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Aarsleff Ground Engineering awarded the Soil Nails contract for new school development in Hexham

June 22nd, 2020 No comments

On behalf of main contractor Galliford Try, Thompsons of Prudhoe has awarded Aarsleff Ground Engineering the contract to design, supply and install a retaining structure approx. 150m long for part of the development of Queen Elizabeth School on Whetstone Bridge Road in Hexham.

The school complex currently consists of a four-storey main building with associated structures. As part of the wider scheme, the work will see the current Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School co-located on one site. Specifically, the Grade II listed building will be preserved, and the new buildings developed to its rear – with the middle school to the south and high school to the north.

With its new Casagrande C6XP-2 rig, Aarsleff will install 360No. soil nails of up to 12m in length over a 923m2 face area. To provide a safe working platform during the soil nail installation and to prevent cut face collapse, Aarsleff will carry out a staged top down construction. Aarsleff’s final scope of works includes the provision of facing comprising a 150mm thick gabion mattress backfilled with granular material to provide an aesthetic finish.

Speaking about the work, Aarsleff’s Senior Geotechnical Consultant Dan Adams said:

“We are delighted that Thompsons of Prudhoe have awarded us this soil nailing contract. We have worked closely on several schemes with Thompsons and we are delighted to further develop this collaborative relationship.

As a leading exponent of soil nailing and with its own geotechnical and design team, Aarsleff Ground Engineering can offer a one stop shop solution from the design and supply to installation and testing for all slope stabilisation projects.

Aarsleff will be on site from the 1st June 2020, with completion expected end July 2020. The schools are expected to open in September 2021.

For more information about Aarsleff and its soil nail solutions, contact the company on 01636 611140 or email  


Notes to Editors:

Aarsleff Ground Engineering Ltd, is the UK trading arm of Danish contracting giant Per Aarsleff A/S, and is one of the UK’s leading piling and geotechnical design and installation specialist contactor; actively promoting early consultation to ensure each scheme can be Value Engineered to give clients the best service, quality design, safety and value.

Aarsleff’s strategy and philosophy of investment into the future has resulted in its wholly owned subsidiary Centrum Pile Ltd having the most advanced precast pile production facilities in the UK, producing segmentally jointed precast concrete piles to BS En12794 to Class 1A.


How To Provide The Best CNC Machining and Milling Services

June 17th, 2020 No comments

If you are a manufacturer dealing in CNC services, then you want to make sure that you stand out from the rest.

The best way to make this happen is by providing exceptional services to your customers. This goes a long way in building your reputation as the best in this sector, hence promoting your business.

To do this there are some considerations that you must take in place. Here are some tips to providing the best CNC machining prototype services.

  • Have a thorough knowledge of CNC

No customer would like to get into dealings with a clueless manufacturer. The products that you are entrusted to make have a wide variety of use, some of which are vital such as in defense and aerospace industry, thus guesswork is not an option.

Therefore as an employer, you should ensure that your employees are qualified to handle their respective areas. They should possess the necessary certifications from the relevant training institutions.

Make certain that the documents are legitimate. Some people hire only those who have a certain amount of experience which is still beneficial as the more experienced they are, the more knowledgeable they are.

You should consider hiring both experienced workers and newbies as the latter are straight from training hence might have learned new ways of handling things better since the field is ever-evolving.

The new workforce with fresh energy also promotes productivity. Let the more experienced personnel handle the delicate parts that require a lot of expertise and the less experienced ones handle the other parts as they learn.

  • Offer a wide range of services

Different customers have different needs, to have more consumers you should be able to offer a variety of services that cater for their needs. This requires that you have a large skill-set.

In addition to this, quality should also be high. Hence you should use the latest technologies which are effective and efficient. The technical staff should be up to date on how to implement this.

Besides that, have a team of support staff trained to treat the customers well and handle their issues. This is important as they act as intermediaries between the consumer and the company to ensure the job is done to the customer’s satisfaction.

Creating a good experience will keep them coming back for your services. Ensure rapid response to consumers’ inquiries.

