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13th February 2024

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hup! Announces Laura Jane Clark As New Brand Ambassador


Ultraframe has announced that leading architect and interior designer, Laura Jane Clark from BBC’s Your Home Made Perfect, is the new Brand Ambassador for its hup! building system.

Laura, who has also appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and Ugly House to Lovely House, is renowned for helping homeowners to reconfigure and extend their homes to create amazing yet highly functional living spaces.

Commenting about her partnership with hup!, Laura said: “For homeowners, hup! is completely game changing. People often ask how they can add an extension or rebuild their unusable conservatory in the most efficient way possible...


FDM Opens UK’s First Practical Fire Door Training Centre


The UK’s first practical training centre for the fire door industry opened last week, 8th February 2024 in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Purpose built, the 3,000ft² Training Academy has been launched by Fire Door Maintenance (FDM) to raise safety standards across the industry. Comprising different types of fire doors and components from a range of manufacturers, the facility will provide a dedicated space for hands-on training plus classrooms for theory-based learning.

Accredited by GQA Qualifications, an awarding body for specialist and occupational roles, the Academy will offer a variety of courses.


XL-Size Contracts Push Cumbernauld’s Cube Glass Revenues Skywards And International Partnerships Start To Pay Dividends


In one of its strongest trading advances on record, Scottish glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass reports it has boosted its revenues by ‘well in excess of £1 million’ as well as developing lucrative new international partnerships.

The Cumbernauld-based tech pioneer has pushed its turnover to a record £4.5 million in the year to October 2023, up from £3.25 million the previous year. It now hopes to consolidate future revenues in the region of this level.

The main driver of the exceptional growth in 2022/23 was a single, unusually large contract for screens for flats and retail units on a massive community benefit programme...


Buy To Let Landlords Who Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Their Rental Stock Should Get Tax Relief


The Government should allow income tax and/or corporate tax relief for buy to let landlords who improve the energy efficiency of their rental stock, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Head of Property and a Partner at the firm, Heather Powell, said: “The Government could use the Budget in a month’s time to make this announcement.”

She added: “Whilst the Government has been encouraging buy-to-let landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, it’s about turn on the imposition of higher standards from April 2025 and has stopped all requirements for landlords to undertake these works,


Senior Appointments At AluK


AluK has made two appointments to the UK Board, with industry heavyweight Paul Booth joining as R&D Director and manufacturing specialist James Schools joining as Finance Director.

They are both bringing valuable experience and expertise to AluK, to help the aluminium systems company deliver on its ambitious plans for 2024 and beyond.

Paul Booth is an award winning product designer with more than 40 years’ experience in aluminium system design.


No More Muddling Through


When Ken Rhodes took over the family business – The Ken Rhodes Group – one of his priorities was to sign up to Business Pilot. Here he explains why.

When I took the business over from my mother and father (also call Ken) in 2016, everyone still used paper files which were kept in filing cabinets. So, every time a customer rang, they’d say, “Oh, hold on, let me just get the file.”

You’d be surprised at just how many businesses still operate that way.

And the database they used was Microsoft Access, which was built back in the 1990s.


A Long-Term Relationship


We talk to Julien Piper, Director of Omega Windows, Doors and Conservatories about the benefits of partnering with Sternfenster.

Margate-based Omega, has sold the full Sternfenster range windows and doors to homeowners across Kent since 1994, and has operated from the same retail showroom since 1996. Today it benefits from an additional trade counter located close to its main premises.

“We’ve worked with Sternfenster for many years now, and we’re proud to be a Sternfenster Approved Installer”, says Julien Piper, director of Omega Windows, Doors and Conservatories.


Endurance Doors Adds New Lever Rose Handle


Endurance Doors has extended its range of hardware.

In line with its focus on offering homeowners maximum design freedom, the business has launched a new lever rose handle.

Available on all new Endurance and Avantal Doors, as well as suitable for retrofitting to existing Endurance doors which use the AV2 or AV3 locking system, the new handle features fixings hidden behind the rose cover and a completely flush finish.

This ensures a sleek, minimalist appearance which is ideal for contemporary interior design themes, says the company.


AT Precision: “Turn Bi-Fold Dreams Into Profitable Realities”


In the fast-paced world of bi-fold doors, where sleek design meets functional brilliance, profit margins can be extremely delicate.

Yet, for many fabricators, the allure of booming installations often clashes with the harsh reality of squeezed margins, compatibility headaches, and slow assembly times.

This is where AT Precision enters the scene, who says it is not just as a hardware supplier, but a ROI ‘revolutionising powerhouse’.


UK Doors Online Launches Exclusive Partnership Programme


West Yorkshire door and window manufacturer UK Doors Online has announced the launch of the company’s new partnership programme. The initiative is said to “provide exclusive perks and discounts, enabling trade partners to expand their product offerings and enhance their operations.”

