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  • 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
  • Creating the perfect sports pitch
    To the untrained eye, a fence is just a fence. But when it comes to enclosing sports areas, it can keep balls in play, reduce maintenance, provide safety and security, deter vandalism and graffiti and even be an integral part of the field of play. Mo Ali, Zaun’s sports systems expert explains below. I’m on a mission to better inform specifiers and...
    Article, 22 June 2015
  • This Girl Can campaign can help tackle activity levels
    On Friday the 11th December it was announced by England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies that obesity is the biggest threat to women’s health. She said this needs to become a national priority....
    Article, 09 February 2016
  • BS EN 1090-1 and CE Marking of structural metalwork
    Sign 2000
    Some elements of the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) came into force in April 2011 to build upon the European Construction Products Directive. The aim of the directive was to harmonise the safety performance of construction products across the EU and they apply to anything placed on the market, whether imported or manufactured in the EU...
    Article, 27 January 2015
  • Trees and climate change
    GreenBlue Urban Ltd
    By signing up to international carbon reduction targets, world leaders have issued a challenge to everyone involved in urban space design. Whilst we cannot realistically claim that planting trees in towns will significantly affect global climate, what we do know is that they have a major role to play in city climate mitigation and adaptation...
    Article, 17 May 2016
  • Materials for wayfinding and signage systems
    Marshalls - street furniture
    Jon Scott examines material choices for signage in public areas. Arguably more than for any other piece of street furniture, the selection of materials for a signage product is vitally important. Primarily, every material must be carefully selected to ensure a long service life of the sign, and particularly that the graphic elements remain crisp and legible...
    Article, 26 October 2015
  • 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
  • How to prevent unauthorised access: Automatic Control
    AUTOPA Limited
    Automatic access control systems can be used to regulate vehicles entering sites, as well as managing the flow of traffic once on site. If you are looking to install an automatic system on your next project, then read on to find out about all the different types of system available. ...
    Article, 16 April 2015
  • 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
  • Protecting and maintaining metal railings and gates
    Alpha Rail
    The majority of metal railings, gates and architectural metalwork supplied by Alpha Rail have been galvanised, and often also powder coated, to protect them against rust. However, regardless of how well a railing has been manufactured, rust is a constant enemy as most railings are exposed to the elements on a daily basis. Regular maintenance and proper repairs will help prolong...
    Article, 29 May 2014
  • The Popularity of Wooden Playground Equipment
    Monster Play @ Caloo
    Lately we have noticed an increase in the demand for wooden playground equipment. Although always present in the marketplace, wooden playground equipment has seen a sudden surge in popularity which has peaked our interest! Throughout our lives there has been an increased movement on environmentally friendly........
    Article, 22 June 2017
  • Sustainable drainage: beyond compliance
    Paul Shaffer co-ordinates CIRIA’s work on urban water management, including flood risk management and sustainable drainage, and is looking at approaches to encourage water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) in the UK. Together with colleagues he’s recently set up – a website supporting the delivery of sustainable drainage. Sustainable...
    Article, 17 January 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
  • Specifying non-slip decking for accessible stairs &ramps
    Marley Eternit
    What to consider when specifying non-slip decking for accessible high-traffic stairs and ramps When specifying decking in high-traffic public areas such as stairs and ramps, certain criteria should be addressed to ensure the space is accessible for all users. There can be concerns that the castellations of traditional anti-slip decking could make...
    Article, 15 August 2017
  • Specifying non-slip decking
    Marley Eternit
    Specifying non-slip decking for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas When specifying decking areas for hotels, restaurants, pubs and smoking areas, consideration must be given to aesthetics, maintenance and safety. Designing deck spaces for these areas using smooth decking benefits from easy to clean boards and a fine non-slip aggregate...
    Article, 15 August 2017