  • Create a conducive workplace

The workers spend most of the day at the workplace hence it’s only fair that you make it favorable for them. This boosts their morale and that translates to increased productivity.

It can be as easy as observing sanitation, having breaks in between sessions, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Provide them with the necessary gear such as gloves, helmets, aprons, and safety boots.

Fire extinguishers and emergency kits should be put in place in case any mishaps occur. Regular drills can be conducted to equip them with necessary skills that will enable them to safely evacuate the premises during emergencies.

Finally, ensure that all workers have full insurance cover for any accidents that might happen in the workplace. Get the license for operations and adhere to all the set rules and regulations.

  • Choose the best machines and quality materials

This is no doubt one of the most important considerations. The quality of the job done is highly dependent on the machine. Thus you should go for state-of-the-art machinery to produce exquisite output. A few things to consider to enable you to choose the right machine:

  • Precision – it should be able to implement the specifications given to the smallest details possible. For example, the dimensions and shape should be exactly as specified.
  • Capabilities- the machines are empowered with various capabilities that might make one more desirable than the other. For instance, some can change the tool in use based on the command given.
  • Speed – it should be fast enough to get the job done in good time. This might interfere with the accuracy in some cases thus it is wise that you strike a balance or even buy a slower one to ensure accuracy.
  • Efficiency- In terms of power consumption and machine utilization it should be efficient to avoid wastage and additional incurred costs.
  • Total cost- consider the overall cost which is made up of the price of the machine, cost of delivery, and additional accessories required for its operation.

Also, make sure the machine you buy can comfortably fit in the workplace without interfering with other equipment. For the raw materials used, make sure they are of good quality too. They should be having properties such as high durability and resistance to corrosion

  • Delivery

For maximum growth and profits, your scope of operation should be covering wide geographical regions.

One can be deterred from making an order if they are located far away from you. Offering delivery services will take care of this.

You can charge based on the distance and size of the package delivered. Deliveries to surrounding places should be done free of charge.

  • Provide extra services

While your job is to provide machining and milling services, it will be advantageous to both you and the customer to provide additional services such as installations, fabrication, and prototyping. In addition, you can also provide follow-up activities such as maintenance. This further builds good relations between you and your customers.

  • Price

While machining and milling processes are not cheap, the prices you charge should be affordable. This guarantees you customers’ loyalty and also attracts new ones. You can oversee this by offering considerable discounts based on consumption. Avoid overcharging people. Click here to see a few tips that might help you to get great services.


The CNC industry is a competitive one and so you have to be competent enough to thrive in it as a service provider. Consumers should be satisfied with the job you do. To ensure this, you must have proper skills, work equipment, and high-quality at the core of your operations. All these come at a high price hence you should be economical and use cost-reduction methods. Buy cost-effective machines and materials. Create and maintain an inward traffic flow of customers by using the tips above.


5 Reasons Why You Should Regularly Conduct Roof Maintenance

June 16th, 2020 No comments

A roof is the first line of defense for protecting your home against anything thrown at it, whether it’s rain, snow, or hail. Constant exposure to such conditions, along with the sun heat, air condition installation, and other repair works can cause your roof membrane to age eventually.

As a householder, you are responsible for maintaining every aspect of the roofing structure, including the roofing components and the roofing system. To improve roof safety, it is essential to check for tiny leaks or loose shackles on the roof perimeter, exterior and interior areas, drainage, penetrations, and joints. With proper and regular maintenance, you can keep your roof in good shape and prevent roofing issues that are not only safety hazards but also a significant financial headache for many homeowners. Here are a few reasons to conduct regular roof maintenance.

  1. Helps You Catch Problems Early

No one wants surprises, especially if they come with financial implications. If you own a home, the chances are that you understand the shock associated with an extensive repair. When it comes to roof maintenance, you must monitor it regularly to detect problems early enough to prevent the need to do expensive repairs down the road.

For example, if you ignore a small leak for a few years, you may eventually have to replace the entire roofing. Continuous dripping of water through the roof may cause some components of the structure to rot, which weakens the wood, thus compromising its structural integrity. If this happens, it may cost significantly more to get it fixed, unlike if you had repaired a leak in time. 

