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What are the Most Popular Commercial Lights?

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Festoon LightsPeople are starting to relax and enjoy gatherings again, this includes garden parties and even music and dance events. It’s important to set the scene here in order to really get the atmosphere up to speed. One aspect that can’t be overlooked in this case is the lighting used. Lighting or lack of it, can make or break the party mood, without it the surroundings can seem dull and lacklustre. With the right lights sparkling and glittering away, a vibrant, exciting space is created.

Fairy lights are incredibly popular these days, and come in a myriad of forms, colours, shapes and sizes. Most people agree that these strings of twinkling lights are stunning and can be draped on anything to enhance the feel. When it comes to commercial functions and events, Festoon lighting is on trend. These are well known for providing spectacular effects with Edison style string lights decorating the whole area.

Festoon lights use larger, traditionally shaped LED bulbs, which can be replaced should one be damaged. The effects are truly awe inspiring, and these lights can be configured in any way you desire. Perfect for use in gardens, weddings, arenas, festivals, music venues or concerts delivering a wonderful ambience. Festoon lights are functional, decorative and can be used outdoors due to being waterproof. Magical and practical!

People love this type of lighting whatever the time of year, whether in the summer months or at Christmas. These enchanting lights make everything look better, and create a feelgood factor whether your having a quiet drink with a friend or organising a major bash. Another advantage of these string lights is that should one go out it won’t affect the rest, unlike versions from years ago. Even when the weather is disappointing, these light will cheer the proceedings up. Contact Rolling Stage Hire to discuss your lighting needs on 01245 260 860.

 

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6 Advantages of a Veranda

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verandasVerandas and sheltered home additions are extremely on-trend for many reasons, one of the biggest is of course the value of fresh air. Since the virus showed its ugly face over a year ago, we’ve all been trying our very best to stay safe. We’ve become familiar with terms like social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizer etc. Experts agree that one of the most important aspects in staying safe and well is being outdoors. This is because the virus particles are widely dispersed through the air, and cannot infect as easily. With this in mind, homes, along with bars and restaurants etc have been quick to get verandas installed. Some of the other advantages of this type of sheltered addition include:

1. Larger Living Space

People love the extra space afforded by verandas, allowing them to enjoy their gardens all year round. This is even better if lighting and heating is added for the evenings or colder months.

2. Shelter from the Weather

Being outside in the rain or strong wind is no fun, but with verandas and glazed canopies it’s not as bad. You can take in the garden, have a cuppa, read a paper, check your phone etc while staying dry.

3. Higher Property Values

Alfresco living is loved by many, and it’s a well known fact that these home additions raise the value of a property.

4. Keeps the Party Going

Having some type of sheltered structure is perfect for extending outdoor parties and barbecues. Meaning a change in the unpredictable British weather doesn’t mean an end to the fun.

5. Clean Floors

Verandas are great for slipping your shoes off before entering the home, thus keeping carpets etc clean! They can also protect and extend the life of your timber decking.

6. Relaxation & Stargazing

Lots of people love sitting on the veranda in the evenings, gazing up at the stars through the glass roof.

To enquire about a high quality veranda from Allied Build contract us on 01277 223222.    

 

 

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The Need for Affordable Homes in the UK

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A recent article on the Guardian website stated that London is in danger of losing many nurses, teachers and emergency service workers, due to the lack of affordable housing. The loss of these key workers is likely to cost the capital billions annually according to joint research from the University of Westminster and housing charity Dolphin Living. The situation could also cause the segregation of the south east where finance and occupation are concerned.

As the population in London alone is set to expand to 9.8 million by the middle of the next decade, there is a risk that key workers will begin to move elsewhere without action. It is critical for places like hospitals and schools to retain their specialised staff, as they contribute much to the economy as well as to society. These important workers have extremely challenging roles which are usually not reflected in the salaries they receive. An example of this is seen in the case of nurses who assist in returning thousands of patients to health and back into the workplace each year. Civil servants and those powering London’s vast tourism industry are also seen as key workers who boost the local economy.

According to professor Peter Urwin from the University of Westminster, amongst the estimated one million key workers across Greater London, the migration has already started. Rather than commute, people are looking for work closer to home, and the resulting exodus could ultimately cost the local economy £9.6bn. Alarmingly, in the borough of Westminster, the price of a typical house has risen to £961,000.

The government is attempting to address the housing shortage issue nationally by making available funds for the building of garden villages. There are 14 of these villages planned which will alleviate the housing situation across a broader area. The residents of these communities are expected to enjoy high quality affordable housing, without the need to commute to work, as the system is intended to offer a self sustaining solution.

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