ANYWELD https://anyweld.co.uk Steelwork & Glass Specialists for Balconies, Balustrades, Staircases & Structural Components Wed, 27 May 2020 09:23:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://anyweld.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/ANYWELD-AW.png ANYWELD https://anyweld.co.uk 32 32 Top 4 Modern Architecture Projects in Spain https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/05/27/blog-modern-architecture-projects-spain/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/05/27/blog-modern-architecture-projects-spain/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 09:23:34 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1235 Spain is home to a wide range of architecture styles, and we explore some of the most well-known contemporary buildings in the region.

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In this edition of modern architecture projects, we take a look at Spain and what remarkable contemporary buildings they have created over the years.

Spain is a popular holiday destination and is well-known for beautiful coastlines and delicious sangria. Something that isn’t as recognised is the stunning architecture that can be spotted across the country.

From ancient buildings to fascinating modern structures, Spain is home to a wide range of architecture styles. We take a look at just some of the exceptional modern architecture that can be found in Spain.

Tenerife Concert Hall

You can find this incredible building on the waterfront in Los Llanos, between the Marine Park and the edge of the port. It connects the city to the sea and is an iconic urban landmark.

The sweeping motion of the roof is perhaps the main feature of the building and is the part that makes it so eye-catching; the shape is meant to mimic a crashing wave. It is solely made from concrete and the roof has a total height of 58 metres.

The building has an auditorium that can seat 1,800 and there is also a music hall that can seat 400. Within the steep plinth of the building is where you will find the music hall, along with dressing rooms, technical services and some other facilities. The plinth itself is clad in basalt, which is the local volcanic stone, making it quite unique.

Although some of the building is air-conditioned, such as the administrative and service areas, the public foyers and circulation areas are instead naturally ventilated. The pleasant climate flows through the glazed areas beneath and also between the building’s concrete shells.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Frank Gehry was also the architect for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and it features his recognisable design. The building is 24,000 m2 and 9,000 of it is dedicated to exhibition space. The museum is an architectural landmark due to its innovative design and it is the perfect home for some of the incredible art exhibited inside.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Created by Frank Gehry in 2006, Hotel Marqués de Riscal is a modern, luxurious retreat that features 43 rooms and suites. From tilted walks to cathedral-high ceilings, you cannot miss the unmistakable design of Gehry. The pink, gold and silver colours used for the building are to symbolise the reddish hues of the wine, the mesh of the bottle and the wine bottle itself.

The vision that Gehry had was to create a 21st century château and it comprises of rectilinear prisms that hover above the ground, supported by three super columns. It rises nine meters high and offers spectacular views of the vineyard, Elciego, and the mountains of Sierra de Cantabria in the distance.

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion

The Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion is both a practical bridge and an interactive exhibition area concentrating on water sustainability. There are four main pods that perform as both structural elements and as specific exhibition spaces. The pods brace each other and therefore balance out the weight of the bridge.

Spanning across the Ebro River, the bridge has a dynamic shape and mimics distinctive shark-scale skin. The central part of the concrete belly partially rests on a small island in the middle of the river.

Spain is a beautiful destination with some incredible architecture that is certainly worth visiting if you are in the area. As architecture develops, we hope to see some more buildings and structures that showcase intricate design and innovative ideas, both in Spain and across the globe.

Here at ANY Weld, we are steel fabricators in the UK and work on many projects across the country, both residential and commercial. We design, manufacture and install structural and architectural steel and glass products. With over 30 years of combined experience, you can count on us for your next project.

If you are interested in using our services, we offer free consultations to all of our clients, with no further obligations. Feel free to give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

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6 Reasons to Use Steel Construction for Your Project https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/05/20/blog-reasons-use-steel-construction/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/05/20/blog-reasons-use-steel-construction/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 08:33:53 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1227 The materials you choose to use on a project will have a direct effect on whether targets are met, it is to a high standard and that the customer is happy.

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Managing a project carries a lot of responsibilities. You must ensure targets are met, quality is to a high standard, and the customer is happy with the end result. The materials you choose to use on the project will have a direct effect on these factors.

In this blog, we look at why you should consider using steel construction for your project.

Reasons to Use Steel Construction for Your Project infographic

Cost-Effective

When looking at a range of framing materials, structural steel is far more cost-effective than others. It brings greater value to a project because the initial cost is reasonable and because of the nature of the material, it reduces costs in other areas too, such as façade systems.

