News from 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance
After Boris Johnsons latest address we have taken the decision to resume work. This will be continually reassessed in line with government advice.
Whilst reopening for business we are aware of the need to safeguard our staff, clients and public. With this in mind, Covid-19 risk assessments will be carried out and new measures have been implemented. Our thoughts are with our clients and others that are unable to return to work.
Our office is now back to normal working. We welcome any questions or queries that you have either concerning present or future works. If you are in need of any advice or guidance on any topics that may or may not be in our normal remit, please contact us we will help however we can.
Thank you once again for your understanding.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Christmas raffle. The lucky winner is Sheelagh, Lodge Manager at King Harold Lodge.
The raffle and a further donation raised a total of £200.00 for the Royal Marines Charity.
Once again we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020!
Paul and Staff
Our 2019 Spirit of Christmas Advent Calendar is designed to spread a little festive spirit this Christmas. We are sharing it on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages so follow us to get your daily reminder. We'd love you to share it with your friends and colleagues and if it brings you some festive joy then please do make a donation to The Royal Marines Charity on our virgin donation page.
On 22 August we had the pleasure of cleaning the historic King William III (William of orange) statue in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. The statue which is in the Porters' Garden was given to the Commissioner of the Dockyard (Sir William Townsend) by Richard Norton, who was the grandson and heir of Colonel Richard Norton.
City Centre clean up in time for D Day 75 anniversary
South Western Railway has completed works to much improve the cleanliness of the Portsmouth and Southsea railway station in the city centre.
As part of Portsmouth’s preparations for the D Day celebrations in June 2019, Portsmouth based, 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance were tasked with the job of cleaning the railway bridge in the city centre.
We are honoured to have been asked to clean the Portsmouth War memorial in preparation for Remembrance Day this November. The Portsmouth Remembrance Sunday Service will be held on Sunday 11th November 2018.
The War Memorial is located in Guildhall Square, in Portsmouth at the entrance to Victoria Park.
Cleaning the Chesapeake memorial
The Cheasepeak Memorial on Southsea seafront is located between the Royal Naval Memorial and the Hovercraft Terminal - it is a corniced pedestal, consisting of a polished granite column on a square base with a foliate capital surmounted by a bronze tripod bearing the naval crown. The base of the column is decorated with bronze relief. Our team were tasked with clearing a Seagulls nest from the memorial once the seagulls had finished nesting and cleaning the excreta on the Chesapeake memorial.
Is your roof safe for contractors?
If you have a roof that needs to be accessed for cleaning and/ or maintenance you must ensure that it is compliant with current Health and Safety legislation.
Under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, it is the legal duty and moral responsibility of those in control of rooftop work to do all that is reasonably practical to prevent anyone from falling.
This can be done in a number of ways with either collective protection or personal protection systems which, when installed must then be tested and maintained annually. At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance, we have over 20 years experience in fitting and testing both collective and personal protection systems.
At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning & Maintenance, we take safety very seriously. The safety of our team, our clients, and the public is of paramount importance to us as we are out on our cleaning jobs. Whether we are cleaning windows, render, canopies or carparks we want to make sure everyone is safe at all times. That is why all our team members have been trained in all aspects of Health and Safety. On 6th April 2018, our team went to Meaningful Change at their Holiday Inn venue in Portsmouth to undertake First Aid training. The team all really enjoyed the training and feel confident that they could handle an emergency at work or at home. The trainer Bob was brilliant and the guys want to thank him for a great day of training! First Aid training is so important it really can make the difference between life and death and we encourage everyone to undertake first aid training when the opportunity arises.
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.
Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.
This is the perfect time of year to get your gutters professionally cleaned.
Guttering is often forgotten about, as it is a case of out of sight out of mind, however gutters play an important role in controlling the flow of rain water to protect your buildings, roof, walls and even foundations.
We are delighted to have been awarded our Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) Accreditation again. CHAS is the largest and fastest growing health and safety assessment scheme in the UK. At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance we take health and safety seriously, we ensure we comply with all safety standards and are fully insured, meaning our customers can rest assured they are in safe hands. All our staff are DBS checked as well to add to your peace of mind.
We have just finished some work cleaning the render and the exterior of some residential properties in Gosport. The before and after photographs below show the extent of the clean up and how much smarter the building looks after the render has been cleaned.