UK Doors Online says that by joining the partnership programme, partners gain access to a wealth of expertise from a dedicated team that is always ready to provide support and guidance. And that the company’s highly trained team boasts decades of combined experience in manufacturing top-quality doors and windows,


Qualicoat Release Exposure Categories


By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

The recently released Technical Information Sheet No.4 from Qualicoat ‘Recommendations for the Corrosion protection’ now offers specifiers guidance on the recommended pretreatment system to specify for various “Corrosivity categories” according to ISO 18768-1:2022 Table 1 and ISO 9223:2012 Table C.1. Whilst it is still strongly recommended that specifiers continue to seek guidance from a Qualicoat licensed powder coater or powder manufacturer when specifying finishes, the guide offers an insight as to the levels of protection offered when specifying Qualicoat architectural powder coating.


The Residence Collection Updates Bespoke Conservation Area Development Near Wakefield


he Residence Collection features in a new-build development in the conservation area of Woolley, near Wakefield.

The luxury development, named Old Beech Farm, features more than 200 Residence Collection windows across six new-build properties. Alongside fabricator HWL Windows and an independent housebuilder, the traditional R9 windows were added in the Painswick colourway, to compliment the stone exterior of the homes.

The original timber alternative window, Residence 9, is widely accepted in Conservation Areas and for Grade II Listed Buildings across the UK as the collection was designed according to the key principles, 


Unique Teams Up With Leicester City In The Community For Outreach Project


Unique Window Systems has lent its support to an outreach project organised by Leicester City in the Community (LCitC).

The business donated two sets of white PVCu French doors towards a project which involved the construction of a new classroom at Gorse Hill City Farm.

Unique’s installer team, who typically work on high volume projects for large commercial clients, also carried out the installation of the doors free of charge.

Located on a 20-acre site on the edge of Leicester city centre, Gorse Hill City Farm is a working farm and visitor attraction.


Trade News

Debar Joins Department For Business And Trade’s Sustainability Trade Mission

Bi-fold hardware manufacturer Debar has been chosen to be a part of a sustainable trade mission developed by the Department of Business and Trade.

Following a rigorous application process,


The Window Store’s Annual Conference Celebrates A Successful Year For The Business

The Window Store held its Annual Managers’ Conference in Southampton on 17th January. Karl Lodwick, general m,anager at the company, said: “Our Annual Managers’ Conference is an opportunity to reflect on our successes, look ahead to the future and thank the team for all their hard work.


Sheerline’s Range Helps D & I Windows Achieve Sustainable Business Growth

D & I Windows has been announced as one of the latest companies to add Sheerline’s premium aluminium range to its’ product offering. The Barnsley-based fabricator and manufacturer pivoted from UPVC to aluminium because of rising costs and increased competition post-pandemic.


Product News

Epwin Window Systems Launches Stellar Aluminium Inline Sliding Door

Epwin Window Systems has just launched the latest addition to its Stellar Aluminium range, the new Stellar Aluminium Inline Sliding Door.

Phil Parry, technical director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “The Stellar Inline Sliding Door...


Dynamic Hardware Introduces The Patent-Pending Dynamic 3D Door Hinge

Dynamic Hardware has just launched the patent-pending Dynamic 3D Door Hinge for PVC-U door profiles.

Dynamic Hardware’s CEO Tony Chadwick said: “The Dynamic 3D Door Hinge showcases the product design strength that is the hallmark of our range.”



Whitesales Strengthens Specification Team

As Whitesales further strengthens its position in the specification sector, with several of the company’s biggest ever rooflight supply and installation contracts set to start on site in 2024, Lee Greer has been announced as the new dedicated national sales manager for specification and business development.



Red Herring?

Thermoseal’s sales director Mark Hickox argues that the Future Homes and Buildings Standards were an opportunity missed, but are they just a red herring?

On December 13, 2023, the government finally opened the consultation on the Future Homes and Buildings Standards,


CAB Reviews The Year Ahead

With construction output expected to decrease by 2.1% in 2024, according the latest report from the Construction Products Association, how will aluminium fenestration fare in the year ahead?

It is fair to say that 2024 will be a challenge for some,


Colours, Paints & Foils

Sliders UK Turns To Kolorseal For Colour Coating Services

Aluminium and composite door manufacturer Sliders UK, has returned to colour coating specialist Kolorseal Ltd for its bespoke window and door colouring needs.

Alex Murphy, managing director at Sliders-UK,


Curtain Walling

Facade Platform Design to Reduce Carbon

By Wojciech Brożyna – MD Aluprof UK

Platform Design, better known in the construction industry as ‘A Platform approach to Design for Manufacture and Assembly’ or ‘P-DfMA’. It is a specific subset of DfMA, which is the general term for using prefabrication and automation applied project by project basis.



Fast Forward To The Future

If you want to make a stunning impression on clients, customers and visitors to your commercial office space, sometimes only glass will do.

TuffX supplied 89 panels – a total of 145m2 – of 21.5mm EVA toughened and laminated safety glass for a substantial glass...



Look To The Future This Aluminium Day!

On Wednesday 13th March Aluminium Day will return and this year, host Senior Architectural Systems is showcasing the different ways companies are encouraging young people to consider a career working with aluminium, and the various job roles available.


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