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MACS Case Study - GPS Limited, Marsh Road, Luton
Client: GPS Limited
Site: Marsh Road, Luton
Macs Project Manager: Damian McLoughlin
Project Start Date: December 2016
Project Finish Date: February 2017
GPS Limited instructed MACS Plasterboard Systems to begin work at the Marsh Road, Luton site in December 2016.
The site was comprised of 19 plots of timber-frame build, with five plots each on the ground floor, first floor and second floor and four additional and larger plots on the third floor.
The ground floor units all received a sand-and-cement screed and a Retanol Xtreme additive that helped cure the base rapidly and quickly cure the screed. This process allowed foot traffic after just 24 hours and meant the screed process was able to avoid the predicted freezing temperatures.
View the benefits of Retanol Xtreme on our Youtube video channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlMexducEOs
At its busiest, Macs had 25 contractors on-site. The project was completed ahead of a very tight construction schedule and on-budget.
At handover, Eoin from GPS Ltd. expressed gratitude for the speed and professionalism that MACS exhibited throughout the project. He stated that GPS Ltd are forward to working with MACS again in the near future.
Type of works completed:
- Screeding with Retanol Xtreme
- Vapour barrier fitted to all external walls
- Insulation to internal and external walls
- Insulation to internal ceiling soffits
- Ceiling build up consisted of RB1 to timber joists, with 2 layers of 15mm Soundbloc board on the ground, first and second floor apartments
- Ceiling build up in the communial areas consisted of RB1 to timber joists, with 2 layers of Soundbloc board to comply with fire regulations and MF Ceiling to finish
- Plasterboarding to ceilings and walls
- Access panels
- Plastered finish
MACS Case Study – Berkeley Homes Kidbrooke Village
Project Manager: Tony McLoughlin
Project Start Date: June 2015
Project End Date: July 2016
Location: London, Greenwich SE3
Project Description: A total of 32 three-story townhouses within two sections. The 1st section is the “Urban House” and has distinctive external areas with stepped terraces and amenity space on the roof and consists of 22 three-story townhouses. The 2nd section is “Handley Drive” and consists of 10 three-story townhouses.
MACS Plasterboard Systems, invited by Berkeley Homes to participate in a competitive tender process, were awarded the contract to provide dry lining, plastering and MF works for Kidbrooke Village – an extremely high-profile project in southeast London that features the revolutionary “Urban House” design.
Kidbrooke Village is located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and comprises of four distinct neighbourhoods, integrated seamlessly into one community. These include: Meridian Gate, Blackheath Quarter, Kidbrooke Village Centre and City Point.
Kidbrooke was once home to the Ferrier Estate, one of the largest and most deprived council housing developments in London. The housing estate was demolished and is being redeveloped as Kidbrooke Village.
The “Urban House” is a sustainable house built using eco-friendly methods
and materials, and meets the highest standards of energy efficiency, insulation and water saving. They are well-ventilated homes and very economical to run.
The well-planned interiors are spacious and adaptable to householders’ needs; both today and in the future. The ground floor, could, for instance, be converted into separate accommodation. Natural daylight is maximised in each room through the use of clever design features such as lightwells. In fact, the daylight levels exceed those required by the latest British Standards
Special features of the Urban House include:
• Meticulously designed to be a sustainable home performing up to 25% better than a standard home
• Meets Level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes
• There is water and electricity supply on the roof terrace and ground level
• Complies with Lifetime Homes criteria to meet changing needs of householders
“This was a 13-month project that threw up many issues and challenges as it was a complete first for both Berkeley and MACS in building this type of property”, explains MACS Project Manager Tony McLoughlin.
“The Kidbrooke Village Urban House project incurred plenty of interest from both the media and Downing Street. The Urban House concept is extremely green-friendly and we can except to see many more similar projects rolling out across the UK soon.”
MACS had approximately 30-35 staff on-site throughout to carry out the project.
The scope of the works included:
• Wall lining and Partitioning systems
• Insulation to internal walls / internal ceiling soffits
• Fire Stopping, Fire Seals and Acoustic Seals
• Noggins for all fixtures and fittings
• Curtain batten and batten to window soffit
• Sacrificial walls to utility cupboards
• Access panels
• Soffit linings to underside of stairs and walk on roof lights
• Apron linings to side of stairs
• Tape and Jointing
• Insulation to floors – Urban House Only
• Screeding – Urban House Only
• DPM to Ground Floor – Urban House Only
• Sub-linings to Door to Frames
MACS Plasterboard Systems and Barking & Dagenham College
The executive board of MACS Plasterboard Systems have long made interaction with training and education organisations a key plank in its approach to the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). An example of this is the relationship which MACS has created with Barking and Dagenham College (BDC).
Barking & Dagenham College is a large further education college with approximately 12,500 students located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Dagenham, East London. BDC was endorsed in 2012 by The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers as the Leading College for Plastering Tuition in London & the Home Counties.
The College offers a number of degree courses for the age groups 16-18 and 19+. These courses include CSkills Plastering Diploma 1, CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Dry Lining Level 2 and CSkills Plastering Diploma Level 2. It is a relationship that to date has served MACS and BDC well.
