Colorminium All-staff BBQ

On Friday afternoon the Colorminium Team enjoyed a few hours away from the whirlwind to develop the teamwork culture and reward the teams hard work so far this year.

A BBQ served by the Directors with plenty of drinks to go round was a well received reward and appreciated by all – especially considering the weather conditions! Even an Ice Cream (bike) was provided later in the afternoon for all to enjoy, which after a few great games of English Croquet, Football and Jenga – was very refreshing.

Movement and Tolerance?

Tolerances are everywhere in manufacturing and construction and rightly so. Without them it simply wouldn’t be possible to mass produce the things we take for granted on anything like the scale we do or at the price we expect to pay.

The Introduction to CWCT Technical Note 21 states:

Lack of understanding of building tolerances is a major source of conflict on site. It increases construction costs and can lead to poor quality buildings or even failures if corrective measures are ill-conceived.

Business Breakfast Summary

For a long period and arguably gathering momentum, the façade industry has and is a risky business, borne out with a steady stream of business failure over the years. Colorminium brought together market leaders from all disciplines of the industry to debate what the root causes of this are and what needs to change moving forwards.

West Downs Update

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

With continuing fine weather the frame is now well out the ground. Facade installation is due to commence within the next couple of months and good progress is being made. The building boasts a premium pallete of materials; Corten Cladding, GRC, Timber Curtain Walling, Aluminium Rainscreen and much more.

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Colorminium interview Phil Sedge – Head of Facades at Mace

Phil has worked in the Curtain Walling Industry for 30 years. He has worked for facade contractors building prestigious projects across London. Phil then acquired a main contractor role 13 years ago, where he has successfully operated a facade department, he is now currently Head of Facades at Mace, with a 38 strong team.

Wedge House, Hoxton Hotel Update

Great progress being made at Wedge House, Hoxton Hotel with frame topping out. Congratulations to Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Gardiner & Theobald and Kier Group for reaching this large milestone.

How does building movement affect 50 and 60 mm stick curtain wall façades?

The main building movements factors we need to consider are deadload and live load. Simply put deadload is the weight of all the other materials added to the superstructure and façade during construction. Live load is everything else from environmental conditions like wind and seismic loadings which we calculate based on empirical data and worst-case scenarios, to the effect building occupants may have by simply using the building. It may not seem so, but the floor slabs react and deflect when people move about on them or use one particular area to keep heavy machines or stock. A typical façade needs to be able to accommodate this.

CWCT Course

Great to see further examples of how Colorminium continue to invest in their staff through an extensive training programme.

Adora Rosario (Structural Engineer at Colorminium) attended a CWCT course last week, which addressed the subject of Structural Performance, more specifically Structural Checking and Eurocodes. Ensuring we keep at the forefront of regulations is critical to business success.

Many thanks to the key presenters, namely; Stephen Ledbetter and Alan Keiller who delivered the subject well.

Quality in Construction Summit

Design Manager, Mauro Barradas of Colorminium attended the Quality in Construction Summit earlier this month, where a number of professionals in the industry shared their knowledge and experience. The event was aimed at professionals who have a quality-related remit within the construction sector, at a strategic or operational level.

Colorminium interview Vincent Smith from AGC Interpane Glass Suppliers

How long have you been in the industry, what’s the size of the market and where do Interpane see themselves in relation to it?

I’ve been in glass for 28 years now and started my career with Pilkington before moving onto Hansen Glass and now with AGC Interpane where I’ve been for 8.5 years. I’m the UK & Ireland Sales Manager for AGC Interpane in Lauenförde and Plattling, a global business focussing on worldwide commercial projects. As to the size of the commercial market, I can’t put a finger on it – it’s huge and we have a good portion of it.

Wedge House Project Update

Recent release of photos from site, show excellent progress being made on the Wedge House Hotel project. Having now completed at the off-site location, the focus has turned to onsite, with the precast panels rapidly being hung on the building, as they work horizontally around each elevation on a floor-by-floor basis. The main unitised glazing panels start in earnest at the beginning of September and the manufacturing process is well on the way.

National Cup-cake Day

It is our duty and a privilege to care for those in need, and as we continue to take up our corporate social responsibility, we took part in the National Cupcake Day today to support the Alzheimer’s society.

Design Team Away Day

Great off-site team strategy session yesterday with the key Colorminium design team personnel working through the improvement of our people, processes and partner relationships. We are immensely proud of the team’s open mindedness and customer centric approach in measuring and reviewing our quest for perfection!

CWCT Course – Built-up walls: Construction & Specification

Developing and Training our staff continues to be an essential part of the business. It was excellent to have some of our Preconstruction staff, Angus Munn, Chetwyn Fleck and Russell Price attend a CWCT course yesterday on Built up walls: Construction and Specification.

The course material went over the general principles of façade types and specifications as well as the various methods of testing and QA and touching on the management of the supply chain and design co-ordination. Very well presented by Alan Keiller and Stephen Ledbetter and it was found to be greatly beneficial.

