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Improvements to Chester Market’s casual stalls begin

Improvement works on Chester Market's casual stalls

We have worked in and around Chester Market many times over the years. In patnership with Norland Managed Services and Cheshire West & Chester, we have helped to keep the Market’s facilities maintained.

Recently, we have started work on refurbishing the Market’s casual stalls. These stalls are allocated to traders on a short-term basis, allowing people to sell their goods without committing to a lease. These indoor spaces have high visibility in the Market, capturing passing trade from a wide audience of shoppers.

Building works begin on casual market stalls in Chester

We’re undertaking a large number of stall improvements, from roof works to painting and decorating. Some stalls are being fitted with new roofs, with attractive red felt shingles complementing a light oak stained timber frame. In a number of stalls we are replacing the formica frontages and counter-tops with modern, refreshed designs. Timber handrails and skirtings will form a new drinking area in one unit.

We have planned for the refurbishments to be installed on Sundays, to minimize disruption to shoppers and stall owners. We would like to thank everybody in Chester Market for their patience and understanding while these improvement works are carried out and will update once the refurbishments are completed.

Casual Stall refurbishment at Chester Market

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Another excellent monitoring visit from Considerate Constructors!


Maxiflow has enjoyed a productive partnership with Considerate Constructors since registering with the scheme in 2009. We were extremely proud to be declared the Most Considerate Company 2013 in addition to picking up a Gold Award at their National Company Awards last November.

We have written on this blog about previous years’ site reports and the positive feedback we have received from the company’s monitoring team. So it was nice to start 2014 with another highly positive Monitoring Report!

In partnership with Norland Managed Services, Maxiflow has been carrying out the refurbishment of several floors in Goldsmith House, one of Cheshire West & Chester‘s office buildings in Chester city centre.

Once again the company’s high standards of performance are evident throughout the project.

Considerate Constructors’ Site Monitor

Considerate Constructors’ site evaluations are based upon five key factors, namely: Enhancing the appearance of the site, respecting the community, protecting the environment, securing everyone’s safety and caring for the workforce. Quotes from the monitoring report related to these key points are reproduced below:

The site has good signage on the entrance to the building & also directional signage on a lamppost leading to the site; signage was colourful & clear & includes various organisational logos including the 2013 Most Considerate Company logo. The only visible external signs of building work was a skip in the car park, which was neatly protected by double clipped heras fencing. Operatives all appeared smart & wore company branded hi vis plus company branded tops.


All CCS signage & stickers in position & the company has ensured that all are aware of the Scheme & also the fact that the company won Gold & the most Considerate Company award in 2013. All operatives are direct employees and are well aware of general behavioural requirements. The company has noted roof damage on a neighbours property & has taken photographs & informed the owner. Company has fixed a couple of flags outside the building.



The company has an environmental policy & the main contractor has prepared a SWMP; there is actually very little waste arising. […] The site is only a couple of miles from the company headquarters & uses company vans which are monitored regarding fuel use & carbon emissions.


Norland have carried out two H&S inspections to date & Maxiflow have their own arrangements. All operatives are local & the location of the nearby A&E is well known to all […] Appropriate fire evacuation procedures in place & site has own muster point. Excellent example of high quality dust mask being used when cleaning up waste from broken screed.[…] All accidents recorded, none to date.


The company has a very supportive regime & has recently completed a series of staff appraisals; a number of training courses are being organised […] The company also deserves credit for the assistance they have given to a scaffolding sub contractor in obtaining appropriate qualifications. Medical conditions & contact details held & the offer is made for all operatives to obtain a flu jab. All have CSCs cards.


Overall, the report was extremely positive and offered constructive suggestions for future improvements. We hope to have more details about our works at Goldsmith House in the future.

We would like to thank Considerate Constructors’ monitoring team, Norland Managed Services and Cheshire West and Chester for their time and work in making this report possible.

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Drainage works at Chester FC stadium grounds

Chester FC stadium grounds drainage

Previously on the Maxiflow blog, we’ve written about our support for Chester FC and how we’ve taken part in their ‘Backing the Blues’ sponsorship program. We’ve maintained a solid relationship with the club over the years and look forward to working with them whenever we can.

In partnership with Norland Managed Services and TP Construction, we were contracted to solve a drainage problem that was affecting the grounds of Chester FC’s Exacta Stadium (also known as Deva Stadium).

Chester FC stadium grounds overgrown foliage

The overgrown hedge envelops the chain-link fence

At the rear of the car park, near the entrance to the away stand, lies a fenced-off drainage ditch. The ditch serves as a runoff point for the surface water that accumulates on the car park’s tarmac, which is then deposited through a culvert into the neighbouring field. The hedge on the opposite side of the ditch had overgrown to the point where the leaves were reaching through the fence, and wrapping around the concrete posts. The dense foliage had completely overwhelmed the drainage ditch, resulting in rain water flooding back into the car park.

