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November 15, 2021

Kawneer systems help set new standards by the River Mersey

Architectural glazing by Kawneer features on a landmark residential tower in Liverpool. A diverse range of architectural glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for a landmark BTR (Build-to-Rent) residential development overlooking Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. Kawneer’s market leading AA®100 curtain wall, AA®720 windows and doors, AA®541 window vents

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CHAS Highlights Five key updates from COP26

A host of announcements that will affect how UK businesses address climate change coincided with COP26. CHAS highlights some of the key developments.  1. Net Zero targets introduced for government supply chains  In the run-up to COP26, it was confirmed that from 1 October all companies bidding for government contracts

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Dura Products Supplies Thames Tideway's Barn Elms Site

Dura Products Supplies Thames Tideway’s Barn Elms Site

Sustainable construction innovators, Dura Products has won a contract to supply the Thames Tideway site at Barn Elms with its Durakerb product. The installation, delivered in partnership with Keyline Civil Specialists in London, will see over 1km ofthe company’s lightweight, environmentally friendly kerbstone installed along the main access route to the site,

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First Time Buyers Are Moving Into Waltham Forest

First Time Buyers Are Moving Into Waltham Forest

Still reaping the rewards that the Olympic 2012 legacy left behind, the north-east London borough of Waltham Forest has become a jewel in the capital’s crown. Thanks to an impressive regeneration program aiming to deliver more than 4,000 new homes, 1,000 new jobs and employing significant investment into the local

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Speedy Launches Industry First Low Carbon Innovation Hire Centre

Speedy Launches Industry First Low Carbon Innovation Hire Centre

More than 120 construction industry representatives joined equipment and services provider Speedy for the opening of its new Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes; an industry-first low carbon facility that will showcase net-zero equipment and provide an extensive innovation hire range for contractors. Contractors were able to view the latest sustainable

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What Types of People Are Found in Online Casinos

Have you ever wondered what types of people visit online casinos? Well, the short answer is all types. Even when you think of brick-and-mortar casinos, the demographics are changing. We used to see only rich people in their elegant black-tie outfits, however, when you step into a casino hotel in

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8 Dangers Of Defective Construction Equipment

Construction companies take safety measures seriously because they want to prevent injuries, accidents, and even death in the workplace. Such problems could cause disruptions that may be costly for many contractors. However, despite best efforts, accidents can still happen. And some of them may be due to defective construction equipment.

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

November 15, 2021

New HVAC systems whitepaper tackles building sustainability and overheating issues

With the built environment contributing 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warning of the dangers of overheating buildings, a new whitepaper is highlighting the importance of sustainable HVAC systems to construction professionals. The new whitepaper, from polymer specialists REHAU, identifies issues around building overheating, air quality and sustainability, and the need to decarbonise new and existing buildings to meet net zero targets. Citing UK Green Building Council findings that heating and cooling is responsible for large quantities of buildings’ ‘in use’ emissions, it explores the impact of sustainable HVAC systems on construction. Following CCC warnings that not adapting the built environment to changing climates could pose major risks to occupant health from overheating, the whitepaper looks into thermally activated building structures (TABS) technology’s role in resolving this. A means of space heating and cooling, TABS uses pipework embedded within a building’s concrete structure, running either an elevated chilled water temperature for cooling requirements, or low-temperature hot water for the premises’ heating needs. “TABS is growing in popularity because they are economical and efficient, yielding up to a 47% reduction in annual energy costs when compared to traditional HVAC systems,” says Franz Huelle, Head of Technical at REHAU Building Solutions. “This is because whether for heating or cooling requirements, water flows of different temperatures influence the temperature of the building’s concrete structure. “By opting for such a system, specifiers eliminate the need to regulate temperatures in individual rooms with their own specific load requirements. Instead, the pipework allows the building’s mass and thermal dynamic behaviour to be used to maintain comfortable conditions, almost like a living organism.” Commonly used for larger buildings, TABS processes activate the large thermal mass of concrete structures, acting as a buffer for varying cooling or heating loads throughout the day. REHAU’s whitepaper explores the benefits of the technology’s high thermal inertia, large surface areas and radiative heating and cooling properties, including reduced carbon emissions and increased occupier health and comfort. Franz challenges: “When it comes to selecting an appropriate HVAC system, everything always comes down to one fundamental question – does this technology offer a compelling business case? As our new whitepaper identifies, given the pressures to deliver buildings that meet future sustainability needs, TABS should definitely be considered under these parameters. “For example, because these systems can continuously expel heat throughout the day, they are well-placed to tackle the urgent threat of buildings overheating in the warmer months. This is of particular importance as weather patterns become more extreme and high-performance insulation becomes the standard in new-build properties.  “Contractors, specifiers and developers may therefore need to engage more specialist assistance to meet these challenges and other longstanding priorities such as lowering construction and maintenance costs,” concludes Franz. “TABS’ ability to realise these benefits while decarbonising the nation’s building stock explains why building professionals should read this new whitepaper and explore the technology’s viability going forward.” For more information and to download REHAU’s new whitepaper, click here.