  1. Proper Drainage

When rain falls on the roof it can’t just sit on it; it has to go off somewhere. Otherwise, it could increase the chances of moisture penetration and leaks. This is where the roof drainage comes into play. Regular roof maintenance will help identify objects like leaves, trash, and debris that could be responsible for backed up or standing water. If ignored for a long time, a clog in the roof drainage can lead to severe consequences and expensive repairs.   

  1. Roof Maintenance Saves You Money

Countless cost-saving benefits can be attributed to regular roof maintenance. The adage has it that a stitch in time saves nine. There’s nothing different when it comes to roofing maintenance. Regular maintenance means that you can catch minor issues at the onset before they snowball into complete roof replacements, which can be quite expensive.   

If your roof is made of tiles, you’ll need to monitor the appearance of the shingles closely. Cracks and other structural damages on tiles mean that it’s time to get them replaced. Look out for other damages and have your tiles fixed before the onset of the cold season to prevent winter roofing issues. Timely repairs will prevent moisture from sipping through the roof and causing further problems. 

You will also need to look out for dark streaks caused by airborne algae that may stick on the roof over time. Although the stripes do not pose immediate dangers, they can make the roof ugly. You can eliminate the streaks using some bleach and water. 

The appearance of moss on your roof is an indication that there is moisture in it, and potentially, rotting beneath the roof. If you don’t spot it early, your roof could reach the point of sagging, which indicates extensive structural damage.  

  1. Your Roofing Is A Significant Part of Your House’s Curb Appeal  

The roofing is a significant curb appeal element that can attract potential buyers when you list it for sale. Experts in the real estate believe that a building’s exterior is a make or break for home sales. If you want your home to look good both on the inside and outside, you should never take your roofing for granted. While it is out of sight, you need to keep a close eye on it. 

Be sure to check your gutters for a blockage to avoid ruining the landscape and the gutters themselves. Also, if your roof gets roof algae, they can cause ugly black streaks and premature aging. Both problems require easy fixes such as debris removal and simple roof cleaning. If not sure on what to do, it is crucial to seek guidance from reputable roofing service providers such as

  1. Gives You Peace of Mind

There’s virtually nothing as crucial as having peace of mind. This is precisely what regular roof maintenance can bring about. 

A regular check means that you are aware of the condition of your roof. Even when you spot a small leak, you’ll know it just started, and so a minor repair will have it fixed. This way, you’ll always have the roof in its optimal condition. 

Not knowing what’s happening above your head can be quite unsettling. So, you need to give yourself some peace of mind by monitoring all that’s happening.  

Final Thoughts

Roofing is practically the most important part of any property. As a result, it is important to keep it in good shape. Although many homeowners may not pay keen attention to the regular maintenance and care of their roof, however overlooking it may cause significant safety issues and expensive repairs in the long run.  If you’re not accustomed with roof maintenance, there is no better time to get started. 

As a property owner, it is your responsibility to conduct regular roof maintenance and occasionally to have it checked by a qualified roof contractor. When you have it checked by a roofing expert, think of it as if it were a visit to a doctor. So, you’ll need to keep an eye on the condition of your roofing by following the advice of an expert.

In this regard, regular maintenance need not be necessarily conducted after a hailstorm damage, it should be as often as your local expert would suggest you. If you own large commercial properties, you can delegate the maintenance to a team. 

The bottom line is that regular maintenance is indispensable for saving costs associated with replacing the entire roof or part of it in case of a major issue. 


Lafarge Cement Bolsters Cookstown Cement Plant with New Appointments

June 11th, 2020 No comments

11 June 2020

Further strengthening its proposition, Lafarge Cement – part of Aggregate Industries – has appointed John Mulgrew as the new plant manager of its renowned Cookstown cement plant in Ireland.

Effective in his new role from 16 June, John succeeds Russell Larmourwho, after almost 40 years within the Company, will be retiring. John will report into Barry Hope, Exco Director of Cement at Aggregate Industries.

