VISIT BPC AT BUILDSHOW 2018

Build ShowBPC Building Products is excited to be exhibiting at the 2018 Build Show Exhibition, at NEC Birmingham between 9-11 October 2018.

Visit us on stand B08 for more details and to take advantage of the exclusive promotions that we will be offering on the day.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet with our team and browse our vast range of products, including our selection of builder’s metalwork, plasterer’s accessories and fencing, decking and gardening supplies.

The Build Show will feature the latest advancements in building products, policy and projects, all designed to help building professionals stay up-to-date and one step ahead of their competitors.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said:

“For most people working in the trades, finding the time to keep up to date with the latest products and sourcing the best deals while juggling work commitments feels impossible.

“That’s why the Build Show is always an unmissable event for specialist trades and general builders. It brings the latest products, ideas and manufacturers to one place and is broken down into specific sections to make the search easier. It’s a much-needed opportunity to be inspired and encouraged, to make deals, and to take away lots of new ideas and products to apply straight away.”

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the NEC. Register for your free ticket by clicking here or on the Build Show banner above.

VISTA ENGINEERING GROUP ACQUIRES BPC BUILDING PRODUCTS

We are very pleased to announce BPC Building Products Ltd, has joined Vista Engineering, in a move which sees the group strengthen its position in the UK market and significantly enhance the product range offered to its customers.

There is a tremendous amount of synergy between BPC and Vista, and bringing the two companies closer together will generate additional benefits for both sets of customers,” explains BPC Managing Director, Gareth Simister.

This is great news for customers of both businesses. The acquisition will allow access to a wider range of products together with improved technical support and customer service levels.

We’re delighted to welcome BPC as part of the expanding Vista group,” adds Vista managing director, Phil Travis. “We have worked together as distribution partners for many years, and look forward to strengthening the relationship we’ve already established”.

Vista is a proudly British company which offers high quality products. We combine the best quality raw materials and state-of-the-art technology with over 40 years of experience, and would only ever consider forging a closer relationship with a company like BPC which shares our high standards and aims for the future.

BPC Announces Key Appointment to Support Ongoing Growth

BPC Building Products, a leading manufacturer of constructional fixing components and builders’ metalwork, has expanded its team following the appointment of Neil Garner as Head of Sales.

Neil, who brings with him more than 25 years’ experience within the manufacturing sector, has worked at managerial level for a number of years, including most recently as Sales Manager for one of the UK’s largest abrasive manufacturers.

As head of the sales department, Neil will use his knowledge and expertise to develop opportunities for both BPC and its distribution partners. He will also be responsible for bringing together a new internal and external sales team and developing strong strategies for all sectors that the business operates in, including construction and DIY.

Neil comments: “I have been aware of BPC’s excellent customer service and quality products for a long time and have always admired how they have developed over the years. The company has recently invested in new processes, procedures and state of the art machinery, which has increased capacity significantly. This puts BPC in a very strong position as it continues to grow and support existing and new distribution partners and builders’ merchants within the construction industry; which I am extremely excited to be a part of.”

Gareth Simister, Managing Director at BPC Building Products, comments: “We are pleased to welcome Neil to the BPC team. Our ongoing success is due to a commitment to employ highly skilled people, investment in our manufacturing process and an uncompromising approach to customer service. With Neil’s wealth of experience and skillset we are sure that he will prove to be an asset to the business.”

BPC Building Products Ltd is a manufacturer and supplier of quality construction and DIY products for supply to Builders’ & Timber Merchants, Hardware and Landscaping Retailers. Established in 1977, BPC continues to manufacture high quality components in the UK.

The company offers millions of components from stock at its modern factory and warehouse facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. It has achieved consistent growth by offering a quality product range at competitive prices, as well as next day delivery to merchants and distributors and a service that is second to none.

BPC to build connections at the NMBS Exhibition

BPC Building Products is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 2018 NMBS Exhibition, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Wednesday 11th April.