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Kawneer systems help set new standards by the River Mersey

Architectural glazing by Kawneer features on a landmark residential tower in Liverpool. A diverse range of architectural glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for a landmark BTR (Build-to-Rent) residential development overlooking Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. Kawneer’s market leading AA®100 curtain wall, AA®720 windows and doors, AA®541 window vents and AA®190 TB doors all feature on the £60 million Copper House at 21 Strand Street, designed by Leach Rhodes Walker architects and developed over three years by main contractor GRAHAM. The Kawneer systems were installed by teams of up to 20 operatives by approved specialist sub-contractor FK Group. These included AA®100 zone-drained curtain wall on the ground, second and third storeys, AA®720 top-hung casement and fixed light windows at the rear of the building, and AA®720 single and double-leaf doors on the first and sixteenth floors. AA®541 casement vent inserts also featured in the curtain wall on floors one to 16 and AA®190 TB doors to the ground floor screens. The city centre brownfield site, formerly offices and car parking, has been transformed into  a 29,000m2 (GIA) landmark development of 383 apartments for rent over 15 floors, with communal facilities including a residents’’ lounge and private gym and 1,000ft2 of commercial units on the ground floor. It is framed around two concrete tower structures, with off-site podded bathrooms and a system façade designed to withstand the inclement weather conditions overlooking the River Mersey estuary. Residents of the one- to three-bedroomed apartments benefit from rooftop facilities – garden space with flexible and fixed seating, booths with fire pits and fire tables, an outdoor covered kitchen, and a multi-use central space for events or exercise, all enclosed by a 2m-high glass balustrade that provides weather protection without detracting from the stunning views of the river and the Albert Dock. Constructed of reinforced concrete frame and lightweight external walls with rainscreen and brick facade, the building has risen adjacent to the Albert Dock Conservation Area. Christian Gilham, Director at Leach Rhodes Walker for the project, said: “We had promised the city a high quality, landmark building befitting its fantastic location, and we needed the same high quality materials to accompany the quality of design proposed.” Joe Carroll, Project Architect and designer of the scheme, said: “I am very proud we have realised this exciting and unique design on the prominent site, and being able to specify the quality of façade materials was key in delivering this.” Ralph Sage, Senior Project Leader for Leach Rhodes Walker who are frequent specifiers of Kawneer systems, said the systems were specified for “familiarity, known quality and extensive range” and were a significant feature of the elevational treatment. “They provided the quality feel and appearance appropriate to the prestige location. They also met the security requirements where required and the thermal and acoustic requirements,” he said. FK Group’s Associate Design Director Robert Clarke said: “We tendered Kawneer due to our very strong relationship with the systems company, both in fabrication and technical. They are our preferred and No 1 system supplier.” GRAHAM was appointed by joint venture partners Patten Properties and Panacea Property Development on behalf of Invesco Real Estate, the global real estate investment manager, as part of its growing UK residential portfolio. Peter Reavey, Construction Director for GRAHAM, believes The Copper House set a new standard for residential accommodation in Liverpool. “GRAHAM is proud to have delivered this high-quality residential scheme that provides a stunning addition to this iconic part of Liverpool city centre. The Copper House is a stand-out development. The quality of both the design and the build sets it apart, offering future residents a modern living environment with a community feel.” Neil Patten, Joint Managing Director of Panacea Properties, said: “We were ambitious in the vision we set out for The Copper House, and to see it realised in such a spectacular way is something the entire team is very proud of. This has been a long, challenging scheme, but the commitment to get every detail right has paid off considerably. Liverpool now has a sought-after residential development that encapsulates the optimism and ambition of the city. “We enjoyed working with Invesco Real Estate and the delivery of the project by Graham has been first class. The consultant team have all worked tirelessly to deliver a building that sets a new standard for the quality of residential living in Liverpool City centre. My thanks go to the entire team for their efforts, especially in the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic.”

