The Irish manufacturer Combilift recently marked a further milestone when its 60,000th unit came off the production lines at the company HQ in Monaghan and was shipped to the other side of the world. The customer taking delivery of this special forklift is Metroll, a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of steel building products including roofing, cladding, rainwater, structural and fencing.

Metroll has branches across the country, and the new Combi-CB3000 will be a further addition to its fleet of 13 Combilifts that are operating throughout the Metroll Group, with another 10 already on order. These range from 3t multidirectional units to a highly customised 10t model.

Combilift number 60,000 will be working at the site in Toowoomba and has been fitted with features such as 4.9m triplex mast with a 3050mm spreader to safely and easily manage the long loads that are typically handled by Metroll.

 

 

According to Metroll Operations Manager Vic Josephs “Like most businesses we are very busy and we’re also growing at a significant rate, so space has become a premium resource. With this unit we can utilise our space more efficiently whilst at the same time operating safely. Safety is of paramount importance. This forklift allows our machinery to get into tighter spaces and for us to space our racks more closely together to maximise factory floor space.”

Combilift CEO and Co-Founder Martin McVicar commented: “This is a great achievement for Combilift, particularly as almost every truck we manufacture is a one-off, designed for specific and individual requirements. There are very few other companies, if any, that can offer this level of customisation whilst manufacturing in such volume. The first half of this year has been by far the best in our 23 year history for the number of orders we have received – not just for Combi-CB models but across our complete product range.”

Chris Littlewood, Country Manager of Combilift Australia said: “The Combi-CB 3t model is the most popular unit in the Australian market and accounted for 50% of the machines we sold in the year ending March 2021. So we are particularly pleased that it is one of our customers in this country that has been able to receive this landmark machine.”

Following the successful collaboration with Metroll in Australia, Combilift now also supplies its trucks to the company’s Californian based operations too. “We have often found that a recommendation from one country leads to sites elsewhere adopting the same material handling processes with our products,” said Martin McVicar. “So we’d like to congratulate Metroll on taking delivery of our 60,000th truck, and thank them for their continued support over the years.”

 

www.combilift.com/60000

https://www.metroll.com.au/

 

 Offering accurate, timely and flexible information management of construction projects

 

The construction management software Gsite by Glodon is now available for the UK and Irish markets through MagiCAD Group. The  platform enables online management of construction site tasks as well as quality and safety issues, document management, BIM, workflows and much more. Glodon Gsite has already been used in more than 30,000 building projects globally in small and large-scale projects.

Glodon Gsite Offering online management of construction site data providing project participants with immediate access to information, such as documents, safety issues, and scheduled activities. As digital solutions have begun transforming construction sites, Gsite introduces more efficient processes and improves collaboration and communication possibilities.

“Developed with construction project teams in mind, Gsite enables them to quickly get started without any previous experience of software and hardware usage”, says Tom Young, Director for Construction Solutions at MagiCAD Group. “In addition, MagiCAD Group offers a generous and well-thought service plan to make sure that the UK customers have the best quality of service we’re known for.”

Gsite is a single source of truth for managing  construction projects. The software provides automatically generated statistics and data from construction projects and enables users to keep track of project events, issues, and overall progress. All project information is stored online and can be accessed on-site or remotely through an application that supports multiple mobile devices.

“A centralized approach to construction site management enables project participants to easily remain in control of tasks and issues and to respond quickly”, explains Young.

Gsite saves time in administration, as information can be updated and recorded on-site. Tracking site data also enables improved visibility into project overhead costs, which are otherwise hard to follow accurately.

Gsite can be used by contractors and construction companies of any type and by  on-site personnel, as well as project management and senior managers.

For more information on Gsite, CLICK HERE

 

About MagiCAD Group

MagiCAD Group specialises in Building Information Modelling software and services. Our team of passionate software professionals provides customers with intelligent solutions that make daily engineering, design and planning work easier, faster and more profitable. Our products are used by thousands of companies in over 80 countries around the world. MagiCAD is headquartered in Turku, Finland and is part of Glodon Group.

