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Architects Data File

Should a firewall be for life?

ISD Solutions - A firewall is for life

It’s not just a wall, it’s a firewall and for such crucial protection the use of composite panels gives buildings a huge performance boost. But, Brett Harrington, Divisional Manager for the Firewall and Data Division of ISD Solutions, warns you will get what you pay for – as we’ve learned firewalls must never become mere commodities for sacrifice on the altar of cost.

Fire is the disaster that does not discriminate. No matter what or where your company is, fire can destroy it. The importance of fire safety from composite firewalls should therefore never be understated.

The trend to use composite panel walls for applications including firewalls in modern warehouse construction is on the increase because of the multiple advantages they offer. In fact, their use across the warehouse sector is fast replacing traditional stud and block products in everything from warehouses and offices to cold stores and distribution centres.

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Cooling Post

Coldstore at the double

ISD Solutions K&N Cooling postColdstore manufacturer ISD Solutions has completed a second coldstore facility for UK logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel.

Designed to provide additional capacity at Kuehne + Nagel’s Greenford site in north west London, the £635,000 contract involved the construction of a new coldstore building providing 3,860m² of floor space operating at a temperature of -25ºC.

Under the contract with lead contractor JJL Design and Build, ISD Solutions was responsible for the design and installation of the coldstore box and associated areas. These included loading docks together with a cage storage area and a battery re-charge space for forklift trucks. In total some 7,400m² of Kingspan KS1100CS panels were specified and installed to form the coldstore, together with 3,860m² of floor insulation. Union Industries Eiger coldstore traffic doors were also procured and installed as part of ISD’s package.




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Future Constructor and Architect

Six ways to avoid green roof disasters

Mike Goodhead, Divisional Manager for ISD Solutions’ new industrial waterproofing division, explains what you should look out for when considering a green roof and how to maximise success.

Green Roof ISD Solutions Green roofs have come a long way as genuine construction options. An understanding of how they work, plus training and installation expertise, means that failures are now very rare. Technical advances and quality of the materials used has also contributed. 
Today, green roofs can be designed to meet a wide variety of commercial requirements and generally fall into three categories – Extensive, Semi-Intensive and Intensive. Each has a progressively deeper growing medium, up to a metre in depth for Intensive types, with differing maintenance and irrigation requirements. 
These in turn have different weight and structural considerations and require different roofing solutions. The waterproof membrane is critical here, and there are a wide range of products available covering the latest liquid applied systems, hot melt, mastic asphalt and numerous built-up systems. And each has different application requirements.


Building News

Premium dessert maker Rhokett selects ISD Solutions for new ‘clean room’ production facility

Clean Room Construction - RhokettSpecialist composite panel contractor ISD Solutions has completed the fit out of new high care production facilities for Rhokett, the rapidly expanding luxury high volume dessert maker, which supplies big name customers including Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Pret A Manger and Sainsbury’s.

The new 1410m² food processing centre at Cranbrook in Kent, will provide Rhokett with further capacity to match high levels of demand for its upmarket cheesecake and patisserie range. Rhokett was established in 2002 with the support of Michelin-star chef Gary Rhodes and is currently seeing growth of more than 20 per cent a year.

To meet extremely high food safety standards the team worked side by side with Rhokett to deliver a temperature controlled clean room type installation with minimal ledges, flush walls and where possible fixing-free.

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ACR News

ISD Solutions taps Australian single envelope cold store opportunity

Australian single envelope cold store opportunityISD Solutions, the UK specialist subcontractor in the design and construction of composite panel coldstore warehouses and a developer of single envelope clad rack solutions, has opened for business in Melbourne, Australia.

The company, which is currently negotiating five major cold store projects in Australia, believes the potential for super-efficient cold storage facilities using the latest insulated PIR panels, especially single envelope high bay solutions, is significant, with an estimated market valued at A$100 million per annum. The company is forecasting an initial 10% to 12% market share in the first 18 months.

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Building Construction Design

Turners’ high performance cold storage depot to feature ISD Solutions single envelope will be UK’s greenest

Turners’ High performance cold storage depot to feature ISD Solution single envelope with Kingspan QuadcoreA new super energy-efficient cold storage warehouse extension for Turners (Soham), one of the UK’s leading temperature controlled storage and distribution companies, is to feature a state-of-the-art insulated single envelope designed and installed by composite panel specialist ISD Solutions.

