New Contracts Manager Joins Soundcraft Team

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Soundcraft would like to introduce Danny Blaney as the newest member of their young & dynamic team.

Earlier this month, Danny officially joined Soundcraft as Contracts Manager and will be in charge of all curtain walling installation, as well as doors and windows in aluminium and hybrid composite. Read more »

What testing methods are used on fire doors and doorsets?

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Fire doors are available in a huge range of styles and designs. They can incorporate glazing, an array of veneers and ironmongery to suit the aesthetic of any project, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’ve been rigorously tested to ensure they meet specific requirements.

The testing methods used on fire doors and doorsets are defined in BS 476 Part 22: methods for determination of the fire resistance of non-loading bearing elements of construction (or BS EN 1634 Part 1, the European equivalent). Read more »

How do I ensure fire doors and doorsets are compliant with building regulations?

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When specifying any element of a building, fire safety is a crucial consideration – and it’s particularly important in the selection of doors. That’s because fire doors carry out two essential roles: to compartmentalise a building to delay the spread of fire and smoke from one area to another, and to provide a means of escape.

Fire doors are required in most new-build and existing properties. This applies to every commercial, public and multiple-occupancy building, as well as some domestic properties.

With the support of Jon Gorf, Technical Consultant at BWF Certifire, this post helps to provide you with information on how to identify compliant fire doors and doorsets. Read more »

What are the design aesthetics of aluminium curtain walling?

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The design aesthetics of aluminium curtain walling typically include clean lines and sleek glass surfaces. Known for providing a modern appearance, aluminium curtain walling is suitable for a range of buildings such as offices, shopping centres, blocks of schools, hospitals and universities.

When specifying aluminium curtain walling, there are a number of different design aspects to consider to ensure the result meets your aesthetic requirements. These include:

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Are aluminium windows Part Q compliant?

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The design, hardware and installation of aluminium windows are factors that affect whether the product is Part Q compliant.

Following the publication of Part Q, security has become an essential consideration for new-build properties, and we’re often asked if aluminium windows meet these requirements. The answer is: it depends.

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Terry Marshall has retired

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Terry Marshall has now left the company and retired to be a full-time Grandad, reader, writer etc…
He joined the company in 1991 as Director of Sales & Marketing, becoming Managing Director in 1997. In 2012, he stepped down as MD, handing over to Rob Thomson, concentrating on Sales & Marketing again.

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