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Having been a manufacturer of metal rainwater systems since 1947, Alumasc are perfectly placed to offer their independent findings to the industry, with a view to offering significant long term savings on both new-build and refurbishment projects.

Alumasc’s pre-painted cast iron is only 13% more expensive than primed cast iron, but the long-term cost savings far outweigh this modest initial investment. The White Paper explores these savings and presents the facts clearly, in terms of on-going maintenance, system longevity and long-term protection of your building.

If properly manufactured, protected and installed, cast iron can last for in excess of 100 years, but all too often, primed systems that are painted on site will suffer from premature exposure to the elements, and if water starts to attack the building, the cost of correction work will be massive when compared to the small initial investment in cast iron protection.

Alumasc’s Apex Heritage cast iron rainwater lasts up to 10 years before it needs repainting. The painted guttering goes through a certified four-coat system, which is factory-applied under strictly controlled conditions. The paint, which is available in 8 standard heritage colours, has been specifically developed to give a smooth and long lasting finish to the cast iron – this is extremely difficult to replicate on-site.

To demonstrate this effectively, Alumasc Rainwater commissioned a series of independent 1000-hour salt-spray tests to confirm the performance of their pre-painted cast iron range.

These tests were performed on Alumasc’s factory certified painted finish, on that of an inferior paint finish applied on site (i.e. a Non-equivalent four-coat finish) and also on the painted finish of the competition.

The test results have been clearly presented in the White Paper, offering a jargon-free resource to architects, specifiers, contractors, facilities managers and property-owners.

Download the White Paper here

For copies, call 0808 200 1008

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Skyline fascia soffits from Alumasc Rainwater have been used on the roof of a Manchester fire station, as a unique solution to their training needs.

The station is fully operational and also provides training facilities to both new and existing firefighters, including cadets from 14-17 year olds. The brickwork on the parapet wall of the fire station roof had started to blow, so to prevent further damage and to improve the aesthetics of the building, the parapet wall was recladded. This area is also used in training sessions by firefighters abseiling down the side of the building, so the new cladding needed protection. Station management approached Alumasc for a solution, resulting in the specification of 30 metres of Alumasc’s Skyline coping and vertical fascia systems.

The installation was carried out by Alumasc’s approved contractor, Roweaver Developments and overseen by Architect Warburton Associates of Salford.

Uniquely, the Skyline installation was tailored to provide additional reinforcement on the areas used for training, and to visually differentiate them, these areas were finished with Alumasc’s BBA Approved powder coating in a bespoke red, with the remainder in grey.

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Dave Slater, Managing Director at Roweaver Developments, said:

“The installation of the Alumasc Skyline was fairly straightforward, due largely to the proactive project management and teamwork between us and the Alumasc technical team. Samples were provided and design changes were made to make the installation more practical. The only challenge we encountered was having to use specialist scaffolding when installing the Skyline system above an area of the fire station which has a perspex lean-to roof.

“As an Alumasc approved installer, we’re very familiar with the Skyline product and find it easy to install. It always provides a quality, reliable capping solution for our customers.”

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possPRpic_small   Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater systems from Alumasc have been specified for 2 luxury homes in Hertfordshire. Bob Stephen is the MD of Hollywell Building Services, and in 2013 he began the construction of the 2 properties – one as a family home for himself, and the other as a company investment.

Products from Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium range were specified for both properties by Hollywell Building Services, each being chosen to complement the differing building designs.

The first, Carmyle House, features 125mm Beaded Half Round guttering, complemented by 76mm diameter pipework. The second, Hollywell House, showcases Heritage Cast Aluminium Moulded guttering finished with 76mm diameter pipework. Both systems are finished in Alumasc’s factory applied BBA Certified polyester powder coating.

The products at both properties were sourced by Hollywell Building Services from merchant suppliers, Gutters and Ladders Watford, and fitted by Hollywell’s roofing subcontractor in a straightforward installation which has left Hollywell’s MD, Bob Stephen, very pleased. He explains:

“I chose Alumasc Rainwater for this project as I have used the products extensively in the past and have always found them to be high-performing, durable, attractive and in keeping with various building styles. I am delighted with the results – the products complement the style of the properties very well.”

All of Alumasc’s cast aluminium products are now manufactured from LM6 alloy standard, known as Marine Grade, for its exceptional resistance to corrosion. Marine Grade cast aluminium products are available with an extensive BBA-certified range of gutters, downpipes and fittings, available in 26 BBA certified polyester powder finishes, which can also be supplied to any RAL or BS colour reference for bespoke projects.

Marine Grade aluminium also retains all of the advantages of pure aluminium, including its 100% recyclability at end of life, as well as being lightweight and easy to maintain.

WhitePaper_PRpic_smallCast iron is a popular and well-used material for rainwater guttering on many UK building projects. Tough, strong and 100% recyclable, cast iron can last in excess of 100 years, if properly manufactured, protected and installed. But if exposed to the elements without the proper protection, cast iron will fail.

The key to ensuring longevity of your cast iron rainwater system is paint, but only paint which has been properly applied, and with enough coats. Primed systems for painting on site have long been specified with a view that they are the most cost effective. But Alumasc Rainwater has changed that.

Alumasc’s pre-painted cast iron is only 13% more expensive than primed cast iron, but the long-term cost savings far outweigh this modest initial investment.

Alumasc’s Apex Heritage cast iron rainwater lasts up to 10 years before it needs repainting. The painted guttering goes through a four coat system, using certified paint which is factory-applied under strictly controlled conditions. The paint, which is available in 8 standard heritage colours, has been specifically developed to give a smooth and long lasting finish to the cast iron – this is extremely difficult to replicate on-site.

Furthermore, care has to be taken to ensure that all surfaces are fully and evenly painted, otherwise rust will set in and weaknesses will be exposed putting at risk the entire guttering system and the fabric of the building it protects. It’s worth remembering that rainwater guttering is there to protect your property. If it fails to perform and water starts to attack the building the cost of putting that right is out of all proportion to the small initial investment in cast iron protection.

Fully factory painted cast iron may need a touch-up in 5-6 years to maintain the protection. This means lower materials and labour costs over the lifetime of the project.

To verify the facts and put industry minds at rest, Alumasc Rainwater have recently commissioned a series of independent 1000-hour salt-spray tests to confirm the performance of their pre-painted cast iron range. These tests were performed on Alumasc’s factory certified painted finish, on that of an inferior paint finish applied on site (i.e. NOT an equivalent four-coat finish) and also on the painted finish of the competition.

The results of the tests will be published in a Technical White Paper, which will be available to download from the Alumasc Rainwater website in early 2015.

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Flushjoint Aluminium Rainwater Systems from Alumasc have been specified for one of Ireland’s leading sustainable buildings.

The award-winning Networks Services Centre is home to Bord Gáis Networks, which owns, operates, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland.In 2010, plans were commissioned for a new purpose-built building to centralise the Dublin operations of Bord Gáis Networksin one single location. The landmark building,designed by Denis Byrne Architects, provides a modern working environment boasting a total floor area of 5200m², housing offices, the National Technical Training Centre and 24/7 operations and emergency response facilities.

Alumasc’s Flushjoint extruded aluminium rainwater system was specified for the project because its clean lines perfectly complemented the contemporary linear design of the building. Over 115m of 100mm diameter Flushjoint was installed by the main contractor Walls Construction.

Alumasc’s contemporary range of aluminium rainwater systems are ideally suited for newbuild projects such as the Networks Services Centre. The Flushjoint system offers a range of extruded round, square and rectangular downpipes with pipes mounted on brackets to stand clear of the structure and concealed spigots which give a smooth, clean appearance. The range offers high impact resistance and excellent rigidity.

Constructed from 100% recyclable aluminium, Flushjoint offers a cost-effective, lightweight, durable and highly corrosion resistant alternative to uPVC, offering an impressive life expectancy of up to 40 years. The range can be supplied with BBA Approved polyester powder coatings in a range of standard or custom colours and is also available in plain mill finish for on-site painting.

Speaking about the project, Alumasc area sales manager for Ireland, Rob Lowry, said:

“The installation at the Bord Gáis Networks ServicesCentre was very straightforward, mostly thanks to the flexibility the system offers. The vast majority of Flushjoint specified for the build was standard off the shelf product, but we also manufactured bespoke offsets which were required to run under a large canopy feature of the building. The resulting Flushjoint system provides an attractive drainage solution which fits well with the new contemporary building.”

Upon completion, the Networks Services Centre won a number of prestigious architectural, building and sustainability awards,and most notably is the only office building in Ireland to receive a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating under the 2008 standard.

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RoyalLiverpool_prpic_smallAlumasc Rainwater has provided a beautiful bespoke Rainwater System to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake – just a few weeks prior to the 2014 Open Championship.

Founded in 1869, The Royal Liverpool Golf Club is one of the most prestigious sporting venues in the UK and 2014 was the 12th year in which it has hosted the Open.

As part of key preparations for the world-famous tournament, the rainwater system on the Clubhouse was in need of some refurbishment, but works had to be carried out within a tight timeframe of 8 weeks in order for it to be completed in time for the competition.

Alumasc’s Pre-Painted Cast Iron system was chosen for the massive savings it offers by cancelling out the need for having to paint several coats on site. The specification of a painted factory finish, completely removed the need for post-installation paintwork, saving the Golf Club around 60% on installation time, and 30% on cost.

Furber Roofing installed approximately 100 linear metres of Alumasc’s painted Cast Iron system around all elevations of the Clubhouse, and in order to ensure a result that remained sympathetic to the heritage of the stunning Victorian building, Alumasc manufactured bespoke Holderbats which were colour and design matched to existing products.

