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Rotosure Classique

May 28th, 2010 Comments off

classiqueThe Rotosure Classique are extra heavy duty measuring wheels suitable for a wide range of applications. They have a heavy duty oval cross section handle making it the most robust measuring wheels available. Perfect balance ensures accurate measurement while sealed roller bearings provide a smooth action against the measured surface providing precision.

Common Uses

Road Marking, Construction, Paving, Fencing, Pool Building, General Construction, Garden Layouts, Sports Fields, Factory Layouts, Property Assessment, Traffic Control, Insurance Assessments and many more to numerious to mention. Mainly used on uneven surfaces over long distances

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Measuring Wheel 31-40M

May 27th, 2010 Comments off

Measuring Wheel 31-40M

cstwheelDie-cast aluminium measuring wheel with rubber tread

  • High stability and long life
  • 5-digit counter made of wear-resistant plastic, easy to read
  • Easy push button reset

Additional Features

  • Die-cast aluminium wheel with rubber tread
  • Folding handle
  • Integrated kick stand

Applications

  • Construction
  • Land surveying
  • Utilities
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U.K. Approves 2 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind

May 26th, 2010 Comments off

windfarmThe Crown Estate has announced an additional 2 GW of capacity from the Round 1 and 2 project extensions, which would be enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 1.4 million homes in the UK. Three Round 1 and Round 2 offshore wind farm operators have been selected to extend five sites, creating an additional 1.7 GW. In addition, a further 340 MW has been offered to increase capacity within the current Round 1 and 2 site areas for two other projects. These awards will help to provide a stable flow of construction projects to the offshore wind supply chain in advance of Round 3.

The selected developers are existing Round 1 and 2 operators and will finalise agreements with The Crown Estate in the coming weeks. After this, developers will commence the statutory consenting process. Each area extension will require a full, new planning application including an Environmental Impact Assessment and a full consultation. The Crown Estate will only grant a lease allowing construction to start when statutory consents have been obtained from appropriate decision making bodies.

The projects below have been awarded an extension of project area within which the new capacity will be constructed.

t is anticipated that construction of the Round 1 and 2 extensions will commence in 2014, subject to consents, with completion of all projects by the end of 2016 in advance of Round 3. In making the awards, The Crown Estate has placed emphasis on the timely delivery of the additional offshore wind capacity. Successful applications have demonstrated that the extensions can be consented, constructed and operational within agreed timescales. The extensions will benefit from synergies with the original projects, with in some cases the potential for the sharing of construction crews and vessels, as well as electrical systems, construction bases, ports and onshore facilities.

Rob Hastings, The Crown Estate’s director of the marine estate, said: “I am delighted that we have today announced a further 2 GW for Round 1 and 2 extensions. This 2 GW has been driven by developers’ appetite and will increase the total potential 2020 installed capacity to 48 GW. It is another positive step in the maturing of the offshore wind industry and will significantly support the growth of the supply chain as it adds further to the pipeline of construction projects. This announcement shows The Crown Estate’s commitment to help develop this maturing sector with a view to driving the UK offshore wind energy industry forward and to creating a long-term sustainable energy source for the UK.”

Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK Chief Executive said: “Today’s announcement gives definitive and positive evidence of the environmental and commercial viability of existing offshore projects. The site extensions come as a direct consequence of the UK’s world beating offshore wind farms showing that, after a successful start, they have further potential for growth. It is clear that developers are confident projects will continue to deliver and we welcome The Crown Estate’s timely action in ensuring that this happens.”

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High-end property market ‘hit by downturn’

May 25th, 2010 Comments off

expensive-homeThe top-end of the property market was badly affected by the recession, according to one estate agent.

Director at London firm Hirch Way & Ambler Jeremy Way said lots of buyers who purchased homes during the market peak in 2007 are now having difficulty in remortgaging their dwellings.

Mr Way remarked: “I have now got another sale going through some 18 months later at £1 million on the same property. From £1.5 million to £1 million; that’s two thirds of the original price.”

