Ash Drywall supervisor wins successive Health & Safety awards

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Ash Drywall supervisor, Adam Payne, who’s been awarded Wates Construction’s “STOPGO” safety award for the second month running.Congratulations to Ash Drywall supervisor, Adam Payne, who’s been awarded Wates Construction’s “STOPGO” safety award for the second month running.

These awards recognise Adam’s dedication to safe working practices, as demonstrated throughout our sub-contract works at the Stag Housing Development, Putney.

Congratulations Adam and keep up the great work!

Ash Drywall sign-up to the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) Construction Protocol

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Are You Alright Poster 300pxAs part of our ongoing policy to combat Modern Slavery, Ash Drywall have signed-up to the GLAA Construction Protocol

This joint agreement, between the UK government and some of the biggest names in UK construction, is aimed at eradicating slavery and labour exploitation in the building industry.

By becoming a signatory, ASH Drywall have commited to:

  • Work in partnership to protect vulnerable workers
  • Agree to share information, where possible, to help stop or prevent the exploitation of workers
  • Work together to manage information sensitively and confidentially
  • Commit to raising awareness within the supply chain
  • Maintain momentum through this protocol by communicating regularly

You can read all about this initiative and view supportive videos by following this link:

ASH Drywall trials Knauf spray-applied plaster system

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knauff airless 01Ash Drywall are currently trialling the Knauf Airless Finish (spray-applied plaster) system on a high-rise residential development for Wates Construction.

At Ash Drywall, we constantly strive for continuous improvement in working practices. Being open to new methods of working (particularly the utilisation of innovative technologies) is a key part of our strategy and wider business culture. Pursuing this objective, we're currently trialling the Knauf Airless Finish ("KAF") system on a high-rise residential development for Wates Construction.

Utilising a piston pump machine, KAF is applied directly onto smooth surfaces up to four times faster than conventional plastering. Drying times are also faster, allowing follow-on trades to commence work within two days. KAF provides the following key advantages: 

  1. Eliminates Silica Dust - Knauf's plaster formula is entirely free from silica components, ensuring that the risk of silica-dust inhalation is eliminated during sanding-down.

  2. Consistent Finish - The KAF system provides a more uniform surface finish, offering potential savings with subsequent decoration.

  3. Quicker application with less man power - Speeding up the wider construction programme, but not at the expense of quality.

The complete system comprises Knauf Plasterboard, Knauf Fill & Finish, Knauf Joint Filler and KAF spray plaster. The pre-mixed nature of Knauf's plaster range eliminates the requirement for an onsite water supply, ideal for large-scale, tower block construction.

Knauf’s formula has just the required amount of liquid within the mix to enable an easy application. In contrast, traditional plastering methods employ a greater amount of liquid which has the effect of creating longer drying times, extending the build programme. This is further prolonged during the colder winter months.

While traditional plaster dries pink, KAF dries white, creating the ideal background for decorators to begin working on the surfaces. The application from the spray machines also allows for ceilings to be plastered from ground level, eliminating the need for steps or scaffolding (another clear safety benefit) and saving time.

Product waste is almost non-existent with levels of less than 1% when using a spray machine. Excess product can be skimmed from surfaces and recycled back into the machine’s hopper for re-use.

Distinguished Gentleman Ride

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Dean riding his BonnevilleASH Drywall's Dean Ash supported Prostate Cancer and Men's Mental Health for the Movember Foundation by taking part in the West Sussex Distinguished Gentleman Ride for the second year running.

Riding a triumph T120 Spirit of 59 Bonneville, Dean has placed in the top 100 fundraisers (out of more than 130,000 riders worldwide) for two consecutive years.

You can read all about the 2019 event and perhaps make a donation by clicking here.

The Ash Cup 2017

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ASH Golf 2017The Ash Cup is an internal golf tournament held annually by Ash Drywall.

Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as nearest to the pin, longest drive and the much dreaded "booby prize" for last place. 

The 2017 Ash Cup took place at Dale Hill Golf Club, Ticehurst. Congratulations to Scott McLeary for his 2nd win of the illustrious trophy.

The final results were:

  • 1st - Scott McLeary
  • 2nd - Paul Seager
  • 3rd - Damien Gregory
  • Longest Drive - Rico Martinez
  • Nearest to Pin - Jamie Ridley
  • Booby Prize - Dave McNicol