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September 2, 2021

Housing association acquires 4 acres at Linmere for 100 homes

A Bedfordshire housing association has completed the purchase of 4.06 acres to develop 100 new homes as part of a new 650-acre urban village being created near Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. The £4.75m deal will see bpha create 49 shared ownership and 51 affordable properties for rent comprising a mix of

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Find out how Nationwide is making windows and doors smart at Housing 2021

Visitors going to the Nationwide Windows & Doors stand F33 at Housing 2021 will see the very latest improvements to make windows and doors smart. Fingerprint is Nationwide’s app to provide lifetime traceability of certification, components and installation through QR codes. It provides full product traceability from manufacture and installation

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Recruitment: How to attract and retain new talent

Are you a construction business who’s struggling to hire the best talent? In this article, Kelly Friel from industry tools and equipment supplier Zoro shares her tips for attracting more applicants to construction roles — and keeping them on, too. It’s been an interesting few years for the construction industry,

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Waterfront Apartments with Panoramic River Views Open for Viewings

Waterfront Apartments with Panoramic River Views Open for Viewings

Trent Bridge Quays, a new residential development of 95 homes on the banks of the River Trent, has now opened the first waterfront apartments to prospective buyers looking for their dream waterside property. Located on Meadow Lane, a short distance from the centre of Nottingham and close to West Bridgford,

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EUROPEAN PROJECTS IN EXPANDED METAL

Today we want to show you some of the most beautiful and interesting projects made in expanded metal, around Europe, from a leading company in this sector. Fils, with a long knowledge about expanded metal mesh manufacturing and a wide range of products, is an internationally recognized company able to

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Things to Look Out for When House Hunting

When looking for a new home, there is a lot of pressure. This is where you will live for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the need for it to be perfect.  Find a home comes with a long list of desirables. Everything from location to garden

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September 2, 2021

Colt and Getlink sign exclusive agreement to install and operate a new fibre optic network through the Channel Tunnel

Colt Technology Services and Getlink have today announced a 25-year contract, which will see Colt install its IQ Network through the Channel Tunnel, allowing a transfer capacity of several Terabits per second per fibre pair. This agreement will generate a minimum of €185m over the period for Getlink, with more than a third secured over the first five years. Colt will carry out the installation and entire operation of the IQ Network in accordance with the Channel Tunnel’s safety and security regulations, while Getlink will be responsible for maintenance. Colt will fully commercialise Getlink’s Channel Tunnel optic fibre and increase Getlink’s internal telecoms capacity – a unique subsea infrastructure and connectivity route that has never seen downtime. The quality of the asset will allow the customers to benefit from span diversity. The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps optimised, high bandwidth and low latency network that connects over 900 data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings globally. The contracts for dark fibre installed in the Tunnel in 1998 will progressively expire until 2025, and Colt will take over their operation. The significant increase in bandwidth between the UK and mainland Europe will help meet the high growth in data traffic expected by 2025, making the Channel Tunnel a vital link not only for passengers and goods but also for data.  Yann Leriche, Chief Executive Officer of Getlink, stated: “The strategic location and the reliability offered by the Tunnel make our infrastructure very attractive for high-tech developments such as fibre optics. We are happy to once again leverage the Channel Tunnel asset to create the most value for our shareholders.”  Keri Gilder, Chief Executive Officer of Colt, stated: “Colt is thrilled to have entered this strategic agreement with Getlink. There is a growing demand for bandwidth between the UK and mainland Europe, which will only increase in the coming years. By running our IQ Network through the Channel Tunnel, Colt customers will benefit from reliable, low latency, high bandwidth connectivity with the option of full diversity across the entire Tunnel span. The future potential of the Tunnel connectivity is significant, and it’s an exciting time for the wider telco industry as we continue to leverage the power of relationships to drive digital transformation and move towards the digital future.” About Getlink Getlink SE (Euronext Paris) manages, through its subsidiary Eurotunnel, the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel and operates truck and passenger Shuttle Services (cars and coaches) between Folkestone (UK) and Calais (France). Eurotunnel is the concession holder and operator of the Channel Tunnel, the fastest, most reliable, easiest and most environmentally friendly way across the English Channel until 2086. In 26 years, more than 460 million people and more than 90 million vehicles have travelled through the Channel Tunnel. This unique land link has become a vital link between the continent and the United Kingdom. Getlink also offers a rail freight business through its subsidiary Europorte, which offers a wide range of integrated rail services, as well as an electrical interconnection through its subsidiary ElecLink. https://www.getlinkgroup.com

