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.

Could the Construction Industry become the safest in the UK?

Could the Construction Industry become the Safest in the UK?

With over 30 fatalities last year in the Industry, Health and Safety is a moral obligation all of us have to ensure compliance with. The impact that an accident arising as a result of poor health and safety measures being in place is too devastating for consideration.

At Colorminium the Health & Safety of our employees is our No. 1 Priority and will remain of utmost importance throughout 2018.

Do you care about the health of your workers?

In the construction industry – we all need to be more conscious of the affects that we have on our employees. These facts below show how it is vital to care for your workers.

At any given time, across England and Wales, one worker in six is said to be experiencing depression, anxiety or other stress related problems. – this suggests that 350000 construction professionals may be affected.
For men between the ages of 15 and 49, suicide is now the leading cause of death.

BIM?

BIM?

No one is going to argue at this stage that BIM is anything other than a good idea which should in theory at least make our businesses more efficient and the design and procurement process more effective. From the perspective of a façade contractor, our take on BIM is that it is absolutely NOT about producing 3D images but is all about the INFORMATION with 3D modelling to complement.

Annual End-of-Year Event

Friday 15th December bought with it an excellent, Annual End of Year Staff event, held at the Sea Containers building with a stunning view of the river and the City. This was a landmark event to celebrate a year of progress. Not only did we have an excellent speech from the influential Hamish Taylor, but the atmosphere was enthusing and motivating. It was evident that the team are raring to move forward with tenacity and verve in the coming year.

Festive Holiday Period

Season greetings to you all.

To make everyone aware:

We will be closed this Friday 15th December for our annual corporate event.
Our festive period of holiday extends from 22nd December to 2nd January.
During this period, we will not be contactable, but we will be right back with you in the new year to continue our exciting journey.

Principles of Acoustics

The subject of acoustics, often perceived as somewhat of a dark art, is something that needs to be considered on almost every project in the façade industry. Whilst this is an extensive and detailed topic we have set out below a few basic principles.

Sound is measured in decibels (dB) on a logarithmic scale, which means that a sound of 50 dB is 100 times louder than a sound of 40 dB. The Human ear has a large audible range and at the threshold of pain, the dB is roughly 1 million times greater than at the threshold of hearing.

The main consideration when reading specifications and test results is that a sound difference of 3 dB or less is barely audible to the human ear, whereas a sound difference of 5 dB is clearly audible. It is easy to look at minor differences between specification and test results and whilst numerically they may not be aligned, in practice the difference is so small that it will not materially affect the end installation. This is where a pragmatic interpretation of test results is required rather than a theoretical or literal comparison. Due to this, if you are doing acoustic testing, it is worth considering taking the average result over a range of tests if you get a minor failure as subsequent tests with all the same inputs and the same test rig, can give different results.