About Glodon Group

Established in 1998, Glodon is one of the world’s leading digital building platform providers offering products and services that cover the entire life cycle of buildings. With more than 7,000 employees and 60 branches around the world, it provides services to over 800,000 enterprise customers in over 100 countries and regions reaching 20 million professional engineers and managers globally.

 

 

Global building product manufacturer, Sika, has launched an eLearning platform, the Knowledge Centre, allowing construction specialists to expand their skills and keep up to date on the very latest developments, innovations and regulatory requirements relating to a wide range of construction materials, all available from an easy to navigate, intuitive online platform.

 

The Sika Knowledge Centre comprises a series of online learning modules and resources. Sika has created the content by utilising its vast global experience and expertise, working across a range of application areas, from roofing and waterproofing to concrete repairs, flooring and sealing and bonding.

 

Users simply register on the Knowledge Centre platform and then have access to a series of different modules, relating to various products and sectors. Modules are categorised under different product groups to enable the user to personalise the experience to their areas of interest. As modules are completed, the user’s profile is updated accordingly, providing a record of their ongoing learning.

 

Each module has been written by technically competent teams within Sika. These concise yet thorough learning and training experiences focus on not only what Sika can offer, but also industry standards, regulations and best practice information, to provide a comprehensive learning resource for a wide range of industry professionals.

 

Industry professionals will be able to access a range of live and on-demand webinars and training presentations, e-learning modules, how-to videos, and hybrid training across roofing, flooring, waterproofing, refurbishment and concrete repairs.

 

Modules available at the launch include among others: Total Corrosion Management, Fibre Reinforced Concrete, Fully Bonded Waterproofing Membranes, Pushing the Envelope – High Rise and Facades.  Further modules will be added month by month, providing professionals with an invaluable learning resource that stays constantly up to date with a changing and evolving industry.

 

 “We are delighted to offer the construction industry the ability to expand their knowledge through these well-designed training experiences,” said Cheryl Douglas, Head of Marketing at Sika Limited. “For professionals wanting to know more, and stay up to date, Sika’s new Knowledge Centre will help them to develop a practical understanding of our range of construction products and systems.”

 

Accessible from anywhere and on any device, the Sika Knowledge Centre offers a seamless learning experience, as it combines various methods of learning on one accessible platform.

 

For more information, visit https://gbr.knowledge.sika.com/

 

Polypipe Building Services, the UK’s leading developer of water management solutions for the commercial sector, provided an array of key services for Aberla M&E on a luxurious new development in Manchester.

The £72m No1 Old Trafford development consists of two towers, 15 and 18 storeys, across 214,000 sq ft on the waterfront at Trafford Park.

The area around the site is already extensively developed so space was at a premium for Aberla M&E, who decided to use Polypipe’s Advantage service.

Polypipe Advantage offsite fabrication service brings together manufacturing process, project management and logistics methods to provide M&E contractors with a production-based approach that helps to achieve project productivity targets.

Using the Advantage service, Aberla opted for three Polypipe products: Terrain FUZE, Terrain PVC and MecFlow.

 

 

The building program required a fast and reliable install to which MecFlow supports due to the innovative CLICKWELD technology that combines all the benefits of an electrofusion weld with clip connections to reduce on-site installation time.

MecFlow components are supplied to the project site as a complete kit for quick assembly and connected in position. The use of clip connections removes the need for clamping and allows for repositioning before the final welding is applied.

Terrain FUZE is manufactured from high density polyethylene (HDPE) so has strong abrasion, chemical and temperature resistance. HDPE was specifically used in the in lower levels to avoid the risk of leaks with homogenous welding in the commercial and communal spaces such as the reception area.

 

www.polypipe.com

 

 


There is a huge selection of external cladding and finishes available for MMC projects. Popular choices include timber paneling, brick slips and renders, and a wide variety of laminates and melamines. However, each product type has different performance ratings and requirements for installation and for long-term maintenance. It is important to understand this when specifying a product.

In recent years we have noticed a big shift in what people are looking for. Traditional cladding styles are being replaced by more contemporary options and there is greater focus on longevity, maintenance and ease of installation. With that in mind, we are always updating our range to offer more choice, in line with the latest technologies and manufacturing techniques.