Forming the weathered external skin of the building, this will be the first UK chilled distribution warehouse to incorporate Kingspan’s latest IPN-QuadCore technology, a new insulated panel with thermal improvement of up to 20% over standard PIR insulated panels.

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FoodBev Magazine

Ultra Efficient Cold Store Development

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This is a time of evolution and revolution when it comes to refrigeration – with great strides being made in plant and on the road.  FoodBev takes a look at the latest developments.

A new super energy-efficient cold storage warehouse extension for Turners of Soham, one of the UK’s leading temperature controlled storage and distribution companies is to feature an advanced insulated single envelope, designed and installed by composite panel specialist ISD Solutions.

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The Construction Index

Gloucester-based P&M Group has acquired PLG Insulations, an industrial insulation company.

ISD Acquires Thermal Insulation PLG Insulations

P&M Group already owns ISD Solutions, specialist contractor in composite panel construction, cold stores, data centres, firewalls and industrial waterproofing.

PLG specialises in pipe and tank insulation primarily in the refrigeration sector.

P&M Group said that bringing the two companies into common ownership would offer customers energy reductions, improved design and construction efficiencies.

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New jobs, investment: Business hots up for Gloucester cold storage specialist ISD

ISD Solutions cold room manufacturingNew jobs, an apprenticeship and £300,000 investment in its Gloucestershire manufacturing base are all part of cold storage room maker ISD Solutions’ plans to freeze out its competition.

The Gloucester-based firm has revealed an avalanche of good news which starts with the above investment, includes six new jobs, a new apprenticeship, and Investors in People VI Generation award – and some serious backing from the Gloucester Growth Hub.





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New investment and more jobs at Gloucester-based manufacturer ISD Solutions

New investment and more jobs at Gloucester-based cold room panel manufacturer ISD Solutions

The P & M Group, whose major trading division is Gloucester based ISD Solutions that has been manufacturing insulated panels and doors for cold room storage solutions for 70 years, has successfully met the Investors in People Standard accreditation at silver level, which is only achieved by 6% of organisations.  With a progressive outlook, the management of ISD is committed to continuous improvement, involving all its employees in the company’s development and setting a benchmark for competitors.

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Architects Data File

Why single envelope construction is driving the design of new warehouses and cold stores

ADF-Why single envelope construction is driving the design of new warehouses and cold storesA pioneering, single envelope construction technique using insulated composite panels as the construction medium is changing conventional warehouse design and bringing with it significant savings. Tony Wall, managing director of ISD Solutions comments.

It is important for architects to think beyond insulation for optimal building performance and to look holistically at warehouse or cold store projects.  By bringing together smart design, experience, expert delivery and proven know-how, a cost reduction of up to 20 per cent can be achieved whilst delivering virtually airtight, high-performing buildings with low lifetime running costs.

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Roofing Cladding and Insulation

Cost considerations, speed of installation and accessibility make flat roof construction solutions especially attractive to commercial projects large and small.

But Mike Goodhead, from ISD Solutions’ Industrial Waterproofing Division, says they’re not without their pitfalls ….

ISD Solutions Structural Waterproofing expert Mike Goodhead discusses the ups and downs of Flat Roofing Systems

What a brilliant invention! Invariably the most cost effective construction solution for a whole range of commercial projects, flat roofs tick all the boxes. They are also far quicker to install, and easier to inspect and maintain.

There are other advantages too. That precious roof space can be utilised for external plant and other amenities, essential in city areas where space is at a premium, and they are better at absorbing heat, useful for internal warmth and energy efficiency.

But despite their popularity there are things that can go wrong and, with a bewildering choice of systems, membranes and almost daily technical innovations, getting the installation right is crucial.


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Building Design and Construction

Composite panel construction and cold store warehouse specialist to boost UK manufacturing capability

ISD Solutions Grifols Single Envelope Cold Store Contruction 5aComposite panel construction and industrial waterproofing specialist ISD Solutions, following another profitable year with revenues now exceeding £30 million, is well positioned to continue its recent growth and boost manufacturing at its Gloucester production facility.  

Specialising in the development, construction and maintenance of cold stores, firewalls, data centres and clean rooms, plus industrial cladding and waterproofing, the £300,000 investment to improve its manufacturing facilities includes a new roll forming line for composite panel metal skins, plus vacuum lifting and fabrication equipment.

