Why Hiring Plant Equipment is the Best Option

You may have a large landscaping or building project coming up, and whether it’s domestic or commercial, purchasing plant equipment could be a huge financial drain on your bank balance. That’s why at Eynesbury Plant Hire, we have the latest equipment to help you with the most challenging of buildings projects, at a fraction of the cost!

Construction relies heavily on the machinery available, and although large scale projects might need several different types of equipment, a smaller project might only require the minimum.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of choosing to hire Plant machinery and equipment.

Safety and Reliability

There are many issues when considering the machinery needed for your job. Anything that is in poor working order can cause disruption to your timescale as well as eating into your budget where repairs are concerned. Faulty equipment could also violate regulations which could result in penalties.

All of our Plant Hire is maintained to the highest standards and is regularly serviced. Efficiency can be almost guaranteed, and in the rare instance that there is a problem with any equipment, the repair costs are not your responsibility.

Storage

On site storage issues can be a burden, and security goes hand in hand with that. Expensive machinery needs to be housed securely and can take up precious space in your operation. Hiring plant equipment cuts out the long term storage headache and with overheads reduced, you can channel your cash where you need it most.

Cost

One of the main benefits of hiring equipment is that it is more cost effective compared to purchase. With some machinery costing tens of thousands of pounds, hiring it will reduce the strain on your budget.

Hiring enables you to choose the exact machine you need for the job. You may need several different pieces of equipment, depending on each phase of your build, so hiring gives you the option to have the exact tools you need without the hefty price tag attached to buying.

Flexibility

Every building job is different and will bring its own set of challenges. That’s why hiring the most appropriate equipment for each task can give you the flexibility you need. If the machinery needs to be changed or replaced, then a simple phone call will set the ball rolling. Outright purchase could see you having to maintain and store units that could remain unused for long periods of time.

No depreciation

Once you invest in purchasing your own machinery, its value declines dramatically, and that’s money you’ll never get back. Unless you are constantly using the equipment it would be a false economy. It’s best to stick to hiring!

Here at Eynesbury Plant Hire, our experienced, professional staff are on hand to discuss your requirements ensuring you select the best equipment or service for your needs.

We serve areas in Cambridgeshire and beyond. Call our sales team today on 01480 215555 for a sensible quote and a first class service!

Ways to Maximise your Living Space

Struggling for space has become a common problem for growing families in recent years. Moving house can be hugely expensive and stressful and some people like where they live; it’s just that their living space has become too small.

House extensions are becoming more popular, and because of international travel restrictions during the pandemic and holidays on hold, many households are spending their vacation cash on home improvements. Creating extra rooms or space with family members at home more of the time has not only improved quality of family life, but also added value to their properties.

There are many ways to add living space to your home, and some can be achieved relatively cheaply. It might not be necessary to spend tens of thousands of pounds if all you need is one extra room.

Here are some ideas.

Garage Conversions

How many of us can say that we use our garages for their purpose? They’re mainly just large storage areas. The junk that can pile up and be forgotten about in no time at all!

A garage conversion would have no impact on the footprint of your property as you wouldn’t lose any garden space like building an extension might. Generally, a garage space is big enough to create a room for most uses, like an extra bedroom, an office, or a home gym.

Renovating your garage would also force you to clear some of the clutter! But if you really couldn’t bear to part with it, then a self-storage option is worth investigating.

Garden Buildings and Conservatories

Garden buildings are the perfect way to add another room to your property without the upheaval of having builder in and out of your house for weeks on end. As long as you don’t need to use the extra room as a bedroom, most garden rooms are pretty multi-functional. Free standing, and situated within your garden, they can be rooms to escape to!

If you’d rather have a conservatory added to the back of your home, this option lends itself to family living at the fraction of the cost of an extension.

Single Storey Extensions

This type of extension is usually added to the back or the side of your property. The extra room will open up the house and connect it more with the garden, as most people choose patio doors to enter and exit the building.

A ground floor extension gives you the option to extend an existing room or create a whole new one!

Double Storey Extensions

This option is the way to go if you want to add more bedrooms to your property. Along with the extra living space downstairs, the potential to add extra sleeping space opens up dramatically.

There are more considerations with a multi storey extension though; you must not cause serious loss or disruption of sunlight to neighbouring properties, and planning permission may be more difficult if your plans are too adventurous!

In Summary

All of these options will definitely add value and space to your property, but doing research beforehand is a must. Once you have decided, choose a contractor with good references and access to reliable Plant machinery. There will be digging/building required for any renovation listed above, and for the least amount of disruption to your household choosing the right builder is key.

