Just over two years ago the United Kingdom went into its first national lockdown. Overnight, rail lost its monopoly on commuting. Journeys fell from 1.7 billion to 388 million and the industry faced an unprecedented revenue crisis which has burdened taxpayers with a £14 billion bill.


Despite the UK being one of the most open societies across Europe, rail journeys have not bounced back. New figures revealed by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) show that the number of people commuting every day at peak time is just 15% of the pre-pandemic total. Most commuting now takes place Tuesday to Thursday; Mondays are 20% lower and Fridays are 50% lower than before the pandemic. And overall, commuter journeys remain at just 45% of pre-pandemic levels, with five-day peak hour commuting – Monday to Friday – standing at just 15% of the previous total.


In a new report, CPS Research Fellow Tony Lodge argues that customers’ use of the rail network is becoming far more flexible, with an increased focus on long-distance leisure commuting – and warns that unless UK rail is radically overhauled, and able to respond to new passenger demands for freedom and flexibility, it will be plagued by a future of decline and underinvestment that will necessitate either an extra penny raised on income tax to cover a taxpayer subsidy to the annual tune of £6bn, or cuts to railway lines on a scale not seen since the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.


‘Changing Track’ proposes a series of urgent measures to ensure that the modern railway retail offer focuses on passengers’ priorities. At the heart of the proposals is a simpler, fairer and more flexible cloud ticketing system which is able to respond to new and evolving passenger demands, including the abolition of sky-high peak prices.


These changes should be underpinned by the Government’s new public body, Great British Railways, committing to boosting competition and driving private investment across the network – thereby boosting revenue growth and securing its future. The paper points out that open access competition on the East Coast Mainline, as advocated by the CPS, has resulted in lower fares, greater passenger satisfaction and a stronger rebound in passenger numbers – and calls for it to be rolled out on other long-distance routes, including HS1 and HS2.


It also calls for a greater focus on private investment, and ambitious targets to treble the volume of rail freight.


Not only are these reforms essential in shoring up the railway’s future, they will also help drive forwards the Government’s levelling up and Net Zero agendas.


The alternative is that lower passenger numbers and continued losses to the taxpayer lead to a vicious circle of decline and underinvestment.


Tony Lodge, report author and CPS Research Fellow, said:


‘The pandemic fundamentally changed the nature of rail in the UK. The Government has the opportunity – through the new Great British Railways body – to radically overhaul the current model to make sure that it is fit for purpose and able to meet modern passenger demands.


‘Frankly, if the Government doesn’t implement these reforms, there is no certainty that rail will have a future and taxpayers will inevitably be forced to foot the bill for its decline.’


The “1+X” Modular Inverter features a 1.1 MW single unit as the minimum, and the maximum capacity can be expanded to 8.8 MW by combing eight units together. To meet their requirements, customers can choose from 1.1 MW to 8.8 MW.

From component to system, modularization uniqueness is one of a kind in the industry. The modular design realizes the plug and play function, greatly reducing the maintenance time and even allowing implementation without professionals. In addition, it exceedingly reduces generation loss as the remaining module continues operation when a single module fails. Moreover, O&M efficiency increases by 70% as a failed module can be directly replaced via the backup module.

As a result of the higher power density and larger blocks, the “1+X” Modular Inverter helps reduce the cost of transportation and balance of system (BOS) construction charges. The inverter is equipped with Static Var Generator (SVG) function, ensuring no additional SVG devices and furthering ROI.

The “1+X” Modular Inverter represents figures of modularization with multiple MPPT, leading to more power generation. It breaks through the problem of the limited amount of MPPTs in the traditional solution. Each module is designed with an independent MPPT, further improving the power generation capacity of the power plant.

A safer and more reliable system

The “1+X” Modular Inverter is not only more flexible and convenient for maintenance post-installation, but also safer and more reliable as it has IP65 protection capability. Further, it ensures prompt DC Arc detection and active protection, such as a parallel arcing off time of less than 40 ms.