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South West Business

Growing business ISD Solutions appoints Paul Chivers to head up design department

A culture of continual improvement at a Gloucester firm as it drivesCold store construction experts ISD Solutions appoints Paul Chivers to head up cold store design team towards business standard ISO 9001 has resulted in a whole new department.

Paul Chivers brings 15 years’ experience with him to head up the new design studio at ISD Solutions, a specialist in composite panel construction and cladding solutions.

It expects the department to “fully complement and improve project delivery” across its full spectrum of national construction projects including retail and distribution warehouses, cold store facilities, firewalls, data centres and structural waterproofing.

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Roofing Cladding and Insulation

ISD Solutions appoints Mike Goodhead to lead new division

Mike Goodhead will Lead ISD Solutions’ New Industrial Waterproofing Division - See more at: November 2015 By RCI Magazine – ISD Solutions has appointed Mike Goodhead to head up the new ISD Industrial Waterproofing Division, which will target the industrial and structural waterproofing sector.

Mr. Goodhead’s new division is intended to complement existing projects and enhance the range of technical construction services offered to clients, architects and main contractors.

As divisional manager, Mr. Goodhead brings over 32 years of expertise in the waterproofing industry, including ten years as contracts director at Brindley Asphalt, and has worked on some of the UK’s largest projects including The Mailbox in Birmingham, the Elephant & Castle regeneration in London and M&S Cheshire Oaks.

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Tomorrows Energy Management

Performance Enhancing Panels

Composite Panel construction better satisfies WRAP and BREEAM targetsA new approach is improving the building performance of datacentres and is already delivering significant reductions in build and running costs. 

A  technique using insulated, controlled-environment panels as the construction medium, completely changes conventional datacentre or data hall design and build, bringing significant savings to developers and operators.

Brett Harrington, divisional firewall manager, ISD Solutions, the UK’s leading specialist in composite panel design and construction, tells why he believes this system is the future due to cost and energy savings that can be made.


Read the full article in October’s issue of Tomorrows Energy Management p32





Warehouse and Logistics News

Warehouse construction – the secret to faster build times and cheaper running costs

Temperature Controlled warehouse construction - ISD SolutionsSleek, economic to build and with reduced operational costs, single envelope construction pioneered by ISD Solutions using composite panels is fast changing conventional warehouse and cold store design. Why?

High performance composite panel systems, together with single envelope construction techniques are leading a new wave of cold store and warehouse developments that are faster and less costly to build and more efficient to operate than traditional buildings.

UK building envelope contractor ISD Solutions, a leading proponent of this approach, sees upfront savings in build costs of at least 20% and significant long term energy efficiency gains compared to traditional construction methods for a range of sectors including retail distribution, cold stores and manufacturing. 

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Hospitality and Catering News

Developing the best Cold Store solutions

ISD Leads in cold store solutionsH&C News meets with suppliers regularly to keep up to date with the latest product and service innovations, aiming to get the inside track on what companies offer to the market and how it is delivered.

This week, we met Andrew Hudspith, Retail Director at ISD Solutions a supplier of chilled and frozen storage solutions at their offices and manufacturing centre in Gloucester, to gain a better understanding of their business.

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ISD completes single envelope ‘clad rack’ cold storage facility for Spanish pharmaceutical giant Grifols

High bay Single Envelope Cold Store Construction for GrifolsISD Solutions, working in single envelope cold store construction, has completed a €1.8m frozen and chilled storage facility for leading Spanish pharmaceutical and healthcare giant Grifols. The warehouse represents a significant investment and forms part of the company’s new International Logistics Centre on the IDA Business Park in Grange Castle, Dublin.

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ISD Solutions announces space saving Stowaway Shelving to complement cold storage solutions

Coldroom shelving from ISD pic in HCNGloucester, 3 June 2015: ISD Solutions, the leader in cold store warehouse construction and off-the-peg modular cold rooms, is launching a high quality shelving solution to customise space requirements in busy cold room and warehouse environments. The shelving solution, which can be folded up or down in seconds, allows retailers, food manufacturers and caterers to make the most of their valuable cold storage space.

Unlike static racking systems which can limit available floor space and reduce flexibility, ISD’s Stowaway Shelving is designed to be there when you need it and instantly folded away when other bulkier items and palletised goods need to be accommodated.

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ISD Solutions completes 150th cold store installation for Morrisons

ISD Solutions completes 150 cold store installation for Morrisons

ISD Solutions has completed its 150th cold store for Morrisons supermarkets at the M local store on Barnwood Road in Gloucester.