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Work starts on Wellingborough £1billion development’s warehousing hub with promise of 3,000 jobs

Developers claim that more than 3,000 additional permanent jobs will be created once the project is completed Construction has commenced in Wellingborough on the first commercial phase to be delivered at the £1bn Stanton Cross development to the east of the town centre. St Modwen Park logistics scheme will provide warehousing and distribution units with the first phase providing three separate buildings between 44,000 sq ft and 172,000 sq ft. Two of the units will be built speculatively and will be ready at the end of the year, while the third unit is available on a built to suit basis – with further opportunities in phases two and three. Stanton Cross will create about 300 jobs a year over the construction period, and developers claim that more than 3,000 additional permanent jobs will be created once the project is completed. Lee Barrett, divisional operations director for Vistry Group and a representative of Stanton Cross Developments (SCD) LLP, promoters of the Stanton Cross project, said: “We are thrilled that construction is now underway on the first phase of St Modwen Park at Wellingborough. “This incredibly important milestone is a major step towards the creation of a thriving commercial hub at Stanton Cross which will unlock employment opportunities for Northamptonshire residents. “These are high specification units, strategically located with excellent connectivity and, although we have just broken ground on site, we are already experiencing high levels of interest from a range of occupiers.” The first commercial units have planning permission for storage and distribution usage, with warehouse facilities on the ground floor and an open plan office and kitchenette on the first floor, with a range of bespoke fitout options also available. Externally, each individual unit has a dedicated secure service yard, private parking and loading area, as well as sustainable features such as electric car charging points and photovoltaic roof panels. Ben Silcock, development and leasing manager at St Modwen Logistics, said: “St Modwen Park Wellingborough at Stanton Cross forms part of our continued strategy to strengthen our a high-quality industrial and logistics portfolio across the UK. “The units built at the scheme will benefit from our Swan Standard guidelines – which ensures each St. Modwen site is supplemented with park enhancements across five key areas; transport, security, environment, wellbeing of those who work on and visit sites, and importantly, the surrounding community. “We are pleased to be working alongside our partners, SCD, in bringing forward the first phase of development and look forward to playing our part in creating a great place to live, work and visit.” Stanton Cross is a £1 billion residential-led development to the east of Wellingborough which will eventually include 3,650 new homes alongside new leisure and retail amenities and commercial space – including offices, industrial space, and a trade park.

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Housing association acquires 4 acres at Linmere for 100 homes

