About The Project

SMARTPLY DRYBACKER, an innovative factory-prepared oriented strand board (OSB), has greatly reduced the time spent on the latest big build project for contractor SD Plastering.

The project, at Surrey Quays, Canada Water, London has seen 280 commercial and residential units take shape over the past two years with an additional 160 to follow on. Specially designed SMARTPLY DRYBACKER was chosen over traditional board as the material of choice to provide support for heavy fixtures and fittings in the construction of plasterboard partitions throughout. SMARTPLY DRYBACKER features a uniquely designed recess in the rear of the panel, designed to accommodate ‘C’ shaped metal studs meaning the panel will fit snugly to most commercially available drylining systems. The panel significantly reduces install time, without adding any thickness to the final partition.

“Pre-rebating the product post-manufacture means that we increase the usability to the installer, cutting down time spent cutting and fitting the product on site,” says David Murray, Innovation Manager at MEDITE SMARTPLY. “Our aim when creating this product was the same as all of our innovation projects; to solve the problems encountered everyday by end users. With SMARTPLY DRYBACKER we identified the need to cut down time adjusting and cutting panels on site, which can cause unnecessary hold ups in construction projects.” SMARTPLY DRYBACKER is the first of its kind to be factory prepared in this manner, and contractors are reaping the reward. “The fact that the boards do not require as much cutting on site is a really important benefit for us. It saves my teams and I a lot of time on site cutting individual slots in each board. As a result, we have less power tools on site, which reduces cause for concern around health and safety,” says Simon Dixon, Managing Director at SD Plastering.

“As you can imagine, cutting that amount of board on site also creates a lot of dust. The elimination of the need to cut the boards removes this extra hazard, further reducing risk to our workers,” says Simon Dixon, Managing Director at SD Plastering. “We needed enough board to fit out 280 units, so if a product can save us five minutes on each board installed then we can save ourselves a matter of days over an entire project, which makes us and our clients very happy. It’s for those reasons that we’ll be using SMARTPLY DRYBACKER again when we push for the next stage of the project this year, as well as three recently started projects consisting of a further 118 units.”

Posted Friday 3rd March 2017