The following Trade Specifications must be read in conjunction with all other Contract documentation including; Tender Letter, General Terms, Conditions of Contract for Works, Labour Only and Purchase Orders, General Construction Notes (England & Wales), Suppliers and Sub Contract Works - Customer Charter and the Company's Occupational Safety, Health & Environmental Management System.
Our aim is to enable our sub-contractors and suppliers to access key Commercial information such as Terms & Conditions, Trade Specification, etc. online as soon as they are updated and revised. We hope that this will ensure that our supply chain is always fully informed as quickly as possible.
Whilst available online, this information is also available from the Commercial Departments at our Divisional offices and will form part of any contract we place (as set out in the Order).
Please be aware that bogus web sites seeking fees for the chance of working with major contractors exist.
Senior Group Commercial Manager
Revision W 01.07.2021
Item added 5.1.2 – DPC's must be installed on an even bed of wet mortar.
Section 1.1.10 and 1.1.11 – Added reference to low-rise construction added, removed reference to later section in document now replaced.
Section 6.15 – All Contractors installing Cavity Barriers on High Rise Structures (5 storeys and above) must be accredited to one of the following; FIRAS, BM Trada, IFC, LPCB.
Section 15 – Removed reference to Fireplaces.
Revision V 01.08.2020
18. Cavity Trays
An update has been made to section 18.1 to prevent water ingress to the building, the Contractors is to ensure that all Cavity Trays installed are in accordance with Group Standard Technical Details as well as the Group Supplier Agreement for preformed cavity trays.
23. Telehandler / Forklift
Section 23.2 has been updated for SHE management; if the Contractor supplies their own Telehandler / Forklift, it must meet the requirements of the company specification (SHE Form 68) which is available to the Contractor upon request.
26. Health & Safety
Section 26.2 has been added to note; all Operatives must have a valid CSCS Card relevant to their trade activity.
Section 26.7.4 has been added to note; employment of Non-English Nationals require a trained site supervisor who can translate in order to communicate Health & Safety matters.
Revision U 20.09.2019
Section 2 has been renumbered to Section 1 Brickwork Rates, correcting the reference number against the previous section External Wall Construction. A renumbering of the following Sections of the specification has occurred
Expansion Joints, where applicable, are to be installed in accordance with the NHBC Standards.
Updated sections 1.1.10 / 6.1.5 / 6.2.1 / 6.2.2 / 6.2.3 and 9.2.3 to reference installation of all ARC cavity fire barriers and ARC party wall DPC barriers in accordance with Group Standard Details.
Deletion of Section 7.2 Brickwork Constructed to 2006 Building Regulations, as these specification notes should no longer be required.
Section 7 Integral Garages, the words "When build in masonry construction…" have been added.
Deletion of Section 10.2.1 Thermal Economics Ltd Alreflex 2L2 fixing instructions. Renumbering of Section 10.2.2 to 9.2.1 Thermal Economics Alreflex Platinum insulation board fixing instructions.
Revision T 01.07.2018
General update to the Health & Safety section and inclusion of swift brick installation instructions.
Revision S 01.01.2018
We have now incorporated additional wording with regards to cast stone & pre-cast concrete floors.
Revision R 01.07.2017
Formatting changes only
Revision Q 01.07.2016
The trade specification has been updated in the following sections:
Section 6.3 has been amended to include 2013 Building Regulations.
A new subsection has been added within Health & Safety, 25.1 notes, "It is the Contractors responsibility to ensure that, whilst cutting bricks and blocks, his workforce and other workers in the vicinity of the brick cutting area are not exposed to silica dust arising from the cutting process. Where grinding tools are used in the cutting process, all operatives must wear a FFP3 disposable mask or half face respirator with at P3 filter. Additionally, all operatives must be face fit tested and records made available to site management."