Ideas For Your Bathroom Refurbishment

bathroomrefurbishmentWith housing prices at an all-time high, the prospect of moving home is almost incomprehensible for many British homeowners. Therefore, instead of moving to a new residence when in need of a change of scenery, a lot of people choose to refurbish their current one instead. One of the simplest rooms to begin with is the bathroom; it’s generally the smallest place in the house and can be transformed in just a few weeks. But where exactly do you begin? We have listed some ideas you might wish to consider for your bathroom refurbishment.

Be Creative With Your Floor Tiling

Many people simply decide to use colour or design of floor tile for their bathrooms. Turning this on its head and experimenting with various shades of tiles is one of the trends we are seeing from people making a bathroom refurbishment in 2014. Think about what colours might complement each other well and get creative; mix and match them in unconventional ways to make your bathroom chic and quirky. You will however want to be consistent with the material you use, whether it’s the dirt-resistant travertine tiles or aesthetically-pleasing marble tiles.

Change Your Shower Walls

Most homeowners will have showers with ceramic tiles that are difficult to maintain — everyone seems to have a theory about the best way to purge the tiles rid of grout, from a baking soda and vinegar paste to a mix of laundry detergent and water. If you are in the process of considering a bathroom refurbishment, now may be the time to finally switch them for something much easier. High Quality wall panels for your shower, for instance, can be set up in just 12 hours in a variety of designs and colours. This alternative simply requires a squirt of anti-bacterial spray once a month to keep them clean.

Consider A Level-Access Shower

The biggest appliance in a bathroom, the shower is the first thing that people will notice when they enter the room. Therefore, no bathroom refurbishment is complete without making a major change to your shower. One of the most popular styles that people have been choosing this year is a level-access shower which seamlessly blends your floor into your shower. It’s a cool, clean look that will make your bathroom look very modern.

Make The Most Of Free Space

Unlike most of the other rooms in a home, the bathroom doesn’t require a lot of items. Your average room will just have a shower, sink and toilet. This leaves homeowners with a lot of free space that they can work with. You could erect storage cabinets, install television screens or squeeze in some exercise equipment in order to fill this empty space. It will make your bathroom stand out from the rest; a unique room that will be the envy of all your house guests.

Universal Hire athe Queens Diamond Jubilee

IPAF TrainingAt the Queens diamond jubilee, Universals 52M Bronto truck was asked to work with a TV company that was filming the celebration in addition the filming of the event was only possible because of the skill of staff tasked with operating the truck. Also Universal stated that they where proud to be part of the filming and felt a sense of achievement.      

In addition Universal are constantly updating there fleet so that there customers have access to the latest in specialised equipment. Universal also provide a service where some of there experts will come out provide site surveys and offer informed chooses for what you might require for you job.


About Universal Hire

Universal hire is a UK based access hire rental company, with over 30 years experience in there field they provide  an impressive range of equipment. Universal’s hire fleet consists of over 70 types of MEWPS.

Universal also pledge that all your access needs will be met, they also have a IPAF Rental+ accreditation.

The equipment supplied by Universal includes  self drive and operated truck mounted  cherry pickers and specially designed narrow access units.



Nationwide Platforms’ 2014 Expansion Plans 

69540_2_previewBritain based company Nationwide Platforms recently spent £24.5 million on its rental fleet for 2014.

The money will be used to purchase around 700 new boom and scissor lifts. They will be taking place of the companies older fleet that is made up of around 10700 units. The 2014 cash injection marks the third year of mayor fleet replenishment. In addition more than £70,000,000 has been spent on the fleet since 2012 the company stated.

The majority of the 2014 investment will go towards new diesel boom lifts  and scissor lifts  from Genie. The company will be making a further cash  injection in their specialist vehicle division spending 3.5million on truck and van mounted platforms from suppliers Bronto and other companies.

Nationwide Platforms’ director, Jeremy Fish, said:

[quote]Here at Nationwide Platforms we strive to deliver the industry’s most positive customer experience and service.[/quote]

Jeremy Fish went on to say that the companies investment demonstrates the companies commitment to customers. He also suggested the company will continue to honour their longstanding commitment to providing a leading hire fleet across there 26 UK locations.




