2017

08-January-2017

BTS Fabrications recertified for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

We at BTS FABRICATIONS LIMITED pride ourselves on quality and our correct first time ethos. Our reputation for precision manufacturing certainly precedes us and has brought us great success. This culture is backed up by processes and procedures in line with ISO 9001.

We first achieved this certification over 3 years ago and our recent recertification audit proves our quality thinking is thoroughly embedded and certification is completely justified.


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2016

01-August-2016

Construction is well underway for our new office extension. * New photos added 15th Jan 2017 *

Construction is well underway for our new office extension with groundworks and steel footings complete.

Steelwork erection starts today.

Updates of the build will be frequent as our full range Vantage® suite of engineered rainscreen solutions will be showcased.


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28-February-2016

BTS FABRICATIONS LIMITED launch Vantage® EP (Extruded Plank).

BTS FABRICATIONS LIMITED launch Vantage® EP (Extruded Plank). It has been engineered with simplicity and robustness in mind. With its clean lines, speed of turnaround and the ease of installation it is the perfect solution for cladded areas that call for a value engineered plank effect.

It can be supplied in a variety of lengths and can be anodised or powder coated in a variety of colours and finishes. Please call the sales team for further info.


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28-February-2016

Vantage® IP Rainscreen on 11 Fire Stations.

Our CWCT tested Vantage® IP (Interlocking Plank) rainscreen system as pictured above has been specified and installed on 11 fire stations in Staffordshire.

We got our final photo today of the last powder coated planking system to be completed at Lichfield.

We owe the specification to a long established customer ABS Elbrow who proposed our system nearly 3 years ago.

Photos of all completed stations are below with only Lichfield to be officially inaugurated.

Developer Kier in partnership with Calderpeel and the Blue 3 Consortium were responsible for design, construction and future maintenance.

This has been a great learning curve for the further enhancement of the Vantage® IP panel. We have mastered and improved our fabrication methods, from new split tooling on the press brakes to lean manufacturing techniques, we are primed for more specifications.


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28-February-2016

Helen Alexander joins BTS Fabrications as Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety Manager.

Helen Alexander joins BTS Fabrications as Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety Manager. She was instrumental in guiding us to ISO 9001 and 14001 when she worked here as a consultant and knows the business as well as we do!. She has been tasked with business improvement and efficiencies as well as her day to day role. Helen has already had a great impact since her arrival earlier this year and we look forward to working with her

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10-January-2016

BTS Fabrications are now BIM Ready!

With the 2016 deadline for all Public Sector Construction Projects to be delivered using Level 2 BIM now active, our Vantage® range of Premier Rainscreen and Façade products are the natural choice for your BIM project.

Our technical services department offer a complete BIM service tailor-made to your requirements, utilising our custom-designed Vantage® Façade Design System, enabling us to produce fully detailed and material-quantified BIM models and drawings at Level Of Detail (L.O.D.) 4 for either standalone use for installation purposes, or for insertion into the project Federated Model.

Whether you are an architect, developer or contractor, specify BTS Fabrications Vantage® Façade Systems, and you have the perfect partner for your BIM project.


2015

15-November-2015

New office extension plans revealed.

Plans are well underway for our new office extension and we are currently at the tendering stage looking for builders and other trades to either price or to project manage the whole build. We are also considering building it to BIM, however that depends on time constraints. Full planning permission has been granted and we see the project as a great opportunity to showcase our Vantage® suite of engineered rainscreen solutions.

The 3D graphical renders of the proposed new build below were prepared in house by our Vantage® Estimator/Designer Mike Morris using the latest cutting edge 3d graphical software. Mike Morris comments "I'm very pleased to be involved in the project and hopefully we are able to implement the BIM processes into the build. Having recently completed the BIM Fundamentals training courses by BRE earlier this year I see this as a great opportunity to put our BIM knowledge to the test and realise the cost and time benefits that BIM can bring, during the build and in maintaining the building in the future."

14-November-2015

New Mercedes Benz truck joins the family of BTS delivery vehicles.

Our new Mercedes Benz truck joins the family of BTS delivery vehicles bringing the total to 5. New livery is being organised which will include the new FORS stickers. All our trucks are specially modified to carry 4 pallets at 3 metres x 1050mm wide providing maximum efficiency.

