Alder Hey Children's hospital

Harmer Drainage high performance Roof Outlets and SML above ground drainage were recently specified for a new, forward thinking children’s hospital in Liverpool.

The Alder Hey Children’s Health Park is a large £250m project developed to improve the paediatric medical facility and enhance the experience of both patients and staff. The aim is to set the hospital as a new benchmark for the delivery of paediatric care in the UK and around the world. It includes six wards, a large critical care unit, 16 theatres and a host of clinical services, together with shops and cafes.

Covering a floor space of more than 60,000 sq. metres, it’s been designed around colour and orientated to make the most of its heavily landscaped setting. A mix of curved and flat roofs enhances the design and architecture. All rooms look onto the surrounding park, helping to blur the lines between inside and outside. The hospital, designed by BDP, won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award at the British Construction Industry Awards.

High performing products were key criteria for the design and build of Alder Hey. Through M&E merchant BSS, Harmer supplied its SML cast iron soil and waste pipes chosen for its lightweight, dry jointed system, with the assurance of BBA certification, Kitemark accreditation and CE Marking conforming to BS EN 877. The above ground drainage system is strong, durable, easy to install and non-combustible, which means fire protection collars are not necessary. Excellent noise attenuation tested to BS EN 14366:2004 is another key benefit of Harmer’s unique cast iron pipes, which means the sound of swooshing water cascading down from upstairs fixtures is suppressed.

Harmer also supplied high capacity aluminium flat roof outlets, which are ideal for flat roof drainage applications. The outlets are lightweight, non-corrosive and highly durable. They are also easy to fix and require minimal maintenance. The high flow performance ensures the outlets drain up to 40% more roof area than conventional gravity outlets.

To find out how Harmer can make a difference on your next project, call 0808 100 2008 or visit www.harmerdrainage.co.uk. Follow @harmerdrainage

 

 

 

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Harmer's new stainless steel range for vinyl floors (LR)

Harmer Building Drainage adds to its high performance stainless steel floor drains with a new vinyl floor option, ideal for industrial and commercial kitchens.

The innovative drains are also suitable for wash down and compliment Harmer’s existing stainless steel range. Specifiers and contractors can now benefit from a versatile solution for vinyl floor applications with the choice of two models – fixed or adjustable height; a vertical or horizontal outlet; with circular gratings. An easy fit clamp ring helps to secure the vinyl sheet.

The vinyl floor drains also lead in flow rate, achieving up to 3.0L/s against the standard 1.4L/s, and comfortably exceeding the BS EN 1253 minimum required capacity for a ground floor 100mm outlet of 1.8L/s at 20mm head of water.

Harmer Drainage Sales Manager Wayne Willmott says: “We’re committed to continual improvement of our range to ensure customers benefit from the best and most comprehensive choice of drainage products for their projects. Our new stainless steel drains for vinyl floors are no exception. They fit perfectly with our channel system and provide excellent performance against corrosion.”

Harmer Drainage is part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) – the joined up name in rain to drain water management. It’s one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of building drainage products.

For more information visit www.harmerdrainage.co.uk. Follow @HarmerDrainage.

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Merchants back in London’s Lord Mayor Show

Posted by Ashlea Williamson

Oct6

WCoBM Float in 2013 (LR)The Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) will once again have a float in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 12th November. The float will be in support of their Honorary Liveryman, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, who will be installed as the City’s new Lord Mayor the day before.

The Show is one of the best-known annual events in London as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. Over 150 floats take part each year in a two mile procession through the City to celebrate the inauguration of a new Lord Mayor. The whole event is captured live on the BBC.

Crowds of people line the City’s streets to celebrate the occasion and cheer the long fleet of vehicles, marching bands, spectacular floats, carriages and much more. The Show represents charities, community groups, business and Livery companies as well as Her Majesty’s Forces and the City Police.

A good eye-catching float with a clear message can be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors at the Show and, via press and television, can reach an audience of millions. The WCoBM had a float in 2013. It featured Builders’ Merchanting through the ages, starting with a hand-cart and ending with a flat-bed lorry. It grabbed the attention of BBC broadcasters and featured prominently on TV.

This year the theme is – ‘Builders’ Merchants: Supplying Britain’s Building Needs’ – demonstrating the importance of builders’ merchanting to the UK economy. The float will also highlight the many career opportunities for young people. A single modern vehicle will lead, followed by a JCB Forklift with a mock pallet of bricks, placards with prominent messages, and walkers in striking building materials costumes representing high profile supplier brands. BBC Researchers will be briefed in the hope it will once again catch their eye and the cameras.

WCoBM’s Master Leo Martin comments: “It’s a key objective of the WCoBM to raise the profile of builders’ merchants, and their value to construction and Britain’s economy. Builders’ Merchants are at the heart of supplying building materials for the built environment yet many people are unaware that most of Britain’s building materials for homes, roads, public sector and commercial buildings are supplied through merchants.