Rapidly Erected

As structural steel is fabricated offsite, other parts of the project can take place during this time, such as site preparation and foundation work. Once the structural steel is brought to site, it is super easy and quick to erect, thus speeding up the whole project schedule.

Structural steel frame

Increased Floor Space

As structural steel is both lightweight and strong, it has the capability to span over longer distances than other construction materials. It also doesn’t require any columns, therefore creating an open plan floor space.

Ease of Design

As structural steel is produced to exact tolerances and strength levels, when combined with a well thought out design approach, the design process can be made incredibly simple.

Enhanced Productivity

Structural steel uses advanced technologies to improve the design and construction stages. Computer-aided manufacturing and BIM (building information modelling) are just some of the systems used. These advanced technologies have been proven to reduce or completely eliminate errors, lower project costs and also improve safety.

High Quality

As mentioned previously, because structural steel is fabricated offsite, under controlled conditions, the company producing it can ensure that it is to a high standard. By doing this, it can also reduce the number of costly fixes on the job site.  

If you are interested in using steel for your next project, then why not contact ANY Weld today? As stainless steel fabricators in Devon, we can provide you with advice and carry out the design, manufacture and installation of structural steel. You can give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

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HYGI-Rail: Infection Control Handrails https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/05/13/blog-hygirail-infection-control-handrails/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/05/13/blog-hygirail-infection-control-handrails/#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 11:16:43 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1216 HYGI-Rail is a special metal alloy handrail that will reduce the spread of infectious diseases like no other material on the market.

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The world is currently living in a global pandemic that is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is a potentially deadly virus that has spread worldwide in a matter of months, causing thousands of tragic deaths.

Governments are putting rules and regulations in place to slow the spread of the virus, which should hopefully bring the transmission to an end. However, while the virus may stop spreading, this global pandemic will undoubtedly affect how we tackle all viruses in the future.

Coronavirus

Preventative measures to stop the spread of viruses are continually being trialled and researched in the hope to avoid global pandemics like COVID-19. So, we are pleased to announce that here at ANY Weld, we have created infection control handrails that you can trust.

What is HYGI-Rail?

HYGI-Rail is a special metal alloy handrail that will reduce the spread of infectious diseases like no other material on the market. Current handrails in hotels, tube stations, schools, and even hospitals, do nothing to prevent contamination with micro-organisms.

HYGI-Rail is clinically proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria within minutes. 80% of infections are spread by touch and can survive on surfaces for over three days. Investing in an HYGI-Rail will help decrease pathogens such as HCAI’s & viruses and in return, ensure your environment is a much safer place.

A woman holding a handrail

How Does HYGI-Rail Work?

HYGI-Rail’s antimicrobial properties work in several ways; they attack pathogens by:

  • Rupturing the cell walls of bacteria.
  • Inhibiting protein binding.
  • Disrupting osmotic pressure within the cell.
  • Destroying virus’ nucleic acid (their DNA).

It’s 99.9% effective at destroying bacterial cells.

The Science Behind HYGI-Rail

There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of HYGI-Rail and how implementing it into your environment could make for a much safer and cleaner place.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials in Chile, the UK and the US have found that Copper (Copper & Copper Alloys) have extreme antimicrobial properties and have proven to reduce bioburden by more than 90%.

No Virus After 30 Minutes

Laboratory research has proven that when an infectious virus encountered a copper surface, after just 30 minutes, there was no virus present. In real world scenarios the cell destruction rate could be as quick as five minutes.

An elderly person holding a handrail

Decline in HCAIs

A trial was conducted in the ICU units in three hospitals in the US. Six surfaces that were near patients were replaced with antimicrobial copper equivalents, and it resulted in a 58% decline in healthcare-associated infections.

Kill Potential Harmful Micro-Organisms

A study carried out at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham has shown that surfaces made with materials that contain copper kill a wide range of potentially harmful micro-organisms.

Key Areas to Use HYGI-Rails

Key areas to use HYGI-Rails

If you are interested in using HYGI-Rail for your current commercial or residential space, or you would like to include them in your future project, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk

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5 Reasons To Use A Glass Staircase https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/04/16/5-reasons-to-use-a-glass-staircase/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/04/16/5-reasons-to-use-a-glass-staircase/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 10:36:42 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1107 Many of us do not understand the importance of a staircase, whether for safety or for a showstopping centrepiece; there are many different designs out there. When referring to a glass staircase, we are speaking about the elegant glass panelling on the bannister section.  This particular type of staircase has become increasingly popular in recent […]

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Many of us do not understand the importance of a staircase, whether for safety or for a showstopping centrepiece; there are many different designs out there. When referring to a glass staircase, we are speaking about the elegant glass panelling on the bannister section. 