Furber Roofing and Alumasc made initial site visits to ascertain the best specification. Phil Parker, Head Surveyor at Furber Roofing, said:

“It was crucial that Alumasc was able to supply the guttering and downpipes pre-painted on this very tight-deadline project. Had it not been for the time-savings made on site, the installation would not have been possible in such a short time. The result is a very well-presented clubhouse which looked great in time for the prestigious Open Championship.”

Pete Wainer, Area Sales Manager for Alumasc Rainwater & Drainage, commented:

“It was great to work on such a high-profile installation, especially knowing that the Open would soon he held there. By working closely together and combining factory finish and bespoke products, Alumasc and Furber Roofing were able to provide the Clubhouse with a rainwater solution which met both the tight timescale and the need for quality products.”

Alumasc’s pre-painted cast iron range boasts a highly durable four-coat factory finish available in eight standard heritage colours. Lasting up to seven years before re-painting is required, all products carry Alumasc’s certified paint mark to confirm the four-coat system, giving reassurance that the range is fully protected against the elements.

 

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Alumasc Rainwater’s contemporary Flushjoint aluminium downpipes have been used on a sophisticated new scheme built under the National Housing Trust initiative in Edinburgh.

“CityScape” is located in Lochend to the east of the city and has been developed by Places for People, one of the largest property management companies in the UK. Built in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Futures Trust and Scottish Government, the complex features 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments close to the city centre, overlooking open parkland.

Alumasc’s Flushjoint aluminium downpipe system was specified by EMA Architects who required a contemporary design offering clean lines that would enhance the building’s stylish geometric architecture. Flushjoint features concealed spigots that give a completely smooth external appearance, with circular, square or rectangular pipes mounted on brackets standing clear of the structure, to perfectly complement modern building design.

More than 300m of Flushjoint was installed by CCG Scotland, the main building contractor for the development. Plumbing Supervisor at CCG, Greig Wilson, commented:

“The Flushjoint system provided an attractive and innovative drainage solution for Lochend, and the finished product looked very impressive in situ. Given that this was such a successful installation, we are already planning on using Alumasc products for our next prestige project which involves the conversion of an old hotel into residential apartments.”

Flushjoint is BBA approved and forms part of Alumasc’s complete range of metal rainwater systems.  The range can be supplied with polyester powder coatings in a range of 26 standard colours, with the option of any BS or RAL colour to suit the project type.

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Alumasc Rainwater’s pioneering Skyline fascia soffit system has provided the perfect solution for a roof refurbishment at St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay.

St Cuthbert Mayne is a comprehensive school for 11-18 year-olds and the new roofing system formed part of an extensive refurbishment, which also included the construction of a new £1.6million classroom block.

Alumasc’s Skyline fascia soffit system features top of the range roof edge details to suit all designs and budgets. For this project, the Bullnose design was specified by architects Kensington Taylor, on behalf of Torquay Education Authority and was installed by Alumasc Rainwater’s approved contractor, Kingswood Ltd of Devon.

The system was installed around the canopies at the school entrances, providing a clean, contemporary appearance requiring minimal maintenance. Skyline offers fabricated fittings which are mitred, welded and have a smooth finish.  Its linear components are jointed by internal brackets, avoiding stepped joints. Manufactured from high quality, polyester powder coated aluminium, the range is available in four bold generic shapes with bespoke designs available to order. The product has a thirty-year life expectancy, with all processes controlled under ISO9001 & ISO14001 Quality and Environmental Management Systems.

To further strengthen the Skyline range, Alumasc Rainwater offers unsurpassed technical services, to benefit specifiers, architects and installers. Support ranges from design ideas and cost effective solutions to detailed CAD drawings, bespoke schemes and full calculations for rainwater and supporting structure capacity.

Lead times for the range have also been improved from 25 working days to 10, as part of Alumasc’s continuing review of its service provision. In support of this, a new role has also been created to ensure the efficient delivery of Skyline products and services to the building industry.  Ivan Colvil was Technical Manager with Alumasc Rainwater for 12 years with the previous 12 spent as a Technician. Ivan is now working as Technical Sales Manager dedicated to the Skyline product range, offering a wealth of experience in the architectural fabrications market.

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Beautifully engineered aluminium gutters and downpipes from Alumasc Rainwater, have been used at Edinburgh’s latest award-winning prestige housing development.

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Built by CALA Homes, Trinity Park is an exciting development of stylish two and three bedroomed apartments, three and four bedroomed mews homes and five bedroomed Georgian-inspired Villas – a design which was the winner of the esteemed ‘What House? Best House of the Year’ award in 2012.

Alumasc GX Guttering and Flushjoint Downpipes were specified by Susan Stephen Architects, who were keen to extend Trinity Park’s modern take on Edinburgh’s classic Georgian architecture down to the finest detail. Paul Stewart of Susan Stephen Architects, explains:

“The planners were keen that the use of uPVC be avoided in the build, so we chose the Alumasc’s aluminium GX Guttering and Flushjoint Downpipes to complement the style of the building and give a traditional look to the rainwater system.

“We’ve used Alumasc products in the past, but this is the first time we’ve specified these particular ranges. We wouldn’t hesitate to use them again and would definitely recommend them to colleagues for similar projects.

“We were also very impressed with the high level of customer service and technical support provided by Alumasc and found their Drainage Calculator especially helpful.”

Alumasc Rainwater’s GX Guttering can be exposed or concealed, and is a robust and fully engineered box section gutter range designed for traditional wet jointing on site. GX is offered in three profiles in a choice of sizes and is especially suited to applications where maximum capacity gutters are required.

Complementing the GX Guttering, Alumasc’s Flushjoint Downpipe system is based on concealed spigots which give a completely smooth external appearance with pipes mounted on brackets to stand clear of the structure.

Both products are BBA Approved, manufactured from lightweight, durable aluminium which is 100% recyclable, offering a life expectancy of 40 years in rural/suburban areas and up to 25 years in industrial/marine areas. They can be supplied with BBA approved polyester powder coatings in a range of standard or custom colours and are also available in Plain Mill finish for on-site painting.

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Alumasc’s Aqualine Gutter systems have played a key role in the major restoration of Pegasus House, the former HQ of the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

Pegasus_PRpic_lowresPegasus House, is an iconic landmark of historical and international importance, boasting a lavish Art Deco style that reflected the significance of the city’s expanding aircraft industry when it was built in 1936. The Grade II Listed building had lain empty for 20 years but has now been completely renovated by current owner, Airbus, who worked closely with the local council and Architect Capita Symonds to ensure a sympathetic restoration.

The aim was to replace as many of the building’s original features as possible and attention to detail was vital. The original components of the historic rainwater system were beyond repair and had to be replaced with new products which would respect the authenticity of the project. Alumasc’s Aqualine gutters were specified by the Architect who gained approval for the system from English Heritage.

Around 215m of Aqualine Box was installed by Massey Cladding Solutions of Bristol, to all areas of the five-storey building. Aqualine Box is a robust and fully engineered box section gutter which is designed for dry jointing on site. The system is lightweight and durable, with minimal maintenance requirements. Aqualine proved ideal for this project as it replicated the original very closely and met the requirement for maximum capacity gutters.

The designers chose a special polyester powder coated matt paint finish, which due to its popularity, has now been added as a standard colour option by Alumasc.

Gary Blakeway of Massey Cladding Solutions, commented:  “The aim was to get as close a match to the original guttering as possible. Alumasc’s solution was almost identical and it was approved by English Heritage. The installation went very smoothly, with no problems and it looks superb.”

Pegasus House is part of the 12-acre Airbus aerospace park and will bring 2,700 engineers and designers together when work is finished on the site. Main Contractors were Miller Construction.

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As Britain says goodbye to summer and braces itself for the unpredictable conditions of autumn and winter, Alumasc Rainwater has launched its new AX Extruded Aluminium Gutter Systems.

AX_PRpicThe new AX range offers pioneering high capacity gutter systems, available in a choice of three profiles – Beaded Half Round, Beaded Half Round Deep Run and Moulded, which are ideal for both traditional and modern buildings, and suited to flush and projecting eaves applications alike.

AX is constructed from 100% recyclable aluminium, offering a cost-effective, lightweight, durable and highly corrosion resistant alternative to uPVC.  It is low maintenance and offers an impressive life expectancy of up to 40 years, designed to fully accommodate thermal movement at every joint.

Installation and fixing is quick and easy, with the AX Extruded Aluminium Gutter Systems range utilising the very simple and well-proven method of wet sealed and bolted joints.  Gutter joints are secured with screws or bolts through integral holes or slots and the system is fixed by brackets as well as an option to direct fix for the moulded profile.

The AX range is offered in a wide range of colours and finishes with BBA approved polyester powder coatings, factory applied by Alumasc. 26 standard colours are available and additional BS or RAL colours available to special order.  The gutters can also be supplied in a plain mill finish for on-site painting.

AX has been introduced as part of the ongoing development of Alumasc Rainwater’s products and services. The package of improvements also includes the introduction of a new steel range, major improvements on the lead times for a number of its most popular products, an expanding sales force and the creation of specialist appointments to meet demand for bespoke and technically-challenging projects.

Managing Director of Alumasc Rainwater, Paul Hetherington, explains:

“At Alumasc Rainwater, we’re committed to providing excellent customer service, quick lead times and an unrivalled range of rainwater and roof drainage products. The new AX Extruded Aluminium Systems provide high capacity gutters which are an exciting and innovative addition to our portfolio, making ours the most comprehensive rainwater solutions package on the market.”

The new AX range is UK manufactured under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 factory certified conditions, based on aluminium extrusions to BS 1474:1972.

 All AX products are included in the new Alumasc Rainwater Price List which is now available to download from here.

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Alumasc Rainwater has launched its new technical brochure providing comprehensive technical and installation advice on its extensive range of market leading metal rainwater systems.RWBrochure_PRpic

Known as ‘The Blue Book’, this substantial new brochure has been designed as an aide for Architects, Specifiers and Contractors, outlining full technical details of all product ranges, providing dimensions, installation instructions and NBS specifications, with a clear colour-coded product selector for ease of reference and a full colour photo gallery showing the products in-situ.