Having joined the LafargeHolcim Group as a quality co-ordinator in 2001, John boasts almost 20 years of experience in the cement industry. He has risen through the ranks of the company’s Cookstown cement plant in County Tyrone, which in 2015 became a part of Aggregate Industries UK.

In his current role as production manager at Cookstown, a position he has held since 2016, John has been instrumental in ensuring the ongoing success of the plant and its operations. In 2019, the plant achieved its best results to date after being ranked in the top 10 of LafargeHolcim’s European cement plants when evaluated against industrial benchmarks.

John will be succeeded as production manager by Jason Bowman, who will step up from his current role as manufacturing manager at Cookstown.

Commenting on his appointment, John Mulgrew, said: “Having been a part of the Cookstown team for the best part of 20 years, I’m delighted to be following on from Russell as the new plant manager and wish him all the best in his retirement. I’m more committed than ever to further strengthening our operations, and I’m looking forward to what the future brings for Cookstown, the Lafarge Cement Business and Aggregate Industries.”

Barry Hope added: “I’d like to congratulate both John and Jason on their new positions. Given his knowledge and varied experience gained during his years at the plant, John is a worthy successor to Russell and his appointment will continue to bolster our Lafarge Cement business for years going forward.

“I would also like to thank Russell for his extraordinary commitment to the business over the past 40 years. He has left Cookstown in a strong place – leading the plant last year to achieve its best results in being ranked in the top 10 of our European cement plants. We wish Russell good luck for the future.”

About Aggregate Industries UK

Aggregate Industries UK is a leading company in the construction and infrastructure industries. It produces and supplies a wide range of construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products. It also produces, imports and supplies cementitious materials and offers a national road surfacing and contracting service.

It prides itself on best practice in sustainability having become the first company to be certificated to BES 6001, The Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products, developed by the BRE (Building Research Establishment). Aggregate Industries UK is a proud member of the LafargeHolcim Group.

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About LafargeHolcim

LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. The Group is organized in four business segments – Cement, Aggregates, Ready-mix Concrete and Solutions & Products – and is a partner for clients ranging from affordable housing and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging infrastructure projects. As urbanization increasingly impacts people and the planet, the Group provides innovative products and building solutions with a clear commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With leading positions in all regions, LafargeHolcim employs around 80,000 employees in more than 80 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.

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About Lafarge Cement

Lafarge Cement is a major manufactured of cement, GGBS, fly ash and specialist cementitious materials to the UK construction industry. Its long established cement plants in Cauldon, Staffordshire and Cookstown, County Tyrone employ around 250 people and manufacture over 1.4Mt of cement each year.

Lafarge Cement is part of the LafargeHolcim group and joined Aggregate Industries UK Ltd on 20th July 2015. Aggregate Industries quarries, manufactures and supplies a wide range of heavy building materials to the construction industry and with the cement business now offers a complete solution.

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The Key Benefits Of Using Skip Hire Services

June 10th, 2020 No comments

Are you looking for an efficient method of waste disposal? Since this procedure is inevitable after completing a home cleaning session or emptying an old flat, homeowners are obliged to get rid of their residential waste in a safe and legal manner.

Nevertheless, litter disposal is a painstaking procedure, requiring plenty of time and physical effort to be properly completed. Therefore, most homeowners end up hiring skip hire services, which provide customers with fast and efficient removal of non-hazardous and hazardous materials by using various types of skip bins.

These are the key benefits of hiring such services.

Environment protection

Perhaps the greatest benefit of using skip hire services is their eco-friendly method of waste disposal, which provides proper waste management. Most people tend to dispose of litter in the wrong places by employing methods that are hazardous to the environment. For example, some homeowners have a habit of getting rid of their litter by burning it in the residential area where they dwell, thus causing emission of toxic smoke. This smoke is harmful to both the environment and residents’ health.