“MACS Plasterboard Systems have been an amazing supporter of BDC since I first met Tom and James McLoughlin in early 2013,” says Bob Noseda, the BDC Employment and Skills Coordinator. “We were introduced by Bob Norton of Jerrum Falkus. And at that first meeting MACS immediately agreed to sponsor the Dry Lining challenge at the BDC Inspiration 2013 event.”
MACS Plasterboard Systems have since then become involved in many other BDC initiatives and activities including attending additional BDC Inspiration Day events, lectures, skills (and conducting) workshops and interview skills days. Both Tom and James have visited the BDC campus on numerous occasions to interact directly with both learners and construction training staff.
But the MACS involvement has not been restricted just to the Dry Lining and Plastering training area. Recently MACS Chief Executive Tom McLoughlin was involved in a live-stream Saint Gobain-sponsored event at the BDC multi-media department. That interview can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KccOyTZS2c
Our relationship with Barking and Dagenham College underscores the importance of integrating the commercial building sector with higher education”, explains MACS Director James McLoughlin. “We have an unstinting commitment to supporting training programmes”, says McLoughlin, “especially in areas where we have a significant work presence. The partnership with BDC makes sense on many different levels – especially as our company has been so active in the greater London metropolis. We want to be involved in training local talent for local jobs.”
BDC is in the forefront of higher education institutions in developing realistic training curriculums that take students out of the classroom and into commercial job sites. Part of this realistic training means that students are required to arrive at the college for classes beginning at 07.30 (to mirror work hours), and some of the instruction is done outdoors in order that students better understand the varying weather conditions they will ultimately face on a jobsite.
MACS support this employer-friendly approach to education and take a hands-on approach in its involvement with BDC. This includes inviting both the learners and their instructors onto real-time construction projects where MACS act as sub-contractors.
“Employer engagement is crucial if our industry is to move forward and ensure young people have the right skills to obtain employment” commented McLoughlin. “It is important that the students – as well as the instructors – have the opportunity to see first-hand the skills that are required by the employer. We have discovered that some instructors teaching Dry Lining and Plastering skills hadn’t been on a commercial jobsite for a decade – or longer. Therefore they weren’t up-to-speed with some of the modern practices.”
This employer/college interaction worked so well that BDC staged an on-campus meeting called “Industry Speaks – BDC listens” at which leading construction firms were asked to attend and contribute ideas to the BDC president and department heads. The focus of the event was to give the companies a better insight into BDC’s vision regarding the delivery of training.
St Edward, Stanmore Place
Project: Stanmore Place, Harrow, London
Client: St Edward
Description: Phase 8B including 22 plots comprising one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments and Phase 9 including 24 plots comprising one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments.
Site Manager: Mark Sculley
Surveyor: Terry Matthews
Start Date: June 2015
End Date: May 2016
MACS Plasterboard Systems, invited by St Edward to participate in a competitive tender process, subsequently won the contract to provide dry lining, plastering and MF works for the Stanmore Place project.
Stanmore Place, a new scheme of 798 homes where an industrial estate once stood, is a development by St Edward; a joint venture company owned by the Prudential Assurance Company and the Berkeley Group. St Edward combines the expertise of Berkeley and M&G Real Estate – Prudential’s Fund Manager.
Stanmore Place was the first project undertaken by MACS for its client St Edward. The scope and nature of the works were similar in design and quality to other luxury developments in which MACS have participated and the standards of work expected by the client were of the highest order.
MACS helped deliver on its clients expectations by appointing Mark Sculley as Project Manager and Terry Matthews as Surveyor.
The scope of the works included:
• 5000m2 screed
• 70mm C stud 600mm centres (ex bath/shower rooms & kitchens 400mm centres)
• 12.5mm soundbloc – one layer
• Communal lay in ceiling grid
• Dot and dab to block work party & external walls
• Parge coat to block work party walls
• Skim plaster to all plots
• Hardwall and skim to communal areas
• MF ceilings in plots 12.5mm wallboard
The project passed without any major incident. The largest challenge was posed when MACS were delayed getting on-site due to an electrical firm going bust and holding up works. Sculley though was able to effectively manage his workforce and made-up for the delayed start.
The total MACS workforce during the project peaked at 40 men. The MACS internal quality control system ensured that the regular on-site inspections required by NHBC were passed without fail.
Hills Partnerships, Ealing Road
MACS Plasterboard Systems Ltd were invited by Hill Partnerships to participate in a competitive tender process and subsequently won the Plastering & Drylining contract for the 243 Ealing Road project in London.
Project value: £4.35m
Project scope: Seven separate blocks comprising 441 one, two and three-bedroom
contemporary apartments and city suites.
