BISF Renovations

Bespoke Quote
Torquay TQ2 8GR, United Kingdom

Here at Bespoke Quote, we specialise in renovation and unoccupied property insurance. We understand how specialist your insurance needs to be and can tailor bespoke policies around your specific needs. This can range from a £5,000 re-furb to a £500,000 renovation!

We can cover a range of eventualities and have the policies to show that from tool cover (if you are handy enough to undertake the renovation project yourself), un-fitted materials and supplies and liability to the public!

Bespoke Quote can connect you with a broker to suit your bespoke need who specialise in renovation insurance who can compare prices and get the most comprehensive cover for you. In essence, they will do the leg-work so you don’t have to!

Visit our website and fill in our renovation insurance form. You’re only 3 clicks away from having the bespoke insurance you need!

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Sophia House, 28 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ – providing energy saving advice on Insulation, Windows, Solar power, the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Green Deal. was set up to help the British public save energy and obtain any energy saving grants that are available. We aim to save you Time, Energy and Money!


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We are an External Wall Insulation and refurbishment contractor based in Northampton, covering the whole of the Midlands and the South East. We are PAS 2030 certified (# STRI10995) and currently undertake project work for Housing Associations and Local Authorities, as well as private domestic customers.

We are able to access Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding for our customers, which covers some (but sadly not all) of the cost of installation currently.

We predominantly install the Bostik Climatherm EWI system and are their largest installer.




We are also approved installers of Sto, Baumit, Licata + Greutol and Johnstone’s EWI systems.

Please feel free to contact us about your BISF house, even if just for a little bit of advice. All properties are roughly-speaking the same, so we may be able to provide you with a funding estimate and quote over the ‘phone.

Contact Andrew Brown at EWI Services on (01386) 442 442.

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Lords Meadow Lane, Bampton, Devon EX16 9NY

We are a manufacturer of GRP Products used on BISF house refurbishment – we supply door canopies and window and door pods used on EWI projects. Please contact us with your requirements.

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Bent Ley Road, Meltham, United Kingdom

Structherm are the UK’s number one experts in the external refurbishment of non-traditional housing and high rise buildings.

Our unique Structural Insulated Facades can extend the life of a property by 30 years, dramatically improve the thermal performance, reduce fuel bills and provide a modern and fresh appearance.

We work closely with Structural Engineers, Architects and Social Landlords to design systems suitable for all types of non-trads including BISFs. Our system has spanning capabilities meaning we can span from each loadbearing column to the next one. This means that the weight of the system is transferred down into the concrete foundations whereas standard External Wall Insulation systems add more weight to the existing cladding which is usually very weak.

Our system has excellent racking resistance, meaning that it stiffens up the property and prevents any movement which would otherwise cause the render finish on a standard external wall insulation to crack.

For expert advise and a quality system call us on 01484 850098 or visit where you will find product literature, technical info and case studies.

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R K Shipman Ltd specialists in non-standard construction insurance. Our personal approach along with years of experience provides highly cost-effective policies, free of overly restrictive conditions and without excessive premiums. All R K Shipman’s products are predicated upon quality of service and matching clients’ needs to cost-effective policies.

R K Shipman are Trading Standards Approved which means you can ‘Buy With Confidence’ when purchasing your insurance through us.

R K Shipman are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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35 Conway Drive, Thrapston, Northants, NN14 4XP

Renovation insurance is a very specialist product designed for people taking on significant ground works and modifications to buildings – or even new building works. It can also include cover for unoccupied properties while being renovated.

Covering extensions and loft conversions, its’s also great for any property where tools, materials and supplies may be left outside in a building site or garden and be vulnerable to theft or damage from the elements. Whether you are protecting plant and machinery, open walls, hand tools, or even passing members of the public from injury and harm, renovation insurance is what you need.

The Property Insurer connects you with three of the best UK Renovation Insurance specialists so you can compare prices and get the best cover possible. The form takes less than 2-minutes to fill in, so get your quotes today!