This particular type of staircase has become increasingly popular in recent years to really give a modern look to a home. We have taken a look at five reasons why you should consider using a glass staircase in your home. 

Safety

Glass staircase with lighting

You may think that glass is fragile and wouldn’t be well suited to keep you safe. However, now that there is a large range of shatter-resistant glass available, it makes it a great choice. The type of glass used on a staircase is thick and toughened, making it completely safe for use in your home. 

It will take extreme pressure to break this type of glass as it can often be as strong as steel. As such, even if this type of glass did break, the glass shards would not be sharp, making it perfect for busy homes where children may be present. 

Design

One of the most attractive features of a glass staircase is, of course, its design. Especially for those who are looking for a modern addition to their home, glass can bring plenty of light and become a stunning feature. Glass is an extremely versatile material, and due to the fact it is transparent, it can give the illusion of light and space!

Additionally, glass often works well with any other type of material due to its versatility; so, it can work with old and new homes. Stone, metal and wood can all be used when incorporating glass into the staircase.  

Light

As already briefly mentioned, a glass staircase will instantly brighten up a room. If your staircase lies in a part of your home which has not got a lot of access to natural light, a glass staircase may be a great option. Glass railings will not block any light and will enhance sunlight. 

When a glass balustrade is installed in a room with windows, it will create a very modern, airy interior, as natural light is allowed to flow freely within the space, unlike with traditional railings and borders that block light.

Easy to Keep Clean

Not only does a glass staircase look incredible, but they are also easy to clean. All you will need is a soft microfibre cloth and some window spray to ensure they stay smear-free. 

If any scratches do happen, then it can easily be restored with special polish to restore the glass which is a big advantage when compared to wood balustrades.

Modern Interior

One of the biggest benefits of having a glass staircase is the fact it brings sophistication with a modern atmosphere. This can also be a great selling point if you choose to sell your home, as this type of feature will definitely attract many buyers.

Here at ANY Weld, we are steel staircase fabricators and work on a number of different projects all across the UK, including incredible glass staircases. If you are interested in using any of our services or simply have some questions on what we offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch, so give us a call today on 01271 860794. Alternatively, you can drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or head over to our social media channels to discover more of who we are and what we do.

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NEW! London Southbank University Development https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/04/08/blog-london-southbank-university-development/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/04/08/blog-london-southbank-university-development/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:19:27 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1100 We are beyond excited to announce that ANY Weld has been chosen to work on the brand-new London Southbank University Development.

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Brand-new London Southbank University Development

We are beyond excited to announce that ANY Weld has been chosen to carry out the design, manufacture and installation of various architectural metalwork packages for the brand-new £40-million London Southbank University Development.

Willmott Dixon are the chosen contractors for the project; this will be our first time working with them, and it is an honour to work alongside them.

More About the London Southbank University Development

The massive London Southbank University Development will be situated on London Road in Southwark. The building that is currently there is unoccupied, but it is set to become a state-of-the-art library with learning resource facilities and an improved Academy of Sports facility.

Work on the building includes a rooftop plant, an increase of internal floorspace, relocation of the library into the premises’ two upper floors, and alterations to the façade.

London Southbank University Development and COVID-19

With the current global crisis, we believe that this project indicates the strength of ANY Weld and that contractors can put their trust in us to get the job done promptly and to a high standard.

With so many sites currently shut or only partially operating, it can be challenging for the construction industry. But, as this contract proves, there are positive steps to come over the next few months for ANY Weld, and the industry as a whole has a bright future once this recedes.

Keep a lookout on our social media channels for updates!

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The Latest Home Trend: Industrial Style https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/04/06/the-latest-home-trend-industrial-style/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/04/06/the-latest-home-trend-industrial-style/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 11:40:36 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=1091 With the beginning of a brand-new season, there really is no better time to change the style of your home. Spring is a season that is known for breathing new life, and this can also be replicated into your home; especially as we can often go years with the same tired décor.  One trend which has […]

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With the beginning of a brand-new season, there really is no better time to change the style of your home. Spring is a season that is known for breathing new life, and this can also be replicated into your home; especially as we can often go years with the same tired décor. 