Image Credit: Harvey Norman Architects

Why a Professional Site Management Approach is Important

Without a professional approach to site management, the building sites around our country would be in chaos. All developers want to keep their good reputations intact, so how a site is managed goes a long way to contributing. How would the public feel about debris, mud and discarded materials piling up on the roads around the site? Not only would it be an eyesore, but a health and safety issue too. Each development has a duty of care to keep its workers and the public safe, and correct site management is always implemented to achieve this.

There may be room for improvement on many building sites, but there are some basic guidelines to follow when looking at ways to accomplish good site management.

Determine Clear Access Points

Defining clear access routes in and out of the site will help the whole project run more smoothly from the beginning. This will not only allow deliveries to be made more easily but will keep the site more safe and secure for its workers. Road sweepers can be hired on a daily basis to maintain a clean and clear route for all traffic and plant machinery coming on to or leaving the site.

Site Material Organisation

The organisation of site materials is crucial to any building site, so a system needs to be in place from the very first delivery. Excess materials or those delivered in bulk have to be store in safe and secure locations. Poorly stored items could be damaged, putting a strain on your build if they become unusable. Health and safety rules state that items need to be stored adequately, so that potential trips, slips and falls are avoided. Dangerous or hazardous materials should be contained to avoid spillage, contamination and/or waste.

Tools and Equipment

Regular and routine inspections need to be carried out on any site tools and equipment so that any potential problems are detected early. This will help reduce the risk of accidents later. Of course, with any maintenance task, trained personnel should be used to carry out any checks. In the case of plant hire, all machinery undertakes rigorous maintenance checks before being released to the customer. All on site employees should take an active role in helping to make sure that the site remains a safe and secure workplace.

Safe Waste Disposal

All businesses need to be environmentally conscious and building contractors and house developers are no exception. The safe disposal of waste is a priority, ensuring that all recyclables are taken care of, and hazardous or dangerous waste is disposed of via the correct channels.

Cost Control

Big build projects can cost a significant amount of money so on budget performance is essential. Using these project management strategies as well as others greatly reduces the risk of budget overruns.

Why Road Sweepers Are Essential in the Construction Industry

Road sweepers are integral in keeping the roads around our towns and cities clean, and more so on the roads in and around construction and housing developments. There are many benefits of keeping these roads clean, and number 1 on the list must be health and safety.

Keeping the carriageways clear of debris and dirt build-up is a priority, as not only does it eliminate potential hazards, but it helps to keep the surface of the road from degrading more quickly. Regular road sweeping will also help prevent roadside drains and grates from becoming blocked, thus eliminating the risk of surface water build-up.

The longevity of road surfaces prevents the need for emergency repairs and aids road safety by maintaining the surface needed for vehicle tyre traction; the better the grip, the lower the accident risk.

Most construction sites have a regular flow of traffic in and out as well as the roads directly adjacent to them. By their very nature, construction sites produce dust, muck, and mess, all of which need to be managed. Large road sweepers scheduled regularly to patrol these areas can help stop the accumulation of much of the dirt before it has chance to build up to an unmanageable state. Developers have a duty to look after the environment after all.

Eynesbury Plant Hire services Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and our company prides itself on offering rental services with superior customer care. All of our machinery and equipment is maintained to a high standard with full service history and annual safety-check documentation.

Our modern fleet of VT650 Lorry Mounted Road Sweepers provide consistently high pick up performance on duties including dirt pick up around site and cleaning access roads.

The sweepers have high capacity hoppers, water systems and fuel tanks and are designed to stay at work for longer and deliver superb coverage per hour.

Call our Cambridgeshire based team today on 01480 215555 for information and a quotation.

Tips for Safely Towing a Trailer

Road accidents can be bad enough, especially when they cause injury, but towing a trailer needs extra care and attention to ensure the safety of the driver as well as other road users. Here are our top tips for trailer safety on every journey.

Safety Checks

Make sure you do your trailer checks before you set off; ensure the lights work, check the brake lights and tyre pressures. Too much weight on the trailer can put extra stress on the tyres and cause blowout!

Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re invincible inside a 4×4. Do everything you can to stay safe, including remembering to fasten your seatbelt.

Check your weight

This doesn’t mean hopping on the scales either!  Make sure your trailer and haulage fall within the towing capacity of your vehicle. Double check that your trailer is hitched on properly before you set off on your journey.

Weight distribution

Make sure your load is distributed as evenly as possible on the trailer, but not too far back. If it is, there’s a good chance that the trailer will become unstable and ‘fishtail’ at a certain speed.

Vehicle handling

When towing a loaded trailer, your vehicle length can easily double, as can the weight. With a longer vehicle, you need to adjust your driving accordingly. Manoeuvres can be much harder work and may take a lot of practice before you get them right. You may need another person to guide you into reverse positions, particularly if you have blind spots and tight spaces to manoeuvre into.

