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REMEDIAL WORK FOR EXTENSIVE WATER INGRESS COMPLETED BY STRUCTURA UK AT HAYWEIGHT HOUSE, EDINBURGH


A contract worth more than £700,000 to repair and make watertight the exterior of the 6-storey Hayweight House in Edinburgh was completed on time by Structura UK Ltd, curtain wall engineering specialist.


The building suffered extensive and regular wind-driven water ingress to all floors damaging the internal fabric. Without a complete overhaul, the 20-year- old windows were rapidly approaching the end of their useful life.


Working as a sub-contractor to Insite Contracts Ltd, main contractor, Structura UK replaced all pressure plates and caps, removed the existing


glass, fitted new glazing tapes and gaskets and installed 700sq m of new glazing, consisting of 6mm Pilkington Suncool pro T 70/40 vision panels and 6mm toughened, ceramic spandrel panels. All of the existing pivot windows were serviced, and ironmongery replaced where necessary. The exterior rain screen panels were resprayed.


At roof level, Structura UK carried out extensive


repairs to the leaking plant room to ensure it is now watertight. Works included removing the existing copings and fitting membranes, and replacing with new copings; treating corrosion to the plant room louvers and respraying the complete unit.


The building’s new main entrance consists of a


manual, 12mm toughened glazed main entrance door and fixed screen, and black point fixed glazed soffit above, designed and installed by Structura UK.


The lead consultants/architects were King Sturge LLP and the owners of the building are Aviva Investors. The cladding consultants were Cladtech Associates.


Further information is available from Structura UK Ltd, Unit 1, Oakcroft Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 1RH. Tel: 020 8397 4361. Fax: 020 8391 5808. Email: mail@structura.co.uk Web: www.structura-uk.com.


CLG APPROVES BMTRADA


BM TRADA Certification Ltd has gained approval from the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) to operate a Competent Person Scheme for the installation of replacement window and doors.


Such schemes are run on the basis of an


approved body vetting installers and supplying certificates of Building Regulations compliance to end users, with Local Authority Building Control notified of each installation.


Under the new scheme, explained Product


Certification Manager Simon Beer, “BM TRADA as the approved operator will select installations carried out under the scheme and verify them by on site audits.’”


The scheme will only apply to the installation of


replacement windows and doors, not new builds or extensions, as these are normally verified by Building Control.


The new competent person scheme will appeal both to manufacturers of windows and doors who also install their own products, many of whom may have window energy ratings (WERs) with BM TRADA, and to companies who carry out installation only.


Mr Beer said, “We already have an established Q-Mark certification scheme for window and door installers.”


“The competent person scheme is strategically


important for us, because it completes the suite of services that we offer in the door and window sector.”


Installers can, of course join only the competent person scheme. However, he stressed, “Those who wish to join both schemes will gain by being able to demonstrate the quality of their installations and obtaining Building Regulations compliance certificates through one straightforward process.’”


For further information email sbeer@bmtrada.com.


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