Refurbishing your restaurant or diner for the upcoming winter season

Winter is a crucial season for restaurants, diners and other foodservice establishments, especially during the Christmas rush, and hebs Group are anticipating a high number of restaurant refurbishment projects over the autumn-winter season this year.

A high-quality restaurant refurbishment can quickly cover its own costs in increased bookings, especially for large Christmas parties whether for businesses, families or groups of friends celebrating the season together.

It’s important to recognise that restaurant and diner refurbishments can be as extensive or as limited as you’d like – working within the existing configuration of the premises with internal walls, built-in booths and so on, or ripping out the internal footprint to start from scratch.

At hebs Group we have the expertise to handle these different levels of project, whether you need full structurally sound reconstruction of internal walls, or something that goes little further than surface redecoration.

In and out

We know time is of the essence, especially in the run-up to Christmas when you don’t want any avoidable downtime, which is why our team will be in and out as quickly and seamlessly as possible, leaving you with no clean-up to carry out.

Our fast track approach to foodservice refurbishment means we can complete large projects within a matter of weeks, even where there is considerable structural work to carry out like relocating the position of the servery and other core elements of your kitchen and dining area.

Everything is completed with the express aim of getting you back in business quickly, while ensuring your diners won’t be confronted with unwelcome aromas like fresh paint and other evidence of the recent building work carried out.

We work with you

We are happy to work closely with your own operations team to make sure the work we do fits with your schedule and short-term goals.

If you would like to see examples of our past projects, we have plenty of restaurant refurbishment case studies available, from surface finishes, to complete turnkey refurbs with complex demands.

We also work on dining areas in multi-use establishments – for example, cafe areas in gyms and fitness centres, restaurant areas in hotels, and so on – so if your refurb is one part of larger premises, we can deliver with a minimum of disruption.

 

To find out more, please contact us today. You can call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk and a member of our team will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.

How to keep your roof maintenance under control during autumn/winter weather

The autumn and winter months pose a growing challenge to commercial roof maintenance, both over the course of each year, and as weather patterns become more extreme in the longer term.

As the wetter weather of autumn sets in, roofs face their first test as any leaks that have gone unnoticed over the summer months are much more likely to become apparent.

Drainage is also an issue – including roof-edge guttering and drainpipes clogged by fallen leaves and other debris from the late summer.

Meanwhile as the winter weather arrives, there are even more complications, such as the risk of ice forming on roofs, heavy accumulations of snowfall, and freeze-thaw effects on pipes including drainage and water supplies alike.

All of this demands attention and with the risk of water damage when your roof leaks, it’s a case of the sooner the better.

The autumn of 2019 has already seen severe weather warnings and record-breaking hurricane activity heading eastwards over the Atlantic.

If you have any concerns at all about your roof fabric, or you simply haven’t carried out any routine roof maintenance recently, now is the time.

Solutions for weak or leaking roofs

Commercial roof repairs need to tick all the boxes, being fast, affordable, long-lasting and ideally causing the minimum of disruption to the premises.

For all of these purposes, a roof overlay system such as a cut to fall roof can be a good option, especially on roofs where the problems are caused by a lack of pitch.

Flat roofs naturally have less ability to disperse rainwater, as it does not naturally run off of a flat surface, especially if the roof has started to sag in places.

A cut to fall roof works by overlaying the existing roof with a watertight pitched layer, creating an angled top surface that controls rainwater run-off.

This can then be guided towards a particular gutter or drain, often laid along the centre of the roof rather than the edge, and the excess water is then drained away safely.

At hebs Group we can provide case studies of our past work in this area and have considerable expertise in ensuring roofs of all types are well maintained, waterproof and strong enough to withstand expected snowfall.

Together this helps to give you weatherproof premises for the coming autumn-winter season, allowing you to keep trading without any major and costly business interruptions whatever the weather.

We make it our priority to go the extra mile when it comes to building and facilities management, especially with hebs Flowtech – specialising in drainage and sewer maintenance for customers across the north, using innovative technologies and eco-friendly strategies for excellent results.

