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Floods ‘more damaging’ than the Beast from the East

Floods ‘more damaging’ than the Beast from the East

• Frozen water mains burst causing widespread flooding in Midlands and other locations
• Major disruption to retailers across the country, will result in lost revenue
• Cleaning up flood damage and drying out buildings another cost to businesses
Flooding from burst water mains is likely to cause more damage and be more costly for many businesses than the Beast from the East big freeze that has triggered it, warns national emergency cleaning company CleanSafe Services.
The company’s specialist cleaning teams have been working around the clock since the thaw started to support their customers’ disaster recovery plans and enable them to keep trading where possible.
They have been mobilised to pump out floodwater, clean flood damage, and begin the drying process at retail sites as far apart as Manchester, London, Northampton, Blackpool, and Bath.
Birmingham and the Midlands have been particularly badly hit. CleanSafe Services is working on flooding at sites in central Birmingham, Longbridge, Kings Heath, Solihull, and Halesowen.
Businesses calling for urgent help are mostly in the retail sector, including outlets from national clothing, sportwear and footwear chains. CleanSafe Services is also delivering flood damage recovery support for one of the UK’s most high-profile opticians and an international bank, both with properties hit by floods.
CleanSafe Services Director Martin Bull said: “We’ve assessed the damage and are seeking to help customers keep parts of their premises open for business as usual – obviously with health and safety considerations at the forefront.
“Every hour the disruptions and closures prevent retail customers from buying means significant lost revenue on top of the cost of repairs. This is why specialist flood recovery support is so vital for business continuity, to draw on technical expertise to clear and dry flood water as quickly and safely as possible.
“The week of unusually cold weather was a significant financial and operational burden for a lot of businesses. But for many, the recovery from the subsequent flooding could be more arduous and take even longer.
CleanSafe Services Manager Geoff Hodgkins said: “As soon as the sub-zero temperatures took hold we were aware that localised flooding from water main bursts could follow, and started putting plans in place to provide emergency support for our customers.
“Floodwater from water mains is initially clean. But if it is left to stand it quickly becomes polluted and is an incubator for bacteria and parasites, so may have to be treated as a hazardous waste.
“Mains water can also enter and surcharge sewers, causing sewage flooding, which creates an environmental hazard that must be contained immediately.
“We are working with facilities managers, insurance companies, building contractors and shop- and office-fitters on cleaning and drying the flood-damaged buildings. Most of our commercial clients incorporate us in their disaster recovery plans to make it easier and quicker to call on our services, which helps ensure business continuity as far as possible.
CleanSafe Services delivers specialist emergency cleaning services nationally via four depots in London, Cannock, in Staffordshire, Manchester, and Scotland. It has particular expertise in flood and fire damage cleaning, biohazard cleaning, and crime scene cleaning.


 
Baxi Heating Boosts Business Development Team

Baxi Heating Boosts Business Development Team

Baxi Heating has strengthened its business development team across its commercial brands with the appointment of a new national account manager. James McKoen will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with main contractor customers in an effort to deliver the company’s objectives for customer loyalty and growth.
James joins Baxi Heating from Vent Axia, where he developed extensive knowledge of working in a key account role in the ventilation market, particularly with main contractors. Based at Baxi Heating’s Commercial Centre of Excellence in Wokingham but working in the field, he will be the lead contact for all key account customers and report into business development director Neville Small.
James comments: “Baxi Heating is a leading heating brand with a strong reputation for delivering results for commercial clients. I look forward to using my experience in managing strong customer relationships to help support the expansion of the main contractors business and drive new project opportunities in the sector.”
Neville Small, business development director for the commercial brands at Baxi Heating, says: “With proven field sales experience, James will strengthen our business development team by becoming a dedicated point of contact for Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial, Remeha and Packaged Plant Solutions (PPS)
“Baxi Heating is committed to ambitious growth plans and the appointment enhances our capabilities of targeting main contractor accounts.”
Baxi Heating is a residential and commercial heating and hot water manufacturer, and consists of Baxi, Potterton, Baxi Potterton Myson, Heatrae Sadia, Megaflo Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial, Remeha and Packaged Plant Solutions (PPS). Baxi Heating’s UK Commercial Centre of Excellence in Wokingham, Berkshire is the head office for Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial and Remeha, providing customers with easy access to a one-stop-shop for commercial water heaters, commercial boilers and combined heat and power products.




