “Dave is well known in the industry and...

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Morley Glass & Glazing Marks 20th Anniversary With Record Growth

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Morley Glass & Glazing, which is reporting 30% year-on-year growth over the last 12 months.

Morley Glass & Glazing specialises in manufacturing Uni-Blind® sealed units with ScreenLine® integral blinds inside. 2017 saw not only the launch of Morley’s updated website but the opening of its new showroom as well as growth of its delivery fleet, including four new vans.

The business also recently introduced several new additions to its product range, including SmartMotion, a new home automation interface that allows installers to quickly and easily incorporate motorised integral blinds into home automation systems.

Material Demands
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NFB to MPA: We are a united supply chain

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has highlighted three practical steps that the Government should take in order to ensure the supply chain can meet the material demands for 300,000 new homes every year.

Identifying improved policy clarity, better resourcing for the mineral planning system, and supportive policy architecture after Brexit, the MPA believes that the Government needs to give greater consideration to the long-term capacity and ability of the supply chain to support the delivery of...

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