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Interview Talk us through your favourite part of your apprenticeship The sense of achievement I’d say. Being able to step back and look at something you’ve built, knowing that it’ll be there for years to come.

Not many people can walk past a site and say they built multiple homes and garden walls on there and being able to provide families, couples, and elder, people with a new home or bungalow really is a great feeling. What are your future ambitions? Start my own business as a bricklayer, build garden walls and extensions for people. I’d love the freedom to discuss with customers different designs and aspects of a build and really put my own stamp on what I build

instead of building to a drawing. Building on-site can be extremely repetitive at times so being able to build different and really grow my skills is definitely something I want to do.

Do you have any words of advice for someone considering an apprenticeship in the same industry? Yes. Do it! Don’t live with the regret of what if. Even if you decide a few months down the line that the construction industry isn’t where you want to be at least you tried.

Where do you see yourself in ten years time? Happy. My main goal in life is to be happy with where I am and what I have around me. I want to run my own company, only something small, where I can build extensions, garden walls and potentially new homes for people. I build homes now but I want my work to be more personal and detailed.

Expamet Release New Windpost and Masonry Support BIM Models for Seamless Specification Expamet has made its Windpost and Masonry Support products available in BIM to simplify the specification process of these bespoke products. The new models will enable specifiers to upload the objects as placeholders within their models to signify where the additional support is needed. Upon submission of the drawings, Expamet’s team of Structural Design Engineers will design and manufacture an appropriate solution to ensure sufficient support is achieved. Masonry Support Systems provide a method of controlling the uninterrupted height of masonry panels and accommodating differential vertical movement between masonry cladding and framed structures. The range includes BAT Bracket and Angle Support Systems. All designs are supplied with method statements, product installation instructions and packed in order using the supplied site layout and inventory. Expamet’s Windposts come in four designs, Spine Posts, alongside U, L and H section variations. In addition to this, Parapet and Spandrel Windposts are also

included within the range to offer stability to walls and parapets below windows. Paul Hiley, Specification Design Manager at Expamet is pleased with the new BIM Objects, he comments: ’Historically, Expamet has been supplying Windposts and Masonry Support systems to large projects in the UK using the traditional specification routes. Whilst we still offer this service, these new models will allow specifiers to simply drop in the object as a placeholder and our team of highly qualified and experienced Design Engineers will design a system that is fit for purpose. ‘We have complete control over our manufacturing capabilities and are able to pass this benefit down to our customers through service and competitive pricing. For applications subject to corrosive environments we can manufacture using stainless steel 1.4401 and we have the facilities on site to hot dip galvanise our products to BS EN ISO 1461 if needed.’ For more information about our Masonry Support and Windpost systems or to download our BIM objects visit www.expamet.co.uk/expamet-bim

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Construction UK Magazine - February 2020  

The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...

Construction UK Magazine - February 2020  

The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...