Factory-made cladding panels, sheets and strips offer the precision sizing and finish that are required for volumetric and offsite construction. Available pre-cut and ready to install, there is no additional finishing required to complete the installation.

As a prefabricated product it is easy to scale up or down, whether delivering a large-scale development in sectors as diverse as education, healthcare, and retail, or individual units for leisure accommodation, such as chalets or cabins.

Panels offer the stability, predictability and consistency necessary for repeatable, accurate modular construction. Depending on the project requirements, installation can be carried out on location or within the factory before the panels or structures are shipped to the construction site. By choosing materials carefully, maintenance and cleaning is much more straightforward, keeping the outside of the building looking great, long into the future.

One such high-performing product is EASY MEG. It comes with a ten-year manufacturer’s warranty and is certified as Euroclass B s1-d0. New to the UK market and available exclusively from Lathams, EASY MEG has been developed by Abet Laminati. An external Compact Grade Laminate (CGL), EASY MEG is simple to install and available in 3000mm x 208mm strips, making it up to four-times faster to install than large panels.

CGLs are very robust. They comprise a core of phenolic resin impregnated cellulose fibres, beneath an integrated decorative surface protected by a clear thermosetting coating. After undergoing a high pressure and heat process, the result is a solid, compact and long-lasting material.

Installed using an invisible fixing method, the closed joint structure features a simple clamping system. Thanks to the protected bottom groove and the inclined top bevel it results in a tight visual joint which also aids water dispersal and accelerates drying.

Designed so that it can be installed in either a traditional horizontal layout or more contemporary vertical orientation, it is available in a range of colours and wood grain finishes, providing plenty of choice.

EASY MEG is perfect for use at low level where accidental or deliberate damage may occur due to its impact resistance and easy to clean properties. For example, graffiti can be easily removed using organic solvents or specialist treatments without damaging the decorative face. It also withstands general dirt accumulation. A colourfast product, with good weather and moisture resistance, it does not require regular cleaning or mould removal either.

Both EASY MEG and our broader range of external cladding products are available for delivery from your local Lathams depot. We can deliver straight to site or to factory for installation onto panels or pods before construction. It means that you do not have to take up valuable space in the factory with materials but can order when you are ready for the final touches. And, by working with our dedicated product managers, you can ensure that you get the right cladding to meet the requirements of your project.

 

Visit our website for more information about our full cladding range or contact our depots direct to get advice from our expert team.

www.lathamtimber.co.uk/products/cladding

 

Precast & Preformed Troughs & Fibrelite’s ‘Made to Measure’ GRP Trough Covers

Composite access cover manufacturer Fibrelite has formed strategic partnerships with a number of major manufacturers of precast and preformed troughs (also known as trenches, channels and ducts) in Europe and the USA (including Fibex and Trenwa) to create new collaborative product offerings integrating Fibrelite covers and precast and preformed troughs, combining the strength and longevity of precast and preformed troughs with the easy, safe manual removal and durability of Fibrelite’s lightweight composite covers.

Health and safety issues surrounding manual handling are of paramount importance to site managers. Without the necessary provision of dedicated lifting apparatus and training for operatives, traditional concrete and steel trough access covers can be a concern due to their sheer weight. Concrete slab covers can weigh as much as five times the weight of an equivalent size Fibrelite GRP composite trough cover.
Fibrelite covers have an industry leading strength-to-weight ratio and are designed to be safely and easily removed by two people, using the Fibrelite FL7 ergonomically designed lifting handles.

Driven by focusses on health and safety, weight, durability (no corrosion) and reduced installation time, GRP composite access covers have moved from being a niche product used on petrol station forecourts to being specified at the outset of new build and retrofit projects for some of the world’s most prestigious brands in technology, data centres, ports, airports, high-tech manufacturing facilities, utilities, infrastructure and many more.

