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ARC turns 10!

2 January 2018

On 2nd January 2008, ARC Building Solutions was born.

Ten years later, it has grown in to a leading manufacturer of cavity fire barriers, supplying national housebuilders and employing over 40 people from its factory in Leeds.

Throughout 2018, ARC will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in a variety of ways, starting with a new anniversary logo.

Watch this space as more will be revealed over the coming months…


ARC Celebrate Third RISE Award Win in Three Years

19 September 2017

At the Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) Awards on Thursday 14th September, ARC were successful for the third year running in securing an award. In the new category of Fire and Safety, ARC’s innovative entry of ‘Fire Stopping and Effective Edge Sealing at the Party Wall and Eaves’ scooped the award ahead of fierce competition. Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, the RISE Awards have been devised to recognise the bringing together of academic, industry, third sector and community groups in a unique celebration of all those who are helping to change the way we build for the future.

Professor Chris Gorse, on behalf of the judges commented;

“ARC’s innovative approaches and detailing of solutions for junctions are recognised for being ahead of the game. In the light of recent events, it is good to see that ARC have invested in research and development with products that provide practical and safe solutions. An outstanding contribution at a time of need”

Phone down time: Monday 27 Feb

20 February 2017

As part of routine maintenance we have been advised by BT that we will experience a down time of approx. 1-4 hours on our telephone system on the afternoon of Monday 27th February.

During this time we will still be contactable via the Sales Office email address

Emails will be actively monitored for any urgent responses required.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Christmas Greetings from ARC Building Solutions

5 December 2016

As we approach the Christmas break, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. 2016 has been another successful year for ARC Building Solutions, due to your continued support. With several award wins and a successful charity fundraising campaign to shout about, we have also enabled significant investment in the factory in our production and quality processes, helping to improve our service to you.

We close our factory for a short period over Christmas as follows;
Last working day, Friday 23rd December, re-opening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

ARC products achieve Certifire accreditation

23 November 2016

ARC Building Solutions' range of fire protection products have recently been assessed and have achieved CERTIFIRE.

CERTIFIRE is an independent third party certification scheme that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products. It is an internationally respected mark of fire safety, recognised by regliatory authorities worldwide.

The importance of schemes like CERTIFIRE is recognised in Approved Document B of the Building Regliations (ADB). The document makes a clear recommendation for the use of third party certificated products and systems. The achievement of CERTIFIRE, provides assurance that ARC’s fire protection products, when correctly installed, will perform as required.

The following products have achieved CERTIFIRE;

ARC Building Solutions continues its award-winning streak

16 September 2016

At the Research Innovation Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) awards on Thursday 15th September, ARC Building Solutions celebrated another award win. The ARC Spandrel Barrier was the winner in the category of Product and Element Interface. The judges commented; ‘The winning entry offered a very practical solution, and presents a considerable improvement on traditional construction with significant thermal and fire resisting properties. The product is simple and ingenious.’

Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the awards, held at the Met Hotel in Leeds, are a celebration of those shaping the future of the construction industry by changing the way we build for the better.

To find out more about the ARC Spandrel Barrier, please call the team on 0113 252 9428.

ARC shortlisted for a fourth award in 2016!

15 July 2016

At the 20th Anniversary Construction News Awards last night, ARC Building Solutions were shortlisted in the category of Commercial Innovation of the Year. ARC T-Barrier® was shortlisted against A-one+, Asset International, C-Probe Systems, Miller UK & Hewden Stuart, Nationwide Platforms, SGN, Tarmac, VPS Site Security and Costain. All finalists had to make one-to-one presentations to a panel of judges to present their ideas and why their ‘Commercial Innovation’ should win. ARC T-Barrier, which has already successfully gained a Housebuilder Product Award (Best Building Fabric Product) and CEYH Constructing Excellence Award (Innovation), and will now compete further in the Housebuilder Awards and National Constructing Excellence Awards, both being held in November.

Andrew Danzey, Director at ARC said ‘The judging process was very thorough, but being able to make a presentation to fellow industry professionals allowed us to explain why the simplicity of the ARC T-Barrier works. The collaborative testing we have done has allowed us to prove why it performs better than alternative products, and has enabled us to successfully present it to several large housebuilders who have included it in their specifications. We are delighted that it has received the recognition it deserves.’

ARC team raise more than £2800 for the Lymphoma Association

13 July 2016

On what seemed to be the wettest windiest day of the year, on July 9th over 30 colleagues, friends and extended family set off up Snowdon in memory of our colleague Dave Kemp. With winds gusting at the top of up to 40 miles an hour, some of us made it half way, some three quarters, some right to the top. Three of us walked up a second mountain too!

The incredible team spirit and support from everyone throughout the adventure was second to none. With ages ranging from 8 years old to 71, we all got involved and hope Dave would have been very proud.

