New Developments in Canary Wharf Set To Start

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London: The most ambitious phase of the next stage of London’s Docklands is taking shape. The owner of Canary Wharf Project has won the permission to increase the size of the estate by a third. It entails Canary Wharf Group to increase Wood Wharf extension to the east of its main estate with 30 new buildings and 3,100 homes.  The project is one of the new developments in Canary Wharf . Master-planned by architect Allies and Morrison, the project is expected to fast track the first phase of the development in time for the arrival of the Crossrail link in 2018. The Wood Wharf site was taken over by Canary Wharf in 2012. Subsequently, it It bought out the stakes of partners like British Waterways and developer Ballymore for £90 million. They hired the previous partners, architects Lord Richard Rogers and Sir Terry Farrell, to draw up earlier master plans. New Offerings The new offerings will boost the region and add many townhouses and high-rise buildings. It will include social housing interspersed with parks and public squares. In the upcoming office space media, technology and telecoms firms alongside financial tenants can take occupancy. The project is being envisaged to rival The City. It is expected that the development will also create some 17,000 jobs, of which 3500 will be go to the local residents. Sir George Lacobescu, chairman, Canary Wharf noted that the major eastern development of Canary Wharf will “reinforce the district as one of London’s most dynamic, mixed-use commercial and residential districts”. Max Property Products The projects from Property developer Nick Leslau and his team are pricier by £20 million. Having received an offer of £448 million offer for his Max Property company, it owns a host of assets including London’s St Katharine Docks. It was launched to snap up bargains after the [...]

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Know Your Window Terminology Before You Buy

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If you are in the process of building, remodeling or replacing windows in your home or commercial space, you may feel a little over your head with all of the window terms and jargon that may be thrown your way during your window buying and installation process. There are a few key things to understand as you begin your window selection process, so you feel educated and confident as you select your window company and work through the installation process. Common window related terms: Below is a brief list of common window terms that you may or may not be familiar with, but you are likely to encounter during your window installation process. Just like any time you are making a purchase, if you are unclear of what something means or how it could impact your life, simply ask about it. A good window company will take the time to make sure you are comfortable with your window decisions. Argon-Gas – An inert gas that is sealed between two window panes to reduce the transfer of temperatures. This gas is odorless, colorless and non-toxic and will improve the efficiency of your windows. Casing – Molding utilized on the framework of your window. Caulking – In order to reduce the leakage of air or moisture, a special compound is utilized to seal joints and cracks. Condensation Resistance Factor – The measurement of how effective a window is at reducing or eliminating condensation. The higher the rating, the more effective the window is at reducing condensation issues. Fogging – Leaking seals or extreme weather conditions may result in a film or deposit being left on a window, resulting in a fog like appearance. Frame – The area in which window sashes are mounted onto a building. Insulating Gas (IG) – The result of two [...]

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5 Things to Know Before You Buy Your Home

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Many people talk about how to be emotionally and financially prepared to buy a home. They give you tips on savings, credit scores, how to select a realtor, the value of conducting home inspections, suggestions on location and so much more. But what about other things you need to contemplate? The things that society tends not to discuss as much, yet could – and should – significantly impact your home buying decisions? 5 things to consider before buying your home: 1. Not everyone should be a homeowner. You may not have the desire, time or constant cash flow to feel comfortable owning your own home. It is often ingrained in us from a young age that we will one day want to purchase a home. And that may be true – we may want to. But that doesn’t mean we should. Take an honest assessment of your life to determine if homeownership is right for you. It may not be, at least right now. You may need to transfer with your job in a few years. Or you may hate home repairs and know you may struggle to pay someone else to make them. There’s any number of reasons why homeownership may not be the right choice for you. That’s just as important as knowing that you should take the leap and purchase! 2. Plan to own your home for a while. The average person moves every 7 years. But did you know it typically takes 3-5 years to recoup your purchasing and moving costs? To make a home purchase worthwhile, you need to plan to put down roots for a while before you buy your next place. So honestly evaluate if now is the time to purchase. 3. Buy what you need. Bigger isn’t always better. While you may [...]