“In recent years, the demand for highly customisable, high-tech access covering solutions has grown exponentially, and we’re proud of the part we’ve played in their adoption over the 40 years since we invented the world’s first. Since then, we’ve continually innovated, focussing on creating solutions to industry and customer challenges.” Commented Ian Thompson, Fibrelite’s Managing Director EMEA “Partnering with precast and preformed trough/trench manufacturers was a logical next step, and I’m proud to say that, since we created our first partnership offering with Trenwa in 2014 we now have over 50 kilometres of our covers installed in precast and preformed troughs across the globe”

David Holmes, Fibrelite’s Technical Director added “We work closely with architects, contractors, and end users from tender stage right the way through to delivery and even installation where required. This collaborative process ensures that the supplied product fulfils both product quality demands and strict project completion deadlines. Fibrelite covers can be custom designed and manufactured with dimensions matched precisely to specified trough opening/rebate dimensions (Fibrelite’s adjustable tooling allows covers to be manufactured within millimetres of a clients requirement)”

Recent Installation: New Build Data Centre, Northern Europe

Some clients favour a complete GRP solution for both troughs and covers. Where appropriate, this can further reduce installation costs and time due to their reduced weight for transit and installation. Earlier this year, Fibrelite engineered and manufactured 550 metres of custom trough covers for a new build data centre in Northern Europe. These GRP preformed troughs were supplied with custom fit Fibrelite bolt-down covers, for added security.

 

Recent Installation: Cruise Ship Terminal, UK
Fibrelite custom engineered and manufactured 500 metres of F900 (90-tonne) load rated GRP trough covers to fit precast concrete troughs at a UK cruise ship terminal. The stepped covers were supplied in a number of customised sizes to fit the trough configuration. The F900 load rated covers were stepped to reduce the unit weight in compliance with the customer’s specified manual handling limit.

 

www.fibrelite.com/mmc

 

Wernick Buildings’ factory in Port Talbot welcomed visitors to receive a demonstration of their latest modular building system; HMflex. The four-bed hospital ward allowed visitors to experience the same high-quality environment that healthcare professionals and patients would receive.

A result of meetings over several years, NHS Improvement approached the MPBA (Modular and Portable Building Association) and some of its members (including Wernick) to explore the possibility of creating standardised, modular units which could be more easily deployed at scale within healthcare settings. The result was HMflex, a modular building system designed specifically to meet the spatial and technical requirements of NHS wards, providing ward and clinical spaces via standardised layouts.
HMflex is specifically designed to offer a fast-paced, quality solution to fit the needs and requirements of the healthcare sector: the system delivers a fully fitted, compliant four-bed ward with just two building modules. This means that a four-bed ward can be delivered, installed and ready for fit-out in as little as 24 hours. Designed with scalability in mind, extra storeys can also be added later with ease.

Andy King, Deputy Managing Director of Wernick Buildings, commented: “The whole offsite construction industry has been receiving more attention over the last few years due to press and public interest, and healthcare has been a big sector. One of the key benefits, particularly in light of the increased pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, is speed: this is where the standardised HMflex will have a major impact.”

Working with NHS trusts and fire engineers, the entire exterior envelope of the building system was designed and tested to meet all of Part B non-combustible building regulations. For ease of maintenance and improved performance, at design stage clients can specify which items they want incorporated into the standard design. These include doors, IPS, plumbing and electrics.  Full bed and passenger lifts are easily incorporated into the modular design, and specialist areas like operating theatres, MRI functions and pathology units can also be catered to. The completed building is both HTN and HBN compliant.

Andy continued, “We can bring the benefits of offsite construction to facilities as complex as inpatient wards and operating theatres. This is all achieved while maintaining compliance throughout. The HMflex ward block is the first of what we hope will be a series of standardised solutions that will support the NHS in meeting pressures moving forwards.”

Visitors who came to experience the demonstration building included local senior politicians such as Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon, Edward Latham, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, and local AM David Rees.

Commenting on the unit, Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, said: “I was honoured to be able to see first-hand the incredible hi-tech work of one of Port Talbot’s major employers. It is fantastic that our constituency is home to such well-established firms leading the way on the national stage. I was also thrilled to hear about Wernick’s plans for expansion and the long-term career opportunities companies like theirs are providing for the people of our community.”
Proving the flexibility of the building system, the demonstration ward was disassembled in July and relocated to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where the two building modules form part of a new 72-bed ward building.

