Picture above: GAP Preston following mini makeover.

Following GAP’s announcement in August of the acquisition of SIG Building Plastics & Windows, the company has been working non-stop to welcome all their new team members and customers on board.

No sooner had the ink dried on the dotted line that the GAP Directors were hitting the road visiting all 66 new depots and team members, from Inverness to Isle of Wight and everywhere in-between.

The team at GAP prides itself on ensuring all staff feel part of the family and the information gained will help shape the integration strategy.

Simon Bird, GAP’s Joint Founder commented: “We’ve been hugely impressed so far by the knowledge and talent of our new team, together with their desire to grasp this unique chance. We’ve also been taken aback by the size of opportunity this deal has presented GAP. The quality of the team that has joined, together with the strategic locations of the new depots, has provided GAP a game changing opportunity to become the number one manufacturer and distributor of PVC-U building products for quality, service and choice.”

Whilst planning and preparation started well in advance of the deal, further investment has continued in logistics and manufacturing to ensure the new combined network of 112 depots can provide customers with what they need when they need it, from small traders to national house builders.

Phase one of the integration involves the new depots benefitting from a mini make-over, new signage and team workwear. The scale of the change is illustrated by the huge workwear order placed by GAP for 805 T-Shirts, 805 Polo Shirts, 270 Jackets, 532 Jumpers, 330 Hoodies, 810 Pairs of Trousers and 390 Pairs of Shorts. Stock is also being switched at the depots to offer customers the wide range of colours and styles available through GAP’s own brand of roofline products; Homeline.

Charles Greensmith, GAP’s Joint Founder added “This continues to be a very busy yet exciting time for all involved. We’ve got big challenges ahead, but we’re making great strides together. Over the coming months we’ll do everything we can to make our new team members and customers feel part of GAP.”

Titon Supplies Coalville Glass & Glazing With Latest Window And Door Hardware

Titon has successfully established a framework agreement to supply its range of hardware to rapidly expanding Leicestershire based window and door fabricator, Coalville Glass & Glazing.

Throughout 2017, Coalville Glass & Glazing has begun using increased quantities of Titon’s ranges of window handles, restrictors, door handles, and Three Star security door cylinders across its portfolio. Since incorporating the hardware into its product offering, reaction has been positive, with national housebuilders, trade and retail customers all praising the high quality of Coalville’s windows and doors.

Commenting on the framework agreement, Andrew Whitehorn, Company Director of Coalville Glass & Glazing said: “We’ve always been impressed with the products and the level of service we receive from Titon. They manage to offer the right balance of quality and price points that this market dictates, so it was a logical step to purchase a wider range from their hardware offering, in turn reducing the number of suppliers we have to deal with. Not only are we delighted from a production perspective, we have also received excellent feedback from our customers about the hardware.”

Andrew continued: “The Titon range has recently been extended, with Part Q Building Regulations coming in to force and the PAS24 specification being required. By using Titon’s Three Star door cylinder – as well as the Titon door handle – we can achieve the required standard easily.”

Coalville Glass & Glazing has now been in the industry for over 40 years, comprising a team of 75 employees in a 12,000m2 manufacturing facility. The fabricator uses Eurocell profiles for its windows and doors, while the company’s portfolio includes PVCu casement/doors/bi-fold doors and also aluminium products.

Titon is also delighted with the supply deal as Tyson Anderson, Sales & Marketing Director, explains: “Coalville Glass & Glazing has proven to be an important customer for us, increasing orders for hardware as our range has broadened. We’re delighted to be working with them and sharing in their success. This goes to prove that, as we’ve been highlighting recently, there’s much more to Titon than vents alone. In fact, with nearly 45 years’ manufacturing experience, we have plenty of knowledge covering all aspects of hardware design and supply.”

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SFS extends specifier support

Door hinge manufacturer, SFS, says it has extended its technical support for architects, interior designers and fit-out contractors to help deliver ‘safe, secure and compliant doorsets’ which take advantage of the latest hinge technology for long term reliable performance and visual appeal.