The product is also equipped with an Intelligent IV diagnosis function, enabling accurate, convenient, safe, and reliable diagnosis for the power plant with a recognition accuracy of more than 95%.

Stronger power grid support

The “1+X” Modular Inverter has industry-leading Grid Support technologies that meet new power system requirements, allowing stable operation in the weak grid, even SCR=1.02 and enabling the reactive response time within 20 ms. The solution can possess continuous low voltage ride through (LVRT) and high voltage ride through (HVRT) capacity without off-grid in the extra high voltage (EHV) grid.

Designed for future hybrid applications

Energy storage is a vital path in tackling the volatility and intermittence of proliferating renewable energy. This is critical to facilitating a quick and smooth transition to a low-carbon future. The robust “1+X” Modular Inverter comes with the DC energy storage interface built into this solution. This supports connecting to the energy storage system; thus, enabling customers to enjoy the storage function for future energy usage.

Environmental sustainability

Since the “1+X” Modular Inverter makes O&M more hassle-free, it helps reduce material usage including water, steel, and even less electricity, making it more environmentally friendly.

On the other hand, as a dedicated member of RE100, EP100, and UNGC, Sungrow continues cutting its internal carbon footprints in manufacturing and operations by using clean energy. Further, the Company continues to enhance energy productivity for both economic and environmental concerns.

“The ‘1+X’ Modular Inverter redefines the inverter with both sides of ‘string inverter’ and ‘central inverter’ and is definitely one of the game-changing innovations that shape future energy as it incubates more possibilities for different stakeholders,” said Jack Gu, Senior Vice President of Sungrow.

The Company profiled the best of its technical innovations during Intersolar Europe with other portfolios exhibited as well, including the PV Magazine Award-winning inverter SG350HX, the liquid cooled energy storage system PowerTitan, and its residential solar-storage-EV charging solution and more.


Learn more about Sungrow by visiting: www.sungrowpower.com

One of the UK’s leading energy lawyers says the discussion on new nuclear power generation in Scotland lacks the detailed facts needed to ensure the country’s future energy security and contribute to a global reduction in carbon emissions.

Andy Renton, principal at Castletown Law, an international law firm specialising in energy and infrastructure law, said the consensus of global scientific opinion is that net zero power generation was not achievable without nuclear power.

Opponents of new nuclear power say it is environmentally damaging, poses a public safety risk and is financially unaffordable – arguments which Mr Renton said are founded on outdated information and bad data.

In advance of an event at Edinburgh’s Signet Library on May 24th, Mr Renton said an examination of the facts around new nuclear energy would demonstrate its potential role in Scotland’s and energy future.

The event will see a number of experts address an audience of industry and political attendees. Simon Stuttaford from Castletown Law will open the event, followed by George Tarambikos from Holtec Britain, a manufacturer of nuclear plant technology.

Michael Ward, from the University of Strathclyde Advance Nuclear Research Centre, will provide an overview of Scotland’s nuclear sector and the skill sectors engaged in the industry, and Remi Zante from the National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland will examine the potential for supply chain;  particularly how the engineering supply chain in Scotland can participate in future domestic and international nuclear projects.

The event will look also at the potential decommissioning of nuclear power installations in Scotland and internationally.

Mr Renton said: “Nuclear energy is misunderstood. Despite being a safe, low carbon and cost-effective source of energy, it has been seen as a last resort. We desperately need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel generation and the science shows that nuclear power, alongside renewables, is an essential part of that transition.”

In its report ‘Net Zero by 2050’, the International Energy Association (IEA), which works with global governments and industries on energy policy, said renewable energy should account for 90% of the global energy mix if net zero was to be achieved by 2050. Most of the remainder would come from nuclear power. This would require 20 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity to be added to global capacity every year between 2020 and 2050. A net total of six gigawatts was added in 2021.

According to the website fullfact.org, which checks claims made by government and other bodies, in 2020 renewables accounted for 56% of electricity consumed in Scotland, with nuclear contributing 30% and oil and gas 13%. The equivalent of 96% of all Scottish energy was generated by renewable sources, but much of this was exported.

