A Rubb Arctic adventure on the move…

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The Rubb structure built on the ice cap in Greenland for the National Science Foundation has taken a sled ride to a different location.

As previously referenced, the Rubb BVR storage facility, known as the Summit Mobile Garage, is a 32’ x 97’ heavily insulated building designed and engineered to be moved or, more aptly, moved by sled from place to place. Due to massive amounts of drifting snow it is easier to tow the building to a new resting spot rather than remove the piles of snow.

In the pictures above, the site crew is shown towing and pivoting the building to its new temporary location. According to Marc Boutet, who spent a month in Greenland as technical advisor: “The guys told me they waited for a warm, balmy day and dragged the building to a spot less likely to get buried with drifting snow… warm and balmy means a few degrees above zero,” Marc added with a chuckle.

Actually the Rubb building was moved about 400 yards and the crew at Summit Station reported no problems with the move. “That’s because we designed and built it right,” concluded Marc.

For more information on this project or on any other high quality Rubb products go to www.rubbusa.com


Flight Sergeant bids farewell to RAF and Rubb


After 38 years of military service Flight Sergeant Ken Forrest has retired from the Royal Air Force.

He first joined the RAF as an electrician and then entered 5001 Squadron in 2006. He was with 5001 for eight memorable years. Ken’s first encounter with Rubb Buildings Ltd structures came when he was tasked with helping construct 40 Rapid Deployment Shelters (RDS) for the Harrier Force in 2001.

He went on to specialise in the construction of Rubb military buildings after joining 5001 Squadron at RAF Wittering in 2006. 5001 Squadron, which reformed in 1999, is dedicated to the provision of expeditionary airfield capabilities. 5001 Sqn was first formed during World War II as part of the Airfield Construction Branch, tasked with constructing and maintaining airfields. 5001 Sqn delivers the modern equivalent of this capability in today’s expeditionary focused RAF. The Sqn retains the original motto ‘Fit Via Vi’ meaning ‘A Way is Made by Force’.

Ken and the Squadron have attended many Rubb construction training sessions at the company’s plant at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead.

5001 Sqn is responsible for the rapid construction of Temporary Working Environment (TWE) and the installation of Portable Aircraft Arrestor Gear (PAAG). TWE provides environmentally controlled facilities, including Rubb’s military structures, for Fast Jet or Rotary assets and has been supporting Exercises and Operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.

Ken, who hails from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, said: “I have enjoyed working with Rubb. It has been a laugh and we have had a good relationship. Ian (Hindmoor, Managing Director), Andy (Knox, Sales Manager) and Bill (Wood, former MD) before he retired – they have been very good at Rubb. They always listen to what you say and take what you have said on board to make improvements so you end up with a better product. This is the way it has always been and Rubb is a great company to work with.

“It gives you confidence to ring up with urgent requirements. I once rang Andy on an Easter Monday with an urgent requirement for building parts and he got them to me. Ongoing feedback meant the products were always improving.”

In 2013, at its busiest, Squadron 5001 constructed 27 buildings in three months alone, 18 EFASS structures (20m with two Trident doors), six sunshades, two 25m hangars and one ECASS (Environmentally Controlled Arms Storage Shelter).

Ken, who lives in Rutland near Stamford, added: “I have enjoyed being part of 5001 Sqn. We have deployed many times to Afghanistan and what they have achieved with limited resources is remarkable. Their dedication is second to none.”

Colleagues paid tribute to Ken at a leaving ceremony in February. He is planning on using his vast experience of Health and Safety in the civilian and private sector while spending time with his family, wife Karen and sons David (24) and Alan (22). Ken and Karen will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in June.

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “On behalf of Rubb Buildings Ltd, I would like to wish Ken and his family all the very best for the future. It has been a wonderful experience working with Ken and our relationship has benefitted 5001 Squadron, the Rubb product and many hundreds of our clients and end users. Ken leaves with the knowledge that his hard working practices and methods will carry on between Rubb Buildings Ltd and the RAF.”

Rubbing shoulders with the Prime Minister


The Prime Minister said he is ‘proud’ to support UK SMEs showcasing their expertise in aerospace at the Dubai Airshow.

David Cameron visited the UK exhibitors, including Rubb Buildings Ltd from Gateshead’s Team Valley Trading Estate, before the show took off. He described the aerospace industry as ‘absolutely vital’ for Britain.

