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Portal frame success on display

A SkySpace portal frame from Synseal Extrusions has enabled a motorbike shop owner win a battle against the elements, while providing a conservatory company with a straightforward and satisfying installation.

Jax Motorcycles in York deals in second hand bikes from leading brands such as Harley Davidson, Triumph and BMW. Until recently, a small showroom meant that owner Kevin Strickland had to move all the bikes out on to the court each morning, before moving them all back under cover in the evening.

Kevin, therefore, turned to local installation specialists Minster Windows for an all-weather solution. Minster, in turn, approached its product supplier, Yorkshire Trade Windows who scoured the market for the best portal frame for the job.

Minster typically installs domestic conservatories, but despite the size of the Jax Motorcycles project, installation of the wide spanning portal frame was fairly straightforward. “It was the biggest project that we had been involved with for about 10 years,” explained Minter’s Chris Partridge. “We had four guys working on the job, and we had technical support from Synseal. Apart from one slight hiccup on site, it wasn’t challenging in the slightest.”

Synseal’s SkySpace portal frame extends the showroom, allowing the majority of the motorbikes to be permanently displayed safely under cover.

“Kevin was absolutely delighted with the result,” said Brian Walker, Synseal’s fabricator development manager. “The portal frame gives Jax Motorcycles greater freedom – allowing the bikes to look good in natural daylight, while protecting and securing them.

“Furthermore, we were able to give the installer all the technical support he needed to get the job done correctly.

“This is a good example of how Synseal works with its customers – and their customers – to make the most of opportunities. Many companies would have been put off by the challenge of installing the portal frame structure, but there was support up and down the supply chain to make it a success.”

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