Mr Renton said nuclear, which enables stable and dependable energy, was an essential power source which could smooth out the peaks and troughs of renewables.

He said: “The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine, as we know only too well in Scotland. Nuclear is a safe, clean and cost-effective way of ensuring sustainable and reliable power without having to rely on hydrocarbons.

“This isn’t about one clean energy source versus other. It’s about focusing on creating a sustainable energy mix for the planet which gets us to net zero in an acceptable timeframe. Fossil fuels are stable and well-tested but contribute to air pollution and carbon emissions. Taking them out of the mix means they have to be replaced by something else – new nuclear capability lets us balance the energy mix with renewables.

“Providing a long-term dependable power source at a predictable cost for the next 50-60 years is a vital component to investment in industry and economic growth. This applies everywhere, not just in Scotland, and the project demand for power generation in the coming 10 years is multiples of current production capability.

“The objective must be not to supplement existing fossil fuel generation, but to replace it and provide low carbon power generation for future needs. These needs will include significant power consumption in the production of green hydrogen as a complimentary low carbon fuel source to nuclear.”

Other claims by opponents of nuclear power are that building new nuclear sites is more expensive than other generation methods, and that the risk to life is far greater in comparison to renewables in particular.

However, analysis of IEA data, based on almost 240 power plants across the world, showed the lifetime cost of energy – including construction and power production over the operational life of a given plant – was lower for nuclear than most other technologies, particularly in relation to the long-term operation of existing plants.

Nuclear power plants tend to have a longer lifespan than other methods of power production. The president of the World Nuclear Association has said that future nuclear plants are likely to be designed for 100 years operation and that life extension of existing plants should be a primary objective.

The IEA data showed the average cost for nuclear production was just under $50 per megawatt hour (MWh), compared to $94 for wind and $98 for solar. Coal had a cost of $102 per MWh and hydro energy cost $108 per MWh.

The construction cost of large nuclear power plants has also been cited as a problem. Small modular reactors (SMRs), which produce less power and cost a fraction of traditional nuclear power plants, can be manufactured in a factory and transported to site. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports there are more than 50 SMR designs and technologies being developed globally.

Nuclear power also stacks up well from a safety perspective. According to research collated by Our World In Data, which reviewed death rates from energy production based on accidents and air pollution, nuclear accounted for 0.07 deaths per terawatt hour (TWh), compared to 0.04 deaths for wind and 0.02 for each of hydro and solar. By contrast, coal was responsible for close to 24.62 deaths per TWh and oil for 18.43 deaths per TWh. A terawatt hour is approximately the energy consumption of 187,000 people in Europe, according to the website, which has been quoted by the Financial Times, BBC, New York Times and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Mr Renton said: “Things have moved on enormously in nuclear power over the years and, from any objective analysis, it is a safe, clean and cost-effective source of predictable power. This is a huge issue not just for Scotland but for the world.

“Policy decisions of course require the delicate balancing of a spectrum of conflicting opinions and interests, but science and data have to be key considerations in such an important matter.

“Our event is not about policy or politics, but about trying to present the objective facts to inform the debate around what is almost certainly the key set of decisions any country has to make over the next few years.”

Building Better, an alliance of 29 housing associations and councils, supported by the National Housing Federation, has appointed an initial six manufacturers to its new dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for MMC category 2 construction systems.

Future Built, LoCal Homes, Project Etopia, Roe Timberframe, Sigmat and Starship Homes are the first firms selected by Procurement for Housing and Building Better to provide 2D panelised systems, assembled on-site.

The DPS is worth £600m over four years and will run in parallel with Building Better’s first MMC framework which launched in July 2021 and covers category 1 volumetric 3D systems. The alliance aims to give members access to a range of different MMC solutions so they can find the right one for their site.

