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Brook Back on the Podium 12 Months After Career-Threatening Crash

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Brook Back on the Podium 12 Months After Career-Threatening Crash

BRADFORD motorcycle racer Dave Brook took two emotional podium finishes at Anglesey – almost a year to the day that a huge crash there almost ended his career.

BRADFORD motorcycle racer Dave Brook took two emotional podium finishes at Anglesey – almost a year to the day that a huge crash there almost ended his career.

Brook missed the end of the 2017 season after a serious off at the Welsh track left him with a severely damaged leg which kept him  in hospital for almost a month as he underwent numerous operations.

He had a cage removed from the leg early this year and has been steadily working his way back to full fitness this season, improving further with every outing.

But his season finally turned the corner as he returned to the scene of the crime, qualifying third in wet conditions aboard his Team Arkoni Racing BMW.

“Getting third was a huge relief for me as there had been a power cut just before we went out which meant I didn’t have a very accurate pit board so I had to just try and be fast and smooth, which luckily was good enough for the front row,” he said.

After struggling to find a wet setting for the opening race of the weekend, Brook eventually finished sixth, but was determined to make amends on Bank Holiday Monday.

However, although the next day brought dry conditions, it also gave Brook a bigger job to do as his fastest race lap on Sunday was only quick enough to put him seventh on the grid.

After a strong start in the first race, he was quickly up to fifth position, and began to climb further through the pack, moving into third on lap 10 and second a lap later, taking second place at the chequered flag.

The final race of the weekend followed a similar pattern, and this time he fought his way up to third by the end of the fifth lap, holding the position all the way to the finish line.

“Race one was hard because we’re still finding a wet setting on the BMW and it’s just the second time I’ve ridden in the rain, so the race didn’t really pan out as planned.

 “Having to start from seventh on Monday was a pain, so I was really happy to get a second and a third from there. I had to barge my way through in the early laps to find a clear track, and then be as accurate as possible for the entire race.”

Brook’s return to the podium came a remarkable 364 days after his crash on August 28 2017, and he admits it was one of the most significant results of his career.

“Anglesey was a real milestone for me. Everyone around me has been so positive –my sponsors, family and friends. I have to admit, in 12 months I have even surprised myself at how well I’ve recovered.

“I had an amazing surgeon, Mr Forster at Leeds, he’s a great bloke who quickly realised he wasn’t dealing with a normal person.

“I went from being told I could lose my leg, wouldn’t ride a bike again and feeling an overall sense of impending doom to be standing on the podium at the same circuit 12 months later. That felt good.”

Brook is supported by Arkoni, which supplies the construction industry with a full metalworking service, from design all the way through to installation.

Managing director Mark Prentice was thrilled to see him back on the box. “Dave has impressed everyone with this stunning performance at the scene of his horrific crash last year,” he said.

“We have always believed in his ability and determination, and now he’s just shown what we all knew he was more than capable of. Up until his accident, he was a consistent frontrunner and now he’s back where he belongs.”

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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Arkoni is proud to be participating in this exciting project by manufacturing 111 windows that are state-of-the-art thermally broken steel windows replicating the original style but offering strength security, elegance, insulation and complete peace of mind. They will be finished in a RAL colour that matches the original specification.

Built in 1797, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the world’s first iron-framed building. A grant of £20.7 million from the Heritage Lottery fund is enabling site owners Historic England and project partners Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings to restore the Grade 1 listed Main Mill and Grade 2 listed Kiln back to their former glory.

This forerunner of the modern skyscraper is described by Sir Peter Luff, chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund as “the most important building of the modern age”.

Arkoni is proud to be participating in this exciting project by manufacturing 111 windows that are state-of-the-art thermally broken steel windows replicating the original style but offering strength security, elegance, insulation and complete peace of mind. They will be finished in a RAL colour that matches the original specification.