Nevertheless, hiring skip hire services indicates that your waste will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. These professionals sort litter in different skip bins, most of which are recycled in order to prevent pollution of the ecosystem. They’re also trained in employing multiple waste treatments, which are particularly designed for the removal of toxic substances. This website provides useful information about the variety of skip sizes, which can be used for both commercial and domestic waste disposal.

Save time and physical effort

Another amazing advantage of hiring such services is saving plenty of time and physical effort in the process of moving house or office relocation. Instead of wasting time on sorting the debris and disposing it at the nearest dumping ground, you could use your energy for more significant matters, such as your work obligations.

Moreover, skip hire professionals are trained in handling the entire waste removal procedure without requiring any help on the part of the client. These workers will deliver the containers to your location, fill them with debris, and transport them to the most convenient disposal area.

Incredible versatility

Skip hire companies provide customers with an extensive range of containers that come in a variety of sizes. For instance, mini and medium-sized skip bins are an excellent alternative for disposal of kitchen appliances, while builder containers are specifically designed for discarding an ample amount of debris that is typical for construction sites.

Furthermore, these companies provide both open and closed skips. The former type refers to open containers, which are suitable for getting rid of non-hazardous litter that poses no threat to the health of people and animals. Conversely, the latter refers to sealed containers that are used solely for the disposal of hazardous materials. The following link,, explains the difference between the multiple types of such containers.

Greater safety

Piles of debris in homeowners’ yards can be rather dangerous for children and pets, as they could easily get injured by coming in contact with nails, broken glass, or pieces of metal. Instead of exposing your family members to unnecessary risk, you could hire skip hire services to remove these piles of junk from your garden.

In addition, these professionals are trained in handling all kinds of waste without being injured. Homeowners, on the other hand, are extremely likely to end up with bodily injuries when disposing of their litter at dumping grounds. More importantly, you won’t risk being exposed to toxic materials in the process of waste disposal, thus preventing potential health issues.

No legal problems

Hiring such services will help you avoid legal issues that are related to improper litter disposal. Governments have rigorous rules when it comes to these procedures, obliging residents to abide by the regulations that include discarding litter at specifically designed areas. Skip hire professionals would save you from paying hefty fines for breaking the law, as the job of these workers is to follow the regulations.

Cost-effective solution

Despite the general opinion of homeowners, these services are both convenient and affordable. When getting rid of the debris on your own, you’d probably need to divide the junk into a few portions that you’d transport separately. As a result, these trips to the dumping ground would cost you more time and money than hiring professionals to do the job.

Additionally, some homeowners hire vehicles for the purpose of transporting their waste, whose rental is rather costly. However, waste disposal professionals include transport in their fees, thus automatically reducing the cost.

Wrap up

Hiring such professionals means saving time, money, and energy on an arduous junk removal process.

Make sure you choose the most reputable professionals in your area!


PFAS Fire Fighting Foam & Emergency Gear You Need In Case of Fire

June 10th, 2020 No comments

Have you ever asked yourself about ways how to extinguish fire aside from what we know carbon dioxide or water? You are probably familiar with the fire suppression systems, but there is another solution to put off the fire. Do you ever wonder what else firefighters use for it? You will learn more about it here. 

Before we go about it, what are the safety measures you must remember when you are in a situation where there is fire? First, you have to keep yourself safe by looking for a secured place away from it. Second, call 911 for an emergency. Third, check if there is a missing person in your family or colleagues. Lastly, inform your family or your company that you are safe.

There are so many things that could happen in a day. Getting caught in the fire is one thing that you should prevent from happening. Keep in mind that you have to remain calm to think better in this kind of situation. Also, you should use only the proper gear to help you out. 

Concerning fire prevention, this article will present to you what PFAS fire fighting foam is and other emergency tools that you can use in case of fire. It is always best that you have all that you need. Click here to know more about it. 

What does PFAS mean?

It stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are known to be synthetic chemicals. You can use this for clothing, food packaging, or fire fighting foams. It has been around since the 1950s. It is known to be resistant to heat, oil, and water. It stays in the environment permanently once released. It is the reason why it is called the “forever chemicals.”

