FeRFA AWARDS SHOWCASE THE BEST IN THE RESIN FLOORING SECTOR

Once again the FeRFA Best Practice Awards have highlighted and celebrated the best projects and innovation that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by world cup-winning former rugby player Kyran Bracken, took place at The St Johns Hotel, Solihull, on Friday 23 November and saw awards presented in five different categories, recognising the workmanship, innovation and commitment to quality shown by FeRFA member companies.

Many congratulations to this year’s winners, who are as follows. Small Industrial Project of the Year, sponsored by Boud Minerals, was won by IRL Group & Remmers. The project was at Swiftool Precision Engineering Limited, Sutton in Ashfield, where the floor was transformed from a tired-looking space into a newly refurbished workshop area and walkway colour-matched by in-pail tainting. The project was completed within 72 hours causing minimum disruption, meaning the client was able to showcase their facilities to a potential high-profile customer. The product used was Remmers Epoxy Flex PH.

 

 

The Large Industrial Project of the Year category , sponsored by ACO Building Drainage, was won by Integrated Flooring Technologies & Flowcrete for the Macallan Distillery, Scotland. Aesthetics were a critical aspect of this project, with over 21,000m 2 of flooring installed within a complex facility at a remote location. The use of resin flooring ensured that the floors in the industrial space would maintain a functional, visually attractive finish for a long period of time, with tourist areas having to withstand foot traffic of approximately 50 – 60,000 visitors per annum. The products used were Flowfresh, Peran SL and Flowcrete Quartz Structure.

 

Small Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Innoveo/Dorfner. The category was won by Zircon Flooring and Sika for the Leeds Art University. High-skill levels were required on this TV studio project to ensure that a totally flat floor was achieved. The performance of the specified products was crucial to create the ideal floor for the environment. It was required to be level, durable and smooth, as well as aesthetically pleasing and safe from damage caused by static electricity. The products used were Sikafloor® 161, Sikafloor® Level-30, Sikafloor® 220W, Sika Earthing Kit and Sikafloor® 262 AS N.

 

 

Large Commercial Project of the Year was sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates and was won by Coatech and Flowcrete for the Menai Science Park (M-SParc)in Gaerwen, Anglesey . The resin flooring on this project needed to reflect the high-tech, architecturally innovative principles, which are central to the new business centre. This requirement was met by using a combination of systems in a unique layout. Matching products were used internally and externally on pathways around the building and in the courtyard areas to give the impression of the surfaces flowing from inside the building through to the outside and vice-versa. The products used on the project were Flowcrete Peran Comfort, Flowcrete Rustik Glamourstone.

 

This year saw the introduction of the Innovation Award. Sponsored by Cobra Insurance, this was won by Altro for their new Quickcure Extra product. This is a rapid curing seal coat. It enables reduced downtime, resistance to water spotting and spillages, in addition to providing a hard-wearing finish.

 

 

 

FeRFA congratulates all those who won Awards this year, and also extends its thanks to those companies who entered Awards – the time and effort required to produce high quality entries is very much appreciated. Special thanks also go to the sponsors and judges and to all those who came along to the galaAwards night, helping to make the evening a highlight of the year for the resin flooring industry.

THE NEW PERSONNEL FROM FeRFA

The past summer has seen an important personnel change at FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association, with the retirement of longstanding CEO Helen McGachie and the arrival of a new incumbent Mark Spowage

Helen had been Chief Executive at FeRFA for 13 years, during which time the Association has changed dramatically, growing its membership base, considerably increasing and diversifying the services it offers to its members, launching a highly successful recycling scheme and constantly pushing forward innovative training initiatives. Helen transformed FeRFA into the ‘go to’ resource for training in the resin flooring industry, and this undoubtedly reflects Helen’s passion for this subject more than anything else. She is now leaving the Association to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

So FeRFA is delighted to welcome its new chief executive Mark Spowage. A self-confessed “techie”, Mark views his main role as to build on the work carried out by Helen during her tenure at the top.

