Soundcraft shows support for Berkeley Homes charity collaboration

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We were delighted to support the corporate charity partnership between Berkeley Homes (North East London) Ltd and Home Start London, with the donation of Soundcraft door sets for a recent home transformation.

Fionna McDermott, Berkeley Foundation Representative, said: “We partnered with Home Start London just over a year ago and since then have carried out several fundraising and aid projects to support the charity and local families and give something back to the community. The family is now living in their hugely improved home, thanks to the valuable support of companies like Soundcraft.”

Home-Start London is a consortium made up of 14 Home-Start schemes from across London, together the consortium members create a larger footprint than they would individually to help with the delivery of much-needed services to reach even more vulnerable families across the capital, particularly those living in deprived areas.

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Soundcraft expands factory production capacity

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Soundcraft has been busy restructuring its factory to streamline key manufacturing operations at the company’s facility in Kent.

“We have successfully increased our production capacity by 30% to meet the growing market demands for hybrid composite and aluminium systems,” said Lee Gordon, Director of Production. “UK construction is ever-evolving and Soundcraft is focussed on industry implementation and advances to ensure that we remain at the forefront of our sector,” he said. “This includes continued investment in team training and increased staffing levels, progressing further expansion for the next stage of Soundcraft growth and developing our talented team in a positive and structured working environment.”

Composite windows, doors and curtain walling systems are increasingly specified for multi-storey buildings. 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 technical-sales@soundcraft-doors.co.uk or request a call back.

Bespoke Soundcraft software delivers on-site excellence

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Soundcraft has intensified its technical capabilities with digital experts Xenace to develop company-specific software for intelligent on-site management.

Designed to provide direct digital links to real-time data held at Soundcraft’s HQ in Kent, the Soundcraft team, armed with the latest iPads, can access secure, precise and instant information for customers on-site, via its new bespoke software system.

Soundcraft’s Commercial Manager Michael Bishop, who worked closely on the project, said: “This technology keeps our finger on the pulse of every customer requirement, wherever we are located. Primarily developed for site-based functions and secure client sign-off, the Soundcraft system also directly links our teams on the ground to a vast toolbox of real-time information; from risk assessments and regulations to drawings, ordering and specifications – enabling far greater control of the project remotely.”

While Soundcraft’s hi-tech investment further enhances the firm’s efficient service procedures, these new digital capabilities look set to meet our clients’ project management requirements with rapid efficiency.

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 technical-sales@soundcraft-doors.co.uk or request a call back.

Social value counts for Berry Court project

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Collaboration has been integral to the successful creation of the Berry Court residential scheme in Bournemouth and Soundcraft is proud to have worked in partnership on this award-winning development with Morgan Sindall.

Take a look at the Social Value Statistics just released, and read more about Soundcraft’s work on this project at Doors and windows delivered for Bournemouth residential scheme and view the video by Senior Architectural Systems.

Celebrating 125 years of Beckenham Rugby Club

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As steadfast supporters of Beckenham RFC, we are proud to see Soundcraft adorn the goal posts in readiness for an outstanding season ahead!

Beckenham Rugby Club, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this October, continues to be a community driving-force, with a strong player history that includes our very own Chairman, Kevin Smith, and Managing Director, Robert Thomson.

New Soundcraft post protectors, delivered this week to the South London club, echo our own company values of teamwork, fortitude, safety and strength. “Both Kevin and I have had close ties with the club in playing and coaching over the past 40 years,” said Robert Thomson. “It’s an honour to be able to sponsor Beckenham and grassroots rugby.”

 

 

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 technical-sales@soundcraft-doors.co.uk 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 technical-sales@soundcraft-doors.co.uk 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.