One trend which has stood out recently is industrial. You may already have preconceived feelings that this means your home will feel cold and somewhat like a factory or even a building site; however, this is very far from the truth.

Whilst this trend uses raw materials and natural aesthetics, it provides homes with a modern feel which has been appearing in spaces both modern and old. 

Industrial style décor is perhaps an unlikely trend to find its way into homes, but it is extremely easy to implement due to the endless possibilities and contrast between modern and vintage, meaning it is most likely here to stay. We have taken a look at some ways you can easily implement this into your home.

Home Furnishings

One of the simplest ways to have an industrial influence in your home is to incorporate this style into your home furnishings. From light fixtures and lamps to bookcases and tables, there are many small décor items that can have a strong influence on a room. 

By intertwining this style into your furnishings, you can create a controlled feel of this particular design throughout your home- additionally, this a good way to experiment with it before committing to the full trend.  

Stunning Feature Pieces

As previously mentioned, the industrial style trend incorporates natural materials. As such, by having one huge statement piece in your home can be the showstopping feature to complete the whole style. 

For those seeking true industrial design in their home, then investing in an industrial-style staircase using materials such as glass and steel as these can look outstanding.

If you are interested in a feature piece staircase, why not get in contact with us today as we are leading steel staircase fabricators? Give us a call on 01271 860794 or drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and it is one of the easiest rooms to implement the industrial-style trend in. Kitchens which are based around this style look modern, clean and have character.

In this particular room, you will be able to show the trend throughout a number of different features such as the lights, sink, taps, shelving and much more. 

Industrial-Style Advice

If are still a little unsure of what is classified as industrial, you should look at considering these characteristics: 

Colours: Industrial décor incorporates a lot of muted tones such as neutral colours. Palettes which consist of grey, black and white can bring a level of moodiness to a room but can be brightened up when used against metallic colours such as bronze and copper. 

Materials: soft, plush fabrics should be avoided when paired with your industrial style furniture. You should look for materials which looked like they been worked hard and are being reused. 

This is where seeking out second-hand or antique furniture to furnish your home could be a route to go down. Be sure to take advantage of distressed elements and wooden floors, stone countertops, and any type of metal. 

Accessories: Industrial décor is all about being minimalistic, so when decorating, clutter should be kept to the bare minimum. However, if you want to personalise your space, look for wall art, metal sculptures and other modern décor items.

This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast, and one of the reasons it will be around for years to come is because it is really adaptable. This means it can be easily shown throughout your home with either just a touch or completely full out. Do you like this trend? Let us know using our social media channels!

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17 Fascinating Facts About Steel Work https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/30/blog-17-fascinating-facts-steel/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/30/blog-17-fascinating-facts-steel/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:30:00 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=460 As specialist steel fabricators, we have substantial knowledge about the material of steel. Here, we’ve shared some fascinating facts about the metal.

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As specialist steel fabricators, we have substantial knowledge about the material of steel. It’s an incredibly popular material for a variety of projects, from forming the framework of a house, to being used for stairs, balconies and many other functions. In this blog, we share some fascinating facts about steel.

1. 1,000 Times Stronger Than Iron

It is estimated that steel is up to 1,000 times stronger than iron when in its purest form.

2. Can Be Recycled from Its Purest Form

Steel is one of the few metals that can be recycled from its purest form without losing any of its original strength. Here are the benefits of steel recycling.

3. Primary Material Used to Create Renewable Energy Systems

Steel is one of the primary materials used to create solar captures, hydropower systems and wind turbines.

A wind turbine

4. Two Million People Employed

Over two million people are currently employed in the steel industry worldwide, and this figure is continually growing as the demand for steel fabricators and other specialists increase. Only 31,000 of those two million are employed in the UK.

5. 75% of All Major Appliances Are Made of Steel

Around 75% of all major appliances are made of steel, and 25% of an average computer is made purely from steel.

6. Steel is More Environmentally Friendly Than Wood

To build a wooden frame for an average UK home, it can take up the resources of more than 40 trees. If the same frame is built from steel, however, it can be made from just eight recycled cars!

7. The Eiffel Tower is Primarily Made of Iron and Steel

Both iron and steel can expand when heated, which means that this grand structure can grow to up to 6-inches taller during the warmer months.

