Locusrite, a leading UK manufacturer of expanded metal building products, including angle and plaster beads, has announced that it is to become part of the Vista Engineering Group.


“We’ve worked with BPC for many years and joining the group will bring benefits for everyone involved.” explains Paul Rickett, managing director of Maldon-based Locusrite. “This is especially true for the customers of both companies, who will benefit from the broader product range and enhanced technical support.”

BPC managing director, Gareth Simister adds, “The increased manufacturing capacity this brings to the group is great news.  Surety of supply, at scale, is critically important for our customers and this further strengthens our offering.”

“Our approach to business is very similar, so for Locusrite to become part of the Vista group is a natural step,” adds Vista Engineering Group managing director, Phil Travis. “Their management team, customer relationships and service ethic are all very strong, so we look forward to them joining the Vista family”.

“Vista’s vision is based on manufacturing high quality products, delivering excellence in customer service and offering competitive prices. We know that Locusrite shares that vision, and the high standards we adhere to, so they are the perfect new addition to the Vista group.”

New brochure details extensive builders metalwork range

BPC has issued a new brochure turning the spotlight on its expanded builders metalwork range. The brochure has been designed as a sales aid for merchants when dealing with customer enquiries and features clear and comprehensive product information.

“The new brochure is a real step up.”

explains BPC’s managing director, Gareth Simister

“We spoke with our customers and asked them what information they need on a day-to-day basis and developed the brochure to reflect this. The inclusion of in-situ images, force diagrams and performance tables, in addition to dimensions, material thickness and pack quantities, should allow most inquiries to be dealt with without the need to refer to technical data sheets.”

The publication details BPC’s full range of single piece masonry hangers, restraint straps, timber to timber joist hangers, timber engineering hardware, multi-truss hangers, angle brackets, timber fixings and timber connectors.

“We’re very pleased with the way the brochure shows the quality of our products,” continues Gareth. “The builders metalwork range is manufactured using high grade galvanised and stainless steel and tested to the relevant British and European standards. This allows our products to provide the levels of performance, quality and reliability that the industry has come to expect from BPC at a price that remains competitive despite the market-wide pressure on raw materials.”

To request your free copy of the brochure, please email or call 01924 364794.


BPC Invest in 3 new state of the art production lines

BPC Building Products has made significant investment in three new, state of the art, production lines, substantially increasing capacity to supply builders metalwork to the UK market.

The lines have been installed and commissioned at a second combined factory & warehouse facility, located just off junction 40 of the M1.

The lines will manufacture a range of builders’ metalwork including joist and truss hangers, restraint straps, angle brackets and timber connectors.

The new facility also gives an additional 1000 pallet spaces greatly increasing its stockholding and distribution capacity.

BPC Managing Director Gareth Simster commented,

“We’re proud to be able to create local manufacturing jobs. Yorkshire has a strong tradition for the manufacture of steel products and boasts a highly skilled workforce. Coupled with our three new production lines, this will enable us to significantly ramp up production over the next few months, to continue our growth strategy into 2022”.

BPC are part of the Vista Group – The UK’s largest independent manufacturer of builders’ metalwork.

Launch of the New Landscaping Brochure

After a year where demand for landscaping products has been higher than ever, BPC Building Products has launched a new brochure which provides full details of the company’s expanded range of landscaping products.  The publication has been designed to be a handy source of reference for retailers when dealing with customer enquiries.

“This year has been very busy for us, not only in terms of demand but also product development.  We’ve added new products to our landscaping range and a number of new variants to some of our existing products.  We wanted a new brochure that brings the full range together in one place, making it easier for our customers to know exactly what’s available.”

explains BPC’s Managing Director, Gareth Simister.

The publication details BPC’s full range of PowaPost fence spikes and shoes, post extenders, post caps, decking post bases, joist hangers, brackets, clips and cleats as well as the PowaPost Cube and PowaPost Gates.

“We’re very pleased with the way the brochure shows the quality of our products,” continues Gareth. “It has a simple layout, with illustrations and product information presented in an easily-accessible style.”

“As with all of our products, the landscaping range are manufactured using the best raw materials. This allows our products to provide the high levels of quality and reliability that the industry has come to expect from BPC at a price that’s competitive.”

