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Unique Characteristics of Care Home Builds [with graphics]

Care homes are not like your average builds, the needs of the residents are often varied and therefore so are the characteristics of the property. Careful consideration needs to be given to the design of such a building to ensure the needs of the residents and the staff are met, making it a successful construction with a long term future. The following aspects of the build should be balanced, ensuring that the wellbeing of the residents can be catered for. Homelike Environments Residents will no doubt be staying for the foreseeable future, but this shouldn’t mean the designers have to treat…

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Retirement Villages Explained [with graphics]

In later life, it becomes important to ensure our loved ones can enjoy a high standard of living while also having access to care as and when required. Social care options have grown in recent years, and retirement villages have become an attractive option for seniors looking for a lifestyle transition. So what are retirement villages? How are they run and what do they have to offer residents that traditional care homes simply can’t? What makes a retirement village? Retirement villages are built around independent living inside a social, active community setting. They’re built to serve all the needs of residents…

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Significance Of Time And Money Management In Summer School Construction Projects

Construction projects for schools are tricky since they can’t simply be scheduled in to suit the contractors at any old time of the year. The majority of school construction projects are carried out in the summer when students and teachers get a long break. This gives designers and contractors a time in which the work can be carried out safely, without too much worry over the disruption of the school. This small window of construction opportunity, whether for upgrades and maintenance or a brand new addition to a site, means there has to be more consideration put into the planning and…

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Changes To CDM Requirements Part 2: The Implications

These regulations came into force on 6th April 2015 but for most projects already underway these have been managed under interim measures with the existing parties being employed, however as of 6th October 2015 all projects both new and existing will have to be managed under the New Regulations. There was, just before and for a while after, some speculation on the effect and actual practical management of the new Regulations, however, new guidance has been published and initial draft documents have been issued giving a clear picture:- The Key changes are as follows: All projects must have:- a) A written…

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Changes To CDM Requirements 2015 – Part 1: The Key Changes

You might have heard that as of the 6th of April 2015 that there are new changes to the CDM regulations for health and safety. The cut-off date for current projects to comply with the new 2015 regulations is 6th of October 2015, allowing enough time for the necessary changes to be made. CDM (or Construction, Design and Management) regulations refer to the rules which are there in place to protect everyone, from the people who will be carrying out the construction to those who will eventually populate the structure. The new requirements are not too far removed from the 2007…

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