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September 2018

Apprentices learn how to prepare for the perfect finish

The 16th group of resin flooring apprentices continued their training this month with a two-day session on Surface Preparation.

Starting with the essential techniques of correct floor preparation and through a combination of classroom teaching and practical experience, the trainees learnt the various methods of surface preparation and the choice of equipment available. The Preparation Group’s provided its custom-built facility at Lincoln for the training and Stephen Walker, who ran the two day sessions, gave the apprentices plenty of opportunity to try a range of machines.

This group has now completed the first ten modules of their two year apprenticeship and will continue their training with further combined classroom and practical sessions on Coatings, Self smoothing, Screeds & Covings and Flowable Screeds. Apprentices in Resin group 16 are pictured here with Stephen Walker (second from right): Daniel McLaughlin and Jordan Speed (4m Floors UK) Matthew Marvin (Central Flooring) Danny Malone (Coatech Ltd) Jack Findlay (Genco Construction) and Adam Moore, Jason Earl & Jake Ross (IRL Group Ltd)

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FeRFA AWARDS 2017 SHOWCASE THE BEST IN THE INDUSTRY

The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

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FeRFA ANNUAL EVENT 2017

The FeRFA, The Resin Flooring Association, held its 2017 Awards at The Belfry on 17 November. These once again highlighted the very best projects and examples of first class flooring installations that the resin flooring industry has to offer.

The gala Awards dinner, hosted by comedienne Jo Caulfield celebrated excellence in the resin flooring industry. Awards were presented in five different categories to recognise the workmanship, diversity, innovation and commitment to quality and training shown by its members.

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FeRFA GOLF DAY – THE RESULTS ARE IN!

The 2017 FeRFA Golf Day took place on Friday 16th June at Erewash Valley Golf Club, organised by FeRFA Vice Chairman Tom Dossett. The event was well attended, with 11 teams participating from Remmers UK, Sika, Altro, Mapei, HTC Europe, The Preparation Group, 4m Floors UK, Resin Coating Specialists, IRL Group, Floor and Walls and Boud Minerals.

Remmers UK emerged as winners this year with 87 points. In second place were Altro Limited with 85 points, Resin Coating Specialists in third with 82 points, and 4M Floors in fourth place with 80 points.

Steve Allen of Sika was awarded Longest Drive, Nearest The Pin 4th was Lee Hopkin of Resin Coating Specialists. Nearest The Pin 14th was Matt Haddick of HTC Europe and Nearest The Pin 18th was Lee Hopkin of Resin Coating Specialists.

FeRFA would like to thank the official event sponsors Remmers UK, Sika, HTC Europe and PPC. Prizes were generously donated by Zircon Flooring, ART, IRL Group and Altro.

We will provide details of the 2018 event in due course.

Tom Dossett elected as FeRFA Chairman

FeRFA is delighted to announce that Tom Dossett of Remmers UK Ltd has been elected Chairman for the next two years.

Tom has been in the construction industry for 20 years, nine years within the ready mixed concrete and screeds sector working for Tarmac, and for the following 11 years specifically in resin flooring. Tom has worked in a technical sales role for over 10 years, dealing with all market sectors from Automotive and Aerospace through to Education and Retail. Having joined Remmers UK Ltd in 2010, he has happily settled into the role of Midlands Technical Sales Manager for all market sectors. He has been an active member of the FeRFA Council for over four years as the Remmers UK Ltd representative.

Tom’s appointment follows on from the election of Tracey Glew, MD of The Preparation Group, who is not only FeRFA’s first female Chairman but also the first to come from the surface preparation side of the industry.

Together and with the assistance of FeRFA Council they will build on the success of FeRFA in promoting resin systems as the flooring of choice across a range of sectors, raising standards of health and safety and ensuring the future of the industry through a skilled and qualified workforce.

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