Under the contract, ISD Solutions’ Retail division provides complete design, manufacture and installation services for each cold store facility and in Gloucester, installed a dual temperature storage compartment measuring 6.00m by 3.35m that provides walk in food storage for temperature sensitive produce with sufficient storage capacity between deliveries.

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Building Design and Construction

Export success drives 10% growth for frozen warehouse and cold store specialist ISD Solutions

Cold Storage Design and Construction for Aldi's new RDC

ISD Solutions, the UK’s leading specialist contractor in the design and construction of composite panel cold store warehouses, firewalls, data centres and clean rooms, announces a second record-breaking year.

 Turnover is up 10% to £30 million for the year ending January 2015, with growth of 24%, 40% and 70% for the past 5,6 and 7 years respectively.

The company, which has ongoing contracts with leading grocery groups including Aldi, Waitrose, Morrisons and Ocado to provide both warehouse and in store cold storage facilities, has recently won new orders in its traditional UK business sectors.

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Architects Data File

Behind the scenes cold stores are key to Leicester’s new city food hall.

ISD Modular Cold Room Installation at Leicester Marke

ISD Solutions, a leader in bespoke and off-the-peg walk-in cold and freezer rooms, has completed new chill and freezer room facilities supporting eight artisanal food stalls at Leicester’s brand new city centre food hall, the first phase of an overall £9.2 million redevelopment of Leicester city market, due for completion in 2015.

Working jointly with specialist contractor Phoenix Retail Services, the cold storage rooms have been designed by ISD to provide highly efficient, easy to clean and easily accessed cold storage for stall holders selling a range of local and regional products, including fish and seafood, fresh meat, poultry and game, to specialist cheese and delicatessen products.

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Environment UK

ISD supports UBB with firewall solution for Essex waste treatment facility

Firewall Construction for Essex WasteComposite panel specialists ISD Solutions has been contracted by Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) to provide state of the art fire walls and compartmentation for the new massive Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility, currently under construction for Essex Waste Partnership in Basildon.

Due to commence operations in 2015, the new facility, one of the biggest waste treatment plants in Europe, will process up to 417,000 tonnes of municipal waste from across Essex each year and will play a key role in meeting county’s targets for sustainable waste management and recycling.

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SHD Logistics

Farmfoods opens environmentally-friendly frozen food warehouse in Bristol

ISD Cold Storage Construction for FarmFoodsISD Solutions, a leader in composite panel cold store solutions, is completing work on a new frozen food distribution centre for frozen food retailer Farmfoods.   The 175,000 sq ft facility at Avonmouth, Bristol will provide Farmfoods with a frozen warehouse solution to support its UK wide store network.



Global Cold Chain News

Gloucester, UK:  ISD Solutions has completed 25 cold store projects for Waitrose branches and e-commerce centres during 2013.

Cold Store Installation by ISD John-Lewis-Foodhall-7They will complete another 30 projects during 2014, including shops in Locks Heath in Fareham, Malmesbury, Portman Square, King’s Cross Railway Station, and John Lewis Southampton.

ISD Solutions achieved nominated contractor status in 2009 for Waitrose. The scope of work varies, and for ‘core’ Waitrose stores this normally involves the construction of freezer rooms with temperatures down to minus 28 degrees, together with meat and dairy chillers and then cold storage for fruit and vegetables.

The rooms are constructed in 100mm high-density PIR rigid thermal insulation panels, with bespoke sliding doors to reduce interference with access and walkways and other fittings, designed and manufactured by ISD Solutions in Gloucester.

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Essential Retail

Waitrose extends Wincanton wine contract.  Supermarket Waitrose has extended its contract with supply chain solutions business Wincanton, for the storage and distribution of its wines and spirits to its UK outlets.

ISD Solutions More cold store construction for waitroseWaitrose is also working with composite panel cold storage design and construction provider ISD Solutions to introduce energy-efficient cold storage facilities to its growing store portfolio. Projects that will be completed by the end of 2014 include the grocer’s shops in Locks Heath in Fareham, Malmesbury, Portman Square, King’s Cross Railway Station and John Lewis Southampton.