The scope of the work included:
• Boarding undercroft ceilings
• Build MF ceiling grid
• Board to MF grid
• Set out and erect metal stud to internal partitions
• Boarding to internal partitions
• Set out and erect metal stud party/independant walls
• Boarding to external party walls
• Board finishing
• High standard making good after 2nd fix trades only
• Waste management
The 243 Ealing Road project was the largest in scale of any MACS projects to date and present the company with a variety of logistical and management challenges. Block Nos. 4, 5 & 6 were completed first and then followed by Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 7.
The standards of work expected by the client were exacting, and timely delivery of the work was a crucial consideration to a satisfactory outcome. MACS responded to this challenge by ensuring that constant on-site supervision by a Director was available. This ensured that MACS was able to efficiently oversee and supervise a total a workforce that surpassed 60 men.
MACS’ own internal quality control ensured that the regular on-site inspections by the in-house quality assurance required by NHBC were passed without fail.
The 243 Ealing Road project (located opposite Alperton Underground station in north London) presented MACS a number of challenges that were presented by poor weather conditions. Extremely cold weather slowed progress as the crew were unable to screed due to the very low temperatures.
Other challenges rose due to the sheer scale of the project and the numbers of other trades vying for access to the limited load-in facilities. MACS demonstrated admirable initiative and problem-solving abilities and demonstarted a positive attitude during its time on site that was mirrored by the other trades. MACS produced some of its finest works built to date.
The Drylining aspect of the project included erecting party wall constructed from twin 50 mm C stud braced with 2 layers of BG sound block either side. A 15 mm deflection head with fire strip and mastic was required on both sides.
One-layer 15mm standard internal walls were positioned either side of a 70 mm C stud that included deflection and fire strips.
Ceilings consisted of BG MF at 400 centres with one layer of 15 mm STD.
All walls and ceilings were taped and joined.
Responding positively to the heightened commercial pressure (caused both by adverse weather conditions and by the exacting works timetable), the MACS management team and its workforce worked well to surpass the high expectations of the client.
In fact, MACS were in large part responsible for bringing forward the completion date of the project by a full TWO YEARS; with all work finished to exceptionally high standards and within the agreed budget.
MACS also were named “Contractor of the Month” twice on this project.
Hill Partnerships subsequently won the Evening Standard New Homes Award 2015 for this project.
About the Client:
Hill Partnerships are one of the country’s top house builders specialising in developing homes of distinction across London and the south east. Innovation, design excellence, quality build and respect for the local environment are their keys to success, which has been recognised by winning several major industry awards.
Project: AURA, Long Road, Cambridge
Description: 16 x one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments
24 x three-bedroom affordable houses
22 x four-story, four and five-bedroom luxury mansion houses
Client: Countryside Properties
Manager: Steve Topping (MACS)
Start: November 2013
Completion: September 2014
MACS Plasterboard Systems Ltd were invited by Countryside Properties to participate in a competitive tender process and subsequently won the contract for the Aura, Long Road project in Cambridge.
The scope of the work included:
• Metal stud partitions
• Floor screed and insulation
• MF ceilings
• Sound coat
• Tacking to walls and ceilings
• Drylining to block work
• Tape & jointing finish
• High standard making good
The Aura Long Road project was similar in design and quality to other hi-spec Countryside Properties in which MACS have participated and the standards of work expected by the client were exacting and of the highest order. MACS responded to this challenge by positioning Project Manager Steve Topping on site with total supervision of a MACS workforce that reached 43 men. MACS’ own internal quality control approach ensured that the regular on-site inspections by the in-house quality assurance required by NHBC were passed without fail.
The Aura Long Road project presented MACS a number of challenges that were presented by poor weather conditions. Extremely cold weather slowed progress as the crew were unable to screed due to the very low temperatures.
As temperatures rose after Christmas, Topping was able to quicken the pace of works and the men did well to get back on schedule.
Other challenges rose due to the bespoke nature of the mansion houses. Design changes including lighting coffers, recessed handrails with integral lighting , extremely high split-level floors and also very high large stairwells were introduced well into the build phase and resulted in significant pressure to the works schedule.
However, Topping demonstrated admirable initiative and problem-solving ability as he effectively managed the alterations and was able to make maintain steady progress. In fact Topping says he produced some of the best units he’s built to date.
The Drylining aspect of the project included erecting party walls constructed from twin 50 mm C stud braced with two layers of BG sound block either side. A 15 mm deflection head with fire strip and mastic was required on both sides.
One-layer 15mm standard internal walls were positioned either side of a 70 mm C stud that included deflection and fire strips.
Ceilings consisted of BG MF at 400 centres with one layer of 15 mm STD.
All walls and ceilings were taped and joined.
Responding positively to the heightened commercial pressure caused both by adverse weather conditions and by the exacting works timetable, the MACS management team and its workforce worked well to deliver the high expectations of the client.
MACS completed this project on time, to exceptional high standards and within the agreed budget. MACS also were named “Contractor of the Month” twice on this project.
MACS PLASTERBOARD SYSTEMS CASE STUDY
Project Name: Belle Baulk, Towcester
Client: Redrow Homes
Site Manager: Darren Moore (Redrow Homes)
Site Supervisor: Damian McLoughin (MACS)
Start Date: July 2012
Completion Date: July 2014
Scope of Project: 82 residential units
MACS Plasterboard Systems Ltd were invited by Redrow Homes to participate in a competitive tender process and subsequently won the contract for the Belle Baulk project near the A-43 bypass in Towcester.
