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The recently opened McCarthy & Stone retirement living homes in Abergavenny has partnered with SD Sealants to ensure that the building is in top condition ready for new residents to move in.

The Riverside Court homes are a development of spacious, comfortable, low maintenance retirement apartments that are suitable for anyone over 60 who is keen to maintain an independent lifestyle, whilst still having peace of mind that someone is there.

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The project, which began earlier this year in March, included various repairs to worktops, internal wood grain doors and stone sills for the modern 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.

The care homes are based in a very sought after location at the foot of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and are proving very popular since opening. The project was completed in July and residents are now moving in to the properties, with only a few rooms remaining available.

After completing this project, the cosmetic repairs team at SD has developed a great working relationship with McCarthy & Stone which they hope will continue into the future.

 

The newly-created tiling division at SD Sealants has been busy this past spring with a number of ongoing projects in the works. Among those is Morrisons of Bude, which needed expert tiling work carried out on various points around the store, including the cafe, petrol station and all fresh prep areas.

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The project, which ran from mid-April to mid-June this year, was contracted by global construction services company ISG, and managed by Andre Hunt. Work was carried out during nights so as not to disturb usual trading hours, and the team put up both wall and floor tiling, using tiles from Swedecor and British Ceramics.

SD Sealants, the UK’s leading sealants & cosmetic repairer, launched its new tiling service earlier in the year to complement its highly successful sealant and cosmetic repair divisions. The company now provides tiling services nationally for house builders and commercial businesses in the hotel, leisure and retail sectors.

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The business has also strengthened its management team with the appointment of Andre Hunt and Jay Miller who are heading up the service. Both Andre and Jay have over 10 years’ experience in handling commercial marble, porcelain and ceramic tiling projects for the construction sectors.

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The team are extremely happy with the standard of work done in Bude this year, and they look forward to continuing on the success of the tiling division as 2017 goes on.

 

It was just one of those weekends for Nick & Scott at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, where superstitious folk might suggest that they had walked under every ladder and crossed a few black cats’ paths.

It didn’t get off to a great start when the SD Sealants Team Parker racing Porsche Cayman GT4 cut out at the beginning of the first practice session, and after diagnosing a catastrophic electrical failure the team were forced to send for an expert from the Porsche factory over the border in Germany.

The car was worked on throughout the morning but neither Nick or Scott were able to achieve any meaningful running in either practice session, which meant they’d have to go straight into the late afternoon qualifying sessions with no race speed laps under their belts.

Under the circumstances, qualifying 14th out of 20+ GT4 cars in both the AM & Pro qualifying sessions was a good result, but unfortunately that was as good as it was going to get for the boys this fateful weekend.

With the format reverting to two one-hour races, it wasn’t long before the safety car was out just two laps into the first race when the Century Motorsport Ginetta, driven by Steve Fresle, crashed heavily at Raidillon.

Soon after the restart, another incident ahead saw Nick try to take avoiding action but unfortunately clashed with the other Century Motorsport Ginetta driven by Anna Walewska at La Source. Both cars retired on the spot.

With there being such a tight turnaround before race two (just 2 hours later) and the organisers not recovering the damaged cars until after the GT race had ended – and also after the subsequent 30-minute Formula Three race – the team just didn’t have enough time to repair the car for the next race. This meant a sad ending to what had already been a very trying weekend!

Nick and Scott now have a welcome four-week break to put this difficult weekend behind them before the next event at Scott’s home circuit of Brands Hatch on the 5th & 6th of August.

 

So, it was back to pinning a number on last week with the National Championships in the Isle of Man.

This is always one of the toughest races of the season and this year was certainly no different. With a very gruelling course and the standard of the British Women’s peloton at a very high standard, there was going to be no holding back.

At the start of the season, the time trial at the National Championships was a big goal of mine. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the best preparation. With illness beforehand and not being able to train properly for quite a bit of time, I wasn’t going into it with much form – but I was looking forward to getting stuck in.

We arrived with an entire day to check out the TT course and make sure everything was running smoothly. It was a tough course – all up and down with a couple of tough climbs. Though it didn’t end up being the result I’d have liked, I was happy with how the race went overall.

amy roberts, sd sealants, cyclingWith a few days until the road race, it was time to recover and check out the course ready for Sunday. Having raced the Youth Commonwealth games here quite a few years ago, I knew what the finishing circuit was like – again with a tough climb it was going to be a hard six laps.

 

For the first part of the race we were using a lap of the very well-known time trial course, and you guessed it… there was yet another climb! This one being quite a bit longer than anything I’ve raced on before.

The race started off rolling and apart from a break of four, everything was smooth and steady until we got to the climb which started off steep and then settled down. It split a lot, but we gradually came together to form the main bunch with around nine riders off the front. Things stayed like this for the rest of the race, and I had to dig deep at every climb which eventually took its toll. During the last lap, I just had nothing left so came in at the back of the bunch.