Building Better took the decision to create a DPS, not a fixed framework, so panelised manufacturers can join at any point during the term of the DPS. The category 2 segment of the offsite market is evolving rapidly with new products and manufacturers emerging all the time. By setting up a DPS, social housing providers can access the latest solutions and suppliers as they come to market.

Over 215,000 homes are managed by the 29 housing associations and local authorities that make up Building Better. Since the launch of its volumetric framework in 2021, alliance members have put nearly 40 schemes through it, getting costs on over 900 MMC homes. With the launch of its DPS, Building Better will help the social housing sector to produce around 5,000 MMC properties by 2026.

Manufacturers wanting to join Building Better’s DPS must first be certified by the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) or assessed by building warranty provider the National House Building Council (NHBC) and their products must aim to meet the Future Homes Standard.

Once they have passed an additional selection procedure, looking at their commercial, social and sustainability credentials, manufacturers can bid for opportunities via a tender call-off.

This process has been streamlined for social housing providers too, with members receiving a tender template pack and hands-on support from Procurement for Housing.

Trina Chakravarti, Project Director of Building Better said: “The emerging nature of this part of the MMC marketplace means that social housing organisations have, to date, been wary of category 2. Some told us they were anxious about committing to a panelised manufacturer; not knowing if the company or even this form of MMC would be around in four years. Because of this, we knew a different procurement approach was needed; one that would still provide high standards and ease of access like our category 1 framework, but a solution that didn’t ‘clip the wings’ of manufacturers operating in such a fluid environment.”


John Bellamy, Category Manager for Construction & Sustainability at Procurement for Housing (PfH) said: “A major benefit of setting up a DPS is the learning. As an alliance, we’ll be able to grow our understanding of what housing organisations actually require with category 2 and the technical solutions they gravitate to. Creating a framework now would have meant guessing the answers. But a DPS allows us to gather data and feedback on products and manufacturers, educating ourselves and helping us to normalise offsite and use it at scale across the sector.”


For further information about using Building Better’s MMC Category 2 DPS, click here


For manufacturers wanting to join Building Better’s MMC Category 2 DPS, click here

In the current climate, more businesses than ever are choosing to support the UK economy by purchasing homegrown products and brands. At West Fraser, formerly known as Norbord, all engineered wood panels are made in the UK and the company is committed to making better products for a sustainable future.


The latest generation of OSB3, SterlingOSB Zero, is made at the state-of-the-art facility in Inverness, Scotland. Each board has a smooth finish and is made without adding any formaldehyde, so is safer to work with and builds greener homes.


The range includes SterlingOSB Zero OSB3 and SterlingOSB Zero T&G.


For specifiers and housebuilders looking for an OSB supplier who is committed to sustainable production and supply, West Fraser is the one.  With visible end-to-end supply chains and dedicated, streamlined logistics, coupled with excellent customer service, more companies are choosing West Fraser as their supply partner of choice.


  • Streamlined logistics
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Improved product availability
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Excellent technical and customer support


To find out more about West Fraser’s products for housebuilders, get in touch with Dan Clarke

 email Daniel.Clarke@westfraser.com


or CLICK HERE to download product brochures from the housebuilder page of the West Fraser website


For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit https://uk.westfraser.com/

Long levity of the built environment has come into focus recently.  Some sites have an ongoing need to update their structure.  Schools with growing populations or hospitals where new treatments and technology are constantly changing the day-to-day operation are typical.  However, the environmental cost of demolition and rebuild means that alternative methods of site development has come to the fore.

Modern construction methods can minimise both the cost and environmental impact of sites that are in a constant state of flux.  The more infrastructure that can be retained and incorporated into the new structure the lower the environmental impact.
Many public buildings have recognised the flexibility and benefits of modular construction methods.  The short on-site construction periods are often beneficial.  However, sometimes it is the utilities that can impact on the developments’ timeline.