A Bedfordshire housing association has completed the purchase of 4.06 acres to develop 100 new homes as part of a new 650-acre urban village being created near Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. The £4.75m deal will see bpha create 49 shared ownership and 51 affordable properties for rent comprising a mix of apartments and houses ranging from one bedroom through to three bedroom homes. Work to build the homes is due to commence in April 2022, with the first homes being completed by August 2023. Completion of the development is anticipated in October 2024. As part of the deal bpha will also deliver three retail units offering locally run shops, in line with Linmere’s 20-minute neighbourhood strategy meaning that residents will never be more than a 20-minute walk or cycle ride away from community facilities, shops, schools and green spaces. Jeff Astle, Executive Director of Development and Sales at bpha said “We are very pleased to have acquired this site at Linmere and look forward to developing a high-quality scheme of much needed homes for shared ownership and affordable rent in this most sustainable location. We are grateful to Homes England for its financial support to ensure that the scheme can progress and we will be submitting a Reserved Matters Planning application to Central Bedfordshire Council shortly. With an anticipated start on site in April 2022, we will be seeking a construction partner before the end of this year”. The scheme will contribute to bpha’s development plans to deliver 3,000 new dwellings over the next five years across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, where the organisation currently owns or manages around 19,500 homes. The bpha homes are the latest affordable properties to be announced at the new Linmere development, which is being created over the next 15 years by the Houghton Regis Management Company (HRMC), a consortium comprising master developers Lands Improvement, Aviva Investors, and the Diocese of St Albans. Linmere development director Nigel Reid said: “We’re delighted to welcome bpha to the Linmere fold. With our focus on creating communities, the one hundred well designed tenure-blind affordable homes it is going to build will play a key role in ensuring we offer something for everyone. The site will also complement our ethos of ensuring that every single resident is only ever five minutes away from an open green space and needs to travel no further than 20 minutes on foot or bicycle to reach a shop selling everyday essentials.” The first homes at Linmere will be available for occupation in the autumn. Around a third of the 650 acres will not be developed, with 90 acres of this being formal public open space. The rest will be managed land, allowing natural habitats to thrive. The development will offer a combination of parkland, wildlife corridors, allotments, sports pitches, play areas and walking routes linking the new village with surrounding countryside and rural settlements.  Cycle paths and cycle-friendly roads will crisscross the development and Linmere will also link in with the national cycle network. Linmere will see the creation of 5,150 homes over the next 15 years.  Two brand new state of the art primary schools and an extension to Houghton Regis’ existing Thornhill Primary school, due to open this September. A ten-form secondary school will open in September 2022. 

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Find out how Nationwide is making windows and doors smart at Housing 2021

Visitors going to the Nationwide Windows & Doors stand F33 at Housing 2021 will see the very latest improvements to make windows and doors smart. Fingerprint is Nationwide’s app to provide lifetime traceability of certification, components and installation through QR codes. It provides full product traceability from manufacture and installation and continues throughout its lifecycle. Alongside Fingerprint, Nationwide is showing Kubu for perimeter security and Ultion for state-of-the-art locking. “These latest innovations make windows and doors smart,” says Kevin Caveney, Director of Commercial Sales at Nationwide Windows & Doors. “Fingerprint will revolutionise the management of maintenance and service calls. An installed product’s history can be accessed by scanning a permanent QR code to instantly show proof of certification and product specification such as hardware or glazing details. Critical maintenance data is available for housing stock, offering opportunities to significantly reduce management time. “As part of our commitment to improving communities, housing and homes, we have a prize draw for visitors downloading the Fingerprint app before or during the show, with a donation of £1,000 to the winners chosen charity or community scheme.” Visitors to stand F33 will be able to use all the latest smart technology for themselves and enjoy a FREE coffee. To find out more visit www.nwd.co.uk

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GODWIN INKS AGREEMENTS WITH GREGGS & THE EV NETWORK FOR STOKE-ON-TRENT DRIVE-THRU DEVELOPMENT

