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UK INDUSTRY NEWS Flying Start in Wales for Western Building Systems

Specialist construction company, Western Building Systems has clinched their first contract award under the Welsh Procurement Alliance’s (WPA) £1 billion modular buildings framework. The procurement framework is available to public sector organisations in Wales and forms one of the WPA Construction, Extension and Refurbishment portfolios. Western will be responsible for the offsite manufacture and on-site construction of a brand, new, state-ofthe-art modular building that will become the new hub for the ‘Flying Start programme’ in Penyrheol, Caerphilly. The Flying start programme forms part of a wider Welsh Government funded initiative available in targeted areas to provide support to families with a child under four years old. The programme promotes language, cognitive, social and emotional skills, physical development and early identification of high needs in families. The new purpose-built centre will consist of large childcare space with plenty of room for the children to interact and play, hygiene facilities designed specifically for young children as well as regular bathrooms, storage, a kitchen, office and large meeting room. Neil Barker from WPA commented: “We are delighted to see the WPA framework in action, helping to build relationships between quality modular suppliers and public sector bodies. Frameworks like this help make the procurement process much more streamlined,

resulting in public sector bodies getting construction projects off to a start much quicker – a benefit for the supplier, client and the wider community making use of services once in place.” Rory McGuigan, of Western Building Systems added: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this particular project in Caerphilly. The centre will provide some crucial services to the surrounding community and hopefully help give young children in the area the best possible start to life. “Our modular building option is especially useful in projects such as this where there is an expectation that the site will remain operational for as long as possible – this particular site will remain open to visitors Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 right up until the new centre opens. “Western’s unique Single Source approach means we manufacture all of the building components offsite in a strictly controlled factory environment before constructing onsite in a much shorter time frame compared to traditional building methods. “We are very much looking forward to getting started with the project and working alongside our new client Caerphilly County Borough Council.” Source: www.westernbuild.com

Containers Ideal for Emergency Homes Sheffield-based Panel Systems, developer QED Sustainable Urban Developments and offsite manufacturer CargoTek, have worked together to alleviate the level of homelessness in Ealing, with homes built from former shipping containers that also feature facades manufactured from Aluglaze panels. The development of 60 units, known as Meath Court, Hope Gardens, provides safe, comfortable accommodation for nearly 290 people in Ealing. The joint project between QED and the local council is the latest step to address the need for emergency housing in the capital. Ealing Council has 2242 households residing in temporary accommodation and a steady decline in the availability of suitable options. Hope Gardens was previously an underused brownfield site which has been identified for long term redevelopment post 2024. QED has invested £4.3 million in the construction of Meath Court, whilst Ealing Council covers the rent costs. The units were built offsite by CargoTek, the specialist subcontractor of shipping container buildings, to meet a strict deadline. As well as the temporary homes, Meath Court also includes a communal space, onsite management office, laundry and refuse storage. All aspects of the development were constructed in 24 weeks.

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Specified by QED, Panel Systems supplied 144 Aluglaze panels with externally projecting trays. The manufacturer fabricated the panels with a high performance insulation core to achieve a 0.35 W/m2K U Value. Ross Gilbert, Managing Director of QED Sustainable Urban Developments said: “We originally looked at using opaque coloured glass to achieve the rainbow effect, however these would not provide the U Values required to ensure the homes were energy efficient. The extensive range of Aluglaze colours and finishes, along with Panel System’s fabricating capabilities, meant we were not only given a better choice of

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shades and a more premium finish, but the panels also provide better insulation and energy efficiency.” A spokesperson for Panel Systems said: “Aluglaze panels are popular for use on a number of applications, but we haven’t seen them specified for anything quite as unique as the Meath Court development. However, there is demand from offsite manufacturers for insulated panels and we expect to see specification of the material rise within this sector. Aluglaze panels are an ideal choice for the units at Meath Court as the powder coated surface can withstand harsh exterior elements, such as UV light and wind driven rain.” Source: www.panelsystems.co.uk www.cargotek.co.uk

Offsite Magazine - Issue 10 (March/April)  

Offsite Magazine contains the latest news, exemplar case studies, comment, interviews and feature articles from leading lights in the indust...

Offsite Magazine - Issue 10 (March/April)  

Offsite Magazine contains the latest news, exemplar case studies, comment, interviews and feature articles from leading lights in the indust...