Archive for January, 2014

TVP HITS THE ROAD

Euroseam has demonstrated its flexibility in the design and construction of a new base for Thames Valley Police Road Traffic Division.  The new building was limited in height, presenting several challenges which led to the creation of an innovative and attractive building.

Our aluminium standing seam was ideal for the waveform curve featured on the roof, which provides a functional, thermally-efficient roof envelope that forms an interesting design feature.

The project is in two parts: a new operational and administration building including secure fleet vehicle parking; and a two storey car park structure for fleet and commuter parking.  Use of sustainable materials such as the aluminium standing seam roof ensured that the project achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.

TALK ABOUT TAPERS

Euroclad customer Central Cladding Systems is nearing the completion of the roof installation on the new Penarth Learning Community, which will incorporate St Cyres Comprehensive School and the three nearby Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools in the Vale of Glamorgan. This Secondary School will unite the upper and lower schools previously split over two sites and the co-location of the SEN Schools will provide a fully inclusive educational community. HLM Architects are providing architectural, landscape and interior design with the aim of achieving a BREEAM excellent rating.

Almost 13,000m2 of Euroseam standing seam roof in stucco embossed aluminium is being installed, with around 3,500m2 of tapered sheets to create the curved roof plan.  That makes it one of the biggest tapered jobs we’ve supplied.  A great feature of our Euroseam roof is rollformed tapers; they eliminate cutting and welding onsite, reducing costs and the amount of installation time needed, whilst providing a very neat finish when curves are required on plan.  Ross Gowell, director of Central Cladding Systems said of the project: “Euroseam is becoming synonymous with great quality aluminium standing seam roofs and Euroclad’s products are complemented by the rapport we enjoy with their staff, who are efficient and helpful throughout the bidding, purchase and installation phases of our projects.  I take pride in the work of Central Cladding Systems and working with a quality manufacturer of industry-leading products provides a level of trust and confidence that helps us achieve installations to be proud of.”

A CASE OF HISTORY REPEATING

In 2150 BC bluestones from the Preseli mountains in South Wales were transported to the site of Stonehenge in west Amesbury near Salisbury nearly 240 miles away. It is thought these 82 stones, some weighing 4 tonnes each, were dragged on rollers and sledges and carried on rafts along the south coast of Wales and up the rivers Avon and Frome, before being dragged overland again to the site we now know as Stonehenge.  More than four thousand years later our products made a very similar journey from South Wales to Wiltshire for installation on the new Visitor Centre constructed by English Heritage – albeit this time it was via the M4.

The new visitors centre at Stonehenge opened in December and thankfully it didn’t take quite as long to construct as the ancient stone monument itself.  In fact the fast track installation offered by Euroclad products helped achieve the impressive design of the new building within a challenging timeframe.

Zinc composite material was used to manufacture the soffits of the large canopy on the new environmentally sensitive visitor centre, which is 1.5miles away from Stonehenge and is comprised of two buildings.  The same material was used to clad the interior and exterior walls

HAPPY NEW YEAR

We’re back in work and back to full speed and would like to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.  The first day back for us was Thursday 2nd January and despite a few bleary eyes and more than a few expanded waistlines it’s good to be back and we’re all looking forward to what 2014 brings.  Whilst the weather has been wreaking havoc the business environment seems more favourable than it has been for a long time, with many sources pointing towards continued growth and recovery in the construction industry.  The UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index showed construction industry output rise at its fastest pace since August 2007, with sharp increases in both new orders and employment, and the strongest residential construction growth for ten years.  Let’s hope that the confidence and positivity in the market continues to grow and that we can all benefit from a successful 2014.

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