Late braking and sudden turns are a no-no. Your stopping distance is greatly increased due to the extra size and weight, and you may think you have control over the vehicle, but the trailer may have other ideas!

Stay alert

When you first learn to drive, it’s drummed into you to use your mirrors. Often. They’re there for a reason, and more so when you’re towing a heavy load. Check them regularly to ensure your load stays where it should – on your trailer. If your load becomes unstable or unhitched, early detection will save time, hassle and even lives!

Improving The Aesthetics of your Property

Whilst the housing market is buoyant due to the stamp duty holiday, many people are opting to move house to take advantage of the extra benefit. Stamp duty, as we know, can add thousands to your house purchase price. On the flip side, with holidays over the last year cancelled, many people are happy to spend on home improvements instead. Whichever camp you fall into, we have some ideas about how to improve the ‘kerb appeal’ of your property, whether it’s to sell it, or just to make your neighbours envious!

Landscaping

Your garden is an extension of your house. In the warmer summer months, it’s always nice to spend time in the outdoors, either relaxing or playing. Barbecues are likely to be the way we socialise this year (if lockdown is ever lifted!) as it’s safer to mix outside rather than in.

A mature garden will undoubtedly add value to your property, but if you’re starting a landscaping project from scratch, then it’s a bigger task to get the larger more mature plants and shrubs in place without the help of some kind of mechanical machinery. You might have to clear lots of scrubland first and even digging large holes for new fence posts can be too big of a job to do by hand.  Your local Small plant hire company can supply the right kind of machine for the job.

Rendering

This too can be a big budget project, but if the brickwork of your house is ugly, then cover it up! It will add a layer of protection from the elements, and the beauty of it is, if you get bored with the colour, paint it again! Render can give your home a more sleek and contemporary appearance, but you need to be sympathetic to the style of your house before you embark on any drastic change.

Maintenance

Check for maintenance jobs that need doing. A missing tile from your roof could be a red flag to any potential buyer, as well as causing all kinds of trouble in your roof space.  Look for cracks in your paths and driveway and fill accordingly, give your front door a lick of paint and place some brightly coloured flowers in pots at the side of it.

Windows

If you can’t afford to have all of your windows replaced, consider investing in just the front of your house first. You only get one chance to make a good first impression! If replacing even half your home’s windows is outside of your budget, make sure that your existing ones and their frames are clean.

Sustainable Change at Eynesbury Plant Hire

In September, the UN vowed to clamp down on pollution and embrace sustainable change, eliminating plastic waste in oceans and clamping down on CO2 emissions. Reports from the UN found that global pollution across the earth was significantly impacting the lives of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles, therefore a drastic change in our activities is required to prevent a potential sixth mass extinction event.

Recently the government announced that the phasing out of diesel and petrol cars will be accelerated by some ten years in a response to the EU and global efforts to combat climate change. Our destruction across the planet is accelerating faster than ever before and unless we all take immediate action the consequences will be severe and likely irreversible.

Plant machinery hire is a serious contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and change in this industry is paramount. Electrical engines for smaller categories are starting to become available but in the large categories, they continue to be underpowered and incredibly expensive. Our view is that this technology is not going to evolve quickly and its implementation will take years. However, there is a lot that we can still do to make a difference and reduce our CO2 footprint.

Simply waiting for the technology to catch up is not an option when the environment is in a state of crises. At Eynesbury Plant Hire we are looking to address this by looking at our practices and improving them. Currently, we are encouraging all of our staff and equipment users to minimise the amount of time they are operating the engines so we can reduce carbon emissions.

As we move further into the year Eynesbury Plant Hire will be looking to set targets and reduce our CO2 footprint further, aiming to make a positive change for future generations. If you want to hear more about our plan to make our company more sustainable, please get in touch with us today!

Hiring Plant Machinery and What to Expect

Purchasing plant machinery can be astronomically expensive.  That’s why we’re here! Hiring machinery makes your building project far more cost effective, or if you’re a builder, your bank balance healthier!

Confidence in your supplier is essential and peace of mind that all equipment has been well maintained is a must in order to run your project effectively and safely.

If you want to make an informed decision about plant equipment hire then take a look at our top tips.

  1. Availability and Delivery

Have you contacted your supplier to see if the equipment you need is available on the dates that you need it?  Certain machines may be in high demand so make sure that you check their availability well in advance.  Can you afford to delay your building project? Avoid costly penalties by ensuring you have your machinery booked!

Logistics and delivery times need to be considered within your rental plans.  Determine when the equipment should be delivered to your site, particularly if it is during a busy time of year.  How is your access?  Will the delivery vehicle be able to gain entry to your site easily, or will you need to issue special instructions?  Will the equipment be delivered in one piece or in sections? These questions are another reason why you need to book your machinery hire in plenty of time.