We have smashed the target we set ourselves and have so far raised over £2800 for the Lymphoma Association. Once we have collected everything, we are confident that the final figure raised will be over £3000. Donations are still coming in to our just giving page, if you would like to add anything more, you can do so here;

Third Award Win for ARC in 3 days

4 July 2016

At the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards on Friday 1st July, ARC Building Solutions celebrated a third award-win in three days.

ARC T-Barrier® was awarded the winner in the category of innovation, fighting off tough opposition from entries submitted by WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, Carillion \ Morgan Sindall Joint Venture, Costain, Atkins / Laing O’Rourke, A-one+ Integrated Highway Services and Carillion/Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (CMSJV).

“The judges were impressed by the winning organisation. They saw a need, understood the key challenge, and designed a product that directly confronted that challenge. It is backed up with sound academic data, it is continuously being improved, and as well as meeting the needs of the Building Regulations, it has been accepted by the major house builders, which in itself is a challenge.”

As a winner of these regional awards, ARC will now be moved through to the national awards in the category of innovation, held later in the year.

For more information, see

Double Award Win for ARC in Housebuilder Product Awards

30 June 2016

On 29th June, at an awards ceremony in Edgbaston, Birmingham, ARC T-Barrier® won best building fabric product and ARC Eaves Insulator scooped best new product.

As winners of these categories, ARC are now finalists in the ‘Product of the Year’ category at the 2016 Housebuilder Awards in November.

To find out more about the Housebuilder Awards, see

Russell Irving, Director of ARC Building Solutions said ‘We are delighted to have won not just one but two Housebuilder Product Awards! It’s truly a reflection on a fabulous team effort by all who work at ARC, and we are extremely proud of this achievement. We are looking forward to November when both products will appear again amongst the winners of the other categories’

2016 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards

27 May 2016

ARC’s T-Barrier has been short listed as a finalist in the Innovation category of the 2016 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

Organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University, these awards recognise and celebrate the organisations, companies and project teams involved in delivering “excellence in construction” across 13 different categories, each one representing the core themes underpinning the Constructing Excellence movement & improvement agenda.

The winners will be revealed at a gala presentation evening on Friday 1st July in Leeds. Over the last eight years the CEYH awards have grown to be one of the highlights of the regional construction calendar & this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 400 construction professionals in attendance, representing a broad cross section of the industry.

For more information and to see all the finalists, click here.

Firex 2016

28 April 2016

ARC Building Solutions will be exhibiting at FIREX for the first time in 2016.

Held at Excel, London from 21 – 23 June, FIREX is the leading exhibition for fire prevention, detection and protection.

Exhibiting in the Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s (ASFP) Passive Protection Zone, ARC will be demonstrating its comprehensive range of passive fire protection products on stand D210.

To register for the show click here.

To book a meeting with us at the show click here.

To find out more, including information about a comprehensive speaker programme, click here.

Housebuilder Product Awards 2016

28 April 2016

Two of ARC's products have been shortlisted in the Housebuilder Product Awards 2016. The awards, which celebrate the best products in housebuilding, will be presented at an awards ceremony at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in June 2016.

ARC T-Barrier® is a finalist in the Best Building Product category, ARC Eaves Insulator for Best Brand New Product. See here for a full list of finalists.

The winners from each of the nine categories will also be shortlisted in the Product of the Year category at the Housebuilder Awards on 3 November 2016. The Product of the Year category in the Housebuilder Awards 2016 is not open to separate entries.

ARC T-Barrier is already award-winning, having won the Research and Innovation category at the Leeds Sustainability Institute RISE Awards in September 2015. It has also be shortlisted as a finalist in the Construction News Awards 2016 in the category of Commercial Innovation of the Year.

ARC Eaves Insulator is a brand new product and will be available shortly. Please call us on 0113 252 9428 to register your interest or find out more information about this product.

Construction News Awards 2016

4 March 2016

ARC’s T-Barrier has been selected as a finalist in the Commercial Innovation of the Year category of the 2016 Construction News Awards, making the shortlist from among a record number of entrants.

This year the judging line-up includes tens of the country’s top clients, including:
• Ian Ballentine, executive procurement director, Heathrow
• Munish Datta, head of plan A and FM, Marks and Spencer
• Louise Ellison, head of sustainability, Hammerson
• Simon Kirby, chief executive, HS2
• Flan McNamara, construction director, Sellar Property Group
• Jim O’Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England

Construction News’ editor Rebecca Evans commented:

“This year’s Construction News finalists are at the leading edge of UK construction, setting the standards for the whole industry to follow and ensuring their businesses are innovating for the future.

“I look forward to meeting the finalists at the face to face judging and hearing about their inspirational work.”

The winners will be announced on 14 July 2016 at a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, where over 1,300 of the industry’s elite will join together for a night of entertainment, celebration and networking.

The full list of finalists and more information can be found here.

Click here for more information on ARC T-Barrier.

Spot the ARC trailer!

15 February 2016

Spot the ARC trailer and be in with the chance of winning a Fortnum and Masons hamper worth £110.

