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A huge step forward

Last weekend was a really great step forward for Team Arkoni in the GP1 class at Cadwell Park after a slow start to the season at Brands Hatch, with tyre problems at Snetterton that led to qualifying at the back of the grid.

Last weekend was a really great step forward for Team Arkoni in the GP1 class at Cadwell Park after a slow start to the season at Brands Hatch, with tyre problems at Snetterton that led to qualifying at the back of the grid.

Qualifying in the first couple of rows led to a second place in the first race, only ½ second of the leader’s pace. For the second race, some improvements were made and gaining another 2nd place were satisfactory results. Due to the weather conditions, the final race was a real lottery but Team Arkoni still came in a creditable 5th

The season is at last gaining momentum and the Team is targeting at least 1st place or podium finishes from the rest of the season.

Motorcycle racing is a full team effort with every member being instrumental in achieving success. This includes the rider, manager, mechanics and of course the people making tea and sandwiches with support from the sponsor Arkoni.

The team are now off to the Isle of Mann, competing in the post TT race on the island. The post TT event uses the Billtown circuit, which just outside Castletown and is a 4.25mile circuit using public roads.  Dave Brook thoroughly enjoys driving the circuit as the overall atmosphere on the island and using public roads is very different from track racing.

Watch out for the results at Mallory Park at the end of June where Dave feels we will be really competitive.

Come on Team Arkoni!!

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Robert Silkstone - Head of Operations

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Robert Silkstone - Head of Operations

Robert was absolutely delighted when he was offered the promotion to Head of Operations at Arkoni. Robert oversees the design, fabrication, site installation and delivery departments. Having known Arkoni for over 20 years Robert is well aware of how well respected the company is within the industry, so he jumped at the opportunity to join the team when Mark offered him the chance.

 

After many years working in specialist sub-contracting, being involved in a number of major projects including Pinderfields Hospital and Bridgewater Place, Leeds, Robert brings over 31 years of knowledge and experience to the team. “My main duties are to keep the work flow moving through all departments right through to on-site completion, whilst ensuring everyone has what they need to produce good quality workmanship. I am always keen on keeping abreast of new methods and technologies available to Arkoni” says Robert.

He has two children who occupy a great deal of his spare time and what small amount of time he has left, is spent learning to play the guitar. He also enjoys photography, including aerial photography.

Robert is looking forward to his future at Arkoni where he enjoys being part of a great team. Arkoni is already a leader in innovative architectural metal work solutions and is committed to pushing boundaries whilst maintaining the safety of people within and around buildings.

 

 

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Matt Gaunt – Draughtsman extraordinaire

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Matt Gaunt – Draughtsman extraordinaire

Matt joined the Arkoni team as a draughtsman in 2019. After a number of years in engineering with a focus on design engineering, he has settled into ‘team Arkoni’ really well and enjoys the great atmosphere. To keep on side Matt has even put himself forward for the tea rota. Well us Yorkshire folk need our cuppas!

 

Arkoni is well known in the industry for it’s ability to come up with solutions for unusual projects and Matt is really enjoying working on the many varied and interesting projects that the company is engaged with. “Two projects are never the same, one moment we could be working on the refurbishment of a listed building, the next it could be a state-of-the-art futuristic brief, I love it  - it’s never boring and keeps my mind challenged” says Matt.

In his spare time Matt is an accomplished musician, he plays in a brass band that is ranked in the worlds top 10 and has even played at the Royal Albert Hall!

Matt is looking forward to further developing his skills at Arkoni and hopefully being involved more with many of Arkoni’s award winning projects.

 

 

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A disappointing start but victory is still the aim of the game

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A disappointing start but victory is still the aim of the game

A disappointing start to the season, but Brooky is not deflated. During his first race back, Dave came off his bike and has broke a bone in his hand. As it’s early in the season, Brooky is confident that he can return to the race scene with full on enthusiasm and win the silverware he desires this season.

A disappointing start to the season but Brooky is not deflated. During his first race back Dave came off his bike and has broken a bone in his hand. As it’s early in the season Brooky is confident that he can return to the race scene with full on enthusiasm and win the silverware he desires this season.

To boost morale a little we had a great write up in Club Sport News magazine. Onwards and upwards!

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Meeting the challenges of fitting glazing units to older buildings

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Meeting the challenges of fitting glazing units to older buildings

The challenge to sympathetically renovate an older property yet adhere to modern building regulations can be a challenging one. Many old buildings although architecturally very interesting, can be Grade 1, Grade 11* and Grade 11 listed, which can throw up all sort of aesthetic and build problems.

The challenge to sympathetically renovate an older property yet adhere to modern building regulations can be a challenging one. Many old buildings although architecturally very interesting, can be Grade 1, Grade 11* and Grade 11 listed, which can throw up all sort of aesthetic and build problems.

Arkoni have many years of experience been working alongside architects and contractors on new build projects and renovations of old properties. Many problems that can be encountered include having to fit fire or ballistic resistant frames and glass to irregular or uneven walls, the thickness of modern units and keeping the new look in line with the original. Arkoni often work alongside bodies such as Historic England to unsure that the historic nature of the building will be retained and enjoyed by generations to come.

These listed buildings can also be open to the public, for example tourist attractions or buildings that house shopping centres and town halls that may be situated in city centres. In these situations, the need to protect the public from fire or ballistic attacks, insulate the property for fuel efficiency, protect the buildings interiors from harmful UV rays and keep the property cool in summer and warm in the winter are some of the considerations while renovating with integrity.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill is a perfect example of this type of project. With the status of the world’s first iron-framed building built in 1797, the flaxmill had to be restored with care. Arkoni manufactured 111 windows for the mill that are state-of-the-art thermally broken steel windows.  The windows replicate the original style but offer strength security, elegance and insulation ready for the world today.

Naturally, the finish of the windows had to be RAL colour matched to mimic the original specification. The glazing fitted was a laminated Sunguard product incorporating the latest warm edge thermal spacer bar, which helps to reflect the sun’s rays keeping areas cool in the summer whilst protecting the building from damaging ultraviolet light. The mill is a perfect example of how new technologies and systems can be combined with traditional buildings and blend seamlessly to create a building fit for the 21st century.

Another fascinating project that Arkoni was part of was the renovation of the Old Post Office building in Liverpool. The brief for this building was different in that although the integrity of the building still had to be retained, the blend of ultra modern and original features was the desired outcome. Liverpool prides itself on being proud of its history but focuses firmly on the future and so the mix of old and new had to be embraced in this project. Arkoni manufactured and installed a stunning metal Internal feature canopy that complemented the internal roofline of this building. The canopy welcomed visitors that entered the building, which was transformed into a shopping complex aptly named the ‘Met Quarter”.  The canopy was constructed from anodised aluminium plates and bespoke patterned laser cut panels to meet with the architect’s vision. Arkoni also constructed the External feature canopy, which was also constructed from anodised aluminium with cut-outs to accommodate feature down lighting

Smaller projects are just as interesting to the Arkoni team. We are proud to have worked on many properties both large and small for private clients where modern technologies and building standards need to work alongside each other to retain the historic significance of the building. Country properties, manor houses and much more have all benefited from Arkoni’s expertise.

Read more about Shrewsbury Flaxmill here

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