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atmospheric corrosivity caused by moisture and chlorine. “The problem we had was in finding a product to support all our systems that met the C4 criteria. Stainless steel would be our normal choice but only a certain grade is suitable for use in a pool environment. However, none of the products on offer were available in that grade. We had to source a new product to coat the threaded rods and nuts. Standard coating can not be used. “We found a coating product that is normally used in automotive industry. Eventually, we sourced this specialist coating material from America. “We contacted local supplier, Unitrunk, who took it all on board. They supplied all the support products (nuts and bolts etc), coated them and certified the lot as one system. “As far as I know, this in the first time this

product was used in this type of setting. It’s an example of how innovative Dowds Group is – we strive to provide solutions.” Dowds Group also champions the use of workshops for clients as Thomas explains: “To counter any potential misunderstandings we’ll design to a certain stage then invite the client to a workshop. We’ll explain our understanding of their requirements and check that is correct. These workshops are very useful because if there is a misunderstanding, 99 times out of 100 it doesn’t cost anything to remedy. We can just make that tweak and you get a very happy client at the end of the job. We do these workshops on every system. At least once, depending how complex the system is.” Thomas was full of praise for everyone involved in the project: “This project was a prime example of best practice,

of how a job should and could be done. Everyone on the project worked together towards the same goal – a building built to the client’s expectations. It was inspiring to see and be a part of it. “I’ve since moved into another position within Dowds and I am so gratified that this was my last job as a Contracts Manager. Farrans shares similar traits to Dowds Group, the main one being that quality always comes first.” Client: Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Main Contractor: Farrans M+E Contractor: Dowds Group Contracts Manager: Thomas Graham PROJECTTEAM...

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