Overall, I was happy to get through the race and am now looking forward to the rest of the season with my Wiggle High5 teammates. It was a great week back in the Isle of Man, revisiting somewhere that I raced a lot in my youth and of course it was a very well organised race, with lots of locals out cheering us on.

Having the support of SD Sealants is really appreciated when having to race in places like the Isle of Man with the cost of travel and hotels etc. all adding up! I hope to go to Holland/Belgium at the start of next month to get more racing under the belt and hopefully some results for myself.

– Amy Roberts

 

This year, our cosmetic repairs team has been working on a building steeped in history – the NHS Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire.

Originally founded in 1863, it was first known as the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. In 2001 the hospital was taken over by the NHS trust and is now one of three primary psychiatric units in the UK.

Much of Broadmoor’s architecture is still Victorian, including the Grade 1 listed gatehouse, which features its well-recognised antique clock tower.

Following reports that the old buildings were unfit for purpose, planning permission was granted in 2012 for a £242 million redevelopment, involving a new unit comprising of ten wards to adjoin the existing six wards of the modern Paddock Unit.

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The cosmetic repairs team at SD Sealants is currently working on a new unit of 162 beds, led by Kier Construction Group, to replace the facilities currently provided in outdated buildings. The project is worth £115m, and the main building work has been taking place for the past four years, ready to accept patients earlier this year.

The repairs project is extensive, and is likely to be continuing until the end of 2017 making the cosmetic work a near year-long undertaking.

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Broadmoor Hospital has famously housed some of the UK’s most notorious criminals, including Ronnie Kray (of the Kray twins) and Charles Bronson. During the First World War, Broadmoor’s Block 1 was also used as a prisoner-of-war camp, called Crowthorne War Hospital, for mentally ill German soldiers.

This will be SD Sealants’ second contract with Kier Group, following on from the unique Plymouth Science Park. The repair work is coming along nicely and the team at SD are enjoying working on such a historic and distinctive building.

For more information on SD Sealants’ cosmetic repairs service, click here.

 

 

Scott Davies won his fourth consecutive Under-23 National Time Trial title this June, becoming the first rider ever to do so.

Scott, a Welsh racing cyclist who hails from Carmarthen, took part in the HSBC UK National Road Championships at the Manx course, Isle of Man, where he became a four-time British Champion.

Having been a member of Team Wiggins for the past two years, the cyclist wore his WIGGINS colours with pride as he put in a top performance in the time trial competition.

Stopping the clock at 28:20:33, Scott took the Gold medal and crossed the line an impressive 49.66 seconds ahead of runner-up Thomas Baylis.

He is one of just two Welsh riders who finished inside the top 10 during the men’s time trial championship, with Sam Harrison of Team Wiggins finishing 8th.

 

On celebrating his win, Scott said: “I’m really happy to win the Under 23 title for a fourth time. It’s a great feeling to be National Champion for another year. Hopefully I’ll be able to wear the stripes a few more times this season.

“I wanted to give it my all, and if that turned out to be enough for the win, then brilliant!”

SD Sealants have been supporting Scott throughout his cycling career, and the team couldn’t be prouder of his achievement.

Managing Director, Nick Jones, comments: “We’re over the moon for Scott. He’s a fantastic rider and gives absolutely everything he has to these trials – it’s a very well-deserved victory and he’s done Wales proud.”

 

 

 

 

The team at SD Sealants have been on site at Plymouth Science Park this May, working on at three-storey building that boasts innovation and creativity for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Cosmetic Repairs crew, headed up by Contracts Manager Tony Webb, completed approximately seven full day’s worth of work on the project and carried out repairs on everything from damaged doors to IPS panels.

Plymouth Science Park now has more than 150 registered businesses working under its roof, with nearly 1,000 staff, and therefore remains the largest science and technology park in the South West.

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The park was originally built by BAM Construction, from a design by Royal William Yard-based architects HLM, and is clad with zinc-coloured aluminium, featuring exterior wall glass “pop outs”, for residents to take a seat in.

The front of the building features a huge glazed area, known as “the knuckle”, illuminated at night. Despite its impressive design, Plymouth Science Park have stressed that the ambience inside the block is just as important as the physical building itself, with workers encouraged to take part in activities and healthy eating, and spend down time in relaxing spaces.

This is one of the first jobs SD Sealants have undertaken for Kier Construction Plymouth, who are the fourth largest UK construction contractor.

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Everyone on the team has been really happy with the work done, and as the standard of repairs has been a great success they are looking forward to continuing the partnership in future.

 

 

Just a fortnight after their encouraging result at Snetterton, Nick Jones and Scott Malvern returned to race action in the British GT Championship, competing in the 500km three hour race on the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone.

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Just as in Snetterton, they showed very good pace in Saturday morning’s practice and then Saturday afternoon qualifying, which saw them placed 22nd overall out of 30 cars and 5th in the Pro-Am class.

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With it being a three hour race, both drivers were required to drive longer stints and had to have three mandatory pit stops.

