COMMUTERS STAY DRY THANKS TO DRAIN DOCTOR
Plumbing and drainage specialist Drain Doctor has completed a three month contract – working mostly at night – to replace guttering and drains at the historic Hatch End railway station in Pinner, London.
Now operated by London Overground, the station – which provides services to Euston in one direction and Watford in the other – is being extensively refurbished.
As part of the refurbishment works Drain Doctor was called in to change all of the gutters using materials that were acceptable to the local heritage and enforcement officers. Under a separate contract for Browne's Engineering, a main contractor to Thames Water, Drain Doctor also excavated and replaced all the main car park drains, many of which had collapsed over the years.
Local Drain Doctor franchisee Yiltan Hurer said: “The main challenge we faced was to carry out this work safely without any risk to other contractors or the public. This meant that a lot of the work had to be carried out overnight so one of our teams was essentially working on this one contract for nearly three months.”
The Drain Doctor contract also included additional works at nearby Bushey and Carpenders Park stations.
The Grade II listed Hatch End station was built in 1911 for the London and North Western Railway to a design by architect Gerald Horsley, son of the painter John Calcott Horsley. It is built in contrasting brick and stone with a Romanesque arched door and a near-pyramidal roof topped by a cupola with a clock and weather vane.
Architectural critic and Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman is said to have described it as "half-way between a bank and a medium sized country house”.
LITRE METER LAUNCHES THIRD OIL AND GAS SAFETY SURVEY
UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter (www.litremeter.com) has launched the third in a series of oil and gas industry safety surveys that will be introduced throughout 2014.
The survey (http://tinyurl.com/LM-PMI-Survey) is designed to enable manufacturers and resellers of process instrumentation to test assertions about functionality and construction and quality of manufacture.
The new survey concentrates on positive material identification (PMI) and one lucky respondent will win a Kindle for taking part.
PMI is a well accepted analytical materials testing and materials identification technique used within the metal alloy industry. It guarantees the materials’ chemical composition as required for quality control.
PMI testing allows the manufacturers to ensure every part in a process system conforms to specification, identify the correct alloy grade where a critical part is to be replaced and to facilitate inward goods inspection to ensure all bought-in materials are to specification.
Using PMI correctly can help avoid the potential failure of a critical component which could lead, in the worst case, to a catastrophic failure of a process and loss of life.
Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “There has been increased focus on safety issues in the offshore sector over recent years. We want to make sure that our manufacturing focus is on safety in relation to both the environment and industry trends.
“Issues surrounding the environment and hydrocarbon releases, asset aging and life extension drive the focus on safety. We want to be able to help in the process of recognising hazards and reducing risk as well as help engineers take ownership of risk and asset integrity through proving assertions about the functionality and construction of instruments.
“Asset integrity management ensures that the people, systems, processes and resources that deliver integrity are in place, in use and will perform on demand over the asset’s lifecycle.
“Being able to prove assertions about the manufacture and functionality of equipment are vital in this process.”
Earlier this year Litre Meter conducted surveys of the use of Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) in the specification of instrumentation in the oil and gas sector and the relevance of the EU Pressure Equipment Directive outside Europe. The results of the SIL survey are published at http://tiny.cc/sil-result and the results of the PED survey can be found at http://tinyurl.com/PED-resultsk.
To take the PMI survey – and perhaps win a Kindle – visit http://tinyurl.com/LM-PMI-Survey
and spend just a few minutes answering the questions.
THE CROFT TO HOST INFORMATION DAY FOR HOMEBUYERS STRUGGLING TO SELL THEIR EXISTING HOME
The Croft (www.thecroftbourne.co.uk), a lifestyle living community for the over 55’s in Bourne, is inviting homebuyers who are looking to move home but are struggling to sell their existing property to attend a special information day on Saturday 15 November.
The information day will take place from 10:00 until 17:00 and will allow visitors to explore The Croft development and see all that it has to offer residents. Importantly, Larkfleet’s sales team will be on hand throughout the day to talk people through its popular part exchange and assisted move options that have helped many homebuyers who were struggling to sell their existing home make the move to The Croft.
The part exchange scheme has proved especially popular as it is offered at full market value. There is no price differential required between the price of the property that buyers are selling and the one they are looking to purchase at The Croft.
Also open to visitors on Saturday 15 November will be a new viewhome that will showcase a one-bedroom apartment which offers stylish living for those looking to downsize. For those looking for a little more room, The Croft also offers two-bedroom apartments, as well as two and three bedroom chalet bungalows.
Larkfleet’s ‘assisted move’ scheme can be tailored to suit individual buyers and involves Larkfleet organising valuations for a buyer’s existing property from two local estate agents. When a current market value is agreed, Larkfleet can then manage the selling process, right through to the exchange of contracts.
Larkfleet will liaise with the agents, advertise the home and negotiate with prospective purchasers. On completion of the sale of the existing home and the purchase of a new home at The Croft, Larkfleet will even cover any estate agents’ fees.
Margaret Pearce, a resident at The Croft, was able to part exchange her old bungalow for a new property at The Croft.
She said “I was so pleased when I was able to buy the property thanks to the schemes available; everything just seemed to fall into place as though it was meant to be. I didn’t want to continue living where I was but I might have had to, if I hadn’t found this development and been able to utilise the offers available.”
The Croft comprises 75 one, two and three bedroom homes, including bungalows, set around attractively landscaped gardens. It offers high quality living for the over 55s, perfect for those who want independent, stylish yet secure living.
The Croft has been developed as a joint venture by Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) and Keystone Developments (www.keystonedevelopments.co.uk).
For more details of the information day, call the sales team on 01778 426995 or pop in to the sales office located on North Road in Bourne.