 
ASSA ABLOY UK Specification announces new RIBA approved CPD seminar focusing on BIM Door Object development

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification announces new RIBA approved CPD seminar focusing on BIM Door Object development


ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is offering a new RIBA-accredited CPD seminar on creating standards-based BIM Door Objects.
The RIBA-accredited CPD seminar, entitled: ‘Enhancing the Efficiency of BIM Door Object Development’, is now available to book and counts towards the Design, Construction and Technology core curriculum.
The objectives of the seminar are to help architects understand the requirements and web-based resources available on the market for creating pre-built standards-based BIM Door Objects, in order to significantly improve the specification and scheduling process.
Eric Spooner, ASSA ABLOY BIM Manager, explains: “BIM is changing the building landscape, bringing with it improvements in design, specification, delivery and asset management.
“After working solely on BIM Door Objects for almost five years in the Americas, I’ve seen the majority of challenges faced by BIM practitioners in both architect and contractor practices.
“With this CPD, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification aims to help architects and specifiers understand how to enhance the efficiency of their BIM Object development via a number of web-based solutions.
“One such solution is Openings Studio, a Revit plugin and cloud-based scheduling software for doors and ironmongery that streamlines the specification process, as well as reduces costs throughout the project lifecycle.”


 
UK Lighting To Shine Bright At LightBuilding

UK Lighting To Shine Bright At Light+Building


After its success in 2016 the LIA Lighting Pavilion returns bigger and better to Light+Building (18 - 23 March 2018, Frankfurt), the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology.
With its reputation as the place you have to be and be seen, demand for exhibition space at Light+Building is unparalleled and can be difficult sometimes for new companies entering the exhibition for the first time.
Working closely with Messe Frankfurt the LIA negotiated the return of its Lighting Pavilion. Designed to showcase UK lighting, the Pavilion will give those involved exposure to over 210,000 visitors and 2,600 exhibitors all under one roof.
At the time of writing, joining the LIA on Stand A44 in Hall 6.0 (general lighting) are:
•    Arts Energy SAS
•    DW Windsor Ltd
•    Europhane SAS
•    Inspired Lighting Ltd,
•    NJO Technology Ltd,
•    Supreme Imports Limited,
And a first for the LIA, is the introduction of an additional Lighting Pavilion situated in the decorative hall (6.1.) Visit stand D50 to see key players of the UK decorative Industry:
•    Dar Lighting Ltd
•    TP24 Limited
The LIA are proud to be bringing together these lighting companies, under our banner we will promote the UK lighting industry to the world and give those involved the platform to get seen in new markets, increase their export market potential and not forgetting the networking and business development opportunities.
So if you at Light+Building make sure you visit the LIA Lighting Pavilions.


 
Energys Group urges NHS to take action now and not wait for increased government funds

Energys Group urges NHS to take action now and not wait for increased government funds

Kevin Cox explains why the NHS and other public bodies must make energy efficiency savings to release more funds for over-stretched ‘front-line’ services.
While uncertainty about Brexit dominates the political landscape, causing equal amounts of anxiety and expectation in the public at large, other aspects of public life continue to loom large. In particular is the perennial strain on the NHS budget and stress on its staff and patients.
In its recent survey findings of respondents in England, released in September 2017, The Kings Fund found that despite the “significant challenges faced by the NHS, it continues to enjoy unwavering support among the public which endures across the generations.”
Indeed 77% of the public believes the NHS should be maintained in its current form; around 90% of people support the founding principles of the NHS and 66% are willing to pay more of their own taxes to fund the NHS, underlining growing support among the public for tax rises to increase NHS funding.
“We’re not here to comment on the political aspects of the findings of The King’s Fund and IPSOS Mori survey or to call for increased taxation to support the NHS,” comments Kevin Cox, Managing Director of Energys Group. “However, we are calling on the NHS facilities managers, energy managers and Trust chiefs to take the lead in making their estates more energy efficient, and return the savings to where there is the most need – patient care.
“There is no argument from us that staff at the NHS do crucial work, whether on the front-line caring for, transporting and supporting patients directly, or in the critical, unseen and unheralded back-room services, such as administration, maintenance, HR and finance.”
The recently released third annual Impact Report released by the independent NHS Sustainability Campaign highlights the work that is being done by individual trusts to develop low-carbon measures and make considerable savings. For example the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust expects to save around £1.2m each year thanks to a carbon management plan.
Kevin Cox applauds the work being done by Trusts to develop low-carbon measures: “But there is more to be done to ensure that those who work in this 24-hour, 365 days a year service, are not paying the price for their care, in poor working conditions, inefficient buildings and at increased risk to their own health and wellbeing. The NHS needs to look after itself in order that it can look after the public.”
Energys Group will be launching a year-long campaign to help the NHS achieve estate-wide cost savings that will have a significant effect on productivity, staff wellbeing and ultimately, enable savings that will benefit patient care.


 
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