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CHAS Highlights Five key updates from COP26

A host of announcements that will affect how UK businesses address climate change coincided with COP26. CHAS highlights some of the key developments.  1. Net Zero targets introduced for government supply chains  In the run-up to COP26, it was confirmed that from 1 October all companies bidding for government contracts worth more than £5million a year must commit to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. Under the new rules, set out in Public Policy Note 06/21, in-scope organisations need to produce a carbon reduction plan detailing where their emissions come from and what environmental management measures they have in place.  While some large companies already self-report Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect owned) carbon emissions under the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting regulations, the new targets require them to go further. This includes committing to achieving Net Zero by 2050 and reporting Scope 3 emissions such as business travel, employee commuting, transportation, distribution and waste. The requirements currently only apply to government contracts, but they could become an advisory part of the Common Assessment Standard in 2022. 2. Government publishes Net Zero Strategy On 19 October, the government published its long-awaited Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener which outlines how the UK will deliver on its commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Measures set out in the strategy include: An extra £350 million to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains and another £620 million for targeted electric vehicle grants and infrastructure £140 million Industrial and Hydrogen Revenue Support scheme to accelerate industrial carbon capture and hydrogen projects An additional £500 million towards green technologies of the future to support the most pioneering ideas and technologies to decarbonise our homes, industries, land and power £3.9 billion of new funding for decarbonising heat and buildings, including the new £450 million 3-year Boiler Upgrade Scheme £124 million boost to the Nature for Climate Fund helping meet commitments to restore approximately 280,000 hectares of peat in England by 2050 and treble woodland creation in England £120 million towards the development of nuclear projects through the Future Nuclear Enabling Fund 3. Company climate disclosures to become mandatory The eve of COP26 saw the announcement that from 6 April 2022, subject to Parliamentary approval, it will become mandatory for large UK-registered companies to disclose climate-related risks. In line with recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) the new requirements will apply to financial institutions along with private companies that employ more than 500 people and with more than £500 million in turnover. The mandatory disclosures are designed to increase the quantity and quality of climate-related reporting among UK businesses and to encourage more companies to assess the risks and opportunities posed by climate change, including within their supply chains. Non-mandatory guidance to support companies in their disclosures is due by the end of 2021. 4. SMEs urged to take Climate Pledge  Throughout COP26, businesses of all sizes were encouraged to sign up to the globally-recognised UN Race to Zero Climate Commitment which includes a focus on supporting SMEs to make a difference via the  SME Climate Hub.  SMEs that take the pledge commit to: Halving greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, Achieving net zero emissions before 2050; and disclosing their progress yearly. SMEs make up 99% of UK businesses and business & industry accounts for a quarter of UK emissions so the efforts of smaller companies are essential but smaller businesses can lack the resources and knowledge needed to make a difference.  Once businesses have taken the pledge, the SME Climate Hub provides support in the form of tools to help organisation understand their emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what they’re doing with their customers and community. Suggestions for how construction SMEs can reduce emissions include: Getting involved with CO2nstruct Zero; Designing out carbon; Delivering on low-carbon heat; Retrofitting; Making sites more efficient and Using low carbon materials.  5. The Environment Bill passes into law On 9 November, the Environment Bill became the Environment Act 2021 after the House of Lords gave the legislation Royal Assent. This means a post-Brexit framework for environmental governance in England is now in place and legally-binding targets for air pollution, biodiversity, water quality and waste are on their way. The Environment Act has also established a new Office for Environmental Protection which will hold government and public authorities to account against their commitments and environmental law.  Commenting on developments from COP26, Alex Minett, Head of Products & Markets at CHAS says: “There is a lot of good work already underway to tackle climate change in the construction industry but COP26 highlighted the scale of the challenge that still lies ahead.  ”It was also a reminder that everyone must play their part and we expect scrutiny on the environmental performance of construction supply chains to continue to increase. “This can be especially daunting for SMEs but CHAS is here to help. We have already helped hundreds of contractors to demonstrate their commitment to high environmental standards via the Common Assessment Standard, the gold standard for accreditation in the construction industry, which covers sustainability. We are also helping many more contractors work towards the standard.  “In addition, CHAS’s simple contractor search tool makes it quick and easy for supply chain companies to find qualified contractors with high environmental standards.” To find out more about how CHAS can help your business, call CHAS today on 0345 521 9111 or visit www.chas.co.uk