For more information, visit https://hebs-group.co.uk/maintenance-services/roofing/

Contact us on 0151 236 0707 or email info@hebs-group.co.uk for any general enquires and to learn about our services.

 

What is the future of green field installations for 5G telecommunications?

A newly launched competition is to give up to ten rural locations funding totalling £30 million to trial new 5G telecommunications installations that could have big implications for the future of green field installations for the telecoms sector.

The competition was launched in late August by digital secretary Nicky Morgan, with the aim to pioneer ‘testbeds’ for 5G phone masts in rural parts of the UK.

She said: “In modern Britain people expect to be connected wherever they are. And so we’re committed to securing widespread mobile coverage and must make sure we have the right planning laws to give the UK the best infrastructure to stay ahead.”

At the same time, the government launched a consultation on planning rules for new 5G phone masts, which could make it much easier for mobile network operators to install taller 5G masts on green field and rural sites.

The proposals could see much taller masts become a common feature in rural landscapes; however, the ultimate aim is to reduce the total number of masts needed to give the same coverage.

By allowing taller and bigger masts equipped with a larger amount of supporting technology in one place, coverage by each could be greater, allowing smaller, older and redundant masts to be removed.

Installing 5G telecommunications in rural locations 

Clearly there will always be public concerns about installing 5G telecommunications in rural locations, so it is important to do so sympathetically to the landscape.

At hebs Group we have a huge amount of experience in green field civils and electrical installations for the telecommunications sector, as more come online, we will apply this knowledge and expertise to 5G masts of all sizes too.

Under the current government proposals, this could include several changes to new and existing mobile infrastructure:

  • Fewer but taller masts including mast-sharing agreements.
  • Strengthening of existing masts to support 5G and mast sharing.
  • Installing radio equipment cabinets without prior approval needed.

This last proposal includes both unprotected and protected land, although it would not extend to SSSIs.

In urban areas and rural residential communities, the proposals would also allow 5G masts to be built nearer to roads and located on buildings to provide better coverage.

For all of these emerging opportunities in 5G telecoms mast installation and the civils and electrical infrastructure required for them in green field locations, hebs Group will work hard to support the roll-out of 5G infrastructure and the mobile networks who operate it.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/30m-to-spark-rollout-of-next-generation-5g-in-rural-areas-and-help-countryside-capitalise-on-tech-revolution

http://hebs-group.co.uk/telecoms/electrical-installations/

 

The right time for trenchless repair

Trenchless repair of damaged pipes and sewers is one of the most demanded services available from hebs Flowtech, the specialist drainage contractor from hebs Group.

It’s a way to repair leaks, strengthen ageing pipelines and prepare for wet weather ahead – which is why the dry part of the year is the ideal time to enquire about trenchless repair.

We all know the British weather is changeable, but by acting when the sun shines, you can make sure your drainage, sewers and other pipelines are up to the task of carrying away excess rainwater once the clouds return.

 

Why get pipework repaired in summer?

Summer is not the only time of year for trenchless repair of damaged pipes, but it’s one of the best, thanks to the warmer temperatures and generally more settled conditions.

In fact these favorable conditions last right through from spring well into the autumn, depending on short-term weather patterns, and this is the peak period for trenchless repair work in a typical year.

During winter, sub-zero temperatures can make it more difficult to work with frozen soil, wet weather conditions can lead to expensive dewatering and difficult to Stabilise excavations when inserting slip trenches and receiving pits and of course it is more likely that your pipes and drains will already be filled with water, especially if they are in a poor state of repair.

That’s not to say that trenchless pipe repair in winter is out of the question either, but the warmer days, lower rainfall and longer hours of sunlight all make summer the ideal season to make a start.

 

Preparing for rainy days

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s a return of rainy days at some point before too long, and usually longer spells of inclement weather as autumn progresses into winter.