The glazing will be a laminated Cool-Lite SKN solar control product with the latest warm edge thermal spacer bar, which will help reflect the sun’s rays and keep the areas cool in the summer but also more importantly protect the building from damaging ultra violet light.

Arkoni is working with the architect Fielden Clegg Bradley Studious based in Bath and the specialist builders Croft Building and Conservation Ltd, based in Cannock , Staffs, alongside Historic England who are overseeing this exciting restoration project.

Nick Hill, National Conservation Projects Manager at Historic England commented,

“Historic England is keen to ensure that the restoration of these historically significant buildings is done as sensitively and authentically as possible. Where features need fully replacing in this project, such as the windows, reputable suppliers like Arkoni are sought out to provide high quality materials which won’t look out of place on the two hundred year old Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings buildings. We look forward to seeing the new state-of-the-art windows in place.”

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Check Us Out In Action

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Check Us Out In Action

Take a look at us in action

Our guys have got in on the action to show you all what we do and how we do it. We hope it gives you a little insight. As always you are welcome to visit.

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A Growing Demand Meant a New Head Office

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A Growing Demand Meant a New Head Office

Holmefield Farm Services based just outside York in North Yorkshire is a specialist in pig veterinary services but also caters for large animals such as cattle and sheep. In addition they supply medication and specialist veterinary feed for their patients and as such need a large warehouse to store these specialised products.

Holmefield Farm Services based just outside York in North Yorkshire is a specialist in pig veterinary services but also caters for large animals such as cattle and sheep. In addition they supply medication and specialist veterinary feed for their patients and as such need a large warehouse to store these specialised products.

As their business grew, they decided to construct a modern purpose built head office and warehouse that would suit their needs now and into the future. They liked the idea of a lovely free open space that would create a light and friendly atmosphere for staff and visitors alike. The offices were built over two floors and private offices were required as well as keeping the open space idea.

Arkoni the specialised glass and framing company were approached who suggested a plan to create separate offices using glazed screens with fire rated glass as well as constructing balustrades and fire escape staircases.

Melanie Oxtoby of Holmefield Farm Services said that “Arkoni made the whole construction process very easy, they were professional yet friendly and accommodated all of our needs with the minimum of fuss, even cleaning up after themselves every day. The end result was just what we wanted and we are all delighted with the result.”

As you can see from the photographs, the result answered all the client’s requirements and gave a modern yet practical alternative to the traditional stud walling. Glass screens can provide a light open feel to any environment and Arkoni can design and build to any requirement.

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Customers had a great day at Mallory Park

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Customers had a great day at Mallory Park

Our customers Angela, Paul and Gareth had a great day with the Arkoni race team at Mallory park.

It's always more fun to share these days with valued customers.

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Brook back on the pace as fitness returns

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Brook back on the pace as fitness returns

BRADFORD’S Dave Brook made big strides forward at Thundersport GB’s fourth round of the year as he enjoyed his best race weekend of the season at Mallory Park.

BRADFORD’S Dave Brook made big strides forward at Thundersport GB’s fourth round of the year as he enjoyed his best race weekend of the season at Mallory Park. And now he is turning his attention to his road racing debut later this month, as he heads out to contest the Southern 100 at the Isle of Man.

The Team Arkoni Racing rider is still working on his recovery following the huge crash last August, but after recently receiving good news from doctors earlier this month, he was keen to get back on board his BMW machinery for round four.

And despite a little off in Sunday’s opening race, he believes it was his best round of the year yet in terms of results and improvements.

The series’ annual trip to Mallory meant a strong grid, bolstered by British Superbike riders Richard Cooper and Billy McConnell aboard their Buildbase Suzuki machinery, and Brook was happy to qualify eighth ahead of the first race.

“The format of the meeting played into my hands because we had a rest day between testing and the race days, which gave me a chance to recover from clocking more than 100 laps on Thursday,” he said.

“Saturday’s race was pretty good, but a little problem with the brakes hampered my result and prevented me from getting through the traffic as much as I’d have liked, but I enjoyed the racing regardless.”