Nick maintained a good pace throughout his opening stint and then handed over to Scott, who traded fastest laps for the GT4 class during his stint with the very quick McLarens and Nissans.

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The pairing looked set for another good finish – running 18th overall and 4th in class – until the penultimate lap, when an oil leak saw Scott slow dramatically and eventually be classified 5th in the Pro-Am Class and 22nd overall.

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The next event for Nick and Scott is at the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on the 7th & 8th July.

The team at SD have been working on something very dear to their hearts this month. Sealant expert Davie Graham and his crew have been at Glenlivet Distillery in Ballindalloch, carrying out work on a brand new distilling plant which is expected to increase whiskey production three-fold once it’s complete. A job worth doing, indeed!

The expansion plans, which were announced in December 2015, had proposed to build new facilities and upgrade existing ones.  They included a new distilling building, tank and equipment area, a replacement bioplant and new pipework, among other changes.

McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd have been undertaking the main building and construction work for the site over the past year, with SD Sealants more recently carrying out the internal and external mastic sealant works to all wall and floor joints.

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The project is currently ongoing, and began in April 2017 with the likely completion date being July of this year. Davie and the team are confident that they will successfully complete all works within the three month programme, and to a very high standard.

For any whiskey aficionados out there, confirmation of this project comes at the same time that Glenlivet declared its new position as the world’s best-selling single malt Scotch whisky, overtaking William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich. Both brands are the only single malts to sell more than one million cases annually!

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Nick Jones and race partner Scott Malvern returned to track action in the British GT Championship at Snetterton in Norfolk last weekend. The duo participated in two one-hour races in the SD Sealants Team Parker Racing Porsche Cayman Clubsport.

After a very encouraging practice session on Saturday morning (in less than perfect track conditions) the duo actually topped the GT4 class times for a while, and were very pleased to finish the session in third – just a few hundredths of a second slower than the class leading Ginetta G55.

Unfortunately, a substantial downpour followed by warm sunshine changed circuit conditions and whilst the pairing were able to lap two seconds faster on an improved track, the class leading Ginettas and McLarens were able to gain three seconds, leaving Nick & Scott at a disappointing 13th & 12th in their qualification sessions respectively.

The first one-hour race took place late Sunday morning in warm sunny conditions, with Nick handling the opening stint. Nick made a good start in gaining positions, but on the 2nd lap was tagged from the rear by the Macmillan Team Aston Martin Vantage, driven by William Phillips. This caused considerable damage to the rear offside wheel and severely compromised handling.

From then on, it was a case of the team doing the best they could with a damaged car, and nursing it to the end of what would prove to be a very long race. Thankfully, Nick adapted his driving style and, after losing time, began to regain his track position towards the squabbling pack ahead.

After the driver change-over on the half hour mark, Scott became involved in a race long scrap with the rapid UltraTek Nissan 370Z driven by the experienced Martin Plowman. Despite the obvious power advantage of the Nissan, particularly in a straight line, Scott was able to pressurise Plowman into making a mistake at the final corner and gain position when Plowman drove off the circuit. Despite Plowman catching back up to the rear of Scott for the final two laps, Scott was able to put in a defensive performance to keep the Nissan at bay and secure 10th place in the GT4 class and 5th in the Pro-Am division. He classified 20th overall from 28 starters.

As ever, there was a busy pit lane walkabout and autograph signing session before race two got underway just after 4pm. This time, the order of drivers was swapped – meaning that Scott handled the first stint.

Like Nick, he made a good start gaining places but also had minor contact with the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin driven by Matt Nicoll-Jones.

Threatened initially by the Black Bull McLaren of Adhil Rabindra, Scott soon pulled clear and began to challenge the rapid Optimum Ginetta G55 driven by Mike Robinson. He held position when handing over to Nick at the halfway mark.

Unfortunately, a poorly timed safety car worked against the pair, particularly by picking up the leading GT3 car and waving through the GT4 front runners which effectively put Nick and Scott a lap down.

After the restart, Nick came under pressure from the Century Motorsport Ginetta, but was able to hang on to achieve the best result so far for the Porsche, coming in 6th in GT4, 4th in Pro-Am and 15th overall – being the first non Ginetta or McLaren among the finishers.

The team were pleased with the result and both Nick and Scott felt they had gotten everything possible out of the car. Scott commented post-race, “Obviously the balance of power is still favouring the Ginettas and McLarens, and even the Nissans now seem to have more power. It is not ideal being the only Porsche on the grid as there is no benchmark for us, but we hope the organisers will examine the data and make some adjustments to the formula. Nick did a really great job in both of his stints today.”

Nick added, “Unfortunately the safety car situation worked against us, and I’m sure that we could have had a better result had it not been for that but we have to take the positives. It’s the best result we’ve had with this car and I’m very pleased with my performance and that of the whole team.”

The Championship now moves on to its headline event of the season: The Silverstone Three Hour 500km race, which takes place on the famous Grand Prix circuit over the weekend of the 10th & 11th June.

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