Water Services on Tap – The business benefit of plug and play systems

Traditional underground supply and metering is not only environmentally expensive but can impact negatively on the critical path of construction.  Imagine a situation where your services can be fully installed, with surface mounted meters allowing ‘plug and play’ style installation.  Not only does this take the water supply out of the critical path, but enables future site development, without the need for a new supply to be installed
With Groundbreaker water management system, you have that ‘plug and play’ option – no need to imagine.
The only system of its type, it is designed to be installed at any time during the construction period.  Fully compliant with Water Regulations, it provides an accessible, safe and secure location for the water meter and controls to a specific property.
The concept is simple.  Water services are connected to an externally mounted, pre-installed water service controls.  This allows flexibility in the management and scheduling of connection to the mains supply.  For modular build projects the pre-installation and certification of plumbing can facilitate early approval of water services to a plot.
There is no need for boundary boxes or underground meter housings.  This simplification of the connection allows for improved efficiency and reduces the time required for highway closures and cost of reinstatement.

Design out leak paths:

comply with Water & Construction Industry Guidelines comply with “Water Safe” initiatives
The unique location of the Groundbreaker water management system allows for an unjointed water supply, minimising the risk of developing future leaks.  Installation of Groundbreaker meets the best recommendations of Water UK and the Home Builders Federation1 and in some water company areas, such as Portsmouth Water, are now the standard required for all new properties.

Future proof properties

Water Metering is the future.  Utility companies have not been slow in recognising the benefits of a ‘Smart Buildings’.  The ability to interrogate and manage energy usage at any given time of day or night has been recognised as an effective way for organisations to reduce usage and manage costs.
Gas and electricity meters located on external building walls has enabled easy upgrades and introduction of countrywide ‘Smart Meter’ programme.  However, the traditional location of a water meter in a metal-covered hole in the public highway is not conducive to this new way of thinking. A ‘Smart Water Meter’ located in such a situation is exceedingly poor in transmitting a signal even to a local pick up.
The best location for a ‘Smart Water Meter’ is on an external property wall  – co-located with other utility meters. With Groundbreaker water management system, properties are future proofed to allow for easy installation of ‘Smart Water Meter’ technology as it is introduced across the UK.
Recent field trials of Groundbreaker have proven that the range of such meters can be over 3Km (2 miles).  The impact on data collection is massive.  The improved data transmission range could allow for single point data capture in towns the size of Norwich or Coventry.
This ability to link into ‘Smart’ Building Management systems also allows for organisations to monitor for exceptional usage and potentially identify maintenance issues or leaks.

Bringing Water Supply into the 21st century

If you are looking for a way to bring water services into the 21st century, Groundbreaker’s range of water supply management products can be the way forward for time and cost efficient installation and replacement of water supply and allow for future site redevelopment with minimal environmental cost.

CLICK HERE for futher information on the Groundbreaker water management system

CLICK HERE for further information from the Home Builders Federation Guide

A leading manufacturer of uPVC windows and doors for the modular and offsite construction sectors is gearing up for 12 months of ambitious growth.

Euramax Solutions, a Modular Group Investments (MGI) company that also supplies to national builders’ merchants and new build and holiday home markets, is growing rapidly thanks to high demand.

A plan to grow by more than 35% in the next 12 months is in place, with everything from supporting and extending its existing customer base, investment, recruitment and net zero a focus to help achieve it.

Emma Chapman, Euramax Solutions’ new Business Unit Director, explained: “After a successful first quarter of 2022 we are in a position to push forward with our growth plans for the next 12 months.

“We have rapidly grown into the modular sector and are currently targeting more partnerships in the modular and merchant world while continuing to strengthen our support for our customers. We are also looking to invest in new machinery so we can not only continue to make our high-volume products but bespoke ones as well.”

Recruitment and staff retention and an emphasis on Euramax Solutions journey to reduce its carbon footprint will also be important, according to Emma.

“Due to the growth we intend to make, we need to make sure that we have got the personnel in place to help us succeed, so we will be looking at doing another recruitment drive,” added Emma. “We are also focussed on our net zero journey and our plans to reduce carbon, which will reduce costs.

MGI CEO Nick Cowley said “The UK offsite and modular sector is only going to get bigger and both Euramax Solutions and MGI will be at the forefront.”