Chris Atkinson, Transport Manager adds, "We are proud of our fleet, drivers and professional logistics operation. Although these trucks are long, they are still ideal for delivery into Central London. All our trucks are FORS and CLOCS compliant which is another feather in our bow!

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10-November-2015

BTS Fabrications purchase a second Alu-ranger.

BTS Fabrications has increased their production capacity this week with the purchase of a second cutting edge Alu-ranger. An essential purchase at this time for us as we have numerous Vantage® rainscreen contracts to start. BTS Vantage® rainscreen systems are truly becoming the specified rainscreen of choice from quality conscious specifiers! The purchase also reaffirms our policy of constant re investment and structured growth in assets and people.

The second Alu-ranger MC 4216 is now fully operational and is slightly smaller than our existing Alu-ranger MC 5016-GRC however it has the added advantage of having a routing head with housing for 3 tools saving time on tool changes. This space saving CNC machine is designed specifically for Metal Composite Material (MCM) fabrications with user-friendly fabrication software. It has pre-loaded standard program macros for corner folding, riveting, rout and return, and panel hanging designs. The Alu-Ranger also grooves MCM with a grooving cutter, not a router bit, making it FOUR times faster than traditional CNC machines which rely only on router bits to fabricate MCM’s.

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12-October-2015

BTS Fabrications secure an order from envelope contractor Prater for Block 1 of the Bracknell town centre regeneration.

BTS Fabrications are delighted to announce that we have secured an order from envelope contractor Prater for approximately 1,600m² of our Vantage® SF ACM rainscreen for Block 1 of the Bracknell town centre regeneration. Block 1 is part of a £200million pound regeneration project and is due to be completed in the spring of 2017.

Mike Morris Vantage® Estimator / Designer comments “We are extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with Prater on the project, which involved providing design assistance, and we hope to be involved in the development of additional blocks of the project in the very near future. This will be our third collaboration with them having completed work at Alder Hey and Hendon and we are well on the way to being preferred rainscreen supply chain partners."

04-October-2015

BTS Fabrications, proud sponsor of Darlington FC under 13's.

BTS Fabrications, proud sponsor of Darlington FC under 13's at the official photo shoot tonight. We have won the league 2 years running and are unbeaten so far this season.

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09-September-2015

BTS Fabrications secure the ACM façade on a new college campus in Sunderland.

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BTS Fabrications secure the ACM façade on a new college campus in Sunderland.

We will be supplying envelope contractor Lakesmere on the College Vocational Campus in an area of the city centre known as the Holmeside Triangle.

Our most recent investment ‘The Aluranger’ will be once again put to the test as there is approximately 2500m² of Reynobond ACM.

An artists impression is above. Consisting of 3 separate colours our remit is to supply our Vantage® DF Rainscreen system.

Bulk reservations are sorted and delivery dates for the first phase are destined for shipment in December.

Mike Morris (Vantage® Designer) comments. "It's great to secure some local work and we are delighted at being considered for orders of this size. This is a great indication of our enhanced production capacity, after the investment in the Aluranger."

We have had good meetings here with the contractor, main contractor BAM and architects Red Box.

09-September-2015

NEC Resorts World leisure complex in Birmingham nears completion.

The pictures below showcase our ‘I’ Beam powder coated cruciform feature flashings and the history is explained in an earlier news story below. Our largest fascia order to date looks superb and feedback from site has been encouraging and has led to more orders.

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07-July-2015

BTS Vantage® SF Rainscreen System 3d assembly video.

The 3D model and animation for our BTS Vantage® SF Rainscreen system has been live on our web site since our new website went live in September 2013.

We have since updated it using our new state of the art 3d imaging software which is capable of photo realistic renders.

The unique Vantage® SF Rainscreen system allows individual panel demountability - and remountability - without the need to remove any of the adjacent panels, allowing the building façade to be changed or updated at any time during its service life.

The system has also been independently tested and certified to meet CWCT specification for rainscreen cladding.

To arrange to discuss with our external sales managers please contact us today.




01-July-2015

BTS Fabrications launch their very first CPD Presentation!

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BTS Fabrications are delighted to be able to launch their very first CPD Presentation!

The CPD titled Precision Rainscreen Systems For The External Façade has been audited and credited for impartial technical content by the respected external body, The Construction CPD Certification Service. They recognise that this presentation offers any interested parties an in-depth look at the importance of having the correct design, engineering and fabrication for all metal Rainscreen systems.