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Why Construction Site Managers Should Be IPAF Trained

ipaf trainingHealth and safety is of the utmost priority when you are managing a construction site. More so than meeting deadlines or saving money, making sure all the members of staff under your supervision is crucial. The problem is that while the broad stokes of health and safety are fairly obvious, the regulations that surround them are often very complicated. When you consider that the demands of health and safety are constantly changing too, it is an area that can be quite problematic for site managers. Quite simply, it is difficult to keep up. This is why IPAF training is absolutely essential for those who manage construction sites.

What Is IPAF Training?

IPAF stands for the International Powered Access Federation. It is a not-for-profit trading body that represents the interests of workers who operate or oversee the operation of power access equipment on a daily basis. This can include mobile elevated work platforms like cherry pickers and scissor lifts. The International Powered Access Federation and its members have developed IPAF training courses in order to both teach and refresh some of the essential skills related to this field. It is commonly regarded as one of the best courses in the industry and is widely used.

Why Should Construction Managers Consider IPAF Training?

One of the many courses that the International Powered Access Federation offer is a MEWPs For Managers course. It is an essential one day training programme that provides education about the knowledge and responsibilities that site managers might need to know. It intends to equip managers with the skills to deal with problems they might face in their day to day work regarding health and safety. The IPAF course covers the likes of machine classifications, regulations on lifting operations and equipment, and a refresher of the Health And Safety At Work Act of 1974. Many of these things are legislation that you are legally obliged to know as a site manager. You will be issued with an IPAF MEWP Managers certificate at the end of the course if you are successful following an assessment.

How Much Does The MEWP For Managers Course Cost?

The International Powered Access Federation’s courses usually cost between £140 to £220 depending on how many people you wish you apply with and how many categories you wish to study. You can expect the aforementioned MEWP for Managers course to set you back somewhere in the region of £170.

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Essential Tips You Need For Managing A Construction Site

constructionsiteIt is far from an easy job being the project manager for a construction site. It’s a position that requires you to coordinate and oversee every aspect of the construction. From acquiring the right equipment to managing the men and women on the job, it bears an enormous responsibility. Project managers need to be prepared for the challenges that a construction entails and the problems they might face. Here are some essential tips that every manager should keep in mind before they begin.

Keep To An Efficient Schedule

One of the most important aspects of managing a construction site is keeping to a schedule. Not everything will be achieved to deadline as there will always be unforeseen delays, unexpected hiccups and jobs that take longer than anyone could imagine. However, keeping a loose plan of what you are trying to achieve and by when will help to keep all of your staff on task. You could establish milestones and define key performance indicators in order to do this. Setting timeframes on everything from ordering construction equipment like cherry pickers to having the foundations completed. The earlier you do this, the smoother your site will run.

A Daily Log Can Save You In An Emergency

It’s often required that project managers on construction sites keep a daily log of the activities that occur. It means that if a problem occurs during the job, you may be able to understand exactly what the chain of events were that caused it to happen. Next time, you’ll be able to improve your construction site’s performance based on this knowledge. However, daily logs serve an even greater purpose: they can be used as evidence if any dispute arises on the construction site.

Have The Latest Software

As with most industries, technology has reached a level so advanced that it has become an essential part of managing a construction site. It’s there to help you, so don’t be afraid to use it. The most useful tool to assist you in your duties is project management software such as BuilderTREND, Co-Construct or Maxwell Systems Estimation. These will allow you to manage your budget, documents, schedules and orders in one organised place. It means you can also access these details from any location and on a number of devices. It’s a far better platform than doing it all by hand.

Safety First

Safety comes first. None of the advice listed above means a thing unless your workers are guaranteed a safe experience working on your construction site. No matter how many unexpected issues or delays you encounter, this should never become less of a priority. Manage your employees to make sure that they are given the correct safety equipment and training. Ensure they are also given sufficient breaks and instructions that will help them perform to the best of their abilities.

Be Prepared To Manage

Project managers on construction sites often forget one of the most basic aspects of the job – management. Once work has begun and your team are busy working on achieving their tasks, it’s very common for project managers overseeing a construction site to step back to the sidelines and simply be an onlooker. This is not recommended. Managers should be hands-on. They should be providing a helping hand, they should be asking their staff how it’s going and they should be on the floor congratulating good work.

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