Refurb and maintenance

Marano railings

A new range of innovative and easy-to-install railings have been unveiled by leading railings supplier F.H. Brundle.
The stunning Marano railings include pre-assembled aluminium posts, available in square and round profile, with a satin anodised finish. The system can be installed with or without a rectangular or oval top rail.  


London's Iconic Trellick Tower

Crittall Windows has been selected to manufacture and install replacement steel fenestration for one of London’s most iconic high-rise residential blocks.

Trellick Tower remains a major symbol of the Brutalist architectural style of the 1970s. With its distinctive separate lift and service tower, connected to the main structure by aerial walkways, the 98-metre-tall, 31-storey edifice is a significant landmark in West London.  


Dryzone spraying and wiping off

Designed to eradicate mould from damp and poorly ventilated properties, Dryzone100 Mould Killer – from  Safeguard Europe provides a convenient, water-based, non-abrasive means of tackling this unsightly and unhealthy problem.

Product review: Bosch Universal Aquatak 135 High Pressure Washer (£179)

Editor Victoria Galligan tackles a driveway and car in much need of a clean, with the new and improved pressure washer model from Bosch…

Jet washing is a regular task for housing providers as a variety of vehicles, paving and equipment need a good clean once in a while. And this model caters for the variety or different jobs you might face with a clever adjustable nozzle – so I got cracking on my dull-looking driveway and dusty car.

The 3-in-1 nozzle on the UniversalAquatak performs 10% better than its predecessors, according to Bosch, and allows the jet to be concentrated on a tiny area for cleaning in tight nooks and crannies. This ‘pencil jet’ setting can be adjusted to a rotary mode, or a fan spray for cleaning larger areas.

Guy Horne, co-founder and managing director of HS Property Group, which renovates empty homes

Guy Horne, co-founder and managing director of HS Property Group, answers editor Victoria Galligan's questions on empty homes in the UK…

How many homes are empty in the UK?

According to official figures by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in March 2019 there were more than 216,000 empty homes across the UK, equating to £53.6bn of property value. This represents a 5.3% increase over the last 12 months, hitting the highest level of vacant properties since 2012.

Roofing refurbishment at Plas Madoc copyright SuaveAirPhotos

Sustainable Building Services (UK) Limited is now delivering a £2.1M scheme involving 220 occupied properties in Plas Madoc as part of Wrexham County Borough Council's Re-roofing and Group Repairs Framework