Business Breakfast Debate Summary – Smarter thinking around the future of façades

In the midst of a plethora of challenges from designs that are pushing the boundaries, to unrealistic cost plans coupled with industry challenges such as Grenfell, it is no mean feat to successfully deliver great facades in today’s market. Getting all the stakeholders together, tabling the issues and seeking alignment is a first step in moving forward on this journey.

Participants

Bill Soper – Principal Director, TP Bennett | Adrian Barnes – Preconstruction Director, McLaren | Colin Taylor – Associate Director, FMDC | Andrew Howland – Director, Colliers | Neil Murphy – Partner, MFS | Ross Price – Managing Director, Colorminium | Kieran Mallinson – Preconstruction Director, Colorminium | Gareth Baker – Commercial Director, Colorminium | Ronnie Myatt – Business Development Manager, Colorminium

Following the success of the business breakfast debates we held last year, we recently held the first event in a new annual series aimed at taking this to the next level. A number of reoccurring themes came out of previous sessions, which we’re bringing forward as the discussion points as we continue this exciting journey titled “Smarter thinking around the future of façades”.

Project Awarded: P5K

We are very glad to have recently been awarded and now completed contract for Knight Dragon, Peninsula 5 Kilometre Running Track. (‘P5K’) The Peninsula is undergoing the largest single regeneration we have seen for a generation.

With only 6 weeks onsite, the project is now complete with all stakeholders Knight dragon, London Underground, Mace, Aecom, and Neiheiser Argyros, delighted at the finished product.

Project Awarded: Benenden School

We are very glad to have been recently awarded the contract for the Benenden School scheme. Located in the Kentish countryside, Benenden is a leading boarding school for girls aspiring for excellence in everything they do. A new 750 seat concert hall and a music hall are being added to the distinctive legacy that already exists, catering for the expanding needs of the community there.

We look forward to progressing this scheme with Benenden School, Guy Holloway Architects and Buxton Building Contractors.

2019 Strategy Event

It is amazing to see how far we have come since our All Staff Event in January. In reflection Monday 7th January bought with it an excellent Kick Off Strategic Event, held at The Queen Olympic Park, London Stadium.

We were joined by The Speaker with the Orange Tie, Steve Beckles-Ebusua for a fun filled, engaging and interactive keynote session.

It is evident that the team are still raring to move forward with tenacity and verve in the coming year.

2018 Summary

2018 feels already like a distant memory. As we cast our minds back to when we spoke to a number of employees from across the organisation to hear them describe the year in their own words.

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 living by the same set of values, sharing a common purpose, objective and goals.

Colorminium Interview Alistair Finn – Senior Project Manager

Background – How long have you been at Capco and what was your previous track record?

I qualified (RICS) whilst working for Montagu Evans, prior to spending 12 years at King Sturge, which was a larger multi-disciplinary consultancy, best known for their investment and agency work. I was with them from 1999 – 2011 prior to the business merging with Jones Lang LaSalle, another big multi-disciplinary consultancy. That wasn’t for me so ended up working for a smaller practice before setting up on my own, offering Development and Project Management services. At the time there was a project I was working on close to my heart down in Woking, which was the new HQ building for WWF. I had helped them find the site and saw it through to completion and handover. In the meantime, one of my other clients was Capco where I was helping out in the early stages of the Lillie Square project. After 12 months I ended up joining full time in 2012, taking on the responsibility for the design and delivery aspects of the project. And I’m still here!

Welcome Monika Krzyzanowska – Junior Design Manager

We are pleased to announce we have another addition to the Design team here at Colorminium. Welcome Monika Krzyzanowska who will be joining as a Junior Design Manager. “My passion has been always in architecture & design. Following it, I chose to study Architecture & Urbanism at Polytechnic University, where I got my Masters Degree. […]

Colorminium Interview John Robeson – Group Head of Supply Chain

Tell us about yourself and a headline overview of Osborne?

I’ve been with Osborne for 4 years now, firstly in the role of Supply Chain Director to our construction business before moving to my current, central role as Group Head of Supply Chain. Prior to joining Osborne, I spent a year working on Balfour Beatty CSUK’s supply chain development programme. I have also worked as a consultant with a number of construction businesses, developing their supply chains and also on building business development strategies with a number of sub-contractors. Those relationships were born out of the work I did with them, during my 7 years with Wates from 2004 – 2011.

Colorminium Consolidation Centre

The process of managing the flow of material from our many suppliers to allow timely delivery to our sites is managed within our Consolidation centre. We use the centre to check the quality and quantity of goods received, and often to re-batch to suit changes in site programmes and site conditions.

This facility has been an excellent investment and has been crucial in streamlining the process of site supply.