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Namaka Subsea expands operations at Moorfield’s Aberdeen Energy Park

Subsea consultancy doubles floorspace at the Innovation Centre Namaka Subsea has upsized operations at Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks in Bridge of Don, with the subsea consultancy company moving from Unit 16 to Units 6 and 7 at the Innovation Centre, having agreed a five-year lease with Moorfield Group, the Parks’ owner and landlord. Namaka Subsea, which provides a range of subsea consulting services, including diving and ROV auditing and assurance, to oil and gas operators, has been based at the Innovation Centre for the past three years. Namaka has recently been awarded a new contract with a leading global energy provider to supply dive system auditing, onshore support, technical advice and assurance services. This contract win has facilitated the expansion of the business over the past 18 months, with headcount increasing from six to eleven employees. Sandy Harper, CEO of Namaka Subsea said: “We are excited with the growth of our business, particularly during challenging economic times. We have been very satisfied with the space we’ve had at the Innovation Centre for the past three years and pleased that we have been able to continue our growth and development within this fantastic location.” Hugh Canham, Head of Asset Management at Moorfield Group added: “Our parks provide the perfect environment for businesses to develop and prosper. We are committed to supporting our existing occupiers and helping them realise their growth ambitions. It is particularly satisfying to see an existing occupier like Namaka Subsea continue to expand here and we wish them continued success.” Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks comprise 200,000 sq ft of multi-let office and industrial space for more than 80 companies and a workforce of nearly 2,000 employees in the Bridge of Don area of Aberdeen. The Innovation Centre offers occupiers a modern serviced office centre that provides a mix of two to ten person serviced office suites on highly flexible terms. The park offers ample car parking and electric charging points. It is conveniently located, approximately three miles north of Aberdeen city centre and close to the Aberdeen Western Periphery Route. Knight Frank and Ryden are joint agents for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks, which is managed by Avison Young.

