Maxiflow Ltd. first registered with the Scheme in 2009 and have remained a registered company ever since. Industry Image spoke to Maxiflow to ask why registration is important to the company.
Maxiflow Ltd. is a family-run company based in Chester. We provide a wide range of services for commercial and domestic clients, with specialist divisions focusing on building, roofing, drainage, mechanical & electrical and solar energy contracting. We are contracted to carry out planned and reactive maintenance for a diverse and ever-expanding portfolio of clients, including local authorities such as Cheshire West & Chester, corporations such as Bentley Motors and local institutions such as Chester Zoo and the University of Chester.
Our recent projects include a major renovation of the Bishop of Manchester's residence in Salford (in partnership with Strutt & Parker), conversion of the Frodsham Anti-Aircraft Control Room (AAOR) cold war bunker for Cheshire West & Cheshire and restoration of a stolen memorial plaque at Christ Church in Willaston (in partnership with Enterprise PLC), an event that was covered in the national press.
We have found Considerate Constructors Scheme to be an excellent scheme to work in partnership with. We have found that the name and the logo carry an authoritative weight amongst our clients, particularly in the case of small business owners, and they help to instil a real sense of confidence in our abilities. We find that the posters and banners featuring the Scheme logo help to elevate our sites' image, because no matter how neatly your operation conducts itself, elements such as scaffolding and plant vehicles are intrusions into the aesthetics of an area. Having the Scheme logo displayed prominently on a site demonstrates our intention to minimise disruption and keep all intrusive elements to those strictly necessary to the job in hand.
We find the Scheme's Monitor visits to be a positive thing, as we enjoy opportunities to display our work to the world. We maintain a regular blog on our website at maxiflow.co.uk/blog and have a photo gallery at maxiflow.co.uk/gallery which detail our projects in an open and honest manner, in addition to providing informative articles and advice on topics related to the construction industry. Monitor visit reports are great for us, because they are an opportunity to post feedback on our work from a respected authority, which boosts us in the eyes of potential customers and existing clients alike.
We have extremely strict rules and procedures in place on our sites, which ensure that all team members are fully aware of our responsibilities towards our clients, their neighbours and members of the general public. These procedures are detailed to our operatives in a handbook which is issued when they join the company, they are outlined formally at our orientation and training sessions, and they are enacted through consistent reinforcement at every job we undertake. Site-specific inductions and frequent 'toolbox talks' help to not only maintain a consistent workflow by keeping everyone appraised about the current works, but also ensure that any issues or concerns can be brought up in a public forum and discussed appropriately.
We always maintain a clean and tidy site, with protections in place to ensure that any debris can be easily removed without damaging any structures or decoration. We issue every operative with multiple sets of Maxiflow-branded PPE, which complement our fleets of vans proudly displaying the Maxiflow brand alongside the Scheme logo. We make it our duty to introduce ourselves to the site's neighbours, outlining our schedule of works and offering a direct line of communication so we can personally respond to any queries. To reduce noise pollution, we have a strict no-radios policy on site and restrict our working hours to times which will cause minimum disruption.
We are extremely proud of our Considerate Constructors Scheme Bronze Award that we received in 2012 and consider it an honour to have our achievements acknowledged by one of the industry's most respected accreditation schemes. We can foresee this partnership being beneficial to both Maxiflow and the Scheme for a long time to come.
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