“Our industry is an exciting and diverse sector for career development. Builders’ merchanting covers a very wide range of jobs from yard work, to sales, operations, finance and marketing, including opportunities to become a director. The Lord Mayor’s Show is a great opportunity to reach a wide audience with these important messages.”

Master Elect Stephen Turner, who will lead the float with a large number of liverymen, adds: “Floats are expensive but, with help from sponsors, the Company will cover most of its costs. We are very grateful to them – without their support, we could not take part. Sponsors include: ACO, Alumasc Water Management Solutions, Catnic, Crystal Direct, Dickies, Ibstock, IKO PLC, JCB, Knauf Insulation, Liberon, Makita, Naylor Pipes and NMBS. A lot of hard work and creativity has gone into developing imaginative costumes – we’ve had a sneak preview and they look great!”

All merchants and suppliers are invited to come along to support the industry along the route. It will be a great day out. Hope to see you there!

Visit www.wcobm.co.uk for more information and follow @WCoBM.

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Sophia JelacaAlumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) expands its unique Merchant Support Team with the appointment of Sophia Jelaca. Sophia joins as the new Account Development Manager for the central area.

Introduced last year, AWMS’ Merchant Support Team provides merchant customers a unique level of in-branch support for its extensive range of water management products. This includes on-site help with solution-selling – even taking orders for merchants – training, product samples, marketing, trade mornings, branch incentives, product data and POS.

Manager Pete Hickman explains: “Builders’ merchants are an integral part of our business and we are proud of our longstanding relationships. The motto for our Merchant Support Team is ‘Not here to sell. Here to help you sell’, and that is reflected at every level of our service.

“The continuing expansion of our team and the recent appointment of Sophia confirm our commitment to giving merchant customers all the help, expertise and skill they need to sell the benefits of integrated water management solutions effectively from brands they know and trust. These include Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer Drainage and Gatic Civil Drainage.”

For a meeting with AWMS’ Merchant Support Team, call 0808 100 2008. Follow @AlumascWMS.

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Picture 157Kitemark Certification is an internationally recognised sign of the highest product quality. The British Standard Kitemark is an independently verified and audited certification that ensures that both the quality of the product and the processes that are used to manufacture the product are fully compliant with internationally recognised standards.

Harmer SML Above Ground already carries the Kitemark logo, and since the launch of SML Below Ground, it too has been awarded the same certification. In the case of the Harmer SML Above and Below Ground lightweight Cast Iron Soil and Waste systems, this further confirms the products are manufactured in accordance with EN877:1999 +A1:2006 and quality controlled under ISO9001:2008. The British Standards Institute who issue the award carry out rigorous checks to ensure that products are worthy of the BS Kitemark Stamp.

The Kitemark allows Contractors and Specifiers alike to use Harmer SML Above and Below Ground safe in the knowledge that it will stand the test of time and perform to the highest levels when used in prestigious and performance critical projects. The Harmer SML Kitemark is also backed up by the in house Harmer technical design team, who are always available to assist with project specifications and questions.

Certificate number: KM 613802

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Harmer Stainless Steel Floor Drain is No.1 choice

Posted by Ashlea Williamson

Aug24

Stainless Steel Floor DrainsHarmer’s Stainless Steel Floor Drain is the product of choice for the refurbishment of Nottingham Kayak Club (NKC). The project is one of the first UK installations of this innovative range. Vertical mini floor drains are fitted with 200mm grates to provide a seamless finish alongside the 200mm floor tiles used in the club changing rooms.

Manufactured from 304 grade stainless steel, the new floor drain gives excellent corrosion resistance, and high flow rate performance with minimal maintenance requirements. It’s also long-lasting and sustainable – manufactured using material that is 100% recyclable.

“Our Stainless Steel range is durable, strong, yet surprisingly lightweight,” says Wayne Willmott, Harmer Drainage Sales Manager. “It’s great value for money, easy to install and has an attractive surface finish.”

“We’re thrilled with the results,” says project spokesman for NKC, Mark Blatchley. “The Harmer drains are really effective, look great and are an easy-to-maintain solution that will last. As a charity and community-driven project, we really appreciated the time that the Harmer team gave us. They were on hand when we needed practical and technical support, and helped us to deliver the project within our grant funding.”

Harmer Drainage is part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) – the new name for integrated water management – and is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of building drainage products. With over 40 years’ experience, Harmer Drainage combines quality materials with meticulous design to produce premium products and solutions. Its Stainless Steel range shows an uncompromising blend of imaginative design, high performance materials and innovative engineering, while ensuring minimal environmental impact.

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A new website for Alumasc Water Management Solutions

Posted by Ashlea Williamson

Aug24

Alumasc home page

Since its launch in July, Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) has developed a new website as a central point and focus for its new brand of integrated water management solutions. The website – www.alumascwms.co.uk – includes an overview of AWMS and its four sub brands, linking through to each of the brands’ individual sites. It’s an interim step in developing a new overall site in 2016.