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“Building matters to achieve net zero” says top construction professional

Andrew Carpenter, CEO of Constructing Excellence South West (CESW), said: “Construction and the built environment are responsible for a shocking 40% of global carbon emissions – and that means when it comes to achieving a net zero future, building matters. “The sector has an urgent responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint, and I was delighted to be among the construction professionals who gathered on day 12 of COP26 to discuss exactly how we do that. “Top of the list of talking points was the Construction Leadership Council’s Co2nstruct Zero plan – a clear, impactful nine-point programme, with 28 metrics, for making construction fit for the net-zero age. “By working together to achieve its recommendations, including switching to zero emission vehicles, supporting the development of low carbon materials and processes, embracing green heating solutions and collaborating with government to deliver a wide-ranging home retrofit programme, we can have an enormous positive impact.”

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Dura Products Supplies Thames Tideway's Barn Elms Site

Dura Products Supplies Thames Tideway’s Barn Elms Site

Sustainable construction innovators, Dura Products has won a contract to supply the Thames Tideway site at Barn Elms with its Durakerb product. The installation, delivered in partnership with Keyline Civil Specialists in London, will see over 1km ofthe company’s lightweight, environmentally friendly kerbstone installed along the main access route to the site, described as ‘one of the greenest sites on the Tideway project’. Durakerb, made from 88% recycled polymers, is a lightweight polymeric kerb unit. With a carbon footprint of just 1.06kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kg, it offers a far more sustainable alternative than its concrete counterpart, as well as being safer, faster, and easier to install. It will be fitted at the West London site, a key location for the construction of the ‘Thames Tideway Tunnel’, also known as London’s ‘super sewer’. The project, delivered by construction company Tideway, involves the installation of a 25km tunnel that will intercept, store, and ultimately transfer sewage waste away from the River Thames. “More and more frequently, we are seeing construction companies opt for the green alternative, reflecting the industry’s commitment to reducing its impact on our planet. It’s particularly satisfying to be awarded a contract by a company that shares our ethos and are striving to make the world a greener place. We’re looking forward to assisting them in their mission to prevent millions of tonnes of sewage from entering the river each year,” commented on the contract, Steve Bennett, Managing Director of Dura Products. The decision to opt for Durakerb reflects Tideway’s commitment to green construction and a focus on sustainability. In addition to the health and ecological benefits inherent in the project, the company have pledged to plant two trees for every one removed and use the river as their primary transport route between sites, in turn, producing fewer carbon emissions. Such initiatives draw parallels with Dura Products. The companyuses a blend of recycled polymers to manufacture their products, ensuring it continues to divert waste from landfill and reduce demand for virgin plastic. The company’s green credentials were affirmed earlier this month with the announcement of new Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for Durakerb and its two other products, Durachannel, a linear surface drainage system, and Duradrain, a dual function kerb and drainage system. The three products recorded carbon footprints of just 1.06, 1.47 and 1.71kg of carbon dioxide per kg respectively.

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First Time Buyers Are Moving Into Waltham Forest