Finishing the race ninth, Brook had banked the seventh fastest lap time to give him a second row starting position for Sunday’s races, and he was hoping to get two strong results.

However, things didn’t quite go to plan as day two got underway. “I got a decent start and was up to fifth by mid race distance,” he explained.

“I thought I’d settle into my own race pace and chase a 52second lap but a split second decision after running slightly wide at Edwina’s forced me to run 100% throttle on what I now know are kerbs which should be avoided!

“I ended up crashing but thankfully it was just bumps and bruises, nothing serious and it certainly hasn’t done any damage. Despite the spill, I’d say it was the most enjoyable round I’ve had this year and the improvements were clear, so I’ve come away happy and pleased with the progress.”

After the off, Brook decided to sit out of the final race of the day and is now concentrating on his next outing, as he makes his Southern 100 debut later this month.

Having always fancied a go at the roads, he has finally bitten the bullet this year and, after doing some laps of the Billown Circuit on his road bike, he can’t wait to head back for the event, which runs from July 12-15.

“I’ve always wanted to try the roads and I suppose it was just an itch I had to scratch,” he added. “This year I don’t have the pressure of a championship to worry about so it’s freed up the calendar enough for me to have the time to do it.

“If I’m honest, I’ve always wanted to race the Mountain Course used for TT and the Manx, but the Southern 100 will give me the chance to see what I think of the roads without the stress of learning 37miles worth of corners.” Brook continues to be supported by Arkoni, which supplies the construction industry with a full metalworking service, from design all the way through to installation. Managing director Mark Prentice has been delighted with his progress this season. “Dave has had a tough trek getting back to fitness after his smash last year, so we’re all thrilled to hear that he feels he has really turned a corner in the last few weeks,” he said.

“The improvement was evident at Mallory as he was straight up into the top six, and now we have the new adventure of the Southern 100 to look forward to. I believe he’ll have a really strong race week out there, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he can pitch up against the regular roads riders.”

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Brook back in action at Donington Park

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Brook back in action at Donington Park

Bradford’s Dave Brook made his return to motorcycle racing just seven months after sustaining a serious leg injury, as the 2018 Thundersport GB series got underway at Donington Park.

The Team Arkoni Racing rider is still working on his recovery following the huge crash last August, where he suffered a badly damaged leg requiring several operations and left him fitted with a cage which wasn’t removed until January this year.

Despite missing the latter half of the year, Brook still ended 2017 in third place overall in Thundersport GB’s flagship GP1 Elite Championship.

Currently battling his way back to full fitness, Brook was able to line up in the championship’s opening round at the iconic Leicester track, where he scored three strong points finishes.

After qualifying his Team Arkoni Racing BMW in 13th spot for the first race of the season, Brook rode a careful but solid race to finish 13th.  Under the Mega Laps system, he then lined up 16th on the grid for the second and third races.

Consciously doing his best to avoid any more injury, he built up his race pace over the weekend, finishing his second race 12th and then making up a number of places in the final scrap to finish 10th.

“I was pleased with how it all went, considering I ‘m still recovering,” he said. “We were lucky enough to take the Team Arkoni Racing BMW out to Spain for some testing a few weeks earlier, but the weather wasn’t great and I only managed to get one dry session in three days.

“I had another operation in between that and the first round, so I didn’t get any more bike time until I arrived at Donington Park, so I was okay with qualifying 13th.

“But in at the first corner in the first race, I rolled off when I thought I should and everyone just rode round me! I quickly learnt from that and rectified it when I got 10th in the last one, but I’d certainly had my work cut out coming from 16th.”

Having banked a solid haul of points from the first round, Brook is now looking forward to the rest of the year, as he continues to get stronger.

“Considering I’m so soon out of surgery, I really can’t complain. I’m just glad I’ve been able to make it back so quickly and my leg felt almost comfortable which was great.

