Taking on the role of project manager? Prepare and brief your team like a professional

Increasingly homeowners are choosing to stay and improve rather than move – taking on the task of project managing home modifications to save money. Yet project management is an art in itself – and failing to successfully organise a build can result in more significant expenditure in the long run as lead times run over and mistakes are made.

Planning an extension or large modification for your home can be stressful and daunting. When you choose to take on project management independently there are so many elements to arrange – and trades need to be briefed appropriately to ensure optimal results and accurate timescales. In this blog we share a few simple ways you can communicate with the professionals taking care of your installation or build for optimum success and satisfaction all round.
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Do I need steel fire doors?

As a business owner or manager of any type of commercial property, safety and security likely feature high on your list of priorities. It can be overwhelming to consider every key element involved in keeping a property up to standard – but it’s also essential. Fire doors are an asset to all business premises – and many residential properties. Here we explain why you may need steel fire doors – and how they can prevent damage and even death in the event of an emergency.
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5 things to consider when installing steel fire doors

As concern for safety in the workplace grows year on year, employees are rightly enjoying greater protection from accidental injury as they do their jobs. Yet for employers fitting safety essentials can become a costly headache at best – or a ticking time bomb at worst. Here we explain why considering five key points could help you to avoid unnecessary costs (and unscrupulous cowboys) as you install steel fire doors in your commercial property.
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Spotlight on steel

Steel has been a manufacturing juggernaut for hundreds of years. First used in the 13th century BC and then throughout history (including during the Industrial Revolution for the construction of the first skyscrapers and heavy machinery) this versatile alloy is strong, durable and malleable. Even with new products on the market such as aluminium and titanium, steel is still widely used in a variety of situations and applications thanks to these enduring qualities. At SRL we use steel extensively – both to manufacture our products and as components to ensure that they are of the best possible quality with long life spans. Here we share just a few of our products with you and explain how steel strengthens and enhances them – structurally and aesthetically.
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Materials Matter

During the initial conceptualisation and resulting architectural design of any building, the materials to be used are carefully considered. Where this was once a task which involved few options – wood, stone and metal, now architects and builders are faced with myriad choices including polymers, alloys, carbon structures, bricks and toughened glass. When combined with traditional materials these ‘new kids on the block’ have the potential to revolutionise the design and functionality of a building – thus breaking new precedents and revitalising the look and feel of our towns and cities.
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Accessibility – is everyone welcome?

Laws were passed in late 2004 which dictated that all businesses must now accommodate for those with disabilities. For those in existing older buildings concessions are made depending on the limitations of unavoidable features of the property’s architecture – but on the whole, new buildings must always be designed with accessibility in mind – and those occupying properties which can be modified or altered should do so in order to make them disabled-friendly. Although the law came into force over a decade ago, many smaller businesses find themselves without the means or professional support to alter their premises to ensure that they are accessible. Even more may have not considered their responsibility in law – and the financial consequences of excluding around 20% of the population from their business.
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