National property developer Godwin Developments has secured leases with leading British bakery chain Greggs and electric vehicle charging company The EV Network at its drive-thru retail development in Stoke-on-Trent, construction of which is currently under way and due for completion in Q4 of this year. The scheme, which is now fully let, is situated off the busy A50 Baths Road in Longton near the Phoenix Retail Park. The development is eight minutes’ drive from the city centre and is also adjacent to a Tesco Extra supermarket and a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant. With the lease of the drive-thru unit agreed with Costa Coffee earlier this year, Greggs has now committed to occupying the second unit at the site, which is a drive-to. The Greggs unit will contain 16 indoor seats as well as some external seating. Ketan Patel, senior development manager at Godwin Developments, said: “We’re delighted to have reached an agreement with national bakery giant Greggs at our roadside retail scheme in Stoke-on-Trent. The new store will provide a quick and convenient food-to-go offering to 60,000+ vehicles passing the site daily as well as the approximately 55,000 residents living within a 10-minute drive of the new outlet. Securing a popular operator like Greggs is a welcome addition to our scheme and will bring further custom to the site from the A50 and the Longton area.” Francesca Michie, regional property manager from Greggs, added: “We are delighted to be growing our presence in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. We are looking forward to opening the store and envisage this will be very popular amongst local residents as well as commuters on the A50. We would like to thank the team at Godwin Developments for their highly professional and flexible approach in helping us create the unit that best fits our requirements.”  As well as signing Greggs for the development, Godwin has agreed a lease with independent charging provider The EV Network. The company will provide six charging bays that will be available alongside the site’s other 35 car parking spaces. Ketan added: “The proportion of electric vehicles on our roads is rising – with electric vehicles now expected to account for more than one in six new cars acquired in 2021. We therefore recognise the importance of making quick and rapid EV charging points available at the site. These will provide additional facilities to consumers as well as ensure the scheme’s longevity and sustainability.” Matthew Guest, acquisition manager at The EV Network, said: “The development represents a fantastic opportunity to bring ultra-fast, 300kW EV charging hardware to Stoke-on-Trent, enabling all electric vehicles to be charged in the shortest possible time. We are delighted to have worked with Godwin on this scheme and look forward to seeing the scheme in operation.” Stuart Pratt, director and co-founder at Godwin Developments, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Greggs again, providing the nation’s favourite bakery chain with an opportunity to grow its market share and customer reach at this prominent high traffic location in Stoke-on-Trent. It is also fantastic to be partnering with the EV Network for this development who have been excellent throughout. “Godwin Developments is a business with a significant experience with roadside retail schemes – including land acquisition, planning and build out – and we continue to seek additional sites across the country to support our customers expansion plans. “We are also pleased to be working on this occasion with local firm Intium Construction Ltd, providing additional income and employment into the area.” For more information about Godwin Developments, visit www.godwingroup.co.uk/developments

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Largest funded heat network secures second share of HNIP support for major extensions across North London

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) has awarded £24 million of funding to Energetik to support two major extensions of its community heat network across the London Borough of Enfield. This brings the total support provided by HNIP to just under £39 million, following an initial grant and loan award of over £14 million for the construction of the Meridian Heat Network in 2020. The additional funding will increase the network’s reach and enable Energetik to supply very low carbon heat to over 50,000 homes, building on its previous forecast of 15,000 connections by 2026 and making this scheme the largest to be awarded HNIP funding to date. The extensions will link together and significantly decarbonise all existing heat networks in the London Borough by connecting them to the upcoming Meridian Water energy centre at Edmonton Eco Park. The energy centre will connect to the North London Waste Authority Recovery Facility once complete in 2026, delivering very low carbon waste heat to customers through a network of underground district heating pipes. The northwards extension will link the Meridian Water Heat Network with the existing Ponders End Heat Network, serving two new housing developments comprised of over 3,300 homes and the civic centre building in Enfield Town. The westwards extension will follow the route towards the Arnos Grove Heat Network, heading north towards the Oakwood Heat Network and connecting two care homes along the way. These extensions are a strategic step forward for Energetik, maximising the long-term decarbonisation potential by allowing more homes and buildings to benefit from heat that would otherwise be wasted.  Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “Changing how we heat homes and workplaces is a vital part of how we will end our contribution to climate change, which is why we’re investing in cutting-edge low-carbon heating technologies to help us meet our bold climate targets.  “Thanks to this Energetik project, backed by a further £24 million of government funding, up to 50,000 households across North London are going to feel the direct benefits as we continue making our towns and cities cleaner places to live and work.” Jayne Clare, Managing Director at Energetik said: “This funding decision is extremely positive for Enfield and our Company. The expansion of our low carbon heat networks will provide the required infrastructure to unlock untapped potential and deliver maximum carbon savings across the borough. This an immense step forward towards achieving Enfield’s carbon goals.” Ken Hunnisett, Project Director at Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management said: “Energetik was one of the very first projects to be awarded through the Heat Networks Investment Project and it is great to be able to support them further with a second award in the scheme’s final year. One of the major benefits of heat networks is their ability to expand and decarbonise over time, and Energetik is a shining example of how this can be done for the benefit of a significant 50,000 homes across North London.