“At this point, I’ve still got to be vigilant about looking after my leg. I’m under strict surgeon’s orders to look after it over the next couple of rounds, and then I can fully commit again.”

Founded in 1991, Arkoni supplies the construction industry with a full metalworking service, from design all the way through to installation.

Based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, the firm manufactures a range of products, including fire-rated and security-rated glazing and doors, bespoke steel glazing and architectural metalwork covering staircases, balustrades, balconies and other work.

Having been a sponsor of Brook for four years, Arkoni managing director Mark Prentice is delighted to see him back in the saddle.

“Dave was unlucky that his season ended when it did last year, particularly as he was challenging for the championship at the time,” he said. “But it’s fantastic to see him back out in action so soon.

“Dave’s always been a fighter and it’s clear by his improvements over the course of the weekend that he’s not lost that competitive edge, and I’m looking forward to watching him get even stronger over the course of the next couple of months.”

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Fire door installation program

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Fire door installation program

The British Woodworking Federation, in collaboration with the NPTC Group of Colleges, has introduced a new training course for the installation of fire doors. The course is designed to train students in the proper installation of fire rated doors in order to ensure they perform effectively in the event of a fire.

Currently, a large number of fire doors have been found to have deficiencies due to improper installation, potentially endangering lives.

A fire-rated door that was recovered intact from a lower floor of the Grenfell Tower was found to last only 15 minutes in tests – half as long as the intended 30 minutes.

This fire door installation qualification is the first of its kind in the UK and represents a positive step in promoting fire safety.

Arkoni is FIRAS accredited for the installation of fire rated doors, fire rated windows, curtain walling, butt glazed screens and auto sliding doors with break out and break in functions. Whilst we can assure that our fire protection systems are installed to industry standards and with the care that is achieved over extensive industry experience, we feel it is critically important that training is made more readily available to other contractors.

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Glass balustrades and balconies - let the light in

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Glass balustrades and balconies - let the light in

Staircases and balustrades often play an integral role in the architectural design of a structure’s interior, resulting in an increasing amount of pressure on architects to come up with impressive designs.

Glass balustrades are becoming increasingly popular in both modern architecture and are similarly popular when renovating historic buildings. Glass allows architects to maximise the use of light, which is particularly important with historic buildings that are often quite lacking in natural light.

Glass balustrades provide a light and airy interior space and can also work very well for exterior balconies to meet safety regulations without compromising on design.

The glass panels are supported using architectural metalwork, which most often requires bespoke fabrication and design in order to seamlessly integrate the balustrades into the structure.

Arkoni provides bespoke metalwork design, fabrication and installation on a range of glass balustrades, balconies and canopies. With extensive industry experience, Arkoni’s specialist fabricators are able to provide high-strength glass-supporting metalwork that does not compromise the visual appeal of the finished product.

Experienced in working with both renovations of historic buildings and new builds, Arkoni have developed a reputation for architectural glass-supporting metalwork with bespoke requirements throughout the North of England.

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Wood... is it making a comeback?

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Wood... is it making a comeback?

It was the use of steel and concrete that brought us the first skyscrapers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and since then, these materials have played a central role in constructing tall buildings. However, technology has made what at first glance appears to be a step backwards as skyscrapers made with wood have been cropping up in various cities around the world.

It may sound like a bizarre and even dangerous concept at first, but don’t let your preconceived notions fool you. These wooden skyscrapers are actually using some very cutting-edge technology and may even be more resistant to fire than skyscrapers built with steel and concrete.

The major breakthrough that has led architects to revisit the use of wood in rall buildings are modern forms of engineered timber products such as cross laminated timber, or CLT. CLT is constructed using thin layers of wood on alternating angles, held together by fire resistant glue – a sort of super plywood. This results in a material with high strength, low weight and a high resistance to fire. When tested for fire safety, CLT withstood fire better than its steel and concrete counterparts. This is mainly due to the wooden panels being simply too large to ignite – like trying to set fire to a log without kindling.

