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December 18, 2019

Aarsleff starts to work at Sergo Park

More than a thousand piles have been put in by Foundations specialist Aarsleff Ground Engineering for a warehouse development in east London. Segro Park Rainham is part of the East Plus Scheme to regenerate under-developed and brownfield sites with big sheds and warehouses. Phase one saw more than 200,000 sq

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Three New Entertainment Venues for Digbeth

Three New Entertainment Venues for Digbeth

Three new entertainment venues have launched in Birmingham’s creative quarter, Digbeth. Gaming concept Chance and Counters is based in the Custard Factory, and ‘social sports bar’ The Floodgate and The Great Birmingham Bake Off, an interactive baking experience, are based on Floodgate Street. The businesses bolster Digbeth’s burgeoning and eclectic leisure, retail,

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Affordable Homes Arriving to The Middlands

Affordable Homes Arriving to The Middlands

A deal has been reached which will see 135 affordable homes built across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. One of the UK’s largest housing groups, Orbit has signed a contract Midlands-based Trent & Dove to deliver the homes. The contract forms part of Orbit’s strategic partnership with Homes England which will

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Cold Weather and Outdoor Decorating, No Problem for Zinsser

Cold Weather and Outdoor Decorating, No Problem for Zinsser

Decorators and DIY’ers in need of exterior paints that allow decorators to continue their work outdoors, even in dipping winter temperatures, should look no further than Zinsser AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint and Zinsser AllCoatExterior (Solvent-Based). Zinsser AllWeatherExterior Masonry Paint makes working outdoors in winter conditions easy, as this ultimate-performance exterior masonry

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Repairing Your Property After Winter Storm Damage

Coping during a winter storm doesn’t just mean closing the shutters whilst having buckets and shovels close at hand.You also need to think about how you are going to fix any damage caused by the weather or how you will prevent it from occurring in the first place. Below are

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Find A Forklift Certification Near Me

If you’ve ever worked in a big warehouse or ample storage, then a forklift is your best buddy. They are small vehicles, specially created for industrial purposes, and they do a great job at that. They have a fork and the front of the car, which can go up and

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December 18, 2019

Aarsleff starts to work at Sergo Park

More than a thousand piles have been put in by Foundations specialist Aarsleff Ground Engineering for a warehouse development in east London. Segro Park Rainham is part of the East Plus Scheme to regenerate under-developed and brownfield sites with big sheds and warehouses. Phase one saw more than 200,000 sq ft of unit space constructed. Phase two, to bring an additional 108,000 sq ft, is now starting. A&H Construction has awarded Aarsleff the foundations contract, which includes the structural and slab foundations of all five units encompassed within phase two. Aarsleff starts work on site on the 2nd December 2019. It is using three of its Junttan PMx22 and PM20 piling rigs to install 1,140 precast concrete piles of 250mm and 300mm square. The 300mm square section piles are for the building frame foundations; the 250mm square section piles are for the floor slab foundations. Some of the piles in a small area of the site were specified to be installed using minimal vibration methods due to their proximity to the London Tilbury rail line. Aarsleff was able to offer a continuous flight auger (CFA) solution for these piles, with its new Soilmec SF50 rig. Aarsleff is scheduled to complete its piling works before Christmas with construction to be complete and ready for lease in the third quarter of 2020. Senior technical estimator Dan Coe said: “It is also great to be working with A&H Construction again this year, having installed precast concrete piles in July for them on a new retail development off Newport Road in Cardiff.”

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Three New Entertainment Venues for Digbeth

Three New Entertainment Venues for Digbeth

Three new entertainment venues have launched in Birmingham’s creative quarter, Digbeth. Gaming concept Chance and Counters is based in the Custard Factory, and ‘social sports bar’ The Floodgate and The Great Birmingham Bake Off, an interactive baking experience, are based on Floodgate Street. The businesses bolster Digbeth’s burgeoning and eclectic leisure, retail, hospitality and live music scene which includes Digbeth Dining Club, Baked in Brick, The Mill, The Arena, Dig Brew, The Mocking Bird and Ridding & Wynn. The Floodgate is the brainchild of three school friends, Stephen O’Reilly, Mike Gregory and Chris Ross, who pooled their skills and interests to create the social sports bar. The new venue brings social sports, such as Pit-Pat Table Golf, Baseball cages and even Curling, together with cocktails in an interior boasting a plethora of UV murals, hand painted by leading Birmingham street artists, Gent48. Previously a converted warehouse, The Floodgate Spans 10,000 square feet and also has an upstairs area for live music and the arts, private parties, conferences and corporate events. Chance and Counters blends the nostalgia of over 500 board games – both old and new – with local beers and ciders and an extensive food offering, which includes brunch, burgers and tacos. With two popular sites in Bristol and Cardiff already, the 3,500 square foot, 100-seater Digbeth venue marks their biggest venture yet. The interior features secluded booths and a bright, open area overlooking the river. The creators of London’s highest rated event, The Big London Bake, are bringing their award-winning concept to Digbeth. Launching this weekend, the Big Birmingham Bake is based in a fully kitted out marquee on Floodgate street, complete with 12 idyllic bake stations, a treasure trove of customisable decorations and is led by a team of professional bakers who will give hints and tips to help create the winning bake. The businesses launch as Oval Real Estate, the owners of the Custard Factory and 98 other buildings and sites in Digbeth, announce plans for a consultation on long terms plans for the Digbeth Estate. It is anticipated that these new elements will include new places to live, work and play including offices, shops, restaurants and cafes, new public realm, arts and culture spaces, capable of hosting a range of events and activities. The Framework will also introduce homes to the area, providing the opportunity for people to live and work within walking distance of each other. The plans are available to view at www.consultdigbeth.co.uk James Craig, Founder of Oval Real Estate said, “We’re excited to welcome Chance & Counters, The Floodgate and The Great Birmingham Bake Off to Digbeth. We’re really proud of the eclectic and rich leisure offer we’re building across Digbeth; with so much to see and do the area is fast becoming a destination in its own right.”