This presentation will appeal to anyone interested in the specification of Rainscreen Cladding Systems and recognise the fact that this important façade element demands the highest quality design considerations to ensure that the visual effect is endorsed by its technical effectiveness. It lasts approximately 45 minutes and can be presented over a lunchtime period.

Mike Morris, BTS Vantage® Rainscreen Coordinator/design commented “yet again BTS are promoting the value of precision design & fabrication to Rainscreen systems, an ethos which is embedded within the company culture.” For more information on Vantage® Rainscreen, or to arrange to have this CPD presentation please contact us today.


15-June-2015

BTS Fabrications accredited to the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Standard.

BTS Fabrications Limited is delighted to announce that we have passed stage 2 of our ISO 14001 assessment and received our certification today. This environmental approval confirms we are committed to recognising the impacts that our business has on the environment.

Our Integrated Management System (IMS) captures the requirements of industry best practice, based on the two major standards which we work to; ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

David Atkinson, production director says, “ISO 14001 certification is an important milestone in our long term sustainability strategy. It’s vital that we have formalised systems in place so we can maintain our responsible role in the communities in which we operate and continuously improve what we do.”

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14-June-2015

BTS Fabrications adds another Trumpf turret punch to its portfolio.

This Trumpf 500 is larger than our existing punch and will streamline our punching operation and enable us to punch wider and longer sheets without a reposition.

Richard Clough national specification manager states ‘we have seen a major upturn in orders and large projects over the last few months and the market is buoyant. We are now officially on envelope specialist Praters’ supply chain and have a large Vantage® rainscreen order for Hendon police station and a large Vantage® coping system on Alderhay hospital in the system. This coupled with 2 large rainscreen orders in London from curtain wall specialist M Price has lead to 24 hour shift patterns 6 days a week. All the recent investment is also aligned with a surge in recruitment. In my short time here, I have learned that our reputation for consistent precision, quick punctual deliveries and unrivalled technical support certainly proceeds us.


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09-May-2015

BTS Fabrications announce Alu–Ranger MC 5016-GRC purchase.

BTS Fabrications recently enhanced their production capabilities with the purchase of the cutting edge Alu–Ranger MC 5016-GRC This space saving CNC machine is designed specifically for Alucobond aluminium composite material (ACM) fabrications with user-friendly fabrication software. It has pre-loaded standard program macros for corner folding, riveting, rout and return, and panel hanging designs. The Alu-Ranger also grooves ACM with a grooving cutter, not a router bit, making it FOUR times faster than traditional CNC machines which rely only on router bits to fabricate ACM’s.

Richard Clough national specification manager says, "The Alu-Ranger is a fantastic machine and will streamline our production of Vantage® Rainscreen Cassette System’s using Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). Production of the ACM on our project at Cardiff Capital quarter starts soon and this will be the first major test for our Alu-Ranger.

The speed, quality and accuracy of the process, especially the routing blade is the best I have seen in this industry. This acquisition, and the demand for consistent high quality fabrication contributed to my decision to join BTS, this ethos is evident across all departments and is evident on the product produced on the factory floor!

BTS have built up a fantastic reputation with roofing contractors, however my brief here is specification and I see no reason why the Vantage® range can't be the talk of the architectural world in no time at all."

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01-May-2015

BTS Fabrications announce the appointment of Richard Clough as their national specification manager.

BTS Fabrications announce the appointment of Richard Clough as their national specification manager.

Phil Atkinson, BTS Managing Director said. "Richard brings a wealth of experience in architectural sales with specific knowledge in the facade sector. I have known Richard for years and he is the ultimate professional."

“We launched our Vantage® Rainscreen systems nearly 2 years ago and the success has been spectacular with numerous high profile contracts completed including the Ral 100 space centre in Oxford and Bradford broadway shopping centre which are both showcased on our BTS web site. Our milestones are prolific, with our Vantage® trademark gained , ISO 9001 certification and CWCT testing & certification within a year Richards appointment is the next logical step, with our NBS specifications written & published and the ISO 14001 environmental accreditation being imminent. His appointment also coincides with our latest investment in the cutting edge Alu- Ranger MC 5016-GRC machine which will further enhance our production capabilities.”