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Recruitment: How to attract and retain new talent

Are you a construction business who’s struggling to hire the best talent? In this article, Kelly Friel from industry tools and equipment supplier Zoro shares her tips for attracting more applicants to construction roles — and keeping them on, too. It’s been an interesting few years for the construction industry, and while we’re certainly recovering from the pandemic quicker than anyone anticipated, the boom has exacerbated pre-existing issues — such as recruitment and employee retention. It’s predicted that the industry will need to recruit an additional 216,800 new workers by 2025 just to meet demand (CITB), but with an ongoing labour shortage and an ageing workforce, you might be wondering how your construction business can pull this off. Below, I’ll suggest some of the ways you can attract, recruit, and retain the best possible talent to your construction business to prepare for the future of construction. Redefine perceptions When the average jobseeker considers jobs in this sector, it’s likely that they think of hard hats, heavy labour, and gruelling building work. While these roles are important and suit a particular type of candidate, it’s crucial that we highlight the varied roles available within the industry to ensure that every position is filled by people with the right skills. From logistics to software engineering to administrative roles, try to demonstrate that construction is a multi-faceted industry with a variety of roles to suit all skill sets. It’s also important to showcase the opportunities for professional development available within the industry. People will want to know that they can progress within a company, whether that’s through traditional vertical promotion or lateral moves. So, particularly when recruiting for entry-level roles, be sure to include information about what your employees can do after two, five, or even ten years working at your company. If you can’t promise they’ll have access to senior roles, you should explain how they can eventually choose to work in different departments elsewhere within the company. Promote diversity In addition to not being aware of the sheer scope of jobs available in construction, many jobseekers may not realise how diverse the sector can be. For example, men still outnumber women in construction roles by a significant amount, and many construction companies believe that is because they are put off applying for traditionally masculine positions, or have never considered roles in construction as being ‘for them’. While attitudes like these are changing, the construction industry needs to be at the forefront of this change to encourage women, other minorities, and non-traditional construction applicants to apply. You can help jobseekers perceive your company as a safe, inclusive space to work at by appointing mentors and role models with diverse industry backgrounds to assist in the recruitment process. Meanwhile, you should also be working on developing non-discriminatory job profiles by using inclusive language, creating comfortable and accessible workspaces with facilities to suit all needs, and offering incentives that employees of all backgrounds can benefit from. Improve company culture Company culture is more important than ever when it comes to attracting and retaining employees. In fact, many workers now believe that enjoying the culture where they work is more important than how much they get paid (Glassdoor). Company culture extends beyond social events — you need to make sure your workforces’ quality of life is being protected, including their work/life balance. A positive work/life balance doesn’t necessarily mean your staff work less hours or do less work either. Flexible working options, such as optional start-times, break formats, and remote working (where applicable), are mutually beneficial and you may even find that productivity increases as a result. Other aspects to focus on include the provision of a clean, tidy workspace to reduce stress and increase efficiency. Tools, equipment, and PPE that is high-quality and fully operational can also make a difference, as well as access to mental health and wellbeing services and valuable educational resources for continued learning and development. All these elements can help your employees to feel valued and invested in your company. Preserve future talent If you aren’t already, you need to make sure your construction company is making efforts to recruit school leavers and graduates. Having a presence in schools and colleges is more than just a great way to find new apprentices and interns — it is also playing a crucial role in preserving the future talent pipeline. It does this by encouraging children and teenagers to have an interest in STEM subjects as early as possible, so they can accrue the necessary skills to do well in construction. You should have a look into what your company can provide to schools outside of recruitment fairs so that your name and what you do is visible to students. For example, you could offer to do talks on your area of expertise, facilitate school trips to your site or places of interest, donate resources, or fund events. Embrace technology So many aspects of modern construction have been supported, improved, and made possible by the implementation of new technology, from robotics and smart tools to project management software. And, a variety of construction roles can be made more appealing to people who don’t have manual labour skills by embracing this tech. For example, automation can help address concerns about heavy lifting among the physically disabled or unfit. What’s more, much of the UK’s talent pool is comprised of IT, software, digital design, and other technology graduates, who can be tempted over to construction companies if they are modernised, digitised, and open to new innovations. As well as supporting construction skillsets, tech in this industry has opened up a new need for people who can use, troubleshoot, and even improve these technologies. The construction industry is booming, but unless you have enough talent to fill your positions, you could miss out on the opportunities this presents. Hopefully, these tips will help you attract and retain talent to your company going forward.