CWCT Course – Fires performance in facades

Great to have Dougie Wells, Charles Strachan and Daniel Cristolovean attend a CWCT course last week on Fire Performance of Facades. The course material went over the general principles as well as governing standards and classifications, followed by a more in-depth look into fire performance in built up walls and glazed facade systems. It also included looking at historic data from previous incidents as well as fire test data.

Thanks to those who presented it, those that attended definitely found it insightful.

Dynamic Facade Testing: When and Why should you do it?

It’s a tough question really because a façade is rarely a single entity with no variations. Usually there are edges and interfaces with other materials or construction types. A glazed assembly – unitised or stick system runs into a sheer wall with rainscreen cladding, or precast concrete for example. Maybe the curtain wall has some opening vents with specific performance criterion or is penetrated by support members for a canopy or other external features on the building. Are you then testing the façade system? The window? The penetration detail and the sealing – often this will come down to workmanship on site and the correct application of perimeter membranes and their fixation to the structure. Or are we testing the façade as a collection of systems and details behaving in a unique way because of their positioning within the specific collection of neighbouring components?

What is Compliance for Colorminium?

Contemplating what Compliance really is for Colorminium … yes, the Integrated Management System (the IMS) was first launched in 2011 and provided the basis for accreditations by BSI to ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001,… and yes, the IMS has been audited annually for each of the three Standards by BSI as well as other organisations like Achilles for Building Confidence… and yes it has successfully satisfied the probing to show the organisation to be compliant with a multitude of relevant aspects of legislation and Standards requirements, and demonstrated operational control in implementation of procedure and process… but is this all that Compliance really is?

Company Culture

Creating the extremely strong company culture that we have at Colorminium takes collaboration. We place huge value on the opinions of our colleagues as we strive to create a working environment that gets the best out of everyone.

To help us achieve this, we recently encouraged staff to take part in a survey in partnership with Best Employers Eastern Region which will not only benchmark us against other businesses in the East of England but will also allow us to continuously improve in the areas that count.

Colorminium Interview with Lars Anders from Priedemann Facade Experts

We sat down with Lars Anders, Managing Director of Priedemann to understand his approach to the market and his view of the industry.

How long have you been in the industry and what are some of your stand out projects?

To be honest, I´ve been in the facade industry for nearly my whole lifetime. My father had a locksmith’s shop in Berlin, which I took over and grew up to 55 employees. We had a lot of big projects in the newly reunified Berlin, the whole country was in a gold rush mood. But some clients decided for against paying, or paying later and less, that was fatal for many smaller and owner led businesses. So I turned from manufacturing to consulting and engineering.

Safety Leadership

Working within the construction industry, adhering to health and safety regulations is, of course, essential. However, at Colorminium, it is our belief that we need to delve deeper and not just tick boxes to comply with legislation. We strive to create a safety culture that involves everyone across the business and not just those working on our project sites – it is imperative that the risks associated with our working environment are understood by all.

Guardian Glass Event

We were very privileged to be invited by Guardian Glass, as a valued customer, to an exclusive event held in London which was dedicated to discussing the challenges and issues relating to Project Designs relating to Glass and the Construction Industry as a whole.

With attendees from across the industry including Facade consultants, Architects, Main Contractors and Developers, Dougie Wells and Luka Perusko represented Colorminium and found it a great opportunity to network, listen and contribute to the different views from around the industry.

Peforated Mesh Cladding

Following a recent factory visit to one of our cladding partners, we decided to share our insights into a facade product which we have found to have great architectural appeal.

The subject product is profiled, perforated, aluminium sheet cladding, which gives a unique, modern rhythmic aesthetic to complement any building.

Wedge House Update

With the off-site work now drawing to a completion, the on-site work is now commencing in earnest, with the completed panels starting to be hung on the building today. The offsite manufacturing process adopted has proved a great success.

In conjunction with the installation of the panels, the site fitted elements are being manufactured and we look forward to the installation of these commencing during August.

With the design nearing completion, the focus from the team is preparing for the works onsite. Congratulations to Josh Shimwell, Rowan Cantley, Ian Price, Gaurav Gajjar and Lester Price.

Kier Leaders Conference

Colorminium were delighted to be one of 16 key supply chain partners to present at the Kier leaders conference, showcasing our work on the Wedge House scheme.

Kieran Mallinson and Ronnie Myatt met with 200 Kier Directors to engage in active discussion on partnership through collaboration. With national representation from Kier, this was a great opportunity for us to further enhance our status as market leaders in facade design and construction.

Employee Engagement Summit 2018

Excellent to have our HR team attend the Employee Engagement Summit today. Being Europe’s biggest employee engagement event, it comes back bigger than ever this year and it is an excellent opportunity to be involved.

With 45 different speakers, showcasing the best from the industry, it is definitely a good opportunity to get some insights and ideas to progress the company as our employees continue to be the largest priority.