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July 6, 2021

metroSTOR sponsors the HQN Annual Conference 2021

We are delighted to be sponsoring the HQN Annual Conference 2021. This year the virtual conference focuses on the resident voice, taking place across three […]

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June 21, 2021

metroSTOR sponsors The Green School Awards

metroSTOR is proud to be sponsoring Inspire Schools / KM Charity Team’s Green School Awards for 2021, celebrating children in Kent’s contributions to make our […]

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June 21, 2021

Streetspace Group wins a Silver Green Apple for metroSTOR bin stores!

Streetspace Group is delighted to announce that our metroSTOR bin stores have won a National Silver Award in the Environmental Best Practice Waste Management category […]

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June 10, 2021

CAD Models and Technical Drawing for External Works Products!

From the earliest design stages; clear, accurate and readily available technical information on storage capacities and operational space requirements for external works products is essential […]

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March 25, 2021

Specifier ready cycle storage solutions

There is a planning requirement for all new and refurb developments stating that a certain quantity of cycle storage should be provided for residents. This […]

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March 17, 2021

Considered design helps improve recycling rates!

Recycling in the UK Global Recycling Day comes just over a week after the revelation that in the UK more waste is currently burned than […]

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February 26, 2021

Bin screens, a cost-effective way of meeting FRA requirements!

Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) requirements With new details still coming to light in the going Grenfell Tower Inquiry, it’s safe to say that fire safety […]

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February 17, 2021

Our 10-point guide to successful communal bin store facilities

Our 10-point guide to successful communal bin store facilities We all applaud our front-line housing services staff during the current pandemic, and rightly so, as […]

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January 13, 2021

Continuing to support the UK social housing sector throughout 2021

Social housing funding problems continue in 2021  2020 was certainly full of challenges, with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting us all broadside at the same time […]

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January 11, 2021

Reducing fire risk for councils and housing associations in 2021

As director at Streetspace, I’ve worked with the metroSTOR brand since its inception in 2011. metroSTOR’s range of external storage solutions are designed to reduce […]

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December 2, 2020

Green roofs add pockets of biodiversity, securing additional BREEAM and Sustainable Housing Code value

Green roof systems are a great way to introduce valuable pockets of diversity into your projects, helping to secure additional BREEAM or Sustainable Housing Code […]

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November 18, 2020

The worst enemy of social housing – a lack of investment

The scope is massive – ranging from a lack of housing to lagging recycling targets. Wherever you look, social housing is crying out for greater […]

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November 5, 2020

World Town Planning Day, creating liveable communities!

World Town Planning Day (also known as World Urbanism Day) is a chance for planners and communities to celebrate how we shape our urban areas […]

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November 4, 2020

COVID-19 Streetspace Ltd Update

In the light of UK Government announcements regarding new national restrictions in place from 5 November, we would like to reassure our customers that we […]

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October 26, 2020

The costly problem of fly-tipping and side waste

Last year fly-tipping hit a 10-year high, a problem which has only been amplified during lockdown. Brighton Council have reported that fly-tipping has more than […]

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October 16, 2020

Should we be decommissioning bin chutes?

Recent years have seen a rise in the decommissioning of old bin chutes, and in new developments architects frequently opt for external bin storage over […]

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October 12, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and the social housing problem

The Uk’s housing emergency has been made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, with the charity Shelter calling the lack of social homes “disastrous”. Overcrowding, lack […]

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October 8, 2020

6 key points for ensuring your residents are safe from the risk of bin fires

The storage of refuse and recyclable materials represents an inherent fire risk due to its combustibility, the excessive heat and smoke that is given off […]

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October 6, 2020

Best practice for mobility scooter storage

With an increasingly ageing population, the use of mobility scooters is on this rise in the UK and will only continue to grow. The housing […]

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September 28, 2020

What is preventing children in the UK from cycling to school?

The health and environmental benefits of cycling compared to car travel for short journeys are widely acknowledged, yet less than 3% of children in the […]

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September 21, 2020

Helping to make recycling a habit

“People won’t change their habits” – is a statement I hear daily and one that is not correct in my experience! People will change their […]

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September 21, 2020

The Importance of Recycling in the 21st Century

Recycling is one of the buzzwords of the current era. If you were around even 30 years ago, the idea of having separate bins for […]

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May 20, 2020

A Guide to Aperture Options for Bin Storage Units

When specifying your metroSTOR PBM or PBL Bin Storage Units, the variety of options available can seem quite extensive. One area where it is well […]

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March 23, 2020

Guide to bin safety distances

Landlords have an obligation under the Fire Safety Act to keep tenants safe from fire. Nigel Deacon, Director of metroSTOR, said: “One of the risks […]

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March 2, 2020

Developers able to avoid fire safety regulations

The government response to the Grenfell cladding crisis is flawed and risks creating a sub tier of housing. The scale of work required to meet […]

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January 20, 2020

CFPA guidance to keep tenants safe

Wheeled bins of tenants should be 6m or more away from residential property according to the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations Europe. Fire Risk Assessors working […]

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January 15, 2020

A passion to protect the vulnerable

A mission to improve the safety and security of residents led to investment to help those with mobility issues. Cardiff City Council worked with metroSTOR […]

