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  • Sheffield cycle stand or cycle rack - which suits best?
    AUTOPA Limited
    The highly popular Sheffield cycle stand is the primary choice for councils and local authorities all across the UK. It can be used individually, or as part of a cycle rack, but which one is right for your site? The main benefit of a rack over a stand is the reduced installation cost...
    Article, 11 May 2017
  • Creating a safe and secure school environment
    Jacksons Fencing
    There is no single blueprint for the perfect school and each learning facility will have its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. However, every school has a clear and direct responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for its pupils and staff...
    Article, 12 September 2017
  • Gates for playgrounds and play areas
    Jacksons Fencing
    Things to consider when choosing a playground gate. Access for emergency services is essential. An ambulance should be able to drive right up to the play area in all weather conditions with enough room for a trolley bed to fit through comfortably. A play area gate should be a minimum of 1m wide to ensure that wheelchair users are able to safely enter and...
    Article, 12 September 2017
  • Why Our Forests Matter
    In the UK we sometimes take our forests, woodland and green space for granted, but you may be surprised to learn that the UK is one of the least wooded areas in Europe. Only 13% of our landmass is woodland, which is far less than the European average of 37%. So why is this important and why do we need our forests or woodland? Most of us are aware...
    Article, 02 August 2016
  • Bespoke galvanised steel planter manufacture
    Outdoor Design
    Bespoke steel planters can be made in all shapes and sizes, to suit a huge variety of settings and applications. Drawing on specialist product knowledge, design expertise and manufacturing processes means that a solution can be found however complex the brief. The following manufacturing process is used for galvanised steel as well as other...
    Article, 29 October 2015
  • Planning and designing a deck
    Hoppings Softwood Products
    Planning is probably the most important issue to get right with decking to ensure good results. Select the location of your deck carefully, having regard for privacy and sun, shade or wind. Decks built in highly shaded positions will require more regular maintenance. Consider the nature of exit and entry to the building - make sure you...
    Article, 09 November 2016
  • Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas
    Marley Eternit
    Non slip decking for balconies and residential areas Specifying decking for residential balconies brings its own set of challenges. For the resident, an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space is the priority. For the specifier, issues such as safety, cleaning, maintenance and sustainability are the focus....
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • Teaching children how to be safe in playgrounds
    Setter Play
    There’s no doubt that children love nothing better than to scramble and mess around on school playground equipment. From as early as 2 years old, toddlers love climbing, swinging and running about in a playground, and when they head off to school they’ll love playing on the school’s equipment just as much. When you take your toddler to a...
    Article, 18 December 2015
  • Demistifying Concrete - Part 2
    Marshalls - street furniture
    In recent years, concrete has come under some very close scrutiny in terms of its environmental credentials. Concrete production actually has a low environmental impact, but it is currently manufactured in such enormous quantities that its overall footprint is very high, and world cement production is said to contribute 5-7% of annual man-made CO2...
    Article, 22 April 2015
  • Cycle stand installation and location advice
    Alpha Rail
    The location of where a cycle stand or other style of bike rack is installed is just as important as how safe and useful it is. The better the location, the more use the bike rack will encourage. Bicycle stands should be installed in an area that is highly visible to the public. By avoiding isolated areas and hidden spaces, cyclists will feel safe...
    Article, 18 September 2014
  • Why do schools need acoustic fencing?
    Jacksons Fencing
    At any school, there will be times during the day when the student population will be outdoors, whether this is before and after lessons, at lunchtime, or during PE. But with many schools located in populated areas, it’s important to consider the impact noise may have on a school’s neighbours ? and how privacy can be provided for the children...
    Article, 24 February 2017
  • Developments in paving
    Interpave - Precast Concrete Paving & Kerbing Association
    The trade association Interpave considers the impact of the latest planning guidelines on external works – particularly hard landscape and paving. One of the core principles of the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is to: “always seek to secure high quality design and a good standard of amenity”. In terms of external works and urban...
    Article, 05 March 2013
  • Modular designs that don’t stick to standard dimensions
    If you are designing a large landscape scheme that will be a pleasure for people to live and work in, planters are a useful tool to have in your project. Planting brings life to streets, squares, parks and housing developments, making spaces more enjoyable and adding colour and biodiversity. Designing planters with a modular timber system allows...
    Article, 12 July 2016
  • Forests v cities
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    Trees are woodland forestry plants. As soon as we forget this simple fact, we neglect the necessities that trees need and are likely to make mistakes when planting trees in urban locations. A tree in a woodland forest has near perfect conditions; a sheltered microclimate, rich fertile soil with an abundance of nutrients and humus, uncompacted leaf...
    Article, 17 May 2016
  • Top tips for laying turf in hot weather
    Harrowden Turf
    A beautifully manicured and verdant lawn is quintessentially British and should feature in every garden from a country Manor house to an urban abode. The environmental benefits and the sense of wellbeing generated by a velvety grass carpet far outweigh the effort involved in creating and caring for a lawn. When to lay turf Creating that perfect...
    Article, 04 November 2015