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Why Are There Gargoyles on Buildings?

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Lining the roof edges of some of our oldest buildings, you need only look up to find a glimpse of gargoyles; stone monsters glaring down from on high. Conservation of your facades, stonework and yes, even gargoyles, is important – protecting our most impressive and treasured structures. But what is a gargoyle? What are the … Continue reading

The Benefits of Dustless Blast Cleaning

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The thought of blast cleaning usually conjures images of an operator in full PPE wear sending up dust plumes and leaving a lot of mess behind afterwards. But what if you could immediately suppress the dust particles associated with this? Dustless blast cleaning from J Radford Group in London comes with a number of benefits … Continue reading

Shot Blasting & Sandblasting: What’s the Difference Between Them?

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Abrasive blast cleaning is a popular method of industrial cleaning that works by shooting powerful streams of abrasive materials at a surface, forcefully breaking down the superficial layer to reveal the clean layer underneath. This method of cleaning has soared in popularity over the past few decades, giving rise to further subservices of abrasive cleaning … Continue reading

Graffiti Vandalism; The Rise of Criminal Damage to Property in London

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The debate between graffiti as art or vandalism has been running rampant for decades. It wasn’t until the lead up to the 2012 Olympics, however, that police around the UK decided to side firmly with the latter. They began clamping down on graffiti artists for causing ‘criminal damage’ and handed out lengthy prison sentences to … Continue reading

Broken Window Theory and the Problem of Graffiti

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Banksy once again stole the headlines in October of last year, as one of his paintings sold for a mammoth $1.4 million — before shredding itself (almost) entirely into pieces. The proceeding news coverage swept the nation. Banksy had simultaneously become the most well-known, yet unknown, human on the planet. As Banksy’s notoriety periodically spikes, … Continue reading

The Difference Between Shot Blast Cleaning and Shot Peening

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With similar names and styles of operation, the terms ‘shot blasting’ and ‘shot peening’ are often conflated. In reality, shot blasting and shot peening provide two entirely different functions. This article is going to explain exactly what shot blasting and shot peening are, and the differences between the two. Abrasive blasting Before delving into each individual process, … Continue reading

London’s Growing Noise Pollution Problem

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When hearing about pollution in London your mind will likely turn to dreary grey clouds of smoke spewing out of the chimneys of factories and homes alike. However, pollution does not always entail pollution of the air, and another type of pollution is quietly becoming a serious issue across the boroughs of London. Noise pollution … Continue reading

Benefits of Vehicle Branding

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In a challenging economic climate, firms are looking to minimise outgoings while still maintaining branding and an advertising presence. Marketing is usually the first port of call for budget cuts and it means being creative with any monies that remain. If you’re a fleet operator, have you considered the missed advertising opportunity that your vehicle’s bodywork represents? … Continue reading

Why is it important to preserve buildings?

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Preserving older buildings, particularly those built before the Second World War, is of national importance to all countries. Particularly in the UK, the architecture is impressive in its breadth, ranging from oak timber structures erected in the 15th century to art deco masterpieces constructed in the 1960s. As a part of our cultural heritage, old … Continue reading

How to Prevent Frost Attack on Bricks

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Many factors lead to excessive frost attack on otherwise healthy bricks and mortar. The key factor is moisture and specifically moisture saturation. In simple terms this means having overly wet bricks and mortar due to inclement weather. When temperatures get extremely low this water freezes and expands. Once the frost thaws, the gaps left behind … Continue reading