Effects of PFAS to People and in the Community

Today, more people are questioning the quality and safety of it to them and the environment. PFAS does not easily break when exposed to the environment, which makes it a little controversial for people to use.

A report stated that PFAS is in water used for drinking, which causes an alarm to a lot of people. Also, it is in human blood. Therefore, it affects many people and way of living because of its characteristic that it could stay permanently in land and water. 

Some countries are already using PFAS free fire fighting foam. They banned the use of PFAS in their places because of its harmful effects. It enters the human body, and evidence is in the blood. Visit this link

for more information.

What is the PFAS Fire Fighting Foam?

It is used by companies aside from the usual suppression systems like gas and water. You might know water sprinklers use in office buildings. This one works the same way. However, this one is like foam. It differs in appearance but the same purpose. 

Well, firefighters and other rescue agencies use PFAS as a fire fighting foam. However, different countries are switching to a PFAS free fire fighting foam when they discovered it could severely affect people. An example of this is that it stays in a human’s body for a long time.

It is why private companies design a PFAS foam system, where they help in modifying the substances. Here, you will have an idea of how to shift into something safer than the traditional PFAS. 

What other emergency tools that you can use in case of fire?

Everyone does not have any idea when disasters or accidents will happen to us. But what is essential is that you prepare emotionally and physically. There are emergency tools that you can just in case you are in the situation. See the list below.

  1. Signal Flare

You are in trouble, and you will need this to get the rescuers’ attention. It also sends the other person your location, which makes it easier for them to find you. Its light will surely save you from your situation. 

  • Flashlight

You will need this just in case the power shut down. It will help you find your way out of the room or area. It enables you to move quickly and fearlessly. You have to make sure that you have batteries with you. 

  • Wrench

Turn off your water or your gas using this tool. It saves you and your family from any possible danger inside the house. Keep the situation under control. Do preventive measures as much as possible. 

  • Fire Extinguisher

Find one and secure it in your place. But make sure that you know how to use it just in case you will need it if you do not know how to ask people who are with you to operate this one. You must never waste time finding solutions to save lives. 

  • Multi-tool

It will equip you to do a lot of things if you are stuck in the situation, especially if you are in a remote area. The multi-tool includes scissors, pliers, knives, wire cutters, bottle opener, screwdriver, metal file, and package opener. You can choose from many options which type of multi-tool you are going to get. It is one of the many tools that will help you survive.

Always prioritize your safety more than anything else, whether you are in a life-threatening situation. Saving yourself is the best solution to do when these circumstances arise. 



June 5th, 2020 No comments

The next phase of residential development at Princes Dock, part of Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, has opened its doors to residents, as property company Redwing nears completion of its £21 million residential development, Plaza 1821.

Plaza 1821 offers 105 one and twobedroom apartments along with dedicated amenity space on the ground floor. The scheme is just a stone’s throw away from the Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – that give the city its iconic waterfront.

Plaza 1821 is named after the year Princes Dock opened and is a private rental sector (PRS) development, undertaken by Peel L&P.

The development is one of three additional planned residential developments at Princes Dock – part of the Liverpool Waters £5bn regeneration scheme which will encompass five new neighbourhoods – alongside Moda Living’s The Lexington, which is currently well underway, and Your Housing Group’s Patagonia Place, for which a planning application has recently been submitted.

Darran Lawless, development director at Liverpool Waters part of Peel L&P, said:

“It’s fantastic that the team at Redwing has been able to ensure residents are able to move into these brilliant apartments with incredible views of Liverpool’s waterfront. It’s a real milestone for people to begin moving in to these amazing homes at Princes Dock, demonstrating the significant progress happening across the wider Liverpool Waters scheme.

“We look forward to seeing this part of Princes Dock and the wider scheme progress even further over the coming months and years, helping us to create homes, jobs and a new community, breathing life back into our historic docklands.”

Fiona Coventry, Executive Director of Property at Redwing

At Redwing we work with a range of partners to provide high quality residential developments where people and communities thrive. Plaza 1821 is one of a number of new developments that we will bring to our customers in the near future. 

