According to Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review, total contract awards for 2020 reached £57billion, despite a 5% fall due to the COVID pandemic.
The UK construction industry is huge and moves at a fast pace and companies need to keep up if they are to meet quality benchmarks and health and safety standards, something that became only too apparent when COVID struck last year and a whole host of changes needed to be introduced in order to keep projects going.
At Clement Windows we are proud of our heritage as manufacturers of high quality steel windows and doors and we have worked hard to achieve and maintain a number of professional accreditations that reflect our commitment to excellence, providing our customers with peace of mind when selecting us as partners for commercial projects.
To gain these accreditations, business must submit to regular assessment and testing and meet a minimum standard and only members who achieve 100% pass rate gain the use of the mark. Below we explain a little bit more about some of the accreditations we hold.
Clement W40 steel windows were chosen for The Maple Building in Kentish Town, London
Constructionline Gold Membership
Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service, responsible for collecting, assessing and monitoring company information through a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire (PAS 91) developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI).
Holding a Constructionline Gold Membership means that we are verified against industry standards to an increased level of scrutiny and assurance, including our quality and environmental management practices and corporate social responsibility. In short, it provides our clients with additional confidence that we are a responsible and transparent business.
Clement EB24 steel windows at ‘Programme’ (Formerly The Pithay, Bristol).
The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme works to improve health and safety standards across the UK construction industry and is considered an authority and trusted advisor on health and safety compliance.
At Clement, we’re delighted to have been recognised with the CHAS accreditation, which means our employees, clients and suppliers are safe in the knowledge that we stay on top of risk management and are fully compliant across the many areas within this.
Clement Windows Group received a ‘Perfect Delivery Certificate’ from main contractors Morgan Sindall after completing works at Norwich City Hall.
CQMS Safety Scheme
We are also registered with the CQMS Safety Scheme, a health and safety consultancy initiative that ensures we are consistently meeting health and safety best practice. Our CQMS certification provides further credibility and evidence of our commitment to best practice, high standards and continual improvement.
Clement Windows Group replaced all the steel windows at Comet Works in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
ISO 9001:2015 certified by TUV Rheinland
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies. At Clement, we use an internationally recognised Quality Management System which is certified by TUV Rheinland, an independent body that provides expert testing, inspection and certification services. The ISO 9001:2015 standard covers design, manufacturing and installation systems. More information here.
We hope that outlining some of these accreditations will provide you with the confidence you need when selecting Clement. We have an extensive portfolio of commercial projects, you can see some example case studies here.
Clement has been awarded the Best of Houzz 2021 badges in both the design and customer service categories for the sixth year running. This means our profile has featured some of the most popular photos and positive customer reviews on Houzz in the last twelve months.
Over the year we had many outstanding 5* reviews. For example, the owner of the beautiful house pictured below posted this review about his new steel windows:
“We replaced all of our existing windows with Clement double glazed units and added two internal doors in the same style. The result is excellent and we found the company to be professional at every level and a pleasure to work with.”
Our rooflights have also received positive reviews:
“We are very pleased with the Clement conservation roof lights we have installed flush on a Roman-tiled barn roof. Service was friendly, delivery efficient and the windows went in well and look smart. Would recommend as a good value product.”
You can visit our Houzz profile here, together with our certificate for design and our certificate for service. To read more reviews, visit our Testimonials page and to view more images visit our Residential Gallery.
Here at Clement Windows, we’ve had the pleasure of overseeing some truly beautiful and inspiring home design projects and commercial spaces over the years. Whilst we’ve shared insights into how our steel windows, screens and doors can be used for unusual projects and growing trends such as garden rooms or exercise studios, several of our recent projects have highlighted another growing trend in home and interior design: the wine cellar.
If you’ve always had a penchant for wine and enjoy building up a bit of a collection, why not consider storing and showcasing it proudly within your home with its very own room?
