Business Breakfast Event

An excellent industry focused session enjoyed this morning centred on the topic of “What is it about the UK Construction Model that makes it difficult for Façade Contractors to survive?”.

We were privileged to have a representation and voice from across all aspects of the industry – those that joined us in the discussion were;

Harry Badham (Development Director- AXA-IM), Damian Rogan (Head of Facade Engineering – Eckersley O’Callaghan), Steve Mudie (Partner – Alinea Consulting), Wayne McKiernan (Partner – PLP Architecture), Eamonn Wall (Divisional Director – ISG), Tom Bishop (Project Manager – Future 54) and Paul Spiller (Regional Commercial Director – Sir Robert McAlpine).

Business Breakfast Event Tomorrow

We are looking forward to our first ever Business Breakfast Event we are holding tomorrow at The Gherkin.

We have selected a number of guests that represent the industry, from clients, architects, consultants and contractors, to discuss the topic of…

“What is it about the UK Construction Model that makes it difficult for Facade Contractors to Survive”

Project Awarded: University of Winchester

We are very glad to have been recently awarded the contract for the University of Winchester scheme. This is an excellent opportunity for Colorminium to increase our experience and portfolio with another project that see’s us take complete control of the external envelope.

The stunning project comprises of 3 blocks which is wrapped in a complex facade giving us the chance to show our expertise and bring our design led approach to the forefront. The pallette of materials includes Corten steel cladding and brise soleil alongside architectural glazing.

New Starter – Welcome John Wilson

We are very pleased to welcome a new staff member to the company. John Wilson joins us as a highly qualified Design Manager, bringing a wealth of expertise from his many years in the industry to the Design team.

”I started my career in construction by studying Architectural Technology at Southampton College. I have been in the industry for 32 years, working for Architects, Contractors and envelope sub-contractors and working closely with material suppliers. Within these years, I have covered all aspects of the Building envelope including roofing, rain-screen cladding, curtain walling and windows and doors which has helped me gain invaluable experience and understanding of how the industry operates both technically and commercially.

All-staff Catch-up

Focusing together achieves more….as the quote states ‘teamwork makes the dreamwork’

To keep this in the forefront of our minds is essential to achieve our goal as a whole but also to help realise the clients ‘dream’ on a project.

To re-unite our staff was a great exercise to re-focus our minds on the goal and what we can achieve together as well as celebrate our successes.

With many new staff since the new year, it was a great opportunity to bring the team even closer, facilitated through team building exercises.

What we can learn from Winston Churchill to improve the effectiveness of managing the programme?

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” – Winston Churchill. What we can learn from this statesman to help improve the programme management of a project?

As we know the planning process is a large part of managing the project effectively. Due to the demanding nature of project programmes, it’s essential that it is managed and controlled suitably to ensure you meet timescales and manage the customers expectations. Below are methods that need to be adopted in order to achieve this:

Colorminium present to a University in Croatia.

Colorminium are proud to be actively seeking to address the skills shortage in the Construction Industry by creating strategic partnerships with technical schools / universities. In doing so we offer unique work experience, employment opportunities and mentoring to ambitious and talented individuals who are pursuing a career in technical design and construction.

Seen in the photos below are Reuben Price and Luka Perusko presenting to the Politehnika University in Pula, Croatia last week following which we were pleased to sign up to their student work experience and mentoring programme.

Watch this space!

Opening of new office in London!

Colorminium has now opened a new office in Central London. With our strong portfolio of work continuing to grow, this is a key milestone in positioning the business at the heart of its client base and within easy reach of the architects, design teams and contractors that contribute to our success.

Situated on the City fringe in Aldgate, this new location will accommodate the growth of the company and provide a stronger local presence, a more flexible and accessible venue for meetings enabling our teams to provide support and advice to an increased number of customers and projects. The headquarters remains in Chelmsford, Essex.

Royal Holloway, University of London

With the completion of the new Emily Wilding Davison Library building at the Royal Holloway University London a now distant past, it seemed an appropriate time to cast our minds back to the success of this landmark project.

Take some time to watch and listen to Paul Layzell – the Principal of the University, as he shares his views on the project and how selecting the right partners to build the project was essential to its success.

Design Team Off-site day

Yesterday, our Design Team had an off-site day as part of a team-building programme to increase collaboration and teamwork, as well as getting to know each other.

They visited a 4×4 driving venue which gave them the opportunity to collaborate and communicate in a way that they wouldn’t usually in the workplace.

Great demonstration of how we are continuing to invest time into our staff with a view to improve the way we serve our clients.

PCSA/Early Design

Pre-Contract Service Agreements or PCSAs are becoming more common in the façade world. They are no longer restricted to the iconic landmark projects where there are only 2 or 3 contractors in the world capable of delivering them, and one is selected at an early stage, and paid to develop the design to a point where costing is relatively well understood and aligned with the ultimate project business plan.

ATHENA Training

A day of ATHENA training with some of our design team took place on Tuesday to introduce our employees to a new and improved software.