Established in 1934, Wernick are proud to be the most established modular building provider in the UK, with decades of experience providing clients with high quality buildings over almost any sector.

www.wernick.co.uk

 

Totally Modular Secure Contract with Citizen for Multiple Developments Following Award Winning Pilot Scheme Success

Following the success of their award-winning pilot scheme development in Littlethorpe, Coventry delivered by Totally Modular for Citizen, the two companies have entered into contract for a second time, this time for a series of developments across a number of sites in Coventry. The homes will range from one-bedroom bungalows to four-bedroom homes. The developments are situated at current garage infill sites, which are located throughout Coventry, West Midlands on existing brownfield land.

The partnership is looking to replicate their success with these new homes, as the pilot scheme achieved a multitude of accolades, with the most impressive being the ‘Constructing Excellence Midlands – Offsite Award’.

The journey of the partnership started through Citizen recognising the impact on surrounding communities in developing these difficult, small infill sites, so the decision was made to explore modular construction options, as they were not commercially viable for traditional development. A partnership was then formed with local housing manufacturer Totally Modular, as they can access land and re-purpose existing smaller brownfield sites that traditional builds would find difficult or too expensive to navigate, therefore unlocking new land adds huge value to the offer.

Totally Modular are supplying these homes as a full turnkey solution, with the aim being to transform the currently redundant infill sites, suffering from blight, into a variety of highly energy efficient, attractive homes. The developments across Coventry, will consist of a variety of Totally Modular house types to cater for a range of residents in need. These architypes have been designed for the purposes of standardization, so that these house types can be rolled out to wherever the demand is needed.
The new homes will be manufactured within Totally Modular’s factory based in the West Midlands, on a production line and start as a robust hybrid steel frame and achieve a build status of up to 95% completion before they are delivered less than forty minutes to site. They are expected to exceed building regulations therefore providing higher quality solutions with lower risk and greater speed, cost-effectiveness and consistency.

 

Managing Director of Totally Modular, John Connolly commented on the announcement by saying…
“We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to work alongside Citizen again after our initial successful pilot scheme. As with all trials there are lessons to be learnt and our collective aim is to implement the take outs from that scheme to ensure both Citizen and the residents benefit from best available technology with regard to both environmental and energy performance.
With the direction of travel for UK housing delivery being net zero carbon, Totally Modular and Citizen are playing their part in ensuring the assets delivered today are future proofed for the city and residents of Coventry.”
Executive Director of Development, Nick Byrne at Citizen, also commented…
“It’s fantastic we are extending our modular housing pilot. It allows us to to proceed with our ambitions to deliver modular construction homes on some of the most difficult sites to develop and replicate the quality standards of our homes at Littlethorpe.
These new schemes will have a positive impact on the current issues around temporary housing and offer future customers a home which is a foundation for life. The homes will be offered at affordable rent so will be very attractive to families living in Coventry.”

The scheme at Littlethorpe achieved an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate, which means this type of development is in the top one percent when compared to energy-efficiency standards measured nationally. It also achieved actual running costs of £1.48 a day for a 3-bedroom home with five occupants.
Nick added Citizen is also looking to replicate this success in the new developments.

He said: “The energy efficiency we are achieving in these homes is in line with the Government’s “Future Homes Standard” which is not due to be introduced until 2025 and also our current Development Strategy.”
“We have decided to extend the pilot, so we can show further the benefits of modular construction especially on sites which are former garage sites. This means a reduction in the impact on residents due to the homes being manufactured in a factory which minimises the construction on site.”

www.totallymodular.co.uk

 

Skills shortages and COVID-19 disruption are placing pressure on traditional models of construction. We ask can the supply chain be part of the solution?

In his report Modernise or Die, Mark Farmer suggested that a skills crisis in mainstream construction, was likely to result in a decrease of 20-25% in the workforce over the next decade.

Published in 2016, it suggested the construction sector faced a perfect storm of an aging workforce with lower levels of entry into the sector.
This has been compounded by increased demand for construction workers across Europe in the last year and a post-Brexit exodus, with 1.3million construction workers estimated to leave the UK since 2019.

