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  • Why access control for schools is important
    Jacksons Fencing
    Access control is a valuable part of any school’s security strategy, helping you to keep track of who is on the site - and where - at any given time. An effective access control strategy brings a whole host of benefits to...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • "Our Children Need Places to Play"
    Proludic Play & Sports Areas
    UK families are concerned that their children may soon have nowhere to play and urge the government to address the situation urgently. That’s according to early findings of new research [1] by the Association of Play...
  • Demystifying Concrete - Part A
    Marshalls - street furniture
    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.
  • CE Marking Regulations for Highways Noise Barriers
    Jacksons Fencing
    Noise barriers for road infrastructure are products that fall under the Construction Product Regulation (CPR), the application of which is compulsory for all EU Member States. Under this regulation, the letters ‘CE’ appear...
  • 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...
  • Physical perimeter protection for utilities sites
    Jacksons Fencing
    This article will highlight some of the key considerations a typical Procurement Manager in the Utilities sector may find helpful, whilst providing an understanding about how specifying products impact a sites overall...
  • 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...
  • Perimeter safety and security at independent schools
    Jacksons Fencing
    What are the greatest threats to an independent school’s security? As a company, Jacksons has delivered over 5,000 projects to pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, academies and places of higher education over the...
  • Music therapy for children with special needs
    Percussion Play
    Outdoor musical instruments in the playground provide a non-threatening and fun outlet for creative and emotional expression and through the medium of music many essential life skills can be learned. Music can have a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Playground Inspection
    Schoolscapes
    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...
  • Why our forests matter
    WoodBlocX
    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...