Flooring contractor sets sights on growth after major investment

MD Jason Lister

SPECIALIST flooring contractor Advanced Traditional Screeding (ATS) has announced it is investing £500,000 in a new division to offer an insulation system tipped to ‘revolutionise’ the construction industry.

The expansion at the firm’s Rosyth base will see the delivery of ENERGYSCREED, a new ‘energy-conscious’ fire-resistant insulation solution created by the Fife company.

Utilising patent-pending technology to provide a single-source pumpable solution for domestic, commercial and industrial applications, it is said to be topped with the latest in screeding advances and can be designed to customers’ requirements.

ATS explained that, using traditional and self-levelling systems, the screed topping can be laid to the ‘tightest tolerances or performance requirements’, while at the same time ‘minimising’ the impact on the environment.

Much of the investment is going towards the purchase of a German-manufactured Putzmeister Transmix. The vehicle, which can hold up to 66 tonnes, is described as ‘effectively a mixing plant on wheels’ and is being custom-built to accommodate the qualities of ENERGYSCREED including a humidity sensor to calculate how much water the sand is holding.

The truck weighs everything in 300kg batches and will be the only one in Scotland when it arrives before the end of the year. ATS said that thanks to its partnership with underfloor heating specialists Giacomini UK Ltd, it will allow the business to deliver an energy efficient floor zone solution.

MD Jason Lister oversaw the first large pour of TLA in Scotland after being commissioned by Morris and Spottiswood for the project at the £20 million BMI hospital at Braehead towards the end of last year.

He said, “It’s the biggest investment we have made in the business and it will position us for strong growth going forward. We’re trying to give people the highest quality product that we can at the most appropriate stable price point.

“Ahead of regulations changing in 2025, I have been looking for a solution for house builders and I’m confident this is going to be a gamechanger not only for them but for the entire industry. It will significantly reduce the environmental impact of installing products into buildings which is vital.

“From an ATS perspective, it is going to transform how we work, from taking on large scale projects to handling two or three smaller ones in a day without the need to rely on other services. It allows us to do thermal lightweight aggregate (TLA) and the screed out of the one truck – with a guaranteed quality – so the whole process is completely streamlined which is a huge step forward.”

ATS was formed eight years ago and clients include Sharkey at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Ancorite at the Johnnie Walker Experience in Edinburgh, and Robertson’s Moda, a housing project in the capital’s Fountainbridge area.