Grocery Trader

Independent grocers & food stores get more choice from ISD Solutions ‘off-the-peg’ modular cold storage range

MISA-KLM-modular-cold-room-from-ISD-DirectISD Solutions, a leader in cold store construction solutions for grocery, food production and warehouse markets, is expanding its offering of modular walk-in cold and freezer rooms for independent food stores and grocers, where energy efficient and flexible storage management solutions for food storage and preparation are crucial.






Building Projects

ISD builds Aldi’s new distribution centre

Aldi's new cold store warehouse and distribution centre featuring Kingspan panels on ISD Solutions' single envelope designAldi’s new super-efficient cold store warehouse and distribution centre at Goldthorpe, near Barnsley, features a unique single envelope design by ISD Solutions and incorporates high performance insulated panels and a solar PV system from Kingspan.

Due to open in 2015, the multi-million pound development, including warehouse, chilled food storage areas and office space, totalling 52,000 m2, will serve Aldi’s growing portfolio of stores across South and West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire, employing some 400 new staff.

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Waitrose invests in Cold Store Development Programme with ISD Solutions.

Waitrose invests in Cold Store Construction with ISD SolutionsISD Solutions, a leader in composite panel cold store construction, will start work shortly on new cold storage facilities for Waitrose Wolverhampton, providing walk in chilled and frozen storage for meat, dairy and vegetables.

Waitrose invests in cold store construction with ISD  – read the whole article in TCS&D April 14




Construction Index

Supermarkets help cladding specialist buck the trend

Single envelope Cladding CompanyWhile much of the UK construction industry stagnated and struggled, contracts with some of the big supermarket chains has helped ISD Solutions see continued growth since the economic collapse of 2008.  Gloucester-based ISD Solutions is a specialist contractor in the design and construction of composite panel cold store warehouses, firewalls, data centres and clean rooms. In 2013 it banked record revenues up 22% to £27m and growth of 54% for the past five years. 

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Retail Technology Review

Waitrose invests in cold store development programme with ISD SolutionsWaitrose invests in cold store development programme with ISD Solutions

Mar 05, 2014 ISD Solutions, a leader in composite panel cold store construction, will start work shortly on new cold storage facilities for Waitrose Wolverhampton, providing walk in chilled and frozen storage for meat, dairy and vegetables. Under a rolling contract, ISD Solutions completed 25 cold store projects for Waitrose stores and e-commerce centres across the UK during 2013 and has a further fourteen projects scheduled for 2014, with more to follow.

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Resource Efficient Business

ISD Solutions chosen to build Cold Store for Waitrose

Waitrose set to install fully recyclable cold store food storage facility

Supermarket retailer Waitrose has appointed ISD Solutions to construct a fully recyclable cold store facility.  The facility will be situated in Wolverhampton and will store chilled and frozen meat, dairy and vegetables.  ISD Solutions completed 25 cold store projects for Waitrose in 2013 and has a further 14 projects scheduled for 2014 with more to follow.

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Building and Facilities Management

ISD SOlutions - its more than just a Firewall

Its just a Wall … Isn’t it?

The trend to use composite panel walls in modern warehouse construction offers real advantages to stakeholders, even in firewall applications.  But Adrian Smith, Managing Director of ISD Firewall and data division of ISD Solutions, a specialist in warehouse and firewall construction warns poor awareness of product and installation standards puts stakeholders at risk.

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Storage Handling and Logistics

The future of frozen food storage by ISD SolutionsFrozen storage design to change

Single-envelope design installed by ISD Solutions using composite panels, is set to change conventional frozen storage design.

High quality frozen storage facilities are crucial to the industry, and the town of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, is home to the UK’s largest deep-freeze warehouse with capacity for a staggering 77,000 pallets of frozen food.

Read more about the future of cold storage construction as we see it in the original article in SHD Logistics ….

 Warehouse and Logistics News

Passive Fire protection and LPS 1500 - Its only a wall right?

ISD Solutions explain why LPS 1500 is such an important accreditation for the industry and for ISD to have.  ISD is probably only one of 2 specialist sub-contractors to have this important accreditation.

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 Grocery Trader

Single envelope Cladding CompanySingle Envelope brings a number of benefits to end users in terms of efficiencies, delivering significant savings to developers and operators in the highly price-sensitive frozen foods sector.

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Insulated panel design boosts cold store energy efficiency

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A new super energy-efficient cold storage warehouse extension for temperature controlled storage and distribution company Turners (Soham), is to feature an insulated single envelope designed and installed by composite panel specialist ISD Solutions

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