Phenomenal progress at Castlemaine Tower

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As Soundcraft nears completion at Castlemaine Tower in Battersea, we reveal the latest update on this significant London project.

Having already successfully manufactured and installed no less than 18 floors of SF52 curtain walling and Hybrid Series 1 tilt and turn windows for the 21-storey tower, Soundcraft is now concluding work on the South London residential block.

Operations with supply chain partner Senior Architectural Systems has also incorporated Hybrid Series 1 punch hole windows, together with installations for winter gardens, which feature glass-to-glass corner joints to the curtain wall, utilising Guardian Glass 70/35 to provide high natural light transmission with energy saving and solar protection.

“This has been a substantial project for Soundcraft and we are enormously proud of our achievements,” said Site Supervisor Scott Crew. “All windows have been installed and curtain walling is complete right down to level two. Once the scaffolding is removed from site, Soundcraft can finalise work on level-one properties, with total completion proposed for early spring.”

Appointed by main contractor Durkan Ltd for client Wandsworth Council, Soundcraft’s impressive installation has been carried out by the company’s skilled teams operating from high-rise scaffolding wrapped around the London tower.

Liaison with the local community has also played an essential part in this successful progress. “With six occupied flats per floor and internal finishing required, good communications with all residents has been paramount,” said Soundcraft’s Rob O’Connell. “Combined with our continual office support and our key factory operations being ahead of the game in providing materials, we have maintained good and solid relationships for the smooth running of this site with our operatives at Castlemaine fulfilling expectations.”

See more on the Soundcraft refurbishment of Castlemaine Tower in London:

·      Castlemaine Tower water tests approved to CWCT Standards

·      Soundcraft secures largest contract to date

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.


Hybrid solutions for Mayplace Primary School

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In another successful local authority project, Soundcraft was appointed by London-based construction company Rooff to supply and install thermally-efficient, high-performance hybrid composite and aluminium systems at Mayplace Primary School in Bexleyheath.

The skilful Soundcraft team delivered curtain walling and Hybrid 1 SPW600 windows and SPW501 doors for the school extension of a new main entrance hall, reception classroom and a new school block housing six classrooms – designed to facilitate the school’s expansion from two-form entry to three-form entry.

Working alongside Rooff, Energy Conscious Design ECD Architects and Senior Architectural Systems SAS, the project was completed while the school was fully occupied during construction of the new building, which is set into the landscape with a two-storey brise soleil to the south façade.


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.


Soundcraft produces high-level results for London’s iconic South Quay Plaza

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Topping out at 68 storeys, South Quay Plaza is the Berkeley Group’s tallest ever building and set to be the third tallest residential building in London, once complete in 2022.

The expert team at Soundcraft was appointed to manufacture and supply 600 apartment entrance door frames, architraves and matching reveals to the corridors of this landmark project on the impressive Docklands skyline.

Prior to the manufacture, Berkeley Homes commissioned Soundcraft to undertake two project-specific fire tests in order to provide primary test evidence for the entrance doors, comprising of all the ironmongery and fixing detail that would be used on the site installation.

“Because of the amount of fire testing being carried out in the UK post Grenfell, the sets were sent to Metz in France for testing to the more exacting European EN 1634-1:2008 standard,” said Soundcraft’s Managing Director Robert Thomson. “The fire door sets were tested dual orientation, to open towards and away from the furnace, both tests achieved in excess of the 30 minutes required,” he confirmed. “Soundcraft worked in conjunction with the carpentry sub-contractor Stratton and Hessler to deliver this project on time and to the quality expected by Berkeley Homes – we are incredibly proud of our work on this prestigious development.”


Located at South Dock in the Isle of Dogs, the new development will provide 888 mixed tenure homes with 2.6 acres of new public squares, gardens and children’s playspaces for the local community. The unique Foster + Partners design includes a 45-degree architectural rotation which gives the majority of homes a riverside view, while allowing more light to reach the landscaped public gardens.

South Quay Plaza won the multi-storey award at the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) annual National Health and Safety Awards in July. This is the second time the development has been awarded the honour.

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.


Season’s greetings from the Soundcraft team

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

Soundcraft will be closed from Wednesday 25th December 2019 and re-open Thursday 2nd January 2020 for normal business hours 8am-5pm.

Soundcraft transforms Lidl store

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Appointed by Commercial Refurbishment Solutions to undertake the repurposing of an existing building, the Soundcraft team has once again performed for a big brand operative.

The new Lidl store in Gravesend has been transformed from its previous role as a bowling alley to create a site for the popular supermarket within Thames Way Imperial Retail Park. “We worked in unison with our key supply chain partners Senior Architectural Systems to meet the Lidl specification requirements,” said Michael Bishop, Commercial Manager. “Installation by Soundcraft incorporated Aluminium Systems SF52 fully capped curtain walling, with glazed screens to complete the swift conversion of this successful project.”

Lidl’s mission, which states working with business partners in sustainable relationships, contributing positively to local communities, now sees the company with more than 760 stores and 13 regional distribution centres across Britain, employing over 22,500 people.

Soundcraft completes landmark Bridge Leisure Centre project

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Construction of a fantastic new facility in Horsham highlights Soundcraft’s manufacture and installation expertise within the UK leisure sector.

The extensive project for Neilcott Construction has seen Soundcraft provide a thermally-efficient and high-performance fenestration package for the new state-of-the-art building in West Sussex.

Working alongside specialists GT3 Architects and supply-chain partners Senior Architectural Systems, Soundcraft has delivered external glazing for the entire build, together with SPW501 doors, SF52 curtain walling and automated SD sliding door sets, at one of the biggest dry-side sports and leisure centres in the district.

A key point of installation for the Soundcraft team was operating in such close proximity to the existing centre, particularly during the construction of a seamless, silicone-sealed curtain wall Gym Box, designed to create a light space for gym users. “Manoeuvring very large units of glass, with only a one-meter space between the buildings, required a contract lift to glaze the elevation facing the existing building,” said Michael Bishop, Soundcraft’s Commercial Manager. “We worked closely with Neilcott Construction to ensure that access and installation planning was managed effectively for successful completion.”

The brand-new leisure complex, which provides essential sport and recreational facilities for the local community and regional athletes, includes: a 70-station gym; a six-court sports hall; five multi-use games areas; three fitness studios; indoor cycling studio; athletics track; a sensory room; café and meeting room, together with the area’s biggest Clip and Climb facility.

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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.

Click here to view the amazing transformation



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 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 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.