The Belle Baulk site work was presented in a single phase to MACS and the project consisted of plastering and drylining for 72 two, three and four-bedroom houses, and also four bungalows and six apartments – all of which required exacting standards and only work of the highest quality was accepted.
The apartments had MF ceilings on the lower floor and screeds to the upper floors, boarding to timber ceilings and MF ceilings, Metal stud partitions and Drylined walls also with a tape and joint finish.
All Materials onsite were British gypsum.
MACS responded to this challenge by positioning Site Manager Damien McLoughlin on-site for the entire run of the project. MACS had a workforce of 15-20 plasterboarders and tape-and-jointers who stayed with the project from start-to-finish on site. Using the same workers in this fashion resulted in good results as all other trades got to know the MACS men, and by communicating across the trades, problems were kept to a minimum.
Darren Moore of Redrow Homes was the Belle Baulk project manager, and he was recognised for his work by being named as the “Site Manager of the Year” for Redrow Homes.
The MACS workforce encountered weather problems early into the project as the adverse winter conditions set back progress by about three weeks, however, through McLoughlin’s leadership; MACS completed this project on time, to exceptional high standards and within the agreed budget.
MACS’ own internal quality control approach ensured that the regular on-site inspections by the in-house quality assurance required by NHBC were passed without fail.Responding positively to the commercial pressure of the rigid Belle Baulk works timetable, the MACS management team and its workforce worked well to deliver the high quality and professionalism expected by Redrow Homes.
Project: Sceptre Gate: Complete Office Block Conversion to 8 High Quality 1 & 2 bedroom flats, Sheet Street, Windsor
Client: Oakford Homes
Project Leaders: Mike Lenton (Oakford Homes) and Louis Patten (MACS)
Project Value: circa £200k
Programme: March – September 2014
MACS Plasterboard Systems Ltd were invited by Oakford Homes to participate in a competitive tender process and subsequently won the contract for the Sceptre Gate project in Windsor, Berks.
The Sceptre Gate project presented MACS a number of challenges that required solutions that differed from usual new-build projects. The foremost challenge was transforming a bare shell of a former office block where nothing was square. This was the first time that MACS had undertaken such a complicated conversion. MACS started the project by erecting party walls, floor-to-slab, before erecting fire compartment walls. MF Ceilings were put in place and all other internal partitions attached to the underside of the ceiling. Electrical and mechanical works followed before MACS re-entered to board the partitions. A tile & grid system was used with all floors in common areas.
The Sceptre Gate project had exacting standards and only work of the highest quality was accepted. MACS responded to this challenge by positioning Project Manager Louis Patten on site with full-time workforce of 6 Fixers to carry out the boarding and partitioning works. The Fixers were joined by 2 Stickers and 4 Jointers. MACS’ own internal quality control approach ensured that the regular on-site inspections by the in-house quality assurance required by NHBC were passed without fail.
Patten demonstrated admirable initiative and problem-solving ability when suggesting that a sloping bulkhead be constructed that would allow the top-floor windows (previously unable to be opened) to be opened and closed at will. This suggestion added significantly to that functionality of the property. The block work walls were dry-lined ensuring the solid dabs were in place as per BG White book and better. This works aspect was heavily supervised to ensure the required standards were achieved.
The Dry lining aspect of the project included fitting MF with 100mm Quilt insulation and two layers of 15mm Sound Bloc. High-quality feature work included inspecting Fire-rated steel beams and incorporating selected beams into the MF ceilings.
MACS uniquely altered its works throughout the project to accommodate the daily Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. The Guard passed daily in front of the Sceptre Gate project and MACS were unable to utilise the Hilti nail guns as the noise (similar to gun shots) would have prompted response from the police and possible spooked the horses.
Responding positively to the commercial pressure of the rigid Sceptre Gate works timetable, the MACS management team and its workforce worked well to deliver the high quality and professionalism expected by Oakford Homes.
MACS completed this project on time, to exceptional high standards and within the agreed budget.