In real terms, this means that employment in the construction sector fell from 2.3m in 2017 to 2.1m at the end of 2020, representing a 4 per cent fall in UK-born workers and a 42 per cent fall in EU workers, according to the Office for National Statistics. More than 500,000 UK-born construction workers are expected to retire in the next 10 to 15 years.

Throw into this mix rapidly increasing material costs and COVID-19 demand and accompanying disruption to supply. With pressure to hit ever increasing levels of performance and project build and costs are soaring, with many warning that the sector needs to build in inflationary costs of at least 5% a year as ‘the new normal’.
Modular offsite and modern methods of construction offers developers a potential solution. While not immune from the pressures on building materials supply, scalability and standardisation, proponents argue, can support main contractors in meeting demand when a skilled workforce and materials are in short supply, and in keeping a lid on costs.

This also means, according to John Duckworth, Head of Commercial Sales, at window and door systems company Deceuninck, a reassessment of the relationship between main-contractor, sub-contractors and the wider supply chain.

“Everyone has been forced to reassess what they do and how they do it”, he says, “That’s not only about what they do on site, how the fabric of buildings are put together. The last 18-months has served to highlight the critical importance of the wider supply chain and how suppliers and contractors work together.”
Deceuninck is a global leader in PVC-U window and door system supply, with extensive experience in the UK commercial sector, partnering with a network of leading commercial window manufacturers. “There is no magic wand”, continues John. “It’s going to take time to address the skills gap and costs of labour are going to remain high for the foreseeable future, which means modular development, which doesn’t require the same skills threshold, will have a key part to play in cost control.
“The other element is better and closer working between main and sub-contractors and suppliers, sitting down earlier in the process to extract better value from specifications.  “There are things that every specification will have, an expected level of energy efficiency, acoustics, security – how you get there can carry very different overheads.
“It’s defined by material, planning and ultimately expertise in delivery.”

Deceuninck offers an extensive commercial window and door range, working with commercial window and door manufacturers specialising in modular builds as well as other specialisms including steel-frame construction.

Its’ flagship commercial system is the 5000 series, which extends the design potential of PVC-U using patented glass fibre technology, removing the requirement for steel reinforcement, increasing thermal efficiency and reducing weight.

Available in Standard, Slim and the ultra-energy efficient Neo option, as a leading edge, tilt-and-turn window it achieves U-values of as low as 0.84W/m2K, air permeability is 600Pa, watertightness of up to 600Pa and wind resistance is 2000 Pa.

The 5000 also delivers a high level of acoustic insulation with a Maximum Rw value of 46db and achieves PAS24 using standard hardware.

“It’s a very flexible window option, sightlines are slim and with a wide range of foil options including a dedicated range to match into aluminium finishes, the 5000 series offers a lot of design potential”, continues John.
“With the significant price inflation that we’ve seen in the last year in steel supply, it’s also worth noting that the 5000 series features Linktrusion our patented and highly thermally efficient glass fibre reinforcement system.
“As strong as steel – it can be specified to manufacturer full height 2,500mm doors – the system delivers 30% thermal efficient gain, up to 40% savings on materials and weight, and is also 100% recyclable.”

Deceuninck’s commercial window and door offer, also includes Casement, Tilt-and-Turn and Fully Reversible Window.

The latter, in common with the 5000 Series, has also been designed specifically for commercial applications, and for modern buildings with large openings.

Featuring a contemporary finish they can be manufactured to a maximum size of 1,400mm x 1,400mm with a weight limit of 80kg. It also offers class 4 air permeability, class E1050 water tightness and class AE 2400Pa exposure along with exceptional energy efficiency, thanks to a double glazed U-value of just 1.3.

“The biggest gains come through partnership. If we can sit down with architects and specifiers early enough in the design process, we can work with them head on, or design-out problems. We have a lot of experience working on modular projects but also steel framed buildings”, John says.
He continues: “With that specialism and experience we can work with main contractors to enhance performance while lowering costs but we need to have that conversation sooner in the design process rather than later.

