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Quarterly Focus – Q2 2018

This quarter we are focussing on Fire safety, and resident safety and well-being in high rise housing

April - June 2018

Each quarter Mila Window and Door Maintenance will be promoting focused case studies, news stories, white papers and blogs about key subjects which affect the sector we work in.

This quarter our focus is on Fire Safety, and a continued focus on safety and resident well-being in high-rise living accommodation.

In all cases we look at best practice when it comes to product selection, the delivery of our site services and the positive impact that good relationships with the residents in whose homes we work can help to deliver.

As always, we continue to look at the benefits which a proactive approach to maintenance brings, including the extension to the life of installed products, and the reduced financial costs these programmes deliver.

We will also be considering the benefits of specialist contractors over multi-skilled operatives and are delighted to be announcing the opening of our new in-house practical training facility, and our support for a new industry wide campaign to encourage and support young people to join the industry and develop their careers through training and qualifications.

I hope you find the information below useful and informative, and please get in touch if we can help you in any way to meet the challenges you face.

Tristan Cooke, Managing Director

Fire Doors and Resident Safety

Following tragic events during 2017 the focus on having Fire Doors installed into high rise living accommodation, and other property types with an emphasis on communal living became a major priority for social landlords.

Case Studies
Specialist contractor Mila Maintenance and Installation chosen to install Fire Doors in Camden

Specialist social housing window and door contractor Mila Maintenance and Installation has been chosen to install new Fire Doors into six blocks of flats in the London Borough of Camden. The blocks on the Ampthill Estate were identified...

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Blogs
Fire safety is a critical part of a wider commitment to resident safety

I have written previously about my dismay that it took the well documented tragic events of 2017 to make some people take the issue of resident safety seriously. Even now there are those who continue to cut corners or pay lip service where safety is concerned.

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Blogs
A review of fire and ventilation arrangements highlighted some unforeseen problems on an 11 storey high rise block in Newham.

An interesting development on an 11 storey block in Newham recently showed us once again that there are inherent problems in the design of many buildings which still need to be addressed Originally, we were engaged to carry...

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Case Studies
Fire Door Installation at Grosvenor House, Portsmouth

Working alongside contractor Lawtech Group the specialist window and door maintenance company was asked to install fire doors into the five-storey block of flats at Grosvenor House in the city to replace the original doors which had been installed when the flats were built.

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Fire Door Installation Case Study
Clem Attlee Estate

Working with Mitie Construction Mila Window and Door Maintenance has installed 176 Sentry Fire Doors for residents at Jim Griffiths and Tom Williams Houses on the Clem Attlee Estate in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The FD30 Sentry Fire Doors specified by the client were installed over a 12-week period.

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News
Fire Door Installation Training supports client needs

Contracts Manager Dean Bradford is the first of the Mila Maintenance team to undertake formal Fire Door installation training at BM Trada. The company’s attendance is in response to increasing requests from existing clients to help them with...

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News
Behind the scenes at a specialist contractor

For a maintenance company which has been operating for nearly 30 years you would think there is nothing new to find…you couldn’t be more wrong. The technical team at specialist contractor Mila Maintenance recently discussed the issues they...

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Blogs
MSO’s or Specialist Contractors?

There has been a lot of talk recently about the relative merits of using Multi Skilled Operatives (MSO’s) or specialist contractors; I thought I would add my opinion to the debate. Of course in the interests of fairness...

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Fire Safety, Restrictors and Resident Safety in High Rise Accommodation

Mila Window and Door Maintenance has been carrying out repairs and maintenance on windows in high rise living accommodation for nearly 30 years. The variety of specifications installed by landlords during this period, and the unique challenges that working in this kind of environment bring are the reasons why only specialist contractors undertake the work. Resident safety in these environments is paramount.

Insallation of Safety Restrictors Case Study
Safety First

Residents at Bridge House in Camden have benefited from work between specialist contractor Mila Window and Door Maintenance and pioneering award winning Jackloc ® window restrictors. The 37-unit block of flats has recently undergone a repairs and maintenance...

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Refurbishment of Windows in High Rise Case Study
Ongo Homes Market Hill

Mila Window and Door Maintenance refurbished Tilt and Turn Windows to 228 one and two bedroom flats in three high rise living accommodation blocks in Scunthorpe.

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Free Guides
High Rise Whitepaper

You no longer need to replace windows to extend the life of your assets. Download this whitepaper to find out more. Have you rendered your high rise blocks since you originally installed the windows? Do you know how...

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News
Safety And Security Are Two Very Different Things When It Comes To High Rise Housing

Adrian Vicker is General Manager of Siegenia, one of the leading window and door hardware suppliers in the UK, and Tristan Cooke is Managing Director of Mila Window and Door Maintenance.

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Blogs
A review of fire and ventilation arrangements highlighted some unforeseen problems on an 11 storey high rise block in Newham.

An interesting development on an 11 storey block in Newham recently showed us once again that there are inherent problems in the design of many buildings which still need to be addressed Originally, we were engaged to carry...

Read More
Blogs
Fire safety is a critical part of a wider commitment to resident safety

I have written previously about my dismay that it took the well documented tragic events of 2017 to make some people take the issue of resident safety seriously. Even now there are those who continue to cut corners or pay lip service where safety is concerned.

Read More
Case Studies
Clem Attlee Estate

Working with Mitie Construction Mila Window and Door Maintenance has installed 176 Sentry Fire Doors for residents at Jim Griffiths and Tom Williams Houses on the Clem Attlee Estate in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The FD30 Sentry Fire Doors specified by the client were installed over a 12-week period.

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Specialist skills, training and social value

Taking a proactive approach to maintenance is essential to ensure that resident safety is always at the top of the agenda. All too often the use of general maintenance contractors or no planned maintenance schedule can lead to site issues which directly impact the comfort and well-being of residents.

Blogs
MSO’s or Specialist Contractors?

There has been a lot of talk recently about the relative merits of using Multi Skilled Operatives (MSO’s) or specialist contractors; I thought I would add my opinion to the debate. Of course in the interests of fairness...

Read More
News
Mila Maintenance among the first companies to pledge support for a new industry initiative aimed at bridging the growing skills gap.

In November 2017, The Telegraph newspaper reported on the lack of skills and labour shortages within the construction industry. It provided information from a survey conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors highlighting how the issue had...

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Social Value
Man of the Match performances from Royston Dynamo’s graduate

We reported previously how for many years Mila Window and Door Maintenance had sponsored a local junior football team – the Royston Dynamo’s, and how Managing Director Tristan Cooke had been a long-term coach. In 2016 one of...

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