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Cube Glass near doubles its footprint with acquisition of existing factory and planning application for substantial extension

Innovative glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass is set to near double the size of its premises in Cumbernauld’s Tannoch Place with the purchase of its 4,200 sq ft factory unit from landlord, Ashtenne, and submission of a planning application to build a 3,800 sq ft factory extension. The acquisition also includes enough land to build another 1,700 sq ft unit for further expansion if and when required.

 

Gary Thorn, Cube Glass founder and Managing Director, said: “A positive response from North Lanarkshire Council to our planning application will result in our building a much-needed extension which will permit us to get closer to fulfilling our company’s potential.

 

“The additional space should deliver a 20 per cent rise in turnover since we will be able to bid for larger aluminium curtain walling jobs with higher contract values. We will also be buying a couple of large CNC machines to carry-out this anticipated additional work.

 

“In addition, with this increased capacity we will be able to meet customer demand for these bigger jobs which, in turn, secures the jobs of our existing workforce. A further spinoff will be the creation of up to four new jobs, including a couple of apprentices. We hope, again subject to planning consent, to be in a position to move into the new extension by the end of 2020.”

 

Fast-growing Cube Glass has already established a presence in sectors such as education health, industrial, social care, commercial property and residential homes. A cascade of recent six-figure contracts has placed the manufacturer and installer on track for another record year of sales and profits.

 

The company focuses on curtain walling, doors, windows, glass roofing systems and shop fronts as well as bullet, bomb and blast resistant glass.

 

With record sales this year of around £2.75m, it has 14 highly qualified employees. Around 80% of the company’s sales are made to major companies such as Hilton Hotels, the Ministry of Defence, Arnold Clark, Morris and Spottiswood and Clark Contracts.

 

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Glass in Modern Architecture: Size DOES Matter

Used since ancient times, glass is one of the oldest and most versatile building materials in the world. As modern architecture has developed, so too has the use of this venerable substance evolved to achieve remarkable results in design and building performance.

 

Lots of architects are choosing aluminium for windows and doors these days because of its stylish appearance, strength and longevity. On a practical level, this means you can optimise the daylight available by fitting big windows without the need for frame supports that detract from the penetration of outdoor light.

 

Although we do some internal glazing, the vast majority of our business involves external glass.

 

Working with trusted clients such as Hilton Hotels, the Ministry of Defence, Morris & Spottiswood and Clark Contracts, our role is to look at the design drawings we are given and then use our 50 years of glazing experience to advise on what can practically be achieved.

 

As the trend towards floor-to-ceiling glass has become more prominent in building design, architects are increasingly requesting larger glass sizes. Consequently, one of the questions I am most often asked is “What’s the biggest door or window screen you can install?”.

 

The answer to that isn’t precise, yet is still quite simple: we are happy to provide quotes regardless of size or geographical location, with a wide variety of options available.

 

From our 8,300sq ft factory in Cumbernauld on the outskirts of Glasgow, we fabricate, supply and install aluminium windows, aluminium doors and curtain walling for projects throughout the UK ranging as far north as Thurso down to the south of England. With a highly tailored service, we take on every project as a partnership to produce bespoke glazing solutions to achieve our clients’ vision.

 

Unlike many in our sector, we work with multiple leading industry brands, meaning we can draw on a range of products from different suppliers to ensure the best result. This often involves a “mix and match” approach, further underlining our commitment to meeting the needs of our clients.

 

We’ve picked the best from an amazing bunch of suppliers:

  • Senior Architectural Systems, the UK’s largest privately-owned provider of complete fenestration solutions;
  • Metal Technology, which focuses on sustainable architectural aluminium solutions for windows, doors, curtain walling and solar shading; and
  • German-based global giant Schuco Group, a leading supplier of window and door systems.

 

The combination of these industry-leading products and our in-house expertise has led to a number of high-profile projects for Cube Glass, such as the refurbishment earlier this year of Hummel Training Centre for Rangers FC. We moved into the petrochemical industry at the end of 2018, providing blast-resistant windows and doors to Versalis, the Italian chemical producer at Grangemouth.

 

While less of a concern on specialist projects such as the Versalis facility, the prevailing demand among architects continues to be maximum glass with minimum side lines. Aligned with some of the most innovative brands in the sector, Cube Glass has both the expertise and experience to deliver big on glazing requirements.

 

For more information then get in touch with us by calling 0141 255 1625.

