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10 DIY Tasks Brits Plan to Tackle This Bank Holiday (According to Google)

With a four-day bank holiday weekend just around the corner, many Brits may use this time to get to grips with the difficult DIY projects they’ve been putting off.

So, to help Insulation Express, have uncovered which intermediate DIY tasks have had the biggest rise in Google Searches compared to last year.

Not only does this research highlight which DIY tasks Brits are planning to complete this bank holiday but it suggests that self-isolation is turning Britain into a nation of natural DIY-ers, as they try to tackle intermediate tasks they wouldn’t have this time last year.

The findings can be found below in a table:

Revealed: Top 10 DIY Tasks Brits Plan to Tackle This Bank Holiday
PositionGoogle Search – ‘How to’Rise in Google Searches Since Last Year*Financial Saving of DIY
1Tile around a window+7,300% £750
2Re-grout tiles+7,100% £250
3Change a light fixture+6,300% £100
4Remove mould from walls+4,700% £250
5Fit an electric shower+4,300%£500
6Make a fire pit+3,900%£155
7Remove skirting boards+3,800%£400
8Paint kitchen cupboards+3,500%£600
9Paint floorboards+164%£234
10Slate a roof+95%£190

*Data is compared from April 7th 2019 to April 4th 2020.

Expert Comments

In addition, Insulation Express have consulted with home décor expert, DIY Blonde®,who revealed that:

You should encourage your teenagers to get involved with DIY during self-isolation this bank holiday weekend

“If you have teenagers, it is really important to encourage them to have a go at basic DIY. These small activities may not seem much, but knowing how to fix and adapt to the household is a great start on the road to adulthood. Without even realising, at school they would have been taught some basic DIY techniques like sewing on a button or wiring a plug, so there is no reason to not put these new skills into practice at home.”

You can use this time to make your house a home

“By the age of 30, chances are that you’re in your ‘forever’ home (rented or bought), so the need to be able to carry out some DIY is essential. Not only will you be saving money through DIY, but it will inspire you to be creative with the décor in your home – having the freedom to change a room scheme whenever you desire. That’s why it’s good to utilise this time for simple DIY projects such as painting a wall or hanging a picture.”

Focusing on rewarding tasks will give you a sense of achievement in self-isolation “Projects such as attempting to restore furniture can often feel like a drag, but the sense of achievement you will feel when you have fixed the furniture is surprisingly satisfying. What’s more, the main benefit of expanding your DIY repertoire, is that it encourages you to stay active and it will keep your mind young.”

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Brentford FC stadium build delayed

Brentford FC's new stadium delayed

The completion of Brentford FC’s stadium has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 17,500-seat arena was expected to complete later this month. However, the project’s contractor, Buckingham Group, decided to pause the bulk of construction work at the West London site, Brentford FC chief executive Jon Varney said.

In an open letter, Varney confirmed the contractor had halted construction to allow a safety evaluation of the site to be undertaken.

Ongoing work on the £60m stadium will be limited to the completion of hazardous electrical works in addition to safety-critical maintenance and work to security areas. The situation will be reviewed by the contractor every two weeks.

In the letter, Varney said: “Given the evolving situation regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible at this stage to reliably forecast when the new stadium will be fully complete.”

Work at the 4-hectare site, which is situated within a triangle of railway lines, started in April 2018.

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The Friars Primary School modular classroom extension

The Friar's Primary School classroom extension

The Friars Primary School modular classroom extension

MTX were awarded the contract to install a brand new bespoke modular educational facility to the Friars Primary school in Salford Manchester in April 2016. The requirement was to provide an additional modular educational facility to house 2no classrooms, a breakout area and wash room facilities.

The Requirements

The proposal was to supply an educational establishment to assist the existing school building with the need to accommodate the growing population of primary school students. The new facility was provided by MTX under Galliford Try for the North West.

The 6 bay modular building was set to be constructed on the existing playing fields situated in front of the current school building and onsite work began in May 2016.
The modular building was delivered on 11th July 2016 and the M&E fit out started instantly after this.