In cities including London, Chicago, Skelleftea (Sweeden), Melbourne and Tokyo, just to name a few, wooden skyscrapers are beginning to pop up within the city skylines. While there are several advantages to using wood as a building material, a major factor could be attributed to its impact on the environment.

Wood acts as a sort of ‘trap’ for cO2 and, especially when compared to those made of steel and concrete, wood has a very low carbon footprint. With so much global pressure to reduce our impact on the environment, these buildings can act as a symbol to a city’s or a country’s dedication to good environmental practices.

There are still some challenges that must be overcome if we are to expect wooden buildings to start hitting the 200 or 300m mark and remerge as the most popular building material in the world, but recent progress certainly puts a spark of hope into its future in the modern world.

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The Progression of Glass in Architecutre

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The Progression of Glass in Architecutre

Since as early as 100AD, the use of glass in buildings has driven architectural trends. The mere concept of enjoying the benefits of natural light whilst being protected from the elements has played a central role in building design. It has driven society to continually find new ways of integrating glass into building projects, as well as developing new glazing techniques to produce superior glass products.

Comparing modern forms of glass panes to early examples of cast and stained glass truly highlights the scope of the advancements in the glazing industry. Glass-clad skyscrapers act as towering monuments testifying to the integral role that glass plays in today’s society, but even these seem to fall short of representing just how much it has changed our lives.

The first widespread use of glass in buildings was for decorative purposes, commonly adorning churches and cathedrals throughout Europe. Whilst undeniably capable of producing beautiful works of art, the glazing methods at the time could only produce small, cloudy panes, which offered poor transparency and strength. Demand shifted at the turn of the industrial revolution when the need for ample indoor light drove glaziers to produce a superior product. Architects needed a material that could form a barrier from the elements whilst allowing natural light to illuminate mills, factories and other indoor working environments.

Since then, the glass used in buildings has advanced in leaps and bounds. The introduction of electric lighting resulted in glass is no longer used as a primary source of light, but the advancements in its capabilities also greatly increased the potential uses. Now used for everything from stylish and eye-catching offices with pleasant, naturally lit working environments to banks with bullet resistant security glass and everything in between, glass is now a major feature of most architectural design.

Architects now have a diverse range of glass products at their disposal when designing buildings ranging from simple double-glazing to structural, fire rated and security glass. Depending on the type of glass and its purpose, specialist fabricators and installers are often called for.

Arkoni are adept at fabricating and installing FIRAS accredited fire prevention systems, bespoke stainless steel glazing systems, enhanced glazing systems and much more. As the glazing industry continues to advance and evolve, Arkoni stays abreast of the latest technology, accreditations and standards to ensure that each project it completes meets both customer and regulatory requirements.

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University of Leicester's 'Green Wall' Project

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University of Leicester's 'Green Wall' Project

Arkoni takes pride in its contributions to eco-friendly projects and one of the team favourites has to be University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine (since renamed the George Davis Centre).

With a total project value of £42 million, Arkoni was recruited for the specialised task of constructing and installing the pressings for the ‘Green Wall’, a wall which features live vegetation. The ‘Green Wall’ was considered a central aspect to the overall project, as it works to represent the building’s eco-friendly construction.

The Centre for Medicine was awarded the title of being the largest Passivhaus accredited building in the UK. Passivhaus is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency, aimed at creating buildings with ultra-low ecological footprints. Achieving the Passivhaus rating is no mean feat, but the end result was a win for all those involved and the environment in which we live.

The University of Leicester Centre for medicine was an exciting project for the team at Arkoni, as well as the leading architects at Associated Architects and construction company, Wilmott Dixon, who recruited Arkoni for the project.

The completed project raised quite a lot of public attention and was awarded Project of the Year in the field of Public Use at the the 2018 CIBSE awards, as well as the Sustainable Science Building award at the 2017 S-Lab for its achievements in eco-friendly building construction.