Visit us on stand 255 for more details and to take advantage of the exclusive promotions that we will be offering on the day. We’ll also be giving away T-Shirts and gift bags to the first 100 visitors to pop by our stand.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet with our team and browse our vast range of products, including our selection of builder’s metalwork, plasterer’s accessories and fencing, decking and gardening supplies.

Managing Director of BPC, Gareth Simister comments: “We are looking forwards to exhibiting at this year’s NMBS Show and welcome both new and existing customers to visit our stand. Everyone that comes along to meet with our team can find out first hand why an increasing number of merchants are choosing to stock our high quality building products.

He adds: “We are proud that we continue to make ongoing improvements to our business and services, which now includes next day delivery and no minimum order quantity for merchants and distributor. This and an investment of more than £500,000 to upgrade and expand our warehouse and manufacturing facility, has resulted in us achieving significant growth over recent years.”

The NMBS (National Merchant Buying Society) is the buying group that represents independent construction merchants throughout the UK. The exhibition is one of the leading events for independent businesses within the trade sector and attracts increasing numbers of visitors’ year on year.

Over 280 supplier and manufacturers will be exhibiting at this year’s show, making it the biggest buying and selling event for Independent Builders, Hardware, Timber, Roofing, Plumbing and Heating Merchants.

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the Ricoh Arena. To learn more about the 2018 NMBS Exhibition or to register to attend the event, visit: https://www.nmbs-exhibition.co.uk/.

BPC Sponsors 160 Miles Coast to Coast Walk For Lois

A team from BPC Building Products is taking part in ‘The Lois Lanes’, a coast-to-coast walk to raise in excess of £15,000 for Lois Huntingdon and the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice.

Lois is a happy, lively and courageous young lady, who has an undiagnosed neuromuscular condition and severe learning disabilities that she has battled since birth.

The aim is to raise £7,000 for Lois, which will buy her a new wheelchair transporter bike, providing her with hours of great pleasure as she has outgrown her current bike.

The remaining money raised will go directly to Forget-Me-Not, a pioneering children’s hospice serving families across West Yorkshire & East Lancashire. Forget-Me-Not has been a huge support for Lois and her family over the years.

On the weekend of April 6-8, 2018, over 2-days and 2-nights, teams of volunteers will join friends and relations of the Huntingdon family, to take part in the 160 mile walk from The Deep in Hull to the Pier Head in Liverpool.

There are two ways that you can donate:

  1. By cheque or cash to Redwood Events. Please make cheques payable to ‘Redwood Events’ and post to BPC Building Products Ltd, Flanshaw Way, Wakefield, WF2 9LP. For BACS payments: Redwood Events: Sort Code 30-93-76 Account No. 70822360
  2. Online via Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bpc-products

Thank you for you kind support.

BPC Products is a key sponsor of the event, with Lois being the niece of one of the senior management team. For more information and details of how you can join the walk, click here – http://www.redwoodevents.co.uk/home-page

BPC Christmas Holiday Dates

 

At BPC, we like to ensure our customers make the most of the Christmas and New Year festivities, without having to worry about when their order is going to be delivered.

So, for any of our customers requiring delivery before Christmas, please ensure your orders are placed no later than 11am on Wednesday 20th December.

Our offices will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 21st December and re-open at 8am on Tuesday 2nd December.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, stockists and partners for your support this year.

We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

BPC Building Products celebrates 40th anniversary

 

BPC Building Products has celebrated its 40th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, a day of celebration took place on Tuesday 19th September, exactly 40 years’ from when the family owned and operated company was first incorporated. The event included a visit from the mayor of Wakefield, Mr Kevin Barker.

From its beginnings in 1977, BPC Building Products has grown into a national business supplying a range of constructional and DIY markets. The company now manufactures and supplies fixings, gardening, decking and fencing ranges to construction sites and DIY’ers across the United Kingdom and Europe.