We are delighted to be part of the Liverpool Waters regeneration project with Plaza 1821, which offers 105 stunning apartments for private rent. Each with outdoor space and spectacular views as well as a range of amenities including, parking, secure bike storage, resident’s lounge and concierge. We will also be announcing an exciting restaurant partner for our ground floor space soon.

Our team are on hand to conduct viewings by appointment for the remaining apartments and we’ve already had fantastic feedback from the first people to move in. We look forward to welcoming more residents into their new homes at Plaza 1821 over the next few weeks.”

The development is managed by Redwing and built by contractors Vermont Construction Group.

As it continues to progress, Liverpool Waters will transform 60 hectares of historic docklands and is the biggest single regeneration project in the history of Liverpool. In total, the development will offer 2,000,000 sq.m of floorspace which will include 9,000 residential homes, 315,000 sq.m. of business space and 53,000 sq.m. of hotel and conference facilities. The waterfront project will also be the home to a new Cruise liner terminal and hotel as well as a new Isle of Man ferry terminal which is currently under construction as well as the proposed location of the new Everton FC stadium.

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An Introduction to Acoustic Doors and their Usage

June 1st, 2020 Comments off

The world can be a very noisy place. There are many industries that have areas that by necessity produce a great level of noise and yet also by necessity have areas close by that must be relatively free of noise. News only recently broke about the overhaul that is going to be given to London’s iconic Big Ben. It needs substantial remodelling of the interior as well as a thorough servicing of the clock. It will take roughly four years to carry out all this work and for the duration (save for New Year’s and some commemorative occasions) the clock will remain silent – not out of necessity, but because of the health and safety of those carrying out the work. If such concerns can mean the silencing of Big Ben, then they should certainly be considered across the board.

While the addition of acoustic doors cannot resolve the Big Ben situation, there are so many sectors which can benefit from them. Acoustic doors are basically designed to reduce the impact of noise on one area to another. There is, aside from a moral duty, these days a legal obligation to minimize the impact of noise on workers and the local environment. Acoustic doors, depending on their specifications, can reduce the noise level in a room by up to around 50 decibels. There are various types of door – each capable of a certain level of noise reduction, but they must be installed correctly to realize their potential. For instance, if there is just a 5mm gap underneath the door after installation of a 45db reducing model, then it will in fact only manifest in a 25db reduction in noise. That is a massive discrepancy and loss of potency, so it is vital that the job is done well.

When choosing acoustic doors you will also probably have some aesthetic concerns – let’s face it nobody wants to look at a monstrosity of a door, no matter how much it is protecting our eardrums. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the company providing the doors has a good range of different designs to fulfil functional and aesthetic desires.

Another important design feature of the best acoustic doors is a ‘non-slam’ mechanism. This is not only desirable from a noise reduction position, but also because slamming an acoustic door (or any door for that matter) can cause stress on the iron. Stress can cause weakness, weakness cracks and cracks loss of noise reduction. This is to be avoided at all costs, so non-slam is the way to go. While acoustic doors are often used in more typical industrial sectors like aviation, construction and manufacturing, there is also a great demand in less obvious areas like education, leisure and entertainment (soundproofing studios for instance), law enforcement (police interview rooms) and broadcasting.  There are so many different ever-growing calls for good acoustics and noise segregation, many of which can be met by the humble acoustic door.



June 1st, 2020 Comments off

Creating an eco-friendly garden building, when done right can be a smooth, successful process but there are couple of key things that are needed in order to achieve that. Throughout the construction phase, it is important to keep in mind the initial purpose of the building. A garden building can create many opportunities for different uses, one being solely for storage purposes; if that is the case, less work and environmental factors need to be considered. If you are planning on using your garden building as an additional living space, there could be further environmental implications. Here are some top tips for making a garden building more eco-friendly.


When it comes to design, you firstly want to select the right kind of building to suit its usage. Whether it be a log cabin, garden office or even garden sheds from GBC, it all affects what needs to be done in order to make them environmentally friendly. As with anything, smaller spaces are much easier to heat than larger ones, which makes them not only cost effective but friendlier to the environment. By being mindful on the size of space you are choosing, will result in it being kinder to the environment. If you don’t require a vast amount of space, choose something more moderate sized.

