Ainsley Gommon Architects

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1 Price Street, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6JN
8-9 Hamilton Square Birkenhead England CH41 GB

ainsley Gommon ArchitectsAinsley Gommon is a leading Chartered Practice of Architects, Registered Landscape Architects and Urban Designers with a focus on housing, education, healthcare projects and regeneration. The practice promotes collaborative working, sustainability and environmental responsibility in the design, construction and operation of buildings and within our landscape designs.axo-02-double-landscapeAinsley Gommon operates across the United Kingdom from offices in England and Wales. We combine our services to meet the demands of larger projects while calling on areas of design specialism such as conservation, landscaping and master-planning. We continue to grow our skill base which already includes the services of Client Advisor, Principal Designer, Accredited SAP and Energy Performance Assessor and RIBA Conservation Architect.

We operate a fully transparent and inclusive management system that involves our staff in the running of the practice. Our Investors in People accreditation supports our long term commitment to staff development. Continuous improvement, training and personal development are fundamental to Ainsley Gommon, as we believe they are essential to the future well being of our business.

Our programme of continued investment in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and IT ensures we support our clients and construction partners using the most up to date design and presentation tools. Our long term commitment to BIM will enhance our collaborative working methods and the services we provide.

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Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd. White House Works. Bold RoadSutton. St Helen. Merseyside. WA9 4JG 13.44 mi

Alumasc Exterior Building Product Ltd (Alumasc) provides premium products for building exteriors and drainage backed up with high levels of technical expertise and project support.

The Company has a proven track record in the UK Construction Industry, accumulated over 60 years, during which time Alumasc products and systems have been used on some of Europe’s most prestigious buildings.

Highly regarded brands such as Euroroof, Derbigum, Hydrotech, Firestone, Harmer, Apex and M.R., together with Alumasc’s well known architectural rainwater range have been independently certified, and in some cases have a lifespan in excess of 60 years or for the life of the building. The Company’s commitment to making ongoing improvements is demonstrated through its accreditation to the ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management Standard.

In summary, Alumasc delivers:

Premium Products
A constantly evolving range of quality proven, world class products and systems, fully accredited to UK, European and North American standards
Technical Support
Extensive technical support on an individual project basis, achieving the most effective specification solutions
Registered Installers
A rigorously trained and monitored installation network for specialist systems, ensuring correct application on site
Extensive Warranties
A choice of comprehensive warranties, providing lifecycle reassurance for the building client
Unit 2B. Maple Court. Maple View. White Moss Business Park. Skelmersdale. Lancashire. WN8 9TW 13.49 mi

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

1 Astley Court Lockett Road Ashton-in-Makerfield Wigan WN4 8DE 17.25 mi

Welcome to the Astley Facades Group of Companies, formed in 2002.

We are proud to say that you could work alongside people who are passionate about the best possible results.

We aim high and strive to get there.

From our offices in the North West, we are one of very few specialist façade contractors with the capability to directly deliver a full façade and through wall solution for a client base throughout the UK.

We have forged key supply chain relationships with the
industry’s leading product suppliers to be able to offer our customers the strongest possible service structure in the areas of:

• External Wall Insulation (EWI) and Render systems

• Lightweight External Wall Framing

• High Performance Composite and Timber Cladding

• Specialist Terracotta and Aluminium Rainscreens

Our operations encompass both New Build and Refurbishment sectors, with a client base which proudly boasts:

• The UK’s Top Ten Major Contractors

• A solid Regional Contractor base throughout the UK

• Social Landlords and Housing Associations

• Property Developers

Our business strategy is to encourage teamwork and a dedicated approach to customer service from the very beginning of a project right through to it’s completion in order that we maintain our position at the forefront of the UK’s façade industry.

We look forward to working with you to achieve perfect delivery!

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1 Kid Glove Road. Golborne Enterprise Park. Golborne. WA3 3GS 18.27 mi

BISF properties are renowned for being thermally inefficient with heat rapidly escaping through the poorly insulated walls, especially on the upper floors which are constructed from corrugated steel panels.

One Vision Housing required a solution that would not only improve the thermal efficiency of these properties but also give them a whole new look.

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Triangle Architects specified a WBS Insulated Render System as the 100mm EPS insulation used within the system greatly reduced the U-value from 2.79W/m²K to 0.30W/m²K, bringing it into line with current building regulations and giving the tenants properties that were much warmer to live in and cheaper to heat.

