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Cemplas winners at PCA Awards 2017

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Cemplas’s Alan Martin picked up the ‘Student of the Year’ Award at this year’s prestigious Property Care Association Awards held at Warwick University on Thursday 4th May 2017. The award – sponsored by Delta Membranes – is for the Certified Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) category and was awarded to Alan for achieving the highest score out of all examinees who recently sat the CSSW exam.

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Cemplas MD Tony Blencowe said “As long term members of the PCA,  we’re very proud to see Alan receive this award and thank him for his hard work and diligence in achieving this qualification. This is the second prestigious awards event we’ve attended in as many months and it highlights to me what great staff we have at Cemplas and the excellent work that we collectively do in delivering high quality projects for our clients”.  

Morrisons Herne Bay

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The car park at Morrisons’ Herne Bay store in Kent is located on the roof of the retail store itself, split over two levels providing approximately 80 spaces. The existing asphalt waterproof surface of the car park was badly damaged and split over the years had been allowing significant water ingress into the store below. The asphalt itself – covering some 2,500m2 – has been completely re-waterproofed by Cemplas using Sika’s rapid-curing Sikafloor Pronto system for car parks.   The fully-reinforced Pronto 32 system was applied to all areas including up / down ramps. Acting as Principal Contractor working directly for Wm Morrisons Supermarkets, Cemplas also carried out localised concrete repairs to the semi-circular vehicular access ramp.   If you’d like to know more about this project visit our website to download our project case study: Morrisons-Herne-Bay

Cemplas add 'Specialist Resin Wall & Floor Finishes’ to CPD

Cemplas are pleased to announce the latest addition to our suite of CPD Subjects Covered: ‘Specialist Resin Wall & Floor Finishes’.   Covered within this 40-minute CPD is defect identification and rectification of faults including design & specification considerations. We already have bookings for this new CPD so If you and your colleagues are prepared to give up a lunch hour in return for a free light buffet lunch and the opportunity to learn something new, please contact Graeme Middleton

London’s Victoria Palace Theatre

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Cemplas have been awarded a contract to carry out major basement waterproofing works at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. The works are being carried out to three basement areas: Stage, IT Room & Marchants Bar. Watch this space for progress updates and pictures as our wok progresses!! For further information, please contact Graeme Middleton

Riverside made Watertight Again

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Two upper deck areas of the car park at Hemel Hempstead’s Riverside Shopping Centre have been made watertight again by Cemplas. Water had been leaking through the top two levels for a number of years before Tremco’s MMA rapid-cure deck waterproofing system was applied by Cemplas to approximately 2500m2 of the centre’s top parking decks.   For further information, please contact Graeme Middleton

Re-Waterproofing of Asphalt

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Asphalt surfaces can in most cases be re-waterproofed very successfully by overlaying with a rapid-curing, cold, liquid-applied system either partially or fully reinforced. BUT … if you’re going to do it, please contact Cemplas for some advice first!!!

On the Case at Scotland Yard

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Cemplas have installed Delta’s cavity membrane systems to the interior of the sub-basement and basement levels of the Metropolitan Police’s new home near Whitehall. Formerly known as Whitehall Police Station, the Curtis Green Building- which began construction in 1935 serving as part of the Met's three-building headquarters during the Second World War as well as housing the forensics and technology departments – is the new home for New Scotland Yard.  Fascinating project!

The Problem with Movement Joints . . .

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Who can spot the obvious design flaws here? So often, joint design is the throw-away ending when a structure is built. So when it comes to designing a remedial solution, you’d hope that the horizontal/vertical junction would be re-detailed & corrected. Unfortunately, In 99 out of 100 cases, it isn’t! The result? A building that continues to let in water …

The Icon, Basildon

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ICON is a prominent development of 121 apartments in the heart of Basildon recently developed by Hollybrook Developments. As part of the building’s conversion to a residential block, Cemplas have installed a fully waterproof surface to the residents' internal car park situated on the first floor of this 10-storey building.