4 Dalton Grove, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6XS, United Kingdom

Specialist Improvements for B.I.S.F. Steel Framed Houses

On steel framed houses it is important to use materials with good expansion / contraction properties. It is not recommended that sand / mortar mixtures such as Tyrolean or Pebble-dash are used as these can crack with time, allowing water into the main frame of the building and causing RUST.

fuller-and-sons-bisfFuller & Sons have specialised in the cladding of Prefab homes, also known as B.I.S.F homes. These types of homes present special problems and although there is many companies saying they can clad your home but due to the types of construction there are a number of tests which need to be preformed before the house is deemed suitable to be clad. This is where Fuller & Sons comes in to its own, we have a free evaluation and quote service, which you can use to when applying for a mortgage on this type of home to fund the purchase of your home and the cladding.

Cladding can be used very effectively to renovate BISF Steel Framed Houses. It can also be used to achieve attractive and efficient design options for individual facade effects on
– Blackburn and Riley Houses
– Howard
– Tarran
– Newlands
– Cornish
– Hawksley
– and Park Homes, as illustrated below.

There are many advantages to fitting Cladding over Brickwork:
– Assembly of Cladding is quite simple
– A treated wooden base is constructed, to which the Cladding is fastened
– Grounds and Gardens stay in perfect shape
– Cladding has a long life
– Cladding is resistant to impact and corrosion
– Cladding is resistant to wind and weather
– Cladding acts as Insulation, keeping the Park Home warmer
– Cladding requires minimal maintenance

Renovation and repair typesIn addition to renovation and repair of B.I.S.F., Blackburn and Riley homes, we also carry out refurbishment of other prefabricated-style frame construction house such as: * Park homes * Howard * Tarran * Newland * Cornish * Hawksley

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Fuller & Sons listened to Mr Martin Woods of Wheatley, Doncaster. He wanted the full-brick look, so a full-brick base was built around the Ground Floor of his house and then a lightweight cladding system in complementary colours, was placed on the Upper Storey and finished off with a lightweight slate-effect roofing system.

Free Mortgage base inspection
As part of most mortgages for this type of property, one stipulation is that the original support base plates are still solid and secure. As part of their service, Fuller & Sons will open up external walls for exploratory checks by the Surveyor who will then report on the condition of the structure. Fuller & Sons will then make good the holes left by the inspection.

Park Homes Residential Site
Over the past two years Fuller & Sons have completed over 30 Park Homes on a Residential Site at Brocklesby Ox in Brigg for Mr M Smith. This entailed concealing all of the Services to each unit, with a Brick-effect Cladding Skirt. As a result, the Site has become prestigious and created a quality environment.

Unit 2. Chesterton Link. Chesterton Lane. Cirencester. Gloucestershire. GL7 1YE

WPS specialises in all aspects of maintenance and refurbishment for the social housing sector. In 2012 we became Approved Applicators of JUB External Wall Insulation and Render Systems, enabling us to thermally upgrade housing stock to current regulations.
Works have ranged from minor jobbing repairs to full Measured Term Contracts for kitchen and bathroom modernisation, and a partnering arrangements for complete external cyclical maintenance that consists of replacement windows, doors, fascias, rain water goods, rendering, ground works, fencing, redecoration and renewal/repair of roof coverings (Including DDA and Voids Works).

11 William Street. Gateshead. NE10 OJP

Sykes Specialist Contracting Limited is a UK Leading Installer of External Wall Insulation and Lightweight render finishes including wall coatings, proprietary render systems and brick slips systems.

With over 40 years of combined experience, the company is BBA accredited to PAS 2030 in the use of external wall insulation systems and renders / rendering walls in both ECO social housing refurbishment and Green Deal private home owner schemes.

The company operates on a national basis and will undertake any individual projects up to a value of £1.5m. The company’s key installations include EWI/Render applications to social housing, schools, health care, offices, new homes, social housing and commercial properties.

Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd success is built on the promise of delivering all projects on time, in full to the agreed quality and cost without compromise.