The windows on these BISF properties were set into metal pods that protruded from the front elevation. To envelope the window pods and prevent thermal bridging, Wetherby designed the EPS insulation to be pre-formed at the factory to fit snuggly around pods and give a seamless façade.

WBS 1.5mm Silicone ‘K’ Render in brilliant white was used on the central facades with special WBS Glazed Brick Slips encapsulating the area around and above the door and wrapping around the side of the properties in a stack bonded pattern.

Black Brick Slips were chosen for the majority of the area with brightly coloured Brick Slips providing a relief detail around the entrance areas.

The overall effect gave a striking modern finish to.
Project Type
Residential Refurbishment
One Vision Housing Bootle
System Installer
Skyline Construction Services Limited and Astley Facades Limited

Triangle Architects Manchester


Lonsdale Chambers. Lonsdale Street. Stoke on Trent. Staffordshire. ST4 4BT 43.81 mi

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.


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Bent Ley Road, Meltham, United Kingdom 50.46 mi

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.

94 Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B70 9SJ 73.16 mi

Betta Buildings is a family orientated business with over 50 years experience in the garden buildings industry. Specialising in high quality Garden Sheds, Garages, Garden Rooms and Gazebos. Our sole purpose is to provide quality products at competitive prices whilst offering all required professional Services needed to help you complete your project. We also provide a full professional back up service including if required – advice and design, sites cleared, removal of your old building, base laying and a full fitting service.

70 Victoria Street, Mansfield NG18 5RR, United Kingdom 76.94 mi

A little bit of background on Les Stirland Plastering Contractors

LSPC Limited has been trading for over twenty years and the core area of our business has been the supply and installation of external wall insulation and exterior render systems including lime renders for listed buildings. As a consequence we have subsequently built up a good customer base borne out of our enviable reputation as specialists within our field.

LSPC is considered not as a “jack of all trades” but very definitely as a master of all the trades it provides. Our reputation within the industry is second to none having carried out quality installations on a large variety of projects both large and small.

Our specialist contractor status within the field of external wall insulation and render systems has been recognised for the last twenty years. We pride ourselves on this reputation and as such are able to offer a full design package from thermal performance calculations through to bespoke specifications and assistance with planning aspects too combined with full delivery on site.

LSPC can work on both new build and retrofit/ refurbishment projects on commercial and domestic properties, to see some of our previous work please visit the ‘our work’ page here.

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We are happy to work on a sub-contract basis but are fully capable of delivering a full main contract service for all works from basic alterations, roof works and window fitting through to new build extensions and full new build projects.

Kingspan Insulation Ltd. Pembridge. Leominster. Herefordshire. HR6 9LA 80.14 mi

Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board has been used as part of a major refurbishment project, giving a new lease of life to over 100 pre-fabricated British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF) homes, in Moss Bank, St Helens, Merseyside.

Merseyside-based housing association Helena Homes, has modernised and updated 107 BISF properties with cutting edge technology, helping to keep homes warmer for longer while reducing the cost of fuel bills.
The homes were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s and traditionally had poor thermal insulation and environmental performance. Helena Homes commissioned the project with the aim of extending the life-span of the properties by a minimum of 30 years, whilst also giving the overall look of the estate a fantastic boost, benefiting local residents and the local community.
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Initial tests on the homes confirmed their poor thermal performance, achieving a U-value of only 2.09 W/m2.K. An external wall insulation (EWI) solution, installed by partner contractors Forrest, was specified by the project design team to help tackle this. The solution uses 100mm of Kingspan premium performance Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board with Alumasc’s Swisspan EWI system, allowing the houses to be simultaneously thermally and aesthetically upgraded, without the need for residents to leave their homes.

The ability of the Kooltherm insulation to achieve thermal conductivities as low as 0.020 W/m.K, with minimal thicknesses made it ideal for the project, helping to reduce the structural loading and ensuring that window reveals and sill depths were kept to a minimum.

The refurbishment provided large improvements in the overall thermal efficiency of the properties, achieving a U-value of 0.26 W/m2.K. This improvement is expected to bring savings of around £100 in annual heating bills for each household, and with energy prices rising fast this will only become more significant over time.

