CBK's Portal Portfolio

Gloucester based conservatory roof fabricator CBK Ltd, is experiencing an increase in demand for large scale aluminium conservatory roofs, glazed extensions and portal framed solutions, as this striking example shows.

CBK was established in January 2001 has built a reputation for fabrication excellence particularly on large scale, complex installations. The company has recently been focusing on K2’s aluminium roof system along with two different portal frame solutions from K2’s specialist architectural division and Celsius Glass.

This highlighted projected at the Manor House Hotel & Restaurant in Penarth on the outskirts of Cardiff, necessitated additional onsite support and liaison with the main contractor and installation company on the project. This is all part of CBK’s support service for the specifier, architect and contractor which offers structural calculations, elevation drawings, surveying services, training and project management.

When it comes to product design, CBK can supply K2’s aluminium roof in any standard RAL colour and the company can also offer K2’s PVCu conservatory roof system in white, golden oak and rosewood and a matching K2 aluminium roof vent.

Bill Holden, managing director of CBK comments: “We’ve got considerable expertise in the large and complex roof designs and have the resources to support such projects as this latest project has shown. Whether you are an installation company, specifier or building contractor we can help turn a plan for a complex glazed structure into a completed and impressive installation.”

Conservatory Winner On Air!

Mandy McCombe became the latest reality star as she was announced live on air as the winner of CFM Radio’s Live In It To Win It conservatory competition, courtesy of K2 fabricator Carlisle Window Systems.

Four lucky contestants started the week reality style living in a top end K2 conservatory in the hope to win it. One contestant left mid-week leaving the three remaining contestants to battle it out through various tasks and live on air challenges. At 8:45am on Friday 3rd April, Mandy was announced the winner live on air following 5 days in the conservatory and the competition generated over 10,000 votes via the website and by text message.

So who were the contestants? Trevor Liddell is a local trucker who fears spiders but loves Everton; Jonathon Van-Heddegem would have been useful as an ex-Army chef but he left the contest mid-week; Christopher Wills was hoping to enjoy some of his favourite Italian food during the week and the winner Mandy McCombe is a district nurse who dislikes Murder She Wrote but loves her new conservatory!

Stuart Thompson from Carlisle Window Systems comments: “The competition has created a huge amount of interest and has really captured the imagination of the local community. We look forward to installing the conservatory for Mandy and wish her the very best of enjoyment from it, she’s certainly earned it.”

He adds: “Having experienced the competition at first hand I don’t think I’d last more than 24 hours, let alone 5 days!”

C-Tech's Community Rescue

When an 81 year old pensioner was forced to withdraw savings from the Post Office and then fleeced out of a £12,000 conservatory, several local companies came to the rescue including K2 fabricator, C-Tech (Conservatory Technology).

Bill Franklin, 81, was marched to his local Post Office in Milton Keynes by rogue builders and forced to withdraw his life savings to pay for a conservatory. This was to be used by his 50-year-old son Keith who suffers from Down’s syndrome, so that he could watch his beloved western films and enjoy the sun. But following several weeks of waiting and making numerous phone calls, it quickly became evident that they had been the victims of a cruel con.

Local conservatory company, Crown Conservatories co-ordinated the rescue mission to build a free conservatory with the help of Jewsons, L.D.C. Building, MK Skips, Safe Guard Electrical Installations, C.R. Tofts Carpets Ltd and C-Tech. Keith is now happy in his K2 conservatory and is looking forward to a summer of sunshine and the enjoyment of his favourite movies.

Adrian Beckett from C-Tech comments: “We’re delighted to help out and it’s shameful that anyone could do such a thing given the family’s circumstances. People like this give the building industry a bad name, yet the majority of companies are honest and charitable as this project shows. We all wish Bill and Keith the very happiest of times in their new conservatory.”