Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 68

ALUMINIUM Huge opportunities in booming aluminium sector Says MD of specialist fabricator. Following the announcement by the Aluminium Federation (ALFED) that investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is ‘lagging’, CDW Systems’ MD Jerry Webb says that installers should focus on the positives and take advantage of the many opportunities in the booming aluminium sector. Jerry said that emphasis should be placed on the sector’s achievements: “CDW Systems is a national supplier across the UK and we take a great deal of interest in how our sector is represented in the UK and globally. With global demand for aluminium set to double by 2025 there are huge opportunities to grasp. “In the UK the aluminium sector is booming, with domestic demand rising and many installers finding lucrative business opportunities in this sector. We’ve experienced record trading periods over the last couple of years and we have worked with many installers to help them grow their business.” Jerry recently called on government to consider a reduction in VAT charged on all domestic and commercial building work, to help further boost manufacturing output and increase demand in the commercial and domestic glazing sector.” Prescot House gets Total Glass transformation PVC-U windows and communal entrance doors in £1 million flats facelift Grey on white PVC-U windows and high-security aluminium communal entrance doors supplied and fitted by Merseysidebased Total Glass have helped to transform a former run-down block of flats in Liverpool. The PVC-U and aluminium window and door fabricator installed ‘A’-rated Secured by Design-accredited windows, finished in an RAL 7016 shade, at Prescot House in Old Swan as part of a £1 million refurbishment of the 1960s three-storey building. Other extensive works to the Liverpool Mutual Homes property included external wall insulation with coloured rendered panels and completely new interiors, creating 13 modern energy-efficient apartments. Providing the highest levels of security to protect occupants are two award-winning Total Glass High Security Communal Entrance doors, which carry Secured by Design accreditations on both magnetic and electronic shoot bolt locking versions. Tenant David Bruce said: “I lived here before the work was carried out; the heating was poor, the windows were draughty and it was really rundown. The difference is like night and day, everything is so modern.” Tel: 0151 549 2339 or visit Government announces £27 million pot for coastal economies The Government has unveiled £27 million of spending power for local authorities in coastal areas, to be used in job and apprenticeship creation. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Communities Secretary Rt Hon Eric Pickles announced that just over fifty projects would benefit from the pot. The Ministers also announced that bidding for the next round of the £64 million Coastal Communities Fund is now open and that bids on coastal flood protection and repair would be prioritised. 68 APR 2014 This Fund will be equal to 50% of the revenues generated by the Crown Estate’s marine assets Danny Alexander said: “The Coastal Communities Fund allows us to help communities across the UK to rebuild and regenerate their local economy, with projects this year supporting nearly 4,000 jobs and 1,000 training places. “This is even more important given the extreme weather and I’m very pleased we’re giving £17 million of the fund to projects in areas hit by floods. Additionally, we have invested £5 million from the fund’s reserve into the government’s programme for flood recovery.” To read more, visit