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