The Solution

The design team at MTX concluded on an effective single storey facility that was spacious enough to occupy the required extra classroom space, wash rooms
and breakout area.

Controlled roof lights were installed in all classrooms which provided teacher control along with fully smart control linked to Co² sensor and rain sensors. In addition to this fan lights were fitted above classroom door to allow further natural light and enhancing the schools eco-friendly attitude. LED lighting was used throughout the project with PIR detection. The project was internally and externally finished to individual colour preference, with an air permeability of less than 4.75m³ and fully compliant with Building Bulletin regulations.

Main Considerations

Above all, the project had to be finished on time and within budget to keep to Salford Council’s strict outline of the build. Excellent programme planning was imperative in order to achieve this requirement. The project was successfully completed and presented to the client within 10 weeks of the modular deliveries arriving at site and the school made full use out of their new building in September 2016.“

MTX were extremely engaging, pro active and responsive to our needs, the project timescales were challenging in all areas from design, manufacture to installation. We fully intend to use this company again and would have no hesitation in recommending them for future works.Gerrard Gibney, Manager Special Projects, Galliford Try

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Training Provider Delivers CITB Course Remotely For First Time

Nationwide health and safety training provider 3B Training Ltd has become the first provider to deliver the CITB Health & Safety Awareness course remotely.

Today 3B Training made history by delivering the CITB Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) course remotely for the very first time.

The course, which is famed for helping delegates work towards obtaining a CSCS green card, is traditionally delivered in a classroom, however due to COVID-19 face-to-face training has been suspended by the majority of training providers across the UK.

Last week CITB announced temporary measures to allow training providers to deliver the HSA course remotely. This course has historically always been delivered in a classroom so the recent announcement is a big change for both the training and construction industries. 3B Training relished the opportunity and scheduled multiple dates for delegates to attend starting from 31st March 2020.

3B Training’s remote delivery allows delegates to connect to a video call where the training course is led by a CITB tutor. The tutor is able to use a presentation via screen share and can still engage with the delegates and answer their questions throughout the course. All course materials are also available digitally and exams are delivered via video call.

Rachael Patan, Operations Director at 3B Training said: “We’re extremely proud to be the first training provider to deliver a CITB course remotely. The 3B team worked hard to get this up and running as quickly as possible for our customers and we sold out the first course within 48 hours. We’re hoping to be able to deliver more CITB courses this way in the coming weeks.”

To see the full range of courses 3B training offer visit https://www.3btraining.com/

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Self repairing and solar panelled: The future of roads

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Research from car leasing service, Leasing Options.

As we enter 2020, they have been investigating the most exciting technologies currently in development to not only improve our daily commutes but the environment too.

Here, they have taken the famous and recognisable street, Piccadilly Circus and conceptualised how all these technologies may interact and form our roads of the future by the year 2050.

You can explore the interactive version here: https://www.leasingoptions.co.uk/static/roads-2050/index.html

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How Technology Will Change Our Roads By 2050

The technologies featured in the content are:

  1. Last Kilometre Stations (Electric-Powered Micro-vehicles)
  2. Delivery Drones
  3. Autonomous Vehicle Parking Lots
  4. Sensors EVERYWHERE
  5. On-Demand Public Transport
  6. Solar Panel Roads
  7. Self-Repairing Roads
  8. Electric Charging Stations
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Firms told to change operating hours on London sites

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London site workers have been asked to avoid peak travel hours

Firms persisting with construction work on their central London sites have been told to change their working hours to avoid putting pressure on public transport.

Build UK’s latest coronavirus update, which it produces alongside the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), has recommended special measures to improve safety for those working in the capital.

It said: “London remains a real challenge and we are specifically requesting that sites change their working hours to avoid putting pressure on public transport, particularly the tube network, during the peak hours of 5:45am to 7:30am and 4:00pm to 5.30pm.

“If construction workers travel later in the morning and evening, they can protect themselves, critical workers and transport staff.”

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The notice also revealed the CLC is advising employers to issue their workers with a letter explaining that they are a construction worker or supplying services to a construction site in the event that they are asked to verify they are on an essential trip.

