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Building Contractors for Cumbria
Building extensions Barrow
Barrow is a port town located on the northwest coast of the UK next to the Irish Sea and is surrounded by Estuaries. It became a municipal borough in 1867 and in 1974 it merged with Dalton and formed the Borough of Barrow in Furness.
Known throughout its modern history as a ship building town it was also known as an Iron and Steel working town till the factory finally closed at the end of the second world war. However, the ship building continued which went on to provide a number of naval ships as well as oil tankers and cruise liners. The Royal Navy nuclear submarine invincible was also built at the yard. After the cold war came to an end the company Vickers Shipbuilding was sold to BAE Systems and the town was saved from closure. Today Barrow is also a hub for energy generation and handling. Offshore wind farms form one of the highest concentrations of turbines in the world, with multiple operating bases in Barrow.
In its early years Barrow was a small hamlet located within the parish of Dalton-in-Furness. At that time Furness Abbey, which is located on the outskirts of the town was the hub of the area and was firmly in control of the local economy before its dissolution in 1537.
The iron prospector Henry Schneider arrived in Furness in 1839 and, opened the Furness Railway in 1846 to transport iron ore and slate from local mines to the coast. Further hematite deposits were discovered, of sufficient size to develop factories for smelting and exporting steel. This gave the area and the Barrow Hematite Steel Company-owned steelworks is the largest in the world.
During the period of the end of the Cold War which led to a decrease in military spending unemployment in the town reached critical levels however despite this, the BAE Systems shipyard remains operational as the UK’s largest by workforce (9,500 employees in 2020) and major expansion continues with the Dreadnought-class submarine programme.
Today Barrow is also a hub for energy generation and handling. Offshore wind farms form one of the highest concentrations of turbines in the world, including the second largest offshore farm, with multiple operating bases in Barrow. The coastline in this part of the country is strewn with bird sanctuaries and other wildlife reserves. Another treasure of the area is Walney island which is located just half a mile from Barrow shipyard and the mainland. It forms a natural channel for ships to be launched into. The island itself is just 11 miles long and 3 miles wide and is surrounded on all sides by the Irish sea. It is connected to the Barrow mainland by a bridge and is close enough to walk to from the town centre.
The 2011 census showed Barrow’s population had grown to 56,745, making it the second largest populated area in Cumbria after Carlisle. The A590 leading to the M6 is the only road route in and out of Barrow which gave Barrow and the road the unpopular title of longest Cul de sac in the UK.
Building extensions Barrow
Having an extra plot of land is just the first step in building an extension to your home. The work which follows brings all the essential component and parts which make the building secure, from the footings to underpinning existing foundations. Pouring concrete ensuring there is adequate drainage, before damp proofing Shuttering and formwork are both methods used in concrete pouring and consist of a framework or mould into which concrete is poured giving a particular shape or finish to the foundation.
Many of the traditional techniques employed in the past have been made obsolete by new materials and cost saving practices, however the vast majority of the existing buildings all have traditional building works within them. Therefore, a use of modern and traditional techniques is required by any crew set to task on building either from scratch or extending on existing buildings. As many will have discovered when starting any kind of undertaking there is a specific process that needs to be employed to ensure the work is carried out in a timely fashion and meets all the requirements. Research, planning permissions and ensuring building regulations are adhered to all need to be in place before plans (Architecture) and builders are employed to carry out the work.
Not all extension work is required to have planning permission but ascertaining this is the case is essential before embarking on such a venture. A single-story extension is the most common work carried out and is an alternative if a loft conversion (Building up instead of out) is not an option. Things to consider include cost, time scales, services and neighbouring properties all need to be taking into consideration.
It is possible to stay in your home while the work is being carried out but you will need to consider the mess that such an undertaking will definitely incur and it is worth thinking about the work force which will have to work around you while you continue to be in the building. Building work can however take up to three months to complete and this would be a challenge to any home owner needing to find temporary accommodation.
Loft conversions are the most practical way of extending your home and creating more living space in an existing property. The main thing to consider with a loft conversion is the head space. The highest point is usually the centre or apex of the roof and ideally you should have at least 2.8m clear vertical space. As it is an upward extension an additional staircase would be required or loft ladders but either way room is required to build the access to the loft space
Often it is better to extend outwards and this can add value to your property when you come to sell it. An existing structure that needs to be extended may need under pinning to save any existing structure while foundations are extended to meet the new building. Other options may be demolition of any current structures not needed or required for the new build. It is anticipated that all works like cavity wall insulation, plumbing and electrical wiring are carried out during construction to ensure a smooth finish for plastering and rendering ensure all building specifications and building regulations are adhered to.
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We specialise in carrying out first rate quality works for all kinds of customers in both the private and public sectors. Our services include but are not limited to; bricklaying, joinery, plastering, extensions, roofing and everyday routine maintenance work. We also do commercial or public sector projects so please take a little time to look around the site at all of the services we have on offer.
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