Taylor Woodrow, Hatching Green
Hatching Green, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JP
Taylor Woodrow, Billington Road
Sandhills, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard
Onna Construction Ltd, Orchard Road
39 Orchard Road, Tewin, Welwyn, AL6 0HL
Clearview Homes, New Road
New Road, Harlington, Middlesex, UB3 5BD
Clearview Homes, London Road
93-95 London Road, Slough, Bucks SL3 7RS
Charles Church, Burgess Wood Grove
Burgess Wood Grove, Beaconsfield
Charles Church, Milton Road
Milton Road, Clapham Folly, Bedford
Barratts, High Road
High Road, Finchley N12
Barratts, Kenton Rd
Kenton Rd, Harrow, UK
Barratts, Oakley Rd
Oakley Rd, Luton, UK
Barratts, Rutland Avenue
Rutland Avenue, High Wycombe, UK
Barratts, Ebbens Road
Ebbens Road, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Signature, Whippendell Road, Watford WD18
Barratts, Billington Road
Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, UK
Barratts, Ashmole School
Ashmole School, Burleigh Gardens, Southgate
Barratts, Townsend Farm
Townsend Farm, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Beds
Barratts, Comet Square
Comet Square, Via Comet Way, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield
Barratts, Belvedere Court
Belvedere Court, The Avenue, Wembley
Barratts, Burleigh Gardens
Burleigh Gardens, Ashmole School, Southgate, London, N14
Barratts, St Albans Rd
138 St Albans Rd, Barnet, UK
Barratts, Byron Court
Byron Court, Grant Road, Harrow, HA3 7SE
Knighton Homes, Rectory Road
Rectory Road, Orsett, Essex RM16 3JT
Knighton Homes, High Street
45-49 High Street. Ponders End, Enfield, EN3 4EF
Knighton Homes, Lancaster Road
23, Lancaster Road, off Primrose Avenue, Enfield, EN2 0BT
Knighton Homes, Gilbert Street
15 Gilbert Street, Enfield, EN3 6PD
Knighton Homes, Ingersoll Road
Ingersoll Road, Enfield
Knighton Homes, Manford Way
88 Manford Way, Hainault Essex
Osborn Homes, Watsons Road
25 Watsons Road, Wood Green, N22 7TZ
Willmott Dixon, Mardyke Estate
South Street, Mardyke Estate, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8PJ
Inspace Partnerships, Arbury Park
Arbury Park, King Hedges Rd, Cambridge, CB4 2PA
Taylor Wimpey, Churchill Road
Churchill Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3EB
Linden Homes, Victoria Street
Victoria Street, St. Albans, Herts, AL1 3TA
Linden Homes, Marriotts Close
Marriotts Close, Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JQ.
Linden Homes, The Moorings
The Moorings, Christmas Lane, Farnham Common, Slough, Bucks SL2 3JE
Linden Homes, Slough Road
87 Slough Road, Iver Heath, Bucks SL0 0DH
Linden Homes, Station Approach
Station Approach, off Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD18
Linden Homes, Uxbridge Road
437 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, W5 3NT
Linden Homes, North Park
North Park, Iver, Bucks
Linden Homes, Linden House
Linden Homes, Linden House, Linden Square, Harefield, Middlesex, UB9 6TQ
Bloor Homes, Breach Road
Breach Road, Huntingdon Grafham, PE28 0BA
Bloor Homes, Twinwoods Road
Twinwoods Road, Clapham, Bedfordshire
Persimmon Homes, Denham Way
Denham Way, Maple Cross, WD3 9SY
Persimmon Homes, Furzehill Road
Furzehill Road, Borehamwood, WD6 2EF
Persimmon Homes, Scholars Walk
Scholars Walk, Welwyn Garden City, Herts
Persimmon Homes, Brearley Close
Brearley Close (off Gatting Way), Hillingdon House Farm, Hillingdon, UB8 1JJ
Lovell Partnerships Ltd, North Hyde Lane
North Hyde Lane, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 5TY
Lovell Partnerships Ltd, Mildway Ave
Mildway Ave, Islington, London N1 4RS
Leach Homes, Bragbury Manor
Bragbury Manor, Aston Lane, Bragbury End, Stevenage, SG2 8TH
Leach Homes, Warren Park
Warren Park, Bengeo, Hertford
Leach Homes, Kennedy Avenue
Kennedy Avenue, Hoddesdon
Leach Homes, Barton Road
Bluebells, Barton Rd, Cambridge
Leach Homes, Ainsworth Place
Ainsworth Place, Cambridge
Leach Homes, Parkway Mews
Parkway Mews, Welwyn Garden City
Leach Homes, Bury Road
Bury Road, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8GF
Leach Homes, Mangrove Park
Mangrove Park, Mangrove Lane, Hertford SG13 8Q
Leach Homes, Cedar Dell
Cedar Dell, Kershaws Hill, Hitchin, SG4 9AQ
Crest Nicholson, Avebury Boulevard
Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2NW
Crest Nicholson, The Grove
The Grove, off Warren Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LE
Countryside Properties, Long Road
Long Road, Cambridge, CB2
Redrow Homes, Loves Farm
Loves Farm, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6FN
Redrow Homes, Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Drive, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6DR
Redrow Homes, Parkview