He noted getting rid of home information packs, which the new coalition government announced it would be doing today (May 20th), would probably boost the sector.

The specialist’s comments follow the release of new figures that show the highest value streets in England are in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens, with the average cost of an abode currently standing at £18.24 million.

A number of towns also featured in the report, including Virginia Water in Surrey, which has homes for sale for an average £907,566.

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ODA announce construction milestone

May 24th, 2010 Comments off

Work has begun on the field of play in the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has revealed.

According to the body, this comes at the same time as the second anniversary of construction on the venue, with a “huge amount” being achieved since building commenced.

This includes the installation of 4,500 concrete columns, 14 lighting towers, 12,000 pre-cast terracing units and a 450-tonne cable net roof structure, among other jobs.

Commenting on the milestone, ODA chairman John Armitt said: “The continuing progress means the stadium is still on track to be completed a whole year before the London 2012 Games.”

He added the facility is now structurally complete and at its full height.

As part of the work on the field of play, a drainage system and ducts will be laid down in preparation for laying the turf and running track in 2011.

The London 2012 Olympics will take place between from July 27th to August 12th.

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Government needs to help first-time buyers

May 20th, 2010 Comments off

housingThe government needs to urgently tackle the social and economic crisis of rising house prices, one expert has suggested.

Spokeswoman for PricedOut.org.uk Katy John said the increasing value of homes is causing misery for millions of people who are trying to get onto the property ladder.

She remarked: “With levels of homeownership at record lows in the UK, we desperately need to see house prices stabilising and gradually adjusting to more affordable levels over time.”

Ms John added it is only people with rich parents or well-paid jobs who have the chance of being able to purchase an abode.

Her comments come as FindaProperty.com revealed the average property asking price stands at £219,748, which is a rise of 0.6 per cent compared to the previous month.

An entry level home will set buyers back an average of £155,677, a 1.2 per cent hike from this time last year and the highest level seen since February 2009.

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New product to help homeowners with a conservatory

May 18th, 2010 Comments off
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Conservatory

Homeowners who have had a conservatory built in their gardens may be interested to hear of new merchandise designed to make decorating their extra room easier.

Apropos has created a product called the Room Renovator, which contains cushions, a picture frame, a throw, candles and centrepieces for a table.

A spokesperson from the firm remarked: “Whether your home is a house or a castle, if you own a hotel or a guesthouse, Room Renovator is ideal as an immediate, inexpensive way to revamp your living space.”

The company also noted the creation would make an ideal housewarming present or a wedding gift.

Goods in the box come with added touches like metallic thread woven into the throw and the cushions come encrusted with decorations such as beads.

DIY expert Andrew Bernard recently suggested that people can save cash if they carry out their own home improvements rather than getting a professional in.

He said residents can save up to £140 a day by doing their own jobs.

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More jobs for construction workers

May 17th, 2010 Comments off

jobsMore jobs for construction workers may be on the cards following news Transport for London has purchased tube upgrade contractor Tube Lines.

Work on revamping the Northern Piccadilly and Jubilee lines will now resume after a disagreement over the cost of the project which is expected to take seven-and-a half years to finish.

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, remarked: “There is much work ahead of us, but this arrangement provides the greater flexibility we so desperately need to minimise disruption to Londoners.”

He added the move is imperative in ensuring the job is carried out in a more cost-effective manner and he noted he is also confident the scheme will be completed on time and on budget by construction staff.

Meanwhile, the Docklands Light Railway has topped a study by KMPG, which looked at 19 major international urban transport projects.

The transport system was marked from a list of criteria, including planning and financing effectiveness, political control and environmental factors.

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Invest in construction, CIOB tells Cameron

May 14th, 2010 Comments off
Construction Slowdown

Construction

Lobbying on spending begins as new prime minister moves into Number 10

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has called on the new coalition government to “build the UK’s future and invest in construction”.