First Time Buyers Are Moving Into Waltham Forest

Still reaping the rewards that the Olympic 2012 legacy left behind, the north-east London borough of Waltham Forest has become a jewel in the capital’s crown. Thanks to an impressive regeneration program aiming to deliver more than 4,000 new homes, 1,000 new jobs and employing significant investment into the local transport infrastructure, Waltham Forest is one of London’s fastest growing boroughs, and one that is attracting London’s homebuyers. Those on the hunt for an opportunity to make this up-and-coming neighbourhood their home, Peabody’s award-winning development, Motion is not to be missed. Forming an integral part of the Lea Bridge and Leyton regeneration program, Motion offers a stylish collection of Shared Ownership homes where buyers can experience for themselves exactly what makes this area so great. Furthermore, those who pay a visit to Peabody’s Open Day event on Saturday 11th December and reserve one of the two or three-bedroom apartments at Motion will receive up to £6,000 cash back. Recently announced as Apartment Development of the Year at the British Home Awards, Motion enjoys a superb location with easy access to the rest of the capital. Residents at the Waltham Forest development are provided with enviable cityscape views across Lea Valley and proudly occupies an outstanding setting within one of London’s greenest boroughs. Perfect for Londoners seeking a slightly slower pace of life, this culturally diverse borough provides buyers with a relaxing lifestyle peppered with the vibrant influences from neighbouring hubs like Walthamstow, Dalston and Hackney. Also, part of TFL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, the local area that surrounds Motion is being transformed to encourage greener modes of transport and actively supports residents to opt to walk, cycle and use public transport. A ‘Mini Holland Network’ which connects to the rest of east London runs outside the development on Lea Bridge Road, and provides the perfect environment for keen cyclists and those who prefer to get around town under their own steam. Choosing a home at Motion, is choosing a lifestyle. Buyers can enjoy a welcoming, active and connected neighbourhood that puts the best of east London within easy reach. The development will not only deliver 300 stylish new homes, but also bring in new commercial and retail vendors forging fresh investment into the local area. Following the borough’s green credentials, Motion residents have access to a private collection of serene landscaped grounds and a courtyard garden where they can enjoy time outdoors and interact with neighbours. All of the homes at Motion have been designed to inspire active living and spacious, welcoming layouts are well balanced with bright contemporary and fashionable interiors. Each property has direct access to a private balcony or terrace perfect for creating a tranquil space that seamlessly brings the outdoors in, with some boasting relaxing views across London’s skyline. Residents also have access to a dedicated concierge service and onsite cycle storage. When it comes to location, Motion couldn’t be better placed. The north-east corner of London is well-renowned as the creative hub of the capital; with an abundance of art and culture options nearby; including, the longest outdoor street market in Europe dating back 1885, Walthamstow Market. Open every Tuesday and Saturday and provides local residents with a variety of stalls complemented by a medley of food traders selling everything from traditional pie and mash to tasty Caribbean cuisine. Residents in search of that all-important green space are also well-cared for; with the green spine of the Lea Valley Regional Park situated just moments from their doorstep – giving access to stunning landscapes, active waterways, and regional sporting facilities.

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Speedy Launches Industry First Low Carbon Innovation Hire Centre

Speedy Launches Industry First Low Carbon Innovation Hire Centre

More than 120 construction industry representatives joined equipment and services provider Speedy for the opening of its new Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes; an industry-first low carbon facility that will showcase net-zero equipment and provide an extensive innovation hire range for contractors. Contractors were able to view the latest sustainable construction equipment demonstrated by Speedy’s suppliers including Hilti, Milwaukee and Generac at the new 100,000 sq ft site. The centre will showcase the latest electric, solar and hydrogen powered technologies that will help to lower contractors’ environmental impact. The site adds to the list of larger new Regional Service Centre’s launched in the past 12 months including sites at Reading, Swindon, Doncaster, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, providing a comprehensive range of hire tools, equipment, plant and powered access under one roof. “Our new Milton Keynes facility represents the gold standard in decarbonised construction hire. This first-of-its-kind facility showcases to industry the innovation that’s driving forward the development of new sustainable technologies, while acting as a blueprint for how we’ll minimise the environmental impact of our hire centres,” said Russell Down, Chief Executive at Speedy. “Customers are increasingly scrutinising the sustainability of their supply chains to meet growing demand for low-carbon construction projects. We recognise as a key intermediary our responsibility to enable this transformation, which is why we’re investing millions of pounds across the business to expand our range of eco products, to decarbonise our delivery fleet, and to lower the environmental impact of our facilities.” All commercial vehicles operating out of the site will be electric or fuelled by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which emits up to 90% less CO2e when compared to red diesel, minimising the environmental impact of deliveries. The centre is powered by 670 solar panels and utilises pioneering bespoke energy efficient lighting and climate control technology. It’s also home to a wellbeing and wildflower garden, an 18-metre living wall and beehives made from repurposed hard hats. The site uses furniture, from desks to garden benches, made from recycled materials to help further lower its environmental impact. Employing more than 50 staff, the site is strategically located in Milton Keynes to support contractors building the first phase of HS2 from London to Birmingham, and provides low-emission equipment to help meet the project’s sustainability goals, including electric lighting towers and track laying machinery. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of the Speedy team in designing our new flagship Regional Service Centre. As well as its low carbon credentials and the ability to showcase the latest in product innovation, it will enhance the customer experience as well as make Speedy a great place to work for our people,” added Maria Willings, Regional Director for Midlands and Anglia at Speedy. Specialist services for lifting equipment, survey requirements, and powered access will also be available from the centre, with a dedicated training suite providing courses including safe working at height, through real-world and virtual technology.

