Fitzroy Place, Marylebone

by Scott Edwards
Feb
19

We are thrilled to have been appointed by Atlantic Contracts to manufacture bespoke replacement timber sliding sash windows and external doors to a listed building for English Heritage.the main contractor for this project is Robert McAlpine.

This is a large scale development that will incorporate apartments and office space, and, being located in London's W1, is another addition to the list of prestigious postcodes in which we have worked. Please follow this link to find out more about the Fitzroy Place development.

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Front Doors

by Scott Edwards
Dec
08

A front entrance door is an individual item in any property. Therefore it can and should make a statement. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new front door, yet some of the most important ones are all too often overlooked.

Security is always the primary issue with any entrance door, and this should not be compromised in any way. The security of a front door is reliant upon two factors. The first is the composition of the material from which the door is constructed, and the second is the strength of its locking system. The strongest doors by far are either composite engineered or solid timber. These doors are almost impossible to break through, whereas those constructed with upvc panels are relatively easy to destruct.

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Sliding Doors

by Scott Edwards
Feb
21

If you ask the majority of homeowners what they would like most from their current, or next property, the most likely answer will be; “More space”. The first hurdle to gaining more space is that there’s generally a considerable cost that comes with it. So as a result, most of us are looking to maximise the space we have by removing walls, adding extensions, loft conversions and conservatories. Obviously there’s always a limit to the amount we can add to any property, which means we have to be creative.

Removing walls between reception rooms has been popular for years. But this can often be a compromise when you want more space, yet would still like the usability of separate rooms. The original solution to this home crisis was either French or concertina doors. Both work well but also have their drawbacks. French doors when opened will often protrude too far into one of the rooms, and end up being more of a hindrance than a help. Concertina doors on the other hand, slide and fold away neatly, but are generally thin, rickety and lack class.

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Building Regulations... Fair or over-regulated?

by Scott Edwards
Jul
08

In the last published quarter the building trade was reported to be 6.9% down on growth. Of all our industries, this was one of the largest levels of shrinkage compared to markets such as the food and beverage industry showing a drop of 1.8%. During testing times such as these, the building trade is normally one of the first sectors to show strain. However, how much of this decline has been due to “The Recession” and how much to over-regulation?

The slump in the housing market through over pricing and over lending by the banks was always going to mean an inevitable decline in construction, therefore resulting in a gross reduction of staff for the major construction companies. One of the main routes back into employment for trade’s people is to transfer your skills onto serving private homeowners rather than large developers. It would stand-to-reason then, that homeowners will be far more likely to concentrate on the upkeep and possible development of their current property rather than try to secure a sale during a time of lowered market prices and insecure mortgage lenders, right? Unfortunately, over-regulation in recent years may have put a significant dent in the private market, and be playing a large part in holding many skilled people out of work.

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