This software links LogiKal and AutoCAD to provide ease of use and seamless working to our Design Department in view of streamlining the process.

This investment is absolutely necessary to keep us at the top of our game, and as technology continues to disrupt the industry, it is essential that we are investing in the best technology to be able to provide our clients with the best service possible.

HR team attend a CIPD Conference

Continuing our pursuit for top-talent and best practise in everything we do, our HR team attended a CIPD Conference earlier this week to gain greater insight and skills to achieve a more successful and effective Recruitment Process.

With our people being our greatest asset, it is essential that when recruiting we bring in the right people that can contribute to our our overall Company Vision.

IOSH Course

Colorminium regard Health & Safety as a highly important factor of what we do. As part of this ongoing commitment, this was demonstrated clearly yesterday through the Company Founder and Board of Directors attending the IOSH, Managing Health & Safety for Directors and Executives course.

The commitment our Directors are making to ensure all our staff and those that represent Colorminium are kept safe whilst at work and return safely to home every night, is honourable.

CPD – Glass and Coating Manufacturing

Our primary responsibility is our staff and investment in them to ensure they stay at the forefront of the industry and of what we do. As part of our 2018 training programme, we are offering a number of CPD-type sessions to all our employees across a variety of different specialities. Thursday saw Paul Anderson from Glastrosch present Glass and Coating Manufacturing to all our design and pre-construction teams.

For those that attended, it was certainly beneficial in enhancing and increasing knowledge in relation to the specifics of glass, glass construction and processing.

Any material or product supplier who has a CPD offering, please get in touch and we will be in contact with you further.

Colorminium Overview of 2017

With January already come and gone, 2017 feels like a distant memory. We thought we would speak to a number of employees from across the organisation to hear them describe 2017.

Take some time out to listen to a number of our staff from across the business describe 2017 in just one word – it is certainly very enlightening (and humorous!). Listen to our people talking about the challenges we faced, the opportunities we have and how the company is made up of great people, all sharing a common purpose, objective and goals.

CPD Training Session

We are continuing to invest in the development of our people across all areas of the business. Last Thursday saw some of our Design Team having a CPD session presented by Annalisa Simonella, on Advanced Building Physics.

Ensuring our people are at the forefront of industry standards, technical design and facade innovation is critically important to giving our clients the support and expertise they expect from us.

The CPD session was found to be very useful by all that attended in adopting new methods and finding solutions for some of the technical design challenges faced in the facade industry.

Leadership Team attend Roger Hamilton Conference

Superb to have the Leadership Team here at Colorminium attend the London Entrepreneur Fast Track Conference led by Roger Hamilton. Exceptional advice being given on how to 10x your business with proven steps and what you need to do to swiftly move to the next level.

Over the last ten years, Roger has worked with over 100,000 entrepreneurs and has a proven track record, so he presents us with an attractive opportunity to learn so we can grow and progress forward.

Quality Assurance

In the building and construction industry, reputation and trust are the cornerstones for continued growth. To build customer confidence, the industry must stand behind the quality of its work. Quality Assurance Programs exist for that purpose.

Specifically, an on-site Quality Assurance Program (QAP) can be a variety of initiatives that work together to ensure a specific product is installed correctly, or ensure a specific service is being provided to the building owner to the highest industry standards.

Assessing Quality on site to ensure it is at a sufficient standard is really the most important attribute to ensure that the clients expectations are met; but it doesn’t start and finish there.

Benefits of Off-site Construction

As the trend for Off-site Construction becomes more popular, there are an increasing number of Clients that opt for this process which brings many advantages. Benefits include predictability, quality assurance, faster construction times, less waste, less noise and disruption to neighbours, less – even zero – defects and lower site accident rates and improved health and safety.

The findings from a study carried out by The Steel Construction Institute, support the view that off-site construction is faster than traditional on-site construction.

Wedge House Update

Today has marked another milestone for the Wedge House scheme. We have finally commenced the installation of the first few aluminium windows into the precast panels up in Thorpe Precast’s factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

Across the rest of the project, Design is progressing well on all elements that are being constructed onsite and as we write, the concrete floor slabs are being poured which should see precast panels being able to be installed in approximately 4 months’ time.

Thermal Assessment of a Facade

Why do we need to assess the thermal transmittance in a facade? Why do we need to identify whether there is a risk that condensation might occur? What types of condensation do we need to analyse and how do we quantify it, if it occurs while demonstrating compliance with the regulations? Which regulations do we need to follow? Presently we face these challenges when we start the design of a facade project to provide our clients with the best levels of energy performance on their buildings.

What is the UK’s Number One ‘most beautiful University’?

We are grateful to Joe Belcher of Associated Architects to give us a reference regarding the work we were privileged to be a part of on the recently opened, new Library at Royal Holloway University.

We are pleased that through working with the delivery team to produce another stunning building on the campus, we have helped Royal Holloway to top the charts once again of being the number one ‘most beautiful university’ in the UK.

We are soon to be releasing a video featuring some of those involved in the making of the new library, please feel free to comment and follow us if you were involved in this project to receive a preview ahead of it’s release.