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Why Quality Control And Assurance Is Important in Construction

In the UK, building standards have been devised to ensure the safety of the people who will be inhabiting a building, or working in a construction environment. Quality control, therefore, becomes the primary concern for main contractors in London and around the country.

The assurance of building quality should always be the baseline when it comes to construction. After all, everyone lives their life with the love for quality—whether it be in physical objects, quality of life, food items, and living conditions.

In the field of construction, quality should never be skimped on. Whether it be with the design quality, the integrity and quality of building materials, or the way the main contractor works, all aspects of creating a building require some sort of standard. The moment a contractor fails to recognise the importance of quality assurance, the project is likely doomed to fail or get into a tangle with the legal aspect of things.

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Things To Consider When Building A Cleanroom

Constructing and designing a common room is one matter, and building a medical cleanroom is another. As you may or may not be aware of, a cleanroom needs to be built in an environment that is free of dust and other contaminants typically found in manufacturing, industrial, and research facilities. It needs to have the ideal pressure, temperature, humidity, and personal access to set the critical environmental conditions. The ultimate goal is to foster employee safety, ensure product quality, and uphold research integrity.

As a cleanroom needs to be constructed and designed properly according to a set of standards, here are five key factors to consider:

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How To Know If Your Buildings Cladding Is Safe

The majority of buildings are designed to house and protect people and/or businesses. The majority do this extremely well, but like the contents or people, buildings need protecting too.
One element of a buildings external protection is its outer layer, it’s envelope you could say, and one product which is being used more and more to do this is cladding. Cladding is an addition to your facilities outer surfaces, protecting it from extreme weather, offering thermal insulation, and improving the building’s aesthetics.

Unfortunately, some building cladding can be incredibly hazardous, especially when it comes to fire. This is because some claddings are/were manufactured from combustible material that may aid in the spread of fires and cause a real threat to people’s safety.  This was seen before in instances such as the tragic Grenfell fire. If you own a building, it is wise to call your cladding contractors to inspect the property for safety reasons. Here are additional ways to ensure that your buildings cladding is safe:

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Planning Your Commercial Office Building Construction

Building or converting an office – whether from scratch or refurbishment – can be an expensive, time-consuming, and potentially frustrating process. The steps it takes to turn your blueprint into reality can also come with a collection of surprises along the way, many of which can have costly consequences on your money and timeline.

It is a venture that involves your full attention and expert, experienced contractors to bring your ideas and needs to fruition.  There are however a few common themes we have seen in the pre-construction phase that can turn the journey into a money, or time pit.

So… If you have plans on building a new commercial building or office space, read on so that you can hopefully get the job done with little-to-no headaches along the way.

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4 Qualities Of A Reliable Commercial Contractor

As an owner of a growing business, you will have to work with a commercial contractor at some point for various reasons. It can be to build new buildings for your expanded operations, to renovate your existing offices or industrial facilities to suit your new needs, and so on.

Whatever purpose that may be, you need the right contractor to ensure the success of your construction or renovation project. These professionals have the experience and the expertise needed to deliver your requirements from start to finish without any problem.

However, with the plethora of construction contractors available, it can be challenging to determine the best ones among the rest.

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The Advantages of Cladding your Commercial Building

When you need to overhaul a commercial building, one of the best solutions to consider is cladding. Cladding is a technique of adding a material envelope to your building using materials like galvanised steel, aluminum, stone, or wood. It can transform the appearance of your property while providing many functional benefits.

Cladding your building is as if you are giving a new dress to wear. Some building styles can look old and dated after several years, making it unprofessional and unattractive to clients.. Re-dressing the exterior with the help of an experienced main contractor will make it desirable once again with the right design and materials. If you want to give your commercial property a new look, here are several benefits to installing cladding:

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How Do We Prevent Another Grenfell?

Cladding in construction is used to provide thermal insulation, some degree of weather resistance, and aesthetic improvements to a building’s exterior wall. It can be fashioned out of a variety of materials, including wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composite materials that are a combination of those materials. The cladding is usually installed with an air cavity between the cladding and the building’s exterior wall to facilitate water rundown.

While usually helpful and effective in doing its intended purpose, the cladding in buildings has been under scrutiny due to the role that it played on the disaster at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The 2017 fire, which claimed 72 lives and injured 70 others, was said to have been exacerbated by the building’s flammable cladding, which helped spread the fire from the lower floors all the way to the top. The incident has since brought attention to the practice of using combustible material for cladding, especially in high rise buildings.

Investigations have concluded that the cladding, which was made of flammable aluminium composite materials (ACM), was chosen to save on the cost.

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What You Need To Know About ACM Cladding

While aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding gives a beautiful touch to any building as well as offers protection for inner layers acting as a rain screen. As alluring as the metallic finish looks to people passing by, keep in mind that the use of ACM cladding materials has been carefully monitored and now heavily regulated since the Grenfell Tower fire.

An expert advisory panel advised the government to undertake identification screening of residential buildings that tower over 18 metres tall for safety measures. ACM claddings come in different types, which means that to be able to utilize these for your structure, you may need an inspection beforehand.

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What Are Types of Commercial Construction & Design Projects?

No single construction or design project is the same. Though certain aspects such as the tools, equipment, and general structure of a project may be similar, varying elements can lump your project into a certain “type” that makes it more approachable for your contractor. Before sourcing a building contractor, take a look at the most common types of commercial projects that are in-demand in today’s marketplace.

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3 Reasons to Continue Your Building Project During Lockdown

The current pandemic affected a lot of businesses and industries. The lockdown implemented in the UK brought some services and functions to a stop. This situation, however, does not mean that your dream for a new commercial building renovation should stop.

You can always continue with your design and building plans, and now is actually the best time for you to do it. The current lockdown means you’ll be stuck inside your house for an indefinite period. Your activities at home will be limited, and you’ll have more time for yourself than you usually have.

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