Window placement

Where the windows are placed also plays a huge part on the eco-friendliness of your garden building. By working out the direction of natural breezes and the positioning of the sun throughout the day, you are able to optimise the amount of sun that will stream through the windows. This then acts as natural way to heat and light the space, which in turn should reduce the amount of energy required.


Insulation is one of the top ways to ensure your building is more environmentally friendly. By ensuring the building is insulated both appropriately and correctly will provide huge benefits. Using good quality insulation should create a consistent heating effect, by keeping the area cool in the warmer months and trapping heat in during the colder months. This in turn should reduce the need to run any electrical or gas heating and cooling units regularly.

The use of eco-materials

Being mindful of the materials used to construct the garden building will contribute towards making it more eco-friendly. It wont always be possible but, in the instances that you can help save money and minimise environmental impacts, try and source recycled plastic, glass and timber. By doing this, the process should be much less damaging to the environment than purchasing the materials brand new.

Invest in solar panels Fitting solar panels to your garden building will certainly make your garden building more eco-friendly. Due to their initial cost they will be an investment, but dependent on what type of outdoor building you have, it could well be an option. As well as the huge environmental benefits, installing solar panels is a fantastic long-term financial investment within itself. There is a huge offering of solar panels on the market and in most instances the more powerful systems wouldn’t necessarily be required for a smaller garden building. In general, garden buildings require very little electrical power, therefore the output wouldn’t need to be huge, so a simple set of cost-effective panels should work sufficiently.


Worst Mistakes to make when working at Height

May 31st, 2020 Comments off

Working at height retains the undesirable title of number one cause of accidents in the workplace. Things are certainly improving in the UK however, thanks to the increasing number of employers and staff undertaking the appropriate PASMA and IPAF training programs that ensure they are fully versed in safe working at height practice. However, the fact that accidents still happen is due, in large to the many common mistakes that are made when working at height. Let’s take a good look at what to avoid in order to reduce the risks of accidents.

Failing to gauge the risk

One of the gravest mistakes is failing to properly assess the risks for any given job. This is why the ‘working at height for managers’ training programs are crucial as they are responsible for risk assessment. The sorts of risks that should be assessed include environmental and weather conditions; fragile surfaces and risks below the working platform; the risk of falling objects; the suitability of equipment and the strength of the structure.

Lack of appropriate training

As already mentioned, accredited training programs by PASMA and IPAF are the industry standard and having staff and managers that are appropriately trained is the single biggest factor in mitigating against risk when working at height. Failure to ensure appropriate training has been given is a horrendous and potentially costly and disastrous mistake.

Inappropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE is a vital tool in the armoury of those working at height in all kinds of environments and conditions. The kind of PPE needed depends on the job specifics and again appropriate training will aid in the decisions to be made. A failure to insure guard rails are fitted on MEWPs (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms) has been the cause of many avoidable accidents and fall arrest cable systems could have prevented injuries occurring from some falls, where there is already a high risk. Where there are no rails or fall arrest system, clear painted lines should be present so that everyone is aware of where the edges lie.

Inappropriate respect paid to ladders

The humble ladder is probably responsible for more accidents when working at height than any other piece of equipment, although chances are the fault usually lies with the user. Failing to set the ladder at the correct angle and secure it properly is a major cause of accident and making it clear that there is a ladder set, when in a pedestrian zone could have prevented many accidents caused when the ladder has been knocked by a passer-by. The longer that a ladder is used, the higher the risk of an accident. Ladders are only suitable for quick jobs.

Other Common mistakes with MEWPs

  • Failing to park them on firm, stable and flat terrain
  • Failing to wear safety harnesses
  • A lack of a trained operator at ground level
  • Failing to respect environmental conditions and weather changes.

As you can see, there are a great number of avoidable mistakes that are involved in accidents when working at height. By far the biggest among them is failing to ensure that everyone on site is properly trained.