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Construction specialist has the cutting edge

Complex drylining and exterior finishing work on a renowned residential development in Leeds city centre has clinched a leading national award for a specialist company.

The Federation of Plastering and Drywall Contractors (FPDC) announced Rotherham-based Horbury Building Systems (HBS) as winner of the ‘Drylining – Residential Category’ award at the 2008 Plaisterers Trophy for work on the £75m The Gateway development.

Leeds’ The Gateway is the city’s largest residential development with 642 apartments, a 218 bed hotel, retail and commercial space and has been finished to exacting standards by HBS, which undertook external lining and internal partition and ceiling work valued at £8m on behalf of the main contractor, Shepherd Construction.

Trevor Wragg, managing director of the Horbury Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award. The FPDC Plaisterers Trophy is one of the oldest industry awards, rewarding the highest standards of skill and excellence in plastering and drywall design and installation.

“HBS also won the ‘Drylining Contracts over £750,000’ award at the 2007 Plaisterers Trophy for work on the £113m Manchester Civil Justice Centre. This subsequent achievement is of real credit to the team from Horbury Building Systems who worked within very tight time constraints to deliver a high quality service on such an impressive development.”

Horbury’s contract included the design and installation of steel frame systems and cement particle board linings to the exterior of the project and all internal partitions and ceilings to form apartments, corridors, staircases and landlord areas.

Specifics of HBS’ work on the project include a vast 45,000 sq m of ceilings, 35,000 sq m of internal walls, 22,000 sq m of dividing walls, 20,000 sq m of external steel frame and cement board, 13,000 sq m of door linings and 4,000 door openings.

Working closely behind the actual construction of the 15 storey project, HBS installed external cement board to make the building watertight in the shortest time frame, enabling internal finishing trades to commence their works earlier than scheduled.

The project required particular attention to soundproofing for the apartments and sound reverberation reduction around the development’s impressive central atrium, which HBS addressed with innovative use of perforated plasterboard, which was key to the FPDC’s decision to award Horbury.

HBS also adopted a stringent approach to materials wastage and reduced this through the use of pre-cut boards to fit storey heights and boards tailored to fit around doorways, reducing plasterboard waste by 30 per cent against comparable schemes.

Plasterboard chippers were also used by HBS to ensure maximum use of waste skip space and ease of handling. The waste was then removed for recycling.

The awards, organised by the FPDC with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, culminated in a glittering awards ceremony held at the grand Plaisterers Livery Hall in London.

Email: billy@hrmedia.org.uk


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