Castlemaine Tower water tests approved to CWCT Standards

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The latest stage in Soundcraft’s 21-storey refurbishment of the residential Castlemaine Tower block in London has seen all products successfully tested and approved by the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT).

During the rigorous CWCT Spray Bar & Site Hose Tests carried out by VINCI Technology Centre on behalf of main contractor Durkan Ltd, tests on a bay of windows and corner curtain walling were saturated for five minutes over 1500mm with no leaks detected.

Soundcraft products and installation have fully passed the tests for weather performance and efficiency water penetration resistance and signed off by Building Control,” said Michael Bishop, Commercial Manager for Soundcraft.

“Having removed and replaced the tower’s existing windows and curtain walling to help improve the performance of the building envelope, Soundcraft has provided high-performance systems from our Hybrid composite timber aluminium range. This amounts to more than 660 window frames and 1400 opening sashes for tilt and turn Hybrid windows together with 1900 m2 of aluminium SF52 curtain walling installed by Soundcraft at the 21-storey project in Battersea, demonstrating our workmanship and capabilities.”

Production of the Castlemaine project Hybrid systems were managed at Soundcraft’s facility in Kent, working with our supply chain partner Senior Architectural Systems.

To find out more about how Soundcraft can assist you with your next project, please call our UK technical and sales helpline on 0800 988 1875, email or request a call back.



Charlie’s charity challenge

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Soundcraft’s summer recruit, Charlie Stocks, took on a challenge as part of his National Citizen Service (NCS) to raise funds for the Astley Day Centre in Bromley.

The charitable organisation located in Magpie Hall Lane, offers support and activities for adults in the local community who have learning disabilities and autism. The manager was thrilled to have received Charlie’s fundraising donation of £99 and thanked him for his efforts. They hope to put the money towards activities and resources, which includes Assistive Technology and Sensory Equipment.

Pictured here with Charlie, the Centre Manager said: “Thank you Soundcraft to all those that sponsored Charlie – your generosity will really make a difference to those adults that are hugely vulnerable and disadvantaged.”


Soundcraft achieves further success in testing dual orientation primary tested door sets

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Due to the failure of some (non-timber) doors when tested, either opening towards or away from the furnace, The Government has suggested that all doors should be dual orientation tested.

Progressing these new industry standards, Soundcraft door sets have successfully passed dual orientation testing at Warrington Fire, opening both in and away from the furnace, further endorsing the company’s top-level manufacturing performance at its UK operation in Kent.

Soundcraft has worked with Warrington Fire to complete two 30-minute door tests, inward and outward opening, comprising door with multi point lock, letter plate drop seal, spy hole, and a vision panel hung in frame, complete with side light and fan light part glazed and part solid panel.

“This enabled us to supply a primary tested door set for front entrance doors with all of these various configurations, ensuring that Soundcraft is ideally positioned to supply these products,” confirmed Soundcraft’s Managing Director Robert Thomson. “The complete package of door, frame, ironmongery and glazing supplied should be tested as a complete set,” he said. “Previously, the industry relied on Global Assessments, which used previous test evidence amalgamated into an assessment, to cover the various parameters of permitted size, glazing, ironmongery and other items.”

Read more news: Soundcraft delivers Primary Test Evidence expertise at Thamesmead tower blocks in London.

To find out how Soundcraft can assist you with your next project, please call our UK technical and sales helpline on 0800 988 1875, email or request a call back.

More information on primary test evidence and fire door specification is also available via our free downloadable Guide to Fire Door Performance. 

Impressive results at Robert May’s School

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Continuing our strong track record of successful local authority projects, Soundcraft has completed the design, manufacture and installation of high-performance doors, windows and curtain walling at Robert May’s Secondary School in Hampshire.

Working with Morgan Sindall Construction on the school expansion project for Hampshire County Council, Soundcraft was appointed to provide bespoke products for durable high-volume use, with design excellence that would complement the school’s heritage. Working with our supply chain partner Senior Architectural Systems (SAS), Soundcraft’s complete glazing package for Robert May’s School features Hybrid frameless casement windows and Hybrid curtain walling, alongside SD aluminium commercial doors.

Andrew Cooper, National Specification Manager for SAS, said: “We were involved with the Hampshire County Council Property Services, though pre-construction services offered by Morgan Sindall Construction, from an early stage in the project. We specified our hybrid system as this provided the performance and aesthetics required by the Architect, with the warmth and appearance of the timber internally, coupled with the durability of the polyester powder coated aluminium externally. We were delighted to work with Soundcraft, and to see another great example of their expertise in the fabrication and installation of our systems, again being demonstrated on this great looking project.”

The two-storey extension is now home to five brand-new classrooms and a library, together with a new main office and reception area, all designed to meet the school’s growing intake of pupils.

Read more about the hybrid and aluminium solutions for school project.



Berry Court project wins Best Housing Scheme award

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We are hugely proud to be part of the outstanding Berry Court residential project – winner of Best Housing Scheme at the 2019 Planning Awards.