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Top tips for buying property abroad in 2014

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Although the vast majority of economies have recovered from the Great Recession, prospective property owners are still hesitant to invest abroad . That said however, there are a few great tips, and of course, a few lucrative countries to make investments within. With this in mind, here are some small nuggets of advice for when the time comes to purchasing a property abroad: Get professional advice No matter where you decide to purchase a property, getting professional advice is key to maintaining your interests and keeping stress to a minimum. As you might imagine, estate agents can often be a good source of advice, though it is important only negotiate with ones that are officially registered and own a license. Ensuring that your lawyer has firm grip on the English language as well as the native tongue is also imperative for dealing with the countless amount of rules that will be presented to you. For example, in Spain, you have to make a will in Spanish before purchasing any property. Find out what it will cost It is important that you research all of the legal issues and costs involved in purchasing a property in your chosen country. Although your solicitor or lawyer will assist you in this regard, it is important to be fully aware of every single part of the legal process that you will be going through. Also, it is advised that you obtain professional help to check your finances so that you can take into account any additional costs. For example, taxes can be very high when buying abroad, so by setting up a direct debit from a native bank account, you are assured to pay all bills. As you can imagine, some foreign banks don’t take non-payment as lightly as they can do in the UK. Remember to be sceptical Although it’s fairly [...]

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Take Time Out – Enjoy London’s Top Parks

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The sun is shining and the ice cream vans are doing their rounds, so it can only mean one thing – summer is finally here! It’s time to make the most of the fine weather (because we know it won’t last long in Britain) and go outdoors, perhaps enjoying a barbecue or sunbathing in the blissful sunshine. If you have your own garden, you can simply step out of your back door and into the delicious summer heat, but if you live in an apartment block or if your compact backyard is a bit on the small side and not exactly geared up for entertaining, you may want to take a trip out to one of London’s parks for a bit of scenery and space to relax in the great weather. Hyde Park Centrally located, Hyde Park is a great park to visit during the summer months. It’s one of London’s best-loved parks and this is testament to its true beauty. With over 4000 trees, a magnificent lake, a meadow and even rose gardens, this huge park truly comes alive in summer. Visit Hyde Park for a gentle stroll or bring your bike or skateboard if you’d rather travel on wheels on the park’s dedicated cycle paths. The Regents Park The Regents Park is another huge park, spanning 410 acres. Designed in 1811 by one of the world’s great architects John Nash, it’s a sight to behold, with beautiful rose gardens and an impressive outdoor sports arena, showcasing football, rugby and cricket matches. So if you love the idea of kicking back in the sun and taking in a game of football or cricket, then Regents Park could be the perfect spot for you to spend your summer days. Hampstead Heath If the warm summer weather makes you desperate to [...]

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Clever Ideas To Clean, Pack and Move Heavy Items

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If you are heading for your next  moving out, you have probably started planning all the things and you feel a little stressed and preoccupied. There are many procedures that you will have to perform when you change your place of living but most of them are connected with the preparing and package of your items. As moving out is very serious procedure you should make sure that you have planned carefully every step of this time consuming process. If you feel unable to do this alone, you can always invite some of your friends to step by and to help you in this moving out activity. As far as tiny objects are concerned, they are often easy to be cleaned, packed  and moved for the new place of living. The case with the heavy objects is however little more complicated and requires more efforts and specific approaches. If you really do not want to meet difficulties with all these procedures, we advise to follow these steps and we guarantee that you will be facilitated a lot in this process. 1.Cleaning It is needless to say that you should provide an appropriate cleaning of the heavy items that you plan to take with you. Whether it comes to huge paintings or to armchairs and tables that need to be transferred, the first step always includes the cleaning of the objects. After all you cannot put them in the boxes covered with dust and dirt. Look around for the heavy objects and take a clean cloth. You can use detergents bought from the nearest store or some DIY ones, if you consider yourself eco friendly oriented. Clean the surface of the items in a gentle and careful manner in order not to damage the  items. 2.Packing Everyone knows that when it [...]

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Ten Storage Must Knows for your Next Move

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Wherever you’re storing items during a move, and regardless of the duration of the storage period, making things happen in the right order is a key part of a stress free experience. Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things we do, so any tips that streamline the process are worth bearing in mind. 1. Self Storage facilities help bridge the gap when there’s a break in your moving chain. Don’t risk losing your sale because you haven’t found your ideal next house yet. Short term unit rentals provide safe secure storage for household effects from 7 days to as long as you need. 2. Packing up takes longer than you think. Start early if you don’t want a panic at the last minute. Go logically from room to room and start with least-used items. 3. Use more smaller boxes in favour of big ones. It may seem more efficient to pack lots into a big box, but making it too heavy to lift risks injury at worst and boxes whose bottoms fall out at best. 4. Make friends with labels. List what’s in the box on the outside, and be specific. Weeks or months down the line you won’t remember which ‘kitchen things’ box your kettle is in. 5. Dismantle furniture if possible to save space. Take legs off tables, for instance, or take apart flat pack items. Put all the fixings in a small bag and tape them securely to the item they came off. 6. Fill boxes to the top so they don’t collapse when stacked. Stack them with the largest at the bottom of the pile. 7. In self storage units, store items in reverse order, bearing in mind what you’ll want first when you unpack. For instance, if you want kitchen [...]

