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  • What to consider when installing metal railings on walls
    Alpha Rail
    When thinking about what to consider when installing metal railings on a wall, the main ones are cost, appearance, the likely usage and the stability of the existing wall. The main fixing options when installing metal...
  • 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...
  • How to secure a children’s play area outside
    Jacksons Fencing
    Allowing children the freedom to play outside is essential to their development and there is mounting evidence to promote the health and social benefits of outdoor learning. Creating a dedicated safe play zone will also...
  • It’s time we went wild
    Harrowden Turf
    The UK population is rising fast, and with a finite amount of land to be used for housing, infrastructure and food production, the pressure is on for native flora and fauna. Landscape architects, parks and gardens managers,...
  • When to facet and when to radius metal railings
    Alpha Rail
    One of the many considerations that surveyors have to take in to account when they are on site measuring a metal railings installation project is when to facet and when to radius metal railings. Let’s first explain what is...
  • What is a pocket park?
    Furnitubes International
    Cities and other busy urban areas are always looking at how to improve life for their residents and make the most of any space. Although there are a few different ways to go about this, one that is becoming very popular with...
  • Top play activities to encourage teamwork & group play
    Sovereign Design Play Systems
    At Sovereign we believe in the benefits of group play and we champion products that can be used by multiple children at a time. Group play is an effective way to encourage communication and teamwork in children of all ages,...
  • Choosing materials for landscaping decking projects
    Alfresco Floors
    In the past, selecting the boards for decking or cladding projects came down to three options: tropical hardwoods, tanalised softwoods and wood/plastic composites. Advances in decking technology now mean that landscape...
  • This Girl Can campaign can help tackle activity levels
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    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.
  • Playground Inspection
    Regularly inspecting both the equipment and the grounds of a playground installation ensures it remains a safe place for children to play and have fun. It helps to plan and follow a timetable of regular playground...
  • What is BSI PAS 68 and why choose It?
    Jacksons Fencing
    PAS 68 is the Publicly Available Specification for vehicle security barriers. It was originally created in 2005 by the British Standards Institute (BSI), which is appointed by the UK government as the National Standards Body...
  • Getting to grips with highway pollution
    Pollution from urban highways, trunk roads and motorways poses significant risks to the environment from toxic metals and hydrocarbons that are carried in surface water runoff. The risks are well-documented and the...
  • Materials for wayfinding and signage systems
    Marshalls - landscape protection
    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...
  • Demystifying Concrete - Part A
    Marshalls - landscape protection
    The purely technical At its most basic, concrete is a simple mix of cement, water and aggregate (sand / stone). When mixed together, the cement and water form a paste that adheres to the surface of every aggregate particle.
  • Paving the way to shareable, more pedestrianised cities
    Sometime in urban history the status quo ante for streets and public spaces was replaced by the idea of segregating pedestrians and vehicles, with cars squeezing pedestrians off the streets, making it impossible to walk and...