The Blue Book features Alumasc’s pre-painted cast iron range, which boasts a highly durable four-coat factory-finish available in eight standard heritage colours.  Lasting up to seven years before re-painting is required, all products carry Alumasc’s certified paint mark which confirms the four-coat system, giving reassurance that the range is fully protected against the elements.

The range is priced at only 13% more than the primed equivalent, but offers impressive cost savings of up to 60% on installation time and 30% in materials. A short-term investment, that translates into a significant long-term saving.

Also included is Alumasc’s full Aluminium Rainwater Systems range which offers ten new BBA Approved powder-coated colour finishes, taking the total in the range from 16 to 26, including the popular Silver Metallic which is now available as a standard colour. The range also continues to be available in a plain mill finish.

In addition to the aluminium and cast iron ranges, The Blue Book showcases Alumasc’s recently-launched rolled steel rainwater system which is ideal for both traditional and modern buildings in new build and refurbishment projects. Rolled steel rainwater products offer a contemporary, eco-friendly and cost effective alternative to uPVC systems, and are available in a galvanised finish or a choice of standard colours.

For projects requiring traditional rainwater fittings, the Harmer LCC traditional cast iron soil and waste drainage systems are featured. The range has been recently updated and includes a wide variety of accessories, manufactured to imperial dimensions and created to accurately reproduce period detail by combining historic iron-casting processes with modern manufacturing techniques.

Ben Green, Marketing Manager of Alumasc Rainwater, comments: “At Alumasc Rainwater we’re committed to providing valuable resources which not only showcase our fantastic products, but which make it easier for industry colleagues to plan and progress their projects quickly and effectively.

“The Blue Book will provide architects, specifiers and contractors with everything they need in one easy-reference guide. With 180 pages of useful product and technical information, we’re confident it will quickly become the new industry bible.”

Download your copy of the Blue Book now or call the Alumasc Rainwater literature hotline on 0808 100 2008.

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Cycling enthusiast Ben Green, pushed himself to the limit recently as he took on the Coast to Coast challenge – cycling from Seascale to Whitby in just one day on 29th June.

coast photoBen is the Marketing Manager for Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage, and wanted to take on this mammoth journey alongside his brother Tom Green, to reach a personal goal whilst raising money for worthy causes.

This iconic route is usually tackled over four or five days, but the Coast to Coast one day event (organised by Open Cycling) is renowned for being one of the country’s greatest cycling challenges – something all competitive cyclists want on their sporting CV.

Ben and Tom’s 150 mile trip saw them cycling amongst stunning views; from the mountainous Western Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, finishing by the sea in Whitby.

A total of 472 riders took part, with the fastest coming in under nine hours. Ben and Tom completed the challenge despite Tom having a severe case of cramp for a couple of hours they raised a staggering £1,500 which will be donated to Cancer Research UK and Claire’s House Hospice.

Ben’s passion to succeed is clearly evident in both his career and personal life; by day Ben is an excellent marketer leading a team for Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage, by night he’s an avid fitness fanatic who likes to take on new sporting challenges.

Ben says: “Riding 150 miles didn’t sound that difficult initially, but going up and down hills, crossing lakes and passes was both mentally and physically draining. The scenery was incredibly picturesque, and Tom and I just did our best to stay focussed on reaching Whitby.

“It was a brutal but beautiful ride, but we’re both extremely proud of our achievements, particularly given that we have raised a handsome sum for two great causes.”

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Alumasc Skyline Fascia & Soffit system has made a significant contribution to the design of Kingswood Locality Hub, forming part of the £8.5m Kingswood Civic Centre redevelopment near Bristol.

kingswoodPRThe striking Kingswood Locality Hub forms a new three-storey regional centre for Children and Young Person’s services for South Gloucestershire Council, designed by Alec French Architects and Integral Engineering Design. The redevelopment was carried out by Wates Construction resulting in an exemplar sustainable project in line with the Council’s Carbon Reduction Commitment. The project has since received a National Innovation Award nomination from the British Council for Offices (BCO) and was also shortlisted for Best Community Building in the LABC 2012 Building Excellence Awards.

Alumasc’s Skyline Fascia Soffit System was supplied in Basalt Grey, to the Locality Hub and the roofed areas adjoining The Hub to the Civic Centre. The bespoke system was designed by Alumasc in conjunction with Alec French Architects, incorporating 25 different flashings and trims, interfacing with each other to suit various orientations. Alumasc worked with the designers and installers OHS of Bristol, to ensure that the fittings provided a smooth, uninterrupted interface with the timber cladding and feature oriel windows. Alumasc also supplied rainwater goods on adjacent buildings.

Skyline Fascia & Soffit system components give architects great scope in design and specification, for traditional and contemporary projects, whilst providing contractors with simple, well proven fixing methods and concealed bracketry to ensure speed and economy of installation.

Skyline is available in four generic fascia configurations, manufactured in BBA approved polyester powder coated aluminium. Available in any standard RAL colour, it offers a virtually maintenance-free installation for the lifetime of a building.

With immediate effect, standard ‘made to order’ items such as Skyline flashings and copings with simple design requirements are available within 10 working days rather than the previous 25. More complex designs and fixtures requiring special manufacture can also be turned around quickly – lead times will be confirmed on request.

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2013 has been a phenomenal year for Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage so far. Following the launch of Version 2 of our Drainage Calculator Software, the unveiling of our Bluroof concept at Ecobuild and improving the lead times on our product range, further support to the team proved essential.

Pete WainerAfter almost eight years working for Alumasc’s sister company Pendock, Pete Wainer has been appointed as Area Sales Manager for the Rainwater and Drainage division covering Yorkshire and the North East.

Pete joined decorative casing specialists Pendock in 2005 as a Regional Technical Manager, and more recently as National Sales Manager heading up the nationwide sales team.

Pete’s experience of working in partnership with merchants and contractors will ensure he delivers the desired results for Alumasc. He says: “I am really excited about working as part of an expanding team and meeting new customers whilst reacquainting myself with customers from my previous role.

“Being given the opportunity of a new challenge, working on an excellent product range for another market leading brand was exactly what I was looking for. These are very exciting times for both the Alumasc and Harmer brands and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Paul Hetherington, Managing Director of Alumasc’s Rainwater & Harmer Drainage says: “We approached Pete to take on this inter-group opportunity because his skill set made him the ideal candidate. Pete is a highly accomplished salesman with excellent industry knowledge, and we are confident his contribution will make a big difference to the future of our Rainwater and Drainage brands.”

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Alumasc Rainwater have launched their new product price guide, which now incorporates their well-respected Aluminium and Cast Iron ranges along with LCC traditional cast iron soil and waste drainage and its new Rolled Steel rainwater system. The revisions coincide with some major changes in Alumasc Rainwater’s core processes which are intended to benefit Merchants and Contractors across the industry.

RW_PricelistWith many projects being at the mercy of the British weather, speed of installation is an increasing issue for contractors. Now priced at only 20% more than the primed equivalent, Apex Heritage pre-painted removes the need for post-installation paintwork, offers impressive savings of up to 60% on installation time and 30% in materials – it’s a little extra that saves a lot on site.

The pre-painted range boasts a highly durable 4-coat factory-finish, which can last up to seven years before re-painting is required. Eight standard heritage colours are available which now also carry Alumasc’s Certified Paint Mark, to qualify the 4-coat factory system and giving peace of mind that the product is fully protected against the elements.

Paul Hetherington, Managing Director of Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage, says: “Ultimately, when viewed as part of the entire project cost, the 20% premium should be regarded as a long-term saving, not as a short-term cost.”

The new price list also features Alumasc’s full Aluminium Rainwater Systems range, which is available in plain mill finish or in the raincote range of BBA Approved factory applied polyester powder coatings. The standard aluminium RAL colour range has been extended this year, from 16 to 26, with the popular Silver Metallic now available as standard.

All brand new for 2013 is Alumasc’s new range of lightweight Rolled Steel rainwater systems. Ideal for traditional and modern buildings in new build and refurbishment applications, steel is a competitive alternative to uPVC systems, with increased flow rates and longevity. Available in either a galvanised or black coated finish as standard, with other galvanised coated colours available to order.

To find out more and view our updated product range, visit Alumasc Rainwater.

 

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Following Alumasc’s recent improvement in lead times for its Skyline product range, a new role has been created in order to strengthen delivery of Skyline products and services to the building industry.

Alumasc, are therefore pleased to announce the IvanColvilpromotion of Ivan Colvil to Technical Sales Manager for the Skyline product range.

Ivan has worked as Alumasc’s Rainwater Technical Manager for the past 12 years, with the previous 12 years spent as a Technican. He will now use his knowledge of the industry and the architectural fabrications market to develop Skyline’s product portfolio and enhance its technical support provision.

The role of Rainwater Technical Manager has now been filled by Garry Blowman, who previously worked as Alumasc’s Cast Iron Specialist. Garry will be involved in all aspects of technical support for Alumasc’s entire Rainwater product range and will also remain the first point of contact for Cast Iron enquiries.

The changes take effect immediately, with Garry working alongside Ivan Colvil in his new role, supporting Alumasc’s customers and field sales teams.

Ivan says: “I’m really pleased to be given this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to shaping the future of this innovative product range.”

Commenting on both appointments, Paul Hetherington, Managing Director for Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage, says: “The on-going development of Alumasc’s Rainwater offer has led to an inevitable need for change within the team. By providing a dedicated focus, Ivan will enable Skyline to realise its potential as a product range, and Gary’s technical expertise will provide the perfect support, ensuring Alumasc Rainwater products remain number one in the specification chain”.

To find out more about Skyline and the team, visit Alumasc Harmer Drainage stand at Ecobuild next week, S1710.

