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Building Products July 2017

COMPANY NEWS | SHOWCASE Investment for the future JULY 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 73 The London Fruit and Wool Exchange in Spitalfields has appointed Prater to deliver a broad scope of works during its redevelopment. Appointed by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, Prater’s remit will include ground floor, terrace and roof waterproofing, finishes and roof level cladding works. Prater’s scopes of works include the installation of structural waterproofing as well as insulation across several levels of the building. Other elements include installation of Mansafe systems, roof and wall cladding, louvre screens, traditional zinc roofing and a mixture of roof finishes from standard ballast and paving to green roofing as well as bespoke paving to the terraces. Richard Clews, precontracts manager at Prater said: “This project is the latest addition to our portfolio of high profile London developments. Coordinating the logistics of such a broad scope of works requires the knowledge and experience of a specialist envelope contractor and we are proud to be involved in the project at this iconic site.” The redevelopment will see the creation of approximately 2,300 jobs and is due for completion in Spring 2018. www.prater.co.uk Wellness in the workplace white paper released Striking the right balance of sunlight and daylight in a building is crucial to people’s wellbeing, according to a new white paper by architectural products company Hunter Douglas. It is down to architects and designers to factor in solar and light glare control when they work on building projects because doing this successfully can improve the interior comfort and energy performance of the premises. However, including blinds at the earliest stage of a building design process can make a huge difference. The challenge for building designers, therefore, is to ensure there is plenty of natural sunlight that does not cause discomfort. It is why blinds offer a suitable solution, subject to a building's location, its façade orientation and the end user's profile being taken into consideration. A study by the European Solar Shading Organization (ES-SO) estimates the energy-saving potential of dynamic sun systems could be as much as 30% for cooling and 14% for heating. Installing blinds is an effective way to prevent glare and ensure visual comfort, with functional roller blinds reducing heat entry by 50- 60% and light to less than 5%. www.hunterdouglas.co.uk A series of major investments in its factory in Sheffield intending to enhance its fabrication services has been announced by Panel Systems. Following on from previous investments totalling £260,000, which included a CNC Turret punch and a new spray booth system, Panel Systems has recently invested a further £120,000. This includes investing £100k in a new beam saw and £20k into new in-house testing facilities. The beam saw will be used for cutting to exacting tolerances a wide variety of sheet materials such as timber, laminates and metals, as part of the company’s further enhancing its service to customers. Panel Systems’ new test laboratory will include its own Tensometer that measures the tensile properties of materials. Chris Ibbotson, managing director at Panel Systems, said: “This is an exciting time for our business as we continue to invest in extending our fabrication capabilities. We now have one of the most advanced and bestequipped panel manufacturing facilities. It means we can provide the most comprehensive service to customers backed up by over 40 years’ experience in panel manufacture and fabrication.” www.panelsystems.co.uk Manufacturers of door and window control systems GEZE UK has strengthened its specification team with the appointment of Matthew Gregory who takes up the role of specification manager, covering the North region as part of the GEZE UK specification team expansion. Matthew will be responsible for providing product specification and technical support for architects and specifiers across tender documentation, CAD (Computer Aided Design) and BIM (Building Information Modelling) projects, whilst supporting the GEZE UK sales team. Prior to joining GEZE UK, he worked for BIG Group as an industrial door installation and service engineer and as a senior automatic door engineer. Matthew’s career history also includes sales management experience with Axis Automatic Entrance Systems. Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK, said: “Matthew’s skills are ideal for his new role. With strong product knowledge and great interpersonal skills, he will help strengthen our commitment to specification excellence and joins us a close-knit, growing team.” www.geze.co.uk Fruits of their labour evident for building envelope contractor Specification in the North is the key with new appointment


Building Products July 2017
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