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Affordable Homes Arriving to The Middlands

Affordable Homes Arriving to The Middlands

A deal has been reached which will see 135 affordable homes built across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. One of the UK’s largest housing groups, Orbit has signed a contract Midlands-based Trent & Dove to deliver the homes. The contract forms part of Orbit’s strategic partnership with Homes England which will provide grant funding of £128m for an additional 2,762 much-needed affordable new homes to be in development by 2022. Maggie McCann, Director of Regeneration and Partnerships at Orbit, explained: “Our partnership with Homes England supports our ambition to deliver 20,000 new homes over the next 10 years as we continue to play a key role in the growth of the UK housing market and fulfil our commitment to lead in building thriving communities. The contract we have just signed will enable Trent & Dove to meet its own development ambitions through the Homes England funding. “This is a very positive step for the affordable housing market in the Midlands and Homes England is fully behind this partnership. We were very impressed with Trent & Dove’s experience of building high quality, affordable homes which are much-needed in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.” Trent & Dove will build, own and manage the homes, which will be a mixture of affordable rent and shared ownership properties. A number of sites have been identified to deliver the 135 new homes and work has already started on two with three currently appointing contractors and two sites are in the planning system. These new homes will add to the firm’s portfolio of 6,000 properties covering East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire. Charlie Riley, Director of Development at Trent & Dove Housing, added: “We are delighted to partner with Orbit to support our aspiration of becoming a 10,000 home organisation by 2022. Together, with both our experience and expertise, we can build the right homes in the right places for our customers. The partnership supports our mission of Transforming Homes, Lives and Neighbourhoods and we look forward to playing a pivotal role in providing more homes across our region.”

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Cold Weather and Outdoor Decorating, No Problem for Zinsser

Cold Weather and Outdoor Decorating, No Problem for Zinsser

Decorators and DIY’ers in need of exterior paints that allow decorators to continue their work outdoors, even in dipping winter temperatures, should look no further than Zinsser AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint and Zinsser AllCoatExterior (Solvent-Based). Zinsser AllWeatherExterior Masonry Paint makes working outdoors in winter conditions easy, as this ultimate-performance exterior masonry paint forms a low-maintenance, water shedding, tough finish that is showerproof in 20 minutes and can be applied in temperatures as low as -5oC. Once applied, it offers supreme protection to bare or previously painted exterior concrete, render, stone and masonry. AllWeather contains a biocide that protects the dried coating against fungal degradation* giving a long-lasting stain and moisture resistant finish, designed to resist cracking, peeling and blistering.  In many instances AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint is self-priming and will bond to existing paints without sanding, so for many refurbishing jobs there is no need to purchase a separate primer. After removing existing mould and mildew, two coats of AllWeather Exterior Masonry Paint will ensure that any exterior looks bright and beautiful for years. Available in white, black and a selection of bases that can be tinted to any colour. For other substrates, including outdoor wood, metal, masonry, plastic, concrete and cladding, Zinsser AllCoat Exterior (Solvent-Based) silicon alkyd formula forms a low maintenance, water-shedding coating that is touch dry in 3 hours, even drying in low temperatures down to 5°C. Zinsser AllCoat ® Exterior (Solvent-Based) gives excellent resistance against cracking, blistering and flaking for up to 15 years before first maintenance. The tough finish is resistant to rain and severe weather and offers excellent colour retention, in addition the paint contains a biocide to protect the dried coating against fungal degradation. After removing any existing mould and mildew, the first coat primes and seals the surface, providing a base. The second coat is the topcoat, which completes the sealing process and provides additional moisture resistance and protection.  Zinsser AllCoat Exterior(Solvent-Based), available in Satin and Gloss, will ensure that any exterior looks bright and beautiful for up to 15 years. Available from Brewers and all good paint merchants.