“Vantage® success has been due to the loyalty and support of a select group of specialist envelope contractors. We want to repay that collaboration by making BTS Vantage® rainscreen systems the specified rainscreen cladding system of choice from quality conscious specifiers. Richard's number one objective is gaining specifications for the Vantage® range, but he will also contribute in BTS Vantage® project management and ultimately help to increase turnover to our budgeted £5million. These are exciting times for BTS Fabrications and we are very proud of the team we have assembled. It's a genuine pleasure to go to work everyday and to feel part of something special and with buoyant times forecast within the Rainscreen Façade market, we are well placed to be one of the leading rainscreen Fabricators within 2015”.

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27-April-2015

Programme Sponsorship.

BTS Fabrications were proud to be programme sponsors at the recent Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Premiership football match. Tottenham Fans Josh Gardner and Matthew Blay of Metclad Contracts and Balsham Buildings were our guests for the weekend. Despite the protests from the fans and a sparse crowd, the match was entertaining and worth the long treck. BTS transport manager Chris Atkinson and estimator Michael Kidd are pictured pitch side with Josh and Matthew Newcastle drew level just after half time but Spurs eventually won 3-1 following Harry Kane’s runaway last goal leaving Newcastle in deep trouble.

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01-April-2015

Cladding & Curtain Walling AJ Specification Live event.

BTS Fabrications were proud sponsors at the recent AJ Specification, Cladding & Curtain Walling event at the Building Centre in Central London.

Over 200 architects were in attendance which seminar programme included presentations by Scott Brownrigg, Pattern and Designscape architects.

Attendees from BTS included Paul Bunnet, Marcia Atkinson and Phil Atkinson.The photos below show the presentations and networking drinks in the gallery that followed.

Timing for this event couldn’t have been better as our new Specification Manager joins us in May as the leads generated were fantastic.

This is the first of many events and advertorials we have planned with the architects journal.

Photos courtesy of Theo Wood.



28-March-2015

NBS Specification.

NBS Plus

BTS Fabrications are pleased to announce our NBS specifications are now published.

They can be instantly accessed by architectural practices and other construction professionals that use NBS specification software.

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NBS Plus has 94% penetration among the UK’s top 100 architectural practises (source 2012 AJ Top 100).

Tens of thousands of specifies working in 6,000+ subscribing offices have access to NBS and NBS Building includes around 20,000 pre-written product specifications.

For detailed information please contact Phil Atkinson at BTS Fabrications on 01388 816883.

24-March-2015

Fire stations at Longton, Stone and Kinver officially inaugurated.

Longton,Stone and Kinver fire stations have now been officially inaugurated.

Fire stations at Rugeley and Loggerheads are 95% complete while construction continues at Lichfield, Penkridge and Codsall sites.

Our Vantage® IP system is specified on all eight fire stations above and feedback from ABS Elbrow contracts Manager Gary Barry and Director Pete Field has been superb.

Paul Bunnett, Business Development Manager adds ‘This has been a great learning curve for the further enhancement of the Vantage® IP panel as we have mastered and improved our fabrication methods. From new split tooling on the press brakes to lean manufacturing techniques, we are ahead of our game’

More photos and case studies to follow.

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17-March-2015

BTS Launch Extruded Blade Louvres.

ISD Cold Stores chose BTS Fabrications to provide their Louvred requirements on the Aldi distribution centre at Chelmsford

Phil Atkinson, Managing Director adds "We have worked with ISD for many years supplying them with standard fixed blade louvres, flashings, hoppers, capping’s and powder coated pipe work. When the opportunity arose to provide their continuous ventilated solution on the plant room to part of their contract, we jumped at it!"

We carefully chose the mullion / blade manufacturer, we established the test data and BTS Extruded blade louvres were born A standard BTS fixed blade louvre was also manufactured and is shown in the above picture along with hoppers and powder coated Rainwater goods.

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14-March-2015

The Ral 100 Space Centre nears blast off!


The new RAL Space Technology Centre is being built in Harwell, Oxford and will be completed in a matter of weeks.

This has been our largest Rainscreen contract to date and feedback from installer LSC Facades has been excellent.

Please peruse below latest construction photos taken on the 28th of February 2015.









13-February-2015

Cross Quarter Abbey Wood – Production Underway.