To request your free copy of the brochures, please email or call 01924 364794.

Thank you to everyone for supporting us in these difficult times

As we all know there is currently a huge effort being made across the country to prepare for the anticipated increase in COVID-19 cases.

Recently, we were approached to manufacture thousands of structural components that are urgently needed to build temporary hospitals for the fight against Covid-19.

That’s meant asking our staff, suppliers and support partners  to do everything they can to make sure the required products are manufactured and shipped as quickly as possible.

I appreciate many would prefer to be at home with their families and so I want to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone for playing their part and going above and beyond.

We’re being extremely vigilant to ensure everybody still working on site, and those who make deliveries or service our equipment to keep it running, can do so in a safe environment that follows all the guidance set out by the Government.

Stainless makes a statement in ‘new’ stately home

BPC Fixings are proud to have been involved in a project that’s a real step beyond the expected.

We were recently invited to add our expertise and experience to what can only be described as the first ‘Stately Home’ to be built in Yorkshire for the past 200 years.

As far-fetched as a ‘new’ stately home may seem, we were called upon to play a major role in the construction of an entirely new structure, comprising the 10-bedroom Ravenswick Hall and associated buildings – including a leisure building, guard house, bat barn, service building and temple building. All of it, the vision of ADAM Architecture.

Where we came in was to work with North East Joinery company (T Brown Joiners LTD) to produce and supply all of the metalwork for timber construction in the hall and beyond.

The joist hangers and other products we provided were a combination of galvanised and high quality stainless steel.

Galvanised was used in the main house, guard house and service building, while stainless, with its higher resistance to corrosion, was chosen for the bat barn and leisure building where moisture levels would be consistently high.

In the roof of the leisure building in particular, our stainless systems contributed to an impressive beamed and vaulted ceiling that could easily last another 200 years or more.

While all the metalwork at Ravenswick Hall was hidden after roof completion, stainless steel has another attractive feature for building design, too: when polished to a reflective shine, or given a satin brushed finish, it makes a fantastic, eye-catching feature in exposed beams and other woodwork.

You won’t be surprised to hear that simply holding supplies of stainless steel in stock for any given time means a financial commitment that’s hard to justify for many merchants. However, BPC have committed to manufacturing a standard range of builders metalwork in stainless steel available for next day delivery across the UK. Ask your local merchant for BPC stainless steel fixings!

We’ll leave the last word to Tony Brown of North East joiners, who it was our pleasure to work closely with throughout Ravenswick Hall build: “I can honestly say BPC is the best fixings company we’ve worked with. Their knowledge and expertise is unrivalled, we always got a prompt answer to any queries, and their fast turnaround delivery dates were always met.”

COVID-19 Response

With the emergence of COVID-19 all businesses have had to adapt to safeguard the health of its staff, suppliers and customers.  We’ve listened to the advice given by the Government and acted accordingly to ensure that we provide a safe environment for our team and that they’re kept up to date with all current advice from Public Health England.  The steps we’ve taken so far are listed below and we’ll continue to review and develop our approach in line with recommendations.

Hand Washing – All staff in the office and on the factory floor are asked to regularly wash their hands.  Hand sanitiser has been placed around both the office and factory.  All staff must wash their hands immediately upon entering the building.  Signs have been placed around the site reminding everyone to wash their hands for 20 seconds and to avoid touching their face.

Site cleaning – We’ve increased the frequency of both office and factory cleaning.

Office staff – Where possible office staff work from home.  Those in the offices must maintain a minimum distance of 2m from each other and follow the hand washing guidelines.

Production staff – All production staff will self-distance at their workstation and follow the hand washing guidelines.

Travel – Non-essential business travel has been postponed. This does not include deliveries which will continue as normal.

In addition to the steps taken to safeguard the health of our staff we have also taken steps to safeguard the health of our business and ensure that customers continue to receive the best possible levels of service. These include: –

Staff training – Cross training production staff so that they can operate other machines.

Shift patterns – Working with staff to individually identify suitable hours to accommodate school closures.

Temporary staff – Hiring temporary staff to provide sickness cover as required.