The company’s new RIBA-Approved CPD seminar is now available for bookings. Its focus on security and access for the disabled is said to provide essential guidance on the design considerations for external and internal doorsets, and why the hinge plays a pivotal role. The 60-minute seminar recaps on the Secured by Design initiative, along with the PAS 024 security standard that underpins this, and provides practical insights into aesthetics, Part M and disabled access requirements, the demands of Part L and the thermal performance of windows and doors.

In addition to its new CPD seminar, SFS says it has also made accessing hinge product information easier, with an updated website offering downloads to all hinge technology solutions, along with direct contact information for its technical team.

SFS, which was invited to share its specification market knowledge, analysis and experience from a manufacturer’s perspective in the 2017 NBS ‘What Specifiers Want’ report, has worked closely with architects and building contractors for three decades. The company boasts a UK-based specification team that is focused on supporting specifiers with writing NBS clauses.

David Wigglesworth, managing director of SFS intec’s UK business, said: “As a designer, manufacturer and supplier of door hinges we’re well positioned to share our technical knowledge with specifiers but we know how important it is to make this information as available and useful as possible. That’s why we’ve invested in our new CPD seminar and refreshed our website.

“We were delighted to be invited to share our insights in the 2017 NBS report which will be enormously beneficial to anyone working in the specification market. The key findings of the NBS survey indicate that access to information is key, which resonates with our ethos and the way our support is structured – designed to help deliver better quality buildings and maximise client satisfaction. This is particularly so given the high proportion of specifiers who value good relationships with manufacturers and having detailed information easily accessible online.”

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Training day

Stevenswood Trade Centres held a two-day training event at its Branch Support Centre in Livingston recently, with branch managers and area managers from across the UK attending the event.

Stevenswood are said to be the UK’s fastest growing trade counter network, currently with 35 branches, and a further 13 due to open in the next 12 months.

Key suppliers including Synseal, Rehau, Customade Group, Door-Stop, Solidor, Soudal and Rapierstar attended the event. Each supplier was reportedly given one hour with each of the eight branch manager groups, and provided eight hours of training to the Stevenswood team over the two days.

Following the training event, Stevenswood says it is now running five promotions until the end of November, to showcase to its customers just how many industry leading brands are available from its trade counters.

Rehau’s window division sales manager, Declan Coulter, said: “It was a great event, and a rewarding couple of days. It was good to meet everybody and have the chance to present Rehau to the branch managers.”

Rehau’s north west sales manager, Matt Janicki, added: “It was the best run corporate event, from start to finish, we have ever attended. This comes at a time when Rehau has been introduced to some of Stevenswood’s Scottish branches. It’s a hugely exciting time for the team at Rehau and Scotland!”

Stevenswood’s commercial director, Joe Trueman, said: “We wanted to use the event as an occasion for our suppliers to train our staff, as well as cement stronger relationships between suppliers and branches. They received training on the products we currently sell, as well as the products we’ll be selling soon when we introduce more in the coming months. We can’t thank our suppliers enough for the effort that was put in over the two days – it was great to see everyone’s stands, and all the stunning products on display. We’re really encouraged by the initial feedback, and are looking forward to running the event next year”.

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After falling into administration Listers is purchased by GJB Holdings

The 150,000 ft2 manufacturing facility in Stoke-on-Trent, of leading trade fabricator, Lister Trade Frames, has been acquired by well-known industry figure Roy Frost and his group GJB Holdings. Backed by North West-based entrepreneur Alan Rothwell, the deal will secure around 70 jobs in Stoke-on-Trent. VEKA/HALO will continue to be the main strategic partner, together with the premium Residence Collection, Solidor, and the full range of ALUK Aluminium.