After five days of political wrangling, it was finally announced that David Cameron was the new prime minister, with Nick Clegg taking on the role of his deputy in a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.

Chris Blythe, the chief executive of the CIOB, urged the new government to push ahead with a sustained programme of national investment. Adding that the physical infrastructure of the UK “underpins the entire economic and social infrastructure”.

He added: “Investment in the built environment can spread the benefits of an economic stimulus to all parts of the UK. For every £1m spent on construction output £2.84 is generated in total economic activity, and 92p of every £1 spent on construction is retained in the UK.”

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Plymouth A 20th Century City

May 13th, 2010 Comments off

31121Many British cities — Hull, Coventry, Bristol, Southampton, Canterbury and Exeter — were flattened by bombs and rebuilt themselves after the second world war. But Plymouth was unique in that it commissioned Patrick Abercrombie to make a new plan in 1943 and stuck with him and built its new city, which was totally different from anything before.

Plymouth was the first city to realise its post-war plan, and the first to discharge its public inquiry, to compulsorily purchase land on a massive scale and to complete new buildings. Dingles department store, designed by Thomas Tait, opened in September 1951, long before such buildings appeared in Bristol, Coventry or anywhere else.

Scroll forward 60 years and the new website www.20thcentury-city.org.uk, developed by the Architecture Centre for Devon & Cornwall (www.acdandc.org.uk) with Heritage Lottery funding, proclaims that Plymouth has more 1950s listed buildings than any other provincial city. There are 10, all listed grade II and St Andrew’s Church, repaired by Frederick Etchells, at grade I. Rove over the city plan, click and they pop up — with information more detailed than a Pevsner, a timeline, archive pictures, walks (available as a Google map for your phone) and an activity map. It’s informative and lots of fun and more will be added over the next two years.

Plymouth has work by six 20th century Royal Gold Medallists — Giles Gilbert Scott, Percy Thomas, William Curtis Green, Howard Robertson, J Murray Easton and Abercrombie — and work by Louis de Soissons, four Tait buildings, glass by John Piper and John Hutton and murals by Mary Adshead, Hans Feibusch and Hans Tisdall.

Two things need pointing out: first, the importance of the place and its architecture are largely unknown and uncelebrated. At the time, the architectural press disapproved and it was hardly published; this brief moment of British architecture was soon overtaken by a younger generation who grabbed the headlines.

Now visitors are steered towards the “historic” Barbican, the Mayflower steps, Drake and the Armada. The idea that the fifties could be a good reason to visit just hasn’t occurred. A click on to Le Havre’s website (www.le-havre-tourism.com — 1950s city, Auguste Perret, Oscar Niemeyer) might demonstrate otherwise.

Under threat

Second, and much more serious, is that fifties Plymouth is under threat. Actually Percy Thomas’s beautiful Methodist church (1955) has been demolished, as has the Drake Cinema (Leonard Allen 1956-58), Burtons and most of Old Town Street and almost all of the 1950s interiors. The Naafi (Messrs Joseph, 1949-52), the Athenaeum (Walls & Pearn, 1958-61), the Reel Cinema (William R. Glen, 1936-38) and Woolworths are all designated as redevelopment sites. The Civic Centre (Jellicoe Ballantyne & Coleridge with Ove Arup, 1957-62) was listed grade II in 2007 to huge opposition from the city council. Now it appears deliberately neglected.

The idea, mooted by English Heritage, that the city centre should be a fifties conservation area is stoutly resisted by a city that sees conservation as a threat to development and to (its) land values.

The future, according to the latest Area Action Plan, is in big-scale retail development. But the quality of what’s on offer is pathetically low (remember Drake Circus shopping centre which won BD’s Carbuncle Cup in 2006?). Without the cultural and contextual fix and the exemplary quality of the fifties buildings and plan, Plymouth’s city centre hasn’t got much going for it. It can ill afford to lose more and the 20th Century City project reveals and celebrates just why.

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