We have been employed by Gale Construction to provide our Vantage® rainscreen system, window pods and associated flashings to the accommodation building’s façade and balconies at Cross Quarter, Abbey Wood. This development is as all part of a new build residential/commercial Project which will include a new 81,000 sq. ft. Sainsbury’s food store, 5,000 sq. ft. of retail and commercial space and 220 new apartments.

We are using a 2mm pre coated aluminium called Glamorous Gold and production photos are to follow

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Please peruse the artist impressions in the above links (Home page) that shows the extent of the gold around the front elevation around and inside the balconies.

Phil Atkinson Managing Director, comments “We have always had a strong working relationship with Gale Construction and have worked with them for many years. The opportunity to work with them on a lucrative rainscreen project was too good to miss. The Vantage® system is taking its place in the market and we hope to reciprocate Gale Construction by taking them a Vantage® rainscreen specification in the next 18 months!


10-February-2015

BTS Fabrications Limited are pleased to announce its partnership with RIBA product selector.

Riba Selector

Here you can find company and product information. NBS Specifications are to follow soon.


This is an excellent opportunity for BTS Fabrications as the site gets;

  • Over 11,000 unique visits each month
  • Over 50,000 technical documents are downloaded every month
  • NBS Plus has 94% penetration among the UK’s top 100 architectural practices
  • Tens of thousands of specifiers working in 6,000+ subscribing offices have access to NBS
  • NBS Building includes around 20,000 pre-written product specifications

To book an appointment to discuss BTS Fabrications products please contact us on 01388 816883



08-February-2015

Three's a crowd, fours a family!

Our new Mercedes Benz 313 6 metre truck joins the family of BTS delivery vehicles.

They are all getting new livery which will include the new FORS stickers. FORS is covered in a previous news story and will soon be a pre requisite for delivering to London sites.

Chris Atkinson, Transport Manager adds, "We are proud of our fleet and our drivers and we will continue to invest. This is 3rd purchase this year having already bought a new punch and fork truck."

Planning permission has been granted on the next stage of development which will include new offices allowing a factory reshuffle which will lead to 26000 square foot of much needed manufacturing space.

We have a very healthy order book and 2015 promises to be another record breaking year!

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19-January-2015

BTS Fabrications secure the facade and special fabrications package on a 50 million pounds research centre.

BTS Fabrications secure the facade and special fabrications package on a 50 million pounds research centre known as the living systems institute on the streatham campus at Exeter university.

The centre will bring together mathematicians, scientists and engineers in a bid to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of human, animal and plant diseases.

The initial order value to us is £440,000 but the overall value could be well over half a million once final detailing on a special slab block detail has been agreed.

This consists of 2 linked buildings on a split level site with one tower block reaching 9 storeys high and the other 6 .

The rainscreen facade is all clad in a perforated anodised Vantage® DF panel.

Architects Hawkins Brown's goal is for breeam excellence.

Paul Bunnett (business development manager) comments~ This is our largest order by a country mile and proves our place in the market with our Vantage® engineered rainscreen systems. The architect, main contractor and cladding sub contractor have all been impressed with our technical back up and samples to date. The size of the project, panel specification, programme and logistical demands will give us our biggest challenge to date. This project will further our claim as one of the leading rainscreen suppliers in the country.


19-January-2015

Matchday sponsorship.

BTS Fabrications were proud to be matchday sponsors at the recent Newcastle United v Southampton Premiership football match.

Southampton Fans Martin Leekblade and Mick Godwin of LSC Facades were our guests for the day.

Martin Leekblade is snapped receiving the captains armband presented by current player Vurnon Anita and legend Nobby Solano.

BTS Stalwarts Phil Atkinson and Paul Bunnet are pictured pitch side with Mick and Martin.

Southampton won 2-1 and Martin and Mick left ecstatic!


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16-January-2015

BTS Fabrications accredited with the bronze level requirement of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme FORS. FORS ID:006214.

BTS Fabrications are proud to announce that we have been assessed and we have met the bronze level requirement of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme FORS. FORS ID:006214.

Chris Atkinson, Transport Manager adds, As soon as we decided to undertake the lion’s share of our own haulage, this accreditation was on our radar.

The FORS scheme was an easy choice as it covers all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions.

To all intents and purposes it gives us peace of mind we were meeting our legislative requirements, as well as helping us to increase efficiency, reduce costs and win work.

Being responsible for our own haulage has been a colossal success and this will pave the way for another new delivery vehicle that we intend to purchase shortly.


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