National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has managed the upgrade of two central London hotels, installing comfort cooling in over 700 Travelodge rooms in just 16 weeks.

Wakemans provided a full project management service as well as acting as employers agent and quantity surveyor with additional Construction Design Management support.

The works were carried out at Travelodge’s flagship hotel in Covent Garden and at Waterloo. Both hotels operated as normal whilst the work was carried out.

Wakemans managed the programme to ensure that the minimum number of rooms were off-line at any one time and also arranged for road closures to bring in large plant required for the roof.

Senior associate director Nigel Himpson said, “The comfort cooling system provides an energy efficient solution for customers. This service supports Travelodge quality drive to upgrade its product offering and become Britain’s favourite hotel for value.”

There are another five key projects under consideration to receive similar comfort cooling upgrades over the coming months and Wakemans have assisted Travelodge to procure a standard comfort cooling system for all of its new build projects going forward.

When it’s just the two of you and you finally can spend time together, how easy is it to find something you would both enjoy doing when one of you likes jewellery making and the other model trains?

In 2016, Mary a university lecturer had her dates brought forward and she joined husband Roger an insurance specialist, in retirement so it was definitely time to think up some new adventures.

Both keen travellers with a particular fancy for exploring islands, Mary and Roger had just been to Iceland ticking off the Blue Lagoon as a Bucket List item when the Humdinger Days team invited them to ‘lucky dip’ an unforgettable experience from its newly launched website.

Here’s Mary’s account of what happened when the couple tried out blacksmithing and toured a craft brewery for the day:

I have always wanted to have a go at blacksmithing – there’s something very primal about all that fire and hammering – and combined with a trip to a brewery too! What’s not to like?

So we set off early on a glorious summer morning to deepest darkest Herefordshire and Oldfield Forge for 3 hours of forging experience.

We were kitted out in safety glasses and leather aprons, which did me no favours at all (I know this, they sent me pictures), but made him-indoors look oddly dashing.  We were to make bottle openers, but all sorts of things are possible; someone was there spending 3 days to make a sword.

With excellent tuition from chief smith Aaron we set to with forge and anvil.  It was wonderful! Tricky, but do-able and completely absorbing. We heated and hammered and chiselled (remarkably difficult) and twisted and scrolled and brushed and shaped two bars of steel into two functional and really rather beautiful bottle openers – like Viking artefacts, but brand new and made by us.

Tired but smug we enjoyed a lunch of local pies and salad outside in the sunshine and admired the woodland and the wide range of amazing things that the forge will make on commission; fire baskets, candle holders, door furniture, sculptures, lights, log baskets….  I wanted it all, but settled (for now) for two modest hooks. I will have to go back.

Then off, past Ross-on-Wye, impossibly picturesque perched above the river, and a short and scenic drive into Gloucestershire and the Hillside Brewery.  Set up three years ago, this craft brewery produces eight different beers in a space somewhat smaller that our living room.  And they do it very well indeed!

We sat at wooden table on the sunny hillside terrace, where we admired the view and tasted really rather generous quantities of four of the beers, including a very fine mild “Over the Hill” and an excellent best bitter “Legless Cow”…..what were they trying to tell us? Whilst supping, Paul told us all about the magic of water (they have their own bore hole) and malt and hops (there’s a world shortage) and yeast and showed us around the brewery.  Great fun.  You can also just drop in for a beer, because people did, and if you are more energetic you can “enjoy” battle games with lasers or shoot rubber tipped arrows at one another.  But best of all, they have a function room, for weddings and parties.  You can have a birthday party in a brewery….definitely something else for my bucket list!

Now fully equipped with our bottle openers and a selection of bottles of beer to try them out on, we set off home.  It had been a truly brilliant day.

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Automotive logistics cloud-based software specialist Car Delivery Network (CDN) is rolling out its electronic gate exit enhancement in cooperation with the CSX Railroad, further extending the capabilities of its market-leading ePOD application, vinDELIVER.

Having recognized the benefits of going paperless, many automotive OEMs and rail carriers are moving forward with the implementation of CDN’s electronic gate exit service offering ‘eOUTGATE’, which allows truck carriers using the vinDELIVER ePOD app to exit rail facilities quickly and efficiently with 100% paperless movements.  eOUTGATE will also enable users to electronically capture and transmit load data, damage codes, and related photos directly to CSX’s system. Uniquely, this system enables inspection agents to gain direct and immediate access to the damage write-ups, facilitating rapid and seamless release of vehicles at these locations.

Greg May, CDN President and CEO, commented “We are very pleased to have successfully integrated with the CSX system, thereby enabling our carrier partners to move another step closer to a paperless environment.  It is our purpose to support, connect, and simplify.”

CDN’s eOUTGATE enhancement is now live at the CSX Lawrenceville and Birmingham rail facilities. Carriers using the CDN app at CSX ramps include Supreme Auto Transport, Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport, and JMN Logistics and Transportation. It is estimated there are approximately 105 rail ramps handling finished vehicles in the US and to date 21 are now live with eOutgate.

CDN has already implemented eOUTGATE at a number of UNION PACIFIC rail facilities and work is underway to develop interfaces to many other US and Canadian railroads.

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