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Up, up and away! New ride expands families’ experience of thrill rides

This summer Woodlands Family Theme Park in Devon has issued a challenge to its visitors – if they choose to accept! The challenge is a brand new ride unlike any other the park has offered to its many visitors: Vertigo.

Imported from Italy, the ride involves riders blasting into the sky while spinning out of control with their hands in the air. It is a variation of the Spring Ride 12 Rotation ride from Moser Rides of Mantua. The ride has a circular gondola with 12 seats and a rotating tower.

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NASC Health & Safety Technical Guidance titles now free to download

With immediate effect all NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance titles, other than pocket guides and the TG20 suite of publications, will be available to download free of charge from the NASC website.

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation publishes a comprehensive and expanding range of industry guidance titles, all of which are regularly reviewed and updated by its Health & Safety and Technical committees.

Copies of these titles have always been available to purchase in hard copy format from the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk.

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Safety equipment and the importance of staff training

Installing safety eyewash stations and emergency showers in your workplace is essential if you work with hazardous substances - but installation is only part of the story. If your staff don’t know how to properly use the equipment, then it’s as good as useless.

Unfortunately, workplaces can be dangerous - but proper emergency equipment training can help safeguard against employee injury and subsequent lost working days. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best practices surrounding emergency equipment training; but first, let’s take a look at what the ANSI regulations say on the matter.

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Galvanised steel - complete rainwater and eaves solution

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems developed a fascia & soffit system to match their popular rainwater system in colour coated galvanised steel to bring you the complete solution for your roofline/eaves.

Whether you are a seasoned developer or are building or refurbishing your dream home, you want the longest-lasting, smartest-looking, easiest-to- install, highest quality roofline system for your money – and this one is designed to meet all those expectations!

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Don’t ‘Go Compare’, Go Mick George

While the need for ‘Insurance’ hasn’t changed over the years, the way in which it’s presented to us as consumers, and how we go about shopping for it, certainly has.

Gone are the days where we are reliant on a handful of players that dominate the market, where we know exactly where we stand and what we’re getting. Nowadays, it’s a whole different ‘ball-game’.

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Student accommodation carpet, it’s not just about durability

If you are over forty, the phrase “student accommodation” will probably conjure up a whole host of mental images. If you then add the word “carpet” to “student accommodation”, you will most likely think of words like: “durable” and “hard-wearing”. Fast forward to the world of educational facilities management in 2017, and the potential damage from high footfall and high jinks, is only part of the story for the facilities manager at a university or college, or business manager or owner of student accommodation.

With the end of the academic year looming, many universities and colleges are planning to refurbish or replace their student accommodation flooring. So what five things characterise the perfect carpet for student accommodation, be it halls of residence, house or flat share, a room in a private house or private rental?

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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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