Monthly Archives: February 2011

Jewson provides the tools for self build success

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Expertise | Posted on 28-02-2011

When DIYer, Chris Thundow and his wife, came across a dilapidated barn for sale in Thankerton, Lanark, they immediately knew they had to restore it to its former glory. With a little help from our Wishaw branch the couple are breathing life back into the historic local building.

Keen to preserve the appeal of the old stone building, Chris decided on a more sensitive refurbishment that would simultaneously update the interior into a modern family home. Intent on restoring the property using as many sustainable products as he could, he turned to us for guidance and building materials.

Kris Keane, Branch Manager at our Wishaw Branch said: “Chris came to open an account with us on the recommendation of his brother, who has been a regular customer here for a while. We’re pleased to have been able to offer our help – particularly when it’s going towards preserving the character and history of the buildings of the local area.”

Using period finishes for the exterior of the building, such as reroofing with traditional tiles, the internal design focused on creating a vaulted, open plan living space, which was achieved using Jewson sustainable timber. A timber shell was installed inside the solid stone walls, which could then be fully insulated, while the original floor was removed and replaced with concrete slabs on top of a waterproof membrane.

Chris said: “It’s been a great experience working with Jewson right from the very beginning. Initially I started off quite small, just picking up a few bits and pieces here and there, but as the project went on they have become my main source of materials.”

You can visit the Jewson Self Build website here.

Jewson Play

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 22-02-2011

What better way is there to spend your tea break than playing some flash games? There are some brilliant games on our ‘Jewson Play’ site. Click on the link below and have a go at knocking down walls, sumo wrestling on roof tops, or white van rally racing.

The site was launched at Christmas and so the competition is closed, but the games are still there and still fun. So give them a go!

Play games at:

Peter Martin at the Jewson Conference 2011

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events | Posted on 21-02-2011

Actor Peter Martin, the star of the fondly remembered ‘The Jewson Lot’ TV advertisements made a surprise appearance at this year’s sales conference.

Peter, now probably best known for his role of Joe in hit sit-com The Royle Family, starred in the long running series of Jewson adverts starting back in the early 1980’s. He was part of our nostalgic look back at the Jewson’s long history and he also announced plans for a major celebration in 2011,
backed by a fresh new image, new tag line and a major marketing campaign.

Strengthening local community links within Warrington with a new boxing gym

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 17-02-2011

A new purpose built gym and boxing club facility has opened in Warrington, with help from the Cheshire Fire Brigade constabulary, as well as staff from the local Warrington Jewson branch. By supplying over 90 percent of materials and parts at reduced cost, we helped the refurbishment of an old fire brigade engine bay become the new facility.

Funded by the local fire brigade service in conjunction with local Warrington boxing club, the gym will be available to the local community to enjoy the amenities, classes and purpose built boxing gym.  In addition, local primary and secondary schools will benefit, being able to use the area for exercising as part of their National Curriculum agenda.

Steve Daniels, Branch Manager at Jewson Warrington commented: “The new boxing gym is a fantastic example of the local community working together to produce a facility that everyone can use and enjoy.”

The Jewson Sustainable Building Guide

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Sustainability | Posted on 17-02-2011

We have recently launched the first edition of our Sustainable Building Guide. Practical and informative, the guide offers clear advice on current and upcoming legislation, Government incentives as well as a comprehensive overview of sustainable products and practices, to assist construction professionals working on both new build or RMI projects.

Launched at an event at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, the guide advises all construction professionals ranging from small to medium builders, contractors and developers on how to adapt day-to-day working practices to ensure a more sustainable build. The guide covers foundations, flooring, walls, insulation, timber, windows, roofs and water management. It also provides a comprehensive range of renewable systems, and details of the Greenworks Training Academy.

Victoria Blake, Associate Director for BRE Global concludes, “It’s great to see Jewson playing its part in taking sustainable materials forward, guiding its customers through the many new and different types of materials now available.”

The Guide is available from:

No squeaks at Jewson

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Products & Services | Posted on 17-02-2011

We can announce that we will be exclusively distributing No Squeak adhesive from Norbord. Specifically developed for installing P5 chipboard floor panels, the tough polyurethane adhesive allows for fewer mechanical fixings and is completely flexible – reducing time on site and guaranteeing a no squeak floor.

