East Riding of Yorkshire Council learn about EWI with Westdale Services


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Westdale Services, Hall Construction and Alumasc Facade Systems  were pleased to welcome a number of staff from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to their Goole site last week which is currently being upgraded with the installation of external wall insulation (EWI).

Tyrone Lawton, Alumasc Area Manager for the region delivered a short presentation explaining the products and processes involved when insulating hard to treat housing stock. This was then followed by a demonstration of the application of the EWI system by Westdale.  The highlight of the day however was for willing members of the council to ‘have a go’ at applying the system themselves which turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

WestdaleTraining3Following refreshments and the interactive workshop, attendees had a  walk around the site to look at recently completed properties.

Westdale’s contract at Goole, which is utilising Alumasc Facade Systems products, consists of 102 properties which will be externally insulated with 120mm phenolic insulation boards, achieving a ‘U’ value of 0.15W/m2K.

The external finishes specified will be used to replicate the existing facades in the area, meaning the scheme is a true mix of brick effect render, textured silicone render and stone headers and cills.

For more information, please visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

Click here to see more photos and to find out more about Westdale Serviced Limited.

Alumasc Facade Systems Strengthen Technical Services Team

Alumasc continually strive to meet customer needs by providing a constantly evolving range of high performance External Wall Insulation and Render System. In addition, we recognise that these products must be supported by excellent levels of service and technical support.

Nathan Kermode Alumasc Technical DepartmentIn order to achieve this, Alumasc continually invest in their employees, with a particular focus on training and personal development, which benefits both the employee and the company in the long-term.

Following ongoing success and demand of Alumasc’s Façade Systems, the need to further expand the Technical Services department was identified.

Nathan Kermode joined Alumasc 3 years ago as an Apprentice in the Customer Services department. Over this period he developed his technical product knowledge whilst processing orders and dealing with customers queries by telephone and email. He demonstrated a pro-active approach, always going the ‘extra mile’.

When the need to strengthen the Alumasc Facades Technical team was identified, Nathan was the obvious choice. Here, he can develop more in-depth technical knowledge of our External Wall Insulation and Render Systems from the existing team and continue to provide customers with the high level of service they had become accustomed to. He has recently completed his City & Guilds qualification in CAD and has now been promoted to Trainee Facades Technician.

Mark Gibbs, Technical Director said:

“During Nathan’s time within the Customer Services department it was evident that he was managing an ever-increasing workload extremely well, in an organised and highly efficient manner. He began to answer queries of a more technical nature, resulting in a number of positive comments from customers he dealt with, complimenting him on his helpfulness and quick response.

The decision was made to harness these attributes and give Nathan a new opportunity within the Facade Technical Department. I am happy to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him more closely”.

The various tasks that Nathan will be dealing with include specification and quotation production, product development, u-value calculations, providing CAD details, along with managing sample requests and general technical enquiries.

If you have need any technical information in relation Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation or Render Systems, please email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

If you need further information regarding Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems or Render finishes please call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Alumasc welcomes Sarah to the Marketing Team

This week Alumasc welcomes Sarah Baker to the marketing team. Concentrating on Alumasc’s roofing and facades brands, Sarah is undertaking a 2 week work experience placement.

Alumasc Flat Roofing Work Experience Sarah BarkerSarah is currently studying for 4 A Levels at Runshaw Sixth Form College in Leyland, Lancashire. The College arranges work experience programmes with local companies to develop their students’ vocational skills and Alumasc was happy to help. Sarah will be working alongside David Luukas and Anita Houghton within the marketing department, carrying out tasks relating to data segmentation, email marketing, social media, website content updates and general administration duties.

Sarah has an interest in Business Management and Marketing and therefore plans to study a Degree Level Course in Management with Marketing at Bath University.

Sarah says:

“I would like to find myself within a blue chip company in the future with the opportunity to work my way to management level through hard work and enthusiasm. I would also like to gain as much valuable experience as possible to provide me with the skills to set up my own successful business one day. I am enjoying my time at Alumasc and value the work experience they are offering me”

Everyone at Alumasc wishes her well during this period and in her future studies and career.