The fence was hampering any attempts to deal with the problem, so it had to be temporarily removed. The leaves and branches poking through the chain links were trimmed back, enabling the fencing to be clipped away from the supporting concrete posts. Approximately 160 metres of fencing was neatly cut into lengths, rolled up and stored.

Chester FC stadium grounds excavation

Excavator unloads earth and foliage into trailer

With the fence out of the way, we were able to cut the thick vegetation back to the correct side of the ditch. This confirmed that the ditch was in a bad state, clogged with debris and earth along its length. The next step was to begin excavation, but first the barbed wire running along the top of the fence had to be stripped away. In a similar manner to the fence itself, the barbed wire was snipped from between the concrete posts, carefully coiled up, and stored.

This allowed for the 6-tonne excavator to do its work. The digger was able to methodically excavate the soil and plant life from the ditch. This debris was deposited in an accompanying tractor-led trailer and relocated to a nearby grass verge. With the ditch now emptied, the culvert was cleared using high-pressure water jetting.

Chester FC stadium grounds cleared ditch

Cleared and restored drainage ditch

With the blockages now removed, the fencing and barbed wire were able to be reinstated and the work was completed. This means that visiting teams’ fans will now be able to enter the Chester FC stadium without getting their socks wet. We call that a good result!

Chester FC stadium before and after

Before and after comparison

We would like to once again thank Chester FC, Norland Managed Services and TP Construction for their help and support in bringing this project to completion.

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Maxiflow wins Most Considerate Company 2013 at Considerate Constructors National Company Awards

Considerate Constructors National Company Awards 2013 Maxiflow Certificates and Trophy

We at Maxiflow are extremely proud to announce that we have won TWO prestigious awards at the Considerate Constructors 2013 National Company Awards.

We have been declared Considerate Constructors’ Most Considerate Company 2013, in addition to receiving a Gold Award!

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is dedicated to improving the image of the construction industry in the UK. The scheme works alongside hundreds of companies nationwide, engaging its members in an ever-evolving conversation about public responsibility. The scheme has had great success helping companies to fully realise their responsibilities to worksites and their neighbours.

Considerate Constructors Most Considerate Company 2013 Trophy and Certificate

Maxiflow has been registered with the scheme since 2009, and we have enjoyed a succession of positive audits and site inspections from the organization over the years. This year, Considerate Constructors praised Maxiflow for the “culture of support for the community [that] runs throughout the company”. We consider this sentiment to reflect aspects of our company such as our recently-launched Accesswatch scheme, which aims to keep members of the public informed about our access-impairing works.

At the 2012 National Company Awards, we won a Bronze Award, which was a great source of pride for everyone in the company. In a statement following that win, Maxiflow Contracts Director Warren Beatty declared that “[We] are aiming for a Gold Award next year!”. This was an ambitious assertion, given the relatively small size of our company, a family-run company from Chester, compared to some of our competition. We returned to Plaisterers’ Hall at One London Wall for this years’ ceremony with a realistic hope that we could match our previous achievement. Naturally, we were blown away when they announced our name for both awards.

Considerate Constructors - Most Considerate Company and Gold Award 2013

Maxiflow Building Foreman Kevin Beatty, Contracts Director Warren Beatty and Mechanical & Electrical Manager Anthony Drury celebrate at the ceremony.
(Photo courtesy of Considerate Constructors)

In a statement, Maxiflow Managing Director Kevin McLeod has said:

All of us at Maxiflow consider winning a Gold Award and being named Most Considerate Company to be incredible achievements. We are truly honoured to have been considered as contenders for both awards, and the fact that we took home double gold is astounding. I would like to personally thank Warren for his dedication, his motivational skills and for being the driving force behind the works that have earned these honours. I would also like to thank each and every member of our team for the daily, ongoing commitment that has produced such amazing results. This win instils us with great confidence in our direction as a company, and is a confirmation that our community-focussed approach is one of our greatest strengths.

Kevin McLeod, Maxiflow Managing Director

In a statement on their website, Considerate Constructors said the following about Maxiflow:

Although this was a particularly short duration project, the company demonstrated its real commitment to delivering a quality product to considerate standards. The work area was particularly restrictive, but the insertion of a discrete door lock to prevent dementia-suffering day care patients inadvertently entering the area was commendable, as was the use of the zipped dust sheet affixed to the door frame. With the addition of innovative directional signs, exceptional cleanliness and a highly co-operative stance, the operation demonstrated that even a small site can do something special.

In addition to the company itself supporting various local organisations, the Scheme Monitor noted several examples of local fund-raising activities carried out by individual employees, showing that the culture of support for the community runs throughout the company. Combined with elements such as supporting staff in gaining additional qualifications and offering a number of health services, this company’s considerate effort was of an exceptionally high level and a great example to the industry of what can be achieved on the smallest projects.

Considerate Constructors

Considerate Constructors Most Considerate Company 2013 Trophy

We would like to thank every one of our clients and affiliates for their work in making this achievement possible, with special thanks extended to Norland Managed Services and Cheshire West and Chester council. We would also like to once again sincerely thank Considerate Constructors for this honour, and we hope to return to the awards next year.

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