Rubb is promoting its Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) on ADS Stand 1569A, at Dubai Airshow from November 17th-21st 2013 at Dubai World Central, UAE.

The Prime Minister demonstrated his support for UK aerospace and defence with a visit to UK exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow 2013. He visited ADS (Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Industries) for an introduction to the UK Pavilion. He went on to meet several UK supply chain businesses and deliver a speech at the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) stand.

The Prime Minister said: “One of our greatest strengths is Aerospace: We have the second largest aerospace industry anywhere in the world. This is an absolutely vital industry for Britain. It employs 230,000 people – the second largest in the world. Every day, aircraft are taking off with British wings, British landing gear and Rolls-Royce engines. We can be incredibly proud of this industry.”

Mr Cameron highlighted the importance of the Defence Growth Partnership and Aerospace Growth Partnership, both of which have been forging closer links between Government and industry to identify and seize opportunities for future growth. One such opportunity is the projected increase in demand in the Middle East. This year, the UK Pavilion is bigger than ever before, featuring 38 companies, compared to just 14 in 2011.

The Prime Minister added: “We as a country, to succeed in the future, should to play to our strengths. Succeeding in this global economy doesn’t mean trying to compete at the bottom end with low pay, low wages, low value added. It means competing at the top end with high skilled, high paid, high quality jobs. And that is what you see in the British aerospace industry: a massive amount of R&D, a huge amount of investment, very high skills, very good creation of intellectual property and that’s why you’re so vital, not just in terms of your own future, but in terms of the whole country’s future. That’s why I’m very proud to stand here today, at this display, with many more companies exhibiting here than there were two years ago, and to say that the Government is absolutely behind your industry, whether it is civil aerospace, defence aerospace or whether it is the many SMEs involved in this vital industry.”

Ian Hindmoor, Managing Director at Rubb Buildings Ltd, said: “It was encouraging to hear the Prime Minister say the Government is behind our industry and provide his support to exporting businesses, particularly SMEs. We were also pleased to welcome Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to our stand. He was very complimentary about our aircraft hangars after seeing them in action at Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE. We are proud to represent the UK and the North East of England as a manufacturing SME at the Dubai Airshow. We hope to now develop new contacts and build on our recent successful aircraft hangar project at Horizon Flight Academy at Al Ain in the UAE.”


Rubb Buildings: Building on PPI Success


Rubb Buildings Ltd’s port storage warehouses and biomass processing facilities have really stood out this year at the RISI PPI Transport Symposium in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Rubb UK and Rubb USA teamed up to promote its respected custom relocatable storage and biomass facilties at the RISI PPI Transport Symposium, a global forest products logistics industry event in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Rubb bulk storage buildings can be readily converted or relocated to store products allowing a much more flexible storage alternative than bulk storage silos. Rubb storage buildings are readily configured to accommodate conveyors and other loading methods. Retaining sidewalls can also be integrated to resist lateral loadings.


Rubb worked with AJS Contracts Ltd to provide its tallest structure to date and first biomass fuel processing and storage facility for energy giant E.ON UK (pictured above).

The 31.5m span x 137.5m long building at Ironbridge Power Station, Shropshire, UK, has an apex height of 21m. The roof provides stability and support for a 200-ton roof-mounted conveyor system used for the dispersal of biomass fuel products. The structure features a roof pitch of 35° which was designed around the angle of repose of the biomass materials.

Renewable Energy Divisional Manager Martin Wylie said “Rubb Buildings supported us throughout all aspects of the project from initial concept design to construction completion. It was clear from the outset that Rubb were determined to deliver what was their most challenging build ever in the most professional way possible on a project that had an almost impossible timescale. 

“Working on a renewable energy project in the UK brings its own challenges, however this combined with constructing within a world heritage site, such as Ironbridge, really increases the need and focus to operate efficiently and to achieve a build that is aesthetically pleasing. The real breath of fresh air for AJS was to work with a UK turnkey contractor, a company who can design, manufacture and install the complete package, providing auditable quality procedures and more importantly an excellent understanding of UK Health, Safety and Environmental regulations, removing additional pressure from the principle contracting team. 

“Rubb Buildings have developed a product that can be rolled out globally across the renewable industry sector and AJS Contracts would be more than happy to recommend their services to any prospective client.”

