Clearview National April 2019 - Issue 209 - Page 80

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS NFAS CLOSE TO HEART OF SPACE BAR COMPANY » » AS NOMINATIONS OPEN for the National Fenestration Awards 2019, Edgetech is looking back at last year’s event, when long-standing Director of Sales and Marketing Alan Fielder was named winner of the inaugural ‘Heart of the Industry’ prize. Held annually, the NFA is the UK’s only democratic award scheme, inviting thousands of installers, fabricators and other industry to vote for the best of British glazing. However, in 2018, the winner of one category was hand-picked by the organisers themselves – the first ever Heart of the Industry Award, designed to honour individuals who’ve made a lasting and valuable contribution to UK glass and glazing. Judges praised Edgetech veteran Alan for his ‘dedicated and long-standing service to the UK fenestration sector’, describing him as ‘a popular character inside the industry, whose work for the sector has been outstanding’. The company was also named best Spacer Bar Company; securing almost half of all the votes cast. Managing Director Chris Alderson commented: “It’s incredibly gratifying to win an award voted for by hundreds of our peers, and fantastic to know that, even after all these years, Edgetech is still regarded as the best in the business.” www.edgetechig.co.uk Brixton balconies are a commercial success » » SITUATED IN THE CENTRE OF Brixton, Lambeth, and standing fourteen storeys high is Hambrook House; a brand- new mixed-use development comprising of 94 residential units, plus ground and roof level community spaces. Part of an extensive redevelopment of Lambeth Town Hall, the building enjoys views over nearby St Matthews Garden to the east, enhanced further by a series of laminated glass balconies provided by industry specialist TuffX. The project was completed in November 2018 after 285 m2 of 17.5mm heat-soaked glass had been installed, alongside a number of smaller 12mm panels. TuffX Managing Director Graham Price commented: “SW2 is fast becoming one of the most eclectic and sought- after postcodes. This site reflects the modernity new homemakers will be looking for from their purchase and our input has matched that perfectly. While transparent balconies enable a flow of light and space, the polished edges offer a clean, contemporary appearance. We take safety incredibly seriously, especially where balconies are concerned; the glass has dubbed corners – removing any sharp edges – and the screen- printed etch design feature provides a reminder to young children that the glass is there.” www.tuffxglass.co.uk SHOWCASING THEIR BEST ON A STATE OF THE ART SITE » » GLASS SPECIALIST TUFFX HAS launched a responsive new website designed to optimise the visitor experience, for both its residential and commercial customers, and better deliver the company’s diverse offering. The motivation for the change was two- fold, as IT Manager, Paul Cairns explains: “Efficiency was one of the key drivers. The old site served a purpose but was overly complicated to maintain in-house. The new site this has all been streamlined, as well as the aesthetics being overhauled to better show the quality and applications of our products. 80 » A PR 2019 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M “Accessibility was also a top priority. After tracking visitor journeys around the original site, it became clear that a number of existing conservatory roof glass customers were not accessing information on additional glass options, for example, so were typically unaware that this is something we can provide.” Managing Director, Graham Price added: “The new website is just part of a wider systems expansion strategy currently being implemented at TuffX, helping us to improve communication with our customers and maintain a high-quality service.” www.tuffXglass.co.uk