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How to Split a House into Flats (And Profit)

Start by conducting market research
Many potential landlords regret having skimped on market research, which essential for confirming that there’s an actual demand for the flats you’re planning to supply. To maximise profit, it’s absolutely vital that you ensure that you research the housing market to ensure that flats are needed and wanted in the area. 

Top tip: Leading London agent Portico has a useful rental yield map which landlords can use to check the potential yields they could achieve in […]

Why Community Engagement Is Vital For Contractors

Whether we like it or not, and whether or not we choose to address it, contractors have a direct impact on local communities. From small-scale housing projects to large-scale commercial developments, when contractors and construction firms engage in a project in a public space, they’re entering into a dialogue with the people who live, work, and play there.

This presents more than just a series of ‘hurdles’ that need to be overcome though – this direct relationship with local communities […]

The Importance of using a Harness for Working at Height

39% of fatalities in construction-related activity in the USA are the result of falls that are the number 1 cause of work-related deaths in construction. 

As working in the industrial sector for years, we have heard many companies just ask workers to get a harness out of the box for any kind of work. Stop doing it. Read this simple and comprehensive guide to harness and get the right gear for your hard graft!

Types of Safety Harness

Harnesses are used for various working-at-height functions, […]

Off-Site Construction Methods and The Benefits They Offer

Off-site construction is being heralded as the future – despite the fact that it’s actually been around since Roman time. But much has changed since then. The Romans were prolific builders, often completing their vast builds in under two years – a terrific accomplishment for that period, and only possible due to the huge volume of workers and the methods they used. Since then, pre-construction was most notably used to build London’s Crystal Palace, the pre-fab buildings that were […]

The Basics of Building a Shipping Container Home

Building a home out of a shipping container is a project many have chosen to participate in. Why? Because it’s a whole lot of fun to do. Plus, you get to live inside an amazing living space that you created yourself. There are plenty of reasons why you should consider building a shipping container home and one of them is the cost. Even with a tight budget, you can transform an old container into a desirable living space by […]

Do we need a new fire safety framework for construction?

Building safer structures
It’s 2019, and you’d think we’d be past the point of worrying whether our buildings are about to burn down. Yet that’s the reality for many people after a spate of tragic fires, as well as warnings from unions and fire safety advocates. From schools to tower blocks to historic buildings, it seems that skimping on fire safety is still seen as an opportunity to save costs, rather than a vital means to protect properties and lives.

Particularly […]

Genius Ways to protect your home

People that have experienced a home burglary will all tell you the same thing: they have never felt more unsafe, violated and shook like in the hours after they discover their belongings missing.

Sometimes, it’s not so subtle – while some burglars are “gentle” and don’t want their presence to be found out, some home intruders cause a lot of damage to things they perceive as having no value to them.

Things that may be emotionally priceless might be taken and […]

Why Clients Are Using Glass Floors To Flood Their Buildings With Light

Glass has become one of the most versatile and effective construction tools we have available to us. As architects and developers have pushed the boundaries of what we can achieve with glazing, so too have our clients levelled up their expectations for their projects.

One glazing solution that has seen a significant transformation in recent decades has been the glass floor, which has become something of an indispensable tool for the architect or homeowner looking to flood a space with […]

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The Basics

PPE: An Overview
PPE is the acronym for personal protective equipment. It can be an item of clothing (such as vests, jackets, full-body suits, high visibility clothing), headgear (helmets, hard hats), footwear (boots, safety shoes), or a device (respirator, self-contained breathing apparatus). These devices and items of clothing are designed to minimise the risk to an employees’ health and safety whenever they are in a hazardous worksite.
Who Needs PPE?
People who work in hazardous workplaces need personal protective equipment. They can […]

Working Safely on Scaffolding – The Do’s and Don’ts

Falls are one of the leading causes of death at building sites and a high percentage of these fatalities are attributed to scaffold related falls and accidents. 

The main issue with safety when working on scaffolding is all down to whether the scaffolding structure is completely safe to work on. This means working on scaffolding which has been erected by trained professionals under the supervision of a competent person and that the scaffold has been correctly inspected before use. It’s […]