• Irish building supplier Allspace has launched a website, featuring video, CGI, photography and case studies about the company’s products and services.
• The UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) has launched a mandatory quality assurance scheme for suppliers to the timber frame industry, called Q-Mark. It will initially cover plasterboard, timber, sheathing materials, engineered wood products and fixings. To apply, companies must provide information on health and safety, insurance and compliance.
• Timber-frame manufacturer Prestoplan has moved into a new plant in Gloucestershire. It predicts the facility in Quedgeley will more than double its output in the next two to three years and create 100 jobs. It includes offices, a factory capable of producing up to 4,000 timber frame units a year and a research and development unit.
• Engineer Roger Bullivant has extended its pre-cast concrete division by acquiring Buchan Concrete Solutions. Buchan has a turnover of £30m. Its recent projects include prisons, flats, schools and stadiums.
• Goodwins Timber Frame has started making the MiTek Posi-Joist system. Its metal design is said to be 40% lighter than solid joists, with a larger span that helps meet Part E’s sound insulation requirements.
• Inventor Wolf Wilbert has launched a book entitled Unwrapping the Hook & Build Building System, about his locking device that fastens together pre-manufactured post-and-beam structural framework.
Specifier 15 June 2007
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