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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.

GT Racing, Silverstone

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.

GT Racing, Silverstone

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.

GT Racing, Silverstone

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.

GT Racing, Silverstone

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.

Glenlivet Distillery at SD Sealants, sealant application and cosmetic repairs

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!

Glenlivet Distillery at SD Sealants, sealant application and cosmetic repairs

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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.

The team at SD Sealants have been working on a very unique project this month – assisting in the development of the latest residential phase at Finzels Reach, Bristol.

SD tiling expert Andre Hunt and his team were asked to take on a very bespoke entrance lobby area for the luxury Cask Store development, in which the imported tiles were laser cut to create a unique look.

SD Sealants Tiling Service at Cask Store, Bristol

The Cask Store apartments have been built on the foundations of historic brewery buildings, and promise a collection of individually-designed apartments situated on Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

Bray and Slaughter have been undertaking the main construction and development work of the site, which will offer high specification, two bedroom apartments with underground parking, 24/7 estate management and security services.

The developer is hoping to give the flats a luxury feel, and SD Sealants have come aboard to give the entrance lobby a distinctive look, with David Hutton Interiors providing the finish to the building.

SD Sealants Tiling Service at Cask Store, Bristol

SD Sealants provided both cosmetics and tiling services, which have both kept up with an aggressive and difficult build program, while at all times delivering a quality service.

Though this might otherwise have been a lengthy, intense job, the project has made very swift progress thanks to the quick and efficient work of the SD team.

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SD Sealants has had a promising first quarter of 2017. The company has seen fast growth in the past few months and will be creating fifty new jobs.

It also has ambitious plans to acquire additional companies this year to ensure the business continues to grow at a consistent rate.

As well as bringing in a wave of new employees, SD Sealants will also be adding thirty five new vehicles to its fleet as part of its current expansion plans.

Managing Director of SD Sealants, Nick Jones, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the progress made already this year. We’ve had a great first quarter, and we intend to continue growing at this rate for the foreseeable future. We are an ambitious company and want to continue the record breaking year we had in 2016, and with that in mind, we are hoping that the new additions to our team, both in terms of workforce and vehicles, will help us achieve this.”

Launched in 1973, SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply and application of sealant. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the UK’s largest sealant companies, with eight offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

In that time, SD Sealants has extended its services to include cosmetic building repairs, and as of this month, has introduced a new tiling service to its portfolio. The team will be providing tiling assistance nationally for house builders and commercial businesses in the hotel, leisure and retail sectors.

Managing Director, Nick, added: “We launched the new tiling service to complement the success of our sealant and cosmetic repair divisions. We’ve had a great deal of customer demand for tiling in the past, and so we’re excited to get started and to offer something new for our clients.”

     

Just two weeks after the season opener at Oulton park in Cheshire, SD Sealants Managing Director Nick Jones and race partner Scott Malvern returned to action in the British GT Championship over the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby in Northants.

This time, the format changed to a single two hour endurance race which meant that qualification would be based on the aggregate time of the two drivers together in the Porsche Cayman Clubsport, run by Team Parker Racing.

Practice on old tyres was very encouraging on Saturday morning, setting a time just four tenths shy of the fastest car in the GT4 class – and third overall.

Qualifying maintained the good pace set in practice with Nick finishing tenth overall in GT4 and Scott fifth.

As the two hour race got underway, Nick initially struggled with the heavy fuel load but once he got to grips with this he ran at a good pace. Unfortunately, two safety car periods during his stint compromised track position before he handed over to Scott at the one hour mark.

Scott maintained the good pace set by Nick and started to claw back positions on track. However, a third safety car period at a crucial time really spoilt the game plan, as certain cars were waved through when the safety car failed to pick up the overall race leader and, unfortunately, pushed Nick and Scott a lap down on cars that they had been fighting with for position.

As the race drew to a close, Scott was unable to make ground on the McLaren of Joe Osbourne ahead of him. He’d had to let through the third place Ginetta under blue flags, which then positioned itself for the remainder of the race between himself and the McLaren.

At the chequered flag, Nick & Scott were classified 18th overall out of 30 cars, but a credible 8th in the GT4 class and better still 3rd (out of 10 cars) in the Pro-Am sub class; a finish that sees them move up to second in the Pro-Am division of the championship.

Afterwards, the mood was very upbeat despite the frustration with the safety car situation. Nick said, “I think we unlocked a bit more pace in the car this weekend and overall I’m very happy with our performance. I want to thank the whole team for all of their hard work.”

Scott likewise was encouraged: “I think our car being heavier is harder on the tyres than the Ginetta for sure, but compared to where we were at the end of last year this is very encouraging. We just need a bit of luck now to enable some better results. The safety cars really worked against us today and spoilt our race strategy, but we are definitely in the mix – especially for Pro-am honours and competing well against the McLarens and Nissan’s”

Nick and Scott return to action at the end of this month at the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend with two one hour sprint races on the Snetterton 300 circuit near Thetford in Norfolk.

 

Andre SD Sealants, new Tiling Service

SD Sealants is branching out by launching a new tiling service.  As well as it’s highly successful sealant and cosmetic repair divisions, the company will now provide tiling services nationally for house builders and commercial businesses in the hotel, leisure and retail sectors complimenting our existing services.

The business has also strengthened its management team with the appointment of Andre Hunt and Jay Miller who will be 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.