 

 

 

Case study: Springfield Park, Maidstone

Situated on a former brownfield site overlooking the River Medway, Springfield Park is a landmark development that features 502 luxury, one, two and three bed apartments.
Deceuninck commercial manufacturer, FastFrame was appointed to supply more than 800 windows and doors into the project, achieving a 40% cost saving on the original specification by manufacturing doors in the Linktrusion 5000 Series from Deceuninck, rather than the original aluminium specification. 
These were finished in a combination of Quartz grey foil and the system company’s patented colour coating system, Decoroc.
Offering a highly durable, micro-sprayed matt finish that matches aluminium powder coating for aesthetics and performance, Decoroc is available in a wide choice of RAL colours and comes with a 10-year guarantee.
Two phases have now been completed, a 320 window tower block (phase one), and a 580-window low-rise development (phase two) with windows manufactured for steel frame construction using the systems specialist’s Fully Reversible Window, 2500 casement.
Fastframe has since been awarded the 630 window and door contract for Phase 3 of Springfield Park. This next phase will include three blocks of low rise apartments, which will be built using a modular system, supplied through modular construction specialist, British Offsite.
“It’s a prime example of the kind of savings that can be made. The specification for the doors was originally in aluminium but redrawing it in our 5000 Series door system support the developers in reducing cost of delivery, enhance thermal efficiency and still deliver a very clean aesthetic”, John explains. 

www.deceuninck.com

 

 

 

 

Timber is the oldest and most sustainable building material ever known but it is also becoming more popular in modern methods of construction. Not only does its use have significantly less environmental impact than steel or concrete, it has other properties which bring additional benefits to those using an education building day in day out.

Timber is the only construction material that is truly sustainable. 97% of timber used in Europe is registered under the FSC and PEFC schemes resulting in the European forested area increasing by 30%.
Timber uses far less energy to harvest and manufacture (-676kg/Co2e/m3)
Timber is not only a carbon sink (sun, water, carbon) it releases oxygen and improves air quality during its 60 year life cycle.
Timber weighs 20% the dead weight of concrete and 6% the dead weight of steel
According to the Athena Calculator, wood outperforms concrete and steel on a number of environmental measures.
Versus timber, concrete causes +470% more water pollution, 150% more fossil fuel consumption and 240% more smog potential. The respective figures for steel are 300%, 140% and 120%.
So on environmental considerations alone, a timber frame building solution is a good choice. However, when constructed well, a modular timber frame system can also produce a building which is net zero carbon in use and one that looks and feels much warmer than alternatives.
Weitzer Parkett, ProHolz Austria and partners undertook a research project called ‘School Without Stress’ where the idea was to try to scientifically demonstrate the advantages of using timber within a classroom and its long term benefits to students who study within them.  They found that on average children in a timber classroom had 8600 less heart beats per day than those in a traditional building.
At TG Escapes we combine the use of natural materials with floor to ceiling windows and doors and covered decking areas for easy access to the outdoors. This enhances well-being and educational outcomes.

A study by A Sigman shows that children exposed to nature;

•  scored higher on concentration and self-discipline
•  demonstrated improved awareness, reasoning and observational skills
•  performed better at reading, writing, maths, science & social studies
•  were better at working in teams
•  showed improved behaviour overall

We conduct regular research amongst customers in education to understand how our timber frame buildings perform as classrooms, SEND spaces, studios, early years settings and more.
The feedback shows that these ‘natural’ buildings provide spaces which feel very different to other types of buildings.

“Giving the children a new setting to learn in has had a big impact on their motivation. Working amongst natural surroundings has enhanced the imagination and creativity.” Headteacher
“Talking to the pupils about the eco-friendly features has been a great way to teach them about sustainability and the environment.” Headteacher
“The environment seems settled and calm. Children able to focus on learning. Very positive impact on staff well-being.” Headteacher
“Both children and staff have really enjoyed working in this lovely new classroom, with easy access to the outdoors for play. A welcome bonus is that we have saved significantly on energy costs!” Headteacher
A Construction Line Gold member and an approved partner of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) customers score us 4.9 out of 5 based on 159 reviews.
“Working with TG Escapes was very good. The buildings provide a better-quality environment for staff and students.” Estates & Facilities Manager

For more information call 0800 917 7726 or email info@tgescapes.co.uk and visit the website for video case studies.

www.tgescapes.co.uk/education-case-studies