Construction connectors

Timber frame builds are growing in popularity as the UK construction industry looks to embrace the benefits of off-site, whilst creating more sustainability developments. There are other reasons why timber is being used more often as a constructional element, including the fact that it minimises on-site waste, is 100% recyclable and has a number of structural and insulative properties. Aside from that, growing tress take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, meaning it has the ability to create developments that are carbon negative. Being highly workable, lightweight and strong means the popularity of timber construction techniques and the connectors that are used on site, looks set to continue its increase.

Timber to timber connectors

Growth in timber frame construction has resulted in a wider range of timber to timber connectors being offer by manufacturers such as BPC Fixings. Many of these are based on the original galvanised steel angle bracket that has been used by builders and roofers for generations. Variations of this angle bracket for use with timber construction includes Holding Down Angles, Angle Plates, light and heavy duty Angle Brackets and adjustable Angle Brackets. Alongside this are Angle Braces, Corner Stretcher Plates and Slotted Brackets. In combination with the wide range of flat plate connectors, these timber construction connectors are an essential accessories for builders and roofers.

Galvanised steel or stainless steel connectors

When choosing timber to timber connectors it is important to specify those that are manufactured in a quality assessed facility, such as those holding ISO9001. Thickness of steel used to manufacturing the angle brackets and angle plates matters as well. Depending on the weight loading, exposure and other factors, this usually ranges from 1.2mm or 1.5mm thickness steel for light duty applications, through to 3mm for heavy duty angle brackets.

Timber to timber constructional connectors are usually available in a variety of types – mild steel unfinished, galvanised steel, powder coated steel or stainless steel. Our AB Angle Brackets are manufactured from stainless steel grade 304 austenitic to BS EN 10088-2 Grade 1.4301, making it suitable for aggressive and exposed locations. It is available from stock in all sizes. Our timber to timber constructional fixings are galvanised to BS EN 10346:2009 +G275.

Galvanised and stainless steel are the two most commonly used materials used for timber construction as well as roofing projects. Both are highly durable, strong and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, including the negative pressures that try to lift off a roof as winds pass over it. As both galvanised and stainless steel constructional connectors are durable and long lasting, choosing between them really depends on site requirements and client or user preferences.

Fast and next day delivery

All activities on site depend on having products on site when you need them, which is why it is so important to have a reliable supplier for your connectors and fastenings. This is one of the reasons why we offer a next day delivery to our customers either to a merchant’s branch or direct to site. Backing up our stockists with this level of service means that builders and roofers can be confident of having the right connectors on site, when they need them. Most of our products are available from stock

Building with timber is a highly effective method of improving a projects sustainability because growing tree lock up carbon dioxide as it grows. That makes timber builds a net carbon store rather than an emitter. As the popularity of timber grows, complementary products such as timber to timber connectors ensure that these benefits are easily accessible.

For more information on high quality construction fixings from BPC Building Products, visit: www.bpcfixings.com or call: 01924 364794.

BPC Building Products floats the boat for Windermere Museum

Windermere museumBPC Building Products’ joist hangers have been used during construction of the new £16.7m Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in the Lake District.

The museum, which will be completing later this year, features a copper roof and the BPC hangers were used to fix the timber trusses to support this structure.

BPC timber to timber joist hangers are manufactured from high quality galvanised steel to BS EN 10346:2009 + G275 and austenitic grade 304 stainless steel. The range is available fromstock in a huge variety of widths and heights to suit all on-site applications.

Specialist contractor on the project, Thomas Armstrong, chose BPC Building Products components because of the high quality of the fixings as well as the fact that they could be delivered to site next day.

Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd. wasappointed by Lakeland Arts to be the main contractor for the new Windermere Jetty project.

The copper roof was specified for the learning centre and reception roof at Windermere Jetty because of its aesthetic appeal and long term performance benefits.

Award winning architects, Carmody Groarke, were selected to design the Museum through an open international competition organised by the RIBA.

Windermere jetty is a world-class working museum that respects its lakeshore surroundings and will secure the future of the nationally significant boat collection established by George Pattinson. The new Museum will include displays of steam launches, motorboats, yachts and other vessels and tell the stories of their construction, owners and use on Windermere.

Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories will replace the Windermere Steamboat Museum which opened in 1977. The Museum’s collection of boats form the most important and coherent collection of watercraft generic to one particular location in existence anywhere in the world.

BPC joist hangers are manufactured in the UK at the company’s advanced facility in Yorkshire. The company has recently announced a major investment in expanding its manufacturing capabilities at the site.

Formed in 1977, BPC is an established UK manufacturer of galvanised and stainless steel building and fencing components. The company offers an extensive range, which is available from stock, at its
modern factory and warehouse facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Next day delivery is usually available on the company’s full product range, with no minimum order quantity.

For more information on BPC Building Products or to find your local stockist, visit: www.bpcfixings.com or call: 01924 364794