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.
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.”
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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Following a complete fit out of the Estates Management Office on the North-West Cambridge development, Soundcraft has been recognised as helping Morgan Sindall achieve Perfect Delivery.
In confirming that a Perfect Delivery Certificate is to be awarded, Peter Puttock, Senior Supply Chain Manager of Morgan Sindall Construction East, said: “With a short contract period, this project was a big challenge and we felt that Soundcraft contributed greatly in helping us achieve Perfect Delivery. Thank you Soundcraft.”
“Our company ethos revolves around five pillars of performance to underpin Morgan Sindall’s vision to be the best and most sustainable business through delivering exceptional customer service,” stated Peter. “We have identified five tangible measures, called Customer Commitments, and for a project to achieve Perfect Delivery, all five of these must be achieved and signed off by the customer. We can only do this by utilising supply chain partners such as Soundcraft who, on this project assisted us in achieving our ultimate.”
Rob Thomson, Managing Director of Soundcraft, comments: “It’s hugely rewarding to receive an award recognising our input to Morgan Sindall achieving Perfect Delivery, which endorses our achievements during the Cambridge project. Soundcraft is always proud to deliver the highest standards to the UK construction industry – well done Soundcraft team and thank you for the recognition Morgan Sindall.”
Members of the Soundcraft team took part in a challenge of the cerebral kind for our nominated charity, Ordinary to Extraordinary (O2e) – pitting their wits against 120 other quizzers to raise much-needed funds for children living with disabilities and serious illness.
The event was hosted by Soundcraft Chairman, Kevin Smith, and his wife Sue, a dedicated O2e Ambassador: “The evening was a resounding success and we raised a pretty impressive £2,500,” said Sue. “This is thanks to the incredible generosity and wonderful support of all involved. We are a 100% non-profit making organisation, so every penny will reach the children who are supported by this year’s eight chosen charities.”
Kevin took to the stage and welcomed a capacity audience, reminding all that O2e aims to encourage ordinary people to take on challenges that may take them out of their comfort zones or simply push them a little bit further than they’d normally go – that could be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, running a few km round the park, or in this case, challenging the brain cells for a very worthy cause.
Visit O2e for more about this year’s chosen charities.
We are delighted to announce that Soundcraft has been accredited as an official SE Controls Fabricator Partner, allowing us to now offer our clients fully certified and CE Marked smoke vents under the correct procedures. Read more »
Construction is progressing well at the Forestry Commission’s new visitor centre in the heart of the stunning Wendover Woods in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where we are working alongside main contractor Keir to provide the curtain walling package.
Several members of the Soundcraft team have taken part in one of their most important projects to date after lending a hand as part of the BBC’s DIY SOS Big Build programme to help the Grenfell community in West London.
As part of Soundcraft’s ongoing development and the improvement of our services, we are delighted to announce our certification to ISO9001:2015 – the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard developed by the British Standards Institution BSI.
Navigating through the often complex maze of Building Regulations can be a major challenge for specifiers, but working with a specialist like Soundcraft can help take your project in the right direction.