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Building Products December 2017

COMPANY NEWS | SHOWCASE A new special education and training college, dedicated to the future of the UK’s rail industry, is the latest project to benefit from the outstanding thermal performance of the Kingspan Kooltherm K110 soffit board. The Birmingham based college has been designed by Bond Bryan Architects to embody the institution’s mission to pioneer technical excellence in the next generation. Constructed by Willmott Dixon, the facility contains a variety of practical and classroombased Scooping up an award DECEMBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 73 learning spaces. The solid bronze cladding, redolent of the site’s industrial past, has been perforated in places with binary code patterns. To insulate the main entrance, Kingspan Kooltherm K110 soffit board was installed by Sage Roofing. The product is a premium performance insulation board comprising an advanced fibre-free rigid thermoset phenolic insulation core with a thermal conductivity of 0.018 W/mK across all board thicknesses. The product is also said to offer excellent fire protection, passing all the requirements of FM approval to FMRC 4880 Class 1 fire classification. www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk No need to put up the barriers with formal partnership announced Manufacturer of extruded PVC-U products, Veka Group, has announced a partnership with UK Flood Barriers, becoming the exclusive supplier of PVC-U profile for its Flood Angel brand of flood defence windows and doors. John Hunt, business development manager for Veka Group said: “Flood Angel currently produces around 150 doors each week for the domestic and commercial markets. We’re pleased to have demonstrated the added benefits that Veka profile will bring to these products, and look forward to working in partnership.” UK Flood Barriers delivers commercial contracts and flood prevention measures for riverside and coastal areas. One such contract involved building and installing retractable flood barriers for a university hospital in New York. John added: ““The company has its own in-house flood tank facilities, and we’re exploring tests to assess Veka’s French doors with a view to broadening the fenestration options available for homes and business properties in flood risk areas.” With Ian McNiffe, Veka Group’s technical service engineer (South) overseeing the tooling and software setup, the partners hope to produce initial ‘try out’ units within the next month. www.vekauk.com UK provider of wall, roof and landscaping options Wienerberger, has scooped up the Investors in Education 2017 Award in recognition of its work and positive partnerships developed over the last academic year with young people and schools. EBP, the organisation behind the award, is a social enterprise that focuses on developing the skills of young people across the country. One project is Wienerberger’s annual attendance at the Lincolnshire Showground event, which gives primary and secondary school pupils the opportunity to develop their hand to eye coordination by creating 3D clay sculptures. This also offers the children the chance to find out more about the work that Wienerberger’s heritage department. The company also aims to engage with older students, holding a successful heritage event at Headingly Cricket Ground, Leeds, earlier this year. Ian Martinson, heritage and factory 3 team leader, said: “We are continually looking for new ways in which we can engage with the younger generations and highlight the importance of construction in education. We are thrilled to have participated in so many fantastic projects and we’re looking forward to seeing what opportunities the new academic year will bring.” www.wienerberger.co.uk Countryside contract gives scaffolding provider elevated status Scaffolding and access system provider, SGB, has revealed details of a new deal it has won from UK property developer, Countryside. The four-year deal sees SGB appointed as the sole scaffolding provider to Countryside’s North West division, and carries a contract value in excess of £13 million. Jason Milner, SGB’s business development manager, said: “We are extremely proud and excited to be partnering Countryside on these schemes. We currently have 23 live sites in progress with more set to follow, and this will make a great contribution to our planned growth strategy over the next four years.” The Countryside work will be focussed on SGB’s Manchester depot. General manager Alan Arthur added: “We have proved to Countryside that we have the size, strength and capabilities that few other scaffolding providers, if any, can match, but which are essential to fulfil a major contract such as this.” SGB has a well-established relationship with Countryside. In 2014 the company was chosen to be Countryside’s sole provider, under a two-year deal, which reportedly saw the volume of business grow to an annual order value of £3.5m. www.sgb.co.uk Delivering insulation panels on time


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