Marchwood Waste Plant

Airbus Factory

Blue Print

Brunel University

Dinosaur Museum

Dyson HQ

Fullers Logistics

Gratten Distribution

IMAX London

Marchwood Waste Plant

Nangor Road

Ponds Forge

Prima Fruit

Royal Masonic

Sun King


Waves Centre

Westbourne Studios

Whale Island

100 Winnersh Triangle

West of England Mall Centre


In 1973 Jerry Forrest started working with Norbotten Steel Ltd. as Product Manager for Plannja, promoting long span deep decking and roof and wall cladding in PVF2. The first major project was Genesis Park, Birchwood, with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners which featured a 10m single span grid using 200mm deep decking. After a short time with PMF Jerry established JB Building Products Ltd. in 1980, a consultancy concerned with all aspects of the building envelope but especially innovative roofing, cladding and decking products and systems.

In 1982 Jerry was instrumental in the formation of Architectural Profiles Ltd. (APL) and Ahsell Profile AB which supplied materials for many projects of note including the distribution centre for Grattan, Bradford. This was the biggest single phase building in Europe at the time. During his time as Managing Director of APL Jerry introduced a number of significant new products into the UK; most notably the first ever half-round cladding profile and a PVF2-based coating system which incorporates metallic pigments that change colour with the ambient light.

During 1996 Jerry was asked to form the UK subsidiary of Gasell Profil AB, Sweden, called Gasell Profiles Ltd. New products were launched including a rainscreen system whose manufacture is completely automated. To date numerous prestigious projects throughout the UK are now clad with this system. Another area of excellence is Jerry's in-depth knowledge of stressed skin roof systems, in conjunction with Parker Design Associates (PDA), as is shown to great effect on the waved roof of the new factory at the Dyson headquarters at Malmesbury.

Whilst at Gasell Jerry instigated the first ever annual competition specifically for profiled roofing and cladding contractors, called PICA (Perfection in Cladding Awards) it was sponsored by Gasell and rapidly became a benchmark of quality within the industry.

Since leaving Gasell, a year ago, JB Building Products continues to flourish and Jerry has been heavily involved in a number of interesting projects, including the first ever Geometrica galvanised steel space frame dome in Europe, at Marchwood Waste Plant, Fawley, with PDA. He has also helped to introduce a new type of standing seam roof system into the UK market which offers unrivalled improvement in walkability and enhanced thermal performance.

Says Jerry "I feel very privileged to have worked through one of the best periods of English architecture - with what were the avant-garde architects of their day including Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Piano and Rogers, Michael Aukett, and Michael Hopkins and Chris Wilkinson who are still producing fantastic buildings along with their quest for better products and better performance."

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