What are DDA compliant door widths?

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‘What are DDA compliant door widths?’ is a question that we’re often asked.

It’s important to note that although referred to as ‘DDA compliant’, the Disability Discrimination Act or DDA is no longer in effect. Despite this, DDA compliance is still the way many people refer to accessibility regarding doors. Read more »

Wishing a Merry Christmas from all at Soundcraft

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Just a quick note from everyone at Soundcraft to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2016.

Our Offices will be closed from midday on Thursday 24th December and will re-open at 8.00 am on Monday 4th January 2016.

During December, a limited production of the manufacture of communal portcullis security doors and aluminium curtain walling will take place. This is to ensure that the New Year begins with the necessary momentum to fulfil the installation commitments made for early January.

Reflecting on the past twelve months, our Managing Director Rob Thomson said:

“2015 has been a good year for the company, particularly with the growth of our aluminium curtain walling and composite windows & doors businesses. Thanks must go to our team- in the factory, in the office and on site- for making the year the success it has been. We must not forget, as well, our customers and suppliers, without whom we would not be here at all.”


St Swithuns Project

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In the past two years we have been working in partnership with Feltham Construction at the prestigious School of St Swithun’s in Winchester, on a £425,000 project creating new kitchens and refurbishing the old, plus adding new classrooms and associated facilities.

Soundcraft’s works involved the design, supply and installation of curtain walling, windows and external doors.

The curtain walling was a combination of the SCW aluminium and the Hybrid Series 3 composite systems. Both systems provide a 25 year external guarantee on the powder coating.

Internally on Hybrid curtain walling PEFC engineered timber creates a ‘warm’ environment. Overall Series 3 composite curtain walling provides low U-values with high environmental benefits, using re-cycled aluminium and 3rd party certified sustainable timber.

To respond to the high traffic of the school, the robust SD aluminium commercial door system provided the perfect solution, with its versatility creating open in and open out, single or double door options.

For the Kitchen SCW curtain walling was used in combination with the SCW Sloping Roof system.

To find out more about using the Hybrid and SCW curtain wall systems, plus composite and aluminium windows and doors, contact the technical team on 0800 988 1875 or read the case studies.

Post Protectors for Beckenham Rugby Club

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At Soundcraft, we always have been great supporters of Beckenham rugby club. This passion for Rugby went even further with the involvement of three of our Directors Kevin Smith, Robert Thomson and Terry Marshall.

In the 90s they were part of the “B2” team, often called “the Ship of Fools”, which was the most successful team in the club’s history. In the 1993/4 season it was unbeaten in 22 games, scoring 800 points and conceding just 71! – captained by Chris Stevens and Kevin Smith.

Beckenham rugby club proudly owns posts which are the same size as those at Twickenham! And therefore, we are honoured to have been able to supply their protectors.

What is Part M?

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Approved Document M of the Building Regulations (access to and use of buildings) is often referred to as Part M or ADM, and provides guidance on the design and construction of buildings to ensure access and inclusion for all. Read more »

What is BS 8300?

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BS 8300 is the code of practice that helps disabled people make the most of their surroundings through architectural design in the built environment. Read more »

How does Part M affect door specification?

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Offering safe and inclusive access to all buildings is important for ensuring everyone who wants to enter or leave a building can do so. Here in the UK, it’s also required by the Building Regulations Part M and various other standards and regulations.

Part M deals with the access to and use of buildings. It requires that access is designed in a way that enables all people to use a building and its facilities.

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Soundcraft’s own Iron Man Will Jones

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At Soundcraft we have our own Iron Man, Will Jones, Director of Technical/Contracts!

Last Sunday Will completed his first Ironman 70.3 challenge in 6 hours 58 minutes. The challenge required competitors to swim, cycle and run over a gruelling course.

The event was held in Exmoor National Park, one of the most picturesque areas of England. Many athletes chose to camp on site, creating a unique, friendly but competitive, atmosphere. The reputation of this event was enhanced by its rural location at the heart of Exmoor, and in particular, the challenges of the undulating bike and running courses.

The swimming course was one lap of Wimbleball Lake, clockwise, starting 20m from the shore. The overall distant was 1.2 miles which Will did in in 37minutes.

The Ironman 70.3 UK Exmoor bike event was over a tough two lap course of 56 miles in the heart of the National Park. The course leaves Wimbleball Lake and follows an anti clockwise loop through hilly terrain in a glorious part of Somerset. Will clocked in at 3hours 47 minutes.

Lastly, the run at Wimbleball Lake was a three loop course on a mix of terrain including tarmac, hardpack trail and grass. The course had the advantage of remaining firm underfoot even during prolonged bad weather. There is one short sharp climb in the course which was tackled three times. Overall, as Will mentions below, the run was very tough, but he finished in 2 hours 23 minutes.

Afterwards, Will commented,

“The swim was flat and that’s where the flatness finished! After that it was a very hilly bike course, which everyone had heard of. But no one had mentioned the running course… OMG! It nearly broke me but I managed to finish. I am so grateful for all the amazing support around the course that pushed everyone through when we really needed it and it was such a well organised event. Ironman UK certainly know how to put on a show! Looking back I’d like to better my time and return… One Day!”

We are all so proud of Will’s fantastic achievement .

Daryl’s Duathlon

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Daryl Herridge, Soundcraft’s portcullis door assembly manager, recently competed in the ETU European Duathlon championships, held in Madrid.

Representing GBR in the 50 – 54 year old Super Vet age group Daryl came twenty first in a field of almost fifty. The duathlon involves a run of 5K, followed by a 20K bike ride, completed with a further 2.5K run. His time of 70 minutes was particularly commendable as he was carrying a slight foot injury that clearly didn’t help.

Daryl has now qualified for next year’s championships which are to be held in Kalkar, Germany.