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Challenging Gender Stereotypes
Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Challenging the gender stereotype in engineering In European languages  ‘engineer’ is often derived from ‘ingenuity’. Being an engineer is using your observation skills, imagination, creativity and problem solving A Carlisle company is working with local schools to challenge gender stereotypes by encouraging girls to consider engineering as a career choice. Kingmoor Consulting, specialists in civil, structural and geotechnical engineering, are…

Does your property have a septic tank?
Does your property have a septic tank?

New rules come into force in 2020 and it’s worth taking expert advice to stay on the right side of the law. If your property’s septic tank discharges to a watercourse, not a soakaway or drainage field, you must replace or upgrade the system by January 1, 2020 – or before that date if you are selling your property. Given…

Modern Building Techniques – ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)
Modern Building Techniques – ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)

Over the last 12 months, we are seeing an increase in the use of different construction techniques.  Lack of materials and rising costs of labour have resulted in homeowners, developers and builders adopting different projects and techniques to save money.  The first in the series, presents ICF, or to give them their full name Insulated Concrete Formwork. ICF building systems comprise…

Finding a Good Contractor in Cumbria
Finding a Good Contractor in Cumbria

Finding a good contractor to work in your home, especially if the work is going to require modifications to your existing home, is important.  Aside from the essential issues around the cost and scope of the works, what else is required to be considered when choosing one contractor or builder over another.  The key areas we consider in appointing a contractor or…

Choosing a Designer 
Choosing a Designer 

Getting the design right is key to any project. After all, achieving the perfect home is at the centre of what all homeowners are trying to do. Most yearn to construct something unique and seek something just a little bit different. It’s a common belief that only qualified architects can design a home, but this is not the case. You…

Why do I need a project manager?
Why do I need a project manager?

Over the last 10 years, we have been involved in the design and project management of construction projects big and small ranging from a small domestic alteration costing a few hundred pounds to large multidisciplinary renewable energy projects costing hundreds of millions of pounds. One question we are asked is : Why do we need to project manage our project,…

Masonry cracks
Masonry cracks

Are they the first sign of something is wrong ? Whether dealing with the conservation of historic buildings, or more mundane commercial or institutional buildings, it is imperative that the cause of cracking in masonry structures is well understood. Perhaps one of the most significant differences between working on relatively modern structures and historic buildings is that often, in the…

Carlisle Ambassadors 2017
Carlisle Ambassadors 2017

We recently joined Carlisle Ambassadors in Carlisle, a programme we had participated in for a number of years in the past with our previous business. The purpose of the Ambassadors for us, is to promote Carlisle, and the wider Cumbrian Economy, to create a better place to work, life and play in for our current population and the future generations. For…