A view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

8. ‘New Steel’ is Up to 30% Stronger

The innovations in the steel industry over the last ten years means that the ‘new steel’ is up to 30% stronger than ever before. Within the ‘new steel’ creations, lightweight alternatives have also been created with a greater level of flexibility, without compromising on strength.

9. Housing and Construction Sector Steel Usage

The most substantial consumer of steel is the housing and construction sector, which uses around 50% of all steel produced globally.

10. Made from Refined Iron

Steel is actually made from refined iron, as most metals are. The majority of iron is crafted into steel.

11. China is the Top Producer of Steel in the World

China is the top producer of steel in the world, followed by India and then Japan. In 2019, China’s crude steel production reached 996.3Mt, followed by 111.2 Mt in India and 99.3Mt in Japan (worldsteel.org).

A world globe showing China

12. Steel Was First Discovered in the 1700s.

Steel was discovered because it was found that by reducing the impurities and adding carbon to wrought iron, they could create the metal alloy that we know today.

13. 500lb of Steel Each

If all of the steel in the world today was divided up by all of the people on the earth today, each person would have around 500lb of steel.

14. More than 3,500 Grades of Steel

According to the World Steel Association, there are more than 3,500 grades of steel, each possessing its own unique environmental, chemical and physical properties. It is part of the reason why steel is so versatile and diverse.

15. Stainless Steel Soap Bars

Stainless steel soap bars became popular in the early 2000s because although the unique bar did not kill germs or bacteria, it has the properties to neutralise strong odours such as garlic on the hands.

16. Most Corrosion-Resistant

Stainless steel gained its name largely from the fact that it is the most corrosion-resistant type of steel available today.

Corroding metal

17. 50% of All Products

More than 50% of all products in the world come from steel fabrication processes. Included in this are bridges, staircases, balconies, boats, aircraft, space stations, office blocks and many other things.

We hope that you have found these facts about steelwork, both informative and interesting. If you are interested in incorporating steel into your home or commercial space, why not get in contact with us?

We design, manufacture and install steel and glass products, from balconies to fabricated structures. If you would like to learn more about what we offer or how we can help you with your next project, get in touch! You can give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

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Top 5 Modern Architecture Projects in Germany https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/23/blog-modern-architecture-germany/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/23/blog-modern-architecture-germany/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:09:14 +0000 https://anyweld.co.uk/?p=994 In this edition of modern architecture projects, we take a look at Germany and what impressive contemporary buildings they have created over the years.

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In this edition of modern architecture projects, we take a look at Germany and what impressive contemporary buildings they have created over the years.

Throughout Germany, you can find fascinating architecture, but a lot of it is quite conservative. However, when an architect is given the opportunity to branch out and create a more modern design, they often jump at the chance.

Berlin Philharmonic

Back in 1963, the magnificent concert venue was opened and has since become a landmark of Berlin, as well as being renowned for extraordinary acoustics.

The Philharmonic was constructed because the original was destroyed during World War II. In 1956, the tender was put out, and 14 architects were encouraged to take part. After a year, Hans Scharoun’s project won, and after 37 months, it opened its doors in 1963.

The cost to create the building was around 17 million, which in today’s world, would be approximately 35 million euros.

The tent-like design is a distinctive yellow, making the building stand out from the crowd. It is designed in such a way to ensure those attending can see the stage perfectly.

The hall offers incredible acoustics and makes the sound better and feel closer to those watching. In total, the hall has 2,440 seats, and it is said that each of the instrument tones can be heard from any seat in the venue.

Berlin Philharmonic
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Colorium

Based in Düsseldorf, the Colorium is a development that was designed by British architect, William Alsop, who also designed the Peckham Library in South London. Also referred to as the LEGO building, the Colorium is famed for its multi-coloured exterior. It consists of 18 floors and covers a land area of 12,400 m2.

It was built in 2001 and has since become a symbol of the modern world and is now a swanky hotel! The hotel features a Sky Lounge & Bar called THE VIEW and this is located on the 16th floor, boasting stunning panoramic views. There are also two meeting rooms that can hold up to 80 people. To add to the luxury, it also features a fully equipped gym, Finnish sauna and waterfall showers.

MyZeil

In the centre of Frankfurt in Germany lies the MyZeil shopping mall, which was designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, an Italian architect. It was officially opened in 2009 and took around seven years to build.

The impressive building is made up of sculptured glass and creates a dynamic space. The venue is 77,000 m2, spread across six floors and includes an array of shops, kids’ areas, restaurants, a fitness centre, leisure spaces and parking.