When it comes to specialist projects such as the University of Leicester, with its one-of-a-kind specifications, Arkoni have developed an impressive portfolio of successful projects and has become the go-to specialists for the North of England.

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Leeds Abbey Dash 2017

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Leeds Abbey Dash 2017

Sunday 5th November was a great day for charities such as Age UK and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and it was a challenging but successful day for Arkoni’s Lee O’Donnel, Paul Lodge and Rory Swallow. A significant change from their day jobs at Arkoni, the Brighouse based manufacturer of specialist architectural products, Lee, Paul and Rory spent the day raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by running Age UK’s 10k Abbey Dash in Leeds.

Between them, a total of £340 was raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity carries out over 1,250 life saving missions each year, and with each mission costing around £3,300, it is in constant need of donations like these to continue its live saving work.

Others who competed on the day were Nicholas ‘Peanut’ Baines of the Kaiser Chiefs and Olympic finalist, Eilish McColgan who set a new female’s fastest time with a 32:05.

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What is bullet-resisting glass?

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What is bullet-resisting glass?

Standard glass panes and bullet-resisting glass may look the same to the untrained eye, but they are actually very different and can be up to ten times the thickness of standard glass panes.

Bullet-resisting glass is not actually constructed in a single pane; it is in fact a laminate of various plastics sandwiched between layers of toughened glass. The idea being not to resist the energy of projectiles, but to absorb it.

As a bullet strikes a pane of security glazing, the layers of toughened glass and plastics rapidly absorb the energy of the projectile, either stopping the bullet entirely or slowing it enough to greatly reduce the damage that can be done.

The effectiveness of bullet-resisting glazing depends on multiple aspects such as the number of layers, the thickness of layers, the materials used etc., but generally speaking, the thicker the glass, the more energy can be absorbed. The type of projectile that can be effectively resisted is commonly classified on a scale from BR1 to BR7, with BR7 being the most effective.

Bullet resistant glazing supplied by Arkoni conforms to EN1063 and systems are tested to Din EN 1522/1523.

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Fire safety in the UK

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Fire safety in the UK

Before the Great Fire of London in 1666, fire prevention was practically non-existent in the UK. Buildings made of combustible materials jammed close together proved to be a disaster waiting to happen. After the fire, work began to rebuild the city, only this time plans were put in place to both prevent fires and aid fire fighters, should a fire ever break out. This was the first major milestone (some might even say the introduction) of fire prevention in building construction.

More than 450 years on and fire prevention has developed in leaps and bounds. Not only has the structural materials of buildings been changed to prevent the spread of fires, but fire rated doors and windows have also become a major aspect of fire prevention.

As FIRAS certified installers of fire rated glazing, Arkoni are continuously finding new an innovative ways to incorporate fire safety with aesthetics, ensuring that fire resistant materials are not only a safer option, but a visually appealing one.

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New Science and Technology Centre at Sevenoaks School

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New Science and Technology Centre at Sevenoaks School

Brighouse based metalwork specialist Arkoni has made a significant contribution to the construction of the new science and technology centre at Sevenoaks School in Kent. The £20m new science and technology centre will combine the four core fields of science into one integrated learning environment.

Arkoni has manufactured and installed fire rated internal screens and bespoke external windows. This contribution to the project has not only improved the visual appeal of the building, but has also ensured that the students of Sevenoaks can learn in an exciting environment with the added assurance of safety.

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Triple Treat for Brookey at Rockingham

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Triple Treat for Brookey at Rockingham

Dave ‘Brooky’ Brook of Team Arkoni Racing was delighted with his performance at the recent Thundersport GB event held at Rockingham last weekend.

Three third place finishes over the course of the weekend provided encouragement for ‘Brooky’ and further cemented his second place in the overall rankings after crashing out at Mallory Park last time out.