Our ARC trailers have just left the factory to start delivering our products around the U.K. and to mark the occasion, we are launching a spotting competition. To be in with the chance of winning, all you have to do is record your sighting with a photo, along with a caption of when and where you saw it. Then post it on our Facebook page or tweet it to @arc_building.

The winner will be announced on 31st May. Good luck!

David Paul Kemp 10.6.1983 – 21.12.2015

20 January 2016

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of a member of the ARC family on 21st December 2015.

Dave Kemp was employed by ARC for over 4 years and was an integral part of our team. Extremely hardworking and loyal, Dave’s genuine personality and commitment to delivering the best made him popular and respected by all of his colleagues. Dave helped to train several of our current staff, passing on his ethos of quality and care. He will be greatly missed.

Dave was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August and leaves behind his partner Abigail and daughter Zara aged 12 months.

To honour Dave’s memory ARC Building Solutions will be raising money through a number of planned activities during 2016 for The Lymphoma Association If you would like to make a donation, please click here to visit our Just Giving page.

2015 Holiday Hours

4 December 2015

Please note our opening hours during the 2015 holiday period:

Close at noon Christmas Eve, reopen 4th January 2016.

ARC success in RISE awards

25 September 2015

On Friday 18th September, at the Leeds Beckett University Research Innovation Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) Awards, ARC T-Barrier was recognised as the winning entry in the Field & Laboratory Research category.

Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute, the RISE Awards showcased and celebrated the most innovative and forward thinking products, projects and partnerships. They demonstrated the success achieved through the industry and academic link and celebrated a proactive attitude and approach to driving change while being committed to key sustainability principles.

Click here to read more about the ARC T-Barrier System

ARC Building Solutions have been working closely with the Centre for the Built Environment department at Leeds Beckett University since March 2013. Initially, Leeds Beckett assisted ARC Building Solutions to carry out thermal calculations on the efficiency of the ARC T-Barrier. The thermal models show that the ARC T-Barrier can be 20% more effective than systems currently in use. Further tests undertaken by Leeds Beckett University, have shown that the T-Barrier offered a more effective seal when tested against other conventional systems.

In June 2015, Leeds Beckett carried out an air tight test on the ARC T-Barrier using a timber frame rig set up in ARC’s factory. This ground-breaking test is the only effective test currently available to assess whether products form an effective edge seal. The test also trialled the standard barrier either side of the party wall. The ARC T-Barrier was found to provide three times the pressure differential compared to the conventional cavity barrier system and nearly twice the pressure differential of the Airtightness Membrane employed by some house builders.

The judges at the RISE awards made the following comments about the ARC T-Barrier;

“ARC are to be commended on their approach to research and development. The construction of a test rig and use of a leading research team to test and analyse the data is a significant step forward in addressing the performance gap and producing energy efficient buildings”

“This is a step change for party wall edge seal. The tests suggest weaknesses in conventional systems that can be overcome by better insulants that offer a better geometric fit and function to prevent the passage of heat and smoke.”

Click here to read more about the RISE awards

New Datasheets Available

3 July 2015

Refreshed datasheets are now available for a number of key products. Please visit the Datasheets Page to download datasheets for our entire range of fire barriers, cavity closers and insulated DPCs.

Closing the Party Wall at Roof Level

10 September 2014

Currently in development at ARC is a system which provides a full fire and thermal seal between dwellings at the party wall. Notably, the system will include elements to ensure an effective seal between tile batons and within the soffit, as well as at all edges of the party wall cavity.

ARC launches new website

5 September 2014

ARC are pleased to present their new website. The site has been developed to provide our customers with up to date information that can be accessed as easily as possible. Datasheets for all our products can be downloaded from the Datasheets Page.

In a rush? Next day delivery on Flexi-Closer

1 September 2014

We are pleased to announce that a next day service is now available on ARC Flexi-Closer. Order up to 6 packs before 3pm to take advantage.

Flexi-Closer offers multiple cavity widths within one easy-to-stock product; the standard size suits 50, 65, 75, 85 & 100mm while the large version will suit 110,125 & 150mm cavities.

ARC awarded BRE Global ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

22 March 2014

ARC Building Solutions are delighted to have been awarded BRE Global accreditation for ISO 9001(Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental). These internationally recognised standards identify good management and environmental procedures and continuous compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Being awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 confirms ARC’s commitment to setting up, using and continuing to improve quality management and environmental procedures during the manufacturing process. Complete traceability of production is guaranteed which is often a requirement in supply chain agreements.

ARC Building Solutions persist in striving to manufacture products in the most environmentally-friendly way, recycling and minimising waste wherever possible.

ARC attends NMBS exhibition

25 May 2011

ARC Building Solutions were in attendance at the NMBS exhibition in Telford on 25 May 2011. Pictured (l-r) Russell Irving, Clair Richardson, Andrew Danzey.

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