MyZeil shopping centre in Frankfurt, Germany
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BMW Welt

BMW is a German multinational company that designs and manufactures both automobiles and motorcycles. In Germany, you will find a few BMW buildings but there’s one that stands out, the BMW Welt.

Construction began in 2003, and the concept was to create a building that is futuristic and covered with both steel and glass. The construction of the BMW Welt building required an incredible 4,000 tonnes of steel! The interior of the building consists of curved bridges, balconies and monumental stairways, creating a contemporary style and open-air feel.

The building was complete by 2007, and it is now a place where you can learn about the history of BMW along with discovering some of the incredible machines they create. The venue can be hired out for events, has a museum and vehicles available for purchase.

Kö-Bogen

Daniel Libeskind designed a 432,300 m2 office and retail space named Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf and it was opened in 2013. The building is made up of straight and curved geometry to try and blend in with the surroundings. It consists of two buildings that feature green roofs and are 26m high.

It has since been awarded LEED Platinum certification for being a green building, and in 2014, it was awarded “Best Urban Regeneration Project”.

Kö-Bogen in Düsseldorf
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These are just some of the magnificent modern architecture projects in Germany. We hope that you have found it both informative and interesting.

We are specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of structural and architectural steel and glass products. All of our work encompasses both modern and contemporary design, creating a new and fresh appearance. So if you are interested in fabricated steel products or our glass range, why not get in touch?

To ensure the project is to the best standard, we offer all of our client’s free consultations, with no further obligations. You can get in contact with us by giving us a call on 01271 860794, or you can drop us an email on enquiries@anyweld.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit our social media channels and get in contact with us there.

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Can I Have a Balcony on My Home? https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/16/blog-balcony-home/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/16/blog-balcony-home/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 08:19:56 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=925 We answer some of the most common questions that are asked regarding installing a balcony on your home. We look at everything from planning permission to time scales!

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A balcony can be a fantastic addition to the home, providing you with some outdoor space to relax and unwind. But, in order to get one in the UK, you will almost certainly require planning permission. Balconies, verandas and other platforms that exceed 300mm are required to have planning permission.

However, it is important that this doesn’t stop you from getting the balcony of your dreams. Balconies can transform your home and are also desirable to future buyers. Yes, planning permission will add some costs to the work, but if the design is well thought out, it should be passed with no problem at all.

In this blog, we take a look at some of the frequently asked questions regarding getting a balcony.

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How Much Does it Cost to Submit a Planning Application?

Costs will vary depending on which region of the UK you are in, but as a general rule, a typical application to install one or more balconies on home would cost roughly £170 to £205.

Can I Avoid Getting Planning Permission?

If you were to opt for a Juliet style balcony, then you will not require planning permission as this isn’t regarded as a raised platform.

A Juliet balcony is also known as a false balcony because there is no flooring involved in the design. Instead, a railing is placed on the outside of a window opening that reaches the floor, so that when they are open, it gives the appearance of a balcony.

Although, There Are Some Exceptions:

  • If the Juliet balcony features any type of flooring, no matter how thin, then you will require planning permission.
  • If the property is listed or based within a conservation zone, it will almost certainly require planning permission.
  • If Juliet balconies are an uncommon feature in the local area, then you may need planning permission or be asked to move the balcony to the back of the property.
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What Will a Planning Officer be Looking At?

What a planning officer will be looking at will significantly depend on the local authority. The council should provide planning guidance on its website. But, some of the most common considerations for planning officers include:

Impact on Neighbours

While a balcony can be beneficial to you, it may be a hindrance for others. Some balconies can provide you with a view of neighbours’ gardens, and this can cause problems. It is best to position the balcony somewhere that can preserve their privacy. It is recommended to discuss your plans with them in advance to avoid any potential objections or problems in the future.

In Keeping with the Current Design and Period of the Property

If the balcony is designed well, then it should sit comfortably with the rest of the property. Particularly in conservation zones, some planning officers will ask for the balcony to be installed at the rear, to avoid any disruption to the appearance.

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Loss of Light

If the balcony plans include a solid floor, then it can disrupt areas below and take away natural light and cause shadows.

Preventing Falls

In order to prevent any chances of accidents and falling, the railings must be at least 1,100mm high and designed so that a sphere with a 100mm diameter cannot pass through any openings.

How Long Will it Take for My Application to be Approved?