Having the majority of our products passing through the centre, from the supply chain to the sites, is an excellent advantage.

Colorminium visit glazing summit

Great to have members from Colorminium visit the Glazing Summit in Vienna last week as we continue to keep Colorminium at the forefront of the industry in regards of glass technology.

With several notable attendees, there were some excellent speeches ranging from the long term future in glass technology, to collaborative computation in glass design.

Excellent event to attend once again and we look forward to seeing more of this next year.

University of Winchester Update

Excellent progress being made on the University of Winchester, West Downs 1.

Progress photos released show the frame now fully on view.

We are all looking forward to commencing on the external facade to really bring the building to life.

Keep following to watch this building transform across the next few months.

Wedge House Hotel Update

Wedge House Hotel installation is progressing well as it nears completion.

Good progress on levels 13 & 14 with unitised glazing on all levels, plant screens and doors are mostly complete. The focus is now on completing copings and feature fins, which works are commencing on.

Keep following to watch the final stages reach completion.

Minories Hotel site update

Great to see steady progress on our Minories Hotel project as we near the end of the year.

The unitised panels are complete on Levels 1 – 4 of Block A and weatherproofing and insulation works are ongoing on this block.

Meanwhile on Block B, the unitised panels have commenced to the south elevation and will continue until the end of the year.

Bart’s Square Site Update

Latest photos from our Bart’s Square Project show great progress onsite with the overall facade now taking shape.

We are looking forward to commencing the Kalzip curved roofing on Block H within the next few weeks.

Colorminium visit Glasstec 2018

Colorminium keeping up to date with technological advances, our supply chain partners and networking at Glasstec 2018. Some real innovation witnessed, it’s exciting to see a more ‘out of the box’ approaches to glass engineering and production in the market.

Wedge House Site Update

Today’s progress photos released from our site team on our Wedge House Hotel scheme shows considerable progress on the facade.

With the majority of the facade almost complete, the focus has been on the completion of the glazing and architectural fins at floors 13 & 14.

Minories Hotel Branding

Images taken today from our site at Minories boasts our branded hoarding on show. Has anyone seen it whilst travelling past?

Another delivery of 24 unitised panels can be seen arriving onsite in the background – great to see good progress onsite. Unfortunately with Block A having a complete scaffold wrapped around it, our works are not on show. We will be posting pictures and videos showing what it looks like behind the scaffold across the coming weeks so keep watching and following to watch this project develop.

Wedge House Site Update

The top 2 floors, levels 13 & 14 on our Wedge House project are nearing completion, with the view from Blackfriars Road now greatly enhanced following the removal of the protective tape from the aluminium fins.

The access cradles will be removed shortly enabling us to commence the copings at roof level.

Bart’s Square Off-site Progress

Great to see the progress at the off-site location on our Bart’s Square project where we have windows being installed into precast units similar to that of our Wedge House Hotel scheme.

Excellent to have the project benchmark signed-off with all the project panels now fully underway with a planned commencement onsite for the precast panels within the next month.

Bespoke O2 Glazing

DID YOU KNOW that we were commissioned by ISG to undertake the bespoke glazed staircase and lift enclosures for Up at the O2 back in 2012.

Consisting of bespoke glazed towers and media screens, our designers worked with bblur Architecture to develop a design that realised their architectural intent and helped deliver a visual spectacle that both complemented the existing architecture of the dome and stood as a distinct attraction over and above it.

Minories Site Update

First batch of unitised panels have arrived onsite at our Minories project today ahead of installation commencing next week.

Seeing finished panels arrive onsite is always a well received sight, as the architectural vision begins to come to life.

Stay tuned and ensure you follow our company page across our channels to watch as this building transforms over the coming months.

All-staff Q4 Strategy Session

Was great to bring the team together for an all-staff meeting yesterday as we launch into the final three months of the year.

Beginning the day with rewarding all our employees with Bacon Rolls helped to set the new quarter off with a great start. Always an excellent opportunity to connect the office staff with the site staff.

Zak World of Facades

Was great to have some of the team present at Zak World of Facades.

Some very interesting discussions and talks from all the speakers focusing on a variety of topics from; new material entrants to the market, digitalisation and the advances of BIM, the continual development in the glass industry, the confusion post-Grenfell and approaches being taken to the changing dynamics of facade materials, debating the threats and opportunities that the facade industry is faced with, and the importance and essentiality of more collaboration and engagement with the facade contractors and benefits of PCSA’s.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Today the Colorminium Team got together in support of Macmillan Cancer Support to take part in the ‘Worlds biggest coffee morning.’

With many different shapes and sizes of cakes, our team really put their all into this in view of supporting this worthy cause.

Many thanks to everyone for joining in and supporting this worthwhile cause – every penny goes to help those fighting cancer.