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What Types of People Are Found in Online Casinos

Have you ever wondered what types of people visit online casinos? Well, the short answer is all types. Even when you think of brick-and-mortar casinos, the demographics are changing. We used to see only rich people in their elegant black-tie outfits, however, when you step into a casino hotel in Las Vegas today you will find all sorts of people. If you want to play casino games online the choices are almost infinite and online gambling is available for everyone over the legal age in countries where it is legal to gamble. So who visits online casinos? A Portuguese iGaming expert, Martim Nabeiro gave us the answer to this question.  The Free-game Lovers You may be surprised to learn that most online casinos offer demo versions of their games. People who are only after entertainment and not money often play free games at casinos. In these games, players don’t risk anything but they can’t cash out anything even if they win. They can still enjoy the great gameplay and kill some time in a way that is more interesting than just watching tv.  Most online casinos that accept players from Portugal, such as casino888 offer free games after registering and some do even without registering.  The Money-makers Everybody’s dream is to make money while playing games but it is not a very easy path. That being said, there are people in gambling who make money consistently. While with most games of chance, you have to be simply lucky to win, you may turn your skill into money in blackjack, poker and sports betting. There are professional poker players playing at online casinos who win more often than not using their excellent strategy, people skills, and experience.  Problem Gamblers Problem gamblers are the players who are addicted to casino games. They only make up a small percentage of all online casino players but they generate a significant part of the casinos’ income as they tend to spend a lot of money on games. Reputable online casinos take responsible gambling seriously and if they detect problem gambling behavior they will reach out to the player and stop them from depositing more. However, nothing stops these players from simply going to another casino and continuing playing games there.  The Casual Players This is the category where most online casino players fall into. There are many people in online games and casino games who visit just for the excitement and fun. They can afford to lose some money and usually play for small stakes. For example, they can play on a slot machine for an hour and only wager €5-20.  Casual players tend to play often – e.g. every day after work. They sometimes win and sometimes lose and this is what makes them come back. They often play with their friends, inviting them to casino sites and thus earning casino bonuses for the referrals.   The High Rollers High rollers don’t only exist in land-based casinos. In online casinos, you will find high roller tables where the minimum bets are much higher than at the standard tables. The high rollers often lose a lot of money but they can usually afford it. Most of them play typical casino games such as baccarat and roulette but they can be found at the poker tables too or by the slot machines placing maximum bets.  The Time-killers You would think that online casinos are only visited by young or youngish people, but then you would be wrong. For example, online bingo is very popular among older ladies – just like attending physical bingo halls in Portugal. To play bingo you don’t need a lot of money and you can spend a very long time there. You can chat with other players and make friends, have conversations, and generally spend time.  Conclusion In online casinos, you will find all sorts of people – young and old, men and women, rich and poor. Some are after pure entertainment, some desperately want to win money, some consistently make money and some just want to make new friends.