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Alumasc are all set to unveil version 2.0 of their industry leading Drainage Calculator software at Ecobuild next month.

The show is providing the perfect platform for Alumasc, who have been working collaboratively with Harmer to develop and deliver the next exciting stage of this software which is now also available for the iPad.

Alumasc’s Drainage Calculator proved an industry first in May last year, and continues to lead the way as its sophisticated software enables users to build roof drainage systems which are automatically compliant to British Standards.

Its eagerly awaited second release, benefits from some important changes, making it an essential tool for Architects and Specifiers alike. Design features include four modules to calculate the following; foul drainage, internal rainwater drainage, flat roof drainage and external rainwater drainage. Version 2.0 is more advanced, but continues to remain free of charge for built environment industry professionals.

There are three key technical developments for Version 2.0:

1) Updates to the software allowing an option for swept / square branch entry plus primary and secondary system use.

2) Updates to the flat roof calculator component, which now includes the new cast iron roof along with the insulated roof outlet ranges.

3) Updates to the rainwater gutter module, to include the addition of the new steel rainwater range.

Version 2.0 of the Drainage Calculator software remains compliant to BS EN 12056:2000 and will continue to place Alumasc and Harmer’s drainage expertise at the forefront of the specification chain.

For further details, and to obtain your complimentary copy of the Calculator, please visit Harmer Drainage at Ecobuild on stand S1710. Or download it here.

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The Athletes Village - one of the most extensive rainwater projects in Alumasc's history

Alumasc has recentlycompleted one of the most extensive rainwater projects in its history. More than 8,000m of Alumasc rainwater pipeline (with special outlets) was fitted to the Athletes’ Village at Olympic Park in London. It was engineered to suit all of the buildings in the village bar one, whilst several were also installed with Skyline.

The rainwater systems were colour co-ordinated in a range of BBA-approved powder coatings, to complement the design of each individual apartment block.

Throughout the two-year project, Alumasc worked closely with the client, contractors, installer and merchants to meet the rigorous delivery schedule and stringent security procedures.

The company continues to be a market leader in the manufacture and supply of Cast Iron and Aluminium Rainwater products with our installations being found on other prestigious projects such as The Imperial War Museum and Marylebone Train Station.

Alumasc's work on the Athlete's Village was one of the most extensive rainwater projects in its history

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Skyline at the O2 Headquarters, Slough. Image courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects LLP (c) Peter Durant

In a continuing overhaul of its products and services, Alumasc has slashed delivery lead times for standard ‘made to order’ items from its Skyline fascia soffit range, from 25 days to 10 working days. More complex designs and fixtures requiring special manufacture can also be turned around quickly, for which Alumasc’s technical department will confirm lead times on request.

The company has also achieved a massive improvement in OTIF (on time in full) deliveries of Rainwater products to 98% in the last six months – a success rate that is unsurpassed in the industry.  

Alumasc Skyline fascia soffit components give architects great scope in design and specification, for traditional and contemporary projects, whilst providing contractors with simple, well proven fixing methods and concealed bracketry to ensure speed and economy of installation. Finished in a BBA approved polyester powder coating, Skyline is available in any standard RAL colour, it offers a virtually maintenance-free installation for the lifetime of a building.

MD of Alumasc Rainwater and Drainage, Paul Hetherington comments, “The new 10-day lead time for Skyline combined with our faster delivery on the Rainwater range, has made for an unrivalled service from Alumasc. We are by no means finished yet as these moves mark only the start of what is an exciting time for the industry – which is set to benefit even further from what Alumasc has planned for the future.”

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Riddel Hall, a landmark Grade B1 listed building forming part of Queens University Belfast, has undergone major redevelopment into a world class Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre. Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system with bespoke hoppers and finish, has helped retain the architectural integrity of the £10m project, which has been Highly Commended in the Conservation Category of both the RICS 2012 Awards and the RSUA Design Awards.

Riddel Hall was established as a hall of residence for female students in 1913 and much effort has been made to ensure the refurbishment remained sympathetic to the original building fabric, including the replacement of its original cast iron rainwater system. The old system had perished and Alumasc Heritage Cast Aluminium system was specified for its ability to replicate the look of the original cast iron system, whilst offering modern performance, longevity and low maintenance.

Alumasc worked closely with Hamilton Architects and the main contractor, Tracey Brothers to ensure the system met every detail of the project’s requirements. The system was complex as the building presented a high number of dormer windows, with many hoppers and downpipes.  The architects provided a sample of original components from the building and Alumasc produced 45 replica hoppers, together with with downpipes, earbelts and bracketry which were fixed into position through the original circular openings in the sandstone string courses. Alumasc also produced a special RAL8004m finish in Copper Brown to match the colour of the original rainwater system.

Neil Moore of Hamilton Architects commented:  “Every aspect of the refurbishment, including the Aluminium rainwater system, was carefully planned to ensure the success of this first class post-graduate and executive education facility.”

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Here at Alumasc, we pride ourselves on a long standing reputation for quality products and technical expertise…but like everyone else, we had to start somewhere.

Sterling Metals Factory circa. 1941

In fact, delving into the Alumasc archives will take you back to 1941 when we started life as Sterling Metals, with a mainly female workforce, specialising in the manufacture of war materials which were used during World War Two.

Due to the urgency of war, we became expert at finding ways to speed up the process of low pressure die casting aluminium…and so it began.

Once the war was over, the Sterling Metals factory was no longer needed by the government and a buy-out was organised, in partnership with London-based A Strauss and Company. The initials ASC were added to the word ‘Aluminium’ and the new company name Alumasc was born. The expertise acquired during wartime was then put to use in peacetime for the manufacture of goods for the commercial market.

The move from war material production to peacetime manufacturing also meant that Alumasc had to find new market niches and customers. The first range to be brought out was “Holloware” Aluminium cook and bakeware. There was a ready market for it, and it was also a suitable product for teaching unskilled workers the new manufacturing processes involved in producing goods made from aluminium.

The Alumasc stand at the “Burton Can Make It” Exhibition of 1948

As output grew, new skills were learned and the company became profitable, new machinery was acquired, and the company diversified its range to include things like rainwater goods such as downpipes and gutters. By 1948, the number of customer firms supplied by Alumasc had increased from 1 to 44.

Between 1949 and 1950 the company range expanded further to include products for the textile and catering industries  and the brewery trade. The 1950s brought steady growth in range and output, and the increase in facilities and technology saw the factory grow in size. The customer base rose to 1100.

Early Alumasc Rainwater Goods

Further consolidation and expansion took place in the 1960s and growth in the popularity of metal kegs being used to deliver beer took over from wooden barrels, which led to a large order from Guinness.

The product range was then expanded further to include the manufacture of castings for the motor trade. Further diversification came with the development of brass casting and by the mid-60s, the company employed about 750 people.

Gutters being cast using similar methods as we use today

Since then the company has consolidated its position and broadened its product range, responding to customer needs with the same expertise and investment which it pioneered at its inception.

Much of the manufacturing process and related technology may have changed, but the present-day workforce follows in the traditions of manufacturing excellence laid down over half a century ago, and the company’s list of major customers testifies to the standards it achieves and maintains.

The company continues to be a market leader in the manufacture and supply of Cast Iron and Aluminium Rainwater products with our installations being found on massively prestigious projects such as The Imperial War Museum and Marylebone Train Station. All of which, we hope are around in another 60 years as testament to the quality of our products.

Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium Rainwater System has provided a high performance solution for Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire – an eighteenth century mansion now in use as a five star hotel, golf and spa.

The original Grade I Listed Mansion House at Luton Hoo was designed by Robert Adam, with gardens created by Capability Brown. The estate was acquired by the Elite Hotels Group in 1999 and underwent an extensive restoration and refurbishment programme to create the present-day luxury hotel.

Alumasc Heritage Aluminium 125mm half-round gutter profile and 102mm downpipe has been used on the most recent phase. This work involved the refurbishment and construction of a number of buildings including the Parkland Wing, the Garden Wing and Stables conversion.

Clague Architects specified the Heritage system as it was in keeping with both the new and refurbished areas which have been designed to carefully respect the setting of the historic estate. It was also important that Alumasc was able to offer technical and on-site support throughout the installation.

Heritage Cast Aluminium is also available ex-stock with the popular textured black PPC finish, in Half Round 4”, 4½” and 5” profiles and Circular Pipe in 2½” and 3” diameters, offering an unrivalled lead time of 3 days.  Alumasc are the only manufacturer to supply their Aluminium Rainwater Systems accredited with BBA Approved Powder Coatings.

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Alumasc Rainwater is delighted to announce its recent partnership with Stormsaver, the UK market leader in Commercial Rainwater Harvesting.

The two industry giants have joined forces to provide the construction industry with a one stop solution for rainwater management and recycling. The partnership, was launched at Ecobuild 2012, and brings together Alumasc’s experience in roofing and rainwater run-off with Stormsaver’s expertise in the collection, filtration and reuse of rainwater.

As one of the leading suppliers of metal rainwater goods in the UK, Alumasc has provided roofing and guttering solutions for some of the most prestigious sites in the UK and was keen to associate with an industry heavyweight who could work with them to provide an unrivalled environmental solution to a joint client base.

Managing Director for Alumasc Rainwater, Paul Hetherington, explains, “Over the last few years, we’ve seen considerable growth in demand for sustainable building products, with our clients looking to reduce their environmental impact and cut their energy and water use.

“Stormsaver’s rainwater harvesting systems reflect our high quality standards, have proven effectiveness and will give our clients great value for money. That’s why Stormsaver was the obvious choice for Alumasc to partner with.”

Stormsaver’s Managing Director Michael Farnsworth comments, “Alumasc are the ideal partner for us and share our ethos for top build quality. Our combined expertise will provide the construction industry with a one-stop solution for rainwater goods that deliver a return on investment by recycling rainwater.”

