Expert for Civils, Metal Rainwater & Drainage

Steve Durdant-Hollamby

Managing Director

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Steve Durdant-Hollamby

Steve’s career in the building materials and wider construction industry spans over 25 years. He spent his early career in builders’ merchanting, before moving to Polychannel (part of Wavin Osma) as National Sales Manager in 1994. In 2000 he joined ACO Water Management as Commercial Director, and in 2014 he was appointed Managing Director of Alumasc Water Management Solutions.

Steve was a long standing member of the BMF Young Merchants Group and continues to support them today as he recognises the value to young and ambitious individuals. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants.

Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS)

AWMS is the first joined-up brand in rain-to-drain integrated water management. Launched in July 2015, AWMS is part of Alumasc Group – the leading UK supplier of premium building products, with almost 90 years’ experience in the industry.

AWMS harnesses the expertise of four trusted brands to provide one simple solution in water management. These are: Skyline Fascias, Soffit & Copings; Alumasc Rainwater Gutters & Downpipes; Harmer Building Drainage; and Gatic Civil Drainage.

Skyline, Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer and Gatic are all big names in their own right, renowned for innovation, quality and outstanding support. Under the AWMS banner, customers benefit from an unrivalled depth and breadth of expertise from brands they know and trust.

Visit www.alumascwms.co.uk or the Group website www.alumasc.co.uk. Follow @AlumascWMS

AWMS comment: Q3 2018

Steve Durdant-Hollamby, Managing Director Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS) is BMBI’s Expert for Civils, Metal Rainwater & Drainage.

Quarter three was a very mixed period, which ended in a particularly poor September. This was surprising given that many sectors in the construction industry had pulled back volume in Q2 from sales lost in the first quarter. It’s hard to explain it, with suggestions that more people have taken to holidaying in September. More likely, I believe it is down to a decline in construction orders and projects being delayed because of persistent uncertainty and concerns over the possibility of a ‘No deal’ outcome to Brexit.

However, October was a lot better and we’ve seen good indications for November so far. Perhaps people just want to get on with Brexit now?

The rainwater sector is busy with the residential sector performing particularly well. High-rise residential is also buoyant, with significant growth in projects where aluminium fascia, soffits, copings and cills, such as our Skyline product, are specified – particularly in one of the many shades of available grey! Grey is an increasingly popular choice as specifiers look for a contemporary look in a high-performance long-life product.

One of the most interesting and significant developments is the surge we’ve seen in requests for bespoke products. We believe this trend is one of the many consequences of the skills shortage. Bespoke solutions – a form of off-site construction – can save on-site time and labour, while guaranteeing a predictable quality construction when contractors are struggling to maintain the necessary level of skills on site.

Civils is a very cautious sector of the market. As I mentioned in last quarter’s report, there are a few factors contributing to this caution, including postponed projects and the need to catch up on projects which had been delayed by the extreme bad weather in Q1. There is also much rebidding going on in the contractor base.

Given the current political turmoil, we are also cautious for the immediate market outlook, the winter ahead and the run-up to Brexit as we get ready for that all-important date in March.

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