Sales Manger Andrew Knox said: “It was an excellent and very worthwhile trip from the UK to Baltimore for PPI. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition and got to meet a whole host of contacts, as well as some of RUBB USA’s existing customer base, who are very much apart of the extended Rubb family.

“Our recent work in the UK, such as the E.ON Biomass Store and the Harland and Wolff liftable structure, definitely caught the attention of a number of contacts that we are looking forward to talking to in the future.

“On a personal note it was great to catch up with our USA counterparts and see some of their projects which were very impressive – all in all it was a very enjoyable and successful trip.”

Rubb storage structures are totally customised to the clients’ requirements. Rubb has been meeting the needs of hundreds of customers for more than 30 years and has the expertise and facilities to custom make an extensive range of port storage buildings and biomass processing facilties to suit all needs.

#TeamRubb Bike For Bobby Challenge

So it’s been a long time in the making but I have finally got around to writing my first blog post.

Team Rubb bike for bobby

Team Rubb

A lot has been happening behind the scenes here at Rubb – if you’re reading this then you have inevitably seen our recent involvement in the Bike for Bobby Challenge via #teamrubb.

#teamrubb was originally set up to give back to local charities by undertaking various “challenges” whilst utilising the Rubb Buildings brand as a platform to collectively promote, socialise and back what should be an enjoyable experience and memory for all involved.

Bike for Bobby was our first venture; a 40 mile bike ride around Newcastle and Northumberland for The Robbie Elliott Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to raising money for charities involved in the research and treatment of cancer. The charities that will be benefiting from this particular venture will be The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

#teamRubb Bike for Bobby starting Line

#teamRubb B4B

As you can imagine it didn’t take long for the competitive nature to come out amongst the team, with some members secretly dieting and some sneaking in extra training runs and some even throwing around a little bit of “smack talk”, but it was all taken as it was meant, in good fun and overall it added to the spirit of the team.

Our first #teamrubb training ride was at Keilder Water on the The Lakeside Way route. This is a modest 26 mile route that should be and I quote “an easy route to blow the cobwebs off.” Well somebody did a great job selling that route because easy wouldn’t be the word I would have used to describe it. Nevertheless despite seeing four different seasons of weather in a few hours, we did see some stunning views along with a couple of deer and unfortunately one member of the team in some really bad lycra!

kielder reservoir

kielder reservoir B4B Training

Another training run saw #teamrubb take on a section of the coast to coast route. With a couple of collisions between team members and someone’s seat falling off, I was starting to wonder if this was such a good idea. However once people picked themselves up and after some world class Rubb engineering, we managed to handle our repairs and peddled on.

Over all we had gear failures, punctures, brake failures, wrong turns, savage midge attacks and a couple of crashes but most importantly we had our first outing as #teamrubb. If nothing else a good laugh and hopefully a first of many more outings.

Although we have yet to count the final sum, early indications are that we have met our target of £1,500. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us.

Bike for bobby pit stop team rubb

Bike for bobby pit stop

Bike for Bobby

Members of Team Rubb

Team photo after finish the bike for bobby bike ride

Team photo after finishing the bike for bobby bike ride

There will be more blog posts to come: some serious, some laid back and hopefully some that will make you laugh. I hope, where I can, to give an honest behind the scenes view on what we are doing at both a business and personal level.

Lastly a big thank you to all our jersey sponsors…

Rubb Buildings UK – Rubb Buildings Ltd is a world leader in the design and manufacture of custom made bespoke relocatable and permanent engineered fabric building structures

Airowsafe – Electrical contractor

F1 PCD – F1 Signs and Digital is a forward thinking sign company based in Team Valley, Gateshead employing staff with a vast knowledge and many years of experience in the sign industry.

KJ Dressing Room – Affordable high end fashion boutique selling, dresses, bags and accessories for everyone.

De-fleet Services – De-Fleet Services offers the complete vehicle repair and refinishing service, catering for all aspects including car, van, motorcycle, marine, plant and commercial vehicle repair.

Nut Shell Covers – Personalised phone covers

Rotational Engineering – Rotational Engineering specialise in mould tool making and fine limit sheet metal work

Making you social – Making U Social Durham offers you proven business development strategies that will make your life easier.

Musette Bicycle Club – The Musette Bicycle Club was set up in June 2013 as a way of bringing the legendary “Cafe Stop” to the internet. Based in the North East of England, we have always felt there was a gap between the racers and the recreational riders.

