When I first started thinking about moving to a nicer condo, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to move to. I work from home, so I was not limited to any one particular area. I decided to just go online and look at different developments and see if any of them struck my fancy. When I saw the new development called Eko Atlantic in West Africa, it seemed perfect for me. I wanted to find out more about the development itself as well as Ronald Chagoury, who is one of the developers of this area. (далее…)
So, my son decided he wanted to take my phone and create a little movie with his friends. He’s only a child, at five years old. We posted it on a social media, and it went viral. Apparently it was rated the top video production made by a child all year. I didn’t even know they had any kind of recognition for that! Now he wants to make movies all the time with his friends, it’s actually really cute and keeps them ambitious about something. It also keeps them out of trouble, which is another great factor.
They’ve created their own little social media account so that we can upload their little videos, and they have quite the following. Most of their followers are other children, teachers, and parents. (далее…)
One thing I do not like is shortcuts taken in renovations or new construction. I used to have to do that when I was younger on the home my wife and I had for a long time. We did not have the money to really do things the absolute right way. If we wanted something new, we had to settle for things. I was happy when our income reached a point we could do it right. You save money by doing tings right. Laminate and floating hardwood floors are an example. You should always buy underlayment to put down on the subfloor before you lay the finished flooring on top. This stops the squeaks and groans that are typical of this type of flooring when the job is not done right.
If you choose to buy underlayment, make sure it is the good stuff. You may even need to lay down a moisture barrier if you are installing on concrete. The underlayment gives you a nice quiet floor. If you have carpeting, you want to walk around and listen for squeaks from the subfloor after you pull up the carpet and padding. (далее…)
I was just out looking for this place I had heard about when I found this piece of land for sale. It was close to ten acres I would guess, there was an old farm house, a barn and some other structures on it. One of them had a cellar under the place and it was full of water. It was a good thing I was wary about stepping inside it, because I realized that you might die if you did. Right now I am looking for scrap metal dealers after I bought the place. (далее…)
I have been living in a small apartment and saving my money for some time. It did not seem as though I would be able to get a place of my own any time soon, but one day I chanced upon a seaside cottage for sale. It needs a good bit of work done to it, but most of it does not seem to be outside of my ability. I know a good Bristol plumber and I got him to look at some of the issues with the plumbing. He would charge me a fair sum to fix it all, but since he is my mate he took out a piece of paper and wrote down step by step instructions for how to fix it. Right now the water is turned off. In fact it appears that someone crawled under the place and stole a few of the copper pipes. It seems strange that they would take some of them, but not all. I suppose that the person who did it had their reasons. (далее…)
I didn’t see myself as the owner of an apartment complex when I was growing up, but my grandfather left one to me in his will before he died. I had only been to my granfather’s apartment complex a few times, and I knew nothing about how to run one. I had a lot to learn about keeping the complex maintained and getting more residents to lease rooms in it so that it would stay open. My grandfather was an old fashioned kind of guy, but I like a modern approach, which is why I used Multifamily marketing to get more tenants.
When people look for an apartment these days, they check out online listing from websites that they find in their first few web searches. (далее…)
A Company carrying out construction work to convert an eight storey former Ford office block into 384 flats has been prosecuted for safety failings that put many at risk.
On the 26 May 2015, HSE was contacted by the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) to inform them of concerns for men sleeping on the construction site at Trafford House, Station Way, Basildon, Essex.
HSE carried out a joint inspection with ECFRS the same day and found numerous failings on site. HSE concluded that there was a significant risk to life in the event of a fire and issued a prohibition notice preventing workers from sleeping on site.
Forty eight workers had to be re-housed into safer sleeping accommodation. At the time of the inspection approximately 120 men were working across the site. A second prohibition notice closed the entire site until the appropriate steps had been taken to protect all workers from the dangers posed by fire.
RGB (Plastering and Construction) Limited, of Monkmoor Road Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty/not guilty to breaching Regulation 29(a) and (c) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. They were fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,130.
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After the hearing HSE Inspector Adam Hills said: “This case highlights the importance of ensuring those who undertake construction work have the relevant skills, knowledge, training and experience to do so.
“There doesn’t have to be an injury or incident for HSE to take action. If you irresponsibly endanger the lives of those who are simply trying to earn a living then HSE can and will take proactive action to protect them.”
December’s floods caused widespread disruption and misery, and our hearts go out to all those who were, and still are affected.
But it’s happening much more frequently and on a larger scale than we anticipated, and clearly Britain is poorly prepared to defend against or deal with it. It also appears to be on a rising curve, as you’d expect if it’s associated with climate change. So we clearly need to do something about it.
David Rooke, a flooding expert and deputy chief executive of the UK Environment Agency urges a ‘complete rethink’ of UK flood defences as a result of climate change. “We are in a period of known extremes and moving into a period of unknown extremes,” he said. We’d have to look at flood defences and flood-proofing homes and increasing their resilience, he added.
The World Meteorological Organisation expects global average temperature to hit a record high in 2015. The UK Met Office says the world is likely to be even warmer this year and “by the end of 2016, we will have seen three record or near-record years in a row for global temperatures”. A warmer atmosphere contains more moisture and energy, so climate change means more violent storms and extreme rainfall.