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The resident’s car park is situated directly above Eastgate Learning Centre which itself is situated on the ground floor and it was imperative that no water from the car park gets through into the education centre below.

For a watertight parking deck for your internal residential or office car park, please contact us for further assistance …

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We’ve had some great feedback . . .

. . . from one of our new clients where we have just completed a flat roof re-waterproofing project on a shopping centre:   “May I take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to you and your colleagues who have been working with us recently. They have been a credit to Cemplas and everyone associated with the company should be very proud. The efforts in supporting us and going above and beyond has not only shocked me (in a good way) but re-established my faith in contractors”.  
Always so nice to hear!

Cemplas attends Parkex 2017

Interesting to see all the latest technologies on offer to the parking industry at this year's event at the NEC, Birmingham including papers presented at the BPA's Parkex Hub. 'Designing the Car Parks of the Future and Maintaining the Car Parks of the Past' - chaired by Stripe Consulting's Russell Simmons - included an interesting presentation by Emseal's Dan O'Hayer on movement joint remedial techniques and solutions for the car park environment.

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Cemplas awarded NFRC Health and Safety In Roofing Scheme Gold Award.

Cemplas NFRC Gold Award. Health & Safety in Roofing Standards

We are very proud to announce that Cemplas have been awarded the Gold Award from the NFRC Health and Safety In Roofing Scheme. As a company, we take the Health & Safety of our team very seriously and endeavour to maintain such a high standard moving forward. This could not be possible without our dedicated team who ensure that the bar is kept raised at all times!

Fat Face, Havant

Cemplas have recently completed the application of Sika ComfortFloor to a brand new packaging facility for leading clothing retailer Fat Face. ComfortFloor was applied to the main floor area of the Staff Picking Area as part of the new distribution centre recently constructed at Dunsbury Hill Farm Business Park near Havant, Hampshire.

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Sikafloor 261 was also applied to the landings and staircases of the facility having first been levelled with Sika Level 30.

An accredited Sikafloor applicator, Cemplas provide a range of resin flooring solutions. If you would like to know more about the work we do in flooring, please get in touch. For further details, please contact Graeme Middleton

Cemplas win contract to refurbish car park at AMP House, Croydon

Cemplas are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contract to carry out refurbishment works to the office car park at AMP House, Croydon.



The project – in excess of £400,000 in value – includes repairs and re-waterproofing to the car park’s top and intermediate levels, the installation of vehicle impact & safety barriers, a replacement lighting scheme and concrete repairs and protective coatings to the intermediate levels.

The project is being managed by Knight Frank’s London office with assistance from specialist car park consultants, Stripe Consulting.

For further information, please contact Graeme Middleton

Cemplas and Tremco illbruck reunite to refit office car park

An office car park in the Winnersh Triangle has been upgraded 17 years after it opened by the same contractor using the same materials. The car park at 200 Berkshire Place serves offices occupied by tenants including Sage and Amdocs.

When erected in 2000, contractor Cemplas protected the top deck of the car park using the Tretodek, Tremco’s polyurethane (PU) waterproofing system. After almost two decades’ service, the system was starting to show its age and the landlord wanted a new 10-year warranted system.

Fidelity appointed Resolute Property Consultancy to specify a replacement system and supervise its application. During the period since the original application, tremco illbruck has undergone a rebranding and its products had evolved. The Tretodek had been replaced by a new Tremco PU system. However, because the original system was felt to have performed well beyond its original design life, Resolute founder and partner, Mark Goulding, contacted tremco illbruck and spoke to sales manager Peter Bitten for advice.

“The old Tretodek system has a 10-year warranty and had reached the end of its natural life without anything but the most basic maintenance, so it had done pretty well,” said Bitten. “But it had been installed on a newbuild. The car park is now in constant use and there was no possibility of closing it for any length of time.”

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British Parking Awards Finals 2017


Cemplas are delighted to announce that the Meadows Retail Short Stay MSCP Chelmsford has been shortlisted amongst the finalists of the British Parking Awards 2017. The car park – owned and operated by Chelmsford City Council – was completely refurbished by Cemplas in just seven weeks commencing in the Summer of 2016, project managed by Witham-based JP Chick & Patners. We are delighted that the project has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Refurbishment’ category and are proud to have been part of the project team delivering this demanding project.