BISF Refurbishment

Client: South Tyneside Homes
Main Contractor: Dunnelm Property Services, J.D.P Ltd.
Location: East Boldon

Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd has just completed the installation of the Alumasc Swisspan System to 30 BISF Houses at South Tyneside. The contract was completed in three weeks and from a delayed start due to a change in design the contract was delivered to programme at the agreed cost.

BISF (British Institute of Steel Federation) Houses required a thermal upgrade and the existing cladding had to be replaced. The first floor cladding was replaced with a similar product, however the insulation was upgraded. On the ground floor the existing eternity panel was removed and replaced with the Alumasc Swisspan System of External Wall Insulation. The Swisspan system was ideally suited to the scheme as the system comprises of steel sections laid horizontally along the elevations which are securely fixed back to the structure. Insulation is fixed in between the rails and subsequently rendered with the Alumasc polymer scrim and base coat and finished with the Alumasc Silicone render.

Newcastle Office

  • Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd
    Unit A 11
    Design Works
    William Street
    Gateshead Tyne and Wear
    NE10 OJP

    Tel: +44 (0191) 423 6200
    Fax: +44 (0191) 423 6201
    Email: [email protected]

Blackpool Office

  • Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd
    74 Garstang Road West

    Tel: +44 (0191) 423 6200
    Fax: +44 (0191) 423 6201
    Email: [email protected]

Unit 2B. Maple Court. Maple View. White Moss Business Park. Skelmersdale. Lancashire. WN8 9TW

With the advent of recent Government initiatives – the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – the demand for retrofitting external wall insulation systems to solid wall housing is set to rise almost tenfold on the levels seen in 2011.

There are approximately 6.6 million British homes that could benefit from this solution, which leads to warmer, damp/mould-free housing stock that retains significantly more heat. Benefits include smaller energy bills for the most vulnerable in our society, fewer fuel-poor families, improved community regeneration and  substantially reduced carbon emissions, which help both the planet and the government’s carbon saving targets.

This task poses a conundrum, however: how should a relatively small industry grow safely but swiftly enough to complete the required number of installations? How should it do this whilst maintaining the highest technical, installation and customer service standards, and how should it ensure adequate up-skilling and cross-skilling within its workforce?

The principal solutions include effective communication and improvements in accountability, quality control and continuous staff training, coupled with strict adherence to robust safety and environmental management policies.

External wall insulation (EWI) systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so quality assurance is essential to delivering projects on budget and to the required specification.  Employees must therefore recognise the importance of quality control and the protocols associated with it.  For example, on an ongoing project in Glasgow, which involves installing 800m2 of EWI every week to multi-storey residential blocks, staff work to a schedule that incorporates key ‘holding points’ – stages beyond which work cannot continue until it has been inspected and signed off by the onsite quality manager. To make the process transparent, staff take video and photographic evidence of each stage and upload it to a server to which the client has 24 hour access.

Mast climbers being used to install EWI to multi-storey blocks in GlasgowSafety and efficiency often go hand in hand, as the Glasgow project illustrates. Here, working on behalf of Wates Living Space, staff use mast climbers, which have a smaller footprint, are less intrusive for the residents and can be installed and dismantled very quickly. Moreover, because they provide a single working platform that can be loaded with materials and then raised, quality monitoring is easier and there are fewer opportunities for accidents in transit.

Other types of property present different challenges. Access to mid-terrace properties, for example, normally requires co-operation from residents so, if schedules are to be met, the key consideration is communication.  Contractors need to be aware of individual expectations and must be clear about the scope of work. EWI systems are often finished with decorative render but funding rarely extends to the treatment of garden walls and outbuildings, so residents must be told of this in advance.

Communication is so important to delivering a successful contract that it demands defined procedures of its own. For example, in Kirkby, our teams are engaged in delivering what is probably the largest CESP funded scheme for private housing in Britain. Working with Wetherby Building Systems and Knowsley Council, they are installing EWI, loft insulation and new boilers to 800 properties and the contract requires that at least 30 homes be completed every week.