Parkview, New Bedford Road, Luton (opposite Wardown Park)
Redrow Homes, Beckett Manor
Beckett Manor, Deanshanger, Milton Keynes, MK19 6HN
Redrow Homes, Tove Grange
Tove Grange, Belle Baulk, Towcester, NN12 6YE
Redrow Homes, Broughton Gate
Broughton Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK10 9AA
Redrow Homes, Charity Wharf
VolkerFitzpatrick, Startford University Library
Startford University Library
VolkerFitzpatrick, Heathrow Cargo Centre
Heathrow Cargo Centre, Ascot Road, Heathrow, TW14
VolkerFitzpatrick, Marsh Farm Community and Resource Centre
Marsh Farm Community and Resource Centre, The Moaks, Marsh Farm, Luton, LU3 3QB
Ward Homes, Park Road
15, Etchingham, Park Road, Finchley
Ward Homes, Enfield
Riverside Walk, Enfield
Ward Homes, Harris Close
Harris Close, Kempston
Ward Homes, Lycrombe
Lycrombe, Chesham, Bucks
Ward Homes, Shepherdess Place
Shepherdess Place, Islington
Leighton & Henley, Lattimore Road
36 Lattimore Road, St. Albans, Herts. AL1 3XW
Leighton & Henley, Bushey Hall Drive
Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey Hall Park, Bushey, WD23 2GE
Oakford Homes Ltd, Hedsor Farm
Hedsor Farm, SL1 8PE
Oakford Homes Ltd, Ethorpe Close
Ethorpe Close, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8PL
Oakford Homes Ltd, High Street
1 High Street, Rickmansworth
Oakford Homes Ltd, Peel Grove
Peel Grove, Windsor
Oakford Homes Ltd, Reading Road
173 Reading Road, Henley on Thames, RG9 1DP
Oakford Homes Ltd, One Pin Lane
Former One Pin Public House, One Pin Lane, Farnham Common, Bucks, SL2 3RD
Oakford Homes Ltd, Wargrave Road
62 Wargrave Road, Twyford, Reading. RE10 9PH
Trinity Homes, Buckingham Road
125 Buckingham Road, Bletchley, MK3 5JD
Trinity Homes, High Street
137-143 High Street, Codicote
Wilson Connolly, Orchard Grange
Orchard Grange, Orchard Road, Royston
Wilson Connolly, Woburn Street
Woburn Street, Amphill
Wilson Connolly, Church Road
Church Road, Stanmore
Lengard Ltd, Prospect Row
Prospect Row Cambridge, CB1 1DZ
Wates Living Space, Headstone Drive
Headstone Drive, Harrow, HA1 4UW
Wates Living Space, Tower Road
Tower Road, off Hart Hill Lane, Luton
Wates Living Space, Roebuck
Wates Living Space, Ickley Close
Ickley Close, Luton
Wates Living Space, Wigmore Lane
Wigmore Lane, Luton, LU2 8AA
Wates Living Space, Tower Road
Tower Road, Hart Hill Lane, Luton
Furlong Homes, Riverhead Close
Riverhead Close, Walthamstow, E17
Furlong Homes, Stevenage Rd
Stevenage Rd, Hitchin
Furlong Homes, Buckingham Street
52-56 Buckingham Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2LL
Furlong Homes, Crescent East
Crescent East, Hadley Wood
Furlong Homes, Linden Way
Linden Way, Southgate
Furlong Homes, Enfield Foundry
Enfield Foundry, Waltham Cross
Laing O'Rourke, Enstone Road
Enstone Road, Brimsdown , Enfield, EN3 7NA
Laing O'Rourke, Rustat Road
Rustat Road, Cambridge, CB1 3QT
Laing O'Rourke, The Triangle
‘The Triangle ‘ Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2LE
Laing O'Rourke, Pratt's Quarry
Pratt’s Quarry, Off Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7
Laing O'Rourke, Hertford Road
Hertford Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 9JR
Laing O'Rourke, Lonsdale Road
Lonsdale Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 5DG
Laing O'Rourke, Moor Hall Lane
Moor Hall Lane, St Michaels Mead, Bishops Stortford
Galley Homes, The Spinny
The Spinney, London Road, Boxmoor, Herts
Galley Homes, London Road
280 London Road, St Albans
Galley Homes, Uxbridge Road
Uxbridge Road, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7
Galley Homes, Parkgate Crescent
33-37 Parkgate Crescent Hadley wood, Barnet
Galley Homes, Prowse Avenue
Prowse Avenue, Bushey, Herts, WD23 1
Galley Homes, Sandy Lodge Way
10a Sandy Lodge Way, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2AJ
Galley Homes, Hemel Hempstead Road
39 a Hemel Hempstead Road, Kings Langley
Bishopswood Estate Ltd, London Road
London Road, Stanmore, HA7 4PA
Bishopswood Estate Ltd, Ledborough Lane
10 Ledborough Lane, Beaconsfield, HP9 2DG
Redeham Homes, Epping Rd
Epping Rd, Nothweald
Redeham Homes, Luxford Lane
Luxford Lane, Crowborough, TN6 2PJ
Redeham Homes, Midland Road
Midland Road, Luton, LU2
Redeham Homes, Chiswick High Road
520 – 530 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 5RG
Redeham Homes, Crown Building
Crown Building, Brooklands Ave, Aberdeen Avenue, Cambs
Redeham Homes, Andrews Road
Phase 2, St Andrews Road, Via Church Street, Cambridge, CB4 1DL
Redeham Homes, Accordia Phase 3
Accordia Phase 3, Brooklands Ave, Cambridge, CB2 8DE
E. J. Waterhouse & Sons Ltd, The Cottage
The Cottage, Ashlyns Hall, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2ST
E. J. Waterhouse & Sons Ltd, Anchor Lane