For more information, call 0330 1340 290 or email info@euramaxuk.com


The SWIFIX fixing solution was originally designed and developed specifically for refitting and installing both lightweight and heavy items through External Wall Insulation (ETICS) systems, to solve performance issues with traditional methods. However, we have seen an increase in the use of the fixings for MMC, with the inherent characteristics of the fixings and their versatility making them an ideal fixing solution for this type of construction.


The fixings can be used during or after system installation, providing the most cost effective and maintenance- free solution for the market, whilst also ensuring the integrity and protection of the MMC system and safe-guarding guarantees and warranties. With frameworks in MMC carrying a high level of insulation, the exterior of the home is not designed to act as a support for fixings. Adding fixings, drilling or screwing into the typically brick slip or render surface is not recommended as it can cause damage to the insulation and affect these warranties.


The solution is suitable for all system finishes from Brick Slip, Textured and Rough-Cast / Dashing and through all types of insulation types and thicknesses of 50 mm to 300 mm. We have already seen an uptake in the fixings for clients supplying modular homes, such as ilke Homes, Elliot Group and Rollalong Off Site Construction.


With sustainability and the environment in mind, Swifix fixings are manufactured from high quality tensile plastic using recycled content and can carry weights up to 50kg. There are currently five basic fixings to enable the installation of satellite dishes, taps, washing lines, fence posts plus many other exterior items householders may choose to fix, with approvals for use by Sky (for satellite dishes) and the NHBC. Other items that can be fitted using Swifix fixings are gutters and facias and items can also be installed through insulated roof systems, such as bird netting, air source heat pumps and canopies.


All products are manufactured in black and white as standard; however bespoke colours are available to compliment the finished render and, if required, manufactured in fire retardant material. Fixings are available direct from SWIFIX Ltd via their on-line store and from various distributors and builders’ merchants throughout the UK, with design and technical guidance available.

To find out more go to www.swifix.co.uk

The growth of timber frame is changing long-established practices within housebuilding as the construction industry embraces the idea of off-site manufacture. This approach is due mainly to the fact that offsite manufacture means a huge reduction in the site-based activities that define a traditional building firm. The reduction in on-site activity means that, once the building’s foundations are installed, erection of the main structure follows very quickly, typically taking only two or three days to complete. New timber-framed homes can therefore be brought to market at a much faster rate than is possible with traditional brick-and-block. Crucially, this also has the effect of extending the building season which, traditionally, slows significantly during the winter period. Housebuilders can therefore be more productive throughout the year if they build with timber frame.

After land prices, the two biggest cost factors in housebuilding are time and labour. Timber frame scores significantly on both counts since off-site manufacture reduces not only the erection time on site but also the amount of traditional building skills required. The factory processes employed in the manufacture of timber frame cassettes can be largely automated, unlike traditional site-based building trades.

Structural timber technology addresses many government concerns associated with the procurement of housing – including environmental impact and energy efficiency, as well as speed of construction and cost. The materials that go into a timber frame system are generally more sustainable and more energy efficient than traditional masonry.

For example, West Fraser’s oriented strand board, SterlingOSB Zero, is one of the most widely-used components of UK timber frame systems. OSB is an essential component of all timber framed panel systems and a major contributor to their growing popularity. SterlingOSB Zero is manufactured in Scotland from home-grown forest ‘thinnings’ (slender, immature trees harvested as part of sustainable forest management) while its zero-added formaldehyde (ZAF) formula is designed specifically for safer construction and healthier buildings.

Besides ‘traditional’ timber frame construction, newer timber-based off-site technologies, such as cross-laminated timber and structural insulated panel systems (SIPS), are strengthening timber’s share of the housebuilding market. The benefits of these systems, being comparably lower energy intensive and emission producing in their manufacture and possessing greater thermal efficiency in their use, is helping to support their specification in the timber frame market.