Wakefield remains the headquarters for BPC Building Products, with its advanced manufacturing and warehousing operations.

The company has achieved significant growth over the last five years with a 170 per cent increase in turnover. Ongoing improvements in service has been one of the reasons for rapid growth recently, including next day delivery and with no minimum order quantity for its merchants and distributors.

“We would like to thank all our customers for supporting us over the last 40 years,” said Gareth Simister, Managing Director at BPC Building Products. “Our reputation and track record have been built largely on customer recommendations, and we thank them for their continued trust and confidence.”

While BPC initially focused on builders’ metalwork products such as joist hangers and restraint straps, demand from customers resulted in range extensions over the years. These include plasterers’ metalwork as well as fencing, decking and gardening ranges.

Recent major investments by BPC Building Products include £500,000 to upgrade and expand its Wakefield warehouse and manufacturing facility, creating up to 10 jobs in the process. The project was part funded by a Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) grant of £80,000.

The investment project will enable the company to further increase its market share in both the UK and European construction markets.

Looking to the future, Gareth explains: “Our ongoing success is due to a commitment to employ highly skilled people, investment in our manufacturing process and an uncompromising approach to customer service.”

The company’s advanced, high-speed production lines ensure optimum efficiency and consistent high levels of quality. The majority of BPC’s products are manufactured in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and have the back up of an ISO 9001 approved quality control system.

For more information email: sales@bpcfixings.com or call 01924 364794.

A guide to builders’ metalwork

Here, in our latest blog, we look at the recent updates in our builders’ metalwork ranges.  These include a host of new ‘How to’ videos and a reminder of our service commitments, which include free of charge next day delivery anywhere in the UK.

If you are merchant reviewing your builders’ metalwork offer and want to grow your sales we can help. Whether you are new to builders’ metalwork, or simply looking to give your existing offer a kick start, our highly experienced team can guide you through the process. One of the most common questions we get asked by merchants is; what builders’ metalwork ranges should I stock? With so many different products, you need to be work with a supplier like us that understands the market and knows what your customers are needing them for on site.

Joist hangers represent one of the largest sectors in the fixings’ market and you might want to make sure that it forms the core stocked range within your branch. This is closely followed by items such as restraint straps and angle brackets, with most branches having them in stock or offered on short leadtimes. It helps that we offer free of charge next day delivery anywhere in the UK, so you can offer a wider range of builders’ metalwork without having to have large inventories.

A preference to use timber by many contractors and developers means that timber to timber connectors are growing in popularity and we can advise you on what are the best products to meet this demand. Timber to timber as well as timber to masonry fixings should form the basis of any builder’s metalwork range in your branch as they are used on all construction programmes.

Having the correct stock profile for builders’ metalwork is essential if you are looking to grow a larger customer base. Contractors, builders and roofers will all make your branch a destination if you have the right builders’ metalwork stock profile. You may also want to bear in mind that builders and contractors usually choose their own builders’ metalwork because it is unusual for it to be specified by an architect.

As a guide, in terms of quality, timber to timber joist hangers should be made from either galvanised steel to BS EN 10346:2009 DX51D or stainless steel to BS EN 10088-2 Grade 1.4301. They also need to comply with the Construction Product Regulations (CPR) and be CE marked where necessary in order to demonstrate compliance.

Both walls, floors and roofs inevitably involve a need for a large quantity of metal fixings and so getting the right stock profile in place will ensure that you have a rapid turnover of stock. Over the years, manufacturers of constructional fixings have developed a range of standardised designs, which means that merchants can meet the majority of customer needs by having a tight, core range of stocked items.

As well as offering you guidance on the most appropriate range of builders’ metalwork to offer, our website will provide you with some very useful support material. The latest of these is a series of ‘How to’ videos that help you understand specific product ranges as well as helping your customer understand how they are installed on site.

