Basement Specialist of the Year award
Building and Facilities News is incredibly pleased to feature Glatthaar Fertigkeller and commend its team upon winning its highly coveted Basement Specialist of the Year award.
The family owned business, which is considered the number one in basement construction, is a market leader specialising in the design and development of ‘intelligent’ basement building (floors built underground that are characteristically warm, bright and spacious).
Focusing on all aspects of basement construction, including structural calculations production, Glatthaar Fertigkeller prides itself on working meticulously hard to complete approximately 3,200 basement builds a year. The country’s leading industry specialist was founded more than three decades ago by the enterprising Joachim Glatthaar and holds its headquarters in South West Germany.
According to Anthony Spinney, who works in Technical Sales at the firm, the brand has come a long way since its inception over thirty years back: “The company has progressed significantly since its establishment,” he commented. “It has developed from a one man company to the number one basement builder in Europe operating with 528 employees. We have facilities spanning Germany, England, Austria and Switzerland and our clients come from anywhere from Moscow to London.
“We have run an office in England for the last 8 and a half years and we are growing continually by at least 7% each year. We have enjoyed constant expansion since our beginnings and we are aiming to increase our presence in the English market as well as strengthening our links with the private house building sector.”
The team focus on basement design, manufacture and construction, providing a strong, cosy and contemporary foundation for today’s households. The resulting space provides dry and comfortable lower ground living accommodation which can adapt according to the changing needs of the family over generations, whether it is used as a home study, an extended bathroom or a children’s playroom.
“We create pre-fabricated basements for new build and extension purposes,” explained Anthony. “We build completely watertight cellars and we are renowned in the industry for the speed of our construction. We are the only basement building company that provides a basement system compared to using third party components, and as all our work is done in-house, there are no contractors involved.”
The team work effectively by combining the most technologically advanced off-site manufacturing process with well-organised on-site installation techniques. Their computer controlled, partially automated factories produce a quality product and the finished result is courtesy of the incomparable work carried out by highly trained installers. The Glatthaar Fertigkeller package is full-ranging; it includes all working/installation drawings and structural calculations ready for Building Control approval, and a project manager is assigned to individual projects for increased efficiency.
One of the organisation’s most notable innovations is the AquaSafe Basement and the THermoSafe Basement. Having been continuously developed over the last 33 years, these systems are the refined result of Glatthaar Fertigkeller’s extensive experience in basement building in every condition. They are a testament to the business’s penchant for superiority, as they clearly indicate a determination to undergo all projects (no matter how demanding) with enthusiasm, graft and extraordinarily high standards.
Anthony informed us that the company has enjoyed a great deal of success, particularly in 2015: “Over the last 12 months we have seen a continuous growth in the market,” he said. “We are pleased to report that our sales have exceeded our forecast, and that we haven’t noticed the effects of the economic crisis (and neither do we expect to in the forthcoming years).
“There haven’t been any massive changes to the structure of the business; the only real difference was in the shift in a leadership position when Thomas Salomon was made Branch Manager. Overall we are really happy with our achievements; this is our first award from the English market and we are naturally extremely proud of being chosen as a Company of the Year. Going forwards our short and long term plans remain pretty much the same: we are striving to make the Glatthaar name and our product more well-known.”
It is important to be aware of the fact that Glatthaar Fertigkeller is a very environmentally-conscious enterprise. Its positive contributions ensure a better utilisation of land (particularly in poor soil conditions) because of the development of smaller plots; meaning there is subsequently more living space (30-50%) for the same footprint and more room between properties. Sustainability is also enhanced as there is a reduction in structure infiltration (air changes) and the possibility of cutbacks on insulation costs, so there are many reasons to employ Glatthaar Fertigkeller for the job in hand.
Anthony was keen to reinforce that although basements are conventionally considered to be rooms concealed under the ground, this isn’t actually always the case: “A basement does not have to be fully underground,” he informed us. “For example, if you are planning a new build in an area that is liable to flooding, you could plan the basement to be partially above ground level giving you the security that up to this height your basement/ground floor is watertight.
“Alternatively you could opt not to build a basement but have us deliver the foundation slab and the external "stud walls" to a height above the expected flood level. Your chosen builder would then build upwards from this watertight construction. Naturally all openings, doors, windows (if affected) and patio doors will have to be protected by a Flood Stop System which could be integrated into our walls. The advantages are obvious: no more flooding unless the water height exceeds the height of our watertight construction.”
If you would like any more information on this exceptional brand then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Glatthaar Fertigkeller. The team are contactable via the mediums below or can be found promoting their services at various industry-specific trade shows – they are known for regularly attending Ecobuild at the ExCeL London and the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham and Sandown Park in Surrey.
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