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Floods ‘more damaging’ than the Beast from the East

• Frozen water mains burst causing widespread flooding in Midlands and other locations
• Major disruption to retailers across the country, will result in lost revenue
• Cleaning up flood damage and drying out buildings another cost to businesses
Flooding from burst water mains is likely to cause more damage and be more costly for many businesses than the Beast from the East big freeze that has triggered it, warns national emergency cleaning company CleanSafe Services.
The company’s specialist cleaning teams have been working around the clock since the thaw started to support their customers’ disaster recovery plans and enable them to keep trading where possible.
They have been mobilised to pump out floodwater, clean flood damage, and begin the drying process at retail sites as far apart as Manchester, London, Northampton, Blackpool, and Bath.
Birmingham and the Midlands have been particularly badly hit. CleanSafe Services is working on flooding at sites in central Birmingham, Longbridge, Kings Heath, Solihull, and Halesowen.
Businesses calling for urgent help are mostly in the retail sector, including outlets from national clothing, sportwear and footwear chains. CleanSafe Services is also delivering flood damage recovery support for one of the UK’s most high-profile opticians and an international bank, both with properties hit by floods.
CleanSafe Services Director Martin Bull said: “We’ve assessed the damage and are seeking to help customers keep parts of their premises open for business as usual – obviously with health and safety considerations at the forefront.
“Every hour the disruptions and closures prevent retail customers from buying means significant lost revenue on top of the cost of repairs. This is why specialist flood recovery support is so vital for business continuity, to draw on technical expertise to clear and dry flood water as quickly and safely as possible.
“The week of unusually cold weather was a significant financial and operational burden for a lot of businesses. But for many, the recovery from the subsequent flooding could be more arduous and take even longer.
CleanSafe Services Manager Geoff Hodgkins said: “As soon as the sub-zero temperatures took hold we were aware that localised flooding from water main bursts could follow, and started putting plans in place to provide emergency support for our customers.
“Floodwater from water mains is initially clean. But if it is left to stand it quickly becomes polluted and is an incubator for bacteria and parasites, so may have to be treated as a hazardous waste.
“Mains water can also enter and surcharge sewers, causing sewage flooding, which creates an environmental hazard that must be contained immediately.
“We are working with facilities managers, insurance companies, building contractors and shop- and office-fitters on cleaning and drying the flood-damaged buildings. Most of our commercial clients incorporate us in their disaster recovery plans to make it easier and quicker to call on our services, which helps ensure business continuity as far as possible.
CleanSafe Services delivers specialist emergency cleaning services nationally via four depots in London, Cannock, in Staffordshire, Manchester, and Scotland. It has particular expertise in flood and fire damage cleaning, biohazard cleaning, and crime scene cleaning.


Baxi Heating Boosts Business Development Team

Baxi Heating has strengthened its business development team across its commercial brands with the appointment of a new national account manager. James McKoen will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with main contractor customers in an effort to deliver the company’s objectives for customer loyalty and growth.
James joins Baxi Heating from Vent Axia, where he developed extensive knowledge of working in a key account role in the ventilation market, particularly with main contractors. Based at Baxi Heating’s Commercial Centre of Excellence in Wokingham but working in the field, he will be the lead contact for all key account customers and report into business development director Neville Small.
James comments: “Baxi Heating is a leading heating brand with a strong reputation for delivering results for commercial clients. I look forward to using my experience in managing strong customer relationships to help support the expansion of the main contractors business and drive new project opportunities in the sector.”
Neville Small, business development director for the commercial brands at Baxi Heating, says: “With proven field sales experience, James will strengthen our business development team by becoming a dedicated point of contact for Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial, Remeha and Packaged Plant Solutions (PPS)
“Baxi Heating is committed to ambitious growth plans and the appointment enhances our capabilities of targeting main contractor accounts.”
Baxi Heating is a residential and commercial heating and hot water manufacturer, and consists of Baxi, Potterton, Baxi Potterton Myson, Heatrae Sadia, Megaflo Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial, Remeha and Packaged Plant Solutions (PPS). Baxi Heating’s UK Commercial Centre of Excellence in Wokingham, Berkshire is the head office for Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial and Remeha, providing customers with easy access to a one-stop-shop for commercial water heaters, commercial boilers and combined heat and power products.


ASSA ABLOY UK Specification announces new RIBA approved CPD seminar focusing on BIM Door Object development

ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, is offering a new RIBA-accredited CPD seminar on creating standards-based BIM Door Objects.
The RIBA-accredited CPD seminar, entitled: ‘Enhancing the Efficiency of BIM Door Object Development’, is now available to book and counts towards the Design, Construction and Technology core curriculum.
The objectives of the seminar are to help architects understand the requirements and web-based resources available on the market for creating pre-built standards-based BIM Door Objects, in order to significantly improve the specification and scheduling process.
Eric Spooner, ASSA ABLOY BIM Manager, explains: “BIM is changing the building landscape, bringing with it improvements in design, specification, delivery and asset management.
“After working solely on BIM Door Objects for almost five years in the Americas, I’ve seen the majority of challenges faced by BIM practitioners in both architect and contractor practices.
“With this CPD, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification aims to help architects and specifiers understand how to enhance the efficiency of their BIM Object development via a number of web-based solutions.
“One such solution is Openings Studio, a Revit plugin and cloud-based scheduling software for doors and ironmongery that streamlines the specification process, as well as reduces costs throughout the project lifecycle.”

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