Once your plans have been sent off and validated, a case officer will be assigned for assessment. In addition to this, local residents will also be contacted and will be given 21 days to comment on the proposal. For a small application, like a balcony, it shouldn’t take any longer than eight weeks to get a final decision.

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What Should I Do if My Application is Rejected?

While most applications are approved, there is a chance that some might get rejected. If you find yourself in this position, then you will receive detailed reasoning as to why they made the decision. After this, you can make the necessary amends and resubmit.

We hope that you have found our answers helpful and that you can continue to plan your dream balcony! Here at ANY Weld, we can design, manufacture and install bespoke structural steel and glass balcony systems. So if you are interested in getting a stainless steel and glass balcony, why not get in contact with us today? Give us a call on 01271 860794 or drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

You might also be interested in how to transform your balcony and make it look the best that it can to create a little outdoor heaven.

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The Future of the UK Steel Industry https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/09/blog-future-uk-steel-industry/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/09/blog-future-uk-steel-industry/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 08:38:54 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=911 A large part of what we do here at ANY Weld involves the use of steel, so we thought we would take a look at the future of the industry in the UK.

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A large part of what we do here at ANY Weld involves the use of steel, so we thought we would take a look at the future of the industry in the UK. What are the predictions for the steel industry? How will the sector adapt to the ever-changing technology? Will there be any challenges? We delve into these questions in this blog.

What is the Steel Industry?

The steel industry began back in the late 1850s, and it has since become a staple in the industrial sector with around 32,000 people working in the industry. The UK steel trade contributes a whopping £1.6bn to the economy, so to ensure that the industry can remain stable for many years to come, foundries must embrace the changes it will undoubtedly face.

The World is Constantly Changing and Improving

From new materials and processes to different technologies and innovations, the industry has already faced many challenges, and this isn’t due to stop any time soon.

Steel manufacturing

How Cheap Chinese Steel Has Affected the UK Steel Industry

So far, there have already been some tough challenges that the UK steel industry has had to face and tackle head on to remain strong.

Around 7,000 Jobs Were Directly Affected

In Autumn of 2015, the UK steel industry was faced with fierce competition. Cheap Chinese steel, which was of questionable quality, started to flood the global market, and this resulted in closure or reduction in capacity for many UK foundries.

To date, it has been suggested that around 7,000 jobs were directly affected by the cheap Chinese steel. And, since 1971, the people employed in the UK steel manufacturing industry has fallen by 300,000!

The problem that the UK steel industry faces is that steel manufacturing is simply far cheaper in other locations and the UK economy is better suited to other industries.

Steel manufacturing

What Does the Future Hold for the UK Steel Industry?

There are many factors that have a significant impact on the steel industry, one of the primary ones being technology.

The UK Steel Industry and Technology

Technology is continually changing and advancing, which has an impact on how things work and operate across many industries, including steel.

Mini-Mill Type Operations

The steel industry is on the verge of a significant technological shift. There is a chance that the sector will move toward smaller mini-mill type operations as opposed to the current high economies of scale assets.

Help Toward the Improvement in Carbon Emissions

The new operations would be based around electric arc furnaces. The shift is possibly because the modern technology has low capital cost facilities while also having high technology and flexibility. It would also utilise 100% of recycled raw material, which could help toward the improvement in carbon emissions for the steel industry.

You might also be interested in our blog that looks at the benefits of steel recycling!

Carbon emissions

The UK Steel Industry and The Government 

One way of improving the UK steel industry in the future could start with the government buying more steel from manufacturers in the UK. Currently, the government purchase around 42% of steel from abroad.

While the UK wouldn’t be able to provide the total amount of steel required, they could certainly contribute more than they currently do. The government has stated that they would consider the social and environmental benefits when buying steel. Many are hoping that this will help UK based steel manufacturers winning more contracts.

To summarise, the UK steel industry is likely to face some challenges in the future, but it should hopefully be able to tackle them. So long as manufacturers are willing to adapt to the new technologies, processes and work with the government to try and win more contracts.

Steel manufacturing

Here at ANY Weld, we specialise in high-quality steel fabrication and glass products. We work on projects across the UK and Channel Islands while operating from a 20,000 sq ft factory. By keeping all of our services in-house, we can ensure that we remain in control and easily meet deadlines.

For more information on steel fabricators in the UK, why not give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk? We also offer all of our clients a free consultation, with no further obligations!

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