In England, December’s mean temperature of 9.50C was well above average and 20C above 1934, the previous record. It was so warm, daffodils were photographed in bloom. It was so moist, Storm Desmond dropped 34cm of rain on Honister Pass in Cumbria in a 24 hour period in December, another UK record.
The problem is, we’ve watched and talked about these changes but acted as if nothing has changed. We haven’t changed our priorities, or the way we behave and build.
The Government has allocated a £2.3bn flood defence budget for this five year parliament. It says that’s an increase on the previous five years. Yet accountants KPMG estimates the full cost of December’s floods to be over £5bn, including £2bn for repairing flood defences.
So, the cost of repairing December’s flooding in the North of England will use up nearly 90% of the UK’s five year flood defence budget!
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Despite repeated policy statements and insurance companies withdrawing support, one new home in every 14 in 2013-14, the most recent period for which data is available, was built on land with a significant chance of flooding.
One good thing that has come out of December’s damage and distress is that the way we design and build our homes and properties is now on the agenda. Let’s hope Government asks people in the industry, who have some of the answers, how it should change.
An in-house ground breaking ceremony has been in held in Sheffield to celebrate work commencing on a £65million pound landmark development in the city.
A party of key investors flew in from China for the traditional Chinese style ground breaking ceremony where sand surrounding a plinth was turned over with the help of special shovels.
Construction is now underway on New Era Square — a 20-storey mixed leisure, commercial and residential development which will transform an area between London Road and Bramall Lane, close to the city centre.
New Era Development (UK) Ltd, the Sheffield-based company behind the plans, is creating a cosmopolitan, international, multi-cultural focal point. The scheme has been designed by Sheffield-based architects Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson. Building works are being led by Derbyshire-based Bowmer and Kirkland.
Work is now underway to prepare the foundations for the development, which is to include retail units, food and drink outlets on the ground floor, leading out to an open air square for events. The existing KH oriental supermarket established 40 years ago will be redesigned and upgraded to the new large supermarket premises and will offer new range of products from all over the world.
On the first floor there will be office space for professional service businesses, an exhibition hall and a Sheffield City Region China Business Incubator chaired by Richard Caborn to enhance enterprise and trade links between China and the UK.
From the third floor there will be approximately 700 student accommodation units, predominately 30sqm studio rooms, plus micro-flats and student cluster flats.
The project is set to create few hundreds new jobs once construction has been completed.
Speaking at the event, Jerry Cheung, Managing Director at New Era Development (UK) Ltd, said: “This is an exciting day for everyone at New Era and we are thrilled to see work commencing on the project. We have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes for many years to see our vision come to life, so it is fantastic to celebrate by inviting our investors from China for this special occasion.
“New Era Square is a landmark development for Sheffield, the region and the UK. It represents substantial investment for the city and is set to create a cosmopolitan, urban destination, including the new public square, to bring people from across the whole community together.
“We are very much looking forward to developing opportunities for businesses through our Sheffield City Region China Business Incubator, which has the potential to offer significant inward investment. This will offer a fantastic opportunity for any business looking to break into the Chinese market and vice-versa for businesses based in China seeking a UK market entry through Sheffield.”
While major projects are important to our economy we must not forget the small innovative companies that are adding value to our residential housing market. Aluminium gutter supplies is one such company and they have recently introduced Colortuff marine grade aluminium gutters to the Perth gutter replacement and new home gutter market. This product has many adavantages over the current gutter systems offered and is worth researching before you replace your gutters or install gutters on your new home.
A food company and their contractor have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during building work and only identified by chance when an asbestos removal contractor attended site.
Stafford Crown Court heard no asbestos survey had been carried out by Mizkan Euro Ltd or D H Welton & Co Ltd and either company could have commissioned a refurbishment/demolition before the work commenced.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Mizkan Euro Ltd were undertaking a project to remove tanks from a factory which required the demolition of an external wall. They failed to provide an asbestos survey to enable their contractor DH Welton to quote and plan appropriately for the work to be undertaken. However, it also found DH Welton could have commissioned a survey when they discovered that Mizkan only had access to a management survey for the building.
When the wall was demolished asbestos insulation board at the top of the wall was unknowingly broken up. A skip of demolition debris was found to contain asbestos insulation board, which had been identified by an asbestos contractor who had been called to site. For the work to be undertaken correctly, a licensed asbestos removal contractor should have been appointed to remove the asbestos under controlled conditions prior to the wall being demolished.
Mizkan Euro Ltd of Chiswick Park, Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act after failing to plan and manage the work carried out under their control without ensuring that risks to health and safety are prevented. It was fined £60,000 for each charge (£120k) and ordered to pay costs of £13,589.
D H Welton & Co Ltd of Corn Street, Failsworth, Manchester admitted breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and regulation 5(1)(a) Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 after failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment as to whether asbestos was present or liable to be present during the removal of a wall It was fined £15,000 for each charge (£45k) plus costs of £4,529.