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Smartroof Appoints New Business Development Manager

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof Appoints New Business Development Manager

Steve Clark Smartroof

Smartroof Ltd, a leading panelised roof system manufacturer has taken on a new recruit to support its growing business in the North & Midlands Regions. Steve Clark has joined Smartroof in the role of Business Development Manager and brings with him 14 years’ experience within the construction industry. Within his new role Steve will be responsible for developing new business and achieving sales targets, to constantly improve Smartroof’s market position in line with the sales & group strategy.

Steve joins Smartroof from Ancon Building Products where he was a Technical Services Engineer and, previous to that Steve worked for Laver Timber Systems (Arnold Laver Ltd) where he designed roof trusses and engineered floor components as well as managing major house builder accounts.

Peter Nordon, Managing Director of Smartroof commented: “Steve’s appointment is a strategic development which will enable us to meet the demand of our growing business.”

Smartroof make shortlist for Housebuilder Product Awards

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof make shortlist for Housebuilder Product Awards

 
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Smartroof has been shortlisted for ‘Best Health and Safety Product’ at the 2016 Housebuilder Product Awards.

Traditional room-in-roof construction is vulnerable to major risks caused by numerous factors including the erection of scaffolding and manual handling whilst working in confined spaces and with falling brickwork. In addition to these, there are risks involved in working at height on attic trusses or top-hats and purlins. This also means that the roof can take weeks to erect, insulate and make watertight.

The Smartroof system has been designed and developed as an offsite product to overcome the challenges faced during roof construction. This way of rethinking roof construction delivers proven benefits in terms of thermal performance, consistent quality, speed of construction and most importantly health and safety benefits onsite.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director commented, “Site safety is a major priority for Smartroof, so we are thrilled to be shortlisted in this category. We have worked hard to develop a product that overcomes the health and safety risks associated with traditional roof construction and addresses the issues our customers face.”

The Housebuilder Product Awards recognise excellence and have become the most coveted in the industry. Winners will be announced at a gala lunch at Edgbaston Stadium on 29th June and we wish all the finalists the best of luck on the day.

Smartroof Agree Exclusive Redrow Supply Deal

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof Agree Exclusive Redrow Supply Deal

 

Smartroof Redrow Homes DealNational housebuilder Redrow Homes has awarded Smartroof a contract to supply roofs for 2.5 storey properties until June 2017. This contract has come into immediate effect with Smartroof supplying roofs for Kenilworth and York house types within the Heritage Collection as well as selected house types in the Abode range.

All Smartroof systems are produced offsite and installed in just hours, to create an internal space completely free from structural supports. Unlike traditional truss roofs or alternative panel systems Smartroof provides total design freedom including full vaulted ceilings and extended floor area in the eaves.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director commented, “Redrow Homes builds and sells more than 4,000 homes per year nationwide, so naturally, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate the Health & Safety, Thermal Efficiency and Installation benefits of our roofs at trial sites across the UK. By showcasing the advantages of using the Smartroof system and developing a successful working relationship, we are delighted to have secured a partnership with Redrow Homes for the next 15 months.”

Stephen Horridge, Group Commercial Manager at Redrow Homes, also commented “We chose Smartroof because they offer an innovative, thermally efficient system which helps us meet strict building regulations. Smartroof has proven to be a reactive and positive supplier in these early stages of the agreement and they have worked alongside our teams to deliver a hassle free service. We look forward to developing our working relationship with Smartroof.”

Click here to watch the Smartroof team install 5 roofs in one day at a Redrow Homes site in Bangor, North Wales.

A day in the life of a Contracts Manager

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 
What does a typical workday look like for a construction Contracts Manager at a manufacturing firm? We spoke to Russell Wilson, Contracts Manager at Smartroof, about what his role entails on a daily basis.

What is a Contracts Manager?

A construction Contracts Manager helps to win building contracts. They also help control costs and keep construction projects on track. Upon receipt of a commercial handover of a contract or new order, a Contracts Manager for Smartroof is responsible for the operational programming of both design and production, as well as the onsite installation of the Smartroof to comply with client build programmes. This includes all onsite health and safety and quality assurance to deliver the end product to the satisfaction of the client.

What is a typical day like for you?

Contracts Manager Smartroof

4am: I have a meeting with an architect and builder about a self-build project in Fareham. The one-way journey is 184 miles, travelling on some busy major roads. The journey is 3hrs 20 mins on a good day with no congestion. I always allow for an additional hour on the journey time for traffic, leaving home at 4am to arrive onsite at 8.45am.

9am: An inspection of formation takes place with the client and builder.

10am: I debriefed both the client and the builder on scaffolding requirements, erection sequence, health and safety measures (including the temporary bracing of a free-standing masonry gable wall) and the agreed installation date.

10:30am: Vehicular access arrangements are then organised. As access to the site is restricted, the client is instructed to inform neighbours via letter about the work that will be taking place.