For more information, call Alumasc on 01744 648400 or Stormsaver on 0844 884 0015

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Alumasc have announced that it is to supply its Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage range through two of the UK’s leading independent merchant buyers groups, resulting in a great deal for members and their customers.

Alumasc is now a Preferred Supplier for The Combined Buying Association (CBA) Group which supports leading independent builders, timber and plumbers’ merchants, and an Approved Supplier for the H&B Group – the UK’s fastest growing buying organisation for independent builders’ merchants.

John Coe, Rainwater and Drainage Business Manager at Alumasc, comments “This deal is excellent news for the members of both CBA and H&B, providing customers with wider access to Alumasc’s market- leading range of Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage products.

“Members will also be included within the stockist search facility on the Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer websites and will benefit from referral business from Alumasc’s Area Sales Managers covering the UK and Ireland.”

Alumasc offers members and their customers the most comprehensive range of high quality rainwater and drainage systems on the market, with an extensive range of the most popular Aluminium and Cast Iron rainwater systems now available ex-stock with an unrivalled lead time of 3 days.

The company will also offer excellent support to members to increase sales of these ranges. Stockists will have access to a brand new range of eye-catching Point of Sale material, designed to assist in the stocking and presentation of Alumasc Rainwater systems. Display boards, posters and large external PVC banners are available in a range of sizes, with complimentary mugs for members to give away.

John Coe concludes: “We’re delighted to have finalised the agreements with CBA and H&B as they represent a great deal for the members, their customers and for Alumasc. In return, the agreement gives us a wider independent merchant base for our Alumasc Rainwater and Harmer Drainage offers.”

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A Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system from Alumasc has contributed to the sympathetic conversion and refurbishment of the former Mersey Street Primary School in East Belfast. 

A sensitive design solution by architects Isherwood and Ellis saw the redundant Grade B1 listed primary school converted into 30 self-contained apartments by building contractors Connolly and Fee Ltd for the social housing provider Connswater Homes. 

As a Grade B1 listed building, the facade could not be significantly altered, leading Isherwood and Ellis to specify Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system with a black textured finish to replicate the school’s original cast iron system. The Heritage Cast Aluminium range is ideal for traditionally designed buildings and can be used for the direct replacement of cast iron, whilst offering all the benefits of modern aluminium casting techniques and factory finish.

The system, which was supplied by Alumasc approved supplier PFC Rainwater Systems of Newtownabbey in County Antrim, has minimal maintenance requirements and is lightweight, durable and easy to handle and fix. The moulded profile specified for Mersey Street was one of five profiles that are available in the range, alongside a choice of imperial sizes and RAL colours to suit all projects.

The Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland opened the new £3 million development in November and added: “This really is an impressive development and good news for the people of East Belfast. Not only does this innovative project provide much needed new housing in an area of high housing need, but it rescues a much loved historic building of local importance.”

For more information about Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater systems, click here

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Alumasc Rainwater Lead Times imageAlumasc has long enjoyed a reputation for quality and performance, holding its unique position as manufacturer of the most comprehensive range of Aluminium and Cast Iron Rainwater Systems in the UK.

But never a company to rest on its laurels, Alumasc is fully aware of industry changes that affect everyday working methods and continually strives to offer the best products and the best service on the market today.

In a move designed solely for the benefit of Contractors and Merchants in the building industry, an extensive range of Alumasc’s most popular Aluminium and Cast Iron rainwater systems has been made available ex-stock with an unrivalled lead time of 3 days.

With huge stock levels of over £2million being available at any one time, never before has Alumasc’s service been so perfectly tailored to the needs of modern building projects. Furthermore, in an industry first, for projects carrying tight deadlines Alumasc offers an Express Delivery – Next Day Service.

An extensive range of Alumasc’s Apex Heritage painted and primed Cast Iron Rainwater is also available ex-stock, offering the most well-used profiles, namely Half Round gutters in 4”, 4½” and 5” diameters and rainwater pipes in 2½” and 3” diameters, in a high quality 2-pack epoxy primer and top coat finish. Now also available in a range of 8 standard colour options.

Designing your system, identifying the right product and getting it delivered to site, has never been easier – or faster – thanks to Alumasc.

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An extensive range of Alumasc’s painted and primed Cast Iron Rainwater is now available ex-stock with a 3 day lead-time. The most well-used profiles are available, namely Half Round gutters in 4”, 4½” and 5” diameters and rainwater pipes in 2½” and 3” diameters.

For projects carrying tight deadlines, Alumasc now offers an Express Delivery – Next Day Service for our ex-stock range, ensuring our products arrive on site the next day.

As one of the UK’s market leading suppliers of Cast Iron Rainwater Systems, Alumasc is constantly aware of industry changes that affect the everyday working methods of its colleagues in the building industry.

By removing the need for post-installation paintwork, Alumasc painted cast Iron offers up to a 60% saving on installation time and 30% saving in materials.  

The highly durable 4-coat factory-finish comprises 2 coats of primer, 1 undercoat and a topcoat, which can last up to 7 years before re-painting is required. Now also available in a range of standard colour options.

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Heritage Cast Iron Rainwater systems from Alumasc have been used at The Lancasters, one of London’s most exclusive and prestigious residential developments.

Overlooking Hyde Park, The Lancasters was originally a parade of 15 magnificent stucco-fronted Grade II listed houses dating from the mid nineteenth century. More recently used as a hotel, it has now been restored and developed into 77 prestige homes. A leading team of developers, architects and interior designers has created a unique fusion of traditional architecture with brand new design and construction.

Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Iron system was specified by the architects Nilsson, for its combination of traditional manufacture and modern quality control standards. The result is a highly robust rainwater solution that provides a visually sympathetic finish to fully complement the stunning Victorian architecture.

The Heritage Cast Iron was installed by Premier Services Installations (PSI) Ltd and comprised traditional 4” downpipes and ogee gutters finished in a bespoke white, created especially for The Lancasters by Alumasc who created a dedicated paint line to ensure the order was completed on time.

A range of Alumasc’s most popular profiles are now available as pre-painted ex-stock with an express delivery option which will ensure delivery to site in 24 hours.

For more information on Alumasc’s Cast Iron Rainwater Systems, click here

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Heritage Aluminium rainwater systems from Alumasc have been used in the remodelling of an historic school building in Surrey.

Oxted School was opened in 1929 as Surrey’s first mixed grammar school. Today it is a secondary school, serving over 2,000 pupils aged 11–18. The original building boasts imposing architectural features but over the years the rainwater system had undergone a number of different repairs using a mix of steel and plastic guttering.

In 2011, Surrey County Council took steps to replace the entire rainwater system with a high performance modern system that would complement Oxted’s character.

Installed by the Breyer Group of Essex, Alumasc Heritage Aluminium provided a low maintenance solution comprising of beaded half round gutters and 76mm round downpipes in black, to create a period look in keeping with the age and style of the building.

Alan Gower, Contracts Manager for the Breyer Group, commented: “Alumasc Heritage Aluminium is quick and straightforward to install, providing a lightweight and very effective system which has worked extremely well for this heritage project.”

Alumasc Heritage Aluminium is an excellent solution for sensitive refurbishment, offering a comprehensive range of BBA Approved traditional gutter profiles, round, square and rectangular pipes and all associated fittings and accessories. Designed to provide all the essential architectural features appropriate to traditional buildings, Heritage is also fully in tune with modern, fast track building contracts. Aluminium is lightweight, durable, non-corrodible and 100% recyclable requiring minimal maintenance and providing a life expectancy of 40 years in rural/suburban areas and up to 25 years in industrial/marine areas. The system is available in plain mill finish or in the Raincote range of BBA Approved powder coatings in a wide range of colours.

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As the world anticipates the London 2012 Olympics, Alumasc looks forward to unveiling the installation of its Aluminium Rainwater Systems and Harmer Roof Drainage on the Athlete’s Village.

A combination of standard and bespoke systems have been installed to the new apartment buildings at the massive Olympic development, including around 5000m of Alumasc’s Guardian and Flushjoint standard systems, copings, guttering and non-standard Stainless Steel downpipes which were designed by Alumasc’s Technical Team.

The rainwater systems have been colour co-ordinated in a range of BBA Approved powder coatings, to complement the design of each individual apartment block.

For more information on Alumasc’s Aluminium Rainwater Systems, click here.

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The Department of Communities and Local Government is today launching its Action Plan for a Working Group to stimulate the growth of the self build housing sector – a move which has the wholehearted support of Alumasc, who recently attended a pre-launch event in london with Housing Minister Grant Shapps MP.

Self builders are Britain’s largest housebuilder and account for about one-fifth of Britain’s new homes each year, but for far too long the aspirations of ordinary people to build their own homes have been hindered by barriers and red tape. With the help of building industry leaders such as Alumasc, Shapps is keen to stimulate the UK self build market by reducing red-tape during the planning process and encouraging lenders to provide mortgages to self builders.

Alumasc has long been a supplier to the UK’s self builders, with its Cast Aluminium and Cast Iron Rainwater systems adorning many self build projects across the country. Paul Hetherington, MD for Alumasc’s Rainwater brand comments: “Alumasc welcomes the new Action Plan with open arms. Many self builders are true pioneers, often embracing new technologies and buildling innovations long before they become mainstream.

“We are delighted to be involved with such positive steps and look forward to seeing the impact these measures have on our future homes and communities”.

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The world of architecture is today celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir George Gilbert Scott (13 July 1811 – 27 March 1878).

Scott was the architect of many iconic buildings, including the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station – a project that became a personal favourite of Scott, who regarded it as his most successful building.

In 2008, St Pancras underwent a massive £800million refurbishment for which Alumasc were commissioned to supply bespoke cast iron rainwater systems to meet the stringent requirements of English Heritage.