If render cleaning is something you are considering for your building then please do give us a call on 023 9236 6377 to discuss your requirements. Our team are fully qualified and insured as well as being DBS checked.
Get a quote for your render cleaning by calling us on 023 9236 6377 or completing the contact form.
Don’t let your windows get MAD - The most damaging things for your windows are as follows: Moisture, Alkalinity and Dirt or MAD for short.
Now there is not much you can do about your windows getting wet, especially at this time of year, but having your windows cleaned regularly will help to protect the glass from long term damage and staining.
Our 2016 Spirit of Christmas Advent Calendar is designed to spread a little festive spirit this Christmas. We'd love you to share it with your friends and colleagues and if it brings you some festive joy then please do make a donation to The Royal Marines Charity on our virgin donation page.
NAPO have produced a range of films aimed at highlighting important health and safety issues for employers. In their latest film they draw attention to the fact that European workers are ageing. By 2030, workers aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. This creates challenges for employees, employers and businesses. Their latest film “Napo in… back to a healthy future” looks at issues around ageing and occupational safety and health, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and noise.
The film can be viewed here on the NAPO website
Thank you to everyone who bought a cake at Maritime House in Portsmouth last week in our Cakes4Commandos fundraiser in support of the Royal Marines Charity. The Royal Marines Charity supports both serving and veteran Marines and their families. Our photos didn’t come out brilliantly but we had some lovely feedback from the visitors asking if we’d be back before Christmas! Dawn did a tremendous job baking over 300 cakes and raising £161.11 for the Charity.
1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance are raising money for the Royal Marines Charity by encouraging their customers to recycle their used milk bottle tops.
The milk bottle tops are not generally collected by local councils and therefore often end up in landfill. However these bottle tops can be recycled by specialist companies that granulate them, enabling them to be used to make items such as hard plastic garden toys for children like as slides or indeed more bottle tops.
1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance have been awarded their certificate for Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme CHAS. With 720 buyer members and over 62,000 suppliers on its database, CHAS is not only the largest but also the fastest growing health and safety assessment scheme in the UK. At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance we take health and safety seriously, we ensure we comply with all safety standards and are fully insured, meaning our customers can rest assured they are in safe hands. All our staff are DBS checked as well to add to your peace of mind.
Learn more about CHAS here: CHAS website
At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance we value the work of those who volunteer in our city and so this year we are sponsoring the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteers Awards 2016.
The Sports and Healthy Living Award links in with our work with Portsmouth City Council and Public Health England on becoming the 1st Accredited Workplace in Portsmouth to receive the Workplace Wellbeing Charter Award.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas congratulates Dawn Nickels of 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance on being the first Portsmouth business to gain the Wellbeing Workplace Charter's national accreditation following their successful completion of the Council's programme.
The Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard starts on November 27th and runs for the whole weekend.
At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning & Maintenance we have been helping the team at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard care for and maintain the heritage site since 1991.
In the run up to the Victorian Festival of Christmas we help by organising the cleaning so as not to disrupt the preparations being made by the team onsite.
1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance are raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund by encouraging their customers to recycle their used milk bottle tops.
The Milk Bottle tops are not generally collected by local councils but they can be recycled by specialist companies that granulate them, enabling them to be used to make hard plastic garden toys for children such as slides or indeed more bottle tops.
We'd been involved for sometime working with Portsmouth City Council on cleaning their sensitive and historic buildings including Southsea Castle and so were delighted when asked to help with the cleaning of The Square Tower which dates back to 1494 and the bust of King Charles I. Portsmouth City Council Seafront Manager David Evans gives us his views on the project.
Battered by the elements since it was built in 1544, Southsea Castle is being cleaned by 1st Choice High Level Cleaning & Maintenance.
Visitors to one of the city's leading landmarks may have noticed that some of the historic walls are a different colour, as our specialist cleaners hanging on ropes with harnesses get to work with blasting the stonework with steam.
Pigeons were roosting on girders under the canopy of a loading bay of a prestigious company in Havant. Not only do bird droppings cause a health hazard, being infested with disease-causing organisms, but they create slip hazards, are unsightly and can cause ongoing damage to the fabric of a building.