Common corporate construction issues – solved (Part 1)

At SRL, we’re used to working out ways around tricky briefs – requirements that are much more common than you may think. A retail outlet in desperate need of space to store stock – with only an attic with low eaves to work with. A pub needing an outdoor area that can be used in inclement weather and on sunny days. A warehouse in need of urgent repair – office blocks leaking heat and energy at great expense. Often, these issues are simple to resolve when you have the knowledge and experience to deal with them. In this two-part blog series we provide solutions to common corporate construction issues experienced by businesses that own or lease their premises – both small and large.
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Curtain Walls – Structural Vs Superficial

Curtain walls have a range of applications – but mostly they are known as a great way to embellish a property for aesthetic gain. But whilst they don’t serve a structural purpose, they do boast other benefits that more drastic constructive work could be more time-consuming to emulate. Here we look at some common goals and explain the little-know results curtain walls can produce. So which is best for your business – a new-build assembly, or a non-structural curtain wall?
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Why are curtain walls enjoying increased popularity in the UK?

Some businesses feel that curtain walls are reserved only for skyscrapers in the US, Asia and the Middle East. But they’re becoming increasingly popular amongst businesses (and buildings) of all sizes here in the UK. In this blog we investigate why – and share how you can harness the positive power of a curtain wall for your business.
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How can I increase footfall and make some positive changes with a new shop front?

Although the benefits and advantages of a shop front refit are widely known, practically speaking there are many common barriers that prevent business owners from taking the plunge. Often these can be remedied with reassurance and know-how from reputable partners who can help you to make your business dreams a reality without stress or disruption. Here we discuss five common scenarios business owners find themselves in – answering with over 30 years’ experience and expertise to help you make an informed decision regarding your own project.
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How to prepare your business for a new shop front or curtain wall installation

It’s no secret that significant building work and even minor changes can have a negative impact on the day-to-day running of a business. With building work comes a lot of hassle and disorganisation, which can reduce footfall, damage reputation and ultimately cost a business money. This is especially true for those in the customer-facing trade, who have to ensure their clients can put up with closures, down time, mess and noise. In this post we explain how forward planning can help businesses to minimise the disruption and alleviate the stress that construction work can bring.
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Do I need planning permission for a curtain wall installation?

As curtain walls are classed as non-structural, some make the mistake of neglecting to apply for planning permission, going ahead with their installation regardless. But failure to apply for planning permission when needed could result in an incredibly costly and frustrating conflict. Without respective planning permission granted you could find your business in significant financial trouble – in the worst cases, you may be forced to tear down your curtain wall.  
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Surprising facts about Aluminium

Most curtain walls are constructed using Aluminium – and because of its unique qualities this lightweight, strong material has various uses across many sectors. In this blog we explore just how this incredible material is changing the world – not just in the construction and architecture industries but also in engineering, manufacturing and medicine.
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Common misconceptions – curtain walls

Curtain walling is an innovation that first came about in principle in the middle ages – and it’s now seeing inclusion in a wide range of contemporary buildings. Instead of stone they’re now made from steel and aluminium – and these protective outer layers allow the natural light to pour into a building, keep out destructive elements like wind and rain and have numerous environmental benefits.
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