GGR Open Day

Great to have some of our operations team at the GGR Group open-day last week.

Presenting the full range of specialist lifting equipment they offer as well as giving access to those that attended to get behind the controls and have some fun using their UNIC Cranes Europe – it was an enjoyable day.

Engaging with our supply-chain partners and maintaining quality relationships is key to the successful delivery of all our projects.


Was great to show our support today for jeansforgenesday. It is estimated that one in 25 children is affected by a genetic disorder. 30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed in the UK each year.

Minories Hotel Fins Mock-up

Great selection of fins have been installed onsite this week as a mockup on our Minories project. The purpose is to provide our client the ability to make the final choice on the preferred choice of finish that is to be applied to the fins.

Standing at 3.5m high, they are an impressive product. Once installed on the building, they will certainly look stunning.

Bag it beat it – British Heart Foundation

Following the success during the ‘Bag it, Beat it’ campaign for British Heart Foundation last year, we took the time to contribute once again to this worthy cause.

The results last year were outstanding and we are looking to contribute to go over and above that and help those in need.

Thanks to all those who have participated and we look forward to seeing the results.

Quadrant 4 Award

FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT Quadrant 4 (the transformation of the 1930s Art Deco Hotel Building off Piccadilly Circus into 48 luxury apartments) has won the AJ Retrofit Award for Best Housing (£5m and over). The awards, organised by the Architects’ Journal, were announced on Wednesday at a ceremony in London.

Great to be involved in another award-winning scheme.

West Downs – University of Winchester Site Update

Excellent to see Block A of the University of Winchester taking shape with the steelwork well underway.

We are looking forward to commencing the installation of the facade and wrapping the ‘Drum’ with corten cladding.

Photo courtesy of Hillcrest Structural Limited.

Wedge House Hotel Site Update

Excellent progress being made on Wedge House Hotel with the bulk of the precast panels now installed. Further progress photos to be released shortly showing the unitised works at levels 13 & 14.

Barts Square Site Udpate

Excellent progress being made so far on the Barts Square project with installation of the precast panels already underway.

Looking forward to commencing the installation of the windows in the precast units offsite in addition to our works onsite towards the end of this month. Great to be involved in another project that is supporting the need for more offsite manufacturing in the industry.

Congratulations to Danielle Nash – Fully accredited IOSH Member

Congratulations to Danielle Nash for passing the IOSH course to be a fully accredited IOSH member. Great to have staff that have the ability to manage safety.

Once again, with our staff at the forefront of our business, we provide them with all the necessary training for them to excel their careers and continue to move the business forward to Engineer the Exceptional.

Interesting insights from the Commercial Director…

Gareth has worked as Colorminium Commercial Director for 2 years, prior to this he was Deputy Regional Commercial Manager at Sir Robert McAlpine and spent 12 years as a Cost Consultant at AYH/Arcadis. He brings an enormous wealth of experience in to the leadership team, with his extensive industry knowledge. Holding a Bsc in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying from Loughborough University, he comes from a background of cost consultancy and Main Contracting. Commencing his career at Arcadis UK and working through to Director level, his notable responsibilities included the delivery of the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal Football Club and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympics.

Minories Hotel – Site Update

Great to see site progress being made on the Minories Hotel project.

Pouring of the slab for Block C Level 2 has already commenced with the scaffolding to Blocks A & B now well advanced.

We are also planning on starting the installation of the mock-up on-site in September.

More updates on this to follow.

Welcome Tamzin Gilder – Operations Executive Assistant

Great to have another addition to the team here at Colorminium. Welcome Tamzin Gilder to the team as an Executive Assistant to the Operations Department.

We are sure she will be a great asset to the team and help in streamlining the customer experience.

In her words:

Business Breakfast 2

A great collaborative discussion held this morning at Searcys, The Gherkin. Again another successful event centred on the topic of “What is it about the UK Construction Model that makes it difficult for Façade Contractors to survive?”.

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

Welcome Rory Harris – Project Manager

We are very pleased to welcome a new staff member to the company. Rory Harris joins us as a highly qualified and experienced project manager. Rory will be joining the project team for the delivery of our prestigious new hotel scheme in Aldgate.

Bringing a wealth of experience in pre-construction and construction phases of the facade industry, we look forward to the value he brings and being a key member of the project delivery team.

Barts Square Site Update

Great to see some recent photos showing excellent progress being made onsite on the Barts Square project.

With design progressing well and an appointment of the successful main contractor due imminently, the glazing works are soon to commence installation within the precast panels offsite.

Colorminium history/progression

The year is 1976 and Colorminium has just entered the glazing market for the first time. The late founder Derek Price and his sons, Ian and James Price were a good team. Knocking on doors and securing orders for new windows and doors and returning to their garage to fabricate the goods and within a few days, the new windows and doors would be fitted onsite.

Derek’s motto of “Perfection is barely good enough” ran true on everything they did and set the foundation of the values that make Colorminium who they are today.
With the same family members now overseeing the running of the company, the vision and inspiration gained from the early 70’s is what sets Colorminium apart today.

Off-site construction development

With the Government favouring offsite manufacturing on all publicly funded construction project from 2019, Colorminium are at the forefront of this industry change and direction.

With Wedge House Hotel well underway with completed panels being installed on a daily basis, we have the next project already lined up to adopt the same offsite process. Working closely with our Precast Manufacturer, we are shortly to be commencing the installation of the glazed elements into precast panels for the next phase at Bartholomew Square, London.

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.