New site development

New site development

In this article, we will share with you the important things that are to be considered in Commercial Construction. Careful considerations should be made in order to avoid hazards and endangering the people involved. One of our recent developments is a new site for Clyde Tree Surgeons. They are located in Glasgow. You might wonder what kind of company they are, they specialize in care for trees. So if you need a Glasgow Tree Surgeon, they are the right people to tap since they are already experts in their field.

Due to the success of their business, Clyde Tree Surgeons is expanding and they consulted us for the construction of their new site. It will still be in Glasgow though. They just wanted to build a satellite office to entertain more customers. Word of mouth really worked for them. It was their existing customers’ network that helped them growth and this is due to the consistency of their service. From Tree Surgery, Tree Felling and Pruning, Hedge Trimming, Emergency Tree Services, Tree Stump Removal, Site Clearance, Tree Planting, Tree Surveys, Commercial Tree Surgery and Ecologic and Bat Surveys, they got it all covered. What also made them stand out among competitors is their free quotation without the need to fulfill obligations right away. Their Tree Surgeon Professionals are also fully equipped with knowledge and all the certifications needed so that is why their customers trust them. They are also very friendly and accommodating. When they approached us, they were very clear of what they wanted to it was not very hard to execute. The project is ongoing and so it would be nice if we can share a bit of information on our experience.

Number one priority in a new site development is securing a permit and setting Safety Requirements. This should also come with a Safety Measure Briefing for the workers, safety tools like belts, shoes and helmets should be properly worn while on site. Aside from this, a fire fighting equipment should also be in placed. If there will be visitors or site inspection, it should be well coordinated with the team and only the persons involved should be present. As for Clyde Tree Surgeons, inspections are being made regularly and this is for monitoring and checking.

On the other hand, things to avoid in a construction site would be any activity or process or steps that is not supervised. Also, inflammable materials, debris and waste should be placed a designated area, farther from the actual site. Another important thing is that all persons that will be given an assignment in the site development should be knowledgeable, professional and well-experienced. We don’t want someone on the site who does not know what to do. This include proper lifting measures, how to operate machines and proper storage of materials.

The rules of Commercial construction are very simple and easily understandable. The main responsibilities go the Site Team including the Supervisors and especially the Contractor and Architect and the most important roles are the workers. It is also important that instructions are clear and workers are well-compensated to avoid other conflicts. It’s a challenge but as long as everyone is on the same page then it would not be that very difficult and timelines will be achieved. We’re nearing the end of our construction for Clyde Tree Surgeons – we will be happy to share this with you once completed!

What to do with Trees when Planning a Development?

What to do with Trees when Planning a Development?

Building edifications on a plot that has pre-existing plants requires an analysis that nobody should take lightly. Many times – by concentrating exclusively on issues of architecture, budget, and time – the distribution of the vegetation is neglected by the builders, just to achieve harmony of the other elements, but the building and its environment are crucial too.

There are several practices, such as conservation, transplants, pruning, felling, maintenance of green spaces, etc. that must be known and considered in advance to make better decisions.

This article was prepared with the collaboration of an expert Tree surgeon from Edinburg and seeks to make the reader reflect on what should be done with trees on a construction site: Should they be uprooted or cut down and left to dry?

The Trees can be your Best Allies

Vegetation can be an excellent environmental ally that provides multiple benefits to urban urbanism. One of the main questions that arise when building houses is the following: What to do with the trees that are nearby?

Whether the construction is carried out in an open or closed neighborhood, it is usual that in the lot, plot, or land of the project there is some type of forest on which it is necessary to decide what to do.

Although there are architects who argue that it is necessary to root them out to avoid future problems in the foundations of the new home; others maintain that this is not necessary. It can be enough to simply cut them and let them dry and decompose, thus contributing their nutrients to the soil.

But those are not the only options that exist. Some organizations defend the idea of protection and conservation of trees and also defend the implementation of alternative solutions when undertaking the task of building in spaces where plants exist.

Many times the works need all the trees to be removed and others only require periodic maintenance of pruning and watering so that they do not have to look for water beyond their perimeter and thus control their developments.

Rethinking what to do with the surrounding vegetation in building projects is necessary to make the best choice in each case.

Urban reforestation

Planting tree species does not have to be an impromptu action, there are a few practical considerations to take when reforesting the field on site.