Here, community engagement has been achieved through regular correspondence and other measures – appointing local resident liaison officers, holding resident open days, hiring local sub-contractors and taking on locally based apprentices. Accordingly, more than 35% of the workforce on this scheme is now based within 10 miles of the sites. This has engendered a strong feeling of local support and, consequently, satisfaction scores are excellent, delays have been minimal and completion targets have consistently been met.

The value of communication and local goodwill cannot be overstated. Contractors should make every effort to engage with residents and be prepared to adapt their approach, particularly when working with vulnerable tenants or when facing differences of language and culture.  To this end, having a good resident liaison office who understands local concerns can be invaluable.

Sustainable Group staff liaising with clientAn RLO can help to clarify issues of site security and impress upon residents the importance of their co-operation. Scaffolding and tools can pose real dangers on site, especially to children, so community awareness has an important role to play in maintaining a safe environment.  Locally based staff will also tend to have a keener awareness of local issues and this can be very helpful when addressing problems such as party wall / boundary disputes.

Finally, as the project in Kirkby illustrates, value engineering can make a real difference – not only to the success of a contract but to the lives of local people. Here, the added value takes the form of social and economic impacts: besides improved living conditions and energy savings of around £500 per annum, many residents have benefited from gaining recognised work experience and construction skills – including three apprentices who have since accepted full time posts.

The EWI sector is developing fast but looking ahead, I believe the strengths that will serve it best will be accountability, the willingness to communicate and a real desire to enhance the quality of ordinary people’s lives.

Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd Offices
Head Office

Unit 2B
Maple Court
Maple View
White Moss Business Park

0845 2571165
Wirral Office

Egerton House
Tower Road
CH41 1FN
0845 2571165
North Wales Office

Unit 5
Lakeside Business Village
St David’s Park
CH45 3XP
0845 2571165
East Midlands Office

Unit 1
Festival Drive
LE11 5XJ
0845 2571165

Lonsdale Chambers. Lonsdale Street. Stoke on Trent. Staffordshire. ST4 4BT

SERS are experts in the design, supply and installation of energy saving solutions.

One of the country’s leading specialists in external wall insulation for over 20 years, we also advise on and install internal wall insulation, conventional heating systems and a range of renewable technologies for homes and businesses across the UK.

Having installed over 2 million m2 of external wall insulation, we are one of the UK’s largest and most experienced contractors in this field.

We can help you to make an informed choice on the best way to improve the energy performance of your property. With utmost attention to customer care, our technical teams deliver a tailored, effective and durable solution to suit your particular needs.

Our active involvement in funding and grant schemes allows us to offer clients a whole package solution, from one off properties to large social housing schemes.


Kier Group plc. Tempsford Hall, Sandy. Bedfordshire. SG19 2BD

Kier Group plc is a leading construction, services and property group specialising in building and civil engineering, support services, commercial property development and structured property financing and private and affordable housing.

Making BISF homes energy efficient

Case Study

Providing energy saving measures to non standard properties

The Challenge
Stoke City Council had only recently decided to retain their non-standard BISF-type properties for improvement, rather than to demolish them. Kier was invited to devise a solution to provide energy saving measures and to increase the lifespan of the properties at little or no cost to the client.

Our Solution
Having assessed the client’s asset address list to verify whether they qualified for the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), we found that 209 of the Council’s BISF properties met the prescribed criteria. We developed a scheme to provide external wall insulation to all the properties along with additional measures such as loft insulation and boiler replacements to maximise the possible funding. The scheme was priced and a fully priced cost model developed.

To obtain funding bids from the energy companies, the property details and work measures were scheduled and forwarded to four of the “Big 6” energy suppliers so that they could estimate the resulting carbon savings and provide us with their best funding offers. Upon receipt of the initial bids, further negotiation increased the funding to over £1.9m covering all but £60K of the project total.

Following the client’s approval to proceed, planning permission was sought and granted. Detailed surveys helped us identify additional energy efficiency measures, resulting in a further 7,000+ tonnes of carbon savings. The client has added a further £1.5m to the project to improve the overall fabric of the properties including roof work, window and external door and canopy renewals, external lights etc and there are possibly a further 50+ private properties that could increase the value of the contract to some £4m.

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