Existing rainwater systems, despite being almost 150 years old, were still in use. As part of the redevelopment project English Heritage insisted that any new rainwater details must faithfully reproduce the original patterns of the Victorian rainwater goods used when the station was first built.

Alumasc worked closely with the main contractors to produce bespoke moulds, creating cast iron replicas of all the existing pipes and hoppers to take away rainwater from the vast single span roof, which is still the largest of its type in the world.

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From June 2011, an exciting new advertising campaign for Alumasc’s high performance Rainwater Products will be appearing in the Trade Press.

The campaign features powerful graphics of extreme weather, to drive home a simple message “In extraordinary weather, ordinary rainwater systems just aren’t good enough”.

As the UK climate becomes ever-more unpredictable, Alumasc is proud to supply outstanding quality metal rainwater products which can be designed to withstand a 1-in-500-year weather event. The new campaign is designed to raise awareness of the importance of using quality products and the new ads will be seen over the next 18 months in a range of the most well-read architectural and construction titles and websites.

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Wimbledon Come-Back for Alumasc

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For the second year running, Alumasc rainwater products have provided winning performance at Wimbledon.

 Skyline aluminium soffit modules have been used for the refurbishment of the public entrance to Number 1 Court Debentures, transforming the once tired area, with exposed drainage systems and pipework, into a contemporary, well designed space, perfect for welcoming thousands of Wimbledon visitors. 

Alumasc’s technical team were involved with the detailed planning and design of the project and the Skyline system was installed by approved contractor Internal Linings of Essex. 

The installation follows the major renovation of Centre Court in 2009 which saw 6500m2 of Skyline Fascia Soffit systems used on the new retractable roof – Alumasc’s largest rainwater product installation to date. 

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To further support our Rainwater product offer and technical support services, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Garry Blowman to the role of Cast Iron Specialist with immediate effect. 

In his previous role as Area Sales Manager, Garry worked extensively with Alumasc’s complete range of Rainwater and Drainage products, and will now be based at our office in Burton Latimer, concentrating closely on bespoke Cast Iron rainwater solutions providing design advice and technical support to Architects, Specifiers and Contractors.

Our made to order range in cast iron is specifically designed to yield all of the benefits associated with the standard Apex range, satisfying all the style options for new buildings whilst addressing the challenges of exact replacement for refurbishment and restoration.

Garry can be contacted directly on 01536 720523.

For more details on Alumasc’s bespoke cast iron options, click here.

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New Skyline Brochure from Alumasc

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May12

Alumasc has released a new brochure for its Skyline range of Aluminium Fascias, Soffits and Copings.

The Skyline range offers solutions for use at roofing and gutter interfaces with standard and fully bespoke designs available in high quality, in-house powder coated aluminium.

The brochure, which forms parts of a suite of literature designed to support Alumasc’s online resources and technical support services, includes new project photography showing Skyline’s stylish solutions in-situ, new case studies and details of the full range of Skyline components and compatible rainwater products.

To download the brochure click here 

For more information on Rainwater Protection from Alumasc, click here

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Cast Iron is the New Green

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Apr27

 

 As Architects, Designers and Specifiers constantly strive to expand their portfolio of sustainable product options, no other building material boasts more environmental credentials than natural Cast Iron. 

Cast Iron is 100% recyclable with no limitation or decline in its properties. It offers a low maintenance life expectancy in excess of 60 years and is the only guttering material to be recommended by the Department of the Environment and the Department of National Heritage, as the most suitable option for the maintenance of aesthetics in historic or conservation planning applications. 

Bespoke Cast Iron solutions at St Pancras Station in London

The Apex Heritage Cast Iron rainwater and Soil Waste range from Alumasc, is manufactured under ISO9001:2000 Quality Management Controls and developed under our company wide environmental policy in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems. As such, production processes are monitored for their environmental impact and consideration taken for all aspects of packaging, transport and disposal to ensure the product is as sustainable as possible. 

Apex Cast Iron Rainwater and Soil Waste goods contain no toxic substances and offer impressive cradle to grave performance for embodied energy, water quality, water and ground contamination and minimal long-term maintenance/replacement costs. 

In addition, Apex Gutters and Downpipes are able to contribute fully to achieving BREEAM credits for responsible sourcing of materials and as part of an overall rainwater management scheme.  

The manufacture of any metal is, by its very nature, environmentally intensive, so the more we re-use building products such as cast iron, the bigger the benefits to the planet. 

To view our range of Cast Iron Rainwater Systems, click here

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Alumasc’s full range of Rainwater and Drainage products is now available from the UK’s most successful buying group for Independent Builders, Plumbers, Hardware & Timber Merchants – the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS).

Alumasc have joined the NMBS to ensure the provision of the most cost effective, high-performance water management solutions to the independent market place, encouraging the growth and future success of our independent building sector.

Alumasc will be exhibiting a range of products at the NMBS Exhibition in May – for further information and to register for the event, click here

You can also find us in the NMBS Buyers Guide

For further information on Alumasc Rainwater products, click here

For further information on Alumasc Drainage products, click here

Ecobuild Success for Alumasc

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Mar4

Ecobuild is over for another year, with exhibitors now returning to their offices to evaluate the success of the new venue at London’s Excel Centre. 

Alumasc’s stand was a hive of activity for the duration of the show, with main attractions on the brand new stand being 3 Zones focussing on Energy Management, Green Roofing and Water Management.

Alumasc were also involved in live daily seminars discussing ‘Top Tips For The Successful Installation And Maintenance Of Green Roofs In New-Build Properties’ and ‘Practical Applications for Natural Materials’, all of which proved highly popular with visitors to the show.

Alumasc achieved ISO14001 environmental certification in 2007 and is a UK market leader in the provision of sustainable building products.  For more details, click here.

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Bad weather generates two main challenges when it comes to rainwater systems; the first being in regard to installation times. As the window of opportunity for outdoor installations lessens during cold, wet spells, alternative solutions such as pre-finished systems, can prove invaluable in getting the job completed quickly and cost effectively between downpours.

Alumasc’s pre-painted Apex Heritage Cast Iron, offers a 3-coat finish with excellent resistance to salt, heat and frost, whilst providing an extended life expectancy and time/cost savings of around 50-60%. By removing the need for post-installation paintwork, systems such as this also represent a saving of around 30% in materials with the additional benefits of a top quality factory finish and the avoidance of costly administration associated with the disposal of hazardous solvent-based waste.

For more information on Apex Heritage Cast Iron, click here

For more information on the complete range of Alumasc Rainwater Systems, click here

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Heritage Rainwater System Chosen for Victorian Park Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium Rainwater system has provided the perfect solution for the restoration of a 19th Century Victorian Park in South Tyneside.

The £5m improvement project at South Marine Park has been carried out sympathetically by South Tyneside Council using historic photographs of the original park as a reference. The seafront park has been restored to its former glory thanks to an intensive programme of works supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, including a new children’s play area, reinstatement of the terrace and bandstands and refurbishment of the rock garden, statues, miniature railway and boathouse.

Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system was chosen for the new public facilities building, to replicate the original cast iron systems used in the rest of the park.  STP Construction installed a Heritage Half Round gutter system with Heritage Circular downpipes in red to achieve the desired effect.

Heritage is a comprehensive range of traditional gutter profiles, round, square and rectangular pipes and all associated fittings and accessories.  Manufactured using modern casting techniques, the Heritage range is designed to provide all the essential architectural features appropriate to traditionally designed buildings.

A choice of BBA approved polyester powder coatings is available in 16 standard colours with BS or RAL colours available to special order. The range can be supplied to resemble cast iron surface texture or is available in plain mill finish for on-site painting. Heritage is lightweight, durable and non-corrodible, with up to 25 years life expectancy in marine/industrial environments and 40 years in rural/suburban sites. The system is easy to handle and fix, with minimal maintenance requirements.

In accordance with Alumasc’s environmental policy, Aluminium is 100% recyclable.

For more information on Alumasc Rainwater Systems, click here.

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Rainwater_brochure_coverAlumasc has recently launched a new technical manual that provides full details on all aspects of its market-leading Aluminium Rainwater Systems. Product selection tables, technical data, NBS specification advice and installation guidance are all available for the well respected Heritage, Aqualine and GX gutter ranges and the Heritage, Flushjoint and Guardian downpipe systems.

Alumasc’s aluminium rainwater systems offer exceptional characteristics both in terms of performance and sustainable credentials. The new brochure covers the environmental benefits of using aluminium, which is 100% recyclable and outlines the many benefits the material offers due to its unique properties and method of manufacture.

In addition to extensive product information, sections of the brochure are also dedicated to our expert Manufacturing and Support Services, Alumasc’s in-house facility for applying BBA Approved polyester powder coatings and to our unrivalled Technical Services Team, who can assist with bespoke system design and challenging installations.

Together with the Alumasc Rainwater website, the new literature forms part of our ongoing commitment to providing comprehensive technical resources for the building industry and unrivalled technical support to Architects, Specifiers and Contractors.

Download the new Alumasc Aluminium Rainwater Systems brochure here or visit www.alumascrainwater.co.uk

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heathfield_poss_prA high performance aluminium rainwater system from Alumasc has been chosen for an exemplary private Girls’ School near Ascot.

Heathfield School is one of the UK’s leading private schools for girls. The recent refurbishment and extension of its former dormitory building was accompanied by a newly built performing arts centre, named St Mary’s Theatre, designed by The Tooley & Foster Partnership.

Alumasc’s GX Gutter System and Skyline Fascia Soffits were recommended for the state-of-the-art Centre, by installers Salmon Plumbing Ltd of Surrey. Both systems met all of the project’s rainwater needs whilst perfectly complementing the building’s striking contemporary roof.

GX is a robust and fully engineered box section gutter range, designed for traditional wet jointing on site. Available in three profiles and a choice of sizes, it can be supplied in plain mill finish or with a BBA approved polyester powder coating in a range of colours.