As one of the largest new-build residential contracts undertaken by Soundcraft to date, work on the 10-storey Berry Court scheme in Bournemouth involved the design, manufacture and installation of 450 aluminium windows and 150 aluminium sliding doors. The attractive Art Deco inspired building has been designed by BrightSpace Architects, with Soundcraft appointed to deliver the fenestration package by main contractor Morgan Sindall.

This year’s accolade for Best Housing Scheme under 500 units is a great achievement by all involved – congratulations to BrightSpace, Morgan Sindall Construction and Senior Architectural Systems

Read more about Soundcraft’s work on this award-winning project at Doors and windows delivered for Bournemouth residential scheme and view the video by Senior Architectural Systems.

A great day at the races

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Celebrating successful partnerships and excellent achievements this year, Soundcraft’s Managing Director Robert Thomson takes a client group to the Epsom Oaks and meets two-star Michelin chef extraordinaire, Michel Rouxconveniently situated by the winning post!

Main picture L-R: Tim Maddison-Ward, County Security; Rob Gallagher, Stratton & Hessler; Soundcraft’s Dominic Chugg and Robert Thomson; Jon Fellowes and Paul Walsh from AD Construction Group.

Soundcraft’s timber-frame loft hatch achieves fire rated approval

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As part of our continual product development and proactive industry testing, Soundcraft has manufactured a timber-framed loft hatch to meet fire rated regulations for the construction sector.

The Soundcraft Loft Hatch was successful tested for 30 minutes to provide evidence utilising the temperature and pressure conditions of BS 476: Part 20 and principles of Part 22: 1987 regulations.

Fire resistance tests were undertaken on two specimens, both measuring 630mm square, hung within hardwood timber frames opening away from the furnace, and hung on 2no satin stainless-steel hinges and fitted with 2no different rim locks.

“It is another first for Soundcraft,” said Managing Director Robert Thomson. “This test is relatively unique in that it provides evidence on a horizontal plane, as opposed to the more standard vertical testing for a fire door set. I am not aware of another timber door set tested like this, generally fire rated loft hatches are supplied as a standard fire door set without test evidence on the horizontal plane, a factor that could prove important for the industry.”

To find out how Soundcraft can assist you with your next project, please call our UK technical and sales helpline on 0800 988 1875, email or request a call back.

Going the distance for O2e

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There’s over two weeks to go before the 2019 Thames Path Challenge for O2e – so it’s not too late to join us!

Members of the Soundcraft team will be putting their best foot forward in a challenging charity walk to help raise vital funds for children with disabilities and life-threatening illness.

O2e Ambassador Sue Smith said today: “We have nearly fifty walkers this year, each one pushing themselves to achieve a distance that’s way out of their comfort zone. If you know any of them, perhaps you’d like to give them a little boost by adding a few pounds to our group JustGiving Page – every penny really does count as we’re 100% non-profit making. All volunteers, no office costs, just us – and literally hundreds of beautiful children that really need our help.”

You could also help O2e by shopping via The Giving Machine. Choose from hundreds of online shops on the website and every time you shop, they will send a small percentage to the nominated charity of your choice. Some great retailers have joined The Giving Machine community including; John Lewis, Amazon, Sainsbury, Next, M&S, Tesco, H&M and It would be wonderful if our lovely O2e supporters could also join to help children’s charities in this way.

If you would like to read more about the event taking place on Saturday 25th May, please see Put a spring in your step for children’s charities

Picture: Walking-the-walk for O2e are Soundcraft’s Chairman Kevin Smith and Managing Director Rob Thomson.

Soundcraft delivers Primary Test Evidence expertise at Thamesmead tower blocks

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Soundcraft has successfully manufactured and supplied in excess of 1,000 fire-resistance front entry doors for individual homes throughout 21 tower blocks across the Thamesmead Estate in South London.

Fundamental to this second phase of works delivered by Soundcraft was the crucial Primary Test Evidence for all components to be installed, which also incorporated ironmongery, multipoint lock Secured by Design compliant letterplate, spyhole hinges and drop seal, with glazed fanlights above the frame.

While each 12-storey London tower required focused project management, highlighting Soundcraft’s service capabilities within the social housing sector, Primary Test Evidence heralds the company’s in-house top level manufacturing performance.

Soundcraft products have now been successfully tested for all Primary Test Evidence components at Chiltern Fire,” states Soundcraft’s Managing Director Robert Thomson. “Our dual-orientation door sets; tested opening both towards and away from the furnace, as well as the integration of a side light to the frame either glazed or solid, proves proficient. We can now offer this vital element with our timber doors also performing dual orientation.”

To find out how Soundcraft can assist you with your next project, please call our UK technical and sales helpline on 0800 988 1875, email or request a call back.

More information on primary test evidence and fire door specification is also available via our free downloadable Guide to Fire Door Performance.

Easter Greetings

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Wishing all our valued customers and suppliers a very happy Easter.

Our offices will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 18th April and will re-open at 8am on Tuesday 23rd April.