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Waterfront Apartments with Panoramic River Views Open for Viewings

Waterfront Apartments with Panoramic River Views Open for Viewings

Trent Bridge Quays, a new residential development of 95 homes on the banks of the River Trent, has now opened the first waterfront apartments to prospective buyers looking for their dream waterside property. Located on Meadow Lane, a short distance from the centre of Nottingham and close to West Bridgford, Trent Bridge Quays provides buyers the best of both locations, with developer Elevate Property Group drawing on the character of the local industrial, and historical architecture which has inspired the development’s design. “The development has generated significant interest since construction began, with over 90% of the first release of homes already sold, with a further 58 recently launched in the second release also selling well,” said sales director at Elevate Property Group, David Hofton. Selling agent FHP Waterside Living, is holding an open day on Saturday 4 September for potential buyers to have the first look around the apartments and to get a feel for what living by the water is like. Trent Bridge Quays hold a prominent position on the River Trent, with water views spanning from Victoria Embankment across to Lady Bay Bridge. No longer the choice of the privileged few, waterfront living means space, freedom and privacy. One, two and three-bed luxury waterfront apartments are available, with prices ranging from £220,000 for a one-bed duplex, to £1m for a 1722 sq ft penthouse with a 904 sq ft roof terrace. Help to Buy options are available for first time buyers on all one bed apartments. Three story four-bed townhouses with ‘morning and afternoon’ balconies to enjoy sunrise and sunset vistas along with parking and gardens start from £495,000. “With its interconnecting green spaces, a rich tapestry of independent shops, bars and restaurants, Trent Bridge Quays is right at the heart of a new chapter in Nottingham’s history,” added Joe Hargreaves, property consultant at FHP Waterside Living and lead estate agent for Trent Bridge Quays. “I have witnessed many buyers fall in love with this development – and now that potential buyers can view the waterfront apartments for themselves, I’m sure they will be extremely popular and I’m looking forward to welcoming guests on our open day early next month.” Trent Bridge Quays forms part of Nottingham’s vision to transform the heritage of the river and canal side. It also provides the ideal location for access to world renowned sport with Notts County and Nottingham Forest football clubs and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground a short walk away, as is as it peaceful open spaces such as Holme Pierrepoint Country Park and The Hook nature reserve in Lady Bay.

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EUROPEAN PROJECTS IN EXPANDED METAL

