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Shipping containers serve as ideal base for charity pop-up shops

Using shipping containers for a series of pop-up charity shops provided the perfect solution for a major construction company with a commitment to helping its local hospice.

RG Carter, which operates across the UK, wanted to support the Priscilla Bacon Hospice with its first pop-up shop. 

Martyn Gibson, Director says: “I first got the idea for using shipping containers from a shopping centre in London where they have created small shops in one area. We also needed to find a location where there were already welfare facilities close by. The site in Drayton was ideal as there were already passing visitors and significant footfall.

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Shopping centre maintenance made simpler

Welcoming thousands of visitors and hundreds of vehicles a day, shopping centres prove to be among the most complex and exhaustive examples of facilities maintenance. Because they cover such vast areas, site management requires constant attention, ensuring that the facilities not only remain intact aesthetically but comply with health and safety measures.One such shopping centre, situated in the Bayside Suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, was no different. Presented with many of the same issues that can affect the daily function of any facility, Belzona’s Australian distributor, Rezitech, contacted the shopping complex with a range of potential solutions. This was back in 2013 and, over the space of four years, Rezitech has completed a variety of buildings and structures applications alongside the facilities maintenance company who oversees the site. These repairs have extended to the car park, access ramps, kerbs, shop floors and walls, as well as concrete surrounding steel gratings and expansion joints.

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Midlands Asset Finance appoint big-hitting manager for East Midlands

Independent financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance (MAF) has underlined its commitment to providing a personal service to its customers by appointing a new Business Relationship Manager, increasing the team to 21. 

Stuart Buchan has joined the firm on the back of a long career in asset finance with Lombard Business Finance where he worked as a relationship manager with responsibility for business customers in the East Midlands. 

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Acorn Blue and Kensa Heat Pumps build sustainable luxury coastal community

A landmark luxury housing development comprising forty apartments and houses currently under construction amongst the famous dunes of Perranporth beach in Cornwall is using pioneering architecture and sustainable development to breathe new life into a former derelict hotel site. 

“The Dunes”, set for completion in June 2018 by developers Acorn Blue, has completed the groundworks stage for Kensa’s Shoebox ground source heat pumps, which will be sited inside each of the dwellings to provide 100% of the two apartment blocks, five coach houses and four beach houses heating and hot water. 

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Bull raise the bar with responder stations upgrade

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has upgraded its First Responder Stations with a smart solution that will significantly reduce costs for contractors and construction companies, and ensure quicker detection installation. 

Unlike mobile first responder stations – which incorporate fire extinguishers and a Cygnus fire alarm – heat and smoke detectors have to be fixed to ceilings or walls using ladders or podiums, which can be cumbersome and impose a risk of a fall from height. 

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Tough time for judges: APS announces entries into national awards

With its National CDM and Student Designer Awards shortlist announcement due later this month, the Association for Project Safety (APS) has announced a bumper year of entries into its UK-wide competition.

Across the nine different categories in the National CDM Awards, the judges have been overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of entries.  Head of Events and External Communications, Laura Hardie, said:

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‘Bumper’ round to benefit the county

An increasing presence in and around the East Midland and East Anglian region, local business Mick George Ltd is certainly justifying its attendance, with yet another funding donation to seventeen separate developments.

The first of two annual ‘Community Fund’ announcements, the organisation is set to provide funding to an abundance of community based initiatives, to a value in its entirety that surpasses £460,000, with some of the fortunate recipients based in the Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire territory.

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Array – a sound decision by Heckmondwike

Jeremy Broadhead, Commercial Manager at Heckmondwike FB, looks at why carpet is being widely specified for its acoustic properties.

“Managing noise in a building continues to present a challenge for designers, which is why there is specific legislation covering different building types and uses. Schools should be designed in accordance with Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) Acoustic Design of Schools, the latest version of which was updated in 2014.

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NSC present at London Work at Height Seminar 2017

The NASC took part in the London Work At Height Seminar 2017 at the City of London’s prestigious Guildhall on Monday July 10th – presenting on developments within the scaffolding and access sector, and recently published guidance, to a substantial gathering of industry professionals.

The second London Work at Height Seminar built on the success of the highly regarded 2016 event, “providing opportunity for our industry to collaborate in the interests of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing; and to demonstrate a variety of work at height methodologies and industry innovations.”

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NASC introduces online membership application and audit process

The NASC has introduced a state-of-the-art online membership application system – streamlining the process for membership applications for potential new members.

This online process has been developed by London-based website technicians, Deep (responsible for creating the new-look NASC website) and makes it simpler for scaffolding firms to apply for full membership of the 240+ strong confederation – bringing the organisation into line with other similar pre-qualification membership audit systems.

NASC President, Alan Lilley of Commercial Scaffolding Ltd said: “NASC have pursued the online application/membership process to simplify the desktop application and annual audit procedure along with the site audit (which is undertaken every two years).

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£900k investment sees relocation of Mobile Mini Bridgend branch

Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, with its global operations based in Arizona, USA and UK headquarters at Stockton-on-Tees, has relocated its Bridgend branch.

The move comes following close to a £900,000 investment, after a period of significant growth within the South Wales area for the Company, which has 16 branches nationwide, from Glasgow to Southampton.

Having outgrown its original site due to a significant surge in demand for its services over recent years, Mobile Mini's new Bridgend branch will offer many advantages to its customers, such as quicker turnaround times and great product availability, whilst also allowing the company to maintain its reputation for excellence in customer service.

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