GX is highly resistant to impact damage and is especially suited to meet the architectural and functional requirements for a simple and conventionally installed box gutter, offering a low maintenance life in excess of 40 years in rural and suburban conditions and in excess of 25 years in industrial and marine applications.

The GX guttering was used alongside Alumasc’s Skyline Fascia & Soffit system, which in this case, had a special curved radius, designed by Alumasc specifically to suit the rounded façade of the Arts Centre. Manufactured from high quality, polyester powder coated aluminium, Skyline is designed for new build roof perimeters and is available in four bold generic shapes, as well as bespoke designs.

In accordance with Alumasc’s commitment to the ongoing development of its environmental products and processes, aluminium is 100% recyclable.

For more information on Alumasc’s rainwater systems, click here.

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O2HQ_2_lowA unique ‘aerofoil’ shaped fascia soffit system from our Skyline range has been used for the O2 UK headquarters in Slough.

Having won a 2009 International Property Award and a UK Commercial Property Award for its stunning architecture, the striking new building, which forms part of a 200,000 sq ft campus, was also recently short listed for the 2010 RIBA Awards South.

Our technical team worked alongside London-based architects, Nicholas Hare, from the outset, producing a variety of CAD drawings showing how the bespoke Skyline system would appear on different building elevations.

The resulting nosed design has a pointed section supported by concealed webbed brackets. The nosing connects to sloping soffits in modular form which were made in 500mm wide sections so that the joint coincided with the mullions. The installation was carried out by our Approved Contractor, S & J Roofing Ltd.

Skyline is the ideal fascia soffit choice for new build roof perimeters. Manufactured from high quality, polyester powder coated aluminium, it is available in four bold generic shapes plus bespoke designs. As well as design versatility, Skyline offered many benefits to the project. It is lightweight, durable and totally weatherproof, making it easy to handle and fix with minimal maintenance requirements.

Levolux, also part of the The Alumasc Group plc, provided a bespoke Solar Shading solution for the O2 building, helping it to achieve a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating and an EPC rating of B.

For more information on the Skyline fascia/Soffit range, click here or to request literature, call 0808 100 2008.

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Aluminium – True Sustainability

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Apr14

The German Association of the Aluminium Industry (GDA) is to launch a UK press campaign promoting the use of Aluminium across all industry sectors.

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Aluminium fabrication at Alumasc

At Alumasc, we have been aware of the true sustainable qualities of aluminium for many years. Despite the material being one of the most plentiful metals in the world, it is also one of the most recyclable. About 75 percent of all aluminium ever made has been in the metal loop since the year 1888, with as much as 95% of aluminium in the construction sector being recycled stock.

Alumasc offer a wide range of high performance aluminium products. The strength, formability, corrosion resistance and overall versatility of aluminium make it particularly suited for use in rainwater and drainage solutions for all types of building.

Heritage Cast Aluminium from Alumasc

Heritage Cast Aluminium from Alumasc

Our Aluminium Rainwater range comprises Heritage Cast Gutters, Aqualine Extruded Gutters and GX Pressed Gutters, all available with 3 alternative downpipe systems; Flushjoint, Guardian and Heritage. Compatible aluminium Skyline Fascia Soffit, Anti-Climb and Coping systems complement these ranges.

A recent addition to our Aluminium Drainage product portfolio is the new generation Harmer Shower Drain (also available in ABS compound). Manufactured from LM6 aluminium alloy, Harmer Aluminium Shower Drains are precision engineered to set the highest possible performance standards. Additional, tried and tested aluminium drainage solutions also form part of the Harmer Roof and Harmer Floor ranges.

New Aluminium Harmer Shower Drains

New Aluminium Harmer Shower Drains

As long as aluminium is economically and ecologically recycled, it will continue to represent an ideal reprocessing and production cycle, making the aluminium processing loop an excellent way of protecting resources.

For more information on Alumasc’s Aluminium Rainwater Solutions, click here.

For a Harmer Shower Drain brochure, click here or call 0808 100 2008. For full details, contact Alumasc Technical Services on 01744 648400.

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A ZinCo green roof from Alumasc assisted with the BREEAM rating of Hetton Lyons School in Sunderland.

Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Vernon Coaker MP, has been talking at the recent BSEC conference about his impression of the nations schools.

He described the governments BSF programme as a “real record of achievement” and spoke of the significant change brought about in our primary and secondary schools, touching specifically on the award winning architectural designs that make our modern school buildings “inspirational and exciting” places to be.

Mr Coaker continued “The important thing now is to bring every school building up to the standard that we want. To make them modern, light and airy and environmentally friendly.”

Alumasc’s Aqualine gutter system and Flushjoint downpipes were used on Windygoul Primary School near Edinburgh. The project earned East Lothian Council a Carbon Trust Award for Low Carbon Building.

Alumasc’s Aqualine gutter system and Flushjoint downpipes were used on Windygoul Primary School near Edinburgh. The project earned East Lothian Council a Carbon Trust Award for Low Carbon Building.

Alumasc has long been involved in school building initiatives and we are working closely alongside a number of architectural and contract partners on some of the country’s most innovative school buildings. Alumasc’s green roofs, waterproofing systems, thermally efficient external wall insulation and recyclable rainwater systems have all been specified on educational projects to help minimise their impact on the environment.

Let’s hope that by building greener schools, the young generations learning inside them can be confident of a more positive outlook for the earth’s resources.

Alumasc's Aqualine, Apex Heritage Cast Iron and Flushjoint systems at Upton Grange Eco-Development in Northampton

Alumasc's Aqualine, Apex Heritage Cast Iron and Flushjoint rainwater systems at Upton Grange Eco-Development in Northampton

Our friends at Building Magazine have reported recenty that the Zero Carbon Hub and Energy Savings Trust are calling for a ‘pan-industry marketing plan to promote zero carbon homes and address concerns that they appear experimental and unappealing to the majority of homebuyers”.

Everyday measures to lessen our carbon footprint are becoming second nature to many of us – the very thought of putting an old newspaper, wine bottle or cereal box into the dustbin feels completely alien to me these days and I’m even happy to wait 4 seconds for my lights to come on.

But our houses require a much larger financial commitment, so we are still, understandably, more worried about getting it right.

Sustainable homes need not look any different to conventional homes, if that is what we, as the owners and residents of those homes, want. Whether it be a newbuild or refurbishment project, many solutions are available to significantly improve the environmental performance of our homes whilst maintaining a traditional appearance.

For example, Alumasc’s thermally efficient External Wall Insulation systems can now be used with Cork which is one of nature’s most effective insulators and is harvested from sustainable forests that provide homes to many endangered species. Our Rainwater Management systems are installed out of sight underground and can be used to recycle up to 50% of our non-drinkable water every day, whilst our aluminium rainwater systems are 100% recyclable and offer a sleek appearance to the exterior of any home.

So, there is hope, for the less ‘experimental’ home owners amongst us, who, despite being a little bit nervous of wind turbines and solar panels, still want to do their bit for the planet.

For details of sustainable insulation solutions, click here

For details of Kessel Rainwater Management systems, click here

For details of recyclable rainwater systems, click here

Read the full Building Magazine article here

To view Alumasc’s Environmental Policy click here

gx_blog_picWhen it comes to the speedy installation of rainwater products, look no further than Alumasc’s GX Joggle aluminium box gutter. Designed to make installation up to 30% quicker, GX is light in weight, without compromising on strength.

Trevor Carter at Headley Mechanical Engineering used the new box gutter successfully at Braunstone Frith School in Leicester. He praised the new design saying, “With the new joggle joint on the Alumasc GX box gutter the installation was much quicker and easier. The finished result was excellent and we shall certainly continue to use this product in the future”.

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Alumasc Skyline recently designed and manufactured a comprehensive fascia and soffit system for a prestigious private residence in Jersey. The new-build home, erected on the site of a dilapidated 1930s house, is a four bedroomed property with home gym, cinema and pool. The eco-friendly design, by Paul Van Bodegom of Page Architects, involves extensive landscaping and ecology work where quality and style combine to form a stunning build. Alumasc Skyline’s bespoke solution, supplied through builders’ merchant Precision Plastics, provided the perfect finishing touch.

The challenge for Alumasc Skyline was to design soffits that would fit with extremely awkward overhangs, along with specially tailored nosing fascia and rainwater pipe systems. Skyline’s unique experience and expertise played an important part in winning the contract. Technical Sales Manager Ivan Colvil visited the site numerous time to advise on the design of the products and ensure the architect’s vision was achieved.

The building is designed to take advantage of the beautiful sea views, with extensive glass panels and white render with granite cladding. Although Skyline products are available in a wide selection of colours, white soffits and fascia were specified to complement the light, airy look.

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Sean Bober is the latest recruit to join Alumasc Water Management Systems (AWMS) Merchant Support Team as Account Development Manager for the North of England and Scotland. Sean joins the AWMS team with direct experience in builders’ merchanting. He moves from Lancashire based builders’ merchant CW Berry where he worked since leaving University.

Sean started at CW Berry as a summer job, working in the timber yard. He returned after his graduation to become a Consumer Sales Advisor for their Doors, Windows and Worktops showroom. Following a successful few years, he was keen to develop his career with a merchant supplier.

Sean comments: “I’m really pleased to join AWMS’ Merchant Support Team. It is a fast growing business and opens up new opportunities for me to develop my skills. I’m hoping my experience in working for a builders’ merchant will prove useful to the team. I’m looking forward to getting to know them and the customers in my area.”

AWMS’ Merchant Support Team is available nationally to help customers with site surveys, product samples, marketing, trade morning, training and much more. To find out how our team can help your branch and sales, call 0808 100 2008.

 

 

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Barrie Smith (L) and Pete Hickman (R)Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) continues to grow and develop its team with the appointment of Barrie Smith as new Area Sales Manager of London and the South East, and the promotion of existing team member Pete Hickman to Area Sales Manager for the North.