Today we want to show you some of the most beautiful and interesting projects made in expanded metal, around Europe, from a leading company in this sector. Fils, with a long knowledge about expanded metal mesh manufacturing and a wide range of products, is an internationally recognized company able to give particular and customized solutions to the customers who turn to her and for those who are looking for something innovative.  Let’s take a look at some of the projects realized in Europe:  FILS for VOESTALPINE  In 2018, the company has contributed to the realization of the architectural project of the Voestalpine headquarters, in Linz (Austria), integrating expanded mesh elements into the facades. The metal meshes have been positioned in such a way that the natural light input can be controlled into any office increasing comfort and productivity. Using the hexagonal geometry “ESEDRA” mesh, the “intelligent” shading of the stretched grid limits the passage of heat reducing the use of cooling systems in the summer months. Fils is very attentive to the environment and its protection. For this reason, thanks to their products, the company can control the amount of sunlight entering a building. The expanded mesh is a unique material, transparent and shady at the same time, thanks to its three-dimensional conformation. FILS for MERCEDEZ-BENZ In 2016, the company cooperated with Mercedez-Benz, for the world premiere of their AMG GT ROADSTER model, held in Paris (France), creating expanded mesh elements and large structures that gave character, solidity and momentum to their stand. Fils believes that expanded metal sheet equipment and stands accompany the communication and promotion of many products and services in a functional and pleasant way. Using the expanded mesh called “AMBASCIATA”, characterized by rhomboidal geometry, managed to elegantly blend the space in a game of lights and murals. FILS for SHOPPING 1  In 2014, Fils created for Wereldhave Belgium the entire façade of Shopping Center 1, located in Genk (Belgium), using the renovated custom-made expanded metal mesh, thus creating an attractive envelope. Fils deals with products such as expanded metal nets that can be edged, curved and bent to make facades and coatings in various forms. The basic idea is that each building has its own character and for this reason, using the hexagonal mesh “STADIUM” expanded metal in this case, has made this building unique.  What characterizes this company and makes it competitive in the market is that Fils, with its professionalism and flexibility, is a safe and reliable reference for designers who often need tailor made solutions, studied side by side, case by case, from the idea to the realization. In addition, their products boast the brand “100% made in Italy“, which is a security for their customers and not only, all products are strictly manufactured according to the current regulations on safety and accident prevention. This company differs for the vocation “green” because it maintains production processes and uses materials attentive to the environmental impact. For them, respect for the environment means looking to the future. These are just some of the reasons that make Fils great and synonymous with quality in the field of expanded metal production.

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Things to Look Out for When House Hunting

When looking for a new home, there is a lot of pressure. This is where you will live for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the need for it to be perfect.  Find a home comes with a long list of desirables. Everything from location to garden space has to be covered. When it comes to redesigning and making your home yours, the ideas start coming to the surface, and it starts to get really exciting!  While you may envision yourself working on DIY projects and renovating your home yourself, there are some things to look out for before you invest. Here are the essentials before you take the leap: The Size of the Project Before you start looking for a house, decide exactly how much you want to take on. Renovatinos take time and can become costly. After you have worked out the budget for investing, consider your budget for the work that needs to be done to the house. Think about how much time you have on your hands for these projects and whether or not you will take on the work yourself.  Deciding to work on your home is an exciting challenge, however, you have to know that you really can do it yourself. It’s a common mistake to get excited about renovating by yourself while house hunting and then realise it’s not possible. Plan the project out before you invest and include the potential cost of hiring workers too. Should you not have the money to start renovations immediately, think about how long you’ll be willing to wait to make them. If you invest in a home with a tacky bathroom that makes you cringe every time you walk in, you will want to know when you can redesign it. You have to factor in your happiness. Wear and Tear There are so many houses on the market that have potential. With a little vision and some knowledge of what is possible, you could transform down-and-out rooms into a beautiful living space.  Invite someone who is knowledgeable architectural design or construction to analyse what is possible. They will highlight any damage or issues that could result in calling pest control, or worse, further down the line.  Take your time and inspect the wear and tear of the house thoroughly before taking the leap and buying the home. Any hidden damage that you can’t see, could be detectable by someone knowledgeable. This could save on expensive repairs in the future.  Signs of Losing Patience House hunting can be exhausting. Hopping from property to property; seeing locations too far from work or neighbourhoods that don’t meet your requirements. After a while it can get you down. This is when impulse investments are made.  Take a break. Recalibrate and redefine exactly what you are looking for. If you haven’t already, get an estate agent involved. There is no way to peek into the future, but your new home is waiting for you. By taking time to work out how much you can take on, analysing what is possible with renovations, and having patience, you’ll find the home that you are looking for.

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