The SterlingOSB Zero range from West Fraser                                                                                                                     

Manufactured using renewable heat from on-site biomass boilers, West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero is a sustainable, low-energy product with excellent physical performance characteristics. West Fraser’s OSB portfolio comprises SterlingOSB Zero 3, SterlingOSB Zero Tongue and Groove, and SterlingOSB Zero StrongFix. They are variants of the precision-engineered OSB3 board; BBA-approved and designed for humid conditions. The board is certified according to the guidelines of the FSC or PEFC.

CLICK HERE To find out more about West Fraser’s carbon negative status

For further information on West Fraser’s products

CALL 01786 812 921

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James Hardie created fibre cement and thanks to our extensive research and development we are now on our seventh generation of fibre cement technology.  We are the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance Fibre Cement products, which are a composite material made of cement, reinforced with cellulose fibres.

We are a trusted innovator and global industry leader, and our products enable endless possibilities for designing exceptional buildings whilst also delivering protection and long-lasting beauty.

We produce a range of fibre cement cladding for residential and commercial projects such as

Hardie® Plank – our traditional lap plank
Hardie® VL Plank – a modern interlocking tongue and groove plank
Hardie® Panel – a large format façade panel
Hardie® Panel
A2 Fire-Rated Performance that’s affordable – with James Hardie, Its’s Possible™ 

If you’re looking for a high performance, A2 fire-rated façade, at an affordable price, Hardie® Panel is the right choice for your next project, whether it’s residential, commercial or recladding.

Why choose Hardie Panel?

A2 fire-rated (A2, s1-d0)
10-year warranty, covering paint, protecting against peeling, cracking and chipping
Available in 5 core colours, or can be colour matched to any RAL colour
The global leading manufacturer of fibre cement
BBA Certified


We understand the challenges faced when trying to find the right product to specify on upcoming projects.  We know that when it comes to cladding, an A2 fire-rating is the top of the priority list, to ensure that products are compliant and will most importantly, be safe for years to come.
With the need to meet updated UK Building Regulations, many high-rise buildings need to replace non-compliant cladding with a non-combustible product; Hardie® Panel is the perfect solution for both multi-family residential and commercial buildings.
Hardie® Panel is a non-combustible (A2, s1-d0) large format fibre cement façade that offers unlimited colour flexibility, at an affordable price.  It is available in 5 standard colours in a smooth texture and can be painted in any RAL colour without compromising fire safety.    It also comes with a 10-year warranty as standard covering paint, and due to our innovative technologies, it won’t peel, crack or chip.
Hardie® Panel can be used as a direct replacement for existing cladding on a range of buildings and can be trusted to protect against fire and extreme weather conditions, providing the strength and durability that your clients deserve.
Our dedicated team of Hardie® panel experts have extensive experience and specialist knowledge to support your project so get in touch to see how we can help you meet your project requirements.

To find out more PLEASE CLICK HERE


fermacell® – Fibre Gypsum Dry Lining Boards

What are fermacell® boards?

fermacell® Fibre Gypsum wall board is the perfect alternative for plasterboard and blockwork, providing low maintenance walls that offer design flexibility for now and in the future. The boards are produced from recycled gypsum, recycled cellulose fibres and recycled water.  They combine fire resistance, impact strength and acoustic insulation all in one, which reduces the need for multiple layers of board including reducing the need for combustible pattressing.

Why use fermacell®?

fermacell® offers the robustness with of blockwork with the speed of install of drywall saving your project time, money & space.

Reduces Carbon
Reduces project time
Reduces layers

It can be installed before the building is watertight which has a positive impact on program time allowing other trades to also start earlier.   Each linear metre has a dead load hanging capability of 150kg and 50kg from a single fixing making it perfect to support cupboards/TVs/pictures.  With 60mins of fire resistance and 54 dB Rw from just one layer either side of insulation & Fermacell metal studs it provides an excellent option to maximise floor space. Lastly, when used with fermacell® Fine Surface Treatment, paint can be applied just 45 minutes after the application.


To find out more, please visit www.fermacell.co.uk