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intelle, sd sealants, cosmetic repairs, studentThe team at SD Sealants have been spending a lot of time in the capital city this month, and our latest project to be completed is the brand spanking new student accommodation, Glendower House, on St Andrews Lane.

Cardiff is a burgeoning hub of student activity, and to keep up with high demand for quality accommodation in the city centre, Intelle Construction has developed an 84 bed complex that boasts an onsite gym and a cinema to boot.

Additional features include a multimedia gaming room, launderette and bicycle storage.

Standard studios, premium studios and halls of residence style ‘twodios’ are among the accommodation on offer at the first class living and studying space.

Intelle has called upon the experts at SD Sealants to work on the glass work surrounding the building, and our cosmetic repairs team have been hard at work restoring the six storey building to ensure that the students on-site have only the best.

To read more about SD’s latest projects, visit our news page here.

 

 

SD Sealants drivers Nick Jones and Scott Malvern wrapped up their second British GT Championship campaign with the best finish of the year at Donington Park this weekend.

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The pair drove home the potential for an exciting 2018 as they headed into the final race of the season. Determined to give the Team Parker Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport a positive send-off, Nick and Scott will be seeing a change of vehicle next season, after two years with the Stuttgart brand.

After a wet-dry practice session, hopes were high as Nick showed consistent long-run pace, which would stand them in good stead for the two-hour race. Scott then demonstrated the car’s outright speed by finishing the dry 2nd practice session in fourth position.

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“We’ve worked hard to extract speed from the car as the Porsche hasn’t been the quickest GT4,” said Scott, “our engineer Ben Newman has worked miracles this weekend.”

Confidence was high ahead of qualifying, but drama lay ahead as Nick was hit by an errant Ginetta on his fastest lap, the impact knocking both the tracking and camber out on his right-rear wheel.

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The Team Parker crew managed to re-track the car during the short break for driver changes, and sent Scott out hoping for the best. He delivered by setting the third fastest lap of the entire session. The aggregate time meant that the car would start 12th in GT4, but it was clear the pace was there to move forward.

For the race start, Nick got his head down and was determined to stay out of trouble as many drivers around him lost their cool. Some turbulent early laps helped the SD car move up the order, despite Nick having his own troubles.

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“My predictive lap timer had stopped working so I had no reference and I was still trying to get back into the rhythm after the qualifying hit unbalanced the car,” said Nick, “There was so much going on in the first stint, I just tried to keep things clean and tick off the laps.”

Nick pitted to hand over to Scott at the one-hour mark and, with the pro driver installed and the car running consistently, Scott continued to scythe up the order.

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Heading into the final few minutes, Scott was on a charge just outside the podium places as he chased down the two Century Motorsport Ginettas ahead. Time just ran out for him to catch the top three runners, but a result of third in the GT4 Pro-Am class ensured the year ended on a high. Nick and Scott’s fifth overall in GT4 also marks their best finish of the year, with Scott’s fastest race lap being the fourth fastest overall. Nick and Scott also finished the year fourth in the Pro-Am Championship points.

“I was pushing like mad as I knew we could get a strong result,” said Scott. “I was really hanging on to the car at points, but it was great fun. Nick kept it nice and tidy in his stint under difficult circumstances, so all in all it was a successful weekend.”

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Nick added: “Donington was a tough weekend but we came away with a great result to finish the season. It’s good to send the Porsche off on a high, now it’s on to next year when we’ll have a whole new beast to play with. Roll on 2018.”

The team at SD Sealants have been busy over the past few weeks giving the bay windows at Somerton House in Cwmbran a much needed repair.

The three-storey building comprises of a series of apartments for older residents as well as people who suffer with disabilities and learning difficulties.

The site, which was formerly a small hotel, was knocked down in 2015 to make way for residential flats, including four flats for people with autism, four for people with learning difficulties, another four for disabled residents and four for residents aged 55 and over who have care requirements.

The building features bay windows and red brick materials similar to those used on nearby dwellings making it appropriate for the site, and therefore it was very important that these elements remained in good condition.

