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 Booking.com. 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 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.

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.

Perfect Delivery Certificate – delivered!

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We are proud to have received the Morgan Sindall ‘Perfect Delivery’ Certificate, which arrived at Soundcraft’s offices in Kent to acknowledge our work on a complete fit out of the Estates Management Office in Cambridge.

You can read more about the award here:

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.

Soundcraft appoints Senior Technical Designer

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We are delighted to officially announce Max Rozwadowski as the new Senior Technical Designer at Soundcraft. Max, who joined our dynamic team in January, brings a wealth of knowledge with more than 13 years’ experience in the Fenestration industry.

Welcoming Max to this key role, Managing Director Robert Thomson said: “It is great to have Max on board, his industry insight and technical knowledge will further strengthen our product design, manufacture and installation services for the UK construction sector.”

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.”