Where you suffered leaks or structural weaknesses in drains, sewers and pipelines over the past winter, or if you suspect a leak may be forming, or even if you just want to be safe and not sorry, hebs Flowtech’s engineers can help.

Our state-of-the-art inspection equipment can check for damage along your pipes before any repair work is carried out, to ensure that the work is necessary and to determine the best solution given the specific circumstances.

You can read more about our trenchless solutions, including LED UV-cured patch repairs, both on our website and in our recent blog posts.

We also have further information about our general drainage and pipeline maintenance services, inspection, unblocking, descaling and repair – or just get in touch directly with any questions, and we will be happy to help.

All about Primus Line Kevlar liners for trenchless rehabilitation

At hebs Flowtech we are able to offer Primus Line Kevlar liners for trenchless rehabilitation of pressure pipes across a range of different industrial applications.

Primus Line Kevlar liners overcome some of the common problems faced with industrial pressure pipes, for example:

  • Weaknesses in bends and corners.
  • Loss of strength due to age and corrosion.
  • Sensitive installation environments.
  • Long length pipeline installations.
  • High hydraulic capacity demands.

This is all thanks to the Kevlar construction of the pipes, which strengthens the structure while allowing the walls of the pipe to be much thinner – and this in turn means the inner diameter of the pipe can be bigger, supporting higher capacity and flow rates.

 

Construction of Primus Line Kevlar liners

Primus Line Kevlar liners have three distinct layers that combine to create a flexible but incredibly strong cross-section:

  • An outer layer of abrasion-resistant polyurethane known as the sheath.
  • A load-bearing Kevlar layer (or double layer) of seamless woven aramid fibres.
  • A media-specific inner layer of polyurethane or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

The single or double Kevlar layer hidden between the polyurethane layers gives the pipe its extremely high load-bearing strength, while allowing the total construction of the pipe walls to be much thinner than if solid high-density polyethylene or a similar material were to be used.

In turn, this maximises flow capacity but also means that these thinner pipe walls are more flexible, and Primus Line can negotiate around bends of up to 45 degrees, with a series of specially designed connectors to navigate around any even tighter corners as required.

 

Trenchless rehabilitation with Primus Line Kevlar liners

At hebs Flowtech we can install Primus Line Kevlar liners as part of trenchless rehabilitation work, which means less disruption, less delay and less cost to reinstate disturbed ground.

This again is due in part to the flexibility and strength of Primus Line, which can be inserted into the existing pipework in need of trenchless rehabilitation, but does not need to be bonded to the inner surface of the pipe.

Because of their excellent load-bearing strength, Primus Line liners are self-supporting and able to ‘float’ inside the existing pipe, while their thin walls mean only a minimal reduction in the inner diameter of the pipeline.

To find out more about this innovative solution for trenchless pipeline rehabilitation, ask hebs Flowtech about Primus Line Kevlar liners today on +44 0151 236 0707 or by email to info@hebs-group.co.uk.

Blue light patch lining cures in place for faster repairs

Blue light patch lining technology is at the cutting edge of pipe repairs, offering faster, more convenient and less disruptive patch repairs for broken pipes.

Also known as cured-in-place pipe, or CIPP, this innovative drain and sewer lining technology uses ultraviolet light – off the blue end of the visible light spectrum – to activate resin patches once they are in place.

This means the resin can be positioned accurately and only then is the curing process triggered, so that the result is extremely reliable and achieved as quickly and cleanly as possible.

 

Working on blue light patch lining in the north-west

We are proud to be the preferred drainage contractor for many organisations and projects in the north-west, and we also welcome direct enquiries from customers new and old.

Together our ever-growing client base allows us to work on blue light patch lining in the north-west’s towns and cities, across Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond, wherever this innovative technology is needed.

It’s also the first time a drainage contractor in the north-west has offered CIPP curing to the facilities management and private sectors, courtesy of hebs Flowtech, our specialist drainage and pipeline services provider.