Building has revealed that Balfour Beatty has instructed staff to say they are essential workers if they are challenged over why they are travelling to work and is in the process of issuing letters that say as much.

In a recognition of public hostility towards some parts of the industry, one of the firm’s sites has told its workers and subcontractors to get in touch with bosses if they are stopped and quizzed over why they are out.

The notice from Build UK and the CLC said the pair were aware that the availability of accommodation for construction workers living away from home was becoming an issue and has raised it with the government.

The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) has also announced revisions to their Safe Site Handover Certificate to include safety measures introduced by Public Health England to prevent the spread of covid-19.

These revisions come as the BCSA received feedback from members that some main contractors are using contractual threats or off-loading site health and safety responsibilities to their subcontractors in order to maintain trades on site.

The changes include the 2m rule for self-distancing and regular cleaning of the surfaces that are used by many people such as access and egress points, messrooms and welfare facilities.

This certificate has been circulated to all BCSA steelwork contractor members who are advised not to go on site until the client and main contractor have put all the health and safety measures in place and have signed the certificate.

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Persimmon’s sites begin ‘orderly shutdown’

Construction company Persimmon has said its sites in Wales have started “an orderly shutdown” with only “essential work taking place”.

It said this was to make partly built homes safe and that only homes which would leave someone otherwise homeless would be completed.

The firm was responding to claims it told staff it was “business as usual”.

Persimmon said its primary concern was customer, staff, contractor and supplier safety.

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Construction firms across the UK have been split over whether to halt development, with confusion around the UK government’s advice.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said earlier in the week there was a “strong case” for closing some construction sites but added it was “complicated”.

Redrow, which has its headquarters at Ewloe, Flintshire, has said all of its building sites and sales offices are now closed because of coronavirus.

Persimmon had joined a growing number of firms in pledging to down tools on non-essential work on Wednesday, after fears were raised by workers across the UK about their safety.

But a Persimmon worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told BBC Wales managers in Wales were telling staff things would continue as normal.

He said that, while outside contractors had stopped coming to the sites for safety reasons, painters and decorators were still coming to work.

“There’s complete uncertainty and it is left very vague and it was very hard to know what is essential and what is not essential,” he added.

“Basically all staff have been told if they don’t go to work they won’t be paid so they have to go to work”.

Persimmon said all its sites had begun “an orderly shutdown with only essential work taking place”.

‘Listen to advice’

This, it said, would be “focused on making partly built homes safe and secure and where failure to complete the build could put customers in a vulnerable position”.

The company added that construction sites cannot just be abandoned and that works, such as the removal of scaffolding, had to be done to make sites safe.

The Persimmon Group’s chief executive, David Jenkinson, said: “Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our customers, staff, contractors and suppliers and we have today set out a number of further measures throughout the business to protect them for the duration of the pandemic.

“We will listen carefully to the government’s future advice as the situation develops and will make further adjustments where necessary.”

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Armstrong Ceiling Solutions’ new ownership confirmed following completion of acquisition by Aurelius Equity Opportunities

• Following the completion of the acquisition, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions in the divested markets is now in full ownership of Aurelius Equity Opportunities.
• The newly carved out business, acquired from Knauf and formerly part of Armstrong World Industries, has been established as a single standalone, profitable entity servicing 11 geographical markets.
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Ferrovial turns its hand to face masks and field hospitals

Ferrovial’s 3D-printing team is working on the development of a mask design with the aim of producing hundreds a day during the Covid-19 crisis.

The team – which is part of Ferrovial’s Services business – is using additive manufacturing techniques to make the masks.

The company has also been working on a project to turn a Madrid exhibition centre into a field hospital.

Ferrovial is drawing on existing collaborative links with other companies, technology centres and universities in developing the masks.

It said that, once the relevant authorisations pass, it will be able to supply 300 to 400 masks a day by printing in collaboration with various companies.

Staff members have also been involved in turning Feria de Madrid exhibition centre into a field hospital to fight Covid-19. The company worked with the Unidad Militar de Emergencias to install 5,500 beds in record time.

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