Anchor Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 ITY
E. J. Waterhouse & Sons Ltd, The Old Mill Site
The Old Mill Site, Tring Road, Wilstone, Herts, HP23 4NU
E. J. Waterhouse & Sons Ltd, Cotterells
92-96 Cotterells, Hemel Hempstead, Herts., HP1 1JG
Bellway Homes, Adeyfield Road
Adeyfield Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 5RJ
Bellway Homes, Court Drive
Court Drive, Dunstable
Bellway Homes, The Villa
The Villa, Watling Street, Fenny Stratford, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire MK2 2BL
Bellway Homes, Wendover Rise
Wendover Rise, Hospital Circular Road, Wood Lane, Wendover, Bucks. HP22 5PW
Bellway Homes, Wyfold Road
Wyfold Road, Fulham, London, SW6 6SH
Bellway Homes, Castle Street
Castle Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
A2Dominion, Ambleside Avenue
Ambleside Avenue, Walton-on-Thames,Surrey KT12 3LN
A2Dominion, Dog & Partridge
Dog & Partridge, Edinburgh Drive, Staines, TW18 1PX
David Wilson Homes, The Chequers
The Chequers, Welwyn Garden City
David Wilson Homes, Chesterton Hospital
Chesterton Hospital Site, Nightingale Court, Union Lane, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4
David Wilson Homes, Fulmer Street
Fulmer Street, Milton Keynes, Bucks
David Wilson Homes, Queensbury Gate
Queensbury Gate, Monkston Park, Milton Keynes (off H7 Chaffron Way), MK6
David Wilson Homes, Napsbury Hospital
David Wilson Homes, Ashvale
Ashvale, Hampton Hargate, Peterborough
David Wilson Homes, Hatfield Business Park
Stevensons, Riverside Walk
Riverside Walk, Chaffron Way, H7 Monkston Park, Milton Keynes MK6
Rushmon Homes, Wrens Avenue
32-38 Wrens Avenue, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 1AP
Rushmon Homes, Abbey Mews
Hugh Byrne, Cainlo Manor
Bloor Homes, Riverside
Laing O'Rourke, Tilley Road
Jerram Falkus, Cumberland School
Jerram Falkus, Eastern End
Seeco Roof Tiling Ltd, Royal Holloway University
Plowright Homes, Luton Road
Saxon Homes, College Farm
Saxon Homes, The Courtyard
Visao, Cedar Road
Visao, Ashridge Road
Visao, Leavesden Road
Skanska Residential Ltd, Clay Farm
HG Construction, Furze Hill Road
Atlantic Contracts, Stirling Way
Braxted Homes, Maldon Road
Higgins Construction PLC, Common Lane
Higgins Construction PLC, Benwell Court
Higgins Construction PLC, London Road
Fairclough Homes, Cumberland Mews
Taylor Wimpey, Abbey Heights
Taylor Wimpey, Studio 152
Taylor Wimpey, Brunel Drive
Project: Clay Farm – Phases 1A, 1B, & 1C. Allenbrook Road, Clay Farm, Cambridge
Client: Countryside Properties
Project leaders: Ray Claxton & Gary Ridgewell
Architect: Proctor & Matthews, London
Project Value: circa £1.5m
Programme: October 2102 – October 2015
MACS Plasterboard Systems were invited to participate in a competitive tender process and subsequently won the plasterworks contract for the Countryside Properties “Clay Farm” project. Divided into three separate phases, the Clay Farm traditional residential project was designed by Proctor & Matthews Architects and comprised 80 houses and 94 flats; all constructed to traditional build specifications plus two reinforced concrete frame buildings with EOS steel-frame systems (SFS) construction. The MACS element of the works started in 2012 and completion is scheduled for October 2015.
The Clay Farms project had exacting standards and only work of the highest quality was acceptable. MACS responded to the challenge by ensuring that three supervisors would be on-site to support a workforce of up to 50 tradesmen at any one time. MACS’ own internal quality-control approach also meant that the regular on-site inspections by quality assurance specialists BBN were all passed without fail.
Work undertaken by MACS at Clay Farm provided called for special features such as positioning EOS SFS frame to RC blocks and to meet design requirements for the EOS frame. Logistical solutions were provided by MACS through the use of four forklifts and one tower crane. The required training & safety schemes were addressed through the use of MACS’ own site-specific health & safety RAMS (Risk Assessments and Method Statements).
Responding positively to the commercial pressures of rigid Clay Farm works timetable, the MACS management team and its workforce worked well to deliver the high quality results and professionalism expected by the client. MACS have completed this project on time, on budget and to an exceptionally high standard.
Willmott Dixon, Snowden Court
Brief: To undertake the under-floor screed preparation, floor screeding, partition wall, suspended ceilings, plasterboarding and plastering for a 98-bedroom Care Home and associated Communal Facilities at Gidea Park, Romford (site of the former local authority Snowdon Court care home).