11am: I then have a follow up meeting with Southern Cranes to:

  • Size cranes: As there is restricted access with a small working area, we are recommended a 35 tonne city crane or a 40 tonne at half-rigged.
  • View overhead obstructions: A BT cable in the crane lifting zone is identified. Instructions are made for this to be removed by the builder prior to roof installation.
  • Buried services: The crane is to be positioned offset to the site drive to clear all buried services. Buried services include all the incoming water, electric and gas mains running down the main drive.
  • Ground conditions: All ground is made up with a hard core base that has not been CBR (California Bearing Ratio) plate tested to ensure that the ground can take the weight of the crane without destabilisation. The alternative to CBR testing is to provide large crane EKKI mats to reduce the outrigger loadings, reducing the overall ground bearing pressure.
  • Site access: As access is restricted with low-level branches from an oak tree, the builder is also instructed to cut back branches that are up to 3 metres.

12pm: I perform a daily weather check on XC Weather for the next day’s deliveries. The Smartroof product comprises of large solid panels and spandrels that act as a sail board in high winds, potentially making the installation a high risk activity, especially on windy days.

Deliveries are strictly controlled to fully comply with health and safety measures. The installation will only occur if the average wind speed is 15 mph (9.80 m/sec) or under. Should the wind speed be too high, the installation is postponed until the wind speeds have dropped to a safe working level.

High winds were identified on two of Friday’s deliveries, so these deliveries are rescheduled with the client, factory, haulier and installation teams and the cranes are cancelled and re-booked.

4pm: The road network is not as bad on the return trip, so I arrive home at approximately 4pm.

Smartroof Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Cwmbran

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 
Smartroof is delighted to announce the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Cwmbran, Wales.
 
Smartroof Cwnbran Facility

Since entering the market, Smartroof has revolutionised roof construction in the housing sector with their innovative roof panel system that can be installed in hours, not days.

The Cwmbran facility is Smartroof’s second manufacturing base with the UK headquarters and primary manufacturing facility located in Swadlincote, Midlands. This exciting new venture will allow Smartroof to better service their customer base in the Southern regions of the UK, whilst also creating 20 new jobs in the Torfaen County Borough Council area.

To date Smartroof has invested £150k in a factory fit out and production equipment for their new facility. A further £160k of capital expenditure will be invested throughout 2016 to help the company meet the growing demand for their products.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director, commented: “We are very excited to announce this significant investment to expand and advance our manufacturing capabilities in the southern region of the UK. As well as bringing new jobs to the area this facility will help Smartroof to better serve their customers.”

Smartroof plan to grow the business in Cwmbran and create a second production line for their new product: floor cassettes. There will also be Research and Development carried out in Cwmbran to create new innovative products which will further increase sales and the workforce in the area.

Smart choice for Redrow

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Lastest News | Comments Off on Smart choice for Redrow

Redrow Homes’s coastal development in Bangor, North Wales provided a tough challenge for their North West team. Strict regulations for coastline construction meant there were a limited number of days for building work to be carried out. Smartroof offered Redrow Homes the fastest solution on the market.

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Due to the adverse weather conditions Smartroof’s “room in a roof” system guaranteed Redrow Homes essential health and safety benefits such as no risk of falling gables and reduced hours of working at height. Alternative construction methods would have involved hat trusses therefore requiring free standing gable block work.  This method coupled with the high winds experienced on site created increased health and safety risks for the team.

Jon Moss, Research and Sustainability Manager at Redrow Homes commented “I am pleased to say that from the feedback I have received from the Redrow North West Construction team, they were very impressed by the installation team.   The design department also played their part in getting the production drawings completed. It has been a worthwhile exercise and hopefully NW will be using Smartroof for future projects”.

Produced off site and installed in just hours, Smartroof’s insulated roof panel system eliminated the need for purlins and ridge beams creating an internal space completely free from structural intrusions. Smartroof delivered major benefits to Redrow Homes in terms of site safety, thermal performance, quality assurance and crucially, speed of construction.

The Most Qualified Installation Team in the Roof Panel Industry

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 

Health and safety is a main priority when working from heights, particularly when installing a room-in-roof system. To support this, Smartroof has carried out a programme of investment with their installation team, enabling Smartroof to provide a ‘contract lift’, which places full accountability for the lifting process with Smartroof.

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As well as ensuring a high standard of Health and Safety, this enables our clients to benefit from a range of services such as, site visits to plan the lifting operation, a full lift design with crane selection and an assessment of ground conditions and all documentation including a method statement and risk assessment.

The lift parameters are fully compliant with current regulations and standards (BS7121 for mobile cranes). This unique service ensures that every part of the planning and execution of the lift is delivered to the highest levels of Health and Safety, with full lift liability residing with Smartroof.