 

More benefits of blue light patch lining

The main benefits of blue light patch lining are its ease of use, fast application and curing times, and its availability even in confined areas, but there are many more advantages to using this cutting-edge technology:

  • Position of the blue/UV lights gives excellent control over curing.
  • Multiple patches can be applied quickly and with excellent results.
  • Low energy consumption means no large generators needed.
  • Less landscape disruption means less environmental impact.
  • Easier to make land ready for future use with less digging needed.

If you’re not sure if UV patch lining is right for your project, that’s fine too – just ask and we will be happy to advise on suitability and, if CIPP curing is not suitable for any reason, we can recommend an alternative instead.

 

Make an enquiry about UV patch lining

To make an enquiry, just get in touch with hebs Flowtech and a member of our team will be happy to help.

For an immediate response, call our team on 0151 236 0707 or if you prefer a reply in writing, you can email info@hebs-group.co.uk and we will get back to you as promptly as possible with an answer to your enquiry or an estimate for your upcoming project.

Building buildings: New construction from start to finish

When we talk about ‘building’ we mean the process of new construction, and the finished product – the newly built premises that you can then begin to use.

It’s no surprise that the same word applies to both parts of the new-build construction process, as it’s important to design new buildings to suit their purpose and to deliver them to a high standard.

The best architect’s plans can be undermined by poor execution, and the best builders cannot construct premises for one purpose if they were designed for something completely different.

That’s why at hebs group, we are proud to offer new-build construction services that start with your vision for what you want your premises to achieve, and end with delivering on that purpose to the highest of standards.

By adopting this holistic, start-to-finish approach, we are able time and time again to build buildings that meet the needs of our clients while incorporating all of the benefits of modern design methods and materials.

 

Industry and environment

We also understand that new-build construction is increasingly about delivering more than just the fabric of the building – there’s an ever-growing focus on its environmental impact and industry-specific legislation on issues like carbon footprint and energy management.

By taking all these factors into consideration from the start of the design and construction process, we can make sure you receive premises that make the best use of current innovations in building management and energy efficiency.

Smart building design also means future maintenance to the building fabric, roofing, HVAC and other services is easier and more cost-effective, so you can continue to install new technologies and upgrade your existing building infrastructure in the years to come.

 

A long and happy life

At hebs group we deliver new-build construction that is designed to withstand the test of time, while also being upgraded to benefit from new environmental technologies.

We know that many of these buildings will stand for decades, and there’s a huge sense of pride associated with that for anyone who works in new-build construction.

For existing premises, we can refurbish, refit and retrofit as appropriate to give you fresh interiors that are comfortable and welcoming to work in or otherwise occupy.

And on new-build construction we will always go the extra mile to produce a property that is not just fit for purpose, but really delivers on your dream of what you hoped to achieve from the first napkin sketch, to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and beyond.

Rapid rise in renewable energy installations in 2018

A substantial increase in renewable energy installations coming online in 2018 meant that for the first time, the majority of electricity generated in the UK came from low-carbon sources like solar, wind, hydro and nuclear.

Figures from climate and energy news provider Carbon Brief show coal-fired power plants continued to close with output down 25% in 2018, gas generation fell by 4% and nuclear – considered a low-carbon energy source – was down 7% over the year.

In contrast, offshore windfarm capacity almost doubled in a single year, taking total wind power output to 58 TWh, solar power installations were up 11% at total capacity of 13 TWh and biomass generation rose 13% to 36 TWh, with hydro power contributing a further 5 TWh to low-carbon electricity capacity.

Fossil fuels now account for just 46% of UK electricity generation – the lowest percentage on record – while low-carbon energy sources accounted for 53% of output in 2018 and renewable energy installations in particular totalled about a third of all UK energy capacity.

At hebs Group we have seen this trend first-hand, in our work to supply and install cutting-edge renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps to support businesses in reducing emissions, lowering energy bills and protecting the environment.

