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GGP March 2014

News Tradelink, the UK manufacturer of windows, doors, sealed units and conservatories, has added the Ultraframe roof to its offering. “Thanks to this addition, our customers can now customise their conservatories with the Ultraframe or Global roof and Rehau or Kommerling windows,” said Bruce Morley, business development director, at Tradelink. Bruce continued: “The needs of homeowners are really driving the development of new systems in this market and with the addition of £100,000 conservatory project is underway 52 March 2014 Ultraframe to our portfolio, we can now offer our customers the ultimate choice of glazed extension systems including Loggia. Ultraframe has really grasped the nettle in terms of the development of Loggia and with the addition of Loggia Prestige to the range, we really can deliver a ‘real room’ feel at every price point. “Ultimately we want to give our customers the confidence to say yes to any project and differentiate themselves from the competition. “As well as offering a wide range of product options for conservatories, Tradelink’s Roof Distribution Centre performs a full quality assurance check on every single roof before it is sent to a customer.” Bruce concluded: “With the conservatory market set to see some growth in 2014 and beyond, Tradelink is well placed to support installers wanting to maximise on this growth potential. I’m confident that we have the broadest solution to meet the needs of just about every homeowner.” www.tradelinkdirect.co.uk Call for ‘buildover’ feedback The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Conservatory Association is calling for conservatory installation companies to share their firsthand experiences of the ‘build over’ bureaucracy that it believes is causing ‘serious harm’ to the conservatory sector. Mark Hanson, chairman of the GGF Conservatory Association, explained: “We need to establish the real impact of ‘build over’ agreements and assess the scale of the issue across the UK. We have plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that installers are battling at a local level with water companies as a result of the transfer of ownership of private sewers from homeowners to water companies. The reality is that we need to put some national figures against the issue before we can make a more robust case to the government.” The ownership of private sewers and lateral drains was transferred to water and sewerage companies in England and Wales in 2011. Despite there being no legal requirement to do so, many water companies are insisting on ‘build over’ agreements if a conservatory installation is built over, or comes within 3m of an existing sewer or lateral drain. According to the GGF, the water companies’ insistence on ‘build over’ agreements is leading to ‘delays, costs and confusion’ for homeowners. The GGF is extremely concerned that this could lead to a significant decrease in demand for conservatories, extensions and other glass structures, or even cancellations of existing orders. Nigel Rees, GGF group chief executive, commented: “We are seeking feedback in order to provide evidence to the government which shows how our industry is affected.” If you have any direct experience with your local water company, please email mark.hanson@ultraframe.co.uk and share your experiences. ‘The ultimate choice of glazed extension systems’ Franklin Windows is contributing £100,000 to the design, manufacture and installation of a new composite conservatory at a café in a popular Leeds park. Part of a £170,000 amenities refurbishment project implemented by Leeds City Council, the conservatory will be constructed on the upper level of the Bakery Café in Leeds’ Golden Acre Park. Josh Franklin, of Franklin Windows, said: “Leeds is fortunate enough to have a number of parks, of which Golden Acre is particularly attractive. It is especially significant to us as my granddad, Clifford Franklin, loved it and when he died, we erected a bench there in his memory. “We are looking forward to transforming the Bakery Café with a beautifully designed conservatory. Our granddad would have been so proud to know we are creating part of the landscape at one of Leeds’ loveliest locations, whilst also ensuring that more visitors can enjoy the delights of the café.” It is reported that the café is currently unable to cope with the quantity of visitors at busy times of the day and as a result, Franklin will ensure that 40 additional customers can be catered for in the new conservatory, increasing the indoor seating capacity to 86. Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “Golden Acre Park remains a very popular place for people of all ages in our city to visit and we are delighted to be moving forward with Franklin Windows on the construction of a new conservatory at the café.” Josh Franklin (left), of Franklin Windows, is looking forward to transforming Golden Acre Park’s Bakery Café with a new conservatory


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