Our latest ‘How to’ videos include a number of builders’ metalwork ranges such as ‘How to install vertical and horizontal restraint straps’, ‘How to install timber to timber joist hangers’ as well as ‘A guide to stainless steel wall starter kits’. There are many other videos, too, which is why it’s worth regularly visiting our website at www.bpcfixings.com.

As construction sites become ever more complex and building performance more stringent it’s essential to have the right product ranges in your branch. If you are looking to review your builders’ metalwork offer with a view to growing sales, we can help.

Call our experienced team today on: 01924 364794.

How to specify cavity wall ties

Brick and block cavity wall ties are ontiese of the most common types of constructional elements used on site. However, it is relatively easy to select the incorrect type of cavity wall tie or specify an insufficient number along a given length of brick wall. Another area where careful consideration is needed is around openings and here any anomalies in the detailing can lead to issues further down the live.

Here are our top tips for choosing and using cavity wall ties:

  1. Make sure you are using the correct length of wall tie

Approved Document A, table 5, provides guidance on the length of wall tie that should be used:

 Table 6: maximum spacing of cavity wall ties
 

 

Width of cavity (mm)

 

Horizontal spacing (mm)

 

Vertical spacing (mm)

 

 

Other comment

50-75 900 450 See notes 1 and 2
76 – 100 750 450 See notes 1, 2 and 3
Notes:

1.     The horizontal and vertical spacing of wall ties may be varied if necessary to suit the construction provided the number of ties per unit are maintained.

2.     Wall ties spaced not more than 300mm apart vertically should be provided within 225mm from the sides of all openings with unbonded jambs

3.     Vertical Twist Type ties, or ties of equivalent performance should be used in cavities wider than 75mm

 

  1. Use stainless steel

Cavity wall ties should be manufactured from stainless steel because of the materials superior strength and corrosion resistance.

  1. Use an insulation clamp

Avoid hooking wall ties together using masonry globs to keep insulation in place because it can lead to cold bridging and dampness. The remedial action for this can be extensive, including having to re-build the wall. It is often possible to detect where insulation has moved, which usually manifests itself with cold areas on the inner wall within the room, and this can lead to condensation and mould growth as well as excessive heat loss.

Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive solutions to this problem, such as our Insulation clips. This is a universal retaining clip that holds insulation in position, where it should be, against the inner leaf of a cavity wall.

Use only insulation clips that are compatible with your wall tie, such as our SS/DTW Double Triangular Wall Tie.

  1. Prevent moisture travelling along the wall tie

When cavity walls first began to be constructed around 100 years ago builders used ‘through stones’ instead of wall ties to maintain the cavity. However, this often lead to moisture tracking along these stones, either from the outside, or penetrating poor mortar joins and weeping down the inside of the outer leaf and across to the inner leaf.  It also allowed cold bridging, with both resulting in damp areas on internal plastered walls exactly where the ‘through stone’ was located.

It is still possible for moisture to travel along cavity wall ties, although you can avoid this by setting them so that they ‘fall’ outwards.

It also worth choosing a wall tie with a double drip feature as this further prevents moisture travelling to the inner leaf, but always make sure that the ‘drip’ kink in the wall tie points downwards and is positioned near the centre of the cavity.

  1. Choose CE marked products

Cavity wall ties that have a CE mark is your reassurance that the range complies with a harmonised European Standards or have a European Technical Approval. All our wall ties have CE marking and have been independently tested by a Notified Body to:

  • Compressive load capacity
  • Tensile load capacity
  • Water shedding capacity Resistant
  • Durability
  • Dangerous substance

CE marking doesn’t replace Building Regulations and so you still need to make sure your wall ties meet relevant standards.

  1. Reduce wall tie spacing at openings

You should reduce the vertical spacing of wall ties around openings such as windows, doors, roof verges and movement joints to a maximum 300mm and placing them within 225mm of the opening. Effectively that means a wall tie every course of blocks within 225mm of the opening.

Cavity wall ties are an important element in ensuring the stability of your cavity walls. Our guidelines above will provide you with information on the correct selection, spacing and installation of wall ties.