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Brixton – Music, Food And The London Vibe

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Brixton has come a long way in the past few years, with major improvements to the tube station and the streets given a facelift with regeneration cash. Brixton Village has become a foodie destination on the weekends too and the area has seen an influx of professionals looking for affordable housing with quick access to central London. It’s still cheaper than neighbouring Clapham, and has a real community feeling. Here’s our overview of why Brixton is so great, and why it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for a vibrant place to live, work or socialise… Musical Brixton You can find live music well into the evening and even further into the early hours of the morning in areas packed full of clubs, bars and live music. There’s Mass, a club which used to be a church, The Dogstar on Coldharbour Lane and of course Brixton Academy, which has been open as an entertainment venue since 1983, and plays host to some of the best music acts in the world. Foodie Brixton If you like eating out, make your way to Brixton Village . Years ago it was a run down arcade, but now it’s a buzzing mix of restaurants, takeaways and cafes getting rave reviews in the national press. Musicians play in the open air and you can try food from all corners of the planet.  Brixton Market is busy and colourful, crammed with exotic fruit, foreign vegetables and an array of weird and wonderful looking seafood. Residential Brixton House prices, while still lower than other parts of London have steadily risen over the years. There is a good mix of flats that have been converted out of the large Victorian buildings and new builds of smaller houses and flats. It is at the end of the Victorian Line and [...]

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Getting Ready to Move House

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There’s no denying that moving house is one of the most stressful life events around. It’s often overwhelming and chaotic, exciting and exhausting all at the same time. But few people have the luxury of staying in the same place all their lives. Eventually, circumstances will probably leave you surrounded by cardboard boxes and packing tape. But don’t despair. Moving house doesn’t need to be that stressful. With good preparation and a thorough purge of your belongings, you can have a stress-free move and save some money to boot – after all, the less you have to move, the cheaper it will be. Here are our favourite stress-reducing tips for moving house: Be Ruthless Get rid of everything you don’t need. Work through your property methodically, and go through all your stuff. Separate it into piles for the charity shop, car boot sale, rubbish dump – and items to be packed, of course. And we mean it when we say be ruthless – if you haven’t used it in the past year, do you really need it? If you have a lot of rubbish, you can hire a skip to make life easier, but check the rules carefully: unless it’s entirely on private land you’ll need to obtain a licence from your local authority. Tidy Your Garden Don’t overlook your garden when moving – a well-kept garden is essential to adding value to your property. Simply mowing your lawn, pruning any trees or bushes, and weeding your flowerbeds can make all the difference to your property’s appearance. Look in your garage and shed early in the moving process, because they can easily become a dumping ground, and you’ll feel much better if you tackle the disorganised spaces first. Get Organised As you work through the rooms in your house, pack all but your most essential [...]

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Infrared Inspections: A Homeowner’s Best Friend

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When most people think of infrared cameras, they tend to imagine scenes from a movie—soldiers using night vision to penetrate into enemy territory; special agents conducting surveillance of their targets, or firefighters navigating through dense smoke in a burning building. While these are some of the original applications of thermal imaging technology, a lot has changed since the first infrared camera was invented in 1929. Today, infrared cameras (also referred to as thermal imaging cameras) have evolved into small, handheld devices that are widely available, relatively affordable and user-friendly. Use of infrared cameras in building diagnostics There are few industries that have benefited more from advancements in thermography than the building inspection industry. In fact, many inspectors these days rely on thermal imaging cameras for: Energy audits Building envelope surveys Home inspections Roof inspections Moisture detection Mold inspections Electrical surveys Mechanical surveys Why? Well, infrared inspections are an excellent, non-intrusive way of identifying issues like moisture intrusion, heat loss and mold growth! What does this mean? Simply put, it means that you don’t have to cut a hole in your wall in order to find a leaky pipe. You don’t have to tear up your floors in order to check for water damage. These kinds of hidden or hard-to-reach problems can be easily detected in a non-contact, non-destructive way—thanks to infrared cameras. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention that infrared inspections are faster, cheaper and just as accurate (if not more accurate) as traditional inspections. The basics of thermography There are many names for it: thermography, thermal imaging, infrared imaging and IR. Whichever term you choose, the science behind it is the same. So what exactly is thermography and how does it work? Here’s a brief overview. All surfaces have a temperature, which represents the amount of thermal energy (heat) given off by an object.  [...]

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