Barrie joins from Graf UK Ltd where he worked for eight years as Area Sales Manager responsible for its Stormwater Management, Sewage Treatment and Rainwater Harvesting Systems products. Over that time he has built extensive experience in dealing with architects, specifiers, distributors and builders’ merchants. Barrie comments: “I’m excited to join AWMS and be part of a strong, growing business. I look forward to developing my knowledge of their range and gaining new skills.”

Pete joined in 2014 to be part of AWMS’ newly formed Merchant Support Team, covering the North and Scotland. It was a completely new role, introduced to provide merchant customers with support to help them sell, such as site surveys, product training, trade mornings, marketing initiatives and branch incentives. In January, Pete was promoted to his new role of Area Sales Manager for the North. He says: “There have been many new developments in AWMS since I joined and it’s a privilege to be part of a proactive organisation that puts a lot of time and effort into helping its staff progress in new roles.”

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MD Steve Durdant Hollamby with Alumasc's blue rain dropsAlumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) was among the many supplier brands supporting the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants’ (WCoBM) Float at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. Two members of staff, dressed as bright blue water droplets, took part in the three mile walk. Rainy weather and gloomy skies did not stop crowds of people lining the streets to watch the popular Show. AWMS’ costumes attracted every eye in the crowds.

AWMS is the umbrella brand for four trusted brands in water management and its strapline – from rain to drain – was perfect for the weather. The rain drop costumes were also perfect for an integrated water management solutions story. Managing Director Steve Durdant-Hollamby comments: “Although the weather wasn’t on our side, it was a fantastic day and a privilege to be part of such a high profile Show. WCoBM’s float was captured live on the BBC and our bright blue costumes stood out at a distance!

“The two girls wearing the costumes did really well as they’re not easy to walk in, especially for any length of time. In fact all the building material suppliers’ costumes that took part looked great!”

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known annual events in London as well as one of the longest-established, dating back over 800 years. WCoBM’s float supported the new Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley who is an Honorary Liveryman of the WCoBM. The theme of the float was ‘Builders’ Merchants: Supplying Britain’s Building Needs’, demonstrating the importance of builders’ merchanting to construction and the UK economy. It also highlighted the many career opportunities in construction for young people.

For footage of the Show visit www.wcobm.co.uk. For information about AWMS visit www.alumascawms.co.uk.

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Leading metal rainwater manufacturer, Alumasc Rainwater, has improved its lead times across its range. Customers now benefit from reduced lead times on its contemporary pressed and extruded aluminium gutters and downpipes and standard Skyline Copings. This follows the recently reduced lead times on Alumasc Rainwater’s Heritage Cast Aluminium range.

National Sales Manager Pete Wainer says: “Reducing lead times for our Heritage Cast Aluminium, from 10 working days to 7, has proved so popular with customers we’re now offering faster lead times for all our rainwater products. Our Contemporary range in particular is available much quicker than before; with products such as Aqualine Extruded Gutters in a polyester powder-coated finish now available in 12 working days, down from 20.

“Improving our lead times is part of an ongoing commitment to provide the best service we can for our merchant and contractor customers,” continues Pete. “This is particularly important at a time where skills shortages are having a major impact on projects. Contractors look for reliable, easy to install and high quality products, with a wide choice in design and colour, so they can complete their projects as quickly and as professionally as possible. Our high performance rainwater products, together with faster lead times mean they can get on with the job.”

To find out more and to request a copy of the new lead times call 0808 100 2008. Follow @AlumascRW

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The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) will once again have a float in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 12th November. The float will be in support of their Honorary Liveryman, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, who will be installed as the City’s new Lord Mayor the day before.

The Show is one of the best-known annual events in London as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. Over 150 floats take part each year in a two mile procession through the City to celebrate the inauguration of a new Lord Mayor. The whole event is captured live on the BBC.

Crowds of people line the City’s streets to celebrate the occasion and cheer the long fleet of vehicles, marching bands, spectacular floats, carriages and much more. The Show represents charities, community groups, business and Livery companies as well as Her Majesty’s Forces and the City Police.

A good eye-catching float with a clear message can be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors at the Show and, via press and television, can reach an audience of millions. The WCoBM had a float in 2013. It featured Builders’ Merchanting through the ages, starting with a hand-cart and ending with a flat-bed lorry. It grabbed the attention of BBC broadcasters and featured prominently on TV.

This year the theme is – ‘Builders’ Merchants: Supplying Britain’s Building Needs’ – demonstrating the importance of builders’ merchanting to the UK economy. The float will also highlight the many career opportunities for young people. A single modern vehicle will lead, followed by a JCB Forklift with a mock pallet of bricks, placards with prominent messages, and walkers in striking building materials costumes representing high profile supplier brands. BBC Researchers will be briefed in the hope it will once again catch their eye and the cameras.

WCoBM’s Master Leo Martin comments: “It’s a key objective of the WCoBM to raise the profile of builders’ merchants, and their value to construction and Britain’s economy. Builders’ Merchants are at the heart of supplying building materials for the built environment yet many people are unaware that most of Britain’s building materials for homes, roads, public sector and commercial buildings are supplied through merchants.

“Our industry is an exciting and diverse sector for career development. Builders’ merchanting covers a very wide range of jobs from yard work, to sales, operations, finance and marketing, including opportunities to become a director. The Lord Mayor’s Show is a great opportunity to reach a wide audience with these important messages.”

Master Elect Stephen Turner, who will lead the float with a large number of liverymen, adds: “Floats are expensive but, with help from sponsors, the Company will cover most of its costs. We are very grateful to them – without their support, we could not take part. Sponsors include: ACO, Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Catnic, Crystal Direct, Dickies, Ibstock, IKO PLC, JCB, Knauf Insulation, Liberon, Makita, Naylor Pipes and NMBS. A lot of hard work and creativity has gone into developing imaginative costumes – we’ve had a sneak preview and they look great!”

All merchants and suppliers are invited to come along to support the industry along the route. It will be a great day out. Hope to see you there!

Visit www.wcobm.co.uk for more information and follow @WCoBM.

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Alumasc Rainwater has improved its lead times to builders’ merchants for its popular range of Polyester Powder Coated (PPC) Heritage Cast Aluminium gutters and downpipes. Merchants can now expect their order in 7 days, reduced from 10 days.

National Sales Manager Pete Wainer says: “In an increasingly competitive market, it’s important we give our customers the best in choice and availability. This latest development confirms our ongoing commitment to improving our systems and processes so merchants get the products they need as quickly as possible.”

Alumasc Rainwater’s range of Heritage Cast Aluminium gutters and downpipes is suitable for both traditional and contemporary buildings, and is a cost effective alternative to Cast Iron. The range is easy to handle and fix, lightweight, non-corrodible, durable with a life expectancy of 40 years, and 100% recyclable. It also benefits from BBA Approved in-house factory applied polyester powder coating, and leads with a choice of 26 standard colours. Any BS or RAL colour is available to special order.

Pete Wainer adds: “Our Heritage Cast Aluminium is a popular stock item for merchants. It’s the perfect choice for contractors looking for a reliable and easy to install metal rainwater solution.”

To find out more call 0808 100 2008. Follow @AlumascWMS.

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Sophia JelacaAlumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) expands its unique Merchant Support Team with the appointment of Sophia Jelaca. Sophia joins as the new Account Development Manager for the central area.

Introduced last year, AWMS’ Merchant Support Team provides merchant customers a unique level of in-branch support for its extensive range of water management products. This includes on-site help with solution-selling – even taking orders for merchants – training, product samples, marketing, trade mornings, branch incentives, product data and POS.

Manager Pete Hickman explains: “Builders’ merchants are an integral part of our business and we are proud of our longstanding relationships. The motto for our Merchant Support Team is ‘Not here to sell. Here to help you sell’, and that is reflected at every level of our service.

“The continuing expansion of our team and the recent appointment of Sophia confirm our commitment to giving merchant customers all the help, expertise and skill they need to sell the benefits of integrated water management solutions effectively from brands they know and trust. These include Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer Drainage and Gatic Civil Drainage.”

For a meeting with AWMS’ Merchant Support Team, call 0808 100 2008. Follow @AlumascWMS.

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With the rugby world cup just around the corner, Alumasc Rainwater would like to offer a free rugby shirt with all orders over £2k nett for Heritage cast aluminium and cast iron rainwater products.

You can have an England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales shirt…The choice is yours! Simply complete the form using the link below and send it along with your order to our Customer Services team at customerservices@alumascwms.co.uk or fax 01744 648404.

The offer is on until 31st October so don’t hang around. Get in touch today!

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Since its launch in July, Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has developed a new website as a central point and focus for its new brand of integrated water management solutions. The website – www.alumascwms.co.uk – includes an overview of AWMS and its four sub brands, linking through to each of the brands’ individual sites. It’s an interim step in developing a new overall site in 2016.

AWMS, the new name in the industry for proven water management, includes Skyline Fascias, Soffit & Copings; Alumasc Rainwater Gutters & Downpipes; Harmer Building Drainage; and Gatic Civil Drainage. These four well known, trusted brands combine to offer one simple solution in rain-to-drain water management.

Ben Green, AWMS Marketing Manager comments: “The new site is a fresh approach for our customers, providing them with an overall solution in water management. It’s eye-catching and dynamic, and has a quality look and feel, positioning us in the market. A rolling banner on the home page showcases some of our stunning projects.

“AWMS is the first joined-up rain-to-drain brand in the industry,” continues Ben. “Skyline, Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer and Gatic are all big names in their own right, respected for innovation, quality and outstanding support. We’re combining their strengths to provide customers with an unrivalled breadth of expertise and skill.”

Each sub brand will maintain its own site where customers will find extensive product information and case studies, technical support, literature and brochure downloads, and links to AWMS’ most recent White Paper.

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