The £12m turnover company made a number of investment decisions that failed to deliver expected results and it was placed into administration on the 29th August. The administrators received over 25 enquiries from interested parties. GJB Holdings, with the assistance Kevin Philbin of Beyond Corporate, are delighted to be the successful new owners. The new structure sees two existing directors, Phil Warren and Darren Pusey, continuing in the new management team.

Roy commented: “Listers have been a great business for 40 years. Their reputation was built on supplying innovative products with great levels of service backed up by superb marketing support, and we will develop and improve on this. We will keep it simple and get back to basics, focusing on our core products and remove any distractions. We will be concentrating on delivering excellent levels of customer service to our 900+ customers, giving them the competitive edge they need. I’m really looking forward to working with Phil and Darren to bring some fresh new ideas and new energy into the business. This acquisition fits perfectly with our long-term strategy for GJB Holdings. Onwards & Upwards!”

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Spectus Launches Mechanically Jointed Version Of Its Vertical Slider

Spectus has just launched a fully mechanically jointed option of its vertical slider. Carmen Velilla, Brand Manager at Spectus, said: “The tried and tested authentic period looks of the Spectus Vertical Slider means it is renowned as the window that changes planning officers’ minds about PVC-U. The mechanically jointed version takes authenticity to another level because the 45 degree PVC-U welds on the frame and sash are replaced with 90 degree mechanical joints, creating a wealth of new opportunities to work on heritage and conservation properties.”

The mechanically jointed version of Spectus Vertical Slider was introduced at the FIT Show and Carmen says the reaction was extremely positive. “Feedback from both existing and prospective customers was exceptional and everyone appreciated the quality and attention to detail.”

The fully mechanically jointed version of the Spectus Vertical Slider has all the features that have proved so enduringly popular on the standard version. The mechanical joints are complemented with two sash widths that give equal vertical sightlines, plus run through horns and a deep bottom rail. Dedicated ancillaries and end caps make it easy to personalise a window, as does the ability to use off-the-shelf or high end hardware. The choice of 28 colours from Spectus’ Spectrum range, including five from stock, increases the design versatility even further.

Despite the authentic looks, the window has everything homeowners would expect from a modern window and more. Reliable spiral balance mechanisms mean the window is easy to open and close, while the tilt inwards facility on both sashes makes them easy to clean. And a U-value as low as 1.3W/m2K and a WER in Band A+ means exceptional thermal efficiency too.

It’s a practical option for installers – the 128mm outer frame matches box sash dimensions and there’s the option of a 150mm or 210mm cill. It’s Kitemarked to BS EN 12608 and PAS 24 accredited, BBA approved and is designed to achieve Secured by Design status so is Document Q compliant.


A helping hand

Bowater Projects’ technical advice has reportedly proved to be critical to the success of Linc Cymru Housing Association’s recent project to upgrade the Llys Yr Efail residential scheme in Blaenau Gwent.

Llys Yr Efail is said to be a housing scheme for older people and contains 35 self-contained one and two bedroom flats over three floors, as well as a lower ground floor comprising communal facilities with a lift to all floors.

Over 200 casement windows, from The Veka UK Group, in the Halo System10 profile were specified for this project, as well as nine doors ¬– all of which are said to deliver a number of benefits to the end users.

Richard Hallett, development manager at Linc, said: “During our pre-contract discussions with Bowater Projects, the company informed us of a number of technical matters that needed to be addressed. This included the use of heavy-duty hinges on the wide opening windows, which exceeded the maximum specification width, and the inclusion of anti-glare tinted glass on the south facing communal areas, which was a recommendation from the RNIB after a compliance survey was completed.

“In addition, on the housing complex there were projecting bays and eaves combination windows, so the design of the replacement windows was critical to the success of the scheme. Therefore, Bowater Projects proposed to pilot an installation of a Halo System10 casement window and roof lights, prior to the commencement of the main project. This was to enable detailed design queries to be thoroughly established and resolved before the actual production and installation commenced. In fact, these particular windows could have easily caused extensive delays and additional costs, but the pilot arrangement eliminated these potential problems and benefited all parties concerned.”

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