 

Nick Jones, Managing Director, SD Sealants said, “We’re really excited about launching this new service as many of our existing customers have asked if we provide tiling, as they know how professionally we complete our sealant and cosmetic repair work. With Andre and Jay leading this area, we will be able to provide our clients with a market leading service carried out by trained professionals.

“SD Sealants is already the UKs leading sealant application and cosmetic repair company, and we have extensive experience completing projects across all industries and areas. We are looking forward to being able to replicate this professionalism in tiling.”

Nick added: “We will be working with some of the leading tile providers such as BAL, Schluter, Porcelanosa, Tileflair and CTD to supply our customers with their design requirements. We will also offer a design, supply and fixing service, ensuring that the project is handled as professionally and as seamlessly as possible for our clients.”

More information about SD Sealants existing services can be found at; http://www.sdsealants.co.uk/services/

The racing season got underway for SD Sealants Managing Director, Nick Jones, and his racing partner, Scott Malvern, at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend. The pairing are once again competing in the prestigious British GT Championship with Team Parker Racing, and are driving a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

The pairing feel much better prepared this year, having had the opportunity to do some pre-season testing which wasn’t possible last season, with the car only arriving at the fourth round of the Championship. This was clearly reflected in a strong qualifying performance for the two one-hour races, with Nick qualifying 12th overall in the GT4 class and Scott taking fifth. This was despite an ever-present problem with the electronically controlled downshift on the car.

In spite of inclement weather, a huge crowd were in attendance for the two races on Monday, with the first being run in wet conditions as Nick took the first stint.

Nick made a good start and put in a solid performance during his 30 minute session, dicing with the Ginetta of the Century Motorsport Team which he was able to get the better of.

Scott then took to the wheel and was soon among the fray, battling hard with the McLaren 570S of Tolman Motorsport and the aforementioned Century Motorsport Ginetta. He eventually brought the car home in a very credible 7th in class and 17th overall.

Both drivers were happy with the performance, as were the team who felt real progress was being made.
A very busy public pit lane and autograph session was squeezed into the lunch break, before race two was scheduled to get underway just after 3pm.

This time around, the pro-drivers would take the first stint so Scott started the race. A lighting start saw him bolt from 5th to 3rd in class on the first lap and then up to 2nd. But class leader Michael Simpson, who had already acquired considerable front end damage on his Century Motorsport Ginetta from the start of the race, was making his car as wide as possible and soon a five car train was fighting for the lead.

The Nissan 350Z of RJN Motorsport, driven by the highly experienced Martin Plowman, was eventually able to take advantage of the situation and nip through into the lead. But when Simpson went wide at Cascades, Scott went for the obvious gap and Simpson belatedly shut the door, sending both cars spinning off onto the very wet grass.
Valuable seconds were lost but Scott got back onto the track and set about closing down the pack again before handing over to Nick at the halfway stage.

Unfortunately, Nick’s progress was hampered by a long safety car period due to an incident between the GT3 Team Parker Bentley Continental and the Team ABBA Mercedes AMG. The incident left a considerable amount of debris strewn across the track, which Nick and other competitors had to gingerly pick their way through.

Eventually the organisers had no choice but to deploy the chequered flag early on safety grounds, with the safety car still circulating. Therefore, Nick & Scott once again finished in 17th position overall and a respectable 10th in the GT4 class.

Although results could have been slightly better and the on-track incident compromised a possible podium finish in race two, there was nevertheless a feeling that real progress had been made this weekend. Nick, in particular, should be encouraged with his performance; his lap times now closer to Scott’s than they’ve ever been before.

The next event takes place this weekend on 29th & 30th April at The Rockingham Motor Speedway circuit near Corby in Northamptonshire, with Nick & Scott taking part in a two-hour endurance race.

Live TV coverage is available on the Front Runner Freeview Channel (Channel 91 & also available on Sky) and the British GT dedicated TV channel on YouTube.

SD Sealants’ cosmetic repair service is showing signs of further growth in-line with the rapidly approaching Spring season. Our ability to cosmetically repair and resolve issues with caravans and park homes ‘in situ’, as opposed to removing and replacing entire panels as per many other service providers, has seen this area of the business expand rapidly in recent years.

Launched with Contracts Manager Rob Thomas back in 2015, SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs now employs a crew of six in the Devon area dealing with all aspects of commercial and domestic caravan repairs, and is currently recruiting for a seventh member to join the team in June.

Our work to restore panels, shower cubicles and other internal elements without the need for full replacement, as is so often the case, means SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs is now a major contractor with the UK’s largest supplier of commercial caravans in the UK, Bourne Leisure. Providing highly efficient caravan cosmetic repair solutions and keeping costs down in the process, SD now supports a host of major caravan parks across the South West, including Europe’s largest at Haven Holidays in Sandy Bay.

Rob, who worked on the caravan contracts division alone in the early days, said: “It has been pretty busy from day one to be honest, such is the demand for the level of service SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs is able to provide.

“The knowledge and experience of the company within cosmetic repairs means the solutions we provide for the caravan industry have proved hugely popular amongst commercial operators, who require support in maintaining and restoring the caravans they operate all year round.

“I’m very proud of the team that has been formed on the back of such hard work and unrivalled expertise, and we are looking forward to welcoming another member into the fold as the need to recruit again has become apparent ahead of the forthcoming summer season.”

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