The expert cosmetic repairs team from SD Sealants were called in to improve all of the stone sills under & around each window (pictured below) and are very happy with the finished look!

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For more information on our cosmetic repairs service, visit the services page.

The team at SD have been busy this month, working on a cosmetic repairs project for a family charity based in Cardiff.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities, which opened in this summer, will provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families who have children being treated at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital and the neo-natal intensive care unit at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

The House has been raising money to complete the building work and furnishing for the site, and to secure vital first year running costs of the accommodation.

It will have 30 en suite bedrooms as well as kitchens, lounges, playroom areas, and laundry facilities and cost over £5.5 million to construct.

SD Sealants has partnered with Wilmott Dixon for this project, and has been working on the exterior glasswork of the building.

The unit, which should be fully completed this Autumn, marks the independent charity’s first ever “home away from home” accommodation in Wales, and the team at SD are over the moon to be able to help with such a worthwhile cause.

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

 

SD Sealants is working on one of its biggest projects to date. HMP Berwyn will be the largest prison in the UK, with the capacity to hold 2,100 inmates, and has enlisted the team at SD to assist with the development of its expansive building.

The facility, which opened its doors in February, will become fully operational this autumn and will comprise of three wings, each housing 702 men. These include Bala, which opened in February, Alwen, which was set to open in May and Ceiriog, which was scheduled to take prisoners in July.

The prison also has new gyms, five-a-side pitches, a library and a visiting room with a play area for children, and has been an elaborate and extensive project.

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The SD Sealants team has been working on the ancillary buildings including the college, health care centre, kitchen, workshops, multi-faith centre, the sports block, visitors building and reception buildings. They have also been carrying out sealant work on the house blocks 108A and 108B, which require help with floors, furniture and beds.

Mark Wheeler, West Midlands Contract Manager for SD, has been overseeing the sealant work carried out on the prison for the past ten months, and said: “It’s been exciting to work on such a unique project, and this is definitely going to be an impressive building once it’s fully up and running. The SD team have been doing a first-rate job so far and we’re really happy with the high standard of work being carried out.”

After the trials and tribulations of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium last month, Nick Jones and Scott Malvern made a welcome and triumphant return to home soil at Brands Hatch this weekend in the British GT Championship.

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Qualifying took place in mixed conditions on Saturday afternoon, with the SD Sealants car being the eighth quickest GT 4 car in both the AM & Pro sessions, and a highly respectable eighteenth place overall out of thirty cars. However, a sixth place grid penalty and a hangover from the race incident at Spa Francorchamps meant that the Team Parker Porsche Cayman would line up at twenty-fourth place on the grid for the two-hour Sunday afternoon race.

With Nick handling the first stint and starting on the outside of the track, he initially dropped back a couple of places to twenty-sixth position, but then set about regaining lost places with a move into Paddock Hill bend on the Ginetta of Chris Milford.

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A lengthy safety car period bunched the field up and on the restart Nick made a fine move around the outside of Druids hair pin, passing two cars to move into 21st position.

Nick held his position well until the pit stop and driver change just after the hour mark, with Scott then taking to the wheel.

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Scott’s first target was the McLaren of Dan Mckay. This would be the second time in a week that he would hunt down the same driver, having pulled off a spectacular overtake on the outside at Coram corner in Snetterton in the Porsche Carrera Cup race exactly a week earlier.

With McKay cleared, Scott’s next target was the McLaren of Jessie Antilla – a full ten seconds ahead on the road. But Scott made spectacular headway into Antilla’s lead, and with the car going wide out of Graham Hill corner, Scott needed no second invitation to overtake along the bottom straight.

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Next up the Ginetta G55 of Jason Baker was passed, moving SD Sealants’ car into third position in the Pro-AM class. With other drivers having to endure stop-go penalties, Nick and Scott found themselves up to 5th overall in the GT4 class and 15th in the entire field, which they maintained for the last few laps of the race.

All-in-all a very satisfying performance and both drivers were delighted to come away with a Pro-AM podium position.

There is just one more event left in the British GT Championships, and this takes place at Donington Park over the weekend of 23rd and 24th September.

 

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

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