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    InBuild’s MD invited to judge National Insulation Industry Awards 2017

InBuild’s MD invited to judge National Insulation Industry Awards 2017

InBuild is delighted to announce that our Managing Director, Mike Easdon, will be part of the judging panel at the National Insulation Industry Awards 2017.

The Inaugural National Insulation Industry Awards will recognise outstanding achievements in over 15 categories at a prestigious gala ceremony in The Great Hall in Birmingham on 27th June 2017.
The Black Tie Gala Ceremony will be hosted by Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and will be followed by entertainment from a big name band.

The insulation industry is worth an estimated £890m to the UK economy, employing 70,000 people across the country. The awards ceremony will be a prestigious event that celebrates best practices and recognises the positive impacts of the industry on society and the environment.

The panel comprises industry experts, PR professionals and business leaders who will judge the various categories and determine the winners of these most coveted awards. The lead judge is Rob Pannell, Construction Quality Advisor for the NHBC. He will be joined by:

Mike Easdon, Managing Director, InBuild
Claire Curtis-Thomas, CEO, British Board of Agrément
Gabby Mallett, NEA
Darren Evans, MD, Darren Evans Assessments Ltd
Kevin Bohea, President, BRUFMA

For further information about The National Insulation Industry Awards 2017, please visit the website –
www.insulationawards.co.uk

By |January 18th, 2017|InBuild|

Suffolk Windmill transformed into a luxury holiday let

Towards the end of 2014, Steven Roberts contacted us with regard to an old windmill that he planned to renovate and use as a holiday let. Originally built in 1891, the windmill was in a state of disrepair and required an extensive programme of renovation which included an insulated render system.

Permarock’s insulated render system was selected and InBuild was appointed to carry out the work. There were many challenges along the way, primarily due to the fact that every surface of the building is curved. Rockwool was used to insulate the exterior walls because it has a degree of flexibility, and it was cut into thin strips 200m wide to accommodate the curves. The 200mm thick insulation was fitted with both adhesive and mechanical fixings and this was followed by mesh and a render base coat.

In order to achieve a smooth, continuous surface with no movement joints, the top coat had to be applied in one day; this meant having 16 renderers across the various levels of scaffold, all right-handed to achieve the same pattern. The resulting black render finish is both striking and practical and will require little or no maintenance.

After months of careful renovation, The Windmill Suffolk is now ready to open its doors as a contemporary country hideaway. Situated between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury and around 2 miles from historic Lavenham, the Windmill boasts panoramic views across the rolling Suffolk countryside. The luxurious interior is complemented by a ‘POD’ and balcony on the 4th floor to make the most of the stunning views. For more information and photographs or to make a reservation, please visit the website:
www.thewindmillsuffolk.com

By |December 20th, 2016|InBuild, Insulation|

InBuild completes render to landmark building in Stevenage

Southgate House is a landmark building in the heart of Stevenage, close to the railway station and the bus station and with direct dual carriageway links to the A1(M).

It was formerly a commercial building, but typical of the style of office block which now offers better value for residential use, so planning was granted to convert it into 73 flats.
ProCare was awarded the contract to undertake the conversion and refurbishment of Southgate House, a project with a value of around £5m. Each floor of the building was stripped out to leave a bare shell, ready to build new partition walls and to install new services. The exterior was scaffolded from top to bottom to facilitate the installation of new windows and external finishes and to work on a new roof.

As ProCare’s appointed render contractor, InBuild was challenged with applying a 3-colour finish to the 14 storey block using an Alumasc system. This was a multi-stage process, starting with a coat of fungal wash and then stabiliser followed by a base coat layer with mesh, a further base coat, primer and finally a 1.5mm silicone top coat. The scaffold had to be tied in as did the hoist, so there were numerous patches on every floor that had to be filled in with render after each lift of the scaffold was removed. The design incorporated a ‘stripe’ of a different shade of grey so this had to be painted on after the render was dry.

It was a long process, working floor by floor from top to bottom, but the distinctive aquamarine and grey colour scheme has enhanced the exterior giving Southgate House an even greater profile.

By |December 15th, 2016|InBuild|

New shop opens at InBuild

Following a thorough programme of refurbishment, we are delighted to announce that our new shop is now open. With a comprehensive range of small tools, PPE and building ancillary products, customers are now able to pick up additional essential items as well as their usual insulation materials.

InBuild has earned a reputation for offering high standards of customer care combined with efficient and reliable service. We understand that time is always tight, so when you visit our shop, we aim to turn your trade counter order around in 15 minutes!

We have developed close links with manufacturers and suppliers which enable us to stay at the forefront of technology, and we continuously review our range to ensure that we are offering our customers the best products at the most competitive prices.

Our shop is open to trade customers and the general public from Monday to Friday, 8am until 5.30pm.

PPE • Small tools • Tape • Membranes
Brickwork ancillaries • Air bricks & vents
Metal track & stud • Plasterboard

By |March 14th, 2016|InBuild, Insulation|

InBuild completes BISF homes upgrade for Harrow Council

There are a number of British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF) properties within Harrow Council’s housing stock. These were constructed in the 1940s using a steel frame and concrete panels, with prefabricated metal sheeting to the exterior which was later clad in plastic. The Council identified 9 BISF properties that required an upgrade as they were particularly cold and expensive to heat. They were keen to improve the comfort of these homes and make them more energy efficient.