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8 Dangers Of Defective Construction Equipment

Construction companies take safety measures seriously because they want to prevent injuries, accidents, and even death in the workplace. Such problems could cause disruptions that may be costly for many contractors. However, despite best efforts, accidents can still happen. And some of them may be due to defective construction equipment. If you work in construction and handle tools, machinery, and equipment onsite, you must strictly follow your company’s safety policies to prevent injuries and other similar problems. However, when your work equipment malfunctions and you’re injured, you can seek help from personal injury lawyers such as Townsend Law and others to know the rights you’re entitled to and the claims you can make. Don’t wait for something terrible to happen at the worksite. To avoid accidents, here are the dangers posed by defective construction equipment that you need to know: 1. Loss Of Body Parts Cutting tools are essential in construction sites. Since these are dangerous tools, companies usually provide training and other measures to highlight the importance of safety when using construction equipment. One danger of using cutting tools that you should watch out for is the potential loss of toes, arms, fingers, and limbs. It’s worth noting that the bigger the power equipment, the bigger the risk for amputation. 2. Contusions And Lacerations The most common injuries from faulty tools and equipment are cuts, bruises, and contusions. Despite the steps companies take to manage the risk of equipment failure, wounds and bumps in the workplace can still occur. Defective power saws or nail guns could cause severe lacerations that may cause nerve damage and blood loss. Meanwhile, getting hit by a crane’s hoist could lead to head trauma, bone fracture, or even brain injury. 3. Electrocution Frayed wires, poor wiring, and defective switches in construction equipment are dangers that onsite workers should be wary about. Aside from skin burns, other related hazards include electric shock, adverse effects on the nervous system, and possibly even cardiac arrest. Of course, you could prevent such dangers by making sure all electric-powered equipment and tools are checked regularly. 4. Fire The risk of fire is another possibility that defective construction devices may cause. When you work in a confined area or near highly combustible materials, using electric-powered tools with exposed wirings, switching problems, or any other defect could cause sparks, which may trigger a fire. A fire incident could bring about many health dangers, including breathing difficulties from inhalation of harmful substances, skin burns, and even contusions and lacerations from falling debris. 5. Trips, Slips, And Falls Slipping, tripping, and falling are also prevalent work-related injuries in construction sites. Slippery floors, loose cables, and uneven surfaces are typically the reasons behind such accidents. But there may also be instances when faulty tools could cause such accidents. Dripping fuel from machinery can lead to slippery floors while loose parts like nuts and bolts could fall on the floor and cause someone to trip and fall. 6. Toxic Injuries Devices that use chemical compounds such as acetylene are ubiquitous in construction sites. Hose defects could cause chemical and gas leaks that can trigger respiratory woes or create slip hazards. Faulty generators could also lead to toxic dangers because they can leak fumes that may result in carbon monoxide poisoning, particularly in enclosed spaces. Since some chemicals are flammable, exposure to minor electric sparks or fire may cause an explosion. Any chemical compounds you use in construction equipment should be handled with care and stored correctly to prevent such hazards. 7. Eye Injuries Wearing safety glasses, goggles, or face shields is an effective way to prevent eye hazards. There are cases when damaged tools may cause explosions, flying objects, or protruding parts that may all lead to eye injuries. For example, nail gun defects might lead to ricocheting nails that could pierce a worker’s eyes. Such severe eye trauma may lead to surgery or even loss of eyesight. 8. Death If there’s one thing that any construction company wants to prevent at all costs, it’s death in the workplace. Construction sites are hazardous areas, and there could be many possible causes of tragedies. Workers slipping from ladders, metal beams falling from cranes, and pallets getting dislodged from forklifts, among other things, can cause injuries that may lead to death. Thus, to help prevent such accidents, construction companies must put in place meticulous risk management policies. Moreover, they should carefully check old and newly bought equipment for defects and problems before each use to prevent the dangerous consequences of using faulty construction tools. Bottom Line Construction sites are undoubtedly dangerous places to work in. Thus, companies should have efficient safety regulations to protect their employees from harm. One of the basic safety policies that all construction areas should enforce is proper handling and maintenance of tools. Defective construction equipment poses dangers that could lead to severe injuries and possibly even death. If you’ve been injured at work, don’t forget to consult an experienced lawyer to know your rights and options.

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