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January 14, 2020

Bin stores makes dramatic impact

A waste and recycling site has made a dramatic difference to their lives of residents on a Manchester estate. Residents on the Smithfield estate say […]

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January 7, 2020

Tenants praise improvements brought by bin stores

Tenants on two estates are benefitting from upgraded recycling facilities and a cleaner environment. More than 250 tenants of East Kent Housing on Canterbury’s Spring […]

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December 2, 2019

Cost of fly-tipping skyrockets in UK

Fly-tipping is the scourge of Britain costing the country more than £57 million annually. Its impact seeps into communities with astonishing frequency and in some […]

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November 5, 2019

Solutions to boost recycling levels in flats

Managing waste and recycling in flats is a major headache for social landlords. With purpose-built flats making up 37 per cent of London’s residential accommodation […]

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October 29, 2019

Risks of mobility scooters should not be ignored

A wide range of issues can make parking and storage of mobility scooters a headache for the elderly and disabled. metroSTOR, the scooter storage experts, […]

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October 17, 2019

Speedy design solutions for architects

  Architects can draw upon a trio of design options when creating new developments or regeneration projects. metroSTOR’s out-of-the-box design tools are perfect for every […]

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October 11, 2019

Dynamic Chan named social housing sector CEO of the year

The UK social housing sector’s Chief Executive of the Year has been named as Chan Kataria of emh group. The announcement was delivered by metroSTOR […]

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October 8, 2019

Landlords must be switched on to electric vehicles

Developers need to future proof new builds to ensure they are ready to switch over to electric vehicles. A mix of climate change and governmental […]

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October 3, 2019

Refurbishment is less traumatic for tenants than wholesale regeneration

Breathing new life into urban areas by renovating existing stock could be lower cost and strengthen communities compared to large scale estate regeneration, argues Simon […]

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September 19, 2019

Housing chiefs to be honoured by metroSTOR

metroSTOR will celebrate excellence in the housing sector on 10 October when it presents a top award at a national event. The 24housing Awards showcase […]

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September 9, 2019

Volunteer awards to showcase gift of time in housing sector

Individuals and teams of volunteers from Kent, Medway, Bexley and Bromley will have their hard work and dedication showcased at a new annual event supported […]

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September 3, 2019

Mobility scooter storage reducing fire hazards at sheltered housing

The value of installing well-designed storage for mobility scooters has been highlighted by recent redevelopments at a sheltered housing block in Westminster. Residents in sheltered […]

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August 22, 2019

Using bin data to protect vulnerable people from fire

Barnsley Council has recently announced that it will soon be sharing the addresses of around 4000 properties that receive assisted bin collections with the South […]

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August 21, 2019

The need for the right council housing properties in the right areas

In a very interesting recent article in Inside Housing, Brian Cronin, the chief executive of Your Housing Group, writes about the failings of the current […]

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August 19, 2019

metroSTOR is now live on NBS Plus and the NBS National BIM Library

As from August 2019 the metroSTOR product range is now available through NBS Plus and the NBS National BIM Library. This will make it even quicker […]

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August 15, 2019

George Clarke’s mission to build 100,000 quality council homes per year

George Clarke is well known for his many TV shows about architecture and houses, such as George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, but his new show looks […]

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July 24, 2019

Keeping up with the rise of e-bikes

The recent boom in sales of electric bikes – or e-bikes – means that it is no longer such a surprise when someone comes gliding […]

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July 17, 2019

100 years and more of council housing

It was 100 years ago that the Housing Act of 1919 – also commonly known as the Addison Act – laid down the foundation for […]

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July 12, 2019

Storage for Mobility Scooters FAQs 

How do I charge my mobility scooter? First, find out if your scooter has gel or sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries – check with the company you […]

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July 10, 2019

The fire risk of storing and charging mobility scooters in residential buildings

The UK is one of the fastest growing markets for mobility scooters in Europe. A government-backed study in 2014 put the number of users at […]

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April 24, 2019

Wheelie bin fires and inhaling toxic fumes

Wheelie bin storage brings many benefits to residents and refuse collectors but alongside this there are sometimes also unintended negative social impacts. Unfortunately, wheelie bins […]

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February 26, 2019

Should we be using more shared bin schemes?

The storage and collection of waste and recyclable material at some properties, such as terraced houses, poses particular difficulties for residents and local authorities alike. […]

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October 12, 2018

Housing Associations To Get £2bn Investment Over Next 10 Years

Speaking at the National Housing Federation (NHF) summit in September 2018, Theresa May announced a £2bn investment in housing associations, to take effect over the next ten […]

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August 9, 2018

SPD and Bin Storage – Best Practice Advice

SPD And Bin Storage – Best Practice Advice An SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) has recently been published by Redditch and Bromsgrove Council, setting out new […]

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August 7, 2018

Monthly Refuse Collections – Are they a good idea?

Monthly refuse collections have been introduced by two Welsh councils, meaning residents in Denbighshire and Conwy will now have to store general rubbish for four […]

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June 19, 2018

Fire Safety – New Mobility Scooter Storage Guidance from NFCC

The National Fire Chiefs Council has just published a new set of guidelines for mobility scooter owners and property developers about correct mobility scooter storage […]

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