Harrow Council engaged Keepmoat as the main contractor to carry out the refurbishment of these houses. Keepmoat arranged for the windows to be replaced, and instructed a firm of Structural Engineers to report on the condition of the buildings. Their investigations identified some necessary repairs, so InBuild was appointed to complete the remedial work before proceeding with the external wall insulation.

InBuild used the BBA approved Insuletics external wall insulation system with a silicone based anti-crack thin top coat render providing a highly water repellant surface. New gates were fitted where required, new canopies were installed over the front doors and the downpipes and wastepipes were all replaced.

Feedback from the tenants has been excellent, with many already noticing a marked improvement in the warmth and comfort of their homes. Not only are the houses cheaper to heat but also, they have been given a complete external makeover and a new lease of life.

By |January 27th, 2016|InBuild, Insulation|

InBuild confirmed as a TrustMark Registered Firm

InBuild is delighted to announce that we are now a TrustMark Registered firm through the British Board of Agrément.
TrustMark is supported by Government, the building industry and consumer protection groups to help consumers find reliable, trustworthy tradesmen to make improvements and repairs inside and outside their homes.

Installers approved by the BBA who are also TrustMark approved are required to sign up to a Code of Practice.

As a TrustMark member, InBuild must:

• Comply with all relevant and current consumer protection legislation
• Comply with all relevant health and safety legislation
• Comply with current waste regulations – in particular the requirements to apply the waste hierarchy and requirements relating to the carriage and transfer of waste
• Comply with the requirements for carrying out and reporting work under Building Control.
• Ensure that the customer is aware of any building control notifications required for the work involved and provide assistance in completing such notifications, where requested
• Comply with Advertising Standards Agency guidelines and requirements for legal, decent, honest and truthful advertising, and with the TrustMark branding requirements
• Hold relevant insurances; employer, public and professional indemnity (as appropriate)
• Take full responsibility for any sub-contracted work, or related work at the same location which is undertaken by the firm, or sub-contractors, which is outside the scope of the firm’s registered trades
• Have in place a speedy, responsive, accessible and user-friendly complaints handling policy and process, with a prescribed time limit for responding to complaints and cooperate with the BBA to resolve issues
• Provide customers with clear and simple information in estimates and contracts for all substantial items of work, covering;
o work to be done,
o price,
o expected start and completion dates, and
o payment terms
• Offer, or give, an insurance backed [...]

By |January 5th, 2016|InBuild|
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    Merry Christmas from InBuild – back on Monday 4th January 2016

Merry Christmas from InBuild – back on Monday 4th January 2016

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, suppliers and staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our offices are closing on Wednesday 23rd December and we return on Monday 4th January 2016.

By |December 23rd, 2015|InBuild|
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    External wall insulation project for Guildford Council is under way

External wall insulation project for Guildford Council is under way

InBuild was selected by Guildford Borough Council to install external wall insulation to 37 homes at Guildford Park.

The council pre-surveyed the properties and found 4 that required some remedial work prior to the installation of external wall insulation. In the meantime InBuild began insulating the other 33 houses as well as removing the existing canopies, ready for replacement with new porches.

The properties are semi-detached, solid wall houses that are cold and expensive to heat. Guildford Council was keen to improve the comfort of these homes and make them more energy efficient so they chose the Alumasc external wall insulation system to upgrade them. Insulation boards will be mechanically fixed to the exterior walls, followed by mesh and render and a machine-sprayed, pebbledash finish.

InBuild’s site manager insists on consistently high standards and uses a Quality Assurance sign off form for each property at each stage of the process. Alumasc visit site regularly to inspect the work in progress and the council’s building control department also keeps an eye on the site so that tenants can be assured of the highest standards of workmanship.

Work began in July and the project is due for completion in November 2015.

By |August 3rd, 2015|Insulation|
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    InBuild Customers enjoy a sunny weekend in Windsor … and a murder!

InBuild Customers enjoy a sunny weekend in Windsor … and a murder!

This year, InBuild brought back a company tradition and invited a number of key customers and their partners to a weekend retreat in Windsor, as a way of thanking them for their business.

The Oakley Court Hotel is a historic, luxury hotel, situated on the banks of the River Thames just a short distance from the centre of Windsor. Guests were welcomed to the hotel on the morning of Saturday 16th May by a number of InBuild’s staff and there was time to enjoy coffee and pastries before heading off into Windsor.

InBuild organised a couple of optional trips; some guests chose to take a tour of Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. Some took a 2 hour boat trip along the Thames and others just made the most of some free time to explore the rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun that this great town has to offer.

The evening began with a drinks reception at the hotel, with a Harpist playing in the background. Following a ‘murder’ in the bar, everyone took their places for dinner to enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, and to solve the mystery of the evening’s earlier crime. All was revealed after coffee, and the guests were then entertained by a band called Groove Environment, whose lively performance kept everyone on the dance floor until 1am.

After a relaxing night in the hotel’s luxury bedrooms, guests and staff were treated to a hearty breakfast before heading home.

InBuild is delighted that so many customers were able to join us for this special event. Managing Director, Simon Wray, commented, ‘The feedback I received on the night from customers was extremely positive, everyone expressed how [...]

By |May 20th, 2015|Uncategorised|