The project commenced in September 2012 with a team of plasterers tasked to undertake the sound coating to the party walls and a team of screeders who prepared the under-floor jablite insulation. These two processes continued throughout September and into October, coinciding with the Plumbers contractor installing their under-floor heating system and creating a coordinated jablite insulation, heating system, screed system of working. The team of screeders were laying approximately 200metres2 of fibre batched sand cement screed per day and continued throughout both Blocks A & B into November. 15 metal fixers in October commenced with the erection of the metal partition walls and MF suspended ceilings to the flats on the ground floors of both blocks, thus creating work for the mechanical and electrical contractors to install their own first fix works.
Roofing delays resulted in MACS increasing the number of metal fixers to 25 and raising the pace of the erection of the partition walls and MF suspended ceilings throughout both blocks. All 98 flats were brought to first fix stage by late November. In early December Block B was the first block to become watertight and ready for delivery of the British Gypsum plasterboard so that the plasterboard fixers could commence their second fix works. Ongoing roofing issues caused continued delays and the project programme issued by the Willmott Dixon site team proved challenging. The on-site Supervisor was tasked to complete 38 units in a shorter timescale than had originally been agreed. 28 of these units were completed – including the dry lining to the block walls – prior to the Christmas site shutdown, with the remaining 10 units completed shortly after the New Year.
The project had originally stipulated a tape-and-jointed finish to the walls and ceilings, but cold weather meant extended time being needed for the various jointing stages to dry to the ground floor units. The Willmott Dixon Site Team decided to switch the project to plastering (viewed as a quicker process) to allow the painting contractor to mist-coat units more quickly. Plasterer teams arrived on site in the week leading up to the Christmas break and completed all 38 units after the New Year – a period in which we battled sub-zero temperatures outside and lost days due to heavy now fall which shut the site for Health & Safety reasons. In January Block A sat dormant because of poor weather and the building not being water-tight.
In February Willmott Dixon Site Team placed pressure on MACS to win back time lost to poor weather. A new team of plasterboard fixers was recruited and 30 men were brought in to close up 60 flats in Block A. The team worked incredibly hard to ensure that all the units were boarded, drylined and plastered to a high-quality finish in just 20 working days. The speed in which MACS completed the works allowed other internal trades such as the plumbers, electricians, carpenters and painters to move up their own schedules and commence second fix works. Work in the communal corridors and communal association rooms then began. Five teams of plasterers undertook the two-coat plaster of the walls, while the metal fixers erected the MF suspended ceilings throughout March and April.
The project came to a close in June with the installation of the tile and grid ceilings to the communal corridors and the final snagging works being undertaken and the completed units handed over to the client, East Thames Housing.
Facit Homes, Bromham Road
Brief: To undertake the tacking of partition walls, erect MF ceilings, plastering to all walls and vaulted ceiling insulation, coving cornice, battening and render board to the outside of the house including the rendering for a five-bedroom house containing four en-suites.
The project started on the on the 1st October 2013 with a team consisting of three tackers & four trainee fixers and James McLoughlin, the MACS Chief Operating Officer. McLoughlin had a dual role at the project: to teach the MACS trainees how to tack and erect MF ceilings whilst simultaneously supervising all on-going works.
MACS were under tight time constraints to complete the inside works of boarding the internal and external walls, insulating & tacking the vaulted ceilings and all skimming boarded works. All this work was completed to extremely high standards and within a two-week time-frame. Also completed during this time was the external works which consisted of counter-battening of the entire house, then boarding with render-board, which was also used to form the arch detail to the front of the house.
Upon completion of the Gypsum Skim Coat, the coving aspect (which is an ornate 6-inch pre-cast mould) began on the 22nd October and was completed in four days.
The last stage is the Parex render of the outside of the house (approximately 450 square meters) started on the 21st October and is projected to be accomplished (weather permitting) before the project completion date of 10th November 2013.
Brief: To provide Dryling, Plastering, Screeding & Rendering for 107 units consisting of 51 flats and 56 houses (on the same site where MACS had previously provided plastering and dryling for a 44-flat Care Home and Community Centre for its client Hills).
The project commenced in May 2012 with the screeding of the site Show Homes. The client stipulated 100mm nib door openings; a request that caused some problems with the setting out drawings for metal stud. However MACS and A2 Director Tony Kenny were able to adjust the dimensions and came to a prompt and effective solution.
Works progress was slow at the outset, but the pace quickened by mid-June when MACS started work in the “A Block” flats, plots 47-52 and 74-84. A MACS work force 20-30 metal fixers, tackers, stickers, plasterers, renders and screeders were on-site.
“A Block” progress was hampered due to the scaffolding being dropped too early and due to the fact that no allowance had been made for loading materials. These problems were rectified and MACS were provided loading bays for the work on Blocks B, C, D & E
42 houses & flats on the project were allocated to the Local Housing Association, and despite the specifications being slightly different, MACS were able to hand over all the properties on time between mid-to-end March 2013.
All major works are now complete and MACS look forward to working with A2 Contracts Manager Simon Austin and A2 Project Manager Clive Pollard on the next phase of the project.