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Repairing Your Property After Winter Storm Damage

Coping during a winter storm doesn’t just mean closing the shutters whilst having buckets and shovels close at hand.You also need to think about how you are going to fix any damage caused by the weather or how you will prevent it from occurring in the first place. Below are some of our top tips to help you protect or repair your property after storm damage: Look for any Trees that are Close Trees are one of the highest causes of incidental home damage during stormy weather. Branches are often torn from tree trunks by fast-moving winds and thrown onto roofs or into sidings.Look at the trees that are in close proximity to your propertyand see if any need removing before the bad weather hits. Felling trees can be dangerous, so if the trees are large, it’s a good idea to hire a professional. Look at Your Roof Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your property during a storm and it can cost a lot of money to repair or replace if damaged. Looking at your roof straight after a storm has passed could save you a lot of money in collateral damage. You need to remember to be careful when going up on your roof after a storm, as it may not be safe. Getting professional help is always advised. If you live in Minnesota then Advantage Construction Inc. will not only help repair any damage caused by storms, but they will also help you claim back any money you are owed ininsurance. Look at Your Ventilation Storms will often cause damage to your ventilation openings. Check your chimney and fireplace flues to make sure they’re not blocked before choosing to start a fire. Blown leaves and ice can quickly block HVAC intakes and exhausts, so it is important to inspect these too. This will prevent any backflow of contaminants. Watch Out for “Storm-Chasers” After a storm, we often hear of people going door to door offering cheap property repairs. Many of these will leave without completing the work or will make problems worse. Protect yourself by finding a reliable tradesman and check to see if they are licensed before employing them. It is also a good idea to get any quotes in writing and shop around. Storm Damage can be Serious Water and wind can both do a great deal of damage to your property. One of the main differences is that the wind doesn’t usually cause damage to the inside of your property, whilst water can.It’s a good idea to prioritize any water damage. Try and stop the source of damage, look after any valuables, including family members and pets, then look into draining the property and drying it out.When you get a chance, you should notify your insurance company about what has happened. Storm damage can leave your property in a bad state. It’s a good idea to try and prevent your property from suffering damage in the first place, but this isn’t always possible. Remember to be safe and ask for professional help if you need it.

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Find A Forklift Certification Near Me

If you’ve ever worked in a big warehouse or ample storage, then a forklift is your best buddy. They are small vehicles, specially created for industrial purposes, and they do a great job at that. They have a fork and the front of the car, which can go up and down, and that’s basically it. They serve a great purpose in picking up pallets, stacking them, and putting them down. It may sound simple, and it is pretty simple. But, these vehicles are extensively used in the industry, and surprisingly, you need a certification in order to use one. And before you do so, it’s essential to know how they work, and how to use them. What are the critical components of a forklift? This vehicle is quite easy to understand, and it doesn’t have a lot of parts too. We’ll mostly focus on the truck frame, the counterweight, the mast, carriage, and power source. All of these parts serve a purpose. For starters, the truck frame is the central part of the cart, so to say. The wheels, mast, and counterweight are attached to it. That’s the base of the forklift. Secondly, the counterweight is an iron weight just below the seat. It’s attached to the truck frame, and its purpose is to balance out the weight that’s being lifted in the front. Click here to read more. The cast is the metal part in the front that serves to move the forks up and down. It’s fixed on a pair of rails so it can efficiently perform the movement. And additionally, the mast is attached, which is the vertical part that pushes the loads and lifts them up. For these two parts, rollers are an essential part that allows them to move. Where are these vehicles mainly used? As a vital part of today’s dock and storage world, forklifts have shaped the industries as well. They can also be used in construction sites, warehouses, recycling operations, and snowplows. At construction sites, they serve as a tool that can transport heavy materials from a truck to the site. Nowadays, most construction companies have their own forklift for added efficiency and speed. On the other hand, warehouses can’t function properly without the help of these fantastic devices. Here there is an extensive range of forklifts ranging from pedestrian ones to driver-operated ones. They vary in size and function. They can be from regular pallet carrying capacity and all the way up to 50 tons that’s used for transporting shipping containers. And finally, some people just buy an extension for the forklift rather than purchasing a snowplow or hiring one. It’s much more comfortable, much cheaper, and way more fun. Here’s some more info: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/11/forklift-truck-driver-saved-by-health-and-safety Do you need a driver’s license or a forklift license to operate one? Every operator who wants to drive and operate one of these vehicles needs to have a license. This is because there are so many types of industrial equipment. They include rough terrain forklifts, narrow-aisle, man lifts, sit-downs, stand-ups, pallet jacks, and order pickers. No matter what is type that you need to drive, you need to have a license. But, contrary to popular belief, you only need a forklift license and not a driver’s one. The good thing about this is that getting a license is easy and affordable. You just need to pass over a load of safety regulations. And they are quite crucial because mistakes happen every day, and not paying attention can cause a lot of problems and damage in a warehouse or a construction site. There are a few classes that you can take. If you are interested, you can just check online and type “Forklift Certification near me”. Those include electric motor rider trucks, narrow aisle trucks, hand or rider trucks, internal combustion engine trucks, and tractors. Once you are done with the training, you are good to go, and you can just print out your license. As well as that, this certification is valid for three years, and you just need to resubmit it to make it valid for another three years. The even better news is that the training necessary for the renewal is free. So you hit two flies with one stone.

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