 

How renewable energy installations are helping meet climate goals

The figures show that the increase in renewable energy capacity in the UK since 2005 is almost the same as the total amount of energy saved through measures like the move towards low-energy lightbulbs and more energy-efficient vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances.

Combining the 103 TWh of energy saved through more efficient appliances and the 95 TWh of additional renewable energy installations, annual CO2 emissions are much lower than they otherwise would be – without these factors, emissions would be around 20% higher for gas-powered stations and 50% higher using coal.

“Lowering electricity use is not an end in itself, given the useful services it provides,” Carbon Brief concludes. “But energy efficiency and renewable energy are both key elements of most pathways to meeting UK and global climate goals.”

In response to the publication of the figures, Lawrence Slade, chief executive of the energy industry trade organisation Energy UK, urged these trends to continue with greater installations of wind and solar power to support the UK’s decarbonisation efforts across business and residential premises alike.

He added: “We are calling for the government to roll out a National Energy Efficiency Programme across the UK for domestic and non-domestic premises.”

We will continue to work hard to add to the total capacity of renewable energy generation for business premises across the UK, as well as providing essential electrical maintenance services to keep existing renewable energy installations running efficiently and contributing as much as possible to low-carbon energy output in the UK.

http://hebs-group.co.uk/maintenance-services/electrical/

What does 2019 hold for UK construction?

It’s always difficult to predict how the UK construction industry will fare over the course of a full 12 months, but 2019 in particular will be hard to anticipate, with the final arrangements for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union still to be made.

With that in mind, what can we be sure of for UK construction in 2019 – regardless of the final decisions that are made with respect to Brexit?

 

ACM Cladding

Aluminium Composite Material cladding – more commonly known simply as ACM cladding – was banned by the UK government following safety tests carried out after the Grenfell Tower fire.

In late 2018 the government announced that it is giving local authorities powers to remove ACM cladding from privately owned buildings over 18 metres tall, and that building owners will be expected to reimburse the costs.

New buildings over that height must not use ACM cladding – not only including residential buildings, but also student accommodation, boarding school dormitories, residential care premises and hospitals.

The news represents an important step in terms of safety but could be costly for building owners, who may wish to look into having any current ACM cladding removed as a priority, before the local authority carries out the work.

 

Contractor prompt payment initiative

The government has also announced plans starting from autumn 2019 to award public sector contracts only to contractors who pay their suppliers on time.

Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden said: “From 2019, if government contractors are late with supplier payments, they could stop winning public contracts altogether until they clean up their act.”

It’s part of the government’s broader commitments to levelling the public sector playing field for SMEs, which include a target to pay 90% of undisputed invoices within five days, and for one in every three pounds of government contract spending to be placed with SMEs by 2022.

 

Modular construction and MMC

Modern methods of construction (MMC) including off-site modular construction are on the rise, allowing construction firms to build new properties as individual modules off-site, which are then delivered directly into their final position.

Back in 2017, the government’s Housing White Paper pledged to create more opportunities in modular construction, as Sajid Javid promised that “British companies can become world leaders in this exciting and effective area”.

At the end of 2018 the government’s housing agency Homes England elected to use modular MMC in the construction of its new office at the heart of an 8,500-property development in Northstowe.

With environmental pressures leading to more construction on brownfield sites and in densely populated areas, modular construction offers a way to carry out much of the work off-site, minimising disruption and noise during the final installation – and will be a trend to watch throughout the coming year and beyond.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-bans-combustible-materials-on-high-rise-homes
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/crack-down-on-suppliers-who-dont-pay-on-time
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/helping-builders-to-get-building
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/homes-england-opts-modular-build-specialist-for-south-east-base

hebs group relocation

We have moved!

Due to ongoing expansion we have moved HQ!

You can now find The hebs Group at:

4 – 6 St John’s Road
Waterloo
Liverpool
L22 6QG

You can find us on the same phone number: +44 0151 2360707

We’ll have more news to share regarding our relocation in a further blog post, coming soon!
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