AWMS, the new name in the industry for proven water management, includes Skyline Fascias, Soffit & Copings; Alumasc Rainwater Gutters & Downpipes; Harmer Building Drainage; and Gatic Civil Drainage. These four well known, trusted brands combine to offer one simple solution in rain-to-drain water management.

Ben Green, AWMS Marketing Manager comments: “The new site is a fresh approach for our customers, providing them with an overall solution in water management. It’s eye-catching and dynamic, and has a quality look and feel, positioning us in the market. A rolling banner on the home page showcases some of our stunning projects.

“AWMS is the first joined-up rain-to-drain brand in the industry,” continues Ben. “Skyline, Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer and Gatic are all big names in their own right, respected for innovation, quality and outstanding support. We’re combining their strengths to provide customers with an unrivalled breadth of expertise and skill.”

Each sub brand will maintain its own site where customers will find extensive product information and case studies, technical support, literature and brochure downloads, and links to AWMS’ most recent White Paper.

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Joined up thinking - PR

Alumasc Group plc, the leading UK supplier of premium building and precision engineering products, has created Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS). The new brand spearheads a new business strategy providing customers with integrated solutions in water management.

Launched on 1st July 2015, AWMS becomes the first joined-up rain-to-drain brand in the industry to harness the expertise of four trusted brands in water management. The four are: Skyline Fascias, Soffit & Copings; Alumasc Rainwater Gutters & Downpipes; Harmer Building Drainage; and Gatic Civil Drainage.

For over 70 years Alumasc has promoted the efficient use, retention, recycling and disposal of water in the built environment. But increasingly, the market is calling for more integrated solutions. So AWMS has brought these four brands together to provide one simple, complete solution in proven water management: from rain to drain. AWMS can design products and measure performance on all water management projects.

AWMS Managing Director, Steve Durdant-Hollamby, says: “Skyline, Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer and Gatic are all big names in their own right. They’re renowned for innovation, quality and outstanding support. But under the new AWMS banner we’re combining their strengths to provide customers with an unrivalled breadth of expertise and skills from brands they know and trust.

“Our specialist knowledge and extensive range of industry-leading products will help our customers manage water originating inside or outside the building,” continues Steve, “protecting structures and providing rain-to-drain solutions, delivering water safely to discharge into water course, sewer or ground.”

To keep up to date with our new and exciting developments follow @AlumascWMS

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BMF Master Merchant Challenge

Posted by Ashlea Williamson

Jul14

BMFLast weekend saw teams for all over the UK competing in the Lake District at the BMF Master Merchant challenge. Seventeen teams competed in trials designed to test their physical and mental agility as well as their capacity for teamwork.

The two day event included challenges such as canoeing, gauge walking, building and problem solving followed by a few beers in the evenings.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions was represented by National Sales Manager for Rainwater, Pete Wainer; National Sales Manager for Harmer, Wayne Willmott; Merchant Support Team Manager, Martin Wood and Merchant Support Team member, Pete Hickman.

Wayne commented:

“What a great event! All the teams put in a fantastic effort, the atmosphere was amazing. After a hard day of challenges, a few beers were sunk while we enjoyed a well-deserved rest. Builders Merchants there included MKM, Gibbs & Dandy, Willbond, JT Atkinson, Parker Building Supplies and Chandler Building Supplies. Although we didn’t win, we had a great time and will be returning next year to do it all again.”

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Meet the Merchant Support Team

Posted by Ashlea Williamson

Jul10

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Alumasc Water Management Solutions are pleased to introduce the new Merchant Support Team. Pete, Sean, George and Team Manager Martin are available to assist merchants UK wide with the following:

  • Site surveys
  • In branch product training
  • Point of sales for trade counters
  • Branch incentives
  • Product samples
  • Marketing
  • Trade mornings
  • General enquiries

The introduction of the Merchant Support Team comes at a time of change for Alumasc, where the well-known brands: Skyline, Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer Building Drainage and Gatic Civil Drainage now come under the umbrella brand Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

Martin Wood, Merchant Support Team Manager commented,

“The Area Sales Managers have done a great job so far supporting our merchants. But, with new developments in the Alumasc brand, now is a great time to introduce a new team. The Merchant Support Team aren’t focused on sales; they are here purely to help our merchants with the products and to help market the merchants and products to their customers. This move demonstrates the commitment Alumasc Water Management Solutions has towards satisfying and developing relationships with the merchant base.”

You can contact the merchant support team on 0808 100 2008 or email info@alumascwms.co.uk

Pete Hickman – Scotland, Ireland & North England

Tel: 07884 666455            Email: phickman@alumascwms.co.uk

Sean Allen – Midlands

Tel: 07884 667431            Email: sallen@alumascwms.co.uk

George Freezer – South

Tel: 07780 339686            Email: gfreezer@alumascwms.co.uk

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