Put a spring in your step for children’s charities

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The first day of spring is a perfect time to set new challenges, so join us for the amazing O2e Thames Path Walk Challenge on Saturday 25th May!

Soundcraft’s nominated charity Ordinary to Extraordinary (O2e) strives to improve the lives of children with disabilities and terminal illness. If you’re looking for a motivational challenge, then sign up for this inspiring charity walk and help raise vital funds to support O2e’s important work.

Choose your challenge: There are two routes to choose from, with both distances starting on the north side of Putney Bridge and heading west along the Thames Path, through some wonderful London landscape.

Route A is approximately 16-17 miles: This group will cross the river at Richmond Lock then head east along the Thames Path on the south side, finishing back at Putney Bridge.

Route B is approximately 25-26 miles: This group will continue walking west as far as Teddington Lock before crossing over to the south side and heading back to Putney Bridge.

To join in the fun and be a part of this fantastic charity challenge, all you need to do is pledge to raise a minimum of £100 for O2e. If you’d like to get involved, please email O2e Ambassador Sue Smith on sue48smith@icloud.com and let’s make the 2019 Thames Path Walking Challenge a day to remember!

Since its inception, O2e has raised a staggering £2.2M for various children’s charities. It is funded entirely by volunteers, and with no assets, offices or staff; 100% in every £1 raised goes directly to those in need.

Soundcraft completes prestigious Stone World project

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Our design management, manufacture and installation expertise can now be seen at the flagship Stone World showroom in Wembley.

Soundcraft’s project with Vascroft Contractors Ltd, to create the highly-glazed façade for Stone World’s prestigious London building, has incorporated thermally-efficient aluminium Curtain Walling, Windows and SPW501 Doors.

Quantity Surveyor for Vascroft, Hitesh Patel, commented on the completion: “Soundcraft worked efficiently and cost concisely to develop, design and engineer a curtain walling which required key precision, due to a large feature for the design intent and client requirements.” Concluding on the successful project, he stated: “Technical design produced by Soundcraft allowed the distinct transition of stone to glazing.”

Key to this distinctive planning detail was a parapet feature for the three-storey property, which saw Soundcraft’s team construct a 53m x 10m run of balustrade curtain walling, creating a unique rooftop balcony for the new showroom, warehouse and office space.

Contracts Manager at Soundcraft, Danny Blaney, said: “This was an expertly managed project with Vascroft. Given its location on the Hanger Lane Gyratory, one of London’s busiest road systems, meant that our teams and schedules had to run like clockwork. Soundcraft met every target, every time, and we’re proud to have worked on this high-end specification building for one of the UK’s leading suppliers of natural stone – its specification and finish looks fantastic.”

Commitment to training strengthens Soundcraft expertise

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Continued investment in the development of our in-house technical team ensures that Soundcraft remains at the forefront of industry training.

Most recently, this commitment saw the company’s new Senior Designer Max Rozwadowski and Site Supervisor Rob O’Connell successfully complete the illbruck Assured Certified training scheme. Gaining valuable knowledge for the application of illbruck membranes and impregnated foam tapes, these key components in the installation of windows, doors and curtain walling play an important role in maximising the performance of our products.

Further strengthening Soundcraft’s expertise and service offering to our UK clients, this latest achievement follows last year’s undertaking by Commercial Manager Michael Bishop and Director of Production Lee Gordon, who both completed the course that also incorporates technical, theoretical and practical aspects of accurate membrane selection for individual project specification.

 

Soundcraft appointed for NHS Sobell House Hospice

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Work by Soundcraft is nearing completion on the Sobell House Hospice construction of a new state-of-the-art clinic and garden annex for the palliative care of patients.

Soundcraft was assigned by Kingerlee Ltd in November to supply SAS fenestration systems, curtain walling and composite aluminium windows and doors, for the NHS project in Oxfordshire. Our team is currently on site to complete the installation of Hybrid Tilt Turn Windows, Hybrid Doors, SF52 Curtain Walling and SPW501 Doors for the two-storey extension, which will expand the facility with new bedrooms, clinic spaces and administration office space.

Georgia Burt, Architect and Senior Interior Designer for Gray Baynes + Shew architectural practice, commented: “Thank you Soundcraft to all involved in the Sobell House window fabrication, they look great and I look forward to the next instalment of doors.”

Progress on the build, which is due for completion this summer, can be viewed as a time lapse video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHGIcmmiWFM&feature=youtu.be

Soundcraft delivers at Fair Acres in the London Borough of Bromley

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Soundcraft has completed a major refurbishment project on four residential apartment blocks in Bromley.

Appointed by chartered building company T Gunning Ltd for the replacement of existing fire-rated doors within the Fair Acres properties, Soundcraft installed 140 FD30 entrance doors within existing frames, together with 151 adjacent FD30 fire-rated storage cupboard doors.

Additional priorities for the Soundcraft team on site also incorporated security ironmongery, intumescent strips and drop seals.

Director of T Gunning, Mike Gawadzyn, commented: “Soundcraft provided an excellent service, knowledgeable workforce and a top-quality product to specification and programme. A non-adversarial approach to problem solving was backed by a flexible working arrangements helping make this project a great success. I would have no hesitation in using them again on future projects of this nature.”