Seamless service – We are using market leading remote working software to ensure seamless service.

As part of The Vista Group, BPC is an extremely robust business and our team will pull together to continue to deliver on product quality, customer service and maintain our competitive prices.

BPC extends its range of CE approved construction connectors

Following a programme of extended testing and analysis by BMTRADA, we are proud to announce the achievement of European Technical Assessment Approval (19/0681), and certification of its Factory Production Control systems (Certificate no. 1224-CPR-1185) in compliance with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and ETAG 015.

This means we can now offer a full range of CE marked Timber to Timber connectors to complement our existing CE approved range of Timber to Masonry connectors, and Masonry to Masonry fixing components.

Commenting on the new CE approval, Gareth Simister, Managing Director said: ‘This latest development underlines our commitment to continue to supply market leading quality and service to our customers both at BPC and Vista Group. Our new technical brochure will be released in the coming weeks, meanwhile updated data sheets and DOPs will be soon be available for download at‘

BPC has been manufacturing a full range of builders’ metalwork in the UK since 1977. The company’s extensive product range includes Joist Hangers, Restraint Straps, Angle Brackets, Wall Ties and Plasterers Bead & Mesh – available from stock in both galvanised and stainless steel.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

To all of our valued customers and suppliers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the Directors and Staff at BPC Building Products.

“A massive thank you to all our friends, partners and suppliers who have helped and supported us in 2019. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you, and all the new opportunities next year will bring. Here’s to a successful 2020!”

BPC Managing Director, Gareth Simister.

Our Christmas opening times:

  • Monday 23rd December – 9am-12pm
  • Christmas Eve – Closed
  • Christmas Day – Closed
  • Boxing Day – Closed
  • Friday 27th December – Closed
  • Monday 30th December – Closed
  • Tuesday 31th December– Closed
  • New Year’s Day – Closed
  • Thursday 2nd January onwards – 8am-5pm

Nostell Priory Holiday Park on Solid Ground With BPC Fixings

Blue Sky Resorts Ltd, operator of Nostell Priory Holiday Park, has specified BPC Fixings’ Powapost® Bolt Down Post Shoes for a new boundary fence at its venue in Nostell, West Yorkshire.

BPC Fixing’s 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.

Post shoes from BPC are ideally suited for use during construction of a wide range of landscaping projects such as fencing, gazebos, pergolas and many other garden and landscaping projects.

Nostell Priory Holiday Park used BPC’s PowaPost® post shoes to install a timber post and rail fence alongside a new footpath at the park. The holiday park is located in a forest glade within the grounds of the National Trust’s Nostell Priory Estate.

Specifiers in the procurement team at Blue Sky Resorts chose BPC Fixings’ 90 x 90mm post shoe (PS1/90) because they had used the company’s products previously and knew they were excellent quality.

The items were sourced from Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ branch in nearby Wakefield, with BPC Fixings delivering direct to the customer in packs of six.

The company also offers a range of complementary PowaPost ® fencing, decking and gardening ranges. These include Drive-In Post Spikes, Flush Fit Bolt Down Shoes, Concrete-In Post Shoes, repair spikes, post extenders and supports.

“Our post shoes take some beating and that is one of the reasons why Nostell Priory Holiday Park specified them,” said Gareth Simister, Managing Director at BPC. “Our range of Bolt Down Post Shoes are also available in 50, 60, 75, 90 and 100mm versions. All sizes are available in standard Twin Bolt and easyGrip design.”

The Twin Bolt arrangement allows the shoe to be securely tightened around timber posts, and also enables easy removal of damaged or rotten posts. Alternatively, the easyGrip version features a wedge type grip which allows quick and easy installation without the need for tightening bolts. Both are designed to be fixed to a solid substrate base such as concrete, timber or paving.

Nostell Priory Holiday Park on Solid Ground With BPC Fixings
Nostell Priory Holiday Park on Solid Ground With BPC Fixings

BPC Fixings, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, manufactures and supplies high quality fixings to merchants and stockists around the UK. 2017 is the 40th anniversary for the company, having been formed in 1977, since when it has grown into an established UK manufacturer of galvanised and stainless steel building and fencing components.