Dave commented: “I’m very pleased with the results. We chucked in a test between the rounds and I completed one full session out of 5 as I was plagued with teething problems from the crash at Mallory Park. This meant I didn't have any practice to blow the cobwebs off so I had an enormous amount of pressure to get on the pace, rectify the electronic problems and set the bike up all on the official test day but I qualified in fifth, 0.5s off of pole.

“I managed to build and improve throughout the weekend and got three solid 3rds out of all the races so I have to be happy with that! My fitness wasn't 100% so, given another 4 weeks of recovery and training im sure I’ll be fighting fit for Anglesey at the end of August,” added Dave.

Martin Quarmby, Technical Director with Brooky’s sponsors Arkoni, commented: “Dave did exceptionally well under the circumstances, having to keep up with the course lap record holder Lee Williams and other opposition. A remarkable achievement after such a heavy crash at Mallory Park. The rest of Brooky’s team also did a great job. Well done to them all!”

For more details please visit arkoni.co.uk / www.brooky73racer.com

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IN FOCUS - Martyna Rhodes

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IN FOCUS - Martyna Rhodes

NAME
Martyna Rhodes

AGE
32

LIVES
Huddersfield

JOB TITLE
Designer

MARRIED / CHILDREN?
Married, no children 

WHEN DID YOU JOIN ARKONI?
5th of June 2017

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT ARKONI?
The atmosphere is great and I love drawing

FIRST PAID JOB?
CAD Technician, designing fire alarm warning systems in Poland

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS
Strong willed, quiet and friendly

INDIAN or CHINESE?
Both

WINE or BEER?
Both

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY?
I would travel the world 

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Martyna Makes Her Mark with Arkoni

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Martyna Makes Her Mark with Arkoni

Arkoni has recently appointed CAD designer Martyna Rhodes to their team of draughtsmen.

Martyna, who arrived in the UK from Poland in 2007, has been working within the glazing sector for the past seven years.

Martyna commented: “I fell in love with the UK when I moved here ten years ago and have lived in Doncaster and Huddersfield.

“I’m excited by the challenge of working with Arkoni at such a busy time,” added Martyna who enjoys painting, walking in the Dales and a cold pint in a country pub afterwards!

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The Brooky Brief

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The Brooky Brief

Crash, bang, wallop at Mallory Park!

It started well at Mallory Park. Good times were notched on old tyres in testing, there was plenty of feel and after some small yet positive changes with the bike which I knew we were in with a shout. It actually turned out more like a cry!

As the test day went on we noticed that some of the other riders were on a different compound rear tyre and at a distinct advantage through Gerrards where there is a lot of time made up. This was what we felt would make the difference between a podium and a win. We tried it for the last session and it didn’t end well. As it was a harder compound I hadn’t left it long enough to scrub in before pulling the pin, the result was a gigantic high side crash bang wallop on a fast part of the circuit!

I went over the bars. My bike ran me over. I then glanced at the Armco barrier and was followed in by another rider’s bike. I was knocked out for around 15 minutes and, although there was an initial worry of head and back injuries, a CT scan confirmed thar to not be the case and I got away with a broken rib, bruised lung and crushed arm where it was run over. 

Unfortunately because of the concussion I was put on a 10 day riding ban by the ACU which meant I couldn’t salvage any points over the weekend which was a shame, although I have to say I was and still am not in a position to ride in anger. 

I've been spending the last few evenings going to and from Doncaster receiving Laser therapy by ex TT rider Robbie Silvester which has definitely speeded things up and will commence oxygen therapy in Leeds over the next few weeks to do my absolute best to be fighting fit for the next round. 

I'm obviously gutted about the crash and apologise to my sponsors for the mistake but we are chasing wins and on the limit. These things do happen and it’s a risky sport at times. For every mistake I make others can too and it’s a long season so the plan is to get back and on the pace straight away and keep digging!

On the flip side I’m still in clear second place in the season’s standings despite the leader Lee Williams stretching his lead.

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