Until the next time thanks for reading….


Thirty reasons to invest in a Rubb Building


We revisited Rubb’s first ever sports facility to find out more about the long term advantages of choosing a Rubb building solution to meet your needs…

The £53,000 Monty Hind Training Centre was constructed In July 1982 and is still going strong 30 years later.The club is named after local hero Lt. Francis Montagu Hind who was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It is run by voluntary organisation Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People.

Rubb worked on the original project which was for a steel framed 15.5m span x 45m long NV structure for Monty Hind Boys Club. The facility featured 4m high vertical side walls and a 4m x 4m manual roller shutter door. Fitter/welder John Borlace returned to the training centre in Lenton, Nottingham in February, 2012 to repair the inner and outer PVC sheets of the facility and re-lace the inner sheets.

We spoke to Lisa Barker who has been Senior Manager at the Monty Hind Training Centre since 2006…

How has the building performed over its thirty year history? The building has been a great asset to the young people for use especially during the winter months. Although it is only in the past 3 years whereby we have had proper heating installed. This was achieved through a grant and fundraising efforts.

What has it been used for (sports, events, activities)? We use it every day. In the daytime a local college uses it for coaching their students on sports courses as it is very fit for purpose. In the evenings we have a youth club and during the winter months we have 10 different football teams train indoors. We also deliver Community Sports Leaders Awards in here and host boxing events for our national organisation. We also use it sometimes for fundraisers and social events.

As clients and end users what would you say are the benefits of a Rubb building? It is long lasting (it has lasted double the amount of time it was anticipated to). It is hard wearing. It is easy to manage and if you keep on top of any small tears or damaged laces then this prolongs its life.

What does it cost to run the building? The sports hall only costs us for the cleaning and the heating during the winter months. This probably equates to £20 per week.

Does it provide revenue for your organisation? Yes. We hire the sports hall out everyday apart from Sunday and that is just because we don’t have the capacity to manage another booking at present.

Has it been cost effective and if so please explain? Extremely because it was envisaged that we would have had to put a new roof on well before now.

Do you have any comments on after sales service? I have nothing but positive feedback for the company. Grant Davidson was always very helpful and Trevor who measured up was nice and Steve and John were extremely helpful, friendly and polite.

How would you rate the overall performance of your Rubb building to date? 9.5 out of 10.

What does the future hold for Monty Hind and its Rubb building? For now there are no plans to change what we have.

Life’s a beach at Oakmead…

A Bournemouth school is going for gold following the completion of a new beach volleyball hall. Oakmead College of Technology took delivery of 1202m² of sand for the facility at its LeAF Campus on Duck Lane, Dorset. The new hall complements the school’s sports hall, fitness centre, gym, dance studio and extensive playing fields, allowing students to enjoy a diverse sports programme which promotes healthy lifestyles.

Rubb Buildings Ltd was tasked with the design, manufacture and delivery of the 32m span x 40m long sports building which includes two internal beach volleyball courts, complete with sand pits to represent a beach environment. The facility has sidewalls of 10.8m and boasts a clear playing height of 10m inside.

Annetta Minard, Executive Headteacher, said: “The indoor beach courts are already in full operation as an Olympic training venue. Oakmead College of Technology LeAF Campus is currently hosting men’s and women’s international teams from Brazil, Greece, and Great Britain as they prepare to qualify for the London Olympics this summer. The courts provide three full size match courts or four training courts and the international players believe it to be one of the best purpose built facilities in Europe.”

The volleyball hall features Rubb’s traditional galvanized internal steel frame, but with a new design. A tapered lattice leg facilitates the curved roof design specified by the school’s architect Trinity Architecture. The building is clad with durable PVDF coated fabric, providing blue walls and a white translucent roof. Rubb added the LeAF Campus logo to both gable ends of the structure. Four doors, one in each gable and sidewall, provide access to the sports facility.

Project Manager Andy Knox said: “The translucent white PVC roof lets the natural daylight into the building and is a great advantage of our sports buildings. This project went very smoothly from start to finish. We were able to adapt a design to suit the architect’s specifications and the school’s needs. The result was an ideal tailor-made solution for beach volleyball and shows how versatile Rubb solutions can be. Elements of the successful design could be used again in other applications and we are looking forward to some exciting new projects in the near future.”