Alumasc Support Salix Apprenticeship Awards

Young apprentices in Salford and the surrounding areas have been rewarded for their hard work and commitment to personal development during the inaugural Salix Homes Apprenticeship Awards.

Alumasc was proud to be one of the sponsors of the awards, held on Friday October 18th 2013.

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Marlis Hamnett, 21 – Apprentice of the Year

The Salix Homes awards recognise the talent and skills young apprentices have gained during their training and employment through the Salix Homes Path 2 Work scheme.

The Apprentice of the Year went to Marlis Hamnett (Forrest).

The award for the Apprentices’ Apprentice, presented by Stewart Taylor of Alumasc, went to Rachel Howarth, an External Wall Insulation (EWI) Apprentice with Emanuel Whittaker.  Her colleague, Matthew Casey, also an EWI apprentice, secured the Best in Trade (Wet Trade) award.

Salix Homes work with contractors to offer a wide range of apprenticeships to young people who live locally.

Like Salix, Alumasc are committed to provide apprenticeship opportunities at their St Helens head office.

Alumasc and Salix Homes work closely to upgrade housing by installing cost-effective, thermally efficient External Wall Insulation. This helps reduce annual heating bills for residents and ensures their properties are warmer in the winter and cooler during summer.

For more information on External Wall Insulation, click here or email facades@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk

External Wall Insulation Training Mornings with Howarth Timber and Building Supplies

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies teamed up with Alumasc to help local tradesmen get to grips with Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems by holding a series of External Wall Insulation Training days.

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On the 18th and 25th June 2013 External Wall Insulation training mornings were held at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies at the Rochdale and St Helens Premises giving their existing customers based in West Yorkshire and the North West the chance to take part and enhance their installation skills.

Phil Bull from Alumasc delivered a presentation outlining the benefits of what External Wall Insulation is and the obligation of energy companies to adhere to Green Deal financing mechanism which gives people the opportunity to pay for energy-efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills.

Alumasc’s Jason Gledhill performed a Swistherm EWI practical demo with Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ existing customers.

They were encouraged to get involved and see for themselves the quality of Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation products and the ease of which they can be applied.

Alumasc External Wall Insulation products will be stocked at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches in the near future.

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Greater Manchester Colleges Compete In Skills Demo Event At MediaCityUK

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Student representatives from the Greater Manchester Colleges competed in a Skills Demonstration Competition event held in the heart of MediaCityUK.

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Alumasc Sponsors of the World Skills Event Held at FutureSkills, Salford, Manchester

The event, hosted by Salford City College’s new FutureSkills Centre in association with Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd, saw competitors install key components of Alumasc’s external wall insulation system onto demonstration walls.

Representatives from Salford City College, Tameside College and The Manchester College were accompanied by apprentices training with Whittakers Construction and Forrest Construction.

Allan Milne, Head of Skills Academy for Construction & Built Environment at FutureSkills, said “Many congratulations to the competitors and winners of today’s event. The level of skill on show was exceptionally high and I know the assessors had a tough time choosing the winners.

Many thanks also to Alumasc for their support throughout this project.”
The joint first prize award went to Rachael Howarth and Matt Casey from Whittakers Construction; second prize was awarded to Sam Wardley from Salford City College and third prize went to Kyle Moore from The Manchester College.

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Rachael Howarth and Matt Casey Receive their prizes from Colin Goodall, Investment Delivery Manager at Salix Homes

Phillip Bull of Alumasc said “It was clear the competitors found the day really informative and applicable to daily on-site work conditions. The team from Alumasc was very happy to have been invited by Salford City College to be part of the event, and was pleased for the support of the Alumasc Approved Regional Contractors and local Housing Associations who visited on the day and passed on their knowledge to the competitors.”

The event was hosted as part of a portfolio of events, work and evidence created by the Greater Manchester Colleges as part of a bid to WorldSkills for funding for the next academic year which, if granted, will enable each of the colleges to further develop their skills provision.

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For further details on Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, click here.

To view the installation process for yourself click here.