  • Safety First

Before you hire any kind of machinery, you will first need to address the safety issues associated with it.  Serious injuries happen every day on building sites, and some of these are caused because machinery is faulty or misused.  You should always choose a reputable hire company that regularly inspects its machinery and equipment, dealing with any issues immediately.  Here at Eynesbury Plant Hire, health and safety is paramount, and we offer both operated and self-drive service.

  • Is your equipment reliable?

Your equipment will obviously have been previously used, so take into consideration its age and condition. Although plant hire machinery is well maintained (as long as you use a reputable company) there can be instances where breakdown occurs.  The older the equipment, the more prone to breakdown.  Firms like ours continually invest in the services offered to our customers to ensure machinery is up to date, maintained and reliable.

  • Fit for purpose?

Each building project is different, and so your hire plant needs will differ, depending on the job.  Hiring the wrong type of machinery can be costly, both in terms of finances and delays.  Your hire company will advise you and answer any queries you have to make sure you get the correct piece of equipment for the job in hand.

For more information about our Plant Hire services get in touch with us!

How will the recession affect the construction industry?

We are now living in a world where the word ‘unprecedented’ is used on a daily basis.  It is commonplace in conversations describing the state of the country, the pandemic, and the economy.  The uncertainty that almost every sector of business has felt since the early part of the year is itself unprecedented, as the pandemic has gripped every corner of the earth.

As lockdown slowed the economy almost to a standstill, we now find ourselves in the midst of a recession. This spells bad news for our construction industry, which was starting to pick up slightly as builders returned to work after they were forced to stay at home for many weeks in the first half of the year.

As the furlough scheme enters its last couple of months, unemployment is set to rise in the aftermath as companies struggle to get back on their feet.  For the construction industry, private housing is set to be the hardest hit, with a 42% contraction in production.  Falling incomes will see consumers unwilling to commit to large purchases, or loan repayments to finance them.  This in turn will slow the demand for house purchasing and large scale home improvements and will prevent them from bouncing back as quickly as other consumer spending areas.

Much of the activity we see now on building sites is largely focussed on building that is already reserved or near to completion.

In the commercial sector, retail is already on its knees. High street and town centre redevelopment are slowing as footfall diminished over lockdown. Although the hospitality sector is striving to get back to normal, online spending has meant the need for high street shopping has decreased.  Office space is no longer the sought after commodity that it once was as British work forces are taking a more flexible approach to home working.

One thing is sure; if the government wants to achieve its target of building 300,000 new homes per year, changes (and a large boost) will be needed.  New campaign group, Housing Diversification, would like to see the Help to Buy scheme extended to include custom and self-build homes, plus investment in more small site work, using smaller building firms where local authorities engage with developers.  This would enable development to grow at a sustainable level as small to medium sized housebuilders tend to build on smaller sites in existing communities.

You can find information on all of our plant hire equipment and machinery here.

City People Want to Escape to the Country Just as Construction Sector Slashes More Jobs

City living has definitely lost its appeal to many living in the capital and other major cities around the UK.  Lockdown has thrown up its own set of problems, and at its peak the Coronavirus left many families unable to get any access to the outdoors, apart from their 1 hour of exercise per day.  With 21% of Londoners having no garden, and rental prices at a premium, it’s no wonder that more urban locations and country living are on the radar of city dwellers.

The trend in relocating is nothing new; the 1665 Great Plague saw those that could afford to, flee London, and even parliament moved to Oxford at the time. And in more recent times, the London bombings in 2005 saw a spike in interest in rural locations. Although these moves have been largely temporary, the post COVID world may be a different place altogether.

Lockdown has proven for many employers that workforces can be just as effective working from home.  Technology has offered tools that have never been available before.  Employers and employees alike have gotten into a rhythm whereby they can attend meetings virtually and produce work from home, rendering the need for office space (and the pricey overhead that goes with it) effectively redundant.

With families having reassessed their wants and needs during lockdown, city living no longer appeals to many of them.  So what will this mean for the housing market in more rural areas?

With a sharp boom in activity within the construction industry as lockdown eased a few weeks ago, housebuilders and developers should be busier than ever.  Sadly, the rate of construction job cuts increased during July despite the industry’s rise in output.

House building was the main growth driver in July, which also saw a sharp rise in construction orders.  But where confidence in the economy has taken a nosedive, clients are declining to commit to new projects.  Construction firms have battled to catch up with pre-Coronavirus projects, but the competition for the purchase of raw materials has resulted in higher costs, the knock on effect being redundancies.

The escape to the country may just be a pipe dream for some, as housing developments could take longer to recover than anticipated.

The true strength of the economy isn’t likely to be known until the end of the furlough scheme in the Autumn.  This may put a different light on the subject for those would-be relocators!

If you would like to get further information on our plant hire services, you can access it here.