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Maxiflow awarded prestigious Manchester Cathedral contract


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We at Maxiflow are proud to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious new contract with Manchester Cathedral, in partnership with Strutt and Parker.

Following the recent appointment of Bishop David Walker as the new Bishop of Manchester, Maxiflow have been contracted to undertake a full refurbishment of the Bishop’s Residence.

This major project draws together many areas of Maxiflow expertise, including full-scale decorative works, all-new carpeting, an upgrade of the electrical system, the installation of a state-of-the-art heating system and much more.

Maxiflow has plenty of experience in this area, as we have an extensive history of working in partnership with Chester Cathedral, including carrying out a large-scale refurbishment of the heating system in the Bishop’s House in Abbey Square last year.

We will continue to provide coverage of this exciting new contract as the project progresses.

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New automated bollard system at Abbey Square Gateway

Visitors to Chester are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking in our breathtaking historic attractions. From the top of the Roman city walls down to the Castle, Chester packs a lot into a modestly-sized space – which doesn’t leave a lot of space for parking in the city centre!

Residents and businesses in Abbey Square, off Northgate Street, were growing increasingly tired of opportunistic drivers parking in their spaces. The convenient cut-through to the Frodsham Street supermarkets and lack of pay-and-display parking fees in the square proved too tempting for many visitors.

Abbey Square is part of the Chester Cathedral grounds and is home to many residents, including the Bishop of Chester. The square is intended to be a semi-public space, providing multiple shortcuts through the city and housing an attractive green space in its centre.

The desire to preserve this space for visitors, while also restricting vehicle access to the area, lead to Chester Cathedral and Cheshire West & Chester council‘s decision to install an automated bollard system at the entrance to the square. We at Maxiflow were contracted to take on the task, in partnership with MACS Automated Bollard Systems Ltd.

Simple diagram of Abbey Square gateway bollard placement

Abbey Square’s primary vehicle entrance is the Abbey Gateway, the front of which faces Chester Town Hall. The Gateway is a Grade I listed building constructed circa the 14th century, its beautiful architecture and red sandstone standing as a portal to the city’s past.

The new bollard system was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, in order to preserve the Gateway’s aesthetics. A lone bollard stands in the centre of the cobbled roadway and it is lowered by activating the reader on a nearby control post. The entryway is flanked by a pair of wooden posts, narrowing the profile of vehicles which can access the square.

Maxiflow’s groundworks team dug pits for the bollard and control post and excavated trenches in the road and surrounding paths. These works involved careful removal of sets of cobbles from the road surface and storing them for re-use. Our drainage consultants advised in laying a bed of pea gravel and installing ducting around all apparatus to protect against ingress of rainwater. Our electricians supplied MACS with the power feed for the control tower, in addition to the induction loops.

After installation of the bollard and control post, the pits were backfilled with concrete and all cobbles were replaced in their original positions. The kerbs, flags and the York stone wheelers (the flattened paths that offer tyre protection against the cobbles) were also relaid, or replaced with their closest matches.

Maxiflow would like to thank MACS Automated Bollard Systems Ltd for their work in bringing this project to completion.

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New Maxiflow Apprenticeships In 2012

Maxiflow Apprenticeships in Cheshire

2011 is drawing to a close, but Maxiflow is already looking forward to the opportunities we will be presenting in 2012.

We are strengthening our partnership with West Cheshire College by offering new apprenticeships in our Building and Mechanical & Electrical divisions.

Maxiflow strongly believes that investing in people is the only way our industry will be able to move forward.

We hear anecdotes about teachers and career advisors unfairly characterising trade apprenticeships as a fallback solution or as a short-term stop gap, which can be harmful to the confidence and self-esteem of young people.

Skilled trades can offer a fulfilling career for many bright young people and we feel that it is important for this option to be presented in a positive manner which will attract the most enthusiastic candidates.

Maxiflow Young Apprentice in Chester

Our current apprentice Floyd has already shone in his role, surpassing everyone’s expectations in a short amount of time. He was named Employee Of The Month in October and has proven to be a valuable asset to the building team.

Floyd has recently been granted his own tool allowance, demonstrating our level of trust in his ability and our confidence in his capability to work independently.

We will be working with West Cheshire College to bring our new recruits aboard in the new year, so best of luck to everyone who wishes to be a part of the Maxiflow team!

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Boiler service & heating system inspection for only £99

As part of our continued dedication to expansion and innovation, we at Maxiflow have recently launched our brand-new Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) division.

Under the guiding hand of John Hughes, our new manager of M&E services and a 20-year veteran of the industry, we have been gracefully clearing every hurdle towards full accreditation in the gas and electrical fields.

Our newly acquired Gas Safe Registration & Logic Certification have prompted us to develop a new package which will not only prove our newly-honed skills, but will make us stand out in an extremely competitive industry.

Gas Safe and Logic Certification

With winter creeping up upon us and the nights drawing in, it is advisable to have your boiler and heating system inspected. Because it’s likely to have gone unused for the best part of the year, your heating system may have developed faults due to internal or external factors which may severely impinge upon your comfort in the upcoming cold.

We are offering a comprehensive Health Check of your entire heating system, including a boiler service, for only £99. Full details can be found on the Domestic Gas Health Check page.

This offer is open to homeowners, landlords and estate agents alike. So if you live near Liverpool, Manchester, Rhyl, Mold, Widnes or anywhere else within a 25-mile radius of Chester city centre, contact us now on 01244343563 for guaranteed peace of mind this winter.

> Full details of the Maxiflow Home Gas Health Check

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