Score! Scotland’s Cube Glass wins another major stadium contract at Rangers FC’s Hummel Training Centre

Innovative and sectorally-diverse glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass has again increased its presence in the important UK stadium market with a major contract at Rangers Football Club’s state-of-the-art Hummel Training Centre.

 

The stadium arena and sports venue business has mushroomed in importance in recent years as owners and operators continue to drive awareness and maximise non-match day revenues.

 

The 38-acre Hummel Training Centre at Auchenhowie in the north of Glasgow, formerly Murray Park, was opened in 2001 at a cost of £14 million. Hummel, the Danish sportswear company, is Rangers’ kit supplier.

 

Working in association with Morris & Spottiswood, Cumbernauld-based Cube Glass installed three fire-rated Schueco screens and new double doors at the training centre, which hosts manager Steve Gerrard, his staff and the first team squad.

The company also refurbished the professional player entrance and fitted a new entrance for the Academy within the main building. The contract follows major works which it carried out at Rangers’ home ground, Ibrox Stadium.

 

Gary Thorn, Cube Glass founder and Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have been invited to participate in such a prestigious project and very pleased to have the opportunity to work with such professional partners.

 

“Cube Glass, which operates across the UK, is also very aware of the growing importance of the stadium sector in Britain and the potential for top-quality suppliers across a range of disciplines.

 

“We hope this will open doors for us in sports venues and arenas which are in the market for the highest quality glass and curtain walling solutions.”

 

At Ibrox, the company installed new automatic entrance doors to the Sandy Jardine Stand, formerly the Govan Stand, which runs along the side of the pitch and hosts bars and hospitality boxes. It also fitted new doors to the ticket office, corporate suites and emergency exits.

 

Cube Glass also created a specially-designed frameless glass barrier at the top of the stand which will provide protection for supported needs children while allowing them an uninterrupted view of the game from a much better vantage point than previously.

 

Fast-growing Cube Glass has already established a presence in sectors such as education health, industrial, social care, commercial property and residential homes. A cascade of recent six-figure contracts has placed the manufacturer and installer on track for another record year of sales and profits.

 

Mr Thorn added: “We are very aware of the advantages of having a wide spread of sectors in our work and we see stadia and arenas as particularly exciting opportunities.”

 

Cube Glass, focuses on curtain walling, doors, windows, glass roofing systems and shop fronts as well as bullet, bomb and blast resistant glass.

 

With record sales this year of around £2.75m, it has 14 highly-qualified employees. Around 80% of the company’s sales are made to major companies such as Hilton Hotels, the Ministry of Defence, Arnold Clark, Morris and Spottiswood and Clark Contracts.

 

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Cube Glass teams up with Ashleigh Building and signs new contracts totalling £130,000

Glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass has teamed up with south-west of Scotland construction company Ashleigh Building and has kicked off the relationship with three contracts totalling £130,000 in value.

 

It is the first time that Cube Glass has worked with Ashleigh, which has offices in Prestwick and Dumfries, and the new partnership adds to the rapidly-expanding portfolio of quality clients for the Cumbernauld-based manufacturer and installer.

 

In a sector where winning business at all costs is a priority, Cube Glass adopts the unusual position of working only with clients with whom it has a sense of commercial affinity and whose corporate governance values it shares.

 

Gary Thorn, Cube Glass founder and Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with Ashleigh Building, which has a non-adversarial commercial approach and an attractive business ethos.”

 

The first project for the new client is in Irvine, where Cube Glass is replacing existing windows, doors and building new curtain walling in an extension at the Tarryholme care home, in a deal with a value of £110,000.

 

Subsequently, it has been awarded contracts with Ashleigh for new curtain walling in Annan High Street and replacement and new curtain walls and windows at Struthers Primary School in Troon, with values of £7,000 and £13,000 respectively.

 

Mr Thorn said: “I came into contact with Ashleigh Building through hub South West, the local infrastructure partnership. I won a hub presentation and I met one of their people there and the relationship developed.”

 

The Ashleigh contracts are the latest of more than half a million pounds worth of work which Cube Glass has secured recently and its quotations are now averaging out at more than £1 million a month.

 

Cube Glass, based within Cumbernauld’s Lenziemill Industrial Estate, focuses on curtain walling, doors, windows, glass roofing systems and shop fronts as well as bullet, bomb and blast resistant glass.

 

With record sales this year of around £2.75m, it has 14 highly-qualified employees. Around 80% of the company’s sales are made to major companies such as Hilton Hotels, the Ministry of Defence, Arnold Clark, Morris and Spottiswood and Clark Contracts. It is operating throughout the UK.

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