Designed by and photograph purchased from David Hales Studio
A wine cellar or wine room should be one that you are proud of and want people to see, which is why our steel screens and doors make an ideal choice. With super slim frames that allow for large expanses of glass, you can create a stunning look-through to your wine collection, whether that’s a room within a room like the example above or an elegant steel door into this beautifully transformed space to the right.
If you’ve got unused space within the home that you’ve been looking to renovate such as a basement, utility room or even large alcoves and cupboard areas, bespoke steel screens are a great way of utilising and maximising smaller spaces.
Photographs supplied by Smith & Brooke Architects and taken by Chris Snook Photography @snookphotograph
Alternatively, if your wine cellar is likely to be somewhere out of sight, you could always choose to highlight it with a bespoke glass floor that looks right into it! Check out this jaw-dropping example within a private residence in Essex – featuring our very own custom steel screens and door as the kitchen-diner entrance.
Private residence featuring bespoke Clement Windows Steel Screen. Photographs supplied by Cherie Lee Designs, taken by Ray Main – raymain.co.uk
Vineyards and commercial spaces
We’ve also had the pleasure of working on some breath-taking commercial wine projects, such as our recent work with Sedlescombe Vineyard, England’s oldest organic wine estate. Bespoke Clement EB24 windows and doors were used throughout to completely transform the vineyard shop and tasting room, providing a stunning aesthetic feature both inside and out that captures both modern and traditional styles.
Ready to start designing your wine storage? Get in touch with us and we’ll help you bring your ideas to life.
Clement is delighted to have sponsored the Small Project of the Year (up to £5m) for the fifth year running at this year’s Building Awards and congratulate the winners, John McAslan & Partners, who won for their project, Clore Music Studios.
At Clement Windows Group, we work with a huge range of architects and building professionals on a variety of commercial and residential projects. We know how important it is to choose the right architect to work on an individual project, so we’ve put together some key considerations to help you when you’re thinking about making this important decision.
Following our look at the changing priorities among homebuyers that have arisen as a result of spending more time at home, this month we thought we’d have a look at the trends that first arose during the lockdown period and look set to stay with us in the long-term.
Throughout the lockdown period, the majority of households have had to get used to spending a lot of time at home, causing many to reflect on the things they’d be looking for in their next property.
According to a Rightmove survey earlier in June 2020(1), 39% of buyers have reassessed their priorities as a result of the pandemic, with 63% wanting a larger garden or access to garden space and 43% looking for a bigger home in general. Furthermore, similar research conducted by Zoopla found that 22% of house hunters would prioritise a home office space (rising to 35% for those aged between 35-49) and 21% see lower household running costs as a ‘must-have’(2).
So, whether you’re looking to make the move to your next home or are considering taking on a home improvement project to get more from your current space, we’ve pulled together some inspiration to help get you started.
Kitchen extensions have become popular home improvement projects for opening up the layout of the home and creating multiple areas for dining, socialising and lounging – a desirable aspect for many when looking to create their dream, modern home or facilitate a growing family.
With most of us spending a lot more time within the home at the moment, it can be a good time to look around and get some inspiration for your plans. We’re taking a closer look at some of the stunning results that can be achieved with a kitchen extension to help you get started.
The garden room is a trend falling under an outdoor-design hybrid and has gathered pace in recent years as a desirable addition to the home to create a new, flexible space that can also add to the total house value.
Steel screens have continued to grow in popularity since they first became a mainstream design consideration around 2014 and it’s set to be a trend that continues throughout 2020, as more people look to maximise the spaces they have.
With so many of us now working from home for the foreseeable future, the idea of a dedicated home office space no longer seems like just a wishlist project.
So, whether you’ve been considering undertaking a project to transform space within your home or are simply looking for some inspirational content to occupy your mind during this uncertain time, we’ve put together some ideas for creating your dreamy new workspace.
At Clement Windows, we get excited about all things design and interiors, and especially love seeing how our steel screens and steel windows come together to make a beautiful home.
With this in mind, we’re taking a look at some of the key trends for interiors and design in 2020.