Our friends at Arborist Direct Edinburgh know how complex this process can be, which is why they have shared with us these important recommendations to keep in mind:

  1. Avoid placing plants in spaces near foundations and gas, water, sewage, irrigation, or electricity pipes.
  2. Before planting trees or shrubs, it is key to know what volume they will develop when they complete their growth after several years. We suggest searching the internet for adult species and projecting growth. It is also essential to know the types of soils, the hydric and thermal regime of the region, etc. to guide the choice towards species more compatible with the place.
  3. If you want to have green leaves during the four seasons, avoid choosing deciduous trees, since they generally lose their leaves in autumn-winter. Another related issue is the location of the pool on the ground, since if the tree is defoliated in winter all its leaves will fall on the pool. As long as a tree is evergreen it would not affect the pool.
  4. Keep in mind that evergreen trees when growing can interfere with their shade from the little sunlight that arrives in winter.

In summary, when carrying out urban reforestation and distributing the trees on the ground, aesthetic and functional qualities you must consider the specific shape, foliage behavior, susceptibility to pests and diseases, size, magnitude, growth speed, longevity, resistance to frost, presence of flowers, type of fruits, presence of thorns, allergenic character, etc.

The Most Iconic Modern Scottish Architecture

The Most Iconic Modern Scottish Architecture

Renovation and preservation have always played an important role in Scottish architecture in recent years, including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh lighthouse in Glasgow. Who is now home to Scotland’s Center for Design and Architecture, or the magnificent glass-fronted Edinburgh Festival of Theater, which boasts the largest performance area in Scotland – second only to the Royal Opera House in the UK.

The banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow boast many eye-catching modern architectural masterpieces. Norman Foster’s Clyde Auditorium, which has earned the affectionate nickname ‘ The Armadillo ‘ in recent years, stands proudly across the river from the titanium-clad Glasgow Science Center.

Further west along the river we can find the iconic Glasgow Riverside Museum, designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, and the city’s Transport Home Museum. Officially unveiled in July 2011, the imposing structure already dominates the Glasgow skyline with its striking wave outline and clear glass facade.

In Edinburgh, the world-renowned Scottish Parliament building is situated at the bottom of the Royal Mile. The building was designed by the late architect of Catalan origin, Enric Miralles. He said to have been inspired by the surrounding landscape. The construction is a mix of steel, oak, and granite and was officially opened in 2004.

The National Museum of Scotland underwent a major refurbishment that restored the original splendor of the A Grade Victorian building which introduced new modern details such as wrought iron balconies and a soaring glass ceiling, which together created an impressive bird cage-style structure.

To the north of Dundee, we can find the Dundee Contemporary Arts Center: one of the most innovative modern spaces in the city.

The Maggie Center at Ninewells was architect Frank Gehry’s first building in the UK. The center, which provides support and care to people affected by cancer, was named ‘Building of the Year’ by the Royal Scottish Fine Arts Commission and was also nominated for the 2004 RIAS Andrew Doolan Prize for Architecture.

Open For Business Again!

Dear All. We’re happy to announce that after a 2 week holiday for all of our staff we are back in town again!
The weather has taken a turn meaning our landscaping and tree surgery teams have been busy with broken branches and wind damage.
This week we start on the Meikle Development in Cambuslang. It is a development of 14 detached 4 and 5 bedroom houses with gardens and separate driveways.
We have arrived on site after the ground works have been completed and foundations laid. Another contractor has installed the wooden frames and we are now started on the brickwork and roofing. We expect the first 3 houses to have the basic walls and roof up within 2 months.
But in the mean time we expect to start with internal plumbing ad electrics.
Window and door supply and fitting is being carried out by a third party. Driveways and patio laying will be completed by ourselves once the units near completion.
The brick is a ready mustard sourced from south Devon. It is a beautiful colour and keeps colour in even after years of Scottish harsh weather. For this reason it has become a favorite in these parts and a common brick for us to suggest.
The roofing in 12 mm ply covered with 3 layer laminate which is heat bonded and sealed before the red tile is put in place. This should have a lifetime of at least 5-0 plus years and we supply and fit the roof with a 25 year guarantee to the developer which can be passed onto the homeowner upon transfer of title.
This development is quote unique in that there are actually existing trees all around each house. Great care was taken during the ground works not to damage any trees and it will make for a stunning housing site with great views from the seclusion of a private copice of beach trees. We will post photos as we go.