Traditionally, chipboard floor panels have been fixed mechanically to timber joists. Not only is this method time consuming for professional tradesmen, but also any movement in the joists can cause floors to squeak as they move up and down the mechanical fixings. No Squeak adhesive is 100% waterproof, sets and remains flexible in situ and has noise and shock absorbing properties; making it an ideal solution for floors under continual movement.

“We are delighted to be able to offer the No Squeak adhesive exclusively to our customers for the next three months,” explained Stuart Slocombe, our Market Director (Timber & Sheet Materials). “We currently stock Norbord’s Caberfloor and Caberdek particleboard floor panels and now we can offer tradesmen an improved installation method – allowing them to cut down time on site and ensure lasting professional results.”

Launching team Jewson MI Racing

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community, Sponsorship | Posted on 17-02-2011

We are pleased to announce that we are the main 2011 sponsor of international cycling team, MI Racing.

Coventry Transport Museum, the home of British cycling, played host to the recent sponsorship launch. David Harmon the well-known cycling commentator attended to offer his support to Team Jewson MI Racing.

MI Racing is a cycling team of World, European and British cycling champions based in Coventry. MI Racing was formed in 1997 by renowned cyclist Mick Ives. It has been one of the UK’s most successful cycling racing teams ever since. The team has made a name for itself winning over 1,000 races, all over the UK and mainland Europe.

Jewson gives sustainability a helping hand

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 17-02-2011

We have recently supported Start London for Willmott Dixon Construction by providing transport for an eco-pavilion. Start London is an initiative by Start, a national scheme by The Prince’s Charities Foundation, which promotes and celebrates sustainable living. It aims to help people across the UK take clear, positive and practical steps towards a better future.

The Start London initiative has seen each Willmott Dixon office across the country work with the local Crispin Secondary School in Street, and architect to design, build and exhibit a sustainable structure at the Prince’s Trust Start London garden party festival.

The structure was built at Wilmot Dixon’s site at St Katherine’s School in Bristol before being dismantled and transported by ourselves to the festival in London where it was rebuilt and exhibited for two weeks. It was then dismantled again for us to transport it to its final destination, the Crispin School.

Mark Reston of Willmott Dixon commented, “I cannot thank Jewson enough for their efforts in transporting the eco-pavilion. Transportation was a real challenge but Jewson, in particular Andrew Clements, were committed to the project and moved the structure successfully there and back in one piece (even the glass bottle roof was undamaged!). Without the support of Jewson we would not have been able to complete the project and showcase Willmott Dixon and their supply chains commitment to sustainability. Jewson continue to be a very important member of our supply chain.”

Helping to build a sustainable future

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events, Sustainability | Posted on 17-02-2011

On Tuesday 21st September 2010 we held a sustainable future day at our branch in Sutton Fields Industrial Estate for anyone interested in environmentally friendly products and building materials.

The event saw presentations every hour from specialist suppliers covering topics such as, heat pumps, solar PV and solar thermal, rainwater harvesting, insulation and underfloor heating. Experts were on hand to answer questions and provide information, and as proud supporters of the Energy Saving Trust, our Hull team also held a number of Grant online 40 minute training courses, covering all aspects of energy efficient technology and products.

Malcolm Gough, Sustainable Solutions Market Manager at Jewson commented: “The open day was a huge success with a great attendance across the various seminars.  Those that attended were impressed with the high level of experience, help and information they received about the various energy saving technologies, Feed-in tariffs, legislation and new products available, whilst also gaining the necessary advice to help with meeting The Code for Sustainable Homes.”

Hudson Pro range

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Products & Services | Posted on 17-02-2011

Tough jobs require the right tools, without them the job you allowed a couple of hours for can easily take much longer. And as a professional tradesman you demand a lot from the tools you use everyday – we know because we asked and we listened.

That’s why the Hudson Pro range of tiling tools is designed to provide the superior performance and durability you insist on. Leaving nothing to chance, we’re also sure that our ergonomic design and soft grip technology delivers the comfort, balance and ‘grip appeal’ you asked for – you can feel the difference as soon as you pick up a Hudson Pro product.

Hudson Pro tiling and accessories are available now from selected Jewson branches nationwide.