To provide this service Smartroof has highly trained and experienced installation teams made up of an Appointed Person (AP), Crane Supervisor and a Slinger Banksman/Signaller. The management of each lift is carried out by an ‘Appointed Person’ (AP) who has training, practical as well as theoretical knowledge and experience to plan a safe system of work and lifting operations. The AP also directs the Crane Supervisor who controls the lifting operation and ensures that the lifting process is carried out in accordance with the Appointed Person’s safe system of work. The final key job role in the installation team is the Slinger Banksman/Signaller who safely slings loads and gives clear signals to direct the actions of the crane when hoisting a load.

Smartroof operatives (listed below) hold a CPCS qualification for their roles and recently they have complimented their certification by successfully achieving the CITB NVQ Diploma status.

  • Nigel Pugh –Appointed Person, Crane Supervisor and Slinger/Signaller
  • James Bland-Crane Supervisor and Slinger/Signaller
  • Craig Stokes –Slinger/signaller
  • Mark Wood- Crane Supervisor and Slinger/signaller
  • Steve Farrell-Slinger/Signaller
  • Luke Carter –Slinger/Signaller

Smartroof Highly Commended at Housebuilder Product Awards 2015

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof Ltd is pleased to announce that our new Smartroof Prism ‘Room in Roof’ SIP System has been highly commended for ‘Best Brand New Product’ at the 2015 Housebuilder Awards.

Housebuilder Product Award Finalist

Prism offers enhanced insulation and airtightness as well as thermal performance as low as 0.09W/m2k, which enables builders to comply with building regulations regarding Fabric Energy Efficiency and the need to achieve higher performance levels for Part L 2013. This revolutionary product also eradicates significant risks caused by erection of scaffolding, manual handling at height and falling blockwork gables. The new system provides better speed of construction to improve the efficiency of any build programme.

Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director for Barratt Homes, commented: “Through the Barratt Innovation Assessment process we came across the new Prism Smartroof system which we recognised offered benefits around speed of construction and health and safety. We are now working closely with the Keystone Group to pilot the system and integrate it into our homes. We have found working with the Keystone Group team to be very positive with a can do attitude which enables us to think outside the box and deliver benefits across our business.”

Peter Nordon, Smartroof’s Managing Director commented on the achievement: “Our innovative engineers have worked closely with key customers to develop our most thermally efficient roof to date. With enhanced safety and cost saving benefits we can’t wait to bring this product to the market, so we are naturally delighted that our Prism system has been Highly Commended in the ‘Best Brand New Product’ category”.

Smartroof Prism Makes Housebuilder Product Awards Shortlist

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof is thrilled to have been shortlisted for ‘Best Brand New Product’ for our new Prism roof panel system at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2015.

Smartroof Prism is a new offsite system for room-in-roof configurations, which can be installed in just a few hours rather than the days taken for a traditional roof. Smartroof delivers major benefits in terms of thermal performance, consistent quality, site safety and speed of construction. Innovative engineering has reduced the number of components to a minimum; its unique hinge and interlocking panels facilitating rapid assembly. Additional benefits include airtightness, minimised cold bridging and reduced panel depth, giving the builder more available floor space.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director commented:

“Prism’s enhanced insulation and airtightness enables builders to comply with building regulations in relation to fabric energy efficiency and the need to achieve higher performance levels, compliant with Part L 2013. The system offers consistent thermal performance as low as 0.09w/m2k, which can be computer modelled aiding design enhancements, accurately assessing the building’s efficiency at the design stage. We are therefore extremely proud to be recognised by the Housebuilder Awards for our commitment to this approach to construction”.

Now in their 11th year, The Housebuilder Awards recognise innovation and excellence and have become the most coveted in the industry. Winners will be announced at a gala lunch at Edgbaston Stadium on Thursday 25th June and we wish all the finalists the best of luck on the day.

Smartroof Highly Commended at Housebuilder Product Awards

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Lastest News | 0 comments

House Builder Product Awards 2014Smartroof Ltd is delighted to have picked up two trophies at this year’s Housebuilder Product Awards.

Our innovative roof panel system has been Highly Commended in two categories; “Best Health and Safety product” and “Best Site Product”. The glittering awards ceremony took place at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on 2nd July.

Peter Nordon, smartroof’s managing director commented, “Site safety is a major priority for Housebuilders and smartroof eliminates many significant risks compared with traditional build. We are thrilled that our product has been recognised for the Health and Safety benefits that it offers housebuilders. Smartroof also delivers the performance and buildability of the finished roof which is of growing importance for builders aiming to achieve higher standards in SAP”.

Smartroof’s insulated ‘room in roof’ panel system is produced off site and delivers major benefits to house builders in terms of site safety, thermal performance, quality assurance and speed of construction. Assembled in less than a day on site the numbers of hours working at height are dramatically reduced while the risk of falling blockwork, use of power tools in confined spaces, and manual handling of steels is completely eliminated. The smartroof package arrives in a single load reducing materials handling and vehicle movements on site.

As part of the Keystone Group, smartroof is now sold alongside Keylite Roof Windows and IG GRP dormers and components offering seamless integration of all the main roof components manufactured and supplied by one Company. Smartroof guarantee that housebuilders using the “Smartroof System” will achieve our stated performance.