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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.