- About CDI
Ian Larnach Associates were formed by Ian Larnach in 2002 and were dedicated to Constructing Excellence and Egan Principles. Its intention was to drive forward with the introduction and delivery of new innovative products, systems and new ways of working from within the supply chain.
From early involvement with projects it provided a valuable service to the client, architects and engineers, working as part of the team to overcome specific product related issues. The companies ethic was to work hard ensuring that it successful and consider close involvement with projects as a vital ingredient. That always remained a priority on its part.
It had a proven track record with strong sustainable working relationships within the client client base, many of which still have a working relationship with CDI. It worked closely with designers, engineers, contractors, house builder’s, local authorities and RSL’s, assisting not only in the delivery of new methods of construction but also driving out waste. ILA strived to deliver innovation as the company strongly believe this was as still is an essential ingredient to continual success and prosperity – for any company, large or small.
The Code for Sustainable Homes was a major challenge to designers and developers alike. As Code Assessors ILA was able to assist with design issues and provide the necessary assessments to achieve accreditation.
To achieve its objectives Ian, and then Chris as well when he joined, networked at all levels within the supply chain, covering a vast cross section of specialist products& systems. By working closely with specialist manufacturers (each with their own range of innovative solutions) it allowed ILA to offer advice at various stages of the construction cycle. By drawing on the un-tapped wealth of expertise available from our supply chain associates ILA was able to provide access to resource above and beyond the normal capability of its clients.
Ian has a vast supply chain experience with over 36 years in the Construction Industry. Prior to setting up ILA he spent 26 years as a Builders Merchant.
The early years of his career Ian worked with JT Atkinson & Sons, Hartlepool, an independent heavy side Builders Merchant with six regional depots, progressing through the ranks to Depot and then Regional Manager before setting up JTA’s first Contracts Division.
In 1990 Ian moved on to join James Burrell Builders Merchants based in Gateshead as Divisional Manager to assist the company with there ambitious expansion programme. Firstly opening up new depots and trading areas in Teesside and York and then moving to head office as Business Development Director. In 1999, following the Egan report, Ian began to research the rapidly changing procurement methods sweeping through the industry and set about to produce a detailed action plan enabling James Burrell to be at the forefront of ‘Strategic Partnering within the Supply Chain’. As result James Burrell’s are now widely respected on a national basis and considered by many to be the market leaders with this style of innovative approach.
In 1999 Ian was elected as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation North East and during his two year stint in the chair spent as much time as possible encouraging BMF members to change working practices and embrace news ways of working. In 2000 he became involved with Construction Industry Best Practice Programme becoming the first Builders Merchant to join the Movement for Innovation (M4i). In August 2000 he was invited to join the inaugural board of Constructing Excellence North East.
Ian is married with two children, five grandchildren and resides in Spennymoor, County Durham in his native North East. Ian has always been a keen sportsman, representing his county at Football and Athletics as a schoolboy before a short career as a Professional Footballer. Ian still plays competitive sport but nowadays this only stretches to golf!
Ian retired fully from CDI in the early part of 2016 to look after his health following a second Cancer diagnosis and spends a lot of his time raising funds for charity through Ian Larnach Cancer Care Charities. Over the years Ian has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes and this figure continues to rise.
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What are the Lewis Deck sheet sizes?A
Q: What sheet sizes are held in stock for delivery within a few days after order? A: We stock 2500mm and 1300mm sheets. These are all 630mm wide and 16mm deep. Deliveries are made via the pallet network directly to site. The smaller sheets are aimed at small bathroom renovation projects and can be supplied in small numbers via TNT. 2.5* and 1.3m sheets allow for the 100mm overlap to occur over a joist, with joist centres being either 300mm, 400mm, 600mm, 800mm*, 1200mm and 2400mm*. (*2.5m sheet only) For larger projects we are able to produce bespoke sheet sizes if required, please get in contact to discuss other options for sheet sizes.Q
Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value?A
Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value? Many of the projects that we get involved in starts with a phone call or email to us from someone researching replacing stolen leadwork. Many of these are old buildings, such as schools or churches, where this isn’t the first time that the lead has been stolen and they call us fed up with having to replace it again full in the knowledge that they will more than likely go through the same problem once more in the near future if they continue to use lead. One of the big benefits that Lacomet FL brings to a project is the fact that it has no scrap value and therefore the chances of it being stolen are massively reduced. Due to the 2 thin aluminium layers, and its five layer total construction, it is of no value to thieves. Lacomet can be recycled but the polyester based coating would need to be de-laminated first and the amount of recovered aluminum is then very low, in fact it would be easier and more profitable to collect empty drinks cans than to mess about stripping Lacomet down. We can also supply stickers that can be placed in strategic locations informing people that what is now on the roof is not lead and that it has no scrap value.
Why don't my Lewis sheets interlock like they do in the video?A
Q: Why don't my sheets interlock like they do in the video? A: The sheets have two sides (one printed, one plain), the dovetails on either side are different widths, it is then necessary to alternate the sheets print up and then print down.Q
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