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Specification - the key to effective cost management

Avoiding under-specification on UK driveways is key to achieving cost objectives in construction. Consider for example, drainage where manhole covers with inappropriate load-bearing capacities are sometimes causing installations to be revisited by developers to make repairs, costing several hundred pounds a time.

In certain trafficking, the long term effects of undervaluing loading requirements can be easily avoided by installing a B125 (12.5T loading classification) cover as a minimum. For example, the kerb weight of a 4x4 commonly varies between 1.6 and 2.5 tonnes, depending on the model, exerting a load, when turning and braking through any one wheel of 6-10 tonnes! This is because, in extreme cases, dynamic loads apply up to 3 or 4 times the static mass of the vehicle, through a single wheel!  This thought process, also benefits scenarios where infrequent traffic – skip loaders, removal vans, waste collection lorries, etc., needs access to driveways, footpaths and grass verges. Again in this instance B125 loading class should be specified as a minimum.

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SnapIT Express – the swifter-to-fit modern aluminium system

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading specialist metal rainwater system stockist and online retailer introduce ‘SnapIT Express’, a modern aluminium rainwater system with innovative ‘snap together and inject silicone’ system that saves mess, waste and time.

Aluminium gutters are generally known for being a modern, natural product which is fully recyclable, but non-corrosive that offers a lightweight, strong and durable solution, with very little maintenance required.

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Oak Furniture Land extension in Swindon

Work to extend the existing Oak Furniture Land distribution centre located at South Marston’s Industrial Park, Swindon is due to get underway imminently with Mick George Ltd contracted to complete Earthworks for the first time for Glencar Construction Ltd.

The retail giant moved to the 302,000sq.ft DC2 warehouse in 2012 to streamline storage and distribution logistics, but now the current facility owners who took control of the premises in 2014 have decided to expand the warehouse operations.

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Construction courses go the distance

The University of Wolverhampton will be building its construction portfolio by offering two distance learning courses from September 2019.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment will be offering two online Master’s programmes in Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Integrated Construction by Distance Learning and Construction Project Management by Distance Learning.

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NHBC names UK’s best housebuilders

NHBC, the UK’s leading new home warranty and insurance provider has announced the winners in the first round of its flagship competition dedicated to recognising site managers who achieve the highest standards in house building.

Nearly 450 UK site managers have won a Quality Award in the first round of NHBC Pride in the Job Awards 2019, representing the top 3% of the sixteen thousand site managers entered. Being selected as one of the UK’s top site managers is testament to their commitment to delivering quality homes for residents.

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