Helena’s Sustainability & Innovation Manager, Martin Roughley said: “We chose to insulate these properties with Kingspan Kooltherm K5 insulation, helping to improve their thermal performance by over 50%.”
“Kingspan were involved with the specification from an early stage in our retrofit scheme, to ensure we met our intended design criteria. The specialist advice they gave us enabled us to meet the requirements of both the scheme and our residents.”

As the original render system on the properties was non-structural, Alumasc’s Swisspan system was mechanically fixed directly to the structural stanchions of the properties, providing the necessary support for both the Kingspan Kooltherm insulation and the render facade. In addition a range of other features were installed on the properties including new roofs, windows, doors and PV panels.

Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board is suitable for use behind traditional and lightweight polymer modified renders and dry cladding systems. All products in the Kooltherm range contain a Class 0 rated insulated core and are manufactured with a blowing agent with zero ODP and low GWP.

As part of the refurbishment, improvements were also made to the local environment including hard and soft landscaping and the local street scene. The reduction in household carbon emissions as a result of the refurbishment also led to the Moss Bank project being awarded a Green Apple Award for sustainability from The Green Organisation.

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4 Dalton Grove, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6XS, United Kingdom 82.29 mi

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

Brick bottom and cladding top
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.

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8 Brook Croft Marston Green Birmingham B37 7EP 83.19 mi

W A LEAR BUILDING & ROOFING SERVICES: your partner in professional design
Our skills turn your ideas into reality! W A LEAR BUILDING & ROOFING SERVICES has a long and distinguished track record, with many years’ experience of providing dependable and professional services for projects in the building and roofing development sector. Find out more about our excellent team of specialists.

The Benefits of working with us at a glance.

W A Lear Building Services is a modern foward thinking Building Services Company, created 30years ago to provide an honest, effective and cost efficient solution to all your property maintenance and building service requirements. As a customer you should not have to be satisfied with tradesmen who turn up when they want and provide a sub-standard service. At W A Lear Building Services we build our business on a satisfied client base repeat business. We look foward to building long term partnerships with all our domestic and commercial customers.
Contact us on 0121 779 5131. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our work.

19 Suffolk Close, Coventry CV5 7JB, United Kingdom 90.86 mi

External Wall Insulation & Rendering Contractors.
Acrylic & Silicone thin coat Render Only Specialists.
Solid Wall Insulation ECO Funding Grants Available.
Nationwide Service.

PCL Surveyors, Eagle House, Bilton Way, Lutterworth, LE17 4HJ 99.21 mi

Experienced surveyors of BISF House steel framed properties serving the areas Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.
PCL are happy to provide a no obligation quote for the services of surveying BISF houses in the regions shown. We also have offices in Daventry, Leicester and Northampton.

Mr Steven Maycock (BSc., MRICS, FFPWS, Dip HI, RICS Reg. Valuer.) is a Fellow of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and provides 30 minutes of free advise on party wall and boundary matters.

The company has over 30 years experience as a Chartered Building Surveyor and are able to provide the following professional services

Professional Services
Building Surveys, RICS Homebuyer Reports,Schedules of Condition and Dilapidations
Defect Analysis and Expert Witness Reports.
Party wall Matters, Contract Management.

Building Design and Refurbishment
Measured surveys, preparation of plans, submission of proposals for building regulation/planning approvals, specifications and estimates for work to new and existing buildings, Contract Administration, monthly valuations of work in progress and agreement of final accounts.

Defect Analysis, Reports and Repairs

Investigation of building defects, movement, subsidence, dampness, timber rot and insect attack etc.

Preparation of reports and specification of repairs followed by contract administration of the works.

Building & Planned Maintenance

Investigation of premises, preparation of planned maintenance schedules and programmes. Preparation of specifications and contract administration.

Building law and Dispute Resolution
Party Wall Matters including appointment as Building Owners Surveyors, Adjoining Owners Surveyor or Third Party Surveyor (Party Wall etc. Act 1996)

Boundary disputes.

Investigation and reports on building, workmanship, compliance with legislation, professional negligence. Expert witness reports.

Building Inspection and Certification

Inspection of drawings and work in progress and Certification of works carried out to new and existing buildings.

Supervisions and monitoring of works by Tenants in leased buildings to comply with Schedules of Dilapidations.

Building Cost and Insurance

Assessment of building costs and calculation of insurance rebuilding costs.

Monitoring building costs and agreement of accounts.

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