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New Homes Review

Things you may not know when buying a new build home

With more and more new build developments cropping up all over the UK, and funding initiatives to make home ownership more affordable, the option of buying a new build home is becoming increasingly popular. So how does buying a new build home compare with a traditional home purchase? With more...
New Homes Review

What do people really think about the quality of new build housing?

Considering Buying a Newly Built Home? To accompany its launch, the New Homes Review (NHR) has recently surveyed 1000 consumers representative of the UK population, to gain their views on the new homes market in general. Positively, a third of respondents surveyed are considering buying a house in the next...
Embracing technology to offer customers a better service

Demolition at its best – RAF Brampton

For all you Construction enthusiasts, Mick George Ltd has a trio of videos for you to enjoy.  RAF Brampton, the former Ministry of Defence premises, located in Cambridgeshire is nearing completion of a 32-week Demolition project undergone by Mick George Ltd. Since the MOD announced that the site was...
accessibility

Procurement is the best point to address accessibility

Ian Streets of About Access discusses accessibility at the procurement stage The old adage that you get what you pay for applies in the area of accessibility as much as anywhere else. If you buy the best car you can afford, then you’re investing in reliability and reducing the likelihood that...
Premier Guarantee

Understanding U-Values

As we know, winter in the UK can bring some harsh weather; freezing temperatures, snow, wind and rain. No one likes a cold house, but how can you be sure that your home is retaining as much heat as possible? Understanding U-values of different wall materials will stand you in...
accessibility

Can-do attitude is key to supporting disabled employees

Ian Streets discusses support for disabled employees Adaptability is essential in business, and for employers that obviously extends to how they accommodate and support their staff. People change, and so does their ability to contribute to the success of a business. The aim of most employers is to develop their workers, teach...
About access

Accessible environments – Right first time

Right first time will keep costs down in accessible environments We see enough examples every day to tell us that where there are steps it may also be helpful to have a ramp and where there are toilets then nearby there should be one that is accessible. But what does...
IApply

Can technology save the planning and building control process?

Technology has been proven to help save time and money across many industries, helping companies reach maximum efficiency and service for their customers.  However, it has been recorded that local authorities have been wasting two million man hours every year due to the ineffective ways the services are being...
About access

Peer review process ensures quality of access consultants

Whatever your trade or profession, credibility counts. You wouldn’t place an important legal matter in the hands of a bar room barrister any more than you would ask a learner driver to park your Bentley. That’s why, in 1999, the government of the day launched the National Register of Access Consultants...
OKI Systems

A Good Time to Re-Consider Print

Despite the fast approaching deadline, the industry is still debating whether the government’s mandate that all centrally-funded work should use building information modelling (BIM) at least to Level 2 by 2016 is achievable. But where the mandate is succeeding is in making firms of all sizes – from small architectural...
About access

Awareness is key to accessibility issues

Some people really need to get out more. It’s good for them, it’s good for businesses and it’s essentially why we set up About Access in the first place. Consider the advances made in the last 20 years or so with equipment designed to give disabled people the same quality...
OKI Systems

Building Momentum with OKI

UK housebuilders have had a good year so far, according to a recent report in the Financial Times (September 25th 2015).  Three of the largest - Barrett Developments, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon - are now among the top ten of construction companies by revenue, for the first time since...
About access

Access awareness brings bottom-line benefits

Awareness is the key to opening up buildings and facilities to disabled people. If you know what sort of needs disabled people have, and how those needs can be met – and denied – then you have a better chance of ensuring your organisation is inclusive. At About Access we...
OKI Systems

From the Design Office to Building Site…

OKI’s multi-tasking printers will save time and money across the entire project lifecycle says Andrew Hall, Oki Systems UK Choosing printers can be a big decision, especially now that devices have become far more sophisticated and multifunctional. However, it’s a particularly difficult task for organisations involved in the planning and...

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