The above are for guidance only. Before choosing wall ties always refer to Approved Document A for more detail.

For more information on our range of wall ties, visit: www.bpcfixings.com or call: 01924 364794.

Why is demand for fencing, decking and gardening ranges from holiday parks increasing?

According to figures from Visit England, a record breaking 4.3 million people visited this country in 2016. That represents a rise of around 7 percent on the previous year and looks set to continue as the pound falls against other currencies, making UK holidays for those travelling from abroad cheaper. Add to this the fact that a weaker pound makes it more expensive for UK citizens to go abroad (instead choosing a staycation) and you can see why holiday parks are becoming busier.

Many leisure and caravan park operators have already benefitted from this trend. Some have seized the opportunity and accelerated their improvement programmes in order to make their facilities even more attractive to holiday makers. Park Holidays, the largest provider of Caravan Holiday Parks in the South of England, has already reported a 40% increase in the sales of their holiday caravans and lodges to British families compared to last year’s figures at the start of July.

The rise in staycations and an increase in investments by holiday and leisure park home operators has resulted in an influx of orders for our fencing, decking and gardening ranges. These include essential items such as post anchors, galvanised mesh cubes, gates and planters. As part of our one-stop-shop we also offer a vast range of building refurbishment items such as angle brackets, corner brackets, plasterers’ angle beads, joist hangers, cavity wall ties and restraint straps amongst many others. All essential items if you are refurbishing an existing facility or building new on your park. Our wide range of constructional fixings and fencing, decking and gardening ranges are available from builders’ merchants and stockists throughout the UK.

A holiday park operator in West Yorkshire that is benefitting from this trend is Nostell Priory Holiday Park, which recently specified our Powapost® Bolt Down Shoes during construction of a new post and rail fence. These were ordered from Howarth Timber in Wakefield by the park’s operator, Blue Sky Resorts Ltd, and delivered direct to the customer in packs of six.

The bolt down post shoes were used to create new boundary fence at the park, which is located in a scenic part of West Yorkshire, close to the historic palladium house Nostell Priory. Our Powapost® Bolt Down Shoe range is designed for use when posts are required to be installed on an existing hard surface such as a concrete or timber base. That makes them ideally suited for use during construction of landscaping projects including fencing, gazebos, pergolas and other garden structures made from timber that require strong, stable ground anchors.

Howarth timber delivered the post shoes to the Holiday Park, with the contractor using them to install a timber post and rail fence alongside a new footpath. The post shoes were bolted to a concrete base, before inserting the posts and using the Twin Bolt arrangement to securely tighten the steel jacket around the timber posts. Alternatively, some customer prefer to choose our easyGrip version, which features a wedge type grip that enables quick and easy installation without the need for tightening bolts. Both versions of our post show are designed to be fixed to a solid substrate base such as concrete, timber or paving.

The great thing about our Powapost® Post Shoes is that they allow the shoes to be securely tightened around the timber post, whilst still allowing the post to be easily removed should it be damaged or become rotten.

The contractors who installed the Powapost® shoes at Nostell Priory specified our 90 x 90mm post shoe (PS1/90). Our range of Bolt Down Post Shoes are available in 50, 60, 75, 90 and 100mm versions. All sizes are available in standard Twin Bolt and easyGrip design.

The contractor chose BPC Fixings because they had used our products previously on a number of projects and therefore knew that they would receive excellent quality and service. There are other reasons why more landscaping contractors are choosing BPC fixings for their fencing, decking and gardening ranges. One of these is because we offers a range of complementary PowaPost ® Drive-In Post Spikes, Flush Fit Bolt Down Shoes, Concrete-In Post Shoes, repair spikes, post extenders and supports.

Nostell Priory BPC
Nostell Priory BPC

For more information on our fencing, decking and gardening ranges, visit: https://www.bpcfixings.com/downloads/BPC-garden-DIY.pdf