We wish all other shortlisted finalists the very best of luck also and look forward to the Finals Awards which take pace on Friday 10th March 2017 at The Lancaster, London.

Cemplas Assesses the Health of Hospital Parking

Hospital Parking Article. Graeme Middleton, Cempas. February 2017

The perennial problem faced by NHS Trusts offering parking facilities for staff, patients and visitors is that they are land-locked. Often in urban environments, they are unable to spread their footprint in the quest for space to erect new structures, so they adopt the solution of going upwards. This makes absolute sense.

Parking capacity can be increased four or five-fold on a comparatively small area by building a multistorey structure. With modern design and construction techniques, it’s simple enough to erect a 300-space car park with pre-cast segments and a lightweight powdercoated steel frame, clad with some architecturally pleasing metalwork that cunningly disguises it as some futuristic-looking structure of purpose – the purpose being that it becomes a cash generator. Let’s face it, parking is a fantastic revenue stream to any cash-strapped public-sector-funded organisation, so these structures are being erected with increasing frequency. It’s great news for the construction industry, and it solves two problems straight away – creating more parking capacity and increasing revenues. But there are worrying signs of trouble ahead.

Read the full article here.

Hospital Parking Article. Graeme Middleton, Cempas. February 2017

Cemplas Plays Part in South Bank Centre Revival

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As part of a two-year, £28 million restoration of London’s prestigious South Bank Centre, Cemplas have recently carried out extensive concrete restoration and repair works to the internal concrete architectural elements of this globally famous arts venue.

As part of Europe’s largest centre for the arts – which attracts more than six million visitors annually - the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hayward Gallery & Purcell Room are being restored to their original character which includes renovating board-finished concrete walls and coffered concrete ceilings.

“We’re or course used to working on the outside of landmark buildings” commented Chris Saunders, Cemplas Estimating & Contracts Manager “however the challenge of working on the inside of an iconic building such as the South Bank Centre was one that we absolutely relished. With the decorative wooden panelled interior for example, it has been essential to retain exacting humidity controls whilst carrying out concrete cleaning with essentially dry & water-free solutions inside the building”.

Remmers’ Arte Mundit product – a ‘peelable’ poultice – was applied to most surfaces of the exposed internal concrete elements creating an elastic film over the surface which when peeled away, removed superficial dirt that had built up on the concrete over the years since the centre’s opening back in the 1960s.

The rear walls of the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage also saw black paint removed using the ‘Doff’ method and Tensid Tavec 201 Biodegradable paint remover.

Once cleaned, repairs have had to be carried out to areas of the decorative concrete and blended in to ensure that they are not easily visible.

Cemplas achieves Competent Roofer Status

Cemplas are delighted to announce that they have achieved Competent Roofer status, the Government-licensed scheme that allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify that their refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations within England & Wales.
The scheme - administered on behalf of the Government by the NFRC of which Cemplas are also members – ensures that when property owners carry out roof repair and/or replacement works, they have the added reassurance that the work being carried out meets the exacting standards of the Building Regulations.
On receiving the Competent Roofer Certification, Cemplas MD Tony Blencowe said “To achieve this status, contractors are rigorously audited and their work inspected prior to acceptance so naturally we’re delighted that we have become approved members of this important scheme”.
Commenting also on achieving Competent Roofer status, Archie Gemmell – Head of Cemplas’ Roofing division – said “We offer our clients a high quality service & professional application. Being Competent Roofer certified gives our clients the peace of mind knowing that we are regulated and thoroughly reliable and that our work complies with Building Regulations”.

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Preparing your Car Parks for Winter – Top Tips from Cemplas

A car park is definitely not just for Christmas – but Graeme Middleton, business development manager at car park refurbishment specialist CEMPLAS, shares tips on preparing your facility for the festive season . . .

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