Soundcraft wins another social housing Front Entrance Door (FED) project

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A contract to manufacture and install 400 front entrance doorsets for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK) was awarded to Soundcraft in December 2013. The work, valued at £460,000 is due to start in February 2014.

The Royal Borough selected Soundcraft, not only for offering the best value, but also for satisfying the demanding criteria regarding health and safety, sustainable sourcing, financial strength and experience of similar work. This latter point was amply illustrated with reference to the Company’s current FED project for Wandsworth Council, involving 1800 doors.

The doorsets to be installed by Soundcraft for RBK will be manufactured and installed under the Exova BM Trada 3rd Party Certification Schemes for the Manufacture and Installation of Fire Doors. The doorsets include over-panels and side lights in some areas, and have to provide FD30S performance. All timber used will be FSC®. In addition, the doorsets are Secured by Design. Residents will be offered a choice of five colours, and special provision will be made for vulnerable residents.

The Kingston project is further proof of Soundcraft’s leading position as a manufactuer and installer of bespoke performance doors and doorsets for the social housing market. The range of doors includes, in addition to FEDs, security doors for communal housing, typically the portcullis design, in either timber or steel.

Find out more about Soundcrafts extensive range of FED’s

Soundcraft Completes Hybrid Curtain Wall, Window & Door School Project

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A wide range of Hybrid composite curtain walling, windows and doors were chosen for the Music school rehearsal rooms and performing arts teaching centre at Frensham Heights School, in Surrey.

The ‘Hybrid’ composite system was specified by IID architects as both windows and curtain walling was required. Gareth Box from IID comments “We chose the timber and aluminum composite system as we required a mixture of windows and curtain walling. The system provides the warmth of timber with the slim lines and aesthetic benefits of Hybrid”

The curtain walling, which has engineered timber internally and powder coated aluminum externally, has been tested to CWCT specification Sequence B, achieving the following results:

Air Permeability: 600Pa
Water Tightness: 600Pa
Wind Resistance: 2400Pa

In addition, the curtain walling provided u values below 1.4.

The composite windows were from the Hybrid Series 2 casement range, which offers alu-clad windows that match Velfac’s. Hybrid Series 2 windows have been tested in accordance with BS6375 Part 1:2004 for weathertightness and BS7950 for Security.

In addition, insulated aluminum doors from the Hybrid SPW500, thermally framed range, also tested to BS6375, and PAS23/24, were fitted.

To discuss your project requirements or to find out more about the benefits of using composite systems for windows, doors and curtain walling, please call our technical team on 0800 988 1875 or email

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Soundcraft design, manufacture and install windows on RIBA Award winning project.

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Setting the standards in architectural design and implementation the RIBA 2013 Awards showcase some of the best buildings of the year. ‘Crowbrook’, a private house designed by Knox Bhavan Architects, won a RIBA National Award: one of 2 awards presented to the ‘East’ region, and one of only 3 private houses out of the other 43 winning buildings.

The windows, which were designed to optimise the use of light throughout the single story building, were manufactured and installed by Soundcraft. They included PEFC larch and incorporated Scandinavian window design features.

View the winning project here:  Riba Awards Winners 2013

Soundcraft Awarded £1.3 million Front Entrance Door Renewal Contract

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Wandsworth Borough Council have awarded Soundcraft the contract for the replacement of over 1800 front entrance doors (FEDs) at several sites across south west London.

Many of the doors will be fire rated (FD 30- tested at Chiltern International Fire) and are required to be Secured by Design.

This is Phase 9 of Wandsworth’s door renewal programme, which has seen over 10,000 doors replaced. Soundcraft have successfully carried out previous phases 4, 5 and 7.

Every phase has used a standard specification which has proved the test of time. This is based on the Mul-T-Lock multi point lock, housed in a FSC® solid timber cored flush door, and hung in powder coated steel frame armour. The benefits of this specification are an extremely reliable lock, coupled with the retention of existing frames to avoid the damage that can result from removing old frames, plus high security and fire resistance.

The contract is due for completion in March 2014.

Soundcraft specialises in providing doors for the social housing market that include, in addition to FEDs, communal entry security doors for use in door entry and access control systems, and fire doors and glazed timber screens (FD30 & FD60) for use in the corridors and stair wells of multi storey buildings.

Soundcraft joins the British Woodworking Federation

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As part of its on-going commitment to quality and development, Soundcraft has joined the BWF. The British Woodworking Federation provides a voice for the industry and works with government on changes and revisions to building regulations, industry standards and specifications.

The BWF provides advice and support to their members along with a range of benefits to make sure Soundcraft are best placed to continue to deliver quality products and exceptional service to its customers.

Just two of the recent regulatory changes in the industry have been the introduction of the EU Timber regulations in March, to ensure legal and sustainable timber. And, on the 1st of July the mandatory requirement for CE marking for windows and doors comes into force.

As legislation and standards change to further ‘professionalise’ the joinery industry it has never been more important to be a BWF member.

What impact has the new EU timber regulations had on procurement of timber doors and windows?

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March 2013 saw the introduction of the new EU timber regulations to prevent illegal timber being sold in the European market. Since the implementation of the scheme companies involved in the timber and timber product supply chain must have either, introduced systems to ensure compliance, or ensured that the systems already in use are compliant.

The guidelines are pretty broad and the European Commission and member states are still trying to find the best ways to police them. Read more »