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Building Products January 2018

COMPANY NEWS | SHOWCASE Manufacturers of fire, thermal and acoustic solutions Promat, has completed its multi-million-pound development programme to create a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in Lancashire. The 66,000ft2 facility – The Innovation Centre – at Heywood, near Manchester, is said to give Promat UK a ‘state of the art’ platform to grow its business and respond to the growing demand for high performance insulation and reliable passive fire protection in all markets, including the door, window and industrial sectors. The completion of the move coincides with Promat UK achieving its transition to the 2015 updates to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The two-year Heywood development programme, which has doubled Promat UK’s production space and increased staff numbers by 20%, has seen the company relocate from its original home in Bracknell and integrate its made-to-order workshop and specialist solutions operations that were previously located at Bromborough on the Wirral. The new factory serves clients in all industry sectors across the UK, with four new purpose-built CNC machines ensuring that bespoke products are precision manufactured to the highest quality standards. www.promat-glass.co.uk Increasing the field of expertise JANUARY 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 13 Thinking outside the box Part of SIG, Proteus Facades, has helped create a new feature on The University of Northampton’s Riverside Campus in the form of a 26m flue shaft on its new £6.9m biomass plant, completed with Proteus cladding panels and an integrated LED screen by digiLED. Proteus HR solid metal skin with honeycomb core was used around the thermal envelope of the building, combined with polycarbonate cladding. The ‘exceptional flatness, strength and rigidity’ of the lightweight Proteus HR panels is said to have allowed the architects to develop a large modular cassette system (2500mm x 1000mm), which was replicated around the building. An ‘engaging aesthetic’ was achieved on the 26m high stack by wrapping it in the Proteus SC perforated ‘skin’. The new Energy Centre forms part of the £330m Waterside Campus Development at the University of Northampton. It will provide sustainable heating and hot water for all the buildings and student residencies on the 58-acre site, whilst saving over 1,000 tons of CO2 in the short term, rising to 2,200 tons a year following the introduction of a combined heat and power engine. www.proteusfacades.com Engineered surface water drainage and access covers professionals Gatic Civil Drainage and Gatic Engineered Access Covers, has added to its growing team with the appointment of Graham Ward as new area sales manager for the Central region. With knowledge and experience of working with builders’ merchants, Graham will be working closely with AWMS’ merchant support team. This includes training on Gatic’s products. Graham commented: “Joining the Gatic team is an exciting new step in my career. Gatic has an impeccable reputation in the industry for offering quality products and outstanding service. I’m looking forward to being a part of the team that delivers solutions and work for an inspiring company that drives innovation.” www.gatic.com Launching into the New Year with CPD Seminar Fibre bonded carpet and carpet tile manufacturer Heckmondwike, has launched a new RIBA approved Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminar for specifiers, architects and installers. The CPD seminar, ‘what to consider when specifying fibre bonded carpets’, is included on RIBA’s core curriculum under Design, Construction and Technology, with a general awareness knowledge level. It aims to provide participants with the necessary information and essential regulatory requirements for correctly specifying and installing fibre bonded contract flooring. Each session will cover the key factors that should be taken into consideration when specifying the right commercial carpet for a specific environment. This includes how fibre bonded carpets meet contract flooring requirements, the differences between sheet products, carpet tiles and carpet planks and their installation and maintenance. In addition, participants will also gain a better understanding of the manufacturing processes, how to identify whether a fibre bonded product is fit for purpose, and how floorcoverings can meet health, safety and environmental standards. www.ribacpd.com Solutions for the future


Building Products January 2018
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