As the Fair Acre dwellings remained occupied during the project, keen operational management ensured minimal inconvenience to the residents. “We ran the project in conjunction with an excellent Tenant Liaison Officer provided by T Gunning,” said Robert Thomson, Managing Director at Soundcraft. “This ensured that all 140 residents were kept fully informed in terms of installation dates, and our fitters could work swiftly and efficiently on the replacement of fire-rated front entrance doors.”

 

Allglass appoints Soundcraft for Festool head office

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During our initial commercial project with Allglass (Anglia) Ltd, Soundcraft supplied SF52 curtain walling, SPW600 aluminium windows and SPW501 door sets for Allglass installation and glazing on the new Festool Ltd head office project, led by Barnes Construction.

Incorporating 12 large curtain wall facades, Soundcraft worked closely with Senior Architectural Systems (SAS) to ensure that precise requirements were met.

“Soundcraft presented a very professional and helpful team – we really couldn’t have asked for more,” said Allglass Managing Director Tim Friend. “Together with items specified by the architect on this project, they provided solutions during planning stages with first-class manufacture and product delivery. I’m certainly looking to use Soundcraft again in the very near future.”

In terms of service provision, Lee Gordon, Director of Production at Soundcraft, said: “We are perfectly positioned to supply and specify for a key company such as Allglass and look forward to our successful working relationship going forward.

 

 

Soundcraft secures largest contract to date

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We are pleased to announce our appointment to work alongside main contractor Durkan Ltd for client Wandsworth Council on the refurbishment of the Castlemaine Tower residential block in Battersea, London.

The £2.1m contract, which is the largest to be secured by Soundcraft to date, will include the removal and replacement of the 21-storey tower’s existing windows and curtain walling to help improve the thermal performance of the building envelope.

We will be providing a high-performance solution by supplying systems from our Hybrid composite timber aluminium range. Combining exceptional thermal efficiency with low-maintenance requirements, we will be installing tilt and turn Hybrid windows and Hybrid curtain walling.

With work to remove and replace the exterior cladding now underway, Soundcraft will commence on 9th January 2019.

Composite windows, doors and curtain walling systems are increasingly specified for multi-storey buildings. Pictures show production of the Castlemaine project Hybrid systems at the Soundcraft 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.

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM THE SOUNDCRAFT TEAM

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Warmest wishes to all our valued suppliers and customers for a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

We look forward to working with you in 2019.

Our offices will close at 5.00pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and will re-open at 8.00am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Soundcraft secures Q Mark PAS 24 and SBD status

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As part of Soundcraft’s continuing commitment to uphold our Secured by Design (SBD) licence, we ensure that products undergo the rigorous testing required to meet specifications outlined by SBD – the official UK Police flagship initiative.

SBD’s principles of ‘designing out crime’ requires annual audits and product-testing to improve security in the built environment. We are proud to announce that all Soundcraft tests were once again successfully passed to secure the Q Mark PAS24:2016 certification and retain our ongoing SBD license.

The tests, undertaken by the independent body Exova of a window and door from the Senior Architectural Systems (SAS) range, achieved standards for certification of security suitable for dwellings and other buildings exposed to comparable risks. A further weather tightness test was also carried out on a window from the SAS PURe range, which also passed to classify that the windows are manufactured to the correct standard.

Enhanced Window Security Performance tests included:

  • A glazing removal and infill manual attack test, during which screwdrivers and craft knives are used in attempts to remove the glazing or infill panel.
  • Mechanical loading tests, where 3kN is applied to all locking and hinge points via a pneumatic ram without entry being achieved.

Classification for Weather Tightness test included:

  • Test for air permeability, whereby air leakage is measured at pressures from 50Pa up to 600Pa.
  • A water tightness test applies 15 minutes of increasing water pressure of up to 600Pa.

Rob Thomson, Soundcraft’s Managing Director, said: “Investment in the yearly testing of our doors and windows is integral to Soundcraft’s commitment and provides the reassurance that every product will perform as expected.”

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.

Charity Award for our O2e Ambassador

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Congratulations to Soundcraft‘s Sue Smith, who was presented with the prestigious Skelly Award by Ordinary to Extraordinary (O2e), which strives to improve the lives of children with disabilities and serious illness.

The award, in honour of the charity’s late Paul Skelly, is bestowed upon one individual each year who has tirelessly gone above and beyond for O2e . Sue, who was nominated by her peers as a very worthy winner for 2018, gave heartfelt thanks: “I’m so thrilled to have been chosen for the Skelly Award, what an absolute honour and big thanks to those of you that put my name forward. Paul was such a lovely guy, one of life’s special souls and he really did set a precedent as a faithful ambassador for O2e; yours was a hard act to follow Mr Skelly.”

“Not one for running marathons or cycling hundreds of miles, I’ve busied myself this year with a combination of fun challenges and alternative fundraising events. Introducing new people to O2e is crucial to its continued success and to see them embrace the ethos and sign up for their own challenges is hugely rewarding.”

Already planning fundraising events for the year ahead, Sue (pictured centre) said: “I have twelve months before I hand the award to its next worthy recipient and I shall endeavour to make them count. We already have a date for our 2019 London Walk – Sunday May 26th – so look out for more details in the New Year if you’d like to join us.”

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